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Hiking for C-K Hospice

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About 400 people took part in the Hike for Hospice Walk Sunday along Mud Creek in Chatham, raising money for the facility. The oldest walker for the event exceeded the age of 90, while the youngest was comfortably riding in a stroller. The walk took participants along the Mud Creek for about 3.5 kilometres. There was an option for walkers to cut their trek short as well, as they could take a two-kilometre stroll instead.

Province asked to step in on well testing

By Mary Beth Corcoran

Chatham-Kent Coun. Jeff Wesley put forward a notice of motion at a recent council meeting asking the Ontario environment minister to “immediately convene an open public meeting to fully discuss

the ongoing and proposed testing of local water wells so that all local water well owners, wind farms, Water Wells First, council and the general public are fully aware of what testing is being done and/or should be done. “Further, that the (Ministry of Environment and

Climate Change) provide concrete directions to ensure local water well owners do not pay the cost of testing of their wells and if they have already done so these costs are to be reimbursed,” Wesley wrote in his notice of motion. In response to Wesley’s notice, Chatham-Kent

Mayor Randy Hope penned a letter to MOECC Minister Glen Murray, expressing the concerns of area residents over the “health and status of water wells. Many of our residents, businesses and agricultural operations depend on water wells, not only for their homes,

but also for the operation of their businesses.” His letter echoes the concerns Wesley brought forward in his notice of motion about the impact the proposed wind turbines will have on the wells and the underlying aquifer in North Kent. In his notice of motion,

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Wesley added there are “serious and ongoing concerns within the Chatham-Kent community over the health and status of the local aquifer” and “uncertainty amongst local well owners over what is an appropriate testing regime.”

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Tilbury man hits the jackpot The Chatham Voice

Mike Montminy of Tilbury has made good on

a very big promise to his wife Trish. “When we were just dating more than 22 years

ago, I told Trish that she better hang on to me because I was going to win the lottery one day,” he

said in a media release. Fast forward to February this year and … promise kept. He won the Lotto

Tilbury’s Mike Montminy is pictured here with his lottery win of more than $26 million through Lotto Max.

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Jobless rate rises in C-K The Chatham Voice

Unemployment figures for Chatham-Kent rose by 0.4 per cent in February to 6.8 per cent as compared with January numbers. Unemployment throughout the region rose 0.1 per cent, and the provincial

rate is not 6.4 per cent. Nationally, the unemployment rate stands at 6.8 per cent. Stuart McFadden, Chatham-Kent’s acting director of economic development services, said despite the increase, there is good news in the fact that 1,200


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Max jackpot of more than $26 million from the Feb. 17 draw. Montminy checked his ticket the following day and then did something most people only ever dream about. “Fifteen minutes after I found out I won the lottery, my wife and I both quit our jobs,” Montminy said while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto where he claimed his windfall. “I definitely put the cart before the horse. We didn’t even have the prize money yet. But I knew it was just a matter of time. I never have to set an alarm clock again.” Montminy and his wife love their new status – retired. “It feels amazing to know that we can enjoy all our time together right now and not have to wait for our golden years. We are young enough to splurge and have lots of fun with our two kids,” he said. “But we are also mature and wise enough to recognize that if we invest properly, this money will secure the future of our children, grandchildren and generations to come.” Tilbury is home for the

family – described by Montminy as a small community with a big heart. “I can’t go to the mailbox without someone stopping to say ‘hi’ and congratulating me on the win. I am grateful for each conversation and happy that my story makes others happy too,” he said. “Tilbury is the place we love and we will definitely be building our dream home right here.” Montminy just bought himself a high-performance sports car. “Trish wants to take lots of family trips – Scotland and Italy top her list. And our teenaged children have made some requests too,” Montminy said. “Our son has asked for a 4-wheeler or a snowmobile and our daughter wants help with university costs.” He and his family look forward to generously supporting the causes they care about. “Truly, the greatest gift in all this is the ability to make a difference in the lives of others. That is the biggest ‘win’ for me.” Montminy bought his ticket at Mr. Video & Convenience in Tilbury.



Mayor, MPP seek answers

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Hope asks Murray and the MOECC to address specifically: • What testing (number and type of parameters tested for, cost, complexity, etc.) is currently being done or planned by North Kent Wind, Otter Creek and Water Wells First? • Should well owners be obtaining any additional testing and, if so, who will pay for this testing and any other testing already paid for? “We believe your ministry has the expertise and ability to properly determine what testing is required to address the concerns brought forth to us. We are asking you to immediately convene a meeting in Chatham-Kent to fully discuss water well testing and provide recommendations (where indicated) to local water well owners,” Hope said in his April 20 letter to Murray. Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton supported the

letter from Hope in his own letter to Murray April 20, and said, “There is prima facie evidence that some drinking water drawn from wells in north Kent is no longer potable. I do not believe that under the circumstances in this case local water well owners should not be liable for the costs of their own well testing in wells which were pure.” Water Wells First, the local grass roots advocacy group, has been vocal in its concerns with the quality of water wells in area where turbines were installed and run, and brought to light a turbidity problem with the well of the Pumfrey family on Bush Line after North Kent Wind 1 used a pile driving method for the foundation of a meteorological control tower in the former Chatham Twp. Wesley’s notice of motion is on hold until a response from Mayor Hope’s letter is received.



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The nest of a pair of bald eagles and two eaglets can be seen in this tree in a bush at the south end of Fargo Line in Shrewsbury. According to area enthusiasts, this is the first year for eagle babies in this particular nest.

Eagles make Shrewsbury a hot spot for birders

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A pair of nesting bald eagles on Fargo Line just north of New Scotland Line has the small community of Shrewsbury eager for baby sightings. According to locals and a blog by local bird enthusiast P. Allen Woodliffe, there are two baby bald eagles in

the large nest, after no luck last year with offspring. In his blog, Nature Nuggets, Woodliffe posts pictures and discusses where to find sometimes rare and interesting bird sightings. One Shrewsbury resident, Alexandra Depuydt, said some days you can see the adult bald eagles flying overhead and the wingspan on the raptors is incredible.

With binoculars, another bird enthusiast, John Cryderman, said you can see the heads of the baby bald eagles from Fargo Line, across the farmer’s field to the bush where the tree with the nest can be seen. Many area residents are hoping to get a peek at the raptors and their offspring before leaf growth makes it more difficult to see.


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Sponsorship pours in for IPM 2018 By Bruce Corcoran

The Chatham-Kent International Plowing Match 2018 (IPM) team unveiled its transportation options last week at Victory Ford

Lincoln. The committee will have the use of a coach bus from Badder Bus Lines when travelling to promote the IPM. Victory donated a Ford F-150 pickup for around town events,

as well as to haul a trailer, donated by the family of Leon and Collette LeClair, which will carry souvenirs to various events around the province. All three items are wrapped in graphics,

courtesy of Impact Graphics and Signs, the design of which came from Candice Cottingham of Abstract Marketing. The diversified support is greatly appreciated, IPM 2018 co-chair Darrin

Canniff said. “This is a great example of the community coming together. Five groups all stepped up,” he said. “That’s about $100,000 in sponsorship right there.” Adam Lally, general manager of Victory Ford Lincoln, said being involved in IPM 2018 was a simple decision. “We think being a part of the community is important,” he said. “Agriculture and farming are a big part of this community. Something like this doesn’t come around often. It’s easy to get involved in an event like this.” Victory is leasing out the truck for $1 a month for the next two years to the IPM committee. Preparations are in solid shape, Canniff and LeClair said. In fact, they may have to slow down. “We’re almost too far ahead,” Canniff said. “There is still a year and a half to go. Planning is going really well.”

About 1,200 volunteers are needed to pull off the IPM, and people can sign up via LeClair said some individuals who have stepped forward are wondering why they haven’t been asked to help yet. “We don’t need the volume of people at the moment, but we will,” he said. “We need about 1,200 volunteers in the days leading up to the plowing match. We’re expecting 100,000 people to attend the event. We’re creating a city out there. It will take about three weeks to set up.” One key souvenir being sold to promote the IPM is the cookbook, A Taste of Chatham-Kent. It’s been on sale since late fall, and Canniff said about 3,000 of the books have been sold to date. The price per book is $15 plus tax. The IPM and Rural Expo will be held in Pain Court, Sept. 18-22 2018.

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From left, Leon LeClair, International Plowing Match 2018 co-chair; Adam Lally, general manager of Victory Ford Lincoln; Doug Badder of Badder Bus Lines; Candice Cottingham of Abstract Marketing; Rob Schepanowski of Impact Graphics and Signs; Darrin Canniff, International Plowing Match 2018 co-chair; and Jaymie Waddick of Waddick Fuels showcase the donated bus, pickup truck and trailer to promote the 2018 International Plowing Match that will take place in Chatham-Kent.

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Ideas can grow into jobs According to the Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board, the number of entrepreneurial business jobs is growing twice as fast as regular paid jobs. That means more people are taking their business ideas and making a go of it, with help from government initiatives and loans, and a lot of personal work ethic. Organizations such as Junior Achievement SWO and programs like the Learning Partnership Entrepreneurial Adventure for students are helping our kids learn how to come up with ideas and see it through the entire business start-up process. Programs like these bode well for the future, if the trend seen by the Workforce Planning Board continues. What our students may need more of, though, is business math and detailed economics courses in our curriculum to help them achieve those types of goals. With all the types of math offered to students in high school, why not have an option that will give them basic accounting skills, or how to run a cash register, or reconcile a bank statement? Useful skills for those people who aren’t headed to university but want to take their ideas and make a business of it. Creativity is important, but so is knowing how to balance your books. Even a course in what the government requires from small businesses, such as HST and payroll deduction filing – crucial in the operation of any business – would be helpful. Teaching our kids useful skills should be a big part of their learning years; as much as basic math and English. Creating future leaders means we need people who actually start the businesses and eventually end up hiring all the college and university grads. Arming them earlier with the information they need is something groups such as Junior Achievement do well, but that kind of learning should be taught to all high school students so they have even more options at the end of Grade 12. And even if you employ yourself in a one-person operation, you are still creating a job and contributing to the economy and tax base, and we need those jobs to help Chatham-Kent grow.

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Trapped cat suffered needlessly Sir: I am a disabled senior who, on April 17, called animal rescue for help to rescue a cat in distress under my deck. I was told that they don’t do cats or dogs and they didn’t have anyone available. What? Doesn’t the scope of animal rescue include all animals? I was then told to get

the owner. I wasn’t sure who the owner might be but suspected it was the missing cat of the neighbours behind me. That poor animal whined all evening and into the night … a cry for help that never came. As my neighbours weren’t home, I left a note in their mailbox.

They came over this morning and removed the body of their family pet… a pet that probably could have survived if animal rescue had done its job. I was so upset to think this poor animal had died trapped under my deck and I couldn’t do a thing about it. This is disgusting that

no one cared enough to save an animal who was trapped and needed help to get free. All they had to do was remove a couple of screws from the boards on the side of the deck and they could have freed this poor creature. No animal should be left to suffer like that. Gayle Young Chatham

Turn the rail line into a trail line Sir: I read John Cryderman’s letter, “Stay out of investment biz, C-K,” with interest. I had a struggle with it because I’m certainly not a numbers man – ask my accountant who looks after my tax returns and my dear wife who looks after our bank accounts. But I am concerned about Chatham’s boondoggle of a railway. I’m talking about the former CSX rail line. Councillors justified purchasing the rusting railway for $3.6 million

(ugh!) by pointing to the potential economic development benefits that would come from owning a rail line running from Wallaceburg to Dresden to Chatham. As far as I know, our economic development officials are still pounding the pavement trying to find an operator for a short track rail line owned by the municipality. But although I can’t handle too many num-

ber puzzles, I have always been a gardener and a nature lover. And I know that if a plot of land is deserted for a few years, nature has a way of taking over. It’s the way God works. After all, He controls nature. And this seems to be happening to our famous ghost railway, At my age I’m not too steady on my old legs, but I understand groups of naturalists recently visiting the rail corridor and found a large pond

in which there were nesting Canada geese, wood ducks, mallard ducks and turtles and an area where native prairie species were growing. In the space of a couple of hours the naturalists found more than 100 different plant, animal and insect species – many of them indigenous to the region. Maybe we could form Chatham Natural Rail Trail. I think we should let the rails rust away in peace.

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Students learn impressive business skills

By Mary Beth Corcoran

A group of Grade 6 students have taken a school project and turned it into a small business geared to making money for the Chatham-Kent Hospice. The school project at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School in Chatham is part of the Learning Partnership Entrepreneurial Adventure, a program that helps students learn how to start a small business. According to the program website, Entrepreneurial Adventure is all about sparking students’ natural curiosity, intelligence and passion to seize an opportunity to take their ideas to market – and discover just what they can do. The program is a handson entrepreneurial journey for students in grades K-12. It is designed to develop students’ enterprising spirit, financial literacy, innovative thinking and social responsibility. To date, these student business ventures have raised $2.9 million for charities.

Entrepreneurial Adventure helps develop the next generation of entrepreneurs by teaching essential 21st century skills, such as marketing, business planning, team building and the importance of social responsibility. Together with teachers and volunteer business mentors, students develop innovative business ventures that raise money for charities. Students Cristiano Machado and Evan Hollis, two members of the four-person team with Jere Lagace-Carter and Nathan Hanson, explained their business plan. Selling T-shirts, polo shirts, drawstring bags and baseball caps with their company name – cenj (their four first-name initials), the group developed a web site at to take orders from people from now until the end of May with all proceeds going to the Chatham-Kent Hospice. “We thought T-shirts could make a good profit; not to small and not

Leave the rails to rot Continued from page 6

If you started ripping them up, the natural part of the trail would be ruined. A disadvantage of traditional track structures is the heavy demand for maintenance, particularly surfacing (tamping) and lining to restore the desired track geometry and smoothness of vehicle running. Shifting of the ballast, weakness of the subgrade and drainage

deficiencies add to the degrading of the track. And the tracks themselves will soon rust into the ground. I love railways but I also love nature. And I think our councillors should write off the $3.6 million (ugh!) and create the Chatham Natural Rail Trail, which will be enjoyed for generations. Stephen Beecroft Chatham



too high,” Machado said. “My dad has a roofing business and he gets shirts for his staff so he helped us figure it out.” Machado designed the logo, and Hollis said the group shares the other rolls. “Cristiano designed the logo but we will share the rolls. We all will go out and sell, be treasurer, receive payments,” Hollis said. “The teacher guided us through the program, but then we took it from there and a person from the program is supposed to come to our class this week.” In choosing a charity, Machado said they wanted to pick something important to the community. “We thought the Hospice has so many volunteers and wanted to pitch in. It’s one of the organizations Chatham really needs for support,” he noted. The group of four started selling this past weekend in their own areas and hope the website will take their sales to the next level. Their products are available in different co-

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Grade 6 students at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School in Chatham, Cristiano Machado, left, and Evan Hollis show the merchandise they have for sale as part of the Entrepreneurial Adventure program. The two young businessmen are working with fellow students Jere Lagace-Carter and Nathan Hanson.

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News Send your Canada 150 party notes to MPP Van Kesteren By Bruce Corcoran

If you’ve got plans for a community event for Canada Day, Dave Van Kesteren wants to hear from you. The local MP said he’d like to include as much Chatham-Kent Essex Canada Day information in his next pamphlet to his constituents as he can. “We want to find out about as many Canada 150 events as possible,” he said. “If you’ve got something going on, we want to know about it.” Van Kesteren said he and his staff hope to give the people in his riding a host of options on how they can best celebrate the nation’s 150 birthday. He said response to the request has been solid so far. “We’ve had quite a lot of responses already, but we want to hear what’s going on. This is for people to put on their fridge,” he said. “We want to encourage and inform. Also, knowing what is taking place around the riding gives us an opportunity to be on standby if there’s a gap.” He admitted last year’s Canada Day issues in Chatham spurred this effort to some extent. “Last year, we got kind of caught flat footed as a community,” he said, referring to the fact the then-Canada Day committee for Chatham didn’t have a parade, fireworks or any events in Tecumseh Park. But he is encouraged by this year’s effort, spearheaded by Chris Glassford. “It looks really good for Chatham. I’m really pleased. They just needed a little bit of leadership,” he said. To have your event listed in Van Kesteren’s pamphlet, contact the riding office at 519-358-7555, or e-mail dave.vankesteren@parl.gc. ca. Van Kesteren said he’ll be bouncing around the riding on Canada Day in an effort to take part in as many celebrations as possible. “I’ll be in Chatham in the morning and Leamington after lunch and then to Blenheim for the fireworks in the evening,” he said. “I’ll be doing what everybody else does, looking at all the celebrations. It’s about the busiest day next to Remembrance Day. They are good days.”




Animal shelter fundraiser needs support By Mary Beth Corcoran

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Pets such as this little puppy could benefit from Chatham-Kent getting a new animal shelter. A dinner and silent auction, Paws 4 a Cause, takes place April 28 at Countryview Golf Course in support of the shelter drive.

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Paws 4 a Cause, a dinner and silent auction fundraiser for the new animal shelter in Chatham, is set for April 28 at Countryview Golf Course, but ticket sales are needed. Fund-raising co-chair Diane Morrison said the Michelle Wright concert in March did well as a fundraiser for the shelter, but they are always looking at new ideas and events to raise funds. Approximately $900,000 has been raised to date of the $2 million target for the new animal shelter. “We’re just trying to do some fundraising events and it can be very challenging,” Morrison said. “It is going well but it takes a lot of

work.” The dinner and silent auction features a chicken and beef buffet dinner at Countryview that Morrison said is always a hit with people, and some very exciting auction items. Morrison said the items include an overnight stay and two show tickets at Caesar’s Windsor, a $200 VIA Rail gift card, a season pass to Rondeau Provincial Park, pamper and spa packages, a float session at Float Therapy and passes to the Ontario Science Centre. Tickets for the event are $35, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets sales are advance only and are available at Pet and Wildlife Rescue on Park Avenue in Chatham or at the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre.



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happened in this area for quite some time and the LKDSB art teachers in Chatham-Kent have Secondary students with an formed a committee to make artistic side will have a chance this happen,” said John Mcto showcase their talent next Gregor Secondary School art teacher Jennifer month, thanks to McQuade. art teachers in the “We got everyone to“We got everyLambton Kent gether and we are very one together and District School enthusiastic to do this we are very enBoard. thusiastic to do A group of for our kids.” l i k e - m i n d e d - Teacher Jennifer McQuade this for our kids.” Schools include Mary Beth Corcoran/The Chatham Voice teachers have organized the Chatham-Kent Stu- the high schools Blenheim, Til- Art teachers in the LKDSB worked together and will host a juried art show at the Downtown Chatham Centre dent Art Show to be held May bury, Ridgetown, Dresden and May 1-17. Pictured are Bev DeKoning, JMSS; Cheryl McDonald, LCSS (Dresden); Trish Myers, CKSS; Jennifer 1-17 at the Downtown Cha- Wallaceburg, as well as JMSS McQuade, JMSS; and Bryan deBakker, Ridgetown. and CKSS in Chatham. tham Centre. McQuade said the committee chose the Downtown Chatham will be judging the pieces of the award is announced, you “This type of art show has not Centre for its central lo- art with several award cate- can see the piece that won,” cation and mall hours to gories in the senior and junior McQuade added. showcase the art, giving division and McQuade said With the art teachers from as many the school board the different schools working people as “The students are so will have awards together with the board, Mcp o s s i b l e excited to have this worth $100 each Quade said it has been a great a chance for the junior and experience. Moving to the to see the chance to show their senior division. LKDSB from the Sarnia end of work the work. They spend All different the school board where she was s t u d e n t s weeks working on an types of me- involved in student art shows, have done. individual piece.” diums will be McQuade said it was great to “The stu- - Teacher Jennifer McQuade showcased and be able to bring the art show North Star helps make cleaning dents are the judging and idea back to Chatham-Kent. so excited awards will take “It’s shining a spotlight on windows a breeze. to have this chance to place May 4, with kids that might “It’s shining a spotlight not be recognized show their work,” Mca reception for the Our tilt-in series of Quade said. “They spend winners later that on kids that might not normally,” the double hung windows weeks working on an in- night at 6 p.m. be recognized norart teacher said. are the perfect dividual piece. It’s nice at Retro Suites mally. We’re all willing “We’re all willing to have more than just on King Street in to work together example. They can to work together for teachers to recognize Chatham. for what’s best be cleaned safely and what’s best for our their passion for art. It’s “Having a jurfor our students.” conveniently from almost like seeing the ied show gives students.” The committee inside your home. So doors opening and the the kids the ex- - Teacher Jennifer McQuade was grateful for easy, you’ll almost look possibility of having a perience of being the support of the career in art.” judged and at the awards, there DCC and Retro Suites for doforward to cleaning them . . . Almost. Artist Scott Livingstone will be a slide show so when nating space to host the show. By Mary Beth Corcoran

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Chatham-Kent MLS Sold Ends - First Three Months of 2017. We sell more houses than any other office in Chatham-Kent. Royal LePage Peifer has 40.1% of the Y-T-D market share of the combined top 5 brokerages in Chatham-Kent. Source: MLS Data, Chatham-Kent Real Estate Board, April 3, 2017.

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1 floor plan, 2 br, large livingroom, great area for fishing, hunting & birding. Many updates. Call Steve 519355-9774 or Brian 519-436-2669.

Offer Pending 23 ROSSINI $168,000 Absolutely mint 3br, 1.5 bath semi with many, many updates. Call Steve 519-355-9774.

New Listing 41 CRAMAR $649,000

3000 sq ft, 4+1 br, 3.5 bath, executive 2 storey on a half acre treed lot. Call Carson 519-809-2856.

7150 TALBOT, BLENHEIM $589,900 4br, 2 bath executive rancher on a 2.4 ac lot on Lake Erie. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

23567 PRINCE ALBERT $689,000 Beautifully landscaped 4br, 3.5 bath executive brick rancher with many updates on 3.86 acres. Call Steve 519-355-9774 or Brian 519-436-2669.

New Listing 27 GATEWAY $329,900 3br, 3 bath freehold bungalow townhouse. Pride of ownership here. Call Deb R 519-401-5470.

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

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18242 ERIE SHORE $234,900 2br, 1.5 bath brick rancher overlooking Lake Erie with many updates. Call Brain Peifer 519-436-2669.

New Listing Catie Hawryluk* 519-809-4268

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78 JOPLYN $399,900 Exceptional 3br, 2.5 bath spawling rancher on 1/2 ac lot. Call Brian Preston 519-355-9868.

Rondeau Bay 17992 RONDEAU PARK $239,900 Beautiful year round 3br, 1.5 bath, extensively updated 1.5 storey. Call Penny 519-360-0315 or Elliot 519-358-8755.

136 TECUMSEH $449,000 Beautiful custom built 3+1br, 3 bath brick 2 storey home. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

New Listing 47 ARTHUR $115,000 Solid 3br bungalow on a quiet south Chatham cul-de-sac. Call Mike Gibbons 519-365-5634.

D L SO 10989 RIVER LINE $959,900

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

4br, 3.5 bath, 3500 sq ft executive 2 storey home on 3.10 ac’s on the water. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

92 RANDOLF $149,900 Tastefully updated 3br, 1.5 bath 3 level side split. This home offers great value. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

7627 RIVERVIEW LINE $729,900

Quality custom built home on a beautiful river lot. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

Building & Lot 6 Indian Creek East For sale or lease 11,000 sf on 0.58 ac site. Good exposure, easy access to 401. Zoned HC(1). Call Bev 519-358-8805.


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10657 LAKEVIEW, C-K $668,000 Quality, grace & charm in this 4+1br, 2.5 bath 2 storey on Lake Morningstar. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

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

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

23262 PRINCE ALBERT $189,900 3br, 2 bath well maintained 2 storey home in a lovely country setting. Call Deb 519-401-5470

New Price 300 QUEEN $144,900 Completely remodelled 3br 2 storey home centrally located. Call Chris 519-350-1402.

186 COLBORNE $139,500 Beautiful 2br brick 2 storey along the creek. Move-in condition with many updates. Call Jim 519-358-3984.

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

D L SO 72 RANDOLF $129,900 Affordable 3br family home. Professionally painted & cleaned. Call Deb 519-401-5470.

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


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15 THORNHILL $194,900

177 INSHES $95,900

3br, 2 bath custom brick ranch with numerous updates. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

399 CATHERINE, BLENHEIM • $29,900 49.39’ X 110.22’ vacant building lot in Blenheim. Call George 519-360-7334.

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

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Chatham-Kent has a shortage of inventory (Listings) so you will get the most for your property if you list it now. Call one of our Real Estate Professionals to assist you in making the most important move of your life.

D L SO 28 PARKVIEW $559,900 4br, 2.5 bath beautiful custom built 2 storey with i/g pool. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

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9565 RIVER LINE $880,000 Five star executive 3br, 5 bath, brick 1.5 storey home on the Thames River. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

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Inventory & equipment incl. 60’x120’ all steel Vertec building on 4.77 acres at Hwy.401. 5 bay doors, 5 ton overhead crane. Call Ron 519-3607729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

4624 TALBOT TR MERLIN - $495,000

This is an impressive 3+1br, 2.5 bath custom built waterfront bungalow. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

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

Don’t Miss Out 202 CAMPUS #305 $119,900 Attractive & well maintained 2br condo unit on the 3rd floor. Call David 519-350-1615.

New Price 6 DANIEL’S $124,900 Nice 3br, 1.5 storey remodelled home. Call Chris 519-350-1402.

17996 RONDEAU $179,000 Own a 3br waterfront cottage in Rondeau Park with endless sunsets. Call Larry 519-355-8686.

119 HARVEY $89,900 Duplex for sale. 2br unit on the 2nd floor and 1br unit on the main. Call George 519-360-7334.

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18366 Erie Shore Dr., Blenheim 2+1 BR, 2 bath waterfront retreat. Spacious & bright open concept living. Recently renovated. Just move in and enjoy! $369,900.

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17992 Rondeau Rd, Rondeau Park Beautiful waterfront home or cottage. This 3BR, 1.5 bath has been extensively updated & features a large living room, wonderful deck and detached garage. $239,900.

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103 Garden Path, Chatham Move in ready 3+1 BR, 2 bath raised rancher in Prestancia. Bright & open main floor living/dining & lg kitchen. Full finished basement. $294,900.

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Beautiful well maintained duplex. Each 3 BR, 1 bath bungalow with a full walk-out unit has 2 BR and covered porch. basement. Nice sized kitchen and living room. Newer laminate on main floor and high Updated panels and high efficiency gas efficiency furnace. Deep lot. $129,900. furnace. $146,900.

106 Teal Drive, Blenheim Nice sized, serviced building lot in a mature sub-division in Blenheim. Priced to sell. Call today! $44,900.

14006 Talbot Trail, Chatham-Kent One of a kind stone 2 storey home. This 5BR, 1.5 bath has irreplaceable wood work & wood floors. Mature trees & a distant view of Lake Erie make this 3.3 acre property magnificent. $329,900


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23567 Prince Albert Rd. $689,000 If space inside & outside is what you are looking for this may be the one! Situated on 3.86 acres on the edge of Chatham this 3700sq.ft. executive rancher has it all. It features many updates, 3.5 baths, 4 bedrooms on the main floor. 1500sq.ft. is also finished on the lower level. A triple car attached garage, large shop & drive shed add extra value. You must see this one!

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Local ideas to cool C-K housing market The Chatham Voice

Ontario Realtors have met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Toronto Mayor John Tory over the last several weeks to make sure that the dream of home ownership stays within reach. Chatham-Kent Realtors have also met with local municipal officials asking for more land to be freed up in order to allow for more affordable options

to local home buyers. “The measures that will most impact Chatham-Kent are creating affordable new housing supply. It is critical that the government tackle the issue of housing supply and continues to take action to get more homes built so young families have more options,” said Kristi Willder President of Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors. “Specifically, realtors have asked the govern-

ment to look at ways to get more vacant land and properties to market and to create a Housing Advisory Group to provide advice and ideas about getting more supply to market.” Recent stats show the number of listings tripled the number of sales in Chatham-Kent, so this may eventually balance itself out on its own, Willder said. CKAR gives credit to the government and hopes

An Evening Of Comedy to hit the stage April 27-May 5 The Chatham Voice

Theatre Kent is presenting its final show of the current season from April 27 to 29 and May 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Studio One of the Chatham Cultural Centre (CCC). An Evening Of Comedy is a collection of three one-act plays, each with its own director and cast, and each serving up its own brand of humour. Producer Tim Luimes said the group is excited about the show as it provides “something for everybody,” and is being presented in the intimate studio setting. Complimentary refreshments will be provided, along with a cash bar. Luimes said the group saw great success with this format earlier this year when the group

presented the drama Proof. The three shows that make up An Evening Of Comedy are: • This Is A Play, directed by Jan Walker-Holt and featuring Karen Robinet, Bayleigh Fraser, Erik Shaw and Luimes. Holt called the show “a play within a play, about lettuce,” and added it is “a director’s – and actor’s – dream.” • Something Rotten In Denmark is being directed by Eric Bristow with a cast made up of Steven Reinhardus, Bill Tye, Linda Schinkel, Jen McMonnies, Melissa Bristow and Tony Erdelyi. Bristow said he and the cast have been enjoying the rehearsal process and are looking forward to putting the show in front of an audience. • Much Ado About Nothing (Abridged Version) is direct-

it makes a full review of REBBA in order to raise the standards of Ontario’s real estate professionals. They agree with investigating the practice of double-ending and are happy to participate in this conversation. Part of the solution is to give stiffer penalties to those who break the rules, and to educate the public on the real estate transaction. CKAR has committed to ads in The Chatham Voice regarding the purchase and sale of a

A: The short answer is no. Although these values can sometimes be the same, they can also be vastly different. The value the buyer applies to the property can differ from the value a seller or lender places on it. The seller, buyer and lender have to find an agreeable value in order for the transaction to proceed. This can be accomplished when the market value and appraised value are close to each

said. Lastly, as far as the foreign buyers’ tax, most recently a survey showed that onethird of homes purchased in Chatham-Kent were from out-of-town buyers. Almost all of these were people living in Ontario. So while the glut of GTA and surrounding area residents are cashing out and moving here, the number of foreign investors is statistically insignificant, therefore this will not affect Chatham-Kent.

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Theatre Kent’s show An Evening Of Comedy is being put together by three funny directors, from left, Erin Kys, Eric Bristow and Jan-Walker Holt. The show opens at the Cultural Centre on April 27 and runs until May 6.

ed by Erin Kys and stars Mark Stacey, Christine Folan, Nathan Johnson, Robyn Brady, Mindy Bowls, Tori Valentine, Kristal Hooyer, Sarah Charbonneau, Lee-Ann MacNeil, Alexander Brooks, Zoë Burbank, Darla Ouellette and Christy Obalek. Kys said the show is the tale of, “two pairs of lovers with very different takes on romance.” 
She said this is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular

other. Market Value This is the amount that potential buyers would be willing to spend on the property. A seller can establish a list price, but that might not be what buyers are willing to pay. In a competitive market, buyers may feel it’s worth more, and in a weaker market where supply is plentiful they may feel it’s worth less. Appraised Value When a buyer goes to a lender for financing on a property, the lender

comedies abridged to one act that contains love, jealousy, revenge, deceit and “a lot of sass!” 
Kys added that, “as a first time director, I could not have asked for a better cast. “We’ve all been working hard, but also having a lot of fun with this show. I can’t wait for everyone to see what an amazing job they do bringing this modern take to life.” Tickets for An Evening of

Comedy are available through the CCC box office, online at or by calling the box office at 519-354-8338. Tickets are $20.25 for adults and $18.25 for students and seniors. A limited number of tickets may be available on show nights when the doors open at 7 p.m., but Luimes recommends patrons purchase their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Real Estate FAQ’s Q: Are market value and an appraisal the same thing?

home. Regarding the double ending issue; with multiple offers becoming more prevalent in Chatham-Kent, this issue may have local impact. The province has committed to reviewing the practice of multiple representations and double ending and we’re happy to participate in that conversation. “It’s important to note that when the rules are followed, the practice works very well,” Willder

takes several factors into consideration when determining a value and may hire an appraiser. The info collected could include type of neighbourhood, recent sales on similar properties, and viewing the property for an inspection of fixtures, finishes and conditions. Through a combination of factors and information, they determine the appraised value. This is the value on which the lender will determine whether to proceed with financing of the buyer through credit worthiness.

Market Value vs. Appraised Value The market value of a property is the amount a buyer is willing to pay, not the value placed on the property by the seller. For example, a seller might list a property for $170,000, but if buyers are only willing to pay $155,000, then the market value is $155,000. Conversely, if property listed at $250,000 has several buyers interested, the market value can meet or exceed the listed price. Appraised value is the value the interested buyer’s bank or mortgage company

places on the property. What if they’re very different? A large gap between the appraised value and the asking price can be a problem for the buyer. If the lender thinks the appraised value of the property is not enough to cover the requested mortgage, the lender could require a larger down payment, which can be problematic for a buyer because it could require additional funds. It’s ideal when the appraised value is equal to or higher than the market value.





Pickelballers raise $8K for C-K Hospice The Chatham Voice

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From left, CK Pickleball Club president Jay Salisbury, local radio personality Peter Cobb, Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Rick Nicholls and Chatham-Kent Chief of Police Gary Conn took part in the Pickleball for Hospice events on the weekend.

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The Chatham-Kent Pickleball Club and Thames Campus HealthPlex had a great turnout of players and celebrities for the Pickleball for Hospice events on Friday and Saturday at the Thames Campus HealthPlex. The events raised in excess of $8,000 for the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation. A total of 56 pickleball players competed in fun round-robin matches, and nine celebrities joined the fun with coaching from Peter and Susan Singleton of Singleton Paddles in Guelph. Celebrities included MP David Van Kesteren, MPP Rick Nicholls, Chief of Police Gary Conn, CAO of Chatham-Kent Don Shropshire, C-K Coun. Karen Herman, Pete Martin from Cogeco TV, radio and television personality Peter Cobb, and one of the original CK Pickleballers Harvey Nicholson. “Our group of enthusiastic volunteers have been working since February planning these events

and today was the result of a lot of hard work from this dedicated group,” CK Pickleball Club president Jay Salisbury said in a release. “Our sponsors were instrumental in us exceeding our goal and we cannot thank them enough. Many sponsors donated cash and prizes, which contributed to our success. “Everyone who played this weekend is a winner in my books. The action was fast and furious out there and the skill level of play has improved dramatically in the past year.” The celebrity players, most of whom had never seen pickleball before, after a short tutorial, were playing competitive games. “We’re hoping to invite them next year as tournament players, not celebrities,” Salisbury said. “We are seeing huge growth in pickleball in Chatham-Kent and invite anyone who wants to see what pickleball is all about to come out and give it a try. They can find info and schedules at”

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Survey shows students love St. Clair College The Chatham Voice

For the fourth year straight year, St. Clair College has exceeded the provincial average and topped the provincial colleges in southern Ontario for student satisfaction. St. Clair College scored 80.2 per cent in student satisfaction that exceeds the provincial average of 76.5 per cent and that of the nine southern Ontario colleges. St. Clair has ranked in the top five colleges in the province for Student Satisfaction for the first time in 2017. The annual Key Performance Indicator survey (KPI), shows St. Clair College continues to impress students with the overall quality of the

learning experience, providing the knowledge and skills that will be useful in their future career, and their overall satisfaction with the quality of the services, facilities and resources at the College. Patti France, President of St. Clair College, is thrilled with the results. She said it is rewarding to know that students value the work done on their behalf to provide a quality education and campus experience. “Our staff have worked extremely hard to ensure our programs are of the highest quality, our facilities and resources are there to support student success, and that we have created an atmosphere that supports great stu-


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Members of the student government at Thames campus of St. Clair College are all smiles these days. The college recently learned it once again topped the provincial average for student satisfaction.

dent life,” she said in a release. The college also exceeded the provincial average in the graduate employment rate at 84 per cent as compared to the provincial average of 83 per cent. This is a strong indicator in a market that has seen high unemployment in the recent past. Graduate’s satisfaction with their college diploma also exceeds the provincial average. St. Clair scored 81.3 per cent compared

to the provincial average of 78.8 per cent. The employer satisfaction ranking is 88.7 per cent, compared to the provincial average of 91.2 per cent. “Our mission statement, which was approved by the Board of Governors in March 2016 is something that has resonated throughout the college

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May is Community Living Month The Chatham Voice

CLCK is participating in an Ontario-wide initiative on May 8, called Shine a Light on Community Living. This year, CLCK asks that you take part in this initiative by changing your building’s exterior lights to blue and green in support of the Community Living movement. CLCK will host the annual Flag Raising and community BBQ on May 2 at 11 a.m. For a donation, enjoy a freshly bar-

becued hotdog, chips, and a drink. The barbecue will run until 1 p.m. The Joyce M. Carr Champion Award is presented annually by CLCK to a business that has made a difference in the community by hiring a person who has a disability, and encouraging others to do the same. The award is named in honour of Joyce Carr, a former manager at CLCK, who believed in employment for every

APRIL 23 TO 29, 2017

Community Living Month is celebrated across the province during May. The month celebrates the accomplishments, gifts and talents that people who have an intellectual disability bring to their communities. Community Living also advocates for inclusion in all areas of life. To launch the monthlong celebration, Com-

munity Living encourages everyone in their business, school, and social network to support Community Living Chatham-Kent (CLCK ) by wearing blue and green on May 1. Send photos to and show CLCK how you are celebrating. Use #inclusion while sharing on social media. As part of the many events and activities that are planned for the month,

person. The 2017 Joyce M. Carr Champion Award honours Howell’s Marine. The Howell Brothers, Bob and Chuck Howell, have been in the marine industry for over 40 years. Howell’s Marine is a champion leader in the community providing opportunities to people who have an intellectual disability. The Rob McLandress Make a Dream Come

True was made possible through a bequest to CLCK by the late Father James Williams. Father Williams was an ongoing supporter of the work of CLCK and his bequest was made in honour of the late Rob McLandress, whose family he was very close to. Two awards of $1,000 each are given annually to two people who have an intellectual disability in order to help them fulfill a dream.

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V-O-L-U-N-T-E-E-R-I-N-G 12 letters that make a difference Helping others is a wonderful notion, and finding the time to do good in today’s hectic world can be problematic. Fortunately, it is never impossible. Volunteering is a bit like physical exercise: once you feel the benefits you will be more inclined to make room for it in your schedule. This is even truer during National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 23 to 29 this year.

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Volunteers are typically people in their retirement years who want not only to be useful, but also to have a sense of purpose in their lives and to experience the reward of contact with others. Many charitable organizations and sports associations would have to close their doors without the contributions of these people who bring a ray of sunshine with meals on wheels, accompany the ill to medical appointments, coach youth sports teams, or share their life experience in guiding those who may have gone astray in their own lives. Volunteering mobilizes people of all ages and all levels of society and provides us with inspirational role models. Volunteer work generates benefits for both those who help and those who are helped. For proof of this, one only has to look at the rewarding experiences the majority of caregivers report after having put their own lives on hold in order to look after a loved one. All these people, as well as the help groups they volunteer with, are indispensable to our society. After having been helped, many people suffering from a disability or a chronic illness feel ready to support their peers in turn. Nothing can be more stimulating than such exchanges between people with a shared reality.

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Group donates $8,425 to safety village The Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village is the latest recipient of funding from the 100+ Women Who Care Chatham-Kent group. The Safety Village’s Delta P.A.L.S program was the specific program to benefit. Care Member Linda Creswick made the nomination, and she was on hand to present the Executive Director of the Safety Village, Barb Lovell, with a cheque for $8,425 on behalf of 100+ Women Who Care Chatham-Kent. The group’s third meeting brings its running total to $21,375 towards three local charities. The 100+ Women Who Care Chatham-Kent group next meets May 31 at Retro suits in the Derby Banquet Hall from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The group encourages other women to join up. Those interested can visit or contact them by email at Golden Genies help shelter

Terri Dent from The Union Gas Golden Genies Retirees Club, presented a cheque for $1,000 from the Helping Hands in Action Program created through Union Gas to Myriam Armstrong from the Paw Pet and Wildlife Rescue Shelter. This is a program that allows current and retired employees the opportunity to give back to their communities through a hands-on approach. This particular project will see volunteer retirees building an outside cat condominium enclosure that will feature indoor and outdoor areas for cat comfort and include articles within the structure for feline entertainment and enjoyment. Additional shelves, sleep and sheltered areas will accommodate weather and climate conditions as well. The project has been slated for June 8.

have a new contract. The workers voted 84 per cent in favour of a new three-year deal that features increases to health benefits, wages and retirement savings, according to the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC). The employees are members of Construction Workers Union, CLAC Local 53. They have been represented by CLAC since 2011. “This renewal agreement provides good increases for our members at Heyink,” said Ryan Griffioen, CLAC representative, in a media release. “We are happy with the good discussions that led to this settlement, and we’re happy that the membership supported it as well as they did. We desire our members to be well paid, while remaining competitive in this market area, so they have work to support their families.” Curlers Care about our troops

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recently announced the sponsorship of the first Hike for Hospice in support of the Chatham-Kent Hospice. “We are proud to be an Orienteer Sponsor for this firsttime event. Not only are we supporting this event financially, our members will also be volunteering at or walking in the event. Chatham-Kent Hospice is an asset in our community and we want to ensure families continue to receive excellent care,” said Robert Shaw, club president, in a release. “We hope our donation inspires others to support this event or the hospice directly.”

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Community Living Chatham-Kent delivered 1,660 Subway lunches to workplaces across Chatham-Kent recently in support of people in our community who have an intellectual disability. Organizersa said the day would not have been possible without its sponsors, volunteers and celebrity drivers. “The Box Lunch event exemplifies the terrific partnership that is ever present between this agency and the community of Chatham-Kent.” said Ron Coristine, Executive Director, said in a release.

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The lower lumbar betrayal Friday, April 28, 2017 • Free PA Day program at First Reformed Church from 8:30am-3:30pm for ages 4-10. Cnr of Lacroix and Indian Creek Rd. Featuring C-K Fire Dept. & Entertainer/illusionist Marien Hopman followed by crafts, music, stories, exercises, and sports. lunch and snacks are all provided at no cost. Please call 519-351-0046 or early registrations as space is limited. • Join the Active Lifestyle Centre for a SMELTS fish fry from 5:00pm-7:00pm. $15.00/person. 519-352-5633. • Paws 4 a Cause dinner & silent auction in support of a Better CK Animal Shelter. Chicken and beef buffet dinner. Being held at Countryview Golf Course. Doors open at 5:30pm, Dinner at 6:30pm. $35/ticket. Tickets available from PAW Rescue on Park Ave or Chatham-Kent Civic Centre. • Meal and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Choice of liver & onions, roast beef or fish & chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Fun darts 7:30pm. Saturday, April 29, 2017 • Ohana Family Singers will perform in the West Lounge of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • 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 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! • Plant sale at Calvary Church, 34 Victoria Ave. at Barth St. 8:00am-12:30pm. Many varieties of perennials to choose from. See you then! • 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 Alan James. Sunday, April 30, 2017 • Niagara Falls Bus Trip hosted by Br.642 Ladies Auxiliary. $25 and receive $10 play, only 56 seats available. Leaves Br.642 at 9:00am, leaves casino at 6:00pm. 39 William St. N., Chatham. 519-351-8733. Everyone welcome. • The Knights of Columbus Council 9693 Pain Court will be holding their 24th annual Wild Game Supper and Charity Auciton at the Immaculée Conception Hall in Pain Court. Miracles for Evelynn & Bentley. Tickets are $40! Auction starts at 4:00pm followed by supper. Call 519354-9803 or 519-436-3444. • St. Patrick’s C.W.L., Merlin, Springtime Soup, Sandwich & Something Sweet Event from 10:00am-1:30pm at the Merlin Community Hall, 150 Aberdeen St., Merlin. Adults are $7.00. Children 7 & under free.

• Minnie Johnson Missionary Society of Campbell A.M.E. Church are inviting you to an afternoon of music. Several local singers on the program. 4:00pm. All welcome. Light lunch to follow. Rev. Tracey Thomas, Pastor. Monday, May 1, 2017 • CKFG presents the award-winning film “Maudie,” a true storey about the renowned Canadian artist Maud Lewis, starring Sally Hawkins. Being shown at 4:00pm and 7:00pm at the Galaxy Cineplex. $10 cash at the door. • Senior Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, May 2, 2017 • Living Well & Leaving Well Estate Planning Workshop from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. Registration is required. Call 519-354-2940. • Open Euchre, shuffleboard and 2 person euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm. 2 person at 6:30pm for registration and play at 7:00pm.$5.00/person. Open shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 • Patricia M. Productions Monthly Luncheon Fashion Show at Satellite Restaurant, 145 King St. Call for reservations 519-352-5281. Fashions by: The Loft. Supporting CK Meals on Wheels. • Free lunch at Campbell A.M.E. Church, 20 Prince St. S. from 11:30am-12:30pm. Homemade soup & sandwich or other hot meal, dessert & beverage. All Welcome.

Do you know what can ruin a perfectly beautiful weekend? A bad back. Oh, and a little procrastination doesn’t help. As I type this, our backyard, for which I had big plans on the weekend, sits unchanged. The pond is still not running consistently, the netting from said pond remains in our yard rather than rolled up and in the shed, and branches lay scattered here and there. As for about a quarter of the leaves that fell last fall, they are still covering our flower gardens. Why? Because my back, which had been bugging me a bit last week, decided it wanted to take Sunday afternoon off. Of course, a day earlier, I could have gotten a great deal done. Instead, I went to the office for a bit, cut the front grass and decided Sunday would be an even warmer, nicer day to get the rest of the yard work done. Besides, my wife and daughter, who were in London Saturday for a dance competition, would be home to assist. That’s procrastination for you. I rationalized why it would be smart to wait for a day.

Bruce Corcoran And I paid for it. Sunday began just fine, as I rose early and let the ladies sleep in. But as I gently delayed my foray into the backyard, I lost some of my anticipated help. Our daughter went to a friend’s house to work on homework. So I headed off to the Hike for Hospice walk at John McGregor Secondary School in the early afternoon, planning on hitting the backyard when I returned home. The number of participants in the Hike impressed me, as more than 400 showed up to take part (I should stop being surprised by great support for our hospice, as volunteers have made the seemingly impossible possible, and the community is massively behind everything). This looks like an annual event.

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• Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:30pm. Thursday, May 4, 2017 • Open Euchre and bingo at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm, bingo starts 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 or

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Sore back can hinder best-postponed plans Continued from page 20

So as I moved around snapping pictures, I felt a twinge in my back. By the time I walked up the gentle slope from Mud Creek back to my truck parked on Cecile Avenue, each stride brought pain. I told my wife about my predicament and she advised me to rest a bit and see how it felt. Despite some ice and pain meds, about all I could do in the backyard on Sunday was barbecue chicken and peppers. I had planned on stuffing some peppers with cream cheese and seasoning, and wrapping them in bacon, but as I prepped the chicken and pulled out the peppers, I realized my back wasn’t going to let me stand up long enough to do that. Bacon-wrapped, cheesestuffed peppers would have to wait. Instead, Mary Beth cut up and seasoned the peppers for me. So we had fries and rice as our starch options, barbecued chicken and grilled peppers for dinner. My wife had the only beer of the day too (you know something’s not right when I’m in the backyard barbecuing without a brew). The dinner was tasty, but I could only get about half the dishes done before I had to call in reinforcements – my wife, of course. It seems teens today don’t know how to wash dishes...

So far, all the leaks over the years have come where a fold in the pond liner along the stream is letting water leak out at a low point. It’s a matter of tracking down the leak, shifting some rocks out of the way, adding some soil under the liner where the low point is, and enjoying the pond for the rest of the season. With all the ivy around the pond, it can be difficult to track down leaks. But I trimmed the

ivy back away from the stream just a couple of weeks ago, so I’m hopeful it will be an easy effort to track where the water is escaping. Speaking of the pond, our one large koi continues to look very lonely. We lost seven others in the winter of 2015 due to the extreme cold. This guy needs some friends, and not just the goldfish that hang out with him. We’ll have to get a few more koi once the weather

stabilizes. And we need more goldfish. While a few have been born over the years in the pond, we need some pet-shop help repopulating the pond. At one point we had nearly 30 fish swimming about in there, and now we’re down to a little more than half that amount. They add so much colour. With the sound of the water running down the stream into the pond and the sight of the

fish milling about, it’s mesmerizing and relaxing to sit out and enjoy life in our backyard. As well, Mary Beth likes to talk to the fish. I laugh, but the beggars respond! When I go out there, a few may come over in hopes of getting fed, but when she chats them up, it seems as though every fish in the pond comes over. Our neighbour Mary two doors down taught her fishspeak, so it seems.

Trim time

I’m terrible at knowing when to trim shrubs and flowers. But I have finally learned when I’m giving our weigela bush in the backyard its next haircut – after it blooms this spring. This thing has gotten out of hand. I haven’t trimmed it in a couple of seasons. If you trim it in the fall, you snip off where the flowers will bud the following spring, I only recently learned. If my back hadn’t acted up on the weekend, I would have trimmed this bush and it most certainly wouldn’t have flowered this year. As it stands, once the blooms are gone, this plant is getting a ... brush cut. Pond problems

We’ve had our pond for going on 13 years now. As the soil settles around the stream, we get small leaks every year. Those small leaks add up to a loss of enough water in a couple of days to force me to top up the pond.

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Hill, Doris Mae (nee Fisher) Born February 21, 1926 in Harwich Township. Only daughter of the late Arthur Owen Fisher & the late Jemima Ann (Cantlay) Fisher. Last member of her family. Predeceased by her husband, George Alexander Hill, in June 1996. Survived by son Michael & daughter-in-law Karen, both of Oshawa. Grandchildren, Mary-Francis & George of Oshawa. Great-granddaughter, Olivia La Torre of Oshawa. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Alta Fisher of Sarnia, and Philles Fisher of Chatham. Also several nieces, nephews, great-nieces & great nephews. Predeceased by brothers, Donald (1917), William (1951), Lloyd (1991), Gerald (1988) & Ross (1996), sister-in-law, Verna Fisher & step-mother, Laurie Fisher. She was an employee of Union Gas, 1944-1958. Joined Park Street United Church in 1943 & served as church secretary, 1981 - 1989, when she retired. Was also Secretary & President of both Unit 7 & of the General UCW. Also secretary of the Life 6 Work Committee & the Official Board of the church. Is a life member of the UCW & a member of St. Andrew’s United Church since November 1, 2006 when Park Street amalgamated with St. Andrew’s. Was also a member and volunteer of the Active Lifestyle Centre. Has been a resident of St. Andrew’s Residence since November 30, 2006. Family received friends on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service in celebration of Doris’ life was held at the Funeral Home on Monday at 1:30 p.m. with Gabriella Cutler officiate. Interment followed in Maple Leaf Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrews Residence, Chatham-Kent Hospice or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be left for the family at McKinlay Funeral Home 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham, Ontario 519 351 2040

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The April 27, 2017 issue of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

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