Opening day smiles

Bethan Killin, left, and Taylor Hasson celebrate Killin's second half goal in KDSS' soccer opener at the Davidson Centre last week. THe Knights pasted Chesley 6-0. (Josh Howald photo)

MRI would be good fit for Kincardine hospital, says SBGHC head

By Barb McKay


The head of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) is hoping that a regional review of hospital equipment could lead to MRI technology at the Kincardine hospital.


Paul Rosebush made a presentation during the SBGHC board of directors meeting in Kincardine last Wednesday and said a review of CT and MRI equipment in the region will be underway shortly. The review is funded by the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and will look at utilization and distribution of technology, where needs exist, as well as best practices. It is expected to take two years to complete.


Arrest made in fraud investigation

A Kincardine man may have pulled a fast one on a number of downtown businesses, but he couldn't elude the South-Bruce OPP.

Two South-Bruce OPP officers make an arrest Thursday morning at the intersection of Queen and Lambton Streets. Police arrested a 42-year-old Kincardine man and charged him with more than 20 offences. (Dianna Martel photo)


Police arrested a 42-year-old at the intersection of Queen and Lambton Streets in the downtown core at about 9 a.m. Thursday morning. The arrest concluded an investigation that began the previous afternoon.

Off with the hair!

KTTPS teacher Denice Kirk cuts the hair of fellow teacher Sarah Bishop last week at the school's Heroes For Hope campaign for the Canadian Cancer Society. The school raised more than $4,000. Parent volunteer Melanie Roppel, six female students and four male students also shaved their heads. Hairdressers from InStyle donated services for the event. (Barb McKay photo)

Bruce Power challenges community to end stigma around mental health

Break the Silence campaign aims to raise $80,000 for mental health initiatives

By Barb McKay


Bruce Power wants you to break the silence around mental health.


The company launched a social media fundraising campaign Monday, Break the Silence, which will run throughout Mental Health Awareness Week. For every share and like on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin of the hashtag #BreaktheSilence, Bruce Power will donate $1 to organizations in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties to target mental health. The goal is to raise $80,000 by Friday.


Ready, set, go!

Lacey-Mae Holtby, left, 3, Claire Ferguson, 3, and Kaitlyn Ferguson, 7, race at the annual Kincardine Hike for Hospice Sunday at the Davidson Centre. This year, $430 was raised for the Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce. (Barb McKay photo)

Two of Kincardine’s tennis courts back in action

By Barb McKay


Two out of three tennis courts on Harbour Street will be open for play this week.


Municipality of Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke told The Independent last week that nets would be installed this week on two courts. He said it was never the municipality’s intention to close the courts, which will now remain open for the season. One court on the west end will not be set up as it has surface issues.


Early last month, the Kincardine Tennis Club decided to suspend its programming for the season and would not operate the courts citing safety issues and liability. The courts have not been resurfaced since 2003.


Bruce County bids farewell to Duncan Hawthorne

Kincardine medical clinic to be renamed in Hawthorne’s honour

By Barb McKay


Parting is such sweet sorrow.



Duncan and Lesley Hawthorne mingle at the tribute dinner Wednesday night at the Ripley-Huron Community Centre. (Barb McKay photo)



Kincardine to host 2018/19 OFSAA hockey tournament

By Josh Howald

The provincial high school boys hockey championships will be played in Kincardine in March, 2019.

The 16 best secondary school hockey teams from across the province will descend upon Kincardine in order to crown an Ontario champion. One would assume that arenas in Ripley, Tiverton and possibly Lucknow will be used in addition to the ice at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

OFSAA, the governing federation of 18 regional school athletic associations spread across Ontario, informed Kincardine District Secondary School of the news on Thursday.

“It is great for the school and the municipality,” said Peter Wolfe on Monday.

Season a sweet one for maple syrup producers

By Barb McKay


This is the time of year that winter-weary Canadians have eagerly awaited. Warm sunshine is bringing out the buds on trees and shrubs and sap that has been running out of maple trees for weeks now is bubbling away in steel vats, thickening into sweet maple syrup.


Indulging in pancakes dripping with maple syrup is as much a part of being Canadian as playing hockey and Ontario alone is home to more than 400 producers.


Peter Neve operates the Sugarhouse Studio near Cargill and is currently in the process of bottling 700 litres of liquid gold. In his 20 years of making maple syrup, he says this season stands out.