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.

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.

Drunk stops bus

A Kincardine man was taken to hospital Aug. 2 after using his body to stop a bus.
The 23­year­old ran out in front of a reunion bus on Princes Street in an attempt to hitch a ride. The bus driver was unable to stop before running into the man.

The pedestrian was taken to hospital with non­life threatening injuries. He faces charges for public intoxication as a result of the incident.

Reunion Spirit

Grace Robertson shows off her reunion spirit with a temporary tattoo. The reunion tattoos were popular at Sunday's Family Fun Day at Station Beach. (Josh Howald photo)

W. E. Thompson teachers recall school days

The coat hooks may be gone, walls ripped down and tiny toilets made tall, but no amount of structural change will deconstruct the memories of W. E. Thompson for teachers who once worked at the school.

About 50 teachers, many now retired, reunited at the former school building to kick off their Old Boys Reunion celebrations last Thursday.

A smaller group of about 20 former teachers, who meet every two months for lunch, came up with the idea at their last get-together. They organized through word-of-mouth and phone calls, and gained access to the former gym and assembly hall to meet.

Hundreds protest privatized physio

Frustrated hospital users spur de-amalgamation talk

Hundreds of area residents gathered on both sides of Queen Street at the Kincardine hospital entrance Thursday to protest the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) board's decision to privatize the physiotherapy department here, effective Aug. 18.
After that time, overnight hospital patients will still have physio covered by OHIP if they need the service. Others not staying in the hospital (out-patients) will have to pay for services out of pocket or with private insurance. Only those out-patients younger than 20, older the 64, living in a long-term care home or receiving social assistance or home care will still have government coverage.

These changes to out-patient physio were made by the Ontario government in 2005 but are only taking effect here now as hospital physio switches to the private firm PT Health. Until this point, the hospital paid for out-patient physio not covered under OHIP.

Reunion a great success, says Haight

As far as the Kincardine Old Boys and Old Girls Reunion committee is concerned, it was mission accomplished.
The committee planned five days of fun to bring Kincardine the best party it has ever seen and reunion chair Laura Haight said that's exactly what happened.

"Everyone had a good time. We really did have something for everyone," she said. "With the weather, it made it a perfect weekend."

Blue skies and high temperatures throughout the five days made Station Beach a popular destination for everyone. Haight said there were large crowds at all the events at the beach and tickets for all of the entertainment were sold out well in advance.
Haight estimated upwards of 35,000 people descended on Kincardine for the weekend. Friday nightÆs cruise night was well attended and the Saturday night pipe band parade was probably the longest ever.

Blinky under 24-hour guard

The Kincardine Old Boys and Girls Reunion committee does not want a repeat of 10 years ago.
That's why three "men in black" were accompanying the Kincardine BIA mascot, Blinky, in Saturday evening's pipe band parade.
"We have Blinky under 24-hour guard," says reunion chairperson Laura Haight.

It was 10 years ago tonight that Blinky disappeared on the eve of the 1998 reunion.
The BIA mascot was reported missing by his keeper, Julia Sandel, early on the Thursday morning,
The disappearance was treated as a major news story by the Toronto Star, Sun-Times, CBC Radio and CKNX Radio and Television.

Sandel told a television reporter that she had awakened at 5 a.m. Thursday and saw a red glove in the driveway of her Durham Market North home. She knew Blinky was gone.

While many in town took the event lightly, the authorities did not and a massive search was undertaken.
Blinky was found just in time to take his place of honour in the Callithumpian Parade of the 1998 reunion.

You need help to fight cancer

McLaughlin in Relay for Life

When Linda McLaughlin circles the Davidson Centre track during the Relay for Life, sheÆll be surrounded by her friends and family - just as sheÆs been throughout her fight with breast cancer.
McLaughlin was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2006. This May, she had a final surgery and has officially beaten the disease.

"I feel good," she says. "Once you've been in the land of cancer, it changes you. You have to face death, so you evaluate whatÆs truly important to you."

For McLaughlin, the most important thing in her life became friends and family. She relied on her husband, Doug, and her sons Travis and Trevor for support throughout her chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

"You don't do this alone," she says. "You need support. Don't be afraid to ask. People are there and they want to help."

Doctors, board to meet Thursday

Kincardine's doctors are meeting with the South Bruce Grey Health Centre board this week in a final attempt to save the hospitalÆs physiotherapy department.

The doctors have arranged a meeting with a committee of the SBGHC board Thursday night in Walkerton. Staff from each of the four SBGHC hospitals have also been encouraged to attend.

Walkerton was suggested as the meeting site because it is the most central of the four sites and cuts down travel time for all the doctors involved.

"Our hope is to get the board feeling the same way we do," said Dr. Lisa Roth. "We're meeting to sort this out."
The doctors are meeting to protest proposed changes to Kincardine's physiotherapy clinic. The changes would mean a loss of publicly‑funded outpatient services at the hospital.

"We're hopeful (the plan will be abandoned)," Roth said. "If this doesnÆt work, we're not going away."