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Skate Amherstburg presents “Musical Mania”


By RTT Staff

Skate Amherstburg held its 46th annual ice show Sunday afternoon before a large crowd at the Libro Centre.

Senior skaters with Skate Amherstburg perform during the March 26 "Musical Mania" ice show at the Libro Centre.

Senior skaters with Skate Amherstburg perform during the March 26 “Musical Mania” ice show at the Libro Centre.

This year’s theme was “Musical Mania” with songs from Chicago, Hairspray, Mama Mia, High School Musical and more featured during the two-hour show.

A pair of young CanSkaters make their way onto the ice.

A pair of young CanSkaters make their way onto the ice.

Skaters have been preparing for the last several months with participants ranging in age from three-years-old to 60-years-old. A total of 145 skaters in all participated.

Lauren Kawai performs a solo number to the tune of Hairspray's "New Girl in Town."

Lauren Kawai performs a solo number to the tune of Hairspray’s “New Girl in Town.”

The day was also used as an occasion to pay tribute to the club’s award winning skaters and to celebrate the $100,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant that Skate Amherstburg received earlier this year. Essex MPP Taras Natyshak was in Amherstburg several weeks ago when the club held a Mini-Fun Competition to help Skate Amherstburg celebrate.

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

Skate Amherstburg presenting “Musical Mania!” ice show March 26


Special to the RTT

Skate Amherstburg is proud to present our 46th Annual Ice Show, “Musical Mania!”

Skaters, coaches, and volunteers are hard at work putting together a spectacular show for our audience. Ice Show will be held March 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the Libro Centre.

The show will feature songs from various musicals such as Mamma Mia, Chicago, Hairspray, and much more! Tickets will go on sale March 13 so be sure to get yours before they sell out.

On Friday, February 24, from 6:20-7:20 p.m. our Junior skaters will be competing in our second annual Mini Fun Competition. This is a great way for them to get their feet wet in the competition world before they’re ready for the big leagues! Admission is free so come on out and see our youngest figure skaters show off their skills. Awards will be presented in the lobby afterwards along with snacks and refreshments!


Thanks to a grant from RBC Participaction, Skate Amherstburg is now able to offer free off ice training sessions to all of our StarSkaters! From January 23 to April 17, skaters have the opportunity to attend half hour off ice sessions every Monday featuring four different activities: Zumba with a Movati fitness instructor, Yoga with Love it Yoga, Strength training with The Garage Gym, and Dance with The Catz Meow. Staying in shape, flexibility, and building stamina are all so important for figure skating! What better way to achieve these things than doing something incredibly fun for free? Almost all of our skaters are taking advantage of our new off ice program and so far, they are all having a blast!

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ERCA looking for feedback regarding Holiday Beach


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Essex Region Conservation is inviting input on future plans for Holiday Beach Conservation Area.  An open house will be hosted to review the draft master plan for this globally significant Important Bird Area and day trip destination for thousands of visitors.

“Holiday Beach Conservation Area provides important habitat values, is a beautiful beach destination, and features more than 70 seasonal campsites,” says Kevin Money, ERCA’s Director of Conservation Services.  “It’s also world renowned for fall birding, and was named the third best fall migration viewing site in all of North America by Audubon Magazine.”  The draft Holiday Beach Master Plan has been developed in consultation with many park users and stakeholders.  Now, ERCA is inviting the public to input on this document.

Holiday Beach sign

A few highlights of the plan include ensuring the protection of the site’s ecological values while improving visitor experiences, finding new ways of reducing waste and energy consumption, constructing new trails and a feasibility study of creating a raptor centre.

A full copy of the plan can be found on the website at

The open house is scheduled for Jan. 24 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Libro Centre, located at 3295 Meloche Road in Amherstburg.