Leppington to serve as principal for Ripley school

The Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) announced its latest round of principal and vice-principal placements on Friday.

Tanya Leppington will be the new principal at Ripley-Huron Community School. Leppington has been with Huron Heights Public School for 22 years as a teacher and, most recently, vice-principal. Ripley’s current principal Graham Martin has been appointed principal at Kincardine Township Tiverton Public School (KTTPS).

Colleen Maguire, principal at KTTPS, will be principal at Huron Heights Public School starting in September and Huron Heights’ interim principal Mary Martha Uttley-Shaw will serve as Administrator at Walkerton District Community School.

 Drug bust on Highway 21

A 60-year-old man is facing numerous charges after police executed a search warrant last Wednesday at a property along Highway 21 in Kincardine Twp.

Members of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau - Community Street Crimes Unit, West Region OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) and West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant. As a result, police seized cocaine, cannabis marijuana and hashish. The estimated, combined value of the seized controlled substances was $60,940. Police also seized offence-related property that consisted of trafficking paraphernalia, cash and prohibited weapons.

The Kincardine Twp. man was charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless storage of a firearm and possession of property obtained by crime.

 Through the garden gate tour Sunday

Boardman garden one of eight stops

By Josh Howald

The Boardman garden is so appealing that sometimes it is detrimental to itself.

Helen Boardman in her garden Friday morning. (Josh Howald photo)


Visiting deer have been a serious, destructive issue in the backyard of John and Helen Boardman this season.

Helen Boardman shows the hoof prints of a deer that danced right through her vegetable garden Friday, shaking her head.

“They just ate every top, and they will probably come back to get the rest once they grow again,” she said.

Women's Tri set for Saturday

By Josh Howald

For the first time ever, the Kincardine Women's Triathlon will take place the same weekend as the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

That means race day is this Saturday, July 8.

 Cubs earn split at McLelland Memorial Classic

By Josh Howald

Considering the competition, the Kincardine Cubs were more than happy with a split Sunday at the 7th annual Mike McLelland Memorial Classic.

There was no shortage of base runners during Kincardine`s win over New Lowell. (Josh Howald photo)


 Inaugural Kincardine Pride Parade exceeds expectations

By Barb McKay

It was a day that will go down in history. To say the inaugural Kincardine Pride Parade was a success would be an understatement.

Travis Brown, 3, had a great time blowing bubbles in Victoria Park following the inaugural Pride Parade. For a full page of colour photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Kincardine Pride founder Fort Papalia was overcome with emotion as he and co-founder Sandy Blackwood led the first annual parade down Queen Street on Saturday morning. He waved to the crowds of spectators as he passed them, thanking everyone for coming out in support of the local LGBTQ community.

 EPCOR opens customer care office downtown Kincardine

By Barb McKay

EPCOR has taken another step forward in the process to bring natural gas to the region by opening an office in Kincardine where residents can meet face to face with a representative to learn about the cost and process to convert home energy systems to natural gas.

EPCOR officially opened its doors on Friday at 735 Queen Street, where it will share office space with Bruce Telecom. Residents can bring their utility bills into the office and meet with an EPCOR staff person to learn more about natural gas and the details around conversion.

While EPCOR CEO Stuart Lee said the company is very close to being ready to put pipes in the ground, the decision of whether the project will ultimately proceed is in the hands of the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).

Summer debut

Brian Fry helped keep the beat for the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band Saturday night during the band's first march of the season. (Barb McKay photo)

Plenty to do on Canada Day

By Josh Howald

You have to go all-out for a 150th birthday party.

There will be no shortage of things to see and do in Kincardine on Canada Day, this Saturday.

It starts at the hospital hill with hockey legend Paul Henderson and ends with a bang - actually with several bangs - with a Canada Day 150 spectacular fireworks display over Lake Huron.

And there are plenty of fun activities planned for people of all ages in between.

Paul Henderson, who scored the game-winning goal for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, will be Kincardine's special guest for Canada Day. He will be honoured with a plaque dedication at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Kincardine hospital hill.

Bus, car collide

This car and the bus seen in the background collided at the intersection of Highway 21 and Kincardine Ave. last Wednesday morning. Minor injuires were reported at the scene, said police. (Josh Howald photo)