Keeping you Informed

Gradual reopening postponed

Due to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent installing new windows both upstairs and downstairs at the Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre, our gradual reopening has been postponed a week. With Monday October 12/20 being Thanksgiving holiday, our reopening date is now Tuesday, October 13, 2020. The four week session will now end the week of Nov 2-6/2020. Our apologies for any inconvenience, we are excited to see folks on the 13th!

Times Running Out!!!

Spots are still available for the following classes:

1) Functional Balance and Strength with Fran Betts on Monday’s from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church;

2) Circuit with Dianne Matak on Tuesday’s from 8:45-9:45 a.m. at the Centre;

3) Essentrics with Jeannette Matak Tuesday’s from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Trinity United Church;

4) Chair Yoga with Sandra Maltby-Mills Tuesday’s from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church;

5) Pilates with Dianne Matak Wednesday’s from 8:45-9:45 a.m. at the Centre; and

6) Pilates with Dianne Matak Friday’s from 8:45-9:45 a.m. at the Centre

Tomorrow is the last day to register. Please call or email the Centre to arrange a time to drop in and submit payment. You must sign the participant agreement and pay for the 4 week session to secure your spot!

Trivia Thursday ~~October 1st

Are you ready for our 21st addition of Trivia Thursday?  Today’s addition is all about Wallaceburg and the surrounding area. As usual there will be a list of trivia questions and a short story below which have the answers hidden with in it. Some answers are obvious while others might be harder to figure out.   The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun


  1. Before being called Wallaceburg, what was our town’s first called?
  2. Before becoming The Sydenham River, it was named after what animal?
  3. What is Wallaceburg’s Motto?
  4. In 1878, James Paris Lee and his brother John perfected a rifle with what part in Wallaceburg?
  5. What was Wallaceburg’s first major industry?
  6. Historically, what are the three major modern industries Wallaceburg was known for?
  7. There is a small woods named after a native fruit tree. What is the name of the fruit?
  8.  Malba J. Simpson wrote a historical book about this neighbouring community. Which community did she write about?
  9. The first Hawaiian Pizza was created in which Chatham Restaurant?
  10. Walpole Island is called Bkejwanong, in Anishinaabemowin by the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa peoples of the Walpole Island First Nation. What does it mean?


It was a cool autumn day as Samantha head up over the ridge of Mount Bear.  She loved to hear the crunching of the fallen leaves beneath her feet.  She looked at her map and her compass to make sure she was heading in the right direction. 

“North, northwest. Yep, going the right way. Just have to continue onward and upward to find the lost treasure of Grandpa’s” She said to herself.

The old map she held was found in her grandmother’s box of silver. She remembered that day fondly. It was the first time she was asked to set the table with the good china and silver. While getting the dessert forks she noticed a small corner of paper wedged in the locked bottom drawer and inquired about it.  Her grandmother pulled out the small key and unlocked the drawer. 

“This was your grandfather’s drawer; I have not looked in it for years.  While he was in the Lumber trade, he would find little things here and there on his adventures and put them in there.” her grandmother reminisced as she open the drawer.

Inside were all sorts of trinkets and what looked like junk yet each piece was a memorabilia for her grandfather. Under the brass valves, sugar packages from different restaurants and a small glass rock the size of a child’s fist, Samantha noticed the piece of paper that’s corner was sticking out.  It was a map.  She had to wait a few more years until she was old enough to venture on her own to seek the hidden treasure under the X

As she descended down the other side of Mount Bear she looked at the map again. “Head to where the waters divide” was written on the bottom of the map.  She could see a larger river dividing into 3 parts. 

“That must be where I head.  I am almost there” she exclaimed with enthusiasm.  She had waited and dreamed about this for 10 years and now she was close enough to taste it.   As she reached the bottom and head towards the river ways she stumbled over something.  Turning back and looking down she noticed something old protruding from the ground.  Curiously she knelt down and dug it out.

“Oh my I have not seen an old box magazine like this outside of the local museum.” She said to herself as she remembered the Ribble family collection from Tupperville.

She cleaned off the dirt, “Greg will think this is interesting” she thought as she placed it in her bag.

She just had a little further to go till she reached the X.   As she walked she admired the beauty around her the fall flowers were in full bloom feeding the pollinator preparing for hibernation or migration.  She came across a large old woods forest. 

“This is the place” she took a deep breath and ventured in. 

The trees were tropical looking and nature and she recognized them from her grandparent property.  “Paw Paw trees” She said astonished. She had never in her life seen so many in one place. “This has to be the largest grove around”. 

She remembered how fond her grandfather was of his Paw Paw trees and the stories he told of how they were a treasure to native wildlife.  She realized this treasure map lead her to a treasure that was more precious than gold, silver or diamonds.

She pulled out her satellite phone.  “Hello Greg, I found what I was looking for, I am heading back now. No there is nothing of real monetary value here but I have a feeling this property belongs to the family.  Can you make an appointment with the land register? I like to make sure it does.   If it is, I want to declare it a Nature reserve.  Oh, I did find something for you.”

Putting the phone in her pocket she headed back.


Due to government restrictions, we are only able to book 10 participants per class! Be sure to secure your spot as they are booking up fast!

Our Sessions for October are as follows:
Monday’s from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Functional Balance and Strength with Fran Betts at Trinity United Church (As Thanksgiving is Monday, October 12th, there will only be 3 classes this session);
Tuesday’s from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Circuit with Dianne Matak at the Centre;
Tuesday’s from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Essentrics with Jeannette Matak at Trinity United Church;
Tuesday’s from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Chair Yoga with Sandra Malby-Mills at Trinity United Church;
Wednesday’s from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Pilates with Dianne Matak at the Centre; and
Friday’s from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Pilates with Dianne Matak at the Centre

Call or e-mail the centre today to reserve your spots! 519-627-6224 or

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Part 9

The beauty of Nature is all around us, sometimes it is nice to see the beauty of other areas in Canada. Today we are going to travel out of the way to the Rockies. Tracy is back and she want to share the wonders of nature from her trip to the Rockies in mid September. The natural formations are breath taking. Thank you Tracy for letting us see the Rockies through your eyes.

We also have another wonderful collage of our local wonders from our weekly guest photographer Jennifer. Here perspective is unique especially her capture of the moon as well as the view of the water tower. Thank you Jennifer.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders. If you have some that you like to share please send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

The Rockies by Tracy

Beauty of Wallaceburg by Jennifer


Exciting News!! WAAC is poised to reopen select activities for the month of October, 2020!!  

Starting next week, we will be offering “Functional Balance & Strength” with Fran Betts at Trinity United Church on Monday’s at 2:30 p.m., “Circuit” with Dianne Matak on Tuesday’s at 8:45 a.m. at WAAC, “Essentrics” with Jeanette Matak on Tuesday’s at Trinity United Church at 10:30 a.m., “Chair Yoga” with Sandra Maltby-Mills on Tuesday’s at Trinity United Church at 1:00 p.m.and “Pilates” with Dianne Matak on Wednesday’s and Friday’s at 8:45 a.m. at WAAC!

Pool tables will be available for two sessions each morning, Monday to Friday between 8:45-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-noon.  Fitness Rooms will reopen Monday to Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.  

Due to government regulations, numbers are limited for each activity. Classes must have a minimum of 8 participants to run. Reservations and pre-payment for classes is required. Reservations also required for Pool and Fitness Room use.

Call the Centre 519-627-6224 or email for more information.

What’s Cooking – Salted Caramel Apple Pie


for 8 servings

  • 8 large granny smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour(30 g)
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar(130 g)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 premade pie crusts, thawed if frozen
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup heavy cream(180 mL)
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar(165 g)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • sea salt, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the apple slices, lemon juice, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss until the apples are well coated.
  3. Lay 1 of the pie crusts in a 9-inch (23-cm) pie dish. Add the apple slices to the bottom of the crust. Place the other pie crust over the apple slices.
  4. Trim any extra dough from the edges. Press the rounded edge of spoon facedown around the edge, making shallow indentations to crimp the crusts together.
  5. Cut 4 slits in the top of the pie for ventilation, then brush with the beaten egg.
  6. Bake the pie for 50-60 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and no grey-ish or undercooked pastry remains. Let cool completely.
  7. In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, brown sugar, and honey. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  8. Whisk in the butter and bring to a boil.
  9. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the caramel reaches a thick consistency.
  10. Let the caramel sauce cool for 5 minutes, then pour over the pie. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
  11. Slice and serve.
  12. Enjoy!

A Little Bit of Humour~~Part 22

We have moved over the threshold of summer and into fall this week with beautiful weather. School is in full swing for children may it be homeschooling, classrooms or on-line learning. As we are embarking on the next season of this year let us remember that laughter is a great stress reliever. So grab yourself something to drink and a delightful snack, sit back and enjoy another segment of A little Bit Of Humour.

Hunting season means Camouflage season but no one can do it better then Beetle Bailey.

Do we train dogs or do they train us? For the Dog Lovers.

Young Love for the Young of Heart.

Overachieving in this Day and Age

Scaling Up to the Situation

Trivia Thursday ~~September 24th

Are you ready for our 20th addition of Trivia Thursday?  Since today is our 20th addition our topic is all about the number 20. As usual there will be a list of trivia questions and a short story below which have the answers hidden with in it. Some answers obvious while others might be harder to figure out.   The answers are posted in the comment section. Do you think you can solve them?

Please feel free to leave comment and let us know how you did.

Ready…. Set… Go…..  Have Fun


  1. If someone has 20/20 vision, that means what about their eyesight?
  2. Twenty is considered to be the optimal number of moves/turns used to solve what puzzle that was invented in 1974 by a Hungarian sculptor?
  3. In football, the space between the 20-yard line and the end zone is referred to as what?
  4. The Roaring Twenties refer to what, exactly?
  5. Which cultural craze really blossomed during the Roaring Twenties?
  6. Foster Hewitt was the well-known radio announcer during the 1920s for what sports program?
  7. What is October 10, 1929 known for?
  8. Prohibition was a ban on the manufacture and sale of what in Canada during the 1920’s?
  9. What is the number 20 the atomic number of?
  10. Traditionally, what is 20th year wedding anniversary gift?


Angela’s cab pulled into the airport parking lot. She looked up as it headed to the white and red zones in front of the buildings doors.  Realizing that they were close, she threw the Rubik’s cube that she was working on in her purse and pulled out her passport and ticket to China. She had wished that her husband Gabriel could have made the trip with her.  “He always wanted to go to China as well as Japan during  their time of lively cultural change.”She thought to herself.

This trip was on their bucket list unfortunately a horrific accident took him from her too soon.  That day was a dark day for her and she will always remember that day as her Black Tuesday.  Yet she knew that this is something that he would want her to do. 

It was early in the morning when she entered the airport. There was calmness within. The one thing she always loved about the smaller airports was their sense of peacefulness.  It always gave her time to reflect on life as she waited in line.  Angela remembered back when Gabriel asked her why she loved these types of airports. “Gives you the perfect clarity of vision” was her response.

Oh how she missed him.  They loved to travel together and she remembered the one time their song  played in the waiting area and he asked her to dance.

She was snapped back to reality when a young boy started to cry.  “Mommy I want a pop” he hollered as he threw to the floor an unopened milk carton.

“Sweetie, you have to drink your milk. It is too early in the morning to have a pop.” A young blond quietly and calmly spoke to him.

“But I want a pop” He hollered louder.

Angela felt sorry for the young mother, she looked stressed and tired, so she walked over to her.  Bent down and picked up the carton of milk.

“Hello, what is your name?” she asked the young boy as she handed him the milk. 

His face twisted with disgust and said “Tommy and I do not want that.”   

Angela pulled out the Rubik’s Cube from her purse, “Would you like to play with this while you drink your milk?”

His face started to brighten up as he reached for the cube.  “Oh no, you must sit down and drink your milk while you play with this”

He ran over to a chair, sat down and took his milk as well as the cube from Angela.

“Thank you so much.” The young woman whispered, “He really needs to get more calcium in his diet.”

“You are very welcome.” Angela continued with a smile, “He will play with that for awhile, just sit back and relax. I can tell you have had a hard morning” 

“Oh it was a rough night, his father just had to watch Hockey Night in Canada with him so he was up late and then we had to get up early to get catch our flight”  her voice trailed off as she looked over at Tommy.  If he wasn’t with me and it was later in the afternoon I would have probably had an alcohol beverage. Flying makes me nervous enough but flying alone with him makes it harder for me.”

Angela grabbed her hand.  “Tommy can keep the cube and know that you are not alone many us feel the same way about flying but you know the saying ‘You are safer in the air then on the ground’.  Just take a few deep breaths and here something for you to read on the plane. “

She pulls out a puzzle magazine out of her purse, “This will keep you busy as well.”

“Flight 97 to China is loading on gate 3” A man’s cut out the music over the loudspeaker.

“Well that is me.  It was nice to meet you and Tommy.  Have a great flight and cherish these moments because time flies by quickly”

The young woman reached out and gave her a hug.  Angela looked over to Tommy and gave him a wave but he was intensely concentrating on the cube as he sipped his milk.

Spinning on her heals she headed to gate 3.

The Wonders of Nature Around Us~~Part 8

The Wonders of nature continue to amaze us as we turn from summer to fall. The beauty that can be found from the waterways and on land can calm our hearts and reduce stress. Today we welcome back Paula as she shares her adventures down the Sydenham while Kayaking with friends. The perfect social activity while maintaining social distancing. What a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty around you while exercising your upper body and core muscles.

We also like to introduce Jennifer another photographer that has shared her photos in a collage format. She will be sharing some every week with us.

We are always looking for new perspectives of our local wonders. If you have some that you like to share please send us a message for more details because everyone’s perspective is beautiful. 

Paula’s Trip down the Sydenham River

Jennifer’s Collage of The Beauty Around of Wallaceburg

20 min Back Stretching Workout with Meredith

Meredith is back with a great low impact workout for your back. Below is a quote according to Team Meredith

In this video Meredith is taking you through a relaxing back stretching workout perfect for beginners or anyone looking for a low impact alternative to strengthening and relaxing your back. This routine is all seated which makes it great if you deal with back issues and would like to try a low impact option. This is a 20 min workout so it can also be used as a warm-up or a cool down post workout if you are at a more intermediate or advanced level. We’ve designed this workout to be useful to as many people as possible no matter what level you are! As usual make sure you only do movements that are comfortable for you and never cause any pain or discomfort. Keep water close by and have a great workout!

Annual General Meeting 2020

Please be advised that Wallaceburg Senior Citizens Inc. will hold their 2020 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM.

Due to Provincial and Chatham-Kent Public Health regulations and guidelines, in person meetings are limited to fifty people. The in person meeting will be held at Kinsmen Community Centre Hall, 7-1416 Dufferin Ave. Wallaceburg. As there are limited spots, pre-registration will be required. To register please email or call Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM. Registration will close Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM.

We will also be holding the meeting virtually via ZOOM. Again, pre-registration is required and will be closed on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM.