Sharon Barron

St. Rose Class of ’63 celebrate 55th anniversary



By Christian Bouchard


The St. Rose High School Class of ’63 celebrated their 55th anniversary.

Sharron Barron, a graduate of the St. Rose graduating class, organized the event. Following the passing of two graduates, she decided it was time for a reunion as time passes by too quickly.

“Memories are important and we’re not getting any younger,” said Barron.

The Class of 1963 from the former St. Rose High School gathered recently for a reunion.

The graduating class included 32 people and had just six boys.

Barron invited a total of 32 people were invited and 24 were able to make it out to the event. Some of the graduates, including loved ones, traveled from as far as London, Muskoka and Guelph. Twelve members of the graduating class are still residents of Amherstburg.

According to Barron, the use of social media helped make the event possible.

“I had to use social media, otherwise I’d be on the phone forever,” added Barron.




Catholic Women’s League’s “High Tea” popular with local ladies


By Jonathan Martin


Columbus Community Hall was filled to the brim with tea, music and very fancy hats thanks to a recent sold out event.

The St. John the Baptist Catholic Women’s League’s (CWL) annual high tea was once again held at the hall, and, as in previous years, the event sold out.

According to CWL president Sharon Barron, all 150 tickets were gone “almost immediately.”

Bernice Deslippe listens to her friends chat at CWL’s high tea event. (Photo by Jonathan Martin)

“That (ticket number) is really all we can handle,” she said.  “We make all of the food ourselves.  We were here until late last night and were back early this morning preparing it.”

The menu featured a variety of sandwich types, scones, desserts and, of course, tea.  Between the wide assortment of refreshments and the incredible variety of hats, the afternoon was certainly one of heterogeneity.

While the women munched, sipped and chatted, Lauren Baillargeon and Allison Brown provided entertainment in the way of country fiddle, ukulele, mandolin, guitar and vocal tunes.

In addition to playing music, 13-year-old Baillargeon does a little bit of fund raising of her own.  Along with her mother, brother and sister, she has raised around $40 thousand in the fight against cancer.  She and her siblings have even earned themselves a nickname.  Together, they make up the Kids Curing Cancer (KCC).

“All of the money I’m making today will be going towards that,” she said. “The money they will be giving me tonight, the CD sales and the tips from the (instrument) case will all be going to it.”

By the end of the night, Baillargeon had added another $778 to KCC’s list of raised sums.

Carol Laing poses for a photo at the Columbus Community Hall. The Amherstburg Catholic Women’s League used the venue to host their annual high tea. (Photo by Jonathan Martin)

All the CWL’s proceeds were donated to Saint John the Baptist Parish and to local charities.  Its revenue came from ticket sales and purchases from an “accessories table,” where attendees could pick up wearable baubles, purses and the like.

“The generosity of our women is amazing,” said Barron.  “They’re very involved both within the church and in the larger community.  They have very big hearts.”

If the recent event was any indication, they also have very big hats.