Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Weather forecast for Monday, October 23, 2017

A special weather statement is in effect in Chatham-Kent. More details, here.

Today – Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers late this morning and early this afternoon. Rain beginning this afternoon. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Wind becoming south 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High 20.

Tonight – Rain ending this evening then mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Wind southeast 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming southwest 50 gusting to 80 near midnight. Low 9.

Photo of the day – Banister donates to Hospice

Banister Pipelines recently made a generous $9,000 donation to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation after a successful golf tournament with their employees in Wallaceburg, which raised over $15,000.

The company also made donations to the Salvation Army in Wallaceburg and the Tupperville Fire Department.

“We are so grateful for the support from Banister Pipelines,” stated Jodi Maroney, Executive Director of the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

“We serve residents and families from across Chatham-Kent and this donation will help us provide compassionate end of-life care to these families from across our community.”

Banister Pipelines have been working on the Union Gas Panhandle Reinforcement Project since February 2017 and expect to be completed by the end of the year.

Shown in the photo is Jeff Miller, operations manager for Banister Pipelines and Jodi Maroney, executive director of the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

FREE flu shot clinic on Walpole Island

The Chatham-Kent Community Health Centre is holding a FREE flu shot clinic on Walpole Island today.

There are also some upcoming clinics coming to Wallaceburg and Chatham this week as well.

Here are the details:

Top female automotive exec coming to Chatham-Kent

Dianne Craig, the former CEO of Ford Canada and now Ford U.S. director, headlines the 78th Annual Banquet of the Rotary Club of Chatham on November 2nd.

One of the top female automotive executives in North America is coming to Chatham.

Under her watch, Ford continued its run as the top-selling brand there, a title it has held for the past eight years. The automaker notched record dealer profitability and record customer satisfaction scores by internal metrics.

“I truly believe there is something very special about working at Ford – and a big part of what makes Ford special is our great team and our terrific dealer network,” Craig said in a press release.

Like the Ford Company, the Rotary Club of Chatham also has a longstanding history – the Club turns 96
on November 1, and the Annual Banquet is on its 78th edition.

“Chatham Rotary has always been fortunate to host top-notch, internationally-known keynote speakers for our Annual Banquet,” stated Tania Sharpe, President of the Rotary Club of Chatham.

“To have someone of Dianne’s calibre join us for our Banquet is an honour, especially considering the important role Chatham-Kent has played in the automotive sector. I know she is going to give a very interesting and informative talk.”

Craig graduated from the State University of New York and holds an MBA from Ohio State.

Outside of work she loves to garden, exercise and spend time with her family.

Craig also enjoys skiing and occasionally golfing.

The Rotary Club of Chatham’s 78th Annual Banquet takes place on Thursday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the John D. Bradley Centre at 565 Richmond Street in Chatham.

Tickets are $60 and are available by calling the Rotary Office at 519-354-8300 or emailing

How ‘Bout Them Ontario Apples?

With fresh, crisp apples ready to be picked at many farms across the province, it’s a great time to get out with family and friends and support your local farmers.

“Apples are more than just a nutritious and tasty snack – they’re yet another delicious example of the good things that grow in Ontario,” stated Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

“This season, I encourage people to support their local farmers by visiting one of the many orchards across the province to pick their own apples. When you buy local, you are helping support Ontario farmers and creating good jobs across the province.”

Celebrate this tasty fall harvest by:

– Visiting your local apple orchard: Visit one of the many apple farms across the province. Apple harvest starts in August and ends in November.

– Buying local: Purchase Ontario grown and harvested apples at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or directly from a producer. Look for the Foodland Ontario logo.

– Making something delicious: Apples are a healthy snack that can be enjoyed fresh, cooked, or frozen and are at the core of many tasty and healthy dishes.

– Exploring different varieties: There are many apple varieties that are best suited for different purposes such as eating fresh, cooking, baking and storing, just to name a few.

– Supporting Ontario’s farm and food sector is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.

“Apple producers are passionate about growing and harvesting the best quality apples in Ontario,” stated Charles R. Stevens, Chair of the Ontario Apple Growers.

“This fall, visit an apple farmer near you to pick your own apples and to meet the people who grow the tasty apples you and your family love to eat.”

More details:

– Apples have existed as a wild fruit since prehistoric times and have been cultivated for more than 3,000 years.

– There are 15 different main varieties of apples grown on nearly 16,000 acres in Ontario. The province’s major apple-producing areas are along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

– The top seven varieties in Ontario are McIntosh, Gala, Empire, Red Delicious, Northern Spy, Honeycrisp and Ambrosia.

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