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As the rebuilders of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance continue to look for ways to run more efficiently, an item that is slowing such progress is staff severance. The removal of president and CEO Colin Patey, as well as chief operating officer Sarah Padfield last fall cost the alliance 18 months in severance pay for each. Combined, that’s more than $710,000, based on Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure numbers from 2016. Rob Devitt, supervisor for CKHA, declined to comment on specific severance packages, but said giving 18 months in pay to management let go without cause is typical. “The key point is we have, as almost all organizations do, is employment contracts for executives. These include provisions for severance, including severance without cause,” he said. “Those are in the contract, and we honour the contract.” Patey’s and Padfield’s

contracts state – and this nomenclature seems consistent across CKHA executive contracts – that if they are to be let go without cause they are to receive up to 18 months in pay. “The Employer may terminate the Agreement prior to the expiry of the term without cause, in its absolute discretion, for any reason by giving the Employee prior notice in writing or the equivalent pay in lieu thereof in equal monthly amounts, or any combination thereof, equal to 12 months, plus one month for each completed year of service after the first year of employment, up to a total maximum of 18 months,” the contracts state. There is also a provision in their contracts that should an employee be entitled to severance under the Employment Standards Act, the notice period would instead be paid out in lieu of notice. Devitt said the 18-month payout is consistent with what other organization pay.

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Nearly six months after an installer did a brutal job installing a furnace into an elderly couple’s home on Given Road, the company answered to charges in court. On April 11, Green Planet Home Energy pleaded guilty to two charges related to the Ontario College of Trades (OCT) section: “No person shall employ or otherwise engage an individual to perform work or engage in a practice that constitutes engaging in the practice of a compulsory trade unless the individual holds a certificate of qualification in that trade that is not suspended or unless the individual

is an apprentice in that trade and is working pursuant to a registered training agreement that is not suspended.” On Oct. 16, according to OCT spokesman Tyler Charlebois, the company sent Cong Minh Bui to the Given Road home to install a furnace and air conditioner. “Mr. Bui was directed there by the defendant business to install an air conditioning unit and a furnace, and to perform all the electrical work required for that installation,” he said. “Mr. Bui installed the cooling-heating combination system and installed, altered and drew electrical conductors through conductor enclosures for that system, as engaged

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“Those numbers are pretty standard across large organizations. They’re calibrated based on what the courts have historically awarded if the organization is taken to court,” he said. “When organizations negotiate employee contracts, it’s all done in the interest of getting something that someone would get if they went to court, but you avoid all the costs of going to court.” When asked if either Padfield

or Patey should have been let go for just cause, Devitt again declined to discuss specifics. “In my experience, the threshold for just cause is pretty significant. And I’m just speaking generally,” he said. “We honoured what was in the employment contract.” Hospital administration estimated it would run a deficit of about $3 million for the fiscal year that ended March 31. Nearly a quarter of that is comprised of the Patey and Pad-

field severance payouts, based on these figures. “It all costs to change the workforce. Whether it’s layoff provisions, severances, whatever. It all comes out of the same wallet,” Devitt said. “Always, when you are making changes, it is a hit to the bottom line in the short term. But you often try to find ways to find offsets through time.” Devitt stressed the alliance has been clear on

its financial position since he became supervisor. “We are working on a recovery plan. You’ll see we’ve been able to improve our fiscal position,” he said. “We’ve done the easy stuff. The hard part comes now. This is one of the challenges we are in the process of fixing.” Changing old mindsets isn’t

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“Accordingly, by engaging Mr. Bui to perform the work, the defendant committed the offence of engaging an unauthorized individual to perform the work of two compulsory trades, contrary to s. 4 of the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act,” Charlebois said. When Bui installed the furnace and air conditioner, homeowner Larry Gadal wasn’t aware of this. But upon seeing the damage done to the exterior of his home, combined with the fact the furnace couldn’t adequately heat the house, he received a rude awakening. Gadal told The Voice previously that Green Planet had been very aggressive in its sales pitch for the heating and air conditioning system, offering a long-term lease of the units, with no cost to install, with monthly payments of $158 a month for 15 years. The installation went badly. “They did a horrible job. They drilled five holes through the wall before they got it where they wanted it,” Gadal said. “If they didn’t hit the right spot, they’d just move over. “When they left, they didn’t even fill the holes. There was about a two-inch gap beside one of the pipes,” he said. “They came back with a caulking gun.” When the cold weather hit, he learned the furnace couldn’t even heat his home to 20C. As a result, he called the company and told them to come and get their furnace. He also called local heating and cooling company Absolute Comfort, who ripped out the Green Planet system and installed a new furnace, for a greatly reduced cost. Dave Cabral of Absolute Comfort in Chatham said an inspection of the Green Planet installation left him stunned. “I’ve never seen anything like it.

This is the worst I’ve ever seen,” he said, referring to the workmanship and installation. “Nothing was installed to the manufacturer’s specifications. And the home was damaged in a couple of spots.” Cabral and Absolute Comfort office manager Cindy Brooke contacted the Ontario College of Trades on behalf of Gadal to complain about the workmanship. By late January, Green Planet and Bui faced charges. While Green Planet has pleaded guilty and received two $300 fines, Bui had his court date pushed back to May 16, Brooke, who attended the April 11 hearing, said. Charlebois said the college has the interest of the consumers at heart. “The Ontario College of Trades takes its mandate to protect the public interest very seriously,” he said. “To ensure the public is protected and trades professionals are held to a high professional standard, College enforcement officers confirm those completing the work of compulsory trades have the proper credentials to do so.” Last year alone, college personnel received more than 1.3 million visits to its Public Register—an online tool that helps consumers verify an individual’s qualifications. The College received approximately 1,662 calls from the public about concerns of potentially uncertified workers. A total of 4,243 individuals were found to be unauthorized workers, and 36 Part III prosecutions (the same category under which Green Planet pleaded guilty) were made. All convictions are posted on the College’s website under the Public Advisories section. As well, 409 Provincial Offences Notices (tickets) were issued and there were 68 prosecutions for violators of Ontario College of Traces Apprenticeship Act.

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Business owner not worried about highway closure By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

Highway 40 is severed until November at the earliest at Hwy. 401, meaning there is one less route between Chatham and Blenheim for traffic flow. But what will that mean to the local economy? Some don’t think there will be much, if any, difference as the province upgrades the interchange between Hwy. 40 and the 401. Don Gilbert, owner of Ford & McIntyre Men’s Wear in Blenheim, isn’t too concerned. “I really don’t think it will have much of an impact on Ford and Mac. Even though we are fashion retailers and the consumer has various options, I think the uniqueness and customer service we deliver in our entire fashion district in Blenheim is far superior to those elsewhere, he said. “Consumers today enjoy small-town shopping and will find a way to get there when presented with a slight detour.” He also doesn’t think it will have much impact

on the rest of Blenheim’s downtown stores. “We have some amazing downtown shops and services and we also have countless loyal customers from Chatham and its rural area,” Gilbert said. “There are additional routes to find their way to Blenheim and yes, it will be inconvenient, but I am confident our customers from the Chatham area will make their way to support their favorite downtown Blenheim businesses.” As for traffic coming off Hwy. 401 and into Chatham-Kent, Gilbert thinks there are plenty of other ways into Blenheim and Chatham. “By all the reports I have read, it appears that the municipality and the Ministry of Transportation are working together to provide alternate routes,” he said. “If they provide adequate signage I think we will be able to cope with the pain. It will be inconvenient but this is a long overdue project and we will all be very pleased when completed.” Stuart McFadden, acting

director of economic development for the municipality, agreed. “Construction is a sign of progress. When this project and the many others planned for Chatham-Kent are over, we will have a better roads system and that’s vital to our economic well-being.” In terms of that economic well-being, Gilbert said the uniqueness of Blenheim’s core is what will continue to draw customers, regardless of road construction. “From a retail perspective Blenheim has one of the most energetic, successful downtown business communities to be seen in any rural Ontario small town,” he said. “Most small communities have suffered from the corporate world or big box retailers, however, Blenheim continues to flourish in the retail industry. I truly believe the biggest reason of our retail success is because of our small-town mentality. We provide friendly, old fashion customer service. Consumers who shop in Blenheim do so because we

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With Highway 40 now closed at the interchange with Hwy. 401, it is estimated it will have only a limited impact on the Chatham and Blenheim retail industry.

don’t deliver a product; we deliver an experience.” Construction crews were to close the interchange on Tuesday. Hwy. 40 is closed at Creek Road/Pinehurst Line north of the interchange and Communication Road is closed south of the interchange at Horton Line except for local traffic. Municipal services won’t be affected by the closure. Provincial Offences Court and the Harwich Transfer Station, located immediately north of Horton Line, will remain open for service throughout the

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Small fines, large void Last week brought a bittersweet victory for local homeowner Larry Gadal, as well as for all victims of fraudulent tradespeople. Gadal, who signed a deal with out-of-town Green Planet Home Energy last fall to have a new furnace and air conditioner installed, was stunned at the shoddy workmanship by the company’s installer. With erroneous holes in the wall, mangled siding that featured poorly attempted repairs via the abundant use of caulking, and wires hanging loosely in the wind, the front of Gadal’s house lost a great deal of curb appeal. Furthermore, the furnace couldn’t even do its job, as it couldn’t heat Gadal’s Given Road home up to 20C in the cold of winter. So he called a local company, Absolute Comfort, to look into removing that furnace and installing a proper unit. They did so, but not before asking the Ontario College of Trades (OCT) to take a look at the botched Green Planet installation effort. Enforcement officer Bob Wolsing examined the work in January, and laid charges soon thereafter. Well, last week, Green Planet pleaded guilty to two infractions – sending an installer, Cong Minh Bui, to do work for which he had no certificate of qualification. According to the OCT, he had no certificate as an electrician or as a refrigeration and air conditioning system mechanic. The result? Two $300 fines. The front of Larry Gadal’s home was damaged, the installed furnace didn’t work properly, resulting in the need for expensive electric space heaters, and the company received less than a slap on the wrist. As for Bui, his day in court is pushed back to midMay. How does $600 in fines discourage companies from continuing with questionable installation practices? It doesn’t. We’re told that Green Planet is now on the OCT’s radar. If they reoffend, the fines could leap upwards. Still, that’s small consolation for Gadal. At least, with the help of Absolute Comfort, he has proper heating and cooling for his home now. The moral of the story? Buy local, shop local and do your homework on the company and the person brought in to do the work.

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Opinion

Stay out of investment biz, C-K Sir: Chatham-Kent municipal Corporation continues to make taxpayer funded investments that continue to end in taxpayer liability, when continually given evidence not to. Municipalities should not be in the investment business. They are hired by taxpayers to prudently manage to create dividends, not to mismanage to create liability. The Bradley Centre, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in net annual losses; the Industrial Park, which accumulated a $20 million total to date loss; the Capital Theatre, having a total provincial and municipal gross loss of about many millions, not the skimpy losses generally reported; Kingston Park with a $2 million overrun in costs; taxpayer funded annual municipal wage and pension payout of about $138M, with only about $146 million in general annual revenues. If I understood the recent clouded, scattered and incomplete municipal budget correctly, C-K has nearly $40 million in interest payments on such capital projects. Canada-wide, taxpayers are paying about

$62 billion and $11 billion annually just to service the debt of Canada and Ontario respectively. All of day-to-day cash of government operations come from the private sector, you and I, but yet, governments continue to financially rape their only source of income by introducing about 120 taxes on everything we do, on every nickel we earn, and continue to make irresponsible and fool hardy investments that never comes out of their pocket book, only ours. The Provincial Green Energy Act, paving the way for wind turbines, created a 70-per-cent hike in electricity costs, costs consumers an extra $37 billion, and under the Auditors report will cost us an additional $133 billion by 2032. The auditor’s report confirms for each wind energy job created, three Ontario jobs are lost. The mayor supports wind turbines, and his short sighted thinking makes Chatham-Kent nickels and dimes, while the province is losing billions, whereby billions have to be made up by taxing us more to make

up the losses. Recently, C-K council approved an $8-million investment in wind turbines, cited by the mayor to give us an $11-million profit after 20 years, which will keep taxes down. This thinking is worse than a migraine and mirrors how the province manages tax dollars. More specific to the wind turbine investment. C-K will become “common” shareholders in 15 per cent of a foreign company, meaning if the company dissolves or liquidates or reconstructs itself we as “common” shareholders lose all to preferred stock holders, bond holders, creditors, etc., not to mention if no profits are realized due to provincial or legal intervention. $8 million from reserves invested with compounding interest could give us up to $15M after 20 years without risk. Taking money from reserves means we have to replenish it, either by cashing in bonds, creating higher taxes, reducing infrastructure investment or by other means. We have reserves for good reason. If any dividends were realized from the turbine

investment taxpayers won’t see a dime nor will any reduction in taxes be apparent. C-K will create a separate corporation, under the Business Corporations Act, RSO- 1990 for this manoeuvre, transferring same to Entegrus, which disallows taxpayers, although it’s all your money, to not know what’s going on, unless Entegrus/Corix wishes you to. Additionally, Entegrus is courting to grab up to $30 million more from Chatham-Kent taxpayers for future investments with private companies. Companies like Entegrus are more inclined to use investment income as an indirect way to feed their own wages, pensions, travel, perks and allowances, office upgrades, company vehicles etc., before any benefit is given to the taxpayer. Furthermore, having Chatham-Kent a wind turbine investor, how the hell can council and our municipality speak against the turbine company respecting any legal action, public safety liability or other? John Cryderman Chatham

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I was also able to advise them, as an employer, what I would be looking for in a recent grad if I were hiring. At times, you heard crickets chirping unless you had a particularly outgoing student at the table, but the organizers wisely had a number of pre-made questions on the table students could

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for ever after. Many people can change majors at school, or even careers later in life if they realize the path they chose isn’t for them. I pointed out that my first journalism class went from 95 to 45 by second year, and by third year, under 20 of us chose the print stream to finish out our diploma. There is no shame

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people right here in our community and help empower them to grow and provide more for themselves and their families. Please take a moment to read Kathy’s story and learn more about the great things and dreams that can come true because of your generous donations. Goodwill Success Story: Kathy I always had a dream of owning a brand-new car but never thought it was possible. I’ve worked at Goodwill for approximately five years and during that time, I’ve had at least four cars. I rely on my car to get to and from work as I live outside the city and I’ve been constantly buying “fixer-uppers” that were always in need of some repair or another. I am a single person and responsible for all of the bills myself. When the Financial Literacy program was offered to Goodwill employees, I signed up and learned about budgeting and managing my money. In the course, I learned about impulse buying, which was one of

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The best thing we can do as parents is help our kids look for opportunities to explore their interests. It can lead them to a career they may not have considered or help them rule out a job they thought would be perfect. Kudos to local Junior Achievement President Barb Smith and her team for putting on an excellent event, and all the women who donated their time and expertise to mentor young women. Our daughters need strong, positive role models in all careers to show them the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing a career.

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New anthology for Writers’ Guild Spring release for this collection of poems and short stories By Mary Beth Corcoran mary@chathamvoice.com

The Kent Writers’ Guild is celebrating spring with the release of its latest anthology of poems and short stories. Meeting monthly at the Chatham branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library, the guild has been helping writers find and express their voice since 1983 when it was first started by Chatham’s

Frank Doyle. Still a member, Doyle joins fellow writers as they use innovative ways to help with the creative process. At a recent meeting, current guild president Paul Ritchie gave the writers three words and 20 minutes to incorporate those words into prose. Ritchie said each member is then invited to read what they have written, but can decline if they wish.

“It helps with the creative process and the idea is that it helps break up writer’s block,” Ritchie said. What is interesting is how many different ideas can come from three words, said long-time member Patricia Weaver Blonde. “You look around the table and it is amazing the different ways the same words are used,” she said. “It really gets you used to

the creative flow.” Members of the guild are welcome to come and go as their schedule allows, and meetings are at 1:30 p.m. in the meeting room. Blonde said the anthologies are something the guild does two times a year; once in the spring and once before Christmas, and the books make great Christmas presents or stocking stuffers. The members contribute their work to the anthology, and the spring one is currently available for $5 to the public. Ritchie, who has been president of the Guild since 2006, said

the writing process can be very therapeutic and when you read back over a story, it can surprise you. “Sometimes, I look at a finished piece and think, ‘I had no idea I had that in me,’” he noted. “Our group is about writing and socializing, and meet-

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Pop culture expo hits Chatham on April 29 By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

CK Expo, Chatham-Kent’s celebration of pop culture, returns April 29. Chris Bullard of Game Masters Emporium, one of the event organizers, said this is the fourth Comic Con-like gathering in Chatham, the third large-scale one. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the John D. Bradley

Convention Centre. “The first one was only 150 people. We moved to the Bradley Centre and had more than 1,000 people the next year,” Bullard said. “We hope to get more than 1,500 this year.” He believes the maturation of “geeky kids” has helped make events such as CK Expo so popular. “It’s a bunch of things. It used to be a fringe culture, but as su-

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CK Expo has evolved from humble beginnings as “Cause” Play in 2014.Tim Stoffyn, left, Kristina Garant and Chris Bullard organized the initial event in 2014, and have watched it grow from about 150 people that year to a hopeful 1,500 for the April 29 event. All proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent.

perhero movies rolled out and more TV series rolled out, and the geeky kids are now in their 40s, it’s more widespread. It’s more authentic,” he said. This year’s CK Expo returns with free video games, pinball and board games for patrons to enjoy. There will also be a lineup of actors on hand.

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Bullard said they include Rochelle Davis, “who was the little girl from The Crow movie;” Olivia Hack, who played Cindy Brady in The Brady Bunch remake in the 1990s and who is a voice actor in a variety of cartoons; Sean Rogerson who has appeared in TV series such as Bitten, Supernatural and Stargate Atlantis; and Corin Nemec, who appeared in series such as Stargate SG-1, Supernatural,

and the Ghost Whisperer. “They might not be household names, but when you see them, you remember what shows you’ve seen them in,” Bullard said. “They’re engaging personalities and they have some cool stories to tell the guests.” Admission to CK Expo is $10. Children aged nine and under are free. All proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent.

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Forty down and another 140 to go for Doug Cowell. That’s his target in terms of times giving blood. It’s also the number of units of blood used on his daughter Bailey, who received a heart transplant at just nine days old. Sadly, she passed away only weeks later. Doug and his wife Renee, Chatham-Kent police officers, are the driving forces behind the Uniforms Unite to Save Lives blood donor campaign. And April 12 marked the seventh year of the campaign, but it also marked what would have been Bailey’s 16th birthday. “Her birthday is always around this time,” Renee said of the annual Uni-

forms Unite event at the Sprit and Life Centre on Wellington Street. “But it is bittersweet that it actually falls on this day this year.” The Cowells were impressed with the support shown by the personnel of the various emergency services groups in Chatham-Kent. “It’s encouraging to see everybody here rolling up their sleeves helping to save lives,” Renee said. “It’s nice to see the community, our colleagues and coworkers out in such numbers.” The goal for the day was 140 donations, again the equivalent to the number of units of blood and blood products Bailey needed during her stay at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

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Beth Cassidy, donor care associate with Canadian Blood Services, keeps an eye on Chatham-Kent police Const. Ian Scoyne’s progress as he gives blood April 12 during the Uniforms Unite to Save Lives event at the Spirit and Life Centre in Chatham. It’s the seventh year of the campaign.

Health survey gave residents a voice

By Mary Beth Corcoran mary@chathamvoice.com

With the results from community surveys last winter by the health coalition committees in Chatham and Wallaceburg-Wapole Island First Nation, people have helped effect change in the services offered by our local health care system. That according to Chatham-Kent Health Coalition cochair Shirley Roebuck. She said the survey results showed that people wanted health services in both Chatham and Walla-

ceburg, and the communities’ response to the survey helped the decision to keep and further upgrade services for the Wallaceburg campus of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. “Without the public, there would have been a chance that the Wallaceburg hospital would be downsized further,” Roebuck said in an interview. “Our group was part of the campaign to save the Wallaceburg hospital and maintain services in Chatham. Even before we put out the survey, we met with politicians at Queen’s Park and

were able to get our issues on their agenda.” In a recent letter to Roebuck, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins thanked the coalition committees for conducting the survey and forwarding the results to his ministry and the CKHA. “Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the residents and communities across Chatham-Kent and Walpole Island First Nation. We look forward to your continued collaboration in the transformation of the local health-care system,”

Hoskins said in his April 7 letter to Roebuck. His letter also let Roebuck know about the new website set up by the CKHA (askckha.com) as a forum for public feedback and a place for the public to ask questions about the future direction of the hospital alliance. It also gives updates on what is happening in regards to restructuring and dates for “community engagement sessions” coming up. Roebuck said there is still more work to be done. “We can’t stop now. We need

to ensure that Chatham-Kent has good, strong programs that serve our community and we plan to ask for more services in Wallaceburg, with a goal of servicing the population of Chatham-Kent in a better way.” She said the two coalitions will be taking part in an Ontario Health Coalition campaign to warn the public about the danger of privatizing health care services. With the slogan, “We can’t bear to lose our health care,” a six-foot bear will be travelling the province to highlight the public’s concern.

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Chatham-Kent has an affinity for vintage rock and roll, and that’s what keeps Pete Paquette bringing shows back to the Chatham Capitol Theatre. Paquette, an award-winning Elvis tribute performer, said the folks in C-K are tuned in to what his company offers. “We have a great fan base in Chatham; a great following of Paquette Production names,” he said. “People come to realize the quality of our shows.” The company delivers tribute shows for a host of performers, Elvis includ-

ed. They produce tributes to the likes of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Tom Jones, Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline and more. Paquette said he first started bringing shows to Chatham about six years ago. He returns to Chatham April 29, with Chris Connor in tow. Connor is a British Elvis tribute artist, and the two will take the audience through the full gamut of The King’s musical career. The Rockin’ Royals Show Band and the Tonettes will back up Paquette and Connor. Paquette said his appreciation for Elvis Presley

began at an early age. “I was eight years old and I saw Elvis on television. It was a compilation. I got hooked on his style and performance,” he said. Growing up in Vankleek Hill, Ont., just east of Ottawa, Paquette said he performed locally doing Elvis songs shortly thereafter, eventually competing by the age of 16. He has twice won the Collingwood Elvis Festival. As Paquette continued to do Elvis songs, he performed at festivals in the United States as well, eventually becoming an event headliner. Continued on page 19

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Pete Paquette, centre, became a huge Elvis Presley fan at the age of eight, so much so he has made a career out of performing as Elvis, and has won the Collingwood Elvis Festival twice. He returns to the Chatham Capitol Theatre April 29.

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At 25, he and his wife Connie started Paquette Productions. Now 31, Paquette produces and performs in shows across the province. He realizes his passion for all things Elvis is rare for someone of his young age. “It’s not typical. I was very confident with that idea. I had a lot of passion, and commitment to the

Chris Conner, a UK Elvis tribute artist, joins Pete Paquette on stage in Chatham April 29.

genre and the man himself,” he said. “Without Elvis, it would have been a different path for me.” Paquette has learned a great deal about The King over the years. He is impressed by the uniqueness that is Elvis Presley. “It’s contradictive for his image – he was combining all these great music genres together. He was a white man singing Black music – that was his sig-

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• Autism Helping Hands Event Craft and Vendor Sale from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Chatham Banquest Hall (formerly CAW Hall), 280 Merritt Ave., Chatham. Free admission. • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm, dance from 4:30pm9:30pm featuring Marquis. Monday, April 24, 2017 • Kent Branch OGS Family History Classes. 3 classes April 24, May 8 & 15. 10:00am-1:00pm. $20/class for $50 for all 3. Kent Branch OGS Family Hisotry Library (2nd floor CK Public Library, 120 Queen St., Chatham) 519-352-4128. First class: Family History & You. Class limited to 10 people.

One thing you might have noticed that was conspicuously missing in the past couple of weeks was this column. Well, there are indeed times when this Bruce piece doesn’t make the paper, especially when there are just too many stories that we had to get in the paper for you. The second reason is I usually don’t write when my wife pens a column. Remember the old E.F. Hutton slogan, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen” used in TV commercials in the 1970s? That’s

the same with Mary Beth. When she writes a column, it is certainly well read. Her recent piece on what it’s like being a dance mom received feedback as far away Corcoran as New Orleans. That came from a dance instructor in the Big Easy. On social media, her column got shared as far away as Australia. Yeah, when Mary Beth writes, people read. As a result, this column has been out of the paper for a couple of weeks now. Time to catch up.

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• Senior euchre at 1:00pm at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 • Free after-school tutoring from 6:00pm8:00pm at First Reformed Church, 632 Lacroix St., Chatham. Please call Betty at 519-354-8902 for info. • Gary McGill will perform in the West Lounge of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Open euchre, open shuffleboard and 2 person euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm. Shuffleboard at 7:00pm. 2 person euchre - 6:30 registration and play at 7:00pm. $5.00 per person. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 • Cam Denomy will perform in the West Lounge of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Broasted Chicken dinner hosted by St. Paul’s United Church at the Wish Centre on King St. E., Chatham from 5:00pm-7:00pm. 3 pieces of chicken, baked potato, corn, baked beans, coleslaw, pickles, a roll, dessert and coffee/ tea for only $18/adult and $6 for youth 6-12. 5 & under free. Call Gail at 519-352-0464 for tickets. Take out available • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:00pm. PAWR at the animal shelter phone number for lost and stray pets and issues at the dog parks: 226-996-9969 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! 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 519354-2940 ex.248 Submit your coming events to bruce@chathamvoice.com or michelle@chathamvoice.com

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Festival always draws a crowd, cash Continued from page 20

Congrats to the organizers of the recent Festival of Giving for raising $268,000 this year. They smashed their goal of $250,000. Funds raised go to the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent, as well as several local food banks. I had the good fortune of attending this year’s event. As some said on social media, this may have been the best one yet, and that’s saying something. I truly do not know how organizers can keep coming up with success after success. Thumbs up to the collective creative genius of the board, and the incredible effort of a crew of volunteers, great things continue to happen at the festival. This year’s theme was Shipwrecked, and people dressed up as everything from battered cruise vacationers to pirates, to sharks, to the cast of Gilligan’s Island. With more than 1,000 guests and volunteers on hand, it was quite the sight. This is an event where you can’t walk five feet without running into someone you know. And everyone has a good time. Kudos to the Sons of Kent for showcasing four of their soonto-be released brews. I really enjoyed two of them, a British Ale and a blonde. I mean, I REALLY enjoyed them, to the point of being a little foggy the next day at my daughter’s dance competition. The food, as usual, was excellent. And at an event where the beverages are so freely flowing, having a good meal is essential. Just don’t tell my wife, who missed the event, that the roast beef was delicious. It might have been over done – medium – for her tastes, but it was so tender! Congratulations to the $10,000 booty prize winner, Melissa Lachine. Imagine attending one of the best parties of the year and going home $10,000 richer. One change this year was the late evening entertainment. Face4Radio replaced the O’Hara Brothers Band, long a mainstay entertaining the crowd and packing the dance floor at the event. I really like both bands, having seen them both around town on numerous occasions. Face4Radio picked right up where the O’Hara Brothers left off, as they brought their unique rendition of a very wide variety of songs to the stage, which by the way was the deck of a pirate ship (although I don’t know how many such ships had cages for go-go dancers). Paying it backward

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THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017

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McKinlay offers options at a time of grief Special to The Voice

McKinlay Funeral Homes recently expanded its reception centre at its Chatham location on St. Clair Street. Nathan McKinlay said it’s all about adjusting to the wishes of their client families. The expanded McKinlay Reception Centre grew by an additional 1,000 square-feet and can now offer hot meals, having replaced the small kitchenette with a full kitchen. “We are now able to offer both beer and wine at the reception centre and in the funeral home,” Nathan said now that the Chatham business has become fully licensed with the AGCO. “At funeral receptions, our in-house menu allows us to provide everything from sandwiches to hot food options – and having the ability to tailor the menu to families’ wishes and

Rob and Nathan McKinlay and all the staff at McKinlay Funeral Homes are happy to announce the expansion of their Chatham reception centre, as well as the fact it is licensed to serve alcohol.

dietary requirements makes all the difference.” Families are also us-

ing the reception room for dinner between visitations, allowing them to stay together while

taking a break. The reception centre is well appointed with comfortable furniture, tables and two large flat-screen televisions, which can play different video feeds or traditional television, depending on each family’s needs. The soda station combined with a tea and coffee bar is something you don’t often see at funeral home reception areas. But Nathan said people find it refreshing. The station is a perfect fit for dispensing mix as well. Nathan said it is all about giving McKinlay’s client families and their guests a unique, life-honouring experience that they can afford. “We have many families choose traditional funerals; but there are

those that are searching for some alternatives - we believe our centre answers some of those needs.” With seating for 125 persons, the large room offers families many options. “We’ve had people who have had private graveside services for just the family and then they’ve invited more people back to the reception centre for a celebration of life,” Nathan said. The liquor license only expands those options. Many great conversations happen over a glass of wine and some good food. “In fact, we had a gentleman who passed away who loved his Scotch, so we picked out a couple of bottles of Scotch and everyone

had a toast to honour him. Of course, the kids had ginger ale,” Nathan said. The centre can be used for other occasions as well, he added. He said clients have booked a wedding rehearsal dinner for the centre, and several service clubs have booked it for meetings as well. McKinlay Funeral Homes is teaming up with Bayside Brewing Co. and Pelee Island Winery, their local suppliers, for a planned open house April 30. Nathan said the reception centre will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to showcase what it now offers. Both the reception centre and the funeral home are handicap accessible.

Come and see our expanded Reception Centre at our Chatham location, April 30 from 1 pm to 5 pm 459 St.Clair St., Chatham • 519-351-2040 76 Main St. E., Ridgetown • 519-674-3141 141 Park St., Blenheim • 519-676-3451

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The April 20, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.