Be careful

Be careful

Fruit cakes seem to be abounding these days. Maybe it’s the snow, I don’t know.

A couple of weeks ago, a television clip said that the Wiarton Willie committee had a weekend in Wiarton for sale on eBay with a minimum bid of $700 plus.

Organizers were apparently surprised that no one had bid on a weekend of standing in the cold watching an albino groundhog forecast six more weeks of winter.

I wouldn’t spend a weekend in Wiarton in February if you paid me $700.

Willie saw his shadow Monday morning and says there will indeed be six more weeks of winter.

*In the U.S.A., the pipe major of an Ohio band, after years of service, was given a six-month suspension from his duties.

Why? When the pipe band marched by President Barak Obama during his inauguration, the pipe major nodded at the president. This is apparently a no, no, although I wonder if Obama even saw the nod.

Out of the way

Kincardine Scottish member Marlene Reid carries in the haggis Saturday evening at the band's annual Robbie Burns super at the Davidson Centre. Sunday was the 250th anniversary of the birth of Burns, the famous Scottish bard. In a new twist this year, Reid carried the haggis on a set of antlers, complete with skull, which puzzled many in the audience. (Eric Howald photo)

New physician recruiter takes over in Kincardine

The face has changed, but the methods Kincardine will use to recruit doctors is staying exactly the same.

Margo Eno, a longtime medical clinic employee and Kincardine resident, has taken over the lead role in Kincardine’s physician recruitment efforts from Lynn Bos. Eno said her love of the community she lives and works in makes her an excellent choice for the job.

“I’ve worked with our doctors for 13 years and seen how hard they work,” Eno said in her third week on the job. “They need help and I am happy to do it.”

Ripley wind turbines causing health problems

Group wants council to intervene

Don Quixote tilted at windmills; a group of Huron-Kinloss residents would rather see them torn down.

Sandy MacLeod led a delegation at Huron-Kinloss council to discuss health problems they have suffered since the construction of wind turbines near their homes.

MacLeod said she has chronic ringing in the ears, headaches and higher blood pressure since the Suncor wind project began producing electricity last year. Glen Wylds, another land owner living near a turbine, said he suffers from similar symptoms.

The group wants council to look more closely at the health concerns caused by Suncor and Acciona’s decisions on how to transport the generated electricity. The residents said they have spoken with the two energy companies but have received no response to their problems.

Policing contract set to jump 10 per cent

It’s about to cost Kincardine a lot more to keep its streets safe.

South Bruce OPP Inspector Paul Holmes told council Jan. 21 its current service contract with the OPP expires May 2. Increases in officer salaries and equipment costs mean Kincardine’s new contract will be significantly more expensive.

Holmes said Kincardine’s increase is expected to be $195,686.66 per year for the new five-year contract. That’s an increase of 9.68 per cent over the current costs.

Cookie lady brings smiles to Kincardine's blood donors

In Kincardine, the strategy is simple: come to give blood, but stay for the cookies.

For the last six years Lena Clelland has been making cookies for Kincardine’s blood donor clinic. Six times a year, she spends days preparing to help the community’s blood donors with a tasty treat.

“Even if just one person says they are good that’s worth the whole thing,” says Clelland.

Clelland estimates she bakes at least 100 dozen cookies for each clinic, held two months after the previous. She has always been a supporter of Canadian Blood Services, but since she has been unable to donate blood, donating her time is the next best thing.

Winter Wonderland?

George Czarnogorski was one of many Kincardine residents digging out after another winter storm dumped snow in the area on Saturday. Despite the work, he was still smiling while clearing his driveway Sunday morning. (Kiel Edge photo)

Campbell Avenue renamed as McGaw Drive

Residents on the south side of Campbell Avenue are once again in line for an address change, but this time they are taking their northern neighbours with them.

In December, emergency services coordinator Roberta Trelford told council that in order to stop confusion, Campbell Avenue’s south side should be renamed McGaw Drive. Campbell Ave is split by Russell Street and fewer residents live on the south side.

Affected residents protested the change saying it would cost money to change their addresses and remove decorative brickwork showing their former address at the front of their homes.

“I couldn’t see (the brickwork in question),” said mayor Larry Kraemer. “

Layoffs won't affect service levels

The layoff of public health nurses will have no effect on the service provided to Grey-Bruce residents, a health unit spokesperson said.

The Grey-Bruce Public Health Unit is preparing to lay off the equivalent of four full-time staff members. The unit is in negotiations with the nurses’ union to determine how many people will lose their jobs. Through job sharing and part-time work, the unit is hoping to minimize the amount of job loss.

Late last year, the health unit moved into a new headquarters in Owen Sound. Prior to the move, staff had been working in two buildings simultaneously. Spokesperson Drew Ferguson said the move from a two-building setup to just a single office meant the number of staff could be cut down.

Out of reach

I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed a winter more than this one.

Instead of going for an early morning walk for exercise, I can simply go downstairs, look for the newspaper in the snow and start cleaning up. After I shovel the sidewalk and clean out the doorways, I can clean off the car.

In what other part of the world can you clean off your car six or seven times a day? Or shovel your walk?

This winter I have my exercise done for the day long before I’ve had breakfast.

And if I get tired of cleaning off the car, I can walk. I had a bracing little hike up to arena and back for Friday evening’s Bulldogs game.

If I want a really good workout, I can spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon cleaning two or three feet of snow off the back deck. That does wonders for the cardiovascular system.

But that‘s only one of the benefits..