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Name overlap concerns group

By Mary Beth Corcoran

Now that the new animal shelter has been given a new name, an animal rescue group in Chatham-Kent is concerned the moniker will just add to the current confusion. Chatham-Kent Animal Rescue (CKAR), a non-profit volunteer or-

ganization which has been around since 2010, takes in cats and dogs surrendered by owners and finds them foster homes with the end goal of finding an adoptive family. The group also offers its Purple Leash Program, which provides foster care for animals of seniors who have hospital stays and for woman leaving

abusive situations until they can take care of the animals again. Renee Geniole, spokesperson for CKAR, said her group has concerns with the new shelter choosing a name – Chatham-Kent Animal Shelter – that is so similar to its own name. “We met with the Mayor (Darrin Canniff) before Christmas, because we

had heard (former) councillor Frank Vercouteren let the name slip when he was talking about the new shelter,” Geniole said. “We were told that name was just one of the options and nothing was decided yet.” She said they talked about CKAR concerns and the experience the group’s chair Nancy Ball

has had with people sending donations to them, thinking CKAR was the new shelter. Ball had to call numerous people to send back cheques for donations when they realized they were intended for the new shelter. Ball also has people calling her or coming up to her and asking how the new building is coming.

“It’s hard when you are a non-profit and you have to fight for every dime you have,” Geniole noted. “We don’t receive any money from the municipality. We just want them to know we have a concern and want to talk with them about it. We want to know they will work with us on this.” Continued on page 3

Fire ravages horse barn near Tilbury

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Firefighters from Tilbury clear contents from a horse barn that caught fire sometime early Saturday on Hornick Line near Tilbury. No one, and no horses, were hurt in the $225,000 blaze.

No animals were hurt in an early morning barn fire on the weekend near Tilbury. Firefighters from five stations fought the blaze, which did an estimated $225,000 damage to a horse barn on Hornick Line. Fire officials say the owner rose early on Saturday morning and noticed a glow coming from the barn. He called 911 about 6 a.m. and went to get all the animals out of the barn. Firefighters arrived to find the hayloft engulfed in flames. Initially, Station 19 in Tilbury responded, but crews from Merlin, Raleigh (both stations) and Wheatley also assisted, bringing water tankers to help put out the blaze. Tilbury’s aerial ladder helped knock down the bulk of the fire, officials say. No one was injured.

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Ex-councillor at odds with integrity commissioner By Mary Beth Corcoran

A former Chatham councillor is at odds with the municipal integrity commissioner over what he believes is a flawed process. Derek Robertson, a member of council from 2010 to 2018, held a press conference today to discuss a complaint filed against him to the integrity commissioner by former mayor Randy Hope on Nov. 6, 2018. The complaint alleged that Robertson violated the Code of Conduct by unduly influencing the Chief Building Official, Paul Lacina, regarding an issue the owner of the Ten Seven Café and Lounge

was having with a building permit. Coming from a meeting with integrity commissioner Paul Watson Monday afternoon, Robertson said he is “disgusted” with the complaint process and said he did his job as a councillor to represent a constituent with a problem and bring his concerns to council. “Over the course of the last four months, myself and my family have been subjected to what I believe is an unfair process with the integrity commissioner. It’s based on a complaint made by former mayor Randy Hope. I think he’s done it with political retribution in mind to besmirch my reputation, and I categorically

deny all the allegations,” Robertson said. The allegations related to his work as a councillor on behalf of Ten Seven Café owner Brent DeNure, who he said “went through absolute hell in getting his business open through not red tape… this isn’t about red tape, it’s about improperly and unfairly getting in the way of a local entrepreneur building a business in Chatham-Kent.” Robertson said he executed his duty as a councillor and sought for DeNure “no other means of fairness other than that which he is granted under the law. The building code was being applied unfairly to Mr. DeNure and I worked tirelessly with se-

nior officials to have fairness brought back to the process.” The matter was settled between DeNure and the municipality in Superior Court, according to Robertson. One of the issues that Robertson questioned with the complaint process is the fact that Watson issued his report, complete with findings, without ever having interviewed himself or the four people he put forward as having facts and information on the issue. In his report, dated Jan. 28, Watson wrote in his introduction that it was “unnecessary” for him to consider that the complaint might be malicious and that his “independent review of the matter quickly led me to the conclusion that the complaint merited investigation. I have not found it necessary to interview the complainant.” That is the crux of Robertson’s issue with the process Watson has followed.

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Former Chatham-Kent Coun. Derek Robertson talks to the media following an interview before the municipality’s integrity commissioner Paul Watson on Monday. Robertson is currently under review over a code of conduct violation.

“Mr. Watson failed to follow the code. Section 19 of the Code of Conduct policy says the integrity commissioner shall, and that means must, interview any relevant individuals, at law and it means all. I don’t know how anyone can make any kind of a valid argument that I’m not a relevant individual,” the former councillor said. Robertson said Watson drafted his report before speaking to him and it took several requests, including going to the legal office of the municipal-

ity to get an interview. He also took issue with the facts in the report as Watson presented them. Robertson’s lawyer Steve Pickard drafted a 36-page rebuttal to refute the allegations made in the report. “My reputation, like that of any council member or businessman, means more than just being able to let something quietly go away, and I wouldn’t have that,” Robertson noted. “I have lost faith in the position of the integrity commissioner.”

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She noted if the rescues in town shut down and the municipality had to deal with the added load of animals, it would add a lot more to the $4 million contract they just awarded to PAWR for animal control in Chatham-Kent. Another rescue, The Big Fix, helps to remove feral cats from neighbourhoods, trap them, neuter or spay them and re-release them, and Geniole said that group run by Kate Staley uses their own funds to do it. With the OSPCA announcement they will no longer take care of animal abuse investigations, there is added confusion to who exactly does what in the municipality. Currently, the OSPCA out of

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The new animal shelter under construction on Park Avenue West in Chatham is set to open this spring, with more room for both humans and animals. Fundraising is still going to help with furnishing the interior.

Sarnia investigates abuse cases, PAWR takes care of animal control and some rescue when funds and volunteers allow, and CKAR takes in surrenders and animals who would otherwise be euthanized. Now that PAWR has the animal control and pound

services contract for all of Chatham-Kent, at a cost of $4.13 million over five years, the public should have less confusion about who is responsible, but the issue of abuse cases is still an unknown. But Geniole said CKAR just wants the chance to discuss their concerns

and maybe come up with an alternate name that will be different enough that people won’t confuse the two organizations. Chatham Coun. Marjorie Crew, who is also co-chair of the Friends of the New Animal Shelter project, said the group picked the name with Chatham-Kent

in it because the municipality will own the building, taxpayer money was used to build it and it made sense. “We named it that for obvious reasons. There was a naming opportunity for $250,000, but no one took us up on that, so we had to come up with

a name,” Crew said. “It’s the practicality of naming it Chatham-Kent since we will own the building and the taxpayers are the ones that raised the money.” The deadline was coming up as well, she said, and the new building couldn’t open without a name.

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Work on the new Chatham-Kent Animal Shelter is coming along, with organizers anticipating a spring opening. Lynn McGeachy, project co-ordinator, said, “The project is moving along nicely and we’re expecting to open in early spring. It depends on the weather a little bit.” Located beside the current animal shelter on Park Avenue West in Chatham, the new facility will have more room for animals, for the public considering adoptions and will include a community room for education and events. McGeachy said while fundraising for the cost of the construction is completed, the

Friends of the Animal Shelter are still looking for funds to fully furnish the facility. She said currently, they are looking for donations to purchase cat cages and to buy furniture that meets specification for disease prevention. Some of the features of the new building that will make it better for the animals and the humans who look after them include adoption room for families to meet and interact with the animals, a community room for gatherings and events like birthday parties, large windows at the front where kids can interact with and read to the cats, a bathing room, and assessment room. There will also be outdoor space in the courtyard for the animals to play and exercise. One new feature that Mc-

Geachy particularly likes is the food prep area for the animals. “The food prep area is close to where the animals are so they can be fed efficiently and effectively,” she said. “The building is a U-shape so there is an interior court yard so people can play with the animals outside and also individual dog runs for the less socialized animals.” Chatham Coun. and cochair of the Friends of the Animal Shelter Marjorie Crew said it may have taken a little longer than they thought it would, but it’s here now and almost ready. With some furnishings still needed, she said people who want to donate can go to to find out what is still needed and help finish the project.

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The municipality has released its staff that made $100,000 or more in 2018, and the number is up to 250 people. Under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, public sector organizations such as hospitals, school boards, municipalities, colleges, universities and hydroelectric companies owned by the province (not those owned by municipalities) are required to list employees who earn $100,000 or more annually. This year’s number of municipal employees earning $100,000 or more is an increase of 22 people compared to 2017’s 228. The 2018 list includes 124 members of the Chatham-Kent Police Service (126 previous year), 62 members of the Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services (43 previous year), 61 non-union employees (58 previous year), two registered nurses (one previous year) and one chief operator (PUC) (zero previous year). “It should be noted that the Consumer Price Index has not been applied to the reporting process since its inception in 1996, which would otherwise have put the reporting level at $152,154 in 2018,� said Cathy Hoffman, General Manager, and Corporate Services/Chief

Human Resources Officer, in a media release. “At this level, Chatham-Kent would have 15 names on the list.� Don Shropshire, Chatham-Kent’s CAO, topped the municipal staff list with a salary for 2018 of $241,041.80, and a taxable benefit of $10,818.64 Chatham-Kent Police Chief Gary Conn made $219,264.48, and had taxable benefits of $24,542.57 Along with the deputy chief, inspectors and sergeants, nearly 90 constables are also on the list. Fire Chief Bob Crawford made $175221.72, tops among members of the Fire Services personnel. His taxable benefits were $2,242.54. While there are assistant chiefs, fire captains, and fire inspectors on the list, about 40 firefighters also made in excess of $100,000 last year. Dr. David Colby, our medical officer of health, pocketed $204,512.61 in salary in 2018, along with $1,218.64 in taxable benefits.

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Threshold still stands It’s fitting that just after we adjust our clocks to Daylight Savings Time, when we have more sunlight later in the day, that the light is shone on the $100,000 public service earners in the province. Provincially funded organizations and municipalities have until the end of the month to publish their lists of staff members who make $100,000 or more in the previous year. That’s been the case since 1996 when the Mike Harris government passed the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act. Kudos to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for releasing their $100,000-plus earners for 2018 on Monday. It could have clung to those figures until March 31, but elected to publish the list early. This year, there are 250 personnel from the municipality on the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure list, also known as the sunshine club. That’s up from 228 a year ago. The list includes a whack of fire service personnel – 62 – and twice as many police service staffers – 124. A staggering number of these people – about 40 of the firefighters and nearly 90 police officers – are frontline personnel. We’re talking about police constables and general firefighters. Overtime can help push these people into the $100,000-plus spotlight. But, considering the threshold hasn’t moved from the $100,000 mark since the act’s inception 23 years ago, it really isn’t surprising to see the numbers increase annually. As Cathy Hoffman, the municipality’s head of human resources, said, the Consumer Price Index has never been applied to the threshold. If it had, the reporting level would be closer to $152,000 instead of $100,000. If that threshold had moved, only 15 people would be on the C-K portion of the sunshine list, Hoffman said. It does skew the numbers somewhat. But the fact remains, at least in places such as Chatham-Kent, that $100,000 is still a great deal of income, especially for a single income earner. The same comment may not be true in places such as Toronto and other urban centres with higher costs of living, but you can do a heck of a lot in terms of home ownership, vacationing, purchasing material items and just enjoying life on $100,000 or more in income each year in C-K. Plus, we, the taxpayers, are paying for those salaries.

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Make report public now Sir: “The water is likely safe to drink!” This is what Dr. Colby told a full house of well owners at a meeting at Pain Court last year. Now, Dr. Colby is going to present on the international stage but not to the people of Chatham-Kent. Dr. Colby, our Chief Medical Officer of Health for Chatham-Kent, is scheduled to present at the Wind Turbine Noise conference in Lisbon, Portugal in June. The title of his presentation is “Wind Turbines and Groundwater Contamination: An Analysis.” When I, as a Water Wells First spokesperson, requested a copy of his abstract, my request was ignored. This was followed by a request for a deputation on this subject at a council meeting. On March 4,

there was a deputation submitted at 3 p.m. but was denied as this subject was not on the agenda for the council meeting and we were told it can be submitted to be reviewed for consideration for another council meeting agenda. On March 8, I received an email from the county clerk’s office stating that the request for this deputation to council was denied as “it (Colby’s abstract) is not a municipal document” and that Dr. Colby is attending this conference at his own expense. This reasoning rings hollow as the people of Chatham-Kent and their properties are the subject of Colby’s study. As well, Dr. Colby is a public servant of the people of Chatham-Kent and his research was done at

the municipality’s expense. The response also stated, “The CAO (Don Shropshire) wanted to make mention that we are still awaiting the provincial report on the water wells,” a point that Dr. Colby is well aware. How can Dr. Colby present at any conference when there has not been a Health Hazard Investigation in the polluting sediments of the ground water in Chatham Kent, as we believe his presentation to the Wind Turbine Noise Conference is about Chatham-Kent ground water? If it’s not, then let us know. It seems like Dr. Colby is premature to speak about groundwater contamination at this point and as he is neither a toxicologist nor a geologist, should he really be

presenting on groundwater contamination? Dr. Colby is a paid servant of the people of Chatham Kent. This request to see Dr. Colby’s abstract should be an easy one to fulfill. If the municipality is honest in its desire to be transparent, then this document should be made available before he presents in June. As mentioned in the email to me from the clerk’s office, Dr. Colby’s presentation it will be available publicly but not until after the conference. “The water is likely safe to drink” is not a statement that instills confidence in the people who rely on the groundwater as their water source. We need a better response from Dr. Colby. Jessica Brooks Water Wells First

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Orphanage nearly left without a home By Bruce Corcoran

The political strife in Haiti has led to property strife, and it almost left a locally supported children’s home out on the street. Maison Ke Kontan, the children’s home run by the local non-profit organization Hime for Help, was recently in danger of being kicked out of its current home in Port au Prince. Emily Hime, who has run the home since 2012, said the property changed hands and the new owners had wanted a full year’s rental fees up front. “In Haiti, you have to pay the entire year up front when you are renting a new house. There’s no monthly option there,” she said, adding prices are from $7,000 to $10,000 to rent a home there. “It makes it really difficult for us to come up with a large sum of money on short notice.” With the previous owners of the property, Hime said they initially had to pay the large upfront fee, but there was eventually some flexibility, which came with its own issues. “The last few years, they let us break it down into two or three

payments as we were struggling to come up with the large sum of money to pay each year up front. They charged us more, though, since we weren’t paying it all up front.” So $10,000 became $12,000, but broken up into multiple payments. While speaking with The Chatham Voice, Hime learned the new owners would accept multiple payments, just as the former owners did. Instead of scrambling for $10,000, she said the immediate target is $4,000. Hime said that was great news. “We aren’t close to having a year (of rental fees). Now we can buy a little more time to try to figure out how we can raise these funds that are needed.” Hime had feared the children’s home would have been dissolved if the property owners hadn’t shown such flexibility. “The only other option I can think of would have been separating the kids and finding another children’s home to put them into,” she said. “Which to me is not a solution at all. These kids are each other’s family. Separating them would traumatize them incredibly, especially after

they’ve already lost so much.” To help raise funds to keep the home running, Hime had started a GoFundMe page for the sustainability of Maison Ke Kontan. She said it was slow to see results. But Hime said support in Chatham-Kent for Hime For Help has been incredible over the years. “I’d just like to thank the community once again for the ongoing support and for making it possible to keep doing what we are doing, and to all those who have already donated or shared our GoFundMe page, every little bit helps,” she said. “Spreading the word, hosting a fundraiser, whether it be an event or even as simple as a bake sale, yard sale, etc. is appreciated.” To visit the GoFundMe page, visit: https://www. dn_cpgntopnavlarge_r&fbclid=IwAR0RqlD6rQ_HWbrwsDq925dlB-yO7KyNEF5iR7s5K9bwXY-E_7J_a_ BvZHc

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This little fella and its mate wandered into a north Chatham backyard on a recent spring morning, taking time to smell everything, including this plastic table that winds had knocked down. The curiosity saw the pair casually wander the yard despite the fact possums are typically nocturnal in nature.

Senior award nominations open The Chatham Voice

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is taking an opportunity to thank older adults and seniors and celebrate their achievements during Senior Month in June. Once again, the mayor’s office is co-ordinating nominations for Senior Achievement Awards. The purpose of this awards are to recognize and honour older adults age 55-plus that have achieved significant goals and made out-

standing contributions as volunteers within Chatham-Kent. “We have so many seniors who volunteer their time and effort to make Chatham-Kent an amazing community,” said Mayor Darrin Canniff in a media release. “I encourage anyone who knows of a deserving individual to nominate them.” This marks the 32nd year for the Senior Achievement Awards. Nomination forms will be available at all Chatham-Kent Municipal

Did You Know? CKCF will be distributing over $450,000 in grants this spring to eligible Chatham-Kent charities.

Time is running out . . . Spring application deadline is March 31, 2019


Centres, (Chatham, Blenheim, Dresden, Ridgetown, Tilbury and Wallaceburg), all Chatham-Kent public libraries, all 11 seniors’ centres within the municipality and online at Presentation of the awards will take place at the 2019 Chatham-Kent

Senior Expo and Achievement Awards on June 7 at 11 a.m. at the Blenheim Recreation Centre. For more information, please contact The Senior Expo committee chairperson Karen Herman, at 519-437-1640 or the Mayor’s Office at 519-360-1998 Ext. 3001.

The best-selling author who inspired the One Book, One Community reading program will be in Chatham next month to discuss her book and sign copies. To celebrate the grand finale of the 2019 CK Reads program, Chatham-Kent Public Library (CKPL) welcomes the New York Times number one bestselling author Kelley Armstrong to the Kiwanis Theatre on April 27 at 1 pm. Enjoy an afternoon with the author and join in a lively discussion about her book, City of the Lost. Armstrong will also be available to sign copies of her books. In January, CKPL

launched its third annual One Book, One Community project, CK Reads. CK Reads encourages residents throughout Chatham-Kent to read the same book and come together as a community to explore its themes and issues in a variety of settings. City of the Lost is a crime thriller set in the wilderness of the Yukon. Armstrong is a bestselling author who lives in southwestern Ontario. City of the Lost is book one in Kelley’s popular Rockton series. This is a free event and no registration is required. To find out more about CK Reads programs and events, visit




Holocaust survivor finds home as ALC volunteer

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Frederica Polak, 94, known by those who love her as Freddie, is a long-time volunteer at the Active Lifestyle Centre in Chatham. She has been cleaning for 19 years and considers the ALC to be her second home.

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with him in Austria until they decided to get away from Europe and its memories and move to Canada. She was 43 and her husband was 50 at the time. She said they settled in Dealtown, and Polak got her first job at the Southwest Regional Centre, where she worked for 22 years until 1989. “From the beginning, we were lucky because we always had what was necessary. We had very good neighbours and everyone was very nice to us,” she noted. “German was my first language and we had to get used to a new place but people helped me with the language and our neighbours were very good to us.” One of those neighbours was John Schofield, father of The Chatham Voice’s own Sarah Schofield, who introduced Polak to the ALC after her husband died. With no car or licence, she relied on neighbours to give her a ride. Soon, the centre became her home away from home. “I’m not one for cards or games, but I can clean. Everyone here is very nice to me and that’s why I like it here. It’s my second home really,” Polak said. She quickly became a big part of the volunteer core and is beloved by everyone who gets to know her. “We love our Freddie,” said ALC Activities Director Jan Reinhardus. “She is incredible and never misses a day.” Still in her home in Dealtown, Polak is at the ALC three times a week and wants to keep her independence as long as possible. She has two children with grandkids and great grandkids who she speaks about with pride.




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104 Windfield, $436,000 ........................................Kelly-Anne Appleton, Royal LePage Peifer Realty


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410 Twilight Trail, $399,900 ...................................Deb Rhodes, Royal LePage Peifer Realty


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Funding partnerships now available in C-K The Chatham Voice

Municipal officials say applications are now available for the 2019 round of the Community Partnership Fund (CPF). Council allocates funds each year for distribution to community groups through the competitive CPF process. Groups that have projects in mind for 2019 are invited to apply for funding of up to 50 per cent of project costs, to a maximum of $10,000 per

project for community projects and a maximum of $5,000 per project under the festival and events component. The deadline for applications for this round of funding is April 12 at 4:30 p.m. Grant guidelines are available at all municipal centres, information desks and public libraries throughout Chatham-Kent, and will also be available online at www.chatham-kent. ca under the Residents

heading. (Choose the “Community Funding” link, and then click on “Community Partnership Fund.”) This year marks the first year that all applications are to be submitted online. Those needing access to a computer may visit any municipal library branch and use one of their computers. A committee composed of citizens and representatives from various municipal departments will review all applications.

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New EMC rep for Chatham-Kent The Chatham Voice

Chatham-Kent Economic Development is welcoming Jason Bates, the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium’s (EMC) new Field Service Advisor for the region. Bates has been with EMC for nearly 12 years and in that time has developed the London Region Consortium into a group of 150 manufacturers working

together to help each other continuously improve. Currently there are 25 EMC member companies in Chatham-Kent and Bates will be working with Economic Development and other partners to actively engage local manufacturers and grow the Consortium.

“I am looking forward to engaging with the Chatham-Kent Manufacturing Sector and helping to bring a stronger focus to manufacturing to all of southwestern Ontario,” said Bates in a media release. “We have reJason Bates cently seen a lot of new activity and I hope to continue to build on the mo-

mentum and help the region improve its diversification.” EMC’s Strategic Interest Group Sessions tap into the expertise already in place in the local manufacturing community. Members gather together monthly at different manufacturing facilities to share best practices & benchmark around anything and everything that happens in a manufacturing facility.








These sessions also include in-depth plant tours and group continuous improvement exercises that provide the host company with feedback from their peers in the sector. “By networking and sharing non-competitive information, businesses can realize increased growth opportunities,” said Geoff Wright, Business Development Specialist with Economic Development Services. “Partnering with industry experts, trade associations, and consortiums like the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, helps local manufacturing companies learn about best-practises in their sector and provide business forums for representatives of local manufacturing and food-processors to meet each other.” Wright added, “I want to thank our previous EMC field representative, Wernher Verbraeken, for his generous insights and collaborative nature in working with Economic Development representatives and area companies.” For more information about EMC and the range of member services they offer, please visit: or contact Chatham-Kent Economic Development Services at 519-351-7700 for an introduction to EMC or to learn more about the services available.

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The Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce has named its recipients for the 130th annual Business Excellence Awards. Brenda Leclair of Outreach for Hunger wins Citizen of the Year. Community Living Chatham-Kent is named Corporate Citizen of the Year. Small Business of the Year goes to Nest Realty. Entrepreneur of the year goes to Wooly Doodle’s Elizabeth Suni, while Hannah Bientema receives Youth Entrepreneur of the Year and Matthew Venheule Young Entrepreneur of the Year. John Fry of JM Fry Furniture Design is Business Individual of the Year, while Morena McDonald of 519- Events & Promotions earns Young Business Individual of the Year. The awards will be handed out April 11 at Club Lentinas.







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• Decide on the room’s entire look before selecting your paint. This will al­low you to really pull the room together with colour.

Don’t we all dream of the pleasures of dining al fresco with family or friends in a beautiful backyard setting? Just imagine yourself on a brand new patio, one designed in perfect harmony with Mother Nature. Sipping drinks surrounded by the scent of flowers and enjoying a meal in the shade of a tree would bring such pleasure and relaxation.

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Six Renovation Projects to tackle this year The sunny season is finally back! With its high temperatures and long, clear days, summer is the perfect time of year to tackle those outstanding tasks that you’ve been “meaning” to get around to. Take advantage of the pleasant days ahead to accomplish these six home renovation projects. 1. REPAVE THE DRIVEWAY If your driveway is in (very) bad condition and showing signs of wear like cracks or crevasses, it’s high time to take action. Did you know that summer is the best season to repave? Indeed, high outdoor temperatures are necessary to achieve optimal results that will stand the test of time. So, give your driveway some much-needed attention this summer! 2. REPAIR THE ROOF It’s a fact: bad weather (rain, wind, snow, ice, etc.) can cause serious damage to your roof. This summer, enlist the help of a professional to determine if your roof is in need of repairs (or a complete overhaul). Have your roofer check for damaged or missing shingles, mould, clogged gutters, etc. Regular inspections are essential to prevent water leaks and other inconveniences that can result from poor roof maintenance. 3. REPLACE THE WINDOWS AND DOORS Are you all too familiar with infiltration (water or air) or insulation problems? If your windows and doors have served their time, or if you simply wish to modify the look of your home with newer units, keep in mind that summer is the ideal time to replace them. In addition to not having to worry about heat loss, you won’t have to sacrifice home comfort during the installation phase since outside temperatures are (almost) always agreeable at this time of year. If your windows and doors don’t need replacing, take advantage of the warmer days to make them sparkle. 4. REFRESH YOUR HOME’S FACADE Is your home’s facade looking a little lacklustre these days? This summer, take the opportunity to give it a well overdue facelift! If you don’t have the budget for major renovation work, a simple high-pressure cleaning and a fresh coat of paint can significantly rejuvenate the look of your humble abode.



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Unfortunately, you can’t always be swimming, and the humidity, extreme heat and sunlight can make your home feel very uncomfortable. The solution? Install an air conditioning system to turn your home into a cool oasis during heat waves. Should you get a window unit or a portable air conditioner? A central air conditioning system or a heat pump? You can get all the advice you need from an air conditioning expert. These pros can suggest a model that fits your needs, the characteristics of your home, your bud­get and municipal bylaws for acceptable noise le­vels. Be sure to look into the latter before you start shopping. If you decide on a central air conditio­ner or heat pump, it’s best to hire a contractor for the job. That way you can be sure the installation is done to standard and that your unit will give you op­timal performance. You already enjoy the benefits of air conditioning in your home? Make sure your system is working properly and provides good quality air. See to it that all the components (fan, filters, pipes, etc.) are properly maintained via an annual ins­pection by an expert. As you can see, there’s more involved than just choosing an air conditioning system. You also need to ensure that your unit is installed and maintained so it can give you maximum output and last a long time. Do it right, and your home will be comfortable all summer long, for years to come.



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Ideal plants Choose flowers and other plants that contrast in colour with your sculpture. If the sculpture is white, try planting deep blue hostas at its feet; if it’s dark, choose white, yellow or light pink flowers for maximum impact. Avoid plants that are overly bulky or invasive — anything that could steal the spotlight from your sculpture. You wouldn’t want to get stuck having to trim a shrub every month to reveal your artwork. A rock garden at the base of the sculpture is another visually interesting option.



Redecorate without spending a fortune The best way to give your home a facelift without spending a fortune is to use materials that you already have on hand. With a bit of time and effort you can restore furniture and freshen up your home very inexpensively.

If your old furniture is made of solid wood, for example, it can easily be refurbished and enjoyed for years to come. Just strip it down or paint it a fashionable colour. You could also remove or add decorative features and change any handles or knobs for modern ones. Next, find out when and where aucGrass Cutting Stump Removal tions will be held in your area. These Trimming Aerating estate sales and close-outs are one of the cheapest ways to furnish a home. Landscaping Fertilizing If you’re a real bargain hunter, choose Tree Removal Rolling defective items and fix them up: chairs with damaged caning, drapes with Tree Pruning Sod & Seeding frayed edges, or repainted furniture. Fall Clean Up Lawn Programs Antique dealers may turn up their noses because of the work involved Spring Clean Up Snow Removal in restoring such things, but if you’re patient and savvy, you can acquire the Sign up for a Seasonal lawn care program. Cuts starting at $29.99/wkly cut know-how to do this kind of repair work. We will Now hiring If you’d like to create a warm, cozy price match experienced any commercial atmosphere in your living room, a bioethanol fireplace could be an workers contract economical as well as an ecological The Royal Treatment includes: solution. This type of fireplace is easy aerating, rolling and fertilize starting at $120 (based on 4000sq.ft. yard) to install, does not require a chimney, uses renewable energy, and quickly Residential - Commercial heats a room. It is also smokeless, scentless, and there are no ashes to clean up. This sort of fireplace does Follow us on Facebook for monthly promotions Gift Certificates Available require certification, however, and can be installed in fairly large, well Visit our booth #117 at only ventilated rooms.

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Spring is fast approaching, meaning that the snow and ice accumulated over the winter is about to melt en masse. This has the potential to cause all sorts of damage, from roof leaks to basement flooding and sewer backups. Here are three tips to help you keep such unpleasant situations at bay. 1. Test your sump pump A sump pump in poor condition can lead to a soggy nightmare — especially during the springtime thaw. You definitely don’t want to miss work or cancel plans because you’re too busy draining, cleaning and airing out your drenched basement. Be proactive and call a local plumber to test your drains, clean your sump pump and make any necessary repairs to prevent flooding in your home. 2. Inspect your rain gutters When your gutters are obstructed or damaged, water from melting snow and ice will flow where it can — usually onto the roof or foundation. This is a surefire way for water to infiltrate into your home. Avoid this by calling a pro to make sure that your gutters are solidly attached and allow for optimal water drainage, far away from your home’s foundation. 3. Maintain your drain A French drain that’s obstructed by debris or inadequately installed can back up your sewer, leaving water to escape from every opening in your plumbing system. Make sure you never have to face such an ordeal by having your drain regularly inspected and cleaned by a drainage specialist.

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Do you know someone who is graduating from high school this year? If yes, the Chatham-Kent Police Services Board invites those pursuing post-secondary education at a recognized institution in September of 2019 to submit a video addressing one of the three pillars of commitment to the community as stated by Chief Gary Conn in the 2018-2020 CKPS Business Plan. The purpose of this challenge is to engage students across Cha-

tham-Kent to raise awareness and offer solutions to social issues facing our community. This initiative will give graduating students the chance to creatively produce a video to help combat road safety concerns, address mental health or ways to reduce property crimes. The campaign is designed as an opportunity for our youth to discuss public safety concerns and be part of the solution. Deadline to submit videos is March 22. For more information, visit


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• Pepper (1:00pm) and fun darts (7:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. • Mother Goose at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. 10:00am-10:30am every Wednesday until May 29. Songs, rhymes and stories for chidren 0-24 months and their caregivers. Drop in, please bring a blanket to sit on. Thursday, March 28, 2019 • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Everyone Welcome. • CKPL hosts author Amy Haimerl at the Retro Suites at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Eventbrite, search “Amy Haimerl”. For more info visit

Friday, March 22, 2019 • Meal (5:15pm-6:30pm), open darts (7:30pm) and Catch the Ace (drawn at 6:30pm). The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Choice of cabbage rolls, roast beef or fish & chips for $10.00. Everyone Welcome.

• The 59th Annual Lenten Noon Hour Interdenominational Service at Christ Church, 80 Wellington St. W., Chatham (beside the bus depot) 12:10pm until 12:35pm and will be followed by a sandwich luncheon in the parish hall. The theme this year is “Reclaiming the Story”. The speaker will be The Rev. Albert Lambkin, First Baptist Church of Chatham. “Reclaiming Wisdom”. Free will offering to help Outreach within our community.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 • 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 9:30am11:00am. Everyone is most welcome.

Saturday, March 30, 2019 • St. Joseph’s CWL’s is sponsoring a giant garage sale from 8:30am-11:30pm in the Spirit and Life Centre, 184 Wellington St. W., Chatham. Refreshments available. To book a table call Beth at 519-352-7479.

• Meat draw (4:00pm-6:00pm) and dance (4:30pm-9:30pm) featuring Flashback at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome.

• Campbell A.M.E. Church, corner of King St. E. & Prince St. S., side door invite you to their spring indoor yard & bake sale. Lots of different items, something for everyone. 8:30am-noon. All welcome. Hot dogs & sausage on a bun available.

• Giant Indoor Vendor Sale at the Wallaceburg & District Museum, 505 King St. 8:00am-1:00pm. Crafts, antiques, collectibles, household, baby, jewellery and bake table. Raffles and more! *Elevator Accessible. Please donate your gently used items to benefit the museum. 519-627-8962. Sunday, March 24, 2019 • Chatham Granite Club Sunday Brunch at 41 William St N., Chatham. $10/adults, $5/4-12yrs, Under 4 free. 10:30am-1:00pm. 519-352-4324. Monday, March 25, 2019 • Open euchre (1:00pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone welcome. Tuesday, March 26, 2019 • Tulip Tree Needlearts Monthly Meeting, 7:00pm at Honey Electric, 400 Park Ave. W., Chatham. Supporting all forms of needlework - cross stitch, needlepoint and embroidery. New members welcome. For info call Karen 519-354-1985. • Open euchre (1:00pm), open shuffleboard (7:00pm) and two-person euchre (7:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Everyone Welcome.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 • We welcome all ladies to Calvary Coffee Break, 34 Victoria Ave., at Barth St. Informal bible study, coffee, snacks, occasional speaker. 9:30am11:00am. Handicapped accessible. 519-354-4235. • Scrabble Club at the Wallaceburg branch of the CKPL. 1:00pm-4:00pm. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own board or borrow one from the library. Registration not required.

Monday, April 1, 2019 • Bev Fish, a local artist, is offering a one day special. Call the ALC for price & details. 519-352-5633. Wednesday, April 3, 2019 • Lake Erie Yellow Perch “Take Out Only” Dinner at Sprucedale United Church, 493 Victoria Ave., Chatham. 4:30pm-6:30pm. Adults $20; Children 12 and under $10. Purchase your tickets in advance. 519-354-0060. Friday, April 5, 2019 • Free PA Day at First Reformed Church, cnr of Lacroix and Indian Creek Rd., Chatham. Ages 4-10. 8:30am-3:30pm. Featuring Lakeshore Academy of Fine Arts (Disney Cabaret Workshop) followed by crafts, music, stories, exercises and sports. Lunch and snacks provided at no cost. Call 519-351-0046 or email Space is limited. FREE TUTORING - Every Tuesday night from 5:30pm-7:30pm at First Reformed Church. For info call Betty at 519-354-8902. CK Metal Detecting Club. Last Thursday of the month. Erickson Arena. 7:00pm. Guests welcome. Kent Coin Club. Third Wednesday of the month. Library at John McGregor Secondary School. 7:30pm. Al Oulds - president - 519-695-5131. Come From Away (Toronto). The Active Lifestyle Centre one day bus trip on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 includes bus, tickets and dinner on the way home. Trips fill up quickly! Call for info and to reserve your seat. 519-352-5633. Submit your coming events to or



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School focuses on helping homeless The Chatham Voice

Throughout the year, students and staff at St. Vincent Catholic School have been learning about homelessness in Chatham-Kent. Now, they’re putting their learning into action. After reading about homelessness in Canada, the Grade 8 students wanted to learn more about homelessness in Chatham-Kent. Through inquiry and more research, as well as visits by community members to speak to junior and intermediate

students on the subject, students and staff decided to help make a difference for marginalized citizens in our community. On two occasions in February, the Grade 8 students volunteered at the St. Agnes Soup Kitchen. “Now, as another way of putting our learning into action, and in keeping with our Lenten promise of almsgiving, we are working as a school community to support both the Salvation Army and the St. Agnes Soup Kitchen,” Nicole Stevens, Principal of St. Vincent



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Students and staff celebrate St. Vincent Catholic School’s Lenten project, which supported the Salvation Army and St. Agnes Soup Kitchen. From left, front row, students Benedict Evenden-Knowles and Carson Nogueira. Back row, Cathy Bechard, Grade 8 teacher; Cassius Salvador, student; Jami Vandevenne, Salvation Army; Emma Zimmer, student; Patricia Riberdy, St. Agnes Soup Kitchen; Pierre Cadotte, St. Agnes Soup Kitchen; Braden Twigg, student; and Brenden McKay, student.

Catholic School, said in a media release. “These two organizations do so much to help the home-

less in our community.” Students collected non-perishable foods and personal items that are

needed by organizations which support those in need. The items included toothpaste, body wash

and other toiletries, coffee, boxed beef or chicken broth, shampoo and sugar.

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2. HOUSING: Establish your budget and stick to it. Are electricity and heating included in the rent? Keep in mind that it isn’t wise to pay for services that you won’t really use. For example, you won’t need an apartment with a kitchen if you plan to take all your meals in a dining room. 3. FACILITIES: Assess your level of autonomy. Do you need a lift or a wheel chair ramp? Visit a lot of homes, by comparing services, costs, and atmosphere, you’ll gradually get an idea of what you like and need. If you know some people who already live in the residence you are considering, they could be a great source of information. They are the best people to talk to regarding the quality of meals, the attitude of employees, and the availability of services. If you don’t know anyone, ask the home to introduce you to some of the residents and take full advantage of your meetings with them. 4. SECURITY: Are there fire sprinklers in your apartment or a security guard in the building? What do you need to feel safe? 5. CLEANING: How often are the rooms cleaned? Are pets allowed?

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6. ACCESSIBILITY: Would you like to live near your children? And which businesses or services do you want close by?

7. ASSISTANCE: Does the home offer the kind of assistance that you need? This is important if you require help to take a bath or to get dressed in the morning. What would happen if you lost your independence? Exactly what services are included in the scheduled costs? If you want to avoid being forced to move out at some point in the future, these are essential questions to ask. 8. HEALTH CARE: Do you have special health-care needs? Find out if there is a doctor or nurse on site. 9. FOOD: Does the menu appeal to you, and is the mealtime schedule convenient? Being able to look forward to your meals is a reasonable priority.

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10. RECREATION: Is there a fitness centre, swimming pool, social activities or library? Will you be able to pursue your favourite sports and pastimes? Ask the home’s management if you can spend a day there as a guest in order to evaluate for yourself the quality of their welcome, the atmosphere, the meals, and the activities. Ultimately, you are the best judge!

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The Chatham Voice, March 21, 2019  

The March 21, 2019 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.

The Chatham Voice, March 21, 2019  

The March 21, 2019 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.