Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, Feb. 27/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey Final v. Tillsonburg, 3:15 pm

 

-Fri. -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew, Anglican Church, 11:30-1 pm

-Sat. -APAC: Jennifer Thorpe, OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad)

 

 

ELGIN OPP REPORT DANGEROUS ROADS

 

(9:30 am) – “Elgin OPP is reporting dangerous driving conditions and multiple collisions across the county and along Highway 401. With the snow and gusting winds it is creating blizzard like conditions with very poor visibility and driving conditions. Police are urging motorists to stay off the roadways unless needed for emergency purposes.”

 

 

COLD WEATHER ALERT #6

 

The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, the night time low Wednesday will be -11° Celsius but will quickly fall to a wind chill of -25 ° Celsius over the course of the evening and into Thursday. On Thursday the daytime ambient temperatures are predicted to be in the range between -16° Celsius to -25 ° Celsius. This 6th Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect as of this evening, Wednesday until  Saturday morning.

 

 

EESS JR B BBALL AT WOSSAA

 

(Contributed) – “The EESS Junior Boys Basketball team travelled to London Clarke Road to play Medway in the WOSSA Final on Monday. The Eagles came up against a very hot shooting Medway team and were behind 39-17 at the half. The Eagles did not give up and chipped away at the Medway lead in the second half. They got the score down to a five point lead but could not overcome the 22 point deficit of the second half and eventually lost by a score of 62-55.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Thiessen, Elizabeth of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in her 73rd year. Survivors: husband Frank Thiessen; four children etc.. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Bradley Street Church of God on Saturday at 1 pm.

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL SKATE EVENT AT EEC COMPLEX

 

(Contributed) – For the seventh consecutive year, the East Elgin Community Complex is the host venue for the 2014 Skate Canada-Western Ontario High School Skating Invitational Competition next Tuesday.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE PHOTO:

 

  • Here we go again folks.  Your help was outstanding on the last photo we posted.  Looking to identify this female for a Theft Investigation from Shoppers Drug Mart.  Please contact Cst. Kevin Coudenys at 519-773-3144 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

    February 21 at 7:43 pm – Aylmer Police are looking to identify this
    female re-a theft investigation at Shoppers’ Drug Mart. (Aylmer Police)

 

 

UNITED WAY HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

 

Applications for this year’s Betty Want scholarship are now available online, through Elgin-St. Thomas United Way’s website www.stthomaunitedway.ca. There is one $1,000 scholarship available for a high school student graduating this year. The application deadline is April 15. Interested students will need to complete the application form and write an essay up to 500 words in length detailing their community leadership involvement. They will also need a letter of support from a community group. Applications can be dropped off at 10 Mondamin Street, Suite 103, St. Thomas, ON. N5P 2V1 or mailed to the same address.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey Final v. Tillsonburg, 3:15 pm

-Fri. -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew, Anglican Church, 11:30-1 pm

-Sat. -APAC: Jennifer Thorpe, OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad)

 

 

COLD WEATHER ALERT #6

 

The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, the night time low tonight will be -11° Celsius but will quickly fall to a wind chill of -25 ° Celsius over the course of the evening and into Thursday. On Thursday the daytime ambient temperatures are predicted to be in the range between -16° Celsius to -25 ° Celsius .These low temperatures will continue until Saturday morning when the mercury will rise to more seasonal temperatures.This 6th Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect as of this evening , Wednesday February 26, 2014 until the morning of Saturday March 1, 2014.

 

 

EESS HOCKEY TEAMS SPLIT

 

AYLMER – EESS defeated Ingersoll 5-0 in a replaying of last week’s Southeast boys hockey semifinal here yesterday. (Ingersoll was allowed to challenge EESS after Dorchester had used an ineligible player in their semifinal loss to EESS). The final is slated for Thursday vs. Tillsonburg in Aylmer. In a girls’ hockey semifinal here yesterday as well, Dorchester overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge East Elgin 3-2.

 

 

LYONS: CAR HITS CAR IN DITCH!

 

(From Elgin OPP) – LYONS – An unusual collision occurred on Friday about 3 pm on Imperial Rd, south of Crossley Hunter Line. A car was travelling north on Imperial Rd. when it went into the east ditch. The vehicle remained in the ditch with the driver and one passenger. About twenty five minutes later another car travelling south on Imperial Rd. went out of control and into the same east ditch colliding with the first car. The second car had three occupants. The driver of the first car, a 73 year old Malahide man, as well as a 76 year old female passenger were transported to hospital with minor injuries. A passenger in the second car, a 36 year of London woman, was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. No charges have been laid at this time. Road conditions and weather conditions were slushy and slippery with high winds.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Veitch, Elaine of Eden passed away Sunday aged 79 years. Wife of the late James “Allan” Veitch (2012). Survivors: three children including Doug (Teresa) of Eden; sister-in-law of Helen (George) Backus of Eden and Isobel (Robert) Soper of Straffordville etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Saturday at 11 a.m.

 

-Andrews, Martha Belle (Ketchabaw) of Straffordville passed away on Tuesday aged 84 years. Survivors: husband Ross; five children etc.. She was a former librarian at Straffordville library. Visitation on Friday from 7 – 9 p.m. at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg and Saturday at Straffordville United Church from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

 

 

SPRINGWATER MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

 

(Contributed) – “The annual SPRINGWATER MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL will begin the weekend of March 8-9 and continue through the Schools’ March Break week (March 10-14) from 10 am – 3 p.m. There are special March Break Programs in that week including: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides – March 22, 29 & 30; Native, Pioneer & Modern Syrup Making Demos, Smokey the Bear, Syrup Samples etc. Special events during the Festival include: St. Thomas Wood Carvers- March 8 & 9; Children’s Festival – March 22 (Face Painting, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Taffy in the Snow etc.); and Butterfly & Bat House Building Day March 29; as well as a regular Pancake Brunch and Maple products for sale.

 

 

MED. MARIJUANA IN IMPERIAL PLANT

 

AYLMER – (Information from WeedMD Press Release last Thursday:) – Toronto based WeedMD Rx Inc. is occupying the former Imperial Tobacco plant in hopes of becoming one of Canada’s largest legal marijuana growing operations.The company is joining a number of firms across Canada competing to set up medical marijuana production facilities under new Health Canada regulations that kick in April 1.  CEO Bruce Scully said the company has received a pre-approval licence from Health Canada to produce the marijuana and is completing arrangements for $3 million in financing. They are awaiting the approval of their cultivation license by Health Canada. They will employ 15 workers to begin with which could increase to about 100 over the next three years. A Health Canada inspection of the former Imperial Tobacco warehouse was scheduled for today.

 

The license allows WeedMD Rx to produce 2,500 kilograms of medical marijuana a year in a 25,000 square foot plant to start. Mr. Scully hoped to increase that amount to 10,000 kg of marijuana annually if successful in expanding the plant to 100,000 square feet over the next few years. WeedMD will be ready for distribution in April. In marketing its product, the Company will put special focus on those in long-term care facilities. Under the new MMPR guidelines, patients no longer need a license to obtain these medical marijuana products. Instead, they will need to obtain a document from a licensed physician, which will then be submitted to a licensed provider, such as WeedMD.com, who will fulfill orders online or by phone.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Feb. 25/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sr. Day Out, EEC Complex; 9:30am-12:30 (see Thu. story)

-EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey (Replay Semi) v. Ingersoll, 1:30 pm

-EESS Hosts: Girls Hockey SemiFinal v. Dorchester; 3:15pm

 

-Fri. -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew, Anglican Church, 11:30-1 pm

-Sat. -APAC: Jennifer Thorpe, OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad later today)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Laemers, Greg of Aylmer passed away Friday. Survivors: wife Virginia (Rousseau) Laemers and children Cole and Conner etc.. He was born in 1979 to the late Theresa (Toth) and Steven Laemers; step son of Betty (Muhlbock) Laemers and older brother of Dave Laemers. He graduated from East Elgin Secondary School and received a diploma from Fanshawe College as a Mechanical Engineering Technologist (Mobile Equipment). He worked at Cadman Power Equipment as a Product Engineering Manager. Visitation to be held on Friday, February 28th at Saxonia Hall, Aylmer from 6-9 p.m. with a memorial service and reception to be held there on Saturday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the trust fund set up for his children or to the Sunshine Foundation of Canada. Basic Funerals are in care of arrangements 1-877-229-7077. Condolences can be left at http://obituaries.basicfunerals.ca/obituaries/greg-laemers/2264 .

 

 

-Bremer, Herman Jacob of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in his 81st year. Survivors: wife Margaret (Dykxhoorn) Bremer; siblings Jane (David) Devries,  Reinie (Rev. Henry) Marissen and Coby (Kers) (Henry) Devries etc..  He was born in the Netherlands and was a custodian previously at Aylmer Christian Reformed Church. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Saturday at 11 am.

 

 

EESS LOSES BOTH GAMES AT WOSSAA

 

LONDON – East Elgin boys basketball teams lost both of their WOSSAA games at Clarke Road SS yesterday. The seniors were defeated 58-41 by London CCH and the Juniors fell to Medway by 62-55.

 

 

MARCH BREAK AT THE AYLMER LIBRARY

 

(Contributed) – There are two events on the PD Day on March 7 – dancing snake craft and a shramrock search cyber camp. During March break week (March 10-14), on Tuesday at 11 am there is a program on reptiles for all ages; on Thursday at 4 pm is a program on robots for ages 12-14, all week is fashion week with programs at 2 pm each day (see website for ages), and on Friday and Saturday are programs on Legos – all day, all ages. Please register in advance.

 

 

EESS SWIMMERS AT WOSSAA

 

(From EESS Athletic Director Dave Arnett:) – WOSSAA  swimming championships were held Thursday at the London Aquatic Centre. EESS placed third of 22 teams in the Open Division and tenth of 37 teams in the combined High School and Open division.

OFSAA qualifiers were: Open Boys Medley Relay 200 meter – Ian Mantel, Alex Warren, Jeremy Cunningham and Reed Waldick (second); Open Boys 4 by 100 meter Freestyle Relay – Reed Waldick, Jeremy Cunningham, Ian Mantel and Alex Warren (second);  Open Boys 100 meter – Alex Warren; Open Boys 50 Freestyle – Alex Warren. This is the first time in recent history that EESS has had a Boys Relay team compete at OFSAA.

Other top placings by EESS swimmers included: Open girls 4 by 100 Relay – Jessica Penz, Nicole Gregory, Erica Zimmer and Brianne Brix – 3rd;  15 and over High School 100 meter Backstroke – Jessica Penz, third; and Open Boys 100 meter Backstroke – Reed Waldick, third.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“AWARD FOR A.C.T. PLAY”

 

Aylmer Community Theatre’s production of “Don’t Dress for Dinner” was adjudicated during last Friday’s performance. Award announcements – for both in and out of festival plays – were made at the annual Western Ontario Drama League meeting in Guelph Sunday. From ACT, Sandi Loponen was among five nominated for Best Actress. Mary Morin, Stage Manager, received a Special Adjudicator’s Award. Added Barb Warnock of ACT:  ” ‘In festival’ means that you are competing for one of five positions at the week-long festival. ‘Out of festival’ means that there is no intention to go on to the festival but the adjudication is for learning purposes and there are a number of awards for which these shows are eligible. We were ‘out of festival’ as we did not want to compete for a position at the festival. Mary’s award was one of six discretionary awards the adjudicator can give out.”

 

 

MARCH BREAK AT THE EEC COMPLEX

 

During March Break (March 10-14), the EEC Complex is offering a March Break Camp for children 6 to 12 years old with crafts, games, activities and public skating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $20 per camper (Preregistration is required). The camp actually begins on Friday, March 7 (PD Day).

As well, Eastlink is sponsoring free skating during that week on these dates: Monday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 11a.m., Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 24/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS WOSSAA Boys BBall; at Clarke Rd.: Sr v CCH 5pm;  Jr v Medway 3:30pm

 

-Tue. -Sr. Day Out, EEC Complex; 9:30am-12:30 (see Thu. story)

-Tue. -EESS Hosts: Girls Hockey SemiFinal v. Dorchester; 3:15pm

-Tue. -EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey (Replay Semi) v. Ingersoll, 1:30 pm

 

-Fri. -Aylmer-Malahide Museum Stew, Anglican Church, 11:30-1 pm

-Sat. -APAC: Jennifer Thorpe, OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad later today)

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– February 18, 2014, Station #2, Imperial Road, Alarm Malfunction

– February 19, 2014, Station #3, Rogers Road, Alarm Malfunction

– February 19, 2014, Station #3,  Station #1, Talbot Line, MVC

(* Single vehicle, no injuries, Talbot Line and Heritage Line)

– February 19, 2014, Station #2, #1, 52427 Talbot Line, Automobile Fire

(*fully involved, accidental, Damage $5000)

– February 20, 2014, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– February 20, 2014, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– February 20, 2014, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– February 21, 2014, Station #4, #2, Imperial Road, MVC

(*Two vehicles,  three persons to hospital, near Crossley Hunter Line)

– February 22, 2014, Station #2, Rogers Road, Medical Assist

– February 23, 2014, Station #4,  Mapleton Line, Medical Assist

 

 

AYLMER FIRE CALL:

 

-Friday February 21 @ 11:34 hours, respond to alarms ringing at a Talbot St. W. address.  8 firefighters responded to the call. There was a malfunctioning interconnected smoke alarm.

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

MY FAVOURITE OLYMPIC SPORT? 

 

-Hockey  47.5%  (38 votes)

-Figure Skating  21.25%  (17 votes)

-Curling  17.5%  (14 votes)

-Skiing Events  7.5%  (6 votes)

-Bobsled, Snowboarding, etc.  6.25%  (5 votes)

 

Total: 80 Votes

 

 

AYLMERITES IN OUA WOMENS BBALL

 

WINDSOR – Top ranked in Canada, University of Windsor decisioned McMaster 83-64 in OUA womens’ basketball playoff action here Saturday to advance to the Conference final next Saturday in Windsor against Laurier. Aylmer’s Tessa Kreiger started and scored six pt. for Windsor. In another playoff last week, Brock was eliminated by Laurier – Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen did not dress for Brock due to an injury.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Saris, Nicolaas J. “Nick”, of St. Thomas passed away on Sunday in his 60th year. Survivors: Wife Mary (nee Watson) Saris;  two children including Steven Saris (Vicki) of Straffordville etc.. A service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, St. Thomas on Saturday at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour before.

 

 

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LATE FRIDAY:

THE SURVEY SAYS:


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FRIDAY, Feb. 21/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

Fri.-Sat. -ACT PLAY:Man With Plastic Sandwich;8pm;OTH Thea.(see ad)

CANCELLED: (Resked for Monday -Fri. -EESS in WOSSAA Boys BBall; at Clarke Rd.: Sr v CCH;  Jr v Medway

CANCELLED: Fri. -EESS Hosts: Girls Hockey SemiFinal v. Dorchester; 3:15pm

-Sat. –Aylmer Minor Ball Registration at EEC Complex, 9am-2pm

 

 

ELGIN BUSES CANCELLED

 

Buses for Elgin schools are cancelled for the second time this week due to the weather conditions today. Summers Corners and South Dorchester schools are closed. Said Dave Cryderman, dispatcher with Aylmer’s Bader BusLines: “The gravel roads were very icy this morning.”

 

 

THU.- CCCA UPGRADES FLOOD WATCH

 

(From Catfish Creek Conservation Authority; Thursday at 8am:) – “This Flood Watch is intended to notify that adverse weather patterns have strengthened and channel water levels are expected to increase. A high probability exists for flooding of low-lying flood prone areas within the watershed. Effective immediately, the CCCA is upgrading the Flood Outlook Watershed Conditions Statement issued on Wednesday to a Flood Watch.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-Boys Hockey Semifinal – EESS 8 (VanRoestel 3, Loewen 2) Dorchester 1

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Fehr, Bridget Angel Prisilla of Aylmer passed away Thursday in her 41st year. Survivors: children Corey and Travis Fehr etc.. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday from 2-4 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am.

 

 

APAC CONCERT NEXT SAT.

 

The next performance of the Aylmer Performing Arts series will be Jennifer Red Thorpe, a jazz singer who is based in St.Mary’s, on Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 pm at the Old Town Hall theatre (see Monday’s ad). She received a nomination at the 2012 Jack Richardson Music Awards in London and has recorded with Canadian jazz greats Mark Eisenman and Reg Schwager.

 

 

EECC SR. DAY OUT IS TUESDAY

 

The monthly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex will feature local contractor Mark McCallum as Speaker on Home Improvements. The event which runs from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm costs $10 (lunch and fitness class included) with registration in advance.

 

 

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THURSDAY, Feb. 20/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-United Way at Cy’s, Aylmer Touchdown, 5-7 pm

Thu.-Sat. -ACT PLAY:Man With Plastic Sandwich;8pm;OTH Thea.(see ad)

-EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey playoff v Dorchester, 3pm

 

-Fri. -EESS Hosts: Girls Hockey SemiFinal 3:15pm

-Sat. –Aylmer Minor Ball Registration at EEC Complex, 9am-2pm

 

 

1-CCCA UPGRADES FLOOD WATCH

 

(From Catfish Creek Conservation Authority; today at 8am:) – “This Flood Watch is intended to notify that adverse weather patterns have strengthened and channel water levels are expected to increase. A high probability exists for flooding of low-lying flood prone areas within the watershed. Effective immediately, the CCCA is upgrading the Flood Outlook Watershed Conditions Statement issued on Wednesday to a Flood Watch as Environment Canada has upgraded the weather forecast in this area to a Rainfall Warning with up to 50 mm of rain possible.”

 

 

2-EAST ELGIN WEATHER WATCH 

 

(From Environment Canada – For East Elgin – at 8:30 am) – “A Major storm will be bringing 25 to 50 mm of rain today and Friday. An Alberta clipper and Texas low will be tracking towards the Great Lakes today where they will merge and rapidly intensify. Rain is expected to begin over Southwestern Ontario near midday. There is a chance that a brief period of snow, freezing rain or ice pellets may precede the rain as temperatures rise from just below freezing to above. In addition, thunderstorms will be possible and may result in locally higher rainfall amounts. Significant snow melt will also be a concern. As the rain comes to an end Friday, winds will increase out of the southwest with gusts to 70 or 80 km/h possible, particularly along the great lake shores.

 

 

EESS WINS SR BBALL TITLE

 

INGERSOLL – East Elgin seniors defeated Ingersoll 51-44 to claim their second straight SouthEast Conference boys’ basketball crown here yesterday (Previously they were champs in 2002). Matt Goble led EESS with 15 pt. and Ryan Heimstra added 14. The Eagles now move on to WOSSAA AAA competition at London Clarke Road tomorrow.

In the junior championship, Glendale downed EESS 58-38. Tillsonburg led 33-16 at halftime. Colton VanVlaanderen had 15 pt. for the Eagles. EESS still qualifies for WOSSAA AAA play tomorrow also at Clarke Road.

 

 

KIDS AND COMPANY: GOOSE AND SEUSS

 

Aylmer’s Kids And Company will present their next  show on Saturday, March 8 at 2 pm at the Old Town Hall Theatre featuring the Little Red Theatre from Toronto. LRT has been in Aylmer several times previously – this show is entitled Goose and Seuss. Tickets are $8 advance ($10 at door) at Campbell’s II or call 519.773.8220.

 

 

MUSEUM STEW LUNCHEON

 

The annual Heritage Luncheon Stew, sponsored by Aylmer and Malahide Museum, will be held next Friday, February 28 from 11:30 – 1pm  at Trinity Anglican Church. Cost is $8; Info.: 773-5575.

 

 

BAYHAM DRIVER CHARGED

 

(From Elgin OPP) – A 50 year old Bayham man was charged with impaired driving, possession of marijuana, disqualified driving and refusal to provide a breath sample after an accident yesterday at 4 pm in Bayham. His car was travelling east on Highway 3 merging onto Heritage Line when the vehicle made contact with the north curb causing it to travel over a snow bank and into the south ditch rolling onto its roof. There were no injuries – there were no other occupants of the car.

 

 

BAYHAM GAS WELL UPDATE:

 

(Information from Bayham Clerk Lynda Millard) – Bayham announced today that the Ministry of Natural Resources has confirmed that a contractor will begin work on Monday to cap the natural gas well northwest of Pt. Burwell that began leaking last week. Bayham notes that the odour may become worse during the procedure. Orchard Line is still closed to the public.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

MALAHIDE AGREES TO SUNDAY HUNTING

 

“At Council last Thursday, Malahide passed the following resolution: “In response to the request of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and in recognition of the support of the National Wild Turkey Federation Elgin Chapter and local resident Brian Kingston, Sunday Gun Hunting will be supported in the Township of Malahide.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Abuse Seminar; Aylmer Chr. Ref. Church, 7:30 pm (see Tue. story)

-EESS BBall S-E Finals at Ingersoll; Jr 4pm v Glendale, Sr 6pm v Ingersoll

 

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

-Thu. -United Way at Cy’s, Aylmer Touchdown, 5-7 pm

Thu.-Sat. -ACT PLAY:Man With Plastic Sandwich;8pm;OTH Thea.(see ad)

-Sat. –Aylmer Minor Ball Registration at EEC Complex, 9am-2pm

 

 

EAST ELGIN WEATHER STATEMENT

 

(At 11 am – from Environment Canada – for East Elgin:) – “Two developing weather systems, one from Alberta and the other from Texas, will be tracking towards the Great Lakes, where they are forecast to merge and rapidly intensify Thursday. This intense system will bring rising temperatures to Southern Ontario, but also significant precipitation and strong winds. Rain is expected to reach Southwestern Ontario near midday Thursday. From Southwestern Ontario to the Golden Horseshoe and eastward along the Lake Ontario shore toward Kingston, rainfall amounts could be in the 30 to 40 mm range. Thunderstorms are also a possibility in these areas.

Significant snow melt due to the rising temperatures will also be a concern. Strong winds will also be a concern in regions along the Great Lakes shores.”

 

AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

(Information today from Aylmer Police)  A 51 year old Bayham woman was charged with making an improper left turn after her van, going south on King St., started to turn left onto Sydenham St. and struck a northbound van, at 11 am last Monday.

AYLMER TOWN COUNCIL

 

By Bill Murch

 

From yesterday’s Town Council meeting:

-“For the last year the Town of Aylmer has been looking at the possibility of using internet voting along with the traditional paper ballot for the 2014 Municipal Elections. At this time Stratford, Strathroy, Caradoc, Thames Centre and Southwest Middlesex are some of the local (only 24 of the 425 in Ontario) municipalities using online voting. Council instructed staff to continue their research.”

 

 

CATFISH CREEK FLOOD WARNING

 

(From Peter Dragunas, Water Management Technician, Catfish Creek Conservation Authority, at 11 am today:) “This is a Flood Outlook Watershed Conditions Statement that, should forecast adverse weather patterns strengthen, creek water levels may increase. This is an early assessment that the potential exists for flooding of low-lying areas within the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority watersheds.”

 

 

SUMMERS CORNERS SCHOOL SPEAKER

 

Tomorrow, Summers Corners Public School will host a presentation for students by Big Kids Entertainment. Outlined Principal Don Naylor: “Big Kids is a touring troupe of actors out of Toronto who specialize in kids’ interactive theatre. The student audience is involved in the play. Themes are always relevant to young people, self-esteem, acceptance, bullying etc. This play ‘Snow White’ takes a cyber bullying slant and addresses the topic in a fun way using the well-known fairy tale. (We also have Constable Troy Carlson of the OPP coming out to speak with the intermediates about cyber bullying.}

Why this topic?  With more and more young people accessing facebook and messaging one another across cyber space, it makes sense to address potential issues which may arise related to bullying.”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“EESS STUDENT WINS AWARD”

 

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. 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’s 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, from Vienna, gets around the school by herself in a wheelchair and has applied to college for the fall in the Social Service Worker Program.”

 

 

BAYHAM COUNCIL AGENDA

 

Among agenda items to be discussed at tomorrow night’s Bayham Council meeting are:

A letter from Jan Collins of the Vienna Citizens Group asking that, with the proposed demolition of the Vienna Town Hall, “have a professionally made plaque erected on or near the site of the building, like the one erected for the Edison Homestead at the second bridge, (in order to) keep alive the memories and history the plot holds.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, Feb. 18/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

-Wed. -Abuse Seminar; Aylmer Chr. Ref. Church, 7:30 pm (see story today)

-Wed. – EESS BBall S-E Finals at Ingersoll; Jr 4pm v Glendale, Sr 6pm v Ingersoll

-Thu. -United Way at Cy’s, Aylmer Touchdown, 5-7 pm

Thu.-Sat. -ACT PLAY:Man With Plastic Sandwich;8pm;OTH Thea.(see ad)

-Sat. – Aylmer Minor Ball Registration at EEC Complex, 9am-2pm

 

ELGIN BUSES CANCELLED

 

Buses for Elgin schools are cancelled due to the weather conditions today. Summers Corners and South Dorchester schools are closed. Said Dave Cryderman, dispatcher with Bader BusLines of Aylmer:  “With the amount of snow already down over night and continuing at 6:am, we decided to cancel school bus runs for to-day. Plows had been out on many of the roads, however some side roads were quite drifted and wind was blowing them back in as soon as they were cleared.”

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Griffin, David John of London passed away Wednesday in his 70th year. Survivors: wife Donnajean (Pattinson) Griffin; four children; sister in law Lynn Pattinson of Aylmer etc..  A service will be held at the Pattinson Family Home, Aylmer on Thursday at 2 pm. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

-Stacpoole,, Margaret Ellen (Bonnie) of St.Thomas passed away Friday. Survivors include: husband Tony; three daughters etc.. The funeral will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church,  St. Thomas on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home, St.Thomas Tuesday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.

 

-Marr, Colin Adrian of Tillsonburg passed away Sunday aged 79 years. Survivors: wife Donna (Ketchabaw); three children including Kimberly (Dean) Pressey and Colleen Figg and partner Eric Weir, both of Eden etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Thursday from 12 to 2 pm. The Funeral Service will be held there at 2 pm Thursday.

 

BILLY BISHOP PLAY IN LONDON

 

(Contributed) – ” ‘Billy Bishop Goes To War’ will be staged from February 25th – March 8th in the McManus Studio Theatre at The Grand, London. Tickets – contact the Grand Theatre’s box-office at 519-672-8800 or www.grandtheatre.com ($20.00 – $30.00).”

 

X-EESS GIRLS IN BBALL CLASH

 

Two former EESS basketballers squared off Saturday in the final game of the OUA Women;s basketball season - Kira Cornelissen of Brock, at left, is guarding Tessa Kreiger, of Windsor. Windsor won 73-56. (Contributed by Dita Cornellissen)

Two former EESS basketball teammates squared off Saturday in the final league game of the OUA Women’s  season at Brock University in St. Catherines. Kira Cornelissen of Brock, middle left, guards Tessa Kreiger, of U. of Windsor. Windsor won 73-56. (Contributed by Dita Cornelissen)

 

St. Catherines – The top ranked in Canada University of Windor womens’ basketball team closed out their regular OUA season with a 73-56 win over Brock Saturday here. Aylmer’s Tessa Kreiger started and scored 4 pt. for Windsor. Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen played 11 minutes for Brock before suffering a minor injury but did not score. Windsor now receives a playoff bye while Brock faces Laurier Wednesday in playoffs.

 

AYLMER FIRE DEPT. REPORT:

 

-Feb 16 @ 18:27 hours responded to Holland Ave. for unknown smell.  Firefighters monitored the home for CO, zero PPM found. Firefighters found that the home’s gas meter was covered in snow, they cleared the snow away from the meter; may have been the cause. 13 firefighters attend the scene.

-Feb 17 @ 23:18 hours, responded to Elk St. for a reported smell of smoke. Firefighters checked building, nothing found. 15 firefighters responded.

 

ABUSE SEMINAR WED. AT AYLMER CHURCH

 

Aylmer’s Christian Reformed Church will host a presentation on Abuse at the church on Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 pm. The seminar is sponsored by the Safe Church Team at the church as part of a concern over awareness of various safety issues within the church and the community said committee member Lena Pasma. Guest speaker is Susan Winter Fledderus, a counsellor with Shalem Mental Health Network in Hamilton.

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– February 11, 2014, Station #1, #2, #3, #4, 52325 Nova Scotia Line (*Fire – unauthorized controlled burn – old barn being burned)

– February 12, 2014, Station #2 , #1, 8685 Springfield Road, Alarm Malfunction

– February 13, 2014, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– February 15, 2014, Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist

– February 17, 2013, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

 

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FRIDAY, Feb. 14/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Monday.

 

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

Thu.-Sun. -ACT PLAY:Man With Plastic Sandwich;8pm;OTH Thea.(see ad)

-Sat. – Free Skating 6:15-8:45 pm Sponsor: Yarmouth Mutual Insurance

-Sat. -Springfield Brewers Ball Registration, Mal. Comm. Place; 9:30-11 am

-Sun. -Free Skate. 1-2:30 pm Sponsored by South Dorchester Optimists

 

-Mon. –Family Day – Belmont Hub events (see Tue. story)

-Tue. -Aylmer Council, 7 pm

 

 

PT. BURWELL GAS WELL GIVES ODOUR

 

(Information from Bayham Clerk Lynda Millard:) – “After receiving several complaints about a rotten egg odour in both Pt. Burwell and Vienna areas, Bayham has determined the source to be a historic gas well emitting sulphur water that contains Hydrogen sulfide gas. The well, south of Orchard line and northwest of Pt. Burwell, is being monitored by Bayham. There is no immediate danger to the public but the odour will persist until the well is properly plugged. Orchard Park line is closed; the well is on private property. In order to access the necessary resources Bayham has declared a state of emergency.”

 

UPDATE – Bayham Fire Chief Randy White: “For now the key is just communicating with residents to let them know what’s happened and what’s going on. The smell can extend for at least a couple kilometers depending, of course, on wind conditions. The Ministry of Natural Resources will be the lead hand in capping this well and their experience tells them this could be several months. The records show the well was drilled in 1917 for gas and capped the same year. It was probably deemed to be of insufficient delivery to economically put it in production. There are a fairly significant number of wells of similar nature in the region.”

 

 

EESS BOYS BBALL TEAMS IN FINALS

 

WOODSTOCK – Both EESS Senior and Junior boys basketball teams advanced to the SouthEast finals with semifinal wins here yesterday. The seniors nipped WCI 54-51, with Matt Goble scoring 18, Dylan Burtch 15 and Josh Peters 9, and the Juniors handled WCI 55-29. Both squads finished first in Elgin league play this season. The finals will be at Ingersoll next Wednesday with the juniors facing Tillsonburg at 4pm and the seniors tangling with Ingersoll at 6pm.

EESS Seniors are the defending Southeast champs from 2012 (the league did not operate last year). The senior winner will also qualify for WOSSA. The juniors have already qualified for WOSSA play.

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Westra, Adrianna “Jean” passed away Thursday in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Roel Westra (1970). Survivors: six children etc.. Jean came to Aylmer in 1956 and operated Westra Poultry Farm on Dingle Street. A funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Full Gospel Church on Monday at 11 am. with visitation one hour prior.

 

 

APAC 2014-2015 SCHEDULE:

 

(Contributed) – Sept. 13/14 – An Evening With Ian Thomas (Internationally acclaimed Juno winning artist with over 15 albums and as many top twenty songs on his third visit to Aylmer); Oct. 11/14 – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (a live multi piece orchestra will be on the stage for the silent black and white movie, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, released in 1921); Nov. 8/14 – Jack de Keyzer (two time Juno and seven time Maple Blues award winning blues guitarist); Dec. 5/14 – Kim Stockwood (will include music from her Christmas CD);

Jan. 17/15 – Danny Michel (Has three Juno nominations and 10 albums); Feb. 21/15 – Rhythm Nocturne (Rhythm and Blues tunes from the late 60’s and 70’s with our own Tom Starks and Denise Pelley) and Mar. 21/15 – Emilie Claire Barlow (Canadian jazz singer).

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

1-BUSES CANCELLED TODAY

 

Feb 11/13 – “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.)

 

2-BAYHAM AMBULANCE SERVICE BEGINS

 

Feb. /13 – “Effective Monday 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.”

 

 

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