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Erieau rings in its 100th birthday By Mary Beth Corcoran

Once just six small islands, the spit of land between Rondeau Bay and Lake Erie known as Erieau turned 100 this month. And thanks to a solid

core of fulltime residents in the small village, the birthday party began with a “Ringing of the Bell” ceremony last week and will continue throughout the year with many festivities planned. Led by former Reeve Jerry Dalton and long-

time Erieau resident Jeff Vidler, the 100th Anniversary Committee has been hard at work to make this year unforgettable for residents and visitors. With a packed house for the opening ceremony Apr. 5 at the fire hall in the village, Dalton introduced

the only surviving veteran from the Second World War, Clint Warren. Warren was one of the many who enlisted to help fight overseas, giving Erieau the distinction of having the highest per capita enlistment during the war.

“We have a long military history here; one we can be proud of,” Vidler told the assembled crowd. “Our cenotaph is a testament to the young men and women who left our village to serve in both world wars, police actions, and in the Middle

“We have a long military history here; one we can be proud of. Our cenotaph is a testament to the young men and women who left our village to serve in both world wars, police actions, and in the Middle East.”

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Mary Remington (nee Vidler), born and raised in Erieau, was part of the bell ringing ceremony at the fire hall in Erieau on April 5 as the community celebrated its 100th birthday. She and relatives of founding members of the community took part in the opening ceremonies which is the first of many events planned.

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East.” Vidler said during the Second World War, every single able-bodied man in the village enlisted, and three lost their lives, “paying the ultimate price.” Two of the oldest citizens in the village took part in a flag raising with Warren; Ervina Huffman and Eva Apfeld, and then the ringing of the bell at the firehouse, with family members from the founding families and local dignitaries. Speaking on some of the history of Erieau, Dalton went back to the late 1600s when Rondeau Bay (Round Water) was discovered and named, and the land between it and Lake Erie started out as six small islands. The new peninsula didn’t get its first development until the 1840s when Lord Simcoe asked for two permanent piers to be installed so the military could get boats through to Shrewsbury. Fishing was discovered on a commercial level by the 1870s. Continued on page 2

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By 1892, the first train came to Erieau and people started buying up property. Combining the name for the piers – Eau – with the lake name – Erie – resulted in the name of the village. The government put in a new cement pier with a lighthouse that has become an iconic and much-photographed part of the landscape, and by 1915, Erieau was growing quickly with a booming commercial fishing industry and hotels, but a road was needed. The Kerrs and Shillingtons were instrumental in getting the town incorporated on Apr. 5, 1917 and a year later, a road was built. Announced at the opening ceremony by Chantal Larochelle of the Federal Department of Oceans and Fisheries is a $1 million project to be completed by this fall to upgrade

the west pier. She said the local Small Craft Harbour committee volunteers are vital to keeping the harbor safe and accessible for the commercial fishing industry. Since 1998, Larochelle said the Erieau Harbour Authority has been ensuring the harbor is a safe place to visit and the needs of the industry are met. Mary Remington, born Mary Vidler, was at the ceremony at the firehall and said it was wonderful to take part in the bell ringing and have the entire community on hand to celebrate the 100th birthday. Her late brother was OJ Vidler of Molly and OJs, and she has a long history in the village. The anniversary committee has many more events planned throughout the year, starting with a Boulevard Yard Sale and Car Wash put on the by the Erieau Firefighters on


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Former Reeve Jerry Dalton, right, and long-time Erieau resident Jeff Vidler share a smile at the success of the opening ceremonies for the Erieau 100th Anniversary Committee. The group kicked off the year April 5 with a Ringing of the Bell ceremony and flag-raising to a packed fire hall, and have many events planned for the next year to celebrate the incorporation of the village.

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Greenfield sponsors Chatham fireworks By Bruce Corcoran

Yes, there will be fireworks in Chatham to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year. Greenfield Specialty Alcohols has stepped forward to sponsor the event, which will take place a day earlier, on June 30, rather than on July 1. Instead of in downtown Chatham, the show will shift to St. Clair College, said Chris Glassford, the driving force of the Chatham Canada Day committee. Work for him began after he learned last year there would once again be no fireworks celebration for Chatham, that the parade was a no go, as were festivities in Tecumseh Park. Thanks to the last-minute efforts of Chatham-Kent Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren, there was at least a small celebration inside the Cultural Centre, along with the traditional huge cake. Glassford said he reserved Tecumseh Park for July 1, 2017, began hunting for like-minded individuals, and soon formed the current Chatham Canada Day committee. “We’re a serious group with serious goals,” he said. “We’ve got great ideas, as we’ve planned for the fireworks, the parade and the festivities in the park. But this takes serious cash to pull this off.” Glassford said Green-

field’s involvement is a keystone in the framework, as Greenfield coming on board helped stabilize the fundraising effort and added credibility to the committee’s efforts. Angelo Ligori, plant manager at Greenfield, said the company’s involvement in the fireworks was actually two years in the making, something prompted by longtime employee Dave Johnston, who has been with the company for nearly two decades. “I had a lengthy discussion with Dave, who is from Wallaceburg, about the lack of fireworks in Chatham. And this is the 20th year here in Chatham for Greenfield. We have tons of celebrations planned, including the fireworks,” Ligori said. He added he also met with Chatham Coun. Darrin Canniff to see what could be done. “Darrin and I started scheming. And if there’s a guy who can scheme, it’s Darrin,” he joked. Canniff called Greenfield “a real voice in the community,” adding he thinks the fireworks will be a spectacular event. “This may not be happening if Greenfield didn’t step up,” he said. Ligori said over the past 20 years, a lot of local farmers have worked with Greenfield. The fireworks ceremony is a way to give back to them and their families, as well as the staff and their families at

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Greenfield. He said the support comes from high up the company chain as well, as company president Howard Field is behind the sponsorship. As for the timing of the fireworks, Glassford said previously that the company putting on the fireworks, after two years of having Chatham back out at the last minute of hosting the showcase, handed the July 1 slot to another community. But he added it works out well overall. “It doesn’t compete with our neighbouring communities,” he said, referring to other Chatham-Kent locations that have fireworks July 1. “It’s a kick off. We want to focus on a large fireworks ceremony that the whole of Chatham-Kent can get involved in.” Glassford said other major corporate sponsors have since come on board, as Cogeco TV will sponsor the parade and TekSavvy has stepped up to support the Tecumseh Park festivities. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. this year, running down King Street into Tecumseh Park. Events at the park run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with music entertainment all day long. Glassford said there would also be a kids’ zone, cultural performances, and an all-ages beer garden in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The garden, where

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From left, Stephanie Bourdeau, assistant plant manager at Greenfield Specialty Alcohols; Darrin Canniff, Chatham councillor; Angelo Ligori, plant manager at Greenfield; and Chris Glassford of the Chatham Canada Day committee celebrate Monday’s announcement that Greenfield will sponsor this year’s Canada Day fireworks. The show will take place June 30 at St. Clair College, and kicks off celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday.

food will be served, will be open to families until 8 p.m., after which it will only be open for people aged 19 and up. The overall cost to put on the Canada Day events, including the fireworks is upwards of $60,000, Glassford said. There is still need for additional sponsorship. “A lot of the smaller items need to be taken care of,”

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Students challenge everyone to help spread the love By Mary Beth Corcoran

Two St. Vincent Catholic School students are teaching people what it means to pay if forward with their Kingdom project. Grade 8 students Abby Bondy and Piper Phaneuf were tasked by the Parent Council at St. Vincent to take $25 and do something with it to make the world a better place. After thinking about it, the duo said they chose to buy McDonald’s gift certificates for French fries and give them out, challenging people to pay it forward.

“We saw the movie Pay It Forward and we wanted to spread it as far as possible,” Phaneuf said. “We picked French fries because who doesn’t like McDonald’s French fries.” Bondy agreed, adding they have had a great response locally and even have a response from as far away as England. Once people choose what they want to do to pay it forward, they are asked to post on the students’ Facebook, Instagram or e-mail account to explain what they did. “We just really wanted to do something different and chose to do this to make a difference

and get people paying it forward,” Phaneuf said. Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope, who was a recipient of one of the coupons from the two students, commended the students for their project and promised he would pay if forward and let them know the results. “My grandkids will love me for this,” Mayor Hope joked with the girls. “I will definitely pay it forward it forward. It’s nice when it is not something people are expecting.” After meeting with the students in his office, the mayor gave the girls a gift for their initiative and said he wants to encourage young people to do things for and in their community.

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Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope met with St. Vincent Catholic School students Abby Bondy, left and Piper Phaneuf Monday, accepting a pay it forward challenge the duo came up with for their Kingdom Project at school.

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Home sales in March closed out a record-setting first quarter in Chatham-Kent. While 144 homes sold last month in the municipality – the same amount as March of last year, the first three months of the year saw 287 homes change hands, up 11.7 per cent from 2016. “While home sales are currently on track for a record year in 2017, March was not as strong as February, and

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$195,589, up 29.3 per cent from March 2016. The yearto-date average price was $183,602, rising 20.3 per cent from the first three months of the year. New listings numbered 158 units in March, down 10.7 per cent from the same month in 2016. This was the lowest March in nearly three decades. There were 256 active residential listings on the Association’s MLS system at the end of March 2017.



Road work will soon sever Hwy. 40 By Bruce Corcoran

In a matter of days, the province will shut down the Highway 40/401 interchange to begin the next phase of improvements. According to Ministry of Transportation officials, the closure is necessary to upgrade existing infrastructure to support the long-term transportation needs at the intersection. The improvements are to enhance safety, accommodate the next phase in heavy trucking – the long combination vehicle – and to improve access from the 401 to the municipality. The long combination vehicles are essentially two trailers connected and pulled in tandem by one heavy truck. A typical LCV is up to 40 metres long and replaces two 23-metre tractor-trailers. According to the MTO, the Canada Safety Council reports that LCVs are involved in at least 40 per cent fewer collisions than regular tractor-trailers. The highway project involves erecting three new bridges over Hwy. 401. Pinehurst Line has also been realigned – rerouted at the west end to come out on Boundary Line at Communications Road, and match up with Creek Road to the west. As well, about 10 kilo-

metres of the eastbound lanes of the 401, essentially between Kent Bridge Road and Bloomfield Road, will also be improved. While Hwy 40 will be closed from April 18 until late this year, Hwy 401 will also be shut down for this project, albeit very briefly. MTO officials say the highway will be closed in both directions between 8 p.m. April 29 and 10 a.m. April 30. Detours in both directions will bring traffic north at Bloomfield Road and Kent Bridge Road, utilizing Park Avenue in Chatham, Hwy 40 and Longwoods Road east of Chatham. While Hwy. 40 is closed at the 401, signed detour routes will have westbound traffic coming off at Bloomfield Road to head into Chatham-Kent, while eastbound traffic will make use of the Kent Bridge Road exit. Adam Sullo, Chatham-Kent’s director of engineering for the municipality, said the project is the MTO’s, but the municipality has been involved in the review process. One group of heavy users of the Hwy. 401/Hwy. 40 exchange that will be seriously impacted by the closure is the garbage carriers from the Greater Toronto Area that deliver industrial and institutional waste to the Ridge


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Traffic is still flowing over Highway 401 on Hwy. 40, but that will soon change, as construction to improve the intersection begins.

Landfill site. These trucks would normally just turn south onto Hwy. 40 and head down to Drury Line. During the closure, Sullo said the trash haulers will come off Hwy. 401 at Bloomfield Road, head south and jog at 8th Line, continue south on Bloomfield to Middle Line, jog southeast, and turn onto Drury Line. The route has been upgraded, the cost of which was paid for by the province, he added. Sullo said the rerouting of Pinehurst was nec-

essary because of the massive changes at the 40/401 interchange. “They had to move Pinehurst because the new grades will be almost over top of the old intersection,” he said. Sight lines, or lack thereof, have long been a safety concern at the 40/401 interchange. The extended grades and altered ramping should alleviate that problem. Sullo is cautiously optimistic the closure of Hwy. 40 at the 401 is only until late this year, despite the fact construction

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Greenfield lights the fuse Chris Glassford and the volunteers on the Chatham Canada Day committee appear to have hit the hilltop. Essentially from the time Glassford learned the 2016 Canada Day celebrations had dissolved, he and his committee have pushed a boulder up a hill. They formed after the failure of previous organizers to keep the event going. Two years without fireworks, and no parade last year, or anything of note in Tecumseh Park – that was their starting point. Getting that boulder rolling would require a great deal of elbow grease. Glassford saw it begin to slowly move when he received such positive response as he formed the committee. It picked up speed slightly as it became obvious how committed the members were in making Chatham’s July 1 celebrations memorable again. After all, this is the 150th birthday of our country we are talking about. And when Greenfield Specialty Alcohols opted to sponsor this year’s fireworks, Glassford and his committee hit the pinnacle. While the descent will still have its bumps, having the power of Greenfield behind a key element of the celebrations has already proved a boon. It’s helped pave the way for additional sponsorship and added stability to the effort. Glassford said until Greenfield came on board, there was always a chance their grip would slip on the boulder, and it would tumble back over them and down the hill in the wrong direction. Greenfield is celebrating 20 years in Chatham-Kent this year; 20 years of being a part of the community. The company and its employees have long supported local charity efforts, and community events. From having teams in Relay for Life, to taking part in charity runs, to supporting the Round the River Recreational Trail ($250,000 pledged there), Greenfield is there to help. Donating to cover the cost of the fireworks is another important initiative for Greenfield. Plant manager Angelo Ligori thinks of the families of all the local farmers who have done business with the facility over the past two decades, not to mention the families of his own employees, and he’s happy to see Greenfield involved in this year’s Canada Day celebrations. Ligori is also quick to point out while he is a believer in C-K, the green light on the sponsorship came from higher up the company food chain – the president. Nicely done, everyone.

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Wesley sees CKHA on right track Sir: Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the most recent SOS meeting but I did attend the CKHA Open House and I agree with the comments from SOS Chair Conrad Noel and others that a new, positive and hopeful era for the Sydenham District Hospital (SDH) is before us. In speaking with CKHA officials, including the new CEO, it was clear that everyone recognizes the importance of SDH, and that the CKHA is a two-hospital organization with a 24/7 emergency department in Wallaceburg. Our community has fought so hard and waited so long to hear that! Thank you to the new CKHA leadership team for your support and thank you to everyone over the years who stood up for our hospital.

Whether you contributed to the fundraising initiative led many years ago by Matt Miletic, helped pack the room for public meetings, drove in our car caravan to the CKHA offices, jumped on a bus to the Queen’s Park protest with the Ontario Health Coalition, took part in the forever memorable “clicker” event at WDSS or bought a SDH corporate membership, you have played a very significant role in the future of our SDH. Our community thanks you. Sincere thanks also to members of the past SDH boards, SOS and the local and Ontario Health Coalitions – there were many tough times, difficult meetings and personal sacrifices made by a lot of people, but we always

hung together for the betterment of SDH because we believed not only in our hospital but also in the people who worked there and in our community. Thank you to our friends on Walpole Island First Nation, St. Clair Township and across Chatham-Kent. Thank you to Minister of Health Eric Hoskins for calling in an investigator and appointing a supervisor. Thank you to our MP Bev Shipley and MPP Monte McNaughton. Finally, while I know I will have missed many I do want to thank two very important groups. First, it was Scott and Stacey Ewing who started an innovative Internet fundraising challenge that provided SOS with

enough seed money to do many great things in the years that followed – thank you and all of those who donated in those early days. Second, our local media played a crucial role in getting the word out. While the CKHA had communication staff and funding, we had neither and we really relied on our local media to get our message out. When Jim Blake was with The Chatham Voice, he did a lot of investigative reporting and took his share of lumps for doing the right thing – thanks, Jim! Wallaceburg and our neighbours make up a very special community filled with exceptional people. Thank you. Jeff Wesley SOS Member Former SOS Chair Former SDH Chair

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Clash of the Sirens set for May 13

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There’s nothing wrong with a bit of friendly competition, right? That’s what local emergency services personnel believe, and with the help of Blairs Boot Camp, they’ve set up Clash of the Sirens, a fitness challenge event next month to raise money and earn bragging rights. Const. Kelly Helbin of the Chatham-Kent Police Service said Josh and Nathan Blair, owners of the

boot camp fitness centre, are organizing events for local police, OPP, fire service personnel and paramedics to run through. Eight teams of five – four from C-K police, one each from the OPP, fire service, EMS and St. Clair College – will compete May 13 at the St. Clair College Healthplex. Josh Blair, wouldn’t give any details on what each event would entail. “It’s going to be job related. All activities will have some sort of component tied to emergency

services,” he said. “There will be a lot of pulling and pushing, specific to what they do as police officers, firefighters and paramedics.” Helbin said the participants won’t know until the morning of competition what they will face. Const. Jay Denorer with the OPP said the unknown element of the challenges only adds to the enticement of the clash. “It’s shaping up to be a blast,” he said. “They keep changing it up.

Anytime I think I know what’s going to happen, they change it up.” Helbin said proceeds from the friendly competition would go towards Chatham-Kent Victim Services and national service dogs. Paramedic Danielle Mifflin is looking forward to the clash. “It will be fun and exciting to go against the people of the other services you work with,” she said. Not only are the Blairs designing the challenges, but they are also helping the participants get into better shape before the clash. The teams can work out at the fitness centre free of charge from the time they register to participate to the day of the event. Josh Blair ex-

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Local emergency personnel will battle it out next month in Clash of the Sirens, a series of physically challenging events that pit eight teams of police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency services students against one another. Front row, from left, Chatham-Kent police Const. Derek Shaw, and Josh, Judah and Nathan Blair of Blairs Boot Camp. Back row, C-K police Sgt. Jon Mulder, OPP Const. Kelly Brisco, C-K Fire Service public education staffer Whitney Burke, C-K police Const. Jodie Foster, and paramedic Danielle Mifflin.

pects the Clash of the Sirens to be an enjoyable event. “It’s for a good cause. We’re going to have fun and raise a lot of money for Victim Services and service dogs,” he said. Helbin encourages the public to watch the events, which are to start about 10 a.m. “These should be good events for people to come out and watch us hopefully display some of our strengths,” she said. “It will be tough as we don’t know what the challenges will be.” Denorer said the public

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“I am a proponent and lover of small communities,” Vij said, noting that he was impressed by the warm welcome from the people he met so far in Chatham. The chef said he was looking forward to eating the food the local chefs were preparing for him, and seeing what creative twist they would give to honour his Indian heritage. Vij also was happy to just observe and mingle with people at the event. “I don’t want to be known as a celebrity. I am humbled and honoured that people want to spend money to meet and talk to me,” he said, when asked about his presence helping sell out the event. “There is no difference between me and the other chefs; we all have the same colour blood.” Events like Parade of Chefs that help organizations such as the CKHA raise funds for important causes need support and bring communities together, Vij North Star helps make cleaning noted. windows a breeze. “Cuisine and music will solve the problems of the world. When you Our tilt-in series of break bread, you break double hung windows down barriers,” the chef are the perfect said. example. They can Different this year for the chefs participating be cleaned safely and in the event, was that conveniently from the five-course meal was inside your home. So a collaborative effort, ineasy, you’ll almost look stead of each chef being forward to cleaning them . . . Almost. responsible for a course. Chef Angie from WilEnjoy the view through North Star low Ridge Golf and windows and doors. Country Club said she enjoys being involved in

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Chef, author and restauranteur Vikram Vij was the featured chef at the 15th Annual Parade of Chefs fundraiser for the CKHA diagnostic imaging equipment campaign, held at Club Lentinas in Chatham Thursday.

the Parade of Chefs, her fourth event, which also included chefs from Eat What’s Good, year at the event. “It’s for a good cause. I have Harvest Moon Catering, Mamtold Barb many times I would ma Maria’s, T-Bones, The Chilled Cork and do anything for Frendz, will go the hospital,” “Cuisine and music the CKHA DiagChef Angie said. will solve the problems nostic Imaging “It’s a lot of fun to get together of the world. When you Equipment Reand work togeth- break bread, you break newal Campaign. Local wineries er. We don’t get down barriers.” Aleksander Esto see each other - Chef Vikram Vij tate, Early Acres very often. It took Estate, Cooper’s a lot of creativity to come up with the concept Hawk Vineyard and Pelee Isand work with the different land were on hand, as well as Bayside Brewing and Sons of spices.” All of the proceeds of the Kent Brewing.

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Service helps patients eat safely, and speak again By Bruce Corcoran

Swallowing and speaking are actions most of us take for granted. With new equipment at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, more people will be able to do so. The CKHA on Friday unveiled its enhanced dysphagia and swallowing assessment services at the Chatham campus of the alliance. Administration pointed out it’s the people, not the equipment that are integral to the success of the services. Lori Marshall, CEO for the CKHA, said the suite became reality thanks to “incredible teamwork. That’s what drives us.” Dr. Nadine Yammine, a headand-neck surgeon, as well as a laryngologist, said the services will help improve quality of life for people. “Being able to eat safely, without fear of choking is vital,” Yammine said. “Imagine choking every time you ate. That’s real for some people.” With FEES – flexible endoscop-

ic evaluation of swallowing – where Yammine uses a scope that goes in through the nose and down the throat, she can examine the throat and voice box as a person eats or drinks. “We can pinpoint the problem with swallowing,” she said. “We are reliably able to tell a patient if they are aspirating or are in danger of aspirating.” When someone aspirates – has food or liquids head down the wind pipe – that can lead to aspirating pneumonia, Yammine said. “Swallowing is a complex process involving sensory and motor nerves, various areas of the brain and more than 80 nerves and muscles. Any dysfunction in the system from chewing to sending the bolus of solid or liquid past the larynx into the esophagus can result in dysphagia,” Yammine said. Dysphagia – difficulty swallowing – is caused by any condition that affects the swallowing process; this includes neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, ALS and dementia, stroke, cancer or traumatic

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From left, Nicole Drew, speech language pathologist; Dr. Nadine Yammine, laryngologist; Rick Nicholls, C-K Essex MPP; Lori Marshall, CKHA CEO; and Eunice DeWal-Segee, patient, celebrating the official opening of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s Dysphagia and FEES (flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) services suite at the Chatham Campus on Friday.

brain injury. The scope is only about four millimetres wide, Yammine said. “It’s not painful, but it’s not fun,” she said of the procedure. “It’s the size of a spaghetti noodle and it’s in your nose.” Yammine said the equipment is highly advanced, but isn’t what makes the clinic so efficient. “Our speech therapists, our nurses, our dieticians, the hospitalist, and family physicians do it. It’s a high-intensity of continuous interdisciplinary care,” she said.

By using FEES, Yammine said she’s able to perform procedures at the time of examination that can alleviate problems. One recipient, Eunice DeWal-Segee, whose vocal chords weren’t closing properly, resulting in her having only a whisper for a voice and leading to aspiration concerns, was on hand for the unveiling. She spoke with a strong voice, and hugged hospital staff and reporters alike in appreciation of what Yammine and the support team did for her. Yammine said the procedures done in the suite take about 90


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minutes, and increase health care efficiency, while lowering expenses. “There’s no OR (operating room) time and no general anesthetic,” she said. “We’re using health-care dollars in a more efficient way.” Marshall said it’s a win-win combination. “We’re improving patient care and at less cost.” As well, the unit is portable, so if a patient is in the emergency or intensive care areas, the machine and staff can come to them. Yammine recalled working with a woman suffering from lung cancer. The doctor said the tumour was pressing on the vocal chords and for the previous six months, she’d been unable to speak. After only local anesthetic and about 90 minutes in the chair, Yammine said the woman was one again able to speak. “Her husband hadn’t heard her voice for six months. She called his name and he started to cry,” she said. “I couldn’t help her cancer, but I was able to give her voice back. We can give better quality of life. This is extremely satisfying as a head and neck surgeon.” an Shoppe

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CK Racing Against Drugs hosted Grade 5 students from across Chatham-Kent last week at Erickson Arena in Chatham as part of its annual awareness campaign. Racing Against Drugs is a

community-based drug and alcohol awareness program developed in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Chatham-Kent Police and OPP, local businesses, representatives of the school boards and health and drug education agencies. The purpose of the drug ed-

ucation initiative is to use the sport of auto racing to capture the attention of young people and communicate with them. Through an exciting and high-profile sport, one with no tolerance for substance abuse, students learn about the pitfalls of drugs. During the week, students

moved from pit stop to pit stop, where presenters talked to them about why tobacco, alcohol and drugs are bad ideas. From remote control cars where students have to wear goggles at one point to simulate impaired driving, to a Mad Science demonstration on the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, students are kept busy. Canadian Tire donated a bike in each community where they have a retail location, accord-

ing to committee chairperson Amanda Wyatt, and many local businesses helped sponsor the event. Their premier awareness event of the year, Wyatt said many volunteers help make the week possible, something the group has been doing for over 20 years. Besides drug and alcohol awareness, the students also learn about bus, bicycle and seat belt safety thanks to the CKPS and OPP.

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Thames Art Gallery is hosting a talk exploring the themes and concepts behind David Merritt’s current solo exhibition: SWRV on Apr. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Merritt’s practice operates in the diminishing space between human and natural systems. His 1st day is always free!

drawing and multimedia works have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, the Textile Museum of Canada and TENT CBK, Rotterdam. The talk will take place in the Thames Art Gallery. SWRV is on now until Apr. 30. Transportation can be arranged.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017 • Bad Art Night at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. 6:30pm-8:00pm. Don’t know how to paint? Not good at drawing? Just want something to do with your friends? This is the event for you! We’ll provide the supplies, you provide the badness 16+ only and registration is required. Visit search.ckpl. ca and search Bad Art or call your local branch. • Quarter Auction from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt Ave., Chatham. Doors open for viewing at 5:30pm. Paddles cost $5.00. Proceeds support Chatham Hope Haven (formerly New Beginning House). Great selection of gift baskets to bid on! • 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 Ven. Paul Millward of the Anglican Parishes of Chatham. Free will offering to help Outreach within our community. • Open euchre at 1:00pm at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Friday, April 14, 2017 • St. Ursula Knights of Columbus Lake Erie Perch Fish Fry from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the meeting room at St. Ursula Parish (205 Tweedsmuir Ave. West, Chatham) $18 for adults, $7 for children 7-12 and under 7 free. Lake Erie yellow perch, baked potato, brown beans,, coleslaw, roll, coffee, tea, and juice. Take out is available. • Good Friday 5pc Yellow Perch Dinner with fresh cut fries, coleslaw and bread for $12.00 at the Merlin Legion. 5:30pm-7:00pm. • Meal and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. Branch opens at 3:00pm. One meat draw. Fun darts at 7:30pm. Saturday, April 15, 2017 • 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! • Make a Fairy Door or Hobbit hole in the Children’s room at the CKPL, Chatham branch. All ages and stages, drop in between 10:00am-2:00pm. Registration not required. Call 519-354-2940 for information. • Meat draw and dance at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Dance from 4:30pm-9:30pm featuring That 70’s group. Monday, April 17, 2017 • Music with Moyralyn in the West Lounge at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. 2:00pm. • First Responders Easter ‘Egg’stravaganza from 10:00am-12:00pm at Kingston Park, Chatham. Free event open to all families in C-K! Event targets children 0-10 and be full of fun activities! Egg Hung, face painting, tours of emergency vehicles, bike raffles and much more! • Senior Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm.

• Blenheim-Harwich Horticultural Society has special guest speaker and Master Gardner Marg Dudley for this meeting. 7:30pm at 59 Ellen St., Blenheim. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 • Open euchre, shuffleboard and 2 person euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne, Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm, 2 person euchre at 6:30pm to register, play at 7:00pm. $5.00/person. Shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 • CKFG presents the TIFF-sponsored film “Water” at the Galaxy Cineplex, 4:00pm and 7:00pm showings. Free to all as a tribute to Canada’s 150th. 519-359-8455. • Jeremy Smith will perform at the April Birthday Party in the main dining room at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. 2:00pm. • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1;00pm and darts at 7:00pm. Thursday, April 20, 2017 • Pitch In Canada Week at 6:30pm. Meet at the Active Lifestyle Centre for our annual community clean up.

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Grayson Ladd is put through the paces at the OHL combine. The Chatham-Kent Cyclone went 13th overall in the OHL draft.

Ladd ready to be a Ranger

• Open euchre at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm.

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Friday, April 21, 2017 • Kent Branch OGS Road Trip. The C-K Black Historical Society will host us at their facility for a tour of their resources and museum. Meeting at the W.I.S.H. Centre - 177 King St., E., Chatham at 7:00pm. The public is welcome.

OHL Draft day was also a day of firsts for Grayson Ladd. First round draft pick, 13th overall. First defenseman drafted. First ever first round pick of a current Chatham-Kent Cyclones player. And of course, he was the first player selected by the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers. That means expectations are sky high for Ladd, but he’s excited for the next step, and ready to be a Ranger. “The feeling has been unbelievable and hasn’t really sunk in yet. Being

• Merlin Legion presents an Auction/Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Chatham Hope Haven. Open at 5:30 for meal, auction to follow. Come out and support an important mission in Chatham-Kent! • Windsor Symphony Orchestra presents Fire & Water at St. Andrew’s United Church in Chatham at 7:30pm. $25/advance, $30/door, students $10. Available at the church office, Cultural Centre box office or Doors open at 7:00pm. • Meal and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm with ham & scalloped potatoes, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Fun darts at 7:30pm.

Edward and Ethel Stuart picked up their 2017 Jeep Cherokee North 4 Wheel Drive from Luce Cools. This is the fourth vehicle the Stuart’s have purchased from Luce. Enjoy your new Jeep Cherokee North, safe travels!

Chatham-Kent Metal Detecting Club - Meets last Thursday of the month. 7:00pm. Kinsman Room. Erickson Arena, new members welcome!

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Chatham branch of the CKPL is now accepting donations of gently used books for the upcoming Spectacular Spring Used Book sale being held May 31-June 3, 2017. For info call 519-354-2940 ex.248

a first rounder into the OHL was a goal of mine since I started playing as a little guy and it finally came true,” said Ladd of the feeling of being selected in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection Draft. “The Kitchener Rangers are an incredible organization and ever since I went up on a visit to Kitchener, I’ve wanted to play there. As soon as I stepped into the Aud (Kitchener Auditorium), I knew that Kitchener was the place I wanted to play. It just felt right and thankfully Kitchener is the place where I’ll be playing.”


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Being drafted is the first step in a long process, and being drafted by the team of your choice makes things even better; but the day of firsts wasn’t lost on the Grade 10 Chatham-Kent Secondary School student, who captained the Chatham-Kent Cyclones this season. “I think it adds something for sure, being the first defenseman to be selected in the draft,” said Ladd. “It is an amazing feeling but I have a lot of work to do to prove why the Rangers selected me as the first defense-

man in the draft. “To be the highest ever player currently on a Cyclones roster picked makes me feel proud of myself and all the things I’ve accomplished, but I have a lot more things I would like to accomplish in my mind. My teammates helped me a lot this year both midget and Junior B. They pushed me and made me better and I’m very thankful for my teammates. A lot

of my success also goes out to Colin and Tyler Roeszler with on- and off-ice training that prepared me to perform at my best.” Ladd had 17 points in 37 games this season for the Chatham-Kent Cyclones, and added two points in seven games for the Junior B Chatham Maroons. He also trains off ice with Athletes Fuel Strength & Conditioning in Chatham.

Now, however, the work really just begins, because Ladd has other firsts in mind, including playing his first game, and his first season in the OHL with his Kitchener Rangers sooner rather than later. “The thing I am most looking forward to is to hopefully make the team this year and playing in the OHL,” Ladd said of his next step. “Before that happens, I want to have a

good development camp and show why they picked me in the first round. “Since my first trip to Kitchener, I love the Rangers organization and can’t wait until I step on the ice. The atmosphere in Kitchener is outstanding and the community is amazing. There is a lot of support from the fans and so much history with the organization. I am very excited to be a Ranger.”

Women’s suffrage exhibit on display The Chatham Voice

It has been said that those who show up make decisions, but for 50 years after Canada’s confederation, more than half of Canadians were barred from showing up to cast their votes. On April 12, 1917, women in Ontario gained the right to vote, and voting is as important now as it was then. From April 12 – May 12, celebrate 100 years of votes for women at the Chatham branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library (120 Queen St., Chatham), with a popup exhibit from the Chatham-Kent Museum and Buxton National Historic Site & Museum. How did women in Chatham-Kent work for suffrage? Where in Canada did women first get to vote? Who was the first woman to sit in Canada’s parliament? Meet the women who fought for the rights we enjoy, and read more with recommended books from Chatham-Kent Public Library for all ages.

Donate blood in May in C-K The Chatham Voice

Canadian Blood Services have two blood donor clinics coming up in May in Chatham. The first is May 10 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Spirit and Life Centre on Wellington Street in Chatham. The second takes place May 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Polish Canadian Club on Inshes Avenue. To book an appointment or for additional information, please contact CBS at 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888236-6283), or visit or use the GiveBlood App on your smartphone.

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The Chatham Voice, April 13, 2017  

The April 13, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

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