Tourism season heats up in Kincardine

By Barb McKay 

While the number of visitors to Kincardine this summer is not as high as last year’s total by this time, local tourism officials expect that to soon change.

According to statistics recorded by Kincardine’s tourism office, at total of 1,765 people have stopped into the Welcome Centre on Queen Street between the beginning of May and last Thursday. That figure is down from the 1,900 people who visited over the same time period last year.

Woman loses clothes from line

A 21-year-old Brockton man is facing several charges after stealing ladies clothing from a clothes line last week in Walkerton.

Just before 1 p.m. on July 12, the South-Bruce OPP received a theft report from a Colborne St. residence in Walkerton. Sometime between 10 p.m. on July 10 and 8 a.m., July 11,  several articles of ladies clothing were taken off a clothes line on the property.

The OPP investigated, with the assistance of the South-Bruce OPP Crime Unit. The investigation culminated on July 26 with an arrest. The 21-year-old was charged with three counts of theft under $5,000, three counts of trespassing by night and three counts of possession of stolen property. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 31 to answer to the charges.

Crowd pleaser

All eyes were on Steven Moxley as he succesfully completes a flip on his BMX bike Saturday in Ripley as part of the CrazECrew Stunt Team's performance. (Josh Howald photo)


The Griffin family held a fundraiser children's party and obstacle course at their property on Durham Street Saturday. Dozens of children enjoyed playing in an inflatable structure with water guns and balloons. The event raised $130 for Allies for Alley Catz and nine bags of non-perishable food items for the Kincardine food bank. Here, Payton Lisk, 11, and Emma Thompson get ready to ambush others with water guns. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine day away program slated to close

By Barb McKay


A program that has long provided respite to family caregivers of individuals who are elderly, have dementia or physical disabilities is slated to close.


The Home and Community Support Services Adult Day Away program in Kincardine will shut down as of Oct. 1 and clients will be bused to Port Elgin to the Day Away program there, a long-time volunteer told The Independent Monday.


Scientists continue hunt for evidence of early civilization on Lake Huron

 By Barb McKay

American researchers will return to Amberley next month to continue groundbreaking underwater archeological work that has uncovered evidence of early civilization.

The discovery was first made by scientists in 2009, including University of Michigan professor John O’Shea, who co-authored a report on the findings with Guy Meadows, director of Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories and a professor in the departments of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences. What the team uncovered was an underwater ridge that spanned 10 miles across Lake Huron from Amberley to Presque Isle, Michigan. It is believed that the ridge, named the Alpena-Amberley Ridge, would have been above water some 9,000 years ago.

SIU called in after Kincardine incident

The Ontario Provincial Police has notified the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), which has invoked its mandate and will be examining a Friday night incident in Kincardine.

Members of the South-Bruce OPP responded to a disturbance call on Queen St., in Kincardine at 9:10 p.m. Friday night. Upon arrival, police were confronted by an armed female. Police were able to successfully apprehend the suspect, who was subsequently arrested under the Mental Health Act and taken to a local hospital, where she was admitted.

On Monday, the OPP was notified of allegations of injury sustained by the female during the altercation with police. As a result, the OPP will not be able to provide any further information.

Ripley Reunion just days away

The bunting is up, the plans are set and only a few days remain until the All Roads Lead Home Ripley Reunion, which runs July 30-Aug. 3. It will be a fantastic weekend full of events for the whole family.

The central location for the majority of the weekend is the arena and baseball diamond area with free admission to the grounds. Reunion Central is located at 46 Queen Street in Ripley. Hours are Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Fridays from 5-8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Registration is open from 7-8 p.m.

You can pick up tickets for the youth dance, Railroad to Ripley play or the Elvin impersonator for just $10 each or the kick-off dance for $20 at Reunion Central, Ripley Variety and the township office.

Thursday, July 30

Make a bowl, buy a bowl, fill a bowl

Woodturners offer up bowls for food bank

By Josh Howald

If you purchase a bowl on Aug. 1, you're helping fill up another bowl.

Pat Stewart of the Kincardine Ministerial Food Bank, left, with Carl Durance, president of the Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild. (Josh Howald photo)


The Grey-Bruce Woodturners are following the lead of the national woodturner's association and taking part in the Empty Bowls project this year. Essentially, they have created 36 bowls from various kinds of wood and have donated them to the Kincardine Food Bank. The Food Bank will then sell those bowls to the public on Saturday, and put the money towards feeding local families in need.

DGR court challenge put on hold until new year

By Barb McKay


A request for a judicial review of the recommendation from an independent panel for the federal government to approve OPG’s plan to bury low and intermediate level waste has been put on hold until next year.