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More change needed at CKHA: critic By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

A local citizen who saw both his parents have extended stays with the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance in recent years likes the changes that are occurring there, but thinks more can be done. John Cryderman said he was first exposed to what he calls “unintentional lack of care” issues at the health alliance when his father, Jack Cryderman, was hospitalized in 2010. “He was in there a few times. The third admission, he was more critical. He couldn’t eat on his own and was aspirating a lot,” Cryderman said. “What I first noticed was the food trays. Each time I would go there, they were left untouched. It became a deep concern of mine.” The feeding of patients was just one area of worry for Cryderman. He believes there aren’t enough frontline nurses in the medical unit, physiotherapy is conducted by more of a cookie-cutter approach, and information taken at the time of a person’s admittance to hospital is not detailed enough and doesn’t always make it to the hands of the caregivers. “Every patient is differ-

ent. What may work for one may not work for another. There is no such thing as one physiotherapy glove fitting all patients,” he said. Cryderman isn’t pointing fingers at anyone, but rather says it’s a problem with the system. “There’s nobody to blame. Ultimately there’s a reason why. I’m not advocating there is any intention of malfeasance,” he said. “It’s just the administration is there to manage care, and the frontline staff, from surgeons all the way down to personal support workers, are there to provide the recovery,” he said. He believes it is at least in part due to not enough staff. “There are times up there when nurses have between nine and 10 patients each. They’re running their tails off up there. You can’t deliver health care as mandated by the ministry of health in that manner,” he said. Lori Marshall, president and CEO of the alliance, disagreed. “We did undergo a benchmarking exercise with a consulting firm. They compared us to other hospitals of similar size and scope of services.”

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Ecto-1 part of FireFest

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Who you gonna call? FireFest. A replica of Ecto-1, the Ghostbuster mobile from the 1984 movie, will be part of the sixth annual FireFest Chatham-Kent in

September. It will join upwards of 100 antique firefighting vehicles, police cars and ambulances to be displayed in Chatham’s downtown core Sept. 23. DeNure said organizers seek out a unique vehicle to showcase each year.

“Ecto-1 is the feature vehicle this year. Every year we try to bring in a vehicle to pique everyone’s interest,” he said. “It’s the world’s most popular emergency response vehicle.” At Ecto-1’s core is a 1959 Cadillac hearse/ambu-

lance. It and the other vintage vehicles will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 in the downtown. DeNure said some are from as far back as the 1840s, with the newest being from 1990.

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The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has two new young doctors in residence. The CKHA, a teaching site for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (Western University), said two new family medicine residents, Dr. Aaron Gross and Dr. Adam McDowall began their post-graduate medical training in early July.

For the next two Biomedical Sciences years, these residents and completed his will live in ChaDoctor of Medicine at tham-Kent and gain Western University. experience with local Originally from Blyth, physicians who proOnt., Gross is looking vide support and diforward to joining the rection to complete the community of Chahands-on portion of tham-Kent and practheir medical training. Dr. Aaron Gross ticing medicine within Dr. Adam McDowall The Chatham-Kent a community setting. ing opportunities in both program offers the “I’m excited to conopportunity to learn and inpatient and outpatient tinue my medical trainpractice medicine in a medicine. ing, join the community Gross attended the Uni- of Chatham-Kent, and more rural environment, with a variety of learn- versity of Waterloo for have a chance to care for

patients in many different settings over the next two years,” he said in a media release. “I really appreciate the warm welcome I have received already.” McDowall grew up in Belle River and obtained a Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto. McDowall expressed his excitement upon joining CKHA.

“I am thrilled to start my Family Medicine Residency in Chatham-Kent. I have continuously heard wonderful praise for the staff and atmosphere at CKHA and from day one everyone has been so welcoming and friendly in the local community. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to start the next chapter of my medical career here in Chatham-Kent,” McDowall said in a release.

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In the review, they identified we are spending more to achieve similar levels of quality than other hospitals like us. I would say the report would indicate we, in some areas, have more staff and more spending than others.” The alliance recently announced plans to increase efficiency, and will reduce full- and part-time staffing levels, and reallocate time where needed. Lisa Northcott, vice-president and chief nursing executive, said the province has no mandated nurse-to-patient ratio, adding it can depend on the patients’ needs. “Depending on the level of intensity required, we do vary the level of the nursing staff. In intensive care, it’s common to have one nurse looking af-

ter one or two patients,” she said. “In an area such as complex continuing care where the individual needs aren’t as acute, and on nights, we can have fewer nursing staff looking after a larger number of patients.” In terms of family involvement in the care of a loved one while they are in hospital, Cryderman urges everyone to take interest. “Family members who come up there, they don’t know. They’re in shock. We have to trust the hospital,” he said. Northcott said family involvement in a patient’s care differs from family to family. “We try to welcome every family to have as much involvement as they want to have,” she said. “Some are involved in every aspect of a patient’s care.

Other families just don’t want ten family members assist.” that level of involvement.” Northcott said when a famiCryderman said his father ly member isn’t there, nursing wasn’t the only one to have staff or personal support workfood delivered only for it to ers, if present, will assist. remain untouched. He claims In terms of ensuring patients upwards of half the meals de- receive meals they can conlivered to patients isn’t eaten. sume, Marshall added nutri“With patients like mom in tional services staff provide her 90s, they would bring her some level of choice each day. hard food. A patient doesn’t When his mother went into need steak and eggs when they hospital, Cryderman said she are 94 and they are aspirating,” had hip surgery at the age of he said. 94. She wasn’t restrained and Marshall said nutrition ser- he said she fell out of bed the vices personnel prepare and next morning. deliver the meals, and pick up “They didn’t restrain her in the trays afterwards. bed, nor did I think she had to “Many patients are capable be restrained, but mom’s habits and able to feed themselves. In were to get up in the middle of some areas, we support even the night,” he said. “The hosmore of a communal dining pital staff, not knowing about atmosphere where the patients mom’s habits because the adcome and eat together. We sup- mittance questionnaire was not port that type of socialization,” complete, just didn’t know.” she said. “But there are Cryderman added staff didn’t a small number of pa- tell him about her fall. Nor tients who would re- were any X-rays taken. In fact, quire some assistance she was due for physiotherapy with their meal. Very of- that afternoon. Mark Allot, President of Lloyd Bag, Chatham is committed to local businesses supporting local business. Mark is seen here picking up his new 2017 Ram Big Horn 4x4 from Luce Cools. This is the 6th truck Lloyd Bag has purchased from Call us today Luce Cools at Chatham Chrysler. Enjoy your new Ram Big Horn, to discover the Mark and safe driving!

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“I had to take charge, cancel her physio and ask for an X-ray. She could have really damaged herself had she had physio,” he said. “Even through the intention for the best health care is there, the system isn’t working how it needs to.” Cryderman said ever since his father’s hospitals stays he’s spoken with other families at the hospital, as well as staff, trying to gather as much information as possible. “Some of the staff broke down and cried in front of me. They are so stressed. There are inconsistencies in the scheduling and operations up there,” he said. Marshall said administration welcomes comments from the public. “We appreciate the opportunity to speak with people if they have concerns. We certainly like to be able to intervene right at the time,” she said. Cryderman said he understands the hospital doesn’t have unlimited resources.

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50th anniversary of the “It’s really a remarkable Detroit 1967 Riots, inevolution,” he said of cluding memories from the vehicles used to fight people who covered the fires. event; and to the crash of On top of the plethora Northwest Airlines Flight of vehicles on display, 255 along with an appearthere will also be safety ance by the first responddemonstrations, the Ju- er who rescued the sole nior F.I.R.E. Challenge survivor in 1987. course, Stan FireFest the Magical “It’s so rewarding will conFireman, clude with the day of FireFest. the Detroit a parade Fire De- It’s grown to an event of vehicles. p a r t m e n t where we start planConstrucC l o w n ning 10 months out. tion on the team, stilt We love to give the Fifth Street walkers B r i d g e public a reason to and other will force a e n t e r t a i n - come back every year.” change in - FireFest’s Brent DeNure ers. the parade Firesound, route, which an eight-piece musical will be unveiled in Sepgroup comprised of To- tember. ronto-area firefighters The Ecto-1 replica, based will also perform. DeN- out of Quebec, will be the ure said after they were featured star at “Friday part of last year’s enter- Night Lights” Sept. 22. tainment, they had to DeNure said the original come back. Ghostbusters movie will “Firesound was a huge be shown at dusk at The hit last year. They put on Boonies Drive-In Thean amazing show. It was atre in Tilbury, with gates a no brainer to get them opening at 7:30pm. back,” he said. The event, sponsored There will also be two by the St. Clair College special tributes – to the Alumni Association, will

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A replica of Ecto-1, the vehicle driven by the original Ghostbusters in the 1984 classic film of the same name, will be on display as part of FireFest Chatham-Kent this fall.

also include several vintage fire trucks that will parade from Chatham to the drive-in starting at 6 p.m. DeNure admits prepping for FireFest is a lot of work, but he said it’s worth it. “It’s so rewarding the day of FireFest. It’s grown to an event where we start planning 10 months out,” he said. “We love to give the public a reason to come back every year.”

DeNure, who is an antique emergency vehicle collector, said it’s great to see the interest by the public in such vehicles. “We take it for granted because we’re collectors,” he said. “We hop in a truck and go. But this (FireFest) is a very interactive experience for a lot of people.” Fire Fest draws people in from great distances. DeNure said in 2016, people came from as far away as Texas, British Columbia

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The future of high-speed Internet in Southwestern Ontario is the topic of an online survey being carried out under the auspices of Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT). The purpose of the survey http:// www.swiftnetwork.ca/survey is to provide SWIFT with information on how to invest funds for broadband Internet infrastructure across Southwestern Ontario. In 2016, SWIFT received a combined $180 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The SWIFT initiative is based on the principle that everyone in the area deserves access to high-speed Internet, regardless of the size of their community, their age, education, or where they work. The goal of SWIFT is to build an affordable, open-access, ultra-high-speed fibre-optic regional broadband net-

work through Southwestern Ontario and Niagara Region. The project was initiated by the membership of the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) in 2011. Chatham-Kent mayor Randy Hope, a board member and former caucus chair, said during lobbying efforts for the fund that “the Internet is constantly evolving and changing – and requiring more and more speed, bandwidth and reliability. It’s imperative that our region has the fibre optic foundation needed to access a connected global economy and to deliver effective public services.” Chatham-Kent was initially told that as a community with a population of more than 100,000 it didn’t qualify as part of the project, however, as funding broadened, the municipality met the criteria. Lambton County Council recently entered into a partnership agreement with SWIFT Inc. The agreement allows the county to benefit

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and Alberta. “The brand has really built itself. We’re just hoping for good weather and a great turnout,” he said. With sunny skies, FireFest could see upwards of 100 vehicles on display and 15,000 people in the downtown core over the course of the day. That includes a number of tiller fire trucks, the longer big-city ladder trucks that steer at both ends,

allowing the big vehicles to negotiate tight turns in close quarters on urban streets. DeNure said what will be on display for FireFest has yet to be finalized. “We’re still working on things. We’re proud of what we have so far, but there are a couple of ‘moving parts’ in the works,” he said. “They could really add attention to Chatham-Kent.”

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municipal department has launched C-K Detourism, enLife in the fast lane isn’t exact- couraging visitors and poly that in Chatham-Kent these tential visitors to take alterdays, as trips along Highway nate routes off Hwy. 401 and 401 can wind up with delays discover or rediscover Chaand serious slow downs. tham-Kent’s unique attracEnter C-K Tourism. The tions. The Communication Road (Hwy. 40) overpass is expected to remain closed until mid-November as it is rebuilt. At the same time, the eastbound ramp of Hwy. 401 at Queen’s Line in Tilbury remains shut down for the same duration. To help visitors make the A+ Rated By The Better Business Bureau most of their trips to or through Chatham-Kent, 20 Plus Years of C-K Tourism is releasing Proven Excellence . . . specialized trip itineraries. They are designed for travOur Customers Say ellers heading down the 401 from the east or west, It’s So! with the goal of helping them discover a new route to places such as Erieau, • Locally owned Blenheim, Ridgetown or and operated Mitchell’s Bay; the communities most affected by the • No Pressure, Worry Free construction. Each itinerary acts like a local guide Experience to picturesque roads, parks, beaches, shopping and din• Best Price First Time, ing and other attractions.

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Georgi Gardner is the face of VistCK this summer. She can be found at major tourist attractions and events distributing detour maps and providing details on attractions within the Municipality. “C-K Tourism understands the frustration construction can bring to any motorist. That’s why we decided to turn this into a unique and posi-

tive campaign,” Supervisor of Tourism Development Shannon Paiva said in a release. “It encourages people to get off of the 401 and discover, or rediscover in some cases, the hidden gems we have to offer. It’s a chance to slow down and stop and smell the roses. “With our newly created trip itineraries, visitors can still get to their intended destination,

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Thank you to all the walkers, donors, businesses that donated fantastic door prizes, entertainment, Ryan & Crystal St. Denis, who kept everyone smiling and dancing, and to Steve’s Pizzeria and Kona Ice for selling their products and donating a portion of their proceeds.

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the facility’s capabilities. The project is expected to create 40 new jobs at the plant. Along with a $6 million investment from the company, the Ontario government will contribute $676,600 to the project. Stuart McFadden, acting director of economic development for the municipality, said the expansion and provincial assistance is excellent news. “They are doing some very phenomenal things there,” he said of KSR. “This will help them continue to do that.”

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Richmond St. construction looms

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Construction was to begin this week on Richmond Street between Keil Drive and Bloomfield Road. Chris Thibert, manager of infrastructure services said the $4.8-million project takes place between now and November. It will see the old roadway ripped up and new asphalt put down. But it will also see a host of improvements, Thibert said. Included in those is a left-hand-turn lane running the length of Richmond Street between Keil and Bloomfield. “It has been a major strain in transportation and traffic flow, more so heading west,” he said of people turning left on the fourlane roadway. With several large employers, restaurants, industrial malls and side streets along that stretch of Richmond, traf-

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Reduced lanes on Richmond Street is causing delays between Keil Drive and Bloomfield Road, especially at the Keil and Richmond intersection. Construction continues into November.

fic can back up in the lefthand lanes at times. The road will be further widened to accommodate bicycle lanes in both directions as well, he said. Other improvements include the addition of curbing and gutters, driveway and boulevard restoration,

and traffic signal and intersection improvements. Thibert said the planning for the improvements has taken place for some time, but held back until it was time to replace the surface of that part of Richmond Street. “We wanted to lump ev-

erything together and not do it piece by piece,” he said. Work along Richmond will take place in phases. Thibert said the first phase would run from the Keil Drive intersection to the YA Canada area. The north side of the road, fol-

lowed by the south, will be upgraded. “We really want to make sure that intersection gets opened up as quickly as possible,” Thibert said. “It’s definitely one of our busiest intersections.” During the initial phase there will be no impacts to

C-K Transit services. Once the first part is complete, the second phase will run all the way to Bloomfield Road. Traffic will be down to one lane in either direction. Access to businesses during construction will remain as well.

provements to their facilities, including upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms, and back-up generators. Lori Marshall, CEO and president of the CKHA, said the cash will be utilized to upgrade transformers in Chatham ($643,722) and help initiate core plant improvement at Sydenham Campus ($1.883 million). “These (funds) are earmarked. This is a fund specifically for the phys-

ical facilities. It’s not a fund that can be used for staffing or other costs,” she said. “In Chatham, it’s for dealing with some of our transformers, relating to aging infrastructure. In Wallaceburg, this would be for the initial stages of the necessary facility upgrades.” Marshall added the money is in response to a number of pro-

posals put forward by the alliance. “It’s good news for us,” she said.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and LongTerm Care, said the funding is certainly needed.

“They will help to ensure all patients get the help they need now and in the future,” he said.

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Patient recovery paramount The issue of patient care is one that hits home for a lot of people. Everyone has either experienced a hospital stay themselves or had a loved one in a hospital bed. It’s a stressful time and if family has work obligations, or few family members are available, the extra help needed just isn’t there. There was a time when you were admitted to the hospital, the first thing to happen was a visit from a person who asked your food preferences, asked about your state of mind and how you felt, and asked what kind of support network you had around you. And if you needed help with your food tray, it was there. Now, you have to fill out your own food preferences and if you are not coherent enough to do that and family aren’t there to do it for you, you get what they give you. There seems to be a disconnect between the dietary aide department and instructions from nurses/doctors. And it seems now that any “extra” care a patient may need such as help eating or filling out forms or even getting ready for bed must be done by family members or kind visitors. That is hard on the patients and hard on their family members. There is no question changes were needed at the CKHA and Lori Marshall is doing a great job carrying the ball with what Rob Devitt started to put the alliance back on its feet – financially and emotionally with staff morale. Now that some of the bigger issues are being solved, getting down to nitty gritty details like making sure people do eat and can eat what is brought to them to help them recover better and faster, and staff are allocated to make that happen if family members can’t be around sounds like a good plan. A hospital stay is stressful enough for all involved. Helping people recover mind, spirit and body is a great next step.

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Khadr doesn’t deserve $10M Sir: $10 million is a ludicrous settlement for Omar Khadr for his time spent in detention. Mr. Khadr did kill via his “Jihad” and therein, he and his fellow Canadians who wanted to get him

out of Guantanamo should accept that fact that he got what he had coming to him as the fact is he was the architect of his own making and we ought to

stop standing around and wringing our hands and stop boohooing a situation that he has never accepted responsibility for causing.

The $10 million makes him a wealthy man and he hasn’t earned a penny of it that I am aware of. Jim Daley Chatham

Ribfest just an enjoyable event Sir: I attended Ribfest in Tecumseh Park in Chatham for about the fourth time in recent years, including one time as a part time volunteer. Despite the heavy rains on Friday night, I came later in the weekend and when I was there, the ground was dry, it was warm with the summer sun and it was I believe to be perfect conditions for such an event.

I guess the majority of people I’ve heard go out in the evening, when it is cooler out and avoid the hot summer sun. Still, this is a very enjoyable event, and thanks to all those who finance this event, the volunteers and various vendors and carnivals workers who run this event; you have done a

great job! It’s too bad that two other Ribfests were going on the same weekend as the one in Chatham. There were Ribfests in Amherstburg and Sarnia that weekend as well. Maybe there are not enough weekends in the summer to run these events at different times so that more crowds of

people would flock to these events, rather than splitting them up? All the same, it is a great weekend to attend these events, regardless of where one goes to get their food and entertainment. I hope that this event is back in Chatham for many more years to come. Frank Doyle Chatham

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Chatham-Kent home sales remained hot in June, just off a record pace. According to the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors, 148 units sold in June, up 1.4 per cent from the same month a year ago. It fell just six sales shy of the record June set a decade earlier. On year-to-date basis, home sales totaled 739 units over the first half of the year, rising 4.2

per cent from the same period in 2016. That is a record for the period. “Home sales in the Chatham-Kent region have slowed down a little bit, going from record levels to near-record levels, but the market is still very strong,” Kristi Willder, president of the association, said in a release. “Unlike some other markets to the east of us, our market has not seen any increase in new listings in recent months. As a result, overall inventories

are testing fresh all-time lows, and that is keeping upward pressure on prices.” The average price of homes sold in June 2017 was $206,978, up 27.5 per cent from June 2016. The year-to-date average price was $192,419, rising 18.9 per cent from the first half of last year. New listings numbered 180 units in June, down 26.8 per cent from the same month in 2016. This was the lowest June level in nearly two decades.

pay their taxes monthly through pre-authorized payments received July notices that didn’t include updated 2017 figures. When the error was discovered, revised notices which listed the correct amounts were mailed to taxpayers. The new amounts include the 1.96 per cent

tax increase approved by council this year, but may also reflect any changes as a result of provincial property reassessment which took place in 2016. Only the correct payment from the revised notice will be deducted from taxpayers. Property owners will not have dual withdrawals from their accounts.

Tax notice error corrected The Chatham Voice

An internal mailing issue which led to some Chatham-Kent property owners receiving two pre-authorized payment notices with differing amounts has been corrected, according to municipal officials. Approximately 9,000 property owners who

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Sports

McPherson has Olympic aspirations

By Mary Beth Corcoran mary@chathamvoice.com

Hockey has been a big part of Jessie McPherson’s life since she was four years old; and now, at 14, she has the opportunity to take her hard work and dedication to the sport to a new level. The Chatham goalie, who most recently played travel hockey and with her high school team at CKSS, has been offered a position between the pipes in the Ontario Provincial Women’s Hockey League for the Cambridge Rivulettes. As one of the youngest players on the 17-player roster for Cambridge, McPherson said she is excited about the opportunity to play in the PWHL, but also nervous about what to expect, with players from ages 14 to 20. “I don’t know what’s going to happen but I am really excited right now,” McPherson told The Chatham Voice. “I know I’m young to be asked. I was

asked to go to Bluewater, which is a great team, but I was really impressed with what Cambridge had to offer. They have office training, psychologist availability and education mentors to help keep us on track.” The goalie just finished Grade 9 at CKSS, helping her team go the farthest any CKSS team has ever gone. “ “We made it to the SWOASSA finals where we fell short 1-0 in the fifth overtime,” McPherson explained. Starting in hockey at a very young age, McPherson took to the sport, especially the goalie position. “I started playing hockey when I was four years old with a co-ed team. I played travel hockey with a select team the next year and continued to play with them for three years until a AA travel league was available in my age group,” she said. “By my third year playing hockey,

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I was the lone girl on the team. The year I turned eight in December was the first year I was introduced to AAA hockey as an AP goalie for the age group a year older (boys’ 9-10 years old). In the meantime, I continued to play AA boys’, collecting many MVP awards and eventually helping my team go on to win the OMHA championship in 20102011. “With that accomplishment, the boys and I were ready to tackle AAA hockey,” she continued. “Our first year in AAA we were championship finalists. I played AAA for three years and went back to AA boys’ as well as playing occasionally as a “developmental player” for the girls’ team which I helped win a Bronze Medal in the Provincial Championships. “The following year I played Bantam AA Outlaw hockey with girls a year or two older than me. This brings me to my latest season of Midget AA hockey where I played with girls that aged out at 18 this year. Our team were the underdogs of the provincial tournament but I still brought them to

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Dreams come at a gender-based price I have had the privilege of watching a friend of Brenna’s grow up from a cute, shy kindergartener to a confident, talented young woman about to embark on the next stage of what she hopes will be a long journey for her as a hockey goalie. Jessie McPherson, a 14-yearold CKSS student about to enter Grade 10, was handpicked by Cambridge Rivu-

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“We just thought after getting to talk to her a little bit, doing a little homework on her, we saw that her mental makeup was mature enough and strong enough. It’s not going to be easy for her next year moving away from home, but we thought if anyone can handle it, it seems like Jessie has the make up to handle it.” For her parents, Nate and Sandy McPherson, this opportunity for Jessie is one they couldn’t pass up, despite the expense involved. “We’re really excited; we split our goalies, we always have and have a pretty good history of good goaltenders. We have two new goaltenders coming and we’re looking for Jessie to grow her game. She’s young and will be with us for a while,” Haddaway said. “You don’t like to put labels on kids because it’s not fair; she’s young kid, but if she does that, I would say she has unlimited potential, and people, I think, are recognizing that. If Jessie keeps working hard, and when athletes take care of the things that the athlete can, then good things usually end up happening. “We try to get a really good picture of the person. We can judge the hockey, it is the easiest part of the job, talking to

people who know her; her coaches, even her goalie coach, about whether she can handle it and people are saying if anyone can do it, it’s Jessie.” Her parents have supported her since she started in hockey with many goalie camps and goalie coaches, along with off-ice training to help her hone her skills. “She does a lot of training on her own. She’s mature for 14 and very disciplined,” Nate said. “Anyone who has worked with her on the ice talks about her discipline and determination.” Jessie’s mom is also very impressed with Cambridge and the supports in place to help Jessie excel not just on the ice, but academically and working to her future goals of a scholarship. “They have an education mentor that keeps them on track because the idea is to get the girls scholarships too; they work with the girls and help them contact schools, so that’s a priority for them too. They know what Jessie’s goals are and they are going to help her attain them. That was the biggest selling point for Jess,” Sandy noted. The costs, however, involved with Jessie’s move to Cambridge include billeting with a family in Cambridge, travel and

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Jessie McPherson shows off the trophies and medals she’s already earned through hockey by the age of 14. McPherson is off to play in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League for the Cambridge Rivulettes in the fall.

hotel costs from Windsor to Ottawa, and equipment which will quickly add up. Haddaway explained that unlike male players in the OHL that are sponsored and get gate receipts and merchandising, women’s teams in the PWHL find sources of income for players and teams are limited to families, fundraisers and whatever spon-

sors they can find. Jessie has a gofundme page to help her and her parents offset the costs and hopes that sponsors will see her potential and help her reach her ultimate goal of Olympic women’s hockey. “I am very hopeful for a successful season this year. I have worked extremely hard off and on the ice to get this far and

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 • Paula and the cornhuskers in the main dining room at Meadow Park, Sandy St., Chatham at 2:00pm.

• Mad Science! at the Tilbury branch of the CKPL at 12:30pm. Performance at Tilbury Arena and at the Wheatley branch at 2:30pm, performance at the Wheatley arena.

• Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1:00pm and darts at 7:30pm.

• Celebrate Canadian Artists: put on your hairnet, find a monkey, and learn how to paint like Emily Carr at the Thamesville branch of the CKPL at 10:15am. • Master Your Health - Workshop for People Living with Chronic Disease. Learn to take control of your health, build confidence, create personal plans, and deal with everyday challenges. Offered at no cost. Bring a friend or family member, all are welcome. Thamesview Family Health Team, 465 Grand Ave. W. Chatham. 519-354-0070 ext.602 or 625 to register. Runs July 20-Aug.24 from 10:00am-12:00pm. 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 5:30pm7:00pm 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 9:30am11:00am. 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. www.blood.ca. • 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 Blast from the Past. • The CKPL presents Cindy Cook from Polka Dot Door will be at the Wallaceburg branch of the CKPL at 10:30pm and the Bothwell branch at 1:00pm (hosted at Jim Kish Theatre). All are welcome! Singing, puppets, etc. Monday, July 24, 2017 • Open euchre is at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 1:00pm. • The Digital Bookmobile National Tour is stopping at the Chatham branch of the CKPL from 12:00pm6:00pm. Tuesday, July 25, 2017 • The CKPL Children’s Room, Chatham branch, celebrates Canada 150 with ‘Home Sweet Zone’ at 11:00am. Join Rondeau Park naturalists to discover some of the amazing creatures that share our Carolinian life zone. All ages welcome • Open euchre and shuffleboard at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm and shuffleboard at 7:00pm.

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The Arts/Life

C-K teen to dance with Rockettes

By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

Local dancer Shelby Lee Olmsted is heading to New York City this summer to dance with the world-renowned Radio City Rockettes dance team. She has been accepted to their Summer Intensive dance camp starting later this month. Olmsted, 15, who will enter Grade 11 at Chatham-Kent Secondary School in the fall, is “very excited” to attend the camp. She’s been a fan of the high-kicking Rockettes for years. “I went to New York last year with a school trip. We got to meet one of the Rockettes. I watch the Rockettes whenever I can,” she said. Olmsted went to an audition

with the dance team in Detroit in May and it was there she qualified for the intensive camp, which takes place July 27-29 in New York City. “She is so excited. She would not be doing this or be the dancer/performer in musicals, and young lady she is if not for her PURE coaches and family. We appreciate them more than they will ever know,” Olmsted’s father Nick said in a media

release. Olmsted looks forward to learning from the Rockettes. “At the intensive camp, we’ll be learning some of the Rockettes’ routines. A few of the Rockettes will actually be teaching us,” she said. “We’ll be learning some of their routines that make them such strong dancers.” A trademark of the Rockettes are their extremely high leg

kicks, something Olmsted said are called “eye-high kicks. “I’m pretty good with kicks. I’m very excited to be able to go and try it with them,” she said. Olmsted, who has been dancing since the age of three, said while the Rockettes camp is three days long, she and her mother will head to New York for a week. They hope to visit several museums and get in some shopping as well.

Outside of the studio, PURE offers opportunities for its students. These include touring with Education Arts Canada, performing for professional groups, and amazing dance conventions across North America. Dance conventions offer intensive, one-of-a-kind classes with the opportunity to earn various scholarships that invite dancers to take part in events across the U.S. and Canada.

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ACROSS 1 Speedometer stat 4 Puncturing tools 8 Into the sunset 12 Savings plan acronym 13 Biblical boatwright 14 Eastern potentate 15 Wanting company

Fun Stuff

17 One of the Jackson 5 18 Margery of nursery-rhyme fame 19 Played aloud, as a TV 21 Without a cent 24 Winter woe 25 Year, in Uruguay 26 Snitch

This week’s answers

28 Square dance group 32 Rickey flavoring 34 Shrill bark 36 Genealogy chart 37 Put forth 39 Cookie holder 41 Coffee vessel 42 U.K. flyers 44 Burns or Browning 46 Serving piece 50 Astronaut Grissom 51 Floater 52 Boring 56 Con 57 Culture medium 58 Scratch 59 Uncategorized (abbr.) 60 Legislations 61 Early bird? DOWN 1 Wire measure 2 Expert 3 Good-looking 4 “Jeopardy!” clue, e.g. 5 Court 6 Mary’s follower 7 Ledge

8 Diving garb 9 Send forth 10 Location 11 Walked (on) 16 Corrode 20 Hearty brew 21 Hay bundle 22 Alternative to Windows 23 Rotation duration 27 -- Mahal 29 Macabre 30 Frau’s mate 31 Camp shelter 33 Unsteady 35 Standard 38 Highlander’s hat 40 Astaire’s frequent partner 43 Of the unborn 45 Urban transport 46 Pull an all-nighter 47 Hindu princess 48 Little salamanders 49 Latvia’s capital 53 Uncooked 54 Periodical, briefly 55 Work measure

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Animal shelter receives $50K donation The Chatham Voice

The new animal shelter

is now “well past” the 50-per-cent fundraising

mark needed to make the facility a reality, thanks to

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When the Chatham-Kent’s new animal shelter fundraising effort received a $50,000 boost from the Howard J. Rees Foundation this week, one local canine seemed particularly thankful. During the cheque presentation, Hula decided to give her owner Jim Sanson a friendly lick on the cheek. From left, Art Stirling, chair of the Friends of the new Animal Shelter; Foundation representative Anne Fisher; Hula; and Jim Sanson of the foundation.

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a $50,000 donation by the Howard J. Rees Foundation July 12. “This donation demonstrates not only the deep community support for the new shelter but also the ongoing generosity of the late Dr. Rees through his foundation,” Art Stirling, co-chair of the Friends of the new Animal Shelter, said in a release. “We have more fundraising ahead of us and we continue to celebrate both large and small gifts. This is truly a community-wide project.” The foundation, created in 1992, was established to support the arts, health and education. It has provided scholarships, supported medical needs and was a major factor in the expansion of the Gable Rees Rotary Pool. Lynn McGeachy, project co-ordinator, said construction of the shelter goes far beyond its primary purpose of providing a safe, humane building for animals in distress. “The building will have a community room which

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