Atoms, Elmvale open semi-finals with 3-3 draw

Game 2 Saturday in town

Game 1 of the OMHA atom B semi-finals settled nothing.

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks played Elmvale to a 3-3 draw in Saturday's series opener on the road. That means this series now becomes a race to six points. Game 2 is at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Elmvale wasted no time in welcoming the Kinucks to town on Saturday. The home team scored just 15 seconds after the opening face-off, putting the atoms on their heels. It remained 1-0 until midway through the second period when Nathan Arnold blasted a shot from the point to tie the game. Quinton Page assisted. Elmvale scored with 5.5 seconds left in the period to take a 2-1 lead into the third period.


Jeremy Kuss of Port Elgin couldn't duck away from this dodgeball at the 6-on-6 co-ed dodgeball tournament held Sunday in the gymnasium at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Nine team participated in the event, while a women's volleyball tournament was also being held in the gym. (Josh Howald photo)

Union Gas announces public meetings on gas line proposal

By Barb McKay


Union Gas will hold public meetings in Kincardine, Lucknow and Chesley next month to discuss a proposal to extend natural gas lines to the region.


The announcement comes as three local municipalities are wrapping up a proposal to present to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) with Edmonton-based utility corporation EPCOR. The municipalities of Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie had elected not to pursue a project with Union Gas back in 2011 when the utility wanted the municipalities to pay to construct approximately 300 kilometres of pipeline at a cost of roughly $100 million, of which the municipalities would be expected to pay more than $80 million.


Kincardine settles on 6.5 per cent tax rate increase

Funding focused on roads, water and wastewater projects

By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine will concentrate the bulk of its spending on upgrades and repairs to roads and water and wastewater infrastructure this year.


Council held its final budget meeting last Wednesday and approved the 2016 municipal budget with a 6.5 per cent residential tax rate increase. That amounts to approximately $84 more this year for the average residential property. The estimated blended rate increase of four per cent - the municipal rate combined with the Bruce County levy increase of 2.66 per cent and the education rate, which has yet to be finalized - will lead to an average rate increase of $109 this year.


Crime down overall in Kincardine, but animal complaints up

By Barb McKay


The number of violent crimes and property crimes in the Kincardine area were down overall last year, according to a report from the South Bruce OPP.


Detachment commander Insp. Dana Earley attended Municipality of Kincardine council meeting last Wednesday to provide a statistical review from the past year, as well as an update on detachment activities. Earley said violent crimes within the detachment area were down 18 per cent last year, compared to 2014. The most dramatic drop was in the number of assaults. Last year, police responded to 32 reported incidents compared to 45 the previous year.


Local girl to climb to Machu Picchu in support of arthritis initiatives

Mickey Collins has lived with arthritis since she was two years old

By Barb McKay


Mickey Collins can’t remember a time in her life when she did not have to deal with arthritis.


The 22-year-old Kincardine resident and University of Waterloo student was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was just two years old. Despite that, Collins does not let her condition hold her back, even so far as teaming up with half a dozen other Canadians in May to climb Machu Picchu in Peru to raise funds for the Arthritis Society of Canada.


“To say I’m excited would be an understatement,” she told The Independent on Friday. “I’ve never really even travelled before.”


Police locate missing woman

Police finally located a 24-year-old woman who had been missing since Jan. 29.

The South-Bruce OPP appealed to the public on Feb. 3 for assistance in locating the woman, who had last been seen at 3:40 a.m. on Jan. 29.

Police said in their release that they wanted to speak to the woman, who was described as having ties to the Kincardine, Saugeen Shores, Cambridge and Meaford areas, to verify her well-being. The Kincardine Independent learned that an arrest warrant had also been issued for Donnell Andrews.

The South-Bruce OPP said they located the woman on Feb. 9, safe and sound. Police didn’t specify where the woman was located, or where she had been, but sources indicated to The Independent that the woman was located in the Kincardine area, and that she was arrested and taken into custody and later released.

Bulldogs lead Mount Forest 1-0

Games 2 and 3 this weekend

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs lead the Mount Forest Patriots 1-0 in a Western Junior C semi-final series.

Bulldogs defender Robert White rubs out a Mount Forest forward in the third period of Game 1 Monday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


The Bulldogs hosted Game 1 of the series on Monday afternoon at the Davidson Centre and played a complete game en route to a 5-1 win.

Midgets, Elmvale all even

Both teams win in OT, Game 3 Friday

By Josh Howald

What a weekend split.

Elmvale goalie Ryan Dauphen skates off the ice as Kincardine celebrates Brad Pickett's overtime game winner in Game 1 of the OMHA midget B quarter-finals in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Each team won on home ice - in overtime - and the OMHA midget B quarter-final series between Kincardine and Elmvale is all even.

Game 3 of this series will be played Friday night in Elmvale, with Game 4 to be played Saturday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine at 7:30 p.m. Should a fifth game be necessary, it would be played Sunday in Elmvale.

Atoms sweep Gananoque

Semi-final schedule now set

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks made the long trip to Gananoque on the weekend to complete a three-game sweep and advance to the OMHA All-Ontario atom B semi-finals.

Myles Courtney of the Kincardine atoms knocks the puck away from a pair of Gananoque players during Game 1 of the OMHA atom B quarter-finals. (Josh Howald photo)

The atoms will now face Elmvale for the right to play for a provincial title. Elmvale also swept through the quarter-finals with a three-game sweep of Oro. A schedule for the Kincardine - Elmvale series has now been made official. You can find the complete series schedule at the conclusion of this article.