Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

‘Beach bus’ starting up

The seasonal bus route to recreational attractions in the North Kent (Mitchell’sBay) and South Kent (Erieau) areas is getting under way. Seasonal Interurban Transit Route S1 will serve Chatham, Erieau and Mitchell Bay with stops in Grande Point, Pain Court, Charing Cross and Blenheim.

The service will start on Friday, May 19 at 9 a.m. and continue through until Labour Day. Route S1 will operate every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Fares are $5 one way for adults or $4.50 for students and seniors.

Route maps and schedules are available from your local municipal centre or online at www.chatham-kent.ca. For further details regarding routes and schedules, please telephone 519-436-3233.

I have to admit that I’ve never utilized the services of the ‘Beach Bus’ before, but I think it is a great idea and an awesome service to the community.

Have you ever taken advantage of it?

Let us know by voting below:

4-way stop poll results

The results are in after we asked our readers if they thought removing the 4-way stop in Wallaceburg was a good idea.

The overwhelming response, was no.

In fact, the poll we ran was mentioned by Wallaceburg Coun. Jeff Wesley during Monday’s council meeting.

Here is how the voting went:

Is removing the 4-way stop at Murray and Reaume a good idea?

No 80.65% (400 votes)

Yes 15.12% (75 votes)

Not sure 4.23% (21 votes)

Total Votes: 496

Fruit and veggie boost

Super Kids CK is launching the Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit initiative to encourage kids and families to eat healthier and to make vegetables and fruits part of their everyday lives.

Whether fresh, frozen or canned, fruits and vegetables help provide children and families with the vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and overall energy that are needed to be physically active.

Local programs and activities will encourage families in Chatham-Kent to include more fruits and vegetables in every meal and snack. Upcoming programs include:

Super Kids CK Veggies and Fruit Boosters – a grant opportunity for schools, child cares and community agencies, to create their own initiatives with the goal of increasing vegetable and fruit consumption in the community.
Yum, It’s Storytime – a story time program, provided by a library staff person and registered dietitian, that discusses healthy eating in a fun and engaging way.

CK Kids Count Sponsorship Program – private businesses will be recruited to sponsor fruit baskets in the community, making fresh fruit available as a free snack in many locations!

Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit is the next phase of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, which promotes healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices for children.As part of the first phase, Run, Jump, Play, Every Day., Super Kids CK introduced Play Packs to the libraries of Chatham-Kent which can be borrowed by any card holder to encourage active play for their children or the children they work with. As part of the second phase, Water Does Wonders, Super Kids CK ran the CK Water does Wonders Awards Program. Through this program 30 organizations received funding for their own water bottle filling stations, water dispensers, or water jugs and water bottles to help children and families drink more water.

Encouraging kids to stay active and healthy is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.

Quick facts:

– Canada’s Food Guide recommends that children get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

– Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruit may prevent certain types of cancer, is linked to a lower risk of heart disease, healthy weights and lower risk of obesity.

– Chatham-Kent is among 45 communities selected to take part in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge under the banner of Super Kids CK.

– Super Kids CK is receiving up to $825,000 from Ontario to fund local community projects.

For more information, click here.

If you have a suggestion, story idea, column idea, or if you want to say hello… drop me an e-mail at aaron@sydenhamcurrent.ca.

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Weather forecast for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Today – Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. Wind southwest 20 km/h increasing to 40 gusting to 60 late this morning. High 29 except 22 near Lake Erie. Humidex 35. UV index 9 or very high.

Tonight – Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers overnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 this evening. Low 18.

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