Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, Mar. 6/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham Council, 7 pm (Malahide Council next week)

-Citizens 4 Active Transpo.; St. Thomas Library; 6-8 pm (631-9900)

 

-Fri. -Elementary Schools P.D. (Schools March Break next week)

-Fri. -PD Events at Aylmer Library, EEC Complex (see Feb. 25 stories)

-Sat. -Kids Company: Goose and Seuss; OTH Theatre; 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. -Clocks Ahead

 

-Mon. –OV Naturalists;Annandale House Tillsonburg; 7 pm; David Baird.

-Next Thur. -Blood Donor Clinic, EEC Complex, 2:30-7 pm

 

 

OFSAA SWIMMING

 

At the OFSAA swimming competition this week in Brantford, East Elgin’s best finish was in the Boys Open Freestyle relay as they placed thirteenth. Team members were Reed Waldick, Jeremy Cunningham, Ian Mantel and Alex Warren.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS MONTH:

 

“TRILLIUM APT HAS OPENING”

 

“March 22 – About 30 persons attended the official opening of the Trillium Apartment complex at John and Sydenham Streets Friday afternoon. Among speakers were Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt who said: ”The owners faced many challenges, for example in its design, with the economy, and with the closing of the street, but they had faith in Aylmer. It certainly has a more more elegant streetscape than the Strand Theatre which stood here before. Hopefully they will fill it soon and they will build another.”  Tours were held after the brief ceremony in the 5-storey, 39-unit building which was constructed by Graceview Enterprises of Belmont.”

 

 

BELMONT HAS 3 TEAMS STILL IN OMHA

 

Belmont still has three teams in OMHA hockey playdowns. The Novices are leading North Middlesex 2-1 in their semifinals after winning 5-3 last night in Belmont. Previously they had won 12-3 and lost 6-2.  Next game is Friday in North Middlesex.

The PeeWees are also ahead 2-1 in their series with Pt. Dover as they won 4-3 last night in Belmont after losing 5-2 and winning 5-4 previously. They play again in Pt. Dover Friday. They have eliminated Lucan, Dresden and East Lambton to date.

The Midgets are winless in their first three games against Pt. Dover, also in semifinals, having lost 4-2 yesterday at home after tying 4-4 and losing 5-3 previously. They play in Pt Dover Friday. Their previous victims were Dresden and East Lambton.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Aylmer Police) – A 29 year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to stop after her jeep, travelling north on Centre St., went through the intersection at Sydenham St. and was struck by a pickup truck that was westbound on Sydenham last Thursday around 3:30 pm. Both vehicles had to be towed.

 

 

TUNDRA SWANS DUE SOON

 

Keith Malcolm of the Elgin Stewardship Council notes that tundra swans have not been sighted in the area yet – the cold weather being a major factor. His group won’t put any feed out at the Aylmer Wildlife Management area (by the Ontario Police College) until sightings begin. With the ponds there still frozen the birds may not land at the Aylmer site for a week after they arrive -they will probably use field puddles nearby as sources for water. The earliest arrival in the past in this annual trek has been February 28 and the latest has been the third week in March.

 

When the swans arrive, the Council expects some 5000 swans to pass through here on their way north to other major feeding grounds in North Dakota and Northern Alberta. Mr. Malcolm says the Aylmer location offers the closest viewing of the swan migration of any place in North America. The Council will begin locking their gates this year – the viewing stands will be open from 6 am to 10 pm.

 

 

EXCAVATION NORTH OF AYLMER

 

(Information on the excavation work ongoing north of Aylmer on Imperial Road is from Peter Dutchak of Elgin County Engineering Services:) – “The contractor for the Silvercreek Solar project is in the midst of installing a buried electrial cable from their site on Vienna Line to a sub-station on the west side of Imperial (John) across from No Frills. Long sections of fused conduit are being staged along the project where trenchless installation methods are to be employed. Their approved route travels (from Vienna Line) north on Imperial, east on Bradley Creek, north on Hacienda, west on Glencolin and then south on Imperial.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, March 5/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Figure Skating Club Carnival; EEC Complex; 6pm

 

-Thu. -Bayham Council, 7 pm (Malahide Council next week)

-Thu. -Citizens 4 Active Transpo.; St. Thomas Library; 6-8 pm (631-9900)

 

-Fri. -Elementary Schools P.D. (Schools March Break next week)

-Fri. -PD Events at Aylmer Library, EEC Complex (see Feb. 25 stories)

-Sat. -Kids Company: Goose and Seuss; OTH Theatre; 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. -Clocks Ahead

 

 

AWARD FOR X-EESS BBALL PLAYER

 

The OUA (Ontario University Athletics) announced its awards winners for this past season in womens’ basketball yesterday and Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen of Brock was named to the West Division All Rookie team.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Valiquette, Patrick John formerly of Aylmer passed away on Monday in his 92nd year. Husband of the late Margaret Valiquette.  Survivors: nine children etc.. He moved to Aylmer in 1946 and worked at Imperial Tobacco for 32 years. Visitation at the Donohue Funeral Home, London on Thursday 7-9 pm with the Funeral Mass at St. George Church, London on Friday at 10 am.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

“17 JOBS LOST AT AYLMER EASTLINK “

 

AYLMER – Eastlink has decided to close its customer care call centre operations on Sydenham Street effective next Thursday with a loss of 17 jobs. Regional Manager Ron Mervis in the Aylmer office said that the Aylmer office will still be open for customers to pay bills and buy/return equipment etc. but that customer calls for phone, cable, technical information etc. will now be handled through Eastlink Head Office in Halifax.  Six of the jobs are in tech support. One of the positions is in an administrative support role. Said Mr. Mervis: “It’s a difficult decision. The goal is to improve customer service and operational efficiencies.” Eastlink still has 25 employees working out of Aylmer offices ie. office staff, service etc.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Mar. 4/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Anglican Church Pancake Supper; 5:30-7 pm

-High School Skate Event, EEC Complex

 

-Wed. -Aylmer Figure Skating Club Carnival; EEC Complex; 6pm

-Thu. -Citizens 4 Active Transpo.; St. Thomas Library; 6-8 pm (631-9900)

-Fri. -Elementary Schools P.D. (Schools March Break next week)

-Fri. -PD Events at Aylmer Library, EEC Complex (see Feb. 25 stories)

-Sat. -Kids Company: Goose and Seuss; OTH Theatre; 2pm (see ad)

 

 

EAGLES LOSE WOSSAA HOCKEY

 

AYLMER – London Catholic Central defeated East Elgin 3-0 in the WOSSAA AAA boys’ hockey championship here yesterday.

 

 

CANDIDATES UPDATE

 

In February only one name was added to the candidates list in East Elgin for this fall’s municipal election. Newcomer John Faulkner is running as a Ward 2 Councillor in Bayham – he is the first to file papers in Bayham.  In Aylmer Jack Couckuyt and Calvin Brydges have declared themselves for Mayor and Diana Brydges for Council. In Malahide Dave Mennill is running again for Mayor, Jim Jenkins for Deputy Mayor and Mark Wales for Council.

 

John Faulkner, Candidate for Councillor in Bayham, provides this overview:  ”My wife Crystal and I are proud parents of 5 children. I am a Pool and Facility operations Manager at a Resort and Health Club. Being born and raised in this area and later in life returning here has been satisfying. I have been involved in campaigns at all levels of government. The most significant contribution I can make through public service would be ensuring financial responsibility. I would enjoy offering my business and practical experiences to help guide the choices which must be made.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Stevenson, Kathleen; formerly of Belmont, passed away on Sunday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Norman Edward Stevenson. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements through Evans Funeral Home.

 

AYLMER COUNCIL YESTERDAY:

 

BY BILL MURCH

 

Among items discussed by Aylmer Council at their meeting last night:

-After considerable discussion concerning rising costs the Police Services 2014 Proposed Budget was referred to the Finance Committee. The projected police services budget is $2,413,747 which is a 4.68% ($107,896) increase from last year.

-Council approved spending $23,000 to upgrade the Public Work’s radio system making it compatible to that acquired by the Fire Department. The proposed upgrades are necessary to meet Federal Industry Standards when the band width changes over to digital in the near future.

-IndEco & Mindscape Innovations are to be hired to provide an Energy Management Plan as required by the province. This energy management plan will identify areas of potential energy conservation and how to achieve these savings. It will cost  $19,935.

 

 

PROBING OPP IN VIENNA ASSAULT CASE

 

(Press Release) – “The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) is conducting a review of the OPP practices for obtaining voluntary DNA samples from specific groups of people during criminal investigations. Allegations that dozens of migrant workers who were asked to submit to DNA tests for a criminal investigation did not match the description of the suspect except for their dark skin colour, raises the spectre of racial profiling and Charter rights issues said Gerry McNeilly, OIPRD Director.”

 

The review is in reference to a case in Vienna last year in which Police eventually charged a 35-year-old migrant worker from Trinidad and Tobago who had been working for a local farmer. He was charged in December with the assault on a Vienna area woman in October – the charges were  sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, overcoming resistance by attempting to choke and uttering threats to cause death.

 

 

REAL ESTATE SLOW IN AYLMER TOO

 

(A report today noted that real estate sales have been, more than usual, slow in the first months of this year in the London area – the weather being cited as a factor. Paul Driver of Aylmer’s Driver Realty offers this assessment:)

 

“I totally agree with the article as sales have been very weak this winter and past fall. Sales by volume ie. number of homes moved are down probably 35 -40% year over a year. There are several factors such as decline in the number of first time buyers, concerns over job losses or the general state of the economy. Mortgage rates continue to be low which should encourage people to buy, however in town it is not the case. Prices have remained stable but it is taking much longer now to move properties than in the past. Real estate has always been cyclical and I’m sure that the cycle will turn up but for now we seem to be at the low ebb of the cycle.”

 

 

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MONDAY, Mar. 3/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Hosts: WOSSAA Boys Hockey Final v. London CCH; 1:15 pm

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

 

-Tue. -Anglican Church Pancake Supper; 5:30-7 pm

-Tue. -High School Skate Event, EEC Complex

 

-Fri. -Elementary Schools P.D. (Schools March Break next week)

-Fri. -PD Events at Aylmer Library, EEC Complex (see Feb. 25 stories)

-Sat. -Kids Company: Goose and Seuss; OTH Theatre; 2pm (see ad)

 

 

COLD WEATHER ALERT

 

The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County based on the Environment Canada issuance of Wind chill warnings of below -30 ° C for Elgin County where the ambient low air temperature will plunge to -23 ° C Sunday night and Monday morning. This 7th Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect as of Sunday and throughout Monday until further notice.

 

 

AYLMER FIRE DEPT. REPORT

 

-March 2 @ 05:04:44 hours responded to Elm St. for alarms sounding, cause was a malfunctioning alarm system. 11 firefighters responded.

 

-March 3 @ 00:54:20 hours responded to John St. N. for alarms sounding, cause was a malfunctioning alarm system. 1o firefighters responded.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Rasmussen, Wilma (Holmes) of St. Thomas passed away on Saturday in her 66th year. Wife of the late Kai Rasmussen (2005). Survivors: five siblings including Laura (Dave) Dohnt of Aylmer etc.. A service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday at 2 pm with visitation from 12-1:45 p.m..

 

-Bowen, Minnie (Kennedy) formerly of Eden passed away Saturday at the age of 89. Predeceased by her husband Ray Bowen (1988). Survivors: sister-in-law Pearl Kennedy of Eden etc.. Visitation at Verhoeve Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Friday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. with the Funeral Service there at 11 a.m.

 

 

TESSA KREIGER IN OUA WOMENS BBALL

 

WINDSOR – Top ranked in Canada University of Windsor defeated Laurier 86-58 in an OUA womens’ basketball semifinal here Saturday. Aylmer’s Tessa Kreiger started, played 11 minutes and scored 2 pt. for the winners. Windsor will now host Queens on Saturday in the OUA final. Windsor defeated Queens 82-56 in their only league match this year. Windsor has won three consecutive Canadian championships.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– February 25, 2014, Station #3, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– February 26, 2014, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– February 27, 2014, Station #4,  Mapleton Line, Medical Assist

 

February 28, 2014, Station #2, 48103 Talbot Line, Automobile Fire

(*cause – electrical, damage value unknown)                              

- February 28, 2014, Station #2,  Dingle Line, Medical Assist

– March 2, 2014, Station #1,  Levi Street, Medical Assist

 

-March 2, 2014, Station # 1,  #2, #3 and #4, 48726 John Wise Line, Fire

(*Smell of smoke on second floor, clothing on light fixture) 

 

 

SUM. CORNERS LOSES IN GIRLS BBALL 

 

Summers Corners Public School played in the TVDSB AAA girls basketball playoffs at London Banting on the weekend. They were defeated by Clara Brenton 24-18 and by Princess Anne FI 35-25.

 

 

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LATE FRIDAY:

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Tripping call from yesterday’s 2-1 win by EESS (white) in boys hockey title game.

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FRIDAY, Feb. 28/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri. -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew, Anglican Church, 11:30-1 pm

-Sat. -APAC: Jennifer Thorpe, OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad)

 

-Mon. -EESS Hosts: WOSSAA Boys Hockey Final v. London? 1:15 pm

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Tue. -Anglican Church Pancake Supper

 

EESS WINS 2-1 FOR BOYS HOCKEY TITLE

 

AYLMER – Derek Folkard scored for EESS with the goalie pulled and 1:30 left in the third period to tie and then East Elgin won in a shootout over Tillsonburg Glendale here yesterday in the SouthEast Boys Hockey championship. Tillsonburg scored on a power play early in the third period for their only marker and Jeff Bullas and Ryan VanRoestal scored in the shootout for the Eagles for the 2-1 victory. East Elgin last won the crown in 2008. EESS will now host WOSSAA AAA Monday facing the winner of today’s London Oakridge vs. London CCH match.

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Orsi, Ottaviano “Tav” of RR7, Aylmer passed away Thursday in his 65th year. Survivors: wife Kathy (Gauthier) Orsi; two sons etc.. He was born in Italy. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral mass will be at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Monday at 11 am.

 

-Carrel, Joseph of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer passed away on Thursday in his 94th year. Survivors: wife Flossie (Stevens) Carrel; four children etc.. Joe was born in England and was a veteran of WW II. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday at 1 pm.

 

COLD WEATHER ALERT #6 (CON’T)

 

The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, the night time low Wednesday will be -11° Celsius but will quickly fall to a wind chill of -25 ° Celsius over the course of the evening and into Thursday. On Thursday the daytime ambient temperatures are predicted to be in the range between -16° Celsius to -25 ° Celsius. This 6th Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect as of this evening, Wednesday until  Saturday morning.

 

#2 -HIGH SCHOOL SKATE EVENT HERE

 

(Contributed) – For the seventh consecutive year, the East Elgin Community Complex is the host venue for the 2014 Skate Canada-Western Ontario High School Skating Invitational Competition next Tuesday. Said Carol Moir,  Skate Canada, Skating Programs CoOrdinator:  “We have 33 schools participating with 198 students. This is an invitation competition so no qualifying is needed. We have used the Aylmer facility for a couple of reasons -location as it seems to be central for our Windsor – Niagara – Toronto schools and I love working with the staff / people in the facility. (The closest local competitor is from Woodstock.)

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

 

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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)

 

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THURSDAY, Feb. 27/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey Final v. Tillsonburg, 3:15 pm

 

-Fri. -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew, Anglican Church, 11:30-1 pm

-Sat. -APAC: Jennifer Thorpe, OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad)

 

 

ELGIN OPP REPORT DANGEROUS ROADS

 

(9:30 am) – “Elgin OPP is reporting dangerous driving conditions and multiple collisions across the county and along Highway 401. With the snow and gusting winds it is creating blizzard like conditions with very poor visibility and driving conditions. Police are urging motorists to stay off the roadways unless needed for emergency purposes.”

 

 

COLD WEATHER ALERT #6

 

The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, the night time low Wednesday will be -11° Celsius but will quickly fall to a wind chill of -25 ° Celsius over the course of the evening and into Thursday. On Thursday the daytime ambient temperatures are predicted to be in the range between -16° Celsius to -25 ° Celsius. This 6th Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect as of this evening, Wednesday until  Saturday morning.

 

 

EESS JR B BBALL AT WOSSAA

 

(Contributed) – “The EESS Junior Boys Basketball team travelled to London Clarke Road to play Medway in the WOSSA Final on Monday. The Eagles came up against a very hot shooting Medway team and were behind 39-17 at the half. The Eagles did not give up and chipped away at the Medway lead in the second half. They got the score down to a five point lead but could not overcome the 22 point deficit of the second half and eventually lost by a score of 62-55.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Thiessen, Elizabeth of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in her 73rd year. Survivors: husband Frank Thiessen; four children etc.. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Bradley Street Church of God on Saturday at 1 pm.

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL SKATE EVENT AT EEC COMPLEX

 

(Contributed) – For the seventh consecutive year, the East Elgin Community Complex is the host venue for the 2014 Skate Canada-Western Ontario High School Skating Invitational Competition next Tuesday.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE PHOTO:

 

  • Here we go again folks.  Your help was outstanding on the last photo we posted.  Looking to identify this female for a Theft Investigation from Shoppers Drug Mart.  Please contact Cst. Kevin Coudenys at 519-773-3144 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

    February 21 at 7:43 pm – Aylmer Police are looking to identify this
    female re-a theft investigation at Shoppers’ Drug Mart. (Aylmer Police)

 

 

UNITED WAY HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

 

Applications for this year’s Betty Want scholarship are now available online, through Elgin-St. Thomas United Way’s website www.stthomaunitedway.ca. There is one $1,000 scholarship available for a high school student graduating this year. The application deadline is April 15. Interested students will need to complete the application form and write an essay up to 500 words in length detailing their community leadership involvement. They will also need a letter of support from a community group. Applications can be dropped off at 10 Mondamin Street, Suite 103, St. Thomas, ON. N5P 2V1 or mailed to the same address.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey Final v. Tillsonburg, 3:15 pm

-Fri. -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew, Anglican Church, 11:30-1 pm

-Sat. -APAC: Jennifer Thorpe, OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad)

 

 

COLD WEATHER ALERT #6

 

The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, the night time low tonight will be -11° Celsius but will quickly fall to a wind chill of -25 ° Celsius over the course of the evening and into Thursday. On Thursday the daytime ambient temperatures are predicted to be in the range between -16° Celsius to -25 ° Celsius .These low temperatures will continue until Saturday morning when the mercury will rise to more seasonal temperatures.This 6th Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect as of this evening , Wednesday February 26, 2014 until the morning of Saturday March 1, 2014.

 

 

EESS HOCKEY TEAMS SPLIT

 

AYLMER – EESS defeated Ingersoll 5-0 in a replaying of last week’s Southeast boys hockey semifinal here yesterday. (Ingersoll was allowed to challenge EESS after Dorchester had used an ineligible player in their semifinal loss to EESS). The final is slated for Thursday vs. Tillsonburg in Aylmer. In a girls’ hockey semifinal here yesterday as well, Dorchester overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge East Elgin 3-2.

 

 

LYONS: CAR HITS CAR IN DITCH!

 

(From Elgin OPP) – LYONS – An unusual collision occurred on Friday about 3 pm on Imperial Rd, south of Crossley Hunter Line. A car was travelling north on Imperial Rd. when it went into the east ditch. The vehicle remained in the ditch with the driver and one passenger. About twenty five minutes later another car travelling south on Imperial Rd. went out of control and into the same east ditch colliding with the first car. The second car had three occupants. The driver of the first car, a 73 year old Malahide man, as well as a 76 year old female passenger were transported to hospital with minor injuries. A passenger in the second car, a 36 year of London woman, was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. No charges have been laid at this time. Road conditions and weather conditions were slushy and slippery with high winds.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Veitch, Elaine of Eden passed away Sunday aged 79 years. Wife of the late James “Allan” Veitch (2012). Survivors: three children including Doug (Teresa) of Eden; sister-in-law of Helen (George) Backus of Eden and Isobel (Robert) Soper of Straffordville etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Saturday at 11 a.m.

 

-Andrews, Martha Belle (Ketchabaw) of Straffordville passed away on Tuesday aged 84 years. Survivors: husband Ross; five children etc.. She was a former librarian at Straffordville library. Visitation on Friday from 7 – 9 p.m. at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg and Saturday at Straffordville United Church from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

 

 

SPRINGWATER MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

 

(Contributed) – “The annual SPRINGWATER MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL will begin the weekend of March 8-9 and continue through the Schools’ March Break week (March 10-14) from 10 am – 3 p.m. There are special March Break Programs in that week including: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides – March 22, 29 & 30; Native, Pioneer & Modern Syrup Making Demos, Smokey the Bear, Syrup Samples etc. Special events during the Festival include: St. Thomas Wood Carvers- March 8 & 9; Children’s Festival – March 22 (Face Painting, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Taffy in the Snow etc.); and Butterfly & Bat House Building Day March 29; as well as a regular Pancake Brunch and Maple products for sale.

 

 

MED. MARIJUANA IN IMPERIAL PLANT

 

AYLMER – (Information from WeedMD Press Release last Thursday:) – Toronto based WeedMD Rx Inc. is occupying the former Imperial Tobacco plant in hopes of becoming one of Canada’s largest legal marijuana growing operations.The company is joining a number of firms across Canada competing to set up medical marijuana production facilities under new Health Canada regulations that kick in April 1.  CEO Bruce Scully said the company has received a pre-approval licence from Health Canada to produce the marijuana and is completing arrangements for $3 million in financing. They are awaiting the approval of their cultivation license by Health Canada. They will employ 15 workers to begin with which could increase to about 100 over the next three years. A Health Canada inspection of the former Imperial Tobacco warehouse was scheduled for today.

 

The license allows WeedMD Rx to produce 2,500 kilograms of medical marijuana a year in a 25,000 square foot plant to start. Mr. Scully hoped to increase that amount to 10,000 kg of marijuana annually if successful in expanding the plant to 100,000 square feet over the next few years. WeedMD will be ready for distribution in April. In marketing its product, the Company will put special focus on those in long-term care facilities. Under the new MMPR guidelines, patients no longer need a license to obtain these medical marijuana products. Instead, they will need to obtain a document from a licensed physician, which will then be submitted to a licensed provider, such as WeedMD.com, who will fulfill orders online or by phone.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Feb. 25/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sr. Day Out, EEC Complex; 9:30am-12:30 (see Thu. story)

-EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey (Replay Semi) v. Ingersoll, 1:30 pm

-EESS Hosts: Girls Hockey SemiFinal v. Dorchester; 3:15pm

 

-Fri. -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew, Anglican Church, 11:30-1 pm

-Sat. -APAC: Jennifer Thorpe, OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad later today)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Laemers, Greg of Aylmer passed away Friday. Survivors: wife Virginia (Rousseau) Laemers and children Cole and Conner etc.. He was born in 1979 to the late Theresa (Toth) and Steven Laemers; step son of Betty (Muhlbock) Laemers and older brother of Dave Laemers. He graduated from East Elgin Secondary School and received a diploma from Fanshawe College as a Mechanical Engineering Technologist (Mobile Equipment). He worked at Cadman Power Equipment as a Product Engineering Manager. Visitation to be held on Friday, February 28th at Saxonia Hall, Aylmer from 6-9 p.m. with a memorial service and reception to be held there on Saturday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the trust fund set up for his children or to the Sunshine Foundation of Canada. Basic Funerals are in care of arrangements 1-877-229-7077. Condolences can be left at http://obituaries.basicfunerals.ca/obituaries/greg-laemers/2264 .

 

 

-Bremer, Herman Jacob of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in his 81st year. Survivors: wife Margaret (Dykxhoorn) Bremer; siblings Jane (David) Devries,  Reinie (Rev. Henry) Marissen and Coby (Kers) (Henry) Devries etc..  He was born in the Netherlands and was a custodian previously at Aylmer Christian Reformed Church. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Saturday at 11 am.

 

 

EESS LOSES BOTH GAMES AT WOSSAA

 

LONDON – East Elgin boys basketball teams lost both of their WOSSAA games at Clarke Road SS yesterday. The seniors were defeated 58-41 by London CCH and the Juniors fell to Medway by 62-55.

 

 

MARCH BREAK AT THE AYLMER LIBRARY

 

(Contributed) – There are two events on the PD Day on March 7 – dancing snake craft and a shramrock search cyber camp. During March break week (March 10-14), on Tuesday at 11 am there is a program on reptiles for all ages; on Thursday at 4 pm is a program on robots for ages 12-14, all week is fashion week with programs at 2 pm each day (see website for ages), and on Friday and Saturday are programs on Legos – all day, all ages. Please register in advance.

 

 

EESS SWIMMERS AT WOSSAA

 

(From EESS Athletic Director Dave Arnett:) – WOSSAA  swimming championships were held Thursday at the London Aquatic Centre. EESS placed third of 22 teams in the Open Division and tenth of 37 teams in the combined High School and Open division.

OFSAA qualifiers were: Open Boys Medley Relay 200 meter – Ian Mantel, Alex Warren, Jeremy Cunningham and Reed Waldick (second); Open Boys 4 by 100 meter Freestyle Relay – Reed Waldick, Jeremy Cunningham, Ian Mantel and Alex Warren (second);  Open Boys 100 meter – Alex Warren; Open Boys 50 Freestyle – Alex Warren. This is the first time in recent history that EESS has had a Boys Relay team compete at OFSAA.

Other top placings by EESS swimmers included: Open girls 4 by 100 Relay – Jessica Penz, Nicole Gregory, Erica Zimmer and Brianne Brix – 3rd;  15 and over High School 100 meter Backstroke – Jessica Penz, third; and Open Boys 100 meter Backstroke – Reed Waldick, third.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“AWARD FOR A.C.T. PLAY”

 

Aylmer Community Theatre’s production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner” was adjudicated during last Friday’s performance. Award announcements – for both in and out of festival plays – were made at the annual Western Ontario Drama League meeting in Guelph Sunday. From ACT, Sandi Loponen was among five nominated for Best Actress. Mary Morin, Stage Manager, received a Special Adjudicator’s Award. Added Barb Warnock of ACT:  ” ‘In festival’ means that you are competing for one of five positions at the week-long festival. ‘Out of festival’ means that there is no intention to go on to the festival but the adjudication is for learning purposes and there are a number of awards for which these shows are eligible. We were ‘out of festival’ as we did not want to compete for a position at the festival. Mary’s award was one of six discretionary awards the adjudicator can give out.”

 

 

MARCH BREAK AT THE EEC COMPLEX

 

During March Break (March 10-14), the EEC Complex is offering a March Break Camp for children 6 to 12 years old with crafts, games, activities and public skating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $20 per camper (Preregistration is required). The camp actually begins on Friday, March 7 (PD Day).

As well, Eastlink is sponsoring free skating during that week on these dates: Monday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 11a.m., Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 24/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS WOSSAA Boys BBall; at Clarke Rd.: Sr v CCH 5pm;  Jr v Medway 3:30pm

 

-Tue. -Sr. Day Out, EEC Complex; 9:30am-12:30 (see Thu. story)

-Tue. -EESS Hosts: Girls Hockey SemiFinal v. Dorchester; 3:15pm

-Tue. -EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey (Replay Semi) v. Ingersoll, 1:30 pm

 

-Fri. -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew, Anglican Church, 11:30-1 pm

-Sat. -APAC: Jennifer Thorpe, OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad later today)

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– February 18, 2014, Station #2, Imperial Road, Alarm Malfunction

– February 19, 2014, Station #3, Rogers Road, Alarm Malfunction

– February 19, 2014, Station #3,  Station #1, Talbot Line, MVC

(* Single vehicle, no injuries, Talbot Line and Heritage Line)

– February 19, 2014, Station #2, #1, 52427 Talbot Line, Automobile Fire

(*fully involved, accidental, Damage $5000)

– February 20, 2014, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– February 20, 2014, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– February 20, 2014, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– February 21, 2014, Station #4, #2, Imperial Road, MVC

(*Two vehicles,  three persons to hospital, near Crossley Hunter Line)

– February 22, 2014, Station #2, Rogers Road, Medical Assist

– February 23, 2014, Station #4,  Mapleton Line, Medical Assist

 

 

AYLMER FIRE CALL:

 

-Friday February 21 @ 11:34 hours, respond to alarms ringing at a Talbot St. W. address.  8 firefighters responded to the call. There was a malfunctioning interconnected smoke alarm.

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

MY FAVOURITE OLYMPIC SPORT? 

 

-Hockey  47.5%  (38 votes)

-Figure Skating  21.25%  (17 votes)

-Curling  17.5%  (14 votes)

-Skiing Events  7.5%  (6 votes)

-Bobsled, Snowboarding, etc.  6.25%  (5 votes)

 

Total: 80 Votes

 

 

AYLMERITES IN OUA WOMENS BBALL

 

WINDSOR – Top ranked in Canada, University of Windsor decisioned McMaster 83-64 in OUA womens’ basketball playoff action here Saturday to advance to the Conference final next Saturday in Windsor against Laurier. Aylmer’s Tessa Kreiger started and scored six pt. for Windsor. In another playoff last week, Brock was eliminated by Laurier – Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen did not dress for Brock due to an injury.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Saris, Nicolaas J. “Nick”, of St. Thomas passed away on Sunday in his 60th year. Survivors: Wife Mary (nee Watson) Saris;  two children including Steven Saris (Vicki) of Straffordville etc.. A service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, St. Thomas on Saturday at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour before.

 

 

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