Benefit dance for MacLennan family

A benefit dance will be held in Ripley this week in support of the family of a little girl who is battling leukemia.

The MacLennan family’s world was turned upside down in May when their four-year-old daughter and granddaughter Kathryn was diagnosed with leukemia. Kathryn has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments in London since the spring and her family is staying at the Ronald McDonald house until recently when Kathryn was allowed to return home and commute to London for treatment.

Couple of kids

Will Anderson, 4, made a new friend at the Kincardine Fall Fair petting zoo Saturday. For more photos from this year's Kincardine Fall Fair, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

New playground equipment, innovative programming, greet students returning to school

By Pauline Kerr

It’s the most exciting week of the year at local schools.

Returning students are being greeted by some new staff, as well as spruced-up facilities and innovative new programming.

Royal Canadian Legion Kincardine MacDonald Branch 183 celebrates 80 years of service

By Pauline Kerr

An 80th anniversary is quite a milestone, and the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is pulling out all the stops to ensure the celebration is a memorable one.

Way up

The scaffolding is up and work is underway to refurbish the Kincardine lighthouse. The work includes repairs to and the repainting of the lantern and flat roof, as well as work to the existing siding and windows. The lighthouse is closed to the public until the project is complete, which is expected to be early Novermber. (Josh Howald photo)

What the school lunch bunch munches fuels learning

By Pauline Kerr

Preparing school lunches these days involves a lot more than throwing a peanut butter sandwich and a can of pop in a back pack.

Laura Needham, public health dietician, and Bissan Ghaith, public health dietetic intern, both with the Grey Bruce Health Unit, explain school lunches are important. They’re what fuels a child’s learning.

Pedestrian runs in front of truck

A 26-year-old woman was airlifted to London with serious, life-altering injuries last Monday, Aug. 28.

At about 1 p.m., South-Bruce OPP, along with Bruce County Paramedic Services, responded to reports of a motor vehilce collision involving a pedestrian on Concession 2 SDR in the Municipality of Brockton.

Traffic jam

Saturday night marked the 26th annual Gathering of the Bands in Kincardine. Numerous musical acts entertained until pipers and drummers from all corners of the contintent joined the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band for its weekly march down Queen St. (Josh Howald photo)

 Kincardine house fire causes extensive damage

Residents of a home on Kennard Crescent escaped unharmed from a fire early Friday morning.

According to Municipality of Kincardine Fire Chief Kent Padfield, firefighters from the Kincardine and Tiverton stations were dispatched to 585 Kennard Cres. Just after 3 a.m. after receiving a call that the house was on fire. Bruce County paramedics, Westario Power and the South Bruce OPP also responded.

All six occupants in the home were able to get out unharmed. Padfield said firefighters were on the scene for three hours and were able to bring the blaze under control.

“Firefighters searched the house in heavy smoke conditions and found a fire in the basement,” he said in a report. “The fire was quickly brought under control but not before causing significant damage to the basement and smoke damage to the remainder of the house.”

 Cyclist calls for bike safety awareness, need for trails following collision on Highway 21

By Barb McKay

A cyclist is lucky to be alive after being hit by a pickup truck while riding on Highway 21 last week and is asking drivers to pay attention and share the road.

Dr. Stephen Brown, a Chesley dentist who has a cottage in Kincardine, was cycling north on Highway 21 near Concession 7 on Thursday shortly before 6 p.m. when he was clipped by the truck. His wife Pat told The Independent on Monday that her husband called her from the scene and told her what had happened, which he also described to police who arrived on the scene.