Children and parents “go batty” at AMA Sportsmen Association



By Ron Giofu


Children, parents and grandparents went a little “batty” at the AMA Sportsmen Association last Saturday morning.

The club had about 50 bat boxes constructed with children and their parents and grandparents coming out to help build them. It was similar to last month’s event where 40 wood duck boxes were built.

Brian Beattie, AMA Sportsmen Association member and member of the club’s conservation committee, said the original plan called for 40 bat boxes to be constructed but the addition of about 10 Cubs and Scouts from 2nd Amherstburg Scouting saw the number increased by ten.

Local youth took part in the AMA Sportsmen Association’s bat box building day last Saturday morning.
A total of 50 bat boxes were constructed.

“That completes our conservation projects for the year,” said Beattie, noting nearly $2,000 was spent for the wood duck box and bat box projects.

The bat boxes are smaller than wood duck boxes, require little maintenance and can be installed in residential areas as long as they are at least ten-feet off the ground, Beattie stated. He added the plans currently are for more bat boxes to be built next year and to reduce the number of wood duck boxes to 30.

“I’d like to do 30 of these (bat boxes) and 30 more for screech owls,” he said.

Beattie said it was nice to welcome 2nd Amherstburg Scouting as well. He said he had to buy extra wood for the extra boxes, but the club was pleased to partner with another group.

Cameryn Carmack, Zach Kollin and Cassidy Carmack work on a bat box last Saturday morning.

There are a lot of misconceptions about bats, Beattie stated, pointing out there are six species of bats in Essex County. The most common species is the big brown bat and the loss of trees means a loss of habitat for them. One big brown bat can eat as many as 3,000 to 7,000 mosquitoes per night, he said.

Some bats also use the bat boxes to hibernate in winter and it is advised the boxes be placed in the sun, so bats can feel the warmth.

Hailey Laliberte drills a screw into her bat box. A total of 50 bat boxes were constructed.

Lisa Tomac, scouter with 2nd Amherstburg Scouting, said reading a previous article in the River Town Times allowed them to know the event was happening and they decided to get involved.

“Who doesn’t like to use a drill?” she joked.

It was an optional event for the Cubs and Scouts, she added, with those who did turn out being able to pick up a new skill. Tomac added they wear their uniforms to such outings to show that 2nd Amherstburg Scouting is active in the community.


Amherstburg police investigate thefts at Ribfest



The Amherstburg Police Service is looking for help after thefts were reported from the Amherstburg Rotary Ribfest.

Amherstburg police state that three youths were involved early Saturday morning around 4:30 a.m. One youth allegedly distracted a security guard at the front gate while two more entered the grounds and allegedly stole from two vendors.

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One vendor had roughly $300 of merchandise including T-shirts, fidget spinners and other goods taken while about $1,000 in goods was stolen from another tent. The latter saw cell phone items such as cases and cables taken.

The youths, described as white males roughly 14 to 15-years-old, fled on foot and were last seen heading southbound on Fryer St.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-2252 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).

Amherstburg police report attempted fraud



The Amherstburg Police Service helped thwart an attempted fraud that was reported to them last Thursday.

Around 1:30 p.m., a female complainant who lives on Concession 2, reported that she had received an e-mail claiming she was entitled to a tax refund but the e-mail asked for personal information. Amherstburg police said that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) would not ask for personal information via phone or e-mail and advises residents not to give out any identifiable information. People can call the CRA back to confirm whether or not a request is legitimate but Amherstburg police encourage people not to volunteer personal information.

Police add that the complainant’s bank was contacted and that helped prevent funds from being removed from her account.

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Youth arrested   Amherstburg police received a report regarding a suspicious person and that led to a 16-year-old male youth being arrested and charged for allegedly going through vehicles.

The alleged thefts occurred in the Alma St., Tofflemire St. and St. Arnaud St. areas but the suspect was apprehended on Venetian Dr. after being observed leaving the other areas by a complainant. The youth faces two counts of theft under $5,000, two counts of possession of stolen property, one count of possessing a weapon and one count of trespassing. He was arrested Feb. 28 at approximately 10 p.m.


Warrant executed   Police arrested a 25-year-old woman last Thursday around 9 a.m. on Seymour St. with regards to an outstanding warrant. The warrant was from Lambton County OPP.


Mischief   A window was smashed out of a garage on Murray St. last weekend. It was reported Monday but the matter is believed to have occurred over the previous night. There are no suspects.

*A street light was reportedly shot out in the area of Concession 7 South and County Road 20, police say. It was reported Feb. 28 and there are no suspects.


Accidents   A two-vehicle crash last Saturday around 10:10 a.m. on Sandwich St. S. near Fort St. resulted in charges, though specifics of the incident were not known as of press time. Amherstburg police were able to confirm the accident involved a car and a van.

*A two-vehicle crash on Alma St. near Concession 3 North Feb. 27 resulted in a 67-year-old woman charged with following too closely. It happened around 2:50 p.m.

*A single-vehicle accident on Alma St. near Concession 7 saw a 46-year-old Oldcastle man charged with failing to drive in a marked lane. Police say a hydro pole was knocked out as a result of the accident.


Stats   There were 59 traffic tickets issued last week, eight 911 hang-up calls and four alarm calls.


-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Town receives $10,000 from Essex Power for recreational needs


Essex Power president/CEO Ray Tracey (left) presents a $10,000 cheque to Mayor Aldo DiCarlo with the money to be used for local youth programs.

Essex Power president/CEO Ray Tracey (left) presents a $10,000 cheque to Mayor Aldo DiCarlo with the money to be used for local youth programs.

By RTT Staff


The Town of Amherstburg has received $10,000 to aid in recreational programming.

Essex Power Corporation presented a cheque for $10,000 under their “Youth in Community Fund” with Essex Power president and CEO Ray Tracey presenting the cheque to Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.

Tracey explained that it is to be used to benefit local youth organizations in the community. Similar donations are made in other communities Essex Power services, including LaSalle, Tecumseh and Leamington.

The criteria for the donation is it is to be given to organizations that are youth driven or involves youth 18 years and under, where the event or program will have an element of education, fitness, art/cultural, or social responsibility, where the event or program will have an element of mentoring and/or developing youth and where there is a significant volume of youth benefitting from the funding. The organizations also must be within the communities of which Essex Power services and also must be a recognized organization of the municipality and a shareholder administered program/event.

Rick Daly, the town’s manager of business development and programs, said the previous council gave them an exemption last year and allowed last year’s donation to be used to build a new room at the Libro Centre. The room, located between Rink B and the indoor soccer facility, is called the “Essex Power Energy Zone” and is used for youth programming.