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.

New tanks arrive for hatchery

By Josh Howald

It wasn't quick and it wasn't easy, but the Kincardine Fish Hatchery has two new tanks.

Two new finishing tanks arrived at the fish hatchery Friday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)


A pair of giant finishing tanks arrived in Kincardine on Friday afternoon on a flatbed pulled by a tractor trailer. The tanks, which measure 10-feet by 10-feet by 4-feet and weigh more than 880 pounds each, will eventually be the final stop for hatchery trout before being released into Lake Huron.

Lake Range Drive speed limit to be reduced

Huron-Kinloss Township council briefs

By Barb McKay

Drivers will soon be expected to slow down on Lake Range Drive.

During its meeting last Wednesday night, Huron-Kinloss council made the decision to reduce the speed limit on the road to 60 kilometres per hour on Lake Range Drive. Currently, the speed limit is 80 kilometres per hour, except for a stretch between Concessions 8 and 10 where it is already 60 kilometres per hour.

Residents who live on Lake Range Drive have long been concerned about speeding and failure on the part of some drivers to stop at intersections. On July 8, a collision occurred at Concession 8 when a driver failed to stop at the stop sign. Last July, a serious crash on Lake Range Drive near Snobelen Trail sent three people to hospital, including one by air ambulance to London.

The Queen Street zoo

McCoy Rog, 3, and his family were visiting Kincardine on the weekend and took the opportunity to visit the petting zoo in downtown Kincardine. The petting zoo, which even included a zebra, was part of the BIA Street Market Festival. (Josh Howald photo)

High speed Internet coming to rural Bruce County

By Barb McKay

A project to expand broadband Internet service in southwestern Ontario will be able to progress much faster after the federal and provincial governments announced last week that they would fund more than half the total cost.

Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure made the announcement in London last Tuesday that the two tiers of government would each contribute up to $90 million to the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project, which is expected to cost $281 million. The project, initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, aims to extend ultra-high speed Internet service via fibre optic technology to 3.5 million people in 350 communities.

According to a media release from the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure, the project will enable communities and businesses in southwestern Ontario to better compete in the global market and attract new jobs.

Move over for emergency vehicles

By Barb McKay

Incredible as it may seem, emergency responders in Bruce County say drivers often do not pull over for emergency vehicles with flashing lights.

Emergency responders gathered at the Kincardine Fire Hall last week to promote the OPP Move Over campaign. From left are Municipality of Kincardine fire prevention officer Shane Watson, South-Bruce OPP Cst. Kevin Martin and Bruce County paramedics Darrick Moise and Jeremy Kostal. (Barb McKay photo)


Hello, kitty

Emily Mann, 7, was feline fine Sunday afternoon at the BIA Street Market in downtown Kincardine. Her face was painted as a rainbow tiger by one of the street vendors taking part in the festivities. (Josh Howald photo)