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Fighting Island Boxing Club hosting show this Saturday night

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Fight fans don’t have to leave Amherstburg this weekend in order to see a night of amateur boxing.

Amherstburg’s Fighting Island Boxing Club (FIBC) will host “Fight at the Knights” this Saturday night at the Columbus Community Hall (formerly known as the Knights of Columbus Hall) at 190 Richmond St. Barring any last minute changes to the card, there will be about a dozen fights scheduled.

Local fighters will include 11-year-old Brandon French, 12-year-old Jesse Hasson, 11-year-old Carter White, 17-year-old Luca Capola, 14-year-old Spencer Quinn, 23-year-old Matt DiPasquale, 24-year-old Nate DiPasquale, 24-year-old Noram Lachance and 27-year-old Tyson Whalen.

Fighting Island Boxing Club owner/coach Joe LeBlanc said a number of gyms from around southwestern Ontario are sending fighters.

“We’ve got gyms coming in from all over the place,” he said, listing Windsor, Kitchener, Waterloo, Chatham-Kent, Brampton, London and Toronto as places were boxers are coming from.

The “Fight at the Knights” show will also be in memory of former FIBC fighter Stevie Wigle, who passed away earlier this year.

“We’re going to do this show in memory of him,” said LeBlanc, adding the music played between fights will be music Wigle enjoyed.

LeBlanc added they are looking at other ways to honour Wigle, including possibly purchasing a memorial bench.

Wigle had been with the FIBC for seven years and was a hero to the younger fighters, LeBlanc said.

“He was their mentor,” said LeBlanc. “They are fighting in his memory.”

Proceeds from Saturday night’s boxing show will help the FIBC with travel and accommodation costs for their trip to the provincial championships in Toronto this December.

“Every penny that comes in is for the kids,” said LeBlanc.

Doors open at 6 p.m., fights start at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar, 50/50 draw and prize draws. Admission is $15, payable at the door.

 

Public information session being held regarding basement flooding subsidy program

 

The Town of Amherstburg is holding a public information session regarding the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy program that was recently passed by town council Sept. 25.

The public information session will be held Thursday evening at the McGregor K of C Hall, located at 9560 Walker Road, from 6-8 p.m.

There were 34 homes in the McGregor area reportedly impacted by basement flooding from a heavy rain storm Aug. 28.

The town is offering a financial subsidy to disconnect foundation drains that are connected to the sanitary sewer; install a backwater valve on the internal plumbing system in existing homes;

and install a sump pump overflow to discharge outside to surface (applies to existing sump pumps only).

The Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program can be viewed prior to the information session at www.amherstburg.ca. Town administration will be on hand to answer any questions that arise.

If members of the public are unable to attend the public information session and have any questions, they may contact the Public Works Department at 519-736-3664.

AAM Goodfellows distribute 135 baskets to those in need

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The AAM Goodfellows came to the aid of those in need again in 2016.

AAM Goodfellows president Rick Murray said newspaper sales were good, as they totaled between $12,000-$13,000, and they distributed 135 food boxes right before Christmas.

That number was up from 130 boxes last year.

Spencer Duby pushes a loaded cart of food items that was going into Goodfellows baskets Dec. 21. The AAM Goodfellows donated 135 food baskets to those in need just prior to Christmas.

Spencer Duby pushes a loaded cart of food items that was going into Goodfellows baskets Dec. 21. The AAM Goodfellows donated 135 food baskets to those in need just prior to Christmas.

“It goes up and down depending on the economy,” said Murray.

The 130 boxes was one of the lowest numbers they have had, he added, with the highest being in the neighbourhood of 170. All of the food and toy items are distributed strictly in Amherstburg, he added.

The AAM Goodfellows work with Sobeys to acquire the food, said Murray.

Volunteers help pack the Goodfellows food boxes at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall. From left: Alexis Baird, Erin Baird, Lucas Baird and Lois Martin.

Volunteers help pack the Goodfellows food boxes at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall. From left: Alexis Baird, Erin Baird, Lucas Baird and Lois Martin.

“Everything comes from them,” said Murray.

Toys aren’t the Goodfellows’ mandate, he continued, with the food being the focus. However, the Amherstburg firefighters’ toy drive allowed them to include the toys in the food boxes as well.

Between the chickens, potatoes, canned goods and other food items, it allowed families to eat thanks to the Goodfellows for a few days.

“There’s enough food for a couple of meals,” said Murray.

Photo by Tom Kilgallin

Photo by Tom Kilgallin

Photo by Tom Kilgallin

Photo by Tom Kilgallin

There were a lot of volunteers out both selling the newspapers and packing the food boxes, and Murray pointed out number of the volunteers were young.

“It’s always great to get the young kids out here,” said Murray, adding they will eventually be needed to take over from the older volunteers.

Catz Meow launches competitive dance season with fundraising dinner

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Catz Meow Dance Education Centre raised funds for its competitive dance team Saturday night thanks to a “Christmas Celebration Fundraiser.”

Owner/instructor Catherine Cristofaro said the Christmas fundraiser was a way to kick off the competitive season.

“The competitive dancers first competition is in February,” she said. “We’ll be travelling to the U.S. We’ll be competing against some very stiff competition but we are ready.”

Competitive dancers have been training at the Sandwich St. S. studio since September and Cristofaro said training lasts for about 12 hours per week. There are 21 dancers on the competitive team, including one boy for the first time ever. She said they “are excited to represent our small town on the big stage.”

Members of the Catz Meow competitive dance team.

Members of the Catz Meow competitive dance team.

The Catz Meow competitive dancers also compete elsewhere, including with their high school dance teams (if old enough), the Bravo Ballet Company, and the Border City Dance Company. Those with the latter participated in the recent opening ceremonies for the FINA swimming championships in Windsor.

Dancers range from nine to 17-years-old.

“I am so proud of their recent accomplishments,” said Cristofaro, “and I can’t wait to see what this competitive season brings.”

Cristofaro thanked the Knights of Columbus Hall for hosting the fundraiser as well as the volunteers and the Back 2 Back band “for making this event possible.”

Chili cookoff crowns new champions

 

 

Cindy and George London (second place), Courtney Bondy, Joyce Blackmere, and Denise Stevenson of the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team (first place) and Dorothy Thrasher and Gaetane Lapointe of the K of C Ladies Auxiliary (third place) were the top chili makers.

Cindy and George London (second place), Courtney Bondy, Joyce Blackmere, and Denise Stevenson of the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team (first place) and Dorothy Thrasher and Gaetane Lapointe of the K of C Ladies Auxiliary (third place) were the top chili makers.

By Ron Giofu

 

The annual Charity Chili Cookoff was held Saturday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall with a new champion crowned when it was over.

Out of the ten teams that participated, the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team won top honours with their share of the proceeds going to the Kiwanis Club. Last year’s winner Cindy London came in second place this year with her share of the proceeds going to the River Lights Winter Festival.

Third place went to the K of C Ladies Auxiliary.

“It started out slow but it looks like we sold out,” said organizer Ron Fryer.

The annual Charity Chili Cookoff was held at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall on Richmond St. Saturday night. Cindy London dishes out some of the ten chilis that were served (left).

The annual Charity Chili Cookoff was held at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall on Richmond St. Saturday night. Cindy London dishes out some of the ten chilis that were served (left).

In all, there were ten teams competing. Fryer said other teams included Tim and Winston McAllister from the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission, Fred Bertrand and Bob Roberts from K of C Council 2110, Carol Charette for the Canadian Diabetes Foundation, Rose and Mary Beneteau from the Catholic Women’s League, Natalie Borrelli and Kirk Churchill from Maria’s for Cystic Fibrosis, Ron Mosienko for Computers for Kids and Tim DeHetre and Dennis Purdie for the House of Shalom.

As was the case last year, there were no judges, but rather the people in attendance decided who the winners were by their ballots. All chili was served in stainless steel dishes so that only a handful of people in the hall knew who was serving which chili as even the participants didn’t know.