Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, Feb. 22/18

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FRIDAY 3 pm – A facebook photo shared by and posted on THEAYLMERNEWS indicates that the main bridge into Pt. Bruce has collapsed this afternoon and a dump truck is on the bridge. (CLICK ON PHOTO BELOW SUPPLIED BY ELGIN OPP)

 

(From Elgin OPP, 8 pm) – “Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Elgin County Detachment officers responded to the report of a collapsed bridge on Highway #73 at Dexter Line in the Township of Malahide around 12:30 p.m. today. A dump truck owned by Ron Jones Construction Company was travelling north on Highway #73 across the bridge when it collapsed. The main portion of the bridge fell into the Catfish Creek waterway while the northern portion of the bridge remained attached to a concrete pillar. The dump truck remained upright on the northern bridge section which was angled steeply. The driver was stranded until Township of Malahide Fire Services were able to rescue the 27 year old Thorndale, Ontario man utilizing a watercraft. The driver was not injured in the collapse. Highway #73 into Port Bruce will remain closed for an undetermined period of time. The public is advised to use Dexter Line to gain access to Port Bruce. A cause for the collapse has yet to be determined.”

 

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Catfish CCA Monthly Meeting; 2 pm; EEC Complex

 

-Fri -Aylmer-Mal. Museum Stew Luncheon; Anglican Church; 11:30 am-12:30

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10: London Knights host: Ottawa; 7:30 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Performing Arts Presents: Rik Emmett; SOLD OUT

 

 

AYLMER FLOODING

 

(Update today from Thom Polland, Aylmer Parks Supervisor) – “The flood waters never reached the pool, the flood waters are rapidly receding from the parks. The creek is still very fast flowing and creeks banks slippery. The Town’s infrastructure was able to handle the excessive flows with minimal disruptions.”

 

This week’s record water levels for the Catfish Creek flooded Optimist Park in town. (kb) (CLICK)

 

Both the baseball and soccer fields at Steen Park were also flooded; the footbridge into Steen Park from the south was almost covered by water as well. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

FLOODING AT PT. BRUCE

 

HIGHEST CATFISH CREEK LEVEL ON RECORD!

(Information from Peter Dragunas, Catfish CCA Water Management Technician):

-Main cause of this week’s flooding at Pt. Bruce? – “The cause of the flooding this time was twofold; first the discharge recorded is precedent setting; this is the first time since record keeping began (60 years) at the Sparta Gauge that we have exceeded the 1 in a 100 year discharge i.e. water flows in the Catfish Creek, which means regardless of ice jamming Port Bruce would have flooded to the 100 return period flood line delineation. Secondly the flows coupled with ice jamming in the Port Bruce expounded the flood limits within the hamlet.

-Was the damage worse than a month ago? – The flooding was approximately the same as the flooding on January 12th; the two floods are different even though they both had ice jamming as the January 12th flood extent was due to ice jamming not the creek discharge; this one would have flooded regardless of ice jamming simply due to the 100 year discharge event. If the January 12th ice jam flooding would have had the February 20th discharge, the flooding would have been very extensive and would probably have exceeded the 1984 flood.

-How were things yesterday? – Things were fine as flows were receding.”  (No evacuation was needed.)

 

Added Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill: “The flooding was caused by excessive rain and all the ice upstream coming down in a two hour period. There was nowhere for the ice to go because the lake is frozen. The dredging had cleared it out of the harbour but there was still 10 inches of ice coming into the harbour…We had the evacuation station open but it was not used by anyone…The water was on the road and over the road for a two hour period and then it was gone. There was no flooding Wednesday.”

 

 

FLOODING IN VIENNA

 

(Information from Craig Jacques, Water Resources Specialist for the Long Point Region Conservation Authority):

UPDATE TODAY – “Although water levels have declined somewhat since peaking yesterday, Vienna along Big Otter Creek remains flooded and road closures remain in effect. In Port Burwell, the Big Otter Creek is ice-free and flowing well into the lake; low-lying areas upstream of the bridge continue to be flooded. A Flood Warning remains in effect for Vienna and Port Burwell (until noon Friday.”

“At 1 pm Tuesday properties within ‘Stage 1’ of the Vienna Flood Response Plan were notified of rising water levels; at 4 am Wednesday, Edison Drive from Plank Road to the end was closed; at 5:15 am on Wednesday properties within ‘Stage 1’ and ‘Stage 2’ of the Vienna Flood Response Plan were notified of rising water levels. The Vienna Community Centre was opened as an Evacuation Point. As of 3:10 pm Wednesday LPRCA, Public Works and the Bayham Fire Department continued to monitor water levels in Vienna and Port Burwell.”

(From Bayham Township site) – “Road Closures in Bayham -Glen Erie Line between Clarke Road and Stafford. Sandytown Road from Stewart Road to Eden Line; Edison Drive from Plank Road to the end. Tunnel Line has been reopened. Plank Road has been reopened effective 9:15 am Thursday. A portion of Edison Drive has been reopened effective 9:45 am February 21.”

Added Bayham Fire Chief Randy White yesterday – “Bayham Fire Services were initially charged with door to door notifications as per our flood plan. The extent of the notifications expanded rapidly as the waters rose quite quickly. We were required to assist some people out of stranded vehicles as well as those needing some extra assistance. Elgin EMS was present as well. Fire personnel subsequently assisted Hydro One and EPCOR with disabling utilities on those structures significantly flooded. There were a couple dozen homes and businesses attended to. To this point, there have been no injuries.” UPDATE TODAY: – “Water levels are receding, though still well over the norm. The ice that could have potentially caused a jam (and more problems) seems to have all headed out. Most roads have now been reopened. Municipal staff monitored levels all night and as much as possible tried to keep the public out of harm’s way.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

(Photo by Barry Atcheson) – “I thought I would post a thaw themed photo that was taken back in January after a warm spell. I knew that with the right light at the right time there may be a good composition. So I arrived early, set up, and waited for the sun to crest the horizon.” (CLICK)

 

 

EESS SPORTS THIS WEEK

 

-GIRLS HOCKEY PLAYOFF – Huron Park 5 EESS 4

-JR GIRLS VBALL PLAYOFF –

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Neufeld, Henry of Pt. Stanley passed away Monday in his 90th year. Husband of the late Elizabeth (Dyck) Neufeld. Survivors: nine children including Abe Neufeld (Kathy), Anna Penner (John), Helen Wall (Corny), Elizabeth Siemens (John) and Mary Neufeld, all of the Aylmer area, etc.. He was born in Alberta. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm with the funeral service at the Reinland Mennonite Church Friday at 2 pm.

 

 

DRIVER HITS BOAT?

 

(From Elgin OPP) – “On Thursday, February 15 at approximately 2 am, police received a call from a resident reporting a collision involving a pickup truck. Upon investigation it was determined that a pickup truck left the roadway and collided with the front hedge of a residence and then a boat that was located on the property. The male driver then attended the residence, however he left prior to police arrival. Officers patrolling the area located the male and charged a 48-year-old Malahide resident with impaired driving and careless driving.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, Feb. 20/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

*CORRECTION: Seniors Day Out is NEXT TUESDAY

 

-Wed -Talbot St. ReConstruction Public Meeting; EEC Complex; 7 pm

-Thu -Catfish CCA Monthly Meeting; 2 pm; EEC Complex

-Fri -Aylmer-Mal. Museum Stew Luncheon; Anglican Church; 11:30 am-12:30

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10: London Knights host: Ottawa; 7:30 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Performing Arts Presents: Rik Emmett; SOLD OUT

 

 

RAINFALL STATEMENT; BUSES DELAYED

 

(From Enrivonrment Canada; For East Elgin; at 5 am) – “Appreciable rainfall will continue into Wednesday. Rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 mm are possible today and again Wednesday. A cold front will bring the rain to an end Wednesday. Rainfall from this multi-day event may total 25 to 40 mm. (A fog warning that was issued this morning ended at 9 am).

 

Buses for TVDSB and the LDCSB are on a two hour delay today due to fog issues.

 

 

CATFISH CCA FLOOD WARNING

 

(From the Catfish CCA; at 6 am) – “This is a Flood Warning; flooding is imminent and dangerous water level conditions are occurring in low-lying areas of the Catfish Creek Watershed. Due to heavy rain, density of the snowpack and a general warming trend there is a high potential for flooding to occur. This Warning will remain in effect until noon Wednesday.”

 

 

EAST ELGIN FLOODING UPDATE:

 

-From Bayham Township site: Glen Erie Road between Clarke Road and Stafford Road is closed

-From Malahide Township site: Roads in Pt. Bruce and Rush Creek Line are closed

-Information from Craig Jacques, Water Resources Specialist, Long Point RCA (10 am): “Water levels continue to rise on the Big Otter. We will likely see levels on that creek not seen there in the past 4-5 years, possibly longer. Staff are checking around Vienna; some low-lying areas are flooded. There is also increasing amounts of ice present as you move downstream.”

-AYLMER PARKS – (Information from Thom Polland, Aylmer Parks Supervisor; at 2 pm)) – “Catfish Creek has broke its bank in several areas along the low lying parklands of Steen North & South, Kinsmen, Optimist, Rotary, Balmoral; please avoid the areas as the water is fast flowing and surrounding areas are slippery. While this is a unique occurrence in Aylmer’s parks for everyone’s safety please view the flooding from safe distances.”

 

 

EESS IN PLAYOFFS

 

EESS has two teams left in semifinal playoffs. The juniors girls volleyball team plays Tuesday at College Ave in Woodstock and the Girls Hockey team plays Huron Park in Dorchester Wednesday.

 

 

COYOTE HUNTING CHARGES

 

(Contributed) – “Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry laid nine charges and issued two warnings during a four-day coyote hunting enforcement blitz in Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford and Norfolk counties recently. In response to numerous complaints from the public in the Aylmer area, plainclothes conservation officers in unmarked vehicles conducted an enforcement blitz on January 27 and 28 and February 3 and 4 targeting coyote hunters. Officers contacted 48 hunters during the blitz. The following charges and warnings were issued: having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, abandoning the pelt of a coyote, hunting without a small game licence, hunting without carrying a licence etc..

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Harder, Isaac of Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away Sunday in his 84th year. Husband of the late Katherine (Friesen) Harder. Survivors: six children etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm with the funeral service being held at the EMMC Summers Corners on Thursday at 1 pm.

 

-Plaquet, Madeline of Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 87th year. Wife of the late Roger Plaquet(1982). Survivors: three children etc.. Madeline lived in Aylmer since 1951 and she and her husband were tobacco farmers. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral mass will be held on Thursday at 10 am.

 

-Haines, Poppy passed away Saturday. Survivors: partner Butch Hull; two children and two step children; mother Kay Haines, etc.. There will be no service; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Spieser, Maria of Delhi and formerly of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in her 90th year. Wife of the late Martin Spieser (1997). Survivors: four children etc.. She was born in Romania. The funeral was held Saturday; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Oliver, Annie (VanYmeren) of Simcoe passed away Thursday in her 69th year. Survivors: husband Jim; two children etc.. She was born in The Netherlands. She had retired as a Professor at Fanshawe College in Human Services. The funeral service will be held at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church Simcoe on Tuesday at 1 pm. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 am-12:45.

 

 

DEER COLLISIONS

 

(From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP investigated a motor vehicle collision involving a deer at a Springwater Road address last Tuesday around 7:30 pm. Through the course of investigation, it was determined that a motor vehicle was travelling south bound on Springwater Road just north of John Wise Line when the vehicle collided with a deer. As a result of the collision, the driver did not sustain any injuries, however the vehicle sustained minor damage. Said the OPP: “If you suddenly have a deer in your path, we encourage drivers to stay in control, reduce as much speed as possible, and whatever you do, steer straight. Don’t veer for the deer. By changing your direction quickly, you increase the risk of losing control, running off the roadway and rolling your vehicle. This increases the likelihood of sustaining greater damage to your vehicle.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– February 12, 2018, Levi Street, Station #1, Medical Assist

– February 14, 2018, Putnam Road, Station #4, Medical Assist

– February 17, 2018, Springfield Road, Station #3, Medical Assist

 

 

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THURSDAY, Feb. 15/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN THIS WEEK:

 

FRIDAY MORNING: – CATFISH CCA WATER ALERT

 

(From Cafish CCA) – “Effective immediately, the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority is issuing a Water Safety, Watershed Conditions Statement for flood prone low-lying areas adjacent to watercourses within the Catfish Creek watershed and its tributaries. Due to increasing adverse weather conditions there is a potential for high water flows resulting in unsafe channel bank conditions and other unpredictable dangers.”

 

 

*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Family Day on Monday

-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Thu-Sat – A.C.T. Presents: The Dining Room (see ad)

 

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10: London Knights host: Kitchener; 7:30 pm

-Sun -Free Public Skating; 1-2:30 pm; S. Dorchester Optimists

 

 

AYLMER TREASURER GONE

 

At the regular meeting of Aylmer Council Monday Council appointed CAO Jennifer Reynaert as Interim Treasurer and confirmed John Fishback as Deputy Treasurer for Aylmer. At Council on February 5 Council accepted the departure of the Director of Finance Lisa Pelton effective January 19 and directed staff to proceed with a recruitment process to fill the vacant position.

 

As well, Mayor Greg Council gave notice of the following motion he will be introducing at the March 5  Council – “Council to consider a Library addition to the south side of the current Library. The overall addition would be approximately 5500 square feet inclusive of an atrium to connect the current Library with the new addition.”

 

 

EAST ELGIN FOG ALERT/ BUSES CANCELLED

 

(From Environment Canada; For East Elgin; at 8 am) – “Near zero visibility in fog is expected or occurring this morning. The dense fog will begin to lift later this morning, however some areas may see fog patches persist throughout the day.

 

The TVDSB and the LDCSB have cancelled buses for East Elgin today due to the fog. They were also cancelled last Friday due to freezing rain conditions.

 

 

SPITS GROUNDED

 

AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires surrendered four goals in the first period on their way to a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Lambeth here last night in Provincial Junior C hockey first round playoffs. The loss ended Aylmer’s season as they were swept in four games. Jake Morin, Ryan VanRoestel and Luke Regier tallied for the Spits.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

PHOTO BY BARRY ACHESON – “I found this photo by chance while driving early one morning to shoot some river scenes.  The silhouette of the trees looks painted against the warm light and ice fog in the distance.”

 

 

SENIORS DAY AT EECC TUESDAY

 

(Contributed) – “The monthly Seniors’ Day Out program at the EEC Complex will be held on Tuesday, February 27th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Recreational activities for this month include Skating, Shuffleboard and Pickleball. New this month is an activity instead of a guest speaker. Taylor, our co-op student, will be hosting a Do-It-Yourself painting session, with all supplies provided! The cost is $10, lunch is provided by Aylmer Sub and registration in advance is preferred.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS THIS WEEK:

 

-GIRLS VBALL – JR – EESS 2 CECI 1; SR – CECI 3 EESS 0/ Playoffs

-SR BOYS BBALL – Coll Ave 74 EESS 43/Playoff

 

 

MAYOR’S BREAKFAST: AYLMER REPORT

 

(The Aylmer/Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored their annual Yearend Mayor’s Breakfast Wednesday Feb. 7. Here are excerpts from the speech by Aylmer Mayor Greg Currie:) – “2018 has started off very well with the announcement of plans for a 49-unit apartment building on Jane Street, on the southwest end of town. Also, zoning changes have been approved so that a 17-unit of row-housing can be built on the site where the Studer’s Ice building once stood… There will be a major reconstruction project taking place on Talbot Street West. The overall project will cost about six million dollars. Supporting this venture, the Town has received a commitment from the Ministry of Transportation Ontario to cover three million dollars. ..Another infrastructure project is the Smart Water Meter Project. Upon completion, this project will change the current water meter system to Smart Meter Technology. Funding for this project will come from the Clean Water and Waste Water Fund… The Town of Aylmer is putting together a proposal to present to the Township of Malahide regarding policing. It will include a cost savings to Malahide and a switch from a Rural Policing model to a Small Town policing one which is much more community member focussed….  The much posed question  “So what about the library?” is still there for consideration. Indeed, the Aylmer Library is still a viable project that needs dedicated attention. During our term, this Council has enveloped funds, such that over $400,000 has been set aside for an expanded library. It is the intention of the Council to designate more funds to this vital issue and to continue to work toward an agreed upon project plan for the library…As our local media suggests, the building of a new facility for Terrace Lodge, the long-term care home, has presented issues which we, as communities of East Elgin, must address. The Elgin County Council has the responsibility of deciding what will be done with the existing facility, but, rest assured, nothing will be decided until plans for the new Terrace Lodge have been solidified… Taking stock of some of our accomplishments, such as dealing with issues related to the East Elgin Community Complex, building a new Works Building, purchasing a fire truck, keeping our taxes down, and our debt at a manageable level, reminds us of these worthwhile achievements.”

 

 

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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

DEMOLISH PART OF STEEN BUILDING

“Aylmer Council at its regular meeting Monday approved a staff report suggesting that the back end of the ‘Steen building’ on Talbot St. east be demolished. The staff report suggested: Council direct staff to issue an Request for Proposal for hazardous material identification and abatement and partial demolition of the building located at 67-71 Talbot Street East, noting that the costs for this process are added to the tax roll. According to the staff report: The building has significant structural damage, is unsafe for occupancy and sections of the building pose a hazard to the public. The appointed Chief Building Official issued orders under the Building Code to remedy the unsafe conditions, the orders expired in October and to date there has been no response by the owner of the property…This solution removes the rear (west) addition to the building and remedies the section of the building with collapsed roof. Due to the age of this building, the design is such that there are shared footings with the units on either side and therefore a full demolition has not been recommended at this time. It is hoped that partial demolition will enable the original section of the building to remain and not disturb the structure of the building abutting this one. Although a risk to the adjoining properties remain with partial demolition, to not remedy the unsafe conditions puts both the property owners on either side at risk as well as the public.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, Feb. 13/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN THIS WEEK:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls VBall v CECI; Playoffs

 

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lambeth, 8:15 pm/ Playoff

-Wed -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI; Playoff #2

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

-Thu-Sat – A.C.T. Presents: The Dining Room (see ad)

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10: London Knights host: Kitchener; 7:30 pm

 

 

FISHING VIOLATION AT PT. BURWELL

 

(From the Ministry of Natural Resources) – A Kitchener man has been fined $1,500 and had his fishing licence suspended for three years for angling with too many lines. The Ontario Court of Justice in St.Thomas meeting Thursday heard that in June  conservation officers were patrolling along Big Otter Creek in Port Burwell when they contacted two males angling from shore, one of whom was angling with two lines. When the accused observed the conservation officers, he attempted to dispose of one of the lines by burning it with his cigarette. The conservation officers were able to secure both lines before the accused burned through it. Further investigation revealed that the man had six previous convictions under the Ontario Fishery Regulations and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

 

 

EESS SPORTS MON.:

 

-BOYS HOCKEY PLAYOFF GM 2 – PCI 6 EESS 5

 

 

AYLMER FIRE CALLS

 

-Friday- 2:30 am -Responded to a structure fire on Kyle Ct., possible cause careless smoking, 18 firefighters responded and returned around 10 am

-Sunday -9:30 am- Responded to reported structure fire on John St. N., possible cause faulty electrical wiring. 19 firefighters responded, returned at 11:30 am

 

 

MAYOR’S BREAKFAST: MALAHIDE REPORT

 

(The Aylmer/Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored their annual Yearend Mayor’s Breakfast Wednesday. Here are some excerpts from the speech by Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill:) – “Malahide has been busy in 2017. We have issued 246 building permits, 43 of those being new homes. This amounts to a total construction value of 30 million dollars. This was a record year for Malahide and 2018 has been a strong start as well… Our industrial park across from the Police College is moving forward. We hope to develop the land to fill a need for more rural businesses within the township… We have retained the services of Riggs Engineering to undertake a complete review of the Port Bruce pier. We will be undertaking work this summer to improve the pier and the break wall. We are negotiating an agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources on Port Bruce park. There is a demand to extend the service from May well in to October…The new township fire hall is underway. We had a firm do geological soil testing and they indicated to us that we needed to have 8 feet of compacted material under our structure. We had it retested and then found out that we only need 1 foot of compacted material. This will be a considerable savings on the project… Malahide has been successful in obtaining $43,000 under the ‘Main Street Beautification’ program. We will use this to enhance Springfield and Port Bruce with such things as planter boxes and benches that will make our main streets more attractive… We have almost completed our 2018 budget and we are looking at a 2.6% increase on the average house…The Terrace Lodge project has had a few problems over the last two years, delaying the start of construction. There was an issue of sufficient water and sewage for the old and the new buildings. We have several parties interested in purchasing or leasing the old Terrace Lodge.”

 

 

MAYOR’S BREAKFAST: BAYHAM REPORT

 

(The Aylmer/Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored their annual Yearend Mayor’s Breakfast Wednesday. Here are some excerpts from the speech by Bayham Mayor Paul Enns:) – “Bayham is making application to have the Port Burwell Beach designated as a Blue Flag Beach to improve name recognition and promote tourism. Blue Flag is a world-renowned eco-certification for beaches and marinas…The Municipality is making efforts to improve walkability and recreation in Bayham. Significant improvements were conducted at the Port Burwell Ball Diamond, Straffordville Community Park and Port Burwell Beach area…Update on the Ojibwa Sub, this is a becoming a long drawn out affair. The HMCS Ojibwa is owned by and is the responsibility of the Elgin Military Museum. Bayham has paid the RBC the 6 Million dollars that the Museum defaulted on. Bayham annually pays $330,685 to service this debt during the 10 year term. On May 17, 2016  Bayham received judgement against the Museum for the full 6 million dollars plus interest. It may not be possible to recover the sum owed because it is likely that the liabilities of the Museum will exceed the value of the assets of the Museum. On October 17th, 2014 Bayham was served with a Statement of Claim by Mammoet Canada Eastern Ltd. and Heddle Marine Service Inc. in which the Plaintiffs claim that they are owed a large sum of money by the Museum and the Municipality. The action is in its “discovery” phase and the Municipality is defending this action on its own behalf. ..Tax rates were set in Bayham with a 5% Levy increase made up of 2% Operating and 3% Capital increase. With that being said, Bayham has seen significant building and development growth which are some factors which increases our assessment base. So that boils down to properties with unchanged assessment from last year.”

 

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 12/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN THIS WEEK:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-OV Naturalists; 7 pm; Straffordville CC; Dave Jolly on ‘Orchids’

 

-Tue -EESS hosts: Girls VBall v CECI; Playoffs

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lambeth, 8:15 pm/ Playoff

-Wed -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI; Playoff

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

-Thu-Sat – A.C.T. Presents: The Dining Room (see ad)

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10: London Knights host: Kitchener; 7:30 pm

 

 

AYLMER: BEING INTENTIONAL NEIGHBOURS

 

(Louis Bosma, Pastor at the Christian Reformed Church in Aylmer and a member of the Aylmer Ministerial Association, believes a good credo for a community is “be an intentional neighbour”. He commented after the Association held a discussion recently on a query by the East Elgin Community Assistance group about who reminds the community to keep an eye on the elderly in their homes. This was in reaction to the recent report on an elderly couple in Huron County who were found deceased outside their home after a cold snap. Added Mr. Bosma:

“Unfortunately, we live In a society that focuses on/promotes individualism and self sufficiency. We can help ourselves. We don’t need each other. We also live in a society that treats others that we don’t know with suspicion and lack of trust. The result is that we often keep to ourselves and our own circle of acquaintances and sometimes don’t make the effort to get to know our neighbours around us. One of the by products, when that happens, is a break down in the whole idea of community within our own immediate neighbourhoods. Sadly then, those in our neighbourhoods/communities who have special needs (a single mom with little children, the elderly who deal with health concerns on a daily basis or face the frailties of old age and can’t shovel their driveways, are lonely or face other concerns in their lives) feel even more isolated because they may not have someone they feel they can turn to in time of need. An idea: perhaps initiating a neighbourhood BBQ where the neighbourhood is invited over, the intention being ‘to get to know your neighbours.’ I might add that as a Christian, the motivator for me is always Christ. A passage of Scripture that I hold in the forefront is Matthew 25: 34-40 – It ends, “whatever you did for the least of these my brothers (and sisters) you did it for me.”  My response in gratitude is to seek to reach out to  the needs of others. That would include those who live right around me in my neighbourhood. If we all did that, I believe it would go a long way to restoring the sense of community that I believe has been lost over years.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Dyck, Aganetha of Eden passed away Thursday in her 72nd year. Survivors: husband Rev. Peter W. Dyck; nine children including Peter(Tina), Nancy Penner(Henry), Johan(Susana), David(Leena), all of the Aylmer area; 42 grandchildren etc.. She was born in Mexico. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Church Aylmer today at 2 pm

 

 

SPITS DOWN 3-0

 

LAMBETH –  The Aylmer Spitfires are down 3-0 to Lambeth in their best of seven opening round Provincial Junior C hockey playoffs after dropping two games on the weekend. Saturday in Aylmer the Spits scored the opening goal but that was all as they fell 5-1. Sunday in Lambeth they were only behind 3-2 late in the second period but ending up losing 6-2.  Andrew Snowden earned Aylmer’s only tally on Saturday; Ryan VanRoestel and Jake Morin were marksmen for the Spitfires on Sunday. The fourth game in the series is Wednesday in Aylmer.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

-Feb 5, station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Plank Rd. near Vienna.

-Feb 5, station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Plank Rd. in Straffordville.

-Feb 6, station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Richmond Rd.

-Feb 6, station 2 Straffordville, same address on a medical assist.

-Feb 9, both stations for a structure fire on Heritage Line in Richmond.

 

 

EESS SPORTS LAST WEEK:

 

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS 59 CECI 37; JR – CECI 43 EESS 25

-GIRLS HOCKEY -WCI 6 EESS 1

 

 

FINED FOR CATCHING TURTLE

 

(Contributed by Ministry of Natural Resources) – Two Aylmer area men have been fined a total of $2,500 for catching and attempting to kill a snapping turtle without a licence. In August one man pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for hunting a game reptile without a licence. Recently at a court in Woodstock a second man was found guilty and fined $2,000 at a trial in absentia for the same offence. Court heard that in July conservation officers were working along the Thames River in Oxford when they came across the pair angling there. A short distance away, the officers located a severely injured snapping turtle hidden under a pail. Further investigation revealed that  one had caught the snapping turtle while fishing and the other tried to kill it in an attempt to keep it for consumption.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– February 4, 2018, Levi Street, Station #1, Medical Assist

– February 5, 2018, Hacienda Road, Station #3, Medical Assist

– February 6, 2018, John Wise Line, Station #1, Medical Assist

– February 6, 2018, Levi Street, Station #1, Medical Assist

– February 7, 2018, Belmont Road, Station #4, Medical Assist

– February 8, 2018, Imperial Road, Station #3, Medical Assist

– February 9, 2018, Glencolin Line, Station #2, Medical Assist

– February 9, 2018, Glencolin Line, Station #2, Medical Assist

 

 

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THURSDAY, Feb. 8/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu-Sun -A.C.T. Presents: The Dining Room (see ad)

-EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v WCI

 

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10: London Knights host Erie; 7:30 pm

Fri, Sat (8 pm) Sun (2 pm)-Periscope Theatre: The Housekeeper(see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lambeth/Playoffs; 7:30 pm

 

 

SPITS LOSE OPENER IN  OVERTIME

 

LAMBETH – First place Lambeth, despite winning all five league games against the Aylmer Spitfires this season, needed overtime to subdue the Spits 5-4 in the opening match of their best of seven Provincial Junior C first round playoffs here last night. The Spitfires connected for two third period markers to send the game to an extra frame. Aylmer goalscorers were James Collins, Ryan VanRoestel, Jake Morin and Luke Regier. Second game is Saturday in Aylmer.

Period 1

Lambeth – Brock Trichilo (Anthony Scattalon, Brody Smith) 12:58

Aylmer – James Collins (powerplay) (Curtis Hardwick) 14:08

Lambeth – Brody Smith (Brock Trichilo) 19:35

Period 2

Lambeth – Mitchell Jenner (Codey McRoberts, Keith Arnold) 8:42

Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (Jake Morin, Brayden Smith) 15:56

Period 3

Lambeth – Jonah Goodman (Ray Robbins) 1:51

Aylmer – Luke Regier (Curtis Hardwick, Matt Bond) 9:05

Aylmer – Jake Morin (powerplay) (Jamie Brzozowski) 15:05

Overtime

Lambeth – Andrew Fletcher (Mitchell Jenner) 2:00

 

 

TALBOT ST. RECONSTRUCTION

 

Aylmer Council at its regular meeting Monday approved the tender of JAAR Excavating for the amount of $4.7 million to complete the Talbot Street West/#3 Highway  Reconstruction Project this year. JAAR was the lowest of five tenders. The town also was informed that a provincial grant for $3 million of the estimated $6 million project has been secured. Work is expected to begin in late April and be complete by mid-October. The reconstruction will go from Myrtle St to Holland Ave. A public information session on the project will be held on Feb. 21 at 7 pm at the EEC Complex.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Huisman, Theodore “Ted” of Aylmer passed away Tuesday in his 89th year. Husband of the late Alida “Ellie” Huisman (Dudink). Survivors: five children etc.. He was born in the Netherlands and had 13 siblings. He worked for many years at Aylmer Dairy as a milk salesman. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Friday at 10 am.

 

-Bearss, Geraldine Anne (Brackenbury) of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in her 82nd year. Wife of the late Mack Bearss (1989).  Survivors: children – Mike(Laurie) of Springfield, Jim and Lorelei, both of Aylmer etc.. Geraldine was a teacher at Summers Corners. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday from 12 – 1 pm with the funeral service following at 1 pm.

 

-Bennett, Alice Theresa (Beaudoin) of Straffordville passed away January 29 aged 78 years. Survivors: husband Fred etc.. Alice was the Post Master in Straffordville for 27 years. Arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Passmore, Leone (Duncan) passed away February 1. Predeceased by husband Ken (2002). Survivors: children -Laird (Carol) and Leon (Deb), both of Aylmer, Janet (Phil) of Eden etc.. A private graveside service will occur at a later date; arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

This photo from Springwater is by local photographer Barry Acheson  who comments: “This image was taken this January just after sunrise. Springwater Pond was frozen. Being able to walk on the ice made it possible to get to areas that are difficult to access any other time of the year. The remnants of an old tree provides an interesting foreground subject” (CLICK)

 

 

EESS SPORTS THIS WEEK:

 

-GIRLS VBALL – JR – EESS 3 WESS 1; SR – WESS 3 EESS 1

-SR BOYS BBALL – EESS 47 WESS 36; JR – EESS 53 Glencoe 42

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS (2-3-1)  5 Huron Park 0

-BOYS HOCKEY – Parkside 1 EESS (4-3-1) 0

 

 

SNOW ALERT FOR EAST ELGIN

 

(From Environment Canada; For East Elgin; at 9 am) – Another significant snowfall is expected on Friday. Snow, heavy at times, will begin before dawn on Friday and continue through the day. Latest indications suggest that 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is possible by Friday evening.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

PARC MEETING AT PARKSIDE

(Last night a general PARC meeting was held by the TVDSB at Parkside Collegiate as part of the current schools review. Chris Cox, chairperson of the Springfield Public School EPAR committee, provided this reaction) – “Last night’s meeting was very informative and very hard hitting towards the Thames Valley Planning Department. The majority of the schools involved in this Pupil Accommodation Review have the same opinion and concerns – first and foremost that this is just a numbers game for the Board. As one school put it, the kids are being used just like buttons from when we were kids and shuffled around to make the best looking pile and to give the best outcome without any concern for them at all.” Upcoming? – “Springfield will be working on recommendations to make Springfield “better” in the eyes of the Board and showing what a community really is and how the school affects that community and vice versa.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, Feb. 6/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Boys BBall v WESS (Sr); Glencoe (Jr)

-Fanshawe College Adult Info Night; Aylmer Library; 6-8 pm

 

-Wed -Mayors Breakfast; Saxonia Hall (back room); 7:30-9 am

-Wed -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI

-Thu-Sun -A.C.T. Presents: The Dining Room (see ad)

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v WCI

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10: London Knights host Erie; 7:30 pm

-Fri, Sat (8 pm), Sun (2 pm) -Periscope Theatre: The Housekeeper (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lambeth/Playoffs; 7:30 pm

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE DEPT. ANNUAL REPORT

 

Malahide Fire Services Chief Brent Smith presented his annual report to Council Thursday. Some statistics: MFS had 364 calls in 2017 – the most in the past 5 years, there were 336 in 2015; 67% were for medical calls – they have averaged 61% in the past five years, 63% was last year’s figure; fire incidents accounted for just 7% of the total compared to 22% last year; response time last year averaged 9.57 minutes which is better than any of the previous five years. By station, Station 1 was the primary responder for 130 calls with #2 at 101, #3 at 72 and #4 at 61. An average of 8.1 firefighters responded to each call – there are 84 firefighters with the four stations in MFS.

Commented Chief Smith today on some of the report’s trends: – “Better turnout times means arriving sooner and hopefully limiting damage or medically intervening to save a life. Less damage in fires is due to better training in tactics and more confidence on the firefighters part; (also) hopefully less time in recovery for patients due to faster interventions or removal and packaging at accident scenes so EMS is able to load and go to hospitals quicker; (also) better medical training so we can assist Paramedics with patient care. Our technical rescue teams trained hard and have standardized all their equipment again for faster deployment times once they arrive on scene. We had some very challenging calls this year and the Malahide Fire firefighters and officers rose to the challenge and pulled off some amazing feats at these calls.

Now the challenges: continuing to strive for more training and practicing the newly learned skills to perfection. Ontario is headed down the road to mandatory certification of all firefighters which will be very expensive and onerous when it comes to hiring volunteers and expecting huge amounts of their time with very little remuneration or benefits -mandatory risk assessments every 5 years by all municipal fire services and the ever increasing amount of inspections, public education and maintaining our superior tanker accreditation.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS MON.:

 

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – CECI 3 EESS 0; JR – EESS 3 CECI 1

-SR BOYS BBALL – CECI 63 EESS 46 (4-2)

 

 

PLEASANT VALLEY GOLF CLUB SOLD

 

(Information from Joan Cresswell) After owning Pleasant Valley Golf Club west of town for its first 57 years, the Cresswell family of Aylmer sold the club last Friday. The new owners are Brad Sparling and Steve Alb. Brad has moved to the St Thomas area lately from London and Steve is from London. The present owners Bob and Joan Cresswell will assist in the transition, Joan will continue her employment with Dr. Robert Warnock and they hope to spend more time with grandchildren and their Long Point cottage. Bob’s father Dr. William Cresswell was a founder of the course, he died in 2016. Bob has spent the last 40 years with the business. It has 150 acres and at one point previously employed up to 17 employees each season.

 

(Interview with Dr. Cresswell in TheAylmerNews from March, 2011 when Pleasant Valley celebrated 50 years of operation:) “Fifty years ago this week Pleasant Valley Golf Course west of Aylmer opened. Dr. Bill Cresswell, a retired veterinarian of Aylmer, was a co-founder of the club. Dr. Cresswell was the vet for O.A. Hepburn, who owned a livestock farm on the site. There was interest locally in establishing a golf course there – the closest was the St.Thomas public course – and Dr. Cresswell thought the farm looked like an ideal place. He asked for a chance to buy when Mr. Hepburn was selling. In 1959 Mr. Hepburn honoured that request and sold his 167 acres to a group of three investors – Dr Cresswell, Jack Broughton of London, and Jack Rice of Aylmer. The trio found they soon needed more financial help and so the Pleasant Valley Syndicate was formed and included the following Aylmerites: Dr. Barney Clarke, Dr. John D. Colquhoun, Harry Gunstone, Arthur Hueston, J. Kiriakopolous, Dr. Don Robinson, Frank Truman, and George VanPatter. This group later expanded to include 40-50 investors. Dave Ferguson of Aylmer was a landscaper at Imperial Tobacco and originally came to Canada from Scotland to work as a golf course designer so he was given the task of setting up Pleasant Valley. Dr. Cresswell said they tried to keep the natural layout of the farm. They also used the original farmhouse and barn for clubhouse and equipment purposes for many years. They opened in April of 1961. Dr. Cresswell bought out the Syndicate about 30 years ago. Now he is still a partial owner in a company that includes his family – his son Bob is manager.”

 

 

EAST ELGIN SNOW ALERT

 

(From Environment Canada; at 3 pm; for East Elgin) -“Snowfall of 5 to 10 cm expected overnight into Wednesday tapering off Wednesday afternoon. The region is on the northwestern edge of a storm system that will mainly affect the American side of the border.”

 

 

MALAHIDE ALTERS POSITION TITLES

 

Malahide Council at its regular meeting Thursday accepted a change in responsibilities for two staff positions after receiving a report by CAO Michelle Casavecchia-Somers. She noted the following rationale: “The Director of Community & Corporate Services position is to be retitled to ” Director of Development & Community Services” and the position of Director of Finance/Treasurer is to be retitled to “Director of Corporate Services/Treasurer.”

The Building Department has been extremely busy in the past couple of years, and the Township continues to receive more development applications than previously. In addition, enhancements to the parks and recreation facilities have resulted in added responsibility and time commitments. (As well) with the construction of the new South Fire Hall, there will be a further increase in the workload of the Director as he is also the Township’s Chief Building Official and Staff person responsible to oversee the construction process. Recent decisions regarding enhanced service levels in the Community Services Department (Springfield Beautification, Port Bruce Provincial Park maintenance) will also draw on the availability of the Director of Community & Corporate Services. It is (also) recommended that the responsibility for the direct supervision of the IT/GIS Staff (two positions, Information Technology and Geographical Information Systems) be transferred to the Director of Finance/Treasurer.” The Director of Development and Community Services is Eugenio DeMeo and the Director of Corporate Services/Treasurer is Suzanna Dieleman.

 

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 5/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls VBall v CECI

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

 

-Tue -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v WESS (Sr); Glencoe (Jr)

-Tue -Fanshawe College Adult Info Night; Aylmer Library; 6-8 pm

-Wed -Mayors Breakfast; Saxonia Hall (back room); 7:30-9 am

-Wed -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI

-Thu-Sun -A.C.T. Presents: The Dining Room (see ad)

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v WCI

-Fri, Sat (8 pm), Sun (2 pm) -Periscope Theatre: The Housekeeper (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lambeth/Playoffs; 7:30 pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

HUSBAND OF AYLMER CLERK

-Kington, Darrell Alfred of Dorchester passed away Wednesday in his 71st year. Survivors: wife Nancie Irving, Clerk of Aylmer; four children etc.. A celebration of life will be held today at 11 am at the Thames Centre Flight Exec Centre Auditorium; Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

NANCY CAMPBELL WAS IN CHARGE OF AYLMER POOL

-Campbell, Nancy Gene of Aylmer passed away Friday in her 69th year. Survivors: husband Donald Campbell; two children etc.. Nancy was a longtime school bus driver and a coordinator for the YWCA Aquatic Program for the Aylmer Pool. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church today at 11 am.  Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Moes, Robert “Bobbie Joe” of Toronto passed away Friday in his 31st year. Survivors: parents Darcy Ralf (Jim Chambers) of Woodstock and Albert Moes of St. Thomas; grandparent Yvonne Ralf (Max) etc.. Visitation on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. A private family funeral service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday.

 

 

SPITS LOSE BOTH FINAL GAMES

 

AYLMER – North Middlesex scored six goals in six minutes midway through the third period as they downed Aylmer Spitfires 11-1 in Provincial Junior C hockey in Parkhill Friday. The Spits then closed out their regular season here Saturday by losing 7-5 to last place Lucan. Friday, Curtis Hardwick garnered the lone Aylmer marker. Saturday, James Collins scored twice for the Spitfires with singles going to Luke Regier, Tyler Hinde, and Braden Smith. Aylmer finished in eighth place in the nine team league with a record of 11-28-0-1.  The Spits will play league champ Lambeth in a best of seven opening playoff round beginning Wednesday in Lambeth. Second game is in Aylmer Saturday and third game is in Lambeth Sunday. Aylmer lost all five games to Lambeth in the regular season.

LUCAN 7 AYLMER 5

Period 1

Lucan – Cory Vigneux (Darby Tyndall, Noah Crowley) 0:59

Lucan – Brandon Jesson (Colin Spence) 3:49

Lucan – Zachary Smith (Brody Thompson, Cory Vigneux) 12:52

Aylmer – Luke Regier (Andrew Snowden, James Collins) 16:27

Aylmer – James Collins (Jamie Brzozowski, Andrew Snowden) 18:10

Period 2

Lucan – Cory Vigneux (Ryan Marriage, Emerson Hathaway) 1:49

Aylmer – James Collins (Andrew Snowden, Jamie Brzozowski) 8:52

Period 3

Lucan – Ryan Marriage (Zachary Smith) 1:38

Aylmer – Brayden Smith (Dallas Loiselle, Jake Morin) 8:06

Lucan – Dillon Saunders (Brandon Jesson, Jason Braun) 13:23

Aylmer – Tyler Hinde (Dustin Dunlop, Sebastian Nogueira) 13:48

Lucan – Dillon Saunders (empty net) (unassisted) 19:38

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– January 29, 2018, Calton Line, Station #1, Medical Assist

– January 29, 2018, Conservation Line, Station #2, Medical Assist

– January 30, 2018, Calton Line, Station #1, Medical Assist

– January 30, 2018, Mapleton Line, Station #4, Medical Assist

– January 30, 2018, Vienna Line, Station #1, Medical Assist

– January 30, 2018, Nova Scotia Line, Station #1, Medical Assist

– February 4, 2018, Nova Scotia Line, Station #1, Medical Assist

– February 4, 2018, Springerhill Road, Station #2, Medical Assist

– February 4, 2018, Ron McNeil Line, Station #3, Medical Assist

 

 

MALAHIDE TO MANAGE PT. BRUCE PARK?

 

Malahide Council in the fall directed staff to enter into negotiations with the Ministry of Natural Resources to develop an agreement for Malahide assuming operations of the Port Bruce Provincial Park beginning this this year. Commented Mayor Dave Mennill:  “We are in negotiations with the Ministry of Natural Resources to extend the season at Port Bruce Provincial Park. Currently, the season starts in June and ends Labour Day. There appears to be a demand to start in May and end Thanksgiving. Malahide is considering taking over the maintenance for the extended period of Port Bruce Park in 2018 as a pilot project. MNR is responsible for any capital expenditures in the park.”

 

 

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THURSDAY, Feb. 1/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

 

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10 -London Knights v Barrie; 7:30 pm

-Sat -2, 8 pm/Sun -2 pm  -Periscope Theatre: “The Housekeeper” (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lucan, 7:15 pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Hussey, Danny of R5 Aylmer passed away Tuesday in his 50th year. Survivors: parents Howard and Louise (Rutherford) Hussey etc.. A private family service will be held. Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Roesch, Kenneth “Ken” Andrew of Port Burwell passed away January 25 at the age of 86. Survivors: wife Pat; two children including Joe Roesch of Port Burwell etc.. The funeral service was held yesterday; arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

UPCOMING LIBRARY PROGRAMS

 

(Contributed)

-Family Storytime,Tuesdays @ 10:30 am, Beginning February 6th. Join us for songs, stories & crafts for children ages 0-5 years and their caregivers. Pre-Registration.

-Storytime for Babies 0-24 months. Stories, games, songs and activities. Thursdays @ 1:30 pm and at 2 pm we’ll have a social time with refreshments. Brittany, from Public Health, will answer all your baby questions! Beginning Feb.8th until June. Preregister.

-Homeschoolers. Mondays @ 2pm. Beginning February 26th. Join us for stories, activities, maker projects, and more. Preregistration.

-Crafty Cricketers. Starting Tuesday Feb. 27th @ 6 pm & every Tuesday of the month until June. Learn how to do amazing cutting for decorating, card making & more! There will be a $2 fee – bring your own item to decorate. This program is geared towards adults, but teens(16+) are welcome! Pre-register.

-Knifty Knitters. Starting Tuesday, March 13th & every 2nd Tuesday until June from 6-8 pm. Come to the Library with your Knitting, Crochet, needle point or whatever project you may want to work on. Preregister.

-Logo Club meets Saturdays: 2-3 pm for Ages 7-12. February 17th, March 17th & April 21st. Preregister.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Jan. 30/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed -EEC Complex Board Meeting, 7 pm

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

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10 -London Knights v Barrie; 7:30 pm

-Sat -2, 8 pm/Sun -2 pm  -Periscope Theatre: “The Housekeeper” (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lucan, 7:15 pm

 

 

A.C.T. PRESENTS: “THE DINING ROOM”

 

(Contributed by Colleen Sawyer) – “Next week, Aylmer Community Theatre will present “The Dining Room” by A. R. Gurney. The play looks at the development and decline of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant society during the period of the 1930s to the 1980s through a series of short vignettes, some touching, some comical, set in a typical dining room. The time frame spans a day from morning to night but the eras swing wildly from scene to scene with a different set of characters, making a tour de force task for the cast of six, playing approximately ten roles each. Ron Sawyer directs. Actors include: Peter Leack, Stephen Flindall, James Wybrow, Barbara Warnock, Julianna Goertzen and newcomer Lauren Tiersma. Preview night is Thursday, Feb. 8, with opening night and a cast meet-and-greet on Friday, Feb. 9 (see ad for more details). Tickets are $20, students pay $15. They are available at Campbell’s II, The Prime Ingredient, Groovy Moon, at the door, by calling 519-765-3039 or by visiting www.aylmertheatre.ca.

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

REPRIMAND FOR MAYOR

In a rare event, John G Maddox of JGM Consulting, Integrity Commissioner for Aylmer, appeared at the regular meeting of Aylmer Council last night and issued a formal reprimand to Mayor Greg Currie over a complaint received arising from the November 21 council meeting regarding an alleged contravention of Council’s Code of Conduct. Although the complainant was not identified the Councillor had alleged inappropriate “behaviours” on the part of the Mayor (” “bullying”, “targeting”, “language”, “body language”, “humiliate” to name a few (although) these don’t all relate to the Complaint.”) The Commissioner also issued this statement to the rest of Council: “The Municipality has gone to great lengths to provide “training” opportunities for Council some of which have been repeated with perhaps questionable results…It is a concern to me that after extensive training the group has not been able to move forward in a more positive way so as to insure the interests of the community are “firsthand foremost” and that a healthy forum and appropriate decorum are established and maintained.” Council voted to accept the report; the Mayor offered no statement.

 

 

AYLMER COMMERCIAL BUILDING WAY UP

 

Kale Brown, Aylmer’s Director of Planning and Development, reported at a recent Council meeting that commercial/industrial building permits for the town had increased substantially last year. The number of permits had jumped from 12 to 32 from 2016 to 2017 and their value had gone from 1.7 million to 117.2 million dollars. Residential permits had also jumped going from 55 to 63 over the same period. Added Mr. Brown: “The 2017 building permit construction values are the highest on record for Aylmer. This can be attributed to two highly specialized large industrial expansions in Aylmer in 2017 – the expansion of the IGPC Ethanol facility and the addition of the carbon dioxide recapture facility by Air Liquide on the same site. Further large industrial expansion at Rem-Tech on White St. also added long term value to the community in 2017. Commercial activity has also had a strong year driven by the development of A&W, Dollarama, and the renovations for the new Domino’s Pizza. The total number of residential permits were up in 2017 but the value of construction was below the 2016 level pointing to more small project permits and a limited supply of vacant lots for new homes.”

 

 

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