Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, April 25/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-ALL WEEK: -Aylmer Yard Waste (Paper Bags) Pickup

-Seniors Day Out; EEC Complex; 9:30 am; (see Apr. 17)

-Vaccination Week: Meet Vaccinator Mascot: 9:30am-11; Sum. Cor. PS

-Vaccination Week: Meet Mascot: 11:30am-Noon; Aylmer Sales Arena

–UNPLUG WEEK: Board Games at Aylmer Library Upstairs 3:30 pm -5:30; Family Fitness at McGregor School, 6-7 pm

 

-Wed –UNPLUG: Bowling at Cy’s, 5-8 pm; Zumba Fitness at Davenport School, 5:30-6:15 pm; Soccer, Basketball Contests, Ga-Ga Ball at EESS,  5-7:30 pm

-Thu –UNPLUG: Dodgeball at Immanuel School, Grades 1-3 from 6-7 pm and Grades 4-8 from 7-8 pm; Basketball/Volleyball at Straffordville School, 6-7 pm; Horseshoes at EEC Complex; 6:30 pm to dusk (weather permitting)

-Fri –UNPLUG: Free Skating at EEC Complex, 5-6 pm

-Sat –UNPLUG: Hockey for A Chance/rec activities at EEC Complex, 9 am–6 pm

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

X-COr. IS MALAHIDE TRAILER FATALITY

Former Malahide councillor Paul Vanderwyst, 48, was killed on his farm yesterday (April 24) when he became trapped under a trailer. The farm is located on Ron McNeil Line near Buis Line. Police revealed that he had been working under the canopy of a homemade trailer used for hauling ATVs and snowmobiles. The canopy, which was made of heavy plate steel, fell and pinned him across the waist area between the canopy and the trailer platform. It is believed that he could have been pinned for up to half an hour. Mr. Vanderwyst had served on Malahide Council from 2001-3; he ran unsuccessfully in the 2014 election.

 

 

EESS SPRING SPORTS OUTLOOK: SOCCER

 

EESS girls and boys soccer teams begin their season today with away games in London against Glencoe. This week the teams will host their annual exhibition tourneys at Columbus Park – the girls on Thursday and the boys on Friday. Girls Soccer coach Christina Halasz provides this overfiew: “This year will be a re-building year for our girls soccer team. We will be very young.”

 

 

IGPC EXPANSION

 

(Aylmer Council recently gave final approval to a plan by IGPC of Aylmer to expand their facility. Information is from Kevin Norton, Director of Operations: ) -“The plant expansion will be completed within our current property lines and is expected to be complete in November 2018. Construction will commence  this April.” Integrated Grain Processors Co-Operative’s plan calls for a $100 million expansion which will double its production capacity from nearly 190 million litres of biofuel each year to more than 378 million. The extra ethanol is destined  especially for markets in Ontario.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD OTCT GETS GRANT

 

(Information from Colleen De Vos, Secretary of Out There Creative Therapy which was founded by her son Kellen) – Out There Creative Therapy of Springfield, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, has received a $209,600 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to establish “Get Out There” in order to foster mental health in local young persons, primarily through creative arts. A former restaurant in Springfield will now be converted to a “creative resource space” where youths 12 to 30 years old can participate in activities while also having mental health information and resources available to them. There would be a monthly “coffee house” showcase as well as connecting young persons just out of mental health treatment with mentors. The program would begin in June.  Activities will include music, art, dance, video production, comedy, and other forms of artistic expression that will be available to youth in rural areas in partnership with clinical resources and information from our Organizational Mentor CMHA Elgin. We recognize these creative resources as a valuable form of therapy in partnership with clinical support, that are sometimes not as accessible to rural youth affected by, or at risk of being affected by mental illness. We chose Springfield as the location because we are already here administratively as an organization and feel that it is a perfect rural community where youth can engage comfortably in co-creative experiences. More information on Out There can be found at www.otctherapy.ca .

 

 

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MONDAY, April 24/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-ALL WEEK: -Aylmer Yard Waste (Paper Bags) Pickup

-UNPLUG WEEK: -Volleyball at Summers Corners PS, 5 pm -6; Ball Hockey at Assumption school, 6-7 pm (weather permitting)

 

-Tue -Seniors Day Out; EEC Complex; 9:30 am; (see Apr. 17)

-Tue -Vaccination Week: Meet Vaccinator Mascot: 9:30am-11; Sum. Cor. PS

-Tue -Vaccination Week: Meet Mascot: 11:30am-Noon; Aylmer Sales Arena

-Tue –UNPLUG: Board Games at Aylmer Library Upstairs 3:30 pm -5:30; Family Fitness at McGregor School, 6-7 pm

-Wed –UNPLUG: Bowling at Cy’s, 5-8 pm; Zumba Fitness at Davenport School, 5:30-6:15 pm; Soccer, Basketball Contests, Ga-Ga Ball at EESS,  5-7:30 pm

-Thu –UNPLUG: Dodgeball at Immanuel School, Grades 1-3 from 6-7 pm and Grades 4-8 from 7-8 pm; Basketball/Volleyball at Straffordville School, 6-7 pm; Horseshoes at EEC Complex; 6:30 pm to dusk (weather permitting)

-Fri –UNPLUG: Free Skating at EEC Complex, 5-6 pm

-Sat –UNPLUG: Hockey for A Chance/rec activities at EEC Complex, 9 am–6 pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Meharg, Robert Earl of Springfield passed away Thursday in his 86th year. Former husband of the late Olive (Esseltine) Meharg(2014). Survivors: two children including Robert Michael Meharg(Katie) of Aylmer etc.. Robert worked at Carnation Milk and Ingersoll Fasteners. A family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Huse, Dellah Marie passed away Thursday. Survivors: parents: Randy and Brittany (Stewart) Huse etc.. Dellah was born in London on March 27. A family graveside service will be held. Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Apr 17, Station 1 Port Burwell, animal rescue. A dog had slipped down the sand cliffs along Lakeshore Line and couldn’t get back up. Fire crews retrieved the uninjured dog.

-Apr 17, Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Elizabeth St.

-Apr 18, Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Plank Rd.

-Apr 19, Both stations for a 2 vehicle MVC on Culloden Rd. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage but the lone occupants of both were uninjured.

-Apr 22, Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Eden Line.

 

 

EESS SPORTS OUTLOOK: GIRLS SOFTBALL

 

(Information from Coach Bobbie -Jo Bennett) – “Other coaches are Sarah Adams and Ashley Deroo. Our roster is finalized and we will begin practices this week. We don’t have a league but are participating in tournaments on May 11th in Glanworth and May 25/26 at Slo-Pitch City.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– April 18, 2017, Station #1, Jamestown Line, Medical Assist

– April 18, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Fire Drill

– April 18, 2017, Station #4, Ostrander Road, Mutual Aid

– April 19, 2017, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– April 20, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– April 21, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

 

 

THIRD DIAMOND FOR SPRINGFIELD

 

The Springfield Brewers Softball Association received a go ahead from Malahide Council at its regular meeting Thursday to establish a third ball diamond this summer at Malahide Place. The Association, which has 300 players, has been using the two diamonds situated there presently but wants to construct another childrens’ diamond just west of the building to accommodate increasing participation. Spokesperson Chris Cox in a letter to Malahide said: the cost is estimated at $75,000, the diamond will eventually include lights, it is to be financed by private donors. the playground equipment there will be relocated and it should be ready by June 1st. 

 

 

EESS BYPASSED IN STAPLES CONTEST

 

EESS teacher Stacey Suffel reported today that East Elgin was not one of the ten schools picked on the weekend to receive one of the $25,000 cash awards as part of the Staples Canada Superpower your School contest. EESS was one of the 100 finalists announced in March for the contest which recognizes elementary and secondary schools that are helping the environment by implementing innovative eco-programs. In their submission as to what the $25,000 would be used for if they won, EESS noted: “GPS units and iPads would benefit us for the Carolinian Forest Carnival (CFC)… iPads with interactive maps of habitat areas or pollution impacts would be helpful so community members could see interactive maps of species at risk…A station would demonstrate ‘Carbon Tracker’ so guests of this event can track their carbon footprint and have strategies for the public to reduce their carbon footprint- including the ‘green charging’ app that lets you know when your phone is charged. The ‘GoodGuide’ app would be demonstrated at the station that promotes sustainability and purchasing appropriate products. The GPS units would be for the class to participate in environmental research to present at the Carolinian Forest Carnival. The GPS units would allow students to complete a forest management sustainability plan and develop into a station. Data collected from the GPS units would assist student in developing a plan for preserving local forests and habitats, including locations to plan trees…”

 

 

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THURSDAY, April 20/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Library: Spring Hair Makeover; Ages 11 and up: 6-8 pm; $2

-Free Film Week; Anne of Gables; Springfield Library; 1 pm and 6 pm

-Free Film Week ‘Bear Named Winnie’; Belmont Library, 6 pm

-Free Film Week; ‘Jacob Two Two’; Straffordville Library; 6 pm

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

 

-Fri -150th Free Film: ‘Madagascar’; OT Hall Theatre; 6:30 pm/ McGREGOR 6:15

-Fri/Sat -Aylmer Library Earth Day Crafts/Seedlings; Fri. 3-5 pm; Sat. all day

-Fri/Sat -‘Elvis’; Periscope Theatre Pt. Burwell; Fri – 8pm, Sat -2pm, 8pm

-Sat -Earth Day

 

-NEXT WEEK – Aylmer Yard Waste (Paper Bags) Pickup

 

 

McGREGOR CLASS PRESENTS FILM FRIDAY

 

(Contributed) – “Mr. Dubois’ Grade four students at McGregor PS have been fortunate this year to get funding for bank of classroom iPads. Armed with these tools, this school year has been one of local discovery as part of a project entitled “Community Citizenship through Curriculum”. Students took regular walking trips throughout the community with a specific learning focus for each excursion. A film celebration night is planned for this Friday at 6:15 in the Old Town Hall Theatre. It aligns with a heritage and youth focus with Canada’s 150th birthday and will include the performance of an original song written especially for the event. The use of green screen technology, glideshow screencasting, and Google Education tools allowed for over 120 media products to be merged for a 20 minute film with content entirely created by the Grade 4s.”

 

 

TOWN TRUCKS POPULAR WITH THIEVES

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A new 2017 pickup truck bought by the Town of Aylmer in February to replace one that had been stolen in the fall was taken from the Public Works building on Myrtle St. sometime before 8 am this past Saturday- along with a 2005 Ford truck containing considerable equipment. Both trucks had the keys inside. Less than two hours later the new truck was found in Pt. Burwell near a residence with the town insignias spray painted over. No one was at the truck when the Elgin OPP arrived. A 2010 pickup truck was stolen on November 28 from the Parks Building on Parkview Heights and was never recovered which necessitated the purchase of the new truck.

 

 

TWO DAYS LEFT: SPRINGFIELD PS SECOND

 

Springfield Public School has now moved into second place in the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge with just two days to go. The leader is Quintitian School in Kingston. Last year Springfield won the event – the winner last year was announced in June. School Secretary Sheri Webb provides this update:  “We are so excited to be possibly having a repeat. We will be having a ‘Pie in the Face’ Assembly at the school on Friday at 2:15 pm. Several of our staff members will be participating. We will also be announcing our class competition winner for a Pizza Party.” Battery drop offs are at Springfield PS, Springfield Post Office, Aylmer No Frills and Fellow Flowers in St. Thomas.

 

 

SPECIAL HOCKEY, REC DAY SAT. AT EECC

 

The EEC Complex is hosting a special recreational day this Saturday. There will be hockey games featuring pickup teams, rec activities including basketball, ping pong, ring toss plus crafts, vendors and a silent auction. Events run from 9 am to 6 pm. See the EECC website.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, April 19/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Free Film Week; ‘Snowtime’; Aylmer Library; 6 pm

 

-Thu -Aylmer Library: Spring Hair Makeover; Ages 11 and up: 6-8 pm; $2

-Thu -Free Film Week; Anne of Gables; Springfield Library; 1 pm and 6 pm

-Thu -Free Film Week ‘Bear Named Winnie’; Belmont Library, 6 pm

-Thu -Free Film Week; ‘Jacob Two Two’; Straffordville Library; 6 pm

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

-Fri -Canada 150th Free Film: ‘Madagascar’; OT Hall Theatre; 6:30 pm

-Fri/Sat -Aylmer Library Earth Day Crafts/Seedlings; Fri. 3-5 pm; Sat. all day

-Fri/Sat -‘Elvis’; Periscope Theatre Pt. Burwell; Fri – 8pm, Sat -2pm, 8pm

-Sat -Earth Day

 

 

AYLMER MAN CHARGED

 

(From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP were called to a two vehicle collision on Highway 3 west of Yarmouth Center Rd. around 9:15 am yesterday. One male was transferred to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A Jeep was heading westbound when it crossed over the lane and struck a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck in the eastbound lane. The driver of the Jeep, a 27 year old Aylmer male, has been charged with careless driving.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Turrill, Muriel “Betty” Grace Rebecca (Bates) of Pt. Burwell passed away on Sunday aged 90. Wife of the Late Erwin Turrill. Survivors: four children including Barbara Norman (Kevin) of Pt. Burwell etc.. Betty was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pt Burwell. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Wednesday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held there on Thursday at 11 am.

 

-McBride, Allan “Ross” of Brantford passed away on Friday aged 85. Husband of the Late Jessie (Bain) McBride (2014). Survivors: three children including Alan (Janet) of Eden etc.. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held there Friday at 11 am.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

APRIL 22 -AYLMER MAN IS FATALITY 

BELMONT – (From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP is still investigating a three vehicle fatal motor vehicle collision this morning around 7 am. The collision occurred on Belmont Road at Yorke Line, just south of here. A tractor trailer was on Yorke Line turning north onto Belmont Rd when a Jeep that was northbound on Belmont Rd. came upon the tractor trailer and struck it on the driver’s side. The Jeep then rolled onto the driver’s side and was immediately stuck by a pick-up truck that was traveling south on Belmont Rd. The driver and lone occupant of the Jeep, thirty-eight year-old Michael Wodzinski of Aylmer, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and lone occupant of the pick-up truck was transported to hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

 

 

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TUESDAY, April 18/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Eastlink ch. 10 -London Knights v Erie; 7 pm; Playoffs

-Free Film Week: ‘Being Canadian’; Springfield Library; 6 pm

 

-Wed -Free Film Week; ‘Snowtime’; Aylmer Library 6 pm

-Thu -Free Film Week; Anne of Gables; Springfield Library; 1 pm and 6 pm

-Thu -Free Film Week ‘Bear Named Winnie’; Belmont Library, 6 pm

-Thu -Free Film Week; ‘Jacob Two Two’; Straffordville Library; 6 pm

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

-Fri/Sat -Aylmer Library Earth Day Crafts/Seedlings; 3-5 pm Fri; all day Sat.

-Sat -Earth Day

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(From Fire Chief Randy White)

-Apr 10, Both stations to a two vehicle MVC on Culloden Rd near Eden Line.

-Apr 14, Both stations to a grass fire on Calton Line.

-Apr 16, Station 1 Port Burwell, Medical assist on Fulton St. Vienna

 

 

SENIORS DAY OUT TUES. AT EEC COMPLEX

 

(Contributed) – The monthly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex will be held next Tuesday April 25 from 9:30 am to 12:30. The program includes: recreational activities (choice of adult skate, shuffleboard, pickleball or a fitness class) and guest speakers Lawyer Paul Morrison and Bob Kebbel of the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on ‘Wills and Funeral Planning’. The cost is $10, lunch is provided and registration in advance is required.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– April 14, 2017, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– April 16, 2017, Station #3, Hacienda Road, Alarm Malfunction

– April 17, 2017, Station #3, Broadway Street, Medical Assist

 

 

UNPLUG AND PLAY AT SCHOOLS NEXT WEEK

 

(‘Unplug and Play’ events are being held next week for local school children. Aylmer Co-Ordinator Penny Hilliker, a McGregor Public School teacher, provides this overview:) “‘Unplug and Play’ is a program that’s been running successfully in the East Elgin area for over a decade. We called it “Pause to Play” for two years and before that it was “Turn Off the Screens”. School and community events are offered at no cost. Tickets are available through participating schools.”

 

The Schedule: Monday – Volleyball at Summers Corners PS, 5 pm -6; Ball Hockey at Assumption school, 6-7 pm (weather permitting); Tuesday –Board Games at Aylmer Library Upstairs 3:30 pm -5:30; Family Fitness at McGregor School, 6-7 pm; Wednesday – Bowling at Cy’s, 5-8 pm; Zumba Fitness at Davenport School, 5:30-6:15 pm; Soccer, Basketball Contests, Ga-Ga Ball at EESS,  5-7:30 pm; Thursday – Dodgeball at Immanuel School, Grades 1-3 from 6-7 pm and Grades 4-8 from 7-8 pm; Basketball/Volleyball at Straffordville School, 6-7 pm; Horseshoes at EEC Complex; 6:30 pm to dusk (weather permitting); Friday – Free Skating at EEC Complex, 5-6 pm; Saturday – Hockey for A Chance event and rec activities at EEC Complex, 9 am – 6 pm.

 

 

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THURSDAY, April 13/17

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again TUESDAY

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week -Aylmer Brush Collection

 

-Library – Travel Camino; DJ and Avril; 7-8 pm; PreRegister

-Eastlink ch. 10 -London Knights v Erie; 7 pm; Playoffs

 

-Sat -Library: Easter Egg Show and Hunt; 12 and under; 10:30 am

-Sat -Learn Broomball; EECC; 10 am; Ages 6-12; $5; On the ice

 

-Mon -OV Naturalists Walk; Calton Swamp; 8:30 am

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Hochstenbach, Henrietta of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in her 79th year. Survivors: husband Frank Hochstenbach; one son; etc.. She was born in the Netherlands and had been an employee of Stedmans.  Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A family service will be held later.

 

 

RAILWAY TANKERS

 

The Aylmer and Area Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Council Monday expressing concerns over the recent buildup of railway tankers on the west side of the John St. crossing. The Chamber, citing safety issues, thought Council should inquire as to what was being stored in the tankers and how long they would be there. Council advised the Chamber to contact the railway company. Said Ontario Southland Railway President Jeff Willsie today: “There are about 50 tankers. They are all empty and will be there until the economy is better.”

 

 

S. CORNERS PARC UPDATE

 

(With the TVDSB public meeting on Elgin school closures/alterations upcoming, an update on the PARC committee at Summers Corners is forwarded by Jennifer Kesteloot) – “I think that as a sub-committee and a community we are pleased with the Planning Department’s recommendation to maintain the Summers’ Corners attendance boundary. (The board decided that the boundaries for SCPS will remain the same with no changes being made). As with other sub-committees, we felt the process was flawed and failed to properly consider the broader impact that wholesale school closures have on rural communities in Ontario. Since the EPAR-01 committee was disbanded at the end of the April 11 meeting, the SCPS sub-committee will not be making a public presentation on May 2nd. Members of the public may submit presenter packages to the TVDSB if they would like the opportunity to participate at the Public Delegation meeting.”

 

 

100 YEARS AGO: EAST ELGIN IN WW1:

 

Bayham Area Brothers Killed Same Day at Vimy

(Information from James McCallum: Age Shall Not Weary Them -East Elgin in WWI) – Two brothers from the Pt. Burwell area were killed on the same day as part of the offensive at Vimy Ridge in France one hundred years ago last weekend. Arthur, 28, and William, 19, West were both killed on April 9th, 1917. They were the sons of Abraham and Emeline West of Kinglake in Houghton who had formerly lived in the Pt. Burwell area. The West brothers, along with a third brother Lewis, 23, who died a few months later, all have their names inscribed on the Pt. Burwell cenotaph. Arthur and William are buried in the Nine Elms Cemetery in France which was started with Vimy victims.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, April 12/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week -Aylmer Brush Collection

 

-Thu -Library; Travel Camino: DJ, Avril; 7-8 pm; PreRegister

-Thu -Eastlink ch. 10 -London Knights v Erie; 7 pm; Playoffs

-Sat -Library: Easter Egg Show and Hunt; 12 and under; 10:30 am

-Sat -Learn Broomball; EECC; 10 am; Ages 6-12; $5; On the ice

 

-Mon -OV Naturalists Walk; Calton Swamp; 8:30 am

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

ONE SPEAKER AT AYLMER BUDGET MEETING

In a scene reminiscent of last year, only one resident – former Mayor Jack Couckuyt – spoke and there were no other written submissions at the public budget meeting of Aylmer Council last night. Last year Mr. Couckuyt was the only speaker as well. His key comments: he thought it was a very good budget, he praised council for not using large amounts of reserves, he cautioned against using too much of monies set aside to pay off the EEC Complex debt to fund a new public works building and he noted that any money reserved for the costs of leasing a library expansion would go a long way to doing something permanently at present. Council then approved this year’s budget which calls for a 2.15 tax levy compared to .52% last year, .64% in 2014 and .68% in 2013.

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY

 

Among Aylmer Council decisions at their regular meeting Monday:

-Council authorizes Staff to proceed with the advertising the role of Chief Building Official

-Update: Last April Council granted a one year extension on a lease for the Goodwill Industries Donations trailer, located at the corner of Talbot St. west and Wellington St.. Aylmer Director of Planning Kale Brown provides this information: “With respect to the property on Talbot St. West which Goodwill operates, Council has not received any zoning application for the property at this time (and the lease does not expire until later this month). Staff continue to work with Goodwill to find an alternate location for their operation to allow a longer term solution for their business.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, April 11/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week -Aylmer Brush Collection

-Bayham Hist Soc.; Vienna Fam. Table Restaur.; 7 pm

-Eastlink ch. 10 -London Knights v Erie; 7 pm; Playoffs

 

-Thu -Library; Travel Camino: DJ, Avril; 7-8 pm; PreRegister

-Sat -Library: Easter Egg Show and Hunt; 12 and under; 10:30 am

 

 

EESS NEWS

by Alexis Fehr

“With spring on the way people were upset at the surprise of waking up to snow on the ground on Friday, then confused at the sudden switch of weather at lunch to a sunny day. Better hope for a sunny day if you are planning on attending the Relay for Life event that EESS is holding on May 26. The student council is still looking for people to sign up, you do not have to go to EESS as it is open to everyone; you can have a team of one person or up to 10 people. The school had Easter Egg painting on Friday. Volunteers are needed for a dragon boat race at Fanshawe on June 10th. Talent show auditions ran this past week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Yearbooks are for sale online for $34 each. Grads if you want to leave some words of wisdom in the yearbooks go down to the office to pick up a purple sheet. There was an OSAP seminar from Kings College for Grade 11s and 12s. April 5th was the last day to sign up for lip sync, it runs at lunch in the cafe on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Popcorn is always for sale on Wednesday in the football hallway for a dollar a bag. PAC had a meeting on Thursday, RPGCA and the Tech club had a meeting on Friday. Here’s to hoping for many beautiful days to come, no more raining all day or snowing for that matter.”

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING

 

About fifteen citizens attended last night’s public budget meeting of Aylmer Council held at the EEC Complex. Four persons spoke; in the past two years only one person – former Mayor Jack Couckuyt – made a presentation each year. Dep-Mayor Mary French and Co. Barbara Ann Laur were absent. All four speakers indicated concerns about the proposed library relocation issue. Bill Murch addressed the cost of safety concerns ie. bicycle lanes, parking lot alterations, sidewalks etc.. if the library was relocated to the EEC Complex. Larry Jeffery asked how much money had been set aside in reserves for library purposes (Response: $200,000 last year and the same amount for this year) and suggested that library usage would probably drop 30-40% if the library was relocated at the EECC. Linda Charlton noted that the library relocation would greatly affect the revenue potential of the EECC halls and said a more formal study of its impact was needed (Co. Arthur Oslach later replied that the EECC Board had such an impact study on the go that was to be reported at their meeting on May 8).

Former Mayor Couckuyt also spoke. He praised Council for their budget noting it was the first time the levy had decreased. Some of his comments: “This is great but consider that it still could be achieved with the library staying downtown…The temptation to use reserves for operational reasons has not been done…Despite some naysayers Aylmer has been in a great financial situation for some time, especially due to the vision of staff…last years study had said Aylmer was in good shape…Re-library… it is being done by haste and with a lack of a business plan and a lack of concern for citizens…there has been no discussion on why it should be here… Mennonite Community Services wants it downtown, the BIA wants it downtown, over 1000 have signed a petition wanting it downtown…it will be underused, it will never be a community place…these halls are being used, let the general manager do his job…lets stop the doing just for the sake of doing.”

After the speakers (there was no major comment or questions by councillors), Council voted to adopt this year’s budget which has a .93% levy decrease.

 

 

 

SPRIET STUDY ON LIBRARY RELOCATION

 

Kevin Mcillmuray of Spriet Associates made a presentation of a design and costs for relocating the library to the EEC Complex (see yesterday’s report) at Aylmer Council last night. (The Spriet study was requested by Council on February 13 but that motion was rescinded on April 3; a new motion for an interior design was proposed on March 20). After this report, Co. Peter Barbour made a motion to establish a committee to review the study; the committee to consist of two Aylmer councillors, a Malahide councillor, a staff member, a public representative, the Cultural Director of Elgin County, and a Spriet representative with their report due back on May 3rd. An advertisement will be posted for the public rep.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 30 year old Aylmer man was charged with making an unsafe turn after his pickup truck, going north on Rutherford Ave and turning west on to Talbot St. , was in collision with an eastbound minivan on March 30 around 7 pm.

 

 

BAYHAM EDISION MUSEUM UPDATE

 

(Contributed) – “The Municipality has permanently closed the Edison Museum of Vienna and the property is to be returned to the family of the original donor. The Friends of Edison have merged with the Bayham Historical Society, giving us charitable status. Bayham Council has transferred ownership of the Edison & Bayham artifact collections to the Bayham Historical Society and they have been placed in storage until such time as we can establish a facility in which to store and display them.”

 

 

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MONDAY, April 10/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week -Aylmer Brush Collection

-Aylmer Council; 7 pm; EECC Hall C

-OV Naturalists; Vienna C. Centre; 7 pm (see Wed report)

 

-Tue -Bayham Hist Soc.; Vienna Fam. Table Restaur.; 7 pm

-Thu -Library; Travel Camino: DJ, Avril; 7-8 pm; PreRegister

 

 

AYLMER PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING TONIGHT

 

The public meeting for Aylmer’s 2017 budget will be held tonight at the EEC Complex at 7 pm. The budget can be viewed on the town’s website. The public is allowed to speak at the meeting without prior notice.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Wall, Donna Jean (Cottrell) of Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 77th year. Wife of the late John Wall (2010). Survivors: children – Dave Wall, Sue Evert both of Aylmer etc.. Donna formerly worked at the New Sarum Diner. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 1 pm.

 

-Crocker, Anna Lola June (Neville) of RR7, Aylmer passed away Friday in her 83rd year. Wife of the late Franklin Crocker(2009). Survivors: two children etc.. Visitation will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in London on Saturday at 2 pm.

 

 

EESS NEWS

 

BY Alexis Fehr

(March 30) – “Students have returned from spring break with many stories to tell. On March 22 the Art club had a sign up for the workshop they are holding on the 28th. Actors in Xanadu had two more rehearsals. The leadership class held an assembly for the first ever East Elgin Relay for Life event. On the 24th the RPGCA club had a meeting and Wordflight also had a meeting. The envirothon team had a meeting on the 24th. The literacy test for all grade tens was the 30th of march. Wednesday April 5th was the last day to sign up for the lip sync contest; lip sync will be running the 10th to the 13th of April. And the blood donor clinic is being held in May. With all that is going on students may not have much time to tell their friends everything that they might have done over the spring break.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

 

– April 4, 2017, Station #2, Dingle Street, Medical Assist

– April 4, 2017, Station #1, Vienna Line, Medical Assist

– April 4, 2017, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– April 6, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Power Lines Down

– April 6, 2017, Station #3 assisted by Station #2, College Line, MVC

– April 7, 2017, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– April 7, 2017, Station #3, Pressey Line, Medical Assist

– April 9, 2017, Station #1, Rush Creek Line, Medical Assist

 

 

 

SPRIET LIBRARY STUDY TO COUNCIL

 

Among agenda items for tonight’s regular Aylmer Council meeting is a study by Spriet Associates providing a cost estimate/concept plan on the proposed relocation of the library to the EEC Complex as asked for at Council on February 13. CORRECTION: In one plan, using all the halls (but not kitchen and storage space and 1500/2000? square feet of shared lobby space?) the library size would be around 8-10,000 square feet with a renovation cost estimated at $360,000 ($400,000 with a universal washroom). In another plan, keeping the east hall of 2100 square feet as a public hall and using the remainder (again with the three space exclusions including 1500/2000 sq ft of shared space), the size is 5,650 square feet and the reno cost is estimated at $300,000  ($350,000 with universal washroom). No cost is provided for any external alterations that might be necessary.

 

 

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FRIDAY, April 7/17

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*SORRY, TECH DIFFICULTIES YESTERDAY

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Library: Cards With Jean; 1-3 pm; PreRegister; Bandshell Room

 

-Sun -Aylmer Cenotaph Vimy Ridge Ceremony, 11 am (Springfield 10 am)

 

-Next Week – Aylmer Brush Collection

-Mon. – OV Naturalists; Vienna C. Centre; 7 pm (see Wed. report)

 

 

TWO KILLED IN NEW SARUM ACCIDENT

 

NEW SARUM – (From Elgin OPP) – Wednesday around 3 pm, Elgin OPP responded to a head-on motor vehicle collision here which claimed two lives. Two pickup trucks, one eastbound and the other westbound on #3 highway, collided between Quaker Line and Belmont Road. Samuel Chabot, 17, of Malahide, and lone occupant of one truck, and  Branko Cindric, 62, of Central Elgin, and lone occupant of the other truck, died. The incident remains under investigation.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Chabot, Samuel Richard of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 18th year. Survivors: parents Diane Chabot(Bill Buys) of Aylmer and Michael Charlton(Shelley Crosby) of Sparta; four siblings; grandparents Linda and Gerry Scott; Wayne Buys (the late Brenda) of the Aylmer area etc.. Sam played football at Parkside Collegiate, in the London Minor Football Association and with the London Thunderbirds and also worked at Canadian Tire and K.F.C.  Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on Monday at 11 am.

 

-Cindric, Branko of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday at the age of 62. Survivors: wife Jasminka (Basic) Cindric; one child; sibling Ljubica “Brenda” Cox (Lawrence) of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Croatia and was a retired Home Builder. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Leopold Mandic Church on Monday at 10 am.

 

 

AYLMER PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING MONDAY

 

The public budget meeting for Aylmer’s 2017 budget will be held Monday at the EEC Complex at 7 pm. The budget can be viewed on the town’s website. The public is allowed to speak at the meeting without prior notice.

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

(Re-Library Relocation issue) – “Is John Vandermeersch suggesting that all 12,800 people who didn’t attend the meeting support the Aylmer Council plan? I hardly think so. Is this yet another new definition of democracy that attendance at a particular privately-organized meeting counts as a vote?” (James Rempel)

 

 

MALAHIDE COUNCIL LAST NIGHT

 

Among decisions made by Malahide Council at their regular meeting last night:

-No further action be taken at this time pending receipt of additional information from the Town of Aylmer regarding the possible relocation of the Aylmer Library to the East Elgin Community Centre; specifically the Township of Malahide is seeking information related to the following issues: Proposed renovation/conversion design/plans, cost estimates, project timeline, etc.

-And that the Aylmer Town Council be advised that, in recognition that it is the sole responsibility of the Town of Aylmer to provide space for a Library within the Town of Aylmer, the Township of Malahide is not willing to contribute to the renovation costs associated with relocating the Aylmer Library to the EECC.

 

 

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