Municipality enacts frozen water service policy

By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s cold winters have wreaked havoc on water and sewer lines, leading the municipality to develop a frozen water service policy.


Last winter, the municipality’s public works department staff was stretched to its limits dealing with 145 frozen water pipes, one frozen water main and two frozen sewer lines. To encourage home and business owners to run their taps to prevent freezing, the municipality charged a flat rate for water use through the winter.


Penalty charges stay for property owners with analog water meters

By Barb McKay


Kincardine council is standing by its municipal bylaw and will not excuse property owners from paying penalty charges associated with not switching out their old analog water meters.


Midgets eliminated in OT heartbreaker

Ennismore advances to OMHA finals

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks were 32.9 seconds away from playing for a provincial championship.

The Ennismore midgets celebrate the overtime winning goal in Game 6 Tuesday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


But a late tying goal, followed by an overtime winner sends Ennismore to the OMHA midget B finals and ends Kincardine’s season.

Ennismore had won 48 consecutive games coming into the semi-final series against Kincardine. But the Kinucks shocked the Eagles in Games 2 and 3. Kincardine had three chances to wrap up this series - but Game 4 finished in a 1-1 draw and Ennismore took Game 5 at home 2-0, which forced Tuesday night’s Game 6.

Atoms will play for provincial title

Game 1 of OMHA finals Friday in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks will play for a provincial championship.

Kincardine celebrates Tyler Johns second period goal in Game 4, which ended up being the game winner. (Josh Howald photo)


The atoms will kick off the OMHA atom B finals on Friday night at home. Kincardine will face Lambeth in a best-of-five championship series that begins Friday night. The puck will drop at 7 p.m. at the Davidson Centre.

Kincardine athletes earn gold at Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

Several Kincardine athletes returned home triumphant after earning gold medals in their sports at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games held last week in Newfoundland.


The Kincardine curling team, made up of Ryan Brodhagen, Tyler Jilek, Jackie McDonald and Chris Weese of Kincardine and Gary Nuhn of Owen Sound, won its division. Figure skater Rosie Laidler, also of Kincardine, received a gold medal for her free skate performance and silver for her solo dance.


Further details about the Games will be featured in next week’s edition of The Kincardine Independent.

All about balance

Amy Oliveira impresses at the Kincardine Skating Club's gala performance Friday evening at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. All of the KSC skaters came together to put on a tremendous performance to cap off the skating season. (Josh Howald photo)

Mayors call Union Gas public meetings puzzling and inappropriate

By Barb McKay


The mayors of three municipalities working to bring in natural gas service are calling the move by Union Gas to hold open houses in the region “inappropriate.”


The Independent received a copy of a letter sent to Union Gas’s regional director Murray Costello Friday informing him the municipalities of Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie have signed franchise agreements with EPCOR to distribute natural gas to the communities.


Federal government to revise medical marijuana regulations

AMMCan owners applaud the decision

By Barb McKay


A Federal Court ruling requiring the government to review its regulations around medical marijuana is a prudent decision, according to the head of a company in the process of establishing a medical marijuana facility in Kincardine.


The Federal Court issued a judgment last Wednesday on a Charter of Rights challenge by four individuals against the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). Judge Michael Phelan, presiding over the hearing, ruled that the medical marijuana rules violate the Charter and has given Health Canada six months to refine the regulations.


Bowl for Kids Sake this weekend

The annual fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kincardine & District returns to the bowling alley this year, its 30th year of bowling. The theme “It’s a jungle out there” provides lots of opportunities for interesting costumes and bowlers are asked to come as their favourite animal. Of course, here at The Independent that has to be our office mascot, Daisy Howald.


Teams will take to the alleys on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6. The goal is to raise enough money to operate the organization’s mentoring program throughout the year. This non-profit group matches local youth with one-on-one volunteers. Bowling sponsorships are being used for event costs so that every penny pledged can go directly towards program and mentoring costs.


Kincardine Old Boys and Girls Reunion seeks volunteers

By Barb McKay


The Kincardine Old Boys and Girls Reunion committee needs you.


Past Reunion chair Laura Haight, along with past committee members, gathered at the Paddy Walker House last Tuesday to officially welcome incoming chairs Dave Patterson and Jennifer Cook for the 2018 Reunion. Patterson said he had initially considered the role with some reluctance.


“After a couple of years of badgering and harassment from Laura and Brad (Kirkconnell - 1998 Reunion chair), I said no, no.  But I knew I would miss it. My wife Bobby and I talked and Jen’s name came up and we met at the Hawg’s Breath to talk about it.”