Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Chris Cornell dies

I’m struggling with words this morning after learning about Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell, who died unexpectedly in Detroit last night.

Dana and I were were at The Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit to watch the concert… we never in a million years would’ve thought it would be the last one show performed by the singer.

We’re floored, totally shocked and deeply saddened. We’re sending our love to his family.

Details are scarce at the moment, but here is the latest:

Victoria Day Holiday Hours 2017

Municipal offices and most services will be CLOSED Monday, May 22, 2017 in recognition of Victoria Day.
Other services are scheduled as follows:

Emergency Services – Police, Fire and Ambulance are operational 24 hours a day, every day, and are accessible by calling “911” for emergency calls only.

Libraries – all public libraries will be closed on Monday, May 22 and will have normal operational hours on Tuesday.

Recreation Facility Operations – William K. Erickson and Thames Campus Arenas are open for scheduled bookings. All other arenas are closed.

Recreation Services – Blenheim Gable Rees Rotary Pool and Wallaceburg Sydenham Pool are open Saturday and Sunday with regular schedules and will be closed on the holiday Monday.

Cultural Services – Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent Museum and Ridge House Museum will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Milner Heritage House will only be open on Monday from 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. The Cultural Centre Box Office and ARTspace will be closed on the holiday Monday.

CEMETERY OPERATIONS –During this time, Cemeteries staff will be available on call for funeral homes who are in need of at-need lot sales or interment orders.

CK Transit – CK Transit services will not be operating with the exception of Seasonal Interurban Transit Route S1 serving Chatham, Erieau and Mitchell Bay with stops in Grande Point, Pain Court, Charing Cross and Blenheim. This route starts this Friday May 19th and operates every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday including Victoria Day between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Garbage and recycling – Collection services for the week of May 22 will be moved back one day. Please refer to the Resident Recycling and Waste Collection Guide for further details.

Transfer Stations – The Harwich Transfer Station and Wallaceburg Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, May 22. All other transfer stations will be open regular hours.
LEAF AND YARD DEPOTS – will be closed Monday, May 22.

Health & Family Services Building – The Health and Family Services building, including the offices of Public Health, Employment & Social Services, Housing Services and Children’s Services will be closed Monday, May 22, reopening Tuesday, May 23. The Employment Resource Centres located at 240 King Street West, Chatham and 786 Dufferin Avenue, Wallaceburg, will also be closed during this time.

The Chatham-Kent Homeless Response Line is available during that time at 519-354-6628.
Essential public health services are available by calling 1-866-446-8207.

Public Health Clinic Services located at 177 King Street East, Chatham – These services are closed Monday, May 22, reopening Tuesday May 23.

Riverview Gardens – Reception and Administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 22, REOPENING Tuesday May 23, but services, activities and visiting hours continue as normal over the holiday weekend. Nursing staff can be reached 24/7 by calling 519-352-4823.

Entegrus and Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will be closed Monday. The emergency call number is 519-352-6300

The Provincial Offences Court will be closed on Monday, May 22

Some healthcare services offered at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (Chatham & Sydenham Campuses) will be altered on Monday, May 22, 2017 in recognition of the Victoria Day holiday.

Routine X-rays, electrocardiograms (EKG), and ultrasounds will not be available on Monday, May 22, 2017. These departments will be staffed to meet the needs of inpatients and emergencies.

Ambulatory Care Services, Out-Patient Rehabilitation Services, Out-Patient Laboratory Services, Pre-Surgical Screening Services, Diabetes Education Centre, Pulmonary Function Lab, Health Records and Patient Appointment Offices will be closed on Monday, May 22, 2017.

The Chatham-Kent Mental Health and Addictions Program Out-Patient Department will be closed on Monday, May 22, 2017. For any immediate crisis, please call the crisis line at 1-866-299-7447.

Elston Pharmacy, located at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham Campus, will be closed on Monday, May 22, 2017.

The Oncology/Chemotherapy Department will be closed on Monday, May 22, 2017.

The Business Office and Cashier’s Office will be closed on Monday, May 22, 2017. Please note there are two bill changers in the building to accommodate change for coin.

Hemodialysis Care will be open on Monday, May 22, 2017.

The Emergency Departments located at Grand Avenue, Chatham Campus, and Sydenham Campus, Wallaceburg are open 24 hours daily.

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Weather forecast for Thursday, May 18, 2017

Today – A mix of sun and cloud. 40 percent chance of showers early this morning and late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 increasing to 40 gusting to 70 late this morning. High 28 except 20 near Lake Erie. Humidex 32. UV index 8 or very high.

Tonight – Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming northwest 20 late this evening. Low 10.

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