Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

WEDNESDAY, June 12/13





-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball – Innerkip at Pt. Burwell 8:30

-Fri-Sun. – Oxford Renaissance Festival in Woodstock

-Sat. -Springfield Fun Day (Breakfast 8am)

-Sat. -St.Thomas Fastball – Springfield hosts St.Thomas, 7:30





-Railway City 4 Aylmer Rampage (1-2-2) 1

-Aylmer FC (3-2-1) 1 MIB 0





The annual Canadian Cancer Society’s  Relay For Life in Aylmer will take place Friday-Saturday, June 21-22 at EESS. Co-ordinators Andy and Wendy Beck said the Opening Ceremonies will be at 6:30 pm Friday with the Survivor Lap at 7 and the Luminary Ceremony at 10. Performers are Traci Kennedy, Royal  Haldenby and Scott Brunelle. There will also be activities for children, featuring Dotsy the Clown.





-Springfield (2-3) vs. Shedden





(Contributed) – McTaggart, Armstrong,  Dewar and Owen Insurance on Talbot St. west in Aylmer is holding a bbq and silent auction with proceeds going to the Corner Cupboard. The silent auction is from Monday, June 17th to Friday, June 21st at 2:00pm. We have several items to bid on that have been generously donated by local businesses. The BBQ will be on June 21st from 11 am to 2:00 pm.





Workmen were busy paving the west end of the new addition at McGregor School this morning. (kb) (CLICK)





-Oxford Centre  9 Pt. Burwell (1-5) 1





(Contributed) – “Aylmer Community Theatre has confirmed their playbill for 2013-14. The shows are all comedies but with a certain depth that will touch the heart as well as the funny bone. Season tickets will be available soon at Aylmer Video and Campbell’s II.

First up is “1-900-DELITE” by one of last season’s favourite playwrights, Uwe Meyer. A study in the ever-changing relationships between mothers and sons, teachers and students, and next-door neighbours, this show is full of surprises. The show runs from October 24 – November 2, 2013.

The February show, “The Man With the Plastic Sandwich” by Roger Karshner, was originally performed in 1981. Encounters in the park with three engaging and provocative characters help Walter, who was fired from his job of 20 years, on the journey on which he has embarked. This show will be entered in the Western Ontario Drama League Festival as an in-festival production and runs from February 13 – 22, 2014.

The final show of the season is Norm Foster’s newest release to amateur theatre companies,  ”Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out”, and ACT is proud to be the first company to acquire the rights.  Mrs. Parliament finds herself at a cross-road when her husband of 32 years forgets their anniversary. The show runs from May 29 – June 7, 2014.”




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TUESDAY, June 11/13





-Southwest Soccer – Aylmer Rampage hosts RailwayCity, 7pm EESS

-St.Thomas Fastball – Springfield hosts Shedden, 8:30


-Sat. -Springfield Fun Day





About 275 persons attended the annual Low German Mennonite Networking Conference at the EEC Complex yesterday. Keynote speaker, at right, was Dr. Leeno Karumanchery, President and CEO of Diversity Solutions Inc. Other activities included tours of local churches and schools etc. (kb) (CLICK) 





(Contributed) – “Elgin County Tourism is pleased to announce that copies of the 2013 combined Savour Elgin Culinary Guide and Elgin Arts Trail Discovery Guide are now available. The Savour Elgin Culinary Trail takes residents and visitors on a journey to some of the area’s best restaurants, farmers’ markets and wineries while the Elgin Arts Trail does the same for art galleries, studios and artisan craft locations. For a copy of the Savour Elgin Culinary Trail/Elgin Arts Trail Discovery Guide please call (519) 631-1460 ext. 164, email tourism@elgin-county.on.ca or visit Elgin County Tourism at 450 Sunset Dr. St. Thomas.





Bayham Township is looking for volunteers  interested in participating on a “Trail Committee” for development of the walking trail between Lake Erie and Tunnel Line. Members of the Committee will be responsible for pursuing trail initiatives including development of a Master Plan, subsequent venue development and operations. No experience is necessary, all ages are welcome. Application forms are available at the municipal office or online at www.bayham.on.ca . Applications should be submitted by noon Monday.







“The EESS girls’ soccer team won the bronze medal at the OFSSAA championships in Hamilton on Saturday by defeating Corpus Christi  4-1. The last OFSSAA medal for East Elgin was in 2007 when the boys’ soccer team also won a bronze. EESS  lost 2-0 to Mississauga Iona Catholic School – the eventual champion – in a semifinal. Earlier results:  EESS 3 Whitby Henry Street 0, EESS 3 Ottawa Robert Borden 0, EESS 1 Sudbury Lockerby 1, and EESS 3 Belleville Centennial 0. East Elgin only surrendered 4 goals while scoring 14 in their six games.”




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MONDAY, June 10/13





-Mennonite Networking Conference, EEC Complex; 9-4pm

–No Aylmer Council until June 17





-Hildebrandt, Elisabeth; of Aylmer, passed away on Friday, at the age 56 years. Survivors include: husband Cornelius Hilderbrandt etc.. She was born in Mexico Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Tuesday, at 2:00 pm.


-Matthews, Mary; of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer, passed away on Friday, in her 98th year. Wife of the late Hugh Matthews (1990). Survivors include: daughter Lynda Pressey of St.Thomas etc.. Mary was a member of the Calton Womens’ Institute. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home was yesterday with the funeral service Monday, at 11:00 am.


-Badder, Allan; of Wabash, passed away, on Thursday, at the age of 90. Survivors include: son Neil (Kathy) of Aylmer etc. He owned Badder Bus Service in Wabash for over 60 years. The funeral service will be held from the Community of Christ Church, Wabash on Monday,  at 1:30pm.


-Armstrong, William “Bill” Edward; of R.R. # 4 Aylmer, passed away Saturday; aged 78.  Survivors include: wife Elaine (nee Graves) etc.. Cremation has taken place. A service will take place at a later date.


-Cain, Robert Henry “Bob”; of Simcoe, on Sunday, in his 92nd year. Survivors include: son Bob (Lynda) of Straffordville etc.. Visitation at Smith Funeral Home, Simcoe on Friday, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m.







(At last Monday’s library meeting citizen John Forsdike presented results of a survey he did which indicated a limited use of the library. Aylmer Librarian Supervisor Chris Mayhew responds:)

“It is a well-established fact that the Aylmer Library is by far the busiest branch of the Elgin County Library and serves the largest percentage of the county’s population. Statistics, however, are just one way to measure or understand the value that public libraries add to their communities. Having said that I will note that the Aylmer Library staff is currently engaged in tracking usage of a typical day on an hourly basis. We are looking at the total number of people in the library, number of people using the Public Access computers, number of people using the wireless connection, number of people engaged in programming or tutoring activities, etc.

It is too bad that Mr. Forsdike did not approach Aylmer Library staff with his intent to track usage of the library during the month of May. We would have been happy to help him attain the statistics he was seeking using more systematic and comprehensive methods that would have resulted in a more accurate portrait of library use. Library use varies considerably from season to season, month to month and hour to hour depending on multiple factors ranging from weather to programming activities, to when kids get out of school.


(Reprint of an article in TANews a year ago – from Chris Mayhew) – “The number of items circulating at the Aylmer library has almost tripled since its relocation to the Old Town Hall in 1981. In 2011 the Aylmer Old Town Hall Library provided service for 3878 registered library users – 37% of the total number of Elgin County Library registered borrowers.

These patrons came from Aylmer (54%), Malahide (25%), Bayham (5%) as well as other adjacent municipalities. In 2011 Aylmer Library also had 122,85 people using their Public Access Computers. In 2011 the Library circulated 81,347 items – books, DVDs, magazines, Cds, literacy materials and other formats (30% of the total circulation for Elgin County Library). Comparison of Items circulated: 1983=30,000; 1986= 50,000; 2003= 73,000; 2011=82,000.”





– June 3, 2013, Station #3, Superior Street, Medical Assist

– June 3, 2013, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– June 7, 2013, Station #1, Vienna Line, Burn Complaint

– June 10, 2013, Station #1, Hale Street, Medical Assist





This group chose Bear Park, south of the library, as a setting to celebrate National Public Knitting Week last week. Pictured, left to right, are Margaret Dennis, Amanda Lapadat, Louise Strickland, Carol Player and Catherine VanWychen. (BB) (CLICK)


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FRIDAY, June 7/13





-Fi. -Elementary Schools PD Day


-Mon. -Mennonite Networking Conference, EEE Complex

-Mon. – No Aylmer Council until June 17





(From Elgin OPP) – Four persons, including three teens and an older female, from Ottawa have been arrested and charged with various offences after the Talbot Variety Store in Mt. Salem was robbed yesterday afternoon.


Elgin OPP received the call around  4:30 pm. The store clerk reported that two people had entered the  store and demanded money. One of the suspects indicated they had a firearm, however no weapons were observed. An undisclosed amount of cash was turned over to the suspects who then fled the scene in a white Ford Econoline van.


Police located the suspect vehicle travelling north on Imperial Road south of Aylmer and attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to stop. (Aylmer Police reported the van was chased into town and it went east on Pine St. and south on Victoria St. and then past Elk St. into a corn field off Victoria.) The four suspects then exited the vehicle and fled on foot.


With the assistance of the Aylmer Police, an 18 year old male, two 19 year old males and a 28 year old female were quickly taken into custody without incident. (Aylmer Police reported that one of the males actually made it back to Talbot St. east before being tracked down.) The four are scheduled to appear in St.Thomas Criminal Court today for a Bail Hearing.





Work began on the new Splashpad in Balmoral Park this week. It is expected to be ready later in August. (kb) (CLICK)







(There was no mention at Monday’s New Library meeting of how suggested improvements for the Old Town Hall theatre would be addressed. Barb Warnock of Aylmer Community Theatre makes this comment) – “A.C.T.  has no official position regarding the new library building. It would be unfortunate if some of the improvements to the Old Town Hall Theatre, as previously discussed with the town, were to go by the wayside. There is a dramatic need for improved washroom facilities and the rake on the balcony leaves much to be desired. Increased lobby space would greatly improve the audience experience. Initially, ACT was asked to provide a list of improvements that could be incorporated into the new library development. Apparently, that is no longer an option. Hopefully, the will to maintain and even improve the Old Town Hall Theatre exists.”





Malahide Council last night deferred a decision on choosing a consultant for the EEC Complex Review until the next Council meeting in two weeks in order “to seek clarification on the proposals.” The EECC Board was deadlocked recently in their selection of a consultant and asked Aylmer and Malahide Councils to make the final choice. Last week Aylmer Council chose the Toronto bidder, Leisure Plan International, over the Aylmer firm, Asymmetric Consulting.





(Reaction to last Saturday’s Touch A Truck event at Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer is contributed by organizer Dean Mantel) – “It was a great day, the rain held off and over 150 children enjoyed all the big trucks and equipment that were on show. We had rail vehicles, the  Malahide Township road grader, farm equipment and of course the big rigs. A big thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time and vehicles for this fun event. I believe a Touch A Truck “2” may be in the works for next  year.”


Liam Murray, 1, of Aylmer was one of 150 persons that enjoyed the Touch A Truck event Saturday at Immanuel Christian School (Contributed) (CLICK)





(Information from Dick Saarloos of Berryhill Farms) – “We are going to have strawberries at our stand on Monday weather permitting. The cool weather has really slowed the ripening process. We should have a good amount for father’s day.”





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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)




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THURSDAY, June 6/13





-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils


-Fri. -Elementary Schools PD Day





-Brown, Don, of London, on June 1st. Don was a retired EESS shop teacher. There is no service. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.





-Aylmer Rampage (1-1-2) 1 MIB 0







Farmtown Canada of Mapleton recently received a grant from the federal government for 10 student jobs. Said spokesperson Kelly Franklin: “This grant is beneficial to us and without it, we could not provide the camps, counselling supports, empowerment programs, community outreaches and festival participation we are involved in. Specifically for us the ten jobs involve young adults as youth summer student staff who will coordinate camps, bussing, subsidy and donor drives, fundraising, programming, animal care, community work, and training and mentoring junior staff and other volunteers and leaders. Our Daycamps run weekly and we bus from community locations such as local churches and organizations in Aylmer, St Thomas, London and beyond. Our features are: Hand lead horse rides, wagon rides and walking farm tours etc. ”





Aylmer Police Services held a bbq for the Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Ontario Special Olympics at No Frills on Saturday and raised just under $1000. Pictured are (from left): Kory Kuipers, George Grbich, Brittany Russell, Emily Schultz, Cst. Nicole Sabol, and Cst. Dean Grbich. (contributed) (CLICK)





(Information from Kelly Pearson) – The annual Springfield Fun Day will be held on Saturday, June 15 at Malahide Community Place. Activities include: In the morning – South Dorchester Optimists Breakfast from 8 to 11 am, Bike Decorating, Teddy Bear Party, Dotsy the Clown, Childrens Games, Inflatable games and – in the afternoon – music, Tae Kwon Do demonstration, Watermelon Eating Contest, baseball games and a Pork BBQ.







(Reprint from October/12 of  responses from Brian Masschaele, Elgin Director of Community/Cultural Services:)

1-What are the library’s most pressing needs in terms of space?

“Our ARUPLO guidelines make it clear that we require more space for almost every aspect of our service delivery based on the population served. For instance, we do not have a formal programming/public space which our guidelines indicate should be in the vicinity of 1,800 square feet to serve 12,000 residents. Similar projections can be made for children’s areas, staff work areas, computer use areas and so on… We also need to lower and widen our shelving which means that we will need more space just to house the existing collection, let alone allow it to grow to an appropriate size for the population served.”

2-Some feel library usage will decrease with increasing tech competition?

“I refer you here to recent articles in publications like Municipal World that speak to the importance of the library as “community place” and not just a place for books. Clearly, there is a major transition occuring in terms of digital collections and this does have the potential to impact traditional space needs. However, for every shelf that we could eliminate as a result of e-books, it can be replaced by more space for public access computers, wireless usage, homework help and so on…The demand for printed and traditional formats is not going away anytime soon… We’ll be loaning printed materials, DVDs and other a/v formats for many, many years to come. At the same time, we certainly plan to move with technology as our current roster of electronic resources attests.”





Last Monday’s Library Meeting will by broadcast on Eastlink channel 5 on Sunday June 9th at 7 p.m., Monday June 10th at 9 p.m., and Tuesday June 11th at 1 p.m.




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From the library meeting Monday night at the OTH theatre.


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WEDNESDAY, June 5/13





-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Fri. -Elementary Schools PD Day





-Thu. -Aylmer FC 7 Southwold 0

-Tue. -West Elgin 1 Aylmer FC (2-2-1) 0





-Bodkin, R. Mildred; of Aylmer, passed away Monday, in her 95th year. Wife of the late Leon F. Bodkin (1964), Survivors include: son Paul D. Bodkin of Aylmer etc.. Mildred was born in Springfield and was a member of St. Paul’s United Church. The funeral service will be at Williams Funeral Home, St. Thomas on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.; Visitatation on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.





- May 29, 2013, Station #4, Pigram Line, Medical Assist

– May 29, 2013, Station #3, Station #2, Springfield Road, MVC

- May 29, 2013, Station #2,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– May 30, 2013, Station #2, Rogers Road, Truck Fire

– May 30, 2013, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– June 1, 2013, Station #3, Springwater Road, Medical Assist

– June 2, 2013, Station #1, Station #2, Calton Line, MVC

– June 2, 2013, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical assist





“Are the revelations by Mr. Masschaele that the “catchment” use is 13000 people really the issue? We have been fed this statistic about how the library serves “X” number of people. Is there actually a number that says how many paying members use the current Library? There is a big difference between how many paying members there are and how many people “might” use the library. I don’t want to hear “build it and they will come” because that was the catch phrase for the double pad arena that was built and we know how much that has cost us. Do not raise my taxes one cent for some vision of grandeur! We need a bigger tax base not bigger taxes.” (Gary Rabbets)





-Tue. -Woodstock 3 Pt. Burwell (1-4) 1

-Thu. – Burgessville 12 Pt Burwell 3

-Last Tue. – Hickson 13 Pt. Burwell 6





(Contributed) – “Thread and Buried”, the third book in the Threadville Mystery series by Pt. Burwell author Janet Brolin, is available from booksellers this week.





-Tue. -St.Thomas 8 Springfield (2-3) 2




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TUESDAY, June 4/13





-Southwest Soccer –Aylmer FC hosts RailwayCity, 7 pm, at EESS


-Fri. – Elementary Schools PD Day





-D’Angelo, Michael; of Springfield, passed away on Monday, in his 61st year. Survivors include: wife Wendy (Gray) D’Angelo; sons Tony (Allyson) of Springfield and Joe (Katy Morrow) of Gladstone etc.. He worked at G.M. for many years. Cremation has taken place. A drop-in will be held at Malahide Community Place, Springfield on Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.





AYLMER – Nearly 200 persons attended a special public meeting of Aylmer Council last night in the Old Town Hall Theatre for the presentation of information on a new library building. (It was also the lead story on CTV London News last night).

There were some minor controversies as the meeting began. After some early ‘catcalls’ Mayor Jack Couckuyt advised that hecklers would be asked to leave. Councillor John Vandermeersch objected to the Mayor leaving the chair during the meeting in order to make a presentation on funding and then resuming the chair but he was overruled by the Mayor – Deputy Mayor Gerry Richer was the Chair for most of the night. And Vandermeersch also stressed that a procedural bylaw required that speakers be limited to ten minutes but again he was overruled.

Some highlights: Archon Architects gave a 45-minute overview of the proposed new library, a two-storey structure to be situated at the corner of John and Sydenham with a cost of $2.4 million; Resident John Forsdike gave results from a personal survey which he said indicated the library was not being overused; Resident Bill Murch provided a power point presentation saying there was considerable need for more space; the Mayor then outlined the suggested financing of the project – a cost of $8 per person over a 25-year loan period – and also commented:  e-reader use is flattening out, an expanded library would address social inequality in the community and be an improved public place of gathering;

Resident Ron Daykin wanted more information to prove library expansion is needed; Resident Rick Murray said too much focus was being put on a new building; Resident Ron Baldwin he was impressed by the view of the south side of the Town Hall when the previous residence was removed and thought the green space had considerable value and a member of the public expressed concern with visibility at the corner if a library was built there.

The meeting concluded with councillors providing their views on the project. Council plans to discuss the matter further at the June 17 Council meeting. After the public input session, Council then discussed, and rejected by a 5-2 recorded vote, a motion by Councillor Vandermeersch that Council authorize Staff to provide a report that inventories the town’s available building space (occupied or vacant) suitable for library services.


A large crowd attended the presentation of a new library building proposal at a special Aylmer Council meeting last night at the Old Town Hall theatre. (kb) (CLICK)





(At last night’s library meeting, some speakers asked how the library served 13.000 persons when Aylmer’s population is much less. Elgin Director of Community and Cultural Services Brian Masschaele offered this explanation today:) “Our library system has a total of ten branches and each of these branches can be used by any resident of the County.  Nevertheless, we do establish ‘catchment areas’ for each branch in order to assist us with planning of appropriate resources at each location within the confines of our total budget.  The Aylmer branch serves a catchment area of approximately 13,000 people which includes the Town of Aylmer and parts of Malahide Township, particularly the southern portions of the Township… As a result, we need to make sure we have appropriate space and resources to serve the residents within each catchment area. Aylmer is also one of two reference libraries in our system and that too factors into space considerations.”





“I am so tired of our politicians telling us that the cost for the new library will be very minimal to us, as the taxpayers of the county of Elgin will be paying most of it through rent. I hate to let the air out of the bag but WE are the county of Elgin and WE pay the taxes to the county so that they can in return give us back the rent money. I am so tired of hearing that we have to have this or that because there is grant money available and if we don’t act now someone else will get it. Please let the tax paying public know that we are the government, the County and the Town of Aylmer and we all pay to keep it going.” (Bob Nesbitt)




The results noted yesterday for EESS athletes were from the ‘regional’  OFSSAA track and field event at Cambridge. Unfortunately neither Paul Rochus or Amanda Milmine qualified for OFSSAA finals.





In Elgin court recently, a 16 year old Aylmer female was found guilty of possession of ‘magic mushrooms’ from an April incident and was fined $500.




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MONDAY, June 3/13





-Aylmer Library Update – Public Meeting, 7pm, OTH Theatre


-Tue. -Southwest Soccer – Aylmer FC hosts RailwayCity, 7 pm, at EESS

-Fri. – Elementary Schools PD Day





-Heyndrickx, Grace Eileen; of Chateau Gardens Aylmer, passed away on Saturday, in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Homer Heyndrickx (2005). Survivors include: children Connie (John) McKnight and Rosemary (Peter) Hendel, both of the Aylmer area etc.. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, at 11:00 am.


-Newman Charlotte Rose; of Tillsonburg, on Saturday, aged 73. Survivors include: sister Norma (Glenn Foster) of RR#1 Belmont etc.. Visitation on Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Verhoeve Funeral Home Tillsonburg, with the Funeral Service there on Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m.





Results for EESS athletes at the OFSSAA track and field championships this past weekend in Cambridge: Paul Rochus – 12th in Senior Boys 3000 metres, Amanda Milmine – 12th in Midget Girls Long Jump; and Amanda Milmine – 16th in Midget Girls Triple Jump.





An 86-year old Aylmer woman was charged with ‘starting from a stop position not in safety’ after her car pulled out going east from a parking spot on Talbot St. West, just east of Centre St., and struck a pickup truck on Saturday about 10:30 am. Damages were minimal.





This Friday, the EEC Complex is offering a PD Day Youth Day Camp from 8 am to 5 pm. There will be public skating, sports, crafts etc. for ages 6-12. Cost is $20 per child. Registration is required in advance. For information, contact  519-773-5631 or admin@eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca





London St. Thomas Aquinas defeated EESS 2-1 Friday in London in the one game WOSSAA AAA Girls’ Soccer playoff.  East Elgin was the defending WOSSAA champ.





-A 33 year old Aylmer woman was charged with fraud on the weekend after it was recently discovered that she had cashed in $6000 in Ontario Works rent rebate cheques when in fact she was not paying any rent at the residence she was at.


-A break and enter at a Talbot St. east business a week ago Friday night resulted in a theft of a quantity of cash and some alcohol. Police believed the theft occurred overnight by a person (s) who hid in the building after closing time  - an internal lock was the only item damaged.


-Aylmer Police conducted a RIDE program on Thursday from 6-10 pm and checked 400 vehicles with only one minor violation noted.





Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt in an address on tonight’s Aylmer Library meeting agenda is proposing, as one repayment method, that a new library be paid for through a debenture plan. The cost of the $2.4 million library would involve, with a 3.5% interest rate over a 25 year period, payments of $12,000 per month. (Thus $1.2 million would be paid in interest payments.) With $140,000 expected from the County yearly for the library lease it would mean taxpayers would pay about $8 yearly per person for the library to account for the difference.


The northwest corner of John and Sydenham will be proposed as the site for a new library building at tonight’s public meeting at 7 pm in the Old Town Hall theatre. (kb) (CLICK)




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FRIDAY, May 30/13





-Fri. – EESS Girls WOSSA Soccer, North London Field, 1pm (vs. London Aquinas)


-Sat. – Edisonfest at Vienna, 9am-6pm

-Sat. – TouchATruck event at IC School, Aylmer – 10am-3pm


-Mon. -Aylmer Library Update – Public Meeting, 7pm, OTH Theatre






-Van Rheenen, Corrie, of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer on Thursday, aged 91. Predeceased by husband Tony (2000). Survivors include: daughter Sylvia (Red) Hooghiem of Aylmer etc.. She was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Friday 7-9 p.m. Service at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, at 11:00 am.


-Massey, Craig; of London; on Monday. Survivors include: children  Jacob, Zachary, Kelsey, Jared and their mother Jill etc. The funeral service will be held today at 3 pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, London with visitation from 1 to 3 pm.








1. Do we need it? (The OTH library has 3800 square feet. The county suggests towns our size need 10,000.  Other area libraries – Straffordville, Springfield, Tillsonburg – have had additions recently.)

2. Do books  have a future? (What about the local Low German and Amish users who may not have access to technology resources a library can provide?)

3. How will it be funded? (Can’t there be some fundraising to assist with any tax debenture plan?)

4. What about the first floor of the apartment building? (Is it true that the county doesn’t want a private lease/it doesn’t have enough first floor space?)

5. Isn’t the OTH library still too small for the needs of the Museum?

6. Isn’t this a good time to respond to the needs of the OTH theatre as well and how is that being addressed? (ie. bigger dressing rooms, lounge, washrooms etc.)

7. Do we need a new building? (What are the major problems in an engineer’s report that rejected the building to the north?)

8. If a new building, does the corner have to be so packed? (Can we move the building back and allow more green, more of a view of the town hall, and a safer Sydenham St. corner?)

9. Can’t the public be more involved? (the committee consists of three councillors, two staff members)

10. Now we know about a new building – what about #7? (what are issues, costs with expanding the present library to the west and utilizing the building to the north for a museum and theatre?)






Aylmer – The 16th annual Low German Mennonite Networking Conference will take place Monday, June 10 from 8:15 am to 4 pm at the EEC Complex. The featured speaker is  Dr. Leeno Karumanchery, President and CEO of Diversity Solutions Inc., who will focus on how to deal more effectively with those who live with inequity and exclusion. Other activities include tours of local churches and schools etc. Registration can be done at mcco.ca by June 5.






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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)





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