Scientists continue hunt for evidence of early civilization on Lake Huron

 By Barb McKay

American researchers will return to Amberley next month to continue groundbreaking underwater archeological work that has uncovered evidence of early civilization.

The discovery was first made by scientists in 2009, including University of Michigan professor John O’Shea, who co-authored a report on the findings with Guy Meadows, director of Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories and a professor in the departments of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences. What the team uncovered was an underwater ridge that spanned 10 miles across Lake Huron from Amberley to Presque Isle, Michigan. It is believed that the ridge, named the Alpena-Amberley Ridge, would have been above water some 9,000 years ago.

SIU called in after Kincardine incident

The Ontario Provincial Police has notified the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), which has invoked its mandate and will be examining a Friday night incident in Kincardine.

Members of the South-Bruce OPP responded to a disturbance call on Queen St., in Kincardine at 9:10 p.m. Friday night. Upon arrival, police were confronted by an armed female. Police were able to successfully apprehend the suspect, who was subsequently arrested under the Mental Health Act and taken to a local hospital, where she was admitted.

On Monday, the OPP was notified of allegations of injury sustained by the female during the altercation with police. As a result, the OPP will not be able to provide any further information.

Ripley Reunion just days away

The bunting is up, the plans are set and only a few days remain until the All Roads Lead Home Ripley Reunion, which runs July 30-Aug. 3. It will be a fantastic weekend full of events for the whole family.

The central location for the majority of the weekend is the arena and baseball diamond area with free admission to the grounds. Reunion Central is located at 46 Queen Street in Ripley. Hours are Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Fridays from 5-8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Registration is open from 7-8 p.m.

You can pick up tickets for the youth dance, Railroad to Ripley play or the Elvin impersonator for just $10 each or the kick-off dance for $20 at Reunion Central, Ripley Variety and the township office.

Thursday, July 30

Make a bowl, buy a bowl, fill a bowl

Woodturners offer up bowls for food bank

By Josh Howald

If you purchase a bowl on Aug. 1, you're helping fill up another bowl.

Pat Stewart of the Kincardine Ministerial Food Bank, left, with Carl Durance, president of the Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild. (Josh Howald photo)


The Grey-Bruce Woodturners are following the lead of the national woodturner's association and taking part in the Empty Bowls project this year. Essentially, they have created 36 bowls from various kinds of wood and have donated them to the Kincardine Food Bank. The Food Bank will then sell those bowls to the public on Saturday, and put the money towards feeding local families in need.

DGR court challenge put on hold until new year

By Barb McKay


A request for a judicial review of the recommendation from an independent panel for the federal government to approve OPG’s plan to bury low and intermediate level waste has been put on hold until next year.


Kayakers rescued, charged

A couple of kayakers were rescued early last Saturday morning - and then charged.

At 6:50 a.m. on July 18, the South-Bruce OPP received a distress call from two men who were operating kayaks on Lake Huron. Despite a heavy fog settling in, members of the South-Bruce OPP Marine Unit conducted a search and located the men.

Officers discovered neither man was wearing a life jacket. They were taken back to the Kincardine harbour and assessed by Bruce County Paramedics. Both men were charged under the Canada Shipping Act for operating a vessel without a life jacket.

The South-Bruce OPP Marine Unit wants all vessel operators to carry the required safety equipment every time they leave the dock. When you need it is not the time to discover you don't have it.

New leader in Chantry Chinook derby

By Josh Howald
Katie MacMillan is the new leader of the 2015 Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby.
Derrick Griffiths of Kincardine, left, and Ernest Ackert of Lurgan Beach had some luck on the water Sunday. Ackert reeled in a couple of trout that weighed 11.69 and 10.6 pounds while Griffiths caught an 8-pound rainbow trout and a six-pound laker. (Barb McKay photo)

Ripley man airlifted to London hospital following crash

Scary week on local roads

By Barb McKay

A 24-year-old Ripley man was taken by air ambulance to a trauma centre in London with life threatening injuries after his car struck an SUV head-on on Lake Range Road last Wednesday evening.

An ORNGE helicopter takes off from the scene of a serious collision on Lake Range Road last Wednesday, heading to Victoria Hospital in London with a 24-year-old Ripley man. Two others were taken to Kincardine Hospital by ambulance. The OPP continues to investigate. (Barb McKay photo)

It was the first, and the worst of numerous crashes that plagued area roadways last week.

OrganaGreen application gets green light from Health Canada

By Barb McKay 

A medical marijuana company looking to set up shop in Kincardine has received a file number from Health Canada, putting it a step closer to gaining government approval to operate.

Deborah Howlett, president of OrganaGreen Cannabis Co. Ltd., confirmed last week that the company had submitted its application to Health Canada and received a file number, meaning that the application had been approved rather than rejected.

“They could reject an application for a number of reasons,” she said in an email to The Independent. “First, they conduct a thorough review of our personnel’s information for security clearance. Then, once we pass security clearance, we go into an enhanced screening stage. We hope to be passed the review stage by end of the summer but we can only anticipate the time it takes.”

Beach days

Tristan Traynor, 5, from Ripley and Mya Benniger of Walkerton enjoyed some fun in the sand Saturday afternoon at Station Beach in Kincardine. The kids were in town to enjoy the Bruce Power Beach Party with thousands of other people. For a full page of colour photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)