Afghanistan veteran enjoys teaching career

Two young brothers halfway around the world provided the inspiration for Matthew Patterson to begin a teaching career.

Rashad, 11, and his brother Walee 9, befriended Patterson in Kabul, Afghanistan while Patterson was stationed in the war-torn country as a Corporal in the Canadian Armed Forces.

The brothers and Patterson became close as they shared bread during patrol days and learned about each other’s cultures and customs.

“It was a really rewarding experience for me,” Patterson says. “I loved it. I’d meet the kids and we’d sit and talk. It was great.”

Huron Heights teacher Matthew Patterson holds a trumpet in his music class last week. (Kiel Edge photo)

OPP looking for witnesses in fatal accident

South Bruce OPP are investigating a motor vehicle accident that occurred Feb. 10 at approximately 4:30 pm. The accident occurred on Concession 6 Greenock Township west of the Village of Chepstow .

A vehicle had entered the north ditch and caused guide wires to fall across the roadway . A Good Samaritan stopped to assist the driver in the ditch. When a second vehicle drove over the downed wires causing a hydro pole to break and fall, hitting the good samaritan. The good samaritan succumbed to his injuries at the scene .

South Bruce OPP are asking any one witnessed the accident to contact South Bruce OPP Walkerton at 519 881-3130, OPP Dispatch at 1-888-310- 1122 or Crime Stoppers 1-800 -222-8477

Steady hand

Ethan Long of Huron Heights Public School takes a shot in the Knights of Columbus free throw competition for elementary schools held Sunday at KDSS. (Eric Howald photo)


Colton Howatt smiles despite the cold weather during the tug-of-war event at Elgin Market's Winter Fun Day. A group of KDSS students organized a series of winter events for the elementary school's students to enjoy throughout the  day. (Kiel Edge photo)

Fun in the snow

Elgin Market Public School's Sasha Ross concentrates on her snow creation during Thursday's Winter Fun Day. (Kiel Edge photo)

Bruce Power beach bash set for Kincardine

Bruce Power is planning to take over Kincardine’s Reunion Park this July for its annual beach party celebrations.

The company alternates the location of its annual summer party among the municipalities it supports. This year, it’s Kincardine’s turn again.

“We’re doing this to thank the people who support us,” said organizer Judi Chambers.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on July 18, Bruce Power is offering a free night of family fun on the beach. Proposed activities include volleyball, children’s games, free food and fireworks. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend.

Cottager looks to remove groynes from lakeshore

Tony Steer is ready to take some of Point Clark’s algae problem into his own hands.

The Amberley Beach cottager plans to remove the 13 groynes that exist along the shoreline between Amberley and Point Clark. Taking away the rock structures will help to lessen the algae problem that has impacted the beach for the last few summers.

Steer has spoken with his neighbours on the beach and has arranged to have their groynes removed. He wants Huron-Kinloss council’s help to contact the land owners further along the shoreline to drum up support for his plan.

A local contractor has been consulted and it will cost $5,000 to remove each of the 13 rock structures. The groynes were built in the early 1960s by cottage owners hoping to use them to launch their boats in the shallow water.

Kincardine vet honoured for efforts

Dr. Roger Thomson gets OMVA award for African poultry project

A Kincardine veterinarian is being recognized for his work in Tanzania, Africa.

Dr. Roger Thomson was presented with the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) Award of Merit Saturday morning in Toronto at the 2009 OVMA Conference and Trade Show.

“It is great to be recognized,” said Thomson in a phone interview Friday morning. “But what I really appreciate is the fact people have taken the interest to find out about the things that we’ve done and I think it will really help the project move along.”

The project he refers to is the Ilima Poultry Project in Tanzania. Vets Without Borders (VWB) is currently in the middle of a three-year project integrating Rhode Island Reds (a variety of chicken) to the local free range chicken flock.

Out of the way

Kincardine Scottish member Marlene Reid carries in the haggis Saturday evening at the band's annual Robbie Burns super at the Davidson Centre. Sunday was the 250th anniversary of the birth of Burns, the famous Scottish bard. In a new twist this year, Reid carried the haggis on a set of antlers, complete with skull, which puzzled many in the audience. (Eric Howald photo)

New physician recruiter takes over in Kincardine

The face has changed, but the methods Kincardine will use to recruit doctors is staying exactly the same.

Margo Eno, a longtime medical clinic employee and Kincardine resident, has taken over the lead role in Kincardine’s physician recruitment efforts from Lynn Bos. Eno said her love of the community she lives and works in makes her an excellent choice for the job.

“I’ve worked with our doctors for 13 years and seen how hard they work,” Eno said in her third week on the job. “They need help and I am happy to do it.”