Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


FRIDAY. Jan. 9/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri -Channel 10 – London Knights hockey v Erie, 7:30 pm

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

-Mon. -There is no Aylmer Council until Jan. 19

 

 

AGAIN NO BUSES, SOME SCHOOL CLOSURES

 

The TVDSB and the LDCSB have announced that Elgin school buses for public and catholic schools are again cancelled today due to weather conditions – for the second time this week. Schools closed include: Assumption in Aylmer, New Sarum, South Dorchester, Summers Corners and Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer. Said Kris Badder of Badder BusLines in Aylmer: “With more snow overnight, high winds and blowing snow it made for poor visibility and large snow drifts on many of the back roads.”

 

 

AYLMER CHANNEL 5 GONE

 

Eastlink Regional Manager Ron Mervis in Aylmer said yesterday that Eastlink TV community channel 5 moved to channel 10 on Wednesday. He added: “We standardized our community TV channels across the country to channel 10. Channel 5 was removed from the lineup in Aylmer.”

 

 

BRIAN WILLSIE HOCKEY UPDATE:

 

Brian Willsie, 36, a native of Belmont, is still playing hockey this year in Europe. Last year he played in the Kontinental Hockey League and the Finnish League and finished the year in the Swedish League. Brian then agreed to a two-year deal with Örebro HK in the Swedish Hockey League. In 35 games to date with Orebro he has 5 goals and 13 pt. Brian played several seasons in the NHL with Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, and Los Angeles Kings, last playing there in the 2010-11 season.

 

 

COLD ALERT EXTENDED

 

(Contributed from the Elgin Health Unit Thursday:) – “We have extended the Cold Weather Alert first issued on Monday until Sunday. Although day time temperatures today and Friday are expected to be around -10 degrees C, the predicted lows for Friday and Saturday will be colder than -15 degrees C with wind chills reaching around -23 degrees C.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS (4-0) 47 AVSS 28; JR – EESS (2-1) v AVSS (NR)

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – PCI 3 EESS (1-4) 0; JR – PCI 3 EESS (2-3) 0

 

 

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THURSDAY, Jan. 8/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls VBall v PCI

-Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex, 2:30-7:30 pm

-Bayham, Malahide Councils 7 pm

 

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

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Scott, Elsie May of Aylmer passed away Tuesday in her 69th year. Survivors: companion Blaine Collard; two children etc.. A service will be held at a later date; arrangements through Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-Rioux, Mary (Hoffer) passed away recently. Survivors: husband Gilbert; four  children etc.. She was born in Holland and her family came to Canada in 1952 settling in Aylmer. The funeral was Saturday in Lavigne, Ontario. Arrangements through Théorêt Bourgeois Funeral Home, Verner.

 

-Sawlor, Karen Leanne (nee Schindel)  passed away Tuesday. Survivors: husband Jeff; three children; in laws Norm and Sharon Sawlor of Aylmer etc.. Visitation will be held Friday at North Park Community Church London  from 7 to 9 pm with the service there Saturday at 10 am.

 

 

COLD ALERT EXTENDED

 

(Contributed from the Elgin Health Unit) – “We have extended the Cold Weather Alert first issued on Monday until Sunday. Although day time temperatures today and Friday are expected to be around -10 degrees C, the predicted lows for Friday and Saturday will be colder than -15 degrees C with wind chills reaching around -23 degrees C.

(Contributed/MONDAY) – The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock, has issued its first COLD WEATHER ALERT for 2015 in Elgin County following Environment Canada’s  forecast temperature of -26°C with the wind chill today. Daily temperatures are expected to be well below -12°C  until Thursday, and at times feel colder with the combination of brisk winds. This first Cold Weather Alert for 2015 will be in effect today until Thursday.

 

 

SPITS GAME CANCELLED

 

Last night’s SOJHL game in Aylmer between the Spitfires and Mt. Brydges was postponed due to the weather and is rescheduled for January 31st.

 

 

OPP, MALAHIDE, AMISH MEET ON SPEEDING

 

(Earlier in December, a meeting was held to discuss the concerns over speeding traffic on Glencolin Line in the Amish community. Information on the meeting is from an Elgin OPP press release and Malahide Councillor Mark Widner:)

(Press Release) – “The Elgin OPP and Malahide Council are currently in preliminarily discussions with regards to Public Safety and Traffic concerns in the areas of Glen Colin Line and College Line in  Malahide. Glen Colin Line and College Line have a cultural demographic consisting of mainly Amish Community Members, therefore there is an increased number of horse drawn vehicles and pedestrians primarily through school zone areas. They are working collectively with the Amish Safety Committee to establish increased Awareness, Education, Enforcement and Focused Patrol: There has been some concern over speeding, especially through school zones. However, we realize the greater percent of traffic is well within the speed limit. We don’t feel requesting a reduced speed limit through the community appropriate, Many car drivers today may not have much or any experience with horses and likely don’t realize that a horse is not a 100 percent predictable animal.”

(Mark Widner) – “There was a meeting that took place involving three members of the Amish Safety Committee, Mayor Mennill, Deputy Mayor Wolfe and myself with Inspector Brad Fishleigh and Staff Sergeant Greg Dafoe from the OPP. The committee really doesn’t want the speed limits lowered as they don’t want to affect other people’s use of the road. The Committee also mentioned they were going to increase the lighting and reflectivity on their buggies and also talked of possibly wearing reflective arm bands which other Amish areas have used. New signage was discussed and Malahide is in the process of designing signs to make people more aware of the area and “share the road”. We are going to meet again to discuss signage and school visits.”

“At 80 km things are ok but being that the roads are long smooth stretches that leads to higher speeds and what we are trying to do is educate drivers to look at their speedometers and obey the limits and as in any situation to drive accordingly. The OPP also said according to their records that the area has not yet been problematic and hopefully with increased awareness and education for drivers and community members using the roads we can keep it safe. What we want is when someone uses the area and sees a new sign that is different it will catch their attention and make them more aware.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed. -Aylmer Spitfires host Mt Brydges, 7:45 pm

 

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls VBall v PCI

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

-Thu -Bayham, Malahide Councils 7 pm

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

 

 

NO BUSES, SOME SCHOOL CLOSURES

 

The TVDSB has announced that Elgin school buses for public and catholic schools are cancelled today due to weather conditions. Schools closed include: Assumption in Aylmer, New Sarum, South Dorchester, Summers Corners and Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer. Said Kris Badder of Badder BusLines in Aylmer: “The snow squall watch was upgraded to a warning early this morning. As the morning progressed visibility decreased as blowing snow increased. The upgrade from snow squall watch to snow squall warning played a large part in this morning’s decision.” Aylmer Police reported no major road issues as of noon today.

 

 

SNOW SQUALL WARNING FOR EAST ELGIN

 

(From Environment Canada today at 9am) – “Snow squalls continue in a flow of very cold arctic air over the Great Lakes. Local snowfall rates of 10 to 20 cm per 12 hours are likely in the strongest snow squalls. Gusty winds will also result in significant blowing snow. Travel on Highways 402 and the 401 will likely be very difficult if not impossible at times today. The snow squalls are expected to shift to the north this evening as winds become more westerly.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS 2 Ingersoll 1

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS (3-1-1) 4 Huron Park 1

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – EESS 3 AVSS 0; JR – EESS 3 AVSS 0

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) –

– A 32 year old Aylmer woman was charged with impaired driving on December 21 at 1:30 am – she had consumed twice the legal limit of alcohol.

 

-Police charged a 15 year old Aylmer boy with various offences at EESS on December 16 after school officials and police found two knives, including a shank made in a class workshop, and some marijuana in his possession. He had been previously charged on November 7 for having a spring loaded switchblade at EESS.

 

-A 19 year old Malahide man was charged with careless driving after his car rearended another car that was stopped while travelling west on Talbot St. at Myrtle St. on December 31 at 7 pm.

 

NEW POLICE OFFICER:

-The Chief also noted that Sgt. Michael Knight who retired last week is being replaced with Cadet Charity Duckworth of St.Thomas. She starts at the OP College today and comes on shift in April after graduation. The position of sergeant will be a matter of an internal competition later this year.

 

 

INFLUENZA AGAIN AT TERRACE LODGE

 

Terrace Lodge of Aylmer informs that they have a second influenza outbreak at the present time. According to Director Rhonda Duffy visitation is not restricted; however public health “recommends” avoid visiting until the outbreak is over. Chartwell in Aylmer reports they have had no outbreak there.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“SECOND GRAFFITI MESSAGE”

A second public graffiti message in Aylmer appeared over the holidays on the west side of the John St. bridge. It reads: “Flouride kills Stop!! Dr. Paul Connett” Connett is a New York College Professor of Chemistry opposed to the use of flouridation. Recently a graffiti message was also painted on the Masonic Lodge in Aylmer. Police are still looking for a suspect.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Jan. 6/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v Ingersoll

 

-Wed. -Aylmer Spitfires host MtBrydges, 7:45 pm

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls VBall v PCI

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

-Thu -Bayham, Malahide Councils 7 pm

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

 

 

SNOW SQUALL WATCH FOR EAST ELGIN

 

(From Environment Canada, Tuesday at 4:30 am) – There is a snow squall watch in effect for East Elgin today. “Westerly winds continue to generate snow squalls for areas east of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay this morning. A cold front will pass through southern Ontario tonight bringing even colder conditions and northwest winds. These northwest winds will cause the snow squalls to shift to areas southeast of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay starting tonight and continuing through the day on Wednesday.”

 

 

SPITS LOSE 3 OF 4

 

AYLMER – The Spitfires dropped three of four matches over the holidays in SOJHL action.  On the Friday after Christmas they stretched their winning streak to a season high three games by winning in Dorchester 6-5 despite being outshot 43-21. Spits’ goalgetters were Jesiah Sweetland, Trevor Stewart, Ryan Stapleton, Brett Dzyngel, Luke Bettencourt and Clint Walker. The next night in Aylmer they surrendered four power play goals in dropping a 7-3 decision to Mt. Brydges. Aylmer marksmen were Nolan Blum, Jesse Tottle and Robert Shaw. Friday in Exeter, again they fell victim to four power play goals and dropped a 5-1 decision – Ryan VanRoestel netted the only Aylmer goal. Saturday at home they were nipped 3-2 by Lucan as they almost overcame a 3-0 deficit heading into the final frame. Luke Bettencourt garnered both Spits’ tallies. The Spitfires’ record is now 9-23-1. They have three games this week – Wednesday they host Mt. Brydges, Saturday they host Dorchester and Sunday they travel to North Middlesex.

 

VS. DORCHESTER:

Period 1
Aylmer     – Jesiah     Sweetland (Ryan     Stapleton, Brett     Dzyngel) 1:32
DorchesterChris     Carreiro (Bryan     McCauley, Mike     Worby) 3:09
AylmerTrevor     Stewart (Luke     Bettencourt) 4:51
AylmerRyan     Stapleton (Ryan     Van Roestel, Jesiah     Sweetland) 5:00
DorchesterPatrick     Freel (Michael     Blue, Spencer     Beer) 5:29
AylmerBrett  Dzyngel (power play) ( Stapleton, Jesiah Sweetland) 12:58
DorchesterMike     Worby (Tommy     Prokes, Chris     Carreiro) 13:42
DorchesterBrendon  O Shaughnessy (Ryan  Tuffin, Liam  Gillooly) 17:55
Period 2
Aylmer    – Luke  Bettencourt (Trevor Stewart, Spencer Roloson) 2:20
Period 3
Aylmer     – Clint     Walker (Trevor     Stewart, Luke     Bettencourt) 9:07
DorchesterRyan     Tuffin (Liam     Gillooly, Will     Kilgour) 15:29

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Ross  James “Jr” of Pt. Burwell passed away Wednesday in his 76th year. Survivors: his wife Betty Reynolds; two children etc.. The funeral service was held yesterday at Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-Guenther, Anna of Aylmer and formerly of Vienna passed away Wednesday, aged 66. Survivors: husband Jacob Guenther; nine children etc.. She was born in Mexico. The funeral was held Saturday; arrangements through Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-Rempel, Elizabeth of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in her 67th year. Survivors: husband Juan Rempel; twelve children etc.. She was born in Mexico. The funeral was held yesterday; arrangements through Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-Eitel, Jeanne Edna (Roddick) passed away at Terrace Lodge Nursing Home, Aylmer on Wednesday at the age of 88 years. Wife of the late Stewart Eitel (1996). The service was held yesterday; arrangements through Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

AYLMER CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “The Town will continue to provide a Drop-off Depot for residents to dispose of their Christmas Trees at the Parks and Recreation Parking Lot at 8 Parkview Heights. Trees may be dropped off between December 26 and January 11.” (All decorations need to be removed/ Trees left at the curb will not be picked up).

 

 

NEW AYLMER PHOTO BOOK

 

April Laroche of Jersey Photography in Aylmer reports that her book ‘Discover Aylmer’ is now available. The book, a collection of photos of Aylmer and area businesses and employees, costs $57. Her purpose? “To put a face to the local businesess; it’s never been done before, there’s lots of books out there on the history but never on the faces of the people in the businesses.” The book has been a year in the making. She can be contacted at: jerseyphotography.ca

 

 

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MONDAY, Jan. 5/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v Ingersoll

-Wed. -Aylmer Spitfires host MtBrydges, 7:45 pm

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls VBall v PCI

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

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

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

 

 

COLD ALERT ISSUED

 

(Contributed) – The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock, has issued its first COLD WEATHER ALERT for 2015 in Elgin County following Environment Canada’s  forecast temperature of -26°C with the wind chill today. Daily temperatures are expected to be well below -12°C  until Thursday, and at times feel colder with the combination of brisk winds. This first Cold Weather Alert for 2015 will be in effect today until Thursday.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“SCHOOLS CLOSED TWO DAYS TO START 2014”

All Public and Catholic schools in Elgin were closed for two days and buses were cancelled for three days due to weather conditions one year ago this week after the Christmas break. As well the Elgin Health Unit issued two Cold Weather Alerts which extended for  most of the week.

 

-COLD WEATHER ALERT

“The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, air temperatures are predicted to fall to -25° Celsius and persist for the next two days with extreme wind chills from minus 35 to minus 40 tonight and Tuesday morning. This second Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect until Thursday.”

 

-BUS CANCELLATION REPORT

(Information from Dave Cryderman at Bader BusLines in Aylmer:) – “There was lots of snow/drifting yesterday morning at 5:30 am and side roads were very slippery due to the rapid cool down from Sunday overnight rain. To-day, extreme cold was the main issue that caused busing to be cancelled.”

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

-Aylmer Police reported that they arrested, with the assistance of the Elgin OPP,  a 24 year old Aylmer man just before Christmas for his involvement in a bank robbery in Tillsonburg and a probation breach. He was one of several people involved in that offence.

 

-Police also reported that New Years Eve in Aylmer was quiet.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Giles, Edna Olive died December 21 in Burlington, Ontario, aged 92. Edna moved to Aylmer with her husband Cyril Herbert Giles after World War II and lived here for more than thirty years. Survivors: children Robert Stephen Giles (Burlington), Bryan Douglas Giles (Yvonne) (Simcoe), and Donna Elaine Giles (David Guzick) (Gainesville, Florida) etc.. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home. Internment will be private.

 

-Walters, Mable May (Burwell) passed away at Chartwell Nursing Home in Aylmer on December 20 at the age of 88. Wife of the late John Harvey Walters (1990). Survivors: two children including Doug (Ann) Walters of Port Bruce etc. The funeral was held December 23; arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Meunier, Perry passed away on December 23 at the age of 47.  Survivors: his father, siblings etc. The funeral was December 30; arrangements were with Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-VanWychen, Frances Theodora of RR6, Aylmer passed away on December 24 in her 88th year. Survivors: husband Dolf VanWychen; six children including Martin VanWychen (Cathy), Cathy Brown (Fred), David VanWychen  (Lynn) of the Aylmer area etc., She was born in the Netherlands. The funeral was December 29; arrangements were with Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-Hildebrandt, Cornelius of Aylmer passed away on December 28 in his 59th year. Survivors: wife Katharina (Bergen) Hildebrandt; nine children etc… He was born in Mexico. The funeral was Thursday; arrangements were with Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– December 9, 2014, Station #3, , #1, #2 & #4, 51090 Broadway Street, Fire

(*Kitchen fire, 8 am, near Ron McNeil Line, damage $50,000, prob cause – electrical appliance)

– December 23, 2014, Station #4 ,#3, Crossley Hunter Line, MVC

– December 27, 2014, Station #2, 9608 Carter Road, Vehicle Fire

– December 27, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– December 29, 2014, Station #2,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– December 30, 2014, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– December 30, 2014, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Alarm Malfunction

– December 31, 2014, Station #2,  Bradley Creek Line, Medical Assist

– January 1, 2015, Station #2,  #1, #3 and #4, 9105 Rogers Road, Fire

(*Near Catt Line, improper disposal of smoking materials, $2000 damage)

– January 3, 2015, Station #4,  Mapleton Line, Medical Assist

– January 4, 2015, Station #3 assisted by Station#2, Imperial Road, MVC.

(*near College Line, single vehicle roll over, minor injuries, one person)

 

 

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LATE TUESDAY:

Christmas Care packing this morning at Immanuel school gym.



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TUESDAY, Dec. 23/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish again until Jan. 5

*MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue -Christmas Care/Optimist Toy deliveries (see Thu. story)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Mt. Brydges 7:30 pm

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

The grade 1-2 class of Ms at McGregor is pictured Friday as they prepared to send their canned goods in to the Aylmer Christmas Care program. (kb)

The grade 2-3 class of Mrs. Kuhn at McGregor school is pictured Friday as they prepared to hand their canned goods over to volunteers with the Aylmer Christmas Care program. (kb) (click)

 

Assumption students and Principal Fred also readying their cans for pickup Friday for the Aylmer Christmas Care drive. (kb) (click)

Some grade 5-6 students at Assumption school join Principal Fred Fowlie readying their cans for pickup Friday for the Aylmer Christmas Care drive. (kb) (click)

 

Members of the Aylmer Optimist Club load toys this morning for delivery as part of their annual toy drive program. (kb) (click)

Members of the Aylmer Optimist Club load toys this morning for delivery as part of their annual Christmas toy drive program. (kb) (click)

 

2014 'Olde' Aylmer Cruisers Toys for Kids Donation

Pictured are members of the ‘Olde’ Aylmer Cruiser club as they gave a donation to the Aylmer Optimist Club toy drive recently: Terry &Lana Dans, Mark& Donna Hone, Gerry & Linda Scott, Tony & Fran Whaley, Basil & Margie Derrough, Darin Whaley & Denise Sprague, Laureen Allen, Millie Behie and Don & Nancy Steenbergen. (contributed)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Woodworth, Ray passed away Monday at the age of 87. Survivors: wife Ruby (Cole); seven children including Karen (Stan) Jones of Aylmer and Kevin Woodworth of Vienna and friend Laurel Born Thorpe etc.. Ray and Ruby farmed for many years at RR#1 Port Burwell before retiring to Aylmer. Visitation is at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held there on Wednesday at 1:30 pm.

 

-Willows, Clifford Leroy of Belmont passed away on Saturday in his 81st year. Survivors: wife Mabel (Myerscough) Willows; four children etc.. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

December 8, 2014, Station #2, 8900 Rogers Road, Fire

– December 9, 2014, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– December 9, 2014, Station #3,  1, 2 & 4, Broadway Street, Fire

– December 9, 2014, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– December 10, 2014, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– December 13, 2014, Station #3 ,#1 and #4, 11650 Imperial Road, Fire

– December 13, 2014, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– December 15, 2014, Station #3, Pressey Line, Power Lines Down

– December 16, 2014, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– December 16, 2014, Station #2, Talbot Street, Alarm Malfunction

– December 17, 2014, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– December 18, 2014, Station #1 ,2, 3 and 4, Hacienda Road, Fire

– December 19, 2014, Station #4, Yorke Line, Medical Assist

– December 20, 2014, Station #4,  Lyons Line, Medical Assist

 

 

FREE SKATING AFTER CHRISTMAS

 

The schedule for free skating at the EEC Complex, courtesy of Tim Hortons, is: Sunday 7 pm to 8 pm; Monday 4 pm to 6 pm.; Tuesday 4 pm to 6 pm; next Wednesday 9 am to 11 am. And after New Years: Friday- 10 am to 12 pm; Saturday – 10:15 am to 12:15 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

 

 

EEC COMPLEX NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

 

(Contributed) – The East Elgin Community Complex invites you to the 11th Annual Family New Year’s Eve Party on Wednesday, December 31st from 6 pm to 9 pm. Face painting, cotton candy, crafts, carnival games, inflatables, and Val the Snake Lady are featured. Also there will be a performance by local family band Vogeljoy. Also, enjoy public skating  or have fun at the Photo Booth, only $2 per session. Cost of this event is just $10 per family. Sponsors are the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer and EastLink.

 

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY LEVEE

 

The annual Aylmer Legion New Year’s Day Levee will be held from 1-3 pm next Thursday. Clam Chowder and Moose Milk will be served. A Dress Code is in effect.

 

 

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MONDAY, Dec. 22/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue -Christmas Care/Optimist Toy deliveries (see Thu. story)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Mt. Brydges 7:30 pm

 

 

AYLMER CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “The Town will continue to provide a Drop-off Depot for residents to dispose of their Christmas Trees at the Parks and Recreation Parking Lot at 8 Parkview Heights. Trees may be dropped off between December 26 and January 11.” (All decorations need to be removed/ Trees left at the curb will not be picked up).

 

 

BAYHAM HYDRO OUTAGE

 

(Information from Tim Stafford of Hydro One) – Many customers in southwest Oxford including 300 Bayham residents were affected by the loss of hydro after a single vehicle fatality which took out a hydro pole near Norwich Saturday morning. Most customers were out for 4 to 6 hours.

 

 

PT.BURWELL UNITED CHURCH FOR SALE

 

(Information from Bev Hickey of Pt. Burwell) – The Pt. Burwell United Church, at the corner of Erieus and Robinson Streets, was built in 1910. In the last few years due to deaths and people moving other places,  church attendance has decreased until it is not feasible to keep the church open any longer. The church will be closing this Sunday and the remaining congregation will be going to Straffordville United Church. The Straffordville Church has been renamed the Bayham United Church and services changed from 9:30 am to 10 am.

 

The future of the Port Burwell United church is unknown at the this time as it is in the process of being sold. (Vienna United Church was closed in 2000 and the congregation amalgamated with Port Burwell United Church). The present minister is Rev. Cordell Parsons who has served for the past two and one half years for both churches and will continue to serve Straffordville church in the future.

 

 

FUNDING FOR EEC COMPLEX PLAN

 

(Thursday Press Rrelease from the Ontario government:) – “The Town of Aylmer and Township of Malahide will receive up to $25,000 to create a business plan for the East Elgin Community Complex, a jointly owned facility. The business plan will help guide decisions on how to sustain this community hub and reduce municipal subsidies.”

SPITFIRES WIN TWO IN A ROW

Aylmer Spitfires won two of three games played in SOJHL hockey last week – they now have a two game winning streak for only the second time this season. The Spits lost their ninth straight Wednesday in Lucan by a 4-1 count – Jesse Tottle scored the lone Aylmer goal. Saturday they rebounded to top Thamesford 5-2 at home and Sunday in Pt. Stanley they earned a 4-3 shootout victory. Saturday Aylmer recorded three third period goals to overcome a 3-2 deficit – Tottle led the locals with two goals and singles went to Jesiah Sweetland, Tyler Marr and Noland Blum.

Sunday Aylmer connected for the tying goal with less than two minutes left in the game and, after a scoreless overtime, outgunned Pt. Stanley 2-0 in the shootout for the win. Scoring for the Spitfires were Sweetland, Blum and Robert Shaw. The Spits now are 8-20-01. This week they actually have a game on boxing day afternoon in Dorchester and Saturday they host Mt. Brydges.

SUN. AYLMER 4 PT STANLEY 3 (SO)
Period 1
(no scoring)
Period 2
Port Stanley   – Christian   Athanasiou (power play) (Tanner   Turley, Ryan   Vandenbroek) 0:26
Port StanleyRyan   McDonnell (Connor   Tamborro, Tyler   Beaulieu) 2:38
AylmerJesiah   Sweetland (Ryan   Van Roestel) 4:22

AylmerNolan   Blum (Derek   Folkard, Jesse   Tottle) 10:03
Port StanleyZachary   Zinga (Tanner   Turley, Alex   Weaver) 18:06

Period 3
AylmerRobert   Shaw (Kyle   DiCicco, Josh   Lockhart) 18:16
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FRIDAY, Dec. 19/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri -End of classes for elementary students

-Fri -Channel 5 – London Knights v Guelph; 7pm

 

-Sat -Spitfires host: Thamesford, 7:30 pm

 

 

SCHOOL FOOD, TOY PICKUPS TODAY

 

Grade 1-2 students at Immanuel Christian School surround their mitten tree with items to be donated today to the Aylmer Optimist Club toy drive (kb)

Some grade 1-2 students from Ms. Pieters’ class at Immanuel Christian School surround their mitten/hat tree this morning with items to be donated to the Aylmer Optimist Club toy drive. Today was collection day for the food/toy drives at local schools.  (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

EESS SPORTS THIS WEEK:

 

TUESDAY:

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – CECI 3 EESS 1; JR – CECI 3 EESS 0

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS 44 CECI 33; JR – EESS 41 CECI 39

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 5 CECI 2

WEDNESDAY:

-GIRLS HOCKEY: EESS (1-1-1) 3 Dorchester 3; EESS 3 Tillsonburg 2

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS (5-0) 3 PCI 0

THURSDAY:

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS (3-0) 53 PCI 34; JR – PCI 35 EESS (2-1) 25

 

 

NEW SMOKING BAN IN AYLMER

 

Aylmer Council Monday decided to adhere to the new provincial prohibitions on smoking near playgrounds, outdoor sports facilities etc., to take effect in January, rather than the recommendations from their Environmental Advisory Committee – the committee had suggested a ban of nine metres, the province requires a twenty metre restriction.

 

 

FREE SKATING BEFORE CHRISTMAS

 

Dates for Free Skating, sponsored by Tim Hortons, at the EEC Complex prior to Christmas are: Sunday 1 to 2:30 pm; Monday -10 am to 12 pm and Tuesday -11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

 

 

ELGIN CHRYSLER NEW CAR SALES HERE

 

(Contributed) – Elgin Chrysler of St.Thomas has recently entered into an arrangement with Arrow Tire of Aylmer, owned by Mark Wilson, to act as a satellite location selling new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram vehicles. Said a spokesperson for Elgin Chrysler: “This gives the people of Aylmer access to new vehicles without leaving town for the first time since the closing of Dempsey Chrysler.” The official start date is January.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Learn, Nellie Ann of Aylmer passed away on Monday in her 94th year. Wfe of the late Fred Learn (1981). Survivors: daughter Kathie Fortey (Don); sister Betty Falkenham (Joel), both of Aylmer etc.. The visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home was yesterday; the funeral service will be held there today at 1 pm.

 

-DeCorte, Catherine of Terrace Lodge Aylmer and formerly of St. Thomas passed away Tuesday in her 89th year. Wife of the late William DeCorte (2003). Survivors: five children including  Ria Kitts (Dean) of Union etc.. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas was yesterday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Church  St.Thomas on Friday at 10 am.

 

 

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 etc.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Dec. 16/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wednesday, Thursday. 

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls VBall; Boys Hockey v CECI

 

-Wed-EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v PCI

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

-Fri -End of classes for elementary students

-Fri -Channel 5 – London Knights v Guelph

-Sat -Spitfires host: Thamesford, 7:30 pm

 

 

CHRISTMAS CARE DELIVERIES TUESDAY

 

(Aylmer Christmas Care boxes are being packed and delivered next Tuesday beginning at 9 am at Immanuel Christian School. Last year they served 366 families/1434 persons. They expect approximately the same numbers again this year. They could use the public’s help to deliver the filled boxes – volunteers, in pairs, should be at the school at 1 pm. Information on the history and setup of the program is provided by Carolyn Buis, Aylmer Christmas Care Co-Ordinator:)

 

“In 1990 we moved to Immanuel Christian School and packed around 200 boxes. They were packed in just under one hour. The setting up of the assembly line of groceries, bagging of the apples, oranges, cookies, sweet potatoes and packing of baby food takes all the prep time before. The arrival of the fresh produces, turkeys and hams and the donated goods that have been collected by schools, business and parades etc. all needs to be co-ordinated to their designated spots. We have approximately 75 volunteers ranging in age from 7 years to 80 years old.

 

The wrapping of the boxes occurs on the evening before we pack. It is very impressive in the morning to see the rows of wrapped boxes. The deliveries start as soon as the packing is completed. For Straffordville, Vienna and Port Burwell the boxes and the toys from the Optimists are picked up by members of the Lions Clubs and the Legion and then are distributed or picked up at the respective places. The length of time of delivery depends on the number of community members who show up to do this part of the project.

 

We follow Canada’s Food Guide to provide and encourage balanced and healthy eating ie. cereal, butter, cheese, canned milk, canned fruit and veggies, fresh lettuce, carrots, apples, oranges, canned meat, fresh turkey or ham depending on family size. Special treats of a package of cookies, candies and hot chocolate, jello and dessert topping are added. The donated/collected goods are added to the boxes also. These will vary in quantity and variety from year to year, but usually consist of dry and canned pasta and sauces (lots of kraft dinner and Mr. noodle), dry and canned soups, tuna, canned fruit and veggies and stove top stuffing and cranberry sauces etc. We have many individuals and families who return each year to lend a helping hand. We stand amazed every year at the number of volunteers.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-McNames, “Bill” William James FCGA of Aylmer passed away on Sunday in his 74th year. Survivors: wife Marilyn (Hawley) McNames; children Sheri (Jeff) Smith and Lori McNames Tremblay etc.. Bill worked with Den Harder McNames and Button Accountants and was a member of the Aylmer Shrine Club and the Aylmer Area Community Foundation. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church on Saturday at 2 pm with visitation from 12–1:45 pm.

 

-Oppel, Alfons Friedrich of Aylmer passed away on Monday in his 77th year. Survivors: wife Martha (Krebs) Oppel; three children including Alfred Oppel (Elizabeth) of Springfield, Monika Vandervalk (Tim) of Lyons etc.. He was born in Germany. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church Wednesday at 1 pm.

 

 

THEFT CHARGES FOR PT. BURWELL PAIR

 

(From Elgin OPP) – A 20 year old man and a 42 year old woman both from Pt. Burwell, as well a 26 year old St. Thomas man, have been arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and possession of illegal drugs after police executed two search warrants on residences in Port Burwell and St. Thomas on Friday. On Wednesday police received a report of the theft of two motorcycles (dirt bikes) from a shed at a residence on Culloden Road in Bayham. A residence was then searched in Port Burwell and one dirt bike and a quantity of marijuana was found and they arrested two parties at the residence without incident. Later after a search at a St. Thomas residence police found the other motorcycle and the 26 year old male there was also arrested and charged with the same offences.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

PAINTED POLES FOR PT. BURWELL?

PT. BURWELL  – (Contributed) – The children of Pt. Burwell Public School have created a community improvement project to help renew and reenergize the village. To proceed with their project, named The Polestars Program, they first require the approval of Hydro One to paint a small section of the lower portion of all Hydro One’s poles along Robinson Street, the main street. They plan to paint the poles with colourful handprints and to include the message: “Won’t you give us a hand?”  They discovered a similar program in British Columbia called the Fernwood Pole Painting Project, a community improvement initiative in Victoria. They also have produced a short video, which is now on youtube (http://youtube/TZYrLNsDX6U) . Their community contact is Margot Pieters. Added Mrs. Pieters: “The first thing everyone does notice when they come into Pt. Burwell, along Robinson St., are the awful hydro poles, I approached the school with an idea and won their support. If we get Hydro One’s permission, we plan to hold a street party in late April/early May with all of the children from the Public School and decorate the designated poles.”

 

 

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