Gibson Gallery showcasing “Artists of the Future”



By Ron Giofu


Work of art students from a pair of local high schools is on exhibit at the Gibson Gallery through March 19.

“Artists of the Future” is the opening exhibit of 2017 at the gallery with roughly 100 pieces of work by General Amherst High School students on display with 200-250 pieces of art created by St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School also featured.

Jessica Dass sits beside one of her works that are exhibited as part of the Gibson Gallery's "Artists of the Future" exhibit.

Jessica Dass sits beside one of her works that are exhibited as part of the Gibson Gallery’s “Artists of the Future” exhibit.

“The Grade 12’s worked really hard to put this show together,” said General Amherst art teacher Andrea Craig-Wammes. “It’s part of the curriculum to get pieces ready for an art gallery.”

While the show features work from students in Grade 9-12, Craig-Wammes noted the Grade 12 students were the ones getting the pieces titled, mounted and ready to be showcased.

“They’ve put in a lot of effort,” said Craig-Wammes.

The work that came from General Amherst students was chosen either by the students or Craig-Wammes herself. Students didn’t have to have their work exhibited, but Craig-Wammes didn’t recall any student taking that option.

“They had the opportunity to deny it but everyone is excited about showcasing their work,” she said. “It’s a huge honour for them to have their artwork in a gallery and to be able to showcase their talent.

A wide range of mediums was used by General Amherst students from sculptures to painting to scratch art and more, with the Villanova students also displaying their talents through a number of ways.

“We have a lot of variety of work,” explained Villanova art teacher Lisa Bastien. “Our students are encouraged to think outside the box. They are posed problems and have to solve them independently.”

Concepts are presented to the students with students able to work with the concepts in their own way, Bastien said, adding they also work with the students on their technique as well.

Kyra Breshamer shows the artwork she created for the "Artists of the Future" exhibit at the Gibson Gallery.

Kyra Breshamer shows the artwork she created for the “Artists of the Future” exhibit at the Gibson Gallery.

Roughly 400 students per year enroll in Villanova’s art program with the show being much of what has been done in the first semester. While work is showcased in the school, exhibiting it in an art gallery puts a different context on it, Bastien added.

“It makes the kids feel important to have it in a gallery space,” she said. “I’m just really proud of the kids and the families who came by and supported them.”

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. Their hours are Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 519-736-2826, e-mail or visit

The House planning reunion for members, staff from the 1970’s



By Danica Skakavac

The House has become a place of bonding and making memories over the long years it’s been around.

To celebrate, this year The House will host a reunion Sept. 23 for those who were a part of it in the 1970’s. This event will include a barbecue and picnic, as well as attractions that will remind the visitors of life back in the 70’s. These attractions consist of music that was popular during the time and old photos, which co-op students working at The House are digitizing so they can be properly displayed.

The House has been around since 1971, so the reunion is the first of many to come, even though smaller groups themselves had held their own reunions over the years. Should this very first reunion work out, more reunions will be held annually for the next five years and in 2021, it will have it’s 50th anniversary reunion. The point of it all is to focus on memories made during that time and recreating new ones.

70's Reunion

“Everyone is very excited and we have a lot of people interested and planning on attending,” said Rebecca Vandervaart, who is currently in charge of The House.

There has been a lot of involvement and positive responses since the announcement of the reunion.

“We’ve already gotten 40-50 RSVP’s,” said Vandervaart. “Lots of people who have moved far away since then are very interested.” Anyone who had any kind of involvement, such as volunteering or staff work and had connections are welcome to come.

The program itself hasn’t changed much since then, as it is still incredibly similar. Even the name, now changed to just ‘The House’, reflects its atmosphere, being a heart-warming, open place to everyone and now ready to welcome back those who first stepped through it’s doors.

The House is located at 247 Brock St. and their phone number is 519-736-6811. For more information, visit

Local real estate office giving back through country concert



By RTT Staff


A local real estate office is giving back to the Windsor-Essex County community through a country music concert in April.

The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team is hosting “Country at Heart,” featuring the music of Adam Butcher as well as Ashley Lynn & The Spurs. It will be held at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery April 22.

“The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team is always looking to give back to the community that’s been so great to us,” explained Gemus. “The last three years, our team hosted a huge indoor charity yard sale. Those events raised over $25,000 over those three years. But, as fun as those events were on the day of the sales, people didn’t see the hundreds and hundreds of man hours spent by the members of our team to collect and organize the items. The team had even purchased a tractor trailer to help store the collections!”

Dan Gemus concert

Gemus said after much discussion, the team decided to change focus this year to an event that would raise even more funds and not require as many man hours along the way.

Thus, the “Country At Heart” event was born!

“We all love supporting the large charity galas throughout the year. Our goal for this event was not only to have that large event but to have more of a relaxed party feel,” said Gemus. “’Country at Heart’ is basically a large country bash! Jeans and cowboy boots are encouraged! Chicken and ribs will be served off of a 22-foot barbecue grill. It will also feature a backed potato bar, smores bar, candy table and tons more!”

Gemus added: “We have an amazing group of super caring members on the Dan Gemus Team. Everyone is always looking to lend a helping hand anytime we hear of someone in need. Hosting a yearly event is something that we all look forward to every year!”

The real estate team decided to donate its proceeds from the concert to the Windsor Regional Hospital intensive care unit because “we were looking to support a cause that touched as many lives as possible. We also wanted a cause that didn’t have any other large fundraiser events hosted for it on a regular basis. My wife Nicole also happens to be an RN in the ICU department. The unit is always looking for extra equipment etc. We thought it was a worthwhile cause!”

Butcher will play an acoustic set during the VIP sponsor cocktail portion along with the first hour or so of the regular event. Later in the evening Ashley Lynn & The Spurs will headline the party.

“They’ll have everyone up and dancing on their feet all night long!” said Gemus.

Sprucewood has room for 250 guests and Gemus said it is anticipated the event will sell out soon after tickets go on sale to the public March 6. He said guests are expected from all over Windsor-Essex County.

“We would like to thank all of our amazing sponsors. This event couldn’t have happened without every single one of them,” Gemus added. “We started planning this event knowing we were working with a very aggressive timeline for this first annual event. The sponsors stepped up in a huge way and it’s so much appreciated!”

If anyone is interested in sponsoring the event or wanting more information they can call the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team at 519-566-5565 or visit the event website at

Town’s recreation department presenting “Walk Across Essex County” challenge



By Ron Giofu


The town’s recreation department is encouraging people to try and stay healthy through a walking challenge issued to the community.

The “Walk Across Essex County” challenge is now open to residents and non-residents alike with draws being March 13-July 4 if certain targets are hit by walkers. Kristen Saunders, recreation program co-ordinator, said it is a “virtual walk” where people are invited to keep track of their daily steps, record them, and if they walk enough steps they can be eligible for prizes.

A group of walkers use the indoor walking track at the Libro Centre last Friday morning.

A group of walkers use the indoor walking track at the Libro Centre last Friday morning.

One kilometer is considered to be approximately 2,625 steps thus meaning 47,250 steps is the equivalent of walking to LaSalle. Walking that distance makes a person eligible for a draw. If someone takes 70,875 steps, it is equal to walking to Essex. People can work their way to 136,600 steps, which is the equivalent of walking to Lakeshore.

Participants will receive ballots in accumulations as they reach the distances set out. For instance, if a person walks 196,875 steps, that would include hitting the LaSalle, Essex and Windsor milestones so they would receive three ballots.

The town is partnering with Kelcom, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and Essex Powerlines on the initiative.

“For years, Amherstburg has been known as a safe community,” said Saunders. “Now we want to strive to be a healthy community.”

People can register for free at the Libro Centre or do so online at People can e-mail their progress from their fitness tracker (i.e. a “Fit Bit” or app on their smart phone) or they can sign out a pedometer for use at the Libro Centre.

“You track your steps throughout the day, send it in and we keep a tally,” said Saunders. “The longer you stick with it, the better the prizes.”

Walking Challenge2

People can register through June 30 and Saunders noted that it requires no extra walking if people are already active and walking 6,000-10,000 steps per day. If this challenge is a success, the recreation department hopes to do others.

For further information, visit the guest services desk at the Libro Centre, call 519-736-5712, visit or e-mail

Nominees for ACOC’s Business Excellence Awards revealed


Special to the RTT

The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the nominees for its 12th annual Business Excellence Awards.

Over the last four weeks, the Chamber has been accepting nominations for the awards and was thrilled with the number of nominations they received.

“We had so many nominations come in and it was really hard to choose winners in the categories,” said ACOC board member and awards co-organizer Ray Bezaire. “Amherstburg is lucky with the choices of local businesses that we have. There is really no reason not to shop local. It was great to see our community have no trouble coming up with names of nominees.”

The nominees are:


I Dare Your Hair

CJ Bondy Plumbing

Amherstburg Optometric Centre


Precision Plastics

Walker Aggregates




Amherstburg License Bureau

Amherstburg Supply

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Norm Mickle – Amherstburg, You’ll Love it Here

Joe Meloche Ford

Libro Credit Union


Wolfhead Distillery

Amherstburg Pharmacy

Dan Gemus Real Estate Team


Smashed Apple

Beacon Ale House

Gabriel’s Deli


Sutton Funeral Home

Precision Jewellers

Waterbee Pools


Amherstburg Home Health Supplies

Jones Group

Fort Malden Dental


Amherstburg Laundry

Bondy House B&B

Speck’s Restaurant

The Chamber will also be honouring retired Shoppers Drug Mart associate Mary Ann Wolff with a lifetime achievement award.

“With Mary Ann retiring from Shoppers this year, the Chamber felt it was a great time to honour her with this award,” said Bezaire. “She has been a great supporter of the Chamber and our community.”

The gala event where the winners will be announced will be held at Pointe West Golf Course March 31. Nominees are encouraged to bring family, friends and their staff for a great dinner and an evening of networking and socializing with other members of the business community.

Tickets are $50 and are available at Gibb Insurance, located at 535 Sandwich St. S. (next to Tim Hortons). The phone number is 519-736-8228.

“Tickets will go fast now. Get yours before they are gone,” said Bezaire. “The venue is great but seating is limited.”

CAO John Miceli will also be making a presentation and giving updates on the exciting projects the town is working on.

“We are looking forward to hearing from John and getting more information on the Belle Vue project, the Duffy’s project among others.”