Crowds turn out to support Hike for Hospice event

By Pauline Kerr

The goal of providing compassionate, holistic end-of-life care close to home for Kincardine and area residents is thousands of steps closer to realization after the weekend's Hike for Hospice event.

Cheryl Cottrill, chair of the organizing committee, announced the hike surpassed the fundraising goal.

"The final tally from the walk is $12,127.45. We are thrilled with the community support for the hospice project.”

An estimated crowd of about 100 people (and quite a few of their canine friends) took to the Kincardine trail system and the outdoor track at the Davidson Centre on Sunday to raise funds for hospice and palliative care. All funds raised at the event will remain in the community.

 Community donations bring food bank back from brink

By Barb McKay

Two weeks ago, the cupboards at the Kincardine food bank were nearly bare.

But last Thursday, the Anglican Church of the Messiah, which houses the food bank, was a flurry of activity as volunteers hustled to unload truckloads of boxes filled with non-perishable food items purchased with donations from the community.

Garrett McFadden Named OHL Humanitarian of the Year

By Josh Howald

The awards keep rolling in for Garrett McFadden. And while he should be proud of all his hardware, his latest honour is one this whole community can take pride in.

Garrett McFadden will be speaking at the Kincardine Public Library June 11 at 2 p.m. (Independent file photo/Josh Howald)


Last Wednesday, the Ontario Hockey League announced McFadden would be the recipient of the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the OHL's Humanitarian of the Year.

"Obviously it's a big honour," said the 19-year-old Sunday night.

Eybergen sets new high jump record

KDSS athletes fare well at BAA meet - CWOSSA today and tomorrow in town

By Josh Howald

Madelyn Eybergen may not be real chatty, but the girl can jump like crazy.

Belle Wilson jumper her way to a third place finish in senior girls long jump. For a full page of photos from the BAA meet, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Eybergen set a new record in junior girls high jump last week and led the Kincardine District Secondary School girls to an overall team title at the Bluewater Athletic Association Track and Field Championships at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Cubs open at home 2 p.m. Sunday

Kincardine to play in new Midwestern League

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs will have a new league to try to conquer this summer.

The Cubbies, who have won provincial championships at three different levels over the last four seasons, will play in the newly-formed Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League.

Most of the teams from the Thames Valley Senior Baseball League are also making the move to the new league as the Thames League was taken over by other London-based teams. Nearly every team from the TVSBL will make the move to the Midwestern Ontario Senior League this season. The Listowel Legionnaires, the Mitchell Astros, the Hanover Hitmen, the Ingersoll Blue Jays, the Woodstock Nationals, the St. Thomas Cardinals, the London Area Angels, the Lucan Irish Nine and the Byron Storm will all make the shift.

Feeling flushed

Spring has been slow to arrive, but the water was quick to rush from a fire hydrant on Victoria Street Monday afternoon. Municipal employee Chris Husk was working on flushing the hydrants in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 Bruce County takes steps to address mental health in the workplace

By Barb McKay

Bruce County is taking a leadership role when it comes to addressing mental health in the workplace.

The county unveiled its new Workplace Mental Health Program during last Thursday’s council meeting. The program is designed to provide support to staff who are dealing with mental health issues, whether they are job related or not. The overall focus is on prevention, intervention, recovery and return to work.

The idea of initiating a mental health program for staff came from Bruce County CAO Kelley Coulter last year and wasput into action by county staff including Eleanor MacEwan, a communications specialist in the planning and development department, who introduced the program to county council.

 Women need to start supporting each other as leaders, says McCallion

By Barb McKay

When former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion was not successful in her first run at politics, she believes it is because women did not support her. The next year, when she was elected as mayor, it was because of women.

Hazel McCallion, right, greets Kincardine mayor Anne Eadie last week. (Barb McKay photo)


 MS Walkers meet challenge

By Josh Howald

More than 100 people turned out on a sunny, but cool, Sunday morning to take part in the annual Kincardine Mandarin MS Walk.

This year's MS Walk aimed to raise $15,000. There were still more donations to come in, but as of Monday morning a total of $19, 786 had been collected. On Monday afternoon, Julie Crijen of the MS Society of Canada updated that amount to $28,055.

There was a total of 106 walkers on 10 teams that participated. The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band directed the walkers on the right path leaving the Davidson Centre. Some walked a 2-km path, while others walked a 5-km route.

McHappy Day

Dianna Williams, left, supports McHappy Day at McDonalds in Kincardine with employee Alex Falkingham, middle, and volunteer Randy Hughes. The Kincardine location raised more than $11,000 last Wednesday. (Barb McKay photo)