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Miracle League returns for 2016 spring season
Miracle League returns for 2016 spring season
Posted May 10, 2016

Miracle League returns for 2016 spring season

By rivertown Tagged with Abbi-Lynne DufourLibro CentreMichele VigneuxMiracle League May 10th, 2016 @ 3:50 pm

 

 

What would a day at Miracle League be without the YMCA dance? The players and mascots enjoy it during the first game of the day last Saturday.

What would a day at Miracle League be without the YMCA dance? The players and mascots enjoy it during the first game of the day last Saturday.

By Ron Giofu

 

Spring has finally arrived and the Miracle League of Amherstburg has returned with it.

The spring season of Miracle League got underway last Saturday at their diamond at the Libro Centre with nine teams playing four games – three teams combined to play one game due to the uneven number of teams – during the day-long event.

Miracle League publicity director Michele Vigneux said the Miracle League is up to 150 players with several more on a waiting list.

Abbi-Lynne Dufour heads for home as Hunter the Miracle League Mascot cheers her on.

Abbi-Lynne Dufour heads for home as Hunter the Miracle League Mascot cheers her on.

“We continue to get more players,” she said. “We may have to look at expanding but now we can accommodate players on nine teams.”

Many of the players are returning from past seasons, she added, though there are a number of new players as well.

“We’re always happy to have new players,” said Vigneux, noting they also get to experience the opportunity to play baseball.

The engagement of Samantha Kellam and Essex-Windsor EMS paramedic Chris Jaber was also announced at Miracle League. Essex-Windsor EMS provides medical services for Miracle League.

The engagement of Samantha Kellam and Essex-Windsor EMS paramedic Chris Jaber was also announced at Miracle League.

Essex County Heroes pack the house for annual fundraiser
Essex County Heroes pack the house for annual fundraiser
Posted March 10, 2016

By Ron Giofu

 

It was another packed house for the Essex County Heroes annual fundraising dinner.

All 300 tickets were sold for Saturday night’s event at the Verdi Club, with proceeds going directly to the Heroes. The club, formerly known as the Amherstburg Heroes, recently changed its name as they added a Tuesday night basketball session at Colchester North Public School in addition to their Wednesday basketball nights at General Amherst High School.

“We’re very proud of that,” said co-founder Michelle Jones-Rousseau of the expansion.

Jones-Rousseau noted that Heroes is presented in partnership with Community Living Essex County and the Amherstburg Police Service with the Essex OPP also getting on board and helping with the program at Colchester North Public School.

 

Mike Cox, co-founder and a sergeant with Amherstburg police, thanked those in attendance and said everyone plays a role in helping make the Heroes program successful.

“We have hundreds of people here and everyone plays a key part,” said Cox.

Cox highlighted the work of Terry and Lisa Jones, who held a backyard cookoff at their home last November to assist Heroes. The fundraising total from the cookoff alone has now swelled to $30,000.

The way the Heroes program has grown in its 11 years has caught Cox and Jones-Rousseau by surprise, with Jones-Rousseau noting people were already asking her Saturday night about next year’s fundraiser.

Miracle League teams with Admirals for Halloween party
Miracle League teams with Admirals for Halloween party
Posted October 29, 2015
By rivertown October 27th, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

 

Abbi-Lynne Dufour came to the Miracle League's Halloween Party dressed as Rapunzel.

Abbi-Lynne Dufour came to the Miracle League’s Halloween Party dressed as Rapunzel.

 

By RTT Staff

 

The Miracle League of Amherstburg teamed with the town’s Jr. C hockey club in presenting its annual Halloween Party Saturday.

The party was held at the AMA Sportsmen’s Club and saw the teams rotate in throughout the day to enjoy the festivities and be thanked for their involvement throughout the year. The fall season ended Oct. 17 with Saturday’s party seeing players get their awards for the season.

Chuck Bondy, president of Miracle League’s board of directors, said it was the third year the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals have helped out. He said it is incredible the amount of volunteer time they put in, noting the players and members of the staff were out three times this past season.

“We’re here to help any way we can,” said Admirals’ co-owner Matt Fox. “Community involvement is something we want to address this year. With our new sponsor, it is a priority to get out into the community this year.”

Zachary and Terry Darbyson came to the Miracle League Halloween party as a DJ booth.

Zachary and Terry Darbyson came to the Miracle League Halloween party as a DJ booth.

Fox said the Admirals get rewarded for their volunteer efforts as well.

“It’s great to see all the athletes come out with smiles on their faces,” said Fox.

Fall season ends with a HALLOWEEN PARTY
Fall season ends with a HALLOWEEN PARTY
Posted October 18, 2015

The final day of Miracle League was filled with fun, dancing and amazing costumes!! A BIG thank you to the Mouse Lodge who supplied all the food and treats this year and to our guest assistants from the Admiral Hockey Team. The Halloween party was a great way to spend time having fun with our friends and celebrating another incredible Miracle League season. We sincerely look forward to seeing everyone in the Spring of 2016!!

Three new Miracle League billboards have been approved by town council. Two need additional approvals from Essex County and ERCA.
Three new Miracle League billboards have been approved by town council. Two need additional approvals from Essex County and ERCA.
Posted October 01, 2015

By Ron Giofu

 

Town council has granted its permission for three new billboards for the Miracle League of Amherstburg and now awaits final approval from the County of Essex and ERCA.

Two four-foot by eight-foot billboards are planned for the north and south entrances to town while a third, larger, billboard will be placed near the Libro Centre sign. All signs will champion the fact that Amherstburg has the first Miracle League diamond in Canada.

A second has been built near Ottawa.

Miracle League board president Chuck Bondy and fellow committee members Gaye McGee and Tim Hunt appeared at town council’s meeting Monday night with Bondy stating Miracle League has paid for the signs and simply wants the town to install them and take ownership of them

Bondy said the board is “incredibly proud of what this league has to offer the 140 players from Amherstburg, Windsor and Essex County and their families.” Bondy said there are 15 people on the board, with everyone giving selflessly of themselves.

“Everything is about the players and their families,” he said.

Councillor Diane Pouget praised the volunteers for being dedicated and instrumental in making the league a success, but wondered if the large sign was capable of being installed by the town’s public works department.