Sophie Hotchkiss wins 2017 Women’s Triathlon

By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s Sophie Hotchkiss overcame a rough swim to pull out front of her fellow competitors and win the 2017 Kincardine Women’s Triathlon.

Sophie Hotchkiss won Saturday's Women's Triathlon in Kincardine. (Barb McKay photo)


A total of 450 women from across Canadatook part in the triathlon, duathlon and relay events in Kincardine on Saturday morning. The triathlon kicked off at 9 a.m. with a 375 metre swim from Station Beach, followed by a 12-kilometre bike ride and a three-kilometre run, ending in Reunion Park. The duathlon event includes the run and cycling portions of the event.

Hotchkiss, 20, had a difficult start in the water but quickly made her way from third place to first on the bike and led the race for the duration. She crossed the finish line with a time of 43:37.

 Work to finally begin on Kincardine tennis courts

By Barb McKay

A contract has been awarded for repairs to the Kincardine tennis courts.

During its meeting last Wednesday, the Municipality of Kincardine council agreed to award the project tender to Multiple Enterprises Inc. of Chesley, which submitted the lowest bid of $80,309. Three companies bid on the project, which has a budget of $130,000.

The municipality also plans to take four core samples of the sink hole in the courts this month and expects to have the results before the work on the courts is complete.

*New washrooms will be built at the Kincardine marina.

Canadian crowd

Thousands of people turned out for Saturday`s Canada Day celebrations at the flagpole at the foot of Harbour St. in Kincardine. The crowd was thrilled to hear a few stories from Paul Henderson, who was born in Kincardine. For a full page of colour photos from Canada Day in Kincardine, don`t miss this week`s print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

 Summer program expands at Bruce Power Visitors Centre

The Bruce Power summer programming started July 1 and features live theatre performances and daily service this summer. Note that the centre is closed for statutory holidays on July 3 and Aug. 7.

“We are very excited about opening Sundays and adding more tours and our live theatre performance to the summer program at the Visitors’ Centre,” said Chris Mercanti, Section Manager, Community and Indigenous Relations. “Our development students have written a fun and educational show about nuclear power, and it complements the interactive displays throughout the Visitors’ Centre and the Bus Tour Program.”

 Leppington to serve as principal for Ripley school

The Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) announced its latest round of principal and vice-principal placements on Friday.

Tanya Leppington will be the new principal at Ripley-Huron Community School. Leppington has been with Huron Heights Public School for 22 years as a teacher and, most recently, vice-principal. Ripley’s current principal Graham Martin has been appointed principal at Kincardine Township Tiverton Public School (KTTPS).

Colleen Maguire, principal at KTTPS, will be principal at Huron Heights Public School starting in September and Huron Heights’ interim principal Mary Martha Uttley-Shaw will serve as Administrator at Walkerton District Community School.

 Drug bust on Highway 21

A 60-year-old man is facing numerous charges after police executed a search warrant last Wednesday at a property along Highway 21 in Kincardine Twp.

Members of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau - Community Street Crimes Unit, West Region OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) and West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant. As a result, police seized cocaine, cannabis marijuana and hashish. The estimated, combined value of the seized controlled substances was $60,940. Police also seized offence-related property that consisted of trafficking paraphernalia, cash and prohibited weapons.

The Kincardine Twp. man was charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless storage of a firearm and possession of property obtained by crime.

 Through the garden gate tour Sunday

Boardman garden one of eight stops

By Josh Howald

The Boardman garden is so appealing that sometimes it is detrimental to itself.

Helen Boardman in her garden Friday morning. (Josh Howald photo)


Visiting deer have been a serious, destructive issue in the backyard of John and Helen Boardman this season.

Helen Boardman shows the hoof prints of a deer that danced right through her vegetable garden Friday, shaking her head.

“They just ate every top, and they will probably come back to get the rest once they grow again,” she said.

Women's Tri set for Saturday

By Josh Howald

For the first time ever, the Kincardine Women's Triathlon will take place the same weekend as the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

That means race day is this Saturday, July 8.

 Cubs earn split at McLelland Memorial Classic

By Josh Howald

Considering the competition, the Kincardine Cubs were more than happy with a split Sunday at the 7th annual Mike McLelland Memorial Classic.

There was no shortage of base runners during Kincardine`s win over New Lowell. (Josh Howald photo)


 Inaugural Kincardine Pride Parade exceeds expectations

By Barb McKay

It was a day that will go down in history. To say the inaugural Kincardine Pride Parade was a success would be an understatement.

Travis Brown, 3, had a great time blowing bubbles in Victoria Park following the inaugural Pride Parade. For a full page of colour photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Kincardine Pride founder Fort Papalia was overcome with emotion as he and co-founder Sandy Blackwood led the first annual parade down Queen Street on Saturday morning. He waved to the crowds of spectators as he passed them, thanking everyone for coming out in support of the local LGBTQ community.