Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


FRIDAY, Sept. 27/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri. -PA Day: EESS

 

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive: 8:30 am

-Sat. -Artastic Elgin (see Sept. 18 story)

-Sat. -Active Elgin events (see Sept. 20 story)

-Sat. -Hockey: Aylmer Spitfires host Lucan, 730pm

 

*NEXT WEEK – Aylmer Brush Collection

*AYLMER BULK GARGAGE PICKUP – Week of Oct. 21

 

 

THU.: – PT.STANLEY 5 AYLMER 1

 

PT.STANLEY – Aylmer Spitfires were defeated 5-1 here last night in SOJHL action. Their record is now 2-3. Next game is tomorrow hosting Lucan.

 

 

AYLMER BRUSH COLLECTION

 

Aylmer’s fall Brush Collection will take place next week. Brush will be picked up the day prior to one’s regular garbage day. Brush only will be picked up. Brush must not exceed 1.4 meters (4.5 feet) in length and must be bundled and tied.

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

SR FOOTBALL – Banting 31 EESS 14

JR FOOTBALL – EESS 20 Banting 0

F. HOCKEY – EESS 1 Strathroy 0

F. HOCKEY -EESS (2-1-1)1 CECI 0

SR G BBALL – EESS (3-0) 65 AVSS 11

JR G BBALL – EESS (2-0) 53 AVSS 12

SR B VBALL – EESS (1-3) 3 AVSS 0

 

 

POLICE NOW ENFORCING PARKING

 

Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer informs that Police have now begun enforcing two hour parking violations etc. uptown once again.  The Police have a uniformed female civilian doing this task one day a week.

 

 

OBITUARY:

 

-Walker, John of Chateau Gardens of Aylmer passed away today in his 90th year. Survivors include: wife Doris (Firlotte) Walker; daughter Sharon Watson of Aylmer  etc.. John was the assistant manager of the Aylmer LCBO and had served in the Navy during WW ll. The funeral will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday at 11 am. with visitation on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

 

 

MALAHIDE RECYCLING IMPROVES

 

Malahide recently reported successful recycling figures from May 2012 to May 2013. There was an increase in recycling materials from 275 to 433 tons, up 158 tons, and a corresponding decrease in waste collected from 1879 to 1528 tons, down 351 tons.

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK

 

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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)

 

 

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THURSDAY, Sept. 26/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Hosts Sr Boys VBall: AVSS

 

-Fri. -PA Day: EESS

-Sat. -Active Elgin events (see Sept. 20 story)

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive: 8:30 am

-Sat. -Artastic Elgin (see Sept. 18 story)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Steenbergen, Jan “John” of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in his 81st year. Husband of the late Winnie Steenbergen (2002).  Survivors include: children Don Steenbergen (Nancy), Brian Steenbergen, Diana Steenbergen, Nancy White (Larry), all of Aylmer etc.. He was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at Kebbel’s  Funeral Home Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Friday at 11:00 am.

 

-Oliveira, Manuel Jose Da Costa of Tillsonburg and formerly of Straffordville passed away on Saturday at the age of 54. Survivors include: wife Ana Rosa Da Silva Oliveira, sons: Carlos, Andre and Danieletc.. He was born in Portugal. The funeral mass will be held today at Noon at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church Tillsonburg.

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-SR G BBALL -EESS (2-0) 59 WESS 8

-SR B VBALL – WESS 3 EESS (0-3) 0

-JR B VBALL – WESS 3 EESS (0-3) 0

 

 

ELGINLICICIOUS RETURNS Oct. 10-20

 

(Contributed) – Elginlicious – promoting the area’s restaurants, wineries, specialty food shops and agri-tourism destinations – will be held again from October 10-20.

East Elgin participants are: For $10 – Clovermead (choice of 4 types of  honey in 90 gram jars with a small honey dipper) and Heritage Line Herbs (Personal pan pizza and beverage); $15 – Berry Hill Fruit Farm  (two 10 lb bags of apples) and Howe’s Family Farm Market  (2 medium pumpkins,  2 squash, one 3L basket of pears and a 3 lb bag of apples) and $25 – Heritage Line Herbs (Full High Tea for Two).

 

 

EESS IN NEW FOOTBALL LOOP

 

EESS Junior and Senior football teams kick off their regular season today at Banting High School in London. This year’s schedule will be unique as they will play in the seven team TVDSB Central Tier 1 league. The other six teams are London schools. There are only three Elgin schools with regular football teams – Parkside is in the Tier II division and St. Joes is in the all-Catholic school London District League. Other Oxford and Elgin schools with ‘combined’ football teams are in the Varsity division.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“TRIPLETS DOUBLE AYLMER FAMILY”

(Information from ‘new mother’ Mary Anne Wentzell of Aylmer) – “The triplets, all girls, were born on September 11. They are: Ainsley Elizabeth, 3 lbs. 8 oz, Brooklyn Paige, 3 lbs. 6 oz and Caylee Anne, 3 lbs. 6 oz.  They were born at 31 weeks, 2 days and are very healthy. They were in the care of the NICU nurses at LHSC for their first week and were then transferred to the Special Care Nursery at the STEGH. Proud parents are Tyler and Mary Anne Wentzell (nee Brower) of Aylmer. Siblings are big brothers Tyson Wentzell and Bryce Weber and big sister Paige Wentzell. Grandparents are Steve and Trudy Wilson, Bruce Wentzell and Ron and Marilena Brower.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, Sept. 24/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Hosts Boys VBall: West Elgin

 

-Thu. -EESS Hosts Sr Boys VBall: AVSS

-Fri. -PA Day: EESS

-Sat. -Active Elgin events (see Sept. 20 story)

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive: 8:30 am

-Sat. -Artastic Elgin (see Sept. 18 story)

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– September 16, 2013, Station #4, Dorchester Road, Medical Assist

– September 17, 2013, Station #2,  Woolleyville Line, Medical Assist

– September 18, 2013, Station #2,  Louisa Cr., Medical Assist

– September 18, 2013, Station #4,  Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– September 18, 2013, Station #2 , #1, 51256 Talbot Line, Vehicle Fire

(At Walker Road, 9:30 pm, cause unknown, damage–$15,000)

– September 20, 2013, Station #3,  Superior Street, Alarm Malfunction

– September 21, 2013, Station #1,  Levi Street, Medical Assist

– September 21, 2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– September 21, 2013, Station #1, Hacienda Road, Alarm Malfunction

– September 22, 2013, Station #2, Springwater Road, Medical Assist

 

 

ICS FUNDRAISER AT CLOVERMEAD

 

The Immanuel Christian School Fall Fun Night fundraiser is this Saturday from 4 to dark at Clovermead – all are welcome. Admission of $10 includes a hot dog and drink.

 

 

OBITUARY:

 

-Prendergast, Joseph Gerard of Aylmer passed away on Monday in his 91st year. Survivors include: wife Pauline (Zimmer) Prendergast; and his six children, including Donald Prendergast (Elizabeth) of Dorchester etc..  He was a retired tobacco farmer and had been a trustee on the Elgin County Catholic School Board. Visitation at Kebbel’s  Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-8:15 pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Friday at 1:00 pm.

 

 

FALL PROGRAMS AT THE EEC COMPLEX

 

(Contributed) – “The East Elgin Community Complex is offering a free Gr. 1 Public Skating pass, valid from October 1 to March 31  for children born in 2006 and 2007….. Seniors Day Out starts Sept. 24, running the fourth Tuesday of every month…..Sunday afternoon Public Skating is back from 1pm to 2:30pm $2/students, $3/adults, $6/family – Rental skates $2/pair…..Adult Skate is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 10:30am for $3….. Tiny Tots skating is also on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour right after Adult Skate….Indoor Walking is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30am to 9am for $1…..Shuffleboard is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm for $3

Shinny Hockey (all ages) is on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30 to 5pm – $5/player…. Mini-Shinny for kids 5 and under is on Wednesdays, 11am to 12pm for $2/player…. In Be”Tween” Shinny for ages 6 to 12 is on Mondays from 4:45pm to 5:45pm for $3/player and 25+ Shinny is on Sundays (starting Oct. 6) from 9pm to 10pm for$10/player…. Figure Skating Open Ice is on Mondays, 2pm to 4pm, and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3pm to 5pm – $5/skater…. For more information, including cancellation dates, see the East Elgin Community Complex website: http://www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca”

 

 

EESS ENVIRO CLASS TEACHING OTHERS

 

(From the TVDSB website) – “Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) students at East Elgin Secondary School are taking the classroom to the wetland for about 400 elementary students in local Elgin County schools for a unique learning experience.

MarshQuest is a TVDSB festival held on September 18, 19, 23, 24 and 25 where the ELP students facilitate activities for Grade 4 students linked to their curriculum unit of Science and Technology; Habitats and Communities. Held at the Yarmouth Natural Heritage Area southwest of Aylmer, the interactive and experiential activities are designed to encourage and promote good environmental stewardship and awareness that students can implement in their homes, schools and communities.

Students will take part in a number of outdoor activities such as catching and measuring fish, collecting and studying inhabitants of wetlands, learning how humans impact on the quality of water and taking part in activities and games to reinforce the importance of having healthy wetlands.”

 

 

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MONDAY, Sept. 23/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue. -EESS Hosts Boys VBall: West Elgin

-Thu. -EESS Hosts Sr Boys VBall: AVSS

-Fri. -PA Day: EESS

-Sat. -Active Elgin events (see Sept. 20 story)

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive: 8:30 am

-Sat. -Artastic Elgin (see Sept. 18 story)

 

 

SPITS WIN TWO ON WEEKEND

 

Aylmer Spitfires won two of three SOJHL Jr C. hockey contests on the weekend. Their record is now 2-2. Last year they didn’t gain their first win until the ninth game of the season.

Friday in Pt. Stanley they lost 6-3. Brad Payne had two goals and an assist for Aylmer with Cody Underhill notching the other as Aylmer fell behind 4-2 after the first period. Saturday in Aylmer, Kyle Dedecker scored with less than six minutes left to give the Spits a 2-1 win over Pt. Stanley; Matthew Reese counted the other marker.

Sunday in Thamesford, Aylmer surrendered a 3-0 lead but scored twice in the final frame for a 5-3 win.  Will Goodhue had two goals and an assist for Aylmer with Todd Laurindo, Eric Nemeth and Cody Underhill also tallying. Thirty eight penalties were called in the contest, including four misconducts to Aylmer. This week: Aylmer travels to Pt. Stanley again Thursday; hosts Lucan Saturday and visits Exeter Sunday.

 

AYLMER 5 THAMESFORD 3:

Period 1
AylmerTodd Laurindo (Will Goodhue) 0:20
AylmerEric Nemeth (Brad Payne (C), Trevor Richardson) 11:40
Period 2
AylmerWill Goodhue (Cody Underhill, Brad Payne (C)) 9:03
ThamesfordJeremy Denomme (Jake McColl, Liam Billings) 15:52
ThamesfordKyle Walker (power play) (James Toye, Adam Levine) 18:00
ThamesfordAndrew McLennan (power play) (unassisted) 19:39
Period 3
AylmerWill Goodhue (Trevor Stewart) 1:44
AylmerCody Underhill (power play) (Matthew Reese) 15:28

 

 

OBITUARY:

 

-Young, Delia Hazel passed away Friday in her 96th year. She is survived by a daughter, Jean (Tom) Knight of Chatham. She was born in Malahide Township. The funeral service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Tuesday at 11:00 am. with visitation one hour prior.

 

 

BAYHAM MAN IS FATALITY

 

COURTLAND – (From Norfolk OPP) – “On Saturday at approximately 12:30 p.m., Norfolk County OPP responded to a tobacco farm located on Colonel Talbot Road. It was determined that an accident had happened to a male who had been working in a tobacco field operating a tobacco harvesting tractor. A member working on the farm noticed that the tractor had stopped in the middle of the field and went to check on the operator. The operator was located underneath the tractor and had suffered life threatening injuries. The deceased has been identified as 54 year old Manuel Joseph Oliveira, of Bayham. The investigation is continuing.”

 

 

HAZARDOUS DEPOT WAS BUSY

 

(Information concerning this past Saturday’s Hazardous Waste DropOff Day for Aylmer and Malahide residents is from Rod Tapp, Aylmer Director of Operations:) – “Weather was not a factor; all collection points this year were busy. We had steady traffic flows from 9 to 2 p.m. From all accounts, numbers were as good as last year or better.”

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

 

-An 82 year old Aylmer woman was charged with making an illegal turn last Monday around 2 pm after her car, heading west at the main intersection at Talbot and John Sts., turned to go south on John St. and was struck by an eastbound car. There was minimal damage.

 

-In Elgin Court recently, a 23-year old London man had his charge of sexual assault from a December, 2011 incident dismissed due to inconsistent testimony from a witness.

 

-Also in Elgin Court recently, a 46 year old Malahide woman was given a $2200 fine, a one year’s driving suspension and 18 months probation, during which she can only drive back and forth from work, after a July incident in which she was driving with three times the impairment level.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE CHIEF RESIGNS

 

(Information on Thursday’s Bayham Council meeting is from Bayham Administrator Kyle Kruger:) – “Gord Roesch has resigned as Fire Chief/By-law Enforcement Officer effective September 30th. Gord started with us in March 2010.”

 

 

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FRIDAY, Sept. 20/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Farmers’ Market, 2-6 pm

 

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm

-Sat. – 9am-2pm; Hazardous Waste Depot, EEC Complex

-Sat. -Aylmer Cruisers: Cruise,Trunk Sale; 10-3pm; G-Can. Club

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-SR G BBALL -EESS 50 CECI 16

-JR G BBALL -EESS 40 CECI 16

-SR B VBALL -CECI 3 EESS 0

-JR B VBALL -CECI 3 EESS 0

 

 

PHOTO BOOK ON AYLMER BUSINESSES

 

April Laroche of Jersey Photography in Aylmer is preparing a book, Discover Aylmer 2013, as an inventory of local businesses. She notified Aylmer Council of her intent at Monday’s meeting. April, a native of Montreal, has been doing photography for 20 years, residing in the Aylmer area for the past eight years. Her purpose:  “This is an opportunity to capture and promote our town, our businesses and the people along with the wonderful sights. Our proposal is to assemble a collection of photographs of all the businesses and owners, while displaying Aylmer’s natural charm and beauty.” The books will be for sale at the end of December. She can be contacted at: jerseyphotography.ca

 

 

ACTIVE ELGIN EVENTS NEXT SAT.

 

Active Elgin is planning another day for people to try out various activities for free or at a discount rate – next Saturday, September 28. Events in East Elgin include:

- Ballroom Dancing, sponsored by the Belmont HUB, 14090 Belmont Road, from 1 to 4:pm, free

- Hiking, at Springwater, all day, $2

- Speed Skating, Public Skating at East Elgin Community Complex from 10:15 am to 11:15 for Speed Skating  and 11:15 to 12:15 pm for Public Skating; free

- Bowling at Cy’s, from 2 pm –4 and 4 to 6: Free

 

 

AYLMER PET BYLAW: NO HARES HERE

 

Aylmer Council recently listened to a neighbours’  dispute over the keeping of rabbits and doves in town and ruled against the retention of both as per bylaw 09-(2006). Rabbits are banned although not specifically mentioned in the bylaw, even apparently those arriving at Easter. Other popular North American pets – turtles, hamsters, fish - are also not listed specifically. Here are some excerpts:

“No land, building or structure in the Town of Aylmer shall be used for the  keeping of bees, or for the raising or keeping of a horse, cow, donkey, mule, pig, goat, sheep, goose, turkey, chicken, duck, snake, reptile, cougar, fox, wolf, skunk, raccoon, or any wild animal etc.”

“No land etc., shall be used for the keeping of more than three dogs, three cats or three of any other permitted animal, except in an animal clinic or retail store selling cats or dogs, or a legally licensed and registered Kennel.”  

“Companion Bird(s)” are permitted, meaning any bird which is kept for the personal enjoyment and companionship by its owner and not intended for  breeding purposes, and shall include canaries, cockatoos, budgies etc. “Companion Birds” shall be exempt from limitations, of three (3) animals.”

Malahide’s animal bylaw bans ‘exotic pets’ ie. a bear, wolf, bobcat, raccoon, constricting snake, poisonous lizards and spiders etc. (bison are legal).

 

 

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THURSDAY, Sept. 19/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Girls BBall: Host CECI

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

 

-Fri -Aylmer Farmers’ Market, 2-6 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm

-Sat. – 9am-2pm; Hazardous Waste Depot, EEC Complex

-Sat. -Aylmer Cruisers: Cruise,Trunk Sale; 10-3pm; G-Can. Club

 

 

OBITUARY:

 

-Learn, Ross Ray of Straffordville passed away on Wednesday at the age of 73 years. Husband of the late Pansy Learn (Hilliker) (1998). Survivors include: daughter Deb (Rick) Roberts of Straffordville etc.. Ross farmed in the Straffordville area. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Public Graveside Service will be held Saturday, September 28 at 12 noon.

 

 

EESS SPORTS PREVIEW: JR FOOTBALL

 

(Information from Coach Ted Williamson:) – “The junior football Eagles started slowly last season, but improved quite a bit and steamrolled through the playoffs and won a championship. This season gives us a brand new cast. Only a handful of veterans return, meaning that there will be plenty of openings for grade nines.

There is a change in league format to consider. Our old league lost a few teams during the last few seasons. There were only going to be 3 teams playing junior football in our region. The splitting of Catholic and Public schools into their own leagues meant that only EESS and Parkside were left to play junior football. We were thus happy to join into London’s league. EESS is in the top tier of London’s league. We hope to do well, but realize that there will be challenges. Most players on the London teams have played minor football already, while few of ours have ever even worn a helmet before. However, if the kids develop as they did last year, then we will be a challenge for anybody.”

 

 

SR. EVENT TUES. AT EEC COMPLEX

 

(Contributed) – The EEC Complex is again hosting monthly Seniors Day Out events on the last Tuesday of each month. Next Tuesday will feature Constable Cindy Sowa of the Aylmer Police who will be presenting on how to be safe in your home – dealing with potential scams, phone calls, visitors to the door etc. The sessions run from 9:30 am until 12:30 and for $10 include recreational activities, a speaker, and lunch. Register in advance.

 

 

WHOOPING COUGH IN ELGIN

 

(From the Elgin Health Unit) – “In recent weeks, increased numbers of whooping cough (pertussis) cases are being seen in Southwestern Ontario. With whooping cough on the rise, and a new school year underway, it is important to make sure you and your family are protected against this infectious disease. Elgin St. Thomas Public Health encourages you to make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date and to speak with your health care provider immediately if you have an unexplained, prolonged cough. Whooping cough is most serious for babies. Babies are at the highest risk of developing medical conditions caused by whooping cough like pneumonia, dehydration, and brain damage. Vaccination clinics in Aylmer are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm at 424 Talbot Street West, Suite L7C.”

 

 

AYLMER LIBRARY FALL PROGRAMS:

 

(Contributed) – Author Kelley Armstrong will be at the Library on October 21st from 6:30 to 8 pm for a free writers workshop (Pre-Register). Other fall library programs (register ahead) are:

-Where’s Waldo starts September 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 am for ages six and up.

-The next Adult Book Club is Friday October 4, at 10:30am; reading “Shoot Me” by Lesley Crewe.

-Family Story Time is Tuesdays from 11-11:30 am for children of all ages with their parents.

-Pre-school Story Time is Thursdays 11-11:30 am for children 3-5 years old.

-Smarty Pants (for babies) is every Friday for ages 0-24 months.

-Dog Tales are once a month on Saturdays from  9:30-10:30 am. It is a reading program for early readers ages 7-13.  Tilly, our St. John Therapy Dog, has been certified so she may read with your children.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

 

(From Chief Andre Reymer)

-A 17 year old Aylmer male was charged with careless driving recently after he backed out of a private drive on Sydenham St. east and struck a parked car.

-A 27 year old Woodstock male, formerly of Aylmer, was charged with uttering threats recently after he allegedly threatened the life of a 40 year old Aylmer woman in a cell phone text message.

-The Aylmer Police are now on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aylmer-Police-Service/529458837128193

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

-EESS Girls BBall: Host CECI

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

 

-Fri -Aylmer Farmers’ Market, 2-6 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm

-Sat. – 9am-2pm; Hazardous Waste Depot, EEC Complex

 

 

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AYLMER STORE ROBBBED

 

(From Aylmer Police) – “Yesterday around 11:30 am the Downtown Convenience Store at 148 Talbot St. east was robbed by a lone male suspect. He did not have a weapon but demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount. He was described as a male in his 20′s , thin,  5’6″- 5′-8″, 120-140 lbs, wearing jeans and a grey fleece hoodie. It also had an insignia on the left breast. The suspect also wore white runners and red work gloves. He was masked with dark glasses and had a towel across his face. There was no indication of what direction he headed.”

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-FIELD HOCKEY – Ingersoll 1 EESS 0

-FIELD HOCKEY – EESS 1 Glencoe 0

-JR B VBALL – Glencoe 3 EESS 2

-SR B VBALL – Glencoe 3 EESS 1

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Seldon, Jean Alexandra (nee Van Loon) of Tillsonburg passed away on Saturday in her 97th year. Survivors include: son John David (Dianne) of Port Burwell etc.. There will not be a funeral service. Arrangements through Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Swinn, Margaret Rose of Tillsonburg passed away on Tuesday at the age of 73 years. Survivors include: son Pat (Angie) of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held there Friday at 11 am.

 

 

2-NEW BOOK: KILLER CAUGHT IN BAYHAM

 

(See story yesterday for Part One of the summary of a new book featuring a local crime. In 1950 Joseph Mcauliffe committed an armed robbery of a bank in Langton and then killed two men who followed him before eluding police for three days. He was caught near Straffordville by Graham Haggerty of Vienna and was eventually hung. Haggerty is now living in London, having moved from the Vienna area in the late 1970′s, and provided this recollection:)

“I was 20 and a lifelong resident of Vienna and was working on a tobacco farm. I just wanted to help with the search. I had a deer rifle from my boss and I knew how to handle a gun so I wasn’t scared. I joined the manhunt with 200 people on the Saturday. They were doing one last drive through the Straffordville area. (A farmer a day earlier had spotted the escapee in a barn near the village.) We were on a drive near Highway 38 (from Richmond through Straffordville) close to the first road east. I spotted movement near the railway tracks and the OPP said go check it out and they would stop the line. (The book said that the OPP went with him but he said he went alone.)

Suddenly I saw a man jump out of a ditch and run across a field into some brush and I gave chase for about five minutes. I found him crouching in a shack and told him to stand up and lay his wallet down. A plane overhead signalled to those on the ground where we were by dropping a note in a wrench. He said he was John Walker and was looking for work. He wasn’t armed. We didn’t talk about the robbery, just what he was doing there for ten minutes until the OPP arrived. One OPP said to watch out he was getting away and he was going to shoot him but another OPP talked him out of it saying he was going nowhere. They took him away. The only other contact I had with this was to give an identification at the trial.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS PREVIEW: FIELD HOCKEY

 

(Information from Coach Katie Horricks:) “I am new to the team. Key returning players are: Alyssa Plaquet (Captain), Tori Vanderspank, Fiona Murray, Mikeala Moore, Rashelle Graham, Paige Durrell (goalie), and Amanda Aspden.  It is a very young team, with 19 girls who are in either grade 9 or 10. There are 28 girls in total who are on the team, although 8 of those are Red Shirt players who are just practicing in order to learn more about the sport for future years.”

 

 

ARTASTIC ELGIN ON SEPT. 28

 

(Contributed) – “The Elgin Arts Trail is pleased to announce the first annual Artastic Elgin Art Tour on September 28 and 29. Participating members of the Elgin Arts Trail will be offering workshops, gallery events, art talks, specials and interactive tours for the public. East Elgin participants include Minerva Art Gallery, Pinecroft Pottery and Clovermead. More information about Artastic Elgin and copies of the tour map can be found at the Elgin County Tourism office at 450 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas and online at www.elginartstrail.ca.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Sept. 17/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Field Hockey; Host Ingersoll, Glencoe

 

-Thu. -EESS Girls BBall: Host CECI

-Sat. – 9am-2pm; Hazardous Waste Depot, EEC Complex

-(Sat – Sept. 28 – Active Elgin events)

 

 

HAZARD. WASTE DEPOT IS SATURDAY

 

The annual Hazardous Waste Depot for Aylmer and Malahide residents will be held at the EEC Complex this Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Among acceptable items are: paints, motor oils, car batteries, bbq tanks, phones, computers, televisions, small appliances etc. Prohibited items include major appliances, tires etc.(Check the municipal websites).

 

 

EESS SPORTS PREVIEW: SR VBALL

 

(Information from Coach Gabriel Lee:) -“We have six returning players from last year. We lost our big hitters from injury and graduations, so our new focus this year is defence. We should be a solid team again, competing well with the other schools. Every school plays each team once (in the south) and then we will be split up into 2 different tiers along with the teams from the east division. There will be two mini tourneys in these tiers providing us with better play and reducing the need for extra qualification games for WOSSA.”

 

 

GREAT FALL FRUIT SEASON

 

(Information from Dick Saarloos of Berry Hill Farms north of Aylmer:) – “Last year’s poor yields for apples and peaches have rebounded into very abundant crops for both this year. Growing conditions have been very good with a lot of moisture in July so apple trees are loaded. And we haven’t been able to keep up with the peaches. Pears and plums have good results as usual. Everbearing strawberries have also had a great year.”

 

 

1-NEW BOOK: KILLER CAUGHT IN BAYHAM 

 

A new book out this summer by Dundurn Publishing – Wrong Side of the Law by Edward Butts – includes the story of a bank robber in Langton who shot two men and fled and was finally located hiding near Straffordville.

On a June afternoon in 1950, 23 year old Joseph Mcauliffe of Windsor used a gun in robbing the only bank in Langton. He held several employees and clients inside and then escaped with $8000. Two young men who were detained decided to give chase, a hunting rifle in their car. As they caught up with the robber, he got out of his car  and shot and killed both pursuers near Kinglake. A manhunt for three days finally resulted in a 20 year old Vienna man, Graham Haggerty,  spotting him in an abandoned shack north of Straffordville. He was captured, tried in Simcoe and hung there in December. The National Film Board made a film about the case – Murder Remembered – in 1996 (which you can view online).

TOMORROW: – Interview with the Vienna man who caught the killer.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

FRED BODWORTH DIES

“(From the Toronto Star) -Fred Bodsworth, a noted Canadian author who was born in  Port Burwell,  died in Toronto on September 15,  aged 93.  His first book, at age 37,  was ‘Last of the Curlews’ in 1955.  More than 3 million copies of this have been sold and the novel, about a male Eskimo curlew bird that spends months seeking a mate while facing extinction, was made into an animated film in 1972. His last novel was in 1967. Bodsworth was honoured in 2003 with the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen Award for lifetime achievement. In 2005 the Pt. Burwell library was named after him.”

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY:

 

(By Bill Murch)

1-April LaRoche from Jersey Photography informed council that she will be promoting Aylmer businesses through a book of photos she is putting together. She invited the Mayor or a Councillor to be one of the judges in the selection of a photo from the public that will appear on the cover.

2-Council directed staff to request quotes for the installation of energy efficient LED street lights. A second request for quotes is to be put out for energy saving lights for the ball diamonds in Optimist and Steen parks and the Kinsmen Park tennis courts.

3-The Report from the Administrator on the Library Building Estimated Cost and Financing resulted in considerable discussion. Council passed five motions endorsing the building of a new library and the next steps it will take in obtaining a formal design. Once all this is done, Council believes it will at last have enough information to base a decision on whether or not to proceed with actual construction.

 

 

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MONDAY, Sept. 16/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

-Tue. -EESS Field Hockey; host Ingersoll, Glencoe

-Thu. -EESS Girls BBall: host CECI

-Sat. – 9am-2pm; Hazardous Waste Depot, EEC Complex

 

 

TANEWS: GOT THE WRITE INTEREST?

 

The Aylmer News welcomes submissions – ie. pictures of local events, writing a review of a local event, doing a report on a team or organization you belong to etc. Sent it along to our email address.

 

 

BALL: SPRINGFIELD OUSTED 

 

Springfield – Shedden defeated Springfield 7-4 here Thursday to capture their St. Thomas Fastball League semifinals by three games to one.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Low, William James “Bill” of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in his 72nd year. Survivors include: wife Dianne (Fox) Low  etc.. The funeral service will be held today at 11 am at Williams Funeral Home, St.Thomas.

 

-Shura, Francis Adam of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 55th year. Survivors include: wife Carmen (Kennedy) Shura; children Dylan, Dakota and Adam etc.. The funeral service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Saturday at 11:00 am.

 

-Obar, Louis of Eden passed away on Tuesday, September 3 in his 75th year. Husband of the late Mary Obar (1985). A ceremony was held at the Red Oak Travel Park on Sunday.

 

-Germuska, Margaret of Tillsonburg passed away Tuesday, aged 87. Wife of the late Paul Germuska (1989). Survivors include: children – Paul Germuska (Charlene) of Belmont, Marge Chromczak (Hank) of Port Bruce etc.. The funeral was Saturday; arrangements were through Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

HAWKS PREY ON SPITS

 

AYLMER – The Exeter Hawks overcame a 5-2 deficit and then scored a late marker for a 6-5 victory to spoil the home opener Saturday of the Aylmer Spitfires in SOJHL play. Clint Walker tallied twice and had an assist for Aylmer who outshot Exeter 32-28. The Spits have three games this weekend – Friday in Pt. Stanley, Saturday they host Pt. Stanley and Sunday they travel to Thamesford.

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Period 1

Exeter – Chiristopher Pfaff (Robert Campbell, Tyler Morey) 14:56

Period 2

Aylmer – Trevor Stewart (power play) (Josh Houston, Kyle Dedecker) 1:19

Aylmer – Todd Laurindo (Clint Walker, Will Goodhue) 6:47

Aylmer – Brad Payne (Cody Underhill, Matthew Reese) 7:40

Exeter – Trevor Thornton (power play) (Brodie Balcom, Kalvin Thornton) 10:47

Aylmer – Clint Walker (Mark Macpherson, Trevor Richardson) 14:45

Aylmer – Clint Walker (short handed) (unassisted) 16:49

Exeter – Chiristopher Pfaff (power play) (Cam Dykstra, Brodie Balcom) 18:08

Period 3

Exeter – Trevor Thornton (short handed) (Kalvin Thornton) 7:20

Exeter – Kalvin Thornton (Trevor Thornton, Tyler Morey) 12:23

Exeter – Jesse McIntyre (power play) (Trevor Thornton, Kalvin Thornton) 17:58

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– September 10, 2013, Station # 1, Calton Line, Alarm Malfunction

- September 11, 2013, Station #1,  Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– September 11, 2013, Station #2,#1, #3 and #4, 52090 Chalet Line, Fire

(*Between Anger Road and Walker Road; achimney fire with minimal damage)

– September 11, 2013, Station #1,  Waneeta Beach Drive, Alarm Malfunction

– September 12, 2013, Station #1,  Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– September 14, 2013, Station #3,  Imperial Road, Vehicle Fire

 

 

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THURSDAY, Sept. 12/13

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Friday

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

 

 

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

-St.Thomas Fastball Playoffs: Shedden at Springfield, 8 pm

 

-Fri. -Aylmer Farmers’ Market, 2-6pm

-Sat. -East Elgin Doors Open; 10 am-5pm (see ad)

(*Museum Hosts – Free Riding Tour of Tobacco Plant, 10am-4pm)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires Home Opener; vs Exeter, 7:30

-Sun. -Harvest Dinner, German Canadian Club; 5 pm (see ad)

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7 pm

 

 

ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES

 

Hilda Zimmer, 82, of the Aylmer area, passed away Tuesday, two and a half weeks after she was injured as a passenger in a SUV-transport truck accident at the corner of Highway 3 and Hacienda Road.

 

OBITUARY: – Zimmer, Hilda of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in her 82nd year. Survivors include: Husband Edward Zimmer; children Debbie (Luc) Dujardin, Donna (Barry) Landon, Brenda (Albert) Van Vlaanderen, all of the Aylmer area etc..  She was born in Saskatchewan. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held there Saturday at 11:00 am.

 

 

POLICE SOON TO PATROL PARKING

 

(Information from Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer:) – “The Town is contracting one of my civilian personnel to perform parking enforcement one day a week. This is a pilot for one year with monthly reports on tickets and compliance. The Town used to have a full time civilian enforcement officer and never replaced her.

The Aylmer Police have always enforced the traffic by-law as it pertained to more serious matters of impeding traffic, blocking driveways and hydrants. The 2 hour downtown-focused enforcement has not been proactively enforced. Recent requests from the BIA have resulted in this pilot project being instituted using existing personnel doing unscheduled enforcement. It still requires a little further discussion at our next PSB meeting on September 16th. The employee will have a uniform identifying them as  By-Law Enforcement personnel. The deployment date will be a surprise.”

 

 

BICYCLE FATALITY UPDATE

 

(Information on the recent bicycle-SUV collision on Buis Line which claimed the life of an Aylmer pastor is from Troy Carlson of Elgin OPP last night:)

“To date there have not been any charges and none are anticipated.  It has been determined that the cyclist was travelling on the wrong side of the roadway (traveling west in the eastbound lane). At the time of the collision the cyclist was in an area of the road that was in a gully at the bottom of a hill. The driver of the SUV was cresting the top of the hill  and this restricted his  ability to see the cyclist in time. The driver of the SUV attempted to avoid the cyclist by moving to the other side of the road (into the westbound lane)  but due to the loose gravel surface was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and subsequently travelled back into his own lane (eastbound lane)  and collided with the cyclist. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet.  There was no indication that either party was distracted.”

 

 

EESS OUTLOOK: SR GIRLS BBALL:

 

(Information on the upcoming Senior Girls Basketball season for EESS is from Coach Chris Wismer:) – “We lost Kira Cornelissen, who was the league MVP, Emily Febrey and Carlyi McCann. We have Karli Milmine, Katherine Barrie, Liz Rollo, and Michaela Vansevenant returning and several juniors moving up from their TVRAA championship team. St. Joe’s is in a different division this year. We’re looking for a return TVRAA championship and a trip to WOSSAA.  Co-coaches are Nicole Grayson and Olivia Walker. (Last year EESS won the Southeast Conference title). ”

 

 

HYDRO OUTAGES MINIMAL

 

(Despite the severe storm warnings in the area last night, Tim Stafford of Hydro One reports that there were minimal issues locally:) “There were numerous momentary interruptions due to lightning. Today Hydro One staff will be moved from Aylmer/Beachville to Strathroy to assist. East Elgin had 100 customers remaining out this morning, to be on by 4pm today.”

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY 

 

Among agenda items for this Monday’s Council:

-discussion of a staff report on how to finance the new library

 

 

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