Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Weather forecast for Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Today – A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. High 24. Humidex 29. UV index 6 or high.

Tonight – Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 15.

Historical Society banquet this evening

The Wallaceburg and District Historical Society will hold their Annual Banquet tonight, Wednesday, September 13, at the Von Ayres Cultural Centre, Jeanne Gordon Hall.

Social time begins at 6 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m.

A feature presentation will be given by Larry and Wendy Cornelius of the Sydenham Field Naturalist.

Their talk starts at 7 p.m.

SCRCA hosting Geocaching Adventure

Sharon Nethercott, SCRCA Conservation Education Coordinator, locating a geocache using a GPS receiver (SCRCA)

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority is hosting a Geocaching Adventure at Lorne C. Henderson Conservation Area near Petrolia on Sunday, September 17 from 9:00am–3:00pm.

This is a chance to explore the Conservation Area with a “Geocaching Twist.”

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt which uses a global positioning system (GPS) unit to locate a hidden cache (treasure).

This event is for both seasoned geocachers and for those that want to just see what geocaching is all about.

Staff will be available to provide the basics to get you started.

You can either bring your own GPS receiver or borrow one.

There are a limited number of GPS receivers available.

A computer will be set up to upload the coordinates to your GPS (if your GPS needs a special cable please bring it).

There will be a potluck lunch.

For more information on a Geocaching Adventure contact Sharon at 519-882-2399 or by email at snethercott@scrca.on.ca.

The Lorne C. Henderson Conservation Area is located 4 km west of Petrolia at 3653 Petrolia Line.

Municipality of Chatham-Kent prepares to welcome international students

This weekend, on September 16, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kingston Park in Chatham, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Community Attraction and Promotion section, is holding an International Student Welcome Event for all new international students to the community.

There are approximately 200 international students expected from countries around the world, including China, Dubai, Spain, Taiwan, India, and Belgium.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent would like to thank local school boards, host families and Rotary clubs for continuing to welcome and host new students in Chatham-Kent.

International students will act as Chatham-Kent’s ambassadors in their home countries, and will have opportunities to learn or improve their English and learn about Canadian lifestyles and culture.

Our local students will also learn more about international student’s cultures, and prepare for careers beyond Canadian boundaries.

The event is open to all international students and their host.

They will have the opportunity to meet with local organizations who will talk to them about services and other activities in the area, meet with some representatives from local Chatham-Kent agencies, and create new relationships.

To help welcome the students, the Mayor of Chatham-Kent and a representative from the Ministry of Education will officially open the event.

More information is available on the municipality’s website.

International students and their host families can RSVP or send questions to livingck@chatham-kent.ca.

Ontario sends support for Hurricane Irma relief efforts

Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement to announce Ontario’s support for relief efforts for people affected by Hurricane Irma:

“On behalf of the people of Ontario, I extend our heartfelt compassion to all of the people who are suffering in the destructive aftermath of Hurricane Irma. With great concern, we continue to watch the disastrous effects of this event and know that it will be weeks, months and years before our friends in the Caribbean and U.S. are fully recovered. Right now, our hope is for the safety and well-being of all those affected, as well as the safe return of Ontarians who were trapped in the storm’s path,” Wynne said.

“Our province knows how important it is to come to the aid of people around the world in times of disaster, and we are ready and willing to do so again. The Ontario government is contributing $150,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help people in the Caribbean get back on their feet.”

Wynne said the impacts of the hurricane are as diverse as they are extensive, and we’ve offered our support to all those impacted.

“I have sent a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott offering my sympathies and support. And I have informed Canada’s federal government that Ontario stands ready to assist a Canadian response to the disaster,” she said.

“Irma and its consequences are a worst nightmare come true for millions of people. The only good we can find along the path of devastation left by the storm is the generosity and perseverance of the human spirit – the inspiring stories of community and compassion that have lifted the spirits of those who lost everything. To see loved ones and strangers alike help each other find safety and begin the hard work of recovering from this disaster gives us all hope. We are proud of the employees at Hydro One who are on their way to Florida right now to use their skill and equipment in helping the millions of Floridians left without power. It is equally moving to hear stories of the EMS workers from Niagara who are travelling to Saint Martin to help provide essential medical services.”

Wynne added: “I want to thank every single person here in Ontario who has committed to help, and encourage everyone to consider making a personal donation to the Canadian Red Cross. Ontario stands with people in times of need – we are ready to help the local communities in the long and arduous task of recovering and rebuilding from this terrible storm.”

Photo of the day

From left to right, clockwise: Shane Helgerman, Director, Medicine, Critical Care, Chronic Disease Management, Indigenous and Rural Health Programs, Lori Marshall, President and CEO, Krista Girard, Nurse Educator and Kim Smith, Clinical Manager celebrate CKHA’s newly renovated Diabetes Education Centre at 47 Emma Street with an official ribbon-cutting (CKHA)

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its newly renovated Diabetes Education Centre.

As of September 1, 2017, the Diabetes Education Centre began offering its services out of 47 Emma Street at CKHA’s Chatham Campus.

CKHA’s Diabetes Education Centre offers supports for people living with prediabetes or diabetes. Services include one-on-one or group consultation on monitoring blood sugar levels, medications, healthy eating, exercise, and other lifestyle choices.

This newly renovated space offers an accessible and welcoming environment to clients.

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