Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

TUESDAY, Feb. 19/13






-Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Eastlink Comm. Channel presents: Aylmer’s125th, 6pm (Sat. as well)


-Wed-Fri: – ACT Play -”Don’t Dress For Dinner”, OTHall Theatre, 8pm (see ad)

-Thur. – Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils






-Ross McBride, former teacher and football coach at EESS (1960-68) passed away Thursday. Said his son Guy: He moved to Sundridge  in 1968 and retired in 1989. Ross originally was from Windsor – He played football at McGill until he contacted polio. Survivors include: wife Jean, sons Ross Jr., Guy (Sue), Rawn( Nicole) and Craig(Catharine). There is no funeral but a memorial service will be held at a later date.


-Taylor, Gwyneth; of Ingersoll, passed away on Monday, in her 94th year. Wife of the late Gordon F. Taylor(2004). The funeral service will be held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday, at 1:00 pm. with visitation one hour prior.


-Dyck, Gerhard; of Tillsonburg, passed away on Saturday, in his 85th year. Husband of the late Anna (Rempel) Dyck(1988). He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the E.M.M.C. Church Thursday,  at 1:00 pm.






– February 17, 2013, Station #4,  Yorke Line, Alarm Malfunction

– February 17, 2013, Station #3,  Ron McNeil Line, Alarm Malfunction

– February 17, 2013, Station #2,  Glencolin Line, CO Alarm Malfunction

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


– February 18, 2013, Station #4, #3 & #2,  Wilson Line, Fire


*There was a chimney fire at 47000 Wilson Line around 7:30 last night. The fire spread to the attic area. The Fire was controlled upon arrival of the Fire Department. Damage estimate is $20,000.  Malahide Station 4 responded and received tanker assistance from the other Malahide Stations as well as from Central Elgin Belmont Station. Approximately 40 Firefighters were on scene for about 3 hours. There were no injuries.

Added Chief Paul Groeneveld: “This is a good time to remind people who use wood burning stoves for heating their house to regularly clean their chimney to avoid build up of creosote and to reduce the potential for a chimney fire.” 






(Thursday News Release from Elgin County Council:) – “Effective Monday (yesterday)  an ambulance/ first response unit will be located daily at the Straffordville Fire Department. It will be present from 7 am to 5 pm. Elgin County Council recently decided to add the service at a cost of $189,000 annually.”






(Information from Abe Friesen, Construction Site Rep of Golden Community Builders) – “Graceview Construction reports that we are on schedule for major completion at the end of February.  As of today the top two floors are done and the first is very close.  The main entrance doors have been installed. Line-painting in the Parking garage was done this week.  According to Graceview, the commercial floor will be finished in early March, and they are working towards having the street open by then.


We are just over 1/3 sold at this time and that leaves 24 residential units available. We are pleased, now that completion is near, that some realtors are assisting us in selling the remainder of the units. The commercial floor has some interest but nothing solid yet.”






(Information from Sheryle Drop, Grade 5 teacher at ICS Aylmer) – “Jordyn Vandendoolis, a grade 5 student at Immanuel Christian School,  has written a poem, Remember, which has been chosen to be in the top group of entries in the Young Writers Poetry Institute of Canada Contest. The poem will go forward into the final competition to be judged in the Spring of 2013. Her poem will be published in a book which will feature the best of today’s poetry from young Canadians.


The Canadian Schools Poetry Contest is part of the Poetry Institute of Canada for Young Writers. They are located in British Columbia. The contest receives thousands of poems and publishes only the best of them. Any subject or style of poem is acceptable. The contest is in two categories: 7 – 12 yrs and 13-18 yrs.  ICS has entered this contest before and has had winners in previous years. We have copies of the books in our school library. It is pretty exciting for the winning students to have their work published in a book.”






(Fanshawe St.Thomas received some $618,000 in grants from the Dorothy Palmer Estate on Friday. Information from Fanshawe College St.Thomas website:) – “Fanshawe College is delighted to announce it has received private donations totaling $585,000 to support programs at its St. Thomas/Elgin Campus. Two donations from the Estate of Dorothy Palmer will enable Fanshawe College to offer both Welding and Power Engineering training at the local campus.

In addition to this major contribution, the College previously benefited from a gift from this Estate to create a new Renewable Energy Technician diploma program.

Fanshawe College also announced that the Estate of Dorothy Fay Palmer has donated $33,000 towards the establishment of an alumni call centre project to be located at the College’s St. Thomas/Elgin campus. The students will contact Fanshawe College graduates with the purpose of re-connecting with alumni, increasing awareness of what’s happening at Fanshawe and the importance of supporting Fanshawe’s capital campaign.”





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MONDAY, Feb. 18/13



THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today.




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FRIDAY, Feb. 15/13






-Thu.-Sun.-ACT Play; “Don’t Dress For Dinner”; OTHTheatre; 8pm(see ad)


-Sat. -Heritage Line Herbs - Warmth Day – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (tours, pizza etc.) 


-*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Monday 

-Mon. -Family Day; Schools Closed

-Mon. -Belmont Hub Fun Day (see Feb. 6 story)

-Mon. -EEC Complex Family Day Skating


-Tue. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Tue. -”Aylmer’s 125th” on Eastlink Comm. TV – 10:am/6:30pm

-Tue. -Seniors Event at EEC Complex (see Tues. story)








“The Town of Aylmer Library Building Committee held a public meeting yesterday – a few spectators were present. Last fall Council instructed staff to advertise for a Request for Proposal in order to find an architectural firm to design a new library. Twenty-six companies responded. Staff then put together a ‘short list’ of six companies. Yesterday the committee selected one company which will be referred to Town Council on March 4th for their consideration.


No commitment has yet been made to build a new library. The architectural consultant would be paid for out of money set aside by the Town in 2012 and from a grant from the County of Elgin. The Committee consists of Mayor Couckuyt, Co. Wright and Co. Oslach plus two staff representatives – only the Council members vote. ”






SIMCOE – The Simcoe Storm lived up to their name here last night in game seven against the Aylmer Spitfires. They blew back from being down 2-0 after the first period for a 7-2 victory and in doing so overcame a 3-1 games deficit to win their Niagara Western Junior C playoff series 4 games to 3. Simcoe scored four times in the second period to turn the game. Aylmer goalscorers were Eric Nemeth and Trevor Stewart. Simcoe outshot Aylmer 41-31.



Period 1
AylmerEric Nemeth (unassisted) 4:32
AylmerTrevor Stewart (Cody Underhill, Clint Walker) 18:03
Period 2
SimcoeZack Van Louwe (Braden Walker) 11:11
SimcoeJamie Kelly (unassisted) 16:59
SimcoeBraden Roberts (Jamie Kelly) 17:12
SimcoeConner Robinson (Clayton Chalmers) 19:48
Period 3
SimcoeMerrit Crumback (unassisted) 4:44
SimcoeNathan Kohler (Clayton Chalmers, Wilson Tlustos) 11:02
SimcoeJustin Tatrie (Merrit Crumback, Braden Roberts) 14:21






-Tisdale, Vern; of Thorndale; passed away Tuesday, in his 62nd year. Survivors include: sister Terence (Judy) Tisdale of Vienna etc.. Visitation on Friday,  from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Verhoeve’s Funeral Service, Tillsonburg. The funeral will be held there on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.






Splash N Boots, voted Canadian childrens’ entertainment group of the year last year, will perform as part of the Kids and Company series on Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm at the Old Town Hall Theatre. Tickets are $8 advance and available at Campbells II.








AYLMER – Police arrested a suspect Saturday night after a male used a handgun to rob the Downtown Variety at Queen and Talbot Streets about 8:45 Friday night. On Friday,  a man entered the store, pulled out a handgun and demanded cash from the 18-year old male clerk. When police arrived the lone suspect had fled on foot with several hundred dollars. However, the next night Police received a tip that a possible suspect was in the variety store parking lot and they arrested a 25-year old Aylmer male. After searching his residence,  they located the handgun. He is charged with: robbery with a firearm, pointing a firearm, using a firearm in the commission of an offence and wearing a disguise.






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

Campbells, Pinecroft, Studer’s and Mary Jane’s.)






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THURSDAY, Feb. 14/13






-Thu.-Sun.-ACT Play; “Don’t Dress For Dinner”;OTH Theatre;8pm(see ad)


-Sat. -Heritage Line Herbs - Warmth Day – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (tours, pizza etc.) 


-Mon. -Family Day; Schools Closed

-Mon. -Belmont Hub Fun Day (see Feb. 6 story)

-Tue. -Aylmer Council, 7pm






(Information from EESS Educational Assistant Jaclyn Davis) – “Helen Goertzen, 19, of EESS, was honoured with this year’s Beyond Disability SPECTRA Award at this week’s London Sportsman’s Dinner. Each year, an exceptional young male and female high school student with a disability, from London and the surrounding area, are recognized.

SPECTRA stands for Sportsmanship, Participation, Excellence, Character, Teamwork, Respect, and Achievement. The awards are sponsored by CTV television  and consist of a $1000 bursary to each of the winners. They must be in their graduating year of high school.

Helen, from Vienna, hopes to become the first of her family of 13 siblings to gradudate from high school. Among her achievements:  assisting with GABAA, the Fashion Show, Winter Carnival, winning a McTavish Award, a volunteer at Bayham Library, a Special Olympics athlete, and helping the Bike Rodeo at McGregor etc.. Helen, who gets around the school by herself in a wheelchair, has applied to college for the fall in the Social Service Worker Program.”






According to various sources, The Town Library Building Commiittee will hold a public meeting today at 4 pm at the Town Hall chambers to discuss various architectural designs that have been submitted. The plan is to choose a design.






(Contributed) – “The annual Aylmer-Malahide Museum Heritage Stew luncheon will be held next Friday, Feb 22, from 1:30 am to 1:00 pm at Trinity Anglican Church. Cost is $8 per person (meal includes a Stew with extras, home made bread and dessert). Tickets must be purchased in advance – for tickets phone 773-5575.”






(Contributed) – “The Immanuel Christian School girls’ basketball team won their league championship recently. With hard work and determination the girls went undefeated at the LDCSS basketball tournament. The final game proved to be a nail biter, with our girls winning the championship by only three points. The coaches commend the players for having great sportsmanship and discipline throughout the tournament.”


The ICS Girls’ basketball champions are: Front: Kennedy Vandendool, Kassidy Saarloos, Alanna Saarloos, Charlotte Rollins
Back: Cassie Vannoord, Mrs. Christy Hiemstra coach, Kristy Korevaar, Kiley DeKraker, Megan Ypma, Nicole Friesen, Mrs. Helen Friesen coach. (Contributed)







Here are some highlights of the Council Finance Committee meeting held this past Monday:

-Councillor Vandermeersch and Councillor LaPointe left the meeting at 7:31 pm (meeting began at 7:30)

-The Aylmer Police Services were requested to reduce their proposed 2013 Budget by 1.0% to 1.45%

-Most group requests were tabled until the next meeting

-The next meeting will be Feb. 25 at 7pm






Q-Your Valentine’s Day?


5.Probably low key  50%  (30 votes)   

4.Do 2 or more of the above  28.33%  (17 votes)

2.Have a special dinner  8.33%  (5 votes)

1.Will send a card(s)  6.67%  (4 votes)

3.Buy candy or a gift  6.67%  (4 votes)


Total Votes: 60





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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13/13






-Thu.-Sun. -ACT Play; “Don’t Dress For Dinner” ; OTH Theatre; 8pm (see ad)


-Mon. -Family Day; Schools Closed

-Mon. -Belmont Hub Fun Day (see Feb. 6 story)






-Baumann, Martin; of RR4, Aylmer, passed away on Monday, in his 75th year. Friend of the late Patsy ‘Patricia” Brunelle (1999); Survivors include: step-daughter Michelle (Paul) Barrett, St. Thomas etc.. He was born in Hungary and was a previous employee of  Imperial Tobacco. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held at on Thursday, at 11:00 am.


-Thistle, Paul; of Aylmer, passed away on Tuesday, in his 66th year. Survivors include: wife Jill (Crozier) Thistle; daughter Jami Thistle (Fernando Bergen) of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held Thursday at 1:00 pm.


-Hamernick, Gwendolyn; of Straffordville; on Wednesday, aged 87 years. Wife of the late Steven Hamernik; Survivors include: son Raymond (Marion) Maddox of Eden etc.. There will be no public visitation.





AYLMER – Simcoe blanked the Spitfires 2-0 in Niagara Western Junior C hockey playoff action here last night to deadlock their best of seven series at 3 wins each. The deciding game will be Thursday in Simcoe. Simcoe scored an empty net goal in the final seconds to add to a first period marker. Lucas Easterbrook again was a standout in the Aylmer net as Simcoe outshot the Spits 34-33.






(Information from Mae Legg of the Aylmer ERBC) – “The Aylmer Elgin Business Resource Centre has been in operation for nearly a year and is located in the Old Imperial Tobacco. Over the past year the Aylmer EBRC has been a catalyst for new business start ups and expansions in East Elgin, creating many jobs in the community. Funding for the office is provided by the County of Elgin. While the office started as a one year pilot project, funding has now been extended for 3 more years.


The Elgin Business Resource Centre is a community-based, non-profit organization that offers services and business counselling to new and existing businesses in Elgin County.  EBRC is a Community Futures Development Corporation, which means that we have the government resources to provide local, established businesses and new business start-ups with the funding, loans, and special programs needed to achieve success.


A successful program that is administered by EBRC is the Self Employment Benefit Program.  This program provides financial assistance to eligible, unemployed individuals to create full time, long term sustainable businesses. The SEB Program allows participants to collect SE Benefits for 10 months while starting a business.  Every year this program helps to start up between 25 and 25 new businesses in Elgin County.


Another very successful program that is administered through the EBRC is the Summer Company Program.  This program is for students between the ages of 15 and 29 who are returning to school in the fall.  The program helps students start summer businesses with grants up to $3000 combining hands-on business counselling and mentoring from the EBRC staff.  Visit www.ontario.ca/summercompany .”








“Aylmer Council at  Monday’s session established  a new Library Design Ad Hoc Committee to consist of 2 Councillors, 2 Staff members and 5 citizen representatives – to be in place by February 13 -  with a mandate to consider the architectural design of the Library renovation and possible locations for other cultural attractions ie. museum etc. in the downtown core. Mayor Jack Couckuyt told Councillors he wanted submissions of names for the five citizen representatives by this Wednesday.”






Councillor John Vandermeersch had a letter on Monday afternoon’s Council agenda criticizing the scheduling of a Council Budget meeting for later Monday at 7:30 pm when a Police Services Board meeting – which he and Councillor Dave LaPointe were required to attend- was already slated for 6:30 pm. Monday. According to an observer,  after considerable discussion the Budget meeting went ahead as planned and the the letter was tabled on a vote by Council during the afternoon session.





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TUESDAY, Feb. 12/13






-Spits Playoffs; Host Simcoe, 7:15pm

-Pancake Supper; Aylmer Anglican Church; 5:30


-Thu.-Sun. -ACT Play; “Don’t Dress For Dinner” ; OTH Theatre; 8pm (see ad)






-Kent, George Edgar, of Stratford, passed away on Sunday, aged 92. He was born in Aylmer. Survivors include: daughter Judy etc.. Predeceased by a son George Jr. in 1975. Interment will take place in Aylmer Cemetery at a later date.


-Crandall, Mrs. Margaret; of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, in her 81st year. Survivors include: daughter Maureen Ashford (Barry) of Mount Salem etc.. Visitation on Wednesday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, St.Thomas where the funeral service will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m.






Eastlink will air their program on the highlights of last July’s 125th celebrations in Aylmer on just four dates in the next two weeks, not five dates weekly as noted in the report last week. The show will be broadcast next Tuesday and Saturday Feb. 23 and then the following Tuesday and Saturday - at 10 am and 6:30 pm on each of those four days.






(Contributed) – “The Belmont Kid’s Park Campaign – Splash Pad and Skate Park 2013 – continues to move forward. The campaign has secured approximately a third of its fundraising goal. With many of us stranded with pockets full of pennies, our campaign has a solution to this new Canadian problem. ”Pennies For The Park” jugs have been distributed throughout Belmont to the following locales: Scotiabank, Easterbrook’s Chiropractic, Foodland, Belmont Dental, Westminster Mutual, The Barking Cat, Belmont Post Office, Belmont Variety, Harkness Printing, and Next to Mom.

The next time you’re visiting one of the above Belmont establishments, if you could kindly drop some change into a jug, you can do so knowing that you’re helping the cause. For more information: contact : belmontparkcampaign@yahoo.ca.  As always, updates of the campaign are available on our website at:  www.belmonthub.ca ”






Aylmer Council recently announced its 2013 Committees: Planning, Economic Development and By-law Enforcement- Councillor D. LaPointe; Community Services-Councillor A. J. Oslach; Property/Parks Recreation- Councillor J. L. Wright; Transportation/Environment/Water- Councillor P. C. Barbour; Public Safety- Deputy Mayor G. H. Richer; Finance and Administration- Deputy Mayor G. H. Richer; and Personnel-Councillor J. S. Vandermeersch.








(From: Environment Canada)  – “A sharp Arctic cold front will cross Southern Ontario late today and this evening. The front is expected to reach the traditional snow belts this afternoon and a line from Windsor through Toronto to Ottawa this evening. It will be accompanied by brisk northerly winds and some snow. Temperatures will fall fairly quickly after the front’s passage, resulting in potentially icy conditions on untreated roads.”  (Contributed) - ”The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Walsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County.  Based on the Environment Canada forecast, air temperatures are predicted to be at -9° Celsius on Saturday with cold wind chills approaching -20 to -25° Celsius.”





(Update to last week’s report – Contributed) – Next Seniors Day program is Tuesday, February 19 at the EEC Complex. The program runs from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Enjoy a morning of recreational activities including shuffleboard or a low-impact strength and balance training class led by Stefanie Thompson of Fitness to the Max, followed by a coffee break, guest speaker presentation and lunch. Our guest presenter is registered dietitian Doreen Wilson who will demonstrate how easy it is to plan and prepare a healthy meal for 1 or 2 which participants will then enjoy for lunch! Upcoming Dates include March 19, April 16, and May 21. The cost is only $10 per participant and you must register and pay in advance! For more information and to register, contact the Complex at (519) 773-5631 or visit: www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca




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MONDAY, Feb. 11/13






-Aylmer Council; 3:30 pm

-OV Naturalists; 7pm; Pt. Burwell School; “East Africa”


-Tue. -Spits Playoffs; Host Simcoe, 7:15pm

-Tue. -Pancake Supper; Aylmer Anglican Church; 5:30

-Thu.-Sun. -ACT Play; “Don’t Dress For Dinner” ; OTH Theatre; 8pm (see ad)






(From the TVDSB website) – “Following a two hour delay, buses have been cancelled today for all schools outside of the city of London.” (Environment Canada had issued a freezing rain warning for East Elgin and other local areas for Sunday night.)






-Prong, Jack;  of Aylmer, passed away on Saturday, in his 87th year. Husband of the late Bette (Hay) Prong(2000). Survivors include: children Rick Prong (Marilyn), Vicki Hull (Will Mulder) and Mike Prong (Shelley), all of the Aylmer area etc.. He was born in Malahide. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer on Monday 5-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am.






-Police charged a 27 year old Aylmer male last Wednesday after a domestic dispute near Melanie Drive involving his 34-year old common law partner. She was pushed and shoved after an argument – no serious injuries were reported.


-As well, a 16-year old female was also charged with assault after an incident early Sunday morning near Forest Street. Her common law partner, a 20 year old male, was scratched severely.


-Aylmer Police conducted a check of driving infractions at the main intersection last Thursday afternoon; 3 persons were charged with illegal use of cellphones. (Last year Police charged 41 drivers with illegal cellphone use = a fine of $125.)






SIMCOE – Aylmer Spitfires narrowly missed a chance to end their Niagara Western Junior C playoff series with Simcoe here last night in game five as they were edged 3-2. Saturday at home the Spits had downed the Storm 5-1. Aylmer now leads the best of seven match 3-2.

Saturday, Aylmer was outshot 38-35 but made their shots count, getting goals from Cody Underhill, Mike Crawford, Brad Payne, Trevor Stewart and Todd Laurindo. Sunday, the Spits couldn’t overcome a 3-1 deficit midway through the third period – Ben Shaw and Underhill netted Aylmer goals.

Next game is in Aylmer Tuesday at 7:15 and a seventh contest if necessary will be Thursday in Simcoe.




Period 1
AylmerCody Underhill (power play) (Todd Laurindo, Adam Brisson) 14:08
SimcoeBraden Walker (Conner Robinson, Brad Vervacke) 16:58
AylmerMike Crawford (Brad Payne, Mark Edmonds) 17:28
Period 2
AylmerBrad Payne (Adam Szwed) 5:06
Period 3
AylmerTrevor Stewart (Cody Underhill, Adam Brisson) 7:44
AylmerTodd Laurindo (empty net) (unassisted) 18:10






– February 4, 2013, Station #1, Calton Line, Power Lines arcing

– February 6, 2013, Station #1, Rush Creek Line, Medical Assist

– February 7, 2013, Station #4, #3,  Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– February 8, 2013, Station #2, Springwater Road, Medical Assist

– February 9, 2013, Station #1, Springfield Road, Medical Assist


– February 10, 2013, Station #1, #2, #3 & #4, Rush Creek Line, Fire

*Noon; storage shed; damage about $2,000; 25 FF on scene;  cause prob. a space heater)






(Contributed) – “Elgin County Economic Development has received an Economic Developers Council of Ontario award in recognition of the combined 2012 Savour Elgin/Elgin Arts Trail Guide.  In addition Elgin County received honourable mention for the Elgin County Living Television Series on Rogers TV and the ElginLicious Marketing Campaign.

The guide was developed in conjunction with marketing firm Yfactor and Elgin Arts Trail partners, the Elgin Business Resource Centre and the St. Thomas – Elgin Public Art Centre. The guide takes residents and visitors on a journey to some of the area’s best restaurants, farmers’ markets and wineries as well as the area’s finest art galleries, studios and artisan craft locations.”






Council recently appointed Grant Hardman to the town Environmental Committee. Other members are: Councillor A. Oslach, Councillor D. LaPointe, Danielle Douglas, Brett Hueston, John E Montgomery, Bill Murch, Roberta Wilson, and Staff: Rod Tapp.





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FRIDAY, Feb. 8/13






*Tonight’s swim lesson program at the Police College is cancelled  due to the weather.


-Sat. -Spitfires Playoff Hockey, host Simcoe, 7:30 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer (see Tues. story)/Springfield (see Wed.) Ball Registrations


-Mon. –Aylmer Council, 3:30

-Mon. -OV Naturalists; 7pm; Pt. Burwell School; “East Africa”

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






(From TVDSB) – “Due to the inclement weather and the cancellation of school bus transportation across Thames Valley, all schools and the Education Centre will be closed for the day. All community use of schools has been cancelled at these schools as well.”






(For St. Thomas – Aylmer – Eastern Elgin County issued at 5 am by Environment Canada) – “Significant snowfall of 15 to 25 cm today. A Texas low has intensified into a major winter storm as it approached Southern Ontario. An expanding area of heavy snow has moved into Southern Ontario and will spread eastward this morning. The heaviest snow will occur during the morning rush hour along the highway 401 corridor from London across the Waterloo region and the Greater Toronto area. Rapidly accumulating snow will also contribute to dangerous driving conditions. The snow will end in areas west of  Toronto area late in the afternoon.”


3 pm – Update - Snowfall warning still in effect for St. Thomas – Aylmer – Eastern Elgin County.  ”Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions.”






This is the proposed design of the Splashpad to be constructed in Balmoral Park this spring by the Aylmer Splashpad Committee (Contributed) (CLICK)






Eastlink informs that a program on the highlights of Aylmer’s 125th Celebrations this past July will air from Tuesday February 19 to Saturday February 23 and again the following week – all showings at 10 am and 6:30 pm. Length of the program is 22 minutes and it includes footage and interviews of and about the weekend celebrations as well as interviews with current and former mayors.






Four candidates will contest the vacant Deputy-Mayor’s position in Bayham in a special by-election on March 25. Nominations closed at 2 pm today. Those seeking the position are: Lynn Acre of R.1 Aylmer, Bob Lozon of Port Burwell, Rainey Weisler of Straffordville and Cliff Evanitski of R.4 Aylmer.






Driving conditions were poor as the season’s second major snowfall hit today. This is a view of downtown Aylmer looking west at 9 am. (kb) (CLICK)




Q- Hockey Tourney During  School Hours?


2- No, They have the weekend  50%  (25 votes)  

1- Yes, Fine with me  30%  (15 votes)

4-Yes, but start at 1pm  12%  (6 votes)

3-Yes, but only for teens  8%  (4 votes)


Total Votes: 50





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

Campbells, Pinecroft, Studer’s and Mary Jane’s.)





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