Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu -EESS hosts: Football v London Oakridge; Jr. 1 pm, Sr. 3 pm

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Vball v PCI

-Sat – Aylmer Spitfires host: Lucan, 7:30

 

 

EESS SPORTS RESULTS:

 

-JR G BBALL – EESS (2-0) 38 Dorch. 1; EESS 32 PCI 30

-FIELD HOCKEY – EESS (0-2-2) 1 Strath. 1; Ing. 2 EESS 0; Medway 7 EESS 0 ; EESS 0 WESS 0

-BOYS VBALL – JR – WESS 3 EESS 0; SR – EESS 3 WESS 0

 

 

RECENT MALAHIDE FIRE REPORTS

 

– September 20, 2016, Station #1,#2, #3 #4, Colen Street, Mobile Home Fire

– September 21, 2016, Station #2, Conservation Line, Medical Assist

– September 21, 2016, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– September 22, 2016, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– September 22, 2016, Station #1, Imperial Road, Kitchen Fire

– September 25, 2016, Station #2, Carter Road, Brush Fire

– September 25, 2016, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– September 12, 2016, Station #1, Rescue Team, Beach Drive, Water Rescue

– September 13, 2016, Station #2 assisted by Station #3, Glencolin Line, MVC

– September 13, 2016, Station #1, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– September 14, 2016, Station #4 , #1, #2 and #3, Ashton Street, Fire

– September 14, 2016, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– September 15, 2016, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– September 15, 2016, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– September 17, 2016, Station #2 assisted by Station #1, Talbot Line, MVC

– September 3, 2016, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– September 7, 2016, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– September 9, 2016, Station #3, Whittaker Road, MVC

– September 10, 2016, Station #4, Imperial Road, Fuel Spill

– September 10, 2016, Station #1, Hale Street, Medical Assist

– September 10, 2016, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

 

 

SPITFIRES SOAR TO 4-0

 

AYLMER – The Spitfires are off to a second straight undefeated start to the Southern Ontario Junior C/PJCL hockey season posting four successive wins. Last year the Spits won nine in a row before suffering a loss.

Saturday at home the Spits scored in the final two minutes to nip Thamesford 6-5 – marksmen were Cody Underhill with 2, Jesiah Sweetland, Kyle Decicco, Jake Morin and Andrew Snowden with singles. Friday in Exeter Aylmer was victorious by a 5-2 count with goals from Sweetland with 2, Underhill, Dicicco, and Nick Love. The Spits previsouly had thrashed Lucan by 10-2 with Luke Bettencourt netting a hat trick, Sweetland adding 2 and singles going to Morin, Dicicco, Dawson Winchester, Donny Mazara and Dustin Dunlop. And in their home opener they edged North Middlesex 5-4 with Underhill connecting twice and singles going to Sweetland, Jamie Brzozowski and Ryan VanRoestel.

This week the Spits travel to Mt Brydges Friday and host Lucan Saturday.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Sept. 27/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Boys VBall v WESS

 

-Thu -EESS hosts: Football v London Oakridge; Jr 1 pm, Sr 3 pm

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Vball v PCI

 

 

BAYHAM CRASH FATALITY

 

CALTON– On Sunday, September 18 at approximately 8:30 pm, Elgin OPP and Bayham Fire Services responded to a motor vehicle collision on Richmond Road at Vienna Line. A Honda motorcycle was travelling northbound on Richmond Road and struck the driver’s side of a van travelling westbound on Vienna Line after it had stopped for the stop sign. The driver of the motorcycle,  41-year-old John Masales from Malahide died at the scene. The passenger on the motorcycle, a 37-year-old male from Malahide, was transported with life-threatening injuries by ambulance to hospital. The van driver an 18-year-old Malahide female and three female passengers (a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old from Malahide and an 18-year-old from Southwest Oxford) were transported by ambulance to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. This incident remains under investigation.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Hiemstra, Jordan Christopher of R.R.4, Aylmer passed away Friday, aged 17. Survivors: parents Chris and Christy Hiemstra, owners of Clovermead, and siblings Justin and Caitlyn, of Aylmer etc.. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church today at 11 am; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Wall, Helena of Aylmer passed away Thursday in her 70th year. Survivors: husband Cornelius Wall; four children etc.. She was born in Mexico. The funeral service was held yesterday; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Hide, John of Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 91st year. Husband of the late Joyce (McQuiggan) Hide. Survivors: children Lu Ann Gamble (Albert), Jill Bond (Scott) and Kirk Hide (Jody), all of the Lyons area etc.. The funeral service was held Saturday; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Cottrell, Glynis of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in her 65th year. Survivors: husband Douglas, three children including Chris Cottrell of Aylmer etc.. A service was held at the Kebbel Funeral Home yesterday.

 

-Masales, John Edward of Aylmer passed away, as the result of an automobile accident on September 18, aged 41. Survivors: mother Bonnie McCallum (David) of R. R. 1, Aylmer (the late Gordon Masales(2016)); siblings Frank Masales (Nancy Peters), Vienna, Shawn McCallum of Aylmer, step-siblings Randy Masales and Shari Masales (Gaston Thierren) both of Vienna etc.. The funeral service was held on September 22; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Wolfe, John of Lyons passed away September 15 in his 69th year. Survivors: wife Anna (Fehr) Wolfe, one child etc.. He was born in Mexico. The  funeral service was held September 17; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Hext, Birdie Lucille of Aylmer passed away September 13 in her 96th year. Wife of the late Jack Hext (1969). Survivors: four children including Kathryn Ford of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Malahide and lived in Sarnia and Aylmer before she retired from teaching in 1986. The funeral service was held on September 16; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

PT. BRUCE FIRE FATALITY

 

PT BRUCE – Elgin OPP responded to a mobile trailer fire call around 6:30 am last Tuesday here. Malahide Fire department also attended the scene and contained the fire to the trailer which was located in the Bee Lin Trailer Park. A 50-year-old male was found deceased by the trailer. The Ontario Fire Marshall was also called to the scene. The cause of the fire remains unknown. Two nearby trailers sustained minor fire damage. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

 

 

MALAHIDE ACCIDENT

 

ORWELL – On the 17th of September at approximately 10 am, Elgin OPP responded to a two vehicle motor vehicle collision on Highway Three near Temperance Line in Malahide. A pickup truck pulling a trailer was traveling westbound on Highway Three and lost control and collided with a car that was eastbound. The male car driver was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries. Two other passengers in the car were taken to hospital as a precaution. No one was injured in the pickup truck. The investigation is ongoing; charges are pending.

 

 

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THURSDAY, Sept. 8/16

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again on Sept. 27

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-BLOOD DONOR CLINIC, EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

-Ayl-Mal. Councils Annexation Meeting; 7 pm; Malahide Place

-Eastlink ch. 10 – London Knights v Erie, 7 pm (exh.)

 

-Sat – APAC Presents: ‘Poor Angus’; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre

-Sin -TriCounty Fastball Playoff: Pt. Burwell hosts Woodstock, 7 pm

 

-Mon -OV Naturalists; Vienna CC; 7 pm

-Sept. 17 – Ayl/Mal. Hazardous Waste Depot

 

 

DAY 3 – EAST ELGIN HEAT WARNING

 

The Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit is extending to a third day the Heat Warning issued Tuesday because Environment and Climate Change Canada is predicting hot humid weather for today. The Health Unit sends out a heat warning when the weather forecast calls for the following conditions two days or more in a row: aa daytime high temperature that is above 31 without the nighttime temperature cooling down below 20 or a humidex reading greater than 40 degrees Celsius.

 

 

OTTER VALLEY NATURALISTS

 

The Otter Valley Naturalists will hold their monthly meeting at Vienna Community Centre on Monday at 7 pm. The Speaker will be Russ Chantler a Hawk Cliff counter assisting with raptor identification.

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL ‘B’ PLAYOFFS

 

-Tue. -Pt. Burwell 3 Woodstock 1 (Pt. Burwell leads best of five, 2-0)

 

 

NEW SCHOOL YEAR – DAVENPORT

 

(Information from Principal Kim Simpson) – Davenport had an exciting renovation over the summer -our gymnasium has been completely redone. We would like to welcome Mrs. Broadbent to Davenport – she will be teaching grade 5 with Ms. Pocock. Meet the Teacher night is on Thursday, September 15th.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

EAST ELGIN HORSE HAS WEST NILE

The Elgin St. Thomas Public Health has received notification that a horse in East Elgin has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the second reported equine positive West Nile Virus incident to occur in Ontario in 2015 and Elgin County’s first since 2004. Elgin St. Thomas Public Health will continue to monitor for the presence of West Nile virus in the mosquito population through its mosquito trapping program. To date, no mosquito traps have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Elgin County for the 2015 season

 

 

NEW SCHOOL YEAR – MCGREGOR PS

 

(Information from Principal Charlotte Wall)

1-Staff changes – We welcome grade 2/3 teacher Mr. Levey to the school

2-Notable Building Changes over summer – We now have an outdoor classroom for the Gr. 1-4s, and a sand pit and climber for the FDKs.

3-New Programs this year – Working on a Growth Mindset with all students

4-Major September events – Sept. 14: Meet the Teacher/Terry Fox Walk/ Growth Mindset Assembly Sept. 20 with author Miriam Landry

5-Anticipated enrolment/Comparison to last year –355, lost one grade 4 classroom

 

 

APAC HAS ‘POOR ANGUS’ ON SAT.

 

The first performance of the 2016-7 season by the Aylmer Performing Arts Committee is this Saturday with ‘Poor Angus’, a five member Hamilton based Progressive Celtic group (see ad). Formed in 2005, their recent third album “Gathering” includes the single “Something I Can’t See” which resulted in Poor Angus finishing in the final 4 out of 3000 competing acts in the CBC Searchlight national competition for best band.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EECC Board Meeting; at EEC Complex; 7 pm

 

-Thu -BLOOD DONOR CLINIC, EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

-Thu -Ayl-Mal. Councils Annexation Meeting; 7 pm; Malahide Place

-Thu -Eastlink ch. 10 – London Knights v Erie, 7 pm (exh.)

-Sat – APAC Presents: ‘Poor Angus’; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre

 

-Sept. 17 – Ayl/Mal. Hazardous Waste Depot

 

 

BREAK IN AT AYLMER VARIETY STORE

 

(Information from the Aylmer Police) – A Break and Enter occurred at the Total Convenience Store at 249 John Street South on Saturday around 3:30 am. A male suspect threw a rock through the front door, entered, and stole the cash box with an undisclosed amount of money. The box and some loose bills were located away from the scene by police and a K9 unit. The surveillance video shows a lone suspect (posted on the Police Facebook).

 

AYLMER DRUG BUST

(From Aylmer Police) – A drug warrant was executed on August 25th at a South Street west residence. Over $1500 in marijuana was seized along with evidence to support charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking CDSA against two adult male residents, aged 22 and 23.

 

BELMONT ATV THEFT

(From Elgin OPP) – BELMONT – Elgin OPP is currently investigating the case of a stolen ATV in Belmont. Between Thursday and Friday an unknown person(s) entered a barn structure on Manning Drive and stole a 2016 Can-Am, 570, ATV – white, with Ontario Licence 3ED24.

 

 

EDISON MUSEUM UPDATE

 

(Bayham Council recently gave supporters of the Edison Museum in Vienna until September 1st to show proof of continued assistance – Information on what transpired is from Matthew Schafer) – “Council on Thursday asked that we come back (again) to them and address any concerns that they might have and to how what support there is in saving the artifacts, how we plan on doing this and what plans there are for storage if council no longer is willing to store them. We had more new people show up at our August 30th meeting. An executive committee was formed with myself, Darya Roussean, Ray Maddox, and Lynda Millard. We have a long ways to go. We had  groups representing Heritage Port Stanley and Backus Page House present at our meeting as well.”

 

 

EAST ELGIN HEAT WARNING

 

The Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit is sending out a Heat Warning today (Tuesday) because Environment and Climate Change Canada is predicting hot humid weather for the next 2 days. The Health Unit sends out a heat warning when the weather forecast calls for the following conditions two days or more in a row: aa daytime high temperature that is above 31 without the nighttime temperature cooling down below 20 or a humidex reading greater than 40 degrees Celsius.

 

 

NEW SCHOOL YEAR – MT. SALEM CHRISTIAN

 

(Information from Principal Lena Wall)

1.Staff changes – Mrs. Judy Wiebe, Vice-Principal, retired at the end of June. New staff members this year are Mrs. Cindy Hordyk, Gr. 4, Ms. Abigail Froese, Gr. 8 homeroom, and Mrs. Danielle Pollnow, Office.

2.Notable Building Changes over summer – Together with our host church, Mt. Salem Evangelical Mennonite Church, we built new washroom facilities.

3.New Programs this year – We are expanding our resource department.

4.Major September events – We had our back-to-school barbecue and open house on Thursday, September 1st.

5.Anticipated enrolment/Comparison to last year – Our enrolment is up considerably. We have 40 new students and 14 new families! Our JK-8 enrolment increased from 127 to 152.

6.Why increasing? 1. A number of our new families were homeschooling, so they decided as a group to look into MSCS and liked what we had to offer 2.We have a “Discover MSCS” incentive where we offer new parents a 20% discount for the first year and a 10% discount for the second year. It is our hope that this will ease the burden as families adjust to paying out of pocket for schooling. This is definitely a bonus for new families who were already considering our school 3.We are also hearing that the increase in the Child Tax Benefit is opening up a door for the families to be able to afford tuition.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– August 28, 2016, Station #3, Imperial Road, Power Lines Down

– August 28, 2016, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– August 30, 2016, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– August 31, 2016, Station # 4, Belmont Road, MVC

– August 31, 2016, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– September 2, 2016, Station #1, Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– September 3, 2016, Station #1, Colen Street, Medical Assist

– September 4, 2016, Station #1, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

 

 

EEC COMPLEX BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

 

Among agenda items at tonight’s meeting of the EEC Complex Interim Board is a discussion on establishing a permanent board at this time – “(should the board)…defer the establishment of a more permanent board of governance and maintain the present interim board after October 1st?…During the governance review (last year) the EECC Board agreed that the ultimate composition of a more permanent board be composed of public/community involvement…(However) it has recently been discussed by some councillors that there are still some outstanding issues that are better decided by the Interim Board…”

 

 

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TUESDAY, Sept. 6/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed. -EECC Board Meeting; at EEC Complex; 7 pm

-Thu -BLOOD DONOR CLINIC, EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

-Thu -Ayl-Mal. Councils Annexation Meeting; 7 pm; Malahide Place

-Sat – APAC Presents: ‘Poor Angus’; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre

 

-Sept. 17 – Ayl/Mal. Hazardous Waste Depot

 

 

BAYHAM ACCIDENT

 

(From Elgin OPP) –  On Saturday at approximately 8 pm, the OPP were dispatched to a single motor vehicle rollover on Plank Road near Tunnel Line south of Vienna. The vehicle had been northbound on Plank Rd, past Teall/Nevill Line. At one point the vehicle went off the roadway, rolling numerous times and coming to a rest by a tree on the east side of the roadway. A 20 year old male was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 20 year old male driver from Tillsonburg was charged with: over 80mg of Alcohol Per 100ml of Blood Causing Bodily Harm, Careless Driving, and being a Young Driver: B.A.C above zero.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Ens, Eiginna (Pappenfoot) of Mt. Salem passed away on Friday in her 91st year. Predeceased by husband Nickolas Ens. Survivors: five children including Ed Ens (Mary) of Straffordville, Fred Ens  (Jeanne) of Calton Line, Paul Ens (Mary Lee) of Straffordville etc.. She was born in the Ukraine and she and her husband had a cash crop farm in Malahide. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 am at the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Hiebert, Wilhelm “Billy” of St. Thomas passed away Friday in his 57th year. Survivors: three children etc.. He was born in Mexico.  The funeral service will be held at the EMMC Church, Aylmer on Monday at 1 pm. Arrangements through the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

EAST ELGIN HEAT WARNING

 

The Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit is sending out a Heat Warning today because Environment and Climate Change Canada is predicting hot humid weather for the next 2 days. The Health Unit sends out a heat warning when the weather forecast calls for the following conditions two days or more in a row: aa daytime high temperature that is above 31 without the nighttime temperature cooling down below 20 or a humidex reading greater than 40 degrees Celsius.

 

 

NEW SCHOOL YEAR: STRAFFORDVILLE PS

 

(Information from Principal Richard Auckland)

1-Staff changes – New ESL teacher, Vita La Sala-Williamson, is coming in and we get to keep our existing ESL teacher, Karen McRorie for a reduced time. Dave Patterson, Grade 4/5 retired at the end of June. Dana Posthumus is joining as an Educational Assistant; Mark McVeigh has joined us as an evening custodian

2-Notable Building Changes over summer – New fencing of the perimeter of our yard – due partly to vandalism of our yard (people using vehicles to do donuts on our lawn); new Outdoor Classroom which our Kindergarten classes will be using extensively during outdoor play

3-New Programs this year -We are a math focus school  – a math coach will be assigned to our school

4-Major September events -Open House Sept. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30; first school council meeting on the 19th at 6 p.m.

5-Anticipated enrolment/Comparison to last year –We are right around 360 students which is up a bit from last year

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE CALLS

 

-Aug 29, Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Howey Line.

-Aug 30, Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Jackson Line.

-Sept 1, Both stations; report of a brush fire at Plank Rd and Calton Line (actually a demolished mobile home)

-Sept 2, Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Waterloo St. in Port Burwell.

-Sept 3, station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Grace Crt. in Port Burwell.

-Sept 3, Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Toll Gate Rd.

-Sept 3, Both stations, serious injury MVC on Plank Rd. and Tunnel Line. Extrication of one patient was required.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 17 year old Malahide woman was charged with following too closely after her car, travelling west on Talbot St. near Wellington St. on August 23 at noon, rear ended a car in front of her which then struck a pickup truck which was attempting to turn south on to Wellington. The striking vehicle had to be towed.

 

 

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THURSDAY, Sept. 1/16

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again on TUESDAY

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

 

-Fri. -Straffordville Library Film – Zootopia; 2 pm

 

 

NEW SCHOOL YEAR: IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN

 

(Information from Principal Keith Cameron) – “We have several new staff this year. Mr Paul Bierman, returning from teaching in Indonesia, will take on our gr 7/8 homeroom and gr 5/6 creation studies and Ms. Karista Smeets, transferring from Strathroy Community Christian, will share resource responsibilities with Ms Tine Buma, as well as teaching gr 3-8 French. We have enrolment growth to 134 students (126 last year) with 59 families. Twelve Junior Kindergarten students will be at school for the first time. Our opening bbq is on September 9.”

 

 

BAYHAM TO RELOCATE

 

Bayham Council at their meeting on July 26 decided to complete renovations at the Straffordville Community Centre by making plans to relocate the municipal offices and council chambers there and consequently to investigate declaring the present offices surplus.

 

 

NEW SCHOOL YEAR: Pt BURWELL PS

 

(Information from new school Principal Francine Yolkowskie)

1-Staff changes -We have two new additions to staff, myself and Laura Craig who will be the new Kindergarten teacher.

2-Any New Programs this year -We will be working on two exciting initiatives this year: We are hoping to establish a School Council which will function as an advisory parent/community group to give the school input on various topics such as Code of Conduct and Safe Schools policies. We are striving this year to reach Healthy School Certification from OPHEA by implementing a number of wellness initiatives.

3-Anticipated enrolment/comparison to last year –Our enrolment at this time appears to be similar to last year’s enrolment.

 

 

SPRINGWATER BUSY THIS WEEKEND

 

(Information from Laura Ronayne of the Catfish CCA – “We are fully booked for our hydro sites for this weekend. We have several un-serviced sites available. We will be having horse drawn wagon rides this weekend. We have had a great year for camping. Especially our 30 amp seasonal camping has been full for the season.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, Aug. 30/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Edison Museum Supporters Meeting, 7 pm, Vienna Family Restaurant

 

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

 

 

AYLMER FIRE CALLS

 

-Sat. – about 4:30 pm, responded to Talbot St. W. for a monitored alarm activation, false alarm

-Sun. -about 2 pm, responded to Talbot St. E. for natural gas odour, nothing found

-Sun. -about 8 pm, responded to John St. N. for alarm sounding, false alarm

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Mizon, George of Aylmer passed away Monday in his 81st year. Survivors: wife Lois (Davis) Mizon; three children including Debra VanRoestel(Neil Penner) of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Malahide. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 am.

 

 

LACK OF SPACE = NO AYLMER LIBRARY FILMS

 

Laura Molnar, Elgin County Library Coordinator, announced at an Elgin County Council meeting in July that Elgin County libraries will soon be showing box office quality movies – but not in Aylmer. She noted that the library has secured favourable and sustainable pricing for licencing to show movies in seven of the ten branches – Straffordville, Springfield, Belmont, Port Stanley, Dutton, West Lorne and Rodney. Aylmer, as well as Port Burwell and Shedden, will not be showing these films due to insufficient space and cost – the branch does not currently provide a space to accommodate movie viewings and while there is a theatre upstairs, the town requires the library to pay rent for both the theatre space (per hour), as well as AV equipment costs, technician costs, and a setup/takedown fee. (In comparison, the Port Stanley’s Festival Theatre offers free use of its facilities to the local village library branch.)

 

 

MALAHIDE DOG PARK

 

Jerry Lee, representing a group in Pt. Bruce, appeared at Malahide Council’s August meeting to solicit support for an off leash dog park in the village. Council decided to refer the matter to Municipal Staff for further consideration during the future Parks and Recreation Master Plan process.

 

 

EDISON MUSEUM NEEDS A BRIGHT IDEA

 

(Matt Schafer, Chairman of the newly formed committee to save the artifacts etc. of the Edison Museum in Vienna, provides the following information. Vienna has an Edison Museum because the father of the famous American inventor Thomas Edison grew up there before fleeing to Ohio during the Rebellion of 1837 and his grandfather is buried there.)

1-When was it established? – The property (the building is from 1853) was donated to Vienna in 1986/87 and opened as a museum in the summer of 1988; it was closed to the public in early 2015. It opened for EdisonFest on June 4th this year at Bayham’s Family Table Restaurant in Vienna.

2-Why was it forced to relocate? – (Due to building repairs needed, estimated at $200,000) Council designated it as surplus to municipal needs

3-How has it fared in recent years? – There has been reduced attendance as it is located off the beaten trail area, even though in 2014 there was a major donation of a working Edison grammaphone with a number of cylinders in storage units plus records in excellent condition.

4-Council’s directive? – Council directed the Edison Joint Committee to come up with a plan and confirm community support in two weeks (by this Thursday September 1st)

5-Purpose in organizing meetings on the past two Tuesdays (see notice above)? – To seek support from the community to keep a local Edison connection through the existing Edison Museum. Through the media, people seem to be somewhat aware of the situation and concerned with the potential loss – a Petition seeking community support was created for circulation at Watermelon Fest. Organizers were pleased with responses. It is still available for signing at Bayham’s Family Table restaurant through to tonight

6-What would be your ideal plan? – Our goal is to save the Edison, Bayham & Bayham Histoical Society artifacts and documents and establish a facility in Bayham to store and display them.

 

 

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MONDAY, Aug. 29/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue -Edison Museum Supporters Meeting, 7 pm, Vienna Family Restaurant

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

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Swartman, Anita (Farrow) of Seaforth passed away Thursday aged 78. Survivors: husband Robert three children; brother Ron (Mildred) Farrow etc.. The funeral service will be held today at the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL ‘B’ PLAYOFFS

 

-Thu. – Pt Burwell 7 Norwich 4 (Pt. Burwell wins semifinal series 3-1)

 

 

ST.THOMAS MENS SOCCER SEMI FINALS

 

-Thu. -Southwold 2 Aylmer 2 (Southwold wins series, 4-2)

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

AYLMER MAN CHARGED IN POLICE CHASE

AYLMER – Elgin OPP have charged a 33-year-old Aylmer man after he attempted to evade police yesterday afternoon south of here. The OPP were assisting the Aylmer Police Service in attempting to locate the man in regards to an incident in Aylmer. Around 5 pm police observed the male operating a vehicle southbound on Imperial Road near Conservation Line. Police attempted to pull the vehicle over, however the male failed to stop. The male pulled in to the parking lot of Aylmer Garden Nursery and then continued into a farmer’s field almost striking a worker in the field. Police attempted to prevent the vehicle from exiting the field and in the process the fleeing suspect vehicle struck one of the police cruisers. The suspect vehicle then re-entered the field where police lost sight of it. Police contained the area and at approximately 5:30 they received a call from a near-by resident reporting that they had just observed the man “that had been running from police” run through their property. Police along with the OPP K9 Unit searched the property and located the male hiding in a barn. He was arrested without incident. Police charged him with dangerous driving, failing to comply with a Recognizance Order and Flight from Police.

 

 

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THURSDAY, Aug. 25/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-St Thomas Mens Soccer Semifinal – Aylmer v Southwold, 6:30, Athletic Park

(Tue. Result – Southwold 2 Aylmer 1, game one of two games series)

-TriCounty Fastball Playoffs -Pt Burwell hosts Norwich, 8:30 pm

 

 

Sat – Straffordville WatermelonFest

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE WATERMELONFEST

 

(Information from Rose Gardner) – The annual Straffordville Watermelon Fest will be held Saturday. Key events include: Fireman’s breakfast at the Straffordville Firehall beginning at 7 am, a car show, a parade at 10 am, a seed spitting contest, a children’s bike decoration contest at 11 am, karaoke at noon, a petting zoo, a reptile show, Birds of Prey demonstration, Martial Arts Demonstration at noon, a watermelon eating contest and the family movie ‘Zootopia’ at dusk.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Ashton, (Gertrude) Josephine of St. Thomas passed away Wednesday in her 98th year. Wife of the late Donald Ashton(1992). Survivors: three children including Clifford Ashton(Lauree) of RR2, Aylmer etc.. She was a lifelong resident of Malahide. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 am.

 

-Fruin, Rod, of Carrollton Georgia, formerly of Aylmer, passed away August 13, aged 63.

 

 

LYME DISEASE IN BAYHAM

 

(Contributed) – Elgin St. Thomas Public Health is advising residents to take precautions while outdoors after receiving notification that a resident from Bayham has tested positive for Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick. Once a tick is infected, it may transmit the Lyme Disease- causing bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, to humans through a bite. Although the majority of ticks identified in Elgin County are dog ticks, residents should take precautions to protect themselves while outdoors.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD SQUIRTS ARE CHAMPS

 

(Contributed by Tanya Ostrander) – Springfield Brewers Squirt Boys Tier 1 were named OR Champs recently with a win over Paris to take the series in 2 games. The first round was against Dunnville and the second against Norwich. Brewers were undefeated throughout. Also the boys won their league championship in a hard fought tournament where they faced New Hamburg in the finals and won 9 to 2. Again the boys were undefeated throughout tournament. Team members include: Zach Winkworth, Caleb Martin, Ty Cadotte, Logan Cummings, Ryan Smith, Fisher Ward, Tyler DeSerrano, Branden Ostrander, Jaxon Doxtater, Holden Gibbons, Dustin Farrow, Seth VanBommel and Coaches Todd Winkworth, Adam Martin, Greg Ward, and Doug Gibbons.

 

 

AYLMER FAIR RECAP

 

(Information from Aylmer Fair Board Secretary Elaine Earhart) – “The fair was very well attended however the heat and humidity were excessive and kept some people home. There was a bit of rain but that never stops the Derby crowds. Overall the fair was once again a great success with all the new ideas. Our new Senior Ambassador is Kali Kellington and the Junior Ambassador is McKenzie Wiebe.

 

 

AYLMER FIRE CALLS

 

-Aug. 22, about 6 pm – called to a burning complaint on Dufferin St.

-Aug. 23, about 11:30 am – fire alarms @ John St. N. property, false alarm

-Aug. 23, about noon – called to a report of an MVC at Wellington & Talbot St. W.

 

 

WEEKLY SAFE BEACHES REPORT 

 

(From Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit) – The water at the following beaches in East Elgin is tested weekly by Elgin St. Thomas Public Health for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination: Springwater Conservation Area, Port Bruce, Port Burwell Main Beach and Port Burwell Provincial Park. As of Friday, only Springwater posted as Unsuitable for Swimming as a result of high levels of bacterial contamination.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

EEC COMPLEX MANAGER RESIGNS

Theresa Klachan, General Manager of the EEC Complex since 2004, resigned recently. Said Aylmer Administrator Jenny Reynaert on plans for her replacement: “Regarding future plans, there is a joint council meeting and EECC interim board meeting scheduled on September 2. I expect there to be discussions/direction regarding the vacancy at this meeting.”

 

MALAHIDE ELECTROCUTION FATALITY

HARRIETSVILLE – A 50-year-old London man is dead after he came in contact with some live electrical wires while trimming a tree in north Malahide yesterday around 3:30 pm. The incident occurred just south of here at a private residence on Avon Dr. just east of Imperial Rd.. The man (name withdrawn pending notification of next of kin) was on an aluminum ladder trimming some branches for the residence owner, a friend, when he somehow came in contact with live electrical wires. He was taken to hospital in London where he was later pronounced deceased.

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL

 

Pt. Burwell (4-17) and Straffordville (1-21) finished in 11th and 12th places respectively in the 12 team TriCounty Fastball League this year. Straffordville was ousted in the ‘B’ playoffs in three straight games by Woodstock. Pt. Burwell leads their ‘B’ playoff 2 games to 1 over Norwich with game four tonight.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Aug. 23/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Edison Museum Information meeting; 7pm; Family Restaurant Vienna 

-Aylmer v Southwold, St.Thomas Mens Soccer semi, 6:30 pm, Athletic Park

 

-Sat – Straffordville WatermelonFest

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Thiessen, Heinrich “Henry” of Aylmer passed away August 14 in his 57th year. Survivors: wife Getruda (Wiebe)Thiessen; five children etc.. He was born in Mexico. The service was held Thursday; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Oud, Peter of Woodstock and formerly of Aylmer passed away Saturday in his 58th year. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday from 7-9 pm where the funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.

 

 

HEAT ALERT WAS AUG 9-12

 

The Elgin St Thomas Health Unit issued a Heat Alert for August 9-12. The Health Unit sent out a Heat Warning because Environment and Climate Change Canada predicted hot humid weather for that period.

 

 

AYLMER HOSTS ONT. JR. HORSESHOES

 

(By Keith Lindsay) – The Ontario Horseshoe Junior Championships were held August 13 at the EEC Complex. Players from the EECC (Aylmer) Horseshoe Club did very well taking three out of four championships. In the Cadet ‘A’ girls division, Sarah Nooren recaptured her 1st place finish for the second year with a perfect 6 wins and 0 losses. Taking second place was first year player Emma Calhoun with 4 wins, 2 losses. In third place was Elora Chambers with 4 wins, 2 losses. In the Cadet ‘A’ Boys Division, first year player Caden Lindsay took 1st place with 2 wins and 4 losses. In the Junior ‘A’ Division girls, Stacey Pond took first place with 5 straight wins and 0 losses. This makes eight straight years that our Junior girls have won the Ontario Championships. Taking second place was Kelsey Antonissen with 3 wins and 2 losses. In third place was Kaylee Nooren with 1 win and 4 losses. In the Junior ‘A’ Boys Division our Junior Boys have won this trophy for the past 8 years (but were not successful this year). Taking second place was Alex Antonissen with 2 wins and 3 losses. In third place was our first year Junior player Braden Morris.

 

On Saturday July 30 the EECC Horseshoe Club held the Junior Ontario Doubles Championships. In the Cadet ‘A’ Division two first year players pulled off a come from behind win. Emma and Alanah Calhoun lost their first two games and then won their next four games to take first place. Second place, with 3 wins and 3 losses were Aryanna Lockyer and Elora Chambers. Taking third place with 3 wins and 3 losses were Sarah Nooren and another first year player, 4 year old Danielle Lockyer. In the Junior ‘A’ Division, Stacey Pond and first year player Kyle Layt won first place with 6 straight wins and 0 losses. Taking third place were partners Kelsey Antonissen and first year player Braden Morris.

 

 

AYLMER CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

 

(Information on road projects in town this summer is from Rod Tapp, Aylmer Director of Operations)

1-What is happening at the corner of Fath and John Streets with the Bradley Creek bridge?

Elgin is replacing the culvert on John Street south at Bradley Creek. It began in mid July and is expected to be finished by mid-September. The road will be open during construction, however it will be reduced to one lane with temporary traffic signals. The existing culvert was more than 100 years old and required replacement. This project is part of a multi-year coordination of projects along John Street between the Town of Aylmer and the County of Elgin, beginning with water line replacements in previous years and ending with asphalt resurfacing of John Street planned for 2017.

2-How soon for the completion of the Water St Sewer project?

Water Street is expected to be completed before the end of August. All underground infrastructure works are complete. Curb was poured recently, sidewalks are scheduled to be formed/poured with asphalt and sod/reinstatement to follow. The entire job, including asphalt is scheduled to be completed in its entirety this year.

3-Any other road projects in town this summer?

Caverly Road – final lift of Asphalt has been completed. Also, Surface Treatment – Spruce St./ Pine St. S / South St. E. – all completed earlier this summer

 

 

AYLMER IN SOCCER SEMIFINALS

 

Aylmer (9-6 in the regular season) sidelined Talbotville in a quarter final series in the St.Thomas Mens Soccer league last week. Tuesdy they won 3-2 and Thursday were victors by a 6-1 count. They now face Southwold in a two game semifinal with the first game tonight and game two on Thursday, both at 6:30 pm at Athletic Park in St.Thomas.

 

 

FENCING AROUND FORMER STEENS’ STORE

 

(Information on the fencing which went up earlier this summer on the sidewalk in front of the former Steens’ Cigar Store on Talbot St. east is from Aylmer Administrator Jennifer Reynaert) – “The fencing has been erected (by the town) to ensure protection of public safety and private property while the condition of the building is being investigated.”

 

 

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