Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157

Ladies Auxiliary holds steak dinner for families affected by Gore St. fire

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

After a fire destroyed their lives, the community has banded together to support two local families affected by the tragedy.

“My best friend is the owner of the house so we decided to do it for them,” said Ladies Auxiliary executive committee member and volunteer Jennifer Gammon. “We want to raise money for both of the families so they can start over again, start paying rent and get themselves back on track. It warms my heart because I love helping people and being able to make their lives better.”

Jessica Cockram and Erik Renaud sit outside the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 157 Saturday before the steak dinner is served with their two sons Logan and Easton. The proceeds from the Ladies Auxiliary steak dinner will be split between them and their neighbor who was also affected by the fire.

Jessica Cockram and Erik Renaud sit outside the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 157 Saturday before the steak dinner is served with their two sons Logan and Easton. The proceeds from the Ladies Auxiliary steak dinner will be split between them and their neighbor who was also affected by the fire.

Jessica Cockram, fiancé Erik Renaud and their two boys were present at the event Saturday to express their sincere gratitude for everyone who has reached out and helped them in some way. She explained the night of the fire, they had been up cleaning their house until 4 a.m. They were woken up at 7:30 a.m. by the fire alarms going off and the house filled with thick, black smoke. Renaud woke up first and yelled at Cockram to get the kids. She grabbed their son Logan, while he grabbed their son Easton and they all ran outside. They were able to save their dog, the firefighters rescued one of their cats, but they lost all of their reptiles and two cats in the fire, along with all of their belongings.

“Everybody has been amazing, I had people bringing stuff to us while we were at the end of the street,” said Cockram. “We’re looking for a place but it’s so hard to find in Amherstburg. We’re staying at Erik’s grandfather’s right now just taking it day-by-day, waiting for a place to come up.”

Cockram said they’ve received couches and beds, and their sons have been very well taken care of, so much so that they have had to sort through all of the donations and whatever they couldn’t use, they’ve donated back to the mission and donation boxes around town. Cockram said they wanted to keep the cycle going.
“It feels really surreal, I feel like I could just wake up tomorrow morning and go home and everything will be there, but you can’t. We have nothing from the house,” said Cockram. “We didn’t really get to say thank you to the police officers and the fire fighters and Red Cross, disaster teams, they were all so helpful and amazing. Everybody who on that day who helped us and helped the boys, were so amazing.”

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 157 is still accepting donations for the families affected by the fire.

Motorcycle Ride for Dad hits Amherstburg as one of its stops

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The fight against prostate cancer continued Sunday thanks to the Motorcycle Ride for Dad.

The ride saw hundreds of motorcycles come into Amherstburg as Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 was an early stop after it left Windsor. After it left the Festival Plaza in Windsor, the riders stopped at Brews & Cues near LaSalle before coming to Amherstburg. After that, it went to the Colchester Bar & Grill, Freddy’s in Leamington and Mr. Biggs in Lakeshore before returning to Windsor.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo was the ride captain of the 2017 Motorcycle Ride for Dad and leads the bikes along Dalhousie St. to Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo was the ride captain of the 2017 Motorcycle Ride for Dad and leads the bikes along Dalhousie St. to Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157.

Ride captain Aldo DiCarlo, also Amherstburg’s mayor, said everything was “so far, so good” when the riders hit Amherstburg.

“I think the numbers are good,” he said. “I know people were watching out to see what the weather was like but I think we did pretty good.”

DiCarlo admitted there was “a little bit of pressure” leading the ride, particularly into Amherstburg, but was still happy to do it.

“There’s still nothing like that feeling to see all those lights in your rear-view mirror,” he said.

The ride was a bit more laid back for him once it left Amherstburg, he added.

Motorcycles lined Dalhousie St. the morning of May 28 as the Motorcycle Ride for Dad hit Amherstburg and made Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 one of its stops.

Motorcycles lined Dalhousie St. the morning of May 28 as the Motorcycle Ride for Dad hit Amherstburg and made Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 one of its stops.

DiCarlo’s father survived prostate cancer several years ago and the mayor gets checked regularly due to it being in his family’s history. It is something he encourages others to do too, noting it is a simple test.

“If you are 40 or older or if it runs in your family, go get checked,” said DiCarlo.

DiCarlo wasn’t the only politician in the ride, noting Windsor city councillor Bill Marra was also involved and also shared his story about how prostate cancer impacted his family.

The mayor added that he starts looking for ways to help the Motorcycle Ride for Dad every year and is thrilled to see so many people in town for the event.

Legion Br. 157 president Laurie Cavanaugh said it is a big event and that the Legion does its part by selling food and drinks to the riders.

“It’s a good thing for the community,” she said. “We’re going to do it every year.”

Cavanaugh said they were told 500 registered for the ride. She said the hope was that riders come back and go to other businesses and stay longer in Amherstburg.

The estimated fundraising total is $30,000.

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.

Damage from Gore St. blaze estimated at $350,000

 

By RTT Staff

 

The cause of the house fire on Gore St. Tuesday morning is undetermined as the Amherstburg Fire Department has concluded its investigation.

The fire department, via Twitter, updated the situation Tuesday evening after the May 10 issue of the River Town Times had gone to press.

“Damage to 170 Gore was so extensive a cause of the fire could not be determined,” the fire department tweeted.

The Amherstburg Fire Department also stated that three adjacent homes to 170 Gore suffered heat damage their exterior. Damage estimate to all of the homes is $350,000.

Working smoke alarm alerted the occupants, the fire department stated.

“Investigation of fire at 170 Gore is completed. Fire originated in main floor laundry room and extended throughout the building,” the fire department added, via Twitter.

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The community is already coming together to help those who lived in the home. Laura Lucier, a former tenant of the home, has started to collect clothing and other good for some of the tenants. She said Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 is accepting some of the donations.

“It was a family downstairs with two little boys,” she said.

Clothing for that family includes request for clothes for one adult male, one adult female and two boys ages three years and six months. Household items, toiletries and monetary donations are also welcome, she noted.

“Neither of the tenants had insurance,” Lucier told the River Town Times. “They literally have nothing.”

For more details, contact Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 at 519-736-4485.

Anyone with details on any other kind of fundraiser or clothing drive for the impacted residents can e-mail the information to mail@rivertowntimes.com.

“Amherstburg is good at pulling together,” said Lucier.

Motorcycle Ride for Dad to roar into Amherstburg May 28

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Motorcycle Ride for Dad roars into Amherstburg May 28 as Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 is one of the stops.

The ride, which starts at 10 a.m. that Sunday, begins at the Festival Plaza along Windsor’s riverfront, heads to Brews & Cues near LaSalle before heading into Amherstburg. From there, it goes to the Colchester Bar & Grill, Freddy’s in Leamington and Mr. Biggs in Lakeshore before returning to Windsor.

Shane Miles, ride chair, said they are raising money and awareness for prostate cancer with the hope of topping the $60,000 that was raised last year. Since 2006, $645,930 has been raised in Windsor-Essex County with almost 8,300 riders participating. Money raised locally stays locally, Miles pointed out.

“The ride is well supported in Essex County from the people and the businesses,” said Miles. “We’d like to thank the community for its support over the years.”

Miles encouraged people who are not riding to come out and support the riders along the route.

“People understand the impact,” he said. “Cancer affects most every family in the area.”

The kickoff for the May 28 Motorcycle Ride for Dad was held at Thunder Road Harley Davidson last Thursday. Mayor Aldo DiCarlo (third from left) was named ride captain for 2017.

The kickoff for the May 28 Motorcycle Ride for Dad was held at Thunder Road Harley Davidson last Thursday. Mayor Aldo DiCarlo (third from left) was named ride captain for 2017.

Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said he rides due to a personal reason.

“I ride for my dad, who I lost a couple of years ago,” said DiCarlo.

DiCarlo said his father had four different types of cancer by the time he died but survived prostate cancer.

“Prostate cancer is one of those cancers you can beat,” said DiCarlo, the ride captain.

The mayor expects it to be emotional when he leads the ride into Amherstburg and noted his grandfather died of cancer as well.

“I think everyone has a story with cancer, either with them, someone they know or someone in their family,” he said.

DiCarlo said he has been getting checked since he was in his 30’s and said it is an easy process to go through. As men get older, the need increases to get checked.

“It is such a simple process to get checked,” he said.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men with 59 men diagnosed daily in Canada. For more information, visit www.ridefordad.ca.