Local church offering program to help people going through a divorce



By Ron Giofu


Those going through a divorce can soon turn to a local church for assistance.

Lighthouse Church will be offering a program known as “Divorce Care” and it is a support group that originated in North Carolina in the early 1990’s and has now grown internationally. It is run by Pastor Adrian Ninaber and his wife Rose Ninaber and will run every Wednesday night starting Sept. 20.

“It’s a 13-week program,” explained Rose. “It’s geared towards those who are divorced or separated.”

Rose added that the program assists people who suddenly find themselves facing the end of their marriage and compared the feelings to someone who goes to a town that has been hit by a tornado.

“That’s kind of what divorce does to your life,” she said. “It’s like a tornado hitting you.”

The program allows people to plot a course on where they go from there, including guiding people through their anger, depression and loneliness. There are also seminars on how it affects children and a person’s finances. While a marriage might not be able to be fixed, there are also ways to forgive and reconcile as the two people in the estranged marriage could still see each other for a long time afterward.

“It’s a co-ed program,” said Adrian. “We have strict rules – no dating. If you are looking to date, sayonara.”

Most people don’t approach the Divorce Care group as an opportunity to meet someone new, he added, as it is designed to help people through what they are experiencing in a divorce.

Both Rose and Adrian agree that it is nice that it is a co-ed program, as women and men get to see what both sides experience.

“It gives an appreciation of what the other gender is going through,” said Adrian.

There are confidentiality agreements so that people can come in and open up about what they are feeling and be assured it won’t be spread outside the group.

“We want to keep the confidentiality so they can come and share,” said Rose.

Rose and Pastor Adrian Ninaber of Lighthouse Baptist Church will be conducting a Divorce Care program every Wednesday night for 13 weeks. The program starts Sept. 20.

Rose and Pastor Adrian Ninaber of Lighthouse Baptist Church will be conducting a Divorce Care program every Wednesday night for 13 weeks. The program starts Sept. 20.

The sessions run each Wednesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. with three 30-minute segments. Rose said people often start out such groups as strangers but end up as friends. There is a cost of $20, with that covering the workbook each person receives and gets to keep. Class sizes average about eight to ten people and Rose said people can step in at any time, even if they have missed a few weeks.

“I went through a divorce in 1998 and I took this course,” Rose stated. “That’s why I’m so passionate about it. It helped me a great deal. There is life after divorce.”

Adrian said it is often recommended that people don’t immediately go into another relationship right after their marriage ends as they could bring “baggage” into a new relationship.

“Don’t jump into another relationship without processing everything that’s happened to you,” said Adrian. “They need to work through the process of grieving and hurt until they are whole again.”

Divorce Care is a network of over 15,000 churches worldwide equipped to house divorce support groups. The program is non-denominational and is described as featuring practical information and biblical teaching for recovering from divorce or separation.

For more information, contact 519-962-9525 or visit Lighthouse Church is located at 266 King St., at the corner of Gore St.

Two more fundraisers planned by Belle Vue Conservancy


By Ron Giofu


The Belle Vue Conservancy has two more fundraisers planned for the month of September.

The first is a yard sale that is planned for the same weekend as the WE Harvest Festival – Sept. 9-10. The yard sale will be on the front yard of the 200-year-old Belle Vue house, located at 525 Dalhousie St. and it will run from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. both days.

Shirley Curson-Prue, president of the Belle Vue Conservancy, said they will be accepting donations Sept. 7 at Belle Vue from 12-8 p.m.

“What we’re looking for are things that are collectable, vintage and retro,” said Curson-Prue.

Curson-Prue emphasized that all items are donated, including some items donated by her and husband Michael, who is also a conservancy member. She added some items that will be part of the yard sale will include dinnerware, pots and pans, and vintage and antique items.

“They are not from the (Belle Vue) house,” she said. “They are individual, separate donations.”

There will be no fabrics or clothing, she added.

Curson-Prue added there are a number of volunteers helping out.

“It should be a good event,” said Curson-Prue. “We promised that every penny saved, every penny earned, is going into the house which is what we’ve been doing all along.”

For more information on the yard sale, please call 519-736-6947.

The Belle Vue Conservancy has a new logo, designed and donated by local artist Elio Del Col.

The Belle Vue Conservancy has a new logo, designed and donated by local artist Elio Del Col.

The Belle Vue Conservancy is also putting on a fashion gala entitled “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and that will be held Sept. 24 at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, located at 7258 County Road 50. Curson-Prue said tickets for that event are going well, as she estimated roughly 75 per cent of the tickets have been sold thus far.

The gala will feature both men’s and women’s fashion, with the clothing being from A La Mode and 67 Richmond. The evening will also include a five-course meal prepared by Smashed Apple Gourmet Catering.

There will be a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions and live entertainment from the jazz ensemble Michael Karloff, Ray Manzerolle and Mike Kabouk.

Tickets for the gala are $150 with a tax donation receipt of $50. They are available at A La Mode, 67 Richmond and the Gordon House.

For more information on the gala, contact Curson-Prue at 519-736-6947 or Linda Jackson at 226-345-0628. People can also visit and click on the “Events” tab.

Art by the River gearing up for 51st annual show



By RTT Staff


Art by the River, the major fundraiser for the Gibson Gallery, is returning to the grounds of Fort Malden National Historic Site this weekend.

According to Bonnie Deslippe, a member of the board of directors and office manager for the gallery, there are 147 vendors expected for the 51st annual arts and crafts show “but I am expecting we will get a few last minute calls.”

Deslippe said the focus is on fine art, but they will have artisans that work in wood, pottery, jewellery, glass, concrete, metal, soap, lotions candles, fibre and create musical instruments.

“There also are a few gourmet food vendors. The Gibson Gallery Wednesday Guild will be selling their knitted and crocheted items and the Park House Tinsmiths will be on site,” said Deslippe. “The Belle Vue Conservancy will be unveiling the new painting by Peter Rindlisbacher. Of interest, although we have many husband and wife teams exhibiting each year, this year we have numerous mother and daughter exhibitors, a new potter from Amherstburg, Trish MacDonald and her mother, Sheila Currie who is a watercolour artist, Carolyn and Kathy Hardy, artists from Kingsville, and a long-time exhibitor Elizabeth de Lange of Harvest Pillows (buckwheat) joined by her daughter Sasha who creates turmeric teas.”

Traya and Melah Mulder  create their own pieces of art at the “Little Artists’ Workshop” during Art by the River last year. The event returns this weekend.

Traya and Melah Mulder
create their own pieces of art at the “Little Artists’ Workshop” during Art by the River last year. The event returns this weekend.

Art by the River will be featuring live art again this year with local students painting Saturday and Fort Malden Guild of Arts and Crafts board members judging on Sunday with the winners receiving $400. The Fort Malden Guild of Arts and Crafts is the board that operates the Gibson Gallery.

“We have musical entertainment in Barracks Way and Artist Alley sponsored by RBC to add to the ambiance of the event,” said Deslippe. “Sabre Bytes Robotics will be doing demos as well as some of the artisans and for the children, TD Canada Trust is sponsoring the L’il Artist Workshop where they can create their own work of art for free.”

Deslippe said Art by the River’s average attendance is 8,000-10,000 people over the course of a weekend. Admission is $5 for adults with children under 12 being free as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

“This is our 51st year as the principle fundraiser for the Gallery. It allows us to run and maintain the Gibson Gallery as a free public gallery and offer children’s art and craft classes for a nominal fee,” she added. “Because we pay a rental fee to Fort Malden, the free 2017 park passes cannot be used at our event. The Fort personnel will be offering mini militia, music demos and Fort tours free.”

For more information, call the Gibson Gallery at 519-736-2826 or visit them at


House Youth Centre calling all alumni for reunion BBQ



By Jolene Perron


“Tracking down 40+ years of people is a very tricky and overwhelming task. Especially since all of the contact information we have for these alumni are the contact information they listed as teenagers.”

House Youth Centre activities coordinator Rebecca Vander Vaart explained since they only have two full-time staff members, the idea for the get-together has taken well over a decade and it’s often been something that’s been put on the back burner but they have finally just decided to go for it. By contacting a few alumni from the 70s and 80s that live in the area, they were able to start a bit of a domino effect and word of mouth has helped them to reach more.

“A lot of our program revolves around the idea of history, tradition and community,” said Vander Vaart. “I think it’s important that our current students get to see that they’re a part of something bigger than themselves, they’re part of a ‘family’ that expands across decades.”

It is also equally important, she said, for the alumni to know The House is still around and doing mentoring youth in the exact same fashion they did when they were teenagers. While many things have changed since The House was founded in 1971, the fundamental needs of the youth have not.


The very first Family Reunion BBQ is being hosted at The House September 23 for anyone who was involved in The House during the 70s. Vander Vaart said they are putting together a bunch of fun ways to show off some memories from the 70s, and a portion of the evening will even be dedicated to sitting down together for a traditional House meeting.

“This reunion is the first, but not the last,” said Vander Vaart. “In September 2018 our reunion will be for the alumni from the 80s, in September of 2019 it will be for the 90s alumni, September 2020 for those involved from 2000 t0 2010, and in 2021 everyone will be invited for a massive reunion to celebrate out 50th anniversary.”

Coinciding with these reunions, a couple of The House’s volunteers are kick starting a “senior group” this fall, which will be open to anyone who has ever been involved in The House, may they have graduated in 1971 or 2016. Vader Vaart explained the group will be meeting on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. for about three or four hours.

“These nights will host a traditional House meeting for anyone looking to reconnect,” said Vander Vaart. “It’s basically an adult version of our youth programs. Our youth program is based on social and emotional health, identity development, and community engagement. The need for thought provoking conversation on these things doesn’t stop when we hit 18.”
Vander Vaart said the goal for both of these initiatives is to reach The House alumni and let them know The House is still here, and everyone is still welcome.

Anyone who is interested in gathering more information about the reunions or the senior group can call The House at 519-736-6811, or e-mail
“At The House, we like to call ourselves a family,” said Vander Vaart. “That family isn’t just your grade level group. It’s 40+ years worth of people who have had their life changed for the better in this building.”

“Across Thresholds” now on exhibit at the Gibson Gallery


By Ron Giofu


The latest exhibit at the Gibson Gallery invites people to cross the threshold and enjoy seeing different types of things everyone uses every day.

“Across Thresholds” features the work of Dennis K. Smith and Vivian Cattaneo and runs at the gallery through Sept. 3.

“Vivian is the inspiration,” said Smith. “I had taken pictures of doors and said I always wanted to do something.”

That led to the pair teaming up as Cattaneo, who was born and raised in Argentina, returned to her homeland and took pictures of doors and began painting from the photos at Smith’s studio. Smith said he has always been interested in doors as pieces of art, noting they not only keep people out, but invite them in as well.

“We both enjoy the craftsmanship,” added Smith, with some of his work emphasizing the work that goes into creating and using a door.

Dennis K. Smith and Vivian Cattaneo have their work on display at The Gibson Gallery. Their exhibit "Across Thresholds" runs through Sept. 3.

Dennis K. Smith and Vivian Cattaneo have their work on display at The Gibson Gallery. Their exhibit “Across Thresholds” runs through Sept. 3.

“A handle can tell you a lot about the occupant,” said Smith, who has had work in galleries in the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as Michigan.

Cattaneo, who takes classes with Smith, came to Windsor in 1980 and while career stops included the Children’s Aid Society, Huron Lodge and Hiatus House before retiring in 2010, she has also studied architecture.

“I like doors, lamps and windows,” she said. “I have more (paintings) at home.”

The “Across Thresholds” exhibit is her first, she noted and hopes to do more in the future.

“Thanks to Dennis for encouraging me to do it,” said Cattaneo.

Cattaneo also encouraged people to visit Argentina, noting Buenos Aires is very interesting to visit.

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. and can be found online at

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Their phone number is 519-736-2826.