Secord collection a bonanza for civil war researcher

When it comes to medical kits from the American Civil War, the exhibit at the Walker House in Kincardine “is the gold mine. It’s worth its weight in gold,” says a U.S. history buff.

Les Buell has been involved in Civil War re-enactments since 1989 and has been researching the medical aspect of the war since 1992.

In March, he will be speaking at the Society of Civil War Surgeons’s conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of his subjects will be the late Dr. Solomon Secord, a Kincardine surgeon who served with the Confederate Army.

That’s why Buell was in Kincardine for a couple of days last week.


Council supports BIA provitalization plan

The future of Kincardine’s downtown business core is in the hands of the Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Over the last few months, the BIA has gathered information from downtown business owners about the strengths and weaknesses of the sector. The information was organized and used to build a 60-page report outlining where the BIA wants to take Kincardine’s downtown.

BIA member Jacquelyn Faubert outlined the report to Kincardine council Nov. 5. She wants council to give its support for the group’s Provitalization Plan, allowing the BIA to proceed with a series of grant applications to fund the project.

“We are working with eight different funding groups,” Faubert said. “A shared cooperation between the (business community and the municipality) is very important. We’re emphasizing being proactive here.”


Kincardine remembers

Kincardine veteran Eugene Harrison lays a wreath during Tuesday's Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of the Kincardine Legion. (Kiel Edge photo)

Kincardine Royal Canadian Air Cadet Flight Corporal Adler stands at the Kincardine Cenotaph prior to Tuesday's Remembrance Day Ceremony. (Kiel Edge photo)


OFSAA gold for Hunter

Tiverton runner Ontario's fastest

Cheyenne Hunter is the fastest Grade 9 girl in Ontario.

Tiverton's Cheyenne Hunter won a provincial cross-country championship for KDSS on Saturday. The Grade 9 student at KDSS also competes for the Saugeen Track Club. (Josh Howald photo)

Hunter, a 14-year-old Kincardine District Secondary School student, struck provincial gold Saturday in Sarnia.

“We haven’t had an OFSAA cross-country champion (at KDSS) in the past 10 years that I have been here,” said Knights cross-country coach Carrie Houghton. “It is pretty amazing.”


KDSS ousted in semi-finals

WDSS wins BAA title with upset win

The soccer season came to an abrupt end Thursday morning for the Kincardine District Secondary School junior girls soccer team.

Allie Mohr and a WDSS midfielder battle for a loose ball in the BAA semi-final last week. (Josh Howald photo)

The Knights, who finished second in the Bluewater Athletic Association (BAA) standings, hosted the BAA Final Four Tournament, but were trounced 5-1 by Walkerton in the semi-finals.


Weekend waxings

Bulldogs outscore opposition 19-0

The Kincardine Bulldogs walked all over Mount Forest and Goderich in weekend Western Junior C Hockey League action.

Kincardine didn’t allow a goal in either of the games, a 6-0 win over the Sailors Friday and a 13-0 beating in Mount Forest Saturday night.

Friday night at the Davidson Centre, Josh Catto had a natural hat trick, scoring the game’s first three goals.  Tim Dwinnell scored twice; Blake Underwood added a goal and an assist.

Dwinnell also had a pair of assists to finish with four points on the night. Bill Ceasar had three assists, while Dave Chessell had two. Garritt Vincent also had an assist in the game.

Drew Pegrum stopped 23 shots to earn his first shutout of the season.


Hungry?

Kincardine's Family Y Day Car put together a haunted house Thursday and Friday. Classmates Meha Weichert, left and Ellie Brooklyn offered up some scary refreshments for visitors at the end of the tour. (Kiel Edge photo)


Kincardine's doctors call for Davies' resignation

Kincardine’s physicians want South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) CEO Paul Davies to resign, citing poor communication between health care providers and hospital administration.

 

Dr. Gary Gurbin used Friday’s health care stakeholders meeting to present a letter to SBGHC board chair John Haggerty asking for Davies’ resignation. Despite objections from meeting chair person Larry Kraemer, Gurbin read the letter to the assembled delegation and a large crowd of residents.

 


Can the hospital go it alone?

Approval from the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) board is the main hurdle standing in the way of Kincardine Hospital leaving its amalgamation with the hospitals in Durham, Chesley and Walkerton.

“(You can examine the pros and cons of a stand-alone hospital) if you wish,” said SBGHC CEO Paul Davies. “But make sure it’s with the latest knowledge of where health care is going.”

The board said Kincardine could de-amalgamate if the board votes to support the move and the request is forwarded to the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) before being passed on to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Davies said the current amalgamation does have benefits for Kincardine. The hospital benefits from a sharing of equipment and technologies. The municipality benefits from a sharing of administration costs among the four sites.


A communication problem

Following a meeting of Huron-Bruce mayors Friday morning, I chatted with MPP Carol Mitchell and Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan.

One of the subjects that came up was the Friday afternoon meeting to discuss the future of health care in Kincardine.

Mitchell mentioned that there are eight hospitals in Huron-Bruce, but all the complaints seem to come from here.

She believes there is a communication problem.

She’s correct in that assessment.

At that meeting Friday afternoon, the doctors asked the hospital board for CEO Paul Davies’ head, on a platter no doubt.

Under attack, Davies and the board representatives left the meeting after making their presentation.

I doubt if the meeting was the time and place to call for Davies’ head. However, the doctors made one thing very clear - there is a communication problem.