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New blood lab officially open in Amherstburg



A new blood lab has opened in town.

The Amherstburg Blood Lab is now open and is located within the Amherstburg Health Care Centre, located at 433 Sandwich St. S. The lab is staffed by head lab technician Charlene Seguin and office manager Patricia DiPierdomenico.

A ribbon cutting was held last Tuesday afternoon at the clinic, located in suite five of the newly-expanded building.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo cuts the ribbon at the new Amherstburg Blood Lab, located at the Amherstburg Health Care Centre. At left is office manager Patricia DiPierdomenico and head lab technician Charlene Seguin.

The Amherstburg Blood Lab is open from 8-11:30 a.m. but DiPierdomenico says they are hoping to work with the company they are affiliated with to expand hours to include availability in the afternoon.

“All patients are welcome,” said DiPierdomenico. “The lab is open to all.”

The full service blood lab, DiPierdomenico noted. She said it eliminates the drive to Windsor or another surrounding municipality if a patient needs such a service and takes away any concerns over travel time and traffic.

Patients do need to be referred from a health care professional such as doctor, nurse or nurse practitioner.

“This was long overdue,” said Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, after cutting the ribbon. “This is a concern I’ve heard constantly. We’re almost 22,000 people and we’ve been operating with one blood lab for as long as I can remember.”

County debates CWATS projects



By Ron Giofu


Essex County council decided to move ahead with a portion of its 2017 County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS) but not before they debated whether they were jumping the gun or not.

County council had a lengthy discussion at their meeting at its Jan. 18 meeting whether or not to proceed with the program, with some – including representatives from Tecumseh, LaSalle and Leamington – questioning whether they should approve projects prior to discussing updating the road network plan.

CWATS improvements slated for Amherstburg include contributing $201,960 towards the $459,000 trail planned for Meloche Road between County Road 18 and Alma St.

Jane Mustac, the county’s manager of transportation planning and development, told county council that 37 per cent of the program has been completed. She added that “people are excited across Ontario” with people and municipalities asking questions about it.

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“The public told us its important and continues to tell us it’s important,” said Mustac.

Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara believed the roads needs study should be completed before they talk on the CWATS program, believing they were “putting the cart before the horse.” He said the last comprehensive study on roads was done in the 1990’s.

“(The roads needs study) will make a difference in how we fund this,” said McNamara.

Kingsville Deputy Mayor Gord Queen didn’t want to wait for a study, believing active transportation is critical. He said CWATS helps Essex County achieve its active transportation goals.

“I can not do anything but support the CWATS recommendations,” said Queen.

LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya said no one was against the CWATS program but also believes the roads study should come first. He also questioned how the success of the program is evaluated, noting some trails are not used because they are on “high speed, high volume roads.” Antaya cited Huron Church Line as an example.

Other projects that could be on the way to Amherstburg in the future include paved shoulders along County Road 8 between River Canard and Howard Ave. and Meloche Road between County Road 18 between Alma St. Those projects would be done in different phases should funding be put in place.