Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

MONDAY, Nov. 16/15





-Aylmer Council, 6:30 pm


Tue -G BBall FINAL – EESS at Dorchester, 5pm

-Thu -Football Playoffs: JR v Saunder 12 pm; SR v Oakridge 6pm; Lon. Citywide

-Thu -Bayham, Malahide Councils 7pm

-Thu-Sat  -TEN THOUSAND  VILLAGES Sale (see Nov 5 report and ad)

-Fri-Sat -Ayl-Mal. Museum Tour of Homes (see ad)

-Fri -Elementary Schools PA Day





PARKHILL – The Aylmer Spitfires snapped their three game losing streak with a pair of wins on the road on the weekend in SOJHL hockey. Friday in Exeter, Aylmer connected on two late goals to nip second place Exeter by 3-1- Spitfire goal getters were Ryan VanRoestel with two and Jesiah Sweetland. Sunday, here, the Spitfires notched two markers in the opening frame which turned out to be all the game’s scoring in a 2-0 shutout over North Middlesex- again Sweetland and VanRoestel were the marksmen. The locals now have 13 wins and 4 losses, good for third spot in the nine team league. There are no home games this week – the Spits travel to Mt. Brydges Friday and Pt. Stanley Saturday.


Period 1

Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (Josh Lockhart, Josh Houston) 13:27

Period 2

Exeter – Tyler Kettler (Brett Dalton) 0:45

Period 3

Aylmer – Jesiah Sweetland (Luke Bettencourt) 16:17

Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (power play) (James Collins, Cody Underhill) 18:18



Period 1

Aylmer – Jesiah Sweetland (Luke Bettencourt) 12:30

Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (Kyle DiCicco, Brett Dzyngel) 17:24






-Danbrook, Keith of Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away Friday in his 97th year. Survivors: wife Mary (Brackenbury) Danbrook; seven children including Tom Danbrook (Ruth) of Aylmer etc.. Keith farmed originally at Grovesend on the first concession then served in the army during the Second World War and later purchased a farm at Mapleton. There he produced a prize winning Jersey cattle herd. He later moved to the Tillsonburg area where he developed an interest in fancy chickens and exhibited them at fall fairs. He also set up his own private Museum of Agriculture. He served as President of both the Aylmer and Tillsonburg Fair Boards, was President of the Ontario Jersey Cattle Club and was inducted into the Elgin Agricultural Hall of Fame. The funeral service is being held today at 11 am at the Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Kicksee, Jennie Irene of Port Stanley passed away Saturday in her 94th year. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.


-Jillard, Lyle Douglas of St.Thomas passed away Friday in his 70th year. Survivors: wife Sue (Kemp) Jillard; one daughter etc.. He was a teacher with the Elgin and Thames Valley School Boards. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A celebration of life will be held at Aylmer Baptist Church on Saturday at 11 am.





The Aylmer Heritage Committee last week sent a letter to Council asking how it should proceed on a project they endorsed two years ago to improve and mark the old Anglican cemetery located behind a residence on the west side of Queen St. north. According to AHC research, an Anglican church was built on the property in l861 and a cemetery started beside it but in 1985 they relocated to a bigger church elsewhere in town and they sold their church. In 1895 the church burnt and a residence was later constructed there.The AHC believes some graves were moved – the last burial here was in 1892 – by some families from here in the l930s to the town cemetery just south of Aylmer. But there are still nine stones remaining and it is believed several bodies still there.


The Anglican Huron Diocese informed the AHC that they considered the cemetery to be abandoned to the municipality years ago. In January a council staff report advised that “there was no suggestion the Anglican church had abandoned the property and suggested the church should take on this procedure”, adding Aylmer has “no record to assume ownership.” At Council Monday the following motion was passed: “Council directs the Aylmer Heritage Committee to take no further acton on this matter unless approved and directed by Council.”


This is the old Anglican cemetery just west of Queen St. north in Aylmer (kb) (CLICK)

This is the old Anglican cemetery just west of Queen St. north in Aylmer (kb) (CLICK)




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FRIDAY, Nov. 13/15








-Eastlink TV: London Knights host Guelph, 7:30 pm


-Sat -Edison Dinner, Auction; 5-10 pm; Vienna C Centre; $20; ph. 866-3525

-Sat -APAC presents: Mackenzie Blues Band; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre


-Mon -Aylmer Council, 6:30 pm

-Tue -G BBall Final – EESS at Dorchester, 5pm






(Information from Tim Stafford of Hydro One) – “Power was out from east St Thomas to Aylmer and south to Pt Bruce (about 2500 customers) from approximately 3:30 pm yesterday until around 7 pm. The cause was trees and wires down in Yarmouth Centre. ‎Crews were brought in last night from Hydro One Metro to assist. In all 8 poles were replaced as well as a large amount of wire. Additional tree issues were also noted and had to be cleared before the feeder could be retored.”


From Hydro One – A tree also toppled a main wire in south Bayham about 10 pm last night and crews expect hydro restoration to the 600 customers around 1 pm today.






-FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – JR – EESS 58 Lon Oakridge 0; SR – EESS 18 Medway 0







(Information from Gwen Tracey, Malahide Human Resources CoOrdinator) – “A fire occurred last night on Ron McNeil Line near Newell Road. Firefighters were called out at about 6 pm and were on the scene until 3:30 am with a few remaining until after 8 am. The cause is unknown at this time – damage is approximately $450,000.  No one was at home at the time the blaze broke out. It was a difficult blaze to get under control because of the type of construction and materials used at the time the home was built a century ago. In addition firefighters struggled to get the blaze under control because of the strong winds.”






-Couture, Joseph of Stratford passed away Wednesday in his 54th year. Survivors: mother Nancy Smith of Aylmer (and the late Frank Couture); four siblings including Steven Couture of Port Burwell and Cathy Youssef of Aylmer etc.. The funeral at the Kebbel Funeral Home will be held today at 1pm.


-Dominic, Rosemary Valentino of London passed away Thursday in her 39th year. Survivors: sister Charity of Aylmer etc.. The funeral service will be held on Saturday November 21 at 11 am at the Kebbel Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior.


-Vyse, Jean Elizabeth of Port Burwell passed away Wednesday aged 84.  Wife of the late Harley Vyse (1971). Survivors: nine children etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Tuesday from 11am – 1 pm with the Funeral Service to follow.






(From Police Chief Andre Reymer) – A 21 year old St.Thomas woman was charged with following too closely after her car, travelling east on Talbot St. West near Caverly Road, rear ended a pickup truck which had stopped for a school bus around 3:30 pm on November 4. The car had to be towed.






(Lisa Dahm, Facility Coordinator at the EEC Complex, will be leaving for a new position next week. The EEC Complex Manager Theresa Klachan also resigned in August and has not been replaced as yet. Lisa provided the following information:) – “I’ve been working with the Complex since May, 2004 – originally as a Job Creation Project position through the government, and then parlaying that into a Full-Time position as Administrative Assistant/Customer Service  in November of the same year.


My title has been  Facility Coordinator since approximately 2006. My duties have included customer service, ice and facility scheduling, facility rentals management, program management, accounts receivable management, office management, and has come to include more responsibilities with the vacant positions of GM and Program Coordinator. I grew up in Tillsonburg. As of November 17  I am leaving the Complex to pursue a position with  Ronald McDonald House Charities SouthWestern Ontario.”






NEW – “Low German Mennonites of Aylmer” . On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

“Low German Mennonites of Aylmer”. On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.





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THURSDAY, Nov. 12/15





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

–EESS hosts: Football Playoffs: JR -12 – v Oakridge; SR – 2pm v Medway


-Fri -Eastlink TV: London Knights host Guelph, 7:30 pm

-Sat -Edison Dinner, Auction; 5-10 pm; Vienna C Centre; $20; ph. 866-3525

-Sat -APAC presents: Mackenzie Blues Band; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre





-GIRLS BBALL PLAYOFFS – JR – EESS 34 WCI 13; SR – EESS 66 WESS 12 (Semifinals At Dorchester today)





(For East Elgin, from Environment Canada; 11 am) – “Strong southwesterly winds have developed this morning with gusts up to 70 or 80 km/h in many places. The strongest winds are expected this evening. These strong winds are the result of a cold front associated with a Colorado low crossing the Great Lakes.”





AYLMER – First place Dorchester dominated Aylmer Spitfires by a 9-3 count here last night in SOJHL hockey. The Spits have now dropped three consecutive games and their record is 11 wins and 4 losses. In their first meeting this year, Dorchester outshot Aylmer 16-2 after the first period but only held a 2-1 edge. However they scored five times in close to five minutes in the second period to pull away. Chris Carreiro netted five goals for Dorchester including one on a penalty shot. Aylmer marksmen were Cody Underhil, Jesiah Sweetland and Josh Lockhart. Aylmer travels to Exeter Friday and to Mt. Brydges Sunday in their other action this week.



Period 1

Dorchester – Chris Carreiro (Derek Todosichuk) 4:04

Dorchester – Derek Todosichuk (power play) (Jay Ritchie, Ryan Tuffin) 15:43

Period 2

Aylmer – Cody Underhill (power play) (Brady Rysdale (APM), Josh Houston) 2:25

Dorchester – Chris Carreiro (Wade Russell) 12:54

Dorchester – Chris Carreiro (penalty shot) 14:46

Dorchester – Chris Carreiro (Ryan Tuffin) 16:35

Dorchester – Brett Van Dusen (unassisted) 17:38

Dorchester – Ryan Root (Jaden Glew, Ryan Tuffin) 18:04

Period 3

Aylmer – Jesiah Sweetland (power play) (Josh Houston) 2:44

Dorchester – Chris Carreiro (Ryan Tuffin, Derek Todosichuk) 5:00

Aylmer – Josh Lockhart (Jesiah Sweetland, Luke Regier) 5:16

Dorchester – Lucas Mastroianni (Tyler Blue, Brent Hammett) 18:25




-McBride, Phyllis F. (Vannatter) of Tillsonburg passed away on October 31 aged 89. Wife of the late Robert “Clare” McBride (2008). Survivors: two children including Randy McBride (Darlene) of Port Burwell etc.. A Memorial Visitation will be held at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg on December 22 from 11 am – 12 and a Memorial Service will follow at 12 pm.





-The seventh ranked Brock University womens’ basketball team defeated Algoma 75-45 Saturday to even their OUA record at a win and a loss. Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen started but scored only two points. Brock has no games this week.


-Fourth ranked University of Guelph womens’ hockey team did not play this past weekend.  Guelph, with Aylmer’s Averi Nooren being their leading scorer, is in Windsor Saturday.





(The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 14th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 20 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 21 from 1-9 pm. The Baptist Church Supper is on Friday, November 20 at 6 pm.)-  “The fourth home on the tour is the one story ranch style home constructed in the early 1950’s for Dr. McLay and Ioa Miller. It has had only two owners – the Huestons purchased the house in early 2000s. The home is not a typical ranch; the rooms are very large, especially the living room, dining room and kitchen. The front hall entry is also quite wide.


This gracious one story ranch style home was constructed in the early 1950’s for Dr. McLay Miller and his wife Iola. It has had only two (2) owners – the Millers and the Huestons who purchased the house in early 2000. After Dr. Miller passed away Iola continued to live in the home for a few more years eventually going to live at Chartwell Gardens.The home is not a typical ranch; the rooms are very large, especially the living room, dining room and kitchen. There are two (2) bedrooms, a den, a laundry room and a bathroom. The front hall entry is wide and is welcoming to visitors.

The final house on the Ayl-Mal, Museum’s tour next weekend is this home on South St. west owned by the Huestons.




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TUESDAY, Nov. 10/15



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wed.




-EESS hosts: G BBall Playoff: Jr  v Wood. CI; Sr v WESS


-Wed – Aylmer Remembrance Day Service; 10:30

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires host Dorchester, 8:15 pm

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

-Thu – EESS hosts: Football Playoffs: JR -12 – v Oakridge; SR – 2pm v Medway

-Fri -Eastlink TV: London Knights host Guelph, 7:30 pm

-Sat -APAC presents: Mackenzie Blues Band; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre



AYLMER: NOV. 11/2015



(Judy Mennill, of Malahide, provides this overview of a book she has recently published featuring war letters written by her father in law Joe Mennill formerly of Aylmer:)

“Dave (Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill) and I were not aware of the letters until my mother-in-law died in February of 2013. It was then that we discovered the letters and the memorabilia relating to Joe’s time in the air force during the second world war and while he was a Prisoner Of War. As a teacher, for years I would invite Joe to speak at the Remembrance Day Assembly at Assumption School. I would have his uniform on display but never the letters. Dave and I plan to donate the letters, his war medals and all of the other items to a museum.


I think the letter that most affected me was the letter written to his family stating that Joe had been shot down. His family didn’t know if he was alive or dead. I can’t imagine their anguish waiting for word. On a lighter note, it’s interesting that a letter from the “A” Squadron R.A.F. Station is addressed to Joe’s father and not to his mother. I’m not sure why but I wonder if it was because they thought it would be too distressing for his mother. We were a long way from gender equality! Another interesting fact is that many of the letters from Joe had sentences that were blacked out. Censors read the letters before they were sent to conceal any sensitive information.


I worked on the book off and on for about a year and a half. I would do a few pages, then I would put the project aside because other day to day matters came up. When I was working on it, I did one page a day and for the brief time that it took, I would go back in time and enjoy the family news, and the history that the letter provided. I loved the project.


I’m not selling it in a store but I have copies to share if anyone wants a copy; they just need to ask. I hope to put copies in each of the local libraries as well because I think it provides a good history lesson.”





-Elliott, Marlene Marie of Pt. Burwell passed away Monday in her 68th year. Survivors: husband Ken Elliott; five children including Mark Palmer of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 am.


-Carrington, Deborah of Aylmer passed away Monday in her 57th year. Survivors: two children etc.. Deborah had lived in Aylmer most of her life. A private Family service will be held; arrangements through the Kebbel Funeral Home.





(From Fire Chief Randy White):

-Nov 4 – Station 1 Port Burwell responded to a medical on Shakespeare St.

-Nov  5 – Station 2 Straffordville responded to a carbon monoxide alarm on Jackson Line. False alarm.





(Information from Fire Chief Sam Taylor)

-Nov. 2nd – Medical assist call

-Nov. 7th – Talbot St. W.; 6 pm; respond to a temporary storage shelter on highway, tangled in cable & telephone wires.





STRAFFORDVILLE – At their meeting Thursday, Bayham Council unanimously voted to support a request by a citizens’ group to renovate the Straffordville Community Centre and keep it open for public use and not to sell the building to a local church.  Local resident Marni Wolfe led a group that presented to council a petition with over 1500 signatures and a list with over $100,000 in pledges and labour assistance as well as a budget showing reduced costs for maintaining the facility which Council closed one year ago due to repair issues.


Said Ms Wolfe, who organized a rally for about 50 persons before the Council meeting: “It was a huge victory for our group and we are excited to move forward and to be working with Council to make the SCC operational once again.” Council also directed staff to prepare tender documents with the Municipal Engineer to address the deficiencies noted in the Engineer Audit and to meet with Ms. Wolfe to obtain details pertaining to operating budget, management process and receipt of pledges.


Commented Deputy Mayor Tom Southwick: “Through out this entire process Council remained open minded to any and all possible options. As new ideas and information were presented the always fluid situation continued to change….The concerned residents did, and continue to do, a fantastic job, returning with a plan going forward, over $100k in pledges and a commitment to continue their great work. This process is a wonderful example of democracy, hard work and community spirit which promises to end with the Municipality better off financially as well as gaining the immeasurable benefit of engaged, invigorated residents.”




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MONDAY, Nov. 9/15





-Otter Valley Naturalists, 7pm, Vienna Comm. Centre (see Oct. 30)

-Aylmer Council, 6:30 pm

-Belmont Flu Clinic, 4-8 pm


-Tue -EESS hosts: G BBall Playoff: Jr  v Wood. CI; Sr v WESS

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires host Dorchester, 8:15 pm

-Sat -APAC presents: Mackenzie Blues Band; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre





Immanuel Christian school will again suspend classes and have the whole student body walk to the Aylmer cenotaph for the Remembrance Day service Wednesday. Said Principal Keith Cameron: “We will all be there again. We view Remembrance Day as a public recognition of our nation’s experience, freedoms and sacrifices caused by war and conflict… teaching our students to value and participate in their future responsibilities as members of our Canadian society.”


-9:15 am -Springfield Service

-10:30 am – Parade from Legion to Aylmer Cenotaph (*In the parade will be Ontario Police College students, Legion members, Air Cadets, Veterans etc.)

-10:45 am – Service begins. Address – Pastor Robert Clifford





For the second consecutive year Belmont will hold a Remembrance Day service on Wednesday. Organizer Betty Simpson said the service will take place in the Belmont Community Park beginning at 10:30. The event will include a piper, a short parade, and an address by Belmont United Church Minister Art Hiley.





AYLMER – Aylmer Spitfires hit unfriendly skies on the weekend as for the first time this year they lost two games in a row. Aylmer fell to Exeter 6-3 here Saturday and to Thamesford 7-5 in Thamesford Sunday in SOJHL hockey. Aylmer’s record is now 11 wins and 3 losses. At home Saturday, Aylmer tied the visitors at 3-3 early in the third period but then gave up three more later in the frame – Exeter outshot Aylmer 58-25. Spits scorers were Brent Tuchner, Derek Folkard and Josh Lockhart.

Sunday, in Aylmer’s most penalized game of the year – they were assessed four game misconducts and Thamesford earned two – Aylmer never overcame an early 4-1 deficit. Aylmer scorers were Jeshiah Sweetland, with two, James Collins, Luke Vanderspank, and Jesse Tottle. This week, Aylmer continues a busy and tough schedule by hosting first place Dorchester in their first encounter of the season on Wednesday, then retangling with Exeter Friday and on to North Middlesex Sunday.



Period 1

Thamesford – Stavros Mandrapilias (Kody Tremblay, Garrett Hickey) 5:10

Thamesford – Liam Billings (Joey Wright, Jamie Rosen) 9:22

Aylmer – James Collins (unassisted) 11:42

Thamesford – Joey Wright (Liam Billings, Jamie Rosen) 19:58

Period 2

Thamesford – Michael Nutt (Wyatt Lansdell, Dakota Hill) 1:29

Aylmer – Jesiah Sweetland (short handed) (unassisted) 6:13

Thamesford – Ian Burdett (Ben Kirwin, Dakota Hill) 9:51

Aylmer – Luke Vanderspank (power play) (Brett Dzyngel, Luke Bettencourt) 10:50

Thamesford – Matthew Smallman (power play) (Liam Billings, Ben Kirwin) 17:00

Period 3

Aylmer – Jesse Tottle (short handed) (unassisted) 6:56

Thamesford – Dakota Hill (power play) (Liam Billings, Michael Nutt) 10:38

Aylmer – Jesiah Sweetland (power play) (Jesse Tottle, Derek Folkard) 14:46





– November 4, 2015, Station #2, Woolleyville Line, Medical Assist

– November 4, 2015, Station #3, Tracey Street, Burn Complaint

– November 7, 2015, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Burn Complaint

– November 7, 2015, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Alarm Malfunction

– November 8, 2015, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist





At their meeting last week, the EEC Complex Board decided – after removing the arena ice for June and July this summer as a cost saving measure – to keep the ice in next summer. Commented two board members who voted in favour:


Aylmer Councillor Barbara Ann Laur – “I was always opposed to the ice closure. When I ran the numbers prior to the decision for closure I indicated to councils then it would be a $3,000 loss. I was out by $250. Closures and cutting programs do not serve the community or the bottom line. I feel the path to a healthier bottom line will be to promote it and offer more not less.”


Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill – “Cancelling summer ice in 2015 was an experiment based on a recommendation from Leisure World. Leisure World suggested that closing summer ice would lead to significant savings. Because we couldn’t lay off or relocate permanent staff, the labour savings only related to part time staff. There was over $40,000 in savings between labour and hydro but by not having summer ice, the revenue was reduced with a net savings of approximately $3000. So it was insignificant and therefore the committee decided to reinstate summer ice. I support that decision.”




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FRIDAY, Nov. 6/15





-Eastlink TV: London Knights v Guelph, 7:30 pm


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

-Sun -Vienna 11 am, Pt. Burwell 2pm -Remembrance Day Services


-Mon -Otter Valley Naturalists, 7pm, Vienna Comm. Centre (see Oct. 30)

-Mon -Aylmer Council, 6:30 pm

-Mon -Belmont Flu Clinic, 4-8 pm





-FOOTBALL -JR- EESS (4-2) 35 Lon Saunders 17; SR-EESS (2-4) 22 Saunders 0






-McMullen William “Bill” Arthur of Otterville passed away aged 81. Survivors: wife Lurene (Treffry); two daughters including Wilma (Randy) DeClercq of Straffordville etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held there on Saturday at 1 pm.





At an EEC Complex council meeting Wednesday a report from the CAOs of both Aylmer and Malahide on solar energy possibilities at the Complex indicated that no action would be taken at this time. An earlier council meeting had provided direction to Staff to prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the leasing of a portion of the ‘flats’ located behind for the purpose of installing a 500 kW Ground Mount Solar Project. The CAOs report noted that an energy consultant advised that with only eleven working days prior to the current FIT window closing (which was on October 23rd) there was insufficient time to prepare an RFP, go to market, select a preferred vendor, and then submit a FIT application. Staff did not proceed with the proposal. The Council received the report as presented.





NEW – “Low German Mennonites of Aylmer” . On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

“Low German Mennonites of Aylmer”. On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.




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THURSDAY, Nov. 5/15





*Flu Shots; Hills Pharm. CLINIC: Tue.,Wed.,Thu.(9am-7pm) in November

-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7 pm Councils

–Flu Clinics: Vienna 4-6:30 pm; Belmont 4-8 pm


-Fri -Eastlink TV: London Knights v Guelph, 7:30 pm

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





HAMILTON – The #6 ranked Brock Womens’ Basketball team dropped a close 68-65 decision to Canadian #1 ranked McMaster here last night in the opening game of the Ontario University Athletics season. Aylmer’s Kira Cornilessen, in her third year with Brock, scored 14 pt. and had 10 rebounds to lead her team in both categories.


GUELPH – Aylmer’s Averi Nooren notched a hat trick leading the University of Guelph womens’ hockey team to a 4-1 win over Queens in OUA hockey here Sunday. The loss was Queens’ first of the year and allowed Guelph, with 6 wins in 8 games, to tie them for first place. Nooren, in her fourth year with the Gryphons, is tied for third in league scoring. The U of G., ranked fourth in Canada, plays at UWO in London on Nov 28 at 7 pm.





(From the Norfolk OPP) – Norfolk OPP charged 33 year old Stephen Hermann of Bayham last week after over $35,000 in farm machinery was stolen between July and October this year from a South Walsingham address.





(Contributed) – The 15th annual Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale, sponsored by Mennonite Community Services in Aylmer, will be held Nov. 19-21, Thursday to Saturday, at the Old Town Hall theatre. Products being sold are made in various third world countries where all workers receive a fair market price by Ten Thousand Villages – this is reflected in the retail price because fair prices vary in different countries. Among items to be sold are: coffee, sugar, pasta, and chocolate plus a mix of Christmas decorations, home décor, jewelry, toys, musical instruments, baskets and planters etc.. Phone 765-3026 for information.





-VanLingen, Jean of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in her 75th year. Wife of the Late Clarence Van Lingen (2007). Survivors: son Mark Van Lingen of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church Saturday at 2 pm.



NOV. 11/2015 – AYLMER IN WW1


(This second article on Aylmer in World War One is from information in the book by James McCallum: “We Will Remember Them” (on East Elgin soldiers in World War One)) – The first Aylmer man to be wounded at the front in World War One occurred one hundred years ago – in the summer of 1915. According to the Aylmer Express at the time, Harold Benson, an Aylmer blacksmith, had enlisted in January 1915 becoming one of four brothers to participate in the conflict (only one became a fatality). At the front in France, he was engaged in taking horses between camps and had made three trips safely but on the fourth trip he was hit by shrapnel from a German shell which killed three men and eleven horses. He received three wounds, one in the face and two in the thigh, and was sent for rest to England. He would be wounded on several other occasions later in the war but managed to return home safely afterwards with his bride – he had married while in England.




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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4/15





*Flu Shots; Hills Pharm. CLINIC: Tue.,Wed.,Thu.(9am-7pm) in November

-EESS Grade 9s Go To Work Day

–EEC Complex Council, 7pm


-Thu -Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7 pm Councils

-Thu – Flu Clinics: Vienna 4-6:30 pm; Belmont 4-8 pm

-Fri -Eastlink TV: London Knights v Guelph, 7:30 pm

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





(TANews asked Aylmer Spitfires President Charlie Roloson why the Spits are so improved from last year at the one-third mark of this SOJHL season)

1-Last year at this time the Spits record was 2 wins and 10 losses (now, 11-1); Why? – “Confidence, team work and a concerted effort in being responsible to each other at both ends of the ice.”

2-Defensively, Aylmer is a league leader with three shutouts; what are factors? – “An experienced former junior B goaltender (Andrew Harriman-Duke) with fantastic natural ability and also the ability to direct and communicate with his players on and off the ice. Also our defencemen have been playing very strong and for the most part our forwards are buying into the defence first system of our coaches”

3-There have been few games against the top teams – Dorchester, Exeter, Thamesford – so far? How do you see those upcoming matchups? – “The next week is huge, we play Exeter twice who we played earlier in the year and beat 7-3 but the game was much closer than that, both teams have made some player changes as well. Then Dorchester who have recently been bringing in some big talent, we have not played them and they seem to be the hottest team out there, they will be a big test for us. And Thamesford this Sunday who is the only team to defeat us and have also recently brought in some more talented players. I believe that the league has a tremendous amount of parity which makes every game exciting.”





(Information from Marni Wolfe, a member of a citizens’ committee trying to convince Bayham Council to reopen the Straffordville Community Centre as a municipal facility.) – “I will be presenting to Council tomorrow evening. The purpose is to report back to Council in regards to the 30 day time limit they provided us with to seek sponsorships that can be used to match federal grant money being offered to the municipality for the restoration of the Straffordville Community Centre. Our committee – The Concerned Residents of Bayham – has 12 active members. I have been organizing and leading all meetings.

At this time I cannot disclose the dollar amount that we have secured as we are still accepting pledges until the deadline tomorrow. I can tell you that it is a substantial amount. The past 30 days have enabled us to get a clearer understanding of how many residents are wanting to keep the Straffordville Community Centre a municipal facility. We collected 1153 residents’ signatures as well as 373 non-residents’ signatures through our online and hard copy petitions – a very significant percent of the voting population in Bayham. There are also many comments from residents as to why they would like to see the community centre remain a public facility. The comments were submitted to council along with the petitions last Friday.

Members of our committee have also revisited and re-worked the budget for the Straffordville Community Centre and with our proposal to form a working relationship with the municipality as volunteers, the costs to run the facility could be reduced by approximately $30,000. We are hoping that Council will accept our proposal to work with our committee and accept the sponsorship pledges being offered to be utilized toward matching funds for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Grant so that renovations can begin as soon as possible. We will be hosting another rally for those interested in showing their support at 6:30 pm prior to the Council Meeting at the Bayham Municipal Office Thursday.”






-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (10-0) 56 Till. 16; JR – EESS (7-1) 51 Till. 10

-BOYS VBALL – SR -EESS (3-4) 3 AVSS 0; JR -EESS (3-4) 3 AVSS 1



NOV. 11/2015 – AYLMER IN WW1


(Information is from the book by James McCallum: “Age Shall Not Weary Them” (on East Elgin soldiers in World War One)) – The first fatality from the Aylmer area in World War 1 who is listed on the Aylmer Cenotaph was Sgt. Harry Simpson who died 100 years ago in August, 1915. Simpson lived in the Aylmer area for a few years prior to enlisting and worked as a labourer. He was born in England and had emigrated here in 1910 but apparently returned to England to enlist at the beginning of the war. The Aylmer Express reported that the Anglican minister in Aylmer – Harry had been a member of the young peoples’ group and the choir – received a letter in September 1915 from Harry’s father in England to inform that he had been killed. He had signed on with a field battery and was in the front lines in Flanders less than a month when he was killed by the premature detonation of their own gun’s shell. He was 21.




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TUESDAY, Nov. 3/15





*Flu Shots; Hills Pharm. CLINIC: Tue.,Wed.,Thu.(9am-7pm) in November


-Wed -EESS Grade 9s Go To Work Day

-Wed – EEC Complex Council, 7pm

-Thu -Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7 pm Councils

-Thu – Flu Clinics: Vienna 4-6:30 pm; Belmont 4-8 pm

-Fri -Eastlink TV: London Knights v Guelph, 7:30 pm

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





Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer reported that Aylmer experienced a quiet Hallowe’en Saturday – “there were no issues.”





(Information from Marie Patkus) –  “A Remembrance service will be held Sunday at 11 am in Vienna with Mayor Paul Ens laying the wreaths for the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments. The service will be conducted by President Gord Stacey who will be accompanied by Pt Burwell Legion Branch 524’s colour guard.


Later in Pt Burwell, a parade will be leaving the Legion at 1:30 pm and march to the cenotaph. The Silver Cross Mother wreath will be laid by Carol Shelly, the Federal wreath by MP Karen Vecchio, the Provincial wreath by MPP Jeff Yurek, and the Municipality wreath by Mayor Paul Ens. The 741 Air Cadets will assist with the laying of the wreaths as well as march with the Port Burwell Legion Colour Guard. President Stacey will conduct the ceremony here too.





(The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 14th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 20 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 21 from 1-9 pm. The Baptist Church Supper is on Friday, November 20 at 6 pm.)-  “This example of a Georgian/Gothic style house was built by Banker Walter Murray in 1868 for his grandson, Walter Stewart. The house was one of the early brick houses in Aylmer. Owners have included Keith and Karen Hunt, Carl and Jodi Berklemans and the present owner Marietta Roberts. The house was featured on the 2003 Christmas Tour of Homes. There have been a few changes in the home over the years. The newest is a recent addition to the back of the house adding additional space, dugout basement and wheelchair accessibility.”  (Contributed)


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The third home on the Museum’s tour is located at the corner of Centre St. and Pine St. west.






PT BURWELL – Elgin OPP are still investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a passenger car and farm tractor that occurred around 6 pm Thursday. The collision occurred on Nova Scotia Line just east of Richmond Road in Bayham. The victim was from Port Burwell. The farm tractor, a 2010 John Deere 9332, was traveling east on Nova Scotia Line pulling a Disk Ripper when a car traveling west collided with the farm machinery. The car then travelled into the south ditch and struck a hydro pole. The driver of the farm tractor, a 17 year old Bayham male, was uninjured in the collision.




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