The Chatham Voice, Jan. 12, 2023

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An animation situation near Rondeau

Sometimes talent and knowledge come together in a perfect partnership.

That’s the case for animator illustrator Alice Sinkner and mechanical technologist Paul Kriz, founders of SheepDog Animation Workshops & Exhibits.

Located minutes from Rondeau Park at the intersection of New Scotland Line and Kent Bridge Road, the married couple have created a space that’s part studio, part classroom, part living quarters and part future museum.

“Our dreams merged,” Sinkner said in a recent interview, adding the two continue to draw on each

other’s talents in a business that’s rooted in the golden age of classical animation going back to the roaring ’20s and the 1930s.

Originally from the Czech Republic, Sinkner and Kriz successfully operated SheepDog Animation in Kitchener-Waterloo for a decade.

Kriz credits his wife for coming up with the SheepDog concept, along with the business’s trademark of two vintage era cartoon characters.

Sinkner is the lady sheep and Kriz is the gentleman dog.

“I thought it was such a great idea because it was so much fun,” he added.

Together, the couple have taught teens and adults a wide range of in-person animation classes, includ-

ing Claymation, handdrawn 2D animation, traditional and digital art, and 3D modelling.

Portfolio development is another aspect of SheepDog’s business, with the pair assisting Canadian and international students who are applying to study animation.

The couple’s credentials speak volumes. Kriz has a deep background in photography and engineering, while Sinkner, a graduate of the animation program at Sheridan College, has extensive experience in classical and 3D animation and illustration.

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Pap tests hit the road in C-K

Chatham-Kent’s Pap-APalooza Clinics are levelling the health-care field for women across the municipality. The clinics are taking cervical screening on the road, provid-

ing critical scans in the hopes of detecting the cancer in its early stages.

Championed by OBGYN Dr. Neerja Sharma, the Pap-APalooza initiative provides rotating monthly pap clinics at various health-care sites throughout Chatham-Kent for women without a primary

health-care provider.

In the past year, 108 women have been screened through Pap-A-Palooza at 12 separate clinics.

According to Sharma, the local effort is part of a global movement to eliminate cervical cancer.

“November 17 marked the second anniversary of a historic movement,” Sharma said, celebrating the first time the world committed to eradicating the disease.

“We feel honoured to contribute to this global strategy launched by the World Health Organization to eliminate cervical cancer,” she said in a media release. When discovered early, treatment outcomes are good for those facing the illness.

In 2020/2021, only 52.2 per cent of eligi-

ble patients in Chatham-Kent were up to date with a pap test. According to Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team data, local cervical cancer screening percentages are lower compared to pre-pandemic rates and provincial averages. Because of the pandemic, many patients in the past couple of years only saw physicians virtually, which impacted screening rates.

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person Tiffany Gartner-Duff, Pap-A-Palooza also provides an opportunity for interaction with health-care providers who may make referrals to other services within the community.

Around 20 per cent of the local population does not have a primary health-care provider.

It’s documented that rates of cervical cancer are higher in Indigenous women, women in remote and rural areas, low-income women, new immigrants and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

According to CKOHT spokes-

The next pap clinic will be held Jan. 27 at Tilbury District Family Health Team. Clinics are open to individuals 25 and over, who do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner and have not been screened in the last three years.

Please call to book an appointment 519-397-5455 ext. 159.

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worked on Walt Disney’s Gargoyles, Rugrats, Babar and the Canadian animated feature film and television series of Anne of Green Gables. Her published work includes more than 20 spinoff and first reader books of Franklin, and her illustrations and books have been published in many countries, including the U.S., Korea, India and the Czech Republic.

Sinkner was also a professor of animation at Conestoga College.

SheepDog Animation’s efforts have led to multiple international festival awards for both the studio and its students. A display in the building’s lobby showcases some of them, including the Walt Disney TAIF, Best International Films and Special Award Winner, and the Festival Official Selection for School Reel in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Sinkner and Kriz were busy living life and running a successful business in Kitchener-Waterloo until 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, bringing an abrupt halt to their face-to-face learning model. Like many other business owners, the couple had to re-invent SheepDog, pivoting to online learning.

The pandemic brought other changes, and Sinkner and Kriz made the decision to leave the city. They loved visiting Rondeau Park, and when a property became available nearby, they decided to move to Chatham-Kent.

They closed the Waterloo studio and began renovating what was once a restaurant into a professional and personal space

The two said they have no regrets.

“We love it here,” Sinkner explained. “We love the neighbours and we love the community.”

An added plus to their quality of life is a daily walk in Rondeau Park, Kriz said, weather permitting.

Currently, the couple is hard at work finishing up renovations on the building for SheepDog’s Feb. 18 grand opening. The two are also in the middle of preparing a schedule of in-person classes similar to what they offered in Waterloo, which will be taught in their new creative lab spaces.

The couple have another goal in mind. Sometime in the future, Sinkner and Kriz plan on adding a museum-style display

where they will showcase their collection of rare projectors, cinematic cameras and pre-cinematic magic lanterns, which date back to the 1800s, the earliest days of animation.

The collection includes cameras and projectors developed in Europe, a Movieola film editing machine similar to the one used by Steven Spielberg, and an authentic Walt Disney animation


The machines are Kriz’s forte.

“Thanks to Paul, the history is here,” Sinkner explained.

“He understands the cameras and

is able to figure them out, fix them and restore them.”


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Pam Wright/The Chatham Voice Paul Kriz and Alice Sinkner show off some the rare artifacts that are part of their business called SheepDog Animation Workshops and Exhibits located near Rondeau Park. The couple, which specializes in all forms of animation and illustration, is hosting their first Chatham-Kent open house on Feb. 18. The artifacts are not yet ready for display, but will be included in guided tours later this year.
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Warm support for an icy dip

They’ll get their chance soon enough. Live and local, the sixth annual Polar Plunge is set for Jan. 21 at Sons of Kent.

“The last two events have been held online,” said event co-ordinator Jason Herder. “Now that we’re coming back in 2023, we’re hoping to make a big, bold splash.”

Herder, a sergeant with the Chatham-Kent Police Service, organizes the event to help raise funds for 16,000 Special Olympics athletes across Ontario. He’s also heavily involved in putting together the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special

Olympics, another important fundraiser.

The money benefits athletes on many levels, Herder said, funding individual programs, training and other forms of assistance. Although funds are collected by the provincial agency, money returns to Chatham-Kent to pay for “anything we need,” Herder explained.

Chatham-Kent’s Polar Plunge has brought in some handsome numbers in the past. At the last live event in 2020, the plunge brought in $46,310 – the third highest tally in the province.

“We get great support from our community, both in participation and donations,” Herder noted. “I can’t say enough about how generous the Chatham-Kent community is in supporting our


“It speaks volumes.”

This year will also be special in honouring former C-K police officer Mike Currie who passed away in 2022.

In his memory, the Chatham-Kent Police Services Board will be making a $3,000 donation to the cause.

Currie was an instrumental volunteer and was inducted into the Special Olympics Ontario Hall of Fame in 1992.

He was also one of the most successful fundraisers for the torch run in the entire province.

Two deep freeze sittings will be held at this year’s Polar Plunge event at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Organizers are looking for individual and team participants brave enough to take the dunk and pitch in. Visit

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Sound business, lifestyle decision

The relocation of SheepDog Animation Workshops and Exhibits is a nice feather in the municipality’s cap.

Sure, it’s a two-person operation, but the fact remains, a high ly regarded animation team that does work with the likes of Disney has eschewed Kitchener-Waterloo – one of Ontario’s Silicon Valley locations –in favour of Chatham-Kent.

Paul Kriz and Alice Sinkner happened to love Rondeau Provincial Park as a place to visit. But when a property near the park – up Kent Bridge Road only a few kilometres – came available, they jumped at the relocation opportunity.

So now, they can enjoy daily treks into the park, while Chatham-Kent now plays host to a high-tech operation that will soon be offering classes in animation, and will open a museum showcasing various historical pieces related to the progression of animation practices in film and television.

Some people might say this is no big deal. It’s just two people moving to Chatham-Kent. But it’s much more

than that.

Again, they operated in a tech hotbed location, and were two hours closer to the Greater Toronto Area. Despite that, they chose Chatham-Kent as their preferred location of living and working.

That says a great deal. And we know they aren’t alone. The past two years have seen hundreds of people move to Chatham-Kent from higher density urban areas to enjoy what we have to offer here. Thanks to improving Internet access in smaller communities and rural areas, running tech-based businesses here is much easer, and it is only becoming more attractive as rural fibre optic cables continue to be laid throughout the municipality.

Home-based offices, small businesses, remote working options – it all points people to Chatham-Kent. Then again, access to improving walking trails, two lakes, friendly neighbours, and with urban locations such as London, Windsor and Detroit only a short drive away, people are beginning to realize what C-K has to offer.

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Stop harping on vaccinations: reader

Editor: Dr. Colby is concerned that the public is being exposed to misinformation and disinformation (“Colby refutes anti-vax claims,” in the Jan. 5 Chatham Voice). In my opinion, the government and public health organizations have provided many untruths as fact and made definitive claims that were disproved.

Proclamations of two doses only; vaccinated individuals won’t catch or transmit; it’s the pandemic of the unvaccinated were made.

Two doses have become “revaccination every five or six months.”

The benefit of vaccination has been downgraded to possibly reducing severe outcomes.

Provincial “vaccine passports” were quickly kyboshed as “breakthrough infections” increased.

Dr. Colby wants the public to have the correct information regarding COVID-19 vaccines, as does Brock McGregor who is quoted in your article as stating, “It’s important at public health that we share accurate, up-to-date, evidence-based information.”

The public has been bombarded with claims of how “safe and effective” these injections are and the insignificance of their side effects. If the vaccines are so benign and the rate of serious adverse reactions so low, then why not publish the information on the C-K Public Health website?

This “safe and effective” vaccine has resulted in the creation of the federal Vaccine Injury Support Program, which applies to vaccines that were ad-

ministered in Canada beginning Dec. 8, 2020 – the week that COVID-19 vaccinations were rolled out.

Dr. Colby referenced COVID-19 vaccine safety: Report on side effects following immunization on at the Oct. 4, 2021, council meeting. At that time, 55 million vaccine doses had been administered in Canada with 0.008 per cent serious adverse events reported. As of Dec. 9, 2022, the same site indicates 95.5 million doses have been administered with an increased rate (up to 0.011 per cent) of serious adverse events. About nine people in October of 2021, with an increase to 12 individuals currently, could be expected to have serious vaccine side effects locally.

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The toys take over on Jan. 15

The Chatham-Kent Toy Show and Sale returns Jan. 15 with a bang, a

ding, a clink, a click and a clunk. It’s the show’s 20th anniversary, and it’s back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Organizers can’t wait to open the

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doors at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre to the public.

“We’re really looking forward to this. The last time we did this was actually early 2020,” Rob Sterling, one of the event organizers, said.

He added that interest from vendors has been solid. In fact, there will be more than 140 tables set up at the venue, with 30-plus vendors showcasing their items.

of all kinds, dolls, plush toys, games, coins, vintage toys, Lego, collectibles and more –items for all ages.

Interest from new vendors has continued to grow.

“Every year, we set up the room to accommodate however many people we have coming in. The numbers so far are good. They keep rolling in,” Sterling said.

at heart.”

Those displays and events include the Home Depot Kids’ Workshop, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children can work with their hands on a project they can take home when they’re done.

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“The response so far has been incredible. Everybody is eager to get out and take part in these events,” Sterling said. “We have everything from play toys to highly collectible items.”

Those include farm toys, model trains and accessories, sports cards, other collector cards, die-cast vehicles, construction toys, model planes, model ships, books

People come from as far away as Toronto and Michigan.

Sterling said the show continues to grow and gain interest with the public as well.

“I think over the 20 years, we’ve expanded it and tried to add things that we thought would be of interest to a pretty broad crowd,” he explained. “It is certainly a family-focused event. There’s something relevant from 0-99, whether you are a kid or a kid

The Chatham Aeronauts will set up a flight simulator and will have displays of remote-controlled aircraft and boats.

The Kent Coin Club, local 4-H Toy Club and the Lambton Farm Safety Association are among other groups with displays.

Proceeds from the event go to the Chatham-Kent 4-H Farm Toy Club and Outreach for Hunger food bank.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and free for children aged six and under.


Kettles hit their $500K mark

Even though a blizzard ended the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign a couple days early, the annual fundraiser managed to surpass its goal.

According to Nicole Shaw, manager of family

and community services for the agency, the initiative topped the $500,000 goal by $284.32.

Shaw said the campaign was down from other years as it headed into the final week before Christmas, so organizers are pleased with the final tally.

“We had to pull out our kettles on Dec. 23 and 24

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Is this the case? Without CKPH publishing this information, we don’t know.

The rate increased. Why? The adverse events listed are numerous and range from heart complications to anaphylaxis. An additional section covering “Adverse Events of Special Interest” lists conditions like cardiac arrest and spontaneous abortion. Very serious vaccine side effects indeed.

On Dec. 12, 2022, Lori Marshall, provided population demographics to council showing 63 per cent of C-K residents are obese, 22 per cent are smokers, and our community has “higher levels of chronic disease.” Three factors which can also lead to severe outcomes from COVID-19.

It’s been two years since COVID-19 vaccines were made available. People

have had ample opportunity to be vaccinated. The CKPHU website shows about 98 per cent of C-K residents aged 60plus have had two doses and 88 per cent have had three doses. Likely, younger folks with risk factors have been vaccinated.

Why keep harping on people who clearly have no desire to be vaccinated?

There are many other ways to protect oneself from illness, such as regular exercise, healthy eating, and maintaining an appropriate body weight.

It’s time to give the vaccine advertising a rest and shift focus to educating and encouraging individuals to be the healthiest they can be. Let optimal health be the ounce of prevention.

because of the weather,” Shaw said. “But there was a last-minute push and we are very happy with the result.”

The non-profit estimates that it lost about $10,000 as a result of pulling the kettles early. All told, $145,387.15 was raised

by way of the kettles, of which $15,855 was received electronically by way of TipTap machines located at the kettles. A total of $354,897.17 came to the organization’s coffers through the mail or was dropped off at the agency in-person.

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This Jam helps feed the hungry

Holiday Jam for Hunger has hit a high note.

After a three-year hiatus, the musical extravaganza held at Sons of Kent Dec. 28 raised close to $4,000 – the most in the event’s history.

Proceeds from the packed event will be going towards supporting Hope House – Mental Health Network of Cha-

tham-Kent, and Chatham-Kent Outreach for Hunger.

This year’s standing-room-only event featured a number of bands, including Brittney and the Boys, 40 Hours Over, The Dave Trinca Xperience and Kings of the North.

“I could not be happier with both the turnout and the fundraising tally,” said Hunger Jam organiz-

er Alysson Storey, who is also a singer and musician in the Dave Trinca Xperience.

Storey, a Chatham councillor, said it was good to return to the annual tradition in person after being online for two years.

“While we moved online for the Hunger Jam the last two years, people continued to support the event,” she said. “The reason why it’s so much fun

is because it’s a chance to hear great live music and get together with friends and family over the holiday.”

She said the fundraiser is an annual homecoming holiday tradition for many, adding she’s thrilled Sons of Kent opened their doors for the jam once again.

Storey also expressed gratitude for Corey and Tony’s Music Shop for

their expertise and to all the talented musicians who gave their time.

“It’s really heartwarming to see such generosity towards addressing this critical issue facing so many in our community,” she added.

Various community organizations addressing food insecurity in Chatham-Kent have been the focus of Holiday Jam for Hunger in recent years,

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Draft budget tabled this week

It’s budget season for municipal council, as the first phase begins this week.

Administration is to present the draft budget to council Jan. 11. That meeting also starts the clock on the limited time members of the public have an opportunity to comment, as well as the political review process.

The Jan. 11 presentation begins at 6 p.m. in council chambers. It, as well as all budget meetings will take place in chambers, and can be viewed live on YourTV, either on the cable channel or on the YouTube channel.

On top of that, community consultations will be broadcast on the municipality’s Facebook Live feed only. To access the budget,

visit www.chatham-kent. ca/localgovernment/ budget/Pages/Our-Municipal-Budgets.aspx on opening night or afterwards.

Groups and organizations that wish to request funding must submit a written request by e-mail to ckfps@chatham-kent. ca before noon on Jan. 9. Groups or organizations wishing to provide comment on the municipal

budget can submit a written deputation by email to ckfps@chatham-kent. ca before noon on Jan. 11. The community consultations, where administration will present the draft budget to the public, will take place Jan. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. and Jan. 19 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. They will take place on the municipality’s Facebook Live, as mentioned.

Those wishing to ask a question are encouraged to submit the question prior to the sessions and e-mail the question to Budget deliberations take place Jan. 25, 26 and 31. If the budget is not hashed out by the end of those three days, the finance committee will reconvene Feb. 1 and 2 as necessary.

Written deputations of up to three minutes in length are welcome each evening. Submissions must be made by e-mail to ckfps@chatham-kent. ca before noon each day. Comments can also be made by phone to 519360-1998 or by mail to: Budget & Performance Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent, 315 King St. W., P.O. Box 640, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 5K8.

THE CHATHAM VOICE THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2023 PAGE11 News Revera: Canadian owned for 50 years with over 250 locations. Imagine the Possibilities Revera is looking for a Sales Consultant! For further information on this and other opportunities, please visit us at: Chatham Retirement Residence 25 Keil Dr N, Chatham-Kent, ON, N7L 5J9 Revera: Canadian owned for 50 years with over 250 locations. Imagine the Possibilities Revera is looking for a Sales Consultant! For further information on this and other opportunities, please visit us at: Chatham Retirement Residence 25 Keil Dr N, Chatham-Kent, ON, N7L 5J9 Alzheimer’s doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a family that doesn’t give up! Let us be a part of that family, Book your Tour today. 519-351-7777 Ext. 526 Chatham Retirement Resort 25 Keil Dr. N, Chatham CK Boomers On The Move Downsizing & Estate Managers 519-354-1836 Chatham-Kent’s ONLY Not-For-Profit Retirement Home. Experience the Difference. 519.351.MEAL (6325) Hot, Nutritious, Home-Style Meals, Delivered Right to Your Door. Sign Up Today! 99 Park St. Chatham, ON N7M 3R5 | | 519.354.8103 | Book Your Tour Today! Chatham-Kent’s ONLY Not-For-Profit Retirement Home. Experience the Difference. 519.351.MEAL (6325) Hot, Nutritious, Home-Style Meals, Delivered Right to Your Door. Sign Up Today! 99 Park St. Chatham, ON N7M 3R5 | | 519.354.8103 | Book Your Tour Today! 245 Wellington St. W., Chatham • 519-352-2710 DanielHoule Owner&Funeral Director DianneMillard FuneralDirector “Though those with Alzheimer’s might forget us, we as a society must remember them.” – Scott Kirschenbaum Funerals and Cremations Proud to support this message of concern . . . 156 William St., Chatham | | 519.352.5120 Serving Chatham and area since 1904 Family Serving Families Alzheimer’s Awareness Month INFO BOOTH STOP BY & LEAVE WITH INFORMATION Active Lifestyle Centre Tuesday, January 17th 9:00am-1:00pm The Chatham Voice

Community Events

Thursday, January 12, 2023:

• The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St., Chatham open 11:00am-9:30pm. Kitchen open for lunch 11:30am-1:30pm. Senior euchre at 1:00pm. Everyone welcome.

• Retired Workers Chapter Meetings are the perfect opportunity to enjoy coffee and baked goods and visit with friends and former fellow workers. Keep up to date with the community, pensions, benefits and info provided from informed leadership and guest speakers. Spouses are welcome. 10:00am at the Unifor Local 127, 405 Riverview Dr., Chatham.

Friday, January 13, 2023:

• The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St., Chatham open from 11:00am-9:30pm. Kitchen open for lunch 11:30am1:30pm. Supper served from 4:006:00pm. No orders after 5:30pm.

Tonights specials are roast beef or fish and chips. Take out is available by calling 519-351-8733 or 519351-5639. Fun darts at 7:00pm. Everyone welcome.

Saturday, January 14, 2023:

• The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St., Chatham open from 11:00am-9:30pm. Meat draw at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30pm. Kitchen open for lunch from 3:00-5:30pm. Entertainment by Unity Station from 4:30-9:30pm. Everyone welcome.

• Free Line Dance lessons for beginners at 11am at the Chatham Legion on William St. For information call Tom 519-355-4575.

• Ernie Miller will perform at the Chatham Retirement Resort at 2:00pm. Call for info and to RSVP 519351-7777 ext. 526.

Sunday, January 15, 2023:

• The Chatham-Kent 20th Annual Toy Show and Sale will be held at the John D.Bradley Convention Centre, 565 Richmond Street Chatham from 10am to 3pm. Proceeds to CK 4H Farm Toy Club and Chatham Outreach for Hunger.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023:

• The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St., Chatham open from 11:00am-9:30pm. Kitchen open for lunch 11:30am1:30pm. Today’s special is spaghetti and meat sauce. Euchre at 1:00pm or 7:00pm. Shuffleboard 7:00pm. Everyone welcome.

• “How Fish communicate and the impact of lake activity on the underwater soundscape” - a presentation and discussion with Dr. Dennis Higgs from the University of Windsor, hosted by the Southwest Outdoors Club. Everyone welcome. Doors open 6:30. Presentation 7:00 pm. Comber Legion (Branch 241), 6420 Main Street, Comber. Seating is limited. RSVP:

Wednesday, January 18, 2023:

• Kent Coin Club meeting at the Active Lifestyle Center (7pm –8pm), 20 Merritt Ave, Chatham. New Members & guests welcome. Come out to see what we’re about. Gain knowledge and trends of the hobby. For info contact President Paul Robb (probb1@ (289-228-2817).

• The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St., Chatham open from 11:00am-9:30pm.

Kitchen open for lunch 11:30am1:30pm. Today’s special is meat loaf dinner. Fun darts at 7:00pm. Everyone welcome.

Thursday, January 19, 2023:

• The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St., Chatham open from 11:00am-9:30pm.

Kitchen open for lunch 11:30am1:30pm. Senior euchre at 1:00pm. Everyone welcome.

• Ron Bolohan will perform at the Chatham Retirement Resort at 2:00pm. Call for info and to RSVP 519351-7777 ext. 526.

• The Chatham-Kent Quilters Guild is back to meeting in person at St. Paul’s Congregational Church, 450 Park Ave E, Chatham. We will continue with hybrid meetings until further notice with live Zoom available for members who wish

to enjoy the meetings that way. Everyone is welcome to join us, including non-members. Non-members pay a $5 fee per meeting and enjoy our presentations, guest speakers and all of the other fun. Our membership fee is $50 per year and this entitles you to our newsletter and all of our regular meetings free of charge. You are welcome to contact us through our Facebook page or our website at for info.

Friday, January 20, 2023:

• The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St., Chatham open from 11:00am-9:30pm. Kitchen open for lunch 11:30am1:30pm. Supper served from 4:006:00pm. No orders after 5:30pm. Tonights specials are chicken leg and thigh or fish and chips. Take out is available by calling 519-3518733 or 519-351-5639. Fun darts at 7:00pm. Everyone welcome.

Saturday, January 21, 2023:

• The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St., Chatham open from 11:00am-9:30pm. Meat draw at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30pm. Kitchen open for lunch from 3:00-5:30pm. Entertainment by the Marquis from 4:30-9:30pm. Everyone welcome.

• Saturdays at 7 at St. Andrew’s United Church, 85 William Street S., Chatham presents “Dueling Keyboards” at 7 pm. The fourth edition of this program will feature the best duets of piano and organ performed on St. Andrew’s two great instruments by various talented musicians. Suggested donation $15. All are welcome! For further information call 519-3520010 or www.standrewschatham. org/music.

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Alcoholics Anonymous, we can help! Information Line 519-360-5246.

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Fun Stuff

Respiratory disorder

Bulgarian mountain peak

Group of important people

South American nation

__-Castell, makers of pens

Perlman and Seehorn are two

Early medieval alphabet

Legislator (slang)

Tasty crustacean

Course of action

Airborne (abbr.)

Permanent church appointment

Larry and Curly’s pal

Famed American journalist

12th letter of Greek alphabet

In a way, vanished

Afflict in mind or body

Egyptian Sun god

Source of the Blue Nile

Egyptian unit of weight

Be the source of pain

Esteemed award __ d’Or




Dish with food on a stick

City northwest of Provo

C. European river

One out of jail

Henry Clay estate


Refrained 17. Parts per billion (abbr.)

“The Stranger” author 20. Not old 23. Periods of starvation 24. Language of tribe in India 25. Savings account 26. Pitching stat 29. Megabyte 30. Ribonucleic acid 31. A place to put your feet 32. The fun part of a week 35. We all have our own 36. Partner to “oohed” 38. African nation 40. Breezed through 41. Sets out


Not fattening

“Much __ about nothing”

Central Time

Former EU monetary unit

Charles S. Dutton sitcom

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pains 45. Deep blue 48. No
living 49. Country
the UK 50. Not even 51. Arizona city CLUES DOWN 1. Wager 2. Classical portico 3. As a result 4. Bird 5. A type of “Squad” 6. Autonomic nervous system


Seniors with questions about Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Canada Pension

Plan, or other services for seniors delivered by Service Canada should be able to find answers at a looming info session. The CK Community

Navigators and Service Canada, in partnership with the Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre, the Chatham-Kent Public Library, and Employment

and Social Services, are offering the information session free of charge Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. The 90-minute information session will help you

identify eligibility criteria, provide information on applying, and share information about potential monthly amounts.

The session will be

broadcast at the Chatham branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library and at the Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre.

THE CHATHAM VOICE THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2023 PAGE13 News 670 Irwin St., Chatham Tel: 1.519.351.9501 Toll free: 1.844.93TITAN (1.844.938.4826) Electric Fork Lifts Walk-behind Pallet Jack Stand-behind Pallet Jack PUT THE MORTGAGE HUNTER TO WORK FOR YOU! Call 519-351-5303 Ian Hunter 226-312-2222 15 Maple Leaf Drive Chatham, ON N7M 6H2 junctura group Construction 735 Richmond St., Chatham 519-352-9000 CHATHAM NISSAN Mon-Fri 7:30am-6:00pm Sat 9:00am-3:00pm Sun Closed INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW 2023 ARIYA Get charged up All-New, All-Electric SUV 519-351-3636 • Mon-Fri 8-6; Saturday 8-4 10 Indian Creek Rd. East, Chatham Just East of Queen New & Used Tires BROOKS + + CK Boomers On The Move Downsizing & Estate Managers 519-354-1836 241 1/2 Grand Ave. East, Chatham (corner of Van Allen) OPEN 10am - 6pm Sat. till 2 Closed Sun, Mon Authorized dealer of 2 Sizes 5 Finishes Great for growing herbs, veggies, and leafy greens Organic Vegetables Seeds * NOW AVAILABLE * Let’s Talk Air Quality in your home. • Viruses • Bacteria • Smoke / Fumes • Kitchen Odors • Dust / Dust Mites • Mold / Fungus • Pet Dander / Odor • Allergy Triggers Protect Your Air 24/7 5 Summer Salad Ingredients You can grow indoors! Produce Payback Promise When you purchase, we will give you all the supplies you need to grow back the value of your garden, right out of the box • Lettuce • Radishes • Cucumbers • Tomatoes • Peppers ALL YEAR LONG Right from The Vine to the Table! Support the local businesses who help support our community! Advertise here for only $35/week! Call today! 519-397-2020 8-12oz IQF Pickerel Fillets 11 lbs. for $110/box Yellow Perch IQF Fillets 11 lbs. for $240/box Fish S peciaL Please visit us at 10417 Front Line, Blenheim 519-676-2030 UNLIMITED AUDIO VIDEO DENOMY’S 40 Grand Avenue East, Chatham. 519-352-2120 Enter our draw for 75” BIG SCREEN LG TV Bring ballot to store! Name: Address: Phone: Email: Frozen homemade meals, Made right here in Chatham! We do all the shopping and prep for you . . . Just add Heat! Individual and family sized meals, soups and desserts. Come fill yourfreezertoday!! 519-351-7905 6 Lowe St., Chatham (Just off St. Clair) The Chatham Voice
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Congratulations to Ray Poissant.

He was the winner of our Christmas Quiz. Ron received a $150 Giant Tiger Gift Card!

Help Wanted

Carrier Needed to deliver the Chatham Voice on Inshes, Patteson, McDougall, Richmond and Dunvegan, Jasper, Jupiter, Renfrew & Homestead. Delivery is once per week and you have 3 days to deliver. Please call Michelle 519-397-2020 or email michelle@ chathamvoice. com for more information!

Challenge raises $2,375

Kaitlyn Smoke is another example of how one person can make a difference. Four years ago, Smoke began the Let’s Take AACtion challenge to raise awareness and funds for Augmenta-

tive & Alternative Communication (AAC) awareness month.

This year she, and her team of six were able to fundraise and donate $2,375 to the speech department at the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent. Also

taking part were a few students from St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim.

During the month of October, each participant spent 24 hours without the use of verbal speech and instead using an AAC application to communicate with others.


Answers Puzzle on page 12

mouse, cranberry,

Goebel, Goebel


& teak


teapot, sterling, Precious Moments, many cups & saucers: Royal Winton, Royal Albert, old foley, Coalport, Paragon, Royal Crown Derby, Wade Cookie Jar, Mason - Vista Pitcher. R. Held art glass, glass nesting tables, pink & green depression, patio sets, silverware set, old money, round oak pedestal table, hats & helmets from the war, large tea figurines wade, costume jewellery, large collection of hockey cards, walnut drop front desk, china cabinets, records, flutes, large chicken, fold apart pottery E. Meindl. MUCH MUCH MORE!

Go to this website for pictures and more information



THE CHATHAM VOICE PAGE 14 THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2023 Life MORTGAGES / LOANS CONSOLIDATE DEBTS LOWER YOUR PAYMENTS Difficult Situations Accepted WE ALSO ARRANGE UNSECURED LINES OF CREDIT/LOANS Borrow $50,000 for $283.50/mth $100,000 for $567.00/mth $150,000 for $850.50/mth $200,000 for $1134.00/mth $250,000 for $1417.50/mth Call John at 519-252-6953 - 24 hours or email UNIMOR CAPITAL CORPORATION Brokerage Lic.#10675 For qualified borrowers. First mortgage based on 4.74%/yr fixed rate, 5 yr term, 25 yr amortization. On approved credit, & subject to borrower qualification. Rates & terms subject to change without notice. Whether you are looking to purchase a home, refinance your mortgage, or consolidate debt, it’s important that you are making an educated decision and receiving professional unbiased advice. Classifieds 391 Grand Ave W, Chatham •519-354-0000 • • Sunday - Thursday 7:00am - 8:00pm • Friday & Saturday 7:00am - 9:00pm Seniors Breakfast Special - 55+ New! 7 Days a Week! Includes: 2 eggs, 2pc bacon, ham or sausage, homefries, toast, coffee/tea. 7:00am-11:00am $5.99 Tuesday Special ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRIES AND COLESLAW $12.99 Valid Until January 31, 2023 Any Day Special 1pc LIVER AND ONIONS served with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables and soup as a starter $13.99 LARGE OUTSTANDING LIVE AUCTION Saturday, January 21st, 2023 St. Simon & St. Jude Parish Hall 267 Meunier St., Belle River
8:00am, Auction
9:00am Large stamp collection and military war medals, post cards,
signed art glass, Royal
cat, lady,
3 Moorcroft vases,
Doulton pig, orange
wood mouse, Siamese cat, Beswick king of hearts, Beswick teapot with black mark, Beswick cats,
Snow White & Seven Dwarfs, Disney
roosters, teak dining room set, table w/2 leaves,
bookcases, Fabian made in Denmark nesting tables,
The Chatham Voice Contributed image Supporters and staff gathered recently to celebrate the raising of nearly $2,400 by Let’s Take AACtion Challenge for the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent.


In Memoriam Obituaries

Deb White

October 1, 1969 - January 11, 2020

Remembered always with love Aarron, Brandi & Mom


“Gary” Douglas Crow of Standaert Road, Chatham, Ontario passed away on December 12, 2022 at the Chatham-Kent Hospice. Gary is survived by his loving partner of 32 years, Mary Mason of Chatham. During Gary’s passing, he was at peace with Mary at his side. Gary will be sadly missed by Mary and so many others who knew and loved him. During the final weeks of Gary’s life, he was surrounded by Mary, close family members, and long time friend Joe Rush. Mary would like to express thanks to Joe Rush for his kindness, and the Keast family members for being with her and Gary during this challenging time. Gary is remembered as being a dedicated construction worker for his entire life through which he came to know many people during his years of work. Besides enjoying time spent with Mary, he enjoyed time at the Stock Car Races, boating, and his coffee mornings with friends. Mary would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to staff and volunteers of the Chatham-Kent Hospice, they were exceptional and compassionate with Gary and family. Donations to the Chatham-Kent Hospice would be a wonderful tribute to Gary and a much appreciated extension of services to those in need at end of life.

Thank you to Life Transitions for your support and compassion.

A Celebration of Life for Gary will follow. Arrangements entrusted to Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc.

Frederick Siddall Peacefully at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Wednesday January 4, 2023, Frederick

“Fred” Ralph Siddall, age 84. Beloved husband of 61 years to Elizabeth “Betty” (Lowes) Siddall. Born in Zone Township in 1938, son of the late Mabel (Hampshire) and Robert Siddall. Loving father of James (Pamela), Michael and William (Bill) Siddall. Dear grandfather of Shannon (Ryan Fryer), Daniel Siddall and great grandfather of Mackenzie Ann Rose Fryer. Fred will also be remembered by his brother Robert (late Jean) Siddall and many nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will take place in Maple Leaf Cemetery. Donations to CKHA Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William St. S. Chatham (519-352-5120).

Peacefully at Sun Parlor Home for Seniors in Leamington on Saturday December 31, 2022, Ronald James Neaves, age 82 years. Beloved husband of the late Sherry Lyn (Bechard) Neaves (2013). Born in Chatham in 1940, son of the late Marion (LaMarsh) and Jim Neaves. Loving father of Allan (Colette) Neaves, Lou-Anne (late Robert) Wenzler and Patricia (David) Brooks. Dearest Pops of Lindsay Donais and Haley Brooks, and also Kendra and Lena Neaves. Dear brother of Heather (Dick) Pelcz, George (companion Lori) and Roger (Sharon) Neaves. He will also be remembered by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brothers Tom and Keith Neaves. A celebration of life by invitation only will take place at a later date as per Ronald’s wishes. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home Ltd., 156 William St. S. Chatham (519-352-5120)


Healing Love Ministry is an all night prayer line with counsellors available from 12:00am7:00am. Also, a male support group for those struggling with sexual addiction. A home based ministry, private and confidential. 519-354-3532.

For Sale

Silk Cemetery Saddle Arrangements. Everyday/ Holidays. Ready-to-go. Many colours available. $35. 519-354-3411


Wanted to Buy: Antiques, costume jewellery, gold, silver, coins, military, furniture, tools. We Buy AllPaid Cash. 519727-8894.


Robert Harry Johnston Tuesday, January 3, 2023

McKinlay Funeral Home

Eunice Simpson 88, Tuesday, January 3, 2023 McKinlay Funeral Home

Garnet Leroy Jackson 77, Wednesday, January 4, 2023 McKinlay Funeral Home

Harold “Harley” Carlsen 81, Friday, December 30, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Jerry “Jer” DeWispelaere Thursday, December 29, 2023 McKinlay Funeral Home

Len “Piezee” Fields 79, Saturday, December 31, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Ronald Neaves 82, Saturday, December 31, 2022 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Frederick “Fred” Siddall 84, Wednesday, January 4, 2023 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Fernando Santos Lopes 86, Friday, December 30, 2022 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Susan Clare Harborne 80, Sunday, January 1, 2023 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Len Freeman Sr. 75, Saturday, January 1, 2023 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Bill Dauphin 65, Friday, December 30, 2022

Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Clark Mifflin 74, Sunday, January 1, 2023

Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Dorothy P. Wright (Fraser) 88, Friday, December 30, 2022

Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Wayne “Riley” Coll 68, Tuesday, January 3, 2022 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Donna Jones (Little) 90, Friday, December 30, 2022

Life Transitions

Audrey Shaw (Irwin) 83, Friday, December 30, 2022

Life Transitions

Herman Vellinga Friday, December 30, 2022

Life Transitions

Patrick Martin Saturday, December 31, 2022

Life Transitions

Rosemary Brown 77, Saturday, December 31, 2022

Life Transitions

Michael Quigley 64, Sunday, January 1, 2023

Life Transitions

Alyson Smokes 29, Monday, January 2, 2023

Life Transitions

Guy Grison 56, Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Life Transitions

Leah Gregson 100, Friday, December 30, 2022 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

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