by Pauline Kerr

Mushball! The Fanily Ties team defeated Hit the Grass 6-5 during the weekend’s mushball tournament in Tiverton.

9th Annual Bruce Telecom Lighthouse Blues Festival a success

by Tammy Schneider


In spite of a few showers, this year’s salute to the blues was well attended and enjoyed by thousands of visitors and local residents on July 14, 15 and 16. Friday evening behind the Bruce Steak House, the evening kicked off with a set by the Andrew Parkhouse Band, and continued on with five more bands taking the stage until past midnight.


Saturday was a family affair, as the Kincardine BIA hosted a street festival that included displays and activities for all ages to enjoy. The petting zoo was a big hit, as well as the giant bubbles and mini zip-line. Displays of old time bikes, toys and collectibles brought back many old memories (and more than a few laughs).


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Fighting kidney disease with Kidney Walk




Thirteen-year-old Christopher Pennington isn’t playing with friends or lounging in front of the television this summer. For the past three years he has been busy fundraising to support his team in the Goderich Kidney Walk. Scheduled for Sept. 9, the walk is sanctioned by The Kidney Foundation of Canada, and uses funds raised for research and patient support. To date, Pennington has raised more than $30,000 since he began walking in 2015.


Asked why he participates, Pennington said that he was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2014.



7ACRES to supply recreational cannabis to Alberta


Thompson vows to place rural lens on education


By Barb McKay


Lisa Thompson has pledged to make rural issues a priority in her new role as Minister of Education.


The Huron-Bruce MPP was assigned the cabinet position on June 29 and told The Independent last week that she immediately got to work on the province’s education file. She will also sit on Ontario’s Treasury Board.


“I was certainly honoured and humbled and I am putting my best foot forward,” she said of her appointment.


Thompson named Minister of Education


Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has been given a key role in the new Ontario government.


On Friday, Premier Doug Ford announced the new Ontario ‘Government for the People’ had been sworn in. Ford reduced the number of ministers to 20 from 29 under the previous Liberal government. Seven of the new ministers are women, including Thompson, who has been named Minister of Education. Thompson was elected to serve Huron-Bruce for a third term.


KDSS student accepted into summer enrichment program at McGill


By Barb McKay


Kincardine District Secondary School (KDSS) student Sheetal Gill will get a preview of university life this summer.


The Tiverton teen, who will enter Grade 11 in September, has been accepted into an exclusive summer educational program. SHAD is a month-long enrichment program that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). High school students from across Canada who are accepted into the program are placed at one of 16 universities across the county.


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7ACRES to add 400 new jobs for major expansion



The Tiverton cannabis producer announced last week that it will hire more than 400 employees over the next year as it gears up for a large expansion.


7ACRES held a ceremony at the Southampton Golf and Country Club last Wednesday to recognize the first graduates of its School of Management – where 33 people graduated from 10 leadership courses provided by the company. During the ceremony, 7ACRES executives made the announcement that the company plans to expand its facility at the Bruce Energy Centre from three greenhouses to 30 and hire more than 400 people by the end of June 2019.


New doctor coming to Kincardine


A new doctor will be joining the Kincardine Physicians Group early next year.


Last week, the Municipality of Kincardine council approved an agreement with Dr. Catherine Ciszkowski to take up her medical practice at the Hawthorne Community Clinic, beginning January 2019.


Ciszkowski completed her medical degree at McMaster University in Hamilton in 2013, and finished her family medicine residency training via Western University's regional training program in 2015.