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ACS thanks its “stars” at volunteer appreciation dinner

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) rolled out the red carpet to thank its volunteers.

ACS held its annual volunteer appreciation dinner last Wednesday night at the K of C Hall with this year’s event being dubbed “A Night of a Hundred Stars.” It’s 124, actually, as that’s how many volunteers ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo said the agency has.

Those volunteers put in over 7,000 hours of service during 2016, she added.

The Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) volunteer appreciation dinner had a Hollywood theme this year with people able to pose next to cutouts of famous entertainers. Getting in on the fun last Wednesday night were ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo, Essex MP Tracey Ramsey and ACS board of directors president Terri Barrette.

The Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) volunteer appreciation dinner had a Hollywood theme this year with people able to pose next to cutouts of famous entertainers. Getting in on the fun last Wednesday night were ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo, Essex MP Tracey Ramsey and ACS board of directors president Terri Barrette.

“Just as Hollywood recognizes its stars, we wanted to recognize (the volunteers) the same way,” said DiBartolomeo.

The 124 volunteers was a figure that impressed DiBartolomeo.

“That is amazing,” she said. “That is our highest amount ever. We continue to grow every day.”

DiBartolomeo outlined the lengthy history of volunteerism and told the ACS volunteers that “you carry on a centuries old tradition and we see you as stars in our community.”

Amherstburg Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale brought greetings from the town. DiPasquale, a former ACS board member, said the people with ACS were those he was close to.

“I enjoy working in Amherstburg. I enjoy the people,” DiPasquale said. “I feel the people are part of my family.”

ACS also serves LaSalle and Harrow with LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya also being a Meals on Wheels driver when his schedule permits.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey (left) receives a gift from ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo for attending the ACS volunteer appreciation dinner.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey (left) receives a gift from ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo for attending the ACS volunteer appreciation dinner.

“The service you provide to the community is immeasurable,” Antaya told the volunteers. “You can’t put a price on it.”

Antaya said it was more than just delivering a meal, but it is also spending time with seniors and those who may need just someone to visit them.

“Never underestimate your importance,” he said. “Continue giving. There’s nothing better than giving to your community.”

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey praised the commitment of the volunteers, adding the government can only do so much. Ramsey said those who serve their community make major impacts and that is what makes Essex County so unique.

“Thank you for your continuing service,” Ramsey told the crowd.

Bryan Dzombak (left) receives one of the door prizes offered at the ACS volunteer appreciation dinner last Wednesday night. Making the  presentation is ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo.

Bryan Dzombak (left) receives one of the door prizes offered at the ACS volunteer appreciation dinner last Wednesday night. Making the
presentation is ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo.

Terri Barrette, president of ACS’ board of directors, recalled learning about giving back from her grandmother and told the volunteers they were special and stars.

“What all of you provide to the community is invaluable,” said Barrette.

In many cases, Barrette said volunteers are allowing people to have choices and freedoms through such factors as the ability to stay in their own homes.

“You are not only their saving grace, you are inspiring the next generation to be leaders,” said Barrette. “In more ways than one, the community is stronger and richer because of you.”

Amherstburg Midget Majors open season with three weekend wins

 

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The defending OMHA Champion Amherstburg Midget Majors opened the season with a solid six-point weekend with wins over Erie North Shore, Riverside and Essex. In their home opener Friday night at the Libro Centre Cole Zelle would get the Stars rolling with a first period goal, with assists from Jacob DeLuca and Andre Tomasian. The Stars would add to their lead with goals from Brock Beaudoin and Zelle in the second period. Assists were awarded to Michael Petroni, Reid Stieler, Deluca and Kyran Kelly. Will Bratt added some excitement to the second period with a big stop on an Erie penalty shot and an outstanding glove save on an Erie breakaway with only two seconds left in the second period.

Carrying a 3-0 lead into the third, the Stars locked up their first win of the season with a power play goal by DeLuca assisted by Kelly and Zelle to carry the team to a convincing 4-1 win.

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Saturday night the Midget Majors travelled to Riverside and secured their second win of the season with a 4-2 win. Dean Emerson opened the scoring for the Stars in the first period assisted by Lucas Renaud. Riverside would score the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead early in the third period. The Midget Majors finally woke up and scored two goals, 27 seconds apart to take a 3-2 lead.

The first goal came off the stick of Bryce McGregor, assisted by Emerson. Franco Morrone scored the Stars third goal, with assists from McGregor and David Desormeaux.   Trevor Beneteau closed out the scoring to secure a 4-2 Amherstburg win. Emerson and Max Clifford added assists on the goal.

The Midget Majors travelled to Essex Sunday afternoon and completely dominated play to secure a 6-1 win and cap off a very successful opening weekend for the defending OMHA Champions. McGregor led the Stars with a two-goal effort, while Beneteau, Stieler, DeLuca and Zelle added single goals. Assists were awarded to McGregor (2), Zelle, Desormeaux, DeLuca, and Andre Tomasian. Will Bratt was solid in net to cap off a 3-0 weekend for the Stars.

The Midget Majors continue their early season with a game Saturday at the Libro Centre at 8:10 p.m. against their rivals from LaSalle. Come out and support your Stars. Admission is free.

 

 

Amherstburg Midget Majors take series lead in OMHA semi-final

 

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The Midget Majors opened their OMHA semi-final series in Hespeler against the number one ranked team in the province last Friday night.

The Midget Majors opened the series, facing some adversity with two of their players out with suspension and Justin Veldhuis out after suffering a season-ending injury in high school hockey. Despite the short bench, the Midget Majors dug deep and put in a gutsy effort to earn an important point on the road.

Playing in front of a loud and large hometown crowd, Hespeler opened the scoring two minutes into the game. The score would remain that way until early in the third when Hespeler scored on a power play to take a 2-0 lead.

The Stars never quit and peppered the Hespeler goalie and were finally rewarded when Kyle Meloche broke in off the wing to score the Midget Majors first goal with six and a half minutes remaining. Colton McGregor and Jacob DeLuca added assists on the play. Just two minutes later, Bryce McGregor would pounce on a juicy rebound to tie the game at two. Colton McGregor and DeLuca once again earned the assists on the play.

Neither team would score the rest of the way to send the game to a 10-minute overtime period. Despite each team having quality opportunities in overtime, the game would end in a tie and give each team one point in the six point series. Josh Paquette was solid in net for the Midget Majors.

Game 2 would go Saturday afternoon at the Hespeler Memorial Arena in front of another loud and large crowd. The Stars welcomed Zach Yott back to the lineup after he finished serving a suspension and his return would provide a much-needed presence for the Stars.

Hespeler would open the scoring first once again with one minutes left in period one. Again, the Midget Majors displayed their never quit attitude and Jacob Deluca tied the game just 20 seconds later on an unassisted effort. The score would remain 1-1 until the third period before Hespeler would score a power play goal with 13:48 remaining.

The Stars kept pressing and were finally rewarded, as Garret Blunt would tie the score with eight minutes remaining, on assists from Meloche and Reid Thrasher. The Midget Majors were whistled for a penalty with just over six minutes remaining and did a great job killing off the penalty, after some great saves from Dershahn Stewart. The Stars were able to draw a penalty of their own and went to the power play with just 3:26 remaining. Zack Yott would bang home a rebound off a Blunt shot with just 1:48 remaining to score the game-winning goal and silence the hometown crowd. The Stars now lead their six point series 3 points to 1 and return home for two games this coming weekend. Come out and watch two of the best Midget teams in the province battle for the opportunity to move to the OMHA Finals.

Game three is Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Libro Centre while game four is Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Libro Centre. Admission is Free!

Amherstburg midget majors to host Riverside in Bluewater Finals

 

 

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The Amherstburg Stars midget major team will look to build upon their outstanding season record of 28-2-4, as they face a tough Riverside Rangers team in the Bluewater finals.

Riverside was one of only two teams to beat the midget majors this season. The season series shows a distinct Amherstburg edge with a 4-1 record, including three shutouts. Riverside ousted the midget major team last year in a tough five-game series and the Stars will be out for retribution this time around.

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The schedule was unavailable at press time, but the Stars do have home ice advantage and expect to open the series at home Friday. Please check amherstburghockey.com for full schedule details.

The Stars also want to wish the atom minor, pee wee A/E, Bantam Minor and Midget A/E teams’ good luck in their respective playdown series.

The Amherstburg Midget Majors are also hosting a fish fry fundraiser this Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Amherstburg.  Come have your favourite midget player serve your dinner. Dinner takes place Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m., with fish and chicken options available.

Midget Majors sweep Southpoint in second round of playdowns

 

 

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The Amherstburg Midget Majors finished the regular season as the number one “A” Centre in Bluewater, earning a first round playdown bye.

The Stars would face a physical Southpoint Capital team Saturday afternoon at the Libro Centre in game one of the Bluewater semi-final series. Amherstburg would capitalize on two early power play goals from Kyle Meloche to build an early lead.

Garret Blunt would add assists on each of the goals, while Justin Veldhuis added a single. Late in the first period, Jake Topliffe would pounce on a juicy rebound to help build a 3-0 Stars lead at the end of period one. Meloche and Blunt would add assists on the goal.

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The Stars would add two more goals in the second period to build a 5-0 lead after two periods of play. Jarrod Benninger scored the fourth Amherstburg goal, with assists from Josh Paquette and Veldhuis. Colton McGregor would score the fifth Stars goal with assists from Meloche and Blunt.

Josh Paquette would shut the door in the third period with some solid saves to shutout the Capitals.

The Midget Majors travelled to Wheatley Sunday to try and finish the four-point series off. Dershahn Stewart got the start in goal and was outstanding in net to lead the way. Jarrod Benninger opened the scoring in the first period on an outstanding move, while Ernie Godden and Jacob DeLuca would help set him up. Topliffe would add to the Stars lead in the second period with help from Godden and McGregor. Veldhuis would score the game winner late in the second period with assists going to David Desormeaux and Jack Hubbell.

The game was a very physical battle and the Stars were able to walk away with a 3-2 win and secure a birth in the Bluewater finals.

The Midget Majors will take on the winner of Riverside and St Thomas in the next round. The Stars played in front of a large crowd Saturday afternoon and would like to thank their loyal fans for the support. Please check for updates at amherstburghockey.com for the schedule of their next series.