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Youth Festival a hit in Tecumseh Park

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Sophia Lambier, 5, enjoys a splashing good time in her personal paddleboat at the C-K Youth Festival in Tecumseh Park on Saturday. The perfect weather – not too hot and no rain – had families coming out in droves to the annual event. The festival, which ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Tecumseh Park, was sponsored by the Club of Chatham and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent Recreation Services. Tecumseh Park came alive with an inflatable playground featuring obstacle courses, bouncy castles, face painting, and many other activities. PJ Masks characters Catboy, Owelette and Gecko also made an appearance. Families will also had the chance to learn about summer programs offered in Chatham-Kent.

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The Air Cadets can be many things for many people. And that diversity was on full display at 294 Chatham Kinsmen Squadron’s 74th annual Ceremonial Review Saturday. Two sixth-year cadets received special opportunities, and each couldn’t be happier. Warrant Officer 1st Class Teresa Reaume will head to England this summer as part of an exchange program, while WO 2nd Class Austin Ellwood will spend his summer working to get his pilot’s licence. For Ellwood, flying is his dream and the reason he joined the Air Cadets. “I was told I could get my pilot’s licence, and here I am,” he said. Ellwood said he could become a pilot before he becomes a driver. “If all goes according to plan, I’ll have my pilot’s licence in August. I haven’t written my G1 (driver’s licence test) yet.” Reaume joined the Air Cadets because her two older brothers went through the program. Continued on page 2

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The exchange program As a result, she’d been was a goal of Reaume’s exposed to potential op- ever since joining 294 portunities. Both brothers Squadron. had made warrant officer “Because of the different rank as well. camp opportunities my “I was really into see- first year, training in Trening the country and the ton, I became more aware trips,” she said. “You of the different opportuhave so many different nities and camps that beopportunicome availties; fantas- “Just because it’s able.” tic opportuEllwood an aviation program, nities.” isn’t yet R e a u m e doesn’t mean that’s all sure where heads to it is. We teach survival in Ontarthe United training, airport operaio his pilot K i n g d o m tion and maintenance training for two and will take a half weeks for the mechanically place, sayin July, on a inclined.” ing it could trip essen- - Capt. Chris Russell happen in tially fundLondon, ed by the Air Cadets, she Windsor or even Trensaid. ton. He’ll begin the sev“I will be billeted with en-week program on July other cadets there,” she 10. said. “They are so differCapt. Chris Russell, ent than us here. But we commanding officer of have one thing in com- 294 Squadron, said Ellmon: being cadets.” wood and Reaume each


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WO 1st Class Teresa Reaume and WO 2nd Class Austin Ellwood received special awards at 294 Chatham Kinsmen Squadron’s 74th annual Ceremonial Review on Saturday in Chatham. Reaume will head to England in July for an exchange with an Air Cadet group there, while Ellwood earned a pilot scholarship, where he will train over most of the summer to become a licensed pilot.

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ALC to host pre-Canada Day party Family-oriented fun will wrap up in time for people to enjoy the fireworks By Bruce Corcoran

As Canada is set to turn 150, the Active Lifestyle Centre (ALC) in Chatham is holding a party to celebrate later this month. Linda Lucas, executive

director of the ALC, said the fun begins at 5 p.m. on June 30. It will feature international cuisine and a host of family friendly activities. Furthermore, the event will wrap up in time for people to get over to St.

Clair College to enjoy the fireworks that night. “We’re sending everyone right on to the fireworks,” Lucas said. “We’re wrapping up at 8:30 p.m. to allow people to go to the fireworks.” Fifteen different food

providers will put on spreads for the multicultural culinary element of the event, she said. This will take place inside the ALC. Tickets for the multicultural food tasting side of the fun are $5, and are to

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From left, Active Lifestyle Centre personnel Cheryl Sterling, Linda Lucas and Jan Reinhardus share a laugh and several iconic Canadian moose in advance of Canada 150 celebrations planned at the Merritt Avenue centre on June 30.

be purchased in advance will be able to park at the at the ALC. Lucas said Thames-Lea Plaza and be numbers are limited. shuttled over to the ALC “We want it to be afford- for the event, as parking able. We’re giving back to at the centre will quickly the commufill up. nity,” Lucas “We’re wrapping up Lucas said said. the ALC at 8:30 p.m. to allow There will applied also be en- people to go to the for and retertainment fireworks.” ceived a inside and - ALC’s Linda Lucas Canada and out, she Ontario 150 added. On grant to the river, there will be fam- help offset expenses for ily events, such as 13-hole the gathering. mini golf – representing a “We applied for a grant hole for each province and to have a family-oriented territory in our country – event – our seniors right as well a crafts, balloon to their grandchildren – animals, face painting, and opened it up to the cotton candy, snow cones, community,” she said. popcorn and games. All of Lucas said the party it is free for the children. wouldn’t be possible There will also be music without the support of on the river, ALC staff and tents set “Kudos to the staff at and volunup to keep teers. people out the ALC. This is a huge “Kudos to of the heat. undertaking and they the staff at C r y s t a l are all involved. And the ALC. Gage and we have 60 volunteers This is a Ryan St. De- step up to help make it huge undernis will entaking and tertain near happen.” they are all - ALC’s Linda Lucas the water. involved,” “There is she said. limited seating available, “And we have 60 volunso people should consid- teers step up to help make er bringing a lawn chair,” it happen.” Lucas said. For those who don’t partake in the multicultural food tasting inside, there will also be a $5 barbecue outdoors, she said. Thanks to Skyline, Heuvelmans GMC and Victory Ford Lincoln, people

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Quick response can save lives By Bruce Corcoran

In the heart of Paramedic Services Week, municipal emergency services personnel donated a defibrillator to staff at the Park Avenue Business Centre May 31. They also launched apps that will allow users to quickly locate public access defibrillators across the municipality and help register such units. is the site where people can quickly find the location for the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED). As well, responders, including citizens with CPR training can access an app notifying them when someone nearby is suffering a cardiac arrest. Scott Ramey, assistant chief for fire and emergency services, said quick response to cardiac arrests simply saves

lives. “Every minute that passes, your chances of surviving is reduced by 10 per cent,” he said. Even getting someone with basic CPR training to perform chest compressions will help. And now, as more and more public access defibrillators are distributed throughout Chatham-Kent, even untrained citizens can help save a life after a cardiac arrest. Ramey encouraged members of the public to take the full CPR course, but added that with the Good Samaritan Act, and because the defibrillators have voice prompt instructions, people can step in to help without such training if a person is having a cardiac arrest. “No response time is fast enough in the case of a cardiac arrest. If someone nearby knows CPR, it increases your chanc-


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Chatham-Kent emergency services personnel recently donated a defibrillator to staff at the Park Avenue Business Centre. From left, Ian Clark, Fire and Emergency Services Chief Ken Stuebing, Albert Rwamihigo, Penny Croteau and Donald MacLellan of Medavie Emergency Services.

es,” he said. Ramey said the public can help pinpoint where additional defibrillators are located by using the app. If someone sees a defibrillator and checks the app, only to see it is not registered, they can

send a note and emergency services personnel can follow up. “We don’t always know when they (defibrillators) go into businesses like banks and grocery stores,” he said. Ken Stuebing, chief of

fire and emergency services in Chatham-Kent, agreed. “There are a lot of community-minded businesses who are proactive and put in defibrillators. But we have no idea where they are located,” he said. Ramey said the business centre received the defibrillator because of the high volume of traffic at the facility on Creek Road. “We look at a number of factors to determine where to put the defibril-

lators,” he said. “We’ve got lots of different departments, groups and outside programs here. A lot of people are here at various times.” Chatham-Kent will also mirror a program that started in the Guelph region where a couple of defibrillators will be available for the public to sign out. Ramey said people can get orientation on the units and then take one for a special event, for example, offering peace of mind for the event.


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Walk a Mile event raises $20K

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Saturday’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in downtown Chatham raised close to $20,000. Karen Hunter, executive director of the Chatham-Kent Wom-

en’s Centre, said final numbers hadn’t been calculated as of press time, but she was impressed by the effort. “We had a nice group of men take part. It was a good turnout. There was lots of community support,” she said. “But more

importantly, it raises awareness for why the walk exists: to end the sexual violence and intimate partner violence in the community.” Hunter said one in three women in Canada have been sexually assaulted at some time

in their lives. One in four say they’ve been abused at some point as well. “These numbers are staggering,” she said. Local men, including Chatham-Kent Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren, local police chief Gary

Conn, and other emergency services personnel took part in the ninth annual event. A trio of young men even jogged across the finish line in their red high heels. Other men limped across, their feet in agony from a mile trek in unfamiliar high heels. Town crier George Sims had an equipment malfunction – he broke a heel midway through the walk – but soldiered on with one heeled foot and the other in just his sock.

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Four passport clinics for C-K this summer The Chatham Voice

The office of Dave Van Kesteren, MP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington, will be holding passport clinics over the summer in various locations in Chatham-Kent. The clinics have staff to help process the ap-

plication and photos are available on site for a cost, providing a onestop location, instead of travel to Windsor. All clinics listed run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • June 28 – Ridgetown – St. Michael’s Parish Hall • July 26 – Tilbury – Knights of Columbus

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Life-saving choices abound Statistics Canada figures state that the community of Chatham-Kent has the highest death rate from heart attacks per capita in Ontario, second highest in Canada. That statistic alone is reason to take a long, hard look at the state of our personal health, and how ready we are to deal with a potential heart attack or stroke. During this week, deemed Local Food Week in Ontario, we are so fortunate to live in an area where we only have to go a short distance to get farm fresh fruits and vegetables as well as beef, chicken, pork and eggs. Yet we don’t take advantage of the opportunities to eat healthy that are all around us. That makes the donation of defibrillators during Paramedic Week to the area and the project to make the public aware of where defibrillators are located for use in the community even more important. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, one person dies every seven minutes of a heart attack or stroke in Canada. But if people have access to and are trained on the defibrillators, they can save a life because getting to the person right away can make all the difference in the world. Medavie EMS personnel and local firefighters do their best to get to priority calls like possible heart attack as quickly as possible but if the person can be treated immediately at the scene, the chances of survival go way up. And with the incidence of heart disease in our community, making defibrillators available and training people on them and how to do CPR are more important now than ever. Even at home, someone should be certified in CPR and it is the law in Ontario that every work place must have someone trained in CPR. How to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke is something everyone should know and that information is readily available on the Heart and Stroke website at Read up on it, get certified and get healthy because the life you save one day may be your own.

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No rules for NHL playoff hockey Sir: It appears that the referees have two rulebooks, one for the regular season and one for the playoffs. The Don Cherry mentality of “let them play” has taken hockey to a new low in these playoffs. The amount of illegal slashing, cross checking, hooking, elbowing, high sticking, running the goaltenders and scrums after the whistle with no penalties being called is turning the game into a farce. But the referees will call a delay of game penalty for a player knocking the

puck over the sideboards from his own end. Why is this still a penalty but all the other nonsense is not? Where has the head of officials gone during these playoffs because if he were doing his job he would fire all the playoff referees on the spot. At times it is like watching a combination of boxing, wrestling, dancing and mixed martial arts on ice! Perhaps someone should promote this new ice sport during the summer months to prepare

the NHL players for the coming season. Wonder why hockey registrations are going down? What parent would want their child participating in a sport where trying to injure another player is top priority. What fan wants to pay $100-200 to see a game live and watch Sidney Crosby sitting in the press box with a concussion? When is the last time you saw a fight in an Olympic or World Championship hockey

game? Isn’t it time to ban fighting like every other sport has with immediate ejection from the game? Just for once I would like to hear a hockey TV analyst be honest about what he is viewing. I have been a hockey fan all my life and recently finished watching Canada play Sweden in the finals of the World Championships and it was a joy to watch hockey at its finest with all infractions being called by the rule book. Reg Johnson Chatham

Shame on us, Chatham-Kent Sir: Is it just me or have we, as a community, become entirely oblivious to what 2017 represents for us as Canadians? One of the things that bothers me immensely has to be the lack of patriotism that exists within parts of this country. Patriotism is not just a part-time endeavor. It is a role we should all

be participating at actively in order to prosper, as a community … as a country. This most wonderful homeland of ours allows many privileges and yet, it seems that many of us are quite content at expressing very little in the way of love for their native land.

Patriotism is the love that people should be feeling and demonstrating openly for their country. For the most part, as Canadians, we are all pretty gosh darn good when it comes to boasting about our country however, sad as it is, we do very little to openly showcase

our passion for it. Outside of our troops, the Canadian Flag is our most recognizable feature. It’s our pride and joy; our Identity. Proudly flying our Canadian Flag should be a constant ongoing practice and not just a one day, one weekend, one week of parading it around.

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C-K roadways more like minefields Sir: I, and almost everybody I know, are upset about the road conditions in Chatham – not the overall condition, but the sewer drain covers that are getting deeper and deeper. For instance, driving on St. Clair in either direction is like driving through a minefield to avoid the explosions. Not only are they staggered so that you are continuously trying to avoid the deep indentations of the manhole covers (to avoid a costly repair), but they are also staggered in different spots on the roadway. I have had one costly repair to the front right of the car which cost over

$600 dollars to fix – not just the alignment but structure-related repairs. That was during the winter months in 2006. Now, when driving on St. Clair Street I, and other drivers are swerving to avoid all the jolting that is being done to the car. It is downright dangerous to keep swerving to avoid the covers that are roughly a couple of inches or more below the roadbed, and I try to avoid the area’s where it is worse than others. But it’s like driving in a minefield and as it is a very busy street, you cannot always avoid them because of the traffic moving rapidly between intersections.

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But unfortunately, it appears that even a monumental year such as 2017, our “150th Anniversary “, we seem as disinterested or at the very least, no more overly thrilled than that of previous years. It saddens me greatly to see how few the Canadian flag numbers exist within the C-K municipality and perhaps even more so considering how significant this 2017 year should mean to us as Canadians. Even more demoralizing still is that of the many flags currently raised today are faded and/or tattered. As a proud Canadian, I find this disgraceful. From purely a “ Pride “ perspective, we should all be ashamed of ourselves. Although there appears to have been some noticeable effort in displaying

the red and white colours (ie. flower baskets and beds, etc.), one would be hard pressed to find a similar effort generated in displaying those same true colours of ours in the name of our flag. It appears to me that our lack of patriotism has blinded all of us into a false sense of complacency. Quite frankly, we risk losing our place as a role model that other nations look up to for centuries to come. We all need to reflect on this country’s great history and how it has significantly impacted each and everyone of us. What better way than to simply embrace and openly display this most wonderful Canadian Flag symbol of ours. It’s time we wake up Canada! J.P. Raymond Chatham

Let me tell you why I am writing at this late date about a problem that happened one of my vehicles during the winter of 2006. That was just my costs, but I want to point out that recently repaved stretches of roadway (McNaughton Avenue and Park Avenue by Sobeys). Guess

what? The manholes are deeper. They did not raise the manhole covers up to the level of the road bed! Even a fool would have more sense to raise the manhole covers up to the level of the newly paved road. It has to be on purpose because these are competent road pavers,

but I would bet that the contract didn’t call for that to be done. The next time I get forced to drive over one of those deep manhole covers and it costs me money, I am going to sue the municipality for damages. It’s a shame and if it weren’t so serious it would actually be funny

to watch the cars swerving to avoid the jolts. Maybe we can cancel the mayor’s trips out of Canada and correct this problem by raising the manhole covers to be level with the roadbed and save our citizens a lot of grief and costs. Jim Daley Chatham

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The Ontario Health Coalition is holding public hearings across the province, including two in Chatham-Kent, to gather public input that will be used to help create a report on reforming hospitals. In Chatham, the hearing will be June 22 from 3-5 p.m. at the WISH Centre, and in Wallaceburg on the

same day, from 6-9 p.m. at the Wallaceburg Legion at 52 Margaret St. The report is expected to be released publicly in the fall. “We will use the recommendations from the hearings to measure the political parties’ healthcare plans leading into next spring’s provincial election. Organizations and individuals are invited to attend and submit

oral or written submissions on reforming Ontario’s hospitals in the public interest,” said co-chair of the Chatham-Kent/Wallaceburg-Walpole Island Health Coalitions, Shirley Roebuck. The Coalition wants to hear the public’s ideas about: • Gaps in services – What public hospital services have been cut and what services are needed

in our communities? • Improving access to care – What are the particular issues of concern regarding hospital planning in Chatham-Kent and area? • Properly funding Ontario’s hospitals – Ideas for ensuring that funding goes to care and vital support functions in our hospitals. • Improving quality of care. • Improving public access to information and meaningful public input.

• Improving public ownership and democratic control, and the impacts of privatization in your community. • Re-integrating services into public hospitals to improve care and restore public ownership. • Ensuring hospitals best serve our communities – rural and urban, of diverse age, with cultural sensitivity and respect for our communities’ diversities. To book a time to make an oral submission, please call the Chatham-Kent/ Wallaceburg-Walpole Is-

land Health Coalitions at (519) 677-4460 or the Ontario Health Coalition at (416) 441-2502, or e-mail Roebuck at goddess@bell. net or Natalie at ohc@ The deadline for booking a space for oral presentation at the Chatham and Wallaceburg hearings is June 16 at 5 p.m. and for written submissions, June 30 at 5 p.m. Written submissions can be as informal as a hand-written note. All will be accepted. All are welcome to come and watch the hearings and join in the discussion.

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Camp Vincent assistant director Mikayla Kendrick has a tough job as the surrogate mom to 11 chicks, but the twoweek-old Barred Plymouth chicks are enjoying napping on her lap and keeping warm while the staff gears up for campers.

Summer camp veterans know exactly what to expect when they sign up for a week at Camp Vincent, but the organization has added some new “faces” to the program this year. According to camp director Paige Butt and program director Josh Avery-Scott, a new twist to the nature part of the program this summer is 11 Barred Plymouth chickens, currently two weeks old. “During the week, campers will get to help raise the chickens,” Butt explained. Avery-Scott said that activity is part of the canoeing, archery, arts and games that follow a




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80 Pamela Cres.

First time offered, this raised rancher has been carefully cared for. Double garage, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, fully finished lower level. Updated furnace and air and a huge yard, ideal for your pool. A great street close to schools. $239,900.




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2804 Kent Line

Between Wallaceburg and Dresden just off the highway, this house has been totally redone and is just like new. 3 bedrooms, open concept, 2 baths (ensuite), plus you have a spectacular heated workshop 30 x 32. Don’t miss this one if you want country. $289,000.

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If you need exposure, this is the best. On the St. Clair strip, 1,000 sq. feet with very reasonable common fees. Asking $11. Loads of parking and signage space available. Call for further details.




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Nicely updated 4 BR, 2 bath in a desirable north side location. 2 living areas, eat-in kitchen & beautiful back yard with pool $259,900.

30 Cumberland Cres., Chatham Lovely & unique 3 BR, 2 bath. Nice size bedrooms overlook living/dining with cathedral ceiling. Large rear deck backing onto school yard/park setting. $199,900

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Open House - Sun. June 11 1-3pm 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.

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. $172,000.

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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Spacious 3+1 BR, 2 bath raised ranch in a beautiful neighbourhood. Good sized bedrooms, huge kitchen, beautiful fenced yard & attached garage. $219,900.

148 Jane St., Blenheim

Cute 3 BR bungalow. Many upgrades & improvements. Newer kitchen and bath. Nice sized yard! Call Now! $94,900.


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This beautiful 4 bedroom/2 Bath waterfront ranch home with attached 2 car garage is set back from the main road. Nested in the trees, offering complete privacy. Gorgeous views of Lake Erie from the home and the spacious deck that spans the rear of the residence. Large fully equipped oak kitchen with eating area. Family room has gas fireplace with garden doors leading to the rear deck. Bedrooms are all a good size with the main 5 pc. bath having double sinks and a tub with large glass shower doors. Back entrance from the garage could be a breakfast nook off the kitchen for morning coffee with gas fireplace, enjoying the waterfront views. Also 3 pc. bath and separate laundry room off the back entrance for convenience. Full lower level for future development.

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

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Lovely 2 storey brick home on the “Avenue” with loads of charm and character within walking distance to Downtown plus minimal yard upkeep so you can do all the things you want to do! Double parking areas, one in front and detached carport and driveway in rear off Thames Street. Bright eat-in kitchen with loads of cupboards plus appliances and 2 piece bath off kitchen. Formal dining room, large living room with built-ins and natural fireplace that could easily be converted to gas. Loads of natural woodwork and hardwood floors. Four (4) good sized bedrooms on upper level and modernized full bathroom. Full basement with rec room and storage. Many updates including high efficiency furnace and central air (2014), Enviroshake Roof, electrical and plumbing plus freshly painted and move-in ready. CALL DEB AT 519-401-5470 TODAY TO ARRANGE YOUR PRIVATE VIEWING!!




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New Listing Offer Pending SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2-4PM 10 MONARCH $259,900 AGENT: PENNY WILTON Nicely updated 4br, 2 bath bi-level home with in ground pool. Call Catie 519-809-4268.

Relaxed Living 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.

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

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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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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80 PAMELA $239,900 Large 3br, 2 bath raised rancher with well cared for beautiful lawns. Call Jim 519-358-3984.

73 SPENCER $124,900 Solid brick 2+1br, 1.5 bath, 1.5 storey home. Call Cindy 519-351-1952.

7627 RIVERVIEW LINE $729,900

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

64 GLENWOOD $259,900 Very spacious 3+2br, 3 bath brick rancher with very private rear yard. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 12-2PM 30 CUMBERLAND $199,900 AGENT: PENNY WILTON Lovely, unique 3br, 2 bath 3 level home on huge pie shaped lot. Call Elliot 519-358-8755 or Penny 519-360-0315.

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60 FAUBERT $259,900 Well cared for 3br, 2 bath 4 level home with inground pool. Call Gus 519-355-8668 or Heather 519-355-8666.

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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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.

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


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21 EARL #18 $191,900 Well cared for 2br, 3 bath condo with 1.5 car garage. Call David 519-350-1615.

8 HOMESTEAD $182,900 3br brick rancher, 2 baths, finished up and down. Call George 519-360-7334.

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

98 MCFADDEN $109,900 3br 1.5 storey in prime location including appliances. Call Sylvia 519-355-8189.

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225 CAMPUS #111 $124,900 Immaculate, stunning 2br 1st floor condo apt. Move in ready! Call Michael 519-365-5634.

19 VICTORIA $179,500 Lovely 4br, 1.5 bath 2 storey brick home with loads of charm & character. Call Deb 519-401-5470.

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

225 CAMPUS #314 $109,900 Updated & move-in ready 2br condo apt with tons of inclusions. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.


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

SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 1-3PM 7150 TALBOT TRAIL, BLENHEIM • $589,900 AGENT: WAYNE LIDDY 4br, 2 bath executive rancher on a 2.4 ac lot on Lake Erie. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

300 QUEEN ST $136,900 Completely remodelled 3 br 2 storey home centrally located. Call Chris 519-350-1402.

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

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.

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

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.

Offer Pending 598 PARK W $338,888

Charming turn-of-the-century Victorian home with 3 br’s & 2.5 baths. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

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



177 INSHES $95,900 2br bungalow with many renovations. Cheaper than renting! Call Ron Franko 519-355-8181.

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

VACANT FARM LAND 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.

164 SANDYS $99,900 3br cozy bungalow perfect for 1st time buyers or retirees. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.



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

D L SO 22220 CHARING CROSS #8 $49,900 Beautiful, well maintained 3br mobile home with lovely screened in porch. Call Ron 519-360-7729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

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

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

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Farm market kicks off Local Food Week in C-K

By Mary Beth Corcoran

Kicking off Local Food Week across Ontario, area producers gathered in Chatham at the Civic Centre Monday, offering fresh-from-the-farm fruits, veggies and canned produce. This is the fourth year the province has recognized “Local Food Week,” and the third year for the farm market kick off, according to Kathy Delanghe with the Kent Federation of Agriculture. “It will begin with a ceremonial Flag raising followed by a three-hour Farmers Market,


from 11-2 p.m.,” Delanghe said as booths were set up offering fresh apples, rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, honey and finished products like condiments, pies and popcorn. “The purpose of the Farmers Market is to promote local products and encourage consumers to think local and be aware of the abundant diverse products that are grown and produced in our community,” she added. Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope, with councillors Leon Leclair and David Van Damme, was on hand, praising the partnership between the Kent Fed-

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Kim Watt, left and Kristen Gardiner of Del Haven Orchard on Talbot Trail, just west of Blenheim, were busy selling locally grown apples and locally produced cold apple cider at their booth at the kick off to Local Food Week at the Civic Centre in Chatham on Monday.

eration of Agriculture, C-K Economic Development and the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (CKPHU) in encouraging people to shop local for freshfrom-the-farm fruits and vegetables. “Our farmers grow over 74 different kinds of fruits and vegetables locally. Where else in the world can you walk

out into the field, pick produce right from the vine, wipe it off and take a bite?” Hope asked. “Health and safety is never and issue when you reach for Chatham-Kent grown produce.” Leclair added that when you buy locally, direct from the farm, more money stays with farmers and stays local. Lyndsay Davidson, a dietician with the CKPHU, said encouraging people, especially our

children, to include more fruits and vegetables in their diet is important, and with the wealth of fresh produce available locally, there is no excuse not to. “We have programs like our SuperKids initiative that encourages organizations to include healthy eating into all kids programming in Chatham-Kent, and encourage everyone to eat more fruits and veggies,” Davidson said.

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Organizers are calling the first Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market an overwhelming success. “We couldn’t be happier,” Karen Moran, of the Wallaceburg BIA, told the Sydenham Current.

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“A lesson learned: we need to bring more produce. Some of the vendors were sold out within 30 minutes of opening. The crowds were huge and everybody is thrilled.” The event was set up in the Municipal Parking Lot D (formerly Liquidation World parking lot) on Saturday morning, the same time

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Students in Grade 5 from 14 Catholic elementary schools in Chatham-Kent gathered at UCC The Pines on Friday to take part in the 12th annual Ultimate Frisbee Challenge. An event organized by itinerant phys ed teachers, it involves the members of the UCC Ultimate Frisbee team teaching the hundreds of students frisbee skills and then how to play in actual games. According to organizers Dennis Segeren and Laura Stacey, it’s a chance for

students to be introduced to a fun sport and run skills and drills with players from the high school. Brandon Tennant, in Grade 11 at UCC and member of the frisbee team, said he has fun working with the Grade 5 students. “It’s good to see and work with future Lancers,” Tennant said. Ultimate Frisbee is played similar to football where the team members toss the frisbee to teammates, trying to score on the opposing goal. If the frisbee hits the ground or goes out of bounds, play stops.

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Grade 5 students from Catholic schools across Chatham-Kent took part in the Ultimate Frisbee Challenge with the UFC team from Ursuline College in Chatham. The students took part in skill drills and World’s Finest Ceiling Fans games during the day, overseen by the itinerant phys ed teachers who organized the event. Daniel Beunen, 10 of St. Anne’s in Blenheim (left) works hard to get by Lucas Romano, 11 from Our Lady of Fatima in Chatham. In the background, UCC student Brandon Tennant coaches their efforts.

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Coloured All-Stars project launches June 10 The Chatham Voice

Members of the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Windsor, and the Harding family will officially launch the “Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred ‘Boomer’ Harding and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars (19321939)” project on June 10 at the W.I.S.H Centre in Chatham from 1 – 3 p.m. Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, this project documents and celebrates the legacy of the Chatham Coloured AllStars, the first black team to win an Ontario Baseball Association provincial championship in 1934. The project features oral

histories from friends and family members of the 1930s Chatham Coloured All-Stars team, digitized materials related to Harding and the All-Stars players, a timeline documenting newspaper coverage of the 1934 season, K-12 educational resources drawing on the Ontario curriculum, a display in the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame, an 8-panel traveling exhibition, and a cartoon history of the AllStars and a set of Chatham Coloured All-Stars trading cards. The website will go live on June 10 at Don Bruner, Treasurer of the Chatham Sports Hall

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of Fame will talk about how the “Breaking the Colour Barrier” project connects with the mission of the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame. Heidi Jacobs, Dave Johnston, Miriam Wright of the University of Windsor will

provide an overview of the website and show highlights of the completed project and Pat Harding will conclude with remarks on behalf of the Harding Family and the families of the Chatham Coloured All-Stars.

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New company, many familiar faces Maple City Homes eyes large-scale building projects

Nelson, whose Family Lending office is located in Chatham, admitted he Chatham-Kent’s extreme only recently refocused shortage of housing in- on the community in ventory could soon re- which he lives. “I’ve been focused outceive a boost, and a longside of Chatham-Kent for term one at that. Enter Maple City Homes years,” he said. “But in (MCH), a company incor- the last year and a half, I’ve decided to invest porated earlier this year. Robb Nelson and his mostly in Chatham-Kent. wife Kim, both of Family We see all the opportunity Lending, have partnered here.” Nelson also saw a growwith Dr. Bruce Warwick, Gilles Michaud and Trev- ing need for additional or Mailloux to form MCH. home building in the re“We have brought four gion, as he said some of groups together, includ- the main builders in Chaing two very skilled con- tham-Kent have retired tractors (Michaud and recently. MCH’s partners look Mailloux). And we’re all community-minded to build 30-40 homes at people,” he said. “We once, using as much local have the combined abili- labour and materials as ty to manage large-scale possible, he said. As much as the real esbuilds.” tate market is “location, location, location,” you grow it . . . we mow it! the philosophy Cutting • Trimming of MCH is “loSeniors Call Mario 519-809-0477 cal, local, local.” Discount or Kristen 519-437-8514 The company By Bruce Corcoran


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From left, Dr. Bruce Warwick, Diana and Gilles Michaud, Trevor Mailloux, Rob Nelson and Kim O’Rourke-Nelson are the faces of Maple City Homes, a new homebuilder in Chatham-Kent. The company, committed to buying local and building local, is set to break ground soon on a large project in the north side of Chatham.

Let’s STOP THE ABUSE, once and FOR ALL!

Debunking myths around elder abuse to better prevent it

In order to better recognize and prevent abusive behaviours committed against our seniors, we must debunk certain myths that unfortunately remain well rooted in popular belief. Here are four: 1. Abusive acts against the elderly are often committed by strangers. In reality, abusive behaviour is more often committed by close relatives like family members, spouses, children or friends.

2. Victims of elder abuse often report violent incidents. The elderly are frequently torn between the affection they harbour for the abuser and the need to report cruel incidents that they experience. Sometimes, they may be dependent on the individual who is mistreating them, while other times they may simply be unaware that they’re the victims of abuse. 3. The elderly are incapable of making the right choices, especially informed financial decisions. The majority of seniors are more than capable of adequately managing their expenses and personal business. Their cognitive abilities don’t actually degrade as much as people may think, unless they have a specific illness. 4. Seniors who receive higher incomes are more at risk of experiencing abuse. Any elder can be the victim of abusive behaviour, regardless of social status or financial standing.

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has partnered with local furniture, appliance, plumbing, landscaping, flooring – you name it – shops and suppliers to support Chatham-Kent businesses as much as possible. “Everything we can buy locally, we do, including the tradespeo-

ple,” he said. The current construction site is on Summerset Place off Keil Trail North in Chatham. MCH is building a mix of duplexes and detached homes. “Everything we’re building is in the mid to high end,” he said. Those homes, Nelson said, will be geared towards seniors and empty nesters, with every amenity on one floor. “We don’t have the in-

ventory and there hasn’t been a lot of large-scale building until recently,” he said of Chatham-Kent. “The inventory we have in C-K is multi-floor and not as suitable to the seniors’ market.” Nelson credits a great deal of the pressure on the local housing market on big-city folks, including former Chatham-Kent residents, looking for a change of pace.

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‘Rhapsody in Blue’ at St. Andrew’s concert The Chatham Voice

The last program of the 201617 Saturdays at 7 at St. Andrew’s concert series will be held on June 10 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature solos and choral selections of the Great American Songbook, including the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and more. Favourites of these great composers will be performed by St. Andrew’s Choir and local soloists Andrew Derynck, Christine Baribeau, Katie Flynn, Laura Van Veen as well as others from Chatham-Kent and beyond. The highlight of the evening will be a live performance of “Rhapsody in Blue” for solo piano by St. Andrew’s own Director of Music, Devon Hansen. Hansen, a native of Windsor, spearheaded the Saturdays at 7 at St. Andrew’s concert series after coming to Chatham. He is recognized in the community for his musical abilities, especially at the piano keyboard. Hansen has been accompanying vocalists, instrumentalists and dancers since an early age and is actively involved in a

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St. Andrew’s Director of Music, Devon Hansen will perform “Rhapsody in Blue” at the final Saturdays at 7 concert of the season on June 10.

variety of educational and outreach programs. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees in music from Wayne State University and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The upcoming concert series of the fifth season of Saturdays at 7 at St. Andrew’s will be unveiled as well. All are welcome at St. Andrew’s, 85 William St. S, Chatham. Doors open

Sylvia Tyson in Chatham June 17 The Chatham Voice

Iconic Canadian singer/ songwriter and Chatham native Sylvia Tyson will be in town Saturday, June 17 for a special Canada 150 birthday concert, courtesy of the Anglican Parishes of Chatham. With the Christ Church Chancel Choir, the concert,

Celebrating Canada: Up Close and Personal with Sylvia Tyson will be held at Christ Church, 80 Wellington St. in Chatham at 7:30 p.m. Best known for her folk style with partner Ian Tyson, the singer’s solo career also produced several records and award nominations. She was made a member of

the Order of Canada in 1994 and was nominated seven times for a Juno Award, the first being in 1987 as Country Female Vocalist of the Year. The Canadian Music Hall of Fame inducted Ian & Sylvia as a duo in 1992. Tickets for the event are $35 and are available by calling (519) 352-1640.

can come in and reserve their homes, as well as customize the interior to suit their desires. Nelson said he and his MCH partners anticipate $10 million to $12 million in sales annually.

“It’s all local. It’s not someone coming in from London or elsewhere. We are all local,” he said. MCH also supports local. Each home sold will see $500 donated towards the new animal shelter.

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“There is significant demand for seniors to move back to their hometowns, and that increases the demands in the housing market,” he said. MCH also has an office at 356 St. Clair St. where people

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Sunday, June 11, 2017 Merlin Conservation Area (128 William St.) Gathering at 1:30pm ~ Service at 2:00pm This year a tree has been planted In Memory of . . .

Alfred Johnson Allen Grant Bette Suitor Binoy ‘Ben’ David Brian Jenkinson Clifford Vince Danielle Newham Dennis & Hazel Heward Dennis Souligny Diane Lavallee Donald Jenner Donna Marie Dolsen Earl Prince Ethel Haddock Florence Shadd George Andrew Haddock Glenda Fletcher Isabell Caryn Isabelle DeDecker James ‘Jim’ Laevens

James Greenway Janice Kremien John Jack Joseph Atkinson Jozef ‘Joe’ Smit Larry Fraser Lenard Lahey Letita ‘Letty’ Williams Linda (Peltier) Letourneau Liz Boileau Lodena Drewery Lorette Jackson Mary Watson Nancy Randall Peter VanDyk Robert Van De Wynckel Rollande ‘Ronnie’ Willis Shirley Torrance Stanley Vaughan Yvonne Doris Wilson

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Remember the life for which a tree now grows . . .



Local audio theatre has global reach By Bruce Corcoran

Those voices in the wind can be heard around the world, and they’re coming from right here in Chatham-Kent. Voices In The Wind Audio Theatre, the brainchild of David Farquar, is enjoying the success of its rendition of Snow White, which has earned rave reviews and is being featured in a prestigious audio fiction and arts festival in June. Farquar said Snow White will air at HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival in Kansas City, Miss. this month. It’s been awarded official selection status for the event. As well, the performance is a critics’ favourite, as it has received high praise from AudioFile Magazine, which is the major publication for the audio spoken word industry in the United States, and Audio Drama Reviews. Snow White followed another rendition of a classic: Alice in Wonderland, which Voices In The Wind released two years

ago. “It’s still getting a lot of traction,” Farquar said. “It’s in public libraries in New York and Los Angeles.” In fact, a number of Voices In The Wind productions are in those libraries, as well as the Toronto Public Library. Farquar said they aren’t just gathering dust either, as there are at times, waiting lists for people to check out the audio performances. Voices in the Wind has traditionally done adaptations of classics, Farquar said. But it’s not by a single actor reading a book. Rather, it is audio theatre. “We have a full cast. We have actors voice the various roles,” he said. “We add in music and sound effects. This is theatre of the mind.” What is old is new again. Radio dramas from pre-television days are a worthy comparison, Farquar said. “But technology is driving this,” he added. “From iPads and iPhones, the younger generation is catching onto this.” The demographic is fair-

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David Farquar, mastermind behind Voices In The Wind Audio Theatre, sits before his mixing station in his apartment. Voices In The Wind productions are available for download around the world.

ly widespread, however, as Farquar said it ranges between 18 and 55. What is conspicuously absent is the generation who grew up without television – the ones who used to listen to the radio dramas. “For people 65 and over, the market isn’t there. Younger people are just more tech savvy,” he said. “Parents really like this when taking the kids on vacation or on a long trip,” he said. “Once the


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kids are exposed to it, they really love it.” That technology has opened a host of doors for Voices In the Wind, as Farquar, through Blackstone Audio, the company he uses for distribution of his material, markets around the globe. While CD copies are readily available – and can be purchased online – it is the simplicity of being able to download the content that is globally attractive.


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Voices In The Wind productions are available through distribution routes such as Amazon and even iTunes. “You can go to tons of sites and download our content,” he said. “To think people are listening to us in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, and countries around the world – I find that amazing.” For Voices In The Wind productions, Farquar

said the core of the actors come from southwestern Ontario, but they do reach beyond for help as well. “We work with a number of professional actors around the continent too. It creates a nice blend,” he said. The out-of-town actors have the flexibility to record their lines in studios in their home cities, but sometimes they do come to Chatham as well.

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“Sometimes we have everybody come together. I’ve had people from New York and Los Angeles come here,” Farquar said. He admits he’s long had a love for audio fiction and film production. “I had a great media arts course in high school,” he said of his time at Wallaceburg District Secondary School. “The seed was planted.” Voices In the Wind began

as a hobby about two decades ago, he said, but he turned it into a full-time effort only about two and a half years ago when he signed a deal with Blackstone Audio to distribute the productions. At that time, he took early retirement from his federal civil service job and turned his hobby into his passion. Farquar is proud of his location. On his website, he’s hammering home the point his work is pro-

duced right here in Chatham-Kent. “People don’t think it can happen in Chatham-Kent. But the cost is so much cheaper to do things here,” he said. “And once you get a name, people will come to you.” He just wishes there was more support for the arts in general in Chatham-Kent. “We have such great talent in this area, but we really don’t have a cohesive

artistic scene here. There is no leadership. The municipality has no direction in terms of what the arts can be here.” Following the successes of their adaptations of several literary classics, Farquar said Voices In The Wind is taking a left turn for its next production, The Geminus Conspiracy. It’s a sci-fi supernatural story, along the lines of the Netflix series Stranger Things. While there is a blend

of local and Toronto-area actors involved, Farquar said he reached across the pond for the voice of the lead role of Cliff Weller. David Ault, a high-profile British voice actor has that role, and he has already completed recording his part. Farquar anticipates principle recording locally will commence in the summer and is targeting for a release by Christmas. He hopes it is a success.

“If all goes well, it will be a series,” he said of The Geminus Conspiracy. “This is the pilot episode and it sets up the characters and the story.” Diane Vanden Hoven from London, Ont., wrote the audio play. She’s also adapted the Brothers Grimm tale of Snow White for audio performance. The next classic adaptation on the slate for Voices In The Wind, Farquar said, could be Cinderella.

Chatham teen to pedal in support of cancer research Sick Kids when I was five years old,” Makarich said. “I feel that children should have a chance to live and shouldn’t have to go through cancer at such a young age.” The teen will follow Longwoods Road to Bothwell, leaving Chatham at noon. To support him and ensure his safety, a car will be following Markarich. He hopes people on the route may have a drink or snack to share with him. Being diabetic, however, he has to be careful what he eats. Makarich, who is also a car-

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A Chatham teen who knows first-hand the life-saving staff and resources at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto is giving back through peddle power. Adam Makarich, 18, of Chatham is participating in the Sick Kids June Bike Ride for kids cancer on June 28, riding his bike with an escort from his home in Chatham to Bothwell, an almost 40-kilometre distance. “I had a lung transplant at

rier for The Chatham Voice, said he is riding a lot right now to get ready for his long trek. “I’m also getting my bike tuned up; I don’t want anything to happen during the ride,” he said. While he has set an ambitious goal for himself, Makarich is hoping people will sponsor him help raise money for the kids’ cancer program at Sick Kids. Anyone who wants more info or to sponsor Makarich can call him at 519-365-3815.



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Chatham teen and Voice carrier Adam Makarich is gearing up for his ride for the kids cancer program at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. He is cycling from Chatham to Bothwell June 28 and is hoping people will help sponsor his ride.

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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 519352-5633 to reserve your seat.

Sunday, June 11, 2017 • Jamboree with host band The Marquis at the Merlin Legion Branch 465, 2 Stanley St., Merlin. 5pc Yellow Perch dinner - pre-order! Play time 3:00pm-7:00pm. Dinner 5:30pm-7:00pm.

• Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm.

Monday, June 12, 2017 • George Wilson will entertain at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. Gentleman Songsters of Kent will perform at 6:30pm.

• 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 519-3581451 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 519689-7767 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. • The Kent Branch OGS meeting: Is there a doctor in the House? at the McKinlay Funeral Home Reception Centre at 7:00pm. 463 St. Clair St., Chahtam. Open and free to the public. • Camp CKPL at the Chatham Branch from 10:30am-4:30pm. Drop in for camp inspired activities. Songs and stories at 10:30am. No registration necessary, everyone welcome! • Footprints Children’s Play Day, Thames Christian Fellowship, 400 Park Ave. East in Chatham. The theme is Jungle Jest. Children ages SK - Gr. 8 can now register on line or call Phyllis at 519-6822340. Sports, crafts, videos, Bible study and much more. Nutritious snacks and lunch are included in this free even. Saturday, June 10, 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 9:30am11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! • Saturdays at 7 at St. Andrew’s United Church, Chatham presents For the Love of Gershwin. Doors open at 6:30pm. Free will offering ($10/ adult suggested) • 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 Marquis.

• Senior Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 • Strawberry supper hosted by St. Paul’s United Church at the WISH Centre, 177 King St. E., from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Advance tickets only. Adults $16; 6-12 years $5; children under 5 free. Full course meal of ham, scalloped potatoes, carrots, deviled eggs, coleslaw, rolls and a big bowl of strawberries and ice cream for dessert. For tickets call Wendy 519-354-8062. • The Lois Singers will entertain at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. There will be a family council BBQ, Old Car Show and Ryan St. Denis and Crystal Gage will entertain at 5:00pm. • Open euchre and shuffleboard at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm. Shuffleboard starts at 7:00pm. Wednesday, June 14, 2017 • OEYC Wallaceburg, St. Elizabeth C.S., 1350 Bertha St. - Speech and Language Tips! Learn ways to help your child communicate. 10:00am-11:00am. • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:00pm. Thursday, June 15, 2017 • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Saturday, June 17, 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 9:30am11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! • Knights of Columbus - Annual Garage Sale at St. Agnes Hall (52 Croydon St., Chatham) from 8:00am-noon. (Donations to be dropped off Friday June 16 from 3:00pm-7:00pm) • Poker Run for Big Brothers Big Sisters from 9:00am-3:00pm. $20. Starts in Mitchell’s Bay and goes to Erieau, making stops along the way to pick up a poker hand. There are prizes to win at the end for those with the best poker hands! Call Nan 519-351-1582 ext. 200 for more info! PAWR at the animal shelter phone number for lost and stray pets and issues at the dog parks: 226996-9969 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

How one little fur ball takes over a household Our new furry family member remains a work in progress. The little cat is ridiculously cute for the most part, and very friendly. It greets us like a dog would when we come home, as it comes running over, happy to see us. The kitty loves attention and enjoys being picked up and petted. I must thank a couple of our neighbours. They popped by on Sunday bringing armfuls of cat toys. From an elaborate scratching post to various little stuffed mice, to balls with bells in them, and a nylon tunnel, the cat has more toys than he knows what to do with. But he’s having a blast, and the toys have turned his focus away from playing with our feet and hands too often as he had in the past. It was a good ending to an interesting first week with the cat. Its claws at times make me think the kitten, which Mary and Brenna have named “Finn,” has seen the Friday the 13th movies. It’s like he has little sharp metal Freddie Krueger claws. The little kitty can be patting my face with its paws in a cute manner, then rake the claws through my goatee the next, or along the edge of my ear. Nothing that leaves marks, but a move that’s sure to get me from relaxed to alert in a split second. One morning it simply jumped up onto Mary’s head, claws extended. Who needs coffee when you have that for a jolt of adrenaline? It loves to play. But it also likes to run the hallway and play underfoot. When we wake up in the morning, we have to be alert to that reality to avoid stepping on the little whelp. When we first took in the cat – it came from a litter of 10 whose mother had been hit by a car – we were told it has some experience using a litter box. He had spent most of its time outdoors however. Well, if by “experience,” that meant the kitten had walked by a litter box, it seems that would be an accurate answer. This little fur ball didn’t seem to know a thing about a litter box. The first morning with the kitten, we put it in the bathroom with food and water, some toys and the litter box. When our daughter got home from school, she found the cat had pooped on the linoleum floor rather than in the litter box. We put the poop in the litter box and put the

Bruce Corcoran cat in there with it, moving its front paws to scratch at the litter. It appears to have quickly figured out to poop in the litter, as that was the only solid waste mishap. As for the pee element, well, the first week was an eye opener for us. It sniffed around on the bathmat as I walked by the bathroom, so I put it in the litter box, did the paw movement shuffle and waited. Finn jumped out, so I thought no more of it. But looking back in the bathroom about 30 seconds later, there it was on the bathmat, shaking its butt and peeing! Back into the litter box it went and into the washing machine went the bathmat. My wife next caught the little sucker as it sniffed about, and placed it in the litter box, where it peed. We all rejoiced. But later that night, it came flying into the living room, jumped on our daughter’s beanbag chair, turned around and immediately started the butt shake. Mary got up and snagged the cat, catching it just as he began to pee. She held it out in front of her as she took it to the litter box. She didn’t understand the reaction Brenna and I were having, as she couldn’t see that she was holding a very furry water gun. OK, pee gun. Finn hadn’t stopped peeing when he got scooped up, and continued to go, peeing straight out in front of her, as Mary walked him out of the room. Brenna and I were shocked and ran to clean up the urine from the laminate floor. I have to admit, looking back, we all laughed at the sight. Mary didn’t know what was happening, Brenna was worried she’d get hit by a stream of urine, and I was marveling at the pressure and amount of pee coming out from such a little kitten. The beanbag chair, a popular spot for many a kid over the years, went into the basement for a good scrubbing, out of sight of the kitten.

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Keeping kids safe in Dresden A grateful community took the time to thank Dresden crossing guard Jim Cracknell and the businesses that put up money to pay his salary for seven months after the municipality removed all crossing guards to put up unmanned crosswalks. Jenelle Jackson-Finley is a Dresden community member who was extremely vocal throughout the decision by the municipality to remove all crossing guards from their posts. “With much debate at council, they agreed to having traffic studies conducted and the areas which qualified had crosswalks installed and those are finally now functioning. There was however, a gap in coverage as the crossing guards were dismissed and it took months to have these crosswalks installed,” Jackson-Finley told The Voice. She said for Dresden, local business owners – Rob & Erin Burnett of Burn’s

Bakery – offered to pay the salary of the local crossing guard Jim Cracknell so he could remain on the job until the crosswalk devices were completed and functioning. “As a community, we wanted to thank both the business owners and Mr. Cracknell for keeping our children safe and there are students at Dresden Area Central School who have made large handmade for them to thank them for their generosity,” she added. Other businesses that also contributed to Cracknell’s salary were, McFadden Ag Commodities, Lost Time Hot Rod Choppers, Mary & Rupert McCorkle and Bonnie & Dale Crittenden – in addition to Burn’s Bakery and Beyond Gifts & Decor. “I believe those members of the community who took the initiative to keep this imperative service in place until the crosswalk lights were installed and functioning should be thanked,” Jackson-Finley said. “It was upsetting to know that even though a traffic study was conduct-

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The cat seems to have figured out the litter box for peeing for the most part. I caught it behind a chair where a whack of tissue paper used in gift-wrapping had fallen down. It seemed to like the sound of the paper, so it peed on it. At least it was easy to clean up. We can hope it’s the last mishap as Finn continues to settle in. Sunday night, its first night with all the toys,

was its best night with us. Finn played himself out in the afternoon, and actually fell asleep half in, half out of his teepee. That night, as Brenna worked on a school project and Mary went to bed, he hung out with me. After playing on me for a few minutes, he went back to his array of toys and entertained himself for a time, before eventually returning to me and falling asleep in my lap.


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Team Princess Bella would like to thank our community and everyone who helped to make our BBQ Fundraiser a success! Thank you to the businesses who donated to our BBQ: Schinkels, Al at the Real Canadian Super Store and Maple City Bakery. Also, to the Brick for generously providing the location. Thank you to MC Business Solutions, Steve Ball, Midas, Hungry Man Restaurant, Chandelle’s Salon & Spa, Baja Café, Competitive Edge, Lady Blackbird Boutique, 31, Mary’s Bath Bombs, Mayberry Leggings, Jamberry Nails, Scentsy, Arrowhead Fudge, Younique, Origami Owl, Avon, Pampered Chef and East Coast Creations for donating prizes and items to bid at our auction. Also thanks to Praise Fellowship Church (where the auction was held) and 99.1 (for advertising and promotion). A big thank you to Jen Vincent our MC for the auction who helped plan so much of the details of the auction we would have been lost without her and also thanks to her mom, Brenda and Aunt Sharon for all of their help. Thanks also to all our friends, family and neighbors who helped and volunteered their time to make our Third Team Princess Bella Fundraiser a success! We raised $706!!! We hope to see everyone in Pain Court for the Telus Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk on June 10th in Centennial Park. For all those who still wish to donate please visit

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Put A Touch of Swede into your home Special to The Voice

When Mary Beth Laing first used a Swedish Dish Cloth at a friend’s house, she fell in love with its simplicity, effectiveness and beauty. She had to have one of her own for streakfree cleaning around the house. And that effort to track down more Swedish Dish Cloths led Mary Beth to sell them to others. She opened A Touch of Swede in April, operating out of her Windsor home. Mary Beth grew up in Chatham as Mary Beth Charbonneau, daughter of Stan and Gladys. She spent 25 years as a

teacher before changing gears at the age of 50. But the biggest shift for her came after a visit to Oshawa where she was exposed to the versatile cleaning cloth. The Swedish Dish Cloth isn’t a new fad, but rather an old, reliable option in household cleaning. And one that’s good for the environment. Swedish Dish Cloths have been a staple in Scandinavian homes since 1949, Mary Beth said. The cloths have a threepronged appeal for consumers – the dozens of attractive designs make them cute home decor; their ability to clean

surfaces such as granite and stainless steel and leave a streak-free shine make them an effective and easy cleaning component for any home or cottage; and they are incredibly eco-friendly. Mary Beth said one Swedish Dish Cloth can outperform 17 rolls of paper towels. They are made of 70 per cent cellulose and 30 per cent cotton – making the cloths durable and biodegradable. You can wash them up to 200 times in a washing machine or in the top rack of your dishwasher. Just lay them flat to dry. And when you are done with one, just put it in your compost or blue box. The cloths are “stiff as a postcard” when new. Simply wet the cloth and they become soft and pliable, ready to clean almost any surface. Mary Beth said the cloths will shrink slightly after they dry, but when you wet them again, they go back to their original size. “This is just a cute pop of colour to adorn you kitchen and the bonus is it’s an amazing product that performs like nothing I’ve ever used,” Mary Beth said. The cloths are incred519-890-5646 ibly porous, able to abMary Beth Laing Chatham Voice sorb up to 15 times their Mary Beth Laing shows off the variety of Swedish Dish Cloth styles she sells through her weight in liquids. And business, A Touch of Swede. TO YOUR KITCHEN. they dry very fast. COLOUR, “A TOUCH SWEDE” niently into backpacks,” friendsAND and family here in OF selling for her in five “It dries so quickly that WHILE ADDING BEAUTY, DESIGN, she said. “I’ve also been Chatham, however. different Ontario regions: there’s no bacteria on approached Furthermore, THE Birdie’s Windsor, Chatham, LonREVOLUTIONIZE WAY YOU CLEAN,by a dance the dishcloth and no company and a sports Nest will be selling don, Cambridge and the When wet, this cloth becomes soft, with smell,” Mary Beth said. team.” authentic Swedish Dish Durham Region. Mary A Touch of Swede’s eco-friendly streak free performance on surfaces like by Adisposal.For anyone looking to Cloths supplied products are designed in Beth said she’s also your compost orMary recycle box givefor the Swedish Dish Touch of Swede, looking for an indepenSweden and made in the granite, glass, stainless steel, and more. It machine or top rack of dishwasher. Add tocontact Mary Cloths a try, Beth said. dent rep in Sarnia as United Kingdom. composed Beth either by phone at She is(70% working withwashes in well.of all natural material Withstands up to 200 washing So far, salesishave been 519-890-5646, email at various schools well, and “Youcotton). might wonder whyeliminating brisk. bacteria growth odour. cellulose, 30% Absorbs water 15 as atouchofswede@gmail. seeking to have the I hired someone in Wind“The business is growits own weight. Dries quickly, own Driestimes quickly, com, or on Facebook at schools sell the decwhenweight. I’m in Windsor ing faster than I times can keepitssor cellulose, 30% Absorbs water of 15Swede. A Touch orative andcotton). functional or in Chatham when I’m up,” Mary Beth said. eliminatingfrom bacteria growth and odour. is composed of all natural material (70% Alternatively, contact Swedish Dish Cloths as Chatham. I can’t “I’m overwhelmed by the Kelly-Anne at 519-365fundraising opportunities. granite, glass, stainless steel, and more. It keep up,” she said. Withstands up to 200 washes in washing response. They basically 7155, atouchofswedethe cookie Kelly-Anne Appleton isstreak“Unlike freeAdd performance like sell themselves.” machine or top rack of dishwasher. tokids andon surfaces or dough that the the independent sales When She said sales took off, wet, this cloth soft, with on Facebook at A Touch parents person in Chatham. Mary box compost or recycle forhave to lug to the point that in your two DISH ofCLOTH Swede Chatham. Beth said she still sellsECO-FRIENDLY to around, these fit convemonths, she has people






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The Chatham Voice, June 8, 2017  

The June 8, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

The Chatham Voice, June 8, 2017  

The June 8, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.