Christmas Party

NDP hold community Christmas party, look forward to the new year

 

 

By Christian Bouchard

 

Children were the spotlight of a community Christmas party.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey, MP and Essex MPP Taras Natyshak hosted a children’s community Christmas party on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus in Amherstburg.

With over 100 people in attendance, the three-hour event welcomed guests to face painting, balloon animals, pizza and even a meet and greet with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

According to Ramsey, the NDP office in Essex do a Christmas open house every year for adults only. After noticing, she decided to host an event in Amherstburg for the children.

“It was really just an opportunity for families to come together and have a fun event before the holidays,” said Ramsey. “It was nice to see the kids enjoying themselves. Any time we can give back to the communities we serve we are always thrilled to do that.”

Both Ramsey and Natyshak were in attendance and to answer any political questions by the guests on hand.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey (centre), Essex MPP Taras Natyshak (not pictured) and their teams held a Christmas party at the Columbus Community Hall recently.

Ramsey listed off her goals for the upcoming year but said her biggest was to have the government help people who feel they’re in a vulnerable position.

“There are families and seniors across our county who are struggling and workers at Canada Post who are forced back to work,” said Ramsey.

According to Ramsey, the Trudeau liberal government is good at rewarding corporations and making sure big businesses get taken cared of. However, she would like to see the see the same for everyone in the Essex-County communities.

The local MP claims she is always looking for a way to improve peoples lives and listed other areas of focus for the new year.

“In our county, we are suffering under the opioid crisis,” said Ramsey. “I’d like to see the Federal government declare a national public health emergency to address the issues.”

Ramsey also said advocating for farm families, addressing affordable housing and removing the steel and aluminum tariffs is all part of her 2019 goals of looking for the federal government to find a solution to protect jobs in Southwestern Ontario.

 

 

 

 

 

General Amherst student council throws Christmas party for Amherstburg Public

 

By Jolene Perron

 

General Amherst student council invited kindergarten classes from Amherstburg Public elementary school to their cafeteria where they set up a number of crafts and games for the children to partake in.

Both English and French classes came out and divided into groups, rotating through stations of cookie decorating, coloring, creating their own reindeer, singing Christmas carols and more.

Amherstburg Public School JK students and General Amherst students gathered for a Christmas party in the Amherst cafeteria last Friday morning.

“It’s kind of an annual thing we do every year and it demonstrates what Amherst has to offer at a younger age so they’re able to come here and kind of see the spirit we have and how welcoming we are,” said 2017-18 prime minister Linden Crain. “It’s great, I love all of them, they’re defiantly easy to get along with and they’re always entertained.”

Alhambra Garcia Caravan 230 hosts annual Christmas party

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A McGregor service club gave back to those with intellectual and physical disabilities over the weekend.

The Alhambra Garcia Caravan 230 held its annual Christmas party Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in McGregor with roughly 350 people with disabilities and their caregivers in attendance.

“It’s for Christmas and its for people with mental and physical challenges,” explained Therese Barichello, Grand Commander of Alhambra Garcia Caravan 230. “It’s for them totally.”

Alhambra Garcia Carvan 230 held its annual Christmas party for those with disabilities last Saturday at the K of C Hall in McGregor. Barry Beetham was one of the people who got to meet Santa Claus.

Alhambra Garcia Carvan 230 held its annual Christmas party for those with disabilities last Saturday at the K of C Hall in McGregor. Barry Beetham was one of the people who got to meet Santa Claus.

Barichello said it is the organization’s goal to help those with disabilities and they do so by trying to fulfill their needs. Those needs can include improvement’s to the person’s home and the installation of accessibility aids.

“Another big goal is to increase our membership,” said Barichello. She said serving Alhambra takes only one hour per month for ten months out of the year.

“It’s a very heartwarming organization to belong to,” she said.

Alhambra Garcia Caravan 230 Grand Commander Therese Barichello leads a procession through the McGregor K of C Hall Saturday afternoon. The service club held its annual Christmas party for those with disabilities.

Alhambra Garcia Caravan 230 Grand Commander Therese Barichello leads a procession through the McGregor K of C Hall Saturday afternoon. The service club held its annual Christmas party for those with disabilities.

“We would welcome anyone at any time,” added Caravan 230 member Richard Prieur.

The Christmas party started in 1982 and has been running every year for the last 34 years. Many of the people in attendance are supported by Community Living Essex County or are known to have disabilities through the schools they attend.

Other outings throughout the year include a picnic at Co-An Park in McGregor and a boating day in LaSalle. Fundraising is done through a golf tournament Alhambra Garcia Caravan hosts every year.

Tracey Bareich and Paul Rodrigues were two of the 350 attendees at Alhambra Garcia Caravan's Christmas Party at the K of C Hall in McGregor.

Tracey Bareich and Paul Rodrigues were two of the 350 attendees at Alhambra Garcia Caravan’s Christmas Party at the K of C Hall in McGregor.

Despite the help they give to those with disabilities, Alhambra members say it is they who benefit most.

“They do more for us than we do for them,” said Prieur.

For more about Alhambra Garcia Caravan 230, visit their Facebook page or contact either Barichello at 519-919-6462 or Prieur at 519-726-6992.

General Amherst holds Kindergarten Christmas Party

 

 

General Amherst student council hosted a kindergarten Christmas party recently for students from their feeder schools.

General Amherst student council hosted a kindergarten Christmas party recently for students from their feeder schools. (Submitted photo)

By Aaron Wharram

 

Kindergarteners from Amherstburg Public school got to enjoy a little Christmas party courtesy of General Amherst.

Approximately 50 Kindergarten students got to run through stations set up by student council which allowed students to play games and to do activities, including meeting Santa.

Student council Prime Minister Dani Leroux says that this was a great way to connect with their feeder schools and allowed others to know what General Amherst can do.

AMA Sportsmen’s Association holds Christmas party for children

 

AMA Xmas Party

Special to the RTT

 

Santa Claus made a stop at the A.M.A Sportsmen Club on Lowes Side Road Dec. 6, bringing smiles to the 110 kids and grandkids, of the members of the AMA Sportsmen from ages two weeks old to ten-years-old. It was part of the AMA Sportsman’s annual “Kids Christmas Party.”

It was a fun afternoon with music and games provided by “Ohanna” Family band. Lots of pop, chips, candy and, of course, hot dogs were prepared and served by Santa’s Helpers (aka AMA Sportsmen and their wives).

After all the food, singing and playing. Santa (“Dick”) appeared bringing presents for all the kids, his three elf’s (Becky, Karen & Donna) made sure all the kids were called up and got their present hand picked and wrapped by some of the Sportsmen and their wives.

A very special thank you to the Sportsmen and Sportswomen who put forth the extra effort to collect the kids’ names and ages, get them a special present, Picked by Marita and help with the food and drinks on the day of the party.

Maybe next year you would like to become a member of the A.M.A Sportsmen Association and join us at our next “Annual Kid’s Christmas Party.”

For more pictures and upcoming events at the AMA Sportsmen Association visit our website at www.amasportsmen.com or email us at info@amasportsman.com.