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.

Canadian crowd

Thousands of people turned out for Saturday`s Canada Day celebrations at the flagpole at the foot of Harbour St. in Kincardine. The crowd was thrilled to hear a few stories from Paul Henderson, who was born in Kincardine. For a full page of colour photos from Canada Day in Kincardine, don`t miss this week`s print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

 Summer program expands at Bruce Power Visitors Centre

The Bruce Power summer programming started July 1 and features live theatre performances and daily service this summer. Note that the centre is closed for statutory holidays on July 3 and Aug. 7.

“We are very excited about opening Sundays and adding more tours and our live theatre performance to the summer program at the Visitors’ Centre,” said Chris Mercanti, Section Manager, Community and Indigenous Relations. “Our development students have written a fun and educational show about nuclear power, and it complements the interactive displays throughout the Visitors’ Centre and the Bus Tour Program.”

 Leppington to serve as principal for Ripley school

The Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) announced its latest round of principal and vice-principal placements on Friday.

Tanya Leppington will be the new principal at Ripley-Huron Community School. Leppington has been with Huron Heights Public School for 22 years as a teacher and, most recently, vice-principal. Ripley’s current principal Graham Martin has been appointed principal at Kincardine Township Tiverton Public School (KTTPS).

Colleen Maguire, principal at KTTPS, will be principal at Huron Heights Public School starting in September and Huron Heights’ interim principal Mary Martha Uttley-Shaw will serve as Administrator at Walkerton District Community School.

 Drug bust on Highway 21

A 60-year-old man is facing numerous charges after police executed a search warrant last Wednesday at a property along Highway 21 in Kincardine Twp.

Members of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau - Community Street Crimes Unit, West Region OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) and West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant. As a result, police seized cocaine, cannabis marijuana and hashish. The estimated, combined value of the seized controlled substances was $60,940. Police also seized offence-related property that consisted of trafficking paraphernalia, cash and prohibited weapons.

The Kincardine Twp. man was charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless storage of a firearm and possession of property obtained by crime.

 Through the garden gate tour Sunday

Boardman garden one of eight stops

By Josh Howald

The Boardman garden is so appealing that sometimes it is detrimental to itself.

Helen Boardman in her garden Friday morning. (Josh Howald photo)


Visiting deer have been a serious, destructive issue in the backyard of John and Helen Boardman this season.

Helen Boardman shows the hoof prints of a deer that danced right through her vegetable garden Friday, shaking her head.

“They just ate every top, and they will probably come back to get the rest once they grow again,” she said.

 Inaugural Kincardine Pride Parade exceeds expectations

By Barb McKay

It was a day that will go down in history. To say the inaugural Kincardine Pride Parade was a success would be an understatement.

Travis Brown, 3, had a great time blowing bubbles in Victoria Park following the inaugural Pride Parade. For a full page of colour photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Kincardine Pride founder Fort Papalia was overcome with emotion as he and co-founder Sandy Blackwood led the first annual parade down Queen Street on Saturday morning. He waved to the crowds of spectators as he passed them, thanking everyone for coming out in support of the local LGBTQ community.

 EPCOR opens customer care office downtown Kincardine

By Barb McKay

EPCOR has taken another step forward in the process to bring natural gas to the region by opening an office in Kincardine where residents can meet face to face with a representative to learn about the cost and process to convert home energy systems to natural gas.

EPCOR officially opened its doors on Friday at 735 Queen Street, where it will share office space with Bruce Telecom. Residents can bring their utility bills into the office and meet with an EPCOR staff person to learn more about natural gas and the details around conversion.

While EPCOR CEO Stuart Lee said the company is very close to being ready to put pipes in the ground, the decision of whether the project will ultimately proceed is in the hands of the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).