No blues here!

Emily van Straten, 3, of Hanover creates an original piece of art in the art zone in Victoria Park on the weekend as part of Saturday's free activities for the Lighthouse Blues Festival. For a full page of photos from the Blues Festival, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine stories part of national media project

By Barb McKay


A spotlight is shining on Kincardine and its residents as the community takes part in a national media project in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.


Over the past week, dozens of people have wandered over to Victoria Park to a small trailer where two young women, one a Kincardine native and the other a visiting producer, have been conducting interviews. The recordings will become a compilation of stories about Kincardine’s rich history through the eyes of the people who have grown up here, emigrated here and those who spend their summers here.


Women’s Triathlon considered biggest yet

Peach wins 16th annual event

By Barb McKay


It came down to the day of the race to determine if a swim would be included in the 2015 Kincardine Women’s Triathlon.



Katie Peach of Oakville, middle, with second place winner Glenna Fraumeni of Toronto, left, and Tina Perrilli of Brantford. (Barb McKay photo)



35th Fox Run set for Sept. 20

The date for the 25th annual Terry Fox Run in Kincardine has been set.

The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20, beginning and ending at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Since 1984, Kincardine has raised $217,151.93 in memory of the iconic Canadian hero. In 1980, Fox made Canadian history with his Marathon of Hope. His goal of raising $1 for every Canadian can still be accomplished.

For more information on this year's run, contact Jane Benney at 519-386-4702 or by e-mail at or the Kincardine Davidson centre at 519-396-3491.

Festival numbers up

16th annual Scottish Festival sees attendance spike

By Josh Howald

In all likelihood, Kincardine was more Scottish than Scotland on Saturday.

Thousands of people followed the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band back to Victoria Park Saturday night, and stuck around. More than 4,400 people attended the Saturday night concerts at the 16th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games. This photo was taken from the front balcony of the Bruce Steakhouse. (Josh Howald photo)


Thousands of people packed the town all weekend long to take in the 16th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

Woman killed in Friday crash

Dangerous weekend on area roads

By Josh Howald

A 53-year-old woman was killed Friday in a single vehicle crash along Sideroad 30 in Huron Twp.

The South-Bruce OPP was notified of the crash at 3:46 p.m. Friday afternoon. Officers attended, along with members of the Ripley-Huron Fire Department and Bruce County paramedics, and found an orange Pontiac G6 on its roof in a creek.

There were three occupants in the vehicle. The rear seat passenger, a 53-year-old woman from North Huron Twp., was pronounced dead at the scene. Police didn't immediately identify the deceased, but Wednesday morning issued a release identifying her as Eleanor Zettler.

Ash Borer now in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

The presence of the emerald ash borer has been verified in the municipality of Kincardine.

The news came just as Saugeen Conservation was preparing to begin treatment services in the region.

"We had a clear indication that the infestation had reached this area," said Murray Clarke, Kincardine CAO, "but we now know it has been verified within the actual town area."

Clarke said the municipality has developed a response protocol which is aimed primarily at dealing with trees that present a degree of hazard. Some trees have already been infected and will have to come down.

"Other options, such as possible treatment are being looked at with regard to prize ash trees within parks and other public areas," said Clarke.

Scottish snapshots

Jamieson MacNeil of Owen Sound competes in Highland Dancing Saturday morning in Victoira Park. For two full pages of colour photos from the 16th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Driver loses control - twice

A 45-year-old Kincardine woman is facing numerous charges after a two-car crash on Durham St. Monday evening.

At 5:23 p.m., the South-Bruce OPP responded to a report of the two-vehicle crash. Officers arrived on the scene to learn a silver Honda Accord had struck a black Acura RDX. The driver of the Honda Accord was found to have been drinking alcohol.

The woman refused to co-operate with police, and became combative during the arrest. The woman was charged with dangerous driving, impaired driving, refusing a breath sample, assaulting police and resisting a peace officer. She is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 10 to answer to the charges.

There were no injuries reported.

Canada Day assault charges

Two men have been charged with assault following a fight at Station Beach in Kincardine on Canada Day.

At 10:20 p.m. on July 1, police caught wind of a disturbance at Station Beach, which was just clearing out following the Canada Day fireworks display. Officers arrived to learn that two males had assaulted a male teenager. The accused, a 19-year-old man from Barrie and a 19-year-old man from Kincardine, are each facing one count of assault as well as causing a disturbance. There was minor injuries reported at the scene.

The two men are scheduled to appear in court on July 27 to answer to the charges.