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Escape to freedom in a box

By Mary Beth Corcoran

Children and parents at the Chatham branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library learned about the extremes slaves in the 1800s would go to for freedom. As part of Black History Month, the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society presented Henry’s Freedom Box, a children’s book written about the true story of Henry “Box” Brown, who mailed himself in a shipping container to Pennsylvania to escape his owner and the tragic loss of his family. Society executive director Samantha Meredith was at the Chatham branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library to read to kids during Friday’s PA Day activities. Meredith read about Henry’s wife and children being sold off to different slave owners, leaving him alone. He came up with the idea to hide in a wooden shipping crate, and with the help of a doctor who was against slavery, he was nailed into the crate and spent 36 hours on a steam ship on his way to freedom. “This book really brings the point home about the extremes people were willing to go to get their freedom,” Meredith explained. Continued on page 3

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Becca Green-LaPierre brought her children, Ella, 6 and Ben, 4 to the Chatham library Friday for a PA Day presentation featuring the book, Henry’s Freedom Box, which tells the story of the lengths Henry went to escape slavery.

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A tough place to grow up transgendered Wallaceburg native discusses coping with one’s sexuality in isolation

By Aaron Hall Contributing Writer

From bullying, name-calling and harassment, to isolation, loneliness and confusion, Stefan Peloza battled a multitude of issues while growing up in Wallaceburg. Fast-forward to 2017, the 20-year-old is a transgender Toronto woman named Stef Sanjati, who has started to make the long journey to alleviate her mental burdens. On Dec. 16, 2016 Sanjati underwent Facial Feminisation Surgery (FFS) in Boston, Mass. with Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel – a surgeon Sanjati believes is “the best in the world” when it comes to delivering a natural looking result. The surgery is actually a combination of several different procedures, depending on your face and desired outcome.

“The goal is to basically reduce the effects of testosterone-based puberty, and make it look like the patient had undergone estrogen-based puberty in their facial bone and fatty structure instead,” Sanjati told the Sydenham Current. In total, she had five procedures, completed in four hours: a mandible contour, which is a jaw and chin reduction and shaping; a forehead reshaping; a tracheal shave, which is the removal of the Adam’s Apple; a lip lift; and a permanent lip augmentation. “It is very intense and invasive, which is why I put a lot of research and a lot of time into choosing who I’d trust with my face,” she said. Sanjati said she did not want to disclose the exact cost of the surgery. However, a GoFundMe campaign helped her raise

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$30,000 from 1,700 donors to help her fill in what she couldn’t pay for. “It goes without saying that I am supremely grateful to all of those people. I can never thank them enough.” With a full-time job as a YouTuber, the crowdfunding support was generated by her strong online following. Sanjati said transgender people often experience gender dysphoria, which is a result of being told you’re a gender that you are not for your entire life. “Some people say it feels like we were born into the wrong body, but I reject that notion,” she said. “There is nothing wrong with my body; I am not changing into another body or another person. I am alleviating mental health issues with a treatment, which is this surgery. “The assumption that having a penis makes you a man or a boy, which has gone on for centuries of course but never so strictly enforced until the last 100 to 200 years, is what makes trans people feel so bad to begin with. It’s what

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causes these mental health the teacher would tell us issues. When I was young- to split into boys and girls, er, in elementary and high I always knew that I did school, I felt alone, isolat- not belong in the boys’ ed, and misunderstood in side, but I had to go there every single way possible. because that’s what I was I felt one hundred percent told.” isolated, because I had no Sanidea what I was feeling.” jaSanjati said when she came to understand that she was a woman, and this was totally reasonable and help was available, she jumped through all the hoops she could. “Because I’ve always been uncomfortable with my face, since puberty and the changes it brought, I decided to deal with that first,” she said. “This surgery is a treatment to deal with my mental health issues, and it’s already worked. The day I woke up from surgery, I felt so relieved in a way that I hadn’t for years and years.” Stef Sanjati Sanjati said looking back, while ti added, “When it came growing up she never un- to phys ed, the year that derstood that trans people we started having to change, Grade 7, I failed even existed. “I went for at phys ed the entire year beleast 12 years cause I refused to go into feeling perpetu- the boy’s changing room. ally uncomfort- I knew I didn’t belong able in my body there … but I couldn’t and in my sur- put a word on it or underroundings,” she stand it any deeper than that.” said. Moving to Toronto “I thought this was normal, opened Sanjati’s eyes to and a result of the transgender world. the other bully“When I moved to Toing and harass- ronto and I realized that ment I was ex- Wallaceburg quite literalperiencing, and ly - and I mean this very not because of sincerely - exists in a buba disconnect in ble. There are so many my own men- people and cultures and tal health. For things that I never would example, when have experienced if I had I was a kid and not left; I met trans peo-

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ple,” she said. Speaking to transgender people when she was doing her work as a make-up artist led her to her own epiphany. “Meeting the trans people wasn’t a gateway, it was a cipher. It was a translator. I understood the gibberish in my head when I met them, like a key,” she said. Looking back, Sanjati said she feels she never was a boy. “When I was born, the doctor looked at me and decided, based on my physical characteristics, ‘boy.’ And I am not mad at him for this; this is the way it has been done for centuries,” she said. “I don’t think we even have to change it. I think what we need to do, however, is when your child comes to you and tells you that they’re in fact not the gender everyone thinks they are, they need to be taken seriously.” Sanjati said being a woman is not necessarily being feminine and looking pretty. “Being a woman is literally just knowing you’re a woman,” she said. “Like knowing you’re a guy, means you’re a guy. That’s all there is to it. There are plenty of trans women that do not present the way I do, that don’t get surgeries and that don’t put a ton of effort into their appearance in the way that I do. They are

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Learning about Black History Continued from page 1

At the Black History Museum at the WISH Centre in Chatham, she said they have a crate similar to the one in the book that was used by a woman from Kentucky to ship herself to Chatham, in a manner similar to the one used by Brown. After reading the book aloud, Meredith welcomed kids and parents to try and fit in a replica box she brought to the library. For kids, it was no problem curling up in the box, but for an adult, it was a little tougher. Becca Green-LaPierre, who was at the library with her children, Ella, 6,

and Ben, 4, asked to see the book by award winning author Ellen Levine to read the story to her kids again. “It’s incredible, this story and to think these things happened right around us,” Green-LaPierre said. She added that people in the area, herself included, don’t take advantage of the amazing history right in our own backyard. The Society has other events planned for this month, including a history program on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. at The Black Mecca Museum at the WISH Centre. For more information, phone 519-352-3565 or go to

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Parent Becca Green-LaPierre sees what a slave had to endure to escape in the 1800s. Except the slave, Henry, was enclosed in a packing crate about this size, and he was in there for 36 hours.

Transitioning helps with moving on

Continued from page 2

While Sanjati experienced multiple instances of bullying and name calling growing up, she said one particular incident stands out to her. “Because I never left my home, people decided they had to come to me, I suppose,” she said. “One day before I was going to high school, my mom and I left to get into her favourite, most prized vehicle ever, her Jeep Commander. She screamed first. I ran around to see what happened. Somebody had slashed two of the tires ...

and they spray painted “FAGGOT’ in black paint across the sides.” Sanjati said this was the first time she experienced shock. “It made me feel like I wasn’t even safe at home. The police treated it properly, like a hate crime, but nothing ever came of it.” During this moment, Sanjati said she felt like people wanted her to leave. “I never did, though. I never wanted to. I figured if I left, someone else would have to deal with it, so I might as well stay

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and absorb it, I was used to it at that point.” Sanjati said whoever performed this act was clearly upset about their own situation. “They wouldn’t have done it purely because they didn’t know it was

wrong, they would have done it out of direct spite and malice, which means something was going on with them,” she said. “So I feel bad for them, really, and I’m glad they never inflicted harm upon my physical body. Hope-

fully they’re more peaceful now, inside and out.” Sanjati said she has no-

ticed, since starting to medically transition, that she feels good again.

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1.96% tax hike for C-K n 2017 By Bruce Corcoran

Council rolled through its second day of budget deliberations Thursday evening, passing the 2017 budget with a tax increase of 1.96 per cent – the exact same amount they faced going in. In fact, council was ready to vote just 45 minutes into its second day of deliberations, but waited to listen

to a deputation. It was a big change from the previous evening, when the budget committee of council got stuck in the fiscal mud. Issues brought forward Thursday included pulling $750,000 out of building reserves to put towards infrastructure spending, thus bringing down the proposed tax increase, and giving $75,000 towards the rejuvenation of the sports field at Ridgetown District High School. Both proposals were defeated. In the case of the use of reserves, Chatham Coun. Doug Sulman made the motion to shift the money to cut the tax increase. “The objective is to not hinder the infrastructure amount. I’m not saying where we are at right now is irresponsible, but I think we owe it to the taxpayers to explore the opportunity to lower the tax increase,” Sulman said. While the councillor argued the money is just sitting there essen-

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tially gathering swer: $15. dust in the buildThe motion lost ing reserves, staff 5-12. said that was not The night bethe case. gan where the Chief Financial first day of open Officer Michael session deliberTurner said the ations left off, annual shortfall with Ridgetown’s to fund building sports field fundinfrastructure is David Van Damme ing up for debate. at nearly $4.5 milEast Kent Coun. lion. David Van Damme led “Building reserves have the charge to have $75,000 been gathering for the last pulled to help with the few years, but there are rejuvenation project at still a significant number the facility. While he had of projects associated with the support of others, inthis building,” he said of cluding fellow East Kent the Civic Centre, citing the Coun. Steve Pinsonneault, need to upgrade the heat- he faced stiff opposition, ing and cooling system, as in no small part due to well as the building’s win- the fact the Lambton-Kent dows. District School Board, the Thomas Kelly, general organization that owns manager of infrastructure the land, could close the and engineering services, adjacent Ridgetown Disstressed municipal build- trict High School (RDHS) ings are part of infrastruc- in the near future. ture, an area that is the Staff advised the budfocus of funding this year. get committee that four “We’re funded by just high schools that serve 30 per cent in buildings,” the southern parts of the he said. “Buildings is one municipality – RDHS, of our worst-conditioned Blenheim District High reserves. If you want to re- School, John McGregor main in this building, we Secondary School in Chaneed to put more money tham, and Tilbury District aside in the building re- High School are all part serve, not less.” of an accommodation reWest Kent Coun. Bry- view process. Each cater to on Fluker agreed, and fewer than 400 students, asked what the tax impact and some or all could be on the average home in closed. Chatham-Kent would be Don Shropshire, CAO for if council voted against the municipality, said the Sulman’s motion. The an- school board’s director of education, Jim Costello, advised him that several proposals on the accommodation review will be presented to board trustees,

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but the process is down,” he said not set to begin of the budget. until next fall. “We don’t need Sulman urged to add additional council wait to constraints next make a decision year.” on helping to The first night of fund the sports the 2017 municifield upgrades pal budget delibuntil after the erations roared school board de- Derek Robertson out to a fast start, cides on what is to but somewhere be done with high school took a left turn and berestructuring. came bogged down in “I don’t know why we’d familiar territory – small add the money into the numbers. budget when you have so After hearing from Chamany contingencies. They tham-Kent Police Chief won’t know what is going Gary Conn on his service’s to happen until the fall at part of the budget, council the minimum,” he said. aggressively tackled infraBudget chair Derek Rob- structure spending, comertson agreed. mitting found money to “I don’t know why we fuel bridge maintenance. don’t just wait until we It then broke to partake in get all the information,” the candlelight vigil outhe said. side of the Civic Centre in Ultimately, that’s what honour of the six victims council did, as the com- of the Quebec City shootmittee voted down the ing Sunday. motion 8-10. The police budget came Following the two issues, in with a proposed inas well as the deputation, crease of 1.8 per cent. the budget committee Conn said the increase moved quickly to pass the was the lowest among proposed increase, then comparable Ontario muwent into a brief session of nicipalities, with the highcouncil to approve it. est being Timmins at more Hope complimented mu- than five per cent. nicipal staff on their efConn, and Diane Daly, forts putting together the chair of the police serdraft budget. vices board, stressed there “This was one of the op- would be no cuts to frontportunities where every- line service, but rather body felt totally engaged some enhancements. They in the process. The senior credited the five-year management team vented agreement reached with everything. They did their the police association as a homework,” he said. key reason why the budRobertson concurred. get increase is at its low He added he was glad to level. see the $750,000 remain in Hope, a member of the building reserves. police service board, “I think we made a wise spread the credit around decision to not buy it for the low increase.

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Holding vigils for Quebec shootings

By Mary Beth Corcoran

To let the people of a Quebec City mosque know that all of Canada is behind them in mourning the six victims of a deadly shooting, a Chatham teenager organized a community vigil. Held at the Community of Christ Church Friday evening, Rayenne Annous, a 17-year-old Chatham-Kent Secondary School student had the idea for the event to let the victims’ families and the mosque community know that people care; that even a relatively small community like Chatham cares about their loss and the senseless violence. Originally from Lebanon, Annous moved to the area for Grade 9 from California. She has been studying social justice at school and wanted to do




something to let people know that acts of violence fueled by hate have no place in our society. “I want the people (of the Islamic Cultural Centre Mosque) to know that all of Canada is behind them, even here in Chatham-Kent,” Annous Mary Beth Corcoran/The Chatham Voice said. “This is just a small Two vigils took place recently in Chatham to honour the victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting, and to support their vigil to stand in solidarity families, as well as survivors of the terror attack. with the victims and their families.” stand together at such for a budget meeting up- be our home. We feel that In this community, we The teen said Shone an awful time,” Annous stairs, joined the gather- this is a peaceful coun- want people to feel safe; Carson, a leader at Com- added. ing. try.” safe from harm, safe from munity of Christ Church The vigil followed an Elhkodr said the support Mayor Randy Hope said anything, and to live a life opened her church doors earlier one Feb. 1 outside at Wednesday’s vigil was the gathering helps de- of enjoyment.” for the event and helped the Civic Centre in Cha- heartening. liver a message of how Rev. Wanda Winfield her with every aspect of tham. There, a diverse “This is a wonderful mo- Chatham-Kent embraces of the Blenheim United the vigil. group of about 200 peo- ment that we can come diversity. Church, said the feeling In the vigil, a slide show ple gathered in a show of together and draw a les“What’s really import- of unity energized the paid tribute to the victims, support for the victims of son. We tell those who ant is for us to show the evening. then the people were led the Quebec City attack. have anything in their rest of the province, the “This is a wonderful in prayer, both in Persian Hassan Elhkodr of the heart against others that rest of the country and time of people of all faiths and English, with words Chatham-Kent Muslim we will not let it pass. into the United States to stand together against and interpretation from Association organized the We are standing togeth- that in Chatham-Kent, hate and against fear to the Quran. event, and was one of the er,” he said. Together we we stand for each other, be truly united against “I was astonished (at speakers. are united against any no matter the colour our the forces that would the turnout). It was very As a light snow fell on wrongdoing. Injustice is skin or our religious be- draw us apart,” she said. heartwarming and re- a quiet winter evening, not accepted. And that’s liefs,” he said. “It’s about “We are one. We are all freshing to see people council and staff, on hand why we chose Canada to protection o the persons. children of God.”

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Gimme shelter in C-K Senseless violence seems to be everywhere you turn on the news, but thankfully, in Chatham-Kent, we are sheltered from a great deal of it. Bombings, shootings, rioting and looting – in the name of race or religion – have no place in our society, and it takes courage to stand against it. In Chatham, two different people came forward to show compassion and solidarity with the people of the Islamic Cultural Centre Mosque in Quebec City, holding separate vigils in remembrance of the six victims who were gunned down. Hassan Elhkodr of the Chatham-Kent Muslim Association organized a vigil at city hall, telling the people in attendance they were standing together against injustice with not only others in our community, but with the majority of Canadians who stand for peace and equality for all. Chatham teen Rayenne Annous, a Grade 12 student at CKSS, also organized a vigil with Community of Christ church. Originally from Lebanon, Annous used what she knew and learned in her social justice class to bring the community together, showing compassion and solidarity with her community for the victims of racial violence and their families. People chose to come to Chatham, to live here with their families, because here in Canada we welcome newcomers and are eager to show them why we love our country, our province and our community. We like to live and let live, and while there are certainly some exceptions, the majority of people just want to enjoy their freedoms – to speak their native language, worship freely and have the opportunity to make a good living for their family. Our neighbours to the south may have some difficulties with that in the days and months to come because racism is learned and if leaders at the highest level don’t condemn it, how can communities expect to be free of it? Chatham, with not one but two compassionate vigils, is a community to be proud of. It’s a place to be free to do what we want, and if we need a hand from our neighbour, regardless of colour or nationality, we need only reach out.

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Time to stop the blame game Sir: Homelessness is a social crisis that has been plaguing communities within Canada for decades. Although Chatham-Kent does not experience a large problem with absolute homelessness, our citizens suffer from temporary/episodic homelessness where short-term solutions are required. A common misconception within our society is the notion that the issue does not exist within a community unless you visibly can see individuals sleeping on the streets. However, there is a growing trend known as hidden homelessness where people stay with friends, family, or in their cars. One study revealed that nearly one in 10 Canadians have experienced a form of hidden homelessness within their lives. Although this problem is widespread, it has become a problem that is often swept under the rug. A growing trend

within our society is to blame the victim, and these ideologies are used to justify a lack of support from citizens, as many people are angered about the idea of their taxpaying dollars funding housing initiatives. However, the costs to support Housing First initiatives are far less than the tax dollars spent on hospital beds, provincial jails, and homeless shelters. There are a variety of reasons why individuals become homeless, and it affects all ages, gender, and races. Structural barriers continue to oppress people on a daily basis preventing individuals from receiving the help, health care, and support they deserve. For instance, shelters that require individuals to abstain from drugs and alcohol fail to examine the barriers in place that are preventing these same individuals from receiving the necessary

treatment for addictions. A study in 20122013 revealed an estimated 590629 individuals and families within our community experienced homelessness within that year. Chatham-Kent has taken important strides towards eliminating the problem within our community through the development of a homelessness committee, a men’s shelter recently opening, an after-hours phone line for emergencies, and through a Housing First (social housing) approach. Yet, one service gap would be the lack of a family shelter. Families are ripped apart as men are on their own to find overnight stay, while the women and children can go to the women’s shelter. It is no wonder there are high rates of hospital visits and involvement with the criminal justice system as men are on their own to find shelter and warmth.

I believe there is a cost-effective solution to homelessness, but it requires the awareness and compassion of society’s citizens. We need to encourage macro level changes on the government and policy level in order to tackle homelessness. As previously mentioned, some citizens may oppose these preventative initiatives with the mindset of “this is not my problem, so why do I need to fund the solution.” Yet, their tax dollars are already paying for the reactive responses of expensive hospital visits, community shelters, and jail/policing costs, so why not attack the problem and in turn, eliminate other social problems that are a direct result of inadequate housing? I hope we can be allies to promoting social change, rather than hinder the process. Lindsay Vandermeer Chatham-Kent

There is strength in numbers Sir: I’ve been hearing about the wind turbines in Dover and I was wondering if people this affects would be interested in forming a co-op

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Natural gas expansion a boon The Chatham Voice

The planned expansion of natural gas availability throughout much of Ontario is good news for Chatham-Kent, according to Mayor Randy Hope.

Hours after CK officials presented a brief to provincial officials at the Rural Ontario Municipalities Conference recently, Ontario’s Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault announced $100 million

Neurologist joins CKHA The Chatham Voice

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has a new neurologist on staff, Dr. Awad Mortada. He recently relocated his wife and three children to the municipality. Mortada will provide general outpatient neurology clinics from his office that provide comprehensive, individualized assessment and care for a full range of neurological conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. The types of conditions he will treat include headaches, movement disorders, neuromuscular diseases, dementia and inflammatory brain diseases. Mortada will also join the stroke team and provide care in the outpatient

stroke clinics at CKHA and become a member of the Department of Internal Medicine. Born in Lebanon, Mortada received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Damascus, School of Medicine in Syria. He spent three years of his clinical practical training at the Medical Laboratory of Windsor in Windsor where he met his wife. “I’m happy to work in Chatham-Kent and provide expertise in neurology to improve care for patients with neurological conditions in the community,” Mortada said in a release. “My family and I had always hoped to move back to southwestern Ontario to be closer to family.” His office is located at 61 Dover St. in Chatham.

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in natural gas expansion funding under the province’s Moving Ontario Forward plan. “It’s clear the province has listened to Chatham-Kent’s voice and the voices of our partners, including the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus, the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus and the Ontario Federation of Ag-

riculture,” Hope said in a media release. In the past 24 months, Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas have turned away millions of dollars in greenhouse construction with a ripple effect of nearly 1,200 jobs due to the lack of natural gas delivery to the affected areas. Municipal CAO Don

Shropshire said the funding will impact the community in several ways, not the least of which is that it provides recognition of the natural gas sector and the role of Union Gas in providing the service. “Union Gas is critically important to Chatham-Kent,” he said in a release. “It is the single

largest private sector employer and taxpayer in the community, but the benefits go far beyond economics. Union Gas and its employers have an outstanding record of community service whether it be to the United Way or the countless boards and volunteers groups in which they participate.”




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Artful dinner at the gallery The Chatham Voice

Celebrity singer-songwriter Crissy Cochrane and four of Canada’s national poets will be performing at the Thames Art Gallery’s All Four Love Dinner-Concert this Saturday. The love-themed supper will include an “allred” menu with cranberry-glazed chicken wings, tomato tortellini, red pepper bruschetta, raspberry pies, and other tapas in a psychedelic setting. Cochrane’s music has gone viral across Canada and has been described by CBC’s music critic Grant Lawrence as “a confident bridge towards sultry soul and classic, smoky jazz.” B.C. Playwright Cornelia Hoogland will be per-

forming from her collected works. The poets include Debbie Okun Hill, Windsor’s Vanessa Sheilds, and Erieau’s Kara Smith. The Canada Council for the Arts and the Playwrights Guild of Canada will be bringing the poets to Chatham for one night only. All of the authors and artists will be available after the round-robin performances to answer questions, sign books and CDs, and door prizes will be drawn that evening for three first editions of their works. Tickets are $55 each, with a gourmet tapas supper and a cash bar, and can be purchased at cktickets. com, or at the Cultural Centre box office, 519-3548346.

Saturdays at 7 The Chatham Voice

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It’s been three years now that St Clair College has partnered with law enforcement agencies to raise funds for Special Olympics. Jumpers, including two developmental service worker students from Thames campus shown here, gathered Feb. 2 to plunge into an outdoor pool of ice-cold water to help raise awareness for the organization. Plungers collected pledges from friends, family, and co-workers who wanted to watch them toss themselves into the frigid waters. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Kettle’s On, a Celtic trio of musicians from Stratford, will perform at St. Andrew’s United Church on Saturday. This is the fourth concert of the 2016-17 Saturdays at 7 at St. Andrew’s series. The music of trio members Paul Tratnyek, Teresa Seliske and James Bick-

le embraces the life and depth of traditional and contemporary Celtic/folk songs. Their music selections draw from the deep and ancient well of traditional Irish and Scots jigs and reels. St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 85 William St. S, Chatham. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free will offering.



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19386 FARGO, BLENHEIM $429,900 Stunning 4br, 2.5 bath 2 storey home renovated and added on to. Call Elliot 519-358-8755 or Penny 519-360-0315.

36 BIRMINGHAM $665,000 Exquisite 5 + 1br, 3.5 bath Bouma built 2 storey backing onto the creek. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

136 TECUMSEH $439,000 Beautiful custom built 3+1br, 3 bath brick 2 storey home. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

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66 MOLENGRAAF $349,900 Beautiful 2+1br, 3 bath Ewald built bi-level, very well cared for. Call Jim 519-358-3984.

20400 COUNTY RD 42, TILBURY • $1,400,000 Inventory & equipment incl. 60’x120’ all steel Vertec building on 4.77 acres at Hwy.401. 5 bay doors, 5 ton overhead crane. Call Ron 519-3607729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

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4628 TALBOT TRAIL $318,888

162 KING W $799,900 Thriving turnkey restaurant operating since 1983. Excellent sales with great profits. Call Deb R 519-401-5470.

7910 GRANDE RIVER LINE $559,900 Beautiful completely renovated exclusive 5br, 3.5 bath 2 storey on the river. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

877 CHARING CROSS $925,000 Everything you could want! 5br, 2 storey with a beautiful yard. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

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D L SO 3 SOUTH HAMPTON $588,888 Unique 2+2br, 2.5 bath custom built sprawling brick rancher. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

9091 MCDOWELL $364,900 3br, 2.5 bath ranch on a treed piece of paradise backing onto the River. Call Jim 519-358-3984.

9565 RIVER LINE $880,000 Five star executive 3br, 5 bath, brick 1.5 storey home on the Thames River. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

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6575 ANGLER, MITCHELL’S BAY • $169,000 1 floor plan, 1br + den, large main room, great area for fishing, hunting & birding. Many updates. Call Steve 519-355-9774.

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15 / 21 MCKEOUGH $120,000 This property is zoned institutional. Could be re-zoned to commercial or multi-unit residential. Call Mike S 519-784-5470.

Building & Lot 10 HIDDEN VALLEY $227,900 Incredible 3br, 1.5 bath, 3 level side split completely renovated. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.


6 Indian Creek East $475,000 11,000 sf on 0.58 ac site. Good exposure, easy access to 401. Zoned HC(1). Call Bev 519-358-8805.

D L O 277 QUEEN $119,900

Well maintained older 3 bedroom home with loads of character. Call Cindy 519-360-0628.

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V/L ANTRIM, HOWARD TWP $114,900 One of a kind 2.08 acre parcel backing onto Klondyke Creek. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.

35 PRINCESS ST. S. $63,900 One floor 2br vinyl sided bungalow with very nice oak kitchen. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

25 COURTYARD $299,000 Very spacious floor plan, enclosed lanai, double car garage, all brick with mature landscaping. Call Sylvia 519-355-8189.

119 CARTIER $224,900 Spacious 4br raised rancher backing onto a farmer’s field. Call Ron Franko 519-355-8181.

19170 DOUGLAS, BLENHEIM • $489,900 Incredible unique custom built 3br, 2 bath rancher on 1.19 ac lot near Lake Erie. Call Andrea 519-359-2482.

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David Smith* 519-350-1615

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Michael Smyth* 519-784-5470

Patti Vermeersch* 519-355-6800

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7866 GRANDE RIVER LINE $1,500,000 One of a kind custom built 3br, 6 bath 2 storey on 2.9 ac’s on the river. Call Carson 519-809-2856.

11523 RONDEAU, MORPETH $388,888 Completely renovated 3br, 2 bath 1862 sq ft ranch. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

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3 yr old 4br rancher on the Lake Erie bluffs. Call Brian K 519-3656090 or Chris 519-350-1402.


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D L SO 20438 KENESSERIE, RIDGETOWN • $596,000 Hobby farm on just over 5 ac’s. Custom built 4br, 2 bath brick & stone bungalow. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

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Commercial Lot 725 ST. CLAIR $289,900 1 ac lot with 120’ frontage on St. Clair just south of mall. Zoned HC1. Call Bev 519-358-8805.

200 KEIL S $499,000 11 Acres zoned industrial. Call Mike Smyth 519-784-5470.

St. Clair Estates 72 HOLLAND $189,900 3br rancher with hardwoods, newer windows & detached garage. Call David 519-350-1615.

155 GRAND AVE. W. $199,900 Great business opportunity to take over an existing operation + the land & building. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

148 REGENCY $168,888 1248 sq.ft., 2br, 2 bath custom modular home with beautiful landscaping. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

15144 LONGWOODS, BOTHWELL • $139,900 Picture yourself in the country. 3br bungalow on a full ac lot. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.


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130 DUNKIRK $85,900 Mint, 2br, 2 bath, open concept with beautiful 3 season sunroom & many updates. Call Steve 519-355-9774.

19393 CLEVELAND, CEDAR SPRINGS • $119,900 Great 2br home with attached garage & small work shop. Call Penny 519-360-0315 or Elliot 519-358-8755.

18 - 18 1/2 HILLYARD $129,900 Spacious seperately metered duplex. Each unit has own laundry, c/a & furn. Call Andrea 519-359-2482.

6620 MIDDLE, S BUXTON $229,900 Completely refurbished 3br bungalow on a unique property on double lot. Call Gus 519-355-8668.

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86 VAN ALLEN $95,000 2br, 1 floor bungalow. Large kitchen with eating area. All appliances incl. Call June 519-358-5199.

17996 RONDEAU $179,000 Own a 3br waterfront cottage in Rondeau Park with endless sunsets. Call Larry 519-355-8686.

364 WELLINGTON W $179,000 Great location & well maintained brick triplex. All 1br units. Many improvements. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

41 ADELAIDE S $159,000 Well maintained triplex, great income property, all units rented. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

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8 Chestnut St., Ridgetown Beautiful 3+1BR, 2 bath, 1.5 storey home with lovely lot and low traffic location. Main floor master with full en suite. Book your tour today! $189,900.

14006 Talbot Trail, Chatham-Kent One of a kind stone 2 storey home. This 5BR, 18116 Third Ave., Rondeau 1.5 bath has irreplaceable wood work & wood floors. Mature trees & a distant view of Lake Gorgeous, custom built 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Erie make this 3.3 acre property magnificent. home. Open concept & full basement. Short walk to beaches! $399,900. $349,900.

103 Chatham St. N., Blenheim Bright & conveniently located 3BR family home offers exceptional value. 2 living areas, main floor master, fenced yard & detached garage. $129,900.

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10989 River Line $ 959,900

NEW LISTING 7910 Grand River Line • First Time Offered! •

Completely remodelled executive 2 storey on the water. 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, open concept main floor. Upper level perfect for granny suite. Incredible view of the Thames River with family room overlooking kidney shaped pool 2 car garage.

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3 BR, 2 bath brick rancher. Open concept with vaulted ceilings and fireplace. Premium hardwood and high end finishes. Gorgeous landscaping! $379,900.

7 St. Andrew’s Pl. $ 680,000

10 Hidden Valley Dr., Blenheim • $227,900


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Glitter’s Fun Eatery - 162 King St. W. -

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LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! V/L Antrim Road, Morpeth • $114,900 455 Grand Ave. West, Chatham • $699,900 Professional office building in excellent condition. Currently zoned One of a kind 2.08 acre parcel backing onto Klondyke Creek. Picturesque views of Lake Erie. Steps from the beach. Institutional. Wheelchair accessible, washrooms, conference room, No neighbours on either side. currently holds 8 offices, Lunchroom. Detailed floor plans available. 88 Grand Ave East, Chatham $59,900 Former church, this property has 107.84’ frontage on Grand Ave. East. Currently zoned institutional. TLC is required. 519-784-SOLD

15144 Longwoods Rd. Bothwell LAKE MORNINGSTAR ESTATES 10604 Lakeview Drive • $49,900 One of the last remaining building lots. 136.29 feet frontage. Ideal location to build your dream home!


$139,900 Picture yourself in this country 3 bedroom, 4 piece bath bungalow on a full acre lot (Zoned A1 - Agricultural).




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Exceptional professional office building with Walking distance to Downtown core. Numerous uses great existing tenants. Building is being convertpermitted - restaurant, retail, office to name a few. Variance ed to gas heating. Special incentives offered for granted for closer set back to street line. Call Deb for details. first 2 general practitioners! Call Deb for details.

New Listing • $169,000 6575 Angler Line, Mitchell’s Bay

130 Dunkirk • $84,900

• 1 Floor Plan - 1 Bedroom + Den • Large main rooms • Great area for fishing, hunting, birding • Many updates • Municipal water

• 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths • Covered, private porch • Many updates • 2 parking spots • 3 season room



Large building on large lot with many potential uses just a minute from Ridgetown. High traffic location. Building and lot only for sale. Does not include business.


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Beautiful custom built 3 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath executive rancher. Stone exterior w/ 3 car garage. 12’ ceiling with crown mouldings, open concept living/ dining room. Yard is beautifully landscaped, a totally private retreat. Master suite w/ bedroom, dressing room and 5pc. bath. Gourmet kitchen w/granite. Exercise room, media room, 21’x25’ storage/workshop. This is a must to see.

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106 Teal Drive, Blenheim Nice sized, serviced building lot in a mature sub-division in Blenheim. Priced to sell. Call today! $44,900.


2 BR, 1 bath bungalow with a large kitchen area. Mud room at front and rear entrances. Nice size lot! $62,900.

44 Mary St., Thamesville Spacious 3 BR, 2 bath ranch. Massive living room & large master with en suite. Beautiful large lot with mature trees and gardens. $174,500.

Incredible 3 level side split completely renovated. Roof, flooring, kitchen cupboards, granite counter top in kitchen. Single car garage. Beautifully landscaped rear yard. Family room great size. This home is turn key. Just move in. Call Now!


26 Jackson St., Blenheim

Situated on 3.2 acres on the water. This 3,500 sq.ft. rancher boasts 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, huge great room, 20ft cathedral ceilings, gourmet kitchen, master 14’x 23’ with 225sq.ft. en suite. Also featuring guest/granny suite, 40’x48’ heated workshop, games room and wet bar. Constructed to I. C. S. standards. One of a kind home! Don’t Miss Out!





Garbage audit completed in C-K By Bruce Corcoran

There were a few phone calls and even more stares last week as a consulting firm collected trash at 100 homes in Chatham-Kent. It was actually the fourth time in a year AET personnel were out snagging bags of trash and emptying curbside recycling containers.

Rick Kucera, manager of waste and recycling for the municipality, said the collections were part of a yearlong audit, one sanctioned by Waste Diversion Ontario. “They approached blue box communities to gather data to understand what is going into our garbage,” he said. “When they approached me and said it was 100-per-cent funded, I said, ‘Where do I sign up?’”

For two-week stretches in each of the four seasons, AET personnel gathered curbside garbage and recycling from a stretch of 10 homes in 10 neighbourhoods in Chatham-Kent. “They ideally wanted to do properties that had garbage and recycling on the same day. We were able to achieve that,” Kucera said. “We selected groups of 10 in Chatham, the Chatham fringes, Wallaceburg

and Blenheim.” AET’s crews took the trash and recycling to the Harwich transfer station, sorting it “literally piece by piece, hand by hand.” Kucera said the AET personnel go through the waste and categorize it. He stressed there is complete confidentiality. “They don’t read any information in the trash; they just want to see what’s in it,” he said. “They’ll be able to tell us

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AET personnel collect trash and recycling as part of a four-season study of waste disposal habits in Chatham-Kent.

JA’s online auction open for bids The Chatham Voice

Junior Achievement’s sixth Annual Online Auction will run from Feb. 6-13. Bidding began at 9 a.m. on Feb. 6 and will end promptly

at 1 p.m. on Feb. 13. Visit the JA site at to place your bids during this time frame. All proceeds from the auction support JA programming and

the youth in Chatham-Kent, Sarnia Lambton, and Windsor-Essex. JA programs help students to be better prepared for the workforce, develop strong fi-





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This Ewald built home has it all . . . hardwoods, lovely master with ensuite, 2 +1 bedrooms, huge family room with fireplace, loads of storage and ready for you. $349,900.


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the practices of local residents based on the sample. They’ll ultimately produce a report for each community involved.” Kucera said the program is at the forefront of waste management research in the province. It has never been done in Chatham-Kent before, one of the reasons he was interested in taking part. “We’re trying to understand what percentage of materials, by recycling or garbage, are going out weekly or biweekly. We can determine what is being landfilled compared to what can come out and be composted in the backyard,” he said. Kucera said the information will be quite useful in the future. “I feel, going forward, we’re in a good place right now, but if we ever want to look at any changes, it will be essential to have numbers to support the changes,” he said. Details from the audit should be available to the municipality in the fall, Kucera added. “It takes quite a while to compile the data,” he said.

Andrea Okopny Sales Rep. Bus. 519-354-5470

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Seniors’ Fair to showcase services and smarts By Bruce Corcoran

The Active Lifestyle Centre’s (ALC) annual Seniors’ Fair on Feb. 17 offers a focus on finance this year, but also showcases a variety of services available within the community. Jan Reinhardus, the recreation and program co-ordinator for the ALC, said there would be three presentations at the event,

along with 76 booths where businesses and organizations will showcase their services to fair visitors. As for the presentations, two focus on personal finance. Reinhardus said one will be presented by personnel from the Ministry of Finance. “With the ministry, it’s about showing how you can get your money,” she said. “It’s about understanding Ontario’s tax







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The 2016 Senior Resource Expo held at the Active Lifestyle Centre attracted more than 600 people. The event featured more than 75 exhibitors. Here, Don Hector of the C-K 55 Plus Games visited with Fran McGoldrick and Patricia Atkinson.

benefits and credits.” Another presentation is from the Ontario Securities Commission. Reinhardus said the focus there will be on how to protect your money, and guarding against scams and fraud. “Seniors need to know their rights and what to look out for. These are the guys who deal with the aftermath of it,” she said. With the two presenta-

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tions focused on exercising one’s mind, the third relates to physical exercise and its health benefits, Reinhardus said. She said past fairs were well attended, and she anticipates another solid turnout Feb. 17. “We can provide information and services out there for our seniors and older adults so they know what is coming up in the community or what is available to them,” she said. More than 600 people attended the fair last year. The booth area

is also a good attractor for fair goers. “There’s some good information and there are also some fun booths,” Reinhardus said. “It’s not all heavy duty.” Fair goers will also receive a pasta lunch at no extra charge. Reinhardus said interest for the fair isn’t just from visitors, as all the booths were booked up within three days of sending out invites. “It’s just such an amazing fair with a lot of great information for anyone who comes,” she said. Due to the popularity of

Free swims for kids offered at local pools The Chatham Voice

Friday, February 17, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 20 Merritt Avenue, Chatham, ON N7M 6G9 SPEAKERS, INFORMATION SHARING, GIVE-AWAYS & FREE LUNCH FOR ALL OLDER ADULTS! All Chatham-Kent older adults welcome to view and access resources to assist with all living needs and stages of care. Call CHAP for FREE transportation to this event (48 hours prior) 519.354.6221 x. 242



the fair, Reinhardus said the ALC quickly runs out of parking spaces for visitors. They have a solution in place, utilizing the parking lot in front of the former Target store on Grand Avenue, and providing shuttle busing. The CHAP program from Family Service Kent, with the assistance of Victory Ford, will run the shuttles. The ALC offers programs for people aged 50 and up. Reinhardus said there are a lot of “young people” who are members, but the bulk of the membership is essentially aged 65 to their late 80s.

Super Kids CK wants children and families to come check out Club H2O, a way to get active and to learn about the importance of drinking water. On PD days, holidays and Sundays between Feb. 3 and June 30, there will be free swims and more at the Blenheim Gable Rees Rotary Pool, Wallaceburg Sydenham Pool and Chatham-Kent YMCA. Club H2O will feature a fun pool atmosphere, a flavoured water station and the opportunity to learn about how reaching for water every day is the best choice.

Children need lots of water to stay hydrated and healthy. Water makes up more than half of a child’s weight. “Also, kids need to drink plenty of water before, during and after any physical activity. So when you are playing and having fun at Club H2O, a good goal is to drink up to two cups of water every 15 to 20 minutes,” Annie Lukacsovics, Super Kids CK Co-ordinator, said in a release. Search for the free swim schedule on The current theme of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge is Water does Wonders. A goal of this theme is to raise awareness and educate children and families about which beverage options are healthy, like water, and the importance of limiting the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages. Water is a low-cost option that has no calories, sugar, additives or caffeine.


Cupcake fundraiser tasty, fun By Bruce Corcoran

Flour power takes over Value Village later this month, as the store’s annual Cupcake Day is set to return for a fifth year. This time around, staff from the store, as well as local Girl Guides and members of the Friends of the New Animal Shelter group will present their best offerings for sale to the public, and to also be judged by a panel of local celebrities on Feb. 25. Donna Dick, organizer of Cupcake Day, said this is the fifth year for the event, and it has come a long way. It’s first year, she said the day was a last-minute decision and was held internally in the lunchroom, raising $80. The next year, they moved it to the store floor and raised $300. It’s grown to the point they raised nearly $1,000 in 2016 and hope to top that this year. Customers look forward to the event, Dick said.

People are starting to expect it. Coming up to the event date, they’re seeing the posters, and word spreads from there,” she said. “With the family and friends of everyone participating, it gets quite busy.” The Girl Guides came on board about three years ago, Dick said, and are very creative. “If you go on Pinterest or Google, you can come up with literally thousands of ideas. When I put this out to the Girl Guides, their designs were incredible,” she said. “Of course, some of them did have some help from their parents, but overall they put together some awesome cupcakes.” Dick said the Girl Guides get more than the fun of baking from taking part. “It is something fun for them to do and they also work towards a couple of their badges,” she said. “Coming out and helping for charity helps them towards those badges as well. They get to have fun too.”




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Faith Duquette, 6, gets ready to mow down on her cupcake purchased last year at the Value Village National Cupcake Day Bake-Off.

Participating bakers are asked to bring in at least a dozen cupcakes to sell and possibly be judged. All proceeds from sales go to the Friends of the New Animal Shelter.

Dick said the baking part of the event hasn’t been opened up to the general public, as support from Value Village staff, the Girl Guides and the charity of choice – last year be-

ing the OSPCA – yielded more than 400 cupcakes in 2016. Cupcake sales start about 11 a.m. Feb. 25 and run to 4 p.m., or until the cupcakes sell out. Judging

on the best cupcakes begins about 11 a.m. as well. Historically, the judges enjoy the challenge, but wind up taking afternoon naps following their sugar crashes later in the day.

Join CKHA’s new established Rural Health Advisory Committee (RHAC) The RHAC serves as a mechanism for recognition and discussion of rural health issues and opportunities at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. It’s also a two-way communication forum between the rural communities served by CKHA and the hospitals that form the Alliance. To support this newly established advisory committee, CKHA is currently looking for five (5) community representatives from the following geographic areas: East Kent, North Kent, South Kent, Wallaceburg and West Kent. Interested applicants must reflect their ability to meet the RHAC’s requirements, such as demonstrating an interest in the hospital and healthcare and an ability to connect with the community about local and rural healthcare issues. Community members must apply and if selected, participate in an interview process. Successful candidates will also have to comply with CKHA’s standard volunteer protocols. To learn more about this opportunity or the committee visit or contact Zoja Holman, Director, Corporate Transformation at or 519-352-6401 ext 6065.





Super Bleh More shock and schlock than actual sporting event Thursday, February 9, 2017 • Chalk Paint Workshop at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. Discover how to mix your own chalk paint and crate a rustic sign. 6:30pm in the meeting room. Registration is required. Space is limited. Register online, by phone or in person at your local branch. • Ernie Miller will entertain in the West Lounge at 2:00pm. Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. • Open euchre and bingo at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm. Bingo starts at 7:00pm. Friday, February 10, 2017 • Meal and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of meat loaf, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Fun darts at 7:30pm. Saturday, February 11, 2017 • Spaghetti Dinner at the Voice of Triumph Ministries. Spaghetti and meat sauce, garlic bread, drink (pop or water) for only $8.00. 5:00pm-7:00pm. Take out available. 135 Queen St., Chatham. To order tickets call 519-380-5989 or any church members that have tickets. • Saturdays at 7 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Chatham presents “Celtic Fever”. All are welcome! Doors open at 6:30pm. Free will offering ($10 suggested adult donation). for more info • 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 Unity. • Saturday Morning breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington.) A delicious and nutritious breakfast served FREE of charge from 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! • East Side Pride BINGO at 6:45pm at the WISH Centre, Chatham. Cash prizes, $10 at the door and extra cards $1. • Chatham-Kent Aquarium Society meeting being held at Chatham Chrysler at 11:00am. The Bowl Show will be Goldfish & Koi, fish Crafts (includes photos). Ken Boorman is our speaker. Sunday, February 12, 2017 • Merlin Legion Jamboree with host band The Marquis. $5.00. Doors open at 2, Play time from 3:00pm-7:00pm. • Bingo at Br. 243 Royal Canadian Legion, Ridgetown. Sponsored by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Entry fee $10. Includes 4 cards. Jackpot $200. • Knights of Columbus Community Breakfast from 9:00am-12:30pm at the Spirit and Life Centre, 184 Wellington St. West, Chatham. All you can eat buffet with 2 meats, hash browns, scrambled eggs, pancakes, toast & fruit cocktail. $7.00 per plate for adults, $4.00 for children 6-12 and children under 5 free.

Monday, February 13, 2017 • Give Where You Live FREE dental hygiene day! Free dental cleanings and fluoride treatments to adults in our community and free toothbrushes and toothpaste for families. If you or a family you know would benefit from this day, please call Christine at Bright Smiles to book an appointment at 519-351-0711. • Apple pies, ready for the oven or freezer, will be made and sold at the Spirit and Life Centre at a cost of $10 each. This is a giant fundraiser to assist seven new refugees arriving this year. To place an order contact: Michael & Salle 519-351-5694, Beth 519-3527479, Diane 519-436-9997 or Marianne at 519-352-3953. • Senior Euchre at 1:00pm at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. • Cam Denomy will perform in the West Lounge at 6:00pm. Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. • Evelyn Poppe of Kentwood Gardens is special guest speaker at the Blenheim-Harwich Horticultural Society meeting at 7:30pm at Trinity Anglican Church, 59 Ellen St., Blenheim. If you want to know “Whats New for 2017 Gardens” this is the meeting to attend! Tuesday, February 14, 2017 • Book Club from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Tea Connection, 15 King St. E., Chatham. Call for details 226-671-0081. • Open euchre, shuffleboard and 2 person euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm and 2 person registration at 6:30pm to play at 7:00pm. $5.00 per person. Shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:00pm. • Richard St. Denis will perform in the West Lounge at 2:00pm. Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. CK Animal Rescue is holding a gigantic garage sale on March 18, 2017. Yard Sale Vendor Tables for Rent - $35 for one table and $10 per extra table until March. 11. Business Vendors Wanted - $60 per 10ft space. John D. Bradley Convention Centre, 565 Richmond St., Chatham. Contact us to register, to sponsor or to reserve your table - 519-354-5000. 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: 519-784-6146. Animal Cruelty and neglect cases call direct 310-7722 or 310-SPCA. Submit your coming events to or

The Super Bowl is typically an excellent snapshot of the United States of America: over the top, stuffed with largesse, and featuring too many distractions for what is really taking place. That was pretty much the case again on Sunday. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a football fanatic. And I love funny commercials. The Super Bowl always has a mix of both. But here’s what’s wrong with the Super Bowl – it’s an entertainment event, rather than a football game. In a contest that crowns the best team in the NFL, the game at times seems like a distraction from a reality TV show. The Super Bowl is all about money. Money, money, money. Tickets were reselling for about $5,000 each leading up to the game. Prices like that keep the average football fan on the outside looking in. The cost of a 30-second TV ad on Fox during the game? Try $5 million. So you had better not lay an egg at that price, yet there were certainly some head scratchers. More on that later. You would think the halftime performer would appeal to the average football fan, right? Maybe rock, or rap, or even country. Nope. Pop music. Now, Lady Gaga put on a great performance, from flipping her way into the stadium on wires to her ground-level show. But how many typical football fans are Gaga fans? Ah, but we must remember, most people in the seats at the game – and at home watching on TV – aren’t football fans the rest of the year. They’re tuning in for “the show,” and not “the game.” I’m a football purist. I dislike the big hoopla of a halftime show. Typical time between halves in an NFL game is a mere 12 minutes – enough time for players to catch their breath, listen to adjustments from the coaching staff and get back out on the field. For the Super Bowl, the halftime show causes delays of between 30 and 45 minutes. The delay can be a momentum killer. I’m not sure if that was a contributing factor Sunday, but the Atlanta offence, with the way the first half ended, spent more than an hour sitting, either on the sidelines or in the dressing room. It managed only seven points in the second half, after putting up 21 in the first half. As a result, Atlanta’s defence spent way too much time on the field and ran out of gas. Then again, if Atlanta’s Alex Mack, one of the best centres in the league, hadn’t imitated a turnstile in the second half, the Falcons would have easily won that game.

Bruce Corcoran On the field, some folks would say it was an exciting match. Most of them would be New England fans. Sure, it was an exciting finish, but in reality, the first three quarters pretty much belonged to Atlanta, and then the Falcons imploded, paving the way for the Patriots to pull it out in the end. Some great catches and incredible plays throughout, to be sure. But the game seemed like it had a plot similar to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. One side got so far out in front it looked like the other never had a chance. The leaders took their foot off the gas, lost concentration, took their victory for granted, and couldn’t recover when the other side gained momentum. Like Donald Trump, the Pats took control late, winning in overtime. Again, the Super Bowl is less game and more entertainment, and the Patriots certainly delivered a Hollywood ending. Super and pooper commercials

As mentioned, with the fact companies paid $5 million for 30-second commercials, marketing companies went into overdrive to try to capture the viewers’ interest, and eventually, their dollars. A number of ads took aim, directly or indirectly, at Trump’s platforms and actions to date, including Budweiser, which showed viewers how its co-founder, Adolphus Busch, emigrated from Germany to the U.S. The ad aired at a time when the Trump administration is trying to bar entry to the U.S. for citizens of half a dozen countries. Bud wasn’t alone, however, as Coke showed people of all races and colour as children sang “America the Beautiful” in different languages. Airbnb showcased the faces of people of different races, stressing everyone belongs, regardless of race, colour or religious belief. The commercial for 84 Lumber focused on a long journey by a Hispanic woman and her daughter. Fox wouldn’t let the company show images of a wall, but going online, you can watch the conclusion, where they do indeed encounter a huge wall in the desert. They find a doorway through, with the caption “The will to succeed is always welcome here.”

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Don’t worry about packing a lunch on March 9 as Community Living Chatham-Kent and Subway will make it for you. Get your co-workers together and enjoy a Subway lunch. Box lunch includes a six-inch Subway sub, cookie, bag of chips, apple, water or Pepsi for $10. Community Living volunteers and celebrity drivers will bring your lunch to your office. Visit to place your order by March 1 or call 519-3521174 for more information. In 2016, more than 1,500 lunches were prepared and delivered, raising $7,100.

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Truly funny commercials included Bai fruit drink, with Christopher Walken reciting lyrics from an ‘N Sync song. Kia utilizing Melissa McCarthy as an eco-warrior had me laughing. Ditto for John Malkovich trying to get his domain name for Squarespace. My favourite came from Buick. It involves disbelief over a convertible driving up to a Pop Warner football game being

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Cindy Carnie, treatment co-ordinator, left, and Arden Laurie of South Chatham Dental helped deliver a dental awareness clinic at the Active Lifestyle Centre Feb. 1. About 200 people stopped by.

a Buick, and involved NFL quarterback Cam Newton and supermodel Miranda Kerr. But it seems there are fewer and fewer truly funny ads that air during the Super Bowl. Politics are playing a bigger part these days, for sure, but there are some head scratchers out there, where the ad seems more of a “We have to do something” attempt than “Let’s capture everyone’s attention.” Sad, really.


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The Chatham Voice, Feb. 9, 2017  

The Feb. 9, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community Newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

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