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Creating magic at the toy show

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Helping students live their faith A class of Grade 11 students at Ursuline College in Chatham are learning how to live their faith, right in their own community. Steve Churchill, the teacher of the Grade 11 university English class, said he was inspired by the school board trustees and Director of Education Dan Parr’s new strategic direction to promote living our faith, not just talking about it, using innovation, 21st century skills and leadership in social justice. “This is an English class and typically we read old books, like Shakespeare, and I wanted to get these guys reading, writing, talking about things that they actually care about and reading, writing and speaking that would actually make a difference in our community,” Churchill said. The students were tasked with bringing in members of different community organizations

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Amelia, 5, and Alexa, 3, try their hand at creating a craft, under the watchful eye of their dad, A.J. Kearney, at the 16th annual Chatham-Kent Toy Show & Sale Sunday at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre. Patrons came from all over to take in the annual affair, which featured more than 150 vending and display tables of a huge variety of toys, board games and hobbies, as well as antique toys. See story on page 4.

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and listening to the different issues the community faces, such as poverty and hunger. The Ursuline Sisters, Outreach for Hunger and the Chatham-Kent Police Service came to speak to the class, and the students were able to pick a topic that interested them and come up with a project that allowed them to make a difference. “When I graduated teacher’s college, that’s the type of learning that I always envisioned myself to actually do,” Churchill said. “After so many MacBeth essays, you start to wonder if there is something more meaningful that these students can do and you get that sense from the students as well. What kind of learning can I create for my students that will leave them forever changed?” The teacher noted these projects and what they learned from them are something they will remember for the rest of their lives; an experience that will stick with them. Continued on page 2




Students help out locally Continued from page 1

Churchill started with the community projects last year and asked students to look into something they were passionate about, but noticed the students didn’t really know about the real problems in our community. “That’s why I wanted to bring in community partners, so my students chose people they thought would know a lot about problems in our community, and they were able to share with us what the real problems were in our community and those partnerships are really key, and something our school board is trying to do more – make these valuable community connections,” Churchill explained. The students were asked to pick a topic, research it and come up with a project to help a community organization with the project. They had to write and blog about their process, project and achievements and speak about the project. One group, according to

student Makayla Boundy, was interested in the issue of stray cats in the community and wanted to do something to help neglected and abandoned animals. She said they heard the Pet and Wildlife Rescue group, PAWR, who runs the animal shelter, got robbed, and they wanted to help. Her group decided to make 200 bracelets with “Rescued is my favourite breed” on them with a fundraising goal of $400. Another group, with Vanna Nguyen and Eunice Tullao, heard about Shepherd’s Way Inn from the Ursuline Sisters. The restaurant feeds people in the community for free. “They introduced us to some problems in the community, subjects like poverty and hunger, and part of the restaurant; they give out free food to people who need it, no questions asked,” Nyugen said. The two girls started volunteering at the Inn and met different people, she said. They met a homeless veteran and were amazed

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Grade 11 Ursuline College students Ben Herron, Vanna Nyugen, Kelsey Dodman and Makayla Boundy worked hard on projects to help different groups in our community, learning a different type of English skills while living their Catholic faith.


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that just involved the two of them, which worked. Churchill said the projects, as a whole, challenged the students to read, research and come up with different ideas to solve a problem. “We still read all the classics, but it’s important to read other things. These guys are reading websites and local newspapers because that’s how you get a sense of how our community is doing and that’s a different type of reading that I don’t think we do enough of in schools,” Churchill noted. Churchill said there was some skepticism with the idea of working on their own project, but once he got into it and explained the process, students were really empowered James Mac Neil/Owner/Managing Director by that opportunity to do something that really

because they didn’t think that type of problem existed in this community. They started collecting warm clothing to take to the Inn for homeless people as a way to help. The student said they learned a lot because they, at first, had a lot of ideas that got turned down and it was really challenging to come up with fundraising ideas. They finally came up with the idea

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matters, and something they want to do. “Sometimes we have to disrupt the common place to do something innovative,” Churchill said. “I don’t think they (the students) are used to being asked what they want to learn about all the time, which is why it can be kind of scary for the students, parents, even teachers, but I think it’s something that needs to happen more. “They are learning valuable skills. These girls that are selling bracelets, they are learning entrepreneurial skills; how to sell a product and market it. Along the way, they have had several ideas on how to raise funds and they all have been kyboshed. It’s hard to run a charity; you run into roadblocks, but these are really valuable life skills to learn, in my opinion. “One of the big differences between this project and the other things we do in school, some of these projects have been

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successful, some of them have been failures, but I don’t grade them on whether the projects were a success or failure. I tell them I am marking them on their writing pieces, their blogs and they are doing a TED talk this month and I will mark them on their speaking,” Churchill explained. “I want them to do something big and if it ends up being a failure then that’s a great thing because oftentimes they can learn from these failures and bumps in the road, much more than if they were to succeed with no problems at all. That’s something that needs to be encouraged more in schools; giving them a safe place to try something incredible, and if they succeed great, but if they run into a roadblock on the way, it’s something they can learn from and it should be celebrated.” The projects will be completed at the end of the semester, later this month.

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News Water woes continue in Dover Twp. By Mary Beth Corcoran

Members of Water Wells First were at the farm of Laurier Cartier in Dover this past week to see first hand the potentially toxic black sediment found in the pressure tank of the homeowner’s water well system. According to Water Wells First (WWF) spokesperson Kevin Jakubec, water well test results from samples taken by a hydrogeologist before Christmas show heavy metals are present, and they needed a sample (at least half a cup) of the sediment for testing to determine if the heavy metals are present in the water or are carried by the Kettle Point black shale. The shale is unique to this area and runs under the aquifer supplying water to the wells in the Dover area, and is known to contain heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic. WWF maintains that vibrations caused by drilling the footings for the industrial wind turbines and the constant vibration from the turning of turbine blades cause fine particles of the shale to travel through the water aquifer to the wells. With Cartier’s well, he said he didn’t notice a problem with his wells until the turbines surrounding his property were built, and has black water and sediment coming from his taps that his filtration system can’t keep up with.

Jakubec said his group is performing “citizen science” in getting the samples tested, something the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has not done, despite being aware of the situation with Cartier’s well since this past summer. The testing by a licenced hydrogeologist is being funded by WWF. The concern of water with fine sediment in it that is hard to filter out is overshadowed by the concern with the long-term health effects of water contaminated with heavy metals. “Fifty per cent of the water samples came back with Kettle Point black shale particles in them,” Jakubec said. “Our population is at risk of long-term malignancies.” He said the group’s hydrogeologist was meeting the MOECC to show the results of the testing and the hope is that the ministry will come to Dover to test for themselves. Area MPP Rick Nicholls, who was also at Cartier’s farm, saw the black sludge removed from the pressure tank and said he will be addressing the issue at Queen’s Park. “We need to get the bureaucrats out of Toronto and into rural Ontario,” Nicholls said. “Never have I seen water like this and if this (sludge) is found in this pressure tank, is it reasonable to assume it is in others?”




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Potentially toxic black sludge was pulled from the bottom of the pressure tank of the well system belonging to Dover resident Laurier Cartier. The grassroots group Water Wells First is funding testing of the water to determine the levels of heavy metals in the water from Kettle Point black shale that makes up the bedrock under the aquifer. Neither the municipality nor the province has taken water samples despite the concerns of area residents.


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Fire damages three St. Clair Street businesses

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An overnight fire led to heavy damage to three local businesses in Chatham Sunday. Sacwal Flooring, the Lighting & Accent Gallery and Ideal Decorating are all housed in the same building on St. Clair Street. It caught fire shortly after midnight Sunday and three fire stations had to be called in to battle the blaze. No one was injured in the fire. At press time, details were unavailable on the cause and damage estimate. The businesses were working to find temporary locations. Look for more information in the coming days at, or in next week’s paper.

Annual C-K Toy Show draws folks of all ages

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Parents and children weren’t the only people

who flocked to the 16th annual Chatham-Kent Toy Show & Sale on Sunday, as people of all ages took in the event.

Held at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre, the show featured more than 150 tables of toys and hobby items for sale,

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tique farm toys. The variety draws them in, organizer Carl Sterling said, as vendors come from as far away as Toronto to showcase their wares. “Just watching people’s faces and how they light up as soon as they go through the door is great,” he said. The young were mesmerized by many a shiny object, especially a four-engined drone that had a camera attached to it. The drone, with its flashing green and red lights, buzzed around the

Chatham Aeronauts area in the convention centre. Older visitors enjoyed the vintage toy displays. Most of the money raised from the event goes to Outreach for Hunger, Sterling said, while the remainder goes to help the 4-H Toy Club. He added the Toy Club members had a busy Sunday, as they helped the vendors bring their wares into the convention centre first thing in the morning, and were there at the end of the day to help them transport everything back to the vendors’ vehicles.


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Intersection improvements on Kent Bridge Rd. The Chatham Voice

The intersection of Kent Bridge Road and Ridge Line will be getting a makeover by Chatham-Kent staff to make it easier and safer for traffic. Chris Thibert, manager of infrastructure services, brought a report back to council recently after being asked in September to get and review a collision report for the intersection and investigate the cost of upgraded warning signs. In his report, Thibert considered the number and type of accidents at the intersection back to 2011 and measures that would be appropriate to help motorists avoid collisions in the future. From January 2011 to Febru-

ary 2015, there were 15 collisions; 11 of which were single vehicle accidents. Of those 11, eight were at night (clear conditions), two were during the day (clear) and one was at night (rainy conditions). Thibert said the majority of the single vehicle accidents were caused by collisions with animals or the driver losing control for unknown reasons. The rest of the accidents were angle (T-bones) collisions with southbound vehicles stopping but then pulling out into oncoming traffic, the report noted. Thibert said based on the collision type info, his staff evaluated whether there was a need for flashing beacons and speed limit reductions at the intersection.

In his report to council, Thibert recommended that existing road signs be relocated further from the intersection and updated to ensure they are reflective, surrounding trees be trimmed or removed to ensure visibility for motorists, and that an advisory speed of 70 kilometres per hour be implemented along Ridge Road at the Kent Bridge Road intersection, and the owner of the property on the northeast corner be contacted about trimming cedar trees on the southwest end of the property. The cost of the recommendation is estimated at $3,000 and will come from the Public Works general maintenance budget. Council passed the recommendations.

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Community Living Chatham-Kent recently announced the recipients of the Jonathan Daniel Stone Fund. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 award to assist with the achievement of his or her initiative. Kamani Phillip, 7, attends McNaughton Avenue Public School. He loves his dog and is extremely affectionate to

those closest to him. As Kamani loves animals, music, and the water, the fund will provide him the opportunity to participate in activities including Fun with Music, the Acceptional Riders program, swimming lessons, and bowling. The second grant is awarded to Cameron Milne, a Grade 6 student attending McNaughton Avenue Public School. Cameron is a kind

young man and who enjoys making new friends. The fund will provide social activity opportunities including, the Acceptional Riders program, swimming lessons, bowling and creative creations at Crock-A-Doodle. Cameron and his family are new to the Chatham-Kent community and they will be able to expand their social networks.

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More than 80 people took part in the Law Enforcement Appreciation Day 5K walk/run Jan. 9. Participants raised $930 for Chatham-Kent Victim Services in the

process. The run began in front of Chatham-Kent Police headquarters and ended at the local OPP detachment on Park Avenue East. Police from both services were out supporting the event, organizers say.

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Water woes continue When it comes to the safety of our water supply, be it from municipal treatment plants or aquifers that feed private wells, someone has to be responsible. To leave private well owners with the responsibility and financial burden of testing their water and begging someone, anyone, to care that a well is contaminated with potentially toxic levels of heavy metals is shameful. These are established wells in Dover Township that we’re talking about; ones that have gone from supplying clean, clear water to belching out sludge. We don’t live in a Third World country where we have no choice but to accept dirty water and all the diseases that come with it. We live in Canada, in Ontario, where we pay plenty of taxes to ensure our government monitors and ensures the cleanliness of our water supply. Just test the water. If the aquifer supplying the wells is contaminated because of vibrations from the wind turbines then fix it. Make the wind companies put vibration dampening equipment on the turbines. Shouldn’t our government make the companies actually find out what is under the area where they want to put a turbine before they start pounding into the ground and stirring up bedrock known to have heavy metals in it? It’s not rocket science, but it is science. In our rush to accommodate green energy and the wind turbines, we can’t ignore the problems that are now coming to light. It’s like the saying goes: when you know better, you do better. It is time to make the wind turbine companies do better before they dig. Water Wells First members will tell you they are not anti-wind, and they are not against turbines in Chatham-Kent. What they are against is turbines built over Kettle Point black shale with vibration levels that cause particles of the shale to enter the water aquifers and contaminate wells in Chatham-Kent. Not one more shovel should go in the dirt for a wind turbine in Chatham-Kent until they test the water in Dover to determine the levels of heavy metal, investigate the vibration issue as a contaminant as set out the Environmental Protection Act, and come up with a mitigation plan acceptable to private well owners who may have to turn to municipal water lines for their property. No more excuses and passing the buck. We are a municipality in a First World country. Let’s act like it.

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Couple happy owners of rescue cat Sir: Mary Humphrey’s letter to the editor, “Animal cruelty culprits still at large in The Chatham Voice Jan. 12 reminded me of one of our dear cats. When we first saw George, he was about five or six weeks old. He tipped the scales at 18 ounces. He was de-

scribed by the Chatham OSPCA as a shorthaired black kitten whom, they told us, had been thrown out of a moving truck at the corner of McNaughton Drive and St. Clair Street in September 2010. He was looking very sorry for himself.

By the time he had moved in with us and blended with our loving feline family, he had become a very happy, longhaired cat with a beautiful bushy tail. He loves to chase toy mice across the floor and never, never ventures outside. He has thrived

and the last time the vet weighed him he tipped the scale at 11.6 pounds. We never found out who had thrown George from his truck, but I agree he couldn’t have been a very happy person. Stephen Beecroft Chatham

Pushing back garbage pickup for a reason Sir: Another year is now behind us and time to think of what is next. The Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are over and time to move on. We have much to be thankful for in our neck of the woods. I wish to remind you at this time about a recycling and waste guide issued to the people by Chatham-Kent. This has to do with the Christmas season, that time of happiness and joy which begins after or maybe before Halloween, when the stores

start to advertise their bargains and so on. The beginning of the lighting of our homes and decorations of Santa and Rudolph and the reindeer. Time to put up the Christmas tree with its decorations stockings and gifts everywhere. That and much more, all for that most precious holiday of the year, time when we as Christian families get together to share meals, gifts, conversation, and worship. Without the birth of Jesus

none of this would happen. I was looking at the recycling and waste schedule for 2016 and noticed that whenever there was a holiday such as New Year’s, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day and Thanksgiving that the schedule was moved forward a day. Then for Christmas Day and Boxing Day the pickup days were not moved. Therefore, the employees were expected to work

on Monday and Tuesday instead of spending time with their families celebrating the birth of our Saviour. For Christmas of Dec. 2017, I would expect, to whom it may concern, that you would be at your places of employment working while the rest of Christianity is celebrating the birth of Christ, because your concern for Christmas Day is not as important as garbage and recycling pickup. Mervin Jaques Bothwell

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Cawing about Chatham-Kent’s crows Sir: As the new year has arrived, once again in Chatham-Kent we are experiencing our annual debate about our so called crow problem. I happened to see a broadcast of one of our recent council meetings where the issue was raised and discussed. It was refreshing to hear Coun. Trevor Thompson’s “enlightened” comments regarding what could be described as the crows’ side of the issue. To my surprise, he was also verbally supported by Coun. Bryon Fluker. Coun. Thompson’s fortitude to stand up to the status quo is also commendable! Over the last several years, it has occurred to me on a number of occasions that if local wildlife had lawyers, and the earth was indeed a fair place, that a significant component of our local municipal leaders would have altered some of their decision making. During the council

meeting that I viewed, the mayor, if I heard him correctly, commented that the crows are in such numbers that he observed a deciduous tree that was “black with perching birds.” Another councillor also commented that local car dealerships are particularly affected by the crow “deposits.” As a consequence of hearing these two comments, I could not help but recall an event that occurred several years ago in Chatham along Keil Drive north. A significant number of deciduous trees had been planted along the west side of Keil from the Grand Avenue West intersection northward. These trees had matured to several metres in height and significantly enhanced the ambience of the area. This was especially evident when compared to the huge barren and desolate looking mall area on the east side of Keil. After leaving Chatham

for a few days, my family and I returned to find that every one of the aforementioned trees had been destroyed and removed by the municipality. I made a point of talking to the owner of the larger car dealership in the area and he responded that the tree removal was a surprise to him, and

that he was not part of the decision making regarding their destruction. It would not take a proverbial Bay street lawyer to defend the crow’s decision for their present chosen perch on the light standards and adjacent buildings of the local dealership parking lots and the resulting “de-

posits.” These results obviously stem from desperation, and perhaps even in retaliation, for the unwarranted destruction of their preferred and historic type of perching site. Obviously, we need a better understanding and increased tolerance of the creatures that inhabited our little corner of the planet long before our

population of C-K has declined from 110,000 to about 100,000. We have several luxury liabilities, one being the Capitol Theatre, that are adding big costs to the budget line in terms of millions of dollars. Disposable income is on the decline; personal debt is on the rise. The provincial government is adding more tax and fees are going through the roof. How low can we go? And on and on it goes; the bleeding must stop. Ray Robinson Chatham

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Time to rein in public spending Sir: It seems that a documentary on C-K spending would be in order. It seems that on one hand we have a never-ending cry for more money from all levels of charity, for food, a fundamental basic. That being said, who is paying the millions of dollars for a Civic Centre? According to management we are not funding basic infrastructure (only 49%). These are items that are critical to Chatham-Kent (Jan 16. agenda, budget item) C-K continues to grow government when the

ancestors. We also require more councillors with the awareness, perception and sensitivity of Coun. Thompson and Fluker. As for the Keil Drive North anecdote, it is apparent that the term “bird brain” does not only apply to our fine feathered friends.

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U18 curlers just keep winning By Bruce Corcoran

Ask their parents, and you’ll soon learn the U18 boys’ curling team at the Chatham Granite Club is a very talented group; ask the coach, and he’ll pause in thought. “For 15 and 16 year olds, they are coming along really well,” he said of a team that has so far fared very well in the club’s recreational league, and also gave a very talented U21 men’s squad all it could handle just before the holidays. “But I won’t know just how good they are until we get to competition and see how they fare against other teams.” The team is made up of skip Alex Jeromel, vice Alex Gough, second Logan Butler, lead Austin Haddock, and alternate Hayden Weaver. As cautious as Brackett is with optimism for the team’s chances against out-of-town competition, he knows he has some good kids in his charge. “I see potential in them. There’s good chemistry. They are all willing to learn and they are all very excited about playing the game,” he said. “They’re improving in all areas.” All the winning locally so far hasn’t hindered the learning process, some-

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The U21 and U18 curling teams from the Chatham Granite Club recently met in a friendly match, with the U21 squad coming away victorious. But the younger lads led the game for a time, and their play this year has the club buzzing. From left, U21 team members Devon Weese (lead), Oliver Campbell (second), Ty Juniper (vice) and Aiden Poole (Skip). Beside them are the U18s: Alex Jeromel (skip), Alex Gough (vice), Austin Haddock (lead), Hayden Weaver (spare), and Logan Butler (second).

thing he said is often an issue. “When you are winning, it’s hard to teach. Winning can mask any

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Both the kids and the coach continue to learn. “I’m really enjoying it. I have always liked to coach and give back and teach. It helps me hone my skills too,” he said. The kids are learning everything from shot placement to how to directional sweep, and even the psychology of sports. Brackett stressed psychology is a huge element of any sport. “It’s how you control the mental part of your game; how you react if you’ve made a shot or you missed a shot, what you say to a person you are standing beside, how you breathe,” he said. “This is a team sport. If you are getting ready to throw the final shot and it’s a big shot, and the guy beside you says, ‘Don’t be wide,’ the mind can’t differentiate a positive from a negative.” His advice to his curlers it to always be positive to one another. Brackett has entered new territory as a coach recently – dealing with parents. He’s coached the St. Clair College varsity

team for a decade, but that was with adult men. He said it has been going well to date. “The parents have taken on responsibilities of the organizational effort too. It’s been a really good experience for everyone,” he said. Becoming coach of the U18 squad was humbling for Brackett. He said the kids approached him to ask if he’d be interested in coaching them. “It means that all the work I’ve put in ... maybe I can help other people as well,” he said. As much as Brackett is tight with his open praise of the U18 team, he certainly admits there is plenty of potential. “They all have a lot of raw athletic ability that I’m trying to harness. They have a great love of the game and are enthusiastic. That’s what’s making them a really good team right now,” he said. “I’m trying to move them in the right direction. It won’t happen overnight, but I hope that down the road they have long, successful curling careers.”




100 years young for Merlin’s Ruth Nagle By Mary Beth Corcoran

At 100 years of age, Merlin resident Ruth Nagle has accomplished a great deal, and she’s not done yet. At a birthday party Sunday in Nagle’s honour at St. Ursula’s Church in Chatham, people packed the hall for a chance to wish her well, get a hug and chat a bit. With all the seats in the hall filled, a line up of people waited for a chance to talk with her, in a scene resembling fans waiting for a chance to get an autograph from their favourite author or athlete. According to Nagle’s son Tom, the centenarian actually is a published author – and wrote her first book at the age of 98. Titled “The Book of Ruth: My Story,” it is full of personal anecdotes and milestones. It was 10 years in the making. Her son said she embraces life. “She outlived many of her friends and in 2010 when she got the trailer at Sunny Beach, it added years to her life and life to her years,” Tom Nagle said. Nagle was born in Merlin in 1917, the child of Irish immigrants and was the youngest in a family of eight siblings. Living on a 200-acre farm with no hydro, phone or indoor plumbing, she truly learned what hard work was all about, and the importance of family. “I remember my mother advising me in my younger years that I could pick my friends and drop them when I wanted, but if I were smart, I should learn to like my brothers and sisters and even my cousins because I’d always have them in my life,” Nagle wrote in her book. “I think that kind of thinking prompted one of my ‘wisisms’ which goes like this: ‘Be nice to the people you meet on your way up the ladder because you meet the same people on

the way down.’” From the one-room school, SS#7 Raleigh Public School, and buggy rides, Nagle grew up living a rural farm life, and as the youngest, was always wanting to “help” her older siblings. That included teasing from them as well, and she wrote about some of her memories and her mother taking pity on her and putting a stop to it. With her job of walking racehorses to cool them down, Nagle has many memories of races and horses, but a team of pure white Percheron horses that her neighbour owned was the topic of one particular passage in the book. “They were in Merlin for the 12th of July Orangemen’s Day Parade and someone asked me to ride one of those horses to lead the parade. Of course, I said, ‘Sure.’ Not until I got home and was teased about riding King Billy’s horse did I realize the horror of what I had done – a good Catholic leading the Orangemen’s Parade – oh my!” Nagle wrote. From Chatham Vocational School to becoming a stenog-

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Ruth Nagle, left, celebrated her 100th birthday over the weekend with family and friends at a party at St. Ursula’s Church in Chatham. With her here is her son Tom Nagle.

rapher to summers in Erie Beach where she met her husband, Ed Nagle, her life still revolved around family. Plans to marry Ed in 1942 were interrupted when he was sent overseas when the war started. He wrote her almost every day in letters “full of army life and the countryside” and returned to her after. He sold his blue Chevrolet sports coupe to buy her an engagement ring and they were married in May of 1946, bringing six children into the world. “She always said she wants to live until she dies,” Tom Nagle said. Nagle’s book can be found at the Chatham-Kent Public Library.

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It’s time for fans of art and culture to crawl out of their winter hibernation to enjoy the annual ARTcrawl event. ARTspace, the Thames Art Gallery, the William Street Café, and the Chatham Public Library sponsor the annual event, taking place Friday. Organizers encourage

patrons to dress in their brightest colours and put on their dancing shoes to join the crawl. ARTcrawl begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Chatham Public Library. There is a community arts initiative on site, and attendees can learn more about the growing capabilities of the community library, including its state-of-theart 3D printer.

The crawl then heads downtown to ARTspace where a live DJ will be spinning tunes. The gallery will be transformed into a dance floor, complete with an interactive giant disco ball that you will be encouraged to help build. Enjoy the fun and come see the Exhibiting Members’ show in the process. Guided by pop-up light

installations scattered down King Street, participants will shift to William Street Café, as the staff will serve up warm drinks and tasty treats. William Street Café also features handmade cards, posters and totes, along with locally harvested honey. The crawl winds up at the Thames Art Gallery at 8 p.m. where participants

will enjoy an exhibition of the work of painter Paul Dignan, titled “Raised Ranch.” An eccentric collection of complex polygons and unexpected angles, Dignan’s painted imaginary spaces make the actual space we inhabit more available, and visible. Following the opening at TAG, the celebration continues in Studio One

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Art that tricks the eye at TAG The Chatham Voice

The Thames Art Gallery is pleased to present “Raised Ranch,” an exhibition of paintings by Paul Dignan. Dignan’s paintings are meticulous and graphic trompe l’oeils, configured on polygonal supports. Trompe l’oeils are a visual illusion in art, used to

trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object. Ray Cronin, contributor to the gallery publication, writes “(Dignan’s) paintings are destabilizing, they make one feel off kilter, as if the room is shifting. Then, finally, [the viewer] settles on the lines, on the virtual spaces in the paintings where

the surface seems folded or bent, complex internal geometries reminiscent of origami, except for the gaps in logic.” Dignan was born in Dundee, Scotland and is known primarily as an abstract hard-edge painter. He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen before going on to com-

plete his graduate studies at The Slade School of Fine Art, London in the mid 1980s. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including those from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and The Scottish Arts Council. He is currently based in Elmira, Ontario. “Raised Ranch” will be

shown in conjunction with a mezzanine project produced by Franco-Ontarian group BRAVO-Sud. Creating a kind of contemporary archeology for itself, the work has traveled to and from exhibition venues unpackaged and unabashed. Twenty-five video works will accompany the physical work. Both exhibitions will be

at the Thames Art Gallery until March 5. An opening reception will take place Jan. 20 at 7 p.m., as part of Winter ARTcrawl 2017. The opening is open to all and free to attend. The Thames Art Gallery is located at the Chatham Cultural Centre, 75 William St. N., Chatham, and is open 7 days a week, from 1-5 p.m.

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Teen looking to shoot his own movie

By Bruce Corcoran

Wallaceburg’s Brandon Medd is looking to shoot a movie this spring and summer in Wallaceburg. It’s pretty lofty stuff; more so when you consider Medd is only 14. The Grade 9 Wallaceburg District Secondary School student said the film would be about a small town in Ontario surviving the Third World War, and not really knowing it actually took place. Medd said the filming would take place in Dresden for the most part, with scenes also shot in Wallaceburg, he said. “This is a normal small town, with community

events; a place where everyone is close to their neighbours,” he said. But it’s also a place where folks appear not to pay close attention to what’s happening around the globe. Medd said things start to go wrong, as radio stations drop off the air, as do TV signals. “They contact police in Toronto and are informed the U.S. has gone to war with Russia,” Mess explained. The town is left to survive on its own, and the people have numerous issues with which to contend. “It will have a cliffhanger. We’re hoping it will get a lot of interest and we can do a second movie,”

Medd said. It’s not his first effort either, but he hopes this one will have better luck than his initial foray into film writing. Medd wrote and attempted to make a movie about the glass factory in Wallaceburg, where a boy seeks to turn the idled factory into a museum. But the concept generated little interest and he shelved the idea. “It’s a different story line this time,” he said. “This time we went for more scary and more action packed.” He said he has a couple of actors hired, but still needs more cast and crew. Plus, he needs a little financial support to with

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Brandon Medd, 14, is looking for cast and crewmembers for a movie he wants to shoot, starting this spring. He’s seen here getting some advice from local filmmaker Florin Marksteiner.

the film. That’s why he started a GoFundMe page at Medd said he got bit by the movie bug after working with another local filmmaker, Florin Mark-

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steiner. Medd has worked on the crew and acted in several Marksteiner efforts and decided he’d like to write one of his own. He said he receives a great deal of support from his parents, but doesn’t have friends who share

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The needle, but no damage done ... to us We had a bit of a reality moment at The Voice on Friday. As Michelle, our graphics person, was taking the paper recycling bin to the curb in the morning, she noticed a syringe lying near the sidewalk.

We called the health unit for advice. The Voice is located a stone’s throw away from a day-care centre, so rather than wait for a health inspector to come and pick it up, we opted to grab it ourselves. At no time did we touch the syringe itself. Instead, Michelle used a shopping bag as a makeshift glove, picking it up with that. Now, I must point out that the needle was capped, so there was no danger from contact from the sharp end and her skin. As mentioned, I contacted the health unit for advice on disposal, knowing you aren’t supposed to put sharps into the regular garbage. Deb Maine said an inspector could come and get it, or we could drop

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Bruce Corcoran it off. Since I was heading out shortly after the phone call, I said I could drop it off. She advised placing the syringe in a solid plastic container for transport. Since I had yet to take the plastic recyclables to the curb, I had plenty of options. I wound up using a pop bottle, and Michelle plopped the needle into it and I then screwed on the cap. Safe for transport. I dropped the needle off at the health unit office at the W.I.S.H. Centre on King Street West, talked about needles with Deb and Stacey Verleye-Rybansky, and declined to take a sharps-disposal container with me back to the office. In our threeplus years here at The Voice on Dover Street, we did find a needle across the road once as well, but that infrequency doesn’t


warrant a container. So, folks, if you do find a needle, don’t touch it. Kids, let your parents or an adult know where it’s located. For adults, you can either leave it where it is and contact the health unit at 519-355-1071 for an inspector to come and get it, or if you are worried kids might come across it, you can remove it yourself. The best way is to use a set of tweezers or tongs to pick up the syringe, with the needle pointing away from you, and deposit it into a hard plastic container. The best option is likely a peanut butter jar – one that is tall enough to accommodate the length of the needle, and wide enough to easily accept it. Having a secure lid is important as well. Fire hits C-K again

More fire tragedy in Chatham-Kent on the weekend, as the building housing Sacwal Flooring, the Lighting & Accent Gallery and Ideal Home Decorating suffered heavy damage. I know the folks at all three stores. Really good people. It’s sad to see such damage to their workplaces. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the fire. Kitten smitten

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We did a little kitten sitting recently for my sister-in-law, Jane. It was one of those things where the man of the house, me, wasn’t consulted on the hosting duties. My wife and daughter made the decision on behalf of the family. Majority rules. I tend to prefer dogs to cats, and am allergic to both, so we haven’t had any pets in the

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We discovered this used syringe outside our offices on Dover Street recently. If you aren’t sure what to do if you come across a used needle, contact the health unit.

house in about 12 years. But all two pounds of Sasha the kitten were quite entertaining. She arrived Wednesday evening. We closed off the basement and every room upstairs save Brenna’s bedroom, where the cat was supposed to spend most of her time. I have to admit, it was hilarious having this crazy little fur ball at the house. She’d go from exhausted to hyper in the blink of an eye. And from hyper to exhausted just as quickly. One minute you’d have a kitten in our lap trying to attack your fingers, the remote control, or anything nearby, and the next she’d crawl up under your chin and fall asleep. Very affectionate little thing. I eventually relented and left the basement door open when I was down there, especially early on weekend mornings when I was the only one up. She’d come downstairs and have the run of most of the basement, getting into every nook and cranny possible, waiting to eventually pounce on me when I was watching football or playing a video game. It seems fingers hooked around a game controller

are favourite targets of hers. Or feet. Her little claws and teeth would go through my sock very easily, but just tickle my foot. She’d hang upside down as I’d raise the foot in question. What a cute meathead. And naturally, when she was done with her crazy half hour, she’d settle up on my chest for a nap. On Sunday afternoon, both of us were dozing during the Green Bay-Dallas playoff game. One of us, however, had gas. It’s amazing what kind of stench a twopound kitten can produce. I think she singed my nostril hairs. I wasn’t the only victim during her stay with us. She shared the gaseous love with everyone in the house. I hate to admit it, but all three of us were a little sorry to see her go when Jane came to get her Sunday night. Then again, I wonder what kind of cat this little kitten will become. The ladies of the house are still a bit kitten smitten. I fear I will come home one day to find a permanent fur ball as part of our family. I just hope it has the same disposition as Sasha, but less noxious fumes.


Chatham woman wins $100K The Chatham Voice

A Chatham woman padded her bank account recently after winning $100,000 on a scratch ticket. Virginia Scott took the top prize in the Instant Bingo Builder game. “I was at the store to get some milk when I decided to pick up some instant scratch tickets as well,” Scott said while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto where she got her big cheque. “My winning ticket was the last one I scratched – an Instant Bingo Doubler.” Scott scratched her ticket while dinner was cooking. “I was shocked and in disbelief. I said to myself, ‘This cannot be real!’” Feeling elated, Scott headed back to the store.

“I asked the retailer to validate my ticket. Even after I saw the words, ‘Big Winner,’ I couldn’t believe it. The owner asked, ‘You won?’ and I replied, ‘Apparently!’” The 24 year old stopped by her mom’s place to share the news. “That’s when I broke down. I was crying and laughing at the same time. I was so happy and excited about my win. After I calmed down, I told a few friends what happened. They thought I was joking.” Plans are underway for Scott’s big win. “After paying off my student loan I would like to put a down payment on a house. I would like to spoil my mom and dad with something special but I’m not sure what yet. Then I will enjoy what is



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Citizen police academy returns The Chatham Voice

The Chatham-Kent Police Service is once again offering the Citizen’s Police Academy program beginning March 1. The Citizen’s Police Academy is a program offered by the Chatham-Kent Police Service to enhance the partnership between the citizens of our community and their police service through an interactive educational opportunity. The academy consists of 12 classes, beginning March 1. Classes will be held every Wednesday night from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age. Seniors are encouraged to attend. Classes involve pre-

sentations and demonstrations by the chief of police, drugs and street crime, major crime investigation, identification & forensics, crime prevention, the critical incident response team, traffic plus several other units within the service. The subjects taught are intended to make participants familiar with the operation of the Chatham-Kent Police Service. The course is not intended to train people to be police officers. All “Citizen Academy” students will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a ride-along with a community patrol officer. Participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the ride-along. Interested members of



the public are asked to complete a Citizen’s Police Academy application form accompanied with a copy of photo identification.

Forms can be obtained online at or at the front counter of each service centre.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 • The Week of Prayer - 93rd Anniversary for Christian Unity at First Presbyterian Church. Theme “Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us” - 2 Cor. 5: 14 - 20. Captain Stephanie Watkinson, Salvation Army. 12noon - 12:35pm. Free will offering. Lunch following. • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Friday, January 20, 2017 • The Week of Prayer - 93rd Anniversary for Christian Unity at First Presbyterian Church. Theme “Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us” - 2 Cor. 5: 14 - 20. Rev. Mike Maroney, First Presbyterian Church. 12noon - 12:35pm. Free will offering. Lunch following. • 7:00pm Prayer Vigil at City Hall. • The Reids will entertain in the West Lounge at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Karaoke Night at the Merlin Legion Branch 465 with M&M’s DJing service. 7:00am-10:00pm. • Meal and darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of ham, roast beef or fish & chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Open darts at 7:30pm. Saturday, January 21, 2017 • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Dance from 4:30pm-9:30pm featuring The Marquis. Sunday, January 22, 2017 • Concert at Evangel Community Church at 6:00pm for The Week of the Prayer 93rd Anniversary for Christian Unity. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 • Book Club from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Tea Connection, 15 King St. E., Chatham. Call for details 226-671-0081. • Le Petite Tennis for ages 3-5 from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Indian Creek Gymnasium. Young children will learn basic tennis grip and strokes while role playing. Please contact the CKRecreation guide for winter.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 • Music with Sharon in the Main Dining Room of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. Thursday, January 26, 2017 • Paula & the Cornhuskers in the Main Dining Room of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • CK Reads: Trivia Olympics from 7:00pm8:30pm at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. Pub quiz style challenge on a variety of topics. Register as an individual or team of 2 by calling 519-354-2940 or visiting and searching “trivia”. Friday, January 27, 2017 • Randy Grey will perform in the West Lounge at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 10:30am. • Family Literacy Day - Create & Play! 10:00am-12:00pm at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. Families are invited to drop in. Kids play while adults create a simple swag using letters and numbers. Registration is not required. Saturday, January 28, 2017 • The Active Lifestyle Centre is hosting the 2017 Snowflake Ball, Silent Auction, Dinner and Dance with live music by the Shake Band. Early bird tickets are $40/ person until January 11, 2017 and then $50/person. Call today 519-352-5633. • Blood donor clinic at the Polish Canadian Club from 9:00am-12:00pm. New donors and walk-ins welcome. 1-888-2-DONATE. • 2 Person euchre tournament at the Merlin Legion branch 465. Registration 12:15pm. Play 1:00pm. $20 for a team of 2. PAWR at the animal shelter phone number for lost and stray pets and issues at the dog parks: 226-996-9969 daytime. Emergency and after-hours number: 519784-6146. Animal Cruelty and neglect cases call direct 310-7722 or 310-SPCA. Submit your coming events to or

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From left, Rachel Raspburg and Quinn Lassaline (Chapter Leaders of 100 Women Who Care); Marie Alexander (member of 100WWC who had nominated the Alzheimer Society of Chatham-Kent at a recent meeting); Mary Ellen Parker (CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Chatham-Kent); Crystal Dama (Admin/Events/Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Alzheimer Society); and Michelle Janisse (Support Services Manager/Social Worker at the Alzheimer Society). The charity donated $7,850 to the local chapter of the society, specifically for the music therapy program, recently. Those interested in joining the charitable organization can find out more at www. The group next meets Feb. 22 from at the Retro Suites Derby Banquet Hall.

Auxiliary donates $30K to Alliance The Chatham Voice

Auxiliary donates $30K to Alliance Representatives from the CKHA Helping Hands Auxiliary recently presented a cheque for $30,000 to the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) in support of the $6.9 million CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign. To date, more than $4.1 million has been raised for this important campaign. This donation from the Auxiliary was made possible through various fundraising initiatives co-ordinated by the Auxiliary throughout the year, including proceeds from the Boutique Grand Gift Shop. “The Boutique Grand Gift Shop volunteers are proud to be able to make this contribution which will enhance the quality of health care provided to the Chatham-Kent community,” says JoAn Dale, Chair, CKHA Helping Hands Auxiliary. “With the continued support of the community we are looking forward to making further contributions to assist the Foundation of CKHA to reach the goal of this campaign.” Union Gas supports Hospice Volunteer Program

Union Gas presented the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation with a $20,000 donation recently.

The donation will help support volunteer network initiatives. ”At Union Gas, we care about the health of the communities where we live and work” said Mary Lynn Lister Santavy, community investment coordinator, Union Gas. “We believe our support of Chatham-Kent Hospice and its volunteer network initiatives will make a real and lasting contribution to supporting Chatham-Kent.” Brokers give back

Local insurance brokers got into the holiday spirit recently, donating 50 blankets and $500 to four local non-profit groups. The brokers hand delivered the donations to the Word of Life Church in Blenheim, the Thamesville Sertoma Club, the Dresden Community Church, and the Salvation Army in Chatham. The organizations were chosen because they provide necessary services to residents of the community, especially during the holiday season. This is the ninth year the Chatham-Kent Insurance Brokers Association has donated. “We all feel really blessed this time of year, but some people struggle to provide food and gifts for their children,” Roberta Giffin president of the association, said in a release. Continued on page 17


Another $10K to CKHA Continued from page 16

Representatives from the Tilbury Area Action Team presented the Foundation of CKHA with a collection of toys to distribute to children who are receiving care in CKHA’s Women and Children’s Health Department during the holiday season. This gift of toys was collected throughout Tilbury by the Action Team and at the Tilbury Youth Dances. This is the third year the group has collected items for CKHA during the holidays.

Firefighters donate $5,550 to local charities

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Jaques donates to Ronald McDonald House

With the proceeds from his 80th birthday walk of a marathon, Merv Jaques recently presented a cheque for $16,521.20 to Director of Development, Jenne Wason of the London Ronald McDonald House. Special thanks to all the



people that donated and thank you to all those who took time to come out and support him.

Representatives from the CKHA Helping Hands Auxiliary presented a cheque for $10,000 to the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA)’s Christmas Wish Tree Appeal, in support of the $6.9 million CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign. This donation brings the campaign to over $4.2 million raised. This donation from the CKHA Helping Hands Auxiliary was made possible through various fundraising initiatives coordinated by the Auxiliary throughout the year, including proceeds from the Boutique Grand Gift Shop.

Chatham-Kent Professional Firefighters would like to thank the Chatham-Kent community for helping them raise over $5,550 to support local charities this Christmas season. Chatham-Kent Children’s Services received a donation of $4,000 for the No Child without a Christmas program. All toys, clothing and non-perishable food collected during the Chatham parade and an additional $1,442 was given to the Salvation Army. Non-perishable food collected at the Wallaceburg parade was donated to the local food bank. The firefighters annual friendly internal squad vs. squad competition raised an additional $1,856. Firefighters from Platoon B made the highest donation this year.


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Recently, Mainstreet Credit Union opened the doors to its newly renovated 40 Keil Dr. branch for the Chatham community. The new design is a bright, modern and unique approach for a financial institution. “As we created the plans for the re-imagined space we wanted to ensure that we kept our commitment to personalized service at the core of our decisions” Mainstreet President and CEO Janet Grantham said. “This meant increasing the amount of rooms available for our members to meet with and have one-on-one discussions with their financial advisor.” Jorden & Cook taken over by Baird AE

For 25 years, Jorden & Cook Architect Ltd. has been under the direction of architect Peter Cook working out of their office in the Richmond Professional Building in Chatham. Changed Jan. 1 when the reins were turned over to Baird AE, an architectural and engineering firm with offices in Leamington and Windsor. “We are delighted that

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The Chatham-Kent Professional Firefighters’ Association recently donated $5,500 to local charities, with $4,000 of it going to Chatham-Kent Children’s Services just before Christmas.

Baird AE has agreed to continue the practice with our current staff in our current location” says Cook, adding that “the strength of our firm has always been the quality of service our staff provides

in conjunction with our central location.” Say Yes to the donation

The Say Yes to the Dress Again Dinner and Dance held recently in Chatham raised $4,500 to

support the ongoing operating needs of the Chatham-Kent Hospice. This was the fifth year the event has been held and this year’s event included a Las Vegas theme. “The planning commit-

tee did an amazing job of organizing a really fun evening of music, dancing and casino games that everyone attending really enjoyed,” said Jodi Maroney, executive director of the hospice foundation.

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Robert Cyriel Aarssen of Chatham and formerly of Wallaceburg died peacefully at Riverview Gardens on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the age of 67. Rob is the son of the late Desere and Jean (Seys) Aarssen. Dear companion of Karen Turner. Loved father of Brad Aarssen (Crissy) and Scott Aarssen (Niki) and grandfather of Ethan, Eli and Nash. Brother of Art (Rose), Sally Lucier (Gary) and the late Bill, Ray (Janice) and Joanne. A Television and Radio Technician by trade, Rob was a Ham Radio enthusiast and former partner in Aarssen’s Home Entertainment. Cremation has taken place with a celebration of Rob’s life to be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the HAYCOCK-CAVANAGH FUNERAL HOME, 409 Nelson Street in Wallaceburg. If desired, remembrances to the Parkinson Society may be left at the funeral home. 519.627.3231. Online tributes may be left at



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This week’s answers Puzzles found on page 18

CryptoQuote - Answer Peace is not made at the council table, or by treaties, but in the hearts of men. - Herbert Hoover



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“My business and home phone lines are with Canquest. Their rates and customer service is a winner in my books! Also, it’s great to deal local!” Ed Caldwell, Caldwell BrandSource


“We are extremely pleased with our new services from Canquest. We’re also proud to support a friendly local company right here in Chatham-Kent.” Herb & Joan McCauley, Erieau Chatham-Kent


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“I have been with Canquest from the very beginning and have never been so satisfied with a phone company. Their service is A-1 and their price is phenomenal” Susan Day Skyline Living Tenant Chatham-Kent “We are retired and the savings really has been a great benefit. Our monthly phone rates have dropped by over 50%.” Mary & Mike Hoekstra Skyline Living Tenants Chatham-Kent



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What are you paying a month? “Being with a phone company for so long, you tend to get comfortable and complacent. Change is scary. Canquest, however, was the best change we could have ever made for our business. They made the transition easy.” Melodee Delrue Syd Kemsley Florist

“Thanks to the entire staff at Canquest for their outstanding service. We’ve noticed a significant reduction in our monthly phone bill since switching, with a much more reliable connection.” Josh, Judah & Nate Blairs’ Boot Camp.

“I’m more than pleased with their quality of service. You know, the best part, is dealing local and being able to meet with my phone provider right here in Chatham.” Jim Kovacs, Broker Century 21 Maple City Realty Ltd.

Dawn & Rob Strong Robert Strong Financial

“We were so pleased our home phone is now with Canquest at one quarter of the cost. My home and business are now enjoying personal local service at drastically reduced costs.”


The Chatham Voice, Jan. 19, 2017  

The Jan. 19, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

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