Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, July 18/17

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again TUES. JULY 25

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu-Aylmer Library: Baba from Drums; 2 pm; Ages 6 and up (call ahead)

-Thu -Bayham Council 7pm; CANCELLED: Malahide Council

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Norwich, 8:30 pm

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

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE SERVICES REPORT

 

– July 12, 2017, Station 4,  Station 3, Pigram Line, Mutual Aid

– July 12, 2017, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

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

– July 13, 2017, Station #1, Colin Street, Medical Assist

– July 14, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– July 15, 2017, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– July 15, 2017, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– July 16, 2017, Station #1,  Station #3, Jones Road, Water Rescue

 

 

PLEASANT VALLEY JR GOLF TOURNEY

 

(Information from Joan Cresswell) – Thea Fenn, 13, won the girls under 14 division at the annual Pleasant Valley Junior Golf tourney, sponsored by the Aylmer Optimist Club, held recently.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE SERVICES REPORT

 

(From Fire Chief Randy White)

-July 11, both stations, vehicle fire on County Rd 55

-July 15, station 1 Port Burwell called to an odor of gas on Chatham St.

-July 16, station 2 Straffordville called to a medical assist on Culloden Rd

-July 17, station 1 Port Burwell called to a medical assist on Grace Ct.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Stradeski, Mervyn formerly of Aylmer passed away Friday at 87 years of age. Husband of the late Ellen. Survivors: three children etc.. Mervyn was a Past Grand Knight of Council 4189 (Aylmer). The funeral was held this morning; arrangements with Families First Funeral Homes, Windsor.

 

-Lobban, Vince of London passed away Thursday at the age of 89 years. Survivors: wife Marie; two children including Ann Marie (Bill) Reymer of Aylmer etc.. The funeral was held yesterday; arrangements with McFarlane & Roberts Funeral Home Lambeth.

 

 

PT. BRUCE: BOAT STOLEN

 

(From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP are currently investigating the theft of a boat and trailer from Port Bruce. The theft occurred sometime between July 12 at 11 pm and July 13 at 8:15 am. The boat is described as being: 1990 Temabex MP170 watercraft, Cream coloured, 90 HP motor, blackHull id 46D6246. The trailer is described as being: White, Ontario trailer licence plate  P4666D.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

CATFISH CCA LOW WATER ADVISORY

The Catfish Creek CA issued a Level 1 Low Water Advisory yesterday as local water levels fell below provincial standards. As part of the directive, CCCA is asking the public to voluntarily reduce their water consumption in the watershed by 10 per cent.

 

MALAHIDE, BAYHAM WATER BANS 

(From Malahide Twp.)  “Effective immediately, Malahide Fire Chief Brent Smith is imposing a Fire Ban on any or all Open Air fires, whether permitted or exempt, until such time as the current dry conditions are improved by rainfall. Any fires reported will be extinguished.” Bayham Fire Chief Randy White informs that Bayham also imposed a ban yesterday – no open burning until further notice although small camp fires are still allowed.

 

 

NO CORNER CUPBOARD IN AUGUST

 

(Information from Liz McConnell) – The Aylmer Corner Cupboard will close for the month of August this summer.  In July, hours will be just 9 am to Noon.

 

 

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TUESDAY, July 11/17

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again TUES. JULY 18

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

-Fri -TriCountyFastball: Straffordville hosts: Glanworth; 8:30 pm

-Fri-Sun -Tillsonburg Ribfest; Fairgrounds; Vendors, Entertainment

 

 

AYLMER ABANDONS OPP COSTING REVIEW

 

(Information on decisions made by Aylmer Council at its regular meeting last night is from Clerk Nancie Irving)

 

-Re- OPP costing proposal – “Council receives the information from the Joint Advisory Committee OPP Costing meeting held on June 27 and advises the Municipal Policing Bureau that Council wishes to discontinue the OPP Costing Proposal process at this time and the Joint Advisory Committee OPP Costing be disbanded. (Council approved this motion by a 5-2 margin with Cos. McDonald and Laur opposed)

 

-Re-Dufferin Street Road Reconstruction Project Tender -Council approves the recommendations from the Town’s Engineer to proceed with the Dufferin Street Road Reconstruction Project and accept the tender form from Titan Group Construction for the amount of $789,884.

 

-Re-Parking bylaw changes – Council approves the following changes for 2018 after the Talbot St. west reconstruction project: removal of the parking spaces on the north side of Talbot St. west across from EESS; add parking spaces on the west side of St.Andrew St. south of EESS; allow for All Way stops at Caverly Rd and South St and Queen St and Water St; and removal of the parking spaces on the north side of Sydenham St west across from the Post Office.”

 

 

AYLMER FIRE SERVICES REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Sam Taylor)

-Friday; 4pm – Dispatched to 258 Talbot St. E. for a stove fire. Staff on site extinguished the fire in the oven with an extinguisher. Staff & residents evacuated safely, no injuries.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Loewen, Sara of Aylmer Reirement Residence passed away Saturday aged 78. Survivors: husband Bernard “Ben” Loewen; six children etc.. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the E.M.M.C. at Summers Corners on Wednesday at 1 pm.

 

-Worden, Robert Michael of Springfield and formerly of Hamilton passed away Thursday in his 80th year. Survivors: wife Barbara Young; two children etc.. A graveside funeral service was held Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

 

-Edey, Audrey of St. Thomas and formery of Toronto passed away Friday in her 97th year. Survivors: neice Rowanne Vivoda (Ed) Aylmer etc.. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Connolly, Roy of Port Burwell passed away Wednesday aged 84 years. Predeceased by his wife Gladys Connolly. Survivors: four children etc.. A celebration of Roy’s life will be held on Saturday at 17 Elizabeth St. Port Burwell from 2-5 pm. Arrangements with Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Wilcox, Helen (Begg) formerly of Aylmer and RR3 St. Thomas passed away Wednesday in her 95th year. Survivors: husband Robert G. “Bob” Wilcox; two children etc.. Helen was a Registered Nurse, and a Past President of the Aylmer Curling Club. A private family graveside service will be held at Orwell Cemetery. Arrangements with the Sifton Funeral Home, St.Thomas.

 

LATE:

-Hamilton, Adam Robert of Kitchener, formerly of Aylmer, passed away at Algonquin Park with his brothers in his 28th year. Beloved husband to Krystal(Froese) and proud father of soon to be Baby Hamilton. Born in St. Thomas on August 15, 1989, son of Randy Hamilton of St. Thomas and Christine (Falkenham) Hamilton(Ken) of Aylmer. Brother to Joshua(Deb) of Cambridge and Eric(Kim) of Aylmer and brother-in-law Justin of Aylmer. Son-in-law of Martha Froese, Aylmer and John Froese(Rosie) of Aylmer. Loved dearly by his Grandparents, Joel & Betty Falkenham, Marion Hamilton, John Froese and Margaret & Henry Wiebe. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11:00 am.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

MALAHIDE POWER LINES DOWN JULY 8

(Some information from Elgin OPP as well as Malahide Fire Chief Brent Smith) – Malahide Fire Services were kept busy on Friday evening, July 8 with several incidents of downed power lines. Said Fire Chief Brent Smith: “We had extremely high winds with rain that came through the area that day, almost like a micro burst in a small narrow corridor that was not experienced anywhere else in the county.” MFS responded to downed lines on Imperial Road, Ron McNeil Line, Sparta Line, Hacienda Road, Vienna Road and Calton Line between 9 and 11 pm. Tim Stafford of Hydro One reported that Aylmer staff with assistance from Simcoe, Beachville and Clinton offices responded to multiple wind, tree and lightning calls in Malahide that night including a pole fire in Copenhagen. Stafford also said there was not much trouble from the storm that hit south Malahide late this past Wednesday evening.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-July 4th, both stations responded to a vehicle fire on Lakeshore Line. A pickup truck was fully involved on arrival.

-July 6th, Station 1 Port Burwell, medical call to Edison Dr. in Vienna.

 

 

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THURSDAY, July 6/17

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again TUES.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

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

 

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Woodstock, 8:30 pm

-Sat -Healing Hearts, Minds Festival; Optimist Park; 9 am (see report)

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

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

FORMER AYLMER POLICE CHIEF, OPC DIRECTOR

-Gheysen, Rudy of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 62nd year. Survivors: wife Charlene (Maloney) Gheysen; children Lynnsey Gheysen-Murray (David) and Alissa Barons (Andrew), both of Aylmer etc.. Rudy was Chief of Police of Aylmer from 1987 to 1995, having served 10 years previously as an Aylmer Police Officer, and was Director of the Ontario Police College in Aylmer from 2001 to 2011. Last spring Aylmer Council chose him to act as a facilitator to assist in the review of a police service delivery proposal from the OPP which is still in progress. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be held on Saturday at 10 am from Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church.

 

 

NEW CAO FOR ELGIN

 

(Contributed) – Elgin County Council has hired Julie Gonyou as Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk, effective September 5. She is a native of Central Elgin and was previously Director, Administration and Special Projects with the London Library. She replaces Mark McDonald who is retiring.

 

 

JUNIOR GOLF TOURNEY IN AYLMER

 

The annual Aylmer Optimist Junior Golf tourney will be held today beginning at 10 am at Pleasant Valley Golf Club. It is for ages 10-18. There are two age categories for girls and four categories for boys – the cost is $15. Said Joan Cresswell of Pleasant Valley: “It is a qualifier for participants to move on to the Southwestern Ontario Junior Championships.”

  

 

HEALING FESTIVAL SATURDAY

 

(Danielle Webber of Aylmer provides information on a Healing Hearts and Minds Festival she is organizing for this Saturday at Optimist Park beginning at 9 am. There will be arts and crafts vendors, music, a petting zoo, bbq etc..) – “We are raising money to help people living with mental illness. I myself have struggled with mental illness my whole life and I have first hand knowledge of the many cracks within the health system. I have been heavily involved in Aylmer grief support with my parents and decided to branch off from that to help people living with mental illness. I have been running many programs with in my home for many years ie. Quilts for Comfort where I make quilts out of people’s clothing who have passed on. I also run a Kids Craft Night. I am working on a grief journal for kids and have written 6 children’s stories dealing with the many struggles. I hope to start running workshops for adults and grief groups for kids. I want people to open up about their struggles with their own mental health as I believe we all have it but we all learn to deal with it in different ways. I have lived in the darkness for too long and I want to come out into the light.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– June 26, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– June 26, 2017, Station #3 assisted by Station #2, Imperial Road, MVC

– June 27, 2017, Station #3, station #2, Inverness Street, Medical Assist

– June 29, 2017, Station #2, Station #1, #3 and #4, Talbot Line, Fire

– June 30, 2017, Station #1, Vienna Line, Medical Assist

– June 30, 2017, Station #2 assisted by Station #1, Carter Road, Fire

– June 30, 2017, Station #1, Colin Street, Medical Assist

– July 2, 2017, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– July 2, 2017, Station #4, Wilson Line, Medical Assist

 

 

JOHN, ELM ST. MILLING

 

(Information from Peter Dutchak, Elgin County Engineering Services) –  “Asphalt milling is simply the grinding and removal of the existing asphalt (in this case 50mm) to accommodate a new layer of asphalt. Milling operations were expected to be nearly complete by the end of last week. Then in about another week, asphalt resurfacing will begin and require about 3 weeks to complete. We expect the new surface on John Street to last about 12 years. (During the milling on John St. north) the railway authority took the opportunity to remove unused tracks that cross John Street before a new asphalt surface is installed.”

 

 

50 YEARS AGO

 

HERB KEBBEL BOUGHT FUNERAL HOME

In May, Herb Kebbel celebrated 50 years of owning a funeral home at the present site on Talbot St. east in Aylmer. Of Lithuanian heritage, Herb was raised near Rodney on a tobacco farm and got a part time job, but mostly volunteering, at the funeral home there while attending WESS. Despite the ‘ribbing’ from friends Herb enjoyed his job – “I was compassionate and I liked to help people.” He then went to Embalming school for two years in Toronto and worked at a few funeral homes in Toronto after college. He enjoyed it to the point that “when my friends went out some nights I even stayed in and watched autopsies.”  Of note, he assisted in the funerals of two members of the Boyd Gang, notorious bank robbers in the Toronto area in the 1950s as they were hung for the shooting of a police officer and also the funeral of a man called ‘King of the Gypsies’  whose mourners set up a carnival atmosphere complete with tons of flowers, motorcycles and alcohol in the funeral home.

He heard in 1961 that Jim Barnum of Aylmer, who had one of two funerals homes here, was looking for an assistant. He was located at the corner of King and Pine St., the other was at the present site owned by Gord Highson. He purchased Barnum’s in 1963. He had been to Aylmer only briefly before as a woman here worked on their tobacco farm and they used to pass through as they visited her at her Pt Bruce cottage. In 1967 Hughson moved to Williams Funeral Home in St.Thomas and Herb bought on Talbot.

He has had two major additions, a chapel in the front and the large addition to the north which was built eight years ago. He says Aylmer is unique as the conservative Mennonite groups here like to build their own coffins and do their own dressing and he prepares embalming for Amish funerals but they also do their own dressing and they do funerals in their homes. He is most concerned about the trend away from visitations/funerals believing that “funerals are for the living.” He is in partnership with his son Bob and at age 80 believes he is the oldest active funeral director in southwestern Ontario. He still comes in most days and plans to continue “as long as people want to see me.” He only plans to  retire when “they put me in a box.”

 

 

TRACTOR PULL HAD 1 AM EXTENSION

 

Some concerns were expressed by some readers relating to the lateness of the Tractor Pull this past weekend at the fairgrounds sponsored by the Aylmer and Malahide Fair Board. Fair Board President Scott Lewis confirmed that they had an extension to the town’s noise bylaw, to 1 am,  granted to them by the Aylmer Police.  Said Scott: “The fair board did get a noise by-law extension for both nights. Due to the rain on Saturday, it delayed our show two hours, which in turn took it to 12:45am unfortunately. Friday night, we were done around 11 pm. Overall the show went well. It was also too bad that the Band we hired wasn’t able to play, due to the extended pulling.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, July 4/17

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again THURS.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-Wed – CANCELLED – EEC Complex Board meeting

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

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

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Woodstock, 8:30 pm

 

 

AYLMER POOL STAFF

 

(Information from Nancy Campbell of the YWCA) – Staff at the Aylmer Pool this year: Sabryn Johnson is Sr. Head Guard, Erica Zimmer is Head Swim Team Coach & Head Guard, Jaden Nesbitt and Sandy Vanderkooy are Jr. Head Guards. There are six Instructor/Lifeguards, six Instructors and six Assistant Water Safety Instructors. Public swim times are: Monday to Friday  1:30 pm to 4 and Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 pm to 4:30; also Tuesday, Friday and Sunday nights from 7 pm to 8:30.

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Jones, Barbara Ann of Belmont passed away Thursday aged 82. Survivors: husband Ernie Jones; one son etc.. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family graveside service will be held.

 

-Van Camp, Bertha of Springfield passed away Sunday in her 88th year. Wife of the late John Van Camp (1988). Survivors: children Thea Ostrosser(Kavin) and Jackie Moore(Bill), both of Springfield etc.. She was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Sunday July 9 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows, Roman Catholic Church on Monday, July 10 at 10 am.

 

 

NEW AYLMER POLICE OFFICER

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – The new “recruit” for Aylmer Police is Jake Fischer. He is a former officer from St.Thomas with 8 years of experience. He was brought on in the midst of two officers that are on long term disability. One of those officers has returned to work but we do have two pending retirements in December this year – myself & Sgt. Gibson. Our authorized/recognized strength still remains at 13. This additional officer is filling the current illness gap. Financially the absent officers’ wages are insured so there is no impact to the budget. Jake is a lifelong Elgin county resident.”

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(From Fire Chief Randy White)

-June 29, Station 1 Port Burwell, burn complaint on King St Vienna

-June 30, Both stations, MVC on Nova Scotia Line, single vehicle, minor injuries

-July 2, Both stations, wires down on Edison Dr in Vienna,

-July 3, Vienna, gas meter broken off at a house on Centre St.

 

 

EESS TECH CAMP

 

(Contributed by EESS teacher Craig Suffel) –”This years OYAP Summer Technology camp will run from Monday July 17th to Friday July 21st from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at EESS. The cost is free through sponsorship from OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program). The students will be instructed in Technical Design, Green Industries/Horticulture and Woodworking shops. Parent permission forms are available in the school’s office or on the EESS Website. We have a limit of 45 students and spaces are still available. This is open to all students who are currently going into grade 7 or grade 8.”

 

 

S.CORNERS GIRLS WON TVDSB SOFTBALL

 

(Information from Coach Greg Broadhead) – “This was the first year Summers Corners PS entered a girls’ team in the TVDSB softball league. We won regionals against Locke St. PS on May 31st. We then went on to win the TVDSB Finals at Stronach Park in London on June 13th beating Westmount PS 12-11.On the team were: Kayla Voros (Captain), Bailee Smith (Captain), Trudy Friesen, Joslynn Henderson, Maxx Schnekenburger, Selecia Wall, Ella Cattrysse, Lauren Cox, Meg McCallum, Isabelle Plain, Sadie McKay, and Julie Nagelhout.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, June 28/17

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again TUE.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

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

-Thu -Last Day of School

-Thu/Fri – Register for Library Summer Reading Club

-Fri/Sat -Aylmer-Malahide Fair; Truck Tractor Pull

-Fri -Public Swimming at Aylmer Pool

-Sat -Free public swim at Aylmer Pool

-Sat -Aylmer, Malahide Canada Day events (Fireworks at dusk)

-Sat -Pt Burwell Canada Day Events; Parade at 11:30 am

-Sat -Belmont Canada Day Events; Fireworks

-Sun -Murray Stephens 90th Bday; Baptist Church; 11 am-2 pm

 

 

AYLMER ON CANADA DAY

 

(Contributed by Sarah D’Angelo of the EEC Complex) – Saturday, July 1st, (rain date Sunday) will feature Aylmer and Malahide’s Canada Day events from 5-9 pm at the East Elgin Community Complex. Fireworks organized by the Kinsmen Club will begin at 10pm. Activities include: Dotsy’s Inflatables, children’s crafts, live entertainment, food vendors, photobooth, petting zoo, and a beer garden. At 7 pm local dignitaries and Town Crier Dave Phillips will be present for the official Canada Day Celebration and cake cutting ceremony. Entertainment includes the Moore Ave Underground and the May Family Band.

 

 

OPP: MISSING BELMONT MAN FOUND

 

(Contributed) – Elgin OPP would like to thank the public for their assistance in helping to locate a missing person from Belmont, Steven Brett,56. He was located, a death investigation ensued and no foul play was suspected.

 

 

BELMONT FIREWORKS ON CANADA DAY

 

(Contributed by Sandra Price) – Activities on Canada Day/Saturday in Belmont include: Decorative Bike Parade at 11:30 am. Hot Dog Lunch at Noon, Face Painting, and Fireworks at dusk.

 

 

CANADA DAY IN PT. BURWELL

 

(Information on Canada Day activities in Pt. Burwell is from Chuck Buchanan) – “The Canada Day Parade Saturday starts at 11:30 am from the Canadian Legion parking lot and continues down Wellington St. to Robinson St., past the Lighthouse and around the block to the Cenotaph. Then there will be a Canadian Legion Flag Raising and the National Anthem. A four plane Harvard Aircraft flypast will occur at 12 pm.  Activities at the Gazebo will be conducted by Leonidas Burwell ( Jeff Rogers, M.C.) of Pt. Burwell who was the MP for this area in 1867. There will be greetings from Karen Vecchio, Federal M.P., Jeff Yurek, Provincial M.L.A., Bayham Mayor Paul Ens and Council members. Veterans and Peacekeepers will have special recognition. There will be a dedication of a Marine type weather vane atop the gazebo as a reminder of the special anniversary of our Country. There will be Canada Day Cake and juice and barbecued hot dogs for lunch. There will be Children’s Activities at the Marine Museum, a display of information on the building of fishing tugs in Port Burwell, by Ralph Hurley, as well as pictoral views of early Port Burwell. ‘Faded Denim’, a Family Music Group, will be playing in the Museum Parking Lot and another local music group, “ Not Ed’s Garage”, will be playing in the Gazebo.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– June 19, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– June 21, 2017, Station #3, Rogers Road, Burn Complaint

– June 23, 2017, Station #3, Omemee Street, Medical Assist

– June 23, 2017, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– June 23-4, 2017, Station #1, #3, #4, Springfield Road, High Angle Rescue

– June 24, 2017, Station #2, Rogers Road, Medical Assist

– June 25, 2017, Station #1, Carter Road, Tire Fire

– June 25, 2017, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– June 24, 2017, Station #1, Sawmill Road, Medical Assist

 

 

TRUCK, TRACTOR PULL AT FAIRGROUNDS

 

(Information on Aylmer-Malahide Fair’s Truck and Tractor Pull at the fairgrounds this weekend is from Lynette Facey) – “We will be having our 2nd annual Aylmer Truck and Tractor Pull. Friday night we will be having some classes from the Ontario Truck and Tractor Pullers Association, local pickup trucks and a few local highway transports with music by Zach McCabe (Aylmer) right after the pull has ended. On Saturday we will start our day with out of the field local farm tractors, Ontario Mini Rods.  In the evening we will have some more action from Ontario Truck and Tractor Pullers Association and end our pulls with the local highway transports followed by the band: 8 Second Ride (Kitchener/Waterloo Area).  This year we have added some activities for the kids such as a kids pedal pull and bouncy castles. Friday pulling action starts at 6pm and on Saturday at 10am.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE: PETS IN VEHICLES

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – “Police have responded to a few calls recently about pets being left in cars without proper ventilation. Anyone with such a concern is asked to contact Police. Bystanders have no authority to break into a vehicle to assist a pet; although they could break into a vehicle if they perceive children in medical distress in such a situation. The Good Samaritan Act is intended to indemnify people providing first aid etc. in acts of good faith.”

 

 

REGISTER FOR SUMMER READING CLUB

 

(Contributed) – Registration begins Thursday at 3:30 pm and continues Friday all day for the Library’s Summer Reading Club (ages 12 and under). A free book and prize will be given to those who register while supplies last. Last day to register is July 7. Also on Friday, in honour of Canada’a 150th birthday celebrations this weekend, the library has a special guest, Sir John A. MacDonald will visit the branch from 10:30am-12pm to hand out a special Canada Day gift for the first 100 visitors.

 

 

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MONDAY, June 26/17

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again WED.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts: Innerkip, 8 pm

 

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

-Sat -Aylmer-Malahide Fair; Truck Tractor Pull

-Sat -Aylmer, Malahide Canada Day events

-Sat -Pt Burwell Canada Day Events; Parade at 11:30 am

-Sat -Belmont Canada Day Events; Fireworks

-Sun -Murray Stephens 90th Bday; Baptist Church; 11 am-2 pm

 

UPDATE:  VEHICLE OVER CLIFF

 

COPENHAGEN – Witnesses report that the vehicle and the body of the 57 year old male were recovered from Lake Erie around suppertime Saturday.

 

(FRIDAY – From Elgin OPP) – Around 4:30 pm an OPP cruiser on Springfield Road, on the lookout for a suspicious vehicle, observed the vehicle with a 57 year old male driving and while turning to conduct a traffic stop, noted something thrown from the vehicle.  The officer stopped to retrieve the package. Then, while patrolling the last known route of the suspect vehicle, the officer was contacted by a civilian and advised that the vehicle had driven over a cliff at the end of Springfield Road ending up in Lake Erie.  Members of the OPP located the fully submerged vehicle in the lake. The OPP has notified the province’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) which is now in charge of the investigation.

 

(From the office of Brent Smith, Malahide Fire Chief) – “Our firefighters were on scene from approximately 4 pm to 9 pm on Friday and most of the day on Saturday. They were providing high angle rope rescue and water rescue services. They were able to go over the bank to the water’s edge and into the water to locate the car on Friday evening. On Saturday they assisted with removing the vehicle from the water and then recovered the body of the victim from the vehicle and brought him up the cliff. The cliff was 111 feet high and the car was 86 meters from shore. All of their efforts were a true test of the training of Malahide’s volunteer Firefighters. They did a job well done in very difficult circumstances.”

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Lewis, Kim Bernadette of Copenhagen passed away Saturday, aged 46. Survivors: husband Spencer Lewis; two children -Tommy Lewis and Danielle etc.. She was born in Essex , England and came to Canada in 2007 and settled at Copenhagen. A Celebration of Life will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral, Aylmer on Friday at 11 am.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-June 19, station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Brock St. Cancelled enroute.

-June 23, station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Pitt St.

-June 24, station 2 Straffordville, hydro wires down on Somers Rd.

-June 24, station 2 Straffordville, hydro wires down on Toll Gate Rd.

-June 25, station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Waterloo St.

 

 

ROAD RAGE CHARGE

 

AYLMER – (From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP responded to an assault with a weapon call in progress just west of Aylmer last night around 8:30. An involved party was traveling in their vehicle when they came to a stop at a gas station. The accused then followed the vehicle to the same location in their vehicle. An altercation took place between the two males, no one sustained injuries. As a result of the investigation a 59 year old Aylmer male has been charged with assault with a weapon and driving with more than .08 alcohol.

 

 

BAYHAM POWER OUTAGE

 

(Information from Paul Falk of Hydro One) – EDEN – A four hour power outage affected around 2600 residents in eastern Bayham and west Norfolk County Sunday evening after a vehicle accident on #19 Highway south of Tillsonburg snapped a hydro pole about 10:30 pm.

 

 

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THURSDAY, June 22/17

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ELGIN OPP:  VEHICLE OVER CLIFF

FRIDAY – COPENHAGEN – (From Elgin OPP) – Around 4:30 pm an OPP cruiser on Springfield Road, on the lookout for a suspicious vehicle, observed the vehicle and while turning to conduct a traffic stop, noted something thrown from the vehicle.  The officer stopped to retrieve the package. Then, while patrolling the last known route of the suspect vehicle, the officer was contacted by a civilian and advised that the vehicle had driven over a cliff at the end of Springfield Road ending up in Lake Erie.  Members of the OPP located the fully submerged vehicle in the lake. The OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit will be attending the scene tomorrow. The OPP has notified the province’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) which has invoked its mandate (and is now conducting the investigation).

 

*TANEWS will publish again MONDAY

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Exams Begin

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

BAYHAM WINS COURT CASE ON OJIBWA

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

 

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

 

 

ST.THOMAS MENS SOCCER LEAGUE

 

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

 

 

MISSING BELMONT MAN

 

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

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE PS SCHOOL TRIPS

 

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

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, June 21/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu -EESS Exams Begin

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CO. TO PURSUE TWO LIBRARY SITES

 

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

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

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

 

Some comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

VAPE STORE TO OPEN IN AYLMER

 

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

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

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL RESULTS

 

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

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

 

 

SPRINGFIELD 2ND IN BATTERY CHALLENGE

 

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

 

 

AYLMER MCS AUCTION, FOOD FEST SAT.

 

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

 

 

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MONDAY, June 19/17

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again WED.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

 

-Thu -EESS Exams Begin

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

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

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

EESS COMMENCEMENT

 

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

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

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

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

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

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

 

 

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THURSDAY, June 15/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

-EESS Commencement, 7pm

-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

X-AYLMER CO. ROSS GREER

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

 

 

NO CORNER CUPBOARD IN AUGUST

 

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

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer)

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

 

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

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

MALAHIDE, BAYHAM WATER BREAK

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

 

 

BANDSHELL MUSIC FOR CORNER CUPBOARD

 

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

 

 

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