Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

TUESDAY, May 31/16





-Wed -TriCounty Fastball – Harwood at Pt Burwell, 8 pm

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

-Thu -Belmont Scotiabank Public Meeting at Arena

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

-Sat. -Edisonfest in Vienna (see Tue. report)

-Sat. -Family Central Apartments Open House (see Tue. report)





(Contributed) – This Saturday the annual EdisonFest will be held from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm at Vienna Memorial Park. The purpose of the family funfest is to recognize Vienna’s Canadian connection to Thomas Edison, the famous inventor. Events include: craft vendors, silent auction, petting zoo, wagon rides, childrens’ games, a cross cut saw and nail driving challenge, etc.. For more information go to: www.bayham.on.ca; or email lwalsh@bayham.on.ca or call 519-866-5521.





(From the Bayham 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.





(Contributed) – Fresh Start and The Family Central Restaurant will be hosting an Open House for the community, supporters, and those interested in becoming sponsors Saturday at The Family Central Restaurant from 11:30 am until 8 pm. During that time, staff, volunteers, and board members will be present with displays. Tours of new apartments will also be offered.





-VanAcker, Josephine Eliane “Josie” of Aylmer passed away Sunday aged 76. Wife of the late Guido VanAcker(2007). Survivors: two children including Jennifer VanAcker-Barlow (Ian) of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Belgium. Josie was a seamstress. There will be no services; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.





Crowned as royalty at the EESS Prom on Saturday were Jane Walker and Rodney Friesen.





(Information from the Malahide website) – The water tower on the first concession which services south Bayham and Pt. Burwell is getting re-painted. The work was scheduled to begin last Thursday and is be completed by June 30. During this time, the municipalities are implementing mandatory water use restrictions in order to maintain water pressure ie. All outdoor watering is prohibited, except for certain watering of trees, sods, gardens etc.; Hosing of paved areas, such as sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, patios is prohibited; Vehicle washing is prohibited except at a commercial car wash etc.; and Filling of empty swimming pools is prohibited etc. See the Malahide website for specifics.




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MONDAY, May 30/16





-TriCounty Fastball – Hardwood at Pt Burwell, 8 pm

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

-Thu -Belmont Scotiabank Public Meeting at Arena

-Sat -Springfield Fun Day

-Sat. -Edisonfest in Vienna





(Report by Chief Randy White)


THURSDAY –  Station 1 Pt Burwell and 2 Straffordville were called out for a structure fire on Plank line in Eden around 4:30 pm. Southwest Oxford Fire (Brownsville station) and Norfolk Fire (Courtland station) were also requested to assist with tankers and manpower. An auto body shop was damaged in the fire (estimated damage loss at $200,000) and has been ruled accidental. No injuries. The shop owner had locked up the shop and left for the day. A road crew working out on Plank Line noticed smoke coming from the building and called 911. Fire crews did a great job of knocking down the fire that had a good hold on the attic space. Although there is smoke and water damage, the office space and most of the contents of the building were saved. Two vehicles and the shop’s tow truck were in the building and sustained some damage.


SATURDAY –  Stations 1 and 2 were paged out for a water rescue around 2:30 am. A sail boat had foundered and was taking on water. The Coast Guard was also dispatched but Station 1 personnel had already provided assistance and the vessel got to the Port Burwell pier.

SATURDAY –  Stations 1 and 2 were dispatched to a grass fire on Carson Line. While on route, a second fire was observed on Plank Line. The two responding stations were split between the fires and both were knocked down before any damage was done.





CAMBRIDGE – Top 15 placings by EESS athletes at the OFSAA Track and Field Regionals held here on Friday, Saturday:

-8th – Olivia Robinson, Midget Girls High Jump

-9th – Kayla Pallett, Midget Girls Long Jump

-10th – Amy Kopchan, Midget Girls 80 m Hurdles

-10th – Brianne Brix, Senior Girls Triple Jump

-15th – Kopchan, Junior Girls 300 m





-Hollingshead, Peter Thomas of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in his 67th year. Survivors: wife Cindy (Gravelle) Hollingshead; two children etc.. He was a lifetime carpenter. The funeral service will be held at the Open Bible Baptist Church Aylmer on Monday at 11 am; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Dalby, Wilford Douglas of Tillsonburg passed away on Thursday aged 86. Husband of the Late Ethel (Robinson) Dalby. Survivors: two children including Margaret Rose VanDenBrink of Eden etc.. Visitation at the Ostrander Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.





-Sweaburg 7 Straffordville (0-5) 0

-Hickson 10 Pt Burwell (0-5) 8





(Contributed) – The 26th annual Springfield Fun Day will be held Saturday at Malahide Community Place. Events include: South Dorchester Optimist Breakfast, ball games, childrens’ activities, Dotsy the Clown, Steve Wilson Magic, pie making contest, watermelon eating contest, Silent Auction, Art Auction, United Church Boxed Ham Supper, Modern Square Dance Party  7-8 pm, dance etc.. More information at www.fun-day.ca




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THURSDAY, May 26/26





-Sat -Club 7 Paper Drive (see ad)

-Sat -EESS Prom (see Mon. report)

-Sun – Hydro Maintenance Interruption for Bayham, Malahide; 5-9 am

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball – Woodstock at Straffordville, 8 pm

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball – Hickson at Pt Burwell, 8 pm





(The annual EESS Commencement will be held in the spring for the first time this year – on Thursday June 16 at the EEC Complex. Principal Tom McLeod explains the reasons behind the switch:) – “Several schools do spring Commencements. We consulted with the staff, School Council and Students’ Council about the pros and cons of spring and fall.


The following were seen as significant pros to a spring Commencement: Participation rates – Most schools see almost 100% participation in a spring Commencement vs a fall Commencement which is much lower; It is difficult to get a fall date that works for everyone because of the nature of different college and university programs; Coming back in the fall is not such a “big reunion” as maybe is was in the past – with the explosion of social media, students keep in contact with friends on a regular basis after high school in various ways; Education has changed with many different programs and transitions to post secondary options and (students) may finish high school in the summer or on-line or already be in a school to college transition program in their final year – they typically don’t want to wait another whole year and miss commencing the next stage of their life with their cohorts. The focus is on a Commencement not a Graduation.”





(From Elgin OPP) – BELMONT – A 21 year old Malahide male faces several charges after a single vehicle rollover around midnight last night on Dorchester Road near Avon Road. A truck was southbound on Dorchester Road when it went off the roadway and rolled, ejecting a 20 year old Malahide man and a 20 year old Aylmer man. The driver is charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, driving while impaired causing bodily harm and being a young driver with a BAC above. Further investigation revealed that driver speed and error may have been a contributing factor in the incident. All three parties were transported to a London area hospital; one with life altering injuries.





-Loewen, Margaret of R.R.4, Aylmer passed away Wednesday in her 74th year. Survivors: husband Abe Loewen; children Mary Ann Hamm(Dick) of Springfield, John Loewen(Linda) of R.R.4, Aylmer, David Loewen(Kitty) of R.R.4, Aylmer, Lois Lane(Darrell) of R.R.5 Aylmer and Lena Giesbrecht(John) of R.R.6, Aylmer etc.. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church, Summers Corners on Monday at 1 pm.





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 12 year old Aylmer girl was charged with assault and uttering threats after a younger girl reported that she was accosted by the older girl at the corner of South St. and Fourth Ave. last Thursday – the victim alleged she was grabbed by the arm and pushed toward an oncoming vehicle and also threatened and that a similar incident had happened in April.





-Burgessville 12 Pt Burwell (0-4) 3





(Contributed – Educational Animal Displays and Pony Rides on Wooleyville Line, north of Summers Corners, is having an Open House this Saturday.) – “This is our 3rd annual open house on Saturday from 10 -6 and Sunday from 10 -5. We are open to the public two days a year and this is it – free admission. There will be pony rides, a petting  zoo, bouncy castles and over 80 vendors. We have a sheep shearing demonstration on Saturday and an Alpaca shearing demonstration on Sunday. There is a live band all weekend.”



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WEDNESDAY, May 25/16





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


-Sat -Club 7 Paper Drive (see ad)

-Sat -EESS Prom (see Mon. report)

-Sun – Hydro Maintenance Interruption for Bayham, Malahide; 5-9 am





– May 19, 2016, Station #2, Caverly Road, Medical Assist

– May 19, 2016, Station #2, VanPatter Line, Vehicle Fire

– May 21, 2016, Station #4, Dalby Road, Unauthorized burn complaint

– May 22, 2016, Station #1, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– May 22, 2016, Station #3, Whittaker Road, Medical Assist

– May 23, 2016, Station #1, Bank Street, Medical Assist

– May 23, 2016, Station #2, Springwater Road, Medical Assist





-Wiebe, Judith of Aylmer passed away Monday in her 68th year. Survivors: husband Philip Wiebe; three children including Felipe Wiebe(Tina) and Judy Wiebe, both of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Missionary Church on Friday at 1 pm.


-Dunn, Dorothy-Sue of Vienna passed away on Friday aged 65. Survivors: husband Gordon etc.. Arrangements with Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg.






A recent complaint brought to the attention of the Aylmer Police reveals that construction projects after supper are banned in Aylmer. Aylmer Police note that in the past year they have received 53 noise complaints – only 2 were about construction with 80% dealing with music/parties and the remaining 20% for dogs and vehicles. Here are some interesting prohibitions from the town’s 1984 noise bylaw: “…any unnecessary noise arising between the hours of 6 pm of any day and 7 am of the following day from any excavation or construction work whatsoever including the erection, demolition, alteration or repair of any building, authorized by the Corporation, except in case of urgent necessity and then under a permit from the Inspector of Buildings of the Municipality; the sounding of automobile horns at weddings; and crying, shouting or loud speaking in or adjacent to any public street or place.”





(From LondonOntarioSports.com) – On May 9 LondonOntarioSports publisher Jeffery Reed announced that Chelsea Zavitz, 19 of EESS, is the inaugural winner of the newly-created annual Jeffrey Reed Courage Award. She will receive a plaque and $1,000 cheque from LondonOntarioSports.com during an upcoming luncheon. Reed, a long-time member of the London sports media, despite numerous skeletal deformities is a golf teaching professional.

Zavitz is a basketball, hockey and soccer player at EESS who suffered a serious concussion on the soccer pitch during her Grade 11 school year in June 2014. She persevered and this season she will also play with the FC London women’s semi-professional soccer squad. She’ll attend the University of Windsor to study Human Kinetics in the fall and will also play for the Lancers women’s varsity soccer team. She’s also co-president of East Elgin’s Girls and Boys Athletic Association (GBAA). The Jeffrey Reed Courage Award recognizes a Southwestern Ontario athlete for his or her courage on and off the playing field. Each athlete must nominate themselves, and write a 1,000-word essay including information on their challenges, how they tackled them, how they achieved their goals, and how they inspired others.





The northeast section of Aylmer was an obstacle course for drivers this morning as a dump truck hit a hydro pole (see centre of picture) - traffic was already detouring around the Water St. sewer reconstructin (kb) (CLICK)

The northeast section of Aylmer was an obstacle course for drivers this morning as a dump truck hit a hydro pole on Queen St. behind the United Church (see centre of picture) – traffic was already detouring around the Water St. sewer reconstruction project(kb) (CLICK)




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TUESDAY, May 24/16





-Seniors Day Out; EEC Complex; 9:30 am-12:30 pm


-Wed -TriCounty Fastball – Burgessville at Pt. Burwell, 8 pm

-Sat -Club 7 Paper Drive (see ad)

-Sat -EESS Prom





(Information from Chief Randy White)

-May 16 – Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Pitt St.

-May 21 – Both stations to a small shed fire on Victoria St. in Port Burwell.

-May 22 -Both stations to an MVC on Talbot Rd at Eden Line

(*2 vehicle collision, no injuries, at 3:37 pm, relatively minor damage)

-May 22 – Both stations to an MVC on Ridge Line

(*single vehicle rollover, no apparent injuries, 4 pm)





(Contributed) – The annual EESS Prom will be held at the school this Saturday – dinner at 7 pm, dance at 8. The Prom Court consists of: Males – Ashton Fehr, Rodney Friesen, Tyler Macpherson, Mason Milmine and Ben Wiebe; Females – Rebecca Abell, Cassidy Bartsch, Nicole Micallef, Abbey Taylor, and Jane Walker.





Kayla Pallett in Midget Girls’ Long Jump earned the only first place finish by an EESS athlete at last week’s WOSSAA Track and Field championships. Other top ten placings by EESS athletes:


-MIDGET – GIRLS – High Jump – Olivia Robinson, 2nd; 200 metres – Pallett, 6th; 80 m Hurdles – Robinson, 6th; Shot Put – Hannah Wiebe, 8th; High Jump – Leedell Springer, 8th; BOYS – 3000 m – Nathaniel Abell, 9th.

-JUNIOR – GIRLS – 80 m Hurdles – Hannah Bosma, 4th; 3000 m – Amy Ropchan, 4h; High Jump – Bosma, 6th; Long Jump – Sandi Vanderkoy, 6th; 1500 m – Ropchan, 6th; 3000 m – Ropchan, 9th;  80 m Hurdles – Taylor Banman, 9th; 300 m Hurdles – Renae Loewen, 10th; 200 m -Vanderkoy, 10th; BOYS – 3000 – Brad Parr, 9th

-SENIOR – GIRLS – Shot Put – Kendra Cornillisen, 4th; Triple Jump – Brianne Brix, 6th; BOYS – 800 m – Aaron Friesen, 6th; Discus – Ben Wiebe, 7th; 1500 Metres – Friesen, 9th; OPEN – 2000 m Steeplechase – Justin Attfield, 4th

NOTES – EESS athletes still hold two WOSSAA records – Kim Dyxhoorn in 1992 in Senior Girls Triple Jump and Kyle ONeill in 2007 in Open Boys 2000m Steeplechase.





-Wiebe, Nancy of Aylmer passed away on Thursday, aged 56. Survivors: husband Andrew Wiebe; one child etc.. She was born in Mexico. She and Andrew operated Wiebe Transport in St. Thomas.  The funeral service will be held at The Bradley Street Church of God today at 11 am. Arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Sinden, Bernice passed away on May 16. Visitation is at the Kebbel Funeral Home this Thursday from 7-9 pm; the service will be there Friday at 11 am.





-Norwich 7 Pt. Burwell (0-3) 2




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THURSDAY, May 19/16





-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Splashpad Opens (Tentative)


-Sat -Aylmer Police Prescription Drop Off; 10 am-3; Hills Pharmacy


-Tue -Seniors Day Out; EEC Complex; 9:30 am (see Wed Report)





-Harwood 9 Straffordville (0-3) 0

-Glanworth 7 Pt. Burwell (0-2) 0





(Information on available camping spaces at Springwater Campground for the upcoming long weekend is from Laura Ronayne of Catfish CCA) – “We have no 30 amp service sites left, only have three 15 amp service left and about 30 unserviced sites available.”





(From London 980 News) – David Ferguson, 56, formerly of Aylmer was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday in the Ontario Court of Justice for fraud over $5000 and breach of trust. Ferguson, while working as a voice telecommunications specialist for the Thames Valley District School Board, had overpurchased telecommunications equipment and sold it privately. TVDSB officials had first contacted London Police in August 2014. Police say numerous transactions had taken place between January 2007 and August 2014 with items valued between $50 and $600. An agreed upon statement of facts stated that the net loss to the school board is around $1 million, but is likely more than $2 million. Ferguson has paid $375,000 back in restitution. Ferguson will also be on probation for three years and must perform 100 hours of community service. A civil suit by TVDSB against Ferguson is still making its way through the court.





In December Aylmer engaged StrategyCorp Inc., at a cost of $43,000, to conduct a service delivery review. Comparisons were also made with selected peer municipalities – Ingersoll, Tillsonburg, Goderich, Hanover, Saugeen Shores and Ganonoque. Police Services were excluded from the review. They submitted their report to Aylmer Council Monday. Some key findings/suggestions:


-Property tax revenues are average on a per-household basis compared to peers

-Property tax rates have been declining since 2008 and are only slightly above average compared to peers

-Aylmer’s Current Value Assessment is below average compared to peers and neighbours

-The Town appears to be in a sound long-term financial position

-Roads, Parks and Recreation costs are well below average

-The town should hire a part time Economic Development Officer

-The town should improve fire service training and hire a part time fire position to assist the Chief

-Continue leaf collection and sidewalk ploughing services




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WEDNESDAY, May 18/16





-TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Harwood, 8pm

-TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell hosts Glanworth, 8 pm


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

-Thu -Splashpad Opens (Tentative)

-Sat -Aylmer Police Prescription Drop Off; 10 am-3; Hills Pharmacy





-GIRLS – Dorchester 2 EESS 0 (EESS eliminated)





(Contributed) – On May 5th, Beth Buchanan, a grade 6 teacher at Davenport Public School in Aylmer, was one of the recipients of the TVDSB Award of Distinction. The Awards of Distinction are presented annually by the Thames Valley District School Board to students, staff, volunteers and parents who have made significant contributions at a school or system level.





-Auckland, Lloyd Douglas of St. Thomas passed away on Monday, aged 92. Survivors: wife Phyllis Jeannette (Latimer); five children including Sandra (Mike) Mortensen and David (Juliette), both of Belmont etc.. He was a retired teacher from several St. Thomas high schools. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home, St. Thomas on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. A service will be held Friday at 11 am at First United Church St.Thomas.


-Scott, George Robert of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in his 65th year. Survivors: wife Ruby (Layman) Kueppers; five children including Jason Scott(Bibi) and Ashley Kueppers(Chris), both of Aylmer etc.. George worked for the Tobacco Marketing Board. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where a service will be held on Saturday at 11 am.


-Robbins, Margaret Jean (Sharpe) (Lucas) of Tillsonburg passed away Saturday at the age of 86 years. Wife of the Late Alonzo Lucas and the Late Basil Robbins. Survivors: eight children including Lorne Lucas (Hazel) of Aylmer, Olive Crawford (Jack Vince) of Port Burwell etc.. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held there on Thursday at 11 am.





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 games) and guest speaker Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer who will be speaking about Fraud Safety.. Cost is $10, lunch is provided and registration in advance is required.





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer):

-The Aylmer Police will conduct their annual prescription drop-off event from 10 am to 3 pm in front of Hills Pharmacy downtown on Saturday.


-A 35 year old Tillsonburg woman was charged with following too closely after her van, westbound on Talbot St East on Thursday around 9:30 am, struck the rear of a car that had stopped on Talbot by Elk Street waiting for another vehicle to turn; the van had to be towed.




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TUESDAY, May 17/16





-Wed -TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Harwood, 8pm

-Wed -TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell hosts Glanworth, 8 pm

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

-Thu -Splashpad Opens (Tentative)






(Information from organizer Darlene Harder of Aylmer) – “On Sunday June 7th at 2 pm, we are hosting a 5 km. walk, run or bike through Springwater Conservation Area to raise funds to send to Nepal. Participants can get sponsors or make their own personal donation or both. I am organizing it with my family and the help of Josh and Sueann Wiebe. We saw the need of the people in Nepal (from the recent earthquakes) and wanted to help. Funds will be sent through Mennonite Central Committee and Harvest Bible Chapel London. Information can be obtained from: walkfornepal@gamail.com; sponsor forms can be picked up at Mennonite Central Services uptown.”





-Norwich 10 Straffordville (0-2) 4





– May 9, 2016, Station #4, Ron McNeil Line, Burn Complaint

– May 12, 2016, Station #4, Crossley-Hunter Line, Alarm Malfunction

– May 13, 2016, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– May 14, 2016, Station #2, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist





-Sinden, Berniece of Aylmer passed away at Terrace Lodge on Monday in her 87th year. Survivors: sister Frances McEown, sister-in-law Frances Cooper, both of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Bayham and was a school teacher at McGregor Public School and a member of the Aylmer Fair Board. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday from 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 am.





After receiving a Report from Fire Chief Sam Taylor expressing few concerns about the Aylmer Fair Board’s recent request to hold a fireworks display during the Fair and in recognition of a bylaw that allows fireworks in town only during Victoria Day and Canada Day celebrations, Aylmer Council at their regular meeting last night passed the following: “Council approves the exemption from the By-law and thereby permits the Aylmer Fair Board to hold a fireworks display on August 11.”





The following TriCounty track and field records are held by EESS athletes. Sean McKay holds three records still – Junior 3000 in 1987, Senior 3000 in 1989 and Senior 800 in 1990. Jason Laur still has two records – Midget Triple Jump in 1987 and Senior Triple Jump in 1990. Jeff Watson holds the oldest mark – in 1981 in Midget Shotput.

Other marks: 1984 – Karen Perry Junior Javelin; 1987 – Jennifer Graham, Midget 1500; 1987 – Shelley Buchanan, Midget 100; 1989 – Lydia Froese and Marcia Vanderheyden, Senior 100; and 1993 – Kim Dyxhoorn, Senior Triple Jump.




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MONDAY, May 16/16





-Aylmer Council, 7 pm


-Wed -TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Harwood, 8pm

-Wed -TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell hosts Glanworth, 8 pm

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





-GIRLS – EESS 2 CECI 1 (Next: Tue. – EESS at Dorchester)

-BOYS – CECI 2 EESS 1 (EESS eliminated)





(Martha Zacharias of Grandmas’s Oven in Aylmer provides information on awards her business recently won) – “For the first time I became a member of the Wedding Industry Experts where I pay a yearly membership. Within this group, each year awards are given out (by voting from our customers/family/friends). My bakery this year won the following: Most Popular Cake Designer -1st in Aylmer, 1st in Ontario, 1st in Canada, 1st Worldwide; Most Popular Cakes -1st in Aylmer, 1st in Ontario, 1st in Canada, 5th Worldwide; Most Popular Sweet Tables -1st in Aylmer, 1st in Ontario, 1st in Canada, 2nd Worldwide.


I am not originally from this area but have lived here for the past 22 years. I opened Grandma’s Oven in August 2008 with my mom. I have been doing wedding cakes since February 2008. Most people don’t know that I specialize in weddings. This year we’ll be doing over 180 weddings all over Southwestern Ontario. The awards were given out by an overall vote by our customers/family and friends. We have great customers and they took the time to vote for Grandma’s Oven.


I love what I do. We’re not a ‘cookie cutter’ bakery where you can just choose from a design. I do custom cakes – designing them the way the couples envision. We also make sugar flowers – many different kinds – right at our bakery which perfectly finishes our cakes. Not only do we strive to make beautiful cakes, we make sure they taste great as well – it’s a well known fact that wedding cakes don’t taste that great, but we’re trying to change that one cake at a time. I am a preferred wedding cake vendor for many venues in our surrounding area so they recommend me as well as wedding planners. I am part of bridal shows and word of mouth is always my best advertising. The farthest one of my wedding cakes has travelled is to a Chateau in Quebec. My bakery placed very well on this Wedding Industry Expert website, but I know that I’m not really the best in Canada/worldwide. I follow many different amazing cake artists and I still have very much to learn. I have an amazing staff and great customers.”





ST.THOMAS – Hannah Bosma and Darren Catt of EESS earned two first place finishes each in the Tri County Track and Field championships held at Parkside last week. Top 3 placings by EESS athletes:


MIDGET – Relay – 2; 200 metres – 2 – Kayla Pallette; 80 m Hurdles – 3 – Olivia Robinson; 300 m Hurdles – 2 – Pallette, 3 – Caitlyn Everly; High Jump – 1 -Robinson; Long Jump – 1 – Pallette; Shot Put – 2 – Hannah Wiebe

JUNIOR – 200 – 3 – Sandi Vanderkoy; 400 – 3 – Reneee Loewen; 1500 – 3 – Amy Ropchan; 3000 – 3 – Ropchan; 80 m Hurdles – 1 – Hannah Bosma, 3 – Taylor Barnes; 300 Hurdles – 3 – Loewen; Relay -3; Long Jump -2 -Vanderkoy; Triple Jump -1 – Bosma

SENIOR – 400 Hurdles – 2 – Charlotte Rollins; Long Jump -2 -Brianne Brix; Triple Jump – 1 – Brix; 400 Relay – 3.


MIDGET – 200 M -1 – Darren Catt; 400 – 1 – Catt; 1500 -2 – Nathaniel Abell; 3000 – 2 – Abell; Long Jump – 2 – Catt

JUNIOR – 3000 -2 – Brad Parr; Long Jump -3 – Evan DeGeer; Triple Jump -3 – Kaden Thiessen

SENIOR – 800 – 3 – Aaron Friesen; 1500 – 3 – Friesen; 110 Hurdles – 3 – Jaiden Potter; Relay – 2; Open 400 Relay – 1




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THURSDAY, May 12/16



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish FRIDAY




-Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

-Thu-Sat -EESS Play: ‘The Little Mermaid”; 7 pm (see Wed. report)

-Thu-Sat -A.C.T. Play: ‘Knickers’; 8 pm (see ad)


-Fri -EESS Soccer Playoffs: Boys 2 pm; Girls 3:30 pm (both v CECI)

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball – Woodstock at Straffordville, 8 pm


-Mon -Aylmer Council, 7 pm





-GIRLS – EESS (3-1) 4 CECI 0

-BOYS – EESS (4-1) 2 CECI 1





(Contributed) – The Aylmer Kinsmen will be hosting a 1000 km Journey on Saturday June 18 at East Elgin Secondary School from 6pm to 12am. Proceeds will be for the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Cancer Unit. The money will be used to help purchase a new imaging CT scanner and assist the Chemotherapy Clinic. This event will be team oriented – the goal will be to collectively walk 1000 km on the track at EESS. Said Co-Organizer Andy Beck: “The Aylmer Kinsmen recognised that there was a void left since the Relay for Life left. One of the ideas was to have a walk to raise funds. We are just trying to fill a summer void for people that enjoyed the Relay for Life event. Our hope is that this fundraising event becomes another staple Kinsmen event.”





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 19 year old Aylmer woman was charged with following too closely after her car, travelling west on Talbot St. west at Centre Street on May 3 at 1 pm, struck the back of another car which bumped into the rear of a third vehicle.Two of the vehicles had to be towed.





Bayham Council, in a special session last night, awarded Reid and DeLeye Contractors of Courtland the tender of renovations to the floor and washrooms at the Straffordville Community Centre at a cost of $904,000.




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