Kincardine senior staffers make Sunshine List

Five senior staff members with the Municipality of Kincardine are on Ontario’s so-called Sunshine List.


The Ontario Ministry of Finance’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure for 2013 was released March 31. In Kincardine, CAO Murray Clarke tops the list, earning a salary of $149,103.55 with taxable benefits totalling $1,214.32. Former public works director Gagan Sandhu earned $107,539.84 plus $3,773.47 in benefits.



This goose looks less then impressed as it climbs out of the water and onto the ice Monday afternoon at Kincardine harbour. However, the geese are pleased that a bit of water is now accessible - it had been covered in ice up until last week. More ice will be disappearing this week, perhaps, with warmer temperatures expected mid-week. (Josh Howald photo)

Ron Coristine new PREDC executive director

By Barb McKay

The Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation has hired a familiar face as its new executive director.


PREDC president Jim Prenger announced Thursday that Ron Coristine will fill the role, left vacant by the passing of Gerry Taylor. Coristine, a long-time consultant, is a Kincardine councillor and the council representative on PREDC’s board of directors.


Chamber finalizing lease agreement for Team Kincardine, tourism offices

By Barb McKay

The municipality will have a copy of the head lease agreement shortly, according to realtor Linda Bowers.

In a telephone interview with The Independent Monday, Bowers said she had just returned from holidays and was in the process of obtaining a second signature on the agreement between the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce and Iron Gate, the landlord for 777B Queen Street. She expects that Chamber executive director Jackie Pawlikowski will be the one to sign the agreement.


Police chase in Lucknow

A 24-year-old Hanover man is facing several charges after trying to dodge police in Lucknow on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

At 12:44 a.m., a South-Bruce OPP officer patrolling Highway 9, Greenock Twp., noticed a grey Ford Taurus moving at a high rate of speed. The vehicles' speed was displayed on radar at 137km/hr in a posted 70km/hr zone. The driver was signalled to stop the vehicle, but decided to continue driving, at that speed, towards Lucknow.

The vehicle made some quack turns in the village of Lucknow, and police found the car, stopped, with the engine running, behind the Mac's Milk store. The driver, however, was no longer in the vehicle. Investigating officers were able to identify the man that had been driving the suspect vehicle, though police did not detail how, or where, they caught up to him.

Super spay-ghetti

The annual Spay-ghetti dinner at the Kincardine Legion Saturday night raised more than $7,000 for Cozy Cat Shelter, run by Helga Szekely. The SPCA pulled sponsorship of the event unexpectedly on Thursday evening, but volunteers from Goderich and Kincardine pulled things together to feed a sell-out crowd. From left, Dawse Ford, Bailey Pierson, Breigha Pierson and Caiden Ford enjoy the grub, prior to home made desserts donated by Dianne and Perry Laidy of Ripley. (Kincardine Independent)

New businesses, big changes coming to Kincardine’s downtown

By Barb McKay


There are some big things happening in Kincardine’s downtown.


After a challenging winter, with frequent road closures, things are looking up.


“We are coming out of a difficult winter,” said BIA downtown development manager Rick Clarke. “People weren’t visiting Kincardine. Even local people weren’t coming downtown. But we’re looking forward to a good summer season.”


National nomination for Independent photographer

Josh Howald of The Kincardine Independent is one of three photographers nominated for best spot news photo in the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards for 2014.


Kathy Johnson of the Shelburne/Barrington, Nova Scotia Coast Guard and Chris Bolster of the Powell River Peak, Powell River, British Columbia were also nominated.


The 2014 award winners will be presented at the Canadian Community Newspapers Newspapers Association annual convention in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island from May 28-30.


Blaze in Inverhuron causes $500,000 damage

 A fire in Inverhuron on the weekend has gutted a home and garage.



Firefighters work to extinguish a house and garage fire on John Street, Inverhuron on Saturday.



Municipality calls on Sun Media to stop driveway delivery

Kincardine council has asked Sun Media to change its delivery method for the Kincardine News.


Councillor Mike Leggett introduced a motion during the March 19 council meeting to notify Sun Media that it has concerns with the how the newspaper is currently delivered to residents in Kincardine and Tiverton – tossed into driveways.


Council voted in favour of the motion and is asking Sun Media to consider an alternate form of delivery, such as Canada Post.