Dairy herd escapes barn fire

By Barb McKay


The cause of a massive Kincardine Township barn fire near is undetermined, but is not considered suspicious, according to local fire officials.


Kincardine and Tiverton firefighters were called out to the blaze at Dun-Roven Acres farm at Concession 7 and Armow Road last Tuesday around 6:20 p.m. They found the barn, which was housing hay and straw, completely engulfed in flames. Smoke could be seen several concessions away.


Quick learner

Wyatt Sheppard, 2, of Kincardine, plays a tune on his pipes at Saturday night's massed band parade. For the full story and photos from the weekend, see this week's print edition of The Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine gets $515,000 for medical centre troubles

Lawsuit settled

By Eric Howald

The final chapter of the six-year saga on the problems of the Kincardine Community Medical Centre has finally been completed.


Back in 2007, the Municipality of Kincardine sued architect Allan Avis, J.P. Commercial Contractors Inc. and Pryde Shropp McComb Inc. for $5 million for problems with the medical centre. Tuesday evening of last week, Kincardine council approved a mediated settlement that will pay the municipality $515,000.


The clinic, opened in late 2003, was beset by problems almost from Day 1.


Holocaust survivor, author to speak in Kincardine for World Peace Day

By Barb McKay


A Holocaust survivor will bring her message of tolerance to Kincardine for World Peace Day this month.


Author and Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson will speak to Kincardine students as part of the 6th Annual World Peace Day Event on Sept. 13. The event, organized locally by the Kincardine and District Secondary School Home and School Association, is designed to teach tolerance and understanding of all cultures to students of all ages.


Kincardine Fall Fair this weekend

“Good things growing” for the whole family

By Josh Howald

It’s time once again for the Kincardine Fall Fair.

This year, the 159th annual fall fair will feature your favourite traditional events while adding some new contests to the mix.

New for this year will be an interesting tug-of-war set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. A team of Haflinger horses will be pitted against as many humans as it takes. Also new this year are horse-drawn buggy rides and the milk-a-goat station. Returning after a successful debut last year is the poultry show, one of the largest in the area.

“I always get excited for the fall fair,” said Barb Kersey of the Agricultural Society. “It’s just full of tradition.”

As is tradition, admission will be by donation at the Connaught Park gates.

Cubs, OUA Hawks meet tonight at Connaught

Kincardine preps for playoffs, Laurier for season

By Josh Howald

The Laurier University Golden Hawks are in town to face the Kincardine Cubs tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m.

It’s the second straight year that Laurier’s head coach, Kincardine native Scott Ballantyne, has brought his troops to face off against Kincardine as part of training camp for his Ontario University Athletics (OUA) squad.

Rush hour in Ripley

This man was spotted driving his lawnmower, with a horse in tow, at Ripley's main intersection early Saturday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

Remembering Oksana

A young woman tosses a flower in Lake Huron to pay tribute to Oksana Milovanovic, a 16-year-old exchange student from Vertou, France who lost her life Aug. 16. An estimated 500 mourners attended a memorial service at Reunion Park Friday. For full details on the tragedy and the memorial, see this week's print edition of The Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Public consultation for off-shore wind turbine rules extended

By Barb McKay


The public will have until October to review and submit comments on proposed restrictions on any future off-shore wind energy projects.


Common sense the best safety net

Nearly impossible to regulate swimming in Lake Huron

By Josh Howald

The town has been abuzz after last week’s heart-breaking incident at Station Beach in which a 16-year-old girl died in the waves of Lake Huron.

Two people have now drowned at Station Beach in the past three years, and people are left wondering if anything more can be done to prevent these tragedies.

It’s a tough question, and the only real answer is that people must use common sense around water. The ability to swim and knowledge of lake conditions are crucial, but are there other precautions we could take as a community?

The Independent bounced some of the ideas we heard this week off Brenda Lance, the Municipality’s Aquatic Supervisor, Thursday afternoon.