Career was a dream come true, says Clarke

Kincardine CAO to retire June 2017

By Barb McKay

Over his 36-year career, Murray Clarke has worn a number of hats, all in municipal administration, and he would not have had it any other way.

Clarke announced last week that he will walk away from his dream career on June 30, 2017, to retire – a little more than five years after joining the Municipality of Kincardine as its chief administrative officer.

Kincardine Fall Fair Ambassador program growing

There are six young women vying for the title of the 2016 Kincardine Fall Fair Ambassador.

This is the third year for the program, which was revived by the Kincardine Fall Fair committee, with increased participation each year.

“We are so excited this year as there is substantial growth in the program,” said Sadie Shewfelt of the Ambassador competition committee.“It is not only great for the program, but I also feel like there is more awareness to our local agriculture. We have worked hard on building relationships with local businesses this year, as we feel the community partnerships are very important. Our program is skyrocketing and we know this is only the beginning”

The following are contestants in the 2016 Ambassador competition:

Artful hands

Donna Reaman of Whitechurch displays some of her wares Saturday afternoon at the Kincardine Pavilion during the Artful Hands art show and sale. (Josh Howald photo)

GEMS camp promotes inclusion in science, engineering fields

By Barb McKay

A summer camp in Tiverton is helping to develop the next generation of female scientists and engineers.

CLKD proposes new community room at Davidson Centre

Inspiring Possibilities room would allow for joint activities between clients and public

By Barb McKay

Community Living Kincardine and District (CLKD) is proposing to take over the former Seniors’ Room at the Davidson Centre in an effort to create a better connection between its clients and the community.

Jane Hoy, community support supervisor, and Beth French, community development co-ordinator, of CLKD were in front of the Municipality of Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday to ask the municipality to partner on the plan. CLKD, which now provides programs and services to roughly 130 individuals with developmental disabilities, already uses the room two days each week for recreational and social activities.

French said traditionally Community Living has provided programs in isolated spaces, which have not been wholly beneficial to the individuals it supports.

Listen up...

Garrett McFadden, right, of the Guelph Storm fires up the bench Friday at the Garrett Meurs Hockey Camp at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. That is Fort Wayne Komets forward Meurs in the background. More than 100 youngsters attended the annual hockey camp, which concluded Friday with game action. (Josh Howald photo)

On board

Paddleboarders prep for a nightly class held at Station Beach in Kincardine. On Friday, West Shore Clothing and Surf Shoppe and Billabong teamed up for a SUP Social on the north side of the pier. Dozens of beginners and experienced boarders came out for a barbeque and to test out boards and enjoy a yoga lesson. (Barb McKay photo)


Fifth new doctor joins Kincardine Physicians Group

Yet another new doctor will set up shop in Kincardine this year.

The Municipality of Kincardine announced Thursday that Dr. David Blecher will establish his medical practice at the Hawthorne Community Clinic on Nov. 1. He completed his medical schooling in Ontario and Newfoundland and worked in Port aux Basques as a full-time family physician and emergency department doctor for three years before moving to Kincardine this year. His wife, Jessica, has family in Sauble Beach.

“The physicians and staff at the clinic and hospital are pleased to welcome Dr. Blecher to our group and to our community,” Dr. Lisa Scott, lead physician, said in a media release. “David has been working here has a locum and ER doctor since early May. We have really appreciated his help over the past few months and look forward to working with him permanently in the fall.”

Zealand competes for national title this Saturday

Kincardine woman vying to be Miss Petite Canada

By Josh Howald

She is doing it for those who can't.

Amber Lee Zealand will compete to become Miss Petite Canada this Saturday night at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

The 23-year-old was crowned Miss Bruce County Petite on Saturday at the Don Valley Hotel in Toronto and is preparing herself for Saturday night's main event. This weekend, 72 delegates from all over the country will compete for three national titles - Miss Canada Globe 2016, Miss Canada Petite and Miss Teen Canada Petite.

In order to compete to be Miss Canada Petite, women must be younger than 29-years-old and shorter than 5'4". Zealand isn't in it to be a beauty queen. She is in it to make a point to other woman about confidence, and more importantly, raise awareness about mental health.

Kincardine-born visual effects artist up for Emmy Award


By Barb McKay

A Kincardine native is living the Hollywood dream after being nominated for one of film and television’s highest honours.

Greg Astles, a senior digital compositor who grew up in Kincardine, has been recognized with an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Visual Effects category for his work on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful as a compositing supervisor. This is his first Emmy nomination.

Astles, who lives in Toronto and works for Mr. X Inc., learned last week that his team is up for the award for an episode titled And They Were Enemies.

“I was pretty excited,” he told The Independent in a phone interview last Wednesday. “It’s a big deal.”

The visual effects artist graduated from Kincardine and District Secondary School in 1994 and went on to pursue a career in visual effects after graduating from Seneca College in 1997.