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Chatham’s Winter Classic Creek transforms into popular outdoor ice hockey rink few years ago. “Every Christmas, usually if there’s ice on the On a mild winter after- pond, we end up going,” noon Saturday, drivers said Markovich. “This is probably the and those taking walks near Mud Creek Park most ice I’ve seen – the most top could probquality ice. ably make “This is probably the It’s a little out the most ice I’ve seen – bumpy here figure of and there, a hockey the most top quality but it’s pretplayer on ice. It’s a little bumpy the frozen here and there, but it’s ty good,” he added. water. pretty good.” On the E i g h t e e n - Brady Markovich busiest year-old days, there Brady Markovich, home from Trent have been up to five University for the holi- games happening simuldays, took to the stretch of taneously. “It’s rare you don’t see ice in his neighbourhood that has become a favou- someone on the pond,” rite spot for folks to play said Markovich. For anyone who thinks hockey. Dressed in a Toronto Ma- the cold might stop him ple Leafs jersey, Markov- from getting his skates on, ich said the creek froze Markovich says it’s not a over a couple days before factor. “I don’t have many layChristmas. This isn’t the first year ers on, but once you get he has taken advantage moving, it doesn’t matof the ice even though he ter.” Continued on page 4 only learned to skate a By Sarah Schofield Contributing Writer

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Brady Markovich, 18 approaches the net along a stretch of ice at Mud Creek Park in Chatham on Jan. 4. The recent cold weather has created a great outdoor rink on Mud Creek, as the watercourse has frozen over and become a hot spot for those with a hockey stick and pair of skates.

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OK, Mother Nature, that’s enough!

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Winter rang in the New Year with two thumps, the first on Jan. 1, and the latest on Sunday, when the municipality declared a snow emergency. Mother Nature followed up each storm with bone-chilling cold weather and high winds, making driving on our wide-open rural roads treacherous at times.

2013’s silly 911 calls and criminals By Bruce Corcoran

Chatham-Kent police have their most wanted list, but they also compile a list of calls they respond to that are just plain silly. Const. Renee Cowell, media relations officer with the Chatham-Kent Police Service (CKPS) said it is a treat to compile the latter list each year. “Throughout the year, I keep a folder. I ask officers to send me a note when they have a silly call,” she said. “And we do get a lot of silly calls.” From complaints about a senator and Mother Nature, to animals hopping into vehicles, it was a whacky 2013 for CKPS officers. Here is the top 10 for 2013, in Cowell’s words: 10. “If you’re on probation with conditions not to drive a motor vehicle, it may not be a good idea to drive your e-bike to your probation appointment.” 9. “A homeowner relaxing in his hot tub was startled by a male who jumped his fence and fell into the pool. Any criminal

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plans the male had quick- roof was going onto his ly sizzled. He hastily ex- property.” ited the pool and sloshed 5. “It would be expectaway into the darkness.” ed that a person would 8. “Bathcall police rooms are “I get a laugh out of to report not typical- the visual of the goat. a $90,000 ly where fraud. HowA person gets out to you ‘play ever, it’s not p o s s u m , ’ check an address and common h o w e v e r , the goat jumps into that the callthis one the car. And a squirrel er names wasn’t play- jumping into a car, that ( S e n a t o r ) ing. A womMike Duffy would freak anybody an called in Ottawa 911 after she out.” as the acopened her - Const. Renee Cowell cused.” cupboard 4. A squirand was face to face with rel jumped through the a possum. Animal control open window of a vehicle was called to initiate a re- that was driving through location program.” Maple Leaf Cemetery, 7. “A neighbour dispute “causing the driver to escalated when one be- accelerate into a ravine. lieved that the other was Luckily the driver was not using outside bulbs on injured and the squirrel his porch that he felt were now looks before leaptoo bright. His response? ing.” Strobe lights. They didn’t 3. “A word of warning to solve the problem, but the bored youths ... Dog leasharea was sufficiently lit for es will not ‘trip’ cars.” a short time.” 2. “Although a goat 6. “Police wear many on the road technically hats, however, controlling doesn’t constitute a 911 ‘acts of nature’ is not one call, the circumstances of them. A neighbour quickly changed. When called police because he the driver exited to get a was offended that rain wa- closer look at the 911 adter from his neighbour’s dress, the goat jumped in

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her vehicle.” 1. “A man called police to help him retrieve his personal property, rather unusual property, it was learned. The man had attended his girlfriend’s residence and while there, removed his glass eye. He was upset that his girlfriend had hidden his eye and refused to return it.” Cowell said her personal favourite was No. 10. “You’re on conditions and you are clearly in violation of those conditions when you get on that e-bike.” In regards to the prevalence of animals on this list, Cowell said the police receive a lot of 911 calls regarding our four-legged friends. “You’d be surprised how many we have in a year,” she said. “I get a laugh out of the visual of the goat (No. 2 on the list). A person gets out to check an address and the goat jumps into the car. “And a squirrel jumping into a car (No. 4), that would freak anybody out.” Cowell said a group of kids really did try to trip

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a car with canine leashes (No. 3). “They put the dog leashes across the road, thinking these dog leashes would literally trip a car,” she said. “We were able to find these kids and warn them about their behaviour.” Perhaps a crash course in physics is warranted as well. Local police also showcased their dumbest criminal of 2013, and best excuse for speeding. “A woman was stopped in Kent Bridge for speeding. She didn’t think it was right that she get a speeding ticket because the police didn’t first advertise in the newspaper that they would be enforcing speed on that day.” As for the dumbest criminal, “An erratic driver was stopped and issued two traffic tickets. It’s likely that the tickets were enough to ruin the driver’s day, but the driver further complicated matters for himself. As the officer was speaking to him outside his vehicle, the driver used his shirt to wipe his eyes, revealing a plastic baggie with drugs that he

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had taped to his chest. He was additionally charged with drug possession.” Ooops. “He would have been fine if he didn’t lift his shirt,” he said of the nervous, sweating driver. Cowell said the compilation of the silly calls, the mention of dumbest criminal and best speeding excuse are popular, lighthearted efforts by the police service. The list is released each year between Christmas and New Year’s. “It’s nice during the festive season to make people smile,” she said. “Typically, our media releases are filled with negative items. It’s nice for the public to see we wear many hats.” And it’s not just the local public who takes interest. Cowell said she released last year’s list while on vacation, and her cell phone rang constantly from media outlets, including many well beyond our borders. All laughing aside, Cowell said police continue to encourage people to call 911 when they need emergency assistance.

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4-H Toy Club preps scale model tractors for C-K Toy Show use a sandblaster to remove all the paint. Parts are repainted with tractor-quality paint. “We use real tractor paint, John With the 13th annual Chatham-Kent Toy Show & Sale less Deere green, International red,” than two weeks away, a group he said. “The paint we put on is better than the of local folks are original.” working fever- “We work on older Member Branishly away on toys, most are at least toys that will be 10 years old. Some are don Crow is in his on display at the 50 years old that might third year with the club. He loves show. the detail work. In fact, the blow- belong to a member’s “We also get to ing snow and at parent or grandparent.” work with tools times near-white- - Rob Sterling we normally out conditions of Jan. 2 didn’t even slow them wouldn’t use,” he said, referring down, as members of the 4-H to the cabinet sandblaster. “I like Farm Toy Club showed up at working with different stuff and a rural workshop just north of seeing what I can create.” Rob said the members do most Pain Court to work on their resof the work, with he and his fatoration projects. Rob and Carl Sterling lead the ther providing oversight. “I think the thing that attracts club, and are the driving force members is they get to keep the behind the annual toy show. The father and son team got toy,” he said. The replacement parts, many into toy restoration in recent years, and tied it into 4-H by of which come from a supplier starting the Farm Toy Club. in South Dakota, aren’t cheap. Now, the club’s work is dis- The proceeds from the toy show help keep the restorations afplayed at the show. The club members work with fordable for the members, Sterdie-cast, 1/16th-scale model ling said. Outreach for Hunger also benetractors. Rob Sterling, who started out fits from the proceeds, he added. As for the toy show itself, the as a member of the club three years ago when it first materi- event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 alized, said the members gather p.m. at the convention centre. at the shop about half a dozen Admission is $4 for adults and times during the restoration $2 for students. Kids six and unprocess. Most of that is done on der are free. Rob said there are already a one-on-one basis with a leader. “We work on older toys, most about 100 tables booked for the are at least 10 years old,” Rob show and are comprised of a said. “Some are 50 years old that mix of displays and selling tamight belong to a member’s bles. With the tie-in with the Farm parent or grandparent.” He added the restoration pro- Toy Club, there will be a lot of cess is quite intricate. Members farm toys on display, he added. By Bruce Corcoran

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Rob Sterling, right, works with Brandon Crow to restore a scale-model John Deere tractor. Sterling and his father, Carl, are leaders for the 4-H Farm Toy Club, which operates out of Carl Sterling’s shop just north of Pain Court. The Sterlings are also the driving force behind the annual Chatham-Kent Toy Show & Sale, which takes place Jan. 19 at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre.

“People will bring in a whole farm layout to display,” he said. But the toys don’t stop at the farm level. The Chatham Aeronauts will be on hand, as will the Chatham Model Railroad Club. As well, Rob said there will be a model ship display that showcases “incredible detail.” Model cars and sports cards and collectibles will also be on display. The show attracts buyers and curious onlookers. Some people wind up being a little of both. “Some people come in just to look and then leave with something after it catches their eye,” Rob said.


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With sticks and a puck in hand, a group of avid hockey fans take a patch of ice at Mud Creek Park on Jan. 4 for a game of shinny. The creek has become a favourite for kids in the neighbourhood since it froze over in late December.

Pond hockey ‘more fun’ than Jr. B Even though there are Even when he’s not cars driving by, you don’t joining in on a game of notice them. Like today hockey and I’m out here p r a c t i c i n g “It’s kind of peaceful alone and shots on a when you’re out here still having net by hima blast.” alone. Even though self, he says Joining it’s still a lot there are cars driving Markovich by, you don’t notice of fun. later in the “It’s kind them. Like today I’m afternoon of peace- out here alone and still on the opful when posite end you’re out having a blast.” of the ice here alone. - Brady Markovich was former Continued from page 1

Chatham Maroons player Kevin MacDonald and a group of his friends. The 19-year old hasn’t played on the team for a year and a half, but thought it would be a good opportunity to get together with his old high school friends for a game. MacDonald has a long-standing history with the patch of ice. “Since I was four, I’ve

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duced the puck and the stick,” he “Since I was four, I’ve added. been coming out to The only a udience this creek. I had a lot of the forgood buddies that lived mer hocknear me, so our parey player ents would all get out. I and his started off just skating friends get these days and then they introduced the puck and the are people waving stick.” from their - Kevin MacDonald cars or the

occasional cheer from bystanders. Comparing the experience of playing in an arena and out on the creek, MacDonald says the creek wins. “I think it’s more fun. It’s just a fun competition with friends and it’s colder – I like it better,” said MacDonald. “No one is booing you from the stands,” he added with a laugh.


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Ringing in the New Year with meat pies Tourtiere – some days, I think these meat pies should be illegal. They’re just too tasty. That was the case New Year’s Day as we gathered in Mitchell’s Bay for a family get-together, with tourtiere as the featured item on the menu. Whenever we head to my brother-in-law’s home, there is always way too much food. His wife’s side of the family cooks with a passion. We arrived to see the kitchen table covered with appetizers – cheese trays, veggie platters, plates of crackers, you name it. But I stayed away, knowing the tourtiere lay in waiting. It was a good plan, reinforced as soon as the aroma of that first pie escaped the oven and filtered throughout the house. As others filled up on the pre-dinner snacks, I prepared to lay siege on the meat pie. I pictured two helpings, especially with gravy on hand. Yeah, that didn’t happen. I filled my plate with cole slaw, potatoes, mac & cheese and meat pie, and was barely able to finish it. And I wasn’t alone. The kids’ table declined seconds. I’m talking boys with hollow legs getting full on one plate here! I don’t even think the university lads and lass went back for seconds. It was that filling. But oh so tasty. I’m from Quebec, the origin of tourtiere. But I’ve never had a better meat pie than the ones I’ve tasted here. Yes, we’re talking about an old family recipe showcased New Year’s Day. But I’ve had delicious tourtiere prepared by the women of Immaculate Conception Church in Pain Court too. On a cold winter’s day, with the snow blowing horizontally, there are few things better than tourtiere. Maybe a few soups or stews, but that’s about it. Elf on a Shelf

Our trip to tourtiere paradise followed an evening of revelry with zany friends in the south end of Chatham. The evening saw this home stuffed with 17 kids running around the basement, and a dozen

Bruce Corcoran adults hanging out in the kitchen and living room, playing cards and board games. At one point, a woman was under the table – because the board game told her to go there. She later transformed into an Elf on the Shelf (or was that a Teacher in the Bleachers?). It was great to see everyone take drinking and driving seriously, regardless of the fact one of the guys on hand was a cop. The first people to leave the party (the hubby was headed to the Winter Classic the next morning) took Home James. As the rest of us packed up our kids and cleaned the snow off our vehicles, the drivers were people who’d either abstained for the evening, or had perhaps a couple of drinks on the night.

daughter. During her time away from school for the Christmas holidays, she took to sleeping in (not even a teenager yet) every morning. I think that beauty sleep helped keep her immune system energized. The Drive-Thru Professor

Many of you may have noticed, Jim Blake wrote

a column last week about drive-thru etiquette. I happened to be about six vehicles in front of him on the day he decided to write that humourous piece. I’d like to think I was what the final straw that led him to bash away on his keyboard. You see, I drove right past the menu

board and ordering area, and was just about to order from the garbage cans – where you used to order for years at this particular Tim Hortons – when I realized my error. The woman at the window got a good laugh when I drove up and declined the coffee she was about to hand me, and ex-

plained my predicament. Yes, I slowed things down in that drive-thru for a few folks that day, including Jim. It’s not the first time I committed this error, and I expect it won’t be the last. • Bruce Corcoran is the editor of The Chatham Voice.

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Will taxes balloon or swoon? Local residents will soon know how seriously their elected officials are taking concerns about tax rates and municipal spending. Chatham-Kent’s base budget (with a 1.3% increase built-in) will be presented next Tuesday. Coun. Michael Bondy’s motion seeking to start the process with no tax increase was defeated last fall, raising concern about council’s commitment to reining in expenses. The municipal service review won’t be done until next year, but council shouldn’t use that as a reason to avoid tough decisions now. Service reviews, as Coun. Art Stirling has opined, should be an ongoing process, not a once-in-a-generation exercise. Once upon a time, projects were prioritized on a “need to do” or “a have to do” basis. We may be at the point where that rationale needs to be applied to services and even departments. It’s unrealistic to expect staff to summarily decide their fate, but at this point it’s doubtful the current council will be able to agree on much of anything. The lack of leadership from a mayor preoccupied with Chinese investment, and the clear divisions on council means a breakthrough is unlikely. With nearly half of Chatham-Kent’s $275-million budget spent on salaries, the most obvious ideas would be to begin there. A straight-line comparison isn’t accurate, but a private business with salaries as half of its budget is headed for bankruptcy. Council needs to look outside the municipal world to determine just how tenuous the situation has become. Our largest (and highest paying) local employers are funded through taxes. The municipal website lists the Lambton-Kent District School Board, (2,317), Chatham-Kent (1,491), Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (1,355) and St. Clair Catholic District School Board (791) as the largest employers. Although those employees pay taxes, none of the institutions would exist but for tax dollars. It’s not their job to create wealth in the community – and they don’t. Our spending issues aren’t caused by the occasional grant (even a seven-figure one) as much as by the ingrained outlook that municipal government can be everything to everyone. We can’t afford to be. It is that simple.

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Council fails citizens over tree bylaw Sir: This letter is addressed to the mayor and council of Chatham-Kent. It is amazing that during an election campaign, those running for mayor and council can convince voters that they know what they are doing, and they are doing what is in the best interest of the needs and health of the majority of the community and its citizens. Once they get into office, all of that goes out the door. The situation of the C-K woodlots is a prime example. This is not a new issue; it has been smoldering in C-K for decades. During the current term, one council member realized the need for something to protect what little remaining woodland that C-K has, and brought the issue to council. A few other members agreed and supported a moratorium on tree cutting until a bylaw could be put in place, but not enough councillors supported it. I do applaud those on council who have tried to

move forward with a forest conservation bylaw. However, the dithering continued. Council’s eventual action was to delay and defer any decision until it could be studied. Initially the result was the destruction of many hundreds of acres of woodland. But the public and scientific input was clear and relentless. There is overwhelming support by those who have voiced an opinion, both rural/farmer and urban residents, to have a tree-cutting/forest conservation bylaw. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that more forest cover is essential for the health of the human and wildlife community in many ways. Much of this has been stated repeatedly via deputations to council, e-mails to council members, letters to the editor of the local media as well as the findings presented

at the public open houses. 
 To date, the numbers opposed to a forest conservation bylaw expressed in the media or by the deputations made to council appear to be relatively few, and any rationale for opposition seems weak at best. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about what a forest conservation bylaw actually is. Such a bylaw is intended to minimize the wholesale clear cutting and conversion to non-forested land and is not opposed to cutting trees for firewood or timber harvest. Why does council continue to avoid entering the 21st century when more progressive municipalities have had tree-cutting bylaws for decades? Why does council continue to ignore the expectations, wishes and health needs of the majority? Apparently council is going to keep a finger on the situation and deal

with it if there are any red flags. Doesn’t the concern by numerous citizens over the last several months, as well as the loss of upwards of at least 1,500 acres of woodland, constitute a red flag? I firmly believe that if the protection of our woodlands and other natural areas is for the good of society, then society should help pay for it. I am not in favour of the landowner bearing the entire cost of any such natural area protection. It is long past time to put this issue behind us by creating a forest conservation by-law, so council and C-K citizens can get on with other meaningful discussions and actions regarding the future of C-K. Surely you don’t want to spend more time on this and continue to raise the ire of so many C-K residents, especially with an election less than a year away? P. Allen Woodliffe Chatham

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First out of the electoral gate Business professional and student file nomination papers Holman, a semi-retired business professional, said some wise words from his father stuck with him And they’re off. Chatham-Kent residents while filing his papers. “If you’re not the first out were eligible starting Jan. 2 to file their papers for of the gate, then you’re this year’s municipal elec- second grade,” he said. “My father tion. told me A couple “I’m ticked off. I’ve that when I folks didn’t been here for eight was a kid.” waste any years ... and watched Holman time throwsaid he has ing their hats our taxes steadily inno political into the pro- crease.” experience, verbial ring. - Mark Holman but is startMark Holman of Lacroix Street and ing to get fed up. “I’m ticked off,” he said. Aaron Hurst of Timmins Crescent filed their nom- “I’ve been here for eight ination papers to run for years ... and watched our council in Ward 6 - Cha- taxes steadily increase.” Holman added Chatham. By Aaron Hall Contributing Writer

tham-Kent has been hit “I can bring some new hard, noting Navistar ideas to the table,” he said. leaving town as a big blow. Hurst, who is current“We have a nice little ly a student at St. Clair area,” he said. “There are College, said he has seen lots of smart talented peo- many of his peers from the ple down here.” area leave for school and Holman never come said looking “Youth retention is an back. at different “Youth reissue I want to focus areas of ecotention is an nomic de- on. We need to be issue I want velopment, offering some incento focus on,” such as mi- tives to bring industry Hurst said. c r o - f o o d here. Chatham-Kent is “We need to processing, be offering 3-D printing a hidden gem.” some inor hyper- - Aaron Hurst centives to markets are bring indusoptions that need explor- try here. Chatham-Kent is ing. a hidden gem.” “You have to change your Hurst has no experience thinking and change a few in municipal politics, but policies,” he said. has sat on student councils Hurst is looking to inject in the past and is currentsome youth around the ly a board member with council table. Chatham-Kent Crime At the age of 20, Hurst Stoppers. said he believes he’s the “We need to stop the youngest person to ever wasteful spending and vie for a council spot. stop in-

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Retired farmer pursues passion for storytelling By Bruce Corcoran

Chatham’s C.W. Tiffin writing career may have started later in life, but his passion for the pen has taken over. Tiffin, who grew up in Chatham, farmed in Charing Cross and retired back to Chatham, has been writing for the past 15 years. “I used to sit around the house after I semi-retired and told my wife stories about my family,” Tiffin said. “She said, ‘Why don’t you put them in writing?’

“I used to sit around the house after I semi-retired and told my wife stories about my family. She said, ‘Why don’t you put them in writing?’ I think she regrets saying that now.” - C.W. Tiffin

I think she regrets saying that now.” Tiffin recently released “Belle Isle,” his latest book. It’s a work of fiction focused on the days of rum running and pro-

hibition. Written in the first person, the book centres on Bobby and Doug Reagan, two young men who moved to Windsor from Merlin with their family. While playing in a band at a Windsor club to Americans who crossed the border for a night of revelry, the two realize the real money can be made running booze into the U.S. But there is no such thing as easy money. The book follows “The Price You Pay,” which came out a couple of years ago, and was about the tragic drowning of a young girl, and the impact the death had on her family. It was a rather dark piece of fiction. Tiffin has experiences first hand how difficult it is to be published. A Calgary publishing company accepted his first book, “What Goes Around.” It held onto the rights, but 18 months later ceased publication. “I tried to sell it to another publisher, but never had any luck,”

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Retired farmer/hobby novellist C.W. Tiffin showcases his latest novel, “Belle Isle,” a fictional story about rum running in the Windsor area.

Tiffin said. As a result, Tiffin went down the self-publishing path. “As a writer once said, books are kind of like your children. You prepare them and put

them out there and see how they are received,” he said. Tiffin’s books sell for $20 apiece. Anyone interested can contact him directly at 519-3809960.

1812 film fest Jan. 11-12 The Chatham Voice

As part of the opening festivities for the Canadian War Museum’s exhibit, “1812,” the Chatham-Kent Museum will host a film festival Jan. 11 and 12. All movies, shown in the Cultural Centre’s Kiwanis Theatre, focus on the War of

1812. Admission is free. On Saturday, the film fest begins at 1:15 p.m., with “War of 1812: Our Fight for Survival.” It is followed by “War of 1812: When I Met My Doom” at 2 p.m.; “War of 1812: Or Leave Our Bones Upon Them” at 3 p.m.; and TVCogeco’s coverage of the

Battle of the Thames recreation at 4 p.m. Sunday features an encore presentation of “A Desert Between Us & Them” at 1:15 p.m. Seating for all the shows is on a first come, first serve basis. The 1812 exhibit opens at the museum Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.

Read books to try to win iPad The Chatham Voice

If you like to read, the Chatham-Kent Public Library has another reason to visit their book-filled rooms this winter. The Reading is SNOW Much Fun program is back for its third year. For every five books an adult or teen reads between Jan. 13 and March 30, they can enter a prize draw. Each branch will offer Coles

gift card prizes, while two system-wide grand prizes will be awarded. One adult will win an iPad Air, while one teen will receive an iPad mini. The reading program is an initiative that encourages literacy throughout Chatham-Kent. Participants can read or listen to any books/audio books they like, as long as they are from the adult or teen collections at local li-

braries. Contestants jot down the titles and authors of the books they’ve read on a reading log that’s available at any library branch. Bring in completed logs to any branch to be eligible to enter. The contest is open to anyone aged 13 or older. Gift card winners are drawn at the end of the program, while the iPads will be awarded April 7.


Whitson wants gold By Ian Kennedy

While Canada celebrated gold for their men’s hockey team in Vancouver, the 2010 Paralympics had a different end for Canada’s men’s ice sledge hockey team. A lock to find the podium at every major sledge hockey event, Canada’s sledge hockey team was shocked in the semi-final, losing to Japan, and then lost the bronze to Norway. Now, four years later, and coming off multiple gold medals in 2013, Canada, including Chatham’s Derek Whitson who has been a mainstay on Canada’s blueline for more than half a decade, are looking for revenge at the Paralympics in Sochi. “Eight guys are returning that were in Vancouver,” says Whitson. “We don’t forget the pain and Vancouver was not the storybook ending that we wanted, but we can’t live in the past. We have a chance to write a new story, a new ending and this time we want it to be a bestseller.” In the last year, Canada’s men’s sledge team, and Whitson have won gold at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge, Four Nations Tournament, and the IPC World Sledge Ice Hockey Championships. “We have been very successful as of late,” says Whitson about Canada’s

last year on the International circuit. “This team has been together for a couple years now with one or two changes and we have been on both ends. We have lost championships and have won championships. If we continue to work hard as a group and stick to the game plan we could have a lot of fun in Sochi,” the Ursuline College alumni continued. Despite a year of wins, Whitson still wants the one medal that doesn’t decorate his trophy case. “I have no medal to show for from Vancouver, and might not ever get another chance to get a medal on home soil in the Paralympics,” says the sledge hockey defender, who also plays for Canada’s para-soccer team. “We train day in and day out for hours each day for one moment that only comes around once every 4 years and if you’re lucky you will get that one moment. I want this more than anything right now.” With the sport of sledge hockey continuing to grow across the globe, Whitson understands the competition at this Paralympics in Sochi will be tougher than ever, and that he’ll be called upon to be a veteran leader as a player with Paralympic experience. “We have a lot of Paralympics first timers coming into this event.



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Chatham’s Derek Whitson pursues the puck in sledge hockey action. Part of Canada’s national team, Whitson wants to see the squad own the podium at the Paralympic Games in March in Sochi, Russia.

More than half the team,” explained Whitson.” But I believe in these guys. We have a lot of experience together and we all want the same result. The atmosphere in the Paralympics is different from any other

tournament we have been in,” continued Whitson, who deals with cerebral palsy. “The pressure is on and it can be overwhelming at times. But in the end the game is still the same.

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We have one job to do and I know once we throw those jerseys on and wear that crest we will be ready and nothing else will matter.” The Sochi Paralympics run from March 7 to

March 16. • Ian Kennedy is the owner/ editor of the Chatham-Kent Sports Network. For more on the local sports scene, please check out his website at

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Business Social Network donates 2,013 cans to local food banks

The Business Social Network, a recently formed network of business stakeholders and owners, recently completed its 2,013 goal for 2013. The network, comprised of business stakeholders and owners who feel strongly about giving back to the Chatham-Kent community, collected 2,013 cans in just 30 days. The network donated the food to local food banks. “This group really got behind a relatively simple idea: Gather can goods and help our fellow neighbors,” Doug Robbins, network president and one of the founders, said in a press release.


Friday, January 10, 2014 • The Kent Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society presents Online Open Library & Newspaper archives. Donna Dickson will discuss how to use “Open Library” and the “Newspaper Archives” in your family history research. St.Andrew’s Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham. Everyone is welcome. Please visit us at:

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Saturday, January 11, 2014 • Meat draw at Branch 628 Royal Canadian Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham, from 4:30pm-6:00pm, followed by a dance from 7:00pm-11:00pm with Luey.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 • Shuffleboard, Pool and Darts at Branch 628 Royal Canadian Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham starting at 6:30pm. Wednesday, January 15, 2014 • Ridgetown OEYC presents: Mother Goose & Books Too! A 4 week program for parents and babies up to 12 months with rhymes, songs and stories. 9:30am-10:30am. Call 519-358-1451 x0 to register. Saturday, January 18, 2014 • Meat draw at Branch 628 Royal Canadian Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham from 4:30pm-6:00pm, followed by a dance from 7:00pm-11:00pm with Tim McLean. Sunday, January 19, 2014 • 13th Annual C-K Toy Show & Sale. 10:00am-3:00pm. John D. Bradley Convention Centre. 565 Richmond St., Chatham. Adults $4, Students $2, Children 6 and under - FREE. For info email or 519-352-8365. Proceeds to C-K 4-H Farm Toy Club & C-K Outreach for Hunger.

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