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Montreal Canadiens alumni opponents get ready

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Montreal Canadiens Alumni come to the Libro Centre this Saturday night and the team that will be opposing them got ready for them last weekend.

The team comprised of area residents, emergency service workers, incoming council members and town employees were on the ice last Saturday night practising for the game that is coming up this weekend. The team consists of 23 players, including two goalies, and will be coached by Dave Wharram.

Admirals co-owner Matt Fox takes a shot on town treasurer Justin Rousseau during a Saturday night practice at the Libro Centre.

“It’s a fun practice to let the guys get together and learn from each other,” said Wharram. “Everyone I talked to is excited to play against some of their childhood heroes.”

Wharram said he is a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan but the Canadiens are his “next best team” so he is excited to be part of the event as well. The alumni team features players not long out of the NHL and others that have been retired for 20 years or more so it will be an “interesting” game,” Wharram believed.

The charity hockey game is being organized by the Rotary Club of Amherstburg with proceeds going to Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

Councillor-elect Peter Courtney playfully shoots the puck towards the camera (which was behind the glass) during a Nov. 24 practice at the Libro Centre.

“The Rotary Club did a great job organizing this,” said Wharram. “It’s all for fun and for charity.”

Tickets are available at snapd.com and will be available at the door, unless the game is a sell-out beforehand. Tickets are $20 each. There is a family pack (four tickets) available for $70 and $75 VIP tickets are also available.

Local house league baseball teams converge on Amherstburg

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

House league baseball teams from around Essex County and Windsor converged on Amherstburg for a weekend tournament earlier this month.

The wrap-up tournament saw eight teams in the pee wee division with teams coming from Kingsville, Forest Glade, Turtle Club (LaSalle), Leamington, Belle River, Tecumseh, Windsor Central and Riverside. That division played primarily at Centennial Park.

Amherstburg was represented in the bantam tournament held recently at the Libro Centre. (Back row): coaches Rob Faraday, Mike Bergeron , players Ed Laroye, Kain McDonald, Coach Brian McDonald, players Nolan Crain, Andrew Pickle, Andy Beneteau, head coach Dave Wharram. Bottom row: Jake Hamilton , Jacob Kelterborn, Matthew Pickle, Devon D'Alimonte, Ryan (Buzz) Wharram. Laying in front is Josh Bergeron. (Special to the RTT)

Amherstburg was represented in the bantam tournament held recently at the Libro Centre. (Back row): coaches Rob Faraday, Mike Bergeron , players Ed Laroye, Kain McDonald, Coach Brian McDonald, players Nolan Crain, Andrew Pickle, Andy Beneteau, head coach Dave Wharram. Bottom row: Jake Hamilton , Jacob Kelterborn, Matthew Pickle, Devon D’Alimonte, Ryan (Buzz) Wharram. Laying in front is Josh Bergeron. Frankie Jariett is absent. (Special to the RTT)

The bantam division saw five teams compete. Action was mainly at the Libro Centre, though one game was at Centennial Park. Teams from Amherstburg, Turtle Club, Riverside, Windsor South and Forest Glade took to the field with Amherstburg being eliminated with a 15-5 loss Saturday night to Forest Glade.

This was the second straight tournament in Amherstburg in successive weekends, with the South Shore Interlock Tournament the previous weekend for the pee wee players. That was at Centennial Park.

Ed Laroye pitches to the plate  during the recent bantam  tournament held in Amherstburg. Most of the games in the bantam division were at the Libro Centre while pee wee teams  competed at Centennial Park.

Ed Laroye pitches to the plate during the recent bantam tournament held in Amherstburg. Most of the games in the bantam division were at the Libro Centre while pee wee teams competed at Centennial Park.

“This team being put together in a very short period of time to represent Amherstburg in the tourney we were hosting. This team really worked hard and although didn’t make the finals on Sunday we still walked away winners. I couldn’t be more proud of the dedication these 12 guys showed the past month or so while preparing for this tournament,” said bantam head coach Dave Wharram.

Questions over fire captain training addressed at town council

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Questions from two former firefighters regarding the recent Ontario Fire Marshal (OFM) report and the training and education of captains came to council Monday night.

Those questions were met with assurances from the fire chief and assistant deputy fire chief that Amherstburg fire captains and the entire department are well trained and capable of protecting the community.

Keith Lauzon and Dave Wharram posed questions with regards to “gaps” in education and training identified for captains and how many captains and senior fire personnel meet the necessary standards.

“We’re not here to instill fear within the town as has been said in the media,” said Lauzon, adding their concerns were with regards to liability and cost should personnel not be properly trained at a fire scene.

Fire chief Al Reaume and assistant deputy chief Lee Tome noted the reply from the OFM report, with Tome pointing out the entire section of the report dealing with job specifications deals with all ranks.

Reaume noted the OFM reply to Wharram and Lauzon’s questions states there are no provincial standards that defines minimum standards for fire captains in the province of Ontario.

“Every municipality sets its own,” said Reaume.

“Anyone can be a fire captain is what you are saying?” responded Lauzon, who said he saw standards posted on the OFM website for level one and two firefighters and company officers.

Reaume replied that municipalities have their own standards as to how firefighters achieve their training.

“Again, there are no standards in the province of Ontario,” he said. “There hasn’t been for many years.”

CAO John Miceli noted there were 27 recommendations in the OFM’s report and the council has been supportive of senior administration’s ability to implement those recommendations. Mayor Aldo DiCarlo suggested if the delegates were unhappy with the OFM report and their reply to their questions, “contact them and work it out with them.”

Councillor Diane Pouget said it was “unbelievable” there were no provincial standards.

“How does the Amherstburg Fire Department go into a fire when they don’t have job descriptions or standards?” she asked.

Reaume said all firefighters know what to do when arriving at a fire scene and that is because of their training.

“They are all trained the right way,” he said. “We will make sure these people are trained and trained to the best practices in our industry.”

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Pouget said firefighters do a “phenomenal job” but still voiced concerns with liability.

Training is well documented, Reaume stated, with Tome adding most firefighters have level one and level two training already.

“We have a well trained fire service,” said Tome. “We have a great fire service in the town of Amherstburg.”

Tome added they would like to have a training officer and said he was glad this issue was before town council so they can see the issues and know where the fire department is at going forward.

“What it costs for a fire service here is dirt cheap for what you get,” he added, noting they are not perfect “but no department is.”

Tome said negative comments on social media “has to stop” and that “it’s time to move on.”

The recommendations are being worked on and any issues the fire department has are being addressed, pledged Reaume.

“We’re not sitting back and looking at it,” said Reaume.

“We can’t move on until we fix what the problems are and deal with them,” said Pouget.

Pouget thanked Wharram and Lauzon for coming before council, adding her belief that many problems the fire department has had might still be happening if it weren’t for Lauzon and Wharram stepping forward. Over 15 firefighters were in council chambers with more in the lobby with some heard to quietly remark “wrong” after Pouget spoke.

Reaume emphasized after the meeting that “the residents of the town of Amherstburg have nothing to worry about” and that officers and firefighters are well trained. He said there were issues when he arrived but they are working through them, noting such items as the Ministry of Labour orders have been satisfied.