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Unique C-K program garners national award By Mary Beth Corcoran

A home computer is something most of us take for granted, but for some families in need, it is a luxury they can’t afford. Thanks to a unique partnership between the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Habitat for Humanity Chatham-Kent (HFHC-K), area families are being provided with used computers at no cost. This program has earned the local group a national award. HFHC-K recently received a national Sustainable Funding Award at a conference in British Columbia for its efforts in providing used computers to low-income families, according to executive director Nancy McDowell. Due to the success of the Chatham-Kent program, she said the national Habitat for Humanity organiza-

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tion is looking to start similar partnerships across the country. During the last year, HFHC-K has distributed 80 computers on a referral basis primarily with Ontario Works, and has signed an agreement to continue the service for the next two years, McDowell said. Once computers have run their lifecycle at the municipality, they are wiped of information and given to the IT committee at Habitat to re-purpose. She added the computers can be a life-changing event for those who receive them. “Our staff has been hugged and thanked by people receiving the computers,” she said. “A lack of income can be isolating. Often job applications have to be filled in online, or students’ homework requires online work. For a family that can’t afford a computer, this presents real challenges.”

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Partnership earns national attention with various organizations since Due to the constant use of mu- 2003. nicipal computers, it was found “We have distributed about that those over four years old 1,000 computers over the years,” required costly maintenance, so she said. a lifecycle replaceSmith pointment program “Our staff has been ed out that the was instituted hugged and thanked United Nations through the Infordeclared access mation Technol- by people receiving the to the Internet a ogy Services De- computers.” human right in a - Nancy McDowell partment. 2011 report. The program is “Access to the overseen by the municipality’s Internet allows for the free flow CKESS (Chatham-Kent Employ- of information, low cost or free ment and Social education opporServices) depart- “Access to the Intertunities, and onment. line job searching. net allows for the free Polly Smith, proIncreasingly, for gram manager of flow of information, low people with transemployment and cost or free education portation barriers social services for opportunities, and (often of lower the municipality, online job searching. incomes), it also said Habitat for allows them to Increasingly, for peoHumanity is an access many serexcellent partner ple with transportation vices they need for the initiative barriers (often of lower online. Human since it has the incomes), it also allows Resources and ability to deter- them to access many Skills Developmine eligibility of ment Canada cites services they need recipients. computer use as She noted that online.” one of the nine ‘esalthough the - Polly Smith sential skills’ for partnership with workers today,” Habitat is only a year old, the she said. municipality has been working Internet use numbers from Sta-

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Representatives of the local Habitat for Humanity and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent celebrated a national award received as the result of a joint project to reuse computers. Left to right are Jordan Labonte (HFHC-K IT committee volunteer), Richard Drouillard (HFHC-K IT Chair and Board President), Nancy McDowell (HFHC-K Executive Director), Polly Smith (Program Manager of Employment and Social Services for the municipality), Dave Demers (Learning Co-ordinator with CKESS) and Anne Taylor (HFHC-K Volunteer Co-ordinator).

tistics Canada shows a digital divide between higher income and lower income households. Only 62% of Canadian households with an income under $30,000 use the Internet. “Having a computer has allowed low income families use for school work, job searching, social inclusion activities and to find needed information on services or apply for things online, alleviating transportation barriers,” she said. “Reusing the computers means

less waste going into landfills, so it’s a win for everyone.” Richard Drouillard, Habitat board chair and IT committee volunteer, said they have the privilege of seeing the impact of the program. One example he gave was of a women referred from social services who had the opportunity for a job that day if she had a home computer. Drouillard went to Habitat on his lunch break, got the computer set up and was able to give it to her

that day. “I gave her the box and she was in tears. It changed her life,” Drouillard explained. “She mentioned all she needed was a head set to talk to customers, and I remembered seeing one in one of boxes so I was able to give her that as well.” The success of the local program, according to McDowell, has the board looking at other partners to bring into the program in the future, such as Union Gas or St. Clair College.

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Lally family purchases two local dealerships

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The Lally family certainly believes in Chatham-Kent. Earlier this month, Vince Lally and family completed the purchase of Chatham Chrysler and Chatham Mazda, side-by-side dealerships on Richmond Street in Chatham. Adam Lally, son of Vince and general manager at Victory Ford Lincoln, said the move was a long time in the making. “It was something my dad and previous ownership had discussed for a while,” he said. “But everything just fell into place the last couple of months.”

Adam said the quality of the operation at Chatham Chrysler made it attractive. “They have a pretty good name in the community and have some pretty good staff here. They do a good job taking care of their customers,” he said. “Everyone’s been really receptive to us coming in.” Not only are there good people on staff, they are selling quality vehicles, he added. “The reason why it is a great opportunity is to get the number two brand in Canada and bring a successful dealership under our wing,” Adam said, adding Mazda is a solid



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From left, KC Chaaban, Brian St. Pierre, Scott Bishop, Vince Lally, Adam Lally, Mike Hogue, and Matt Herder celebrate the recent sale of Chatham Chrysler to the Lally family.

seller as well. “And Mazda is an up-and-coming brand that we have a lot

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Move benefits many File it under “Why the heck doesn’t everyone do this,” but the local Habitat for Humanity folks deserve a huge pat on the back. So too do municipal officials, and the organizations partnered up to provide families in need with used computers. Access to the Internet is something most of us take for granted, whether we are at work, at home or on our smartphones. But for the less fortunate, that access is often not here. Internet use numbers from Statistics Canada shows a digital divide between higher income and lower income households. Only 62% of Canadian households with an income under $30,000 use the Internet. Six long years ago, the United Nations declared access to the Internet as a human right. It’s hard to access the information superhighway without a computer. Enter Habitat for Humanity Chatham-Kent and the municipality. The municipality, during its lifecycle replacement process for its computers, will wipe old units clean of information and send the computers to HFHC-K, where the units are reconditioned and prepped for folks in need. Over the past year, HFHC-K has distributed 80 computers on a referral basis primarily with Ontario Works. It’s been so successful, the municipality and HFHC-K will continue with this agreement for at least another two years. It’s also so successful that it’s garnered national attention. The program earned a national Sustainable Funding Award at a conference in British Columbia recently. An award for common sense. Go figure. This partnership keeps computer parts from heading into the landfill, and instead puts them in the hands of people who really need a computer. It’s good for the environment and great for providing a hand up for folks who most need it. It could be as simple as helping a person apply for a job, or get one to work from home via their new-to-them computer. Or it could be to help a child with his or her homework, setting the stage for them to go onto post-secondary education and become a key contributor to our society. And it’s all due to common sense and simple partnership. Well done, HFHC-K and municipal staff.

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Pilgrimage leaves lasting memories Sir: At this moment in time, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my experience with the Vimy Pilgrimage Award (“Local lad heads to Vimy” in April 6 edition of The Chatham Voice). I am touched by the countless people who showed me so much support and kindness throughout this journey. It was a privilege to be alongside the numerous individuals, especially my fellow Canadians, in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. I never imagined that winning such an honour would be a reality for me. I had assumed my essay and reference letters would remain on some stranger’s desk in perpetual limbo, if it even made it that far. So it was with reason that I was overcome with shock and delight when I learned that out of the hundreds of students that had applied, I was chosen to represent Canada alongside a select group of students that would venture

throughout Europe. All of us had been given the opportunity of a lifetime to discover a part of Canada that remained overseas. It is said that a hundred years ago, Vimy Ridge served as the setting of Canada’s rebirth; where a battle fought in unity marked the resurgence of a nation. Canada underwent a period self-discovery and self-identity, in which it emerged a global leader. As youth, we face a similar challenge of finding our place in the world, of discovering who we are, and all that we can be. Today, towering over the surrounding landscape, the Canadian National Vimy Memorial emanates the values of strength, sacrifice, and peace. It stands in the shadows of those who served, forever cementing their place in history. Never will they be forgotten. Never will their sacrifice have been in vain. It was here that I learned that history books do not

do history justice, for there are times where you cannot describe your senses. Where you witness beauty and treachery while seemingly incapacitated, and endure hope and fear in complete and utter disbelief. The plethora of various museums, memorials, and cemeteries that we visited served as a reminder of just how important it is to remember our past and preserve our history. I give my deepest gratitude to the Vimy Foundation who made this journey possible. My return from this pilgrimage brings about a message of peace and diplomacy while retaining the atrocious facets of war. We must continue to explore, learn, and inspire; values that I will certainly embrace with my recent appointment to the Minister’s Student Advisory Council for Ontario’s Ministry of Education. In recent times, we have seen the dangerous ideas

of fear, isolation, and segregation reemerge. I cannot say that this is the right choice for a progressive future. The recipients of this year’s Vimy Pilgrimage Award were a collection of students from all across Canada, with all different backgrounds and different stories. It is this diversity that sets the groundwork for advancement. We only become more resilient when we celebrate our shared differences, and this was further emphasized with our collective of European students that joined us for the first time in the history of the award. As young Canadians, we have a duty to actively improve upon our community. We cannot let fear consume us and mislead us. Instead, we must have the courage to work together and welcome innovation, creativity, and change. Learning from our past is the only way we can create a better, brighter future. Raymond Yang Wallaceburg

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Lallys buy Chatham Chrysler, Mazda Continued from page 5

“There’s a great team over there as well.” Adam said the Chrysler dealership will soon see some upgrades. “We’re definitely going to be renovating the Chrysler location. It needs some interior renovation. We’re tiling the showroom and adding a few offices.” He said the renovations aren’t an extreme makeover, but rather a polishing of the apple, to “make something that’s already

good even better.” Adam said the intent is to begin the renovations this summer. Mike Hogue will take over as general manager for Chatham Chrysler from Dave Tessier who was the dealer principle at both Chatham Chrysler and Chatham Mazda. Tessier will serve as general manager of the Mazda dealership. The Lally family has long been in the car business in the region. It began with Adam’s grand-

father who started a gas station in 1946 in Comber. It became a Subaru dealership in the 1970s and then a Ford dealership in the early 1980s and moved to Tilbury in 1995. The Lallys have gradually expanded in recent years, adding Southpoint Ford in Leamington in 2007, Victory Ford Lin-

coln in 2010, and then Lally Kia in 2012. They also own Lakeshore Auto, a used car lot in Tilbury. Adam said the family has roots in southwestern Ontario, and loves Chatham-Kent. “We believe in the Chatham and regional market. I think this is a great place to live and work

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and be a part of. There are a lot of great people, reasonable people, here,” he said. “If you treat people fairly, they tend to reward you with loyalty.” In terms of fairness, Adam stressed each dealership runs as an individual entity, adding that by owning multiple dealerships, the family can “leverage size and syn-

ergies to help keep our costs down.” The intent is to give the customer the best deal and best treatment possible. “It’s not about selling somebody one car. It’s about being there for the long haul,” Adam said. “I’d like to think we’ve been able to do that in the market.”


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From left, Vince Lally, Dave Tessier and Adam Lally are all smiles after the Lallys recently took ownership of Chatham Mazda. Tessier will stay on as general manager.

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People looking to hit the beaches now that the weather has warmed up are in luck if they are Chatham-Kent bus users. The seasonal bus route to recreational attractions in the North Kent (Mitchell’s Bay) and South Kent (Erieau) areas is now under way. Seasonal Interurban Transit Route S1 will serve Chatham, Erieau and Mitchell’s Bay with stops in Grande Point, Pain Court, Charing Cross and Blenheim.

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News Heart and Stroke bike rolls through Chatham-Kent Mary Beth Corcoran/The Chatham Voice

Members and friends of the Chatham-Kent Home Builders’ Association, led by Kevin Owen of Owen Flooring, were going Fred Flintstone-style for the Heart and Stroke Big Bike ride to raise money for research into the leading cause of death in Canada. The team peddled two kilometres throughout the downtown area, and raised $2,000 in the process.

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Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death for Canadian men and women, and in fact, every seven minutes, someone in Canada dies from heart disease or stroke. To help combat those eye-opening statistics, the Heart and Stroke Foundation Chatham-Kent had lots of community help this past week, with teams stepping up to ride the 29-seat Big

Bike and raise money to fight the disease. Jennifer Owen, area co-ordinator for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, said in Chatham-Kent, the Big Bike was in the area for eight days of rides with eight to 10 teams riding per day. She said 65 teams in total signed up to raise funds, with a goal of $93,000. In Chatham on May 17, each team that rode was escorted by a driver from Victory Ford who donated the services for the entire event. “This is a very volunteer driven event,” Owen said. “The people you see here are

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2 birthdays for Bothwell July 1 By Mary Beth Corcoran

Canada’s 150 birthday on July 1 this year is also a huge milestone for the people of Bothwell, who are celebrating 150 years since founder and Father of Confederation George Brown designed the town during the oil boom of the 1860s. Former reeve, author and town historian Marion Matt sat down with The Voice to discuss the significant history of the area, its founder George Brown and the huge celebration the town has planned for July 1. Author of Life of a Boomtown, written in 2005, Matt is a wealth of information on the history of the area, from Brown’s journey that landed him in Bothwell, to the oil boom, to the devastating fires that decimated whole blocks in the town. Set up in the Bothwell Town Hall seniors’ room is a series of panels on the history of Bothwell created by Matt that chronicle not only the life and career of Brown, but the life of workers in the oil fields, and the 25 hotels and 13 saloons that sprang up when the population of the town exploded from 400 to 8,000 in the 1860s. Matt said that at that

time, Bothwell was second only to Toronto in population and became Brown’s home base when he ran for legislative assembly of Upper Canada in 1851 and won. As a newspaper reporter and then publisher of The Globe, Matt said Brown was very influential politically as an orator and

man who could rally public opinion. Those skills led him to working to abolish slavery in 1851 with the Anti-Slavery Society of Canada, investigating and overhauling the prison system and helping to join Upper and Lower Canada as a Father of Confederation. In Brown’s time, Matt

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Marion Matt, former reeve of Bothwell and town historian, is part of the 150th anniversary celebration July 1. The town has lots of activities planned, including a look at the rich history of the town laid out in the seniors’ room at Town Hall. Matt is pictured with a panel she created about town founder and Father of Confederation George Brown, and the book she wrote in 2005 on the history of Bothwell.

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said the major industry was wood, and the newspaperman was key in bringing in businesses to Bothwell that crafted with wood and secondary business to support the oil industry. Matt also has huge collection of photos and panels that outline the history of each building in town, and families who lived there, with some at Town Hall and some at the Bothwell library. To keep the concerns and ideas of the community in the forefront, Matt said the Bothwell Community Boosters committee was formed after the amalgamation of Chatham-Kent in 1998 and needed a plan to raise money for their vision of the town, including a new main street, upgrades to the theatre in the town hall and a new floor in the seniors’ room at the town hall. With those tasks now done thanks to council, local businesses and Canada 150 Legacy Fund grant, the committee turned its efforts to the 150th birthday of Bothwell. “The 150th anniversary committee has evolved to people who have moved here in the last 10 years and they have had draws and raffles, and got into the bingo fund which has gone exceedingly well,” Matt said. “I truly think

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if not for this group coming together to do things, it would be very different. They have been very faithful.” Running Canada Day events for the past four years for kids in the park has been a training session of sorts for the committee, Matt said, and they have them assembled and ready to go for this year.

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Matt said the day will actually start with a reunion for Bothwell Minor Hockey at 10 a.m. at the Bothwell Sports Arena. Established for the 197374 season, Bothwell Minor Hockey quickly rose to become one of the most successful small town organizations in the province.

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Riding the wind in Rondeau Bay

The recent warm weather and high winds made for ideal windsurfing conditions. Here a surfer enjoys zips across the water of Rondeau Bay.

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Busy day planned for July 1 in Bothwell

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Nametags will be provided with registration and memorabilia will be on display. The ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. with guest speaker Brian Wiseman, coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines hockey club.

The day on Main Street will begin with registration at the town hall, and then visitors can take in a mini car show, inflatables for youth, a train for kids from Sloan’s Tree Farm, a kid’s carnival, face painting, a photo booth, food vendors and a street hockey rink with playing

time for different age groups put together by Bill Sloan. A dinner will be catered by Park’s Blueberries, and three different shows will be put on in the theatre, a wood carver demonstration with his creations being auctioned off later in the day, a beer tent hosted by the Legion

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with main stage entertainment, and much more. One of the highlights Matt said will be at 8 p.m. with a street dance and entertainment by The Shake Band. She said the finale will be fireworks over the train tracks at the end of the night.

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SOLD It’s time you treat yourself! Fabulous five bedroom two storey home! Sought after neighbourhood! Newer roof & pool! Freshly painted! Full finished basement with gorgeous laminate flooring! 2.5 car attached garage. Fully fenced landscaped back yard with pergola and large new deck! The perfect outdoor space. Call Ryan for your private tour!

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A: Just to be clear a “power of sale” is when a homeowner defaults on their mortgage, the bank can take steps to sell the property to recover the money that’s owed to them. It seems to be a common misconception that power of sale properties are sold at a “fire sale” discount. But, in reality the lender is required to take reasonable steps to get market value for the property.

It can still be worthwhile to buy a power of sale, but there are a few complications that you should be aware of. First of all, the property is sold “as-is.” The lender won’t know whether the basement has a history of flooding or if there are other hidden defects in the home. In a normal transaction you can ask the seller detailed questions about the condition of the property, and you can request that they repair certain issues as part of the deal. But that’s not possible with a power of sale—any repairs will be your responsibility after

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you complete the purchase. With that in mind, a thorough inspection of the property is highly recommended. A home inspector, contractor, environmental consultant or structural engineer can identify underlying problems with the home’s major systems, like heating and cooling, electrical, foundation, and so on. In addition, when you make an offer on the property, you can make it conditional on your satisfaction with the results of the inspection. If the inspection uncovers a major issue, the clause may allow you to walk away from the deal.

The second issue involves the legal aspects of buying a power of sale home. If a tenant or the owner is still living in the property, that can be an additional challenge. A real estate lawyer can provide you with guidance on how to proceed. A legal review of the documentation from the bank is also a good idea, especially since the documents can be long and hard to interpret. The third twist involves timelines. The bank has procedures they follow when they’re considering offers, and their staff typically only handle offers during business hours. As a result, the offer

process may take longer than normal. Finally, the bank may also include a “right of redemption clause” that lets them call off the deal if the owner catches up on their mortgage payments before the sale closes. This rarely happens in practice, but it’s a good idea to find out if they will include the clause in the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. There are quite a few caveats to buying a power of sale home, but it can still be worthwhile. Understanding potential issues, and hiring the proper experts will go a long way.


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Pride of ownership is evident in this rare corner lot bungalow townhouse on a quiet cul-de-sac. Here is your opportunity to have more time to do the things you want! Easy no fuss, very little maintenance and no extra fees! Open concept living, kitchen and dining, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, granite counters, hardwood and ceramic floors on the mainfloor. Lower level is completely finished. Good sized fenced rear yard with beautiful covered deck, landscaping plus garden shed. California shutters and sprinkler system are just some of the extras. This beautiful home is a MUST SEE!!!! CALL DEB TODAY @ 519-401-5470 FOR YOUR PRIVATE VIEWING!

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6575 Angler Line, Mitchell’s Bay $164,000

Offer Pending - 20 Ottawa Dr. $215,000 3br, 1.5 bath 4 level split with exceptional landscaping. Great Northside location. Main floor laundry.

If you like fishing, hunting, birding and direct access to Mitchell’s Bay this home may be ideal for you. It features 2 bedrooms, kitchen and living room are very large and there is a covered gazebo and attached single garage. Just off rear deck is a remodeled bunkie for additional room. Many updates include roof, windows, tankless hot water and gas wall furnace. Municipal water.

23567 Prince Albert Rd. • $649,000

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

Look no further! Custom built 4,000 sq. ft. rancher situated on over 2 acre lot. Highlights are massive kitchen with island, huge great room with fireplace, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths plus detached 3 bay heated shop.

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SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1-3PM 22220 CHARING CROSS #8 $49,900 AGENT: RON SMITH Beautiful, well maintained 3br mobile home with lovely screened in porch. Call Ron 519-360-7729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

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SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1-3PM 14 WOODLAND $196,900 AGENT: JUNE MCDOUGALL 3br, 2 bath all brick ranch on huge lot & inground pool. Call June 519-358-5199..

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SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1-3 PM 164 SANDYS $99,900 AGENT: KRISTEN NEAD 3br cozy bungalow perfect for 1st time buyers or retirees. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.

23567 PRINCE ALBERT $649,000 Beautifully landscaped 4br, 3.5 bath executive brick rancher with many updates on 3.86 acres. Call Steve 519-355-9774 or Brian 519-436-2669.

New Price 83 LEGACY $554,900 Absolutely gorgeous 3+1br, 3 bath executive brick rancher on a professionally landscaped lot. Call Cindy 519-360-0628.

New Listing 20768 VICTORIA, RIDGETOWN • $599,900

Exceptional 4br, 3.5 bath 4000 sq ft custom built brick rancher. Call Andrea 519-359-2482.

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

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SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1-3 PM 21665 MERLIN $429,900 AGENT: DAVID SMITH Beautifully appointed 4+1br, 4 bath custom built executive home. Call David 519-350-1615.

143 WILLIAM ST. S $579,000 This 3 storey Victorian home built in 1887 with 3 additional apartments for income? Call Carson 519-809-2856.

Don’t Miss Out! 10929 RIVER $659,900 Immaculate 3+1br, 2000 sq ft ranch in the country on the water. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

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

41 CRAMAR $649,000

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

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

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

25 CAMPBELL, MERLIN $229,900 Lovely 4br, 2 bath bi-level with attached 2 car garage and beautifully landscaped. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

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157 STANLEY $159,900 Charming & well cared for 3br, 2 bath bungalow with many updates. Call Catie 519-809-4268.

24915 LINDSAY, DRESDEN • $194,800 8 year old 2br ranch on almost an ac of land. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

Call one of our Real Estate Professionals to assist you in making the most important move of your life.

New Listing 7627 RIVERVIEW LINE $729,900

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

598 PARK W $338,888

46 DALEVIEW $219,900 Well maintained 4br, 1.5 bath 2 storey professionally landscaped. Call David 519-350-1615.

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12 THORNHILL $196,800 Great family home. 3+1br, 1.5 bath 4 level with updates. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

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

16 WADE $129,900 This 2+1br, 2 bath bungalow has been extensively updated. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

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

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

6575 ANGLER MITCHELL’S BAY • $164,000 1 floor plan, 2br, large livingroom, great area for fishing, hunting & birding. Many updates. Call Steve 519-355-9774 or Brian 519-436-2669.


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SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1-3 PM 300 QUEEN ST $136,900 AGENT: CHRIS PAPPLE Completely remodelled 3 br 2 storey home centrally located. Call Chris 519-350-1402.

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SATURDAY, MAY 27, 11-1 PM 163 WELLINGTON E $121,900 AGENT: CHRIS PAPPLE Nice 3br bungalow completely remodelled. Move-in condition. Call Chris 519-350-1402.


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23575 DEW DROP, THAMESVILLE • $169,900 Over 14 acres in this fully tiled parcel of land. Call Ron 519-360-7729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

47 ARTHUR $112,500 Solid 3br bungalow on a quiet south Chatham cul-de-sac. Call Mike Gibbons 519-365-5634.

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SUNDAY, MAY 28, 1-3 PM 320 BROWN, DRESDEN $136,900 AGENT: CHRIS PAPPLE 3br, 1.5 bath 2 storey home with lots of renovations. Call Chris 519-350-1402.

Offer Pending 20 OTTAWA $215,000 3br, 1.5 bath 4 level split with exceptional landscaping. Call Steve 519-355-9774.

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

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

3br, 1.5 bath 4 level side split on a nice corner lot with i/g pool. Call Carson 519-809-2856.

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

33 WEST $119,900 3br 2 storey in immaculate condition. Call Cindy 519-360-0628.

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Board revamps micro-lending program

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By Bruce Corcoran

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Who says young people don’t read newspapers anymore? Little Zachary Stirling, 9-1/2 months old, browses the classified section of our paper recently. The little guy has great taste!

The Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board has about $24,000 burning a hole in its pocket and would prefer to see the funds in the hands of local small businesses. Kristy Jacobs, project manager for the board, said they have re-launched a micro-lending program for start-up companies. “We’ve got some money and we want to get it into the hands of the entrepreneurs that need it,” she said. “Small business is the backbone of the Chatham-Kent economy and we want to support it any way we can.” Statistics show that there are nearly 10,200 businesses in Chatham-Kent, with 7,158 of them being one-person operations. Jacobs said self-employment is growing at twice the rate of paid employment in Canada right now. The micro lending program, offering loans from as little as several hundred dollars to as high as $5,000, is geared heavily towards the little guy, Jacobs said.

“One of the things the Workforce Planning Board does is support the entrepreneurial mindset. We’re trying to help folks with solid business ideas who maybe don’t qualify for traditional lending methods,” she said. Community partners include Employment and Social Services, Prosperity Round Table, United Way, Small Business Centre, Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Development Corporation, and Main Street Credit Union. Jacobs said in 2014, the board, with special funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, commissioned a research feasibility study that found there was a need for a micro-lending program in the community. A pilot program launched in the fall of 2015 with very limited success. The working group realigned the program. With the re-launch of the micro-lending program, the process is much simpler, Jacobs said. Interested parties can come to the board office on King Street and a staff

member will work with them to complete the application process. “It depends on need. We’ve got a pool of about $24,000. This money isn’t doing anybody any good sitting in the bank. We’d like to inject $24,000 into local small businesses,” she said. The program re-launched April 19, and Jacobs said the board had inquiries that same day. “I’m really optimistic that it is going to take off,” she said. While the zero-employee entrepreneurial operations are the main target for the program, Jacobs said small businesses with staff could also qualify. “If they have staff, it’s something we’d look at, but it is the small start-ups we’re looking at. If it’s a zero-employee operation who is looking to add staff, we’d definitely be interested in helping,” she said. “That’s great for the community.” Contact or call 519-4363299 to set up your personal appointment to learn more about the program and complete an application.

Experience horse-drawn carriage tours through parts of old Chatham and a box lunch featuring British and Canadian delicacies. Chair of the Chatham-Kent Dickens Fellowship, John Jordan, said participants will have the opportunity to meet

Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens, who, after visiting Canada in 1842, described the nation as, “full of hope and promise.” Pickwick Picnic Tickets are available at, by telephone at 519-360-1998.

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The folks behind the classic autos

By Bruce Corcoran

Classic car ownership is a club with few borders, according to members of the Kent Historic Auto Club (HKAC), a driving force behind RetroFest. “We’re involved with people around us. We go to Sarnia, go to Windsor. And they come here,” Len Langlois of HKAC said. “Same for tri-counties and London.” As a result, while there are geographical clubs of enthusiasts, as is the case here with HKAC, they like to gather to support one another. “It’s a Western Ontario event,” Langlois said of RetroFest, which is entering its 17th year. “It’s grown to that.” And grown it has. He recalled the first year, when

RetroFest took place on the north side of the river, essentially contained to a parking lot. It expanded to the laneway beside the Thames River behind businesses on the north side of King Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, and soon blossomed to where it takes up most of the downtown. This weekend, classic automobiles – all 25 years or older in age – will line King Street from Second Street almost all the way to Adelaide Street, as well as up Fourth and Fifth streets to Wellington Street. Between 500 and 600 classic cars and trucks will be on display. Despite all that space, there’s still a competition for the prime spots.

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Members enjoy RetroFest Continued from page 17

“The guy who gets up early gets the spot,” Langlois said. “At 6 a.m., there are probably 100 cars downtown.” Langlois said the number keeps growing, as does the variety. “We’re picking up a few new ones each year,” he said. Members of HKAC volunteer to help put on the event, but many also enter their cars in the show and/or the OLG Classic Car Cruise on the Friday night. Langlois said some prefer one event to the other, and that’s the case for out-of-town visitors as well. “Some take part in the cruise and don’t want to sit there Saturday,” he said. “And some come for the show Saturday and don’t take part in the cruise.” The reward for all the hard work putting on RetroFest is simple, Langlois said. “We have a lot of peo-

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ple downtown. At 1 p.m., you can’t even drive a golf cart down there. It’s plugged up tight with people. That’s why we’re doing it,” he said. “We like to showcase what we have and bring people into the city. I think this is excellent for the economy and the area.” Langlois said visiting vintage owners enjoy RetroFest, adding HKAC receives excellent feedback. HKAC, with the help of BDO, is putting on a food drive this year. Bring a non-perishable food item to the parade marshaling area at the John D. Bradley Centre Friday evening, or to the registration table Saturday morning, he urged participants. RetroFest drives interest in classic cars, as thousands of people are exposed to a diverse selection of vintage cars and trucks in the downtown. And that’s good for the auto club. Langlois said HKAC, in its 46th year, now has

Come out and enjoy Retrofest!

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Wood Seguin talks with Al Patterson about Seguin’s 1930 Ford Coupe at the 2016 Retrofest, a vehicle which he actually purchased from Patterson and then rebuilt.

more than 90 members, having doubled in size over the past decade. The original HKAC members fell in love with post-Second World War vehicles of the late 1940s

and 1950s. Langlois said the next generation is into the power of the late 1960s and early 1970s. “Younger people now are into the muscle stuff. More people can afford to

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buy these cars,” he said. While RetroFest is a time consuming fun element for HKAC, it’s not like they take the rest of the summer – cruising season – off.


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Thousands of visitors flock to downtown Chatham every year for RetroFest, injecting hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy.

RetroFest an economic boon

By Bruce Corcoran

As the cars are set to roll into Chatham for the 2017 RetroFest, municipal and downtown officials recognize the economic infusion the event creates in Chatham. Connie Beneteau with the Historic Downtown Chatham BIA cited a 2014 economic impact study she had done for RetroFest. It concluded the event that year led to an

estimated economic impact of nearly $157,000 for Chatham-Kent businesses. The survey indicated local residents also spent more than $410,000 on products and services while attending the event. Stuart McFadden, acting director of economic development for the municipality, said he sees the impact from RetroFest. “I was there last year. The downtown was packed. There were thousands of

people there,” he said. With good weather, which has been mostly a given for RetroFest over the years, Beneteau estimates upwards of 30,000 people take in the two days of showcasing and activities. “While they’re here, they will be spending money,” McFadden said. “It will definitely have an impact on businesses throughout Chatham.” McFadden said with all those people walking by

the doors of downtown businesses, merchants have the chance to grab their attention ... and business. “It’s a great opportunity for businesses here to shine. They are going to get a bunch of new people who haven’t been here before. It’s a great opportunity to make a first impression,” he said. That impression could be a lasting one. “The people coming in to see the cars, maybe they


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have a business someplace else and see Chatham-Kent as a place they might want to set up shop in the future,” he said. “It’s win-win all around.” Paul Shettel, co-chair of the BIA, said people regularly come from as far away as Michigan and Ohio to show their cars, or just attend RetroFest. Beneteau said the reach is even further. “Someone’s coming from North Carolina after seeing RetroFest on Den-

nis Gage’s TV show,” she said, referring to Gage’s My Classic Car TV show. Gage filmed in Chatham at last year’s RetroFest. Local hotels benefit from the weekend. Beneteau said Retro Suites is always booked up, while the Holiday Inn Express is at the marshaling point for the cruise at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre and is also a desired location for visiting car owners and their families.

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fers spectators the chance to observe both. It begins with the Friday night OLG Classic Car Cruise. Connie Beneteau of the Historic Downtown Chatham BIA said 600-plus vehicles traditionally take part in the cruise. Not all the cars involved in the cruise will be on display the next day downtown. “It’s not always the same cars – the ones that do the cruise may not be in the show,” Beneteau said. The event remains very

popular with car owners and residents alike. The owners love to take part, and residents love to line the streets to watch the vintage rides roll past, she said. The classic cars and trucks – all have to be at least 25 years in age – begin to gather for the cruise as early as 4 p.m. at the John D. Bradley Centre. Len Langlois of the Kent Historic Auto Club said the club and BDO have organized a food drive, and ask cruise participants

to bring a non-perishable food item with them to donate where the cruise marshals, or at the registration desk the next morning downtown. The cruise leaves the Bradley Centre parking lot about 6 p.m. and should reach downtown Chatham about 7 p.m., Beneteau said. There are no planned road closures for the cruise, she added. It heads out of town along Riverview Line and travels as far as the Prairie

Siding Bridge, where drivers cross the Thames River and return to Chatham along Grand River Line. They remain on Grand Avenue before coming into downtown Chatham over the Fifth Street Bridge. About half the cruisers will head west along King Street before looping back onto Wellington Street, William Street and back onto King. The other half proceeds to Wellington and head west, looping in the opposite direction.

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tham Centre is not involved this time around. Instead, the St. Clair Beauty Bar inside the Nortown Plaza Shoppers Drug Mart got involved. Contestants went there

for consultation, makeup and photographs. “Shoppers Drug Mart has stepped up to assist,” Beneteau said. This year’s Miss RetroFest will also be fea-

tured in the Thamesville Threshing Festival’s parade, Beneteau said. The lucky contestant was to be chosen on May 24.

and Bloomfield Road have a special offer for classic car owners on the weekend. “They’re offering overnight security for vin-

tage car owners who stay there,” she said. McFadden said he saw firsthand last year how local eateries benefit. “My family and I were downtown for a wedding during RetroFest last year. We had to go into a number of different places to find a spot to get a bite to eat. This is very positive for the business community,” he said. Cars will line King Street from Second Street to Adelaide Street. Beneteau said there is even a contingency plan should

more cars show than what can be showcased along that stretch of road. She said they have planned space north of the Thames River should that be the case. McFadden said RetroFest is also an indicator that hard work does indeed pay off. “We appreciate all the work that goes into creating this event. It’s important to recognize the people who spend countless hours planning it so the rest of us can enjoy it,” he said.

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Lawn bowling has returned to Chatham at Tecumseh Park and the local lawn bowlers group is hosting a special event on June 3, with free games and prizes. According to the Chatham Lawn Bowling Club president Mary Anne Chapple, the club is off to an exciting start, with sponsorship from the Anjema Eye Institute for six sets of co-

loured bowls for the Visually Impaired program. To celebrate Canada 150 – Participaction 150, Chapple said the club will host free games for anyone 10 years of age and up on June 3 with prizes. The goal for the event is have 150 people at the club’s “Give it a Try” sessions at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. For this season, there will seven tournaments with competitors from Windsor, Leamington, Dresden, Tilbury,

Ridgetown, West Lorne and beyond. Chapple said the club will be on the greens at Tecumseh Park Mondays at 1 p.m., as well as Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. and people are welcome to drop by and try their hand at the sport. The club has been in Tecumseh Park since 1895, one of the oldest in Ontario, but re-started last year after not being active for a few years, as the greens were not playable.

“Thanks to the Tilbury and Dresden clubs, our greens are in prime condition, with our greenskeeper Peter Cadotte working many hours a week to keep them that way,” Cadotte said in a release. “We started the year with three members and finished with 18 including a special program devised for the visually impaired.” Anyone wanting more information can contact the club at chathamlawnbowls@gmail. com.

Those include life-sized games of Twister and Jenga. The popular zip line returns. Beneteau said a Xorb ball racetrack is sure to turn some heads. Participants get inside individual large air-filled Xorb balls and race one another around an inflatable track. The park will also feature mini-putt and a foam pit, Beneteau said. A full slate of vendors will be on hand as well. TJ Stables returns with its popular petting zoo and pony rides. While most events are free,

Beneteau said the pony rides are by donation to the Acceptional Rider program run by TJ Stables. There will also be a beverage garden in the park put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters. DJs and live local bands will play as well, until 11 p.m. both nights, Beneteau said. Just outside Tecumseh Park, there will be a soapbox derby put on by the local Optimist Club. Registration is at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

clipboards will be strolling through RetroFest Saturday morning. It’s all part of the annual Hagerty Junior Judges competition. Children aged six to 12 can take part. Connie Beneteau of the Historic Downtown Chatham BIA said the junior judges will stop by various cars. “The kids will go over the cars, and they’ll ask the owners questions. Collaboratively, they’ll choose the prize winners,” she said. “Most car guys are more than willing to talk about their cars.” Beneteau added the program is a fun event for the kids, as they get T-shirts and food, plus it sets the stage for future RetroFests. “We like to bring that next generation on board for the love of cars,” she said. The Downtown Deli, AllRisks Insurance, and Abstract Marketing are also sponsors of Junior Judges.

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While much of the focus for RetroFest is on all the classic cars in the downtown, there’s also a great deal going on in Tecumseh Park. Connie Beneteau of the Historic Downtown Chatham BIA reminded folks there’s fun to be had Friday and Saturday in the downtown park. The fun gets underway at 3 p.m. Friday in the park. “We changed it up a bit to feature more retro games and family fun,” Beneteau said of the park events.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 • Saturday Morning Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious nutritious breakfast served free of charge every Saturday morning from 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! • 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 2:00pm-4:00pm 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. • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm.

Creek & Lacroix St. Something for everyone, lunch available. Sunday, May 28, 2017 • Super Hero Power Party from 11:00am1:00pm at Club Lentinas. $25.00 each or a pack of 4 for $80. Come join Batman, Spiderman, Captain America and more for a pizza buffet at Club Lentinas. All proceeds benefit the VON Kids’ Circle Program in Chatham-Kent. 519-352-5515. • FREE Friendship meal from 4;00pm-5:00pm at St. Andrew’s United Church, 85 William St. S., Chatham. Turkey dinner, mashed potatoes, dessert. All are welcome! Monday, May 29, 2017 • Senior Euchre at 1:00pm at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 • Open euchre and shuffleboard at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm. Open shuffleboard at 7:00pm Wednesday, May 31, 2017 • Spring book sale from May 31 - June 3 at the Chatham branch of the CKPL. All proceeds will support library programs and services.

Friday, May 26, 2017 • Meal and darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of liver and onions, roast beef or fish & chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Open darts at 7:30pm.

• Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:30pm.

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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. • 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. • Blood donor clinic at the Polish Canadian Club, Inshes Ave., Chatham from 9:00am12:00pm. New donors and walk ins welcome! • Join Bill Ross Jr. of Ross’ Nurserymen for a free gardening workshop in the meeting room at the Chatham branch of the CKPL at 10:30am to learn tips and tricks for growing a successful container garden. • Indoor yard and bake sale plus car wash at First Reformed Church, corners of Indian

• Music with Big Mike in the West Lounge at 2:00pm. Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham.

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There are times to vacuum outdoors It’s funny, but at least one of the people on our street takes the vacuum out to clean off their driveway periodically. Some folks may think that is a bit extreme. For me, it’s to each his or her own, including my wife and I pulling out our shop vac last week for outdoor use. I like to vacuum out the central air conditioning unit for our house before use each year. And of course, I’m always tardy in getting to it with all the other spring jobs around the house. So there we were last Thursday, on a very warm evening, vacuuming our central air unit. The more efficient these things are, the better it is for the pocketbook. I like leaf-free cooling vanes, thanks. As for the tardiness, well, it was 82 F in the house at the time we went out to clean up the unit. Some may sweat just seeing that number, but the truth is we keep our house at 79 F during the day and evening in the summer months, and 76 F at night. We use these ancient things called “fans,” you see, to help keep the house feeling cooler, and to help keep from paying even more for electricity. We have a nice upright circulating fan in the living room, a ceiling fan in our bedroom, and an oscillating fan for our daughter in her room. It’s usually fine for sleeping, and not too bad for when we’re relaxing around the house. It’s especially nice when we come in from the outdoors during a hot summer day, as 79 F can feel quite cool compared to 90-plus outdoors. And the basement remains comfortable rather than feeling like a meat locker if we turn the thermostat down even further. I just don’t get folks who set their air at 72 F. How do you handle the transition to the outdoors on a warm day? Do you wear jeans and long-sleeve shirts, or sweaters? We are quite fine in T-shirts and shorts indoors at our settings for the most part. As mentioned, some folks might think we’ve got a screw loose with our air conditioner settings. They might also think we’re downright crazy for using our hot tub to cool down in the summer too. Yep, a hot tub. I like to set it to 96 F or 97 F in the summer. It still feels warm and relaxing when you step in. Because it’s below your body temperature, however mar-

Bruce Corcoran ginally, it does cool you off. We’ll sit in there for an extended period of time as we’re not overheating our bodies, and exit feeling cooler. For anyone wanting faster relief, we can also rely on the evaporation and wind-chill effects. Sit on the “Terry Seat” – the seat in the hot tub that leaves most of the torso out of the water, and let the wind cool you off. I enjoy weekend afternoons on warm days when my wife and daughter are relaxing in the hot tub while I’m manning the Big Green Egg, delivering appetizers to the lounging ladies. Did I mention there’s a beverage fridge located right beside the Egg? One must remain hydrated after all. The keys to the city

I know Chatham’s nickname is “The Maple City,” and I love maple trees for the excellent shade they provide – we have three in our backyard – but I don’t love the maple keys. I’m talking about Mother Nature’s version of the Fidget Spinner. When they get large and fall from the maples, it’s pretty cool just to watch them spin slowly to the ground. But when they’re small and they more closely resemble a brigade of miniature paratroopers landing in your backyard, it’s a bit different. I don’t mind them landing in the grass, of course. But the patio and the pond are the problem spots. OK, the patio is nothing a leaf blower/sucker and/or broom and shovel can’t solve, but the pond is a pain. We’re constantly cleaning out our skimmer during spring key assaults. I often just turn it off to wait out the keys. Otherwise I wake up the next morning to a pond that has slowed to a trickle as all the keys have clogged up our pump. Not good. And when those keys are left for a bit on the ground, they tend to want to take root. They contain seeds after all. So your gardens can wind up with dozens of baby maple trees. Ah, these First Word problems we face ...


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On May 11, more than 100 local like-minded individuals and organizations joined together to raise awareness of the Opioid Overdose Crisis and to promote a new tool that is available in our community to help combat it. Steve Pratt of the Chatham-Kent Drug Awareness Council said, “The concept behind the campaign was simple. If you could help to save a life through one small act ... would you do it?”. In what is already being dubbed as the AIDS epidemic of this generation, the Opioid Overdose Crisis has already claimed the lives of thousands of Canadians with a death toll that continues to climb. The drugs responsible for the majority of these overdoses, bootlegged fentanyl and carfentanil, have been confirmed by police and health officials to be as close to home as the Waterloo region, Pratt said in a release. Additionally, the Ontario Narcotics Atlas report recently released from the Ministry of Health and LongTerm Care indicates that the Eire-St. Clair LHIN has more prescription opiates dispensed per capita than any other region in Ontario. While we are not yet experiencing an opioid overdose crisis situation in our community, the communities that have are pleading with the rest of the country to take proactive action to help minimize the needless loss of life. One prevention strategy in motion is the provision of free Naloxone/ NARCAN kits through local pharmacies and sexual health clinics, which are now available in Chatham-Kent. Naloxone/NARCAN is a life-saving drug capable of temporarily reversing an opiate/opioid overdose to buy time for EMS to arrive. A nasal spray NARCAN kit can be picked up from the CK Public Health Unit Sexual Health Clinic at the WISH Centre on King Street by walk-in, with no health card required. The injectable Naloxone kits are available at 14 local participating pharmacies with a valid health card.





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Eleanor Mae Levesque-Hendriks 63, Saturday, May 13, 2017 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Betty Dick 86, Monday, May 15, 2017 McKinlay Funeral Home

Jean Warwick 89, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

William ‘Bill’ Van Every 66, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 McKinlay Funeral Home Susan Elizabeth Eves 68, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 McKinlay Funeral Home Donna Marie Dolsen 84, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 McKinlay Funeral Home

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On any given day in Canada,

more than 3,000 women and 2,500 children are living in an emergency

shelter to escape violence. The violence children witness and hear has devastating effects on them.

YOU CAN END THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY. Call the Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre today! (519) 351-9144 or toll free 1-800-265-0598

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

The Chatham Voice, May 25, 2017  

The May 25, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013.

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