Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


MONDAY, January 16/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-TVDSB School Changes In School Meetings, 7 pm (McGregor etc.)

 

-Tue -EESS hosts: Girls VBall v CECI

-Wed/Thu -EESS Dance Show; 7 pm (see Wed. report)

-Wed -EESS hosts :Boys Sr BBall v PCI; Boys Hockey v Glencoe

-Wed. -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lambeth, 8:15 pm

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys BBall, Sr v WESS, Jr v Glencoe

 

 

EAST ELGIN: FREEZING RAIN

 

(From Environment Canada: at 11 am; For East Elgin) – Patchy freezing rain is expected to develop this afternoon and will change to rain by early Tuesday.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Warnock, Mary passed away at Parkwood Institute London Thursday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late William Stephen Warnock (2008). Survivors: four children including Charles Warnock (Sharon) and Robert Warnock (Barbara), both  of Aylmer etc.. Mary served in the RCAF in WWII and was a member of Col. Talbot Branch #81 of the Royal Canadian Legion.  The funeral service will be held today at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home at  11 am.

 

-Wolf, Margaretha of Vienna passed away Friday in her 48th year. Survivors: five siblings etc.. The funeral service will be held at the Reinland Mennonite Church, Aylmer today at 2 pm; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 48 year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to yield after her car, going north on Centre St. January 6 at 2:30 pm, stopped at the intersection at Pine St. and in proceeding was struck by another car travelling west.

 

 

SPITS SPUTTER ON WEEKEND

 

AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires settled for a loss and a tie in two games in Provincial Junior C hockey on the weekend. Friday they were upset 6-3 by sixth place Pt. Stanley in an away game – Mark MacPherson, Dawson Winchester and Luke Regier were the Aylmer snipers. Saturday they battled to a 4-4 overtime draw at home with Mt. Brydges despite being outshot 48-32. Jesiah Sweetland snared two markers for the Spits with singles going to Cody Underhill and Ryan VanRoestel on a penalty shot. The Spitfires remain in second spot, now tied with Exeter, with 21 wins, 9 losses and 2 ties. This week they have three games – Wednesday hosting Lambeth; Saturday hosting Exeter, and Sunday in Lambeth.

 

AYLMER 4 MT.BRYDGES 4

Period 1

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (Dawson Winchester, Jake Morin) 12:22

Mt.Brydges – Jack Prucha (powerplay) (David Vergeer) 17:19

Period 2

Mt.Brydges – Alex Vanderheyden (powerplay) (Alex Cox, Mike Vanden Elzen) 4:27

Mt.Brydges – Cameron Dewan (Jake Watkins, Antoine Brochu) 6:43

Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (penalty shot) 9:15

Mt.Brydges – Mike Vanden Elzen (powerplay) (Alex Cox) 12:13

Period 3

Aylmer – Jesiah Sweetland (Andrew Snowden, Ryan Van Roestel) 9:42

Aylmer – Jesiah Sweetland (Jamie Brzozowski, Marcus Camenzuli) 10:32

Overtime

(no scoring)

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Tuesday – Both stations called to a single vehicle rollover with extrication at 3:30 pm on Plank Road, south of Eden. A pickup truck lost control on the icy roads, struck a power pole and ended up on its side in the ditch. The single occupant was not hurt but was stuck in the vehicle. Crews assisted the driver out after breaking out the windshield.

-Jan 12 -Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Fourth St.

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-GIRLS VBALL: SR – PCI 3 EESS (5-2) 0; JR – PCI 3 EESS (4-3) 0

-BOYS BBALL – EESS (3-1) 48 PCI 35

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS 4 WCI 3; EESS (4-3) 4 WESS 0

 

 

TVDSB SCHOOL CHANGES: SUMMERS COR. PS

 

(Information on the reaction of the Summers Corners PARC to the proposed TVDSB school changes in Elgin is from committee member Jennifer Kesteloot) –

1-Generally do you favour the TVDSB proposal/why?

“We are not in favour of the proposed boundary changes for Summers Corners Public School. We feel that the changes are not only unnecessary and unwanted but will have a negative impact on the children and families it will affect.”

2-What are some of the concerns of your group ? –

“Is the realignment designed to meet a financial target/goal related to other school(s), or is the new boundary based on the social and educational well being of the affected students? If so, how will shifting roughly 80 kids from their rural school to a more urban-type setting be to their benefit? Also, how is it a benefit to families that have multiple children and siblings that would be split up if they are forced to change schools and go to McGregor and Davenport? On Page 13 of the EPAR-01 it states: It is the policy of the Thames Valley District School Board to…provide our students with accommodation which supports student achievement, safety and well-being. The proposed boundary changes for SCPS and the impact it would have is not in line with the above statement. I have been receiving letters from families that would be affected by the boundary changes and several have stated that they specifically moved or purchased homes in the SCPS district to ensure that their kids could go to SCPS.

As well, how have the social and educational aspects of impacted students’ lives been accounted for in the EPAR-01? Currently it appears as if the recommendations are entirely financially based with zero respect being paid to the potential impact on students. Have there been any studies commissioned to better understand the impact of closing/realigning rural schools on both the student body and the community at large? Also, the overall negative impact these changes would have not only on the children and their families but the SCPS community as a whole. To quote from one of the letters I received – “If it’s not broken – don’t fix it!” And, where have they obtained some of the information and data presented in the EPAR-01? For example at the public meeting the TVDSB was unable to identify when assessments had been completed on several schools to identify how they came up the projected 5 and 10 year Renewal Investment amounts shown.”

3-What will be some agenda items for you on Monday night?

“There will be a presentation being made in regards to the old boundaries versus the new boundaries. Any question we are unable to answer will be submitted to the TVDSB for an answer. Continue to collect signatures and information on our Petition that will be included in our report to the TVDSB.”

4-Reaction to last Monday’s meeting?

“As a group we felt that for the committee the first hour was a waste of time as we have seen the presentation before and the time would have been better spent asking and answering questions. We also feel that the review of he EPAR-01 must have been overwhelming for the public audience as so much information was presented to them in such a short time period. Finally we feel that the Planning Committee seemed a bit irritated when answering the questions and tended to gloss over the actual questions being asked.”

 

 

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

-EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v WCI and WESS; Girls VBall v PCI

 

-Fri -Elementary Schools PA Day

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Mt. Brydges, 7:30 pm

-Sat -APAC Presents: Miss Caledonia

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

EAST ELGIN FREEZING RAIN WARNING

 

(From Environment Canada; For East Elgin; at 9:15 am) – An area of freezing rain is spreading into the region this morning. It is expected to persist for a few hours then may change briefly to snow before ending in the afternoon.

 

 

EESS SPORTS WED.:

 

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS (5-2) 4 CECI 3

 

 

CATFISH CCA UPGRADES TO FLOOD WATCH

 

(Contributed) – The Water Safety Statement issued by the Catfish CCA Tuesday has now been upgraded to a Flood Watch as water level conditions have increased. This is an assessment that a high probability exists for flooding of low-lying flood prone areas within the watershed. Due to unseasonal weather conditions rains, increased snow melt and an extensive warming trend there is a potential for flooding to occur. The weather conditions over the last couple of days coupled with deteriorating ice conditions on the Catfish Creek and its tributaries indicate that potentially hazardous circumstances exist; primary concerns are increasing water levels, intensifying water flows and obstructions to riverine ice transport. This watch will remain in effect for the next 24 hours from time of issue and will then be adjusted accordingly.

 

 

TVDSB SCHOOL CHANGES: NSPS REACTION

 

(Information on the reaction of the New Sarum Public School PARC to TVDSB proposed school changes in Elgin is from Chair Amy Hoogsteen:)

1-Reaction to: how TVDSB is proceeding with EPAR/and Monday’s meeting?  – “Our school PARC, and the members of our school community who also attended this meeting, were very disappointed in the manner in which this meeting unfolded. We understand that the Board approved PAR Procedure outlines that at the initial public meeting, Senior Administration is to outline their initial report. The way in which this report was presented (again) was much too lengthy and disengaging. This information could have been summarized in 15 minutes, which would have then allowed for a sufficient question and answer period from each of the PAR sub-committees. If Senior Administration truly values our input, that meeting was a poor demonstration of that commitment.”

2-Your agenda for Monday’s in school PARC meeting? – “We will be summarizing the recommendations that affect New Sarum, disseminating the questions and answers received from Senior Administration thus far, and seeking our school community feedback on the recommendations.”

3-Key arguments for your group in trying to keep the school open? – NSPS is at 97.3% capacity with a stable projection. Our students are not necessary for the construction of the proposed Belmont school. South East St. Thomas is projected to continue to develop at a consistent pace; therefore, a new SE St. Thomas school will be over-capacity quickly (as was/is the case with Mitchell Hepburn). We plan to show the Trustees that the Board needs NSPS’s 257 pupil places (in addition to the proposed new school) to accommodate students over the next number of years as southeast St. Thomas continues to grow.”

 

 

OBITUARY

 

-Welter, Dorothy Maude of Springfield passed away Monday in her 87th year. Wife of the late Percy Welter (1989). Survivors: four children including Mary Peters of Aylmer etc.. The funeral service will be held today at 11 am at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

NO ANCHOR TENANT FOR EECC 

Included on the agenda for tonight’s EEC Complex Interim Board meeting is a report from the Aylmer/Malahide Administrators that indicates a search for an anchor tenant for the Complex has not been successful. They state: “An RFP seeking interest from an outside property management firm to secure long term anchor tenants for the EECC facility was issued in November and closed on December 16th. There were no submissions received.” As well, they make the following recommendation: “That Municipal Staff be directed to attract new business in all aspects of the Complex and promote the return of as many participants as possible to maximize overall revenues in the facility and further that the scheduling of hall rentals continue without a six month rolling window.”

 

FIRST BUS CANCELLATIONS

The first bus cancellations of the school year occurred on January 12.

 

 

BAYHAM CLERK RETIRES

 

(Lynda Millard retired recently as Bayham Clerk. She had been with the township office for 29 years. Her position is not being filled – it has been combined with the positions of CAO, Deputy Clerk and Assistant Clerk. She provides this overview:)

1-Background – I was raised in Malahide, with a couple years or so in South Dorchester, and I went to East Elgin. I married in 1963 and moved to Bayham (Straffordville) with my husband and then to a farm near Calton.

2-Time with Bayham – I started working part-time for the Village of Vienna as Clerk-Treasurer in  early 1988.  I became full time in Bayham in 1998 as part of amalgamation between the Township of Bayham and the villages of Vienna and Port Burwell.

3-Retirement plans – I’m already quite involved with community efforts to save the Vienna / Edison Museum and Bayham Historical Society artifacts and document collections and to establish a facility in Bayham to store and display them. I encourage others to participate in keeping EdisonFest alive and efforts to develop successful fundraising events that will  provide the means to re-establish an Edison/Bayham museum facility in Vienna.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EEC Complex Board; 7 pm

 

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

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v WCI and WESS; Girls VBall v PCI

-Fri -Elementary Schools PA Day

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Mt. Brydges, 7:30 pm

-Sat -APAC Presents: Miss Caledonia

 

 

CATFISH CCA WATER STATEMENT

 

(Issued yesterday by the Catfish CCA) – “This is a Water Safety, Watershed Conditions Statement that possible higher than seasonal normal flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other unforeseen factors could create dangerous conditions around waterways within the Catfish Creek watershed. The public is encouraged to exercise extreme caution near open bodies of water. This Statement will remain in effect until Friday and will then be adjusted accordingly if warranted.”

 

 

TVDSB EPAR MEETING (CONTINUED)

 

Further observations/statistics from the EPAR meeting hosted by TVDSB at EESS Monday:

-Other changes planned included building a new school in southeast St.Thomas, closing Sparta School and busing students to Pt. Stanley and reopening Sparta as the second French Immersion school in the county, and transferring students to and from Davenport, McGregor and Summers Corners schools

-Springfield, built in 1974, has 167 students and is operating at 63% capacity; South Dorchester built in 1966 has 205 students and is operating at 110% capacity; New Sarum has 250 students and is at 97% capacity; Davenport has 294 students and is about 70% capacity, McGregor has 353 students and is at 68.5% capacity, and Summers Corners has 399 students and is at 68% capacity

-New Sarum students will go to Belmont, Aylmer and St.Thomas schools; Springfield students will go to Belmont and Summers Corners, South Dorchester will go to Belmont, McGregor will lose Grade 4 to Davenport; and Summers Corners will get Springfield students and some will go to Aylmer

-If the changes are approved, the new Belmont school will have 576 students, the cost is $14.5 million, the location is still to be determined, and it is set to open September 2019

-Key Questions raised by New Sarum EPAR committee – “Why has this been recommended?” Reply by TVDSB spokesman Kevin Bushell –  “Its part of a bigger picture even though New Sarum has no particular problems, it will create better educational opportunies.”/ “Can you apply to the Ministry for funding for a smaller school?  Reply – “Yes but the Ministry looks at the most efficient model and it makes more sense for a bigger school as we are trying to get our average enrolment up; its not a significant amount of savings but there would be better resources and its a more efficient effective model.”

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Welter, Dorothy Brown passed away Monday, aged 86. The service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday at 11 am.

 

-Robbins, Ray of St.Thomas passed away on January 4 aged  92. Survivors: wife Doris (Norman); four children including Arnold Robbins (Irena Lebedz) of Eden etc.. A service was held Sunday; arrangements with the Ostrander Funeral Home Tillsonburg.

 

-Tisdale, Lee Elizabeth Irene of Tillsonburg and formerly of Vienna passed away January 4 at the age of 66. A service will be held today at 1 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day in Tillsonburg; arrangements with the Verhoeve Funeral Home Tillsonburg.

 

 

POWER OUTAGES IN MALAHIDE  

 

(Information from Tim Stafford of Hydro One) – Aylmer/Malahide customer calls affected by the storm (last night) are being worked on by Aylmer and Woodstock Hydro One staff. Approximately 10 calls in Malahide are being addressed today. (Hydro One reported that a power outage had affected about 300 customers in Aylmer as well).

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– January 3, 2017, Station #2, Stations #1, #3 and #4, 9576 Walker Road, Fire

– January 8, 2017, Station #2, Springfield Road, MVC

– January 9, 2017, Station #2, 9127 Hacienda Road, Alarm Malfunction

 

 

EESS DANCE EVENT

 

(Information from Alicia Davey, EESS teacher) –  “The 5th annual EESS Dance Show is next Wednesday and Thursday, January 18 and 19, at 7 pm (tickets are $7 and $5 for children under 10– $2 from each ticket will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association – and can be purchased online or at the door). We will be having an afternoon and morning show that elementary students are attending as well. The grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 dance classes will all be participating in the show. The styles of dance showcased will be: jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, acro, aerial arts, modern and ballroom. The theme of this year’s show is ‘Face Your Fears’.”

 

 

WIN, LOSS FOR BROCK

 

The Brock University womens’ basketball team (3-5) won and lost in weekend away games in OUA basketball. They were defeated 64-56 by Laurentian Friday as Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen  led Brock with 16 points. Saturday they decisioned Nipissing by 75-67 as Cornelissen again was the leading scorer with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Kira now ranks second in OUA scoring in points per game and third in rebounds per game. Brock travels to Lakehead for two games this weekend.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Jan. 10/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed -EEC Complex Board; 7 pm

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

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v WCI and WESS; Girls VBall v PCI

-Fri -Elementary Schools PA Day

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Mt. Brydges, 7:30 pm

-Sat -APAC Presents: Miss Caledonia

 

 

BUSES CANCELLED

 

Buses for both TVDSB Public and Catholic schools are cancelled in Elgin today due to weather conditions – the first cancellation of the school year.

 

 

WEATHER WARNING

 

(For East Elgin; From Environment Canada; at 8:30 am): 

A Wind Warning is in effect. Strong southerly winds of 70 km/h with gusts to 90 km/h are expected to develop early this evening. Winds will begin to weaken Wednesday morning. The wind will be strong enough at times to cause minor damage to trees and buildings. Local power outages are possible.

As well a winter weather travel advisory is in effect for today into this evening. Snow mixed with freezing rain is expected to change to rain near noon. Snowfall accumulations of 5-10 cm are likely. Local blowing snow is also expected as winds increase throughout the day. The weather system responsible is a Colorado low that will affect much of the province.

 

 

EESS SPORTS MON.

 

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS (2-3) 4 Dorchester 3

 

 

LARGE CROWD AT SCHOOLS REVIEW 

 

AYLMER – About 200 persons attended the first public forum of the TVDSB EPAR (Elementary Pupil Accomodation Review) proposal at EESS last night. The review is in relation to a plan announced this fall to shift attendance and close and build schools affecting a dozen schools in Middlesex south of the 401 and Elgin. A key component of the change is to close three schools in Elgin – Springfield, New Sarum, and South Dorchester – and build a new one in Belmont.

Kevin Bushell, TVDSB Facilty Services and Capital Planning, chaired the meeting. Also present were 3 Superintendents and 6 trustees including Chris Goodall of Elgin and Chair Matthew Reid. The agenda consisted first of an hour long review of the Senior Administration Report on the issue which outlined review procedures/findings. Next was the only public presentation – by Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill. Then each of the school’s EPAR committees (formed in December) were allowed to ask questions. No questions were allowed from the public.

Mayor Mennill encouraged the TVDSB to keep Springfield school open. He suggested returning Grade 7s and 8s in the area to Springfield which would boost their use of building capacity from 63% to 83%. He said that SPS reading, writing and math test results were above board average. He stated that 40% of students walk to school and longer bus rides impact students negatively, “families have moved here to avoid busing”. He believed that Springfield was a growth area with the potential for 25 new homes.  He concluded: “If Springfield loses its school its viability is in question; when a school closes you take the heart out of a community.”

The next step in the EPAR process is that the each school EPAR committee will hold a public meeting on Monday at 7 pm. A second general public meeting will be held on February 8 at Parkside Collegiate. A third general public meeting will be held on March 8 at EESS. The TVDSB is expected to make a decision in May.

(TO BE CONTINUED)

 

A large crowd

A large crowd began filing in to the EESS cafeteria before the start of last night’s EPAR meeting hosted by the TVDSB (kb)

 

 

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MONDAY, Jan. 9/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-TVDSB Schools Review Public Meeting; 7 pm; EESS Cafeteria

 

-Wed -EECC Board

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

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey; Girls VBall

-Fri -Elementary Schools PA Day

 

 

EAST ELGIN WEATHER ALERT

 

(From Environment Canada; 8:30 am; for East Elgin:) – Snow is expected to develop tonight over southwestern Ontario with accumulations near 10 cm likely before the snow changes to rain. Snow will change to rain late in the morning in southwestern Ontario and there may be a significant impact to the Tuesday morning commute and possibly the afternoon one as well.

 

COLD WEATHER ALERT – The Elgin County Board of Health issued its first Cold Weather Alert of the season for Friday-Saturday of last week.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Logan, Rev. J Allan of Mississauga and formerly of Aylmer passed away on December 31st, aged 89. Survivors: wife Janet (McDermott); one daughter etc.. Allan served as a United Church Minister for 40 years in both Alberta and Ontario – he was posted to Aylmer from 1962-1970. A memorial service was held Saturday.

 

-Ingram, Dawn Marlyn “Lyn” of Ingersoll passed away Tuesday in her 80th year. Survivors: two children including Allan Ingram of Aylmer etc.. The service was held Saturday; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Beacom, G. Allen of Tillsonburg and formerly of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in his 87th year. Husband of the late Jo Ann Beacom (2016). Survivors: two children etc.. Allen lived in Aylmer since 1974 and was retired from the Ministry of Natural Resources. A family service will be held at a later date; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Neudorf, Anna (Teichroeb) of Aylmer passed away on Friday aged 60. Survivors: children John Neudorf (Agatha), Terry Neudorf (Kimberly) and Ed Neudorf (Lisa) of the Aylmer area etc.. Anna was born in Saskatchewan. The service will be held at the Williams Funeral Home, St. Thomas on Tuesday at 1 pm.

 

 

ELGIN OPP REPORTS THEFTS

 

(From Elgin OPP) – A truck stolen from Walker Farms on Talbot Line east of Aylmer was recovered a day later near the cemetery located on Brouwers Line in Central Elgin. The truck was taken between 8 pm Wednesday and 5 am Thursday from the property. Police received numerous calls regarding the truck from the public.

-On Christmas Day an unknown person(s) entered a garage on Culloden Road, south of Best Line, between 10:30 am and 9:30 pm and power tools were taken.

-On New Years Eve police responded to an alarm call at a residence on Belmont Road north of Lyons Line. An unknown person(s) entered the residence by breaking glass to a door between 7:45 pm and 8 pm; a jewellery box was taken.

-On New Years Day police were called to a Dorchester Road address west of Imperial Road for a break and enter; it was thought to have occurred between December 31st between 5 pm and January 1st at 3 pm. An unknown person(s) entered the residence by breaking glass to a door; electronics, jewellery, and an undisclosed amount of money were taken.

 

A public meeting for the Elementary Pupil Accomodation Review relating to Springfield, New Sarum, Westminster and South Dorchester Schools will be held tonight at 7 pm in the EESS cafeteria. The initial Senior Administration Report on this issue will be presented and reponses from public will follow. The only one noted on agenda is from Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill.

 

 

SPITS WIN 2 OF 3

 

AYLMER – The Spitfires won two of three contests in the past week in Provincial Junior C hockey play. Wednesday at home they edged Pt. Stanley 4-2 with goals coming from Andrew Snowden, Jake Morin, Dawson Winchester and Jesiah Sweetland. Friday in Dorchester they fell 4-2 to the unbeaten Dolphins trailing only 3-2 after two periods – Cody Underhill and Luke Bettencourt were the goalgetters. Saturday at home they downed Lucan 6-2 with Ryan VanRoestel leading the way with two goals and singles going to Underhill, Snowdon, Jamie Brzozowski and Marcus Camenzuli. Their record is 21 wins, 8 losses and a tie – still good for second place. This week they travel to Pt. Stanley Friday and host Mt. Brydges Saturday.

 

AYLMER 6 LUCAN 2

Period 1

Lucan – Alex Bishop (Jason Braun, Connor Lyttle) 1:03

Lucan – Noah Lambe (Nathan Marcil) 5:16

Aylmer – Jamie Brzozowski (powerplay) (Luke Regier, Andrew Snowden) 17:18

Period 2

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (Jesiah Sweetland, Jamie Brzozowski) 5:45

Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (Marcus Camenzuli, Dawson Winchester) 7:38

Aylmer – Andrew Snowden (powerplay) (Ryan Vandenbroek, Luke Regier) 12:13

Aylmer – Marcus Camenzuli (Ryan Schmalz, Luke Vanderspank) 12:53

Period 3

Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (Dawson Winchester, Marcus Camenzuli) 0:51

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Jan 2, Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Heritage Line.

-Jan 5, Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Victoria St.

-Jan 6, Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Plank Rd.

-Jan 6, Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Plank Rd.

-Jan 8, Both stations, vehicle fire on Tunnel Line.

-Jan 8, Station 2 Straffordville, medical assist on Heritage Line.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Spitfires host: Pt. Stanley, 8:15 pm

 

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

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

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– December 24, 2016, Station #2, Talbot Line, Vehicle Fire

– December 26, 2016, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– December 26, 2016, Station #2, Central Elgin, Springwater Road, Fire

– December 27, 2016, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– December 28, 2016, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– December 29, 2016, Station #2 assisted by Station #3, Springfield Road, MVC

– December 29, 2016, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– January 1, 2017, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

– January 1, 2017, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– January 2, 2017, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– January 2, 2017, Station #2, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– January 2, 2017, Station #1, Rush Creek Line, Medical Assist

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Moldowan, Theresa of Aylmer passed away December 25 in her 83rd year. Wife of the late Joseph Moldowan(2010). Survivors: daughter Linda Marie McIntyre (Robert) of R.R.# 4 Aylmer etc..  She was born in Hungary. The funeral service was held at the Kebbel Funeral Home on December 29.

 

-Peters, Abram of Straffordville passed away on December 23 in his 69th year. Husband of the late Katarina (Redekopp) Peters (2011). Survivors: six children including Nancy Peters (Jake) of Straffordville, Bill Peters (Mary) of Mt. Salem, Herman Peters (Alvina) of Aylmer, Martha Janzen (Nick) of Mt.Salem, and Jess Peters of Aylmer etc.. The funeral was held December 29; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Froese, Peter of Aylmer passed away on December 23 in his 64th year. Survivors: wife Sara(Zacharias) Froese; two children etc.. The funeral was held December 28; arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Steen (Hewson), Ruby of St. Thomas passed away December 22 in her 90th year. Wife of the late Archie Hewson (1980) and the late Irving”Shorty” Steen (2002). Survivors: five children including Ron Hewson(Dianna) of Aylmer etc.. She lived most her life in Aylmer and Orwell. The funeral was held December 27 at the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

AYLMER INTRUDER

AYLMER – A 68-year-old man confronted and was assaulted by an intruder in his Alexander Drive home when he returned there about 9:30 am on Monday. Police said the two struggled before the homeowner was struck and pushed to the ground. The intruder then fled and took with him an “undisclosed” amount of property.The victim was taken by ambulance to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital for treatment of lacerations to his face and a broken orbital bone but was later released. The suspect is believed to be a white man in his early 20s, between five foot eight inches and five foot 10 inches tall, with a thin build, short dark hair, and wearing a dark blue jacket.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Jan. 3/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires host: Pt. Stanley, 8:15 pm

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

 

 

MALAHIDE BREAK/ENTER; SHOTS FIRED

 

GLENCOLIN – (From Elgin OPP) – On Christmas Eve around 9 pm the OPP responded to a report of an attempted break and enter which had just occurred. An unknown male attended a commercial business on Carter Road. Once on the property he confronted an occupant, demanded entry, and displayed a firearm. The suspect broke a window but did not gain entry and fled the scene in a dark coloured sport utility vehicle (SUV). No property was stolen and no one was injured in the incident. The suspect is described as a slender male, in his mid-20’s, approximately 5’8”–5’10” tall, and wearing a blue baseball cap. Minutes later the OPP were dispatched to a report of a suspected gunshot which had just occurred. As a vehicle drove westbound past residences on College Line, multiple shots believed to be from a firearm were heard. Projectiles entered two residences through exterior walls. No occupants were injured. As of this morning, the OPP inform that the suspect has not been located and are working to determine whether the incidents are linked. 

 

 

AYLMER CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “The Town will continue to provide a Drop-off Depot for residents to dispose of their Christmas Trees at the Parks and Recreation Parking Lot at 8 Parkview Heights. Trees may be dropped off between December 26 and January 9. All decorations need to be removed. Trees left at the curb will not be picked up.”

 

 

FREE SKATING

 

There will again be free skating at the EEC Complex, courtesy of Tim Hortons, each weekday this week from 10 am to Noon.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Parker, Donna of Aylmer passed away on Sunday in her 87th year. Wife of the late Murray Smithson (1973) and the late Carl Parker (2011). Survivors: two children, two step-children etc.. She was born in Bayham and was a hairdresser. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday from 7-9 pm. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 am.

 

-Savage, Audrey Elenor of Cambridge and formerly of Aylmer passed away December 27 in her 90th year. Survivors: husband E. Stanley Savage; two children etc.. She was born in Malahide. Arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home; there will be no formal service.

 

-Lock, William Anstey of Aylmer and formerly of Port Perry and Oshawa passed away December 26 in his 87th year. Husband of the late Betty Joan (Morey) Lock. Survivors: three children including Barbara Ann Laur (Jim) of Aylmer etc.. Bill was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Aylmer. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday from 7-9 pm where a service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date.

 

 

DORCHESTER 10 AYLMER 2 

 

DORCHESTER – The Aylmer Spitfires were trounced 10-2 by first place Dorchester here on Boxing Day in their only match over the holidays in Provincial Junior C hockey. Dorchester is unbeaten in all 30 of their games to date – they have beaten Aylmer in both their matches including a 7-0 win in Aylmer. They outshot Aylmer 51-27 and led 5-1 after the first period. Both Aylmer goals were on the power play and were earned by Luke Bettencourt and Jake Morin. The Spitfires still remain in second with 19 wins 7 losses and a tie. This week they have three games including Wednesday hosting Pt. Stanley, Friday in Dorchester and Saturday hosting Lucan.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Wednesday -Structure fire on Calton Line, both Port Burwell and Straffordville stations responded. Wood/oil combination furnace overheated. Damage limited to the furnace itself.

 

 

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FRIDAY, Dec. 23/16

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Boxes of toys are organized for this morning's deliveries by the Aylmer Optimist Club at their hall. About 400 boxes were to be delivered, about the same number as last year.(kb)

Boxes of toys are organized for this morning’s deliveries by the Aylmer Optimist Club at their hall. About 400 boxes were to be delivered, about the same number as last year.(kb)

 

Volunteers pack boxes for Christmas Care deliveries this morning in the gym at Immanuel Christian School. About 225 boxes, similar to last year's total, are being distributed. (kb)

Volunteers pack boxes for Christmas Care deliveries this morning in the gym at Immanuel Christian School. About 225 boxes, similar to last year’s total, are being distributed. (kb)

 

 McGregor Public School filled a canoe with foodstuffs for the Corner Cupboard for Christmas. Pictured with their donations are: Left to Right - Back Row - Harper Heath, Coraline Taylor, Brock Little, Ella Pede, Brooklyn Loewen, Kurtis Buro, Olivia Plant, Bella Graves and Rory Heffren; In canoe - from left - Araya Taylor, Allison Sleegers (Assumption), Ryan Fischer, Eric Buro, and Mason Loewen (Contributed).


McGregor Public School filled a canoe with foodstuffs for the Corner Cupboard for Christmas. Pictured with their donations are: Harper Heath, Coraline Taylor, Brock Little, Ella Pede, Brooklyn Loewen, Kurtis Buro, Olivia Plant, Bella Graves,  Rory Heffren, Araya Taylor, Allison Sleegers (Assumption), Ryan Fischer, Eric Buro, and Mason Loewen (Contributed).

 

 

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THURSDAY, Dec. 22/16

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish again until Jan. 3

*MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v Huron Park

 

 

AYLMER CHRISTMAS CARE GOES FRIDAY

 

(Aylmer Christmas Care boxes are being packed and delivered Friday beginning at 9 am at Immanuel Christian School. This year they expect deliveries to 230 families – about the same total as last year. They could use the public’s help for deliveries – volunteers, in pairs, should be at the school at 1 pm. Information on the history and setup of the program (reprinted) is provided by Carolyn Buis, Aylmer Christmas Care Co-Ordinator:)

“In 1990 we moved to Immanuel Christian School and packed around 200 boxes. The setting up of the assembly line of groceries, the bagging of the apples, oranges, cookies, and sweet potatoes and the packing of baby food takes time. The arrival of the fresh produces, turkeys and hams and the donated goods that have been collected by schools, business and parades etc. all needs to be co-ordinated. The wrapping of the boxes occurs on the evening before we pack. It is very impressive in the morning to see the rows of wrapped boxes. The deliveries start as soon as the packing is completed. For Straffordville, Vienna and Port Burwell the boxes and the toys from the Optimists are picked up by members of the Lions Clubs and the Legion and then are distributed or picked up at the respective places. The length of time of delivery depends on the number of community members who show up to do this part of the project.

We follow Canada’s Food Guide to provide and encourage balanced and healthy eating ie. cereal, butter, cheese, canned milk, canned fruit and veggies, fresh lettuce, carrots, apples, oranges, canned meat, fresh turkey or ham depending on family size. Special treats of a package of cookies, candies and hot chocolate, jello and dessert topping are added. The donated/collected goods are also added to the boxes. These will vary in quantity and variety from year to year, but usually consist of dry and canned pasta and sauces (lots of Kraft dinner and Mr. Noodle), dry and canned soups, tuna, canned fruit and veggies and stove top stuffing and cranberry sauces etc. We have approximately 75 volunteers ranging in age from 7 years to 80 years old. We stand amazed every year at the number of volunteers.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS WED.:

 

-GIRLS VBALL – JR – EESS 3 Glencoe 0; SR – EESS 3 Glencoe 2

 

 

FREE SKATING

 

There will be free skating at the EEC Complex, courtesy of Tim Hortons, each weekday in the holidays from 10 am to Noon.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE DEPT. DONATION

 

(Randy Loewen, Chief of Malahide Fire Station #2, provides the following information on a donation the department did to Corner Cupboard recently) – “We did a drop off at No Frills. It was done on two Saturdays – November 26 and December 3. The residents of this area are fantastic. They gave 5 pick up trucks full of food and over $1800 in cash. This is the second year for the food drive. We have been striving to be more involved in the community helping out whereever we can. We’ve done a blood donor clinic, a bbq for a family whose father was killed in a car accident in the spring, and several Christmas shoe boxes for Ghana.”

 

 

EEC COMPLEX NEW YEARS EVE PARTY

 

(Contributed) – The EEC Complex will host their 14th annual Family New Year’s Eve Party on December 31st from 6 pm to 9 pm. Face painting, crafts, carnival games, inflatables and Dotsy the Clown are featured and new this year are animals from Hands on Exotics. Also there will be a musical performance by Brian and Anita May. There is public skating and new this year, Shinny. Cost of this event is just $10 per family. Sponsors are the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer, EastLink, the Town of Aylmer, and the Township of Malahide.

 

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY LEVEE

 

The annual Aylmer Legion New Year’s Day Levee will be held from 1-3 pm on Sunday, January 1st. Clam Chowder and Moose Milk will be served. A Dress Code is in effect.

 

 

YE OLDE CRUISERS DONATION

 

Members of Ye Olde Aylmer Cruisers made their annual contribution to the Optimist Club recently - a cheque for $400. Pictured are:

Members of Ye Olde Aylmer Cruisers made their annual contribution to the Optimist Club recently – a cheque for over $400. Pictured are: Gerald and Linda Scott, Mark and Donna Hone, Fran Whaley, Terry and Lana Dans, Basil and Margie Derrough and Don and Nancy Steenbergen. (Contributed)

 

 

ASSUMPTION SCHOOL DONATION

 

Assumption School in Aylmer did their canned goods drive for Corner Cupboard earlier this fall and this Christmas chose to do class monetary donations for the Holy Childhood Association, a Missions project. Said Principal Rachel Charette: “It’s good for us because it’s a mission where children help children; we have done coin donations all of Advent; the donations go help children in various countries.”

 

 

EESS DONATION TO ONTARIO WORKS

 

(Information from Teacher Meagan Mattingley) – EESS staff and students this year also contributed to the Christmas drive organized by St.Thomas-Elgin Works. The school collected food, toys and clothing for 24 needy families in the area – five truckloads of goods were donated.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Palmer Park displays its annual Christmas decorations (kb)

Palmer Park displays its annual Christmas decorations (kb)

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21/16

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Hosts: Girls VBall v Glencoe

-Christmas Care Food Pickup at Local Schools

-Davenport Christmas Concert, 7 pm

 

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v Huron Park

-Fri -Christmas Care Deliveries

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-SR BOYS BBALL – EESS (3-0) 70 AVSS 50; JR – EESS (2-1) 30 AVSS 10

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – EESS (3-1) 3 AVSS 0; JR – EESS (3-1) 3 AVSS 0

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS (4-1) 3 WESS 0

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Hunt, George Frederick of Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away Sunday in his 88th year. Survivors: wife Jean (Smith) Hunt; five children including Keith (Karen) of Aylmer etc.. George lived his whole life in Aylmer, working for 45 years at Imperial Tobacco, and serving as secretary/treasurer of the Sunday School at St. Paul’s United Church for over 50 years. The funeral service was held this morning; arrangements through the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Friesen, Abraham of Aylmer passed away Tuesday in his 66th year. Survivors: wife Mary (Hamm) Friesen; four children including Melissa Lockington(Ben) of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the EMMC at Summers Corners on Friday at 11 am.

 

-Johnson, Helen Mayhew passed away at her Port Bruce home on December 14, aged 102.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– December 14, 2016, Station #2, Dingle Line, Medical Assist

– December 14, 2016, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– December 14, 2016, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– December 14, 2016, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– December 15, 2016, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– December 17, 2016, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– December 13, 2016, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– December 13, 2016, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

 

 

EESS REPORT

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(By ALEXIS FEHR) – “It is that time of year again when everyone is wrapping presents to put under the tree and students are trying to get as much done as possible so that there is no work to do over the two week Christmas break. Wednesday is tacky sweater day. There will also be free hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Also Wednesday is the final coffee house of 2016; as always admittance is $5 or $4.50 with a mug, the show starts at 7 pm and is open to anyone. ‘Candycanegrams’ have been selling for one dollar each and will be handed out Thursday. Also on Thursday in C3 at lunch there will be the selling of retro East Elgin jerseys with prices ranging from $5 to $20. A meeting was held on Friday for the annual trip to Blue Mountain for anyone interested in either snowboarding or skiing – the first trip is on February 17th and the second one is on March 3rd. And this Friday there is a Christmas assembly – the first one for grade 10’s and grade 11’s and the second one for grade 9’s and grade 12’s. Happy holidays and Happy New Year!”

 

 

AYLMER CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “The Town will continue to provide a Drop-off Depot for residents to dispose of their Christmas Trees at the Parks and Recreation Parking Lot at 8 Parkview Heights. Trees may be dropped off between December 26 and January 9. All decorations need to be removed. Trees left at the curb will not be picked up.”

 

 

CHRIST-MUST LIST #4 – WINTER CLOTHES

 

(Mennonite Community Services on Talbot St. east accepts donations of winter clothing at their entrance off the parking lot at the back of their store. Manager Linda Miller provides this information) – “We do accept all clothing donations. We need it in decent condition. We don’t have excessive donations right now so we could use some. We will be open until Dec 24 at lunch and then closed until Dec 28-30 when open again.”

 

 

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