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Girl Guide Paige Aitken, 11, was the second place winner in the Cupcake Day challenge at Value Village on Saturday. The event, through the sale of homemade cupcakes, raises money for local charity. This year is Aitken’s third entry in the challenge. See story on page 2.

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Chatham-Kent councillor Jeff Wesley has retained personal legal counsel after receiving a shame award from local activist group Water Wells First (WWF). On Friday, WWF announced the second shame award the group has given out, saying Wesley “misled the public” in a letter to the editor in another publication recently in which he said an independent third party should be hired for the Otter Creek wind turbine project to do baseline water well testing and report directly to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Control (MOECC), “thus avoiding conflict of interest.” The point WWF spokesperson Kevin Jakubec

said his group was making with the shame award was that when the wind farm company choses and pays for a consultant to do the well testing, that consultant answers to the person who pays them – the wind farm company – and therefore isn’t really a third party. In a rebuttal, after hearing about the shame award, Wesley defended himself, and said his original words show what he was talking about. He has asked WWF to withdraw the shame award and apologize to him. “A qualified third party group that reports directly to the MOECC (and therefore not Otter Creek) is not a consultant hired by Otter Creek,” Wesley wrote in an e-mail to Jakubec, the media and council.

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The second year, Giroux challenged the local Girl Guide troop to bake cupcakes for judging and selling to raise money for local charity, and the members stepped up in a big way. Several tables at Value Village were filled with colourful works of art, that were also delicious. This year, four judges were asked to pick their top five entries from 22 cupcakes based on looks and creativity, and from there, taste the entries to pick the top three winners. OPP Const. Nicole Mailloux, Value Village staff alumni Meghan Labadie, UCC student Brenna Corcoran and myself were

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Chatham Value Village and local Girl Guides baked up a cupcake storm Saturday, all for a good cause – Friends of the Animal Shelter. Value Village hosted the fifth annual Cupcake Day, an event that has grown each year, according to store manager Donna Giroux. The final tally was $1,058 worth of cupcakes sold. “It started with a few cupcakes in the lunch room and the next year we brought it out on the floor and it grew from there,” Giroux said.


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The judges chose the top five cupcakes at the fifth annual Value Village Cupcake Day Saturday at the store on Keil Drive in Chatham. From right are the top five cupcake offerings from bakers Melanie Haddock (not in photo), Sam Kubica, Abby Basiaco, Patrick Giroux, Paige Aitken and honourable mention to Mackenna Brownlee.

happy to taste test the creations brought in, but the judging turned out to be pretty tough, with the astonishing calibre of the entries. “This is actually really tough. All of the entries look incredible; it’s hard to pick just the top five,” Mailloux said during the judging.


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A sixth cupcake was added as an honourable mention because it was beautifully decorated. First place went to Sam Kubica with a strawberry white chocolate cheesecake cupcake; in second place with a spiced apple pie and cinnamon cupcake was Paige Aitken; and third place went to Abby Basiaco with a Cookie Swamp Monster cupcake. Girl Guide leader Cathy Reaume, who ran the cup-

cake sale table, said her group has been involved for four years. “Donna sends us a challenge and we do it every year; it’s part of our community service. The kids really look forward to it,” Reaume said at the event. “They get a supporting community patch and a patch with a cupcake on it for participating.” The Guides, who meet at Christ Church on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., is a group open to young peo-

ple nine-11 years of age. Marjorie Crew, co-chair of the Friends of the Animal Shelter committee raising funds for the new shelter in Chatham said she and her committee have been overwhelmed by the generosity of community groups helping to raise money. “It’s wonderful that people of all ages in our community are working together to make sure our shelter is built,” Crew said at the event.

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WWF group seeks input to name its shame award for Mayor Hope By Mary Beth Corcoran

The Water Wells First local activist group is looking for a name for its third shame award they are looking to give to Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope. Starting this week, the WWF group is posting a contest on its website, asking the community to give a name to the award for Hope, who they say has ignored the concerns of the well owners in the former Dover Twp. “Sometimes silence is more deafening than

a roar,” WWF’s Kevin Jakubec said at a media conference on Friday at the farm of Dover resident Marc St. Pierre. “Fifteen seconds, that was the length of consideration the mayor gave this very serious issue at a council meeting to hear delegations from Dover residents.” WWF maintains that the mayor and council should have hired a third party to look into the well concerns, rather than accept the Goldberg report commissioned by North Kent Wind that said the well turbidity issues were

not caused by the wind turbines. Jakubec said they are putting up a poll on their Facebook page and website asking for the public’s input in the naming the award. The first award to Boralex, partner in the Otter Creek wind farm development north of Wallaceburg, was named the Trojan Horse; and the second, to Wallaceburg Coun. Jeff Wesley, was named the Pinocchio award. “Water Wells First’s objective in using shame awards is to prevent additional families from

losing their well water quality and prevent further damage to the 12,000 year-old aquifer under Chatham-Kent and to preserve this important

natural resource for future generations,” Jakubec said in a release. “If one family’s water well is saved from using this tactic, then shaming a coun-

cillor; a local politician well versed in receiving public criticism, then in Water Wells First’s opinion, the award was well worth it.”

Contain the Conditions Imposed on North Kent Wind.” Wesley said he has been sending e-mails to WWF to update the members his concerns with the project to Otter Creek and council. In that e-mail to Otter Creek staff, Wesley said,

“While I do not know what is causing local well water concerns (not enough evidence to say wind turbines are the cause and yet not enough evidence to say the wind turbines are not playing a role), I know that the MOECC and anyone disturbing the aquifer

should be absolutely certain what is nor is not a factor. What we do know is that something is happening to the aquifer in parts of Chatham-Kent.” A Jan. 30 e-mail to Jakubec from Wesley copies him on concerns Wesley shared with council mem-

bers and staff with the Otter Creek project. Jakubec, in a press release on Monday, said he stands behind his actions and said the only correspondence he received from Wesley was a Jan. 30 e-mail informing him that Wesley would be attend-

ing the second meeting held by Otter Creek. “The shame award to Coun. Wesley for misleading the public and figurine of Pinocchio is justly awarded. No apology will be given and the shame award stands,” Jakubec said.

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Water Wells First spokesperson Kevin Jakubec holds the Pinocchio shame award the group is giving to Wallaceburg Coun. Jeff Wesley. With him at the press conference is Dover landowner Marc St. Pierre who holds a jar of his well water that is full of black particulates and requires a three-step filter system to clear.

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Wesley also forwarded several e-mails to media showing correspondence with Jakubec, including one Feb. 6 where he copied his feedback from a public meeting. The subject line was, “Why I Believe the Otter Creek Project Should



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Auto show returns to Chatham on weekend By Bruce Corcoran

One-stop auto shopping under one roof returns to Chatham this weekend with the sixth annual Chatham Indoor Auto Show, taking place at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre. Event organizer Greg Hetherington of CKSX FM in Wallaceburg said the show, which runs Friday through Sunday, continues to gain popularity. “People know about it as an event they look forward to,” he said, adding between 3,000 and 4,000 people attend the event each year. Ten Chatham auto dealers participate, each showcasing 10 vehicles. That leaves the public with a chance to view 100 different rides, all in one location.

Hetherington said there’s always something new to view. “One hundred cars – some they haven’t seen yet unless they’ve been to another auto show,” he said. There is no charge for admission, Hetherington said, as the dealerships are covering the cost for the public to attend. It’s also a family event, so the kids are encouraged to come by as well. Matt Herder, new vehicle sales manager at Chatham Chrysler, said the dealers embrace the show. “Everybody’s under one roof. It’s like having an auto mall in one building,” he said. Jeremy Van Kesteren, dealer principle at Van Kesteren Hyundai, agreed. “It’s a different way for customers to come and






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look at vehicles; people who normally wouldn’t come onto a car lot,” he said, adding the Bradley Centre is a good place to put on the show. “It does a nice job for a community of this size. It’s not too big, so everything is close, but we aren’t right on top of each other either.” Hetherington said the informal atmosphere is appealing to car shoppers. “The dealership people are very approachable. You can pretty much do anything you want but take them for a test drive,” he said. “If you are seriously looking for

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a car, you can comparison shop in one spot,” Hetherington added. “There’s no pressure. You can get answers and don’t have to sign anything.” But the auto show draws more than just the folks actively searching for a new vehicle. Hetherington said he is one of them, curious to see what is new on the market. “There are the tire kickers and then there are the ones seriously looking for a vehicle,” he said. That doesn’t mean the tire kickers don’t change into serious buyers, however, as they really like something they see. Herder said most people do the majority of their re-

search online when looking to purchase a new vehicle, but everyone still needs to let their senses take in the cars close up. “The Internet is great for research, but we are still a feel, touch, smell and see society and this is a great way to do that research,” he said. “We can also answer all their questions. It takes the impersonal touch out of the equation.” Hetherington said the show has given him a peek into the collaborative efforts of what is typically a competitive environment – selling cars. “A point that’s nice for me is it really shows C-K that these dealers work

together,” he said. “They want people to shop at home.” Herder finds he wants to look around as well. “We’re all car guys. It’s always nice working with the other dealers. We’re generally stuck in the office six days a week,” he said. “We don’t always get to see what the other guys have to offer. I usually take a couple of hours at the show to walk around, talk to everybody and see the other vehicles.” The Chatham Indoor Auto Show hours are Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.





MPP takes aim at energy costs

By Bruce Corcoran

Ontario’s rising hydro costs and carbon pricing has local MPP Rick Nicholls on the prowl at Queen’s Park these days. Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent Essex, said farms and greenhouses are finding it more and more difficult to turn a profit with increased expenses. “I’m having meetings with greenhouse growers over the cap-and-trade carbon pricing scheme. Nobody understands it,” he said. “Where’d they (the government) get those numbers? It’s killing the greenhouse

industry, especially the small guys.” In terms of the smaller greenhouse operations, Nicholls said it appears they are outside the scope of government programs. “It seems like the less natural gas you use, the more carbon tax you pay. If you are under 10,000 tonnes (of carbon pollution) a year on emissions, you will see an increase in the cost of fossil fuels,” he said. “But there are programs for higher-emission businesses.” Nicholls said the provincial government has created a very complicated cap-and-trade system, one that takes “an Einstein to try to figure out.”

And it’s hurting tive impact on local business. most everybody, “I’ve got two from people on greenhouse fixed incomes, to growers right small businesses now considerto large corpoing going to the rations – ones states, or saying who leave the that the family province to do business is done business or who Rick Nicholls and they will won’t locate here go and work for because of the someone else,” he said. cost of electricity. “These guys are just liv“We get all kinds of id.” phone calls and people That is just one area coming in and asking of Premier Kathleen what they should do. ‘Do Wynne’s anti-pollution I heat or do I eat?’ People programs of concern to are afraid of losing their Nicholls. The Green En- homes,” he said. ergy Act and its resultant And then there are the higher electricity prices hydro bills that seemingis another. He said they ly make little sense. are having a very negaRecently in the Legisla-

ture, Nicholls mentioned how local quail farmers Scot and Cheryl Ryckman, owners of Ryckman Farms, are struggling to keep up with the cost of doing business in the province. “In November, in their hydro bill, their electricity usage was $590. However, the total bill came to a ridiculous $5,900 thanks to a delivery charge of nearly $1,800 and a massive global adjustment fee of over $2,700,” Nicholls said in the Legislature. That’s not an adjustment, that’s highway robbery. His bill

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We may still be in the middle of winter in Chatham-Kent, but summer event planning is well underway, especially for the Historic Downtown Chatham Business Improvement Area (BIA). The first big event of 2017 for the BIA will be the annual RetroFest, May 26 and 27. BIA co-chair Paul Shettel said the BIA is still looking for support sponsorship for the event. He and BIA administrator Connie Beneteau are pleased the Classic Car Cruise will again take place on the Friday night, as hundreds of vintage automobiles will parade through town and into the downtown. The route includes the Fifth Street Bridge, which will likely be closed for reconstruction right after RetroFest. Beneteau hopes for a better turnout this year compared to last, which suffered through some spring showers, something that traditionally hasn’t happened during RetroFest in the past. “Close to 600 cars came last

year. We knew the weather was going to be bad and some of the guys just didn’t come out,” she said. The ones who did brought their polishing kits and shammies, wiping away the rain soon after the brief downpour, which participants wouldn’t let dampen the event. Also back this year for the BIA are its monthly special events taking place on the third Friday of each month. Beneteau said the events in 2016 were well attended during the warmer months, so they will run these starting in June. Last year, they were known as Downtown in the City events, but Beneteau said that has caused some confusion, given the success of one celebration in particular, Downtown in the City Extravaganza, which takes place the third Friday in September. The other special evenings taking place on the third Fridays of the warmer months are simply to be known

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An open, accessible community Chatham-Kent has the distinction of being recognized as an age-friendly community and some of the reason for that accolade can go to the Chatham-Kent Accessibility Committee. As a group, including the late Sid Ebare, the committee has been relentless in its advocacy for making everything in the community – from properties to programs to people – open and available to people of all abilities. With an aging population, mobility issues are a reality. Walkers, canes and wheelchairs require plenty of room to manouevre, and if aisles are too packed with goods, or too close together, it makes it difficult to get around and be independent. Brain injuries, impaired vision, skeleto-muscular diseases and many other conditions also make it harder for people to open heavy doors, reach those higher shelves or even push a cart. Then there are the parents of infants who have strollers and car seats – also large and hard to move around. Everything business and property owners can do to help people to move easily is important. Just changing the way merchandise is positioned, or adding a ramp or self-opening doors can make a huge difference to someone fighting every day for their independence and freedom. The committee has seen some incredible advocates – the late Ebare, Dr. Veronica Vaughan from Wallaceburg and Sheila Lindsay-Powers have been very inspirational, and the committee continues to work hard to make projects like the beach boardwalk in Erieau a reality. Imagine never seeing the beach and lake up close because the loose sand is too hard to walk on or your wheels sink before you get far enough to see the water. People on the committee and those they encourage are breaking down the barriers to accessibility and making our community and its very best parts open for business to everyone who wants to take part. Even little changes in your business can help people who need it most to be participating, happy members of our community, and that helps us all.

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Project littered with mistakes Sir: I am responding to the article “Peeking Inside the Boardwalk” from the Feb. 23 Chatham Voice. After reading this article, I was left with one thought – what a nightmare this development has become. It is hard to believe that this project has been going on since 2010. I respect the BIA, councilors, and journalists for their hard work and efforts, but there are several issues here that need to be addressed so that this does not happen again. • While Victor Boutin has invested $20-30 million in this project, I disagree with Brian Chute’s excuse that “he does it his way” and that is what is taking so long. Any competent developer/ business person plans and delegates so that a project that should take two years does not take longer than seven. Furthermore, after almost seven years nothing is sold in this complex. • There have been a lot of mistakes made.

Someone poured the wrong mixture of cement and now it has to be removed and redone? Balconies had to be retrofitted? Footing had to be reinforced? Again, a competent crew would not let that happen. It honestly sounds like that building might fall into the Thames River some day. I wonder if Boutin needs an expert in engineering and project management here in Chatham to oversee the day-to-day operations. • I would like more information on the quote from Darrin Canniff stating that, “There’s a lot of money being spent in the community because of this.” I just don’t see it. Nothing has been sold. There are no new residents. There are no commercial enterprises there yet. • “We try to use local crews but when we can bring people in from Toronto for half the price, what can you do?” Is this

really true? Who is working for halfprice? I would think it would be more expensive to hire a crew from out-of-town since they would incur and charge relocating costs such as housing, meals, and equipment transportation. I do not want to see this happen again. You may be aware that there is talk of developing a vacant lot at the corner of Indian Creek Road and Lacroix Street into two 36-unit apartment complexes with underground parking and a pool with retractable roof next to The Links of Kent Golf Course. I believe an out-of-town developer has drawn up a plan that includes more than just this “Phase One” but has not yet applied for rezoning to high density housing. I attended a neighbourhood meeting recently about this proposed development and was dismayed to see the plan for these buildings and underground parking on

land that once suffered regular and excessive flooding. I believe that lot is back-filled to road level. This sounds like another nightmare to me and I know very little about construction. I do hope that the Boardwalk reaches completion soon and people move in (both residential and commercial). I do hope that the complex enjoys a long and prosperous economic life. Please do not begin any more projects in Chatham without thoroughly investigating who is developing, why they are choosing Chatham, and evaluating the viability of the project. Chatham is a wonderful community that could use new real estate projects to accommodate the growing number of people from out of town that choose Chatham as a retirement community due to lower housing costs, great amenities, and awesome community involvement. Kim McDonnell Chatham-Kent

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Accessibility awards handed out Praet, program manager of the very successful Trust Your Buddy AccesThree awards were giv- sible Recreation Program en out to Chatham-Kent for blind and visually leaders who advocate for impaired people. Vanaccessibility at a recent Praet himself is visually impaired. ceremony in Chatham. VanPraet’s program gets The Chatham-Kent involved Accessibility Advisory participants Committee, whose man- in a wide array of recredate is to accessibility to ational activities, includproperty and services for ing paddle boarding. He people of all abilities, was said it was a great honour at The Dutch Market new for him personally to relocation on William Street ceive the award, but also a nod to his South in group “who Chatham to “I grew up in Chatham have done a present the and I was raised to be- great job as awards. Chairper- lieve I can do whatever a team”. “I grew son Ralph I want.” up in ChaRoels an- - Ryan VanPraet tham and I nounced was raised the awards, which included the Dr. to believe I can do whatVeronica Vaughan Acces- ever I want,” VanPraet sible Business of the Year said, which is something award to Charlie Huls, society doesn’t always owner of the Dutch Mar- believe of people of all abilities. ket. The program started “Past experience at our old location showed us with a grant from the we needed more room for Ministry of Tourism, Culpeople to be more mobile ture and Sport, and Vanand get around easier, Praet said with the sucand it was just the idea cess of the program, they of making shopping here are looking at expanding a good experience, espe- it out into southwestern cially as we have an aging Ontario with the help of further funding. population,” Huls said. The final award of the The next Accessibility Advocate award, named day was given posthuafter committee mem- mously to Sid Ebare, ber and double amputee, whose wife Nancy acSheila Lindsay-Powers, cepted on his behalf. was given to Ryan Van- An emotional Roels exBy Mary Beth Corcoran

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Charlie Huls of The Dutch Market; Sara Ebare, wife of Sid Ebare; and Ryan VanPraet were honoured recently for their service and advocacy to people of all abilities in Chatham-Kent.

plained the award would now be known as the Sid Ebare Perseverance Award, to recognize him for his steady persistence in living beyond his limitations. Chatham-Kent Coun. Karen Herman told a story about Sid, saying when

the beach boardwalk first opened in Erieau, it allowed people with mobility challenges to get on the beach and closer to the water. She said the first people she saw on the boardwalk deck were Sid and his wife, Sara. “The deck is there for

people who may not have seen the beach, maybe ever, and there was Sid and Sara,” she said of the couple. “They were first ones out there.” Ebare’s wife said he would have really enjoyed the award. “He really lived to help

other people. He had me but if you were by yourself, he wanted to make sure people had enough room to get through,” Sara said. “He was a role model; we encouraged people to just get out. It doesn’t matter, just live your life.”

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Plenty of options available for those seeking higher education online tered - whether they are free online introductory courses or university level Students in the Chatham programs. “Introductory courses are area can get help researching and registering for a good way for a student online courses in town to take a free class online to help them instead of decide if it making the “Introductory courses for them drive to before they Wallaceburg are a good way for a commit to starting next student to take a free a career,” month. class online to help Newby addM e l o d y them decide if it is for N e w b y , them before they com- ed. “Online courses are the Online also perfect L e a r n i n g mit to a career.” for people Recruitment - Melody Newby wanting to Officer of the local Contact North go back to school but have Centre, will be available to a job or kids to take care of. meet with interested stu- We try to take some of the dents at the Chatham Em- barriers away and support ployment Resource Centre the student so they can be on Tuesdays starting in successful.” Get a certificate, diploMarch. “I wanted to be in Cha- ma or degree, or upgrade tham because I know your skills through online transportation can be is- learning. Receive informasue for some students try- tion on obtaining: • An Ontario college cering to get to Wallaceburg,” tificate or diploma; Newby said. • a university degree; She can help potential • a high school diploma students by identifying and researching online or equivalency; • literacy skills; courses and programs • and much more, all and help them get regisBy Mary Beth Corcoran

online and with support from centre staff. Students living in the Chatham area can visit Newby at the employment centre at 240 King St. W. in Chatham instead of driving out to Wallaceburg where the Contact North online learning centre is located. Drop in on Tuesdays or call 1-855353-5949 or email to make an appointment. Contact North is a non-profit organization funded through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. They partner with Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers to help Ontarians living in 600 small, rural, remote, Indigenous and Francophone communities access post-secondary education and training. All of Contact North services are free of charge. For more information about Contact North please visit

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Melody Newby, online learning recruitment officer for Contact North, will be in Chatham one day a week at the Employment Resource Centre to help students wanting to go back to school.




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7627 RIVERVIEW LINE $729,900

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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.

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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.

7543 RIVERVIEW $499,900 Custom built 3+1br, 3 bath ranch on 1.17 ac lot with outstanding view of the river. Call Gus 519-355-8668 or Heather 519-355-8666.

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

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

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

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


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New Listing 7910 GRANDE RIVER $559,900

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4628 TALBOT TRAIL $318,888 3 yr old 4br rancher on the Lake Erie bluffs. Call Brian K 519-3656090 or Chris 519-350-1402.

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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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.

New Listing 263 HUDSON $344,000 Better than new 3 + 1br, 2/2 bath immaculate 2 yr old 2 storey. Call Cindy 519-360-0628.

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If you are contemplating moving into an apartment, downsizing your home or entering an assisted living facility, the time to list your home is now!

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

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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.

Offer Pending 466 TWILIGHT $379,900

Large 5br, 3 bath raised ranch with bonus room above garage. Call David 519-350-1615.

Chatham-Kent has a shortage of inventory (Listings) so you will get the most for your property if you list it now. Call one of our Real Estate Professionals to assist you in making the most important move of your life.

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177 INSHES $89,900

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76 PARTRIDGE $178,900

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3br bungalow in Birdland with carport & 1.5 car detached garage. Call Steve 519-355-9774.

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.

Vacant Lot 29971 OAKDALE $20,000 Large (3/4 acre) lot in Croton. Own a piece of property! Call Bev 519-358-8805.

136 GOLDPARK $129,900 Well cared for 3br 1.5 bath semi-detached. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

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

97 KING ST E $87,500 2+1br, 2 storey great for investors and first time buyers. Call Michael 519-365-5634.

12 ST ANTHONY $249,900 Brand new 2br, brick & sided raised ranch with double garage. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

445 GRAND W $699,900 Professional office building in excellent condition. Currently zoned institutional. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.

3 MAIN #6, MITCHELL’S BAY $284,900 Stunning 3br, 2.5 bath townhouse with an awesome view of Lake St. Clair. Call Penny 519-360-0315 or Elliot 519-358-8755.


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

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

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144 SEMENYN $269,900 3 offers 1st day on market! If you have income property to sell call George 519-360-7334.

Industrial 915 RICHMOND $179,900 2.15 ac site on Richmond. Easy access to Hwy. 401. Zoned M1. Call Bev 519-358-8805.

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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.

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

119 HARVEY $89,900 Duplex for sale. 2br unit on the 2nd floor and 1br unit on the main. Call George 519-360-7334.

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This beautiful 4 bedroom/2 Bath waterfront ranch home with attached 2 car garage is set back from the main road. Nested in the trees, offering complete privacy. Gorgeous views of Lake Erie from the home and the spacious deck that spans the rear of the residence. Large fully equipped oak kitchen with eating area. Family room has gas fireplace with garden doors leading to the rear deck. Bedrooms are all a good size with the main 5 P.C bath having double sinks and a tub with large glass shower doors. Back entrance from the garage could be a breakfast nook off the kitchen for morning coffee with gas fireplace, enjoying the waterfront views. Also 3 pc. bath and separate laundry room off the back entrance for convenience. Full lower level for future development.

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2 BR, 1 bath bungalow. Good size kitchen & laundry room. Large laundry/utility room. Good opportunity for an income property or project. $59,900.

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Unique 2 + 1 BR, 2 bath century home. Large kitchen with patio access, tall ceilings and a main floor master. $159,900.

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

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Interim boss named for local CCAC

Cathy Kelly takes over as interim CEO of Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre this week. She replaces Lori Marshall, who left to join the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance as that organization’s CEO.

The Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) has named an interim CEO. Cathy Kelly will take on the role, effective March 1. Kelly is currently the CCAC’s Senior Director, Patient Services and will take over leadership of the organization following the departure of CEO Lori Marshall, has left to join the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance as that organization’s CEO. “Since joining the Erie St. Clair CCAC in 2015, I have been impressed by the gains we have made as an organization. We continue to reach more people at home, in the community and in schools with

our specialized programs including Mental Health and Addictions Nursing, eShift and Telehomecare,” Kelly said in a release. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue supporting innovation in the home and community care sector, to support the quality of care that our Erie St. Clair residents are accustomed to receiving.” This appointment comes in the midst of the CCAC’s transition to the Erie St. Clair LHIN, which is expected to formally happen later this spring or summer. “We want to reassure all of our patients that their care will not be affected by the transition to the LHIN,” said Kelly. “Our organization remains sta-

ble with strong leadership and experienced health care professionals who will continue to ensure patients are receiving the programs and services included in their care plan.” Kelly recently completed her Masters Certificate in Health Care Management through the Schulich School of Business, York University. Kelly also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University. “Ms. Kelly has successfully led teams and cross sectorial work in all leadership roles that she has assumed, including complex system partner engagement initiatives,” said Kathryn Biondi, Chair of the Erie St. Clair CCAC Board of Directors.

2016. The unemployment figure rose 0.2 of a percentage point to 6.0 per cent, a figure Stuart McFadden, Chatham-Kent’s acting director of economic de-

a number of factors which can influence the number,” he said in a release. “We’re still 2.4 per cent below the December 2015 rate. “The most positive in-

dicator is the fact there were 2,400 more people working throughout Chatham-Kent in December 2016 compared to December 2015.” The overall figure for

Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent and Sarnia Lambton was up 0.1 per cent. Chatham-Kent remains 0.3 per cent below the provincial average.

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Chatham-Kent’s jobless rate up slightly The Chatham Voice

After 10 straight months of declining unemployment, the jobless rate in Chatham-Kent rose slightly in December of

velopment services, said isn’t cause for great concern. “It would be nice if unemployment dropped every month as it has been doing but there are






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Cupcakes just part of the deal I am one of the lucky people that loves spending time with my daughter. Whether it’s watching my nephew Matt play hockey, riding in the car listening to her music, or pizza parties at her Aunt Jane’s, it’s always a fun time. On Saturday, Brenna and I had the opportunity to take part in the Cupcake Fun Day at Value Village, an event in its fifth year that raises money for a local charity. This year, the recipient was the Friends of the Animal Shelter. It’s a great, fun and delicious event, with dozens of different cupcakes to choose from. It

Mary Beth Corcoran started several years ago in the staff room with a few cupcakes being sold for charity, and grew to a main floor cupcake-palooza the next few years. Donna Giroux, manager at Value Village, challenges the Girl Guides troop locally to bring on the sweets, and the troop members looking for community service badges rise to the challenge.

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Judges for the Cupcake Day challenge at Value Village Saturday included UCC student Brenna Corcoran, OPP Const. Nicole Mailloux and Value Village staff alumni Meghan Labadie. Money raised went to the Friends of the Animal Shelter group.

The enthusiasm and pride of the Value Village staff and the Girl Guides is incredible, and the public quickly gets in on the fun. We got to look at 22 entries, pick the top five based on creativity and amount of effort, and then the Fifth Street Bridge magic started. Class Environmental Assessment Study With four judges, we split the Notice of Review of Design Options cupcakes into The Fifth Street Bridge crossing the Thames River in downtown Chatham was constructed in the pieces for tasting 1930s and has undergone numerous repairs and rehabilitations. The bridge has reached the end of and enjoyed evits useable service life. Dillon Consulting Limited was retained by Chatham-Kent to undertake a ery single bite. Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine the best long term The winner strategy for the bridge. was a strawberA Public Information Centre was held February 9, 2017 to present the recommended alternative and ry white chocodesign for the bridge. It is recommended the existing superstructure (bridge deck, girders and late cheesecake railings) be replaced and the existing piers and abutments be repaired. This alternative will significantly extend the lifespan of the bridge and makes efficient use of existing bridge components effort that Judges, like Brenna and me this year, and Bruce last year, are brought in to admire and sample some of the works of art that are created and choose a winner, with prizes to the top three entries.

that still have useful life. It will also cost less than a new bridge.

The study is also recommending modifications to the configuration of traffic lanes across the bridge, extending south to the King Street intersection. The recommendations include one northbound and two southbound lanes across the bridge, with shared bike lanes. The Fifth Street/King Street West intersection will also be reconfigured to include north and southbound left turn lanes and shared through/right turn lanes. New traffic signals will be installed to meet accessibility standards. The Class EA study will be completed in late-March and the report will be available for public review. Subject to approvals, construction is anticipated to start in the spring of 2017. Additional information on the study recommendations are included in a project newsletter, available on Chatham-Kent’s website at Information collected will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. Please contact one of the following to discuss the design options or provide input to the study. Input is requested by March 13, 2017: Adam Sullo, P.Eng. Director, Engineering & Transportation Municipality of Chatham-Kent P.O. Box 640, 315 King Street West Chatham, ON, N7M 5K8

Brad Craig, P.Eng. Project Manager Dillon Consulting Limited 130 Dufferin Avenue, Suite 1400 London, ON, N6A 5R2

MUNICIPALITY OF CHATHAM-KENT The Municipality of Chatham-Kent will be holding a


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was beautiful to look at and delicious. Second place went to an elegant creation of spiced apple cupcake with apple filling that I would be proud to serve at a wedding, and third place went to a Cookie Swamp Monster cute cupcake with a tasty cookie filling inside. Being able to go with Brenna and spend time together is the highlight of my week and I hope the enjoyment we get out of it never changes. Sure, half the time, at the hockey games especially, she laughs at me because I tend to get a little excitable if the other team gets

chippy (I would NOT make a good hockey mom; thank goodness she loves dance). But the end result is we get to spend time together, do and try different things and connect as mother and daughter. Sometimes I worry Bruce feels left out of our girl time, but he manages to carve out his own daddy/daughter dates and that’s all that matters. Finding time to spend with your teen gets harder the older and busier they get, but it is worth every second if you make it a priority.

Buy local, buy fresh

has grown. The interest in farm fresh and loPlanning is underway for the fifth cally grown products has driven edition of the Buy Local! Buy Fresh! the demand to update the Chamap of Chatham-Kent. tham-Kent map. Consumers want The Kent Federation of Agricul- to know where their products are ture said since the first edition of coming from and how they are prothe map was printed in 2007, inter- duced. est from consumers and producers Chatham-Kent farmers or producers who are interested in being listed on the 2017/2018 edition of the map should contact the Kent Federation of Agriculture. Spaces are limited and the deadline to register is March 519-351-MEAL (6325) 15. The Chatham Voice





Bus safety bill passes second reading safety bill – Bill 94 – targets drivers who illegally pass stopped school busChatham-Kent-Essex es thereby endangering children. It MPP Rick passed SecNicholls is “In the past, bus ond Readpleased that drivers have been ing and is his private one step m e m b e r ’ s expected to memorize closer to bebill aimed the license plate of coming law. at improv- cars speeding by as “Any bus ing safe- they pay attention to driver will ty around students both on and tell you school buseach es is one off the bus while being that and every step closer mindful of traffic and day, many to becoming pedestrians.” drivers law. - MPP Rick Nicholls speed past The bus By Bruce Corcoran

Something fishy over March Break The Chatham Voice

There is something fishy going on this March Break at the Chatham-Kent Museum. From March 13 to 17, children ages 5-8 will be able to join the Museum Education Coordinator in discovering the wonderful worlds under and along the waters of our Great Lakes, Canadian rivers and the earth’s oceans. For example, one day will explore the Eastern coastline and kids will make their very own lighthouses and crab hats.

On another day, children will learn about pre-historic fish and visit the sea fossils in the museum. Jelly fish, bubble wrap painting and a moving fish crafts are more examples of the fun to be had. The program runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Studio One of the Chatham Cultural Centre. Early drop off begins at 8:30 a.m. and late pick-up is available until 4:30 p.m. at no extra charge. Children are asked to bring their own peanut free snacks and lunch. Children should be prepared to paint and get messy.

stopped school buses whose red lights are flashing and stop arm extended as they pick up children. The school bus operators call these incidents ‘blow bys’ and we need to do more to stop them in order to protect the safety of our children,” Nicholls said in a release. It is currently against the law to pass school bus-

es with deployed stop signs and flashing lights, yet the conviction rate is very low for drivers that endanger the lives of children, Nicholls said. “In the past, bus drivers have been expected to memorize the license plate of cars speeding by as they pay attention to students both on and off the bus while being mindful of traffic and pedestri-

violations. “As new technology is developed we need to update our laws. This is a simple change that will act as a strong deterrent for those who put children at risk, and will also keep bus drivers and police officers working in our communities instead of sitting in court,” Nicholls said.



oday there are thousands of new social enterprises from Bangalore to Boston. However, Goodwill Industries International has been running a complex social enterprise since long before the term was coined and Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton has been doing the same for nearly 85 years. For-profit companies can learn from our philosophy — by putti¬¬ng social good at the center of their business models.

In any social enterprise it’s important to remember not to start with an “ask.” Many of the customers who shop at and donate to Goodwill may not even know they are supporting a social enterprise. We start with a local service that addresses a need — where to donate used goods and where to find affordable used goods — and transform the value of these transactions into verifiable social impact for the local community. Goodwill Industries EKL designs our own programs to help job seekers in the community, innovating as we see fit to help individuals and families. Because

we are right in the heart of the communities we serve, the Goodwill Team intimately understands the needs of the people we serve and are able to design programs that meet their specific needs. By being both market-driven and customer-focused, Goodwill can be more effective. It is critical to make the greater good an essential part of your business model. The Goodwill EKL model benefits the global community because of the positive environmental impact we make in diverting millions of pounds of goods from landfills each year. Of course, it’s not always easy to find an innovative solution like this that benefits both your company and the wider global community, but it’s worth brainstorming what your business can change about its core identity to promote social good.

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Goodwill does this by following a business model that at its core is based on values that promote the common good. Basically, we’re committed to three goals by which we measure our business’s success: (1) Empowering

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individuals in the communities we serve; (2) ensuring a self-sustaining community enterprise; and (3) having a positive impact on the environment. Everything we do revolves around these three priorities. What helps us reach these goals is a strong belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve independence through the power of work. Today, more than ever, there is an opportunity for business leaders to apply an entrepreneurial spirit and problem-solving to pressing societal problems. By using the tools already at their disposal, corporate leaders can ensure that social entrepreneurship is not a passing trend, but a movement that will make a difference on a large scale. • To find out more about Goodwill Industries EKL and how you can help to change people’s lives, please contact Kevin Smith CEO of Goodwill EKL

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 • Baby Leads for Expectant Families and Parents who have children under the age of two. 11:00am-12:00pm. Dr. Wendy Edwards, guest speaker. Topic: Immunizations - Open to the public. Thamesview Family Health Team, 465 Grand Ave. West, Chatham. 519-354-0070 ext.602. •The 57th Annual Lenten Noon Hour Interdenominational Service at Christ Church, 80 Wellington St. W., Chatham (beside the bus depot) beginning at 12:10pm until 12:35pm and will be followed by a sandwich luncheon in the parish hall. The theme this year is “Lent in Our Time”. The speaker will be The Rev. Mark Sceviour of the Anglican Parishes of Chatham. Free will offering to help Outreach within our community.

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, March 8, 2017 • Blood donor clinic at the Spirit and Life Centre - St. Joseph Site from 1:00pm-7:00pm. New donors and walk-ins welcome! 1 888 2 DONATE • International Womens Day Walk at 5:15pm. Join PMP & Friends at the Thames St. Parking lot at the Fifth St. Bridge. Please wear your purple scarves and hats, etc. • Department of Veterans Affairs representative will be at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham from 9:30am-11:30am to assist all veterans and their family.

• Open euchre and bingo at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm. Bingo starts at 7:00pm.

• Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm. Darts at 7:30pm.

Friday, March 3, 2017 • Windsor Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart Symphony No. 25 at St. Andrew’s United Church, 85 William St. S., Chatham at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, students $10.) Available at the church office, Cultural Centre box office or For info call 519-352-0010.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 •The 57th Annual Lenten Noon Hour Interdenominational Service at Christ Church, 80 Wellington St. W., Chatham (beside the bus depot) beginning at 12:10pm until 12:35pm and will be followed by a sandwich luncheon in the parish hall. The theme this year is “Lent in Our Time”. The speaker will be The Rev. Paul McPhail of the Independent Assemblies of God Int.. Free will offering to help Outreach within our community.

• Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer at Blessed Sacrament Church in Chatham at 2:00pm and learn about women in the Philippines. • Meal and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of 1/4 chicken and ribs, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Fun darts at 7:30pm. Saturday, March 4, 2017 • Saturday morning breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious and nutritious breakfast served free of charge from 930am11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! • Yard sale at Tecumseh Public School from 7:00am-12;00pm. 276 McNaughton Ave., Chatham. Funds raised will support Tecumseh Public Schools Grade 8 Grad trip to Muskoka Woods. • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Dance from 4:30pm9:30pm featuring The Roses. Monday, March 6, 2017 • CKFG presents the award-winning film “Moonlight” at 4:00pm and 7:00pm at Galaxy Cineplex. $10 cash at the door or use your subscriber card for free. 519-359-8455. • Skating Club Registration night for their Spring skating session. Runs from April 3rd to May 26th for children ages 3yrs old and up. Visit 5:30pm7:30pm at Thames Campus Arena in Chatham. • Open Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St, Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, March 7, 2017 • Open euchre, shuffleboard and 2 person euchre at The Chatham Legion, William &

• Open Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Friday, March 10, 2017 • Finding your French connection & Kent Branch of the Ontario Geneaology Society AGM. Valarie Butterfield will discuss resources and tips to research your French connections and our annual meeting will be held at the McKinlay Funeral Home Reception Centre at 7:00pm. Parking is available in the St. Clair Plaza at 463 St. Clair St., Chatham. Open and free to the public or join us via the live-stream. Details can be found at • Meal and darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner is from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Choice of lasagna, roast beef or fish & chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Open darts at 7:30pm. 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. Chatham-Kent Metal Detecting Club - Meets last Thursday of the month. 7:00pm. Kinsman Room. Erickson Arena, new members welcome! Submit your coming events to or

Windsor Symphony returning to Chatham The Chatham Voice

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) returns to St. Andrews United Church for the third of its 2016-17 concert season in Chatham. The highlight of this concert on March 3 will be Mozart’s Symphony No. 25. The acoustics and beauty of the St. Andrew’s sanctuary make an ideal setting for Windsor Symphony Orchestra performances. Associate Conductor Peter Wiebe will be on the podium. Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, composed before he was 18 years of age, is known by many as the opening music of the well known film Amedeus. Mozart’s music is paired with

charming gems of the Romantic era including Sibelius’ Suite Mignonne. Sibelius’ compositions established a strong sense of national musical tradition in Finland. Janacek’s Idyll for String Orchestra and Richard Strauss’ Wind Serenade round out the program. Tickets are $25 in advance from St. Andrew’s United Church office (519-352-0010), the Chatham Cultural Centre box office or CKtickets. com. Student tickets are $10. Tickets will also be available at the door for $30. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Information is also available at

CKHA Foundation seeks new boss The Chatham Voice

The Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) Board of Directors has begun their search for a new executive director. Working with the Board of Directors and CKHA leaders, the executive director will work with a dedicated staff to strive towards enhancing the quality of health care provided to the community through various fundraising initiatives. “The Foundation of CKHA is looking for someone who is connected,” said Tom Kewley, Foundation

Board of Directors Chair. “We need someone who can connect with the community to fundraise, but also someone who can connect with CKHA leaders to strategize opportunities to meet CKHA needs.” Currently the Foundation of CKHA is in the middle of $6.9 million Diagnostic Imagining Equipment Renewal Campaign, raising urgently needed funds to replace aging equipment. The hiring process is being handled through CKHA’s Human Resources department. Interested applicants can apply directly through CKHA’s website at

Sharks to invade American waters The Chatham Voice

Two Chatham Pool Sharks have been selected to the Team Ontario Tour Team. Genevieve Sasseville,14 and Madison Broad, 16 were selected from athletes across Ontario to represent the province at an upcoming training event and meet in the United States. The swimmers left from Toronto recently and will train in Florida

for ten days with Team Ontario, before competing at the Arena Pro Series Meet in Indianapolis. The Arena Pro series meet will take place March 2-4 on the campus of IUPUI and will draw some of the fastest swimmers from across the world. The Pro Series meet had tough qualifying time standards and competition at such a high-calibre meet will be an incredible experience for both Pool Sharks.





All eyes on Grayson Ladd

By Ian Kennedy

It’s not often a prospect from Chatham garners the attention Chatham-Kent Cyclones defenseman Grayson Ladd has this season. In fact, Ladd might be the most touted prospect to play for the Cyclones during his OHL Draft year, ever. That might seem like high praise for a town that has produced the likes of T.J. Brodie, Seth Griffith, Dane Fox, Joseph Raaymakers, and Travis Konecny in recent years. Konecny, an OHL first overall pick, spent his early years as a Cyclone, but moved up Highway 401 in preparation for the draft. Most scouts predict Ladd will go in the midto-late first, or early second round. While Chatham-Kent players such as Konecny have been picked higher, Soo Greyhounds netminder Joseph Raaymakers currently holds the distinction as the highest player ever selected while playing for

the Cyclones, going 37th overall in 2014. “Grayson Ladd owns all of the tools scouts look for in an OHL first round defensive prospect,” said Brendan Ross, Director of Scouting for TheScout. ca, who praised Ladd’s skating, intelligence, and puck skills. “There’s a lot of intrigue surrounding Ladd because of his raw size and calm puck moving demeanour. He is a player who shows next-level abilities yet has lots of room to grow as a player,” added Ross. That talent has had all eyes on Ladd every time he stepped on the ice this season. “Knowing people are watching you is a pretty exciting feeling, but can also be nerve racking at times,” said Ladd about the attention he received from scouts this season. “It makes you feel proud of yourself that people are watching, but it can’t get to your head because that’s when you stop working. Me personally, I know I was trying to keep my game simple and not

worry about the scouts in the stands during the games. Once the game started, you forget about that kind of stuff, and stay focused on the game.” If Ladd becomes the high pick he’s expected to

be, pressure will become a nightly occurrence, as he’ll be playing in front of thousands of fans, and NHL scouts in the OHL as early as next season. With that in mind, Ladd, a Grade 10 student at

Chatham-Kent Secondary School, knows the draft, and hard work he’s put in to this point, are just the beginning. “The draft can put a lot of pressure on you; I know personally, my family and I try and stay away from reading anything about the draft. I think it gets to your head, both positively and negatively, and can impact your game. My focus on and off the ice has always been to be the hardest-working kid whether that is in practice or game, or in the gym.” Ladd also learned this year with the Junior B Chatham Maroons, practicing with the team each week, and playing a handful of games with the Maroons. With his Cyclones season over, Ladd continues

to train, and wait, until his name is called April 8 at the OHL Draft. After that, the real work begins to make an OHL roster, and be impact player in the world’s top developmental league. “My hopes for the draft are to go as high as I possibly can. There is no point in getting caught up in it - I have no control over it. I think the day will be full of excitement and nerves and having the feeling of the unknown and what can happen.” With the OHL in Ladd’s future, he sees it as another opportunity to learn and improve, and as another important step toward his ultimate goal. “My ultimate goal is to play pro hockey some day, but I have a lot of work to do, and I just take things one step at a time.”

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1. RELAXATION TIME Treat her to a well-deserved break. You can’t go wrong with offering a massage or a day at a spa. 2. A SPECIAL EVENING Plan a special outing just for her. What would she prefer? A movie or live music? Museum or art gallery? Dance or comedy show? 3. UNTAPPED CREATIVE TALENTS Drawing, painting, sewing or pottery: has she ever talked to you about her unsatisfied creative yearnings? Now’s the time to facilitate her dreams. 4. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS Give her a breath of fresh air. Skiing, climbing and hiking are great choices for spending quality time together. 5. PERSONALIZED DINNER Indulge her taste buds by taking her out for dinner at her favourite restaurant. You’ll both find out what happiness tastes like.

6. AN INTERESTING READ Would she like a book about cooking, sports or travelling? Choose a subject that interests her. 7. FASHION ACCESSORIES Clothing, jewelry, shoes or a handbag: your fashion fanatic would love a new addition to her wardrobe. For a touch of originality, shop at local artisans’ boutiques. 8. A PERFECT EVENING AT HOME For a movie night at home, find a movie or TV series that she will enjoy. 9. THE GIFT OF FLOWERS A tried-and-true classic. Just be sure to choose her favourite flowers. 10. GOURMET PRODUCTS Give her some chocolates or a bottle of wine. Either or both: it’s a sure thing.

Join us for Afternoon Tea and be transported through time to meet notable herstorical figures including Viola Desmond whose image will begin circulation on the Canadian $10 bill in 2018. All are welcome!

R.S.V.P IS REQUIRED, AS SEATING IS LIMITED. Please call 519-354-8908 to R.S.V.P by Friday, March 3, 2017. No cost for admission but donations are gratefully appreciated! Tax receipts can be provided for donations of $20 or more.

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Mazda’s vehicle lineup continues to turn heads, and not just from prospective car buyers. Automotive journalists and critics are consistently impressed, crowning the company with award after award, year after year. U.S. News & World Report named Mazda the Best Car Brand for 2017. It won the honour the previous year as well. AutoGuide named the company to its Top 5 Most Popular Car Brands for Millennials. Mazda also came in second on the Brand Report Card, receiving “recommended” ratings from two thirds of models test-

ed from Consumer Reports in 2015. That’s just the overall picture. The individual vehicle models earned accolades as well. The Mazda 3 has received awards for being one of the best family cars of 2016 (Parents Magazine), Best Small Car (Daily News Autos), and one of the 10 best backto-school cars, as well as a 2015 top safety pick by the IIHS. Various other outlets named it one of the most fun cars to drive, one of the 10 best sedans under $25,000 to drive, and more. Top safety picks are nothing new for Mazda, as the CX-3, CX-5, and 6 have also received such awards in the recent past.


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2017 Chatham Indoor Car Show

Honda Canada earns five value awards

Company receives honours at Canadian International Auto Show The Chatham Voice

Honda Canada received five combined awards from Canadian Black Book (CBB) and ALG for overall best retained value and best residual value. The segment awards are received for vehicle quality, reliability and overall value. 
 “Honda has developed a strong reputation for providing dependable vehicles Canadians can count on,” said Jean Marc Leclerc, Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “We’re

grateful to CBB and ALG for recognizing Honda as a company that delivers quality vehicles Canadians can trust.” ALG’s Residual Value Awards honour the vehicles that are forecast to retain the highest percentage of MSRP after a four-year period for mainstream brands. Award recipients are chosen after a careful evaluation of vehicle criteria, including segment competition, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Awards are given in 27

vehicle segment categories and two brand categories (Mainstream and Premium). This year’s winners include the Honda CR-V in compact utility class; the Honda Odyssey in the minivan class; the Honda Accord in mid-size car class; and the Honda Fit in the subcompact class. The CBB Best Retained Value Awards acknowledge vehicles that retain the highest percentage of their original MSRP after four years. For 2017, this distinctive

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Golf Alltrack delivers on all levels

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with Standard 4MOTION All-Wheel Drive, extra ground clearance and an off-road driving mode that optimizes traction on uneven surfaces. Adventure time is fun time with the Alltrack. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, but with the Tiptronic option, you can move the gear lever into the Tiptronic position and change gears using the gearshift, without needing a clutch. You can also select from four distinct driving modes, depending on the road conditions or your preferences. These include off-road mode, which adds hill-descent control and improves traction for better control on uneven terrain. While it can be all play on the outside, it is also all business on the inside, featuring contoured leather seats and a wealth of technology. Even the kids might wish the jour-

neys were a little longer. The Alltrack is plugged into today’s technology needs. It offers satellite navigation, messaging, music and more, all at your fingertips. The media information centre has everything from outdoor temperature reading, to compass direction, to elevation. You’ll know where you are and the conditions you face. The centre features a 6.5inch colour touchscreen, a CD player, voice control, satellite navigation, and even two SD card slots. Sync up your compatible smartphone to the point where select apps will appear on the dash touchscreen. The voice command system will even allow you to dictate text messages. With dual-zone climate control, everyone rides in his or her own personal comfort levels. And for winter comfort, there are heated front seats as well. Keep your keys in your

pocket with the Alltrack. You can unlock the door just by pulling on the handle, and start the engine with the push of a button. As good as the Golf Alltrack is at taking on a variety of driving conditions and terrain, it can take on your cargo and passenger needs with equal versatility. There’s plenty of room for your gear, and the cargo racks offer more possibilities. The 60/40 folding rear seats can provide additional options for cargo space, depending on how many passengers you have. The 2017 Golf Alltrack was created with the adventurer in mind. And no trip is too small or too big. Whether it’s a trip across town, or across the continent, the sporty Alltrack is ready to deliver. It’s sporty, stylish and sturdy, yet has all the refinement you’d expect from a Volkswagen.

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Victory bringing some variety to the auto show The Chatham Voice

The magic of visual special effects will make its way to the Chatham Indoor Auto Show this year, as Victory-Ford Lincoln’s booth will sport a green screen this year. Adam Lally, general manager for the dealership, said with the green screen, they will be able to place a wide variety of images behind show visitors. “We’re looking forward to it. We can put any kind of image behind you – NASCAR stuff, rally drifting pictures, a blackand-white photo of Henry Ford – you name it,” he said. “We’ll have some fun at the auto show taking some goofy pictures too.” Just having the green screen at the event will turn heads, Lally added. “People will wonder what’s going on. We’ll have some fun


with that too,” he added. And they’ll showcase the dealership’s lineup as well. That will include the hot-selling Ford F-150 pickup truck. Victory is coming off a record year, along with Ford of Canada – for selling the most F-150s ever in a calendar year. “The F-150 probably still rules the world, and Chatham-Kent,” Lally said. Lally said pickups today are far different than your grandpa’s truck of yesteryear, with vehicles loaded with options, enjoying increased fuel economy, improved suspension, and interior comfort. It’s not just stock models flying out the door. He said the dealership is selling a lot of accessorized F Series trucks, some with rides as smooth as any luxury sedan. While the F-150 is a staple of the Chatham-Kent vehicular

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diet, Victory has no qualms about adding a little green to the plate too. Look no further than the Ford Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid. Lally said the dealership is in the process of ordering its first Energi version of the popular sedan. “With electric vehicles, people always think of a tiny little car, but you can get a Fusion Energi pretty well equipped, with the rebates, at a very good price,” Lally said. With the Fusion Energi, you have the gas/electric combo,

so you are never left stranded when the battery runs low, but enjoy the fuel-sipping benefits of the hybrid as well. And where to plug in such a vehicle? Victory Ford-Lincoln, of course. Lally said the dealership will soon install charging stations on site. “Ford’s come out with a program that in order to sell electric vehicles, you have to have onsite charging stations and staff certified to work on electric vehicles,” he said. “The stations just shipped and will be

installed in the next couple of weeks.” Offering the charging point is just one added way in which the dealership looks to help the community. It goes on top of the support to non-profit organizations and other community work performed by the dealership and staff. “It’s not just about the money, but also the time and the effort. We have some great staff to really get behind the community events. We believe in helping people out,” Lally said.

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Quite a sight; quite a ride The Chatham Voice

Attention, thrill seekers: slide in, buckle up and enjoy the ride. The 2017 Corvette carries on the racing spirit of the original 1963 model with the Grand Sport model. It combines the power of its 6.2L engine with a lightweight chassis and an aerodynamic package that delivers incredible grip and handling. Whether it’s the Grand Sport or Stingray model, the Corvette delivers power and performance. Drivers can take advantage of the standard seven-speed manual transmission, or opt for the eight-speed paddle-shift automatic. Performance is at your fingertips. Corvette combines race-proven technology

with provocative, purposeful design. Every element serves a purpose, from functional exterior vents to intelligent driver controls. Available in coupe and convertible with a host of personalization options, there’s a Stingray to satisfy any driving enthusiast. Function meets form on the Corvette. The hood air extractor, for example, features precisely angled blades for optimal cooling airflow. The result is reduced lift and increased downforce, improving highspeed handling. As slick as the Corvette looks and performs on the outside, it delivers comfort and functionality on the inside. The cockpit features a flowing design.

Intuitive instruments, including an available heads-up display that projects data into your line of sight, helps you keep your focus on the road ahead. With the available headsup display, the latest Chevrolet MyLink 8-inch diagonal screen, easy-touse driver modes and an available industry-exclusive Performance Data Recorder, this is the most technologically advanced Corvette to date. The LCD display features a trio of customizable themes with varying levels of information, from G-force to tire temperature and more. If you opt for the headsup display, your data will be projected onto the windshield near your line of sight, helping you stay

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informed while you focus on the road ahead. MyLink keeps you informed, connected and entertained with the retractable eight-inch touchscreen. Using steering wheel controls, hand gesture recognition and voice recognition capabilities, you can talk, text and stream music without taking your hands off the


wheel. The Corvette easily links to most any smartphone, as it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also features a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection that’s more powerful than your smartphone. Through OnStar, this technology gives Stingray a reliable Wi-Fi connection. You can seamlessly connect up to

seven smart devices to the Internet, giving you the freedom to roam while connected. Corvette delivers performance and technology, but also safety with features like active handling, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, a rear view camera, available front curb view cameras and traction control.

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The 2017 Nissan Armada is sure to turn heads

exterior design will earn the curious gaze of onlookers. And when you climb into the Armada,

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packing up for a week of camping, Armada has the space, flexibility, and comfort to make almost any activity possible. Add in the Tri-Zone Entertainment System, which features two individually playing rear monitors, and getting to the adventure will be more than half the fun. With seating for up to eight adults with standard second-row bench seating and a highly flexible interior, Armada is ready for whatever the day brings. In terms of safety and ease of use, the Armada delivers much more than just a rearview camera. It features the Around View Monitor, which uses four cameras to give you a virtual 360-degree bird’s eye view of your vehicle, making parking a breeze. Standard on the Armada are predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, blind-spot warning, and



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Hyundai goes green with plug-in hybrid The Chatham Voice

Hyundai has gone green with its 2017 Sonata PlugIn Hybrid. Green, as in very good for the environment, as well as your pocketbook. Here in Ontario, owners of the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid qualify for one of the province’s “Green

Vehicle” license plates. These unique plates not only identify the vehicle as a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, but also provide unrestricted access to the province’s High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on 400-series highways – without any passengers on board. As well, the Sonata Plug-

In Hybrid is eligible for a purchase rebate of up to $8,460 under the Ontario Electric Vehicle Incentive Program. Buyers can also receive up to a $1,000 credit for the purchase of a home electric vehicle charging station. The 2017 Sonata Hybrid is engineered to deliver a remarkable hybrid expe-

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in as little as 2.5 hours. The sedan is capable of travelling up to 35 kilometres on electric power alone. And when the battery is depleted, it reverts to a traditional hybrid, running on a full parallel hybrid drive system. The real treat for the Sonata Hybrid is the full-parallel hybrid drive system. It can run on gasoline with its internal-combustion engine, its electric motor, or both. What you get is more optimized power and improved fuel economy. The innovative design of the Sonata Hybrid’s lithium-ion polymer battery sets a new standard for hybrid vehicles. While smaller and lighter than those of its competitors, the class-leading battery features a polymer gel compound, allowing for unmatched packaging flexibility. It is seated below the cargo floor to optimize passenger and cargo space.

While the technology of the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid is impressive, so too is its commitment to driver and passenger safety. Available options include blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, a standard rearview camera, seven standard airbags, and more. For those Canadian winters, the Sonata offers available heated front and rear seats, as well as a heated steering wheel. And on a hot summer day in Southwestern Ontario, cooling off is a breeze with ventilated front seats. No one likes a rough ride, and the Sonata Hybrid delivers just the opposite. The suspension has been geometrically tuned for improved steering response, handling and vehicle stability. This makes for increased comfort on smooth or rough roads.


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2017 Chatham Indoor Car Show

Pacifica offers form, function The Chatham Voice

The Chrysler Pacifica offers it all – comfort, safety and style. This is the most technologically advanced minivan on the market, and the first hybrid-electric vehicle in its class. It all evolved from a clean slate, as designers started from scratch to create a minivan that certainly doesn’t follow conventional beliefs. Putting form and function on display, it all starts with the Pacifica’s aerodynamic profile. As for interior style, Wards AutoWorld Magazine gave it a place on its 10 Best Interiors list. There are up to 243 different seating and cargo configurations. Chrysler’s popular Stow ’n Go seating is incorporated

as well, along with more than 100 safety and security features. In terms of technology, this comfortable ride has Uconnect Theatre, 360-degree Surround-View Camera, a hands-free power liftgate, Alpine- and Harman/ Kardon-powered premium audio systems, and more. In fact, the Pacifica is rated the most technologically advanced minivan in its class. The Uconnect Theatre system is great for those long family rides, or a trip to the grocery store. It features dual 10-inch high-definition touchscreens, and embedded games and apps. As for the liftgate, there’s no need to search for a hidden release under the bumper. With the key fob nearby, simply make

a kick motion under the sliding door or rear bumper and the door or liftgate will open. If you do have a free hand, the button-activated power sliding doors offer an easily accessible second option. Not only does the Pacifica offer the first-ever hybrid minivan, its gas counterpart is all business, topping all competitors in power, towing and highway fuel economy. A class-exclusive ninespeed automatic transmission comes standard in the Pacifica. While this gem delivers, power, fuel-efficiency and elegance inside and out, the 2017 Pacifica is the first minivan to earn a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick award when equipped with optional front crash prevention on models

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Exploring the future of connected cars Special to The Voice

Fans of the “Back to the Future” movie franchise may be disappointed that the film’s prediction that flying vehicles would be commonplace in the 21st century has not yet come to fruition. However, the modern-day automobile is a remarkably far cry from cars and trucks built as recently as 10 years ago. Connected cars have become

incredibly popular as interest in digital content continues to rise. A connected vehicle is one that is equipped with Internet access and typically a wireless local area network. Connected cars can be viewed as a smartphone on wheels. They perform many of the capabilities of other mobile devices, with the vehicle serving as the media hub. General Motors was one of the first manufacturers to pro-

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The Chatham Voice, March 2, 2017  

The March 2, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

The Chatham Voice, March 2, 2017  

The March 2, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.