Nice Play

Cassidy Murray-Culmer makes a nice play to stop Curtis Chapleau of Ripley Green Acres during the first half of the under-8 championship game Saturday afternoon. The Green Acres squad edged out Kincardine McDonalds 4-3 to claim the league title. (Josh Howald photo)

First Skate '08

Tim Dwinnell

Bulldog veteran Tim Dwinnell jokes around at Kincardine's first skate Sunday night. Hard to believe, but this year Dwinnell is returning for a seventh season with the Bulldogs. This will be his last, however, as he is one of four overage players the Dogs are permitted to sign. (Josh Howald photo)

Hospital board ignores public's concern

Doctors refuse to accept physio decision

The people have spoken.
However, the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) board didn't get the message.
A month ago, Kincardine doctors heard the SBGHC would be replacing the physiotherapy department at the Kincardine hospital with a private company.

July 31, a rally at the bottom of the hospital hill drew hundreds of protestors. That evening the doctors made a presentation to the board and produced a 3,600-name petition against the change.

The SBGHC board said it would review the situation Aug. 6 and then put off its answer until Aug. 13.
However, it appears the decision was made before the evening of the 13th.

Dr. Lisa Roth phoned The Independent that afternoon to say the physio equipment was being packed up. Some went into storage while some was moved elsewhere.

Replacing the physio department with a private firm means that all out-patients will now have to pay for their physiotherapy - unless they have a private health plan.

Kincardine musician creates theme for Hockey Night in Canada

Looking for voting support
Jeff MacDonald
Jeff MacDonald

The original Hockey Night in Canada theme is a great piece of music, says Kincardine native Jeff MacDonald.
When the CBC decided to replace it, he wanted to “write a great theme that is a testament to the love the fans show for what Hockey Night in Canada means to them.”

The CBC has received more than 650 entries to its contest and hockey fans can listen and vote on them by going to Click on anthem gallery, says MacDonald, and then in the search box type Jeff MacDonald Slap Shot. If you like his theme, give it high vote, he asks.

Acne-faced youth tries purse snatch

South Bruce OPP officers are on the lookout for a teenage boy after an attempted purse snatching in downtown Kincardine.
A 59-year-old woman left her Queen Street home Aug. 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. As she walked, a young man attempted to steal her purse from behind. The suspect pushed her to the ground, but couldn’t make off with the purse.

The attack left the victim with minor injuries. The suspect fled immediately. Police describe the boy as 15-16 years of age, with acne on his face. He was wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt, baggie blue jeans and new white running shoes at the time of the attack.

Anyone who may have witnessed the attack, or seen anyone of that description is asked to call the South Bruce OPP or Crimestoppers.


Cancer survivor Wendy Betts holds her son Myles as they round the Davidson Centre track during the Survivors Victory Lap Friday night. The lap kick­started Kincardine's third annual Relay for Life. (Kiel Edge photo)



Redheads Unite!

Kincardine's redheads turned up in droves to Station Beach Aug. 2 to be in this photo. Organizer Sandy Henderson said this is the third consecutive reunion that has included a redhead photo. (Kristen Shane photo)

Meeting planned to map out hospital's future

Kincardine council is setting up a meeting with various levels of government, medical staff and hospital administrators to help map out the future of Kincardine's hospital more clearly.

Councillor Ron Hewitt came up with the idea to hold a meeting. Most councillors spoke in favour of the meeting after hearing a delegation asking for council's support to fight the proposed physiotherapy changes.

Sylvia Stepnow arranged for a delegation to address council on the concerns of residents and medical staff over the move to privatized physiotherapy. Stepnow said the community has spoken and believes it is time for council to stand up for its residents.
"Listen with your minds but also with your hearts," she said. "Let us know you'll do something for us."
Patt Lowry spoke as an affected resident. She said the move will affect those without health insurance, or those without a way to travel to Walkerton for appointments.

Student returns to festival on the other side of the music stand

Bradley Reid, 13, practises his scottish fiddle for teacher Kim Lake last week at the Kincardine Summer Music Festival. (Kristen Shane photo)


Inverhuron fires concern chief

A series of small fires in the south end of Inverhuron Provincial Park have Kincardine's fire chief worried.
Kincardine fire fighters have responded to a pair of fire calls in the area of Inverhuron Provincial Park near Rainbow Bridge since July 29. While investigating these fires, fire crews also discovered evidence of three other small fires.

"Our biggest worry is if someone is trying to get a fire going, or just playing with fire," says fire chief Jamie MacKinnon. "Our concern is to the residents in the area. A larger fire could make it (hard to warn residents quickly)."

The first fire, on July 29, burned a 20­square foot area of the brush. The fires have all been started in areas well off the established trails.

MacKinnon and his staff met with South Bruce OPP officers last week to discuss the problem. The two agencies wanted to warn the public about the dangers and also hoped to discourage the suspect from starting any more fires.