• Horses a hoof closer to getting on Essex to Amherstburg trail

    Horses may be allowed on the Essex to Amherstburg greenway if equestrians follow newly-released trail rules and if money can be raised for a parking lot with room for horse trailers.
    Last year there was an 800-name petition asking the Essex Region Conservation Authority to allow horseback riding on more of its greenway trails including the newer Cypher Systems Group Greenway to Amherstburg. Horseback riding is allowed on some rural sections of the Chrysler Canada Greenway but equestrians were as
  • Horses a hoof closer to getting on Essex to Amherstburg trail - Windsor Star

    Horses a hoof closer to getting on Essex to Amherstburg trail  Windsor StarHorses may be allowed on the Essex to Amherstburg trail if riders obey newly-released trail rules and $50000 is raised for a parking lot.
  • Rosati embarks on commercial development in Amherstburg - Windsor Star

    Rosati embarks on commercial development in Amherstburg  Windsor StarRosati Construction has begun preparatory work on a 7800-square-foot commercial building in Amherstburg on the Sandwich Street site of the former Wesley ...
  • Rosati embarks on commercial development in Amherstburg

    Rosati Construction has begun preparatory work on a 7,800-square-foot commercial building in Amherstburg on the Sandwich Street site of the former Wesley United Church.
    Workers started grading the site and pouring footings a little over a week ago after getting approval from town council.
    Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said Rosati was anxious to get going with hopes of opening a few months down the road. DiCarlo had no information to share on potential tenants for 365 Sandwich St. S.
    The church and surround
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  • Amherstburg Youth Advisory Committee has trouble attracting participants - Windsor Star

    Amherstburg Youth Advisory Committee has trouble attracting participants  Windsor StarAmherstburg town councillor Don McArthur is prepared to up the ante with pizza as a way to generate interest among local teens about serving on a new youth ...
  • Amherstburg Youth Advisory Committee has trouble attracting participants

    Amherstburg town councillor Don McArthur is prepared to up the ante with pizza as a way to generate interest among local teens about serving on a new youth advisory committee.
    “Someone suggested we offer food,” McArthur said with a laugh. “Could we throw a pizza in the deal, I think we probably could, even if I have to pay for it.”Town council has been trying, without success, since last fall to establish a youth advisory committee.
    It’s a great way to get community
  • Little white church in Amherstburg becoming bed and breakfast - CTV News Windsor

    Little white church in Amherstburg becoming bed and breakfast  CTV News WindsorAn Amherstburg landmark is getting a new lease on life.
  • Iconic 'little white church' to become Airbnb

    The new owners of the iconic “little white church” at the end of Howard Avenue have ambitious plans to make it into Airbnb lodging.
    Owners Greg Grondin and Drew Coulson got the necessary council approval for a bylaw amendment Monday to remake the more than 100-year-old place of worship into a six-bed destination.
    It’s been gutted down to the bare bones so we’d still like to keep August as our goal
    “It will be completely unique from what the surrounding area is offer
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  • Construction starting on Essex County roads

    Expect delays and detours on some of Essex County’s main roads as construction season begins.
    There will be lane restrictions on County Road 20 in Amherstburg and Leamington, and in Lakeshore, parts of  County Road 22 and County Road 2 will be closed this spring to the end of June.
    The County of Essex is advising drivers that County Road 20 will have lane restrictions between Middle Side Road and Elm Avenue for sewer construction by the Town of Amherstburg until July 1.
    Also on County
  • Amherstburg looking at Wendy’s restaurant proposal again - CTV News Windsor

    Amherstburg looking at Wendy’s restaurant proposal again  CTV News WindsorAmherstburg town council is once again looking at a proposal for a Wendy's restaurant.
  • Dispute over Amherstburg Wendy's ends with council approval

    Wendy’s is back on the table in Amherstburg.
    In a unanimous decision at a special planning meeting Tuesday night, Amherstburg’s town council approved a contentious zoning bylaw amendment for the commercial property at Sandwich and Fort Streets, which will allow the landowner to continue with plans to construct a fast food restaurant near the Sobeys that leases part of the space. The previous council deferred the amendment issue in August after the grocery store piped up with traffic
  • Dispute over Amherstburg Wendy's ends with council approval - Windsor Star

    Dispute over Amherstburg Wendy's ends with council approval  Windsor StarThis is something that I think will benefit the town,” said Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.
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  • No April fooling for Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo

    What is April Fool’s Day?
    Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo got a Monday morning laugh when friends sent him a fake news story on social media that made it look like he’d been a contestant on Jeopardy!
    “I like a good joke. I laughed out loud when I saw it,” DiCarlo said.
    Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek as he is inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame on April 9, 2018 in Las Vegas.
    As if fake news wasn’t a big enough problem already,
  • No April fooling for Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo - Windsor Star

    No April fooling for Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo  Windsor StarAmherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo got a Monday morning laugh when friends sent him a fake news story saying he was a contestant on Jeopardy.
  • Belle Vue Conservancy teaming up with WSO, Christ Church again this year

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    What has become an annual tradition is “all about the bricks” this year.
    The Belle Vue Conservancy is hosting its annual spring concert April 24 in partnership with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO). The WSO’s string ensemble, conducted by Daniel Wiley, will be performing that evening at Christ Anglican Church, the latter being in its milestone 200th anniversary year.
    Event co-ordinator Stephanie Thomson says her objective is to involve as m
  • Police investigating the theft of building materials

     
     
    Officers with the Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment are investigating the theft of building materials from a business on St. Arnaud St.
    Police say there are no suspects and people are encouraged to call them at 519-736-2252 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477) with any information. The business is located in the 100 block of St. Arnaud St.
    The theft was reported to police March 22 around 7:30 a.m.Police are also investigating a theft from Walmart for a theft
  • Amherstburg Public School students emphasizing focus on character development

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    Students at Amherstburg Public School are focusing on character development with particular themes being resilience and respect.
    The local public elementary school held a kickoff assembly last Thursday morning in which children performed skits and got the rest of the students and staff hyped for the initiative. There is a follow up assembly planned for April to go over each class’ progress.
    Nicole Loggie, one of the teachers helping to plan the initiative
  • Phil Roberts latest to join Amherstburg from Windsor city ranks - Windsor Star

    Phil Roberts latest to join Amherstburg from Windsor city ranks  Windsor StarEver the nature enthusiast, Phil Roberts has come home to roost in his new position as the director of parks, recreation, facilities and culture for Town of ...
  • Phil Roberts latest to join Amherstburg from Windsor city ranks

    Ever the nature enthusiast, Phil Roberts has come home to roost in his new position as the director of parks, recreation, facilities and culture for Town of Amherstburg.
    The former general manager of Roseland Golf and Curling Club in Windsor was officially introduced at this week’s meeting of town council.
    “A goal of mine was to finish my career in parks,” Roberts said Wednesday. “Amherstburg has an appeal to me in the sense that in my other life I was involved with the h
  • Rotary, Chase Family Receive Conservation Foundation Awards - Amherstburg, Ontario - Hometown Media

    Rotary, Chase Family Receive Conservation Foundation Awards - Amherstburg, Ontario  Hometown MediaThe Essex Region Conservation Foundation celebrated its donors and supporters at its Annual General Meeting on March 27. “There's no question that thanks ...
  • Edgewater forcemain project resuming, Front Road North traffic impacted

    Traffic along County Road 20 from Kingsbridge Drive to Texas Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting this week and will last for the next several weeks, according to the Town of Amherstburg.
    The partial road closure is to facilitate sanitary forcemain installation. Included with this lane reduction is a speed reduction to 50km/h within the construction zone.
    Traffic has been reduced on Front Road North to accommodate the upcoming construction of the Edgewater forcemain. It wi
  • Need for affordable housing and will to accept it highlighted at town hall meeting

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    Eight panelists joined Essex MP Tracey Ramsey for a town hall on affordable housing with speakers highlighting the need not just for the housing itself, but the need for communities to accept it as well.   Approximately 50 people – including five Amherstburg council members and three Essex council members – attended the two-hour open house Friday evening at the Libro Centre where panelists from local non-profit and housing organizations out
  • Town council not allowing ATV’s along roadways… for now

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    Town council agreed with administration’s recommendation not to take further action with regards to allowing ATV’s along area roadways, but local ATV operators were not given a flat no.
    While all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), also known as off-road vehicles (ORVs), won’t be allowed on town roads for now, town council did agree to have administration work with the Essex County ATV Club on possibly coming up with a way to make it happen in the future.
  • Centennial Park status discussed

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    An impassioned plea to keep Centennial Park as parkland in memory of a former mayor met with a response on the chain of events regarding the land from the town’s chief administrative officer (CAO).
    Despite not being on the public agenda, town council agreed to let local resident Sharon Colman speak on the matter and Colman outlined the history of the land all the way back to 1933 when “our town leaders had the foresight and courage to purchase the fo
  • Town to receive one-time funding from Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    The Town of Amherstburg, along with 404 other Ontario municipalities, got some good news last week.
    The town learned, via letter from Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, it will be receiving $620,201 from the province. It will be a one-time payment.
    “Taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars. This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they d
  • Sold out crowd supports Essex County Heroes

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    A sold out crowd at the Columbia Club Hall in McGregor showed its support for an athletic program for people with intellectual disabilities.
    The Essex County Heroes presented their annual fundraising dinner/dance in memory of Robert Pillon last Saturday night with the athletes, support workers, volunteers and families joining officials from the Windsor Police Service and Community Living Essex County (CLEC) at the event.
    Karen Bolger, executive director with Com
  • Town council honorarium reports for 2018 released

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    The town has released how much was paid out to elected officials and committee members in 2018, and who made what.
    The annual treasurer’s report with the 2018 Council and Appointee Statement on Remuneration and Expenses was part of the March 25 meeting agenda and gives a breakdown on the total amounts earned by town council members and committee appointees. The figures include not only their salaries, but also what the town paid out in communication allowa
  • “Rocking for Belle Vue” draws nearly 100 people to Legion

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    The music of Rick Rock got people dancing Saturday night but also helped raise money for a local historic site.
    “Rocking for Belle Vue” was held at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 with a crowd of about 92 people turning out for dinner followed by a show from Rock. It was presented by the Belle Vue Conservancy, with event chair and conservancy vice president Carolyn Davies stating their goal was 100 people. However, she was happy with how the night went
  • Smashed Apple, G.L. Heritage teaming for “Crawfish Boil” event

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    A pair of local businesses are teaming up for a unique event later this spring.
    Smashed Apple Trade Co. and G.L. Heritage Brewing Company are combining resources and presenting a “Crawfish Boil” May 25 from 3-8 p.m. It will be held at G.L. Heritage Brewing Co. with the food being provided by Smashed Apple. It will be under a tent that will be put up on the craft brewery’s property that will accommodate 250 people with live music being performed
  • Bilingual lyrics, a ukulele and a melodica: Amherstburg council changes up the anthem - CBC.ca

    Bilingual lyrics, a ukulele and a melodica: Amherstburg council changes up the anthem  CBC.caAn Amherstburg resident was tired of the traditional anthem played at the beginning of council meetings and suggested they "mix it up."
  • Ramsey says affordable housing a critical issue

    Essex MP Tracey Ramsey recently hosted a town hall on the critical shortage of affordable housing in Canada at the Libro Centre in Amherstburg.
    “I am very concerned for people in our communities in Essex — everyone is finding it harder and harder to find affordable housing and to put a roof over their heads,” Ramsey said in a statement. “Nearly half of Canadians are only two hundred dollars away from not being able to pay their monthly bills. This is what it is keeping pe
  • DiCarlo acclaimed as the vice chair of the Windsor Police Services Board

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    The Windsor Police Services Board’s new vice chair is the town of Amherstburg’s representative on it.
    Mayor Aldo DiCarlo was acclaimed as the WPSB vice chair during their meeting last Thursday afternoon. He replaces Windsor city councillor Jo-Anne Gignac, who is no longer on the board.
    “I was definitely surprised,” DiCarlo told the RTT Friday morning. “I did not know this was coming. I do consider it to be quite an honour. It was qu
  • Federal budget failed to distract from SNC-Lavalin, says Ramsey

    By Ron Giofu
     
    The federal budget was not very exciting and failed to let the Liberal government turn the page from the SNC-Lavalin issue, according to the Member of Parliament for Essex.
    Essex MP Tracey Ramsey gave her thoughts on last week’s budget and believed there were some reannouncements and a lot left to be desired.
    “I don’t think there was a lot there that people were looking for in terms of making their lives more affordable every day,” the NDP MP said. &ld
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul thankful for community’s support

     
    The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Amherstburg Conference wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make life better for those in need in 2018.
    We wish to acknowledge the gracious gifts of food, clothing and monies that were donated to help those less fortunate.
    Our organization made 408 home visits with groceries, toiletries and books which resulted in us assisting 771 adults and 400 children. We also gave vouchers for emergency clothing, furniture and appliance items
  • Local band “Two Years Apart” plays to packed house in Amherstburg

     
     
    By Trent Sparling
     
    The home town boys from the band “Two Years Apart” had the town rocking out on the recently.
    With very little room to move from the Amherstburg community shuffling in and out of the newly managed Shooter’s Roadhouse, dedicated fans still found ways to jam along with Two Years Apart.
    New bar owner Matt Kelly was in awe at how fantastic of a turn out his business had that loud evening.
    “These guys brought in such a big crowd, that it g
  • A'burg mayor vice-chairperson of Windsor police board

    Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo was elected vice-chairperson of Windsor’s police board Thursday.
    DiCarlo was sworn in as a member of the board in January, after Windsor took over policing in Amherstburg.
    “I think everyone is committed to making this work,” he said of the transition. “The feedback from a  lot of residents has been very positive. Outside of an improvement in service, there probably wasn’t much notice at all.
    “The safety of Windsor is just as
  • DiCarlo named vice-chair of Windsor police board

    A familiar face is the new vice-chairman of the Windsor Police Services Board.
    Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, whose municipality took on the Windsor Police Service as the provider of patrols and investigations in the town, was chosen as vice-chair during the board’s meeting Thursday afternoon at Windsor police headquarters. DiCarlo’s name, put into nomination by board member Michael Ray, was the only one considered.
    DiCarlo told reporters after the meeting that he was “hu
  • ElderCollege welcomes federal minister, hosts courses in Amherstburg

     
     
    Having recently hosted the federal Minister Responsible for Seniors. Hon. Filomena Tassi, ElderCollege is on a bit of a roll.
    The Minister requested an opportunity to see what ElderCollege does and how ElderCollege functions. After sitting through a very short course on Alzheimer’s she said she was “very impressed.”
    Tassi had been in Woodstock earlier in the day as part of a multi-day tour of Ontario before leaving for Toronto later in the evening. She said it is
  • Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce reviews 2018, elects new 2019 president at AGM

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce (ACOC) held its annual general meeting last Thursday night and elected a new president as well.
    Nika Laurin, the branch manager at the local Libro Credit Union was elected the ACOC’s new president while local realtor/businessman Dan Gemus became the new vice president, However, Bondy House Bed & Breakfast co-owner Carolyn Davies, who moved from president to past president as a result of elections at the meeting, revi
  • Amherstburg Farmers Market moving downtown

     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    Fees are being waived for the Amherstburg Farmers Market, which will be located in a new home this year.
    Town council voted to waive up to $5,000 in user and permit fees for the Amherstburg Farmers Market (AFM), which will be located in Toddy Jones Park this year. The AFM’s former location at the Malden Community & Cultural Centre, a.k.a. the “Little White Church,” was sold by the town last year.
    Waiving of the fees was not a new decision by the t
  • Rotary Club brings in guest speaker on human trafficking

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    Human trafficking is around us and information about the subject was shared at the most recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Amherstburg.
    The Rotary Club’s meeting at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 saw guest speaker Amanda Pierce educate both Rotarians and those from the general public that attended on the subject of human trafficking. Pierce is the project co-ordinator with Legal Assistance Windsor’s (LAW) “WEFiGHT” initiative.
    “Thi
  • St. Patrick’s Eve event pleases organizers, participants

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    The night before St. Patrick’s Day brought a standing room only crowd to the Park House Museum.
    The museum presented its second “St. Patrick’s Eve” event with crowds filling the parlour and adjacent rooms and hallways at the Park House Museum to listen to storyteller Olwyn Coughlin and music from Phil Kasurak and Joe Perry.
    Coughlin explained the reason such events are presented are to help raise money for the Park House Museum and keep i
  • Belle Vue Conservancy planning 2019 events

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    The Belle Vue Conservancy’s schedule of events for 2019 is filling up.
    The conservancy, whose goal is to pay for the restoration of the historic 200-year-old mansion on Dalhousie St., has plans for several events in the coming months. Conservancy president Shirley Curson-Prue explained that they are planning one event per month in the spring as not to do too much.
    The first event is fast approaching, as “Rocking for Belle Vue” occurs this Satur
  • Ramsey gets new role, hosting town hall this Friday

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    Essex MP Tracey Ramsey is hosting a housing town hall meeting in Amherstburg this Friday night.
    Ramsey will be hosting the town hall meeting at the Libro Centre from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with participants to include Housing Information Services of Windsor-Essex, United Way Windsor-Essex County, Amherstburg Community Services (ACS), Family Services Windsor-Essex, the Homeless Coalition of Windsor Essex-County, the Downtown Mission of Windsor, the Welcome Shelter for Wo
  • Police investigating the theft of $1,600 worth of tools

     
    The Windsor Police Service – Amherstburg Detachment is investigating a theft of tools from a truck parked in the 2200 block of Front Road North.
    According to police, suspect(s) damaged a garage door and entered an unlocked truck parked inside the garage. Hand tools valued at $1,600 were taken, police add, with the damage to the garage door estimated at $400. It was reported to police last Tuesday around 6 p.m.
    Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at 519-736-2252 or
  • Town officially accepts FEO Awards

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    The town learned last week it had won Municipality of the Year as well as Best New Festival or Event and had another festival in the province’s top 100.
    This week, the town officially celebrated and received the awards during Monday night’s town council meeting. The awards were presented by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO).
    Amherstburg was Municipality of the Year among municipalities with a population under 50,000 while the Amherstburg Uncommon Fe
  • COUNCIL BRIEFS — Sidewalks a concern to councillor

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    Despite the fact that Amherstburg has sidewalk clearing machines, one town councillor is hoping residents tend to them during snow and ice events.
    Councillor Peter Courtney said he has received concerns from residents over the state of some sidewalks after it snows and the possibility of slip and fall accidents. He noted that he took care of his sidewalk when he lived on Alma St. and encourages those with sidewalks to still tend to them for the benefit of their
  • Plans underway for the 14th annual Business Excellence Awards

     
     
    By Ron Giofu
     
    The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards (BEAs) will be coming up in a little less than two months and the organization is looking for nominees for its awards.
    The awards will be once again be held at Pointe West Golf Club with the event scheduled for May 9. Nominations are being accepted until March 31 in 11 categories.
    This year’s categories include Business of the Year, which recognizes a business that has “leveraged
  • Local roundup: Amherstburg's DiPietro shares OHL award with 67's - Windsor Star

    Local roundup: Amherstburg's DiPietro shares OHL award with 67's  Windsor StarAmherstburg's Mikey DiPietro shared the Dave Pinkney Trophy with Ottawa 67's teammate Cedrick Andrea as the duo combined to post the Ontario Hockey ...
  • Windsor police busy over St. Patrick’s Day weekend

    St. Patrick’s Day brought much fun and frivolity this weekend, but Windsor police were busy keeping the shenanigans under control.
    With March 17 falling on a Sunday this year, revellers were out in force throughout the weekend celebrating the Irish holiday. To that end, Windsor police had their hands full with RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs as well as multiple reports of fights, mostly in the downtown area.
    A check of the Windsor police blotter showed that officers

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