Essex

Sr. Cards now 5-4 after recent Essex County Senior League action

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team won one and lost two in recent game action.

The Sr. Cardinals lone game last week was in Woodslee, where they battled the Woodslee Orioles junior team. The game was a high scoring affair that saw the Orioles defeat the Cardinals 11-10.

The Cardinals, who now have five wins and four losses on the 2018 season, lost 10-1 to Essex June 16 at the Libro Centre. It was a make-up game from a previous rain-out but it turned out to be an off-night for the Cardinals, who made several errors that only compounded their problems.

After Essex built a 5-0 lead in the second inning, the Cardinals scored their only run in the bottom of that inning thanks to an RBI infield hit by Nick Price.

Essex would score three more in the fourth and two more in the sixth and kept Amherstburg off the scoreboard, though the Cardinals would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“I don’t think we can make excuses for that game,” said Price, who had three hits on the night. “We need to throw that one under the carpet and forget about it. I think we’ll have a better effort on Tuesday.”

The Cardinals were missing some players against Essex but Price said that was no excuse, noting their numerous errors.

Matt Bassingthwaighte gets a hit during recent game action against the Tecumseh Thunder senior team at the Libro Centre.

“It wasn’t our day,” he said.

While Price had a good game personally, the overall result put a damper his own effort.

“Any time you personally have a good game, it’s a good feeling,” he said. “We still lost the game so that overshadows anything personally.”

The Cardinals played the Tecumseh Sr. team June 13 and came out with an 8-7 victory. Amherstburg squandered a 5-1 lead and trailed 7-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Matt Bassingthwaighte had an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth and after Price’s infield hit scored the tying run in the seventh, Bassingthwaighte walked with the bases loaded to push home the winning run a few batters later.

“It had its ups and downs,” starting pitcher Mac Ouellette said of the Tecumseh game. “We pulled out the win.”

Amherstburg second baseman Nick Price (2, left) attempts to tag a Tecumseh baserunner during a recent game at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg won the game 8-7.

Ouellette said they have to play complete games, saying they often play well for several innings in a game then get complacent at points.

The Cardinals’ next game is tonight (Wednesday) at the Libro Centre against the Harrow senior team. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Amherstburg and the Tecumseh 35+ team are scheduled to play Monday evening on the Willie Horton Field of Dreams at the Corner Ballpark in Detroit. The Corner Ballpark is located on the former Tiger Stadium site.

Local bank says farewell to long-time manager

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

TD Canada Trust has said farewell to a long-time manager.

Although she spent the last six months of her career at the Essex branch, the Amherstburg TD Canada Trust branch celebrated the career of Janet Willoughby last Friday afternoon. Willoughby spent much of her career in Amherstburg and is also a well-known volunteer in the community. She retired from TD Canada Trust April 13.

Willoughby said she retired with just shy of 37 years of experience.

“I started right out of university and went to the management trainee program,” said Willoughby.

After spending a year-and-a-half in London, she came to Windsor-Essex County.

“I came to this area and have been in this area ever since,” she said. “I’ve probably been in every branch twice.”

Janet Willoughby celebrated her retirement with the staff at the Amherstburg branch of TD Canada Trust last week. Her official retirement date was April 13 and her last branch was Essex location, though she spent the bulk of her career in Amherstburg.

Willoughby said she has been a branch manager since 1990 and at three different times in Amherstburg, stating she spent the most time during her career at the Amherstburg branch.

Retirement hasn’t really hit her yet, as Willoughby remarked “it feels like a vacation right now.”

As for what she will do in retirement, Willoughby said she hopes to travel and she also plans on becoming more involved with the community.

“I’ll be able to volunteer a lot more than in the past,” she said.

Willoughby added she misses the customers and her co-workers.

“I miss the people,” said Willoughby. “I miss the customers and I miss the people I worked with the most.”

Run, Walk or Wheel in support of Community Living Essex County

 

 

The 2017 Jingle Bell Run, Walk and Wheel Steering Committee anticipate hundreds of people from across Essex County will participate Nov. 12 at Ken Knapp Ford in Essex for the 23rd Annual running of the Jingle Bell Run, Walk and Wheel.

The event has raised thousands of dollars for Community Living Essex County in support of over 650 people with an intellectual disability throughout Essex County, including many in Amherstburg.

New for 2017 will be a 2km run and walk to encourage new runners and walkers to join the fun.

“We look forward to another great day and encourage families and friends to join us” states Bob Blair, Chair of the Jingle Bell Run Steering Committee.

The Jingle Bell Run, Walk and Wheel is Nov. 12 in Essex. The proceeds benefit Community Living Essex County, which supports over 650 people with intellectual disabilities in all seven county municipalities including Amherstburg.

He adds: “The event is for everyone from competitive runners to casual walkers, together for a great cause.”

Medals will be presented to every participant; with acknowledgement for top finishers. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges to win a chance at a Fit Bit.

Every participant will be eligible for a variety of door prize draws. As a safety precaution, event officials are requesting that the public not bring dogs to the event unless they are working service dogs for the visually impaired; as well, no bicycles (wheelchairs only).

To register, go online until Wednesday, Nov. 8 to www.onlineregistrations.ca/jinglebell. As well, registration forms will also be available at Ken Knapp Ford in Essex, local health and fitness clubs, arenas and online at www.communitylivingessex.org.

Participants can also register the morning of the event on Sunday, Nov. 12 between 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. For more information call 519-776-6483, ext 246.

Colchester celebrates 225 years

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

Not only is Canada turning 150 years old this year, but the town of Colchester is celebrating its 225th birthday.

With this milestone birthday, Essex town council wanted to raise awareness and build civic pride. Laurie Brett, manager or communications at the town of Essex said the idea of celebrating Colchester’s 225 years in conjunction with the Explore the Shore weekend came from a recognition that the region has a very long history that extends the length of County Road 50.

Colchester celebrated its 225th  birthday last Saturday with a variety of different events and activities for residents and visitors alike.

Colchester celebrated its 225th
birthday last Saturday with a variety of different events and activities for residents and visitors alike.

“Setting the celebration at Colchester Harbour allows us to showcase our beautiful lakeside park and the growing wine and hospitality industry in Essex,” said Brett. “We wanted to offer something for children during the day and adults in the evening. We were successful in receiving a $41,000 grant from the Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program, which is allowing us to offer a fun-filled day of activities for people of all ages, including a beach volleyball tournament, children’s entertainment, heritage plaque unveiling, live music, and fireworks over the lake at sunset.”

Colchester celebrated its 225th  birthday last Saturday with a variety of different events and activities for residents and visitors alike.

Colchester celebrated its 225th
birthday last Saturday with a variety of different events and activities for residents and visitors alike.

Highlights of the day included the unveiling of the heritage plaque and “The Colchester Story,” which was told by Seamus Gunn. There were also Kingsport Environmental activities, enchanted princesses, entertainment from Jen Knight with Charlie Lambrick, Christian Vegh, and much more, with Fireworks capping off the evening, as Brett said.

Colchester celebrated its 225th birthday last Saturday with a variety of different events and activities for residents and visitors alike.

Colchester celebrated its 225th birthday last Saturday with a variety of different events and activities for residents and visitors alike.

“I am very excited about the event,” said Brett. “As someone who is passionate about history, I am especially interested in the heritage elements of the event – the town crier, the heritage plaque unveiling, and the historic walking tour of Colchester. We’ve also prepared a small booklet outlining the area’s early history and we’ve been distributing it at the event as a limited edition item. But I’m also excited about the present day. It’s great that we have this opportunity to introduce people to Colchester Harbour, County Road 50, and all the great things happening here today.”

 

 

Bulldogs split two games over past week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys basketball basketball team finished the WECSSAA Tier 2 season with a 7-3 record following a loss and a win last week.

Both games were at General Amherst with the first one being a game last Tuesday evening with the Belle River Nobles, a game which ended with Amherst losing 48-44 in overtime.

Nate Lovell (34) takes a shot during second half action last Tuesday night as he is being defended by Belle River’s Jack Trepanier (31). Belle River won this game 48-44 in overtime but the Bulldogs bounced back and defeated Essex two days later.

Nate Lovell (34) takes a shot during second half action last Tuesday night as he is being defended by Belle River’s Jack Trepanier (31). Belle River won this game 48-44 in overtime but the Bulldogs bounced back and defeated Essex two days later.

The Nobles led 24-21 at the half but a surge by the Bulldogs in the third quarter gave the home team a 30-27 lead heading for the fourth quarter. Belle River outscored Amherst 6-3 in the in fourth quarter to send the game to the extra four-minute overtime period.

Belle River took control early in overtime, scoring the first seven points, but General Amherst nearly caught up and even cut it to a 42-41 Belle River lead at one point.

Coach Cameron Scott said the Bulldogs were missing a couple of players but was happy overall with how the team played. He said they played with a lot of heart against the Nobles.

“You can’t teach character,” said Scott. “I loved the attitude and effort. I loved the way the guys played. They never stopped until the final buzzer.”

Even when Scott was discouraged in overtime, the players managed to impress him.

General Amherst’s Jeremy Cota tries to shoot while being defended by a pair of Belle River players last Tuesday evening.

General Amherst’s Jeremy Cota tries to shoot while being defended by a pair of Belle River players last Tuesday evening.

“They showed me something tonight,” he said after the game. “They’ll fight to the end.”
Scott believed free throw shooting and turnovers were the difference in the game.

The Bulldogs played Essex Thursday afternoon and defeated the Red Raiders 53-40.

Scott, who coaches the team with Zac Tytgat, said the team was “a day away from folding” due to difficulties in finding a coach but now that is behind them.

“They’ve progressed greatly this season,” he said. “They’ve showed effort and heart all year.”