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Wheatley site hopes to produce medical cannabis starting in 2018 By Bruce Corcoran

There’s another grower in the medical cannabis field in Chatham-Kent, one that is moving swiftly through the process of gaining security clearance from the federal government. J.P. Mariwell Inc. last week received approval to build a one-acre greenhouse near Wheatley to produce medical cannabis products. Tina Furlan, vice-president of marketing and communications with Mariwell, said the company hopes to begin construction in the fall. Furlan said Mariwell has been working on the project for three years now. “We have been in the licensing process since 2014,” she said. “It’s really good news for us. It means we can actually start to build our facility in Wheatley.” She said company is now in the review process with the government. At this stage, Mariwell can build the greenhouse and support structures.“The facility is a state-of-theart greenhouse. We’ll be

growing under glass using natural sunlight as much as we can,” Furlan said. Getting to this point was no easy task, she said. There are seven stages in the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) approval process with Health Canada, and the security clearance was Stage 4. “What’s left is the review of the building and the crop,” she said. “It’s highly regulated. You have to follow a series of protocols and you have to follow them closely in order to receive approval.” Security on the structure will be very tight, Furlan said, with cameras located throughout the facility, as well as an onsite vault. The greenhouse will also be hermetically sealed. Health Canada also had to vet staff who will be allowed into the facility, she added. The Mariwell project will also have a customer care centre and processing facility on site, as well as an in-house lab where quality assurance tests can be performed. Furlan said Health Canada will also oversee the

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amount of THC – tetrahydrocannabinol – in the product. “They literally have to test every element of the product,” she said. When operational, Furlan said the one-acre greenhouse would be able to produce about 6,000 kilograms of cannabis a year. Furlan said the municipality has already given rezoning and site plan approval. With the government clearance, Mariwell is ready to build. She anticipates construction would begin in the fall and hopes to see the first crop in production in early 2018. Furlan said many other medical cannabis operations are done indoors in a closed environment. For Mariwell, the difference is the greenhouse. “It’s a plant and they really enjoy the sunlight. We wanted to keep it as natural as possible,” she said. “With a greenhouse, we can reduce our use of electricity and improve the quality of the plants.” Medical cannabis is used in pain management, as it is much less addictive than an opiate.

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OPP Spec. Const. Maddie Luyt cheers on a teammate and waits for her turn to row at the Clash of the Sirens competition on Saturday at the St. Clair College Health Plex. The event, which pitted teams of police officers, firefighters, paramedics and students against one another in a series of fitness challenges, is a fundraiser for Chatham-Kent Victim Services and national service dogs.

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Leave it to the Blair brothers to create some sweaty challenges. Josh and Nathan Blair, owners of Blairs’ Boot Camp, put dozens of police officers, firefighters, paramedics and students through a tough team

competition on the weekend, Clash of the Sirens. The event, which took place at the St. Clair College Health Plex, saw seven teams battle it out in three areas of competition, each designed to simulate elements that each sector of the emergency services can face.

It was more than a physical challenge as well. Try taking out and adding pieces in the board game Operation after a series of gruelling physical events. How about completing three skill-testing questions after rowing, weightlifting and pushups?

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Given school to close next year By Mary Beth Corcoran

The public school board approved the closure of John N. Given Public School at its May 9 board meeting, with French Immersion Grade 7 and 8 students moving to McNaughton Avenue Public School, and English students moving to Tecumseh Public School. After carefully considering the recommendations by senior administration and the information gathered during the community consultations, trustees of the Lambton-Kent District School board approved

the plan to close the school July 1 next year and move Grade 7 and 8 French Immersion students for Sept. 1 of this year. The board also approved “the establishment of an Ad Hoc Naming Committee to recommend to the board a name for the consolidated Tecumseh Public School and John N. Given Public School and appoint two trustees to serve on the committee,” according to Heather Hughes, public relations director for the board. Hughes said the board takes an “arms-length” approach to the re-naming, leaving it to the community to decide if they

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want the name to remain the same or change. The committee will ask for submissions from the public, narrow down the top contenders, and ask the community to pick. “The name very well may remain the same, but we leave the decision up to the community,” Hughes said. “The pupil accommodation process can be challenging. However, with valuable input and support from the Chatham community, trustees approved the consolidation of John N. Given Public School’s English Language Program at Tecumseh Public School and the relocation of the French Immersion Program to McNaughton Avenue Public School. This will allow the

LKDSB to offer concentrated program supports in enhanced facilities, while also creating efficiencies for the system,” said Director of Education Jim Costello. He added the LKDSB will apply to the Ministry of Education for capital funds for a reconfiguration of existing classrooms for additional and renovated fullday Kindergarten classrooms at Tecumseh Public School. “We were really pleased with the support we received from the school communities throughout this process and we listened to the safety concerns about pedestrian traffic at Tecumseh,” Hughes said. She said additional changes are necessary to reconfigure the parking lot to mitigate pedestrian traffic safety concerns. If the LKDSB is not successful

in the Ministry grant process, it will use LKDSB capital funding to undertake the work. The principals of the schools involved will be working with senior administration to form the Transition Committee to oversee all of the “on-theground” details of consolidating the Kindergarten to Grade 8 English Language students and staff at Tecumseh Public School for Sept. 1, 2018, as well as forming a naming committee. Community members interested in serving on the naming committee are asked to contact the principals. Transition activities will be arranged for consolidating the John N. Given Public School French Immersion students and staff at McNaughton Avenue Public School for Sept. 1 of this year.

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Parkfield Restaurant closes ... for now Popular spot closed for at least four months By Bruce Corcoran

Tasty sandwiches and humongous desserts are off the menu these days at Parkfield Restaurant in Chatham. In fact, everything’s off the menu, as the restaurant closed indefinitely earlier this month at the request of the provincial government. Community Living Chatham-Kent (CLCK) runs the popular restaurant. The organization and its various day programs are all funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. According to a memo from Ron Coristine, executive director of CLCK, to

day program participants and families, the ministry contacted CLCK last fall to direct them to move away from sheltered work and towards alternative programming. Coristine said CLCK has consulted with members and their family, as well as experts in the field, to explore options for maintaining programming elements that are known to be valuable to the people CKLC supports. The information, gathered through interviews, meetings and a survey, would be used to determine what comes next. One result from the feedback was to close the Parkfield for a minimum of four months as CLCK offi-

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Parkfield Restaurant is currently not serving meals, as the Community Living Chatham-Kent restaurant is closed for at least four months at the urging of the provincial government. CLCK officials say the Ministry of Community and Social Services wants organizations such as CLCK to move away from sheltered work and towards alternative programming.

cials look at how they can maintain services in one form or another, Coristine said. The space inside the restaurant will still be open for use by CLCK members, and it will be used to provide activities while the industrial department undergoes renovations. Coristine said members

will still go to the same location for the same number of hours. He added there will be fun social, recreational and educational activities provided. Zumba, volunteering, excursions into the community and support for those interested in finding other employment opportunities could all be added.

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Mark Charron, a constable with the CKPS, came directly from his midnight shift to take part. He admitted exhaustion was setting in towards the end of the competition, but loved the event. “It’s good stuff. This will rip you up,” he said of the challenges laid out by the

Blair brothers. Caitlin Mailloux, a member of the St. Clair College team that participated, said the sled event, where participants had to push and then pull a heavily weighted sled back and forth across the floor, was particularly challenging. “This is a lot of fun. It’s awesome that we can all

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YA to triple its C-K workforce By Bruce Corcoran

YA Canada, fresh on the heels of a fall expansion, is now about to triple its Chatham workforce. The call centre company, located on Richmond Street, has plans to hire an additional 225 associates and managers, adding to its current Chatham workforce of about 125. The company is also doubling the size of its stateof-the-art office space, which was newly renovated when the YA moved locations in late 2016. Tina Baeyens, senior director of call centre operations in Chatham, said the company knew it wanted to expand locally. “I don’t think we anticipated it would be this quick,” she said. “It’s great news for Chatham and great news for YA.” Baeyens said two elements are driving the expansion, with the first being a “tremendous

amount of growth with our existing client base” of Fortune 500 companies. The second is the number of promotions these companies are tasking YA with completing. She said they significantly exceeded what was anticipated. YA has long planned to continue expansion in the Canadian market, she added. “We can start to provide our promotional marketing solutions across Canada. We can seek out new Canadian business,” she said. To do that, YA plans to hire sales people out of the Toronto area, something the company announced last fall. Locally, Baeyens said the new hires will be a mix of management and staff. “We’re adding about 225 more contract centre associates, along with management positions. These are operations managers, supervisors, quality ana-

lysts and workforce management. These aren’t just entry-level positions,” she said. To accommodate the large influx of staff, YA is expanding again locally. After moving into 9,000 square feet of space last fall, which tripled its floor space, it will again add on. Geoff Wright, business development specialist for the municipality’s economic development office, welcomes the expansion. “YA has long been a key economic partner for this area,” he said. “The addition of so many high-calibre jobs signals YA’s commitment to the region and the confidence it has in the capabilities of the employees it plans to hire.” Baeyens, a Chatham-Kent native, is excited about the progress the company has made. “I’m from Chatham-Kent and I’ve been with YA for 14 years. It’s really excit-

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YA Canada employees, management and head office personnel celebrated the move and expansion of the company’s Chatham offices in October of last year. From left, Mayor Randy Hope, YA president and CEO Chris Behrans, MPP Rick Nicholls, and YA Canada senior director Tina Baeyens share a laugh before the official ribbon cutting. YA Canada is now expanding again, with plans to add 225 more jobs locally.

ing to see the transformation in Chatham-Kent and to be part of the experience,” she said. YA has already held job fairs related to the new positions, but plans on running others in the near future, Baeyens said. The company hopes to have

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vide area seniors with expert information and advice. “The first Senior Information Day in 2016 was quite successful and we received excellent feedback from those who attended,” Nicholls said. “This year’s presenters are experts in the community who will share specific knowledge geared to seniors at this session. Included will be experts shar-


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Beautiful weather and curiosity brought people out in droves on Saturday for the Chatham-Kent Home Builders’ Parade of Homes. The tour featured three new homes – an open concept ranch style home on Pioneer Line by Rumble Homes, a bi-level open concept home on St. Anthony Street by First Family Homes and a rancher with fully finished basement on Detroit Drive built by Ewald Homes. At the ranch-style home on Pioneer Line, Jeff Rumble and his son Jon were kept busy answering questions about the gorgeous three-bedroom open-concept living and dining home with a full basement and main-level laundry room.

According to Jon, his family have been involved with the Parade of Homes for three years and said it was a great event for people renovating or building to come out to and ask questions or get ideas for their own projects. Kept busy explaining the unique features of the home like floating shelves made from solid wood timber, a barn style sliding door from the foyer to the living area, and custom ceiling beams, Jeff said his father started Rumble Homes in 1973. He has continued the business with his son, Jon, carrying on the tradition of pride and craftsmanship in each project. Involved in the home build was John Deryck from Leeds Cabinets, who was also busy explaining the custom cabinets; glazed and made from hard wood with each piece

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Closure makes little sense The Parkfield Restaurant is an iconic part of the Chatham food scene and a popular spot for lunch for many people. It’s closure at the behest of the Ontario government isn’t sitting really well with many people who are sorry to see it go, even temporarily. Fresh, home-made soup, sandwiches, pasta and desserts paired with friendly, lovable staff who were learning valuable customer service and service industry skills made the restaurant, run by Community Living Chatham-Kent, a much-loved part of the community. So it is somewhat mind-boggling that the government would say those types of jobs for Community Living clients aren’t valuable because it is “sheltered work,” as opposed to mainstream jobs in the community’s businesses. Job skills are something you earn and learn, and with the job market the way it is in the area, trying to find mainstream jobs may be an exercise in frustration for Community Living clients. Jobs for people with developmental disabilities are out there, and programs like JobWorx have shown there are great employers ready and willing to hire. The issues are those jobs need to be safe, with adequate supervision, and be matched to suit abilities of the jobseeker. Many small businesses don’t have the time or available oversight to take on an employee with health or environmental needs, and the people who are part of Community Living deserve to have caring and accommodating employers who can help them reach their fullest potential. There are people with low vision participating in sports such as paddle boarding thanks to Ryan Van Praet and his Trust Your Buddy recreation program, and lawn bowling thanks to innovative and forward-thinking groups such as the Chatham Lawn Bowling Club. The employers and community organizations are out there to support people with a variety of needs and make all parts of life accessible to them. So why take away a beloved Chatham institution like the Parkfield? Can’t the restaurant be a place Community Living clients go to learn and feel the love of people who frequent it, and then be rotated into other non-sheltered workplaces to add to their knowledge and sense of independence? Just a thought.

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Respecting nature, life in C-K Sir: The sun was shining when I moved to Chatham on June 3, 2009, complete with one dog and three cats. We had travelled 790 kilometres from Elliot Lake – the former home to 12 uranium mines (population 10,741) to Chatham-Kent (population 101,647). My wife and I both fell in love with this town which we didn’t even know existed until my wife heard it mentioned while we were living up north. Uranium mines - ugh I hadn’t heard Stomp-

ing Tom Connors singing his classic song about Elliot Lake’s uranium mines. Here in Chatham-Kent, I couldn’t care less about The Capitol Theatre rumpus. Rightly or wrongly, I ain’t no politician but I care deeply about fresh air and nature – in fact I care about this beautiful earth and all God’s creation. I admired those acres of wind turbines in Chatham, until I read all about the problems out-

lined by folks who are troubled about their household wells. After all, fresh water is provided by God for us to use. That’s why I am also deeply concerned about fracking (or hydraulic fracturing) which of course is the process of extracting shale gas by pumping enormous amounts of pressurized water deeply into the ground. Occasionally I’m a bit behind the times – yes, I admit it – but after

viewing several Detroit Public TV programs about the folk singers Peter, Paul and Mary, I am beginning to realize the importance of their message. But I can’t help chuckling (I have an impish sense of humour) when I remember how Mayor Hope recently received the national Friend of Wind award from the spring Canadian Wind Energy Association meeting in Quebec. Stephen J. Beecroft Chatham

Guild helps writers of all ages Sir: I want to thank The Chatham Voice for its April 20 article about the Kent Writers’ Guild. For many years the Guild has encouraged local writers to enjoy and

share their talents. The April 20 article appeared on a Senior Scene page and may have been understood as a seniors’ only activity. In fact,

the Guild has helped writers of all ages from young adults to seniors. I advise anyone in C-K who wonders if they could be a writer

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Relay celebrates 15 years in C-K By Mary Beth Corcoran

Relay For Life Chatham-Kent, celebrating 15 years in 2017, is set to take place at the Chatham-Kent Athletic Complex (CKSS) in Chatham on June 9, from 6 p.m. to midnight. And on Monday at 6 p.m. the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) – Chatham-Kent is hosting a meeting at Aristo’s Banquet Hall (behind Smitty’s Restaurant) for Relay For Life team captains, participants, survivors, volunteers and sponsors. Organizers are encouraging people interested in taking part in the Relay this year to come get reg-

istered for the 2017 event and find out more about being a participant, survivor, or volunteer. Banking will be available at the meeting for teams; and luminaries, in memory of or in honour of a loved one, are available at the Canadian Cancer Society Office, 746 Richmond St., for purchase or at the meeting. Registration for Relay is $15 per person and each participant commits to raising $150. Survivor guests are also welcome to walk the Survivor lap at the start of the event. There are three ways you can register: You can get registered in person at the May 15 meeting; at the office at 746 Richmond

St. - Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; or online at CCS fundraising assistant Darcy Derbecker said Relay For Life is for everyone. “You can participate at any age and any fitness level. Participants can join the event as individuals, or as part of a team. Teams can be a team of

one or 100,” Derbecker said. “Each dollar raised, each lap completed, each baton passed, will bring us one step closer to creating a world where no one fears cancer. By participating in Relay For Life, you are helping to fund Canada’s most promising cancer research to save more lives. You are helping us to stop cancer before it starts as

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Programs.” Join the Relay For Life Chatham Kent Facebook event page to keep up to date on “What’s Happening” at https:// w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / events/374373026243848. It can be found under events at the Canadian Cancer Society (Chatham) page https://www.facebook. com/CCSChatham/.


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as motorists approach an intersection, and can also lead to drainage and erosion problems. The municipality will not be held responsible for damage or loss of vegetation that is planted on rights of way. Chatham-Kent public works personnel also remind motorists to take care, especially on rural roads across the municipality.


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Demand prompts expansion for depot By Bruce Corcoran

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Mark Weaver empties a bag of grass clippings recently at the Chatham Leaf and Yard Depot. The depot is set to expand due to popular demand.

Pat yourselves on the back, people of Chatham-Kent. Rick Kucera, the municipality’s manager of waste and recycling services, said residents have done such a good job diverting lead and yard waste in the Chatham area that the municipality will have to expand its depot to keep up. “What we’re finding is that during peak season – spring and fall – it’s just wild over there,” he said of the number of people who use the Chatham Leaf and Yard Depot on Creek Road, especially on Saturdays. “It’s to a point where we didn’t have any choice.” Kucera said residents show they have a passion to utilize the leaf and yard depot. “There’s a commitment by the community to divert their waste. The volumes have been steady the last couple of years,” he said. “The number of

vehicles is astounding on a Saturday.” In 2015, more than 30,000 vehicles came through the depot to dump leaves, branches and other yard waste. Nearly 28,000 vehicles visited the Depot in 2016 –an average of more than 100 vehicles per operating day. During the peak fall season the site has received as many as 575 vehicles over eight hours on one Saturday. As a result, Kucera said the municipality expanded the depot by a third. “It’s going like gangbusters with all the grass being cut and with the nicer weather,” he said, adding this follows a 2013 expansion at the depot. “It was needed then and we needed to do another now. It’s a pretty inexpensive fit for all the right reasons.” Those reasons, he said are led by the diversion of waste from the landfill, as it is much less expensive for the municipality to handle it at the depot than

to pay to have it stashed at the landfill site. Kucera said the depot isn’t seeing all of the local efforts from the public either, as more and more people are “grass recycling – mulching it and leaving it on their yard. It’s all good for the environment and all helps hold our costs in check.” Plus, the leaf and yard waste is turned into mulch by the municipality and then set aside for residents to use as they see fit. “We give it back for free to those who need it in their yards,” Kucera said. There is so much mulch created from the depot that residents aren’t making use of it all, so the municipality has community partners – such as Kerr Farms and Sloan’s Tree Nursery – who use it as well. “Everybody seems to be interested in it,” he said. The Chatham Leaf and Yard Depot is one of nine operated by the municipality.

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A lot of history to this shutterbug By Bruce Corcoran

Have you ever been pelted with wheat seeds as you let an aircraft “bomb” you? Ken Thompson has. That’s just one element of his life which he’s catalogued in his book, My Life Story & The People That I’ve Met Along the Way. Thompson, 88, is a resident at St. Andrew’s Residence in Chatham these days, but for years he lived in South Kent. It’s where he grew up on the family farm, and where he took over a plot of land of his own. Elmrow Farms on Charing Cross Road, now part of the Ridge Landfill property, for years was home for Thompson and his family. And in September of 1990, it was where Thompson got bombed by wheat seeds while standing in his field of soybeans. It was something he actually asked for. He said it had been a poor crop year, and the soybeans hadn’t ripened when they should have that year. If Thompson couldn’t get his winter wheat on the field, it wouldn’t be ready the following spring. Considering the close proximity to the Chatham Municipal Airport, Thompson went over and asked a pilot if he could drop wheat seeds by air onto his soybean field. The next thing you know, Thompson was in the field to provide the pilot with a clear target. “I had a slow-moving vehicle sign on a stick to signal the pilot,” he recalled. “I had to wear a hard hat because I was getting pelted by the wheat.” Thompson said the wheat grew as the soybeans finally ripened. With the wheat at three inches in height, he set his combine to

the same height. It pulled off the soybeans without damaging the wheat, which was in turn harvested the following spring. Thompson said it was the one and only year he acted as a beacon for a seed-planting pilot, as the insurance company didn’t like the idea. “They decided that was too dangerous, so we had to discontinue it,” he said. Thompson is an avid photographer. A camera has remained close by for most of his life, starting at the age of 10. His first camera was a gift from his mother, Dorothy, and even its arrival has a story. “People came from Detroit to get chickens from us, and they brought me a Polaroid camera. You couldn’t get them here,” he said. Today, Thompson carries a small digital camera with him wherever he goes. In his six years living at St. Andrew’s, he’s filled 68 small photo albums

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This family of ducks didn’t mind the high water last week as they casually enjoyed a swim along the Thames River near the Thamesgrove Conservation Area.

They were plowing the neighbouring fields one spring in the 1920s when they stopped to rest the horses and have a snack. As the horses rested, the men nibbled on some nuts, and then got the idea to plow the unworked stony knoll and plant a few nuts. Up came the “family tree.” The book is filled with a combination of Thompson’s life story and the history of agriculture in Chatham-Kent, which fairly accurately depicts Thompson’s Elmrow Farms. In 1999, he created a museum of agriculture, named Times Gone By, cleaning out an old chick pen to create the space. Thompson came into this world on Sept. 26, 1928, born

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Wilson recognized for hospice voluntarism By Mary Beth Corcoran

Chatham-Kent Hospice board chair Jennifer Wilson was recently recognized for her volunteer involvement by being awarded the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism at the 2017 Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Annual Conference. Wilson became involved in 2011 as a member of the C-K Residential Hospice Leadership Group that initiated the residential hospice project for our community. In 2013, Wilson became the organization’s first board chair, a position she still holds. Wilson has shown her dedication to the hospice and the com-

munity by generously giving countless hours as well as sharing her strong leadership skills and experience. “I welcome this award as a representative of all the hospice volunteers who put their heart and soul into the very difficult and meaningful work of helping people at their most vulnerable time of life,” she said of the recognition. The June Callwood Award was established in 1994 to acknowledge and thank outstanding hospice volunteers throughout Ontario. The award was named in honour of the late June Callwood who was a long-time advocate of hospice, community activist, author and recipient of the Order of Canada. The Chatham-Kent Hospice



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Pictured are past June Callwood award winners Kathleen Moderwell, left, and Lyn Rush presenting Jennifer Wilson with her June Callwood pin.

is a 10-bed residential facility that offers care for residents facing end of life and support for their loved ones. The hospice provides comfort, support and specialized pain and symptom management in a home-like setting.

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Sexual assault awareness seminar May 23 The Chatham Voice

May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to highlight recent changes to government legislation on the topic, the Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre is hosting a seminar May 23. In March of last year, Bill 132 – an act to amend various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters – was passed in the Ontario Legislature to

provide better protection for workers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Bill 132 was implemented last September. Talking on the topic will be Michelle Schryer, executive director of C-K Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. She will highlight the importance of enacting effective protection for workers from sexual violence, including sexual harassment, domestic abuse and potential consequences of inaction. Mihad Fahmy, a labour and

human rights lawyer, will also be on hand to discuss the new sexual violence and harassment legislation now included in Occupational Health and Safety Law. Fahmy will review employee rights and employer obligation to develop a workplace harassment policy and investigate all complaints. The seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Chatham Cultural Centre. There is no cost for admission. Please Call CK-

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After 30 years of taking tips on crime, Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers is close to surpassing the $100 million mark in drugs seized and property recovered. At its annual meeting recently, Crime Stoppers police co-ordinator Dave Bakker said without the partnerships the group has with local police agencies, media outlets and community organizations, Crime Stoppers would not be as successful as it has been over the past 30 years. “Surpassing $100 million – that is quite an accomplishment for a small program like ours,” Bakker said. Crime Stoppers chair Angie Shreve agreed.

“This is our 30th year and what we have achieved is something to be very proud of – 30 years of success. Working together is what makes this program a success,” Shreve said at the meeting. Bakker said the advent of social media has been a huge help to Crime Stoppers as well, with media outlets posting pictures and descriptions of crimes or Crime of the Week. “With social media, when a picture is posted to a site and we ask for help, some criminals have been identified within 24 hours,” Bakker said. “The community response has been unbelievable.” Running the ID clinics for parents has been very successful as well, Bakker said of the partnership with the Masons. The fingerprints and photos are

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Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers police co-ordinator Dave Bakker shows the different kinds of contraband tobacco products showing up and being seized by Ministry of Finance investigators.

stored on a USB stick for parents to use in the event their child goes missing. Bakker said that program also extends to families of seniors who have dementia and may tend to wander. A play involving high school students on fraud and scams was very well

received as well, Bakker said. The program ended once the first semester ended, but Bakker said they are still getting requests, as the play was a “very effective way to get the message across.” He said they may do something again this fall with the schools.

Two inspectors from the Ontario Ministry of Finance were also on hand at the meeting to explain their role in reducing the amount of smoking in Ontario as well as the amount of contraband tobacco, both in retail outlets and coming from fields where tobacco is processed.

The underground economy in the sale of tobacco products is hurting the economy and the Ministry of Finance investigation branch is working with Crime Stoppers across Ontario to work on the problem, accepting tips on the illegal sale of tobacco.

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Now that’s a water hazard!

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While river levels returned to near normal recently, last week’s heavy rains left many low-lying spots under water. Here, one of the holes at Maple City Country Club just east of Chatham had part of its green and much of its fairway underwater. Even the cart path, which features a bridge over the normal water hazard, was submerged.

Free event May 18 at Chatham-Kent museum The Chatham Voice

Bring your lunch and chat with the artist behind the latest exhibit at the Chatham-Kent Museum. On May 18, take your lunch to the museum to take in The Road to Freedom and the Civil War, a display by Tod Ainslie. The lunch event is a celebration of International Museum Day. The public is invited to bring their lunch and eat in the Thames Art Gallery and discover VibraFusionLab by David Bobier. The Chatham-Kent Museum will be providing

desserts and beverages free to those attending. After munching their lunch, visitors may then chat with Ainslie in the museum and learn about his pinhole camera work used in his exhibit. This free event takes place from noon until 1 p.m. and is open to everyone. Visitors do not have to bring a lunch to participate. The Chatham-Kent Museum is located at 75 William St. N. in Chatham at the Chatham Cultural Centre. The museum is open daily from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission by


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Turn-of-the-century home, culture The Chatham Voice

At the turn of the 20th century, Wilfred Laurier was Prime Minister, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world, eggs were 14¢ per dozen and Robert and Emma Milner had recently moved into their stateof-the-art William Street home. Starting May 22, visit the home Chatham’s premier carriage-maker shared with his wife and children, a home of refined grace, style and good taste, accented with the latest technology of the age. In 2017, Milner Heritage House features the special exhibit, Emma: A Life on Paper, curated by Anna Denys. Emma Milner, without formal artistic training, produced photo-realistic works in pencil, ranging from intimate portraits of her beloved children to extraordinarily detailed, larger-than-life homages to great actors and historical figures ranging from

Julius Caesar to Sarah Bernhardt. Her rare works in oil paint display depth and

beauty in both simple still life and sweeping historical scenes. Emma’s work was award-winning and

nationally famous, and helped put Chatham on the arts and culture map. Today her pieces are in

collections all over North America. Milner Heritage House is located at 59 William

St. N., Chatham. It’s open daily from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting May 22. Admission is by donation.

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Guitar Summit set for Friday night

By Bruce Corcoran

Chatham’s Guitar Summit is returning to the Chatham Capitol Theatre

May 19. After several years off, Tom Lockwood is bringing the event back. He said it began in 2007, and organizers put on five of them

over the years before it went on hiatus. But Lockwood said it’s returning strong. “It’s going to be a great evening of music,” he

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all local guys.” That includes Mike Francis, a top studio musician who works out of Toronto. He’s been in the business for 35 years. “He’s originally from here and has a sterling reputation as a studio musician,” Lockwood said. “He’s probably the most recorded guy in Canada. He’s done commercials, and the people he’s played with is a pretty astounding list, everyone from Anne Murray to Alanis Morissette to Jann Arden. It’s cool he’s coming back to play.” Meanwhile, Lockwood will be playing with London’s Paul Langille. This duo made its debut at the Lighthouse Blues Festival last July. They recently won London’s Road to Memphis competition in the solo/ duo category and went to Memphis earlier this year to compete. “He’s a great guitarist and singer,” Lockwood said of Langille. Also set to take the stage Friday are the Moondog Howlers, a local blues band that features Alex “Aug” Polowick on guitar.

Tanya Marie Harris and her band will also take the stage. This country performer features two musicians who have appeared at previous guitar summits – guitarist Tony Bandoni and bassist Jeff Black. Lockwood said there is an abundance of musical talent in Chatham-Kent, particularly those armed with a six string and a pick. “Years ago, I looked around and realized how good everybody was around here. I wanted to present things in such a way that people could take an interest in what comes out of their own backyard,” he said. “We set it up for the people to appreciate what we have.” Lockwood isn’t sure why this is such a hotbed of talent. “Maybe it’s the proximity of growing up close to Detroit, but there have always been a lot of great musicians from this area,” he said. Tickets to the Guitar Summit are $35. Contact the Box Office at 519354-8338 or buy online at


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CLIFF returns to Thamesville

By Bruce Corcoran

For the fourth straight year, an international film festival is coming to Chatham-Kent. The Christian Life International Film Festival (CLIFF) will take place May 27 and 28 in Thamesville. Event organizer Florin Marksteiner said he hopes to see stronger local turnout than in the past. “There are 224 churches in Chatham-Kent. One person from each church would fill the space,” he said of the theatre attached to the Thamesville United Church. “I have

people coming from California to go to Thamesville. I have people from Dallas, Baltimore, and Michigan coming in, but I don’t have locals.” Marksteiner said the local populace doesn’t necessarily see what is right in front of them. “We don’t realize what we have here. People coming in from the U.S. have told me how much they love the town,” he said. “I’d love to keep it (CLIFF) in Thamesville, but if I can’t do that, there’s no point.” He hopes to break the low local turnout trend this year, as CLIFF has moved from its tradition-

al September slot to May, Marksteiner said because September is such a busy month in this area. He said he’s enjoyed great interest from those who have attended. “The first season, I wasn’t disappointed. I had people leaving when I locked the church at night,” he said. “They wouldn’t leave! I had people telling me it was amazing.” Marksteiner said he developed CLIFF for several reasons. “I wanted to do a film festival, but I did it Christian because in Thamesville the theatre is in the Thamesville United Church,” he said. “I need-

ed to make sure the movies are clean.” He said the films are beautiful, and that the story is the issue of importance. “The best thing in the film is the story. It could be weak filming, but if the story is strong, it doesn’t matter,” he said. Marksteiner said the lineup of movies aren’t fire and brimstone, and aren’t delivered from the pulpit. “All the productions aren’t ones that take the Bible and hit you in the head with it. It’s gentle; to inspire people,” he said. Marksteiner said one documentary, Hope for Hurting Hearts, which

showed at a past CLIFF, is about losing a loved one. “It was teaching people how to deal with loss. That’s what I want with

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. • Paula & the Corn Huskers will entertain in the main dining room of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. Friday, May 19, 2017 • Meal and darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm7:00pm with choice of pork, roast beef or fish & chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Open darts at 7:30pm. Saturday, May 20, 2017 • Latin Fiesta Gala in Chatham at The Spirit and Life Centre, Chatham. Celebrating Mother’s Month from 8:00pm-1:00am. Fun mother’s month celebration with latin dance lesson, delicious dinner and fabulous entertainment. Cash bar. All proceeds will benefit Hope of St. Joseph Shelter Inc. $35 (adult) $20 children 12 and under. www. • Saturday Morning Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious nutritious breakfast served free of charge every Saturday morning from 9:30am11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm, dance from 4:30pm-9:30pm featuring Blast from the Past.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 • The Active Lifestyle Centre is hosting Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. This ladies night out feature a fashion show by Patricia M Productions and Comedienne Granny Betty. 6:00pm-9:00pm. $20/ ticket includes appetizers, dessert and entertainment. Vendors for shopping and great door prizes. • Protecting our Seniors Seminar from 2:00pm4:00pm at the Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt Ave. Attend our 2nd annual information packed seminar hosted by MPP Rick Nicholls. Presentations on Fraud and Scams, Strokes and recovery, tips on energy conservation, monitoring energy & fraud protection - financial risks everyone should know. • Welcome back Misty Melodies - Karaoke in the main dining room at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. Friday, May 26, 2017 • Meal and darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm7:00pm with choice of liver and onions, roast beef or fish & chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Open darts at 7:30pm. Saturday, May 27, 2017 • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm, dance from 4:30pm-9:30pm featuring Manpower. • Stuart Wicks will perform in the West Lounge at 2:00pm. Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 • Bingo from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Ridgetown Legion. $10 admission includes 4 cards, jackpot $200. Sponsored by the Ridgetown Legion Ladies Auxiliary BR 243, 75 Main St. E., Ridgetown.

• Rotary Club of Chatham Sunrise is having a garage sale from 8:00am-12:00pm. A variety of items will be available. Proceeds stay in the community. 4 Sandy St. Vacant lot behind Pizazz Florals.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 • Seminar on Bill 132- An Act to amend various statues with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassement, domestic violence and related matters. Presenter: Mihad Fahmy - Labour and Human Rights Lawyer. 9:00am-11:30aam. Contact CKSACC at 519-354-8908.

• Blood donor clinic at the Polish Canadian Club, Inshes Ave., Chatham from 9:00am-12:00pm. New donors and walk ins welcome!

• St. Andrew’s United Church South Buxton is holding a quarter auction at the Merlin Community Hall, 150 Aberdeen St., Merlin. Shopping at 6;00pm and Auction starts at 7:00pm. Tickets $5.00. For tickets phone 519-354-5645. (Tickets available at the door) Lots of prizes and vendors golden paddle event.

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• Open euchre and shuffleboard at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm. Open shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 • Sing-a-long with Amelia & Deb in the main dining room at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:30pm.

• Indoor yard and bake sale plus car wash at First Reformed Church, corners of Indian Creek & Lacroix St. Something for everyone, lunch available.

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 519-354-2940 ex.248 Submit your coming events to or

Yard work highlights Mother’s Day So, it was Mother’s Day weekend and here’s my wife leading the yard work charge. First, we had to get some event coverage out of the way for the paper, and she got our daughter to an all-day dance program for her studio, but then she relaxed by helping me in the yard. For Mary, the best time in the backyard is spring and fall when it’s not too warm. And this past weekend was perfect. Considering my back has been acting up of late, limiting me in terms of length of time working in the yard before I have to sit down for a bit, her assistance was appreciated. Mary’s one of those people who tackles a job with a high motor. I can putter and putter, but she plows through jobs. I’d cut the front grass and faced a number of tasks in the backyard, and was unsure of where to start (another problem I have, but one that Mary doesn’t). She quickly realized which one had to be completed first, and tackled it with vigor. I quickly got out of my inability to make a decision funk and helped out. Next up came the grass. She fired up the lawn mower and took off, leaving me to address our pond. While I cleaned out the filters and put the spare pump away, she sliced her way through half the backyard. I intervened and finished the task. As she retrieved our teenager, I swept the patio clear of the blossoms from our maple trees (and the next day, as the maple keys started floating earthward, it looked as though I hadn’t swept). And on Mother’s Day, as I began organizing appetizers we were going to enjoy off the Big Green Egg, she began the assembly line process for the prosciutto, cream cheese and asparagus. I finished by wrapping the asparagus in the cream-cheese-covered prosciutto. And as I put those on the barbecue, she prepared the Brie cheese. We were also contemplating stuffed small sweet peppers and Atomic Buffalo Turds (bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed jalapeno peppers), but realized it was too much food for just three people. Those will have to wait until this coming weekend. As for what went onto the barbecue, the asparagus, locally grown of course, was delicious. Cooking it for about 10 to 12 minutes, turning regularly over direct heat, creates

Bruce Corcoran such a tasty treat. Mary’s relatively indifferent to them, given how salty the prosciutto is, but Brenna and I love them. Brenna and Mary also love the melted Brie with garlic that we prepared. Fresh French stick bread for dipping is a must. We couldn’t eat it all. The asparagus vanished, but some of the Brie had to be saved for a later date. And to think we were contemplating adding the aforementioned peppers, some salmon and potatoes, as well as shrimp to the mix. Again, food for this weekend. Tunes and beverages

As many people who are regular readers of this column know, I like relaxing in our backyard, cooking on the Big Green Egg, enjoying the pond, and listening to music. Oh, and perhaps sipping on the odd beverage as well. Traditionally, one enjoys a cold beer while the barbecue is lit, or after working up a sweat in the yard. I’ve come to the point in life where I still enjoy a frosty brew, but also reach for a cold Arnold Palmer as well. There’s something about the combo of iced-tea and lemonade that is so thirst quenching. No, I’m not wearing plaid pants and heading out golfing anytime soon, but Mr. Palmer was onto something, for sure. Still, if anyone visiting the yard opts for a beer, Arnold stays in the fridge. Barley and hops all around! As for the music, if you walk into our yard when I’m out there, you’ll hear classic rock. I live in the genre, a huge reason I rarely listen to area radio stations. I’m a Sirius fan, as there are several stations that play tunes right up my alley. Local radio has to cater to a wider fan base, and as I’ve told some of the folks working in the business, if anyone tried to run a station playing only music I liked, they’d be out of business in no time. I have a narrow yet eclectic area of preference. I like what I like, and hate what I hate. Thumbs up to folks such as Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and Tom Petty; thumbs down to Hall & Oates and Maroon 5, and ...


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Nurse acknowledged for care, compassion The Chatham Voice

The recipient of the 2017 Compassionate Caregiver Award of Distinction is Carrie Hoogsteen, Registered Nurse, Emergency Department, Chatham Campus. At a special nursing week event held recently at CKHA, Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive, Lisa Northcott, read from the nominator’s letter of appreciation: “Carrie is a person with a great heart. She is nice to ev-

eryone, attentive to her patients and helps comfort them. She is a very devoted staff member and goes out of her way to make everyone feel special. She treats everyone with the utmost respect. Carrie listens to patients and families wholeheartedly and shows them compassion. She gives exceptional care to them all and often stays late to ensure her patients are well taken care of. She is a very hard worker

whom lives up to our expectations daily. Carrie gives her all to everyone, whether it be patients, families or co-workers. She is a true example of great nursing with a heart of gold. “This year’s recipient always strives to deliver high quality care with unconditional compassion towards her patients and their families. She is truly deserving of this recognition - this is witnessed in the trust and respect she gains from her

patients, their family members and other healthcare providers. Thank you Carrie for exemplifying CKHA’s vision of being An Exceptional Community Hospital, Setting Standards Exceeding Expectations,” said Northcott. The Compassionate Caregiver Award of Distinction is a Royal Copenhagen figurine, gifted to CKHA in 2008 by an anonymous donor in appreciation

of care provided to their loved one. The recipient of this award displays patient and family-centred care, works to advance the quality of care while remaining compassionate and demonstrates respect in their environment. The award also comes with a financial gift to be used towards education at CKHA to further staff expertise in caring for patients.

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The Chatham Voice, May 18, 2017  

The May 18, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

The Chatham Voice, May 18, 2017  

The May 18, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.