Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

TUESDAY, March 26/13





Time: 9:30pm
ADV 1  ALL SUBD 43 78 6 10
ADV 2  ALL SUBD 42 73 8 13
101 156 15 13 17
102 31 25 8 11
103 38 33 1 8
WARD 1 TOTAL 225 73 22 36
201 16 47 2 12
202 23 51 0 10
203 46 138 1 27
WARD 2 TOTAL 85 236 3 49
301 19 35 1 3
302 28 127 0 5
303 25 110 0 10
WARD 3 TOTAL 72 272 1 18
TOTAL VOTES 467 732 40 126






-Fri. -Belmont Novice game switched to Belmont Arena, 7pm

-Sat. – Club 7 Paper Drive






(From Elgin County OPP) – A van and a bicycle pulling a child carrier trailer collided around 7pm last night on Chapel St. in Vienna. A van, driven by a 21-year old Malahide woman,  was reversing from a private lane onto Chapel Street. The bicycle towing the child carrier was travelling west downhill on Chapel Street and struck the van on the driver’s side. The operator of the bicycle, a 30 year old male, was thrown off, striking the driver side front door window and breaking it while the trailer struck the driver’s side rear sliding door area.


The three children of the bicyclist were taken to Tillsonburg hospital then airlifted via Air Ambulance to London Health Sciences Centre for treatment but were later released having suffered only minor injuries. The father also only had minor injuries.  Police investigation has determined that none of the parties were wearing bicycle helmets and the three children were not strapped into the trailer.






-Anderson, Ray; of Aylmer, passed away today, in his 90th year. Husband of the late Gladys (Greenwood) Anderson(2010). Survivors include: daughter Debbie Shackelton, daughter in law Myrna Anderson, both of Aylmer; sister Hazel Hawley etc.. Ray was born in Malahide and was a dairy and livestock farmer. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, at 1:00 pm.






(Mary Jill Bradford retired recently after 38 years with the Imperial Bank of Commerce. She provided this reflection:) – “Working: graduated Grade 12 May/69, hired by manager Doug Barr; all entries done by hand and a posting machine;  left in April /74  to have daughter number one, then daughter number two April/77; called back to work July/79 to help out for a while; Memories: – involved in two robberies first hand;  Changes: computers, atm  machine, convenience cards, visa cards, extended hours (thurs fri sat), toonies and loonies, new bills (20, 50, 100), recalling the pennies; Reasons  for retiring: Ready to relax, spend more time with grandsons and husband,volunteer: Will miss: the  socializing with staff and customers, they are just like your second family.”






-On Thursday, a 25-year old Aylmer man was charged with theft after he fled a John Street north business around 11:30 am without paying for $150 worth of merchandise. He was apprehended by Police at his residence in north Aylmer about fifteen minutes later and the items were recovered.


-A 27 year old St. Thomas male was charged with two counts of breach of conditions and assault after an incident last Monday at 9 pm in  south Aylmer. A 34 year old Aylmer resident said she was pushed on to a glass table by the male after an argument – the table shattered but she was not injured. The suspect then fled but Police picked him up later that evening hitchhiking in Orwell.


-In Elgin court recently, a 38 year old Aylmer man was given a 24month suspended sentence for possession of marijuana relating to a September occurence.






(Contributed by Barb Forsdike) – “On Saturday, the Aylmer Lioness Club hosted the 47th Annual Mahlon Hale Service Club Bonspiel at the Aylmer Curling Club.  Twelve teams from the Aylmer area took part.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and received a prize for their effort. There were two draws with six teams in each draw.  The Mahlon Hale trophy was won by the Optimists by a 1/2 point. The team was skipped by Mike Silverthorn with Ian Kerr, Len Stewart and Greg Minnema.  Proceeds from the bonspiel will be donated to the Splash Pad in Aylmer.





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MONDAY, March 25/13






-Mon -Bayham Dep.Mayor Bye-election


-Sat -Club 7 Paper Drive






Belmont Novices split a pair of close games on the weekend in their OMHA finals with Burford so a fifth game is needed in their six point series. Saturday Belmont was victorious at home by 6-5 but yesterday Burford squeezed out a 3-2 verdict in Burford to notch the series at 2 wins apiece. The next match is Friday in Dorchester at 7pm (as the Belmont ice will be out).

Meanwhile, Belmont Midgets lost 6-3 to Blyth-Brussels last night in the deciding contest of their OMHA finals. Blyth-Brussels won the title with a 3-2 edge in the series.





(Information from Town Administrator Jennifer Reynaert concerning the Heritage Places film on Aylmer which was available on the internet last week) – “The copyright for the film, video, audio and photography and all other rights on the film, video audio and photography or copies or reproductions are the sole property of Edifice Magazine (Heritage Places, an Edifice Company) as part of the original agreement back in November 2011. They additionally had the right to protect the copyright or authorize or dispose the use of any or all rights in the agreement. Nothing has changed with this agreement. In the fall Council authorized $5000 to cover some of the production costs.”






(Contributed by Anita Schipper) – “Saskatchewan Country singer Blake Berglund is performing at Cy’s in Aylmer on Friday, March 29 at 9:30pm with a $10 admission . He has been nominated for 7 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards in April including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. He is taking part in Canadian Music Week events in Toronto this week as a $10,000 finalist with Astral Radio’s Radio Star Songwriting Competition and is touring in Ontario as well. For tour dates, see www.blakeberglund.com .






-Weaver, Hazel; of Aylmer, passed away Saturday, in her 95th year. Wife of the late Edgar Weaver (1988). Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 am.






About 30 persons attended the official opening of the Trillium Apartment complex at John and Sydenham Streets Friday afternoon. Among speakers were Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt who said:  ”The owners faced many challenges but they had faith in Aylmer, for example in its design, with the economy, and with the closing of the street. It certainly has a more more elegant streetscape than the Strand Theatre which stood here before. Hopefully they will fill it soon and they will build another.”   Tours were held after the brief ceremony in the 5-storey,  39-unit building which was constructed by Graceview Enterprises of Belmont.



Hein Rempel of Golden Community Builders presents ceremonial keys to the eight owners of apartments in the new Trillium Apartment Complex at their opening ceremony Friday. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)






– March 20, 2013, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Alarm Malfunction

– March 20, 2013, Station #2, Springfield Road, Alarm Malfunction

– March 20, 2013, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist

– March 20, 2013, Station #1, 3956 Imperial Road, Chimney Fire

– March 22, 2013, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist






A 25-year old Central Elgin female was charged with changing lanes not in safety as her truck struck a car Tuesday evening about 7pm when she was heading west at Talbot and pulled out around another vehicle that was stopped to turn south on to Caverly Road. There were no injuries but the offending vehicle had to be towed.





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FRIDAY, Mar.22/13





-Trillium Apartment Complex Opening 4pm/Tours 4pm-7pm


-Sat. –Earth Hour – 8:30-9:30pm

-Mon. -Bayham Dep-Mayor Bye-election






AYLMER – Eastlink has dedicided to close its customer care call centre operations on Sydenham Street effective next Thursday with a loss of 17 jobs. Aylmer Regional Manager Ron Mervis confirmed the decision this afternoon. He said that the Aylmer office will still be open for customers to pay bills and buy/return equipment etc. but that customer calls for phone, cable, technical information etc. will be handled through Eastlink Head Office in Halifax as of late next week.


UPDATE:  Employees were notified this week that next Thursday is their last day. Six of the jobs are in tech support. One of the positions is in an administrative support role. All are in the main office on Sydenham. The Aylmer office will actually be expanding their hours somewhat after the change. Said Mr. Mervis: “It’s a difficult decision. The goal is to improve customer service and operational efficiencies.” He noted one benefit of the change will be more hours of service as you will now be able to call customer care until 9pm during the week and from 9 to 5 on Saturdays and tech support will be around the clock.  Eastlink still has 25 employees working out of Aylmer offices ie. office staff, service etc. Mr. Mervis said they are still determining plans for the space that is now available in the main building.






Reaction from readers to the Heritage Place film on Aylmer which is airing this week on www.ibitv.com :


“Lovely, but this video didn’t show the Aylmer pool,, mentioned the ‘sales barn’ but didn’t show it, (also) the schools, the parks, the arena, yes Heritage, but I don’t think this video would attract too many people.” (Casey McGregor)


“We need to make people aware of the rich history of this area. We are so fortunate with the diverse culture, we also have much history in the war era. It is great to see programs like this for any small town, but especially nice (for) Aylmer.” (Mark Alward)


“Cool video, Aylmer looks great!” (Carolyn Comeau Zwicker)


“Very well done. I wish they would have interviewed more townspeople!” (Linnea Sundstrom Jensen)






-Reiser, Michael; of Tillsonburg, formerly of Vienna,  passed away Thursday, in his 88th year. He was a farmer in the Vienna area over 30 years. Visitation at Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Saturday,  from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday,  at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ladislaus R.C. Church, Courtland.






A local volunteer  group will again sponsor a community garden this spring said member Bob Dekraker. They organized the venture for the first time last year using donated land just south of the Evangelical Missionary Church on Rogers Road. Four people took advantage of the plots last year and already six have signed up this season – they have room for about a dozen. Plots are available to anyone who wishes to try their hand at gardening. Seeds and equipment are provided.






There is free coffee/culture at the Perc Coffee Shop on the last Thursday morning of each month again this year sponsored by the Aylmer-Malahide Museum. This Thursday is a presentation on French Ivory at 10:30 am and 11 am.






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

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





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THURSDAY, March 21/13






-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-Ontario Volunteer Awards Night; EEC Complex; 7:30pm

-EESS Parent-Teacher Interviews; 4-7 pm


-Fri. -Trillium Apartment Complex Opening/Tours 4pm-7pm

-Sat. –Earth Hour – 8:30-9:30pm






AYLMER – Eastlink has dedicided to close its customer care call centre operations on Sydenham Street effective next Thursday with a loss of 17 jobs. Regional Manager Ron Mervis in the Aylmer office confirmed the decision this afternoon. He said that the Aylmer office will still be open for customers to pay bills and buy/return equipment etc. but that customer calls for phone, cable, technical information etc. will now be handled through Eastlink Head Office in Halifax. (More information tomorrow)






AYLMER – Essay writing services may have difficulty finding a submission for those who want an easy effort to enter a unique home buying contest being run by Calvin and Diana Bridges of Aylmer.

The Bridges are selling their three-bedroom, 2400 square foot, brick ranch home at Summers Corners through an essay contest. They are originally from Sault Ste Marie and moved here some 20 years ago. They operate the This N That thrift store on Talbot St. west. They want to move to Barrie and open a second thrift store there – their children will still run the Aylmer store.

The Bridges are asking people to write an essay on how winning the couple’s home would benefit them. Contestants submit a $100 entry fee for consideration of their essay and the Bridges will judge the entries and pick a winner after the contest closes on Aug. 31, 2013. They tried selling their home through a traditional real estate broker, but were unsuccessful. They then got this idea from a movie called The Spitfire Grill where a woman tried to sell her inn through an essay.

Legal advice gave this project their blessing – a house raffle would be illegal  All entries are being accepted by a third party – friends and family aren’t eligible. They are hoping for 3,000 essays, which equates to the $300,000 appraised value of the home. If they do not achieve the 3,000 essays, the money will be returned minus a processing fee. If they get more than 3,000 entries, profits will go to a charity the Bridges runs that supports families in Haiti. All details are on their facebook page, “Essay House Aylmer”.

Said Calvin yesterday: “We have over 150 essays already and media interest has been outstanding. We have been on CTV  Kitchener, CBC Radio throughout Ontario and  at the end of this week in the Globe and Mail etc.” Their contact is cdbrydges@amtelecom.net.






(Information from EEC Complex Board Chair Jim Jenkins) – “About 40 people attended the public budget meeting of the East Elgin Community Complex Tuesday night. The budget presented was a 2.72% increase over 2012 and is being forwarded to both the Town of Aylmer and the Township of Malahide councils for their approval. Concerns expressed by the ratepayers included the budget increase, the necessity of summer ice, the cost of operating the Complex compared to the other like facilities and the need for an independent operational review.


I explained to the audience that the Advisory Board was committed to having the Complex operate as efficiently as possible and that an independent operational review, comparing our Complex with other similar facilities, would identify where new efficiencies could be found including if changes were needed with the summer ice policy.”






Belmont Novices, like the Midgets, are also in the OMHA finals. They are tied with Burford – with a win apiece – in their six points series. Burford won the opener 6-5 in overtime and Belmont captured the second match by 6-2. Game three is Saturday in Belmont at 3pm. Belmont  went 8-2 in  their quarter final round robin. They then defeated Lucan three straight games in the semi-finals. Coaches are Todd Clark, Vern Crinklaw, and Rob Richardson and Kyle Rysdale is Manager.






Walkom, Carol; formerly of Aylmer; passed away Monday, in her 83rd year. Wife of the late James Walkom(2000). Survivors include: daughters Lynn (Mike) Summers and Barb (Eugene) Lindsay both of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Friday 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday – one hour prior to the service. The funeral service will be held at Kebbels Saturday at 11:00 am.






(Information from Melanie Knapp) (See Ad) – “Saxonia Hall is sponsoring their first ‘Divas Day Out – Womens’ Trade Show’ on Saturday April 6 from 10 am to 4 pm – the cost is $2. Proceeds will be going to help pay for a new roof. The purpose is to have an event by women, for women;  our motto is shop, relax, enjoy. There will be over 25 vendors with giveaways and demonstrations.”





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WEDNESDAY, March 20/13





-HeritagePlace Aylmer Film; www.ibitv.org; (Comment on Facebook?)


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

-Thur. -Ontario Volunteer Awards Night; EEC Complex; 7:30pm

-Thur. -EESS Parent-Teacher Interviews; 4-7 pm

-Sat. – Earth Hour






-Peters, Johan; of Vienna, passed away on Sunday, in his 70th year. Survivors include: wife Sara (Zacharias) Peters; 9 children; 53 grandchildren  etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Tillsonburg on Friday 2:00 pm.






(Contributed) – The Official Opening of Aylmer Trillium Park, the apartment complex at the corner of John and Sydenham Streets, will be Friday at 4 pm. Following a brief opening ceremony at the entrance on Sydenham, there will be small group tours.






(Information from Tim Stafford of Hydro One) – “The outage (Monday in Aylmer around 6:30 pm for about 20 minutes) was due to ice build up on the 115,000 v. tower lines in the Aylmer area. When this took place the conductor was weighted down and the wind at 40 to 60 km’s per hr. created galloping. Two of the 115,000 v conductors came together and feeder protections at the station operated  causing the outage.”






Blyth-Brussels blanked Belmont 1-0 at home last night to take a 2-1 lead in their six point OMHA Midget finals. Blyth won the opening game 3-1 but Belmont rebounded for a 4-0 win in game two. Next game is Sunday at 6:15 in Belmont. Belmont was undefeated in ousting East Lambton in the quarter finals and St. George in the semi finals. Coaches are Chris Webb, Chris Hickey, Brian Horlick and Trainer Dave Hunter.






(Contributed) – The following is a list of Aylmer and East Elgin  recepients of Ontario Volunteer Awards to be presented at the ceremony Thursday at 7 pm at the EEC Complex: Judy Anderson, Cathy Kasza, Kathy Klassen, Mary Peters and Mary Wilson for the Aylmer-Malahide Mueum and Archives; Todd Sprague and Trevor Armstrong, for the EEC Complex;  Paul Bode, St.Thomas-Elgin Hospital; Anne Kenny, Elgin-St.Thomas Community Foundation;  Cheryl Brooks and Peter Charlton, Aylmer Community Band, Judy Mennill Aylmer Community Choir;

Gwen Owen,  Betty Pendreigh, Vera Dickhout, and Arthur Hayman for Aylmer and East Elgin Fair Board; Lois Coleman, Dave and Rosemary Goble, Marie and Harold Pake, Susan Osborn and  Loeki Andre VanRoessell for Chateau Gardens; Matt Schafer and Brian Masschaele, Bayham Museum; and Sherry Hetherington, Pt. Burwell Museum.








Janet Brolin, an author living in Pt. Burwell, was one of five finalists announced yesterday for The Bloody Words Award for Light Mystery for her book ‘Dire Threads.’ The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award, a new annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries  is for a “book that makes us smile,” which includes everything from laugh-out-loud, to gentle humour, to good old fashioned stories with little violence or gore.  Bloody Words, Canada’s oldest and largest convention of mystery readers and authors, will be awarding the Bony Blithe Award  at the Bloody Words XII Banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto on June 2. The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000 plus a colourful plaque. (She didn’t win).”






THEAYLMERNEWS is interested in your reaction to the new Heritage Places film on Aylmer (www.ibitv.org). Send us your comments. Thanks.




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TUESDAY, Mar. 19/13





-HeritagePlace Aylmer Film; www.ibitv.org; (Now showing)

-EEC Complex Seniors Event; 9:30am -12:30

-EEC Complex  Public Budget meeting; 7pm


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

-Thur. -Ontario Volunteer Awards Night; EEC Complex; 7:30pm

-Thur. -EESS Parent-Teacher Interviews; 4-7 pm

-Sat. – Earth Hour






THEAYLMERNEWS is interested in your reaction to the new Heritage Places film on Aylmer (www.ibitv.org). Send us your comments. Thanks.





-Marissen, Hennie; of Aylmer, passed away Sunday, in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Teunis Marissen(1999). Survivors include: son Harry (Ida) Marissen of Yarmouth Centre etc. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Thursday, at 11:00 am.


-Helmer (Polgar), Agnes Anne; of R.R.# 2, St. Thomas, passed away Monday, in her 74th year. Survivors include: son Kenneth White Jr. (Melanie) of R.R. 2, St. Thomas etc.. She was born in Straffordville and was an R.N.A. at the St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at The Community of Christ Church, St.Thomas Friday at 11:00 am.






(Contributed) – “ Our campaign for the Belmont Splashpad has hit a temporary roadblock. The Community Launch that we scheduled for this Wednesday will have to be delayed.”






(By Bill Murch) – “Last night the Aylmer Finance Committee completed deliberations on the town’s 2013 budget. They held projected expenditures to $4,952,625 which is a 1.03% increase over the amount spent in 2012. The draft budget was then referred to Council. Aylmer Council then met last night  and announced that the draft budget will be presented at a public meeting to be held in the Old Town Hall Theatre on April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.






(Contributed) – “Aylmer Minor Ball now has a website (aylmerminorball.com). The new website is courtesy of Rob Redding of Redding Designs.

Also AMBA will be hosting an MLB Pitch, Hit, Run contest again this year in April or May. Participants, ages 5-14) compete in hitting, pitching and running events with the top participants in the 7-14 age groups moving onto regional and national competition. The winners in this region have the opportunity to compete at the Rogers Center and winners at that competition will move onto the finals at this year’s MLB All star game.

Also a reminder for parents to try and get their children registered for this ball season before April 1 to avoid late fees.






“After reading the comments from DeSutter Homes and Dan Dale I am truly confused. If nobody from the town published that there was going to be an increase in funds for building permits how is Frank DeSutter going to recoup his loss. I am sure he has already signed a contract with his client for building their house at the old permit rate. Three or four thousand dollars is a lot of money and this should not be happening without at least a 30 day notice so the contractor is aware of the increase.” (Bob Nesbitt)






-A 34-year old Aylmer male was charged with assault and forcible confinement after a dispute with his 31-year old common law female partner ended with her being shoved last Tuesday around 1 pm at a Talbot St. residence. There were no injuries.


-A Talbot Street east Aylmer buisness reported on March 6 that their office had been entered overnight and an old computer removed.


-Last Wednesday around 4 am Aylmer Police stopped a vehicle on Talbot St. east for speeding and removed marijuana residue from the car – the 35-year old male driver from Aylmer was just charged with the traffice offence.






-On March 9 around noon, a 35-year old Orwell woman was charged with failing to yield after her  truck going north on Caverly Road and turning left onto Talbot St. west  was in collision with a car driven east on Talbot. There was some damage to both vehicles but no injuries.





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MONDAY, Mar. 18/13





-Aylmer Council 7pm

-HeritagePlace Aylmer Film; www.ibitv.org; NOW ON! (for one week)


-Tue. -EEC Complex Seniors Event; 9:30am -12:30; (see Frid. story)

-Tue. -EEC Complex  Public Budget meeting

-Thur. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Thur. -Ontario Volunteer Awards Night; EEC Complex; 7:30pm

-Thur. -EESS Parent-Teacher Interviews; 4-7 pm

-Sat. – Earth Hour






-Alway (Maurer), Erna; of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, in her 102nd year. Wife of Edward “Ted” Always. Visitation at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church St.Thomas one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at 3:00 pm. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.






-Tessa Kreiger, formerly of Aylmer, played eight minutes as her University of Windsor team captured the Canadian University Womens’ Basketball title yesterday in Regina by a 66-57 margin over the University of Regina. Tessa is a second year player – Windsor has now won the crown for three consecutive years.


-Stephanie DeSutter, formerly of Aylmer, scored a goal as her Mercyhurst University team upset #2 ranked Cornell 4-3 in overtime in NCAA womens’ hockey quarterfinal play Saturday. They now advance to the finals in Minneapolis this weekend – Stephanie is in her fourth year with Mercyhurst.


-Brent Laur, formerly of Aylmer, finished 31st in the Red Bull Crashed Ice skating race in Quebec City this past weekend.






(From Environment Canada at 6am) – “A low pressure system from the Southern Plains States will move northeast across Indiana today then into lower Michigan this evening and it will spread a messy mix of precipitation into Southern Ontario. Snow mixed with ice pellets along with some freezing rain will begin in Southwestern Ontario this morning. Ice pellets and some freezing rain will spread northeast through the afternoon. This evening precipitation is expected to change over to mainly rain for a few hours especially near Lake Erie.”






– March 12, 2013, Station #3,  Ron McNeil Line, Alarm Malfunction

– March 13, 2013, Station #1,  Hale Street, Medical Assist

– March 13, 2013, Station #1,  Wales Crescent, Medical Assist

– March 15, 2013, Station #4,  Avon Drive, Medical Assist

– March 15, 2013, Station #2,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist






“Do you have any information regarding the 25% increase in the cost of Building Permits in the Town of Aylmer? We received no notification from the town and today received a call that a permit is ready for pick up; the cost is nearly $11000.00. The last permit we got was late 2012 and the cost for this permit is $3000-4000 more. Frank went in to speak to Daniel Dale because he was certain it had to be an error. Dan told Frank the 25% increase has been implemented for when construction starts decrease, that there will be a fund to pay the wages of the building department. Dan also felt it justified as there hasn’t been an increase in the cost of Building permits for 7 years. However he failed to note that for the past 7 years the rate for a permit has been $1 where as for all other Municipalities the rate has been steady at .63. (Ingrid, Frank DeSutter)


Reply from Danial Dale, Director of Planning for Aylmer:

Is there a notable increase in building permits’ costs/why? – “The base permit fee has not changed since the original study done in 2005.The recent study done in 2012 by Tunnock Consultants recommended council introduce a stabilization reserve in the form of a 25% surcharge to be added to the base fee. The legislation permits council to charge a fee that is representative of the actual costs to deliver the service, but the rate cannot exceed this amount. In 2005 council of the day set rates that started them on the road to cost recovery however, those rates were never adjusted and the building department has never generated sufficient funds to offset the actual costs of the department and as such, subsidization through taxation is required.”

Is one reason for the increase to “pay for the wages of the building department” in leaner times? – “The stabilazation reserve as its name suggests is a reserve that is built up over time that will help to stabilze the amount of subsidization required in those years when building activities and thus building permit revenues are down and would be drawn upon to help offset all costs associated with the running of the department, not just wages. It is seen as an incrimental measure to avoid significant spikes in subsidy and in rates over time.”






(Contributed by Linda Axelson) – “Our son-in-law Mike Goble, who now lives in Lakefield just north of Peterborough, is a finalist in the Kraft Hockey Goes On contest. This is an opportunity for people who are very involved in their local Minor Hockey Association to win money for their association. Mike was raised in Mapleton  and attended  East Elgin Secondary School. His parents and in-laws live in Aylmer. While helping with a Minor Hockey practice in March 2012 Mike was knocked from his feet and ended up with 4 fractures in his hip. This laid him up but he continued to support his hockey association from his sick bed.

To read Mike’s story go to Kraft Hockey Goes On – Ontario – Mike’s story. The field is narrowed down to 20 finalists from Ontario. The winner will win $100,000 for their local Minor Hockey Association and the second prize is $20,000 for their Association. (You can vote to support this cause).





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FRIDAY, Mar. 15/13






-Free Eastlink Public Skating; EEC Complex – 9:am -11


-Mon: Aylmer Council, 7pm






-Moore, Olive Marie, of Fingal, passed away last Friday, in her 81st year. Survivors include: sister Mary Lou Stradeski of Aylmer etc.. The funeral was Wednesday. Arrangements through Williams Funeral Home,  St. Thomas.


-Markham, Mrs. Elsie, of Terrace Lodge Aylmer, passed away last Friday, in her 98th year. The funeral was yesterday. Arrangements through Sifton Funeral Home St.Thomas.


-MacLeod,  Betty Jean, of Terrace Lodge Aylmer, passed away Saturday, at the age of 95. There was no service. Arrangements entrusted to Shawn Jackson Funeral Home,  St. Thomas.






This aerial view of Aylmer -looking east – was taken last weekend. Sereena Friesen was the pilot. (Contributed by Abraham Friesen) (CLICK)






Brent Laur, formerly of Aylmer and now working as a personal trainer in Toronto, has joined the Red Bull Crashed Ice tour this year. In this skating event, four competitors race down a twisting and bumpy course in each time trial at speeds up to 60 kilometres an hour. In his first race, in Niagara Falls in December, he got through the first elimination round. He is hoping to break into the Top 32 in the next Crashed Ice event in Quebec City on Saturday. This week he finished 20th in trials to qualify for the second round in Quebec City.








(Information from Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Farms, Aylmer) – “There is no frost in the ground and there is no ice on the lake, so my prediction is we are going to have an early spring. However next week we are supposed to have freezing temperatures at night so that will tighten up the buds and slow things down a bit. I’m going to put my first scab control spray on tomorrow and that is about 3 weeks earlier than I have ever done before. I have taken the straw off the berries as well and I usually don’t do that until the second week of April. This trend is not only happening here but throughout most of North America.”

ONE WEEK LATER – “MONDAY NIGHT FROST DAMAGE” – Said Dick Saarloos:  “We had some damage to the apple buds but there should be enough viable buds left to give us a reasonable crop provided that we get cooperation from mother nature.”






(Contributed) – “The monthly Seniors Day Out event at the EEC Complex next Tuesday (9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.) features a morning of recreational activities, guest speaker and lunch. Our guest presenter Ken Sproul of Aylmer Garden Centre will do a presentation on gardening for small spaces. Participants will have the option to either play shuffleboard, skate or take part in a fitness class led by Stefanie Thompson of Fitness to the Max.  Stefanie will be running a low impact strength and balance training class that will focus on improving functional strength for the participants of Seniors’ Day Out. For more information or to register, contact the Complex at (519) 773‐5631 or visit: www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca ”






(Contributed) –  Opening exhibit at the Aylmer-Malahide Museum and Archives – “EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT” – Front Page Headlines from the Past including War Over, Kennedy Shot, Man on the Moon, the Spring Bank Ferry Disaster and more- March 5 – May 4, – Open:  Tuesday to Friday 9-5, closed for lunch 1-2, Saturday 11-4.”






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

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





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THURSDAY, Mar. 14/13






-Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

-Free Eastlink Public Skating at EEC Complex; 11:30a.m.-1:30 (Fri- 9-11am)


-Mon. – Aylmer Council; 7 pm






-Brooks, H. Douglas; of Springfield, passed away today, in his 83rd year. Husband of the late Violet (Nelson) Brooks(2010). Survivors include: children Brenda Gibbons of Straffordville, Kevin Brooks of Belmont etc.. He was a lifelong farmer near Springfield and a well known musician. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home,  Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday at 11:00 am.


-Sawatzky, Jacob; of Aylmer, passed away Friday, in his 67th year. Survivors include: wife Helena (Enns) Sawatzky; children – Abraham Sawatzky (Elizabeth), Anna Wall (Isaias), Jacob Sawatzky (Sue), Elena Fehr (Michael) all of the Aylmer area etc. He was born in Mexico. The funeral was held Tuesday. Arrangements through  Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Vandewyngaerde; John; of Aylmer, passed away Monday, in his 68th year. Survivors include: wife Mary (Armstrong) Vandewyngaerde; children -Lynette Facey (Mike Caverly) and Jefferey Vandewyngaerde; mother Anna Vandewyngaerde; sisters Dianne Hamilton, Joanne Lockwood (Phillip Firlotte) of Aylmer etc.  He was a past president of the Vienna Lions Club and the Aylmer Shrine Club. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. where the Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 11:00 am.


-Small, (Ketchabaw) Doris; formerly of Eden, passed away Sunday, aged 80. Survivors include: son Tim Small of Eden etc.. She was a former postmaster of Eden . A service will be held today at 1 pm at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.


-Tupper, Shirley Maxine; of Burgessville, on Sunday, in her 78th year. Survivors include: brothers/sisters in-law – Wayne Tupper (Mary Lee), Melvin (Karen)Tupper, Bonnie (Marvin) MacDonald, all of Straffordville. The funeral service will be  at Norwich United Church today at 1:00 p.m






Becky Waite, Marketing CoOrdinator for the Town of Aylmer, informs that the Premiere night for the Heritage Places Films production on Aylmer has been cancelled. However the 22-minute film, by producer Chris Cooper, will be telecast on Monday, March 18 at 6 pm on the Internet – www.ibitv.org






(From the Elgin OPP) – “At approximately 4:41 a.m. yesterday, OPP responded to a suspicious persons call in Port Burwell. A complaint was received from a vigilant citizen who had observed two persons looking into parked vehicles. The investigation has led to the arrest of two males who are believed to be responsible for entering vehicles overnight. A small amount of stolen property has been recovered. One is a 19-year old and the other is a 17 year old, both of the village.






Mercyhurst College of Erie is advancing to the NCAA womens’ hockey final 8 for the ninth straight year – they play at Cornell Saturday. This past weekend they defeated Syracuse 4-1 in their Conference championship. If they lose Saturday, their season is over; if they win they move on to the NCAA Frozen Four in Minneapolis the following weekend. Aylmer’s Stephanie DeSutter is a defenceman with Mercyhurst (see Friday’s story).


Fourth year defenceman Stephanie DeSutter of Aylmer is shown taking a shot in a playoff game on the weekend for Mercyhurst University  - her team won the Conference playoffs and moves on to NCAA quarterfinals this Saturday. (Contributed) (CLICK)






– March 5, 2013, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– March 6, 2013, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– March 7, 2013, Station # 4, Yorke Line, Medical Assist

– March 7, 2013, Station #4, Imperial Road, Power Lines Down

– March 8, 2013, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– March 10, 2013, Station #1,  Vienna Road, Medical Assist






(Contributed) – “The Belmont Kids’ Park Campaign – Splash Pad and Skate Park 2013 – will be holding it’s Community Kick-Off on Wednesday, March 20th. The Kick-Off marks the Campaign’s progression into it’s last fundraising leg, allowing Belmont and area residents a chance to get involved in this community initiative. The celebration takes place at 1:30 pm, at the Belmont arena.”



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