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Third Fridays return

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Mark the third Friday of every summer month on your calendar and head downtown in Chatham. Third Fridays are back, beginning June 16. Clair Culliford, who is organizing the three events – there will also be Third Fridays July 21 and Aug. 18 – said the evenings run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and are designed to showcase the downtown and more. Businesses are encouraged to remain open until 8 p.m. and offer unique specials or services. Community groups can set up tables to showcase what they offer. Local artists and performers can strut their stuff as well. Culliford said he thinks the events will have widespread appeal. “It should be good for a lot of people – good for the businesses, good for the organizations and good for the people coming downtown,” he said. He is looking for more participation, however. People can sign up even at the last minute. “Anybody who has something interesting to

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The Kinsmen Fair goers enjoyed the sunshine but maybe not the heat this weekend. Carter Shows provided the rides and midway attractions for kids of all ages. Many lined up for the Dragon Coaster, pictured, on Friday afternoon.

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C-K losing the Watkinsons

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After nine years serving the people of Chatham-Kent, Capt. Stephanie Watkinson of the Salvation Army is leaving

town. She and her husband Andrew will head to Barrie in a transfer within the organization. Watkinson said she would miss this community.

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en’t permanent, so she knew this day would come. “It’s our time to move on. We’re looking forward to the new challenges,” she said. But there’s no denying she’ll miss Chatham-Kent, especially the people. “It’s becoming difficult in saying goodbye to everyone and closing everything up,” Watkinson said. “I’ve really become part of Chatham-Kent. It’s like leaving home again. “I love it here. It’s such a caring community. I have found that working with many different community partners, we all come together with the same goal – to make it a better place to live.” The ability to work together here is something to treasure, she said. “No one is trying to do it alone. It’s a collaboration among agencies and that’s just amazing. You don’t see that in every community,” Watkinson said. “I’m going to miss the people, the ministry.” The Watkinsons leave Chatham-Kent at the end of the month, and will both work out of the Salvation Army church in

Barrie. The move will have Watkinson missing something else. “I’m going to miss the mild winters in Chatham-Kent,” she said. Barrie lies in the heart of the Snow Belt. One thing Watkinson isn’t worried about is how things will work in Chatham with her gone. Capt. Stephen and Karen Holland will take over and “we know the work of the Salvation Army will continue with the

new leadership. I’m leaving it in good hands.” In terms of the challenges she and her husband will face, she said one is the fact they are to work in the church environment. During her time here, she operated out of the community and family services offices of the Salvation Army on Raleigh Street. “That will be different. But we are looking forward to becoming part of that community,” she said.


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ever recorded, and was up 5.5 per cent from May of last year. On year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 591 units over the first five months of the year, rising five per cent from the

same period in 2016. “The local housing market remains very strong, with more homes bought and sold in May 2017 than in any other month in history,” Kristi Willder, president of the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors, said in a release. But the hot sales aren’t without some issues for realtors and

potential home buyers. “At the same time active listings are at record lows. As a result, the average home price in the region topped the $200,000 mark for the first time in May,” Willder added. The average price of homes sold in May 2017 was $208,435, up 20.6 per cent from May 2016. The year-to-date average price was $188,773, rising 16.7 per cent from the first five

months of last year. New listings numbered 235 units in May, down 16.9 per cent from the same month in 2016. This was well below historical averages for this time of year. There were just 329 active residential listings on the Association’s MLS® System at the end of May 2017. This was a record-low for this time of year, down 37.7 per cent from May 2016.

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Parking problems outside Rondeau By Bruce Corcoran

The owner of a Rondeau restaurant is at odds with the municipality over parking. And he says the issue came up because he’s trying to be a good corporate citizen. Paul Trudell, owner of Rondeau Joe’s, just east of the provincial park entrance, is irked municipal staff put up two no parking signs in front of his property recently. He knows it is illegal for people to park on the boulevard along Wildwood Line. But the signs actually impact his staff’s ability to park along the side of his property, off the boulevard, he said. And one makes it difficult to get into a laneway behind the restaurant. “One sign essentially is blocking access to my driveway,” he said. Trudell said there is room on his property for people to park off the boulevard. “There’s plenty of room for people to pull up,” he said, add-

ing staff generally are the only ones parking on his property on the Wildwood Line side. The entrance to the restaurant is on the west side, in the parking lot. Half of the lot is municipal parking, while the other is Rondeau Joe’s parking, again on Trudell’s property. Rondeau Joe’s staff are encouraged to park on the Wildwood Line side to open up spots in the municipal lot. Trudell said on a busy weekend, the restaurant can have as many as nine staff working at a given time. He said he understands what the municipality is trying to do in its efforts to keep people from parking on the boulevard, too close to the roadway. “I don’t want people parking crosswise anyway. It blocks my people in,” he said. “I caught some of my people parking that way last year. I just told them to stop.” South Kent Coun. Trevor Thompson has been working to get Trudell and engineering personnel together to work out a solution that both parties can

agree to. telephone pole? We do it else- He believes if Trudell were to “It’s a matter of trying to bal- where all the time,” he said. put down some gravel along ance the needs of the residents Trudell doesn’t understand the Wildwood Line side of his in Rondeau, as well as the busi- why the municipality is sin- property, it would clearly show nesses,” he said. “Paul and I gling him out, as nearby cottag- his parking options. and engineering staff; we’re ers regtrying to find a way to work u l a r l y through this. What it comes h a v e Father’s Day - June 18 down to now is I want to have vehicles engineering staff come out to i n t r u d Summer Apparel take a look. I don’t think any- ing on Buy One Item body is getting a real sense of the bouGet 2nd Item what the issues are on the other levard. (of equal or lesser value) side.” T h e Trudell offered a simple solu- counciltion if people are not obeying lor addthe bylaws. ed gravel “If they’re parking on the might be street, ticket them. Don’t elimi- a simple nate my parking,” he said. solution Thompson sees no reason for to this any freestanding no parking problem. 61 Talbot St. W., Blenheim 519.676.5144 signs on Trudell’s property. There is a hydro pole nearby that would be a perfect home for one, in his books. “The signs are obstruct$ 00 $ 54 ing the ability for his employees to get onto health One Fast Allergy Relief 24 tablets his property. Why not Advil 24 tablets, 200mg hammer one up on the


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Come on downtown If you overhear someone asking what is wrong with Chatham’s downtown, maybe you could prod them in a slightly different direction. As in: What is right about it? Think for a moment. We’ve all heard critics of the downtown. Most are people who readily admit they haven’t been on King Street in ages. In other words, they aren’t really in a solid spot to criticize because they haven’t seen the diversity downtown. These folks should take the time to do come out on Friday night to be part of Third Fridays, where many stores are staying open until 8 p.m. in the core. There will be entertainers showcasing their talents; service clubs and groups will have the opportunity to show off what they do; and the downtown will be alive after hours. We love the Third Friday events because it gives stores the chance to do something different and provides people with another reason to enjoy Chatham’s core. They also spark life into the downtown after business hours. Too often businesses close up at 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. during the week and don’t open on Sundays, giving people little chance to come downtown if they aren’t retired. Business owners will say they’ve tried staying open in the past, but too few customers come by to make extended hours viable. What do you want out of the downtown? Home decor? Men’s and women’s clothing? Food? Crafts? Fine china? Chocolate? Jewelry? A cup of coffee? A night’s entertainment? Chatham’s downtown has you covered. Stop by sometime and see what these fine locally owned stores have to offer. Don’t shop online. Frequent local business. It’s better for our economy – your economy. Overall, citizens and business owners can both take a better appreciation of what we have here. If businesses don’t take part in BIA events and the public doesn’t visit downtown stores, we won’t have our downtown. Supporting First Fridays is a first step in collectively supporting our downtown.

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Sidewalks, roads need work Sir: Well, Jim Daley, you have said it in your letter about C-K roadways are more like a minefield. Even the drains at the curbs are all sunk. Perhaps it is the reason people on bikes still break the law to ride on the sidewalks. They would sure be in trouble at the drains at the curbs. I hope, Jim, that people at the council will listen

to people’s comments like yours and do something about it. Not only roadways but the sidewalks leave a lot to be desired. My husband tripped on a real cracked, heaved sidewalk on April 8. I have contacted municipal offices a number of times, and to my knowledge, as of June 7, it

still isn’t fixed. This is outside of the Pines from the lights heading east. Seeing my husband did not seem to need a doctor or broke anything, the case was closed and there could be no claims. But I see next time, Jim, you plan to make a claim on your car. I wonder

how many more people have had damage and not said a word. In our case, we would just like to see said sidewalk fixed, and I might add there are a good many more in terrible condition that hopefully will be fixed. Ruth Draper Chatham

Reader dislikes RetroFest immensely Sir: Thankfully, the horrible RetroFest is over and King Street in downtown Chatham is back to its bubbly and normal self, where people can move around and do business, shop or bank. However, when RetroFest comes along, nobody can get downtown, travel around or shop with those clinking, clanking collections of ancient metallic trash called old cars everywhere on the streets. They even block access to the downtown by choking off Fifth Street, denying a way to get to the south part of Chatham. If those ancient relics have to be brought out, why

not leave King Street open to commerce and use Wellington Street from William Street to Third Street for that event? Harvey Street to Queen Street, Centre Street and Queen Street would provide ample space for that event and regular business could continue to King Street. Or better, take those relics of bygone days down to Memorial Arena, which isn’t used from the end of hockey season to September and have the event there. If that doesn’t provide enough space, resurface the old Navistar lot, pull out the

grass and have the event there where nobody would be inconvenienced. A 200-seat auditorium could be built there for entertainment. Another problem with downtown Chatham is that Tecumseh Park is filled with vendors, also cutting off access to the Creek Bridge and downtown. Again, no way of getting downtown. When RetroFest was on, I struggled getting through the mayhem to the Downtown Chatham Centre. I wanted to buy two items and the clerks in each of two stores were thrilled to see me. I had

first almost been bounced from one side of King Street to the other by the unorderly crowd pushing first one way then the other. I was exhausted by the time I got to the mall. The clerks in each store told me they had watched the crowd pushing through the mall and nobody going into the stores for over an hour. So while some people think RetroFest is a wonderful excuse for a big event, my experience has been bad, so I suggest putting it somewhere else if it has to be held. Will Shepherd Chatham

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Health Coalition concerned over privatization By Mary Beth Corcoran

Members of the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) were in Chatham recently as part of its ‘We Can’t Bear to Lose Medicare’ campaign, with a warning about the threat privatization poses to Canada’s public health-care system. Peter Boyle, a volunteer member of the OHC touring with the bear, met with local coalition members in front of Downtown Chatham Centre, handing out information pamphlets to the public. Boyle said while there are private clinics that do legitimate work, providing services to patients and billing OHIP, the concern is for-profit clinics that try to up-sell people for services that are not

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

23567 Prince Albert Rd. • $649,000 If space inside & outside is what you are looking for this may be the one! Situated on 3.86 acres on the edge of Chatham this 3700sq.ft. executive rancher has it all. It features many updates, 3.5 baths, 4 bedrooms on the main floor. 1500sq. ft. is also finished on the lower level. A triple car attached garage, large shop & drive shed add extra value. You must see this one!

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Quality throughout! Hardwood floors on first and second floor. All upgraded appliances; fully 46 Daleview finished basement; 4+1 bedrooms, Sought after south side location. spa like en-suite bath. Room for Traditional 2 storey 4 bedroom the growing family. Approx. with hardwoods throughout. Main 1 acre, municipal water, paved floor family room, dining room. road, natural gas to the house. Double drive with single car Extras galore! garage. Private yard.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 1-3PM 222 COVERDALE $174,900 AGENT: ANDREA OKOPNY Beautiful, very well maintained 3br, 2 bath semi-detached backsplit. Call Andrea 519-359-2482.

New Listing 5084 TALBOT, MERLIN $695,000 Beautiful & rare 2br, 2.5 bath new ranch style home on the Lake Erie Bluff. Call Brian K 519-365-6090 or Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

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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.


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4br, 2 bath approx 2800 sq ft ranch on incredible 2.4 ac property with horse barn & large shop. Call Patti 519-365-6800.

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.

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.

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


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

20768 VICTORIA, RIDGETOWN • $599,900

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

7627 RIVERVIEW LINE $729,900

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

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

593 WALLACE, WALLACEBURG • $189,900 Beautiful site on the Sydenham River, ideal for an 8-unit building. Concrete walkway along the river to downtown. Call Bev 519-3588805 or Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

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

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

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

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

15, 17 & 19 MC INTOSH $296,800 EACH 3 brand new 1200 sq ft, 2 br, 2 bath townhouses to be built. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

D D L L SO SO 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.


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

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

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

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

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

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.

30 CUMBERLAND $199,900 Lovely, unique 3br, 2 bath 3 level home on huge pie shaped lot. Call Elliot 519-358-8805 or Penny 519-360-0315.

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.

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Hope House turns 10 By Mary Beth Corcoran

After 10 years of hard work and a passion for helping people living with mental illness, the Mental Health Network

has a place to call home in Hope House. Celebrating its 10th anniversary recently, the staff and consumer survivors gathered at Hope House on Raleigh Street in Chatham to look back

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on its beginning with the founder of the Chatham-Kent Family Network, Ida Vsetula, who started the organization in 1996 because she wanted something more for children living with mental illness. “Forty years ago, my son David showed signs of mental illness and I was desperate for help and support. I dreamed of a world without stigma and one with hope and recovery,” Vsetula told the people gathered. She attended her first meeting for the network for families of the mentally ill in 1997 and became its chair for the next 14 years. Network executive director Kelly Gottschling spoke from the heart at the event, and said the people gathered made a very big impact on her life and “we have enhanced each other’s life in a way

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CK Mayor Randy Hope, left, presented a certificate to the Mental Health Network founder Ida Vsetula, second from left, and executive director Kelly Gottschling in honour of the 10th anniversary of the organization recently. They were joined by Chatham-Kent Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls.

that only a peer support organization can.” Gottschling thanked the community partners who helped make Hope House possible, including Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope and MPP Rick Nicholls, who advocated on behalf of the group. “No other consumer survivor organization owns their own properWorld’s Finest Ceiling Fans an Shoppe

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ty, one that was chosen with care, renovated with love and funded by our community,” Gottschling said. “Hope House is a model that others across the province want to duplicate.” She said she fields many calls from other organizations who want to visit and get assistance with creating a similar network. “In the past 10 years I have witnessed illness, hopelessness, shame and fear. I have miraculously seen that turn into hope, confidence and self-love,

allowing people to be free from illness, seek employment, have productive relationships, go back to school and have the life of their choosing. Together with our mental health teams, we have saved and enhanced lives.” Nicholls also spoke to the crowd and said bringing awareness to the province and cities is important, something The Mental Health Network has achieved in Chatham-Kent. “Suffering from mental illness is not shameful, there is hope out there.”

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are becoming more and more common as seniors realize that we don’t just own lots of stuff...our stuff has begun to own us. “We have to clean it, maintain it, upgrade it, and find space for it. It’s not surprising that so many folks become overwhelmed and just opt to have one big garage sale and purge the whole mess when they decide to

move.” Hawkins understands it’s frustrating searching for your keys, wondering why Tupperware lids have babies, or weeding through closets trying to find something to wear. And it even becomes dangerous when we begin tripping on our stuff. “As we age, sometimes decision making becomes more difficult. Clutter



oodwill Industries - Essex Kent Lambton is thrilled to be part of our Canadian history and in celebrating 150 years. Goodwill Industries EKL has a history itself spanning more than eight decades and is the oldest Goodwill in Canada. In 1933, a group of individuals met in the basement of the Central United Church, located at 220 George Street in Sarnia, to help those less fortunate than themselves. Its members were a diverse group of men and women from throughout Lambton County who saw the devastation of the Great Depression in their community and who wanted to do something to help those in need. In 1933, more than 2,200 of Sarnia’s 18,000 residents were on relief. Many survived by accessing the soup kitchen and the bread line. In response to the deep economic hardship, these community members focused their initial efforts on handing out food hampers to the needy. During its first year of operation, the group spent $3,000 on supplies. Building on the food hampers project, they began discussing some new and innovative ways

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is simply delayed decision-making. But clutter isn’t just about the stuff on the floor. Clutter is anything that comes between you and the life you want to live. As we age, our lifestyles and tastes change. We may no longer need our bread machine, rolling pin or weed whacker. Or we may decide to finally take up cooking or gardening, so having these things is important,” Hawkins said. When dealing with loved ones going through a downsizing, Hawkins said it is important to respect their thoughts and wishes. “Be gentle. Ask questions like do you need it, do you love it, do you have space for it, and don’t pressure them,” she advised. Some bigger or more strenuous tasks also be hired out, like hiring a cleaning lady, to give them the mental space to focus on what they want in their new living space. Hawkins said organizers have an acronym that helps our clients through the downsizing process. It’s called SPACE: S – Sort your stuff into similar piles. For example, yes you love your black T-shirts, but do you need/wear 30 of them? Gathering like-items in one place will help you realize just how much of it you have. P – Purge. This is the

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most difficult part. Here are some questions to ask yourself when through the process: Do I love it? Do I need it? Is there anything I can use instead of it? Will someone else enjoy it more than me? Do I need the memorabilia to have the memory? A – Assign a place for it. Put things near to where they’re most used. For example, Hawkins highly recommends having a “landing strip”- a place where you put your keys, mail, purse, lunch boxes, coat, etc. right inside the front door. C – Contain. There are containers for every budget from dollar store bins to upscale cubbies that suit your decor. Once the container is full, and you want to add more stuff... then it’s time to employ the “one in-one out” rule. E – Evaluate. The decluttering process isn’t a one-time affair. Like lawn care, you do it when you need it. For people with dementia, Hawkins said it is helpful to organize items in easy-to-reach boxes or bins, clearly labelled with a picture, as well as words to help them find things easily. For more information and a listing of services, call Hawkins at 519-4013052 or email at Also, you can check out her website at

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Healthy eating program launches Super Kids CK has launched the Veggies and Fruit Booster Program to bring new or enhanced ideas and programs to the community that make it easier for children (12 and under) and their families to boost their vegetables and fruits at meals and snack times. Funding for this program is made available through the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Grant Program. Organizations can apply for one of the two levels of funding, to receive: • Up to $1000 to support Building Food Skills among students, staff and/or clients (children or families with children). • Up to $5000 for a Com-

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A headachy weekend in C-K Thursday, June 15, 2017 • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Friday, June 16, 2017 • Meat draw and meal at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Dinner is from 5:30pm-7:00pm with your choice of chicken, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. • Third Friday in Downtown Chatham! Come down for displays, demonstrations and performances. Contests, sidewalk vendors, games, fun for kids and much more! Check out! 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! • The Anglican Parishes of Chatham, Christ Church Chancel Choir, in hour of Canada’s 150th birthday presents “Celebrating Canada” Up Close and Personal with Sylvia Tyson (Live). 7:30pm (doors open at 6:45pm) Chris Church, 80 Wellington St. W., Chatham. (beside bus depot) Tickets $35.00. Phone 519-352-1640. • 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. • Father’s Day BBQ & Car Show. Cars on display from 9:30am-11:30am at St. Andrew’s Residence Parking Lot, 99 Park St., Chatham. Lunch starting at 11:30am. Sunday, June 18, 2017 • Fathers Day Breakfast from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St,. Chatham. 9:00am-1:00pm. Adults $10. Children under 6 $5.00. Reservations preferred. Monday, June 19, 2017 • Senior Euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, June 20, 2017 • Annual Strawberry Social at St. Andrew’s Residence, 99 Park St., Chatham from 1:30pm3:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Strawberry dessert, refreshments, bake sale and jazzy jewels. A free will offering is appreciated. • Open euchre and open shuffleboard at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm and shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 • OEYC Thamesville, Best Start Hub, 90 Graham St. Greens, greens and more greens! Learn how to make delicious salads. 10:30am-12:30pm. Register by calling 519-358-1451 x.0. • OEYC Wheatley, Area Public School, 226 Erie St N. Summer Safety. Pool and sun safety as well as tick information. 10:00am-11:00am. No registration.

• Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:00pm. Thursday, June 22, 2017 • OEYC Blenheim, W.J. Baird School, 182 King St. Greens, greens and more greens! Learn how to make delicious salads. 10:30am-12:30pm. Register by calling 519-358-1451 x.0. • Big Brothers Big Sisters Quarter Auction at the Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt Ave, Chatham. 5:30pm-9:00pm. $5 ($2 for additional paddle). There will be NO VENDORS present. Auction begins at 7:00pm. Food and beverage available. Over 80 items to bid on! • Richard St.Denis will entertain at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Strawberry Social from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Selkirk & Victoria, Chatham. Strawberries, cake & ice cream - Adults $6.00, Children 12 & under $3.00. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pop and water also available for purchase. • Open euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. • The Glass Onion Folk Club is presenting another great acoustic blues show with Tom Lockwood and Paul Langielle at the Black Goose in Wallaceburg. 8:00pm. Call 519-627-5978. Friday, June 23, 2017 • Karaoke with M&M Djing Services at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 465 Merlin, 2 Stanley St. Karaoke 6:00pm-9:00pm. Dinner 5:30pm-7:00pm and serving Ribs for $10.00. Pre-ordering is encouraged. • 4th Annual Zonta Garden and Pond Tour -a self guided tour. $20/ticket available at The Glasshouse, Rubies, Rexall, Syd Kemsley Florist and Flowebed Greenhouses in Blenheim. Cafe with tea and goodies included. 4:00pm-9:00pm. • Sing-Along with Deb & Amelia at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. Saturday, June 24, 2017 • 4th Annual Zonta Garden and Pond Tour -a self guided tour. $20/ticket available at The Glasshouse, Rubies, Rexall, Syd Kemsley Florist and Flowerbed Greenhouses in Blenheim. Cafe with tea and goodies included. 10:00am-4:00pm.

I have never suffered from migraine headaches, and can only sympathize with people who do. My wife periodically gets them; so do a couple of other folks in our office. Those nasty headaches are so evil that they can cause nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound... as well as intense pain. I’m bad enough when I have a nasty headache, something that decided to invade on the weekend. I hate headaches where you take over-the-counter painkillers and you simply put it off for a few hours, or drop it back to a manageable dull ache. That was me on the weekend. After a very fun afternoon in the backyard of friends Chad and Charlene on Sunday, my melon started banging again. By the time we got across town and home, I just went searching through the medicine cabinet, as I’d remembered recently getting a severe headache formula pill bottle that dished up acetaminophen and caffeine. I popped one of those, kicked back in the recliner, put the fan on and played with the cat half-heartedly with one hand.

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I must thank reader Louise Marshall for advice on dealing with our wily kitten. She said a cat that she took in didn’t know what a litter box was, as it was an outdoor cat and just used the dirt outside.

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• Saturday Morning Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious nutritious breakfast served free of charge every Saturday morning from 9:30am11:00am. Everyone is most welcome!

Chatham-Kent Metal Detecting Club - Meets last Thursday of the month. 7:00pm. Kinsman Room. Erickson Arena, new members welcome!

Finally, the pain subsided and Monday seemed like everything was back to normal, well as normal for me as you get anyway. Despite having a nasty headache on and off, it was a fun weekend. I can only think of how a migraine could fully torpedo a weekend, as I’ve seen people in such discomfort firsthand. It is said people who have migraines should try to find the triggers and avoid them. It could be a type of food, lack of sleep, exposure to a certain chemical, you name it.

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• Music with Bill at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm.

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.

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So she put a little dirt on top of the litter, and it took advantage of the litter box immediately. Ours seems to be using the litter box exclusively now, and has been for a couple of weeks (knock on wood), but the advice could be of benefit to countless others. Louise also said the cat took an interest in her potted plants in the early stages. She put foil around them until it got used to the litter box and it now has no interest in the plants. Ah, pets. Speaking of them, Mary took our little ball of fire into the vet for the first time last week, where he got his nails trimmed and his first shots. Oh, and he was also anally probed. Mary said he went stiff and his eyes went wide at that point. That’s probably the look most men over 50, myself included, get when we have our prostates checked. As I type this, Finn the fur ball remains insane when it’s play time, but he’s calming down a lot faster and realizing when it’s sleep time. He’ll face bump my chin if I’m in the recliner, rub his face along my goatee a bit and cuddle up on my chest for a time before shifting into the seat beside me. That’s part of my bonding time with the little guy. I appreciate those moments, because when he’s in full play mode, look out. He’s a whirlwind, coming at things from all directions. Mary bought the cat a little nylon teepee, and we have a toy looped over one of the poles at the top. He treats it like he’s at times a mover, a squatter, or a one-cat demolition team. And it’s mostly the latter. I’ve seen him fly into the living


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Voice reader offers up training advice for the Corcorans’ cat room and scooch underneath the teepee – not inside it—and shift it around the room. He’s also gone inside and napped half in the thing. But mostly, he’ll attack it until it’s flattened. He’s taken it down from below, getting under it before trying to pounce on it. He’s crushed it from above, jumping onto the top of the poles until he gets it to tip over. And Finn’s dropped it from inside, sort of like the apartment building implosions we’ve all seen on YouTube. The little guy dashes into the teepee and jumps straight up. Yet he seems a bit surprised when the thing folds up on top of him. Go figure.





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Gerard & Yvonne Laevens will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the 11:00am mass St. Joseph’s Church, Chatham where they married June 20, 1957. Friends and relatives are invited to attend an Open House from 2:00-4:30pm at St. Agnes Church, Grand Ave. W., Chatham. If considering a gift, supporting Canadian Food for Children would be most appreciated. Urgently needed is cooking oil, table salt and bar soap.

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Bless you all, and thank God for all his blessings! Congrats Mom & Dad!

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Clarence Rodwell 93, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Betty Eileen Nash 91, Thursday, June 8, 2017 McKinlay Funeral Home

Richard “Dick” Raine 71, Thursday, June 8, 2017 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Leslie House 92, Saturday, June 10, 2017 McKinlay Funeral Home

Dawn Ladore 46, Friday, June 9, 2017 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Jean Gillam 75, Sunday, June 4, 2017 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Emma Caroline “Carrie” Malott 87, Thursday, June 8, 2017 McKinlay Funeral Home

Geoff Burke 78, Sunday, June 11, 2017 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Lorie Delmore 46, Monday, June 5, 2017 McKinlay Funeral Home

Mr. Pieter C. Flikweert 91, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

Marie Lorraine Tole 81, Monday, June 5, 2017 McKinlay Funeral Home

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The Chatham Voice, June 15, 2017  

The June 15, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013.

The Chatham Voice, June 15, 2017  

The June 15, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013.