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Dave Brooks of Goodreau Excavation cuts up a huge tree on Monday that floodwaters along the Thames River deposited on the shoreline near the base of the Third Street Bridge in late February. Ryan Goodreau said all the silt enveloping the tree quickly dulled their chainsaw teeth, which slowed the cleanup process. The provincial government recently announced it has activated its Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians to help Chatham and Thamesville residents who suffered damage during the flood. See story on page 2.


Calls by area MPPs and the members of Water Wells First (WWF) for a health hazard investigation into the effects of drinking water with black shale in it seems to be falling on deaf ears. WWF spokesperson Kevin Jakubec, however, said now that the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has acknowledged their testing results that show the sediment is full of black shale, known to contain heavy metals, they are hopeful they are one step closer to a health hazard investigation. “Last week, our scientific experts for WWF met with the Ministry of the Environment and presented our findings of black shale in the contaminated wells and the ministry accepted those findings and that is a major step forward in having a health hazard investigation started immediately,” Jakubec said. “Premier Wynne told the public two weeks ago at a public meeting in Wind-

sor on the record that the water is safe. But yet now the government has firmly in its hands evidence that black shale is in the water and because black shale is an environmental hazard, the premier cannot say that the water is safe.” Jakubec also said with the premier saying the water is safe, any commercial food preparation using well water with black shale in it is acceptable. However, any food products made with the contaminated water would be in violation of the Federal Food and Drug Act as an adulterated substance. “The premier has to be held accountable for her statements and the only way to do that is to call a health hazard investigation,” he added. “We’ve asked the premier to shut down North Kent Wind 1 project until a health hazard investigation can be completed, to continue to provide water to affected families and newly affected families, to direct the Minister of Health to begin a health hazard investigation.”

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sistance-for-ontarians-program-to-help-residents-affected-by-1.html The province will hold a public information session in the municipality. Details will be released as soon as they are finalized. Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs who toured the flooded areas Monday said, “I commend the hard work and cooperation among local emergency workers, municipal leaders, volunteers and residents to

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At Queen’s Park, when asked by Essex MPP Taras Natyshak about the black shale contamination and a health hazard investigation in February during Question Period, Environment Minister Chris Ballard said that testing was done and, “The Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health confirmed the water particulates do not pose a health risk to residents.” Jakubec and members of WWF, however, said the MOECC refused to collect and test the sediment in the water when well complaints were made last fall, so how can they say the water is safe to drink? WWF initiated and paid for the testing at an accredited lab that confirmed the sediment contained black shale particles in large quantities, that are too small to be caught by filters. Dr. David Colby, the chief medical officer of health for the municipality, when asked on what evidence he based his opinion that the water is safe to drink, gave a detailed response. “The Health Unit only tests for bacteriologic contamination. Black shale is a kind of naturally occurring rock. Rock can contain metals and other potentially toxic substances in its inorganic matrix. The toxicity is determined not by what the shale contains (as Water Wells First contends) but rather by

how much of the toxic cology expert, said the substances are absorbed test for toxic material in by the body,” Colby said particulates is called the in his statement. “Inor- acid digestion test, which, ganic materials like rock Jakubec said, is exactparticles, sand and dirt are ly what happens in our not significantly digest- stomachs and releases ed, and if ingested, pass any heavy metals or toxthrough the ins in the d i g e s t i v e “There are no scientif- particulate. tract with- ically conducted studHe added out releas- ies specifically on the in the saming much, if ingestion of black shale ple of the any, of their and I do not expect any Brooks famtoxic conily well wato be undertaken, but tent. ter at their “ P a r t i c u - the groundwater in the home on lates can be area has always been Brook Line kept out of exposed to black shale in North drinking Kent, the and we are aware of water in the black shale first place no health problems particulates by well attributable to it.” went from screens and - Dr. David Colby 47 counts/ filtering/ ml before settling systems. On the pile driving to 681,939 other hand, if the toxic counts/ml, most of which substances dissolve in were unfilterable bethe water, they are more cause they were under easily absorbed through four microns in size. The the digestive tract. That sheer amount of black is why it is recommend- shale particulate, he said, ed to test the water for means the Brooks would dissolved toxins, not to be drinking and digesting test sediments. Extensive billions of particles each water testing has taken day with toxins in them, place. and until testing is done “These are established on how that much black principles of toxicology. shale can affect the health There are no scientifically of residents, it can’t be deconducted studies specif- clared safe. ically on the ingestion of Colby, however, said black shale and I do not expect any to be undertaken, but the groundwater in the area has always been exposed to black shale and we are aware of no health problems attributable to it.” WWF, in getting information from their toxi-

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that he is aware the WWF experts met with the MOECC and the information doesn’t change anything. “On Feb. 22, 2018, MOECC hydrogeologists met with the hydrogeologist and geologist associated with Water Wells First. I was not there, but ministry staff have reported to me that the Water Wells First technical representatives did not present any new information at that meeting. The laboratory testing completed by both MOECC and North Kent Wind’s technical experts is comprehensive and has allowed for a science-based evaluation of water quality in the project area. The health hazard investigation has been done and reported. The presence of black shale particles is not unexpected and is consistent with the pre-existing water quality and geology of the area,” Colby stated. Colby also said people need to be aware of the small number of wells out of over 500 active wells in the wind farm area whose owners filed complaints, and reiterated that increased sediment can be

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Jim Leveille, a homeowner on Caledonia Line, and Water Wells First spokesperson Kevin Jakubec examine the clogged filter on Leveille’s well pump.

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Flood the downtowns with love The Chatham Voice

The Rotary Club of Chatham is encouraging citizens to show their support for businesses in Chatham and Thamesville affected by the re-

cent flooding along the Thames River. The club’s Flood Our Community with Love initiative will take place March 9 and 10 in downtown Chatham and downtown Thamesville.

“Tania, Fannie and I were talking over the weekend about the devastating flood and how Rotary could help. Our own office building was surrounded by flood waters for several days without

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is current President of the Club. “We wanted to do something that could be rolled out quickly and easily to help the businesses in both the downtown cores that were affected. Let’s get some people in the doors and money in the tills so these businesses can start to recover from this disaster.” People are encouraged to plan a visit to downtown businesses in Chatham and Thamesville on Friday and Saturday this week for a meal, a drink or some shopping to help businesses affected by the floods that hit these communities recently. Many businesses in Chatham that face the river had both basement and main floor damage, including major loss of inventory and property. In Thamesville, while the flood waters did not reach the downtown as predicted, utilities were

shut off to the downtown as a precaution, meaning most businesses were not able to open for several days. “The citizens of Chatham-Kent are generous people and we have always have each others’ back in a crisis. We likely all know someone who was directly impacted by this flood. Let’s help them get back on their feet by paying these local businesses a visit next weekend,” Storey said. Local partners and organizations are welcome to help support and raise awareness about this initiative with their own activities or promotions. The Rotary Club of Chatham would also like to note that businesses on Thames Street on the north side of the Thames River in Chatham were also affected in addition to the businesses on King Street. Please consider them for a visit as well.

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his first lesson. “It’s going to be a fun day. I’m not a fan of heights but I’ll do it for such a good cause,” Hogan said. “The Treatment Centre is a fantastic facility. There are lots of special needs here in Chatham-Kent and this is a chance to help out children and young families and join forces so children can be as successful as possible.” Retro Suites also has a team of five participating and employees Jenna Shaw and Halleigh Lucier helped with the launch, as they eyed the height of the wall they would be repelling down. Grail, who is participating with his son Carson, who receives services from the Treatment Centre, said they are both excited about going “over the edge.” The event is open to people with special needs, including people in wheelchairs as long as they can use their arms and hands. You can support Over the Edge by registering as an “Edger,” sponsoring an Edger, or sponsoring the event. To participate as an Edger, individuals need to raise $1,000, or $1,500 to attach a GoPro to their helmet and take back a copy of their experience. Edgers can build their own Over the Edge donation page to post, share or e-mail to friends and family for easy fundraising. Individuals can register online at or call the Foundation at 519354-0520 ext. 266.

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Your support is requested We’ve said it before but it bears repeating – people of Chatham-Kent may complain and bicker, but throw a crisis at them, and they come together like the closest of families. There was example after example of agencies, organizations and individuals who stepped up during the recent flooding to help the victims and protect property. Municipal employees, fire, police and EMS personnel, Entegrus and Union Gas staff were quick to offer aid and ensure safety. But now that the floodwaters have receded, there is more work to be done, including clean up, assessment of the damage and relief for damage victims. The Chatham Rotary Club has added another step into the process, promoting the area businesses that were damaged by the flood, and encouraging people to visit those stores and shops March 9 and 10. That’s how we do it in Chatham-Kent, and Rotarians are the most recent example of how to do it right. By visiting the businesses hit hard by the flood, you are showing your support and helping them to get on the road to recovery. Sure, some shops may still be closed while they clean up the mess left behind by floodwaters or order new stock, but for those doors that are open this weekend, let’s show our business brethren that we have their backs. Buy a coffee or delicious baked good at Sam’s Percolator, stop in the Satellite for lunch or visit any of the other great downtown stores. Thamesville has some great shops and restaurants that could use a friendly face or two to help them over the rough patch as well. Thanks to Rotary for reminding us that the crisis isn’t quite over yet and that there are still fellow citizens who need our support. These are the businesses that sponsor local teams, find us just the right gift, feed us when we don’t feel like cooking and make our downtown areas community gathering sites. It’s often the case, just like with families, where we can complain about us, but we close ranks and support one another when it really counts. Chatham-Kent always steps up.

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Sharing genes with insects? Sir: Almost everywhere you look, you’ll find one — or dozens — of the six-legged creatures called insects. A wildly diverse bunch, the class Insecta includes ants, fruit flies. bees, beetles and much more. For years I was extremely interested in the study of insects and spiders, but I never conceived fruit flies as being involved in

cell and molecular biology research involving human beings. That’s why I was excited to read Bruce Corcoran’s interview with Taylor Lidster in The Chatham Voice on Feb. 22 (“Learning on the fly”). According to Taylor, fruit flies “are very similar to humans as far as genes, particularly genes that

cause diseases.” Her area of focus is the gastro-intestinal system. When you think of the millions of insects we know about, you’re probably shocked to learn scientists discover 7,100 to 10,000 new insects each year and consider there could be anywhere from one million to 10 million still waiting to

be discovered, you’re probably awestruck. Only God knows the number of unknown insects in this world He created. It’s so wonderful to hear about this Chatham researcher’s work in the field of medical science. She plans on getting a PhD and, later, a professorship. Stephen Beecroft Chatham

Sir: In January, my utility company changed my meter because it was old. OK, no problem with that. After the meter was changed, the technician came into house to light the pilot lights. During his inspection of the appliances, he moved the kitchen stove out to check behind it then shoved it back. Everything seemed OK until

a couple of days later when we went to use the oven. It would not work. We called a repair man and he checked out stove. He could not find anything mechanically wrong with it. Upon further investigation, he noticed the gas valve behind the stove was partially closed. Once he opened valve the oven was

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Jury duty seems unrewarding Sir: I offer encouragement to the Saskatchewan jury after enduring allegations of racism following their decision to acquit Canadian farmer Gerald Stanley in the death of Colten Boushie, in spite of the pressure applied during pre-trial accusations of his guilt. As the jury determined,

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saved everyone much grief. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was clinging to the coattail of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as both undermined the jurors’ duty and decision by their concurring comments stating that we can, must

and have to do better. I would prefer the two of you refrain from your presumptive practice of speaking inclusively on my behalf. As for the jurors, they did just fine. Brock Turner Chatham

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The end of an era at United Way The Chatham Voice

Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, CEO for the United Way of Chatham-Kent, is stepping down this summer. The United Way Board of Directors recently announced she will be retiring in mid-August, after 35 years in the CEO’s office. “This is a bittersweet announcement,” said incoming Board President, Brad Langford, in a media release. “While our organization has benefited tremendously from Karen’s leadership, we acknowledge that it is her desire to become – in her words – a ‘recovering’ CEO and to pursue other interests in retirement.” When asked what the future holds for the retiring CEO, Kirkwood-Whyte noted that her “bucket list” is long ... and includes a number of pur-

suits that will offer her an opportunity to continue to carry the United Way message of hope, strength, joy and belonging to those who need it most. The Board acknowledged Kirkwood-Whyte’s vision and tireless passion and commitment to the organization’s mission, to her community and to those most vulnerable of Chatham-Kent’s citizens. Under her direction, United Way spearheaded the incubation and nurturing of a number of community development initiatives, including Operation Cover-Up (now housed with The Salvation Army), Operation BackPacks, Operation Red Nose (now Home James), the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village, the Prosperity Roundtable, Chatham-Kent Drug

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Strategy, Habitat for Humanity, NeighbourLink, the Women’s Leadership Council, Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network and “The 425,” one of Chatham-Kent’s community service “hubs,” During her tenure, the United Way raised and invested more than $53 million in agencies, pro-

grams and services to build a stronger, safer and more caring community for one in three residents. In keeping with its CEO Continuity Plan, the Board of Directors has established a Transition Committee. Terms of reference will include interviews with community partners, donors, service recipients and funded agencies to confirm that the organization’s strategic plan is “on path” to fulfill its mission. As discussions continue on a future direction for Chatham-Kent’s United Way, the Board of Directors welcomes the public’s input on how the 70-year-old organization can continue to enhance its capacity to improve lives and build community. Although efforts are currently underway to ensure that the CEO’s

responsibilities are temporarily assumed by existing staff members, no firm decisions have yet been made on the appointment of a successor. At the most recent meeting of the organization’s Board of Directors in late February, an overview was provided on how the local charity’s performance compares with United Ways across Canada and with those United Ways of similar market size. United Way Centraide Canada has recently produced a dashboard for United Ways to track their performance against seven key indicators – including such metrics as dollars available per market million, months of unrestricted net assets, cost of fundraising ratio and donors per capita. On all seven metrics, the C-K organization ranked

in the top 30 per cent of the 101 United Ways in Canada (2016). The local United Way ranked eighth in the country in terms of the amount of revenue available for investment per market million and fourth within our market size – signaling the fact that Chatham-Kent is a very generous community. The Board also acknowledged Kirkwood-Whyte’s strong involvement in the voluntary non-profit sector outside of her role as CEO. She served as the first female member of the Rotary Club of Chatham in 1991 and as its President in 2000. She currently serves as a member of the Community Leaders Cabinet and is Co-Chair of the Community Safety and Wellness Committee along with Chief of Police, Gary Conn.

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Brooke Weiss gets behind the wheel of a 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona at the Chatham Indoor Car Show on Saturday. The weekend-long event at the John D. Bradley Centre saw thousands of people check out more than 100 new model vehicles on display. Event organizer Greg Hetherington estimated more than 4,500 people stopped by between Friday and Sunday, making it the biggest crowd ever for the annual event. As well, this year’s show featured a community room, where several local non-profit organizations showcased their services, a number of vendors operated there as well, and a silent auction in that room raised an estimated $2,000.

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Wind symphony Saturday this Chatham concert. The Wind Symphony continues the storied history of the Wayne State band program, including performances at regional and national conferences. It performs a wide variety of repertoire from band classics to the latest in contemporary literature, including premiers by noted composers. Conductor Doug Bianchi is currently in his 19th year as Director of Bands at Wayne State where he also teaches both under-

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Chatham woman wins $500,000 The Chatham Voice

Christy Redding from Chatham won $500,000 with MaxMillions in the Feb. 23, 2017 Lotto Max draw. “I usually play Lotto 6/49 and Pick 3,” Redding said while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up her winnings. “But my boyfriend recently had a dream that I won the lottery so I decided to buy a Lotto Max

ticket as well.” A few days after the draw, Redding remembered she had a ticket to check. “When I handed it to the retailer, the lottery machine froze,” she explained. “My stomach dropped when I realized I won $500,000 – I haven’t slept since!” Redding, a mother of one, plans on using her winnings to purchase a wheelchair-accessible

Ontario a hotbed for human trafficking Continued from page 8

“There is great work being done across the province by steadfast advocates fighting against human sex trafficking. As information is shared and groups come together to co-ordinate their efforts, we develop a better understanding about how serious and widespread this horrific crime really is,” Scott said. There is a lot more that needs to done with implementing Bill 96, Scott said, including protection orders, giving victims the right to sue their traffickers, and Christopher’s

Law, a sex offender registry for people convicted of human trafficking. Nicholls said he is happy to help raise awareness of this issue with Scott. “Human trafficking is a terrible crime that is often undetected and can destroy families and communities. I hope that this meeting will draw attention to this serious issue, so that we can all come together to help put a stop to it. The forum will run March 15 at 7 p.m. at the John Bradley Convention Centre. Everyone is welcome.

home as well as a wheelchair for her granddaughter. “I’ll also finally get my hair done,” she laughed. The winning ticket was purchased at Ann’s Convenience & Video on St. Clair Street in Chatham.

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The incredible Jeff Giles stars as Buddy Holly. A touch of Broadway is coming to Chatham when “Buddy Holly’s Rockin’ Dance Party” headlines at the intimate Chatham Capitol Theatre for a special one night only performance on Saturday, March 17th at 8pm.

pioneer who died in a tragic plane crash on February 3, 1959.

Songs performed by Jeff Giles include Buddy’s biggest hits like “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be the Day”, “Rave On”, “It’s So Easy”, “Oh Boy!”, “Not Fade Away” Direct from Canada’s premier producer of and “True Love Ways” amongst the many musical tribute shows, Bill Culp Productions, audience favourites. this incredible Buddy Holly show features Show producer Bill Culp notes “Jeff Giles the amazing talents of international touring truly captures the look, voice, musicianship artist Jeff Giles, best known for his starring and spirit of Buddy Holly in concert. It’s role in “The Buddy Holly Story”, the official just like being transported back in time to musical show of the legendary Rock & Roll Lubbock, Texas in 1958!”


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Despite having a well that’s only five years old, a Caledonia Line family is without water just days after the numerous wind turbines surrounding their property went into operation. The family property is surrounded by turbines in the North Kent Wind 1 project area and hoped they had escaped any issues with their well water when it was still fine after construction of the turbines began last summer. But last Wednesday, the turbines were put into

operation, and by Sunday, the family had no water thanks to a well pump clogged with sediment. What water they could get if they took off the filter was brown and full of brown and black particles. “Our five-year-old well is plugged up now. We have no water since Sunday and it’s been four days since the turbines began running,” Jim said. “Our pump’s been running non-stop and we’re getting no water.’ “The pump itself is at the bottom and has stainless steel screen around it. They’re telling a lot of people their wells are a hundred years old, rusty and no


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Angela and Jim Leveille show the condition of their well water since the turbines built around their Caledonia Line property started operating. Starting up on a Wednesday, the couple’s well water was brown and the filter clogged with sediments by Sunday at noon. The homeowners now have to go their kids’ homes to shower, do laundry and get drinking water.

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years ago, a loan they are still paying off. “We spent the money and we had perfectly clear water with no problems at all in five years. Now we have no water. Some of the people already affected have been bringing us pails of water so we can at least flush the toilet.” Jim said they had no objection to the project when it was announced, and use solar energy. “You see the solar panel, we are not against green energy and we didn’t know anyone else had problems because those people out in Dover that have problems have a gag order. They can’t tell anybody their situation. We don’t have a gag order, but it’s too late for everybody.” The situation for the couple isn’t getting any better after the complaint process yielded a change in how the wind farm company previously dealt with complaints according to the REA permit process.

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Union Gas donates to IPM 2018 The Chatham Voice

Representatives of Chatham-Kent businesses and organizations gathered Wednesday evening at the Sons of Kent

Brewing Company in Chatham for an Information Night for IPM 2018 Sponsors. They had been invited by local organizers of the 2018 International Plowing Match and Rural

Expo (IPM 2018) and the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA) to learn about potential sponsorship opportunities. The massive public event will be held in Pain Court Sept.

18-22 and will showcase Chatham-Kent’s agriculture, business and tourism sectors. A highlight of the evening was an announcement by UnionT:4.563” Gas that it will contribute $25,000 to

the event as a Gold-level sponsor. Anyone interested in being a sponsor to contact McGrail by e-mail at or telephone 519-352-9480.

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Union Gas Manager of Community Investment Marian Redford (front, second from left) presents $25,000 to IPM 2018 as a Gold-level sponsor. She was joined in the presentation by members of the IPM 2018 Sponsorship Committee, from left: Chris Webb, Bridgit Jones (back, left), Redford, James Dow, Jamie McGrail, and Courtney Wells.

Couple searches for water help Change clearly does not take the concerns of our community serious at all.” For the Leveilles, they get emotional when asked what they plan to do now. “I don’t what we’re going to do; I don’t know if anyone is going to help us. I feel like the ministry has abandoned us; our province doesn’t care,” Angela said while fighting back tears. Jim said Otter Creek people are going to be the next ones, with that project almost through provincial permit process. “If our own government not helping us, what are we supposed to do? They’re the ones we voted in to help us. We have a right to clean water but they don’t care. Do you see them here today?” Jim noted. “I can live without electricity. It would be hard but I could do it. I can’t live without water,” Angela added. “This is my home, my paradise and now what? I had to take time off work to figure out how to get water.

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“On March 1, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) management e-mailed the Leveille family informing them that the MOECC is interpreting the REA permit conditions imposed on Samsung and Pattern, the majority joint shareholders of North Kent Wind in an inconsistent manner,” Water Wells First representative Kevin Jakubec said Monday. “This new ministry interpretation of the REA permit written conditions is completely inconsistent with how the ministry oversaw temporary water was provided to a number of families during the construction phase of North Kent Wind. Jakubec added this MOECC management decision places every single family in the North Kent Wind farm at the immediate expense and hardship of scrambling to find temporary water while the consulting engineer firm works on their opinion report to the Ministry. “To say this is unfair and bias is an understatement,” Jakubec said. “The Ministry of Environment and Climate

I have to lose money for a problem we didn’t have anything to do with.” The couple anticipates that they now will have to spend thousands more dollars to test the water just to prove it is contaminated with sediment. “I just wish the people we voted in would help us. That’s all I wish. I pay my taxes,” Jim said.

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Home of the $3 watch battery 131 Park Ave. E., Chatham • 519-354-4127 Thursday, March 8, 2018 • The 58th Annual Lenten Noon Hour Interdenominational Service at Christ Church, 80 Wellington St. W., Chatham (beside the bus depot) beginning at 12:10pm-12:35pm, followed by a sandwich luncheon in the parish hall. The theme this year is “A Closer Walk. A Journey into Spiritual Disciplines”. The speaker will be the The Rev. Albert Lambkin, First Baptist Church of Chatham. Free will offering to help Outreach within our community. • Open euchre at 1:00pm at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Friday, March 9, 2018 • The Chatham Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists is sponsoring an Organ Concert at 7:00pm at St. Andrew’s Church, 85 William St. S., Chatham. Free will offering will be held. Nationally renowned organist Tammy-Jo Mortensen will perform on the great 3 manual Casavant organ. The concert is titled “Influences” including pieces by Bach, Mendelssohn, Buxtehude and many more. • Blessed Sacrament Knights of Columbus Fish Fry from 5:00pm6:30pm. Perch or Pickerel Dinner with all the fixings for only $16. Children 7-13 $7. Children under 6 free. Macaroni and cheese dinners also available for $5. Tickets at the parish office St. Agnes/Blessed Sacrament Parish Cluster office, 52 Croydon St., Chatham. 519-352-9370.

Cost $7.00 per plate for adults. $4.00 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under free. Monday, March 12, 2018 • Open euchare at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, March 13, 2018 • Love to sing and want to be blessed each week? Come and celebrate all things musical with Jubilee Chorus, a multi-faith, interdenominational choir. No experience necessary, no auditions required! 7:30pm-9:30pm at St. Andrew’s United church (85 William St., Chatham) Call 519-397-3318 for info. • Open euchre, 2 person team euchre and shuffleboard at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm, 2 person team euchre $5/person. Registration at 6:30pm, play at 7:00pm. Open shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • Blood Donor Clinic at the Spirit and Life Centre - St. Joseph site from 1:00pm-7:00pm. New Donors & Walk Ins Welcome!


• Music with the Roses at 2:00pm at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Cha-

• Veteran Affairs Canada 9:30am-11:30am. Pepper and fun darts at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm, darts at 7:30pm.

• Hot & Tasty 5pc Perch Dinner at the Royal Canadian Merlin Legion BR 465. $12.50/person. Children 12 & under 1/2 price.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 • Open euchre at 1:00pm at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham.

• Meal, open darts and Catch the Ace at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm only with choice of roast beef, fish and chips or turkey dinner. Catch the Ace is 3:00pm-6:00pm and you must be present to win. Open darts at 7:30pm.

Free after-school tutoring! Tuesdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm (sessions run for a half hour) First Reformed Church, 632 Lacroix St., Chatham. 519-354-8257. Call Betty 519-354-8902 for more info.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 • Saturday Morning Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious nutritious breakfast served free of charge every Saturday morning from 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome. • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Dance 4:30pm9:30pm featuring Unity. Sunday, March 11, 2018 • Bingo from 2:00pm-4:00pm sponsored by the Ridgetown Legion Ladies Auxiliary BR 243, 75 Main St. E., Ridgetown. $10 admission includes 4 cards, jackpot $200. • St. Joseph’s K of C Council #10436 Breakfast from 9:00am-12:30pm at the Spirit & Life Centre (St. Joseph’s Site) 184 Wellington St West., Chatham. We are serving all you can eat buffet with 2 meats, hash browns, scrambled eggs, French toast or pancakes, toast & fruit cocktail.

Register Now! Winter/Spring Social Skills Program for Elementary Students. Small group skills session. Wednesdays March 21 - May 23, 2018. Winter/Spring Secondary School Transitioning Program. A transition program for students grades 7-9. Thursdays March 22-May 24, 2018. Friends for Life is a program to help build emotional skills. Thursdays March 22 - May 24, 2018. For pre-registration and information call LDA of Chatham-Kent at 519-352-2024. CK Metal Detecting Club. Last Thursday of the month. Erickson Arena. 7:00pm. Guests welcome. Free Mindful Meditation classes! Everyone Monday and Wednesday 10:45-11:15pm by Yoga Glow Studio, 21 McKeough Ave. (inside Balance), Chatham. By donation to New Beginnings ABI & Stroke Recovery Association, Chatham-Kent. Everyone welcome, no experience required. Submit your coming events to or

Let the music do the talking As I type this, my daughter is listening to some loud rap music in the other room. I can’t help but smile. She and I have so much in common, yet we’re so different, generationally. She loves rap, R&B and pop music, but also appreciates some classic rock. But being a competitive dancer, the emphasis is on hip-hop and R&B. What we share in common is a love of music. As many readers know, I like rock ’n’ roll. I purchased my first album as a young boy. It was an Elvis Presley record (do you think my mother had any influence over that one?). Next up came the Beatles’ Second Album, a record I still have to this day. From the Beatles, I expanded to the Rolling Stones, Edgar Winter Group, and then onto Kiss. Yes, Kiss. Great gimmick band, and they rocked hard. They were my favourite group for years. I’ve long loved rock music, as you can see. As for my daughter, she’s long loved music as well. From an early age, she enjoyed listening to our music around the house and in the car. She watched some concert videos with me as well, even choosing AC/DC’s No Bull as her preferred concert DVD, over the likes of Michael Jackson and a host of other pop artists. That was many a year ago, and I’m pretty certain if she had a do over, Angus and the boys would lose out. What is it about youth and music? As a teenager, I used music as a multi-layered form of therapy. It was medicinal: I’d listen to tunes to pump me up, calm me down, or to just chill out. When in university, I took to blasting Judas Priest’s Hot Rockin’ before writing an exam (to mixed results). To this day, whenever I hear that song (not often enough), I have to turn it up. Pink Floyd, Yes and early Genesis, were perfect options for chilling out – long prog rock tunes and great musicianship. There was never any shortage of high-energy music (never disco or country or rap for me, however), just like my girl has no shortage of hip hop options for her today. Yes, we listen to vastly different music for the most part. But we share the love of a good tune, well-written lyrics, and music that moves us (however different that music is). While we both love music, we obviously have vastly different beliefs on what is really good music. I used to make fun of a lot of the songs she listened to, but these days, I’m trying to take the time to listen to them a little more closely rather

Bruce Corcoran than just pooh-poohing them (I still don’t like rap, but there are artists who are darned good at their craft). It’s another way of paying attention to a sweet teenager who will all too soon be an adult. And my appreciation to her tunes has left her with more of an open mind when it comes to my stuff. I recently asked her if she’d ever heard of the band Billy Talent, which she hadn’t, but she had heard their song Rusted from the Rain and agreed it was a good tune. Sure, we have our audio differences. I still don’t think a record player is a musical instrument (it is meant to play in one direction!) and prefer vocalists to actually sing instead of talk (Lou Reed notwithstanding). I hope she develops various audio triggers, where a certain song or band reminds her of a particular experience (Surfer Bird by the Trashmen, for instance, always reminds me of our time boating on the TrentSevern Waterway, and Doug & The Slugs will forever remind me of my late friend Glenn Kyle). I like longer tunes and guitar, while my kid, who dances in three-minute spurts, seems more attuned to the shorter offerings with a strong beat. We like what we like. The commonality is music. And sarcasm. She’s really good at sarcasm. I created that monster. On the barbie

OK, I’ve been away from my Big Green Egg for far too long. That changed recently, in a simple manner. I had planned on getting back into the grilling swing of things by doing up some burgers Monday night. But Mary Beth wanted some chicken kebabs. No problem. I’d just cook both. But when she dropped the aforementioned teen off from school and asked her to take the aforementioned meats out of the freezer, said teenager requested salmon. Some folks would cook one item one night, the next item for the following evening, and the third for yet another evening. As for me, I did them all in one go. Well two cookings in one night, as I ran out of space on the barbecue for all the food. But that just meant more time outdoors, with the music playing and a cool beverage in hand.





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Kinsmen club provided a free breakfast Feb. 24 at the Shepherd’s Way Inn, as well as providing many Tim Horton’s customers with a toonie to pay for their coffee on that day.

The Chatham Kinsmen club wants to thank everyone who supports all the fundraisers and events that they do throughout the year, including selling fireworks,

the annual Kinsmen Fair (this year June 7-10) and other draws and raffles. Without this community’s ongoing support, they could not provide funds to breakfast programs,

minor sports, and other community organizations that require funding. Check out their website at for events and other information.


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In Memoriam

Loving Memories Forever of Kevin Wm. Reginald Allison Born August 8, 1961 - Passed February 28, 2017 Time is not measured by the years that you live, But by the deeds that you do and the joy that you give And each day as it comes brings a chance to each one To love to the fullest, leaving nothing undone So what does it matter how long we may live, If as long as we live we unselfishly give. Love is like magic and it always will be, For love still remains life’s sweet mystery! Love works in ways that are wondrous and strange. And there’s nothing in life that love cannot change! Love can transform the most commonplace, into beauty and splendor and sweetness and grace! Love is unselfish, understanding, and kind, For it sees with its heart and not with its mind! Love gives and forgives, there is nothing too much, for love to heal with its magic touch! Love is the language that every heart speaks, for love is the one thing that every heart seeks! Always & Forever in our Hearts and sadly missed by Mother Margaret, Brother James, Sisters Maichelle, Cindy, Glenda & Valerie. “Our Children Are A Gift From God”

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The Chatham Voice, March 8, 2018  

The March 8, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

The Chatham Voice, March 8, 2018  

The March 8, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.