Chatham-Kent Radio | CKXSFM Wallaceburg | 99.1 FM CKXS | Your Music Variety 99.1 FM CKXS | Your Music Variety Sat, 27 May 2017 11:10:10 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 CKHA Renovations Planned Sat, 27 May 2017 11:10:10 +0000 ckha-mental-healthThe Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is looking to the future as it plans a refresh of each site.

Supervisor Rob Devitt says the top priorities are Chatham’s emergency department, and the Sydenham Campus:

“There’s issues in terms of the size it was built for vs. the volumes we’re seeing today and issues with technology But there are issues at both sites in terms of building systems,” says Devitt. “The stuff above ceilings and behind walls; electrical, mechanical and engineering, so that’s where we are naturally starting.”

He says a big challenge will be trying to predict what the community and the hospital will need in the future, and planning accordingly.

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Chatham Decoration Day Sat, 27 May 2017 11:02:29 +0000 Photo courtesy of Trevor Thompson, via Facebook
Photo courtesy of Trevor Thompson, via Facebook

A special service is being held in Chatham tomorrow to pay respect to Canadian veterans.

A Decoration Day memorial service is taking place in Legion Field at Maple Leaf Cemetery starting at 1 o’clock, recognizing soldiers who survived fighting overseas and came home again.

A similar event will be held next Sunday at Evergreen Cemetery in Blenheim.

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401 Sunday Shutdown Sat, 27 May 2017 10:59:28 +0000  

road-work-aheadGetting onto the 401 is going to be a bit more difficult tomorrow morning.

Hydro One is replacing some power lines that cross over the 401, so part of the highway will be closed on Sunday morning.

All lanes will be closed from 5-8 tomorrow morning between Kent Bridge Road and Victoria Road. Detours are in place to get around that section of the 401. Morena McDonald, CKXS News.

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Retrofest Ramps Up Today Sat, 27 May 2017 10:55:40 +0000 Retrofest Parade 2017.  Photo by Trish Thompson
Retrofest Parade 2017.
Photo by Trish Thompson

Visitors can take a step back in time in downtown Chatham today with the 15th annual Retrofest.

A number of events are going on around Chatham’s downtown core throughout the day today.

Cars, trucks, and motorcycles line the streets for the annual classic car show.

The Kent Historical Auto Club will also be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to stock the shelves of area food banks.

Tecumseh Park will be filled with activitie sand games, including a life-sized Twister board, Giant Jenga, inflatables, pony rides, and a mini-putt.

There will also be live entertainment throughout the day in the grandstand.

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Firefighters Extinguish Apartment Fire Fri, 26 May 2017 20:11:22 +0000 Photo courtesy of Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services
Photo courtesy of Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services

Firefighters from Stations #1 and #2 in Chatham were busy this morning putting out an accidental kitchen fire in an apartment building on King Street.

When crews arrived, they quickly ventilated and contained the smoke damage.

No one was hurt, and damages are pegged at around $15,000.


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LKDSB App Looking for Feedback Fri, 26 May 2017 19:11:26 +0000 lkdsb-appAs it tries to keep students and parents in the loop, the Lambton-Kent District School Board is re-evaluating its online presence.

The public board has a mobile app – LKDSB on the Go – but with a recently redesigned website, board officials aren’t convinced the app is necessary.

An online survey has been launched to gather feedback, including which features are used most often, and whether the app should be discontinued entirely.

You can complete the survey here:

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Retrofest Weekend in Chatham Fri, 26 May 2017 14:22:30 +0000 The 15th Annual Retrofest is this weekend in downtown Chatham. retrofest-2017

The annual event is not only a huge draw locally, but has become a touchstone for people outside the municipality as well.

“It’s really an event that puts Chatham-Kent on the map,” says Ward Six Councillor Brock McGregor. “It draws a lot of people downtown and it really signifies the start of that summer season.”

McGregor says the festival has grown from a very Chatham-specific event to a substantial tourism draw.

“It’s not the same old thing you can find anywhere,” McGregor says. “It’s something draws people from all over Ontario, outside of Ontario, and it really gives Chatham-Kent a unique identity.”


Retrofest kicks off with games and entertainment in Tecumseh Park today, and the classic car cruise tonight.

You can find the full Retrofest schedule here.

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Improvements Coming to SDH Fri, 26 May 2017 12:07:59 +0000 Changes are coming to the Sydenham Campus but not all at once. sydenham-campus-wallaceburg-1-300x225

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance CEO Lori Marshall says they’re going to so it in steps:

“A series of smaller projects over a number of years that will help us to move ahead,” Marshall explains, “and to be able to really create the facilities and keep up with the technology and the equipment needs and those sorts of things.”

The top priority for Wallaceburg’s hospital is the mechanical components, like the boiler room, electrical, and heating and cooling system.

“We recognize that the facilities that are there were built for a large facility,” Marshall says. “They’re old, they’re not very efficient, and if we’re going to make some changes to that building, eventually adding on some programs, then we really need a new and revised power plant.”

Marshall says new services and programs will be added to the Sydenham Campus over the next few years.

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Microlending Program Taking Off Fri, 26 May 2017 11:49:59 +0000 Local entrepreneurs are getting a helping hand.microlending

The Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board along with a number of local partner aims to help local businesses that need some financing.

Program Manager Kristy Jacobs says the program makes $5,000 available to help get the ball rolling.

“Butterfly Bakery, which is owned by Shelley Bresett from Chatham, has been awarded our very first loan,” Jacobs says. “It’s a bakery that specializes in diabetic baking that doesn’t taste like diabetic baking, and other catered baking.”

Jacobs says there’s another half dozen applicants going through the process right now.

To find out more about the microlending program or to start the application process for your own business, visit the Workforce Planning Board website.

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Wallaceburg Food Bank Looking for Donations Fri, 26 May 2017 10:28:27 +0000 With as many as 500 local families making use of the Salvation Army food bank in Wallaceburg each month, officials are putting out a call for help. every-plate-full

“With the cost of apartments in Chatham-Kent continuing to rise, the cost of hydro continuing to rise, and the cost of food going up, something’s got to give,” says Captain Stephanie Watkinson. “Most people’s income is not going up at the rate of everything else, so something suffers and it’s always the food budget.”

Today marks the official kick-off of the “Every Plate Full” campaign in Wallaceburg, with a barbecue at the Salvation Army on Lowe Avenue from 12-1pm.

Watkinson says they get great support later in the summer with donations of fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers and gardeners, but donations tend to be slow in June and July.

Among the most needed items right now are non-perishable food items like pasta, juice boxes, and snacks for kids.

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