Action needed to restore Lake Huron level

The International Joint Commission (IJC), charged with regulating projects related to the Great Lakes, is urging governments to find a way to restore Lake Huron and Lake Michigan water levels.

The recommendation by the IJC to both Canadian and American governments comes in response to findings from the International Upper Great Lakes study, launched in 2007 to look at fluctuating lake levels, the impact of flow from the St. Clair River on the Great Lakes and alternatives for dealing with extreme water level changes.

As a result, the IJC has recommended that governments on both sides of the border look at building a structure in the St. Clair River that would restore levels in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan by 13 to 15 centimetres.

Ice cream break-in

What a scoop

Some people just can’t wait for summer to arrive.

The Ice Cream Booth in downtown Kincardine fell victim to criminals last week, just prior to the warm weather arriving in town.

The South-Bruce OPP said the break-in was reported at 2:05 a.m. last Sunday, April 26. Officers arrived on the scene to find cones scattered on the ground around the business, located on the north end of the downtown core. The booth had been forcibly entered through the front window.

There was no damage estimate provided by police.

If you have any information that could assist police, call 1-888-310-1122, or if you wish to remain anonymous, 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

McKay takes up Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer cause

Kincardine holding golf fundraiser July 13

No one ever thinks it will happen to them, and that certainly was the case for Kincardine native Scott McKay.

Kincardine's Scott McKay, middle, honourary spokesman for this year's Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer tournament, enlisted the help of friends Mats Sundin, left, and Tie Domi to raise awareness for the Princess Margaret Hospital fundraiser. (photo courtesy of Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer)

The 41-year-old father of two leads an active and healthy lifestyle, so it was shocking late last year when he was diagnosed with cancer.

16th Indoor Beach a hit

Bulldogs party a success

Scott and Matt Minty, left, get up to try to block Eric Grebenjak at the net on Thursday night during the rec hockey division of the Kincardine Bulldogs Indoor Beach Volleyball Tournament at the Davidson Centre. For the full story, including a round up of winners, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo) 

Giving twirling a whirl

Twirling was the name of the game Friday night at the Tartan Twirlers Tart’n Cheesecake Banner Night Friday at St. Anthony’s School in Kincardine. Facing the camera in this group, from left, Ron France of Wiarton, Carol and Wayne Brownrigg of Kincardine, and with skirt twirling Barb France. More than 100 people showed up at the annual event, hosted by the Kincardine Tartan Twirlers. (Josh Howald photo)

Nuclear not fueling high electricity prices

Bruce Power, mayor speak out

By Barb McKay


As energy rates are set to increase today, there is a great deal of confusion around what is driving increasingly high electricity prices.


One charged in Highway 21 crash

No serious injuries

Luckily, everybody escaped serious injury in a scary three-car crash last Tuesday morning, April 23, on Highway #21 just south of Kincardine.

Luckily nobody was seriously injured in this three-car crash last Tuesday morning on Highway 21. The driver of the Jeep has been charged with failure to stop at a stop sign. Two were treated for minor injuries at Kincardine Hospital. (phot courtesy of Mike Pierson)


The South-Bruce OPP received a report of a the crash at the intersection of Highway 21 and Saratoga Road in Kincardine Twp. Officers arrived on the scene to learn a silver Jeep Cherokee had failed to stop at a stop sign on Saratoga Road and drove into the path of a grey Pontiac Montana travelling north bound on Highway 21.

Enough is enough:

Mom starts anti-bullying peer support group

By Barb McKay


After four years of seeing her daughter tormented by bullies, Serenity Cates is taking a stand.


“It’s been an ongoing issue since she was in Grade 1,” she said. “We tried counselling and the traditional stuff didn’t work.”


For Vana, a smart, outgoing, fun-loving nine-year-old, each school day brings unknowns. Will that day be better than the one before or will she be teased, taunted, even punched and kicked?


Pssst.....wanna buy a prom ticket?

This year’s prom can’t have any connection to Kincardine District Secondary School, meaning tickets to the student-organized event can’t even be sold on school property. Wednesday at lunch, Sadie Shewfelt of the prom committee was selling tickets to students from the back of a truck parked just beside the student parking lot. Looking for tickets, from left, are Alex Courtney, Kelly Johnson, Jordan Murchie, Caitlin Murray, Serena Lamont and Bailey McConnell. (Josh Howald photo)

Tourism strategic plan calls downtown visitors centre, customer service training

By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s new tourism strategic plan is just the beginning of ongoing work to promote Kincardine and attract visitors, according to a key member of the plan’s committee.


A meeting was held last Monday at the Municipal Administration Centre with the committee and the public to go over the draft plan and discuss steps forward for the future. Committee co-chair Ron Coristine said 23 people attended the meeting and the feedback was really useful for finalizing the tourism strategic plan.