Editor's Notebook

A hockey holiday

Most people wouldn't take a holiday in August and then go to Montreal and watch three hockey games.

Dana and I did.

The reason ‑ our daughter, Sarah, coaches Hockey Canada's Women's Under‑22 hockey team.
After a tryout camp at York University for 10 days or so, the team headed to Montreal last week for three games with the U.S.A.

The players are each country's best and they put on quite a show. They can shoot, skate and pass the puck as well as or better than any menÆs team. The games were a pleasure to watch.
Canada lost the opener 4‑3, but that was it. The ladies used their speed to dump the U.S. 7‑2 in game two and won the rubber match 4‑3 in over time.

A positive spin

The South Grey Bruce Health Centre board is a little slow when it comes to public relations.
Since the physiotherapy department at the Kincardine hospital was being cleaned out last Wednesday, before a decision to proceed with the closing was officially made, it looks as if the board knew all along that it would not change its mind about the physio department.
So why pretend otherwise?

Another thing, doctors in Kincardine still hadn't received official word from the board as of late Thursday. Communication is a good thing.

However, those days of poor public relations are coming to an end. The board is advertising for a communications coordinator to, I am sure, put a "positive spin" on board activities.
We can't afford physio, but we can hire a public relations guy.

Try putting a positive spin on that one.

Good bye Kathy

He gives nothing who does not give himself. - French proverb

My late sister-in-law was one of those who gave of herself.

That's why hundreds filed through the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home Thursday during visitation and a few hundred more filled Knox Presbyterian Church Friday for her funeral.

Why would so many people feel they had to pay tribute to a 56-year-old woman who died after falling down a set of stairs? She didn't hold public office or achieve great fame and fortune. She was, however, a loving wife, mother and grandmother. And a friend of many.

Kathy McKay was special because she lived by the golden rule, a tenet of all major religions: Do on to others as you would have them do on to you.

Kathy had a smile for everyone; she was always welcoming. There wasn't a mean bone in her body. And if she had been able to attend her funeral, would have wondered what the fuss was all about.

Set the hospital agenda

Another meeting?

At the time of writing, (Saturday), there is still no decision on physiotherapy at the Kincardine hospital.

The public has spoken. It does not want to see physiotherapy at the hospital privatized.
Municipal council, though, has called another meeting. If meetings were money, Kincardine would be awash in cash.

Council wants to meet with various levels of government, medical staff and hospital administrators to map out the future of the hospital.

Why not simply get to the point?

Council should meet with the provincial government and demand that the Kincardine hospital be allowed to separate from the four-hospital South Bruce Grey Health Centre and that a new board be formed to run the local hospital.

The good and the bad

Back in 1966, Peter Carver and I, still wet behind the ears, arrived in town to begin our high school teaching careers.

That year, we each taught every Grade 9 student in the school.

Sunday afternoon, that group held a class reunion and Carver and I were invited to attend.
Many of those students stayed in town, but quite a few went elsewhere following their graduation.
They were good people back in 1966 and they still are today.

We enjoyed seeing them again and I believe Sunday afternoon was the highlight of the reunion for Carver and yours truly.

Everywhere I went (I didn't go near the tents), everyone seemed to be having a good time - from the high school reunion Saturday to the volleyball competition Sunday.

And it would be hard not to - we have a beautiful town and the weather just made it even better.

From hospital to reunion

You only bring about change in this country if you put pressure on politicians.

It does my heart good to see people from this area finally getting upset about an issue.

Area residents have been phoning the Kincardine representatives on the South Bruce Grey Hospital Board about plans to replace the physiotherapy department at the Kincardine hospital with a private company. Outpatients would not be covered by OHIP once the private company takes over.

If the politicians won't stand up for the area, people are going to have to give them a push.

Silly ass!

Jack Bowers of Chesley and Huron-Kinloss dropped a copy of the Thursday, July 19, 1923 edition of The Kincardine Reporter at the office a couple of weeks ago.

The Old Boys and Girls Reunion had kicked off Monday of that week, says the Reporter, and home comers had been arriving all week. "On Monday, the noon train was a scene that will not be forgotten. Perhaps never before were so many autos gathered at the station to meet the homecomers."

The story says crowds from Chicago, Detroit and other places as well as the famous Galt Kiltie Band helped fill the four passenger coaches. The band led the new arrivals uptown.

The big event of the day, though, was the arrival of the S.S. Owana of the White Star Line which dropped off a 500-strong delegation from Detroit.