Kincardine’s legendary Phantom Piper marks 20 years

By Barb McKay

Twenty years and 1,100 performances later, the legend of the Phantom Piper lives on.

Leslie Ray played at the top of the Kincardine Lighthouse for the 100th time last week. (Barb McKay photo)


Pipe bands have gathered in Kincardine for 25 years

Massed band this weekend

By Barb McKay

What started out as a luncheon to thank pipers and drummers visiting Kincardine has become one of the municipality’s most long-standing and popular events.


This weekend, the Gathering of the Bands will celebrate 25 years. The annual event, which attracts pipe bands from across North America and Scotland, will be held Aug. 27 in Victoria Park.


Painting the town

The municipal water tower got a new coat of paint last week. Here, workers used roller brushes and sprayers to freshen up Kincardine's tower on Thursday. (Josh Howald photo)

Three-way stops, rather than reduced speed limit, considered for Lake Range

By Barb McKay

Huron-Kinloss Township is looking at an alternative solution to controlling traffic on Lake Range Drive, other than reducing the speed limit.

Council heard from residents Wayne and Patt Lowry during its meeting last Monday, who were joined by more than a dozen fellow residents who live either along or near the main road that connectsKincardine to Point Clark. The Lowrys suggested that rather than reduce the speed limit on the main road from 80 kilometres per hour to 60 kilometres per hour, stop signs should be removed from Lake Range Drive and installed on the concession roads to create a throughway.

“It would be a big change, but it is a main road,” Patt Lowry said. “It is not the side road it used to be.”

Refugee family arrives

Kincardine's first refugee family is settling in well, says Rev. Kathy Fraser of Knox Presbyterian Church.

The family of four flew from Turkey to Toronto Monday of last week. After spending the night in Toronto, Kincardine Refugee Committee members and interpreters brought the family to Kincardine Tuesday.

Fraser says members of the family are wanting to get out and do things, especially learn English. A couple of volunteers have been touring them around.

Tree removal on Fraser Drive irks neighbours

Crews prepare to take down a large maple tree at the corner of Kincardine Ave. and Fraser Dr. Monday. The removal of trees has upset many in the neighbourhood. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Cemetery crash

A 57-year-old woman crashed her car into a pillar at the entrance to the Kincardine Cemetery in the early hours of Aug. 18.

At 12:45 a.m. last Thursday morning, the South-Bruce OPP was called to investigate reports of the crash at Bruce St. and Queen St. Police arrived and found a 2001 Honda CRV had sustained extensive front-end damage from crashing into the pillar.

The woman was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

Police said they are investigating the incident, and appealed to the public for any information that might assist them.

Assault in Underwood

Police are investigating an assault in Underwood that took place Aug. 18.

The South-Bruce OPP said they were called to the hamlet on Highway 21 at 4:08 a.m. by Bruce County Emergency Medical Services for assistance.

Police arrived on the scene and learned an altercation had taken place between several parties, which resulted in injuries. A 45-year-old female was transported to hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Firefighting feast

The line was long at the annual Kincardine Fire Department's Roast Beef Barbeque at the fire hall on Mahood-Johnston Drive on Sunday afternoon. Here, firefighter Mike Fitzpatrick dishes out some corn to Shayliegh Ogilvie, 8. (Barb McKay photo)

Cubs claim TVSBL title

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs won the Thames Valley Senior Baseball League championship on the weekend in Listowel.

After cruising through Saturday's action at the playoff tournament in Mitchell and Listowel, Kincardine found itself undefeated - meaning that Listowel would have to defeat the Cubs in back-to-back games to win the TVSBL title.

And Listowel did manage to beat the Cubs in the first match-up, though they needed some help from the hometown umpiring crew. With the Legionnaires leading 11-10, Curtis Cobean  hit a solo home run that tied the game. However, it was ruled a foul ball - a decision that even the Legionnaires agreed was questionable.

Infielder Caden Allingham said there were several botched calls in the game.

"Mind you, we booted the ball around in one inning too - four errors in the third inning cost us."