Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, Aug. 28/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will resume on Wed. Sept. 10

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

– United Way BBQ; Royal Bank Aylmer; 11-2pm

 

-Sept. 2 -Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Sept. 11 – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex

-Sept 13 – APAC presents: Ian Thomas; OTH theatre, 7:30 pm

 

 

FIREBUG IN BELMONT?

 

(From Elgin OPP) - The Elgin OPP is investigating several fires that have apparently been set in the Belmont area over the past month. Sunday morning about 2 am Central Elgin fire services responded to a residential house fire on Dyer St. in the village.  The lone occupant of the residence was able to get out safely, however the residence was completely destroyed by the blaze. The fire appeared to have been intentionally set in the garage area of the residence. The century home had just been completely renovated.

 

While still on scene Fire Services received a report of a barn fire in the area of Belmont Road and Wilson Line.  The barn, which contained hay, was completely destroyed by the fire. Police also continue to investigate a small fire that appears to have been intentionally set sometime between August 4th and August 11th in the backyard porch area of a residence on Lorne St. in Belmont.

 

 

TWO NEW FACES: AYLMER ELECTIONS

 

Update on candidates running for Aylmer Council in this fall’s election (deadline date for nominations is Sept. 12/ the vote is Oct. 17): The Mayor’s race is still between incumbent Jack Couckuyt and Greg Currie. Doug Avram is the only one running for Deputy Mayor. The Councillor list (five to be elected) includes incumbents Arthur Oslach, Pete Barbour, Dave LaPointe and John Vandermeersch as well as newcomer Bill Murch with other newcomers Barbara Laur and Ted McDonald adding their names in the past week.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Monteith, Susan Marguerite (nee Patterson) of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in her 97th year. Predeceased by husband Donald J. Monteith (1997). Survivors: three sons etc.. She was a veteran of WWII serving overseas as a navy nurse. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 am.

 

-Underhill, Marvin of Tillsonburg (1929 – 2014) passed away on Saturday. Survivors: wife Margaret (Gunstone); five children including Teri Widner (Mark) of Malahide etc.. The funeral service was held yesterday at Ostrander’s Funeral Home in Tillsonburg.

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“Historically Bayham Council has vehemently promoted and defended the “User Pay” policy where the Bayham water system is concerned. The Bayham water system has 755 connections mainly in Vienna and Pt. Burwell. “Due to the small number of users the cost/user is quite expensive” relative to the broader area. But, none the less, the “users pay” for their system without being subsidized by other Bayham residents who are not realizing a benefit. Now that the new water treatment plant in Richmond is successfully operating, we must prepare for the imminent replacement of the in ground portion of their system. “Due to the small number of users the cost/user is quite expensive” (sound familiar), in order to  prepare for replacement, maintain debt and operate the Richmond system. At the August 21st Council meeting in a recorded 3-2 vote, Bayham Council actually voted to force the 755 “users” of the Bayham water system, who do not benefit from the Richmond water system, to subsidize their neighbours’ completely separate and unrelated water system! The forced “generosity” of the Bayham system “users” is not being asked of any other Bayham residents who also do not benefit from the Richmond system. Apparently, the users who have historically paid in the often, emphatically recited “User Pay” system will now be the victims of Bayhams’ new, “SOME non users pay too” system!” Does this make ANY sense to ANYBODY, ANYWHERE in Bayham other than the 3 recorded yes voters? The residents of Richmond may require some assistance from their neighbours but to arbitrarily select a specific segment of Bayham residents such as only the “users” of the separate Bayham system to provide it is definitely not the solution.” (Tom Southwick, Bayham Councillor)

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL TUESDAY:

 

Among agenda items for Aylmer Council on Tuesday is:

-an application from David Wall of the Aylmer Propane Service at the corner of Talbot St. east and Dingle St. to construct a burger stand on his property.

 

 

TED MCDONALD FOR AYLMER COUNCIL

 

Aylmer resident Ted McDonald, who lost the Mayor’s race to Jack Couckuyt in the last election, is seeking an Aylmer Council seat in this fall’s vote. Ted, who lives with his wife Sharon and son Timothy on Harvey St., is the Board Chairman for Fresh Start Maternity Supports in Springfield and is on the Board of the Aylmer Full Gospel Church and owns and operates both the Pet Valu franchise and the Aylmer Downtown Convenience store as well as managing 14 apartments in the area. His concerns: “The main reason that I am running is that the property taxes in Aylmer are about 20% higher than all of our neighbours and the current council wants to spend more money (i.e. library) that we cannot afford.  As one of eleven children sometimes our parents would have to say no and I believe that our town fathers (and mother) have that same responsibility to the tax payers.  I believe that a strong business approach to the operation of the Town of Aylmer is vital to promote growth and control taxes. I also believe that you can increase the tax base without increasing taxes i.e. new home construction and new business development. The new subdivision east of the Community Complex has 40 new homes with the taxes starting at about $4,500 per home, all new taxes in the past 8 years, and the Trillium Condominiums also represent additional new taxes for the town.”  

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

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

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

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. – United Way BBQ; Royal Bank Aylmer; 11-2pm

 

-Sept. 2 -Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Sept. 11 – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex

-Sept 13 – APAC presents: Ian Thomas; OTH theatre, 7:30 pm

 

 

ST.THOMAS FASTBALL PLAYOFFS

 

-Springfield (finished sixth, 6-16) vs. Shedden (best of three)

-Thu. – Springfield 4 Shedden 3; Last night – Shedden 10 Springfield 2; Thurs: at Shedden

 

 

BAYHAM ELECTION UPDATE:

 

Recent news on Bayham Council nominations for this fall’s municipal elections: John Faulkner has withdrawn as a Councillor candidate; Incumbent Paul Ens is still the only mayoral contestant; Incumbent Cliff Evanitski is being challenged by Councillor incumbent Tom Southwick for Deputy Mayor; Council candidates for Ward 1 are newcomers Norm Hughes, Kim Legg and Rainey Weisler’ with Incumbent Wayne Casier the only name in for Ward 2 and Incumbent Ed Ketchabaw the only nomination to date for Ward 3.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER PLAYOFFS:

 

Last night in Aylmer – West Elgin 2 Aylmer FC 0; 2nd game in two game semifinal series is Thursday in West Elgin.

 

 

‘DOORS CLOSED’ THIS SEPTEMBER

 

According to Aylmer Councillor Arthur Oslach, there will not be a Doors Open program in Aylmer this fall due to the scheduling of the municipal election.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Hawley (Gartly), Marie ( nee Draper) (Gartly) of Belmont passed away on Sunday in her 81st year. She was predeceased by her first husband James Gartly in 1990. Survivors: husband John; three sons including Scott Gartly (Marcia) of Belmont etc.. Visitation at the Bieman Funeral Home Dorchester today 7-9 pm; the funeral service  will be conducted there on Thursday at 11 am.

-Nikitsch, Robert of Tillsonburg and formerly of Vienna passed away last Wednesday at the age of 83. There was no funeral service; arrangements with Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Aug. 26/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Southwest Soccer Semifinals: Aylmer hosts West Elgin, 7pm, at EESS

 

-Thu. – United Way BBQ; Royal Bank Aylmer; 11-2pm

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– August 19, 2014, Station #4,  Yorke Line, Medical Assist

– August 19, 2014, Station #2,  Rogers Road, Medical Assist

– August 20, 2014, Station #2,  Springwater Road, Medical Assist

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Hayman, Arthur of Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away on Saturday in his 98th year. Husband of the late Iva (McConkey) Hayman (2005). He was a farmer south of Aylmer. The funeral service will be held today at 11 am at Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

-Connor, Ruth Mildred “Millie” of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in her 91st year. Wife of the late William Peter Connor. A service was held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Saturday.

 

-Peer, Michael Garry Martin of London passed away on Thursday in his 55th year. Survivors: wife Christine (Dimitriw) Peer and two children; sibling Billie-Joe Anne Peer-Redekop and Willie of Mt. Salem etc.. Arrangements were through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

-Smith, Deanna “Kay” of Tecumseh and Port Bruce passed away on Thursday in her 71st year. Survivors: husband Larry Smith; two children etc.. She was born in Aylmer. Visitation at the Marcotte Funeral Home, Tecumseh on Wednesday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. where a memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m.

 

-Van Puyenbroeck, Elmire of Chartwell Residence Aylmer passed away Thursday, in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Frank Van Puyenbroeck (1995). Survivors:  children Randy Van Puyenbroeck  (Angie), Sandra Nesbitt, both of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Belgium. The funeral mass was on Monday. Arrangements were with Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER PLAYOFFS

 

Aylmer FC advanced to the Southwest Soccer League semifinals by defeating Mt. Brydges 7-6 on penalty kicks Thursday in Mt. Brydges. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. It was the second game of a two game, total goals series with the first game also ending in a 2-2 deadlock. Aylmer now faces first place West Elgin in a two game semifinal with the first game in Aylmer tonight and the second game Thursday in West Elgin. Aylmer lost two of their three games with West Elgin this year.

 

 

PETE BARBOUR ALSO IN CO. RACE

 

Incumbent Pete Barbour has recently filed his nomination for Aylmer Council for this fall’s election. Barbour has served one term; previously he was Malahide Fire Chief from 2004 to 2009. Some of his concerns: “Property Taxes: Over the last four years the debt of the Town has been reduced by approximately 3.2 million dollars; taxes have been somewhat stabilized over this term; Police: Policing costs are nearing half of the annual budget of the Town, what is the costing comfort level of the citizens?; EEC Complex: A review by an outside consultant of the services provided at the Complex suggested twenty-two areas where changes could be made – we need to adopt appropriate change in a timely manner; Library improvement: I support the enhancement of library services; I do not support the expenditure of more than three million dollars for a new building in Bear Park. I do support alternatives at other locations that can be achieved at significantly less cost.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, August 20/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS WILL PUBLISH AGAIN TUESDAY

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Buy Local Buy Fresh ‘New Program Launch’, 1pm, Malahide Place

 

-Thu. -Bayham 7pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Council meetings

-Thu. -Menn. Credit Union BBQ for Corner Cupboard, 11am – 6.

-Sat. –Straffordville Watermelon Fest

-Sat. -GayLea Dairy Museum Open House

 

 

TERRACE LODGE PUBLIC MEETING:

 

About 150 persons attended a public information session on renovation plans at Terrace Lodge in Aylmer which was held in the building's dining room last night. (kb) (CLICK)

About 150 persons attended a public information session on renovation plans at Terrace Lodge in Aylmer which was held in the building’s dining room last night. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL: 

 

-Pt. Burwell (7-15) last week defeated Tavistock 15-12, lost to Sweaburg 14-2 (end of schedule)

-Straffordville (2-19) defeated Tavistock 9-1 last night; lost to Innerkip 9-2 last week; Final game is tonight in Hickson

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Howald, Lena of Arkona passed away Tuesday in her 77th year. Survivors: husband Henry Banman; son Jimmy Howald (Sharrie) of Straffordville; seven stepchildren etc.. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Open Bible Baptist Church, Aylmer on Monday at 11 am.

 

 

ST.THOMAS FASTBALL:

 

Springfield (6-16) has forfeited their last three games; they have two unscheduled league games remaining to play.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

AYLMER SPLASHPAD OPENS

(Information from Char Ierullo, Chair of Aylmer Splashpad Committee:) “The grand opening of the Aylmer family Splash Pad was held Friday afternoon. Most of our donors were in attendance. Barb Warnock representing the Aylmer Rotary Club, was our MC. Stephen Douglas spoke on behalf of our committee. Ann Lapchinski spoke on behalf of the Ontario Trillium foundation. MPP Jeff Yurek and Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt also spoke. The children were given an ice cream bar and a drink from the Rotarians – 300 ice creams were served. The pad is open from 9 am to 8 pm daily until Thanksgiving weekend.”

 

 

AYLMER FC TIES

 

Aylmer FC and Mt. Brydges tied 2-2 in the first game of their two game Southwest Soccer League playoff series last night in Aylmer. Ryan Cooreman and Craig VanYmeren tallied for Aylmer. The second game is Thursday in Mt. Brydges. The teams split their two regular season games with Aylmer winning 3-1 and then losing 4-0.

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

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


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

 

 

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TUESDAY, August 19/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Southwest Soccer Playoff – Aylmer FC hosts Mt Brydges, 7pm, EESS

-TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Tavistock, 8:30 pm

 

-Wed. -Buy Local Buy Fresh new program launch, 1pm, Malahide Place

-Sat. – Straffordville Watermelon Fest

-Sat. -GayLea Dairy Museum Open House

 

 

LOCAL BEACHES GOOD

 

As of August 15, most Elgin beaches are open, with the bacteriological quality of the water within satisfactory limits. Elgin St Thomas Public Health samples area beaches during July and August for the presence of high levels of bacteria. The following beaches are among those tested and are good: Springwater Conservation Area, Port Bruce, Port Burwell, and Main Beach Port Burwell Provincial Park.

 

OBITUARY:

 

-Buis, Nicholas “Nick” of Aylmer passed away on Sunday in his 80th year. Survivors: wife Sadie Buis; five children including Brian Buis of Aylmer etc.. Nick was born in the Netherlands and came to Canada in 1948 working with Natural Resource Gas for many years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be on Wednesday at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church at 11 am.

 

 

NOMINATED FOR AYLMER COUNCIL

 

The following is a list of former Aylmer Councillors who are nominated again for this fall’s election and their comments on why they are seeking re-election:

-Arthur Oslach – “Integrity is important in Government, I plan to do as I say and be an honest and reliable councillor for the people of Aylmer. Financial and fiscal responsibility is the key to any successful enterprise. Monies spent should be done in responsible fashion, not wasted. Careful planning is required for all Town projects. Keeping taxes under control and maintaining a good rapport with the service clubs is of prime importance. We in Aylmer are losing people, we must promote our town, help the Downtown sector become more viable and make it more people friendly. Create a downtown for people and this will in turn attract new businesses.”

-Dave LaPointe – “I am seeking re-election because I thoroughly enjoy representing the views of the residents of this community. An important part of this position on Town Council is being able to listen to what the community wants and needs are. My priority and the priority of every council should be keeping tax increases to a minimum. We all understand it takes a lot of money to maintain this beautiful vibrant community. This is why it is very challenging to do so with the increasing costs of living. As all of us have experienced costs to maintain our homes, transportation costs continue to be on the rise. As a Town we need to focus on our infrastructure that we have to maintain. This Town is a full service community, we have a splash pad, pool, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, arena, police, library, weekly garbage and recyclable pick up, parks and trails within them and kilometres of roads to maintain along with our sewer and water system.”

-John Vandermeersch – “As of today’s date, I am certainly the candidate with the most “frequent flyer miles” and yet I want very much to continue my time on council. With my experience as a councillor I bring good leadership abilities, strong decision making skills and, overall, a sense of fairness that enables me to do what the people of Aylmer want, not what a special interest group or some other minority might want. I am not deluded into thinking I have the power to do anything and everything that needs to be done, just the things that can be done, the things that are affordable. I have never promised more than one thing and that has never changed – I will spend your money wisely as if it were my own. Having but one vote in seven means that there are six other people who have influence on the direction this town heads. Usually that is not a problem but when it becomes an issue I cast my vote in favour of what I have carefully determined to be the desire of the majority of my constituents. I am at all times informed as I take the time to listen to the people of Aylmer. You will never see me raise my hand to vote without that vote having been carefully considered.

So what are my priorities in the coming term of council? Maintain the service levels we have come to expect while making every effort to control their cost. Separate the emotion from the actual need to build buildings some only think we should have. Debt reduction has a nice ring to it but I prefer debt elimination if at all possible. Promote the economic growth of the town in all ways possible, realizing that business generates revenue and population growth. Get back on track with the infrastructure needs of the town before we have repair bills we can’t handle. Address the issue of multiple closed storefronts by getting business owners together with town council and being  more involved in the future of the downtown. Revamp the EECC  operation. Aylmer continues to provide me with a reason to get up in the morning. I want that to continue, I want to keep giving back and I very much want this job.”

-Doug Avram – (Mr. Avram was on previous councils and provides some background as well.) ”Moved to Aylmer when my wife Lynda opened up an Aylmer Electronics, Radio Shack dealership. Ran for and was elected Councillor in 1984, the next election was elected Reeve of Aylmer. I was elected as the town’s first Deputy Mayor when the position changed. While on council, became a member of the Police Service Board and held the chairmanship of the Aylmer Board, and elected to the 2nd vice chair of the Ontario Police Service Boards. Was ordained and served the St. Thomas Christian Church ( Disciples of Christ) and retired from full time ministry in February.

I bring a lot of experience in Municipal matters, an ability to make decisions, a vision of what and how Aylmer can progress, experience in working with groups and people, and what I believe is essential to any and every member on council, a love of this fantastic community, with all of its potential, its flaws, its positive virtues and history. This is a great town, the very best one in Elgin without a doubt and we need people who serve its needs with vision, decisiveness, compassion, teamwork and respect.”

 

 

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MONDAY, Aug. 18/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue. -Southwest Soccer Playoff – Aylmer FC hosts Mt Brydges, 7pm, EESS

-Tue. -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Tavistock, 8:30 pm

-Wed. -Buy Local Buy Fresh new program launch, 1pm, Malahide Place

-Sat. – Straffordville Watermelon Fest

 

 

MALAHIDE CANDIDATES UPDATE

 

There have been no additions in the past month to the list of nominations for Malahide Council for this fall’s election. Incumbent Dave Mennill is still the only name on the mayoral list. Incumbent Jim Jenkins is opposed by Co. Mike Wolfe for Deputy Mayor. Those seeking Council positions include: no contestants yet in Ward One, Incumbent Max Moore in Ward 2, Jake Quiring and Rick Cerna in Ward 3, Incumbent Mark Wales in Ward 4 and Melissa Schneider in Ward 5.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Lang, Pearl Marie of Terrace Lodge passed away on Thursday in her 97th year. Wife of the late William Lang (2000). Survivors: three children etc.. A graveside service will be held at Springfield Cemetery today at 1 pm. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

-Martens, Wilhelm W.  passed away at Elgin Manor Sunday in his 53rd year. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with the funeral service at the Old Sommerfelder Gemeinde Church on Thursday at 1 pm.

 

-Causyn, Roger passed away at Terrace Lodge, Aylmer on Saturday in his 86th year. Husband of the late Mary Jane (Dewar) Causyn (1999) and Shirley Ross. Survivors: four children etc.. He was a retired tobacco farmer and a longtime  resident of the Aylmer area.  Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 pm. The funeral mass will be held at OurLady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Thursday at 11 am.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– August 11, 2014, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– August 13, 2014, Station #1, Colen Street, Medical Assist

– August 14, 2014, Station #2  #1, #3, #4, 8094 Anger Road, Kiln Fire

– August 15, 2014, Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– August 15, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– August 16, 2014, Station #2 , #1, Imperial Road, MVC

– August 16, 2014 Station #2 ,#1, Talbot Line, MVC

– August 16, 2014, Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical assist

 – August 17, 2014, Station #2,  Caverley Road, Medical Assist

– August 17, 2014, Station #3,  #1, #2 and #4, Brush Fire

 

 

FULL GOSPEL CHURCH ADDITION

 

The official sodturning for the four room, single storey addition to the Full Gospel Church at the corner of Albert and Talbot St. east took place Friday afternoon. The 3400 square foot addition will be used for Christian education instruction but it will also house an Early Learning Childhood daycare beginning in the new year.  The church needed the extra space said Paster Peter Barbour as its membership has doubled in the past five years but it also will benefit by the St. Thomas based tenant which has signed a ten year lease. Aylmer has not had a licenced day care institution for some twenty years and the St.Thomas centre has been looking for a large Aylmer site for about ten years said Executive Director Patricia Riddell-Lamers. Some private homes have been licenced in town previously. When open the centre expects to employ 16-20 staff for about 45 children (see June 10 story in TANews). They have had a centre in Pt Burwell operating in a building next to the school for about a year.  Construction, by Baribeau Construction of Dorchester, is expected to start soon and should be complete by the end of the year.

 

 A number of local dignitaries were on hand Friday when the sodturning for the addition to the Full Gospel Church was held. Pictured, from left, are Sheila Nesbitt, Keri Zammit, Danielle Douglas and Patricia Riddell-Lamers, all of the St. Thomas Early Learning Centre, Pastor Pete Barbour, Builder Jack Baribeau, Auylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt, Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill, MPP Jeff Yurek, Architect Stephen Mawdsley and Karen Vechioo representing MP Joe Preston. (kb) (CLICK)

A number of local dignitaries were on hand Friday when the sodturning for the addition to the Full Gospel Church was held. Pictured, from left, are Sheila Nesbitt, Keri Zammit, Danielle Douglas and Patricia Riddell-Lamers, all of the St. Thomas Early Learning Centre, Pastor Pete Barbour, Builder Jack Baribeau, Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt, Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill, MPP Jeff Yurek, Architect Stephen Mawdsley and Karen Vechio representing MP Joe Preston. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

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FRIDAY, Aug. 15/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Official Sodturning, Full Gospel Church Addition, 1pm

 

-This Weekend – Fred Eaglesmith at Springwater

-Sat. – Aylmer Cornfest

-Sat. -Aylmer Minor Hockey BBQ, at EEC Complex, Noon to 4pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Marlatt, Bill of Port Burwell passed away on July 26 in his 85th year. Husband of the late Eva Pastor (2004). Survivors: six children; sister Velma Tillotson of Aylmer etc.. The funeral was held July 30; arrangements through Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Klassen, Peter of Terrace Lodge Aylmer formerly of Langton passed away July 28 at the age of 93 years. Survivors: nine children including Peter (Cathy) Klassen ,Mary (Jake) Zacharias, Margaret (Frank) Voth; Abe (Cheryl) Klassen, all of Eden etc. The funeral was held July 31; arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Balazs,Nick of Tillsonburg formerly of Calton and Corinth passed away on August 5  at the age of 87. Arrangements were through the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

AYLMER FC SOCCER PLAYOFFS:

 

Aylmer FC finished fourth of seven teams in the Southwest Soccer League this year. Last night was their final league match and they handed West Elgin only their second defeat of the season by a 3-2 count. Aylmer’s record was 10 wins, seven losses, and one tie. Recent results included wins over Mt. Brydges 3-0 and Railway City 2-0 and a 3-0 loss to West Elgin. They face Mt. Brydges in the first round of a two game playoff with the first tilt next Tuesday in Aylmer and the second game Thursday in Mt. Brydges.

 

 

FRED EAGLESMITH AT SPRINGWATER

 

The 20th annual Fred Eaglesmith Concert Picnic at Springwater is this weekend. Fred performed in St.Thomas last night. He has a new album, Tambourine. Next Wednesday Fred embarks with fifty guests and special performers on a six day train trek from New York to Los Angeles.

 

 

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THURSDAY, Aug. 14/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri. -Official Sodturning, Full Gospel Church Addition, 1pm

-This Weekend – Fred Eaglesmith at Springwater

-Sat. – Aylmer Cornfest

-Sat. -Aylmer Minor Hockey BBQ, at EEC Complex, Noon to 4pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Bogart, Sharon V. of Springfield passed away Sunday, August 3 in her 65th year. Survivors: husband Terry Bogart; two children etc.. The funeral was held last Friday; arrangements were with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Gray, James Lawrence “Jim” of Aylmer passed away on Friday, August 1 in his 80th year. Survivors: wife Esther (Summers) Gray; three children including Dannie(Sandra) of Lyons, Wayne(Sherry) of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Aylmer and was a welder at GM. The funeral service was held last Thursday; arrangements were with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Steinhoff, Nola Jean of St. Thomas and formerly of Aylmer passed away on Friday, August 1 in her 90th year. Nola was an employee of Big V and Shoppers Drug Mart in Aylmer for many years. The funeral service was held last Thursday; arrangements were with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Shackleton, Mary Louise of St. Thomas passed away on July 30 in her 97th year. Wife of the late Donald R. Shackleton (2004). Survivors: eight children including Ron Shackleton (Carol), Ruth Hewbank, David Shackleton (friend Colleen) all of the  Aylmer area etc.. Louise was a member of Arkess Rebekah Lodge # 168, Springfield. The funeral was held August 2; arrangements were with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Annen, Jennifer of Aylmer passed away on Friday, August 1 in her 30th year. Survivors: mother Shirley Antonissen (Rick) and father John Annen (Robyn); siblings Christopher Annen (Lauren), Michelle Annen, etc. Jennifer was an employee of Ryans No Frills and was an avid soccer fan. The funeral service was held August 5; arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

-Declercq, Roger of Straffordville passed away August 7 aged 83. Survivors: wife Jacqueline (DeBlaire) Declercq; six children including Randy (Wilma) Declercq of Straffordville etc.. He was born in Belguim and had lived in Straffordville for 58 years. The funeral was Monday; arrangements were with Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Wiebe, Phillip Andrew of London passed away on July 26 at the age of 44 years. Survivors: partner Tanya, son Jesse and parents Peter and Shirley Wiebe of Straffordville etc. The funeral was held on July 31; arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

UPDATE: BAYHAM CANDIDATES

 

As of Monday, here is the list of candidates running in this fall’s election in Bayham: Incumbent Paul Enns for Mayor; Incumbent Ciff Evanisski and Co. Tom Southwick for Deputy Mayor; Norm Hughes and Kim Legg, both of Pt. Burwell, for Ward 1, Incumbent Wayne Casier and John Faulkner of Straffordville for Ward 2, and Incumbent Ed Ketchabaw for Ward 3. Last day for nominations is September 12; voting takes place on October 17.

 

 

DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC IN AYLMER

 

Elgin’s first Dental Hygiene Clinic held its official opening yesterday. Smart Dental Hygiene has joined the Absolute Health and Wellness Centre on John St. north. It is operated by Sarah Foshay RDH, an Independent Registered Dental Hygienist. She lives in St.Thomas but was raised in Aylmer and attended EESS. She has worked as a hygienist for some time and has done education sessions especially involving FESPA in Aylmer.

-Why open this type of clinic? “I am meeting a need for the Low-German community. Healthcare services in their language is so important. Smart Dental Hygiene is the first Independent Dental Hygiene Clinic in Elgin; this means direct access to dental hygiene care for oral health education, prevention, and maintenance that is affordable. Many residents are not insured and cannot afford dental care. This clinic can be an affordable option for these families.”

-How are you unique? “The cost is about 1/3-1/2 lower than traditional dental office settings, I offer evening and Saturday appointments, I offer natural and holistic based preventive dental hygiene therapy.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Smart Dental Hygiene Office Open House, 5-7 pm, 587 John St. North

 

 

AYLMER ELECTION CANDIDATES:

 

-The husband and wife candidates for this fall’s election for Aylmer Town Council have withdrawn their names this week. Calvin Brydges was running for Mayor and his wife Diana was contesting a council seat - the couple are owners of the house east of town that was being sold last year through an essay contest. The Mayor’s race is now between incumbent Jack Couckuyt and Greg Currie.

-Doug Avram, who was a previous councillor, is now running for Deputy Mayor, the only candidate for that position so far. Mr. Avram was a candidate for Mayor in 2006, losing to Bob Habkirk, and served on Council in 2003 and 2000 and was a Deputy Mayor in 1997.

-Incumbent Arthur Oslach has added his name to nominations for Councillor joining incumbents Dave LaPointe and John Vandemeersch and Bill Murch.

 

 

PT BRUCE COLLISION

 

PT BRUCE - Elgin OPP responded Sunday around 3 pm to a collision involving two motorcycles on Dexter Line between Imperial Road and Harding Smith Line. A 2013 Kawasaki motorcycle was travelling west on Dexter Line and collided with a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle travelling east. The drivers, a 53 year old male from St.Thomas and a 51 year old male from Central Elgin, were the lone occupants of their vehicles and were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS:

 

-July 25, 2014, Station #4,  Avon Drive, Medical Assist

-July 25, 2014, Station #2,  Station #1, Rogers Road, Water Rescue

– July 28, 2014, Station #4, Yorke Line, Medical Assist

– July 29, 2014, Station #2, Woolleyville Line, Medical Assist

– August 1, 2014, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– August 3, 2014, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

- August 3, 2014, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– August 4, 2014, Station #4, Belmont Road, Grass Fire

– August 5, 2014, Station #2, 51768 Talbot Line, Power Lines Down

- August 5, 2014, Station #1, Station #3, Colen Street, Water Rescue

(*Disabled boat approx 3 miles off shore; Fire Dept. notified Coast Guard who assisted the boat)

– August 5, 2014, Station #2, Catt Line, Medical Assist

– August 6, 2014, Station #1,  Sawmill Road, Medical Assist

– August 5, 2014, Station #4 , #4, Plank Line, Mutual Aid

– August 7, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– August 9, 2014, Station #2,  Peters Drive, Medical Assist

– August 10, 2014, Station #1 , #2, #3 #4, Pt Bruce Water Rescue

(*Call was a disabled boat approx. 5 miles off shore, Fire Dept. notified the Coast Guard who assisted the boat)

– August 10, 2014, Station #1,  Station #2, Imperial Road and Dexter Line, MVC

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Peters, John (Johan H.) of Aylmer passed away Saturday in his 79th year. Survivors: wife Mary (Giesbrecht) Peters, four children etc. He was born in Mexico. The funeral service was held yesterday. Arrangements were through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

 

SHARE YOUR STORY AT AYLMER LIBRARY

 

(Information from Rachel Charette, Aylmer Library Supervisor:) “We are trying something new at the Aylmer Library to celebrate Culture Days – a Human Library. We are inviting members of the community with an interesting job/business/hobby/story to tell to come to the library to be “checked out” for a 20 minute conversation with a patron who would like to learn more about the topic. We’d like to try to host these Human Library events for Culture Days which occur  Friday, September 26th and Saturday, September 27th. It would be a time commitment of about 1 1/2 hours total on one of those days. If interested, call the Library (519)773-2439.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, July 29/14

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5 PM WED. – PT BURWELL SWIMMER FOUND

 

(From Elgin OPP) – “After three days of searching, Elgin OPP confirm they have recovered the body of the missing 15-year old swimmer, Peter Hildebrandt of Malahide, in Port Burwell.”

 

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts Southwold, 7 pm, at EESS

-St.Thomas Fastball: Springfield hosts Alvinston, 8:30 pm

 

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Norwich, 8pm

 

 

PRESUMED DROWNING AT PT. BURWELL

 

Elgin OPP have identified the young male that went missing after going swimming off the main beach in Port Burwell Sunday. The missing youth is 15 year old Peter Hildebrandt of Malahide and is presumed to have drowned. The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit will be resuming their recovery efforts today with the assistance of Elgin County OPP and the Central Elgin Fire and Bayham Fire Services (see yesterday’s story).

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Morgan, Joanne Marie (Wilson) of Lyons passed away on Sunday in her 86th year. Survivors: husband Walter Morgan; children  Lu Ann Gamble (Albert) of Lyons, Jill Bond  (Scott) of Lyons and Kirk Hide (Jody Paul) of RR1, Belmont etc.. She was born in South Dorchester. A celebratation of Joanne’s life will be held at Malahide Community Centre on Wednesday from 1 to 3 pm.

 

 

EAST ELGIN SPORTS RESULTS:

 

-Southwest Soccer  -Last week: Aylmer FC (6-4-1) lost 3-1 to MIB; This week: Tue: host Southwold, Thu. vs Rail City

 

-St.Thomas Fastball –Last week: Springfield (5-8) def Glencoe 6-0, lost to Glencoe 9-3; NR on games v. Morpeth and  Glanworth; This week: Tue. host  Alvinston.

 

-TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville (1-16): Last week -No gm reported; This week – no gm. scheduled

 

-TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell (6-9): Last week – No gm reported; This week - Tue. at Innerkip, Thu. host Norwich

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“CENTRAL HOTEL TO BE A RESTAURANT”

“The Central Hotel, which has been a hotel since its construction in 1883, will become ‘The Central’, a family restaurant opening this fall, according to information released yesterday by its Board of Directors. The hotel, a Heritage building, was sold earlier this year to an anonymous donor who will retain ownership until The Central Charity group is ready to take over, outlined Albert Loewen, Minister of the Mt. Salem EMC church and Chair of the board of The Central. The Central has a five person Board of Directors. The restaurant will be housed on the main floor and the upper two levels will be renovated into modern apartments and office space, hopefully ready next year. “The restaurant will be unique,” said Loewen.  “Aylmer will likely welcome a first for Canadian restaurants. The Central is being planned and designed as an innovative charity dedicated to helping local families meaningfully reconnect – while they enjoy savoury local fare. The Central will be family-driven instead of profit-driven. One idea under consideration is offering discounts to families who don’t use their wireless devices at the table. The Central demonstrates our commitment to downtown Aylmer and the entire region.”

 

 

ELGIN IPM AWARDS

 

(Contributed) – “The County of Elgin is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipients of the International Plowing Match (IPM) legacy scholarship are: Marenda Schipper of Malahide and Dennis Catt and Scott Speers both of Central Elgin. The program was launched by a committee formed by Council, staff and members of the 2010 Elgin County IPM to award a County female and male student a $2,500 grant each to assist them in their agriculturally-related studies in college or university. Ms. Schipper will be awarded $2,500 as the top female applicant.  Mr. Catt and Mr. Speers will each be awarded $1,250. Both Ms. Schipper and Mr. Speers are pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Food and Agricultural Business from the University of Guelph and Mr. Catt is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, also from the University of Guelph.The scholarships are awarded by a reviewing committee of Warden David Marr, 2010 IPM chairperson Duncan McPhail and  Elgin Director of Community and Cultural Services, Brian Masschaele. The criteria and application form may be accessed by visiting the County’s website at: www.elgincounty.ca/ipmscholarship. ”

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“So our Straffordville Community Centre has been temporarily closed due to damaged and mouldy ceiling tiles. There had been insulation installed on top of drop ceiling tiles that were never designed to be supportive and without a proper vapour barrier. We know the outcome, a $60,000 repair; what we don’t know is how this happened. All I have been able to determine is that new ceiling tiles were installed in 2004. Municipal records are unable to locate any mention of an insulation project. Given that this is such a recent event, I would expect that individual members of the Council of the day would personally remember this situation. Bayham Taxpayers need to know how this approximately $60,000 error was made, so corrective measures can be implemented, and we can be assured that it will not happen again. (Bayham Councillor Tom Southwick)

 

 

LAPOINTE IN AYLMER COUNCIL RACE

 

The only additional candidate in the past month who is contesting the municipal election in Aylmer this fall is incumbent Dave Lapointe who is hoping for re-election as a councillor. Previously, incumbent Jack Couckuyt, Calvin Brydges and Greg Currie announced they are running for mayor, no one has filed for deputy mayor as yet and Lapointe, John Vandemeersch, Bill Murch and Diana Brydges are vying for Council.

 

 

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