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What do you get when you combine technology and a love of Minecraft with students? Colin Pattison, Grade 7 teacher at Indian Creek Public School in Chatham, got his students and fellow teachers involved in the Microsoft Canada 150 project “Explore. Teach. Build. Challenge.” using Minecraft Education Edition and Sway, winning first place for elementary students across Canada. In a special presentation at the school recently, representatives from Microsoft were on hand to award a prize pack of 28 HP Pro-G3 laptops, the latest device built for classrooms and educa-

tional game play like Minecraft. Cameron Smith and Christine Diadamo, members of the Microsoft education team, praised the entry from the school, and said they had never seen the level of collaboration in a school as they did at Indian Creek. “Usually you will see two or three students working on a project like this, but here, all the intermediate students were involved,” Diadamo said. “It was amazing what this school put together and showcases the power of what you can do with technology.” For this project, Intermediate students from Indian Creek Road Public School faced a tough task.

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The Ursuline Sisters gathered from June 11-16 in Chatham, and selected new leadership. Sister Theresa Campeau was named community leader, while sisters Noreen Allossery-Walsh, Pauline Maheux and Sheila McKinley were also named to the leadership group. The gathering was the sisters’ 22nd General Chapter, an event that takes place every four years. This year’s theme was “Celebrate, Flourish, Now.” There are still 71 sisters in the Ursuline Sisters, according to Sister Eleanor Gleeson, 45 of which live in Villa Angela in Chatham. Many of the ministries of the sisters involve assisting the poor, seeking justice, addressing environmental issues, aiding women’s groups, paying and volunteering for various needs. Gleeson said once a sister, always a sister when it comes to the order. “They never really retire. They’re always doing volunteer work,” she said.





Students focus on Indigenous peoples’ contributions to Canada Continued from page 1

They were asked to design, build and recreate significant experiences that had an impact on Canada’s transition toward independence. The students went on a virtual tour of some of Canada’s Heritage sites using Skype and then were given digital lesson plans to work to build their favourite site using Minecraft education edition. At Indian Creek, the project was titled “An Exploration of Indigenous Contributions to Canada’s Independence.” Pattison, the driving force behind the project, said about 100 students were involved and spent two months on the project. One Grade 8 student, Braden St. Pierre said he worked on the Hudson Bay Company part of the project, focusing on the

fur trade. “We made a village like back in that time near the water and made old canoes and a river. We even made a fireplace but weren’t sure at first how to do it, then we decided to use bedrock and torched it to look real,” St. Pierre said. “It was a lot of fun.” “Technology allows you to do things you couldn’t do before. I’m always looking for ways to make content not only more engaging but get them to realize there is a bigger picture. You can do great work, be innovative and demonstrate your thinking and at the same time do something great for your school,” Pattison said. “The quality of work these students were able to pull together was amazing, but the second part is now all these kids can say they contributed

something to their school that other kids are going to benefit from for years to come.” For the inspiration behind the project, Pattison said there were several events and news pieces in the media that contributed to choosing the topic of Indigenous contributions and alliances, in particular, the Secret Path, a project developed by Gord Downey of The Tragically Hip. Trudy Whiteye coming is as a guest speaker at the school to speak on Indigenous connections and relationships impacted the decision as well. “I don’t think what we did even scratches the surface on what can be talked about in terms of the contributions that people had to this country but we had a huge group of kids that were fully engaged in what they were

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took many months of renovations before the craft brewery and tasting After months of hard lounge was ready to be work, the Sons of Kent opened to the public. Local MP Dave Van Kesheld the grand opening of their craft brewery in teren said the brewery has downtown Chatham on generated a great deal of excitement in the commuthe weekend. Patrons lined up out nity. “This is something we the door on Friday night from the King Street East have all been looking forlocation as Superfly per- ward to,” he said. Chatham-Kent Essex formed inside and nine MPP Rick different Nicholls, local brews “A lot of support from also on hand – all Sons a lot of local contracfor the ribof Kent bon cutting, p r o d u c t s tors made this possicredited the – flowed ble. We’re happy to partners from the transform this building with thinktaps. into something aweing big. At the “It’s a risk, S a t u r d a y some.” but when ribbon cut- - Alf Hunter I look at ting, family, friends, and thirsty what they’ve done, it’s patrons showed up to a job well done,” he said sample the product and of converting the former celebrate the efforts of movie theatre into a craft the four men behind the brewery. Alf Hunter said the transbrewery – Doug and Alf Hunter, Tim Copeland formation wasn’t easy. “We’ve been waiting for and Colin Chrysler. The Sons of Kent are this day for months,” he located in the former said of Saturday’s opening Cinema Six building. It event. “A lot of support

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From left, Sons of Kent owners Colin Chrysler, Doug and Alf Hunter and Tim Copeland celebrate the official opening of their King Street West craft brewery Saturday.

from a lot of local contractors made this possible. We’re happy to transform this building into something awesome.” All four owners are natives of Chatham-Kent, and all four left the community for a number of years before connecting and coming home. That alone had South Kent Coun. Karen Herman, representing the municipality, beaming. “This is the campaign that Chatham-Kent has strived to achieve, and

that is to bring our kids back here,” she said. Those “kids” have big plans for making their brewery a destination location. Chrysler said there are 20 taps on site, and their licence only permits them to pour their own product. “We want to have new beer all the time, and host some cool bands playing regularly too,” he said. The beer hall and tasting lounge element of Sons of Kent is only one part of the business. Chrysler

said the prime focus is expanded distribution of the product. Their beer is already in a number of restaurants in Chatham-Kent. “Bars and restaurants in town came on board, and the people have been awesome. The community has been amazing,” he said. “I’m grateful so many people want to support us.” Despite all the hard work they’ve put in so far, The Sons of Kent are trying to keep things light.

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IPM crew unveils 2018 signage By Mary Beth Corcoran

It’s official - the sign is up and the committee is gearing for the 2018 International Plowing Match. In a public ceremony Thursday, a new sign was unveiled on Pain Court Line to mark the spot where a tented city will



rise in September 2018. North Kent Coun. Leon Leclair, who is co-chairing the IPM committee, thanked the members of the committee and the thousands of volunteers who will bring the event to life over the next year. More than 100,000 people are expected to visit during the five days of the Chatham-Kent International Plowing Match and Mary Beth Corcoran/The Chatham Voice

Host landowners on Pain Court Line for the 2018 International Plowing Match set for September of 2018 gathered at the unveiling of the sign marking the IPM site recently. Pictured from left are Clayton and Mary Ellen Crow, Lucille and Jean Marie Laprise, Gerard Faubert, Scott and Terry Pritchard with son Keegan, John Faubert, and Princess of the Furrow Brynn Depencier.

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RetroFest a boon for Chatham Sir: Regarding Will Shepherd’s letter about RetroFest in your June 15 issue, I would like to make a few comments. First of all, RetroFest has been a long-standing event for the past 17 years. With the efforts of the Kent Historic Auto Club (KHAC) and the Chatham Business Improvement Area (BIA) as well as the generous

support of many sponsors, this event has attracted tens of thousands of people to our city. Speaking as a downtown merchant, I can attest to the fact that not only is business great throughout RetroFest, the new customers we meet return and see us after RetroFest. This is good

marketing and promotion for us as well as Chatham as a whole. Speaking as an owner of a “clinking, clanking relic” that I have have spent a considerable amount of time, effort and money in its restoration, I am appalled that anyone would refer to these vehicles as “metallic trash.”

These cars are enjoyed, viewed and appreciated by many with fond memories of the past. These misguided statements are only indicative of a total ignorance of what RetroFest is all about. I sincerely hope he does not refer to our seniors with the same disrespect. John Brennan Simply Shoes

Vintage vehicles part of our heritage Sir: Re: Response to Will Shepherd letter, June 15, “Reader dislikes RetroFest immensely.” These automobiles are part of our downtown heritage. The clinking, clanking collections of ancient metallic trash called old cars are of interest to thousands of people. Yes, there is some inconvenience for downtown, but over 10,000 people are out to see these automobiles. The best thing to do is

to avoid downtown for that one-day auto show. This event is highly advertised so if you are not interested, shop the day before the show. This is only a oneday show, so we will survive a one day closure of the street. As far as moving the show to a different location, it will come with a big price. Who covers the show, whose property, and also a high

rate of coverage of insurance. Let’s be thankful of what we have in Chatham as there are not a lot of free outings. I also lose business because of the auto show, but I hope my customers will understand for a one day show and the free outing. I hope my customers would come back. People gather, see friends, eat out and

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Volunteer, take part and experience RetroFest Sir: To Will Shepherd who wrote his dislike of RetroFest, recently published in the June 15 edition of The Chatham Voice. What planet are you from? You missed the boat entirely. Your dislike letter certainly leans toward the fact that you have never volunteered anywhere for anything nor owned a classic antique car. This is my response. My husband Len and all the members of the Kent Historic Auto Club, in conjunction with the Historic Chatham Downtown BIA staff, have for the past 17 years volunteered to plan, organize, implement and deliver most aspects of RetroFest; from the Friday night cruise – leaving the Bradley Centre and touring the countryside and then into the downtown – to the following Saturday RetroFest Car Show downtown. That goes along with the 14 years prior to that being involved in the Festival of Nations. It’s labeled “volunteer-

ism.” Being involved and contributing your time and energy to give back to the community we live in. Multiple pre-event meetings, partnered with downtown BIA members, the Chatham-Kent police and KHAC club members eventually achieve tremendous productivity every year to present a jam-packed, admission-free, family-oriented event downtown and in the adjacent park. FYI, Will, we had more than 400 antique cars participate at the Friday night cruise this year that travelled downtown to the viewing delight of participating crowds. Car enthusiasts that came for the whole weekend hailed, not only from our own Chatham-Kent area but also from Windsor, Cottam, Michigan, Sarnia, London, Peterborough and 600 miles away from North Carolina. Their presence all weekend benefitted our local economy in hotel/motel occupancy, downtown businesses and restaurant sales, etc.

Over 600 cars registered on Saturday, with all owners voicing high praise, amazement and appreciation for C-K efforts and presentation of the day. Will, displaying these beautiful vehicles is what draws crowds of people downtown every year. Owners of our so-called “clinking, clanking, collections of ancient metallic trash” called old cars take extreme pride in ownership, in authentic restoration and in supporting the preservation of the antique car hobby. In case you aren’t aware, the caliber of these “relics of by-gone days” are not manufactured anymore. I offer several solutions to remedy your disgruntledness and dislikes: First, do not demean the efforts and dedication of all those volunteers who help make this even happen every year. Second, respect the hobby choice of participating vehicle owners. Third, visit the library

and educate yourself about the history of these ancient metallic trash vehicles. We’re never too old to learn new things. Fourth, bottle your vinegar, sarcasm and negativity and see who would buy it. Fifth, stay at home that day next year and do your shopping and banking another day. Sixth, take a “happy pill” – no take two as you seem to need more

then one, and volunteer your services, if they’ll even accept it, to the BIA next year for RetroFest 2018. Who knows, it may even change your whole attitude. Will, stop, admire and appreciate the roses. Life passes us by very quickly. Your RetroFest inconvenience for one day a year are generally tolerable – the spin-off rewards are advantageous. There is an old saying – If you build it they

will come. Our Chatham-Kent yearly RetrofFest reputation precedes us, and as long as we can, we will continue, as a team, to improve and build. Weather permitting THEY will continue to come. To all the volunteers everywhere and to event supporters, we thank you! Job well done, past, present and hopefully in the future. MaryAn Langlois Chatham




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6575 Angler Line, Mitchell’s Bay NEW PRICE! $159,000


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

18394 Erie Shore Drive, Erieau New Listing - 21 Oxley - $149,900 Mint 2 bedroom brick bungalow, totally updated, large partially fenced yard. Close to grocery store, drug stores and banks. Great location!

Lakefront 3 BR ranch. Beautiful gas fireplace, bright kitchen & cozy dining nook. Huge attached garage. Suitable for year round living, cottage or income property. $274,900

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

8892 Talbot Trail, Blenheim Sprawling 3BR, 2.5 bath ranch on beautifully landscaped lot. 2 attached garages and many unique & rare features. $429,900

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Lovely & Unique 3 BR, 2 bath. Nice size 148 Jane St., Blenheim bedrooms overlook living/dining w/cathe- Cute 3 BR bungalow. Many upgrades & dral ceiling. Large rear deck backing onto improvements. Newer kitchen and bath. schoolyard/park setting. $189,900. Nice sized yard! Call Now! $94,900.

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Wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bath backsplit - $169,900 222 Coverdale Located near schools, parks and arena. Spacious living room and dining room with gleaming maple floors. Gourmet kitchen with granite. Family room with gas fireplace. Huge deck for entertaining. Call Today!

Incredible Unique Rancher - $459,900 19170 Douglas Rd This home has it all! Gourmet kitchen with granite. Formal dining room. Spacious living room. Gleaming hardwood floors. 3 large bedrooms, 2 baths. Beautiful Florida room. Family room with gas fireplace. Detached 2 bay garage. All on over 1 acre landscaped lot. Follow me on facebook at Andrea Okopny Chatham Kent Homes and Twitter

17514 Lakeshore Rd., Rondeau Park Lakefront, open concept, 3+1 BR cottage with vaulted ceilings. Beautiful sun room, screen in front room & just steps from Lake Erie. $189,900.



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This is a one-of-a-kind townhouse located in a great location with so many unique features. Professionally designed open concept with sparkling hardwoods with a Windmill kitchen with quartz counter tops, 3 or 4 bedrooms, completely finished lower level and no traffic or noise to contend with. First time offered at $319,900 and it won’t last.

First time offerd, this 3 + 1 bedroom home was cutom built. Updated furnace, central air and shingles. You cannot find a better lot for serenity or privacy and so close to the Lake. This is a well built home ideal for the family. Offered at $174,900.


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Just like a new house and comes with a spectacular shop. This package is ideal if you like the outdoors and need to store your toys but need a nice home for the family. Updates everywhere including the master with en-suite bath. 3 good sized bedrooms, new kitchen, main floor laundry and natural gas heat. Nice package for someone. $289,000.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 1-3PM 17 OAKGROVE $319,900 AGENT: JIM MCLACHLIN 3 or 4br, 2 bath custom designed 1 floor townhouse with double car garage with all the extras. Call Jim 519-358-3984.

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57 ST ANTHONY $254,800 Family owned 4-plex with 4 - 2br units. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

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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 519-355-6800.

41 CRAMAR $649,000

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

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85 CECILE $218,800 Space & charm in this beautiful 3br, 1.5 bath 4 level side split. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

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

Exceptional 4br, 3.5 bath 4000 sq ft custom built brick rancher. 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.


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

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.

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

New Listing Why Pay Rent? 208 RICHMOND $79,900 Cute 2br bungalow on corner lot. Recent upgrades to kitchen, bathroom & more. Call Bev 519-358-8805.

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.

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

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


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

19170 DOUGLAS, BLENHEIM • $459,900 Incredible unique custom built 3br, 2 bath rancher on 1.19 ac lot near Lake Erie. Call Andrea 519-359-2482.

Offer Pending 598 PARK W $338,888

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

New Price 222 COVERDALE $169,900 Beautiful, very well maintained 3br, 2 bath semi-detached backsplit. Call Andrea 519-359-2482.

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

225 CAMPUS #314 $107,900 Updated & move-in ready 2br condo apt with tons of inclusions. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.

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

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

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.

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

119 CARTIER $224,900

Spacious open concept 4br, 2 bath raised rancher on the north side. Call Ron Franko 519-355-8181.

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

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New Price 23575 DEW DROP, THAMESVILLE • $159,900 2 building lots in one! Get over 14 acres in this country property between Chatham & Thamesville. 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 D L L SO SO 300 QUEEN ST $136,900 Completely remodelled 3 br 2 storey home centrally located. Call Chris 519-350-1402.

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New Price SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 1-3PM 21 EARL #18 $188,900 AGENT: DAVID SMITH Well cared for 2br, 3 bath condo with 1.5 car garage. Call David 519-350-1615.

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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.

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.

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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.

10989 RIVER LINE $959,900 4br, 3.5 bath, 3500 sq ft executive 2 storey home on 3.10 ac’s on the water. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

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Erik Shaw gets his moment in the spotlight

current Retro Suites. According to Peter Martin, manager of programming and The man behind the scenes at community relations, the segChatham’s CogecoTV is taking ment was chosen from among a turn in the spotlight as a fi- 18 Ontario CogecoTV stations nalist for the annual CogecoTV for special recognition at the June 21 awards ceremony, Star Awards. CogecoTV Chatham Producer, which was to be televised live Erik Shaw has been selected as Wednesday from Kingston. Shaw’s segment, which feaa finalist in the annual awards for his short documentary on tures Chatham-Kent Musethe former Merrill Hotel and um education co-ordinator Deanna Bullard, and Retro Suites manager Pete Tsiyou grow it . . . we mow it! rimbis was aired as part of Cutting • Trimming the CogecoTV Ontario proSeniors Call Mario 519-809-0477 gram Main Street June 4. Discount or Kristen 519-437-8514 The program takes a look at heritage buildings on main

streets across Ontario, and Shaw said anyone who missed can look for it to be re-broadcast over the next weeks and on YouTube. Shaw, who moved to the Chatham area when he was young, attended Fanshawe College in London for a broadcasting film course. “I loved Fanshawe and the hands-on training I got there,” Shaw said of his college experience. “I did a co-op placement here with Pete Martin that was great, and thought it would be really great to come back here.” After Fanshawe, however, Shaw took advantage of an opportunity to see the world in a “floating hotel,” taking a job with a cruise line producing shows. He ended up at Cogeco Sarnia until he was selected for the position of staff producer in Chatham. The idea for the documentary for the Main Street segment was born from an interest Shaw had in Chatham’s King Street and what it used to look like, with help from Bullard and Tsirimbis to flesh out the details and do the filming. “Bullard partnered with me to look into the old Merrill. A lot of people don’t know it was once a grocery store and butcher shop,” Shaw said. “It was really Your entry door is everyone’s first impression of your home. cool to sit down and see what King Street looked North Star can help you make it a lasting one. like in the day and how North Star offers a full-line of high quality steel and fibreglass doors it changed. It went from wood to brick, from with numerous glass options and colour choices to help compliment the style of your home. North Star Entry Doors make the first impression of your home a memorable one.

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horse and buggy to car. Look at the old CPR hotel railway; Chatham was a trading mecca in the 1800s.” Shaw added that the new Sons of Kent craft brewery in the old Cinema Six building used some of the old wood from Retro Suites renovations in their building, and Retro Suites recovered and repurposed some of the wood they exposed. The King Street/William Street area shows the history of Chatham and what it is all about, which came through in Shaw’s documentary, and earned him a finalist position for the Star Awards. “The Star Awards are yearly awards that are given out Cogeco; it’s like the Oscars of CogecoTV,” Shaw joked. “There are so many productions we do and there is so much talent out there, I was surprised mine was chosen in the top three of 18 stations. There is a lot talent in Ontario and they picked a small little hotel still standing in Chatham.” “They picked mine. It is nice to be recognized and I’m proud to be chosen, but I couldn’t do

it without all the inspiration I get here.” Throughout the year, the producers have a busy schedule, but Shaw said it does slow down a bit over the summer, giving him a chance to go into the community, “shake hands and talk about what people want to see.” “We are working on live streaming council meetings, and we work hard every day to promote our little town,” Shaw added. “We partner with a lot of great people; local schools, football, minor hockey, CK council, and dived right into Rotary TV Bingo. We take the profit and put it right back into the community.” The station also goes out into the community to find local non-profit organizations to profile and raise awareness. “We like to see smiling faces and with lots of prep work and planning, we are happy to cover local events.” Shaw said the station is always looking for volunteers and students looking to get co-op hours. Anyone interested can go to




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Donkeys enjoy their time in a field on Charring Cross Road, south of Chatham recently. The small herd is a unique sight in Chatham-Kent.

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Chatham-Kent is looking to fill building inspector/bylaw enforcement officer positions in the municipality. Paul Lacina, Chief Building Official of Building Development Services for the municipality, said Chatham-Kent is in need of three building inspector/bylaw enforcement officers immediately and is hosting a job fair to help fill the need. “We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve had some retirees continue to work for us but it’s a stopgap solution,” he said. “We need to take action right now.” Lacina said a shortage of

building inspectors exists for inspectors who are alprovince-wide due to the ready qualified through the natural progression of ba- Ministry of Municipal Affairs by-boomers leaving the and Housing but is also willworkforce and tighter pro- ing to hire and train the right vincial regulations. candidates. “In 2006 the province reThe job fair will be held on formed the Ontario Build- July 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ing Code. The legislation in Council Chambers on the increased the safety and second floor of the Civic Cenquality of building con- tre at 315 King St. W. in Chastruction in Ontario. One of tham. the reforms was mandatory The salary range for qualiBuilding Code knowledge fied inspectors is $61,565 to examinations for municipal $77,477. building officials,” he World’s Finest Ceiling Fans said. Now with retirements, there is a real shortage of qualified building officials Lacina said ideally the 650 Riverview Dr. - entrance off of Bloomfield municipality is looking

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Chatham-Kent residents can now keep track of the more than 20 major infrastructure projects being undertaken this year through an interactive municipal webpage. Adam Sullo, Chatham-Kent’s director of engineering and transportation, said clicking this link www. opens a map of Chatham-Kent on which each project is listed. Information includes details of the work, timing, weekly progress updates and traffic tips. “We’re mindful of how projects can create traffic issues for residents,” he said in a release. “It’s important for us to keep residents informed on why we’ve undertaken the work, whether we’re on schedule and when things will get back to normal.” Chatham-Kent projects alone total some $60 million.

4th Annual DESIREE’S RIDE CHATHAM-KENT RIDE Motorcycle Ride & Dance June 24, 2017 Royal Canadian Legion 243 75 Main Street East, Ridgetown Registration Time: 11:00am Departure: 1:00pm Arrival: 3:00pm Fundraising Motorcycle Ride In Memory of Desiree Gallagher This event will be in memory of Desiree Gallagher. Desiree was brutally assaulted and fell seven stories from a balcony leaving her blind and in a wheelchair for 2 years. Desiree passed away on May 14, 2015. Her courage and strength will always be remembered. All proceeds will be going to the Chatham Kent Women’s Centre and Victim Services. Come out and support a very worthy cause!





Bass tourney back on the water July 7, 8 Friday and Saturday. Beaton said organizers have put a great deal of effort in the planning and running of the It keeps getting bigger and bettournament, as committee spent ter, and that’s just the way the two years planning for it before organizers of the fourth annual the inaugural Open took place Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tourin 2014. nament wanted it. He said new tournaments can This year’s event takes place be met with caution by anglers. July 7 and 8, and five dozen “It seems everyone is hesitant boats are expected. about new tournaments. They Coming off a solid year in 2016 prefer to fish ones with history where 41 boats took part, orgaand a good reputation,” he said. nizing committee member Tom For Mitchell’s Bay, the Open Beaton said there are already 50 quickly garnered a good repuregistered for this year’s event. tation and now is working on He expects 60 boats to take part. having some history. Beaton said tournament organizers take great care of the anglers, starting with the prizes. “We’re not for profit; No strangers to the awesome 100 per cent of the encustomer service at Chatham try fee goes back to the Chrysler, Ron and Tammy anglers, plus early bird Haines of Leamington picked prizes,” he said, adding up their new 2017 Dodge Ram the payout is closer to Black Express 4x4 Quad Cab 120% of the entry money. truck from Luce Cools. They That’s possible thanks are the second generation of to generous support by Haines to purchase vehicles sponsors. from Luce. Money made from the Safe travels Ron and Tammy tournament through the and enjoy your new Ram! sponsors is purposed towards various Mitch351 Richmond St., Chatham ell’s Bay projects, Beaton said. • 519-352-4937 • “All the monetary support goes directly into • 519-354-8000 • tourism enhancements, habitat and wetland toration,” he said. By Bruce Corcoran

Not all are hardcore anglers. “Last year, a gentleman and his wife came out in a pontoon boat. You don’t have to have a high-powered, $100,000 bass boat,” he said. The event begins the Thursday night, July 6, with the anglers’ dinner. Beaton said members of the farming community donate to help kick off the tourney with the meal, which is for the anglers, volunteers and sponsors. Edward Jones and Excel Realty sponsor this element of the weekend. The boats take to the water the

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Local residents Rick Damphouse and Todd McBride were $5,000 richer thanks to their win in the second annual Mitchell’s Bay Open in 2015. Although local anglers have enjoyed a great deal of success at the tourney over the years, an unprecedented number of out-of-town anglers will take part this year.

A highlight to the Open weekend is the annual children’s fishing event, where 20 kids head out fishing on the Saturday morning, sporting a new rod, reel and tackle – items they will take home with them. Beaton said this year the tournament has teamed up with the French school board, and next year will work with the Canadian Tire Jump Start program, which helps 1.5 million kids in Canada with funding so they can stay in various sports. Kids’ tourney sponsors are ENGIE Wind and Al’s Lawn Care. The two companies have sponsored the event every year to date. In terms of prizes, this is not a winnertake-all tournament. There’s also a $1,000 price for the biggest fish, as well as numerous other prizes. But the overall winning team will take

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home more than just prize money this year, as Maple City Marine has donated an Evinrude 25 HP boat motor, an additional $4,000 value, Beaton said. For anglers running with Triton boats, there are a host of additional payout opportunities. Finishing first and using a Triton boat could land a team as much as $7,000 in additional prize money, depending on the model year and engine size. Beaton said local anglers have traditionally fared well in the tournament, with two local teams winning past events, but added this year will feature the largest out-of-town participation to date. “We’re becoming the premiere bass tournament in Ontario,” he said. “They (anglers) are really impressed with how we run it, but also with the support behind the tournament. And we couldn’t do it without the 50 volunteers who help us.” Continued on page 15

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John Mallory, left, chair of the Chatham Kent Community Foundation, accepts a $10,000 donation from Jann and Jim Wickett to ensure the Dr. Jack Parry Awards can fund generations of athletes in Chatham-Kent.

Donation to help fuel future Parry awards By Mary Beth Corcoran

A local couple has taken steps to ensure the legacy in honour of Dr. Jack Parry helps top Chatham-Kent athletes for generations to come. Jim and Jann Wickett have been sponsoring the annual Dr. Jack Parry Awards and have recently established a Donor Designated Fund with the Chatham Kent Community Foundation that will enable this prestigious award to be granted annually, in perpetuity. They have donated $10,000 to set up the Jim and Jann Wickett Dr. Jack Parry Scholarship Fund with the goal of continuing to develop this fund over the coming years to ensure it will remain well into the future.

The Dr. Jack Parry Awards honour the top female and male graduating student athletes in Chatham-Kent in terms of their athletic credentials, academic success, and citizenship within their school and community. Annually, there are two winners, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship. This year, Brooke MacKinnon and Anthony Atkinson, graduating students from Chatham-Kent Secondary School and John McGregor Secondary School respectively, earned the Parry honours. The awards have been given out since 1994 in memory of Dr. Jack Parry, the father of Jann Wickett. Parry was Chatham’s first certified anaesthesiologist, a decorated Second World War veteran, and a very accomplished athlete.

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Beaton added that the tournament would also not be a success without the sponsorship it has received over the years. This time around, Canadian Tire in Chatham and Wallaceburg is the top corporate sponsor. Maple City Marine, CARSTAR London and Excel Realty are the other diamond-level sponsors. There are more than 50 other sponsors that help make the Open possible. Beaton said the silent auction continues to grow. Included in the variety of items up for grabs this year are a Weatherby shotgun, a variety of animal carvings, and a bicycle. Items are displayed from the time of the anglers’ dinner until weigh-in on Saturday afternoon. “We encourage every-

body to come down for the weigh-in and check out the silent auction. We had almost 300 people last year,” Beaton said. The Mitchell’s Bay Open is a live release tournament. There are penalties to teams for dead fish. There can also be penalties to the tournament if the fish mortality rate is too high, Beaton said, as the pontoon release boat is licensed under the Ministry of Natural Resources and its operators report the mortality rate. If it exceeds five per cent, the MNR will investigate. “We try to make sure the fish get back in the lake,” Beaton said. “Our goal is zero mortality rate. We’ve been able to accomplish it.” For more information, visit mitchellsbayopen. com.

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It was great to get a gift on Father’s Day, and have a nice lunch hand delivered to me by my daughter, but the best thing I received Sunday was one piece of paper. Brenna, our 15-year-old daughter, took the time to write me a note of how she appreciates all the things I do for her and the support I give her. I constantly worry she’s shifting away from me. She and her mother have a great relationship and talk constantly. Mary has a better window into Brenna’s life in terms of girl stuff, friendships, interest in boys, etc. Fortunately, Mary is a very good journalist, so she is excellent at relaying information to me, so I feel like I’m mostly caught up on all things Brenna. As a teen, she’s often just hanging out in her room on a device connecting with friends. Or out and about with said friends. Daddy-daughter time has been minimalized to some extent. It’s rare that we do more than get groceries together, or I drive her and often her friends to and from some gathering. Even with the latter instance, Mary seems to be the primary chauffeur in our household. So it was quite touching to receive the note, praising me in a variety of ways, including allowing Finn the cat into our lives (I’m quite allergic, and have a short fuse when it comes to the little fur ball clawing his way up the furniture, or my leg). She even said she thinks my “corny jokes” – her words – are funny. Corny? Really? OK, maybe a little. Let’s face it; part of a father’s duty is to crack bad jokes. And since I’m a fan of puns and slapstick, there are plenty of corny jokes to go around every day. I still cherish my time with the

Bruce Corcoran kid, even though she’s pressing more on her boundaries. Brenna’s a responsible, mature kid, and that has me too often thinking she’s older than her 15 years. When she slips up and stays up too late or makes a less-than-stellar decision, it can be frustrating as a parent. But when I step back and look at the bigger picture, things could be so much worse. She’s a very good student and usually does make the smart choices. When I think on it, the slip of paper she gave me wasn’t the best thing about Fathers’ day. Her being around was. And it can sometimes be the little things that make her stand out. For instance, a couple of minutes after midnight, as Saturday transitioned into Sunday, Brenna popped into the living room, leaned over and gave me a kiss, wishing me a happy Fathers’ Day. She also grabbed the cat and took him away for a half hour, playing with the little guy so he’d be more likely to settle quickly with me as we both take our respective late night naps in the love seat. Yeah, she’s a good kid all right. Cat-atomic, not catatonic

Speaking of Finn the cat, the meatball was back at his Jekyll and Hyde best on the weekend, going from extremely cute to manic in a matter of seconds. Continued on page 17


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He spent a couple of hours sleeping on Mary’s chest as she read a book on Sunday, only to later pounce on her head and try to bite her scalp. Finn also thinks of himself as an interior decorator. We have a painting over the couch in the living room, and when the cat is in full whacko mode, he’ll get up on the back of the couch and stare at the painting. If we don’t distract/discourage him or get there fast enough, he’ll take a swat at a corner of the

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painting. On Sunday morning, I got up and noticed the painting was no longer level. After a trip to the bathroom, I returned to find it perfectly level. Hmm, I wonder who was responsible for knocking it askew in the first place? As for leveling it, since no one else was up in the house at that point, it also had to be Finn’s handiwork. We allow him into the basement now, and it’s a new area of exploration for him. At times, he’ll be happy playing with a wadded up piece of paper down there. And then I’ll look up to see the light from the lamp beside me flickering on the ceiling. I look over expecting to have to screw in the light bulb a little tighter, only to see a bit of dust floating down off the lampshade and Finn looking innocently my way while sitting atop the end



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$26.7 M for two new schools

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The Ontario Ministry of Education has approved St. Clair Catholic District School Board’s funding request for $26.7 million to build two new Catholic elementary schools in Chatham. The funding includes child-care facilities at both locations. “This is a very exciting and momentous time in the history of Catholic education in Chatham, as we embark on a plan-

ning process, which will ultimately lead to stateof-the-art facilities for our Chatham elementary students,” said Dan Parr, Director of Education, in a media release. “We know that these new facilities will provide improved educational opportunities for our Catholic families in Chatham for many generations to come,” said John Van Heck, chair of the board, in a release. The funding announcement means that two

new Catholic schools will be built in Chatham – one on the north side to replace St. Vincent, St. Agnes and Our Lady of Fatima; and one on the south side, to replace St. Joseph, St. Ursula and Georges P. Vanier. The exact location of the new schools is still being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition, the board will move forward with plans to renovate and refurbish the Our Lady of

Fatima site, which will be the new home of the Chatham French Immersion program, replacing Monsignor Uyen. The board hopes all of this can be accomplished in time for the start of school in September 2019. Parr has also announced the appointment of Superintendent of Education Deb Crawford, who led the public accommodation review, to lead a team of parents and school staff that will transition students from six

schools to two; and the Board’s French Immersion students from the Monsignor Uyen site to their new home at the Our Lady of Fatima site. The board will also work to transition staff, according to the terms of the various collective agreements. More details about both transition plans will be announced in the coming weeks and months, according to board officials. “I want to acknowledge again the members of the

Pupil Accommodation Review Committee, both from the school communities and the parishes, who helped to shape this vision for the future,” Parr said. “And I especially want to thank the staff of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, with whom we have an excellent and co-operative relationship. Their assistance to us in this project has been extremely valuable.”

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Union Gas retirees recently helped build a cat condo at the Chatham-Kent Animal Shelter. From left, Terri Dent, Ron Dent, Gary O’Rourke, Mark Lacina, Ruth Tattersall and Deane Paxton. O’Rourke is a shelter volunteer.

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The Helping Hands element of Union Gas, along with Golden Genie retirees had a busy time recently helping members of the Active Lifestyle Centre construct the mini-golf holes that will be used on June 30 as part of the centre’s Canada 150 celebration. From left, Michelle Rioux, ALC member; Roy Cornell, Helping Hands; Lorne Saunders, ALC member; and Susan Bientsman, Helping Hands showcase some of their work.



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The June 22, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.