Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Weather forecast for Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today – Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of rain or drizzle. Wind northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming southeast 20 late this afternoon. High 18. UV index 4 or moderate.

Tonight – Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light after midnight. Low 14.

Photo of the day – Horrobin honoured by Wallaceburg Rotary

David French, Pastor Brian Horrobin, Ruth Horrobin and Sussan Londry (Submitted photo)

Pastor Brian Horrobin was recognized recently with an Honourary Membership in the Rotary Club of Wallaceburg.

This was in recognition and appreciation for outstanding service to the community of Wallaceburg and area.

As Pastor of First Baptist Church, he has been involved in many charitable programs and projects for many years.

The award was presented by Assistant District Governor David French, Blenheim Rotary Club, and President of the Wallaceburg club, Sussan Londry.

The group photo shows ADG David French with Pastor Brian and Ruth Horrobin and President Sussan Londry.

Arts Council holding upcoming Wallaceburg concerts

The Wallaceburg & District Council For The Arts has a couple of upcoming concerts scheduled:

Al Lerman

The Wallaceburg & District Council For The Arts and the Glass Onion Folk Club are welcoming Al Lerman to the James Street Eatery in Wallaceburg on Thursday, November 2 at 8 p.m. Lerman is a renowned Canadian blues great, is the former frontman of the Juno-award winning blues band, Fathead. Great food and drinks will be available at the show. Tickets can be purchased, here. For more details, call 519-627-5978 or e-mail

The Vaudevillian

The Wallaceburg & District Council For The Arts is returning to the Jeanne Gordon Theatre with The Vaudevillian. This show is scheduled for Saturday, November 25. Cost is $25 per ticket. They are one of the most entertaining and unique blues bands in Canada today. Get your tickets, here.

Blenheim’s water town being unveiled

Blenheim’s water tower (Municipality of Chatham-Kent)

A $1 million dollar plus rehabilitation of Blenheim’s elevated water tower will be completed Friday at 9 a.m. with the unveiling of the new tower logo.

The project was undertaken in March of this year and involved the complete removal and replacement of the interior and exterior coatings of the tank as well as a number of other improvements.

The tank was originally constructed in 1999 and is a major component of the South Chatham-Kent water supply and distribution system operated by the Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission.

The project also included installation of a hydro-dynamic mixing system inside the tank to improve water age and chlorine residuals, installation of accessory upgrades including new antenna supports, upgrades to the lighting system, minor upgrades to the process mechanical equipment within the base of the structure and installation of additional health and safety features and a code-compliant guardrail system on the tank roof,

The work was completed by Dayson Industrial Services Inc. Engineering and inspection services for the project were provided by CIMA Engineering.

The improvements will increase the reliability of the tank as well as its functionality for the next 20 years or more.

Ontario boosting social assistance to help people get ahead

Ontario is making enhancements to the province’s social assistance programs to help people reach their full potential and build fairer, more prosperous communities.

Improvements include:

– Increasing social assistance rates by two per cent for all people receiving social assistance

– Helping people who live in remote and northern communities — who often pay more for basic needs like groceries and transportation — by increasing the Remote Communities Allowance

– Increasing limits on cash and other assets so that people can better manage financial setbacks

– Increasing the income exemption for cash gifts, to better recognize that people receiving social assistance may also receive support from family or friends

– Streamlining rules to make the system work better for people.

– Improving social assistance is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

“In building a fairer and more inclusive province, we want to ensure people are better able to reach their full potential,” stated Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services.

“By making continual improvements to social assistance, we will not only put more money into the hands of individuals and families who need it the most, but also ensure quicker, more efficient and better access to the supports and services that individuals need.”

More details:

– Social assistance provides help to over 900,000 vulnerable adults and children every day.

– Ontario is investing more than $480 million over four years in improvememts to social assistance.

– Since 2013, the government has increased rates by 6.7 per cent for Ontario Works families and individuals with disabilities receiving ODSP benefits; and by 19 per cent for single people without children receiving Ontario Works benefits.

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