Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


FRIDAY, Oct. 24/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu-Sun. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)

 -Fri-Sat. -Ayl/Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

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

-Sat. -Square, Round Dancers at EEC Complex (see Oct. 23 story)

-Sat. -Forest City Derby Girls; 2 games; Western Fair Complex (see ad)

 

-Mon. -Aylmer, Malahide, Bayham Voting Day

 

 

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THURSDAY, Oct. 23/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

-Thu-Sun. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)

 

-Fri-Sat. -Ayl/Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

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

-Sat. -Square, Round Dancers at EEC Complex (see Oct. 23 story)

-Sat. -Forest City Derby Girls; 2 games; Western Fair Complex (see ad)

-Mon. -Aylmer, Malahide, Bayham Voting Day

 

 

 

SQUARE DANCERS AT EECC SAT.

 

(THE SWODSA is holding a square dance event at the EEC Complex Saturday – Information from Linda Charlton:) –  ”We will hold an opening ceremony starting at 7:30 p.m. yet dancing takes place from 2 – 5 pm and 6:30 – 9:30 pm. We are a volunteer organization with 700 members in Southwestern Ontario.  SWOSDA has approximately 25 square dance callers and round dance cuers in our Association and 34 clubs. Our Association is a part of the Ontario Federation of Square and Round Dancing and also the Canadian Society of Square and Round Dancing.

 

We hosted our 50th Anniversary of SWOSDA in Aylmer at the EECC in 2009. Attendance peaked during the day at 400 dancers. Our SWOSDA Association also hosted the National Festival 2008 in London at the London Convention Centre. We hosted nearly 3,000 dancers at that time.”

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-VanRheenen, Pieter of Victoria, BC and formerly of Aylmer passed away on October 8th. Survivors: wife Karen, two daughters; several siblings including a sister Sylvia (Andre) Hooghiem of Aylmer etc.. Pieter was born in the Netherlands; he was a graduate of EESS. He retired in 2009 as Executive Director, Physician Human Resource Management with the Ministry of Health in B.C. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Oak Bay BC.

 

 

 

DRUG AWARENESS FOR PARENTS AT EESS

 

(Information from Alison Haldenby, EESS teacher) – The local chapter of the Parent Action on Drugs is sponsoring a session on drug awareness in the EESS cafeteria next Wednesday beginning at 7 pm. The speaker is Patricia Scott Jeoffroy, a consultant for the PAD in York region. Representatives from local police services, the Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit and the Salvation Army will also be present for consultation. Alison is advisor for a mentor group of students at EESS which was founded last year and who will again train about fifteen students to go to the public school grade eight classes in the area and speak on drug and alcohol education this year.

 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(From Chief Andre Reymer) – A 15 year old Aylmer boy was charged with disobeying a stop sign and driving without a licence after being found on a motorcycle (dirt bike) on Farmington Ave. on October 15 at 4 pm. The boy tried to flee but was apprehended and taken home to his parents.

 

 

 

MUSEUM TOUR OF HOMES  - #1-McLAY HOME

 

 

(Contributed) – (The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 13th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 14 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 15, from 1 pm – 9 pm – In the next few weeks all four homes on the tour will be featured:) – “This home was built in 1853 by Nathan Wood, a local merchant who purchased the twenty acre site for $75.00.  Dr. Homer McLay and his wife Kathleen purchased the home in 1935 from H.M. Hambidge. Dr. McLay then engaged architect L.G. Bridgman to design a two story addition to the back of the house to contain a kitchen and vestibule downstairs and sunroom/sitting room above. Dormer windows also were added to the back roof to provide light to a bedroom and bathroom on the third floor which leads into a large walk-in attic.

 

In 1949 Dr. McLay hired architect Fred Greene to design a Neo Greek Portico to replace a smaller porch on the front of the home. After Dr. McLay and his wife Kathleen passed away, their son Peter and his wife Carol lived in the home until 1989 when the home was purchased by Dr. Bruce and Jane Minielly who renovated and modernized the kitchen.  This year Ian McLay and his wife Saousan purchased 24 Pine St. E. and redecorated the inside and redesigned the gardens.”

 

 

 

2- $40,000 PALMER ESTATE TO AYL. LIBRARY

 

(Sandi Loponen of the Elgin County Library provides more information on the recent Palmer Estate grant for youth technology at the Aylmer Library) – “On behalf of the Palmer Estate, Andrew Gunn approached Brian Masschaele CEO of the Elgin County Library to discuss the need for equipment and services that will provide local youth with the opportunity to learn more about current technologies and programming languages. Current technologies include 3D file design and object printing, programming skills, and knowledge of software required to produce audio and video files. These technologies will form the basis of our first makerspace, along with equipment to digitize materials in legacy formats, such as slides and VHS tapes. We want to ensure that these funds are spent on the most relevant technologies for youth.

 

For example, a 3D scanner and printer can be used to scan a broken part that may be preventing an appliance or tool from working. The broken area can be corrected on the digital 3D file and a replacement part can be printed. Many patrons are using this type of service in libraries to fix material goods so that they no longer need to be sent to landfill. The 3D printer we will be providing to patrons will print in durable plastic. Youth will also have an opportunity to use the makerspace hardware and software to learn more about sound and video production. We will also be acquiring self-contained circuit boards called Raspberry PI. These inexpensive units can function as a computer once a monitor and keyboard are attached. We will be providing training to youth so they will be able to learn fundamental programming skills and program the Raspberry PIs to become radios, photo booths, model boat motors etc. Several fun and interesting projects are listed online at instructables.com.”

 

 

 

BAYHAM VOTES: ELECTION ISSUES

 

(Bayham Mayoral and Deputy Mayoral candidates were asked to respond to the following election issues. Candidates for Mayor are incumbent Paul Enns and Roger James. Candidates for Deputy Mayor are incumbent Cliff Evanitski and Co. Tom Southwick.)

 

1. What are two specific priorities for you if elected?

2. Are you satisfied with the Ojibwa financing arrangements? Why?

3. Are Bayham taxes really too high. Two areas where you would reduce taxes?

4. Are you satisfied with the Richmond water financing. Why?

5. Is the DLRA not a priority at this time? Explain.

 

TOM SOUTHWICK:

1- After honesty and integrity are Harbour Divestiture Negotiations - the foot dragging, pretend negotiations need to end and an offer needs to be brought to fruition with a yes or no vote to follow this term and Fair Water Rates for Bayham Residents -the subsidy system recently adopted must be repealed and the user pay system reinstated.

2 – To date Bayham has not been called upon by the RBC to pay on the guarantorship, so that’s a step towards yes. Of course I want to see Bayham out of the guarantorship as soon as possible so the Ojibwa Project will have to continue to work towards a successful future to achieve this.

3 – Bayham taxes, in fact, are low in comparison to most of our neighbours. I do not see tax cuts in Bayhams’ immediate future but will continue to spend wisely to ensure the lowest taxes possible.

4 – Definitely not. Councillors Casier, Ketchebaw and Evanitski have pitted one area of Bayham against the other by forcing a certain geographical area of Bayham to subsidize another areas’ water rates. It is unfair, biased and divisive, for those reasons it will be repealed!

5 – The DLRA is absolutely one of my priorities!  I repeatedly made the motion for it and could not even obtain a seconder! When it finally came to a recorded vote, Evanitski, Casier and Ketchebaw put their own personal views ahead of the health concerns of Bayham residents and voted against requesting a DLRA!

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

*EEC Complex Governance Committee Meeting Cancelled

-All Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

 

-Thu-Sun. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)

-Fri-Sat. -Ayl/Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

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

-Sat. -Square, Round Dancers at EEC Complex (see Oct. 23 story)

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (6-0) 47 PCI 40

-BOYS VBALL – SR – EESS (2-5) 3 Glencoe 2; JR – Glencoe 3 EESS (3-4) 2

 

 

 

AYLMER CHAMBER AWARDS

 

(Information from Nicole Pressey-Wiebenga of the Aylmer Chamber of Commerce) – The Aylmer Chamber of Commerce made two awards presentations at their annual general meeting last week. The Community Spirit award for commuinity involvement sponsored by Meridian Credit Union went to Hamilton Ward & Cathers Insurance. The Town of Aylmer Seniors Volunteer Award went to Joan Hobbs.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Franklin, Paul LeRoy of Straffordville passed away on Tuesday at the age of 72 years. Survivors: wife Sheila (Norris) Franklin; two sons etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 1 p.m.

 

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY:

 

 

BY BILL MURCH

-Aylmer will send a letter in support of the Development of the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. The town endorses the Elgin – St. Thomas Cycling Master Plan for this region. Ontario’s Infrastructure Program will be vital to the expansion and improvement of cycling infrastructure in this community.

 

-Council approved by-laws authorizing a debenture for the LED streetlights /sports field lights, work for the Town’s Salt Storage Shed project, land transfer for the Town’s Public Works Yard, and leasing of lands at 105 White Street.

 

-Christmas lights will be put up in the town’s parks October 27. Volunteers are welcome to assist.

 

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Hill, Christopher Clifton of St. Thomas passed away on Monday in his 38th year. Predeceased by his mother Sharon Hill and sister Sher-Ann Wilcox. Survivors: grandparents Audrey and Bob Habkirk of Aylmer etc..Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 1:pm.

 

 

 

 

SENIORS DAY OUT NEXT TUE. AT EECC

 

(Contributed) – The monthly Seniors’ Day Out program at the EEC Complex will be held next Tuesday from  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. The program includes recreational activities, a guest speaker and lunch. The speaker is Lisa Minielley from Volunteer Elgin. The cost is $10 – you must pre-register.

 

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

HOWE FARMS WINS AWARD

 

(Contributed by Susan Murray of Ont. Min. of Agriculture, Food) (Howe Family Farms of south Malahide recently won an Agri –Food Award for Innovation Excellence from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food) – “After more than 40 years of pumpkin farming, the Howe Family knows a thing or two about growing gourds. But in recent years, rising production costs motivated them to try something new: a no-till approach. The process involves growing a rye cover crop in the fall. When the spring pumpkin-planting season arrives, a custom-made roller knocks down the rye prior to seeding. The new approach has slashed labour costs for weeding by a whopping 75 per cent, prevented soil erosion, increased soil health and reduced the need for herbicides. Growing the pumpkins on a thick bed of fallen rye also means less contact with the soil, which has translated to a 25 per cent reduction in washing labour and a cleaner, jack-o-lantern-ready product on store shelves.”

 

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, Oct. 21/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

-Tue. -EESS hosts Boys Vball v Glencoe

 

-Thu-Sun. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)

-Fri-Sat. -Ayl/Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

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

 

 

 

NO SANTA PARADE IN PT BURWELL?

 

At Bayham Council Thursday, President Paul Vyse informed that the Port Burwell Otter Valley Optimist Club ”has folded as of September 30. This means that there will no longer be a Santa Claus parade and also there will no longer be a Tub Daze celebration. The members decided they were finished after 22 years of service.” Council sent the club a letter of appreciation.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– October 15, 2014, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist

– October 18, 2014, Station #3,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– October 18, 2014, Station #4,  Putnam Road, Medical Assist

– October 18, 2014, Station #1,  Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– October 19, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– October 19, 2014, Station #4,  Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– October 19, 2014, Station #4,  Putnam Road, Medical Assist

– October 19, 2014, Station #2,  Woolleyville Line, Medical Assist

– October 20, 2014, Station #2 , #3, Glencolin Line, MVC

(*4:30 am, single vehicle rollover, east of Springwater, minor injuries) 

 

 

 

REPRIEVE FOR LYONS’ SIDEWALKS

 

Malahide Council Thursday decided to postpone removal of the sidewalks in Lyons and instead repair some of them at this time. The following motion was passed: “Staff were directed to proceed with temporary repairs to the sections of sidewalk, at an estimated cost of $2,700, on the south side of Lyons Line from Imperial Road to the South Dorchester Community Hall and on the west side of Imperial Road, south of Lyons Line.”

 

There are three sidewalks in Lyons - one on Imperial Road on the west side from the corner to the Faulds farm, one on Lyons line on the south side from the corner to the hall and another on Imperial Road on the west side going north from the corner to Putnam’s Plumbing (which apparently is in good shape). New sidewalks were planned for the first two locations in the spring and originally the old ones were going to be torn up this fall before residents complained.

 

Said resident Luann Gamble: “We were told in a letter that our sidewalks were going to be removed and not replaced. Diane Allen and I got together and took a petition around to protest this. We presented our case to them, stating that it was a safety concern since we would now have to walk on a busy highway or road. With the help of a few good councillors we managed to get what we had asked for. The sidewalks will be removed in the spring and replaced. As for now, they will just do some minor repairs, like removing sod, grass which has grown over the sidewalk. They wanted to remove them because there is grass growing in the cracks, the surface (which is paved) is not a continuous paved surface which means it is broken up by a gravel laneway, and there are a few spots with slopes that are not up to standard. They felt that they were a liability if someone tripped and sued them. I argued that without sidewalks, we would have to walk on the road. Which is worse, tripping on a sidewalk or getting hit on the road? The sidewalk is used a lot by parents taking their kids to the park, often pushing strollers. These people would have to now walk on the road, which is a high traffic area and there are no shoulders to walk on on Lyons Line since it has curbs on both sides.”

 

Staff was also directed to proceed with hosting a community open house to solicit comments from the residents of the Lyons’ area with respect to improving the sidewalk network in Lyons.

 

 

 

NEW EXHIBIT AYL.-MAL MUSEUM

 

(Contributed) – The Aylmer-Malahide Museum has a new exhibit, ‘With This Ring’ , a display of wedding dresses, accessories, and photos dating from the 1850’s to the 1980’s. The exhibit is open for viewing now and will be until November 29. The official opening is Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm.

 

 

 

$40,000 PALMER ESTATE TO AYL. LIBRARY

 

(Contributed) – Elgin County Library is pleased to acknowledge the contribution of $40,000 from the Estate of Dorothy Fay Palmer towards the creation of a “makerspace” at the Aylmer Library to facilitate programming and opportunities for youth relating to the study of current and emerging technologies.  Makerspaces are an emerging trend in public libraries.  They are creation and collaboration hubs, offering technologies and tools that allow patrons to experiment and to create in a social setting.

 

$15,000 will be used immediately to purchase, among other things, a three-dimensional printer, hardware and software for creation of videos and music and portable computing devices for use by area youth.  The remaining $25,000 will be used by Elgin County Library to sustain and replenish the above items as well as to add new equipment should a new or expanded space be provided for the branch.

 

Said Andrew Gunn, Trustee of the Dorothy Palmer Estate. “Libraries are crucial institutions and the scope of library services are now expanding to include the promotion of digital, visual, and mechanical literacy, which expands on the traditional concentration on reading and writing. Children and young adults in Aylmer will now have the opportunity to explore the potential of 3D printing, video and audio recording, and other technological devices.”

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

A recent scene on the Pt. Bruce pier (Don Durkee) (CLICK)

A recent scene on the Pt. Bruce pier. (Yes, Don reports the two did go out on their surfboards!) (Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

 

EAST ELGIN FLU CLINICS

 

Upcoming flu clinics organized by the Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit in East Elgin include:

-Wed. Oct. 29 from 3 to 7 pm at the Vienna Community Centre for Bayham

-Tue. Nov. 18 from 3 to 7 pm at the German Canadian Club for Malahide, Aylmer

 

 

 

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MONDAY, Oct. 20/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

-Tue. -EESS hosts Boys Vball v Glencoe

-Fri-Sat. -Ayl/Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

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

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Kinsey, Margaret Emma of Aylmer passed away at Terrace Lodge on Saturday in her 96th year. Wife of the late Stuart Kinsey(2007). Survivors: four children including Barry Kinsey (June), Dick Kinsey (Karen), Wayne Kinsey (Ruth) of the Aylmer area etc.. She was a Charter Member of Calton Womens Institute and she worked at Durkees for 18 years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.

 

-Froese, Agatha passed away at Chartwell Home on Friday in her 82nd year. Wife of Heinrich “Henry” Froese. Survivors: ten children etc.. She was born in  Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, Mount Salem on Tuesday at 2 pm.

 

 

 

SPITS END LOSING SKID 

 

AYLMER -  The Spitfires snapped their eight game losing streak Saturday here by posting a 5 – 2 win over North Middlesex in SOJHL action. However Sunday they were edged 4-3 in Exeter. Saturday, Aylmer outshot North Middlesex by 41-18 and counted three shorthanded markers. Jesse Tottle led the Spits with two goals and singles went to Ryan Stapleton, Ryan VanRoestel and Robert Shaw.

Sunday in Exeter Aylmer outshot the home team by 38-26 but came up short as they had to battle back from a 4-1 deficit. Josh Lockhart, Jesiah Sweetland and Tyler Marr were snipers for the Spits. Their record is now 2 wins, 10 losses with both wins coming over North Middlesex. This week they travel to Lambeth Friday and host Lucan Saturday.

 

SAT. v. NMSex:

 

Period 1
(no scoring)
Period 2
AylmerRobert Shaw (short handed) (unassisted) 6:59
North MiddlesexSpencer   Kading (power play) (Nolan   Vlasman, Mike   Sharpe) 11:54
AylmerJesse   Tottle (short handed) (Robert   Shaw) 14:41
AylmerRyan   Van Roestel (Luke   Bettencourt, Tyler   Marr) 19:21
Period 3
North Middlesex   – Taylor   Moir (short handed) (Mike   Sharpe, Spencer   Kading) 5:12
AylmerRyan   Stapleton (Josh   Houston, Tyler   Marr) 8:40
AylmerJesse   Tottle (short handed) (Robert   Shaw) 16:54

 

 

 

ADVANCE POLL IS WED.

 

Advance polling for this fall’s municipal election was held in Aylmer and Bayham on Saturday. The only other advance poll is this Wednesday from noon to 7 pm at the Aylmer Town Hall and for Bayham at the municipal building in Straffordvile. Bayham reported that 161 persons voted at the advance poll there on Saturday. Voting Day is next Monday from 10 to 8 pm – in Aylmer voting will be conducted only at the EEC Complex. Identification is mandatory.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE VOTES: SOME ISSUES

 

Malahide candidates in the upcoming municipal election were asked to respond to several key issues. Those candidates are: Incumbent Jim Jenkins and Co. Mike Wolfe for Deputy Mayor; George Steenbergen and Incumbent Mark Widner for Ward 1; Paul Vanderwyst and Incumbent Max Moore for Ward 2; Rick Cerna and Jake Quiring for Ward 3; and Tom Charlton and Incumbent Chester Glinski for Ward 5. The questions and their responses follow: (No responses were received by Steenbergen, Moore or Glinski)

 

1. What are two specific priorities for you if elected?

2. The EEC Complex: What are two cost cutting measures in your view?

3. Are taxes really out of line. Two areas where you would reduce taxes?

4. Should the four fire departments be reduced to three. Where, Why?

5. Is Malahide over-staffed and policies too restrictive? How change?

6. New County building? Renovate or build a new Terrace Lodge?

 

RICK CERNA:

1. The two specific priorites would be to reduce the tax burden and try to pressure the provincial govt. to give us our fair share. This would translate into building better infrastucture as we certainly need to keep our roads and equipment up to par.

2. It is very troubling that it operates at such a deficit each year. The entire operation should be reviewed from top to bottom and if cuts to services or personnel are needed than so be it. We cannot afford to continue on the current path and if the town insists that we keep the norm than let them pay.

3. We must be diligent in our costs of operations as well as making sure that everyone else who levies the municipality does the same.

4. I don’t see how closing one will benefit us  so much - each one is stategically situated so to close one will make certaian people suffer. I dont understand how our volunteers can be that much of a burden.

5. I can’t comment on staffing as I do not know the levels before or even now but we could do a review and find out if we have too many or maybe not enough.

6. I believe that our seniors deserve a new building. I am sure if the county looked around they could find suitable accomodations elsewhere (new county building) without having to build new, you just have to look across the road for starters.

 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(From Police Chief Andre Reymer) -A 52 year old St. Thomas man was charged with careless driving after his pickup truck, while going west on Talbot St. about 5 pm Oct. 7, rearended a car  turning left on St. Andrew St.– minor damage to each vehicle.

 

-A 79 year old Calgary man was charged with failing to yield from a driveway last Monday at noon after he pulled out from a store parking lot at Talbot and Elm Sts. and hit the side of a vehicle going west  – again minor damage to each vehicle.

 

 

 

WHEELHOUSE FOR PT BURWELL MUSEUM?

 

(Information from Chuck Buchanan of the Pt. Burwell Historical Society) – The Historical Society recently informed Bayham Council of their intention to try and acquire a ship captain’s wheelhouse from Port Maitland for the Marine Museum. The Wheelhouse is approximately 50′ by 50′. They hope to get permission to put the building on museum grounds and to raise enough funds to cover the acquisition cost, estimated at $5,000. The Wheelhouse may be able to be delivered to Port Burwell by water with the costs being donated or if by land it would have to be cut in pieces at an estimated cost of $16,000. The museum had a wheelhouse years earlier but it was destroyed by fire. Bayham Council requested additional information and firmer financial estimates from the group.

 

 

 

AYLMER CORNER CUPBOARD USE STEADY

 

Aylmer Corner Cupboard reports that they are serving about the same number – 464 – as they did last year. Said Corner Cupboard Manager Liz McConnell: “It’s not a bad sign as we appear to be holding our own.” About sixty three percent reside in town. Other interesting stats – fifty six percent are two parent families and 25 per cent are single persons.

 

 

 

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FRIDAY, Oct. 17/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri-Sat. Ayl-Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host NMsex, 7:30

 

-Next Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-FOOTBALL -SR -EESS (2-2) 22 Saunders 14; JR- EESS (2-2) 34 Saunders 16

 

-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (5-0) 32 CECI 28; JR – EESS (3-1) 37 HPark 24

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Pettit, William Clive “Bill” of Aylmer passed away today in his 75th year. Husband of the late Jantje ” Jane” Pettit (2013). Survivors: children Bill, Doug, Johanna (Dan King) and Jamie (Abe Harder), all of Aylmer etc.. Bill was a Heavy Equiptment Operator with Malahide and served in the Canadian Army for 26 years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 1 pm.

 

-Weber, Katharine  formerly of Vienna passed away on Thursday October 9 in her 78th year. Wife of the late Michael Weber (1998). A Private Family Funeral Service will be held. Arrangements with Murphy Funeral Home, Delhi.

 

-Ringland, Lillian Irene  of Port Burwell passed away on Sunday at the age of 88 years. Predeceased by her husband Clifford (1994). Survivors: son Bill Ringland  (Jackie) of Vienna etc.. A private family inturnment will take place later. Arrangements through Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Peters, Robert of Vienna passed away on Saturday at the age of 79 years. Survivors: wife Frances (Biekx) Peters; three children etc.. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements through Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE VOTES: SOME ISSUES

 

Malahide candidates in the upcoming municipal election were asked to respond to several key issues. Those candidates are: Incumbent Jim Jenkins and Co. Mike Wolfe for Deputy Mayor; George Steenbergen and Incumbent Mark Widner for Ward 1; Paul Vanderwyst and Incumbent Max Moore for Ward 2; Rick Cerna and Jake Quiring for Ward 3; and Tom Charlton and Incumbent Chester Glinski for Ward 5. The questions and their responses follow: (No responses were received by Steenbergen, Moore, Cerna or Glinski)

 

1. What are two specific priorities for you if elected?

2. The EEC Complex: What are two cost cutting measures in your view?

3. Are taxes really out of line. Two areas where you would reduce taxes?

4. Should the four fire departments be reduced to three. Where, Why?

5. Is Malahide over-staffed and policies too restrictive? How change?

6. New County building? Renovate or build a new Terrace Lodge?

 

TOM CHARLTON:

1. I will prioritize decisions based on a vision for sustainability and stewardship of our community, its resources and quality of life for our residents. My goal is to work with Council to keep fiscal responsibility and value for tax dollars in our communities a priority.

2. An operational review has been completed and paid for by taxpayers. We need to access the best recommendations from that and follow through with changing inefficiencies.  Not all ideas offered in the operational review are right for Malahide and Aylmer, for example I don’t believe that the idea to bring Aylmer’s branch of the county library to the Complex is effective.

3. I believe that taxes are in line with the services that communities need and demand. Taxes need to be kept in check and not raised indiscriminately. A better understanding of how tax bills are calculated could be developed. Also more information on what input various levels of government have on the tax rates can be communicated.

4. I believe we need and want the coverage that four fire departments give to our Malahide communities. A significant contribution not to be overlooked is that the fire departments cover needs other than fire protection. The fire departments are full service and complement and enhance police and emergency services coverage in the communities as well.

5. Malahide has hired professional staff to do the work of the Township in accordance to requirements through community liabilities and responsibilities. The Council cannot administer decisions independent of trained and professional staff. The position of a Council is to work with the staff, encourage the best work from them and base decisions upon recommendations from those staff.  Reviews can always be taken to ensure that all staff in the Township reflect the real needs and requirements of the Township.

6. A new county building appears to be most cost effective. The existing Terrace Lodge building cannot be brought up to Class A standard.  At this point it has been proven to me as well that it is more cost effective to build a new facility.

 

PAUL VANDERWYST:

“Key Issues -Economic Development, Growth of the Tax Base in the right area, Not closing Springfield School, A better plan of action for Terrace Lodge and all
County owned Long Term Care Facilities, Improved Longevity of the Township’s rolling fleet and road maintenance, Overhaul of civil servant wages
and pay equity. I am the type of person who is not afraid to make difficult or unpopular decisions! Malahide needs drastic change.”

 

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“Bayham’s water rate subsidy by-law replaces the “user pay” system – This contentious issue of some residents subsidizing other residents’ water rates is being defended by explaining the financial benefits of combining, (on paper), the two separate water systems, Bayham and Richmond. This very misleading and deceptive debating tactic of slightly changing the topic from an indefensible one to a defendable one is quite common but easily exposed. The act of “combining” for possible financial benefits is not contentious or in dispute and does not require defending. Yet when the Subsidy portion of the by-law, which does not provide the financial benefits, is questioned, it is the “combining” portion that receives the unnecessary unrequested defence. Why? Because the Subsidy portion cannot be defended!” (Bayham Co. Tom Southwick)

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“HEALTH UNIT WARNS OF AYLMER TATOOS

 

“The Elgin St. Thomas Public Health has received information pertaining to a home-based tattoo operation being run out of a home in Aylmer located in the complex of 50 Melanie Drive. This location has not participated in routine inspections by the Health Unit and there is no information available concerning what instruments have been used and whether or not the appropriate sterilization has occurred prior to their use.The unit has served orders to cease any further operation of the home-based tattoo business in order to prevent the possible spread of any communicable infection from person to person. Individuals who have received any tattoos from this home-based tattoo operation are at an increased risk of contracting skin infections and other communicable infections, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV and are advised to be tested for possible infections.”

 

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

NEW – “Low German Mennonites of Aylmer” . On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

“Low German Mennonites of Aylmer”. On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, Oct. 16/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts Girls BBall; Jr v HPark, Sr v CECI

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

 

-Fri-Sat. Ayl-Mal Fair Haunted House (see ad)

-Sat. -Spitfires host NMsex, 7:30

 

-Next Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

 

SERIOUS ACCIDENT IN BAYHAM

 

RICHMOND – (From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP are currently investigating a serious collision which occurred on Highway #3 just east of Springer Hill Road in Bayham around 6:30 this morning. It involved a head on collision between a tractor trailer and a pick-up truck.

 

The truck was travelling east on #3 when it crossed over the centre line and collided head on with a westbound tractor trailer. The driver and lone occupant of the pick-up truck, a 51 year old Simcoe man, had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported by land ambulance to hospital with life threatening injuries. The driver and lone occupant of the tractor trailer, a Dutton man, was not injured. Traffic is currently being detoured around the collision scene at Heritage Line and Culloden Road and the road is anticipated to remain closed until approximately 2 pm.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE AGAIN HAS MAIL IN BALLOTS

 

Malahide has again adopted mail-in ballots for this fall’s municipal election. Malahide tried this system in the 2010 vote and the turnout was 50% – almost double the participation in 2006. The ballots were sent out two weeks ago. Those who don’t wish to mail them back in can drop them off at the Malahide office either inside or outside until October 27th at 8 pm. Malahide is asking those who are mailing them back to try to send them by Saturday. Reports Malahide CAO Michelle Casavecchia-Somers: “Everything is going great. We had over 75 people cast their ballots in the first week.”

 

 

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TRI COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY

 

Strathroy – EESS results from yesterday’s Tri County cross country meet held here – Senior Boys – Justin Attfield, 4th; Aaron Friesen 8th; Int. Boys – Jeremy Cunningham -3rd; Junior Girls – Erica Zimmer – 9th.  The TVRAA championships are being held today.

 

 

 

AYLMER BULK PICKUP NEXT WEEK

 

Aylmer will have its annual Large Item curbside collection next week, from Tuesday to Friday. Acceptable items include: objects under 75 pounds, furniture, mattresses, sports equipment, bbqs, carpets, appliances (if freon is removed), air conditioners etc. (no construction materials, hazardous products, televisions, computers etc.) See the town website for specifics.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE VOTES: SOME ISSUES

 

Malahide candidates in the upcoming municipal election were asked to respond to several key issues. Those candidates are: Incumbent Jim Jenkins and Co. Mike Wolfe for Deputy Mayor; George Steenbergen and Incumbent Mark Widner for Ward 1; Paul Vanderwyst and Incumbent Max Moore for Ward 2; Rick Cerna and Jake Quiring for Ward 3; and Tom Charlton and Incumbent Chester Glinski for Ward 5. The questions and their responses follow:

 

1. What are two specific priorities for you if elected?

2. The EEC Complex: What are two cost cutting measures in your view?

3. Are taxes really out of line. Two areas where you would reduce taxes?

4. Should the four fire departments be reduced to three. Where, Why?

5. Is Malahide over-staffed and policies too restrictive? How change?

6. New County building? Renovate or build a new Terrace Lodge?

 

MARK WIDNER:

1. Reducing the EECC deficit down to a realistic number – the ever increasing deficit has gone on far too long and the recent $120,000 deficit reduction seems suspect without analysis. Also, Terrace Lodge – after leading the charge at Malahide for change at Terrace Lodge it appears that County Council got the message - we are demanding an A Class facility.

2. Two cost cutting measures at EECC are discontinuing hall rentals and renting out this space to accommodate a library or any other good long-term contract. Private management should be looked at allowing it to be run as a business.

3. We are constantly compared with Thames Centre and yes taxes in Malahide are probably higher. Comparing the two though doesn’t take into account the fact that we have no industrial growth and we need to change that. Creating an industrial park without massive services available for small businesses could create jobs and increase tax revenue.  We also have a large geographic area with a lot of roads and fuel costs and ongoing maintenance makes it challenging. We also need to examine our own utility costs.

4. The halls are owned by ratepayers, not council. I had previously put forth a motion at council requesting a referendum on closing one or more halls to be included in the election package and it was voted down 4–3. The ratepayers’ tax revolt group demanded the closing of a hall but not one was in favour of closing the hall in their area. I have found many ratepayers are satisfied with 4 halls.

5. Staffing has always been scrutinized and we have added a GIS department that we hire out to other municipalities thereby creating income. We also hired a water manager that was mandated by the province otherwise we were advised they would appoint a person and bill us. We have decreased some positions but perhaps an independent review could quickly determine whether more efficiencies could be found. I would like to see handout packages created such as – building a new home including a breakdown of costs expected and steps required to inform ratepayers of processes and rules.

6. The county does not need a new building. I feel that the fear mongering regarding the provincial offences court is just wrong. If in fact they want to move the court there are plenty of suitable locations available. Terrace Lodge needs updating to be an A Class facility and a new addition could be built on and the existing building remodelled to create exactly what we require. Surprisingly only I and Councillor Glinski attended the County Council meeting where they discussed and voted on a new County building thereby showing our commitment to the seriousness of our concerns.

 

JAKE QUIRING:

“I’ve owned a business in Malahide for a little over 10 years. I am running as councillor so that someone on the bourd could say NO to all this unnecessary spending. I believe there are a lot of things necessary we need to spend (the tax payers) money on, like the roads, not so much cutting taxes, but at least not keep raising them so high. One issue I think that needs to be addressed as soon as possible  is the East Elgin Community Complex. We are losing a lot of money by not making any decisions  on the issues there. Development in our community is very important, without it our community will stall. I would like to make a difference but with this weak economy this will be a difficult task but I’m up for the challenge. I will have lots to learn about the whole process, but that’s what life’s about.”

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

The former grandstand area at Balmoral Paark has been landscaped this summer. (Don Durkee) (CLICK)

The former grandstand area at the eastern end of Balmoral Park has been filled in and landscaped this summer. (Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

 

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -EESS hosts Girls BBall; Jr v HPark, Sr v CECI

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

-Fri-Sat. Ayl-Mal Fair Haunted House (see ad)

-Sat. -Spitfires host NMsex, 7:30

 

-Next Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-GIRLS BBALL – JR – EESS (2-1)39 Till. 2

 

-BOYS VBALL – JR – EESS (3-3) 3 CECI 1; SR – CECI 3 EESS (1-5) 0

 

 

 

 MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– October 8, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– October 8, 2014, Station #1,  Levi Street, Medical Assist

– October 8, 2014, Station #2, Talbot Street, Medical Assist

– October 11, 2014, Station #1,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– October 11, 2014, Station #3 , #2, 11165 Imperial Road, MVC

– October 12, 2014, Station #2,  Carter Road, Medical Assist

 

 

 

ELEMENTARY CROSS COUNTRY

 

(Contributed) -AYLMER – Results of the regional elementary school cross country meet held at Steen Park last Tuesday (top five local finishers): Novice boys – 2 – Kaden Deboer, South Dorchester; 4 – Will Stallaert, SDor. ; Novice girls – 4 – Lillie Campbell, Straffordville, 5 – Kylie McIntyre, Springfield; Bantam boys – 1 – Seth Vanbommel, SDor, 3 – Reid Lester, SDor.; Bantam girls – 4 – Shelby Laidlaw, Summers Corners; Junior boys – 5 – Ben Weesjes, SDor. ; Int. girls – 3 – Hannah Brunelle, Davenport; Senior boys – 1 – Nathan Baughman, Davenport; Open girls – 3 -Grace Gillett, Davenport, 4 – Amy Knelsen, SCorners.

 

 

 

BAYHAM E-RIDER IMPAIRED

 

(From Elgin OPP) – ST.THOMAS – Elgin OPP officers were traveling east on Talbot Street in the area of Inkerman St. just after midnight today when a lone male operating an E-bike came from the north side of the road, went across several lanes of traffic and into the path of the police cruiser. Officers had to quickly brake to avoid striking the E-bike. The E-bike was stopped by police a short distance away and the 34 year old Bayham driver was charged with being impaired.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE VOTES: SOME ISSUES

 

Malahide candidates in the upcoming municipal election were asked to respond to several key issues. Those candidates are: Incumbent Jim Jenkins and Co. Mike Wolfe for Deputy Mayor; George Steenbergen and Incumbent Mark Widner for Ward 1; Paul Vanderwyst and Incumbent Max Moore for Ward 2; Rick Cerna and Jake Quiring for Ward 3; and Tom Charlton and Incumbent Chester Glinski for Ward 5. The questions and their responses follow:

 

1. What are two specific priorities for you if elected?

2. The EEC Complex: What are two cost cutting measures in your view?

3. Are taxes really out of line. Two areas where you would reduce taxes?

4. Should the four fire departments be reduced to three. Where, Why?

5. Is Malahide over-staffed and policies too restrictive? How change?

6. New County building? Renovate or build a new Terrace Lodge?

 

MIKE WOLFE:

1.When elected my first priority is to work as hard as I can for Malahide residents and work with council and staff to assure costs are kept in control by getting value for our money

2. Both councils need to follow the consultants report quickly and acutely

3.

4. The question of closing a hall was asked to be put on the ballot as a referendum for the rate payers. That motion was voted down 4-3. Myself, Co. Widner and Co. Glinski were in favor of asking the residents, after all the fire halls were paid for with their tax dollars.

5. I haven’t enough detail to know if they are over staffed. Too restrictive? There are a lot of policies forced onto municipalities from upper tier governments that “we” have no control over. Change could be made by voicing everyone’s opinion that big city thinking should remain there and stop telling rural Ontario how to live.

6. a) No b) Renovate existing Terrace Lodge with an addition. The addition being built to the “A” standards of the day to accommodate approximately half the current residents; therefore leaving one person to a room with a shared washroom between two. Existing to be tidied up and refreshed not totally rebuilt.

 

JIM JENKINS:

1. Continue with the restructuring of the EEC Complex in order to reduce the cost of operation while still maintaining a facility that benefits our community and, as a Elgin County Councillor, study the possibilities of a renovated Terrace Lodge that will meet the needs of the residents. Also if Province of Ontario funding is available I would consider supporting the building of a new Terrace Lodge.

2. Eliminating summer ice and with the proposed business plan, I hope to find more opportunities to reduce the deficit.

3. Probably the most difficult council meetings are at budget time where councillors and staff strive to keep operational cost increases as low as possible. The reduction of the provincial municipal grant coupled with the increase in OPP costs impacted increases in the 2014 taxes and will do so again in 2015. The restructuring of the EEC Complex will help minimize a 2015 increase.

4. Absolutely not! The cost of building a new fire hall to replace the 2 halls that would be closed would cost at least 1 million dollars and that doesn’t include the purchase of the required land. Also with this change, a number of residents might experience higher insurance costs being farther from the fire hall. We are very lucky in Malahide to have dedicated volunteers operating out of our 4 fire halls.

5. It is my impression that when comparing Malahide’s staffing with other similar municipalities we are not over-staffed, in fact we are now operating with 1 less full time employee than at the beginning of our term. It would be responsible to have a knowledgeable outside body study our staffing levels to see if there could be savings.  As I have mentioned before, provincial regulations and liability dictate a majority of our policies.

6. Elgin County Council is waiting for the report of an provincial inspection team that is examining the Provincial Offences Court facilities throughout the province. If it deems the Elgin court unacceptable due to security and accessibility reasons, a new facility must be considered as the county receives over $700,000 annually from the court. Selling the current building and including more compact and efficient county offices with the courtrooms must be considered.  For Terrace Lodge, see question #1

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

John St.

The John St. north watermain replacement project by Elgin Construction has begun and completion is expected by the end of November. The John St. south portion of the project will occur early in 2015. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, Oct. 14/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts Boys VBall v CECI

 

-Thu. -EESS hosts Girls BBall; Jr v HPark, Sr v CECI

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

-Fri-Sat. Ayl-Mal Fair Haunted House (see ad)

-Sat. -Spitfires host NMsex, 7:30

 

-Next Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS FRI.:

 

-FOOTBALL – SR – Lon. Central 42 EESS (1-2) 7; JR – EESS (1-2) 36 Central 21

 

 

 

OBITUARIES: 

 

-Rowe, Emery Gerald of London passed away Thursday in his 82nd year. Survivors: wife Patricia (Stafford) Rowe; four children including Nancy McCurdy(Dale) of Aylmer etc., He was a teacher at EESS for many years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home was yesterday with the funeral service there today at 11 am.

 

-Lemko,  Edna of St. Thomas passed away Saturday in her 94th year. Wife of the late Fred Lemko (1956). Survivors: three children including John Lemko (Dorothy) of Aylmer etc., The visitation was yesterday at Kebbel’s Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held today at  1 pm.

 

 

 

EESS COMMENCEMENT

 

EESS held its Commencement at the EEC Complex last Thursday night. Valedictorian was Spencer Ray. Major award winners were:

 

Governor General’s Academic Medal – Fiona Murray; Lieutenant Governor’s Community Award – Angela Ieurulo; Nipissing University Award $10.000 – Angela Ieurullo; Robert Ball Agriculture Scholarships $2500 –Michael Jenkins and Amy Reymer; Steelway Building Award $1500 – James Smith; Elgin Conservation and Hunting Award $1500 – Dexter Van Vlaanderen; Herb Coleman Technological Award $1450 – Trevor Marr; Norman Brooks Bursary – Savannah Hollister

 

Dr D W Sinclair and Order of Good Cheer Award $1000 – Karli Milmine; ELP Leadership Scholarship $1000 – Katharine Barrie; Lena and Watkin Livingston Scholarships $1000 – Matt Hotke and Taylor Light; Richmond Beck Award $1000 – Shannon Elliott; Natural Resource Gas Scholarship $1000 – Angela Ieurullo; Optimist Club Awards $1000 –Trent Brunelle and Mackenzie Scratch.

 

 

 

OFFROAD VEHICLE STOLEN IN MALAHIDE

 

Elgin OPP is currently investigating the theft of a 2014 Kubota RV400CI Off road Utility vehicle from the Clover Mead Apiaries on Imperial Road in Malahide just north of Aylmer. The vehicle is valued at just under $9000 and was taken sometime between Wednesday at 4:30 pm and Friday at 9 am.

 

 

 

LOSING BLITZ FOR SPITS

 

The Aylmer Spitfires lost all four contests in a busy week last week in SOJHL play. Wednesday in Lucan they were downed 8-1, Friday in Thamesford they were edged 5-4, Saturday at home they fell 4-1 again to Thamesford and Sunday in Mt. Brydges they  suffered their eighth straight loss by a 4-2 margin. Friday, Thamesford broke a 4-4 tie with a third period goal – Luke Bettencourt tallied twice for Aylmer with singles going to Cody Underhill and Ryan VanRoestel. Saturday Brett Dzyengl of the Spits scored with less than two minutes to go to avert a shutout against Thamesford.

 

Sunday Mt Brydges scored a power play goal, a short handed goal and a goal on a penalty shot to defeat the Spits – Aylmer goalgetters were Clint Walker and Jesiah Sweetland. This week the Spits host North Middlesex Saturday and are in Exeter Suinday.

 

FRIDAY AT THAMESFORD:

Period 1
Thamesford   – Matthew   Rinker (Matthew   Smallman, Blayne   Rusland) 2:04
AylmerLuke   Bettencourt (Josh   Houston, Ryan   Stapleton) 7:29
ThamesfordDavid   Mitchell (power play) (Liam   Billings, Jake   McColl) 9:20
AylmerCody   Underhill (Ryan   Van Roestel, Trevor Richardson) 13:17
Period 2
AylmerRyan   Van Roestel (Cody   Underhill) 5:09
ThamesfordStavros   Mandrapilias (Jack   Saunders, Dakota   Hill) 7:29
ThamesfordDakota   Hill (Stavros   Mandrapilias, Jack   Saunders) 14:51
AylmerLuke   Bettencourt (power play) (Josh   Houston) 16:21
Period 3
Thamesford   – Garrett   Hickey (Ben   Kerwin) 4:08

 

 

 

MALAHIDE ACCIDENT

 

(From ELGIN OPP) – AYLMER – Elgin OPP invetigated a three vehicle accident on  Imperial Road between Glen Colin Line and College Line in Malahide around 4 pm Saturday. A 23 year old  Malahide man was traveling northbound on Imperial Road when his attention was averted to several loose tires that were moving around in the back of his vehicle; he then rearended another car which had stopped to turn into a private drive.  The force of the collision pushed the struck car into the southbound lane where it collided with another car.

 

The 23 year old, who was charged with carless driving, was transported to hospital with minor injuries. The driver and lone occupant of the first struck car was also transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver and lone occupant of the second struck vehicle was not injured in the collision.

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

About 15 children attended a pajama party and craft night at the Aylmer Library Thursday evening. (Contributed) (CLICK)

About 15 children attended a pajama party and craft night at the Aylmer Library Thursday evening. (Contributed) (CLICK)

 

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“I have read with interest Judi Wright’s answers to the questions posed by the Aylmer News and offer the following comments : 1- The claim that taxes were kept below inflation was not a result of cost cutting by the council, but rather due to assessment increases by the Municipal  Property Assessment Corporation (Please identify one cost cutting measure taken). 2- Our taxes are totally out-of-line with similar communities, about 20% to 25% higher. 3 – It is difficult to understand how Aylmer is a “full service town” while other communities are not. If providing a money losing arena is considered “full service” you have missed the mark. It is understandable that our problems continue year after year when the people responsible to correct them fail to see them for what they are.” (P H Stevens)

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, Oct. 9/14

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-FRIDAY FOOTBALL – SR – Lon. Central 42 EESS 7; JR – EESS 36 Central 21

 

OBIT –  Rowe, Emery Gerald of London passed away at London Health Science Centre-University Campus on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Patricia (Stafford) Rowe. Dear father of Nancy McCurdy(Dale) of Aylmer, Paul Rowe(Karen) of Barrie, Alan Rowe(Anita) of Calgary and Brian Rowe(Karen) of London. He was a teacher at EESS for many years. Friends may call at the  H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Commencement, 7 pm at EEC Complex

-Bayham Election Debate, 7:30 pm, Vienna Comm. Centre

 

-Fri-Sat. – Aylmer Fair Haunted House, 7-9 pm (see ad)

-Fri -EESS hosts football v London Central; Jr at 1, Sr at 3 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spirtfires host Thamesford, 7:30 pm

-Sat. -APAC presents: Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre

 

-Tue. -EESS hosts Boys VBall

-*Week of Oct. 20 – Aylmer Bulk Garbage Collection

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

 

(From Police Chief Andre Reymer) – A 71 year old Aylmer man was charged with failing to yield after he reversed his car into the door of a truck on Beech St last Wednesday about 1 pm. There was minor damage.

 

 

LUCAN 8 SPITS 1

 

LUCAN – Aylmer Spitfires suffered their fifth straight loss as they were downed 8-1 here last night in SOJHL action. Lucan jumped into a 5-0 lead after the first period. Jesse Tottle was the lone sniper for the Spits. This weekend Aylmer has three games in three nights including Saturday hosting Thamesford.

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“At the Bayham Council meeting of Oct 2nd the by-law to have Vienna and Port Burwell municipal water users subsidize the Richmond water system users’ water rates was passed in a 3-2 recorded vote, which I requested. The results were, in favour- Evanitski, Casier and Ketchabaw, opposed – Enns,  and Southwick. Prior to the vote there was spirited debate once again. I explained that I have personally not spoken to a single resident who supports this by-law, this in spite of having gone door to door at hundreds of residences across Bayham! I have not heard from a single resident who does not support the ”user pay” system. This fact, and others, as usual did not affect the decision of the 3 Councillors who did not waver in their support for this unfair and very divisive subsidy! I also pointed out that the “new” Council can of course, reconsider this by-law and I am committed to doing so! The debate has taken place repeatedly and “this Council” has came down on the wrong side of the residents. Luckily the “new Council” will be elected on Oct. 27th so this can be righted before the subsidy actually begins. Get out and vote! Choose your “new Council”, don’t let somebody else choose for you!” (Co. Tom Southwick)

 

 

BELMONT HYDRO OUT WED.

 

(Information from Tim Stafford of Hydro One) – Hydro was disrupted in the Belmont-Harrietsville area and parts northeast yesterday at 1 pm for about three hours as high winds brought down a large tree through a main feeder in this location. Beachville  crews called in Forestry crews to remove the tree before the feeder could be returned to normal.

 

 

AYLMER VOTES: NINE CO. CANDIDATES 

 

The nine candidates contesting the five positions open on Aylmer Council in this fall’s election responded to the election questions printed below. Those running for Council are: Incumbents Peter Barbour, Dave Lapointe, Arthur Oslach, John Vandermeersch and Judi Wright and newcomers Sheri Andrews, Barbara Ann Laur, Ted McDonald and Bill Murch.

1. What are two specific priorities for you if elected?

2. Are taxes really far out of line? Note two areas where you would  reduce taxes?

3. The Library: Is it a pressing project this term? Where should it go?

4. Policing: How would you reduce costs here? Should Aylmer consider the OPP?

5. The EEC Complex: Two cost cutting measures? Lease the hall out?

 

#9 – JUDI WRIGHT:

1. I believe we have to continue with our fiscally responsible approach to spending and work diligently to solve the issues at the complex.

2. I do not believe that taxes are too far out of line. We may not compare identically with other municipalities in the area, but we are a full service town that believes in providing the very best for its citizens. We have kept tax increases well below inflation for the past 4 years and have paid off the debt while building up necessary reserves.

3. The library is an important issue. Most importantly, it must remain in the core. Eventually, because of accessibility demands, it will have to move to a larger location. At the moment, it is in the best place it can be.

4. We have a force that we should all be very proud of. I know they strive to keep costs to a minimum, but eventually there is a point of no return. Attrition will help in the short term and we may soon have to start thinking outside of the box – more auxilliary and citizen involvement for example. There will be no harm in listening to the OPP opportunity.

5. Two potential ones are reduced hours of operation and the closing of one ice surface during the spring and summer months. I hesitate to say more because we are in the process of having a business plan developed. One thing I believe we have to understand is that it will never be a ‘money maker’ for the town (no arena is). The question of the hall can best be addressed after the business plan is agreed upon.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

A recent pleasant sunset at Pt. Bruce (photo by Don Durkee)

A recent pleasant sunset at Pt. Bruce (by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

EESS SPORTS WED.:

 

-FIELD HOCKEY – EESS 2 Strathroy 0, PCI 1 EESS (4-2) 0

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

NEW – “Low German Mennonites of Aylmer” . On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

“Low German Mennonites of Aylmer”. On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

 

 

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