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After 30 years, Chatham’s first female police officer took her last ride on patrol with the Chatham-Kent Police Service April 25. Constable Amy Finn, an officer whose care and compassion endeared her to so many members of the community, gave her final 10-7 after riding patrol with Const. Jason Herder last week. With some tears and lots of hugs, Finn made her final rounds, stopping off

for pictures at St. Joseph’s School where her sons attended, and with other community supporters. Policing wasn’t Finn’s initial choice of career, but her mom encouraged her to apply for the position in Chatham when Finn was in her second year of pre-law at Carlton University in Ottawa. Her actual first choice out of high school, Finn explained, was joining the Canadian Air Force. “I went to the Royal Military College for my entrance interview in 1985.”

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“They asked me what branch I was interested in and when I told them Air Force, they told me I couldn’t be a pilot,” Finn recalled. “I walked out of there and went to Carlton to become a lawyer and fight for all the things women weren’t allowed to do,” she joked. Finn applied for the position in Chatham and became one of the first women to be hired by the Chatham police on July 4, 1988. Finn found out that same day she faced an uphill battle with the attitude towards women in policing. “It was tough, because all I wanted was to be like them. I didn’t want any special treatment; to be looked at differently or treated differently,” Finn explained. Her first day, she said she walked in with no uniform and in the first few hours, was involved in a foot chase along the bank of the river. “I started to feel like, ‘Yeah, this is great.’ Then I got my first uniform and it came with a female hat which, again, set me out. I call it the ‘Peter Pan hat,’” Finn reminisced. “But it was the guys that I worked with that started to let me to know I belonged. I had Pete Bakker, Jim Biskey, Jeff Schamahorn, Mike Currie, Ron Bordeau – they’re all guys that didn’t see that Peter Pan hat, thank heavens. I

became one of them.” Finn said those officers’ attitude, particularly her training officer, was how to get her to be treated with respect in a community used to dealing with only male officers? “And that’s where Pete (Bakker) came in. There is nothing worse than standing there and trying to be that officer and have somebody in the public start talking to your partner and totally ignore you,” she noted. “Pete started right off the bat, saying, ‘No, she’s who you’re going to talk to, she is the officer doing this complaint and if you don’t talk to her, we’re gone.’ “Had I not had the support I had, with the shift I had, it would have been a long 30 years.” When thinking back, Finn said over the years, the only time she can recall where she was tempted to throw in the towel was when she needed to qualify with a gun that when you aimed it “here,” it fired over “there.” “I was determined I was passing with this gun. I could shoot with anyone else’s gun, but this gun I could not shoot with. I would aim here and then hit way over there. Rick Isles would give me his gun and I could hit the target every time,” Finn said. It was January, 1989 at the firing range in Cedar Springs when Finn finally

passed after people didn’t think she could do it. “The look on Rick’s face was so shocked. He was my biggest critic and the hardest on me. But you know, I look back and there were times I was ready to just throw the gun in the river and walk away and when I saw the look of excitement and happiness on his face that I passed, I saw someone who just wants an officer, whether I was female or male, he could feel safe sending out on the road to back up the other officers and to do their job,” Finn explained. She said it was either sink or swim but Rick was also her biggest supporter, other than the guys she worked with. While most fellow officers learned early on that Finn could handle herself, she brought a calm and respectful style of policing to her shifts walking the neighbourhoods of Chatham. “My mom used to tell me I was the friend to the friendless and I get that from my dad,” Finn joked. Some of her best moments as an officer, she said, was when kids she didn’t even know would come to her on the street and say good morning or give her a hug and say thank you. “That wasn’t why I joined. I wasn’t there for the recognition. I wanted to make change, to show people that because

you have disability, because I grew up with one, or whether you’re a girl, or there is something different about you – I wanted to show that they could still do things and be good at it. It’s at those points that I’m not that female officer that walked in those doors scared to death, I’m Amy, an officer; not Chatham-Kent’s first female,” Finn explained. “It’s that moment; it’s not one, it’s an entire 30 years.” Finn said she loves this area, and although she initially didn’t want to come, she’s thankful she had the mother she did who encouraged her to come back and serve her community and be a “friend to the friendless.” Growing up, Finn didn’t speak until she was four years old and it was recommended she be institutionalized to deal with the issue. She credits her father with refusing to get out of the car in London, and turning around and bringing her home. “I know the struggles with people. I know how it feels to be different. I’ve lived it. But I’m not doing anything people didn’t do for me growing up, where I had people who looked out for me. My parents, my teachers, the people who lived across the street – I had officers like Bill Scott who knew my entire family,” Finn said. “You do what you were taught and what you saw and I don’t think

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Constable Amy Finn retired on April 25 after 30 years with the Chatham-Kent Police Service. One of her most treasured goodbye gifts, pictured in her hand, is a bracelet from seven-year-old Olivia, who engraved her years of service on it, with thanks. Finn looks forward to spending time with her four boys, including Dean, pictured with her in the Veteran’s Tribute Garden in Chatham.

of myself as different than any other officer. We have some good guys here.” With kids of her own with special needs, the single mom said she hopes to instill in them that they may seem different, but they’re not. For the future, Finn said she looks forward to just being a mom to her four boys, continuing to be a support to her extensive extended and adopted

family, and encourage people to look at the positive in their lives and in their community. Her commitment to her community doesn’t rule out the possibility of Finn seeking a seat on Chatham-Kent council, something her numerous supporters would love to see. That’s something Finn said she would have to think some more about.

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While Canniff has just the one term on council under his belt, he has an After one term on mu- extensive list of communicipal council, Darrin nity support accomplishCanniff wants to step up ments. He has initiated and led his game – he announced this week he would seek several successful charthe mayor’s seat this fall. itable endeavours, such Canniff, currently a as the Festival of Giving councillor for Chatham, that has raised millions of dollars said he befor various lieved the “I am invested fully in charities m u n i c i - this community. In the and founpality has past 20 years, I have dations. massive poAs well, tential, and put my heart and soul he has led a just needs into it. It just hasn’t number of more guid- moved forward.” community ance. - Darrin Canniff initiatives, “I am invested fully in this com- including the $2.4-milmunity. In the past 20 lion United Way of Chayears, I have put my heart tham-Kent campaign in and soul into it,” he said. 2006. “I am just so excited “It just hasn’t moved forabout the community I ward.” By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

want to be part of it full time,” Canniff said. An area he said needs immediate improvement is the loss of population. “When you take a stat from the Census, from 2004 to 2016, we are one of the very few communities in Ontario that has lost population,” he said. “We obviously need to do something different to attract people to this community. I want to live in a vibrant community. I want my kids to come back here because there are jobs and infrastructure.” The father of four said the municipality must do more in terms of investing in the community. “If we don’t, why would businesses and individuals,” he asked. “If you’re

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There could be one, there could be 10,” he said. In the 2014 election, seven people ran for mayor. Incumbent Randy Hope was re-elected with less than 29 per cent of the ballots cast. Canniff hopes fewer people step forward this time around. “The more people who run, the more diluted the vote becomes,” he said. He added one of the reasons he announced his intentions at the earliest possible moment is to serve notice to others considering running for mayor. Canniff looks forward to the challenges should he prevail. “I’m just excited about the opportunity. My whole life, I either do

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Jeff Wesley leaving C-K politics By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

After seven political campaigns over a period of about 25 years of public service, Jeff Wesley announced he would not seek re-election to municipal council representing Wallaceburg. Wesley, former mayor of Wallaceburg and member of Chatham-Kent council since 2010, told The Chatham Voice he plans on stepping away from municipal politics to pursue other interests. “It’s been about 25 years. I know, talking with my wife and family, we agreed this is probably a good time to do that (step down),” he said. “I’ve got some career and outside interests I want to pursue.” Wesley has worked at Union Gas for 34 years. He also obtained his law degree. As for his time in municipal politics, Wesley said it went by quickly. “It actually flew by. That was probably because we’ve tackled a lot of pretty tough issues in Wallaceburg,” he said. An issue that was near and dear to Wesley’s heart was the preservation of the Sydenham District Hospital. After years of fighting as a member of Save Our Sydenham, Wesley said he believes the current Chatham-Kent Health Alliance mindset shows a commitment to preserving Wallaceburg’s hospital. “To see where it is today, and with what (CEO and president) Lori Marshall and the CKHA are doing, I feel things are very positive for Sydenham District Hospital,” he said. “If you go back when we were in the throes of dealing with the previous ad-

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ministration, they made us out to look like the malcontents. The (provincially appointed) supervisor (Rob Devitt) looked at everything and, surprise, we weren’t the bad guys. It’s amazing the change.” The province also recently pledged up to $7.3 million to help upgrade that hospital’s power plant. Wesley credited the Wallaceburg and area community for sticking to its commitment to SDH, adding the grassroots support made the difference. “One thing that never changed was the view and support and passion of the community never wavered. It culminated in finally having someone listen to what we were saying,” he said. Wesley said the community support cannot be understated, and can force change. “If you ever need the Wallaceburg and North Kent community to get behind you, all you have to do is ask, and they’ll be there,” he said. Wesley said the preservation of Sydenham District Hospital and the local water supply are the two biggest accomplishments during his time in mu-

nicipal politics. “When we took on chemical valley in the early days, and more recently, to keep our water supply local, that’s big,” he said. Chemical spills upriver, and tardiness in reporting them so water intakes on the St. Clair River could be closed, led to serious issues and safety concerns with Wallaceburg’s drinking water. More recently, the municipality considered using Lake Erie as its primary supply point for water for Wallaceburg. Wesley, a member of the board of the Public Utilities Commission, led the charge to rehabilitate the Wallaceburg water treatment plant, which the PUC ultimately opted to do. Other accomplishments while on council of note, Wesley said, were the preservation of the Sydenham District Pool, which at one point was on a proposed chopping block, and the Stonehouse walking bridge. Wesley said he particularly enjoyed his time as mayor of Wallaceburg prior to municipal amalgamation. “If the job of mayor of Wallaceburg was on the ballot, I’d be the first in line,” he said. “I loved that job, representing our community. We tackled a lot of tough issues in Wallaceburg.” Those included extensive reorganization to cut spending, to the point Wallaceburg was the lone community at the time of amalgamation that had a positive balance that went back to taxpayers. Being one of 17 councillors on the C-K council brought different challenges. “If you’ve ever been

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10-7 Policing has made great technological strides over the past three decades. Using DNA to help identify suspects has become more widespread, for example, while computers in cruisers and now Blackberrys in the hands of frontline officers give our men and women in blue more timely access to a host of information that is beneficial in helping to solve crimes and find individuals. But they also can contribute to a disconnect between the police officers and the public to which they serve. And one thing that must never change is the person-to-person contact. It used to involve officers walking the beat, getting to know the people in a particular neighbourhood or part of town. With the widespread use of police cruisers, few cops saunter around the community anymore, but that doesn’t mean they are truly disconnected from the citizens. Const. Amy Finn, for example, spent 30 years serving the people of Chatham and Chatham-Kent. She was more than just connected to her community; she was plugged into it in several ways. Encounter Finn at any public event and chances are you’d see children and adults come up to talk to her, some giving her hugs. Chatham’s first female police officer lives in the heart of the community. She’s involved in a host of community events, and helped the police service drive home the point that behind every uniform is a real person. Finn, who retired April 25, is not alone; there are other officers who interact with the public on a daily basis. Some of the senior officers came up at a time when walking the beat was part of the job. But it’s unlikely any are as connected as Finn was. And that is likely true of the younger officers on the job. We all rely more and more on technology these days, and less on direct public interaction. Whether it’s researching a story for a newspaper, or seeking information on a possible crime, technology is usually the first option to which we turn. We must never forget the power of trust, something that is gained best through face-to-face conversations and mutual respect. Finn understood that; immersed herself in it. And the public respected her for it. She will be missed as a member of the police service, but given her personality, Finn won’t be a stranger, that’s for sure.

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Health hazard investigation needed Sir: Referring to an article in The Chatham Voice dated March 7, entitled, “Colby reiterates water is safe to drink.” Dr. Colby, you state in this article tests by both MOECC and North Kent Wind’s technical experts are comprehensive and have allowed for a science-based evaluation of water quality in the project area. The health hazard investigation has been done and reported. The presence of black shale particles is not unexpected and is consistent with the pre-existing water quality and geology of the area, Colby stated. Dr. Colby added that unless proven otherwise, the testing done shows the well water is not hazardous to health. Now my question to you Dr. Colby, if a health hazard investigation is completed and reported, then through the Freedom of Information Act please produce it to me or better yet publish that report and let the public see it in the paper. Also, did you do any

testing at all on the sediments in the water coming from the water wells or are you just taking the findings of MOECC and the North Kent Wind’s technical experts and not doing your own investigation? You also state a small number of wells went down out of 500. Out of these 500 wells, are they all in the area of Dover and North Kent or throughout the municipality where there is hard clay ground compared to Kettle Point Black Shale area? You are working as medical officer of health for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, that is for every citizen in this area, and I assume that your job is to investigate what’s going on in this area with the water quality coming from these water wells and also testing the sediment too. The water wells going down is no coincidence after pile driving started. No degree required at all, just common sense.

There are a few questions, Dr. Colby, that I would like answered. First and foremost did you test the sediments? Did MOECC identify and analyze the substances in the sediment that is polluting wells in Dover and North Kent? Did the findings of the sediment contain Black Shale that contains heavy metals? If the Black Shale is ingested and releases the heavy metals into your body, what will happen today, a month, a year, two, five or ten years from now? Are these families going to have health problems using this water? How much Black Shale released or dissolved in the human body can be ingested? Have you studied and identified if Black Shale can release heavy metals in the body? How do you treat long exposure of ingesting Black Shale from the water? Have you done any

testing of the sediment at all and if you did please produce these findings. In the paper a few days ago, a chef from Toronto stated he would not serve any food from the water as it has the sediment and that it would stay in the food after cleaning it with the water. He also states, he would make dinner for the MPPs while using the water from these wells. My request to the chef is to serve dinner for council, the mayor, administrative staff that attend meeting and also you, Dr. Colby, prepared from the water from these wells in Dover or North Kent, and also serve tea, coffee or water too. As there is always a meeting before each council meeting and councillors are served food. My thought is: How many will miss dinner? These families in Dover and North Kent require good drinking water to their homes with no sediment. Linda Chevalier Tilbury

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Walk a Mile event returns June 3 By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

The 10th annual Walk a Mile

in Her Shoes event is a month The crimes aren’t limited by day of the event and pay $25 away, and its honourary chair is age. In fact, Conn said in 2017, minimum to take part. already in training. there were 20 youths in ChaMen who walk in the event do Chatham-Kent Police Chief tham-Kent charged with do- so in groups, as well as individGary Conn recently got out- mestic-related offences. ually, she added. fitted with his bright red high Hunter said the number of Families can walk beside the heels he will wear for the mile- youth impacted is surprising. men in support as well. long walk he and other men The Centre’s school-based proApproximately 100 people will make as part of the interna- grams have been deluged by took part last year. tional men’s walk to stop rape, the sheer number of people The event takes place rain or sexual assault and gender vio- coming for assistance or infor- shine. It’s planned to start and lence. mation, and they include girls finish at the Downtown ChaKaren Hunter, executive direc- and boys. tham Centre. tor of the Chatham-Kent WomDomestic violence also apIn fair weather, the course en’s Centre, said the walk raises pears to be somewhat seasonal. will take walkers through the awareness and funds for the Conn said last year, between downtown core, with a differcentre. July and September, that’s ent route, still to be determined, “A lot of it is public awareness, when the majority of domestic due to the closure of the Fifth by having men show their sup- calls took place. Street Bridge. port,” she said. “And the money Hunter said the walk has conIf it rains, the walk takes place is needed for support services.” sistently raised between $17,000 inside the Downtown Chatham Conn agreed. and $20,000 over the years, but Centre. “Definitely, it assists in fund- she’d love to see that number Conn, who hasn’t missed a raising. It’s a worthy cause,” he rise to about $25,000. walk since its inception, offered said. Participants can obtain pledge advice to participants – douHe added it also helps raise forms by going to the women’s ble sock your feet to add more awareness, and that there’s centre at 20 Sandys Street in cushion to your toes. And stick plenty of work to be done. Chatham, or download them your feet in some cold water af“I would like to believe it has online from www.ckwc.ca. Par- terwards to help take down the had a positive effect, unfor- ticipants can also show up the swelling. tunately, the statistics don’t support it,” Conn said. The chief said in 2017, Chatham-Kent police responded to 1,882 domestic violence complaints and laid about 800 charges. The vast majority of those were for uttering threats, mischief and forcible confinement. But others were for assault, assault causing bodily harm, Step Up. Speak Out. End domestic violence in our community. and sexual assault.

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Chatham-Kent Police Chief Gary Conn tries to get his feet used to the red shoes he’ll wear June 3 when he takes part in his 10th Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Chatham. Conn is the honourary chair of the event.

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Green Party wants well answers too By Mary Beth Corcoran mary@chathamvoice.com

The Green Party of Ontario has put its support behind calling for a health hazard investigation into the effects of black shale on well water in Chatham-Kent, according to Water Wells First. WWF spokesperson Kevin Jakubec said Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner has personally visited a Dover township water well contaminated with black shale and made it clear that maintaining a sustainable water supply is a top priority and that the pollution of a drinking water supply

is unacceptable. The Green Party joins NDP party leader Andrea Horwath who called for a health hazard investigation in the legislature, along with Essex NDP MPP Taras Natyshak. Horwath visited a contaminated well in Chatham Township on a recent visit to the municipality, seeing the black shale in the well water first hand. Kettle Point Black Shale, which is underneath much of Chatham-Kent, is known to contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, uranium and arsenic. Testing by families with black shale in the water has shown, in one case, over 600,000 black

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Green Party of Ontario has put its support behind calling for a health hazard investigation into the effects of black shale on well water in Chatham-Kent

shale particles in one millilitre of water, raising concerns about the long-term health effects of drinking the water. “Water Wells First recognizes that the Liberal party and the Progressive Conservative party are the only parties that have not issued a statement from their respective party leaders calling for an immediate health hazard investigation into the polluted water wells in Chatham-Kent,” said Jakubec. Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls

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was asked by Jakubec prior to PC leader Doug Ford’s visit to Chatham-Kent recently to arrange a tour of a contaminated well, but was advised that Ford was on a tight schedule. Nicholls, along with Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton, have written letters to government officials requesting action on the well water owners’ concerns, including asking for a health hazard investigation. In March, McNaughton raised the issue during Question Period. “Members of Water Wells First express their disappointment that the Leader of the PC Party

could not find time to see the problem firsthand as the other party leaders did,” Jakubec said. WWF is continuing to work on research, including literature reviews of studies, such as a November 2016 Pediatric Nephrology Journal article that summaries the concern about heavy metal exposure, especially in children. Jakubec said the University of Windsor study currently underway to look at the black shale in the contaminated wells will help residents know more about how the shale will affect them and their families.

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Star Wars members of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion who support charitable organizations made an appearance at Chatham’s annual CK Expo held at the John D. Bradley Centre on Saturday. Face paint, and carefully crafted cosplay costumes were on display all day as attendees participated in celebrity panels, competitive board game playing, and more.

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VON Chatham-Kent and Chatham-Kent Hospice announced recently, the VON Kids’ Circle and Supportive Care Volunteer Visiting programs will relocate back to the VON office at 190 Stanley Ave. in Chatham. “We value our longstanding and ongoing partnership and are very pleased that both

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News

Ride raises funds for victims of crime

credits away from graduating rod and 14 screws holding her the Biotechnology program. spine together. She also broke “On May 25, 2013, Desiree’s her left arm, her right ankle had Turning a terrible tragedy into life changed forever, when De- to be fused together and she was left blind and an opportunity to help other siree became a in a wheelchair.” victims of crime, Brantford resi- victim of crime. “This is really helping Her blindness dent Susan Gerth and her team She was brutal- me a lot, keeping me was due to the are bringing Desiree’s Ride to ly assaulted bebrain injury she Ridgetown June 9 for the sec- fore falling seven strong, trying to consustained from ond annual fundraising motor- stories from a tinue on each day. It’s balcony. Desiree been a nightmare but I the fall, Gerth said cycle ride and dance. but have a bunch of wonand she remained In memory of Gerth’s daugh- survived, very derful people that are in the hospital for ter, Desiree Gallagher, the ride sustained over a year. After raises funds for women’s shel- serious injuries. being released ters and victim services orga- She had her skull supporting me.” from the hospital nizations in the communities removed to re- - Susan Gerth lieve the swelling she went to stay where the ride takes place. According to Gerth, Desiree of the brain,” Gerth explained. at Participation House, needing was a beautiful, vibrant young “She lived nine months without 24-hour care. Justin Primmer, who assault21-year-old woman with hopes part of her skull, until a new one and dreams. She attended Mo- was made for her. She broke her ed Desiree, took pictures of her hawk College and was only five spine in two spots and had a beaten face, which were found on his cell phone. He was sentenced to six months for assault causing bodily harm, but how Desiree went over the balcony is still an Donna and Graham Pardo - Cock ongoing investigation. are seen here with Luce Cools Gerth said the injury to picking up their new 2018 her brain made it imposChrysler Pacifica Touring L. Donna sible for her daughter and Graham are no stranger to to recall the events of that day, and Primmer Chatham Chrysler, this is the sixth claimed he was not revehicle they have purchased from sponsible for her fall. Luce Cools. Thank you for your The first ride in Brantloyalty Donna and Graham and ford in 2014 which she enjoy your new 2018 Chrysler and Desiree’s Angels orPacifica Touring L. Safe travels! ganized, Gerth said, was initially to raise money 351 Richmond St., Chatham for Desiree’s rehabilitation and medical costs, • 519-352-4937 • resulting in $10,000 in pledges. • 519-354-8000 • “After she passed away in 2013, we had another www.chathamchrysler.com ride in the making so By Mary Beth Corcoran mary@chathamvoice.com

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Life

Big Birthday Band Bash set for Saturday The Chatham Voice

The Sons of Kent Brewing Co. will ring with the sound of four local bands raising money for the United Way of Chatham-Kent on May 5 during Pete’s Big Birthday Band Bash. YourTV Chatham-Kent Manager of Programming and Community Relations Peter Martin will celebrate his upcoming 60th birthday by playing with each of the bands over an eight-hour period. The WCB Stage Band, The Pubcrawlers, the Wolfe Jazz Quartet, and the Thames River String Band will take turns filling the Sons of Kent with sound, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and running until

10:30 p.m. Musical styles will range from jazz and swing to country, folk, and traditional roots, and there will even be a few Latin tunes in honour of Cinco de Mayo. Martin started his musical career playing trombone in high school, graduating to community stage bands, concert bands, and orchestras, and, more recently, began playing guitar and percussion and doing vocals with a number of groups, performing at festivals and events around Chatham-Kent. This will be the premiere public performance for the WCB Stage Band, a 17-piece orchestra drawn from Wallaceburg Concert Band members. The Pubcrawlers band, led

by former Chatham City Engineer, Chris Masterson, has been entertaining at seniors’ residences and charity events since the 1970s. The Wolfe Jazz quartet features veteran local musicians Mark Wolfe, Wayne Perdu, and Julie Ross, along with keyboardist Dan Lankhof. The Thames River String Band consists of eight local musicians who are dedicated to preserving the toe-tapping sound of traditional Celtic, French-Canadian, Cajun and Old-Time American music. The event is sponsored by Cogeco and YourTV in co-operation with the United Way of Chatham-Kent, and hosted by Sons of Kent, who will also announce a special donation.

it didn’t become a national observance until 1990. It is now observed in more than 80 countries. Chatham Coun. Brock McGregor told those assembled that workplace injuries and fatalities continue to happen in Chatham-Kent and elsewhere, and that more vigilance is key. Cathy Hoffman, Chatham-Kent’s Chief Human Resource Officer, confirmed

the municipality’s commitment to work with all employees to create a safer workplace. The flags outside the Civic Centre were lowered in remembrance of the victims of workplace deaths or injuries.

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The Thames River String Band is one of four local bands helping to celebrate the 60th birthday of Cogeco’s Peter Martin this weekend, and raise funds for the United Way.

Day of Mourning marked The Chatham Voice

The municipality today held a brief ceremony and moment of silence in observance of the Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured in workplace accidents. Denise Lidster, manager of occupational safety for the municipality, spoke of the origin of the day, which is officially observed on April 28. Although it began in 1984,

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Turbine noise petition delivered The Chatham Voice

Representatives from several Ontario communities where wind turbine projects are currently in the approval process, including Wallaceburg’s Otter Creek project, were at Queen’s Park Monday when three MPPs delivered a petition containing over 3,000 signatures. The petition asks the Government of Ontario to follow its own rules

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From left, Ron Coristine, Executive Director, Community Living Chatham-Kent; Paul Mayrand, Chatham-Kent Community Foundation; funders Pat Murray, South Kent Wind Community Fund; and Joe and Colleen O’Neill of the O’Neill Betterment Fund celebrate the donation of more than $7,800 to Community Living Chatham-Kent’s Day Program.

Program receives $7,800 The Chatham Voice

Community Living Chatham-Kent’s Day Program on Park Avenue recently received $7,840 in funds received from the Joseph P. & Colleen O’Neill Betterment Fund, and South Kent Wind Community Fund of the

Chatham-Kent Community Foundation to update their Computer Lab. People participating in the program are enjoying the opportunity and experience to explore a variety of interests, while at the same time, learning valuable technology skills.

People in the program were asked “What do you like about the new computers?” Responses included, “Love the touch screens,” “I can quickly navigate from one thing to another,” “The computers are fast, enjoy the lighted keyboard.”

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May marks Community Living Month The Chatham Voice

Mary Beth Corcoran/The Chatham Voice

The Kent Writer’s Guild and IMAGINATION Ink group have their Spring Anthology 2018 ready for the public. IMAGINATION Ink sponsors the weekly writing workshop at the Chatham-Kent Library. The Kent Writer’s Guild is open to people to come in and read what they currently are writing and get their works critiqued and if interested, published. Anyone interested in a copy of the anthology for $4 can call 519-676-8140. Pictured are groups members, from left, Patrick Borges, Betty Andersen, Hans Weisshaar, Frank Doyle and in back, Janet Fraser and Paul Ritchie.

Petition presented at Queen’s Park Continued from page 16

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Doug Hay, executive director with the Chatham Retirement Resort hosted Dining with Doug April 19, where all the residents with birthdays in April were invited to a special dinner with Hay.

Doug Hay, executive director of the Chatham Retirement Resort, wanted to do something different to interact with the residents of the Keil Drive retirement facility. So he introduced Dining with Doug, where each month, residents who have a birthday in that given month sit down for a special dinner with Hay. “I wanted to do something for the residents each month,” he

They will be sadly missed A couple of decent, caring people I had the honour of knowing left our world in recent weeks. One was former Chatham alderman Mary Lee, who passed away in British Columbia at the age of 96. Mary cared passionately for her community, often butting heads with the powers-thatbe, either at the municipal or provincial level, depending on what hat she was wearing at the time. She championed a host of causes locally and was a huge supporter of health-care workers, especially nurses, as she regularly fought on their behalf as well. I never knew Mary when she was an alderman, only during her time as an advocate and candidate for Chatham-Kent council and the mayor’s seat. Following amalgamation, she was never elected to council, but used her campaigns as opportunities to give voice to numerous causes. Mary would stop by with news tips, comments on coverage, you name it. Some of her material wasn’t pursued, but much of it was valid, as she brought forward the concerns of others on a regular basis. We didn’t always agree, but I never stopped respecting her opinions. While Mary Lee is a familiar name to many in Chatham-Kent, Bob Eakins is not. I worked with Bob during my time at CKLY radio in Lindsay nearly 30 years ago. Bob passed away last week at the age of 69. I went to CKLY in 1989 after a

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town, panicked while driving and basically said, “Bob, I’ve lost it, I’ve lost it!” As she let go of the wheel and put her hands to her face, Bob said he reached over and took the wheel, brought the car to a halt with the brake installed on the passenger’s side of his training vehicle, and calmed her down. I’d have freaked out if the woman let go of the wheel and covered her eyes! Not Bob. Then again, when we once went off the air, we sent Bob

to check the transmitter site. Remember, this was a time before cell phones (heck, the remote broadcast unit we used for hockey games contained a rotary dial for us to call the station with). So we got a call from Bob, who was using a phone inside the shack at the transmitter site. He calmly told us the shack was on fire and we should call the fire department.

said. The birthday brigade each received hand-delivered invitations to come and eat in a separate dining area. Everyone could also enjoy a free bar for the dinner. Hay, who has more than two decades in the retirement industry, has been in Chatham for about a year.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 • Love to sing and want to be blessed each week? Come and celebrate all things musical with Jubilee Chorus, a multi-faith, interdenominational choir. No experience necessary, no auditions required! 7:30pm-9:30pm at St. Andrew’s United church (85 William St., Chatham) Call 519-397-3318 for info. • Open euchre and shuffleboard at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm, shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 • Blood Donor Clinic from 1:00pm-7:00pm at the Spirit and Life Centre - St. Joseph Site. New donors and walk ins welcome! • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:30pm. Veterans Affairs 9:30am-11:30am. Thursday, May 10, 2018 • Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Active Lifestyle Centre from 11:00am-1:00pm. Call the centre at 519-352-5633 to reserve your spot. • Spring Fashion Show hosted by IODE Catherine McVean Chapter at Dresden Arena. $20, doors open at 5:30pm. Dinner at 6:15pm and fashions at 7:00pm. Tickets at McKellar’s Flowers or calling 519-436-1754. • Misty Melodies will entertain at 1:30pm at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. Friday, May 11, 2018 • Soup and Sandwich sponsored by the Ridgetown Ladies Legion Auxiliary BR 243, 75 Main St. E., Ridgetown. $8.00 includes coffee, tea and dessert. 11:00am-1:30pm. • Silent auction sponsored by the Ridgetown Ladies Legion Auxiliary BR 243, 75 Main St. E., Ridgetown. 10:00am-7:00pm. Saturday, May 12, 2018 • Chatham St. Andrew’s U.C.W. is hosting a “Mother’s Day Luncheon” from 11:45am1:15pm (one sitting) in Fellowship Hall. Advanced sale only tickets are $15. Contact Linda Rieger at 519-354-5805 or the church office at 519-352-0010. CK Metal Detecting Club. Last Thursday of the month. Erickson Arena. 7:00pm. Guests welcome. Free Mindful Meditation classes! Everyone Monday and Wednesday 10:45-11:15pm by Yoga Glow Studio, 21 McKeough Ave. (inside Balance), Chatham. By donation to New Beginnings ABI & Stroke Recovery Association, Chatham-Kent. Everyone welcome, no experience required. Free after-school tutoring! Tuesdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm (sessions run for a half hour) First Reformed Church, 632 Lacroix St., Chatham. 519-354-8257. Call Betty 519-354-8902 for more info. Submit your coming events to bruce@chathamvoice.com or michelle@chathamvoice.com

In other words, the flames and smoke were all around him as he made the call, and he was cool as a cucumber. Bob’s smile and laugh were infectious. He enjoyed every element of life, right down to changing the hardtop of his Jeep out for the summer soft-top. It was a sure sign of warm weather when Bob would ask to borrow my ratchet set to make the change.

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As someone who regularly drops off his teenager to her high school in the morning, I know of how teenagers’ pace may not match that of adults. They’re tired and they don’t necessarily move all that quickly first Keep off the darned phone thing. Some may almost be considAs I dropped our daughter off at ered sloth-like. her high school one morning last So that’s why you need to give week, I warned her to keep her them room; room to get out of the door closed as a van was driving vehicle. around us, apparently in a hurry to That didn’t happen Monday get to a parking spot. I noticed the morning at the front of Ursuline driver had a cell phone up to his College. As I pulled up to drop ear. Not cool, especially when he off the tired daughter (busy dance was also driving a kid to school. weekend), I slid in behind another Our teens are addicted to their vehicle. A teenaged boy got out phones, not necessarily for actually on the passenger side and was using them to verbally commusomewhat lethargically grabbing nicate, but for texting and a host his coat and backpack. of social media apps. We should At the same time, someone in a be doing everything in our power Cadillac SUV wanted to park at a to remind them that using a cell point past where we were dropphone while driving without the ping off our kids. The side-view use of hands-free technology is mirror of the SUV nearly clipped illegal ... and dangerous. the weary teenager as the driver Distracted driving causes more forced his or her way past. accidents and deaths on our roadHave patience, drivers. ways than impaired driving these Chances are that driver was either days. a parent or a teacher – someone who should know the plodding That includes the drive-thru pace of teens at 8 a.m. Give them Just another small rant about peo- space and time. ple using their cells while in the As well, since you are going by drive-thru. You are still behind the the front entrance at that time of wheel. Put the phone away. the morning, expect delays with Even delays of a half second in drop offs in front of you. Plan the drive-thru in the morning are ahead whenever possible and give unacceptable (except if you are yourself a few extra minutes. adjusting the car stereo, but that’s That’s especially true with the only if you are listening to rock construction along Grand Avenue and roll). just west of UCC, which often that welimit have space made itbetween half way through the winter season, PayNow attention, slows traffic to a crawl. ensure your vehicle has been inspected by a Certified Chatham vehicles and keep the line moving,

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March 24, 1920 - May 5, 2008 Our dearest Great Grandma Olga You passed away 10 years ago. We did not get to meet you, Or have your hugs and kisses. We know they would have been full of love for us all. We see your picture, The one with you in the pretty blue dress, Pearl necklace, and a beautiful smile. We have heard your stories, About your cooking and camping adventures with your family. You are missed and always thought of with great love by us all. Forever in our heats, Nathan, Cole, Jameson, Vaughn, Royce, Sophie and little Sweet Pea.

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THE KINGDOM OF GOD VS THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD. Where Will It All End Up? Wednesday evening Bible Study with Rt. Rev. Terry Dance May 2nd, 9th. 7pm Christ Church Hall

Tina Pumfrey in Concert! Saturday, May 5 • 7:00pm Light refreshments to follow Suggested Admission price $10.00 Tina will be available to sign CD’s after the performance.

Christ Church

80 Wellington St. W, Chatham 519-352-1640

We welcome you! Help us find Christ in community

Garage Sales

205 Tweedsmuir Ave W. St. Ursula Church Sat. May 5. A variety of items including household, books, clothes & perennials and more. 8:00am-noon.

176 Norway Maple Saturday, May 5. 8:00am-?. Kids books, kids bikes, many misc. items. 11 Alpine Ave. Sat. May 5, 8amnoon. Antiques, toys, clothes (youth/kids) baby items, new home decor, cedum. Multi-family. Rain or shine.

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Christ Church welcomes everyone! You don’t need money to join! You don’t have to sign a contract! We don’t take attendance!

Try us out on Sundays at 8:30 (yes, a.m.) for a traditional service or 10:30 a.m. for a more contemporary one, or Wed. at 10 a.m. might work better for you.

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Daniel Botkin

THAMESVILLE SERTOMA CLUB NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Chatham Kent Women’s Centre will be held on June 27, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., at Chatham’s Breakfast House & Grille Churrascaria. Attendance is by invitation only.

For Rent

FOR RENT: Luxury quiet 2 bedroom in 12 plex, adult building. Oak kitchen, carpet, stove and fridge. Non smoker, no pets. June 1st. $790 utilities included. 519360-9191. FOR RENT Houses, apartments, furnished rooms, shared executive home. Safe, clean, quiet. Parking. Chatham, Merlin,Wallaceburg. 1-905-616-6101. FOR RENT: 2 offices, high traffic: utilities included. $800 per month. 519-355-5494.

ANTIQUE SHOW & SALE Saturday, May 5, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm Sunday, May 6, 2018 11:00am-4:00pm FREE Good Shepherd Catholic School Glass ID Clinic 4 Edith Street, Thamesville Sun 2-4pm Admission $5.00 by Glasfax email: ronvanrabaeys@hotmail.ca

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Friday, May 4 • 6pm

Crossing Over & Living as a Hebrew: Lesson From Joshua Saturday, May 5 • 10am Emor (Leviticus 21 to 24) 2pm Hineh Mah Tov, How Good and How Pleasant Sunday, May 6 • 1pm Showing Forth His Praises

80 Wellington St., Chatham (Christ Church Parish Hall)

Come learn about the “Hebrew Roots” of Christian Faith. Experience faith filled music, prayer, and fellowship.

All are welcome. Fellowship lunch at 12:30 between Saturday services. On site nursery and activities provided for children. Please RSVP to reserve a spot for your child. Contact Amber 519-355-7371.

For Rent

Tree Service

FOR RENT: Homes - Duplexes - Apartments. Several locations. Credit check - referrals required. No large dogs. Call 519-352-5480. ROOM RENTAL: SHARE FULLY FURNISHED 2br apt in Chatham. Utilities, satellite, and high speed internet included. Washer & Dryer too. Available Aug. 1st. $575/mth. 5 min walk to hospital. email: jdfoulon@hotmail.com or call 519-351-0825.

Banquet Hall

280 Merritt Ave - Chatham Banquet / Sunset Lounge Reasonable full menu, service - bartenders. *Weddings *Stag and Doe’s * Special Events* Two huge facilities. Parking lot. Outdoor patio. 519-3529000.

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Pick us up! Chatham: Anne’s Smoke Shop (861 Queen St) C-K Library (120 Queen St) Downtown Chatham Centre (100 King St. W) Legion Branch 628 (39 William St N) Maple City Bakery (361 Grand Ave W) Young’s Variety (9397 Longwoods Rd) Active Lifestyle Centre (20 Merritt Ave) Riverview Gaming Centre (497 Riverview Dr) Remax (St. Clair St) Wednesday Market (9877 Longwoods Rd) Chatham Cultural Centre (75 William St. N) Royal LePage (Raleigh St), Burger King (762 St. Clair St), Superstore Gas Bar (791 St. Clair St), Pharmasave (125 Keil Dr), 7-11 (Grand Ave.), Jiffy Lube (45 Keil Dr S), Daisy Mart (455 Grand Ave. E), Schinkels (145 Richmond), Lenovers (525 Park Ave E), Betty Brite (108 Keil Dr. S), Birmingham Lane (by Superbox), Lynnwood Subdivision (by Superbox) Wallaceburg: Shoppers Drug Mart (30 McNaughton Ave) 99.1CKXS (520 James St) Taylor’s Variety (1644 Dufferin) Black Goose (525 James St) No Frills (2 Warwick Dr) C-K Library (209 James St) Hometown Deli (1542 Dufferin Ave) Oaks Retirement (80 McNaughton Ave) Dresden: C-K Library (187 Brown St) MacTavish Pharmacy (480 St George St), Godfathers Pizza (474 St. George St.) Bothwell: C-K Library - 320 Main St. Thamesville: Country Cuts (Victoria Rd), Movie Den (74 London Rd), Fast & Fresh (73 London Rd), C-K Library (3 London Rd)

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Ridgetown: C-K Library - 54 Main St. Blenheim: C-K Library (16 George St) McIntyre I.D.A. Pharmacy (49 Talbot St W) Jim’s Barber Shop (72 Talbot St W) Blenheim Seniors Centre (55 Jane St) Blenheim Municipal Service Centre (35 Talbot St W) Blenheim Variety (40 Talbot St E) Royal LePage, The Wilton Team (42 Talbot St W) Erieau: Eau Buoy (1005 Vidler Ave), Bayside Bew Pub (970 Ross Lane) Mitchell’s Bay: Mitchell’s Bay Variety (6 Main St) Dover Duds (26662 Bear Line Rd) Pain Court: Pain Court Market (24129 Winter Line Rd) Central Tavern (24121 Winterline) Merlin: C-K Library (13 Aberdeen St) Erie Café and Variety (6 Erie St. S) Tilbury: C-K Library (2 Queen St) Remax (20 Queen St S) Highgate: C-K Library (291 King St) Wheatley: C-K Library - (35 Talbot Rd W) Cedar Springs: Comfort & Soul (8619 Talbot Trail) Charing Cross: 4 Corner’s Restaurant (21006 Charing Cross Rd) Post Office/Bert’s Plumbing (21007 Charing Cross Rd) Have a location you would like us to drop off at? Let us know! 519-397-2020


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THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018

The Arts

Theatre Kent ends season with murder The Chatham Voice

The story of a group of strangers coming together under mysterious circumstances, only to be murdered, one by one, is a familiar one to many. But, with Theatre Kent’s production of Nooses Off, the tale takes a comedic twist as a theatre group bands together to present the knock-off version of a classic, titled Nine Little Indians. Nooses Off, which runs May 10-12, beginning at 7:30 p.m., is being presented at Living Faith Community Church at 530 Victoria Ave. in Chatham. “This is a completely new venue for us,” said Nooses Off director Karen Robinet in a media release. She noted that the Theatre Group has been operating out of one end of the building for a couple of

years, but this is the first time they are presenting a show in the church sanctuary. “It’s quite a nice space,” Robinet said. “Luckily there’s a large stage, which this show needs with the number of people running around.” Billed as a murder mystery comedy, the emphasis is on comedy in Nooses Off and a large group of local actors has been working to make sure there are plenty of laughs to be had. The “play within a play” is being directed by Lila (Christine Baribeau), who happens to be in the midst of a fling with her leading man (Tony Erdelyi). But that’s not the only romance that threatens to take down the show, which is riddled with break-ups, shake-ups and make-ups.

In typical murder mystery style, there is a butler (Cade Robinet), a wealthy businessman (Bill Tye) and a pretty, but not overly bright blonde (Linda Schinkel). The show’s “guests” are rounded out by Jennifer McMonnies, Janice Sellen, Erik Shaw, Kevin Oates, Courtney Gorman and Heather Vander Pol. The onstage production team consists of a stage manager (Steven Reinhardus), possibly the world’s worst playwright (Janice Devlugt), a costume designer with an edge (Sharon Jubenville) and a props person (Rachel Laderoute) with a criminal past. “We are mining this play for every laugh,” said Robinet, adding that audiences can expect a full evening of entertainment. Tickets for the show are

These three performers combine their voices, arrangements, music and humour to provide an evening of entertainment. From the moment they first hit the stage together, Broadsway has been creating quite a buzz – as well as a steadily growing

fan base – in every venue they’ve played, from Roy Thomson Hall and the Jazz Bistro in Toronto, to Birdland and the Metropolitan Room in New York. They’ve been featured in some of Canada’s top Jazz and Cabaret festivals,

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It’s a fight to the texting finish in a scene from Theatre Kent’s production of Nooses Off, a murder mystery comedy that runs at Living Faith Community Church from May 10-12. Seen here are, from left, Erik Shaw, Kevin Oates, Christine Baribeau and Steven Reinhardus.

available through the Cultural Centre box office at 519-354-8338 and online at www.cktickets.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Tickets are $20.25 for adults, and $18.25 for seniors and students. Because the show is taking place at the church, all seats are general admis-

sion. Doors will open at 7 p.m. More information is available online at www. theatekent.com or by calling the box office.

as well as various concert series and feature presentations. Their music brings together a repertoire that ranges from Jazz and theatre to pop and classical, all delivered with passion, power, poignancy and plenty of humour.

Heather Bambrick (JUNO-nominee, National Jazz Award “Vocalist of the Year”), Diane Leah (Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee), and Julie Michels (international touring artist) combine their respective musical experience and influences.

The concert begins at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. All are welcome. There will be a freewill offering ($10 suggested). For further information contact St. Andrew’s United Church at 519-3520010 or visit www.standrewschatham.org.

Broadsway to perform at St. Andrew’s

The Chatham Voice

Broadsway, a group of three musicians from Toronto, will perform at St. Andrew’s United Church, Chatham, on May 5 at 7 p.m. as part of the Saturdays at 7 at St. Andrew’s concert series.

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• Breakfast 8:00am-10:00am (kids under 10 free) • C.H.I.P. Program 9:30am-2:00pm (Kids free) • Tour of Lodge Room & Handicap Equipment Room • Tour of Shrine Club (pop can room)

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The Chatham Voice, May 3, 2018  

The May 3, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.

The Chatham Voice, May 3, 2018  

The May 3, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.

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