Festive tunes

Students at St. Anthony's School entertained parents and staff at the Davidson Centre last week during the school's Christmas concert. Perfomers included, back, from left Brontae Hunter and Aaron Frampton. In front are Thomas Veenstra, left, and Quinn Richardon. (Kiel Edge photo)


Oh, deer

Ripley-Huron Community School held its annual Christmas concert last week. Students performed skits, ang and played with the school band. Playing a pair of reindeer are, Santana Feenstra, left, and Alexa Collins. (Kiel Edge photo)


Huron-Kinloss council briefs - Dec. 15

*The Heart and Stroke Foundation will be canvassing door-to-door in the township this February as part of Heart Month.

*Huron-Kinloss council voted against asking the Provincial Government to delay its MPAC funding increase for one year. Deputy mayor Wilf Gamble said waiting one year to charge the increase will make 2010’s payment even higher and won’t save any money for property owners.

*Council endorsed a resolution by the Township of South Stormont asking the Provincial Government to review Bill 50, the Provincial Animal Welfare Act, 2008. The bill makes changes to the animal cruelty rules including giving inspectors the right to investigate facilities where animals are kept for sale. South Stormont specifically wants the government to look at the rights that have been given to inspectors under the new rules.


Floating symphony sinks

It looks like the idea of bringing a floating symphony to Kincardine has been sunk by a lack of funding.

Municipal staff told Kincardine council Dec. 17 that no major sponsor could be found to bring the $30,000 music show to the Kincardine harbour this summer.

With budgets expected to be tightened next year, council said it couldn’t support paying for the entire project without outside help.

“It’s a great idea but $30,000 can buy you a lot of things (in the budget),” said deputy mayor Laura Haight. “I just don’t think it’s a good idea (for this year).”

Large companies, including Bruce Power, were contacted to help with the cost and community groups were also asked to contribute.


Council has a steep learning curve

Among the nine members of Kincardine council, Mike Leggett might be the quietest, but that’s not because he has nothing to say.

“I only speak when there’s something that needs to be said,” said Leggett, sitting in the council office following a December meeting.

December marked the two-year anniversary of Kincardine’s current council. As the first group with a four-year term, council has reached the halfway point of its mandate. Leggett, a first time councillor, says the last 24 months have been a learning curve for everyone around the table.


Collecting Christmas cheer

Kincardine was in the Christmas spirit Saturday.

Hundreds of families will have a more enjoyable Christmas season thanks to the 11th annual Christmas Knights campaign and the generosity of the people of Kincardine.

“We don’t know exactly how much has come in,” said Anne Gibson Saturday morning. “But there is an overwhelming amount of food and toys here already. We’re about on pace with other years.”

Gibson, of the Kincardine Food Bank, was co-ordinating the community volunteers who showed up to help sort the donations being unloaded by Kincardine District Secondary School students at St. Anthony’s Church.


Floating symphony grabs council's interest

A $30,000 price tag will determine if a floating symphony performance sinks or swims in Kincardine.

The American Wind Symphony, a symphony orchestra that plays on a barge, has targeted Kincardine as one of its four Canadian stops in 2009. The barge, which includes a performance stage, living quarters and an art gallery, travels the world each summer giving performances in different cities.

The initial plan calls for the symphony to arrive for a five-day stay July 22. Performances would take place in the middle three days. The boat would likely be moored to the north pier, allowing for a large crowd to watch on Station Beach.


De-amalgamation is the agenda

One thing is clear from last Tuesday’s Friends of Kincardine Hospital (FOKH) public meeting: the group wants a change at the top.

Embattled South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) CEO Paul Davies took another verbal lashing from hospital supporters calling for his termination as the head of the hospital group’s decision making team.

“It’s not possible for us to have faith in the future without separating from the hospital and its current CEO,” said meeting co-chair Ian Mitchell.

Kincardine’s physician group brought to light the communication problems surrounding Davies and hospital staff at the Oct. 31 stakeholders meeting. Last Tuesday, Dr. Lisa Roth said the morale of staff has steadily decreased since Davies took over control of the hospital. He was also accused of bullying and secrecy by members of the FOHK committee.


A hint for hockey teams

It’s tough playing huffer and puffer hockey - we even had to go back to school last week.

About 20 of us ended up in class for about half an hour for a lesson on the Ambulatory External Defibrillator (AED).

Most arenas in Bruce County are equipped with AEDs today and many people believe they are simple enough to use. You just follow the instructions...

They are easy enough to use - once you have an idea what is involved.

For example, once someone has a heart attack, you have only six minutes to get that defibrillator working on the person who has had a heart attack or you might as well forget it. The quicker you get that AED working, the better the victim’s chance of survival; in other words, two minutes is way better than six..


Council backs Friends of Hospital

The Friends of Kincardine Hospital’s (FOKH) decision to use its Dec. 9 public meeting to stir up support for de-amalgamation has some Kincardine councillors backing off their initial support for the group.

Last month, council agreed to support the FOKH’s plan to stage a communications meeting to look at options to protect the hospital. Since that time, advertisements for the meeting show it has shifted focus into only supporting a de-amalgamation plan.

“I’m not sure I want to support the objective,” said deputy mayor Laura Haight. “I’m not at the point where I want to be supporting de-amalgamation. It might not actually protect us.”