Seven calls in eight days for Fire Department

The Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department has seen plenty of action lately, responding to seven calls since March 1.

In light of all the recent action, Fire Prevention Officer Frank Merkt reminds the public about the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

On March 2, firefighters were dispatched to a chimney fire on Inverlyn Cres. The fire was contained to the chimney, and no major damage was reported.

The next day, March 3, the Fire Dept. was called to an oven fire on Olde Victoria St. in Kincardine. Firefighters cleared smoke from the home, and the damaged appliance was removed.

Art in progress

From left Amy Bouedrais, Katie Moelker and Shandra Henry get in touch with their creative sides at an art class held by local artist Lambertus deGraf at Trillium Court last week. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine freezes water rates

The municipality is providing relief to water users as it struggles to keep up with frozen water pipes as bone-chilling cold temperatures persisted last week.


Kincardine council passed a resolution during its meeting last Wednesday to grant exemption under Schedule ‘N’ of By-law No. 2014-142 Consolidated Rates and Fees Bylaw for residential properties by charging a flat rate for water billing, effective Feb. 1 until the risk of freezing has been reduced, possibly this month or April.


Court costs cut for wind farm appellants

By Barb McKay


Four families fighting industrial wind energy projects in Kincardine and nearby municipalities have been offered a glimmer of hope.


The Ontario Supreme Court of Justice ruled Friday to reduce court costs substantially for a case against the three industrial wind developments. Kevin McKee, president of Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeside Turbines (HALT), said thus far, the court system has been very fair to the appellants in regards to those costs.


Atoms off to OMHA final

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks will play for an OMHA All-Ontario championship.

Kincardine completed a three-game sweep of Parry Sound Friday evening in front of an appreciative crowd at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

The atoms cruised to a 4-1 win to take Game 3, and the OMHA atom B semi-final series against Parry Sound. Kincardine was never really even pushed in this series, winning Games 1 and 2 of the series the previous weekend in Parry Sound by 8-1 and 4-1 scores.

Friday night in Game 3, Noah Swann scored in the first period and Quinton Page in the second. Goals three minutes apart by Cam and Carson Fletcher put an exclamation point on the series and ended any Parry Sound hope. Page assisted on both third period markers for a three-point game.

The Great Lake

Lake Huron is covered with ice as far as the eye could see Sunday at Station Beach in Kincardine. According to Environment Canada Great Lakes Environmental Research, the lake was nearly 95 per cent covered in ice. By mid-week, the coverage should break the previous record for ice coverage (94.7 per cent) set in 1979. Last winter came close, when 92.2 per cent of the lake was frozen over. (Josh Howald photo)

KDSS collecting warm clothing

In response to the extreme cold weather warnings in the area this winter, KDSS has organized a Cold Weather Clothing Drive on now until next Friday, March 13.

Items being collected include jackets, boots, hats, mittens and scarves as well as jeans, sweatshirts, leggings, hoodies in both adult and children’s sizes. Items collected will be donated to individuals in need within the school and any remaning items will be distributed within the Bluewater District School Board.

If you would like to donate items, just drop them off at the KDSS guidance office during the school day. The program is being co-ordinated by staff members Michelle McIver, Dawn MacKay and Nancy Rix.

Former prime minister Paul Martin in Kincardine

By Barb McKay


The next federal election should focus primarily on bettering the economy, according to Canada’s last Liberal prime minister.



Former Prime Minister Paul Martin signs a poster for Jack Crozier last Wednesday at Tim Hortons in Kincardine. Federal Huron Liberal candidate Allan Thompson chats with supporters in the background. (Barb McKay photo)



School board embraces new sex-ed curriculum

By Barb McKay

The province’s new health and physical education curriculum has the blessing of Catholic school boards, including the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board.


Director of education for the board, Catherine Montreuil, told The Independent Friday that directors across the province have reviewed the new plan, released Feb. 23, and are working collaboratively to develop the framework for educators to teach the curriculum in a way that is consistent with Catholic values.


‘Upcycling’ program encourages waste diversion in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

Kincardine residents have options beyond their blue boxes to keep household waste out of the landfill.


St. Anthony’s School teacher Amanda Saxton attended Kincardine council’s Feb. 18 meeting to talk about the school’s TerraCycle program, which has now expanded out into the greater community. St. Anthony’s Green Team collects packaging and other waste that is sponsored by the manufacturers of the products that are contained in them and sends it to TerraCycle, which ‘upcycles’ the items into usable products like park benches, garden pavers and tote bags. For each item collected, TerraCycle pays the St. Anthony’s Green Team one cent.