More Local Black History Encouraged in School Curriculum
Chatham-Kent is is steeped in local Black History. It is considered the northern terminus of the Underground Railroad. We have several local Historical sites like Uncle Tom's Cabin in Dresden and the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum.
Unfortunately, some of the teachers and those involved with our Historical Suites still believe that many elementary students are unaware of this history in ourown area. Heather Robbins, a prep teacher at Merlin Area Public School has incorporated local black history in her studies for Grade 7/8 History and Geography class.
Steve Cook ,site manager of the Uncle Tom's Cabin Historical Site said he recently held a workshop May 6 of this year for Public School principals and vice-principals hoping they would return to their respective schools and encourage their staff to include local black history in their classrooms. Many students are unaware of the Historical events that took place right here in Chatham-Kent. Many brave individuals risked their lives to free slaves from the South and many of those freed men women and children madetheir homes in North Buxton. During the war the population dwindled as many joined the army and relocated to the United States. Each year, however, on Labor Day Weekend,the tinyvillage swells with visitors for all over the country.The close ties still remain with Chatham-Kent and many return each year to relive memories and strengthen the bonds of families and friendships. Cook himself said he went to school in Dresden but still did not know about Uncle Tom's Cabin.
If you have never been, take a day and visit some of our great Historical Sites. If you have family, take the children and expand their minds to include this part of our history. There are so many resources for them to learn, special days atthe sites with displays and visual presentations at the Museums. Many of the children are surprised when they begin to hear about Chatham-Kent. ReadBlack History in Chatham-Kent.
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Chatham-Kent is the affordable lifestyle community. If you enjoy good music and are looking for some great weekly entertainment, Chatham has it covered. Starting in June the Chatham Concert band puts on a free Concert every Wednesday evening at 7:30 in Chatham's own Tecumseh Park along the Thames River.You still have time to take in a few concerts befor ethe season ends. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of the Chatham Concert Band under the direction of Bandmaster Vaughn Pugh. This is their 91st season. The Band was organized in 1927 and celebrated 75 years in 2002. In addition to the summer concerts they can be heard in several other venues throughout the year. Visit their website for more details.
Also, be sure to check the website for the Chatham Capitol Theatre in Historic Downtown Chatham. There are great shows planned for the 2019-20 season so plan ahead and take advantage of all Chatham-Kent has to offer.
Hope to see you at some of these great evenings. After theconcertwander down our Historic Downtown King St. to one of the many restaurants, pubs or coffee shops. Make it an evening to remember. Visit my website for Chatham-Kent events, Happening and choice real estate for sale. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal Lepage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your |Real Estate needs.
Annual Bird Event 'Festival of Flight' Month of May at Rondeau Provincial Park Chatham-Kent
It makes no difference if you are a novice or a seasonedBIRD WATCHER, you have a treat in store for you this month at Rondeau Provincial Park in CHATHAM-KENT just outside of Chatham. The annual spring migration "Festival Of Flight" attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country to this area. There is a schedule of events planned each year or you can chose your own agenda. Check out the birdwatchers website and decide what fits There is something for everybody. you.
In past years birders have got a look at some rare visitors to the area. In May 2005, the Kirkland's Warbler made an appearance. In 2008, the Townsend Warbler and in 2010 the Blue Grosbeak stopped in Rondeau Provincial Park during the spring migration. You can be sure to be in your glory if you enjoy birding.The seasonal returnees such as the Prothonotary Warblers and many other beautiful creatures can be sighted.From unexpected daily oddities to seasonal returnees, birding in Rondeau will exceed your expectations! Over 360 species of birds have been seen in the Rondeau area, and at least 130 of those are classified as breeding in the park.
Rondeau Provincial Park in Chatham-Kent is the second oldest Ontario Park dating back to 1894. It is nestled deep in Carolinian Canada and it's forest is home to several rare species of trees as well as birds. Visit the Rondeau Provincial Park and read all about it. Discover the beauty of nature. The Festival Of Flight is an Annual Event and thousands of visitors look forward to travelling here to Chatham-Kent in May. Once you come, you will be sure to make it an yearly trek.
This is just another example of what Chatham-Kent has to offer. Affordable Lifestyle at its best with a wide range of amenities. Schedule a visit to discover this little paradise nested in the centre of the Great Lakes with its many resort areas and offering the best in water sports. Call me,Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage and let me show you choice properties for sale in Chatham-Kent. Visit my website and read more about this affordable community and its many events.
I know some of us had our doubts if it would ever arrive, but I think I am safe insaying Spring is finally here. it will probably be a short one and before long everyone will be complaining about the heat. Not me! I am a summer person and it has been a long cold winter! If you are tempted to rail about the heat and humidity in South-Western Ontario in the summer, just enjoy and remember what our winter was like.
The trees are sprouting and the flowering bushes are out in full bloom. My wife commented yesterday about the beautiful pink and white blossoms that are so beautiful but so short lived. She used to drive her grandmother around the city when she was with us to admire the Spring Sights. Grandma was a nature lover.
With Spring comes some yard work, maybe a little new landscaping and planting some annuals for color here and there.Add some CurbAppeal to your home. We all want to create that `Welcome Look` to our front entrances. You may even have some window boxes that you can plant.
Lawns have to be cut and it is time to spray those nasty weeds that keep coming up in the gardens. Be careful not to pick a windy day as you will get over spray and ruin your plants. Spray close to the weed root. Be sure to trim all the dead off your bushes and plants and give them room to sprout new growth.We always like to put a fresh coat of mulch on the gardens and spray weeds and fertilize the lawn at this time of year. If you do not know what to use, get some Professional advise.We have severalChatham-Kent Nurseries and Landscape Companies who can help. You may have to consider staining your deck to give it that fresh look.
Good planting everyone and enjoy the weather!
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You have decided that now is the time to make a move. The market is brisk but theproper preparation will make the difference between a good transaction or a very disappointing one. First you have some work to do. Then you have to contact aknowlegable Real Estate Profession to help you. He or she will know the market you are looking in and and make the search much easier.
1) Get your finances in order. Calculate your monthly payments and determine the amount you can comfortably pay on a mortgage. It is nice to own your dream home but if you are house poor, it can tarnish your enjoyment. A Mortgage Specialist can help with this.
2) Save for a Down Payment. If you are a First Time Home Buyer there are special considerations. Be informed. Your job is to have the funds available.
3) Research the interest rates and decide on the term you are most comfortable with. For instance, if you have a 20 year mortgage and you double your payments you can pay it off in approximately 7 years.
4) Prepare for property taxes. If you are moving up in homes or into a new area, you may find the property taxes are substantially more than you are paying or more than other areas you are researching. Always consider this in you monthly costs.
5) Get pre-approved for a Mortgage. Again, your Mortgage Specialist can help with that. This is dependent on your credit rating and will help narrow your search.
6) Decide on the type of home you want: a rancher, a two-story, split level, raised rancher.How many bedrooms do you need, is a finished basement a must.
7) Consider renovations costs and determine if you want a move-in ready home or one that needs some upgrading. if you are not handy and have to hire for every improvement this may not be the way you want to go.It can be costly.If you can do the work yourself, have the time and are patient, the costs of renovations will be considerable less and you may be able to get more house for your budget.
8) Decide on the neighborhood that best suits you or your family needs.Consider amenities such as waterfront, golf courses, proximity to the downtown, shopping, banks, schools.
9) Check the MLS listings and familiarize yourself with what is out there in your price range and with your requirements.
9) Contact the Real Estate Agent of your choice.Do your homework. Be sure you chose a knowlegable agent who knows the area and can make your transaction an enjoyable one.
Now you are ready! Get out there and put your agent to work for you. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Pefier Realty Inc. Brokerage, Chatham-Kent. I pride myself on Good Old Fashioned Service with the Latest Technology. I have been serving people in this Industry for over 30 years and I know Chatham-Kent and its surrounding areas. Call me today at 519-436-4810 and put me to work for you. Happy Hunting!
TeCk Seminar to be Held at the Bradley Convention Centre May 8/2019 11:30-1:15
If you are a business owner or an entrepeneur, it sounds like this seminar is for you. The event titled, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions 2019 will be hosted by Chatham-Kent Economic Development in partnership with WEtech Alliance and will feature Duncan Stewart, director of technology, media and telecommunications research for Deloitte Canada.
In addition to presenting industry trends, predictions and game changers for business todayand in the future, the audience will hear from hundreds of Industry leaders as well as consumers on this important subject. Technology is changing our world today and especially the way we view and conduct our business. It is crucial for industry to understand trends that will affect business owners and entrepenuers today and in the future so that they can anticipate,make necessary adjustments and be prepared proactively and notreactively. Then and only then can they maintain and flourish in their individual endeavors and be ahead of the changes coming our way.
One of the roles of the Chatham-Kent Economic Development is to ensure that the Business Community has access to important information about future business.The event takes places at the Bradley Convention Centre on Richmond St. Chatham on May 8 from 11:30-1:15 To register visit the website or call economioc development at 519-351-7700.
Chatham-Kent is the ideal location to live, work raise a family or visit. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Chatham-Kent for all your Real Estate needs.
Annual Chatham-Kent Festival of Giving Fundraiser a Great Success
The generosity of the people of Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas is shown once again. The recent Festival of Giving Event to support the Chatham-Kent Children`sTreatment Centre was held at the Bradley Convention Centre. Close to 1000 people attended and over $250,000was raised for this worthy cause. The Centre provides care to the children in Chatham-Kent who suffer with physical, developmental or communicationissues.We are very fortunate in Chatham-Kent to have such a facility in our midst and there are many who work tirelessly to provide the necessary services. Several other charities benefited from the volunteer work they provided which helped to make the evening a success.
The theme is different every year. This year`s event was a Wide World of Sports theme and many of the attendees wore related apparel such as hockey jerseys, and tennis outfits. The attendees were welcomed with a Marching Band and the evening was complete with a tailgate party outside the entrance. There are silent auctions as well as the featured auction and lots to eat and drink. All for a worthy cause.
Congratulations Chatham-Kent you came through again. Chatham-kent is a wonderful community to live, work, raise a family or retire. it is all here all year!
You have decided that the time is right to put your current home on the market. You may be downsizing because the children have gone off to University or perhaps you have found that dream home you have always wanted. People move for a variety of reasons. There are a few question you have to ask yourself.
Let's start with the most important question. "Who do I want to represent me in this Real Estate transaction." Chose wisely. Selling or purchasing a home is one of the biggest transactions of a person's life. You need a top notch Real Estate Company and a knowlegable Agent who knows the area. I, Wayne Liddy have been in the Industry for over 30 years serving the people of Chatham-Kent and surrounding area. I was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage is the firm I represent. It is the leader in Chatham-Kent MLS Market Share consistently.
Once that is decided, now you have to examine your home and make it appealing to the buyer. I have a Stager on my team who can help but there are a few cosmetic updates you can do yourself before the sign goes up, to increase your home`s value.
1)Kitchen Cupboards are a great place to put your renovation dollars to work to receive themost return. Buyers today want updated kitchens with newer countertops, stainless appliances and the newest flooring. Backsplashes are also a eye catcher.
If your cupboards are the old wooden style with outdated hardware, invest in some paint and tackle them on a weekend. You can give your kitchen a huge facelift with just paint and new hardware. Tip: You can paint the upper cabinets white or a light shade and the lower ones a dark tone for a new look.
2)Painting: If one or two rooms are rough, you can accomplish a new look in just a weekend. The new white today for walls is lime-white and good accents are the blues, grays or purples for a real updated look. If the walls and woodwork look acceptable, just take a Q-tip and the paint can and go around and touch up corners and chipped woodwork. This little touch goes a long way.
3)If your living room or great room looks a little small or the paint edge at the ceiling is not perfect, a crown molding will hide any imperfections and amazingly give the room a larger appearance.
4)Spruce up your Curb Appeal and your Backyard Appearance. The nurseries have some great plants and bushes on sale in the Fall. Replace those tired looking overgrown shrubs, put down a few bags of new mulch and add some colorful mum pots for an invitingfront entrance. Trim the lawn in the backyard, paint the shed if necessary and get rid of all unnecessary clutter. If you have children, put the toys in the shed and create a haven in your backyard to sit and enjoy the last rays of sun shine after work. Potted mums around the deck or patio are an inexpensive way to create the look you want.
5)Bathrooms are often the clincher for prospective buyers. Your main bath might need attention. Re-tiling, new flooring, new vanity, new updated light fixtures and painting are often the areas that need a face-lift. If you are not handy, hire some one. The dollars you spend will bring you a very good return. Tip: Go to Habitat for Life to look for a vanity or a lumber store that is clearing a floor model. You can save big dollars.
If you have a small powder room, give it a new coat of paint and add a few bright colored accents. Replace the light fixture and the vanity if needed. Again, look for a sell-off.
6)Accents. My wife is a decorator and I have seen her transform a room with accents.They do not need to be expensive, just the right color. Add a little greenery. A large tree in the corner, not only fills a space but gives a comfortable feel. Invest in a few new colorful pillows and a new throw for the sofa. It is Fall so bring in some of the outdoor colors and create a cozy comfortable look.
If you are unsure of what to do first, call me today. Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage. My Team Stager can help you sort out your to-do list. Put us to work for you!
Ursuline College Production of Broadway Musical 'In The Heights" April 10-13 at 7P.M.
Be sure to attend one of this week's performances at the Ursuline College Theatre. Shows start at 7 P.M. April 10-13. Jim Dunlop, a teacher at the college and one of the directors said the students have worked especially hard on this production which can be challenging but they have loved doing it. The play, 'In the Heights' opened on Broadway in 2008 and was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won four, including the Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography awards. There was a UCC class trip back in 2008 to attend the show.The story is centered around a largely Hispanic Neighborhood called Washington heights in New York City
The show features 28 actors, approximately 20 orchestra members and a crew of 26 behind thescenes hard working participants who handle the makeup. costumes, lighting and sound. A lot of hard work goes into each performance but according to the director, the students have loved doing it.
Make sure you support all their hard work and enjoy a spectacular evening out right here in our own city. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at the UCC Box Office or by calling 519-351-2987
Most of us are aware that April is Personal Income Tax Return month. By now you probably have all your T4 `s and are ready to finalize your return. if you have no financial experience and have never done your own taxes you may want to consider hiring a professional. In many cases, they are aware of deductions that may lower your taxes due or result in a return. This will often save you money in the end even though you will have to pay to have the return done. If you do hire a professional, you can save yourself some money by getting everything itemized for him or her.
If you have done your taxes in the past and feel confident in doing your own return, you may want to google two areas on the Internet. One is `Free Tax Resources`which can be very helpful and `Free copies of income tax returns"
Good luck with the paperwork and enjoy the Spring Weather. I think it is finally arrived.
If you are considering a home purchase at this time, the spring market has arrived. Call me today, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Chatham-Kent.
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