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Mothers learned the correct way to put a lifejacket on their babies May 16 at Gable Rees Rotary Pool in Blenheim during Parent and Tot Swim time. Amber Wright, aquatic co-ordinator, left, works with Julie Hillman and little Jenelle Curran, as well as Holly Nelson with young Thalia Dassios, and Brittany Nelson during National Lifejacket Day. It’s an annual campaign to encourage and promote the use of lifejackets and personal floatation devices.

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The driving forces behind Maple City Homes (MCH) in Chatham-Kent say they hope to really ramp up home construction in the near future. It’s all to meet the growing demand in the municipality, as well as to entice others to locate here. Gilles Michaud, vice-president of MCH, said the company is

growing, as is its capacity to build new homes in Chatham-Kent. “We’re growing in leaps and bounds. We’re building 50 homes a year, and we are ramping up to 75 and then ramping up to 100,” he said. “This will be done with a lot of help from our partners. We have a great team working together.” Robb Nelson, president of MCH, said the company has access to enough

land to build 900 homes in Chatham. Most of the work to date has been in the Prestancia subdivision in the northwest portion of the community, but roadways are already planned out and marked in the southwest section as well, with 376 lots planned there. “We see a lot of need here. We’ve listened to the community to see what best fits the needs of the community,” he said.

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He said they are also looking beyond C-K’s borders to see what is transpiring in other communities, and what can be done to entice people to move here. Their homes are a hit with out-of-town retirees, as they are designed with low maintenance in mind. Such homes, often semi-detached, are designed with one-floor living in mind. While they

come with basements, most everyday living can take place all on the main floor, including laundry. The basement can be turned into additional living space for when out-of-town family comes to visit, or whatever the owner desires. Unlike older subdivisions in Chatham, the MCH builds feature smaller property footprints, meaning less property maintenance.

Nelson said that frees up people’s time, something they cherish. And that’s not just for retirees. He said it is appealing to millennials, especially those who can work from home. That is a growing market and one that will now look more closely at Chatham-Kent as TekSavvy and Bell run their fibre optic lines through neighbourhoods. Continued on page 3

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“That millennial market will be the target of our new production. We’ve got to give them a lifestyle; they want a smaller footprint as they want to come home to a manageable-sized home,” he said.

That means less time spent cutting the grass or vacuuming unused rooms and more time doing what they want, he said. The board of the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce named MCH

as the feature industry of the month for May. Chamber staff, board members, and MCH brass met at an MCH build on Daylight Point in west Chatham to celebrate on Friday. “This place is beautiful,” said Cecily Coppo-

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la, chair of the Chamber board. “They have a lot of ventures going on, a lot of development in our community. They are filling a need for low-maintenance homes.” MCH also believes in supporting local. The company has about 120 contracted workers, all from Chatham-Kent. Nelson said all building materials, fixtures and appliances come through Chatham-Kent businesses as well. “I think it’s fair to say that Maple City Homes continues to make a significant impact on our local and regional economic development through their multi-million dollar projects,” Jamie Rainbird, manager of Economic Development for the municipality, said in a media release. Established in January of 2017, Maple City Homes is celebrating its third spring construction season. The key people behind MCH, aside from Nelson

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ing health units, without the provision of specifics regarding program and service delivery, the implications that this could have for Chatham-Kent as a unique, rural community are still unknown. The unknown is what has members of council uneasy and frustrated, since the municipal budget for public health has already been set. With the new provincial funding mandate of a 70/30 split between the province and the municipality respectively, there is a funding shortfall of $900,000 for public health. Currently, municipalities fund a minimum of 25 per cent of public health services and the province funds the other 75 per cent. The new funding arrangement sees the municipalities covering 30 per cent as of the beginning of this past April. That will increase to 40 per cent as of April 1, 2021. For Chatham-Kent, this will result in the need for an additional $900,000 from the municipality for the 2020/2021 budget year. She said the province has indicated that Chatham-Kent Public Health will have access to one-time mitigation funding for 2019/2020 in the amount of approximately $700,000. For 2020/2021, funding will continue at a 70 per cent provincial/30 per cent municipal cost shared arrangement with a proposed 10 per cent across the board base budget de-

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“The CK Public Health staff don’t have the luxury of time when it comes to being able to pause the delivery of programs and services and process exactly what this means for them or the work that they do,� noted Faas. Much of that work is dedicated to keeping people healthy, productive, and out of the health care system by delivering on five core activities: population health assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, health protection, disease prevention, and emergency management. In Reitdyk’s presentation to council, she highlighted the substantial return on investment that public health uniquely provides. “Investing in Public Health is inarguably one of the most fiscally responsible decisions any government could make,� stated Faas. “For every dollar that is spent on

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immunizing children, for instance, more than $16 are saved in additional health care costs – that’s a return on investment of about 1,500 per cent.� Similar positive investment returns can be found across public health’s many programs and services, including dollars invested in mental health and addictions, workplace health and safety and early childhood development. In many cases, these modest investments save upwards of 20 times as much in future health-care costs. Echoing statements made during the presentation, Faas believed that the “invisibility� of CK Public Health may have led to the work that it takes to keep them running going unrecognized and, in turn, undervalued. “CK Public Health focuses their efforts ‘upstream,’ preventing health disasters before they ever occur,� Faas said.

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Myopic premiers The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” clearly rings hollow with anyone sitting in charge in Queen’s Park. And that short sightedness will cost local taxpayers in the not-too-distant future. The Ford government is arbitrarily shifting the payment burden on public health operations. Is used to be 75-per-cent funded by the province and 25 per cent by the municipality. But now it is at 70-30, and soon it will shift to 60-40. All that means more burden on the local taxpayer. We realize there is only one taxpayer, who technically shells out at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, but the cuts cause added pressure at the most immediate level. With cuts to funding at the provincial component, municipalities will be hard pressed to not do the same, or face the wrath from their constituents. Public health organizations are known for their preventative efforts in terms of health care. As Chatham-Kent Board of Health Chair Joe Faas said, “Investing in Public Health is inarguably one of the most fiscally responsible decisions any government could make. For every dollar that is spent on immunizing children, for instance, more than $16 are saved in additional health care costs – that’s a return on investment of about 1,500 per cent.” Dollars invested in mental health and addictions, workplace health and safety and early childhood development, as well as other programs can save costs down the line upwards of 20 times the initial expenditure. What Ford and Company are doing in terms of looking for short-term cuts to spending without regard to long-term impact is nothing new, unfortunately. The Liberals, under Dalton McGuinty operated in a similar manner when they pulled chiropractic care out of OHIP back in 2004. Chiropractic care as regular body maintenance can keep people in better physical health and can help prevent or minimize back injuries. Keeping one’s spine aligned, and the muscles performing as intended can help prevent long periods spent on WSIB by manual labourers. A little OHIP spending, in other words, could save a lot of WSIB cost. But McGuinty and his crew preferred the quick fix and immediate dollar savings. It is unfortunate for our wallets that governments never look long-term, especially when it comes to health care.

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New chants requested ... please Well, our daughter finished her final dance competition of the season recently, and I found myself pondering the people of competitions. For starters, what is really cool about dance competitions is the cheering. The kids and parents at various studios cheer for other kids from the same studio, and rather loudly. At many a sporting event, parents may cheer for their children and the teams they are on, but often they are vocally critical of the officiating and the play of the other team. Kids in competition deserve positive encouragement. They don’t need any verbal abuse. But at dance competitions, I have to admit, the same cheers get rather old. There are about three that the kids cycle through. “Work it, girl!” “Go, (insert name here)!” “Yeah, (insert name here)!” You hear these chants with more regularity than the most popular

Bruce Corcoran songs from a year ago at these competitions. I encourage people to freshen things up a bit. And I made a post to social media saying just that. A friend from Toronto reminded me the repetitive chants and cheers are all too present in sports activities too. He said when his kid played baseball, he got tired of, “We want a pitcher, not a belly itcher,” and “We want a batter, not a broken ladder.” Fair point. Smelly cat, smelly cat

The lovable Finn the cat seems to have found a new friend. Either that or his cat gang was victimized by a run-by skunk spraying. Finn often wanders in with the wonderful smell of the outdoors on him. But one day recently, he

smelled like he had cozied up to Pepe Le Pew. Yep, he smelled like he’d been nearby when a skunk opened fire. He and his neighbourhood feline homies might have been hanging out one evening, just chillin’, when a skunk sped by, lifted its tail and let fire. I picture Finn diving behind a shrub as one of his pals took a face full of stench (naturally, as I picture it, the moment takes place in slow motion). More likely, he just walked up to a skunk thinking it was a stinky cat and got some of that odour onto his fur. It’s not full on stench, but more a taint. Trust me, I know stench. We had a dog that got hit in the face once. I spent the rest of the night on the front porch with that smelly mess before I filled up a kiddie pool and used Skunk Off on the pooch the next morning. Ugh. Um, just no

I popped into Giant Tiger this past week to pick up some groceries and I came across a young dad sporting a man bun.

I’m not the biggest man bun fan, but Mary Beth tells me they work on certain people, such as Kit Harrington when he plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. This dude wasn’t Jon Snow in Giant Tiger. Jon Snow doesn’t sport huge discs for earrings. Call me old fashioned, but I’m not a fan of either look. Once the disc fad is over, people will be left with what will look like uncooked calamari dangling below the main portion of their ears. As for the man bun, listen: I had long hair for many a year in my life, but never did I put it in a bun. I didn’t put it in a ponytail either, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t get put into one. It seems women would take to playing with my locks, the more so when they’d had a few beverages. That included a French braid a few times. Not my choice, but when you have multiple women taking a keen interest, what do you do? Go with it. But I would have drawn the line at man bun.

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Thursday, May 23 5-7pm . . . . . 610 Daylight (for Horizon Lane), $349,900 . . . Carson Warrener, Maple City Homes/Royal LePage Peifer Realty Friday, May 24 5-7pm . . . . . 610 Daylight (for Horizon Lane), $349,900 . . . Carson Warrener, Maple City Homes/Royal LePage Peifer Realty Saturday, May 25 12-2pm . . 116 Parkwood, $348,000 . . . . . . . . Darren Hard, Royal LePage Peifer Reatly 12-2pm . . 49 Houston, $184,900 . . . . . . . . . . Jackie Patterson, Royal LePage Peifer Realty 1-3pm . . . . . 610 Daylight (for Horizon Lane), $349,900 . . . Carson Warrener, Maple City Homes/Royal LePage Peifer Realty 1-3pm . . . 17 Renaissance, $429,000 . . . . . . . Carson Warrener, Maple City Home, Royal LePage Peifer Reatly 1-3pm . . . 11 Goldenrod Court . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrea Okopny, Royal LePage Peifer Realty Sunday, May 26 1-3pm . . . . . 610 Daylight (for Horizon Lane), $349,900 . . . Carson Warrener, Maple City Homes/Royal LePage Peifer Realty 1-3pm . . . 11 Goldenrod Court . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrea Okopny, Royal LePage Peifer Realty Tuesday, May 28 5-7pm . . . . . 610 Daylight (for Horizon Lane), $349,900 . . . Carson Warrener, Maple City Homes/Royal LePage Peifer Realty Wednesday, May 29 5-7pm . . . . . 610 Daylight (for Horizon Lane), $349,900 . . . Carson Warrener, Maple City Homes/Royal LePage Peifer Realty


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80 MORNING GLORY $589,000 16, 2br, 2 bath semi-detached bungalow homes & 2 detached homes under construction. Call Carson 519-809-2856.

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3br, 3 bath brick rancher, 3 gas f/p’s, full finished basement & attch’d double garage. Pristine condition. Call Bev 519-358-8805.

79 LEGACY $649,900

Fully upgraded 3+2br, 3 bath Ewald built ranch including all appliances. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.

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New Listing 7 FAIRCOURT $629,000

3+1br, 3 bath ranch. This could be your forever home. Call Patrick 519-360-0141.

New Price 9143 WOODLAND $599,000 Exclusive Wilson’s Bush. 3br, 3 bath 2 storey home with i/g pool & main level master. Call Patrick 519-360-0141.

564 INDIAN CREEK RD. W. $629,900 Custom built stunning, 3br, 4 bath 2 storey home in move-in condition. Call Gus 519-355-8668 or Heather 519-355-8666.

875 CHARING CROSS $579,900

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SATURDAY, MAY 25 • 1-3PM 17 RENAISSANCE $429,000 Beautiful 1616 sq ft 3br 2 bath ranch. This new build is now ready for occupancy. Call Carson 519-809-2856

d e t s Li OLD S y! d n a Da 1 in 49 ORANGEWOOD $369,900 Gilles Michaud custom built 3+1br, 2 bath ranch with many updates. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

10596 LAKEVIEW $499,900

3+1br, 2 bath brick ranch with recently developed lower level. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

New Listing 19 WILTSHIRE $398,000

2+1br, 3 bath quality built ranch with full finished basement. Call Patrick 519-360-0141.

5084 TALBOT, MERLIN $688,888 3br, 2.5 bath 2100 sq ft ranch perched on the Talbot Trail, Lake Erie Bluff. Panoramic waterfront views. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

83 VALENCIA $529,900

Approximately 2273 sq ft + basement, 4+1 br, 4 bath 2 storey currently under construction. Call David 519-350-1615.

New Listing 67 SHOONER $299,900

Lovely fully finished 2+2br, 2 bath bi-level backing onto greenspace & walking trail. Call Deb R 519-401-5470.

21628 ADAMS CR $448,000

All brick raised ranch with 3+2br’s, situated on a 1.34 acre lot with a private beach nearby and tennis courts and trails. Call Darren 226-627-8580.

New Listing 11499 WILDWOOD, RONDEAU • $1,099,000

3br, 2 bath sprawling brick rancher with gorgeous water frontage on Rondeau Bay. Call Elliott 519-3588755 or Penny 519-360-0315.

23622 WESTGATE WALK $449,900 LOCATION! LOCATION! 3+1br, 2.5 bath 2 storey home with i/g sports pool. Call June 519-358-5199.

New Listing 33 WYANDOTT $329,900 3+1br, 2 bath ranch home in a great area with 2 car attch’d garage. Call George 519-360-7334.

New Price 169 CENTRE, RODNEY $775,000 2+3br, 3.5 bath executive custom built ranch on a 5 ac park like lot. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

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Ronald Franko** 519-355-8181

Michael Gibbons* 519-365-5634

Darren Hart* 226-627-8580

Catie Hawryluk* 519-809-4268

Brian Keenan* 519-365-6090

Gwen Liberty* 519-784-3646

Wayne Liddy* 519-436-4810

George McDougall* 519-360-7334

June McDougall* 519-358-5199

Sylvia Moffat** 519-355-8189

Ghassan (Gus) Najjar** 519-355-8668

Heather Najjar** 519-355-8666

Kristen Nead** 519-784-7653

Andrea Okopny* 519-359-2482

Chris Papple* 519-350-1402

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4034 ST CLAIR PKWY., ST CLAIR • $669,333

Gorgeous 5br, 5 bath 3 storey home with beautiful views of the St Clair river. This is a one of a kind package. Call Deb R 519-401-5470.

New Listing 73 CECILE $329,900

3+1br, 2.5 bath 2 storey meticulously maintained with i/g pool. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

12 ST ANTHONY $319,900

Quality built 2+2br, 2 bath well maintained bi-level. Call David 519-350-1615.

150-180 WALLACE, WALLACEBURG • $400,000 8.24 ac industrial vacant lot located on the river. Call Kelly-Anne 519-365-7155.

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SATURDAY, MAY 25 • 12-2PM 116 PARKWOOD • $348,000 AGENT: DARREN HART 4br, 2.5 bath, 2 storey home with lots of curb appeal on a deep lot. Call Darren 226-627-8580. Penny Wilton** 519-360-0315

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393 BALDOON #38 • $179,900

1 NOTRE DAME, PAIN COURT • $308,000

Immaculate, updated 3br, 1.5 bath townhouse condo with many updates. Call Cindy 519-351-1952.

Modern 2+1br, 2 bath town house done to the “NINES”. Call Patrick 519-360-0141.

7627 RIVERVIEW LINE $825,000

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

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SUNDAY, MAY 26 • 12-2PM 49 HOUSTON • $184,900 AGENT: JACKIE PATTERSON Large, spacious 3br, 1.5 storey on a dead-end street. Call Jackie 519-436-9030.

2 separate comm buildings, 1 with retail & office, the other for auto body building, repair & detailing. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

52 GRAND, WALLACEBURG • $514,900 1st time listed. 3br, 1.5 bath executive 2 storey brick home with many updates & i/g pool. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

Offer Pending 10 VILLA $279,900 Well appointed 2+1br, 2 bath bungalow with new stainless steel kitchen appliances. Call David 519-350-1615.

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60 LISGAR $168,500

75 THAMES $9/SQ FT

Great potential in this 2br, 1.5 storey home with spacious yard. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

13119 LONGWOODS, THAMESVILLE $329,900

Executive office(s) available on the upper floor with elevator access. Call Sylvia 519-355-8189.

35 LORNE $27,900

Vacant residential building lot with services at the road. Call Kelly-Anne 519-365-7155.

3 CARTIER • $314,500 SELLER MOTIVATED!! 2br, 1.5 bath brick rancher with bright sunroom with patio doors leading to covered concrete patio. Call Brian P 519-436-2669 or Ron S 519-360-7729.

8575 MIDDLE LINE, CHARING CROSS • $229,900

5 plex in nice community having 3-1br units & 2-2br units. Great opportunity. Call Ron 519-360-7729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

New Listing 104 ROBERTSON $248,000

2br, 1.5 bath, 1.5 storey home with storybook charm. Call Patrick 519-360-0141.

89 LANSDOWNE $220,000

4br, 2 bath 2 storey with many updates on a large corner lot. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

D L SO 215 ELIZABETH $424,900

This 2 storey home on 1/3 ac property has a WOW factor. The rear yard with i/g pool is magnificent. Call Steve 519-355-9774.

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Business as usual at Glitters By Sarah Schofield sarah@chathamvoice.com

Glitters Fun Eatery manager Gino Buffone says he wants to set the record straight and let everyone know that although the building was recently sold, it is business as usual at the Chatham restaurant and their doors remain open. The recent sale of the building has prompted a lot of calls from concerned patrons asking if the restaurant was closing, which Buffone said they need not worry about. “The building has been sold to an undisclosed purchaser but the business hasn’t been sold,” said Buffone. The restaurant, which is a downtown staple, will continue to run as nor-

mal, and customers will not see any changes. “I will be continuing to operate as the owner and manager until the end of 2020,” said Buffone who has been at the downtown location since 1983 when the restaurant opened as the Movieola Cafe. Changing names to Glitters Fun Eatery a couple years later, the beloved family run business is now in its 36th year of operation. With its characteristic movie-themed interior, Buffone has fond memories throughout his years at the establishment working with his family, including his wife Judy, and meeting customers. “We’ve been received extremely well by Chatham and we even have some customers from the initial opening who come to this Cell:

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Waitress Belinda Danielski stands in front of the entrance of Glitters Fun Eatery in Chatham. While the building was recently sold, the business itself will remain unaffected by the sale.

day,” said Buffone. His wife is now retired and his children have moved onto their own careers. Buffone said the concern shown by so many citizens for the family-friendly restaurant has

been touching. “It’s complimentary in one sense that they are interested in what’s happening,” he said. With a busy summer season planned for downtown festivities, Buffone is excited and ready to

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the purchaser’s intentions are. Whether they will continue to run it as a restaurant, it’s up to them, but hopefully they will continue,“ he said. “In the meantime, it gives me a chance to enjoy my customers.”

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Election finances questioned By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

financial statement.” Powers said in the applications that the candidates took part in a “campaign event hosted by Ben Labadie at the Ten-Seven Cafe and Lounge. This professional campaign event included renting a space, utilizing audio-video equipment, the filming and editing of digital media content and the possibility of other people contributing their services. I believe that this event constituted a contribution of services, and the value of those services provided were required to have been recorded and valued according to Section 88.15 of the Municipal Elections Act.” Labadie held Facebook Live events at Ten-Seven during the campaign, and

a number of candidates appeared on the events. McGregor, who was re-elected to a second term back in October, did not see them as campaign contributions. “I think he believes it was some type of inkind donation. It was an opportunity afforded to everyone,” he said. “My assessment of the situation when I was invited onto the show was I didn’t treat it any differently from say the Chamber of Commerce hosting a debate. In Facebook Live, we have to rec-

Chatham-Kent’s election compliance audit committee is to review 10 complaints stemming from the financial reports from eight municipal council candidates, one mayoral candidate and a third-party advertiser. Defeated mayoral candidate Robert Salvatore Powers filed applications for election compliance audits against fellow mayoral candidate Alysson Storey; council candidates Penelope Duchesne, Amy Finn, Don Fuoco, Ryan Jackson, Don “Sparky” Leonard, Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, Brock McGregor and Larry Vellinga; as well as the Campaign Life Coalition. The review was to take place May 22 at 5 p.m. at the Civic Centre. For each counDrop by . . . Relax . . . Enjoy the food cil candidate, as well as Storey, Powers said in his applications, “This candidate appears to have accepted campaign contributions from Ben Labadie in excess of $100 and (Just outside the park gate) has not made note of them on www.rondeaujoes.com • rondeaujoes@hotmail.com their campaign

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lieved Labadie may have “exceeded the $5,000 contribution limit specified in Section 88.9 (4) of the Municipal Elections Act” by hosting the events.

With Storey, who declined to comment for this article, Powers also had problems with her campaign website.

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P Thursday, May 23, 2019 • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Everyone Welcome. Friday, May 24, 2019 • Youth Art Show open until June 15 for viewing at the Wallaceburg District Museum. All Welcome. 505 King St., Wallaceburg. • Free Movie Night: New Mary Poppins at the Jeanne Gordon Hall. 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. All Welcome. Donation Welcome. Snacks Available. 505 King St., Wallaceburg. • Jamboree for a Cause, 100% non profit charity event. May 24, 25, 26. Pets on leash. R Bar D Stables & Farms, 2742 Bruman Line, Wilkesport, ON. Ambition cost is donations towards food banks. A jamboree/camp out collecting as many donations, as we can to help our local food drives and women shelters. Live music with multiple bands, rustic camping available on site, food truck available all weekend. Contact John Ohagan 519-336-4814, cell 519-330-7511 or Renny Stones cell 519-918-8432. • Meal (5:15pm-6:30pm), open darts (7:30pm) and Catch the Ace (drawn at 6:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Choice of ham & scalloped potatoes, roast beef or fish & chips for $10. Everyone Welcome. Saturday, May 25, 2019 • Giant Indoor Yard and Bake Sale at First Reformed Church. 7:00am-1:00pm. Lunch available, something for everyone. • 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 (4:00pm-6:00pm) and dance (4:30pm-9:30pm) featuring Unity Station. At The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. Sunday, May 26, 2019 • Free Friendship Meal. All are welcome. St. Andrew’s United Church, 85 William St. S. 4:00pm5:00pm. Pizza, tossed salad, vegetable, dessert. Sponsored by the Victoria Ave and St. Andrew’s United Churches. Monday, May 27, 2019 • The Suicide Prevention & Education Committee of Chatham-Kent (SPECC-K) will be hosting a safeTALK Training workshop at Ashley’s Place, 75 Queen St. N., Tilbury. Must be 18 to register. Please arrive on time, late entrance may effect certification. Please register at https:// www.eventbrite.ca/e/safetalk-training-tickets-61096391953. For info call Allison Ford at safetalk79@gmail.com. • Open Euchre (1:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. Tuesday, May 28, 2019 • Movie at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. Mule (14A) starring Clint Eastwood & Patrick Reyes will be shown at 2:00pm. All are welcome. $2 donation suggested at the door. • Open euchre (1:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. All Welcome. • Origami for all Ages at Tilbury branch of the CKPL. Turn a float piece of paper into a work of art by learning folding techniques. Beginner level. Drop-in. 6:00pm. Wednesday, May 29, 2019 • Pepper (1:00pm) and fun darts (7:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome.

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• Mother Goose at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. 10:00am-10:30am every Wednesday until May 29. Songs, rhymes and stories for children 0-24 months and their caregivers. Drop in, please bring a blanket. • Spectacular Spring Book Sale at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. All proceeds support library programs and services. $5.00 preview night 6:00pm8:00pm. Thursday, May 30, 2019 • Opening night of the youth Art Show at the Wallaceburg District Museum, 5:00pm-7:00pm. 505 King St., Wallaceburg. • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Everyone Welcome. • Spectacular Spring Book Sale at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. All proceeds support library programs and services. 10:00am-8:00pm. Friday, May 31, 2019 • Penny Social hosted by the Wallaceburg Museum in the Jeanne Gordon Hall. Doors open at 5:00pm, sale begins at 7:00pm. Sharp. All Welcome. • Meal (5:15pm-6:30pm), open darts (7:30pm) and Catch the Ace (drawn at 6:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Choice of liver & onions, roast beef or fish & chips for $10. Everyone Welcome. • Spectacular Spring Book Sale at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. All proceeds support library programs and services. 10:00am-5:00pm. • Epilepsy Information and Fundraiser Dinner with proceeds going towards programs and services offered by Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario Chatham Kent. 5:30pm-8:00pm. Ten-Seven Cafe and Lounge, 595 St. Clair St., Chatham. Business Casual. Tickets include diner, raffle entry, epilepsy information session. 100 tickets available. www. epilepsyswo.ca. $25. Those with epilepsy free with code from Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario or Chatham Neurology Center. Contact Sandra Pidduck 519-365-5131 or sandra@epilepsyswo.ca for additional info. • Origami for all Ages at Tilbury branch of the CKPL. Turn a float piece of paper into a work of art by learning folding techniques. Beginner level. Drop-in. 3:00pm. • Teen dance at the Tilbury Arena in Ryder Hall, 49 Bond St., Tilbury. Dance open to students in grades 5-9. 7:00pm-10:00pm. All students must be picked up by an adult, parent, guardian. $5.00. Refreshemnys are available for purchase.

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He also took issue with office space rented for the campaign. “Ms. Storey’s campaign website, itstime4ck.com, was registered on April 28, 2018. This appears to contravene Section 88.20 (2) and would suggest the potential that other expenses were incurred prior to the May 1 start of the campaign period,” he said in his application. “Ms. Storey indicated $0 in office expenses incurred after voting day, however, she rented office space on King Street in Chatham during the election. Most commercial rentals are for calendar months. It is unreasonable to believe that Ms. Storey did not make use of her rented office space between Oct. 22 and Nov. 1.” As for Campaign Life, Powers said it listed no money spent on advertising during the campaign in Chatham-Kent, yet put out a national newsletter and operated a website.

Judy Smith, the municipal clerk, said these are the first election compliance audit applications the municipality has ever had. At the hearing, the election compliance audit committee, comprised of citizens Mike Lowther, Mike Phipps, Daniel Whittal and Paul Watson, will review the applications and decide what to do with them. “It goes before the committee. There’s a process. They may accept or reject the applications,” Smith said. “If they accept, then we have to hire an auditor at a cost to the municipality.” If an auditor is requested, the committee will convene at a later date to review the auditor’s report and decide if legal proceedings against a candidate are warranted. This past November, Powers also requested a recount in West Kent following the election, which was dismissed in court in January.

OBITUARIES

David Anderson “Ponch” Saturday, May 11, 2019 Life Transitions

Gordon “Duncan” Campbell 94, Sunday, May 12, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

Shirley Hill 69, Sunday, May 12, 2019 Life Transitions

Greg Praill 67, Monday, May 13, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

Kelly Carahar 62, Monday, May 6, 2019 Life Transitions

Adam Gemmell Godfrey 68, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

Mrs. Eleanor Hawkins 84, Monday, May 13, 2019 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

Bennie McFadden 88, Monday, May 13, 2019 Denning’s

Shirley Ann Blair 82, Monday, May 13, 2019 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Ronald Marentette 82, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Denning’s

Pamela Mary Hanley 104, Friday, April 19, 2019 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

See full obituaries at www.chathamvoice.com

James Martin 96, Monday, May 13, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home Angela Millson 86, Monday, May 13, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

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The Arts

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Floydium, a Pink Floyd tribute band, brings their show to the Chatham Capitol Theatre May 25.

Sounds of Floyd coming back to Capitol Theatre

By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

Step back in time to enjoy the best songs of legendary Pink Floyd, as tribute band Floydium comes to Chatham Saturday night. The Toronto-based band returns to the Chatham Capitol Theatre. It shared the stage last fall with Michael White and The White, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. This time around, Floydium is flying solo; well, as solo as an eight-person band can be. Members Leon Dadoun, Keiko Gutierrez and Jacob Manishevitz recently spoke with The Chatham Voice about the coming show. Expect to hear selections from Pink Floyd albums spanning decades, starting all the way back to 1967 with a song off the album Piper at

the Gates of Dawn, and as recently as 1994’s The Division Bell, plus a great deal in between. The band is comprised of musicians of various ages, with Manishevitz being the youngest at age 26. He said he’s been a Pink Floyd fan for most of his life. “I’ve been listening to Pink Floyd probably since I was 10 or 11, through the very formative years of my musical education,” he said. “Then I went back and relearned all the songs when I joined (Floydium).” As the lead singer and lead guitarist, he has the challenge of being a lot of David Gilmour, and a little Roger Waters, the two main singers of the original Pink Floyd. Gilmour also played lead guitar. “David Gilmour is just fantastic. He’s one of a kind,”

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Manishevitz said. “There is definitely no one else like him.” Gilmour’s at times haunting vocals and equally haunting guitar solos are mainstays of Pink Floyd’s music. Gutierrez said every member of the band is a Pink Floyd fan at heart and jumped at the opportunity to perform that band’s music. Gutierrez, who plays bass, said it’s challenging and thrilling to perform Pink Floyd songs. “It was very much an album-centric band. Everything they produced was a concept of sorts,” she said. “I loved the music and some of the challenges of the tunes. It’s so much fun to play because of that. Nothing is boring and simple.” Dadoun agreed.

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Floydium plays the Capitol May 25 Continued from page 13

“If you listened to ‘Animals,’ it’s not just a cookie-cutter sort of song. Even longer Pink Floyd songs, there are a lot of tempo changes, timing and co-ordination,” he said. “It’s hard to accurately reproduce the feel, the music and the emotion involved.” For Gutierrez, Waters’ bass playing is all over the place – in a great way. “The bass playing for Pink Floyd, it’s classic

rock, but it’s groovy too. They’ve got a feel,” she said. Dadoun, who handles rhythm guitar duties, describes Pink Floyd music as very emotional. Ditto for the lyrics. “It’s extremely emotional. There’s a lot of anger to it at times,” he said, referring to the writing of Waters. “At a young age, Roger Waters lost his father in the war. There’s a lot of moving imagery.” Waters’ experience as a

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