That's a wrap

Movie wraps up local filming

By Josh Howald

It's amazing what you can accomplish in just 18 days. Filming a motion picture, for example.


Elysia White in a scene from Red Spring, filmed last week in Stacey Millar's basement, made up to look like a bomb shelter. The cameras were filming from a different angle than from which this photo was snapped, meaning the ceiling and pipes won't be visible post-production. (Josh Howald photo)


The cast and crew of Red Spring wrapped up filming on Thursday.

Wednesday during a break for lunch, Jeff Sinasac and Kincardine native Tonya Dodds took a time-out from shooting scenes to talk a little bit about the movie Red Spring and what made filming in Kincardine so special, and efficient.

Independent wins at OCNA gala

We're the best.

The Kincardine Independent won first place for General Excellence in the 2014 Better Newspaper Competition Friday night at the Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA) gala held Friday night at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto.

Josh Howald with the Independent's two OCNA awards Friday night.


Bus strike averted

By Josh Howald

Local students were picked up, as per usual, on Monday morning at their respective bus stops.

A strike  for school bus drivers in Kincardine and Port Elgin was narrowly averted last Wednesday evening.

A contract between Unifor (the union representing the school bus drivers) and First Student Canada was ratified last Wednesday evening.

Bruce Power staff would have also been affected by a strike, as First Canada also shuttles staff between Kincardine and the Bruce Power site for shift changes.

The school bus drivers ratified the agreement by a 76 per cent margin just hours before a midnight strike deadline would have kicked in. The new contract is a three-year agreement that gives the drivers two pay raises of two percent, and another one for 1.5 percent, retroactive to last Sept. 1.

Second fiddle

The Walker House hosted World Fiddle Day Saturday afternoon with an outdoor performance of fiddle and acoustic music. The Irish Dancers from Celtic Academy Canada performed for the crowd. From left are Elena Dobson, 7, Walkerton; Kailynn Moyer, 9, of Mildmay and Kate Bester, 7, of Chepstow and Jie-Lynn Barrett, 10, of Port Elgin. (Sandra Christison photo)

School bus drivers’ strike looming

Bus drivers serving the Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) and Bruce Power could go on strike tomorrow.


Unifor, which represents drivers for the First Student school bus company, issued a media release Friday indicating that it had served formal notice to the company that it would strike May 21 if a deal had not been reached by then. Unifor said negotiations have been ongoing for months.


“It is difficult to bargain in this sector, but we must ensure that this is more than a minimum wage job,” said Unifor spokesperson Len Poirier. “Retention is already a huge problem in this industry."


Municipality applies for extension for Inverhuron servicing project, again

Project likely to be scaled back to service priority areas

By Barb McKay


Kincardine council will plead with provincial and federal funding authorities to extend the deadline for the Inverhuron water and sewer servicing project, which may have to be scaled back.



The Lighthouse Swing Band held its first dance of the season Sunday at the Kincardine Pavilion. Here, James Booth and Liana Stammers of London show off some skill to the band and singer Kelda Mikalson of Owen Sound. (Barb McKay photo)

Doors Open returns with new sites

By Barb McKay


Doors Open Kincardine will feature several new sites, making the event a must for not only visitors but locals, as well.

The 2015 tour includes 17 stops, half of which are new to the event.


“We are really excited about the sites this year,” Kincardine Tourism co-ordinator Kelly McDonald told The Independent last week.


Doors Open will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.  Admission is free.


Fundraising ongoing for family of Peter Sinclair

By Barb McKay


Makayla Fyke is putting her love of jewellery-making to good use by raising money for a young boy in her class battling a rare form of leukemia.



The Grade 1 student at Elgin Market Public School is making bracelets to raise funds for the family of six-year-old Peter Sinclair, who is undergoing cancer treatment at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Peter also suffers from multiple sclerosis.


Sunday night drama on Queen Street

Movie being filmed locally

By Josh Howald

There was no shortage of drama in downtown Kincardine on Sunday night.

Elysia White and Jeff Sinisac escape a mob of zombies Sunday night in downtown Kincardine. Part of Queen Street was closed so film crews could shoot scenes for the movie Red Spring. (Josh Howald photo)


Queen Street was closed between Broadway and Durham Streets for several hours. With a smashed car at rest in front of Fine Fettle, many locals believed there had been a collision or crash. However, the scene was all quite carefully planned.