Kincardine hit by rash of break-and-enters

Guns, televisions, jewellery stolen

Two guns and a crossbow are in the hands of criminals after the Kincardine area was hit with three break-and-enters on the same day. Three separate homes were victimized, with two of them occurring during daylight hours.

The South-Bruce OPP said a house in the 900 block of Park Place in Huron Twp. was forcibly entered and more than an estimated $20,000 worth of jewellery was stolen on June 17. The list of stolen items includes diamond earrings, gold rings and gold necklaces.

The same day, also during daylight, a home in the 600 block of Lynden Crescent in Kincardine was also forcibly entered. This list of stolen items includes an assortment of rings. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be more than $10,000.

Summer nicer than others

Sunday's sunset was particularly pretty over Lake Huron. This photo was snapped on the beach just south of the rock garden in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

Gurbin marks 50 years of practising medicine in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

For half a century, Dr. Gary Gurbin has dedicated his life to caring for the health and well-being of residents in Kincardine.

Canada Day will mark the 50th anniversary of the day that Gurbin began practicing medicine in what is formerly the Town of Kincardine. After graduating from medical school at the University of Western Ontario, he and his then wife moved into the building now operated by Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey. On July 1, 1966, Gurbin began working in the Kincardine hospital three days each week.

“I went right from high school into pre-med,” he said. “I had no thought of doing anything else.”

2018 Reunion logo, slogan revealed

By Barb McKay

Two Kincardine ‘imports’ are the winners of the 2018 KincardineOld Boys and Old Girls (KOBOG) reunion logo and slogan competition.

Reunion logo and slogan contest winners Kayla Piekarz and Keith Foster. (Barb McKay photo)


The winners were announced last Monday evening at the TownePlace Suites Marriott hotel during a volunteer signup event. Kayla Piekarz’s logo design, incorporating a lighthouse and sunset, was selected to represent the 2018 reunion, and Keith Foster’s slogan ‘Bring it Home’ will be the tagline. Both have already been incorporated onto reunion t-shirts and will be featured on merchandise and promotional material.

McLelland Cubs Classic set for Saturday

By Josh Howald

Call it the McLelland Memorial, the Cubs Classic or Baseball Day in Kincardine.

Regardless of what you call it, it is a heck of a good day down at the ball diamonds.

This Saturday will mark the sixth annual Mike McLelland Baseball Classic, hosted by the Kincardine Cubs at Connaught Park. The event has morphed into an entire day of baseball fun for the with the family with a full schedule of Kincardine Minor Baseball Association games in the works, a licensed beer garden and a double-header for the three-time defending OBA champion Kincardine Cubs.

Martyn named Knight of the Year

Balance is key, says KDSS graduate

By Josh Howald

They kept Marley Martyn busy, even on one of her last days at Kincardine District Secondary School.

Marley Martyn Monday afternoon at the north pier in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Her name kept being called to the front to collect hardware. There were most valuable player awards for senior girls volleyball and basketball, the Jordan Fawcett Memorial Basketball Scholarship and the female athlete of the year award. Eventually, she received KDSS' top honour - Knight of the Year.

"It truly means a lot to me," said Martyn, who will be heading to North Bay in September to study, appropriately enough, Concurrent Education Bachelor of Physical Education at Nipissing University.

"It is very rewarding to see a lot of hard work and dedication pay off."

Bears on parade

Cohen, 4, and Hedley Stam, 2, were all smiles at the 22nd annual Teddy Bear Parade in Kincardine Saturday morning. Nearly 100 youngsters, and more than 100 bears, took part in the free event, which included prizes and a march down Queen Street. (Josh Howald photo)

After hours medical clinic opening

The Kincardine Family Health Team (KFHT) will open an after hours medical clinic next month.

The clinic will operate Monday to Thursday from 5-8 p.m., beginning July 18. The after hours service will be provided by a nurse practitioner in the lower level of the Hawthorne Community Clinic and is intended for patients experiencing an acute illness or minor injury that does not require emergency care.

“Implementation of the after hours service is part of our commitment to ensure the right care at the right time at the right place is available when patients are in immediate need for non-urgent concerns,” KFHT CEO Gerry Glover said in a media release. “The after hours service is not designed, nor intended, to replace appointments with your primary care provider, but rather to augment the patient-centered experience through increased access and delivery of healthcare services.”

Beach safety improvements being made at Station Beach

By Barb McKay


Several measures have been taken to make Station Beach safer for swimmers following a beach safety audit.


Pedestrian hit by van

A pedestrian was airlifted to a London hospital after being hit by a mini-van Saturday afternoon on Highway 9.

Police said they were notified of the collision at 12:17 p.m. Saturday afternoon and called to the scene in Kincardine Twp. on Highway 9. Officers, along with Bruce County paramedics, arrived to find a silver mini-van had been involved in the crash.

Sources told the Kincardine Independent that the pedestrian was a woman retrieving her mail from a Canada Post community mailbox in Bervie.

The pedestrian was airlifted to a London hospital with life-threatening injuries. There was no update on her condition as of Monday morning. Tuesday afternoon, The Independent learned the woman was badly injured, but conscious and fortunately expected to survive.

The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit is assisting the South-Bruce OPP with the investigation, which was in its early stages.