Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, July 10/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Fridays this summer.

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

 

 

GREG CURRIE RUNS FOR AYLMER MAYOR

 

Greg Currie last week became the third contestant for the position of Mayor of Aylmer for this fall’s municipal election. Incumbent Jack Couckuyt and businessman Calvin Brydges are also nominated. Greg has lived here since 1979 along with his wife Avril and two children. He worked for 15 years at the Ontario Police College and then for a private company since 1993 and still is their chairman of the Board. He has done tutoring with the YWCA, is a former board member of the Aylmer Area Community Foundation, and does visitations for the VON.  A key campaign issue?: “Well the major issue for me is to control spending and to bring taxes down, both residential and commercial, to a level that reflects  a competitive level to surrounding areas. We want to make Aylmer a community by choice. “

 

 

LOCAL CANDIDATES UPDATE: 

 

BAYHAM:

 

No new candidates have surfaced in Bayham in the past month. Previous candidates: Paul Enns is running for re-election as Bayham Mayor;  Co. Tom Southwick has indicated he will challenge for Deputy Mayor; For Council: John Faulkner and Wayne Casier.

 

MALAHIDE:

 

No new candidates have come forward in the past month. Previously declared candidates: Incumbent Dave Mennill is running for Mayor; Dep-Mayor Jim Jenkins is recontesting his position, Co. Mike Wolfe is also challenging for Dep-Mayor; Co. Max Moore is running again as Ward 2 Councillor; In Ward 3 Jake Quiring and Rick Cerna have declared their candidacies; In Ward 4 Co. Mark Wales is nominated again; in Ward 5 Melissa Schneider is a candidate.

 

AYLMER:

 

New – Greg Currie is running for Mayor and John Vandermeersch is again running for Council. No one yet has declared for Deputy Mayor. Those previously nominated: Incumbent Jack Couckuyt and Calvin Brydges for Mayor; Bill Murch and Diana Brydges for Councillor.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

OFFICIAL OJIBWA CEREMONY

 

The official ceremony to mark the opening of HMCS Ojibwa is scheduled for Saturday, July 6 at 10:30 am. About 60 or more submariners participating from all across Canada and representing Ojibwa’s full career from 1965 to 1998 are expected to attend. There is limited seating for non-invited guests, however the public is welcome to attend, bring their own chairs and watch the ceremony from the areas to the east and south of the site.”

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Pocs, William ‘Bill’ of Vienna passed away on Tuesday July 1st, aged 79. Survivors: wife Carolyn (Mitchell) Pocs etc.. He was formerly of Vienna, Aylmer, London and Corinth and was a past President of the Aylmer Lions Club. There is no funeral home visitation nor service.

 

-Swanson, Caroline (Lambkins) of Straffordville passed away on June 25 in her 69th year. Survivors: husband Neil Swanson and three children etc.. The Funeral Service will be conducted at Straffordville United Church on Saturday at 11 am. with visitation one hour prior.

 

 

PT BURWELL WIND TURBINE STUDY

 

Pt. Burwell was one of two area communities studied recently concerning pro and anti wind turbine reactions. The results were published in May in the journal Environment and Planning by the authors – three UWO  geography department researchers including Jamie Baxter and also Chad Walker of St.Thomas, a PH.D student in Georgraphy. The other community studied was Clear Creek.

 

 

They found generally that people who have raised health concerns and other objections to wind turbines are “denigrated, dismissed and ostracized by supporters of the developments in their communities.” The study also found the majority of people in both communities supported the existing wind farm projects within the communities – 80% in Port Burwell, although a significantly lower level of 63% in Clear Creek. The researchers said the support was more “pragmatic” than “enthusiastic” however and suggested the developers of wind farms could improve support for their projects if “the financial benefits of wind farms were shared among households in the vicinity of turbines, not just the landowners with the turbines.”

 

 

They conducted 26 face-to-face interviews and distributed 152 questionnaires in their Port Burwell study in the summers of 2011 and 2012. Some other findings: residents who experience a higher density of turbines close to their homes are more likely to oppose the development. In Clear Creek, homes average 6.8 turbines within 2km of their home, while in Port Burwell there are only 3.7 turbines. As such, 80% of residents in Port Burwell support turbines, compared to 63% in Clear Creek. Furthermore, only 3% of the Port Burwell sample claimed to experience health impacts they attribute to the turbines while 22% reported such health impacts in Clear Creek.

 

 

Added Chad Walker to TANews:- “The turbines near Pt. Burwell have been there since 2006  and are one of the longest standing projects and fifth longest in size in the province. The most surprising result – Eighty percent support was a surprise. But there were still some community conflicts as fifty percent said people in the vicinity should get also benefits, not just the owners on land where the turbines were built. It was also surprising the comments were so positive and we attribute that to the project being done prior to the 2009 Energy Act when people had more of a voice.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, July 8/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wednesday

 

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-St.Thomas Fastball: Springfield hosts Glanworth, 8:30pm

 

 

-Thu. -Blood Donor Clinic, EEC Complex, 2:30-7:30 pm

 

 

 

NEW MCGREGOR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT

 

(Information from McGregor Public School Principal Richard Auckland:) – “The new equipment is located between the existing equipment and the school.  School Council has financed the project through their fundraising efforts and the students have contributed through hat days, shades day (where they wore sunglasses) and staff have contributed through dress down days.  The cost of the installation is $40 000, $10 000 of that has been borrowed interest free from the TVDSB and school council intends to pay that back within the school year.

 

Installation started today and should be complete by the end of the week.  Some of our equipment had to be removed due to safety concerns, so the forward thinking of our school council initiated this project. As well, with our new FDK program starting up and the loss of some of our playground space due to the new addition, it was felt that additional play equipment would provide a play structure which will not only benefit the students during the school year, but our children and community members throughout the year. We look forward to that first slide later this week!”

 

 

 

AYLMER PAVING THIS SUMMER

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations:)  “Wellington Street is going to be resurfaced this summer, the portion from South St. to Sydenham St. The work is expected to be completed prior to September and should take 2-3 days ie. milling down the top layer 2-3 inches of the existing asphalt and then re-paving. It will be done by Delco Paving from London.”

 

 

 

EAST ELGIN SPORTS RESULTS:

 

-Southwest Soccer  – Last week: Aylmer FC (4-2-1) lost 2-1 to MIB. This week: Tues -at Railway City, Thu. – at Mt Brydges

 

-TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville (1-13) lost to Norwich 5-3 Thu. and 10-5 to Burgessvile Sun.; play at Innerkip tonight

 

-TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell (5-7) lost Thu 11-5 to Harwood; Play at Sweaburg Thu. and Burgessvile Sun.

 

-St.Thomas Fastball – Mon. -Springfield (2-6) v St.Thomas – Postponed;  No games this week

 

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL YESTERDAY:

 

Co. Peter Barbour made a motion to amend the dog licensing bylaw, specifically to allow for the issuance of a replacement dog tag at a minimal cost. He said in his motion that for a multiple of reasons dogs either lose valid tags or they are not legible. Currently if a tag is lost etc. a replacement tag is at full cost. He suggested that replacement tags be at a minimal price, to cover the cost of the tag – a fee of $1.00. Council voted to have staff review the request.

 

 

KIDS’ LIBRARY PROGRAM THU.:

 

(Contributed) –  “Mini-Y @ the Aylmer Library this Thursday at 2pm. The St. Thomas YMCA will be bringing an exciting program to the library for summer reading club – parachutes, books, crafts, fun! Recommended for kids ages 3+. It’s free! Be sure to sign up for the summer reading club while you are here in order to win prizes!”

 

 

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MONDAY, July 7/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 3:30 pm

 

-Tue. -St.Thomas Fastball: Springfield hosts Glanworth, 8:30pm

 

 

 

ELGIN MUSEUM RESEARCHING WWII WOMEN

 

(Contributed) – Emily McKenzie  of the Elgin Military Museum is collecting stories of service women who were active in World War II and who have a connection to Elgin County for a booklet to be published by the museum in September 2014. McKenzie is calling on residents to share stories of service women who lived in Elgin County or had a local connection to the area. Discharge papers, obituaries, personal stories, war diaries, photos, and family histories are examples of what the museum would find valuable.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Mathews, William of RR1, Vienna passed away Saturday in his 88th year. Husband of the late Kathleen (McNeil) Mathews (2005). Special friend of Theresa McGregor. Survivors: three children including: Larry Mathews (Ada) of RR4, Aylmer etc.., He was born in Bayham. A memorial service will be held at Straffordville United Church at a later date. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

 

 

ELGIN HAS BIKE RACKS FOR SALE

 

(Contributed) – Branded bicycle racks are available for purchase as part of Elgin’s  Healthy Community Partnership Program. The Bike Rack Program is one way that the Healthy Community Partnership Program, in conjunction with Parkside Collegiate which did the manufacturing, is seeking to make Elgin County a bike friendly community. Cost is $175. For more information: visit http://activeelgin.ca/active-transportation/bike-racks-available or e-mail earnett@elginhealth.on.ca.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS:

 

– June 30, 2014, Station #2, 53367 Nova Scotia Line, Power Lines Down 

– July 1, 2014, Station #1,  Jamestown Line, Medical Assist

– July 3, 2014, Station #1,  Jamestown Line, Medical Assist

– July 5, 2014, Station #1,  John Wise Line, Burn Complaint

– July 5, 2014, Station #2,  Walker Road, Medical Assist

– July 6, 2014, Station #2,  Springwater Road, Medical Assist

– July 6, 2014, Station #4, 403 Avon Drive, Assisting other Fire Department

– July 6, 2014, Station #1,  Vienna Line, Medical Assist  

 

 

 

UPCOMING SEASON FOR APAC

 

Aylmer Performing Arts Committee has announced next season’s performances:

 

-September 13 – An Evening With Ian Thomas – Internationally acclaimed Juno winning artist with over 15 albums and as many top twenty songs. This will be Ian’s third appearance in Aylmer.

-October 11 – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – A live multi piece orchestra will be on the stage providing sound and effects for the silent black and white silent movie, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, released in 1921.

-November 8 – Jack de Keyzer – Two time Juno and seven time Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer, Jack is bringing his 5 piece band to Aylmer.

-Friday, December 5 – Kim Stockwood – Her Aylmer appearance will include music from her Christmas CD “I Love Santa,” her pop hits from the 90’s and new contemporary music from her “Back to the Water” CD.

-January 17 – Danny Michel – He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer song-writer and producer from Kitchener with three Juno nominations and 10 albums under his belt.

-February 21 – Rhythm Nocturne – RN features Rhythm and Blues tunes from the late 60’s and 70’s as a seven piece band with Tom Starks and Denise Pelley.

-March 21 – Emilie Claire Barlow – She is a Canadian jazz singer and voice actress. Her last album, “Seule Ce Soir” is a release of previous recordings but now in French.

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, July 3/14

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 *THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Fridays this summer

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Harwood, 8pm

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

 

-Sat. -Gospel Music, Palmer Bandshell, 6:30-8 pm

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball:  Pt Burwell hosts Innerkip, 8pm

-Sun. -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Burgessville, 8pm

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 3:30pm

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer:) – On June 25 at 1 am an unmarked Aylmer police vehicle hit a cow on Imperial Road south of town near County Road 45. The police officer, who was driving home to pick up a change of uniform for a court appearance the next day, received only minor injuries. The cow, which was killed on impact, had wandered away from a nearly farm and was in the middle of the road.

 

-A 27 year old Aylmer man  was charged with sexual assault after allegedly attacking his wife’s 24-year old female  friend from Bayham, as she slept at their home in Aylmer on June 23. The victim awoke at 4 am to find the man assaulting her; she fled to another residence and contacted police.

 

-A 17 year old Vienna male was charged with making an unsafe lane change after sideswiping another vehicle at the intersection of  John and Talbot Streets on June 25 at 5 pm. He was in the southbound turning lane on John but then tried to move into the through lane and hit  another car; there was minor damage to both vehicles.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Honsinger (Smitheringale), Lydia Rosada of Aylmer passed away on Sunday. Predeceased by her husband Ben-jamin Honsinger ( 2014). Survivors: two daughters etc.. She was born in New Brunswick. A private family service will be held later. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

 

AYLMER MAN CHARGED IN FATALITY

 

ST.THOMAS – Elgin OPP have charged Benjamin Clayton Dickout, 45, of Malahide with dangerous driving causing death after his westbound pickup truck struck and killed a 55 year old St Thomas man who was working directing traffic at a construction site on the Highway #3 Bypass and Burwell Road yesterday around noon. The Aylmer man and his male passenger were not injured in the collision.

 

 

AYLMER IS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE

 

(By Bill Murch) – The annual Canada goose transfer from the beaches and parks in Mississauga and Etobicoke took place last week. On Wednesday 564 geese were brought in and Thursday there was an additional 856. The birds have lost their flight feathers but they will grow back in the next month or so. After that the birds will leave the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area. Information collected over the years show that most of the birds eventually end up crossing Lake Erie to New York State.

 

A shipment of geese from the Toronto area arrived at the Aylmer Wildlife Area at the Ontario Police College last week. (Photo by Bill Murch) (CLICK)

The annual shipment of geese from the Toronto area arrived at the Aylmer Wildlife Area at the Ontario Police College last week. (Photo by Bill Murch) (CLICK)

 

 

EAST ELGIN  TORNADO WARNING CANCELLED

 

Environment Canada has cancelled a tornado warning that was issued around 10:30 this morning for East Elgin. EC was tracking a severe thunderstorm that had the potential to produce a tornado. The severe thunderstorm was gaining momentum between Port Bruce and Port Burwell.

 

 

EEC COMPLEX SUMMER DAY CAMPS

 

(Contributed) – Information on Summer Day Camps at the East Elgin Community Complex: July 7th to 11th – Pirate Theme Week;  July 14th to 18th – Superhero Theme Week; July 21st to 25th – Island Explorer Theme Week; and July 28th to August 1st – Science Theme Week. Camps run from 8 am to 5 pm. Activities include: Public Skating, Crafts, Games, Sports etc. Bring your lunch, skates, change of clothes and comfortable shoes. For ages 6-12. Cost is $20 per day per child. Registration is required in advance. Contact us at 519-773-5631, email admin@eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca or go to our website at http://www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca .

 

 

BELMONT SPLASHPAD OPENS

 

(Information from Chris Huctwith of the Belmont SplashPad Committee:) – “Last Friday marked the end of a nearly 4 year commitment to creating the Belmont Splash Pad and Skate Park. A large crowd gathered to celebrate the occasion. The theme of the speakers revolved around the importance of volunteers. Speakers included: MPP Jeff Yurek, Central Elgin Mayor Bill Walters, Sheila Simpson, Ontario Trillium Foundation Representative, etc.. Also vital to the project were the Belmont Lions and the Next to Mom Daycare, the latter providing a donation of $10,000. Don Yeck, after whom the park was named, spoke of the changes he’s seen in the park area over many decades of his volunteering. Dione Hildenbrand and Sue Beattie, project organizers, closed the speeches. For those still wanting to get involved, donations will still be accepted until July 15 – go to belmontparkcampaign@yahoo.ca .”

 

The opening of the Belmont SplashPad Park took place last Friday (Photo by Chris Huctwith) (CLICK)_

The opening of the Belmont SplashPad Park took place last Friday (Photo by Chris Huctwith) (CLICK)

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, July 2/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Harwood, 8pm

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball:  Pt Burwell hosts Innerkip, 8pm

-Sun. -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Burgessville, 8pm

 

 

 

TOBACCO CHARGES FOR MALAHIDE MAN

 

(From the RCMP website) – On Friday the London RCMP arrested 52 year old David Alphonse Versnick of Malahide for the sale of unstamped raw leaf tobacco. Subsequently a search warrant was executed at his farm and he has also been charged with: three counts of selling unstamped raw leaf tobacco, three counts of possession of proceeds of crime, five counts of careless storage of a firearm and possession of marihuana. In addition he has been charged with breach of a recognizance resulting from the alleged unlawful possession of various weapons including rifles, shotguns and a cross bow.

 

 

 

AYLMER FIREWORKS LAST NIGHT

 

(Information on last night’s fireworks display at the EEC Complex is from Paul Bode of the Aylmer Kinsmen Club:)  “The rain held off and the winds calmed down in time for the annual Kinsmen Fireworks Display. With Canada Day falling on a Tuesday, we think the crowd may have actually been much larger than past years – about 3,000 to 3,500 probably. It is certainly the largest semi-annual community gathering much like the Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade.  Approximately $10,000 was spent on fireworks and we collected about $2,200 in donations at the entrance. Among the spectacular and thundering starbursts, hearts and happy faces a new explosion this year gave the illusion of entering warp speed as if in the movies.”

 

 

 

EAST ELGIN SPORTS RESULTS:

 

-Southwest Soccer  – Aylmer FC (4-1-1) -No games this week

 

-TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville (1-11) lost to Harwood 18-8 and Pt Burwell 3-0; Host Burgessville Sun.

 

-TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell (5-6) defeated Straffordville 3-0; Host Harwood Thu. and Innerkip Sun.

 

-St.Thomas Fastball – Fri. -Springfield (2-6) v Morpeth – NR;  No games this week

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– June 23, 2014, Station #4, 13474 Dalby Road, Lawnmower fire

– June 26, 2014, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– June 26, 2014,  Station #2, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– June 26, 2014, Station #1, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– June 26, 2014, Station #2 ,Station #3, Imperial Road, MVC

– June 28, 2014, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– June 29, 2014, Station #4,  Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– June 29, 2014, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

 

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Crabe, George Henry of Chartwell Nursing Home Aylmer and formerly of St. Thomas passed away on Friday in his 81st year. Survivors include: sister Shirley Nadine Bell of Aylmer etc.. A service will be held at the Williams Funeral Home, St. Thomas on Thursday at 11 am.

 

 

-Adlington, Robert Brucet of Tillsonburg and formerly of Straffordville passed away Thursday in his 83rd year. Husband of the late Mary Jane (Arthur) Adlington(2012). Survivors: two daughters including Lorrie (Harold) Kalmikov of Eden etc.. He was born in Bayham. The funeral was held Monday. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

 

-deRyk, Germaine of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in her 98th year. Wife of the late Paul H. deRyk Sr.(1981). Survivors: four children including Joseph (Ann) deRyk and Paul (Carol) deRyk, all of the Aylmer area etc..  She was born in Belgium and was a former member of the local Catholic School Board. The funeral was held Saturday. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, June 26/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Friday, Monday or Tuesday.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Straffordville, 8 pm

-Last day of classes for public elementary students

 

-Fri. -Belmont Splashpad Opening, 2pm, Belmont Kids Park (behind arena)

-Sat. – MCS Auction 9 am; (Breakfast, Run at 7 am); Fairgrounds

-Sun – TriCounty Fastball, Straffordville hosts Harwood, 8 pm

 

-Tue. -Free (Tim Hortons) Swim at Aylmer Pool, 1:30-4 pm

 

 

ARGENTINA VS. SPRINGFIELD

 

A sizable crowd watched the Argentinian mens' fastball team defeat Springfield Brewers 4-1in an exhibition match last night in Springfield. Argentina is on a local tour in preparation for the world championships in Kitchener in August. Springfield had recently installed dugout shelters for the main diamond.  (kb) (CLICK)

A sizable crowd watched the mens’ fastball team of Argentina defeat Springfield Brewers 4-1 in an exhibition match last night in Springfield. Argentina is on a local tour in preparation for the world championships in Kitchener in August. Springfield had recently installed dugout shelters for the main diamond. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

SPRINGWATER THIS WEEKEND

 

(Information from Laura Ronayne of the Catfish CCA:) – “We have about 9 hydro and 14 un-serviced sites available for the weekend. There are no special events planned outside of the regular fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing and pedal boating.”

 

 

CANADA DAY AT EEC COMPLEX

 

(Information from Lisa Dahm of the EEC Complex:) – “Tuesday, July 1, (rain date: Wednesday) is the date for Canada Day events from 5 pm to dusk at the East Elgin Community Complex. Activities include: Dotsy’s inflatables, carnival games, cotton candy, mini golf, buggy rides provided by Farmtown Canada Funny Farm, crafts etc.. Have your photo taken in the photo booth sponsored by HWC Insurance.

 

We  have lined up great food experiences for everyone. Revel in the Goodah Goodness of gourmet sandwiches from the Goodah Gastro Food Truck! Perhaps authentic Thai food from Lotus Thai Restaurant or authentic Mexican food from Mennomex will satisfy your foodie desires! Or relax and enjoy a hotdog or hamburger hot off the grill from M & M Meat Shops. For dessert, choose one of the many delicious flavours of their fresh homemade Gelato from M & R Orchards.

 

Take in the live entertainment with family band VogelJoy, academy and rock school Studio Arts Rock, country music singing champion Traci Kennedy and local band Cobalt 27 on the EastLink Main Stage sponsored by McTaggart, Armstrong, Dewar & Owen Insurance Brokers. Bring your skates for FREE public skating from 5 pm – 6:30 pm.  Rentals are available for just $2 per pair.  At 7 pm join local dignitaries and Town Crier Dave Phillips for the official Canada Day Celebration and cake cutting ceremony. Stay for an incredible fireworks display starting at dusk sponsored by the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer (donations will be collected at the entrance).

 

 

NEW MUSEUM BOOK ON LG MENNONITES

 

(Information on a new book on the stories of some of the first Low German Mennonite families in the Aylmer area is from Kathi Vandermeer of the Aylmer/ Malahide Museum, which published the book: ) – “The idea for this book originated back in 1997-98 when the Museum put on an exhibit about the settlement history of the Low German Mennonites in Malahide. At the time, stories and photographs were collected for the exhibit. In the summer of 2012, the museum hired Kelly Guenther under the Young Canada Works Grant (through the Canadian Museums Association) to review the original interviews and photos, as well as to conduct new interviews and to compile everything into a book. After Kelly left a Museum committee brought the book to completion.

 

In September of 2013, the museum board applied for a grant from the Aylmer Area Community Foundation to cover the cost of the printing. The book has been printed by the Aylmer Express and is ready for free distribution. Copies have been provided to the MCS to distribute to local Mennonite churches and schools. Other copies will be offered to the public schools (and others) and the Elgin County library. Anyone wishing to have a copy can contact the museum. The book focuses on recollections of the original families to settle in Malahide in the late 1940’s to early 1950’s.”

 

 

EESS ATHLETIC AWARDS

 

Major award winners at the recent Athletic Banquet at EESS include: Leader of the Year Awards- Karli Milmine and Craig Maltby; Dan Cattrysse Junior Male Athlete of the Year Award- Justin Attfield; Dr. Sinclair Junior Female Athlete of the Year- Brianne Brix; Frank Klachan Senior Male Athlete of the Year – Luke Vanderspank; Senior Female Athlete of the Year- Karli Milmine.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, June 25/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Ex. Fastball: Springfield hosts Argentina; 7pm (see June 11 story)

 

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Straffordville, 8 pm

-Thu. -Last day of classes for public elementary students

-Fri. -Belmont Splashpad Opening, 2pm, Belmont Kids Park (behind arena)

 

-Sat. – MCS Auction 9 am; (Breakfast, Run at 7 am); Fairgrounds

-Sun – TriCounty Fastball, Straffordville hosts Harwood, 8 pm

 

-Tue. -Free (Tim Hortons) Swim at Aylmer Pool, 1:30-4 pm

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Skinner, Stephen “Steve” John of Tillsonburg passed away on Wednesday at the age of 62 years. Survivors: wife Bernice and three children, including daughter Tammy Whitcroft (Mike) of Straffordville etc.. A private gathering will take place at a later date.

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Pictured are a few of the particpants in last weekend's Aylmer Relay For Life event at EESS. See recap story yesterday. (Photo by Bill Murch) (CLICK)

Pictured are a few of the particpants in last weekend’s Aylmer Relay For Life event at EESS. See recap story yesterday. (Photo by Bill Murch) (CLICK)

 

 

 

EAST ELGIN SPORTS RESULTS:

 

-Southwest Soccer – Tue. – Aylmer FC (4-1-1) v West Elgin – Canc.; No home games this week.

 

-TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville (1-9) lost to Hickson 7-4, def. Tavistock 14-7; Host Harwood Sun.

 

-TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell (4-6) lost to Harwood 10-6; Host Straffordville Thu.

 

-St.Thomas Fastball – Tue.: Springfield (2-6) v Morpeth -Rainout; Last week: Lost 8-0 to Alvinston; No home games this week.

 

 

 

TVDSB ‘MENNONITE’ PROGRAM GRADS

 

(From the TVDSB website) – “The graduates of the first Arbeit Schule night school program were celebrated at a ceremony on Friday, June 6. Three of the graduating students who began the program in 2012 had not previously attended school past Grade 8.  The program, launched in February, 2012  is offered at Summers’ Corners Public School. Originally designed to reach out to the Mennonite population in East Elgin, the program is open to anyone needing credits to graduate. The minimum age of students eligible to register for the program is 21. The age range of students currently enrolled in the program is 22 – 46. This year, four students have successfully completed the 30 credits required to obtain their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).”

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

CHATEAU GARDENS  OPEN HOUSE FRIDAY

 

Chateau Gardens, Aylmer, will have an Open House this Friday to showcase their changes and addition– “The rebuild isn’t just about the new addition, the old part of the building was updated with new windows, new flooring, bigger bathrooms, etc. The building basically doubled in size, going from a V shape to an X shape. The residents’ rooms are much more spacious, with only 1 or 2 people in a room. Prior to the rebuild most rooms were shared by 4 residents. Now 60 % of our residents’ rooms are private.  The spas have been updated and again are large and spacious with the proper safety and privacy features. The building is climate controlled, previously it was not. The lounges and dining rooms are updated and open. We have an additional outdoor space.  Even the technology within the home has been updated with a wifi. We have a lovely new hair salon, a multi-purpose room and an activity room.”

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, June 24/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts West Elgin, 7pm, EESS

– St. Thomas Fastball, Springfield hosts Morpeth, 8pm

 

-Wed. -Ex. Fastball: Springfield hosts Argentina; 7pm (see June 11 story)

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Straffordville, 8 pm

-Fri. -Belmont Splashpad Opening, 2pm, Belmont Kids Park (behind arena)

 

-Sat. – MCS Auction 9 am; (Breakfast, Run at 7 am); Fairgrounds

-Sun – TriCounty Fastball, Straffordville hosts Harwood, 8 pm

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Reddecopp, Maria of Eden passed away as the result of an automobile accident Saturday in her 55th year. Survivors: husband Henry Reddecopp; six  children; mother Anna (Friesen) Klassen of Menno Lodge Aylmer etc.. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Bradley Street Church of God on Thursday at 1 pm.

 

-Donkers, John C. of Aylmer passed away on Monday in his 78th year. Survivors: wife Ann (Knox) Donkers and the late Betty (VanDyk) Donkers (1997); five children etc.. He was born in the Netherlands and was a retired tobacco farmer and operated a nursery. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Thursday  at 11 a.m.

 

 

 

RELAY FOR LIFE RECAP

 

(Information on this past weekend’s Aylmer Relay For Life event at EESS is from Chairpersons Andy and Wendy Beck) – “There were 29 teams with 172 participants and 62 survivors. We raised $59,000 so far – there is always a little more after the event. It was a great night. Everyone was in great spirits. Dotsy’s crew was a hit with the slide and face painting. We would like to thank all the participants, sponsors, and volunteers for coming out and thanks to the town and all its divisions for helping and to EESS for its great facility.”

 

 

 

MCS AUCTION SATURDAY

 

(Contributed) – The 14th Annual Mennonite Community Services’ Charity Auction will be held this Saturday beginning at 9 am at the Aylmer Curling Club. Breakfast will be served from 7 am, with snacks and lunch later (Latin foods, Mennonite dishes and local favourites). A Family Fun Run is back this year starting at 7:15 am. Auction items include a new barbecue, wooden furniture, a pool table, 2 new exterior doors, and 3 handmade Mennonite quilts etc.. The MCS Auction raises around $40,000 every year and 75% stays here for local programming. The committee is still accepting donations of items and is also looking for volunteers to help out at the event. For more information, go to insideelgin.ca/events/mcs-aylmer-charity-auction .

 

 

 

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MONDAY, June 23/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue. -Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts West Elgin, 7pm, EESS

-Tue – St. Thomas Fastball, Springfield hosts Morpeth, 8pm

 

-Wed. -Ex. Fastball: Springfield hosts Argentina; 7pm (see June 11 story)

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Straffordville, 8 pm

-Fri. -Belmont Splashpad Opening, 2pm, Belmont Kids Park (behind arena)

 

-Sat. – Menn.CS Auction 9 am; (Breakfast, Run at 7 am); Aylmer Fairgrounds

-Sun – TriCounty Fastball, Straffordville hosts Harwood, 8 pm

 

 

 

EDEN CRASH KILLS BAYHAM WOMAN

 

(From Norfolk OPP) – EDEN – A 26 year old Tillsonburg man was charged with impaired operation of a vehicle causing death after his pickup truck collided with a van near here around 7:30 Saturday night. Both vehicles were travelling on Highway 19 – the van was southbound  and the truck was northbound. The driver of the van, 54 year old Maria Reddecopp of Bayham twp., was pronounced deceased at the scene. An 18 year old female passenger in the van suffered serious non- life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the pick-up truck received minor injuries.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Potasse, Diny of Aylmer formerly of Tillsonburg passed away at Chateau Gardens on Saturday in her 82nd year. The funeral service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Wednesday  at 11:00 am.

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

A gazebo was installed Friday by the Splashpad in Balmoral Park by Country Gazebos on Carter Road. (photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

A gazebo was installed Friday by the Splashpad in Balmoral Park by Country Gazebos (Carter Road). The building is dedicated to the memory of Audrey Thomson formerly of Aylmer. (photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– June 16, 2014, Station #2, 204 John Street, Alarm Malfunction

– June 17, 2014, Station #1,  Vienna Line, Medical Assist

– June 18, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– June 18, 2014, Station #1, 51602 Calton Line, Alarm Malfunction

– June 18, 2014, Station #3, 10716 Hacienda Road, Alarm Malfunction

– June 19, 2014, Station #2, 50576 Talbot Line, Alarm Malfunction

– June 20, 2014, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– June 21, 2014, Station #3,  #4, 292289 Culloden Road, Mutual Aid

– June 21, 2014, Station #2, #1, Conservation Line, Medical Assist

– June 21, 2014, Station #4,  Mapleton Line, Medical Assist

– June 22, 2014, Station #3, 51221 Broadway Street, Burn Complaint

 

 

 

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FRIDAY, June 20/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today

 

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