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Midget Majors host Elite 8 Brandy Peddie Memorial Tournament



The Amherstburg Stars midget major team was busy on the weekend, as the hockey team hosted the annual Elite 8 Brandy Peddie Memorial Tournament.

In addition to the Amherstburg Stars, the tournament featured some stiff competition from around this area and from around the province. Other teams included the defending OHF champion Bradford Bulldogs, the Erie North Shore Storm, the Essex Ravens, the Grimsby Peach Kings, the Innisfil Winterhawks, the London Jr. Mustangs and the St. Thomas Stars.

All games were played at the Libro Centre.

Amherstburg’s Ayden Drago (left) gets a third period scoring chance last Saturday morning against the Innisfil Winterhawks.

Amherstburg got off to a fast start Friday afternoon as they hosted the Erie North Shore Storm. The Stars beat Erie North Shore 5-1.

The scoring continued Saturday morning for the local Stars, as they defeated the Innisfil Winterhawks 6-1. The Stars played well in this contest with Dean DeLuca picking up a hat trick in the game. Amherstburg led 2-0 after one period on goals by Colton Taylor and Max Clifford and built a 5-0 lead after two periods with DeLuca scoring all three second period goals. Isaac Hammond scored in the third with Innisfil breaking the shutout in the final seconds for its goal.

The Stars lost their final game of the round-robin 4-1 Saturday night to London but advanced to the tournament semi-finals Sunday morning against Bradford. Unfortunately for Amherstburg, it was Bradford who picked up the 3-1 win to advance to the finals.

London defeated Bradford 6-3 in the finals.

Amherstburg Police Service hosting open forum on opioids



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Police Service is hosting an open forum this Thursday to help spread awareness and advice regarding opioids.

The free community forum, entitled “Not My Kid”, runs Nov. 9 at the Libro Centre from 6-8 p.m. Const. Kim Rathbone said their vision is to have information available in the foyer of the Libro Centre featuring youth diversion, New Beginnings, the Teen Health Centre, the Canadian Mental Health Association among others.

“These places are typically in Windsor but they are going to be at your fingertips,” said Rathbone.

Once the program starts, Rathbone said they will have a real life story from someone who battled addiction and received treatment. The Windsor police drugs and guns unit will also be on hand to make a presentation.

“They are going to talk to parents about typical signs to look for in your child and what to look for in your child’s room,” she said.

Rathbone added that local Shoppers Drug Mart owner Josie Piruzza is scheduled to speak on keeping prescription drugs safe and proper disposal of drugs. There will be school nurses from around Windsor-Essex County on hand, Rathbone continued, with Sharmaine Tanario-Battagello from Withdrawal Management also scheduled to speak.

Tanario-Battagello has 27 years of program development and clinical experience and holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology and clinical social work. She has worked in the fields of mental health and addictions throughout her career and has been part of the medical systems in both Canada and the United States.

Crime Stoppers Windsor-Essex County is also scheduled to attend with free naloxone training also being provided. Naloxone is used on someone who has overdosed and buys time for the person to be treated by medical professionals.

Rathbone pointed out that there have already been open forums on opioids in Kingsville and LaSalle and organizers have learned from those events on what information people are seeking. Amherstburg police hope to prevent opioid addiction and limit it from becoming a major issue locally.

“The whole point of this is to get ahead of it,” said Rathbone. “It’s not a giant issue in Amherstburg. There’s no epidemic here.”

Another open forum is scheduled to be in Windsor in early 2018, she added.

The “Not My Kid” community forum will run from 6-8 p.m. The Libro Centre is located at 3295 Meloche Road in Amherstburg.

For more information, contact Rathbone at 519-736-8559.

Community Improvement Plan, Urban Design Guidelines to be subject of open house



By Ron Giofu


Now that town council has authorized the development of a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) and urban design guidelines, administration is moving ahead with those efforts.

An open house is planned for Oct. 30 at the Libro Centre with sessions planned for 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The town stated that the purpose of these two plans is to assist the municipality with enhancing Amherstburg’s downtown core and commercial area “through a variety of planning, incentive and design strategies.”

One of the main drivers of the Community Improvement Plan is to provide a program for attracting overnight accommodations in the commercial area of the town. Town council authorized administration to move forward in August.

A Community Improvement Plan is described as “a tool that will support and provide incentives for sustainable revitalization and heritage conservation within the downtown and commercial areas of town” while “Urban Design Guidelines with a heritage theme will work in conjunction with the Community Improvement Plan as it relates to incentives for commercial façade improvements. These documents will assist in guiding the evolution of the urban fabric of the town in terms of commercial developments and streetscapes.”

Manager of planning services Rebecca Belanger said town council approved the initiative and Monteith Brown Planning Consultants awarded the contracts for both projects.

“The purpose of the open house is for the public to meet the consultants, have them introduce the study and hear people’s ideas on the project,” said Belanger.

Belanger said “it’s very preliminary at this point” and that past documents on heritage districts and similar studies will be incorporated into this project.

“There’s a lot of background work that was done in the past,” she said.

Noting it is a “multi-phase program,” Belanger also noted the CIP is designed to attract overnight accommodations to Amherstburg while the Urban Design Guidelines are geared towards incentives for façade improvements and infilling opportunities downtown as well. She said the programs will help support the town’s business community and enhance built heritage.

Speaking specifically of the CIP, Belanger said possibilities include setting up grant or loan programs for interested developers and offering relief on fees.

“It may be multi-tiered depending on what is proposed,” said Belanger.

There will be a lot of consultation throughout the process, Belanger added, and it will also be placed on the recently-launched “Talk the Burg” website as well.

“The CIP will provide a business friendly program that the Town of Amherstburg will offer to businesses to support the competitive market for the attraction of overnight accommodations and business façade improvements” says Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.


Drone racing event coming to Libro Centre Sept. 23



By Ron Giofu


The Libro Centre has featured a number of events from hockey, figure skating, baseball, football, soccer and more.

Now, drone racing can be added to that list.

The group FPV Canada is hosting a drone racing event this Saturday at the Libro Centre with local president David McCall stating it is “a new and exciting sport” that originated in Australia and “has become a worldwide phenomenon.

“Drone racing entails the building and racing of small radio controlled drones which can fly at speeds of 80 mph and are controlled by a pilot using a radio transmitter and FPV or First Person Video goggles,” he explained. “Each drone carries a small micro video camera and record which is connected to the FPV Goggle and which allows the pilots to see as if they were on the drone. This is a very exciting and immersive style of flying.”

McCall stated that an aerial track is set up creating a type of aerial obstacle course that the pilot must maneuver through. Flags, gates (arches), hoops and other obstacles “create a very challenging event for the pilots and exciting visual display for the spectators.” The races are flown in heats with each heat two to three minutes in length and McCall added the pilot must maneuver through the course as many times as they can in the allotted time.

There can be upwards of eight to ten pilots flying during each heat and the completion becomes an elimination style event down to a single winner,” he pointed out.

McCall said they don’t know how many people to expect for the event.

“Since this is our first Windsor-Essex County public event, we are truly not sure of the size of turnout to expect. Drone racing is new and very popular among students, university and millennials but also has an appeal to the curiosity of an older crowd,” he said. “People will definitely travel to an event, recently a large event was held in B.C and people came from all over as well there is the upcoming Drone Nationals held in Ottawa and people will be coming from all over.”

FPV Canada which McCall said is Canada’s largest drone racing league and which FPV Windsor is a registered chapter.

“We chose Amherstburg because of the central location to the county, the size of the Libro Centre, the parking for spectators, the size of the field space and their forward vision with regards to drone racing. They see the future of racing and the positive potential for their town and community as this sport continues to grow,” said McCall

McCall noted there are various sizes of racing drones or quads as they are more commonly referred to by racers. He said they range from micro quads being a drone that will fit in the palm of your hand, to mid sized and racing or 250’s as they are referred too.

People who wish to race may contact FPV Windsor though Facebook or online through the Windsor Drone Racing League website at They can contact them via e-mail at

“Anyone is welcome to come and watch and there is no admission to do so,” said McCall. “We are encouraging the public to come and see what we do and ask questions. We feel that the sport will grow through interaction and education.”

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with Sunday being a rain date if needed. McCall stated that spectators are asked to stay to designated spectator areas.

“We will be presenting a series of micro-races through the fall and winter if anyone is interested please contact for details.”

Ladies hockey league getting ready to start a new season



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League is gearing up for a new season and is looking for players.

The league is now being run by the father-daughter duo of Marc and Carly LeBlanc and they are aiming to have four teams and 64 players for the 2017-18 hockey season. They have been conducting in-person registration at the Libro Centre and plan another registration night Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m.

“We’ve got a lot of players returning from the previous league,” said Carly. “We’re looking at getting four solid teams.”

Marc and Carly LeBlanc are organizing this year’s Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League.

Marc and Carly LeBlanc are organizing this year’s Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League.

The league plays Sunday nights at the Libro Centre on the Movati ice pad (Pad B) with a registration fee of $240 and a jersey deposit of an additional $25 . Registration fees help pay for such things as ice time, jerseys, referees and insurance. The ages of players range from 18 to 60.

“It’s a non-competitive, non-contact league,” said Carly. “We want everyone to come out and have as much fun as possible playing hockey.”

No experience is required, either. Marc said he approached Mike Parlette about conducting two weeks of fundamental sessions at the start of the year to teach newcomers about the basics of the game.

“He jumped on right away,” said Marc.

Carly said experienced players can use those weeks as a way to “shake off the summer cobwebs.”

The LeBlancs are confident they can fill the league.

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“The interest is there,” said Carly. “The word is getting out there.”

While they would eventually like to see the league grow to six teams, the plan is four for the upcoming season with a waiting list to be compiled if they surpass 64 players.

The first two weeks – Sept. 17 and Sept. 24 – will be the fundamental sessions with games beginning Oct. 1. The season should conclude by mid to late-March.

For those who can’t attend the registration in person, they can visit or find them on Facebook. Anyone seeking further information can contact