Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, April 28/16

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish FRIDAY

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-PAUSE TO PLAY: Dodgeball at Immanuel School, Grades 1-3 from 6-7 pm and Grades 4-8 from 7-8 pm; Games and stories, Aylmer Library, 6:30 -7:30 pm. 

-EESS Co-Op Funding Meeting, 6:30 pm; at EESS

-EESS hosts Boys Soccer Tourney at Columbus Park: 8:30 am, 10:30 am, 12:30

 

-Fri -EESS hosts Girls Soccer Tourney at Columbus Park: 9 am, 11 am

-Fri -Aylmer Comm. Band, Choir Concert; OT Hall Theatre; 7:30 pm

-Sat -Bayham Electronics Recycling; 9am – 1 pm; Straffordville Park

 

-Mon -Aylmer Council, 7 pm

 

 

POLICE COSTING: BAYHAM ALSO ASKS

 

Bayham Council at the conclusion of their regular meeting last Thursday passed a motion to seek, as Malahide did earlier this month, costing from Aylmer on policing the township. Said Co. Wayne Casier who introduced the motion: “The OPP provides an excellent service to the Bayham but it comes down to cost. I noticed that Malahide had asked for pricing so why not Bayham ask as well. Possibly it would be more cost effective if all three municipalities were to have one police force. We (would be) sharing services hopefully in a cost effective manner. We won’t know unless we ask.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Shakir, Ali M. passed away at Terrace Lodge Aylmer on Tuesday in his 93rd year. Predeceased by his wife Pat (2015). Survivors: two children etc.. He was a former navigator with the RCAF and a teacher at AVSS in St.Thomas. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas on Friday from 7-9 pm. A service will be held there Saturday at 11 am. Visitation will be held Sat. from 10-11 a.m.

 

-Krygsman, Leendert Pieter “Len” passed away at Terrace Lodge in Aylmer Thursday in his 89th year. Predeceased by his wife Ina Krygsman(2015). Survivors: 13 children including Pauline(Wayne Jolly) of Aylmer, Marjorie Pasma(Jake) of Mossley, Rick Krygsman (Karen) of Kingsmill, Alex(Aimee) of Belmont etc.. He was born in the Netherlands and was a farmer in Malahide and later sold real estate. The Funeral Service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Saturday at 11 am. Visitation at the Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm.

 

-Underhill, Mary Kay of Straffordville passed away Tuesday at the age of 53. Survivors: husband David; four children; sister-in-law Teri (Mark) Widner of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm with a Memorial Service there following at 3 pm.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

This structure was part of an older pumping station at the end of Girard Street. It was removed during excavation for the Water St. sewer project recently. Bill Berry, Aylmer Water Technician, informs thatThe station pumped sewage from the east/southeast part of town and sent it toward the main station located in Optimist Park. By re-engineering the system, they were able to eliminate the station and rely on gravity to do the work, saving a huge amount of money on electric costs.

This structure was part trench box used for safety by crews working on an old pumping station at the end of Gerard Street. It was removed during current excavation for the Water St. sewer project. Bill Berry, Aylmer Manager of Water Operations, informed that the station pumped sewage from the east part of town and sent it toward the main station located in Optimist Park. By re-engineering the system years ago, they were able to eliminate the station and rely on gravity to do the work, saving a huge amount of money on electric costs. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, April 27/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-PAUSE TO PLAY -Bowling at Cy’s, 5-8 pm; Zumba Fitness at Davenport School, 6-6:45 pm; Volleyball at Summers Corners School, 5-6 pm; Horseshoes at EEC Complex, 7 pm to dusk

-Elgin Historical Society 150th A-V; Elgin Museum;  7:30 pm

-Eastlink ch 10; London Knights v Erie Playoffs, 7 pm

 

-Thu -PAUSE TO PLAY: Dodgeball at Immanuel School, Grades 1-3 from 6-7 pm and Grades 4-8 from 7-8 pm; Games and stories, Aylmer Library, 6:30 -7:30 pm. 

-Thu -EESS Co-Op Funding Meeting, 6:30 pm; at EESS

-Fri -Aylmer Comm. Band, Choir Concert; OT Hall Theatre; 7:30 pm

-Sat -Bayham Electronics Recycling; 9am – 1 pm; Straffordville Park

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– April 19, 2016, Station #4, Avon Drive, Industrial Accident

– April 20, 2016, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– April 20, 2016, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Burn Complaint

– April 22, 2016, Station #4, Belmont Road, MVC

– April 22, 2016, Station #4, Yorke Line, MVC

– April 22, 2016, Station #2, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– April 22, 2016, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– April 22, 2016, Station #4, Lyons Line, MVC

– April 23, 2016, Station #3, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– April 24, 2016, Station #4, #2, Ron McNeil Line, Industrial Accident

 

 

A.C.T. PLAY NEXT WEEK

 

(Contributed) – “The next Aylmer Community Theatre play begins next week (see ad) – it is called ‘Knickers’. Overview – “When the mill closes at Elliston Falls the town goes into a downward spiral. Only the arrival of a young, enthusiastic Tourism Office employee provides any hope. She discovers an unlikely business partnership in the three brassy friends that make up the local chapter of Weight Watchers. Their plan may just save the town. Directed by Ron Sawyer; the cast includes – Yvonne Clarke, Katherine Thompson, Colleen Sawyer, James Wybrow, Sue Evert, Ashley Grech, Judy Jacoletti, and Barbara Warnock.”

 

 

EESS PLAY ALSO NEXT WEEK

 

(Contributed) – “Disney’s musical, The Little Mermaid, will be performed at East Elgin Secondary School next Thursday to Saturday May 5-7 and again from May 12-14. The performances will be at 7 pm, with one matinee on Saturday May 7 at 1 pm. There are over 70  students in the show with 40 cast members and over 30 students as crew in hair and makeup, props, backstage crew, lighting and sound tech crew, stage managers, set design etc.. As well 30 staff members are involved led by Directors Narda Robbins and Adam McBurnie. Tickets are $10 and are available by going to the EESS website. Said Co-Director Narda Robbins on why this play was chosen: “We had such great success with our previous Disney production of Beauty and the Beast in 2009 so we decided another Disney production would work well at EESS and for the community. We also saw this show perfomed lived in Cambridge and we fell in love with its overall messages of hope, love and resilience. We think it has a message for all.”

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Iller, Katharina “Katie” of Aylmer passed away Monday in her 95th year. Wife of the late Joseph Iller(1970). Survivors: children – Cathy Kasza(the late Steve) and Betty Segui(Bil), both of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Hungary. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Thursday at 11 am.

 

-Smith, Wayne of Springfield passed away on April 20th aged 70. Survivors: wife Deborah Smith; six children etc…A get together will be held on Saturday from 1-4 pm at Malahide Community Place. Arrangements through London Cremation Services.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

TRUDY GELING AT DUTCH WW2 CEREMONY

Trudy Geling of Aylmer travelled to her hometown of Aalten, Netherlands recently for a special ceremony. It was the unveiling by the town of a monument dedicated to her two young brothers and a friend who were killed at the end of World War Two. Her town on the eastern border by Germany was taken over by Germany early in the conflict. Then four days after the liberation of Aalten by the British in March 1945, Trudy’s brothers, Wim, 8, and Henk, 6, Schenk and a friend Wim Wisselink, 5, found a grenade in a ditch. They threw it against the Wisselink house and it exploded killing all three. Trudy was 5 at the time; there were 11 children in her family with six being born after the incident. The ceremony featured the unveiling of a monument which has pictures of the three boys – they are buried in the local ceremony. About 125 people attended. The organizer was a local historian who  wrote a book about what happened – “Playing the Death” (Trudy has a copy (in Dutch). Trudy and several of her sisters and brothers who still live in the area attended.

 

 

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TUESDAY, April 26/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

–Pause To Play: Games, Straffordville School, 5-6:30 pm; Family Fitness, McGregor School, 6-7 pm;

-Seniors Day Out, EECC; 9:30 am – 12:30 (see Wed. report)

-Passport Clinic; EECC; 4-7 pm

-Eastlink ch 10; London Knights v Erie Playoffs; 7 pm

 

-Wed -Pause to Play -Bowling at Cy’s, 5-8 pm; Zumba Fitness at Davenport School, 6-6:45 pm; Volleyball at Summers Corners School, 5-6 pm; Horseshoes at EEC Complex, 7 pm to dusk

-Wed -Elgin Historical Society 150th A-V; Elgin Museum;  7:30 pm

-Wed -Eastlink ch 10; London Knights v Erie Playoffs, 7 pm

-Thu -EESS Co-Op Funding Meeting, 6:30 pm; at EESS

-Fri -Aylmer Comm. Band, Choir Concert; OT Hall Theatre; 7:30 pm

-Sat -Bayham Electronics Recycling; 9am – 1 pm; Straffordville Park

 

 

MAYORS’ COMMENTS: EEC COMPLEX BUDGET

 

(Mayors Greg Currie of Aylmer and Dave Mennill of Malahide comment on the EEC Complex budget which was recently approved by the Interim Board:)

Mayor Currie:

1.Your thoughts on the financial setback last year when the EECC deficit went to $641,700 from $588,800 in 2014? – “First of all it is not a deficit. It is an operating budget of the Complex. In the case of the Complex the operating budget increased from 2014 to 2015 because of the lack of direction from the management of the Complex.”

2.What specific strategies are now in place since a year ago to put the EECC in better administrative and financial shape? – “Now it is much more customer focused. There is much more focus on bringing in customers for various reasons to use the Complex. The more the user experiences the facilities in a positive way, the more the Complex will be valued by those who use it.”

3.Was it a concern that no one from the public attended the budget meeting? – “There are no concerns. Citizens had an opportunity to voice any concerns and at this stage of the Complex history we are seeing a positive change.”

Mayor Mennill:

“The Complex was in a state of transition in 2015. There was a change in the manager’s position. There was confusion as to whether we would have summer ice and hall rentals; it had been recommended that both these activities would cease but now the town and the township have come to an agreement that both will continue. Because of the confusion, complex activity was down and it was not a profitable year. Looking forward to 2016, we have seen renewed interest in ice time and hall activity. Our new manager has new ideas and I am sure we are going to see great financial improvement in the years to come.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Castle Brian of Straffordville passed away Saturday aged 58. Survivors: wife Rosanne Lee; one stepchild etc.. Arrangements with Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg.

 

-Vanderwyst, Paul of Kingsmill passed away Sunday in his 49th year. Survivors: wife Angie (Alden) Vanderwyst; children – Garrett and Aiden; parents Gerry and Liz (VanGorp) Vanderwyst etc.. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on Friday at 11 am.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

-Apr. 18 -Station 2 Straffordville responded to a medical assist on Sandytown Rd.

-Apr. 22 -Station 2 Straffordville responded to a medical assist on Fourth St.

-Apr. 23 -Station 1 Port Burwell responded to a medical assist on Chatham St.

-Apr. 24 -Both stations responded to a single vehicle accident on Calton Line.

 

 

EESS SOCCER MON.:

 

-GIRLS – EESS 5 Glencoe 1

-BOYS – EESS 4 Glencoe 0

 

 

AYLMER PLANT GETS MARIJUANA LICENCE

 

(Contributed) – Bruce Dawson-Scully, CEO of WeedMD Rx Inc., announced yesterday that Health Canada has officially licenced the company to cultivate medical cannabis for patients across Canada. The license will allow the Company to immediately begin cultivation of medical marihuana in its 25,000 square foot facility located at the former Imperial Tobacco plant in Aylmer. WeedMD has remodelled the factory and it now has state-of-the-art environmental control systems, lighting and security, with a bio-composter in place for waste destruction. With 4 acres of adjoining property available for future expansion, plans are already afoot to gradually expand the existing facility to more than 100,000 sq. ft. 

 

 

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MONDAY, April 25/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Pause To Play: Activities, Springfield School, 3:30-6 pm; Basketball etc. EESS, 6-8 pm; Ball Hockey, Assumption school, 6-7:30 pm

 

-Tue –Pause To Play: Games, Straffordville School, 5-6:30 pm; Family Fitness, McGregor School, 6-7 pm;

-Tue -Seniors Day Out, EECC; 9:30 am – 12:30 (see Wed. report)

-Tue -Passport Clinic; EECC; 4-7 pm

-Tue -Eastlink ch 10; London Knights v Erie Playoffs; 7 pm

-Wed -Elgin Historical Society 150th A-V; Elgin Museum;  7:30 pm

-Wed -Eastlink ch 10; London Knights v Erie Playoffs, 7 pm

-Thu -EESS Co-Op Funding Meeting, 6:30 pm; at EESS

-Fri -Aylmer Comm. Band, Choir Concert; OT Hall Theatre; 7:30 pm

-Sat -Bayham Electronics Recycling; 9am – 1 pm; Straffordville Park

 

 

X-COr. IS MALAHIDE TRAILER FATALITY

 

(Information from Elgin OPP) – Former Malahide councillor Paul Vanderwyst, 48, was killed on his farm yesterday afternoon when he became trapped under a trailer. The farm is located on Ron McNeil Line near Buis Line. Police investigation revealed that he had been working under the canopy of a homemade trailer used for hauling ATVs and snowmobiles. The canopy, which was made of heavy plate steel, fell and pinned him across the waist area between the canopy and the trailer platform. It is believed that he could have been pinned for up to half an hour.

 

Mr. Vanderwyst had served on Malahide Council from 2001-3; he ran unsuccessfully in the 2014 election.

 

 

BELMONT CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED

 

Elgin OPP this morning identified the victim of Friday’s morning’s fatal vehicle collision south of Belmont (see Friday report) as Michael Wodzinski, 38 of Aylmer.

 

-Wodzinski, Michael Robert of Aylmer passed away Friday, the result of an automobile accident, in his 39th year. Survivors: wife Tammy (Durham) Wodzinski; two children Lacy and Carson; parents Andrzej ” Woody” and Fay (Dragoman) Wodzinski of Aylmer; three siblings; in-laws Randy and Carolyn Durham of Eden etc. Michael was a tool and dye maker at Braken in London and was a former member of Malahide # 2 Fire Department. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Wednesday at 11 am.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Robicheau, Brian M., of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 62nd year. Husband of the late Barbara (nee Honsburger) Robicheau. Brian was born in Nova Scotia and was a retired employee of the Ford Motor Company of St. Thomas. A gathering was held yesterday; arrangements with the Sifton Funeral Home, St.Thomas.

 

-Taylor, Julie of Straffordville passed away Tuesday aged 64. Survivors: husband Bruce; two children etc.. The service was held this morning at Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A motorcycle collided with a car in Aylmer Sunday evening around 7 pm. A car was travelling east on Talbot St. east when it went to turn south on King St. and was struck from behind by the motorcycle. The motorcycle driver, a 24-year old Aylmer man, was taken to hospital with a broken knee and finger. The driver of the car was treated at the scene and released. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD SCHOOL CHALLENGE UPDATE

 

Lisa Shackleton reports that results for the Ontario Schools Recycling Battery Challenge will not be known until June but a late push by Springfield Public School before last Friday’s deadline meant that the battle for first place “was a close one”.

 

 

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FRIDAY, April 22/16

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish FRIDAY

 

AYLMER MAN IS FATALITY THIS MORNING

 

BELMONT – (From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP is still investigating a three vehicle fatal motor vehicle collision this morning around 7 am. The collision occurred on Belmont Road at Yorke Line, just south of here.  A tractor trailer was on Yorke Line turning north onto Belmont Rd when a Jeep that was northbound on Belmont Rd came upon the tractor trailer  and struck it on the driver’s side.  The Jeep then rolled onto the driver’s side and was immediately stuck by a pick-up truck that was traveling south on Belmont Rd. The driver and lone occupant of the Jeep, a thirty-eight year-old Aylmer man, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Release of the deceased name is pending notification of next of kin. The driver and lone occupant of the pick-up truck was transported to hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured in the collision.

 

 

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THURSDAY, April 21/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-All Week: Aylmer Yard Waste Curbside Pickup 

-Bayham 7 pm; Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Mt.Salem School: ‘Annie’; 7pm; OT Hall Theatre (see April 4 report)

-FilmWeek: Straff. Library; 6:30; ‘Bear Named Winnie’

 

-Fri -EARTH DAY/Springfield School Battery Challenge ends

-Sat -Springfield Lioness Roast Beef Dinner; 5-7 pm

-Sat -FilmWeek: Springfield Library; 2:30; ‘The Whale’

-Sat -FilmWeek: Malahide Comm Place; 7:30 pm; ’15 Reasons To Live’

-Sun -Eastlink ch 10: London Knights v Erie Playoff; 7 pm

-Sun -Unplug and Play; EECC Skating; 1-2:30 pm

 

 

RECHARGE? SPRINGFIELD SLIPS TO SECOND!

 

Lisa Shackleton informs that Springfield Public School, which had recently been in first place in the Ontario Schools Recycling Battery Challenge, has now slipped into second spot – the contest ends FRIDAY. Batteries can still be dropped off at the school or at Springfield Timber Mart.

 

 

OUTLOOK: EESS GIRLS’ SOCCER

 

(Information from coach Christine Halasz) – “The girls are looking young this year. We have quite a few returning and quite a few new ones. We have kept most of our defence and midfielders from last year. We are still AAA division. Our first game is on Monday at Citywide soccer park in London vs Glencoe and we are running our tournament on Friday next week at Columbus Park.

 

 

AYLMER MAYOR ON 2016 BUDGET

 

(Aylmer Mayor Greg Currie comments on the 2016 Aylmer budget, approved this week by Council) –

1.Are you satisfied with the budget? – “I am quite satisfied with the current budget because it retains all the services in town. As well as no municipal tax increase, the new Works Building and Library may come to fruition”

2.What are major spending/capital projects for this year? “Major spending/capital projects for this year include infrastructure projects, the Works Building and hopefully the Library”

3.The citizen who spoke at Council Monday warned about using EECC reserves (or any reserves) for other building projects. Is that a concern? – “He is not the only one to be aware that any reserves in the Town should be used wisely. This term the council is doing just that with the best interests of the community in mind.”

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – Aylmer Police, in conducting a RIDE spot check around midnight Saturday, stopped a pickup truck and officers detected an odour of marijuana. Further investigation resulted in roughly 30 grams of the drug being seized from the vehicle and two 21-year-old men – one from Aylmer and one from Bayham – were charged with Possession of Marijuana.

 

 

MIEDEMAS ON MIDDLE EAST PASTOR TOUR

 

(Information on an upcoming Christian Reformed Church Pastor’s Trip to the Middle East is from participant Grace Miedema, wife of Dirk Miedema, one of two ministers at Aylmer’s Christian Reformed Church) – “We are very excited to be on this study trip to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel from May 1 to May 16. A generous foundation started by a B.C. couple has decided to bless Christian Reformed pastors and their spouses with this study opportunity. The DeVries Foundation was established in 2011 and has sent pastors from B.C. and the western provinces in previous years. There are 36 in our group- all senior pastors and spouses – or campus pastors from Ontario and eastwards.

 

We land in Cairo and will travel then to the Aswan region and the central Nile district. We have been told to be prepared to climb Mt. Sinai with our backpacks of water and personal gear so that we can sleep at the top. We will spend some time in the wilderness north of Sinai on our way to Petra. From there we travel into Israel to the Galilee where we will be lodged in a kibbutz, then to the Dead Sea and Jerusalem. Our last nights will be on the Palestinian side of the border. From colleagues who have completed this trip in previous years we learned that there are days when we will be logging over 20,000 steps and/or climbing 300 flights of stairs! We were also told to take toques and gloves for the top of Sinai where the evening temperatures are roughly 14-16 degrees Celsius. The DeVries family has built up relationships with the Bedouin guides in southern Egypt and around Sinai. They report that since the instability in the region has increased fewer and fewer travellers visit the area. Therefore poverty has increased there. We were encouraged to collect sweaters, hats, scarves, shoes, heavy sandals, and school supplies to leave behind. I have been collecting donations from our church’s womens’ group and invited the students of ICS to help. I personally am pretty excited to see Petra – I saw an exhibition in Ottawa a few years ago. I’m also curious about the Dead Sea and really hope we get to meet some Palestinian Christians. I’m also eager to experience the geography of the area- desert, wilderness, Judean hill country etc.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, April 20/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-All Week: Aylmer Yard Waste Curbside Pickup 

-Eastlink ch 10: London Knights v Erie Playoff; 7 pm

 

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

-Thu -Mt.Salem School: ‘Annie’; 7pm; OT Hall Theatre (see April 4 report)

-Thu -FilmWeek: Straff. Library; 6:30; ‘Bear Named Winnie’

-Fri -EARTH DAY/Springfield School Battery Challenge ends

-Sat -Springfield Lioness Roast Beef Dinner; 5-7 pm

-Sat -FilmWeek: Springfield Library; 2:30; ‘The Whale’

-Sat -FilmWeek: Malahide Comm Place; 7:30 pm; ’15 Reasons To Live”

 

 

RECHARGE? SPRINGFIELD SLIPS TO SECOND!

 

Lisa Shackleton informs this afternoon that Springfield Public School, which had recently been in first place in the Ontario Schools Recycling Battery Challenge, today slipped into second spot – the contest ends FRIDAY. Batteries can still be dropped off at the school or at Springfield Timber Mart.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Broadbent, Raymond George of St. Thomas passed away Tuesday aged 81. Survivors: wife Shirley Broadbent (nee McCallum); three children including Steve (Linda) Broadbent of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home St. Thomas on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A service will take place at Central United Church St. Thomas on Saturday April 30 at 2 pm.

 

-Vandenbilcke, Prosper Henry of Aylmer passed away Tuesday in his 93rd year. Survivors: wife Simone (Moerman) Vandenbilcke; four step children etc.. He was born in Belgium. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm with the Funeral Mass held at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Friday at 2:30 pm.

 

 

SENIORS DAY OUT TUES. AT EEC COMPLEX

 

The monthly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex will be held next Tuesday from 9:30 am to 12:30. The program includes: recreational activities (choice of adult skate, shuffleboard, or a fitness class) and guest speaker MP Karen Vecchio who will be speaking about what her office is responsible for, discussing seniors issues etc.. Cost is $10, lunch is provided and registration in advance is required.

 

 

SINCLAIR HOME FOR SALE

 

The ‘Sinclair Home’, on Talbot St. west near Myrtle St., which has a unique history in Aylmer – it has been the residence of three consecutive generations of Drs. Sinclair – is presently ‘for sale’. Dr. Duncan and Marg Sinclair plan to move just west a few doors in a condominium unit. Marg Sinclair provided the following information on the home’s history: Sinclairs of Scottish origin came to Yarmouth township in l820 and in 1874 Dr. Coll Sinclair started his practice in Aylmer in that residence (He actually served as Mayor of Aylmer for a term and two of his brothers also became doctors). The house had been built in 1864 by Samuel Yorke, a local tanner. Coll’s son Dr. Charles Sinclair established his practice in the same house and his wife Margaret stayed with Dr. Duncan and Marg Sinclair for a few years before moving to her own place when they arrived in 1964.

 

The ‘Doctor’s Office’ consisted of two rooms in 1964 and since that time, the present Sinclairs added two examination rooms, a lab, and a bathroom for patients. The office was relocated to the Talbot St. west Medical Clinic when it opened about ten years ago. Dr. Duncan Sinclair was raised in the home with his sister Mary and brother Don.

 

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HEALTH UNIT WANTS X-SMOKERS

 

(Contributed) – “Elgin St. Thomas Public Health is developing a new local campaign aimed to motivate current smokers to quit smoking with the inspiration from a former smoker’s success story. “We are looking for smokers who have made a quit attempt in the past year or so and have remained smoke-free,” says Health Promoter Jessica Lang.” With consent provided, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health plans to share local success stories on their new website. There are three different prizes to be awarded to those who have quit for one month, six months, and one year. Interested persons can email stopsmoking@elginhealth.on.ca no later than Friday May 20th for information.

 

 

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TUESDAY, April 19/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week: Aylmer Yard Waste Curbside Pickup 

 

-Wed -Eastlink ch 10: London Knights v Erie Playoff; 7 pm

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

-Thu -Mt.Salem School: ‘Annie’; 7pm; OT Hall Theatre (see April 4 report)

-Thu -FilmWeek: Straff. Library; 6:30 (see April 12 report)

-Fri -Springfield School Battery Challenge ends

-Sat -Springfield Lioness Roast Beef Dinner; 5-7 pm

 

 

ONE SPEAKER AT AYLMER BUDGET MEETING

 

In a scene reminiscent of last year, only one resident – former Mayor Jack Couckuyt – spoke and there were no other written submissions at the public budget meeting of Aylmer Council last night. Last year Mr. Couckuyt was the only speaker as well. His key comments: he thought it was a very good budget, he praised council for not using large amounts of reserves, he cautioned against using too much of monies set aside to pay off the EEC Complex debt to fund a new public works building and he noted that any money reserved for the costs of leasing a library expansion would go a long way to doing something permanently at present. Council then approved this year’s budget which calls for a 2.15 tax levy compared to .52% last year, .64% in 2014 and .68% in 2013. (The budget can be viewed by going to the town’s website and clicking on last night’s agenda.)

 

 

TO SEEK POLICE COSTS FOR MALAHIDE

 

Aylmer Council at their regular meeting last night approved sending a request by Malahide Council, to consider costing of police services by Aylmer Police Services, on to the Police Services Board for a report. The motion passed by a 4-2 margin with Co. Mcdonald and Co. Laur opposed. Comments during the discussion:

Co. McDonald – “Malahide has the lowest policing costs in Elgin, Aylmer has the highest, this seems counter productive”

Co. Barbour – “It’s simply exploring another option”

Co. Laur – “I’m concerned that stepping in here might muddy the water we are already in. Perhaps we should really be asking the Police Services Board if we could have the cost of a reduced service model here?”

Co. McDonald – “We have already set up an avenue to look at OPP policing for Aylmer”

Mayor Currie – “I think we should do this now and if we set it aside after the report so be it”

Co. Mcdonald – “This could result in more equipment, more vehicles, more officers for Aylmer, it’s going down the wrong road”

Dep-Mayor French – “We need to stay firm on this, we need to still go through with considering OPP costing”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

AYLMER ROTARIANS AIDING EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

(Contributed) – “In response to the earthquake disaster in Nepal, the Aylmer Rotary Club is looking to raise funds to provide Shelter Boxes to the families in need. A Shelter Box provides all that a family requires for relief as the kit contains a 10-man tent, a stove, cooking utensils, water purification kits, blankets, children’s activities and other essential items. Each kit costs $1200 Cdn. Any support is greatly appreciated. The Federal Government will also be providing matching grants for this project. The Shelter Box teams will be on the ground now with the first kits arriving immediately. Contact Bob or Barb Warnock for more information.”

 

 

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MONDAY, April 18/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council Public Budget Meeting, 7 pm

-All Week: Aylmer Yard Waste Curbside Pickup 

 

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

-Thu -Mt.Salem School: ‘Annie’; 7pm; OT Hall Theatre (see April 4 report)

-Thu -FilmWeek: Straff. Library; 6:30 (see April 12 report)

-Fri -Springfield School Battery Challenge ends

-Sat -Springfield Lioness Roast Beef Dinner; 5-7 pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Carrington, Douglas Wayne of R.R.6, Aylmer passed away Thursday in his 67th year. Survivors: wife Brenda (Van Patter) Carrington; children Tanya Hoover (John) and Scott Carrington; all of the Aylmer area etc.. He ran his mail route for Canada Post for 33 years.The funeral service will be held at the Kebbel funeral home today at 11 am.

 

-Millard, Richard William of London and formerly of Vienna passed away Friday in his 68th year. Survivors: mother Maelene (Bradt) Millard of Aylmer and the late William Ralph Millard etc.. The funeral service will be held at the Kebbel Funeral Home today at 1 pm.

 

-Morrison, Vera Alexandria “Alex” of Woodstock passed away Friday, aged 15. Survivors: her parents, three siblings; grandparent Darcy Ralf(Jim Chambers) of Aylmer etc..The funeral service will be held at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday at 12 pm. with visitation two hours before.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– April 11, 2016, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist 

– April 12, 2016, Station #1, Calton Line, Automobile Fire

– April 13, 2016, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– April 13, 2016, Station 3, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– April 15, 2016, Station #2, Conservation Line, Grass Fire

– April 16, 2016, Station #4, Lyons Line, Grass Fire

 

 

UNPLUG AND PLAY AT SCHOOLS NEXT WEEK

 

(‘Unplug and Play’ events are being held next week for local school children. Aylmer Co-Ordinator Penny Hilliker, a McGregor Public School teacher, provides this overview:) “‘Unplug and Play’ is a new name this year for a program that’s been running successfully in the East Elgin area for over a decade. We called it “Pause to Play” for two years, and before that it was “Turn Off the Screens” as a Health Unit initiative. School and community events are offered at no cost. “Unplug & Play” is a nation-wide program endorsed by Participaction. This is the first year our event is part of “The Healthy Kids Community Challenge”, facilitated by the St. Thomas Elgin Health Unit. Each hosting school received a small grant to help purchase equipment, supplies, prizes, etc. to run their events. There are some new and exciting events on the calendar this year. This is the first year that Straffordville and Summers Corners have participated and Springfield and East Elgin are back as hosts. Tickets are available through participating schools.”

 

Events: Sunday – Public Skating, Free admission with ticket from 1– 2:30 pm at the EEC Complex; Monday – Various Play activities, Springfield School, 3:30-6 pm; Basketball and soccer contests, EESS, 6-8 pm; Ball Hockey, Assumption school, 6-7:30 pm; Tuesday – Games, Straffordville School, 5-6:30 pm; Family Fitness, McGregor School, 6-7 pm; Wednesday – Bowling at Cy’s, 5-8 pm; Zumba Fitness, Davenport School, 6-6:45 pm; Volleyball, Summers Corners School, 5-6 pm; Horseshoes, EEC Complex, 7 pm to dusk; Thursday -Dodgeball, Immanuel School, Grades 1-3 from 6-7 pm and Grades 4-8 from 7-8 pm; Games and stories, Aylmer Library, 6:30 -7:30 pm.

 

 

WATER ST. SEWER CONSTRUCTION

 

Work began last week on the Water St. sewer reconstruction project.

Work began last week on the Water St. sewer reconstruction project and is expected to continue until early August – here excavation was beginning on Gerard St.. (Kb) (Click)

 

 

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THURSDAY, April 14/16

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish FRIDAY

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Police Public Meeting; OT Hall Theatre; 5:30-7:30 pm (see report)

-Eastlink ch 10; London Knights v Kitchener Playoff, 7 pm

 

-Fri -Schools PA Day (EECC Public Skating; 10:15 am – 12:15)

 

-Mon – Aylmer Council Public Budget Meeting, 7 pm

-Next Week: Aylmer Yard Waste curbside Pickup 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 77 year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to yield after her car, exiting a church parking lot, was in collision with an eastbound car on Pine St east just east of John St. on Tuesday April 5 at 11 am; minor damage to both vehicles.

 

 

ICS ‘BATTLE OF THE BOOKS’

 

The Junior team of Immanuel Christian School confers as they answer a question during the Battle of the Books event at ICS Wednesday. Team members, left to right, are: Gracie Bergen, Abigail Atkinson, Caleb Poortinga, Lucas Krahn and Jocelyn Shelton. (kb)

The Junior team of Immanuel Christian School, at left, confers as they answer a question during the ‘Battle of the Books’ event at ICS Wednesday. Team members, left to right, are: Megan Friesen, Gracie Bergen, Abigail Atkinson, Caleb Poortinga, Lucas Krahn and Jocelyn Shelton. (Kb) (CLICK)

 

 

100 YEARS AGO: AYLMER IN WORLD WAR I

 

(This letter from World War I was published 100 years ago this week – April 1916 – in the Aylmer Express. It is from William Bates, who was born on Dingle Street, enlisted at age 24 in 1915 and survived the war. Source: James McCallum: “We Will Remember Them”)

“We went to France and took over trenches. I nearly got mine here. One of the boys and myself were caught out in the open one day when the Germans started bombarding. We crawled on our stomachs to a big shell with shrapnel bursting and scattering like rain. My rifle was struck and the butt split by shrapnel, not two feet from me. Our feet and legs were lying in the water but we dared not move. I was hurt on the 18th of March. We were out looking to take over a new line of trenches and it was dusk and the German artillery opened up on us. We lay down flat in the communication trench. A trench mortar alighted just a short distance from us. One of these was thrown on my right leg. I got up and got a piece of board for a crutch and took off for a mile down the trench before I was helped out. They later put me under the x rays and found my fibula broken just above the ankle. They loaded us on a boat and sent us across the channel to hospital in Dover. From the hospital I was booked for Blighty as we call England. The Red Cross have brought me everything you can imagine – cigarettes, apples, jelly custard, candy, writing paper, magazines etc.”

 

 

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