Scottish snapshots

Jamieson MacNeil of Owen Sound competes in Highland Dancing Saturday morning in Victoira Park. For two full pages of colour photos from the 16th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Driver loses control - twice

A 45-year-old Kincardine woman is facing numerous charges after a two-car crash on Durham St. Monday evening.

At 5:23 p.m., the South-Bruce OPP responded to a report of the two-vehicle crash. Officers arrived on the scene to learn a silver Honda Accord had struck a black Acura RDX. The driver of the Honda Accord was found to have been drinking alcohol.

The woman refused to co-operate with police, and became combative during the arrest. The woman was charged with dangerous driving, impaired driving, refusing a breath sample, assaulting police and resisting a peace officer. She is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 10 to answer to the charges.

There were no injuries reported.

Canada Day assault charges

Two men have been charged with assault following a fight at Station Beach in Kincardine on Canada Day.

At 10:20 p.m. on July 1, police caught wind of a disturbance at Station Beach, which was just clearing out following the Canada Day fireworks display. Officers arrived to learn that two males had assaulted a male teenager. The accused, a 19-year-old man from Barrie and a 19-year-old man from Kincardine, are each facing one count of assault as well as causing a disturbance. There was minor injuries reported at the scene.

The two men are scheduled to appear in court on July 27 to answer to the charges. 

Elston’s recycled garden is a work of art

Through the Garden Gate tour July 12

 By Barb McKay

 When Duncan and Sandy Elston moved into their home on McDonald Avenue a little more than one year ago, the yard was a blank slate, save for a board fence at the back of the property.

Duncan and Sandy Elston in their McDonald Ave. garden recently. (Barb McKay photo)


The fence came down almost immediately, revealing a buried heap of broken glass, metal and other garbage dating back nearly a century. After her husband hauled two trailer loads of waste to the landfill, Sandy Elston got to work creating a tranquil oasis for the couple.

Earley continues vision of community policing

By Barb McKay 

After 10 months without a detachment commander the South Bruce OPP is ready to get down to business and its new leader has some specific objectives in mind.

Inspector Dana Earley has officially stepped into the role of commander after three years as Staff Sergeant with the detachment. She is the first full-time commander since former top cop Insp. Scott Smith, a strong believer in community policing, left to take on a special assignment for the OPP. Earley received the promotion after being shortlisted to an inspector’s talent pool and completing several interviews.

Earley, who hails from the Goderich area, started her policing carrier with Essex County before spending five years in Marathon. She then transferred to Huron OPP and was promoted to Sergeant before joining South Bruce.

Will Saturday's Triathlon include a swim?

Lake temperatures must rise in next couple of days

By Josh Howald

As the 15th annual Kincardine Women's Triathlon approaches, the biggest question is whether or not Lake Huron is going to co-operate.

The Ontario Association of Triathletes (OAT) has a rule that the water must be at least 13 degrees Celsius to be included in the triathlon. Only once in the previous 14 years has Lake Huron been too chilly for the hundreds of competitors that will compete in Saturday's race. That was in 2013, when the water was just 10 degrees Celsius. The lake temperature forced organizers to change the triathlon to a duathlon. Race organizers are prepared to modify the event much like in 2013, but are holding out hope.

All wet!

Hughie Cahill, 5, tests out the new splash pad at Lions Park in Kincardine on Saturday. The Kincardine Lions Clb held a 'soft' opening to allow children who had raised money for the water park - Olivia, Sierra and Cole Griffin, Max Malholtra and Ashley Mayer - to be the first to try it out. (Barb McKay photo)

WestJet bomb threat call made to Kincardine airport

By Barb McKay


A phone call reporting a bomb was placed on a WestJet flight bound for Edmonton Saturday came in to the Kincardine municipal airport.


Airport manager Blake Evans confirmed that he received the phone call just after 9 a.m. Saturday.


“A male voice said, ‘there’s a bomb on Flight 391 from Halifax in the baggage compartment.’”


A Scottish welcome!

A little rain can't stop the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band. The band made its debut Saturday night, kicking off another summer of marches. There will be no shortage of all things Scottish this weekend, with the 16th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games set to kick off Friday night. For more details, pick up a copy of this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

SBGHC continues to trim to avoid cuts to core services

Laundry service to be contracted out

By Barb McKay


Intensified pressure on health services in Bruce and Grey and no increases in government funding for the past several years is forcing the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) to trim where it can.


The SBGHC held its annual board meeting at the Kincardine hospital and CEO Paul Rosebush said the health centre is holding its own, despite four straight years of flat funding from the province.


“It’s been a long and challenging year, but it’s been a successful year,” he said. “If you look at the bottom line, we still met the goals, as we have in recent years.”