Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


FRIDAY, April 24/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sex-Ed Curriculum Protest; Luton Hall; 6pm (See last Thu. story)

-Aylmer Comm. Choir, Band Disney Concert; OTH Theatre; 7pm; $10

-Fri-Sun  -Aylmer Home and Garden Show (see ad)

 

-Sat -Springfield Roast Beef Supper; Malahide Place; 5-7 pm; $18; 765-4021 

-Sat -Straffordville E-Cycle Depot; Comm. Centre Parking Lot; 9am- 1pm

 

-Next week: Aylmer Yard Waste pickup (Paper Bags, Day Before Garbage Day)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Hall, Dorothy Helen passed away Wednesday in her 95th year. Predeceased by husband, Norman ( 2012) whom she had lived with in Aylmer for 65 years. Survivors: daughter Cheryl Hill (Tom) of Aylmer etc.. A family memorial service will occur at a later date. Arrangements through the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Brooks, Mary Gay (Pettibone) of Nanaimo, BC passed away last Friday aged 72. She was a graduate of EESS. She taught and was a Visual Arts Consultant for 32 years with the Toronto District School Board. A private cremation was arranged.

 

 

MAYOR COMMENTS ON AYLMER BUDGET:

 

Aylmer Mayor Greg Currie comments on the 2015 town budget which was passed by Council Monday) - “I am very proud of the council and how it worked together. We worked hard to consider both the cost to the taxpayers and the need to keep town assets up to date. We are committed to addressing the Public Works Building as it is long overdue. I thank Councillor Laur for her diligence in Chairing the Budget Committee this year. I am also happy that the Police Service budget did not increase and actually decreased by 0.01%. We still have much work to do but I think this budget is a terrific start.”

 

 

AYLMER FIRE DEPT. REPORT:

 

-Wednesday April 22 – Assumption School called about gas odour @ 12:21 Gas odour was caused by a natural gas line breach by the water main construction contractor on John St. S.(by Harvey St.). NRG responded and repaired the gas line.

 

-Thursday April 23 – Call to shed fire ( attached to the house) on Elk St. @ 14:11. A fire in the rear of the home was noticed by a motorist, who stopped and notified the occupants and attempted to extinguish the fire until the fire department arrived. Cause is believed to be electrical.

 

 

HOME ALONE COURSE IN AYLMER

 

(Information on the Home Alone course is from Tarin Fotin, School Age Childcare Cordinator, St. Thomas YWCA) – “Our home alone program is a 5 week program where children aged 9-12 gain the basic skills to be safe while home alone. The program includes demonstrations, interactive activities and discussions. It is designed to help children and parents make the transition from supervised after-school care to safe self-care. Topics covered include: key safety, kitchen safety, the importance of house rules, how to handle emergencies, what to do if a stranger calls or comes to the door, how to leave for school on time, basic first aid etc..

 

We run the program during our Spring (April-June), Fall (September-November) and Winter (January-March) Sessions. Dates and locations for all of our Children’s Programming can be found on our website. The cost is $35. Presently it runs at the Aylmer library (led by Nancy Campbell)  on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 pm, it began April 13th. There is also a program at the Belmont Library (led by Kim Bandeen) – Thursdays 5:30 to 7 pm which began April 16th.

 

 

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THURSDAY, April 23/15

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

*New Exhibit this week: WWI-1915; Elgin Military Museum; Tues-Fri 1-5 pm/Sat.

-Malahide Council, 7pm

 

-Fri -Sex Ed Curriculum Protest, 6 pm, Luton Hall (see Thu. report)

-Fri -Aylmer Comm. Choir, Band Disney Concert; OTH Theatre; 7pm; $10

-Fri-Sun  -Aylmer Home and Garden Show (see ad)

-Sat -Springfield Roast Beef Supper; Malahide Place; 5-7 pm; $18; 765-4021 

-Sat -Straffordville E-Cycle Depot; Comm. Centre Parking Lot; 9am- 1pm

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, April 22/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Earth Day (no Aylmer events)

 

*New Exhibit this week: WWI-1915; Elgin Military Museum; Tues-Fri 1-5 pm/Sat.

-Thu -Malahide Council, 7pm

-Fri -Aylmer Comm. Choir, Band Disney Concert; OTH Theatre; 7pm; $10

-Fri-Sun  -Aylmer Home and Garden Show (see ad)

-Sat -Springfield Roast Beef Supper; Malahide Place; 5-7 pm; $18; 765-4021 

-Sat -Straffordville E-Cycle Depot; Comm. Centre Parking Lot; 9am- 1pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-MacDonald, Elaine Mary formerly of Vienna passed away Friday aged 98 years. Survivors: aunt of Pat Cole (Wayne) and John MacDonald (Maria) both of Vienna etc… The Funeral Service was held at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg yesterday.

 

-Jackson, Sandra Dove of Tillsonburg passed away Saturday. Survivors: two children including Laura Dove (James Fraser) of Springfield etc.. There is no prior visitation. The service will be held Saturday at 11 am at First Baptist Church, Tillsonburg. Arrangements through Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Goovaerts, Maria Martha formerly of Straffordville passed away Monday aged 100. Predeceased by husband Marcel Schroyens (1970).  Survivors: two children including Frank ( Monique) Schroyens of Straffordville etc.. She was born in Belgium. Visitation on Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm at Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg. The service will be held there Thursday at 10 am.

 

 

PT. BURWELL AUTHOR NOMINATED AGAIN

 

(Contributed) – The fourth annual Bloody Words ‘Light Mystery’ Award will be presented on May 29. The Canadian Bony Blithe award “celebrates traditional feel good mysteries.” Finalists include Pt. Burwell area author Janet Bolin for ’Night of the Living Thread’. It is her fourth consecutive nomination for this honour although she has never won. The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000.

 

 

BAYHAM BREAK AND ENTER

 

STRAFFORDVILLE – The Elgin OPP is investigating an early morning break and enter today at a residence near Arthur Street here. Police received a report around 5 am from a homeowner that someone had entered their residence. Prior to police arrival the suspect fled. As a result of the investigation however police arrested one male suspect without incident shortly before 10 am.

 

 

SENIORS DAY OUT AT EEC COMPLEX

 

The monthly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex will be held next Tuesday  from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The program includes: recreational activities (choice of adult skate, shuffleboard, or a fitness class), guest speaker Shelly McCallum of Aylmer Healing Waters on ‘holistic health’ and lunch. Cost is $10 and registration in advance is required.

 

 

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TUESDAY, April 21/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed -Earth Day (no Aylmer events)

-Thu -Malahide Council, 7pm

-Fri -Aylmer Comm. Choir, Band Disney Concert; OTH Theatre; 7pm; $10

-Fri-Sun  -Aylmer Home and Garden Show (see ad)

 

 

ONLY ONE SPEAKER AT BUDGET MEETING

 

Only one resident – former Mayor Jack Couckuyt – spoke and only three citizens were in attendance at the public budget meeting of Aylmer Council last night. Last year the meeting was held at the EEC Complex with 60 persons in attendance and 15 speakers. Mr. Couckuyt commented that he thought it was a very good budget and praised council for not using reserves to cut taxes. Council then approved this year’s budget which calls for a .52% levy increase. Last year’s levy increase was .64%; the previous year’s increase was .68%.

 

 

EESS SOCCER MONDAY:

 

-GIRLS – EESS 4 Glencoe 0; CECI 2 EESS 0

-BOYS – EESS 4 Glencoe 0; EESS 3 CECI 1

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT UPDATE:

 

-April 18 – Station 4, Station 3 – Grass Fire, Wilson Line – About 7:30 pm – vehicle in field, fire extremely hard to access. had to drag hose a long way into field to extinguish.

 

-April 19, Station 2, Station 1 – MVC – Springfield Road and #3 Highway-  2 vehicle MVC – about 8:30 pm (Information from Chief Brent Smith)

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

SURVEY- OTHER USES OF COMPLEX FACILITIES NEARBY

 

A survey of non-arena uses of inside recreational facilities in nearby towns reveals the following: the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Centre has a Fitness Centre and a Banquet Room; the Strathoy Gemini Sportsplex has a Banquet Hall; the Tillsonburg Complex has a Banquet Hall and a Health Club; the Victoria Park Community Centre at Ingersoll has a Fitness Room; the St. Marys Community Centre has an Older Adult Centre; and the Thames Centre Recreational Centre at Dorchester has a Seniors Center.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Pearce, Norman Francis of Aylmer passed away Monday in his 79th year. Survivors: wife Elizabeth “Liz” (Crookes) Pearce; three children including John Pearce (Tina) Pearce of Orwell etc.. Norm lived in Jaffa most of his life and was a retired tobacco and fruit farmer and was a member of Aylmer Ducks Unlimited. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Thursday at 2 pm.

 

-Ferris, Allen Paul of Aylmer passed away Monday in his 41st year. Survivors: companion Susan Wall; mother Debbie (Robinson) Ferris of Lyons etc.. Allan was a DJ and he worked as a Security Guard at the Ontario Police College. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 am.

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MONDAY, April 20/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council Public Budget Meeting, 6:30 pm

 

-Wed -Earth Day

-Thu -Malahide Council, 7pm

-Fri -Aylmer Comm. Choir, Band Disney Concert; OTH Theatre; 7pm; $10

-Fri-Sun  -Aylmer Home and Garden Show (see ad)

 

 

A.C.T. PLAY – GREAT KOOSHOG LAKE DERBY

 

(Synopsis contributed) – “For the  last 22 years the folks living in Kooshog Lake have sponsored a fishing derby, The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby. This year an accidental tourist joins the fun. James Bell, a financial advisor from the big city, gets “stuck” in Kooshog Lake for the weekend. The locals, Sienna Gray of Sienna’s Grocery, entrepreneur Rhonda Borkowski, antique store owner Melanie Morningside,  and bait store owner Kirk Douglas (that’s his real name), welcome James and over the course of the weekend all learn some life lessons. Featuring new comer Yvonne Taylor as Sienna, this play sees the return of several ACT thespians:  Mark Smith as James; Rob Faust as Kirk Douglas; Judy Cormier as Rhonda; and Judy Jacoletti as Melanie. Mary Morin is stage manager, Barbara Warnock is director. The Derby hits the boards with a preview on Thursday, April 30 and runs until Saturday, May 9 (see ad).

 

Sienna

Yvonne Taylor as Sienna and Judy Cormier as Rhonda rehearse for the upcoming A.C.T. play – the Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby. (Contributed)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Brunton, Thomas Alexander of Aylmer passed away Friday in his 74th year. Survivors: wife Sandra (Ingram) Brunton; two children etc.. He was born in Scotland and had been a member of Aylmer Lodge # 94 I.O.O.F and the Aylmer Masonic Lodge. Arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home. A family service will be held at a later date.

 

 

EESS ENVIRO CLASS WINS AWARD

 

(Contributed) – “The Environmental Leadership Program at EESS was presented with a 2015 National Recreational Fisheries Award Thursday. Under the direction of teacher Duncan Sinclair, Jr., the Program takes in more than 20 students per year to work on improving habitat in the Catfish Creek watershed. For more than 12 years, numerous students have taken a hands-on approach, outside of school hours, to enhance their region’s forests and fisheries, curb erosion, build stream banks and educate other students from local schools.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– April 13, 2015, Station #1,  Vienna Line, Medical Assist 

– April 14, 2015, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– April 14, 2015, Station #2, Springfield Road, Medical Assist 

– April 15, 2015, Station #4,  Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

- April 16, 2015, Station #4, 50658 Yorke Line, Grass Fire

– April 17, 2015, Station #3, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– April 18, 2015, Station #4 , #3, 50405 Wilson Line, Grass Fire 

– April 19, 2015, Station #2 , Station #1, Springfield Road, MVC

– April 20, 2015, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

 

 

PAUSE TO PLAY AT SCHOOLS NEXT WEEK

 

(Pause to Play Week is returning next week for local school children. Davenport, Immanuel Christian, Assumption,  McGregor and Mt. Salem schools are participating. Aylmer Co-Ordinator Penny Hilliker, a McGregor Public School teacher, provides the following events information:)

 

Sunday – Public Skating, Free admission with ticket from 1– 2:30 pm at the EEC Complex;  Monday – Zumba Fitness 6- 7 pm at Davenport School and Ball Hockey at Assumption school from 6-8 pm; Tuesday – Dodgeball Mania for Gr. 1-3 from 6-7 pm and Gr 4-8 from 7-8 pm at Immanuel Christian School; Wednesday – Guest Readers and Scavenger Hunt at the Aylmer Library from 6-8 pm (pizza and drinks after) and Bowling at Cy’s – 2 free games & shoes – from 5 – 8 pm; Thursday -Pan Am/Para Pan Games activities from  6 – 7 pm at McGregor School and Horseshoes 6 pm to dusk at rear of EEC Complex (Students under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult).

 

 

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FRIDAY, April 17/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

*All Week –Aylmer Brush Collection

-Schools PA Day

 

-Mon -Aylmer Council Public Budget Meeting, 6:30 pm

 

 

ICS ‘BATTLE OF THE BOOKS’

 

Immanuel Christian School

Immanuel Christian School hosted the annual ‘Battle of the Books’ competition yesterday featuring seven area Christian schools. Aylmer placed first in the senior event and second in the junior event. The winning ICS senior team is pictured, left to right, Amanda DeJong, Caleb Krahn, Luke Schuurman, Jessica Friesen, Emily Hill, Jennifer Klassen, and Grace Vording. (kb)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Klassen, Leroy David infant son of George and Susana (Sawatzky) Klassen of Aylmer passed away Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at Aylmer E.M.M.C. Church on Saturday at 3 pm with visitation one hour prior.

 

-Hendricks, Kathaleen of Tillsonburg passed away on Tuesday, aged 87. Survivors: two children including Chuck Hendricks (Pat) of Eden etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg Friday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm with the Funeral Service being held there Saturday at 1 pm.

 

 

100 YEARS AGO: AYLMER IN WWI 

 

YPRES, APRIL 1915

(This is one of several articles highlighting Aylmer’s role in World War One (1914-1918) during its one hundredth anniversary:) - One hundred years ago today, Canadian troops were moved into a sector by Ypres, Belgium for their first experience on the battlefront in World War One. Private Frank Betts of Copenhagen had volunteered as a dispatch runner and offered this view, printed in the Aylmer Express, of the attack by the Germans which occurred in the next few days.

“I know that 80% of the Canadians who went into this battle are casualties. I was given a dispatch for our third brigade six miles away and it said “You must hold the ridge at all cost”. I was told to go fast. The road was packed with refugees. As I was giving my dispatch an officer yelled. “They are coming” and not 500 yards away were the spiked helmets and caps of the Germans. We had no reinforcements as the French had retreated and the Germans outnumbered us 50 t0 1. We had five hours sleep in four days and my boots were on the whole time. The Germans are using poison gas but their losses are three times greater.” Canadians held their ground in this attack with heavy casualties. Private Betts later observed that “this must be the decisive battle of the war.” Actually the end was a long way off.

 

 

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THURSDAY, April 16/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

*All Week –Aylmer Brush Collection

 

-Bayham Council, 7pm

 

-Mon -Aylmer Council Public Budget Meeting, 6:30 pm

 

 

SEX-ED. PROTEST AT LUTON HALL

 

Eva Friesen-Klassen of Aylmer is organizing meetings next week to gather support in protest against the proposed changes in Ontario’s sexual education curriculum. The meetings, entitled ‘Save Our Childrens’ Innocence’, are slated for Friday April 24 from 6 to 9 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, both at the Luton Community Hall.

Eva, who was raised in Aylmer and attended local public schools as well as the Old Colony Mennonite school and who has children at both Davenport and McGregor, said she decided to seek community support for her concern that children are “too young to learn what they will be learning” in the new curriculum. She especially wants to educate the local Mennonite community on the proposed changes and so the meeting will feature addresses in both English and Low German.

The meetings are being held on both days in order to attract as many parents as possible and will feature a presentation on the changes and then allow parents to comment and sign a petition to forward to the Ontario government. Eva has contacted local churches to include the event in their bulletins and circulated posters in Aylmer to promote the meeting. She said she has had no contact with any other group in the province – a major protest was held by various groups at Queen’s Park on Tuesday – and is not planning on participating in a ‘Keep your child at home’ protest scheduled by some groups tomorrow. She does plan however to encourage parents at next weeks’ meeting to be part of’ Parents and Students On Strike’ - a protest where children are kept at home for a full week beginning May 4.

She said she had major concerns with most of the new document but didn’t know where to start and what to do about it until she thought of holding the local meeting; “I just thought we should stick up for what we believe in.”  Her specific objections: “There’s not a whole lot that is good in the new document. Talk about gender identity issues should come at a later age, their plan to talk about oral pleasuring in Grade 6 is not teaching that should be done in the schools and discussion on anal sex and diseases in Grade 7 should also be done at home. Most of what is being planned should be up to parents to educate at a later age appropriate time.”

 

 

EESS GIRLS’ SOCCER OUTLOOK

 

(Information from Coach Christy Halasz) – “We have lost a few key players this year, so it will definitely be a re-building year for us. Our focus will be on skill and position development. This year, we are AAAA, so that will be a factor when it comes to the play-offs and such since there are no other AAAA teams in the South-East division. Nicole Fitzgerald and I are co-coaching the team. We were in Western’s tournament yesterday and lost all of our games (STA 1-0, Lucas 3-0, and Medway 1-0). We have Tillsonburg’s tournament on May 1st. Unfortunately, we are unable to host a tournament this year because the fields are not available.”

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(From Chief Andre Reymer:) A 17 year old Malahide boy was charged with possession of marijuana after EESS administrators found a small quantity of the drug in his locker on March 30.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Segui, Captain Louie of Squamish, BC passed away April 9th, aged 74. Survivors: three brothers including Bil of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Aylmer and after graduation from EESS he obtained his pilot’s licence. In the following years he flew planes off the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure and flew Sea King helicopters and then had a career as a pilot with the Canadian Pacific Airlines until retiring in 2000. There will be no service.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, April 15/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week –Aylmer Brush Collection

-Thu -Bayham Council, 7pm

 

 

NEW AYLMER POLICE OFFICER

 

(From Police Chief Andre Reymer) – Charity Duckworth, 35, began her duties last week as Aylmer’s newest police officer. An opening was created by the retirement of Sgt. Michael McKnight. Charity is a native of St.Thomas and had six years experience working as an auxiliary with London Police and as a civilian guard with the Elgin OPP and Aylmer Police Services. Aylmer’s previous police addition occurred in 2011 with the appointment of Cst. Kevin Coudenys to replace Cst. Gus Lagrandeur.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE CHIEF RESPONDS

 

(Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer provides this reply to the information provided by Aylmer Co. Ted McDonald on Aylmer Policing costs in Monday’s TANews) – “In response to Councillor’s McDonald’s claims, Aylmer ranks 15th of 44 police forces which reported on the cost per capita for municipal police services in Ontario (Information was obtained from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs web site and the municipality’s financial information return (FIR) and the Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP) http://csconramp.mah.gov.on.ca/fir/ViewFIR2013.htm#4852 This is 2013 data as 2014 hasn’t been published yet.)

It clearly shows that we have sourced our information (Co. McDonald does not) and that our costs are in the middle of the list. He stated he couldn’t find any police service above Aylmer’s per capita cost- again where did he research this? (Editor: Aylmer’s cost is $344 per capita; the average on the list is $327; for others in the area: Woodstock is $394, Stratford is $329, St.Thomas is $300 and London is $273.)

Comparing Aylmer urban policing to Elgin County rural policing costs is also futile without discussing service delivery options and community expectations. It isn’t fair to either organization to be drawn into this without the proper process (which is currently in a moratorium until September). Co. McDonald also states Aylmer Police have 3 officers on 24 hrs a day (incorrect). We are staffed with platoons of three to maintain a minimum of two officers on 24/7. The third officer allows for vacations, training, court, etc.  Any change to this model would affect our ability to respond with two officers which is unsafe for the police and community. The Police Act is legislation that speaks specifically as to how police services are delivered and managed with specific roles and responsibilities to council and the PSB (Police Services Board). A provincial policing official has attended council on two occasions to educate and answer questions. This resource was not utilized and instead Co. McDonald chooses to read and interpret the Police Act legislation on his own. At PSB this evening (Tuesday) we felt it important to clarify the erroneous information being provided.”

(EDITOR: Aylmer also ranks 42nd of the 52 municipal police forces in Ontario in terms of crime severity occurrence. Commented Chief Reymer:  “The data…marks the Crime Severity Index from Statistics Canada and is often used to compare how safe our communities are. We have a lower crime than the provincial average and can boast we have a safe community. This is also as a result of having the right amount of officers. These statistics don’t happen by accident so to say we should downsize is counterproductive to keeping these statistics as they are ensuring community safety.”

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, April 14/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week –Aylmer Brush Collection

-Thu -Bayham Council, 7pm

 

 

NEW ELGIN LIBRARY COORDINATOR

 

(Contributed) – “The County of Elgin is pleased to welcome Mrs. Laura Molnar to the position of Library Coordinator for the Elgin County Library. She began her duties on April 13 and is replacing Ms. Sandi Burgess who has taken a position as Chief Librarian for the County of Middlesex effective April 20. Ms. Molnar will be responsible for the library’s technical services and will be leading the library’s migration to a new, robust integrated library system called Sierra by the end of 2015. She  possesses a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and has worked previously as a librarian with the London District Catholic School Board and the Dutton branch of the Elgin County Library.”

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“(Re-Co. Macdonald’s Report) I agree 100 per cent. It makes my tax blood boil when we see police cars sitting  idle at certain spots quite frequently.”  (John Mackenzie)

 

 

CANADA GRANT FOR SPRINGWATER

 

(Press Release Monday from Joe Preston, MP) - Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin Middlesex London, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, announced improved access for Canadians with disabilities to programs and services by reporting that the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority will receive $50,000 to build accessible washrooms at the Springwater Conservation Area.

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“I welcome Councillor McDonald’s aggressive approach to saving money for the ratepayers in the town of Aylmer. What i don’t understand is how our mayor alone can refuse to submit a written resolution from a councillor. I would think that the resolution should stand and either be defeated or passed by council as a whole. Please do not let this hinder you from continuing to press this council for further reduction of grossly overspending from not just the police dept. but various other dept. as well, namely the EECC.” (Bob Nesbitt)

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE ELECTRONICS APRIL 25

 

The Straffordville Community Committee will hold their fourth annual Electronics Recycling depot on Saturday April 25 from 9 am to 1 pm in the parking lot of the Straffordville Community Centre. Spokesperson Rosemary Gardner said her group raised over $1000 last year for the Straffordville Watermelon Fest with this project. The group also organizes an unwanted electronics depot in the fall.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

EECC REVIEW MEETING

“About 150 persons with some two dozen speakers were present at the EEC Complex Review public meeting in the Imperial Room of the Complex last night. About half the speakers had comments on the proposed relocation of the Aylmer library to the Complex. Among the speakers: Jim Crane of Malahide said a reorganization of the advisory group was needed and they should pay attention to the fact that the report said the EECC was greatly outspending other centres; Greg Currie of Aylmer representing the Aylmer Taxpayers Advisory Council said that the review provided the committee with “the tools you need” and they had to find “measurable results”; Bill Murch of Aylmer said the library needs to be downtown to stimulate economic interest and that the plan to relocate to the Complex was “simplistic, misguided political grandstanding.”; Larry Jeffery of Aylmer said the relocation of the library to the Complex was not convenient, the savings were minimal, those who were so critical of any library plans were not users and Aylmer Council needed to “back off and look at other options”; Toni Shields representing B.A.D. girls hockey said her organization had no plans to leave the Complex although they were always looking for user friendly facilities and they liked using the Hall for their end of season banquet; Mary Ann Vanbommel-Dwyaert of Dorchester, a prominent figure skating coach, said it’s wonderful to have the Complex and summer use was best for figure skating needs; Ron Martens of Aylmer said the complex is not generating enough activity and wondered if it is enough to have cheap taxes if children don’t have adequate facilities such as the Complex has to offer.”

 

 

CANADA FILM DAY IN AYLMER

 

The second annual Canada Film Day, sponsored by Reel Canada, will feature the film ‘The Breakaway’ at the Aylmer Library on Thursday, April 30 at 6 pm.

 

 

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MONDAY, April 13/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week –Aylmer Brush Collection

-Otter Valley Naturalists, 7pm, Vienna Comm. Centre

-Aylmer Council, 6:30 pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Ralf, Max of Aylmer passed away on Saturday in his 80th year. Survivors: wife Yvonne Ralf; nine children including Dave Ralf(Kelly Bush) and Darrel Ralf(Lily) of the Aylmer area etc.. He was born in Malahide and was a tractor mechanic. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am.

 

 

IMMANUEL HOSTS BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

 

(Information from Nancy Robinson of Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer) – “Battle of the Books is an annual competition – this is our 12th year –  run by the Christian schools of our district, involving a total of 7 schools. We are hosting on Thursday from 10:15 to 3 pm. At the end of October, interested students are given the list of 10 books for their division – Junior for Grades 4-6 and Senior for Grades 7-8. Since part of the goal of the program is to encourage children to read a variety of books, the selection often includes a combination of classics, new titles, Canadian authors, various genre, etc. that uphold the values we teach in our Christian schools.

 

A team consists of up to 6 students playing in a timed, head-to-head game with an opposing school. Students collaborate to come up with the correct answer. There are 2 parts to every “Battle”. Battle Round questions start with “In which book……” and include information about the settings, characters, themes or details. Students must respond with the correct book title and author. Lightning Round questions identify the title of the book and require students to answer as many of the designated fact-oriented details about the book as they can in 3 minutes. Battle Day is an exciting culmination of all their reading and studying.”

 

 

B.A.D. GIRLS AT PROVINCIAL HOCKEY

 

(Information from Toni Shields of the B.A.D. Girls hockey program (Belmont, Aylmer, Dorchester) on teams playing in the provincial championships this past weekend:  - “Our Senior B team won Silver and the Atom BB and Senior A made it to quarter finals.”

 

 

CO. MCDONALD: REDUCE AYLMER POLICING 

 

(At last Tuesday’s Council, Co. Ted McDonald attempted to pass this motion – “That Council make a request to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission for a reduction in the service level provided by the Aylmer Police Service as per the Police Services Act.” The motion was not allowed. He explains his rationale:)

“The following are some of the facts that I have gathered regarding policing costs in Aylmer: The Police Services Budget represents almost 1/2 of the total tax levy for the Town of Aylmer. (We cancelled planned renovations on the Police Station which would have put the cost of policing at over 52% of the Tax Levy). The 2001 census population in Aylmer was 7,158 – the 2011 census population in Aylmer was 7,151, so we have not seen any growth in our community. In the past 10 years the Police Service budget has risen on average over 5% per year or more than double the rate of inflation and remember that this is compound increases (5% on top of 5% on top of 5%, etc.).

We now have 9 officers on the Sunshine List. These nine town employees combined make over $1,000,000 or make up over 20% of the total tax levy (Put another way, 1 of every 5 of your Aylmer tax dollars goes to these nine town employees). With the other 80% if the taxes we have to meet all our other responsibilities. The cost per capita for Policing in Aylmer is $338.00 (338 X 7,151 people = $2,417,038 (Police Services Budget). The cost per capita for Policing in the Township of Malahide is $ 106.42  (106.42 X 9,146 = $973,347 (Police Budget). The premium that residents of Aylmer pay over their Malahide neighbours is 231.58 per capita or $ 1,656,028 or 33.3% of our total tax levy. I cannot find a single municipality in South Western Ontario  that has a higher per capita policing cost and I can find only one municipality in all of Ontario that has a higher per capita policing cost. When we sent the budget back to the Police Services board they responded with a mere $10,000 deduction in their budget ($339 per capita went to $338).

I believe from my research that Aylmer is in the top 1% of highest per capita policing costs in Ontario. When I read the Police Services Act, it specifies that when it comes to methods of providing municipal police services that all changes to police services are the responsibility of the town council. The Mayor believes that changes are the responsibility of the Police Services Board and would not allow my motion to be voted on.  The result was that my motion was not defeated but was not allowed to be voted on. Recently a local town officer commented that the town is dead on Friday and Saturday nights and the biggest reason for this is that Aylmer is practically a “dry” town and a low crime community. Recently Chief Reymer told us that Aylmer operates with a platoon of three officers on duty 24 hours per day, seven days per week. He also mentioned that Elgin County with 6 municipalities and 42,384 residents is policed by 4 officers on duty at all times. The costs of policing in Elgin average $145.00 per capita. The only way that I can see a reduction in the costs of our current police services for Aylmer is to reduce our level of staffing. There does not seem to be enough activity to justify having 3 officers on duty in our community.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– April 7, 2014, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– April 11, 2014, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist

– April 12, 2014, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

 

 

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