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Intersection of Pickering Dr. and Sandwich St. S. to close Sept. 1 for watermain installation

The intersection of Sandwich Street and Pickering Drive will be closed to all traffic tomorrow (Friday September 1) to facilitate the installation of a watermain.

The town states the closure is expected to last one day and that detour routes will be posted.

The intersection of Pickering Dr. and Sandwich St. S. will be closed Friday, September 1 for the installation of a watermain.

The intersection of Pickering Dr. and Sandwich St. S. will be closed Friday, September 1 for the installation of a watermain.

Work on the Pickering Drive Watermain Replacement and Road Improvements will be ongoing through October 2017. The town reminds residents that during construction traffic disruptions may occur and some delays may be experienced.

Please slow down, obey all traffic signage, and watch for flag persons in the construction zone.

Closure of Meloche Road/Lowes Side Road intersection starts Aug. 28

 

The intersection of Lowes Side Road and Meloche Road will be closed to all traffic commencing Aug. 28 as part of the ongoing Meloche Road project.

The intersection of Lowes Side Road and Meloche Road will be closed for one week starting Aug. 28.

The intersection of Lowes Side Road and Meloche Road will be closed for one week starting Aug. 28.

The town announced that this latest closure is expected to last one week. Detour routes will be posted.

Work on the overall Meloche Road reconstruction project will be ongoing through to November 2017, town officials add.

Meloche Road is still closed between Lowes Side Road and the Simcoe St. and Simcoe St. to Alma St. The intersection of Meloche Road and Lowes Side Road closes for one week starting next Monday (Aug. 28).

Meloche Road is still closed between Lowes Side Road and the Simcoe St. and Simcoe St. to Alma St. The intersection of Meloche Road and Lowes Side Road closes for one week starting next Monday (Aug. 28).

The town reminds residents that during construction traffic disruptions may occur and some delays may be experienced. Please slow down and obey all traffic signage.

The intersection of Simcoe St. and Meloche Road re-opened Aug. 11 after a two-week closure that was originally planned as a four-week closure.

Town closing Pickering Dr. for watermain replacement and road improvements

Another local road will soon be closed temporarily due to construction.

The town has advised that Pickering Dr. will be closed to through traffic between Dalhousie St. and King St., commencing Aug. 10, to facilitate watermain replacement and road improvements. This closure will be ongoing through October.

Pickering Dr. will get some work this year, including the intersection of Pickering and Sandwich (pictured).

Pickering Dr. will get some work this year, including the intersection of Pickering and Sandwich (pictured).

The town states that local traffic will be maintained and residents will be allowed access to their homes. A detour route will be posted, but delays should be expected.

This capital project will also include a one-day closure of the intersection at Sandwich St. S. and Pickering Dr. next Wednesday (Aug. 16). Detour routes will again be posted.

The town reminds residents that during construction, traffic disruptions may occur and some delays may be experienced. Drivers are asked to please slow down and obey all traffic signage, and watch for flag persons in the construction zone.

The $1.1 million tender was awarded to SLR Contracting Group Inc. in July with manager of engineering Todd Hewitt stating at that meeting that watermain work should take six to eight weeks when it gets started with pavement work coming after that.

Mudpuppy Gallery announces closure at seventh anniversary celebration

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Sunday was a day of mixed emotions at the Mudpuppy Gallery.

While it was the gallery’s seventh anniversary, it was also the day where the news that the doors of their Dalhousie St. location will be closing at the end of the month became official. Owner Melissa Piva stated they were there “for a number of reasons,” including to celebrate the growth and the “coming together as a community” that occurred over the past seven years.

However, Piva said that due to circumstances beyond their control, they could no longer afford to keep their current location. With fingers crossed, she hopes it will just be a pause in the gallery’s existence.

“We do still own the Mudpuppy name,” she said, adding they are keeping their eyes open for an affordable option in Amherstburg of similar size.

“Currently, there is nothing of this size available,” said Piva.

Piva thanked everyone who had a hand in the gallery during the last seven years, including every artist, volunteer and even those who simply shared a post about the gallery on social media.

Artists past and present that helped operate the Mudpuppy Gallery turned out for a seventh anniversary celebration Sunday afternoon. Current owner Melissa Piva (right) announced that, due to circumstances beyond their control, the gallery will be closing its doors at the end of June.

Artists past and present that helped operate the Mudpuppy Gallery turned out for a seventh anniversary celebration Sunday afternoon. Current owner Melissa Piva (right) announced that, due to circumstances beyond their control, the gallery will be closing its doors at the end of June.

“You made the Mudpuppy what it was,” she told the gathering of artists and gallery supporters at a Sunday afternoon reception.

The Mudpuppy Gallery supported established and upcoming artists, Piva added, and “it’s something we should be extremely proud of.”

“I’m glad the Mudpuppy Gallery was a part of my life,” added artist Betty Hebert. “It showcased so many different things.”

Cheryl MacLellan said she was sad to see the Mudpuppy Gallery have to close its location, noting she and husband met a lot of “great people and great artists.

“It made my husband’s dream come true,” she added. “That means a lot to me.”

Rob MacLellan, who helped found the Mudpuppy, rounded up five other artists at the start including Rocco DiPasquale, Dennis White, Stephen Gibb, Robert Honor and Shannon MacPherson. He said he was grateful the Mudpuppy succeeded like it did.

“We just do this because we love to make art,” said MacLellan. “The Mudpuppy is not dead yet. I”m sure something will show its head in the future.”

Honor thanked Piva for keeping the gallery going. She was a partner for one year before taking over as owner two years ago. Honor said the original six got tired and wanted to move on and “she kept it going.”

Cheryl MacLellan and his wife Debra also made major contributions in the beginning, Honor stated, noting they helped get artists to exhibit and volunteered in other ways. He said it is a full-time job to keep the gallery going and “there has to be someone like Cheryl or Mel to keep it going.”

Piva pointed out she is looking at trying to obtain grant funding to keep the name alive in case a new location can’t be found. She floated the idea of networking with businesses and possibly doing public art under the Mudpuppy banner.

The last exhibit – Art Squared – will be displayed until the end of the month. For more information, call 519-560-0470 or visit www.mudpuppygallery.webs.com.

Section of Alma St. to be closed for most of October

 

For those who use Alma St. regularly, be aware that a stretch near McGregor will be shut down for roadwork for most of October.

The Town of Amherstburg awarded a contract for the rehabilitation of Alma St. between Howard Ave. and Walker Road to Coco Paving Inc. in July with the cost being $921,755.31. This work will result in a road closure. The construction is also expected to include a wider shoulder to the road.

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The town states this work is anticipated to commence starting next Monday (Oct. 3) and the area between Howard Ave. and Walker Road will be considered construction zone. Work is anticipated to be complete by Oct. 29, the town states.

During construction, residents are advised to reduce speed, obey all traffic signs, and watch for flag persons in construction zones. The town thanks everyone in advance for their patience and cooperation while it complete this project. The Town adds that it “endeavors to complete the work as quickly as possible to minimize disturbance and inconvenience.”