Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

MONDAY, Feb. 2/15





-Aylmer Council, 7pm


-Tue -EESS hosts: Girls VBall

-Thu -Bayham, Malahide Councils, 7pm

-Thu-Sat -ACT presents ‘Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out’ (see ad)

-Sat -Spits host Lambeth, 7:30 (playoff)





The TVDSB and the LDCSB have announced that Elgin school buses are cancelled and schools are closed today due to weather conditions Said Kris Badder of Badder Buslines in Aylmer: “As you can probably guess, buses are cancelled and schools are closed due to the poor driving conditions and sheer amount of snowfall over the night and into this morning.”





(Information from Straffordville Principal Richard Auckland) – A mixed choir from Straffordville Public School will sing O Canada at the London Knights game this Friday at 7 pm when they host Niagara. The school has sold 150 tickets for the game.





-Berkelmans, Sien of Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 85th year. Wife of the late Peter Berkelmans (2004). Survivors: 13 children, 44 grandchildren, 38 greatgrandchildren etc. She was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Wednesday at 11 am.





(Information from the Ministry of Natural Resources) – A Tillsonburg man has been fined $3,000 and had his hunting licence suspended for one year for hunting offences after a hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in St.Thomas on January 22. The man pleaded guilty to using another person’s game seal, unlawfully possessing illegally killed wildlife and obstructing a conservation officer. He received a $1,000 fine for each offence and cannot hunt for a period of one year. Court heard that on November 5 a conservation officer and an OPP officer checked a deer hunting camp in Malahide during the controlled hunt for white-tailed deer. Officers found that the man had used a game seal belonging to another hunter who was not taking part in that deer hunt and he also misled officers during the investigation.





AYLMER – Second place Mt. Brydges scored four unanswered goals in the third period to overcome a 2-1 Aylmer edge and defeated the Spitfires 5-2 here Saturday in SOJHL action. Cody Underhill and Ryan VanRoestel notched markers for the locals. It was the final league game for the Spits who finished eighth in the nine team league with a record of 10-28-2.


The Spitfires now face first place Lambeth in their best of seven opening playoff round. Lambeth won four of five meetings with Aylmer this year. This week they travel to Lambeth Wednesday, host on Saturday and return to Lambeth Sunday. Also, reported Charlie Roloson of the Spits: “We recently signed three new players – Andrew Goldberg, who played the last three years with Mississauga of the OHL, Jacob Jammes, who played the last two years in the OHL with the Knights and Mississauga, and Dylan Salter who played the last two years in the SOJHL.”


Period   1
AylmerRyan VanRoestel (power play)(Jesiah Sweetland,Clint Walker) 6:56
Mt.BrydgesSam   Dawson (short handed) (Brody   Smith) 9:12
Period   2
AylmerCody   Underhill (Clint   Walker) 13:03
Period   3
Mt.BrydgesSean   Candler (Lucas   Wilson, Carson   Kennes) 3:56
Mt.BrydgesSean   Candler (Alex   Cox, Austin   Blais) 6:43
Mt.BrydgesSean   Candler (unassisted) 12:31
Mt.BrydgesBrody   Smith (Sam   Dawson, Carson   Kennes) 17:59











– January 29, 2015, Station #3,  College Line, Medical Assist

– January 30th, 2015, Station #1,  Jamestown Line, Medical Assist

– February 1, 2015, Station #1,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist





The annual Mayor’s Breakfast sponsored by Mainstreet Aylmer will be this Wednesday at the Saxonia Hall. Breakfast is from 7:30 – 8 am; the three local mayors, Aylmer, Malahide and Bayham, will then speak from 8 to 9 am.




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FRIDAY, Jan. 30/15





-Thu-Sun -ACT Presents: ‘Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out’ (see ad)


-Fri -Ch. 10 – London Knights v Guelph, 7:30

-Sat – C-7 Paper Drive (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host Mt. Brydges, 8:30 pm

-Mon -Aylmer Council, 7pm





The TVDSB and the LDCSB have announced that Elgin school buses are cancelled today due to weather conditions. Schools closed include: New Sarum, South Dorchester, and Summers Corners (not Assumption). Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer is also closed. Due to its exam schedule, today is actually a PD day for EESS.





Among agenda items to be examined at this Monday’s Aylmer Council are: a discussion about changing the day and time for council meetings and a separate discussion on adding a third regular meeting each month.





Eastlink channel 10 will broadcast several games of the Ontario Men’s Curling championships next week from Dorchester. The St.Thomas rink, featuring third Craig VanYmeren of Aylmer, will be featured Monday at 7:30 pm vs. Fenelon Falls and Wednesday at 7 pm vs Annandale.





(Contributed) – The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock, has issued its fourth COLD WEATHER ALERT for 2015 in Elgin County following Environment Canada’s forecast low temperatures reaching -15 degrees C overnight Friday and Saturday morning. Low temperatures are also predicted to reach -19 degrees C on Sunday night and on into Monday morning with a low of -15 degrees Monday night. This alert will be in effect this evening until Tuesday.





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, Jan. 29/15





-Thu-Sun -ACT Presents: ‘Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out’ (see ad)


-Fri -Ch. 10 – London Knights v Guelph, 7:30

-Sat – C-7 Paper Drive (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host Mt. Brydges, 8:30 pm





Both Aylmer and Malahide Councils recently agreed to have their staffs prepare an RPF to seek bids by private companies to manage the jointly owned EEC Complex. However no municpality in southwestern Ontario similar in size to Aylmer that TANews contacted has their arena/rec centre managed by an outside company. The following information was provided by the recreation directors (in brackets) in Ingersoll, Leamington, Strathroy-Caradoc, St. Marys, and Goderich (still awaiting responses from Tillsonburg, Kincardine, Thames Centre (Dorchester), Petrolia and Delhi.)

Ingersoll (Bonnie Ward) – The municpality owns and manages all our recreational facilities.

Leamington (Bonnie Fishcher) – The municpality owns and operates the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex. I don’t know of others (that are privately managed.)

Strathroy-Caradoc (Leslie Pommer) – All of our facilities/arenas are run by the municipality. Strathroy amalgamated with Caradoc/Mount Brydges in 2000. So the entire municipality owns both the Gemini and WMMC. I don’t know of others (that are privately managed).

St. Marys (Stepanie Ische) – St. Marys owns and manages our recreation centre. The town owns the complex, no surrounding township provides funding towards it.

Goderich (Kathi Lomas-McGee) – The town owns the Maitland recreation centre. The YMCA operates and manages it on their behalf.





(An electric vehicle charging station was placed in Aylmer’s east municipal parking lot in December. More information is from Jennifer Reynaert, Town Administrator) –  “(It is usable but) Aylmer does not have the ability to charge for its use to date. The technology is currently not available in Canada as I understand. The costs are very minimal simply because there are very few vehicles on the road at the moment.  The current system allows for people who own an electric vehicle to get the closest location for charging on a GPS system. If Aylmer shows up, we bring visitors to our community who need to charge their vehicle and perhaps shop in our downtown while waiting. The location we chose was intended to enhance that potential. This was a pilot project for us and if successful staff certainly would recommend more are installed.” (Chartwell also has a unit.)






-January 31 – ‘The Family Central”, a new restaurant in the former Central Hotel, will be open for business at 11 am on Monday. It will seat 150 and offer a mixture of Canadian and Central American dishes on the menu. It will be closed Sundays. The restaurant is operated by a Board consisting of Albert Loewen, Mt. Salem EMC Minister, Dave Thiessen, owner of Creative Enterprises at Mt. Salem, and Carroll Wiebe, an Emergency Physician at St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital. Kitchen manager is Peter Thiessen of Tillsonburg. All four attended EESS. The Board, with the aid of a few local investors, purchased the former Central Hotel – built in 1883 – last March. A separate Board, including those three plus Kelly Franklin of Farmtown Canada of Mapleton, is also planning to renovate the eight upstairs apartments at some future date.




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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28/15






-Thu-Sun -ACT Presents: ‘Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out’ (see ad)

-Fri -Ch. 10 – London Knights v Guelph, 7:30

-Sat – C-7 Paper Drive (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host Mt. Brydges, 8:30 pm






(Last week Malahide declined an offer from Aylmer to consider sharing the position of fire chief after Malahide’s fire chief Paul Groeneveld submitted his resignation. Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill commented: – “It is not as simple as it appears. The province has raised the bar on fire inspections especially in nursing homes and group homes after the fire in Quebec. Currently our fire chief is both the supervisor and the training officer for 100 firefighters. We would be looking to purchase from Aylmer about 60 percent of the fire chief’s time. As well, we would need to hire a training officer. There was no savings for us under these terms.”






The Ontario Men’s Curling championships, featuring 11 teams, will be held in Dorchester beginning Monday. Craig VanYmeren of Aylmer, a member of the Aylmer Curling Club, is the third on a St.Thomas rink that qualified, skipped by Joe Frans. This is Craig’s second trip to the Tankard as he skipped his own team last year. Craig played third for the Jake Walker rink that won the 2010 Canadian Junior Curling title – the team then represented Canada at the World Junior Curling championships in Switzerland where they won a bronze medal.






Even though there are no sessions featuring local issues, Aylmer Council members are busy being ‘schooled’ in municipal affairs this week with three meetings scheduled. Monday they listened to a representative from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on the Town’s Strategic Planning Document. This morning they are being addressed by several contacts from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation as they provide an overview of the MMAH Councillor’s Guide 2014. As well, they are hearing from a Police Services Advisor, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Chief Andre Reymer. Tomorrow they are listening to reports from town staff on their duties.






Police are looking for a male driver who fled the scene of an accident on Talbot St. west in front of the Aylmer Veterinary Clinic Friday around 6 pm. An eastbound car allegedly turned in front of and struck a westbound car driven by a 55 year old St.Thomas man – two passengers in the struck vehicle, a 37 year old man and his 12 year old son, were taken by ambulance to hospital for their injuries. The offending driver then fled the scene – it was discovered later he was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in a London court. Police plan to charge him with failing to remain at the scene, as well as numerous other offences.





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TUESDAY, Jan. 27/15





-Sr. Day Out; EEC Complex (see Thu. story)

-Library Literacy Day (see Tue. story)


-Thu-Sun -ACT Presents: ‘Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out’ (see ad)

-Fri -Ch. 10 – London Knights v Guelph, 7:30

-Sat – C-7 Paper Drive (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host Mt. Brydges, 8:30 pm





Riley, Harold George of Aylmer passed away Saturday in his 91st year. Survivors: wife May; two stepsons etc.. There will be no memorial service. Arrangements through McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home, Ingersoll.






TVDSB school buses were cancelled today for Elgin and Oxford. South Dorchester and Summers Corners Public Schools were closed. EESS exams scheduled for today have been postponed until Thursday. Said Dave Cryderman of Aylmer’s Bader BusLines:  “It was still snowing at 5 am but heavy drifting was the reason for bus cancellation. Many of the side roads were not plowed and those that were plowed drifted back in soon after.”

(Information from Keith Hunt of Club 7:)  – “For the first time that I can remember, we cancelled the paper drive Saturday. We are asking people to save their papers until the next paper drive – March 29.”





(From a report by the Ontario Municipal Board) – The Ontario Municipal Board ruled in December that a quadraplex can be constructed at 37 Water St. in Aylmer. Its decision, noted to Aylmer Council last week, was necessary after a neighbour appealed to the OMB objecting to a residential zoning change by Aylmer allowing owners Rob and Rose Kuipers to tear down the house that has stood derelict there for several years and construct the four unit building. A hearing was held in mid-November. In dismissing the appeal, the OMB said it was convinced that the new structure was consistent with the character of the neighbourhood as there was already diversity in residences there. The Kuipers are now able to proceed with a site plan approval by the town.





The Brock University womens’ basketball team surrendered a two point lead with three minutes left in the game and eventually fell 72-67 to Laurier, the sixth ranked team in Canada, Saturday at Brock in OUAA play. Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen was Brock’s leading scorer with 15 points. Brock’s record is five wins, seven losses.





De Brigj radio in Aylmer, the Low German radio service of Mennonite Community Services, will broadcast and do a live streaming video of this afternoon’s funeral of broadcaster Jake Wall who was killed in a truck accident last Thursday. Said MCS director Abe Harms: “We have regular radio listeners that want to hear it. All our live broadcasts are also always live streamed, so that will stay the same. We have listeners in the western provinces and overseas who always listened to Jake and they will want to hear it as well. Some acquaintances / relatives who were not able to come would like to see it in video, so the church is also streaming it in video for those people that have the equipment to receive it.” The funeral will be held at 1 pm at the AEMMC church at Summers Corners. The Somerfeld Church at Mt. Salem is also being used for any overflow with the funeral being livestreamed there. The livestreaming can also be found on the MCS website.




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MONDAY, Jan. 26/15





-Tue -Sr. Day Out; EEC Complex (see Thu. story)

-Tue -Library Literacy Day (see Tue. story)

-Thu-Sun -ACT Presents ‘Mrs Parliament’s Night Out’ (see ad)

-Fri -Ch. 10 – London Knights v Guelph, 7:30

-Sat – C-7 Paper Drive (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host Mt. Brydges, 8:30 pm





-Vanderkooy, Maria of St. Thomas passed away on Saturday in her 95th year. Wife of the late George Vanderkooy 2005). Survivors: six children including John Vanderkooy (Julie) of Aylmer etc. The funeral will be held at Williams Funeral Home St. Thomas Tuesday at 11 am.


-Mooney, Margaret (nee O’Donnell) of Timmins passed away on Sunday at the age of 89. Predeceased by her husband Gerald in 2006. Survivors: three children including Eugene Mooney of Port Bruce etc.. The Funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am at the Lessard Stephens Funeral Home.


-As noted Friday, Jacob Wall, a radio announcer at De Brigj radio, operated by Mennonite Community Services in Aylmer, was killed as the result of a traffic accident involving his tractor trailer Thursday afternoon on the 401 near West Lorne.

Wall, Jacob of Bayham passed away on Thursday in his 50th year. Survivors: wife Lena (Bueckert) Wall; two children etc.. He was born in Mexico. Jake was well-known for his work with DeBrigj, the Low German radio station in Aylmer, and his service as a part-time driver for Wiebe Transport. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the EMMC church at Summers Corners on Tuesday at 1 pm.





“I am totally surprised and shocked that the Council of Malahide dismissed the sharing of a fire chief with the Town of Aylmer. If I remember the ratepayers not long ago rebelled at council because of the costs of fire protection in the township and the cost of their taxes. I would have thought this would be a starting point for the two neighbours to amalgamate not only the fire chief but also the building inspector, drainage inspector, and probably numerous others. Please reconsider and think this over as there are plenty of savings to be shared. Set your differences aside for the good of the taxpayers please.” (Bob Nesbitt)





Aylmer Spitfires dropped both their contests this weekend in SOJHL action. Warren Hargraves scored five goals and added two assists as Lambeth overcame an early 2-1 Aylmer lead en route to an 8-2 handcuffing of the Spits Friday in Lambeth. Saturday at home,  Aylmer battled back from a 4-1 deficit to tie but saw Exeter score two goals in the final three minutes for the victory. Luke Bettencourt and Nolan Blum garnered markers for the Spits on Friday. Blum had two, Bettencourt added a single and Ryan VanRoestel also tallied for the Spitfires on Saturday. Aylmer’s record is now 10-27-2 with just one league game remaining – Saturday hosting Mt. Brydges.



Period 1
ExeterMatt   Clarke (power play) (Chase   Thornton, Max   Naus) 4:45
ExeterJon   Baker (Christopher   Pfaff, Cody   Perriam) 15:44
ExeterTyler   Kettler (power play) (Jon   Baker, Tyler   Coleman) 17:12
Period 2
AylmerLuke   Bettencourt (Clint   Walker, Cody   Underhill) 5:41
ExeterTrevor   Thornton (Chase   Thornton) 8:34
AylmerNolan   Blum (Luke   Bettencourt) 11:59
AylmerRyan VanRoestel(pp)(Derek Folkard,Brandon Stockwell)17:12
AylmerNolan   Blum (Dawson   Cook (APM), Jesse   Tottle) 17:52
Period 3
ExeterTyler   Kettler (Chase   Thornton, Jake   Harrison) 17:25
ExeterJon   Baker (empty net) (Tyler   Coleman) 19:02





– January 21, 2015, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– January 22, 2015, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– January 23, 2015, Station #2, Walker Road, Medical Assist





(Information on a proposed dog park in Vienna is from organizer Rachel Knight:) –  “I moved to Vienna in 2010 with my husband and son. I have a 2 year old Labradoodle. I started talking recently with some local residents who felt a dog park would be a great addition to the community. I would like the Bayham Council to support this project by way of needed land, maintenance of the park – which can encompass several things from cutting of grass, disposal of garbage, clearing snow from parking lot, replacing or fixing weathered, broken, or bent signage & fencing etc. and of course a bit of money to get started. Back in May 2014 after I read my proposal for the Off-leash dogpark at council it was a unanimous vote that “it be considered for the 2015 budget.” That budget meeting is set to take place sometime this month.

Although it’s a small community, it’s a beautiful place with lots of potential and it just needs to be given a chance. The criteria to consider when looking for an ideal locations is: acreage – my research suggests a minimum of 2 acres is ideal; is there enough room for a parking lot or an existing one there; how close is the land to residential homes; is it owned and maintained by the municipality; etc.. My ideal spot is behind the Vienna Community Centre, as it meets 4 out of 5 criteria and is currently being maintained by the municipality. My favourite part is that there is a kids playground there, which would be 100% separated from the dog park, as well as fully fenced in.”




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FRIDAY, Jan. 23/15





-EESS Exams begin


-Sat -Spitfires host: Exeter, 7:30

-Tue -Sr. Day Out; EEC Complex (see Thu. story)

-Tue -Library Literacy Day (see Tue. story)


CORRECTION – Discussion at Bayham Council on the closing of a road allowance described as Plan 12 Market Square in Port Burwell will actually take place at the Feb. 5 council meeting and not last night as reported yesterday.





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer:)

-A  pedestrian crosswalk signals pole on the northwest corner of Talbot and John St. was struck by a Freightliner truck driven by a Michigan man as he was going south on John and turning right on to Talbot last Friday around 8 am – he was charged with careless driving.


-A 56 year old Malahide man was charged with following too close after his truck hit a car he tried to pass – which was heading north on John St. and had stopped at Spruce St. while waiting to turn left – Saturday around noon. The struck car had to be towed.





At Malahide Council last night the following resolutions were approved:


-that the Municipal Staff, in consultation with the Town of Aylmer Staff, be requested to prepare an RFP for the purpose of hiring an Outside Management Company to operate the East Elgin Community Complex, as discussed at the Joint Special Council Meeting that was held on January 15.


-that the Malahide Township Council supports extending the rentals of the Imperial Hall, NRG Meeting Room, and Kitchen, as well as programs (at the EEC Complex) to September 30, 2015.


-that the Malahide Township Council does hereby express its appreciation to the Town of Aylmer for its offer to enter into negotiations for the purpose of sharing a Fire Chief; and that based on Malahide’s previous review of potential shared fire administration services with Bayham, the Town of Aylmer be advised that Malahide is not interested in pursuing such a shared service with Aylmer at this time.






(From Elgin OPP) – A 49 year old Bayham man was killed yesterday around 4 pm when his tractor trailer left the westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Furnival Road, West Elgin, traveled into the centre median and collided with one of the concrete pillars of the overpass bridge there. The tractor trailer, carrying a load of car parts, then spilled diesel fuel onto both the west bound and east bound lanes of highway 401. OPP identified the victim today as Jacob Wall. According to Abe Harms at Mennonite Community Services Aylmer, Jake  was Assistant Manager and Radio Host at CHPD 105.9 De Brigj Radio in Aylmer. He had worked at the station for eight years.





(Elgin County Council last week received an architect’s report on proposed renovations to Terrace Lodge, opened in 1977, in Aylmer. Information in this summary is taken from the county website:) – In 2008 county council began discussing the options for improving Terrace Lodge – a new building, renovate one wing at a time etc. But an architectural cost analysis revealed the cost was higher than anticipated and there was an absence of adequate provincial funding. In February 2014, Council selected MMMC Architects Inc. to develop preliminary designs for renovations/retrofit to Terrace Lodge and in May Council approved a “preliminary” plan design. An open house was organized in September in Aylmer for more feedback. At the end of 2014 the Ministry announced impending funding.


At last week’s county council, the architect revealed that the cost of construction of a new facility is estimated at $29.7 million. The cost to repay a loan for this investment will be approximately $47 million if financed over 25 years. The province will provide funding towards the construction for $19 million. As a result 60% of the construction cost is the responsibility of the county.


A variety of options from renovating the existing rooms to provide greater comfort to residents to adding on rooms to existing corridors, to attaching an addition, to building a completely new facility on the existing site have been explored.  The overriding factors influencing the decision are: 1) Minimal disruption to and no displacement of residents 2) Maximizing provincial revenue 3)Creating one standard of accommodation, comparable to the county’s other two facilities and 4) meeting a Class A Ministry designation.






AYLMER – Aylmer Police have a 21-year old suspect in custody following an armed robbery that occurred at 9:30 am yesterday at the Downtown Convenience store at the corner of Talbot St. E and Queen St.. A lone male wearing a dishtowel over his face and a hoody as a disguise and brandishing a knife, confronted the clerk, stole an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot. The Aylmer Police were aided by the assistance of the St.Thomas K9 unit in trying to locate the suspect. They received a tip from the public in the afternoon and located the man and a portion of the stolen money at his residence in east Malahide. He admitted to the crime. He is charged with robbery and wearing a disguise and breach of probation as he had previous property and drug offences. This is the fourth time in three years that this store has been robbed.




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THURSDAY, Jan. 22/15





-Bayham (In Camera: 5:30 pm), Malahide Councils, 7pm


-Fri -EESS Exams begin

-Sat -Spitfires host: Exeter, 7:30





AYLMER –  Second place Lambeth squeaked by the Aylmer Spitfires 3-2 here last night in SOJHL hockey. Derek Folkard and Jesse Tottle dented the twine for the Spits. Aylmer’s record is now 10-25-2. Saturday the Spitfires host Exeter.


Period 1
LambethKeith   Arnold (Matt   Schurr, Jordan   Rear) 8:04
LambethAndrew   Fletcher (Robert   Mapes) 13:40
Period 2
AylmerDerek   Folkard (power play) (Kyle   DiCicco) 4:49
LambethMatt   Schurr (Warren Hargraves) 7:20
AylmerJesse   Tottle (Derek   Folkard) 19:16
Period 3
(no scoring)





The monthly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex next Tuesday will feature Bettina Weber as speaker. She will talk on Pet First Aid tips. The event, which runs from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, costs $10  and includes lunch and a choice of fitness class, shuffleboard or skating. Pre-registration is required.





-Fehr, Katharina “Tina” passed away at Terrace Lodge Aylmer on Wednesday in her 93rd year. Survivors: sister Betty etc.. She was born in Manitoba. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the EMMC church at Summers Corners on Saturday at 1 pm.


– Gubesch-Tenhor, Carol  passed away on Wednesday at the age of 68. Survivors: husband Martin Tenhor; two children, three stepchildren etc.. Predeceased by husband Michael Gubesch (1994). Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Carol’s life will the held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Monday at 11 am.





Aylmer and Malahide councils last Thursday in a special joint meeting rejected a proposed business plan for the EEC Complex and gave general support for a private management firm to run it. Aylmer Councillor Peter Barbour and Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill provide some insight into those discussions:


Barbour: “Discussion at the Special Meeting expressed concern that a business plan may take up to a year to create, review and implement. The municipalities have not been successful in operating the EECC in a fiscally progressive manner or to adapt to changing customer expectations in a timely manner. I support the initiative to consider hiring an outside operating company to operate the facility, under the expectations to provide service levels meeting our standards. An operating company (there are approximately 70 arenas being operated by an operating company in Ontario) would have an established business plan, based on their previous operational successes; it was considered redundant to pay for a business plan that may not have any affect.”


Mennill:  “I was following Leisure Plans’ advice, that a business plan is the best route to take for the complex. My concern with a private management firm is that they tend to administer to arenas/community complexes in larger centres.  I question that we have the volume to attract a private management team.”





Elgin OPP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a break and enter which occurred on December 16th at approximately 1:45 am at a property on Imperial Road just north of Conservation Line, in Malahide. A male entered a detached barn/garage via an unlocked sliding door and removed a STIHL weed eater. The suspect then kicked open the shop door located beside the sliding door damaging the door jamb. A Honda water pump, Honda Pressure washer and a quantity of hand tools were stolen from the shop. Surveillance video captured images of the suspect as well as external surveillance footage captured images of the suspect’s vehicle which appears to be an older SUV, possibly a GMC Jimmy. Contact the OPP or Crimestoppers if you have information.





Among agenda items for Bayham Council tonight is the following:

-a public meeting pre-Council to discuss: ” to stop up and close parts of a road allowance described as Plan 12 Market Square at the intersection of Pitt and Erieus Streets in the Village of Port Burwell and … to stop up, close and convey the southwest corner portion of road allowance described as Plan 12 Market Square , municipally known as 24 Pitt Street.”





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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21/15





-Spitfires host: Lambeth, 8:15


-Thu -Bayham, Malahide Councils, 7pm

-Fri -EESS Exams begin

-Sat -Spitfires host: Exeter, 7:30





At Aylmer council Monday the following motion was passed: “That the Council of the Town of Aylmer direct Staff, in consultation with the Township of Malahide, to prepare an RFP for the purpose of hiring an Outside Management company to operate the East Elgin Community Complex, as discussed at the Joint Council meeting on January 15, 2015.”





A recently formed group of local citizens, Aylmer Library Expansion Supporters, made a presentation at Aylmer Council Monday urging council to make the expansion of the library an upcoming priority. Their report suggested the following: the library should stay downtown and an expansion should occur from the present site, libraries do have a growing future, all other libraries in Elgin County have undergone a recent expansion or remodelling, there is growing circulation in Aylmer, most other libraries in towns similar in size to Aylmer regionally have a minimum of 10,000 square feet which was also the minimum size suggested for Aylmer by the Elgin County Library, the present space of 3100 square feet is overcrowded, the discussion has been on going for over ten years, and an expansion project would be financially affordable. Council received the report for information purposes.





-Ferris, Florence Madeline (Ball) of Vienna passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86. Wife of the late Hugh Ferris (1989). Survivors: three children including Valerie Donnell (George) of Vienna etc.. She was owner of Sam’s Place on the beach at Port Burwell for 11 years and a resident of Vienna all her life. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm with the Funeral Service at Port Burwell United Church on Saturday at 2 pm.


-Evely, Vera (Hynes) of Woodstock and formerly of Pt. Burwell passed away Saturday at the age of 93. Survivors: husband Al, two children etc.. She was a former member of the Pt. Burwell Legion. The funeral service will be held today at 11 am at the Avondale United Church, Tillsonburg. Arrangments through the Verhoeve Funeral Home Tillsonburg.


-Webber, Joyce of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in her 76th year. Survivors: husband Joe; five children etc.. Joyce owned Gramma’s Attic for over 33 years. A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 am at Eden Baptist Church.





(A public meeting was held at Aylmer Council Monday to discuss an application by Charles and Marianne Kirby of Aylmer to change the rezoning of  their house at 147 Sydenham, two doors west of Queen St. on the north side, from residential to office-residential. Council later gave second reading to the change. The Kirbys hope to open an adult day care allowing temporary lodging and day programs for up to 48 hours for a maximum of 15 adults. Said Town Director of Planning/Municipal Services Dan Dale at the meeting: “This is addressing a defiency and is a good fit for the community.” Charles Kirby provided this overview:)


“Our son Todd suffers from a syndrome known as velo-cardio fascial syndrome. One of the characteristics is it affects hearing, in Todd’s case a complete hearing loss. Todd also suffers from scitzophrenia, another characteristic. Marianne and I want to give our son as normal and rewarding a life as any young person deserves. With this in mind we decided to purchase a house to help Todd become more self sufficient by setting it up as an assisted living enviroment where he can share the house with other young adults who also suffer from some kind of developmental disabilities. We decided that we had to do this because there was nothing else out there; Community living for example has a 20 year waiting list for people to get into their program. Where do these young people go when they reach the age of 21 and no longer are eligible to be in high school where their only social experience may be fulfilled?


This house has four large bedrooms, a wheel chair accessible bathroom and a large back yard. We have a service provider (Unity Support Services) who will be working with these young people. They will be able to attend as long as they wish. We are also hoping to offer respite for these people as well from 24 to 48 hours a week. It is our hope that the doors will open early in February.”





The Brock University womens’ basketball team won both of their OUAA games in a northern Ontario tour on the weekend. Friday they downed Nipissing 74-40 as Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen scored 8 points. Saturday, Brock trounced Laurentian in Sudbury by 80-54 as Cornelissen contributed 13 pt..  Brock’s record is five wins, six losses.





(Information from Claudia Mior-Eckel, Executive Director, East Elgin Family Health team:) –  A new family doctor started practising in Aylmer recently as a member of the East Elgin Family Health team. She is presently only taking on patients who were left without a doctor following the recent retirement of Dr Monika Botschner. Dr Berna Benhabib is from Toronto, is full time, is in her first practice and is a graduate of the medical school at McMaster.  Added Mior-Eckel:”Our priority will be to take back patients from our catchment area which is Aylmer, Bayham and Malahide.”




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TUESDAY, Jan. 20/15





-Wed -Spitfires host: Lambeth, 8:15

-Thu -Bayham, Malahide Councils, 7pm

-Fri -EESS Exams begin

-Sat -Spitfires host: Exeter, 7:30





-Stafford, Harry Charles “Skip” of Aylmer passed away Sunday in his 77th year. Survivors: children Chris Stafford (Dean Young) etc.. He was born in Springfield and had worked at Craik Lumber and the Ontario Police College. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at 11 am.





(Revised) “Where is Joe? I have noticed with curiosity that Joe Preston has not been attending regular local events in the last month and that his Executive Assistant, Karen Vecchio, who just happens to be the EML Conservative candidate, has been stepping in for him. Over the past ten years Joe has been a regular attendee at community events and when promoting federal government funds and support for local organizations and groups. So it makes one wonder why he no longer is seen with the same local regularity, even when the house is not sitting.

I am concerned with this convenient political maneuvering for a number of reasons. First, Karen is a political staff whose salary is paid for by the taxpayers. The role of the Executive Assistant is to be non-partisan and to work with various levels of government, local agencies, groups and the community on behalf of Joe Preston, the elected representative. On October 1st, when Karen decided to run for the Conservative nomination, which is clearly a partisan activity, as staff of a MP’s office, she should have taken a leave of absence from the public payroll for the duration of the nomination campaign. Now that Karen has formally won the Conservative nomination, I am surprised she has not voluntarily resigned her position.

It is known publically that Joe Preston is Karen’s campaign manager. Thus, it would seem to suggest that his convenient no-show at public events are choreographed to get his party’s candidate as much local press and exposure as possible at the tax payer’s expense. It is common for political staff to attend events on behalf of their boss. But Joe has 3 other constituency staff that he could send to events if he is truly unable to attend but conveniently it has been Karen we see.

I applaud everyone, from all parties, who run for office. But it is not ethical for Karen to continue to work in his public office and to show up at formal events, as his representative, while working on her political campaign in parallel. It is a conflict of interest. As a taxpayer, I expect Joe to continue to do his job until the day a federal election is called and for Karen to step aside and resign so she can run her own campaign.” (David Goodwin. President Elgin Middlesex London Federal Liberal Riding Association)





Malahide councillor Mark Widner  informed last week that he had found a stray kitten along a remote road in north Malahide which he took to the Aylmer Vet Clinic. He then added: “After telling my story to a neighbour lady she had told others of my find and her son spotted another kitten while driving by. She brought it to show me and it matched what I found but in better condition, just cold and hungry. I went out and captured another. They must  have been dumped to fend for themselves on the coldest day of the winter on a lonely side road. The one I left at the vet had frozen ears and tail and was left in their care. I can’t understand this act of cruelty on such tame animals.”


Aylmer Veteranarian Tracy Vink-Taylor commented – “I would love to be able to tell you that this is a new issue, however, stray or abandoned cats and kittens have been an ongoing problem in our area for quite some time with no simple solution. With the cold weather, I think people realize more readily that these cats have been dropped off as most owned cats would prefer to be indoors at this time of year. We see a lot of abandoned cats in the summer with seasonal residents choosing to adopt a cat during their holidays and leaving it behind when they move on.


We do work closely with a number of non profit rescues and caring people to help with individual cases yet there is no standard protocol or program that exists to help with all cases. At times rescue organizations are filled to capacity and cannot take on another cat. To the best of my knowledge, neither Aylmer nor Malahide has any funding or programs to address this situation so I suspect it will continue to be an issue in the future. This issue continues to be one of the main reasons we strongly recommend early spay and neuter for all cats.”







Malahide is looking for a new Director of Fire and Emergency Services. The present director Paul Groeneveld is resigning effective February 13. Malahide was informed of the decision last week. Groeneveld has been with Malahide for five years and previously served four years as fire chief in Bayham.


Meanwhile at Aylmer Council last night the following motion was passed:  “Whereas, the Fire Chief of the Township of Malahide has submitted his resignation; and Whereas, the Fire Protection and Prevention Act allows municipalities to jointly share a Fire Chief; and Whereas, sharing the position of a Fire Chief is practical and fiscally responsible; therefore, the Council of the Town of Aylmer contact the Council of the Township of Malahide to establish if there is common interest to enter into negotiations for the purpose of sharing a Fire Chief and further that, with the agreement of both Councils, that an interim agreement may be considered until final deliberations are completed.”





(Contributed) – “Celebrate Family Literacy Day on January 27th at the Aylmer library. Join us for all day games, challenges and prizes! It will be our Tales and Timmies kick-off day, free coffee & hot chocolate, treats. We also will be giving out bookmarks. Each time they use their library card, they will be given a stamp, once they receive 5 stamps on the bookmark they can take it to one of the Aylmer Tim Hortons’ locations to receive a free small beverage or doughnut. ABC Life Literacy Canada is also encouraging Canadian families to have “15 minutes of fun” learning together on that day.




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