Wilton wins Fish Kincardine Derby

By Josh Howald

Craig Wilton can retire a derby champion.

Wilton's 22.72 - pound lake trout ruled the leader board all week long, and in the end, stood up as the winning fish in the 2015 Canadian Tire Fish Kincardine Derby. After he reeled in the laker last weekend, he told The Kincardine Independent he planned to retire from competitive fishing after this season.

Wilton is certainly no stranger to Lake Huron anglers. From Mt. Brydges, he also won the Fish Kincardine Derby in 2010. The same year, he had the biggest fish in Lake Huron's largest fishing derby, the Chantry Chinook Classic.

KDSS girls cruise to BAA championship

By Josh Howald

The local gals are Bluewater Athletic Association champs, and full of confidence heading into the CWOSSA A championship tournament today in Thornbury.

KDSS pours on the pressure in a quarter-final game in Kincardine two weeks ago. (Kincardine Independent file photo/Josh Howald)


As well they should be.

"This is a special team," said coach Kathie Hackney. "They have it in their heads that they are going to win - and they are going to win."

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls soccer team cruised through the BAA Final Four playoffs Friday in Meaford with convincing wins over the top two seeded teams from the BAA North Division on the way to a BAA title and berth at today's CWOSSA tournament.

Knights win BAA boys soccer title

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team knocked off the host Georgian Bay Secondary School Vikings Friday afternoon to win the Bluewater Athletic Association championship.

The Knights battle against SDSS in the quarter-finals in Kincardine two weeks ago. (Independent file photo/Josh Howald)


With the win, the Knights qualify for the CWOSSA tournament, which is being held today in Meaford.

Second fiddle

The Walker House hosted World Fiddle Day Saturday afternoon with an outdoor performance of fiddle and acoustic music. The Irish Dancers from Celtic Academy Canada performed for the crowd. From left are Elena Dobson, 7, Walkerton; Kailynn Moyer, 9, of Mildmay and Kate Bester, 7, of Chepstow and Jie-Lynn Barrett, 10, of Port Elgin. (Sandra Christison photo)

School bus drivers’ strike looming

Bus drivers serving the Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) and Bruce Power could go on strike tomorrow.


Unifor, which represents drivers for the First Student school bus company, issued a media release Friday indicating that it had served formal notice to the company that it would strike May 21 if a deal had not been reached by then. Unifor said negotiations have been ongoing for months.


“It is difficult to bargain in this sector, but we must ensure that this is more than a minimum wage job,” said Unifor spokesperson Len Poirier. “Retention is already a huge problem in this industry."


Municipality applies for extension for Inverhuron servicing project, again

Project likely to be scaled back to service priority areas

By Barb McKay


Kincardine council will plead with provincial and federal funding authorities to extend the deadline for the Inverhuron water and sewer servicing project, which may have to be scaled back.



The Lighthouse Swing Band held its first dance of the season Sunday at the Kincardine Pavilion. Here, James Booth and Liana Stammers of London show off some skill to the band and singer Kelda Mikalson of Owen Sound. (Barb McKay photo)

Doors Open returns with new sites

By Barb McKay


Doors Open Kincardine will feature several new sites, making the event a must for not only visitors but locals, as well.

The 2015 tour includes 17 stops, half of which are new to the event.


“We are really excited about the sites this year,” Kincardine Tourism co-ordinator Kelly McDonald told The Independent last week.


Doors Open will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.  Admission is free.


Fundraising ongoing for family of Peter Sinclair

By Barb McKay


Makayla Fyke is putting her love of jewellery-making to good use by raising money for a young boy in her class battling a rare form of leukemia.



The Grade 1 student at Elgin Market Public School is making bracelets to raise funds for the family of six-year-old Peter Sinclair, who is undergoing cancer treatment at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Peter also suffers from multiple sclerosis.


Sunday night drama on Queen Street

Movie being filmed locally

By Josh Howald

There was no shortage of drama in downtown Kincardine on Sunday night.

Elysia White and Jeff Sinisac escape a mob of zombies Sunday night in downtown Kincardine. Part of Queen Street was closed so film crews could shoot scenes for the movie Red Spring. (Josh Howald photo)


Queen Street was closed between Broadway and Durham Streets for several hours. With a smashed car at rest in front of Fine Fettle, many locals believed there had been a collision or crash. However, the scene was all quite carefully planned.