BIZ VOICES: 75th celebrations

Mayor Darrin Canniff, left, celebrates 75 years of business with Denomy’s owner Chris Denomy, his mom Cathy and brother Byron.

Susan Bienstman is the lucky owner of a new 75-inch big-screen TV, thanks to Denomy’s.

Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff pulled the winning ticket recently, as Denomy’s Audio Video celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

Canniff reflected that, as a boy, he visited the store with his dad and dealt with the matriarchs Frances and Jude Denomy.

“The fact is… a family business that shows commitment to the community and enjoys repeat customers is the reward a small business owner appreciates,” owner Chris Denomy said.

The family wishes to thank everyone who came into the store to enter the draw.

Corporate cleanup effort

CK Public Health staff took part in a “Cleaning Up King Street” April 25, to celebrate Earth Day.

Staff voluntarily participated in this effort, which was planned by the organization’s staff wellness committee in an effort to tidy up the area surrounding their clinic services building.
The effort, which took place over staff’s lunch break, resulted in the filling of nearly a dozen garbage bags.
This is the second community-based effort the committee has organized since coming back together after taking a hiatus to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first took place in February where staff came together to create handmade cards with uplifting messages which were then distributed to a local long-term care home on Valentine’s Day.

New restaurant

Eastgate Asian Cuisine is now open in Chatham.

The restaurant is located at the site of the former Rossini’s Restaurant.

Brochure swap returns

Get ready to park your vehicle, pop your trunk or tailgate, and swap your latest tourism brochure. After a three-year absence, Chatham-Kent Tourism said the annual Tourism Brochure Swap is back.

The goal of this event is to support local tourism businesses by providing a free way for tourism operators in Chatham-Kent to get their brochures distributed across the municipality for free, while also networking and learning about the tourism offerings in our area.

This event is free to attend, with pre-registration required.

The swap takes place May 11 at 5 p.m. in the parking lot at 25 Creek Rd. in Chatham.

Clarke workers ratify deal

 Employees of Clarke Construction Inc. voted 93 per cent in favour of ratifying a three-year collective agreement providing them with wage gains.

The 52 employees work as labourers, equipment operators, truck drivers, and mechanics. They are represented by Construction Workers Union, CLAC Local 53.

The new contract provides employees with a 23.6 percent wage increase over the term. The wage grid was also amended to reduce the number of years of service to move up the grid. In addition, employer contributions to employees’ retirement savings increase 3.8 per cent over the term.

“The employer was happy to maintain the terrific workforce that makes up the current team at Clarke,” Alex Kuiper, CLAC representative, said in a media release. “The members are now some of the best paid labourers and operators in the region.”

Clarke Construction provides services throughout the Chatham-Kent region primarily in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sector of the construction industry. It also performs residential and commercial formwork.

Celebrate king’s coronation with afternoon tea

The coronation of King Charles III will occur on May 6.

Mrs. Bell’s Tea Room is hosting an afternoon tea party to celebrate.

Owner of Mrs. Bell’s Tea Room, Wanda Bell, is excited about hosting a day-long tea party at her tea room, located at 11 Third Street in downtown Chatham, across from the police station.

All the gold-trimmed cups and saucers will be used that day and each table will hold both a Canadian and Union Jack flag. Some specialty items in honour of the new king will supplement her fare.

“My afternoon tea includes dainty finger sandwiches, buttery scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and delightful sweets, and of course, tea. King Charles sips Darjeeling tea, so that has been added to my regular varieties,” Bell said in a media release.

There are sittings from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The tea room only has six tables, so reservations are required, which can be done online at, by calling 226-627-0248.

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