Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

TUESDAY, Feb. 28/17





-Sr. Day Out, EEC Complex, 9:30 am (see Wed. report)


-Wed -EEC Complex Public Budget Meeting, 7 pm

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires semifinal host: Exeter; 8:15 pm

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

-Fri-Sun -‘Gangster Movie’; Periscope Theatre, Pt. Burwell (see ad)




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MONDAY, Feb. 27/17





-Tue -Sr. Day Out, EEC Complex, 9:30 am (see Wed. report)

-Wed -EEC Complex Public Budget Meeting, 7 pm

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires semifinal host: Exeter; 8:15 pm

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





EXETER – The Aylmer Spitfires won the first three games of their semifinals with Exeter over the weekend in Provincial Junior C playoffs. Friday they edged Exeter 2-1 in Exeter, Saturday they were 5-3 victors at home and last night they won 4-3 here. Friday, Jake Morin and Cody Underhill were the only marksmen for the Spitfires but it was enough for the win. Saturday, Jesse Tottle scored twice for the Spits with singles going to Morin, James Collins and Dawson Winchester, who also snared three assists. Exeter was assessed 3 penalties for goalie interference in the match. Sunday Aylmer was outshot 49-27 but connected for three power play goals – Morin scored twice with singles to Winchester and Underhill. Fourth game in the best of seven series will be in Aylmer Wednesday.



Period 1

Exeter – Jonathon Frook (Liam Melady) 3:43

Exeter – Justin McCarter (unassisted) 4:42

Aylmer – Dawson Winchester (powerplay) (Jesiah Sweetland) 10:12

Period 2

Exeter – Christian Petrozza (powerplay) (Jon Baker) 5:52

Aylmer – Jake Morin (James Collins) 9:37

Aylmer – Jake Morin (powerplay) (unassisted) 13:09

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (powerplay) (unassisted) 13:43





(Contributed by teacher Jay Dubois) – A Grade 4 class at McGregor Public School placed first in a student film contest sponsored by the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority and the Elgin St. Thomas Pubic Health unit. The video had to be focused on the benefits of drinking tap water and include the hashtag #ichoosetapwater. They decided to create an original song and work in small teams to animate the lyrics of the song using stop motion animation on classroom iPads. The winners were announced Wednesday as finalist schools screened their films. McGregor won $1000, a number of recognition plaques for the school, 120 reusable water bottles, and an opportunity to record a radio commercial about tap water that will be playing on 94.1 MyFM in March.





-Boys Hockey Semifinal – Glendale 11 EESS 4





-Luthy(Stoll), Mary of RR 4 Aylmer passed away at her home on Saturday in her 72nd year. Survivors: husband David Luthy; seven children; siblings Martha Gascho(John), Joseph Stoll (Laura), Sarah Martin(John), Mark Stoll(Dora), Esther Lee(John), all of the Aylmer area etc.. She was born in Michigan. Visitors may call at the family home on Glencolin Line today. The funeral service will be held at 10055 Carter Rd. N on Tuesday at 9 am.


-Manning, Harold Joseph of Chartwell Home Aylmer and formerly Belmont passed away Thursday in his 90th year. Survivors: wife Grace(McKellar) Manning; children Marion Greenlund (Dennis) of Aylmer and James Manning(Sue) of Belmont etc.. Harold lived most of his life in the Belmont area and was a farmer and a mechanic. The funeral service was held today at 11 at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.





(Contributed) – Elgin County announces the first round of Elgincentives Community Improvement Plan (CIP) grants for 2017.  Since its inception in October 2015, the program has approved 58 applications for a total of $390,000 in grants for projects valuing $1.454 million. The Elgincentives CIP offers financial incentives to private businesses that cover up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $15,000 per project. For more information about the Elgincentives Community Improvement Plan or to download an application visit www.elgincentives.ca, e-mail kburns@elgin.ca . East Elgin recepients include:

-Wiltsie Truck Bodies of Malahide, Building Improvement Grant for $6,600 for Complete renovation of waiting room, front offices, and customer washroom.`

-Pinecroft Green Frog Tea Room in Malahide, Building Improvement, Savour Elgin Grant for $4,029 for Upgrading tin roof with a new steel roof as well as single pane windows with sealed thermal units on the tea room.

-InStyle Salon & Spa in Aylmer, Building Improvement Grant for $1,970 for Replacement of all exterior lower level windows, capping and updating of old cracked wood window sills and door frames.





– February 22, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– February 22, 2017, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– February 22, 2017, Station #2, Springwater Road, Medical Assist

– February 23, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– February 26, 2017, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist




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THURSDAY, Feb. 23/17





-Aylmer Council Budget Meeting, 5 pm


-Fri -Boys Hockey Semifinal: EESS at Glendale, 12:30 pm

-Fri -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew; Anglican Church; 11:30-1 pm; $12

-Fri -Eastlink ch. 10; London Knights v Windsor

-Fri/Sat -Periscope Playhouse: ‘Gangster Movie’; 8 pm (see ad)

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

-Sat -APAC presents: ‘Countermeasure’; 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre

-Sat -Aylmer Minor Ball Registration; EEC Complex; 9 am-2 pm





The Aylmer BIA met recently and issued this statement in relation to the proposed relocation of the library to the EEC Complex by Aylmer Council: – “The Aylmer BIA committee supports a new town library and feel it should be located as close as possible to the downtown core. We realize this poses some challenges as it must be sized according to our demographics. It is also imperative that the Library remain in the core of the Town of Aylmer for accessibility, viability and vibrancy. There is an opportunity here to be a visionary to bring people together to learn and collaborate.”  – Nicole Pressey-Wiebenga, Administrator, Aylmer BIA.





(Information from Malahide Fire Chief Brent Smith) – A barn fire last Wednesday at noon near the corner of Walker Road and Glencolin Line resulted in damages of around $50,000 and the loss of some 2000 rabbits; firemen from all four departments responded and were on the scene for nearly five hours.


– February 13, 2017, Station #2 assisted by Station #3, Glencolin Line, MVC

– February 13, 2017, Station #2 , Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– February 14, 2017, Station #2, Rogers Road, Medical Assist

– February 16, 2017, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

– February 17, 2017, Station #1 , #2, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– February 18, 2017, Station #1, Calton Line, Burn Complaint

– February 18, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Burn Complaint

– February 19, 2017, Station #4, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist






(An update on program/facility changes suggested, from the recent General Manager’s Report to the EECC Interim Board, is from GM James Allen) -1. Key income upgrades? – “Removal of the 6 month rolling window on hall bookings will allow us to return to the wedding and banquet business. I also hope to reconnect with some groups who have left the facility in the past.” 2. Increased activities? – “We will be looking at programming on the existing floor for now” 3. Other areas of improvement/programs – “Being easy to do business with and partnering with the community groups. I want this facility to be peoples’ first choice for everything” 4.When should the concession booth be reopened? – “The Lease hasn’t been signed yet but I anticipate the concession being open by mid March”





(Information from Mike Holmes, President of Aylmer Minor Ball) – “Registration is now open. As always, participants can register at the Aylmer Vet Clinic during normal business hours until April 15. Registration forms are available at www.aylmerminorball.com. We have a registration session at the EECC this Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Parents can also register their child online with the option of paying online.”





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 36 year old Aylmer man was charged with careless driving after his pickup truck rear ended a vehicle which struck the back of another vehicle on John St. north last Wednesday around 8 am. All vehicles were southbound when the lead vehicle stopped to turn left into a business; damage was heavy to the second vehicle.





(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer Director of Operations) – Aylmer was recently informed by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program) that they were unsuccessful in their application for a $325.000 grant which they planned to use to expand Aylmer’s recreational trail system. They were hoping to receive half the cost of adding 850 metres to the existing trail, which winds through Aylmer parks along Catfish Creek, in order to continue it from Steen Park eastward to Cottonwood estates.




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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22/17





-New Belmont School Meeting; Belmont Arena, 7 pm


-Thu -Aylmer Council Budget Meeting, 5 pm

-Fri -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew; Anglican Church; 11:30-1 pm; $12

-Fri -Eastlink ch. 10; London Knights v Windsor

-Fri/Sat -Periscope Playhouse: ‘Gangster Movie’; 8 pm (see ad)

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





(Contributed) – The monthly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex will be held next Tuesday February 28 from 9:30 am to 12:30. The program includes: recreational activities (choice of adult skate, shuffleboard, pickleball or a fitness class) and guest speaker Cindy Webber on ‘Compassionate Fatigue and Caregiver Grief’. The cost is $10, lunch is provided and registration in advance is required.





-Atkins, Lena Erma (Laemers) of Delhi and formerly of Pt. Burwell passed away Friday at the age of 92 years. Wife of the late Robert Atkins (1985). Survivors: one child; siblings Alphonse Laemers (Mary) of Aylmer and Delphine Hayward of Port Burwell etc.. A family graveside service will be held at a later date; arrangements with Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.





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

-With respect to the Aylmer Parks Department Pick-up Truck Insurance Replacement, Council approves and accepts the quote supplied by Disbrowe Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac in the amount of $28,270 to supply one new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Pick-up Truck for the Parks Department’s Replacement Pick-up Truck (a Parks truck was stolen earlier this fall and never recovered)





LONDON – The Brock University womens’ basketball team (8-11) lost their final league game in OUA basketball on the weekend. They were defeated 86-49 by the #6 ranked University of Windsor. Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen suffered a concussion recently and did not play- she has missed the last seven games. Brock will host Lakehead in a playoff game tonight.





(Contributed by Malahide Fire Chief Brent Smith) – “In the wake of a fatal fire in Brampton on February 14, the Malahide Fire Service wants to remind the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas and have practiced a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home… Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep so early warning is crucial to survival… For added protection you (should) also install a smoke alarm in every bedroom.”





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer)

-A 28 year old Aylmer man was charged with driving while disqualified, breaching conditions of his release and failing to stop for police after he was spotted by police driving on February 11 about 5:30 pm, even though he was disqualified, at Alexander Drive and John St. south. He failed to stop for police but continued to drive at a low speed around the block and back into his driveway.


-Police investigated several reports of break and enter in locked garages and garden sheds on Talbot West, Dufferin, St. Andrew and Rutherford streets, with the theft of tools, on Saturday afternoon February 11 into the early hours of Sunday.





Helen Klassen of Aylmer is writing a second book. Last summer she published “Stepping Out Of My Darkness and Into His Light” which was a recounting of the tragic death of her four year old daughter in a vehicle accident. Her next book is called: “Continuing To Step In His Light.” She explains: “It is a testimonial journey of loss and living with bipolar disorder as a Christian woman. The story part is 30 pages which is half the size of my first book. Plus there are over 50 family pictures. Added to this will be contributions of several people from the community and surrounding areas. The book starts where the first one stopped with my and my son’s mental health diagnosis. It talks about my journey with bipolar depression. I write that there is hope in darkest trials and faith can be a powerful tool to get through struggles.”


“It’s self published, the Aylmer Express is doing it and it will be released by May. We are getting 300 copies and it will sell for around $10-$15. I felt my first book wasn’t complete, people were asking if I’d write a part two giving them hope and a little inspiration. The first book is doing excellent with over 300 copies sold, I had to get a second printing. You can buy copies at Gospel Lighthouse locations in St.Thomas and Tillsonburg as well as at Campbells in Aylmer. I have six book signings in place for May and June. People can contact me for the book at darrellhelenklassen@amtelecom.net .”




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TUESDAY, Feb. 21/17





-Straffordville Comm. Cent. Open House; 6-8 pm


-Wed -New Belmont School Meeting; Belmont Arena, 7 pm

-Thu -Aylmer Council Budget Meeting, 5 pm

-Fri -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew; Anglican Church

-Fri/Sat -Periscope Playhouse: ‘Gangster Movie’; 8 pm (see ad)





Malahide Council at their regular meeting Thursday voted to support Aylmer Council’s recent decision to investigate relocating the Aylmer library to the EEC Complex. According to the motion: “Malahide supports in principle the re-location of the Aylmer Library to the EECC subject to both councils seeking a definitive decision to alter/cease operations of all or a portion of the banquet halls at the EECC;…it (also) being noted that Malahide wishes to obtain more information regarding: proposed renovation/conversion design/plans, cost estimates, project timeline, etc., estimated engineering/design costs, other consultant/legal costs, impact on existing contracts/services at the EECC, potential future cost implications to the Township as well as any associated future revenue sharing.”





-JR G VBALL PLAYOFF – Coll Ave 3 EESS 0 (end of season)

-Fri, Feb 24 – BOYS HOCKEY – EESS at Glendale – Semifinal





Malahide Council at their regular meeting Thursday decided to fill the vacancy of Deputy Mayor created by the sudden passing of Mike Wolfe recently by appointing Jim Jenkins who was defeated by Wolfe in the 2014 election. Jenkins was a previous Deputy Mayor of Malahide from 2010-2014. Mr. Jenkins has indicated verbal consent to the decision but the Deputy Mayor appointment will be complete when the following conditions occur: a written confirmation indicating he will accept, a review to see if he is qualified to hold the office and the passing of a special bylaw of approval. If all conditions are met he will be sworn in during the council meeting on March 16.


In other decisions Thursday, Council decided that the presentation and correspondence received from Kyle Beech and Andre Verhaeghe, of the Talbot Trail ATV Club, requesting the use of secondary and tertiary roads in Malahide by ATV/Off Road Vehicles, be referred to staff for further review.





The Aylmer Spitfires will tangle with Exeter in their Provincial Junior C best of seven semifinals. Opening game is Friday in Exeter with game two in Aylmer Saturday and game three in Exeter Sunday. Aylmer won 3 of 5 meetings with Exeter this season.





(Information from Chief Randy White):

-Feb 14, Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Robinson St.

-Feb 16, Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Eden Line

-Feb 16, both stations, Garage Fire on Carson Line – 11:30 pm; the building was fully involved on arrival and was threatening to catch the nearby house; the two occupants had evacuated and were uninjured; the house only sustained a window cracked from the heat and a melted vent; Tillsonburg Fire had been dispatched under an automatic aid agreement; no damage estimated, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

-Feb 17, Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Elm St. in Vienna.

-Feb 18, Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Eden





-Dykeman, Helen Marguerite (Armstrong) passed away last week, aged 99. Survivors: three children including David (Pat) Dykeman of Aylmer etc.. A Funeral Service will be held today at 1 pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home London.




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THURSDAY, Feb. 16/17



*THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again on TUESDAY




-Bayham 7pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils


-Fri -Eastlink ch. 10: London Knights v Owen Sound

-Fri-Sun – SkateCanada Event at EEC Complex


-Mon -Family Day Public Skate; EEC Complex; 1:15-3:15 pm





Further information regarding the background of Monday’s Aylmer Council request to reinvestigate relocating the library to the EEC Complex:


-(In April 2014, Mainstreet Aylmer sent this letter to Aylmer Council. (They sent their third similar letter to Council last June.) – “In October 2012, MainStreet Aylmer submitted a letter of support to the Town of Aylmer regarding the future expansion of the Aylmer branch-Elgin County Library. To re-emphasize their position, the committee feels it is fundamental to keep the Library within the downtown core. It is a destination for many people living within Aylmer or visiting the facility. It is an economic booster for the core businesses.”


-Three years ago in April/2014 Aylmer Council reversed a decision a month earlier not to consider the library in the EEC Complex and directed town staff in conjunction with the county library staff to prepare a study for such a plan. But the study was never done. According to Aylmer CAO Jennifer Reynaert today, “Staff were directed to draft a formal RFP for an outside agency to do a business plan for the EECC. The recommendation for awarding of the contract was delayed because Aylmer was in a lame duck position. Following the election, the recommendation came forward to Joint Councils for consideration who decided not to proceed with a business plan.”





-Tue -BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 6 WESS 1 (Win QuarterFinal)





-Pineo, Charles “Chuck” of Port Bruce passed away Wednesday in his 90th year. Survivors: wife Beatrice W. “Bea” (White) Pineo; three children including Tricia Manzato(Gabriel) of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Port Bruce and lived his life on the family farm there. The funeral service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral on Saturday at 12:30 pm. Visitation before the service from 11 am to 12:30 pm.




by Alexis Fehr

“The first week of school after exams is stressful for everyone; finding out if there are classes with friends, finding new classrooms, and trying to figure out how to act around the new teacher. The Performing Arts Council meeting was in the music room; sign up for the ELP class is Friday at lunch. Sign up for the coffeehouse auditions started last Wednesday, the coffee house is on March 7 at 7 pm. Last Thursday was the deadline to hand in the forms for the skiing and snowboarding trip. Match maker sheets were sold beginning on Wednesday for $2, the last day to buy these was Tuesday. Also on Tuesday was red, white and pink day – Valentine’s day. So after all this, good luck with testing the waters with the new teachers!”





LONDON – The Brock University womens’ basketball team (8-10) split their recent games in OUA basketball. They defeated Algoma on the weekend but lost last night to UWO here by 73-64. Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen suffered a concussion recently and did not play in either match; she has missed the last six games. Brock will close out their schedule this weekend against Windsor.





Stuart McLean, CBC radio host of ‘The Vinyl Cafe’ who died yesterday, had a show with Aylmer Performing Arts about ten years ago. Keven Morrell of the APAC committee had this recollection: “I was a little nervous about meeting him, he was a great interviewer, we went out for dinner, he asked me one question: “so tell me about Aylmer?”. We chatted over an hour, then he wanted a tour of the downtown. He was impressed with the amount of mom and pop stores in Aylmer.”





The Aylmer Spitfires are waiting for their Provincial Junior C semifinal opponent to be determined. In quarterfinal play, Exeter leads Thamesford 3 games to 1 with game five tomorrow and Dorchester leads North Middlesex 3-1. If both Exeter and Dorchester win as expected, Aylmer will match with Exeter next.





(A general PARC meeting was held last week by the TVDSB at Parkside Collegiate and an inschool meeting was held at various schools on Monday as part of the current schools review. Chris Otter, of the Summers Corners Public School EPAR committee, provided this reaction:) “The second school level meeting at Summers’ Corners was relatively short. We provided a brief review of the public meeting held last week, explaining that we presented the community’s concerns during our PARC presentation, and that we were also able to do a presentation on behalf of the parent-student council. We spent a few minutes discussing the planning department’s response to one of our questions – what is the motivation behind changing the Summers’ Corners school boundary?/the response received was that “it was just an idea” they had (born out of the fact that some SCPS students are bussed around Aylmer, and they felt it would be easier just to bus them into town). Going forward, we’ll be working towards completing our final report that will be submitted for the Trustees’ consideration next month.”





(Contributed) – Skaters from Skate Canada Western Ontario Section will converge at the East Elgin Community Complex February 17 to 19 to compete in the 2017 Skate Canada WOS STARSkate Championships & Adult Showcase. Events in this competition are qualifiers for the Skate Ontario Championships being held in Port Colborne March 17 to 19, 2017. From the Aylmer Skating Club competing will be Isabelle Chipchase-Row (daughter of Michael and Lisa Chipchase) who will be competing in STAR 5 13+ Women Flight 405 scheduled at 11:55 a.m. on Saturday in the Kinsmen Arena.




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TUESDAY, Feb. 14/17






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

-Fri-Sun – SkateCanada Event at EEC Complex





In an unusual decision last night Aylmer Council voted to re-investigate relocating the Aylmer library to the EEC Complex. In a motion at the end of their regular meeting,  not even listed on the agenda, it was moved by Councillor Arthur Oslach and seconded by Councillor Peter Barbour that: “Council directs Staff to contact the Township of Malahide to confirm their interest in re-locating the Aylmer Library at the EECC; and that Council directs Staff to contact the County of Elgin to confirm there is no objection to re-locating the Aylmer Library at the EECC; (and) that following receipt of positive input from the Township of Malahide and the County of Elgin, Staff be authorized to obtain a full cost estimate from Spriet Associates to determine the cost for the conversion of the EECC to a library facility; noting that funds in the Municipal Building Reserve for a library project be used to cover this cost.”

Then Council approved another motion, moved by Councillor Ann Laur and seconded by Deputy Mayor Mary French: “That Council directs Staff to review the feasibility of re-locating the Aylmer Library to the former Public Works property on Myrtle Street, and report back to Council about the estimated costs to do so.”

It was confirmed by EEC Complex Manager James Allen today that the 3 halls at the Complex total 7,275 square feet (the present library is 3100 square feet; recent library builds in the area include Dorchester 8000 square feet, Delhi 9000 square feet, Shedden 3500 square feet).


-On Feb 4/14 the following motion by Council was reported: Moved by Deputy Mayor Richer and seconded by Councillor Oslach: That the following actions be taken with respect to the resolution from the Township of Malahide about the use of hall space at the East Elgin Community Complex for the Aylmer Library: That this communication be received and filed.” (thus, no action).

-On April 8/14 it was reported – “In a surprising move, Aylmer Council in session yesterday agreed to a request by Malahide Council to examine the possibility of relocating the Aylmer library to the EEC Complex. Aylmer Council, which had rejected Malahide’s plea to reconsider the library at the Complex last month, then decided to grant the Malahide request by a 4-3 vote. (Co. Barbour and Oslach had voted in favour of proceeding with the new building in previous votes and now voted against). They also directed town staff in conjunction with the county library staff to prepare a study for such a plan.”

-Jan. 16/15 – At an EECC meeting. it was reported: Aylmer Mayor Greg Currie informed that he intends to encourage his council in the near future to rescind a motion from last spring to consider putting the library at the Complex.

-Oct 13/15 – Aylmer Council at their meeting Monday, October 5 unanimously voted in favour of asking staff to explore the options of leasing a private space for an expanded library and rejected the following proposals – do nothing, expand on present site, build a stand alone building, or move to the EEC Complex.





(Information from Bayham Fire Chief Randy White)

-Feb 11, Station 2 Straffordville, odour of gas on Plank Rd.

-Feb 11, Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Eden Line

-Feb 11, Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Plank Rd.

-Feb 12, Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Plank Rd.





-Wilson, Dennis Alan of St. Thomas passed away suddenly as the result of a car accident in Middlesex on Sunday at the age of 65. Survivors: wife Rona (Schellenberger) Wilson; two children and two stepchildren; brother Ken (Mary) Wilson of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm with the funeral service held at the Masonic Center St. Thomas on Thursday at 11 am.





According to 2016 Census figures released last week, Aylmer’s population jumped 5.1% from the 2011 Census, up to 7621 from 7249; Malahide also increased 1.6% from  9146 to 9282 in that time period.







(Information from Malahide Fire Chief Brent Smith:) – “At 3 am Friday, Malahide Fire Services responded to a significant house fire on Wilson Line, east of Imperial Road. Responses came from Stations #4 and #3 with tanker support from Stations #1 and #2.  Additional firefighters also responded from Station #2 Central Elgin and Belmont Station’s tanker was enlisted for water support. Cause of the fire is currently unknown. At this point the estimate of damage and loss is approximately $500,000. The Office of the Fire Marshall has been contacted. Smoke alarms were present and operational in the home. All residents, firefighters and pets are safe and sound.”




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MONDAY, Feb. 13/17





-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-OV Naturalists; Vienna CC; 7 pm (see Wed report)

-Malahide Budget Meeting, 7 pm

-In school PARC Meetings, 7 pm


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

-Fri-Sun – SkateCanada Event at EEC Complex





-Girls Hockey – Glendale 6 EESS 1 playoff (end of season)

-Boys Hockey – EESS 7 WESS 4 (game one of 3 game playoff)

-Girls VBall – SR -WCI 3 EESS 0 playoff (end of season)

-Girls VBall – JR – EESS 3 WCI 0

-Boys BBall – SR – Coll Ave 74 EESS 60 playoff (end of season)

-Boys BBall – JR -Huron Pk 45 EESS 40 playoff (end of season)





-Wolf, Anna of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Joe Wolf (2015). Survivors: two children including Kasimira Baxter (David) of Eden and three stepchildren etc.. Anna was in Hungary. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Monday from 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 1 pm.


-Unger, Johan of Walsingham passed away Saturday in his 64th year. Survivors: wife Elizabeth (Neufeld) Unger; eight children etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Reinland Mennonite Church on Wednesday at 2 pm. 





PT. STANLEY – Aylmer Spitfires downed Pt. Stanley 4-1 here yesterday to win their Provincial Junior C quarter finals in four straight games. Aylmer won the third game on Saturday at home by a 9-5 count. Connecting for the Spitfires on Saturday were Jake Morin, Dawson Winchester and Jesiah Sweetland with two goals each and Jesse Tottle, Ryan VanRoestel and Luke Bettencourt with singles. Yesterday the game began with a Pt. Stanley player being given a misconduct in the warmup and Aylmer players being assessed three misconducts in the opening five minutes. The Spits scored three unanswered goals in the final period to break a 1-1 deadlock. Marksmen for the Spitfires were James Collins with two and Kyle DiCicco and Ryan Vandenbroek with one each. Aylmer will now wait for the conclusion of the other quarter finals to determine their next opponent.



Period 2

Port Stanley – Kyle Hopper (Ryan Humphrey, Eric Potts) 9:56

Aylmer – Kyle DiCicco (powerplay) (Cody Underhill, James Collins) 14:08

Period 3

Aylmer – James Collins (Cody Underhill, Jake Morin) 12:40

Aylmer – Ryan Vandenbroek (Jesse Tottle, Jesiah Sweetland) 17:06

Aylmer – James Collins (emptynet) (unassisted) 18:02





– February 6, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– February 6, 2017, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– February 7, 2017, Station #4 assisted by Station #3, Yorke Line, MVC

– February 8, 2017, Station #2, #1, #3 and #4, Talbot Line, Chimney Fire

– February 9, 2017, Station #3 assisted by Station #4, Pigram Line, Medical

– February 9, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– February 11, 2017, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– February 12, 2017, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist





(Wednesday, a general PARC meeting was held by the TVDSB at Parkside Collegiate as part of the current schools review. Amy Hoogsteen, of the New Sarum Public School EPAR committee, provided this reaction:) – “We appreciated the Planning Department’s extension of the meeting to allow for meaningful input and questions from all school communities. We were pleased to listen to the views of the other school communities and heard that many of our concerns are similar. The New Sarum school community continues to feel that we have a strong case to keep our school open, as we can prove that our children are already receiving an above average education and the recommendation will not lead to any improved educational opportunities for them. At our next school level meeting (tonight) we will be presenting our draft school level report and seeking further feedback from our school community. Our main concerns remain the same as they have throughout this process – the Board cannot provide any evidence of increased educational opportunities for our students and we will continue to prove that our students will be negatively impacted by the recommendation.”




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THURSDAY, Feb. 9/17





Friday: (Pt. Stanley) – AYLMER (2-0) 5 PT. STANLEY 2

Period 1

Aylmer – Jake Morin (shorthanded) (Cody Underhill) 5:55

Aylmer – Kyle DiCicco (powerplay) (Mark MacPherson, Jesiah Sweetland) 10:39

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (Dustin Dunlop, Luke Regier) 16:07

Period 2

Port Stanley – Ryan Humphrey (Kyle Hopper) 4:51

Aylmer – Mark MacPherson (Jesse Tottle, Jesiah Sweetland) 16:22

Port Stanley – Nicholas Phillips (powerplay) (Dawson Cook, Lucas Knight) 17:45

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (shorthanded) (Jake Morin) 19:30





-EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v WESS/playoff

-EESS hosts: G VBall Playoff/Jr,Sr v WCI; Jr B BBall Playoff v H. Park

-Thu-Sat -A.C.T. Play: (see ad)


-Fri -Eastlink ch 10 – London Knights v Kitchener

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Pt. Stanley (playoffs)

-Sun -S.Dor. Optimists Free Skate; EECC; 12:30-2:30 pm


-Mon -Aylmer Council, 7:30 pm





AYLMER – The Spitfires opened their best of seven Provincial Junior C quarter finals here last night with a 5-2 win over Pt. Stanley. Cody Underhill snared two unassisted goals for the Spits with singles going to Ryan Van Roestel, Sebastian Nogueira, and Jesiah Sweetland. Game two is tomorrow night in Pt. Stanley.

Period 1

Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (Sebastian Nogueira, Luke Bettencourt) 1:14

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (unassisted) 10:25

Aylmer – Sebastian Nogueira (Luke Bettencourt, Ryan Van Roestel) 16:23

Period 2

Aylmer – Jesiah Sweetland (powerplay) (Jamie Brzozowski) 9:59

Port Stanley – Brady Allen (powerplay) (Nolan Blewett, Trevor Smith) 15:53

Period 3

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (unassisted) 4:42

Port Stanley – Derek Smith (powerplay) (Brayden Latimer) 9:38





(Last night a general PARC meeting was held by the TVDSB at Parkside Collegiate as part of the current schools review. Chris Cox, chairperson of the Springfield Public School EPAR committee, provided this reaction) – “Last night’s meeting was very informative and very hard hitting towards the Thames Valley Planning Department. The majority of the schools involved in this Pupil Accommodation Review have the same opinion and concerns – first and foremost that this is just a numbers game for the Board. As one school put it, the kids are being used just like buttons from when we were kids and shuffled around to make the best looking pile and to give the best outcome without any concern for them at all.”

Upcoming? “Springfield will be working on recommendations to make Springfield “Better” in the eyes of the Board and showing what a community really is and how the school affects that community and vice versa.”





-Shipway (Emerick), Shirley Jean of London passed away Monday, aged 72. Survivors: two children including Scott Shipway (friend Kelly Barzsa-Jenkins) of Aylmer etc.. There will be no service. Arrangements through London Cremation Services.





(The Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Mayor’s Breakfast last Wednesday; here is a partial text of a progress report by Bayham Mayor Paul Enns) – “In 2016 Bayham has seen the rejuvenation process for the Straffordville Community Centre, a new Corinth Pavilion, a Storm Sewer EA, consolidation of facility footprint between Water/Wastewater and Public Works and significant ditching, as well as the change over to LED street lights is showing significant cost savings…Re-Ojibwa: I wish I had more information to tell everyone but the legal process seems to be a long drawn out process at times… The summer of 2016 was successful for the Municipality with a significant increase in building permits and planning applications… From an administrative and operational level the Municipality has refined development application approval processes turning around applications promptly…The Municipality is an active participant of SCOR… The Municipality recently launched a new website, which more adequately reflects the image of Bayham and provides the community and visitors with a wide array of community and tourism options…The Municipality has most recently engaged in a process to develop a Community Energy Plan to focus on Bayham’s roots of alternative energy and energy efficiency… The Municipality is in the detailed design stage of Storm Sewer Construction in Port Burwell which would include streetscaping and general improvements…The Municipality passed the 2017 Capital Budget in October 2016 and the Operating Budget in January of 2017 with a 2% increase to the municipal levy…In 2016 the Municipality had another surplus which could be allocated to reserves… In 2017 the Municipality is projected to complete the most Capital work in recent memory thanks to sustainable budgets This means better roads and bridges, park spaces and facilities for the Community at the end of the day.”





-BOYS BBALL – SR – CECI 50 EESS (5-3) 29; JR – EESS (7-1) 54 CECI 49






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

-Council directs Staff to register the Town of Aylmer under the Circle of Excellence (Non-Evaluated) for 2017  Communities in Bloom

-Council supports the grant request of $1,637 to Kappy Holdings Inc. for the replacement of upper floor windows on 30 Talbot Street West under the Aylmer Community Improvement Program.





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 44 year old Malahide man was charged with careless driving after his pickup truck, going north on John St. through the intersection at Progress Drive last Thursday afternoon, was in collision with a car that was going west on Progress Drive and entering the intersection about to turn left; both vehicles were towed from the scene.





(Information on the outdoor rink in Straffordville is from Ken Andrews) – “We installed the liner and did the initial flooding of approximately 2 inches in the evening of January 4th, letting it freeze over and then gradually building the ice surface over the next couple days. We opened the rink on Jan. 7th and the rink remained open on Sunday and Monday. We had to close for most of the next week due to warm temperatures. We re-opened the rink for Jan. 14th and 15th. Closed again from January 16th through to February 3rd, we had lost all the ice completely during this period. We had the rink open for Feb. 4 and Feb 5th. However, we had to close the rink again on Monday due to deteriorating Ice conditions. I’m hoping to re-open the rink later this afternoon.  I’m monitoring the rink daily and doing a light flooding to maintain a good skating surface. It looks like it will continue to be an on again – off again season. Really hoping that the rink will be open for Family Day on Monday February 20th as we are planning to have free hotdogs, hot chocolate, coffee and cookies provided by the Straffordville Hall Foundation committee.”




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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8/17





-Aylmer Spitfires host: Pt Stanley (playoffs); 8:15 pm

-EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v Glendale/playoff

-PARC Meeting #2 at Parkside, 6 pm


-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v WESS/playoff

-Thu-Sat -A.C.T. Play: (see ad)

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10 – London Knights v Kitchener

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Pt. Stanley (playoffs)

-Sun -S.Dor Optimists Free Skate; EECC; 12:30-2:30





Aylmer Council at its regular meeting Monday approved a staff report suggesting that the back end of the ‘Steen building’ on Talbot St. east be demolished. The staff report suggested that: Council direct staff to issue an Request for Proposal for hazardous material identification and abatement and partial demolition of the building located at 67-71 Talbot Street East, noting that the costs for this process are added to the tax roll. Also: Staff be authorized to include an option for hazardous material identification and abatement and demolition of the public works building located at 23 Myrtle Street.


According to the staff report: Staff identified a deteriorating condition of the building located at 67-71 Talbot Street East. The building has significant structural damage, is unsafe for occupancy and sections of the building pose a hazard to the public. The appointed Chief Building Official issued orders under the Building Code to remedy the unsafe conditions, the orders expired in October and to date there has been no response by the owner of the property. Staff request the engineer comment on a partial remedy (to those areas appearing to be most at risk). This solution removes the rear (west) addition to the building and remedies the section of the building with collapsed roof. Due to the age of this building, the design is such that there are shared footings with the units on either side and therefore a full demolition has not been recommended at this time. It is hoped that partial demolition will enable the original section of the building to remain and not disturb the structure of the building abutting this one. Although a risk to the adjoining properties remain with partial demolition, to not remedy the unsafe conditions puts both the property owners on either side at risk as well as the public.





-GIRLS VBALL – SR – EESS (7-3) 3 AVSS o; JR – EESS (7-3) 3 AVSS 0

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS (5-2) 63 AVSS 51; JR – EESS (6-1) 36 AVSS 16






‘Cherry Street’, a non-profit housing organization, has plans for a new apartment building in town. Said Jeff Wiebenga of Cherry Street: “We are looking to build a one floor, 10 unit apartment building on a Wellington Street property just south of the ICS driveway by Talbot St.. We chose this location because of its proximity to downtown and there are a number of tenants who do not have vehicles. It will consist of eight single bedroom and two double bedroom units. We will be tearing down the existing building. This build will go ahead with some funding from the Investment in Affordable Housing Program-Rental Housing component. Cherry Street is receiving $784,000 in IAH funding. At present we have 12 units, mostly in town but a couple in the township, that we own and have rented. We have a waiting list of people in need of affordable housing and a large number of those are single people or couples. Our other properties are larger homes that house families and require more upkeep and utility costs.”





(Contributed) – The Otter Valley Naturalists will meet Monday at 7 pm at the Vienna Community Centre; guest speaker is Janice Gilbert, Ph.D. on ‘Phragmites Australis at the Crossroads: Why We Cannot Afford to Ignore this Invasion.’ Janice Gilbert is a Wetlands Ecologist with the Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance.





The Brock University womens’ basketball team (7-9) won both their weekend games in OUA basketball. They defeated Waterloo 60 -48 Friday and Saturday they edged Laurier 72-67. Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen suffered a concussion recently and did not play in either match. She will also miss her fifth straight league game due to the concussion this weekend against Algoma.





-Jones, Robert Charles of St. Thomas passed away Tuesday in his 83rd year. Survivors: wife Lois (Bowlby) Jones etc.. He was born in Aylmer. Visitation at the Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas one hour prior to the funeral service there on Friday at 11 am.




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