Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

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



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-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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TUESDAY, Feb. 7/17





-EESS hosts: Boys BBall v AVSS


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

-Wed -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v Glendale/playoff

-Wed -PARC Meeting #2 at Parkside, 6 pm

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

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

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





(Issued by Environment Canada; for East Elgin; 9 am) – “Rain will begin early this morning and rainfall amounts of 25 to 35 mm are expected before the rain ends this evening. There may be a brief period of freezing rain before the rain begins.”





In a rare event, John G Maddox of JGM Consulting, Integrity Commissioner for Aylmer, appeared at the regular meeting of Aylmer Council last night and issued a formal reprimand to Mayor Greg Currie over a complaint received arising from the November 21 council meeting regarding an alleged contravention of Council’s Code of Conduct. Although the complainant was not identified the Councillor had alleged inappropriate “behaviours” on the part of the Mayor (” “bullying”, “targeting”, “language”, “body language”, “humiliate” to name a few (although) these don’t all relate to the Complaint.”)

The Commissioner also issued this statement to the rest of Council: “The Municipality has gone to great lengths to provide “training” opportunities for Council some of which have been repeated with perhaps questionable results…It is a concern to me that after extensive training the group has not been able to move forward in a more positive way so as to insure the interests of the community are “firsthand foremost” and that a healthy forum and appropriate decorum are established and maintained.”

Council voted to accept the report; the Mayor offered no statement.

(Aylmer and Malahide Councils also used the services of JGM Consulting in 2013 to help break a deadlock between them regarding the policies of the EEC Complex.)



“… and there sat the mayor, unwilling to even apologize for his actions. What a proud moment for the Town of Aylmer.” (John Vandermeersch) (ED: a former councillor)










(Issued by Catfish CCA) – “This is a Water Safety, Watershed Conditions Statement that potentially higher than normal seasonal flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other unforeseen factors could create dangerous conditions around waterways within the Catfish Creek watershed. This is in effect until Thursday.”





-Aylmer won four of five meetings this season with their playoff opponent, Pt. Stanley

-The Spitfires finished with 25 wins, 13 losses and 2 ties (52 pt); last year they had 26 wins and 14 losses (52 pt.)

-Cody Underhill and Jake Morin tied as point leaders for the Spits, each with 53 points.





Malahide Fire Services Chief Brent Smith presented his annual report to Council Thursday. Some statistics: MFS had 334 calls in 2016/there were 304 in 2015 and 346 in 2014; 65% were for medical calls compared to a recent average of 62%; fire incidents accounted for 11% of calls compared to a 9% recent average; response time last year averaged 10.4 minutes vs. 11.46 minutes in 2015.




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MONDAY, Feb. 6/17





-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Malahide Budget Meeting, 7 pm

-EESS hosts: Girls VBall – Jr v CECI


-Tue -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v AVSS

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

-Wed -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v Glendale playoff

-Wed -PARC Meeting #2 at PCI, 7 pm

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v WESS playoff

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





-Schmitt, Abram Klassen of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 76th year. Survivors: wife Helena (Klassen) Schmitt; 12 children; 74 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren etc.. He was born in Mexico. The funeral was held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Aylmer on Friday; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Dyck, Jacob of RR6, Aylmer passed away Saturday in his75th year. Survivors: wife Margaret (Zacharias) Dyck; 11 children etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Springfield Baptist Church on Thursday at 1 pm.


-Laur, Betty Ann of Aylmer passed away Sunday in her 80th year. Wife of the late Fred Laur. Survivors: children Lisa Parke (Howard) and Ryan Laur (Jill) etc.. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on Thursday at 11 am.


–Province, Chantel Margaret of Sarnia passed away Sunday in her 29th year. Survivors: niece of Teri Widner (Mark) etc.. The funeral service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday at 1 pm with visitation one hour prior.





PT.STANLEY – After toiling in second place for most of the season the Aylmer Spitfires suffered two overtime losses on the weekend and slipped to third spot as their Provincial Junior C hockey schedule ended. Friday in Exeter, the Spits lost 4-3 to the home team in overtime. Aylmer goalgetters were Cody Underhill with two and Jake Morin. Saturday at home the Spitfires led unbeaten Dorchester 2-1 halfway through the third period before giving up the tying goal and then surrendered the winner early in overtime. Underhill and Jessiah Sweetland connected for the Spitfires. Sunday the Spits rebounded to thrash Pt. Stanley 9-2 here. Aylmer was led by Andrew Snowden with two goals with singles going to Underhill,  Luke Vanderspank, Luke Regier, Dawson Winchester, Sebastian Nogueira, Matt Bond, and Ryan VanRoestel. Even though they tied Exeter for second place with the win in their final game, Exeter got the nod based on more victories.

The Spitfires now face Pt. Stanley in a best of seven match in the first round of playoffs with games Wednesday and Saturday at home and Friday and Sunday in Pt. Stanley this week.



Period 1

Exeter – Jonathon Frook (Connor Drager, Christian Petrozza) 9:08

Aylmer – Jake Morin (Cody Underhill, Sebastian Nogueira) 10:20

Period 2

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (Jake Morin, James Collins) 4:21

Exeter – Evan Hayter (Macgregor Allen, Connor Drager) 5:21

Exeter – Cody Hern (Andrew Martin) 17:07

Period 3

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (pp) (Dawson Winchester, Andrew Harriman-Duke) 9:49


Exeter – Austin Carter (Ian Vandenheuvel, Jonathon Frook) 6:44





– January 30, 2017 – Station #3 ,#1, #2 and #4, Ashton Street, House Fire

– January 31, 2017 – Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– February 2, 2017, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– February 2, 2017, Station #3, Springfield Road, Other Rescue

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

– February 3, 2017, Station #2, Springwater Road, Burn Complaint

– February 3, 2017, Station #2 assisted by Station #1, Imperial Road, MVC

– February 4, 2017, Station #3, College Line, Medical Assist





(The Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Mayor’s Breakfast Wednesday; here is a partial text of a progress report by Aylmer Mayor Greg Currie) – “The Ethanol Plant has announced a significant expansion. The Weed M.D. is in the hiring mode. Over the last couple of years, Council has seen a plan coming together to renew the structure and formatting of our Town’s department and staff complement. An example of this is the transition of the former Director of Planning and Municipal Services job. Kale Brown now has the role of Director of Planning and Economic Development. Building inspection is temporarily being contracted out as well as bylaw enforcement which has been re-assigned to another department. The status of the new Works building is that the expectation is that this department can take possession of the new site in the spring,. Other infrastructure projects include: the large project for Talbot Street West – $6 million (and it) will begin in 2018; although I cannot speak to anything specific, the Aylmer Library plan is in process – Council has been putting money into reserves in the past and intends to consider it for this year’s budget deliberations; the East Elgin Community Centre – the latest budget has been presented with a decrease in overall costs and an increase in revenue. Town Council is waiting for the OPP to present their proposal to police the town of Aylmer. The Budget is being dedicated to keeping costs in check without decreasing the Town’s services. The Steen Building – structural engineering has been done and it has been boarded up and made safe. Events planning has started for Canada’s 150th with the December 31 cutting of the birthday cake at the EECC.”





(Aylmer’s Craig VanYmeren is the lead on Scott Bailey’s Dundas team at the Ontario Mens’ Curling championships in Cobourg this week.)

-Sunday -Semi Final – Tucks 8 Bailey (6-3) 7




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THURSDAY, Feb. 2/17





-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Thu-Sun -A.C.T. PLAY; 8 pm (Sun-2 pm)/(see ad)


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

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


-Mon -Aylmer Council, 7 pm/Malahide Budget Meeting 7 pm





(The Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Mayor’s Breakfast Wednesday; here is a partial text of a progress report by Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill:) – “Malahide just recently purchased three acres of land on the west side of Imperial Road south of John Wise Line to construct a new fire hall in 2017. Upon completion, Mount Salem Fire Department and Summers Corners Fire Department will amalgamate. We are looking for a substantial savings having nine fire vehicles instead of twelve. In the spring we expect to break ground for the new Terrace Lodge. The twenty-nine million dollar project will be a four pod facility with twenty-five residents in each pod. The new building will be located east of the current building with wider hallways, more private rooms and two people per bathroom. Other economic activities: Overall building permit activity remains strong and we are on pace to match last year’s total of 181 permits with a construction value of approximately 20 million; with the assistance of a Canada 150 Grant from the Federal Government work has begun on the Port Bruce Pier and Wonnacott Park Improvement Plan – this includes a facelift to pavilion, picnic tables, benches, water station, playground equipment, etc.; improvements to Malahide Community Place through a second Canada 150 grant will also be undertaken this year – it includes a hard surfaced walking trail and landscaping, a storage building for equipment, and an outdoor ceremony area; we are (also) working with the local community to ensure that the Springfield Public School remains open – schools are the hubs of their communities and have an importance that goes beyond education (as) they play a major role in the economic development of their communities and they make communities more attractive to newcomers.”





Aylmer’s Craig VanYmeren is the lead on Scott Bailey’s Dundas team at the Ontario Mens’ Curling championships in Cobourg this week.


-Wednesday Draw 7 – Bailey (4-2- 3rd) 7 Duruelle 5





(Contributed) – A Kitchener public school principal has won a national award for his exemplary leadership. Helmut Tinnes, Principal of Doon Public School with the Waterloo Region School Board, and a graduate of EESS, has been named one of Canada’s top 40 outstanding school principals of 2017. The award, now in its 13th year, is issued by The Learning Partnership and honours principals of publicly-funded schools. Tinnes has more than 20 years experience as a principal in both elementary and senior schools. The 40 principals, nominated by parents, colleagues, and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, leadership and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities within their school communities. The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada.”





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 32 year old St.Thomas woman was charged with careless driving after her car, travelling west on Talbot St. east on Tuesday around 8 am, lost control on the curve by Dingle Street and crashed through a plate glass window of a business on the north side of Talbot.





(Information from Sonja Oslach) – “The Seniors 50 + Club Executive – President Jose Van Roestel, Treasurer Trudy Geling, Secretary Roberta Wilson. Comrade Harley Barons started the Seniors 50+ club twenty five years ago and it’s still going strong. Their membership stands around eighty four. Paul Rabbits will be teaching Bridge in March. The executive are planning a 25th anniversary party sometime in June. The club meets every Monday afternoon from 1 to 4 pm at the Legion to play progressive euchre and bridge – the cost is $2. The club has decided to start playing Progressive Pepper Euchre on Wednesday afternoons starting February 8 from 1 to 4 pm – they will teach anyone who is interested in learning the Pepper game. If you are interested in playing cards, membership is only $5 for the year, we invite you to come and join.”





(This is the first of a monthly series as Canada celebrates its 15oth birthday) – Aylmer was just a small unincorporated hamlet in 1867. The population was around 800-1000. There was no rail line (1872). There were a few brick buildings but no main ones. The present Town Hall wasn’t built yet (1873), the town used a building on Water Street. The brick edifices of the Baptist and United Churches weren’t up yet, those groups used smaller frame buildings. The uptown brick blocks did not exist. There was no newspaper (1869). The main manufacturing interests centered around potash and tanning. Aylmer did have a number of carriage shops – and numerous hotels.




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