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Who says you can’t go home? Singer Michelle Wright enjoys a return to Merlin school

and offered advice and on the floor when special positive reinforcement. guests were there,” she She said the night before said. Five of Wright’s nieces Canadian country music her visit to the school, she legend Michelle Wright reached out to family for and nephews currentmay have travelled the advice on what to play, ly attend the school. She world performing to mil- wanting to ensure it was called upon several to come up and sing a Luke lions of people, but the age appropriate music. Wright was surprised to Bryan song with her, usMerlin native certainly learn while sitting around ing an iPad for accompaknows where home is. the Jansen niment. Wr i g h t , family dinIncluded in Thursday’s just a day “Growing up in this ner table show was “Strong,” prior to her little town was really, that her which Wright recorded f u n d r a i s - really good for me. I own “Shut in 2013. Wright asked the ing perforUp and kids to really pay close mance at got a lot of support Kiss Me” attention to the lyrics and The Cha- here.” receives the the song’s anti-bullying tham Capi- - MIchelle Wright thumbs up message. tol Theatre It certainly wasn’t the to benefit the Friends of at the school. Her first song to the kids only message delivered the New Animal Shelter, returned to her old ele- was her 1992 hit “No- Thursday. body’s Girl,” and she of“If you have a dream, mentary school. She spoke and sang to fered encouragement to whether you want to be a singer, the students and staff at the female a doctor, Merlin Area Public School s t u d e n t s “If you have a dream, Thursday morning in the present. whether you want to be work at a “But we’re school or gymnasium. If Wright could have somebody’s a singer, a doctor, work on a farm, it’s going to wrapped the school girl. We’re at a school or on a take work; around her like a blanket, girls from farm, it’s going to take hard work,” she may very well have M e r l i n , work; hard work.” Wr i g h t done so. She said being at right girls?” - Michelle Wright As for perstressed. the school just felt “comforming “Be dedicatfortable.” “Growing up in this lit- and speaking at her old ed. You can’t get discourtle town was really, really school, Wright said she aged. It took me 10 years to get a record deal.” good for me,” she said. “I enjoyed it. “It’s fun for me to be on Wright also fielded quesgot a lot of support here.” Wright didn’t just play this side. I remember be- tions from the students. Continued on page 2 to the kids; she interacted, ing in the gym and sitting

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Country singer Michelle Wright stopped by her former elementary school March 9 – Merlin Area Public School – to perform and speak to the students.

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Michelle Wright, with the help of several neices and nephews, sings to the students at Merlin Area Public School March 9.

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The first such question was: “Are you a mommy?” “Because of my music career, I didn’t have babies, but I have five dogs,” she replied. In fact, she is down to two dogs at her home in Nashville, because three had to be put down, but she still keeps them close to her heart. Wright has performed across the globe, playing as far away as Australia and Europe. She’s also gone far and wide to play to members of the Canadian military, performing in Alert, Nunavut, the most northerly permanently inhabited place on the planet, and Afghanistan. The heat of the Afghan summer actually cracked the face of her acoustic guitar, which she showed to the students. Wright told the kids she

started playing drums just after leaving Merlin school, at age 12. A year later, she switched over to guitar. That positive attitude has served Wright well over the years. When asked by a student if she ever wanted to quit the music business, she was quick to answer, adding her answer applies to all endeavours. “No, I never wanted to quit. You can’t do that,” she said. “You can take a break, get a good night’s sleep, but never quit!” Wright encouraged the students to think big. “Lay in bed at night and dream the biggest dreams you can. I want you to do that for me,” she said. “Don’t let the difficult times get you discouraged.” Tracy VanDenBossche, who made the call to see if Wright would come to the school,

loved the visit, and thinks the kids, many of whom weren’t born when Wright was penning her biggest hits, got a great deal out of the visit. “This was all for the kids. They knew her name, but we wanted to put a face to that name,” she said. “She sent a great message today.” Wright said the pleasure was all hers. “I was just happy to come and hang out with the kids.” She came to Chatham-Kent well in advance of her band, which arrived late Thursday before preparing for Friday’s performance. She hung out with family and old friends, stepping back in time with a group of former school chums. “I met up with friends for dinner a couple of nights ago. It was like no time had passed,” Wright said.

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The countdown to this year’s Festival of Giving is on, and the organizing committee is in the process of wrapping up all the little details that make the unique event so popular. Set for April 8 at the John D. Bradley Centre in Chatham, the theme this year is Shipwrecked, the brainchild of this year’s co-chair Donna Polowick. “The theme is Shipwrecked, so that can mean anything from pirates to mermaids to castaways, Gilligan’s Island; whatever you think,” Polowick said. “It’s awesome, most people do come dressed up so it’s fun.” The popularity of the Festival of Giving event hasn’t slowed down, with new themes and entertainment each year. “I think when you get a good theme and people start thinking about their own way that they want to come, it’s fun,” Polowick added. Co-chair Chris McLeod agreed and said the group of volunteers who make up the committee work hard every year to come up with an event that

draws the public and sponsors in. “People like Donna who come up with new ideas every year, I think they push to make it bigger and better every year and something you’ve never seen before and I think that’s what the committee has done this year,” McLeod said. As a substantial fundraiser for the Chatham-Kent Children’s Treatment Centre, the cochairs said they want to do everything they can to make the event not only successful financially but fun for the participants. “The money they raise and continue to raise each and every year helps fund many of the programs over there and that’s why a lot of these people are at the table to make sure that money comes in and that’s the pressure we put on ourselves to make that money is there each and every year,” McLeod noted. The committee is grateful for the faithful followers who buy FOG tickets each year, but they are hoping to also attract some new faces to the event, and sell out the handful of tickets that are left for sale.

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This year’s Festival of Giving committee is working down to the wire for the event coming up April 8 in Chatham. The theme this year is Shipwrecked and is co-chaired by Donna Polowick and Chris McLeod.

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They are available at cktickets.com. One event highlight Polowick shared was the added feature of a volcano that participants will be able to climb. “We’re going to having a volcano for people to climb, which will be cool, but the rest of it, I don’t want to share too much. There is a lot of different types of entertainment this year and the drinks are all pretty creative and there will be different stations for people to try,” Polowick revealed. “Sons of Kent brewery will be

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Pet expo host to hundreds of pets By Mary Beth Corcoran mary@chathamvoice.com

For the second year, the Southwestern Ontario Pet Expo at the John D. Brad-

ley Centre in Chatham played host to a variety of furry friends and their human counterparts. Organizers Connie Beneteau and Mark Gross

built on the success of last year’s event with lots of vendors, a lure course to let dogs burn off some energy, rescue groups, entertainment including

neat pet tricks, and face painting for kids. “We definitely have a lot more kids here this year and more for them,” Beneteau said. “People are happy to bring their pets in and have things for their pets to do. This time of year, dogs can’t really get out but they can come here and run to their heart’s content.” With no similar expo close to Chatham-Kent, the Southwestern Ontario Pet Expo gives pet owners and enthusiasts a place to see new products and engage with other pet lovers. A big hit this year, was a

young kangaroo which was part of the exhibit from Hands on Exotic, an animal shelter in Etobicoke that is home to the four-year-old kangaroo named Jasmine. People were encouraged to pet Jasmine, let a parrot sit on their arm and check out a tortoise. TJ Stables also had some animals on hand in a pet-

ting zoo, and rescues like the Rat Terrier Rescue, an internet-based volunteer rescue that matches smaller dogs with people willing to adopt, had several cute animal friends with them. Wizard of Paws, a new mobile grooming business, was also on hand, doing nail trimming for participants.

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Festival keeps on giving For 17 years, a dedicated group of volunteers and seriously creative committee members have been putting Chatham on the map with an event that is unique, big and bold … oh, and it raises a serious amount of money for a very worthwhile children’s charity. The Festival of Giving has been held every spring since its modest start in the gymnasium of the former Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in 2000, before it was moved to the WISH Centre, then the old Kinsmen Auditorium and now its home at the John Bradley Convention Centre. Continuing to grow, and deliver bigger and “A veritable army of better experiences for people works hard to participants, the event transform the venue consistently raises well into a magical, overover $200,000 for Chilthe-top fun evening of dren’s Treatment Centre food, drink and enterprograms – excellent programs that greatly tainment, and those who sponsor the night enhance the lives children and their families. go all out as well.” Other charities benefit from the event as well, such as area food banks who supply some of the volunteer workforce needed to make the event the success it is. A veritable army of people works hard to transform the venue into a magical, over-the-top fun evening of food, drink and entertainment, and those who sponsor the night go all out as well. FoG, as it is affectionately known, truly is a unique event and it is mind-boggling that the people behind the fun manage to make it fresh and fascinating every year. It isn’t many events that have the kind of longevity and popularity after so many years that Festival of Giving has. Hats off and a standing slow clap to the Canniffs, Heatheringtons, and Grails who pioneered the event and all who have come after to make FOG such an incredible event, fundraiser and source of community pride. re

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Opinion

Time to rethink gov’t financing Sir: “We’re spending interest each month that does nothing for patient care.” This quote by Rob Devitt is from the frontpage article of your Jan. 26 edition, “Cash problems at CKHA.” Since many of your articles deal with the difficulties arising from lack of financing (even your editorial in this issue is entitled “Budget choices await”), perhaps your paper ought to consider publishing a feature article about money and its creation. Money is an essential commodity, yet few people understand where it comes from. New money, with the exception of coinage, is created not by our government, but by the private banking system. This happens each time a new loan is issued, as stated many decades ago by Graham Towers, the first Governor of the Bank of Canada. Because banks operate on the “fractional

reserve” system of banking, only a small percentage of outstanding loans are covered by reserves on deposit. In other words, money is created out of thin air and borrowers are charged interest for its use. Nice work if you can get it. Our central bank, the Bank of Canada, became a publicly owned entity in 1935. The Bank of Canada Act mandates that federal and provincial governments borrow from the Bank of Canada for the legitimate needs of the Canadian people at zero interest. This is how Canada paid for its entry into the Second World War, the St. Lawrence Seaway project and the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway. The Bank of Canada created or printed the money and the Federal Government spent it into existence! Around 1975, the Bank

of International Settlements (Switzerland), the central bank of central banks, declared that governments under its sway could no longer use their central banks for financing, but instead, had to borrow from private sources. The Canadian government acquiesced, and by doing so, gave private banks monopoly over money creation in Canada. For a period of 40 years (1935 to 1975), Canada maintained a manageable debt level with modest inflation. Since 1975, its debt has risen exponentially (compound interest) to the point that Canada now pays over $60 billion in annual interest to private debt holders. Our governments tax Canadians accordingly for an expense which is largely unnecessary. Had our governments thought about finance

then, the way they do now, projects like the Trans-Canada Highway and the St. Lawrence Seaway would have been nonstarters. Nor would we have reaped the benefits that these mammoth projects have brought. Currently, our overstressed health-care system, as exemplified in your front-page article, could use a figurative shot in the arm … of cash. A healthy population is a more productive one. Let’s bring back the role of the Bank of Canada in government financing again. More information on this topic is available from the work of Ellen Brown, “Web of Debt,” as well as former Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau cabinet minister, Paul Hellyer, “The Money Mafia.” Paul Miller Former Chatham resident

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Walking for women Mary Beth Corcoran /The Chatham Voice

Gusting and chilly winds didn’t put a damper on the spirits of about 20 women and children participating in the fifth annual International Women’s Day walk in Downtown Chatham recently. Organizer Patricia Clarke of Patricia M. Productions and the PMP Teen Models event said people come out to show their support and teach young women pride in being female.

Hike for Hospice walk set for April 23 The Chatham Voice

To mark the one-year anniversary of the local hospice, the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation will host the first annual Hike for Hospice fundraising walk on the afternoon of April 23. All hospice supporters, friends and neighbours are invited to help celebrate, and reconnect with the great outdoors by joining the walk through Mud Creek Trail in Chatham. The walk will be a fam-

ily-friendly event with T-shirts, music and more. Stroller, walkers and wheelchairs are welcome on this accessible and pet-friendly trail. With multiple trail lengths to choose from, people of all fitness levels will enjoy this afternoon of fun. As part of the activities, Lincoln Driven to Give will be onsite. You can help the hospice foundation drive away with up to $7,500 from Lincoln Canada by registering for a short test drive. Participants can pre-register

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

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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.

7136 TALBOT, BLENHEIM $99,900 1.6ac lot with a perfect location overlooking Lake Erie. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

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

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

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.

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

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New Listing 188 VICTORIA $349,900 5br, 2 bath classic 2.5 storey home with many unique features. Don’t miss this one! Call Jim 519-358-3984.

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

35 SCHOONER $255,000 Brand new 3br, 2.5 bath bungalow backing onto green space. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

SATURDAY, MAR 18, 1-3PM 300 QUEEN - $154,900 CHRIS PAPPLE Completely remodelled 3br 2 storey home centrally located. Call Chris 519-350-1402.

New Listing 475 QUEEN ST $146,900 Beautiful southside duplex with excellent curb appeal. Call Elliot 519-358-8755 or Penny 519-360-0315.

177 INSHES $95,900

2br bungalow with many renovations. Cheaper than renting! Call Ron Franko 519-355-8181.

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

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

167 WELLINGTON E $79,900 3br 2 storey with some updates, being sold “as is”. Call 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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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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Otter Creek project to test water wells By Mary Beth Corcoran mary@chathamvoice.com

The Otter Creek Wind Farm Project submitted its application recently to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) and has committed to voluntary water well testing before construction begins. The project calls for the construction of 12 “super” turbines (4.2 MW) north of Wallaceburg. According to a release from Boralex, a partner in the project with RES Canada, as soon as the MOECC confirms the application is complete in approximately two or three months, there will be a posting on the Environmental Registry, and the public will be able to comment on the REA submission. The final REA reports will also be available on the project’s website shortly thereafter. Boralex made the following statement in its release about the concerns regarding water wells: Throughout the REA process, several stakeholder groups raised concerns about the construction and operation of wind turbines and their potential impacts on water wells. Many of the comments received related to the concern that aquifer-based well water quality would become compromised as a result of vibrations created by pile driving (into the bedrock) during the installation of wind turbine foundations, and/or operation of these turbines with piles. In response to these concerns, Otter Creek consulted with qualified professionals (licensed P.Eng. and P.Geo.) from both GHD and Golder Associates, two engineering consultant groups, about the potential for pile foundations to have a negative impact on water wells. “GHD was hired by Otter Creek to review the report Golder Associates prepared as part of the North Kent Wind 1 Project (the Golder Report, September 2016) to determine whether the conclusions of the report were valid and could apply to the Project. The main conclusions from GHD’s review are: 1. Based on the similarity of geologic conditions confirmed by GHD at the Otter Creek Site and those presented in the Golder Re-

port, GHD believes that the Golder Report conclusions are applicable to the Otter Creek Site. 2. The Report concludes, and GHD concurs, that given that the typical residential well pump operational vibration intensity threshold is in the range of 3 to 9 mm/s, it is highly unlikely that vibrations induced by pile driving can cause dislodgement of sediments that would not be otherwise dislodged by existing pump vibration. 3. GHD is not aware of any report or study confirming a plausible mechanism for vibrations induced by wind turbine operations to cause sediment dislodgement at distances beyond the common turbine exclusion zones. Based on these conclusions, Otter Creek does not anticipate that either the construction or operation of the facilities will have any negative impact on water wells. A full copy of GHD’s review of Golder’s report is included in Otter Creek’s REA application submission and can also be found on the Otter Creek website. While Otter Creek relies upon the conclusions of qualified experts, it is also committed to being a good neighbour and to helping alleviate the public’s concerns. As a result, Otter Creek is also voluntarily committing to testing active water wells within one kilometre of key project infrastructure – specifically wind turbines, the substation and the meteorological tower – prior to starting construction of the facility. Tests will be conducted by independent qualified professionals in Ontario and the results of this testing will be given to each landowner that chooses to participate in the program. During the facility’s construction or within the first year of operation, should any complaints arise from parties that chose to participate in this preconstruction water well testing program, Otter Creek will hire an independent qualified professional to collect a water sample for analysis. Should this analysis confirm there is a water quality issue that was not present in the preconstruction sample, Otter Creek will provide the party with potable water while the complaint is being investigated by a qualified professional (P.Eng. or P.Geo.) hired by Otter Creek to determine whether the change can be reasonably attributed to Otter Creek. Continued on page 13

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Service and fellowship big part of Kiwanis By Mary Beth Corcoran mary@chathamvoice.com

Renowned for hosting the Kiwanis Musical Festival, which is now in its 72nd year, the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent is looking for men and women interested in service – to the community and further abroad. At a breakfast meeting Saturday morning, club members hosted a meet and greet to let potential new members know what it means to be a Kiwanian. Club treasurer and membership chair George Service, with president Mary Alice Marchand, discussed the history of its club and longevity in the community. “Kiwanis is alive and well in Chatham-Kent,” Service said of the club, which began its legacy of service to the community in 1930. “We have namesakes in the community that include the Kiwanis Theatre, Kiwanis Stadium near the old auditorium and the Kiwanis music band shell in Tecumseh Park.” With a current membership of 54, the club combines local projects and partners with international Kiwanis projects, such as the joint UNICEF Eliminate project to help rid the world of maternal and neo-natal tetanus through vaccination. Since beginning the project in 2010, Marchand said the results of the vaccination program are being seen. “UNICEF started by going into 39 countries to vaccinate babies, and a child died every nine minutes of tetanus,” Marchand said. “The number of countries identified is now only 18 and a child dies of tetanus every 15 minutes.”

The Kiwanis International goal for that project is $110 million. Locally, Kiwanis is working on a new project in partnership with the Chatham-Kent Public Library called Reading Buddies. Service said six Kiwanians go into the library and read to kids for a half-hour session each. Taking a turn recently, Service said he it is an experience he will never forget. “I had a nine-year-old who loved to read and would read to me the entire time I was there. I would help with word meanings every so often,” Service explained. “After, I received a card from the child that said, ‘I miss my grandparents. I feel my grandparents in you.’ I can tell you that is something that makes it all worthwhile.” Also at CKPL is the Learn a Skills Partnership, where a local comes in to teach a skill such as painting or quilting to the kids

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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 5:30pm7:00pm 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 930am-11:00am. 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. • Clothing Drive for New Beginning House. Bring in any type of clothing, we will be paid by the pound. All proceeds to assist programs including the day program that is currently running and the overnight haven which will be opening soon. 10:00am-2:00pm. • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham . Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm and dance from 4:30pm9:30pm featuring Unity. • Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle in concert at McGregor K of C (9560 Walker Road) at 7:00pm. Opening band Winterline. Tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door (519-776-8716) Sunday, March 19, 2017 • Merlin Legion Breakfast from 10:00am-1:00pm. Scrambled eggs, homefries, bacon, ham, sausage plus all you can eat pancakes and french toast, juice, tea and coffee all for $10.00. Children 1/2 price. Monday, March 20, 2017 • The Blenheim-Harwch Horticultural Society will have special guest speaker Derek Sheperd, owner of Earthworks Nursery. He will be introducing the basics of great gardening. Trinity Anglican Church, 59 Ellen St., Blenheim at 7:30pm. • Senior Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, March 21, 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 22, 2017 • Master Mood CBT - Feeling sadness, worry, anger, or guilt? Learn about the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and actions. Open to the public - No Cost. Thamesview Family Health Team, 465 Grand Ave. W., Chatham. 519-354-0070 ext.602. • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm. Darts at 7:30pm. Thursday, March 23, 2017 • Come and learn the facts about home inspections for both buying and selling a home with Ken Nolan at the Chatham branch of the CKPL Everyone Welcome. No registration required. 6:30pm-8:00pm. • 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. John Giurin, St. James Presbyterian 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 24, 2017 • Blessed Sacrament Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Fish Fry from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Includes roll, baked potato, coleslaw, fish, fruit, along with coffee, tea or juice. A meal of baked macaroni and cheese also available at a cost of $5.00 per person. Take-out available. Tickets are available during the week at the Parish Cluster office at 52 Croydon St. Perch or Pickeral - Adults $16.00, 7-13 years $7.00 and under 6 is free. • Meal and darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner is from 5:30pm7:00pm. Choice of pork, roast beef or fish & chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Open darts at 7:30pm. Saturday, March 25, 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 930am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome!

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Kiwanis have helpful hands everywhere the people there were there for With members dedicated to all the right reasons; they were improving the world one child committed for all the right reaand one community at a time, sons.” Kiwanians volunGoing out to anteer for many lo- “Aktion Clubs do a other meeting in cal events such as February last year, Meals on Wheels, tremendous amount Halls said he imSalvation Army of service work in the pressed with the Christmas Kettles, community, for paclub’s approach to Canadian Cancer rades, Rib Fest and new members. Society, Habitat for “You can do sercommunity clean up.” Humanity and the - George Service vice work to the levChildren’s Water el you can commit Festival. to; nobody is going The area also has the Aktion to push you to chair a commitClub of Chatham-Kent, a Ki- tee in the first month. I had the wanis club for adults with dis- opportunity to sit back and find abilities that is sponsored and my niche,” he noted. supported by the Kiwanis Club While there is a morning meetof Chatham-Kent, and liaises ing each week, Marchand said with the Association of Commu- there is no attendance requirenity Living. ment, and to compromise for “Aktion Clubs do a tremen- people who can’t make the dous amount of service work weekly meetings, there is a dinin the community, for parades, ner meeting once a month. Rib Fest and comWith very sucmunity clean up,” “I retired three years cessful and usually Service noted. sold-out fundraisago and wanted to Key Clubs are be part of something ing events like the high school clubs Crepe Night and sponsored by Ki- positive. I went to a scenic tours, MarchKiwanis meeting and wanis. and said the memA recent member, found there what I was bers are like family Kerry Halls, spoke looking for. They made and get together for to the group about me feel very welcome club activities and what made him to enjoy each othwant to join Kiwan- and the people there er’s company. were there for all the is. Anyone interested “I retired three right reasons.” in Kiwanis is welyears ago and - Kerry Halls come to come to a wanted to be part meeting, held each of something posiThursday morning at 9:30 a.m. tive,” Halls said. “I went to a Ki- at Holy Trinity Anglican Church wanis meeting and found there Hall, 81 Selkirk St. in Chatham what I was looking for. They or contact Service at georgesermade me feel very welcome and vice27@gmail.com. Continued from page 13

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Paul and Laurie Montgomery are seen here with Luce Cools, picking up their 2016 Ram 4 Wheel Drive Sport! This is their 4th vehicle purchased from Luce.

• CWL Garage/Vendor Sale at the Spirit and Life Centre, 184 Welling St. W., Chatham from 8:30am11:30am. To rent tables, call Beth at 519-3527479. PAWR at the animal shelter phone number for lost and stray pets and issues at the dog parks: 226996-9969 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 bruce@chathamvoice.com or michelle@chathamvoice.com

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Wind pushes truck across traffic, into ditch

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A southbound tractor-trailer didn’t mesh well with the high winds March 8 on Communication Road. The OPP says the wind blew the truck across the oncoming traffic lane and into the east ditch near Fairview Line, where it rolled onto its side. The truck suffered extensive damage, police say. The driver suffered only minor injuries, and was treated at the scene.

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Legends On Tour is set to hit the Chatham Capitol Theatre March 29. The show delivers tributes to Roy Orbison (Jesse Aron), Connie Francis (Amberley Beatty), Tom Jones (Lou Nelson), and Elvis Presley (Pete Paquette), accompanied by the Rockin’ Roy-

als Showband and the Tonettes. For ticket and show information, visit www.stclaircollegecapitoltheatre. com. Performing as Roy Orbison, Aron, who hails from the State of Wisconsin, is recognized as one of U.S.’s top Roy Orbison Tribute performers. Canada’s tribute queen,

Beatty, returns to the stage paying tribute to American singing icon, the late Connie Francis. Idolized by millions of fans around the world, Francis was best known for her hits such as “Where the Boys Are,” “Who’s Sorry Now,” and more. With such hits as “It’s Not Unusual,” “What’s

New Pussycat,” and more, Nelson, from Ottawa, pays tribute the one and only Tom Jones. Nelson’s tribute to the music icon is much more than a look alike. Paquette is a world-class Elvis tribute artist that is in great demand and is highly regarded as one of the top Elvis performers in the business today.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent Housing Services has announced that the “Investment in Affordable-Extension” (IAH-E) Home Ownership program will begin providing loans again starting April 1. It is now accepting applications. The program provides down payment assistance to qualified low-to moderate-income households. Households with a combined gross income of $68,000 or less can apply for the IAH-E Home Ownership Program for the purchase of new or resale homes. For the April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 provincial fiscal year, the municipality has an allocation of $109,500. Qualified applicants are eligible for an interest-free down-payment loan of seven per cent of the pur-

chase price of the home, to a maximum of $7,300. The funding is provided in the form of a 20-year interest-free loan registered on title. The purchase price of the home must not exceed $153,900. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and currently rent in Chatham-Kent. For re-sale home purchases, a written home inspection from a certified home inspector is required at the homebuyer’s expense. Applications are processed on a first come/ first served basis. More information regarding the Affordable Home Ownership Program is available by visiting the municipal website.. Anyone interested in participating should contact Nicole McCutcheon at 519-351-8573 or nicole.mccutcheon@chatham-kent. ca.

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The Wright stuff Home-grown star a refreshing treat to interview for journalists Over the course of my nearly 30 years in journalism, I’ve talked to my share of high-profile folks – music stars, professional athletes, film and TV celebrities, prime ministers and premiers. I’ve also spoken with a great many down-to-earth average citizens. Last week, I met a Canadian country music legend happily trapped in the mind and body of an average citizen. Michelle Wright, whose smile and passion for music can brighten up a room, is about as approachable as they come. And talk about at home in small-town Ontario. Yes, I’m talking about a special small town – Merlin – where Wright grew up, and she’s a class act. She was speaking and singing to the students at Merlin Area Public School. How she interact-

Bruce Corcoran ed with the kids, encouraging them to think big and follow their dreams, was pretty special. How she treated the adults was impressive as well. I must admit that most of the higher-profile people I’ve interviewed over the years have been very gracious and appreciative, respecting the fact journalists have a job to do. We’re not hero worshippers (as Donald Trump seems to have a hard time accepting south of the border). But Wright is at the top of the classy list. When another journalist and I arrived while she

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was getting her audio system worked out at the school last week, Wright looked so at home in the gym that my cohort commented that if he didn’t know better, he’d have just assumed she was a teacher setting up the equipment. That was exactly what I was thinking at the time. Wright sported a pair of glasses, plaid shirt and jeans. I’m sure she intentionally dressed casual, doing everything to look approachable to the students. She didn’t want them to place her on a pedestal. Good for her. She was warm and friendly throughout her visit with the students. And that warmth extended beyond her target audience. Prior to the kids getting called into the gym, she walked over to myself and Post Media reporter Louis Pin, the early bird reporters, and thanked us for taking the time to come to the school. Holy windstorm, Batman!

Talk about a wild day March 8, when winds whipped across Cha-

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Country singer and Merlin native Michelle Wright sings to the students at her old school, Merlin Area Public School, on March 9. Despite her fame, Wright was honest, humble, encouraging and accommodating with the kids ... and the local media.

tham-Kent, gusting to more than 90 km/h. Trees down hither and yon. Business signs blown down or blown away. Garden furniture sent flying. You name it, and it happened. The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority showcased a rather telling video of soil getting blown out of fields west of Chatham. I’m sure that wasn’t an isolated incident, but it is one that can be mitigated. Problems like that arise

when there is too little tree cover which can provide wind breaks and little or no cover crops which can help anchor the soil in place over the winter and be plowed under to provide additional nutrients to the main crop. We have rich soil here in Chatham-Kent. But it’s best utilized in fields, rather than on roads or in ditches. In terms of in-town damage, it was wild to see the power of Mother Nature

at work. Blazin’ BBQ’s sign blew over onto a couple of vehicles. Heuvelmans lost part of their sign, and the framing hit a new Chevy Silverado parked out front. In both cases, it was good fortune that no one was nearby at the time. I went home over the lunch hour, before the wind had peaked, to discover it had hit our west-facing wall and blown back behind our propane barbecue.

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Special sauce delivery much appreciated Continued from page 16

The wind pushed the barbecue out from the wall until it fell over on its side. I put some bricks on top of our hot tub cover, and that remained in place, and I placed our garbage cart on its side so it didn’t go for a wind-induced stroll. It appears we didn’t lose any shingles, but unfortunately the same can’t be said of other buildings around Chatham-Kent. As I went to walk into the office the next morning, I looked down and noticed several small bits of shingles in front of the door. This building has a flat roof – no shingles. I looked across the street and saw a patch of shingles missing on a home’s roof. As for the barbecue, which I just used as a warmer now and again in support of our Big Green Egg, I think it’s time for a trip to the curb so a local junk hauler can take it away to be recycled. Ya Tu Sabe!

As a busy work week wound down Friday, I received a special delivery – some Latin flavour! Jorge Gonzalez, the culinary genius behind Gonzalez Authentic Latin Food truck and flavours, popped by to get me to try some of his new bottled sauces. From salsa verde to a mild barbecue sauce, to a couple of hot sauces, I must say, they were all excellent. Many of you may remember Jorge from his food truck, which was located for a time beside Chatham Plumbing and later near the Downtown Chatham Centre. He ultimately moved his family and business to London, and has now started bottling his flavours. Naturally, when Jorge was here,

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The Chatham Branch of Chatham-Kent Public Library is hosting a special Harry Potter Mini Movie Marathon and Trivia Night on March 23. In celebration of people’s love of all things Potter, the CKPL will be playing the first three Harry Potter movies back-to-back and will cap off the celebration with a special Harry Potter themed trivia game. Unleash your inner Hermione for your chance to win a Harry Potter themed prize. All interested Muggles can bring their own snacks to enjoy during the films. To find out more, visit www.ckpl. ca.

I asked the other folks in our office to give his sauces a try. All were well received, even the hot sauce. Granted, it was only a small amount on the tip of a finger, but you tasted flavour before heat. Then again, Jorge told us that’s exactly what he was looking for –

the flavour followed by some heat. Too many hot sauces out there are all heat. When I find one that offers the taste buds something before the flames, I stick with it. Jorge also sources local ingredients whenever possible, and his products are bottled in Ontario.

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