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Tipsters heading online for Crime Stoppers By Bruce Corcoran

The tips just keep rolling in for Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers, only how they get to the organiza-

tion is changing rapidly. Dave Bakker, outgoing co-ordinator for C-K Crime Stoppers, said the phone isn’t ringing as often these days, because online tips now make up

about 60 per cent of their incoming information drops. “The one trend we’re seeing in the office is that we’re seeing more and more people using the on-

line tip process,” he said. “The number of phone calls is going down. But we still consider the online tips to be good tips just like calling in.” People can use the Crime

Stoppers app to make a tip and possibly earn as much as $2,000, or they can go to the website to click in a tip as well.

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In 2021 more U-Haul trucks headed in to Chatham-Kent rather than out. That’s good news for the municipality. According to customer data analyzed by the moving company giant, last year’s stats ranked Chatham-Kent in 13th place of the highest growth cities across Canada. According to the U-Haul Western Ontario president David Anstett, it’s no secret Chatham-Kent is a great place to live. “It’s a beautiful area with a low cost of living,” Anstett said in a recent interview, adding people enjoy the slower pace, quality of life and the absence of traffic congestion. Anstett said the influx of people into Chatham-Kent began slowly about a decade ago with retirees choosing to relocate here. Now, he said, people with good-paying jobs and families, able to work from home, are moving into the municipality. Anstett said the new residents – primarily from the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton – are a silver lining of COVID-19.

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“They realized they don’t need to be in a downtown office tower to work,” he added, noting coming to the realization is a bonus of COVID. Audrey Ansell, who heads up community attraction and promotion for the municipality, said there’s been an uptick in the past year in inquiries looking to C-K as a place where they can establish a base they can work from. Ansell also points out C-K has consistently shown up on U-Haul’s top growth cities consistently over the years. “It’s nice when we make it onto lists like this, and is truly a reflection of the a community-wide effort to promote and grow C-K,” said Ansell, add-

ing it creates a “welcoming and attractive community for all.” The most recent data from Statistics Canada from 2020 estimates Chatham-Kent’s population at 106,620 up 4.5 per cent from 102,042 in 2016. The U-Haul data shows that people are moving into the Southwestern Ontario region as a whole, with rural areas and small towns seeing new residents aplenty. Wallaceburg, Ridgetown, Dresden and Chatham are hot spots locally, Anstett said. In Chatham-Kent, arriving U-Haul customers accounted for 53.7 per cent of all their one-way U-Haul traffic, compared to 46.3 per cent departing. The U-Haul manager also has a personal tie to Chatham-Kent. The

Essex County resident has a summer place on Lake Erie near Wheatley. “The climate is so good here,” Anstett said, noting that being surrounded by lakes and rivers contributes to the charm. Real estate broker Kristen Nead of Royal LePage Peifer Realty in Chatham agrees Chatham-Kent is one of the “most affordable places to live in Ontario. “It has a great climate and proximity to two Great Lakes,” Nead said. “It’s a popular destination for relocations.” Elsewhere in Canada, North Bay, Belleville, Greater Sudbury in Ontario, and Quebec City and Calgary make up the top five Canadian growth cities of 2021, according to U-Haul Canada.

to 1 p.m., and the second is slated for Jan. 20 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. A brief summary of the draft budget will be presented by administration at the beginning of each event. Community consultations will be broadcast on the Municipality of Chatham-Kent Facebook live feed. Budget deliberations will be held Jan. 26 and 27, and Feb. 1. Each session begins at 6 p.m. The municipality has also set aside Feb. 2 and 3, should more time be required. Written deputations

up to five minutes in length are welcome each evening. Submissions can be made via e-mail to before 3 p.m. each day. Comments can also be made by telephoning 519-360-1998 or by mailing: Budget & Performance Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent 315 King St. W P.O. Box 640 Chatham, ON N7M 5K8 All budget meetings will be broadcast live on YourTV as well as live streamed on the its YouTube channel.

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60% of tips arrive online

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Bakker said the online tip process for C-K Crime Stoppers began in 2018. It quickly took off. “We started to see an increase in online usage in 2019 and it’s grown steadily ever since,” he said. “It’s really effective. It has allowed people to submit tips whenever they want.” Bakker added C-K Crime Stoppers folks can communicate back and forth with the anonymous tipster online as well, should there be additional questions. Since its inception in 1987, C-K Crime Stoppers has seized nearly $104 million in drugs and recovered more than $10.5 million in stolen property. More than 16,300 charges

have been laid, 7,600 arrests made, and in excess of 11,200 cases have been cleared. In 2021, C-K Crime Stoppers received 586 tips, resulting in 55 arrests, 145 charges, 109 cases cleared, nearly $73,000 in property recovered, and almost $286,000 in drugs seized. Bakker said the dollar values of drugs seized is down from last year, but added there was a largescale drug seizure at a greenhouse that bumped up the 2020 numbers. “The 2021 numbers are pretty comparable to 2019,” he said. “However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact we can’t get into our communities to promote it, the numbers are down a bit.” Bakker said the number


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From left, Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff, Crime Stoppers board chair Angie Shreve, Crime Stoppers co-ordinator Erica Mcintosh and municipal CAO Don Shropshire celebrate another solid year fro the local Crime Stoppers organization.

of calls, arrests and cases cleared were pretty consistent in 2021 regardless. One thing that hasn’t changed is the nature of the calls or online tips. “The majority of tips we

have to deal with are for drugs, and the next is still property crime,” Bakker said. Crime Stoppers officials credit tipsters, the media, police and the work of the

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“Once we get through this pandemic, we can get back into the community to promote the program,” Bakker said. “Hopefully, we see the tips keep coming in.”


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Chatham-Kent council declaring a climate emergency in 2019. The plan got underway late that year but was halted due to COVID-19. The plan will also include the results of a recent climate analysis that determined Chatham-Kent climate has become hotter, wetter and wilder over the last few decades. The analysis projects the trend to continue, in turn creating more extreme weather. It also found that transportation and heating and cooling buildings comprises the majority of energy use. The online survey can be accessed through the People who do not have a home computer may use one at the Chatham-Kent Public Library to complete the survey. A second survey is set to follow in the spring and it will address the top priority issues gleaned from the first survey.

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The secret is out The pandemic has brought out the best – and unfortunately worst – in some of us, but it has brought us more people to Chatham-Kent. As we’ve seen the May 16th Miracle, The Gift and other incredible acts of kindness, we residents of Chatham-Kent have been reminded of a huge reason why we love to live here – the giving nature of the people who live here. If there’s a cause, an issue, or a family in need, chances are, the people of C-K will rally around it. We also happen to live in a great climate (just ignore this week’s brief cold snap), are close to two Great Lakes, have ready access to a bounty of delicious fruits and vegetables in season. Remember (and it seems like a loooong time ago) we live close to the border for visits into Michigan for sporting and entertainment events, without having the hassle of actually living in the U.S. In other words, many of us here know how lucky we are. And that secret’s getting out. Between 2016 and 2020, our population rose an estimate 4.5 per cent, according to Statistics Canada. That growth has continued, and likely at an increased pace, given the housing boom that continues here. This, despite of, or possibly because of, the pandemic. People living in congested cities had to endure some lockdown issues many of us took largely for granted, due to our ready access to open spaces here. As a result, those city folks realized that if they could work from home, or migrate their small business with them and still be successful, it was time to get out of the large urban centres of Ontario. If you can plug into decent Internet, there’s a great deal one can still accomplish, regardless of where they live. On top of that, our housing prices are still significantly lower than the cost of real estate in larger urban parts of Ontario. While we have our share of lawbreakers, few people would think of Chatham-Kent as a haven for violent crime. Our problems are largely property crime. It’s not just retirees who are moving to C-K these days. We’re growing; growing with families and professionals.

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Thanks, C-K – you did it Editor: The Chatham Goodfellows board would like to thank all of our volunteers for all their hard work throughout this year’s campaign. Thanks for all the donations from all the service clubs businesses and citizens of Chatham-Kent. This helped us with making this year’s campaign a huge success. Because of every one of you, we have successfully reached our goal of helping make sure that there is. No Child Without a Christmas. As of Jan. 5 we have collected $203,000 this year.

It was a true pleasure being the president of the Chatham Goodfellows for the last five years. We definitely had a lot to deal with over the last five years but two years of COVID-19 was a huge test. We worked through it and we hope that our organization became stronger. This year is was our 67th campaign. As I finished my final year as president, I hope that we continue to take care of those in need. It’s a very important job

as the cost of living continues to go up. Families will need our help, and we as an organization will continue to help them. I will be leaving this position in the very capable hands of our new executive: Craig Williston, our incoming president; Kevin Shaw, our vice-president; and Kathy O’Neil, our secretary treasurer. On the board of directors for 2022 are Judy Bagley, Greg Cranston, Kristen Crow, Calvin Denure, Linda Haskell, Tim Haskell, Cal McCabe, Bonnie Regnier, Jessica

Osbourne, Fred Osmon, Rocky Schram, Barb Smith, Mary Ann Wieringa, and Scott Williston. Don’t worry, I will I’m not leaving. I will be just taking that hat off and returning to the toys and media jobs and any other stuff that needs done. On behalf of my family and myself, thanks for making the last five years a true pleasure and honour. For always helping our organization fulfill our motto.

Editor: As we enter this next phase of the pandemic, let’s prioritize kids. They have no political voice, so we adults must speak for them. They desperately need us. Since March 2020, our

youth have made considerable sacrifices at high personal cost, while adults have sacrificed comparatively little. During lockdowns, most adults still get to work,

watch Netflix, go out for groceries, renovate the house, and socialize with the friends we still have. Life really hasn’t changed much for us. But we have ordered

kids to give up almost everything that makes their lives meaningful – in-class learning, sports, clubs, friends and even extended family. It’s time to see the situation from the kids’ point of view.

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Adults have taken the forefront during COVID Continued from page 7

For almost two years now, we have gotten the entire youth-adult relationship backwards. Adults are supposed to sacrifice for kids. Period. This equation does not work the other way around if we want society to continue as it has for the last several hundred years. We ordered our youth to stay home. They did.

We ordered them to give up everything they care about outside of their families. They did. We asked them to get vaccinated, when the benefit to them was cloudy at best. They did. We told them that in order for their lives to get back to normal, they had to follow the rules. They did. Any kid who spends two minutes thinking about this will see us

adults for what we are – selfish. Let us use sports as an example. Sports are critical for kids. They serve as a source of exercise, socialization and personal development. It is too easy for adults to claim that halting youth sports is a small sacrifice for the greater good. We had our chance, we played our sports and we learned all of those

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that we’re all heroes, that we have courage. Signs everywhere proclaim the slogans “Heroes stay home” and “Have courage, do your part.” These slogans couldn’t be further from the truth. Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery, or the ability to disregard fear. It is impossible to use the word courage to describe hiding out in your house or apartment. Courage, during this pandemic, would be the ability to carry on with normal life despite our fears. To go to work, just like all of those people who do not have the option to work from home, ever: nurses, grocery store cashiers and drive-thru attendants, to name a few. To support our small businesses by going to the gyms, the restaurants, and the shops. And most of all, to let the kids go to school and participate in their regular activities. We continue to demand significant sacrifices from our kids, but what have we done in two years to improve the situation? Our kids hear what we are saying, loud and clear: you take all of the

responsibility and suffer all of the consequences while we make little change or headway. Is it any wonder that youth mental health issues are skyrocketing? These are the utterly backwards messages that kids hear from us constantly during this pandemic: what you care about doesn’t and shouldn’t matter, it’s your responsibility to protect your parents and grandparents, it’s your fault that the virus is spreading out of control, we’re all in this together except you make all of the sacrifices. If you feel vulnerable or scared, do whatever you can to limit your social contacts. The rest of us, including our kids, have a responsibility to take reasonable precautions in order to support you. We should also continue to provide flexible options for at-risk people, things like virtual school, working from home when necessary, and grocery delivery. Make choices that are best for you. But do not demand any more sacrifices from our youth. Rachel Franssen Chatham

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The CK Charity 50/50 Raffle is back for a second year, and organizers are hoping to top last year’s payout of more than $52,000. The raffle, a joint effort by the Foundation of the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent (CTCCK) and the Chatham-Kent Hospice, raised in excess of $26,000 for each organization in 2021, and saw the winner walk away with $52,735. Mike Genge, executive director of the Foundation of the CTCCK, said teaming up with the hospice helped make the draw in 2021 the success it was. Both organizations know how to fundraise, and teaming up has split the duties. “I think the fact we did it as a team with the hospice made it so much easier,” he said. “We knew what to do. The hospice, they do the administrative logistics and we do the marketing.” Jodi Maroney, executive director for the C-K Hospice, said the partnership works well. “It’s a good mesh. We work really well together and we’re both organizations that typically do fundraising events. Obviously, with the pandemic, our events have been impacted,” she said. “It’s a great way to partner in an online, safe event.” Maroney said the hope this year is

to expand on last year’s initial success. “We are hoping by launching at the start of the new year, it would be something people could look forward to,” she said. Genge said the community really responded to the draw last year and he expects they will again. “This works out really well for the community, and all the money stays in the community,” he said. Maroney said the fact the money remains in Chatham-Kent is an added attraction to the people of the municipality. “The funds stay here. It is sort of an added bonus,” she said. “Being a winner is something to dream about, but it’s nice to know the money is supporting local families. Many people know someone who has benefitted from one of the two organizations.” Funds raised from the raffle go towards end-of-life programs at the hospice and programming for children at the treatment centre. The pandemic has hindered fundraising for many charitable organizations, Maroney said. This works for both groups. “I think a lot of charities have had to look for different opportunities to raise funds. This is a way they can do it safely, remotely,” she said of online draw. “It doesn’t take as much manpower as in-person events either.” Genge said people can purchase

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tickets online without having to worry about person-to-person interaction and contact. “You go online, buy your tickets and in early March, we have the draw. Somebody will win probably at least $50,000,” he said. Maroney appreciates the community support for the raffle.

“We’re just really thankful to the community of Chatham-Kent for their ongoing support. The families that both the hospice and the Children’s Treatment Centre service, their needs don’t go away because of the pandemic,” she said. “We live in such a generous community.” Genge said main sponsors Lally Auto Group and Win-

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Schools prep for return to class

By Pam Wright Local Journalism Initiative

As the highly transmissible wave of COVID-19 omicron sweeps through,

the Lambton Kent District School Board is prepping for possible staff shortages. At a municipal press conference last week, public school board director John Howitt said administrators have been doing some planning around the potential staffing shortages if its supply

of occasional and temporary staff is exhausted. The recent spike in COVID-19 cases could require more employees to isolate, which could lead to short-term closures for schools, Howitt said. “There is a risk that we may be short staffed,” Howitt explained. But as for PPE and air

filtration, both the public school board and the St. Clair Catholic District School Board have it covered. Howitt said HEPA filters are already in every instructional space within the district, however, the board is receiving an additional 31 filters to cover off any spots that may

have been missed. Both school boards were slated to receive additional PPE from the province, including N95 masks for all teachers. SCCDSB director Scott Johnson said every classroom in the Catholic board is equipped with HEPA filters. In the wake of the omi-

cron wave, the Ontario government delayed the return of students to the classroom until Jan. 17, opting instead for online learning. Johnson said he hoped the extra two weeks will provide additional time for teachers to get a booster shot and for students to get vaccinated.

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Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia. By 2030, 75 million people will be diagnosed with dementia. In Chatham-Kent, there are over 3,000 people who have a diagnosis of dementia. That is almost 3% of our population. The Alzheimer Society of Chatham-Kent provides supports and services to over 1000 clients and care partners each year and that number is growing quickly. This is accomplished by working in collaboration with all health-care partners across Chatham-Kent through our First Link® Care Navigators. This pandemic has presented many challenges for those affected by dementia. The Alzheimer Society of Chatham-Kent (ASCK) had to find new ways to deliver their vital programs and services that so many local residents rely on. Just like their clients and care partners, ASCK is resilient. Staff members worked tirelessly on developing a plan to continue to offer services in a safe way for clients, care partners and staff. After months of rigorous infection control training, ASCK has once again been providing cognitive assessments, day programs are open in a reduced capacity and virtual supports and education continue to grow. Our In-Home Respite Program continues to grow and is supported by our passionate PSW’s. This could not have been made possible without the financial assistance of generous donors and continued funding from Ontario Health West. If you or someone you know could benefit from our services, please contact ASCK at 519-352-1043. Dementia doesn’t just affect older adults: The idea that dementia is an «old person’s disease» is not just stigmatizing, it’s also a myth. While most people living with dementia are over the age of 65, a small number of people in their 40s and 50s can and do develop dementia. This is known as young onset dementia.

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As the COVID-19 surge continues, two more people passed away as of Monday from the virus in Chatham-Kent, bringing the death toll to 33. Two men, one his 70s and the other in his 80s, died in hospital. The rising tide leaves the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance grappling with fallout from the highly transmissible omicron variant. As of Monday morning, a total of 25 cases of COVID-positive patients were being treated in hospital, two of whom were from outside the municipality. Eleven of the 25 patients at the CKHA were unvaccinated with four COVID patients in the ICU, all on ventilators. ICU occupancy is at 80 per cent and progressive care occupancy is at 100 per cent. The average age of patients being treated is 71 years. Last week, for the very

first time since the pan- ber of patients that can be demic’s onset, the hos- treated. pital was forced to send Marshall said 87 emcritically ill patients else- ployees are now affectwhere for ed, either t r e a t m e n t “The importance of through due to the getting vaccinated is exposure or COVID-19 having coninflux. A greater than ever.” tracted the record 34 - Dr. David Colby virus. Because COVID-positive patients the hospital has paused were hospitalized. all non-emergent surgerAccording to president ies under a directive from and CEO Lori Marshall, Ontario Health, Marshall CKHA administration said the redeployment of continues to manage its staff has allowed capacity on a daily basis. CKHA to create “We have no planned an “all hand’s on patient transfers today,” deck” approach Marshall said Monday, to care. adding officials will monChatham-Kent itor the situation through- Public Health out the week. recorded 363 The plea to get vacci- new cases of nated is on repeat, with COVID-19 Monleading health officials, day morning, including Marshall, urg- but officials say ing others to get the shot. the number is “The burden of signif- unreliable, and icant illness in hospital there could four we’re seeing is in the un- to five times the vaccinated population,” amount out in Marshall explained. the community. The current wave is also PCR testing is impacting staffing levels, now reserved in turn limiting the num- for health-care

workers and high-risk patients. Chatham-Kent’s medical officer of health Dr. David Colby said the number of cases in hospital is now the only metric that matters. Colby pointed out the unvaccinated are “over represented” in the hospital population. “The importance of getting vaccinated is greater than ever,” he said. The Ministry of Health

directive that paused non-emergent surgeries across Ontario will see the postponement of 175 procedures a week at CKHA, however, emergency and urgent surgeries, including cancer surgeries, will continue. Over at the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, COVID-19 is impacting staff as well. Last week, CAO Don Shropshire there were 18 municipal employees with

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rescue place told me. Unbelievable. Legally known as Autumn, my pretty feline decided to take off when I tried to provide a home to a young kitten that had been dropped off. The young orange male was outside freezing, but with some coaxing would come inside for short warm-up visits and a snack.

Miss Kitty wasn’t having it. When you’re the queen, you want to remain in the top spot. The now-sixyear-old cat didn’t like the new kitten and decided to take a hike, relocating to the neighbours about half a kilometre away. They called to tell me Miss Kitty was there, but when I went to pick her

up, she was gone. I was very sad, assuming she’d fallen prey to a coyote or that she had died from hunger or cold. Yet something told me, she was too smart for that. Of all the cats I’ve ever had, Miss Kitty is the most intelligent. A drop off herself, she became pregnant more than once which created a terrible

problem. Collecting feral kittens and taking them to a shelter proved to be a lot of work. Miss Kitty was feral but she liked being fed and would rub against my legs now and then and allow herself to be petted. Finally one day, I was able to live trap Miss Kitty.

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I took her to the closest animal rescue centre and they took her in. She was spayed, had her shots and they also micro-chipped her. I officially adopted her back and she came back to my home once more, living half her life indoors, laying about and strutting around like she owned the place. Yet, she remained a cunning and ruthless hunter and would depart on various rambles disappearing anywhere from a day to three weeks. But I always knew the cat would come back. Until she didn’t. I had given up on ever seeing Miss Kitty again.

I would sometimes look at pictures of her on my phone – her markings looks like she’s been daubed with paint – until I got the just-in-time-forthe-holidays call. There’s more. Miss Kitty was about 30 kilometres from the homestead north of Wallaceburg and was picked up by a kind soul at the side of the road. The woman who rescued her was visiting a memorial at the spot where her son had perished in a car accident. Miss Kitty had walked up to her there and didn’t leave, watching the woman the entire time. Because there were no houses nearby the

lady picked her up and decided to bring her to the humane society in Sarnia. Hmmm. If only the little scamp could talk! Where were you for the past two years, Miss Kitty? Ironically, I heard of similar story from a friend that lives in Dover. The Bail family had “lost” their cat Pumpkin last summer, but she turned up Dec. 30 some 15 kilometres away from home! A kind citizen picked her up and took her to PAWR. Thanks to micro chipping, Pumpkin

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it’s really important o get your pet micro-chipped. I’d also like to point out that dropping animals off in the country and hoping for the best is a really bad idea. I’ve lost count on the number of cats that have turned up at the farm out of the blue. Freezing or starving to death is a terrible way

to die. Take the animal to a shelter. End of story. So thanks to whoever out there helped Miss Kitty on her journey. As her original owner, I am more than grateful. But I can’t help but wonder if someone out there is missing her just like I did.

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Friday, January 14, 2022: • The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St. Chatham is open for take-out meals only from 4:00pm 6:00p.m. Supper will be served from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. No orders after 5:30p.m. Tonight’s specials are Cheeseburger with fries or Fish & Chips $12.00 tax included. Please call 519-351-8733 or 519-351-5639. After 11:00 on Friday. We apologize for the inconvenience. • Friday night supper at the Chatham Moose Lodge, 850 Richmond St, will be a ham and cheesy scalloped potatoes dinner with vegetables, coleslaw and a bread roll for $12. Takeout only. Please call daily from 1:00pm - 4:00pm to place your order at 519-352-8291. Everyone welcome. Wednesday, January 19, 2022 • Kent Coin Club meeting from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Boardroom at Memorial arena, (80 Tweedsmuir Ave Chatham). Fully Vaccinated and masking required. For more info contact President Paul Robb ( • The Chatham-Kent Quilters’ Guild meets via zoom on the third Wednesday of every month. Everyone is welcome to join us, including non-members. Non-members will pay a $5 fee per meeting and can enjoy our presentations, guest speakers and all of the other fun at our meeting. 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 to get more information. Friday, January 21, 2022: • The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St. Chatham is open for take-out meals only from 4:00pm - 6:00pm Supper will be served from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. No orders after 5:30pm. Tonight’s specials are Meat Loaf Dinner or Fish & Chips $12.00 tax included. Please call 519-351-8733 or 519-351-5639. After 11:00 on Friday. We apologize for the inconvenience. Saturday, January 22, 2022: • Morning Breakfast Program at First Presbyterian Church (corner of Fifth St. and Wellington). A delicious nutritious breakfast served free of charge from 9:30am-11:30am. This will be a TAKE OUT only. Friday, January 28, 2022: • The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St. Chatham is open for take-out meals only from 4:00pm 6:00pm. Supper will be served from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. No orders after 5:30pm. Tonight’s specials are Liver & Onions or Fish & Chips $12.00 tax included. Please call 519-3518733 or 519-351-5639. After 11:00 on Friday. We apologize for the inconvenience. Submit your coming events to bruce@chatham­ or



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The family of Ruth Traquair is sad to announce that Ruth passed away peacefully at Tilbury Manor Nursing Home with her loving niece Darlene and nephew Ray Duquette at her side on January 3rd, 2022 at the age of 103. Beloved wife of the late William Traquair (2007). Daughter of the late George Nussey (1956) and Violet (Ramm) Nussey (1977). Dear sister to Pearl (Nussey) Atkinsin. She was predeceased by her brothers Darrell (1985), James (1971), Arnold (1991), Gordon (2001), Harold (2007) and Clarence (2020) and by her sisters Nora (Nussey)(Armaly) Otto and Jean (Nussey) Coulter (2009). She will be dearly missed by her sister, nieces and nephews. Ruth taught school at S.S. No 6 W. Tilbury E from 1938-1952 and then was a supply teacher at Comber Tilbury W. school from 1952-1965 as well as area schools. After retiring from teaching, she was the first woman on the school board as Secretary Treasurer in Tilbury W. Ruth was an adventurous person. At the age of 22, her brother Arnold took her to Toronto to buy an ‘Indian’ motorcycle and she rode it back to the farm much to her father’s surprise. She sold this motorcycle to get her 1st car, a 1933 Plymouth Coupe in 1943 to drive to school in Tilbury E. She was a member of the Comber Rebekah Lodge for more than 70 years. She also was a member of the U.C.W and received her 50 year pin in 1998. Visitation at Reaume Funeral Home Inc., 6 Canal St. W., Tilbury, was held on Friday, January 7, 2022. Private service to follow. Donations in memory to the St. Andrew’s United Church in Comber.

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Stenton, Marlene Elizabeth It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Marlene Elizabeth Stenton (nee White) on Monday, January 3rd, 2022. Beloved wife of Mike Stenton for 47 years. Marlene is the daughter of the late Ernest White and Helen Seymour (nee Hazzard). Loving mother of Michelle (James) Sparks and Joe (Charlene) Stenton. Proud Grandma of Logan Sparks, Lauren Sparks, Nick Stenton, Emily Stenton and Jax Stenton. Marlene was a dedicated emergency nurse for over 40 years. Special thank you to Dr. Sutherland and Dr. Haddad and all emergency first responders. A private family funeral service was held Thursday, January 6, 2022 with interment at Maple Leaf cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to Chatham Kent Children’s Treatment Centre are appreciated by the family. Share a condolence online at

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OBITUARIES Christopher Clarence Ermatinger 58, January 2, 2022 Nicholls Funeral Home

Dorothy Keats 100, Wednesday, January 5, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Jackie Ward 88, Tuesday, January 4, 2022 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Donald Kenney 85, Thursday, January 6, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Ray Goodwin 97, Friday, January 7, 2022 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Mark Michael McLaughlin 36, Thursday, January 6, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Joan Lawrence 85, Sunday, January 9, 2022 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Jeff Hooper 43, Monday, January 3, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Cheryl Laing 74, Tuesday, December 28, 2021 Kendrick Funeral Home

Steve Kerr 66, Tuesday, January 4, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Bertie Jane Bechard 88, Monday, January 3, 2022 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Cam Hughes 95, Friday, January 7, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Regina Frohn 97, Thursday, January 6, 2022 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

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Three hardwood species. One beautiful floor. Introducing Triumph, an engineered hardwood floor that is the result of years of development. We created a truly special floor which seamlessly blends the three most popular hardwoods in flooring today: Oak, Hickory and Maple. Triumph combines the character and beauty of each individual species while the staining, hand scraping, and finishing techniques used bring the visual into harmony.

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