Blues coming to town

Once again downtown Kincardine will be impacted by the Lighthouse Blues Festival with events throughout the weekend.

Last year it was estimated that there were more than 5,500 people attending the festival, with half travelling from more than 40km away. On average, these tourist parties spent $549 at local stores and restaurants and local participants spent on average $247, with over 44 per cent of downtown retailers reporting their best summer event weekend.

There will also be a BIA Street Market on Saturday along Queen Street with four live performance stages, a motorcycle show and shine as well as a vintage British car show, artists’ row and a children’s zone.


New public bathrooms open

Phase II of Arts Centre renovations completed

By Josh Howald

New public washrooms at the Kincardine Centre for the Arts are now officially in use.

The new facilities were put into use on the weekend at the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games. Both the men's and women's facilities are located at the back of the Centre for Arts, accessible from Victoria Park.

The washrooms will be open to the public on a daily basis.

Larry Walton, a member of the Kincardine Heritage Committee and also an engineer with NA Engineering gave the media a tour of the Centre for Arts on Thursday afternoon. The addition of new facilities is the most noticeable improvement to the building, but they are far from the only change. Phase I of the Arts Centre project was the facade, and that came six years ago. Phase II is now officially complete.


Medical clinic officially Hawthorne Community Clinic

By Barb McKay

An emotional Duncan Hawthorne said he is grateful to have been a part of a community as special as Kincardine as he officially opened the Hawthorne Community Clinic on Monday.

Hawthorne and his wife Lesley were at the clinic that morning for the renaming ceremony before leaving for Scotland. The Municipality of Kincardine council voted to rename the Kincardine Community Medical Clinic in Hawthorne’s honour to recognize his contributions to the community and to health care both personally and as president and CEO of Bruce Power for the past 15 years.

Deputy mayor Jacqueline Faubert addressed a gathering of dignitaries on behalf of the municipality and called Hawthorne a kindred spirit and a dedicated community member. Hawthorne said seeing his name on the clinic wall is very moving.


Garden Tour this weekend

Debbie Mitchell is one of her  meticulously maintained gardens, which will be on display Sunday on the Kincardine Horticultural Society's garden tour, "Through the Garden Gate." For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Portable beach path opens

The new Station Beach Portable Recreation Path is officially open.

The Municipality held an official ribbon cutting and cheque presentation yesterday (Tuesday) to officially introduce the Mobi-Mat Beach Access Mat, which was made possible by Bruce Power's Community Investment and Sponsorship Program and the Kincardine Rotary Club (in partnership with the Kincardine Agricultural Society and Community Foundation Grey-Bruce).

The portable, durable roll-out mats are designed to enhance mobility for pedestrians, individuals with mobility related disabilities, wheelchair and stroller users. The mat provides a portable walkway across the sand to allow for easy access to the water.


And the runner is...

...out at home. Nathan Andrews gave his best look to the home plate umpire Saturday against Saugeen Shores during the McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic, but was called out on this play. The peewee Cardinals did hang on for a 7-6 win, however. (Josh Howald photo)


McFadden invited to Flyers Development camp

By Josh Howald

Kincardine's Garrett McFadden has been invited to the Philadelphia Flyers development camp.

McFadden said on Monday that he was preparing to fly to Philadelphia yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon for the camp.

The Flyers announced the camp roster last Wednesday afternoon. The camp will run July 7 to July 12 and features nearly everybody in the Flyers' system. McFadden, a defenceman with the Guelph Storm, went undrafted last summer and is one of just four players invited to the camp who are not already Flyers property.

The others are Union College winger Mike Vecchione, Brennan Menell of the Vancouver Giants and Ondrej Vala of the Kamloops Blazers.


Women's Tri this Saturday

By Josh Howald

Saturday is Race Day in Kincardine.

More than 400 competitors will converge on Station Beach Saturday morning for the 16th annual Kincardine Women's Triathlon.

The Independent considers the prohibitive favourite to be Sophie Hotchkiss, formerly of Kincardine. After finishing second overall in 2014, Hotchkiss volunteered at last year's event, but is returning to compete on Saturday.

"I feel ready," said Hotchkiss on Monday morning. "I can't wait for race day."

The Kincardine event, a sprint distance triathlon, is once again filled to capacity with 450 athletes registered. It features a 375-metre swim, a 12km cycle and a 3km run. A duathlon also takes place, which is a 3km run, a 12km bike ride and another 3km run.


Nothing but wins at McLelland Memorial

Kincardine dominates at Cubs Classic

By Josh Howald

There were all kinds of victories Saturday at Connaught Park.

Curtis Cobean of the Cubs during an at-bat Saturday against Listowel at the Mike McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic at Connaught Park in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Kincardine Cubs won a pair, the mosquito and peewee Cardinals each won a game and more than $4,000 was raised for the Heart and Stroke Foundation at the sixth annual Mike McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic.

"It was a great day for baseball," said Cubs infielder Greg Stepaniak on Monday. "Overall it was a great day."


Festival kicks

It is a good day to be Scottish in Kincardine.

Emersyn MacDonald competes in highland dancing this morning in Victoria Park. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Gorgeous weather blessed large crowds and enthusiastic competitors today (Saturday) at the 17th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

Highland dancing, solo piping, band competitions and the Heavy Events were among the highlights of today's schedule, as well as the Parade of Clans. And the best is yet to come.

Crowds are already lining Queen Street in downtown Kincardine in anticipation of the weekly Saturday night march by the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band at 8 p.m. Later tonight, the main stage at the festival will feature numerous acts - including Canadian rockers Sloan and festival favourites, the Mudmen.