Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Weather forecast for Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Today – Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 6.

Tonight – Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy near midnight with 30 percent chance of showers overnight. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light overnight. Low plus 3.

‘Take A Walk On The Spirit Side’

Do you ever get that feeling that your deceased loved one is trying to contact you?

Well, RoDe’s Investigative Paranormal Insight Team has an upcoming event for you.

Led by Rob and Deb Simpson, the pair are holding another seminar at the Wallaceburg and District Museum on Sunday, Nov 12 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It will take place upstairs in the Jeanne Gordon Theatre.

The Simpson’s will showcase some of their best paranormal captures to date of videos, EVP’s and photos from Canada and investigations in the United States.

They will explain equipment, types of hauntings, ghost floor plans, anomalies, videos and EVP’s, personal activities and they will share some stories.

Special guest, Dale Quigley, a seasoned investigator from High Spirits Paranormal in Windsor, will talk about signs from loved ones, with his presentation of ‘Reaching Out From Beyond the Grave.’

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Payment is by donation, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Wallaceburg Museum.

All of the investigations they do are free of charge, they just ask permission to use any videos, photos or evp’s, that they capture to use them in a future seminar.

For more information e-mail, ripit2014@yahoo.ca.

Learn more, here: Paranormal event was a hit in Wallaceburg, more planned

’13’ Halloween Safety Tips from the Sarnia Police

1. Halloween can be a chilly night so make sure costumes are loose enough to be worn over warm clothing. Make sure clothing is not so baggy or long that trick or treaters can trip over their costumes.

2. Choose brightly coloured clothing that will be clearly visible to motorists. For greater visibility, carry a flashlight and add retro-reflective tape to the costume.

3. Make-up and face paint are better than wearing a mask which can restrict breathing and/or vision. If you choose a mask, make sure it allows the child to see and breath easily.

4. Swords, knives and similar accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.

5. Look for costumes, beards and wigs labelled ‘flame resistant’ nylon or heavy weight polyester costumes are best. Flame resistant does not mean ‘fire proof’. Avoid costumes with baggy sleeves or flowing skirts to minimize the risk of contact with candles and other fire sources.

6. Make your home safe for trick-or-treaters. Remove all objects around your house that could cause children to trip or fall. Turn your outside light on so children will know they can visit your home.

7. Avoid tripping hazards by not running across front yards or over any landscaped areas. Use paved pathways whenever possible.

8. Keep candles, jack-o-lanterns, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach.

9. Tell your children not to eat any goodies until you see them. Make sure your child eats dinner or a snack before they go out, so they’ll be less tempted to eat their candy along the way.

10. Children should stay in known/well-lit areas and should only visit homes that have their outside lights on. Children should never go inside homes or cars. do not go anywhere with a stranger.

11. Children should walk, not run, from house to house. Avoid ‘zig-zagging’ by staying on the sidewalk or at the side of the road facing traffic, cross the road at the corner and look both ways before crossing the road.

12. The goodies are the best part of Halloween! But before your children begin to eat their loot, make sure you examine it first. Throw out any treats that are not wrapped, those in torn or loose packages, or any that have small holes in the wrappers.

13. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discolouration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious. If you find something that has been tampered with, contact the police.

Trick or Treat Patrol Program

Cogeco Connexion will be rolling out their Trick or Treat Patrol Program for the fourth consecutive year.

They are committed to the communities they serve and recognize the most precious asset in these communities is the children.

Therefore, Cogeco will continue with this program that helps keep children safe when they are out ‘Trick or Treating’ in the neighbourhood on Halloween night.

Cogeco employees will be out in their branded white vans patrolling the streets on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in the areas where children are ‘Trick or Treating’.

Parents and Children are encouraged to approach a Cogeco van if at any point they think they need any help.

“We view this ‘Trick or Treat’ patrolling as an opportunity to support the local communities,” stated Rick Lyman, Senior Director, Technical Operations for Cogeco.

“By partnering with police, parents and/or caregivers, our employees provide further eyes on keeping our children safe while they enjoy going door to door in their neighbourhood. We also hope that our presence can help ease parents and caregivers’ concern for their children’s safety when they see our Cogeco branded vans driving through the local streets on Halloween night.”

Business and Community Excellence Awards tickets available

The Wallaceburg & District Chamber of Commerce is holding their 20th annual Business and Community Excellence Awards on Thursday, November 2 at 6 p.m.

This event recognizes businesses and individuals in the Wallaceburg and district area.

Tickets are $60.

They can be purchased online, here. Learn more about the event, here.

The finalists are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Agricultural Award

– Kerr Farm Market

– Serkka Farms

Technology Award

– AarKel Tool & Die Inc.

– Jennen Family Farm Market

– Sydenham Current

Environmental Award

– Sydenham Field Naturalists

– Walpole Island Heritage Centre

Business of the Year

– Oaks Retirement Village

– Subway (Dave McCready)

– Union Gas

Entrepreneur(s) of the Year

– Aaron Hall

– Fran Betts & Jeanette Matak

– Melissa Gaylard

Chip Gordon Community Builder Award

– Bill Wolsing

– Wallaceburg Splash Pad

– Wallaceburg Arts Council

Community Inclusion Award

– pAshion Salon & Spa

– Rulmeca

– Star Janitorial

Young Professional Award

– Ashley Oughtred

– Eleena DeBakker

– Nick Cadotte

Volunteer of the Year

– Don Verhagghe

– Judy Bacchus

– Karen Debergh

Citizen of the Year

– Chris Young

– Dave Babbitt

– Gayle Stucke

Wallaceburg BIA Award

– Recipient: Wallaceburg Fireworks Committee

ChamberChoice Award

– Jason & Cindy Mallette

– Krystal Gyuricza

– Nick Cadotte

Photo of the day – Second annual Hospice Foundation Gala a big success

On Friday, October 27th, the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation hosted its 2nd Annual Benefit Gala with huge success raising over $48,000 that will be used to cover ongoing operational needs for our community’s residential hospice.

The sold out event was decorated in an art deco theme and focused on the theme “Changing Moments, Changing Lives”.

This theme was reflected in the auction “experiences” offered in the Live and Silent Auction, displayed in the Hospice Heart video shared with guests and overall in the experience of the night.

“Our sincere thanks to our guests who attended, the businesses and individuals who graciously donated the many auction experiences and the generous sponsors for their support. It was an amazing night that demonstrated our community’s compassion and care,” stated John Lawrence, board chair for the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation, in a press release.

Adding to the excitement of the evening was the chance to win a 0.50 ct Round Brilliant Cut Canadian Diamond compliments of Mittons Jewellers in Ridgetown.

The lucky winner was Aileen Murray of Chatham.

The proceeds from the Benefit Gala will go towards the annual fundraising goal of $850,000 to offset the operating costs not covered by government funding.

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