Tornado like a bomb, says resident

By Barb McKay


The centre of Goderich looks like a war zone, said a local resident and business owner Monday.



Goderich's downtown square was a scene of destruction Sunday afternoon. (Chris MacDonald photo)



Volunteers run to rescue

31st annual Terry Fox is a go

By Barb McKay


The 31st annual Kincardine Terry Fox Run is back on.


The annual fundraising event for cancer research was on the verge of cancellation because of a lack of volunteer committee members to organize the run. The past several events have been organized by Jane Benney and Susan Peister, with help from Erin Frook from Kincardine’s recreation department, but there was just too much work involved for three people to handle.


Cubs can clinch at Connaught

Kincardine will again host OUA Laurier Golden Hawks

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs can clinch an opening round series against the Middlesex County Brewers this weekend.

Kincardine won Game 1 of the Thames Valley Senior Baseball League playoff series Sunday afternoon in Strathroy and can clinch the best-of-three series at Connaught Park on Saturday. The Cubbies will have two chances to knock the Brewers out of contention – if Middlesex wins that contest, Game 3 will be played immediately after. Kincardine has home field advantage, but gave up Game 1 of the series because of the WOBA bantam tournament in town on the weekend.

Colourful cans

Kincaridne's Amanda Leigh spent the summer painting 36 garbage cans that will be placed throughout the municipality as part of a program organized by Norm Annetts. Each can, most donated by Edwards Fuels, is unique. Leigh is completing her Masters degree in Public Service at the University of Waterloo. (Barb McKay photo)

Council choses its own consultant to recruit new CAO

Cost significantly higher than that of consultant recommended by committee

By Barb McKay

Kincardine council has dismissed the recommendation of a committee set up to select a CAO recruiter, in favour of another consultant.

The selection committee, consisting of Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer, deputy mayor Anne Eadie, outgoing CAO John deRosenroll and clerk Donna MacDougall, told council Wednesday that after extensive interviews with four consultants, it had selected Maureen O’Leary-Pickard, of the Performance Group, to find a new CAO for the municipality.

Eadie made the surprising announcement that she was against the committee’s final decision.

“The recommended person from Performance Group has extensive experience in human resources, however, I cannot approve the hiring of this person,” she said.“We have an opportunity to hire someone who has experience across the province hiring CAOs.”

Relay raises more than $60,000

12 hours of fun, friendship

By Josh Howald

Staying up all night can have its rewards.

Almost 200 people spent Friday night walking laps at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine’s sixth annual Relay For Life fundraiser. More than $60,000 was raised for the Canadian Cancer Society in the process, and donations were still coming as of press time.

Cancer survivors, in yellow, did a survivor's lap behind the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band. (Josh Howald photo)

“This brings the six-year total (in Kincardine) to $542,792,” said Patricia Holder, the Event chair of the Relay Committee.

Making history!

Ripley golfer, 12, pots hole-in-one

Skylar Rutledge,12, became the youngest golfer to sink a hole-in-one at Ainsdale Golf Course last week during the Junior Club Championships. For the full story on Rutledge, the junior tournament, as well as a feature on the 25th anniversary of Al and Kathy Mackay taking over Ainsdale, see this week's print edition of The Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Cottage serving as Municipal sewage lagoon

By Barb McKay

If Kincardine experiences another 100-year storm this year, the municipality could find itself in a big mess.

Council made the controversial decision last Wednesday to give municipal staff permission to release two manhole covers on Golf Course Trail in the Huron Ridge subdivision during significant rainfall to prevent raw sewage from backing up into a cottage on the road.


Pole position

A hydro pole blocks Boiler Beach Road Monday morning, closing the road to traffic for several hours. The South-Bruce OPP set-up a roadblock to prevent contact with the live wires while waiting for Hydro One crews to arrive. The wooden pole had simply rotted, coming down just before 8 a.m. Monday. (Josh Howald photo)

Last cast effort wins derby

By Barb McKay


Mark Anderson lay awake most of Saturday night wondering if he would still hold the lead in the Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby 2011 the next morning.



Mark Anderson and his $14,000 salmon Sunday afternoon at the Chantry Chinook Classic Fishing Derby banquet in Tiverton. (Barb McKay photo)