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Revitalize not ruin

This letter is to all the people who come to the parking lot at the bottom of Lambton Street to sit by the lake and watch the waves and listen to their calming roll, to the parents who bring their little ones to the lake to throw stones and to those hard-working individuals who come to eat lunch and relax before going back to their stressful day.

This will be your last year to do that as the municipality intends to do to this section of the lake what they did to the north section of Saugeen Street - Manitoba maples, weed trees, weeds, evergreens, a wall of garbage plants and no maintenance.

I cannot comprehend why the municipality would take one of the most beautiful and treasured areas of downtown and turn it into a useless, dangerous dump for weeds, brush and garbage to collect, rendering it useless to the community.

Emerg caring & professional

I have had the bad luck and the good fortune to visit the emergency department, twice in the past two months. I found them to be a caring and professional group of people.


Last night, starting at 5:30 p.m. and finishing at 10 p.m., I was assessed, entered into the system, made comfortable on a cot, and visited by Dr Daniel Lee. He ordered blood work, and x-rays, drew off 20cc of serum and started two different IVs, each of which lasted 45 minutes.


I keep my tetanus shot up to date - my responsibility. I even got a Band-Aid. One of the nurses brought me a sandwich, which I hope was not part of her supper.


Impressed by downtown experience

My husband and I want to express our appreciation to the organizers and participants in Saturday’s World Fiddle demonstration in downtown Kincardine last weekend.


We had friends and family up at our cottage for the long weekend and on Saturday went into the downtown for some lunch and shopping. All our guests were impressed with so much about Queen Street - the flowers outside of stores, the variety of shopping, the cleanliness throughout the downtown, and then entertainment! Who would expect that?


Everyone responsible should be proud of their hard work to make shopping in downtown Kincardine such a special experience. We really appreciate it and intend to “shop local” as much as we can!



Positive hospital experiences


Having lived in Kincardine for a goodly number of years, my family and I have had numerous dealings with our hospital.

I cannot recall a single instance when we were not treated with the utmost of professionalism and courtesy, particularly with regard to Dr. Knox and his staff.

Your experience was surely an aberration.

Peter Carver,


West Ridge on the Lake retraction

Having spent a considerable amount of time researching the history of the WROTL project, I would like to retract my suggestion last week that council, through intervention in the planning process, is somehow responsible for the final lacklustre subdivision plan.


In fact, it appears that council worked hard to influence the developer to submit a plan more in keeping with our community. In the end the developer, working with Mitchinson Planning, has forced the final plan through via an arbitration process related to delays in the approval process.


Reconsider decision

Taking away blue containers at Beefway because they are being used too much - really? Because they worked so well, the municipality decides it should be stopped? The only problem is that they weren't emptied often enough. Most times I went, one could barely squeeze in cardboard. Guess it was too much effort to maintain, but they solved that extra work problem by cancelling a much used service.


I hope not all council decisions are this way. It would have been a good one if it was not being used at all. The right solution would have been to empty them more often. Hopefully we won’t see more waste along roadways due to this. (This writer would never do that.)


Tennis court problem

I was a member of the Kincardine Tennis Club for 35 years. I helped oversee the installation of one of the finest lighting systems in Ontario. This project came in under budget. I also helped in overseeing the reconstruction of the courts to make them very high quality.


From April until November, these courts are used by people aged four or five years to seniors in their eighties.


The Kincardine Tennis Club has never been a great expense to the town on a year basis as players have paid their own way, including a wind screen and net replacement. Generally we mowed our own grass inside the court.


Community spirit

Kindness, togetherness and charitable deeds to others are what make a community a community.


For instance, the Bervie Women’s Institute gave of themselves by offering a donation to the Paddy Walker House.


The site of this house and tavern is very special - showing that life and life events in 2016 in many ways has not really changed from years ago. Don’t we owe it to the memory of Paddy Walker, his family, the people who saved it from being torn down and those who meticulously resurrected it again?


Other organizations have shown, in both large and small ways, their pride in helping others. If this isn’t community spirit, what is?


Support for hospital appreciated

Each and every year, South Bruce Grey Health Centre is generously supported by the hospital foundations in each of our communities: the Chesley & District Health Services Foundation, the Durham & Community Health Care Foundation, the Kincardine & Community Health Care Foundation and the Walkerton & District Hospital Foundation.

As we near the end of another fiscal year, I am once again humbled by the support our hospital has received from each of these volunteer-based organizations. This year alone, from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, a total of over $870,000 in equipment was purchased by the foundations, including essential items such as the replacement of the infusion pumps for all of our sites. Simply put, our hospital could not operate without the support of these foundations. We rely on their contributions, and greatly appreciate their efforts to ensure the sustainability of health care in our communities.

Deteriorating courts

I have been a member of Kincardine Tennis Club for the last several seasons and a keen follower of this game.

I always look forward to playing tennis at the beautifully located tennis courts in Kincardine, but at the same time am saddened by the deteriorating condition of these courts in recent years - the latest being a sink hole on Court 3.

I fully support Kincardine Tennis Club's proposals and justification put forward to the Municipality for the refurbishment of the courts as soon as possible.

As the club has stated in its recent communication, time is really running out and the 2016 tennis season is already at risk due to the indecision regarding the refurbishment budget approval by the municipality.

I am pretty sure that refurbished courts will attract more membership and will also sustain the interest of the regular paying members as well as the younger generation, while bringing revenue to the club/municipality.