Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

TUESDAY, May 23/17





-ALL WEEK: Aylmer Splashpad now open

-TVDSB School Board, 7 pm (PARC decision)


-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Innerkip; 8 pm

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Harwood; 8:30 pm

-Fri. -EESS Relay For Life (see Mon. report)

-Fri -Library: Local Author Helen Klassen; 2-3 pm

-Sat -Last Club 7 Paper Drive; 8:30 am





A power interruption lasting about five hours affected south Bayham Sunday night. Hydro One spokesperson Paul Falk said the cause was a lightning strike at around 11 pm. About 2800 customers were involved.





-Oxford C. 9 Straffordville 4; Innerkip 7 Straffordville (0-4) 3

-Woodstock 7 Pt.Burwell 0; Hardwood 7 Pt. Burwell (2-2) 0





-Knight, “Betty”Veronica Elizabeth of Aylmer passed away at Chartwell Home, Aylmer on Friday in her 89th year. Wife of the late “Bud” Herbert Knight (2016). Survivors: three children including Michael Knight (Cindy) and Marianne Lovell, both of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 7-9 pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Thursday at 10 am.


-Penner, Martin of Aylmer Retirement Residence passed away Saturday in his 77th year. Survivors: wife Katharina (Martens) Penner and the late Elisabeth (Rempel) Penner(2005); seven children etc.. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the EMMC Summers Corners on Thursday at 1 pm.


-Provoost, Mary J. (Buis) of Heritage Place, Aylmer passed away Sunday in her 91st year. Wife of the late Peter Provoost(1998). Survivors: six children etc.. She was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday at 11 am.





(Information from Leah Moore of EESS) – “The EESS Relay for Life will be held this Friday on the field behind the school. Everything is being run by our Student Planning Committee. There will be lots of food, activities, games and prices. All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society for cancer research. Our school goal is to raise $20,000. The event is open to all EESS students as well as members of the community. Contact information: Megan Mattingley 519-773-3174 ext. 67399 or email: m.mattingley@tvdsb.on.ca). We are planning to open the relay with any cancer survivors if they want to contact us.





Top eight placings by EESS athletes at the annual WOSSAA track and field championships in London last Thursday, Friday. Top performance was by Olivia Robinson who earned a first in Junior Girls High Jump:

MIDGET – 800 m – Nathan Baughman, eighth; Hurdles – Adam Dekraker, fifth; Triple Jump – Dekraker, fifth and Rick Damen, sixth; JUNIOR – 100 m – Kayla Pallett, fourth; 200 metres – Pallett, fourth; 200 m – Darren Catt, eighth; 400 m – Catt, fifth; 3000 m – Nathaniel Abell, fifth; 80 m – Cailyn Evely, sixth; 300 m – Evely, seventh; 100 m hurdles – Oakley Potter, sixth; Javelin – Potter sixth;  Girls Relay, second; Boys relay, sixth; SENIOR – 300 m – Amy Ropchan, eighth; 100 m hurdles  – Hannah Bosma, eighth; shotput – Kendra Cornelissen, fourth; Discus – Cornelissen, fifth; Open Steeplechase – Abell, sixth.


*The only WOSSAA record still held by an EESS athlete is in senior girls triple jump by Kim Dyxhoorn in 1992.




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THURSDAY, May 18/17



*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again TUESDAY




-Thu/Sat -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

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

-TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Harwood, 8 pm


-Fri -Talbot Anvrsy. Dinner; St. Thomas Arts Centre; 7 pm; Tickets 226-9271913











-January – Triplet calves were born on the farm of Les Brown east of Aylmer. Vet Dr. William Cresswell said it was the third time in his twenty years of practice that he had witnessed triplet calves. Artificial insemination was used.

-May -Dave Keon of the Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs is the speaker for Aylmer’s Minor Hockey Banquet

-May – EESS plans a trip for four busloads of students to Expo in Montreal





(Information from Laura Ronayne of the Catfish CCA) – “We have approximately 20 unserviced specific sites available and three 15 amp serviced sites; there are no 30 amp sites left at all. We always have tons of overflow sites available. There is an alcohol ban on this weekend. There are no programs happening. In total, we have approximately 45 unserviced sites and 150 hydro sites.”





Work is progressing on the future site of a Dollerama store located just across from the Tim Hortons on John St. north (kb) (CLICK)





-Ungar, Michael T. of Aylmer passed away today in his 91st year. Husband of the late Theresia (Berghammer) Ungar. Survivors: three children including John Ungar (Jane) of Aylmer etc.. Michael was born in Romania and came to Canada in 1953; he was a member of the German Canadian Club. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held Monday at 11 am.


-Larmer, Elva May of Chartwell Aylmer passed away Sunday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Isaac Marshall Larmer (2009). Survivors: son Ken Larmer (Diane) of Springfield etc. Elva was born and raised in Peterborough. The funeral service was held today in Peterborough; arrangements through the Comstock-Kaye Funeral Home.




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WEDNESDAY, May 17/17





-Thu/Sat -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

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

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Harwood, 8 pm

-Fri -Talbot Anvrsy Dinner; St. Thomas Arts Centre; 7 pm; Tickets 226-9271913





(Keith Hunt, Leader of the Club 7 youth group at Aylmer’s St. Paul’s United Church which has organized bimonthly paper drives for decades, reports that both the group and paper drives will discontinue after the next pickup, a week from Saturday. Club 7 began in 1946 as an offshoot of a similar church group in London that was formed by seven young men returning from World War 2. Keith provides the following overview:) –  “Because of our declining membership we have decided to stop the paper recycling. We will continue to sponsor our foster child in Haiti until he graduates. But Club 7 will cease regular activities. Over 70 years at St. Paul’s is a pretty good run. We are collecting on average 5 or 6 tons of paper per paper drive recently. This is half of what we collected a few years ago and a third of what an average drive was 15 or 20 years ago.


I have led the Club since 1990. Joe Mennill and I shared duties until Joe’s passing in 2001. Our membership has been in a slow decline for the past few years which reflects church attendance. We were a club open to any high school aged boy. By assisting at church, being involved in our community, sponsoring children in poverty, participating in fund raising activities and enjoying canoeing and camping adventures we built character in several generations of young men. I have formed many great friendships not only with the members of Club 7 but with the parents who helped out in so many ways.”





-Ireland, Kathleen Gertrude (Hynes) of Port Burwell passed away May 10 at the age of 87.  Survivors: husband Robert Ireland; eight children etc.. She was once the Librarian at the Port Burwell Public Library. Arrangements with the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.


-Annan, Marie of Port Stanley passed away May 11 in her 88th year. Wife of the late Donald Annan (1990). Survivors: one daughter etc..  She was born in England. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 23, one hour prior to the service at the Aylmer Cemetery at 1 pm.


-Deen, James of Aylmer passed away Tuesday in his 88th year. Husband of the late Afra Deen (2009). Survivors: five children etc.. He was born in the Netherlands and worked at Clark Equipment for a number of years. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 6-9 pm. The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Friday at 10 am.





At their regular meeting Monday, Aylmer Council rescinded five motions relating to recent decisions regarding library expansion location plans. Initially they confirmed the decision of he EECC Board to not situate the library there. They then rescinded these motions: to relocate the library to the EECC, to establish a committee to review designs of putting the library at the EECC, terms of reference of the committee, a response to Malahide Council relating to Malahide concerns about relocation, and the readvertising for a public member on the committee.


Council also heard a report from their Integrity Commissioner John Maddox who dismissed a complaint with respect to the Council meeting of March 13.  A partial review of his report: “The complaint alleged that Council received a proposed motion that was not on the agenda (re-library relocation to EECC) and likely the subject of a closed meeting at which only some Councillors were included. The standard definition for a meeting will usually focus on whether a “quorum” was present and whether the discussions advanced the “Council business”. I have reviewed this complaint with senior staff and have also chatted with several members of Council. It does appear that on more than one occasion several members had occasion to discuss this matter and were also aware of the resolution that was presented in advance of the meeting. There is no evidence to suggest that their discussions took place with a quorum of Council.”






“On Day four the team visited a church and two Canadian youth shared their testimonies; an English game was played and the same game played in Spanish. After the service the team was fed spicy enchiladas. Many selfies were taken with the Canadians because not a lot of ‘white people’ come to that part of Mexico. On Day six the team had to get up at 4:30 am to be at the local church for 5 am to start the day of fasting and prayer before Easter Sunday. It went for an hour, then we had at least an hour of rest. After that hour the team went back to the church for another 4 hours of prayer. Day seven was Easter Sunday, so the team woke up at 4:30 am once again for the sunrise service that the local church has. At this church their tradition is all the older ladies dress in all white and walk around holding flowers and spraying perfume to honour the women who first found Jesus risen. Later at 6:15 pm everyone gathered at the church again for another service which lasted until 10 pm. On Day eight, the team woke up at 7:30 am and we all went back to work for the last time. When we got back after working we had to say goodbye to the friends we made there. On Day nine the team boarded the first plane to Mexico City, then landed and waited for another hour and then boarded a second plane to Toronto, which was a 5 hr. 20 min. flight. We were back in Aylmer by 1:30 am.




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TUESDAY, May 16/17





-Thu/Sat -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

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

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Harwood, 8 pm





-GIRLS – EESS 4 Huron Pk 1

-BOYS – Ingersoll 3 EESS 2







(Part One of Two Reports) – “On April 10th, 10 people from the Aylmer Evangelical Mennonite Missions Church (AEMMC) had the opportunity to fly to Hueyapan de Ocampo, Veracruz, Mexico for a missions trip. Of that team there was one person from grade 10, four people from grade 11, one person from grade 12, and four leaders, two of whom were translators. Day one was a long day as the team woke up at 4:30 am to be able to leave for Toronto airport and a five hour plane ride to Mexico City, which then led to an hour flight to Veracruz. At the Veracruz airport there was a van waiting to pick up the team. The van ran into some engine troubles when it had to stop at a gas station so the team spent five hours there. Day 1 ended with a three hour drive to Hueyapan de Ocampo and getting to the destination at around 4 am. Day two was getting accommodated to the weather. Then some of the team went down to the river to swim and it downpoured for at least 2 hours and the roads had huge puddles; water was everywhere, even in the houses. Then we went out to visit the youth group of Naxcastle, games were played and stories shared. That night when the team reached home supper was eaten, it was midnight CDT (Central Daylight Time). Day three was the first work day of the week. Everyone woke up at 6:30 am to leave for el rancho. Lots was done on this day, many trees were planted, and about 600 cinder blocks were moved by hand; also there was some digging of a pit that the owners of that land will use as a sewage tank. At a church gathering that night we did a skit (translated to Spanish for the crowd). When the service had finished the team was fed all types of sweet bread and pan dulce.”





Top five placings by EESS athletes at the TVRAA track and field championships in London last week (WOSSAA competition is this Thursday, Friday at UWO in London):

BOYS – MIDGET – Triple Jump – Adam Dekraker, third; JUNIOR – 3000 m – Nathaniel Abell, fourth; 2000 steeplechase – Abell, fourth; 1500 m – Abell, fifth; 400 m -Darren Catt, third; 200 m – Catt, fourth; GIRLS – JUNIOR – High Jump – Olivia Robinson, fourth; 200 m – Kayla Pallett, fourth; SENIOR – Shot Put – Kendra Cornelissen, second.





The annual Tri County (Elgin, Oxford, Norfolk) track and field championships, first organized in 1958, were cancelled this year. EESS track Coach Jon Loney said that there weren’t enough helpers to run the competiton with both Tri County and TVRAA meets being held so close together.

Tri County track records still held by EESS athletes: Sean McKay holds three records – Junior 3000 in 1987, Senior 3000 in 1989 and Senior 800 in 1990. Jason Laur has two records – Midget Triple Jump in 1987 and Senior Triple Jump in 1990. Jeff Watson holds the oldest mark – 1981 in Midget Shotput. Other recordholders: 1984 – Karen Perry, Junior Javelin; 1987 – Jennifer Graham, Midget 1500; 1987 – Shelley Buchanan, Midget 100; 1989 – Lydia Froese and Marcia Vanderheyden, Senior 100; and 1993 – Kim Dyxhoorn, Senior Triple Jump.






(From London 980 News) – David Ferguson, 56, formerly of Aylmer, was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday in the Ontario Court of Justice for fraud over $5000 and breach of trust. Ferguson, while working as a voice telecommunications specialist for the Thames Valley District School Board, had overpurchased telecommunications equipment and sold it privately. TVDSB officials had first contacted London Police in August 2014. Police say numerous transactions had taken place between January 2007 and August 2014 with items valued between $50 and $600. An agreed upon statement of facts stated that the net loss to the school board is around $1 million, but is likely more than $2 million. Ferguson has paid $375,000 back in restitution. Ferguson will also be on probation for three years and must perform 100 hours of community service. A civil suit by TVDSB against Ferguson is still making its way through the court.





These inflatables proved popular in Aylmer’s Canada 150th Parade Saturday. (kb) (CLICK)




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MONDAY, May 15/17





-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Ont. PCs: Pierre Lemieux; 7 pm; Springfield (Comm. Place)

-EESS hosts: Boys Soccer v Ingersoll; Playoff


-Thu/Sat -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

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

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Harwood, 8 pm











-Pt Burwell (2-0) 7 Norwich 0





-Fehr, Carol of St. Thomas passed away Saturday in her 73rd year. Wife of the late Richard Fehr(2005). Survivors: five children etc.. She was born in Manitoba. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Full Gospel Church on Thursday at 1 pm.


-Bristol, Jerald Lewis of R. R. #1 Eden passed away Wednesday in his 81st year. Survivors: wife Marilyn (Higgs) Bristol; three children including Donna Baker of Port Bruce etc.. He was born in Corinth, lived his life in Bayham and retired from Imperial Tobacco. A graveside service will be held at Plains Cemetery on Monday at 2 pm; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.





(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Tue. – Station 2 Straffordville responded to an accident at Chesterman’s on Plank Rd and Bayham Dr.. A rider flipped a quad and was assessed and sent to hospital as a precaution. 





Aylmer’s Canada 150th parade was held Saturday. A fair crowd of spectators were treated to several bands, local floats, a couple fire trucks, and two large inflatables etc.. (kb) (CLICK)





(Contributed) – “Elgin County Economic Development is supporting five local events through the 2017 Festival and Event Partnership Program. Successful recipients of this grant funding included Bayham Beachfest.  Program criteria included, but was not limited to. attracting visitors to the County; retaining local spending and enhancing the quality of place by organizing festivals and events within the community. This is the eighth year that the County of Elgin has encouraged festivals and events by providing contributions to community organizations. For more information on all festivals and events in Elgin this summer visit: www.elgintourist.com.





– May 5, 2017, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– May 5, 2017, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– May 5, 2017, Station #3, College Line, Medical Assist

– May 9, 2017, Station #3, College Line, Gas Leak

– May 10, 2017, Station #1, Vienne Line, Medical Assist

– May 11, 2017, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist




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THURSDAY, May 11/17





-EESS hosts: Boys Soccer v CECI

-Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex; 2:30- 7:30 pm

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

-Thu/Sun -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)


-Fri -‘Human Trafficking Elgin; St. Joe’s High School; 7 pm; Free; PreRegister

-Fri -Library Speaker: Gail Barker: Living With Ease; 10:30 am; Preregister

-Sat -Aylmer Canada 150th Parade; 11 am; Start at Fairgrounds

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordvile hosts Oxford C., 8 pm





-Dopp, Paul Leonard of Chatham and formerly of Aylmer passed away Monday aged 66. Survivors: two daughters; seven siblings etc.. He attended EESS, was a member of the Ontario Juvenile B championship team and later served with the OPP and the Chatham Sheriff’s office. A private memorial service and luncheon for family and friends will be held at 11 am on Saturday at the Rosedale Village Clubhouse, Brampton.


-Archer, Chuck of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 76th year. Husband of the late Carol (Schmeltz) Archer(2009). Survivors: children Clint Archer(Darcy) of Springfield, Jodi Archer(Bill Thiessen) of Aylmer etc.. He was born in South Dorchester. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 am.





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – An 18 year old St.Thomas woman was charged with failing to yield after her car, stopped on King St. at Talbot East, pulled out to go west and struck another car going east on Talbot, last Thursday at 10 pm; both cars had to be towed.











(Information from Peter Johnson, agronomist with RealAgricultural and formerly Cereal Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture) “East Elgin farmers on sandy soil are one place in the province who are making respectable headway with planting corn but those on clay soil are not making much progress yet. It has been a very wet spring – April had probably one third more moisture than normal. It’s been exactly what we don’t want. Farmers would like to have their corn planted by May tenth but not many have put a wheel in the field yet. With dry conditions they could catch up quickly though. Soybeans are planted a little later so they may be ok. We’ve also had below average heat this spring. On the other hand, fall wheat has been way ahead of schedule due to the warm February we had.”





-Sun -Pt. Burwell 6 Straffordville 3

-Wed -Innerkip 4 Straffordville 0



50 YEARS AGO – 1967

About 40 EESS students spent Saturday morning April 19, 1967 painting historical murals on the boards surrounding the burnt out(1965 fire) northwest corner of the main intersection as part of a Centennial project sponsored by the History Club. (Argus)




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WEDNESDAY, May 10/17





-EESS hosts: Girls Soccer v CECI


-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Soccer v CECI

-Thu -Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex; 2:30- 7:30 pm

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

-Thu/Sun -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

-Fri -Library Speaker: Gail Barker: Living With Ease; 10:30 am; Preregister

-Sat -Aylmer Canada 150th Parade; 11 am; Start at Fairgrounds

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordvile hosts Oxford C., 8 pm





-Van Acker, Yvonne Georgette of Tillsonburg, formerly of Straffordville, passed away on Sunday aged 93. Predeceased by husband Henry (2002). Survivors: one son etc.. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg, on Thursday at 10 am.










(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Wellington St.

-Both stations responded to a vehicle fire on Plank Rd near Light Line. No injuries.





(Jerry Lee, Chairman of the Port Bruce Ratepayers Association, sent a note to Malahide Council Thursday on upcoming plans/questions by the group. Malahide Clerk Diana Wilson sent these replies from Eugenio Dimeo, Malahide Director of Community and Corporate Services:)

1-Up grades to pavilion/pier from Canada 150 grant? – The work relating to the Canada 150 Grant project would be completed by the end of this year.

2-Desire to set up a tire refilling station? -The Staff would work with the PBRA regarding the installation of an air filling station at the pavilion.

3. Desire to install a one head sprinkler in playground by pavilion? – The Staff would review the location of the one head sprinkler/splash pad and would ensure that it was installed in a spot that it would fit best.

5.  Apply for pier improvement grants? – The Municipal Staff were always investigating grant opportunities that would allow for repairs to be completed to the pier.

6. Setting up of a handicap parking zone by pavilion? – The handicap parking zone will be re-established.

8. Continue Beach Cleanup? – If the Council wished to be the lead agency to coordinate the annual beach clean-up and installation of the mobility mats, the Municipal Staff would undertake the necessary actions. The beach clean-up for this year is scheduled to be undertaken on May 31, 2017.





(Zach Annen, grandson of Case and Jane Annen of Aylmer, finished his fourth year last fall as a starting center with the Carleton Ravens university football team in Ottawa. Sunday he was picked in the fifth round, 39th overall, by the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL draft. Zach is profiled as six foot four, 285 pounds. His reaction:

“I was very surprised when I was drafted; it wasn’t long ago that I was hoping to just play university football (he graduated from Parkside) so to get a chance to now play professional football is surreal. The fact that it was the Montreal Alouettes, a team with a rich history and an awesome fan base, just makes this experience that much better. My agent and I had discussed when I would most likely get drafted and the 5th round was certainly a possibility but we were thinking that it would be later. Coming into university I had always wanted to play in the CFL but it didn’t seem like a very achievable goal while playing on the defensive line. When I switched over to offensive line after my second season and excelled there, it seemed more and more likely that I could eventually play in the CFL  I still have one more year of study for my aerospace engineering degree so I will be going back in September and playing for the Carleton Ravens. After I am finished my degree in April I will look to sign back on with the Alouettes and pursue what the CFL has to offer.”





(Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Farms north of Aylmer provided this information on how he dealt with the frost threat in the past several days:) –  “We irrigated from 9 pm until 8 am on both Sunday and Monday nights, it’s pretty soggy out there now. The flowers were saved, but with all the water we had to put on, the roots might be compromised from standing water. Time will tell.”





Work has begun on installing new sewer lines on Cedar St. in north Aylmer (kb) (CLICK)




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TUESDAY, May 8/17





-EESS hosts: Girls Soccer v AVSS


-Wed -EESS hosts: Girls Soccer v CECI

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Soccer v CECI

-Thu -Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex; 2:30- 7:30 pm

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

-Thu/Sun -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Canada 150th Parade; 11 am; Start at Fairgrounds

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordvile hosts Oxford C., 8 pm





For the first time in recent memory, EESS will not sponsor or host the annual Prom. Teacher Narda Robbins, last year’s staff adviser for the event – which has included a dinner in recent years – confirmed the change. Commented Principal Tom McLeod: “It’s not really a new idea as there has been a trend across the province for years to not have an on site Prom. These are not the facilities students seem to want. we have different expectations of how it should be run and there have been problems for us with doing off site supervision. There are only a few schools across TVDSB that still host it but most have found it more challenging to host. There were a few issues last year but nothing major. We sat down with the graduating students in the fall and came to a mutual decision that it would not be held at the school.” Mr. McLeod said had heard that a non-school Prom was still being planned.






Aylmer Council at their regular meeting Monday accepted the tender of Grassmere Construction of Tillsonburg to build a new Public Works building at a cost of $1,150,000. The existing building is on Myrtle St.. The new building will be located behind the Canadian Tire store with access from Chipchase Court. A new salt/sand shed was erected there in 2014-5 at a cost of $380,000. The PW building is expected to be completed by the end of the year.





-Rossol, Edward of Belmont passed away Thursday in his 60th year. Survivors: wife Susanne Willsey; two stepsons etc.. He was born in Saskatchewan and most recently was employed at AECOM. Visitation on Saturday June 3 at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 pm with a get together on June 4 at 1 pm at the German Canadian Club Aylmer.





Among decisions made by Aylmer Council at their regular meetings on May 1st and May 8th:

-ALTERNATIVE VOTING – Council approves the use of the Internet/Telephone alternative voting method for the 2018 Municipal Election

A & W -Council gave final reading to a bylaw to approve the signing of an agreement with CP Reit Ontario Properties for the purchase of a property on John St. north, just north of No Frills; their site plan indicates the building of an A & W restaurant

PETITION AGAINST COMPLEX LIBRARY – Bill Murch of the Aylmer Library Expansion Supporters presented a petition to Council signed by 1,412 persons, urging Council to locate the library in the downtown core area

BUILDING PERMITS UP – Kale Brown Director of Planning reported that 71 building permits were issued in 2016, up from 57 in 2015 with single family dwellings increasing from 15 to 23 in that period; he also noted that in the first four months of 2017, 30 permits have been issued.




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MONDAY, May 8/17





-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

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


-Tue -EESS hosts: Girls Soccer v AVSS

-Wed -EESS hosts: Girls Soccer v CECI

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Soccer v CECI

-Thu -Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex; 2:30- 7:30 pm

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

-Thu/Sun -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Canada 150th Parade; 11 am; Start at Fairgrounds





(Contributed by Barb Warnock of A.C.T.) – “Aylmer Community Theatre brings another Canadian premiere, The Savannah Sipping Society, to the stage (see ad). When four unique women, each living on their own in a strange city, meet up, their lives change. Randa, a workaholic, is struggling with an unexpected career derailment. Dot, newly widowed, is devastated by the loss of the idyllic retirement she and her husband had planned. Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal, also lost her husband, to a 23 year old dental hygienist. And Jinx, a fireball of a girl, joins the group as their life coach. Laughter and hilarious misadventures (and the occasional liquid refreshment) bring this diverse group together and makes them realize that it is never too late to make new old friends. Starring Judy Jacoletti, Barbara Warnock, Sue Evert, and Karen Lewis, and directed by Peter Leack, the show hits the boards for a preview performance, on Thursday, May 11. Opening night followed by meet and greet with the cast and crew is on Friday, May 12. Tickets are available at Campbell’s II, The Prime Ingredient, online at www.aylmertheatre.ca, by calling (519) 765-3039, or at the door.”










(Contributed) -Aylmer’s Canada 150 Parade will be held this Saturday beginning at 11 am on Talbot Street. It will start at the Aylmer Fairgrounds and will travel west along Talbot Street, turning down Elm Street and ending in Optimist Park where the Tulip Festival will begin. There will be colourful local entries, giant Canada themed inflatables, and talented marching bands. If you are interested in putting in a float or parade entry please contact the Kinsmen Club at aylmerkinsmen@hotmail.com

The Tulip Festival will also be held on Saturday from 12:30-5:30 pm at Optimist/Kinsmen Parks. The free events include: Ferris Wheel Rides, Petting Zoo, Youth Entertainment, Live Music, Disc Golf Tournament, Photos with Giant Beaver Inflatable, Art and Vendors etc.. There will be a BBQ.

The Canada 150 Committee is looking for volunteers to help with any of their events; please contact Anne MacDonald at kamacdonald@amtelecom.net.





-Cummings, Thelma Eileen of Aylmer passed away Thursday in her 96th year. Wife of the late Wallace Roy Cummings(1992). Survivors: three children including Brian Cummings(Rose Mary) of Aylmer etc.. She was a resident of Summers Corners for over 70 years. The funeral was held Saturday; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.





EECC General Manager James Allen confirmed that his report on the effect on programs of putting the library in the hall areas at the EECC, which was presented at an EECC Interim Board meeting Wednesday, would have resulted in a minimum revenue loss of $82,000. This included: $50,000 in hall rentals budgeted for 2017 (including exercise classes), $9000 budgeted for shuffleboard, pickleball programs etc., $3000 budgeted for kitchen use, and $20-$25000 in ice rental/hall related use. The Interim Board voted to abandon the proposal.





(Contributed) – Elgin St. Thomas Public Health is once again launching a campaign encouraging residents to share their stories of how they quit smoking to inspire others to do the same. In 2016 four former smokers were recognized. This year’s prize is a $100 gift card of their choice to either Canadian Tire, Marks Work Warehouse, Indigo or The Source – five winners will be picked. Similar to 2016, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health plans to share the local success stories on their website. Former smokers who want to share their quit story can email stopsmoking@elginhealth.on.ca no later than Friday, May 19th, 2017.





(Press Release) – AYLMER – WeedMD made its debut on the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday and received its final Health Canada clearance to sell its product on Friday. WeedMD has a 26,000 sq. ft. indoor facility in Aylmer, part of the former Imperial Tobacco plant. They are currently negotiating with the town to plan the construction of a $3 million, 220,000 sq. ft. addition. They have 35 employees with hopes of increasing that number to 100 with the addition. They began growing and storing plants last spring.




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THURSDAY, May 4/17





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

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls, Boys Soccer v WESS


-Sat -Library: Free Comic Book Day/Dress Up; All day

-Sat -Bayham Electronics DropOff; 9 am-1; Straff. C. Centre

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell at Straffordville, 8 pm


-Mon -Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Mon -Mennonite Networking Conference; Bradley St. C of God; 9 am





(From Peter Dragunas of the Catfish CCA) – “This is a Flood Outlook, Watershed Conditions Statement. Southern Ontario is forecast to receive significant precipitation over the next several days. Rain is expected to spread into most of Southwestern Ontario today and rainfall is predicted to be heavy at times… Since the ground is already saturated from earlier rainfall this week infiltration is expected to be minimal, consequent direct surface runoff to watercourses is anticipated; this coupled with higher than normal channel flows, the potential exists for localized flooding in low-lying flood prone areas along open channels within the Catfish Creek Conservation Authorities watershed areas.”





In another surprise twist on Aylmer Library expansion plans, the EECC Interim Board at their regular meeting last night voted near unanimously to not endorse the relocation of the library to the EECC. The motion was actually introduced by Aylmer Co. Peter Barbour who six weeks earlier had brought forth a sudden motion at Aylmer Council to move the library to the Complex. The vote last night was 12-1 with Aylmer Co. Shari Andrews being the only vote against; Aylmer Co. Mary French was absent. The motion was debated after a report by EECC General Manager James Allen on the effect on programs of putting the library in the hall areas at the EECC.


Mal. Dep-Mayor Jim Jenkins – From the census reported today there is a growing number of seniors who do pickleball etc. and it is the responsibility of our municipality to make sure these activities are available

Ayl. Co. Barbara Ann Laur – What intrigues me most is the revenue potential here. This committee went to great lengths to change things here and in one year we have seen a lot of goodwill, people are happy with what is going on here

Ayl. Co. Barbour – James (Allen) and this committee have done a lot to enhance this as a community space and if the library comes here there will be negative impact. There are still people flowing through this building. The library plan here has divided the community and that is not good. The concept of a library here needs strong support of these councils and I don’t think that strength is here. Our plan erred. We should have done a real estate transaction but Aylmer tried to be the nice guy, we should have done it like a business. So if there is no support lets stop it tonight

Ayl. Co. Ted MacDonald – This place has cost us a lot for over 11 years and it has only begun to turn around lately. The Leisure Plan study said we needed an anchor tenant and we could have a good one with the county paying for 10,000 square feet. (As well) Malahide has said it doesn’t want to pay for leasehold improvements and this is not our library. But this library serves 13,000 people – the county has said that is our cachement area – including 6000 in Malahide. Here it is (the library plan) on a silver platter and we’re saying we’re not interested?

Ayl. Co. Arthur Oslach – The library would have a negative impact financially and in serving people if it came here. Looking at everything I think it should be back downtown. Years ago it was a different ball game. What we have done here now is fantastic. I see the future here as up, up, up.

Mal. Co. Chester Glinski – The sizes suggested by Spriet don’t do anything for the complex. What about its use as an emergency centre, do we have to use boards over the ice? What about the cost of traffic lights here? When we first talked about this three years ago I was on the other side but not anymore.

Mal. Mayor Dave Mennill – Whenever we use these halls for anything other than what they were designed for we tie James’ hands, I am not willing to support moving the library here.





(Information from Chief Randy White)

Apr 26, Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Plank Rd

Apr 29, Station 1 Port Burwell, wires down on Edison Dr. Vienna

Apr 30, Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Victoria St.



PT BURWELL – (From Bayham Fire Chief Randy White and Elgin OPP) – Bayham Fire Services at Pt. Burwell were called in as a medical assist to an incident on Godby Line, northeast of here, on Saturday night around 7 pm. A man was hit by a large tree and pinned to the ground. Fire crews used rescue air bags to free him. CPR was initiated and continued with EMS. Elgin OPP confirmed the 71 year old male died, that the death has been deemed non-suspicious and that the investigation has concluded.





The 20th annual Mennonite Networking Conference will be held at the Bradley St. Church of God in Aylmer on Monday from 9 am to 3:30. The conference, which is booked full, is aimed at helping service providers better understand the religious and cultural differences that distinguish the Low German Mennonite group. The keynote speakers are Sam Steiner former Conrad Grebel Librarian on Ontario Mennonites: Understanding Diversities and Eddy Rempel of Aylmer on My Low German Heritage.





(For East Elgin, from Environment Canada, at 5 am) – Heavy rain is expected. The ground, already near saturation, has little ability to absorb further rainfall – there is the potential for local flooding. About 40-70 mm of rain is expected this morning through Saturday.





The monthly meeting of the Otter Valley Naturalists will be held Monday at 7 pm at the Vienna Community Centre with speaker Leanne Gauthier-Helmer on Frogs of Southwestern Ontario.




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