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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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THURSDAY, April 25/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

 

- Screens Off: Dodge Ball, Immanuel School; Gr.1–3 -6pm, Gr. 4–8 -6:45

- Screens Off: Bowling 5–8 pm at Cy’s Lanes.

 

-Fri. -2pm – Arbour Day Tree Planting at Balmoral Park

 

-Sat. – APAC, Quartetto Gelato, OTH Theatre, 7:30pm

 

 

 

FUNDRAISER FOR AYLMER ORGAN DONOR

 

(Various media outlets carried a story yesterday, as part of Organ Donor Awareness Week, about an Aylmer area woman who passed away unexpectedly recently but who became an organ donor. Her son-in-law  Rick Leclair of Aylmer provides the following information:)

 

“Neither my wife nor I are native to Aylmer but we live on Hacienda Road with our 3 year old son. I met my wife about 4 years ago via online dating. She is Filipino. Her mother Mildred had come to Canada as our guest in January and was to stay with us for at least the next ten years. I have lived in the area about ten years and am a construction worker.

 

On March 15, all our dreams were shattered. Mildred was in a coma resulting from a brain aneurism. After nearly a month in hospital she passed away. Thanks to University Hospital in London she became an organ donor and the lives of three London recipients and one from Toronto were saved by vital organs – one with new lungs, two with kidneys, one with a new liver. Also, two previously blind people were given the gift of sight and two future recipients will get heart valves and be cured of diabetes from pancreatic tissue.

 

However there are many medical bills, including the possible cost of returning Mildred’s remains to the Phillipines. We have an extensive group of friends consisting mostly of couples with Filipino wives in the area that get together on a regular basis.  One of these couples  have rallied their church to host a fund raising pot luck supper this coming Sunday as a celebration of Mildred’s life at 5:30 p.m. at Mount Salem Evangelical Mennonite Church. All are welcome. For futher information go to:  Facebook at facebook.com/rick.leclair.mobilemax.ca.”

 

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q-Terrorism in Canada?

 

3-Security adequate; Don’t overdo  39.06%  (25 votes)

1-More security, many terrorists here  26.56%  (17 votes)

2-More security, although few threats  21.88%  (14 votes)

4-Too many restrictions already  12.5%  (8 votes)

 

Total Votes: 64

 

 

 

EAST ELGIN PLACE NAMES #7

 

“GROVESEND”

 

This was a hamlet just east of the junction of Lakeshore Road east of Copenhagen and the Springfield Road. The origin of its name is unknown although the area is popular for fruit trees.  It had a Post Office from 1852-1914.

It gained some local fame for a variety of reasons around 1900: a few shipwrecks with some buried in the now removed local cemetery; the birthplace of a famous historian George Wrong, and it was the setting for the Piggott murder in 1884. A store, school and church once stood here. (Source: Sims – History of Elgin).

 

 

 

BAYHAM TO PROCEED ON SANDBAR

 

(Contributed) – At a special meeting last night, Bayham Council passed a resolution to proceed with the work to remove the sand bar as recommended and that all costs be invoiced to the Elgin Military museum. The sandbar off the East Beach was created by excavation for the movement of the Ojibwa submarine into the harbour here this past fall. The sandbar had not washed away over the winter and it created a pond of some four foot depth adjacent to the beach. Cost of the work is estimated to a maximum of $15,000 and is to be completed before the May 24th holiday weekend.

 

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:


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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)

 

 

 

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