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Downtown Chatham businesses, fresh off RetroFest, are about to face a double construction whammy. It begins in a matter of days with the rebuilding of the Fifth Street Bridge, and continues in July with the replacement of sidewalks throughout the downtown. Adam Sullo, director of engineering for the municipality, said both projects were to receive approval at Monday’s council meeting. The Fifth Street Bridge will soon be closed until late fall, he said. Initially work was to begin right after RetroFest, but Sullo said the timelines got pushed back slightly. “The concern when you are doing anything is ordering materials. Steel girders are the biggest issue,” he said. The bridge will have its top replaced right to the waterline, and will cost $7.45 million. The target completion date is mid-November to mid-December.

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This 1969 Chevrolet C-10 Rat pick up truck built by Bob Acker was dressed up for RetroFest this past weekend, complete with rats, skeletons and Rat Hole Garage memorabilia. The truck was one of almost 600 vehicles on display. Thousands of visitors flocked to downtown Chatham Saturday to check out the vehicles, stores and enterainment. For more photos from RetroFest, please see our back page.




5th St. Bridge to be finished by late fall there is some utility work that will take place after that point. “We’ve already asked for an extension as we have some work continuing to next year,” he said. “There is a very substantial copper line for Bell Canada under the river. They will be putting the Bell line onto our structure through the conduit.” Sullo said the sidewalk work will begin shortly after July 1 and comes with a $700,000 price tag. King Street, from Third Street to Adelaide Street, will have new sidewalks installed. Work will also proceed along Fourth Street to Wellington Street. “Sidewalks will be starting right after Canada Day. Wanted to delay it because of that,” he said of the Canada 150 celebrations. “We didn’t want to cause disruption with that.” He said the deadline for completion is September. Paul Shettel, owner of the Downtown Deli and cochair of the Historic Downtown Chatham BIA, hopes you grow it . . . we mow it! the sidewalk work will be Cutting • Trimming Seniors Call Mario 519-809-0477 completed in 10 weeks or less. If not, it will have an or Kristen 519-437-8514 Discount impact on the Downtown in


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But Sullo said any delays would prove costly to the construction firm handling the job, and troubling for the municipality. “The deadline for opening the bridge for vehicular traffic is Dec. 22. If they don’t meet that timeline, we can’t open it for the winter,” he said. “If they miss that deadline, there are very significant financial penalties to the contractor.” And if the job is done prior to November 17, Sullo said there is a financial reward for the contractor as well. “We want it open by the end of the year. It also has Ontario Community Infrastructure Funding – $2 million. That requires us to have it done by the end of the year,” Sullo said. Not all the work on the bridge and the intersection of Fifth Street and King Street will be completed within that time frame, however. Sullo said


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The Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Chatham will soon be closed for much of the remainder of the year for major reconstruction. Crews will replace the structure, right to the water line, and even below.

the City Extravaganza fall fashion event slated for the third Friday in September. Sullo said the municipality is working with the BIA to help ensure the work has minimal impact. “They are into some Friday night events,” Sullo said of Third Friday events the BIA has

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CKHA works to climb out of deep debt By Bruce Corcoran

Overseers with the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance remain confident the organization is moving in the right direction. Rob Devitt, the provincially appointed supervisor of the CKHA, said a key indicator is the recent announcement the alliance rolled back its line of credit by $2 million. Lori Marshall, CEO and president of the alliance, said feedback from staff and patients also indicates they’re moving forward. Devitt said the alliance’s line of credit had hit the $10 million mark under the previous regime, and it looked like things were going to get worse before they could get better for the cash-strapped CKHA. The alliance in recent years had gone from having a $4 million line of

credit to $8 million, and then to $10 million as the debts mounted. “We’ve talked about the serious cash shortfall this organization has experienced. We came within a whisker of breaking the $10 million mark,” he said. “Thanks to real teamwork, we muddled through.” As a result, the CKHA was in a “ministry surplus” situation at the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, Devitt said. In the past six months, the alliance has created $1.9 million in savings. “This is primarily due to management and physician leadership position reductions,” Devitt said. “I think it’s a really important first step. Having a balanced budget is pretty foreign here.” The quest now is to save an additional $1.1 million. “We need to generate money to buy new equip-

ment and repair our facilities so we can have some wiggle room to invest and enhance our services,” he said. In regard to feedback from users and staff, Marshall said what management is hearing is they have the right personnel in place, but there is room for improvement elsewhere. “Areas in need of work are our fiscal recovery plan and the culture of the organization,” she said. Marshall added there are three areas the feedback shows that need the most work: the cultivation of a respectful work environment, commitment to transparency, and the culture of accountability. All are works in progress. In terms of the respectful work place, she said it relates to the CKHA’s code of conduct and how management and staff interact with one another and pa-


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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance CEO and president Lori Marshall and supervisor Rob Devitt discuss the state of the alliance at a recent meeting with local media.

tients. This management team has been more open with good and bad news than previous administrations, a sign of increased transparency. “It’s something we will continue with in the future. It enhances our credibility with staff and the community,” Marshall said. As for accountability, she said people still wonder if the alliance will slip back to the situation that led


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the nomination,” Finn said. “You don’t do it (be a police officer) for any After almost 29 years reason, but to get that of serving and protect- ‘atta boy’ or pat on the ing her community, Cha- back, it feels good.” Finn was also nominated tham-Kent Police Service Const. Amy Finn is no by her son, Dean, 12, who stranger to helping peo- in his nomination said she was a “great mom ple. And those people want- that helps everyone and ed her to know how knows everyone,” and much they appreciate her four other members of the care and consideration community, one of which with six nominations for brought tears to her eyes the Police Association of at the ceremony in LonOntario Hero of the Year don. A single mom with four award handed out recentboys, Finn is well-known ly in London. One of three finalists in the community, alin Ontario for the com- ways with an easy smile munity service award and calm, respectful de– Windsor Police Const. meanor to the people she Celia Gagnon won the comes across, both in her award – Finn said she was work life and in her comshocked to hear she was munity. This is how one person nominated by Renee Cadotte, a 28-year-old woman described her: “I would like to nomthe constable first met as inate Amy Finn. This a teen. “I was honoured with amazing woman is a single mother who World’s Finest Ceiling Fans works hard to take care of her four boys. Amy is always cheer650 Riverview Dr. - entrance off of Bloomfield ful and kind to 519-351-8432 everyone she By Mary Beth Corcoran

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meets. She can always be found helping out the community with toy drives, food banks, raising money for cancer, etc. No matter what walks of life people come from, she will always show them respect, and honours her duty to serve and protect her community. What an honour to call her my friend and mentor.” Policing wasn’t Finn’s initial choice of career, but her mom encouraged her to apply for the position in Chatham when Finn was in her second year of pre-law at Carlton University in Ottawa. Her actual first choice out of high school, Finn explained, was joining the Canadian Air Force. “I went to the Royal Military College for my entrance interview in 1985 and they asked me what branch I was interested in and when I told them Air Force, they told me I couldn’t be a pilot,” Finn recalled. “I walked out of there and went to Carlton to become a lawyer and fight for all the things women weren’t allowed

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Chatham-Kent Police Const. Amy Finn, shown here with her son Dean after a cancer fundraiser in 2015, received six nominations for the 2017 Police Association of Ontario Hero of the Year award. Windsor Police Const. Celia Gagnon edged out Finn in the community hero category.

to do,” she joked. Finn applied for the position in Chatham and became one of the first women to be hired by the Chatham police on July 4, 1988. Finn found out that same day she faced an uphill battle with the attitude towards women in policing. “There were no other females and I was told they didn’t want to hire me, but they had to. But I got a wonderful shift, and wonderful staff and

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they look out of sorts, I’ll go talk to them. I told my dad I got that from him. When I was a kid, he let people live with us for two weeks after they lost their jobs. “When I was walking King Street, I got to see a different side of people. If you take the time to sit and talk with them, you may be able to change them. And at times, they helped me get through what I was dealing with in life.” She reminisced about walking the beat and coming across a person known then as the town drunk, who would collect bottles and take them to the beer store. That person was combative when drunk and was usually met with force from the police when he would come up swinging.

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“One day I saw him and I had these butterscotch candies with me. He looked at them and asked me if they were butterscotch and when I told him yes, he said butterscotch was his favourite. I told him if he would get in my cruiser and let me take him home, I would give him some. He hopped right in the back and never gave me trouble after that,” Finn recalled. “I wasn’t looking for a fight. I wanted to go home at the end of my shift and had four boys I had to be there for.” Involved with Shop with a Cop, Goodfellows, Cops for Cancer where she shaves her head to raise money, and the Chatham Central Neighbourhood Association where she and her neighbours work to make the community they live in a better place, Finn is known for always dropping everything to help family, friends and even strangers in need. From knocks on her door at 3 a.m., to people who want her advice while she is gro-


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Const. Amy Finn, right, gets a big hug from Joey Reid, at the annual community luncheon put on by the local police association and East Side Pride.

cery shopping, the constable’s extended family will tell you she always has time for people and their problems. Her only regret in life is not finishing university, something she plans to rectify when she retires after giving 30 years to the job. When retired, Finn will miss Shop with a Cop – something she said is so important for kids to have a positive encounter with police and

know officers aren’t the bad guys. “My parents, people I’ve met, my kids; they made me who I am and how I look at life,” Finn said. “Just try and live that other life of some of the people I’ve come across and see how blessed you feel. Maybe if we just started looking at the positive aspect and what we have to offer, we would buy people that cup of coffee and pay it forward.”

“With Lori here, it has been terrific. I’ve been able to look at things from another 15,000 feet up,” he said of his effort to look at the large picture of how the alliance should be governed. Devitt said he has been researching the best practices and how things work at other hospitals in southwestern Ontario. One thing that is unlikely to happen is a return to three hospital boards answering to three different jurisdictions. “We can’t retain three hospital boards. It’s like putting three soloists together and asking them to play as a band,” he said. Devitt and Marshall reiterated the commitment remains for the two-site model where there will be two hospitals – in Wallaceburg and Chatham – and that means two 24/7 emergency departments, as well as a number of in-patient beds at each facility.

“We look to grow and reinvest services at both campuses,” Marshall said. Administration said it will work with the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Ministry of Health to resubmit the CKHA master plan – which is in the process of being refreshed – to help determine what services would be offered at each facility. Devitt said too little has been done for too long in terms of refurbishment at both campuses. “Many years ago, the alliance did a major facilities review. The price for Chatham alone was $511 million. A project of that magnitude is unaffordable to the community and probably unaffordable to the province,” he said. “We need a thoughtful, methodical and priority-based approach. We’ll do bite-sized chunks to upgrade both facilities.” The community will have the chance to provide input on those chunks, Devitt said.



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Respect given, received With the public perception of policing in turmoil across North America, it is heartening to know we have an officer with Chatham-Kent Police Service that the community thinks enough of to nominate six times for the Police Association of Ontario Hero of the Year. Const. Amy Finn, a 28-year veteran, brings her attitude of respect and caring for the community to her work every day, and because of that attitude, she gets respect and caring in return. It’s an attitude we could all learn a lesson from. As Finn said, if you respect and listen to people, they will respect and listen to you in return. So many people tar all officers with the same brush, thinking if you wear a badge, you must be an arrogant power-tripper out to make the lives of people just trying to get by a living hell. People could take a lesson from Finn – you should focus on the face, not the badge, but give respect to both. It may surprise you what you get in return. Sure, there are people too stubborn or set in their ways to treat each encounter with people as a fresh start and chance to be mutually respectful, but it’s worth a shot. Try living life on that person’s side of the fence and you may gain some understanding and compassion for what they deal with each and every day. Anyone with authority over another person, including teachers and parents, should give respect and attention a try, without preconceived notions clouding their judgment. We label some kids as troublemakers all throughout their school careers, instead of acknowledging that people can change if they are given a chance and the right opportunities. After all, our whole prison system is based on the idea of redemption and atonement, yet we know for a fact some people come out more hardened than when they went in because no one gave them the chance or right circumstances to change. Day after day, police catch the criminals and the courts let them go the next day. They often re-offend because they are stuck in a cycle of poverty and/or addiction. It must be horribly frustrating some days to be a cop, just like it’s depressing to be an addict or career criminal.

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Parkfield closure makes no sense Sir: The provincial government wants more people working in Ontario, but they have thrown hundreds of people out of work and closed many employment doors to people who have intellectual disabilities. Why? Because a few parents felt that working at a sheltered workshop was comparable to slave labour, in that the sheltered workers received a stipend, not minimum wage. This decision places no value on a worker’s sense of accomplishment, pride in contributing and positive participation in the community. Ask any Parkfield Restaurant worker if they enjoyed their job, if they were learning new skills and being productive and positively engaged in the community, and the answer would be “Yes!”

This sad decision to disallow sheltered workshops has affected every sheltered workshop in Ontario, not just the Parkfield. It has disrupted the lives of hundreds, and left many wondering what they did wrong, because they cannot go to work anymore. A job with a competitive wage was always the goal for sheltered employees, and was attained by some. However, it will not magically happen for every sheltered employee because the government thinks that it should. Its short-sighted closure decision will relegate many former workers to segregated day programs, and limit their opportunity to be in the community, learn employment skills and contribute.

How about volunteering, you ask? My understanding is that it is not allowed – if they do anything through an agency like Community Living that looks like “work,” they are supposed to get paid minimum wage. This has affected high school co-op placements for students who have an intellectual disability also. How brilliant is that? Are these workers being discriminated against if they are barred from volunteering through an agency? At the minimum, it is a slam in the face of volunteerism in general. (Congratulations by the way to all of the volunteers recently recognized by the Ontario government for their years of service. Our community and

country would not be the same caring place without our volunteers.) What seems so silly in all of this is that people on ODSP are only allowed to keep a limited amount of money over their pension each month anyway. Large institutions are a thing of the past. The focus for many years now has been on “community living.” Living in a community often includes meaningful employment for those who are willing and able. We have many Developmental Service Workers available and established agencies in place. There must be a sensible way to have these willing dedicated workers in the community doing their part to contribute and participate. Jane Wright Chatham

Glad to see bell ringer is doing well Sir: I was excited to see my old friend Mary Remington participating in Erieau’s Ringing of the Bell ceremony on the front page of The Chatham Voice recently. Mary, admits she isn’t

quite as old as the village in which she was born and raised (she’s 93 this year, but don’t tell her I let the cat out of the bag!). A few years ago she

was photographed on the seat of a stationary motor cycle and earned the nickname Biker Mom. I haven’t encountered Mary for a couple of

years but she was always an active woman famous for her own recipe of carrot cake. Stephen Beecroft Chatham

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More than 100 people showed up Sunday morning for the VON’s Superheroes Power Party at Club Lentinas. The party was a fundraiser and funfest. The fun was for the kids who took part, while the fundraising was for the Kids Circle program. Children and their parents enjoyed a pizza buffet, face painting, bouncy castle and photos with their favourite superheroes. Alexis Baksi of the VON said about 80 children are currently in the Kids Circle program, which is for children aged four to 18 dealing with the loss of a loved one, a life-threatening illness, or a life-threatening illness to a loved one. “Today is about fun and

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Get ready to run, jump and climb at the 10th annual C-K Youth Festival on Saturday. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Tecumseh Park, is sponsored by the Club of Chatham and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent Recreation Services. Celebrating its 10th year, Tecumseh Park will once again come alive with an inflatable playground. Families will also have a chance to learn about summer programs offered in Chatham-Kent as local organizations display their summer camp programs and activities throughout the park. Parents will be able to meet with camp staff, ask questions, and take home information to help plan their summer activities. Admission is free for the event.

OPEN HOUSE SAT. JUNE 3 1-4PM If space inside & outside is what you are looking for this may be the one! Situated on 3.86 acres on the edge of Chatham this 3700sq.ft. executive rancher has it all. It features many updates, 3.5 baths, 4 bedrooms on the main floor. 1500sq. ft. is also finished on the lower level. A triple car attached garage, large shop & drive shed add extra value. You must see this one!




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196 John St., Blenheim 3BR, 1.5 bath brick rancher with detached garage. Oak hardwood floors, bright kitchen & partially finished basement. Fully fenced back yard. $179,900.

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

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

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


Situated on 3.2 acres on the water. This 3,500 sq.ft. rancher boasts 4br, 4 baths, huge great room, 20ft cathedral ceilings, gourmet kitchen, master 14’x 23’ w/225 sq.ft. en suite. Also guest/granny suite above garage featuring 4pc bath, sitting area, kitchen and bedroom. 40’x48’ heated workshop. Constructed to I. C. S. standards. One of a kind home! Don’t Miss Out!

26 William St. N., Blenheim 3 BR, 2 bath raised ranch with large rooms, distinctive layout & 2 patio doors to the deck. Attached garage & beautiful fully fenced yard with pool. $244,900.


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The list of amenities is endless from gourmet kitchen, to formal dining room, huge family room w/fireplace on a 1.8 acre lot in the exclusive enclave of Sleepy Hollow. Gleaming hardwood floors, granite, spacious bright rooms, new 3 season room overlooking the beautifully landscaped yard.

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New Listing SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 1-2:30PM 8 HOMESTEAD $182,900 AGENT: GEORGE MCDOUGALL 3br brick rancher, 2 baths, finished up and down. Call George 519-360-7334.

22 HOME $259,900 2br, 2 bath Prestancia townhome. Relaxed living all on 1 floor with full unfinished basement. Call Bev 519-358-8805.

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21665 MERLIN $429,900 Beautifully appointed 4+1br, 4 bath custom built executive home. Call David 519-350-1615.

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

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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.

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10929 RIVER $659,900 Immaculate 3+1br, 2000 sq ft ranch in the country on the water. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

2804 KENT, WALLACEBURG $289,000 Just like new. 3br, 2 bath bungalow in the country with lots of updates. Call Jim 519-358-3984.

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320 BROWN, DRESDEN $136,900 3br, 1.5 bath 2 storey home with lots of renovations. Call Chris 519-350-1402.

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

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

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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7627 RIVERVIEW LINE $729,900

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

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SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 1-4PM 23567 PRINCE ALBERT $649,000 AGENT: STEVE CARROLL 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.

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

14 WOODLAND $196,900 3 br, 2 bath all brick ranch on huge lot & inground pool. Call June 519-358-5199.



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

D L SO 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.

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

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

Commercial Lot 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.

62 CHESTNUT $179,900 3br, 1.5 bath 4 level side split on a nice corner lot with i/g pool. Call Carson 519-809-2856.

10 DEGRAEVE $119,900 2+1br, 1.5 storey in excellent condition. Call Cindy 519-360-0628.

Nicely updated 4br, 2 bath bi-level with beautiful backyard. Call Catie 519-809-4268.

New Listing 81 WEDGEWOOD $114,900 Lovely brick 3br semi-detached. Renovated throughout. Call Ron F 519-355-8181.

Offer Pending 22220 CHARING CROSS #8 $49,900 Beautiful, well maintained 3br mobile home with lovely screened in porch. Call Ron 519-30-7729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

4 SHAWNEE $379,900 4+1br, 3.5 bath, fully finished, 12 years young. Call Sylvia 519-355-8189.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Family sized 3+1br, 2 bath side split backing onto green space. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

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’Burg to host Farmers’ market June 3 The Chatham Voice

The first Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market will officially open for the season the first weekend of June. The first market of the summer is scheduled this June 3 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with vendors setting up shop in Municipal Parking Lot D (formerly Liquidation World parking lot).

Residents and their families are invited to join community leaders and other market supporters for the official ribbon cutting, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. on opening day. The newly established Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market will feature more than a dozen farmers and vendors selling a wide variety of products, including seasonal fruits and

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vegetables, pasture-raised poultry and meat, farmfresh eggs, local honey, and fresh baked breads and other baked goods. “Farmers’ markets play a vital role in forming healthy, local food systems,” said Karen Moran, a board member with the Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market. “Earlier this year the Downtown Wal-

laceburg BIA conducted a survey and the results clearly indicated that the community would support a farmers’ market in town. We have worked very hard to secure a number of vendors for the market, and we encourage everyone in the community to come out and support this health and local initiative.” “We’re all very excited


for the official opening of the Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market,” Madeline Button, a student employee at the Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market added. “Agriculture is such a unique part of this community and having a local farmers’ market is a great way to highlight all the amazing goods local farmers and vendors have to offer.” Currently, the Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market is scheduled to take place on June 3, July 15 and Sept. 23. The Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market has been orga-

nized by a small group of volunteers and the Downtown Wallaceburg BIA. As the primary sponsor of the initiative, the BIA is committed to promoting and supporting events that will enhance the downtown business area, and benefit the community. In addition to the fresh produce and other quality items available at the market, downtown businesses will also offer exclusive Market Day Specials to encourage market guests to explore and support other local businesses while they’re in the area.

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of the abundant diverse products that are grown and produced in our community. Local producers wishing to participate in the Farmers Market are asked to contact the Kent Federation of Agriculture at as space is limited. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out and meet some local producers, purchase local products and check out the vast variety of products available so early in our growing season. There will also be a BBQ taking place so consumers will be able to enjoy lunch as they visit and purchase some local products.

Celebrating Local Food Week

The week of June 4-10 will be celebrated as “Local Food Week” across Ontario. This is the fourth year the province has recognized the week. Chatham-Kent is kicking off “Local Food Week” with a farm market on June 5. The event is taking place out front of the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre, 315 King St. W., Chatham. It will begin with a ceremonial Flag raising followed by a three-hour Farmers Market, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The purpose of the farmers market is to promote local products and encourage consumers to think local and be aware

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Survivor celebrates 15 years of Relay celebrating and remembering aspects of Relay. “Relay is a family event, with children’s entertainment, and it’s important to have the community out to be a part of it,” Telfer said. “People can join in teams or as individuals. The theme this year is, Cancer changes everything, so can you. That’s a wonderful way to describe it because cancer changes your life, your relationships.” The money raised goes to important cancer research that Telfer said is helping prolong lives, come up with new and less invasive treatments that are more personalized, and even finding some cures for the more than 100 different types of cancer out there. “Researchers are looking at things like immunotherapy, where they teach the body how to use its immune system to fight the cancer. That is new out there and less invasive,” Telfer noted. Wheels of Hope is a local program paid for by money raised that gives rides to cancer patients to and from appointments, as is the peer support program that matches newly diagnosed patients with people similar to them but further down the road in their journey. With the new six-hour Relay format that began last year,

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The Chatham Relay for Life has had an impact on many people and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over its 15year life span, and each one is still special to one of the original committee members. Cathy Telfer, a two-time survivor of melanoma, was diagnosed the first time before the very first Relay. It is the reason she began volunteering at the Chatham office of the Canadian Cancer Society. She and manager Cindy Vinall worked to put an event together, looking at what other communities had in place. “We went and saw other Relays and but we didn’t know if this was something the community would accept and join,” Telfer said. “And then the first one, Cindy and I walked around and saw all the tents everywhere. From the very first one, I am still moved by the Survivors’ Lap; it still gives me chills. Some recently diagnosed and some 50-year survivors.” The luminary ceremony, which happens at dusk where candles are lit to remember loved ones and honour people still fighting, is special to Telfer as well; an experience that she said is very moving and all part of the

YA Canada still needs more staff to complete its Chatham expansion, and is holding another job fair in the near future to help achieve its goal. YA is in the process of hiring

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Health centre grows on Walpole The Chatham Voice

Accessing health-care services can be a challenge. Accessing healthcare services that respond to your needs can seem impossible. This is why Community Health Centres (CHC) sprouted up across the health-care landscape. CHCs were built to respond to the increasing challenge and to make the impossible the possible. This was recently exemplified as the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres (CKCHC) celebrated their expanded site on Walpole Island First Nation (WIFN). Located in the Thunderbird, the CKCHC Walpole Island site was designed by the community for the community. According to CKCHC executive director Sherri Saunders, every paint colour, art piece and room was handpicked and/or constructed by the WIFN community. “It was imperative that the


Has two new faces on their team: Tony Grubb – Commercial Account Manager Tony has lived in Dresden the past 14 years with 12 years of experience in the insurance industry. Over the years he has helped both commercial and farm clients with their insurance needs. Tony is very active in community sports and volunteers his time with local nonprofit organizations. He is always available and willing to meet with you to discuss your insurance needs. Nicole Bellamy – Personal Lines Insurance Broker, Nicole is a Chatham-Kent native with over 5 years’ experience in the customer service industry. She holds a diploma from Fanshawe College in Business Insurance and is working towards other insurance related designations. This is Nicole’s second year working in the insurance industry and she is always happy to help you with your personal insurance needs.

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The community came together on Walpole Island recently to celebrate the expansion of the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres on the First Nation.

site reflected the culture, language and traditional healing services of the Indigenous people. Therefore, the CKCHC directly collaborated with the source and those involved were, but not limited to, the WIFN Health Committee, chief and council, Kevin Martin and Associates, Danshab Enterprises, Three Fires Development Corporation, Elders, and other WIFN community members,” Saunders said in a release. Boasting a circle room that is accessible to community partners and members, and a healing centre that accommodates ceremony, such as smudging, the CKCHC provides this new holistic space. “The Bkejwanong community is enjoying the new health facility with

the added Healing Centre to compliment traditional healing methods. Community members who have visited the Health Centre are extremely surprised at the size of the once grocery store and pharmacy. It is a well-utilized space for upcoming medical professions providing health services for our community. Clients who have used the Healing Room/Centre enjoy the comfort, setup, water fountain and private location,” noted Glenna Jacobs, CKCHC Traditional Healing Community Outreach Worker. The CKCHC looks forward to building upon its services and leveraging future community partnerships in order to become a comprehensive health and wellness hub. Saunders is thrilled that this expanded site has come to fruition and confirms that the CKCHC will continue to stay the

course. “Our site expansion on WIFN is a significant milestone in our evolution of the CKCHC with the support of chief and council, the WIFN community, Erie St. Clair LHIN, staff, partners and most importantly to the clients, families and community that we serve. We uphold the commitment to our health services protocol with the WIFN community in advancing the health and wellbeing of our clients and the community.” Anika Altiman, CKCHC Clinical and Client Services Manager, agreed. “It’s exciting to have primary care within the community, particularly now with the space to collaborate on issues impacting Indigenous health. I’m thrilled to be a part of the dialogue and its mobilization with our clients, team and partners.”





Painted House fundraiser returns June 8 By Bruce Corcoran

The May Court Club of Chatham is bringing back its Painted House event next week. Club member and convenor of the fundraiser Ann Fisher said the group has been working all winter preparing for the June 8 event at Club Lentinas. There will be 42 silent auction items and 13 live auction offerings. This year’s theme is “Rustic Country & Garden.” The event will showcase one-of-a-kind home and garden decor produced by Chatham-Kent artisans. Fisher said the club “engaged the talents of 24 Chatham-Kent artists. They’ve donated their

time and talent towards this fundraiser. It’s amazing,” she said. The term “painted house” can have a unique meaning to each individual, Fisher said, adding that the items up for auction reflect that. “’Painted house’ means different things to different people. To some, it’s wall art. To others, it’s refinished furniture, or a repurposed piece of furniture for your garden,” she said. Fisher said this is the fourth Painted House event the club has put on, but not the fourth annual. “The Painted House is not new to Chatham-Kent. We don’t do it every year. May Court is known for its unique fundraisers,” she said. “All of this will

Kinsmen Fair in town June 8-11 The Chatham Voice

This is the 72nd year for the Chatham Kinsmen Fair, June 8-11, and it all started with the Chatham Jaycees back in 1945. “Twelve years ago, one of the former Jaycees came to our Chatham Club and wondered if we would be interested in taking on the Fair responsibilities as the local Jaycees were having problems keeping it going and they wanted to pass it on to another club to keep the tradition alive,” said Kinsmen Bob Christie in a release. “Well, this is the 12th year the Chatham Kinsmen Club has taken

on the job of offering the only Spring Fair in our area and I have to say we are proud to be still doing it.” This year, Carter Shows will have some great rides for everyone’s amusement. The Polar Bear Express will again be one of the main attractions as the model is called Super Himalaya and it can take up to 44 people each time. Rides, cotton candy floss and candy apples will be there to remind you of the smells and sounds of a country fair. The Fair opens at 4 p.m. on June 8 and runs until June 11. Entrance is free.


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benefit the community.” The club delivers food boxes to 28 schools in Chatham-Kent and assists with the breakfast program at Queen Elizabeth School in Chatham, Fisher said. It also financially supports Ontario Early Years centres, Lambton-Kent Ag in the Classroom, ACCESS Open Minds Chatham-Kent and the Mental Health Network of Chatham-Kent. “It’s all volunteer. All the funds raised stay right here in this community,” Fisher said. One live auction item could be termed “painted kitchen,” as Matt Smolders Painting in Blenheim has offered another unique service. “He’s perfected a technique in repainting your kitchen cupboards,” Fisher said. The items up for auction aren’t just geared towards the ladies. She said there are items of interest for men too in terms of home and office decor. “It’s a really fun event.

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This hand-painted buffet and hutch, done by Susanne Spence Wilkins, is one of the live auction items available at the May Court Club of Chatham’s Painted House event June 8 at Club Lentinas.

Don’t eat dinner before you come,” she said. “The appetizers will be flowing out of the kitchen all night.” Tickets are $40 per person, including appetizers. There will also be a cash bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. and that’s when the silent bidding begins. That auction closes at 8 p.m. and the live auction takes over.

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at The Purple Pansy. Alternatively, you can contact club member Maxine Robbins at 519-436-0692.

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RetroFest yields to yard work Thursday, June 1, 2017 • Open euchre and bingo at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm. Bingo starts at 7:00pm. Friday, June 2, 2017 • Flavours of Greece Supper at Community of Christ Church, 174 Faubert Dr., Chatham. Greek Souvlaki, Greek potatoes, salad and dessert made by our own Greek chef! Adults $10, Children under 10yrs $5. Call Dorothy 519-351-4245 or Pat 519-437-4344 for tickets. 5:00pm-7:00pm. • OEYC Dresden, LKCS, 231 St. George St. N. presents Summer Safety. Pool and sun safety and tick information. 10:00am-11:00am. No Registration. • Eben-Ezer School Choir will perform at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:30pm. • Meal and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Lady Auxiliary Chicken & dumplings dinner. Limited to first 125 Dinners only. One meat draw. Saturday, June 3, 2017 • Open House - Chatham Masonic Temple. Breakfast from 8:00am-10:00am. $5.00/person. Tours of Masonic Temple from 8:00am2:00pm. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Dave Hewitson at 519-3581713. • 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!

• Chatham Hope Haven Volunteer Training Days - Make a difference in your community. June 3 & 10. 9:00am-4:00pm at 183 Welling St. W. A police check is required. Attendance on both days required. Lunch is provided. Call the office to register 519-351-4010 or email • 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 Unity. Monday, June 5, 2017 • The Chatham-Kent Film Group presents “Lion” at the Capitol Theatre at 4:00pm and 7:00pm. $10 cash at the door. Sign up for next season, $50 for 12 films. • Ernie Miller will entertain at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Senior Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 • Open euchre and open shuffleboard at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm and shuffleboard at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 • Patricia M. Productions monthly Luncheon Fashion Show at Glitters Fun Eater, 162 King St., Chatham.519-352-0820. 12:10pm1:00pm. Fashions by Goldcoast fashions and Lady Blackbird Boutique. Supporting Outreach for Hunger. • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:00pm. Thursday, June 8, 2017 • Join the Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt Ave. for a Father’s Day Steak BBQ luncheon and Car Show. $12/person. Everyone welocme. Call 519-352-5633 to reserve your seat. • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. • OEYC Chatham, Queen Elizabeth II public school, 79 Eugenie St. Family Board Game Night! Come out for a night of food and fun. Exploring literacy and learning. For families with children 3-6 years old. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Register by calling 519-358-1451 x0. Friday, June 9 2017 • FREE PA Day program from 8:30am-3:30pm for ages 4-10 at First Reformed Church, corner of Lacroix and Indian Creek Road, Chatham. Featuring TJ Stables. Followed by crafts, music, stories, exercises and sports. Lunch and snacks are all provided at no cost. Please call 519-351-0046 for early registration. Space is limited. E-mail 1strefrm@ • St. Andrews United Church, South Buxton Broasted Chicken and Strawberry Social supper at Merlin Community Hall, 156 Aberdeen St., Merlin. 5:00pm-7:00pm. Advance tickets only - cost $20.00. Cut off date for tickets is June 4. Call 519-689-7767 or 519-689-4408. • Senior’s Month: Sing-a-long with MPP Rick Nicholls at 2:15pm at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham. • Meal and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of meat loaf, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Fun darts at 7:30pm. PAWR at the animal shelter phone number for lost and stray pets and issues at the dog parks: 226-996-9969 daytime. Emergency and after-hours number: 519-784-6146. Animal Cruelty and neglect cases call direct 310-7722 or 310-SPCA. Chatham-Kent Metal Detecting Club - Meets last Thursday of the month. 7:00pm. Kinsman Room. Erickson Arena, new members welcome! Submit your coming events to or

As thousands of local residents perused the hundreds of classic cars and other vehicles in downtown Chatham Saturday, I was off in my own little world. Admittedly, it felt weird not heading downtown to look at all the cool vintage rides. Bruce Corcoran Since Mary Beth took charge of RetroFest (check out her many progress. great photos), I was free to tackle And with Ontario pesticide and tasks around the yard. herbicide laws being what they That included a trip to the yard are, over-the-counter weed control and leaf depot – that place is aloptions are limited if you aren’t ways busy – and the purging of a a farmer, so that’s why I resort to pickup truck full of leaves that I’d the weed torch. A quick pass over placed on garden beds and had acthe leaves of an offending weed cumulated at the side of the house scorches away the oils of the plant over the winter. Oh, and there was essentially a full and boils the water in the plants’ cells causing them to burst. large garbage bag of maple keys – You don’t have to burn the weeds picked up over the past couple of weeks from our patios and paths in to a crisp, just heat the leaves until they lose their shine. At times, exthe backyard. Yeah, a garbage bag. posure can be as little as a 10th of a And it was pretty heavy. second. Dandelions and established Once you get the leaves out of the weeds can take a little more heat way – and I’m honestly not quite done yet – you can go to war on the to kill, or could require multiple singings. weeds. This wet spring has been I was already on round two of my terrible in terms of weeds around weed torching on Saturday, having our place. I broke out the flamedone the first round a couple of thrower. I even had a do rag on to weeks earlier. I still have more yard complete the action hero look. to do as well. That’s what I pictured my look Another use for the weed as anyway – a tough guy with a Municipalitygreat of Chatham-Kent is the of the Big Infrastructure andlighting Engineering Services bandanna tied on his head sporting torch Civic Centre, Boxour 640, Chatham, Ontario, N7M-5K8 Green Egg backyard. I hit some heavy-duty firepower. Telephone (519) 360-1998 Fax (519) 436-3240 about four spots in the charcoal And then there’s the actual imagwith heat for about 10 seconds at ery – a fat middle-aged guy with a a time, and give them a couple of weed torch wandering around PUBLIC the INFORMATION CENTRE extra shots of heat and the barbecue yard. Yep, that’s me.RICHMOND STREET ROAD WIDENING T17-164: AND REHABILITATION is lit. With a weed torch, the job takes Continued page 17 The contract for the Richmond Street Road Street to on Keil Drive) time, but you can certainly seeWidening your and Rehabilitation (from Bloomfield has been awarded to Clarke Construction Inc. It is anticipated that construction will start mid June, 2017 and the majority of the work will be completed by October. As part of the project, the following work will be completed:    

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Information for the Public Information Center is as follows: Date: Tuesday JunePUBLIC 6, 2017 INFORMATION CENTRE Time: 4:30pmRICHMOND to 6:30pm (drop-in/open house format)AND REHABILITATION T17-164: STREET ROAD WIDENING Location: Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre, Meeting Room #3 565 Richmond Street, Chatham ON The contract for the Richmond Street Road Widening and Rehabilitation (from Bloomfield Street to Keil Drive) There is an opportunity at anyConstruction time during Inc. this It Public Information for interested to review has been awarded to Clarke is anticipated thatCenter construction will startpersons mid June, 2017 and the outstanding issues concernsby to October. the attention of the project team. from Municipality majority of the workand will bring be completed As part of the project, theRepresentatives following work will bethe completed: of Chatham-Kent will be available to review the display boards and respond to any questions. Area residents,  Removal and replacement of existing roadway property owners, business operators and those who may have a general interest in this project are encouraged Addition of curb and gutter to attend this meeting.  Driveway and boulevard restoration  Trafficwill signal and in intersection improvements Information collected be used accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. Information for the Public Information Center is as follows: For further information, please contact: Date: Tuesday June 6, 2017 Time: P.Eng.4:30pm to 6:30pm (drop-in/open house format) Chris Thibert, Brendan Falkner Location: Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre, Meeting Room #3 Manager Engineering Technologist 565 Richmond Street, Chatham ON Engineering and Transportation Engineering and Transportation Municipality of Chatham-Kent Municipality of Chatham-Kent There is an opportunity Informationext. Center 519-360-1998 ext. 3941at any time during this Public 519-360-1998 3339for interested persons to review outstanding issues and bring concerns to the attention of the project team. Representatives from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will be available to review the display boards and respond to any questions. Area residents, property owners, business operators and those who may have a general interest in this project are encouraged to attend this meeting. Information collected will be used in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. For further information, please contact: Chris Thibert, P.Eng. Manager Engineering and Transportation Municipality of Chatham-Kent 519-360-1998 ext. 3941

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Feline invader now part of the family Continued from page 16

I did that Saturday after a few hours of yard work. Naturally, I had to remain hydrated, and

had the music playing in the backyard. I think the fish like classic rock as much as I do. Well, at least they don’t complain

listening to Tom Petty et al. And the cat came back

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served as cat babysitters for my sister-in-law a few times since Christmas? We’ll, it looks like we have a permanent

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pect she’ll excel. But the first night, she got a reminder of what a kitten will do – meow and wander early in the morning. Her cat, her problem. That may sound cold, but it’s a responsibility issue, and she’s a teenager. She really wanted a cat, and now she has one. But that means playing with the cat mornings before school and in the evenings to tucker the little thing out so it sleeps.

feline resident in our house now. Our daughter, Brenna, brought back a rather cute kitten from a weekend visit to a friend’s house near Merlin. Its mother was unfortunately hit by a car and killed. I warned her the kitten is all her responsibility, as I’m rather allergic (her mom is in love with the little fur ball too, I must add). Brenna’s been excellent when looking after other pets, so I ex-

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The Chatham Voice, June 1, 2017  

The June 1, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

The Chatham Voice, June 1, 2017  

The June 1, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.