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Mother Nature co-operated and delivered sunny skies for the most part for the 30th annual WAMBO weekend in Wallaceburg. Visitors enjoyed the displays of vintage cars, boats and fire trucks, as well as some hilarious entertainment, such as the annual cardboard boat race Saturday afternoon on the Sydenham River.

Bridge closed as a precaution

By Bruce Corcoran

The closing of the Third Street Bridge for safety reasons comes as little surprise to Chatham-Kent’s general manager of infrastructure and engineering services. Thomas Kelly said upgrade work on that

bridge, closed to vehicular traffic Aug. 3 when an inspection team found areas of concern, was slated to follow the Fifth Street Bridge, which was reopened little more than a month ago. “We had it in our 10year plan. We knew we’d do the Fifth Street Bridge and knew Third Street

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would be right on the heels of it,” he said. The closure of the bridge is a precautionary measure, Kelly said, as an inspection team found corrosion in some of the steel support structure of the bridge. “We’re required by the province to inspect every single bridge in Cha-

tham-Kent on a biannual basis. Sometimes, we do it higher than that. This one was higher as we knew it would be in need of some rehabilitation,” he said of the 57-year-old bridge. “Structurally, it’s still sound. It’s the deterioration caused primarily by the salt on the roads. We saw some details that

caused concern and decided to look deeper and close the entire bridge.” A consulting firm has been busy examining every nook and cranny on the bridge to give the municipality detailed information on its condition. “They’re going through every single beam on that

bridge. We should know more (this) week,” Kelly said. He doesn’t anticipate the bridge will be closed for an extended period of time. “It shouldn’t be too long, but I can’t commit to anything until I see the report,” Kelly explained. Continued on page 2

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“I’d rather give an update in a couple of weeks’ time and then I can say for sure. We’ll get a feel for how much work truly needs to be done.” As for the salt damage, Kelly said it’s unavoidable, but added road salt is why the municipality has crews out washing down bridges each year. He said feedback from the public has been mostly positive on the closure, as most people understand the “better safe than sorry” position the municipality has taken. “They appreciate the fact we’re looking out for the public,” Kelly said. “I know some people might be frustrated. We’re sorry about that, but with a lot of these bridges, it’s all about when they were built.” He said half of the 859 bridges in Chatham-Kent were built in the 1960s and 1970s, and “they’re all coming due (for rehabilitation), particularly the large ones.”

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The Third Street Bridge, closed since the August long weekend, will remain shut until municipal officials have a chance to review a detailed report provided by a consulting company that closely examined the bridge structure last week.

The municipality did the Parry Bridge on Keil Drive in 2016, and recently completed work on the

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“When we get done this one (Fifth Street), we’ll be in better shape for a longer period of time, in Cha-


tham at least,” he said. Kelly said the bridge closures and repaving efforts in the downtown core have caused for upheaval

in traffic patterns. “I understand the inconveniences, but we’ve made a lot of positive changes,” he said.


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Crash victim says thanks to local blood donors facing the opposite direction it was travelling. Crawford, a passenPartially electrocuted, ger, nearly died after the suffering from a broken crash. In fact, he said he leg, smashed pelvis, seri- flat-lined in the ambuous head trauma and oth- lance, at the hospital and in the Ornge er injuries, C h a t h a m “I love to meet donors. air ambulance that native An- I honestly thank them. took him to drew Craw- They can help save ford needed up to three lives in one a London hospital for 86 units of emergency blood to 15-minute donation.� surgery. survive a - Andrew Crawford In a threeterrible car crash in Chatham five day span, he needed 86 units of blood to survive. years ago. It took him a year to reHe was at the Aug. 8 blood donor clinic at the cover. He said he’s still Spirit & Life Centre in recovering today. “The recovery is someChatham to say thank thing I am always going you to donors. “I was ejected from the to go through. I have one vehicle and was destined leg shorter than the othfor death,� Crawford re- er and back issues,� he said. “That called of the first year, I l a t e - n i g h t “I owe it for the rest had to learn crash, in of my life to help out. which he Without them (Canadi- how to walk again.� was ejected, an Blood Services), I Crawford on Aug. 11, wouldn’t be here.� said he 2013. quickly deThe car left - Andrew Crawford veloped a the road, hopped a sidewalk, took deep respect for people out a hydro pole, plowed who donate their blood. “I love to meet donors. through a green hydro box, flipped over and I honestly thank them. came to rest on its side They can help save up to By Bruce Corcoran

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Andrew Crawford, left, shares a moment with donor Steve White at the Aug. 8 blood donor clinic at the Spirit & Life Centre in Chatham. Five years ago, Crawford required 86 units of blood to survive a horrific car accident in Chatham. White, who has given blood since his college days, celebrates his 76th donation.

three lives in one 15-minute donation,� he said. “Before being involved with an organization like this (Canadian Blood Services), I never understood how much demand there is. My eyes have been opened.� Crawford is an advocate for Canadian Blood Services, and has been since 2014. The post-graduate student at Fanshawe College, now 24, is spending

the summer working with the service to help promote its programs in Chatham and London. But he said his efforts won’t stop when the job ends. “I owe it for the rest of my life to help out. Without them (Canadian Blood Services), I wouldn’t be here.� Stephanie Wilkinson, territory manager for Canadian Blood Services, said Crawford is an inspi-

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Nearly 100 people turned out Monday morning for a flag-raising event at the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre as Pride Week officially began. Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the community. After being raised, the flag was lowered to half-staff to commemorate victims of the New Brunswick shooting Friday in which four people, including two

police officers, died. Mayor Hope noted the crowd was the largest he has seen for the event. Pride Week continues with an official dedication of the rainbow crosswalk at the corner of King and Forsyth streets Friday at noon. Chatham-Kent’s first Pride Parade will begin at the Civic Centre Saturday morning at 9 a.m. A day of activities is planned for Tecumseh Park. The weekend will conclude with a Saturday night dance and a Pride Worship Service Sunday at St. Andrew’s Church.

Home sales return to form in July

roll said the steep increase is more indicative of how poor last July was Local realtors enjoyed a heat wave rather than how solid this one was. of sales in July, as home sales in “About the big year-over-year inChatham-Kent rose by more than creases in both sales activity and in 28 per cent compared to July of particular the average price in July, 2017. they should probably be taken with Through the first a grain of salt since seven months of this they are as much or “About the big yearyear, sales reached more about the weak 756 units, which are over-year increases month of July we had down slightly, by 3.9 in both sales activity last year,” he said. per cent, from the and in particular the Active residential same period a year average price in July, listings numbered ago. 232 units at the end of they should probably “Home sales posted July. This was down a solid showing in be taken with a grain 28.4 per cent from the July, in line with the of salt since they are end of July 2017 and five-year average and as much or more about marked the lowest above the longer 10- the weak month of July level on record for year average for that this month. month,” Steve Car- we had last year.” Months of invenroll, President of the - Steve Carroll tory numbered a reChatham-Kent Assocord-low 1.9 at the ciation of Realtors, said in a media end of July 2018, down from the 3.4 release. months recorded at the end of July The year-to-date average price 2017 and well below the long-run was $205,928, up 11.8 per cent from average of 6.2 months for this time the first seven months of 2017. Car- of year. The Chatham Voice

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Chatham’s Rainbow Crosswalk, in the works since last fall, is now a colourful reality in downtown Chatham. The crosswalk, originally slated to go in at the corner of King Street and Second Street, instead is painted across Forsyth Street where it meets King in the downtown core. The crosswalk, a sign of inclusivity for LGBTQ community within the municipality, was painted into place just in time for Pride celebrations this week in Chatham.

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If you drive west on Richmond Street towards Bloomfield Road, you may find yourself doing a double take at the scarecrows in the drivers’ seat of tractors of all sizes at C.L. Benninger’s dealership. The Chatham Focal Point committee for the International Plowing Match (IPM) coming to Chatham-Kent Sept. 18-22 just outside of Pain Court has been hard at work designing and putting up a display of colourful marigolds and scarecrows with produce heads. Committee member Edwina Rawlings said the group, mostly made of former Communities in Bloom volunteers, got together for the IPM and started planning their display in January. “We travelled to Petrolia to get some tips from them and they were very helpful,” Rawlings said. One of the tips was to help make the scarecrows more outdoor friendly – and make them

last longer in inclement weather – by stuffing the insides with plastic instead of regular stuffing materials. “We had different businesses saving all their plastic for us and we had a basement full of it,” she added. To clothe the scarecrows, the committee waited for the 50cent sale at Bibles for Missions and purchased all the attire for the several scarecrows they made from the frame out. With heads made to look like different produce, one of the main scarecrows is even sporting an authentic T-shirt from the 1979 IPM; the last one that took place in Chatham-Kent. Not part of the commercial and residential IPM decoration contests, the focal point committees in each community of Chatham-Kent are coming up with their own displays to show a united theme across the municipality. “It’s not judged. It’s more to build up community spirit for the IPM,” Rawlings said. “Hopefully people will get en-

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Members of the Chatham Focal Point committee for the International Plowing Match (IPM), coming up this September, put the finishing touches on their display, themed Marigolds and Machinery, at C.L. Benninger’s Kubota dealership on Richmond Street West in Chatham recently. Pictured from left are Edwina Rawlings, Helene Demers, Bev Whitelaw, Linda Bowers and Nora Snelgrove who created and put together the display.

thralled with the idea of the display with the municipal co- make up the IPM logo for Chalours of blue and green, that also tham-Kent. plowing match and want to attend.” Committee members said there are still some people in the community who are asking when and what the IPM is, and Saturday, August 25, 2018 • 9:00am - 1:00pm they hope to increase inTuesday, August 28, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm terest in the event. Wed., September 5, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Rawlings said they have added bows to the

Cellular phone voyeur The Chatham Voice

A man faces a slew of charges after someone took photographs with his cell phone earlier this year in the locker room of a local fitness centre. Police say the incident took place back in May, when a man took photos on his phone in the locker room at Goodlife Fitness in Chatham. After a three-month investigation, police say

several victims were identified, and members of the Major Crime Unit made an arrest. A 24-year-old man faces 16 counts of voyeurism, four counts of distributing a recording obtained by the commission of an offence, and four counts of distributing intimate images. Anyone with additional information in connection with the case is asked to contact Sgt. Shawn Mungar at 519-436-6621 or via email at

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Support appreciated We often hear stories of the struggles people in our community are facing that touch our hearts and make us want to do whatever we can to help. When a Chatham-Kent couple was without heat in the dead of winter because of an issue with their furnace and no one would help, a call to Fahrhall Home Comfort Specialists from The Chatham Voice got them a new furnace. Absolute Comfort in Chatham helped a man fight a company that incorrectly installed his heating and cooling system; they even went with him to court to get justice. And after hearing about the struggles of Ebony Vandenbogaerde – a young Chatham girl currently in a rehab hospital in Toronto after surgery to remove a spinal tumour that left her paralyzed from the waist down – businesses, service clubs and private citizens are stepping up to raise money and equipment that Ebony and her family will need for her to function in her new reality. All it took was a Chatham Voice article and a few phone calls, and the Mocha Cruisers Shriners’ Club pledged to come to this week’s Voice open house and fundraiser with a $1,000 cheque in hand. As well, many businesses offered up door prizes and raffle items, and many people went out of their way to help raise money for the family. Next week, you can read all about how the fundraiser went and all the people we need to thank for their help. Our office received many calls to offer assistance, from the donation of a wheelchair to money to cards of encouragement and gifts. The people of this community have always stepped up for others in crisis or need, and this instance isn’t any different. Our community makes us proud each and every day for the way it looks out for the people in it, who may need a little help through a difficult time. People continue to run fundraisers for the Vandenbogaerde family, and send encouragement to Ebony while she is in the rehab hospital in Toronto. Her mom, Maria, is overwhelmed at the generosity of the community and very grateful that complete strangers would care enough to make sure she can look after her daughter while she recovers. That is Chatham-Kent in a nutshell. We can complain about the odds and ends that frustrate us, however, we will close ranks to support our own.

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Stanley Ave. has not aged well Editor’s note: This is an open letter to Mayor Randy Hope; Thomas Kelly, general manager of infrastructure and engineering; Coun. Michael Bondy; and Chris Lalonde. Sir: In 1849, Alexander McKenzie was one of the labourers who laid the stonework on the Kent County Jail located on Gaol Street in Chatham. In 1873, Alexander McKenzie was elected the second Prime Minister of Canada. I believe that it was sometime after 1873 that this beautiful street was renamed Stanley Avenue, one of two such avenues in the city of Chatham at that time, the other of course being Victoria Avenue. In 1939, my mother and father, Marion Patricia and James Francis Comiskey, rented the house at 57 Stanley Ave., the home which I now own and have lived in for 30 years. I have lived on or near Stanley Avenue for the better part of 70 years,

since 1948 when they bought their first house at 25 Ellwood and where they raised their 10 children. I have watched horsedrawn milk wagons and bread wagons pulled up and down these streets for years (Jackson’s Bakery, Kent Dairy, Glovers Dairy and Silverwood’s to name a few). The horses disappeared and bread wagons and milk wagons turned into trucks, and with the advent of supermarkets the wagons and trucks disappeared, as did the companies that produced these goods. For years, large trucks hauled bricks from Cornhill’s Brick Yard at the extreme east end of Stanley Avenue, and tons of sand and gravel from Adam’s Sand and Gravel were hauled up and down these streets also from the east end of Stanley Avenue near the river. Many of the new homes in Kent County were built

with these bricks and stones. Many beautiful houses were erected here, which were the homes of doctors, lawyers, judges, teachers, craftsmen, businessmen/women, nurses, secretaries, clerks, storeowners and many others who lived along this avenue. School buses and city buses pounded their way past our homes, and all of these vehicles created many potholes as well as ruts. Most of the sewer covers and manhole covers have been beaten into submission too and are far below grade level. Once there were even curbs up and down this street. Now they have been worn down or covered with layers of asphalt. It should also be mentioned that with any kind of heavy rain the sewers back up. They need to be attended to as well. The reason for this letter is to respectfully request

that you do something about the deplorable condition of our avenue, which over the years has all but wrecked many of our personal vehicles. I personally have requested these conditions be rectified for at least 15 years. Alexander McKenzie would roll over in his grave if he could see the condition of this avenue. And speaking of Alexander McKenzie, we have heard all kinds of rumours as to the possibility of selling the jail. I wonder if it makes it harder to sell when the road is in such a terrible condition. The worst of these rumours is that this beautiful heritage building may soon be torn down. I have spoken to most of my neighbours and they are of like mind with me and have asked to be added as signatories to this letter. Jim Comiskey Chatham

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Vote splitting could return Sir: Concerning the Chatham Voice article of July 19, “Another busy week for new nominees.” This headline strikes fear into sensible hearts. About a year ago, Jeff Bultje

warned Chatham-Kent that he would run again, but only if no one was more qualified than he. And, also that he would drop out if too many were in the race.

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Too many new nominees cause the vote to split. This is, to the present mayor, notice that he could win again as in past elections. Jim and Doreen Stonehouse Tilbury

Carbon tax info lacking Editor’s note: This letter is addressed to Dave Van Kesteren, MP. Sir: I am writing in regards to the brochure which I received in the mail the other day regarding the subject of a federal carbon tax. I am concerned by the adversarial tone, the ambiguity and lack of sources for the scant information provided, the lack of an alternative plan more elaborate and helpful than ‘scrap everything’ and the ‘survey’ whose format appears to have been cribbed from a Chick cartoon. This is to say that the brochure appears to be less about informing the population than distributing propaganda—a practice not commonly associated with legitimate democracy or responsible government. I’d like to point out right away that it was the Conservative Party’s man, Doug Ford, who recently scrapped Ontario’s cap and trade program—an emissions trading system proven to be fair and effective in the European Union and elsewhere. This was done in a recklessly swift and unilateral manner, not so much as asking for public opinion. I’m not sure about the carbon tax, but under cap and trade the supposed expense to consumers was entirely illegitimate. To begin with it did not apply to consumers. The threat of an associated

price hike was a shirking of responsibility by carbon-centric corporations who passed the cost of purchasing extra carbon credits – inflated by as much as 500 per cent as a scare tactic and an excuse for gouging – on to their customers. Price hikes are not an unfortunate necessity in difficult times – they are corporate temper tantrums. I’ve checked some figures regarding carbon emissions, and the numbers shocked me. According to information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, converted to metric, this is how much CO2 we generate when we drive: • Gasoline: 2.34 kg/l • E10: 2.3 kg/l (2.1 kg from fossil fuel, 0.2 kg from ethanol) • Diesel: 2.67 kg/l This means that a reasonably fuel-efficient vehicle will release one tonne of CO2 over the course of about 5,600 km travel. I figure that makes me personally responsible for a conservative as much as two tonnes of CO2 per year in terms of travel alone, and I don’t get out much. Maybe there should be a tax on that. Maybe the revenue from that tax ought to be subsidizing alternative energy vehicles within everyone’s financial reach. Moving away from fossil fuel is kind of the entire point, after all. It’s a way of acceptably

distributing the cost of a necessary upgrade and easing our way into the future rather than suffering the shock of an energy revolution. In the end we would all benefit, with one notable exception: the oil industry which has gouged, lied to, cheated, restrained, polluted and corrupted our society for far too long already. It seems to me that your party (and, in honesty, the Liberals as well) have an inverted notion of what needs to be protected and what needs to be regulated. We are stewards of this world – and we are also its wards. As this Earth suffers, we suffer. As it dies, we die. There is nothing controversial in this. This is incontrovertible fact backed by decades of scientific observation. The “controversy” is nothing more than an appalling filibuster by politicians. This planet is falling apart under the weight of our oil dependency, and we’re kind of stuck here. Instead of fighting a war against other parties in which it is the people who perennially lose, could you perhaps work with them to ensure the most broadly beneficial outcome? Your constituents need you to champion their needs, not those of an obsolete, destructive and sociopathic industry.

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West Nile found in area mosquitoes The Chatham Voice

Chatham-Kent Public Health officials report that mosquitoes collected from traps recently in the Wallaceburg, Dresden, Blenheim and northwest Chatham areas have tested positive for West Nile virus. West Nile is mainly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people infected with the virus have no 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-ordination 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 those individuals that have compromised immune systems. To protect against getting infected, wear protective, light-coloured clothing, including longsleeved shirts, long pants, and socks; use insect repellent containing DEET and follow the label directions; stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn); and ensure that all door and window screens are tight and free of any holes. Residents should also take the time to eliminate mosquito-breeding sites by removing any standing water from their property. For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website at: www.phac-aspc. index-eng.php or call the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit at 519-355-1071.


Watchful eyes on the water

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Const. Ian Scoyne with the Chatham-Kent Police Service Marine Unit pilots one of the patrol boats down the Thames River in Chatham with Auxiliary CKPS member Louise Martens (in photo) and OPP Auxiliary member Chris Hogg. Police remind boaters that the same penalties apply to drinking and boating as drinking and driving, and only anchored boats with kitchen and washroom facilities can have people consuming alcohol on board. Patrols will be out in force on the Labour Day weekend to enforce the rules and keep boaters safe.

How-To Fest returns this fall The Chatham Voice

Chatham-Kent Public Library knows people love to learn new things but never have enough time.


To help, they’ve created an annual celebration to learn new skills in an easy, fun and free environment. The third annual How-To Festival will run from Oct. Municipal Act, 2001 c. 25 s. 379 (2) O. Reg. 181/03, s. 5(1), Form 6

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INFORMATION CENTRE The PUBLIC MUNICIPALITY OF CHATHAM-KENT Regarding the upcoming planned work related to the

Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below until 3:00 p.m. local time on August 29th, 2018, at the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Civic Centre, 315 King Street West, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 5K8.

PARRY BRIDGE 2016 REHABILITATION PROJECT Keil Drive over the Thames River (Community of Chatham)

The purpose of this Public Information Centre is to inform stakeholders of the scope of work, traffic detour plan and timing of construction activities associated with the above mentioned project in the Community of Chatham.

The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day as soon as possible after 3:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, 315 King Street West, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 5K8.

The meeting will be held on: DATE: TIME: LOCATION:

Thursday, April 21, 2016 5:00pm – 8:00pm Chatham-Kent Civic Centre – Atrium 315 King Street West, Chatham

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As this Public Information Centre will be an “open house” format, no formal presentation will be made. Representatives from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, along with the Engineering Consultant, will be available to review the display boards and respond to any questions posed by stakeholders. Area residents, property owners, business operators and those who may have a general interest in this project are encouraged to attend this meeting.

All lands are in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, the following are the geographic descriptions and municipal addresses. 1.

Roll # 3650-480-002-17300 Part Lot 5 Plan 428 As In 661564; Chatham-Kent. 24224 Winterline Road, (Pain Court). P.I.N. 00784 0137 (LT).

If you have any questions, please contact either: Adam Sullo, P.Eng Director, Engineering and Transportation Engineering and Transportation Division Municipality of Chatham-Kent 315 King Street West, Chatham ON N7M 5K8

Brad Walt, C.E.T. Project Contact GM BluePlan Engineering Ltd. 145 Thames Road West, Unit 4 Exeter, Ontario N0M 1S3

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Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of a money order, or of a bank draft, or cheque certified by a bank or trust corporation payable to the municipality (or board) and representing at least 20 per cent of the tender amount.

David Charron Engineering Technologist Engineering and Transportation Division Municipality of Chatham-Kent 315 King Street West, Chatham ON N7M 5K8

15 to 20. Programming will be offered at library branches from Monday to Friday with the grand finale at Chatham Branch on Saturday. The How-To Festival offers 20-minute mini-workshops hosted by staff and community partners and will feature a variety of fun, creative and interactive programs. From martial arts demonstrations, bee keeping, to DIY chalk painting, the Festival will have something for everyone. CKPL needs your help to make this event a success. Do you have a local business or special skill? The How-To Festival provides an opportunity to show-

case your expertise, teach a new skill and promote your business/services to your community. CKPL will provide the space and you provide the skill. Products cannot be sold, but business cards can be distributed and contacts made. Food samples cannot be dispensed and cooking demonstrations are not permitted. CKPL is welcoming community partner applications until Aug. 24. You can find the application form and additional information at www.ckpl. ca. The form can be completed and returned electronically or printed and returned to any library branch.

Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to or any other matters relating to the land to be sold. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers.

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This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes, HST (if applicable) and the relevant land transfer tax. The municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser. For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender contact: Title

Name of Municipality or Board

Amy McLellan, Manager Revenue or Steven Brown, Deputy Treasurer

Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Address of Municipality or Board 315 King Street West, P O Box 640, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 5K8

Personal information contained on this form, collected pursuant to the Municipal Act will be used for the purposes of that Act. Questions should be directed to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Co-ordinator at the institution responsible for the procedures under that Act.

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Input sought from young people young people to engage in matters that concern them by putting them in a position to help solve community issues with other decision-makers. “This is an important initiative to support CK Plan 2035, to make Chatham-Kent a welcoming community and an attractive place for many different groups to call home, especially as we plan for future generations and work to future-proof our community,” she said in a media release. The Advisory Group will consist of 12 members, aged 15-39, who work, live, or study in Chatham-Kent. Efforts will be made to gain membership that is reflective of Chatham-Kent’s population in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, and economic status, as well as represent diverse areas of knowledge, expertise, and interest. Members will also rep-

resent the geography of Chatham-Kent. To apply, visit

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to continue to expand reliable high-speed Internet access to reach more homes and businesses,” said Matthew Vanheule, owner of MPVwifi, in a media release. One way they are working on to expand their business is participating in the WEtech Alliance ScaleUP Tech Accelerator program, which provides financial and mentoring support to tech entrepreneurs in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent looking to scale their business. During the past four months, MPVwifi has

been working with both one-on-one mentors and group sessions to learn how to scale up their tech company. As a final stage to this program, MPVwifi has been selected as one of five graduates to pitch to a group of seasoned investors and judges to compete for a top prize of $10,000. “Chatham-Kent Economic Development has helped us in several ways, including connecting us with local grain elevator owners so we can add more access points,” said Greg Cameron, own-

er of MPVwifi. “We hope to win top prize so that we can continue to build on the success of the past year and reach even more people.” C-K economic development officer Kim Cooper said they are happy to help. “We are thrilled to have been able to help out MPVwifi,” said Cooper. “This is also a great example of the partnership between economic development, WEtech Alliance, and Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre and how it can help accelerate the

growth of new tech companies across our region.” This competition represents the first time that the WEtech Alliance has had the opportunity to offer the ScaleUP Tech Accelerator program. “It’s very exciting for us to be able to work so closely with five outstanding local tech companies,” said Yvonne Pilon, CEO of the WEtech Alliance. “Each company, including MPVwifi, have built a very strong business story and will be successful no matter the outcome of the evening.”

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The Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Resident Attraction and Retention division is looking for members to be part of a newly formed group, Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People (aged 15-39) - CKy Advisory Group. The group is being created as a response to feedback from the 2017 CKy survey that revealed only 22 per cent of young people feel their contributions to Chatham-Kent are valued. The CKy Advisory Group will facilitate discussion amongst young people and provide feedback to municipal council on matters that impact the attraction, retention, and engagement of young people locally in order to help make young people’s voices heard. Community Attraction and Promotion manager Audrey Ansell said this is a unique opportunity for

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If you are between the ages of 15 and 39, the municipality wants to hear from you. Chatham-Kent’s Resident Attraction and Retention division is looking for members for its newly formed CKy Advisory Group.

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Bientema retires after 35 years taking care of others

By Mary Beth Corcoran

After 35 years of looking after others, Ina Beintema is retiring to take some time to look after herself. Beintema was the guest of honour at a retirement party at St. Andrew’s Residence in Chatham recently, as she closed the door on what was a labour of love for her from the age of 30. She started at the residence in May of 1983 as a personal support worker to the elderly people living in the residence, and stayed because she enjoyed helping to take care of people. “Ina started out here at St. Andrew’s Residence 35 years ago as a PSW, then became the program’s co-ordinator and moved on to the admission assistant,” said Mindy Jenner, community and client relations manager at St.

Andrew’s. “Ina is a compassionate, kind-hearted person that gives one of the best hugs you’ll ever get. She is one of those people you feel like you’ve known your entire life after you’ve only just met her. We had a full house, with her family, current and past co-workers, residents and the families of our residents all here to wish her the very best in her retirement.” Beintema talked about her first days on the job, when she started looking after the residents. “We had to give out pills and give baths to residents. At that time, most of them were very independent. I was more of a body guard than anything else,” Beintema joked. “I wanted to take care of people all my life, especially the elderly. I always thought they didn’t always get a fair shake

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Long-time St. Andrew’s Residence employee Ina Beintema gets a big hug from Melanie Miron at her retirement party after 35 years of looking after residents and their needs.

when they were older, and I didn’t think that was right.” With her grandparents back in Holland, Beintema said she never really had a relationship with them, so perhaps that led to her forming such a close bond with the elderly people she looked after. “My parents came here in 1950 and I was born

in 1953, so I never really knew my grandparents. Maybe that’s why I gravitated to (St. Andrew’s) because I didn’t have grandparents here,” she mused. Remembering back to when she first started, Beintema said at first, people didn’t think she was old enough to look after elderly people, or know what to do.

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Chatham Music Academy grows, moves The Chatham Voice

Devon Hansen has relocated his Chatham Music Academy to Thames Street from St. Andrew’s United Church, as the academy draws more and more students.

Chatham Music Academy has recently relocated to larger facilities in order to accommodate and expand the music instruction and services that it offers. The Academy, founded in 2016 by Devon Hansen, has been housed at St. Andrew’s United Church, but the program has outgrown the space available there. It is a privately owned music school that has grown from Hansen’s single piano studio to about 200 students

where people who have say a hip replacement come and get physio with goal that they return home. Some wanted to stay.” Working with the elderly isn’t a job for everyone, but for Beintema, it meant doing something she loved every day. “I just love old people and I think if you are go-

felt welcome there and the residents were always happy to see her, so her work became like a second home to her. “We had a lot of people that passed away at the residence because they didn’t want to go into the hospital, who had say cancer. And that was really my favourite part of the job – palliative care

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and a staff of eight, all of whom are from the Chatham-Kent area. Based on a philosophy of “quality music instruction taught by the professionals,” personalized music lessons are offered in piano, voice, strings, brass, and drums as well as acting and more. Group classes and music ensembles are also available. The new facilities allow opportunities for the academy to expand its offerings, including the Music for Young Children program which will be launched this fall.

In 2013, Hansen came to Chatham from the Windsor area to serve as Director of Music at St. Andrew’s United Church after graduating from Wayne State University with a Master of Arts degree in Musicology, majoring in piano performance. He has become well known in the community as a talented piano performer and as founder of the popular Saturdays a 7 at St. Andrew’s concerts. The Chatham Music Academy is located at 155 Thames St.

and taking care of the ones who were dying. It was very rewarding – if I could make them a little more comfortable by rubbing their back or turning them over, it just meant so much more to me. They really needed people to take care of them.” The people she worked with were also great, the retiree said about St. Andrew’s, who she said is an employer who makes sure people have the right work ethic and attitude to work well with the people in their care. A back injury made it difficult for Beintema to continue physically caring for residents, so she was moved to the programs department, and then she moved to the front desk to finish out her time at St. Andrew’s. Now Beintema has her own battle with lung cancer, after being diagnosed in January. With the tumour shrunk after che-

motherapy and radiation treatment, she is starting a trial for a new drug treatment that is designed to boost her immune system and increase her chances of staying in remission. Upbeat about her current situation, Beintema said she has to stay on the trial drug for one year, and as it is a compassionate study, she doesn’t have to pay the $4,000 per treatment, which is an infusion twice monthly. With her husband ready to retire next year, Beintema said they have definitely learned to live one day at a time and enjoy every moment. Beintema was grateful to all her family, friends and co-workers who came out to the party, and said she was shocked at the 100 cards with well wishes she received. She is also grateful she had a job for 35 years that she loved, and will leave with plenty of good memories.

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Over the years, that demographic changed, with more people now in nursing care. “It did change quite a bit. It became more of a nursing home and still is,” Beintema said. “They definitely have more care there than they did when I first started. They added the restorative care,

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Better to be safe than sorry It’s been a frustrating year to be a driver in Chatham if you are travelling through the core of the city on a regular basis. That is, until you realize our “frustration” would be most people’s dreams in terms of traffic congestion and construction. First, the Fifth Street Bridge did not get completed until June. Next, the construction from last fall along Grand Avenue West, stagnated around the intersection with Lacroix Street. Turning left – and sometimes right – was prohibited for most of this roadwork, making it a pain in the butt for anyone not headed straight through that intersection. But it is wide open this week! What isn’t open, however, is the Third Street Bridge. That’s closed for at least another week, until municipal officials get a report on exactly how safe/unsafe the steel support structure is on that bridge. It’s not getting any younger, and that 57-year-old bridge got an extra heavy workout with the Fifth

Bruce Corcoran Street Bridge’s extended closure. As for anyone chirping at municipal staff over the Third Street Bridge’s closure, think about it for a second: Better safe than sorry. During the busiest times of the day, traffic can sit on that bridge as it backs up from the traffic lights on King Street in one direction and Grand Avenue in the other. If the steel holding that bridge up is in question, wouldn’t you rather be on another bridge? Besides, the added drive time in Chatham is nominal. There is a bridge on either side of this one, and each is only a short distance away.

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The municipality’s new EarlyON Child and Family Centres are taking their programming outside this summer. As a way to offer opportunities for families and children to experience “physical literacy” and explore the “Loose Parts Play” movement, the municipality has been presenting Pop Up Play in the Park experiences for families with children up to six years old. “We set out large, loose parts such as cardboard boxes, pool noodles, buckets and wooden blocks along with building materials like rope and duct tape,” organizer Sharon Jackson said in a media release. “We create a space where children are free to explore, create, destroy, negotiate

and generally play as they please.” At EarlyON’s first Pop EarlyON will be hosting two more “Pop Up Play in the Park” experiences this month, the first in Tecumseh Park in Chatham on Aug. 16, from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.; and the other in Steinhoff Park in Wallaceburg on Aug. 21, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. These events are free, however, it is asked that parents register in advance at 1-866-720-7975 or online at Families are also asked to please bring a re-fillable water bottle and dress for the weather. For information on the free EarlyON Drop-In programs for families with children up to 6 years old, please visit EarlyON.

When planning your final wishes, do so with your family in mind. (Part 1 of 2) As a funeral director, I have had the opportunity to meet with many people to discuss their final wishes in advance. Often, they are on their own or with their spouse. Occasionally, people will preplan with their children present. It is amazing to me how different these conversations can be in these varying circumstances. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that you should talk to your family about how you see your final wishes being carried out. Planning a funeral on your own is like planning a wedding that you yourself do not have to attend. You will not be there. You will be dead. Your family will be there, though, and will likely follow your wishes to the letter of the law, despite what their needs may be. Better to have that awkward conversation with them now, so you can hear how they feel about your choices. Who knows? Their input may change how you think about your wishes –or even how you think about yourself. -Nathan

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It might add a couple of minutes on one’s drive time each day. For me, as I usually take the Fifth Street Bridge anyway, that means more traffic on that bridge and higher congestion at the intersection with King Street. That might add 30 seconds or a minute onto my commute to work, and basically nothing on the way home. I can handle that. I remember commuting to and from downtown Toronto from Lindsay many years ago. Through a combination of driving and taking the GO Train and subway, that was about two hours each way. Most GTA commuters face long treks to and from their workplaces. I’ll take 11 minutes, thanks. Sizzling summer

Yes, it has been a warm summer, driving many folks indoors. But how hot is it these days? Chatham Voice reader Lynn Hackett lives in the south end of Chatham and said her outdoor thermometer on her deck redlined at 130 F in the sun on a recent hot afternoon. I realize the heat of the direct sun plus some reflection off the house can combine to add extra sizzle, but the starting point was likely in the low-to-mid-90s (that’s about 35C). Add in our regular dose of humidity, and it would feel like 40C (104 F) or more. And that’s even in the shade. Sit out on a deck such as Lynn’s and you had best have a hose spraying you. Still, the heat sure beats the cold of winter, so I’m not whining. It does, however, limit what you can do outside, and when. When it feels like 40C, even sitting out barbecuing can have you soaked in sweat in no time.

big hit. I think I could snag a half-dozen cobs of corn, cook them on the barbecue, and we Corcorans could just have that for dinner. Well, I might need more than six for the three of us... A day after Dale and Jessie treated us, we headed over the Char and Eggless Chad’s place for another barbecue. The weather didn’t co-operate as well on this day, as it rained

as we arrived, and returned sporadically throughout the afternoon and evening. They were in the process of putting up a pergola when we got there. I assisted by hoisting the top up so we could get the support legs in place, and then I helped put in a bunch of the screws that anchor the legs and brackets to the top. All I did was hold the top high for a couple of minutes and then raise my arms




to align and hand-tighten some screws. I was sweating vigorously in no time! Chad had the task of tightening everything. By the time he was done, he needed a shower and his arms ached. I’d joke that the screwdriver doesn’t weigh much, but I knew there’d be some aches after he had both arms over his head for so long. But it was nothing a little liq-

uid medication and hydration couldn’t fix. Chad did some bacon wrapped chicken and steaks on his propane barbecue, and they were quite tasty, combined with Char’s macaroni salad. Growing up, I wasn’t much of a pasta salad guy. Or potato salad for that matter. You cook both, so why not serve both hot? But I’ve become wiser and now appreciate both salads.




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PART TIME CASHIER / BARTENDER: Smart Serve required. Includes night, Saturday & Sunday shifts. Call 519-3524923.

Neighbourhood Garge Sale - Ottawa Dr. & Northland. Saturday, August 18th, 8am-1pm. Children’s toys, antiques, hardware, kitchenware, patio table, etc., etc. etc.

Parcel #2 - Size 117 acres (+/-) Property Type: Farmland Legal Description: Pt Lt 30, Con 7, Township of Sombra, County of Lambton, as in L672686; s/t S029847 partially surrendered by L268232; s/t L253725 PIN Number: 43388-0097 Municipal Address: R.R.#1, Tupperville, Ontario Vendor: Michael Charles Nussey Both parcels being sold together and are subject to the residential portion of the property being conveyed back to the Vendor.


PAUL D. WATSON LAW OFFICE 84 Dover Street, Suite 1 Chatham, Ontario N7L 1T1 Tel: 519-351-7721 Fax: 519-351-8376 e-mail:

For Rent FOR RENT: Homes - Duplexes - Apartments. Several locations. Credit check - referrals required. No large dogs. Call 519-352-5480.


$2,000 to $20,000

Borrow $20,000 for only $251.99/mth

• Must be a homeowner (no proof required) • No mortgage registered on title • No income proof required • Open Loan • 48hrs normally to approve - funds directly deposited • No fund allocation - you do what you wish with the money ONLY DOCUMENTS REQUIRED 1. ID, one of: license, passport, Canadian citizenship card. 2. Void cheque or PAD form

That’s it!!

Call John at Unimor Capital Corp. 519-252-6953 - 24 hours or email Brokerage Lic.#10675

Tree Service

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Trailer Mechanic / Shop Hand Must have Grade 12. Wages Negotiable. Mechanical knowledge. Wilson Truck & Trailer Repair 20400 County Rd 42 Tilbury Send resumes to or call 519-682-0122 Start immediately.

A Job for Professionals

• Removal & Pruning • Stump Removal 30+ Seniors • Crane Service Years



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Now 70% OFF Everything Storewide! Collectibles, China, Glass, Furnishings, UCC Uniforms Everything Goes!


Garage Sales

Garge Sale - 18 & 19 Hamlet Crt - Saturday, August 18. Wicker furniture, lawn chairs, tools, etc. Garage and Lawn Sale - back yard. Saturday, August 25th, 8am. 24 Alpine Ave. Chatham. Cash only, no cheques accepted. Lawn rollers, lawn tractors, John Deere, Lawn rake, sprayer, air compressors, welder, much much more!

All tenders must be delivered in a sealed envelope no later than September 17, 2018 at 4:00pm. The terms of the Tender are set forth in the tender package available from Paul D. Watson Law Office, at the address set forth below. Tender packages may be faxed or e-mailed to you on request by contacting the office.

Theresa is Retiring!!


Now till closing Aug. 31!

THERESA’S WOOD SHED 137 St. Clair St. Chatham, N7L 1Z1 519-352-8982 or 519-352-7587 corner at Forest

For Sale Silk Cemetery Saddle Arrangements. Everyday/Holiday. Readyto-go. Many colours available. $25. Call 519-354-3411.

Wanted to Buy Wanted to Buy: Antiques, costume jewellry, gold, silver, coins, military, furniture, tools. We Buy All Paid Cash. 519727-8894.

Banquet Hall

280 Merritt Ave - Chatham Banquet / Sunset Lounge Reasonable full menu, service - bartenders. *Weddings *Stag and Doe’s * Special Events* Two huge facilities. Parking lot. Outdoor patio. 519-354-9000.





Dresden Municipal Centre earns provincial honour The Chatham Voice

The Dresden Municipal Centre was recently honoured as the top private ServiceOntario office by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services for 2017/18. In addition to their municipal responsibilities, office staff Donna Cole, Ginny Steptoe and Lidia Ritchie are responsible for Driver and Vehicle Licensing, Health Cards and Provincial Photo Identification. In making the announcement, Jacqueline Spencer, Di-

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Ginny Steptoe, Lidia Ritchie and Donna Cole are part of the friendly staff at the Dresden Municipal Centre. The centre recently received provincial accolades for its ServiceOntario efforts.

rector of the Private Service Providers Branch, and Helga Iliadis, Assistant Deputy Minister, Customer Care Division, noted the staff’s dedication to quality resulted in outstanding scores in the province’s ranking system. In its notification to the municipality the province stated, “Your commitment to quality reinforces the confidence in ServiceOntario as a world class service delivery organization, recognized by our OPS Ministry partners, our government and all Ontario residents.” Leanne Segeren-Swayze,

Chatham-Kent’s director of customer service, said the award is the first of its kind for the municipality. The Dresden office is the only municipal service centre in Chatham-Kent to double as a ServiceOntario location. “I’m proud of the fact that our Dresden staff have been recognized for the level of service we strive for across all our customer service centres,” she said in a media release. “We have a tremendous group of employees who do their best each day to delivery the best service for our residents.”

Th ink Safety! We Raise Sunken Concrete

Smart tips for school bus safety Do your children ride the bus to school? Before it’s time to head back to class, take a few minutes to remind them of the following safety guidelines: • Head to the bus stop early, without running, and wait calmly, away from the road and traffic. • Don’t approach the bus until it has come to a complete stop. • Use the handrail to get on the bus. • Do not shove other students. • Sit down quickly. • Place your backpack at your feet, under the seat, or on your knees. • Throughout the ride, stay calm: don’t get up, don’t yell and don’t bother the driver.

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• Before leaving your seat, make sure the bus has come to a complete stop. • Get off in a single file, while holding on to the rail and without pushing others. • Take two big steps once you’re off the bus to move away from the danger zone. If you drop something, do not pick it up. Let the driver know or ask an adult for help. • If you need to cross the road, take ten big steps forward so that the driver can see you. Make eye contact with the driver and wait for their signal. Look left, right and left again before crossing quickly, but don’t run. • Go straight home, without any detours or delays.

Walking to school, safe and sound!

Start by identifying the safest route and locate danger zones — like railroads or busy streets — along the way. Once established, travel the planned route with your child a few times before school starts, emphasizing the following safety guidelines along the way: • Always walk on the sidewalk (or, in the absence of one, stick to the outside of the left lane, facing traffic). • Cross the street at supervised intersections. If you arrive at a pedestrian crossing that doesn’t have a crossing guard on duty, always look to your left, then to your right, and then to your left again before moving forward. • Always adhere to the traffic signals and pedestrian lights. • Don’t stray from the approved route or dilly-dally along the way. • Never get into a stranger’s vehicle.

If possible, encourage your child to always walk with a friend — provided, of course, that this friend also keeps safety in mind! Finally, prompt your child to leave early to avoid having to run (and risk getting hurt!) to make it to school on time. Does the thought of your child travelling alone make you nervous beyond belief? Don’t hesitate to accompany them or meet them after school until you both feel more comfortable with the situation.

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The Chatham Voice, Aug. 16, 2018  

The Aug. 16, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.

The Chatham Voice, Aug. 16, 2018  

The Aug. 16, 2018 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. since 2013.