Chatham-Kent International Plowing Match and Rural Expo Sept 18-22/2018
The date is fast approaching and the volunteers and sponsors from our community and beyond have put in countless hours to make this spectacular week a successful event. More than 1000 volunteers which includes a healthy mix of both rural and urban residents participated, noted the organizers.Through the generous support of the local and regional sponsors and hundreds of exhibitors, this massive event is possible. Not only is it an honor to host the International Plowing Match in our community but it is a chance to welcome visitors to Chatham-Kent and showcase our area.Mayor Randy Hope noted that it is important that people learn about the 74 different crops and $3 Billion economic impact that agriculture represents in Chatham-Kent.
If you have not been by the 150 acre plot of farmland on Paincourt Line, take a drive by and witness the near completion of the Tented City and RV Park which has been constructed to host the expected 80,000 visitors from across Ontario and parts of the United States. The paper posted the numbers and it is amazing if you did not read them.The site has 250 hydro poles erected, attached to approximately 20 kilometers of power lines, 28,600 feet of temporary potable waterlines, 660 RV sites, more than 200 vendor sites and even temporary Wi-Fi. This is all testimony to the collaborative efforts of landowners, sponsors and volunteers.
Several exciting events are planned including a rodeo, the Team Farmall Dancing Tractors, the Canadian Cowgirls Precision Drill Team as well as several musical performers including the Canadian Celtic Rock Band, Mudmen from Alvinston. New for this years line-up will be several competitions hoping to meet the criteria for the Guinness World Book of records. Lot of fun for the whole family. Come out and support this great event in Chatham-Kent.
For hours and more details on this event check their website. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location, located in the middle of the Great Lakes with lots to see and do. Chatham-Kent is a great place to visit, live, work and raise a family! Visit my website for Events, Happenings and Choice listings in this desirable area. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs.
Fundraising is still underway but has reached approximately $4 million dollars of the $6 millionneeded to make the new 50,000 square foot Chatham-Kent Treatment Centre a reality. We are very fortunate to have the present facility in our community. It is one of the oldest treatment centres in the province and its existence is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of past parents and supporters. The founders goal was to make sure that all children's abilities were celebrated and the there were programs in place to develop their potential.
Although the drawings are not complete the organization wanted the community to get a sneak peak at what the outside of the building would look like. Mike Genge, executive director of the Children's Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent said it was too early to determine what the final drawings would look like, but was happy with the preliminarydrawings by thedesign firm of Chatham's ROA Studio Inc. The new facility to be located on McNaughton Ave. West in Chatham hopes to include covered parking at the entrance for parents bringing and picking up their children, three entrances and maximized lighting though out the building. The new facility plans to serve 4,500 clientsby 2020,a major increase from the 224 clients it originally served when built in 1984. The centre is long overdue for an upgrade and hopefully, we as member of this community have and will continue to support this worthy cause.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Community. It is the ideal location to live, work, raise a family or vacation. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Chatham-Kent for all your Real Estate needs. Visit my website for events, happenings and choice properties in this great location.
Today, there are so many TV show about renovating that homeowners get the bug totransform their own homes. If you like your neighborhood and your home has possibilities for expansion, it is a good option. The experts however,make it look easy and their pricesseem to be pretty good! The problem is that many of us do not have the expertise to handle a major renovating project. If you have to hire everything done, the project could get very expensive. Hire experts for specific areas that are not your expertise such as electrical issues and save the unskilled jobs such as demolition, for yourself. This can save money and make you feel a part of the outcome. Set your budgetand them go to work getting 2 or 3 prices for each project being done. Some homeowners get inspired, charge forward and do not do their homework. Check the basic structure of your home and its ability to handle the changes. Here are a few tips if you have decided to charge ahead!
1) Basement renovation can add additional living space for the family, a cozy theatre room and even added income if you have the space to add a rental suite. However before you begin, check that the basement is waterproof. Always inspect the interior foundation to ensure there are no moisture issues or mold problems before beginning. Examine the outside grading to make sure water runs away from the foundation.
Insulation is key. You want your new lower level space to feel comfortable. Make sure yousoundproof it. You want your new space to be quiet and private. Safety is also an important issue. Evaluate the exits in case of a fire. You may have to add a large window or another door. Educate your self on fire resistant materials and alarms and know your local fire codes.
2) Kitchens are often the last area to be upgraded. You can put in a whole new kitchen withcustom cabinets but there are ways to upgrade without breaking the bank. If the basic structure of your cabinets are satisfactory or due to the layout cannot be changed, then consider refacing them. There are several companies out there that will come in, paint the bases and add new wood doors. Ask around and get referrals. We are currently using Heritage Cabinets. They manufacture their own doors in their own factory and they turn out quality work! If refacing is not for you, you might just consider new hardware and an upgraded counter top. This alone will make a huge difference.
3) Consider creating an Open Concept look which is very popular today. Find out which walls are non-load-bearing walls and remove them to create large living spaces. This can give your home a spacious feel, improve flow, lighting and overall function.
4) Garages are being used today for much more than overflow storage or car parking. If insulated properly, your garage can become a rental unit, a home office, a guest suite forcompany or a gathering place for the family. Carpet, quality thermal insulation and a couple of windows can transform your space into added value for you home.
5) Re-evaluate the lighting in your home. If you have opened up spaces by removing walls, you may have to add French Doors or addition lighting to enhance that light open space feel. Color can be a real asset here. Light tones, especially greys are big this year and really do a great job.
6)The finishing touches are vital.Furniture and accessories will be the icing on thecake. Avoid pieces that overpower the space. Large pieces such as wall units can often shrink a room simply by its proportions. Develop an eye for chosing lower profile or smaller scale furniture. Investigate dual purpose pieces such as ottomons which double as storage units for throws, books or even knitting.
Have fun but watch the budget. You do not want your home to turn into a money pit. If you are in the market for a new home to transform into your own space, by using some of theses ideas, call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Inc. Chatham-Kent today, for all your Real Estate needs.
Safety Tips for 'Back To School' Children's Safety
Labor Day is approaching and most of the children will be back to school next week. We have had over 2 months of not seeing school buses dropping off children, school guard crossings and children walking in groups to school. Here are a few tips to keep us on guard and keep our children safe.
1) Never pass a school bus when the lights are on and it is stopped or preparing to stop. Children are being let off and may be crossing the road.
2) Watch for school guard crossings on the city streets. They are there for everybody's safety.
3)Beware of children walking on subdivision streets. Remember, often there are no sidewalks and they may not be as aware of automobiles as they should be. It is up to us, the driver to watch.
4) Watch for bicycles. You will probably see more younger people on their bikes on city streets making their way to school. Some are not so steady so cut a wide berth.
Let's make this school year a safe one. It will be if everyone does their part.
Chatham Capitol Theatre's Upcoming Schedule of Events
We recently received one of the Chatham Capitol Theatre Schedule of Events for the 2018-2019 Season in the mail. If you did not get one, stop by and get your copy. You will be very pleased you did. It is so easy to miss great entertainment right here in our own community. I cannot tell you how many times I have spoke to someone after an event to hear "I did not know that was on" I will wager that most people do not know about the Wednesday night movies showing a mixture of drama, comedy, action and family movies all for a $5.00 ticket or a $38.00 pass for all the shows. Passes go on sale through CK tickets. The first time we attended, I could not believe how many people were there. Talking to some attending that we knew, we found out just how popular the program is! Popcorn is only $2.00 Try those prices in as major city.
I won't give you the whole lineup, you can decide for yourself what interests you but there is something for everyone. Friday October 12/18 the cast of Cirque Eloize:Saloon takes the stage. A talented international cast of acrobats will perform one feat after another with a backdrop of live folk inspired music. Sound like a fun night! Oct 15/18 Juno award winning singer/songwriter Serena Ryder will entertain the audience with her soulful vocals and her great pop music songs. Legends of Motown are also back by popular demand on Saturday December 8/18. The 16 piece cast of singers and musicians perform live tributes to greats such as the Supremes and the Four Tops among many others. Their show guarantees the audience will be rocking in their seats! These are only a few of the great shows coming right here to our own town.We have attended many great evenings at the Capitol and if you have not, this is the year to start experiencing some of what Chatham-Kent has to offer. You will be glad you did! Check out the upcoming schedule on their website.
Let's support our community. The tickets are reasonable and as I have said before, why not wander down our great Historic Downtown King St. and visit one of our local restaurants for dinner or an appetizer. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle location with lots to see and do. Check out my website for upcoming Chatham-Kent events and call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs.
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 2018-19 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.
Summer is coming to a close all too soon. You may have already taken holidays or looking forward to a week or two before the children go back to school. Many just go weekends or a day or two here and there but regardless, your home is often empty for extended periods of time. There are some safety measures that homeowners often neglect when vacation preparations take the forefront in their minds. This could mean the difference between ending your wonderful summer vacation on a good note or on a gloomy one.
We all like social media and it is a great way to advertise your business and keep in touch with friends and relatives. We should, however, remember that not everyone who reads your posts are your friends and precaution about what and how much you reveal is wise.
Here are just a few things to keep in mind when planning vacation time away from your home.
1)If possible invest in a Home Security System that is monitored by a 24 hour feed. Such systems at one time were very costly but have come down in price considerably and can save you many dollars in the long run.
2) If your location is remote and does not get much traffic, you may want to consider front and rear monitored cameras. This one measure alone may dissuade robbers.
3) Motion sensors are very beneficial. Basement and patio doors are often targets and loud sounds will certainly scatter the intruders.
4) Locks on all entry doors should be secure and not easily manipulated. We are all familiar with the shows on TV where a handy bobby pin can open a locked door. Don't let that be your front or rear door.
5) Hide valuables and never leave them in open sight. Intruders are there to grab what they can quickly and get out.
6) Use timers on more than one light in your home to give the look of occupancy. Burglars often watch the site before the actual break-in. One light coming on every night at the same time is a dead give-away.
7)Ask a neighbor or friend to retrieve the mail and pick up the flyers that seem to arrive daily. A pileup at the front door or an overflowing mailbox is a sure sign that the house is empty.
8) NEVER ADVERTISE THAT YOU ARE AWAY! I know it is fun to post those great pictures on Facebook and other social media but remember what I said about those who read your posts.Wait until you are home to post your vacation pictures.
Have a safe vacation and come home to a safe home, the way you left it.
The Annual Boothill Country Jamboree August 2- August 6-2018 held in Bothwell has become one of the Biggest Country Music Festivals in South Western Ontario. In its 10th successful year, the Jamboree offers 5 days of camping, 3 days and 4 nights of Country Music featuring some of the Top Country Music Stars. The Highway Men Tribute Band, Washboard Union and Aaron Goodvin plus many more great artists will entertain for the weekend.There will be Red Neck Games, Karaoke, Beach Volleyball and even prizes for the Best Decorated Campsite and Wagon. Fun and Music!
This Summer Country Festival was the dream of one man and his family and has grown into an event that attracts visitors from all over the country. Another example of what we in Chatham-Kent have to offer right in our own backyard.
Visit their website for more details on this exciting weekend and make plans to attend the whole weekend or one day.
Art On the Boulevard is taking place Saturday August 4/2018 in the Quaint Lake Erie Village of Erieau with live artist demonstrations happening throughout the day. Over 100 artists are scheduled to show their works at the annual one day event taking place from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Wander along the tree lined boulevard and enjoy some of our local talent's unique creations. Expect to find everything from paintings to pottery, jewelry, woodworking, stained glass and even a few pleasant surprises. Musicians will entertain the crowd during the event and food will be available for purchase. There will not be a Home Cottage Tour his year. You may want to sample the food booths fare or while you are in the village, visit the local Bayside Brewery overlooking Rondeau Bay with their great ales and delicious food or Molly and Oj's for some great local perch or pickeral, always a favorite!
For you History Buffs, as you know Chatham-Kent is one of the famous stops on the Underground Railway. Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site near Dresden commemorates the life of Rev. Josiah Henson (1796-1883).He became famous after Author Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, Uncle Tom's Cabin acknowledged his memoirs as a source for her book. Henson's dramatic experiences in slavery and his abolitionist work in Canada helped make him renowned throughout the world. Emancipation Day Celebrations are being held on Saturday August 4 from 10-4 P.M. Fun for the whole family with an animated Film on Harriett Tubman, Hands on Art for the children, "Flavour of Africa" cooking demos and tasting, a review of Jared Brock's latest book, Road to Dawn on Josiah Hensen, Music by The Motown Boys, and ending with the documentary film "Josiah" featuring the life and achievements of Hensen who risked so much for those caught in that terrible web of Slavery. Emmanciation Day commemorates that special day in history, August 1/1834, marking the end of Slavery in the British Empîre.Free admission.For more information call 519-683-2804
These highlighted events are just a few of the many activities that can make your holiday weekend memorable. We have museums, parks, beaches, water sports and great resort areas to picnic and just relax. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Community . The ideal Location to live, work, raise a family. retire to, relocate to, visit or purchase a vacation property. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal Le Page Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for events, happening and choice properties for sale in this ideal location. I have been serving the great people of Chatham-Kent in the industry since 1986.My Motto is : `IT`S ALL HERE ALLYEAR! `
Many Chatham-Kent and area residents have special memories of fun times at the former Lighthouse Inn overlooking Lake St. Clair at Lighthouse Cove near Tilbury. Our family spent many good times eating their famous Perch Dinners.
As former long-time boaters we have vivid memories of lining up along the break wallon Thursday night ' All You Can Eat Perch Night" waiting for a table. On arriving, you would put in your name and number in your party and then retire to the boat for some comraderie until the PA System announced your table was ready.I remember owner Jim Cooke reminiscing with us one evening when those times were just a distant memory. He said, he was in the kitchen and he and the staff hardly had time to lift theirheads as platter after platter of their delicious perch was prepared and served. It was not unusual to serve as much as 500 pounds of perch. Lake perch was plentiful in those days and no one prepared it better. It was like old home week as we wandered fromboat to boat visiting with friends and anticipating a great dinner.We moored a couple of our boats at the cove for a few years and often stopped at the Inn on Sunday evenings on our way back to the dock after a weekend outing. Good Friday our family was always there and Jim said we were one of the first to make reservations.
I also remember when the Thames River would freeze over in the winter months and we would head out the river on snowmobiles for a great dinner.We lived on the river for many years and the familiar sound of a group of machines passing behind the house always brought back fond memories.
The Cooke Family owned the restaurant for 50 years and many changes took place in thattime. Originally built by Armand and Vera Jacobs in 1946, it was a place for duck hunters and fisherman to stay with 16 rooms upstairs, 42 seats in the dining room and 47 seats in the small lounge. The Cooke's bought it in the summer of 1968. The rooms upstairs were removed in 1980. In the last days of the restaurant, Jim Cooke was always there to greet his guests and have a few words with everyone. As he remembers, the glory days of the place were from the late 1980's through 2001 until the Sept 11 attack on New York changed theway people traveled back and forth to the U.S. even by water. Then the fishing industry declined and perch were not as accessible.Jim spoke with a reporter recently and thanked his many patrons for their years of loyal support. He said their customers were their friends and the restaurant became his family's life. However times change and after closing for the Winter of 2015-2016, he decided not to re-open in thesummer of 2016. It remained standing as a reminder of good times gone by until it was recently purchased and is being demolished to make room for a new home it is rumored, with a spectacular view!
We miss those times but will cherish our memories. Good luck Jim in whatever your future holds.
Chatham-Kent is the Classic Car Capitol of Canada and has many Classic Car Events during the summer months. This weekend is one you do not want to miss and is being held at one of my favorite resort locations in our Municipality, Mitchell's Bay.
Saturday, July 21 is a big day for the Vintage Vehicle Lovers. It is the 7th Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Showat Mitchells Bay. All vehicles must be older than 1997. It will run from 11 A.M. until 4 P.M. at the Mitchell's Bay Park. There will be fun for the whole family with lots to see and do, vendors, food concessions and even a bouncycastle for the children. Bring your bathing suits and cool off at the beach after a fun day before you head home. Mitchell's Bay is one of our great area Resorts with boating, fishing, swimming and even a playground and splash pad at the beach. It is one of our favorite places to spend a quiet Sunday, sitting under one of the large shade trees, reading and watching the many activities taking place. If you have not been there, this is a good weekend to try it. You will be back. I am sure.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with many amenities. We are located in the middle of the Great Lakes and has several lovely Lakeside Resorts within our boundaries. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website regularly for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale in this desirable area.