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A local historical researcher and heritage enthusiast is asking the public’s help in saving old law books headed for the dumpster if no one claims them, and the building that houses them. Hans van der Doe of Chatham, a former vicechair of the municipal heritage committee in Chatham-Kent, was approached by Ontario

Infrastructure (OI) staff who manage the former Kent County Courthouse and Jail on Stanley Street regarding the books in the old law library, some of which date back to 1898. He was given 30 days to remove the books as the two buildings – the former jail and courthouse which has a provincial heritage designation – are being readied for sale to the public this fall.

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Local PC MPPs re-elected

By Bruce Corcoran

How does Rick Nicholls spell relief? Re-election and a PC majority. For the third time since 2011, Chatham-Kent Leamington voters chose Nicholls as their representative at Queen’s Park. Only this time, he’ll be sitting on the other side of the Legislature, part of a Progressive Conserva-

tive majority government. That’s something the PCs haven’t had since the previous century. They’ve been out of office since 2003 when the Liberals took over running the province. Nicholls appeared tired but quite happy on election night. “I took nothing for granted,” he said, commending the candidates from the other parties – Jordan McGrail, NDP; Margaret Schleier Stahl, Liberal; and Mark Vercouteren, Green Party. “You

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don’t run to the finish line, you run through it.” This year marked the use of electronic voting, and results came in quickly. Major media outlets posted a PC majority 20 minutes after the polls closed, and gave Nicholls the riding about that time as well. The numbers were a bit slower for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, where Monte McNaughton returns to office. He too will now sit in power as opposed to opposition. Nicholls looks forward to the change. “The view’s going to be a whole lot different,” he said. “And the NDP is the Official Opposition. The Liberals totally collapsed.” McNaughton thanked his supporters for re-electing him. “I am truly humbled. Thank you to the voters in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex for re-electing me to serve you for four years in an Ontario PC majority government,” he said via Twitter. Nicholls said the campaign this time around had a very different feel than in the past, attributing it to the general Liberal collapse. “The NDP surged. It be-

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came a two-party race,” he said. McGrail supporter and campaign volunteer Bill Zilio wasn’t able to contain his disappointment with the results in C-K L. “I’m disappointed. I think Jordan has worked harder than anybody and has pounded the pavement every day,” Zilio said from McGrail’s campaign after party at Frendz in Chatham. “I don’t know what we could have done different. Everybody worked hard and we had more volunteers than we ever had and we had a great campaign team. I’m just baffled.” Nicholls expects the government to hit the ground running,

and predicts it will trample the Green Energy Act. “We will scrap the Green Energy Act,” he pledged. “We will put a moratorium on wind turbine development in Ontario.” Nicholls said other local issues that need addressing include ensuring the concrete barriers are placed along Highway 401, and possibly twinning portions of Talbot Trail. “We need to be smart about it. It will take time to sort things out,” he said. Nicholls said party leader Doug Ford will have some challenges choosing his cabinet. “This is a great, strong caucus.”

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News Looking for takers for law library Continued from page 1

The original jail was built in 1849 and later expanded to include court facilities. “Infrastructure Ontario manages the property and is currently preparing the property for disposition. As part of our disposition process the property was circulated to the municipality, school boards and not-for-profits to determine if they had an interest in acquiring the property as a direct sale. We have completed that part of the disposition process and

are planning to proceed to an open market sale by the end of 2018,� said Ian McConachie, Senior Communications Advisor – Real Estate & Infrastructure for Infrastructure Ontario. The municipality passed on purchasing the property, and according to Chatham-Kent CEO Don Shropshire, after investigating, there isn’t a municipal space available that could house the historic books properly. “We were notified about the disposition of the col-

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Law books dating back to 1932 are in surprisingly good shape at the former Kent County Courthouse and Jail building on Stanley Street in Chatham. The jail was officially closed in 2014 after 164 years of service and Chatham resident Hans van der Doe wants to save the books and the heritage building to preserve the rich history it represents.

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lection and first thought the library or the museum could house the collection because of the history involved,� Shropshire said. “However, we talked to senior staffers and realized we don’t have the facility to maintain and care for that type of collection with humidity control and such.� Shropshire said a more appropriate group to take charge of the collection would be the local law society or the Law Society of Upper Canada. “The University of Toronto, for example, is a place that would have staff with the skill set and ability to store that type of collection,� he added. Chatham-Kent chief librarian Tania Sharpe joined van der Doe on a tour of the old courthouse recently to see what books are left and what shape they are in. For the most part, as far as Sharpe could see of the remaining books, they are law books that have already been digitized, so the information in them is intact in digital form. For van der Doe, the history of the books and the law library is what he does

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not want to see lost, and a petition is circulating, asking the municipality to reconsider buying the building and keeping the law library intact. As of press time, the petition had 488 signiatures. “I am not letting up on Chatham-Kent Council, until this is saved for us,� van der Doe said to followers of his Facebook posts. “I cannot stress the importance that this will have on our culture and history of we the people, if we lose this building and Library.� The original jail building was made of white limestone. Of historical significance and interest is that Canada’s second prime minister, Alexander Mackenzie, worked as a stone mason on the project when he first came to Can-

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ada looking for work. The Kent County Courthouse and Jail is also one of only four remaining buildings in Chatham that predate 1860, according to van der Doe. According to OI, whoever purchases the property must abide by the rules and regulations involved with a heritage designated property. “The building was designated by Chatham-Kent’s council on fifth of August, 2003 with the province’s approval (By-Law # 1852003) and registered with the Land Register on Feb. 3, 2004. The Jail was officially closed in a ceremony held out front of the old building on July 4, 2014 ending 164 years of service,� van der Doe noted. “There have been many times in the past since the jail has

closed, we have shown concern with the property. Doug Sulman and I have both been in the papers expressing this, but alas, it has always fallen on deaf ears. “This library is an artifact. It’s not just a collection of old dusty books, tables and chairs. It’s a window into our past that holds the book, located in a building, that without their existence, we would’ve never been.� People interested in helping van der Doe and his group can get information at www. 100823373583652/. The petition can be found at chatham-kent-councilsave-our-heritage-savethe-chatham-kent-founding-legal-library.






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Paramedics with Medavie EMS held open houses recently as part of Paramedic Service Week. Members of the Chatham-Kent Fire Service stopped by May 30 to help celebrate, and to enjoy some barbecued treats.

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With the provincial election results tabulated, a Highway 401 safety advocacy group is preparing to

continue its work. The Progressive Conservatives won June 7, along with every MPP in the ridings along and bordering Highway 401’s “Carnage Alley.” Safety advocates are optimistic concrete median barriers will soon be a reality. Doug Ford promised during two campaign visits to the Chatham-KentLeamington riding to build concrete median barriers on Hwy. 401 between London and Tilbury. Advocates say this is an important pri-

ority for this region both from a safety perspective for drivers and first responders, and from an economic perspective as each time the highway is closed, millions of dollars of goods are held up from their final destination. “Premier-Designate Ford said that he keeps his promises. I look forward to working with him and MPPs Rick Nicholls and Jeff Yurek to ensure this life-and-death issue gets the same treatment,” Alysson Storey, founder of Build the Barrier, a grassroots group advocating for concrete median barriers between Tilbury and London, said in a release. “We do not want one more life lost in a preventable crossover collision. Mr. Ford has the

opportunity to start this new chapter off on the right foot. He can do that by listening to his Southwestern Ontario MPPs and their constituents and getting this done. Rick and Jeff have been working on this with us since day one, so there’s no learning curve and no reason to delay. It’s time to get this done.” There were a total of five fatalities and 10 serious hospitalizations in collisions on Hwy. 401 between Tilbury and London in 2017, along with numerous incidents that caused significant property damage and road closures, but did not require hospitalization. This year continues to see a high rate of incidents on Hwy. 401 in Carnage Alley.




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Now that the provincial election is over and the Progressive Conservatives (PC) have a majority government, Water Wells First is holding them to their promises. “PC MPP Monte McNaughton (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex) has always said he wasn’t in power,” said WWF spokesperson Kevin Jakubec in a statement, “So now that he is in power with a majority government, we’re expecting him to deliver on these commitments he’s made during the election.” McNaughton wrote several letters to the Liberal government regarding well contamination concerns and brought the

issue of a health hazard investigation up in the Legislature, but received no answers from the province. The Otter Creek wind farm project is scheduled to start construction this year north of Wallaceburg and is being opposed by area residents due the size of the turbines (almost twice the size of regular turbines), potential well issues and noise pollution worries. WWF is calling for a repeal of the Ontario Green Energy Act as promised by Premier-elect Doug Ford during the election campaign. In a letter to WWF dated May 5, Ford made a commitment to a full health hazard investigation into contaminated wells if elected. “I, Doug Ford, and the PC Party of Ontario is

committed to seeing clean, safe water is available to every Ontarian,” the letter signed by Ford stated. “I commit myself and the PC Party of Ontario to stopping this travesty and commit that a full health hazard investigation is conducted in north Chatham-Kent so that the full extent of the health risks and the number of families affected is known. As Premier, you have my word, Kevin, we will hold accountable every party that did this.” WWF has a Twitter campaign going currently to remind McNaughton and Chatham-Kent Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls of the promises made by their party. “1. Action needed. Shut down turbines in Dover and Chatham Townships.

2. Action needed. Test all water wells for presence and level of Black Shale particles. 3. Action needed. Begin Health Hazard Investigation with Environmental M.D., Nephrologist, Toxicologist multidisciplinary team,” said one of the tweets put out by WWF. Nicholls, in his victory speech, said the first priority of his government is to do a line-by-line audit of the provincial budget to see just how much debt the Liberal government has accumulated in the past 14 years so they have a solid number to work from. The returning MPP also told local media that his party is committed to scrapping the Green Energy Act and putting a moratorium on any wind farm developments.

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Will they keep those promises? Now that people have had a chance to recover from the provincial election, it’s time to look to the future of Ontario and what a Doug Ford leadership looks like for Chatham-Kent. A lot of promises were made, and with decimated Liberal ranks and PC majority, there will be no excuses not to make good on those promises. For 14 years, the Liberals have governed our province and our local elected officials could point the finger of blame towards Toronto. PC MPPs Rick Nicholls and Monte McNaughton weren’t able to get as much accomplished in opposition, but they were able to pass the blame. Now, they won’t have that excuse to fall back on. As members of the party in power, they will be held accountable for the promises made to water well owners, the people requesting a Highway 401 barrier, and all the other people who have asked them to take their issues to Queen’s Park. A lot of their success will depend on Premier-elect Doug Ford living up to the promises he made about immediate action he would take on the Green Energy Act, the carbon tax, and, yes, even buck a beer. Nicholls school bus safety legislation will hopefully make it to the top of the pile; the same for his bill to prohibit non-disclosure clauses as part of leases signed with landowners to have industrial wind turbines erected on their properties. There are a lot of people counting on Nicholls and McNaughton to come through for them on pressing for a health hazard investigation and holding the people who refused to look into their concerns accountable. Ford stated on the election trail through Chatham-Kent that, if elected, he would call for just such an investigation. Well, now he’s elected, and there are no excuses. The hard work for Nicholls, McNaughton and Ford starts right away and it’s hoped the people won’t regret the blue tide that swept southern Ontario.

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Dignity movement catching on Sir: This is an open letter to all of those who work at Long-term care homes. I saw something beautiful recently. A young man died with dignity. He died surrounded by his family and by the staff who had cared for him over the years. This might sound morbid to those who do not work with the sick and dying everyday. But you do. You know what it means to comfort a grieving family. You know what it means to help someone when they are taking their last breath. You know the pain of the family’s loss, because you feel it too. Dignity did not end at the bedside that day. The young man had been dressed in his favourite hockey team’s T-shirt. His family had placed his ballcap in his hands. They said their goodbyes. It was at that moment that the speakers echoed: “Honour Guard in five minutes. Honour Guard in five minutes.” You could hear movement in the hallways: nursing staff, kitchen staff and volunteers. They were piling into the elevators and heading down the stairways. They were heading to the main

entrance of the longterm care home. After my colleague and I had placed the young man on our stretcher, and draped him with our quilt, a manager took his hockey jersey out of his closet. She placed the jersey on top of the quilt, neatly folding the sleeves just right. My colleague and I took the elevator down to the main floor. The immediate family had been waiting just outside elevator. They were holding carnations. They each placed a carnation on the stretcher, and followed behind us as my colleague and I made our journey down the lengthy hallway toward the main entrance. We were met there by the honour guard. There had to have been at least 30 of them. They were all standing there, poised, holding a carnation. Family, residents and staff stood side by side, waiting for us to venture past them. Someone played a rock ballad on their iPhone – likely one of the young man’s favourite songs. The honour guard stood in two rows on either side of us. We slowly

made our way along as each member of the honour guard took a moment to place their carnation on the stretcher. The honour guard began inside the long-term care home, and the last flowers were placed as we made our way out the main entrance. Out into the sunshine. Out in plain view. There were people on the front lawn and in the parking lot: visitors and residents both. Their eyes were on us, on the family, and on the honour guard standing there emitting a quiet dignity. Death had walked right past them. But it was not fear and revulsion we saw in their eyes. Not at all. They stood there, silently, mimicking those who had just placed flowers. They offered a moment of reverence. You could see the wheels spinning in their heads, visitors and residents both as their racing thoughts came to the very real conclusion: “This is how they care for their dead. This is how they will care for me, or my loved ones. Out here in the sunshine.” A month ago, this would not have happened. A month ago, the long-term

care home’s policy, like many of your homes, had been to take the stretcher out the back door. Our job was to be subtle: to slip out the back door unnoticed, as not to disturb the residents. Death was a secret. In the minds of the residents, their friends and lunchmates would all but disappear – and one day they would too. They would be erased. Dignity is contagious. There is a movement underway. It began in this area when the Chatham-Kent Hospice opened its doors. Their belief was always that residents come in the front door and should go out the front door. They believe in honour guards and reverence, and the community noticed. Since then, long-term care home after long-term care home have been contacting us, notifying us that their policies have “changed.” They have embraced the movement. They have embraced the front door. They have embraced the sunshine. I’d like to invite you all to join us in the movement. The sun feels great. Nathan McKinlay Funeral Director

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Old phones wanted for literacy program The Chatham Voice

The Rotary Club of Chatham is encouraging citizens to donate their old or unused Android smartphones and tablets. The Rotary Club of Chatham is asking local residents to check their desk drawers for Android smartphones or tablets and chargers they are no longer using as part of a global literacy project they are organizing. The Rotary Clubs of Chatham, Chatham Sunrise, Blenheim and Wallaceburg are in the process of setting up wi-fi stations in remote Guatemalan schools. Donated Android smartphones and tablets will be used as e-readers, making educational materials and textbooks available to children. “Tania, Alysson and I have been talking about how to get the word out about this initiative and get as many devices as possible into these schools, which often have little to no infrastructure or learning tools,” Peter Tanner, a Chatham Rotarian and coordinator of the project, said in a release. Alysson Storey is Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Chatham in 2016-17 and Tania Sharpe is current President of the club. “Many of us likely have a phone or tablet in our home that we’re not using. This is a great way to give these devices another function, and a very important function at that,” Sharpe said. “For these kids, this is a

lifeline to a better life. Without literacy skills their options are incredibly limited. This is an easy way to help kids learn to read, and give them an education they would never be able to access otherwise. Which is one of the pillars of Rotary service”. “The citizens of Chatham-Kent are generous people and we’re great at helping out those less fortunate. This not only keeps these devices out of a landfill, it gives these students a chance at an education they would never have otherwise. It’s a win-win,” Storey said.

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6972 GRANDE RIVER LINE $694,900 4br, 4 bath very well built brick 2 storey home on the river with outstanding landscaping. Call Betty 519-436-8959.

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950 GRAND AVE W $629,900

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SATURDAY JUNE 16 1:00PM-3:00PM 37 VILLA • $239,900 AGENT: CINDY WEAVER Immaculate 2+1br, 2 bath semidetached, bi-level. Call Cindy Weaver 519-351-1952.


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5694 TALBOT, MERLIN • $138,888

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“Buildable” vacant lots along the Erie Bluffs. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

This 3br, 2.5 bath executive brick rancher with many, many updates boasts approx 2500 sq ft. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

44 LEGACY $650,000

4br, 2.5 bath Bouma built 2 storey. Great family home! Call Carson 519-809-2856.

11799 BATES, MORPETH • $309,900

129 WILLIAM N $339,900

2br bungalow + office & cozy sun room. Updated throughout. Call Cindy 519-360-0628.

Classic 3br, 2.5 bath, 2.5 storey Victorian home tastefully renovated. Call Deb R 519-401-5470.

172 CHIPPEWA $299,900

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306 PARK E $249,900

Excellent commercial property in an extremely high traffic location. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

3 MARION $204,900

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186 BALDOON $229,900

Curb & interior appeal found in this 3+1 br, 2 bath 3 level side split. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

4729 RIVERSIDE, PT LAMBTON • $339,900 Premier double building lot on the Chanel E’Carte. Build your dream home here. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

20400 COUNTY RD 42, TILBURY • $1,400,000

High exposure business right beside Hwy 401 at Tilbury interchange. Call Ron 519-360-7729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

Lease 61 MURRAY ST $164,900

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3 WESTMINISTER $529,900 Mint, mint, mint. 3br, 2 bath rancher with dry basement. Call David 519-350-1615.



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Professional office space (1200 sq ft) on main floor with updated interior + 2500 sq ft in basement. Call David 519-350-1615.

430 COLBORNE $39,900

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407 KEIL N $285,000

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249 CECILE $259,900

Lovely 3+2br, 2 bath raised ranch with some updates on the greenbelt. Call Andrea 519-359-2482.

7627 RIVERVIEW LINE $729,900

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

Impressive 4br, 3.5 bath executive 2 storey home with the ultimate backyard paradise. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

19443 BLOOMFIELD, BLENHEIM • $178,888

Four season 1br cottage on the breathtaking Erie Bluff. Call Brian K 519-365-6090.

Offer Pending

252 QUEEN $174,900

265 ELIZABETH $289,900

Exceptional opportunity with established business in lower & 2br apt in the upper. Call Andrea 519-359-2482.

Charming 4br, 1.5 bath 2 storey. Backyard has heated 18x36 i/g pool. Call Gus 519-355-8668 or Heather 519-355-8666.

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Everything you could want! 5br, 2 storey with a beautiful yard. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

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57 AMELIA $199,900

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877 CHARING CROSS $899,900

D L SO 39 NORWAY MAPLE $529,000

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41 ADELAIDE S $149,000

Great income property in downtown core of Chatham with many improvements. Call Amber 519-784-5310. Steve Carroll* 519-355-9774


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122 RICHMOND #3 $9 SQ FT

175 NORWAY MAPLE $399,900

836 sq ft comm retail space available for lease. Call Mike S 519-784-5470.

Attractive 3br, 3.5 bath 2 storey lovingly maintained. Call Eric 519-436-4865.

524 KEIL DR S $360,000

Immaculate 2+2br, 2 bath raised ranch with backyard oasis with a stunning Muskoka room. Call David 519-350-1615.

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37 Villa, $239,900 .............................. Cindy Weaver, Royal LePage Peifer

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7088 Talbot Trail, $529,900 ............... Wayne Liddy, Royal LePage Peifer

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63 Cartier Place, $359,900................ Darcy Want, Re/Max

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205 Summerset Place, $309,000 ...... Royal LePage Peifer

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205 Summerset Place, $309,000 ...... Royal LePage Peifer

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205 Summerset Place, $309,000 ...... Royal LePage Peifer

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Home sales slow, supply dwindles The Chatham Voice

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A pair of Canada geese hangs out on King Street East in Chatham just outside Taylor Park recently.

Local realtors say May delivered only an average month in terms of home sales in the municipality. According to the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors, sales dropped 18 per cent from the all-time record May sales month from last year. A total of 141 units changed hands. So far this year, sales have totaled 515 through the first five months, marking a decrease in nearly 13 per cent compared to the same period a year ago. Steve Carroll, president of the Chatham-Kent

Three more step forward The Chatham Voice

It was another relatively quiet week in municipal election nominations, as three people came forward last week. Steven Scott will run in Ward 4, while Les Banks is running in Ward 6, and Pierre Lambert is running for trustee for the French public school board. They join mayoral hope-

fuls Darrin Canniff and Alysson Storey. Council hopefuls in Ward 1, West Kent, are incumbents Bryon Fluker and Mark Authier. For Ward 2, South Kent, Henry Svec and incumbent Frank Vercouteren have announced they are running. In Ward 3, East Kent, incumbents David VanDamme and Steve Pin-

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sonneault have signed up to do it again. As for Ward 4, North Kent, Dylan McLay and while Joey Cyples announced their intentions to run. Up in Ward 5, Wallaceburg, Aaron Hall, Randy McNeil, Chris Glassford, Nicolas Cadotte and incumbent Carmen McGregor have filed their papers.

And in Ward 6, Chatham, Doug Sulman and Michael Bondy, Larry Vellinga, James Thompson, Ryan Jackson; Chris June, Kirk Hooker, Drew Simpson and Karen Kirkwood-Whyte are running. John Mrnik, Bob Demers and John Van Heck are seeking positions as school board trustees. This list is complete as of June 11.

Association of Realtors said unless inventories increase, there will be a further downturn in sales numbers. “Home sales were running in line with their 10year average in May, but even that average level of activity may be hard to maintain going forward if new listings don’t start to pick up,” Carroll said in a media release. “With supply as low as it is, prices continue trending at record levels. This was again borne out in May, with the average price setting yet another new all-time record.” The average price of homes sold in May was a record $214,832, up 3.1

per cent from May 2017. The more comprehensive year-to-date average price was $199,904, up 5.9 per cent from the first five months of 2017. The inventory cupboard is getting pretty bare. There were 172 new residential listings in May. This was down 26.8 per cent on a year-overyear basis and marked the lowest level for the month in 25 years. Active residential listings numbered just 170 units at the end of May, plunging 48.3 per cent from the end of May 2017. It was the lowest inventory reading at any point ever in the region.

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A C-K haven for migrant workers By Bruce Corcoran

Being away from one’s family can be stressful to the mind, body and spirit. That’s why Ira Simpson is involved in the Caribbean Love Ministry. The migrant workers ministry started about 13 years ago in Leamington, he said, and it became connected to a church in Windsor. In 2015, Simpson helped bring the ministry to Blenheim. This year, it is connected to Evangel Church in Chatham, with services Sunday nights. “Most of these guys leave their families for eight months or two years, and sometimes it gets very stressful,” the Jamaican native and Ridgetown resident told The Chatham Voice. “The workload in the greenhouses and the fields is really stressful. And they can become so

frustrated if there is an issue at home.” That’s where the Caribbean Love Ministry comes into play. “Church gives them hope: Trust God to take care of and help the family. That helps relieve the stress level,” he said. Worshipping God is only one element of the church that appeals to the migrant workers. They are encouraged to pick up a musical instrument or lend their voices to the evenings. “Singing, playing music – it kind of helps regenerate them,” Simpson said. “Most of the migrant workers who come up go there to worship and they really find it informative and fulfilling. They get to worship in their own native way and language.” Simpson, who serves as the minister for the Caribbean Love Ministry, said several local greenhouses are quite supportive, and

one transports the workers to and from the services on Sunday nights. He said the ministry’s efforts extend beyond the Sunday services, as there are also social activities designed to bring the foreign workers together. And there are assistance programs, something Simpson said was needed. “We also want to provide winter gear for them. Some might get money from their employer, but they might not have enough to buy a coat for the winter,” he said. “We have a program where we can help them out.” He believes more should be done to help acclimatize migrant workers to Canadian weather and culture when they come to our country. “You can’t just throw them into the country and expect them to work. You have to educate them,” he said. “We want to ed-

ucate some of the newcomers, let them know about some of the things to expect when they arrive here in Canada. Nobody knows them. We want to give them counselling and guidelines. “We give some background information. We want to be that ounce of prevention. It’s better than a pound of cure.” Simpson pointed to one worker’s situation where the first-time visitor to Canada went into a gentleman’s club and wound up not having the money to pay for a dancer’s services he didn’t even know he had procured. “He didn’t understand much about Canada. He only knew his Jamaican culture,” Simpson said, adding a friend helped get the man’s bill paid and out of the club. He said what drives someone to come to Canada to work might surprise

Five forms of elder abuse

In order to prevent and counter elder abuse, it’s important to know how to recognize it. In honour of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day this June 15, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the different types of abuse seniors may experience. 1. PHYSICAL ABUSE Any act compromising the physical integrity or well-being of a person is considered abusive (e.g. pushing, force-feeding, inadequately administering medication). 2. PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE Insulting, threatening, rejecting, isolating, manipulating and humiliating a person are some examples of psychologically abusive behaviour. 3. MATERIAL ABUSE Also known as financial abuse, material abuse refers to dishonestly obtaining or using someone else’s property. Pushing an elderly person to modify his or her will or asking for excessive pay-

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ment after providing a service are two examples. 4. ORGANIZATIONAL ABUSE Organizational procedures that cause harm to older people, such as providing services in a rough manner, constitute abuse. 5. SEXUAL ABUSE All actions, comments and demeanours that negatively impact a person’s sexual identity or wellbeing are considered to be acts of abuse. Finally, discriminating against someone based on his or her age (ageism) is also a form of abuse.

Physical, material, psychological — the elderly are vulnerable to many different forms of abuse.

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the average Canadian. “Some are teachers; some are ministers. A lot of people are educated. They get the opportunity to come to Canada and they take it,” he explained. “Some travel for the financial benefit. Others just come here because they want to travel.” Simpson has been in Canada since 2008. Prior to coming here, he was a minister in St. James, Jamaica. When he came here, he started to search for a place to worship, and found one in Leamington. When he moved to Ridgetown, he brought his ministry with him. “This is a calling. It’s something I have to take on with whatever little resources I have, to put this together to make this possible so some of the workers can benefit from it,” he said. He is married with three children and works in construction during the day. The Chatham-Kent element of the ministry began in St. Mary’s Hall in Blenheim, before shifting to Chatham this past January. Simpson said Pastor

Chris Couper has opened his arms to the migrant workers. “Oh my God, this man is a blessing. He welcomed me to the family of the church,” he said of Couper. Simpson said he recently spoke in front of the Sunday morning congregation at Evangel to celebrate the third anniversary of the ministry operating in Chatham-Kent. “There was so much support in front of the congregation it overwhelmed me,” he said. The Caribbean Love Ministry typically has about three dozen members show up each Sunday night, Simpson said, and those numbers will grow as the growing season progresses. “It’s everybody invited. We want the migrant worker here to feel a part of the community. It’s a chance to interact to get to know them,” he said. “To see what they’ve been through, to see their level of faith, you will think differently. Everyone can feel we are a part of the community, working to make it a better place.” Service begins at 7 p.m. every Sunday at Evangel.

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Jakubec, Wesley end legal squabble

More support for IPM 2018

The Chatham Voice

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The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo committee recently celebrated sponsorship donations to the tune of more than $60,000. From left, Leon Leclair, co-chair of IPM 2018; James Dow, sponsorship committee co-chair; Southwest Ag Partners representatives Todd Ross, Jim Regan and Chelsea Robinson; along with Tobe Cobe Jr.; Donna Nolan; and co-ordinator Allison Terfloth celebrate Southwest Ag’s $15,000 commitment. The IPM 2018 also received support from LSI Supply Inc. ($25,000), and Post Media ($21,000).

Given slated for repurposing The Chatham Voice

The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) senior administration has decided to repurpose the John N. Given Public School site for alternative programs. With the repurpose plan, the site will not be declared a property surplus to the Board’s needs. Last May, LKDSB trustees approved the consolidation of the John N. Given Public School Kindergarten to Grade 8 English Language Program at Tecumseh Public School for this September; the relocation of the John N. Given Public School Grade 7 and 8 French Immersion Program to McNaughton Avenue Public School in last September, and the closure of John N. Given as of July 1.

Currently, the LKDSB’s Adult & Continuing Education program occupies a leased property in Chatham. As well, the LKDSB currently houses some alternative Special Education programs in various locations throughout the area, such as the Positive Alternative to Suspension from School (PASS) program and Section 23, which offers educational programming to students who require an alternative to a traditional classroom setting. Senior administration decided to consolidate these programs into the John N. Given Public School site in order to consolidate resources and support services, as well as create efficiencies for the system. “After thoughtful consideration of the needs of the LKDSB and the com-

munity, we believe repurposing the John N. Given Public School site will be a positive transition for the students and staff who are currently decentralized throughout our system. By bringing them together in one site, staff will be able to better support our students and each other. As well, this

move is expected to continue to create efficiencies for the system,” said Director Jim Costello in a media release. The LKDSB is working with its students and community partners to notify them of the location change, which is expected to be effective this September.

In a press release issued by Water Wells First spokesperson Kevin Jakubec Friday relating to the litigation between he and Chatham-Kent Coun. Jeff Wesley, he said an apology has closed the matter for good. “Previously I, Kevin Jakubec, made public comments that suggested Mr. Wesley was a liar. It is not true that Mr. Wesley is a liar. I apologize,” Jakubec said in the release. “Coun. Wesley and I have come to an agreement regarding the damages assessed in the Reasons for Decision of Deputy Judge Glenn C. Walker on July 27, 2017 and consider the

matter resolved. Neither Coun. Wesley or myself will have further comment on this matter.” The apology stems from the grassroots advocacy group awarding Wesley a Pinocchio Shame Award in early 2017. Jakubec, at that time, said the award was not meant to hurt Wesley or his family, but was meant to bring awareness to the group’s fight to protect the aquifer running under Dover Township and much of the area north of Chatham where wind turbine projects are underway. “I offer my apologies to you and your family. No one was meant to be hurt,” Jakubec wrote in an e-mail last year.

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Chatham Office: Centre St., Chatham, ON N7M 4W2 Tel: 519-358-7555 Fax: 48 519-358-1428 Email: Tel: 519-358-7555 Fax: 519-358-1428 Email: Leamington Office: 15 Princess St., Leamington, ON N8H 2X8


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NOTICE OF BY-LAW EXEMPTION REQUEST OF CHATHAM-KENT The Municipality hasMUNICIPALITY received a request from the Canadian Cancer Society for The Municipality of Chatham-Kent will be holding a an exemption under Schedule 2, Clause 2 of the Chatham-Kent Noise By-law PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE 41-2004. The request is to allow music on the main stage at the C.K.S.S. Regarding the upcoming planned work related to the Athletic Complex, located at 285 McNaughton Avenue East, Chatham until 12:00 a.m. The BRIDGE specific date this request is Friday, June 22, 2018. PARRY 2016ofREHABILITATION PROJECT Keil Drive over the Thames River (Community of Chatham) Citizens wishing for more information, or wishing to file an objection to the The purpose of this Public Information Centre is to inform stakeholders of the scope of work, traffic detour exemption are asked to call Paul Lacina, C.B.O., Director, plan and timing of construction activities associated with the above mentioned project in the Community of Chatham. Building Development Services at 519-360-1998 ext.3242. The meeting will be held on:


Thursday, April 21, 2016 5:00pm – 8:00pm Chatham-Kent Civic Centre – Atrium 315 King Street West, Chatham

Contact us at 519-354-7111 for your personal tour. We desire to create and operate a Retirement Community where all our residents will enjoy a lifestyle and quality of life exceeding their expectations





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Ted and Sheila Brady are no strangers to Chatham Chrysler. Ted and Sheila are seen here with Luce Cools picking up their new Chrysler 300 Touring. This is the 12th vehicle Ted and Sheila have purchased from Luce Cools. Thank you for your continued loyalty and safe travels.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 • Father’s Day Luncheon from 11:00am1:00pm. $12/person. Call the Active Lifestyle Centre at 519-352-5633. • Open euchre (1:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Friday, June 15, 2018 • Meal (5:30pm-7:00pm) and open darts (7:30pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Choice of hot hamburg, roast beef or fish & chips for $10. • Chatham-Kent’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Recognition Event from 2:00pm3:00pm at the Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt Ave., Chatham. Saturday, June 16, 2018 • 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. • Annual Garage Sale at St. Agnes Church Hall (52 Croydon St., Chatham) from 8:00am-noon. (donation drop off Fri. June 15 1:00pm-7:00pm)

• Love to sing and want to be blessed each week? Come and celebrate all things musical with Jubilee Chorus, a multi-faith, interdenominational choir. No experience necessary, no auditions required! 7:30pm-9:30pm at St. Andrew’s United church (85 William St., Chatham) Call 519-397-3318 for info. • Open euchre (1:00pm) and shuffleboard (7:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Wednesday, June 20, 2018 • Pepper (1:00pm) and fun darts (7:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Thursday, June 21, 2018 • Open euchre (1:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. • St. Clair River Run - certified race, presented by CF Industries, is a chip-timed 10km run and 5km walk/run following the shore of St. Clair River through Sombra and Port Lambton. Free children’s minnow run will follow immediately. All proceeds to the maintenance of the St. Clair River Trail.

• Meat draw (4:00pm-6:00pm) and dance featuring Flashback (4:30pm-9:30pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham.

• Strawberry Social from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Holy Trinity/St. Paul’s Church. Selkirk & Victoria St., Chatham. Strawberries, cake & ice cream. Adults $6, 12 & under $3. Hot dogs and hamburgers also available for purchase.

• Laughing Club in CK - laughing yoga is funny and stimulating exercises. Including stretchings, breathings and clappings. Welcome all! 10:30am (June-Sept) Blyth Park, 388 Tweedsmuir Ave. W.

Friday, June 22, 2018 • Join us for movie night - Sight & Sound Theatres presents Jospeh. Free admission & free pizza. 7:00pm at Evangel Pentecostal Tabernacle, 245 Peter St., Bothwell.

Sunday, June 17, 2018 • Father’s Day Breakfast at the Merlin Legion, 2 Stanley St., Merlin. Only $10, kids 1/2 price from 10:00am-1:00pm. Eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, pancakes, waffles, coffee, tea, juice.

• 5th Annual Zonta’s Garden and Pond Tour. 4:00pm-9:00pm. Complimentary refreshments with $20 ticket available at Rubies Gifts, Degoey’s Flowers, Glasshouse Nursery, Syd Kemsley Florist and Flowerbed Greenhouses in Blenheim.

• Portuguese Mass at St. Joseph Church. Procession at 1:30pm followed by Mass at approx. 2:30pm. Celebrant will be Fr. Jim. A free meal will be served following at the Portuguese Club. Monday, June 18, 2018 • Open euchre (1:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. • Plants and Landscaping expert - Bill Ross will present secrets you need to know what lies within your garden to get the best out of them. 7:30pm. Free refreshments. Trinity Anglican Church lower meeting room, 59 Ellen St., Blenheim. Call 519-676-9476 or 519-3548320 for info. • Sue Hawkins from Clutter Busters will host a free 1 hour workshop (11:00am-12:00pm) at the Active Lifestyle Centre titled “Organizing Your Space”. Everyone Welcome. Tuesday, June 19, 2018

• Let Them Eat Cake Cafe presented by the Zonta Club of Chatham-Kent. 6:00pm10:00pm. Come and enjoy for a donation ($5 suggested). Held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 99 Selkirk St.


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Lyle Robert Arnold 90, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Thomas Andrew Hewak 61, Saturday, June 9, 2018 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Carter Paul David Lackie Sunday, June 3, 2018 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Bob Thompson 89, Sunday, June 10, 2018 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Dona Bechard 53, Monday, June 4, 2018 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Lynn Craven 56, Sunday, June 3, 2018 McKinlay Funeral Home

John Neville 53, Monday, June 4, 2018 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Larry VanRoboys 76, Monday, June 4, 2018 McKinlay Funeral Home

Fred Tribe 95, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Genevieve Wood 89, Monday, June 4, 2018 McKinlay Funeral Home

Bill Montgomery 59, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Dorothy Blackburn 93, Thursday, June 7, 2018 McKinlay Funeral Home

Benjamin Murphy 39, Sunday, June 3, 2018 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

William “Willie” Maxwell 43, Friday, June 8, 2018 McKinlay Funeral Home

Peter Shillington Friday, June 8, 2018 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Mrs. Joyce Brown 76, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home



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60 Stanley Street, Blenheim (519) 676 – 9200 • 519-351-4444

245 Wellington St. W., Chatham 519-352-2710

CK Metal Detecting Club. Last Thursday of the month. Erickson Arena. 7:00pm. Guests welcome. Chatham Lawn Bowling - Come out and try three lessons free. Mention this and we will give you a coupon for the 2018 season. Tecumseh Park in Downtown Chatham. Every Monday starting at 1:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday at 6:00pm. Please arrive 15 minute early. Submit your coming events to or

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Tailgate at dance recital? Oh, yes we did Dance is art. But it can come pretty darned close to a sport as well when you factor in the physical rigors involved. And sporting events are prime spots for tailgates, right? So what better reason to hold a tailgate party at a dance recital? That’s what we did on the weekend, enjoying pulled pork, meatballs, salad, beverages, good company, and rain drops. My task was the pulled pork. I had a 15-pound pork shoulder in the freezer, so we were well armed. It went on the Big Green Egg Friday evening at 7 p.m. I was worried some of it was still frozen, or close to it, so I cranked up the heat slightly to 275 F to make sure it would be done by Saturday afternoon. This was by far my smoothest long cook on the Egg to date. I hung out in the backyard into the early evening, listening to classic rock selections on my iPod, sipping on a cold beverage, and making sure the temperature was nice and stable. A check at about 1 a.m. had me thinking it was going to be done ahead of schedule, so I dialed back the heat a little more, to 250 F, about where I normally cook a pork shoulder. My target temperature was 200 F internal to allow the collagen and fat to break down. I expected about 18 or more hours of cooking time. At 6:20 a.m., the pork had blasted through its stall period and was already at 182 F. It typically stalls for hours somewhere between 150 and 160 F. I turned down the cooking temperature some more and had another nap. By 1:30 p.m., it was done. I removed it from the Egg, placed it in a roasting pan, covered it in foil, and let it rest for about

A son’s first hero, A daughter’s first love.

Bruce Corcoran 30 minutes. I removed the fat cap and the bones, and started pulling with

two forks, adding spices and some Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce as I went. Our daughter ended her dance season on the weekend with three recitals, one Friday, another Saturday afternoon and a third Saturday evening. We tailgated between the Saturday events. Lawn chairs, a portable shade tent, which did a great job keeping the drizzle off us, and

vehicles pulled up close creatTeacher in the Bleachers, who ed the perfect spot in the parkwas unable to attend due to her ing lot. Everyone had plenty to need to do report cards), and eat, a lot of laughs were shared, our assortment of offspring. and a few strange looks from Tailgating at a dance event. I passersby were given. think we’re onto something. Now that is how you enjoy a dance recital. LOCAL ARTISTS The folks gathered around are always a treat to hang out with: Char and Eggless Chad, Matt and Jude, Tony and Lina, Dave (husband of Downtown Chatham - 159 King St. W.

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Our advertised prices include Freight, Air Tax, and PPSA (if financed or leased). Add dealer administration and registration fees of up to $799, fuel fill charge of up to $120 and applicable taxes, then drive away.

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Vehicle(s) may be shown with optional equipment. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Limited time offers. Offers only valid at participating dealers. Retail offers may be cancelled or changed at any time without notice. See your Ford Dealer for complete details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. For factory orders, a customer may either take advantage of eligible raincheckable Ford retail customer promotional incentives/offers available at the time of vehicle factory order or time of vehicle delivery, but not both or combinations thereof. Retail offers not combinable with any CPA/GPC or Daily Rental incentives, the Commercial Upt Program or the Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (CFIP). *From June 1 to July 3, 2018, lease a new 2018 F-150 4x4 XLT 300A 2.7L SWB with Trailer Tow Package for up to 36 months and get 0.49% APR on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit Canada Company. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Lease with a value of $40,474 (after $3,200 down payment or equivalent trade in and $750 truck bonus, $500 lease bonus and $4,000 manufacturer rebate deducted and including freight and air tax of $1,900) with an optional buyout of $23,484, monthly payment is $388.64 (the sum of twelve (12) monthly payments divided by 26 periods gives payee an every two weeks payment of $179.37), total lease obligation is $17,191.09, interest cost of leasing is $442.09 or 0.49% APR. Taxes payable on full amount of total lease nancing price after Manufacturer Rebate has been deducted. Offers include freight, air tax, and PPSA but exclude administration and registration fees of up Available in most to $799, fuel ll charge of up to $120 and all applicable taxes. Additional payments required for optional features, license, and insurance. All prices are based on Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Some conditions and new Ford vehicles mileage restriction of 60,000 km for 36 months applies. Excess kilometrage charges are 16¢ per km, plus applicable taxes. Excess kilometrage charges subject to change, see your local dealer for details. ‡6000-series aluminum with 6-month pre-paid subscription. alloy. ©2018 Sirius Canada Inc. “SiriusXM”, the SiriusXM logo, channel names and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc. and are used under licence. ©2018 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.



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ACROSS 1 Hamstrings 6 Poorly lit 9 Moreover 12 Take as one’s own 13 Elizabethan, e.g. 14 Luau side dish 15 Suitor 16 Sponge

18 Logic 20 Clue 21 Sapporo sash 23 Drench 24 Papa 25 File’s partner 27 Women’s home, said John Gray 29 Power source

This week’s answers

DOWN 1 Legislation 2 Commotion 3 Dock doings 4 Duel tool 5 First Little Pig’s material 6 Remove a stripe 7 Press 8 Chinese chairman

9 Garden pest 10 Incessantly 11 Filthy 17 Second drink? 19 Lucky roll 21 Raw rock 22 Prohibit 24 French noble title 26 Showed affection 28 Sis’ kid 30 Little louse 32 Having a romantic glow, maybe 33 Carte lead-in 34 Profit 36 Big gorge 38 Gets zero stars 39 WWII vessel 40 Spacious 42 Oust 45 Radius neighbor 46 Birthright barterer 48 Charged bit 50 Before 51 Pirouette pivot





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Christ Church welcomes everyone! You don’t need money to join! You don’t have to sign a contract! We don’t take attendance! Christ Church welcomes everyone – whether you are just browsing or more devout than the Archbishop of Canterbury; if you just got out of jail or are citizen of the year; if you still need a nightlight or doze off to Murder She Wrote; poor as a church mouse or rich as Midas – we welcome you and all those in between.

Try us out on Sundays at 8:30 (yes, a.m.) for a traditional service or 10:30 a.m. for a more contemporary one, or Wednesday at 10 a.m. might work better for you.

Thank You

Thank You

Douglas Allen Phillips

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to family, friends, neighbours and co-workers for their many thoughtful expressions of sympathy on the passing of a beloved husband, son, brother and uncle, Doug Phillips, who passed away May 13, 2018 after battling cancer. A special Thank You to Joe Fanelli and staff, Doug’s Maple City Bakery family. We miss you Doug, we miss your smile, you brought joy and happiness into our lives. Carrie, Mom, Linda, Tyler, Nathan, Greg & Kim.

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We welcome you! Help us find Christ in community

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Products and/or Services • Gutter Repair • Leaf Guards • Downspouts • Seamless Gutters • Gutter Cleaning • Window Washing

Ministry Healing Love Ministry Psalm 107: 20 John 3: 16&17 reaches out to men living with sexual addictions. Private and confidential homebased ministry. 519-354-3532. If not in, leave a message and your call will be returned.


280 Merritt Ave - Chatham Banquet / Sunset Lounge Reasonable full menu, service - bartenders. *Weddings *Stag and Doe’s * Special Events* Two huge facilities. Parking lot. Outdoor patio. 519-352-9000.

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Anais Anette is a small, Canadian-owned producer of modern wedding gowns located in downtown Chatham — and we’re looking for talented, forwardthinking artists to join our growing team. We’re hiring an experienced full-time production manager and an assistant studio manager, and full-time and part-time seamstresses and cutters. View the full job postings and requirements on our website .

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Theresa is Retiring!! 20-30% OFF

Everything Storewide! Collectibles, China, Glass, Furnishings, UCC Uniforms Everything Goes!

PLUS NO TAX Hurry in to: 137 St. Clair St. Chatham, N7L 1Z1 519-352-8982 or 519-352-7587


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Gutter Vac Services that is affordable and safe

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GUTTER CLEANING Safely from the Ground

Safety is #1 for us and here’s why it should be #1 with you too! 90,000 Hospitalized injuries happen every year from people who fall off ladder! Professionals are NOT immune! Why risk someone falling on your property? You can be held liable.



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Call or email us to schedule an appointment 519-360-6144

Thank you to our thoughtful daughter Kerry, Denise, Luanne, Lynda, their families & friends especially Tracie and family for the wonderful 60th Anniversary they arranged for us. Thank you to everyone who came to congratulate us, it was a beautiful and memorable day. Thanks for cards, gifts & phone calls. Thank you to Candise for the masterpiece cake. Special thanks to Rose Marie and Bob Finlay who added their musical talents. A great gift. Richard & Evelyn Finn


• Must be a homeowner (no proof required) • No mortgage registered on title • No income proof required • Open Loan • 48hrs normally to approve - funds directly deposited • No fund allocation - you do what you wish with the money ONLY DOCUMENTS REQUIRED 1. ID, one of: license, passport, Canadian citizenship card. 2. Void cheque or PAD form

Christ Church

Thank You


Rogena’s Alterations: Pants, Jeans, Hems, Zippers, Leather, Suede, Wedding Gowns. 519-397-4846. 181 King St. W. Downtown Chatham.

Wanted to Buy

Wanted to Buy: Antiques, costume jewellry, gold, silver, coins, military, furniture, tools. We Buy All Paid Cash. 519727-8894.


Excellent Carpet Cleaning! Only $25.00 a room! 519-3587633.

For Rent FOR RENT: Homes - Duplexes - Apartments. Several locations. Credit check - referrals required. No large dogs. Call 519-3525480. FOR RENT: Small 1 br apt available immediately. Good parking. $500/ mth. Water included. Plus electricity. For info 519-4367229. FOR RENT: 2 offices, high traffic: utilities included. $800 per month. 519-355-5494. ROOM RENTAL - 2 BR fully furnished apt to share. Utilities, high speed internet, satellite tv included. $575/ mth/1 person. Avail. July 1st. 519-351-0825 or email jdfoulon@


The Chatham Voice is not responsible for the contents of advertisements, in print or online. The Voice also reserves the right to clarify or refuse any advertisement based on its sole discretion. The publisher reserves the right to reject, discontinue or omit any advertisement without notice or penalty to either party.

Garage Sale

Large Two Family Yard Sale - Saturday, June 16th. 8:00-2:00pm, 65 Mary St., Chatham.

For Sale

Silk Cemetery Saddle Arrangements. Everyday/Holiday. Readyto-go. Many colours available. $25. Call 519-354-3411.

2005 Honda Accord. Well maintained, good condition, 4cyl engine plus extras - sun roof, heated seats, etc. Beige in color, 226,000kms. Asking $4200 obo. Call 519352-6734.

In Memoriam Al Bennett June 26, 1931 June 15, 1993

Hard to believe 25 years have passed since Dad (Big Ben as he was affectionately known to friends and teammates) was called home. It still seems like yesterday when he was still with us, full of life and full of love for his family, yet he’s been gone a lifetime – his grandchildren’s lifetimes. Missed today, just as he was 25 years ago by Mike (Heather and daughters Lauren and Erin, stepsons Steven and Spencer Sinclair); Rob (Suzanne, son Tyler and fiancée Nicole Gardiner); Jayme (daughters Meagan and husband Shawn Tomlinson, Courtney and husband Brad Ridler, son Brandon Boyce and fiancée Meagan Scherle), Brian (Rhonda, stepson Kyle Negri, stepdaughter Katelynn Negri and fiancé Nic White). Take good care of Mom!


A N K LAVER EN VK V A U C T I O N S I N C. Clearing an Estate, Downsizing, Liquidating Inventory or Decluttering?

We can help. Call to sell your items for cash or by consignment Call John @ 519-845-3663

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For Rent

Local Beef

3 bedroom home in Merlin, available now. Also bachelor/bachelorette furnished apartment. Quiet, safe, clean. 15 min from Chatham or Blenheim. Available now. Call 1-905-6166101.

BUIS BEEF Farm raised, tradition of quality. Stop by our store, enrich your meals with beef. Fresh, Frozen, Sides, Quarters, Individual cuts. Now open Wed., Thurs., Fri. 10-6. Saturdays 10-2. Website 519352-5789. 7792 Seventh Line E., Chatham (Bloomfield Rd at 401)

Looking for

Wanted to buy snowblower, 3 point hitch; rear tractor driven; 6 or 7 foot wide; single or double augers intake; new or used; dealers welcome. I pay cash on the spot. Call 519351-6007.

House for Sale

House for Sale - 2 or 3 bedroom, new roof, fridge/stove included. Needs TLC. Immediate possession. Call 519-3545391.

Help Wanted

The Chatham Voice is in need of carriers in the following areas: Gregory Dr E / Northern Pine Pl McNaughton Ave E / Cedarwoods Cres Vanier Dr / Peirone Cres Michener Rd / Goldpark Rd Forest St / Arnold St Barclay St / London Dr Faubert Dr / Cecile Ave Wedgewood Ave McKinnon Dr / Warwick Dr O’Neil St / Houston St Oriole Pkwy

Please call Fatima at 519-397-2020 or email her at




Don’t shave your dog during the summer

Three tips to protect your pets from the summer heat

3. Never leave your pet in the car when it’s hot out. During the summer, the temperature inside your vehicle can get dangerously high in just a few minutes. Even if you’re parked in the shade, and even if you’ll only be gone for a second, never Heat waves can be dangerous for both you and your four-legged leave your pet alone in the car — his life depends on it. friends. To ensure your pets’ comfort and safety throughout the summer, follow these three tips.

It may seem like a smart idea to have your dog shaved when the weather starts to warm up, but this isn’t a good way to help your pup beat the heat. Because dogs don’t sweat in the same way humans do, their coat is actually vital to keep them cool during the summer. Your dog’s fur acts as a protective barrier against the heat and helps keep your pup’s body cool. Dog hair traps moisture to insulate and naturally refresh your pet. Pretty neat, right? What’s more, Fido’s fur also shields him from harmful UV rays and insect bites.

1. Provide water and shade at all times. Don’t let your cat or dog get dehydrated during a heat wave. Always leave a bowl of fresh water at their disposal. Outdoors, make sure your pet has access to shade at all times. 2. Avoid walking your dog when the sun is at its strongest. It’s highly recommended that you leave your pet indoors between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., as this tends to be the hottest time of the day. Minimize your dog’s risk of heatstroke by taking walks early in the morning or later on in the evening when the weather is cooler. At Noah’s our furry guests enjoy all the comforts of home including heat, A/C, satellite radio, and TV, topped off with lots of affection and companionship.

Mon-Fri 8-6 Sat 8-4

New & Used Tires Top Notch Service That’s Just How We Roll!

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We look for ward to meeting you and your furry or feathered friend!

Specialized Pest Management for the Agri Food sector!

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Noah’s Ark Pet Boarding Your Small Pet Specialist

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B R E A K I N G N E W S Effective June 15th, 2018 the Chatham Voice will be moving locations.

Our new location will be at 71 Sass Rd. Unit 4, Chatham N7M 5J4 We thank all of our readers, advertisers, friends and supporters for all that you do for us. We are in the community for the community and couldn’t do it without the support of all of you! Please stop by and see us in our new location!

Watch upcoming issues for information on our 5th Anniversary Open House at our New Location!

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The Chatham Voice, June 14, 2018  

The June 14, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.

The Chatham Voice, June 14, 2018  

The June 14, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.