Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Weather forecast for Thursday, October 5, 2017

Today – Clearing this morning. Wind becoming west 20 km/h near noon. High 23. Humidex 25. UV index 5 or moderate.

Tonight – Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy near midnight with 40 percent chance of showers overnight. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 13.

‘Carnage Alley’ poll question


A contingent of Chatham-Kent residents made the trip to Queen’s Park in Toronto on Wednesday, to raise concerns about ‘Carnage Alley’.

Rondeau resident Alysson Storey has launched a petition for the province to install concrete median barriers along the stretch of the 401 from Tilbury to London.

Support for a petition started in Chatham-Kent by the loved ones of Sarah and Freya Payne, killed in a 401 crossover accident just over a month ago, has garnered support across the province, and across party lines.

“We’ve had petitions sent back to us with signatures from Ottawa to Windsor and everywhere in between,” Storey said in a recent press release.

“We’ve also had follow up from the Transportation Critics in both opposition parties. Clearly this is an issue that resonates with people – 401 safety affects us all.”

What do you think?

Please vote in our poll below:

Community Partnership Fund

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has announced that applications are available for the 2018 round of the Community Partnership Fund (CPF).

In keeping with its commitment to encourage community development through partnerships with community groups, Council allocates funds each year for distribution to community groups through the competitive CPF process. Groups that have projects in mind for 2018 are invited to apply for funding of up to 50% of project costs, to a maximum of $10,000 per project for Community projects and a maximum of $5,000 per project under the Festival and Events component.

The deadline for applications for this round of funding is Friday, December 1, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Grant guidelines and application forms will be available on Monday, October 2, 2017 at all municipal centres, information desks and public libraries throughout Chatham-Kent, and will also be available online at under the Residents heading. (Choose the “Community Funding” link, then click on “Community Partnership Fund”.)

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from various municipal departments that will make recommendations for Municipal Council to consider.

Poll results: Are you happy that a stop light will be installed at Murray Street and Reaume Avenue?

Yes 70.28% (149 votes)

No 22.64% (48 votes)

Not sure 7.08% (15 votes)

Total Votes: 212

Chatham-Kent staff told the Sydenham Current the new pedestrian signal will be completed as soon as possible and no later than November 17.

This stems from a motion by Wallaceburg Coun. Carmen McGregor to convert the recently installed pedestrian crossover (Type B) device to a pedestrian-activated stop light, which was approved by council on September 18.

Learn more, here: Stop light approved for Wallaceburg intersection

Edgar Allan Poe, Live in Chatham

Edgar Allan Poe, Live In Chatham consists of a reading of the famous poem The Raven and the horrifying short story The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar, together with a brief biography of Poe. It will last approximately 45 minutes.

The event will take place four times on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31:

– 2 p.m. in the Library Café at the Chatham Branch of the C-K Public Library, 120 Queen St

– 5:30 p.m. at Cup Of Joes, 131 King St W.

– 7:30 p.m. at the William Street Café, 28 William St S.

– 9 p.m. at Friendz Restaurant and Lounge, 216 King St W.

Admission is free. Food and drink are available at all venues. The reader is Clair Culliford.

Edgar Allan Poe, Live In Chatham is part of ‘The Veranda Presents’ a series of entertainments that includes the Thames River Revue.

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