Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, June 16/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EEC Complex Joint Councils Session, 7pm, Imperial Room

-Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts Mt Brydges; 7pm; at EESS

 

-Wed -Tricounty Fastball – Pt. Burwell hosts Straffordville, 8:30 pm

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

-Thu -EESS Exams begin

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Payne, Carrie (Barned) of Belmont passed away on Sunday in her 81st year. Wife of the late Calvin Payne (2005). Survivors: four children etc.. The funeral service will be held at Williams Funeral Home St. Thomas on Thursday at 11 am.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

EDEN CRASH KILLS BAYHAM WOMAN

EDEN – A 26 year old Tillsonburg man was charged with impaired operation of a vehicle causing death after his pickup truck collided with a van near here around 7:30 Saturday night. Both vehicles were travelling on Highway 19 – the van was southbound  and the truck was northbound. The driver of the van, 54 year old Maria Reddecopp of Bayham, was pronounced deceased at the scene. An 18 year old female passenger in the van suffered serious non- life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the pick-up truck received minor injuries.

 

 

EECC JOINT COUNCILS: HALL RENTALS

 

A report to be presented to the EEC Complex Joint Councils session tonight, compiled by both Aylmer and Malahide Administrators, is entitled ‘Feasibility of Offering Hall Space for Lease at the EECC’. The report outlines the concerns in abandoning hall rentals as suggested by last year’s Leisure Plan Consultants. Some of those are:

-recent Imperial Hall rentals have brought in $53000 yearly

– Some hall rentals have been tied to ice bookings, thus a loss of some $16-$20,ooo annually in ice time

-as the only one hall in the area that can provide banquet space for 600 and seating for 750 persons, there would be a loss of larger events to the community ie. banquets,  fish frys, hockey camps, church meetings, weddings, conferences etc

-there would be a savings in use of part time staffing at these events of some $36000.

-One has to consider sponsorships as some individuals, companies purchased ‘naming rights’ in the halls ie. Imperial Tobacco

-the arena could not serve as an Emergency Response Centre

-the Ministry of Tourism needs to be contacted as the provincial funding contract stipulates an anchor tenant rental may be acceptable but only to provide a public or community benefit.

 

 

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MONDAY, June 15/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 6:30 pm

 

-Tue -EEC Complex Joint Councils Session, 7pm

-Tue -Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts Mt Brydges; 7pm; at EESS

-Wed -Tricounty Fastball – Pt. Burwell hosts Straffordville, 8:30 pm

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

-Thu -EESS Exams begin

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Buchanan, Eleanor Irene (Taylor) of Lambeth and formerly of Belmont passed away on Saturday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Robert Douglas Buchanan (1994). Survivors: three children including Paul (Karen) Buchanan of Belmont etc.. Visitation at the McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home Lambeth on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm with the service there on Thursday at 1 pm.

 

-Suderman, Susana of Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away on Friday in her 64th year. Wife of the late Anton Suderman. She was born in Mexico. The funeral service will be held today at the Reinland Mennonte Church Aylmer at 2 pm.

 

 

DOORS OPEN EAST ELGIN ON JULY 11

 

Doors Open East Elgin is back for its fifth year. The event, free and offering venues which are not usually accessible to the public, will be held on Saturday July 11 with most places open from noon to 4pm. Sites in Aylmer include: Aylmer Fairgrounds (petting zoo, pony rides, a bouncy tent and craft exhibits), Aylmer Fire Station (fire history display), Aylmer Lawn Bowling, Aylmer Legion (free bbq), Aylmer Museum (‘Its a Small World’ display), East Elgin Sportsmans’ Association (open at 10 am with indoor archery and shooting), Old Town Hall (play reenactments), Palmer Bandshell (wartime music and horse shuttle to Fairgrounds).

 

In Malahide –  Farmtown Canada (open 10 am with horse and wagon rides), Malahide (Springfield) Fire Dept. (demonstrations), Ontario Police College, Saxonia Hall, Springwater.

 

In Bayham – Pt Burwell Marine Museum, St Lukes Anglican Church at Vienna, Pt Burwell Anglican Church and Parish Hall, Straffordville Library and Erie Shores Windfarm at Vienna (10 am).

 

 

AYLMER POOL STAFF

 

(Information from Nancy Campbell of the YWCA) – Aylmer Pool has announced this year’s summer staff: Sr. Head Guard is Sydney Watson; Jr Head Guards are Katie Knight, Stevie Blankenship, and Ben Johnson; Instructor/Lifeguards are Rebecca Neufeld, Stephanie Nesbitt, Ingrid Rycroft, Cordell Hall, Nick Ormerod, Sabryn Johnson, Teagan Duffett, Erica Zimmer and Kaitlyn Bawden; and Assistant Water Safety Instuctors are Maura Green, Brandy Bawden, Taylor Banman and Sandi Vanderkooy.

 

 

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THURSDAY, June 11/15

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Friday

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Athletic Banquet

 

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Norwich, 8pm

-Sat -Int. Softball Congress Tourney at Springfield (see website)

-Sun -TriCounty fastball – Straffordville hosts Hickson, 8pm

 

-Mon -Aylmer Council, 6:30 pm

-Tue -EEC Complex Joint Councils, 7pm

 

 

BELMONT LIBRARY UPGRADE

 

Central Elgin Council received but did not act on a plan presented to them earlier this week by Elgin Cultural, Community Services Director Brian Masschaele to make improvements – to increase accessibility mostly – at the Belmont Library. The library, built in 1985, will not increase significantly from its current size of 2600 square feet. Central Elgin has received $50,000 from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund to support these upgrades with their anticipated budget for the overall project around $250,000. The project will include: installation of an elevator to serve both floors of the building, an at-grade main entrance which will eliminate the need for an exterior ramp; and lighting, carpet, paint and electrical improvements etc.. The plan is to have the construction done this fall.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

NDP GAINS IN ELGIN-M.-L. VOTE

The NDP, with candidate Kathy Cornish, gained the most in local popular vote – from  22 to 27 percent – in last Thursday’s (June 12) Ontario election. The winning PCs, with incumbent Jeff Yurek being returned to power, actually slipped from 48 to 46 per cent and the Liberals dropped from 27 to 20 percent from the 2011 election. The Green Party went from two to five percent and the Freedom Party went from one to two percent. Since Elgin-Middlesex-London was created in 1999 the NDP has increased from 8 to nine percent in 2003 to 11 percent in 2007 and to 22 percent in 2011.

 

 

RELAY FOR LIFE NOW IN ST.THOMAS

 

As noted in a report in November, the Canadian Cancer Society has cancelled Aylmer’s annual June Relay for Life and has merged it with the event in St. Thomas – to be held June 20. According to Andy Beck, last year’s Aylmer co-chairperson, dwindling revenue and lack of volunteers were forcing the Society to consolidate events across Ontario.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Police Chief Andre Reymer) –  An 18 year old Aylmer man was charged with possession after being caught with a bag of marijuana in Lions Park Saturday around noon.

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

 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, Studers etc.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, June 10/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu -EESS Athletic Banquet

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Norwich, 8pm

-Sun -TriCounty fastball – Straffordville hosts Hickson, 8pm

 

 

ELGIN FESTIVAL GRANTS

 

(Contributed) – Elgin County Economic Development is pleased to announce that the Festival and Event Partnership Program grant recipients for 2015 include the Fred Eaglesmith Charity Festival at Springwater and Bayham Beachfest (formerly Tub Daze). This is the sixth year that Elgin has encouraged festivals and events by providing these contributions.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

TRESS CAVERLY WAS 100

-Caverly, Theresa “Tress” of RR5, Aylmer passed away yesterday, aged 100. Wife of the late David Caverly(1991). Survivors: daughter Brenda Smith(Paul) etc.. Tress was the co-founder and hostess of the Green Frog Tea Room at Pinecroft and a founding member of Heritage Aylmer. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 2:30 pm.

 

-Lovell, Irene of Terrace Lodge Nursing Home Aylmer passed away Monday, aged 98. Wife of the late Ted Lovell (1992). Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Thursday from 2- 4 pm and 7 – 9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held Friday at 11 am.

 

-Butcher, June of Vienna passed away Monday aged 75. Survivors: husband Russel “Buck” Butcher; three children including Roseann Ketchabaw (Dwayne) of Straffordville and Rick Butcher (Nancy) of Port Burwell etc.. June worked for many years at McConnells Nursery. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Saturday from Noon until the time of the Memorial Service at 2 pm.

 

 

EAST ELGIN STORM WARNING

 

(From Environment Canada at 10 am for East Elgin) – “Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. Thunderstorms ahead of an approaching frontal trough will affect many portions of the region this afternoon.”

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL DEFERS EECC DECISIONS

 

(Council resolution information is from Aylmer Administrator Jennifer Reynaert) – In surprise decisions, Aylmer Council Monday rescinded two EEC Complex related motions they had approved at a council meeting on May 11 and deferred both issues to the Joint Council meeting upcoming on June 16 with Malahide. Aylmer Council on reconsideration defeated a motion to change EECC office hours from 5 pm to 4:30 pm and also a motion that no programs be eliminated and that all hall rentals continue for an indfeinite time.

 

 

MALAHIDE COLLISION

 

(From Elgin OPP) – Last Wednesday a collision occurred around 6:30 pm on Imperial Rd. at Ron McNeil Line. A car driven by a 25 year old Aylmer woman travelling south on Imperial Rd had slowed to turn east on Ron McNeil line and was rear ended by another car. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and required a tow. The striking vehicle’s driver was charged with careless driving.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER TUE.: 

 

-Aylmer FC (4-0-1) 3 Railway City 0

 

 

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TUESDAY, June 9/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

  

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Norwich, 8pm

 

 

JOHNNY JUNG AT THE CAPITOL CAFE

 

(Johnny and Jeanne (Fung) Jung of Aylmer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently. They have been a unique couple in town – being of Chinese ancestry. They operated the Capitol Cafe for some fifty years. The following is from an interview conducted with Johnny in 1994.)

Johnny was born in Canton China, an only child whose parents were killed when the Japanese bombed the factory they worked in during World War II. In 1950 he came to Canada when his uncle Charlie Joong asked him to help in his Aylmer restaurant. Joong was the third person of Chinese descent to own the Capitol – so named because it was located beside the former Capitol Theatre on Talbot St. east – which began around 1930. In 1965 Johnny  purchased the business. He has returned to China only once since – to marry and bring his bride Jeanne back to Aylmer. They have one daughter, Judy. To his knowledge the Joongs and the Jungs were the only Chinese families to live in Aylmer in those years and they all lived in several apartments above the restaurant. In its heyday the Capitol was open from 7 am to 11pm seven days a week with eight employees. In 1994 at the age of 67 Johnny hadn’t missed a day of work in nearly 45 years.

 

 

ELEMENTARY TRACK RESULTS

 

Top five placings by athletes in East Elgin schools at last week’s TVDSB elementary schools track meet are:

 

JUNIOR GIRLS – High Jump -3 -Joslynn Henderson, Summers Corners; Long Jump -3 – Kaleigh Kummer, South Dorchester; Softball – 1 –Mackenzie Brackenbury, Straffordville; Relay -5- Summers Corners; JUNIOR BOYS – Softball -3 – Mitchell Fehr, Straffordville; BANTAM GIRLS – 800 m – 5 – Shelby Laidlaw; BANTAM BOYS – Softball – 4 – Justin Farrow, South Dorchester; 400 m – 5 – Fisher Ward, McGregor; INTERMEDIATE BOYS – Softball – 4 -Cameron Wall, Straffordville; 1500 m – 3 – Josh McCandless, Summers Corners;

 

SENIOR GIRLS – Long Jump – 2 -Lilly Davis, Straffordville; SENIOR BOYS – Relay – 5 -Davenport; OPEN GIRLS – High Jump – 2 – Olivia Robison, Summers Corners; Long Jump – 2 – Linda Naglehout, Summers Corners; Relay – 3 – Summers Corners; OPEN BOYS – High Jump – 1 – Pete Braun, Davenport;  Triple Jump – 4 – Sam Cyr, Davenport; 400 m – 2 – Darren Catt, Davenport; Relay – 2 – Davenport.

 

 

STRAWBERRIES READY

 

(Information from Kevin Howe of Howe Family Farms of Aylmer) – “We started picking berries last Friday. We put floating row covers overtop of 7 acres of strawberries early this spring in order to advance our harvest dates. The floating row cover is similar to a cheese-cloth material which gives our crop more heat units. The row cover advanced our berries by about 1 week. We were up four nights in May running irrigation to protect our berries from frost. The coldest night dropped down to -2.8°C.  It was a long night but we were able to save our crop with minimal damage. Heavy rains split the strawberry fruit and spread fruit diseases like botrytis and anthracnose (both are harmless to people, they just spoil fruit) and most importantly deter pickers from showing up. All in all, the plants are looking healthy with a heavy fruit set.”

 

(From Dick Saarloos of Berryhill Farms of Aylmer) – “I would think that in the middle of the week we should have berries at the fruit stand. The crop looks very promising.”

 

 

CATFISH CCA LOW WATER WARNING

 

(Information from Peter Dragunas, Catfish CCA Water Management Technician) – “The Catfish Creek Conservation Authority is issuing a Level I Low Water Condition for the Catfish Creek watershed.  A 10% voluntary reduction in water use is being advised to ensure that there remains an adequate supply for essential uses and to sustain aquatic life. Reducing residential non-essential water use and utilization of Best Management Practices, Irrigation Management is recommended to help lessen the impact on water resources.”

 

 

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MONDAY, June 8/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 6:30 pm

-Elementary Schools PA Day

-OV Naturalists; Vienna Comm. Centre, 7pm (see June 2 story)

 

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Norwich, 8pm

 

 

WEEKEND SPORTS

 

-Wed. -TRICOUNTY FASTBALL – Innerkip 11 Straffordville (1-4) 0

-Wed. -TRICOUNTY FASTBALL – Pt Burwell (1-5) 9 Hickson 6

-Thu. -SOUTHWEST SOCCER – Aylmer FC (4-0-1) 3 MIB 0

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– June 2, 2015, Station #4,  Mapleton Line, Medical Assist

– June 2, 2015, Station #1, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– June 3, 2015, Station #2  #1  #3, 7394 Springwater Road, Power Lines Down

– June 3, 2015, Station #3 assisted by Station #2, Ron McNeil Line, MVC

– June 4, 2015, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

– June 5, 2015, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– June 5, 2015, Station #1,  John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– June 6, 2015, Station #2, Catt Line, Medical Assist

– June 7, 2015, Station #3, Elm Street, Alarm Malfunction

 

 

PT. BRUCE PARK CLEANUP

 

(Ministry of Natural Resources personnel and local residents held a cleanup of the Pt. Bruce provincial park beach recently. Information is from John Salo, Ontario Parks Zone Manager):

1: Why is Pt. Bruce park kept in a natural state and why a major cleanup at this time?

Since the the passing of the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act in 2006, Ontario Parks has been making efforts to provide for sustainable recreation at our beaches while ensuring the overall health of our beachfront ecosystems. As a result, Port Bruce Provincial Park had been left in a more natural state since that time. Recently, some local residents raised concerns about the state of the beach in the park.  In response to those concerns, Ontario Parks staff assessed the state of the park and determined that the park’s location on the Lake Erie coast causes the beach to be subjected to significant levels of driftwood accumulation.

2: What parts will remain in a natural state?

Recent efforts will result in the removal of excess accumulated driftwood on the beach’s centre portion while the outskirts will remain naturalized areas.  This amounts to approximately 65 metres of naturalized area on the beach’s west and east sides. Some driftwood will be intentionally left on the beach’s centre portion to provide habitat for shoreline species and for sand dune stabilization.

3: How did the cleanup go?

Approximately 25 volunteers were in attendance, along with 6 Ontario Parks staff and representatives from the Township of Malahide. While significant progress has been made, there remains some work to do such as the installation of signs, the strategic placement of trash receptacles, and longer-term beach stewardship activities such as the planting of trees and beach dune grasses. Poison Ivy Control is also planned for the future. Altogether, approximately 12 dump trucks of material was removed from the beach during the cleanup.

4: Future maintenance?

Ontario Parks will work with the community to formalize walkways to the beach to improve pedestrian access while protecting natural elements of the beach, including stabilizing sand dunes In addition to this, Ontario Park is exploring the installation of additional hard surfaces (such as Mobi Mats) to enable visitors with mobility issues to access the water front.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Pettit, Sam of Aylmer passed away Friday in his 71st year. Survivors: wife Marilyn (Phillips) Pettit; son Jason; sibling Marilyn Watters (John McGregor) of Aylmer etc.. He worked at Ford Motor Co. for 30 years. A graveside service will be held at Orwell Cemetery on Tuesday at 11:30 am. Arrangements through the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Cowan, David C. of Aylmer passed away Sunday in his 68th year. Survivors: wife Elaine (Davies) Cowan; stepson John Hoover (Tanya) of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Open Bible Baptist Church Aylmer on Thursday at 11 am.

 

 

ROHMER LIBRARY AT OPC

 

AYLMER – Canadian Maj.-General Richard Rohmer was a guest of honour at the Ontario Police College in Aylmer Wednesday as the school library was dedicated in his name. In his book  ‘Generally Speaking: The Memoirs of Major-General Richard Rohmer’ (2004), he recalls attending SFTS #14 Aylmer Air Force base (present Police College) for six months in 1942-3 while training to be a World War 11 pilot and  graduating from there when he was 19. One interesting memory he notes was that he was measured for his graduation uniform by a tailor from Toronto who set up shop in an Aylmer hotel room.

 

 

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THURSDAY, June 4/15

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Friday.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-Southwest Soccer; Aylmer FC hosts MIB; 7pm at EESS

 

-Sat -Vienna EdisonFest

-Sat -Springfield FunDay (see ads)

-Sun -Walk for Nepal; 2pm at Springwater (see May 25 story)

 

-Mon – Schools P.A. day

-Mon -Aylmer Council, 6:30 pm

 

 

12 YEAR OLD CYCLIST IN COLLISION

 

(Information from Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer) – A 12 year old boy on a bicycle turned into the path of a motorcycle while both were travelling at a moderate speed north on Rutherford Ave. last Thursday at noon. The boy was wearing a helmet at the time, no one was injured, and there was only minor damage to the bikes.

 

 

FAITH ZACHARIAS AT ONT. DIVING

 

(Information from Coach Luda Zakharenko) – Faith Zacharias, 15, of Summers Corners won several events at the Ontario Diving champinships in Windsor in early May. Faith won 1m and platform events and was second on 3m in her age group. She was named the outstanding diver in her age group. She also competed in senior events and finished second on 3m , third on platform and fourth on 1m. Her next competition will be the Junior Elite Nationals in Edmonton on July 18 which also will be trials for the Junior Pan Am Games in September in Toronto.

 

 

MALAHIDE RESIDENTS CHARGED WITH THEFT

 

(From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP executed a search warrant at a residence on Springer Hill Rd. near Harmony Acres Line in Malahide on May 15. Police seized a 2013 Can Am Maverick All Terrain vchicle and four metal road signs. They charged the residents – a 47 year old male and a 42 year old female – each with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 and four counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000.

 

 

BAYHAM BUDGET UP 9.3%

 

(Information from Bayham Treasurer Lorne James) – Bayham Council recently approved their 2015 budget which featured an increase of 9.3%. Major factors in the increase were a 3.65% increase in OPP costing and a 3.18% reduction in grants from the Ontario Parnership Fund. Last year’s increase was 1.5%.

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

 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, Studers etc.

 

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WEDNESDAY, June 3/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Hickson; 8pm

 

-Thu -Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-Thu -Southwest Soccer; Aylmer FC hosts MIB; 7pm at EESS

-Sat -Vienna EdisonFest

-Sat -Springfield FunDay (see ads)

-Sun -Walk for Nepal; 2pm at Springwater (see May 25 story)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Leaman, Lorene (Burwell) formerly of Tillsonburg passed away at Terrace Lodge Aylmer on Thursday in her 100th year. Wife of the late Leroy Burwell and the late Ralph Leaman. Survivors: three children including Linda Manicom of Eden etc..The Funeral Service was held at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Monday.

 

 

NEW LOCAL BOOK

 

Barb Forsdike of Aylmer has published a book on her sister Mary Helen McGrenere who was born with Down syndrome. She writes: “It tells of both the challenges faced and the blessings received through her. It shows how my parents, siblings, and many others, have been touched by her life. I have also included a few tales of other mentally challenged people I have had the opportunity to encounter. My main reason for writing Mary Helen’s story is to encourage young parents with Down syndrome children. To let them know that this ‘special’ being is full of many joys as well as challenges.”

 

The book -128 pages long – is being printed by the Aylmer Express. She hopes to sell it in some local stores – the cost is $10. Profits will be donated to Community Living and Ideal Way. For copies email her at youaremysunshine1940@hotmail.com

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL TUE.:

 

-Woodstock 6 Pt. Burwell (0-5) 4

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL LAST MONDAY:

 

Among decisions made by Aylmer Council at their meeting Monday:

-First and Second Readings of a new Division and Property Fence Bylaw (eliminating the position of fence viewers) to replace the Line Fences Act.

-Approval of a wage increase for town public works employees –  1.5% for each of 2015, 2016 and 2017.

-That the Town of Aylmer Council refers back to the East Elgin Community Complex Ad Hoc Committee: the Draft 2015 EECC Operations Budget, the Capital Budget, and the Capital Reserve Budget, and requests the Ad Hoc Committee to realize additional savings of between $40,000 to $50,000; and further that there be no cancellation of any programs.

Commented Deputy Mayor Mary French today on why she supported the motion to send the budget back: “The EECC budget is a very contentious issue with the taxpayers of Aylmer and Malahide and they expect to see positive changes made. Although there have been some savings identified in this budget, I believe that more savings can be attained. I did not request a specific amount but have asked that the entire budget be closely scrutinized for even more savings which added together could be a significant amount of money. As well, the facility needs to be utilized in other ways to increase the revenue.”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

EAST ELGIN CROPS “WELL BEHIND”

(Information on the progress of spring planting in East Elgin is from Peter Johnson, Provincial Cereal Specialist:) – “Crops planted in sand in East Elgin are mostly done but crops being planted on clay are struggling, the ground is still too wet and our recent low temperatures have meant for reduced drying conditions. For corn planting this past weekend was finally good. But the rain on Monday halted planting for the rest of the week. Only about 75 to 90 ercent of the corn has been planted. We are about three weeks behind normal planting times. It’s among the latest planting seasons we have had recently but not as bad as 2011. Soybeans are also well behind. The severe winter was harsh on winter wheat that was planted, about ten percent needs to be replanted and about seventy five percent of what was planted has been damaged.”

 

 

DEAF MAY NOW CONTACT AYLMER POLICE

 

(Contributed) – “The Aylmer Police are pleased to announce the launch of TEXT with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1). This new service provides the capability for the deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, or speech impaired (DHHSI) community in Canada, and now in Aylmer, to communicate with our emergency 9-1-1 services dispatched by the Owen Sound Police. TEXT with 9-1-1 service allows members of the DHHSI community to call 9-1-1 during an emergency and converse with a 9-1-1 operator using text messaging rather than by voice. There will be no need for a caller to be able to speak or hear text messaging. The TEXT with 9-1-1 service is presently not available to the wider cellular community. Unless a caller is pre-registered with their cellular provider, text messages to 9-1-1 will not reach emergency services.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, June 2/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Hickson; 8pm

-Thu -Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-Thu -Southwest Soccer; Aylmer FC hosts MIB; 7pm at EESS

-Sat -Vienna EdisonFest

-Sat -Springfield FunDay (see ads)

-Sun -Walk for Nepal; 2pm at Springwater (see May 25 story)

 

 

VIENNA EDISONFEST SATURDAY

 

(Contributed) – This Saturday the annual EdisonFest will be held from 7:30 am to 6 pm at Vienna Memorial Park. Events include: breakfast at Vienna Masonic Lodge, craft vendors, silent auction, Bayham Fire Dept. display, petting zoo, wagon rides, childrens’ games and events, a light bulb sponge toss involving Bayham  Councillors, a cross cut saw and nail driving challenge, a performance by Bayham’s Elvis, a magic show, art literary and talent contests, a spagetti eating contest, free draws etc.. For more information call Hellen at 519-866-5759 or lmillard@bayham.on.ca

 

 

READERS WRITE: (ON TANEWS FACEBOOK)

 

(The following is a sample of comments on TANews Facebook regarding last week’s news story about interesting prohibitions in Aylmer’s noise bylaw, including a ban on construction noises between 6 pm and 7 am):

Dad N Daughters Fish N Chips – Well i guess Im going to jail as I yell across the street to some of my customers as they walk by.

Jamie Pettit Harder – I think 6pm is a bit early to be complaining about any outside noise!

Susie Reimer Wall – That is crazy early, especially when people only get home from work at 5 or 6 pm.

Tante Wen – Can we mow the lawn?

Anne Davey – Crying? Really? Church bells are noisy but I guess that’s acceptable in Aylmer.

Sherry Preszcator-Dunn – I would rather someone mow their lawn at 7pm rather than 7am

Lee Anne Robinson – Seriously? I don’t have a problem with construction until 8pm. After that kids are going to bed during the school year.

-Rhonda Witherow – You pay taxes/ rent to enjoy your homes and work your butts off to have a decent life, why should you have to whisper and tiptoe around your own backyard.

-Velma Sheppard – They’ll have it where the cops can’t even have their sirens going or the ambulances because all they make too much noise.

Matty Geraci – Yup we live in a world where people have become weak and offended by every little thing. That results in a I sue you and you sue me type of deal.

Neil Buehner – This is construction season, we don’t live in Florida.

Pam Balfour – The real problem is that few younger community members attend council meetings to see what is being decided on the behalf of community members. As is usually the case, younger people are so busy with their immediate lives and families  and elected council members only hear the vocal people who show up to meetings and are often older/retired. “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”.

 

 

OV NATURALISTS THIS MONDAY

 

The Otter Valley Naturalists will meet Monday at 7 pm at the Vienna Community Centre for a talk on “Sea Lamprey Control” with W. Paul Sullivan, Sea Lamprey Control Centre,  Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD FUN DAY SATURDAY

 

(Contributed) – The 25th annual Springfield Fun Day will be held Saturday at Malahide Community Place. Events include: South Dorchester Optimist Breakfast, ball games, childrens’ activities, Dotsy the Clown, Steve Wilson Magic, pie making contest, watermelon spitting contest, United Church Pork Supper, dance etc.. More information at www.fun-day.ca

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE HEARS BLACKS’ HISTORY

 

(Contributed) – Canadian tenor Michael Toby presented a musical history of Canadian blacks as part of an assembly for Grade 3-8 students at Straffordville Public school this morning.

 

 

EESS WINS BLOOD DONOR AWARD

 

(Contributed) – The East Elgin Secondary School Leadership Class (led by teacher Jon Loney) took home an award at Canadian Blood Services “Honouring Our Lifeblood” event last night in London.  They were presented with a Certificate of Congratulations for their successful blood donor clinics held each spring. Two successful recruitment videos were made to help recruit blood donors into the May clinic. The students achieved 115% of their blood donation pledge. To view their videos go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi5rQCWDwT8  and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F27mozT9t40

 

 

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MONDAY, June 1/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 6:30 pm

 

-Wed -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Hickson; 8pm

-Thu -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Thu -Southwest Soccer; Aylmer FC hosts MIB; 7pm at EESS

-Sat -Vienna EdisonFest

-Sat -Springfield FunDay (see ads)

-Sun -Walk for Nepal; 2pm at Springwater (see May 25 story)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-McKibbin, Vera, a longtime resident of Port Burwell, passed away at Chartwell, Aylmer on Wednesday, aged 95 years. Wife of the late Stuart McKibbin (2003). Survivors: two children etc.. Vera was born in England. The funeral service was held Saturday. Arrangements through Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– May 20, 2015, Station #3,  Inverness Street, Medical Assist

– May 23, 2015, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Alarm Malfunction

– May 29, 2015, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– May 31, 2015, Station #4,  Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

– May 31, 2015, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Alarm Malfunction

 

 

WEEKEND SPORTS:

 

-Southwest Soccer – Thu – Aylmer FC (3-0-1) 5 Southwold 1

-TriCounty Fastball – Thu – Sweaburg 8 Straffordville (1-3) 1

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(From Chief Andre Reymer) – A 65 year old Aylmer man has been charged with two counts of committing an indecent act on a female after incidents involving two women, now aged 46 and 47, which began 40 years ago and continued for eight years – he was an uncle of the victims.

 

 

AYLMER TEACHER IN BIKE MARATHON

 

(Evert TenBruggencate, a teacher at Immanuel Christian school in Aylmer, provides the following information on a fundraising bicycle ride he is participating in this summer) –  “On July 3 for two weeks, I will join Cycle of Hope riders as they journey 1600 Kilometres from Niagara Falls to Winnipeg to raise enough money on behalf of Habitat for Humanity to build a new affordable home for a family in need. I have competed in running and triathlon races for many years but two years ago while on a training ride I was struck by a pick up truck and sustained numerous injuries requiring three surgeries to my leg. I hope to raise $2500.”  Contact: http://www.habitat.mb.ca/events-cycleofhope.cfm

 

 

NEW MAKERSPACE AT AYLMER LIBRARY

 

Elgin Warden and Bayham Mayor Paul Enns was one of the speakers at the official unveiling of the Maker Space at Aylmer Library Thursday evening. (kb) (CLICK)

Elgin Warden and Bayham Mayor Paul Enns was one of the speakers at the official unveiling of the Maker Space at Aylmer Library Thursday evening. The new high tech centre provides digital and design programs as well as video and audio editing and has a 3D printer and scanner. The unit was partially financed by a donation from the Palmer Estate. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

EESS AT OFSAA TRACK REGIONALS

 

LONDON – Top ten placings by EESS athletes at the OFSAA western regional track and field meet held here at UWO this past weekend include: Sandi Vankerkoy, 7th, in Midget girls long jump and Brianna Brix, 8th in Senior girls triple jump.

 

 

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