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County approves tender for series of road projects, including some in Amherstburg

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Tenders for a series of road projects have been approved by Essex County council.

Director of transportation services/county engineer Tom Bateman confirmed that county council approved a $2.2 million tender – plus HST – from Coco Paving for six road projects. Two of the projects are in Amherstburg with one being County Road 8 between Howard Ave. and the Canard River with the other being County Road 18 between Concession 6 South and County Road 5 (Meloche Road).

The exact nature of the project is a cold in-place recycling with expanded asphalt mix.

Other projects around the county covered by this tender include one on County Road 23, another on County Road 27 and two on County Road 46.

County Road 8 is one of the county road projects that had funds granted early by Essex County council.

County Road 8 is one of the county road projects that had funds granted early by Essex County council.

Bateman said he was not yet sure about start dates for the projects, but he believed it most likely will be in mid-May.  The projects will be done in a pair of phases, Bateman added.

“These roads after being recycled will be paved with new asphalt so there is a step two to the work that follows the recycling,” Bateman told the River Town Times last Thursday. “County Road 18 will receive paved shoulders during the second phase of work.”

The project is strictly the pavement recycling at this point with asphalt overlay to follow, Bateman also pointed out.

Bateman pointed out in his report to county council that the tender results “are aligned with the engineer’s estimate.” The original estimate for the projects were $2.5 million.

Local man receives three-day license suspension

 

 

A report to the Amherstburg Police Service regarding a possible impaired driver led to a license suspension last week.

Amherstburg police received the report of a possible impaired driver last Tuesday night and subsequently were able to stop a silver Ford truck on Front Road North. As a result, police issued a three-day license suspension to a 20-year-old Amherstburg man.

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Thefts   Amherstburg police report that a license plate was stolen off of a trailer in the 1200 block of Concession 2 North. The matter was reported to police around 9:50 a.m. Saturday. There are no suspects, but anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

  • A wallet was reported stolen from a local address last Saturday afternoon. The incident was reported to police around 12:15 p.m. Saturday. Amherstburg police say the theft occurred in the 300 block of Fryer St.

 

Accident   Amherstburg police charged a 31-year-old Amherstburg woman with following too closely after a two-vehicle collision in the 500 block of Sandwich St. S. The accident took place last Friday around 3:55 p.m.

 

Mischief   Police were called to a home in the 7000 block of Howard Ave. last Wednesday where a window was reportedly broken in a home overnight. It is not certain whether anyone tried to enter the home or not, but police say there does not appear to be anything taken from the home. The matter is still under investigation.

 

Stats   Amherstburg police responded to eight 911 hang-up calls and nine alarm calls last week. There were 32 traffic-related charges also laid by police last week.

 

—All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

“From My Heart” now on exhibit at the Gibson Gallery

 

By Jonathan Martin

The opening reception for a local artist’s exhibit has drawn an estimated 80 people to the Gibson Gallery.

The show, titled “From My Heart,” opened Sunday and will run through April 16. It features the work of Windsorite Cindy Shafer.

Shafer says her art focuses on her “impressions of nature and its inspirational value.” She feels that her style lies somewhere between expressionism and impressionism.

“From My Heart” is dominated by highly-stylized landscapes done in acrylic. Loud, striking colours and obvious, textured brushstrokes pervade the exhibit, channeling the energy, movement and gaiety of its springtime subject matter.

“I don’t usually tell people what my paintings are about (emotionally),” Shafer said. “But their feedback is usually that they feel what I did while I was painting it.”

Shafer said she sees painting as a sort of escapism. She uses her brushes to build a univese in which she can simply sit and breathe. Sometimes it’s a reflection of someplace real, or a peaceful moment immortalized and stretched out to infinity over the canvas.

Cindy Shafer (right) poses for a photo alongside her daughter, Amanda Dufault (centre) and Shafer's husband, Roger, beside one of her paintings at the Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg last Sunday.  Shafer said her family has been "extremely supportive" of her artistic pursuits.

Cindy Shafer (right) poses for a photo alongside her daughter, Amanda Dufault (centre) and Shafer’s husband, Roger, beside one of her paintings at the Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg last Sunday. Shafer said her family has been “extremely supportive” of her artistic pursuits. (Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Many times, though, Shafer said, her landscapes come from a world that would otherwise exist only in her mind.

“It’s like playing Barbies,” she explained, referring to the Mattel doll brand. “I am the Barbie and I’m making myself a world and become a part of that world.”

A world in which Roger, Shafer’s husband, has taken up residence.

“(Her artwork is) on every wall of my house,” he said, laughing. “It’s like I’m living inside of her (mind).”

And he doesn’t expect it to change any time soon. Roger said he thinks the Gibson Gallery exhibit is just the beginning for his wife. He thinks gallery patrons will “see the uniqueness” in Cindy’s work and will tell others about what she has created. That will lead to more paintings and, ultimately, more Cindy.

“This really is her,” he said, motioning to the paintings hanging on the gallery walls. “When I look at them, I see her. People connect with that (artistic honesty).”

According to Gibson Gallery office administrator Bonnie Deslippe, those connections are already being made. She said several of Shafer’s pieces sold within the first hour of “From My Heart’s” opening reception. She thinks art-lovers are likely excited by the work of a creator who was previously unknown to them. Though “From My Heart” is not Shafer’s first exhibition, it is the largest in which she is the only artist featured.

Based on the reception”From My Heart” has received, Shafer said she doesn’t think it will be the last.

The exhibit runs through April 16.

The Gibson Gallery is located at 140 Richmond St. and their website is www.gibsonartgallery.com.

Their Facebook site can be found at www.facebook.com/GibsonGallery.

To find them on Twitter, visit www.twitter.com/ARTamherstburg.

 

 

Mudpuppy Gallery hosting “In the Eye of the Beholder” exhibit

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Mudpuppy Gallery is hosting its latest exhibit, which features work from a variety of different age groups and mediums.

“In the Eye of the Beholder” opened March 16 and runs through April 9. Mudpuppy Gallery owner Melissa Piva said it is a community show.

“It was open for all ages and all stages to submit to,” she said. “They could enter anything they wanted.”

Submissions came from both new and returning artists; some coming as far as Windsor and Kingsville. The “In the Eye of the Beholder” theme reflects that while one piece of art may not appeal to someone, another piece might. The exhibit takes up an entire wall at the gallery.

“There is art for everybody,” said Piva.

“In the Eye of the Beholder” is currently on exhibit at the Mudpuppy Gallery. The latest exhibit runs through April 9 at the Dalhousie St. gallery. The Mudpuppy Gallery is open Thursday-Sunday. (Photo by Danica Skakavac)

“In the Eye of the Beholder” is currently on exhibit at the Mudpuppy Gallery. The latest exhibit runs through April 9 at the Dalhousie St. gallery. The Mudpuppy Gallery is open Thursday-Sunday. (Photo by Danica Skakavac)

Everything including acrylics, water colours, mixed media, alcohol ink, black ink, landscapes, portraits and sculptures is represented as part of the exhibit.

The next exhibit runs April 13-May 7 and will be “The Madison Young Collection.” The 14-year-old Amherstburg girl was featured last year as an emerging artist and will get her own feature show this year.

Piva said a recent pancake and sundae “Fun Day” at the Beacon Ale House was a success with the next “Sip & Paint” event at the Beacon Ale House being March 29. The “Sip & Paint” event is for beginners and costs $35 with supplies and the first drink of the evening provided. It runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and to register, call 519-560-0470 or message them on their Facebook page.

The Mudpuppy Gallery’s contest where people can bring in a receipt from any downtown business and enter it for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the downtown business they choose runs until April 2. Piva said they have been getting a good response to the promotion. For more information, call the gallery or visit their Facebook page.

The Mudpuppy Gallery is located at 264 Dalhousie St. in Amherstburg and is open Thursday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 12-6 p.m. Their website can be found at http://www.mudpuppygallery.webs.com/.

Watoto Children’s Choir returning to Amherstburg April 2

 

Special to the RTT

Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled extensively since 1994, sharing a message of hope for Africa’s orphans and widows.

In January 2017, Watoto launches a whole new Watoto Children’s Choir production, “Signs & Wonders,” that celebrates the joy of salvation.

The choir will be performing in venues across Canada from January to July 2017. This dynamic production boasts a choir comprised of orphans and other vulnerable children.

It will present new worship music from Watoto Church in Uganda and invite audiences to experience an encounter with God.

Signs & Wonders will be presented in Amherstburg April 2 at Amherstburg Community Church, located at 125 Alma St., at 7 p.m.

The Watoto Children's Choir will be performing at Amherstburg Community Church April 2.

The Watoto Children’s Choir will be performing at Amherstburg Community Church April 2.

“This production is going to challenge preconceived ideas about miracles. It demonstrates that each of our daily lives are signs and wonders of God’s work in us. This is evidenced by the miraculous transformation that Jesus works in people who were once lost, but are now found. We see this through the innocence of the child telling of their transformation from their dark past to the light that God has shown upon them,” says James Skinner, creative director of Watoto Choirs.

Through the power of their testimonies, the children will share stories of how their lives have been changed, and how they have been called into a life of purpose to transform their communities.

“I am excited to be a part of Signs & Wonders. I know that I am a wonder because I am chosen by God as His child,” exclaims eight-year-old Esther Kahangi.

Kahangi is one of the children who will be travelling with the choir touring Canada in January 2017. After being born at a local hospital on the outskirts of Kampala over seven years ago, her mother abandoned her. Esther was rescued by Baby Watoto and arrived as a premature baby, spending her first weeks in an incubator until she was well enough to move to a crib. Now she is an energetic little girl, with the most memorable smile and dance moves.

There are no tickets being sold but there will be a free will offering taken. Seats are first come, first served.

For more information, contact Amherstburg Community Church at 519-736-5644 or visit www.acchurch.ca.