Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, May 7/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Hosts Glencoe – Boys, Girls Soccer

-Southwest Soccer – Mt Brydges at Aylmer Rampage, 7pm; EESS

 

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

-Thu-Sun. – ACT PLAY – Honeymoon For Three – 8pm -OTH Theatre (see ad)

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS MON.:

 

-Girls Rugby – Clarke Road 53 EESS  (0-2) 5

 

 

 

AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

A 79-year old Tillsonburg woman was charged with careless driving after a chain reaction collision on Talbot St. east last Tuesday around 11:30 am. Three vehicles were on Talbot going west when the first two cars stopped near King St. and the third vehicle hit the second and forced it into the first. The second and third vehicles had to be towed. There were no injuries.

 

 

 

AYLMER OPENS SOCCER LEAGUE TONIGHT

 

(Again there are two Aylmer mens’ teams in the Southwestern Ontario Soccer League – Aylmer Rampage and Aylmer FC. Both begin their schedules this week – the Rampage hosts Mt. Brydges tonight; FC travels to West Elgin on Thursday. Information on the Rampage from Trevor Sookial) -

 

“We have lost our previous Keeper and  have replaced him with local Keeper Darren Kinsey, an EESS grad. Other newcomers include Nic Vader on defence, Josh Clarke in the Midfield, and Rob Neill on the front line. I am replacing Kevin Verbruggen as coach. We have an extremely positive attitude toward this season. We have had our eyes on the top prize since I first came to this team 2 years ago and we made it to the final minutes of game three in the finals with West Elgin.

 

(Information on FC from Branden Aspden) – “We lost a few players this year including Leon Pryce, Mike Grant and Rob Meth  but have added Greg Broer, Jeremy Legg and Trevor Stewart.”

 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

-A 17 year old Malahide male student has been charged with sexual assault after an incident involving a 14 year old Bayham female student in an EESS hallway last Tuesday afternoon.

 

-Last Wednesday, a Cedar Street resident reported a break and enter from his unlocked storage shed as several bikes etc. had been taken over the previous several days.

 

-A 21-year old Malahide male was charged last Monday night with breaching conditions of his arrest as he was found in the presence of a woman he was prohibited from being with at a Talbot St. east residence.

 

-The 34 year old Aylmer woman who was charged recently with drug possession and then had a warrant issued for her arrest for not attending a London rehab clinic was arrested by London Police on Sunday.

 

 

FAITH ZACHARIAS TO CANADA GAMES

 

(Contributed) – “Faith Zacharias, 13, of Summers Corners, competed at the Ontario Provincial Swimming championships held at the London Aquatic Centre on the weekend. She won three Gold Medals in Tower Diving, a Silver in Synchro Diving and a Bronze in 3m Womens’ Open Diving. She was named most Outstanding Diver in her division. She also won a spot on the Ontario Team and will be competing at the Canadian Games this August in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

 

Faith is in Grade 7 at Summers Corners Public School. She has been diving for four years. In her second year at the Nationals, she earned two Gold Medals and a spot on the Canadian National Team and traveled to the Junior Pan Am Games in Medillin, Colombia where she received a fourth in the 1m event and fifth in the 3m event. Last year was her first year of “C” Division.

 

This year she has already qualified for Nationals and will compete in Calgary Alberta. She hopes to again make the Canadian National Team in order to compete at the Junior Pan Am Games being held in Phoenix,  Arizona.”

 

 

 

ELGINLICIOUS AGAIN HAS FOOD DEALS

 

(Contributed from Elgin County) – “Savour Elgin is pleased to announce the return of its popular ElginLicious event this spring. ElginLicious is an opportunity to take advantage of the area’s restaurants, wineries, specialty food shops and agri-tourism destinations at three great price points. Special promotions will be running at $10, $15 and $25 at participating Savour Elgin businesses from May 23 to June 2, 2013. For a full listing of ElginLicious promotions or information about the Savour Elgin program visit www.savourelgin.ca (Events) or call 1-877-GO-ELGIN ext. 168.

 

Area businesses participating include: – $10 – Clovermead – Your choice of 4 types of honey in 90 gram jars with a small honey dipper. Retail value $15; Rush Creek Wines – 90 minute tour for 2 with wine tasting and food pairings, $5 gift card for each person to be used on a minimum $20 purchase. (All tours much be registered on regular tour dates.) Mad Hatter’s Tea Room, Orwell -Traditional High Tea. )Retail value $15).-$15 – Heritage Line Herbs -Pizza with a side salad, tea, coffee, lemonade or juice OR Vegetable lasagna, salad and garlic bread plus a drink; Pinecroft – Choice of daily special with a soup tasting, dessert and beverage for $15. Regular value $24.85 and – $25 -Ruby’s Cookhouse – Soup or salad, Mediterranean Chicken Breast served over rice with your choice of potato and vegetable, and house made apple pie.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

It may have been a little early for swimming in the lake but this group had no choice when their boat capsized Sunday afternoon by the pier at Pt. Bruce. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

 

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MONDAY, May 6/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

-Tue. -EESS Hosts Glencoe in Boys, Girls Soccer

-Tue. -Southwest Soccer – Mt Brydges at Aylmer Rampage, 7pm; EESS

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

-Thu-Sun. -ACT PLAY -Honeymoon For Three -8pm-OTH Theatre (see ad)

 

 

 

UNEXPLAINED DEATH IN AYLMER 

 

Aylmer Police are calling the discovery of a 35-year old man’s body in the stairwell of a Talbot St. west apartment Thursday, an ‘unexplained death.’  Police have ruled out any criminal factor. The man, who lived alone in the upstairs apartment over Spicer’s Bakery, was found  just inside the outside door by a friend coming to visit around noon Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

A Coroner’s investigation revealed no signs of trauma. Police suspect the cause was a ‘medical condition’ as he attempted to go upstairs sometime overnight Wednesday – it is believed he collapsed and fell backwards down a few steps.

 

The victim, who was disabled and was known to have several medical conditions, was actually visited by Police Wednesday evening over an ongoing matter. The Police maintained a vigil at the scene for the rest of Thursday and all day Friday until they concluded their investigation.

 

In an unrelated incident, Police were also called around 10:30 later Thursday to a Talbot St. east residence to investigate another ‘unexplained death’ – that of a day old infant,

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS FRI.

 

-GIRLS SOCCER – EESS 2 PCI 0

-GIRLS SOCCER – EESS (4-0) 4 WESS 0

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Devine, Terrence Raymond; formerly of Aylmer, on Thursday, in his 72nd year. Survivors include: sister Phyllis (Jim) Ketchabaw of Straffordville etc. His parents were Raymond and Viola Devine of Aylmer. Visitation was yesterday at Forest Chapel of Denning Funeral Directors in Forest. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Christopher’s Church in Forest at 11:00am today.

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Fishermen took advantage of the nice weather yesterday at the  Pt Bruce pier.  (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

 

– April 23, 2013, Station #1, 50320 John Wise Line, Grass Fire

– April 25, 2013, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

- April 29, 2013, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– April 30, 2013, Station #1, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– April 30, 2013, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Burn Complaint

– May 3, 2013, Station #1, Springfield Road, MVC

- May 3, 2013, Station #2 , #1,  #3, 50352 Talbot Line, Grass Fire

– May 3, 2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– May 3, 2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

 

 

 

AYLMER LAWN BOWLING STARTING

 

(By Jeanette Pesall) – “The Aylmer Lawn Bowling Club will soon be opening for their 113th season. Lawn bowling is a sport of fun and skill for all ages. It is also one of the most cost efficient sports. New members bowl for $50 a season and established  members pay $100 a season. The  greens are  located on Center St. behind the post office. Our first night of bowling will be Wednesday, May 22 and will continue most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 6:45 until mid September. New members are welcome. You need no equipment other than flat soled shoes.”

 

 

 

PT. BURWELL MAN ASSAULTS POLICE

 

A 20-year old Pt. Burwell man has been charged with assaulting Police while they were questioning him Friday at his residence about a break and enter in Aylmer. Police visited the man in Pt. Burwell after a resident of York Street in Aylmer complained that several items had gone missing from his home over the course of several days while he was at work recently. Among the missing items were money, a bottle of wine, a bank card and a pellet pistol etc.

 

Information led police to suspect the Pt. Burwell man – he was known to the victim – and even though he denied any involvement, Police located some of the stolen goods in his room at his parents’ residence. They also found he had recently purchased an expensive airline ticket. The man then tried to flee and also tried to fight the Police when being arrested. He is also charged with break and enter and possession of stolen property.

 

 

 

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FRIDAY, May 3/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri-Sat. – Relay For Life BBQs – (Fri – Slice of Aylmer – 10-1pm)

-Sat. -Anglican Church Yard Sale – 8am-Noon

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

 

BODY FOUND?

 

There are reports of a deceased person being found in an apartment uptown on Talbot St. east, west of John St..  Aylmer Police say they are continuing ‘an investigation’ and should have information on Monday. A police officer was standing in front of the apartment for most of the morning.

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.

 

-Boys Rugby – WCI 17 EESS 5

-Girls Rugby – WCI defeated EESS

 

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Flagel, William; formerly of Aylmer, passed away in Woodstock, on Monday, in his 54th year. He was predeceased by his parents Jack and Anne Flagel. Survived by: four children and four siblings etc.. Visitation at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, Woodstock, on Sunday from 2-4 pm. There will be a private internment.

 

 

 

RELAY BBQs THIS WEEKEND

 

The Kick-off BBQs for Relay For Life which were postponed two weeks ago are being held this weekend – today in front of Slice of Aylmer on Talbot west from 10 am until 1 pm. and then there are two BBQs on Saturday – at No Frills and The Beer Store – at the same times.

 

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID

 

Q-Dutch Queen, 75, Abdicates!

 

2.Not Elizabeth, Queen until death  69.57%  (48 votes)

1.Queen Elizabeth, 87 should also  20.29%  (14 votes)

3. She should have left at 75.  10.14%  (7 votes)

 

Total Votes: 69

 

 

 

BAYHAM APPROVES SNOWBIRDS

 

Bayham Council last night approved a request by Elgin Military Museum to ask the Snowbirds to do a flyby in Pt. Burwell as part of the opening of the submarine Ojibwa to public tours on June 27 – they will be in St. Thomas as part of the Great Lakes International Air Show at the time.

 

 

 

EAST ELGIN PLACE NAMES #8 

 

“MT SALEM”

 

Mt. SALEM, at the intersection of Calton Line and Springfield Road, had a post office in 1853. Since that time it has had a church, a school, and two hotels. Pre-1853 it was apparently known as Hamburg. There is no information on why its present name was chosen. (Source: Sims History of Elgin).

 

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK

 

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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, May 2/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-EESS Boys, Girls Rugby – Host WCI

-Thu-Fri-Sun. –Open Bible Baptist Church: Evangelist Lin Croxton –7pm.

 

-Fri-Sat. – Relay For Life BBQs – (Fri – Slice of Aylmer – 10-1pm)

-Sat. -Anglican Church Yard Sale – 8am-Noon

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

 

BLOOD CLINIC NEXT THURS.

 

(Contributed) – “Almost every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood.  52 per cent of Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment. 120 units of blood are needed to meet hospital demand. The next Aylmer Blood Donor clinic is next Thursday at the East Elgin Community Complex from 2:30pm – 7:30pm. (You can even book an appointment by calling 1-888-2-DONATE or by visiting www.blood.ca.)

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS WED.

 

-Boys Soccer: EESS (2-0) 2 CECI 0

-Girls Soccer: EESS (2-0) 5 CECI 1

 

 

 

GOLF BALLS FOR CANCER

 

Andy Christie of Caverly Road Aylmer has donated $17,000 to the London Cancer Centre in the past ten years by selling golf balls. Andy,who has owned the same home here since 1955 (he rented his place when he moved away with the RCAF for 15 years) was at the cancer center and thought their quarters were cramped. He asked his wife Helen what he could do to help and she suggested selling golf balls.

 

So for two hours every Saturday during golf season he went to Tamarack Golf Course where he was a member just to look for balls. He washed and crated them and began selling them, mostly by word of mouth, out of his home. He hasn’t had to look for golf balls for two years because he’s now had  many others giving them to him. He also sells them at Helder’s Autobody and Northside Garage and a few other area outlets. They sell for $5 a dozen. That’s his main connection to the game as he doesn’t golf much anymore – about half a dozen times last year – now that he’s passed his 90th birthday a few years back.

 

 

CENTRE STREET IN PLAYGROUND?

 

At Aylmer Council this Monday, councillors will discuss a staff report that suggests officially turning over the southern extension of Centre Street, which still ‘legally’ exists but is part of the playground of McGregor Public School, to the TVDSB. According to the report, the TVDSB has occupied this land as part of McGregor Public School since at least 1951 and legal documentation is required to close up this portion of Centre Street. (which was originally designed to connect to Harvey Street).

 

 

 

NEW AYLMER BUSINESS OPENING

 

Mobelhaus Furniture of Aylmer has relocated from a building just north of the former Rokeby Orchards to a facility inside the Elgin Innovation Centre (former Imperial Tobacco Office building) on John St. North. On hand for the official opening this morning were, from left, co-owner Herbert Hildebrandt, Mayor Jack Couckuyt, and EIC complex co-owner Jack Baribeau.(kb) (CLICK)

 

The Mobelhaus Furniture outlet began in the Aylmer area in the summer of 2011. It is owned by brothers Herbert and Davy Hildebrandt and their cousin Roland Hildebrandt. It served as a retail furniture store until they recently purchased two adjacent businsses – a furniture assembling firm and a furniture finishing firm. They were looking for a larger base for this expanded business and chose a location within the Elgin Innovation Centre. They produce household furniture and kitchen cabinets and to date have done a fair amount of custom work. They have eight employees.

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:


“FM RADIO STATION IN ST.THOMAS”

 

“The MyFM 94.1 Radio Station in St.Thomas has been on air almost a year now. It is housed in the Grand Central Building at the west end of the city. There are 12 MyFM radio stations across Ontario, mostly in small market towns and cities – the two owners are in Ottawa. Strathroy is the next closest  station. The station has 9 local employees.

Their signal is directed mainly to the city but can be heard off and on in Pt. Stanley, Aylmer and London. It is also available online as they have a music/news website. Their music is 80s, 90s,  focusing on Pop Adult tunes and they are on air continuously. They maintain a news department and have a commercial events cruiser. It is actually 20 years since St.Thomas/Elgin has had this kind of regular radio programming.”

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

- EESS Girls, Boys Soccer – Host CECI

 

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

-Thu. – EESS Boys, Girls Rugby – Host WCI

-Thu-Fri-Sun. – Open Bible Baptist Church: Evangelist Lin Croxton – 7pm.

 

-Sat. -Anglican Church Yard Sale – 8am-Noon

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Pettit, Jantje ” Jane”; of Aylmer, passed away Monday, in her 70th year. Survivors include: husband Bill Pettit; children, Bill, Johanna (Dan King), Jamie (Abe Harder), all of the Aylmer area etc..She was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral will be held on Friday, at 11:00 am.

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

“WHY DID THE DUCK CROSS THE ROAD?”

 

“A Tillsonburg woman, returning home from Aylmer after writing a wildlife rabies test at the MNR,  got a firsthand wildlife experience on Talbot St. east this morning. Stacey Riley was driving east on Talbot when she noticed a mother duck with 14 babies in tow about to cross the highway near Elgin from south to north.  She stopped and used her umbrella to move them safely across and then, concerned they might return, guided them along Elgin north to Water Street.  However, on Water one duckling fell into a sewer through a manhole cover.

 

So while a neighbour phoned the Aylmer Works Department for help,  she kept an eye out as the others wandered back and forth. Aylmer Works employees Bill Berry and Dave Ellis arrived and fished the duckling out of the sewer with a net and reunited the pack. In her panic, the mother then stepped on the rescued little one but it – again – survived. The ducks were then directed down to Catfish Creek behind Victoria St. Neighbours were mystified as to how the duck family – assuming they had nested by the creek – had got safely across Talbot initially.”

 

 

 

NEW LIBRARY?

 

This is one design of what a new library building might look like as presented by Archon Architects at a recent Library Committee meeting. The yellow building in the middle foreground is the present Library/Old Town Hall. (Submitted by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

 

BAYHAM COUNCIL AGENDA

 

Of interest on the agenda for Bayham Council at tomorrow night’s meeting: the Elgin Military Museum is asking for Bayham’s permission to allow the Snowbirds to do a flyby in Pt. Burwell as part of the opening of Ojibwa to public tours on June 27 – if granted, they will make an official request to the Royal Canadian Air Force for this as the Snowbirds will be in St. Thomas as part of the Great Lakes International Air Show at the time.

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, April 30/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed. – EESS Girls, Boys Soccer – Host CECI

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

-Thu. – EESS Boys, Girls Rugby – Host WCI

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS MONDAY

 

-GIRLS SOCCER – EESS 4 WESS 0

-BOYS SOCCER – EESS 6 WESS 2

-GIRLS RUGBY – Cancelled (Poor Field)

 

 

 

TURN OFF THE SCREENS TURNOUT

 

(Information from last week’s Turn Off the Screens Organizer Penny Hilliker) – “We had a very successful week, with events attracting from a handful to a big crowd of active participants, and many more finding their own creative ways to be active and reduce screen time. Many families commented on how seriously their children took the “no screens” part.

 

There was a healthy turn-out at Road Hockey and Dodgeball Mania this year and the dozen or so newcomers to horseshoe pitching was encouraging.  Attendance at free skating, the Library event and bowling was down from past years.”

 

 

 

SPITFIRES CHANGE DIVISIONS

 

The Ontario Hockey Association recently announced a change in local Junior C league realignments that will impact the Aylmer Spitfires.

 

With the upgrade of the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League to the C level, the OHA has regrouped the 15 Jr. C teams. The Spitfires will be shifted from the West Division of the Niagara and District League to join the SOJHL Division. The SOJHL will now consist of: Aylmer Spitfires, Port Stanley Sailors, Thamesford Trojans, Dorchester Dolphins, Exeter Hawks, Lambeth Lancers, Lucan Irish, Mount Brydges Bulldogs, and  North Middlesex Stars.

 

Said Spitfires’ executive Darren Walcarius:  “Although we are sad to say good bye to some great rivalries with Norwich and Simcoe, we hope to build new ones with the likes of Dorchester, Lambeth and Port Stanley. This will also save our team money in travel expenses, so in the long run the move makes sense.”

 

 

 

PT.BURWELL FIRE

 

(Information from Bayham Fire Chief Gord Roesch) – “Last Tuesday, Bayham Stations 1 and 2 responded to a fire at 56 Victoria Street in Pt. Burwell. On arrival the front of the house was fully involved in flames from both stories. Five apparatus and 32 firefighters responded to the blaze. The fire spread rapidly throughout the house. Bayham Fire Dept. requested the assistance of the Office of the Fire Marshal to determine the cause. ”

 

 

 

EESS RUNNER FIRST IN ILLINOIS

 

(Contributed) – On Saturday Paul Rochus of EESS ran the 10 k. for the first time at the Illinois Marathon in Champaign Illinois and placed 1st in his category with a time of 34:13. Overall, 2351 runners competed in the race.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

De Clercq, Jeanne; formerly of Aylmer, passed away Thursday, in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Emiel DeClercq (2012). Survivors include: a sister-in-law Rachel Van Raes of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Belgium. The funeral service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, on Friday, at 1:00 pm with visitation before the funeral at 11:30 a.m.

 

 

 

 BLOOD DONOR CLINIC AT EESS

 

A Blood Donor Clinic was held at EESS today. The bi-monthly Aylmer Clinic will be held next Thursday at the EECC. (KU) (CLICK)

 

 

 

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MONDAY, April 29/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Boys’, Girls’ Soccer Host WESS

 

 

 

IDENTITY OF CRASH VICTIM 

 

HARRIETSVILLE – The victim of the fatal crash Thursday afternoon on Elgin Rd. (#73 Highway) north of Harrietsville has been identified by Middlesex OPP as  57-year-old Brian Lambert of Branchton, near Cambridge. The windshield of his northbound van was hit by a section of roof structure that flew off a southbound farm trailer during strong winds. The OPP say it’s unclear whether charges will be laid.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Lama, Grace; of Port Burwell, passed away Friday, in her 69th year. Wife of the late Tony Lama (2002). Survivors include: sons Andy (Tammy) of Eden, Bob of Port Burwell, etc. She was a lifelong resident of Port Burwell. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home was yesterday; the funeral service will be held there today at 11 am.

 

-Vandenelzen, John, of Mt Brydges, on Saturday, in his 97th year. Survivors include: sister Marie Vanden Bosch of Aylmer, etc.. Visitation at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mt Brydges on Wednesday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  with the funeral at Sacred Heart Parish, Delaware, Thursday at 11:00 am.

 

-Boughner (Hobgood), Blanche; of Tillsonburg; Saturday, in her 76th year. Survivors include: daughter Loree (Rick) Vandemaele; brother Bernie (Lesley) Hobgood, both of Aylmer etc.. A private family service will be held at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home, Langton, on Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

WARRANT FOR CRYSTAL METH ACCUSED

 

Aylmer Police were requesting an arrest warrant today for the 34 year old Aylmer woman who was charged with crystal meth possession last week after she failed to report to a rehabilitation clinic in London as a condition of her release from custody.

 

 

 

AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

An 84 year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to produce a drivers’ licence (it had expired earlier this year) after her car tried to pass but sideswiped a bus on Sydenham St. west that had stopped to pick up adult passengers last Monday around 2:30 pm. There were no injuries and damage was minor.

 

 

 

ELGIN AGRI.  SCHOLARSHIP

 

(Contributed) – “Each year, County Council along with representatives of the 2010 International Plowing Match award a scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to one female and one male from Elgin County who are studying in an agriculturally-related program. Further information, including the application form, is available on the County’s homepage at http://www.elgincounty.ca/.

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

COLD SPELL = FRUIT TREE DAMAGE

 

Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Farms north of Aylmer reported on the recent cold spell – “The tree buds are damaged by the freezing temperatures – a degree can make a big difference with the fruit buds. It was just too cold last week and the fruit trees were at a stage where they could not handle those low temperatures. (-5 on Saturday night). There was not much we could do – we think there is considerable damage. We did manage to save most of the strawberries though by irrigating most of the night. We still hope to have a light crop, we’ll see.”

 

 

 

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FRIDAY, April 26/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week –Aylmer Yard Waste Pickup (Day Before Garb. Day – Bagged)

-Arbour Day Tree Planting; 2pm at Balmoral Park

 

-Sat. – APAC, Quartetto Gelato, OTH Theatre, 7:30pm (see ad)

 

-Mon. -EESS Boys, Girls Soccer Host WESS

 

-Next Thu-Fri-Sun. -Open Bible Baptist Church: Evangelist Lin Croxton -7pm.

 

 

 

HARRIETSVILLE FATALITY

 

(Information from Middlesex OPP) – HARRIETSVILLE – “An unsual  collision on Elgin Road (#73 Highway) just north of this village around 2:30 yesterday afternoon resulted in a fatality. Police noted that a van travelling north was struck by a metal object that flew off a southbound vehicle  seriously injuring the driver. The male, yet unidentified, was transported to a London hospital and has since died.

 

 

 

NEW LIBRARY COST – 2-2.4 MILLION?

 

(Information on yesterday’s Library Committee meeting by Bill Murch) – “Highlights of the New Library Facility Schematic Design (preliminaries) presented by Archon Architects include: book collection, public access computer area, study, reference, teen, and children’s programming areas are identified; entrance coming in off the corner of John St. and Sydenham St.; an outdoor reading area between the new library and the Old Town Hall; the ground floor would be 6,500 square feet; two options for the second floor – one being 4,500 square feet and the other 6,100 square feet (both would put the building over the 10,000 square feet specified in the Town’s RFP); the visuals show lots of windows on the north, south and east sides etc.

 

A preliminary construction cost review was presented: “Based on data collected on recently completed library projects and buildings of similar scope and size it is assumed that the construction cost for the new Aylmer Library will be approximately 10,700 square feet X $195 (min.)= $2,086,500 + taxes to 10,700 square feet X $225 (max.) = $2,407,500 + taxes. (Items such as interior furniture, fitment and equipment (to be provided by Elgin County Library) would be extra.)”

 

An interim meeting for the Library Committee is planned for Wednesday at noon at the Town Hall. A Special Council Meeting for Public Input (on Final Design) is still scheduled for June 3rd.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Pilkey, Glenn; of Tillsonburg, on Thursday, in his 88th year. He was born in Port Burwell. Survivors include: wife Adena (Hampel) Pilkey etc.. Visitation Sunday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg with the funeral to be held Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at Verhoeves.

 

 

 

AND TURN ON TO BOOKS!

 

Former McGregor Principal Wendy Crocker was a reader at the Aylmer library Wednesday night during activities that were part of Turn Off the Screens week for local children.

 

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q-Aylmer recycling Is a year old:

 

1.I’m recycling more  69.09%  (38 votes)

 

2.I’m recycling about the same  25.45%  (14 votes)

 

3. I could do much better  3.64%  (2 votes)

 

4. Too tough, I’m doing less  1.82%  (1 votes)

 

Total Votes: 55

 

 

 

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