Two men killed Pine River crash

By Josh Howald

The only two people involved in Friday night’s sickening crash, at the corner of Highway 21 and the Ripley Road, are dead.

One was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other succumbed to injuries on Sunday.

At, or around, 9:07 p.m., several Concession 6 and Highway 21 area residents picked up the phone and called 911. They could tell from the sound of the impact that the crash was a bad one.

Highway 21 was closed from Concession 6 to Concession 10 until the early hours of Saturday morning as the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit investigated the scene. Police finally issued a release shortly before midnight Friday, confirming that one person had been killed in a two-car crash at Highway 21 and Bruce County Road 6, but little else.

Kincardine’s deteriorating lighthouse needs to be priority

By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s lighthouse is crumbling and needs attention sooner than later, according to the Kincardine Yacht Club.


Jim Cooper, of the yacht club, made an appeal to Kincardine council last Wednesday to raise the priority of repairs to ensure they are included in next year’s municipal budget.


“Kincardine’s lighthouse is the most recognized Kincardine landmark,” he said. “It is also the most widely photographed and arguably the number one tourist draw in the municipality.”


Beating the heat!

In a photo reminiscent to the cover of our 2012 Tourist Guide, these young ladies were beating the heat by jumping off the south pier last week. Soaring into Lake Huron here, from left, are Natasha Adler, Danielle McBride and Brooke Walker. (Josh Howald photo)

Quinn Florist latest hit by B&E

Quinn Florist is the latest downotwn business to become a victim of break, enter and theft.

The South-Bruce OPP received a report of a break-in at the flower shop, located at Quinn Plaza along QUeen Street in Kincardine at 8:44 a.m. on Aug. 17. Somtime between 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 and 8:30 a.m. the following day the business was forcibly entered through a roof access.

A quantity of cash, and a black Acer Iconia A500 16gb tablet was taken from the store. The value of the property is estimated to be more than $600.

There have been numerous break and enters this summer in the downtown core, and several other unsuccesful break-in attempts.

Police are also investigating a number of other break-ins locally.

Huronville water rate issue finally resolved

Kincardine lowers fees by 25 per cent and Huron-Kinloss reciprocates

By Barb McKay


Kincardine has won the battle over Huronville water rates.


Mayor Larry Kraemer announced during last Wednesday’s council meeting that Huron-Kinloss Township has agreed to a reciprocal agreement where it will lower its water service fees to Kincardine by 25 per cent in return for Kincardine lowering its water rates to Huronville subdivision residents by 25 per cent. In addition, Kincardine will no longer tack on repair and maintenance fees to Huronville water bills; a concession that will be reviewed again in two years’ time.


“I’m pleased, that’s what we asked for,” said councillor Maureen Couture.


Festival focus

The focus was on art Saturday at the Ripley Artisan's Festival at the Commmunity Centre. Here, Joye Hunt of the Glass Hummingbird behind some her work on display at the arena both Saturday and Sunday. She said the event, sponosred by the Ripley Business Community, was a succesful one for vendors. (Josh Howald photo)

Davidson Centre outdoor track to be rubberized

 By Barb McKay


The outdoor track at the Davidson Centre will finally be resurfaced, but not in the way the municipality had planned.


The municipality had put the track resurfacing project out for tender earlier this month, but only received one response, from Sportica Inc. for $307,360 including HST. The quote was well above the budget of $178,080 for the work, which included removing the current asphalt and laying down a new one-inch layer of asphalt around the track.


Relay raises more than $50,000

By Josh Howald

There were a few tears, plenty of smiles, 10 heads shaved and more than $50,000 raised for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Cancer survivors walk the opening lap of the eighth annual Relay For Life in Kincardine Friday night at the Davidson Centre track. (Josh Howald photo)


Friday night marked the eighth annual Kincardine Relay For Life, and perfect weather made for large crowds to kick off the festivities. The night began emotionally, with a chat from Kincardine’s Nelly King preceding the customary Survivor’s Lap.


Four boys for Tiverton family

Adam, Shannon and four-year-old Delaney welcomed quadruplets July 27 at Victoria Hospital in London. Lincoln, Easton, Owen and Dylan are all happy and healthy. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. The Kincardine Independent is holding a formua drive for the Coutts family, of Tiverton. Donations of Similac Advance or gift cards towards the purchase of formula can be dropped at our office, 840 Queen Street in Kincardine. (submitted photo)

Water will flow once again

Victoria Park water fountain to be restored

By Josh Howald

“Don’t say there is no water. That fountain is there among its scalloped green and grey stones. It is still there, and always there.”

Poet Denise Levertov wasn’t referring to the water fountain in Kincardine’s Victoria Park, but she very well could have been. There may not be a whole lot of water in it right now, but it certainly is still there. However, it is currently being used as a flower planter.

This is the second straight summer that no water has flowed through the historic fountain, erected more than 100 years ago to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. It has always been a popular attraction in the park, particularly with the younger set. It fell into disrepair in 2001, and was out of service until 2003. It was refurbished and put back into action until last summer.