Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, Feb. 12/15

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AYLMER,  EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. -Aylmer Spits host Lambeth (Playoff); 7:30 pm

-Sun -S. Dorchester Optimists: Free Public Skating; EEC Complex; 1-2:30 pm

 

-Mon -Family Day

-Mon -Belmont Hub Family Day Activities (see Mon story)

-Tue. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

1-EAST ELGIN: SNOWSQUALL WARNING

 

(From Environment Canada, 6:30 am, For East Elgin:) – Persistent snow squalls are expected to develop today. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate. Lake effect flurries and local snow squalls are developing in a northwest flow across Lake Huron. Snow squalls may penetrate as far inland as the Elgin area later today or tonight. Local accumulations of up to 10 centimetres per 12 hours will be possible.

 

 

2-ELGIN COLD WEATHER ALERT

 

(Contributed) –  The Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock, has issued the fifth COLD WEATHER ALERT for 2015 in Elgin County following Environment Canada’s forecast low temperatures reaching -15 degrees C this afternoon and continuing to fall to -21 degrees C with possible wind chills as low as -27 C tonight. These low temperatures are expected to remain in our area until Tuesday of next week, then there will be a return to more seasonal temperatures. This alert will be in effect until Tuesday.

 

 

OVERTIME: LAMBETH 5 AYLMER 4

 

AYLMER – Lambeth scored halfway through overtime to edge the Spitfires 5-4 in a first round SOJHL playoff contest here last night before 225 fans. The best of seven series is now tied at two wins each. Aylmer forced the overtime with a goal – with the goalie pulled – in the final minute of the third period – they were behind 4-2 heading into the final frame. Andrew Goldberg, Dylan Salter, Luke Bettencourt and Cody Underhill connected for Aylmer. Fifth game in the series is Friday in Lambeth with game six in Aylmer Saturday and a seventh game, if necessary, Sunday in Lambeth.

 

Period 1
AylmerAndrew Goldberg (Dylan Salter) 8:25
LambethMatt Schurr (power play) (Kale Corbeth, Warren Hargraves) 9:49
Period 2
AylmerCody Underhill (Dylan Salter, Andrew Goldberg) 1:54
LambethRyan Pennington (Matt Schurr, Eric Rivard) 4:38
LambethMatt Schurr (Warren Hargraves, Eric Rivard) 14:03
LambethEric Rivard (power play) (Jay Ritchie) 14:46
Period 3
AylmerLuke Bettencourt (short handed) (Tyler Marr) 14:12
AylmerDylan Salter (unassisted) 19:27
Overtime
LambethRyan Pennington (Mike Frizzell, Nick North) 10:11

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

 

-(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 63 year old Aylmer man was charged wih impaired driving on Saturday at 1 am after police officers on patrol on Talbot St. spotted him driving by with part of the front end of his car dragging. He was stopped at the west end of town after weaving back and forth along Talbot.

 

-A 26 year old Aylmer man was charged with following too closely after his car, going south on John St. ran into the back of another car at John and Forest streets on February 3 at 7 am – there was minor damage to each vehicle.

 

 

EESS SPORTS WED.:

 

-BOYS HOCKEY PLAYOFF – EESS 5 WESS 0 (EESS wins series 2-0)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Phillips, Patricia Graham of St. Thomas passed away Tuesday in her 73rd year. Survivors: two children, sister Marjorie (Bob) Baxter of Aylmer etc.. She was a Past President of the Aylmer Kinette Club. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 7-9 pm and Saturday 12-1 pm where a service will be held on Saturday at 1 pm.

 

-DeCoster, Hilda of Chatham passed away Monday in her 90th year. Wife of the late Isidoor DeCoster (2014). Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Saturday at 11 am.

 

 

APAC: NEXT SEASON’S LINEUP

 

The Aylmer Performing Arts schedule for next year is as follows: Sept. 12 ~ Emilie Claire Barlow; Oct. 17 ~ Alysha Brilla; Nov. 14 ~ MacKenzie Blues Band; Dec. 6 ~ John McDermott Trio (Sunday Matinee); Jan. 16 ~ Wingfield;  Feb. 20 ~ Rant Maggie Rant; and Mar. 12 ~ Trent Severn. Tickets will not be available until the last show of this season.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11/15

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AYLMER,  EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Spits host Lambeth. 8:15 pm (Playoff)

-EEC Complex Ad Hoc Committee Meeting, 7 pm at EECC

 

-Sun -S. Dorchester Optimists: Free Public Skating; EEC Complex; 1-2:30 pm

-Mon -Belmont Hub Family Day Activities (see Mon story)

 

 

AYLMER IGPC GETS FEDERAL LOAN

 

AYLMER – (Press Release from the Minister of Agriculture, Agri-Food) – “The federal government announced yesterday a loan of $3.7 million to help Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative (IGPC) Ethanol Inc. of Aylmer install Canada’s first Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST) system to help boost production through operational efficiencies. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was at the plant here yesterday to make the announcement. This investment will enable IGPC Ethanol to have a higher output of ethanol, corn oil and distillers’ grains, develop new higher value animal feed products and lower the plant’s energy consumption. This investment will also enable IGPC Ethanol to purchase approximately 18 million bushels (up from 16 million currently) of corn grain from local farmers for use as feedstock.

 

This project builds on an earlier $6.09 million investment which helped build the Aylmer plant and begin commercial operation in December 2008. Founded in 2002 by 780 farmers and agri-businesses, IGPC Ethanol is a division of IGPC Inc. and is one of Ontario’s largest cooperatives. It employs 50 full-time staff at its plant.”

 

 

 EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS (8-0) 44 AVSS 26 (end of schedule)

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS (6-1-1) 4 PCI 2 (end of schedule)

-BOYS HOCKEY PLAYOFF – EESS (6-1-0) 8 WESS 0 (Game 2 today at WESS)

 

 

BAYHAM WATER MAIN BREAK

 

(Information on last week’s water main break in Bayham is from Ed Roloson, Bayham Water/Wastewater Operations Manager) – “The water main break took place along Nova Scotia Line between Woodworth Rd. and Brown Rd.. The break was called into staff at approximately 2 am last Monday as residents within the Port Burwell and Vienna service area were experiencing low pressure. About 1500 people were out of water for approximately 16 hours while staff located the break in near blizzard like conditions and secured a contractor to complete the repair. A 15 foot piece of  12 inch PVC was replaced. The original PVC pipe is circa 1970. The cause of the break was unknown. Aprroximately. 2000 m3 of water was lost as a result of the incident”.

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

(Re-“NO PRIVATE FIRMS RUN LOCAL ARENAS”) -“There is an American company named SMG that operates larger arenas in St. Catharines & Mississauga. Whether or not they would be interested in anything as small as the complex is a valid point. They could be contacted however. A company named Buckingham operates three arenas in the Metro Toronto area which are only used for minor hockey etc. Both of these companies can be found on the internet.” (Dave Ward)

 

 

TERRACE LODGE PRIORITY IN CO. BUDGET

 

(Contributed from Elgin County Council budget meeting report Tuesday) “In 2015, Council will focus on several initiatives including a new building for Terrace Lodge residents, investment in high speed fibre broadband and a Community Improvement Plan (CIP). Budget Highlights include: $29.7 million for a new Terrace Lodge long-term care home.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, Feb. 10/15

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AYLMER,  EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue -EESS hosts Boys BBall v AVSS; Boys Hockey v WESS (Playoff)

 

-Wed -Spits host Lambeth. 8:15 pm (Playoff)

-Wed -EEC Complex Ad Hoc Committee Meeting, 7 pm at EECC

-Sun -S. Dorchester Optimists: Free Public Skating; EEC Complex; 1-2:30 pm

 

 

CORNELISSEN BROCK PLAYER OF WEEK

 

The Brock University Female Athlete of the Week last week was women’s basketball player Kira Cornelissen of Aylmer. Cornelissen, a second year Kinesiology major, helped lead her team to two victories. Wednesday Brock defeated Waterloo 67-54 and Saturday Brock decisioned York 75-66 – both games being played in St.Catherines. In the two games, she averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds. Against Waterloo, Cornelissen recorded a season-high 16 points as she led the team in scoring. Against York for the first time this year she started back to back contests and garnered 12 pt.. Brock’s record is now 7 wins and 9 losses.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

NEW RESTAURANT IN OLD PERC

Another new restaurant opened its doors in downtown Aylmer yesterday. ‘Rob E’s Studio Cafe’ is now open, for breakfast and lunch from 8 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday, in the former Perc Coffee Shop on Talbot St. east. It is owned by Rob Esseltine who was raised in Aylmer and whose mother still resides here. After graduating in Culinary Arts from George Brown College he has operated eateries at the Union Golf Course, in various centres and most recently in London on Dundas St. east under the same name. Asked about a new business in a ‘risky field’, Rob said: “We do home cooked meals with fresh food. Once you taste our food, you’ll be back.”

 

 

2-NO PRIVATE FIRMS RUN LOCAL ARENAS?

 

(Both Aylmer and Malahide Councils recently agreed to have their staffs prepare an RPF to seek bids by private companies to manage the jointly owned EEC Complex. However no municpality in southwestern Ontario similar in size to Aylmer that TANews contacted has their arena/rec centre managed by an outside company.

Ingersoll, Leamington, Strathroy-Caradoc, St. Marys, Goderich, Kincardine, Thames Centre, Tillsonburg –  all manage their own facility. A previous article noted responses from the first five on that list. The following information was provided by the recreation directors (in brackets) from the other three.)

-Karen Kieffer, Kincardine: “The Municipality of Kincardine owns and manages our own Recreation Centre with municipal staff. Surrounding municipalities have no ownership of our facility – we do have use agreements in place with Huron-Kinloss, where they contribute annually to our facility and our programs so that their residents may attend and participate at no extra cost to them – they pay the same fee as our residents.”

-Liz Murray, (Thames Centre – Dorchester): “The Municipality of Thames Centre owns the Rec Centre.”

-Rick Cox, Tillsonburg: “The Town of Tillsonburg owns and operates the Tillsonburg Community Centre. We do not receive any operating funds from the surrounding Townships.”

 

 

MALAHIDE STILL OKs LYONS SIDEWALK

 

At a Malahide Council budget meeting last night, a motion was passed allowing for the payment of the new sidewalk in Lyons over a two year period. According to Co. Mark Widner a previous motion concerning the sidewalk funding was rescinded at Thursday’s council meeting in order to approve the revised payment plan last night. The work is to be completed as soon as possible this spring.

 

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 9/15

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AYLMER,  EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

 

-Otter Valley Naturalists, 7pm, Vienna CC (see Tue story)

 

-Tue -EESS hosts Boys BBall v AVSS; Boys Hockey v WESS (Playoff)

-Wed -Spits host Lambeth. 8:15 pm (Playoff)

-Wed -EEC Complex Ad Hoc Committee Meeting, 7 pm at EECC

 

 

SPITS TAKE HITS AT LAMBETH

 

LAMBETH – The Aylmer Spitfires scored with twenty seconds left in the game to nip Lambeth 4-3 here last night and take a 2-1 lead in their SOJHL best of seven first round playoff series. Saturday in Aylmer, the Spits defeated Lambeth 6-4. First place Lambeth had won four of five meetings with the Spitfires in the regular season.

Sunday, Aylmer overcame a 2-0 Lambeth lead heading into the third period – marksmen for the Spitfires were Cody Underhill with two goals and newcomers Dylan Salter and Jacob Jammes. Saturday Aylmer earned a 4-1 edge heading into the final frame and hung on – newcomer Andrew Goldberg had a hat-trick for the Spits with singles going to Josh Lockhart, Robert Shaw and Josh Houston. Fourth game in the series goes Wednesday in Aylmer at 8:15 pm with the fifth game slated for Friday in Lambeth. If necessary, game six will be in Aylmer Saturday and game seven in Lambeth Sunday.

 

SUNDAY IN LAMBETH:

Period 1
Lambeth –   Matt   Schurr (Kale Corbeth, Warren   Hargraves) 3:17
Period 2
Lambeth –   Warren   Hargraves (Eric   Rivard, Matt   Schurr) 6:07
Period 3
Aylmer –   Cody   Underhill (short handed) (Andrew   Goldberg) 6:27
AylmerDylan   Salter (power play) (unassisted) 7:45
AylmerJacob   Jammes (power play) (Luke   Bettencourt) 13:19
LambethKale   Corbeth (power play) (Warren   Hargraves) 15:38
AylmerCody   Underhill (Luke   Bettencourt, Clint   Walker) 19:40

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Harder, Katharina of Pt. Dover and formerly of Straffordville passed away Friday aged 95. Wife of the late David Harder (1978). She was born in Saskatchewan. Visiitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Reinland Mennonite Church Aylmer on Tuesday at 2 pm.

 

 

AYLMER MINOR BASEBALL 

 

(Contributed) – “Registration for Aylmer Minor Baseball is now open. Registration forms and payment can be dropped off at the Aylmer Vet Clinic during their normal business hours until March 31. We are also holding a special registration and information session at the East Elgin Community Complex on Saturday, February 21 from 9 am to 2 pm. Programs for this year include: Blastball (ages 3 & 4), T-Ball (ages 5, 6 & 7), Rookie Ball (ages 7, 8 & 9), and Mosquito (ages 10 & 11). We also have interest in a Peewee Rep team (ages 12 & 13) but are in need of a few more players and a head coach.  Please visit www.aylmerminorball.com for additional  information or email amb@aylmerminorball.com.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– February 2, 2015, Station #2,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– February 4, 3015, Station #2,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– February 4, 2015, Station #4,  Crossley-Hunter Line, Alarm Malfunction

 

 

BELMONT HUB EVENT ON MONDAY

 

(On Family Day, next Monday February 16, the Belmont Hub will again sponsor special activities.) (Contributed) – “It will run from 10:30 am – 1 pm at the H.U.B. across from Foodland Plaza. We will be holding the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off – anyone can enter – we ask that all Chili be at the H.U.B by 10:15. There will be a Hot Dog BBQ that will start at 11:30. There will be games for the Kids indoors and outdoors (games such as ‘minute to win it’ for the different age groups). Also, 3 on 3 ball hockey will be held in the tennis courts behind the H.U.B.”

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT 2014

 

Bayham Fire Chief Randy White provided a year end report for the Bayham Fire Department in 2014 to Bayham Council Thursday, The BFD responded to 161 calls last year – down from 194 in 2013, 207 in 2012 and 181 in 2011. Of that total over half, 84, were for medical alerts, 18 were for motor vehicle collisions, 17 were for alarms and 14 were for actual fires.

 

 

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FRIDAY, Feb. 6/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

-Fri -South Dor. School Spagetti Dinner; Belmont Arena; 5-8 pm

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

 

-Mon -Otter Valley Naturalists, 7pm, Vienna CC (see Tue story)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Codling, Billy Albert Ross of Langton passed away Saturday aged 66.  Survivors: wife Violet Elaine (Long) Codling; two children including Brent Codling (Jaclyn Mann), Aylmer etc.. Visitation on Wednesday at 2 pm at the Walsingham Hall. Arrangements through Verhoeve’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

OXFORD IMMUNIZINGS LATE; ELGIN OK

 

(This week Oxford public health officials reported that more than 1,000 elementary students  will be suspended unless they receive necessary shots and update their immunization records -these numbers are a record high. The suspension orders come after two letters have been sent to parents and guardians, reminding them to update their records. Suspension day is February 19.)

 

Observed Cathie Walker of the Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Unit: – “We are close to being on track with the immunization process (here) and we don’t have unprecedented numbers of suspended students. To date, Health Unit staff have completed secondary school suspensions for all Thames Valley District School Board schools. They are in the throes of reviewing elementary student school records for both Boards. Because we are implementing a new data sharing process with both school boards, as well as our private schools, it has taken longer than usual to go through the process. However, we are confident we will be successful in reviewing all records by the end of the school year.”

 

 

ONTARIO MENS’ CURLING RESULTS

 

-Frans, St.Thomas (VanYmeren) W 4 L 5 (8th place of 11 teams)

 

-Mon. – Squires 9 Frans 7; Kean 9 Frans 3

-Tue. – Frans 9 Rumfeldt 8; Frans 8 St. Denis 3

-Wed. -Corner 7 Frans 6; Frans 8 McAuley 5; Epping 6 Frans 5

-Thu. – Epping 6 Frans 5; Frans 8 Heggestad 5

 

 

MAYORS’ BREAKFAST ADDRESS

 

Outlined is a partial text of Mayor Greg Currie’s address at the Aylmer Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s Breakfast held Wednesday:

“(Here are) the four pillars we are going to look at over the next little while – strategic planning meetings have begun along with general discussion in council:

1. EEC Complex- Something needs to be done. We are working with our partner in Malahide. We have made some inroads in looking at how the plan has shifted but we are going forward.

2. Library- Literacy and numeracy are very important. We are in need of a new Library and updating it to 2015 standards.  I have spoken with the county to work on expanding and updating the library needs.

3. Police Budget- It is the item that is the highest on the budget. It’s important to get an understanding from the local residents/businesses of what they want and need and what is associated with the costs.

4. Costs- The Town staff and council are diligently looking at how we can cut costs throughout the budget and services.”

 

 

FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH

 

1-THE AYLMER PROPANE FIRE, 1965

Aylmer’s worst calamity since it became a village in 1872 occurred 50 years ago this month – on February 26/1965. Eighteen downtown businesses were destroyed – but fortunately there was no loss of life – when gas leaking from an immobile propane truck caught fire at the main intersection on a busy Friday afternoon. The worst fire in Aylmer previous to that occurred in 1874 when two blazes, just three weeks apart, took down 43 buildings downtown – the first striking the north east side of Talbot St. and the second affecting the northwest side of Talbot. The greatest loss of life from a fire occurred in 1934 when the Brown House Hotel (present location of Aylmer IDA) was destroyed and a mother and her two young children perished. (To be continued)

 

 

LIBRARY GROUP AT COUNCIL

 

The Aylmer Library Expansion Supporters made a second presentation this month to Aylmer Council Monday. The ALES presented a financial overview of an expansion of the present library to the west – a two storey edifice – which would encompass an extra 7000 square feet (added to the present 3100 square feet). According to  the ALES group: the addition would cost less about $1.75 million, the borrowing cost would be paid for over 20 years by annual lease payments by the county for use of the facility and it would “not impact taxes significantly”. The report was received for information by Council.

 

 

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THURSDAY, Feb. 5/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham, Malahide Councils, 7pm

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

 

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

 

 

PLAYOFFS: LAMBETH 5 AYLMER 4

 

LAMBETH – First place Lambeth connected for four power play goals and edged the Spitfires 5-3 in the opening game of their best of seven SOJHL first round playoff series here last night. Newcomers Andrew Goldberg, with two, and Dylan Salter scored for the Spits. The next games are Saturday in Aylmer and Sunday in Lambeth.

 

Period 1
Aylmer     – Andrew     Goldberg (Luke Bettencourt, Dylan     Salter) 1:10
AylmerAndrew     Goldberg (Jacob     Jammes) 11:44
LambethMatt     Schurr (power play) (Warren     Hargraves) 13:43
Period 2
Lambeth     – Matt     Schurr (power play) (Warren     Hargraves) 4:14
LambethRyan     Pennington (power play) (Kale     Corbeth) 7:49
LambethKale     Corbeth (power play) (Ryan     Pennington) 8:11
AylmerDylan     Salter (Luke     Bettencourt) 19:05
Period 3
Lambeth     – Eric     Rivard (Jay     Ritchie) 15:31

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY

 

Decisions made by Aylmer Council at Monday’s meeting include:

-Communication from the OPP about attending a Council meeting to present the new OPP billing model and policing options was received for information. An OPP spokesman informed that currently there is a moratorium on providing costings to municipalities examining their policing option.

-A motion was approved that monthly Regular Council meetings be increased to three, to be held on the first, second and third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and allowing for a fourth meeting on the fourth Monday should it be deemed necessary; a public participation meeting on this decision will be scheduled on March 2 to receive input from the public.

-Gave first and second reading to the appointment of William ‘Bill’ Ungar as a new Police Board appointment

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – Glencoe 3 EESS 1; JR – EESS 3 Glencoe 1

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS 48 PCI 35; JR – PCI 48 EESS 29

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS 4 Coll Ave 2; EESS 5 WCI 0

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

FEB. 5 – ELGIN BUSES CANCELLED 

Buses for Elgin schools are cancelled due to the weather conditions today. Summers Corners and South Dorchester schools are closed. (From Environment Canada at 8am for East Elgin) – “Significant snowfall today. Snow continues over Southern Ontario in association with a low pressure system tracking from Southern Ohio to New England. The snow is expected to fall rather heavily at times through much of the morning and into the afternoon in many areas. Gusty northeast winds are also expected to develop this morning resulting in local blowing snow. Total snow amounts of 15 cm are likely in the warned regions.”

 

 

AYLMER POLICE GET THEIR MAN

 

Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer confirmed this morning that Roy Nevill, 55 of London, who was wanted by both London and Aylmer Police was taken into custody Wednesday in St. Thomas. He was wanted in London on a fraud charge and by Aylmer police for a hit-and-run (see Tuesday story). He spent Wednesday night in the Aylmer jail. Explained Chief Reymer on why Aylmer got him first: “Aylmer held a Provincial warrant while London held a federal one. We executed ours first and when he is released London will pick him up and execute their warrant.”

 

 

ONTARIO MENS’ CURLING RESULTS

 

-Frans, St.Thomas (VanYmeren) W4 L3

 

-Mon. – Squires 9 Frans 7; Kean 9 Frans 3

-Tue. – Frans 9 Rumfeldt 8; Frans 8 St. Denis 3

-Wed. -Corner 7 Frans 6; Frans 8 McAuley 5; Epping 6 Frans 5

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4/15

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THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today

 

 

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TUESDAY, Feb. 3/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls VBall

 

-Wed –Aylmer Chamber of Commerce Mayors’ Breakfast (see Mon. story)

-Thu -Bayham, Malahide Councils, 7pm

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

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

 

 

ONTARIO MENS’ CURLING RESULTS

 

Monday – Squires 9 Frans (St.Thomas/VanYmeren) 7; Kean 9 Frans 3

 

 

POLICE SEEK MAN WANTED IN LONDON

 

The London Free Press in an article today identified the driver in a recent Aylmer accident, who is wanted by Aylmer Police, as a man who was involved in a London fraud case. Roy Nevill, 55, of St.Thomas  also vanished before a London trial date two years ago after his lawyer was informed he was dead.

 

On January 23, a car allegedly driven by Nevill was involved in a two vehicle collision on Tallbot St. west in Aylmer when the driver made a left-hand turn into the path of an oncoming motorist, leaving two people with minor injuries. The driver then fled after a brief confrontation with the other driver and left a female passenger in the vehicle. He is wanted by Aylmer Police on a number of charges including failing to remain at the scene of the accident.

  

 

MORE COURT DATES IN BAYHAM VOTE CASE

 

A court spokesperson informed today that a Bayham resident’s court challenge to this fall’s municipal election results was heard for the second time in a Superior Court in St. Thomas yesterday and was adjourned again. The case will be addressed next on February 17 when another court date will be set. Will Arlow is arguing there were several issues with the way the election was conducted.

 

 

BROCK LOSES TWICE

 

The Brock University womens’ basketball team dropped two games in OUAA action last week. They were outmatched 73-65 by Ryerson, Canada’s 7th ranked team, as Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen collected 10 points, third highest on the team. They were then edged 59-57 by Guelph with Cornelissen leading Brock with 6 rebounds.

 

 

UNITED WAY UPDATE

 

(Contributed) – With just a little over a month left until the end of the 2014 campaign, Elgin-St. Thomas United Way reports it has raised only 70 per cent of the $600,000 campaign goal. Donations can still be made in person at the office at 103 – 10 Mondamin Street, St. Thomas, ON N5P 2V1, by mail to the same address, or online through Canadahelps.org, search for Elgin-St. Thomas United Way Services.

 

 

OTTER VALLEY NATURALISTS MONDAY

 

The next meeting of the Otter Valley Naturalists will be this Monday at 7 pm at the Vienna Community Centre. The topic: “Benthic Macroinvertebrates” with guest speaker and OVN member James Durst who will discuss Benthos including dragonfly larvae, snails, aquatic worms etc. and also their importance to the ecosystem and water quality monitoring.

 

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 2/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

-Tue -EESS hosts: Girls VBall

-Thu -Bayham, Malahide Councils, 7pm

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

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

 

 

SCHOOLS CLOSED

 

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

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE SINGING FOR KNIGHTS

 

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

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

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

 

 

MALAHIDE HUNTING OFFENCE

 

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

 

 

SPITS LOSE, FINISH EIGHTH

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS:

 

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

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

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

 

 

MAYORS’ BREAKFAST WED.

 

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

 

 

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FRIDAY, Jan. 30/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

 

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

-Sat – C-7 Paper Drive (see ad)

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

-Mon -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

NO SCHOOL BUSES

 

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

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY

 

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

 

 

ONTARIO CURLING ON EASTLINK CH. 10

 

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

 

 

ELGIN COLD WEATHER ALERT

 

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

 

 

NEW 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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