Willow West howling about coyotes

By Josh Howald

Coyotes are invading Willow West.

The Municipality of Kincardine and the Owen Sound office of the Ministry of Natural Resources confirmed Monday they have been received numerous complaints regarding coyotes in the subdivision at the south end of Kincardine.

Willow West resident Jennifer Hunsburger said in an E-mail that she has seen the animals on numerous occasions, and was circled by one as she walked her dog at the end of Park Street on Jan. 3. The same day, a neighbour spotted a coyote running down the middle of Murray Blvd. in front of their home. Yet another coyote was spotted Jan. 4 standing in the middle of Kincardine Ave. and Fraser Street (the entrance to Willow West). Another reader stopped in to say they had seen coyotes near the edge of the road as well on Jan. 4. There has also been a coyote sightings in Tiverton, near the community centre.

2013 Kincardine Fall Fair in danger of being cancelled

New executive members needed for Kincardine Agricultural Society

By Barb McKay


There could be no fall fair this year if the Kincardine Agricultural Society is unable to recruit new members to its executive.


Outgoing secretary Betty Jean White said the Ag Society is in need of a few dedicated volunteers, but there are a couple of priorities.


“What we really need is at least one vice president, though two would be nice,” she said. “We need a secretary or some one who could assist the secretary.”


Municipality taking over maintenance of Bruce Power training centre

By Barb McKay

Kincardine will handle future maintenance of the Bruce Power training centre.

Council agreed at its meeting last Wednesday to amend the municipality’s lease agreement with Bruce Power to take over exterior maintenance of its training facility, which is the former W.E. Thompson Public School. Bruce Power will pay $8,000 annually to the municipality, as well as five per cent of any leasehold improvement costs.

“We’re in very good shape,” said Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke. “Bruce Power is quite happy with the current arrangement and I think the compensation is quite reasonable.”

Ripley second at Weskate

Megan Lowry won a silver medal at Weskate to help the Ripley-Huron Skating Club to a second overall finish at Weskate, hosted by the club on the weekend. For more on Weskate, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Game on!

Two-and-a-half year old Addison Smith didn't need the NHL to enjoy hockey, but was still pleased to hear the NHL lockout ended Sunday morning. As you can tell from the hat, Addie is a huge Pittsburgh fan. (Josh Howald photo)

Ontario approves teacher contracts

Good faith between province and teachers is gone, says ETFO Bluewater president

By Barb McKay


Having contracts imposed by the Ontario Minister of Education came like a blow from a hammer, according to the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario president.


Nancy Lawler told The Independent Monday that although teachers knew that the province could use its new legislation, Bill 115, to implement collective agreements, the announcement last Thursday from Education Minister Laurel Broten’s office came as a surprise.


“ETFO had offered a peace plan before the holidays saying we wouldn’t take any further action until a new Premier was in power,” she said.

Ditched driver snaps

Lucknow man faces seven charges after car ditched

Last week in The Kincardine Independent, a photograph of a white Oldsmobile Alero in the ditch was featured on the front page.

As of press time, police had not released any information about the crash. As it turns out, there is much more to that story – a Lucknow man is now facing multiple charges stemming from a wild half-hour behind the wheel of the Oldsmobile Alero.

The car - involved  in two hit-and-runs prior to landing in the Highway #21 ditch -  appeared on the front page of last week's Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Early morning fire on Johnston Crescent

Ashes from the woodstove are being blamed for an early morning house fire on Johnson Crescent that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

The Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department said a fire was first reported at 4:44 a.m. Jan. 6. A total of 27 firefighters attended the scene in two pumper trucks, an aerial truck and two rescue trucks. It was after 6 a.m. before the blaze was under control. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to an adjoining home. The damage to the neighbour's house was kept to some minor heat damage.

The Fire Department said the fire is not considered suspicous. The fire apparently began in a shed outside of the residence and spread to the outer wall of the home, then the roof. In a statement issued by fire staff, the public is reminded to let ashes from a woodstove cool before emptying them inot a metal container with a tightly-fitting lid. That container should be stored outside.

Outdoor ice rink ready for skaters

By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s new outdoor ice rink is now ready for skaters - weather permitting, of course.



The weather way not co-operate this weekend , but a new outdoor pad at The Harbour Community Church is ready to go. (Josh Howald photo).



Grand Prix de Kincardine to run Jan. 26 and 27

 Registration is now open for this year’s Grand Prix de Kincardine Snowmobile Racing event.


Online registration is now available for the annual races, which will be held Jan. 26 and 27 at 182 Main Street in Tiverton. Organizer Rob Noakes said there have been a few changes to this year’s Grand Prix.