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Scrum time with Kent Havoc

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Forwards with the Kent Havoc men’s rugby team lock up with their counterparts from Norfolk during a scrum on Saturday at the athletic field at the former CCI on Lansdowne Avenue. The local lads lost to the 2016 league champion Harvesters 40-31. The Havoc host Windsor Rogues Aug. 12. Kick off is at 1:30 p.m.

12 days, countless ways to show positivity

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Captain Positive (Jason King) and Opto Woman (Megan Canniff) were on hand for the unveiling of

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it even bigger and better this year, featuring a chance to win daily prizes totaling $10,000 including the grand prize of a $2,500 travel voucher,” Canniff said to packed

house. “We are having 12 themed days across Chatham-Kent and we are looking for champions to grab these days and run with them.” Canniff mentioned

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The themed days start with Neighbour Day and cover agriculture, seniors, first responders/ health care, charity, local business, community, pets, diversity, educators, environment and wraps up with Positivity Day on Sept. 15. Canniff said several videos, similar to last year, will be also released in August and September, including a music video with local talent and dancers filmed by Wes McDonald and Candlebox Productions. Local songstress Brooklyn Roebuck was also at the kick off to perform and put her support behind Positivity Day. Canniff said without sponsors like the three local radio stations, Ab-

stract Marketing, Teksavvy, Main Street Credit Union, Planet Print, Scotia Bank, Chamberlain Press, the CKBIA and Vellinga Travel, they wouldn’t be able to make the day happen, and he is looking forward to Sept. 15 at the Capitol Theatre when the final video is screened and a winner chosen for the travel voucher. “I’d love everyone to take this poster with 12 ways to be more positive – that’s what this is all about. Every day, we make hundreds of decisions to be negative or positive. We need more positivity,” Canniff told the cheering crowd. He added that positivity really resonates with the kids and they will be bringing back the


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Captain Positive, known as Jason King when he is minus the tights, pumps up the crowd at the kick off announcement for 12 Days of Positivity coming this September.

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In a year cloudy with pesky mosquitoes, West Nile Virus has returned to Chatham-Kent. Health unit officials have

learned a pool of mosquitoes collected from a trap this week in southeast Chatham tested positive for the virus. West Nile Virus is mainly transmitted to people through


the bite of an infected mosquito. Very few people infected with the virus have any symptoms at all, or they have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue. Those with more severe illness may experience stiff neck, nausea, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, and lack of co-or-

dination or paralysis. Anyone with the sudden onset of these severe symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. The chances of getting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito are low. The risk of severe illness increases with age, as well as for those individuals that have compromised

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Wynne addresses well issues By Mary Beth Corcoran

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne made a stop in Chatham Thursday on a rare visit through Southwestern Ontario, touring the Chatham-Kent Museum and Simply Green greenhouses. Arriving at the museum, Wynne took the time to speak to representatives from protest groups, including Water Wells First spokesperson Kevin Jakubec, who asked her to look into why the Ministry of the Environment was not taking sediment samples while taking water samples from contaminated wells in Dover. “I know we have taken the water samples and are waiting for the results,” Wynne told Jakubec. “I will ask about the sediment. Let’s get the results and that information first and make sure we know what is in that water and get that fixed.” Jakubec was pleased with the opportunity to talk face-to-face with Wynne, but has many other questions that have not been answered by ministry officials.

He said MOECC officials finally responded to WWF concerns by sending the senior hydrogeologist for Southwestern Ontario from the ministry’s London offices out to the homes of Theresa Pumfrey, Christine Burke and Marc St. Pierre, each of whom have significant black water contamination. “Each well owner asked the ministry’s hydrogeologist to collect a sample of the black shale sediments and asked if the contaminated water was safe to use,” Jakubec said. “The ministry’s hydrogeologist refused openly to collect any sediment samples and when pressed if the water was safe to use did not respond.” Jakubec also said Water Wells First has asked the MOECC what are the scientific reasons for not collecting and analyzing the sediments, but has had no response from the ministry. “Water Wells First can only conclude that the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is not conducting an honest investigation;

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne discusses sediment concerns in wells with Water Wells First representatives during a stop in Chatham on July 27.

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Wynne speaks to protestors during C-K stop paign opposing the sale of Hydro One. McGrail asked Wynne Ontario Premier Kath- what facts the province is leen Wynne made a brief using to justify selling off stop in Chatham Thurs- public assets to private day, starting with a tour companies which only at the Chatham-Kent Mu- puts money into provinseum that turned into an cial pockets, such as Hyunscheduled talk with dro One. “We are building assets representatives from sevwith all of the money that eral protest groups. Spokespersons from Wa- came in from the broadter Wells First, OPSEU ening of the ownership and Unifor were given of Hydro One,” she said, a chance to have a brief adding the province will word with the premier, retain 40-per-cent ownerasking questions about ship of the company. “We contaminated water, sell- need to build infrastrucing off of provincial assets ture in this province and and protection for work- that’s what we’re doing. We’re retaining control ers. Wynne spoke with Jor- in terms of the ability to dan McGrail, OPSEU remove the CEO and the Region 1 mobilizer who board, making Hydro One showed up with support- into a better company, but infrastructure ers of the We Own It cam- building that is desperately needed in this province.” “When mayors sit down with • Motorcycle Seats Recovered me, it doesn’t matter where it is in this prov519-352-7499 or 519-401-8666 ince, their ber one concern Dan Stewart By Mary Beth Corcoran

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne took a moment Thursday to talk to OPSEU area mobilizer Jordan McGrail about selling off provincial assets such as Hydro One during her afternoon stop in Chatham.

workers need that security, so let’s keeping working together.” “It is painful whenever a worker loses their job in this province,” Wynne said, “Ontario’s economy is growing, but not everybody’s sharing equally in that, I get that, and so we need to continue to work to ensure that.” Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope, who got a chance to speak privately with Wynne, saw the premier’s visit as “very positive” for the municipality. “I was extremely impressed with the premier,” he said. “She took



time to meet with people outside the museum who were protesting a variety of issues and genuinely wanted to hear what they had to say.” Wynne’s visit included a tour of the Chatham-Kent Museum and the Thames Art Gallery where she viewed “Michael Chambers, Shadows to Silver” featuring photographic works from the artist, a documentary screening about Chamber’s practice by filmmaker Anton Wagner, and photographic portraits in the Mezzanine in partnership with the Buxton Museum and CK Black Historical Society. She then had a private meeting with the mayor and later met with greenhouse owners and operators to discuss that burgeoning portion of Ontario’s agriculture sector. Hope said he had a


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The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance recently came through on its promise to purchase $1 million in important updated equipment. According to alliance officials, acquiring new and upgraded equipment and technology is imperative to maintaining the delivery of safe, high-quality care for local patients and their families. The recent announcement of the organization’s 2017/18 Recovery Plan, designed to help achieve a balanced budget for CKHA, has enabled the organization to address its high priority capital equipment needs. “I am pleased that through our collective efforts, we have been afforded the opportunity to invest in much-needed capital equipment that will enhance patient care,” said Lori Marshall, President and CEO, in a media release. “New and upgraded equipment is essential to maintaining the high quality care our staff, physicians and volunteers deliver on a daily basis.” The 2017/18 Recovery Plan was developed to ensure CKHA can continue to deliver high-quality health care while investing in new and expanded programs, support equipment renewal, and facility repair/replacement. All while achieving financial performance that is equivalent to peer hospitals. This plan included a budget of $1M capital dollars for the purchase of new equipment

this year. The equipment was selected based on priorities identified by the medical and hospital staff, officials say. A small portion of these funds will be retained for unexpected repairs or replacements and maintaining a safe environment. These dedicated funds, along with much needed donations through the community support of the Foundation of CKHA will continue to support the hospital’s staff in the delivery of quality healthcare to the community. CKHA’s leadership team also continues to work with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on a longterm capital planning process for more extensive upgrades and renovations at both the Chatham and Sydenham Campuses. “I am thrilled we have been given the go-ahead to immediately address the most urgent equipment needs for our programs and services across both sites,” said Jerome Quenneville, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “This is a significant step to ensuring the sustainable delivery of high quality care for the long-term and enables us to better focus on addressing the larger fragilities associated with our current buildings.” New investments in capital equipment include a new laryngoscope in the emergency department – a tool used for physicians when used for intubation – pointof-care ultrasound and resources to support advanced

training for ER physicians at both campuses, transport neonatal/infant isolette – for critical patient transfers to tertiary centres (Women and Children’s Program), vital signs monitors, trauma stretchers, transvenous pacemakers, a surgical table, microscope, and patient showers and bathroom repair. The new purchases received the thumbs up from staff. “I am pleased that our Emergency physicians will have access to a new video-laryngoscope – a special tool used during intubation. This essential piece of equipment is most often used to maintain an open airway in critically ill patients and enables the care team to administer life-saving measures. The purchase of this high priority equipment will enable our Emergency team to maintain the safe delivery of high quality care,” Dr. Anthony Dixon, Chief and Program Medical Director of Emergency Medicine, said in a release. “Acquiring a new transport neonatal/infant isolette will assure new parents and families that their critically ill newborns remain safe on their patient transfer journey from CKHA to tertiary care centres. This special life-saving equipment will certainly make a difference for our tiniest patients and their families at a precarious time in their lives,” Dr. Wendy Edwards, Chief of Paediatrics and Co-Medical Director of the Women & Children’s Program, said in a release.

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Power of positivity In a municipality that often is its own worst enemy when it comes to marketing its good points in a positive way, Positivity Day is a great idea. Last year, people’s attention was caught by the videos circulating the internet starring Captain Positive, a campy, yet light-hearted and charming attempt to bring attention to our need to be more positive in Chatham-Kent. At a time when Marvel comic heroes and villains are dominating the big screen, Captain Positive is striking a chord with young kids, and his message is a child-friendly one: When you have a choice, choose to be positive. That message is harder to follow for some folks who like to focus on all the bad things happening in our community, real or perceived. If you take the time to look, instead of spewing negativity to anyone who will listen, there are so many great things taking place in Chatham-Kent. Should we stick our head in the sand and ignore the problems? Of course not. But we could try looking for positive solutions to the negative occurrences and issues, and be part of making things right again, instead of throwing shade at everything and everybody. The 12 days of Positivity coming up in September are a great chance to pick a themed day and do something fun to give back to the people in our community who make it great. Sept. 4 is Neighbour Day. Why not talk to your neighbours about throwing a block party where everyone brings a dish and a beverage and you get to know each other better? Or First Responders/Health Care day – why not arrange to have lunch delivered or hand-deliver some baked goods and coffee to the EMS station, police or fire station? Or run a contest asking people to say good things about their favourite charity for $2 and deliver that money and people’s comments to the charity involved? So many ideas, big and small, are just waiting for people to jump on and make happen. Visit a seniors’ home on Sept. 6 and spread a little joy around with entertainment or food. It only takes a few people to get the ball rolling and it makes you feel good to make others feel good. Thanks, Darrin Canniff and Capt. Positive, for starting a positivity revolution in Chatham-Kent.

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CKHA needs its nurses, beds Sir: Chatham Kent Health Alliance has been in the news lately. The press has done articles about the monies for upgrades, repairs and renovations for hospitals in the Erie-St. Clair LHIN; these were monies that were announced in the provincial budget, and were much needed. The monies came from specific funds at the Ministry of Health, and are not part of hospitals’ day-to-day operations, for which no extra funds were announced. Secondly, the Chatham Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) announced that due to an existing budget deficit within its operating budget, bed cuts and staff lay offs would take place; the provincial government policies state that every Ontario hospital submit a balanced budget. Some 12 full-time RNs and several part time RNs would be eliminated, and beds would be cut. Last December, the Wallaceburg-WIFN Health

Coalition and the Chatham-Kent Health Coalition, along with the Ontario Health Coalition, conducted a survey of residents of Chatham-Kent, asking about pros and cons of local health care, and what they would like to see. The results of our survey revealed that the people of Chatham Kent wanted two hospitals and two ERs. The results also showed that ER wait times, as well as wait times for an admission bed were top problems. People also noted the need for increased nurses. Rob Devitt, the appointed supervisor of the CKHA, told me that our results mirrored research data that the CKHA had collected. Thus, the decision to balance the budget through bed cuts and staff lay offs makes no sense. CKHA has deleted some 20 management positions. The Ministry of

Health and Dr. Eric Hoskins, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, stepped in last year to help CKHA work through a myriad of negative issues. Many changes have been made, but the ministry’s job is not done. The monies that would be saved through bed cuts and lay offs would be better spent by keeping all beds open and allow admissions from any service to use them. Keeping RNs can only result in improved patient outcomes, as research has repeatedly shown. These actions would help to alleviate the excessive wait times that presently exist. By increasing the budget of the CKHA, the ministry would then be seen as working with the community to rectify the CKHA problems identified by the residents of Chatham-Kent. In April, Dr. Hoskins wrote to the Chatham-Kent Health Co-

alition and to the Wallaceburg-WIFN Health Coalition, stating, “It is important that we continue to receive feedback regarding the health-care needs of Chatham-Kent residents and we appreciate the time you have taken to conduct the survey. The findings of the survey will be used to inform the developments occurring at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance.” To date, the minister has been truthful in his dealings with CKHA; we hope that this continues. CKHA needs those beds, and those nurses to better serve the people of Chatham-Kent. Please contact your local MPPs ( ) (monte.mcnaughtonco@, the Minister of Health (ehoskins.mpp. ) and the premier (premier@, to tell them Chatham-Kent needs all of our beds and nurses. Shirley Roebuck Chair, W-WIFN HC, Co-Chair of the CKHC

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Unique 4 BR, 2 bath home. 4 season sunroom with access to yard & in ground heated pool. Single attached garage & full unfinished basement. $179,900

19 St. Anthony St., Chatham Lovely 3 BR, 2 bath 4 level home. Loads of living space. Good size modern eat-in kitchen. Fully fenced yard with new landscaping! $175,000.

10989 River Line $959,900 REDUCED to $899,900

Situated on 3.2 acres on the water. This 3,500 sq.ft. rancher boasts 4br, 4 baths, huge great room, 20ft cathedral ceilings, gourmet kitchen, master 14’x 23’ w/225 sq.ft. en suite. Also guest/granny suite above garage featuring 4pc bath, sitting area, kitchen and bedroom. 40’x48’ heated workshop. Constructed to I. C. S. standards. One of a kind home! Don’t Miss Out! Call me for all details!!!!

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148 Jane St., Blenheim Lakefront, open concept, 3+1 BR cottage with vaulted ceilings. Beautiful sun room, Cute 3 BR bungalow. Many upgrades & screened in front room & just steps from improvements. Newer kitchen and bath. Nice sized yard! Call Now! $89,900. Lake Erie. $189,900.

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Gorgeous executive 3 BR ranch. Great floor plan, massive kitchen & large living room with fireplace. Oversized garage & beautiful patio with covered area. $599,900.

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30 Cumberland Cres., Chatham Lovely & Unique 3 BR, 2 bath. Nice size bedrooms overlook living/dining with cathedral ceiling. Large rear deck backing onto schoolyard/park setting. $189,900.

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6575 Angler Line, Mitchell’s Bay $149,000 2 bedroom bungalow, remodeled bunkie extra space. Access to Mitchell’s Bay. Updates - kitchen, tankless hot water, furnace, windows and more.

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!

21 Oxley - $139,000 Mint 2 bedroom brick bungalow, totally updated, large partially fenced yard. Close to grocery store, drug stores and banks. Great location!

OPEN HOUSE SAT. AUG 5 2-4 PM 23871 Winter Line Rd - $215,000 This 1 1/2 storey home sits on almost 2 acres of privacy just south of Paincourt. It features many updates as well as a combined (46x33) 2 1/2 vehicle garage & large shop. A great property that must be seen.

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2.5 acre hobby farm! Stately Hampton Custom built 2 storey with 2 car attached garage beside creek and backing onto ravine. This well maintained 3000 sq.ft., 3 bedroom + bonus room + den has spacious rooms, formal living & dining rooms, jacuzzi ensuite off master & main floor family room with cozy wood burning fireplace off large eat-in kitchen with island. Features 4 bevelled glass doors, hardwood floors, porcelain sinks & oak staircase. Economic geothermal water furnace & central vac. Detached insulated barn or workshop (20x20) with hydro, water & waterline available at front entrance to property.

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83 Smithfield

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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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SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 1-3PM 19438 LAGOON, BLENHEIM $549,900 AGENT: PATTI VERMEERSCH 4br, 2 bath approx 2800 sq ft ranch on incredible 2.4 ac property with horse barn & large shop. Call Patti 519-355-6800.

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.

9115 INDIAN CREEK LINE $529,900 3br, 4 bath 2 storey on almost an ac of land on the edge of the city with i/g pool. Call David 519-350-1615.

920 CHARING CROSS $549,900

Magnificent 3br, 2.5 bath brick rancher. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

507 RIVERVIEW $499,900

3br, 1.5 bath bungalow on 1.69 acre site backing onto the Thames River + lg metal implement shed. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

877 CHARING CROSS $925,000

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

7 INDIAN CREEK W $539,900

4+1br, 3.5 bath 2 storey executive home with attached double garage. Call Gus 519-355-8668 or Heather 519-355-8666.

Offer Pending 335 TOWANDA, ERIE BEACH • $479,900 Beautiful year round 3br, 2.5 bath home fronting on Lake Erie with beach access. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

433 BALDOON $329,900

4br, 3.5 bath, 2 storey, double car garage, outdoor oasis with inground pool. Call Amber 519-784-5310.

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.

4br, 3.5 bath, 3500 sq ft executive ranch on 3.10 ac’s on the water. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

23 ENCLAVE $439,000

Custom built 4br, 2.5 bath executive brick 2 storey home. Call George 519-360-7334.

18360 MARINE PARK $548,000

Incredible 4br, 2.5 bath custom, modern, contemporary 2 storey home. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

2 BRUINSMA $199,900

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2-4PM 17 OAKGROVE $319,900 AGENT: JIM MCLACHLIN 3 or 4br, 3 bath custom designed 1 floor townhouse with double car garage with all the extras. Call Jim 519-358-3984.

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

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.

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83 SMITHFIELD $299,900

4 OPAL $299,000

43 IDLEWILD $214,900

Very bright 3br, 3.5 bath 2 storey clean & ready for new owners. Call Jim 519-358-3984.

Well cared for 3br, 1.5 bath 2 storey with many updates and 18x36 i/g pool. Call Larry 519-355-8686.

Well maintained spacious 2+1br, 2 bath raised rancher. Call Eric 519-436-4865.


Commercial Lot 725 ST CLAIR $289,900 1ac lot with 120’ frontage on St. Clair just south of mall. Zoned HC1. Call Bev 519-358-8805.

243 MERRITT $189,900

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

New Listing 10989 RIVER LINE $899,900

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 1-3PM 4750 TALBOT, MERLIN $559,900 AGENT: RON SMITH Beautiful 2br, 2 bath custom built home on Lake Erie. Call Ron 519-360-7729 or Brandice 226-626-4838.

New Listing 573 PARK W $139,900

2br one floor bungalow easy to maintain. Call Brain Peifer 519436-2669.

21 EARL #2 $219,900

Excellent 2+1br, 2 bath condo townhouse great for retirement. Call Gus 519-355-8668 or Heather 519-355-8666.

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3br, 2.5 bath custom built 2 storey home on a 2.5 ac hobby farm. Call Wayne 519-436-4810.

Well maintained 3br brick rancher with many updates. Call Deb R 519-401-5470.

35 CHATHAM, BLENHEIM $139,000 Totally renovated duplex. Total rents $1,350/mth + utilities. Call Mike Smyth 519-784-5470.

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.

403 / 405 WALLACE, WALLACEBURG • $129,900 Duplex, both units have 2 bedrooms and views of the river. Call Kristen 519-784-7653.

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25951 MCMURCHY, WEST LORNE • $519,900

135 BERRY $179,900

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2-4PM 23871 WINTERLINE PAINCOURT • $215,000 AGENT: STEVE CARROLL 2br, 1.5 bath, 1.5 storey home with many improvements on a gorgeous very private lot. Call Steve 519-355-9774.

104 LONDON, THAMESVILLE • $74,900 A very spacious 3br, 2 bath, 1.5 storey century home. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

155 GRAND AVE W. $199,900

Great business opportunity. Fully leased. Call Brian Peifer 519-436-2669.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 1-2PM 8 HOMESTEAD $182,900 AGENT: GEORGE MCDOUGALL 3br brick rancher, 2 baths, finished up and down. Call George 519-360-7334.

Building & Lot 21 OXLEY $139,000

Mint 2 br brick bungalow that is totally updated. Call Steve 519-355-9774.


For sale or lease. 11,000 sf on 0.58 ac site. Good exposure, easy access to 401. Zoned HC(1). Call Bev 519-358-8805.

79 FOREST $138,800 3br, 2 bath brick 1.5 storey with covered porch. Call Pat 519-360-0141.

154 MURRAY $95,200

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Perfect weather for a day of Ribs N Blues Bruce Corcoran/The Chatham Voice

Tom Lockwood, left, and Paul Langille entertain the crowd at the 2017 Shrewsbury Ribs N Blues event Saturday. Langille & Lockwood was one of five acts that performed at the annual event. Blue skies and a heat-relieving breeze made for a perfect day for the outdoor event.

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media will be accepted and works must be original and completed within the last two years. A maximum of two works may be submitted by each artist. Deadlines for submission is Sept. 8. This year’s juror is Kendra Ainsworth. She is a curator, arts administrator, and writer based in the Greater Toronto Area. She holds a Masters in Museum Studies from the Uni-

versity of Toronto with a focus on interpretation of contemporary art. Her practice focuses on collaboration with artists, providing accessible gallery experiences, and removing both intangible and tangible barriers to public engagement with contemporary art. Recent projects include the exhibitions Pattern Migration (2016), Beyond the Pines: Homer Watson

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Coasters cruise through C-K By Bruce Corcoran

What better place to visit for classic automobile owners than RM Classic Cars? That was an appreciated stop on the Canadian Coasters’ brief visit to Chatham-Kent July 27 as the group came through our municipality on its 2017 Canadian Coast to Coast Classic Vehicle Tour. The Coasters, who hail from across the country, are taking part in the group’s 50th tour. RM shop foreman Ernie Morreau gave the group a tour of the facility, starting with a visit to the Classic Car Exhibit. It’s no longer open to the pubic on a regular basis since the municipality pulled funding last year, but RM staff will open their doors for special visitors. And the Canadian Coasters certainly qualified. Many jaws slackened as the Coasters walked in out of the heat to gaze upon the sheer variety of vintage vehicles housed at the facility. Where else do you find a pair of Lamborghinis sitting side by side, or two Duesenbergs,

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Ernie Morreau of RM Classic Cars showcases a vintage Duesenberg to members of the Canadian Coasters, including George Windsor of Prince George, B.C. The Coasters came through Chatham-Kent July 27 as part of the group’s Canadian Coast to Coast Classic Vehicle Tour.

or the Flintstones “car” plus dozens of other classic automobiles, ranging from Italian sports cars to elegant classic North American rides from bygone eras? George Windsor, a Coast-

er from Prince George, B.C., was in awe. “I pinch myself that I’m here,” he said. Fellow Coaster Dave Wilson, also from Prince George, B.C., agreed. “These are

Fireworks Aug. 6 The Chatham Voice

A month after they were cancelled due to unstable ground conditions, Chatham’s Canada Day fireworks will light up the night Aug. 6. The event, sponsored by Greenfield Specialty Alcohols, will take

place at St. Clair College after dusk on Saturday night. McNaughton Avenue and Fergie Jenkins Parkway will be closed in the area from 6 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. to accommodate the event. This is also Greenfield’s 20th anniversary year in Chatham-Kent.

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ed to sell for in excess of had been memorable. $2 million, while the oth“It’s been an awesome er is anticipated to sell for trip,” the owner of a more than $1.1 million. 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Another row of classics Supreme said. “We’ve was lined up end to end, driven around 7,500 kiset to be loaded up and lometres so far, including shipped out for auction. when we got lost.” From RM, the Coasters The tour began in Victotravelled to CM Wilson ria, B.C. in late June and is Conservation Area and to wrap up in St. John’s, showcased their vehi- Nfld. Sept. 1. cles. To qualify, Coaster cars have to be at least 30 years GUTTER VACUUM old. • G u t t e r Va c u u m i n g Everyone • G utter Repairs on the tour is • W i n dow Cleaning driving a clasWE CLEAN SAFELY FROM THE GROUND sic, with some pulling trailers. Wilson said most people are camping out, but he and a few STEEP ROOF - HIGH GUTTERS - RAINY DAY others are stayTREACHEROUS FOOTING ing in motels DIFFICULT CONDITION ARE OUR SPECIALTY during the trip. MULTIFAMILY AND APARTMENT EXPERTS! Windsor said 519-360-6144 the trip to date

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The company that created itself “Melaina saw something that was basically a liquor dispenser made out When Chatham’s Jeff of plumbing. She said, Schamahorn retired two ‘You can build this,’” he years ago, he knew he’d said. “It became a curiosibe spending a lot of time ty thing. I looked at it and puttering in his wood- saw it as a challenge. The shop. Little did he know first one I made would his hobby would lead to a absolutely violate every food and beverage regnew business. What’s more, it essen- ulation. I didn’t know tially evolved out of a what I was doing.” Schamahorn said the fundraising effort for his daughter Amanda’s stag problem is what they saw online didn’t show any and doe. Schamahorn and part- of the internal workings. ner Melaina Craievich are As a result, the liquor now running The Whisky was exposed to the galvaJack Company, and hand- nized steel. “The challenge for me craft very unique liquor was to get the liquor from dispensers. They are made with a the bottle to the glass wood base, galvanized without touching the galsteel plumbing parts, vanized steel,” he said. “I braided rubber tubing use braided food-grade rubber tubing inside.” and a brass tap. Schamahorn had his Put them to work behind a bar, and the dispensers workshop built several become quite the conver- years before his retirement. He knew he’d be sation piece. Schamahorn said the out there regularly workidea evolved out of some- ing on projects for other thing Craievich saw on- people. “I like working with my line and challenged him hands. I’ve made chessto make. boards, guiBruce Corcoran/The Chatham Voice tars, and built Municipality of Chatham-Kent & a cabinet for Jeff Schamahorn works on a liquor dispenser in his wood shop at his home in Chatham. He Chatham-Kent Health Alliance my daughter to and partner Melaina Craievich recently started the Whisky Jack Company, makers of the have her wed- unique dispensers, and are amazed at the local response. are hosting a ding dress in,” started itself. Schama- er and gift shop, and they a Double Jack, where two public consultation he said. horn built five for the stag all sold within a few days. Whisky Jacks are housed to discuss the overnight closure The guitars, Since that time, Sticker in one mounting shoe, and doe purely for fundmostly electric, of the Pegley Court Tunnel raiser items. They were That on St. Clair Street and the addition of a light occupied a lot of a hit and people began and Lady Blackbird Bou- that’s placed right behind his time at first, asking for Schamahorn to tique downtown also the Whisky Jack to illumiAugust 8, 2017 • 4 – 6 PM as he said he’s started selling the dis- nate the bottle in the disbuild ones for them. build nearly two Frank & Mary Uniac penser. “When we saw the re- pensers. dozen over the Schamahorn and Schamahorn has made sponse from the stag and Auditorium (FMUA) past three years, doe, we knew it was of Craievich also started a Whisky Jacks with the customizing the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, interest,” she said of the Facebook page for the brass of spent shotgun finish and build 80 Grand Avenue West company. Requests came shells as part of the base, Whisky Jacks. to suit each perothers with labels lamiSoon, Tricia Xavier, own- pouring in. son. “We also started to get nated into the base, and er of the Purple Pansy in That was beFMUA is located beside the downtown Chatham, requests on Facebook and some with a person’s fafore he’d built asked if they’d showcase built about 20 for people vourite liquor added into Emergency Department at CKHA his first liquor some Whisky Jacks in from that,” Schamahorn the wood stain. (Emma Street) dispenser. He said he likes to reher shop for her to sell. said. “We received sugCraievich said main in contact with cusSchamahorn said he de- gestions as well.” the SATURDAY business SUNDAY - TUESDAY & THURSDAY 10AM - 7PM FRIDAY, 10AM - 8PM Such suggestions led to tomers throughout the livered a few to the flowpretty much By Bruce Corcoran


build process, and seeks feedback and sends them photos during the construction process. For him, it helps with creativity. After each Whisky Jack is built, Schamahorn runs water through it to test it. “I never put alcohol in anyone else’s Whisky Jack. That’s for your maiden voyage,” he said. Schamahorn advises customers to not leave bottles in their Whisky Jacks for an extended period of time, as the sugar in the alcohol can gum up the line. Hook it up for a party or gathering and rinse it out with warm water 10-12 hours after its use. “It’s a conversation piece. You pull it out and use it, and rinse and put away when done,” he said. All from something the couple saw online. “It was just a cool idea that needed revamping,” she said. “Jeff made it work just for gifts. It has turned itself into a company.” Rather than a hobby, it has now indeed become a company, all in just a couple of months. Parts are purchased in quantity – lumber from Goodreau Sawmill and Woodworking and plumbing parts from McKeough Supply and Chatham Plumbing. Supporting other local businesses is important for Schamahorn and Craievich. “We like the more traditional companies who have been in Chatham-Kent for a while,” Schamahorn said. “It’s fun when you can work at a level with other local businesses. We can all work together.” Continued on page 15



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A community consultation regarding the permanent nightly closure of the Pegley Court walking tunnel – located underneath the Lacroix Street Bridge in Chatham along the north side of the Thames River – will be hosted in partnership by Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The open house-style consultation will take place at CKHA’s Frank and Mary Uniac Auditorium (located next to the Chatham Campus Emergency Department entrance) on Aug. 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The consultation will give citizens an opportunity to learn more about the nightly closure of the tunnel and a chance to ask questions and discuss concerns with representatives from the municipality and CKHA. CKHA Director of Communications Fannie

Vavoulis said the tunnel has been the site of drug activity and other suspicious activity, and the hospital takes concern for the safety of its staff very seriously. “It sounds like we have great support from the neighbours about closing the tunnel nightly but we want to make sure everyone in the neighbourhood has a chance to provide input,” Vavoulis said. Gated parking is available on-site for attendees of the consultation meeting and municipal parking is also situated on and around the property. Vavoulis said the nightly gated closure is proposed from dusk to approximately 7 a.m. and will start on a daily basis on Sept. 1 to increase neighbourhood safety and limit suspicious activity. She added surrounding neighbourhoods will receive informational letters from the municipality in advance of the closure.


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Work is well underway on the removal of the old elements of the Fifth Street Bridge in Chatham. Despite the presence of construction equipment and the removal of parts of the span, the municipality has had to repeatedly remind folks to not use the bridge, as it isn’t safe. Work on the bridge will continue into December.

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The Whisky Jack Company now has added help, as Craievich and Schamahorn have reached out to three family members for woodworking and plumbing assistance as needed. Craievich said the company continues to have a mind of its own. Aside from making a few signs to advertise the brand name and to start the Facebook page, she said

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Matt Waddick, with the help of John Buis, leaps high to receive a line-out during Saturday’s Kent Havoc rugby game against the Norfolk Harvesters in Chatham. The Harvesters won 40-31.

How to enjoy a C-K weekend No leaks! That’s right, my hot water tank is happy once again, meaning we Corcorans enjoyed a typical weekend in Chatham-Kent. My Saturday afternoon was taken up by work, but when every day brings you something different, it’s not too bad, really. It began with taking photos at the Kent Havoc rugby game. The men’s team took on the visiting Norfolk Harvesters, last year’s league champions, who prevailed 40-31. Good game. I used to cover rugby in Lindsay years ago as a sports editor. I learned a great deal from the late Vince Jones, the Welshman who started the Lindsay Rugby Club. Jones, a retired OPP officer who once worked down in this part of the province, patiently brought me up to speed on the intricacies of rugby. It really can be a beautiful, flowing sport, and powerful. But to the untrained eye, it can be confusing. Just understand that there is no forward passing, and that quick laterals or fakes can really open

Bruce Corcoran up the field. Tackling has to be done with one’s arms – no shoulder tackles here – and you cannot tackle above the shoulders. I love watching rugby, and encourage others to take the time Aug. 12 to catch the Havoc’s final regular season home game at 1:30 p.m. at the old CCI athletic field on Lansdowne Avenue. I couldn’t stay for the entire game, as I headed south to Shrewsbury to the annual Ribs N Blues Fest on there. That’s right, smoked ribs and blues music – right up my alley. I got there in time to catch some of the great work by Langille & Lockwood.

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Rugby, ribs, blues and the backyard Continued from page 16

Every time I see Tom Lockwood play, I fall under his spell. The man is a very good guitar player, and he lives here in Chatham-Kent. Langille & Lockwood were one of five acts to perform over the course of the day. Naturally, with an event like Ribs N Blues, I ran into a number of people I knew, friends and family alike. Mother Nature deserved a pat on the back, as she provided sunny skies, a nice breeze and not too much heat. While chatting with Teresa of Antiquated Joys of Blenheim, she asked if I had brought my wife, her cousin. Mary and our daughter Brenna were in Mitchell’s Bay executing a difficult task. They had to check on my brother-in-law’s house, as they were away, and make sure the pool was functioning properly. Nothing like jumping in to help circulate the water... With them there and with me tabbed to cook dinner, I couldn’t enjoy any of the ribs either. How do you explain coming home with a full belly and saying you have no interest in cooking as a result? Speaking of food, upon my return to Chatham, I slipped into Sarah’s Farm Market and snagged some local sweet corn and potatoes, part of the planned meal for the evening. As I returned home late in the afternoon, I learned my wife and daughter had snacked away the afternoon and weren’t hungry. The corn, potatoes and steak would have to wait a day, as by the time the women were hungry, it was too late to barbecue (darned mosquitoes). But that just delayed a very tasty meal by a day. Sunday delivered yard work – simple stuff, such as patio cleanup, weed control (love the weed torch) and draining, cleaning and refilling the hot tub. Did I mention classic rock music and cold beverages? Both are backyard staples at our house. So, I stayed hydrated and performed the tasks. Mary seasoned the steaks to perfection and prepped the potatoes. Some folks say they think they don’t have the patience or the time to use a Big Green Egg. They think the lump charcoal takes too long to get going. But I use that time to prep other things, putter around the yard (including feeding the fish), and shuck corn (as needed). Finn the cat even joined Brenna and I for the shucking process. We got him a long lead and a harness so he can enjoy the great outdoors and we can

keep him from running away. He at first rolled around wondering what the heck was on his back, but once outside, he took great joy in getting into the garden, under the play set or just rummaging around in the grass. I challenged Brenna to put the little guy on the play set to see what he’d do. Finn, naturally, jumped down where he threat-

ened to tangle up his lead, so I instructed Brenna to let it go and see what he’d do. Of course, he took that moment to get spooked, and took off like a rocket towards the side fence. Although the chain link fence is white and easy to spot, it appears Finn, the cat that can see a spider at 100 paces, didn’t see it, as he ran face first into the fence at high

speed. He bounced off that and tore up the yard to park himself at the side door, with my daughter jogging behind him (and with me laughing my butt off). Finn finally came around to the back door and we let him back inside. He’d been wanting outside for weeks now, trying to slip past every time one of us opened a

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you remember the most,” Ryan noted. “I think my favourite still is Wrigley field in Chicago, if I had to choose. There’s the history and it’s really intimate, the stadium. The seats are right on top of the field so you’re right on top of the game, which is good, plus the baseball atmosphere before and right after the ball game is really good. “For a 1 p.m. ball game, at 11 a.m. in the morning, the area around the ball park is already starting to fill up. For some other stadiums, they are out in the middle of a parking lot; it’s the game and that’s it.” Mark, however, had favourite of his own, and said he is “kinda partial to San Diego.” The father-son duo always has a great time no matter what park they go to, but one park Mark thought was one of the “goofiest” ones was the former Shea Stadium in New York where the Mets played. At the time, the Mets had to share the field with the New York Jets football team. Both men are not big fans of the roofs in Toronto and Tampa Bay. “I would never say they are terrible, because we always have a good time there,” Ryan said. “Even the newer ones with roofs there are making it a bit more stylish.” Talking about the difference between fans in the different areas, Mark said some fans are “crazy.” Mark agreed but said with certain towns, the whole town is a baseball

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Mark and Ryan Weaver will soon complete a journey they started 19 years ago, watching a game in all 30 Major League Baseball parks.

town, like St. Louis for instance. “St. Louis probably has the most knowledgeable baseball fans around because they don’t really care about their football team that much and their hockey team is meh, but baseball is huge in St. Louis,” Ryan said. Mark said Yankee fans are the same in New York.


Half a lifetime in the making, Ryan Weaver and his dad Mark will soon mark a milestone very few people have achieved. Ryan was 17 years old when he and his father started making yearly visits to Major League Baseball parks across North America, and this year marks the end of journey on Aug. 25 with the home of the Miami Marlins, the last of 30 stadiums visited in 19 years. “How it started was I had a baseball tourney in Kalamazoo, Mich. and got talking to people from western Michigan who said while you’re this close to Chicago you should check it out, so we figured what the heck we’ll do it,” Ryan, now 36, explained. The duo went to Chicago after the tournament ended, and although they wanted to see Wrigley Field, the Cubs weren’t playing, so they ended up going to a White Sox game instead. “That gave us the idea that we should make another trip back here to go to the Cubs game. We did that a couple years later and it really started from there,” Ryan said. Mark said he looks forward to the trips every year as a chance to spend time with Ryan, see new places and try out local specialty foods. They usually spend two or three days in one city and get a sense of local flair and

food and take it in. “We ate buckets of seafood in Baltimore, and lots of ribs and steak out in St. Louis and Kansas City. You get a sense of the local flair,” he noted. “We always asked the cab drivers for the best places because they know the best places.” Ryan added that talking to locals was the best way to find things to do other than going to the ball game. Trips to the fields sometimes were grouped together, especially for fields on the coasts. “There are six parks on the west coast and we did that in 11 days. We flew into Seattle and worked our way down the coast to San Diego,” Mark said. Ryan laughed, and said that trip took the most planning. “I’d go online and open up windows for every single team and started looking at the schedules and how we could make it work,” he noted. “It worked; we didn’t have to back track at all. It was a great trip.” “We looked around the cities to see what was there and met up with friends once and a while,” Mark said. “A lot of the new parks are going back to the old style; ones that don’t need a roof that is. They try to keep it as fan friendly as possible.” When it comes to a favourite park, Ryan said that one park didn’t stand out more than another. “You tend to bias towards the most recent one because that’s what

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Ted Lamont Tony Coates & The Rad Souls O’Chay’s

June 17**

* at our Kingsville location (1-519-733-6551)

June 17/18 June 23

Ray & Deb


June 24/25

The Debonaires

June 30

Ted Lamont

July 1

Ted Lamont

* at our Pelee Island location (1-519-724-2469)

455 Seacliff Dr., Kingsville | | 519-733-6551

The Chatham Voice, Aug. 3, 2017  

The Aug. 3, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013.

The Chatham Voice, Aug. 3, 2017  

The Aug. 3, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area since 2013.