One of many

Cooper Waite, 3, was one extra drummer for Saturday night's Massed Band. For a full page of photos, see this week's print edition of The Independent! (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine film fest set to impress

By Barb McKay


Based on the line-up of films, the third annual Kincardine International Film Festival will be a great entertainment experience.


The film festival, organized by MyFM and sponsored by Bruce Telecom, will run Sept. 7 to 9 at the Aztec Theatre, in conjunction with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which runs Sept. 6 to 16.


“There’s a lot happening, it should be a lot of fun,” said Dylan Bartlett, general manager of MyFM Kincardine.


Suspicious fire destorys Snack Shack

One of several fires early Saturday morning

The fire that destroyed R.J's Snack Shack was one of several suspicious fires early Saturdya morning, said police today.

The snack booth by the Lions' Club north boardwalk burned to the ground early Saturday morning.  (Barb McKay photo)

In a release issued this afternoon, police said they received a report that someone had set several garbage cans on fire in Kincardine. The Kincardine Fire Department attended and extinguished three burning garbage cans on Queen Street and a fourth on Harbour Street. While at the scene, police then received another fire call at R.J.s Snack Shack on Saugeen Street, near the north boardwalk.

The investigation is continuing with help from the South-Bruce OPP Crime Unit.

Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.


Terry Fox Run in limbo

By Barb McKay


A meeting held at the Davidson Centre yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon was to determine if there would be enough volunteers to run the 32nd annual Terry Fox Run in Kincardine.


After The Independent ran an article earlier in the month announcing that the significant fundraiser for cancer research was on the verge of being cancelled, Angela Gougeon, of the Kincardine recreation department, said three people called to help out. But more people are needed on the organizing committee to make the event happen, she said. The meeting was held at 5 p.m. in the meeting room beside the administration offices at the Davidson Centre.

Laurier University rolls into Connaught

Cubs host Golden Hawks at 7 p.m.

By Josh Howald

Let’s play ball.

Last year's game between the Cubs and Laurier was an entertaining one. (Josh Howald file photo)


It’s an annual treat for local hardball fans, and it all happens tonight (Wednesday) at Connaught Park.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Sir Wilfrid Laurier University men’s baseball team has come to Kincardine to take on the Cubs in an exhibition showdown.

“We definitely think (it is) a worthwhile trip, and our guys look forward to it every year,” said Kincardine native Scott Ballantyne, who coached the Golden Hawks to their most successful season ever in 2011.

Late summer peace

Weather conditions were just about perfect Sunday evening in Kincardine, with the sun shining and a slight, cool breeze coming off Lake Huron. These people knew where to relax, at the beach north of the pier. (Josh Howald photo)

Geology, space make Huron-Kinloss a potential site candidate for DGR

By Barb McKay


Huron-Kinloss appears to be an appropriate site for a deep geologic repository (DGR) for high level nuclear waste, according to early test results by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.


Davidson Centre pool reno denied

Kincardine to apply for federal funding for rec centre roof

By Barb McKay


Proposed upgrades to the Davidson Centre aquatic centre, totalling nearly $2 million, didn’t pass muster with Kincardine council Aug. 8.


The recreation department’s plans for a massive renovation to the swimming pool, change rooms and administration offices at the recreation facility were turned down by council because they were seen as too expensive when there is already a long list of recreation projects on the books for the next four years.


Windy clean-up

Luke Walsh, 2, helps his mom Rhonda Walsh, clear trash from Station Beach during the Volcom and West Shore Beach Daze Beach Cleanup on Friday. Dozens of people showed up, despite the chilly temperatures and wind, to clean up the Kincardine shoreline. West Shore held a barbecue afterwards behind its store. (Barb McKay photo)

Goderich: Rebuilding Ontario’s prettiest town

By Barb McKay


It was one year ago yesterday that a scale three tornado tore through Goderich, destroying homes and businesses and leaving the town in a state of emergency.


It took just minutes that Sunday afternoon for a powerful twister to make its way from the harbour, up West Street and into the Square, before hammering parts of the east end, damaging hundreds of homes, heritage buildings and snapping century-old trees in its path. Residents who wandered onto the scene once the dust cleared compared it to a ‘war zone.’


Now, a year later, Goderich’s wounds are healing and the town is slowly being put back together.