August 26, 2008

Alvin A. France, beloved husband of Ethel France (Anness) of Ripley passed away at Kincardine Hospital on Aug. 19, 2008, at the age of 87.
Born in Amabel Township on Sept. 30, 1920, to the late Ethel (Colwell) and George France.
Dear father of Jim (Debbie) France of Ripley. Loving grandfather of Kevin (Terri) France of Kincardine, Dean (Michelle) France of Kitchener and Corrine France, also of Kitchener. Great grandfather of Connor, Joshua and Braiden.
Predeceased by brothers Charlie, Harold, Jim, Mel and John France and sister Helen Schroeder.
Visitation was held at the MacKenzie and MCCreathe Funeral Home, Ripley, on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008.
The funeral was conducted from the chapel on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Diane Dier officiating.
Pallbearers were Ron France, Stewart France, Doug Schroeder, Kevin France, Dean France and Corrine France.


Kai gets cruisin'
Kai Schwindt, 4, gets the feel of the steering wheel in a 1968 Mustang. The car was one of many on display during the 18th annual Point Clark Cornfest Saturday evening. (Kiel Edge 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)


Winning fish 17.13 pounds

Joe Freiburger of St. Clement's is the winner of the 2008 Chantry Chinook Classic fish derby. Freiburger reeled in a trout weighing 17.13 pounds (lb.) to claim the 2008 title.

The largest trout weighed in at 13.56 lb., caught by Southampton's Steve Lightfoot on Monday, Aug. 4.
Tiverton's Rozaline Evans won the Kincardine Weigh Station's Ladies Day event with a 6.11 lb. chinook salmon.

Ripley's David Hyman won Kincardine's Senior Day with his catch - a 12.96 lb. salmon. Hyman, the 2007 derby winner, also had the best local finish in the derby. His 13.38 lb. salmon was good for 11th spot among all competitors.