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River Lights, Canadian Tire team for Holiday House Tours

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The River Lights Winter Festival kicks off this Saturday and the Holiday House Tours follow Nov. 25-26.

To help celebrate the latter, a local business has teamed with River Lights’ Holiday House Tour committee to aid in the presentation of the homes.

Volunteers from the Holiday House Tours were at the Canadian Tire store in Amherstburg last Wednesday afternoon decorating three Christmas trees that will be displayed in the Sandwich St. S. store. River Lights co-ordinator Sarah Van Grinsven said that River Lights receives a donation in return for the tree decorations.

The fifth annual Holiday House Tour will see professional decorators showcasing their talent in nine locations including extravagant waterfront properties, to designated heritage sites, and grand country homes.

“With the donation from Canadian Tire, we decorate the homes with Canadian Tire products,” said Van Grinsven.

The Holiday House Tour
committee, which is part of the River Lights Winter Festival, was at Canadian Tire last Wednesday afternoon decorating Christmas trees that will be used in the store. In exchange for decorating the trees, Canadian Tire made a donation towards the Nov. 25-26 Holiday House Tours. Canadian Tire’s Stephen and Paige Pike and Scott Miller joined committee members Sarah Van Grinsven, Jen Ibrahim, Michelle Lecours, Corine Jones, Elizabeth Davidson and Carla Lauzon Abson.

Included in the $25 ticket price is tea service, a holiday craft sale and, new this year, a Christmas Tree Dress Exhibit.  The Christmas Tree Dress Exhibit will showcase eight individually designed creations, each made from spruce, pine, or fir and holiday décor.

“It’s fashion with a twist and cannot be missed,” Van Grinsven stated.

Tickets are being sold at Sobeys in Amherstburg, Country Bliss, Dusty Loft Antique and Collectibles, Windsor Crossings Premium Outlets, online at riverlights.ca as well as the Gordon House, the latter being located at 268 Dalhousie St.

Stephen and Paige Pike, owners of the Canadian Tire store in Amherstburg, said they are happy to be involved.

“River Lights is a great community event we wholeheartedly support,” said Paige. “Sarah and her volunteers do a great job.”

Paige added that it is a “win-win” for all involved.

For more information on the River Lights Winter Festival, call 519-736-4642, visit www.riverlights.ca or e-mail riverlights@mdirect.net.

Jumpstart receives donation from St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

Members of St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus council donated a total of $3,189 to Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart foundation.

Jumpstart is an initiative geared towards giving children from families with financial need the chance to participate in sports.

The money came from a combination of the River Canard K of C’s bingos, a meat draw, and a car show which was two years in the making. The car show brought in the majority of the funds raised. It was held August 26, and saw 102 cars. The council didn’t require an admission fee, but instead asked for donations towards Jumpstart.

Members of the St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus council present Amherstburg Canadian Tire manager Stephen Pike with a $3,189 cheque for jumpstart.
Left to right – Rolly Beaulieu, Stephen Pike, Allan Taylor, Bill Paun and Larry Lafontaine.

“The support of the community has always been wonderful in regards to Jumpstart and the Knights of Columbus have done an excellent job putting on a new car show so it was a pleasure to work with all of them in getting that organized,“ said Stephen Pike, manager of the Amherstburg Canadian Tire. “The money is always going to the children, and it allows them to participate in all sports and activities. It’s been a great program that Canadian Tire has put forward and the money that they are contributing is all going to it.”

All of the money donated in Amherstburg, stays within Amherstburg and is dispersed through the Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

For more information about Jumpstart, you can call 519-736 5471 or visit their website at jumpstart.canadiantire.ca

Three Windsor residents charged after thefts from Amherstburg stores

 

Amherstburg police were called to the area of Canadian Tire on Sandwich St. South for a report of a male allegedly stealing items from the store.

The male had left the store in a vehicle and headed toward the Walmart store nearby, police say.

Police responded and located the vehicle at Walmart along with three individuals. According to the Amherstburg Police Service, several stolen items were located with the individuals and all three were arrested. Amherstburg police laid charges against all three individuals.

A 44-year-old Windsor female was charged with possession of property obtained by crime while a 28-year-old Windsor male faces charges of theft under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime and two counts of breach of probation.

A 32-year-old Windsor male has also been charged with breach of probation and possession of property obtained by crime.

The matter was reported to Amherstburg police around 5:20 p.m. last Saturday.

If anyone may have information relevant to the investigation, you are encouraged to contact police at 519-736-3622, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.

(NOTE: This is a more detailed and updated story than the one that appears in the Sept. 20 print issue.)

The House becomes official community partner of Canadian Tire Jumpstart

 

 

The House Youth Centre is excited and grateful to announce that we have recently becoming an official community partner of Canadian Tire Jumpstart!

Last month, Jumpstart was able to help The House by donating over $1,500 of sports and recreational equipment to the centre. As a non-profit organization, The House focuses the majority of our funding into our peer-support programs, or the beautiful, but very old building they’re housed in, leaving little money left for new things, such as sports equipment.

For the past few years, I can tell you that most of our “Sports and Rec” supplies have are either 20 years old and in rough shape, or purchased at the dollar store. However, as the activities co-ordinator at The House, I could see that we needed more. At The House, our program for the past 40+ years exists to focus on the mental and emotional development of our youth; so doesn’t it make sense that we also focus on their physical development? Jumpstart is a perfect fit for us. Jumpstart exists to make sports and physically  active recreation accessible to families in local communities, often to children and youth that would not otherwise be able to participate in such programs.

The House Youth Centre, formerly known as the House of Shalom Youth Centre, is celebrating becoming an official community partner of Canadian Tire Jumpstart. Jumpstart donated over $1,500 of sports and recreational equipment to the youth centre last month. (Submitted photo)

The House Youth Centre, formerly known as the House of Shalom Youth Centre, is celebrating becoming an official community partner of Canadian Tire Jumpstart. Jumpstart donated over $1,500 of sports and recreational equipment to the youth centre last month.
(Submitted photo)

I can remember reading some old newspaper articles about Father John Ware when he founded The House in 1971; he said that he started The House because he saw that our teenagers were falling into a gap; a gap between the childish activities offered for little ones, and the responsibilities and opportunities of adults. Forty-five years later, that gap still exists, along with another one – youth that are not involved in competitive sports are suddenly not involved in any physical activity.

The House, together with Canadian Tire Jumpstart, are looking to change that in our community. Our youth are our future, and we need to invest in their lives in any way we can to help them become healthy (mentally and physically)  leaders in their community.

Thank you so much to Jumpstart for this amazing opportunity, and stay tuned to find out about new funded programs rolling out later in the year.

 

—Submitted by Rebecca Vander Vaart, Activities co-ordinator

The House Youth Centre

Committee getting ready for Holiday House Tours

 

 

Members of the Holiday House Tours committee were at Canadian Tire recently decorating Christmas trees in preparation of the Nov. 28 event. From left: Jennifer Ibrahim, Monica Bunde, Canadian Tire owner Jeff Levy, Janet Willoughby, Lori Bezaire.

Members of the Holiday House Tours committee were at Canadian Tire recently decorating Christmas trees in preparation of the Nov. 28 and 29 event. From left: Jennifer Ibrahim, Monica Bunde, Canadian Tire owner Jeff Levy, Janet Willoughby, Lori Bezaire.

Special to the RTT

 

A group of local women were at a local business last week getting Christmas trees ready for the Holiday House Tours.

The group that playfully calls themselves the “Decorating Divas”  decorated ten Christmas trees at the Amherstburg Canadian Tire store last week.  This group is actually the Holiday House Tours committee formed by River Light Winter Festival.

“Jeff Levy, owner of our local Canadian Tire, is a great supporter of River Lights.  He helps us show case our talents and in turn donates supplies to the Holiday House Tours which is our largest fundraiser,” says Sarah Van Grinsven, coordinator of River Lights Winter Festival.

A committee of nine local women make up the Holiday House Tours committee. Van Grinsven stated they are “a dedicated group of volunteers who work all year long to plan an event that showcases Amherstburg’s beauty and heritage while forming partnerships and supporting not for profit businesses in the community.”

This year’s House Tours will take place Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Nov. 29 from 1-6 p.m. There will be eight homes showcased throughout the Pointe West area and the downtown core.  The special tea room and wine tasting area will be located in the Amherstburg Freedom Museum.

“This is a terrific partnership,” says Monica Bunde, the Holiday House Tours committee chairperson. “It gives us a chance to highlight the Freedom Museum, and in turn we donate a portion of the proceeds raised to help support them.”

To purchase your tickets for the Holiday House Tours, you can visit riverlights.ca, the River Lights office in the Gordon House (268 Dalhousie St.), Pied a Terre, Country Bliss or Sobeys Amherstburg.