Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

TUESDAY, July 29/14



 THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish again until Wed. Aug. 13 




(From Elgin OPP) – “After three days of searching, Elgin OPP confirm they have recovered the body of the missing 15-year old swimmer, Peter Hildebrandt of Malahide, in Port Burwell.”





-Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts Southwold, 7 pm, at EESS

-St.Thomas Fastball: Springfield hosts Alvinston, 8:30 pm


-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Norwich, 8pm





Elgin OPP have identified the young male that went missing after going swimming off the main beach in Port Burwell Sunday. The missing youth is 15 year old Peter Hildebrandt of Malahide and is presumed to have drowned. The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit will be resuming their recovery efforts today with the assistance of Elgin County OPP and the Central Elgin Fire and Bayham Fire Services (see yesterday’s story).





Morgan, Joanne Marie (Wilson) of Lyons passed away on Sunday in her 86th year. Survivors: husband Walter Morgan; children  Lu Ann Gamble (Albert) of Lyons, Jill Bond  (Scott) of Lyons and Kirk Hide (Jody Paul) of RR1, Belmont etc.. She was born in South Dorchester. A celebratation of Joanne’s life will be held at Malahide Community Centre on Wednesday from 1 to 3 pm.





-Southwest Soccer  -Last week: Aylmer FC (6-4-1) lost 3-1 to MIB; This week: Tue: host Southwold, Thu. vs Rail City


-St.Thomas Fastball –Last week: Springfield (5-8) def Glencoe 6-0, lost to Glencoe 9-3; NR on games v. Morpeth and  Glanworth; This week: Tue. host  Alvinston.


-TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville (1-16): Last week -No gm reported; This week – no gm. scheduled


-TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell (6-9): Last week – No gm reported; This week - Tue. at Innerkip, Thu. host Norwich






“The Central Hotel, which has been a hotel since its construction in 1883, will become ‘The Central’, a family restaurant opening this fall, according to information released yesterday by its Board of Directors. The hotel, a Heritage building, was sold earlier this year to an anonymous donor who will retain ownership until The Central Charity group is ready to take over, outlined Albert Loewen, Minister of the Mt. Salem EMC church and Chair of the board of The Central. The Central has a five person Board of Directors. The restaurant will be housed on the main floor and the upper two levels will be renovated into modern apartments and office space, hopefully ready next year. “The restaurant will be unique,” said Loewen.  “Aylmer will likely welcome a first for Canadian restaurants. The Central is being planned and designed as an innovative charity dedicated to helping local families meaningfully reconnect – while they enjoy savoury local fare. The Central will be family-driven instead of profit-driven. One idea under consideration is offering discounts to families who don’t use their wireless devices at the table. The Central demonstrates our commitment to downtown Aylmer and the entire region.”





(Contributed) – “The County of Elgin is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipients of the International Plowing Match (IPM) legacy scholarship are: Marenda Schipper of Malahide and Dennis Catt and Scott Speers both of Central Elgin. The program was launched by a committee formed by Council, staff and members of the 2010 Elgin County IPM to award a County female and male student a $2,500 grant each to assist them in their agriculturally-related studies in college or university. Ms. Schipper will be awarded $2,500 as the top female applicant.  Mr. Catt and Mr. Speers will each be awarded $1,250. Both Ms. Schipper and Mr. Speers are pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Food and Agricultural Business from the University of Guelph and Mr. Catt is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, also from the University of Guelph.The scholarships are awarded by a reviewing committee of Warden David Marr, 2010 IPM chairperson Duncan McPhail and  Elgin Director of Community and Cultural Services, Brian Masschaele. The criteria and application form may be accessed by visiting the County’s website at: www.elgincounty.ca/ipmscholarship. ”




“So our Straffordville Community Centre has been temporarily closed due to damaged and mouldy ceiling tiles. There had been insulation installed on top of drop ceiling tiles that were never designed to be supportive and without a proper vapour barrier. We know the outcome, a $60,000 repair; what we don’t know is how this happened. All I have been able to determine is that new ceiling tiles were installed in 2004. Municipal records are unable to locate any mention of an insulation project. Given that this is such a recent event, I would expect that individual members of the Council of the day would personally remember this situation. Bayham Taxpayers need to know how this approximately $60,000 error was made, so corrective measures can be implemented, and we can be assured that it will not happen again. (Bayham Councillor Tom Southwick)





The only additional candidate in the past month who is contesting the municipal election in Aylmer this fall is incumbent Dave Lapointe who is hoping for re-election as a councillor. Previously, incumbent Jack Couckuyt, Calvin Brydges and Greg Currie announced they are running for mayor, no one has filed for deputy mayor as yet and Lapointe, John Vandemeersch, Bill Murch and Diana Brydges are vying for Council.




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MONDAY, July 28/14





-Tue. -Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts Southwold, 7 pm, at EESS

-Tue. -St.Thomas Fastball: Springfield hosts Alvinston, 8:30 pm

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Norwich, 8pm





(From Elgin OPP) – PT BURWELL – OPP responded around 5:30 last night, along with Bayham Fire and Elgin-St. Thomas Emergency Medical Services, to a report of a missing swimmer here.  A group of youths were swimming out by the pier on the main beach  when they came to a deeper section of the water. One male began to struggle and went under water and the others were having difficulty as well. When the group made it to shore, it was discovered the one youth had not returned. A search was conducted but was discontinued later due to weather and water conditions. Missing is a 15 year old Malahide male.





-Gavey, Stanley of Aylmer passed away on Thursday, aged 90. Survivors include: siblings Bud Gavey(Dianne) and James Gavey(Rachael) and Eunice Chipchase etc.. He was born in South Dorchester and served in WWII. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday 7-9 p.m. with the Funeral Service there on Tuesday at 11 am.

-Versnick, Andre “Andy” of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in his 80th year. Survivors: wife Dorothy (Rabaey) Versnick; children – Danny (Lynne), Michael  (partner Nancy), David (Shirley) and Laurie (Todd) Wilson, all of Aylmer etc.. He was a tobacco farmer. Visitation was Sunday at the Kebbel Funeral Home with the funeral mass to be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Monday at 11 am.

-Van Patter, Audrey of RR6, Aylmer passed away on Sunday in her 90th year. Wife of the late Wilfred VanPatter (2000). Survivors: daughter Brenda Carrington (Douglas) of R.R.# 6 Aylmer. The funeral service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday at 1:30 pm. with visitation one hour prior.





(From the Aylmer Fire Dept.):

-July 23rd @ 04:30 am, respond to lightning strike on John St. South, hydro wires down, minimal damage to residence, 16 firefighters attended.

-July 23rd @ 07:48 am, respond to a call of a lightning strike, damage was detected by visitor to residence, minimal damage to electrical system and phone system, 11 firefighters attended.

-July 27th @9:14 am, call to a structure fire on Victoria St. N., firefighters found heavy smoke conditions when entering, the fire origin was in the kitchen, cause is possible electrical appliance. No was home at the time of the fire, 17 firefighters responded.





As of July 21, all Elgin beaches are open, with the bacteriological quality of the water within satisfactory limits. Elgin St Thomas Public Health samples area beaches during July and August for the presence of high levels of bacteria. The following beaches are among those tested: Springwater Conservation Area, Port Bruce, Port Burwell, and Main Beach Port Burwell Provincial Park.





(Contributed from Elgin County Library) – “The Hockey News, Better Homes and Gardens, Weight Watchers and OK Magazine are a few of the new titles being added to Elgin County Library’s selection of online downloadable magazines that already includes O, the Oprah Magazine, Men’s Health, Us Weekly and Reader’s Digest. At the end of its first year of use, the library`s collection of magazines available through its Zinio service has been well-received. This year, library staff decided to add more hobby-based titles that cover topics such as crafts, knitting, quilting, woodworking, sports and travel.  The newest titles became available July 1st. The Zinio magazine service offers access to full-colour electronic reproductions magazines that can be downloaded for free for viewing on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Patrons can also decide to be notified by email as soon as the next issue hits the newsstands.”




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TUESDAY, July 22/14



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wed.,Thu. or Fri. this week.




-Thu. -Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts MIB, 7pm, at EESS

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Innerkip, 8pm

-Fri. -Clovermed Bee Beard Contest, 7 pm

-Sun. -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Oxford Ctr., 8pm





(Information from Chris Heimstra of Clovermead:) – “The annual bee beard competition at Clovermead in Aylmer is this Friday at 7 pm.  A new format time is planned as we have a competitor coming in from Israel. The Weather Network was here yesterday filming a live report of two of their people competing against each other with bee beards and they are also doing a piece on how bees are affected by the weather, it should go live on Wednesday.  Also, Discovery Channel is coming on Friday all day to film a segment from the daily planet show.”





-Banman, Mary of St. Thomas and formerly Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 74th year. Wife of the late Bernhard Banman. Survivors: seven children etc.. She was born in Mexico. The funeral service will be held at the Lighthouse Gospel Church, Port Burwell on Wednesday at 2 pm. with visitation one hour prior.





Aylmer Councillor Judi Wright informs that the town will not be a part again this year of the Communities in Bloom competition but will be entered in the event next year.





(From Elgin OPP) – The OPP is investigating a fail to remain collision which occurred around 3 am Sunday near the corner of Imperial Road and Sparta Line in  Malahide. A 2004 Grey Ford pick-up truck was traveling south on Imperial road when it crossed over into the north bound lane and then left the roadway striking a hydro pole in the east ditch. The occupant(s) then fled the scene. The collision caused severe damage to the vehicle as well as damaging a hydro transformer which caused a power outage. Later Sunday the owner of the truck, a 41 year old  Malahide man, reported that it had been stolen sometime overnight from his residence which is several kilometres south of the collision scene.





-Southwest Soccer  -Last week: Aylmer FC (6-3-1) def. Southwold 3-2 and Glencoe 5-1; This week: Thu: host MIB


-TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville (1-16) lost 15-0 to Sweaburg and 8-5 to Woodstock; This week: host Oxford C. Sun.


-TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell (6-9) lost 5-3 to Woodstock ; This week: Wed. at Innerkip, Thu. host Innerkip


-St.Thomas Fastball –Last week: Springfield (4-7) def Glencoe 5-4, two gm. with Shedden pp; This week: Tue. -D-head. v. Glencoe; Fri. at Morpeth, Sun. at Glanworth





– July 14, 2014, Station #3 assisted by Station #2, 10716 Hacienda Road, MVC

(*Motorcycle, one person injured, on private property)

– July 14, 2014, Station #3, Whittaker Road, Medical Assist

– July 15, 2014, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– July 15, 2014, Station #1,  Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– July 16, 2014, Station #3 . Station #2, Carter Road, Medical Assist

– July 18, 2014, Station #3, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– July 20, 2014, Station #3, 10693 Carter Road, Medical Assist







(Information is from Peter Johnson, Provincial Cereal Specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture:) “2013 is making up for 2012. Dry weather was the story all through 2012, while excess moisture has been the feature of 2013 across East Elgin. Hay supplies have gone from desperately short to available in abundance. Many producers harvested as much hay in the first cutting alone as they did in all of the 2012 season in 4 cuts. The second cut of 2013 was virtually as much as the first cut. While good quality haylage has been possible if you managed perfect timing, dry hay has been nearly impossible to harvest without rain.  So lots of volume, but pretty poor feed quality, with more than the odd field being ruined so badly it was blown back on the field.”





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

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




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MONDAY, July 21/14





-Thu. -Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts MIB, 7pm, at EESS

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Innerkip, 8pm

-Sun. -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Oxford Ctr., 8pm





-Legg, Betty Irene of the St.Thomas area passed away at Chartwell Home Nursing Home Aylmer on Friday in her 82nd year. Wife of the late Bev Legg (2012). Survivors: two children including Marlene Anne Berry (Ron) of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Aylmer and was an R.N.A.  The visitation was yesterday; the funeral is today at Kebbel’s Funeral Home at 11 am.


-McIntyre, John Robert of Clear Creek passed away on Wednesday in his 67th year. Survivors include: sister Deb (Doug) Waite of Aylmer etc.. The visitation was yesterday; the funeral is at Glendinning Funeral Home Pt. Rowan today at 11 am.


-Wall, Isaak of Aylmer passed away Friday in his 63rd year. Survivors: wife Tina (Reimer) Wall; children Mary Fehr (Isaak), Margaret Sawatzky (Peter), Jake Wall (Nancy), Tina Harder, and Ike Wall (Cathy), all of the Aylmer area etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home today from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral  will be held at the Bradley Street Church of God Tuesday at 2 pm.





As of July 17, all Elgin beaches are open, with the bacteriological quality of the water within satisfactory limits. Elgin St Thomas Public Health samples area beaches during July and August for the presence of high levels of bacteria. The following beaches are among those tested: Springwater Conservation Area, Port Bruce, Port Burwell, and Main Beach Port Burwell Provincial Park.





McGregor Public School had new playground equipment installed last week. (kb) (CLICK)

McGregor Public School had new playground equipment installed last week. (kb) (CLICK)





Bayham Township officials inform that effective last Friday the Straffordville Community Centre is closed for necessary ceiling repairs until approximately November 1. Municipal staff is trying to accommodate all facility users at alternative locations within the Municipality ie. Halls at Vienna and Eden. Temporary plans are to acquire a large tent in order to host the Watermelon Fest in Straffordville this summer.





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

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




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







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THURSDAY, July 17/14



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Fridays this summer.




-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Woodstock, 8pm


-Fri-Sat. -Springfield School Fundraiser BBQ; TimBrMart, 11-2pm

-Sun. -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Sweaburg, 8pm

-Sun. -St.Thomas Fastball: Springfield hosts Shedden, 2 pm






-St.Thomas Fastball: Mon. – Springfield (4-7) 4 Glencoe 3

-Southwest Soccer: Tue, – Aylmer FC (5-3-1) 3 Southwold 2






-Jukes, M. Joy passed away at Terrace Lodge, Aylmer on Wednesday in her 99th year. Wife of the late George Jukes (2002). Survivors: three children including Larry Jukes (Maria) and Nancy Sproul (Ken) of Aylmer etc.. Joy lived most of her life in Aylmer; she and George owned the West End Snack Bar from 1958 -1976. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 am.


-Neff, Lorna Mae of Springfield passed away Thursday in her 73rd year. Survivors: husband Ronald Neff; two children etc.. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at Springfield Baptist Church, Monday at 2 pm.






A 45 year old Aylmer man was charged with making an improper turn after his van, travelling east on Talbot St. and turning left at the main intersection, collided with a westbound car on July 8 at 1 pm.






(Information from Tim Stafford of Hydro One:) – Lightning struck a hydro pole west of Orwell on Sunday night around 8 pm and knocked out power for more than an hour for 2600 customers in north, west and south Malahide and about half of Aylmer.






(Information from Rebecca Korvemaker of Aylmer who is doing a summer music camp for the first time:) –  ”Rebecca’s Notes will be hosting a week long music camp for children ages 4-8. The camp will run mornings, 9-12, at the studio in Aylmer from August 11 to  August 15. Children will experience the joy of singing, beat, playing the keyboard, playing the bells, stories, games, crafts, and snacks. No previous musical training is necessary. Cost for the week is $150. Register by July 28 by email to rebeccasnotes92@gmail.com or call; 519-402-4876 (website: rebeccasnotes.ca).


I will be doing the camp with the aid of some local volunteers. Rebecca’s Notes is a home-based music business that teaches piano, flute, and Music for Young Children. The camp curriculum is based on Music for Young Children’s “The Happening” with a bit of a twist, adding musical bells to the mix for keyboard and rhythm instruments. My musical background involves playing piano for the past 17 years and flute for the past 9. I recently took the course for teaching Music for Young Children and am excited to begin teaching group classes in the fall.”





(Contributed) – “All ages are welcome, however the clinics will be limited to intermediate and advanced players. The purpose is for players in the Aylmer and Elgin County area to take advantage of a unique coaching opportunity where they can significantly improve their skills. This will ultimately help their local sports teams i.e. at the high school level or the college or university level. Contact  – John Elliott coach@aylmerbadminton.ca .”




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WEDNESDAY, July 16/14






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

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

-Sun. -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Sweaburg, 8pm

-Sun. -St.Thomas Fastball: Springfield hosts Shedden, 2 pm





An Aylmer area woman and her father endured a harrowing kayaking experience on the Thames River on Friday. Christine  Cattrysse, 44, who lives with her husband Dan on Rogers Road, and her 71-year-old father, Bryan Baker of Delaware, went geocaching in their kayaks. But after their discovery her dad’s kayak flipped somewhere between Delaware and Komoka and they had to cling to a tree before being rescued. Christine described her experience for TANews:


“I have been geocaching a little more than a year and I have been kayaking about a year. I really enjoy caching and often go with my dad. My 1000th cache found milestone was nearing so I thought I would find a cache that was memorable.  My Dad and I decided that finding a cache on an island would suit the occasion. So we headed down the Thames in our kayaks. The river was nice and calm. We never would have ventured out if we saw a strong current. We found a cache on an island  at 4 pm - in the cache was a log book and some trinkets.


After leaving the island, my dad got caught in the current which pushed him into the branches of a fallen tree. The kayak ended up flipping and the kayak went sailing down the Thames with my dad  hanging on the branches. I went over to help and my kayak flipped. I was able to keep hold of my kayak, paddle and waterproof bag and swim to a nearby fallen tree. My dad had some difficulty pulling himself out of the water but eventually managed. He couldn’t walk along the trunk to the bank because of the 30 ft span and there weren’t any branches to hang on to and the trunk was a good 12 feet up from the water. He was stuck. As I was trying to empty the water out of my kayak my leg got jammed between a floating log and the tree. So I called 911.


Some other kayakers happened to come by and helped. We were waiting 10-15 minutes. The Fire Department launched their pontoon boat. They made several attempts to get to us because the current was quite strong (river narrowed making current stronger). Another canoeist happened by with his son and they helped with the rescue too. They helped me onto the bank and grabbed my kayak. One firefighter had to swim out to where my dad flipped his kayak and climb up the tree. The responders did an amazing job and we were grateful for their help. We lost my dad’s kayak. We got more than I bargained for. This ordeal sure made my 1000th find a memorable occasion just not what I was anticipating.”


Aylmer's Christine Cattrysse'took this photo of her father Bryan as he was about to be rescued by a firefighter after both kayakers capsized and clung to a tree in the Thames River Friday (Contributed) (CLICK)

Aylmer’s Christine Cattrysse took this photo of her father Bryan as he was about to be rescued by a firefighter after both kayakers capsized and clung to a tree in the Thames River Friday.  (Contributed) (CLICK)





(Information from Ben Janzen, Stewardship in Action Advisor at Mennonite Savings Credit Union in Aylmer:) “Each spring students in grades 11 and 12 from communities throughout Ontario are given an opportunity to apply for the $1,500 Peace in Action Essay Award. Students are encouraged to submit a short essay outlining their efforts to foster peace in their community. The winning essay is selected by a panel of judges with representatives from Mennonite Savings Credit Union, Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, Project Ploughshares, and members of Conrad Grebel University College and Canadian Mennonite University. This year’s winner is Amy Wall, a Grade 12 student at EESS.”


(Excerpts on her project are from the essay by Amy Wall:) ”My project was ‘Compliments’. About one year ago I created an anonymous twitter account called ‘EESS Compliments’. The purpose of this account was to have students from the school send in compliments about other students. I got the idea of putting some compliments on the announcements for all to hear. Every Friday we have ‘Friendly Fridays’. On this day, about 3 compliments about students and/or staff are chosen from many sent in to me. It really made an impact on the students. I heard people talking about it in the halls and in the classroom, and the responses I get on twitter often are along the lines of “this just made my day!”…..The involvement in this peace activity in my school has … given me more confidence by seeing that what I am doing is making an impact on my peers. It has also changed the way I think about creating peace, by showing me that it is not a difficult task. Most people have the perspective that striving for peace means you have to change everything and everyone, but really all you have to do is give people the chance to speak kindness and positivity without any type of fear.”


Amy added:  ”I live in Aylmer. I have just recently graduated grade 12 at East Elgin. At the end of September I am heading over to England for a 6 month bible school course. I am then heading home and planning on attending university/college for Athletic Therapy the following September. I saw a twitter account that had started somewhat of the same idea and thought that it would be a great thing to do for my school.  It was received very well. I was very surprised by how people were fascinated by it and how it took off so fast. I found out about the Peace in Action Essay award from my school’s guidance department. I plan on using the money I won to help out with my post-secondary education.”





-Southwest Soccer  -Last week: Aylmer FC (4-3-1) lost 4-0 to Mt.Brydges; This week:Tue: host MIB = NR?; Next Mon. at Glencoe


-TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville (1-15) lost 8-5 to Woodstock and 10-3 to Innerkip; This week: host Woodstock Thu.


-TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell (6-8) lost 7-0 to Sweaburg, def. Burgessvile 10-8; This week: host Sweaburg Sun.


-St.Thomas Fastball –Last week: Springfield (3-7) lost 4-3 to Glanworth; This week: Mon. v. Glencoe = NR; Thu. at Shedden, Sun. host Shedden




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TUESDAY, July 15/14





-Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts Southwold, 7pm, at EESS

-St.Thomas Fastball: Springfield hosts Glencoe, 8:30 pm


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

-Sun. -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Sweaburg, 8pm

-Sun. -St.Thomas Fastball: Springfield hosts Shedden, 2 pm





-A 40 year old Frisbee golf player from Aylmer was charged with drinking in a public place in Steen Park on July 5 at 7:30 pm after being reported to Police by witnesses in the vicinity.

-A 47 year old Malahide woman was charged with following too close after her pickup truck hit the rear of another vehicle which in turn struck a third vehicle, which was slowing down for a left turn at Linwood Drive and Talbot St. west, on July 3 around 10:30 am.

-An 18 year old Aylmer man was also charged with following too close after his pickup truck hit a car which was slowing for a red light at John and Beech St. on July 4 around 4 pm.

-A four foot by eight foot sign that said ‘Aylmer Motel’ was stolen from a residence on St. George St. on July 4. (It was discovered in a garbage container nearby late last week and returned).





-Friesen, Isaac of Aylmer passed away on Saturday in his 64th year. Survivors: wife Mary Peters; daughter Melanie Friesen (fiance Tony Taylor); eleven siblings etc.. He was born in Mexico and was retired from the Ontario Police College staff. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.


-Caers, Jay Benjamin Joseph of Toronto passed away at the age of 44. Survivors: parents Michael and Donna (Honsinger) Caers; sister Michelle etc. He was a graduate of EESS. A public memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home St. Thomas on Thursday at 1 pm with visitation one hour before.






The Aylmer Church of God held a concert Friday night at the Palmer Bandshell Park (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)





– July 7, 2014, Station #4, 52009 Yorke Line, Tree Fire

- July 8, 2014, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– July 9, 2014, Station #4, Avon Drive, MVC

– July 11, 2014, Station #1,  Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– July 12, 2014, Station #4,  Mapleton Line, Medical Assist

– July 12, 2014, Station #2, Springfield Road, Medical Assist





(Contributed) – Elgin County Economic Development and Tourism want you to experience all that Elgin County has to offer this summer by entering a contest to win one of three prize packages valued at approximately $400 each. The contest will run from June 25 – September 1. Entrants must submit their contest entries online by visiting www.experienceelgin.ca and completing the entry form. At the end of the contest period, contest entries will be eligible to be entered into a random draw. For more information about the Experience Elgin County This Summer contest and full contest rules visit www.experienceelgin.ca or call (519) 631-1460 ext. 168.







“The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a HEAT ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the predicted forecast by Environment Canada, temperatures are expected to climb into the thirties resulting in humidex readings in the low forties. These values are expected to continue for the next several days.”




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MONDAY, July 14/14



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today



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THURSDAY, July 10/14



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Fridays this summer.



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





Greg Currie last week became the third contestant for the position of Mayor of Aylmer for this fall’s municipal election. Incumbent Jack Couckuyt and businessman Calvin Brydges are also nominated. Greg has lived here since 1979 along with his wife Avril and two children. He worked for 15 years at the Ontario Police College and then for a private company since 1993 and still is their chairman of the Board. He has done tutoring with the YWCA, is a former board member of the Aylmer Area Community Foundation, and does visitations for the VON.  A key campaign issue?: “Well the major issue for me is to control spending and to bring taxes down, both residential and commercial, to a level that reflects  a competitive level to surrounding areas. We want to make Aylmer a community by choice. “







No new candidates have surfaced in Bayham in the past month. Previous candidates: Paul Enns is running for re-election as Bayham Mayor;  Co. Tom Southwick has indicated he will challenge for Deputy Mayor; For Council: John Faulkner and Wayne Casier.




No new candidates have come forward in the past month. Previously declared candidates: Incumbent Dave Mennill is running for Mayor; Dep-Mayor Jim Jenkins is recontesting his position, Co. Mike Wolfe is also challenging for Dep-Mayor; Co. Max Moore is running again as Ward 2 Councillor; In Ward 3 Jake Quiring and Rick Cerna have declared their candidacies; In Ward 4 Co. Mark Wales is nominated again; in Ward 5 Melissa Schneider is a candidate.




New – Greg Currie is running for Mayor and John Vandermeersch is again running for Council. No one yet has declared for Deputy Mayor. Those previously nominated: Incumbent Jack Couckuyt and Calvin Brydges for Mayor; Bill Murch and Diana Brydges for Councillor.







The official ceremony to mark the opening of HMCS Ojibwa is scheduled for Saturday, July 6 at 10:30 am. About 60 or more submariners participating from all across Canada and representing Ojibwa’s full career from 1965 to 1998 are expected to attend. There is limited seating for non-invited guests, however the public is welcome to attend, bring their own chairs and watch the ceremony from the areas to the east and south of the site.”





-Pocs, William ‘Bill’ of Vienna passed away on Tuesday July 1st, aged 79. Survivors: wife Carolyn (Mitchell) Pocs etc.. He was formerly of Vienna, Aylmer, London and Corinth and was a past President of the Aylmer Lions Club. There is no funeral home visitation nor service.


-Swanson, Caroline (Lambkins) of Straffordville passed away on June 25 in her 69th year. Survivors: husband Neil Swanson and three children etc.. The Funeral Service will be conducted at Straffordville United Church on Saturday at 11 am. with visitation one hour prior.





Pt. Burwell was one of two area communities studied recently concerning pro and anti wind turbine reactions. The results were published in May in the journal Environment and Planning by the authors - three UWO  geography department researchers including Jamie Baxter and also Chad Walker of St.Thomas, a PH.D student in Georgraphy. The other community studied was Clear Creek.



They found generally that people who have raised health concerns and other objections to wind turbines are “denigrated, dismissed and ostracized by supporters of the developments in their communities.” The study also found the majority of people in both communities supported the existing wind farm projects within the communities – 80% in Port Burwell, although a significantly lower level of 63% in Clear Creek. The researchers said the support was more “pragmatic” than “enthusiastic” however and suggested the developers of wind farms could improve support for their projects if “the financial benefits of wind farms were shared among households in the vicinity of turbines, not just the landowners with the turbines.”



They conducted 26 face-to-face interviews and distributed 152 questionnaires in their Port Burwell study in the summers of 2011 and 2012. Some other findings: residents who experience a higher density of turbines close to their homes are more likely to oppose the development. In Clear Creek, homes average 6.8 turbines within 2km of their home, while in Port Burwell there are only 3.7 turbines. As such, 80% of residents in Port Burwell support turbines, compared to 63% in Clear Creek. Furthermore, only 3% of the Port Burwell sample claimed to experience health impacts they attribute to the turbines while 22% reported such health impacts in Clear Creek.



Added Chad Walker to TANews:- “The turbines near Pt. Burwell have been there since 2006  and are one of the longest standing projects and fifth longest in size in the province. The most surprising result – Eighty percent support was a surprise. But there were still some community conflicts as fifty percent said people in the vicinity should get also benefits, not just the owners on land where the turbines were built. It was also surprising the comments were so positive and we attribute that to the project being done prior to the 2009 Energy Act when people had more of a voice.”






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