Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

THURSDAY, July 21/16



*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again on AUGUST 2




(Contributed) – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking the public’s help in identifying the person or persons selling angler-caught fish in the Aylmer area. Conservation officers are investigating after receiving numerous complaints from the public that angler-caught fish are being sold in the Aylmer area. It’s illegal to sell fish caught by sport fishing in Ontario. This protects Ontario’s fish populations as well as the health of Ontarians since angler-caught fish are not subject to food safety and quality inspections. If you have any information about these incidents, please contact the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time.




(Information from Tim Stafford of Hydro One) –  South Aylmer and parts of Malahide were without power again today – from around 6 am to Noon – as the morning storm with accompanying high winds downed many poles and left some 2200 customers in the dark.




(Information from Tim Stafford of Hydro One) – “Approx. 4100 customers affected by the outage on a 115,000 volt line feeding Aylmer and Tillsonburg today. Tillsonburg was out approx. an hour in places and Aylmer for 4 hrs in places. Customers were restored in stages. The problem was a failed cross arm on a twin pole structure at Lyons. Caused by lightning damage from a prior storm.”





-Bayham Council 7pm (Malahide Council CANCELLED)

-St Thomas Mens Soccer – Aylmer hosts Elgin Arsenal, 7pm, St.T. Athletic Field


-Sun – TriCounty Fastball – Innerkip Eagles at Straffordville, 8 pm

-Sun – TriCounty Fastball – Innerkip Expos at Pt Burwell, 8 pm





The Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit is sending out a Heat Warning for Thursday-Sunday because Environment and Climate Change Canada is predicting hot humid weather for the rest of the week.





AYLMER – About 20 residents of Elgin Estates in Aylmer, located just east of the EEC Complex,  complained to Police of damage the day after the July 1st fireworks organized by the Aylmer Kinsmen Club at the Complex. Andy Beck of the Kinsmen Club gave this response: “We heard of some complaints from nearby homes. We believe the unusual north wind was a factor. In our many years with the same professional fireworks company, we’ve never had an issue. We will work with the supplier and see if we can move the launch area on the flats behind the Complex for next year, depending on wind direction.”


He added: “We didn’t count attendance but a number of Kinsmen felt there were more people out than usual for the fireworks. We were very happy with the performance overall but we found out the cost of fireworks has risen 20 percent since last year. We’ll be looking to add more displays into the future, especially for Canada’s sesquicentennial next year. We want to make sure our club and everyone watching gets the best “bang” for their bucks.”





-McEwen, Audrey June of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Walter McEwen (1968). Survivors: five children including Kenneth McEwen, Jeanette Wallis (Richard) and Christopher McEwen, all of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Charguniche, India. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 am.


-Kennedy, Cecil Carl of Tillsonburg passed away Monday at the age of 80 years. Survivors: wife Barbara (Taylor) Kennedy of Aylmer; two children; sister Margaret Rose (Earl) of Richomond etc.. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg today from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held there Friday at 11 am.





HARRIETSVILLE – Singer Rose Cora Perry and her band, with Aylmer native Tyler Randall as drummer, will perform Friday at 8 pm at the Sprits of the Earth Festival, which began Tuesday at Peacekeeper Park near Harrietsville. According to organizer Tameika, this is the 14th year for the event and the second year at Peacekeeper Park, located on Avon Road close to Lake Whittaker Conservation Area.  They usually draw around 100 people. The purpose of the festival is “to inspire and empower others to reach their highest potential to live more positive and happier lives…with  opportunities to learn about different paths and obtain new skills.” She added: “We offer a wide range of workshops throughout the day, nightly concerts, a full children’s agenda and camping. This year we have Scott Brunelle (of Aylmer), Rose Cora Perry and The Truth Untold, Doghouse Rose, the Kate Channer Band, and Sharon Knight performing and workshops that include yoga, meditations, holistic healing modalities, henna, etc.” (More details can be found on the website www.spiritsfest.com ).


(Contributed) – Rose Cora Perry was raised in London where she continues to reside. This will be her debut in Harrietsville as a performer. Rose’s live band, “The Truth Untold” is a high energy melody-driven rock duo – the album’s genre is what she defines as “acoustic alternative”. She is a former frontwoman of the band, Anti-Hero. Tyler has been a member of Rose’s band since they formed in January. Rose has a new album out, “Onto the Floor”. Some of Rose’s career highlights include: performing at the SCENE Music Fest, performing in front of audiences of over 500,000,  a guest Artist Invitee for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and having albums ranked in the Top #100 Radio Charts by Earshot.





Abpit a dpzem Almer Police officers and MNR officials were active at this residence at the corner of Chestnut and Myrtle on Tuesday afternoon; the MNR reported that their investigation is still ongoing and offered no information (kb)

About ten Aylmer Police officers and MNR officials were active at this residence at the corner of Chestnut and Myrtle Streets on Tuesday afternoon; the MNR reported that their investigation is still ongoing and offered no report as yet. The Aylmer Police said they were present to support the MNR. (kb) (CLICK)





-ST.THOMAS MENS SOCCER  – Aylmer (7-4) 3 Talbotville 0; Aylmer 3 Elgin Arsenal 1


-TRICOUNTY FASTBALL – Hickson 15 Straffordville (1-17) 3; Hickson 7 PtBurwell (4-13) 0





(From Rob Johnson, Malahide Director of Physical Operations) – “With the hot humid weather, progress on the Tower has slowed. The main factor is the elevated relative humidity. The specifications require that the relative humidity be less than 85% and improving before the paint can be applied. There have been days that the contractor is unable to paint or has been required to wait until the afternoon before they can start. As a result, we have had to revise the conservation notice keeping the restriction in place until August 2.”




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TUESDAY, July 19/16



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wednesday




-Thu -Bayham Council 7pm (Malahide Council CANCELLED)





AYLMER – About 20 members of the public as well as five Aylmer councillors attended a 45 minute presentation of an overview of the OPP Municipal Policing Costing Proposal held at the Aylmer Fire Hall last night. Two members of the OPP costing team gave a review of the process involved. Aylmer has established a committee to investigate the possibility of having the OPP provide policing services – a preliminary meeting was held in May. Among highlights revealed last night:

-there are ten municipalities currently considering OPP policing, Aylmer is fifth in that order

-the whole procedure would take 15-22 months before the OPP would take over if Aylmer agreed

-Public hearings on the decision would occur next year at the earliest

-an initial contract would be for 3 years

-In response to a question from Malahide Deputy Mayor Mike Wolfe re-Malahide’s interest in sharing policing with Aylmer, this decision is to be shelved until Aylmer sorts out their own situation.


A small crowd gathered at the Aylmer Fire Hall last night for a short outline of how the process of investigating OPP costing for policing in Aylmer would work. (kb)

A small crowd listened at the Aylmer Fire Hall last night to a short outline of how the process of investigating OPP costing for policing in Aylmer would work. (kb)





(From Elgin OPP) – On Friday at approximately 4;30 am the Elgin OPP responded to a single motor vehicle rollover. A SUV was located in a field west of Imperial Road north of Aylmer. The vehicle sustained severe damage and appeared to have rolled over numerous times. The driver, a 21-year-old female from Central Elgin was transported by ambulance to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and subsequently discharged. The driver was charged with careless driving.





-Johnston, Marion Edna(nee Van Patter) of London passed away Sunday in her 99th year. Survivors: three children etc.. She was born in Malahide, attended the McDonald Institute at the (now) University of Guelph, and then lived most of her life in Aylmer and was a seamstress. There will be a private ceremony; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.





Among decisions made by Aylmer Council at their regular meeting on July 11:


-Council authorizes Staff to proceed with the removal of a section of sidewalk on York Street (east side)


-With respect to the Report submitted by the Administrator for the application for Amendment to the Town’s Zoning By-law made by Barb and Archie Ginson for lands located at 157 John Street North (formerly NAPA Auto Parts) in order to convert to a bakery; Council establishes a public meeting date for August 8 for this matter


-Council approves the tender bid supplied by Disbrowe Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac for $27,860 to supply one new 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Pick-up Truck for the Water Department


-Council accepts the RFQ bid supplied by Strongco Limited Partnership for $110,800 to supply one new 2016 Case Loader Backhoe Model 580 Super NW/T for the Public Works Department.





-Due to the hot and humid weather, the Elgin St Thomas Health Unit issued a Heat Advisory for last Tuesday to Thursday

-Malahide and Bayham lifted their fire bans on Monday July 11 (they had been issued on July 7)

-The Catfish Creek CA issued a Low Water advisory on July 7 which is still in effect




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MONDAY, July 18/16





-Aylmer OPP Costing Inquiry, Public Meeting; FIRE HALL, 7 pm (No public input)


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





-July 6 – Station 1 Port Burwell for a medical assist on Oak St. in Vienna

-July 7 – Both stations, grass fire near Springer Hill and Pressey Rd. False alarm

-July 7 – Station 1 Port Burwell for a medical assist on Brock St. in Port Burwell

-July 11th – Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Ottergate Line.

-July 12th – Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Heritage Line

-July 12th – Both stations, grass fire on Victoria St. Port Burwell. False alarm

-July 15th – Both stations to an MVC on Lakeshore Line. Minor injuries.





-Peters, Henry of Aylmer passed away July 10 in his 89th year. Husband of the late Susana (Teichroeb) Peters(May 24, 2016). Survivors: eight children etc.. He was born in Mexico. The funeral service was held July 13; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Neufeld, Abram of Aylmer passed away July 15 in his 63rd year. Survivors: three children etc.. He was born in Mexico and was a transport truck driver. The funeral service will be held today at 11 am at the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Nevill, Lois of Tillsonburg, formerly of Vienna, passed away at the age of 87 years on July 7. Wife of the late Albert Nevill (2003).  Survivors: three children including David Nevill (Kelly) of Vienna etc.. The funeral was held July 11 at Ostrander’s Funeral Home in Tillsonburg.


-Scott, Christina Jane of St. Mary’s passed away July 12 at the age of 71 years.  Survivors: husband Mervin, two children including Rick Scott (Angie) of Aylmer etc.., Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. The Memorial Service will be held at Ostranders on Thursday at 11 am.





– July 4, 2016, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– July 5, 2016, Station #2. Station #1, Bradley Creek Line, Grass Fire

– July 7, 2016, Station #3, College Line, Burn Complaint

– July 5, 2016, Station #1, Hacienda Road, Burn Complaint

– July 8, 2016, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– July 8, 2016, Station #1, Sparta Line, Power Lines Down

– July 8, 2016, Station #1, Imperial Road, Power Lines Down

– July 8, 2016, Station #1, Imperial Road, MVC

– July 8, 2016, Station #1, Calton Line, Barn Fire

– July 8, 2016, Station #1, Vienna Line, Power Lines Down

– July 8, 2016, Station #1, Hacienda Road, Power Lines Down

– July 8, 2016, Station #1, Station #3, Calton Line, Power Lines Down

– July 9, 2016, Station #2, Walker Road, Medical Assist

– July 10, 2016, Station #2, Brook Line, Medical Assist

– July 1-, 2016, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– July 10, 2016, Station #3, Imperial Road, Burn Complaint.

– July 11, 2016, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

– July 14, 2016, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– July 15, 2016, Station #4, Station #3, Imperial Road, MVC

– July 15, 2016, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– July 15, 2016, Station #2, Imperial Road, MVC

– July 16, 2016, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Fire.





(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.


As well MFS reported receiving a rash of complaints from residents for illegal burning incidents due to the recent fire ban.





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FRIDAY, July 8/16



*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again on July 18




-Mon -Aylmer Council, 4:30 pm





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.





-Zimmer, Edward of Chartwell Home, Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in his 87th year. Husband of the late Hilda (Ens) Zimmer(2013). Survivors: five children including Debbie Dujardin (Luc), Donna Landon (Barry) and Brenda Van Vlaanderen (Albert), all of the Aylmer area etc.. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be held on Saturday at 11 am from Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church.


-Blatz, Gerhard passed away at Menno Lodge Aylmer on Thursday in his 79th year. Survivors: wife Gertruda (Loewen) Blatz; six children, 22 grandchildren  etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Saturday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Aylmer on Sunday at 3 pm.


-Peters, David of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in his 73rd year. Husband of the late Susana (Giesbrecht) Peters(2011). Survivors: eight children including Anna Teichroeb (Frank), Peter Peters (Anna), Susie Krahn (Peter), Mary Froese (Jaime), Sara Loewen (Ed) – all of the Aylmer area etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Mt Salem Sommerfeld Mennonite Church on Monday at 11 am.


-Overholt, Ramona “Ruth” of Tillsonburg and formerly of Eden passed away Monday at the age of 77 years. Survivors: husband Tom etc.. The Funeral Service will be held today at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg at 1 pm.


-Masales, Gordon Edward of Vienna and formerly of Pt. Burwell passed away on June 29 at the age of 64. Survivors: wife Shirley Miller; children: Shari Masales (Gaston Therrien), Vienna; Randy Masales, at home; Frank Masales (Nancy Peters), Vienna and John Masales, Aylmer etc.. A Funeral Service was conducted on Saturday at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.





(11 AM – THURDAY – From Malahide Township) – “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.





-TRICOUNTY FASTBALL – Norwich 8 Straffordville 7






The Heat Warning for East Elgin issued by the Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit Wednesday ended yesterday.





(From Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit) – The water at the following beaches in East Elgin is tested weekly by Elgin St. Thomas Public Health for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination: Springwater Conservation Area, Port Bruce, Port Burwell Main Beach and Port Burwell Provincial Park. As of Wednesday, no beaches posted as Unsuitable for Swimming as a result of high levels of bacterial contamination.




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WEDNESDAY, July 6/16







-Tricounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Norwich, 8 pm


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





(TUESDAY – 5 pm) – The Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit is sending out a Heat Warning because Environment and Climate Change Canada is predicting hot humid weather for the rest of the week. The Health Unit sends out a heat warning when the weather forecast calls for the following conditions: two days or more in a row: a daytime high temperature that is above 31 without the nighttime temperature cooling down below 20, or a humidex reading greater than 40 degrees Celsius.





(Contributed by Keith Lindsay) – “Our Junior Horseshoe Players had their 1st tournament on June 25th. This was the Youth/Adult Tournament where the Junior Players are paired with an Adult Partner. Players came from Woodstock, Tillsonburg, London, Ridgetown, St. Thomas and Aylmer. In the “B” Division cadet player Elora Chambers teamed up with Dwayne Daniel of Tillsonburg and took 1st place. Placing 2nd was Lindsay Reymer and partner Bob Thomas of St. Thomas. Our 3rd place team was Kelsey Antonissen and partner Curtis St. Louis of London. In the “A” Division Cadet Alanah Calhoun played in her first tournament with Kaitlyn Pond taking 1st place. Placing 2nd was Cadet Sarah Nooren with partner Terry Phillips from Woodstock. In 3rd place was another first year player Cadet Emma Calhour with partner Doug Brown.






MALAHIDE – (From Elgin OPP) – A nine year old male was airlifted to hospital and is currently listed in critical condition after being involved in an ATV collision last night in Malahide. The collision occurred around 8:30 pm on a private residence on John Wise Line near Luton. A six year old female was operating a 500cc Suzuki ATV with four other male children riding on it. On board was a 2-year-old male, a four-year-old male, the six-year-old female driver as well as two nine-year-old males. The children, none of whom were wearing helmets or other safety gear, had been riding around the back yard while family members were on the other side of the residence at a family function. The six year old girl was attempting to turn a corner at the back of the property when she unintentionally pressed the throttle, lost control and collided with two pine trees. A nine-year-old male struck one of the trees and then became trapped between the ATV and one of the trees. The nine year old remains on life support in intensive care. No other children were injured in the collision.” (UPDATE: No charges were laid in this incident)





(From Elgin OPP) – “It has come to our attention that our Provincial Communications Centres are being inundated with calls from the public advising that they received calls from the Canadian Revenue Agency. It is not necessary to contact the OPP to report that you have received one of these calls unless you are a victim of Fraud. Any calls regarding the Canada Revenue Agency Scam should be directed to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or to their website at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca. ”





(From Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit) – The water at the following beaches in East Elgin is tested weekly by Elgin St. Thomas Public Health for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination: Springwater Conservation Area, Port Bruce, Port Burwell Main Beach and Port Burwell Provincial Park. As of Friday, Port Bruce is the only one posted as Unsuitable for Swimming as a result of high levels of bacterial contamination.





The annual Aylmer Optimists Junior Golf tourney will be held this Thursday 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 – cost is $15. Said Joan Cresswell of Pleasant Valley: “It is a qualifier for participants to move on to the Southwestern Ontario Junior Championships hosted in Blenheim.  In years past the qualifier at PV was for our junior members, now it is open to any and all Junior players.”




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TUESDAY, July 5/16





-Wed -Tricounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Norwich, 8 pm

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





Elgin OPP today announced that a 65 year old Thames Center man has been charged after a two month investigation into a three vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer south of Belmont in late April that resulted in the death of Michael Wodzinski of Aylmer. He has been charged with failing to yield to traffic, failimg to surrender a completed daily inspection report, and having a overweight vehicle and overweight axles.





– Neville, Doris Elsie passed away at Chartwell Home Aylmer on Saturday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Jerome Neville(1999). Survivors: four children including Richard Neville(Belinda) of Aylmer etc.. The funeral service will be held today at 11 am at the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Suderman, Antonio of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 70th year. Husband of the late Helena Suderman (2014). Survivors: nine children, 23 grandchildren etc.. He was born in Mexico. The funeral was Sunday; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.





-June 28th – Both stations were paged out for a high angle rescue on the Lake Erie shoreline east of Stafford Rd. Turned to be a local who couldn’t get an abandoned jet ski started after climbing down the cliff and was unable to get back up. A private boat left Port Burwell and just picked the fellow up off the shore. Stood by with EMS.


-July 2 – Station 2 Straffordville dispatched for medical assist on Springer Hill Rd.





-TRICOUNTY FASTBALL – Burgessville 5 Pt Burwell 2; Glanworth 5 Pt Burwell (3-9) 4


-ST.THOMAS MENS SOCCER – Aylmer (5-3) 2 Southwold 1





– June 29, 2016, Station #1, Springwater Road, Medical Assist

– June 29, 2016, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– June 30, 2016, Station #1 assisted by Station #2, John Wise Line, MVC

– July 1, 2016, Station #2, Talbot Line, Burn Complaint

– July 1, 2016, Station #1, Imperial Road, Fire

– July 3, 2016, Station #1, Springfield Road, Medical





(Yoani Kuiper, 33, who spent 17 years growing up in Aylmer, recently posted on Facebook a story about Canada denying him citizenship despite his upbringing here. The story was then reported in the Globe and Mail. He forwarded the following information to TheAylmerNews.)

“He was born in the Netherlands and came to Aylmer just after his first birthday. He attended Immanuel Elementary school and then EESS. His mother still lives just outside Port Bruce and his dad lives in Turkey Pt. His three brothers live in southwestern Ontario.

After high school he attended Glendon College where he was President of the Student Union and graduated with an Hons. BA in International Studies. He worked for a short period and then studied abroad for a year and earned a Masters of Science in Environmental Studies. He returned to Canada but couldn’t find work so after 14 months in Toronto he accepted a job offer in the Netherlands in November 2012 and lived there until June 2014. He then lived in Norway for one year before moving back to the Netherlands. He currently works for Royal Dutch Shell as an Environmental Advisor both in Norway and the Netherlands. But his goal is to return to Canada permanently.

He applied for citizenship in April 2014 as he “never thought to apply before.” A Citizenship Judge ruled however against his request in February declaring he “wasn’t in the country for 1095 days in the four years before he applied, while he was studying and working abroad” and thus “according to the Citizenship Act, you’re not sufficiently “Canadianized””. His permanent residency had expired while his citizenship application was being processed. As of September, as well he won’t be legally allowed to fly home. On June 14, he sent a letter to the Immigration Minister requesting that the Minister review the expiration of his Permanent Resident status. His status expired 12 months after he had applied for Citizenship (March, 2015).

He adds: “I am being separated from my language and culture. I have only lived approximately 4 years of my life in the Netherlands. With my Canadian identity denied, I am being exiled to a country, culture, and linguistic context that I am barely familiar with and where I am a stranger.” Since the Facebook report he notes he has received an overwhelming volume of support coast to coast to coast from people “I didn’t even know.”.




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WEDNESDAY, June 29/16



*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again TUESDAY 




-Last day of school


-Thu -Aylmer Pool Swim, 1:30 pm

-Fri -Aylmer Pool Free Tim Hortons Swim, 1:30 pm

-Fri/Sat -Aylmer-Malahide Fair; Truck Tractor Pull (see Tue report)

-Fri -Aylmer, Malahide Canada Day events (see Tue report)

-Fri -Pt Burwell Canada Day Events; Parade at 11:30 am (see Tue report)

-Fri -Belmont Canada Day Events; Fireworks (see Wed report)

-Sun-Fri – Vacation Bible School at Open Bible Church/free/ 6:30-9 pm





(The Pt. Burwell water tower project has been ongoing for five weeks and was to be completed by the end of this week. Mike Taylor, Water and Waste Water Manager for Malahide, provides this update:) “The contractor originally anticipated that the tower painting project would be completed the last week of June. This date will not be able to be met. I believe we are likely 1-2 weeks away from completion followed by recommissioning of the tower which is a process in itself.”






(From Fire Chief Sam Taylor) – “On Friday June 26  around 11 am Aylmer Fire Dept. received a call on a structure fire on Warren St. Seven firefighters from Aylmer responded. The house was fully involved and there was heat damage to houses on each side. Malahide was called for Mutual Aid assistance, approximately 18 firefighters from Malahide #2 and #4 responded. Possible cause – electric range left on. The lady that was home heard the smoke alarm, then saw the fire in the kitchen and ran to the neighbours and had them call 911. We called one of the Malahide stations to help with the fire at the onset (about 10 firefighters) as all the firefighters were getting exhausted from the heat and the work. I called in a second Malahide station to do the overhaul and help pack up all the equipment.”





(Contributed by Sandra Price) – Activities on Canada Day in Belmont include: Bike Rodeo at 10 am, Decorative Bike Parade at 11:30. Hot Dog Lunch at Noon, Face Painting, Musical entertainment with Alan Charlebois from London 5-9:30 pm; Beef Dinner 5-7 pm, and Fireworks. This is the second year that the HUB (Help Unite Belmont group that is organizing the event) has set up what was formerly known as Info Alley – the HUB portion that has been renamed to Canada Day Market Square for local businesses to advertise their business/have displays and possible demonstrations. As well, the H.U.B.’s Summer FunDay and Canada Day joined “forces” last year (HUB Summer FunDay used to be held on the last or second last Saturday in June).





(Contributed by EESS teacher Jim VandenBrink) – “Teacher Craig Suffel is in charge this year. The camp will run from Monday July 11h to Friday July 15th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at EESS. The cost is free through sponsorship from OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program). The students be instructed in Technical Design, Green Industries/Horticulture and Woodworking shops. Parent permission forms are available in the school’s office. We have a limit of 45 students and 33 have registered to date. This is open to all grade 6 and 7 students.”




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TUESDAY, June 28/16





– Aylmer Pool open, 7-8:30 pm


-Thu -Aylmer Pool Swim, 1:30 pm

-Fri -Aylmer Pool Free Tim Hortons Swim, 1:30 pm

-Fri/Sat -Aylmer-Malahide Fair; Truck Tractor Pull (see Tue report)

-Fri -Aylmer, Malahide Canada Day events (see Tue report)

-Fri -Pt Burwell Canada Day Events; Parade at 11:30 am (see Tue report)

-Sun-Fri – Vacation Bible School at Open Bible Church/free/ 6:30-9 pm





(Contributed) – “Friday, July 1 (rain date: Saturday) will feature Aylmer and Malahide’s Canada Day events from 5 pm to dusk at the East Elgin Community Complex. Activities include: Dotsy’s inflatables, carnival games, mini golf, buggy rides, Trunk Sale etc..  There will also be public skating. At 7 pm join local dignitaries and Town Crier Dave Phillips for the official Canada Day Celebration and cake cutting ceremony. Stay for the fireworks display starting at dusk sponsored by the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer (by donation).


Canada Day entertainment at the EEC Complex features: 5 pm to 5:50pm –Sidetrack. Rock/alternative/pop; 6 pm to 6:50 pm -Traci Kennedy – country; 7:30 pm to 8:20 pm –Sidetrack, rock/alternative/pop; and 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm (dusk) –Johnny Wilson and the Shenanigans. Inside the EastLink Arena will be Studio Arts school of rock- kids music – from 5:30 pm to 6:20 pm and 7:40 pm to 8:30 pm.





(Information on Aylmer-Malahide Fair’s Truck and Tractor Pull at the fairgrounds this weekend is from Lynette Facey) – “This event was chosen by myself, Randy Laur and Steve Woolley as we enjoy going to other communities’ Truck & Tractor Pull events and thought that it would be a nice event to have (come back) to the Aylmer Fair Grounds. In early spring we were working very closely with Roger Stover in the planning of this event and Roger was so excited to have a Truck and Tractor pulling event coming to his home town (before he passed away), so this is why we are dedicating this pull in his memory.


We will be having pullers from all over Ontario and some state side friends. We have 2 regular pulling circuits coming. Friday we will be having the Ontario Mini Rods & Ontario Truck and Tractor Pullers Association and on Saturday it will be the South Western Ontario Tractor Pullers Association. As well, Friday night Connor Wilson will be performing on the stage immediately after the pull has concluded around 10 pm and Saturday night, Last Highway (St Thomas/London) will be performing on the stage around 10pm.





– June 20, 2016, Station #1 , #3, Lindley Street, Water Rescue

(*From Elgin OPP: Approx. 7:30 pm call for a disabled vessel. Resident of Port Bruce noticed a boat that was disabled. The boat was drifting east of the pier. Eventually the boat regained power and headed west.)

– June 20, 2016, Station #1, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– June 21, 2016, Station #2, Brook Line, Garage Fire (extinguished prior )

– June 21, 2016, Station #3, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– June 22, 2016, Station #2, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– June 22, 2016, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– June 25, 2016, Station #4, Wilson Line, Burn Complaint

– June 26, 2016, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– June 27, 2016, Station #2, College Line, Medical Assist





(Information on Canada Day activities in Pt. Burwell on Friday is from Chuck Buchanan) – “The Canada Day Parade 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. The winners of the Port Burwell Historical Society’s recent Draw will be rear seat passengers. There will then be greetings from Karen Vecchio, Federal M.P., Jeff Yurek, Provincial M.L.A., Bayham Mayor Paul Ens and Council members. There will be Canada Day Cake. There will be Children’s Activities at the Marine Museum. ‘Faded Denim’, a Family Music Group, will be playing in the Museum Parking Lot.”





(Contributed) – The following East Elgin businesses recently received Elgin Incentives grants. Simply Scoops of Pt Burwell got a grant for $9965 for a new illuminated sign, a new concrete pad for the outdoor patio, and the installation of air conditioning. Periscope Playhouse of Pt. Burwell received a grant for $12,641 for installation of new washrooms, an HVAC system and upgrades to the parking lot and a paved entrance ramp for accessibility. Elgin Feeds Ltd. of Aylmer got a grant for $ 11,660 for expansion of their building to allow for additional office space and for paving a portion of the parking lot for safety and convenience. Kebbel Funeral Homes Aylmer received a grant for $7,500 for stucco applied to the front of the building to make it more appealing and resilient to weathering. Showcase Realty Aylmer received a grant for $6822 for a new façade with more accessible doors, new windows and signage.





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MONDAY, June 27/16





-Tue – Aylmer Pool open, 7-8:30 pm

-Fri -Aylmer, Malahide Canada Day events





-Stewart, Gordon Paul of Eden passed away Thursday at the age of 76 years. Survivors: son John Stewart of Eden etc.. A graveside service will be held at the Eden Cemetery on Friday at 11 am. Arrangements through Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.


-Seimen, John Michael of Tillsonburg passed away Wednesday at the age of 55 years. Survivors: wife Cathy (Schweitzer) Seimen; daughter Johanna Seimen (fiancé Andy Wiebe of Aylmer); father John Seimen Sr of Aylmer etc.. A service will be held at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg  Monday at 11 am.





-June 20 – Both stations responded to a small structure fire on Plank Rd in Straffordville. A BBQ caught fire and spread to a nearby shed. No injuries and damage was estimated at $2500.

-June 21 – Both stations responded to a single vehicle MVC on County Rd 55.

-June 23 – Station 2 Straffordville responded to a medical assist on Eden Line.

-June 24 – Station 2 Straffordville responded to a burn complaint on Plank Rd.


-June 25 – Station 1 Port Burwell responded to the beach upon request of the Coast Guard. A mayday call from a boat had been received and contact lost. Fire was requested to stand by but were not needed.





-Innerkip 10 Pt Burwell (3-7) 5


-Glanworth 13 Straffordville (0-11) 7





(Contributed) – The St.Thomas/Elgin branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) has selected a Pt. Bruce home as one of its four area residential award winners. An award is being presented to the recently renovated Pt. Bruce ‘Castle’, owned by Al and Chris Mayhew. The annual awrds are designed to recognize community members and organizations which have contributed significant effort and resources into the architectural preservation of their community. The awards will be presented tonight at the St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre.




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THURSDAY, June 23/16





-Fri -Public Swimming at Aylmer Pool;  7-8:30 pm (Also, Sat and Sun aft.)

-Sat -Mennonite CS Breakfast, Auction; Fairgrounds (see Tue report)

-Sat –EEC Complex: Ontario Adult Youth Horseshoes Tourney, 10 am

-Sat -91st Battalion Anniversary Parade, 11 am; St. Thomas

-Sun – TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell hosts Innerkip 8 pm





-Tue – RailCity 3 Aylmer (3-3) 0





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – No charges were laid after a 9 year old girl playing in front of her Fath Avenue home was reportedly bitten in the waist by a dog walked by its owner Saturday at 9 pm. The owner was walking by with two dogs on leashes when she stopped to clean up after one of them. The girl approached one dog on its leash and the dog nipped the girl. The dog had all necessary vaccinations and is being kept in a voluntary quarantine for now by its owner.





(Contributed) – The summer reading club at the Aylmer Library this summer features these programs: Thursday July 7 from 3:30 – 4:30 Wild kickoff with Craig the science guy; Thursday, July 14 from 2- 3 Lego with Renee; Thursday July 21 from 2 – 3 Wacky Wigs; Thursday, July 28 from 6:30 – 7:30 Wet & Wild Evening Storytime; Thursday, August 4 from 2 – 4 Grand Finale – Ray’s Little Zoo presents Endangered Ontario. There are also County-wide prizes that Aylmer registrants can win (see County Library site) and the Aylmer Library has weekly prize draws and incentives/rewards for reading.





Special celebrations this weekend in St.Thomas will mark the 100th anniversary of the departure of Elgin’s own battalion, the 91st, to fight in World War 1. The 91st was formed from Elgin recruits -about 1100 in total – and had a massive sendoff parade in St.Thomas on June 25, 1916. About 150 of the group were from Aylmer and included Harry Blashill, brothers William and Clark Haight, Albert Barker, Charles Westbrook and Ewart Christie, all of whom would be killed in action.




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