If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of dementia or other symptoms be sure to consult a professional. Alzheimer is the leading cause of dementia and is not a disease of only elderly patients. It worsens with age and help is available. The Alzheimer society has developed 10 warning signs. Be aware and do not fight Alzheimer alone. Help is available. Find your local chapter.
Flooring costs are always a large part of a renovation budget. Don't rush the decision and pick the first material you see. Do your homework and decidewhat materials will suit your needs the best. I know that both our children did renovations in the past year and they spend a great deal of time chosing just the right material for their family's needs. Our daughter has small children and the durability of the product was a number one factor with them. They chose a laminate throughout the entire home and it has been a very good choice for their lifestyle. Our son and his wife on the other hand are almost empty nesters and they decided to go for hardwoods througout.They both look great and suit their individual needs perfectly.
I will say, if you are not up on the latest materials, get some help. Hire a decorator or visit your local lumber or flooring store and speak to one of the experts. They will be able to lead you to the best product for your budget and your needs.Your flooring should last for years if taken care of properly and not need to be replaced.
Now to a few choices for you to consider.
Hardwood: This material is durable, warm and achieves a very traditional look. If used in the entire floor space, it can give a very open concept view. There are several choices to pick from including oak, maple and cherry.The prices vary from imported options, obviously on the high price side to the more traditional ones which are more economical. Sold wood floors can be refinished but remember they do show scratches and dents so chose wisely.
Engineered Wood: This seems to be a very popular choice today with young families. It is less susceptible to temperature changes and humidity and is easily installed for do-it-yourself renovators since the material is available in self-locking parquet, planks or squares that can be installed without glue or nails.
Bamboo: This flooring is often popular with the eco-conscious homeowner as it comes from plants that regenerate quickly and is therefore classed as a sustainable material. Bamboo is strong and able to resist the negative effects of changes in humidity making it a good choice for tropical or warm climates and non climate controlled environments.
Laminate: This is among the less expensive options to buy and install.The floating laminate flooring system can even be installed over an existing floor without glue or nails. There are several varieties available and are improving as we speak. Many are hard to tell from real wood,
Cork: Cork is a very sustainable flooring material and often the flooring of choice for those wishing to make their homes eco-friendly. It has a very different look, having a speckled finished thanks to the unusual grain of the trees from which it is harvested. Cork is very popular in bathrooms and bathrooms due to its non-slip surface.
Have fun with your new look. Just do your homework and make sure you haven selected the best option for your home and family. Enjoy!
We here in Chatham-Kent are so fortunate to have the Chatham Goodfellows in our midst and to reap the benefits of their many long hours of volunteer work in our community. Their 64th Annual Porchlight Campaign 'No Child Without a Christmas' was another huge success. Thanks to the many individuals who gave selfishly of their time to go our and ring doorbells together and those who collected on the streets at the Annual Campaign, the organization raised more than $75,000 in cash along with numerous donations of toys. This yearly event is responsible for putting smiles on many children's faces on Christmas morning, children that otherwise might not have had a Christmas at all. I believe most of us agree that Christmas has become too commercialized and that many children are very blest with an abundance of gifts on Christmas morning. However, it is important to remember there are still those in our midst much less fortunate, some of them having nothing to give their children or even a Christmas Turkey Dinner for themselves and their families. The Chatham Goodfellows with hundreds of caring individuals came out to pack 1400 food baskets and distribute them that same day. The baskets contained a turkey, fruits, vegetables and canned goods, all the fixings for a great Christmas Dinner. 600 toy packages were delivered on Christmas Eve. What a special yearly program that continues to take place each year in our Municipality
The Williston Family from Chatham are very involved. It is a family affair for them. For the last 50 years Scott Williston has been involved in the food packing operation, having been taught by his father Phil. who led the project for years. Scott took over in 2002 and is now getting ready to pass the reigns to his daughter, Jessica Osbourne. The event has been a Labor of Love for the Williston family. It is a real family affair and the very young and the older family members pitch in. Jessica remembers bringing her two children, now 19 and 16, well versed in the packing process today, to packing night in their playpens. What a great testimony to the kind of giving people who live in Chatham-Kent.
The Goodfellows have stepped in to help for many years as have other great Organizations like the Salvation Army with their Red Kettle Campaign and many others. I hope you were able to give generously. Volunteers also provided Christmas Dinner at the Spirit and Life Centre on Wellington St. for those alone or in need, even providing rides for those who could not get there on their own.
As I have written about in the past, Chatham-Kent is a very caring community and one my wife and I are very proud to be a part of. All the best in 2019 and may your enjoy a happy prosperous future.
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. The 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 one 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) This 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 jacketsfor 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.
The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour in Chatham-Kent Dec 15-16/2018
If you are a NHL fan or just looking for a fun family weekend, the upcoming Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour event in Chatham-Kent is the place to be. Our own municipality has been chosen as one of the 24 community stops this year to celebrate local hockey stories and the game's great stars. The event planners have been collecting local stories regarding hockey,individuals and interesting facts and other unique qualities special to Chatham-Kent. Sportsnet hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will be here all weekend and there will be a live outdoor broadcast of the Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets game from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio on Sunday Night.
The 2 day festival features free family fun with activities, live local entertainment, giveaways and NHL Alumni.The event will take place on Wellington St. between Third and Fourth St. in Downtown Chatham. Watch for street closing during the event. It is the ultimate free fun hockey themed weekend for all ages. The festival hours are from noon to 6 P.M. on Saturday the 15th and noon to 6 P.M. on Sunday the 16th. The Parade of Champions and NHL pre-game show will begin at 6 P.M. Sunday. For more info and a schedule of events visit the website.
Some NHLers will be on hand to sign autographs and there will be a Sportsnet Virtual Photo Booth giving fans an opportunity to take virtual photos with their favorite NHL stars and have them emailed directly to their devices for social sharing.There will be interactive games,and even a Scotiabank Community Hockey Rink to engage hockey fans, interact with NHL alumni Shayne Corson and play hockey. Scotiabank will donate $15,000 to the Minor Hockey Association in our community.These are just a few of the great things happening this weekend so plan to attend this special festival and enjoy all the hockey stories and related events.
Tim Hortons will give out free coffee and hot chocolate from their mobile unit and Dr. Oetker Guiseppe Pizzeria will be handing out pieces of their great pizza.
Hope to see you there. And people say there is nothing to do in Chatham-Kent. Come out and join the fun!
Christmas Has Arrived in Chatham-Kent: Lot of Holiday Entertainment
I know it seems early but Christmas will be here before we know it. The Santa Claus parade was a couple of weeks ago and the season is officially here. If you do not have any Christmas Spirit yet, be sure to attend one or all of the great Holiday Events taking place in Chatham-Kent in the upcoming weeks.
This Saturday December 1 at 8 P.M. at the Capitol is 'All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.' Hear the true story of that special evening during WW1 when the Allied and German Troops laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas as brothers side by side. The stunning theatrical performances and the sounds of Traditional Christmas Carols, Patriotic Ballads and Trench Songs will stir your emotions and touch your hearts. Performed by the Canton Vocal Ensemble and the Theatre Latte' this is a performance you do not want to miss!
Next Tuesday, December 4 until Saturday December 8 at the Chatham Armory is the yearly `Christmas in Muskoka`
Read my article on this great event, the schedule of events and all the good the proceeds do for the Grade 7 students of UCC. There will be 35 designer decorated Christmas Trees raffled off. Be sure to attend, enjoy viewing all the trees and purchase some tickets for this worthy cause. You may be a lucky winner who gets to take home a finished tree and your Christmas decorating will be done! That is my way to decorating If you have not attended make plans to do so this year. This has turned into a great Annual Chatham-Kent Holiday Event. Some of the schools bring the children over in the daytime and there is a whole schedule of events taking place. Who knows, you may even win a Designer Christmas Tree all decorated and you won't have to get those tired decorations out of storage this year.
Saturday December 8 at 7 P.M. at St. Andrew's United Church in Chatham is a Benefit Concertfor our very own Chatham-Kent Hospice. It is 'Sing We Now of Christmas' and promises to be a great evening of musical talents.
Saturday Dec 15 at 2 P.M. and 7 P.M. the St. Andrew's Chancel Choir will hold their annual Christmas Concert " Rejoice " at 2 P.M. and 7 P.M. This is part of their wonderful 'Saturday at 7' Series and a real favorite with audiences. My wife and I would not miss it! Enjoy some of the most beloved Christmas Music from around the world performed by this talented choir and some familiar guests.
Saturday December 22 at the Capitol Theatre at 7:00, Pete Paquette with Rudy and the Angels Band will be featured in his Elvis Christmas Special. For tickets call 519-354-8338 or visit the websitePete is one of Canada’s top ranked Elvis Tribute Artists. He has also claimed numerous titles across Canada and the United States including 2-time Collingwood Elvis Festival Grand Champion, Toronto Elvis Festival Grand Champion, Best Performer at the Las Vegas Elvis Festival, and ranked one of top 10 Tribute Artists in the world, a title acquired at the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Competition organized by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis, Tennessee!I know it will be a great show and Elvis did
There you have it! another example of the Diverse Entertainment and Events Chatham-Kent has to offer. We are the Affordable Lifestyle locations. It appeals to all ages, perfect to live, work, raise a family Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Chatham-Kent for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Listings for sale in this great area.
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 The Sound of Music which the group presented twice, Annie, Cabaret, Chicago, Spamalot, Fiddler onthe Roof and 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 ofthe 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 theAffordable Lifestyle Locationto live, work raise a family and visit. See you there!
The leaves have turned and are falling along with the temperature. Although I am a summer fan, I really do enjoy this season. We, here in Chatham-Kent, are very fortunate to live in an area that has a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. I hope you enjoyed all the locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables like strawberries, cherries, peaches, that delicious corn on the cob and asparagus this summer, just to mention a few of my favorites.
Fall always brings back the smell of apple crisp, or apple pie baking in the oven for me. My mother baked a mean apple pie! I remember when our children were young, they often had field trips out to the local orchards to witness the processing of the apples and the making of apple cider.
Delhaven Orchards Ltd. located on Talbot Trail just west of Blenheim produce many of these great local crops on their 400 acres. They grow 16 varieties of apples, 12 varieties of peaches, 6 varieties of sweet cherries (my personal favorite), 3 varieties of pears, 4 varieties of apricots and nectarines as well as 6 varieties of strawberries, a trial crop of kiwi, soybeans, tomatoes, corn and wheat. Talk about a full scale operation.
If you have not taken a ride out there to sample their products and get a supply for yourself, you are missing a real treat. This great plus in our Municipality is just another reason that my Motto for Chatham-Kent is `IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR`Call me, Wayne Liddy at 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for Chatham-Kent events, happenings and choice properties for sale in this desirable area.
Homeowners Tips for Storage of Outdoor Tools for the Winter
It is that time of year. We have been fortunate this year, summer has hung on but the cold weather is coming. You will soon be cutting the grass for the last time and putting away that lawn mower, power washer and trimmer. If you are like me, sometimes we get busy and just leave those items in the garage to clean up at a better time. All of a sudden it seems we are in the middle of the winter. Newscanada.com had an article recently about the proper storage of summer tool that I thought was well worth repeating.
1) Put your tools away clean and ready for next year. Moisture left by cut grass is very corrosive. Clean up the lawn mower and trimmer especially before you store them. They will last a lot longer.
2) Drain the fuel. I learned this the hard way. Gasoline left in fuel tanks can break down and leave deposits and buildup that will plug the fuel system. That can be expensive.
3) Oil it up. Use an oiled cloth to wipe down metal areas and add a few drops of machine oil to moving parts. Spring start-up will go much smother if you don't skip this step.
4) Store out of the weather. If you do not have a garage or a shed, purchase a tarp for protection and be sure to anchor it.
5) Recharge the battery. Remember it is a long time between Fall and the first lawn cut of the Spring. Fully recharge the machine's battery during the winter months.
6)Soak the trimmer line in fresh water to maintain its flexibility and ability to handle more strain.
There you have it. A small list of to do's that will make your life much easier in the Spring.