Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

THURSDAY, Nov. 23/17



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-Fri -Ayl/Area Band/Choir: “Christmas Movie Magic”; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre

-Sat -Pre-Parade: Free Cookies, Hot Chocolate – St Pauls United; 12-2 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Christmas Parade 2 pm/ ON EASTLINK TV LIVE





(Information from Kinsmen Member Paul Bode:) ”The 73rd edition of the Aylmer Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade will take place this Saturday at 2 pm. The theme is: “1867”. There are at least four bands booked including the MM Robinson Drum Corps from Burlington and the Golden Harps, the steel drum band. Once again, the Kinsmen have arranged for a 25 foot balloon character for the parade. Santa will be at Palmer Park following the parade to hand out oranges and candy canes, to hear wish lists and to provide photo ops. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods that will be collected by Kin Klowns for the Corner Cupboard. As well, Eastlink will be broadcasting the parade live.”





(Excerpts from a report presented recently by Liz McConnell, Corner Cupboard Manager, to the annual meeting of the East Elgin Community Assistance Program) – “The Corner Cupboard is on target to serve around the same number of clients in 2017 as in 2016. Although this number is down from previous years, there continues to be a need for serving around 1200 people yearly, with just under half that number being children. This represents about 400 families in total. Donations of cash and food are always welcome and should be made payable to East Elgin Community Assistance Program We do encourage people to check their donated items for expiry dates.   Although we are seeing a decline in families using the Corner Cupboard there is definitely still a need and we are fortunate to live in a very supportive community.. My thanks to the Aylmer Express and the community for a wonderful Thanksgiving food drive”





(Marscha Huber organizes the collection of winter clothing for all ages just before Christmas, she provides this information: ) – “In January 2015, I was on FaceBook and a newspaper article popped up about the Chase the Chill mission. I thought someone should do that in our area. So I went to the Aylmer Town Office to see if we could set up beside the library, specifically the trees, but it required too many forms. Then the Priest at our church (Our Lady of Sorrows) thought it was a great idea and said I was welcome to use the church railings. This is the 4th collection of hats, scarves and mittens for the Aylmer area. Although the original mission I read about only collected scarves, thanks to donations from Kim and Kevin Cross owners of Durkee’s Ltd, we were able to rig things up on the railings to include other items and for all ages. Our donations have increased year after year. The clothing is also not lasting as long on the railings now that people know what they are there for. Last year, we had so many items that we could not put it all on the railings at one time. This years collections are at most financial institutions and a few other places: BMO, RB, CIBC, Meridian CU, Kindred CU, the Aylmer Library, Durkee’s Ltd and Our Lady of Sorrows. Items will be collected until 4 pm on Friday December 1st. We will have them up on the railings of the church on December 2 at 11 am. The generous staff of Our Lady of Sorrows has helped me create the posters each year and the Aylmer Express has printed up and donated our tags each year. This is definitely a group effort!”





This is a section of the south bank of the Catfish Creek just east of the John St. bridge which was cleaned up this fall in a combined effort by the EESS Environmental class, the Catfish CCA and the Aylmer BIA. (kb) (CLICK)



-Meharg, Bob of Aylmer passed away. Survivors: wife Kate Meharg; one son etc.. Bob had several jobs in the Aylmer area including as a reporter for The Aylmer Express and St. Thomas Times Journal. A family graveside service has been held. There will be a celebration of Bob’s life at the Aylmer Legion, Saturday, December 2, from 1-3 p.m. Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Nesbitt, William David “Bill” of Lyons passed away Wednesday in his 83rd year. Survivors: wife Joyce (Chalk) Nesbitt; two children etc.. Born in Malahide, he was a longtime farmer in Springfield.  He was a member of the Oddfellow Lodge #404, Springfield for over 60 years and was President of Yarmouth Mutual Insurance Company. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm with the funeral service being held there on Saturday at 11 am.


-Vance, James William “Jim” of Pt. Burwell passed away Monday in his 76th year. Survivors: wife Sharon (Rupert) Vance; children – Karen Huber(Ken) of RR4, Aylmer, Tammy Lama(Andy) of Eden and Colleen Vance(Rod) of Pt. Burwell. Jim was a tobacco farmer. The funeral service was held today at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Giesbrecht, Jacob “Jake” of Aylmer passed away Tuesday in his 72nd year. Survivors: wife Julia (Willand) Card; six children etc.. He was born in Mexico and was a welder at GM for 30 years. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 am.


-Terpstra, Louisa passed away today in her 80th year. Survivors: husband Harry Terpstra; five children including Harry Terpstra of Aylmer, Angela D’Alessandro(Alex) of Aylmer etc..  She was born in the Netherlands. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Monday at 10 am.




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TUESDAY, Nov. 21/17





-Wed -Job Fair: Stubbe’s Precast, 3-6pm, Aylmer Comm. Services, 25 Centre St..

-Fri -Ayl/Area Band/Choir: “Christmas Movie Magic”; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre

-Sat -Pre-Parade: Free Cookies, Hot Chocolate – St Pauls United; 12-2 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Christmas Parade 2 pm/ ON EASTLINK TV LIVE





(From Environment Canada, For East Elgin,  5 am) – “Southwest winds will increase this morning and afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front. Wind gusts up to 80 km/h are expected, especially for areas near the lakeshore. These winds may be strong enough in some areas to toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Isolated power outages may be possible as well. The wind will begin to ease late this afternoon into this evening.”





Malahide CAO Michelle Casavecchia-Somers advises that Co. Rick Cerna, who missed last Thursday’s Council meeting, is currently off on a medical leave for an undetermined length of time.





(Contributed) The Aylmer Police hold multiple warrants for Shawn LANE (40 yrs) and Zach FERRIS (29 yrs). If seen please contact us or Crime Stoppers. Photos on Aylmer Police Services site.





(Information from Niccolin Fischert) – “I am a Registered Massage Therapist and owner of groWellness. We are a Health Therapy Studio offering a variety of certified services such as Registered Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Organic Spa Care, Yoga and Workshops. We are located at 31 Talbot street behind the big pink door between Creative Creations and Designer Dogs. Our studio is actually above the Flower Fountain. We are thrilled to be a part of the downtown core. Our website is: www.growellnessstudio.ca .





(Information from Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer) – “Our officers are now carrying Naloxone (Narcan) as a first aid measure for themselves in the event of an opiate exposure. Its commonly available through pharmacies to assist those with opiate addictions and their families as well. Its primarily a first aid measure for my staff and secondarily for the public in the event we interact with someone overdosing and ambulatory care isn’t readily available. Fentanyl and its more deadly cousin Car-Fentanyl are the topical drugs in the media but this is Opiate receptor blocker so it works on heroin, morphine, OxyContin, etc. as well. We have not had occasion to use it yet but are equipped to do so should the emergency arise.”





Among decisions made at Aylmer Council at its regular meeting last night:

Council defeated this motion by Co. Ted McDonald on behalf of the Aylmer Canada 150th committee: “We have designed a stainless steel maple leaf which will be our time capsule to be installed in a rock/fountain display that will be installed in the north west corner of the greenspace adjacent to the Old Town Hall”





– November 15, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– November 17, 2017, Station #1, Sparta Line, Medical Assist

– November 17, 2017, Station #4, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

– November 17, 2017, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– November 17, 2017, Station #1, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– November 18, 2017, Station #1, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist





(Contributed) – Elgin OPP would like to make the public aware of a current fraudulent scam. Scammers are sending out fake emails (phishing) from “Canada Post” stating that you have missed a home delivery and need to click on some links to complete paperwork and pick up your package within 48 hours. Canada Post will never contact you via email unless you have pre-arranged this. Canada Post will normally leave you a notice on your door with information regarding a delivery. Another common scam is a type of emergency scam. This is where a fraudster will call your phone. They will tell you they are either a lawyer or police officer and request money must be sent, as a family member has been arrested. You need to check before you act. All types of frauds should be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501 or by going online to www.antifraudcentre.ca.




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MONDAY, Nov. 20/17





-Aylmer Council 7 pm


-Wed -Job Fair: Stubbe’s Precast, 3-6pm, Aylmer Comm. Services, 25 Centre St..

-Fri -Ayl/Area Band/Choir: “Christmas Movie Magic”; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre

-Sat -Pre-Parade: Free Cookies, Hot Chocolate – St Pauls United; 12-2 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Christmas Parade 2 pm/ ON EASTLINK TV LIVE





(Contributed) – The annual Tree Lighting at Palmer Park in Aylmer, sponsored by Mainstreet Aylmer and the Aylmer Community Foundation, will take place Friday at 6:30 pm. The event includes caroling provided by the Aylmer Area Community Band, free face painting, a visit from Santa Claus, hot chocolate with the Aylmer RBC and the lighting of the park. Also on Friday at 7:30 pm the Aylmer Community Band and Choir will be performing, ‘Christmas Movie Magic Concert’, in the Old Town Hall Theatre.





(Information from Nicole Pressey-Wiebenga, Administrator for Mainstreet Aylmer) – “Contributors to Aylmer’s downtown Christmas decorations this year are: MainStreet Aylmer -Downtown Merchants, Aylmer Area Community Foundation, Showcase East Elgin Realty Inc. Brokerage, ERTH Corporation, EESS Leadership Class, Joel and Betty Falkenham and the Town of Aylmer. The Community Decoration Committee consists of: Diane Mott, Linda Black, Cyndy Difazio, Kim Enns, Wanda Kapogines, Jeneen Toth, Michelle Toth, Jeff and Nicole Wiebenga and Judi Wright. The lights are in Palmer Park, Balmoral Park and the Old Town Hall Parkette. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Aylmer Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and individual Canadians.





-Manning, Pearl Grace passed away at Chartwell Aylmer on Friday in her 89th year. Wife of the late Harold Manning (2017). Survivors: children Marion Greenlund (Dennis) of Aylmer and James Manning(Sue) of Belmont etc.. Grace was a longtime resident of RR1, Belmont and a member of the Kingsmill Women’s Institute, Kettle Valley Pioneers and St. James Quilters. The funeral service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Monday at 11 am.


-Haines, David Wayne of St. Thomas passed away Wednesday in his 63rd year. Survivors: two children etc… The funeral service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home  on Monday at 1 pm.





Among agenda items to be discussed at the regular meeting of Aylmer Council tonight:

-A motion by Co. Ted McDonald on behalf of the Aylmer Canada 150th committee: “We have designed a stainless steel maple leaf which will be our time capsule to be installed in a rock/fountain display that will be installed in the north west corner of the greenspace adjacent to the Old Town Hall”

At the June 19 Council meeting this area was part of a motion suggested by Mayor Greg Currie as a proposed library expansion site although this was not approved at the time by Council.





AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires split their weekend games in Provincial Junior C hockey. Friday in Dorchester they surrendered a 2-1 lead late in the game to fall 3-2 and Saturday here they survived a late flurry by Thamesford to escape with a 7-5 win. The Spits now have six wins and 13 losses in the nine team league. Friday, Aylmer goals were registered by Ryan VanRoestel and Connor Richer. Saturday, the Spitfires got two goals each from Tyler Hinde and Dustin Dunlop with singles going to Connor Darville, James Collins and Sebastian Nogueira. In that game Aylmer held a 6-1 lead heading into the final frame but Thamesford counted four goals in two minutes to keep the game close. The only game for the Spits this week is Friday in Mt. Brydges.


Period 1

Aylmer – Tyler Hinde (power play) (Jamie Brzozowski, James Collins) 1:55

Aylmer – Tyler Hinde (Dustin Dunlop, James Collins) 6:16

Period 2

Thamesford – Cody Clerc (TJ Taylor, Jordan Winter) 0:58

Aylmer – James Collins (Curtis Hardwick, Tyler Hinde) 1:44

Aylmer – Dustin Dunlop (pp) (Ryan Vandenbroek, Jamie Brzozowski) 3:13

Aylmer – Connor Darville (pp) (Sebastian Nogueira, Luke Bettencourt) 12:29

Aylmer – Sebastian Nogueira (Luke Bettencourt, Jamie Brzozowski) 13:27

Period 3

Thamesford – Kody Tremblay (Garrett Hickey, Spencer Mills) 6:20

Thamesford – Jake Ojero (Kolbe Doxtator, Paul Lee) 7:04

Thamesford – Nolan Brown (Kolbe Doxtator, Paul Lee) 7:30

Thamesford – Cody Clerc (Brandon Scott) 8:20

Aylmer – Dustin Dunlop (empty net) (unassisted) 18:53





(Re-Council decision on Aylmer Library) – “A big thank you to Councillor Oslach for having the guts to vote against both options. This council has bullied on with their need to make their mark on history. Mr. Oslach bravely put the brakes on it. Their “survey” was the most ridiculous excuse for an effort to seek public input. A survey is a great tool, but totally misused in this instance. (Pat McCabe)





Aylmer Atom Red team and Aylmer Bantam Black team both won Silver medals in the first ever Silver Stick hockey tourney hosted by Aylmer this past weekend.





Royale Haldenby, 23, formerly of Aylmer, (daughter of Jeff Haldenby and Tracey Darley) is pursuing a career as a professional country music singer. She will be performing at the Upper Thames Brewing Co. in Woodstock on December 1st from 4-7 pm. She provides this overview: “I grew up on a farm just outside Aylmer. My mom has always said I had a love for country music even at a young age, she even says I was born wearing cowboy boots. Throughout my preteens and high school years (EESS), I was classically trained in voice with the “Royal Conservatory of the Arts”, writing music, and taking guitar lessons religiously. At age 15 I was chosen to be the lead singer in a “Hannah Montana Tribute Band” in St Thomas and toured all over southern Ontario. From then on, I was writing music for the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, recording my own material, playing shows, and dreaming of a life full of music.


When I turned 21, I dropped out of university, quit my jobs, and drove down to Nashville with the hopes of seeing my name in lights. If you asked me 5 years ago if I would be a professional songwriter, I would have laughed pretty hard. I have laughed, cried, and lived each one of my songs; they are personal to me. I perform full time at Tootsies Orchid Lounge there along with doing many other venues on a weekly basis all while writing at least once a day. This year I was asked to be on American Idol which I grew up watching always dreaming of the “Carrie Underwood” experience. Although my home is Nashville now, I will always be thankful to my hometown for shaping me into who I am. You can download my two song EP “Southern Comfort” off of iTunes/ Spotify/ Apple Music through “Royale Lynn.””





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EESS scores their only touchdown in junior football title loss yesterday.

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THURSDAY, Nov. 16/17





-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-EESS hosts Jr Football Final v Parkside, 11:30 am

Thu-Sat -Ten Thousand Villages Sale (see ad)

-EESS Home to Home Canned Food Drive


-Fri -Schools PA Day

-Fri -Aylmer Library: PA Day Crafts; all day

-Fri-Sat -Ayl-Mal. Museum Tour of Homes (see ad)

-Fri-Sun -Aylmer hosts Silver Stick Hockey (see Tue report)

-Sat -Aylmer Library: Gadgets, Robots etc.: 2 pm; Ages: five plus

-Sat-Sun -Periscope Theatre Presents: Roy LeBlanc (see ad)


-Mon -Aylmer Council, 7 pm





AYLMER – Parkside defeated East Elgin 25-6 in today’s junior football championship here. EESS, which finished first in league play and defeated PCI 20-15 in their only meeting, was behind 23-0 before they garnered their only touchdown with six minutes to play in the game. Evan Wall scored the Eagles’ touchdown. EESS last won the junior title in 2012.





Co. Pete Barbour who introduced a motion to locate library expansion on John St. – “I believe that the majority of the people want their library enhancements in the downtown core adjacent to the present library. What happened to the concept of parking, shopping and going to the library from a single parking space? In my opinion there will be little movement by Council to pursue a solution to the long standing need for more space of the Aylmer Library‎ and that is truly frustrating. The supporters of John Street and the supporters of Myrtle Street are to date firm in their preference and neither side has a majority. There is still sufficient time within this term of this Council to get a spade in the ground and show leadership in making that happen but it takes Council members willing to listen to what has been said and make informed decisions.”


Mayor Greg Currie, who voted for the Myrtle St. location –

1 -Why did you vote for a Myrtle St. location? “I voted for Myrtle St. because it satisfied me that it would have been a significant increase to the footprint of our Library as well as being in the downtown area and it would be the most cost effective way.

2 -Why did you vote for Myrtle St. in view of a clear public interest ie, council public meeting, online survey, ALES petition, Express public meeting, BIA letters etc. in a John St. addition – I do not consider all of the examples you have stated as a clear indication of the town taxpayers wishes. I find the examples not creditable from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective.

3 – What do you see as the next step in the library expansion discussion? The next step is to leave the issue as it is alone for a while as we investigate what went on for the results to have gone the way they did.”





-Crawford, Marjorie Adele (Babcock) passed away at Terrace Lodge Aylmer on Tuesday in her 98th year. Wife of the late Ernest Gordon Crawford (2017).  She was born in Mount Salem and graduated from Nursing in 1958. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Missionary Church today at 11 am; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.





(Now that Aylmer’s Club 7 has suspended recycled newspaper pickups, The Aylmer Express has taken on a similar project. Information from Brett Hueston at the Express) – “Since Club 7 folded in town, we have established a newsprint collection at the Aylmer Express. There is a large yellow bin (south part of parking lot) accepting all newspapers and flyers. No need to bundle. Anyone needing a hand unloading their papers can ask inside at the Express office. We sell it to our regular paper recycling supplier and put the money aside to pay for swimming lessons at Aylmer Pool for anyone who would find it a financial burden. This past summer the program funded 10 people.”





Aylmer Police inform that the winter overnight parking ban on all town streets and municipal parking lots started November 15 and continues until April 15. The ban takes effect between 3 am and 6 am in order to facilitate snow removal.






(The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 15th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 17 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 18 from 1-9 pm. The Museum Supper is on Friday at 6 pm at the Aylmer Baptist Church.)-  (Contributed) – “This house described as being a Georgian neoclassic style constructed in brick with a hip roof, was built in 1864 by Samuel York, a local tanner. Mr. York’s tanning business was set up at the rear of the property as he used Catfish Creek as a power source. Dr. Coll Sinclair purchased the property in 1875. He, followed by his son Charles and grandson Duncan, practised medicine out of this house until 1990 when the practice was moved to the clinic on Talbot St. W. In 2016, this home was purchased from the Sinclair family by Norm Muir and David Hamilton. The new owners have made some changes. The area that served as the patients’ waiting room and consulting rooms are now a handsome bedroom and ensuite. The kitchen has been revamped into a bright modern work space. There are many charming aspects to this heritage home from the three-bay front entrance to the elegant staircase. The three bay front is centered with a side-lighted door and a stained glass elliptical transom. The number 59 is featured in the transom denoting the original address of the house.”




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TUESDAY, Nov. 14/17





-MP Karen Vecchio hosts Passport Clinic; EEC Complex; 4-7 pm


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

-Thu -EESS hosts Jr Football Final v Parkside, 11:30 am

-Thu-Sat -Ten Thousand Villages Sale (see ad)

-Fri -Schools PA Day

-Fri -Aylmer Library: PA Day Crafts; all day

-Fri-Sat -Ayl-Mal. Museum Tour of Homes (see ad)

-Fri-Sun -Aylmer hosts Silver Stick Hockey (see Tue report)

-Sat -Aylmer Library: Gadgets, Robots etc.: 2 pm; Ages: five plus

-Sat-Sun -Periscope Theatre Presents: Roy LeBlanc (see ad)





In yet another unpredictable twist to Aylmer’s library expansion issue, Aylmer Council at its regular meeting last night voted against both its proposed options. Even though a vote on location was not on the agenda, a vote on both options was allowed to proceed. The first motion by Co. Pete Barbour was to support an addition to the present building – Barbour, Dep Mayor Mary French and Co Sherri Andrews voted in favour, the four votes against were by Mayor Greg Currie, Co Ted Macdonald, Co Barbara Ann Laur and Co Arthur Oslach. Then Co. Ted McDonald proposed building a new library on Myrtle St.. In favour were Macdonald, Laur and Currie.  The four votes against were Barbour, French, Andrews and Oslach. Co Oslach voted against both options.


The only items listed on the Action agenda last night were several letters about the library and the results of the town’s online survey regarding library location. That survey indicated that seventy eight percent preferred the library to expand at its present location – the total being 181-39 in favour of the John St. addition over a Myrtle St. stand alone building. Co. Barbour gave a preamble to his motion stating that while the Myrtle St. location is town owned and has enhanced parking, it has accessibility issues and would require some cost to clean up the site. He added that Myrtle St. however does not meet “the spirit of the business community” and “to do nothing is just not right”. Co. Oslach then asked Co. Barbour if he could make an amendment to his motion supporting the John St. addition by outlining its specifics, noting it would be a 5000 sq ft addition with an atrium connecting it to the present building and Co. Barbour agreed. Co. Macdonald was the only other councillor to speak in these brief discussions, saying, in supporting Myrtle St., that he felt parking was an issue uptown especially since the town rented 14 spaces to the Trillium building. The whole process was done in fifteen minutes.





(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Nov 9, station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Tunnel Line

-Nov 9, station 2 Straffordville, smoke alarm on Green Line, false alarm.

-Nov 10, station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Heritage Line

-Nov 12, both stations, on Bayham Dr., small garbage pile lit, out before arrived.





(Information from Mike Holmes of Aylmer Minor Hockey) – “This is the first time Aylmer has hosted a Silver Stick tourney. The tournament takes place from Thursday to Sunday with the opening ceremonies on Thursday at 7:15 pm with a ceremonial puck drop. Both mayors, the Silver Stick commissioner and OMHA rep Linda Ralf will be in attendance. The tournament features 32 teams from Atom to Midget. All Aylmer local league teams are competing. We have teams from as far away as Innisfil, Lefroy and Thornton attending. We are expecting approximately 500 players and over 1000 visitors to town.


This is a Regional tournament. Silverstick tournaments are unique in that if you are a Champion of the Division that you have competed in, this entitles you the right to participate in an International Finals tournament competing against other teams which had been successful in winning their Regional Qualifying tournament. This International Final is in Pelham in the new year. We landed the tournament by submitting a proposal in February and presenting to the Silver Stick sanction committee in June. We are excited to bring the prestige and excitement of playing in a Silver Stick tournament community to our region. We have basically secured the right to host this annually.”





– November 6, 2017, Station #4 assisted by Station #3, Avon Drive, MVC

– November 7, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– November 8, 2017, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

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

– November 11, 2017, Station #3, Century Line, Medical Assist

– November 13, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– November 13, 2017, Station #3 ,Stations #2 and #3, MVC




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MONDAY, Nov. 13/17







-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Otter Valley Naturalists, 7 pm (see Tue report)


-Fri -Schools PA Day

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

-Thu -EESS hosts Jr Football Final v Parkside, 11:30 am

-Thu-Sat -Ten Thousand Villages Sale (see ad)

-Fri -Aylmer Library: PA Day Crafts; all day

-Fri-Sat -Ayl-Mal. Museum Tour of Homes (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Library: Gadgets, Robots etc.: 2 pm; Ages five plus

-Sat-Sun -Periscope Theatre Presents: Roy LeBlanc (see ad)





Aylmer Council at its regular meeting tonight will receive the results of its recent survey on where to locate an expanded library. Seventy eight percent prefer the library to expand at its present location. The totals were: 181-39 in favour of the John St. addition over a Myrtle St. stand alone building.




Ric Murray, former Aylmer Councillor and Chairman of the Police Services Board and a member of the Building committee for the Police Station built in north Aylmer in the 1990s reports that a Myrtle St. location being proposed for a new library presently was an area dismissed as a police station site due to flooding concerns some 25 years ago. Said Mr. Murray today:  “We wanted to put it on the tennis courts as the current location was problematic because a train could delay response time. There is a Catfish Creek study someplace that affirms a flood threat to the whole area and indeed, the next spring circa. 1990 the courts were covered in water. It’s not only natural floods but if an obstruction were to dam the Catfish (and this is a real threat because of large old trees on the banks) water back up is possible. Ultimately the site was abandoned due to flood concerns.”





-Thu -Jr Boys VBall Playoff – Ingersoll 3 EESS 0

-Fri – Sr Football Playoff- Clarke Road 36 EESS 1





-Thiessen, ‘Billy’ William of Aylmer passed away Friday in his 54th year. Survivors: eight siblings etc.. Billy was very active with Community Living Elgin and worked at Prime Ingredient for many years. He was born in Alberta. The funeral service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home Monday at 1 pm.


-Kennedy, Helen Inez of Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 82nd year. Survivors: husband Ray Kennedy, two children etc.. Helen worked for many years at Hewbank’s Paint & Wallpaper. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.





(Contributed) – “Periscope Playhouse in Port Burwell is pleased to welcome back the award winning Roy LeBlanc for three amazing shows on Saturday at 2 and 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Roy will be performing the hits of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Conway Twitty at the Saturday shows. The Sunday Elvis gospel performance will be followed by a social hour with an opportunity to chat with Roy. Tickets are available at www.periscopeplayhouse.com or by calling 226-271-3815. (The Saturday matinee is sold out).





AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires won two of three weekend games in Provincial Junior C hockey. Friday in Lucan they were victorious by a 4-1 margin. Saturday they edged Pt. Stanley at home 4-3. But their brief winning streak came to a halt yesterday in Parkhill when they were nipped 4-3 by North Middlesex. The Spitfires now have 5 wins and 12 losses which puts them in eighth place in the nine team circuit. Friday, Aylmer goals were scored by Channin George, Dallas Loiselle, Dawson Winchester and Ryan VanRoestel. Saturday Aylmer goals came from Winchester, with two, James Collins and Andrew Snowden. Sunday, Aylmer marksmen were Winchester, Collins, and Luke Bettencourt. This week they play in Dorchester Friday and host Thamesford Saturday.



Period 1

Aylmer – Andrew Snowden (Luke Bettencourt, Sebastian Nogueira) 5:30

Aylmer – Dawson Winchester (pp) (Ryan Vandenbroek, Jamie Brzozowski) 15:51

Period 3

Port Stanley – Shane Kocsis-Cochrane (pp) (Tyler Foslett, Ethan Parent) 1:49

Aylmer – Dawson Winchester (Ryan Van Roestel, Channin George) 7:18

Port Stanley – Dawson Cook (unassisted) 10:54

Port Stanley – Kyle Hopper (Dawson Maton, Derek Smith) 14:23

Aylmer – James Collins (Ryan Vandenbroek, Tanner Rickwood) 15:34





(Contributed) – The 16th annual Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale, sponsored by Mennonite Community Services in Aylmer, will be held this week – Thursday to Saturday – at the Old Town Hall theatre (see ad). Products being sold are made in various third world countries where all workers receive a fair market price by Ten Thousand Villages – this is reflected in the retail price because fair prices vary in different countries. Among items to be sold are: coffee, sugar, pasta, and chocolate plus a mix of Christmas decorations, home décor, jewelry, toys, musical instruments, baskets and planters etc.. Phone 765-3026 for information.




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THURSDAY, Nov. 9/17







FRIDAY – Fifty years ago tomorrow, November 11, 1967, EESS won their first junior football championship. They played in the old Tri County league which had six teams including Glendale and Annandale of Tillsonburg. East Elgin had won Senior titles in 1958 and 1959 but they had only fielded a junior team for ten years. The Purple Flashes were unbeaten in league play 6-0 and allowed only three touchdowns in those games. In the championship in Woodstock they defeated Huron Park 13-7. The coach was Ross McBride. East Elgin wouldn’t win another football crown until the seniors won in 1982 and not another junior crown for 18 years until 1985.





-Aylmer Library: Valentines For Vets; Create a Valentine; All Day

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

-EESS Jr Football SemiFinal v London South at Citifield; 11 am

-EESS Sr Girls BBall v PCI at Huron Park; Finals; 4:30 pm

-EESS Jr Boys VBall SemiFinal v Ingersoll at Parkside; 9 am


-Sat -Remembrance Day Services, Springfield 9:15 am, Aylmer 10:30 am

-Sat -Belmont Remembrance Day Service, 10:30 am


-Mon – Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Mon – Otter Valley Naturalists, 7 pm (see Tue. report)





(Information from the respective school Principals)

IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN – We are recommending families attend the town service, (as it is on Saturday) we will not be walking to the cenotaph as we usually do.

STRAFFORDVILLE PUBLIC – The Straffordville School Community will hold a Remembrance Day Assembly Friday at 1:50 with representatives from the Port Burwell Legion in attendance.

MCGREGOR PUBLIC – We will have a week long interactive display to help students reflect on Why We Remember, set up outside our library and visited by classes at their convenience. We will meet for a Remembrance Day assembly on Friday at 11:30,  led by our Gr. 3/4 class with participation of other classes.

DAVENPORT PUBLIC – Davenport will be having a Remembrance Day assembly beginning at 10:30 with a performance by our school choir, the public is welcome.

ASSUMPTION – Remembrance Day Liturgy in the gym at 10:30 for all students, staff, and parents who wish to attend.

PORT BURWELL – We will be having an assembly at 9:30 Friday with members of the Legion and the RCMP attending. Each class will be presenting their appreciation to our soldiers and presenting a wreath

SUMMERS CORNERS – We are holding our Remembrance Day assembly at 9:10 on Friday. Our choir and band will be performing pieces. Student representatives from each class will be laying a poppy at the base of a cross.






-Secord, Howard Stanley of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 80th year. Survivors: wife Rita (Riffel) Secord; four children including Steve Secord(Beth) and Tom Secord both of Aylmer etc.. He owned and operated Secord Home Building Centre in Aylmer for many years. Howard coached baseball in Aylmer and was a great supporter of youth sports. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 am.


-Goodhue, Charles A.  of RR7 Aylmer passed away Friday in his 94th year. Husband of the late Jean (Cooke) Goodhue (2015). Survivors: one son etc.. Charles was a retired farmer. The funeral was held Wednesday; arrangements with the Sifton Funeral Home, St. Thomas.





(Information from Chief Brent Smith)

– October 2 – Station #2, #1, #3 and #4 – around 9 pm – Transport trailer on fire in field at John Wise Line near intersection of Springfield Road. Consumed entire 48ft trailer and equipment stored in it. Cause of fire was an unattended burn barrel close to trailer. Sparks from burn barrel caused vegetation to catch fire and led to trailer. Damage estimated at $10,000.


– October 17 – Station #4, #1, #2 and #3 – Barn Fire at Mapleton Line near Imperial Road, around 10 am; fire cause was electrical. A very aggressive size up and interior fire suppression attack resulted in saving this barn, limiting the damage to around $15,000.





Zach Annen, grandson of Case and Jane Annen of Aylmer, was named an OUA football first team all star at offensive centre yesterday. Zach played his fifth season with Carleton Ravens this fall. He was drafted by Montreal Alouettes in the spring and plans to attend their training camp next year.





(Information from James McCallum “We Will Remember Them Vol. 3” (on East Elgin in World War I)


Believed to be a casualty in World War I, William Henry McLain’s funeral was held in August, 1918 – a few months before he returned home, alive. McLain was working as a farmer in Port Bruce when he enlisted in June 1916 – he was just 15 years old but gave his age as 18. He didn’t see action until May 1918 and in August was seriously wounded. Unfortunately his name was included with a list of men who had died of wounds and so the Aylmer Express in late August noted his death, reporting that his mother at Port Bruce had received an official wire from authorities in Ottawa. The family held a funeral for him. But, eventually he returned home from overseas after the war and lived at Port Bruce until dying officially in 1969, aged 69.



George Harvey also lied about his age but he was caught and sent home – before his funeral. George was born in Aylmer and was employed as a shoemaker when he enlisted in April 1916. He was born in 1901 and thus was just 15. He was wounded in the foot in 1917 and apparently then his age was discovered and he was returned home.




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TUESDAY, Nov. 7/17





-A&W Job Fair, 3pm-6pm, Aylmer Community Services, 25 Centre St.

-EESS Girls BBall: Jr and Sr at Wood. Coll. Ave; semifinals


-Thu -Aylmer Library: Valentines For Vets; Create a Valentine; All Day

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

-Thu -EESS Jr Football SemiFinal v London South at Citifield

-Sat -Remembrance Day Services, Springfield 9:15 am, Aylmer 10:30 am





-9:15 am –Springfield – Service

-10:30 am – Aylmer – Parade from Legion to Aylmer Cenotaph (In the parade will be Ontario Police College students, Legion members, Air Cadets, Veterans etc.); 10:45 am – Service

-10:30 am – Belmont – Organizer Betty Simpson said the service will take place in the Belmont Community Park. The event will include a piper, a short parade and the laying of a few wreaths. The service takes place in front of the huge metal poppy in the park.





– September 26, 2017, Station #3,  Station #2, Talbot Line, Mutual Aid Barn Fire

– September 30, 2017, Station #3, assisted by Station #2, Imperial Road, MVC

– October 1, 2017, Station #4, Avon Drive, MVC

– October 2, 2017, Station #1 assisted by Station #2, Sparta Line, MVC

– October 2, 2017, Station #2 , Stations #1, #3 and #4, John Wise Line, Fire

– October 11, 2017, Station #1, Springwater Road, Power Lines Down

– October 17, 2017, Station #4, Stations #1, #2 and #3, Mapleton Line, Barn Fire

– October 18, 2017, Station #1, Calton Line, Fire

– October 21, 2017, Station #1 assisted by Station #2, Imperial Road, MVC





The Otter Valley Naturalists will hold their monthly meeting on Monday at 8 pm at the Vienna Community Centre. Speaker will be Jay Cossey who will be sharing stories of butterflies, moths and many other insects with remarks about his recent book, Southern Ontario Butterflies and their Natural History.





(Contributed) Jedidiah, 10, son of Darrell and Helen Klassen of Aylmer also recently wrote his first book, called ‘The First Christmas’ which is a retelling of the bible account found in the book of Matthew. The story is 6 written pages with 6 coordinating illustrations and includes family pictures. It was printed at Bethel Baptist Church in Lambeth and sells for $5. It will be available next Thursday evening with a book launch at the family home at 49278 Conservation Line. Contact Helen Klassen  at 765 3472 for more information. It will also be available at Campbells uptown.





At the August meeting of the EEC Complex Interim Board the resignation of James Allen as EECC General Manager was accepted. Mr. Allen had held the position since December, 2015. The Board then decided the process to fill this vacancy would be delayed until the Market and Organizational Review Study for Aylmer is completed. Aylmer CEO Jenny Reynaert was appointed to be the day by day operations manager in the interim. Said the CEO: “The Review was approved in February at a cost of nearly $30,000. We are anticipating the report will be finalized by the end of December or early January. Typically it is recommended that a market review be completed every 5 years. The previous market review was done in 2005. An organizational review is undertaken only when needed.”

Added Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill – “The organizational review will be presented to the EECC board at the January 31st meeting.  The complex is functioning well; Jenny Reynaert and the staff are filling in for the General Manager at the present time.  Of course this cannot be a permanent arrangement and we are hoping to replace the position in the spring.”



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MONDAY, Nov. 6/17





-Aylmer Council, 7pm


-Tue -A&W Job Fair, 3pm-6pm, Aylmer Community Services, 25 Centre St.

-Tue -EESS Girls BBall: Jr and Sr at Wood. Coll. Ave; semifinals

-Thu -Aylmer Library: Valentines For Vets; Create a Valentine; All Day

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

-Sat -Remembrance Day Services, Springfield 9:15 am, Aylmer 10:30 am





-Rempel, Jacob Berg of Vienna passed away Friday in his 89th year. Survivors: wife Margaretha(Banman) Rempel; eight children, 49 grandchildren and 61 great grandchildren etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home Aylmer on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church on Tuesday at 2 pm.





(The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 15th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 17 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 18 from 1-9 pm. The Museum Supper is on Friday at 6 pm at the Aylmer Baptist Church.)-  “A third home on the Tour is this house at 207 John St. south owned by Steve and Sherry Gray. This 2 storey brick home is thought to have been a farmhouse constructed c. 1880. The Grays purchased it in 1983. You will notice original hardwood floors. The highlight of the home is the unique kitchen renovation completed in 2000 where original brick was revealed.”






AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires lost 5-1 to first place Lambeth in Provincial Junior C hockey Saturday here. The Spits now have 3 wins and 11 losses in the nine team league. Aylmer outshot Lambeth 41-28 – James Brzozowski garnered Aylmer’s only tally. The Spits have three contests this week – Friday in Lucan, Saturday at home to Pt. Stanley and Sunday at North Middlesex.


Period 2

Lambeth – Chase St Aubin (power play) (Carson Esipu, Keith Arnold) 0:26

Lambeth – Donny Manzara (power play) (Ray Robbins, Evan Hogg) 7:10

Aylmer – Jamie Brzozowski (power play) (James Collins) 9:53

Lambeth – Deon Truong (Evan Hogg) 17:35

Period 3

Lambeth – Tyler Woods (Mitchell Jenner, Donny Manzara) 9:07

Lambeth – Deon Truong (Chase St Aubin, Keith Arnold) 12:56





(Contributed) (Information from Marvin Joseph Eastlink Marketing Manager:) “We officially launched our Gigabit Internet service on September 12 increasing our top Internet speed from 300 Mbps previously to 1 Gigabit, our fastest speed ever. Our launch of Eastlink Security and Automation was on October 17. In the last year alone, broadband Internet usage jumped 40%. Access to high speed Internet, particularly in smaller communities, is more important and expected than ever. People in Aylmer now have access to the most advanced Internet available in today’s market.” (Added Regional Manager Ron Mervis:) “Winston Security and Automation allows customers to monitor and control their home using a smartphone or tablet. We also have TV Channel Exchange, which personalizes the customer’s channel lineup and Eastlink Stream, the only app of its kind in Canada…We’re really proud of our track record in building world class fibre optic networks and advanced technologies into these communities, which enables us to deliver the kind of innovative services usually found only in larger urban centres.”





Top ten placings by EESS athletes at the recent WOSSAA Cross Country meet – 3rd – Hallee Knelsen, Midget Girls





Louisa Neudorf, 13, daughter of Terry and Kim Neudorf of Aylmer, has self published a book recently. Louisa has mostly been busy in her spare time with acting, doing a commercial for McCain’s cakes and at the Stratford Festival. She is currently doing an intense musical theatre program in Toronto called One Song Glory in the next three weeks. Said Louisa of her book: ” I have printed 20 copies, but I can print more from Amazon. You can buy some off Amazon, they cost $7. I wrote this book because I fell in love with fantasy and fairy tales and couldn’t get enough of it, so I wrote my own fairy tale. An overview – Three Children (Ernest, Ella, and Carl) find themselves in a magical world called Salay, where animals talk and dwarfs are real, the country finds itself under attack from a neighboring country, Ernway. The children are appointed leaders to help fight against Ernway and with the help of the enemy’s prince, a star from the sky named Fennala, and their new magical friends, they fight set out to fight and save the country that they have grown to love.”




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