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Chatham-Kent Adding Black History to School Curriculum
Posted on Wed, 05 Jun 2019, 11:50:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest
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More Local Black History Encouraged in School Curriculum

Uncle Toms Cabin Historic Site

 

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 our own 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 made their 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 tiny village 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 at the sites with displays and visual presentations at the Museums. Many of the children are surprised when they begin to hear about Chatham-Kent. Read Black History in Chatham-Kent.

 Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Locations. It is the ideal place to live, work, raise a family, retire to or visit. Call me, Wayne Liddy 5196-436-4810 Royal lePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs today.   

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Chatham Concert Band at Tecumseh Park every Wednesday Evenings Chatham-Kent
Posted on Wed, 29 May 2019, 04:35:00 PM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest,  Entertainment
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Free Summer Concerts in Chatham

 Great Entertainment In Our Own Backyard

 

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.
Bandshell at Tecumseh ParkBring 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 the concert wander down our Historic Downtown King St. to one of the many restaurants, pubs or coffee shops.Glitter on King St. Chatham 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. 

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Festival of Flight Bird Watching in Chatham-Kent at Rondeau Provincial Park
Posted on Wed, 22 May 2019, 09:55:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest
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Annual Bird Event 'Festival of Flight' Month of May at Rondeau Provincial Park Chatham-Kent

Rare Bird Sighting

 

 

It makes no difference if you are a novice or a seasoned BIRD 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 areaThere 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.

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Spring Has Finally Arrived in Chatham-Kent
Posted on Wed, 15 May 2019, 08:15:00 PM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest,  Home Decorating
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Spring has arrived in Chatham-Kent

 

I know some of us had our doubts if it would ever arrive, but I think I am safe in saying 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. Flowering TreesMy 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.Flowering PotAdd some Curb Appeal 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.Flower Boxes 

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 several Chatham-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!   

 Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with many amenities. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal lePagePefier Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real estate need and visit my website for  for the latest Chatham-Kent listings and upcoming Events.

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TeCk Talk for Businesses and Entrepeneurs May 8/19 Bradley Centre Chatham Chatham-Kent
Posted on Wed, 01 May 2019, 10:40:00 AM  in Human Interest
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TeCk Seminar to be Held at the Bradley Convention Centre May 8/2019 11:30-1:15

Bradley Convention Centre

 

 

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 today and 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 not reactively. 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. 

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Ursuline College Chatham performs hit Broadway Musical 'In The Heights' April 10-13
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 07:00:00 PM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest,  Entertainment
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Ursuline College Production of Broadway Musical 'In The Heights" April 10-13 at 7P.M.

Urusline College The Pines

 

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 the scenes 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

 

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April is Personal Income Tax Return Time
Posted on Wed, 03 Apr 2019, 11:45:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest
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April is Personal Income Tax Return Month

 

tax returns

 

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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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 RLP Chatham-Kent
Posted on Sun, 23 Dec 2018, 11:40:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest
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Merry Christmas

 

Sending you the Merriest of Holiday Wishes with Warm thoughts for You and Your family! Merry Christmas, and Have a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year!

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Tips for the Savvy Traveller by Wayne Liddy RLP Peifer Realty Onc. Chatham-Kent
Posted on Tue, 18 Dec 2018, 05:10:00 PM  in Human Interest
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Tips For The Savvy Traveller

 

Many people are travelling during the holidays either for family visits or a vacation.  A lot of the schools do not resume until January 7/19 making it possible to leave after Christmas and still be home on time. Although a lot of people have chosen to stay closer to home with the US dollar being so high, there are still some of us who are travelling and have flights booked to various sunny locations over the Christmas season. Grand Bahamas FreeportThe cost is up for flights, there does not seem to be many bargain prices  especially at this time of year but watch for groupon specials or last minute if you can arrange your schedule. The Internet advertises one price but by the time you pay for luggage, taxes and on some airlines, even your seat, the cost is not what you thought so beware!

Many savvy travellers are giving baggage costs and the hassle of checking luggage a second thought. Going with just carry-on luggage that fits into the overhead bin and a personal item seems to be the most economical way to go and the easiest. No waiting at baggage pickup and if, heaven forbid, your luggage is lost or delayed, you don't have to worry! Most airlines allow Carry On Suitcaseone carry-on bag measuring 22' X 14' X9" and a personal item such as a tote bag that you can put under the seat in front of you at no charge but today you often have to pay. Be sure to check your individual airline for their costs. Some of the discount airlines have started to charge for carry-on, so be careful and consider this additional charge when comparing prices. Going with just carry-on makes smart packing a must so here are a few tips to help you make the right wardrobe choices and the easiest essential item inclusions.

1) Toiletries such as shampoo, lotions and even hair dryers are provided by most hotel chains and condo rental companies. If you have personal choices you can't live without, remember containers have to be flight-friendly and under 100 mls. Containers for this can be found in any dollar store and take up very little room.

2) If you need your Skin Care of choice, Artistry in my wife's case, you can sometimes get minis  of those essential items which are great for packing. If they are unavailable, transfer product to small dollar store bottles  and label.

3 Be sure to put your  passport and other necessary documents such as  confirmed airline reservations, car rental reservations, directions to your hotel, hotel reservations and a pen to fill out custom forms in your personal item ( tote bag) Deffel Bag or ToteThis is where side pockets on your tote can really be handy. Other items to put in your tote are sunglasses, a book, reading glasses and a snack. This will make items needed at check-in and on the flight easily accessable.

4) Wardrobe Choices:

Men are much simpler. A bathing suit, shorts, long pants,a cotton shirt to wear to the pool, a couple of light cotton shirts for dinner or sightseeing and some underwear will suffice. Pack a pair of sandal and wear the heaviest pair of shoes for your long pants on the flight.

Woman are more difficult. It may take some planning to make packing concise but it will be worth it in the long run. Remember you can wear the same thing twice. Consider a color scheme which makes mixing and matching easy. The same pant with a different top looks entirely different. Check your closet. The colors may be black and white or perhaps navy and teal or black and taupe.There are a few essential items: a bathing suit, a coverup which can double as a dress for evening, a pair of capris, pants or jeggings and a couple of interchangeable tops.Throw in some underwear and a sleep shirt and you are all set. Shoes are always a problem. Try to limit the number of shoes to three. Take a pair of sandals, a pair of suitable walking shoes and a dressier sandal for evening, colorful ones which are very versatile or a metallic which go with everything. My wife's choice is a black and white so shoes are easy. Include a nice silk scarf to give your outfits a bang and metallic jewelry which will goes with anything.

5) Check the weather report and if you are in for some cooler weather, wear your jackets for the flight and put them in the overhead instead of packing them.

6) Packing: use tissue paper between clothing items. This keeps down wrinkling. Put shoes in plastic grocery bags and always pack them with heels at the corner of the suitcase. Fill them with sox and underwear.

7) When you reach your destination unpack your bags and hang wrinkled items in the bathroom where the steam from your showers will smooth out the wrinkles without ironing.

I hope these tips help you have an easy stress free vacation. Happy Holidays from Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage. Call me at 519-436-4810 for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale in this affordable lifestyle location.

   

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Theatre Kent Celebrates 40 Years of Entertainment in Chatham-Kent
Posted on Wed, 14 Nov 2018, 02:45:00 PM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest,  Entertainment
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Theatre Kent Presents a Night on Broadway

at the Capitol Theatre

Capitol Theatre

To celebrate their 40th anniversary season, Theatre Kent is presenting a special night of Broadway Music featuring some of the great hits of musicals the group has performed in the past. The show will include songs from over 24 of the popular Musicals Theatre Kent has presented over the past 4 decades. The evening will highlight hits from Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music which the group presented twice, Annie, Cabaret, Chicago, Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof Fiddler on the Roofand Beauty and the Beast. It promises to be a great night of entertainment.

Some of the past members who performed in these Musicals are returning for this special evening. As part of their celebration, the theatre group is hosting a Theatre Kent Alumni Afterglow party following the Saturday evening performance. All former and current member are invited.

 The group of 50 talented singers and dancers is being joined by members of the Chatham Concert Band. Musical Director is Devon Hansen who many of us know from the popular 'Saturday's at 7' series at St. Andrew's United Church in Chatham. Choreographers for the show are Jamie Johnston and Jenny Doyle.

 The show is Friday November 16/18 and Saturday November 17/18 at 7:30 at the Historic Downtown Chatham Capitol Theatre on King St. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday November 17 at 1:30. Tickets are available by calling 519-354-8338 or online at cktickets.com Don't miss this spectacular evening right here in our own municipality. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location to live, work raise a family and visit. See you there!

 

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