Paddling away the day

Stella Brown, 1, and sister Parker, 3, are having a great time on the lake with paddeboarder Pam Rantz of Kincardine during West Shore's Paddle 4 Purpose event at Station Beach on Saturday. The event was a fundraiser for Kincardine Big Brothers Big Sisters. (Barb McKay photo)

Arts Centre renos expected to exceed $1.5 million

By Barb McKay


The price tag for repairs and improvements to the Kincardine Centre for the Arts is steep, but local politicians agree the work has to be done to keep the building open.


Larry Walton of NA Engineering, the firm hired to carry out the project, presented a conceptual design of a revamped interior of the 140-year-old building during last Wednesday’s council meeting, along with a scope of work report. Extensive work was done to the Arts Centre’s exterior in 2010 and since then tenants of the building, including the Kincardine Theatre Guild, Bluewater Summer Playhouse and Victoria Park Gallery, have been asking the municipality to turn its attention indoors.


Bruce County DGR meetings violated Municipal Act, says report


An investigation into meetings held between OPG, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and Bruce County councillors has determined that Bruce County council contravened the Municipal Act.


Pedestrian caught up at RIDE check

You don't have to drive through a RIDE checkpoint to end up with charges.

A 28-year-old Toronto man learned a little about common sense on Aug. 2, the night of the Beach Dance at Station Beach in Kincardine. At 11:32 p.m., members of the South-Bruce OPP were conducting a RIDE checkpoint on Huron Terrace when they saw a man walking along the side of the road with a styrofoam cup in his hand. Officers found that there was alcohol in the cup.

The man was charged with open alcohol other than residence.  

Tall Ship cruise is the chance of a lifetime

By Barb McKay


A few lucky individuals will have a chance to sail on the Toronto Brigantine Tall Ships when they visit Kincardine later this month.


There are 40 tickets up for grabs to embark on Pathfinder or Playfair for a sunset cruise as part of Kincardine’s Marine Heritage Festival. The tickets are up for auction with a starting bid of $50 per ticket. There are five packages of four tickets and 10 packages of two tickets available.


As part of the cruise experience, ticket holders will be welcomed as trainees for the evening and will have the opportunity to participate as members of the ships’ crews.


ATV crash on Queen Street

An ATV, a Ford F-150 pick-up truck, a utility trailer and a Ford Focus left a mess on Queen Street, Kincardine last Wednesday evening.

Police got the call at 8:03 p.m., and arrived on the scene to discover the driver of the ATV had been drinking alcohol. There had been, in fact, two occupants on the ATV, and neither had been wearing a helmet. The driver was treated at hospital for minor injuries, while the passenger reported no injuries at the scene. The driver, a 26-year-old from Kincardine, was charged with impaired driving, as well as operation over 80mgs.

Fly guys

Royal Canadian Air Cadet Dalls Frost of Whitby, left, flew in to the Kincardine airport Friday as part of a cross-country training exercise through the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre. A total of 18 cadets stopped and logged in at the Kincardine facility over the course of a week. Right is airport manager Blake Evans. (Barb McKay photo)

McKenzie wins Chinook Classic

By Josh Howald

Murray McKenzie of Holstein is the 2014 winner of Lake Huron's largest fishing derby.

McKenzie hung on to win the Chantry Chinook Classic Fishing Derby with a 21.1-pound chinook he reeled in last Sunday, Aug. 3. McKenzie weighed in the biggest salmon of the two-week derby at the Wiarton weigh station. He was in Tiverton on Sunday to collect his prize - a cool $14,000.

The biggest fish of the derby, however, wasn't a salmon. It was a 25.21-pound lake trout caught by Colleen Elliott of Lambton Shores. She gets a $6,000 prize for having the derby's top trout, which was 39 inches long. She brought that monster into the Kincardine weigh station last Monday afternoon.

Four birthdays!

The Coutts family in Tiverton celebrated the first birthday of their quadruplet boys Saturday, and invited those who have helped in the past year to join in the fun. For the full story on Dylan, left, Lincoln, Easton and Owen, don't miss the print edition of this week's Kincardine Independent! (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine welcome centre sees decline in traffic

By Barb McKay


Despite its prominent location on Queen Street, the number of visits to Kincardine’s new welcome centre has been lower than last summer at the previous location on Highway 21.


According to data collected by Kincardine tourism staff, the number of people stopping in to the office has declined by about half, compared to 2013. In May, 243 people came through the welcome centre, compared to 570 in May 2013. In June, there were 567 visits, compared to 1,010 visits last June. For the month of July last year 1,424 people came through the office. As of last week, just 745 people had stopped in.