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Memorial Cup trophy visits Amherstburg

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup will be decided at the WFCU Centre in Windsor but the trophy itself is visiting several areas of Windsor-Essex County while it is in the area.

Amherstburg was the Memorial Cup trophy’s stop last Sunday afternoon, as it came to the Libro Centre. The colour guard from Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 escorted the trophy into the main ice pad with the fans in attendance lining up to have their photograph taken with the cup.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 colour guard pose with the Memorial Cup and the staff that brought junior hockey’s top prize to Amherstburg.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 colour guard pose with the Memorial Cup and the staff that brought junior hockey’s top prize to Amherstburg.

“The Memorial Cup’s history is iconic to Canadian values,” said Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.

DiCarlo pointed out the trophy was originally dedicated in memory of Canadians killed in World War I, but was rededicated in 2010 to all soldiers who were killed in action. Legion Br. 157 president Dave Lauzon said they were pleased to have the opportunity to bring the trophy into the building and echoed DiCarlo’s statements about the history of the trophy.

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo pose with the Memorial Cup while the trophy was at the Libro Centre May 21.

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo pose with the Memorial Cup while the trophy was at the Libro Centre May 21.

Lauzon added it is the Legion’s honour to pay tribute to those who paid the supreme sacrifice.

“Further, we honour Canadian soldiers of today who partake in all conflicts globally,” he said.

The Memorial Cup trophy was originally donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in 1919 to honour the champions of junior hockey. It is considered by some the toughest trophy to win in sports.

Brandi Sieber brought her family and said they had been at the Libro Centre since noon. The kids said the best part was getting their picture with the trophy. Another fan, Josh Fex, said he is hoping to win the Memorial Cup and noted goalie and Amherstburg native Michael DiPietro is his idol.

Rex Bullard, Koheri Sieben, Brie Sieben and Macy Bullard stand beside the Memorial Cup during the trophy's visit to the Libro Centre May 21.

Rex Bullard, Koheri Sieben, Brie Sieben and Macy Bullard stand beside the Memorial Cup during the trophy’s visit to the Libro Centre May 21.

DiCarlo added the town was proud to host the Memorial Cup trophy.

“I think people learned about the history of it, which was very important,” he added.

The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup runs through Sunday when the championship game will be played in Windsor at 7 p.m. The Spitfires’ last round-robin game is May 24 against the OHL champion Erie Otters.

To see a photo album of the Memorial Cup’s visit to Amherstburg, click here.

Libro Centre hosts first annual Holistic Wellness Fair

 

 

By Adam D’Andrea

 

 

Crowds headed to the Libro Centre on Sunday, looking for ways to improve their body, mind and spirit.

The first Holistic Wellness Fair was held May 7 with over 40 vendors offering both spiritual and non-spiritual help to those who need it. The event was organized by Holly Harris, who wanted to give residents a local alternative to heading into Windsor for their holistic and wellness needs.

“We’re at a place in time where people need some assistance, whether it be spiritual or not. It could be fitness wellness just to make themselves feel good. It could be that you need a spiritual reading or that you just need to take care of your feet and reflexology,” said Harris. “I wanted people to know that there are so many options out there to help yourself.”

One of the vendors was Cathy Herbert of Guided Healing, who provided attendees with information about her services which includes regression hypnotherapy. According to Herbert this can help people with issues such as depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

One of over 40 vendors at the Libro Centre’s first ever Holistic Wellness Fair speaks to attendees on May 7. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

One of over 40 vendors at the Libro Centre’s first ever Holistic Wellness Fair speaks to attendees on May 7. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

“Some people are afraid of hypnotherapy in itself because, back in the high school days when they brought you up on stage and made you cluck like a chicken and such, that’s not what it is,” she said. “It’s just bringing your conscious mind down to the level of your subconscious mind and accessing memories that could’ve been the cause of the issues you had in your past life.”

Herbert also offers Reiki and therapeutic touch, which she says is particularly valuable to cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

“We find that it gives people a lot of relief and helps them sleep.”

Organizers were hoping for several hundred attendees to stop in throughout the day. By mid-afternoon approximately 150 people had attended, with Harris saying vendors were very pleased with the turnout.

“They’re very pleased with the sales they’ve been doing and the people talking to them,” she said. “In fact, they’re asking me when it’s going to happen again.”

Harris said she hopes to make the Holistic Wellness Fair an annual event.

Memorial Cup coming to the Libro Centre May 21

 

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The Memorial Cup is coming to Amherstburg.

The trophy itself, which is closing in on 100 years old, will be on display at the Libro Centre May 21 from 1-3 p.m.

As part of the nine day tournament, the host Windsor Spitfires and the City of Windsor have announced a community tour that will see the Memorial Cup travel across the region so that residents can experience junior hockey’s most coveted prize up close.

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The Memorial Cup will arrive in front of the Libro Credit Union Centre and will be escorted into the arena by the Legion Branch Colour Guard at 1 p.m., where residents can enjoy the opportunity of getting their picture taken with this piece of Canadian sport history.

Festivities will start at 12 noon, before the Memorial Cup arrives, with free Turf Tots for toddlers and children under four years of age, face-painting, and FREE popcorn for everyone.

Kids and kids at heart will be able to get their favorite Admirals’ autograph prior to a charity game between the Amherstburg Admirals and the Amherstburg Police Service taking place on the Movati Athletic Rink at 2 p.m. The Ice Bullets Sledge Hockey Team will also be on hand to teach everyone how to shoot a puck while sitting in a sledge.

“We are so excited and honoured to be a part of this event,” says Mayor Aldo DiCarlo. “The 2017 season marks the 99th anniversary of the Memorial Cup, one of the most prestigious and coveted trophies in North American sport.”

The Memorial Cup, has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. The trophy was originally known as the OHA Memorial Cup and was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in March, 1919, in remembrance of the many soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for Canada in The First World War.

In 2010, the Memorial Cup was rededicated to the memory of all fallen Canadian military personnel.

Surcharge coming to Libro Centre users, but not in 2017

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A surcharge is coming for users of the Libro Centre but not for this year.

The surcharge, to be discussed during 2018 budget deliberations, was agreed to in concept Monday night though discussions are expected with the user groups, four of which were present during the meeting. Amherstburg Minor Hockey president Marc Renaud, Skate Amherstburg president Lynn Fox, Integrity Amherstburg Admirals owners Matt Fox and Wes Ewer and Rick Meloche, president of the over-40 men’s league, all presented to council and voiced concerns.

User groups pointed out that registration is already underway for the 2017-18 seasons and council assured them the surcharge would not impact them for this year thus meaning they don’t have to go back and adjust registration rates.

“This is for next year’s budget,” Councillor Jason Lavigne told the user groups.

In a report sent to council last November, Miceli stated “the facility has been operating on a budget that does not adequately provide for a level of service that citizens have become accustomed to and expect. Avoiding timely maintenance and inspections in an effort to stay on budget presents several risks such as loss of the facility LEED Certification, deferred and inflated ‘unbudgeted’ repair and maintenance costs, further deterioration of the facility and most importantly citizen safety.”

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That report called for “a full service delivery and cost analysis” to address operating costs of the Libro Centre.

Miceli’s April report recommended the hiring of a qualified refrigeration mechanic, which goes in line with recommendation put forth by Fieldcraft Engineering, the firm that reviewed the Libro Centre and its mechanical operations. That was agreed to by town council. It is expected to cost $83,000.

Fieldcraft recommended quarterly maintenance programs, building automation monitoring, training and standardization.

“The issue at hand is for council to decide if they are going to preserve the investment in Libro Facility asset and address user complaints through adopting a proactive approach to maintaining the Libro Centre as identified in (the recommendations in the) Fieldcraft report going forward, or is council going to decide to continue the existing practice and disregard user complaints,” the April report stated. “It is important for council to make this decision in the context of the November 15, 2016 report deferred by council on November 29, 2016.”

Miceli told council Monday night that they are “looking at trying to maintain a Class A facility” and feared it wouldn’t be around in ten years if it wasn’t properly maintained. He said the ratepayers are already subsidizing the facility to the tune of $1 million, or $113 per household.

The CAO said his first and foremost consideration regarding the Libro Centre is to protect the asset and said the town will work with user groups regarding the surcharge and said Amherstburg will be one of the first in the area to have such a charge.

The Admirals and Skate Amherstburg were concerned about the loss of summer ice, as ice will come out in June and July. While the town states that it will save $30,000 each month, those organizations feared damaging their programs with the Admirals noting the Libro Centre is a selling point to try and attract players to the team.

Renaud said that with about 540 children in minor hockey, a surcharge could mean big bucks. The town used the example of a $5 hourly surcharge raising $25,370 but Renaud said that could cost AMHA $15,000, or about $25 per child. Miceli emphasized no figure had been agreed upon but Renaud noted there could still be a cost to families.

Ewer said they understand money has to go back into the Libro Centre but was confident they could meet with administration, including Miceli, and resolve the ice time issue. He said they and Skate Amherstburg would like ice in the Movati pad put back in by July 20 with Pad A up and running about a month later.

 

 

Holistic Wellness Fair coming to the Libro Centre May 7

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Wellness will be promoted early next month thanks to a new event coming to Amherstburg.

The first-ever Holistic Wellness Fair will be held at the Libro Centre May 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with organizer Holly Harris saying it is geared to wellness, nutrition and relaxation.

Mini-massage will be performed by students from Canadian College with mini-manicures being performed by estheticians from St. Clair College. There will be also a number of demonstrations happening as well.

“I have over 40 vendors,” Harris added. “It’s a whole gamut of holistic and wellness. Three’s all kinds of different things.”

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Harris said she is hopeful the Holistic Wellness Fair will draw upwards of 350 people or more. It will take place all over the main level of the Libro Centre.

If people aren’t spiritual, they can still come by and talk about wellness and view the demonstrations and vendors, she added.

Harris said she has been getting strong support and is looking forward to the event.

“I’m excited,” she said. “I didn’t know what to expect.”

The event will feature Reiki, reflexologists, crystals and gemstones, essential oils, jewelry and gifts, body care and nutrition, astrology and giveaways. Admission to the Holistic Wellness Fair is $2.

For vendor information, e-mail Insightsbyholly@gmail.com.

For the general public, their website is insightsbyholly.weebly.com while their Facebook event page is www.facebook.com/events/1811474689073329.