Making music

Kenzi Davis, 5, and brother Mason, 2, had a great time trying out musical instruments in the new Rotary Music Park on Huron Terrace beside the fish hatchery last week. (Barb McKay photo)

Stolen property recovered, two charged

Police said a large quantity of stolen property was recovered July 7 when a search warrant was executed at a Victoria St. property in Bruce Twp.

Members of the OPP Community Street Crimes Unit and the South-Bruce OPP executed the warrant, and as a result, recovered all kinds of stolen property.

A 41-year-old Bruce Twp. man was charged with a dozen counts of fraud under $5,000, break and enter and failure to comply with recognizance.

Man caught breaking into legion

A 20-year-old man from Wingham was caught red-handed trying to break into the Royal Canadian Legion in Ripley early last Wednesday morning.

At 3:53 a.m., a South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol in the village of Ripley noticed broken glass on the sidewalk outside the Royal Canadian Legion on Jessie St. Upon further investigation, the officer spotted a person inside the building wearing a mask and camouflage clothing. Officers located the suspect hiding in a storage room area of the Legion. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Walkerton OPP detachment.

Scottish weekend

The Trews drew a capacity crowd to Saturday night's concert in Victoria Park during the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games. For teh ful story, and a full page of colour photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kicnardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

 Kincardine named one of top places in Canada to live

By Barb McKay

MoneySense has named Kincardine one of Canada’s Best Places to Live.

The Canadian finance website released its 2017 list last week of the top 417 communities in the country to call home. Kincardine was ranked 28th on the list and neighbouring Saugeen Shores was ranked 17th. Ottawa was once again declared number one.

In creating its annual list of top communities to live in, MoneySense considers prosperity, affordability, weather and how communities rate for raising children and retiring. It also considers if a community is a welcoming environment for new Canadians.

 Thomas crafted Henderson plaque

Would have loved to meet hockey hero

By Josh Howald

The plaque that was dedicated in honour of Paul Henderson on Canada Day at the Kincardine hospital was created by Rob Thomas.

Paul Henderson rode to the Canada Day festivities in style July 1 in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


In last week’s From the News Desk...column, the creation was praised as a true work of art and The Kincardine Independent promised to acknowledge the man who created the cast iron model that depicts horses pulling a sleigh that frames the plaque dedicated to Paul Henderson on Canada Day. The plaque details the story of Henderson's birth in Kincardine after a tough trek in a blizzard from Lucknow in a horse-drawn sleigh.

 Joe Louis Walker to headline Blues Festival

By Josh Howald

Dozens of acts will take to various stages this weekend in Kincardine, but the Festival's headline act this year is certainly Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker.

Walker will headline Saturday night on the main stage. And there will be no mistaking him for anyone else. His distinctive voice and unique style will stand out from the other acts, even on a card as talented as this year's lineup is.

That comes with more than 50 years of experience honing his craft on stage. He took some time Friday afternoon to speak with The Kincardine Independent from his home in upstate New York.

"I'm looking forward to coming back up to Canada," said the four-time Blues Music Award winner.


The Ontario Sailing Association held the annual BOOM mobile sailing school, hosted by the Kincardine Yacht Club,  last week. For more, don't miss this week's print editiono f THe Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

 Kincardine’s new CAO is on the job

By Barb McKay

After just one day on the job the Municipality of Kincardine’s new Chief Administrative Officer, Sharon Chambers, was already getting immersed in her role by attending her first council meeting.

Chambers, who came to Kincardine after serving as CAO for North Huron, officially started her new job last Tuesday. She takes over from Murray Clarke, who retired at the end of June.

Mayor Anne Eadie welcomed Chambers to the municipality before the council meeting got underway. She pointed out that the new CAO has experience working in municipal government for two rural municipalities and said she is looking forward to her experience and enthusiasm. Chambers has 24 years of experience working in multiple municipal departments.

 Numerous charges for Huron Twp. man

A 31-year-old man from Huron Twp. is facing a number of charges after police stopped a black Ford pick-up truck on Charles St. in Kincardine July 4.

At 7:42 p.m., a South-Bruce OPP officer stopped the pick-up truck on Charles St. The driver refused to co-operate, and had been drinking.

Eventually, the man was charged with impaired operation, refusing a breath sample, obstructing a peace officer, driving with no ignition interlock, driving with no insurance, driving with no valid permit and driving with liquor readily available.

He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 9 to answer to the charges.