Nothing but wins at McLelland Memorial

Kincardine dominates at Cubs Classic

By Josh Howald

There were all kinds of victories Saturday at Connaught Park.

Curtis Cobean of the Cubs during an at-bat Saturday against Listowel at the Mike McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic at Connaught Park in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


The Kincardine Cubs won a pair, the mosquito and peewee Cardinals each won a game and more than $4,000 was raised for the Heart and Stroke Foundation at the sixth annual Mike McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic.

"It was a great day for baseball," said Cubs infielder Greg Stepaniak on Monday. "Overall it was a great day."

Festival kicks

It is a good day to be Scottish in Kincardine.

Emersyn MacDonald competes in highland dancing this morning in Victoria Park. (Josh Howald photo)


Gorgeous weather blessed large crowds and enthusiastic competitors today (Saturday) at the 17th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

Highland dancing, solo piping, band competitions and the Heavy Events were among the highlights of today's schedule, as well as the Parade of Clans. And the best is yet to come.

Crowds are already lining Queen Street in downtown Kincardine in anticipation of the weekly Saturday night march by the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band at 8 p.m. Later tonight, the main stage at the festival will feature numerous acts - including Canadian rockers Sloan and festival favourites, the Mudmen.

Colour Kincardine! now available

Colouring book for adults and children

It's time to add a little colour to Kincardine.


Kincardine Independent sports editor Josh Howald officially released Colour Kincardine!, a colouring book for both children and adults, this morning (Thursday). The launch is just in time for a big weekend in Kincardine that includes tomorrow's Canada Day celebrations and the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

Colouring fans can gear up to finish classic scenes of the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band, Lake Huron, the pier, the Victoria Park fountain, the Kincardine Cubs, the Kincardine Bulldogs, our world famous sunsets and more!

Ice cream and bagpipes

From left, Rae Pym (3), Lilah Caslick (1), Sophia Caslick (6), Lucy Wreford (5) and Georgia Caslick (4) are all smiles as they enjoy ice cream while they wait for the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band to march by on Queen Street Saturday night. (Barb McKay photo)

Time to dig out your kilt

Hawthorne is Scottish Festival Clan Parade Grand Marshall

By Barb McKay

Duncan Hawthorne has been appointed Grand Marshall of the Clan Parade for the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

Hawthorne will lead the parade down Queen Street on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Kincardine hit by rash of break-and-enters

Guns, televisions, jewellery stolen

Two guns and a crossbow are in the hands of criminals after the Kincardine area was hit with three break-and-enters on the same day. Three separate homes were victimized, with two of them occurring during daylight hours.

The South-Bruce OPP said a house in the 900 block of Park Place in Huron Twp. was forcibly entered and more than an estimated $20,000 worth of jewellery was stolen on June 17. The list of stolen items includes diamond earrings, gold rings and gold necklaces.

The same day, also during daylight, a home in the 600 block of Lynden Crescent in Kincardine was also forcibly entered. This list of stolen items includes an assortment of rings. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be more than $10,000.

Summer nicer than others

Sunday's sunset was particularly pretty over Lake Huron. This photo was snapped on the beach just south of the rock garden in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

Gurbin marks 50 years of practising medicine in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

For half a century, Dr. Gary Gurbin has dedicated his life to caring for the health and well-being of residents in Kincardine.

Canada Day will mark the 50th anniversary of the day that Gurbin began practicing medicine in what is formerly the Town of Kincardine. After graduating from medical school at the University of Western Ontario, he and his then wife moved into the building now operated by Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey. On July 1, 1966, Gurbin began working in the Kincardine hospital three days each week.

“I went right from high school into pre-med,” he said. “I had no thought of doing anything else.”

2018 Reunion logo, slogan revealed

By Barb McKay

Two Kincardine ‘imports’ are the winners of the 2018 KincardineOld Boys and Old Girls (KOBOG) reunion logo and slogan competition.

Reunion logo and slogan contest winners Kayla Piekarz and Keith Foster. (Barb McKay photo)


The winners were announced last Monday evening at the TownePlace Suites Marriott hotel during a volunteer signup event. Kayla Piekarz’s logo design, incorporating a lighthouse and sunset, was selected to represent the 2018 reunion, and Keith Foster’s slogan ‘Bring it Home’ will be the tagline. Both have already been incorporated onto reunion t-shirts and will be featured on merchandise and promotional material.

McLelland Cubs Classic set for Saturday

By Josh Howald

Call it the McLelland Memorial, the Cubs Classic or Baseball Day in Kincardine.

Regardless of what you call it, it is a heck of a good day down at the ball diamonds.

This Saturday will mark the sixth annual Mike McLelland Baseball Classic, hosted by the Kincardine Cubs at Connaught Park. The event has morphed into an entire day of baseball fun for the with the family with a full schedule of Kincardine Minor Baseball Association games in the works, a licensed beer garden and a double-header for the three-time defending OBA champion Kincardine Cubs.