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-University Skating Invitational, EEC Complex

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Ojibwa Film, Elgin Military Museum (St.T.); 7:30pm


-Fri. -EESS exams begin

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive





(From Elgin County Health Unit Monday:) – “The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, air temperatures are predicted to fall to daily lows of -18° Celsius and persist for the next several days with extreme wind chills until Friday. This 3rd Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect until Friday.”





(Information on the following resolution from Monday’s Aylmer Council meeting is from Clerk Nancie Irving:) – “Moved by Councillor Vandermeersch and seconded by Councillor LaPointe: That the resolution from the Township of Malahide about the use of hall space at the East Elgin Community Complex for the Aylmer Library, be received and filed; and further,That no further action be taken on the location of the Aylmer Library. CORRECTION: Opposed – Vandermeersch, Lapointe, Barbour;  In favour – Couckuyt, Oslach, Richer (Absent: Wright). The motion is DEFEATED on a 3/3 vote.

(Note: Since Council did not dispose of the Malahide resolution, as Council defeated the above motion, the Malahide resolution will go back to Council for consideration at the Feb 3rd meeting.)





LONDON – University of Windsor downed UWO 89-69 last night in their only visit here this season in OUA women’s basketball as Tessa Kreiger of Aylmer started and scored eight points for the winners.





-DeRyk, Julie of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in her 84th year. Wife of the late Gus DeRyk (1980). Survivors: three children including Michael (Natalie) and Stephen and partner Lori, both of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Saskatchewan. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Saturday at 11:00 am.


-Brumwell, Ella of St.Thomas passed away Wednesday in her 79th year. Survivors: five children including Heather Brglez and Taffeeda Johnston both of Aylmer etc.. Cremation has occurred. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Cahill, Marie Jeanne Jacqueline of Aylmer passed away Tuesday in her 79th year. Wife of the late Wayne Cahill (2013). Survivors: three children including Michel Cahill (Valerie Young) of Port Bruce etc.. She was born in Quebec. Cremation has taken place; a private service will be held later. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.





(Information from Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer) – Recently in Elgin court, a 24 year old Springfield woman, Stephanie Stover, was sentenced to a year in custody in addition to 210 days served for the following offences: robbery of narcotics from Hills Clinic Pharmacy in March 2010, a separate robbery charge from Elgin OPP, and charges resulting from a high speed pursuit in the fall through Central Elgin.




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WED., Jan. 22/14


*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today




-Wed. -EESS Gr. 8 Open House; 7-8:30 pm

-Wed. -Womens’ U.BBall – Windsor (Tessa Kreiger) at Western, 6 pm

-Wed.-Thu. -Univ. Skating Invitational, EEC Complex

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

-Fri. -EESS exams begin

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive



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TUESDAY, Jan. 21/14





-EEC Complex Board of Mgmt; 7 pm (Public welcome)


-Wed. -EESS Gr. 8 Open House; 7-8:30 pm

-Wed. -Womens’ U.BBall – Windsor (Tessa Kreiger) at Western, 6 pm

-Wed.-Thu. -Univ. Skating Invitational, EEC Complex

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

-Fri. -EESS exams begin

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive




(From Elgin County Health Unit Monday:) – “The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, air temperatures are predicted to fall to daily lows of -18° Celsius and persist for the next several days with extreme wind chills until Friday. This 3rd Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect until Friday.”




(Contributed) – “The TVDSB Jaffa Environmental Education Centre will be having the opening of their Carolinian Life Zone Exhibit on Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm. Many local volunteers have contributed time, specimens, advice and funds to this exhibit. Financial contributors include Government of Ontario MNR, Environment Canada, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Wildlife Habitat Canada, the Sinclairs and the Estate of Dorothy Fay Palmer. This exhibit is in the Jaffa Centre classroom that used to house the old (1972) Clayton Axford Museum. It is an interactive hands-on exhibit that was developed on the Carolinian Life Zone, how it is unique and how it is at risk. It will be used by students in the TVDSB to help cover curriculum links to Science and Technology. It will be open to the public during the Elgin Open Doors in the fall. ”




-Girls Hockey – Parkside 5 EESS (7-1) 0




The monthly SENIORS’ DAY OUT hosted by the EEC Complex will be held next Tuesday from 9:30 am to 12:30. The program consists of a Fitness class, a Guest Speaker and Lunch. Cost is $10 with registration required in advance. The speaker is Stacy Wraight who is representing the Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas as the Public Education Coordinator. Stacy will be providing information to educate and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias throughout Elgin County.




The Town of Aylmer and Mennonite Community Services are sponsoring a Local Goverment Information session next Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 pm at the Old Town Hall theatre in order to explain how local government works. Councillors and various town staff will be present. If interested in attending, contact MCS.




A special showing of the updated Eastlink documentary on Project Ojibwa will be shown this Thursday at the Elgin Military Museum in St.Thomas at 7:30 pm.






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MONDAY, Jan. 20/14





-Aylmer Council, 7pm


-Wed. -EESS Gr. 8 Open House; 7-8:30 pm

-Wed. -Womens’ U.BBall – Windsor (Tessa Kreiger) at Western, 6 pm

-Wed.-Thu. -Univ. Skating Invitational, EEC Complex

-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive




-Van Ymeren, Tryntje “Tina” of Simcoe passed away on Thursday in her 88th year. Wife of the late Bertus “Bart”Van Ymeren (2003). Survivors: six children including son Peter Van Ymeren and wife Judy of Aylmer etc.. She was born in The Netherlands and she and her busband Bart owned a family apple orchard near Aylmer. Visitation was yesterday; the funeral is at Kebbel’s Funeral Home today at 2:00 pm.




(From Elgin County Health Unit) – “The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, air temperatures are predicted to fall to daily lows of -18° Celsius and persist for the next several days with extreme wind chills until Friday. This 3rd Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect until Friday.




The Aylmer Spitfires won and lost in their two weekend games in SOJHL hockey. Friday in Aylmer, first place Lambeth counted two goals in the second half of the third period to upend the Spits by 4-1. Matthew Reese scored Aylmer’s lone marker. Yesterday in Mt. Brydges, Aylmer clung to a 3-2 lead through a scorelsss third period for the win. Reese, Brad Payne and Clint Walker were Spits’ marksmen. The Spitfires now have nineteen wins and eighteen losses. Next game is Saturday as they host Mt. Brydges again – the fourth time they’ve met in their last nine games.

Vs. Mt. Brydges:

Period 1
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (Jesiah Sweetland, Andrew Baxter) 12:07
Mt.BrydgesCole Chilvers (Hayden Trbizan) 16:08
Period 2
AylmerMatthew Reese (Andrew Baxter) 1:36
AylmerClint Walker (power play) (Mitch Roloson) 3:00
Mt.BrydgesRyan McDonnell (power play) (Tyler Lockwood) 12:35
Period 3
(no scoring)




-January 15, 2014, Station #2, Conservation Line, Medical Assist

–January 18, 2014, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

–January 19, 2014, Station #1, Dexter Line, Medical Assist

–January 19, 2014, Station #4, Central Elgin, Belmont Road, MVC




(The Toronto Maples Leafs announced in the summer that Jon Abbott, 28, formerly of Aylmer, will call the games for mid-week radio broadcasts after spending the past two seasons doing the same for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Jon provides an update:)

1. How do you like the job?

“It is a thrill to live out my life long dream and provide play by play coverage of the Leafs. We actually provide television coverage of the Leafs through daily practice updates, along with live coverage each game day in the morning and we air pre-game and post game shows for all regular season games throughout the year. I have the responsibility of broadcasting the games with colour analyst Jim Ralph, for both TSN 1050/Sportsnet The Fan 590 and across the Leafs Radio Network.

2. How is it different than what you expected?

The most noticeable aspect is the travel. Prior to working in the NHL, I did the Marlies. The first trip I took on the Leafs Charter was to Detroit and our flight time was 32 minutes. On a bus headed to Grand Rapids for an AHL game, our trip was roughly 6 ½ hours one way. Another notable contrast is the speed of the game. Just like a player moving up from junior hockey or the AHL  it is faster at the NHL level and it is for the broadcasters, too, as the plays simply develop way more quickly at the NHL. The most exciting events are: my first game in Nashville as the Leafs won 4-0 off a shutout from Bernier. I could not have asked for a more exciting outcome. And unquestionably being part of the Winter Classic coverage for Leafs TV. We stood outside every day, all day, but it was a blast!

3. Connections to Aylmer?

After getting married to an Ancaster girl (Rachelle) this past summer, we have planted our roots in that area. My folks have moved from the Aylmer area to Lambeth. While I no longer have a house in Aylmer, I still consider it my home town and it is awesome returning to catch up with everyone.”





“The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin. Based on the Environment Canada weather information, air temperatures have fallen below -15° Celsius and the wind chill factor is predicted to be in the -27° point. While day high temperatures will rise above the -15° C temperature, night time temperatures and wind chills are predicted to be extremely cold until at least Thursday.”



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FRIDAY, Jan. 17/14





-Fri. -Aylmer Spitfires host Lambeth, 7:45 pm

-Fri. -PD Day for Elementary Schools

-Sat. -APAC Presents: Carol Del Junco, 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre

-Sat.-Sun. – Skate Competition at EEC Complex (see Tue. story)


-Mon. -Aylmer Council 7pm




-Sr B BBall – EESS 62 AVSS 40

-Jr B BBall – EESS 71 AVSS 14

-Jr G VBall – Huron Park 3 EESS 0, EESS 2 CECI 1, PCI 3 EESS 0

-Sr G VBall – Huron Park 3 EESS 0, Ingersoll 3 EESS 0, EESS 3 PCI 0




The Town and its Environmental Advisory Committee announce the start of its ‘Name The Town Flower’ contest. The contest is open to town and area residents. The flower suggested should be native to North America and/or the Carolinian Forest. Entrants need to submit (to the Town Hall) a picture with a paragraph, max.  500 wd., stating where it grows, when it flowers and why it would be a good choice. Deadline is March 6. The winner will be announced at the Home and Garden Show in April and it will become Aylmer’s official flower. 




(From the London Free Press) – Dale Brewster of Aylmer operator of the Crystal Wedding Chapel in London is facing 11 criminal charges including pretending to solemnize marriage resulting from several wedding ceremonies she performed in the past year in London. For a number of years in various locations she has officiated weddings but she was then issued a cancellation notice. In most cases the unions are still binding as they are registered with the province.




The St.Thomas YWCA is offering a ‘sport sampler’ for youth, aged 11-15.  One can still participate in skating at the EEC Complex on Feb. 8 and Martial Arts at the St.Thomas YWCA in March (Boler Mt. tubing and London Aquatics swimming have already been held). Bus transportation is provided. Cost is only $5 per event. Register at Aylmer Community Services on Centre St.




The St.Thomas Sports Spectacular next Thursday at the St.Anne’s Centre features Jack Valiquette, formerly of Aylmer and a retired star with the Toronto Maple Leafs, as its main speaker.




(Contributed) – Aylmer Community Theatre has its second production of the season from Feb. 13 through to Feb. 22 at the Old Town Hall Theatre. ‘The Man With the Plastic Sandwich’, written in 1978, explores the life of Walter Price, a civil engineer who has lost his job of 20 years. The three characters he encounters in the LA park where he spends his days influence the way he lives his life through humour and insight. Actors are Mark Smith, Ashley Grech, Ron Sawyer, and Judy Cormier and it is Directed by Barbara Warnock. Tickets are available online at www.aylmertheatre.ca, or at Aylmer Video, Campbells II, The Prime Ingredient or at the door.




“Historic Buildings of Aylmer”  (On sale for $15 at:

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)



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THURSDAY, Jan. 16/14





-EESS Dance Show; 7pm; $5 (see story  below)

-McGregor Movie Night: Despicable Me II, 6:30


-Fri. -Aylmer Spitfires host Lambeth, 7:45 pm

-Fri. -PD Day for Elementary Schools

-Sat. -APAC Presents: Carol Del Junco, 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre

-Sat.-Sun. – Skate Competition at EEC Complex (see Tue. story)




-Porter, (Pearce) Helen Eileen of Dorchester passed away Monday in her 101st year. She was born in Jaffa. The funeral service will be held at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester today at 11 a.m.




-Sr Boys BBall – EESS (6-0) 44 PCI 19; Jr Boys BBall – EESS (6-0) 52 PCI 40

-Girls Hockey – EESS 5 Central 0; Boys Hockey – EESS 1 Central 0

-Sr G VBall – No Report; Jr G VBall – No Report




(Information from Bayham Clerk Lynda Millard:) Among decisions made by Bayham Council at their meeting last Thursday were:

-Re-Ambulance Relocation -”No change at this time, the trial service was renewed by the County. They are looking for a daytime location to dispatch out of Vienna as it is more central for the calls they are receiving.”

-Re-Crossing Guard Appointment for Straffordville Public School – “Deferred to next meeting – options and more information requested.”




(Mainstreet Aylmer recently asked Aylmer Council to allocate some funding from a grant program for business facade improvement. Nicole Wiebenga, Executive Director of Aylmer Chamber of Commerce, provides more information:) – “ Within the Town of Aylmer’s Community Improvement Program, they have a section designated for downtown revitalization and facade improvement monies. In order for the BIA to help promote this program and encourage members to access these funds and maintain or update their storefront, monies needed to be allocated within this program. Because council is currently discussing the budget for 2014, BIA is simply asking for money to be set aside for this type of grant.

MainStreet is interested in this because as the downtown ages and deteriorates, the beauty, architecture and history that we are known for will also deteriorate. MainStreet has set aside money for our own facade improvement grants as we have grants available for our members to apply for concerning facade, signage and lighting. In 2013, MainStreet granted Aylmer Submarine money for their facade work. There is not one specific section of town that MainStreet is concerned with; however we are wanting members to be aware of the financial grant options out there before making any decisions on changes and we encourage businesses to act now in maintaining and updating their buildings and facades so they do not get in disrepair and erase history.” (Council deferred the request to their Financial Committee.)




(Information from EESS Dance teacher Alicia Steenholdt:) “EESS is presenting a Dance Show tonight, beginning at 7 pm, the cost is $5. This is our second dance show. The senior dance class voted for the theme for the show, “Express Yourself,” and have also choreographed many of the pieces in the show. There are 40 dance students and 10 other students helping behind the scenes. The dance students are in the grade 10 dance class and grade 11/12 dance class. The proceeds for this show will be used to buy costumes and materials for next year’s show.”




(Contributed) – Kyle O’Neill, from the London Runner Distance Club and formerly an EESS student from Vienna, was named recently to the Canadian Cross Country Senior Men’s team for the World Championships in February in Trinidad and Tobago. O’Neill finished sixth at the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Vancouver in December. As well, Paul Rochus, another former EESS runner, placed second for McMaster at the CanAm Classic in Windsor last week in the 3,000m with a time of 8:57.42, a personal best for him.




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WED., Jan. 15/14





-EESS hosts: Boys BBall, Boys Hockey


-Thu. -McGregor Movie Night: Despicable Me II, 6:30

-Fri. -PD Day for Elementary Schools




-Boys Hockey: EESS (6-1) 5 Parkside 3

-Girls Hockey: EESS (6-0) 6 WESS 0




-Thomson, George “Graham” of Vienna passed away Monday at the age of 97 years. He was predeceased by his wife Audrey Thomson (2011). Survivors: four children including daughter Margaret (Hugh) Kampers of Vienna etc..  He was a veteran of World War 2 and a former employee of Canada Cement. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Thursday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.  The Funeral Service will be held there on Friday at 11 a.m.




Second ranked in Canada University of Windsor downed ninth ranked Laurier 73-44 and McMaster 83-44 last weekend in OUAA Womens’ basketball. Aylmer’s Tessa Kreiger started both games and connected for four and ten points respectively. Brock defeated Guelph 76-62 and lost to McMaster 72-56 also last weekend with Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen playing 10-12 minutes in each game and netting six points in each. 






“Jan 11/2013 – (Information from Peter Dragunas, Catfish CCA Water Technician) – “This is a Flood Outlook, Watershed Conditions Statement: Should adverse weather patterns strengthen, water level conditions may increase. This is an early assessment that the potential exists for flooding of low-lying areas within the watershed. Due to a forecasted warming trend, precipitation in the form of rain (10 – 15 mm) and existing snow cover, there is a potential for flooding. This Flood Outlook Statement will remain in effect until Tuesday.”




(Information on last Saturday’s United Way Bowling event at Cy’s is from Melissa Schneider of the Aylmer United Way:) “We had 97 bowlers and raised a total of $2,340 for the Aylmer portion of the United Way campaign. Our goal was to have 16 teams and we ended up with 17. Thanks again to our event sponsors – Goodwill’s Used Cars and Aylmer Tire.




(Contributed) – “The Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit is encouraging smokers to sign up for Leave The Pack Behind’s wouldurather… contest and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Driven to Quit challenge. For the first time, the annual wouldurather… contest is offering eight weeks of free nicotine patches or gum to all eligible participants in addition to the two grand prizes of $2500. The contest is open to all students and young adults between the ages of 18 and 29. The same participants and any other smokers over the age of 19 in Ontario who have used tobacco at least once weekly for at least 10 months in 2013 etc. are also encouraged to sign-up for the Driven to Quit challenge where they will have an opportunity to win a new car.

The Health Unit will also be hosting Stop on the Road workshops for those looking for additional support to quit smoking. The STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Program workshop offers eligible participants five weeks of cost-free nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation information. Registration for the wouldurather… contest is open until January 26 and the  Driven to Quit challenge that follows is open until February 28. For more information contact Elgin St. Thomas Public Health at 519-631-9900 ext. 1324.




Abe Friesen, Marketing Director for Golden Community Builders, informs that the 39-unit Trillium Apartments at Sydenham and John Sts., which opened almost a year ago, have now reached one-third occupancy. As well, a local retail tenant will occupy part of the first floor as of February 1st.



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TUES., Jan. 14/14





-Wed. -EESS hosts: Boys BBall, Boys Hockey

-Thu. -McGregor Movie Night: Despicable Me II, 6:30

-Fri. -PD Day for Elementary Schools




- January 1, 2014, Station #2 assisted by Station #1, Talbot Line, MVC

– January 1, 2014, Station #1, Chalet Line, MVC

– January 4, 2014, Station #4, Imperial Road, MVC

– January 5, 2014, Station #2, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– January 6, 2014, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– January 7, 2014, Station #3, #1, #2, #4, Springfield Road, Chimney Fire

(*Wood stove fire. Smoke damage only. 7:30 am. On scene 1 hour) 

– January 8, 2014, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– January 8, 2014, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– January 9, 2014, Station #2 , Station #1, Springwater Road, MVC

– January 10, 2014, Station #1,  Sawmill Road, Medical Assist

– January 11, 2014, Station #3,  College Line, Medical Assist




(By Bill Murch)

Among items discussed by Aylmer Council at yesterday’s meeting:

Council gave first and second reading to four by-laws concerning municipal borrowing for current expenditures, consolidated reserve borrowing, auditor appointment and interim tax rates for 2014. These are all important ‘house-keeping’ by-laws required by the town prior to the 2014 budget being set. (The first meeting of the Aylmer Finance Committee is expected to take place the second week of February)

The interim tax by-law sets out the rates and dates for first installment of taxes. The town has the authority to tax based on 50% of the previous year until the budget process is completed and the final billings are produced.

The Aylmer & District Horticultural Society would like to partner with the Town Of Aylmer in the construction of a gazebo/pavilion at the Splash Pad in Balmoral Park. The Society will contribute $5,000.00 toward the project in the name of Audrey Thompson. The offer was referred to the Finance Committee for consideration.

Mayor Couckuyt identified some eighteen accomplishments in 2013 that he felt highlighted Council’s involvement in the community. They included the splash pad, the new tree policy, the energy efficient LED Street lights, new communication equipment for the fire department, and three new doctors in town.




The 2014 Pat Abela-Lyle McPhedran Memorial Invitational Competition takes place at the EEC Complex this Saturday and Sunday. Events include singles, pairs, dance, interpretive and adult. About 500 skaters are expected to attend.




-In Elgin court recently, a 44-year old Aylmer man was given 30 days in jail plus a three year driving prohibition for  impaired driving in October – he had a previous offence. The same man was given 15 days custody for a breach of probation offence from December.

-A 43 year old Bayham man was given 45 days in jail for driving while his licence was suspended and for drug possession from an April incident.

-Police are advising that Ontario has a new number to call – 511 – to inquire about road conditions.




Laura Kerr of Aylmer submitted a proposal concerning a cost sharing of Yoga Classes to Aylmer Council yesterday. Kerr, a native of Aylmer, moved back to town a few years ago with her husband and two children. She owns Green Gorilla Yoga in Aylmer and teaches yoga at Tru Hot Yoga at various area locations.She also is a teacher for the Olive TreeYoga Foundation where  she assists with teacher trainings in Canada and in the Middle East. She plans on offering ‘Baptiste’ Yoga which is a mix of power and flow yoga meant to empower individuals to reach their full potential through movement and breathing techniques.

She asked Council to share in the cost of offering  two classes per week for 5 week sessions at the Old Town Hall theatre. Her plan is to begin by holding a free open class on January 22. (Council decided to advise her “that should she wish to rent the Old Town Hall facility, that she is required to complete the necessary rental agreement/documentation and satisfy all conditions in accordance with Town’s policy, as required for the rental.”)




(Contributed) – Jesse Hagell, 21, formerly of Aylmer, is a performer with the Disney On Ice Show. It appears at London’s Budweiser Gardens from January 30 to February 2. He has been on tour with the Disney Show since 2010. Jesse grew up in the Aylmer area and went to school at the Mt Salem Private Secondary School. He trained in Aylmer and at the Woodstock Skating Club. His parents Robert and Maureen Hagell still live in the Aylmer area.



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MONDAY, Jan. 13/14





-Aylmer Council, 3:30 pm

-Otter Valley Naturalists 7 pm, Pt. Burwell Public School


-Wed. -EESS hosts: Boys BBall, Boys Hockey

-Fri. -PD Day for Schools




(Information from Peter Dragunas, Catfish CCA Water Management Technician:) – “The flooding at Pt. Bruce occurred late Saturday evening into early Sunday morning. To the best of my knowledge the flooding appears to have been minor with approximately a dozen homes being affected, predominantly on the outside in the yards. I am aware of one home that was affected internally (crawl space). This is local knowledge which I have heard second or third hand.

The Catfish Creek gauges show that the creek is still up today, which is probably due to smaller ice jams throughout the system. The biggest challenge/difficulty is that the ice did not move out of the Catfish Creek system and has jammed in Port Bruce from Rocabore Bay at the mouth upstream for approximately 2.5 km, which could pose problems during subsequent high flow events. There is a dragline at the harbour pier and it is there to clear the ice out of Catfish Creek along the pier. The harbour ice was cleared but the ice jam occurred about 100m upstream of Rocabore Bay which about 200+m. out of reach of the dragline.”




MT. BRYDGES – Aylmer Spitfires won their third straight game by defeating Mt. Brydges 5-3 here yesterday in SOJHL hockey. Brad Payne netted a hat trick for the locals -and moved into fifth place in league scoring -with singles going to Will Goodhue, Aiden Estabrooks and Clint Walker. Two of the markers were short handed goals. The Spits now have 18 wins and 17 losses. This week Aylmer hosts Lambeth Friday and travels to Mt. Brydges Sunday.


Period 1
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (Jesiah Sweetland, Mark Edmonds) 5:04
North MiddlesexTom Bedour (unassisted) 13:06
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (Jesiah Sweetland) 14:39
Period 2
AylmerClint Walker (short handed) (Luke Bettencourt, Mark Macpherson) 3:57
AylmerWill Goodhue (Matthew Reese, Trevor Stewart) 5:11
North MiddlesexMike Sharpe (Spencer Kading) 13:15
Period 3
AylmerAiden Estabrooks (short handed) (unassisted) 9:48
North MiddlesexSpencer Kading (Mike Sharpe) 13:54
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (empty net) (Mark Macpherson) 19:16




-Hooker, Janice Arlene of Belmont passed away Thursday in her 50th year. Survivors include: husband Brian “Sam” Hooker; two children; mother Evelyn (Thompson) Underhill and brother Dave Underhill (Chris) both of Luton, and sister Jean Willows of Port Burwell etc.. She had been active with Belmont Minor Hockey. The funeral will be held at Williams Funeral Home, St. Thomas Wednesday at 11:00 a.m




The Catfish Creek Conservation Authority issued a Flood Outlook Friday cautioning that water level conditions may increase and noting that the potential exists for flooding of low-lying areas within the CCCA watersheds.




A new office building

The former vet clinic at the corner of Spruce and Elm Sts.  has been renovated for offices for Mike Hutchinson Holdings. The office building is expected to be open by the end of the month. (kb) (CLICK)




(Information from Aylmer Police) – A van that had just been driven into a driveway on Talbot St. east, just two houses east of St.Paul’s United Church, caught fire around 8:30 Friday evening. The house beside caught fire and suffered damage on the east side – the van was destroyed. There was also minor damage to the house just further east.




ORWELL – (From Elgin OPP) – A 77 year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to yield after her car struck a transport truck around 9 am on Highway #3 at Springwater Road Thursday. The car was travelling north on Springwater Rd., stopped and in proceeding to turn right onto Highway #3 was struck by the eastbound truck driven by a 45-year old Bluewater, Ont. man. There were no injuries.



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FRIDAY, Jan. 10/14





-Sat. -Aylmer U.Way Winter Bowl at Cy’s (see ad)

-Sat. -No Aylmer Spitfires home game

-Sun. -Last day for Cmas Tree Dropoff at Aylmer Parks Yard


-Mon. -Otter Valley Naturalists, 7pm, Pt. Burwell School

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 3:30pm




Malahide Council at its meeting last night unanimously voted to forward Co. Mark Widner’s proposal, that Aylmer should consider putting the new library in the EEC Complex, to Aylmer Council “for review and consideration.”

In a statement at Council, Widner said he wanted Aylmer to have a realistic look at using some of the hall space at the EECC facility as the new library. He noted he was aware of some concerns with this – for example, an interest in keeping a library downtown, “but how many users depend on walking to the library and with busy traffic in the core it may make it more accessible elsewhere.” He added: ”There may be a perception the library is none of Malahide’s business but in this case anything we can do to improve the jointly owned complex’s income would benefit the taxpayers of both Aylmer and Malahide.”

Co. Widner said today:  “Last night’s discussion went extremely well. Malahide ratepayers aren’t happy with the complex budget… My biggest concern is that since we can’t seem to lower the annual operating budget to decrease Malahide’s contribution every year, we must look for increased income and a guaranteed income from a library could be what’s needed.”  Reacting to another concern over a lack of space at the complex as the banquet halls there offer 7600 square feet when the library study suggests a need of 10,000 square feet, he said:  “If indeed there is a shortage of space, it was discussed as to whether a modest addition could be added to accommodate any shortfall. “




-Sr G VBall – WESS 3 EESS 0; Jr G VBall – EESS 3 WESS 0

-Boys Hockey – EESS 9 WESS 1; Girls Hockey – EESS 6 WESS 1

-Sr B BBall – EESS 62 WESS 32; Jr B BBall – EESS 64 WESS 14




-Dyck, Abe of St.Thomas passed away on Wednesday in his 79th year. Survivors: wife Tina Dyck, seven children including Rosa (Bill) Klassen of Aylmer etc.. A memorial service will be held at The Mission, Frogmore on Saturday at 3 p.m. with visitation from 1 p.m.

-Moore, Doris Vera of Aylmer passed away Thursday in her 96th year. Wife of the late Elgin Moore(1983). Survivors: two daughters including Marjorie Wilson of Aylmer etc.. She was born in England. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 am.

-Giesbrecht, Anna of Aylmer passed away Thursday in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Abe Giesbrecht. Survivors include: five children etc..  She had 26 grandchildren, 83 great grandchildren, and 31 great great grandchildren. She was born in Saskatchewan. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Aylmer on Saturday at 2 pm.




Janel Desilva, owner/pharmacist of Shoppers DrugMart in Aylmer, said, similar to other centres, they have been very busy with administering “hundreds” of flu shots so far this winter. Flu shots are now available at Shoppers this year as well as at the fall flu clinic and at doctors’ offices. One factor in their popularity, she noted,  has been that no appointment is necessary although they advise a short waiting period after the shot.




Mount Salem Christian School, located just south of the main corner and adjacent to the Mount Salem Evangelical Mennonite Church, is planning an expansion. Presently their Elementary division uses additional space in the church and has seven classrooms in portables on the church grounds. Their Secondary division uses rooms in the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church,  located just north of the corner in Mount Salem. They have purchased just over ten acres south and east of the EMC church for expansion.

Said Principal Lena Wall: “We are out of room. We need to have all classes, JK-12, in one building. We have a 5-year plan to acquire the necessary funds. Our goal is to start by building phase one, which will include the gymnasium, washrooms, offices, and seven classrooms.” Their current enrollment is 194 students from JK-12. Mrs. Wall noted that the student body represents eighteen different churches within a 30 km radius of Aylmer.



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