New facility, viewing tower proposed for downtown

By Barb McKay


A proposal for a multiuse building and observation tower next to the Kincardine Centre for the Arts received mixed reviews from Kincardine councillors last week.


Splash Pad could open next week

By Barb McKay

The new splash pad at Lions Park could be operational as early as next week, if the weather holds out.

That's the word from the Kincardine and District Lions Club on Monday. John McManus told The Independent that the pad is installed, commissioning tests are complete and staff have been trained. Work remaining includes landscaping and the installation of a concrete sidewalk and fencing.

"If the weather holds, we'll get the water flowing for the kids in seven to 10 days or so," McManus said.

Anyone interested in donating to the project can purchase bricks and paving stones that will be incorporated around teh splash pad by visiting the Lions CLub website at or by calling the Davidson Centre.

Multi-culturual Night in Kincardine

The ladies of India were in good spirits Wednesday evening at Kincardine's annual multi-cultural night. A large crowd attended the Davidson Centre for a virtual tour around the world that included live entertainment and traditional cultural food. Here, Renuka Sood, Minal Karavadra, Rakhi Chitkara, Mamta Patel, Mary Aranjo and Abhilasha Tripathi pause for a photo. (Josh Howald photo)

Senior duped by “FBI agents”

A senior citizen from Huron County was duped out of several thousand dollars by con artists pretending to be FBI agents recently.

During the first week of June, the victim received calls from two men claiming to be FBI agents from Texas. They were able to convince the victim they were investigators working on an earlier fraud that had duped the victim. They told her they needed her help in bringing the scammers to justice, and that she would get a cheque in the mail for $20,000. However, first they just needed her to transfer some money.

Kincardine Scottish Festival becoming international event

By Barb McKay


This year’s Scottish Festival is pulling in the largest pool of national and international talent yet, according to the event’s organizers.


The 2015 Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be held July 3-5 in Kincardine with competitions, heavy events, workshops and concerts. The Festival has lined up major Canadian performers Ashley MacIsaac and The Barra MacNeils to headline the concert events this year. Other performers include the popular Celtic group The Mudmen, The Thogs, champion fiddler Shane Cook, The Ballagh Family, harpist Loril Shannik, The Kincardine Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and the Kincardine Community Singers.


Bears on parade

Rory Nesbitt could see only teddy bears Saturday morning at the annual Teddy Bear Parade in Kincardine. The parade was led by the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department through downtown and back to Victoria Park. The park was packed with children and parents for the always popular event. (Barb McKay photo)

Scrapping over scrap metal

By Josh Howald

A scrap over scrap metal is now front and centre.

Rolly Thornton in front of his property, as well as his son Scott's property, Monday afternoon on Broadway Street in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


The Municipality confirmed last week that it is taking legal action against the scrap metal business being operated by Scott Thornton and his father Rolly.

Changes to neonicotinoid regulations will lead to higher food prices

Honey beekeepers hope new rules will help bee colonies recover

By Barb McKay


The changes to Ontario’s rules surrounding the use of neonicotinoids on crops will ultimately lead to higher food prices, according to the head of the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture.


The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change announced last Tuesday that it is phasing out the use of the insecticide by 2017 and farmers can only use it if they can prove that they have a pest problem. Starting in August of this year, anyone who sells seeds treated with neonicotinoids must have a license and submit annual sales reports to the Ministry.


Several theft reports

Police received a report regarding a stolen ATV on June 11.

Sometime between 11:30 p.m. on June 10 and 7 a.m., June 11, a red 2012 Yamaha YCD ATV was taken from a detached shed on a property in the 200 block of the Chepstow Road in Greenock Twp. The licence number was O9XE8. The value of the stolen ATV is estimated to be more than $9,000.

In other police news, more than $5,000 worth of fishing gear was stolen in a break and enter in Walkerton.

Sometime between 8 a.m. on June 9 and 9 p.m. the same day, the garage of a Orange Street, Walkerton residence was entered. The list of stolen property includes a large assortment of tackle, tackle trays, river fishing gear, fishing rods and reels.

Artist with heart

Stormy Gervais, 6, made a donation of $150 to the Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey last week. Gervais raised the money through an art show, selling her own works. She also donated some more art last week for the Women's House. With Gervais is Tiffany Love, Community and Fund Development Co-ordinator of the Women's House. (Josh Howald photo)