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Plans unveiled for new public high school By Ron Giofu The community knew it was coming, now it knows what it will look like. The Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) unveiled the drawings for the new public high school to be built in Amherstburg and a large crowd of parents, students and curious onlookers stopped by the gymnasium at General Amherst High School to take a look. The new school will be built on the southern 15 acres of what is now Centennial Park as the public board purchased that land in 2018 for $2.4 million. The new one-floor school is expected to cost in the neighbourhood of $25 million, be capable of housing 819 students and will be 106,000 square feet if everything goes according to plan. Manager of facillity services Giuliana Hinchliffe highlighted the large open spaces, the accessibility and new technology the new public high school will have, though acknowledged there are “funding challenges” the board still has to overcome. “We are still continuing to work until Jan. 21 to make sure we can make this on Ministry (of Education) budget,” she said. Jan. 21 is the date when the budget and design is scheduled to come before the GECDSB board of trustees, and Hinchliffe said plans are still being worked on up until that date. Those who attended the meeting were invited to give their feedback to the board on what they liked and what they didn’t like. “The plans are a bit fluid,” said Hinchliffe. The new public high school will combine both Western Secondary School and General Amherst High School with both current buildings expected to be declared surplus by the GECDSB. “This school has served its purpose,” said Hinchliffe, in reference to the current General Amherst. Colin McDonald, architect with JP Thomson Architects Ltd., noted they tried to incorporate the mature trees on the Centennial Park site into the design. He noted the traffic concerns in the area, and

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Drawings for the new public high school were unveiled last Thursday night at General Amherst High School. The new school will combine both General Amherst and Western Secondary School. The design and budget go before the Greater Essex County District School Board trustees Jan. 21 and, if approved in its current form, it would occupy 106,000 square feet although the board has acknowledged “funding challenges.” It was designed by JP Thomson Architects. pointed out the parking in the rear of the building will have its entrance and exit align with Gibb St. There will also be parking along the front of the building, which will face Simcoe St. “We’ve designed a facility that is about our learners and our school community,” said McDonald. The new school will be used for an estimated 50-75 years, he noted, and it is estimated to be 48.5 per cent better than the Ontario Building Code when it comes

to energy consumption. Greater Essex County District School Board chair Ron LeClair said he was hearing some positive feedback, but also concerns over traffic and parking at the new site. He also said people are happy the board is moving ahead with the project but pointed out the board has to build a new school within the confines of what the Ministry of Education will fund as well.

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Family and friends of Dan deWaal gathered for a special hockey game Nov. 17 as a way for him to see his sons and his friends play one last time. deWaal passed away a short time later from ALS, a disease he had battled for a number of years. The game was a way for him to watch sons Bryce and Brady play one last time and it also served as a way for family and friends to say goodbye to him. Local photographer Nicole Brush captured hundreds of pictures of the day and family friend Mary Beth Hebert would soon discover a way to extend the tribute further. Hebert saw a commercial for Scotiabank’s “Hockey 24” documentary and the contest that went with it. According to the Hockey 24 website: “Hockey 24 is a documentary about community hockey in Canada, all filmed on a single day. On Sunday, November 17th, we asked Canadians to join our award-winning filmmakers in filming their day in community hockey, both on and off the ice.” Hebert quickly realized the tribute game for deWaal, entitled the “Dan deWaal Winter Classic,” was that date and she took it from there. “I just saw a commercial on TSN for the Scotia Hockey 24 contest and didn’t think anything of it,” said Hebert.

The Dan deWaal Winter Classic was held Nov. 17 and both teams gather with him after the game. It was the last game he was able to watch his boys play in just before he passed away from ALS. The game allowed the family to win the Scotia Hockey 24 grand prize, a trip to St. Louis for the NHL All-Star Game. “I then saw the date and realized it was the same day.” Hebert estimated she submitted about 200-300 photos and received an e-mail New Year’s Day advising they had one. She will accompany the deWaal family to St. Louis for the NHL All-Star Game later this month, which is the grand prize. Tracy deWaal, Dan’s wife, said she told her sons about the prize win en route to their family cottage. The trip is valued at about $18,000, includes tickets to the game and the ability to attend the NHL All-Star after-party. They also receive $20,000 to give to the hockey association of their choice, and they will split that between the Windsor Ice Bullets and a bursary program that will be administered through the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association (AMHA). “That was pretty surreal,” Tracy said, in response to learning of the contest win. “What a fantastic tribute to the most dedicated hockey dad in town.” The Dan deWaal Winter Classic began when Tracy reached out to Ron Wismer, who coached Bryce and Brady, and that led to Hebert and her husband Adam helping track down players the boys played with.

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“It was just to get a special game together,” said Tracy, “so (Dan) could watch them with their friends. They made phone calls and reached out to a number of players Bryce and Brady played with over the years.” News quickly spread via word-of-mouth advertising and a number of volunteers stepped forward to help out. “It was supposed to be a small game. Everyone couldn’t do enough,” said Tracy. “There was a huge turnout. The amount of people who want to be involved that day was overwhelming.” Tracy added: “That was probably one of the best days of (Dan’s) life, to be honest.” “One hour on the ice turned into four hours at the arena,” added Hebert. While the first Dan deWaal Winter Classic was a way to pay tribute to the man himself, they aim to keep the game as an annual event and use it as an ALS fundraiser. Tracy said she was glad Bryce and Brady had that day with their father and she pointed out they will always have that memory with him for the rest of their lives. The Hockey 24 documentary is expected to be released this spring.

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By Ron Giofu With the labour dispute with the Ontario government ongoing, public high school teachers and support workers were on the picket lines again last Wednesday. Labour unrest is also impacting EQAO testing at both the public and county boards. The one-day strike was the second time the teachers and support staff hit the picket lines instead of the classrooms, the first being Dec. 4. General Amherst High School was one of the schools where picketers gathered with General Amherst staff being joined by colleagues from Western Secondary School and Sandwich Secondary School. It closed all public elementary and secondary schools within the Greater Essex County District School Board. “This is the second one-day walkout,” said Keith Gale, a General Amherst teacher and union branch president. “We’re part of the 1,500 teachers walking out in solidarity.” Gale said the province is trying to state that the labour dispute is about wages even though teachers are more concerned about other issues. “(Wages) are not the major issue,” he said. “It’s class sizes. That’s what we’re fighting about. Class sizes and compulsory online learning are our major issues.” Gale added the union’s position about the strike not having to happen last Wednesday. “We were willing not to be on strike today,” Gales stated last Wednesday, “if the government was willing to keep the class sizes we have experienced this year. They were not willing to do that.” Local teachers were appreciative of local businesses in the area, who either provided food, coffee, parking spaces, or use of bathrooms during the one-day strike. Gale listed businesses including Maria’s Restaurant, Sobeys, McDonald’s, No Frills and Wendy’s. Meanwhile, job action could be on the way to Catholic schools depending on whether their teacher union can reach a deal with the provincial government. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that unless a tentative agreement is reached, members across the province will be taking administrative job action. That began Monday, and continues until now assuming no deal has been reached after the RTT went to press. “We have not taken this decision lightly, but we believe it is necessary to secure a fair contract and protect publicly funded education in Ontario,” Liz Stuart, president of OECTA, said in a press release. “We have been doing our part to negotiate an agreement, including meeting almost 40 times with the government and school board trustees. However, the Ford government has been disorganized and disrespectful throughout the process, and they continue to insist on

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Town to rewrite noise bylaw in light of Legion issue By Ron Giofu

The town will be looking at its noise bylaw and will be considering a 70 decibel (dB) limit at the point that music is created as a result of a noise dispute between Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 and its neighbours. An updated bylaw is likely to come back in the spring with Councillor Don McArthur suggesting a guideline of 70 dB at the point music is created as part of it. McArthur indicated that is the level London is arriving at. “I'm not pulling it out of a hat,” said McArthur. “I think it could be a compromise. I think everyone wants closure.” Colin Novak from Akoustik Engineering Ltd. said nine tests were run in August with ambient noise and noise during musical performances tested. He said ambient levels were usually in the high 50 dB area with it reaching the high 60 dB or low 70 dB level. Novak said that translates into double the amount of sound when bands are playing, which is “definitely significant” to nearby residents. Novak suggested a 55 dB limit for amplified sound or the ambient level, whichever is greater at the time. He was questioned on what the sound is through windows and whether the Legion was consulted during it, and he noted there was no contact by himself during his “third party snapshot” of what was happening. Councillor Michael Prue said the Legion has been around “long before I came here” and noted “this is

the way they make their money.” Councillor Peter Courtney said Akoustik's findings were similar to the first batch they reported to council, and questioned the planning of allowing a building in that area. “You've got to factor in so many things when development happens,” he said, a comment later refuted by CAO John Miceli, who added administration did its job during that process. Councillor Marc Renaud questioned what could be done to assist the Legion and Novak indicated noise barriers and other devices could be installed “but they all come with a cost.” Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 president Laurie Cavanaugh recalled children dancing in windows when apartments and houses that used to be across the street were there. She said the patio, which opened and was licensed in 2008, is vital to the Legion. “This is our money maker during the summer months,” said Cavanaugh, noting it helps them operate and also allows the Legion to donate to numerous community charities and causes. Cavanaugh said Prue was the only council member

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Continued from Page 1 LeClair, also the trustee for Amherstburg and LaSalle, noted there will be features like a cosmetology area that the community will be able to access as well. There will also be a sports field outside with a track possible to go around it if additional funding comes available. The town still owns the 12 acres of Centennial Park that most of the current track and football field sit on but LeClair pointed out the parking lot for the new school will eat into a portion of the track, which he noted is not in good shape anyway. His preference would be for a turf field, but noted the board is more focused on the building at this stage. He also hopes corporate sponsors step up to help fund a new athletic field at the new public high school. As for the funding challenges, LeClair hopes to get them resolved soon but noted the province also has to focus on contract negotiations with teachers and support workers. “It is a unique challenge,” he said. “We’re trying to bring two schools together.” LeClair added there are “always challenges when building a new school.” Christina Giles, who has a daughter in Grade 9 at Western Secondary School, admitted her and her family were a bit disappointed with what they saw. While noting they were pleased with the

additional accessibility, she said the lack of a greenhouse at the new school and the apparent lack of plans to construct one were discouraging as her daughter is looking forward to the greenhouse technology program currently offered at Western. Scott Scantlebury, public relations officer with the Greater Essex County District School Board, noted that once the design and budget processes have been approved, the board can initiate a naming process for the school. However, he doesn’t anticipate the naming process to begin until later this year, possibly not until the fall. Should the budget and design be approved by the board of trustees Jan. 21, they would then be forwarded for the province for its approval. That is a process that could take several months. Once the province gives the green light, the new school would take approximately 16 months to build. The new target to have the school open is 2022.

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Students from six schools in the Amherstburg area participated in Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157’s poetry, poster and literacy contest. A total of 23 winners were recognized, with most being at the late-December meeting of the Legion executive. By Ron Giofu Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 recognized some of the local youth from within the community that are good artists, poets and writers. The Amherstburg Legion honoured the winners of the 2019 poster and literary contest and the competition had a solid number of students participating. Capt. Jeff Turner, who acted as master of ceremonies for the event, noted that 93 students in total took part with entrants coming from students attending Amherstburg Public School, Anderdon Public School, Malden Central Public School, St. Peter’s ACHS College School, Western Secondary School and St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School. In all, there were 23 winners recognized as part of the night’s festivities, held prior to the start of the Legion’s regular meeting. First prize winners: Lila Puka (primary level, colour poster, Anderdon Public School) Erica Martin (junior level, colour poster, Anderdon Public School)

George Prieur (junior level, black and white poster, Anderdon Public School) Lillian Mereszak (intermediate level, colour poster, Anderdon Public School) Abigail Copeling (intermediate level , black and white poster, Anderdon Public School) Andrea Laking (senior level, colour poster, St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School) Emma Osborn (intermediate level, essay, Anderdon Public School) Ben Noble (junior level, poem, St. Peter’s ACHS College School) Lillian Mereszak (intermediate level, essay, Anderdon Public School) Second place winners: Kaese Faber (primary level, colour poster, Anderdon Public School) Selena Astra (junior level, colour poster, Anderdon Public School) Carter Boileau (junior level, black and white poster, Anderdon Public School) Broyden Hebert (intermediate level, colour poster, Anderdon

Public School) Jenna Jones (intermediate level, black and white poster, Malden Central Public School) Clair Bolton (intermediate level, essay, Anderdon Public School) Barry White (junior level, poem, St. Peter’s ACHS College School) Emma Paquette (intermediate level, essay, Anderdon Public School) Third place winners: Joshua Towne (primary level, colour poster, Anderdon Public School) Rachael Demitro (junior level, colour poster, Anderdon Public School) Kolten Francis (intermediate level, colour poster, Amherstburg Public School) Owen Flemming (intermediate level, black and white poster, Anderdon Public School) Kadan Dufour (junior level, poem, St. Peter’s ACHS College School) Abigail Copeling (intermediate level, essay, Anderdon Public School)

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The ongoing project by Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 and partners that will see the 1st Special Service Force honoured in Navy Yard Park took a step forward recently. The Legion held a “Wingfest” where proceeds were raised to put towards the memorial, that will be installed in the waterfront park. The “Wingfest” event was held in August and the plaque was shown at a recent Legion meeting. Among the members of the 1st Special Service Force was local veteran Ralph Mayville, who passed away last summer just prior to “Wingfest.”


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Lewis welcomes constituents at “New Year’s Levee” By Ron Giofu

Essex MP Chris Lewis welcomed supporters and community members to his constituency office in Essex for his first “New Year's Levee.” The recently-elected Conservative Member of Parliament said he has been enjoying life in Ottawa so far, though things have been hectic. “It's exciting. It's busy. It's rewards and it's humbling,” said Lewis, who told supporters he is more humbled now than when he was a candidate. The “journey,” he said, started in 2018 when he ran unsuccessfully as a provincial candidate and continued in 2019 when he successfully ran as a federal candidate. He credited his team and his family, stating the effort to get where he is today is just as important as actually being an MP. “I brought an amazing group of people with us (to the job),” he said. “We hit the ground running with people with a lot of experience.” Lewis said he surrounded himself with great people and “that's the real magic.” Among the issues he is championing early is gun control, stating a lot of people he is talking to are passionate about their firearms and their ability to keep them and use them as sportsmen or on the farm. Lewis said the message is “don't touch our guns, we're all law-abiding gun owners,” adding the issue on gun violence is a result of gangs and criminals. “The one thing I'm hearing loud and clear is the environment,” he continued. “People are still saying we have to take care of the environment.” Noting water levels are high, Lewis noted that is often cyclical but believed it is “vital to protect the

environment.” One way not to protect the environment is a carbon tax, Lewis stated, adding people are realizing a carbon tax is not the way to deal with environmental issues. He called it a “tax on a tax.” “It's nonsense that needs to end quickly,” he said. People are still struggling to pay bills and buy groceries, Lewis added, and that they can't afford more taxation. “I was fortunate to be ringing the bells for the Salvation Army in Essex right before Christmas,” said Lewis. “I had so many people saying the cost of groceries is over the top. They had nothing left to give.” Lewis has been appointed as the Deputy Shadow Minister of Canada/U.S. Relations and Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. He said it is important to create more jobs, open up borders and get relief from U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs. With the Liberals holding power in a minority government, Lewis believes another federal election may not be a bad thing. There will be a new Conservative leader later this year, as the convention is scheduled for June 27 in Toronto. Lewis believes the new leader must unify the party as there is room for both social and progressive conservatives. “The Conservative Party of Canada can't win if both sides are not unified,” he said. “We can win the next election if we unify as a party.” Lewis added “Canada is at a sort of a crossroads” and that he is excited for the leadership race. The Essex MP added his overall goal remains the same as it always has been.

Essex MP Chris Lewis and his wife Allison pose for a photo during his New Year’s Levee in Essex. Lewis said he is excited for the coming year and credited his team for getting him elected as the Conservative MP for the riding. “My focus has been and remains to be to leave this world a better place than the way I found it,” said Lewis.

Local band helps with the Park House Museum By Ron Giofu A local music duo has given back to a local museum, all through playing at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. The Back 2 Back Band, comprised of Roger Cortina and Bernadette Lucier, raised $500 through a pair of concerts at the Legion and donated the proceeds to the Park House Museum. Cortina and Legion Br. 157 president Laurie Cavanaugh recently presented the cheque to Bill Wark, who is president of the Amherstburg Historic Sites Association, the board that oversees the Park House Museum’s operations. Cortina explained a collection box was put out on the patio during a performance in the summer and Back 2 Back challenged those in attendance to raise at least $250. Another show was held in the fall where more proceeds were gathered with the idea of giving

the money to a charitable cause related to children.. “We gave all the money to the Park House for their children’s activities,” said Cortina. Cortina said the Back 2 Back Band enjoys working with Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157. “We love helping the Legion,” he said. “They do a lot of good things for Amherstburg.”

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Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 president Laurie Cavanaugh (left) and Roger Cortina from the musical duo Back 2 Back present a $500 cheque to Bill Wark (right), president of the Amherstburg Historic Sites Association (AHSA). The AHSA oversees the Park House and the proceeds will benefit children’s programming at the museum.

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Golden Age Club — from 9:30-10 a.m., beginners line dancing. New Instructor offering a 30-minute session free for first timers and then after, join the club for $10annual fee. All members are welcome to attend more beginner classes or join the regular 10 a.m. class for a $5 per session fee. Anyone attending the 9:30 a.m. class can stay for the 1011:30 a.m. class for no additional fee. •Please register for line dancing or pepper class at tel 519-736-3367 or e-mail goldenageclub235@gmail. com. No age limit. Go to www.goldenagecentre.ca for information about our club.

Wings Wildlife Rehabilitation on Middle Side Road in Amherstburg really, really needs you! Wings is non-profit and we are looking for a volunteer general handyman to do repairs, maintenance work and odd jobs (may include some heavy lifting). Hours and times you volunteer are flexible to your schedule. As a volunteer at Wings, everything you do will benefit the wildlife in our care. The majority of the work will be outdoors. Come volunteer at Wings. Please call 519-736-8172 - we would be truly grateful for any help you can give!

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Stella Maris School needs two shows to present annual Christmas concert By Ron Giofu Stella Maris School students took to the stage twice to celebrate the Christmas season. The show “The Magic of Christmas” was presented in the theatre at St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School with younger classes going first and older students following. The two shows were necessary due to a surge in parents and families wanting to see the show, said principal Brian Marenchin. “We had 800-plus come out to the show,” said Marenchin. “That's an

incredible outpouring of support.” According to Marenchin, Stella Maris School hasn't done a Christmas concert of that magnitude since the closure of St. Bernard School and those students and teachers came to Stella Maris School. “It has come together nicely,” he said. Marenchin also credited Al Linnell and the theatre staff at Villanova for working with Stella Maris and “doing a great job.” “The support from the community has been absolutely fantastic,” Marenchin emphasized.

Students from Stella Maris School presented their Christmas concert “The Magic of Christmas” Dec. 17 at St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School. The concert was split into two age groups with younger children going first and the older students following.

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Continued from Page 3 “We know Minister Lecce and other members of the government will trot out their misleading talking points about union escalation, but the reality is that this type of widespread strike action is rare,” says Stuart. “Ontarians overwhelmingly oppose this government’s regressive education agenda, and they understand that teachers must do what is necessary to protect our rights and ensure quality education for all students, now and in the future.” The announcement came ahead of bargaining dates that were last week, talks that would “break down” according to the union. The situation with the OECTA went further Monday, as it was announced there will be a one-day walkout of Catholic teachers next Tuesday (Jan. 21). The WECDSB advises that Grade 9 students scheduled to write their EQAO math assessments beginning Jan. 17 will not write those tests if the job action proceeds. The board states it will inform parents as soon as it knows if those assessments have been cancelled. OECTA members will only input marks on report cards, but will not be inputting comments; kindergarten teachers will only input one sentence per frame, and secondary teachers will not prepare progress reports, the Catholic board continues, adding teachers will report to their workplaces on PD days, but will only engage in self-directed professional development on those

days; the elementary PD on Jan. 17 and the secondary PD day on Jan. 30 remain scheduled. According to public board director of education Erin Kelly, the Greater Essex County District School Board’s Grade 9 students will not be participating in the EQAO Math assessment.. “As part of the current, legal job actions initiated by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) teachers are not participating in any EQAO preparation, testing or marking of assessments. This makes it very challenging for the GECDSB to administer the semester one Grade 9 Math assessment as scheduled,” Kelly stated in a post on the public board’s website. “The sanctions would also make it difficult to implement accommodations many students rely on in order to complete the assessment successfully. These include scribing, reading of questions and access to specialized versions of the material. That assistance is provided by both teachers and educational workers. We will await direction from the Ministry of Education on a possible make-up assessment for those students taking math during the first semester. This, however, would prove to be a significant challenge to staff and Grade 9 students who are not studying math during the second semester.” Kelly added: “A student's performance in this assessment has historically been included as part of their overall mark in the course. However, since that is

COMMUNITY NEWS - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 9 not possible this semester, teachers will continue through the completion of the curriculum until the end of the semester and will weigh all evidence of student achievement and using their professional judgement to determine each student's grade.” Minister of Education Stephen Lecce issued a statement last week regarding EQAO testing. "The EQAO Grade 9 math test provides valuable information to students, families, and the province about how students are performing in critical math skills and concepts. It also supports improved teaching and learning. It should not be in jeopardy for our students. Regrettably, due to escalation by union leaders and the withdrawal of services by OSSTF, some secondary students will not be prepared for assessment this Monday.  According to Lecce: “OSSTF said their job action would not impact students, but this is a clear example of union disruption affecting Ontario students. It is unfair that union actions are undermining student success. They

are jeopardizing the learning experience of Ontario's future leaders. The government believes in setting students up for success and providing students, parents, and the province with data and insights needed to make critical policy decisions. School boards will make local decisions about whether the provincewide EQAO Grade 9 math assessment, originally scheduled to start next week, should proceed. For those high schools which are not administering the test in January, students will need to take the test during the June 2020 administration period, as it provides a valuable opportunity for individual feedback for students and families. I recognize that this important assessment may not take place in the majority of English-public high schools. We continue to be concerned by the adverse impacts on students due to union escalation. Our Government remains focused on investing in students - not enhanced compensation. We are focused on developing the skills our students need to succeed in the classroom and in the jobs of the future."

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Local business donates to church, issues challenge to other businesses By Ron Giofu

A local business has made a donation to an area church and is challenging other businesses to also help the community. The Beacon Ale House has donated $1,250 to St. John the Baptist Church with the amount coming as a result of a campaign in December. “I approached Father Matt (Kucharski) and asked if we could run fundraisers for the church as a way for the Beacon Ale House and our family to give back to the community,” explained Beacon Ale House co-owner Sara Palmer. “Father agreed and he announced it in the church. From Dec. 9-22, we donated a portion of every meal that was purchased.” Palmer said she is a regular member of the parish and sees the good it does for members of the Amherstburg community. “We decided it was a good opportunity to give back to the church because they give so much for the community,” she added. “(The fundraiser) went really well. We had a boost of people come in. A lot of church members came in.” Fr. Kucharski indicated the money will be used by St. John the Baptist Church to offset the cost of a new sound system the Roman Catholic church recently had installed. “We always welcome anyone who wants to contribute,” said Fr. Kucharski. “We work together with parishioners and partners.”

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Father Matt Kucharski (left) from St. John the Baptist Church accepts a $1,250 donation from Beacon Ale House co-owner Sara Palmer. A portion of the dinner cheques from Dec. 9-22 was donated to the Brock St. church, with the parish using the money to help pay for its new sound system. Palmer added her business plans to do even more fundraising and pointed out the Beacon Ale House has helped other charitable organizations in the past as well. “We always like to give back to the community,” said Palmer. Helping the community, including causes in Windsor-Essex, is important as is shopping local, she believes, and she thanked the community for supporting the most recent fundraising campaign. “Sometimes we like to involve the community in helping us,” she said.

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Fr. Kucharski said he enjoys the sense of community in Amherstburg and said the donation from the Beacon Ale House is an example of that. “There’s a great community spirit in Amherstburg,” he said. “I’ve been impressed by that since my arrival (in 2019).” The hope is that other businesses either start or continue to step up to the plate to help charities and non-profit groups, Palmer stated. “We challenge other local businesses to support the community throughout the year, not just at the holiday season,” she said.


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Admirals defeat Essex and Petrolia over the past week By Ron Giofu The Admirals played two of their three scheduled game last week and the other was rained out. Yes, the third game was rained out. The Admirals were supposed to play the Wallaceburg Thunderhawks in the annual “Outdoor Classic” game at Lanspeary Park in Windsor Saturday afternoon but heavy rain caused the game to be postponed. It is not known when the game will be made up or where it will occur, as it may be held outside or in Wallaceburg as it was their home game. In games that were held indoors, the Admirals defeated Petrolia 8-4 Sunday night in Amherstburg. Max Clifford and Cody Schneider each scored twice while Andrew Clark, Michael Ruttinger, Luca DiGiovanni and Broden Meloche scored for Amherstburg. “Offensively, I think we've struggled at points. As we get closer to a full lineup, I think we can see the talent we have,” said Admirals head coach Paul Bortignon. “It could be fun to watch in the last seven or eight games.” Petrolia's top line played well, he

acknowledged, but the Admirals' depth shone through as all four lines got goals Sunday night. “The depth of our team took off,” he said. There were some miscues defensively and Bortignon would like to see them play better in the defensive zone as the Admirals want to cut down on minutes played in their end of the ice. “If you want to be a championship team, you've got to make sure your defensive zone is a priority,” he said. The Essex 73's come to the Libro Centre this Sunday at 7 p.m. and they will be seeking retribution after the Admirals won 4-1 last Tuesday night in Essex. Broden Meloche and Reid Stieler each scored twice in that game while Aidan Pitre made timely saves for the Admirals. Bortignon said they played well in the first and third periods in Essex but didn't play as well in the second period. They had been struggling on the powerplay but snapped out of it by going two-forthree against the 73's. The Admirals have picked up free agent Matt Fraser, who was on Lakeshore's last two championship

Amherstburg’s Cody Schneider (44, right) gets a scoring chance on Petrolia goalie Tyler Richardson in the first period of the Admirals’ 8-4 win Sunday night. Schneider had two goals on the night. teams. Bortignon said he brings a physical presence as well as championship experience to the team. To make room, Mitch MacPherson was sent to Wallaceburg. Amherstburg is now 20-9-1-2 on the

season, good for 43 points and third place in the PJHL Stobbs Division. Lakeshore and Mooretown top the standings while Essex currently sits in fourth place.

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Lady Gens improve to 5-0 though not in the prettiest of fashions By Ron Giofu

The General Amherst Lady Gens are now 5-0 on the WECSSAA Tier 1 senior girls volleyball season but their latest win wasn’t the prettiest one they’ve ever had. The Lady Gens dropped the first set of the match to Tecumseh Vista Academy last Tuesday night 22-25 – the first set they’ve lost all season – but rallied to win the next two 25-14 and 25-23 to win the match. Despite escaping with the victory, the Lady Gens’ coaches weren’t happy with their team’s performance against the Vortex. “It was a really rough start for us,” said General Amherst head coach Jeff Miller. “We were extremely sloppy in the first set. We made unforced error after unforced error.” “We were lucky to get out of there with two games,” added assistant coach Mary Ewer. Miller noted the Lady Gens didn’t play “clean” and noted they have had only one practice in roughly three weeks. Ewer added she sensed they were not looking sharp during the pre-game warmup against Tecumseh Vista Academy. The team enters a two-week “mini-season” as the

exam break is looming but Miller is looking to make the most of those weeks and have the team play good volleyball and get everyone into the lineup. Even though they weren’t pleased with the performance of the team against the Vortex, the General Amherst coaches hope it will serve as a wake-up call to the players. The match was a bit of an eye-opener for the Lady Gens after a relatively “easy” December, said Miller, but acknowledges it will give Tecumseh Vista Academy a boost if they meet again later in the year. “We definitely gave them lots of confidence if we play them again,” said Miller. “If we meet again, we have to play a lot better than tonight.” The Lady Gens played at Kennedy Tuesday evening after this issue of the RTT went to press. Lajeunesse comes to town Thursday for a 4 p.m. match and then the Lady Gens play their final match prior to the exam break next Monday (Jan. 20) at home versus Kingsville at 5:20 p.m. The junior team was also in action last Tuesday night against Tecumseh Vista Academy, with the juniors sweeping the Vortex in three straight games, 25-6, 25-17 and 25-13. The junior Lady Gens are now 3-2 on the 2019-20 WECSSAA Tier 1 girls volleyball season.

Emery Lucier (7) of General Amherst tips the volleyball over the net during last Tuesday’s match against Tecumseh Vista Academy. General Amherst won two sets to one to improve to 5-0 on the WECSSAA Tier 1 senior girls volleyball season.

Bulldogs return to the ice and defeat Brennan in high-scoring game By Ron Giofu The General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team returned to the ice last Thursday afternoon and came out with a victory. The Bulldogs defeated the Brennan

Cardinals 7-5 at the Libro Centre. It was the first home game of the season for General Amherst, who opened the year with four straight road games, and they evened their record at 3-3 on the season thanks to last week’s win. Aidan Bastien and Tylor Fraser had

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General Amherst goalie Josh Courtney covers the puck as teammate Colin Cote clears a Brennan player from the goal mouth area during the second period of the Bulldogs’ 7-5 win over the Cardinals last Thursday night.

concerns which include fluke goals that can turn the momentum of a game. He added he was pleased to come out of the first period tied at two instead of down by multiple goals. “I was most pleased by the third period,” he said. The Bulldogs entered the third period having to kill a 5-on-3 Brennan powerplay and were able to do it, with Garrett noting it was significant for the team. He said he was pleased with the offense and with the goaltending provided by Josh Courtney, but pointed out they have to tighten up on their defensive coverage. The amount of goals scored leads to confidence among the players, he added. The Bulldogs are starting to gel, and the players are getting used to each other. “I think the seniors are starting to feel comfortable about leading and the Grade 9 players are starting to get comfortable on the ice,” said Garrett. The remainder of the season is at the Libro Centre. The Bulldogs were at home against Essex for a game Tuesday, after this issue of the RTT went to press. That is the final game before the exam break with General Amherst not returning to the ice for games until Feb. 6 against L’Essor and Feb. 11 versus Belle River. All games are at 3 p.m.


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Amherst Senior Boys go 1-2 at Massey Invitational Special to the RTT

The General Amherst senior boys basketball team took part in the Massey Invitational last weekend. They started off slowly in their first game against Assumption keeping it within five points for most of the game before eventually falling 42-29.   After a 20-minute break, they then played against Villanova. Amherst was down 22-9 at half but then turned in their best defensive performance of the year holding Villanova to six second half points. Amherst had a chance to win it in regulation but unfortunately ended up going into overtime tied 28-28. Unable to finish open looks around the basket, resulted in a disappointing, but hard fought loss to a strong Villanova team. General Amherst then came back

Saturday morning to battle Walkerville. As has been a common theme this year, Amherst had to dig themselves out of an early hole, falling behind 8-0 before the tide turned. Shut down defense provided by Ty Queen and Nate Maxey, on Walkerville’s top player was the spark they needed. Mason Foreman owned the boards with clutch rebounding while Dylan McLean and Nolan Crain chipped in some important buckets in the post. Matteo Palumbo and Matthew Wismer provided key baskets from the perimeter helping Amherst to a 48-29 victory. Overall, a very good weekend of basketball.  Amherst has a pivotal week upcoming, hosting Massey on Tuesday and Tecumseh Vista on Wednesday, before playing Thursday on the road against Belle River.

Goodfellows donate 110 food baskets, encourage more volunteers to get involved By Ron Giofu

The AAM Goodfellows report a decrease in the number of food baskets given out in 2019 as compared to the year before and are encouraging more people to come and volunteer for the 2020 campaign. “We ended up giving out 110 food baskets,” said Goodfellows president Rick Murray. “This year, we had everyone show up. We had a few late ones.” A total of 134 food baskets were distributed in 2018. The Dec. 13-14 newspaper sales raised approximately $12,000 and the food baskets were packed later that week and given out the next day. “All the food came from Sobeys,” said Rick. “What we do with any extra food we have left over is give it to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.” Murray, a retired Amherstburg fire chief, said there is a misconception that only firefighters can be members of the Goodfellows. He said anyone of any age, men or women, can be involved. “The members are who shows up,” he said. “We’re always looking for people to come out. We want the young people to be involved.” Taylor Sutts said she got involved with the AAM Goodfellows through her grandfather and that he enjoys that she helps out in doing good things for Amherstburg. Sutts was one of the young people out packing food baskets at the Columbus SUBMITTED PHOTO Community Hall and said it feels good General Amherst pushes the ball on a fast break against Walkerville. to give back to the community. The Bulldogs won this game and went 1-2 overall in the Massey Invitational “I’ve done it before in high school and tournament. I’m doing it again this year,” she said.

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Apple Fest raises $50,000 By Sheila McBrayne It’s volunteers who make things happen. Sponsors, supporters, community and volunteers are at the heart of Community Living Essex County. “Tonight is all about the volunteers,” said Tony DeSantis, Manager of Community Relations with Community Living Essex County. Approximately 100 volunteers filled the boardroom at Kingsville Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 11 for a thank you dinner and the official revealing of a $50,000 cheque to the organization. The cheque from the Ruthven Apple Festival Steering Committee represented the profits from this year’s 40th annual Ruthven Apple Festival. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It’s important that the community comes together for

the same cause,” said DeSantis. The appreciation dinner is a chance for Community Living to thank the volunteers who work all year preparing for the Apple Festival and other fundraisers. Live music by Martha Renaud was enjoyed after the light meal. Since 1961, Community Living Essex County, a non-profit, registered charitable organization, has been committed to assisting people of all ages who have an intellectual disability and their families throughout Essex County. CLEC supports over 650 people of all ages as they develop their capacity to live, learn, work and participate in their community. One volunteer in particular was acknowledged for his 11 years of dedicated work in the Farmers Market. Dan Zompanti

of Kingsville, whose father Antonio was posthumously acknowledged recently by the Leamington Historical Society for his community work was honoured for his years of service to Community Living Essex County and the Ruthven Apple Festival. Dan left the steering committee due to growing personal health issues but he raised the bar in his dedication to the festival. Proceeds from the festival will again be earmarked to purchase a new accessible vehicle or repair the existing vehicles. The vehicles help in transporting people supported by CLEC to and from appointments, volunteer and work opportunities across Essex County or for simply getting people to community events that they otherwise might not be able to enjoy.

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5 Generations

From Left to Right; Tammy Kay, grandmother; Jocelyn Kay, mother; Theresa Meloche, great great grandmother; Annette Colombe, great grandmother and Dallas Kay-Lucier, baby

Rain washes out roadway

Community Living Essex County had a lot to celebrate on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at their annual grand reveal of the Apple Festival proceeds. The Ruthven Apple Festival Steering Committee presented a cheque for $50,000 from this year’s two-day event held on the grounds of Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens. Pictured here, from left to right, are Corey Dalgleish, Director of Operations, Community Living Essex County, Joe Colasanti, Brianne Taggart and Tony DeSantis, Manager Community Relations, Community Living Essex County. (Southpoint Sun Photo)

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The roughly 50mm of rain that hit the area Saturday took its toll on area roadways, one of which was the South Riverview Dr./Concession 2 North area in River Canard. The roadway was covered with water as a result of the heavy rains that hit the area on the weekend.


COMMUNITY NEWS - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 19

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MONDAY

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JANUARY 12

JANUARY 13

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JANUARY 14

HIGH SCHOOL

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

JANUARY 15

JANUARY 16

JANUARY 17

Drop-in Restorative Yoga @ Libro 7:30pm – 8:30 pm $8.25/person $5.25/senior

Drainage Board Meeting (Court of Revision for Ouellette Drain)

Drop-in Chair Yoga @ Libro 10-11 am $8.25/person $5.25/senior

FRIDAY NIGHTS

Change of Venue Town Hall, Council Chambers 6:00 pm

JANUARY 20

Drop-in Turf Tots $3.25/Child 9-11 am Libro

JANUARY 26 Drop-in Turf Tots $3.25/Child 9-11 am Libro Centre

JANUARY 21 Visit River Lights in, Downtown Amherstburg & KNYP throughout February 16. Drop-in Turf Tots 10 am-12 pm $3.25/child Libro Centre Libro Centre Secondary Plan OPEN HOUSE 9:00am-1:00pm and 4:00pm-8:00pm Libro Centre

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JANUARY 28

Regular Council Meeting Town Hall, Council Chambers 6:00 p.m.

Committee of Adjustment Meeting 7:30 a.m. Council Chambers Drop-in Turf Tots 10 am-12 pm $3.25/child Libro Centre

No Pickleball tonight at General Amherst

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FRIDAY

SATURDAY JANUARY 18 Council Open Mic Session for the Public McGregor Columbian Club 9560 Walker Rd., McGregor 12pm-1pm FREE Public Skating 4:30pm-6:30pm Sponsored by ACS Drop-in All Ages Yoga $3.25/person $9/family of 5

JANUARY 22

JANUARY 23

JANUARY 24

JANUARY 25

Drop-in Restorative Yoga @ Libro 7:30pm – 8:30 pm $8.25/person $5.25/senior

Accessibility Advisory Committee 5 p.m. Board Room, Town Hall

Drop-in Pickleball 6-8 pm at General Amherst $5.25

Public Skating 4:30pm-6:30pm

JANUARY 29 Visit River Lights in, Downtown Amherstburg & KNYP throughout February 16. Drop-in Restorative Yoga @ Libro 7:30pm – 8:30 pm $8.25/person $5.25/senior

White Goods Pickup (Last day to call for a pick up is January 17th)

JANUARY 30

Drop-in Chair Yoga @ Libro 10-11 am $8.25/person $5.25/senior

JANUARY 31 Drop-in Pickleball 6-8 pm at General Amherst $5.25

Drop-in All Ages Yoga $3.25/person $9/family of 5

FEBRUARY 1 Drop-in All Ages Yoga $3.25/person $9/family of 5

Drop-in Chair Yoga @ Libro 10-11 am $8.25/person $5.25/senior

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