Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

MONDAY, Oct. 5/15





*TANews begins its seventh year today!




-Aylmer Council, 6:30 pm


-Tue – EESS hosts: Girls BBall v Woodstock CI

-Tue -Bayham Co. Budget Meeting, 6:30 pm (Wed. meeting also)

-Wed – McGregor School: Walk to School Day

-Wed – EEC Complex Meeting, 7pm





-FOOTBALL – SR – EESS (1-1) 57 Clarke Rd 6; JR – EESS 34 (2-0) Clarke Rd 6

-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (4-0) 52 CECI 25; JR – EESS 52 (1-0) CECI 15






-Cline, Grace Ellen of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer passed away Thursday in her 94th year. Wife of the late Francis Cline(1967). She was born in Yarmouth and lived for a while in California but has lived at Terrace Lodge since 2009. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday October 17 from 2-4 p.m. at the South Dorchester Community Hall in Lyons. Arrangements through the Kebbel Funeral Home.





AYLMER – The Spitfires continued their torrid start to the SOJHL season by snaring two victories on the weekend – they are now unbeaten in their first five games. Friday in Exeter they handed Exeter their first loss in seven matches this year by a 7-3 count. Saturday at home they crushed Mt. Brydges 7-2. Friday, Ryan VanRoestel registered four goals and Cody Underhill had a goal and four assists to lead Aylmer – other Spitfire goals were earned by Josh Houston and Josiah Sweetland. Saturday, Aylmer outshot the visitors by 57-24 and were led by Sweetland with two goals and two assists. Other markers came from VanRoestel, Underhill, Luke Bettencourt, Dawson Cook, and Brett Dzngel. This week Aylmer travels to Lucan on Wednesday and hosts Lambeth Saturday.


SAT – Aylmer 7 Mt Brydges 2

Period 1

Mt.Brydges – Christian Petrozza (power play) (unassisted) 7:57

Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (power play) (James Collins, Josh Houston) 10:51

Period 2

Mt.Brydges – Christian Petrozza (short handed) (unassisted) 4:43

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (power play) (Kyle DiCicco) 10:12

Aylmer – Brett Dzyngel (power play) (James Collins, Dustin Dunlop) 12:03

Period 3

Aylmer – Jesiah Sweetland (Dawson Cook) 0:58

Aylmer – Luke Bettencourt (Jesiah Sweetland) 7:36

Aylmer – Dawson Cook (power play) (Kyle DiCicco, Jesiah Sweetland) 12:25

Aylmer – Jesiah Sweetland (Dawson Cook, Luke Bettencourt) 18:48





-Station 1 Port Burwell took a call on Victoria St. for power lines down. Turned out to be cable TV and telephone lines.

-Both stations were called for a possible structure fire on Henry St. A gas fireplace turned on for the first time this season caused enough smoke to trip the smoke alarm. The house was ventilated.





Among agenda items at Council tonight:

-Discussion on pursuing one of the following options for the Library: 1. Do nothing, retain the existing location; 2. Lease! buy available space in the core area of approx. 6,000 sq. ft. (or more) and close existing location; 3. Relocate library to the EECC and close present branch; 4. Extend existing location to the west or 5. Build new stand alone building.




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FRIDAY, Oct 2/15

*TheAylmerNews will not publish today.




– Schools PD Day


-Sat -KBRE Green Energy Doors Open, 10am-2pm; at Silverthorn Landscaping

-Sat -Immanuel School Bike Ride Fundraiser (see Wed. story)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Mt Brydges, 7:30 pm

-Sat -Aylmer MCS presents: High Valley, Connor Wilson, Till. Fairgrounds, 5pm




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THURSDAY, Oct. 1/15





-All Week – Aylmer Brush Collection

– EESS hosts:  Football: JR 6pm, SR 8pm  v London Clarke Road

-EESS hosts: Boys VBall v WESS

-Bayham 7pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Aylmer Library: Seniors Program; 1 pm  (see Tue. story)


-Fri- Schools PD Day

-Sat -KBRE Green Energy Doors Open, 10am-2pm; at Silverthorn Landscaping

-Sat -Immanuel School Bike Ride Fundraiser (see Wed. story)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Mt Brydges, 7:30 pm

-Sat -Aylmer MCS presents: High Valley, Connor Wilson, Till. Fairgrounds, 5pm





(Aylmer Mayor Greg Currie recently spoke to an Aylmer Chamber of Commerce breakfast; here are some comments he provided:) “As many of you know Aylmer is in the midst of construction especially on John Street South and Caverly Road. I am happy to see the progress on these infrastructure projects… In the most recent budget there was a 3% reduction in Town property taxes. Council is working hard to keep costs down so we may be able to keep the burden to ratepayers to a minimum…During budget deliberations council agreed to move forward to build a new works building. The funding for this project will be covered by reserve funds and will not affect the tax levy


I would like to tell you that the plans for the Library are moving forward not at the speed I would like however we on council have prioritized the need for more space now as opposed to later…Council is working well with an overall plan for the Complex. As we move forward we all agreed that the Complex is a diamond and our decision making tree has to keep that in the forefront.”





(Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill also recently addressed the same event; here are his comments:) – “…One of the key items within our strategic plan is maintaining and improving our road system. Over the past several years, we have improved the maintenance and condition of the overall road network, including the conversion of approximately 17 kilometers of gravel roads to hard surface in the past three years…We have made significant upgrades at our ball diamonds in Springfield. We have received numerous compliments on the excellent facilities and the increase in tournaments now being held there is noticeable…The Port Bruce Provincial Park was cleaned up this past spring and summer with the assistance of the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Port Bruce Ratepayers and Township staff. ..We recently completed a plan to improve Wonnacott Park in Port Bruce. The recommendations within the report include new playground equipment, improvements to the shelter and new amenities along the pier and waterfront.


Malahide is a large municipality with approximately 200 kilometres of roads and bridges to maintain. That is supported by the taxes of 10,000 ratepayers. We are often compared to Thames Centre which has the same geographic area while they have 15,000 ratepayers to support services…We want to enhance the downtown area of Springfield by adding flowers and benches, cleaning up store fronts and painting murals on the sides of the brick buildings.. As for the Complex, over the next year, we intend to set a framework in place that will include a smaller governing committee structure that will have representatives from both councils as well as the public. Also during this period, we will continue to explore opportunities to secure an anchor tenant for all or part of the main hall.”





-FIELD HOCKEY – EESS 2 Glencoe 0; EESS 0 Strathroy 0; PCI 4 EESS 0





(Rita Korvemaker, who moved from Aylmer to Tillsonburg earlier this year, will be a guest speaker at the Aylmer Library on Saturday, October 24. She has written: Chelsey’s Gift and Meeting Uncle Lewis. She provides the following background) – “I moved to Aylmer three years ago and before that I lived near Sarnia. When I was about ten my mom wouldn’t let me sit around and day dream so I figured if I was writing my stories down she would think I was doing something like schoolwork and that would be okay. That’s how it all got started. I now write contemporary youth and children’s fiction. This genre interests me because there is a lack of good fiction for kids these days. I like writing for kids because kids are just so much fun. I work as a full time nanny for a family near Ingersoll and I teach music part time.”




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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30/15





-All Week – Aylmer Brush Collection


-Thu – EESS hosts:  JR 6pm, SR 8pm Football v London Clarke Road

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys VBall v WESS

-Thu -Bayham 7pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Thu -Aylmer Library: Seniors Program; 1 pm  (see Tue. story)

-Fri- Schools PD Day

-Sat -KBRE Green Energy Doors Open, 10am-2pm; at Silverthorn Landscaping

-Sat -Immanuel School Bike Ride Fundraiser (see Wed. story)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Mt Brydges, 7:30 pm

-Sat -Aylmer MCS presents: High Valley, Connor Wilson, Till. Fairgrounds, 5pm





-Hunsperger, E. Gerald “Gerry” of Grand Bend passed away Monday aged 88. Survivors: wife Barb (Seaton) Hunsperger; two children etc.. Gerry was a former instructor and Deputy Director at the Ontario Police College in Aylmer. The funeral service will be held at the Kebbel Funeral Home Friday with visitation one hour prior.





(Information from Immanuel School Principal Keith Cameron) – Care2Cycle is a new locally-run ride partnership between ICS and Grace Community Church. The aims are the same ones we had with Ride for Refuge in the past (sponsoring a Compassion Child, tuition assistance for ICS; Syrian refugee sponsorship for Grace). The difference is that we are running the ride right here in Aylmer. It will take place Saturday beginning at 8am. We are excited to join with Grace Community in their efforts to fundraise for their Syrian Refugee Family Sponsorship. This year a Rabbit Rodeo (ages 4-8) will be included. The rides are: 10km Family Ride (to Springwater Conservation Area and back), 30km Leg Stretcher (to Springwater, and then south and east of Aylmer) and a 50km Calf Burner (to Springwater, Port Bruce and Pleasant Valley).





-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (3-0) 30 PCI 20





More excerpts from the federal candidates debate held Monday in Aylmer.



LBS -Liberal – We support supply management but we don’t know what the Conservatives will do with the Trans Pacific agreement; there is too much secrecy there coming during an election

CH – Christian Heritage – We support free trade but supply management has served us well; the flaw is it has allowed quotas to become commodities which young farmers cannot afford

KV -Conservative -66% of our pork is exported so we need to open those markets


LBS – We have a caring history. Liberals would accept 25,000 of these refugees, the UN says we have that kind of capacity

BM -Green – The Green Party will accept 50,000

CH – The CH party will accept 10,000 initially and then 9000 per year

KV – We need three policies here: to defeat ISIS and send humanitarian aid over there and then assist the refugees. We brought in 24000 refugees from Iraq. We plan to allow 10000 in by 2016


LBS – Investment is the key

BM – We should be more concerned about our children, their climate and air, then worrying about the debt

CH – We will pay $25 million annually to reduce the debt

FS – NDP – We need to keep good paying jobs here first. We also need to be concerned about students’ loan debts

KV -A strong economy provides strong social programs; we have been paying off the debt substantially, we need to balance that with our budget though




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TUESDAY, Sept. 29/15





-All Week – Aylmer Brush Collection

-Sr. Day Out at EEC Complex (see Mon. today)


-Thu – EESS hosts: SR, JR Football v London Clarke Road

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys VBall v WESS

-Thu -Bayham 7pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Thu -Aylmer Library: Seniors Program; 1 pm  (see Tue. story)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Mt Brydges, 7:30 pm





AYLMER – A packed house attended the Aylmer Express Federal Candidates debate last night at the Old Town Hall theatre. Five of the six candidates in Elgin-Middlesex-London were present – Liberal Lori Baldwin-Sands, Green Party Bronagh Morgan, Christian Heritage Michael Hopkins, NDP Fred Sinclair and Conservative Karen Vecchio. They are vying to replace Conservative Joe Preston who resigned after serving the district for the past four terms.

Absent was Rhinoceros candidate Lou Bernardi who submitted a prepared statement which included these comments: “Don’t elect me because I wouldn’t take it seriously, enforce mandatory homosexuality, conscript children for the military, have a period where the police and prisoners switch positions.”

Some key issues raised and notable responses:


LBS (Lori Baldwin-Sands) – Bayham was overpromised and underdelivered. It is the job of an MP to make communication happen but the Department of Defence did not communicate all particulars to Bayham. I would have seen it through.

BM (Bronagh Morgan) – I didn’t know we had a submarine here. I support keeping it.

CH (Christopher Hopkins) – The cost should have been examined before. I would consider scrapping the whole project.

FS (Fred Sinclair) – There must be other ways of getting monies to help out.

KV (Karen Vecchio) – It is a project that can still work so lets continue to work with them.


KV – I support them, 85% of our products are now being exported

FS – I support fair trade, free trade has been one sided for imports and manufacturing has taken a hit, we need to keep those jobs here

CH – We support the elimination of all tariffs

BM – We shouldn’t allow foreign interests to sue Canada for supposedly free trade violations

LBS – I support it but we need to be able to reband and rebuild because for example we’ve lost 29 manufacturing places just in our own area.


FS – We lost 8000 jobs over this. We need to bring the parcel service back at least instead of so many American delivery firms. Canada Post showed a surplus before they did this.

KV – Only 30% of deliveries were going through Canada Post so it should not be subsidized by the federal government

MH/ BM – I support door to door service

LBS – Canada Post was making money, door to door service should be a viable operation, we would put a moratorium on these changes





(From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP are investigating the theft of approximately $4000 worth of hunting equipment from a vehicle parked at the Springwater Conservation Area trail parking lot Sunday over the lunch hour – suspects entered an unlocked SUV and stole two Hoyt Spyder compound bows, arrows and a GPS.





(Information from Coach Chris Wismer) – “Most of the team is returning. Amanda Milmine and Kendra Horlick are the leaders from last year. Glad to have Chelsea Zavitz back from injury and newcomer Kendra Cornelissen will make an immediate impact. We are 4-1 so far with a loss by 2 pt. to Stratford St Mikes in the WCI tournament.”





(Contributed) – National Seniors Day on Thursday will be marked at the Aylmer Library with a presentation by Dorothy Gotsmeister from Closing the Gap Homecare on tips and tricks for senior’s home safety. The presentation will be followed by a home safety product demonstration. Refreshments will be served.





(Information from Coach Brandie Geerts) – “The structure of the season has completely changed. All games are now being held at City Wide Field in London on turf. Therefore the play of the game is extremely fast. Games are also shorter and on game day each school plays 3 games per day. Play-offs start Oct 22 therefore the season is also very short. We have a lot of up and coming promise in terms of new grade 9s and 10s but many have never played before.They make up about half our team. Other coaches are Mindy Watson and Katie Horricks.”




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MONDAY, Sept. 28/15





-Fed. Candidates Debate, 7:30 pm, OT Hall Theatre

-All Week – Aylmer Brush Collection


-Tue -Sr. Day Out at EEC Complex (see story today)

-Wed -EESS hosts: Field Hockey v PCI, Strathroy, Glencoe

-Thu – EESS hosts: SR, JR Football v London Clarke Road

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys VBall v WESS

-Thu -Bayham 7pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Mt Brydges, 7:30 pm





-JR FOOTBALL – EESS (1-0) 28 Lon. Central 14





-Fehr,William of Aylmer passed away on Sunday in his 89th year. Survivors: wife Anne (Styve) Fehr; five children etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. with the funeral service at the Aylmer Evangelical Missionary Church on Wednesday at 1 pm.


-Emerson, Murray Lee of Vienna passed away on Friday. Survivors: wife Dorothy (Matthews) Emerson; three children etc.. Murray was a tobacco farmer in the Vienna area as well as being on the Vienna School Board and working for Imperial Tobacco. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm where the Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at 1 pm.





AYLMER – Aylmer Spitfires remain unbeaten after three games in SOJHL hockey after they blanked North Middlesex 6-0 here Saturday. James Collins and Ryan Van Roestel led Aylmer with two goals each and singles were notched by Jesse Tottle and Kyle Dama. This week the Spits travel to Exeter Friday and host Mt. Brydges Saturday.


Period 1

1-Aylmer – Jesse Tottle (Trevor Stewart) 3:31

2-Aylmer – James Collins (Kyle DiCicco) 4:10

3-Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (unassisted) 4:25

Period 2

4-Aylmer – James Collins (Ryan Van Roestel) 7:45

Period 3

5-Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (power play) (Josh Houston) 5:23

6-Aylmer – Kyle Dama (Brady Rysdale (APM)) 15:43





The montly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex will be held tomorrow from 9:30am to 12:30pm – cost is $10/participant and you must pre-register. The event includes: 9:30 to 10:30 – Skating, Shuffleboard or Fitness class with Stefanie Thompson of Fitness to the Max and 10:45 to 11:45 –Speaker Georgina Blankenship on ‘Health on the Go’. Lunch is provided.





– September 23, 2015, Station #1, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– September 23, 2015, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– September 24, 2015, Station #2, 7841 Rogers Road, Combine Fire

– September 25, 2015, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– September 26, 2015, Station #2 , #1, Talbot Line, MVC

– September 26, 2015, Station #1, Vienna Line, Medical Assist


–September 14 –  Station #2, 48427 Talbot Line, Burn Complaint

(*11 am; Barn burned, Aylmer and Malahide Dept. responded, on scene 3.5 hr)

– September 18, 2015, Station #2 , #1, #3 and #4, 8357 Imperial Road, Fire

(*10 am; Wood working plant, Fire in dust collector; damage approx. $10,000)

– September 21, 2015, Station #2, #3, 9279 Hacienda Road, MVC.

(*1pm; Car into tree, one patient to hospital)




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FRIDAY, Sept. 25/15





-Sat -Sparta Fall Scarecrow Festival, 10am-4:30 (see both ads)

-Sat -Aylmer Shriners Fish Fry, Silent Auction; 7pm; Columbus Club (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host N.Middlesex, 7:30pm (Home Opener!)

-Sat – Club 7 Paper Drive

-Sat -Aylmer Shriners Final Car Show; 10am-4 pm; Behind German Can. Club

-Sat-Sun -Artastic Elgin Tour (see story below)

-Sun -Mennonite Treffen; Immanuel School; 2:45 pm; Speaker: Hans Werner (Low German)


-Mon. -Fed. Candidates Debate, 7:30 pm, OT Hall Theatre

-NEXT WEEK – Aylmer Brush Collection





-Boyd, Wanda Lucille (Shipp) of St. Thomas, formerly of Port Burwell, passed away on Wednesday in her 96th year. Predeceased by her husband William Earl Boyd. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Sunday from 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held there on Monday at 11 am.





The Aylmer Library is sponsoring, as part of Canadian Culture Weekend, a Mini Fair tomorrow all day with Do-It-Yourself Stations on the MakerSpace for all ages. Among items to be made: Crochet Bookmarks, LED Throwies,Tin Lid Magnets, Toy Helicopter Creations, Arm Knitting, Buttons, Music with Logic Pro, and Poetry Pillars.





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 34 year old Aylmer man faces charges of assault, theft of a motor vehicle and failing to comply with conditions of his recognizance after allegedly throwing his wife twice to the ground and then stealing the SUV she was driving on Sept 13. The 32 year old Malahide woman was visiting her estranged husband at their former Aylmer home and driving her mother’s car and after an argument he took the contents of her purse and destroyed several items and then threw her to the ground twice causing her to strike her head. He then took off in the vehicle. The man faces charges by the OPP for being involved in a similar incident last month.


-A 27 year old Malahide man faces charges of failing to remain at the scene of an accident and careless driving after his pickup truck, travelling west on Talbot St. west at Raglan, rearended a car that had stopped waiting for a vehicle to turn left on Saturday at noon. The pickup then took off and was found abandoned in a downtown alley later. Police confronted the driver the next day.


-Aylmer Police Constable Dean Grbich has been promoted to the position of Sergeant. He replaces Michael Knight who retired earlier this year. Other Aylmer Police Sergeants are Bill Gibson, Paul Lawrence and Nick Novacich.





(Contributed) – Elgin County announces the return of the Artastic Elgin Studio Tour. The event that is now in its third year will run this weekend – September 26 – 27 – at participating Elgin Arts Trail members. The artists of the Elgin Arts Trail will be providing workshops, studio tours, speakers and other gallery events. Artastic Elgin will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. For more information call (519) 631-1460 ext.168, e-mail lduncan@elgin.ca or visit www.elginartstrail.ca.


East Elgin venues include: Pinecroft Ceramic Art Studio (Visit the pottery studio for ongoing demonstrations 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Minerva Art Gallery & Custom Framing (Minerva Art Gallery presents Art Restoration, and Preserving Your Piece of Art. On display and being framed are: Pieces of Roman Chariot 200 A.D., Horse bridle and Bits 1400 AD., First Nations Head Dress 1900 AD).





-SR G BBALL – EESS (2-0) 42 AVSS 10







(Information from The Simcoe Reformer) – Craig Gregson 41 of Pt. Burwell entered a guilty plea to a charge of counselling to commit murder on September 8 in a Simcoe courtroom after the court heard evidence that he set up a plan to kill his estranged wife. His sentencing will be on November 27. Video from hidden cameras showed Gregson handing an undercover police officer a picture of his wife and information on her residency and on the restaurant she operated in Pt Burwell. He suggested a plan to go to the restaurant early one day, break her neck and make it appear as if she fell down the basement stairs. At a later meeting with the undercover officer he handed over the remainder of $4000 in cash assuming the act was committed. He came to the attention of police when a he asked a woman in Simcoe if she could help him find someone to kill his x-wife and she contacted Norfolk OPP. They arrested him in April, 2014.





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THURSDAY, Sept. 24/15





-EESS Hosts: – Sr. G BBall v AVSS; Boys VBall v AVSS


-Sat -Aylmer Shriners Fish Fry, Silent Auction; 7pm; Columbus Club (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host N.Middlesex, 7:30pm

-Sat – Club 7 Paper Drive

-Sat -Aylmer Shriners Final Car Show; 10am-4 pm; Behind German Can. Club





-Giesbrecht, John of St. Thomas passed away Tuesday in his 64th year. Survivors: wife Mary (Fehr) Giesbrecht; parents Abe Giesbrecht and wife Maria of Menno Lodge etc.. His brother Peter passed away Sunday. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm with the funeral service at the Gospel Fellowship Chapel St. Thomas on Friday at 1 pm.


-Ball, Birdie May of Aylmer passed away September 11 in her 61st year. Survivors: children Crystal Ball and Robert Ball, both of Aylmer. The funeral was held September 17; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Ralf, Lois Martha of Pt. Burwell passed away September 9 in her 53rd year. Survivors: husband Stanley Ralf; two children and one stepchild including Kevin Ralf of Port Burwell etc… The funeral service was held September 14; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Walker, Mona Doris of Aylmer passed away September 5 in her 89th year. Wife of the late Edward “Ted” Walker(2002). Survivors: two children; sister in law of Sharon Harris (John) and Jean Walker of the Aylmer area etc.. She was born in  Nova Scotia and was a member of the Aylmer Curling Club and Pleasant Valley Golf and Country Club. The funeral service was held on September 9; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Ferguson, L. Pauline Ferguson (nee Ketchabaw) of Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away September 1 at the age of 90. Predeceased by her husband Robert (2003). Survivors: two children including Roger Ferguson (Rita) of Eden etc..  The Funeral Service was held September 5; arrangements with Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg.





Workers on the Caverly Road sewer project have uncovered remnants of the original wooden watermains which connected the town water pond with the first standpipe in Balmoral Park in the early 1900s. (Contributed by Bill Berry)

Workers on the Caverly Road sewer project have uncovered remnants of the original wooden watermains which connected the town water pond with the first standpipe in Balmoral Park in the early 1900s. (Contributed by Bill Berry)





(Contributed) – Elgin OPP charged an 18 year old Aylmer man with stunt driving after police stopped the vehicle he was operating for traveling over double the posted speed limit on September 12. The incident occurred around 2:30 pm when police were patrolling the area of Calton Line and Hacienda Rd. and observed him traveling westbound on Calton Line in excess of 120 km/hr in a posted 50km/hr zone.





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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23/15





-Fed. All Candidates; Elgin Ag. Fed.; Belmont Arena, 7:30 pm

-United Way KickOff Lunch, Central Restaurant, 11:30 am-1:30


-Sat -Aylmer Shriners Fish Fry, Silent Auction; 7pm; Columbus Club (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host N.Middlesex, 7:30pm

-Sat – Club 7 Paper Drive





(St.Thomas/Contributed) – Elgin County Council yesterday voted against a request by Aylmer Council to support a two-site leasing arrangement for an expanded Aylmer Library. Aylmer Council recently endorsed a report entitled “Expanding Library Footprint, Leasing Options” that effectively asked for County Council’s backing for the possibility of leasing space to facilitate an expansion to the Aylmer Library or the leasing of a stand alone building for the library. County Council first heard a report by Brian Masschaele, Elgin County Director of Community and Cultural Services, which pointed out: that the Aylmer proposal would not match the reccommendation of the Administrators of Rural and Urban Public Libraries of Ontario of a need of 10,000 to 13,000 square feet for library space for Aylmer; there would also be increased costs of setting up and operating a library in two locations; and that the same level of service and hours of operation could not be offered at both locations. Former Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt also addressed County Council with concerns about a leasing direction for library expansion in Aylmer. After discussion, County Council passed a motion stating its interest for a one-site solution to meet the future space needs of Aylmer Library.





-SR FBALL – Lon. Cent. 38 EESS 16







(The Aylmer Spitfires will again compete in the Southern Ontario Junior C Hockey League. Last year they finished eighth of nine teams – all nine teams are returning. Information is from Spitfires President Charlie Roloson:)


“Mark Steele will continue as Head Coach with Rob DeSutter back as assistant joined by former Spitfire Adam Vandepoele and former coach Brian Abbey. Greg Thompson will also be returning as General Manager with Ryan DeSutter as assistant General Manager.


We have acquired goalie Andrew Harriam-Duke from the Jr. “B” Lambton Shores team to replace graduating long time goalie Lucas Easterbrook. Clint Walker will be hard to replace. During the off season the Spitfires acquired hard shooting Josh Reda from the Port Stanley Sailors for 2 year Spitfire Andrew Baxter. Leaving the team is our big, strong, over age defenseman from Belmont Tyler Marr and we are banking on East Elgin Eagle All-Star, Luke Vanderspank of Belmont to take over his role. One of the hardest things to forecast is one year to the next in Jr. “C” due to the turnover each year, but our expectations are going to be high this year. Local players include: Vanderspank, Trevor Stewart, Garrett Farquhar and Josh Houston of Belmont and Cody Underhill, Dustin Dunlop, Ryan VanRoestel, Luke Regier and Spencer Roloson of Aylmer.”





-Stanat, Ron of Chartwell Home, Aylmer passed away Monday in his 72nd year. He was born in Lithuania. A private family service will occur. Arrangements through the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Hewitt, Isaac(Ike) formerly of Aylmer passed away September 15 in his 100th year. Husband of the late Kay (1998). Survivors: three children etc.. Ike was a veteran of WWII, serving overseas with Bomber Command of the R.C.A.F. He was retired from Imperial Tobacco. The funeral was held Monday. Arrangements with the Ferris Fneral Home in Simcoe.


-Goble, Donna Elizabeth of London and formerly of Aylmer passed away September 14 in her 87th year. Wife of the late Grant Goble. Survivors: three children including Kenneth Russell of Aylmer etc.. Donna volunteered at Chartwell Nursing Home.The funeral service was held Friday. Arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Odanski, Ron of New Glasgow and formerly of Aylmer passed away September 11 aged 70. Survivors: wife Brenda (Connor); three children etc.. A service was held Saturday in Rodney.


-Rogers, Norman L. of Aylmer, formerly of Kitchener, passed away September 3 in his 65th year. Norm was the former Head of the I.T. Department at the University of Guelph. A public service was held September 10.





– September 14, 2015, Station #2, 48427 Talbot Line, Burn Complaint

– September 14, 2015, Station #2 Station #1, Imperial Road, MVC

– September 15, 2015, Station #2, 8893 Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– September 15, 2015, Station #1, 5166 Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– September 15, 2015, Station #3, 51117 Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

– September 16, 2015, Station #4, 46496 Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– September 17, 2015, Station #4, 51028 Yorke Line, Medical Assist

– September 17, 2015, Station #3  #4, 283465 Daniel Road, Mutual Aid

– September 18, 2015, Station #2 #1, #4 and #4, 8357 Imperial Road, Fire

– September 18, 2015, Station #4  #3, 51153 Wilson Line, MVC

– September 18, 2015, Station #4, 48221 Crossley-Hunter Line, Medical Assist

– September 18, 2015, Station #1, 3511 Colen Street, Medical Assist

– September 21, 2015, Station #2  #3, 9279 Hacienda Road, MVC.


– August 28, 2015, Station #1, 3253 Levi Street, Medical Assist

– August 28, 2015, Station #2, 48208 College Line, Medical Assist

– August 29, 2015, Station #1, 50155 Vienna Line, Medical Assist

– August 30, 2015, Station #1  #2, 48585 Sparta Line, MVC

– August 31, 2015, Station #4, 13570 Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– September 1, 2015, Station #1, 50763 John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– September 3, 2015, Station #1, 3292 Colen Street, Medical Assist

– September 4, 2015, Station #4, 13570 Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– September 5, 2015, Station #3, 51142 Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

– September 6, 2015, Station #4, 51144 Broadway Street, Medical Assist 

– September 6, 2015, Station #1, Bank Street, Medical Assist




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TUESDAY, Sept. 22/15





-EESS hosts: Girls BBall v. CECI

-EESS Sr Football at London Central


-Wed -United Way KickOff Lunch, Central Restaurant, 11:30 am-1:30

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host N.Middlesex, 7:30pm





Aylmer FC captured the Southwest Soccer League championship by forfeit recently. Aylmer, which finished second of seven teams in league play, lost the first game of the two game, total goals finals 2-1 to MIB but then appealed that MIB had used two illegal players. According to FC player Brandon Aspden, “MIB used two carded players (players who play competitively in a London 2nd division league). They were told not to and did anyway.” The second game was not played as the league announced a forfeit and Aylmer was declared champions.





(Information from Principal Linda Westaway)

1-Staff changes – We would like to welcome Melissa Bogaert who will be teaching Grade 5, Mrs. DeCouture and Rosemarie McCord who will be Educational Assistants and new Speech-Language Pathologist Kristina Craven. We have two new custodians, Roe Swick and Tracey Brun.

2-Major Building changes over the summer – We have a new roof on the main part of the building.

3-New programs this year – One of the new foci will be Healthy Schools. We are looking forward to training some of our Grade 5 and 6 students to teach the primary and early years students some new outdoor games at recess. We will be working with the Health Unit on a Nutrition and Cooking program with some of our students.





-Giesbrecht, Peter of Aylmer passed away Saturday in his 57th year. Survivors: wife Helen (Thiessen) Giesbrecht; children – Tammy Giesbrecht and Tim Giesbrecht (Chrissi) etc… He was born in Mexico and he worked at Imperial Tobacco and the Ontario Police College. The funeral service will be held at the EMMC Church at Summers Corners today at 1 pm. Arrangements through the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Pfingstgraef Michael of Aylmer passed away on Thursday; aged 82. Survivors: wife Patricia (Scott); children – Michele Toth (Michael) of Aylmer and Michael Pfingstgraef (Dianne) etc.. Mike was born in Romania and came to Canada in 1951; he was a barber for 45 years and a Life Member of the Kinsmen Club. The funeral was held Monday, arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home. 


-Schuurman, Rudolf “Rudy” of Springfield passed away Saturday in his 65th year. Survivors: wife Albertien (DeKluijver) Schuurman; children – Henk Schuurman (Joanne), Linda Schuurman (Paul), Simon Schuurman (Melissa) all of Mossley, Harmen Schuurman (Dorah) of Aylmer etc.. He was born in The Netherlands. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. with the funeral service to be held at Emmanuel Reformed Church Woodstock on Thursday at 11 am.





AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires opened their SOJHL hockey season on the weekend with a pair of victories. Friday they travelled to Mt. Brydges and won 4-3 in the second overtime and Saturday they turned back Pt. Stanley 6-2 in their home opener. Friday Jesiah Sweetland garnered his second goal of the game with three minutes gone in the second overtime for the winner – other Aylmer scorers were James Collins and Josh Houston. Saturday, Collins connected twice and added two assists for the Spitfires with singles going to Houston, Jessie Tottle, Cody Underhill and Luke Bettencourt. This Saturday Aylmer hosts North Middlesex.





(Information from Principal Fred Fowlie)

1-Staff changes – We are very excited to welcome Mrs. Donais (grade 5/6) and Mrs. Evanitski (Student Program Support Teacher or SPST).

2-Major Building changes over summer – Creative Playgrounds painted many fun asphalt activities on the outdoor playground at the start of the summer.

3-New programs this year – This year Assumption will again place a strong emphasis on the arts as we prepare for this year’s fabulous musical in the spring. Throughout the year, we will continue to develop Power Writing and Math Talks. Power Writing is a language-based program whereby a student creates a structured paragraph using a numerical base ‘power’ approach. Math Talks is a program that provides students with an opportunity for deeper understanding of math concepts by providing students with multiple opportunities to explain their mathematical thinking.

4-Any major September events/anticipated enrolment – Assumption’s enrolment has continued to climb and has increased over the past 3 years by approximately 30%. Our current numbers show an increase of 15 students over our expected enrolment from last spring.




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