Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, June 22/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Exams Begin

-TriCounty Fastball – Pt. Burwell hosts: Woodstock; 8 pm

 

-Fri/Sun -Biblical Restoration Ministries Concert; Palmer Park; 7 pm (Sat – 6 pm, Sun – 4 pm)

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts: Innerkip, 8:30 pm

-Fri-Sun – Periscope Theatre Pt. Burwell: “7-10 Split” (see June 5 report)

-Sat -Mennonite CS Auction; Curling Club; 9am; Breakfast 7 am

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball – Pt. Burwell hosts: Innerkip, 7 pm

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

BAYHAM WINS COURT CASE ON OJIBWA

(From the Bayham Township website) – “The Municipality of Bayham recently received a judgement against the Elgin Military Museum for $6-million relating to the default of bank loans the museum received to pay for the transport of the HMCS Ojibwa submarine from Halifax to Port Burwell. Bayham will now explore options to seek to enforce and collect upon the judgement.” The case was heard on May 17 in Ontario Superior Court in London. Bayham was also awarded $58,500 in interest charges and $6000 in indemnity costs. In March last year the Royal Bank informed Bayham that it was calling upon the Municipality to pay six million dollars which is the amount of the loan guarantee which the Municipality provided to the Bank in connection with Project Ojibwa. In late 2014, the Elgin Military Museum defaulted on a $6 million municipally-backed bank loan. Bayham, the guarantor, was forced to borrow money to pay the debt.

 

UPDATE – Bayham CAO Paul Shipway reports there are no “updates or information at this time”

 

 

ST.THOMAS MENS SOCCER LEAGUE

 

-Railway City 3 Aylmer FC (1-3) 2

 

 

MISSING BELMONT MAN

 

(From Elgin OPP) – The Elgin OPP are seeking to locate 56-year-old Steven BRETT of  Belmont. He was last seen in Woodstock around 7 pm on Monday. The OPP wants to locate him to verify his well-being. Description: 188cm (6’2″ tall), weighing 108kg (240 lbs) with a heavy build, Shoulder length blond/grey hair, Grey goatee, Last seen wearing a dark green golf shirt, denim knee length shorts, a grey baseball hat and running shoes. Driving a blue Saturn Ion with licence #BXKJ 755.

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE PS SCHOOL TRIPS

 

(Information from Principal Richard Auckland) – End of the  year class trips organized at Straffordville Public School include: K/1 – Clovermead; 2/3 – Greenview Aviaries; 3/4 – East Park London; 4/5 – London Museum of Archeology; 5/6 – Warplane Heritage Museum Hamilton; 6/7 – East Park London; 8 – Toronto – CN Tower, Aquarium, Graffiti tour.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, June 21/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu -EESS Exams Begin

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball – Pt. Burwell hosts: Woodstock; 8 pm

–Fri -TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts: Innerkip, 8:30 pm

-Fri-Sun – Periscope Theatre Pt. Burwell: “7-10 Split” (see June 5 report)

-Sat -Mennonite CS Auction; Curling Club; 9am; Breakfast 7 am

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball – Pt. Burwell hosts: Innerkip, 7 pm

 

 

CO. TO PURSUE TWO LIBRARY SITES

 

Without any studies, Aylmer Council at its regular meeting Monday decided to abandon looking at a revised stand alone building downtown and an addition to the west of the present building as library expansion possibilities.

All councillors present (Co. Barbara Ann Laur was absent) voted to have staff investigate just two potential sites for library expansion – the south side of the present building (5000 square feet) with a connection and the former Works Building site on Myrtle St. – even though the original motion was to include planning for the other two sites. The staff report is due by the first council meeting in October.

The actual agenda motion suggested by Mayor Greg Currie proposed to: “direct staff to research previous committee work on the Library and report back to Council about information about a stand alone Library next to the Old Town Hall as well as to the west side of the Old Town Hall and also the south of the building.”

 

Some comments:

Mayor Currie – “Our vision is to take these items (on the original motion) and look at Myrtle St., consider them and speak to them at a public meeting. But I don’t think Council can dance around all four, perhaps just two for example the Myrtle Street and south side ideas. Then we pick one. Then we do some fundraising.

Co. Shari Andrews – The idea for a stand alone uptown using the existing plan, I think we all know the history of that, it would stir up a hornet’s nest. Is there a cost efficient way of putting it there without using the existing plan?

Mayor Currie – Perhaps we amend the motion so we don’t look at that Stand Alone

Co. Peter Barbour – A south side expansion, about 5000 square feet, fits in the footprint. The west side may encroach on parking and underground services and be pricey.

Co. Arthur Oslach – On the south side Bear Park is coming along, I like it as a park. I favour the west side or Myrtle St..”

Co. Andrews – Perhaps we can look at the existing library space and move things around and make better use of space so we don’t need as much square footage.

 

 

VAPE STORE TO OPEN IN AYLMER

 

(Information from Autumn Vallance, owner of  The Great Canadian Vape store which will open soon on King St. in Aylmer) – ” I am originally from Burlington but have been living in the area for several years now. We recently purchased a home in Orwell. We have chosen Aylmer to open our Vape Shop due to the great demand for a real Canadian Vape shop in the area that is progressive. There is one in Tillsonburg, three in St. Thomas  I think and one in Orwell. Vaping was created to help people to quit smoking. Vaping in layman’s terms is a battery that heats a coil which heats the e juice turning it into a vapor. Those 19 years or older (with i.d.) may purchase vaporizers, juice, bongs, plus papers, android boxes, mini wireless keyboards, and hot and cold beverages and treats from our store. Our little shop will supply the consumer  base in our area, not only with great vaping supplies but with a much needed moral support system. Quitting smoking is not an easy endeavour.

We are also building a great games room to allow vapers and non vapers  to come and have a safe, friendly, accepting environment to relax. We have a life size Jenga, Dart board, Chess set, as well as large tvs for your viewing/playing enjoyment along with a plethora of board games. You can rent out the room for a special Games Night of  D&D or Magic etc.. Our Grand Opening  will be on July 1 at 10 am.. The first 25 people to arrive will receive a free $10 Gift Certificate. Everyone through the door will receive a free draw to be held Monday at 10 am. We are open now for a sneak peek.”

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL RESULTS

 

-Harwood 7 Pt. Burwell (5-4) 0

-Pt. Burwell 12 Straffordville (1-8) 2

 

 

SPRINGFIELD 2ND IN BATTERY CHALLENGE

 

Springfield Public School finished second in the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge it was announced at a school assembly yesterday afternoon. Sponsor of the contest Raw Materials Company of Port Colborne presented the school with a cheque for $3874. The winning school was Quintilian of Kingston. Last year Springfield was first over 125 other elementary and secondary schools in the province in the contest which ran from mid October to mid April. Said School secretary Sheri Webb: “We are donating $1,000 to the SickKids Foundation and we have yet made a definite decision on the remaining funds, possibly innovative technology or field trips. We collected a little less then last year.”

 

 

AYLMER MCS AUCTION, FOOD FEST SAT.

 

(Information from Anna Unger of the MCS Auction committee) –The 17th Annual Mennonite Community Services’ Aylmer Charity Auction will be held Saturday beginning at 9 am at the Aylmer Curling Club. Breakfast will be served from 7 am. The MCS Auction raises more than $30,000 every year, and 75% stays here for local programming. The committee is still accepting donations of items and is also looking for volunteers to help out Friday evening and Saturday. Call John Unger – 519-851-6889. The Best Pie in Aylmer Contest is back for a third year – this time, strawberry (to enter, visit the website or call Linda Miller at 519-765-3025.) For more information: www.mcson.org

 

 

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MONDAY, June 19/17

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again WED.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

 

-Thu -EESS Exams Begin

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball – Pt. Burwell hosts: Woodstock; 8 pm

-Sat -Mennonite CS Auction; Fairgrounds; 9am; Breakfast 7 am

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Harvey, David Albert of Aylmer and formerly of Orwell passed away Wednesday in his 70th year. Survivors: one brother etc.. The funeral service was held Saturday; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Giesbrecht, David of Aylmer passed away Thursday in his 67th year. Survivors: children John Giesbrecht(Lena), Pete Giesbrecht, Eva Neufeld(Isaak) and Susan Giesbrecht(Bill Thiessen), all of the Aylmer area etc.. Also survived by former wife, Maria Giesbrecht. He was born in Mexico and worked at Imperial Tobacco and in the paving industry for many years. The funeral service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral home today at 1 pm.

 

-Collins, Wanita Rose of London and formerly of Pt. Burwell passed away Tuesday at the age of 78 years. Survivors: children – James “Kelly” Collins (Jenn Hackman) of Port Burwell and Angela Collins (Randy) of Aylmer etc.. The Funeral Service was held at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Saturday.

 

-Verbrugge, Roger, of Chartwell Nursing Home, Aylmer and formerly of Tillsonburg passed away Tuesday, aged 87. Survivors: three sons etc..  A service was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Tillsonburg on Saturday. Arrangements with the Francis Funeral Home Tavistock.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– June 13, 2017, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– June 13, 2017, Station #4, Wilson Line, Burn Complaint

– June 14, 2017, Station #4, Wilson Line, Burn Complaint

– June 16, 2017, Station #1, Dexter Line, Ruptured Water Line

– June 16, 2017. Station #2, Glencolin Line, Human Perceived Emergency

– June 17, 2017, Station #3, Imperial Road, Ditch Fire

– June 18, 2017, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, MVC

– June 18, 2017, Station #1, Vienna Line, Medical Assist

 

 

EESS COMMENCEMENT

 

EESS held Commencement at the EEC Complex Thursday night. Valedictorian was Duncan Matthews. Award winners included: Robert Ball Agriculture Scholarships –Emily Unger and Abbey Taylor; Steelway Building Award – Jeremy Cunningham; Dr D W Sinclair and Order of Good Cheer Award – Abbey Taylor; Fabi Family Scholarships – Jared Chestnut, Kaylee Durdle and Anson Teuber; Lena and Watkin Livingston Scholarships – Jared Chestnut and Jessi Lounsbury; Richmond Beck Awards – Emily Unger and Erica Zimmer; Natural Resource Gas Scholarship – Elaine Donck; Optimist Club Awards – Bailey Dawson and Erica Zimmer; Principal’s Leadership Award – Victoria Vanderspank; Nellie Farthing Scholarships –Donavan Moore and Charlotte Rollins; Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Scholarship – Maranda Minjauw.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-June 12, both stations called to a baler on fire on Heritage Line. The crews found a bale of hay only on fire which was quickly extinguished.

-June 13, station 2 Straffordville, wires down on Calton Line. Units also had to be assigned at Calton and Plank while the traffic lights were out.

-June 15, station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Plank Rd.

-June 18, station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Short St.

 

 

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THURSDAY, June 15/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-TriCounty Fastball – Pt.Burwell at Straffordville, 8 pm

-EESS Commencement, 7pm

-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Marijuana Law Discussion; 7 pm; St. Thomas CASO station

 

-Fri -Ayl-Mal. Museum Spring Luncheon; 11:30 am-1; Anglican Church

-Fri -150th Movie Night: 7 pm; OT Hall Theatre; ‘Shaun the Sheep’

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts: Innerkip, 8:30 pm

-Fri-Sun – Periscope Theatre Pt. Burwell: “7-10 Split” (see June 5 report)

-Sat -Springfield Fun Day (see Mon. report)

-Sat -Canada 15oth Bonfire; Fairgrounds; 7 pm; Food, Entertainment

-Sundays -Dadndaughters Chipwagon,Copenhagen;ALS Fundraiser breakfasts,10am-12;$5

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

X-AYLMER CO. ROSS GREER

-Greer, Ross of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 77th year. Survivors: wife Tatiana (Tyurina) Greer; one son etc.. Also survived by former wife Joyce (Buck) Greer. He was a member of the Aylmer Police Services Board and established music at the Aylmer band shell on Wednesday nights. He served as Deputy Reeve and Councilor for the Town of Aylmer. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 7-9 pm and Saturday from 2-4 pm. A private family service will be held at a later date.

 

 

NO CORNER CUPBOARD IN AUGUST

 

(Information from Liz McConnell) – The Aylmer Corner Cupboard will close for the month of August this summer. Regular hours are Tuesdays: 9 am to noon and 3 pm to 5. In July, hours will be just 9 am to Noon.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer)

-A 14 year old Aylmer male, a student at Davenport, was charged with assault after allegedly trying to choke a 13 year old male student in the schoolyard on June 7 at 10:30 am – the victim lost consciousness but was revived and taken to hospital for minor injuries.

 

-A 28 year old Aylmer man was charged with assault with a weapon after allegedly trying to stab a 42 year old man with a small knife after an argument uptown June 7 around 7:30 pm. He was also charged with a theft from Aylmer Arrow from earlier this year.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

MALAHIDE, BAYHAM WATER BREAK

(Contributed) – Rob Johnson, Director of Physical Services for Malahide, reports that yesterday afternoon’s water pipeline breach has now been repaired and the water system was re-pressurized as of 8 pm yesterday. A boil water advisory issued yesterday by the St. Thomas Elgin Health Unit however remains in effect. The line was put out of commission when a contractor working on Dexter Line in Port Bruce damaged the main line. Customers affected were in south Malahide and Bayham including Pt Bruce, Copenhagen, Pt Burwell and Vienna as well as in southern Central Elgin west of Pt Bruce. About 1350 customers were affected. The water main was thoroughly flushed and sampled during the re-pressurization. The Ontario Clean Water Agency, who are the contracted operating authority, is still in the process of further sampling and testing the water system. It is hoped that full service will be restored prior to the weekend.

 

 

BANDSHELL MUSIC FOR CORNER CUPBOARD

 

(LATE) (Contributed) – The Moore Ave Underground band from Aylmer is hosting their fifth annual music fundraiser to benefit the Aylmer Corner Cupboard at Palmer Park this Friday and Saturday. It will run from 4 pm-9:30 Friday and Noon to 8pm on Saturday. Several local bands will also be featured including: Friday – Jordan Young, Scott Brunelle, Tensions Collide, From Waves to Shore, Coaching 4 Sara, Skeleton Soap Opera and Saturday: Derek Rhodes, Alex Scott, Lydia Deelstra, Jeremy Roule, Grace Wall, Jordan Young, Jordan Fehr, Scott Brunelle, Adam Michael, Youngest and Only and the Moore Ave Underground.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, June 14/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball – Pt.Burwell at Straffordville, 8 pm

-Thu -EESS Commencement, 7pm

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

-Thu -Marijuana Law Discussion; 7 pm; St. Thomas CASO station

-Fri -Ayl-Mal. Museum Spring Luncheon; 11:30 am-1; Anglican Church

-Fri -150th Movie Night: 7 pm; OT Hall Theatre; ‘Shaun the Sheep’

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts: Innerkip, 8:30 pm

-Fri-Sun – Periscope Theatre Pt. Burwell: “7-10 Split” (see June 5 report)

-Sat -Springfield Fun Day (see Mon. report)

-Sat -Canada 15oth Bonfire; Fairgrounds; 7 pm; Food, Entertainment

 

 

CO.: NO DISCUSSION ON LIBRARY?

 

In a surprizing move at Aylmer Council’s regular meeting Monday, Co. Pete Barbour withdrew his motion to make plans for library expansion in the ‘town square’ before the meeting began. Said Co. Barbour: “My intent was to stimulate conversation on this plan; prior to this meeting I tried to contact other Councillors to see what we could do. I was going to include the Myrtle St. option on our list. But I am not comfortable there is support to adopt this motion so I wish to withdraw it.” There was no further discussion. 

 

Co. Barbour’s plan was to set up a public committee to assess size, type of building and anticipated cost for three sites within the ”Town Square” – an addition to the west side of the existing library, an addition to the south side of the existing library or a new stand alone building – then hold a public meeting for discussion with hopes of providing a recommendation to Council by November.

 

 

EESS REPORT

 

BY ALEXIS FEHR

“Events are starting to slow down as the end of the year quickly creeps up on unsuspecting students. On May 30th there was a PAC meeting and on the 31st Coffee House was performed. On June 1st there was the Athletic Banquet. RPGCA had a year end celebration on the 7th. At lunch on the 8th there was a Sr. football meeting, a girls softball meeting, and grilled cheese sandwiches were being sold in the courtyard. RPGCA had another meeting on the 9th. There was a dodgeball tournament on the 12th at lunch in the new gym. The final assembly will be on the 15th and for those who want to graduate grade 12 you need to bring in your volunteer hours. Not much going on, but there is lots of preparation for exams at this time of year.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– June 8, 2017, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– June 10, 2017, Station #3 assisted by station #4, Imperial Road, MVC

– June 10, 2017, Station #1, Colin Street, Medical Assist

– June 10, 2017, Station #1, Vienna Line, Medical Assist

– June 10, 2017, Station #2, Conservation Line, Medical Assist

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL:

 

-Pt. Burwell (4-3) 2 Oxford Centre 0

 

 

1960-63 EESS REUNION IN JULY

 

(Information from Mike Streib) During the weekend of July 28 – July 30, students and staff who attended (any grade) or taught at East Elgin High School from 1960 – 1963 are invited to a reunion here. Friday begins the weekend with a ‘Meet ‘n Greet’ at Parkers Party Palace (7 pm – ?); Saturday kicks off with a BBQ at the Legion 11:30 am – 1.  There will also be conducted tours of the high school (1:30 pm – 4:30). A classic cars display will be at the German Canadian Club (2 pm – 4:30). A Dinner and Dance will be at the German Canadian Club (5:30 pm – 1 am). On Sunday, we end the festivities with a brunch at the German Canadian Club (10 am – 12:30). We have a website with all the information. It is: https://jcouckuyt2.wixsite.com/eess. There is a registration form on the site. Pat Zimmer has organized a historical display of East Elgin memorabilia, and some Aylmer history during that era. Our business community is offering BIA Bonus dollars for Saturday shoppers and holding a Silent Auction during the Saturday festivities at the German Canadian Club. Any profits that are realized shall be donated to the Aylmer Corner Cupboard. Contact Mike Streib at 519-773-8177 or email: uplands@amtelecom.net.

 

This is the result of a chance meeting between Pat Zimmer and myself and in our conversation and reminiscing, we decided we should have a reunion of the ‘old gang’. Our committee consists of Jack Couckuyt, Pat Zimmer, Beth Phoenix (Stansell), Wanda Kapogines and myself.

 

 

ST.THOMAS MENS’ SOCCER

 

Aylmer FC (1-2)3 Elgin Arsenal 0

 

 

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MONDAY, June 12/17

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again WED.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

 

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball – Pt.Burwell at Straffordville, 8 pm

-Thu -EESS Commencement, 7pm

-Thu -Marijuana Law Discussion; 7 pm; St. Thomas CASO station

-Fri -150th Movie Night

-Sat -Springfield Fun Day (see Mon. report)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Rice, Ann of Tillsonburg and formerly of Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 70th year. Wife of the late William D. Copeland (2003).  She worked at Imperial Leaf Tobacco for many years.  A graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Black, Helen M (Johnston) of Toronto and formerly of Aylmer in her 96th year passed away May 16. Wife of the late Donald Seaton Black(2011). Survivors: three children etc.. A public Graveside Service will be held at the Aylmer Cemetery today at 11 am.

 

 

MOTION: LIBRARY “IN DOWNTOWN CORE”

 

Among agenda items to be discussed by Aylmer Council at its regular meeting tonight is the following motion by Co. Pete Barbour:

“That a library site committee be established with the purpose … being to provide a recommendation to Council of a preferred site (from the following options), size and type of building and its anticipated cost for an enhanced library: 1. The committee will be comprised of two members of Council, a County of Elgin library representative of their choosing, a local library representative of their choosing and three citizens of the Town of Aylmer. 2. The committee shall be established by the date of the Council meeting on July 17. 3. That the library site shall be within the ”Town Square” and be either (a) An addition to the west side of the existing library (b) An addition to the south side of the existing library (c) A new stand alone building. The committee will present its report at a ”Town Hall style” public meeting in October. Following the Town Hall meeting the committee shall review the information gathered and then provide a recommendation to Council by November.

 

 

HEAT WARNING

 

The Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit is sending out an Extended Heat Warning because Environment and Climate Change Canada is predicting hot weather between June 11th and 13th.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD FUN DAY SATURDAY

 

(Contributed by Kelly Pearson) – “The 27th annual Springfield Fun Day will be held Saturday at Malahide Community Place and Ball Park.  Events include:  South Dorchester Optimist Breakfast, children’s activities, Dotsy the Clown, Superhero Contest, Canada Hat Contest, Birds of Prey Live Show, Watermelon Eating Contest, and information displays.  At 11 am MP Karen Vecchio and MPP Jeff Yurek will be in attendance to help plant a tree for our Canada 150 celebration. Malahide #3 Fire Department is holding a Spaghetti Supper. There will also be a “Get Loud” Tween Dance for Grades 6, 7 and 8 students.” For more information, see our Facebook page.”

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

A 22 year old London man was charged with careless driving after he braked quickly on his motorcycle to avoid a pickup truck just ahead, which was westbound on Talbot west and about to turn into Macdonalds, flipping the bike and sending he and his passenger to the sidewalk a week ago Saturday around 8 pm. Their injuries were minor.

 

 

ELEMENTARY TRACK RESULTS

 

Top five placings by athletes from East Elgin schools at last Tuesday’s TVDSB elementary track and field meet:

Bantam Girls Softball Throw – Taylor Kana, Springfield, third; Boys High Jump – Jaydon Bell, McGregor, fourth; 80 m. – Tyler VanGorp, South Dorchester, third; 8oo m – Gavin Russell, McGregor, fourth; Open Girls – 400 m -Earen Klassen, Davenport, fourth; 1500 m – Hallee Knelsen, Summers Corners, first; 800 m- Knelson, second; Junior Girls – High Jump – Cadence Neusteder, Davenport, fourth; Boys – 800 m – Kaden DeBoer, South Dorchester, fourth; Senior Girls – Triple Jump – Selicia Wall, Summers Corners, third; Softball throw – Mackenzie Brackenbury, Straffordville, second; 800 m – Mikala Moyer, Davenport, fifth; Boys – 100 m – Ashton Ivanyshyn, Summers Corners, second; Int. Boys – Triple Jump – Dustin Farrow, South Dorchester, fifth; Softball throw – Farrow, second; 400 m – Steven Miller, Slummers Corners, second; 1500 m – Reid Lester, South Dorchester, fourth.

 

 

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THURSDAY, June 8/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Play: ” Xanadu”; 7 pm (see Mon. report)

-TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Oxford; 8 pm

-Thu to Sun -Periscope Theatre: “7-10 Split” (see Mon. report)

 

-Fri -Schools PD Day

-Sat -Kinsmen Walk Fundraiser at EESS (see report)

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

FIRE AT HACIENDA RESTAURANT

AYLMER – There was a fire at the Hacienda Roadhouse Restaurant just east of Aylmer around 9 pm last night. The cause was electrical. Damage was estimated at $65,000 but the main structure was saved. Malahide Fire Services received Mutual aid from Bayham and Central Elgin fire services in battling the blaze. One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was transported to hospital by Elgin EMS but later released. The property owner, who according to a witness was inside the restaurant closing up, also sustained minor injuries.

 

 

AYLMER KINSMEN WALK FUNDRAISER

 

(Information from co-organizer Andy Beck) – The Aylmer Kinsmen will be hosting their second annual 1000 km. Journey on Saturday at East Elgin Secondary School from 4:30 pm to 11 pm. 75% of the proceeds will be for the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation for Cancer Centre mental health ward and 25% for “Our Community’s Greatest Needs”. This event is a ‘community event’ and will be team oriented – the goal will be to collectively walk 1000 km on the track at EESS. You can walk laps. There will be music by the Good Old Boys and Moore Ave Underground. Tammy’s dance Studio dancers will be performing from 6- 7 pm. There is no registration fee. We ask for a donation. There will be food for sale, a M and M Meats BBQ, a silent auction and face painting after 6:30 pm.

 

 

EESS AT OFSAA REGIONALS

 

Top ten placings by EESS athletes at the OFSAA regional track and field meet held recently: Junior Girls High Jump – Olivia Robinson, fifth; Junior Boys 3000 m – Nathaniel Abell, eighth; Senior girls’ shotput – Kendra Cornelissen, seventh.

 

 

OV NATURALISTS MONDAY

 

The montly meeting of the Otter Valley Naturalists will be Monday at the Vienna Community Centre. The OVN will be holding a potluck supper just before the meeting, starting at 6:30 pm. The presentation is by Becky Moule on Common and Uncommon problems with Trees.

 

 

ST.THOMAS MENS SOCCER

 

-Southwold 1 Aylmer FC (0-2)0

-MIB 5 Aylmer 1

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, June 7/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed/Thu -EESS Play: ” Xanadu”; 7 pm (see Mon. report)

 

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Oxford; 8 pm

-Thu to Sun -Periscope Theatre: “7-10 Split” (see Mon. report)

-Fri -Schools PD Day

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL: NOW MYRTLE ST.?

 

Aylmer Council at its regular meeting Monday passed a motion introduced by Co. Arthur Oslach to “direct staff to investigate the feasibility and estimated costs associated with the re-location of the Aylmer Library to the former Public Works Property on Myrtle Street.” The vote passed by 5-2 with Co. Ted McDonald and Co. Sheri Andrews opposed. An earlier motion to consider this site was made Co. Barbara Ann Laur in February. Some comments during Monday’s debate:

Co. Pete Barbour – “This doesn’t appear to tick all the boxes that the library support group seems to identify; it is not in the core area, it doesn’t have the ability to walk and shop with it being close to downtown, there is a restricted amount of parking.

Co. Oslach – This was on the books already. The staff had completed a partial report. The idea of Myrtle St. came up when the works department moved. It may not be feasible but let’s add it to the mix. We are so limited in sites downtown.

Co. Sheri Andrews – If we can’t find anything downtown should we really be forcing the issue? I have never supported a new building. Information from the AMO says we can’t continue our spending habits and libraries are last on the list. What happens if we build a brand new building and county council says we are now on our own, they won’t support it. And the location is terrible.

Co. Ted McDonald – I don’t support Myrtle Street, the whole park was just under water a month ago. It’s a flood plain. We have to do work on the water tower soon and that site is in the way. A new build means debt and I am against that.

Co. Laur- It is just getting a completed report to see if it is feasible, maybe there are flood plain and parking issues, we will see when the report comes back.

Mayor Greg Currie – We have tried to make a solid use for the library but nothing seems to resonate, we are guilty of poor planning. Can we agree on: a need for a larger footprint, a location that is downtown and a cost that is effective. If getting a costing on Myrtle St. is something we could consider let’s have a look at it.

Co. McDonald – There is money that is going to be spent on this, we need a engineer’s report, an architect’s report, soil testing,  it is going to cost us.”

 

 

AYLMER FIRE 

 

(Information from Chief Sam Taylor)

-Friday- 1 am – Responded to a report of a structure fire at 89 Progress Drive. There was a fire in the dryer that produces the dried distiller’s grains. There was an issue with the start-up process that caused the small amount of grains in the dryer to ignite. The fire was fully contained within the dryer and associated ducting system which made it difficult to access. Malahide Station #2 was called to assist. The fire was deemed under control at 3:30 am. 14 Aylmer firefighters and 15 Malahide Firefighters attended the call.

 

 

LOCAL STRAWBERRIES

 

(Information from Kevin Howe of Howe Farms south of Aylmer) – “We started picking small amounts of berries on Saturday and we are starting to get into some larger harvests now. The crop is looking really good despite all of this rain. Surprisingly, wind was a really big challenge for us. We put row cover out over 14 acres in order to increase heat units and protect berries from frosty nights. The row cover is a thin, white, cheesecloth like material, that acts as a blanket to keep the berries warm at night and helps them mature faster. This spring was exceptionally windy, which caused a lot of damage to our row covers and likely some damage to the strawberry plants. All things considered, the crop looks great and we are anticipating a long, plentiful harvest.”

 

Reported Dick Saarloos of Berryhill Farm north of Aylmer: “Berries are coming, a bit on the slow side but no problem; this hot weekend should help and next week should be great for berries”

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Lecuyer, Sandra Elizabeth of Nova Scotia Line, Aylmer passed away Tuesday in her 54th year. Survivors: husband Alex Lecuyer; three children etc.. Sandra worked at McDonalds for a number of years. The funeral service will be held on Saturday at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home at 1 pm with visitation on Saturday from 11 am to 12:45.

 

-Taylor, Ron of Dorchester, formerly of Belmont, passed away on Sunday in his 93rd year. Survivors: wife Edna (Walter) (predeceased by his first wife the late Gladys (Weir) 1973); two children and two stepchildren including Ronee Shackleton (John) of Springfield etc.. Visitation at the Bieman Funeral Home Dorchester on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to the service which will be at 1:30 pm.

 

 

MALAHIDE BUYS INDUSTRIAL SITE LAND

 

Malahide Council at its regular meeting Thursday approved the purchase of 20 acres west of the entrance to the Ontario Police College on Hacienda Road as an industrial site – the price was $425,000. The property was previously the site of housing units, erected during WWII, for the former Aylmer Air Training School. In recent years, it has been a storage site for a local truss manufacturing business.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– May 29, 2017, Station #3 , #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– May 29, 2017, Station #3 assisted by Station #4, Putnam Road, MVC

– May 30, 2017, Station #4, Putnam Road, Medical Assist

– June 1, 2017, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– June 1, 2017, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– June 2, 2017, Station #2, Progress Drive, Mutual Aid

– June 4, 2017, Station #1, Vienna Line, Medical Assist

– June 6, 2017, Station #3 , Station #4, Belmont Road, Mutual Aid

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL

 

-Burgessville 9 Straffordville (1-7) 4

-Hickson 17 Pt. Burwell (3-3) 4

-Woodstock 12 Straffordville 4

-Straffordville 7 Harwood 0

 

 

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MONDAY, June 5/17

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*THE AYLMERNEWS will publish again WED.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

 

-Wed/Thu -EESS Play: ” Xanadu”; 7 pm (see Mon. report)

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Oxford; 8 pm

-Thu to Sun -Periscope Theatre: “7-10 Split” (see Mon. report)

-Fri -Schools PD Day

 

 

AYLMER CO. TONIGHT: MYRTLE ST. LIBRARY?

 

Among agenda items for Aylmer Council at its regular meeting tonight:

A motion by Co. Arthur Oslach: “That following the decision of the EECC Interim Board on May 3 that there was not support to relocate the Aylmer Library at the EECC, Council now directs staff to investigate the feasibility and estimated costs associated with the re-location of the Aylmer Library to the former Public Works Property on Myrtle Street.”

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-May 29 -Both stations – two vehicle MVC on Plank Rd north of Eden. One patient had to be extricated, minor injuries.

-June 3 -Station 1 Port Burwell, medical call on Elizabeth St.

 

 

PERISCOPE THEATRE: “7-10 SPLIT”

 

(Contributed by Rosemary White) – Periscope Theatre in Port Burwell will feature the play ”7-10 split” by Michael G Wilmot of London as their second Canadian play this year to commemorate Canada’s 150 celebrations – it begins this weekend. It is a fast paced romantic comedy set in a typical Canadian trailer park. It is directed by Rob Faust and stars Pete Matthews, Katy Wells, Fred Dupon and Greg Poulsen. Show dates are: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. As well it will run the next two weekends. Tickets are $20.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Watters, Jack Leroy of Belmont passed away Friday in his 78th year. Survivors: wife Joan (Riness) Watters; four children including Tim Watters (Sandra) of Springfield and three stepchildren etc.. He was a heavy equipment operator. Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Kerr, John Gordon of Aylmer passed away Tuesday in his 88th year. Husband of the late Vera (Maher) Kerr (2012). Survivors: four children including Shelly (Chuck) of Aylmer etc.. Gord retired as the manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Aylmer. Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

EESS ATHLETIC AWARDS

 

Major award winners at Thursday’s Athletic Banquet at EESS were: Junior Male Athlete – Blake Zehr; Junior Female Athlete – Alyssa Voros; Senior Male Athlete – Cooper VanVlaanderen; Senior Female Athlete – Amanda Milmine

 

 

EESS PLAY THIS WEEK: ‘XANADU’

 

(Information from Teacher/Director Ceris Thomas)  – “I choose Xanadu because I was always a fan of the movie and I was lucky enough to see the Broadway production. The musical centres around Sonny Malone – an artist in Venice Beach, CA in the 1980s who is frustrated in his artistic abilities and several Greek Muses come to earth to help him in his quest for artistic freedom. The music of ELO and Olivia Newton-John is peppered throughout this tongue-in-cheek script that is nothing but loads and loads of fun. We have well over 30 students involved. We have two roles that are double cast – the lead role of Kira is being played by two Grade 11 girls: Lauren Tiersma and Darla Enns. As well the role of Calliope will be played by Madi Wall and Zoe Collins. The public performance dates are: June 7 and 8 beginning at 7 pm. The first half of the evening will be selected pieces from our performing arts students from their work this semester – Dance, Drama and Music – and the second act will be Xanadu. This piece is entirely extra-curricular. Tickets will be $10 and sales will be available on-line through the school.

 

 

EAST ELGIN ELEMENTARY TRACK RESULTS

 

(Continued) Winners of the various track and field events at the annual East Elgin Elementary meet held a week ago Tuesday at EESS were:

 

Long Jump – Bantam Girls – Darah Farrow, South Dorchester; Boys – Cameron Reid, Sparta; Intermediate Girls – Faith Farquhar, South Dorchester; Boys -Gregory Killough, Springfield; Junior Girls – Ainsley Preszcator, Port Burwell; Boys -Travis Zacharias, Davenport; Open Girls – Sydney Gee, Sparta; Boys- Nathan Reddecopp, New Sarum; Senior Girls – Selicia Wall, Summers’ Corners; Boys – Cody VanLiere, New Sarum

 

SoftBall- Bantam Girls -Taylor Kana, Springfield; Boys -Andrew Friesen, Port Burwell; Int. Girls -Emma Beggs, South Dorchester; Boys – Dustin Farrow, South Dorchester; Junior Girls Lewie Sawyer, Sparta;  Boys – Kurtis Friesen,  Straffordville;  Open Girls –  Bailey Smith, Summers’ Corners; Boys – Cameron Wall Straffordville; Senior Girls – Mackenzie Brackenbury, Straffordville; Boys – Mitchell Fehr,  Straffordville

 

Sprint – Bantam Girls -Sadie Magri, Sparta; Boys -Cameron Reid, Sparta; Int. Girls- Brianna Syrnyk, Springfield; Boys – Steven Miller, Summers’ Corners; Junior Girls -Emily Nagelhout, Springfield ; Boys – Chase Smith, Davenport; Open Girls – Amy Redekop, Davenport; Boys – Christopher Worrall, Davenport; Senior Girls – Julie Nagelhout, Summers’ Corners; Boys – Ashton Ivanyshyn, Summers’ Corners

 

Triple Jump- Int. Girls – Faith Farquhar South Dorchester; Boys – Dustin Farrow, South Dorchester; Open Girls – Earen Klassen Davenport; Boys – Nathan Reddecopp, New Sarum ; Senior – Girls -Julie Nagelhout, Summers’ Corners; Boys – Cody VanLiere, New Sarum

 

 

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THURSDAY, June 1/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-EESS Athletic Banquet

-TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts: Hickson 8 pm

 

-Fri/Sat/Sun. -EdisonFest (see Tue. report)

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts: Burgessville, 8 pm

 

 

AYLMER HYDRO OUT TODAY

 

(Information from Scott Brooks of Erie Thames Power) –  “The cause was a downed conductor near the Myrtle St  Bridge. It appears animal contact (squirrel) resulted in a burnt wire. The initial contact at 8 am created the first outage. The circuit was then picked up by the Operating Grid Control Centre at which restored power to most customers. When the downed wire was reported to ETPL’s Operations department at 8:36 it was determined to immediately shut down the power to eliminate the hazardous condition and allow Erie Thames Crew to make repairs under safe conditions. Power was restored to all customers at 10:30 am. This outage affected the north end of town (north of Talbot) as well as areas in the east end and John St South, Treelawn Ave. areas. If you see a downed powerline please stay back 10 meters. Do not assume the powerline is dead. In this case the line was down, however still energized at 16,000 volts. An extremely hazardous condition.”

 

 

UPDATE: BADDER BUSLINES 

 

(Information from Kris Badder of Badder Buslines) – “We now have a new office and garage in St. Thomas located on Edward St.. We centralized our motor coach division from London and all of our school bus maintenance from West Lorne and Aylmer. We have been at this new location on Edward St. since December, 2015. We plan to keep servicing Aylmer and West Lorne as we have in the past with bus yards to park buses and to do cleaning/minor repairs. All major maintenance will be done in St. Thomas. The property in Aylmer has not sold as of yet. If it does we will need to acquire a different piece of property to park buses that service East Elgin. Badder Bus purchased Waylin bus lines in 1995. Currently we operate 77 school routes in Elgin County, 38 of which are out of Aylmer and the surrounding area.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Polgar, Justina formerly of Courtland passed away Sunday at Terrace Lodge in Aylmer at the age of 91. Predeceased by her husband Stefan (Steve) Polgar Sr. (2009). Survivors: three children including Monica (Glenn Howe) of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Austria. Visitation on Thursday from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm at the Verhoeve Funeral Home Tillsonburg. The Funeral Mass will be on Friday at 10 am at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, Aylmer.

 

-McBride, Lois Elora (Gates) of Tillsonburg passed away May 24th at the age of 67. She was a former co-proprietor of the Aylmer License Bureau until 2010. Predeceased by her husband William (Bill) James McBride (2011). The funeral service was held Monday at the Verhoeve Funeral Home Tillsonburg.

 

 

OTHER TVDSB E. ELGIN SCHOOLS CHANGES

 

(Contributed) – The following are recommendations from the Final Senior Administration Report (FSAR), which were approved on May 23 by the TVDSB Trustees:

-Davenport Public School grade 7 students and siblings, residing in the area to be accommodated at the new Belmont Public School and registered as of 2020 March 01, be provided the “grandparenting option” for the 2020-21 school year, to remain at Davenport Public School, with transportation if eligible, contingent upon Ministry of Education approval of capital funding for the new Belmont Public School;

-Davenport Public School configuration change to a grade 4 to grade 8 elementary school, effective 2018 July 01 and that renovations for program enhancements be completed at Davenport

-Summers’ Corners Public School grade 7 students and siblings, residing in the area to be accommodated at the new Belmont Public School and registered as of 2020 March 01, be provided the “grandparenting option” for the 2020-21 school year, to remain at Summers’ Corners Public School, with transportation if eligible, contingent upon Ministry of Education approval of capital funding for the new Belmont Public School.

 

 

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