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.”

To 2009!

Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer toasts 2009 along with five Legion members at the New Year's day levee at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 183, Kincardine. From left are Stewart Taylor of Hensall, Legion Zone C commander; Gord Wilkinson, Kraemer, Bob Forrest, Irv Kennedy and Red Larsen. (Eric Howald photo)

Christmas Miracle

By Eric Howald



The Kincardine hospital was a joyful place early Monday morning.

The reason - the unexpected arrival of identical twins.

Dan Scott, 22, and Angela Fraser, 20, of Bervie became  the proud parents of daughters, Alexis and Alyssa.

Since the hospital lost its obstetrics department a few years ago, births have become a rare occurrence there.

But the weekend snow storm  played a role in these births.

Angela’s father, Ron, started driving the couple to the hospital and on the way they phoned the ambulance which met them at the intersection of Highways 9 and 21.

Christmas music

Guest soloist Emily Van Veghel belts out a number at the Kincardine Community Concert Band's fundraising concert in honour of Dr. Lou Tusz Wednesday evening at Knox Presbyterian Church in Kincardine. The other special guest was keyboard artist Scott Jacks, brother of band leader Mary Kloesterbooer. The evnt raised $1,642.60 for the Grey-Bruce Alzheimer's Society - people donated $1,427.60 and the sale of Jacks' CDs raised another $215. (Eric Howald photo)


After weeks of dull, snowy weather, area residents awoke to a clear, crisp day Saturday. The cold weather kept fog billowing off the lake' surface. That's the break wall in Kincardine in the above photo. Stormy weather returned Sunday and Monday, leaving area highways closed to traffic because of blowing snow. (Eric Howald photo)

Festive tunes

Students at St. Anthony's School entertained parents and staff at the Davidson Centre last week during the school's Christmas concert. Perfomers included, back, from left Brontae Hunter and Aaron Frampton. In front are Thomas Veenstra, left, and Quinn Richardon. (Kiel Edge photo)

Oh, deer

Ripley-Huron Community School held its annual Christmas concert last week. Students performed skits, ang and played with the school band. Playing a pair of reindeer are, Santana Feenstra, left, and Alexa Collins. (Kiel Edge photo)

Huron-Kinloss council briefs - Dec. 15

*The Heart and Stroke Foundation will be canvassing door-to-door in the township this February as part of Heart Month.

*Huron-Kinloss council voted against asking the Provincial Government to delay its MPAC funding increase for one year. Deputy mayor Wilf Gamble said waiting one year to charge the increase will make 2010’s payment even higher and won’t save any money for property owners.

*Council endorsed a resolution by the Township of South Stormont asking the Provincial Government to review Bill 50, the Provincial Animal Welfare Act, 2008. The bill makes changes to the animal cruelty rules including giving inspectors the right to investigate facilities where animals are kept for sale. South Stormont specifically wants the government to look at the rights that have been given to inspectors under the new rules.

Council has a steep learning curve

Among the nine members of Kincardine council, Mike Leggett might be the quietest, but that’s not because he has nothing to say.

“I only speak when there’s something that needs to be said,” said Leggett, sitting in the council office following a December meeting.

December marked the two-year anniversary of Kincardine’s current council. As the first group with a four-year term, council has reached the halfway point of its mandate. Leggett, a first time councillor, says the last 24 months have been a learning curve for everyone around the table.