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Cold weather couldn’t keep families and fans from seeing former Great Big Sea singer Alan Doyle as he performed in Chatham with Beautiful Band and Vishten on the CP Holiday Train on Saturday while it stopped behind the John D. Bradley Convention Centre. As the CP Holiday Trains make their way across Canada and the United States each year collecting canned goods and raising funds for local food banks, a cheque from CP Rail for $4,500 was presented to Chatham’s Outreach for Hunger.

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is declaring war on emergency department wait times. Lori Marshall, president and CEO of CKHA, said wait times for people who see a doctor in the emergency department and are to be admitted to hospital average 13.5 hours. It’s all due to waiting for a bed to come available. “We still struggle with some things. One is our

wait times,” Marshall said. “This focus on emergency department wait times is from the time of admitting patients to how long it takes to get them a bed. We decided to try to focus our efforts on a particular wait time to improve that we can all see our impact on. That will allow us to improve throughout the organization as a result.” The target time is to get under the eight-hour mark on average.

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Will Chatham-Kent be granted an Ontario Health Team (OHT)? Stay tuned, said Lori Marshall, president and CEO of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. As of the beginning of this week, the province had announced OHTs for seven regions. By press time, it was not known if Chatham-Kent would be announced as one. Marshall said the province is handling the announcements one at a

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Pastor Mike Koppes of Praise Fellowship Church, who is also a chaplain with the Chatham-Kent Police Service, acts as “toastmaster general” during the annual Breakfast with Santa fun at the WISH Centre Saturday morning. The breakfast providers were floored by the turnout, as they ran out of pancakes by 10:45 a.m., less than an hour after the event began.

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“We definitely have room to improve,” Marshall said of the goal to cut 5.5 hours off the average. “And it’s a measure that everybody in the organization has input into. How long does it take for us to notify housekeeping that a bed is available and needs to be cleaned? How long does it take to clean the bed? How well are we filling our shifts? If people are off sick or with vacation time and staff are not available, that can cause delays. “Almost every department in the organization has a piece to play in how well our

processes work in moving that patient from the emergency department up to the bed.” Marshall said patients are left to wait on stretchers in the emergency departments until beds are available – a form of hallway medicine. “It’s a very busy area (ED). Privacy is always a concern,” she said. Marshall added that the delay is not continuing through to increased wait times to see a physician in the EDs, however. “We’re actually quite fortunate that we are not negatively impacted with hall-

way health care the way other hospitals are,” she said. “While the average of 13.5 hours is something we have to reduce, we are not negatively impacted by it in terms of the number of patients who are sitting in the emergency department.” Marshall said a benefit of targeting ED wait times is there will be spillover improvements to other areas of the alliance. “By improving our fill rate for vacant shifts, there will be improved wait times in other areas and an increase in staff satisfaction,” she said.

March. Those beds are earmarked to handle patients who are admitted with flu-like symptom or other serious seasonal ailments. “We anticipate higher volumes of people coming to emergency department

and higher admissions as a result,” said Lori Marshall, president and CEO of CKHA. “The funding allows us to open those beds up and staff those beds.” The CKHA will hire additional personal as needed, thanks to the funding.

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The whirlwind year continues for Chatham’s Jessie McPherson. The 16-year-old hockey goaltender will represent our country later this month at the Under-18 IIHF World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. McPherson attended the tryouts in the summer, made the cut to compete for Canada at a summer tournament in Lake Placid, but did not hear until late November if she would be called to head overseas for the worlds. She’s one of three netminders on the 23-girl roster for the team that will head to Europe Dec. 18 in advance of the tournament. McPherson, currently defending the net for the Cambridge Rivulettes of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League, can’t wait for the opportunity. “I’m excited. I really don’t know what else to feel yet. As it gets closer, I’ll probably just get more and more excited,” she said. McPherson’s time tending goal in Chatham-Kent included stints with the Chatham Outlaws and Chatham-Kent Cyclones. It’s been a busy year for McPherson, aside from competing and making the national U18 club, she made Team Ontario, and recently signed a letter of commit-

ment to attend the University of Vermont next fall on an athletic scholarship and play NCAA Division 1 women’s hockey. With everything that’s taken place, the 5-foot-9 goaltender can’t wait to play with the Maple Leaf on her jersey. “I’m looking forward to just the experience. I’ve never been overseas,” she said. “Going with the team and making memories and getting to play for hardware this time for Team Canada – it should be awesome.” McPherson will not only miss Christmas at home with her family, however, she’ll celebrate her 17th birthday in Slovakia on Dec. 20. Team Canada will go into the tournament as the defending gold medalists. McPherson doesn’t anticipate that bringing any added pressure to most of the squad. “There are five returning players on the team this year. Maybe they’ll feel the pressure rather than the rest of the new kids who haven’t played for a gold medal,” she said. “I’m just looking forward to giving everything I’ve got, testing the process.” One wrinkle for McPherson is it appears she will not be donning her traditional No. 31, a number she’s worn for years, including this summer in Lake Placid. She’s been issued

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No. 29. But the teen said she’s not the superstitious type. “I worked with a sports psychologist. He said if you played with superstitions, it was kind of silly,” she said. But McPherson admitted she is a creature of habit when between the pipes. And tapping those pipes with her goal stick during breaks in play is a regular occurrence. “I tap the posts all the time. It’s some weird thing I do and I don’t even know why,” she said. McPherson said her game is very much a mental one, as she works to stay one step ahead of the competition. “My coaches say I’m pretty positionally sound. I think my awareness on the ice is decent; having that instinct of where they are going to go (with the puck) and where the next move is going to be,” she said. She also likes to take control and play the puck behind the net when possible. “Everything goes so much smoother when a goalie can play the puck. I think I’m pretty strong in it. It speeds the game up,” she said. McPherson will have at least one familiar face on the team, forward Aly McLeod, who plays with her on the Rivulettes. Continued on page 4

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that will represent Canada next month,” said Kingsbury. “Our staff has done an excellent job evaluating the talent through several different events, including summer camp, the three-game series against the United States and the National Women’s Under-18 Championship. We are looking forward to getting underway in Slovakia, and we are confident this group has what it takes to defend our gold medal.” Canada opens its schedule Dec. 26 against Russia. Finland and the U.S. are also adversaries in the preliminary round. This is McPherson’s third and final season with Cambridge and the PWHL. After three years living away from home during the hockey season, she will move even further away next fall, to Burlington, Vt. With all the time away from Chatham, she admits she cherishes each return visit. “What’s it like to come home? It’s very satisfying,” she said. “Being here (Cambridge) is hockey, school, hockey, school. Being home helps me to de-stress and be with the people who helped me get to where I am today.” She said she had a close group of friends who, when she’s home, essentially pick up right where they left off from her last visit.


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The Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce handed out the hardware Nov. 27 at the 73rd annual Rural Urban Dinner. Reinout Von Martels earned Agriculturalist of the Year; Jennen Strawberry Farm received accolades for innovating business of the year; Blake Vince took the award for individual innovator; Margaret Nauta was named a Friend of Agriculture; and Matthew Sterling was named 4-H Member of the Year. Von Martels, owner of Von Martels Seed Farms Inc., said he appreciates the recognition and is in some select company. “When you look at the people who have received this award before, these are good people in Chatham-Kent who have contributed a lot for the community,” he said. “To be part of that group means a lot.” Von Martels Seed Farms near Ridgetown is a combination of regular farming and seed processing, he said. “We get seeds right from the plant breeder. We multiply it and in two or three years we have enough to sell to other farmers,” Von Martels said. “Some of our seeds have ended up in Japan.” Peter and Ellen Jennen also appreciate the recognition as an

innovative business. “It’s a nice feeling when you are being recognized by people in the community for what we are doing,” Peter said. The Jennens are taking a different route in terms of growing berries, something that has traditionally taken place on the ground. The Jennens are growing at tabletop height. “We like to stay diversified on the farm. What we’re doing is unique to the area. The technology is being used in other parts of the world, but not really in Ontario,” Peter said. “It’s basically a system that grows the berries a couple of feet off the ground in a medium. The medium we’re using is a coconut/ peat moss base.” Raising the crop off the ground improves labour efficiency, increasing profit. “We’re able to grow the crop and make it easier for the pickers,” Peter explained. “They’re more efficient in picking, which saves us money. It also increases our yield.” Ellen said the berries taste better too. “The quality of the fruit is much better as well. It takes a lot of the risks of the weather out of the picture too,” she said. Jennen Strawberry Farm is located in Wabash. Their strawberries are sold in Wal-Marts in Canada.

Vince, the individual inno- said. vator winner, is involved in As well, the cover crop soil management, planting helps fields hold onto water multi-species cover crop. for use when needed. He said the cover crop goes “It increases the water in without tilling, helping to holding capacity and water reduce a landowner’s carbon infiltration in the soil. When footprint, while working to in- the rain stops falling in the crease yield. middle of summer, there’s “I try to use the energy of the lots of water in the soil prosun, the free solar radiation, file to withstand periods of to harness photosynthesis and drought,” Vince said. drive carbon into the soil,” he Nauta has helped shape said. “I believe by leaving the the people who farm our soil undisturbed we can do two fields. A retired teacher, things: we can sequester carbon she is finishing up her 42nd out of the atmosphere, which is year running a 4-H club. a big thing, as well as we can really improve water quality.” The cover crop, which is comprised of about 18 different species planted at the same time, often goes in after harvest in DOWNTOWN DRESDEN the fall. Vince said some dies off over the winter, some will go dormant and then come back to life in the spring, before the main crop gets NIGHT MARKET planted right on top of it. This helps keep the fertile soil where it belongs Saturday, December 14th, 2019 – in the field. 4:00 - 8:30pm “When the wind blows Main Street, Dresden in the winter, the soil doesn’t move. We don’t see brown snow. We see • FOOD • DRINKS • LIGHTS • nice, clean snow,” he SHOPPING • MUSIC • STORES OPEN LATE, AND MORE! •

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13.5-hour problem The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has come a long way since the province took over management in fall, 2016, with great strides in managing money, improving staff morale and best practice outcomes in just about every department. However, one area that hasn’t shown improvement is wait times for people in the Emergency Department in getting a hospital bed. CKHA CEO Lori Marshall was very forthcoming in her recent update on CKHA ED wait times, citing the 13.5-hour average wait time as a statistic that very much needs to change. “Hallway healthcare” as it’s being referred to, is a problem across the province and one that needs more than just one-time funding thrown at it. The province has been investing in hospitals to improve wait times for beds, including the announcement of $302,000 to open up five beds at CKHA during the flu season from December to March. Five beds, however, seems like a pittance compared to the number of people more susceptible to severe flu symptoms such as our seniors and people with chronic illnesses. With a higher-than-average population of seniors in a rural, widely spread municipality, health-care needs are different here than in London or Toronto. A lack of family doctors also means our ED is used more often during flu, especially when walk-in clinics are swamped. Marshall had some good ideas regarding staffing and cleaning time and that will help, but there is a lot more creative thinking and frankly, funding that is needed to solve the problem. Opening up the beds that are already there requires money for staffing and resources, and there are only so many places to make cuts before the well is dry. The big picture, which hopefully will be addressed if Chatham-Kent is successful in its application for an Ontario Health Team, requires everyone working towards the same goal without overlapping services gobbling up limited healthcare dollars. Faster, better service that meets the health needs of our entire community can be achieved with the right leaders and the right funding at the right time. Now would a good time.

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Playing in traffic not smart Sir: In regard to “Roadside basketball nets hazardous, says Public Works” in the Nov. 14 Chatham Voice, I have to agree with the city that the basketball nets and hockey nets on or close to city streets are hazardous. Ms. Reeb states that the basketball net is on her

grass, but does she realize that she does not own the road? In some areas of Chatham, up to half of the front lawns are actually on road allowance. With the net on the lawn, where do the kids play? On the street.

This brings up the real problem. Where can the kids go to play? Schoolyards are out, parks won’t allow them in the ball diamonds. Playgrounds in parks are becoming rare. So where? I have in the past sent

letters to councillors with the idea of a bylaw setting aside one lot per new build area as a park/ play area. So for now we tell the kids to go play in the street and hope they will be safe! Bruce Thompson Chatham

Keep the pit-bull ban in place Sir: Re: Repealing Pit bull ban. The proposed repealing of the pit bull ban by our local MPP is not a good idea. I totally disagree with Rick Nicholls, our member of provincial parliament, regarding the pit bull ban.

Just the fear pedestrians in our city have of these animals can be overwhelming. I’ve seen too many pictures of the results of these attacks in the news media and as a person who is often out and about walking or waiting

for public transit to get to appointments, there is great concern when I hear about the possible return of pit bulls in our province and hometown. The Conservative Party, that Mr. Nicholls represents in our province,

often talks about common sense. In this case, the Conservatives should use their common sense and not allow pit bulls to be bred anywhere in Ontario Frank Doyle Chatham

Dogs are not born vicious Sir: There has been a lot of flack in the paper about dangerous dogs but I have been in contact with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London, England that doesn’t be-

lieve dogs are born vicious. Battersea is an animal shelter that rescues about 6,000 cats and dogs annually, which are in

need of help. Here they are nurtured until an owner or a new home can be found. Battersea was established in 1860.

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No sign of a spill near fish kill By Mary Beth Corcoran mary@chathamvoice.com

An area resident raised concerns about dozens of dead fish in a municipal drain in Tilbury recently, in fear that there was some kind of toxic spill that killed them. Taking pictures of the dead fish, former Dover Twp. resident Marc St. Pierre said he called several agencies last week to report the problem, including the Ministry of Natural Resources, but hadn’t heard back from anyone. Municipal staff, when called on Nov. 29, were aware of the problem and investigated the drain in question. Tim Dick, director of

drainage and asset management with the municipality, said the dead fish problem in the Mallott Diversion Drain wasn’t the only such incident they addressed recently. “We have had a couple of other situations similar in the past week. We have not been able to identify any location or any evidence that leads us to believe there has been a spill,” he said. “We are of the opinion that this is a naturally occurring phenomenon.” In investigating the fish kill, Dick said staff initially looked for a sheen on the water that’s indicative of something of a petroleum base. “Did a fuel tank rupture or something like that?

We couldn’t identify anything,” he said. Dick said it’s likely the water just didn’t contain enough oxygen to sustain the fish. “You will see oxygen depletion occur at times when there’s not a lot of flush to the system. We haven’t had a lot of rain,” he said. Add to that the fact the area in question is quite flat, and the water level in Lake St. Clair is high, and there is very limited flow. “The Mallott Diversion Drain is basically at lake level. It’s very flat from there to the outlet at Jeannette’s Creek,” Dick said. “The water’s stagnant. It tends to not get as oxygenated.”

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the Year in Blenheim in in more than 40 clubs. 2004. For the future, he wants Sterling, in the mean- to attend Conestoga time, is just getting start- College in Waterloo for ed. A 4-H member for the robotics or electrical enpast eight years, the teen- gineering technology, ager returned home from and bring that education the 2019 right back Internation- “Precision agriculture to plant al Plowing is growing. I’m hoping in ChaMatch and to get involved in that tham-Kent. Rural Expo “Precision with sever- and use robotics.” agriculture al awards, a - Matthew Sterling is growing. scholarship I’m hoping and an invitation to com- to get involved in that pete at the 2020 Canadian and use robotics,” he Plowing Championships. said. During his time in 4-H, The member of the CK he said he’s participated Cyberpack Robotics Team

said autonomous farming – equipment running itself – is not far off. “I was at a plowing match at least five years ago and I got a ride on a tractor that actually drove itself. This was a John

Deere tractor that was straight from the factory,” he said, as the modification came post-production. “In the very short term, I can see autonomous farming. That’s the future.”

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dren wanted to join 4-H, She’s also involved on but there was no club in the family farm on A.D. their area. Shadd Road, but admits Being recognized for her passion is with the her contributions left her 4-H. elated. “I’ve gone through “When I got the call that about 400 I had the m e m b e r s “When I got the call Friends of and fin- that I had the Friends Agriculished off of Agriculture Award, ture Award, about 500 I was so p r o j e c t s I was so excited I excited I with them,” couldn’t sleep!” couldn’t she said. - Margaret Nauta sleep!” “I’m very Nauta is pleased with how it has also a member of the turned out.” Kent Agricultural Hall Nauta first became in- of Fame, named to it in volved because her chil- 2010, and was Citizen of Continued from page 5

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when it’s done,” he said. “The first store takes a little longer, being a new concept.” Mercato Fresh is to be an oldschool, pure grocery store. No underwear, no hardware, just meat and grocery items. “In our Windsor locations (M.R. Meat Markets), we just sell meat and some grocery items such as bread. In Chatham, we wanted to make it a seamless one-stop shop, with all departments of a typical grocery store – all food-related items,” Romualdi said in a previous article with The Voice. Romualdi said don’t expect to find laundry detergent or other household cleaning supplies at the shop, as the focus is on food. Reaume, a top Windsor-area chef, is handling the food services aspects of Mercato Fresh, Romualdi said. And Tiki Ted, “a locally famous sushi guy,” is going to handle all the sushi in the store.

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Work continues in the west part of the former Target store in Chatham, the future home of a new grocery store, Mercato Fresh. Marc Romualdi, of M.R. Meats Markets in Windsor is leading the partnership to open the 15,000 square-foot Mercato Fresh in Chatham. He said “minor hiccups” have delayed the store’s opening, and he and business partner Jonathan Reaume opted to push it back until mid-to-late January. “We didn’t want to open just before Christmas,” Romualdi said. “It screws up everyone’s holidays. We want staff to be at 100 per cent.” Mercato Fresh was initially scheduled to open in late October or early November. Romualdi said there have been some cosmetic alterations in the store plan, but nothing major. “It’s going to be a beautiful store

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News

CKHA rolls out flu-shot cart

By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

The vaccination cart is rolling down the halls at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance again. In an effort to make it as easy as possible for staff to receive a flu shot, the cart rolls from department to department offering vaccinations to staff at work. So far, Lori Marshall, president and CEO of CKHA, said about half of staff and physicians at the alliance have had a shot this year. Marshall said the CKHA typically sees between 50 and 60 per cent of staff receive a flu shot each year. “It’s something I think most health professionals would say they have a responsibility to do. We need to recognize that some people are allergic

to some of the components that are in the vaccine,” she said. “Everyone understands that if they choose not to be vaccinated and if we are in an outbreak, there will be some different precautions they will have to take.” That could include other forms of medication, she said. Marshall encourages everyone to get vaccinated and to think before stepping on hospital property. “We recommend everyone get their flu shots and to be focused on hand hygiene,” she said. “If you are not feeling well, then now is not the best time to come and visit friends and family that are in hospital. This is about protecting our families and the people who are most vulnerable – and that’s people staying in hospital.”

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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) has added two new physicians to the organization. Dr. Nicole Campbell joins CKHA in the role of Anesthesiologist and Dr. Robert Wismer joins as an Emergency Physician. “Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is thrilled to welcome Doctors Campbell and Wismer to our medical team,” said Dr. Pervez Faruqi, Chief

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The Arts/Life

Memphis-based band to play Chatham Friday The Chatham Voice

Ghost Town Blues Band is set to perform in Chatham Friday night at the KBD Hall.

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Wish trees to light up Dec. 16, 17 The Chatham Voice

The annual Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHAF) Christmas Wish Tree campaign is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The occasion will be marked by two tree lighting ceremonies and a special holiday festival to commemorate the milestone. The campaign provides an opportunity for members of the community to remember their loved ones by making a donation in their memory. For each donation, a light bulb will be added to the Christmas Wish Tree and their loved one’s name will be published weekly in local Post Media newspapers until

Jan. 2. “It truly is an honor for the Foundation to be a part of what has become a holiday tradition in Chatham-Kent for 30 years, and to have an opportunity to celebrate with our community as we recognize family and friends who we keep close in our hearts” said Mary Lou Crowley, president and CEO of the Foundation, in a release. Proceeds will support the Women & Children’s and Emergency departments through the purchase of three new pediatric cribs, and two new patient ventilators. Members of the community are invited to celebrate 30 years of wishes at the annual tree lighting ceremonies on

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Chatham is playing host to a preseason National Basketball League of Canada game Dec. 14. The Windsor Express will host the London Lightning at the St. Clair College HealthPlex at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $10$20. This will mark the eighth season for the Express in the NBL. The team has captured to national championships.

Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at CKHA’s Wallaceburg site, and Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at CKHA’s Chatham site. All are welcome to honour the memories of loved ones, and enjoy complimentary refreshments, carriage rides and festive holiday caroling. The celebrations will also include a holiday festival in partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Home for the Holidays, and will feature decorated trees and festive lighting displays, campfires, kids’ activities and visits from Santa. The festival will begin Dec. 7 and run throughout the month of December, and will be free for all of Chatham-Kent to come and enjoy.

Back by popular demand, the Ghost Town Blues Band will be performing at the KBD Hall in Chatham on Friday. “The response from their performances headlining the Shrewsbury Ribs & Blues Festival and their subsequent show in Chatham a few years ago was overwhelming” said Bob Christmas (president of Canada South Blues Society) adding that, “We knew this is one band that we had to have back.” GTBB’s new album Shine debuted atop the Billboard Blues Chart. The band recently headlined the blues stage at The Montreal Jazz Festival and is fresh off of their European debut at the Grolsch Blues Festival in Germany.

This is not your grandpa’s blues band, as their live show features “second-line horn entrance,” cigar-box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers-style jams. The Memphis-based band has just been nominated for the “BB King International Blues Act of the Year” at the upcoming Maple Blues Awards along with receiving and being nominated for many regional and national accolades. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25 for blues society members and $30 for the general public. They are available at HIP Entertainment (Chatham), Westside Performance (Blenheim), Kakoon Spa (Ridgetown) or call Bob Christmas at 519-676-9150.

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It’s a chili time of the year I had a tough job last week. Well, so did a lot of people. Chatham Chrysler had a chili cook off and they wanted judges to come in and taste the selections and vote on their favourite. They were also collecting donations to the Special Olympics Ontario. Wait, eat chili, and contribute to a great cause? Of course I showed up! There were about 10 Crock Pots full of chili to choose from. I wasn’t surprised to see a lot of familiar faces on hand to sample and vote. But there was a problem. Every single cup of chili I tried was darned good! You expect to find at least one that doesn’t appeal to you. It might be too watery, too many of one type of vegetable, not enough meat, or something. But at the dealership – as 10 staffers there contributed to the event – all were quite good. Even the mildest offering – I like some heat – was very tasty. None, however, were overly spicy. Oh, my sinuses did clear over the course of the lunch hour, but nothing sent me seeking bread or a dollop of sour cream.

Bruce Corcoran Two, however, did stand out as the spiciest of the selections; I voted for one of those. Kudos to the participating home chefs. And what a fun idea. Some folks went back for seconds on their favourites to make sure they voted on the right one. I didn’t, not because I was so certain of my selection, but rather because I was darned full. There were several selections that were very heavy on the meat, never a bad thing in my books. None was lacking in beef, or moose, or venison, so they filled you up. Not only were the folks creative in their product, but also in their marketing. One pot of chili was called “Impeachment Chili.” Why? Because it “Trumps all others,” and “It will warm your whistle blower.” If I were to put togeth-

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The Chatham Voice’s Bruce Corcoran, right, and Chatham Chrysler’s Mike Hogue enjoy the chili at the dealership’s recent chili cook off. Corcoran said sometimes his work at The Voice is very, ahem, challenging.

er a chili, I would have spiced it up more, but that’s just me, and chances are that chili would not have widespread appeal. These folks were smart, as not everyone loves it spicy. The hottest was a solid medium, so it should have been enjoyable to most everyone. But the same chili came with ghost pepper tortilla chips if you wanted more spice. As I sit here typing about my desire for more heat, I will readily admit I pushed the “chicken” button on those chips. I saw John Lyons of Hub Creative patting his brow after ingesting one of

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those. I also saw Mike Uher of Toast & Jam react to his realization that his friend Mr. Lyons had “innocently” given him one to try without telling him what it was. And then I saw our own Sarah Schofield, who came along with me, calmly munch one down without pause. Latino blood runs through those veins from her mother’s Mexican heritage, and Sarah enjoys the heat. But she didn’t even flinch! Here these big men are sweating or gulping water, and she’s standing there indoors, with her coat zipped up! After seeing that, I knew there was no win for me in eating one of the chips that several people told me made their lips go numb. Any reaction would have shown me, a heat

fan, as wimp compared to Sarah. I threw in the napkin on that one. Remind me to never get suckered into a hot wing eating competition with her. The only way I’d win is if she passed out from laughing while watching me, tears streaming from my eyes, as I gobble up bread and guzzle milk to try to put out the fires of hell that a very, very hot wing placed inside my mouth. I can just see it – my mouth would be like a volcano, my face would be beat red; I’d look like Mount Vesuvius cooking off, and Sarah would be as chilly as an iceberg, wondering what all my fuss was about. Time to get Finnside

As mentioned before, our cat, Finn, loves the outdoors. He’s often out

for most of the night. But two factors are going to alter this guy’s nighttime fun: cold weather and coyotes. As the mercury continues to dip, we’re looking to kick the little fella out during the day and again early in the evening, keeping him inside overnight. On the coldest of winter days, the fur ball will be stuck inside for his own protection, as we don’t want him to become a cat-sicle. But a neighbour across the street told us recently coyotes have been spotted in the field behind their yard late at night. We’d hate for Finn to become a coyote’s meal. He’s fast, but he’s also darned curious, especially with other animals. His claws and his speed might not be enough to protect him.

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Case takes over as fire chief

tributor to the fire service and Chatham-Kent ever Chatham-Kent Fire and since. I’m happy to see Emergency Services will him step into the chief’s have a familiar face at the position.” helm starting this month Case has 28 years fire after the retirement of operations experience, Fire Chief Bob Crawford. joining Merseyside Fire Assistant Fire Chief Brigade in Liverpool, UK Chris Case will take over in 1991. He rose through as Chatham-Kent Fire the ranks, serving in all Chief effective Dec. 6. aspects of fire department John Norton, work including Chatham-Kent operations, speGeneral Managcial operations, er of Communiadministration, ty Development, planning, trainsaid Case was ing, and comhired following mand. Notable an extensive naroles include tion-wide search forming the UK’s and recruitment only dedicated process to replace fire and exploCrawford. Chris Case sives task force “Among a large to deal with arson group of capable appli- and explosives crime and cants, Chris emerged as a lecturer to the UK Fire the best candidate to lead Service College. the fire service into the Case moved to Canada future,” Norton said in in 2016 to take up the post a media release. “I have of Assistant Chief in Chaobserved Chief Case for tham-Kent, bringing his several years now and wife and four children. I know that he has the Since then he has held the respect of his peers, fire- post of Operations Chief fighters, and the wider and continued to serve community. I have the ut- the communities of Chamost confidence that we tham-Kent. Nominated have selected the right by the Province of Ontarperson for this role.” io, the family were grantChatham-Kent Chief ed permanent residence Administrative Officer status earlier this year. Don Shropshire said, “We “Since arriving in this welcomed Chris to the wonderful community community in 2016 and over three years ago, I he has been a major con- have enjoyed every day The Chatham Voice

serving alongside our outstanding firefighters to safeguard the communities of Chatham-Kent. I am lucky enough to have an outstanding team here at work and at home. The endless support from my family and the teams at CK Fire has made this next step in my career possible. I cannot ex-

Pick ! us up

Chatham: Ann’s Tobacco Shop (861 Queen St), C-K Library (120 Queen St), Downtown Chatham Centre (100 King St. W), Legion Branch 642 (39 William St N), Maple City Bakery (361 Grand Ave W), Young’s Variety (9397 Longwoods Rd), Active Lifestyle Centre (20 Merritt Ave), Riverview Gaming Centre (497 Riverview Dr), Remax (Grand Ave E.), Wednesday Market (9877 Longwoods Rd), Royal LePage (Raleigh St), Burger King (762 St. Clair St), Superstore Gas Bar (791 St. Clair St), Pharmasave (125 Keil Dr), 7-11 (Grand Ave.), Schinkels (145 Richmond), Lenovers (525 Park Ave E), Betty Brite (108 Keil Dr. S), Birmingham Lane (by Superbox), Lynnwood Subdivision (by Superbox), Mighty Jims (235 Grand Ave E) Spot’s Laundromat (10 Vanier Dr) Highgate: C-K Library (291 King St) Ridgetown: C-K Library - 54 Main St.

press how thankful I am for this opportunity and how much I am looking forward to being your fire chief.” As for Crawford, he isn’t sure what lies ahead for him or what “retirement” will look like, but he is appreciative of his time working as a firefighter in the community.

Wallaceburg: Shoppers Drug Mart (30 McNaughton Ave), 99.1CKXS (520 James St), Taylor’s Variety (1644 Dufferin), Black Goose (525 James St), No Frills (2 Warwick Dr), C-K Library (209 James St), Hometown Deli (1542 Dufferin Ave), Oaks Retirement (80 McNaughton Ave), Harbour Crt Apt (475 Wallace St) Riverview Towers (750 Wallace St) Napa (217 Margaret Ave.) Mitchell’s Bay: Mitchell’s Bay Variety (6 Main St), Dover Duds (26662 Bear Line Rd) Pain Court: Pain Court Market (24129 Winter Line Rd), Central Tavern (24121 Winterline) Dresden: C-K Library (187 Brown St), MacTavish Pharmacy (480 St George St), Godfathers Pizza (474 St. George St.) Thamesville: Country Cuts (Victoria Rd), Movie Den (74 London Rd), Fast & Fresh (73 London Rd), C-K Library (3 London Rd) Kent Bridge: Kent Bridge Country Market Bothwell: C-K Library - 320 Main St.

“For over 40 years, I have enjoyed a career as a firefighter. I have been deeply involved in my community, through both my work and personal life. Investing time as a volunteer with community organizations, I have been fully engaged wherever I have made my home,” Crawford said in

a release. “For now, I am considering what challenges and opportunities might lie ahead in my career trajectory. The word ‘retirement’ conjures up images of elderly folk playing shuffleboard in a Florida holiday camp, and I am resisting this notion.”

Blenheim: C-K Library (16 George St), McIntyre I.D.A. Pharmacy (49 Talbot St W), Jim’s Barber Shop (72 Talbot St W), Blenheim Seniors Centre (55 Jane St), Blenheim Municipal Service Centre (35 Talbot St W), Blenheim Variety (40 Talbot St E), Royal LePage, The Wilton Team (42 Talbot St W), Pioneer Gas Bar (286 Chatham St N) Duke’s Harley Davidson (5 Classic Car Drive) Erieau: Eau Buoy (1005 Vidler Ave), Bayside Brew Pub (970 Ross Lane) Erie Beach: Sixth Street super mailbox Merlin: C-K Library (13 Aberdeen St), Erie Café and Variety (6 Erie St. S) Tilbury: C-K Library (2 Queen St), Remax (20 Queen St S), Ashley’s Place/Encore (75 Queen St. N) Wheatley: C-K Library - (35 Talbot Rd W), Mac’s Convenience (30 Talbot Rd. W.), Jack’s Coffee Shop (15 Talbot Rd W.) Cedar Springs: Comfort & Soul (8619 Talbot Trail) Charing Cross: 4 Corner’s Restaurant (21006 Charing Cross Rd), Post Office/Bert’s Plumbing (21007 Charing Cross Rd)


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ACROSS 1 Zinger 5 Nuisance 9 Oprah’s network 12 Chills and fever 13 Viscous 14 Dove’s call 15 Short musical works 17 “Hail, Caesar!” 18 Yule quaff

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DOWN 1 Foundation 2 Enthusiastic 3 Ladder step 4 Cap with a propeller 5 Bluenose 6 A billion years 7 Hot tub 8 Mike of the ring 9 Simple wind instruments 10 Used a loom 11 Vetoers’ votes 16 Heavy weight 20 Petrol

22 Memorize 23 Distorted 24 Vacationing 25 Born 26 Ivan’s and Peter’s wives 27 Bigfoot’s cousin 29 Spring mo. 30 Vigor 35 Director Howard 37 “Friends” role 39 Soaks up some rays 40 Hodges of baseball lore 41 Seafood entree 42 Streaming video giant 43 Apple co-founder 44 Wildebeests 45 Whip 46 Catch sight of 49 Away from WSW 50 Do some lawn work

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Remembering the Massacre Wednesday, December 4: • Pepper (1:00pm) and fun darts (7:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone welcome. • Patricia M. Productions Monthly Luncheon Fashion Show at Links of Kent Golf Course, 120 Indian Creek Rd. W., 519-351-3672. Call restaurant for reservations. Fashions by The Loft benefiting CK Outreach for Hunger. Thursday, December 5: • Open Euchre (1:00pm), Monthly bingo (7:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. Friday, December 6: • Teen Dance at Tilbury Memorial Arena hosted by the Tilbury Area Action Team. 7:00pm-10:00pm for students from grades 5-9. $5/student. Refreshments available for purchase. • Handel’s Messiah will be performed by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra at the Chatham Armoury, 44 William St. N. at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:45pm. Tickets only at St. Andrew’s United Church office. $30/advance. $35/door. Students free. $75/WSO 2019-2020 3 concert series when purchased prior to December 6. For info call 519-352-0010 or www.standrewschatham.org. • Theatre Kent’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 7:30pm at the Kiwanis Theatre of the Chatham Cultural Centre. $12/person at the Capitol Theatre box office or $13.13 online at cktickets.com. • Meal (5:15pm-6:30pm), open darts (7:30pm) and Catch the Ace (drawn at 6:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Choice of cabbage rolls, roast beef or fish & chips for $10. Everyone welcome. Saturday, December 7: • Mind Character & Personality study group. Saturdays only until Dec. 14. 4:00pm. 222 Lafontaine St., Wallaceburg. Confirm your presence with an email to cal.hmn@gmail.com for this free program. • Christmas Benefit Concert at 7:00pm at First Presbyterian Church. Featuring CK Christian Men’s Choir, “One Accord”, “The Accordian Man”, Mikayle Lozon, Dover Centre Ladies Choir and Nancy Tapley, organist. Lots of carol singing. Free will offering to support Chatham Hope Haven. • Community Assistance Dinner at the Merlin Legion. 6:30pm. Admission is non-perishable food items, new toys or cash donation. Please help us to fill the food hampers in our area. For more info call 519-351-7659 or the Legion 519-689-4884. • Meat draw (4:00pm-6:00pm) and dance (4:30pm9:30pm) featuring FlashBack at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. • Saturday Morning Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, Chatham (corner of Fifth St and Wellington). A delicious nutritious breakfast served free of charge 9:30am-11:00am. Everyone welcome! Sunday, December 8: • Classic Country Jamboree at the Merlin Legion. 3:00pm-7:00pm with delicious 5pc. perch dinner at 5:00pm. Hosted by “The Marquis” $5 entry for non-musicians. Dinner priced separately. Bring your singing voices and dancing shoes. • St. Joseph’s K of C Council #10436 breakfast from 9:00am-11:30am at the Spirit & Life Centre (St. Joseph’s site) 184 Welling St. W., Chatham. All you can eat buffet with 2 meats, hash browns, scrambled eggs, French toast or pancakes, toast & fruit cocktail. 50/50 draw and every 50th customer that comes in the door will receive a free breakfast on us! $8/plate for adults. $4/children 6-12. Children under 5 free. • Bingo at the Ridgetown Legion, 2:00pm-4:00pm. $10 admission includes 4 cards. Jackpot $200. Sponsored by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. • Southern Gospel featuring Gary Parker, 1:30pm at LifeBridge Family Church, 2 Lemuel St., Thamesville. Freewill offering. For info text: 226-627-4247 or call 519-683-1679. • Jubilee Chorus presents “Run to the Manger - a Celebration of Christ Coming Into the World.” 4:00pm at Grace Christian Reformed Church (255

Tweedsmuir Ave. W.) A telling of the Christmas story in song, accompanied by glorious brass, organ, strings and wind instruments. Freewill offering going to support the rebuilding of St. Andrew’s United Church. Monday, December 9: • Drop in to the Chatham branch of the CKPL and make your own ornaments. 5:00pm-8:00pm. • Open euchre (1:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. Tuesday, December 10: • Drop in to the Chatham branch of the CKPL and make your own ornaments. 5:00pm-8:00pm. • Open euchre (1:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. Wednesday, December 11: • Ladies weekly informal bible study and occasional speaker at Calvary Church, 31 Victoria ave. at Barthe St. 9:30am. Come and discover what the Bible says to us while enjoying meeting new friends. For more info call 519-354-4235. • Drop in to the Chatham branch of the CKPL and make your own ornaments. 5:00pm-8:00pm. • Pepper (1:00pm) and fun darts (7:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone welcome. Thursday, December 12: • Drop in to the Chatham branch of the CKPL and make your own ornaments. 5:00pm-8:00pm.

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The Chatham-Kent Co-ordinating Committee to End Violence Against Women is remembering the women killed by a lone gunman in Montreal with a ceremony marking 30 years since that horrific day. In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, the Committee is hosting a special event on Dec. 6 beginning at 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Studio 1 at the Chatham Cultural Centre, 75 William St. N. in Chatham. In 1991, Parliament declared Dec. 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women. It was on that dates in 1989, a day known as the Montreal Massacre, that 14 women were systematically separated from the men and killed by one man at

Help stuff a bus with food and toys

• Open Euchre (1:00pm) at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome.

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• Unifor Local 127 Retiree Meeting.

Clarence Fields is back at it in Wallaceburg. And that means he and a group of volunteers are looking to stuff a bus with non-perishable food items and toys. Spokesman Nick Cadotte said on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pita Pit in Wallaceburg, people are invited to drop off items. “This gentleman loves Christmas,” Cadotte said of Fields. “It started two years ago, just raising food donations. The support from the community has been overwhelming. They ended up with a trailer full of

Friday, December 13: • Meal (5:15pm-6:30pm), open darts (7:30pm) and Catch the Ace (drawn at 6:30pm) at the Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Choice of hot hamburg, roast beef or fish & chips for $10. Everyone welcome. Saturday, December 14: • Mind Character & Personality study group. Saturdays only until Dec. 14. 4:00pm. 222 Lafontaine St., Wallaceburg. Confirm your presence with an email to cal.hmn@gmail.com for this free program. • Meat draw (4:00pm-6:00pm) and dance (4:30pm9:30pm) featuring Good Company at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Everyone Welcome. Sunday, December 15: • “Merry Christmas Chatham” at 7:00pm at the Capitol Theatre will be this year’s annual Christmas concert by St. Andrew’s United Church Music Director Devon Hansen, the SAUC Chancel Choir, the CKSS Choir and many talented local musicians singing traditional and non-traditional Christmas music. Free will offering (suggested donation $15). Doors open 30 minutes prior. For more info check www.standrewschatham.org or 519-352-0010. • The Living Nativity, featuring local children and adults as well as live animals, will be presented as a FREE community event. 6:30pm at the Ridgetown Event Centre (inside the Crystal Palace) 20480 Victoria Rd., Ridgetown beside Tim Horton’s. Wednesday, December 25: • Community Christmas Dinner. 11:00am-2:00pm at the Spirit and Life Centre, 184 Wellington St., Chatham. If you need a ride please call 519-3540091 after 10:30am. Call on Christmas day only. CK Metal Detecting Club. Last Thursday of the month. Erickson Arena. 7:00pm. Guests welcome. Free Tutoring every Tuesday night from 5:30pm7:30pm at First Reformed Church. 632 Lacroix St., Chatham. For info call Betty at 519-354-8902. Submit your coming events to bruce@chathamvoice.com or michelle@chathamvoice.com

École Polytechnique de Montréal, for no other reason except they were women. The remembrance will feature a keynote presentation by Samra Zafar; survivor, international speaker, bestselling author and human rights advocate. Additionally, a message of Reflections – 30 Years Later, written by Jack Todd who was one of the first reporters to arrive on the scene at the Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989, will be relayed on his behalf. A light lunch will be provided, and Zafar’s memoir, A Good Wife – Escaping the Life I Never Chose, will be available for purchase and the author will be available to sign her book. While there is no cost for admission, donations for local food banks would be appreciated.

food to help restock the shelves at Wallaceburg’s St. Vincent de Paul.” Cadotte said support grows each year. “It’s just a great community event that started with one guy’s vision. There are now a couple of families who donate cash. There are raffle prizes for people who donate; over $1,000 worth,” he said. Cadotte, sales manager at CKXS, said the radio station is working to help fill the bus. It has specific $299 advertising packages for sale, and for each one sold, he said the station will purchase $100 in food to stuff into the bus. Southside Fitness is also collecting food and toys right up until Dec. 14.

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Chatham-Kent police say they’ve charged a local man in connection with child luring. Officers became aware of a video that was circulating on social media recently and investigated. The Internet Child Exploitation Unit examined the video, and social media comments. A 41-year-old Chatham man is charged with luring a child and making sexually explicit material available to a person under the age of 16. Police encourage parents to talk to their children about their social media presence.

“It’s important to be aware of what your kids are doing online and who they are talking to,” Const. Renee Cowell said in a media release. “Stay involved in a way that respects their privacy while ensuring they are safe.” Det. Sgt. Gabe Tetrault of the Criminal Investigations Branch added, “If you suspect a child is being abused or may be a victim of online sexual exploitation, please call police immediately. Together, we can reduce child victimization and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.” For more information regarding Internet safety see cybertip.ca/ app/en/internet_safety.


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THE CHATHAM VOICE

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019

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CLASSIFIEDS Anniversary

Anniversary

Christmas Trees

Anniversary

WEDDING

The Langlois Family is proud to announce the celebration of the

60th Wedding Anniversary of their parents,

Len and Mary An Langlois

Announcements

Rentals

Volunteers Needed Students welcome! Volunteer Hours!

• Cash register attendant

RIVER RIDGE T O W E R S CHATHAM

Monday - Friday 10-2 or 1:30-5 & Saturday 10-2

• Sorters • Delivery Driver / Warehouse Workers Call the store at 519-354-0410

ASK ABOUT OUR INCENTIVE

Monday-Friday 10-5; Saturday 10-2

80 King St. E., Chatham • 519-354-0410

Miller Christmas Trees Several Varieties! Lot located behind Pizazz. Prices range from $30-$80. 519-351-4137.

For Sale

on November 28th, 2019 Congratulations and much love from all of us!

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL THRIFT STORE

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Gift Ideas

MAPLE SYRUP

60th

Wishing you and your family health, happiness, peace and prosperity this Christmas and in the coming New Year!

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

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

Notice to Creditors

Obituary

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS

On Saturday, November 23, 2019 Ethel Stuart of Chatham and formerly Wallaceburg and Kitchener passed unexpectedly. Daughter of the late Albert and Myrtle Olds. Wife of Edward for over 56 years. Mother of the late Ruth Stuart and David Stuart (Doris). Sister of Al Olds and Frances McGoldrick. Sister in law of Darlene McKaig (Ernie), Donald Stuart, James Stuart (Pat) and the late Donna and Diane. Also survived by her special long time friend Lucien Bunda. Ethel will be deeply missed and forever remembered. Online condolences are welcome at www.lifetransitions.ca

All claims against the Estate of Eileen Ann Bechard, late of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, who died on or about the 9th day of November, 2019, must be filed with the undersigned personal representatives not later than January 20, 2020, after which date the estate will be distributed having regard only to the claims of which the Estate Trustees then shall have notice. DATED at Chatham-Kent, this 26th day of November, 2019; Ronald Bechard and Marie Bechard Estate Trustees With a Will, by their lawyer Hinnegan Law Professional Corporation 75 Thames St., Box 428 Chatham, Ontario N7M 5K5

Prayer Line Healing Love Ministry has an all night prayer line. 12:00am-7:00am with prayer partners to minister to you. Call 519-354-3532. A community sharing meal at 6:00pm. Informal service at 7:00pm. Call for info.

~ Love’s Sweetness ~ Pick up or Christmas Gift Basket Ideas . . . delivery Chatham Sales Arena - Wednesdays Doug Ross 519-359-9533

Help Wanted Roofer / Handyman. needed to change roof vents and do a gerneral roof inspection. 519-3970928.

Audio / Video We transfer 8 mm, Super 8, Slides, Prints, Video, DVD, Convert international videos; DVD Duplication, Slideshows with Music, Slides and photos to CD/DVD Reel to Reel Audio to CD; Audio cassettes to CD, Cellphone Photos and Videos to CD/DVD. NEW photos, videos & music to USB for cellphone. 519-352-8711 Jenny’s Video & Audio

Obituaries

OBITUARIES Ethel Stuart Saturday, November 23, 2019 Life Transitions

Dean James Robinson 42, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

Stephen Laurence Burns Friday, November 22, 2019 Life Transitions

Janice Pickering 59, Thursday, November 28, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

Mr. John Frederick Goodall 84, Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

Gladys Mae Gardiner 98, Thursday, November 28, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

Carl Patrick Evans 68, Monday, November 25, 2019 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Grace Eleanor Armitage 92, Sunday, November 24, 2019 Denning’s

Sister Julma Dries 98, Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Mark Reycraft 24, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Denning’s

Beverly Thomas “Bev” Robinson 70, Monday, November 25, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

Kathy Toews 67, Monday, November 25, 2019 Denning’s

Cheryle Norris 74, Sunday, November 24, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

Helena Rempel 54, Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Denning’s

Shirley Anne Walker 83, Sunday, November 24, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home Stewart Irving 93, Sunday, November 24, 2019 McKinlay Funeral Home

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