Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7/16

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AYLMER EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI; Boys BBall v PCI

-Fri-Sat -Cram the Cruiser at Elgin Feeds (Fri until 6 pm, Sat until 3 pm)

-Sat -Straffordville Santa Parade; 10:30 am

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lucan, 7:30 pm

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS (1-1) 4 Glendale 0

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 2 WESS 1

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – EESS 3 WESS 0; JR – EESS 3 WESS 0

*Kendra Horlick of EESS Sr Girls BBall team was one of three players presented with the new Miss Basketball Award at last night’s TVRAA All-star game.

 

 

MUSEUM: USE AYLMER LIBRARY RESERVE?

 

ST.THOMAS – A recent report to Elgin County Council stated that a new county museum is in the works. It has received $485,800 in funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage Canada Cultural Spaces and County Council has committed $514,200 totaling $1 million for the project. Brian Masschaele, Director of Community and Cultural Services, said it will be 3,000 sq. ft. and is to be located beside the current administrative offices on Sunset Road. Construction will begin in March 2017 with a completion date of late summer or early fall.

 

Mr. Masschaele also said that Council will be asked in their spring budget to approve using their Aylmer Library Reserve as a funding source for Council’s contribution. The reserve is $200,000 and the county would use $100,000. He said-the monies will not be repaid because the 100,000 left should be sufficient for Aylmer’s future usage. Added Mr. Masschaele: “The $200,000 was approved in the County budget in 2014 when designs for a new building in Aylmer of over 10,000 square feet were unfolding. This amount has since been moved forward each year. However, we do not know how large any future project may be (should it take place) and whether it will be larger or smaller than the original proposal. The county does have another project that is definitely moving forward in 2017 (museum) so we are recommending to draw on these funds for that project in order to eliminate impact to ratepayers in 2017 for that project while still leaving a sufficient amount in the budget for a potential Aylmer Library project in a future year. When / if that project materializes, we will plan accordingly for it in a future budget but we will at least have money already set aside to minimize future impact to ratepayers.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Farquhar, Ross Fleming of  Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away Sunday in his 86th year. Survivors: wife Olivia (Low) Farquhar; four children etc.. A family funeral service will be held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Williams, Jack of St. Thomas and formerly of Vienna passed away on November 30 at the age of 90 years. Survivors: wife Connie (Emerson) Williams; four children etc.. The Funeral Service was held Monday; arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg.

 

 

EESS SPORTS PREVIEW: BOYS HOCKEY

 

(Information on the upcoming boys’ hockey season is from Coach Chris Wismer) – “We are looking to win the South for the 4th year in a row. We have most of the team returning including our Captain Tyler MacPherson anchoring the Defence.  We have goaltending by committee with all 4 being good enough to take over the starting role. It will be scoring by committee on forward as well with 4 balanced lines that all have the ability to score. PCI will be a tough team and Tillsonburg/Ingersoll will likely be the strong East teams. CoCoaches are Doug Lusk and Marie Fitzgerald.

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY

 

Among Aylmer Council decisions made last Monday at their regular meeting:

-The request from Councillor Oslach on behalf of Immanuel Christian School, about installing an outdoor ice rink on the school property, be referred to Staff to review insurance requirements and to submit a Report to a future Council meeting.

-Malahide Deputy Mayor Wolfe and the other members of the Terrace Lodge Fundraising Committee be invited to attend the January 16, 2017 Council meeting, to provide additional information about the Committee

-With respect to the Report from the Director of Planning and Development about the Heritage Renovations at 76 King Street: Staff be directed to prepare a Report to coincide with the building permit application process.

 

 

TWO LOSSES FOR BROCK

 

The Brock University womens’ basketball team (2-4) lost  both games in Ottawa this past weekend in OUA basketball.  They were downed 73-49 by Carleton as Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen  connected for 14 points for Brock and they were defeated 79-64 by the University of Ottawa as Cornelissen led her team with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Brock now has a break until the new year.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Dec. 6/16

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AYLMER EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v Glendale; Girls VBall v WESS

 

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI; Boys BBall v PCI

-Fri-Sat -Cram the Cruiser at Elgin Feeds (Fri until 6 pm, Sat until 3 pm)

-Sat -Straffordville Santa Parade; 10:30 am

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lucan, 7:30 pm

 

 

EESS SPORTS MON.:

 

-GIRLS HOCKEY – Ingersoll 6 EESS 0

 

 

BELMONT MISCHIEF

 

(From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP continues to investigate current acts of mischief occurring in Belmont. On two separate occasions on weekend evenings, people have tied a rope across the roadway near Belmont Rd. and Washburn Street.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

FORMER PT. BURWELL COUNCILLOR, JOURNALIST

-Spicer, Allan Mervin of Pt. Burwell passed away Sunday in his 72nd year. Survivors: wife Mary (Vanderweegen) Spicer; three children including Dylan Spicer of Port Burwell etc.. He worked in agricultural sales and in later years with Can Grow Crop Solutions, was a councillor for Port Burwell, was editor of “Harbour Lights” and a current contributor to the Lake Erie Beacon. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday, December 12 at 11 am.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

-Nov 30, Stn 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Plank Rd

-Nov 30, Stn 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Pitt St.

-Dec 4, Stn 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Ottergate Line

-Dec 4, Stn 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Nova Scotia Line

 

 

BAYHAM OFFICES MOVING

 

(Information on the relocation of the Bayham Municipal Offices is from Bayham CEO Paul Shipway) – “The existing Municipal Office is open December 19-21. On December 22 and 23rd the Municipal Office will be closed as staff move systems to the new location at 56169 Heritage Line (Straffordville Community Centre). The Municipal Office will open there on January 3. The move avoids capital costs at the existing municipal office, utilizes underutilized space at the Community Centre and has the potential for operational savings. Council has declared the present property surplus and the same is listed for sale.

 

 

CHRIST-MUST LIST 2: 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 from 9-6 pm and Saturday from 9-3 pm. The Police will leave a cruiser on the Elgin Feeds parking lot for people to donate toys for the Aylmer Optimist Club and food for the Aylmer Corner Cupboard.

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE PS SINGS FOR KNIGHTS

 

(Contributed) – About 20 staff and students from Straffordville Public School will sing O Canada prior to the London Knights vs. MIssissauga Steelheads game this Friday night. This is the fourth year that the school has done this. About 100 family members are expected to attend the game with the choir.

 

 

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MONDAY, Dec. 5/16

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AYLMER. EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

 

-Tue -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v Glendale; Girls VBall v WESS

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI; Boys BBall v PCI

-Fri-Sat -Cram the Cruiser at Elgin Feeds (Fri until 6 pm, Sat until 3 pm)

-Sat -Straffordville Santa Parade; 10:30 am

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lucan, 7:30 pm

 

 

LIBRARY GROWTH ELSEWHERE

 

A number of interested citizens attended an information meeting Thursday at the Aylmer Baptist Church on how libraries in other centres are expanding in terms of vision and physical plant, notably London Public library and Dorchester Public Library. Julie Gonyou, Senior Director Administration and Special Projects for London Library and a resident of Elgin, spoke on how her library is building their library to “go beyond books and embrace technology, allowing space for creative and innovative projects by individuals/groups and by acting as a resource for community agencies”. Lindsay Brock, CEO of Middlesex Library, outlined the recent new expansion of the Dorchester library which has doubled in size with a $1.06 million addition as they also become more of a “community hub”.

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE SANTA PARADE SAT.

 

(Information from John Kirby) – “The Straffordville Christmas Parade will be held Saturday at 10:30 am. The parade will commence at the Straffordville Public School and finish up at the Firehall where we will host Santa Claus, hand out goody bags and have hot chocolate. Mudfords donates the candy. This year’s parade is sponsored by the Bayham Beachfest Committee and aided through generous donations from the community, including the Straffordville Hall Foundation.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Grant, Madge (Wolfe) of Brantford and formerly of Straffordville passed away November 28 in her 99th year. Predeceased by her husband Lyle R. Grant. Survivors: two children etc.. The funeral service was held at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Friday.

 

-Dickhout, Ward of Aylmer passed away Saturday in his 90th year. Survivors: wife Irene (Legg) Dickhourt; two children including Larry Dickhout of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Malahide, was with the Ministry of Agriculture as a milk tester and was also Sec. Treasurer of Kettle Creek and Catfish Creek Conservation Authorities for many years. He received a Senior Citizen award in 2002 from the Town of Aylmer. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 1 pm.

 

-Lindsay, Beverly Anne of R.R. 2, Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 87th year. Wife of the late Rev. Raymond Lindsay(2003). Survivors: four children including Richard Lindsay of Springfield, and Roberta Tenk (Fred) and Cynthia Earhart, all of Aylmer etc.. She was born in New York and with her husband lived in a number of communities in Canada and America as part of their church ministry. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– December 2, 2016, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– December 3, 2016, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

 

 

SPITS GIVE RIVALS FITS

 

AYLMER – Aylmer Spitfires continued their torrid start by registering victories against their closest competitors in two weekend games in Provincial Junior C hockey. Friday in Mt Brydges the Spitfires snapped a 4-4 tie midway through the third to push past fourth place Mt. Brydges 7-4. Cody Underhill sniped two goals for Aylmer with singles going to Jesiah Sweetland, Luke Reiger, Jack Underhill, Kyle Dicico and Sebastien Nogueira.

Saturday at home Aylmer extended their lead over third place Exeter with a 5-4 win after Exeter had streaked to a 4-2 edge after the opening frame. James Collins scored twice for the Spits with singles going to Jack Underhill, Luke Bettencourt and Nogueira. The Spitfires maintain second place in the nine team league with a record of 17 wins 5 losses and a tie. This weekend they host Lucan Saturday.

AYLMER 5 EXETER 4

Period 1

Aylmer – Jack Underhill (Dawson Winchester, Jesiah Sweetland) 2:55

Exeter – Jon Baker (Max Bannon) 3:25

Aylmer – James Collins (unassisted) 3:59

Exeter – Adam Gibb (Christian Petrozza) 4:38

Exeter – Jon Baker (unassisted) 4:52

Exeter – Max Bannon (Christian Petrozza, Connor Drager) 18:16

Period 2

Aylmer – James Collins (Cody Underhill, Jake Morin) 1:34

Aylmer – Luke Bettencourt (Sebastian Nogueira) 7:25

Period 3

Aylmer – Sebastian Nogueira (Luke Bettencourt, Matt Bond) 5:24

 

 

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THURSDAY, Dec. 1/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu -Library Speakers; Baptist Church; 7 pm (see Mon. report)

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

 

-Sat -Aylmer Parade; Eastlink ch 10; 6 pm, 8 pm (Sun – 4pm)

-Sat -Springfield Christmas Parade; 1 pm

-Sat -Pt Burwell Christmas Parade; 6 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Exeter: 7:30 pm

-Sun -Belmont Christmas Parade; 6 pm

-Sun -Lessons/Carols Service: Christian Ref. Church; 7 pm

 

-Mon -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE OUTDOOR RINK

 

(Information from Ken Andrews) – “The Straffordville rink (this year) is being relocated to the concrete pad surface behind the Community Centre by the same Volunteer Team as last year – Brad Andrews, Pete Wiebe, Mike Wolfe, Gord Tate, Cory Matthews and myself. It will be the same size as last year with a new 40′ X 100′ plastic liner purchased with donations received from the Tillsonburg branch of the CIBC and local businesses W.J. Roofing Ltd, Rose’s Sandytown Variety and The Sunshine Restaurant. The Outdoor Ice Skating Rink will be subject to the same rules as last year, for public skating purposes only (no Hockey). We also intend to conduct ongoing tests and research this winter season to see if it is feasible to frame out the perimeter of the entire 82′ X 170′ concrete pad for flooding without the need for a fragile and cumbersome plastic liner entirely. If successful we will be able to enjoy a much larger ice skating surface area. We are also hoping for  much better ice making weather for the 2016/2017 winter season.”

 

 

TOWN TRUCK STOLEN!

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 2010 red Town of Aylmer pickup truck was stolen from the Parkview Heights Parks building sometime on the weekend. Police Chief Andre Reymer confirmed it was still missing today.

 

 

UPDATE: SPRINGFIELD BAPTISTS’ FAMILY 

 

(Information on the sponsorship of a family from Iraq by Springfield Baptist Church about a year ago is from church pastor John Twinem. The family is from Baghdad but had to flee to Jordan in 2009. The church found a residence for them – there are five in the family with the three children ranging in age from 10 to 21 – just north of Tillsonburg:) – “The process has been a learning experience, working across cultural differences. The issue hasn’t been language, so much, as it has been the how different cultures communicate and interact. So for instance, in Middle Eastern culture there is an unwritten “3 day rule” – if you are not in contact with a friend inside of every three days, it’s probably because you are angry at them, The same rule is not a part of Canadian culture. Both cultures have to find out about the reality inside of the other culture’s “unwritten rules” in order to prevent misunderstandings.

The Manhis are becoming more and more comfortable inside our culture. Our sponsorship initially was for a year, but we are extending it a little longer in order to make sure that economic circumstances for the family are stable. The family now has a G2 licensed driver and two G1 licensed drivers so that they are gaining some transportation freedom and able to use the car the church provided for them. Milad, their daughter, will be graduating from high school at the end of this semester and has “straight A’s” in her university stream courses; she is also working part time at a factory in Tillsonburg and volunteering at the Tillsonburg hospital. Ahmed, the older son, is presently commuting into London daily in order to finish his high school diploma at the G.A. Wheable Adult Education Centre; he also is the family driver, having taken his G1, driver’s ed, and now his G2. Ahmed also works part time at a truck washing service in order to pay for automobile insurance. Ali is doing well in Grade 6 at Southridge Public School. Rafid, their father, has been able just recently to move from a minimum wage job, to work in a pork production facility where he is paid substantially more than minimum. 

We’re examining options for long term home ownership through Habitat for Humanity, As for another sponsorship, that would be a possibility in the future, and the lessons learned through this first involvement will be of great help if we do this again.”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

ONT. INVESTS IN AYLMER SHRIMP

AYLMER – Yesterday Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, visited the site of the new Planet Shrimp Inc. in Aylmer to announce an investment in the company of up to $237,216 through the Local Food Fund.  The funding will allow Planet Shrimp to acquire exclusive technology to produce marine shrimp without the use of antibiotics and hormones on a large-scale indoor shrimp farm – the first of its kind in Canada. This project will create 15 new jobs and help to retain four more. The shrimp plant, slated to begin production in June, is to be housed in a building of the Elgin Innovation Centre – the former Imperial Tobacco plant.

 

 

DEER POPULATION THIS FALL

 

(Information from Kyle Stanley, Management Biologist in Aylmer for the MNRF) – “Based on the preliminary indications, since the season is on-going, it appears that the white-tailed deer hunt is going well in East Elgin this fall and hunters are having success. The deer population appears to be within the targeted density range and relatively stable.”

 

 

NEAR UPSET FOR BROCK

 

ST.CATHARINES – The Brock University womens’ basketball team (2-2) lost an overtime thriller 94-90 to McMaster, the #1 ranked team in Canada, Saturday here in OUA basketball.  Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen led Brock with 25 points and 15 rebounds. This weekend Brock travels to Ottawa to play Carleton and U of Ottawa.

 

 

EESS NEWS

 

by ALEXIS FEHR

“Many people have been getting out of classes all week due to college and university visits. On Monday Nov. 21 Queens College visited, on Tuesday Brock University visited, on Wednesday Georgian College visited and on Friday UOIT visited. Thursday was the last day to buy spirit wear, for those who wanted customization. Today an immunization clinic will visit the school from 9-11 am for those who need to update their immunizations. Tomorrow the leadership class has organized a tie dye event for students and teachers. where you bring in whatever you want tie dyed and you dye it. There is a minimum donation fee of $2, but if you want you can donate more. Friday Dec. 2 is the very last day to buy Semi Formal tickets online. Not much to do around East, but if someone were to ask a student if there’s a lot going on they would most definitely say yes for there is much homework to get done besides all these other activities.”

 

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu -Library Speakers; Baptist Church; 7 pm (see Mon. report)

 

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

-Sat -Springfield Christmas Parade; 1 pm

-Sat -Pt Burwell Christmas Parade; 6 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Exeter: 7:30 pm

-Sun -Belmont Christmas Parade; 6 pm

-Sun -Lessons/Carols Service: Christian Ref. Church; 7 pm

 

 

AYLMER PARADE ON EASTLINK CH 10

 

-Dec 3 at 6pm and 8pm

-Dec 4 at 4pm

-Dec 24 at 4 pm and 8 pm

-Dec 25 at 9 am and 6 pm

 

 

EASTLINK PHONE BOOKS

 

The 2016 Eastlink Phone books are available now at Studers, Granger Fuels, New Sarum Diner, Springfield Cravings Restaurant, Springfield Post Office, Eden Store, Mudford Family Food Town in Straffordville, Valley Variety in Vienna and The Wood Connection in Copenhagen.

 

 

PT. BURWELL SANTA PARADE SAT.

 

(Information from John Kirby) – The Pt. Burwell Santa Parade will be held Saturday at 6 pm. It will be the same route as in previous years, staging at the Port Burwell Legion and ending at the Lighthouse. There we will have a Christmas Blessing, Hot Chocolate and Cookies and of course Santa Claus will be handing out candy at the Lighthouse.

 

 

TVDSB TO CONTINUE CLOSINGS STUDY

 

LONDON – Last Tuesday the TVDSB met and approved a motion to begin the Pupil Accommodation Review process – with a fact finding review as the next step. Springfield Public School is one of four area elementary schools slated to be closed if the study is adopted and a new school is built in Belmont and about sixty of their supporters attended the meeting.

Said spokesperson Jessica Goodwin of the Springfield Closing Parents group: “We were not surprised but we were very happy with some of the concerned questions from the trustees. Our next step is to select a committee to run these meetings with the board and to attend orientation on December 14. We will continue to build our fight and have our weekly meetings. We encourage people to attend the meetings.”

Commented spokesperson Kristy Thorogood of the New Sarum Public School Closing Parents group concerning the board voting to go ahead with the study: “We as a community are very upset with the outcome…we will go forth with a fight to keep New Sarum open. Monday night a bunch of us represented New Sarum at a Central Elgin council meeting where two of our parents made a presentation as to why council members should support us in our fight. We feel confident we will have some support. From here we will continue to do research, have meetings and continue our strategy to keep our school open which is in the best interest of our kids.”

 

 

COMMENTS ON AYLMER PARADE:

 

-Sarah Piche -“It was a great time as always. Kids had a blast as did the parents. Love the bands!

-Madeline Sobry – It was good but the commentators couldn’t see the floats until they were in front of them from the people standing on the road.

-Kevin Ross – Too many long gaps.

-Lyn St Pierre – Kids loved the paw patrol group!

-Alysha Steel – Take the clowns out!

-Trillian Golginfrachans – The clowns have always been Santa’s helpers, they collect food for the food bank, and give out candy

-Doug, Deb Waite – Santa was the best ever!

-Mj Huller Mackenzie – I could listen to the Drum bands and the Pipe bands all day long! Love it!

-Anne Fehr Begley – Lots of interesting vehicles but there were too few bands playing Christmas music. That’s what gets people in the spirit.

-Julie Murphy Neufeld – No disrespect to jolly ol’ Saint Nick but seeing Sky, Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol was the highlight for my young kids. 

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Kirby, Kenneth Keith of Vienna/Pt. Burwell passed away Monday aged 80 years. Survivors: wife Norma (Jones) Kirby; four sons etc.. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Thursday from 11 am – 1 pm followed by the Funeral Service at 1 pm.

 

 

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Burlington Band in Saturday’s Parade:

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TUESDAY, Nov. 29/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Family Central Volunteers Info. Night; 7 pm

-Library Program: Thunderstamps Robotics; 4:30 pm

 

-Thu -Library Speakers; Baptist Church; 7 pm (see Mon. report)

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

-Sat -Springfield Christmas Parade; 1 pm

-Sat -Pt Burwell Christmas Parade; 6 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Exeter: 7:30 pm

-Sun -Belmont Christmas Parade; 6 pm

-Sun -Lessons/Carols Service: Christian Ref. Church; 7 pm

*No Kids and Company performance this December

 

 

RECAP: AYLMER SANTA PARADE

 

(Aylmer Kinsmen and Parade Co-Organizer Paul Bode provides this reflection on last Saturday’s Santa Parade) – “The consensus of the Kinsmen Club was that the parade was as good as in past years. We felt the quality of floats and number of entries was very good again. We believe the crowd might have been bigger than usual thanks to the weather cooperating. We even think the Corner Cupboard collections were higher than in the past. We did unfortunately have a band drop out at the very last minute. Most of the members of the Steel Drum band were here; however, the band leader who was also the keeper of the instruments had a medical emergency while leaving for Aylmer. The club received great reviews again for the giant balloon we’ve rented for the past few years and for once again having the drum line perform in the parade.  Apparently the appearance by the “Paw Patrol” almost eclipsed the main attraction, Santa Claus. One criticism we’ve heard a lot is about the gaps between entries. We really don’t know how to fix that. All the entries leave the staging area at the same pace and intervals. The Kinsmen thank the community for attending and participating and we would really like to thank all the merchants, businesses and services who helped subsidize the largest annual event in Aylmer.”

 

Float of Mt. Salem Christian School in Saturday's Parade (kb) (CLICK)

Float of Mt. Salem Christian School in Saturday’s Parade (kb) (CLICK)

 

Float of Immanuel Christian School in Saturday's Parade (kb) (CLICK)

Float of Immanuel Christian School in Saturday’s Parade (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

COMMENT ON THE SANTA PARADE?

 

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BAYHAM HOUSE FIRE

 

(Information from Chief Randy White) – VIENNA – “Both stations attended a structure fire Sunday afternoon. A barn converted to a residence on Creek Rd. caught fire. The homeowner smelled smoke and determined there was a fire in the attic space. The entire attic space was involved on arrival and spread quickly into the main floor. The roof structure was compromised early on so fire crews were unable to safely make entry. The fire was pushed back long enough for crews to retrieve valuable and personal items for the homeowners, but in the end the house had to be pulled apart with a hi-hoe for final extinguishment. Malahide Fire was called for mutual aid.”

 

 

LESSONS, CAROLS SERVICE SUNDAY

 

(Contributed) – The annual “ Lessons & Carols” service hosted by the Aylmer Community Choir and the Ministerial Association will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church this Sunday at 7 pm. Musical participants include: a quartet from the Aylmer Area Community Band, SOUL, Aylmer Evangelical Church Ensemble, EMMC Worship team, Aylmer Area Community Choir and soloists Sarah Twinem and Sophia Thiessen. The service celebrates the Christmas Story through readings and songs. A free will offering for the Corner Cupboard will be taken.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– November 22, 2016, Station #2, Stations #3 & #4, Norton Street, Chimney Fire

– November 23, 2016, Station #2 assisted by Station #3, Imperial Road, MVC

– November 25, 2016, Station #3, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– November 25, 2016, Station #1, Levi Street, Station #1, Medical Assist

– November 26, 2016, Station #2 assisted by Station #1, Carter Road, MVC

– November 27, 2016, Station #1, Station #3, Creek Road, Bayham, Mutual Aid

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Jenkins, Leila Mildred of  St.Thomas and formerly a longtime resident of Belmont passed away Monday in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Donald Jenkins (2010). Survivors: four children including Gordon Jenkins (Ruth) and Charlie Jenkins (Betty Jane), all of Belmont etc.. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday from 11 am- 1 pm with the funeral service held there at 1 pm.

 

 

BELMONT SANTA PARADE SUNDAY

 

(Information from Leigh Mauer) – “The 14th 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 Central Elgin Fire Department for local area food banks. The Christmas without Cole float will be collecting unwrapped gifts for children. The unwrapped gifts will benefit London Childrens’ Hospital and Rotholme Womens’ and Family Shelter. There will be free hot chocolate at Farrow Financial. Four bands – Ingersoll Pipe Band, Mocha Oriental Band, Tomato Soup Band and a Steel Band – will be performing. For float registration please contact Peggy Cameron at 519-644-0956.”

 

 

“CHRISTMUST LIST ” – OPTIMIST TOY DRIVE

 

(Information on the annual Aylmer Optimist Club Christmas Toy Drive is from Dave Dohnt) – “The drop off areas are: Waydan Auto Repair Talbot St. east, Oswell Chiropractor Centre Talbot St. west, ICS Courier Service Talbot St. west, Dekmar John St. south, Aylmer Legion, Valu Mart, the Aylmer Express and McTaggart, Armstrong, Dewar & Owen Talbot St. west. Items can be dropped off during business hours or we can pick them up – call: 773-8475. Delivery date is Friday December 23. The needs are: toys for all age groups up to 15 years of age plus hats and mittens (no coats). We have been doing this service for some 50 years; last year we delivered presents to over 600 kids; about 80% of the toys donated are new.”

 

 

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MONDAY, Nov. 28/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue -Family Central Volunteers Info. Night; 7 pm

-Tue -Thunderstamps Robotics; Library Upstairs; 4:30 pm

-Thu -Library Speakers; Baptist Church; 7 pm (see Mon report)

-Sat -Springfield Christmas Parade 1 pm

-Sat -Pt Burwell Christmas Parade; 6 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Exeter: 7:30 pm

-Sun -Belmont Christmas Parade; 6 pm

-Sun – Lessons/Carols Service: Christian Ref. Church; 7 pm

*No Kids and Company performance this December

 

 

COMMENT ON THE SANTA PARADE?

 

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SPEAKERS: ‘HOW TO GROW YOUR LIBRARY’

 

A free information night on how other communities are planning and expanding their libraries will be held this Thursday at 7 pm in the chapel (at back) of the Aylmer Baptist Church – sponsored by the Aylmer Library Expansion Supporters. Speakers are: Julie Gonyou on the vision of the London Public Library and Lindsay Brock, CEO of Middlesex Library System, on the new Dorchester Library.

 

 

SPITS STILL FLYING HIGH

 

THAMESFORD – The Aylmer Spitfires retained their hold on second spot in the nine team Provincial Junior C hockey league with a 6-3 win here Friday. The Spits built up a 4-1 lead after two periods and outshot the locals by 53-38. Jake Morin and Jamie Brzozowski snared two goals each for Aylmer with singles going to Andrew Snowden and James Collins. The Spitfires now have 15 wins 5 losses and a tie; last year at this point they were 15 and 6. Their only game this week is hosting Exeter Saturday.

 

Period 2

Aylmer – Jake Morin (shorthanded) (unassisted) 0:24

Aylmer – Jake Morin (Ryan Vandenbroek, James Collins) 2:23

Thamesford – Michael Nutt (Wyatt Lansdell, Ben Kirwin) 8:04

Aylmer – Jamie Brzozowski (pp) (Dawson Winchester, Jesiah Sweetland) 18:02

Aylmer – Andrew Snowden (Luke Vanderspank, Marcus Camenzuli) 19:07

Period 3

Aylmer – Jamie Brzozowski (Dawson Winchester) 2:24

Thamesford – Matthew Smallman (powerplay) (Garrett Hickey, Kurtis White) 4:39

Thamesford – Garrett Hickey (powerplay) (Ben Kirwin, Michael Nutt) 12:32

Aylmer – James Collins (powerplay) (Jake Morin, Cody Underhill) 16:13

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Smith, Elizabeth Anne of Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 72nd year. Wife of the late Glen Mason (2004). Survivors: four children etc.. Anne was a RNA at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital for many years. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 am. 

 

-Chapman, Georgette J. of Chartwell Home Aylmer and formerly of London passed away on Thursday in her 91st year. Wife of the late George Chapman(1992). Survivors: two children including Fiona Brunelle(Michael) of Aylmer etc..She was born in Belgium. A family service will be held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday at 11 am with visitation one hour prior. 

 

-Walker, Barbara Elaine of St. Thomas passed away Thursday in her 82nd year. Wife of Robert James Walker(2015). Survivors: three children etc..She was born in Aylmer and worked at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital for over 30 years. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Monday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at I pm.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD SANTA PARADE SAT.

 

(Information from Kelly Pearson) – “The Springfield Christmas 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 the London Shriner’s Oriental Band. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be at the Fire Hall after the parade handing out candy and talking to all the kids. Malahide Fire Dept #3 will be selling fries & hot dogs at the Fire Hall with proceeds to the Save Our School campaign. Hot chocolate will be at Nina’s Hair & Beauty Shop. Donations will be accepted at Springfield Timber Mart for Animal Aide of St Thomas.

 

 

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THURSDAY, Nov. 24/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri -Aylmer Tree Lighting; Palmer Park; 6:30 pm

-Fri -Aylmer Area Band/Choir:  “Sounds Of The Season”; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre

-Sat -Pre-Parade: Free Cookies, Hot Chocolate – St Pauls United; 12-2 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Christmas Parade 2 pm/ ON EASTLINK TV LIVE

-Sat -Club 7 Paper Drive

 

 

AYLMER TREE LIGHTING FRIDAY 

 

(Contributed) – The annual Tree Lighting at Palmer Park in Aylmer, sponsored by Mainstreet Aylmer and the Aylmer Community Foundation, will take place Friday at 6:30 pm.. The event includes caroling provided by the Aylmer Area Community Band and the lighting of the park. Also on Friday at 7:30 pm the Aylmer Community Band and Choir will be performing a Christmas Concert, ‘Sounds of the Season’, in the Old Town Hall Theatre.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Willsey, Milton Frederick of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in his 81st year. Survivors: wife Adell (Harmer) Willsey; one daughter etc.. He was born in Malahide. A Private Family Funeral Service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

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, Showcase East Elgin Realty Inc. Brokerage, ERTH Corporation, EESS Leadership Class and Joel and Betty Falkenham. The Community Decoration Committee: Diane Mott; Linda Black, Jack Couckuyt, Kim Enns, Wanda Kapogines, Jeneen Toth, Jeff and Nicole Wiebenga and Judi Wright.

The lights are in Palmer Park, Balmoral Park and the Old Town Hall Parkette. There are some new cut-out decorations and hundreds more lights added this year. Balmoral Park is decorated in red and white to kick off the celebration to Canada’s 150th.  This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Aylmer Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and individual Canadians.

 

 

 AYLMER COUNCIL NOV. 14/21

 

Among decisions made by Aylmer Council at their meetings on November 14 and 21st:

– “that the matter about participating in a capital fundraising campaign to rebuild Terrace Lodge be deferred to a future meeting at which time a representative of the Terrace Lodge committee be invited to provide information about the mandate of the committee etc.”

-appoint Kale Brown as Director of Planning and Development

– “authorize the Administrator to engage technical staff of CJDL, at an estimated average cost of $1,455 per week (including travel), to assist the Operations Department as needed, during the recruitment period for a Manager of Operations.

 

MANAGER OF OPERATIONS RETIRES: – Council also acknowledged that Fred Wilson retired Nov. 11. He had been with the town for 31 years.

 

 

NEW SIDEWALKS: TREASURE BELOW?

 

The red metal plates are “tactile plates” and were installed on the project as per legislation requirements under the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act).

Red metal plates were installed on sidewalks at street corners after the Water St. sewer project was completed this summer – Aylmer Director of Operations Rod Tapp informs that they are “tactile plates” and were installed “as per legislation requirements under the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act).” (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri -Aylmer Area Band/Choir:  “Sounds Of The Season”; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre

-Sat -Pre-Parade: Free Cookies, Hot Chocolate – St Pauls United; 12-2 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Christmas Parade 2 pm/ ON EASTLINK TV LIVE

-Sat -Club 7 Paper Drive

 

 

BROCK SPLITS; KIRA SCORES 31

 

ST.CATHARINES – The Brock University womens’ basketball team split last week’s games in OUA basketball. Last Wednesday they were downed 86-51 by McMaster, ranked second in Canada – Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen led her team with 17 points and nine rebounds. Saturday they defeated Guelph 82-53 as Cornelissen again sparked Brock with 31 points and 15 rebounds. Brock will face McMaster again in their next game Saturday.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

MALAHIDE TAKES OVER CEMETERY UPKEEP

(Information from Malahide CAO Michelle Casavecchia-Somers) – Malahide will take over operation of the still active Burdick Cemetery located on the south side of Highway #3 east of Summers Corners. Malahide CAO Michelle Casavecchia-Somers told Council recently that according to the Provincial Cemeteries Regulation Unit, Burdick cemetery trustees in 2004 had requested that the municipality take it over. But Malahide did not receive notice of that request. New trustees continued to look after it but were now having difficulties again and wanted to abandon it to the municipality for good. Under Ontario law any such abandoned cemetery has to be taken over by the municipality. Malahide had also recently taken over the Trinity Cemetery on Glencolin Line.

 

 

HAZARD. WASTE DAY DONE; NEW DEPOT 

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – Aylmer Council recently approved the signing of a contract with the City of St. Thomas to have residents take their hazardous/bulk waste to a recycling depot at 330 South Edgeware Road. Citing staffing issues and cost, Aylmer’s annual Hazardous Waste Collection day in September will be discontinued – Malahide also recently opted out of the collection day. The new recycling contract begins in January and will cost the town $17,000 annually. By the agreement residents can access the depot year round – it is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays 8 am to 3 pm. Hazardous waste will be accepted on Saturdays only. The depot will collect tires, electronics, yard waste, appliances etc. for free but a fee will be assessed for construction materials, furniture, mattresses etc.. Aylmer will still hold a Bulk Garbage Day next fall.

 

CURRENT AYLMER LEAF COLLECTION – (From Rod Tapp) – “The leaves are transported out to the Town’s tree farm property south of town where they are composted. The composted material is used by a couple of local area farmers.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Wiebe, Bernardino “Werner” passed away in Cuauhtemoc, Mexico on Sunday aged 39. Survivors: parents – Margaret (Dyck)Thiessen (Peter) etc..  Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 6-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 am.

 

 

NEW BENCHES AT CENOTAPH:

1-Who paid for the benches at the cenotaph, cost, and why was the purchase made? Purchase was made under the ongoing Downtown/Parks Improvement Program. The Town paid for the benches under the program from the Discretionary Account – “Downtown/Parks Improvements” – costs $3,882.00 plus applicable taxes

Two new benches were installed this fall at the Cenotaph. Aylmer Director of Operations Rod Tapp informed that the purchase was made by the Town under the ongoing Downtown/Parks Improvement Program – cost $3880 (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

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