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A recent decision by an Ontario arbitrator should finally lead to closure for the former workers at Chatham’s now-levelled Navistar plant. Rick MacLean, president of Unifor Local 127, said the phones are ringing off the hook at the office following the Feb. 28 decision by arbitrator Owen Shime who ruled in favour of the union, which had been fighting for severance and pensions from the company for Unifor Local 35 and 127 employees who were laid off when the facility closed in July of 2011. The company had dragged its feet on even paying out severance in accordance with the province’s Employment Standards act. According to Unifor personnel, the decision is a victory for the workers and their families. “I’m overjoyed that the members are getting what they are due,” Rick MacLean, president of Unifor Local 127 said. “We can put this behind us. This will be beneficial

to Chatham-Kent. This will be an influx of dollars into the community.” The majority of those dollars will come from the severance package, as most of the pension money will still be tied up in locked-in retirement investment plans, MacLean said. “A lot of the pension money, the members, unless they are over 55, can’t touch it,” he said. “Severance is actual money in the worker’s hand. You can do what you want with that money.” MacLean said Navistar’s foot dragging has gotten the company nowhere. “We’ve won every battle against Navistar so far in the courts and in arbitration,” he said. “It’s been seven years.” “We were in the courts three or four times regarding the pension. They ruled in favour of the union every time. This was the first thing regarding severance,” MacLean added. Timing for the payout of severance and pension should be about two months, MacLean said. Continued on page 2

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The Employment Standards In terms of the pension ele- Act provides for severance to ment, letters are being sent out those who have greater than in mid-March, and severance five years employment with should be paid the corporation. out by the end of “Some of the bigMacLean said April. the actions of the ger corporations are Workers will get company made willing to spend that one week of sevlittle sense. erance pay based kind of money to try to “It was absoupon regular save a dime, and take lutely ridiculous. wages for each away money from the There was no year of service, employees who were reason for it,” he to a maximum said. “The memof 26 weeks. This dedicated to them.” bers should have award will be - Rick MacLean, Local 127 received their applicable to the money within a estates of deceased members in couple of months of closure. both Locals 35 and 127. If Navistar had wanted to apContinued from page 1

peal, then pay the members the minimum required and then appeal.” Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Rick Nicholls said he is thrilled that six years after Navistar moved on from Chatham, former employees and their families can finally move on as well. “Navistar employees and Unifor fought long and hard to win this pension battle. Navistar moved on from Chatham and we can finally move on as well,” Nicholls said in a release. MacLean doesn’t believe Navistar fought the pension and severance funding because

of the labour dispute in 2002, which saw no shortage of tension on the picket line, as the company brought in replacement workers at the heavy truck plant. “Some of the bigger corporations are willing to spend that kind of money to try to save a dime, and take away money from the employees who were dedicated to them,” he said. “This is just, in my opinion, the type of corporation that we were dealing with, that they had every intention of fighting it.” MacLean admitted that despite it all – the labour dispute

in 2002, the eventual plant shut down in 2009, followed by its outright closure in 2011, and demolition two years later, plus the battle over pension and severance – should Navistar somehow come back to Chatham, people would line up to work there again. “They were good-paying jobs. People were able to afford a nice house, nice cars, and send their kids to school,” he said. “Nowadays, you have to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet. I’d say people would go back and work for them.”

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NDP boss visits farm to discuss hydro rates Scot and Cheryl Ryckman would like to double the size of their Highgate-area quail farm. But they can’t. Sky-high hydro bills are crippling their expansion plans. “This is lost business for the province,” a frustrated Scot said at the couple’s Nipissing Game Farm recently. It’s also threatening the Rycksman’s dream of passing the family business onto their two young children. “We love the rural life and we’d love them to take it over,” Cheryl explained. NDP leader Andrea Horwath got a firsthand look at the Ryckman’s plight last week as part of a pro-

vincial tour to examine the effects of skyrocketing electricity bills on rural Ontario. If elected in 2018, Horwath has promised an electricity rate rollback of 30 per cent. Horwath says farmers like the Ryckmans are in dire need of relief from skyrocketing power charges. The Ryckmans paid $6,862 for electricity last month, up from $1,936 in February 2014. The fee for actual power used amounts to only about a third of the bill. The electricity bill totals are staggering. In 2016, the game farm’s power bill for the entire year was a whopping $77,600, mushrooming from $26,400 just two years prior.

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NDP leader Andrea Horwath, left, talks hydro with Scot and Cheryl Ryckman, owners of Nipissing Game Farm near Highgate. The couple says their business is being squeezed by costly electricity fees faced by rural Ontario.

Horwath says it’s a classic example of what’s happening across rural Ontario. “All around the province, people can’t pay their bills,” Horwath explains. “Farmers are being threatened … this is not sustainable.” Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are squarely to blame, the leader notes. The government’s support for the 2009 Green Energy Act — along with privatizing

30 per cent of publically owned Hydro One — has created a costly nightmare in Ontario. The Ryckmans agree. The farm — which processes close to 2.5 million birds per year — is the sole Canadian producer and is doing a brisk business in the U.S. and Canada. “We’re selling into midJune,” Cheryl said, adding they would like to increase production, but

those are “extra costs I just can’t incur right now.” Additionally, Cheryl Ryckman says, Nipissing Game Farm is the only Health Canada sanctioned quail plant in the country. It’s also the only operation to produce Halal meat for the burgeoning Islamic population. Quail is considered a Muslim delicacy and is extremely popular for holidays and special oc-

casions. The Halal meat tradition dictates the birds must be killed by a fellow Muslim using a customized cutting method. Cheryl says the company can’t meet the demand, even though they’ve raised prices to combat the electricity overhead. “We could double our Halal sales,” she explains, but “all of our funds are going to hydro.”

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Horwath talks hydro in Highgate Continued from page 3

With close to 80 full and part-time workers, Nipissing is a major employer in east Chatham-Kent. Cheryl says another 30-40 jobs could be added if the Ryckmans could expand. It’s not like they haven’t tried to cut costs. Scot has spent $30,000 on stateof-the-art equipment, and while he’s managed to drop usage by 40 per cent, the bill continued to climb. “Everything is brand new,” Scot says of the processing plant that was updated only two years ago. “We’ve done as much as we can do.” Rural Ontarians have been put at a distinct disadvantage, Horwath said. Unlike their urban counterparts, they must pay fees to deliver power. Add-on fees are another problem, she explains, as consumers must pay a global adjustment charge. The adjustment charge serves to fund Green Energy contracts, Horwath says, leaving hydro customers on the hook subsidizing private hydro producers, well above the actual cost of producing the electricity.

For the Ryckman’s, the global adjustment charge comprised nearly $2,500 on their latest bill and delivery costs were approximately $2,000. Horwath says an NDP government would bring the kilowatt per hour rate down to 10.3 cents, as opposed to the current inflated 18-cent price tag. The NDP would also reverse the privatization of Hydro One, and break current Green Energy contracts, paying them out if necessary. According to Horwath, her party will also stop the excess production of hydro in the province, to halt the sale of power to out-of-province that are getting it at bargain basement rates. Horwath says high hydro rates are damaging Ontario’s future. “People are feeling they’re not able to build a good life here anymore. Hydro isn’t a luxury,” she said. “People need it to survive.” In an ironic turn of events, on the same day Horwath visited Chatham-Kent, the Wynne government announced it a 25-per-cent cut to hydro rates.

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A win for the workers Unifor says it’s over, and members of Locals 127 and 35, the folks who toiled in Navistar’s heavy truck plant for years, are breathing easier these days. But after Unifor, the union representing the former workers of the plant, won the arbitration battle over severance, and saw another victory in the quest to get these people their hard-earned pension dollars, shouldn’t everyone pinch themselves? Forgive our skepticism, but Navistar is very impressive at foot dragging. This is a company that tried to fight to give out less money in severance than what the Ontario Employment Standards Act says is the guaranteed minimum. The company and its employees paid into the pension fund for years, and Navistar tried everything it could to lighten the pot. So are they really done fighting? Have the toes on their boots worn out with all the foot dragging to the point that in two months’ time, the workers can finally consider the messy divorce complete? We hope so. At pretty much every turn, the employees were the victims in the dirty divorce, and all of Chatham-Kent suffered. Navistar shut the plant in 2009, announced its official closure two long years later, then levelled the factory in 2011, and delayed financial matters for six more years before the latest round of union victories. Remember, the union had won in the courts and in the boardroom at every level in the fight for pension funding and severance. Yet Navistar still held out. If this is truly the end, the people of Chatham-Kent can now bid good riddance to the truck manufacturer. Granted, the well-paying factory jobs are still missed locally – when you have hundreds of people earning very solid wages, it has a positive spinoff effect on the entire community – but in the end, Navistar was not a good corporate citizen. Chasing the almighty dollar sent the company to Mexico to build trucks, ones that weren’t of the same quality that were once built here. With Donald Trump in office and apparently at odds with Mexico over most everything, as well as a stronger U.S. dollar these days, one can only wonder if Navistar regrets leaving Chatham. Well, at least the workers can apparently move forward from this point. They can use severance to pay off bills, purchase new items, or squirrel away for the future. And they can soon sleep better knowing their pensions are now squared away. We hope.

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Water issue no laughing matter Sir: Recently in the local media, Kevin Jakubec of Water Wells First was quoted as saying, “Wesley was one of the councillors who laughed at deputations being made by families with contaminated water at a council meeting. How can you trust a councillor that laugh’s at his constituent’s plight?” Here are the facts. All of Chatham-Kent’s council meetings are videotaped and available for public viewing. The meeting in question took place on

Aug. 22, 2016 and it is available on the Chatham-Kent website if you look under council meetings. We invite you to view it and draw your own conclusions. We have. It has been reviewed by independent people and all of their conclusions are the same. There is absolutely no evidence either visually, behaviour wise, reaction wise or on audio to support any of the claims made. We are not sure what

they saw or thought they saw, but it was not councillors laughing at them. In my heart I really thought that I was trying to help well water owners outside of Wallaceburg in a ward I do not represent. I was doing this because I know a lot of people who are personally affected. I offered up a solution that I sincerely thought would help. As a councillor “on their side,” I am still bewil-

dered as to why all of this has happened. The issue of poor water wells in Chatham Kent is a serious issue and one we need to focus on. I continue to support local water well owners and will continue to help in the best way that I can. A heart felt thank you to all of the supportive comments, calls and e-mails my family and I have received during this very unfortunate ordeal. Jeff Wesley Wallaceburg

Seeking lowest hydro costs not easy Sir: Re: “MPP takes aim at energy costs,” in the March 2 Chatham Voice. Last fall, the federal government announced its plan to fight climate change that will soon see the entire country covered by a carbon price. Within that framework, Ontario is moving forward with our Climate Change Action Plan, which includes

putting a cap on the amount of emissions businesses can release into the atmosphere. We’re taking this approach because it guarantees greenhouse gas reductions at the cheapest price possible for families and businesses Working closely with industrial emitters, home

and building associations and environmental groups, we developed the Climate Change Action Plan which includes incentives for electric vehicles, home and building energy retrofits and support for business to purchase new equipment to lower their greenhouse gas emissions.

We must, by law, transparently reinvest every dollar collected to support up to $1.9 billion per year in green projects that fight climate change. We have recently met with the Ontario Green House Alliance, where we had a great discussion about how we can help support their sector.

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Jerome Quenneville can remove the “interim” from his title as vice-president and chief financial officer at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Quenneville served a similar role at St. Joseph’s Hospital from 1988 to 1996 and at CKHA from 1996 to 2004. The alliance also announced Lisa Northcott will hold the interim position of vice-president and chief nursing executive. Quenneville’s appointment as CFO follows an external executive search conducted by the search firm Waterhouse Partners. Through this search process, CKHA considered a number of prospective candidates and selected Quenneville, who has been serving in this role on an interim basis since

November 2016. CKHA officials say Quenneville brings extensive executive experience having served as President and CEO at the Sault Area Hospital and at the Wellington Health Care Alliance. “I am honoured to join the organization and champion the health-care needs of our community,” Quenneville said in a release. “I look forward to collaborating with CKHA’s dynamic team while ensuring that we add value and accountability to the health system.” Northcott brings a solid knowledge of CKHA having worked here for 29 years. She is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in nursing and has held numerous positions in the organization including staff nurse, profession-

al practice, nursing unit fosters a shared owner- pointments and express release. “Both Lisa and manager, and most recent- ship for the organization’s my appreciation for their Jerome bring exceptionly director of quality, ef- success.” commitment to CKHA,” al leadership skills and a fectiveness and inter-pro“I congratulate both said Ken Deane, President deep loyalty to the organifessional practice. individuals on their ap- and CEO (Interim) in a zation.” “I’m looking forward to partFifth Street Bridge nering with CKClass Environmental Assessment Study HA’s dedicated and caring team Notice of Review of Design Options of staff and physicians as we The Fifth Street Bridge crossing the Thames River in downtown Chatham was constructed in the work to achieve 1930s and has undergone numerous repairs and rehabilitations. The bridge has reached the end of our shared goal its useable service life. Dillon Consulting Limited was retained by Chatham-Kent to undertake a Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine the best long term of providing safe, strategy for the bridge. timely, respectful, accessible, A Public Information Centre was held February 9, 2017 to present the recommended alternative and high quality care design for the bridge. It is recommended the existing superstructure (bridge deck, girders and to the patients we railings) be replaced and the existing piers and abutments be repaired. This alternative will serve,” Northcott significantly extend the lifespan of the bridge and makes efficient use of existing bridge components said in a release. that still have useful life. It will also cost less than a new bridge. “I am passionThe study is also recommending modifications to the configuration of traffic lanes across the bridge, ate about buildextending south to the King Street intersection. The recommendations include one northbound and ing a workplace two southbound lanes across the bridge, with shared bike lanes. The Fifth Street/King Street West culture that prointersection will also be reconfigured to include north and southbound left turn lanes and shared motes engagethrough/right turn lanes. New traffic signals will be installed to meet accessibility standards. ment and a true partnership beThe Class EA study will be completed in late-March and the report will be available for public tween staff and review. Subject to approvals, construction is anticipated to start in the spring of 2017. physicians that

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Through the Climate Change Action Plan, we have committed $115 million to supporting the retrofit of agricultural facilities, including greenhouses. These investments will help families and businesses reduce costs and make the switch to non-polluting choices easier and less expensive. We’re taking this approach because it guarantees emission reductions at the cheapest price possible, unlike Patrick Brown and the PC Party’s carbon tax, which would cost families four times more without guaranteeing any reductions. Third-party experts EnviroEconomics have confirmed this, showing Brown’s scheme would cost

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households up to $600 per year. We know that the longer we wait to act on climate change, the more it will cost us. Canadian business leaders agree, recently penning an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau calling the global shift to a low-carbon economy a “major economic opportunity and a vital environmental responsibility for Canada.” The signees are a who’s who of Canadian business, labour and environmental leaders, including CEOs, executives and reps from companies like Suncor, Shell and Cenovus Energy. Being a leader puts Ontario in the best position for long-term economic growth, allowing us to benefit from the opportunities

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Due to outside interest,the municipality put its economic development offices building on Grand Avenue up for sale.

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For sale: One economic development building. Stuart McFadden, acting director of economic development for the mu-

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the municipality is reviewing the offers to see what is the best fit. McFadden said wherever the economic development department winds up in the future, it must be accessible. “We’ll be in a place that will be easy for people to access. The small business centre is very busy, so we’ll need to be in a place where everything is readily available,” he said. “But finding us a home, I think will take care of itself.”

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Inconsistent well water tests concern well group AECOM test results far different than that of private testing By Mary Beth Corcoran mary@chathamvoice.com

Baseline water well testing being conducted for well owners in the North Kent Wind 1 wind turbine project area has members of Water Wells First very concerned. At a press conference recently, WWF spokesperson Kevin Jakubec showed the media results of the well testing done by wind farm consultant AECOM on the well water of Larry Meyerink, whose property is in the project area. The report back from AECOM to Meyerink said his well water exceeded

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Water Wells First is encouraging water well owners to install a sediment trap on their pumps, like the one shown on Marc St. Pierre’s pump, to collect sediment samples for the hydrogeologist WWF has hired to provide in-depth analysis of the particulates that meets chain of custody requirements that can be upheld in a court of law.

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being done,” he added. bidity of water, the highChecking on the tur- er the number, the greater bidity of the wells being the number or particles in tested, one of which was the water. Jakubec’s own well, he “I’m not the only one. said AECOM is using a There has been an inportable turbidity read- consistency in testing at er, but not individual consistently “If the results from farm wells at all homes AECOM field parameand we according have had ter test for turbidity and to the feedcomplaints back from private lab testing con- about it well own- sistently don’t match, come in ers. we will ask the Ministry to WWF,” He also of the Environment to Jakubec exsaid when plained. strike them from the his well When reswas tested record.” idents are by AECOM - WWF’s Kevin Jacubec signing the on Jan. 23, field paramthe portable reader gave eter test document, Jakuback a reading of 31.0 bec is advising people to NTU, the units used to ask for a copy of that docmeasure turbidity. Yet ument to be given back when he gets his water with the testing results tested weekly by a pri- from AECOM so they can vate accredited lab in have a record of it. Windsor, his results just “The well owner should a week later came back at be able to obtain a re0.4 NTU, a huge discrep- cord and have the right ancy in numbers. The AE- to challenge if there is a COM remarks on the clar- discrepancy and have the ity of the water however, file changed to show it said it appeared clear and was challenged,” Jakubec odourless. said. “If the results from When Jakubec asked the AECOM field parametechnician at his proper- ter test for turbidity and ty about the discrepancy, private lab testing conhe said he was told the sistently don’t match, we portable readers weren’t will ask the Ministry of always accurate. His own the Environment to strike testing has come back them from the record.” consistently between 0.1 “We want to make sure and 0.4 NTU. With tur- there are no biases and

we are concerned there is one with AECOM. Why are they using a portable field tester for turbidity in some cases instead of just collecting samples of testing?” He said the concern among well owners is that the wind turbine company is trying to make it look like wells are already bad before any pile driving begins. The biggest question for WWF right now, its spokesperson said, is if North Kent Wind 1 pile drives (anticipating 15,000 piles for the entire project) to put in the turbines, will wells go bad, and if the first two do go bad, will the project be shut down? Jakubec said that is a question he would like Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to answer. He also intends to ask that question of Samsung, a partner with Pattern Energy in the North Kent Wind project. Jakubec has plans to travel to the North Kent Wind offices next week, which happen to be on the second floor of the Samsung building in Mississauga. “I am taking our concerns directly to them, and hope they have concerns as well,” Jakubec said.


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Pet Expo returns this weekend By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

Chatham-Kent’s furry friends are welcome at the John D. Bradley Centre this weekend at the second annual Southwestern Ontario Pet Expo. The expo takes place Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and free to children 13 and under. Pets can be pampered on site, while pet owners and animal enthusiasts will have plenty of booths, displays and shows to experience. “”We’ve got Hands On Exotics (an exotic animal rescue out of Toronto) coming in this year,” organizer Connie Beneteau said. “Last year, we had a lot of snakes and bugs and tarantulas. This year, we’ll have a small kangaroo. They’ll be doing

presentations as well, discussing exotic animals.” On top of that, there will be a trickster pig and dogs performing. For the pets, there’s the free course for dogs, available throughout the expo. There is also healing touch for pets and nail trimming at no cost other than admission to the expo. If you like to dress up your pet, be sure to enter the best dressed contests during the weekend, Beneteau said. After the inaugural event was well attended, Beneteau said doing it again this year was a no brainer. “It was so well received that there was no question about doing it this year,” she said, adding about 800 people attended last year. “I’d expect to see about the same number of people turn out this year.” Last year’s event was just a one day affair, but

this time around, there’s the added Friday night element, she said. Beneteau said her business partner, Mark Gross, believed Chatham was missing a winter indoor event for pets and their owners, so they began planning the inaugural expo in late 2015. “We didn’t have any pet expo locally. It started with Dog Lover Days in Tecumseh Park,” she said of the idea. “We thought we’d spread it out to encompass other pets.” If it’s domesticated and has fur, bring it down to the expo. Ditto for feathers, and even scales. Money raised from the event goes to a number of animal rescue groups, including Motor City Greyhound Rescue, Pet and Wildlife Rescue, C-K Animal Rescue, Love Animal Rescue, and Little Friends Animal Rescue, Beneteau said.

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Dwight Coughlin, a member of the Montreal Shriners Hospital Board of Managers, sends a rock down the ice at the third annual Ethan’s Toques & Mittens Bonspiel at the Chatham Granite Club recently.

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Eighty Curlers from across Ontario and as far away as Ohio took part in the third annual Ethan’s Toques & Mittens Bonspiel at the Chatham Granite

Club recently. The event raises money for the Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada in Montreal. This year, the bonspiel raised more than $4,800. That’s up about

$500 from last year’s total, organizer Judy Hobbs said. The winning team was The Pebble Pushers - Matt McKay, Mike, McKay, Colin McKay, John Young Jr.

Colin McKay is hooked on curling, and he’s not alone. Colin, 8, has been curling for just four months, but he seems to be a natural at it. He and fellow Chatham Granite Club junior curling member Hannah Lethbridge each won provincial honours at the Ontario finals of the hit, tap, draw competition in Cobourg recently in the aged six to eight category. For Colin, the fun comes when he lands a shot. “Getting it in the button!” he said when asked what he loves most about his newfound sport. As for Lethbridge, another first-year curler, she loves sliding out of the hack when taking a shot. Continued on page 15

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Colin McKay and Hannah Lethbridge took provincial honours recently at the Ontario hit, tap and draw competition for the six to eight year old category. Evan Suk, right, placed well in the nine to 11 age group.

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Hockey players help serve up flapjacks at local school in celebration of start of Lent By Mary Beth Corcoran mary@chathamvoice.com

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Chatham Junior B Maroon players Austin Thompson, left and Alec Mackenzie served up pancakes to a Grade 6 class for Mardi Gras at Ecole Ste. Marie on Tuesday. Students Ryan Tetrault, left, Ella-Belle Barton and Sydney Mailloux, right, lined up to meet the players and celebrate Fat Tuesday, the traditional beginning to the Catholic season of Lent.

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When asked if she wants to curl for years to come, her response was an enthusiastic, “Yeah!” Meanwhile, Evan Suk, 9, placed well in the competition again this year. It’s his third year on the pebbled ice. He said his

favourite part of curling is being the skip. Matt McKay, Colin’s father, said the young curlers really have a love of the game. “The enthusiasm is incredible,” he said. “Colin would play every day if he could.”

Members of the Chatham Jr. B Maroons made the day of students at Ecole Ste. Marie in Chatham on Tuesday, serving pancakes for the school’s Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) festivities and signing autographs. Six of the players from the team made the visit, including Maroons Assistant Captain Austin Thompson. Taking a break before the playoffs started against St. Thomas, Thompson said going out into the community is something the players enjoy doing. “Last year, we went into some of the schools and read to the kids. The guys love it. It’s good for the kids and good for us,” Thompson said. Getting a warm welcome from the students, the players were outside for recess before serving pancakes and ended up signing autographs, something Thompson said they were happy to do. The Maroons have been big supporters of causes such as wearing a

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And the cat came back ... 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. • 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 Genealogy 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 http://kent.ogs.on.ca/ • 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. Saturday, March 11, 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! • East Side Pride BINGO at 6:45pm at the WISH Centre. $10 at the door and extra cards $1. • 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 Don & Bonnie. Sunday, March 12, 2017 • Bingo at BR.243 Royal Canadian Legion, Ridgetown. Sponsored by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Entry fee $10. Includes 4 cards. Jackpot $20. • St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus Council #10436 is holding a breakfast from 9:00am12:30pm at the Spirit & Life Centre (St. Joseph’s Site), 184 Wellington St. West, Chatham. All you can eat buffet with 2 meats, hash browns, scrambled eggs, french toast or pancakes, toast & fruit cocktail. $7.00 per plate for adults and $4.00 for children 6-12. 5 and under are free. Monday, March 13, 2017 • Join the Blenheim, Merlin, Dresden, Thamesville and Chatham branches of the CKPL for “Ty-READ-asaurus Rex” March Break programs all week long. Visit www.ckpl.ca for week long events. • Maker Fun Factory March Break Camp . . celebrating how each of us is created our own unique way with a special purpose. For kids in grades JK-6. 9:00am-4;00pm (extended care available) www.gregorydrive.com. • Senior Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St, Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 • Open euchre, shuffleboard and 2 person euchre at The Chatham Legion, William &

Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm and 2 person registration at 6:30pm to play at 7:00pm. $5.00 per person. Shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, March 15, 2017 • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm. Darts at 7:30pm. Thursday, March 16, 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 Pastor Michael G. Koppes, of Praise Fellowship Church.. Free will offering to help Outreach within our community. • Open Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Friday, March 17, 2017 • Karaoke Night with M&M’s DJing services at the Merlin Legion, Branch 46, 2 Stanley St., Merlin. 7:00pm-10:00pm. • St. Patrick’s Day Corned beef and cabbage dinner and dance with music by The Roses at the Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt Ave. $20 per person. • Meal and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of beef stew, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Fun darts at 7:30pm. Saturday, March 18, 2017 • Gigantic Garage Sale from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Bradley Convention Centre, 565 Richmond St., Chatham. Hosted by CK Animal Rescue, FREE Admission. • 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! • St. Andrew’s United Church, South Buxton is having a chili and stew supper. Full dinner will be served from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Tickets are $15. For tickets call 519-689-4408. • Roast Beef dinner followed by musical entertainment soloists, duets, piano/organ solo, quartet, Chatham-Kent Christian’s Men’s Choir. Dinner at 6:00pm. Concert at 7:00pm. First Reformed Church, 632 Lacroix St., Chatham. $15.00 each. $10 for children 7-12 years. No charge for children under 7.

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We received another visit from the crazy kitten recently. Yes, Sasha, my sister-in-law’s kitten seems to have won the hearts of my wife and daughter. Well, maybe me too. The first time we cat sat a few months ago, the ladies were hooked on the cute little fur ball. I had to admit, the kitten was really cute, loved to play and was very affectionate. And had smelly farts. Very smelly, especially for a little kitten. So, a couple of months pass and that not-as-little bundle of joy returned last week for a few days. Still very cute and very playful. But while the little kitty tired out easily and slept in your lap after a bit of play time, the new version seems more peppy ... and crazy ... and just as inclined to expel noxious fumes. Everything is a potential toy for this maniac, especially me. My hands seem to be of particular interest for this feline. If I’m using my cell phone to look something up online, or playing a game of solitaire on my phone, it appears to be open season on attacking my fingers. The kitten would come out of nowhere, leap up into my lap and latch onto a finger. What nearly caused my wife to fall out of her chair in a fit of laughter was that the cat paused in mid-chomp, her mouth wrapped around my knuckle, looked over at Mary Beth almost in greeting, and then went back to her chew fest. Our first time with the kitten saw peaceful nights. We’d close our daughter Brenna’s door and the kitty would sleep away the night on the bed. This time around, she spent the first night in Brenna’s room, but then opted to see what else was up. I fell asleep in the recliner on night #2, only to be awakened at the approach of two females, my wife and this crazy cat. The wrong one jumped into my lap. Mary informed me it was my turn with the cat, as it had hopped up onto the bed, right on her chest, and woke her up, before proceeding to clean itself. I wandered off to bed as well, hoping to at worst be used as a cat pillow. Nope. The kitty wanted to play. I could feel her eyes on me, but I did my best to remain still, while ensuring my fingers were tucked away under the blanket in chew-free safety. “Don’t move your feet. She likes toes,” Mary informed me. Great. I think I have a mild form of restless leg syndrome where my legs move a fair bit at night as I sleep. As I started to doze off, think-

Bruce Corcoran ing the cat would settle as well, BOING! She pounced on my right foot, going for the toes through the comforter. I stopped moving. Next thing we know, the cat is walking across Mary’s night table, and knocked something off it. Out she went and Mary closed the door. As I sat down to do my Thursday morning chat with Greg Hetherington from CKXS, I half expected the kitten to rappel down from the ceiling and land on my head. Surprisingly, as Greg and I started talking, there was no sign of the kitty. But as we talked about the Indoor Chatham Auto Show, the furry maniac came out of nowhere and launched herself at me. Now, I chat with Greg each Thursday with my cellphone, utilizing the headphones and mic that came with the phone. That dangling white wire must have served as a golden invitation. Jane took the kitten home Sunday. I breathed a sigh of relief, and Mary Beth pouted, asking who would now rub their furry face up against her cheek. I offered, but received an epic eye roll in response. Both of us swore we could hear periodic meows in the house after the cat left. Separation anxiety, or distant haunting? Putting pork on their forks

Chatham Voice graphic designer extraordinaire Michelle Owchar held a surprise party for her mother’s 60th birthday celebrations on the weekend, and I offered to cook a pork shoulder on the Big Green Egg so everyone could have pulled pork. Of course, I offered during our unseasonably mild conditions, and Friday night delivered unseasonably chilly weather. All that meant was more charcoal used for the cook, and resulted in a slight extension to the cook time to about 18 hours from the usual 16. It also meant I spent a few chilly hours outdoors Friday night. Getting the Egg at the right temperature initially is the challenge. If you get the charcoal burning too hot as you heat the Egg, it wants to keep going at that temperature. Force it to cool down too quickly and you risk snuffing it out. Continued on page 17


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Cold weather can’t ruin great pulled pork the usual middle-of-thenight need to urinate – or both – woke me up about 2:45 a.m. I checked the Egg and stirred the coals, and sat down outside for a bit to see how the Egg

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But after one peak at about 290 F, I cranked it back so the Egg rocked along at 240 F, and fell asleep in the recliner. Either the visiting cat or

reacted. Cold weather aside, it’s always really peaceful sitting outdoors in the middle of the night, especially with a clear sky above. The Egg was running

too cool, so I opened the vents slightly and went inside. But I had a nagging feeling I opened them up a bit too much, and turned on the TV. I woke up at the end of the

show and heard the alarm beeping on the DigiQ. Back outdoors to adjust, and things ran smoothly from there. Even after a morning stir about 9 a.m., the Egg held

temperature nicely. Despite the pork taking longer than expected, it was well received at the party. Of course it helps that Mary makes a killer tangy sauce from scratch.

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