Tuning up for the big weekend

15th annual Scottish Festival and Highalnd Games underway

Get your kilts out and your bagpipes tuned, the 15th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games are about to begin.

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Highland Dancers put on a show at last year's Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games. The dancers take the stage tomorrow (Saturday) morning. (Independent file photo/Josh Howald)

 

Thousands of visitors are pouring into town today for the biggest weekend of the summer in Kincardine. Things actually kicked off last night and the Kincardine Centre for the Arts with the opening round of the "Legs in Kilts" show/contest. The final round of that competition will be held tonight (Friday).


Kippers compete at SWORSA in Fergus

Chelsea Fuller helped lead the charge for the Kincardine Kippers at the SWORSA Swim Meet held recently in Fergus. Just three teams competed in this year`s SWORSA championships - Fergus, Elmira and the Kincardine Kippers.

The Kippers had multiple first place finishes at the meet, including a full bag of medals for Fuller in the Girls 13/14 Division. She won the 100m Individual Medley, the 50m Freestyle and was second in the 50m backstroke. She also finished first as a member of the Kippers 200m Free Relay team.


Stepaniak named new head coach

New bench boss for Junior C Bulldogs

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs will have a familiar face behind the bench when the puck drops to begin the 2014/15 Western Junior C League season.

Steve Stepaniak, a former team captain and assistant coach with the team, will take over the head coaching duties from Jeff Alcombrack. Alcombrack stepped aside due to work commitments with Kincardine business Super Heat FGH. Alcombrack coached the Bulldogs for the last two seasons, replacing Brian Royle.


Don't look down

Bella was one of the stars of the Ultimate Dog Stunt Show, which performed several times on the weekend at DogLoversDays at Connaught Park in Kincardine on Saturday and Sunday. Bella, a 5-year-old Boston Terrier, was taking orders from Melissa Millett of London. Bella, Millett and the other stars will perform next on Canada Day in Cambridge. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine man killed in crash

By Josh Howald

The world is a little less fun place to be following a single vehicle crash that killed a popular 31-year-old Kincardine man.

William (Kert) Collins had an unmatched enthusiasm for life, an eagerness for adventure and a love of laughter. News of his death early Monday morning left those who knew him stunned and shaken.


Thompson re-elected in Huron-Bruce

Election results

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Pit stop

Brandon Metske of Lucknow Public Central School falls forward after landing his long jump at the school's track and field meet last Wednesday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. LPCS students were some of the first to try out the newly resurfaced facilities. (Josh Howald photo)


Candidates meet in Tiverton

From left, the NDP's Jan Johnstone, Liberal Colleen Schenk, incumbent Lisa Thompson of the PC Party and the Ontario Family Coaltion's Andrew Zettel. The big three spent the night exchanging insults, while the underdog, Zettel, impressed a near-capacity crowd at the Whitney Crawford Community Centre in Tiverton last week. For the full story on the meeting, and the Huron-Bruce campaign trail, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Cubs open season Sunday at home

The defending OBA C champions will open the 2014 baseball season at home Sunday night.

The Mitchell Astros will be in town to take on the Cubs in a 5 p.m. start on Tout Field at Connaught Park in Kincardine.

The Cubs played a rain-shortened intrasquad game Wednesday night at Connaught Park, after which they trimmed the roster down to the necessary 25 players. Sunday night's game will mark Kincardine's first Thames Valley Senior Baseball League regular season game of the year.

For details from Sunday night's game, as well as changes to the TVSBL schedule and some important dates to remember this season, don't miss next week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent.

- Josh Howald


Guelph ends London's tourney

Oil Kings and Foreurs in semi-final

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