Amherstburg Community Church hosting upcoming events


Amherstburg Community Church (ACC), located at 125 Alma St., is hosting three upcoming community events.

ACC is hosting “ALPHA – Explore Life’s Big Questions – Faith, Identity, Meaning…” Sunday nights.

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life, faith and God in a friendly, open and informal environment. The talks are designed to be engaging and inspire honest conversation. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”

Amherstburg Community Church is hosting Alpha starting Sunday, May 6 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Contact the Church Office for more information. RSVP 519-736-5644 or by e-mail at For more information on Alpha, visit

The “Alpha” program begins at Amherstburg Community Church May 6.

Amherstburg Community Church will also be hosting “An Evening of Fashion with Friends” Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by ACC and L.A. Treasures with fashion by L.A. Treasures from Essex. There will be a guest speaker, refreshments and door prizes. Admission is a free will donation.

For information or to RSVP, call 519-736-5644 or e-mail

ACC is also hosting “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage” with sessions starting May 6 and continuing May 13, 27 and June 3. Sessions run from 6:30-8 p.m. at Amherstburg Community Church. For information, call 519-736-5644.

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage DVD captures all the fun and facts of Mark Gungor’s view on life, love, and marriage
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage helps couples deal with tough marriage issues that is fun and non-threatening unlike many traditional seminars. Couples will laugh, learn and be able to make real, positive changes to their marriage.

Amherstburg Community Church’s website is

Town to take over River Lights Winter Festival



By Ron Giofu


The River Lights Winter Festival is now going to be run directly by the town.

While a volunteer committee oversaw the festival for its first decade in existence, the town will now take it over after the request was made by the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce. According to a report from manager of tourism and culture Anne Rota, River Lights draws over 20,000 people annually to the downtown core and the volunteer committee has raised over $550,000 for the festival.

“Administration has met with the Chamber and its subcommittee on a number of occasions related to the above request. The basis for the request lies in the limited ‘go forward’ capacity, in terms of resources, of the Chamber to continue to deliver the festival,” Rota stated in her report.

There are 109 displays that are being transferred to the town, valued at approximately $100,000, with the River Lights committee also having about $25,000 cash in the bank and $25,000 in investments. Rota’s preliminary forecast for 2018 calls for $70,000 in revenue and expenses totalling $65,000.

The River Lights Winter Festival drew an estimated crowd of 28,000-30,000 people in 2017-18.

The town historically has committed $5,000 under the approved base budget “however, if event costs are covered by revenues from third parties and the town is directly operating the request, no further town contribution may be required,” Rota wrote.

Rota added the parks department labour costs have traditionally be donated in-kind. The 13-member volunteer committee, she added, would be interested in continuing to assist.

Councillor Diane Pouget said she supported the request.

“It’s the only way we can keep it,” she said. “We have to agree to take on the project.”

CAO John Miceli said he believes the festival will be enhanced. Miceli was questioned by Councillor Leo Meloche as to whether this will be a line item in the budget, and Miceli answered in the affirmative.

The River Lights has been named a “Top 100 Festival in Ontario” eight times by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO).

Hazen Price celebrating 95th birthday and 70 years as a Rotarian


By Terry Hall, Special to the RTT


Described by some as a “living pioneer” and our “bona fide historian”, Hazen Price is being feted by the Rotary Club of Amherstburg tonight for his 95th birthday and 70 years as a Rotarian.

A former resident of Detroit and a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Master of Science degree, he moved to Amherstburg in 1946 where he met and married Beryl Kemp, whose ancestor designed Fort Malden and served in the War of 1812.

Hazen Price will be
celebrating a pair of milestones at tonight’s Rotary Club meeting. (Special to the RTT)

Saving historic buildings has been his forté: the Park House Museum,  Gibson Gallery, Gibb House (British Army Pensioner’s Cottage), the John R. Park Homestead, and a second Pensioner’s Cottage.

He lives the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” by founding or serving with various volunteer organizations, the Amherstburg Historic Sites Association, Fort Malden Guild of Arts & Crafts, Harrow Farmers Co-op, Meals-on-Wheels, Care-A-Van, AAM Social Planning Council, and especially on the board of directors of the Park House Museum.

Awards have followed with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General’s Medal from Heritage Canada, Ontario Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award, Amherstburg Citizen of the Year (with Beryl), John R. Park Homestead Award, and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

This is Amherstburg – your community, your neighbourhood, your home


With its idyllic scenery and old-world charm, the town of Amherstburg sits on the banks of the famed Detroit River and Lake Erie. As one of the province’s most revered and beloved small towns, Amherstburg’s quaint, Victorian waterfront location has cemented its reputation as one of the most beautiful and sublime properties in all of Canada.

The Town of Amherstburg’s Department of Tourism and Culture is once again proud to present the 2018 Visitors Guide. In its pages, visitors and residents will discover the wealth of activities, retailers and services that make this town so remarkable – from art galleries to celebrated restaurants, world-class events to extraordinary museums, there’s always something new to discover in this astonishing town.

2018 marks the introduction of our newest festival, Amherstburg Uncommon. In celebration of Amherstburg’s architecture and design, we are eagerly presenting this steampunk and wizardry-themed event with great excitement. This rapidly growing cultural genre is a nod to Amherstburg’s rising reputation as one of the most progressive small towns in the country; it has been designed to draw in families and individuals by the tens of thousands!  Thanks to its elements of magic, mystic and mystery we are so proud to live here and host this event.

Amherstburg’s dedication to culture and tourism is unparalleled. In addition to the keen and enthusiastic team who are always happy to meet residents and visitors at the Gordon House, none of its efforts could be executed without the allegiance and hard work of the hundreds of volunteers who live, work and play in Amherstburg. Our mandate and obligation is to continually grow interest in this magnificent town, whether attracting visitors to our restaurants, stores and service providers, or enticing newcomers to put down roots and make this place their home.

And so, with pleasure, we invite you to check out and keep this guide, sharing it with your friends, families and neighbours. It is our honor to showcase this town, and we could not do it without you.




The Town of Amherstburg Department of Tourism and Culture

Rotary Club of Amherstburg’s annual Easter Seals dinner April 18

Special to the RTT


The Rotary Club of Amherstburg will hold its annual Easter Seals Dinner at the Columbus Community Hall April 18 from 5-7 p.m.

The dinner funds opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities. The Rotary Club has named the pasta dinner in honour of the late Martin Breshamer, who created it locally. The Columbus Community Hall is located at 190 Richmond St. in Amherstburg.

Martin was a quiet pillar of the community through his many activities, all the while being the busy former plant manager for the local Seagram (now Diageo) plant.

The Martin Breshamer Memorial Easter Seals pasta dinner is next Wednesday night. Breshamer (pictured) organized the dinner annually as well as a walkathon. (Submitted photo)

For those with disabilities, he was a board member of Easter Seals, organized the Easter Seals walkathon and pasta dinner, ensured playgrounds were handicap-accessible, and was a board member and former chairman of the Rotary Children’s Rehabilitation Centre (now John McGivney Centre).

For Amherstburg, he arranged the Seagram Concert Series for the Windsor Symphony Christmas Concert, installed the Rotary Clock at the foot of Richmond St., was a board member of the Amherstburg Historic Sites Association and the Park House Museum, a fund raiser for the St. John the Baptist Church Restoration Fund, manager of the annual haunted house, and of course, president and board member of the local Rotary Club.

For the area, he was a United Way chairman where he exceeded the goal by 20 per cent and assisted small business through the Essex Community Future Development Corporation.

Having been born in The Netherlands where he survived WWII as a boy, Martin used to say, “Canada has been good to me and in my retirement, I can give my time to help others.”

In view of his many accomplishments, it is understandable why Canada awarded him the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and Rotary presented him the Paul Harris Award.