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Retro Suites earns accolades By Bruce Corcoran

Chatham’s Retro Suites Hotel just keeps earning rave reviews. It garnered Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice award for the sixth straight year. Pete Tsrimbis, general manager of the hotel and the accompanying Chilled Cork restaurant, attributes the high rating to the efforts of the staff. “It’s really a testament to how conscientious our team is. They’re passionate and really caring,” he said. “It really does take a small village to accompany this.” Tsrimbis added the unique elements of Retro Suites, from its one-of-akind rooms to jaw-dropping art and decor, add appeal. “It’s certainly eclectic and unique,” he said. “The antiques and artwork really keeps this intensity. You never get bored.” The decor also evolves, Tsrimbis said, as the artwork and conversation

pieces are swapped out. There are mainstays, however, such as paintings by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, the original Ken and Barbie mannequins and the huge toy soldiers that once stood on display at FAO Schwarz. “There’s something for everyone,” Tsrimbis said. “A 75 year old may see an antique and have a little nostalgia from his or her childhood. And a child can come in and be curious about the same piece.” Tsrimbis said earning the accolades doesn’t get old. “The staff is always evolving and striving to reach new heights,” he said. “The current team is the best we’ve ever had. Chatham produces great energetic service industry professionals.” The staff isn’t the only thing evolving, as renovations recently were completed on four of the hotel’s 45 suites. Tsrimbis said another three or four will be revamped in the next year.

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Ribfest in Tecumseh Park in Chatham drew a large crowd this weekend with the weather co-operating for the most part. Andrew Shockling of Jack on the Bone from Massillon, Ohio stayed hard at work marinating and cooking ribs and chicken. He had faced a huge line-up Saturday of people eager to try their sauces made with Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey.

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led to Tsrimbis thinking it “Usually a room lasts would be nice to catalogue about eight years before all Retro Suites’ items and it needs an overhaul,” he give the hotel a musesaid. “We’re constantly um-like feel. doing small updates, how“When you walk around, ever.” you’ll feel K e e p i n g “Keep collecting. like you’re Retro Suites That’s the fun part.” at a museas unique - Retro Suites’ Pete Tsrimbis um – Chaas possible t h a m ’ s is one of Tsmini-Smithrimbis’ goals. Part of that sonian,” he joked. is done by constantly addLocated at the corner of ing the interesting art and King Street West and Wildecor. liam Street in the heart of “Keep collecting. That’s Chatham, Tsrimbis said he the fun part,” he said. likes where Retro Suites is All that collecting has situated, and sees growth Continued from page 1

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Retro Suites Hotel in Chatham showcases some very unique decor, including this painting of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, by artist and Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. The decor is one of the reasons why Trip Advisor gave the Chatham hotel its Travellers’ Choice award for the sixth straight year.


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Festival set to start July 13 in Blenheim fic throughout the festival, as midway rides and booths occupy the heart Blenheim is ready for its of Blenheim, drawing in annual weekend outdoor thousands of people. “Thousands and thouparty! That’s the word from J.P. sands of people,” HugHuggins, chair of Cherry gins stressed. “But a huge Fest and Blenheim Side- part is the weather. We walk Days, taking place can do all the planning we want, but if it’s blisterJuly 13-15. He said the pit spitting ing hot or raining heavily, it can affect element Cherry Fest. of Cherry “It’s a great family Still, we’ve Fest dates had times back to festival, with great atwhen it has 1982 when mosphere and amazrained all it was ini- ing shopping. It’s the and tially held longest running festival day people have in Cedar still been Springs. It in Chatham-Kent.” over moved into - Cherry Fest’s J.P. Huggins all the downBlenheim and mated with Sidewalk town.” Huggins loves Cherry Days, filling the downtown with deals, food, Fest “I remember coming up activities and entertainhere when I was dating ment. “It’s a great family fes- my wife, with her family tival, with great atmo- and her little brothers. I sphere and amazing have lots of good memoshopping,” Huggins ries with Cherry Fest,” he said. “It’s the longest said. “I want to keep that running festival in Cha- going with my kids and other people’s kids.” tham-Kent.” Given the name, Cherry The downtown is closed to vehicular traf- Fest has a great deal to do

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with cherries. The Blenheim Youth Centre runs Cherry Central, a food and beverage booth in the middle of the downtown. Volunteers will sell fresh sweet cherries from Delhaven Orchards, a longtime supporter of the event. “They also provide the cherries for pit spitting,” Huggins said of Delhaven. “People don’t realize how fortunate we are to have the fresh fruits and vegetables so close by.” Cherry Central is also known for the interesting flavoured pop it sells. Huggins said getting that pop, which typically isn’t sold around Chatham-Kent, can involve someone making a trip into the U.S., sometimes quite a distance. Another food option is Smokin’ Aces, an amateur smoking competitor that will be doing cherry glazed ribs and other special cherry treats. The Saturday pit spitting competition anchors the entertainment. Huggins said tryouts take

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Cherry Fest and Blenheim Sidewalk Days run from Thursday to Saturday in downtown Blenheim. The midway rides are just one element of the diverse entertainment offered.

place Friday and Saturday morning, with the real spitting taking place in the afternoon. The kids spit it out first, followed by the annual celebrity event, and then the serious competitors in the men’s and women’s open classes take to the street. “People come out for fun, but in years past, people have come from Perth County, Niagara, Sarnia and even Michigan to take part,” Huggins said. The pit spitting is certainly not the only thing going on over the weekend. he said. Dance, gymnastics, fitness and martial arts groups will put on demonstrations, and there will be live entertainment

throughout the weekend, including Cherry-oke. “It gets more and more popular every year. This year, it’s two-and-a-half hours,” he said. “Every time you sing a song, you put a ballot in the box.” The top prize is $100, and given the lottery format, anyone can win. That takes place Friday right after the pie eating

contest, a no-hands affair that draws a crowd. With all of that there is also the midway, put on by World’s Finest Midway. “They were brought in new last year,” Huggins said of the operator. “We got a ton of compliments. They had eight rides last year, and this year we hope to have more.”


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Chatham’s Canadian Cowgirls earn hardware at the Stampede The Chatham Voice

The award-winning Canadian Cowgirls can add one more win at the Calgary Stampede to their long list of accomplishments last week, being named best equestrian colour guard entry in the 2017 Calgary Stampede parade.

There were more than 800 horses in the parade. Terry Jenkins of TJ Stables, home base for the Cowgirls, said the win was filled with emotion. “I rode in my dad’s (Ernie Jenkins) antique silver parade saddle. And since Dad passed away it was like riding along with him,” she


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Chatham resident Thomas Muschik is the latest winner in a hot summer of cash locally from the OLG. Muschik won $50,000 with Ontario 49 in the June 21 draw. “I was with my wife the day I bought my winning ticket,” Thomas said in a release. “I chose my own numbers for the first three lines and Quick Pick for the last two. Then I put the ticket in my wallet and waited for the draw that night.” The retired father of two checked his ticket after dinner the day following the draw. “I had a busy day running errands. I was at the store with my wife when I used the ticket checker. I saw ‘$50,003’ on the screen and I had to rescan my ticket because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I asked my wife to check my ticket too and when

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Oversight appreciated Some people might question the ferocity with which Water Wells First is going after wind turbine companies building in North Chatham-Kent, but you can’t question their sincerity or their results. Thanks to monitoring of the first turbine site under construction by North Kent Wind off Darrell Line, WWF noticed that the steel pipes weren’t capped and sealed, which could allow groundwater to flow down the pipes into the underground aquifer. This practice, if unchecked, could lead to contamination of the water sources for area well owners. The Ministry of the Environment responded to the complaint from WWF by investigating and ordering the company to cap and seal the pipes, which it agreed to do. But what if WWF hadn’t been paying attention? Whose responsibility is to make sure not just the wind turbine companies, but any construction firm, do what they are supposed to? Builders have to acquire permits and are subject to inspection at each stage of building before they can proceed. Does the MOE regularly monitor the turbine construction sites to ensure compliance? Does the municipality who approves the building permits have any responsibility to inspect the sites for compliance? Or is the process just complaint-based, and unless someone is watching, construction crews can basically do what they want? These are questions that seem to remain unanswered and are leading to frustration from both WWF and the municipality. And of major concern is, if this is how construction is proceeding now on turbines, how were all the turbines that came before these ones constructed? For people not on a well, it may not seem to be of any concern, but if the underground aquifer is contaminated and those properties don’t have access to clean water, property values are going to go down, those folks who want to sell won’t be able to, and only those who can afford to hook up to municipal water lines will be able to have potable water. That is something that should be of concern to all of us. And if having the members of WWF videotaping and monitoring construction is what it takes to make sure our water source stays clean, people shouldn’t have a problem with that. They may just want to take a shift themselves.

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Bennett deserving of hall of fame Sir: I am glad to see that Mike Bennett finally made it to The Chatham Sports Hall of Fame. I had nominated him for that possible induction more than a few years ago, but the nomination failed for lack of support. I think Mike was still working at The Chatham Daily News when I nominated him. I have known Mr. Bennett since high school, when he was sports editor for “The Green & White” Chatham Collegiate Institute newsletter as well as a correspondent for The London Free Press. I can’t say that I always got along with Mike, even back in those

high school days, but that had nothing to do with his writing ability for sports reporting which was always top notch and unique in my thinking, from the traditional standard material that I used to read in newspapers in those years. Mike was able to personalize his stories, and often included various people from around the Chatham and Kent communities, that were at times hilarious to read and kept one wanting to read his column every time it went on the news stand. It is just a shame

that the new technology and downsizing of newspapers in our society of today has resulted in many writer’s like Mike to either be reduced in availability or no longer have jobs promoting community sporting events and the people that take part in them. There are many other good writers out there in Chatham-Kent, now retired, that like Mike, should some day be considered for some sort of honour for their works in our communities. I’m talking about the likes of Bill Saunders, Randy

Coote, Bill Reddick, and Gary Patterson to name a few. Other media personalities, announcers, writers and such in other fields of the news media should also be considered for their stellar work as well. Hopefully, like Mike Bennett, these other news media members may someday get their final notoriety for their work, and not after they have passed on to the after life. All the same, way to go Mike! You are now in a place for all time that you richly deserve! Frank Doyle Chatham

Canada 150 team deserves pat on the back Sir: Kudos to all the people involved who made our 150th Canada Day such a great success. A wonderful day with lots to do and see. But my big kudo goes to a couple my husband and I saw while were taking rest

on St. Clair Street just north of the bridge. They were walking two dogs. The mom stopped to say thanks to my husband as he was in Legion uniform, also a Second

World War veteran. We had earlier been on the Legion float in the parade. I must also say thanks to the lady, whoever you are, if you are reading this. You gave

my husband a nice big hug. You made my day, and I’m sure, his as well. Thank you so much and bless you. Ruth Draper Chatham

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Bultje to seek mayor’s seat in 2018

That shorter window this time around is a huge reason Bultje wanted to With the next municipal make his plans known so election more than a year far in advance. “If anybody is planaway, one candidate has already announced his ning on running, they’ll gear up way beintentions ... sort fore that,” Bultje of. said of the May Local business1 opening date man Jeff Bultje, for registering. who ran un“You won’t know successfully for who’s running mayor in 2014, until the registrasaid recently he tion date and all wants to seek the of a sudden you position again in have six to eight 2018 – if no other Jeff Bultje people running qualified candiand we’ll have dates sign up. “If somebody better the same situation as last comes along, they can time.” Despite his willingness take my spot,” he said. Bultje, whose family to step aside if someone has built homes in Cha- better, in Bultje’s eyes, tham-Kent for more than comes along, he said he three decades, said he owes it to his supporters wanted to let other po- to take a second shot at tential candidates know the mayor’s seat. “I promised my camearly on what he intendpaign people. They said, ed to do. “I don’t want seven peo- ‘If you’re going to run ple running next time,” once, you have to run he said, referring to the twice, as it’s difficult number of mayoral can- to defeat an incumbent didates who ran in 2014, your first time,’” he said. splitting the vote. “Some- “They wanted the combody’s going to win with mitment to try the second like 24 per cent of the time as well.” As for why he wants vote. I think that’s just to run again, Bultje said lousy for everybody.” Running in 2014 were nothing has changed at Randy Hope, who was the Civic Centre. He bere-elected with about 29 lieves municipal governper cent of the vote, Bult- ment should stay out of je, Marjorie Crew, Steve meddling in the private Brent, Ian McLarty, Reno sector. “Stop being a partner in Lachapelle, and John things you shouldn’t be Willatt. Next year, the time a partner in. Take care of frame for candidates to the roads, sidewalks and register is from May 1 bridges,” he said. Bultje pointed to the to July 27, 2018, a tighter window than in 2014 recent Water Wells First when candidates had protest outside the Civbetween January and Au- ic Centre, where rural residents with drinking gust to register. By Bruce Corcoran


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can’t; it’s got 15 per cent ownership in the wind project.” He understands the revenue potential from the turbines is enticing for a municipality, but added running a city is not all about dollars and cents. “Sometimes things seem like a good idea, but you really have to stay focused on your mission statement – do what


oodwill Industries Essex Kent Lambton has been serving our community for nearly 85 years. From the first retail store opened in 1939 at 176 Victoria Street and employing a handful of people, Goodwill Industries now employs more than 250 people across two Career Centres, five Retail Stores and twelve Attended Donation Centres throughout Essex, Kent and Lambton counties. In 1959 we broadened our focus to include helping individuals with disabilities find employment and identify opportunities for community involvement. In 1977, Goodwill received funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services to offer a Sheltered Workshop program. Goodwill staff provided assessment and rehabilitation services and training for disabled adults who could not otherwise find employment. In recent years, the Government of Ontario has signalled a gradual closing down of the Sheltered Workshop programs in favour of more personalized services, and Goodwill is working towards this goal. Goodwill Industries currently provides services to 31 individuals through Developmental Services Community Supports Participation funding in Sarnia and Chatham, including life skills and pre-employment activities. Goodwill recently received $150,000 through the Ministry of Community and

Social Services Employment and Modernization Funding. This enhanced funding will enable us to move forward in services that are more individualized. Each client will take part in creating a person-centered planning strategy focused on their individual goals and increased awareness of and inclusion in local opportunities.

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you’re supposed to do, not what you’re not supposed to do.” Meanwhile, if someone comes along that Bultje thinks is a better choice than he is for mayor, he reiterated he would step aside. “I’m having a great time building houses around here too,” the co-owner of Multi Homes said. “We’re booking into the

volunteering three days per week within the Recreation/ Activities Department: she assists in setting up and assisting the seniors in participating in programs such as Bingo and Karaoke. We are very proud of the success that Stacy has found in her new role, and we look forward to identifying additional opportunities in the community for each and every one of our clients. To find out more about Goodwill Industries EKL and how you can help to change people’s lives, please contact Kevin Smith - CEO of Goodwill EKL

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Kinsmen bring science fun to Chatham-Kent The Chatham Voice

Mad Science of Windsor and Chatham-Kent is bringing its world-leading science enrichment program to two locations here this summer. Working with both the Chatham and Wallaceburg Kinsmen’s Clubs, Mad Science will offer its engaging “Sources of Forces” program for six consecutive Saturdays. Leading the classes is local Kinsmen member and Mad Scientist, Gerry Flynn, a.k.a. “Dr. Claws.”

Sparking the imaginative learning of children ages five to 12, Mad Science encourages children to explore unique and entertaining topics including Fantastic Flyers, Science of Magic, Fun-damental Forces, Under Pressure, Che-Mystery, and Super Structures. For 60 minutes each week, children will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on experiments and leave with a different take-home project that supports the science.

Parents can register online or by phone at 519839-6094. Tuition is $89.50 per child including all materials, take-homes, and HST. Classes begin on July 15 and run until Aug. 19. In Wallacebug, the classes will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Kinsmen Club on Dufferin Avenue. In Chatham, they will run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kinsmen Hall at Erickson Arena. Mad Science of Windsor and Chatham-Kent is a franchised member of The Mad Science Group,

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“It is outrageous for the CKHA management to believe that the way to resolving budgetary issues is to cut services, close beds and lay off frontline RNs. Nurses know this will compromise safe, quality patient care. Health-care employers must stop trying to balance their budgets on the backs of our dedicated and highly skilled RNs,”

said ONA First Vice-President Vicki McKenna in a news release. Nursing positions marked for elimination include: • Five full-time RNS in the Women and Children’s Department, Chatham campus, including a lactation consultant. As well, there will be a decrease in beds from 12 to eight. • Five full-time and two

part-time RN positions cut in the emergency department. • Two full-time RN positions cut in the medical unit, with beds decreased from 54 to 49. Cutting these positions will mean the loss of more than 25,000 hours of direct hands-on RN patient care. “Research shows that there is devastating impacts on our patients and

our ability to provide safe, high-quality care when RN hours are cut. Patients are more likely to experience complications, increased infections, higher morbidity and mortality rates and re-admissions, longer wait times and poorer health outcomes,” said McKenna. “The research is clear: Ontario needs more RNs, not fewer.”

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Thanks to close observation by Water Wells First, a potential hazard to the underground aquifer north of Chatham has been ordered fixed by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE). According to WWF spokesperson Kevin Jakubec, the Ministry of Environment sent staff to North Kent Wind turbine construction site on Darrell Line June 28 and to investigate complaints from WWF about improper capping and sealing of the base steel pipes pile-driven into the ground to form the foundation of the turbine. Jakubec said the MOE agreed with the group that the base of the first tower was not properly capped and sealed to prevent rainwater from entering the underground aquifer. It has ordered the company to seal the steel pipe supports and the company will be complying. Jakubec and members of WWF have been monitoring the site to ensure the construction of the turbine follows proper procedure and what is expected in the agreement with the MOE. In an e-mail to the municipality building inspection department regarding the unsealed pipes, Jakubec outlined in detail the problem he observed. “Please investigate this matter and stop construction of North Kent 1 until a suitable type of pile that does not create a hydrological connection to the aquifer is chosen by North Kent 1 executives and engineers,” Jakubec wrote in his e-mail. “It’s important for all the families in North Chatham-Kent who depend on their water wells to see our building inspection department hold the wind developer accountable and protect our natural groundwater resources.” WWF called out Mayor Randy Hope last week with a press conference outside of City Hall, asking him to join the WWF “outside and add your voice to ours

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Film studies career path gets a boost The Chatham Voice

A lucky high school grad with an interest in film studies just received a boost to education plans thanks to the Chatham-Kent Film Group. Lisa Shaw, a recent graduate of CKSS, is the scholarship recipient for film

studies at Wilfred Laurier University in Kitchener. She will receive $1,500 in the fall. Shaw, 18, has plans to study for four years at Laurier, one of which will be completed at the Vancouver

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River Banks series underway in Wallaceburg The Chatham Voice

The Wallaceburg & District Council For The Arts is has released the line-up for the inaugural Co-Operators Music By The River Banks Outdoor Summer Concert Series. The series will showcase local talent in Wallaceburg’s “Library Park” on the banks of the Sydenham River. Free family-friendly concerts are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights. They began June 27 and run to Aug. 22 throughout the summer. The line up for the rest of the summer is shown below: July 18 – Bren Dube July 25 – The Chasers, with Three’s a Crowd Aug. 1 – Jay Allan, with Connor Wilson Aug. 8 – Down River Band, with Mikayla Lozon Aug. 15 – Tina Pumfrey, with Alyssa Doherty Aug. 22 – Neil Malcomb Band, with Travis Laur Nick Cadotte and the Wallaceburg Co-Operators office have made a $2,500 donation to the program and are the presenting sponsor of the weekly summer series.

“The Co-Operators are really excited to be a part of this project with the Arts Council,” said Cadotte said. “They’re a dedicated group who have given a lot back to the community. Their beliefs mesh with ours perfectly at The Co-Operators. We hope to make this first year a huge success and make the summer series something everyone looks forward to for years to come.” Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and an empty stomach. Free community barbecues will be offered each week during the series. Raffles and giveaways are also expected during the festivities. Library Park is located on James Street beside the Chatham-Kent Public Library’s Wallaceburg branch in the downtown core. “The addition of The Co-Operators to our team is great news for the Arts Council and great news for Wallaceburg,” said arts council President Dave Elliott.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017 • Misty Melodies karaoke in the West Lounge of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 1:30pm. • Open euchre at 1:00pm at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre. • Celebrate Canadian Authors” Canada has the ‘write’ stuff! Do you love Robert Munsch, Melanie Watt and Kathy Stinson? Learn more about your favourite Canadian authors at the Thamesville branch of the CKPL at 10:15am. Friday, July 14, 2017 • The Reids will perform in the West Lounge of Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Meal and darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St, Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of roast pork, roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Open darts starts at 7:30pm. Saturday, July 15, 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 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! • Blenheim Horticultural Society container contest at Cherryfest located in the park on Ellen St. Check out our facebook link to see multiple categories you can enter. Come out and enjoy! • Mitchell’s Bay 6th Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show (Pre-1997) from 11:00am-4:00pm. Mitchell’s Bay Park, Mitchell’s Bay. Vendors, food concession, bouncy castle and more! Admission is free! Only $10 to register your vehicle. • Evangel Villa annual yard sale. 9:00am12:00pm, 50 Sandy St., Chatham. Misc items. • The Youth of Zion Christian Church will be holding a BBQ and car wash fundraiser from 11:00am-2:00pm at Zion Christian Church, 820 Park Ave. West., Chatham. • Meat draw and dance at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Meat draw from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Dance from 4:30pm9:30pm featuring Robby. Sunday, July 16, 2017 • Merlin Legion Breakfast, 2 Stanley St., Merlin. 10:00am-1:00pm. $10/adult. 1/2 price for kids. Scrambled eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, ham, sausage, pancakes, french toast, apple & orange juice, tea & coffee. Monday, July 17, 2017 • Open euchre is at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. Tuesday, July 18, 2017 • Bad Art Night - Canada 150+ edition at the Chatham Branch of the CKPL. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Leave your inner critic at home and have fun creating bad art. We’ll provide the supplies, you provide the badness. Adults only (13+) and registration is required. Visit and search Bad Art or call your local branch.

• Open euchre and open shuffleboard at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm and shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 • Music with Sharon in the main dining room at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:30pm. • Maxkwushak (Lil bears Drummers) at the Thamesville branch of the CKPL at 4:00pm. All are welcome and registration is not required. Thursday, July 20, 2017 • Paula and the cornhuskers in the main dining room at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm. • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:30pm. Friday, July 21, 2017 • Welcome Randy Grey performing in the west lounge at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 10:30am. • Meal and darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St, Chatham. Dinner from 5:30pm-7:00pm with choice of meat loaf roast beef or fish and chips for $9.00. One meat draw. Open darts starts at 7:30pm. Saturday, July 22, 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 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone is most welcome! • Ohana Family Singers will perform in the west lounge at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 10:30am. • Chatham Blood donor clinic at the Polish Canadian Club from 9:00am-12:00pm. New donors and walk ins welcome.

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Five-year old Logan June-Pinsonneault was part of a sea of red and white covering Tecumseh Park on Saturday, July 1st, as Chatham-Kent celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday. Although rain and softened ground cancelled the fireworks the night before, celebrations were not dampened as dancers, vendors, bands and a historical reading of Harriet Tubman was performed.

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Losing the extreme heat of ABTs Lovely letter writer and faithful reader Ruth Draper popped into the office Monday morning, and asked me a simple question, one I answered too politically. Ruth asked if I had barbecued on the weekend, to which I replied, “yes.” But I didn’t tell her exactly what. The answer is “Atomic Buffalo Turds.” Ruth is a sweet retired woman and I guess subconsciously I didn’t want to offend her, but the reality is she’d have gotten a giggle out of the name. And truth be told, the way we did them, you can pull “atomic” out of the name. You see, an Atomic Buffalo Turd (ABT) is the name for stuffed jalapeno peppers wrapped in bacon. They are very, very tasty, and can be darned hot. In fact, the first time I ever did them on the Big Green Egg, and took them to Sensei Jeff’s place for an afternoon party, they were scorching. The hottest thing I’d ever tasted, let alone cooked. But, man, were they yummy, as long as you had a beverage nearby. Yet, at that thermonuclear level of pepper heat, they weren’t for everyone, so I went and did a little more Internet research. The heat from the peppers comes from the membrane and seeds. We’d pulled that out of the peppers, but they still were so darned hot. But I learned that if you soak them for a time in water, with a little milk, you can pull some of the heat out of the peppers. Soak them too long, you essentially pull all of the heat, leaving behind just the flavour. I personally like the heat. Ditto for my daughter, as well as her dance buddy Reegan and that girl’s father, Eggless Chad. We were at Chad and Charlene’s on the weekend to hang out by the pool and I thought it was time for some ABTs. We grabbed the peppers, cream cheese, shredded blended cheese and some disposable gloves. The gloves are to prevent the oil from the peppers getting onto anyone’s hands as it can be hard to wash off, and one wipe of the eye can leave you in a lot of discomfort. Two people halved the peppers and pulled out the seeds and membrane. That’s easily accomplished with a dessert

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sheet and then placed them on the upper grill to finish. The peppers were delicious, but, due to the time in the rinse, were mostly without heat, which was much to Reegan’s dismay. Still, they were gobbled up. I promised Reegan that next time we’d leave some of the peppers out of the soaking process and dunk the rest for a shorter period of time.

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The July 13, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

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