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..

Festive RIDE program statistics released

If the numbers are any indication, South Bruce residents seem to have gotten the message about drinking and driving.

The South Bruce OPP held its annual four-week festive RIDE programs from Nov. 28 until Christmas Day.  Officers stopped a total of 10,746 vehicles and only reported two drivers charged with impaired driving.

Police issued seven 12-hour suspensions and seven other charges during the RIDE program blitz. One fatal alcohol-related collision occurred, involving a snowmobile and there were 73 collisions involving only property damage during that time.

Overall, festive RIDE programs in the Western Region of Ontario stopped 183,714 drivers. The programs resulted in 39 drunk driving arrests and 124 12-hour suspensions.

Drug charges laid in Lucknow

A 25-year old Lucknow man faces drug possession charges following a stop by South Bruce OPP Jan. 6.

Officers stopped a vehicle on Lucknow’s Campbell Street at approximately 8 pm. Further investigation revealed the driver was carrying marijuana. Police seized a small amount of the drug.

The driver has been charged with possession of a controlled substance. He will appear in a Walkerton court at a later date.

Outpatient physiotherapy will remain available

Despite rumours to the contrary, Community Rehab Services (PT Health), is not leaving Kincardine.

A story in The Independent last week said Community Rehab and the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) had mutually agreed to terminate the contract which had the company providing inpatient physiotherapy services at the Kincardine hospital.

The story also mentioned that the medical community was concerned that outpatient physio could disappear in the community because of rumours that Community Rehab has to leave its Queen Street South location.

Physiotherapist Karen Fisher, who bought Community Rehab from Janet Bannerman, said Thursday that she too has heard the rumours.

Penny's Laundromat sold

Penny’s Laundromat in Kincardine has changed hands.

Nick Toth, who has owned the business for the past four years, has sold it to Ray Sheppard of Belgrave.

Sheppard, who took over Friday, is originally from Newfoundland. He worked with General Electric in Australia and many parts of the U.S.A. before retiring and buying the Belgrave General Store and Post Office.

“I had the opportunity to sell (the Belgrave business), “ he says, and took it. He and his wife Penny plan to move closer to Kincardine in the new year.

The sheppards plans to renovate the laundromat and try to improve business.

Kincardine man killed by truck

A 59-year-old Kincardine man is dead after being struck by a pickup truck Dec. 31 while visiting his mother who lives southeast of Wiarton.

Grey County OPP said Robert Cunningham left his mother’s home shortly before 11:30 a.m. to visit  neighbours. A red Dodge truck travelling west on Grey County Rd. 17 struck the victim near the intersection of Side Road 315.

Cunningham was transported to Grey-Bruce Health Centre Wiarton where he was pronounced dead at 12:18 p.m.

Cunningham, a client at Kincardine Community Living, was a regular walker in downtown Kincardine and was well known by those living and working there.

The weather was cold, but clear at the time of the collision, say police.

Hospital will provide inpatient physiotherapy service

The idea of having a private company provide inpatient physiotherapy services at the Kincardine hospital didn’t last long.

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) announced Monday that its relationship with PT Health, which has been providing inpatient physio since August 2008, was dissolved on a mutual basis Friday, Jan. 2. The SBGHC assumed responsibility for providing the service at the Kincardine site on Monday.

Paul Davies, SBGHC president and CEO, said Monday afternoon the hospital received a letter from the company saying it wanted to dissolve the contract. No reason was provided, said Davies.

Doctors at the Kincardine hospital fear there will be a loss of inpatient physio, Dr. Lisa Roth said Monday afternoon.

Kraemer wants to make a positive difference

Doctors, the Davidson Centre and development have all played major roles in the first half of Larry Kraemer’s second term as Kincardine’s mayor.

Kraemer and the rest of Kincardine council have completed year two of their four-year mandate. The group got off to a rocky start by confronting Kraemer at its first meeting, but he said council has begun working together much better in recent months.

“This council had growing pains early in its mandate,” Kraemer said from his office at the Municipal Administration Centre. “We have people of different experience levels and it took a little while for people to start understanding each other. It’s going quite well now and I expect it will continue.”