Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, Feb. 9/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Shrove Tuesday

-EESS hosts: Boys Hockey Playoff v Glencoe

-EESS hosts: Sr Girls VBall v Parkside

 

-Wed. -Fanshawe Jobs Fair; EEC Complex; 11-8 pm  (see Jan 29 Report)

-Sat. -Yuk Yuks Show, Dance; Mal. C. Place; 8pm; For Springfield Brewers

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Livingstone, Lloyd of Vienna passed away Wednesday in his 79th year. Survivors: companion Evelyn Ellis; four children etc.. Lloyd was a former member of the Odd Fellows in Springfield and the Straffordville Lions Club. The funeral was held Friday; arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg.

 

-DeVries, Dorothy Betty of Mossley passed away Wednesday in her 59th year. Survivors: husband Randy DeVries; three children etc.. The funeral was held yesterday. Arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Herbert-Ashton Sherwood of Port Stanley passed away Saturday in his 91st year. Husband of the late Patricia (Vickers) Herbert (2005). Survivors: six children including Dan Herbert (Cindy) of Belmont and Dennis Herbert (Susan) of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Malahide and was retired from the Department of Highways. A private family service was held at Williams Funeral Home today.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(From Bayham Fire Chief Randy White)

-Feb 4: Both stations responded to a fully involved vehicle on fire in a field off Richmond Rd.

-Feb 7: Both stations responded to a report of a grass fire on Tunnel Line. A controlled burn got out of hand and we were called as a precaution.

-Feb 8: Both stations responded to a single vehicle rollover with entrapment on Culloden Rd.

 

 

EESS SPORTS MON.:

 

-GIRLS HOCKEY PLAYOFF – EESS 4 WCI 0

 

 

MAYORS’ BREAKFAST: MAYOR CURRIE

 

(Wednesday the East Elgin Mayors made brief remarks about 2016 at the Aylmer Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s Breakfast. Here is an excerpt from the speech from Aylmer Mayor Greg Currie:)

“…Our town’s Works Department is diligently working toward a new building. Building plans started before the term of the current council in office and I am proud to say that the Aylmer Council has confirmed the project and we hope to break ground for the new structure within this calendar year. The cost of the project is being managed by the town staff and will have zero effect on the tax base… There have been positive changes at the Community Complex. We have in place a new governance model and this council is working with our partners in Malahide…The Town of Aylmer is experiencing a good news/bad news story. The good news is that Aylmer Fire Service has purchased a good quality, previously owned fire truck. The bad news is that we bought it in the United States and we have fallen victim to the falling Loonie. Suffice it to say that when the fire truck is delivered in a couple of months, it will have saved the Town over $400, 000 compared to the price of a new truck.

…The Town of Aylmer’s tax levy dropped 3.3% last year for residential properties as well as having decreased in commercial and industrial amounts. The council, during this year’s budget deliberation will continue to examine the various town budgets and seek opportunities to keep taxes in check, and to lower these where possible…The Innovation Centre (in the old tobacco plant) is now in its second year of operation. The progress so far indicates numerous new ventures assisted. The interest from community members is growing fast and the many success stories include assisting new business ventures, helping in a renovation project, and helping with a new ownership transition business.

…The “library” issue has been on the table for too long. The current position is that the Aylmer Town Council is investigating options to either buy or lease a space within the BIA of Aylmer. However, there are two major considerations: First, a library expansion project cannot cost the ratepayers of Aylmer a significant amount of money affecting the tax rate. Second, the library does need to increase its footprint within the town, but we do have to be able to afford it…(And) No, I am not looking for an increase in pay. I am dead set against it and will not support it. The Council responded by referring that information and any potential discussions about an increase in remuneration to the budget committee. Other councillors, with whom I have conversed, sided with my position that this is not the time to consider any increase to our remuneration.”

 

 

BAYHAM CAR THEFT

 

(From Elgin OPP) – Police responded to a report of a male attempting to steal a vehicle from a residence on Talbot Line (Hwy#3) in the area of Heritage Line in Bayham Saturday morning. Police received a report around 10 am that a male had attempted to steal the complainant’s vehicle. The complainant confronted the male who fled on foot. Police were able to locate the male a short time later and arrested and charged a 20 year old Oxford man.

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL LAST NIGHT

 

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

-“Council agreed to enlist a real estate firm which would handle all realty purchase and sale negotiations on behalf of the Town, noting that all transactions will be subject to Council’s approval.”

 

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 8/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council 7pm

-Otter Valley Naturalists Meet; 7 pm; Vienna C. Centre

-EESS hosts: Girls Hockey Playoff v WCI

-Malahide Council Budget Meeting, 7 pm

 

-Tue. -Shrove Tuesday

-Tue. -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey Playoff v Glencoe

-Tue. -EESS hosts: Sr Girls VBall v Parkside

-Wed. -Fanshawe Jobs Fair; EEC Complex; 11-8 pm  (see Jan 29 Report)

-Sat. -Yuk Yuks Show, Dance; Mal. C. Place; 8pm; For Springfield Brewers

 

 

BAYHAM ACCIDENT

 

CORINTH – (From Elgin OPP) – A 31 year old Bayham man was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries after being involved in a single motor vehicle collision earlier this morning. Police responded to the collision around 7am.  A car traveling north on Culloden Road just south of Pressey Line left the roadway and travelled into the east ditch colliding with a small tree. The car struck the tree on the passenger side and the driver (lone occupant) had to be extricated by Bayham Fire Services.

 

 

SPITS UP 2-0 IN PLAYOFFS

 

THAMESFORD –  Aylmer Spitfires won the first two games of their best of seven opening playoff round against Thamesford in SOJHL C hockey on the weekend. Saturday in Aylmer, the Spits built a 4-1 lead and hung on to edge Thamesford 5-3. Josh Lockhart had two goals for the Spitfires with singles toing to Jesse Tottle, Luke Bettencourt and Ryan VanRoestel. Sunday, here, Aylmer outshot Thamesford 55-34 and connected for five power play goals. Derek Folkard had a hat trick and Bettencourt notched two markers for the Spits with singles going to Lockhart, Cody Underhill, Jesiah Sweetland, and Jake Morin. Game three is in Aylmer Saturday and game four is in Thamesford Sunday.

SUN. IN THAMESFORD

Period 2

Aylmer – Jesiah Sweetland (power play) (Jesse Tottle) 2:06

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (Dustin Dunlop) 3:35

Aylmer – Luke Bettencourt (power play) (Kyle DiCicco) 12:13

Period 3

Aylmer – Jake Morin (power play) (Jesse Tottle) 1:24

Aylmer – Josh Lockhart (Jesiah Sweetland, Luke Bettencourt) 2:17

Thamesford – Joey Wright (power play) (Kody Tremblay) 9:02

Aylmer – Derek Folkard (power play) (unassisted) 13:06

Aylmer – Derek Folkard (Jesse Tottle) 15:25

Aylmer – Luke Bettencourt (power play) (Ryan Van Roestel) 17:08

Aylmer – Derek Folkard (James Collins) 18:01

Thamesford – Matthew Smallman (power play) (Kody Tremblay) 19:14

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Jordan, Patricia Ilene “Eileen” of Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 79th year. Wife of the late Edward Henry Jordan (1997). Survivors: two children etc.. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 pm Wednesday at the Kebbel Funeral Home. The funeral mass will be held at 11 am on Thursday at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church.

 

-Crosby, Sharon of St. Thomas and formerly of Aylmer passed away on Friday aged 68. Survivors: husband Russell Crosby; one child etc.. She was a co-owner with her husband of Crosby Homes, a former member of St. Thomas City Council 1994-2003 and a past member of the Aylmer Curling Club. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Church St. Thomas on Friday at 10 am.

 

-Wilkinson, Lillian of Orillia, formerly of Aylmer, passed away Wednesday in her 94th year. Wife of the late John (Jack) Wilkinson (2000). Survivors: one son etc.. She was a long time member of the Colonel Talbot Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and was a former member of the Aylmer Sweet Adelines. The funeral service was held at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Saturday.

 

-Mayos, Frederick Charles of Springfield passed away Thursday in his 77th year. Survivors: wife Lois (Ostrosser) Mayos; three children etc.. Fred owned and operated G.F. Lea-Wood Const.C. Ltd. A service was held on Saturday; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

MAYORS’ BREAKFAST: MAYOR ENNS

 

(Wednesday the East Elgin Mayors made brief remarks about 2016 at the Aylmer Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s Breakfast. Here is an excerpt from the speech from Bayham Mayor Paul Enns:)

 

Q- What is your municipality doing to attract new businesses/agri-business? – “…From an administrative and operational level the Municipality has refined development application approval processes turning around applications promptly. This removal of red-tape saves costs for all parties involved. The Municipality is an active participant of SCOR and has again committed to SCOR for another year. The Municipality also remains committed to the Elgin County Economic Development Group and the efforts made by that talented Department including being champions of the Elgincentives program.”

Q- What marketing are you doing for your municipality to bring residents/tourists/businesses? – “…The Municipality has made an effort to embrace new markets with more efficient utilization of technology. The Municipality recently launched a new website, which more adequately reflects the image of Bayham and provides the community and visitors with a wide array of community and tourism options. The Municipality continues to produce event brochures and attend area tradeshows and partners with the County on the same. The Municipality has most recently engaged in a process to develop a Community Energy Plan to focus on Bayham’s roots of alternative energy and energy efficiency to cement the image of Bayham as a green, environmentally responsible Municipality.”

Overview – “…Generally, Bayham is in the midst of a lot of positives. Through administrative and operational changes, including the digitization of processes, more projects and work are being assessed by Council and completed by staff to the benefit of the community.  Facilities and festivals in 2015 were stronger than ever, and if all goes accordingly they look to be even bigger and better in 2016. Looking forward in 2016 Bayham will see a rejuvenated Straffordville Community Centre, a new Corinth Pavilion, a Storm Sewer EA, consolidation of facility footprint between Water/Wastewater and Public Works and significant ditching and brushing and road improvement programs to elongate the life of linear assets.”

 

 

ONTARIO TANKARD IN BRANTFORD

 

Thursday and Friday results from the Ontario Mens’ Curling Tankard in Brantford – Aylmer’s Craig VanYmeren is the third on the Ingersoll team skipped by Joe Frans.

-Frans 7 Dickie 2

-Frans 8 Ferris 5

-Epping 11 Frans 8

-Balsdon 9 Frans (5-5) 8

*Frans finished fifth; top four teams advance to playoffs

 

 

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THURSDAY, Feb. 4/16

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Friday

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Thu-Sat. -ACT Presents: Heroes; OTHall Theatre; 8pm (see ad)

 

-Fri -Eastlink Ch. 10 – London Knights v Owen Sound

-Sat. -Playoffs -Aylmer Spitfires host: Thamesford; 7:30 pm

-Sun -Playoffs Game Two – Aylmer at Thamesford, 3:30 pm

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Holden, Joan Marie of Port Bruce died Tuesday aged 75. She was born in Nova Scotia. The funeral service will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home London on Friday at 11 am with visitation beginning at 10 am.

 

 

ONTARIO TANKARD IN BRANTFORD

 

Wednesday’s results from the Ontario Mens’ Curling Tankard in Brantford – Aylmer’s Craig VanYmeren is the third on the Ingersoll team skipped by Joe Frans.

-Howard 9 Frans 2

-Bye

-Frans (3-3) 9 Tuck Jr. 8

 

 

MAYORS’ BREAKFAST: MAYOR MENNILL

 

(Yesterday the East Elgin Mayors made brief remarks about 2016 at the Aylmer Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s Breakfast. Here is an excerpt from the speech from Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill:)

“We began the year developing a strategic plan for the Township that focuses on maintaining and improving our road system. We envision converting most of our gravel roads to tar and chip; in the long run, it is cheaper to maintain a hard surface road… Moving into 2016 we are looking forward to making some significant improvements in Wonnacott Park and around the pier in Port Bruce with the financial assistance of a Canada 150 grant. We hope to develop a Community Improvement and Beautification Plan for Springfield this year.

I’m looking forward to seeing construction of the new Dexter line as well as moving the waterline to the new road allowance. The tender has been granted… I am waiting for permission from the province to begin the construction of the new Terrace Lodge. Everything is ready to go, the county has their share in place and we just need final financial commitment from the province.

I would like to explain the importance of having a solid reserve The best way for council to meet the ‘pay as you go’ mandate is to save a little each year until there are sufficient funds for the project. Most if not all municipalities have reserves. Reserves are ear marked for specific types of future capital works which may include items such as fire trucks, bridge replacement, or road reconstruction. Some years, when many expenses occur in a short period of time significant withdrawals may be made. Alternatively, if the capital asset is not due to be replaced for a couple of years, those funds remain in the reserve until they are needed. When there are higher balances in the reserve, the staff invest those funds temporarily to obtain the higher interest rates. I’m happy to say that this funding method leaves Malahide in a sound financial position.

In closing, as I travel around Malahide Township, I am amazed at the entrepreneurialism and ingenuity of our residents in business and the dedication so many of you demonstrate in volunteering and helping the people around you.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Mayors Breakfast; German-Can. Club Lounge; 7:30 am

 

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

-Thu-Sat. -ACT Presents: Heroes; OTHall Theatre; 8pm (see ad)

-Fri -Eastlink Ch. 10 – London Knights v Owen Sound

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host: Thamesford (playoffs); 7:30 pm

-Sun -Playoffs Game Two – Aylmer at Thamesford, 3:30 pm

 

 

ONTARIO TANKARD IN BRANTFORD

 

Tuesday results from the Ontario Mens’ Curling Tankard in Brantford – Aylmer’s Craig VanYmeren is the third on the Ingersoll team skipped by Joe Frans.

-Harris 10 Frans 5

-Frans (2-2) 6 DeRuelle 3

 

 

PLANS FOR STRAFFORDVILLE HALL

 

(Information from Bayham’s Assistant Clerk Brenda Gibbons) – At a recent meeting of Bayham Council, the following resolutions were passed concerning plans for the re-opening of the Straffordville Community Centre:

-Council provide staff direction to develop a management agreement for the Straffordville Community Centre based on the Registered Not-for-Profit model/Registered Entity model.

-Council provide staff direction to coordinate the development of a tender for the SCC (for repairs)

 

 

EESS GRADS IN UNIVERSITY SPORTS

 

Aylmer’s Averi Nooren scored a goal as the first place University of Guelph womens’ hockey team defeated Queens 3-0 Saturday in OUA action. Guelph, 16-2-1 and still top ranked in Canada, plays York and Windsor in games this weekend.

 

The Brock University womens’ basketball team (7-4) defeated Guelph 58-53 in OUA play last Wednesday. Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen started for Brock and scored 12 points. Brock plays again this weekend against fourth ranked Ryerson.

 

 

UPCOMING LIBRARY PROGRAMS

 

-Until February 27th if you use your library card five times you receive a free small beverage or doughnut at Aylmer Tim Hortons.  As well, Food for Fines is in effect until February 20- you can bring in food products to pay for outstanding fines.

-Lego in the Library is on the last Saturday of the month from 1:30 – 2:30; Ages 8-12 – a drop In Program with Books & Blocks.

-Adult Book Club starts Friday at 10.30 am. “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” / by Cheryl Strayed

-Children’s Programs: Family StoryTime begins Tues., Feb.19 for children with their caregivers – share stories & activities. Children’s Choice begins Thurs., Feb. 21 -Stories, songs, finger plays & crafts. Both programs begin at 11 am.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Feb. 2/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed. -EECC Board Meeting, 7pm

-Wed. -Mayors Breakfast; German-Can. Club Lounge; 7:30 am

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

-Thu-Sat. -ACT Presents: Heroes; OTHall Theatre; 8pm (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host: Thamesford (playoffs); 7:30 pm

-Sun -Playoffs Game Two – Aylmer at Thamesford

 

 

EAST ELGIN RAINFALL WARNING

 

(At 1 pm; from Environment Canada; for East Elgin) – “Rain is forecast to spread into the region this evening. The rainfall will be heavy at times, mainly through the overnight hours, and may be accompanied by a thunderstorm or two. Total rainfall amounts up to 30 mm are likely by the time the rain tapers off on Wednesday morning. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Paquette, Wietske “Marilyn” (nee Hulst) of St. Thomas passed away Friday in her 78th year. Survivors: husband Larry Paquette; four children; three stepchildren. She was born in the Netherlands. A service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, St Thomas on Thursday at 11 am.

 

 

ONTARIO TANKARD IN BRANTFORD

 

MONDAY – Results from the first day of the Ontario Mens’ Curling Tankard in Brantford – Aylmer’s Craig VanYmeren is the third on the Ingersoll team skipped by Joe Frans.

1-Bice 6 Frans 3

2-Frans (1-1) 7 McLean 5

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL LAST NIGHT

 

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

-That Resolution No. 21-16 dated January 18, 2016 about Library Options (Issuing an RFP) be rescinded

-That Council endorses Staff to issue an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a library building space to determine potential existing space available; it being noted that the document will include: a statement that the EOI is issued to invite parties to demonstrate their interest;

-and further that the process represents an inquiry that may not result in proceeding with a leased/purchased space at this time – it being noted that the following details (Option #2 for leasing and buying) will be included:- 5 year lease with 5 year renewal, include purchase option, approximately 6,000 to 8,000 sq.ft,, to be located within the BIA boundary area.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

NEW AYLMER DOCTOR

(Information from Claudia Mior-Eckel, Executive Director, East Elgin Family Health team:) –  A new family doctor started practising in Aylmer recently as a member of the East Elgin Family Health team. She is presently only taking on patients who were left without a doctor following the recent retirement of Dr Monika Botschner. Dr Berna Benhabib is from Toronto, is full time, is in her first practice and is a graduate of the medical school at McMaster. Added Mior-Eckel: ”Our priority will be to take back patients from our catchment area which is Aylmer, Bayham and Malahide.”

 

 

NEW ROOF AT TRINITY ANGLICAN

 

(Information on the challenges of installing a new roof on Trinity Anglican Church on John St. north in Aylmer is from Pastor Robert Clifford) – “We first noticed a year ago last fall that we were picking up pieces or roofing material on the ground. A metal roof was chosen and Metal Roof Outlet of Courtland were contracted to do the work. To fund the project we made application to the Anglican Foundation and borrowed from the parish trust funds. The roof was completed in about a week in mid January. The church is also home to regular meetings of AA., for the Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic satellite office and the monthly board meetings of Fresh Start Maternity Supports.”

 

A new roof

A new roof was recently added to Trinity Anglican Church in Aylmer. (Contributed)

 

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 1/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Malahide Council Budget Session, 7pm

 

-Wed. -EECC Board Meeting, 7pm

-Wed. -Mayors Breakfast; German-Can. Club Lounge; 7:30 am

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

-Thu-Sat. -ACT Presents: Heroes; OTHall Theatre; 8pm (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host: Thamesford (playoffs); 7:30 pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Anger, Nancy Louise, 56, of Belmont passed away on Wednesday. Survivors: husband Murray George Anger; one child etc.. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

 

-Froese, Heinrich “Henry” of Chartwell Aylmer passed away on Sunday in his 86th year. Husband of the late Agatha (Teichroeb) Froese (2014). Survivors: 10 children, 27 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren etc.. He was born in Mexico and worked as a farm labourer and a welder in this area. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Bradley Street Church of God on Thursday at 1 pm.

 

 

MOST PT. EVER FOR SPITS; GOALIE IS MVP

 

AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires concluded their league season with a pair of wins over Thamesford in SOJHL C hockey on the weekend. Friday in Thamesford, Aylmer scored all three of their markers in the second period and hung on for a 3-2 victory. Jesiah Sweetland, Cody Underhill and Luke Bettencourt connected for the Spits. Saturday at home, Aylmer’s leading scorer Cody Underhill fired two goals with singles going to Luke Vanderspank and Jesse Tottle as the Spitfires triumphed by a 4-1 margin. Aylmer finished in third place in the nine team league with 26 wins and 14 losses. Aylmer will play Thamesford in the first round of playoffs beginning this Saturday in Aylmer.

 

According to Spitfires Executive Charlie Roloson today, Spits’ goalie Andrew Harriman-Duke has been named the league MVP and is the All-star goalie. He broke a franchise record with 19 wins – the previous mark was 17 wins in the 2007-2008 season. Harriman-Duke played Jr. “B” last year for Lambton Shores – he was traded to Aylmer in the off season.

Also this year’s group broke a franchise record for a Spitfires team with 52 points (40 game season) – previously their best was 49 points in 2007-8 (36 game season). The winning percentage is almost exactly the same, however, this year being .650 with a mark of .638 in 2007-8.

 

SAT. Vs. THAMESFORD:

Period 1

Aylmer – Luke Vanderspank (power play) (Jake Morin, Cody Underhill) 4:21

Period 2

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (Jake Morin, Kyle DiCicco) 17:24

Period 3

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (Jake Morin, Brett Dzyngel) 0:24

Aylmer – Jesse Tottle (power play) (Jesiah Sweetland, Luke Bettencourt) 10:57

Thamesford – Michael Nutt (Ian Burdett) 16:51

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– January 25, 2016, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– January 27, 2016, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– January 28, 2016, Station #3, Hacienda Road, Alarm Malfunction

– January 29, 2016, Station #4, Avon Drive, Medical Assist

– January 30, 2016, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– January 31, 2016, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

 

 

VANYMEREN AGAIN IN TANKARD

 

Craig VanYmeren, a member of the Aylmer Curling Club, is the third on the Ingersoll team skipped by Joe Frans that has qualified for the Ontario Mens’ Tankard Curling Championships beginning today in Brantford. Craig was on a St.Thomas team that competed in last year’s Tankard. Craig, 26,  was on the Canadian Junior Mens’ Championship team in 2010.

 

 

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FRIDAY, Jan. 29/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri-Sun. (Sun 2pm) ACT Presents:Heroes; OTHall Theatre; 8pm(see ad)

-Fri -Eastlink ch. 10: London Knights host Erie, 7:30 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host: Thamesford, 7:30 pm

 

-Mon -Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Mon -Malahide Budget Meeting, 7pm

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

Jan 30 NO SCHOOL BUSES

The TVDSB and the LDCSB have announced that Elgin school buses are cancelled today due to weather conditions. Schools closed include: New Sarum, South Dorchester, and Summers Corners (not Assumption). Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer is also closed. Due to its exam schedule, today is actually a PD day for EESS.

 

FEB 2 SCHOOLS CLOSED

The TVDSB and the LDCSB have announced that Elgin school buses are cancelled and schools are closed today due to weather conditions. Said Kris Badder of Badder Buslines in Aylmer: “As you can probably guess, buses are cancelled and schools are closed due to the poor driving conditions and sheer amount of snowfall over the night and into this morning.”

 

 

FANSHAWE JOB FAIR AT EECC FEB. 10

 

Fanshawe College Continuing Education of St.Thomas Elgin is hosting a Job Fair at the EEC Complex on Wednesday February 10. As well they will be hosting a drop-in after the event, from 4:30-8 pm for College information. Said Ross Fair Chair of Fanshawe/St.Thomas Elgin: “The event has two objectives: It provides an opportunity for employers and job seekers to come together to discuss the potential filling of job vacancies that may be upcoming. Second, the College is looking to expand its capacity to deliver part-time studies, workshops and general interest courses in Aylmer and East Elgin. To do that, a necessary first step is to explore what learning needs and wants are important to residents through informal conversations that will take place in the afternoon and evening portion of the event.”

 

 

MAYORS BREAKFAST WED.

 

The Aylmer Chamber of Commerce will sponsor their annual Mayor’s Breakfast next Wednesday beginning at 7:30 am in the back lounge of the German Canadian Club. Each of the local three Mayors – Aylmer, Malahide and Bayham – will make an address. Deadline for registration is today.

 

 

AYLMER BOOK:

 

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

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

 

 

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THURSDAY, Jan. 28/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed/Thu -OUA Skating Invitational; EEC Complex; Noon-9pm; (Thu. -8am-5pm)

-Thu-Sat. (Sun 2pm) ACT Presents:Heroes; OTHall Theatre; 8pm(see ad)

 

-Fri -Eastlink ch. 10: London Knights host Erie, 7:30 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host: Thamesford, 7:30 pm

 

 

SPITS 3 LUCAN 2

 

LUCAN – The third place Aylmer Spitfires edged Lucan 3-2 here last night in SOJHL C action. Luke Bettencourt scored twice and assisted on the winner by Jake Morin to pace the Spits. Aylmer’s record is now 24 wins and 14 losses with two games to play. This weekend they have a home and home series with Thamesford – Friday away and Saturday hosting.

Period 1

Lucan – Nathan Marcil (power play) (Ian Vandenheuvel, Mitch Morin) 1:52

Lucan – Noah Campbell (Connor Lyttle) 4:13

Period 2

Aylmer – Luke Bettencourt (Brady Rysdale (APM)) 18:22

Aylmer – Luke Bettencourt (James Collins, Kyle DiCicco) 19:53

Period 3

Aylmer – Jake Morin (power play) (Luke Bettencourt) 7:20

 

 

SPRINGFIELD 3RD IN SCHOOLS RECYCLING

 

(Information from Lisa Shackleton) – Springfield Public School is currently in third place in the Ontario Schools (Household) Battery Recycling Challenge. The contest began in October and ends on February 16. The competition was open to the first 125 elementary and secondary schools in the province to register. Scores are calculated based on the average kilogram collected per student enrolled at the school. Anyone who wishes to donate batteries can drop them off at the school. There are cash prizes for this challenge.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Morris, Robert L.  of Aylmer and formerly Tilbury passed away Wednesday. Predeceased by his wife Edna (1998). Survivors: partner Noreen Phillips etc.. Bob was a district representative for National Grocers. There will be no funeral; arrangements with Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY:

 

Among agenda items for the regular meeting of Aylmer Council this coming Monday are:

-discussion on a staff request for an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the library building space to determine potential existing space available, it being noted that the document will include a statement that the EOI is issued to invite parties to demonstrate their interest.

-a request by Co. Laur that Council give consideration to enlisting a real estate firm which would handle all reality purchase and sales negotiations on behalf of the town.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed/Thu -OUA Skating Invitational; EEC Complex; Noon-9pm; (Thu. -8am-5pm)

-EESS Exams begin

 

-Thu-Sat. (Sun. 2pm) -A.C.T. Presents: Heroes; OTHall Theatre; 8 pm (see ad)

-Fri -Eastlink ch. 10: London Knights host Erie, 7:30 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host: Thamesford, 7:30 pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Streib, Dr. David Frederick Streib of Russell, Ontario formerly of Aylmer passed away Saturday in his 66th year. Survivors: four children; siblings: Dr. Kurt (Janet) Streib of Orleans, Michael Streib (Brenda), Jane Streib, both of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Aylmer and in 1978 established the Orleans Veterinary Hospital. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at the Heritage Funeral Complex in Orleans with a memorial service there Friday at 2 pm.

 

-Greenfield Bev of Vienna passed away Monday in his 55th year. Survivors: wife Brenda Steffler; one child and one step child etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Friday from 7-9 pm where the Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 1 pm.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– January 18, 2016, Station #3, Century Line, Medical Assist

– January 22, 2016, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– January 23, 2016, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– January 24, 2015, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

 

 

EESS GRADS IN UNIVERSITY SPORTS

 

Aylmer’s Averi Nooren had a goal and an assist as the first place University of Guelph womens’ hockey team defeated Ryerson 5-2 Saturday in OUA action. Guelph, 15-2-1, and still top ranked in Canada, plays Queens this Saturday in their only game this week.

 

The Brock University womens’ basketball team (6-4) lost 66-62 to UWO in OUA play last Wednesday. Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen started, scored 12 points and led her team in rebounds. Brock plays again tonight against Guelph.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

ELECTRIC VEHICLE UNIT FOR AYLMER 

(An electric vehicle charging station was placed in Aylmer’s east municipal parking lot in December. More information is from Jennifer Reynaert, Town Administrator) –  “(It is usable but) Aylmer does not have the ability to charge for its use to date. The technology is currently not available in Canada as I understand. The costs are very minimal simply because there are very few vehicles on the road at the moment.  The current system allows for people who own an electric vehicle to get the closest location for charging on a GPS system. If Aylmer shows up, we bring visitors to our community who need to charge their vehicle and perhaps shop in our downtown while waiting. The location we chose was intended to enhance that potential. This was a pilot project for us and if successful staff certainly would recommend more.” (Chartwell also has a unit.)

 

 

COMMENTS: EECC HALL USAGE

 

(TANews recently invited comments on what could be better uses of the halls/programs at the EEC Complex):

Alysha Steel – Any programs for kids – dance programs, tap, jazz, ballet, yoga

Tina Harder – Change costs, many people go elsewhere because of costs

Esther Abrams Fehr – Dance classes would be nice for kids

Terri Spenard Catherwood – Squash courts, gym. Make it more like an activity center

Georgina Blankenship – I have been instructing fitness classes at EECC for a year and can definitely see space dedicated for exercise for all ages

Tom Brewer – After school public skating for 2-3 days a week

Sharon Durrell Wharton – Allow community groups use of the facilities to have meetings, registration drives without charging a huge fee

Michelle Renee Grech – Have a teen centre like St Thomas, they have great programs

Mj Huller Mackenzie – Indoor sport leagues such as basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, floor hockey, soccer. Make it feasible to rent space for small group classes like art, painting, pottery, sewing, crafting

Jamie Pettit Harder – Use one rink for roller skating/blading in off seasons. Have kids concerts there instead of at the library

Beau Dawson – A fitness gym. One with flexible rates

 

 

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TUESDAY, Jan. 26/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EECC Seniors Day Out; 9:30 am (see Jan 18. report)

-Aylmer Library Literacy Program; (see Jan. 19 report)

 

-Wed -OUA Skating Invitational; EEC Complex; Noon-9pm; (Thu. -8am-5pm)

-Wed. -EESS Exams begin

-Thu-Sat. (Sun. 2pm) -A.C.T. Presents: Heroes; OTHall Theatre; 8 pm (see ad)

-Fri -Eastlink ch. 10: London Knights host Erie, 7:30 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host: Thamesford, 7:30 pm

 

 

COMMENT ON TANEWS FACEBOOK:

*What programs/activities/policies should the EECC offer in order to make better use of the hall?

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Forsdike, John Philip of Aylmer passed away Sunday in his 71st year. Survivors: wife Barbara Anne (McGrenere) Forsdike; three sons including William Forsdike(Danielle) of Aylmer etc.. He taught at East Elgin Secondary School and was a member of the Aylmer Curling Club and the Aylmer Police Services Board and was a former Rotarian. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 11 am.

 

-Esseltine, Betty Irene of Aylmer passed away Friday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Dewey Merle Esseltine. Survivors: three children etc.. She was born in Michigan and had worked as a telephone operator for Bell and later Amtelecom. A memorial will be held a later date. Arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Durdle, Dylan Michael of St. Thomas and formerly of Aylmer passed away Tuesday, January 19 in his 21st year. Survivors: mother Nancy Annett(Lance); father Duane Durdle of Alberta; three siblings; Grandson of Harold and Marie Pake of Aylmer etc.. Dylan worked at the Call Centre for Starwood Resorts in St. Thomas. A Private Family Service was held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

-Stevens, Evelyn Jean (Herron) Stevens of Eden passed away January 18 at the age of 87 years.  Wife of the late Frederick Joseph Stevens (2007). Survivors: two children etc.. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements through Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg.

 

 

SPITS WIN; 3 GAMES LEFT

 

AYLMER – Cody Underhill had a hat trick and two assists to lead Aylmer Spitfires to a 8-1 thrashing of North Middlesex Saturday here in SOJHL C hockey. Other goals were scored by Luke Bettencourt, Derek Folkard, Ryan Vandenbroek, Jake Morin, Josh Lockhart and Kyle DiCicco. The Spitfires outshot NM by 47-21. Aylmer’s record is now 23 wins and 14 losses. This week they travel to Lucan Friday and have a home and home series with Thamesford this weekend – Friday away and Saturday at home – to finish their league schedule.

 

Period 1

Aylmer – Luke Bettencourt (power play) (Cody Underhill, Jake Morin) 4:16

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (power play) (Jake Morin) 19:28

Period 2

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (Jake Morin, Kyle DiCicco) 1:06

Aylmer – Derek Folkard (Robert Shaw, Jesse Tottle) 9:54

Aylmer – Ryan Vandenbroek (Kyle DiCicco, Robert Shaw) 13:02

Aylmer – Jake Morin (power play) (Cody Underhill) 18:25

Period 3

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (power play) (James Collins, Ryan Vandenbroek) 0:56

Aylmer – Josh Lockhart (power play) (Robert Shaw, Derek Folkard) 3:16

North Middlesex – Josh Miller (penalty shot) 4:45

Aylmer – Kyle DiCicco (Jesiah Sweetland) 6:14

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

-Jan 18 – Medical call on Culloden Rd for Station 2 Straffordville.

-Jan 19 – CO call on Victoria St for Station 1 Port Burwell.

-Jan 20 -Vehicle fire in driveway on Plank Rd in Eden.

-Jan 23 -Medical call at the Motocross Arena at Chesterman’s on Bayham Drive.

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-SR BOYS BBALL – EESS (8-1) 71 Glencoe 16

 

 

PT. BURWELL HYDRANTS VANDALIZED

 

(Information from Bayham Fire Chief Randy White) – “Over the last several months, a half a dozen fire hydrants on the west side of Port Burwell have been deliberately vandalized. The hydrants have been fully opened then the valve connecting rod over-torqued and broken. This leaves the hydrant charged and it cannot be shut off. Thus the hydrant is left in an unserviceable state should we require it for a house fire. Crews would not necessarily know the hydrant is charged and may start to take off the caps to connect hoses. With 60 psi of water pressure, the cap may come off with enough force to injure.

 

With that hydrant out of service, fire crews would have to relocate to another hydrant, delaying fire suppression activities and putting property and lives at risk. If the vandalized hydrant is open and running water, it will significantly reduce the amount of water available for firefighting activities. In very cold weather, the water in the hydrant could freeze and burst the pipe or hydrant. At the very least, municipal crews now need to repair the hydrant which comes at a cost to all Bayham residents. I’m asking all Port Burwell residents to assist the municipality by keeping an eye out and reporting any suspicious activity to the OPP.”

 

 

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