No traffic lights for Highway 21 at South Line

By Barb McKay


The temporary traffic lights on Highway 21 at the South Line have come down and they will not be going back up.


During the June 17 council meeting, mayor Anne Eadie presented the idea to council of looking into having a permanent set of traffic lights at the intersection to help lower the risk of collisions. She said during a recent discussion with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke was given the name of the appropriate person at the Ministry to call if the municipality wants to pursue obtaining traffic lights. The traffic lights were installed last spring for the detour route on the South Line while road work was being done on Highway 9.


McLelland Classic this Saturday

By Josh Howald

The skirl of the bagpipes won’t drown out the crack of the bat.

It may be Scottish Festival weekend in Kincardine, but the Kincardine Cubs and the Kincardine Minor Baseball Association are teaming up to make Saturday Baseball Day in Kincardine.

A full day of baseball is on tap at Connaught Park, highlighted by the fifth annual Mike McClelland Memorial Kincardine Cubs Classic.

The Kincardine Cubs, fresh off a 3-1 win over the Mitchell Astros on Sunday afternoon, will play a double-header on Saturday – a 2 p.m. game against the expansion Hanover Hitmen, and a 7:30 p.m. start against the St. Thomas Cardinals. The Cubs are the defending 2013 and 2014 Ontario Baseball Association champions, as well as the 2014 defending TVSBL champs.

Between those games, the Kincardine OBA peewee Cardinals will host Goderich Grey at 5 p.m. on Tout Field.

Return of the tartan

The Kincardine Tartan was piped from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #183 to Victoria Park on Saturday morning in what was essentially a practice parade for Saturday, which is opening night for Saturday evening marches. The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band has been marching Queen Street on Saturday nights since 1948. (Josh Howald photo)

Timing on hospital project up to province, says LHIN

South West LHIN hears concerns about home care, hospital redevelopment in Kincardine

By Barb McKay


The South West Local Health Integration Network is still in support of a proposal to redevelop the Kincardine hospital, according to the network’s CEO.


Michael Barrett told The Independent that the hospital was a focus of discussion during an engagement session held at the Best Western Plus Governor’s Inn in Kincardine last Tuesday. Following a presentation by South West LHIN senior director Kelly Gillis, participants formed focus groups to talk about the goals the LHIN is focusing on in its Integrated Health Service Plan.


Relay For Life funds down 50 per cent

Small but enthusiastic crowd still pulls in more than $30,000

By Josh Howald

The format may have changed, but spirits remained high and the purpose was the same.

Unfortunately, the bottom line was not.

Marjorie Bentley, 14, didn't let crutches stop her from walking in the Kincardine Relay For Life Saturday. (Josh Howald photo)


This year's Relay For Life underwent some major changes, and some growing pains were to be expected, said Geoff Van Geem, Manager of the Bluewater Community Office for the Canadian Cancer Society.

New facility, viewing tower proposed for downtown

By Barb McKay


A proposal for a multiuse building and observation tower next to the Kincardine Centre for the Arts received mixed reviews from Kincardine councillors last week.


Splash Pad could open next week

By Barb McKay

The new splash pad at Lions Park could be operational as early as next week, if the weather holds out.

That's the word from the Kincardine and District Lions Club on Monday. John McManus told The Independent that the pad is installed, commissioning tests are complete and staff have been trained. Work remaining includes landscaping and the installation of a concrete sidewalk and fencing.

"If the weather holds, we'll get the water flowing for the kids in seven to 10 days or so," McManus said.

Anyone interested in donating to the project can purchase bricks and paving stones that will be incorporated around teh splash pad by visiting the Lions CLub website at or by calling the Davidson Centre.

Multi-culturual Night in Kincardine

The ladies of India were in good spirits Wednesday evening at Kincardine's annual multi-cultural night. A large crowd attended the Davidson Centre for a virtual tour around the world that included live entertainment and traditional cultural food. Here, Renuka Sood, Minal Karavadra, Rakhi Chitkara, Mamta Patel, Mary Aranjo and Abhilasha Tripathi pause for a photo. (Josh Howald photo)

Senior duped by “FBI agents”

A senior citizen from Huron County was duped out of several thousand dollars by con artists pretending to be FBI agents recently.

During the first week of June, the victim received calls from two men claiming to be FBI agents from Texas. They were able to convince the victim they were investigators working on an earlier fraud that had duped the victim. They told her they needed her help in bringing the scammers to justice, and that she would get a cheque in the mail for $20,000. However, first they just needed her to transfer some money.

Kincardine Scottish Festival becoming international event

By Barb McKay


This year’s Scottish Festival is pulling in the largest pool of national and international talent yet, according to the event’s organizers.


The 2015 Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be held July 3-5 in Kincardine with competitions, heavy events, workshops and concerts. The Festival has lined up major Canadian performers Ashley MacIsaac and The Barra MacNeils to headline the concert events this year. Other performers include the popular Celtic group The Mudmen, The Thogs, champion fiddler Shane Cook, The Ballagh Family, harpist Loril Shannik, The Kincardine Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and the Kincardine Community Singers.