Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

THURSDAY, Nov. 6/14





-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 councils


-Fri- EESS hosts: Girls BBall Playoffs – Jr v CECI 3:30; Sr v HPark 8pm

-Fri – EESS hosts: Football Playoff – Jr v Lon Cent 1pm (Sr at Lon Cen.)

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley 7:30 pm

-Sat – APAC presents Jack Dekeyzer (sold out)





EESS will host three TVRAA playoff games tomorrow. In girls basketball semifinals,  the first place East Elgin juniors will host CECI at 3:30 – the Eagles defeated CECI 43-31 in their only league encounter this year. At 8 pm the first place East Elgin seniors will host Huron Park. In other semifinal play at EESS Friday, Huron Park will tangle with WCI in a junior match at 5 pm and Parkside will face Dorchester at 6:30 in senior action. As well, the EESS junior football team will host London Central in a playoff at 1 pm – the senior Eagles will be on the road against London Central.





(From Police Chief Andre Reymer) – A 70 year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to yield after her car, travelling north on Rutherford Ave., failed to yield at the four way stop at South St. about 4 pm a week ago Monday and hit a pickup truck – minor damage to each vehicle.





(Contributed) – The 13th annual Ten Thousand Villages Sale, sponsored by Mennonite Community Services and Mennonite Savings and Credit Union in Aylmer, will be held Nov. 20-22, Thursday to Saturday, at the Old Town Hall theatre. Products being sold are made in various third world countries. All workers receive a fair market price by Ten Thousand Villages which is reflected in the retail price because fair prices vary in different countries. Among items to be sold are: coffee, tea, sugar, jams, pasta, and chocolate plus a mix of Christmas decorations, home décor, jewelry, toys, musical instruments, baskets and planters etc. Phone 765-3026 for information.







Aylmer’s present town hall building turns one hundred years old next week.  It was completed in mid-November, 1914 – just months after the start of World War One. It was originally built to serve mainly as a post office. The cost was $50,000 – the contractor was Nagle and Mills – and it took about six months to construct. There were three floors plus a basement and clock tower. The ground floor was designed for the post office with a large lobby and 600 postal boxes. The second floor was  built with three rooms for Customs and a room for an Armoury. The third floor was designed for living quarters for the caretaker. The previous post office was in a building at King and Talbot streets. The present post office was built in the late 1970s and the town offices shifted from the original town hall to the old post office; the library then moved into the old town hall in 1981.

new post office pict




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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5/14




-TVDSB Grade 9s to work day


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

-Fri – EESS hosts: Jr Football Playoff v Lon Central 1pm (Sr. at Lon Central)
-Sat – Spits host Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm
-Sat. – APAC presents Jack Dekeyzer (sold out)





-Prong, Irene of St. Thomas passed away on Tuesday in her 94th year. Survivors: sister Mary Mossey of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Malahide and was a hairdresser in Aylmer. Visitation at. Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday at 1 pm.


-Grigg, Ernest of St. Thomas and formerly of Vienna passed away Monday at the age of 86 years. Survivors: siblings MaryLee (Wayne) Tupper of Straffordville, Larry (Bev) Grigg of Vienna etc.. He was a farmer in the Vienna area. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Friday from noon until the Funeral Service at 2 p.m.



-Poots, Dr. Alexander Vaughan of London and formerly of Aylmer passed away on Monday, aged 96. Pre-deceased by his wife June (nee Eglinton). Survivors:  three children etc.. He was born in Belfast Northern Ireland and received his medical degree from Trinity College in Dublin. Upon graduating, he moved to London England where he was part of the Emergency Medical Service during WW II. He and his wife emigrated to Canada in 1957 and soon settled in Aylmer. He retired in 1994. A get together will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Saturday from 2 -5 pm. A private family ceremony will occur at a later date.





(Press Release Thursday) – Twenty seniors will receive the annual Ontario Seniors Achievement awards for significant contributions to their communities this fall and included in that group is Pauline Roberts, 91, of Aylmer. She is a trained nurse, volunteer and President of the Chateau Gardens Nursing Home Auxiliary and for the past 23 years she has volunteered at the Aylmer/Malahide Museum. The last two seniors from Aylmer who were given this award – Marj Rimnyak and Harley Barons – received the honour in 2012.





(Information from Lakeland womens’ basketball coach Chris King ) –  Former EESS basketball stars Amber Irvine and Alison Deblaire have reunited as teammates this season at Lakeland College in Lloydminster Alberta and the result is a top ten ranking for the school in Canada.

Lloydminster  is on the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan. King, in his seventh year as coach there, said the town’s population  is about 35,000 with about 4500 students at the college. They have never placed higher than third in their league and this year they are ranked fifth of all womens’ college teams in the country. They play in the Alberta College Athletic Conference and to date they are in first place with a six wins no losses record in league play and 11 wins in 12 games overall.

Said King: “This is easily the most talented team I have coached. Alison was working in Saskatchewan last year and contacted me about coming here and playing and then she got in touch with her best friend Amber. We got lucky with both.”  Alison had graduated from Fanshawe a year ago having played on the school team for several seasons and Amber, who graduated in Kinesiology at the University of Windsor last year, played her first year on the school team. At Lakeland, Alison enrolled in a Social Worker program. and Amber is taking International Child care.

Added King: “Amber is one of the most talented players in the league, she had been first off the bench and usually plays the rest of the way. She is third in league scoring in the division. She is a good scorer and great at steals and is still taking a while to get back in shape. Alison is our second tallest and also is off the bench and after a year off is still developing her offensive skills. We have four girls in the 22 year old range so its great to have that experience.”

King also admitted to still familiarizing himself with the girls’ background – he spelled ‘Aylmer’ wrong (‘Elmer’) on his team roster until  he was corrected recently by the girls.

In Ontario womens’ university basketball, Kira Cornelissen of Aylmer is in her second year with Brock. They open their league season this weekend with games in Ottawa. Brock travels to UWO on November 29 at 6 pm.

Former EESS player Tessa Kreiger is not playing this season after two years with the Canadian champion University of Windsor  – Windsor is again the top ranked team in Canada beginning the year.


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TUESDAY, Nov. 4/14





-Tue – EESS hosts: Jr Girls BBall Playoff v Till.


-Wed. -TVDSB Grade 9s to work day

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

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30
-Sat. -APAC Presents: Jack Dekeyzer (sold out)



(Information from Bayham Fire Chief Randy White:) – “We were dispatched at 2 pm. The scene commander requested assistance from Brownsville, Malahide, and Courtland in Norfolk. Bayham fire crews stayed until 4:50 pm, almost 3 hours. The fire appears to have started near a wood stove in the basement (Have wood and oil burning appliances and chimneys inspected before each heating season). Initial damage estimates were pegged at $175,000. There were no injuries (except for the cat). Considering how the fire spread and the delay before being noticed, the crews did an outstanding job of limiting the damage. I’d say the bulk of things precious to the family were saved.”





This Monday at the Otter Valley Naturalists’ monthly meeting at 7 pm at the Vienna Community Centre – ” “The Ontario Badger” with guest speaker Josh Sayers of Ontario Badgers. Southern Ontario is home to a small population of American Badgers (Taxidea taxus subspecies “jacksoni”). These rare, native carnivores are members of the weasel family and are among the most elusive animals in the province.”





(Contributed) – (The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 13th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 14 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 15, from 1 pm – 9 pm. In the next few weeks all four homes on the tour will be featured:)


“This lovely white frame house at 53 Harvey St. was built in 1876 by the Kent family and remained in the family until the last owner, Marion Kent, passed away. The home was purchased in 2006 by Barb Kelly. The large new garage was added on in 2011 plus the front yard landscaping was redone to accommodate the addition. In  2012 the house was sold to the present owners, Paul and Laura Donelan. Paul and Laura have transformed the two-car garage into a beautiful adult retreat – their master bedroom. Throughout the home you will notice the touches of old with the new. Original beams are exposed in the living room wall and notice the unique kitchen island. The transformation of this house will amaze you.”







“Aylmer Police were called yesterday around 3 pm to Rebekah Drive after a neighbour observed several male youths acting suspiciously behind a residence. Police followed a trail back to the Bradley Creek and found seven youths – one 19, one 18 and five between 14 and 16 years old –  sitting around consuming alcohol and in possession of marijuana. The families of the youths – four from Malahide, three from Aylmer – were called to the station and Police suggested a program of diversion for all involved.”





(Information from Claudia Mior-Eckel, Executive Director of the East Elgin Family Health team:) – “Dr.  Monika Botschner will be retiring December 31st. She has provided 4 years of service to the EEFHT  We are in the process of contacting her patients to let them know about physicians accepting patients in neighbouring towns and ensuring that the transition is seamless.  There are several physicians in the London area accepting patients.


Our goal is to provide health services to all residents of Eastern Elgin County with 8 full time physicians and 2 full time Nurse Practitioners; in addition to a full staff of other health professionals, ie, social worker and dietitian practicing in our Aylmer and Straffordville locations. Our Straffordville site renovations are complete and we are hopeful we will recruit physicians for that location. It is also our intent to provide other health services in Straffordville such as social work and nutrition.”




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MONDAY, Nov. 3/14





-Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Aylmer Leaf Collection begins (all of November)


-Tue – EESS host: Jr Girls BBall Playoff v Till.

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

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30





Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer reported the following concerning Hallowe’en night in town Friday: “No incidents, nice and quiet. We also ran a RIDE ‎program with no issues.”





-FOOTBALL – SR – EESS (3-3) 10 Medway 3; JR – EESS (4-2) 15 Medway 14 (end of league schedule)





-VanWeelden, Dick of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in his 90th year. Survivors: wife Nellie (Looyen) VanWeelden; two children including Mary Ann Moore of Aylmer etc.. He was born in The Netherlands. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am.





Aylmer Spitfires won and lost in weekend SOJHL play. Saturday at home, Mt. Brydges overcame a 2-0 Aylmer first period lead to post a 4-2 victory; Will Goodhue and Ryan Stapleton tallied for the Spits. Sunday in North Middlesex, Derek Folkhard scored twice to lead the Spitfires to their third win in as many games over the home team this season. Single goals were notched by Clint Walker, Josh Houston and Josh Lockhart. Aylmer’s record is now four wins and twelve losses. This week Aylmer hosts Pt. Stanley Saturday and travels to Thamesford Sunday.



Period 1
AylmerJosh   Lockhart (Andrew   Baxter) 0:25
AylmerJosh   Houston (power play) (Andrew   Baxter) 6:41
North MiddlesexJackson Kading (Brady   Hillock) 14:41
North MiddlesexMatt   Lencz (power play) (Spencer   Kading, Nic   Kowaluk) 19:07
Period 2
AylmerClint   Walker (power play) (Josh   Houston, Kyle   DiCicco) 5:29
North MiddlesexTaylor   Moir (Ryan   Collison, Nic   Kowaluk) 7:32
AylmerDerek   Folkard (Robert   Shaw) 9:54
AylmerDerek   Folkard (Jesse   Tottle, Robert   Shaw) 17:14
Period 3
North Middlesex   – Matt   Lencz (unassisted) 0:58





– October 31, 2014, Station #2, Mutual Aid, 55520 Arthur Street, Bayham

– November 1, 2014, Station # 1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– November 2, 2014, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist





(Press Release Friday) – “The Competition Bureau announced today that it has approved the sale by Loblaw of ten Shoppers Drug Mart stores: seven will be sold to independent pharmacists operating under a McKesson banner and three will be sold to Pharmasave Drugs (Atlantic) Ltd. These transactions result from the March 2014 Consent Agreement between Loblaw and the Bureau relating to Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart. (Local stores involved include those in Aylmer and Exeter). When conducting its review of Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, the Bureau examined the level of retail competition in each and every market where both a Loblaw-owned grocery store and a Shoppers Drug Mart were present. McKesson sells and delivers directly to over 7,000 pharmacies and runs a banner program for independent pharmacists under the IDA etc. banner which includes over 2,000 locations in Canada.”





(Contributed) – The Ontario Public Library Association recently announced that three of the four winners in their “What inspires you @ Your Library” Video Contest for Teens were from East Elgin libraries. The videos with the most Likes on Facebook were from the Belmont Library (Spencer Esler, CAS Youth Intern) ​and Straffordville Library (Faith Braun, Student Youth Intern). The videos as chosen by the OPLA Council were from Huntsville Public Library and the ​Aylmer Library (CAS Youth Intern Jen Klassen). Each winner won an iPad. Each had to produce a video, one to two minutes in length, concerning the theme. You can view the videos at:





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FRIDAY, Oct. 31/14






-Fri-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)

-Fri -Ayl-Mal Fair Haunted House (see ad), 7-9 pm

-Fri -DoNut Man Concert; EECC 6:30, No costumes, Free, Hosted by EMMC Church

-Sat. – Clocks change back


*Next Week – Aylmer leaf collection begins

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm





-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (9-0, Ist place) 37 PCI 32 (end of league play)

-GIRLS BBALL – JR – EESS (6-1, Ist place) 47 College Ave 26 (end of league play)

-BOYS VBALL – SR – Glencoe 3 EESS 2 (quarter final, end of season)





The Aylmer News welcomes submissions – ie. comments, 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.





(Contributed) St.Thomas Elgin Safe Communities is sponsoring a 12 hour course to train people to assist someone with a mental health crisis. The sessions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday November 25-6 and December 2-3 from  8:30 am-12 each day at the Elgin Resource Business Centre on Edgeware Rd. in St.Thomas.  Cost is $130. To register email pam.buys@von.ca or call 519 637 6408.





(From Principal Kim Simpson at Davenport:)  – “We had an assembly this morning that featured a powerpoint presentation about bullying that was the idea of two grade eight students. They developed the presentation on their own under the supervision of a teacher. We also recognized outstanding student citizens from each class. We are having a Hallowe’en dance this afternoon and the cost of entry is a canned good. All the canned goods collected are for the food bank. Each class has also voted on the best costume and the student from each class who had the best costume won a prize.”


(From Principal Don Naylor at Summers’ Corners:) – “Some of the classes have done some activities with pumpkins–carving, baking, counting/graphing seeds. We dressed in black and orange today for colour house points.”


(From Principal Richard Auckland at Straffordville:) –  “The author of the “And Then It Happened” series of books, Michael Wade came to Straffordville today to speak to the grade 3 to 7 students about being an author and where some of his ideas come from. He then travelled to Port Buwrell to make a presentation to their students. Today we are also having a black and orange spirit day.”


Author Michael Wade was at Straffordville public school this morning. (Contributed)

Author Michael Wade was at Straffordville public school this morning. (Contributed)





NEW – “Low German Mennonites of Aylmer” . On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

“Low German Mennonites of Aylmer”. On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.




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THURSDAY, Oct. 30/14





– EESS hosts Girls BBall; Boys VBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)


-Fri. -DoNut Man Concert; EEC Complex 6:30, No costumes, Free, Hosted by EMMC Church

-Sat. – Clocks change

*Next Week – Aylmer leaf collection begins






-van Kasteren, Andre of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in his 83rd year. Survivors: wife Lotty (Peltenburg) vanKasteren; five children including Jack vanKasteren (Kathy) and Harry vanKasteren (Gail), both of Aylmer etc.. He was born in the Netherlands and moved to Malahide in 1964. He served three terms as a councillor for Malahide then moved on to Deputy Reeve and Reeve and in 1998 became the first Mayor of the township. He founded the Dairy and Heritage Museum in Port Bruce in 1994; it was sold to Gay Lea Foods in 2008. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Friday at 11 am.





-Odanski, Gary of Aylmer passed away October 23 at the age of 65. Survivors: two children; five siblings including Gerald of Port Bruce and Larry of Aylmer etc.. A family celebration will be held at a later date.





About 800 elementary students from the four Aylmer schools participated together in the final event of the October Walking Wednesdays program yesterday afternoon. The students walked from their respective schools and then joined and completed several laps around the track at EESS. Co-ordinator McGregor teacher Penny Hilliker said it marked the first time all four schools have got together for this program. All grades took part although kindergarten students did their walking at the schools. Students listened to speakers Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt and a representative from sponsor the Elgin Health Unit before departing.







(Information from Councillor Arthur Oslach) – New recyclable items in Aylmer include – plastic packaging around toys, batteries etc. (remove paper for separate recycling), coffee cups (lids go separately) and ice cream tubs. These items can now be recyled in the container blueboxes.





(Information from the municipal clerks) – In Aylmer, 1795 voted Monday, a turnout of 33%, which was down from 35% in 2010; in Malahide there was a mail in ballot return of 40% which was down from 51% in 2010; in Bayham 30% went to the polls, also down slightly from the 32% who voted in 2010.





(The Mudmen, a Canadian Celtic band, are sponsoring their own concert on Saturday November 29 at the Old Town Theater (tickets available at Campbell Book Store and at the door) Robbie Campbell of the Mudmen provides this overview:) – “We  are more Celtic and we’re shifting our show to the Theater market. We have played several theatre shows on our self promoted small town tour. We (some of us) have played the Old Town Hall Theater in Aylmer with John McDermott years ago but we have never played there as Mudmen. With the help of Ron McLean saying “Mudmen we love them”  on the CBC , performing and meeting the Queen, being on the new CBC hockey Anthem, the Johnny Reid Tour etc. there should be interest in seeing us live.


We just returned from performing at the Edmonton Oilers 30th anniversary of the 1984 Oilers Stanley Cup banquet  with Ron McLean hosting. Sarah McLaughlin, Red Rider & Mudmen/Campbell Brothers will be performing on the soon to be aired Rogers tv special. We are currently working on a new cd.  We play 100-140 shows a year. We will meet the crowd, sign cd’s , take pictures etc. We plan to introduce some of the new cd material at this concert & polish them for the studio.”






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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29/14





*Hills Pharm. Flu Shots Wed. and Thu. beginning today (Book ahead)

– Elementary Walk to school event; 2pm walk to EESS

– Flu Clinic at Vienna Comm. Centre, 3-7 pm

– EESS Drug Awareness Event, 7 pm (see Thu. story)


-Thu. – EESS hosts Girls BBall; Boys VBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)

-Sat. – Clocks change


*Aylmer Christmas parade is Nov. 22





AYLMER – Jack Couckuyt – Defeated in the Mayor’s race – “I am looking for reasons why the voters turfed this Council since we showed excellent fiscal responsibility, built infrastructure, lowered taxes and built reserves for the future. The obvious reason may be the elephant in the room that people talked about on the sidelines and really greatly misunderstood in its business case. Aylmer needs a building for everyone and a location which allows future use for the Museum and Theatre. But there were too many cliches and hot buttons that associated the library with unsustainable debt and confused a solution with the “whipping boy” (the Complex). I am proud of my record and would do it all again (with the possible exception of having a Town Hall meeting to discuss the Library rather than a formal Council meeting). The only thing I object to in the entire library debate was the use of the term “vanity building”. The building was not about me. If I have a legacy, it is with the many thousands of students who crossed my path. But perhaps this was all only about change for the sake of change. Whatever the case, this Council has laid the groundwork for tax cuts and infrastructure for the future.”


MALAHIDE – Mike Wolfe – Successful Deputy Mayor – “The results are quite outstanding and very humbling. I think the vote went as it did because this is what the people of Malahide wanted.”


BAYHAM – Paul Enns – Successful Mayor – I am happy to have seen such a clear decision by the residents of Bayham by voting both Tom and myself in to represent all of Bayham. I feel everyone has had a chance to decide on their potential representatives and in the end though there were differences in opinions a clear direction was shown. Now we must pull together and work at making Bayham an even better place.”


BAYHAM – Tom Southwick – Successful Deputy Mayor – “My reaction is of course pleased with the outcome. I had predicted a close election since contemplating a run for Deputy Mayor. I am also very heartened by Bayhams’ obvious appreciation for a positive, policy driven campaign. The positive campaign was the difference maker, residents across Bayham are really ready to become The Municipality of Bayham in more than just name and to progress cautiously, together.”





October 23, 2014, Station #2,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– October 25, 2014, Station #4 ,#3,  Belmont Road, MVC

(*Single vehicle rollover, between crossley hunter and lyons line, one person minor injuries)

– October 26, 2014, Station #2,  Glencolin Line, False Alarm

– October 26, 2014, Station #2,  Glencolin Line, Medical Assist





-Nix (Martin), Ellen of Tillsonburg and formerly of Aylmer passed away on Monday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Robert Martin(1997) and the late Robert Nix(2008). Survivors: two children including Kathryn Goble (Wayne) of Tillsonburg etc.. A service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church, Tillsonburg on Saturday at 2 pm. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Simonis, Yvette of Pt. Burwell passed away on Sunday in her 48th year. Survivors: husband Walter; two children etc. A celebration will be held on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Dorchester.





(From Elgin OPP) – AYLMER – A road side commercial motor vehicle inspection was conducted last Thursday on Progress Drive in Aylmer. Twenty five inspections were conducted with 15 charges being laid. Ten vehicles were taken out of service due to mechanical deficiencies.





-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (8-0) 39 CECI 25; JR – EESS (5-1) 40 WCI 32





RICHMOND – (From Elgin OPP) – Two Malahide male youths have been arrested and charged after attempting to break into a Medical Marihuana growing facility on Richmond Road,  north of Calton Line, in Bayham around 7 pm last night. An alert neighbour heard the sound of breaking glass and then saw the two outside of the property beside a broken window. The youths fled the scene when they realized that they had been observed. A 15 year old and a 17 year old were later identified by police and arrested.






(Contributed) – (The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 13th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 14 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 15, from 1 pm – 9 pm – In the next few weeks all four homes on the tour will be featured:) The Driver home, 275 John St. south, was designed by Karen Driver and built by Dekmar Homes. Starting in 2013 as a simple renovation, after discovering some major structural issues it was decided that a new build was the way to proceed. This home fuses two distinct styles with the front porch and portico being post and beam and the home itself being craftsman style. It was designed with an open concept comfortable feel, with hickory and granite flooring used throughout. The great room has twenty-two foot walls with a floor to ceiling fireplace and vaulted pine ceilings. The fireplace mantle is a section of the main beam from the original cabin and the front porch was also saved from the old home. The second storey hallway looks down to the great room for amazing views.  Large transom windows bring in lots of natural light and are in keeping with the craftsmen style as are the custom baseboards.



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TUESDAY, Oct. 28/14





– Sr Day Out at EEC Complex, 9:30-12:30 (see Wed. story)

– EESS hosts Girls BBall – Sr v WCI


*Hills Pharmacy informs they are offering Flu Shots on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning tomorrow. You need to book appointments.

-Wed – Elementary Walk to school event; 2pm walk to EESS

-Wed. – Flu Clinic at Vienna Comm. Centre, 3-7 pm

-Wed – EESS Drug Awareness Event, 7 pm (see Thu. story)

-Thu. – EESS hosts Girls BBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)





AYLMER: (Final, Unofficial)


MAYOR – Currie 1052, Couckuyt 405, Habkirk 217

DEP-MAYOR – French 804, Richer 519, Avram 264

COUNCIL (5 Elected) – Laur 1003, Andrews 986, Barbour 795, McDonald 760, Oslach 721/Wright 637, Vandermeersch 636, Lapointe 602, Murch 580


MALAHIDE: (Final, Unofficial)


Mayor – Mennill (acclaimed)

Dep-Mayor – Wolfe 1310, Jenkins 955

Council – Wales (acclaimed)/ Widner 370 Steenbergen 185/Moore 242 Vanderwyst 167/ Glinski 318 Charlton 171/ Cerna 243 Quiring 205


BAYHAM (Final, Unofficial)


MAYOR – Enns 961, James 516

DEP- MAYOR – Southwick 796 Evanitski 691

COUNCIL – Ketchabaw (acclaimed)/ Breyer 164  Ra. Weisler 157 Hughes 137, Legg 93/ Casier 359 Ri. Weisler 124




PUBLIC (2 elected) – Incumbent James Todd 5662, Chris Goodall 5643/ Doug Sands 4986, etc.

SEPARATE – (1) – Bill Hall 1423 Terry Carroll 1218





Newcomer Greg Currie won a decisive victory as Aylmer’s Mayor yesterday, doubling the total of incumbent Jack Couckuyt. Former Mayor Bob Habkirk was a distant third (see totals above). Aylmer has now had a different Mayor in five consecutive elections.

A sparse crowd of about fifteen persons – no mayoral candidates or new councillors attended – watched the results posted in the council chambers last night. The final tally came around 11 pm. The new council takes office on December 1st.

Former Councillor Mary French upended incumbent Gerry Richer in the Deputy Mayor contest with former deputy mayor Doug Avram placing third.

Newcomers Barbra Ann Laur and Sheri Andrews topped the polls for two of the five council positions. Others elected were incumbents Peter Barbour and Arthur Oslach and rookie Ted Macdonald. Voters ousted five time councillor John Vandermeersch, three time councillor Judi Wright, and incumbent Dave Lapointe.


In Malahide, six of seven council members are the same. Councillor Mike Wolfe upset incumbent Jim Jenkins for Deputy Mayor and incumbents Mark Widner, Chester Glinski and Max Moore were returned to council along with newcomer Rick Cerna. Mayor Dave Mennill and councillor Mark Wales were acclaimed.


In Bayham, four of five council faces are also the same. Incumbent Paul Enns won his Mayor’s seat back handily over Roger James and councillor Tom Southwick defeated incumbent Cliff Evanitski for the Deputy Mayor’s job. Incumbent Wayne Casier was returned to council, Ed Ketchabaw was acclaimed and Randy Breyer won election for the other council seat.





New Mayor Greg Currie – ” I think the result speaks to the citizens of Aylmer wanting to see change. The slate of new councillors indicates that a more business approach is wanted. I think it is required that the new council roll up its sleeves to work toward a growing community.”


New Deputy Mayor Mary French – “I believe that the voters are ready for change and I was very pleased with the election results.”


New Councillor Barbra Ann Laur (led the polls) – “I am truly overwhelmed by the amount of support I have received. But the real picture here is a larger show of support for change. The town has but together a new and vibrant team which I hope can bring the same energy to our problem solving and future. I know all of us look forward to the next four years.”





– The only other time Aylmer has had three women on council was in 1980-1

– This is the first time a woman (Dep-Mayor Mary French) has held this key a position on council – Kathleen Schaper was a Deputy Reeve in 1986-8 but the town had a Mayor and a Reeve as well.

– The last time Aylmer elected a Mayor with no previous council experience was Roger Verbuyst in 1983





-Knelsen, David B. of Aylmer passed away Monday in his 77th year. Survivors: wife Kathy (Harder) Knelsen; four children including Nettie Dyck (Jake) of Port Bruce, Annie Driedger (Pete) of Richmond, Jake Knelsen of Eden etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, Mount Salem on Thursday at 1 pm.




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MONDAY, Oct. 27/14





11pm ELECTION RESULTS: (Unofficial)


AYLMER: (All ten polls reporting, only advanced polls to go)

MAYOR – Currie  832, Couckuyt 327, Habkirk 187

DEP-MAYOR – French 604, Richer 432, Avram 213

COUNCIL (5) – Laur 796, Andrews 791, Barbour 620, Oslach 589, McDonald 585, Wright 517, Vandermeersch 501, Lapointe 474, Murch 462


MALAHIDE: (Unofficial, Final)

Dep-Mayor – Wolfe 1310, Jenkins 955

Council – Widner 370 Steenbergen 185; Moore 242 Vanderwyst 167; Glinski 318 Charlton 171, Cerna 243 Quiring 205


BAYHAM (Unofficial, All polls reporting)

MAYOR – Enns 961, James 516

DEP- MAYOR – Southwick 796 Evanitski 691

COUNCIL – Breyer 164 Weisler 157 etc./ Casier 359 Weisler 124





-Tue. – Sr Day Out at EEC Complex, 9:30-12:30 (see Wed. story)

-Tue. – EESS hosts Girls BBall – Sr v WCI

-Wed – Elementary Walk to school event at EESS

-Wed. – Flu Clinic at Vienna Comm. Centre, 3-7 pm

-Wed – EESS Drug Awareness Event, 7 pm (see Thu. story)

-Thu. – EESS hosts Girls BBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)





AYLMER – All Aylmer residents vote at the EEC Complex. Polls are open from 10 am-8 pm. Bring identification (no cards were sent out). Results will be posted on the Town website and on this site when available after 9 pm. (Bayham and Malahide results will also be on their sites). The public is invited to attend the town/township offices after 8 pm for voting results. TVDS Board results will be posted on the City of St.Thomas site later this evening.


MALAHIDE – Voters can still return their mail-in ballots at the Township Office until 8 pm.


BAYHAM – Polling Stations – Ward 1 – Vienna Comm. Centre; Ward 2 – Straffordville Fire Hall; Ward 3 – Eden Comm. Centre





-2010 – Mayor – Jack Couckuyt defeated Bob Habkirk, Ted McDonald, and Mary French; Deputy-Mayor -Gerry Richer; Council – Judi Wright, John Vandermeersch, Peter Barbour, Dave Lapointe and Arthur Oslach.


-2006 – Mayor – Bob Habkirk (def. Rick Jakos, Doug Avram); Deputy – Ron Baldwin (acclaimed); Council – Jack Couckuyt, Judi Wright, John Vandermeersch, Gerry Richer, Mary French.


-2003 – Mayor – Paul Baldwin (def. Habkirk); Deputy – R. Baldwin (acc.); Council – Wright, Richer, Avram, Rick Murray, Spencer Dickson.


-2000 – Mayor – Habkirk (acc.); Deputy – P. Baldwin (acc.); Council – R. Baldwin, Vandermeersch, Dickson, Avram, Roger Vandierendonck.





-FOOTBALL – JR – EESS (3-2) 62 Banting 0; SR – Banting 17 EESS (2-3) 15





-Wells, Laura Marie of Straffordville  passed away on Saturday at the age of 70 years. Survivors: brother Bill Wells (Nancy), sister-in-law Teresa Wells, all of Straffordville etc.. Laura worked with the OPP for 35 years in Tillsonburg. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The Funeral will be held at the Straffordville United Church on Wednesday at 2 pm.





AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires had a win and a loss in weekend games in SOJHL play. Saturday at home Aylmer handed Lambeth only their second loss of the year – by a 3-2 count. Spitfires’ net denters were Luke Bettencourt, Ryan VanRoestel and Clint Walker. Sunday in Lucan, the first place home team thrashed the Spits by 9-3, at one time building a 7-1 lead. Ryan Stapleton had two goals for Aylmer and Josh Lockhart added the other. The Spitfires’ record is now 3 wins and 11 losses. This weekend Aylmer does not have a home game Saturday – they are in Mt. Brydges Saturday and travel to North Middlesex Sunday.



Period 1
AylmerLuke   Bettencourt (Ryan   Stapleton) 4:29
LambethEric   Rivard (Warren   Hargraves, Jay   Ritchie) 9:03
Period 2
AylmerRyan   Van Roestel (Ryan   Stapleton, Luke   Bettencourt) 1:03
LambethWarren   Hargraves (power play) (Kale   Corbeth, Ryan   Pennington) 14:08
AylmerClint   Walker (power play) (Luke   Bettencourt, Brett   Dzyngel) 15:58
Period 3
(no scoring)





(Contributed by Randy Breyer of the Bayham Family Table restaurant in Vienna who has been instrumental in helping revive the Pt. Burwell Christmas Parade which was cancelled recently when the Pt. Burwell Optimist Club disbanded:) – “We did this because we will not let these small communities lose any more and we cannot deprive the children of the area of such a simple part of their life. The first step was to confirm the availability and cost of insurance before contacting any other groups. When this was established I made several calls and within a very short time the Vienna Lion’s Club confirmed that they would do the Santa Claus and his float and would contribute to the purchase of candy. The Lionesses also confirmed that they would purchase and package the candy and that they would take care of the insurance. Then the Historical Society confirmed that they would supply and distribute hot chocolate, cider and cookies. We are looking for Floats for this parade on December 6 at 6:30 pm.


We also have an added interest in this project because last year we started an annual tradition in the Restaurant which was BAYHAM’S CHRISTMAS WISH TREE. We placed paper Christmas Balls on the Christmas Tree in the Restaurant with information. Our customers and many people from the area then came in and took 1 or more balls from the Tree. They then returned the balls and unwrapped gifts to the Restaurant. We then wrapped them and on Christmas Eve we got the addresses and delivered all these parcels with assistance from others in the area. There was a total of 76 children who had an unexpected Merry Christmas.”





Top ten local finishers in Wednesday’s TVDS Board’s elementary cross country championships held at Springbank Park – Junior Boys – Ben Weesjes, South Dorchester, 4th; Bantam Boys – Seth Vanbommel, South Dorchester, fifth.






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