Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

FRIDAY, Oct. 11/13



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Monday




-Elginlicious Oct 10-20 (see Sept. 26 story)

-PA Day

-Ladies Night at Aylmer Curling Club, 7pm (see ad)

-Fri-Sat. – Aylmer Fair Haunted House, 7-9 pm (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Mt. Brydges, 7:30pm

-Sat. -Jase Robertson, DuckD., at Budweiser Gardens for Farmtown Canada


-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 3:30 pm






-Simpson, David of RR#4 Aylmer passed away Tuesday aged 65 years. Survivors include: wife Diana (Stewart) Simpson etc.. David practiced medicine in the Ingersoll and Tillsonburg areas. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday at the Crossroads Alliance Church, Ingersoll from 11 a.m. until the funeral service there at 1:00 p.m.


-Gubesch, Michael of Tillsonburg passed away Wednesday aged 83. Survivors include: wife Waltraud (Trudy) (Klenner) Gubesch etc.. He was a member of the Aylmer German Canadian Club. Visitation on Saturday  from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church Tillsonburg with the funeral service there at 11 am. Arrangements through Verhoeve’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.






-Jr Football – EESS (1-1-1-)21 Lon. Central 21

-Sr Football – Lon. Central 31 EESS 10 (0-3)

-Jr G BBall – PCI 43 EESS (4-1)39

-Sr G BBall – EESS (5-0) 59 PCI 17

-(Wed.) – Jr B VBall – College Ave 2 EESS 1






EESS held its Commencement at the EEC Complex last night. Valedictorian was Karli Milmine. Major award winners were:


Governor General’s Academic Medal – Zachary Dockstader; Lieutenant Governor’s Community Award – Danae Berkelmans; Phil McNamee Scholarship $5000 – Helen Goertzen; Robert Ball Agriculture Scholarship $2500 – Dennis Catt and Breanna Walker; John Greenslade Memorial Award $2000 – Helen Goertzen; Richmond Beck Award $2000 – Benjamin VanWychen;


Herb Coleman Technological Award $1450 – Adam Evison; Dr D W Sinclair and Order of Good Cheer Awards $1000 – Emily Febrey; Lena and Watkin Livingston Scholarship $1000 – Mercedes Bartsch and Joshua Gaudette; Frank Klachan Athletics Scholarship $1700 – Paul Rochus; Matt Pearce Memorial Scholarship $600 – Carleigh Bebelaar; National Wild Turkey Federation Environmental Award $1500 – Cassandra Young;


Gipper Football Award $1000  – Craig Irvine; Natural Resource Gas Scholarship $1000 – Jake Helm;  Optimist Club Award  $1000 – Marcus England and Olivia Neukamm;  Richmond Beck Award $1000 -Jordan McMillan; Royal Canadian Legion Awards $1000 – Maki Chapman, Lindsay Lamoure, Amanda Wiepjes, Clara Willcocks-Carroll; Steelway Engineering Award $1500 – David Boyce; 70’s Reunion Award  $1100 -Adam Evison, Marena Stevenson.






(Contributed) – “Elgin County has been recognized with three bronze awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for its ElginLicious Marketing Tour, Elgin Heritage Guide and Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC) Satellite Office Pilot Project. IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and leaders and were presented at IEDC’s Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA.


The ElginLicious Marketing Tour offered residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy the area’s restaurants, wineries, specialty food shops and agri-tourism destinations at three great price points with the ultimate goal of extending the tourism season into late October. The Elgin Heritage Guide is an attractive lure brochure designed to attract heritage enthusiasts and tourists to Elgin with the goal of increasing revenue for tourism businesses in the County. The EBRC Satellite Office Pilot Project was a partnership between Elgin County and the EBRC to bring business support services to an Elgin location.”






Q-New Aylmer Parking Enforcement:


1-Not needed, a minor issue – 43.96%  (40 votes)   

2-Agree as is set up, 8 hr. weekly – 27.47%  (25 votes)

3-More needed, 20 hr. weekly – 16.48%  (15 votes)

4-Much more needed, 40 hr weekly – 12%  (11 votes)


Total Votes: 91






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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)







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THURSDAY, Oct. 10/13





-Open House: New Talbot Trail, Dr. Osih Dentist, 4-6 pm

-EBRC Speaker Vicki Luke; 5:30 pm; EBRC Office

-Elginlicious Oct 10-20 (see Sept. 26 story)

-EESS Commencement at EEC Complex, 7pm

-EESS Hosts Football: vs Lon. Central; Sr 1pm, Jr 3pm

-Aylmer Fire Dept. Open House, 7-9 pm


-Fri. -PA Day

-Fri-Sat. – Aylmer Fair Haunted House, 7-9 pm (see ad)


*Week of Oct. 21 – Aylmer Bulk Garbage Collection






(Information from Wendy Ralf, Client Services Representative at St.Thomas Provincial Court:)

Two of the four suspects in the robbery of the Talbot Variety in Mt. Salem on June 6 appeared in St. Thomas Provincial court this morning.

-Yousif Salim,20, of Ottawa, was sentenced to 59 days in jail and given two years probation and a ten years weapons ban on charges of accessory to robbery, failing to stop for police and failing to comply with two court orders.

-Marlena Wall, 29, of Ottawa had her court date set over to October 15 as along with a charge of robbery and theft of gas, she also faces a charge of failing to comply with a court order.

Previously, Ahmed Mouyet, 19, of Ottawa, was sentenced to 12 months probation in addition to time served after he pleaded guilty to theft of gas and Juan Franco-Palacio, 19, of Ottawa was sentenced to eight months in jail in addition to time served and 12 months probation after he pleaded guilty to robbery and breach of probation.

(Late in the afternoon of June 6 two persons entered the store and demanded money and then took off towards Aylmer in a van with two others. They were apprehended by Police after a short chase in a field south of town.)




A.C.T. PLAY: “1-900-DEE-LITE”


(Contributed) – ” ’1-900-DEE-LITE’ is going to ‘delight’ audiences. This first comedy of the new playbill of Aylmer Community Theatre starts the season with a look at the changes that take place in our lives, with or without our permission. A recurring theme in this season, change is difficult to avoid even if one makes a concerted effort to keep things the same.

Such is the lesson learned by Scott, Dee’s son, who returns to live at home following a failed marriage. For Dee, change is to be embraced, though Tom, retired English teacher and casual acquaintance, needs convincing. That leaves Jennifer, long time friend of Scott’s, who is anxious to take things further. How this all turns out, remains to be seen.

Laurie Deven, Peter Leack, Julianna Thompson and Kevin Cunutte, under the directing debut of Sandi Loponen, bring all the fun to the Old Town Hall Theatre stage beginning Thursday, October 24 through to November 2.” (see ad for Tickets)






-Brooke, Wayne of London passed away on Monday aged 77. Survivors include: wife Margaret (Cook) and three sons etc.. He was a former Aylmer Postmaster. A private burial for family will be held. Arrangements are through London Cremation services.


-McCabe, John David of Elliott Lake passed away Sunday aged 69. Survivors include: wife Connie Loreen; and children – Richard (Betty), Bryan (Lisa) and Laura (Larry) Porter, all of the Aylmer area etc.. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Alternative Funeral Services.






Upcoming flu clinics in East Elgin sponsored by the Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit include: Wednesday, October 30 at Bayham Community Centre in Straffordville from  4:30 pm to 7:30 and Tuesday, November 19 at East Elgin Community Complex, Aylmer from 2:00 pm to 7.






(Contributed) – “Elgin County Economic Development is co-sponsoring a free Tourism Packaging Workshop next Wednesday, October 16 beginning at 9 am at the St.Thomas Golf and Country Club. You can learn how attractions, B&B’s, restaurants, retailers, outdoor operators, local food suppliers, and other businesses can partner together and bundle experiences into vacation packages to attract visitors.Facilitator is Nancy Fallis, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. There is limited space.

Register  at – https://elgintourismworkshop.eventbrite.com  or  call 519-631-1460 x 164 for more information.”





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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9/13






-Thu. -Open House: New Talbot Trail, Dr. Osih Dentist, 4-6 pm

-Thu. -EBRC Speaker Vicki Luke; 5:30 pm; EBRC Office

-Thu. -Elginlicious Oct 10-20 (see Sept. 26 story)

-Thu. -EESS Commencement at EEC Complex, 7pm

-Thu. -EESS Hosts Football: vs Lon. Central; Sr 1pm, Jr 3pm

-Thu. -Aylmer Fire Dept. Open House, 7-9 pm


-Fri. -PA Day

-Fri-Sat. – Aylmer Fair Haunted House, 7-9 pm (see ad)






-F.Hockey – Parkside 3 EESS 2

-F. Hockey – EESS (4-2-2) 2 WESS 1

-Jr G BBall – EESS (4-0) 36 CECI 20

-Sr G BBall – EESS (4-0) 52 CECI 10

-Sr B VBall – EESS (2-3) 3 PCI 0

-Jr B VBall – PCI at EESS






-Venables, (Veldhuizen) Diana Lynne of Aylmer passed away Sunday in her 63rd year. Survivors include: children – David Mailloux (Nancy Killough), Harley Venables and Michael Sztogryn etc.. There will be no service. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.






(At Council Monday, the Aylmer Environmental Advisory Committee received approval to sponsor a contest to choose an official flower for the town. More information from Bill Murch of the AEAC:) – “For the past year the Committee has been investigating whether the town has an official tree and flower. The consensus is that they are the Ginko and the Gazania but there is no official record. However, both are non native species.


The committee believes the town should have a native species as its official tree and flower. They have been considering either the Sycamore or the Tulip as a tree. The Committee is going to ask schools and others participate in a selection process for a flower with a contest to be noted shortly. Contestants/Groups/Classrooms wishing to participate must provide a type, picture and paragraph describing the species and why it would be a good choice. The decision will go to Council early next year.”






Aylmer Corner Cupboard reports that 464 ‘families’ are currently being served, up from 407 last year. About sixty three percent reside in town. Fifty six percent are two parent families and 25 per cent are single persons, with this group showing the greatest recent increase.





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TUESDAY, Oct.8/13






-EESS Hosts: Boys VBall vs. PCI


-Thu. -EESS Commencement at EEC Complex, 7pm

-Thu. -EESS Hosts Football:

-Thu. -Aylmer Fire Dept. Open House, 7-9 pm

-Fri. -PA Day






(Malahide Council Thursday passed a motion by a 5-2 vote to seek a discussion with Bayham over the possible merger of the position of fire chiefs. )


Commented Co. Mike Wolfe, who proposed the motion:  “After learning of the resignation of Bayham’s fire chief and taking into consideration that our ratepayers are looking for council to find savings wherever they can be found and after brainstorming with like minded members of council who were looking for new opportunities, the resolution was presented. At this time all we are looking to do is ask Bayham council if they have any interest in partnering in fire services and to see if any efficiencies could be found.  Unfortunately we could not get a unanimous vote to even inquire about interest and that was disappointing. Hopefully we will have a positive meeting with Bayham council and even if it doesn’t work out, five members tried something new. Status quo isn’t always acceptable and without asking the hard questions and searching out new ideas nothing will ever change.”


Said Dep. Mayor Jim Jenkins, who along with Mayor Dave Mennill voted against the motion: “I am in favour of mergers that work for the benefit of those receiving the services of the merging parties. The Ontario Fire Marshall is conducting an operational review of the Malahide Department of Fire and Emergency Services. We expect the results of that review shortly. In many instances these reports make recommendations that require new responsibilities to be undertaken by the department.The resolution passed by council authorised contacting Bayham Council to set up a meeting to discuss the possibility of establishing a position of common Fire Chief for Bayham and Malahide. Until we know the implications of the Fire Marshall’s report to Malahide, I feel that it is premature to support this resolution.”






-A Pine St. residence was broken into last Tuesday afternoon; entry was gained by forcing the back patio doors; parts of the house were disturbed but nothing was taken; no one was home at the time.


- On Saturday morning a 66 year old Aylmer man was refused service at the LCBO due to suspected intoxication and Police were called and located him at a town gas station; he blew a warning reading and lost his licence for seven days as it was a second offence.


-On Thursday at 9am an 84 year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to stop for an amber light at the main intersection when her car, going north on John St.,  struck another vehicle which was southbound on John St. and turning east on to Talbot St. east. The woman was taken to hospital with suspected minor injuries.


-In court recently, a 27 year old former Aylmer man was acquitted of the robbery charge involving an east end variety store in April.






(By Bill Murch)

Among agenda items discussed at Council last night:


“Council accepted the recommendation from the Director of Operations that the Aylmer Environmental Advisory Committee identify a native tree and flower that the Town can adopt as its official emblems.


Considerable discussion took place when a delegation from Goodwill Industries proposed a zoning amendment that would allow them to install a trailer as a two year temporary collection location. It would be located on lands owned by Mike Hutchison Properties Inc. on the south-west corner of Talbot Street West and Wellington Street. The By-Law passed first and second readings and the applicant was asked to consider other possible locations in town before the matter is brought back for a third reading.


Council referred to staff a request from the Township of Malahide to extend municipal water and sanitary services to township lands in the Elgin Innovation Centre (former Imperial Tobacco).”








(Information from Pud Hunter, MNR Aylmer, Long Point Area Management Biologist:)

1. When does deer hunting season begin in East Elgin? – “Deer Hunting extends from Oct 1st to Dec 31st.  Archery hunting is allowed at various times in that period; guns are allowed in November and early December.

2. Is the deer population more numerous this fall? – The deer herd is considered to be in abundance at levels similar to the previous 5 years.

3. Are you allowed to keep a deer that your vehicle hits? – With an MNR Certificate of Reporting [COR], deer may be legally possessed/ kept. To obtain an MNR COR deer, the keeper needs to report the incident – their contact information, occurrence date, location, and incident – to the MNR.”





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MONDAY, Oct. 7/13





-Aylmer Council, 7 pm


-Tue. -EESS Hosts: Boys VBall vs. PCI

-Thu. -EESS Commencement at EEC Complex

-Thu. -EESS Hosts Football:

-Thu. -Aylmer Fire Dept. Open House, 7-9 pm

-Fri. -Schools PA Day





-JR F.BALL – Lucas 21 EESS 20

-SR F.BALL – Lucas 42 EESS 3





AYLMER – Police are looking for an elderly woman who was driving a red van after a 50 year old Malahide woman was hit in the crosswalk of the main intersection Wednesday around noon. The Malahide woman was apparently knocked down by the van as she was walking north on the east side crosswalk and the southbound vehicle was turning left from John St.  on to Talbot St. east. The woman got up and felt some discomfort so she decided to walk to a chiropractic clinic north of Beech St.. Police and an ambulance were summoned from the clinic when she arrived. She was taken to hospital for observation.





-Ruckle, Marilyn of Aylmer passed away on Friday in her 73rd year. Survivors include: husband Larry Ruckle;  two children including Paddi (Ken)Vandendool of Aylmer etc.. Marilyn worked at Imperial Tobacco for many years. The funeral service will be held today at Kebbel’s Funeral Home at 1:00 pm.


-Driesman (Buis), Jenny of Waterloo passed away on Thursday in her 83rd year. Wife of the late Gillis Driesman (1999). Survivors include: four children etc.. She was born in the Netherlands.The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church today at 11:00 am with visitation prior from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.





AYLMER – A 39-year old town woman was charged with assault after an incident on Friday which occurred in two locations. An argument between the woman and a 43 year old Aylmer man developed over the man stopping his vehicle to let his child off in an alleged no stopping zone around 9am outside McGregor school. The woman then followed the man to a gas bar in north Aylmer to continue the argument. During the discussion both parties threatened each other and then the woman spat on the man. She was charged with assault after Police were called.





Aylmer Spitfires played the best and worst teams in the SOJHL on the weekend – with the same result. Friday in Dorchester, they were downed 6-1 by the first place Dolphins. Cody Underhill scored Aylmer’s lone marker. Sunday at North Middlesex, the home team notched their first win of the year by a 6-4 count. Clint Walker, Cody Underill, Trevor Stewart and Derek Folkard tallied for the Spits. Their record is now four wins and five losses. Next game is Saturday hosting Mt. Brydges and Sunday they travel to Pt. Stanley.



Period 1
North MiddlesexJosh DenOtter (Taylor Moir) 4:58
North MiddlesexDylan Carroll (Greg Apps) 8:04
Period 2
AylmerClint Walker (power play) (unassisted) 1:18
North MiddlesexNolan Vlasman (power play) (unassisted) 10:25
Period 3
North MiddlesexTom Bedour (Mack Graham) 2:46
AylmerTrevor Stewart (power play) (Josh Houston, Clint Walker) 9:04
AylmerCody Underhill (unassisted) 12:27
AylmerDerek Folkard (APM) (Brad Payne (C)) 15:02
North MiddlesexMatt Dacosta (Josh DenOtter) 17:17
North MiddlesexBrady Smith (short handed) (empty net) (Greg Masschelein) 19:33





– September 30, 2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Alarm Malfunction

– September 30, 2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Alarm Malfunction

– September 30, 2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Alarm Malfunction

-October 2, 2013, Station #4,  Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– October 6, 2013, Station #1,  Blair Drive, Medical Assist

– October 6, 2013, Station #1, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist





Q-New Library Building?


3.No new building, use another  - 47%

4.No library expansion needed – 33%

2.Support it, but get more private funding  – 12%

1.Support it and the tax plan to fund it – 8%


Total Votes: 120





(Contributed) – “Concerning our current ad for new firefighters, our process is to recruit firefighters once a year depending on vacancies. Our numbers are not down significantly – but each station requires a few – ie.  Station 1 has room for 2, Station 2 – 4, Station 3 – 3, Station 4 – 7. There is a maximum of 25 firefighters at each station.

Also, our Fire prevention plans during Fire Safety Week this week are to visit some schools: Mt Salem – Oct 8; Summers Corners – Oct 9 and Old Colony Mennonite School on Oct. 10.




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FRIDAY, Oct. 4/2013






-JR FOOTBALL – Lucas 21 EESS 20

-SR FOOTBALL – Lucas 42 EESS 3





-All Week: – Aylmer Brush Collection

-EESS Hosts Football vs Lucas: Jr 6pm, Sr 8pm

-SOLD OUT – APAC Presents: John McDermott; OTH Theatre, 7:30

-Fri/Sat. -Aylmer Fair: Haunted House (see ad)


-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm





-JR G BBALL – EESS (3-0) 50 Glencoe 10





-Race, Aimee “Dolores” passed away Sunday aged 77 years. Survivors include: siblings Loretta Buchner, James Race Jr. of Aylmer etc.. A graveside service will be held at the Tillsonburg Cemetery on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements through Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg.





Some Ravins’ buses to Assumption School and EESS in Aylmer were delayed two hours this morning according to the TVDSB web site. Said Dave Cryderman, dispatcher for Badder BusLines in Aylmer: “There was fog in areas of Oxford County and at the east end of Bayham. Most of the Ravin routes originate there so they decided in the interest of safety to delay for two hours. There were no delays for our buses.”





(Information on this resolution from last night’s Malahide Council meeting is from Malahide Clerk Diana Wilson:) Moved by: Co. Mike Wolfe; Seconded by:  Co.Mark Widner -

“WHEREAS the ratepayers of the Township of Malahide have expressed concern over increasing fire and emergency services costs and have asked their municipal leaders to find savings;

AND WHEREAS the Municipality of Bayham is now searching to fill a vacancy for a Fire Chief/By-law Enforcement Officer;…..

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Bayham be requested to meet with the Council of the Township of Malahide to assess whether there is interest in exploring the feasibility of establishing a common Fire Chief position in some capacity to determine the most efficient and effective way of moving forward with the fire and emergency services in Malahide and Bayham.

Carried by a 5-2 vote (Mayor Mennill, Dep. Mayor Jenkins opposed)”





(Information from Stefanie Thompson of FTTM:) – Fitness to the Max of Aylmer is sponsoring  5k, 10k and Half-Marathon fun runs around town on Sunday, Oct. 20 beginning at 7 am, with proceeds to the Aylmer Community Foundation, Youth and Recreation programs. Contact: FTTM. This is their 5th biannual run which has always been held the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  They are looking for volunteers to help keep runners on course and for the water stations. (High school students can get community hours for this.) Runners will receive a t-shirt from the event.




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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)




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