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Recent cool weather gave us a beautiful treat along Erie Shore Drive. These pilings were capped by ice as waves delivered the moisture, and the cool temperature froze layers of water onto the pilings before it could roll back into the lake.

Survey gives voice to C-K residents

By Mary Beth Corcoran

Access to services locally, wait times for emergency services and specialists, and a lack of adequate funding to health care are the three main topics that have some people in Chatham-Kent concerned, according to a recent sur-

vey. The Chatham-Kent Health Coalition, with the Wallaceburg-Walpole Island First Nation Health Coalition released Monday the results of a survey they sent out to the community at large. Shirley Roebuck, co-chair of the coalition, said she was pleased that 370 peo-

ple took the time to fill out the survey. “We distributed surveys all over Chatham-Kent,” Roebuck said. “We had them at numerous places including the Active Lifestyle Centre, doctors’ offices and online. “We took that data and with some volunteers, we were able to create statis-

tics from the answers that were given to our survey questions and so we can create for the public clear answers as to what the people of Chatham-Kent think are important and required for local healthcare services,” Roebuck explained. In the report on the survey results, the Coali-

tion stated that, to date, “There has been little opportunity, if any, for residents of the hospitals’ catchment area to give meaningful input into decisions regarding the future of their local hospital services,” and the group is “deeply concerned about service cuts and lack of democratic public

input and accountability in our local hospitals.” The survey results indicate that about 33 per cent of respondents from the Chatham area had to travel outside of their home community to access the care they needed, and 44 per cent from Wallaceburg.

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Chatham-Kent Health Coalition member Dave Hebblethwaite, left, joins co-chairs Rick MacLean and Shirley Roebuck at a press conference Monday releasing the results of the community health-care survey they conducted in Chatham-Kent.

urology and in my opinion, when you become older, urology is a more important department to have.” Roebuck agreed that Chatham-Kent is an aging community, and many people don’t have the financial resources or the physical stamina in some cases to be traveling out of town to access services. “I know that the CKHA is in a deficit position but that situation has to be remedied by the powers that be – the provincial government,” Roebuck said. “We are an aging community of 110,000 residents so why do I not hear any of our leaders talking about celebrating


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unexpected. “Almost 100 per cent of respondents from Chatham and the surrounding area supported the need for a Wallaceburg hospital. We are no longer two communities, we are the community of Chatham-Kent and the respondents overwhelmingly told us they need two campuses,” she noted. The question of where the money will come from to restore service levels is one the Coalition said needs to be addressed by the provincial government and the CKHA. “Stop giving tax breaks to large corporations and channel that money into

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It’s closing time ... for Dan Chahbar Local businessman selling his stake in Crabby Joe’s after 18 years

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From the time Dan Chahbar drops his kids off at school in the morning until they are ready to be tucked into bed, or even after they’re asleep, he is ensconced in a local restaurant. Some might put “-aholic” as part of the adjective used to describe him, and they’d be right if they used “work” to preface it. For the past 18 years, he’s owned and operated Crabby Joe’s in town. But now he has sold the business to spend more time with his family. For Dan, it’s a bit like trading one family for another. “A lot of these patrons, we’ve hung out outside of Crabby Joe’s. We’ve played golf, done charity work. There are a lot of people I will continue to be friends with outside of this restaurant,” he said. As part of his bachelor party, a group of Crabby Joe’s patrons took Dan out to play paintball. And then there is the

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Dan Chahbar stands outside Crabby Joe’s in Chatham, a roadhouse he’s owned and operated for the past 18 years. He’s sold the business to focus on spending more time with his young family.

it,” he said. “I got married later in life and have young kids. I want a smaller business.” Dan admitted he wasn’t actively looking to sell, but a Windsor-area businessman changed his mind.

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Joe’s franchises in Leamington and Essex, as well as a Chuck’s Roadhouse in Windsor. Dan said he has nothing planned for the short term, save for time off work, and time on with his family.

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Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services is updating the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program throughout the municipality, and that includes adding more defibrillators. A tragic example came during this year’s Christmas parade when a bystander suffered a cardiac arrest near King Street and Forsyth Street. Off-duty firefighters and paramedics, volunteering in the parade, jumped into action, starting CPR immediately. A quick-thinking firefighter retrieved the public access defibrillator from the Capitol Theatre and delivered shocks to the cardiac arrest victim several minutes before emergency vehicles ar-

rived. The municipality would like any citizen in Chatham-Kent to be familiar with CPR and defibrillators, and be comfortable taking the exact same actions in an emergency. Enhancements being made to the PAD program will include, more defibrillators in municipal buildings; more training opportunities for municipal staff to learn CPR and defibrillator use; a public map for municipal and private business defibrillators; and co-ordination of those locations with 911 dispatch to provide information to callers. The municipality will also put CPR and defibrillation information up on the website, including a get-started package for private businesses

or community groups; a central registry for qualified training agencies in Chatham-Kent to assist the public looking for training, and the addition of defibrillator inspections within prevention programs, as well as CPR demonstrations on home visits. The community program is recommended by scientific evidence and research reviewed by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. The municipality is required by the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care to have a plan and performance targets to reach people suffering from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who require early defibrillation and early CPR. This plan, and perfor-

mance targets are to include all types of responders such as citizens, non-emergency response municipal staff, fire fighters and paramedics. These are cases where time makes an enormous difference. The closest person with even just five minutes of training can potentially save a life. In 2011, the Ontario Defibrillator Access Initiative of the provincial government and Heart & Stroke was formed with one-time assistance to help municipalities launch these programs. Recent updates to the HSFO research reinforce the value of this program and emphasize strategic placement of more defibrillators, public awareness and public education in our community.

Scott Ramey, assistant chief of Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services, shows off a defibrillator. The municipality is augmenting its supply, and encourages citizens to know how to use them.

Market, said thanks but no thanks Friday. The chamber released its list of winners recently, with awards to be presented March 30 at the Business of Excellence Awards banquet at Club Lentinas. The Dutch Market received the business of the year accolade, while

Carolyn Powers is citizen of the year, Enviroshake industry of the year, Tricia Xavier business professional of the year, Fred Neclario entrepreneur of the year, and Natalie Devolder youth entrepreneur of the year. On Friday, the chamber announced that Charlie Huls, president of The

Dutch Market, declined the honour. “I truly appreciate the honour of The Dutch Market being selected by the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce as the business has made great efforts in the past year, however, in reflection, respectfully have chosen to decline the award,” Huls

said in a release. Christopher June, chair of the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce, said such things have happened in the past. “It’s not uncommon for the chamber to receive notification from a potential award winner who is humbled by the nomination but in the end, de-

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The winner of business of the year for the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce, The Dutch

clines to follow through with the judging process. The nomination, in itself, is complimentary to them,” June said in a release. “The board of directors, has graciously accepted the decline of The Dutch Market for Business of the Year, and are respectful of this later decision.”

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Home Show starts Friday

By Bruce Corcoran

Despite the recent cool

weather, spring is here. There is no surer sign than the annual Chatham-Kent Spring Home Show.

The event, which takes place Friday to Sunday at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre, will again

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Two-year-old Emmalee Randall of Blenheim and her mom Karen made some new friends at the 2016 Chatham-Kent Home and Garden Show as they checked out the Southwestern Ornamental Concrete display. The show returns this weekend.

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feature about 130 exhibitors. While the number of exhibitors remains pretty standard, Stuart Galloway, owner of 20/20 Productions, the company that organizes and runs the event, said there is always something new each year. “We can’t really grow much more. But it’s always evolving. There are always new people coming in,” he said. “We probably have about 35 per cent new exhibitors each year. It’s always fresh.” Galloway’s operation took over the home show about seven years ago, he said, after striking a deal with John Cryderman, who used to run the event. “It’s worked out well. We love being in Chatham,” Galloway said. “We get great support from the exhibit side and from the attending side.” Just as the exhibitors change to some extent annually, so too does the needs of the patrons. “Your renovation needs

are always changing,” Galloway said. “Usually, people don’t do it all at once.” The show offers the opportunity for a form of one-stop shopping as well, with various companies under one roof, all very accessible to the public. “When you put that many competitors together, the consumer always wins,” Galloway said. He added the show easily allows people looking to renovate or have yard work done gain access to businesses to schedule work before their calendars fill up. “They can usually get to the businesses that haven’t booked for their full year yet. It’s a great time to go and book your jobs,” he said. Galloway said Mother Nature threw us all a curve ball this year, but the calendar does indeed tell us it’s spring. “I think everybody thought spring was here,” he said of the unseasonably warm weather in Jan-

uary and February. “And summer was going to be in March. The weather has a fun way of getting back at us after we were getting spoiled.” The Home Show is slotted in as the first such show of the season in Southwestern Ontario, Galloway said, by choice. “It gets people a little bit excited. They think, ‘The show’s here and maybe we should start thinking of what we need in the backyard,’” Galloway said. The Spring Home Show is only one of 20/20’s events. They started with the Windsor Home Show in 1992, Galloway said. Since that time, they’ve expanded, including here in Chatham-Kent. The C-K Farm Show, another 20/20 event, recently enjoyed its fifth show. The Spring Home Show runs Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5. Children under 16 are free.

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Time to listen Somewhere it is written that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. It’s the hope of Chatham-Kent residents that the re-organization of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance doesn’t fit that definition. Interim President and CEO Ken Deane and provincially appointed supervisor Rob Devitt have made a number of changes within senior administration and the community is waiting to see what kind of board structure will be in place and how the Wallaceburg campus fits into the overall CKHA picture. The Chatham-Kent Health Coalition recently circulated a survey and publicized the results, and while the main issues of lack of local services and long wait times weren’t surprising, the support of 98 per cent of the 370 respondents for a Wallaceburg hospital with an emergency room and restored services was. When the people of Chatham and Wallaceburg agree on something, it is an occasion that should make the decision makers pause and think. While money to fund services is a huge factor for the CKHA, the make-up of the community and the services it wants and needs should be another one. As the coalition co-chairs point out, Chatham-Kent is fashioning itself as an age-friendly community, but moving out entire departments such as urology does not jive well with an aging population. The services seniors want and need are in short supply locally and require driving to London, Windsor, Sarnia and sometimes Toronto. When you are a senior with limited resources or family in the area, it creates a huge problem and lets some of our most vulnerable citizens fall through the cracks. And that definitely does not look good for people over 50 wanting to move to our area. Hot housing prices and an age-friendly designation can only take us so far. The coalition survey gives legitimacy to the concerns many people have voiced with local health care, and also lets the CKHA know that there is support for services where people live. The problem is still, and will probably remain funding from the federal government on down. The province is killing rural health care and until it learns what the term “local priority” means, we will be stuck with Toronto-centric problem solving that does nothing to meet the needs of the people of Chatham-Kent.

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Reader supports local business Sir: I don’t often make my opinion public, but after being called stupid I want to address and issue. Recently while shopping I ran into some folks I knew. We got talking about shopping and I said I supported small local businesses as much as possible, using my favourite tea shop as

an example. I got told that I was stupid to do this; it was too expensive to shop local. Seriously? I was shocked. So here is my response to that. These people go to Tim Hortons every day to buy tea and coffee. They

spend $2 each time. So in a week of two cups every day – they go more often than that by the way – they spend $28/week for 14 cups. Now in comparison, I shop at a local Chatham tea store spend less than $10 for 50 grams of tea which will give me,

depending on the tea, 20-25 cups of tea. That is almost two weeks worth of their beverage choice. Now in my opinion that does not make me the stupid one. Shop local and help support our own; I proudly do! Estelle Demers Chatham

What is the impact of fake news? Sir: President Donald Trump has emphasized the ill effects of fake news, but I was shocked to see a recent factual TV program hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz. He said he had been bothered by all this talk about fake news and had discussed this with a colleague, neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen, asking an unusual question.

Could the human brain be hacked by fake news? The doctor made several tests, the basis of which are befuddling to me, but he proved that three subjects whom he tested revealed differences attributable to the impact of fake news on their baseline beliefs. I think it is very important that members of the

public follow this advice and check very carefully the sources from which they collect their information. Maybe we should ignore Mark Twain, once a reporter with a Virginia City, Nevada, newspaper. Later he said a writer should: “get your facts first and then you can distort ‘em as much as

you please.” Twain, who was friendly with Rudyard Kipling, later wrote about the great British author: “Between us, we cover all knowledge; he covers all that can be known and I cover the rest.” I would love to read Kipling’s response! Stephen Beecroft Chatham

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake slated for April 1, 2 By Mary Beth Corcoran

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Chatham-Kent are getting ready for their biggest fundraiser at Bowlerama in Chatham April 1 and 2. According to BBBS executive director Nan Stuckey, Bowl for Kids’ Sake has been the organization’s top fundraiser for 30 years, and the goal this year is $25,000. With the theme, Lace Up to be an Every Day Superhero, Stuckey said first responders in the community will be creating teams to bowl in the fundraiser, with the community celebrities bowling with the kids April 2 at 1 p.m. “It’s great for first responders like police and fire personnel to come and expose the kids to everyday super heroes,” Stuckey

explained. “It helps the kids see they (first responders) are normal people they can rely on.” Participants raise money by gathering pledges and members of the community are welcome to put in a team. Stuckey said if individuals or couples want to join, they can be matched with a team. “It’s two hours of free bowling and free shoe rental and it’s fun way to get together with friends to have fun, get some exercise and raise money for a good cause,” Stuckey said. For every $100 raised, people will have the chance to win some big prizes such a Smart TV. All donations will be issued a tax receipt. BBBS is asking for people to register by March 31. Call 519351-1582 or go to


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Thomas Palacios, 9, a “little” with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent, practices his bowling technique with placement student Logan McQueen at Chatham Bowlerama.

The Blenheim & District Chamber of Commerce has announced its award recipients. Jennifer Wilson is citizen of the year, an award she also won in 2016, courtesy the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce. Wilson grew up on Main Street in Blenheim, married a local farmer, worked in the family business in Blenheim, and aggressively supports various local charities, including as founding chair of the Chatham-Kent Hospice and chair of the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario and as a director of YMCA Canada. The chamber named Platinum Produce Ltd. as agriculturalist of the year. Cross Country Manufacturing is entrepreneur of the year. The awards night takes place March 30 at 6 p.m. at Deer Run Golf Course. Tickets are $25 per person. The Guest Speaker is Toby Barrett, MPP Haldimand Norfolk, Official Opposition Critic to the Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs.

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UCC brings back Wizard of Oz First repeat production in school theatre company’s 23-year history

By Bruce Corcoran

The theatre folks at Ursuline College Chatham pressed the replay button this year, and can’t wait to see the results. For the first time in the school’s drama history, the UCC Theatre Company is repeating a show it has done in the past. This year, they’re bringing The Wizard of Oz back for shows April 5-8. The company also did it 21 years ago. “It’s the first duplicate of our repertoire,” director and UCC teacher Jim Dunlop said. “It was a show that some of the adults who are involved this year did as students. I’m one of them,” he said. “The Wizard of Oz was one of the first ones we (the UCC Theatre Company) did. It was a big budget, famous musical.” The theatre company got its start in 1994, performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat. It was followed by Annie a year later. Dunlop said over the years, the company has put on 20 shows over the past 23 years, with only a few years where there was no show, including last year. The theatre company tar-

gets musicals for several reasons, Dunlop said. “Half of our shows are geared towards elementary school kids. Musicals are crowd pleasers,” he said. They also take a lot of people to pull off, increasing student body involvement. Dunlop said there are 30 students on stage for the show, 25 under the stage in the orchestra pit, a like amount back stage and another half dozen in the lighting and audio booth. “It takes a small army to make this happen,” he said. Add to that about 20 teachers and adult volunteers, and you have your army. “The musical provides more opportunities for people to be involved.” Auditions began back in September. Since late that month, the cast has been rehearsing two or three times a week. “It’s a bit of a monster,” Dunlop said of the time commitment. But talking with performers quickly leads one to realize, no one minds. Matt Buis, who is taking part in his first theatre production and gets to play the Scarecrow, is smitten. “I love it. I love the music

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From left, Jack Gillis (the Cowardly Lion), Matt Buis (The Scarecrow), and Zach Coristine (the Tin Man) are part of this year’s UCC Theatre Company’s Wizard of Oz production, taking place April 5-8.

and the way everything comes together,” he said. “It’s a team effort.” Jack Gillis has some familiarity with the stage, but mostly when he was younger and with Theatre Kent shows, enjoys the challenge presented by performing in a musical. “It takes more effort. I

have great appreciation of how the professionals do it,” the actor behind the Cowardly Lion said. Zach Coristine is a relative stage veteran by UCC standards. He’s performed in Shrek the Musical and the Addams Family – the two most recent shows put on by the


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theatre company, and now takes on the role of the Tin Man. He looks forward to seeing the fruit of months of labour. “Every year, you see how all the work and time leads up to the opening night. You get such a sense of satisfaction,” he said. “As we rehearse it and see our hard work paying off, it’s rewarding.” Gillis doesn’t think of it as work, however. “It’s fun just to go to practice with these guys,” he said. The singing element can be the challenge. “I found my voice driving in the car. I was singing along and my voice squeaked,” Buis said. “I thought, ‘Yeah, I’ll keep that.’” Dunlop, who played a lot of sports as well during his high school years, sees the theatre company at UCC as the ultimate team effort. “There’s no greater ex-

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Inventory shortage only thing that’s low in Chatham-Kent hot real estate market By Bruce Corcoran

Chatham-Kent’s red-hot real estate market of 2016 remains sizzling – for most of those selling their homes. But it can be ice cold for people looking to buy, as inventory has thinned out. There just aren’t enough homes for sale right now to placate the buyers, according to Kristi Willder, president of the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors. “It’s very challenging to be a buyer. I have a couple of buyers who have lost out on a few bids,” she said. “There are multiple offers on homes. Some of the homes are even selling over list price.” The market is so hot on homes in the $120,000$300,000 range that some

are sold shortly after they are listed, Willder said. “Some homes list one day and by the next there’s an offer on the table. If it’s a cash offer, they’re selling that day,” she said. “If it has conditions, it’s usually within 10 days.” Willder said the C-K real estate market went from being buyer friendly to seller friendly very quickly, adding low interest rates encourage people to purchase as opposed to rent. The average price of homes sold in February was $179,485, up 16.6 per cent from February 2016. This was the second highest level on record. The year-to-date average price was $175,703, rising 14.3 per cent from the first two months of the year. There were 242 active residential listings on the

association’s MLS system at the end of February. That’s down more than 50 per cent from February of 2016 and marks the lowest level on record for for-sale inventory at this time of the year. Willder said the market is also heavy with firsttime buyers, or people moving out of their first home into their next. It’s not just local buyers spending the money to pick up the homes, Willder said. She said a survey last fall indicated nearly 40 per cent of the homes sold in Chatham-Kent were purchased by outof-town buyers. “Some are moving here. Some are purchasing rental properties,” she said. “With our low housing prices, people are moving because they can afford a house here.” Continued on page 13

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Fun and fashion for a good cause By Mary Beth Corcoran

Fashion and fundraising come together in two events coming in April from Patricia

M. Productions. On April 5, Habitat for Humanity Chatham-Kent will be the recipient of funds raised at the Chilled Cork in Chatham. The lunch time fashion show

is part of the Patricia M. Productions monthly events, with this month’s featured fashions from Serena’s Ladies Wear and The Little Change Room in Blenheim.

The show runs from 12:15 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling the Chilled Cork at 519-3547818. Then on April 18, Patricia

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Jackie Lambkin of Serena’s Ladies Wear in Blenheim shows off some of her spring apparel. Serena’s is one of the local ladies’ boutiques taking part in two fashion and fundraising events in April, put on by Patricia M. Productions.

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Willder said one of her clients was a man from Kitchener who worked in Windsor and London. “We’re right in between. He could get more for his money here,” she said. As warm as the market is for people selling their homes, with people at times getting more than what their

home was listed for, Willder said it has led to some caution. “It’s very tough for sellers, as if their homes sell quickly, they don’t know where they’ll go,” she said. “People are just staying in their houses as opposed to moving.” Willder doesn’t think things will change overnight, either. “I think we’ll see it like

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The Toronto-based organization, Unity for Autism, recently provided the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation with a $10,000 donation in support of the Centre’s M u s i c Therapy program. The prog r a m p ro v i d e s children and youth with special needs access to quality music programming, while developing their attention span, communication, motor and social skills through singing, playing instruments, song writing, listening and expressive movements. “Because most children demonstrate a strong response to music, music therapy becomes a great motivator, addressing goals by offering an alternative for therapy” Donna Litwin-Makey, Executive Director of the Children’s Treatment Centre, said in a release. “Enhanced programs at the Centre, like music therapy, are essential in order for our clients to build their communication, motor and social skills and reach their full potential. These enhanced programs are not covered through core government funding, which is why we need and are excited about receiving funding from third-party organizations like Unity for Autism”. This is the second significant donation the Centre has received from Unity for Autism since it funded the Speciality Autism Treatment Area in 2015. Bonspiel raises $10K

The Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) recently hosted its 6th Annual Charity Curling Classic at the Sydenham Community Curling Club in Wallaceburg. Sixteen teams of four participated in this event and helped raise $10,000 through sponsorship,

participating in community recreation programs, that are not adapted for children with physical, communication or developmental needs” Donna Litwin-Makey, Executive Director of the Children’s Treatment Centre said in a release. “In addition to being fun, sports programming plays a significant role in a child’s therapy regimen, physical, developmental, and life skills.” Current Adapted Recreation programs offered through the Centre include Adapted Sailing, Sledge Hockey, Challenger Baseball, Adapted Swim, Sensory Swim, Dance, Tennis, Skating, Gymnastics and Soccer.

pledges, 50/50 draw and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will support the Foundation of CKHA’s $6.9 million CKHA Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Renewal Campaign, which currently sits at $4.3 million raised. T h e event’s top fundraising t e a m s w e r e CKHA’s own Diagnostic Imaging staff teams Sweeping Bones and Social Rinkers, with $1,755 raised through pledges. Honourable mention goes out to team Entegrus for raising more than $925 in pledges.

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The Wallaceburg and Chatham Kinsmen clubs recently teamed up to donate to Outreach for Hunger. The clubs donated $200 and $500 respectively. Hunting for a Cure group supports Hospice

Recently, the Hunting for a Cure group supported the Chatham-Kent Hospice with a donation of $6,000. The donation consists of funds raised through multiple events including hosting food booths at the Dover Tractor Cruz Parade in Pain Court and the Baseball Tournament at the park in Grande Pointe as well as their annual Chicken and Sliders Supper held at St. Peter’s Hall. Private donations were also made. “We are thankful for the generosity and dedication of the ‘Hunting for a Cure’ group to helping our community and more specifically the families who call hospice home,” Jodi Maroney, Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation Executive Director, said in a release.

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Terrell Weaver, right, is enthralled by the guitar playing of Heather Sarson, a music therapist at the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent. The centre recently received a $10,000 donation for the program.

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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 Maroney of the Parish of the Transfiguration. 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. • Karaoke Night with M&M’s DJing services at the Merlin Legion, Branch 46, 2 Stanley St., Merlin. 7:00pm-10:00pm. 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! • Blood Donor Clinic at the Polish Canadian Club, Inshes Ave., Chatham. 9:00am-12:00pm. New donors & walk ins welcome. • 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. • 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 Good Company. Sunday, March 26, 2017 • All you can eat Sunday brunch at the Chatham Granite Club, 41 William St. N., Chatham. Pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausages, muffins, home fries, coffee cake, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. 10:30am1:00pm. Adults $10. Kids 4-12 $5.00. Under 4 FREE. Monday, March 27, 2017 • Senior Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 • Euchre party at Grace Christian Church, 26466 Bearline Road. 7:30pm. Admission $5.00. Lunch and prizes. • 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 29, 2017 • Thames River Barn Quilt Trail presentation at the Chatham branch of the CKPL, 120 Queen St., Chatham. Kent Quilters’ Guild have completed their barn quilt trail. Join them to learn about the project and buy the book they have produced at from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Thursday, March 30, 2017 • Embroidery Display and Presentation at the Chatham branch of the CKPL, 120 Queen St., Chatham. Members of the Tulip Tree Needlearts Guild will display their work. 1:00pm-3:00pm. • 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. Friday, March 31, 2017 • RetroFest Auction at the Wish Centre, 177 King St. E., Chatham. 7:00pm-9:00pm. 1 and 2 Quarter Auction Fundraiser for RetroFest 2017. $5 at the door for your paddle. The Downtown Deli will offer a baked potato bar for a small price and the Theme will be Retro! Advanced tickets can be purchased at the HDTC-BIA, 237 King St. W. Saturday, April 1, 2017 • Spring Bazaar & BBQ at Voice of Triumph Church, 135 Queen St., Chatham. 11:00am3:00pm. • 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! • The Active Lifestyle Centre is hosting an indoor Yard and Craft Sale at 20 Merritt Ave., Chatham from 8:00am-1:00pm. Tables are $20. Mark your calendars or call today to book your table. • The Knights of Columbus Council 9693 Pain Court & the Ladies of Ste Anne will be holding their Spring Chicken & Sliders Supper & Dance. Tickets are $15.00 each and are available at the Pain Court Market. The event will be at Immaculée Conception Church Hall. Unity will provide the music! Supper 6:30pm. Cocktails 5:30pm. All are welcomed! • Spring Bake and Yard Sale at Campbell A.M.E. Church, corner of King St. E & Prince St. S., Chatham. Homemade baby sheets & fleece blankets, lots of books and one of a kind articles. Yummy homemade desserts. 8:30am-noon. Hot dogs & sausage on a bun or hot cross buns available. All Welcome. 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 or

St. Patrick’s holds fun and fatigue My evolution into the next age classification of my life continued recently. In the past, I’ve been a big fan of heading out for St. Patrick’s Day and bouncing from watering hole to watering hole, stopping for a beverage or two at each location and enjoying the day with friends. This time around, it appeared we had the perfect storm, as St. Patrick’s Day occurred on a Friday. No worries about going to work the next morning if you felt under the weather. So I connected with a crew of buddies and we began our anticipated escapades with a casual get together at the Ten-Seven Cafe and Lounge on St. Clair Street. Instead of hopping to the next pub, we lingered and chatted, rather than rocked and reveled. One friend, a recently retired police officer, remarked that other bars would be much more crowded and loud, but he preferred the laid-back atmosphere we all were enjoying at the time. I had to agree. We had great tunes playing, a spring training baseball game on the television, and plenty of conversation. The other end of the spectrum came when we moved onto our next location, Mike’s Place on Queen Street. This is one of the after-work go-to places for many folks aged 30 and up in Chatham late on a Friday afternoon. It’s also a hot spot on St. Patrick’s Day. When the two collided, it became standing-room only. As I sipped on a beverage, not green by the way, and surveyed the bar area, I realized this was no longer for me. Not too long ago, I’d have been energized by all the activity. The place was alive with conversation and laughter.

Bruce Corcoran But it was so alive that it was difficult to carry on a conversation with the person beside you. At that point I realized my day was done, as well as most of my days of revelry. I asked my wife to pick me up when she was done work (I had left my truck at home) and was happily back at our house by just after 5 p.m. Yeah, a real party animal. At age 52, I think I’ve come to prefer hanging out with friends in a more laid-back atmosphere instead of a loud bar. That’s not to say that I won’t be back to establishments such as Mike’s Place, as it is a great spot for relaxation, just not for me when the perfect party storm blows in. Then again, I think I’ve been drifting toward the relaxed way for years, as I truly love hanging out in someone’s backyard or basement, sipping on a cold one, listening to good music, sharing a laugh, and possibly cooking up some magic on the barbecue. Yes, Corcoran’s Irish Patio, Pat’s Tiki Bar, Sensei Jeff’s Backyard BBQ, Chad’s Back Deck Bistro, Jim’s Waterside Eatery and George’s Mystical Lakeside Lounge (I’ve never seen the place, but people claim it really does exist) appeal to me. I like the places, the people who visit, the food, and the laid-back fun.

Box Lunch day April 6 The Chatham Voice

Community Living Wallaceburg will have lunch covered for hundreds of workplaces, schools and homes across Chatham-Kent, as the agency prepares for its Box Lunch fundraiser on April 6. Now in its 17th year, the event raises needed resources and draws attention to the many services and programs offered to more than 400 people with intellectual disabilities and their families across Chatham-Kent.

“We are excited to be serving up lunch to the local community again for our 17th year,” said Lisa Caron, Communications and Fund Development Specialist for Community Living Wallaceburg. Each box lunch consists of a choice of three sandwiches (Chicken Caesar, Ham and Swiss or Veggie and Cheddar Cheese) served with coleslaw, fruit, dessert and a beverage. Available for $10, box lunches must be preordered by March 27. Order forms are online at clwboxlunch. com.





Comfort for grieving families Continued from page 15

For the second time, Deb Walker collected wedding gowns to transform into “Angel Gowns” and crocheting tiny hats and blankets for babies who have earned their wings and become angels too soon. Her efforts have helped numerous families during their time of immense loss and sadness. Walker’s recent donation to CKHA’s Women and Children’s Health Department will help even more families during their time of grief. “This beautiful donation of “Angel Gowns” to CKHA’s Women and Children’s Health Department will have a significant impact on local families,” Candice Jeffrey, Development Lead, Foundation of CKHA, said in a release. “To a grieving family, this gift will provide comfort when needed the most.” To make a donation of a wedding gown, a soft-coloured bridesmaid dress, mother-ofthe-bride/groom dress and/ or sewing supplies to this important initiative, please contact Deb Walker at and/or on Facebook at Angel Gowns by Deb.

ing the various needs of our furry friends at the shelter. A big thank you goes out to all the chefs, area merchants who donated door prizes, employees and organizers who volunteered their time to make this year’s event another success Stuff-a-Bus

The Rural United Pastoral Charge recently held Stuff-aBus for Outreach for Hunger.

Four churches – St. John’s, St. Paul’s, Turin and Zion United – took part in the event. It involved seeking donations outside of No Frills and Sobeys grocery stores in Chatham. In all, the churches raised more than $650 and 450 lbs. of groceries for the local food bank. May Court Club gives to ACCESS program

The May Court Club of Cha-

tham has donated $8,000 to the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) in support of Chatham-Kent ACCESS Open Minds (ACCESS). ACCESS stands for Adolescent/young adult Connections to Community-driven, Early, Strengths-based and Stigma-free services. It is the first pan-Canadian research network funded under Canadian Institute of Health Research’s

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research and is jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Graham Boeckh Foundation. A goal of ACCESS is to develop an evidence-informed, sustainable and scalable model for mental health service delivery that positively impacts youth mental health outcomes in Canada.

‘Tree of Life’ campaign supports hospice

This past fall, Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Chatham-Kent once again held their Tree of Life – Growing Women’s Health Campaign. Through generous donations made by customers and staff, the campaign raised just over $20,000 to support ongoing operational needs of the Chatham-Kent Hospice. “The support from Shoppers Drug Mart employees and customers is remarkable. This donation is proof that small change can add up to make a big difference. Donations such as this help us continue to provide compassionate end-of-life care to families from across Chatham-Kent,” said John Lawrence – Chair, Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation, said in a release. Soup event helps PAWR

The sixth Annual Soup Day fundraiser for PAW (Pet and Wildlife Rescue) was held at the Union Gas head office in Chatham on recently. Employees donated various pots of soup, and tickets were sold to fellow employees who tasted and voted for their favourite soup, with prizes awarded to the top three chefs based on the tallied votes. The ticket sales, along with a 50/50 draw, raised $1,000 which will go towards support-

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The Chatham Voice, March 23, 2017  

The March 23, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

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