Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

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A Chatham woman whose community contributions range alphabetically from the Alzheimer’s Society to the Zonta Club was named Chatham-Kent’s Senior of the Year at last week’s Senior Expo & Achievement Awards in Blenheim.

JoAn Dale was chosen from more than forty men and women nominated across Chatham-Kent to be the recipient in this, the 30th year of the awards which were held at the Blenheim Recreation Centre.

Dale, a lifelong Chatham-Kent resident, said she was taught as a youngster that it’s important to give back to your community. “I enjoy helping so for me it’s never been work,” she said.

In addition to her contributions with the Alzheimer’s and Zonta groups, Dale has been a valuable asset to the Dickens Fellowship, the South Buxton St. Andrew’s Pastoral Charge, the Helping Hands Auxiliary, The Foundation of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and the St. Clair college Retirees Association. She has also been a frequent volunteer at the Boutique Grand Gift Shop.

Chairman Counc. Karen Herman, who has chaired the Senior Expo Committee for 13 years, said the more than 500 people who attended the ceremony and event is ample testimony to the power of seniors to exert a strong influence in the community.

“All of the nominees, and honestly the many more who weren’t nominated, play an important role in making Chatham-Kent special,” she said. “There isn’t any timetable or calendar on helping. For many of these people it’s a way of life and they all deserve our thanks.”

Counc. Carmen McGregor, who brought civic greetings said the ongoing success of the event shows its value to the community. “The awards are the centrepiece but we also have a lot of community groups our here sharing what they do and how they can be a resource to seniors.”

Last year’s winner Anne Gooch, was honoured as Ontario Senior of the Year 2016 for Chatham-Kent.

Summer Reading Program at the Dresden Library

Join Chatham-Kent Public Library as they say ‘Salut!’ to summer with TD Summer Reading Club.

CKPL is celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary this summer!

Sign up for TD Summer Reading Club and get a free reading log to track your reading!

In addition, many fun activities and exciting events are planned throughout the summer for children and families.

The library engages children in the joy of reading and helps prevent learning loss during the summer months.

Stop by, anytime, to find interesting and entertaining books and movies. Special programs and drop-in activities are being offered all summer long! Programs offered in July in Dresden include:

Living Water 50 cent sale

Mark your calendars, as the Living Water Church will be holding their second yard sale of the year on Saturday, July 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It will be taking place at the Living Water Church, 155 Queen Street West in Dresden.

All items, unless otherwise marked, will be 50 cents.

Any items will be accepted as donations for the sale as well.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be available for purchase.

To donate, call Brandon Medd at 519-626-9410 or email

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Weather forecast for Monday, June 19, 2017

Today – Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 late this morning. High 24. Humidex 29. UV index 8 or very high.

Tonight – Partly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 15.

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