Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

FRIDAY, Aug. 23/13



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 ACCIDENT: From Elgin OPP  4pm – OPP are currently investigating a serious collision which occurred around 11:06 this morning .The collision occurred on Highway #3 at Hacienda Road, just east of Aylmer.  A SUV was travelling south on Hacienda Rd and stopped at Highway #3.  The SUV then proceeded and was struck on the passenger side by a tractor trailer which was travelling east on Highway #3.The driver of the tractor trailer, a 54 year old Hamilton man, was uninjured in the collision. The driver of the SUV,  a 83 year old Aylmer man suffered minor injuries while his 81 year old female passenger suffered serious injuries.  She was airlifted to Victoria hospital.



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THURSDAY, Aug. 22/13





-Fri. -APAC presents Steven Page, 7:30 pm, OTH Theatre

-Sat. -Straffordville WatermelonFest; Parade 10 am

-Sat. -Blood Donor Clinic; St. Thomas Timken Ctr; 9am-12





Aylmer FC finished second (behind Railway City) in their four team Southwest Soccer League division with a record of 10-4-3 and face Southwold, third place claimants in the other division, in playoffs. Aylmer Rampage placed last in their division with a 5-9-3 mark and have to kick off against West Elgin, first in the other division with a 14-1-2 record. Both series are two games, total goals quarterfinals.


Tues. – Aylmer FC 5 Southwold 1 (Aylmer goals – Cody Benner Brett Coelho Greg Broer Craig Vanymeren and Jeremy Legg.) Second game is tonight in Shedden.


Tues. – West Elgin 2 Aylmer Rampage 1 (Jordan Ballantyne). Second game is tonight in West Lorne.




(From the Maples Leafs website:) – “The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that once again every Leafs’ game will be live on the radio as Sportsnet 590 The FAN and TSN Radio 1050 Toronto will divide the games. Jon Abbott, 28, will now perform the duties on mid-week radio broadcasts with the recent departure of Dan Dunleavy. Abbott will call the action on radio while Joe Bowen is doing the same on TV. The native of Aylmer (Corinth), Jon began his career as a production assistant at Leafs TV before moving on to a seven-year run of play-by-play in the Ontario Hockey League, primarily with the Ottawa 67′s. He spent the past two seasons behind the microphone of the Toronto Marlies. Abbott will also have pregame and postgame hosting duties for home games on Leafs TV and he will also report from the road for the network.





-White, Mary Ellen (Moore) of Pt. Bruce on Monday in her 89th year. Wife of the late David White (1998). Survivors include: three children etc.. She was born in Malahide Township. There will be a celebration of her life in September. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Hamm, Diedrich (Richard) of Aylmer passed away Tuesday, in his 73rd year. Survivors include: wife Elisabeth (Klassen) Hamm; children Dick (Marianne) of Springfield, Peter (Anita) of Aylmer, etc.. He was born in Mexico and was a minister of the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Thursday 7-9 pm and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the E.M.M.C. (Summers Corners) on Saturday.


-Van Gurp, Janna “Jane” (nee Helder) of Yorke Line, Belmont passed away Wednesday,  in her 77th year.  Survivors include: husband Harry Van Gurp; children Jannette Van Gurp, James Van Gurp (Jennifer) etc.. and siblings Henry Helder(Alaine), Corrie Hooghiem (George), Toney Helder (Margaret), Minnie Hiemstra, Bernard Helder (Jayne), Annie Hulst and Joanne Vording (Ralph), all of the Aylmer area. She was born in the Netherlands and had 34 grandchildren. Visitation at Bethel United Reformed Church, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

-Oellinger, Eric of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in his 63rd year. Survivors include wife Maria (Rieger) Oellinger etc.. He was born in Austria, came to Canada in 1988, and relocated to Aylmer in 2010. The service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Monday at 12 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.





Pt. Burwell Lakers finished ninth in the 11-team TriCounty Fastball League this year with a mark of 5-15. They qualified for the B playoffs.





Springfield ended up in third in the seven team St.Thomas Fastball League with 13 wins and 11 losses. They are matched with Glanworth in the opening playoff round in a best two of three games series.

Tue. – Springfield 6 Glanworth 3 (Next game is tonight in Glanworth)




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WED-DAY, Aug. 21/13



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TUESDAY, Aug. 20/13





-St.Thomas Fastball Playoffs – Glanworth at Springfield, 8pm

-Southwest Soccer Playoffs – West Elgin at Aylmer Rampage, 6:30, EESS

-Southwest Soccer Playoffs – Southwold at Aylmer FC, 8:15pm, EESS


-Wed. -Blood Donor Clinic; St. Thomas Timken Ctr; 1-7 pm (Sat. 9am-12)

-Fri. -APAC presents Steven Page, 7:30 pm, OTH Theatre

-Sat. -Straffordville WatermelonFest; Parade 10 am





-Hazelaar, Anneke of Aylmer passed away Friday, August 9, in her 94th year. Survivors include: daughter Elsje Barker (Jim) of Aylmer etc. The funeral was held last Wednesday. Arrangements through Forest Lawn Memorial  Funeral Home, London.


-Friesen, John P.  of Aylmer passed away on Saturday in his 67th year. Survivors include: wife Sara; children -Erika, Anita,  Adolf etc.. He was born in Mexico and was a member of the Church of God at Aylmer. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, is on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Sommerfeld Church in Mount Salem, on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.


-Ungar, Theresia of Aylmer passed away last Tuesday in her 81st year. Survivors include: husband Michael T. Ungar, son John (Jane) Ungar of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Austria, came to Canada in 1954 and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. The funeral service was held Saturday. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Campbell, Cheryl Elizabeth of Aylmer passed away on Thursday August 8 in her 66th year. Survivors include: husband Bill, son Darcy (Amy) Campbell of Belmont etc.. Cheryl was a children’s programmer at the Aylmer Public Library for 25 years. The funeral was held Sunday. Arrangements were through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Copeland, Robert David Allen of Aylmer on Wednesday August 7 in his 74th year. Survivors include: wife Carol (nee Dowling) and two sons etc. He taught carpentry at East Elgin S.S. from 1973 – 1997 and was a member of the St. Thomas Wood Carvers. The funeral was August 12 at Forest Lawn Memorial Funeral Home, London.





(By Bill Murch)

Among agenda items discussed by Aylmer Council at yesterday’s session:

-“Council gave final approval to the by-law to amend zoning to allow the owners of 37 Water Street to demolish the house there and build a quadruplex.

-The Town through the County of Elgin will take part in an improved communications system for the Fire Department. This system has been in development for three years and is expected to come in under budget. “





– July 25, 2013, Station #1, Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– July 25, 2013, Station #2,  Conservation Line, Medical Assist

– July 27, 2013, Station #3, 51830 Ron McNeil Line, Fire (truck)

– July 28, 2013, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– July 30, 2013, Station #2 , #1, 51953 Talbot Line, MVC

– July 30, 2013, Station #1,  #2, 6059 Imperial Road, MVC

– July 31, 2013, Station #4, #2 and #3, 6413 Pigram Road, Fire (bunker silo)

– July 31, 2013, Station #1,  Lakeview Drive, Medical Assist

– August 2, 2013, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– August 2, 2013, Station #2, 50154 Dingle Street, MVC

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

- August 3, 2012, Station #3, 51830 Ron McNeil Line, Fire (truck)

- August 5, 2013, Station #2,  Rogers Road, Medical Assist

– August 5, 2013, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– August 5, 2013, Station #1, Lakeview Drive, Medical Assist

– August 6, 2013, Station #3, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– August 6, 2013, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– August 7, 2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– August 8, 2013, Station #3,  College Line, Medical Assist

– August 10, 2013, Station #1, 6602 Sawmill Road, Fire (tobacco kiln)

– August 10, 2013, Station #2,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist





The annual Watermelon Fest in Straffordville takes place this Saturday. There will be a Pancake Breakfast at 7am at the Straffordville FireHall, a parade at 10 am, a Silent Auction at the Community Centre, food booths, craft vendors, musical entertainment, games etc. and a family movie in the park at dusk.





The Aylmer Performing Arts Council is sponsoring Steven Page this Friday night at the Old Town Hall theatre as a special presentation (see ad). Page was a founding member and main songwriter of the BareNaked Ladies before he embarked on a solo career in 2009. This fall he will also host a series called The Illegal Eater on the Travel and Escape tv network.





(Asymmetric Consulting Inc. of Aylmer issued this press release after the recent decision by a mediator to choose a Toronto firm for a study of the EEC Complex:) “AC Inc. wishes to thank the Town of Aylmer and Twp. of Malahide for shortlisting Asymmetric Consulting, during the Request for Proposal for the East Elgin Community Complex (EECC) Operational Review. Mr. Rudy Gheysen President of Asymmetric Consulting stated “It was a win to participate in a local strategic initiative. This experience was an opportunity to not only grow my company but also give something back to both communities.”  Asymmetric Consulting wishes to congratulate the successful bidding company as well as the Town of Aylmer and the Township of Malahide for moving forward with this initiative.”




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MONDAY, Aug. 19/13





-Aylmer Council, 3:30 pm


-Tue. -St.Thomas Fastball Playoffs – Glanworth at Springfield, 8pm

-Tue. -Southwest Soccer Playoffs – Southwold at Aylmer FC, 8:15pm

-Wed. -Blood Donor Clinic; St. Thomas Timken Ctr; 1-7 pm (And Sat. 9am-12)

-Fri. -APAC presents Steven Page, 7:30 pm, OTH Theatre





-Charlton, Margaret Elizabeth (Beach) of Springfield passed away on August 9 aged 93. Wife of the late Wilfrid Charlton (1968). Survivors include: two children etc.. She lived in the Springfield area all of her life and was a former schoolteacher and member of Springfield Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held at the Springfield Baptist Church today at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Bos, Theodora “Dorothy” of Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 83rd year. Survivors include: husband Gerry, daughter Ingrid Bos of Aylmer etc.. She was born in the Netherlands and was a member of Aylmer Christian Reformed Church. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral service will be held at the Christian Reformed Church Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.


-Brooks, Doreen of St. Thomas and formerly of Aylmer passed away Friday in her 86th year. Wife of the late Ralph Brooks (1986). Survivors include: daughter Sherri Ostrander (Tom); sister Joyce (Bill) Nesbitt etc.. Doreen was receptionist at Kebbel Funeral Home for 22 years and was citizen of the year in both Springfield and Aylmer. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family funeral service will be held.


-Barker, Howard “Hap” of Aylmer passed away Friday in his 81st year. Survivors include: children Linda (Trevor)Taylor of Straffordville, Brent (Nicole) Barker of Aylmer and Lisa (Paul) Alward of Pt. Burwell etc. He was predeceased by eight brothers and four sisters. He was born in Pt Burwell. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday, 7-9 pm. A graveside service will be held at the Orwell Cemetery on Tuesday at 11:00 am.


-Newland, Hazel “Ruth” (Chalk) of Guelph on Friday at the age of 90 years. Survivors include: her three children etc. She was born in Malahide and taught elementary school for 25 years in the Tillsonburg area. There will be a private family internment at the Aylmer Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to McIntyre and Wilkie Funeral Home of Guelph.


-Kennedy, Margaret (Madge) (Sergeant) of Tillsonburg and formerly of Eden passed away Wednesday at the age of 76. She was a member of Eden Baptist Church. Visitation is on Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg; the funeral service will be held there at 1pm.


-Picknell, Mary Johnanna of Otterville passed away on Thursday, August 8, in her 93rd year. Survivors include: daughter Ferne (Bill) Taggart of Aylmer etc.. The funeral service was August 12. Arrangements through Arn-Lockie Funeral Home in Norwich.





(Information from Char Ierullo, Chair of Aylmer Splashpad Committee:) “The grand opening of the Aylmer family Splash Pad was held Friday afternoon. Most of our donors were in attendance. Barb Warnock representing the Aylmer Rotary Club, was our MC. Stephen Douglas spoke on behalf of our committee. Ann Lapchinski spoke on behalf of the Ontario Trillium foundation. MPP Jeff Yurek and Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt also spoke. The children were given an ice cream bar and a drink from the Rotarians – 300 ice creams were served.

The pad is open from 9 am to 8 pm daily until Thanksgiving weekend. There are a more few things to do like install the benches on Monday as they still need to be bolted down into the cement.”


The Aylmer Splashpad in Balmoral Park opened on Friday (view looking east). (kb) (CLICK)





Among agenda items:

-Discussion of a staff report reccommending that Council give final approval to a plan by the owners of 37 Water Street to demolish the house there and build a quadruplex.





According to the weekly report of the Elgin Health Unit on the condition of local beaches, issued Friday August 16, only Pt. Burwell public beach, of local beaches, was Posted as having a high level of bacterial contamination.





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MONDAY, Aug. 12/13



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THURSDAY, Aug. 8/13



THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Friday




-TriCounty Fastball – Tavistock at Pt. Burwell, 8pm


-Fri-Sun. – Aylmer Fair (see story Aug. 1)

-Sat. -Clovermead BeeBeard Event, 12:30 pm


-Mon. -Free Shinny, Ages 6-13; 11:30 am -12:30; EEC Complex





-Ward, Geraline Frances; of Straffordville, on Monday, aged 78 years. Survivors include: husband Dewey Ward, son Charles (Elaine) Ward of Straffordville 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 on Friday, at 2 p.m.


-Ruckle, Ronald Lavern, of Langton, on Saturday, aged 67 years. Survivors include: brother Larry (Marilyn) Ruckle of Aylmer etc.. The funeral was held Tuesday. Arrangements through Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.


-Martin, Roy; of Aylmer, passed away Wednesday, in his 89th year. Predeceased by his wife Greta (2008). Survivors include: children Mary Henderson, Jim Martin , Carol Ann McCallum, Nancy (John) Bohm, all of Aylmer etc.. Roy was born in Malahide and worked at Carnation. 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.





(Jack Withington of Aylmer sent a notice to Aylmer Council Tuesday of his intention to apply for a licence from Health Canada to establish a marijuana grow op for medicinal purposes in a building at the former Imperial Tobacco plant. He provides further information:)

“I was born and raised in St.Thomas, and my wife and I moved to Aylmer in September last year. I have an extensive business background including 3 successful business turnarounds and a successful business startup that is still a going concern. I own a Plastics Injection Moulding Company. My partner is a Scientist who graduated from Purdue University. He has worked the past 5 years for the National Research Council of Canada devoted to researching Cannabis.

We selected 250 Elm Street, a former Imperial Tobacco building, because it was built to meet similar security and processing requirements. The Security system has to be upgraded to meet the stringent requirements set out by Health Canada. (We find that) residential production activities leave the program vulnerable to criminal involvement, health and fire issues. Health Canada announced changes to the program on June 13, 2013 which makes Canada leaders in the world for quality and security of their Medicinal Marijuana Program. We will have the latest technology in laboratory equipment and security equipment.

Realistic expectations are to employ 12 to 15 people the first year and fifty in our 5th year of operations. We hope to receive a licence and start production by September. We will be selling directly to persons authorized to purchase using the web. We will have software similar to Pharmacies to protect against misuse. We will also be marketing to pharmacies licenced to handle marijuana.”





(A notice posted on the door of the PERC Coffee Shop on Talbot St. east last weekend indicated that this unique venture, supported by the Aylmer Ministerial Association, was ending. Pastor Louis Bosma of Aylmer Christian Reformed Church provided an update from a statement he made to the Association:)

“I need to inform you that due to ongoing financial challenges, the Perc (coffee shop) is closing, effective immediately. For the last number of days the “Board” has been agonizing over this very difficult decision.  On the one hand, there’s the very important ministry that has been taking place at the Perc for over three years. Many “clients” lives (the at risk youth of Elgin County) have been deeply and positively impacted not only by the skills learned.

Over against all of the positive reasons, is the reality of the ongoing financial stresses we were facing. While business has certainly blossomed dramatically since its meagre beginnings and while business continued to slowly grow (overall) the last while, the harsh reality is that income was still not meeting expenses. In making this decision it should be noted that the Perc was under the auspices (or an entity) of Career Opportunities for Elgin Youth and the clients who were to start at the Perc next week have all been placed elsewhere.”





-Springfield (13-11) 7 St.Thomas 2






-Council accepts the proposal from the Aylmer Police Services for the provision of Parking Enforcement Services and that the parking enforcement be provided for an eight (8) hour day, one day per week, randomly applied for a period of one year and be subject to a review at that time.

-LeisurePlan International is confirmed by Council as the appointed consultant for the EECC Operational Review based on the reccommendation by Consultant Mr. Maddox.





-Pt. Burwell (5 -12) 9 Oxford C. 2

-Innerkip 8 Pt. Burwell 1





(Contributed) – The ninth annual World Bee Beard Championship and Pioneer games are rescheduled (rained out two weeks ago) for this Saturday at Clovermead Farms north of Aylmer beginning at 2:30 pm. Admission is $11 and proceeds go to the Teen Challenge Farm in London.

For the Bee Beard completion, inside screened tents four Beekeeper contestants are loaded up with bees and groomed to make fashionable beards. Bee Beard contestants include: Marenda Schipper, Aylmer, a university student, Justin Hiemstra, Aylmer, a college student, Mariana Guzman Martinez, an exchange student from Mexico and Patrick Boelsterli, Belmont, a vet student.

Pioneer Games kick off at 12:30 pm. with events like Nail Pounding, two person Cross Cut Sawing, Potato Sack Races, Seed Spitting, Potato on a Spoon race, Human Buggy Races, and Tug O’ War. There are also special activities ie.  Wagon rides, farm animals, walking trails, pedal go-carts, huge jumping pillow, a mist maze, zip line and playground.




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TUESDAY, Aug. 6/13



THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wed.




-Aylmer Council, 3:30

-St.Thomas Fastball – St.Thomas at Springfield, 8:30


-Fri-Sun. –Aylmer Fair





-Mangelsen, Jacqueline Phyllis; of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, in her 68th year. Survivors include: husband Richard Mangelsen; sister-in-law Elizabeth Mangelsen etc.. A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Vissser, Nicholas Peter; of Simcoe, on July 30. Survivors include: son Ryan (Alyshia) of Eden, etc.. The funeral will be held at the Arn-Lockie Funeral Home, Norwich on Monday at 1:00 p.m.





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer:)


-A 20 year old Aylmer man was charged with following too close on July 27 at 4:30 pm after his car which was southbound on John St. rearended a vehicle that was also southbound and had stopped at the Beech St stoplight.


-A 80 year old St.Thomas  woman was also charged with following too close on July 29 at 11 am after her car rearended another car on John St. north that had stopped for the stoplight at Progress Drive.


-A 51-year old Aylmer man was found guilty of careless driving in St.Thomas provincial court recently from the crash that killed a 64 year old St Thomas motorcyclist on September 2. The man was fined $1400 and suspended from driving for two years. His vehicle had turned into the path of the motorcyclist who was travelling east on Talbot St. west.





(Information from Aylmer Splashpad Commitee Chair Char Ierullo:) – “The Rotary Club with our committee will be hosting a grand opening for the Aylmer Family Splash pad on Friday, August 16th, at 4 pm. We will have reps from most of our donors in attendance. Eastlink TV will be present to video our ceremony. There will be swimming for the children. Refreshments will be served.”





(Information from Sandi Loponen, Elgin County Library Co-Ordinator:) – “Elgin County Library is introducing two new services that library cardholders can access in the library or at home. First, Zinio magazines offer access to full-colour electronic reproductions of over 60 magazines that can be downloaded for viewing. The library’s subscription includes such popular titles as O, the Oprah Magazine, Hello Canada, Men’s Health, Sportsnet, and Reader’s Digest, as well as a number of hobby-based selections.

The second service is called IndieFlix, an online streaming service that provides access to independent award-winning shorts, features, and documentaries, including film festival hits from Sundance, Cannes, Tribecca, TIFF and more. Both services require patrons to set up basic login accounts. (Library visitors can book computer time in 30-minute sessions, up to a maximum of 2 hours of daily use if no one is waiting.  Wireless service is also available in the branches for those who want to bring in their own laptop, tablet or smartphone.)





According to the weekly report of the Elgin Health Unit on the condition of local beaches, issued Friday, still no Beaches are Posted as a result of high levels of bacterial contamination.







(From Elgin-St.Thomas Health) – “Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh,  issued a seventh HEAT ALERT in 2012 for Elgin County for Saturday, August 4. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, the combination of increased humidity and higher temperatures  pushed the humidex levels into the low 40’s. A Smog Advisory was also issued for Friday afternoon by the Ontario Ministry of Environment due to poor air quality in the region.”





































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THURSDAY, August 1/13



THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Fri.,Mon.




-TriCounty Fastball – Oxford C. at Pt. Burwell, 8pm


-Mon. -Civic Holiday

-Mon. -Tim Horton’s Free Swim at Aylmer Pool, 1:30-4 pm

-Tue, -St.Thomas Fastball – St.Thomas at Springfield, 8:30

-Tue. -Aylmer Council, 3:30pm


-Aug. 9-11 – Aylmer Fair





Among agenda items for Aylmer Council at its session on August 6:

-Report that Mr. Maddox of JGM Consulting has completed his review for the EECC Joint Board Appointment and he has recommended LeisurePlan International as the consultant for the EECC Operational Review.





A pickup truck struck the south wall (west of the entrance) of the north building of the East Elgin Medical Clinic on Talbot St. west yesterday morning. Internally, Dr. Osih’s newly renovated Dental Office was damaged. According to witnesses, there were no injuries. (Photo by Bryan Thompson)





-Springfield (12-11) 5 Morpeth 3

-Springfield 9 Glanworth 0

-Springfield 7 Glanworth 0

-Springfield 3 Alvinston 2

-Alvinston W (forfeit) Springfield L





(Information from Elaine Earhart, Secretary of the East Elgin Agricultural Fair Board: ) The Aylmer Fair is still  looking for contestants for the Senior Fair Ambassador contest to represent the Fair. There are three entrants in the Junior competition.


The 167th edition of the 3-day Fair begins next weekend – Friday to Sunday. Admission prices are the same. Advance all day ride vouchers are on sale at the fairgrounds now until Aug 9 for $20.00; after that they will be $30.00. Campbell Amusements will be on the grounds.The Pet Show, wagon rides, Dotsy the Clown, Val the Snakelady, a Cinderella Princess exhibit etc. are highlights for children.


Grandstand performances are: Friday- Opening/Ambassador Contest at 6pm followed by a Fiasco Car Challenge. (This will have teams of 4 people from local garages that will have tasks 2 at a time ie to put wheels on a car and the battery in, then to drive part of a course, shoot a hoop, then finish the course, then the other two team members will take their turn. Two teams will be competing at a time. It will be a timed and points event. The final 2 teams will complete in 10 laps and the winner will receive $1000.00.)


Saturday -Motor Madness events all day; Sunday -Pizza Eating Contest at 3:30 and Music Shows running from Noon – 5 p.m. with the Derrick Drover Band from Aylmer, Marie Bottrell & the Memphis Cats and Gary Boyle, the latter two acts from London.





-Woodstock 3 Pt. Burwell (3-11) 1

-Sweaburg 7 Pt. Burwell 0

-Innerkip 9 Pt. Burwell 2





-Jung, Wolfram; of Pt. Burwell, on Monday, aged 59. Survivors include: wife Petra Jung, daughter Anastacia Jung of Aylmer etc. He was a Home Inspector and the owner/operator of Home Facts of Canada. Visitation at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Saturday, 1-2 pm. A service will follow in the chapel at 2:00 p.m.





-Aylmer Rampage (4-7-2) 4 Southwold 0

-Aylmer FC (9-4-1) 4 Glencoe 1





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TUESDAY, July 29/13



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wed.*




-Southwest Soccer – Southwold at Aylmer Rampage, 7 pm, EESS

-St.Thomas Fastball -Alvinston at Springfield, 8:30pm


-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball – Oxford at Pt. Burwell, 8pm

-Mon. -Tim Horton’s Free Swim at Aylmer Pool, 1:30-4 pm





The Central Hotel, which has been a hotel since its construction in 1883, will become ‘The Central’, a family restaurant opening this fall, according to information released yesterday by its Board of Directors.

The hotel, a Heritage building, was sold earlier this year to an anonymous donor who will retain ownership until The Central Charity group is ready to take over, outlined Albert Loewen, Minister of the Mt. Salem EMC church and Chair of the board of The Central. The Central has a five person Board of Directors.

The restaurant will be housed on the main floor and the upper two levels will be renovated into modern apartments and office space, hopefully ready next year. Loewen noted that the plan is for the apartment rentals and restaurant revenues, along with donations, to sustain The Central’s daily operations.

“The restaurant will be unique,” said Loewen.  “Aylmer will likely welcome a first for Canadian restaurants. The Central is being planned and designed as an innovative charity dedicated to helping local families meaningfully reconnect – while they enjoy savoury local fare. The Central will be family-driven instead of profit-driven. The Central’s mission will be to reconnect families by having them share meals together without distractions. We will try to promote healthy family habits. Distractions can come in  a variety of forms but the obvious one for our culture is bringing  cell phones to the table and having the family members engaged in  conversations with others instead of those that are present around the table.”

He added: “The Central will experiment with a number of family first strategies.  One idea under consideration is offering discounts to families who don’t use their wireless devices at the table.”

Loewen pointed out that the Central also plans to provide space and resources during the off-hours for other non-profit Christian organizations that support family-focused initiatives in the region, like outreach programs for single-mothers and young people – “It will be a dynamic meeting place for the community. The Central demonstrates our commitment to downtown Aylmer and the entire region.”





-Hertner, Joanne Gertrude; of Aylmer, passed away on Monday, in her 74th year. Survivors include: husband Gerald Hertner, four children; stepchild Jim (Grace) Hertner of Aylmer etc.. She was born in the Netherlands and was a member of the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church. Visitation at Kebbel’s  Funeral Home, Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Thursday, at 11:00 am.





MT. SALEM – Elgin OPP have charged the 51 year old Aylmer female driver of the car involved in the accident here two weeks ago with failing to stop for a stop sign. The two vehicle collision occurred on July 18 south of here at Springfield Road and Vienna Line. A vehicle being driven by a 32 year old Port Burwell woman along with her four children was travelling south on Springfield Road approaching Vienna Line and was struck by the Aylmer woman’s car travelling east on Vienna Line which had failed to stop for the stop sign at Springfield Road.





(Update from Char Vitoierullo, Chair of the Aylmer  Splashpad Committee) – “I  am hoping for the opening around August 16th. I would like to have it open for the Aylmer Cornfest weekend. We are waiting for the sod to be laid and once the sod is laid and the benches are put in we need one week off the sod so it settles before the pad is open.”






Canada’s women’s eight rowing team won an Olympic silver medal today finishing just a half a boat length behind the U.S. Included in their crew is coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie of London, a former EESS teacher. She won her fifth Olympic medal in rowing – she was first named as cox for the Canadian eight in 1980.





-July 17, 2013, Station #1, Station #2, 52999 John Wise Line, Tractor Fire

(*Large farm tractor, fully engulfed, aprox. $400,000 damage, cause unknown)





Scene from a summer night. (Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)




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