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New medical service at Amherstburg Health Care Centre, new doctors to come



By Ron Giofu


A new service was officially launched Friday afternoon at the Amherstburg Health Care Centre with work also continuing to bring new doctors to another part of the facility.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Nurse My Feet Foot Care Clinic, located within the Amherstburg Health Care Centre. Deborah Waywell owns and operates a clinic in Windsor and has expanded to Amherstburg with Michell Maltese and Jobeth Costan running the local clinic. Maltese is an RPN and an advanced food care nurse while Costan is an RPN and a foot reflexologist.

All carry the RPN CFCN designations.

Nurse My Feet helps people with diabetes, bunions, fungal skin, hammertoes, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, plantar wards, message therapy and Ram’s Horn nails and other conditions as well.

“We treat corns, callouses, ingrown toe nails, and nail fungus,” said Maltese. “We make home visits.”

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo cuts the ribbon at Nurse My Feet. Also pictured are Michell Maltese, owner Deborah Waywell and Jobeth Costan, all three being advanced foot care nurses.

Waywell, an RPN and wound care nurse, said the medical instruments used at Nurse My Feet are autoclaved, meaning they are handled like surgical instruments.

“That’s what Nurse My Feet is about – over the top service,” she said.

Nurse My Feet staff also participate in ongoing education. While the foot and conditions haven’t changed, Waywell noted that treatments have.

Waywell added that they are expanding in Chatham with the possibility of expanding further into Wallaceburg.

Staff in other locations include Adam Waywell RPN CFCN, who does home visits and clinic visits. Kim Derynck RPN CFCN is partner with Waywell 50/50 with the Chatham location and soon to be Wallaceburg location.  Caylee Hope RPN CFCN works in the Chatham location and soon to be Wallaceburg and also home visits.

They are all “Advance Foot Care Nurses” with Adam and Deborah Waywell also having the additional distinction of “Wound Care Resource Nurses.”

For more information, visit To book an appointment, call 519-903-7947.

Down the hall from Nurse My Feet, the Amherstburg Health Care Centre is currently seeing work on finishing two more suites for doctors. Owner Luigi DiPierdomenico stated the two suites should be finished an occupied by summer 2019.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and Amherstburg Health Care Centre owner Luigi DiPierdomenico stand in one of the two new physician suites that are currently under construction.

“We’re moving forward with the additional suites to accommodate two more physicians,” he said.

With the additional two physicians, that will bring the total of full-time, in-house doctors to four, he stated. The cost of finishing the two new suites will be approximately $300,000, DiPierdomenico estimated.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo took part in the ribbon cutting at Nurse My Feet and a ceremonial groundbreaking where the physician suites are going and was pleased to see both happening in Amherstburg.

“It’s more doctors and specific services in town,” he said. “There’s even less reason for people to have to go out-of-town to find services.”

DiCarlo said the town is fortunate to have the volume of physicians it has as well as the medical services that are opening in the area. Seniors should also be pleased as that segment of the population “may not be inclined to drive to Windsor all the time.”

The Amherstburg Health Care Centre is located at 433 Sandwich St. S.

River Lights Winter Festival illuminates the town



By Christian Bouchard


The heart of downtown Amherstburg will continue to shine throughout the holiday season.

The 12th annual River Lights Festival was officially kicked off Saturday night with the lights of the town bringing smiles to hundreds of people. The festival lights, which are lit nightly from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. are located at the historical King’s Navy Yard and Toddy Jones Park.

The River Lights Winter Festival officially opened with the municipal tree lighting Nov. 17.

The River Lights once again partnered with the Essex Region Conservation Foundation’s Super Santa Run. Following the 5km race/walk, hundreds of Santas, families and friends gathered around Navy Yard parkette for the commodious tree lighting. The festival also encouraged all to explore the lights, decorate cookies and enjoy fireworks over the Detroit River.

River Lights was once again sponsored by Enbridge for the fifth year in a row. Enbridge supplies renewable power to nearly 2,400 homes in the region with its 15-megawatt Amherstburg solar facility.

According to Suzanne Shea, a representative for Enbridge, River Lights gets a little brighter every year.

The River Lights Winter Festival officially opened Nov. 17.

“Nothing kicks off the holiday for me like River Lights,” said Shea. “I’m not even from here but I come here every year to celebrate.”

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo was on hand for the event to help with the tree lighting. DiCarlo said the municipal tree lighting ceremony is a night to ring in the holidays, celebrating love, gratitude, and friendships.

DiCarlo added the River Lights committee, which helped brighten the town for the past 12 years, has worked tirelessly to beautify King’s Navy Yard Park and Toddy Jones Park with what only can be described as an outstanding program.

The River Lights Winter Festival, which opened Nov. 17, has illuminated displays in both Navy Yard Park (pictured) and Toddy Jones Park.

“These volunteers bring their passion and pride to this event,” said DiCarlo. “Year after year they’re responsible for putting smiles on faces for thousands of people who have made River Lights a yearly tradition.”

The downtown streets and historic parks of Amherstburg will stay lit until Jan. 6 when the six-week long festival comes to an end.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo brings greetings at the municipal tree lighting ceremony Nov. 17.

For more information on the River Lights Winter Festival and the upcoming events, please visit




Amherstburg honours veterans and active soldiers on Remembrance Day



By Christian Bouchard


Hundreds of citizens gathered at the Amherstburg cenotaph as part of Remembrance Day ceremonies to honour those who have given their lives and those currently serving.

The day began with a parade as Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 hosted this year’s Remembrance Day at the cenotaph in King’s Navy Park. Following its arrival at the cenotaph, those who served were remembered with the laying of wreaths, a gun salute from the Provincial Marine and a two-minute moment of silence.

Vietnam veterans salute after laying a wreath at the Remembrance Day service.

This year the Legion Br. 157 and the Marsh Historical Collection teamed up on a project to enhance and expand the area around the cenotaph in hopes to honour the six Amherstburg residents who served in World War I. The two organizations unveiled the first in a series of commemorative plaques that have been added to Amherstburg’s cenotaph.

Chris Gibb, board member with the Marsh Historical Collection in Amherstburg, said it is hoped that the new addition to the area around the cenotaph will help all who visit remember those who served.

Gibb added the day marked the 100th anniversary since the end of WWI. Using historical records and the archives of the Marsh Historical Collection, they have attempted to assemble a brief life story of each of these “six sons of Amherstburg.”

The parade is led by Const. Rocco Pelaccia down Richmond St.

“There are many more names to remember, much more research to do, and many more stories to tell,” added Gibb. “To be successful, this project will need the communities support.”

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo would recognize and thank the members of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 for their hard work and dedication to organize the day.

DiCarlo said those who have served made sacrifices for people they can never meet and never knew existed as they fought for our rights and freedoms. He added thousands of people gave their lives and the thousands of them that survived came back broken in mind and body.

“If you were asked to do the same today, not just fight for those around you but for generations to come, give your life for generations of people you will never know, could you do that?” added DiCarlo. “We should remember them every day of every year. Lest we forget.”

After the ceremony, the parade returned to the Legion where there was a brief ceremony in which parade commander Capt. Richard Girard turned over those duties to his son Tim. Girard said it was his final parade as commander.

For more photos from the Remembrance Day parade and service, please visit our Facebook album.






Amherstburg finishes third in Maclean’s safest communities ranking



By Ron Giofu


The Town of Amherstburg has once again been recognized as a safe community.

According to a recent ranking done by Maclean’s magazine, Amherstburg is the third safest community in Canada. Essex, Kingsville, LaSalle, Tecumseh and Lakeshore also make the top 15.

“It’s all great news again,” said Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.

The town had a stretch as the safest in Canada with DiCarlo recalling police chief Tim Berthiaume noting there was no place to go but down. However, third place is still “great,” he said.

“We’re still in the top three,” said DiCarlo. “I think it’s an amazing accomplishment for this town.”

It is “very easy” to have a bad year, he added, and stated he wasn’t sure where the town lost points. He believed it was great for the town to be in the top ten, especially the top three.

The region, as well as the town, is safe, he acknowledged.

“It’s obviously a safe region. I think it’s a big draw for people,” said DiCarlo. “I’ve talked to new residents that know we have a reputation as a safe place to live.”

Amherstburg police deserve a lot of credit, he added, as they do a great job. The mayor added he hears from people outside the community about how safe it actually is.

Residents also deserve credit, said DiCarlo as “we keep an eye on each other.” People go out of their way to watch neighbours’ homes when they vacation or are not otherwise around and “that goes a long way in keeping the community safe.”

Amherstburg citizen celebrates 100th birthday



By Christian Bouchard


An Amherstburg woman celebrated her most iconic birthday yet.

Nellie Durand celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday with friends and family at her home in Amherstburg. The 100-year-old also received a visit from Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, who presented her with a plaque on behalf of the town to extend birthday wishes.

Following a career in banking, Durand spent 26 years teaching hands-on gardening to students in Grades 3 and 4 until she was 97-years-old. She said she misses gardening, however joked the weather “won’t corporate.”

Durand noted a big help key towards staying healthy enough to live to 100-years-old has been exercising and a good diet.

“Exercise daily and go for walks,” said Durand. “It’s also important to watch your calories and carbs.”

Durand noted her father lived to be 101 years-old and said she will “try to beat him.”

Nellie Durand is presented a plaque by Mayor Aldo DiCarlo Nov 10.

According to family members, Durand is a three-time cancer survivor who moved to California when she was 18. She recently moved two-and-a-half years ago to come back home to Amherstburg.

Durand said family and friends are the second important ingredient for longevity.

“Family and friends are very important,” added Durand. “I have learned by experience that family is very important.

Before moving back to Amherstburg, Durand remembers a time when the town had a population of 6,000 residents.  The population of Amherstburg is now 22,000.

With her return, Durand noted she was finally able to vote in the latest election.

While reflecting on her favourite part about Amherstburg, Mayor DiCarlo offered some advice for an answer.

“The Mayor! The Mayor!,” DiCarlo joked.