Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, Dec. 16/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wednesday, Thursday. 

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls VBall; Boys Hockey v CECI

 

-Wed-EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v PCI

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

-Fri -End of classes for elementary students

-Fri -Channel 5 – London Knights v Guelph

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

 

 

CHRISTMAS CARE DELIVERIES TUESDAY

 

(Aylmer Christmas Care boxes are being packed and delivered next Tuesday beginning at 9 am at Immanuel Christian School. Last year they served 366 families/1434 persons. They expect approximately the same numbers again this year. They could use the public’s help to deliver the filled boxes – volunteers, in pairs, should be at the school at 1 pm. Information on the history and setup of the program is provided by Carolyn Buis, Aylmer Christmas Care Co-Ordinator:)

 

“In 1990 we moved to Immanuel Christian School and packed around 200 boxes. They were packed in just under one hour. The setting up of the assembly line of groceries, bagging of the apples, oranges, cookies, sweet potatoes and packing of baby food takes all the prep time before. The arrival of the fresh produces, turkeys and hams and the donated goods that have been collected by schools, business and parades etc. all needs to be co-ordinated to their designated spots. We have approximately 75 volunteers ranging in age from 7 years to 80 years old.

 

The wrapping of the boxes occurs on the evening before we pack. It is very impressive in the morning to see the rows of wrapped boxes. The deliveries start as soon as the packing is completed. For Straffordville, Vienna and Port Burwell the boxes and the toys from the Optimists are picked up by members of the Lions Clubs and the Legion and then are distributed or picked up at the respective places. The length of time of delivery depends on the number of community members who show up to do this part of the project.

 

We follow Canada’s Food Guide to provide and encourage balanced and healthy eating ie. cereal, butter, cheese, canned milk, canned fruit and veggies, fresh lettuce, carrots, apples, oranges, canned meat, fresh turkey or ham depending on family size. Special treats of a package of cookies, candies and hot chocolate, jello and dessert topping are added. The donated/collected goods are added to the boxes also. These will vary in quantity and variety from year to year, but usually consist of dry and canned pasta and sauces (lots of kraft dinner and Mr. noodle), dry and canned soups, tuna, canned fruit and veggies and stove top stuffing and cranberry sauces etc. We have many individuals and families who return each year to lend a helping hand. We stand amazed every year at the number of volunteers.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-McNames, “Bill” William James FCGA of Aylmer passed away on Sunday in his 74th year. Survivors: wife Marilyn (Hawley) McNames; children Sheri (Jeff) Smith and Lori McNames Tremblay etc.. Bill worked with Den Harder McNames and Button Accountants and was a member of the Aylmer Shrine Club and the Aylmer Area Community Foundation. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church on Saturday at 2 pm with visitation from 12–1:45 pm.

 

-Oppel, Alfons Friedrich of Aylmer passed away on Monday in his 77th year. Survivors: wife Martha (Krebs) Oppel; three children including Alfred Oppel (Elizabeth) of Springfield, Monika Vandervalk (Tim) of Lyons etc.. He was born in Germany. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church Wednesday at 1 pm.

 

 

THEFT CHARGES FOR PT. BURWELL PAIR

 

(From Elgin OPP) – A 20 year old man and a 42 year old woman both from Pt. Burwell, as well a 26 year old St. Thomas man, have been arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and possession of illegal drugs after police executed two search warrants on residences in Port Burwell and St. Thomas on Friday. On Wednesday police received a report of the theft of two motorcycles (dirt bikes) from a shed at a residence on Culloden Road in Bayham. A residence was then searched in Port Burwell and one dirt bike and a quantity of marijuana was found and they arrested two parties at the residence without incident. Later after a search at a St. Thomas residence police found the other motorcycle and the 26 year old male there was also arrested and charged with the same offences.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

PAINTED POLES FOR PT. BURWELL?

PT. BURWELL  – (Contributed) – The children of Pt. Burwell Public School have created a community improvement project to help renew and reenergize the village. To proceed with their project, named The Polestars Program, they first require the approval of Hydro One to paint a small section of the lower portion of all Hydro One’s poles along Robinson Street, the main street. They plan to paint the poles with colourful handprints and to include the message: “Won’t you give us a hand?”  They discovered a similar program in British Columbia called the Fernwood Pole Painting Project, a community improvement initiative in Victoria. They also have produced a short video, which is now on youtube (http://youtube/TZYrLNsDX6U) . Their community contact is Margot Pieters. Added Mrs. Pieters: “The first thing everyone does notice when they come into Pt. Burwell, along Robinson St., are the awful hydro poles, I approached the school with an idea and won their support. If we get Hydro One’s permission, we plan to hold a street party in late April/early May with all of the children from the Public School and decorate the designated poles.”

 

 

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MONDAY, Dec. 15/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

-Tue -EESS hosts: Girls VBall; Boys Hockey v CECI

-Wed-EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v PCI

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

-Fri -EESS PD day/End of classes for elementary students

-Fri -Channel 5 – London Knights v Guelph

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

 

 

EESS SPORTS LAST WEEK:

 

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – WESS 3 EESS 1; JR – WESS 3 EESS 2

-GIRLS HOCKEY – PCI 2 EESS 0

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – Glencoe 3 EESS 2; JR – EESS 3 Glencoe 2

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS 63 Glencoe 19; JR – EESS 46 Glencoe 8

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 7 (2-0) WESS 0

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL AGENDA TONIGHT:

 

Among items to be considered by Aylmer Council at their first regular session tonight are:

-discussion on a recommendation by the Environmental Advisory Committee to ban smoking within nine metres of playgrounds and sports facilities in town (provincial legislation beginning in the new year requires a 20 metre distance)

-discussion on a recommendation by the Aylmer Heritage Committee to investigate ownership of the abandoned Anglican cemetery at Queen St and Water St. with a plan to improve the condition of the gravestones on the property.

-discussion on a proposal from Canadian Tire to initiate a site plan for expansion of their store by 2500 square feet.

 

 

TWO MORE LOSSES FOR SPITS

 

The Aylmer Spitfires lost both their SOJHL hockey contests on the weekend – they have now dropped seven games in a row. Saturday in Aylmer, Exeter counted two third period goals to tie the game and scored in overtime for a 3-2 victory. Luke Bettencourt and Clint Walker tallied for the locals. Sunday in Mt. Brydges the Spits stormed back from a 4-0 deficit but fell short to the home team by a 5-3 score. Aylmer goalgetters were Jesse Tottle, Jesiah Sweetland and Trevor Stewart. The Spitfires’ record is now six wins and eighteen losses. This week they travel to Lucan Wednesday, host Thamesford Saturday and are in Pt. Stanley Sunday.

 

SUNDAY AT MT BRYDGES:

Period 1
Mt.Brydges   – Carson   Kennes (power play) (James   Newland, Tyler Lockwood) 5:05
Mt.BrydgesCameron   Jowett (Brody   Smith, Alex   Cox) 14:08
Period 2
Mt.Brydges   – Cameron   Jowett (Sam   Dawson, Brody   Smith) 13:17
Mt.BrydgesAlex   Cox (Cameron   Jowett, Blayne   Rusland) 17:52
Period 3
AylmerJesiah   Sweetland (unassisted) 1:43
AylmerTrevor   Stewart (Josh   Lockhart, Spencer   Roloson) 5:34
AylmerJesse   Tottle (power play) (Derek   Folkard, Robert   Shaw) 6:53
Mt.BrydgesLucas   Wilson (Cameron   Jowett) 16:19

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(From Police Chief Andre Reymer) -A man entered the office area of the new IDA drug store on Sunday Nov. 30 about 12:45 pm during store hours and opened a safe and took a significant amount of money. He was caught on video looking directly into a camera (see Dec. 4 photo).

 

-A 38 year old Aylmer woman was charged with impaired driving on Friday Dec. 5 around 11:30 pm as police spotted her driving erractically on Talbot St. east and followed her, stopping her on Hacienda Road south.

 

 

EESS SPORTS PREVIEW: SR BOYS BBALL

 

(Information from coach Albert Vanvlaanderen) – “This years team is a mix of older seniors and some Juniors moving up from last year’s Junior teams.  Key returnees are Kyle Bennett, Tanner Kyle and Devin Catt. The team should hopefully do well in TVRA Southeast this year. The League consists of CECI, PCI, AVSS, GDCI and us. The Southeast Championship is scheduled to be hosted by the top South (Elgin) team.

 

 

CHRIST-MUST LIST 4 -FOOD HAMPERS

 

If you know of someone who needs a Christmas food hamper they must register at the Corner Cupboard (behind Aylmer Flooring) or at Mennonite Community Services. The final date for registration is tomorrow by 4pm. Donations to help with the Christmas Care delivery program can be made at Eastlink, Meridian Bank, Valu Mart, Campbells or Hills Pharmacy.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Thursday/Friday

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls Hockey

 

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys BBall, Boys Hockey

-Fri-Sat -Cram the Cruiser, Elgin Feeds (see Mon. story)

-Sat -Straffordville Santa Parade, 10:30 am

-Sat. -Spitfires host: Exeter, 7:30 pm

 

 

AYLMER TO HAVE COMM. MAILBOXES IN 2015

 

(Information from Daria Hill, a spokesman for Canada Post) – “This morning we informed employees at our Aylmer depot that 2114 addresses in Aylmer will be converting from door-to-door delivery to community mailboxes in the second half of 2015, as part of the Five-point Action Plan announced last December. The postal codes affected will be N5H. (Edit: An accompanying map indicated this will affect most of the town; there are four large neighbourhoods that use the mailboxes already.) Within the next couple of days, each affected household will receive an information package with a mail-in survey. The package will tell them how they can express their priorities and preferences about their new delivery method. Note that no regular full-time or part-time employee will lose their job as a result of the initiative. We will reduce our workforce largely through attrition as people leave the company.”

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Hines, Judith of Aylmer passed away on Monday in her 55th year. Survivors: husband Donald Hines; children Tracy Goris (Patrick) of Lyons and Tara Lawrance (Jarrod) of Belmont etc..  She worked at Prestran Industries. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday 10 am – 11 am where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 am.

 

 

BUIS FAMILY HOSTS JUNEAU THANK-YOU 

 

(Information from an article by Emily Miller in the Juneau Empire online edition)  - The Aylmer family of Sharon Buis, a 48-year-old Juneau resident who went missing while hiking in Juneau’s rugged backcountry on May 24, recently hosted a “meet and greet” at the Goldbelt Hotel here to personally thank those who searched for their family member. Alaska State Troopers coordinated a search - made up of about 50 members at times – that was called off when no new leads surfaced over a four-day span. Sharon’s brother Jim and wife Brenda Buis of Aylmer travelled to Juneau during the search. They returned on November 24 with their 83-year-old mother, Nellie, and another sister-in-law, Judy for the reception. Nellie Buis had been to Juneau once before, six years ago, to visit her youngest daughter. Sharon Buis is the youngest of seven children who grew up on the family farm in Aylmer. She worked as a physical therapist at Juneau Physical Therapy since 2005.  Her disappearance is still treated as a missing persons case.

 

Added Judy Buis yesterday: “Nellie wanted to meet Sharon’s friends in Juneau and to personally thank those who have searched for her daughter since her disappearance. A celebration of Sharon’s life was held on November 24th at our hotel in Juneau. It was heart-warming for all of us to hear about Sharon from her friends, colleagues and clients in Juneau. ”A dear friend and an energetic co-worker. A great card player. An adventurous outdoorswoman.”  were some of the common phrases we heard that night. Nellie was also able to express our family’s gratitude to the State Troopers and the search and rescue people who attended the reception.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 7 Glencoe 0

-GIRLS VBALL – EESS v WESS – no report

 

 

BAYHAM’S ENS IS NEW WARDEN

 

(Contributed) – Bayham Mayor Paul Ens was acclaimed Elgin Warden at a Elgin County Council session held yesterday. Ens was unopposed in his bid for the one-year position.  Ens was first elected to Bayham Council in 2003 and served a three-year term. He was elected as Mayor of Bayhaml in 2010. Ens identified options for redevelopment of Terrace Lodge, the Dexter Line realignment project and addressing space and security needs for the Provincial Offences Court, the Museum and the Archives as priorities for 2015.

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

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

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

 

 

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TUESDAY, Dec. 9/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Boys VBall, Boys Hockey

 

-Wed -EESS hosts Girls Hockey

-Thu -EESS hosts Boys BBall, Boys Hockey

-Sat -Straffordville Santa Parade, 10:30 am

-Sat. -Spitfires host: Exeter, 7:30 pm

 

 

PT. BURWELL ACCIDENT

 

(From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP responded to a report of a single motor vehicle collision on Vienna Line, east of Sawmill Road in Malahide, Sunday at noon. A car going east on Vienna Line  hit the right gravel shoulder, went into the ditch, hit an embankment over a culvert and went airborne crashing onto the front lawn of a nearby home after rolling several times. The lone female driver, a 25 year old Port Burwell, woman, had to be extracted from the vehicle by Malahide Fire Services and she was then airlifted to London hospital. She was later released from hospital.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Springfield Park held their annual tree decoration and lighting ceremony on the weekend (Photo by Kelly Pearson)

Springfield Park held their annual decoration and lighting ceremony on the weekend (Photo by Kelly Pearson)

 

 

NO WIEBE CHRISTMAS DINNER

 

Tina Wiebe of Springfield, whose family sponsored a free Christmas dinner for the community for several years, said they are not putting on a meal this year – she said “it just got too busy”. The Wiebes held their dinner for three years at a local school and then cancelled it two years ago due to insurance requirements. Last year it was resumed at the Aylmer Legion and they fed about 100. The Wiebes financed the dinner and did the cooking themselves instead of giving gifts to each other.

 

 

CAMPAIGN VS. TEENS’ SMOKES BUYERS

 

(Information from Laura Dougherty of the Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit) – The Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit is currently sponsoring a campaign to encourage those who are buying cigarettes for 12-19 year-olds, to just say “No.” Almost ten percent of Elgin teens admit to being a smoker and most of them say they get their cigarettes from a ‘social source,’ be it their parents, an older sibling, a relative or a friend. The Central East Tobacco Control Area Network, which includes health units from Grey Bruce to Windsor, have thus initiated ‘The Bad Ways to Be Nice’ campaign in response. The number of underage smokers has decreased in recent years, but the campaign promoters  would like to see even fewer teens taking up the habit.

 

The campaign is ongoing at www.Badwaystobenice.com. Said Dougherty: “In Ontario, tobacco is related to 12, 000 deaths per year, costing the health care system over 1 billion dollars per year. Even with the best intentions, giving a cigarette to a teen is a bad way to be nice.”

 

 

UNITED WAY SOLICITATIONS

 

(Contributed) – Elgin-St. Thomas United Way is inviting local agencies to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for funding in 2015. To be eligible, agencies must be a registered charity, or be partnered with a registered charity and offer a program within Elgin County. EOI guidelines can be obtained from the United Way office – Suite 103, 10 Mondamin St., St. Thomas or found online at www.stthomasunitedway.ca .Questions should be directed to Campaign and Communications Coordinator Melissa Schneider at 519-631-3171 or by email at mschneider@stthomasunitedway.ca

 

 

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MONDAY, Dec. 8/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-OV Naturalists, 7 pm, Vienna Comm. Centre (see Thu. story)

 

-Tue -EESS hosts: Boys VBall, Boys Hockey

-Wed -EESS hosts Girls Hockey

-Thu -EESS hosts Boys BBall, Boys Hockey

-Sat -Straffordville Santa Parade, 10:30 am

-Sat. -Spitfires host: Exeter, 7:30 pm

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE PARADE SAT.

 

(Information from Donna Neville) – “The Straffordville Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday at 10:30 am. The route has changed this year as the Straffordville Community Center is closed so we are now ending up at the Firehall where we can host Santa Claus and have hot chocolate. We are leaving the front entrance of  the school travelling along Plank road north to Third St.. There are no bands.”

 

 

SPITS TAKE LICKS

 

The Spitfires crashed in their matches this weekend in SOJHL hockey. Friday in Lambeth the first place home team built up a 4-0 edge after the opening period and cruised to a 7-2 victory. Kyle DeCicco and Andrew Baxter tallied for Aylmer. Saturday at home the Spits outshot Pt. Stanley 56-30 including 24-7 in the final period but fell 6-5. Aylmer marksmen were Trevor Stewart with two and Jesse Tottle, Brett Dyzengel and Luke Bettencourt with one each. Their record is now six wins and eighteen losses. This week the Spits host Exeter Saturday and travel to Mt. Brydges Sunday.

 

VS. PT. STANLEY SAT.

Period 1
AylmerTrevor   Stewart (Josh   Houston) 1:41
AylmerJesse   Tottle (Nolan   Blum, Ryan   Stapleton) 3:44
Port StanleyAlex   Weaver (Christian   Athanasiou, Zachary   Zinga) 4:11
Port StanleyRyan   McDonnell (power play) (Connor   Tamborro, Tyler   Beaulieu) 9:37
AylmerLuke   Bettencourt (Spencer   Roloson, Josh   Houston) 12:01
Port StanleyRyan   McDonnell (power play) (Derek   Finlay, Alex   Weaver) 15:56
Period 2
AylmerTrevor   Stewart (power play) (Josh   Houston, Jesiah   Sweetland) 3:37
Port StanleyJosh   Reda (Alex   Weaver, Zachary   Zinga) 6:07
Port StanleyZachary   Zinga (Tanner   Turley) 9:57
AylmerBrett   Dzyngel (Austin   Blais, Trevor   Stewart) 17:44
Period 3
Port Stanley   – Zachary   Zinga (Tyler   Beaulieu) 6:26

 

 

CHRIST-MUST LIST 3 -CRAM THE CRUISER

 

The Aylmer Police and Elgin Feeds will again sponsor  ‘Cram The Cruiser’ at the Elgin Feeds store on John St. north this weekend – Friday 9-6 pm and Saturday 9-3 pm. The Police will leave a cruiser at the corner on the Elgin Feeds parking lot for people to donate toys for the Aylmer Optimist Club and food for the Aylmer Corner Cupboard.

 

 

BAYHAM MAYOR’S ADDRESS

 

(This is a partial text of the address by Mayor Paul Ens at the inaugural meeting of Bayham Council Thursday:) – “Councillors, we have an interesting term in front of us, full of challenges and opportunities. .. We must continue planning for both our current needs and those in the future. We need to work together, think, and do what is best for the municipality as a whole… Despite the continued loss of grants and increasing of uncontrollable costs such as the OPP billing and facility requirements, these will make budgeting a challenge… I know by working together we will have a very positive effect for our municipality. I am confident that this council, like the many councils that preceeded it, will rise to the challenge.”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“GRAFFITI ON MASONIC BUILDING”

 

“An anti-Masonic message was spray painted in dark letters on the Masonic Lodge building at the corner of St. George and South Streets on Sunday evening. The message said: “Masons Devil Worship Eph 5:11″. Further information is from Bil Segui of the Aylmer Malahide Masonic Lodge. “It is believed that the offence took place sometime after 4:30 on Sunday afternoon and before 11 pm when it began to snow. We have had graffiti on the building in the past, but this is the first time, to my knowledge, that a slur against the Masonic Lodge has been used in such a hateful way. A temporary covering has been put on the graffiti and it will be entirely blocked out once the weather warms up a bit. This offence has been reported to the Aylmer Police and they are investigating.” (UPDATE – Aylmer Police report no leads on this case in the past year.)

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– December 2, 2014, Station #1 , #2, Imperial Road, MVC

(*Near Bank St., 5:30 pm, single vehicle, no injuries)

– December 2, 2014, Station #2 , #3, 50017 Talbot Line, MVC

(*one vehicle, 10 occupants, no injuries)

– December 5, 2014, Station #1 Levi Street, Medical Assist

– December 7, 2014, Station #1 , #2, 51799 Vienna Line, MVC

(*near Sawmill Rd., noon, one vehicle, one occupant, serious injuires, air lifted to hospital)

 

 

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FRIDAY, Dec. 5/14

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AYLMER EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

–APAC presents Kim Stockwood, 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)

 

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm

-Sat – Springfield Christmas Parade, 1 pm

-Sat – Pt. Burwell Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm

-Sun – Belmont Christmas Parade, 6 pm

-Sat/Sun – Aylmer Parade Repeat on channel 5, 6pm

-Sun -Lessons, Carols Service; Chr. Reform. Church, 7 pm

 

-Mon -OV Naturalists, 7 pm Vienna Comm. Centre (see Thu. story)

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 7 CECI 2

 

 

1-PRIORITIES: AYLMER’S NEW MAYOR

 

(Aylmer’s new Mayor Greg Currie offered these comments on future plans:)

1-Three immediate Priorities? – ” 1) Getting a full orientation on how the town governance works and who the various staff are and their roles 2) Thorough review of all the elements of town budgeting - where the costs are incurred and what are the various revenue sources and 3) Reviewing the Town’s long term plans for sustaining infrastructure.”

2-Any change in Council’s approach to government? – “I wish for the council to perform as a team, a solid advocate for the Town’s well being. This means open and honest discussion, respect for differing opinions and fact based decisions for the betterment of Aylmer.”

3-How do you hope to promote Citizen’s involvement? – “I see citizen’s involvement on two levels. One, if a citizen is interested in serving on any committees and two, if citizens are interested to come out to council meetings and talk to myself or any councillor during informal time before or after the meeting. Overall I want citizens to believe that they can approach the council with ideas, suggestions or constructive criticisms of the town’s governance.”

 

 

2-REFLECTIONS: AYLMER’S PAST MAYOR

 

(Former Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt offered these comments on his term:)

1-What are you most proud of ? – “I am most proud of the fact that this Council had an incredible unmatched fiscal record. We paid off the 3.2 million debt, kept taxes below the inflation rate, supported the splashpad, built a new bathhouse, and secured millions in support of infrastructure during very difficult economic times.”

2-What should be a priority for the new council? – “I hope that the new Council has patience and does not rush into making snap decisions which have short term benefit. I hope they will look at the long-term picture. Being on Council is not easy. I wish them great  success.”

3-Future interests? – “I can now return to model ship building, more gardening, revamping my HO models, taking university courses, volunteering and writing. I will perhaps take another look at public service in four years if I feel I can contribute something again.”

 

 

3-MALAHIDE MAYOR’S INAUGUAL ADDRESS

 

(The following is a partial text of the address given by Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill at the inaugural Council meeting Monday:) – “We are entering a new era of fiscal demand. We have two levels of government – Federal and Provincial – that wish to balance their books (and) the easiest way is to reduce transfer payments to the municipal levels. There was a time when 58% of our revenue came from the Provincial and the Federal treasuries.  Now it is 19% and falling.

 

We must look for efficiencies in the next four years to lessen the tax burden on our rate payers.  The first one … is the EECC.  We have already found 120 thousand dollars in savings and hopefully much more when we have a business plan in place. We have been told by staff that there are savings to be made if we consolidate our work departments under one roof and we have a salt shed where salt and sand can be mixed well ahead of time… Hopefully this will be accomplished before this term is completed. We have taken an aggressive position in the last four years upgrading our roads and equipment. Now is not the time to back away; it has been demonstrated that a hard surface road is cheaper to maintain than a gravel and I hope we continue to make conversions from gravel to tar and chip…. Lastly, nothing can be accomplished unless council and staff work together and I am prepared to do so for all the ratepayers of Malahide.”

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Laur, Keith of Tillsonburg passed away on Sunday aged 81. Predeceased by wife Diana (2004). Survivors: one child etc.. Keith was born in Malahide. There will be no service; arrangements through Verhove’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

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

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

 

 

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THURSDAY, Dec. 4/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu -Bayham Inaugural Council 7pm, Malahide 7:30 pm

 

-Fri – APAC presents Kim Stockwood, 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm

-Sat – Springfield Christmas Parade, 1 pm

-Sat – Pt. Burwell Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm

-Sat/Sun – Aylmer Parade Repeat on channel 5, 6pm

-Sun – Belmont Christmas Parade, 6 pm

-Sun -Lessons, Carols Service; Chr. Reform. Church, 7 pm

 

-Mon -OV Naturalists, 7pm Vienna Comm. Centre (see Thu. story)

 

 

AYLMER IMPAIRMENT

 

(From Police Chief Andre Reymer) – A man was charged with impaired driving after allegedly driving over the lawn of a Dufferin Street home early Saturday morning. A passing motorist reported the incident to police about 1 am. Police located the vehicle, a pickup truck, parked on Lawrence Crescent with a 37 year old Malahide man and a male passenger inside. Police seized open beer and liquor bottles from inside the truck. The act of driving on the lawn was not a separate charge but used as evidence for the impairment charges.

 

 

MALAHIDE INAUGURAL WAS MONDAY 

 

Malahide Council has a busy week - they held their inaugural session on Monday, last night was an orientation session for new councillors and tonight is a regular council meeting.

 

 

WANTED BY AYLMER POLICE

 

Aylmer Police have released this photo of someone they are looking for after the IDA store uptown was robbed Sunday evening. (Aylmer Police)

Aylmer Police are looking for this man in connection with a theft at the Aylmer IDA store Sunday at noon. (Aylmer Police)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Kennedy, Velma formerly of Calton passed away in Petrolia on Wednesday in her 86th year. Predeceased by her husband Tony (1997). Survivors: two daughters; sister Hazel Sidor of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Malahide and was a member of Calton Women’s Institute. The Funeral Service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Saturday at 1 pm with visitation from 11:30 am -1 pm.

 

 

BBALL – BROCK  WINS, LOSES

 

Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen scored 12 points as Brock University defeated UWO 80-72 in London Saturday in OUAA womens’ basketball. Cornelissen didn’t start but played 23 minutes, third highest on the team. Friday, Brock was downed 85-54 in Windsor by Canada’s top ranked team. Cornelissen hooped 9 points. Brock’s record is three wins, four losses.

 

 

OV NATURALISTS MEETING MONDAY

 

The Otter Valley Naturalists will hold their monthly meeting on Monday at 7 pm at the Vienna Community Centre with Jenna Siu of UWO speaking on “Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on Swallowtail Butterflies”. From their website: “In southern Ontario some of the most threatened habitats occur in the Carolinian Zone, where major portions of prairies, savannahs and forests have been destroyed. These changes to the natural landscape have caused habitat loss and fragmentation.”

 

 

EESS WINTER SPORTS PREVIEWS

 

BOYS HOCKEY - Coach Chris Wismer: “We have 15 returning players from last year’s team. Hoping to repeat our TVRAA southeast title.  Already qualified for AAA/AAAA Wossaa in London in March.”

 

GIRLS HOCKEY – Coach Katie Horricks – “Carly Van Roestel, Brittany Kirk and Victoria Grunsell are strong returning players; very young team with lots of grade 9s and 10s and lots of girls have yet to be on the ice so far with injuries and concussions. New players include Goalie Leah Moore who will be a strong addition. Combining with the East League so no idea what competition will be like.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu -Bayham Inaugural Council 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm

 

-Fri – APAC presents Kim Stockwood, 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm

-Sat – Springfield Christmas Parade, 1 pm

-Sat – Pt. Burwell Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm

-Sun – Belmont Christmas Parade, 6 pm

-Sun -Lessons, Carols Service; Chr. Reform. Church, 7 pm

 

 

LESSONS, CAROLS SERVICE SUNDAY

 

(Contributed) – “The annual “Lessons & Carols” service will be presented by the Aylmer Community Choir at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church this Sunday at 7 pm. Local church ministers as well as those from the community will do readings. Musical presentations include: a girls’ choir from Springfield Baptist church, a mixed singing group from the Aylmer Catholic Church, Gene Corless on trumpet, Sarah Twinem and an ensemble from the Aylmer Missionary Church along with the Aylmer Community Choir. A freewill offering will be taken for the Corner Cupboard.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Giesbrecht David of Straffordville passed away on Monday. Survivors: wife Gertrude; 14 children, 60 grandchildren, and 48 great grandchildren etc..  Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Somerfeld Mennonite Church, Mt. Salem on Friday at 1 pm.

 

 

BELMONT SANTA PARADE SUNDAY

 

(Information from Leigh Mauer) -”The 12th Annual Belmont Santa Claus Parade will be this Sunday at 6 pm. The parade travels north from the Belmont Farm Supply on Belmont Road to Washburn St. Non perishables will be collected along the route by the Belmont Fire Department. Free hot chocolate at Farrow Financial. Three bands - Ingersoll Pipe Band, Mocha Oriental Band, and the Tomato Soup Band – will be performing. For float registration please contact Peggy Cameron at 519-644-0956.”

 

 

MAYOR’S REMARKS AT INAUGURAL

 

(The following is a partial text of remarks made by new Mayor Greg Currie at the inaugural meeting of Aylmer Council Monday:) – “I based my campaign on a vision I hold for our town, one that sees Aylmer as a vibrant, growing, and stable community. I declared a mission: To make Aylmer the town of choice for both business and residents. This, I believe, will require a focussed commitment on the part of this council and the Town of Aylmer to pay attention to our fiscal responsibilities as we offer services that are necessary, complete, and affordable to Aylmer’s citizens.

 

My campaign was also based on four core values—honesty, integrity, respect and trust—which, today, I reaffirm as an integral part of my leadership in the office of Mayor. Together we make a team, representing a diversity of perspectives and opinions. We may not always agree with each other, but respecting our differences and endeavouring always to look at things another way may indeed be our source of strength and innovation as a council. I also believe in respecting this community for its ethnic, religious, and other forms of diversity. The various backgrounds that give Aylmer its cultural flavour are the backbone of our community, its economy and vibrant future.

 

We will be addressing issues such as what should be done about the Community Complex, about the Town Library and the Museum. We are accountable to the citizens to resolve these in a timely and fiscally responsible fashion. However, to accomplish all these things, as a council, we will not be able to do this alone. Therefore, I will continually encourage the residents of Aylmer to get involved in their local government. Having now met each new councillor, I know that we are all excited about our new venture, the task of realizing the vision of a vibrant, growing, and stable community in actions and with observable outcomes. We look forward to serving our community.”

 

 

TWO WOMEN CHARGED IN BELMONT THEFT

 

BELMONT – (From Elgin OPP) – As a result of a lengthy investigation which began in May, Elgin OPP have charged two females in relation to a theft from a vehicle. On May 11th between 2:30 am and 4:30 am a vehicle was entered on Anita Court in Belmont. A wallet was stolen from the vehicle  and its credit cards were used a short time later to obtain goods and services. The two women charged, a 28 year old and a 25 year old, are both from London.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“AMISH ROAD SAFETY”

(Members of the Amish community east of Aylmer approached Malahide Councillors Mark Widner and Mike Wolfe recently with renewed concerns over road safety in their neighbourhood. Malahide a few years ago put up traffic warning signs on roads in that area. Co. Widner explains further:) “My biggest concern is the amount of pedestrian traffic on these roads in the Amish community. I fear some day we will have a bad accident because the roads are used as a bypass from other highways. We have increased heavier loaded vehicles and larger farm equipment and in reality the roads are the only place (for the Amish) to walk from home to home and for the children to get to the numerous schools and for the Amish to move their produce from farm to market. Councillor Wolfe and I drove these roads Thursday trying to get a solution and we felt that a lower speed limit of perhaps 70 and increased police presence might be a place to start. We also met with a member of the safety committee in the Amish community and they are welcome to having the OPP attend a meeting out there to talk about the dangers of traffic. At our Council meeting Thursday we directed our Director of Physical Services Rob Johnson to look at the area and bring back a report with some options. We have lowered speed limits in areas such as Hacienda Road, Luton, Copenhagen and Kingsmill Corners so this is not something new.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Another view of the Christmas decorations at Palmer Park (photo by Don Durkee)

Another view of the Christmas decorations at Palmer Park (photo by Don Durkee)

 

 

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TUESDAY, Dec. 2/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed – EESS hosts Boys BBall  vs CECI

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

-Fri – APAC presents Kim Stockwood, 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm (Last game was Nov. 22)

-Sat – Springfield Christmas Parade, 1 pm

-Sat – Pt. Burwell Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm

-Sun – Belmont Christmas Parade, 6 pm

 

 

BAYHAM ELECTION RECOUNT?

 

Will Arlow of Straffordville filed court papers Friday to contest the validity of this fall’s slection in Bayham. Mr. Arlow has lived in Bayham since 2003, is self employed and was not a candidate in the election. Mr. Arlow told TANews today he is contesting the accuracy of the count and the results, especially in Ward 1 where there was only a difference of seven votes. He pointed that there were far more votes for mayor and deputy mayor than for councillor amd thus “the ballots are irregular”. He maintains that as a result, “a portion should be declared spoiled.” He also said he believed the instructions on the ballot were “confusing and invited tampering.”

 

Commented Bayham Clerk Lynda Millard: “I’ve never done a recount before for Bayham or Vienna” and added “the ballot format in Bayham is prescribed by the Province.”  A court hearing will be held on January 5 in St.Thomas.

 

 

PT BURWELL SANTA PARADE SAT.

 

(Information from Randy Breyer) – “The Pt. Burwell Parade is Saturday at 6:30 pm. It will leave the Legion at the corner of Elizabeth and Wellington and proceed down Wellington and turn left on Robinson and then end at the Ligthhouse where Santa will disperse candy to all the children. Hot chocolate will also be served. We have contacted one marching band but they have not confirmed as of yet. There is also a $50 prize for the best float.”

 

 

AYLMER PARADE AGAIN ON TV

 

(Information from Betty Uiselt of Eastlink) – (The Aylmer Santa parade aired on channel 5 this past weekend but there was no commentary available.)  “The problem was due to a programming error with our program playback server. We will air the parade again this weekend -Saturday and Sunday, each day at 6 pm.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE DEPT ALSO BUSY LAST MON.

 

– November 24, 2014, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Power Lines Down

(*east of Springfield Road, tree fell on hydro wires, 3:30 pm)

– November 24, 2014, Station #1, Springfield Road, Power Lines Down

(*Near Nova Scotia Line, tree fell onto wires, 5:11 pm)

– November 24, 2014, Station #2, 7910 Springwater Road, Power Lines Down

(*Near Catt Line, tree fell on hydro lines, 8 pm)

 

- November 27, 2014, Station #4, #3, Imperial Road, MVC

(*10 pm, single vehicle in ditch, no injuries, near College Line)

 

 

INAUGURAL AYLMER COUNCIL MEETING

 

BY BILL MURCH

(The first meeting of the new Aylmer Council was held last night.) Following the Declaration of Office oath given by each of the elected Council members, Mayor Greg Currie remarked that they have been given a solid mandate for change. He added, this mandate is based on honesty, integrity, respect and trust. Council then announced appointments of Council members to committees and also expressed their appreciation to the members of the former Council.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Horne, Ralph William (Bill) of Springfield passed away Saturday in his 75th year. Survivors: wife Elizabeth (Betty); two children etc.. Bill was a teacher and Vice-principal with Essex County for 34 years. The funeral will be held on Friday at 1 pm. at Kebbel’s Funeral Home with visitation prior starting at 11:30 am.

 

-Harder, Jacob of Aylmer passed away on Monday in his 64th year. Survivors: wife Susanna (Enns) Harder; eight children etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church Aylmer on Thursday at 2 pm.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

This height board is part of the display in Palmer Park (photo by Don Durkee)

This measurement board is part of the Christmas display in Palmer Park (photo by Don Durkee)

 

 

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MONDAY, Dec. 1/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council Inaugural, 7 pm

 

-Wed – EESS hosts Boys BBall  vs CECI

-Fri – APAC presents Kim Stockwood, 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm (Last game was Nov. 22)

-Sat – Springfield Christmas Parade, 1 pm

-Sat – Pt. Burwell Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm

-Sun – Belmont Christmas Parade, 6 pm

 

 

SPRINGFIELD SANTA PARADE SAT. 

 

(Information from Kelly Pearson) – “The Springfield parade is Saturday at 1 pm, starting from the east end of the Village by Catherine Street and travelling along Ron McNeil Line to Omemee Street and down Broadway. We have 3 bands this year – Ingersoll Pipe Band, Mocha Temple Trumpet Band and, new this year, the London Shriner’s Oriental Band. Entrants are welcome right up to parade time. Santa & Mrs Claus will be at the Fire Hall after the parade handing out candy and talking to all the kids.”

 

 

AYLMER CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

 

(Information from Nicole Pressey-Wiebenga Administrator for Mainstreet Aylmer) – “Contributors to Aylmer’s downtown Christmas decorations this year are: MainStreet Aylmer -Downtown Merchants, Aylmer Area Community Foundation, Town of Aylmer, Diane Mott, Kim and Linda Black, Showcase East Elgin Realty Brokerage, Catfish Creek Conservation Authority, and John Fath Jr..

 

Community Decoration Committee Members are: Kim and Linda Black, Kim Enns, Diane Mott, Thom Polland, Jeneen Toth, Jeff and Nicole Wiebenga, and Judi Wright. The lghts are in Palmer Park and the park beside the Old Town Hall. There are some new colourful bulb decorations and newly painted cut outs. Also, a new board was designed so you can measure your height and take a photo with it for a keepsake.”

 

 

CHRIST-MUST LIST 2 – COR. C-BOARD RENT

 

Greg and Avril Currie are still organizing donations to help finance the cost of the rent of the building that houses the Aylmer Corner Cupboard (behind Aylmer Flooring on John St. north).  Said Greg: “We have had a total of 150 contributors of which about 70 are currently active. The total for five and a half years is over $38,000.” The donation boxes are located at: Campbell’s Office Supplies, Tim Horton’s North and Studer’s Variety.

 

 

APAC FRIDAY HAS KIM STOCKWOOD

 

Aylmer Performing Arts is presenting singer Kim Stockwood this Friday at the OTHall theatre (see ad). Stockwood, a native of Newfoundland, is perhaps best known for her song, “You Jerk”. She won an East Coast Music Award in 2012 for her recording ‘Back to the Water’. She won a SOCAN award for ‘Happy Baby’ in 2005. In 2000 she won the East Coast Music pop artist of the year award.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– November 24, 2014, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Power Lines Down

– November 24, 2014, Station #1, Springfield Road, Power Lines Down

– November 24, 2014, Station #2,  Springwater Road, Power Lines Down

– November 26, 2014, Station #2,  Chalet Line, Medical Assist

– November 27, 2014, Station #4 , #3, Imperial Road, MVC

– November 28, 2014, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist

– November 29, 2014, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist

- November 29, 2014, Station #3 , #4,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

 

 

PARAMEDICINE PLAN FOR BAYHAM

 

(Contributed) – Elgin County Council recently accepted funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to initiate a two-year Community Paramedicine (CP) pilot project in Bayham. This project will aim to enhance patient care for at home seniors; complement existing resources for community-based health solutions; reduce pressure on emergency departments; and further strengthen emergency medical service with other organizations through the Vitals Interview Safety Inspection Treatment (VISIT) and the Paramedic Referral (CREMS) programs. VISIT will help enable paramedics that are already in the community to deliver care to a broader group of patients using their existing skill set and within EMS system capacity.

 

(More information from Randy Denning, Managing Director at Medavie EM) – Specifically Bayham paramedics will use some of their ‘downtime’ to visit mostly seniors and others identified as ’at risk’ in their homes in order to assess their needs, hoping to avoid more paramedic calls in future. They will then report this information to the CCAC (Community Care Access Centre) who may be able to act on those needs. This program has been tried in other communities in the province. After training is complete, the program should start up early in the new year and be in effect until the spring of 2016.

 

 

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