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.”


Snowy parade

Members of the Kincardine Community Concert Band were bundled up Saturday night trying to keep warm during the Santa Claus Parade. Ray Kester managed to hit all the right notes while battling the driving snow. Snow was the main theme of the weekend, with squalls and wind closing area highways Friday, Saturday night and Sunday. (Kiel Edge photo)


Mayor suits up for Wolves

Shorthanded Ripley team wins two

The Ripley Wolves got a little help from council on the weekend.

 

Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan suited up for the shorthanded Wolves in a pair of weekend wins. Ripley beat Drayton 12-6 Friday night at home and Nottawasaga 8-4 Saturday on the road.

 

“It was fun,” said Twolan Monday morning. “They said they were short (players) and they were looking for some help. I had a good time.”

 

Twolan had one assist in Friday night’s win over the visiting Icemen.

 


Santa gets "bumped" in Ripley

An emergency Sunday evening during Ripley’s 8th annual Christmas in the Park parade almost left Santa without a ride.

As the 6 p.m. parade made its way to Lewis Park, three fire trucks, one of which was to transport Santa, added a touch of mystery. With sirens wailing, they stopped at the main intersection and headed west towards Highway 21.

Fortunately, another float was able to back track and pick up Santa and deliver him to Lewis Park where a long line-up of youngsters was waiting to greet him.

“Emergencies always come first,” said Santa. “The slight delay was no inconvenience at all. I was impressed by the good crowd at the parade and in Lewis Park.”

Christmas in the Park is sponsored by the Ripley Business Community, Ripley and District Lions Club and Bruce Power.  


Scout fundraiser over the top

Few fundraisers go as well as this one did.

Two local companies started a  campaign a couple of  weeks ago to raise $13,000 to help Kincardine Scouting erase a $15,000 debt to Scouts Canada.

 When it ended Friday evening, more than $37,000 had been raised.

 The Coast FM, one of the sponsors, took phone pledges while the Bruce Bar and Grill, the other sponsor, set up a fundraising dinner for this past Friday evening.