Kincardine’s Home and Garden Show next weekend

The 2011 Kincardine Home and Garden Show is the place to go for the latest gardening and decorating ideas.


The annual event, organized by the Kincardine Skating Club in conjunction with myFM, will run May 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Davidson Centre.


This year, more than 60 exhibitors, including contractors, landscaping companies, decorators and home improvement vendors, will be on hand to answer questions and provide insight into the home and garden trends for 2011. There will also be products for sale at special prices, including plants and patio furniture.


Bucks for pucks!

Our NHL Hockey Pool winners

The Kincardine Independent gave its congratulations – and money – to the winners of our first ever NHL Hockey Pool.

Gord Lamont accepts a cheque for $500 from The Kincardine Independent Thursday morning on behalf of his daughter Lori Coughlin. Coughlin, who now lives in Cambridge, was the winner of The Independent’s NHL Hockey Pool. The Independent handed out $850 worth of cash, in addition to dozens of other great prizes. (Josh Howald photo)

April in May mags

Kincardine woman appears in Smart Beauty Buys campaign

By Josh Howald

It may seem like April Duvall is everywhere these days.

The Kincardine woman can be found in the pages of several major Canadian magazines, including Chatelaine and Canadian Living, on newsstands now.

But Duvall isn’t a writer, or a model. The story she tells isn’t one of drama or heartbreak, but of beauty products.

“It happened totally by accident,” she laughed Thursday afternoon. “In the fall I did an online survey just trying to get some free products from Procter & Gamble.”

Down to a science

Logan Wolfe, left, and Priya Kalra made Huron Heights proud at the Regional Science Fair last week in Owen Sound. Wolfe is off to the national finals, while Kalra won gold after losing here project - and her home - in a recent house fire. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Kincardine’s 2011 budget defeated

Council goes back to the drawing board

By Barb McKay


After more than a month of deliberations, a budget that had been approved in principle was suddenly scrapped by Kincardine council.


At its meeting last Wednesday, council defeated its 2011 budget in a tied vote. Deputy mayor Anne Eadie voted against the budget, stating that a proposed 12 per cent tax hike would be too high. Councillors Ron Coristine and Randy Roppel agreed and also voted to defeat the tax hike. Councillor Mike Leggett voted against the budget, arguing that the tax rate wasn’t high enough to dig the municipality out of a $1.5 million deficit. He noted that a 12 per cent tax rate would only bring in roughly $720,000.


Kaufman calls it a career

KDSS principal announces retirement

By Josh Howald

When the 2010-11 school year comes to an end, so too will the 32-year teaching career of Deb Kaufman.

Kaufman, the principal of Kincardine District Secondary School for the past two years, announced to staff Thursday afternoon that she will be retiring at the end of the school year.

 “I had pretty much made my mind up a little while I ago, but I was going to wait until later in the year,” to announce her retirement. “It had leaked at the board level, so I didn’t want my staff to hear it through the grapevine.”

Kaufman spoke highly of both the students and staff at KDSS, where she was enjoying her second stint after six years as principal of John Diefenbaker Secondary School in Hanover.

Day of pink

Staff and students at KTTPS were dressed in pink last week to take a stand against bullying. Here, kindergarten students show thier spirit, from left, Kate Matthews, Taya Cuyler, Aureile Bronkhorst and Jude Hodgins. (Barb McKay photo)

Mayoral candidates fork out big money for campaigns

By Barb McKay


The race for mayor in the Municipality of Kincardine was an expensive one.


Candidates who participated in the 2010 municipal election were required to file financial statements of campaign income and expenses by the end of March. Those financial statements are now public.


Mayor Larry Kraemer topped the list, spending $12,202.34 on his electoral campaign. Rival mayoral candidate Laura Haight was the second highest spender, shelling out $8,717.26. Kraemer won the election by just 38 votes.


CWOSSA stops for Kincardine

Home ice will be nice for Knights

By Josh Howald

It seems like Kincardine travels to the CWOSSA hockey tournament every year. But for the next two years, CWOSSA will come to Kincardine.

Kincardine District Secondary School will host the CWOSSA Hockey Championships, both boys and girls, in 2012 and 2013.

The announcement was made last Monday at the annual meeting of the Central Western Ontario Secondary School Association.

“I think we got our application in at the right time,” said Dianne Pennington, who coaches the KDSS girls hockey team – the reigning CWOSSA champions. “We’re not quite certain on dates yet, but we’ll use the Tiverton and Kincardine rinks and have the full support of the recreation department.”

Sunday hike!

Andrew, left, and Eliazabeth Stark, both 2, were enjoying a hike near Station Beach Sunday afternoon. The Port Elgin siblings were in Kincardine for the day with their parents to enjoy the beautiful weather. (Josh Howald photo)