Thursday, 8 September 2011


(TECUMSEH, ON.)– On Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 between 9am and 1pm suspect(s) entered the men’s dressing room at Beach Grove Golf and Country Club, in Tecumseh.  While in the dressing room the suspect(s) cut the locks off of numerous lockers and stole various wallets, cash and credit cards. 
The suspect(s) then attended the Future Shop and Best Buy stores on Walker Road and purchased items by using the recently obtained credit cards.  The suspect is described as awhite male, approx 6", khaki pants, brown shoes, dark navy blue striped shirt, silver watch, eye glasses.  This suspect was captured by surveillance cameras and is wanted by police for questioning in relation to this theft, (see attached photo of alleged suspect).
Investigators are asking citizen to contact police or Crime Stoppers if they have any information on this occurrence or information related to the attached photo.  Citizens can contact Essex County OPP Criminal Investigations Unit - 519-723-2496.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

2011 Harrow Fair Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 1st

9:00 am - Judging of all hall exhibits: Needle Arts, Baking, Grains, Seeds, Vegetables, Flowers,  Fruits, Poultry
1:00 pm - GATES OPEN to the Public
Building open to the public immediately following judging
4:00 pm - 4-H Sheep Club, Achievement Day, Show Ring
4:00 pm - (immediately following 4-H Sheep Club) Judging Sheep, Show Ring
6:00 pm - 4-H Rabbit Club, Achievement Day, Show Ring
6:00 pm - Pie Auction, Stage
7:30 pm - 4-H Poultry Club, Achievement Day, Show Ring
7:30 pm - Harrow Fair Official Opening, Roger Congdon, Sun Palour HoneyStage
8:00 pm - Crystal GageStage

Opening day midway special! Discount on strips of ticketsOn sale from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and must be used by 6:00 pm Thursday.

Friday, September 2nd

9:00 am - 4-H Beef Club, Achievement Day, Show Ring
9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Demonstration Tent, By North east corner of Scout Hall or Needle Hall
9:00 am -  Haflinger, Welsh Ponies, Grade, Heavy Horse, Registered Shetland Pony Show,Horse Ring
10:30 am - Teddy Bear Parade, Stage
10:30 am - 4-H Swine Club, Achievement Day, Show Ring
1:00 pm - Judging Beef Cattle, Show Ring
1:30 pm - Mom or Dad Calling Contest, Stage
2:30 pm - Roller Pigeon Contest, Poultry Barn
3:00 pm - 4-H Swine, Beef, Poultry and Sheep Auction, Show Ring
8:00 pm - "Dean Brody"Stage

Saturday, September 3rd

9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Demonstration TentBy the north east corner of the scout Hall or Needle Arts
10.00 am - 4-H Dairy Club, Achievement DayShow Ring
11:30 am - Parade
Starts from The Country Depot yard on Sinasac; South on Victoria to King (.4 km); East on King to Queen (.1 km); North on Queen to Munger (.2 km); East on Munger to Walnut (.2 km); South on Walnut to King (.2 km); West on King to McAffee (.2 km); South on McAffee to the Park (.3 km)
1:00 pm - Judging Dairy Cattle, Show Ring
2:00 pm - (immediately following Parade) Rooster Crowing Contest (birds and people), Poultry Barn
2:00 pm - (immediately following Parade) Tractor Pull, Show Ring
5:00 pm - Lawn Tractor Races, Show Ring
6:00 pm - Bossy Bingo - 4-H Dairy Club, Show Ring
8:00 pm - "High Valley", Stage

Sunday, September 4th

9:30 am - Church Service, Stage
10:00 am to 5:00 pm - Demonstration TentBy the north east corner of the Scout or Needle Arts
10:00 am - Light Horse ShowShow Ring
10:30 am - Goat Show, Show Ring
Noon - Border City Barkers Agility ShowShow Ring
1:00 pm - Pedal Tractor Pull, Parking lot east of arena
1:00 pm - EntertainmentStage
2:00 pm - Sheep ShearingShow Ring
3:00 pm - Pet ShowShow Ring
3:00 pm - Pie & Cookie Eating ContestDemonstration Tent, By the north east corner of the scout hall or needle arts
5:00 - 6:30 pm - Pick up exhibits from the halls
At conclusion of the Entertainment and Horse Show, draws will be made on prizes donated by various booths at the Fair.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Temporary Road Closure North Talbot Road

SUBJECT: Temporary Road Closure North Talbot Road 
AREA: Tecumseh / Windsor 
Saturday, August 20th, 2011 to May 2012 
Portions of North Talbot Road (on each side of the Bridge over Highway 401) will 
be closed for up to a nine month period, beginning Saturday, August 20th, 2011, 
at 0300 hours. This temporary closure is required to accommodate the widening of 
Highway 401 from four to six lanes and to replace the existing North Talbot Road 
Bridge with a wider bridge as part of the Windsor-Essex Parkway project. 
A detour for North Talbot Road traffic, which follows Howard Avenue, Highway 3 
and Walker Road, will be used as the primary detour route during the temporary 
closure. A route via Concession Road, Provincial Road and Walker Road will also 
remain available throughout the closure. 
Motorists may experience periodic delays during this time. The Ministry of 
Transportation and the Parkway Infrastructure Constructors regret any 
inconvenience caused by these closures. 
Advisory messaging will be provided seven days in advance and during the 
Maps detailing the detours are available on the Windsor-Essex Parkway website at 

Friday, 19 August 2011


    (Essex County, ON) Between the dates of August 20 -22, 2011, the 401 will be closed from County road 19 (Manning Rd) to the Hwy 3 interchange.  Both westbound and eastbound lanes will be closed, but there will be access from the eastbound Dougall Parkway.   The closure is for planned construction at the North Talbot rd overpass and the 401.  Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible, but if needed, they are asked to be patient and to follow the marked EDR (emergency detour route) which will be along County rd 19 and Hwy #3.  The Ontario Provincial Police will be deploying additional resources along the detour route to ensure safe passage for our motorists. If any further information is required concerning the OPP’s involvement, please contact, Sgt Rick Tonial.

Two Probable Human Cases of West Nile Virus Identified

Windsor-EssexCountyDr. G. Allen Heimann, Medical Officer of Health announced the region’s first two probable human cases of West Nile Virus today.

In the first case, Canadian Blood Services informed the Health Unit that a man from Essex tested positive for West Nile Virus after giving blood. The man has no symptoms or complications to date and is not hospitalized. Canadian Blood Services has discarded this individual’s blood donation.

In the second case, the Health Unit was informed by Windsor Regional Hospital of the admission of a man with symptoms and preliminary blood work indicating West Nile Virus. The man’s condition is stable. Both men are in their 50s, and both cases are awaiting laboratory confirmation.

The Health Unit continues to monitor mosquitoes for West Nile Virus. To date, two mosquito pools in the City of Windsor and one mosquito pool in the Town of LaSalle have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

“It’s clear that West Nile Virus is circulating in our community,” said Dr. Heimann. “It’s important that local residents take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection.”

Individuals can protect themselves from mosquito bites in several ways:

  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET or other approved ingredients when going outdoors. Read and follow the manufacturers' directions for safe use. 
  • Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes. 
  • Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. 
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat when outdoors. Light-coloured clothing is best as mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colours.

The Health Unit and each municipality will continue to monitor for West Nile Virus activity. The 2011 larvicidingprogram will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints and the distribution of educational materials.

For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit

Media Contact: 
Dr. G. Allen Heimann
Medical Officer of Health
Phone: 519-258-2146 ext. 1402

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Chevrolet & Bauer team up to give away hockey helmets to children. Register today!

  Starting August 19th, parents can register for their free helmets at  We know how important it is for kids to be involved in team activities and that a parent’s first concern is always safety. This program gives parents peace of mind while instilling the importance of on-ice safety from the beginning of their child’s sporting involvement. 

     Here’s how it works: All players born in 2006 who register to play hockey with Hockey Canada in the 2011/2012 season will be eligible to receive a free Bauer helmet from Chevrolet.  Parents who sign up at can pick up their Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey package containing a certificate for the new Bauer 2100 hockey helmet from their closest Chevrolet dealer.  The certificate can be exchanged for the helmet at the designated Forzani retail outlet in their local area, including Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sport Mart, InterSport, and Sports Experts.

In the 2010/2011 season, over 23,000 five-year-olds were registered with Hockey Canada.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

OPP respond to the accident this morning at Manning & Talbot light.

On Aug 4th, 2011 at approximately 9am a tractor trailer negotiated a left turn from Manning Rd to County Rd 34, crossing the path of a southbound mini-van. The two vehicles collided resulting in the driver of the tractor trailer attending hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The mini-van was being driven by a Leamington man and he was transporting children ranging in age from 2yrs old to 8yrs old. "Fortunately no one else was injured".  

The tractor trailer was being operated by a 48 yr old Essex man. 
Investigation is continuing with pending charges.  

Tuesday, 2 August 2011


Good afternoon chaps!
If you are an aspiring photographer, and have photos of around the county, festivals, events, wild-life, etc 
Please send them in with a short description & they could get printed in 11,000 copies of the Essex Free Press.
Every week we run a new local photo from someone from our community. Its a free & fun way to get your creative expression out into the county. Photos must be large scale so we can size them. Spread the word!


Thursday, 28 July 2011

Essex County Plowing Match Rescheduled.

Due to overly wet weather, the Essex County Plowing Match this weekend has been cancelled, and has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 6th. Same time, Same Place.
Just simply too wet to plow.
Please Pass on the information!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

WSO FREE Summer Concerts in LaSalle, Amherstburg and Windsor

Sunsets & Quintets: A Potpourri of Popular & Light Classical Favourites that mix
Ragtime and Rockabilly with Bach, Mozart and the Simpsons!

Windsor, Ontario – July  27, 2011 – The Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s FREE Summer Concert Series, Sunsets & Quintets, wraps up with performances by the WSO Brass Quintet at Front Road Park in LaSalle, King’s Navy Yard Park in Amherstburg and the Odette Sculpture Park, at the foot of Bridge Ave., in Windsor.

The popular Sunsets & Quintets Series of Free Summer Concerts offer family audiences a breathtakingly beautiful setting for glorious chamber music performed by the superb musicians of the Windsor Symphony  Orchestra. The final performances of the summer feature music from Bach, Mozart and Strauss mixed with Carl Perkins, Stephen Foster, Henry FIlmore and Danny Elfman with WSO musicians Ross Turner and Philip Seguin, trumpet; Nicole Alexander, horn; Rupert Price, trombone; and Brent Adams, tuba.

Gather up the family, bring your lawn chairs, blankets & picnic baskets and experience a fabulous FREE live chamber music concert in an idyllic setting.

Sunsets and Quintets Free Summer Concerts in August:
Friday, August 12 at 7 p.m. - LaSalleFront Road Park
WSO Brass Quintet

Saturday, August 13 at 7 p.m. - AmherstburgKing's Navy Yard ParkWSO Brass Quintet

Sunday, August 14 at 7 p.m. - Windsor
Odette Sculpture Park, at the foot of Bridge AvenueWSO Brass Quint

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Notice of Smog Advisory

Notice of Smog Advisory

July 19, 2011

Effective immediately a Smog Advisory has been issued by the Ministry of the Environment for the following forecast region:
  • Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent
Hot, hazy and humid conditions combined with light southerly winds blowing air pollution from the U.S. into Ontario is resulting in high smog levels across parts of southwestern Ontario.
This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
  • A Smog Advisory is related to the Air Quality Index (AQI), which rates how clean the air is. The AQI scale ranges from 0 to 100+. Higher numbers mean higher health risks.
  • A Smog Advisory is issued in your region when the AQI is expected to reach 50 in the next 24 hours. It can be lifted once the AQI is expected to reach or drops below 50.
  • Smog is made up of a complex mixture of air pollutants that are sometimes visible, such as a brownish-yellow haze over cities; sometimes not. The two main ingredients of smog are ground-level ozone (O3) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
  • Smog is harmful to the lungs and heart. Even in healthy people, smog can reduce lung function.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Colchester Splashpad Grand Opening & Ribbon Ceremony

Essex – 07/15/2011 

     The Town of Essex will hold a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday July 23rd to celebrate the opening of the new and fun-filled splashpad located in the Colchester Harbour Park off of County Road 50 in Colchester Centre. 

     According to Mayor Ron McDermott, the Grand Opening Celebration is being held with the goal of “providing an opportunity to invite the families of the community to experience the exciting new Colchester Centre Splashpad for the first time as well as to acknowledge those who played a key role in the project. We especially would like to thank the Government of Ontario who made a significant contribution to the project through an Investing in Ontario Grant. With recent improvements to the Harbour, the addition of a new play structure last year and this new Splashpad, Colchester Centre has truly become an exciting family destination right on the shores of Lake Erie.” 

       The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 12 noon. There will be many other activities taking place all day in conjunction with the Explore the Shore event including a Children’s Festival on both Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Kingston Brigantine Tall Ship will also be at Colchester Harbour and offering cruises to the public. Cruise spots are available on Saturday July 23rd

       Construction of the Colchester Centre Splashpad is now complete and the Pumphouse/Public Washroom Building will be completed by July 28th, 2011. The Splashpad was designed by RTS Systems and is comprised of many exciting water features as well as a water recirculation system for water conservation. 
More information can be found online at 

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

2011 Essex Fun Fest Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 7th

4:00 pm
Carter Shows Midway “Opening Night Special” Discount ride coupons:
10 tickets for just $8 (HST included) Must be purchased by 7:00 pm and used by 8:00 pm

6:00 pm
Bavarian Gardens opens

7:00 pm
GLOW DANCE - Grades 5, 6, 7 & 8 at the
Essex Community Centre next to Essex Library. $5 admission - Ages 10-14 (This event is supervised) Extended Midway discount ride hours until Close  with proof of dance ticket!

7:00 pm Prince and Princess Pageant/Opening Ceremonies in
Shaheen Community Room in the New Arena.
Admission $5, under 7 years of age FREE!

8:00 pm Miss Essex Pageant - CAW local 444 main stage
in new arena Admission $5, under 7 years of age FREE!
Ticket purchaser over 19 years of age receives FREE
admission into Beer Gardens!

9:30 pm AREA 51 Live on Stage in the Bavarian Gardens.
$5 admission into Beer Gardens!

Friday, July 8th

12 Noon
Carter Shows Midway opens

5:00 pm
Bavarian Gardens opens

6:00 pm
Slo-pitch national Ball Tournament, Co-An Park - McGregor

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Game A live tribute to Queen
sponsored by the Essex Legion Br. 201
$5 Under 12, $12 non-licensed Bowl
$15 Main Floor Licensed 19+

9:30 pm Bigg Wiggle in the Bavarian Gardens - $5 admission

Saturday, July 9th

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Essex Fun Fest Breakfast at Essex United Church Adults $5, under 16 years of age FREE with adult

9:00 am
Slo-pitch National Ball Tournament, Co-An Park - McGregor
10:30 am
Bicycle decorating contest (Line up on Maidstone Ave. E.)
11:00 am
Essex Fun Fest Parade - “Lazy Days of Summer”

12 Noon
Carter Shows Midway opens. Teen Midnight Madness 9 pm to 12 Midnight Unlimited rides just $17 (HST included)

12 Noon - 4:00 pm
Essex Horticultural Society Flower Show and Bake Sale at the Essex United Church

1:00 pm
Essex Youth Centre’s “Running of the Balls” at the Essex Fairgrounds

7:00 - 10:00 pm
Bruce in the USA - World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springesteen & the E Street Band Sponsored by the united communities credit union $5 - Under 12, $12 non-licensed Bowl/ $15 Main Floor Licensed 19+

9:30 pm
Bigg Wiggle  in the Bavarian Gardens - $5 admission

Sunday, July 10th

8:00 am
Interdenominational Church Service at Sadler’s Park

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Essex Fun Fest Breakfast at Essex United Church. Adults $5, under 16 years of age FREE with adult

11:30 am
11th Annual Essex Fun Fest Pet Show in the Bavarian Gardens; All ages
FREE ADMISSION! Registration 11:00 am Sponsored by Essex Animal Hospital

11:30 am
Horse Shoe tournament outside Bavarian Gardens
12 Noon
Carter Shows Midway opens. Unlimited rides from Noon - 6pm  just $28 (HST included). Tickets must be purchased by 6:00pm
1:00 pm
Youth Talent Search in the Bavarian Gardens; all ages - FREE ADMISSION!
6:30 pm
Chris Osborne in Bavarian Gardens - $5 admission

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Ultimate Elvis Experience, featuring International Award winning Elvis tribute artist  Tim ‘E’ & the Yes Men - Sponsored by the  A-1 Chinese Food - Essex. $5 - under 12, $12  non-licensed Bowl / $15 Main Floor Licensed 19+
8:00 pm
Woodshed in the Bavarian Gardens - $5 admission
10:00 pm
Essex Fun Fest Fireworks