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FRIDAY, Oct. 31/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

 

-Fri-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)

-Fri -Ayl-Mal Fair Haunted House (see ad), 7-9 pm

-Fri -DoNut Man Concert; EECC 6:30, No costumes, Free, Hosted by EMMC Church

-Sat. – Clocks change back

 

*Next Week – Aylmer leaf collection begins

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (9-0, Ist place) 37 PCI 32 (end of league play)

-GIRLS BBALL – JR – EESS (6-1, Ist place) 47 College Ave 26 (end of league play)

-BOYS VBALL – SR – Glencoe 3 EESS 2 (quarter final, end of season)

 

 

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TRAINING TO ASSIST IN MENTAL HEALTH

 

(Contributed) St.Thomas Elgin Safe Communities is sponsoring a 12 hour course to train people to assist someone with a mental health crisis. The sessions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday November 25-6 and December 2-3 from  8:30 am-12 each day at the Elgin Resource Business Centre on Edgeware Rd. in St.Thomas.  Cost is $130. To register email pam.buys@von.ca or call 519 637 6408.

 

 

HALLOWE’EN EVENTS IN ELEM. SCHOOLS

 

(From Principal Kim Simpson at Davenport:)  – “We had an assembly this morning that featured a powerpoint presentation about bullying that was the idea of two grade eight students. They developed the presentation on their own under the supervision of a teacher. We also recognized outstanding student citizens from each class. We are having a Hallowe’en dance this afternoon and the cost of entry is a canned good. All the canned goods collected are for the food bank. Each class has also voted on the best costume and the student from each class who had the best costume won a prize.”

 

(From Principal Don Naylor at Summers’ Corners:) – “Some of the classes have done some activities with pumpkins–carving, baking, counting/graphing seeds. We dressed in black and orange today for colour house points.”

 

(From Principal Richard Auckland at Straffordville:) -  “The author of the “And Then It Happened” series of books, Michael Wade came to Straffordville today to speak to the grade 3 to 7 students about being an author and where some of his ideas come from. He then travelled to Port Buwrell to make a presentation to their students. Today we are also having a black and orange spirit day.”

 

Author Michael Wade was at Straffordville public school this morning. (Contributed)

Author Michael Wade was at Straffordville public school this morning. (Contributed)

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

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

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

 

 

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THURSDAY, Oct. 30/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

- EESS hosts Girls BBall; Boys VBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)

 

-Fri. -DoNut Man Concert; EEC Complex 6:30, No costumes, Free, Hosted by EMMC Church

-Sat. – Clocks change

*Next Week – Aylmer leaf collection begins

 

 

X-MALAHIDE MAYOR VANKASTEREN DIES

 

OBITUARIES:

-van Kasteren, Andre of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in his 83rd year. Survivors: wife Lotty (Peltenburg) vanKasteren; five children including Jack vanKasteren (Kathy) and Harry vanKasteren (Gail), both of Aylmer etc.. He was born in the Netherlands and moved to Malahide in 1964. He served three terms as a councillor for Malahide then moved on to Deputy Reeve and Reeve and in 1998 became the first Mayor of the township. He founded the Dairy and Heritage Museum in Port Bruce in 1994; it was sold to Gay Lea Foods in 2008. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Friday at 11 am.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Odanski, Gary of Aylmer passed away October 23 at the age of 65. Survivors: two children; five siblings including Gerald of Port Bruce and Larry of Aylmer etc.. A family celebration will be held at a later date.

 

 

ELEM. STUDENTS AT EESS FOR WALK 

 

About 800 elementary students from the four Aylmer schools participated together in the final event of the October Walking Wednesdays program yesterday afternoon. The students walked from their respective schools and then joined and completed several laps around the track at EESS. Co-ordinator McGregor teacher Penny Hilliker said it marked the first time all four schools have got together for this program. All grades took part although kindergarten students did their walking at the schools. Students listened to speakers Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt and a representative from sponsor the Elgin Health Unit before departing.

 

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NEW AYLMER RECYCLABLES

 

(Information from Councillor Arthur Oslach) – New recyclable items in Aylmer include – plastic packaging around toys, batteries etc. (remove paper for separate recycling), coffee cups (lids go separately) and ice cream tubs. These items can now be recyled in the container blueboxes.

 

 

LESS VOTERS MONDAY 

 

(Information from the municipal clerks) – In Aylmer, 1795 voted Monday, a turnout of 33%, which was down from 35% in 2010; in Malahide there was a mail in ballot return of 40% which was down from 51% in 2010; in Bayham 30% went to the polls, also down slightly from the 32% who voted in 2010.

 

 

MUDMEN CONCERT IN AYLMER

 

(The Mudmen, a Canadian Celtic band, are sponsoring their own concert on Saturday November 29 at the Old Town Theater (tickets available at Campbell Book Store and at the door) Robbie Campbell of the Mudmen provides this overview:) - “We  are more Celtic and we’re shifting our show to the Theater market. We have played several theatre shows on our self promoted small town tour. We (some of us) have played the Old Town Hall Theater in Aylmer with John McDermott years ago but we have never played there as Mudmen. With the help of Ron McLean saying “Mudmen we love them”  on the CBC , performing and meeting the Queen, being on the new CBC hockey Anthem, the Johnny Reid Tour etc. there should be interest in seeing us live.

 

We just returned from performing at the Edmonton Oilers 30th anniversary of the 1984 Oilers Stanley Cup banquet  with Ron McLean hosting. Sarah McLaughlin, Red Rider & Mudmen/Campbell Brothers will be performing on the soon to be aired Rogers tv special. We are currently working on a new cd.  We play 100-140 shows a year. We will meet the crowd, sign cd’s , take pictures etc. We plan to introduce some of the new cd material at this concert & polish them for the studio.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

*Hills Pharm. Flu Shots Wed. and Thu. beginning today (Book ahead)

– Elementary Walk to school event; 2pm walk to EESS

– Flu Clinic at Vienna Comm. Centre, 3-7 pm

– EESS Drug Awareness Event, 7 pm (see Thu. story)

 

-Thu. – EESS hosts Girls BBall; Boys VBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)

-Sat. – Clocks change

 

*Aylmer Christmas parade is Nov. 22

 

 

ELECTION COMMENTS:

 

AYLMER – Jack Couckuyt – Defeated in the Mayor’s race – “I am looking for reasons why the voters turfed this Council since we showed excellent fiscal responsibility, built infrastructure, lowered taxes and built reserves for the future. The obvious reason may be the elephant in the room that people talked about on the sidelines and really greatly misunderstood in its business case. Aylmer needs a building for everyone and a location which allows future use for the Museum and Theatre. But there were too many cliches and hot buttons that associated the library with unsustainable debt and confused a solution with the “whipping boy” (the Complex). I am proud of my record and would do it all again (with the possible exception of having a Town Hall meeting to discuss the Library rather than a formal Council meeting). The only thing I object to in the entire library debate was the use of the term “vanity building”. The building was not about me. If I have a legacy, it is with the many thousands of students who crossed my path. But perhaps this was all only about change for the sake of change. Whatever the case, this Council has laid the groundwork for tax cuts and infrastructure for the future.”

 

MALAHIDE – Mike Wolfe – Successful Deputy Mayor – “The results are quite outstanding and very humbling. I think the vote went as it did because this is what the people of Malahide wanted.”

 

BAYHAM – Paul Enns – Successful Mayor – I am happy to have seen such a clear decision by the residents of Bayham by voting both Tom and myself in to represent all of Bayham. I feel everyone has had a chance to decide on their potential representatives and in the end though there were differences in opinions a clear direction was shown. Now we must pull together and work at making Bayham an even better place.”

 

BAYHAM – Tom Southwick – Successful Deputy Mayor – “My reaction is of course pleased with the outcome. I had predicted a close election since contemplating a run for Deputy Mayor. I am also very heartened by Bayhams’ obvious appreciation for a positive, policy driven campaign. The positive campaign was the difference maker, residents across Bayham are really ready to become The Municipality of Bayham in more than just name and to progress cautiously, together.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

October 23, 2014, Station #2,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– October 25, 2014, Station #4 ,#3,  Belmont Road, MVC

(*Single vehicle rollover, between crossley hunter and lyons line, one person minor injuries)

– October 26, 2014, Station #2,  Glencolin Line, False Alarm

– October 26, 2014, Station #2,  Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Nix (Martin), Ellen of Tillsonburg and formerly of Aylmer passed away on Monday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Robert Martin(1997) and the late Robert Nix(2008). Survivors: two children including Kathryn Goble (Wayne) of Tillsonburg etc.. A service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church, Tillsonburg on Saturday at 2 pm. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

-Simonis, Yvette of Pt. Burwell passed away on Sunday in her 48th year. Survivors: husband Walter; two children etc. A celebration will be held on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Dorchester.

 

 

OPP VEHICLE INSPECTION

 

(From Elgin OPP) – AYLMER - A road side commercial motor vehicle inspection was conducted last Thursday on Progress Drive in Aylmer. Twenty five inspections were conducted with 15 charges being laid. Ten vehicles were taken out of service due to mechanical deficiencies.

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (8-0) 39 CECI 25; JR – EESS (5-1) 40 WCI 32

 

 

MALAHIDE YOUTHS CHARGED

 

RICHMOND – (From Elgin OPP) – Two Malahide male youths have been arrested and charged after attempting to break into a Medical Marihuana growing facility on Richmond Road,  north of Calton Line, in Bayham around 7 pm last night. An alert neighbour heard the sound of breaking glass and then saw the two outside of the property beside a broken window. The youths fled the scene when they realized that they had been observed. A 15 year old and a 17 year old were later identified by police and arrested.

 

 

MUSEUM HOMES TOUR – #2- “DRIVER HOME”

 

 

(Contributed) – (The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 13th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 14 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 15, from 1 pm – 9 pm – In the next few weeks all four homes on the tour will be featured:) The Driver home, 275 John St. south, was designed by Karen Driver and built by Dekmar Homes. Starting in 2013 as a simple renovation, after discovering some major structural issues it was decided that a new build was the way to proceed. This home fuses two distinct styles with the front porch and portico being post and beam and the home itself being craftsman style. It was designed with an open concept comfortable feel, with hickory and granite flooring used throughout. The great room has twenty-two foot walls with a floor to ceiling fireplace and vaulted pine ceilings. The fireplace mantle is a section of the main beam from the original cabin and the front porch was also saved from the old home. The second storey hallway looks down to the great room for amazing views.  Large transom windows bring in lots of natural light and are in keeping with the craftsmen style as are the custom baseboards.

 

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TUESDAY, Oct. 28/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

– Sr Day Out at EEC Complex, 9:30-12:30 (see Wed. story)

– EESS hosts Girls BBall – Sr v WCI

 

*Hills Pharmacy informs they are offering Flu Shots on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning tomorrow. You need to book appointments.

-Wed – Elementary Walk to school event; 2pm walk to EESS

-Wed. – Flu Clinic at Vienna Comm. Centre, 3-7 pm

-Wed – EESS Drug Awareness Event, 7 pm (see Thu. story)

-Thu. – EESS hosts Girls BBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)

 

 

MONDAY ELECTION RESULTS:

 

AYLMER: (Final, Unofficial)

 

MAYOR – Currie 1052, Couckuyt 405, Habkirk 217

DEP-MAYOR – French 804, Richer 519, Avram 264

COUNCIL (5 Elected) – Laur 1003, Andrews 986, Barbour 795, McDonald 760, Oslach 721/Wright 637, Vandermeersch 636, Lapointe 602, Murch 580

 

MALAHIDE: (Final, Unofficial)

 

Mayor – Mennill (acclaimed)

Dep-Mayor – Wolfe 1310, Jenkins 955

Council – Wales (acclaimed)/ Widner 370 Steenbergen 185/Moore 242 Vanderwyst 167/ Glinski 318 Charlton 171/ Cerna 243 Quiring 205

 

BAYHAM (Final, Unofficial)

 

MAYOR – Enns 961, James 516

DEP- MAYOR – Southwick 796 Evanitski 691

COUNCIL – Ketchabaw (acclaimed)/ Breyer 164  Ra. Weisler 157 Hughes 137, Legg 93/ Casier 359 Ri. Weisler 124

 

TVDS BOARD

 

PUBLIC (2 elected) – Incumbent James Todd 5662, Chris Goodall 5643/ Doug Sands 4986, etc.

SEPARATE – (1) – Bill Hall 1423 Terry Carroll 1218

 

 

NEW FACES FILL 5 OF 7 AYLMER SEATS

 

Newcomer Greg Currie won a decisive victory as Aylmer’s Mayor yesterday, doubling the total of incumbent Jack Couckuyt. Former Mayor Bob Habkirk was a distant third (see totals above). Aylmer has now had a different Mayor in five consecutive elections.

A sparse crowd of about fifteen persons – no mayoral candidates or new councillors attended – watched the results posted in the council chambers last night. The final tally came around 11 pm. The new council takes office on December 1st.

Former Councillor Mary French upended incumbent Gerry Richer in the Deputy Mayor contest with former deputy mayor Doug Avram placing third.

Newcomers Barbra Ann Laur and Sheri Andrews topped the polls for two of the five council positions. Others elected were incumbents Peter Barbour and Arthur Oslach and rookie Ted Macdonald. Voters ousted five time councillor John Vandermeersch, three time councillor Judi Wright, and incumbent Dave Lapointe.

 

In Malahide, six of seven council members are the same. Councillor Mike Wolfe upset incumbent Jim Jenkins for Deputy Mayor and incumbents Mark Widner, Chester Glinski and Max Moore were returned to council along with newcomer Rick Cerna. Mayor Dave Mennill and councillor Mark Wales were acclaimed.

 

In Bayham, four of five council faces are also the same. Incumbent Paul Enns won his Mayor’s seat back handily over Roger James and councillor Tom Southwick defeated incumbent Cliff Evanitski for the Deputy Mayor’s job. Incumbent Wayne Casier was returned to council, Ed Ketchabaw was acclaimed and Randy Breyer won election for the other council seat.

 

 

AYLMER ELECTION COMMENTS:

 

New Mayor Greg Currie – “ I think the result speaks to the citizens of Aylmer wanting to see change. The slate of new councillors indicates that a more business approach is wanted. I think it is required that the new council roll up its sleeves to work toward a growing community.”

 

New Deputy Mayor Mary French – “I believe that the voters are ready for change and I was very pleased with the election results.”

 

New Councillor Barbra Ann Laur (led the polls) – “I am truly overwhelmed by the amount of support I have received. But the real picture here is a larger show of support for change. The town has but together a new and vibrant team which I hope can bring the same energy to our problem solving and future. I know all of us look forward to the next four years.”

 

 

AYLMER ELECTION IS HISTORIC

 

- The only other time Aylmer has had three women on council was in 1980-1

- This is the first time a woman (Dep-Mayor Mary French) has held this key a position on council - Kathleen Schaper was a Deputy Reeve in 1986-8 but the town had a Mayor and a Reeve as well.

- The last time Aylmer elected a Mayor with no previous council experience was Roger Verbuyst in 1983

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Knelsen, David B. of Aylmer passed away Monday in his 77th year. Survivors: wife Kathy (Harder) Knelsen; four children including Nettie Dyck (Jake) of Port Bruce, Annie Driedger (Pete) of Richmond, Jake Knelsen of Eden etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, Mount Salem on Thursday at 1 pm.

 

 

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MONDAY, Oct. 27/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

11pm ELECTION RESULTS: (Unofficial)

 

AYLMER: (All ten polls reporting, only advanced polls to go)

MAYOR – Currie  832, Couckuyt 327, Habkirk 187

DEP-MAYOR – French 604, Richer 432, Avram 213

COUNCIL (5) – Laur 796, Andrews 791, Barbour 620, Oslach 589, McDonald 585, Wright 517, Vandermeersch 501, Lapointe 474, Murch 462

 

MALAHIDE: (Unofficial, Final)

Dep-Mayor – Wolfe 1310, Jenkins 955

Council – Widner 370 Steenbergen 185; Moore 242 Vanderwyst 167; Glinski 318 Charlton 171, Cerna 243 Quiring 205

 

BAYHAM (Unofficial, All polls reporting)

MAYOR – Enns 961, James 516

DEP- MAYOR – Southwick 796 Evanitski 691

COUNCIL – Breyer 164 Weisler 157 etc./ Casier 359 Weisler 124

 

 

- AYLMER, MALAHIDE, BAYHAM VOTING DAY (10 am- 8 pm)

 

-Tue. – Sr Day Out at EEC Complex, 9:30-12:30 (see Wed. story)

-Tue. – EESS hosts Girls BBall – Sr v WCI

-Wed – Elementary Walk to school event at EESS

-Wed. – Flu Clinic at Vienna Comm. Centre, 3-7 pm

-Wed – EESS Drug Awareness Event, 7 pm (see Thu. story)

-Thu. – EESS hosts Girls BBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)

 

 

VOTING DAY

 

AYLMER – All Aylmer residents vote at the EEC Complex. Polls are open from 10 am-8 pm. Bring identification (no cards were sent out). Results will be posted on the Town website and on this site when available after 9 pm. (Bayham and Malahide results will also be on their sites). The public is invited to attend the town/township offices after 8 pm for voting results. TVDS Board results will be posted on the City of St.Thomas site later this evening.

 

MALAHIDE – Voters can still return their mail-in ballots at the Township Office until 8 pm.

 

BAYHAM – Polling Stations – Ward 1 - Vienna Comm. Centre; Ward 2 – Straffordville Fire Hall; Ward 3 - Eden Comm. Centre

 

 

RECENT AYLMER ELECTION HISTORY:

 

-2010 – Mayor – Jack Couckuyt defeated Bob Habkirk, Ted McDonald, and Mary French; Deputy-Mayor -Gerry Richer; Council – Judi Wright, John Vandermeersch, Peter Barbour, Dave Lapointe and Arthur Oslach.

 

-2006 – Mayor – Bob Habkirk (def. Rick Jakos, Doug Avram); Deputy – Ron Baldwin (acclaimed); Council – Jack Couckuyt, Judi Wright, John Vandermeersch, Gerry Richer, Mary French.

 

-2003 – Mayor – Paul Baldwin (def. Habkirk); Deputy – R. Baldwin (acc.); Council – Wright, Richer, Avram, Rick Murray, Spencer Dickson.

 

-2000 – Mayor – Habkirk (acc.); Deputy – P. Baldwin (acc.); Council – R. Baldwin, Vandermeersch, Dickson, Avram, Roger Vandierendonck.

 

 

EESS SPORTS FRI.:

 

-FOOTBALL – JR – EESS (3-2) 62 Banting 0; SR - Banting 17 EESS (2-3) 15

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Wells, Laura Marie of Straffordville  passed away on Saturday at the age of 70 years. Survivors: brother Bill Wells (Nancy), sister-in-law Teresa Wells, all of Straffordville etc.. Laura worked with the OPP for 35 years in Tillsonburg. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The Funeral will be held at the Straffordville United Church on Wednesday at 2 pm.

 

 

LUCAN GIVES FITS TO SPITS

 

AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires had a win and a loss in weekend games in SOJHL play. Saturday at home Aylmer handed Lambeth only their second loss of the year – by a 3-2 count. Spitfires’ net denters were Luke Bettencourt, Ryan VanRoestel and Clint Walker. Sunday in Lucan, the first place home team thrashed the Spits by 9-3, at one time building a 7-1 lead. Ryan Stapleton had two goals for Aylmer and Josh Lockhart added the other. The Spitfires’ record is now 3 wins and 11 losses. This weekend Aylmer does not have a home game Saturday – they are in Mt. Brydges Saturday and travel to North Middlesex Sunday.

 

SAT. vs. LAMBETH:

Period 1
AylmerLuke   Bettencourt (Ryan   Stapleton) 4:29
LambethEric   Rivard (Warren   Hargraves, Jay   Ritchie) 9:03
Period 2
AylmerRyan   Van Roestel (Ryan   Stapleton, Luke   Bettencourt) 1:03
LambethWarren   Hargraves (power play) (Kale   Corbeth, Ryan   Pennington) 14:08
AylmerClint   Walker (power play) (Luke   Bettencourt, Brett   Dzyngel) 15:58
Period 3
(no scoring)

 

 

PT. BURWELL CHRISTMAS PARADE BACK

 

(Contributed by Randy Breyer of the Bayham Family Table restaurant in Vienna who has been instrumental in helping revive the Pt. Burwell Christmas Parade which was cancelled recently when the Pt. Burwell Optimist Club disbanded:) – “We did this because we will not let these small communities lose any more and we cannot deprive the children of the area of such a simple part of their life. The first step was to confirm the availability and cost of insurance before contacting any other groups. When this was established I made several calls and within a very short time the Vienna Lion’s Club confirmed that they would do the Santa Claus and his float and would contribute to the purchase of candy. The Lionesses also confirmed that they would purchase and package the candy and that they would take care of the insurance. Then the Historical Society confirmed that they would supply and distribute hot chocolate, cider and cookies. We are looking for Floats for this parade on December 6 at 6:30 pm.

 

We also have an added interest in this project because last year we started an annual tradition in the Restaurant which was BAYHAM’S CHRISTMAS WISH TREE. We placed paper Christmas Balls on the Christmas Tree in the Restaurant with information. Our customers and many people from the area then came in and took 1 or more balls from the Tree. They then returned the balls and unwrapped gifts to the Restaurant. We then wrapped them and on Christmas Eve we got the addresses and delivered all these parcels with assistance from others in the area. There was a total of 76 children who had an unexpected Merry Christmas.”

 

 

TVDSB ELEMENTARY CROSS COUNTRY

 

Top ten local finishers in Wednesday’s TVDS Board’s elementary cross country championships held at Springbank Park – Junior Boys – Ben Weesjes, South Dorchester, 4th; Bantam Boys – Seth Vanbommel, South Dorchester, fifth.

 

 

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FRIDAY, Oct. 24/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu-Sun. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)

 -Fri-Sat. -Ayl/Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host  Lucan, 7:30

-Sat. -Square, Round Dancers at EEC Complex (see Oct. 23 story)

-Sat. -Forest City Derby Girls; 2 games; Western Fair Complex (see ad)

 

-Mon. -AYLMER, MALAHIDE, BAYHAM VOTING DAY (10 am- 8 pm)

 

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-BOYS VBALL – SR – WESS 3 EESS 0; JR – EESS 3 WESS 0

 

-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS 50 Glencoe 17; JR – EESS (4-1) 44 Ingersoll 19

 

-FIELD HOCKEY – EESS 1 Ing. 0; PCI 3 EESS (4-2) 0 (End of season for EESS)

 

-WOSSAA CROSS COUNTRY – SR BOYS – Justin Attfield, 15th

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Klassen, Pedro of Vienna passed away on Thursday in his 37th year. He was born in Mexico. Survivors: eight siblings etc.. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home  on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, Mount Salem on Monday at 1 pm.

 

 

 

BAYHAM VOTES: ELECTION ISSUES

 

(Bayham Mayoral and Deputy Mayoral candidates were asked to respond Monday to various election issues. Candidates for Mayor are incumbent Paul Enns and Roger James. Candidates for Deputy Mayor are incumbent Cliff Evanitski and Co. Tom Southwick. Only Co. Southwick responded (see yesterday’s story).)

 

 

 

SARA HOWE ON ELGIN NATURAL INVENTORY:

 

(The Carolinian Canada Coalition this year is recording the natural landscape of Elgin. Sara Howe of Aylmer this summer joined the Elgin Natural Heritage Inventory as an assistant. She provides the following information on the program.) –  ”I have a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a post-graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. The goal of our Elgin Inventory, which began in April, is to update the Species at Risk data. When the Elgin Greenway Conservation Action Plan was created by a team of conservation partners in 2012 it was noted that there was a lack of recent records, which are important for conservation planning. This is the first time that Carolinian Canada has coordinated a county-wide inventory.

 

 

To date we have found many significant species include Red-Headed Woodpecker, American Chestnut, Butternut and Barn Swallows. We enlisted private landowners who wanted surveys conducted on their property, as well as volunteers to assist with those surveys. Our landowners span from West Lorne to Port Burwell, so we have good coverage across Elgin. We have had over 50 volunteers sign up to conduct surveys and report their sightings. We created a guide to teach volunteers how to conduct an inventory, and where to report sightings for particular species. We hope to continue the project in 2015, funding dependant.

 

 

If you would like to learn more about the inventory you can visit https://caroliniancanada.ca/elgin-natural-heritage-inventory. There are many other citizen science initiatives to track species that people can participate in across Elgin and the rest of Ontario. A list of these programs can be found in the Elgin Natural Heritage Inventory Participant Guide, which can be downloaded for free by visiting the Carolinian Canada website and registering as a volunteer.”

 

 

 

200 YR. AGO -US RAIDS BAYHAM, MALAHIDE

 

Bayham and Malahide have interest in the 200th anniversary celebrations of the War of 1812-1814. In late October and early November 1814 the Americans under General Duncan MacArthur returning from battles in the Niagara area headed home west following the main thoroughfare in this area – the Talbot Trail. Various homes were ransacked and possessions stolen along the way and after the war residents were allowed to claim for losses. Here are some interesting claims as recorded in the book by Glenn Stott and Carol Hall “Taken and Destroyed: War of 1812 Losses, Claims…”, 2011.

 

 

-Michael Hickey of Bayham – sails of rigging of vessel, 20 pounds wheat, nine hogs, 565 fowl, 165 cabbages, clothing for wife and children

-Jesse Carroll of Malahide – eighty bushels of oats, six bushels wheat, one portsmanteau (trunk)

-Lymon Sheraton of Bayham – a gun, three looking glasses, a knapsack, a silver plated cup, twelve towels, ten pounds potatoes, three hogs

-Thomas Nevills of Baham – one horse, six bushels corn, seventeen yards linen, shoemakers tools, stockings, tin kettle, blanket, six pillows, strawmaker tools,

-William Cascadden of Malahide – horses, grain, pork, twenty pounds peas, 28 cwt pork, weavers loom

-Joseph Defields of Bayham – hogs, cattle, furniture, cloth, blankets, wineglass, saw, cash, fence panels

-Andrew Davis of Malahide – horse, saddle, one hundred and fifty pounds sugar

-Simon Davis of Malahide- horse

-Joseph Davis of Malahide – horse, rifle, linen

-William Orrien  of Bayham – four hogs killed by Indians

-Joseph Tyrrel of Malahide – rifle, hog, portmanteau

-Symon Thurston of Malahide – gun, twelve fowl, three hogs

 

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, Oct. 23/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

-Thu-Sun. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)

 

-Fri-Sat. -Ayl/Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host  Lucan, 7:30

-Sat. -Square, Round Dancers at EEC Complex (see Oct. 23 story)

-Sat. -Forest City Derby Girls; 2 games; Western Fair Complex (see ad)

-Mon. -Aylmer, Malahide, Bayham Voting Day

 

 

 

SQUARE DANCERS AT EECC SAT.

 

(THE SWODSA is holding a square dance event at the EEC Complex Saturday – Information from Linda Charlton:) –  ”We will hold an opening ceremony starting at 7:30 p.m. yet dancing takes place from 2 – 5 pm and 6:30 – 9:30 pm. We are a volunteer organization with 700 members in Southwestern Ontario.  SWOSDA has approximately 25 square dance callers and round dance cuers in our Association and 34 clubs. Our Association is a part of the Ontario Federation of Square and Round Dancing and also the Canadian Society of Square and Round Dancing.

 

We hosted our 50th Anniversary of SWOSDA in Aylmer at the EECC in 2009. Attendance peaked during the day at 400 dancers. Our SWOSDA Association also hosted the National Festival 2008 in London at the London Convention Centre. We hosted nearly 3,000 dancers at that time.”

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-VanRheenen, Pieter of Victoria, BC and formerly of Aylmer passed away on October 8th. Survivors: wife Karen, two daughters; several siblings including a sister Sylvia (Andre) Hooghiem of Aylmer etc.. Pieter was born in the Netherlands; he was a graduate of EESS. He retired in 2009 as Executive Director, Physician Human Resource Management with the Ministry of Health in B.C. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Oak Bay BC.

 

 

 

DRUG AWARENESS FOR PARENTS AT EESS

 

(Information from Alison Haldenby, EESS teacher) – The local chapter of the Parent Action on Drugs is sponsoring a session on drug awareness in the EESS cafeteria next Wednesday beginning at 7 pm. The speaker is Patricia Scott Jeoffroy, a consultant for the PAD in York region. Representatives from local police services, the Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit and the Salvation Army will also be present for consultation. Alison is advisor for a mentor group of students at EESS which was founded last year and who will again train about fifteen students to go to the public school grade eight classes in the area and speak on drug and alcohol education this year.

 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(From Chief Andre Reymer) – A 15 year old Aylmer boy was charged with disobeying a stop sign and driving without a licence after being found on a motorcycle (dirt bike) on Farmington Ave. on October 15 at 4 pm. The boy tried to flee but was apprehended and taken home to his parents.

 

 

 

MUSEUM TOUR OF HOMES  - #1-McLAY HOME

 

 

(Contributed) – (The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 13th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 14 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 15, from 1 pm – 9 pm – In the next few weeks all four homes on the tour will be featured:) – “This home was built in 1853 by Nathan Wood, a local merchant who purchased the twenty acre site for $75.00.  Dr. Homer McLay and his wife Kathleen purchased the home in 1935 from H.M. Hambidge. Dr. McLay then engaged architect L.G. Bridgman to design a two story addition to the back of the house to contain a kitchen and vestibule downstairs and sunroom/sitting room above. Dormer windows also were added to the back roof to provide light to a bedroom and bathroom on the third floor which leads into a large walk-in attic.

 

In 1949 Dr. McLay hired architect Fred Greene to design a Neo Greek Portico to replace a smaller porch on the front of the home. After Dr. McLay and his wife Kathleen passed away, their son Peter and his wife Carol lived in the home until 1989 when the home was purchased by Dr. Bruce and Jane Minielly who renovated and modernized the kitchen.  This year Ian McLay and his wife Saousan purchased 24 Pine St. E. and redecorated the inside and redesigned the gardens.”

 

 

 

2- $40,000 PALMER ESTATE TO AYL. LIBRARY

 

(Sandi Loponen of the Elgin County Library provides more information on the recent Palmer Estate grant for youth technology at the Aylmer Library) – “On behalf of the Palmer Estate, Andrew Gunn approached Brian Masschaele CEO of the Elgin County Library to discuss the need for equipment and services that will provide local youth with the opportunity to learn more about current technologies and programming languages. Current technologies include 3D file design and object printing, programming skills, and knowledge of software required to produce audio and video files. These technologies will form the basis of our first makerspace, along with equipment to digitize materials in legacy formats, such as slides and VHS tapes. We want to ensure that these funds are spent on the most relevant technologies for youth.

 

For example, a 3D scanner and printer can be used to scan a broken part that may be preventing an appliance or tool from working. The broken area can be corrected on the digital 3D file and a replacement part can be printed. Many patrons are using this type of service in libraries to fix material goods so that they no longer need to be sent to landfill. The 3D printer we will be providing to patrons will print in durable plastic. Youth will also have an opportunity to use the makerspace hardware and software to learn more about sound and video production. We will also be acquiring self-contained circuit boards called Raspberry PI. These inexpensive units can function as a computer once a monitor and keyboard are attached. We will be providing training to youth so they will be able to learn fundamental programming skills and program the Raspberry PIs to become radios, photo booths, model boat motors etc. Several fun and interesting projects are listed online at instructables.com.”

 

 

 

BAYHAM VOTES: ELECTION ISSUES

 

(Bayham Mayoral and Deputy Mayoral candidates were asked to respond to the following election issues. Candidates for Mayor are incumbent Paul Enns and Roger James. Candidates for Deputy Mayor are incumbent Cliff Evanitski and Co. Tom Southwick.)

 

1. What are two specific priorities for you if elected?

2. Are you satisfied with the Ojibwa financing arrangements? Why?

3. Are Bayham taxes really too high. Two areas where you would reduce taxes?

4. Are you satisfied with the Richmond water financing. Why?

5. Is the DLRA not a priority at this time? Explain.

 

TOM SOUTHWICK:

1- After honesty and integrity are Harbour Divestiture Negotiations - the foot dragging, pretend negotiations need to end and an offer needs to be brought to fruition with a yes or no vote to follow this term and Fair Water Rates for Bayham Residents -the subsidy system recently adopted must be repealed and the user pay system reinstated.

2 – To date Bayham has not been called upon by the RBC to pay on the guarantorship, so that’s a step towards yes. Of course I want to see Bayham out of the guarantorship as soon as possible so the Ojibwa Project will have to continue to work towards a successful future to achieve this.

3 – Bayham taxes, in fact, are low in comparison to most of our neighbours. I do not see tax cuts in Bayhams’ immediate future but will continue to spend wisely to ensure the lowest taxes possible.

4 – Definitely not. Councillors Casier, Ketchebaw and Evanitski have pitted one area of Bayham against the other by forcing a certain geographical area of Bayham to subsidize another areas’ water rates. It is unfair, biased and divisive, for those reasons it will be repealed!

5 – The DLRA is absolutely one of my priorities!  I repeatedly made the motion for it and could not even obtain a seconder! When it finally came to a recorded vote, Evanitski, Casier and Ketchebaw put their own personal views ahead of the health concerns of Bayham residents and voted against requesting a DLRA!

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

*EEC Complex Governance Committee Meeting Cancelled

-All Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

 

-Thu-Sun. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)

-Fri-Sat. -Ayl/Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host  Lucan, 7:30

-Sat. -Square, Round Dancers at EEC Complex (see Oct. 23 story)

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (6-0) 47 PCI 40

-BOYS VBALL – SR – EESS (2-5) 3 Glencoe 2; JR – Glencoe 3 EESS (3-4) 2

 

 

 

AYLMER CHAMBER AWARDS

 

(Information from Nicole Pressey-Wiebenga of the Aylmer Chamber of Commerce) – The Aylmer Chamber of Commerce made two awards presentations at their annual general meeting last week. The Community Spirit award for commuinity involvement sponsored by Meridian Credit Union went to Hamilton Ward & Cathers Insurance. The Town of Aylmer Seniors Volunteer Award went to Joan Hobbs.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Franklin, Paul LeRoy of Straffordville passed away on Tuesday at the age of 72 years. Survivors: wife Sheila (Norris) Franklin; two sons etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 1 p.m.

 

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY:

 

 

BY BILL MURCH

-Aylmer will send a letter in support of the Development of the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. The town endorses the Elgin – St. Thomas Cycling Master Plan for this region. Ontario’s Infrastructure Program will be vital to the expansion and improvement of cycling infrastructure in this community.

 

-Council approved by-laws authorizing a debenture for the LED streetlights /sports field lights, work for the Town’s Salt Storage Shed project, land transfer for the Town’s Public Works Yard, and leasing of lands at 105 White Street.

 

-Christmas lights will be put up in the town’s parks October 27. Volunteers are welcome to assist.

 

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Hill, Christopher Clifton of St. Thomas passed away on Monday in his 38th year. Predeceased by his mother Sharon Hill and sister Sher-Ann Wilcox. Survivors: grandparents Audrey and Bob Habkirk of Aylmer etc..Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 1:pm.

 

 

 

 

SENIORS DAY OUT NEXT TUE. AT EECC

 

(Contributed) – The monthly Seniors’ Day Out program at the EEC Complex will be held next Tuesday from  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. The program includes recreational activities, a guest speaker and lunch. The speaker is Lisa Minielley from Volunteer Elgin. The cost is $10 – you must pre-register.

 

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

HOWE FARMS WINS AWARD

 

(Contributed by Susan Murray of Ont. Min. of Agriculture, Food) (Howe Family Farms of south Malahide recently won an Agri –Food Award for Innovation Excellence from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food) – “After more than 40 years of pumpkin farming, the Howe Family knows a thing or two about growing gourds. But in recent years, rising production costs motivated them to try something new: a no-till approach. The process involves growing a rye cover crop in the fall. When the spring pumpkin-planting season arrives, a custom-made roller knocks down the rye prior to seeding. The new approach has slashed labour costs for weeding by a whopping 75 per cent, prevented soil erosion, increased soil health and reduced the need for herbicides. Growing the pumpkins on a thick bed of fallen rye also means less contact with the soil, which has translated to a 25 per cent reduction in washing labour and a cleaner, jack-o-lantern-ready product on store shelves.”

 

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, Oct. 21/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

-Tue. -EESS hosts Boys Vball v Glencoe

 

-Thu-Sun. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)

-Fri-Sat. -Ayl/Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host  Lucan, 7:30

 

 

 

NO SANTA PARADE IN PT BURWELL?

 

At Bayham Council Thursday, President Paul Vyse informed that the Port Burwell Otter Valley Optimist Club ”has folded as of September 30. This means that there will no longer be a Santa Claus parade and also there will no longer be a Tub Daze celebration. The members decided they were finished after 22 years of service.” Council sent the club a letter of appreciation.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– October 15, 2014, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist

– October 18, 2014, Station #3,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– October 18, 2014, Station #4,  Putnam Road, Medical Assist

– October 18, 2014, Station #1,  Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– October 19, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– October 19, 2014, Station #4,  Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– October 19, 2014, Station #4,  Putnam Road, Medical Assist

– October 19, 2014, Station #2,  Woolleyville Line, Medical Assist

– October 20, 2014, Station #2 , #3, Glencolin Line, MVC

(*4:30 am, single vehicle rollover, east of Springwater, minor injuries) 

 

 

 

REPRIEVE FOR LYONS’ SIDEWALKS

 

Malahide Council Thursday decided to postpone removal of the sidewalks in Lyons and instead repair some of them at this time. The following motion was passed: “Staff were directed to proceed with temporary repairs to the sections of sidewalk, at an estimated cost of $2,700, on the south side of Lyons Line from Imperial Road to the South Dorchester Community Hall and on the west side of Imperial Road, south of Lyons Line.”

 

There are three sidewalks in Lyons - one on Imperial Road on the west side from the corner to the Faulds farm, one on Lyons line on the south side from the corner to the hall and another on Imperial Road on the west side going north from the corner to Putnam’s Plumbing (which apparently is in good shape). New sidewalks were planned for the first two locations in the spring and originally the old ones were going to be torn up this fall before residents complained.

 

Said resident Luann Gamble: “We were told in a letter that our sidewalks were going to be removed and not replaced. Diane Allen and I got together and took a petition around to protest this. We presented our case to them, stating that it was a safety concern since we would now have to walk on a busy highway or road. With the help of a few good councillors we managed to get what we had asked for. The sidewalks will be removed in the spring and replaced. As for now, they will just do some minor repairs, like removing sod, grass which has grown over the sidewalk. They wanted to remove them because there is grass growing in the cracks, the surface (which is paved) is not a continuous paved surface which means it is broken up by a gravel laneway, and there are a few spots with slopes that are not up to standard. They felt that they were a liability if someone tripped and sued them. I argued that without sidewalks, we would have to walk on the road. Which is worse, tripping on a sidewalk or getting hit on the road? The sidewalk is used a lot by parents taking their kids to the park, often pushing strollers. These people would have to now walk on the road, which is a high traffic area and there are no shoulders to walk on on Lyons Line since it has curbs on both sides.”

 

Staff was also directed to proceed with hosting a community open house to solicit comments from the residents of the Lyons’ area with respect to improving the sidewalk network in Lyons.

 

 

 

NEW EXHIBIT AYL.-MAL MUSEUM

 

(Contributed) – The Aylmer-Malahide Museum has a new exhibit, ‘With This Ring’ , a display of wedding dresses, accessories, and photos dating from the 1850’s to the 1980’s. The exhibit is open for viewing now and will be until November 29. The official opening is Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm.

 

 

 

$40,000 PALMER ESTATE TO AYL. LIBRARY

 

(Contributed) – Elgin County Library is pleased to acknowledge the contribution of $40,000 from the Estate of Dorothy Fay Palmer towards the creation of a “makerspace” at the Aylmer Library to facilitate programming and opportunities for youth relating to the study of current and emerging technologies.  Makerspaces are an emerging trend in public libraries.  They are creation and collaboration hubs, offering technologies and tools that allow patrons to experiment and to create in a social setting.

 

$15,000 will be used immediately to purchase, among other things, a three-dimensional printer, hardware and software for creation of videos and music and portable computing devices for use by area youth.  The remaining $25,000 will be used by Elgin County Library to sustain and replenish the above items as well as to add new equipment should a new or expanded space be provided for the branch.

 

Said Andrew Gunn, Trustee of the Dorothy Palmer Estate. “Libraries are crucial institutions and the scope of library services are now expanding to include the promotion of digital, visual, and mechanical literacy, which expands on the traditional concentration on reading and writing. Children and young adults in Aylmer will now have the opportunity to explore the potential of 3D printing, video and audio recording, and other technological devices.”

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

A recent scene on the Pt. Bruce pier (Don Durkee) (CLICK)

A recent scene on the Pt. Bruce pier. (Yes, Don reports the two did go out on their surfboards!) (Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

 

EAST ELGIN FLU CLINICS

 

Upcoming flu clinics organized by the Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit in East Elgin include:

-Wed. Oct. 29 from 3 to 7 pm at the Vienna Community Centre for Bayham

-Tue. Nov. 18 from 3 to 7 pm at the German Canadian Club for Malahide, Aylmer

 

 

 

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