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Good Shepherd parishioner celebrates 100th birthday

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A beloved parishioner at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church celebrated a century of living on the weekend.

After having a party at Seasons Amherstburg last Friday on her actual birth date, Nola Iler celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday with her church family at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Sunday.

Iler was praised by all who attended Sunday’s service and post-service fellowship lunch with certificates presented to her from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Governor General Julie Payette, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Nepean Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod and even Queen Elizabeth II.

Recognition from the town of Amherstburg is expected in the coming days.

Originally from Ottawa, Iler came to this area about 75 years ago for schooling and met her husband Allan. When married, she moved down here and lived in the area of Simcoe and Seymour streets on what was then a farm.

The couple had no children and Allan – a.k.a. “Ducky” – died in the early 1990’s after roughly a half-century of marriage. Iler, described as being “very quiet” and a “homebody” still comes to church regularly and the people at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church have become her family.

Nola Iler blows out the candles on her birthday cake as part of a celebration held for her after Sunday
service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Iler turned 100-years-old last Friday and family came to Amherstburg from as far as Ottawa to help her mark her milestone birthday.

That said, she still remembers all of her nieces, nephews and other loved ones.

“Aunt Nola is very generous to all of her relatives,” said nephew Keith Galloway, who was one of the relatives to come down from Ottawa for the 100th birthday celebration. “She always had everyone’s birthday on a list. She remembered and always sent them a card.”

Her church family said her stroganoff, desserts and other treats were always fondly remembered. Even when she could no longer cook, she would still bring something to church every Sunday.

Iler lived at home until she was 98-years-old, when a fall caused her to be in the hospital for a few months and necessitated her moving into Seasons. However, she is still a regular at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

“She is very active in the church and helped with all kinds of things,” said friend Anita Colley.

Bulldogs capture SWOSSAA title with win over Lambton-Kent

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs are heading to Ottawa to compete for the OFSAA A/AA boys hockey championship after winning the SWOSSAA crown last Tuesday.

The Bulldogs hosted the Lambton-Kent Cardinals at the Libro Centre and came away with a 2-1 victory. A first period goal from Jarrod Benninger gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead by Tyler Hotham tied the score before the first 15-minute period was out.

The General Amherst Bulldogs won the SWOSSAA A/AA championship with a 2-1 win over Lambton-Kent March 1 at the Libro Centre. They advance to OFSAA in Ottawa March 7-10.

The General Amherst Bulldogs won the SWOSSAA A/AA championship with a 2-1 win over Lambton-Kent March 1 at the Libro Centre. They advance to OFSAA in Ottawa March 7-10.

The only other goal of the game came in the second period off the stick of Reid Stieler and that proved to be the game-winner.

“As I’ve been saying all year, it’s a really good group of kids,” said General Amherst head coach Pat Garrett.

Garrett said he was glad to win the SWOSSAA A/AA title in a close game, as it will further prepare the players for tough games at the provincial tournament March 7-10 in Ottawa. He noted all three games against Belle River in the WECSSAA finals were close and the SWOSSAA game was a one-goal affair.

“I thought our boys took the play to them in the first two periods,” Garrett said of Tuesday’s contest. “We played to protect the lead in the third period.”

Goalie Josh Paquette was “fantastic,” Garrett added, noting the “whole group played well” during the game. Paquette also played in the WECSSAA clinching game, meaning he has only allowed one goal in the last two games, but Garrett stressed there is no number one goalie on the Bulldogs. He said Paquette will split games with Jack Langlois at OFSAA.

The team will again have to compete without one of its top scorers in Justin Veldhuis, who broke his clavicle in the third game of the WECSSAA final against Belle River. Garrett said he would have aimed for the medal round with Veldhuis in the lineup and will still aim that high, though he admitted it will be more difficult.

“I’d like to get to the medal round and represent WECSSAA well,” said Garrett.

General Amherst captain Garret Blunt (left) and alternate captains Zach Yott and Colton McGregor accept the SWOSSAA A/AA championship plaque March 1.

General Amherst captain Garret Blunt (left) and alternate captains Zach Yott and Colton McGregor accept the SWOSSAA A/AA championship plaque March 1.

The trip to Ottawa is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work, he continued, stating the coaches want to see good hockey played but also to have the players enjoy themselves.

Paquette said the team is thrilled to earn a trip to the nation’s capital to compete at OFSAA.

“It feels amazing,” said Paquette.

The team is making its first trip to OFSAA since the 2008-09 season and Paquette said they have been trying to get back ever since he joined the team.

“Finally, we got the right group of guys and we worked together as a team,” said Paquette.

Paquette said he’s been fortunate to have a couple of good games in a row, but credited his teammates for any success that happened.

“I’ve got a good team in front of me,” said Paquette.

The team is excited to go to OFSAA, he added, and that the players have been looking forward to it since the beginning of the season.

“We’re going there to try to win it,” he said, adding they also want to have some fun while in Ottawa.

 

Amherstburg student getting first-hand political experience in Ottawa

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

A student from Amherstburg going to school in Ottawa is getting political experience from her Member of Parliament back home.

Rebecca Down is volunteering for Essex MP Tracey Ramsey at Ramsey’s office in Ottawa. Down is in her third year at Carleton University studying public affairs and policy management.

The opportunity arose through Down’s own initiative, as she reached out to Ramsey shortly after the Oct. 19 federal election.

Rebecca Down (right) of Amherstburg is volunteering at Essex MP Tracey Ramsey’s Ottawa office. (Special to the RTT)

Rebecca Down (right) of Amherstburg is volunteering at Essex MP Tracey Ramsey’s Ottawa office. (Special to the RTT)

“I figured I’d take a long shot and I e-mailed her to see if I could get some experience on (Parliament) Hill,” said Down.

At first, there was no response but when parliament reconvened in December, Down said she heard back from Ramsey’s office. She had put the thought of volunteering with Ramsey out of her mind after not hearing anything for the first few weeks but was pleasantly surprised when she finally did hear back.

“I was really excited when it came to fruition,” said Down.

Down currently spends seven hours every Thursday volunteering as she juggles that with her classes at Carleton. Her duties consist of creating pages for websites and drafting correspondence for constituents.

“I do enjoy it,” she said. “It is interesting to read the e-mails from the people of Essex County.”
Trying to help the people of the riding is rewarding and she added she enjoys being able to talk to someone like Ramsey about life in Essex County.

“It alleviates any sort of home sickness,” added Down.

Down said she has focused in international studies and the fact Ramsey is the critic for international trade has been a bonus for her.

“Getting to meet Tracey has been great. She’s an excellent representative of Essex,” Down believed. “I think she’s going to be a very strong in representing her communities in Ottawa.”