Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, Oct. 16/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue.-Fri. -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

-EESS hosts Boys VBall vs AVSS

 

-Wed. -Flu Clinic at Malahide Place, 4-7 pm

-Thu. -EESS hosts Girls BBall vs AVSS

-Thu.-Sun. –ACT Play, ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ -OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)

-Fri. –Aylmer Baptist Church Supper 6pm/Cabaret (see ad)

 

 

CIB RAVES ABOUT AYLMER PARKS 

 

(Contributed) – “The Town of Aylmer, a finalist in the Class of Champions (small) category of the 2012 National Edition of Communities in Bloom, received a 5 Bloom rating and a special mention ­for Interconnected Parks during the National Awards Ceremonies in Edmonton on October 12th and 13th.

Following their evaluation of the community, volunteer judges Hugh Skinner and Diane Clasen wrote: “Aylmer’s parks are anchored by the Audubon Certified Rotary Park. If you follow Catfish Creek and the Trans Canada Trail, you will find a chain of parks with a variety of facilities including a pavilion, baseball diamonds, soccer pitches, a swimming pool, playgrounds and a healing garden. A feature of the parks is disc golf, a challenging game. Together these parks are an outstanding recreational facility.”

Commented Aylmer CIB Chair Judi Wright: “Aylmer participated in the Circle of Champions, Small Town Category. All of the participants were past National Champions. We were National Champions in 2007. The winner was Boissevain, Manitoba. We received 5 Blooms, the highest rank in CiB. Our results are credible considering we were competing with the ‘Elite of the Elite’.”

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

 

-Last Wednesday at 1pm,  Police charged an 18-year old Aylmer male student at EESS who was detained by staff for having possession of marijuana.

-Recently in Elgin court, a 23-year old St.Thomas woman was found guilty of fraud under $5000 after she used her Aylmer mother’s credit card without permission several times over three months last winter – she was given 18 months probation and a resititution order  of $1500 and 50 hours community service (as well as a $250 fine for missing a court date).

-Last Wednesday around 1:30 pm, a 71 year old Belmont man was charged with making an unsafe turn after his vehicle, proceeding south on John St north and trying to turn left into the Beer Store, struck a vehicle driven by a Tillsonburg man who was proceeding north on John. The second vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Ferguson, Gerard McAllister; of Aylmer, died today, in his 91st year. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Ferguson (1999). Survivors include: children Brenda Ferguson and David Ferguson (Joanna), all of Aylmer. He worked at Imperial Tobacco in Aylmer from 1946 to 1987. He was Superintendent of the St. Paul’s United Church Sunday School for many years. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm . The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on Thursday at 11:00 am.

 

 

ELGIN ARTS TRAIL GETS AWARD

 

(Contributed) – “Recently, the International Economic Development Council presented Elgin County with an award in recognition of its Elgin Arts Trail Discovery Guide at an awards ceremony in Houston, Texas.  In September of 2011 Elgin – St. Thomas Tourism, in partnership with the Elgin Business Resource Centre and the St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre, developed and launched the Elgin Arts Trail to connect the area’s art community. The program seeks to build local awareness of the artists in Elgin and St. Thomas, evoking a sense of community pride and having a positive impact on the community. The Elgin Arts Trail Discovery Guide takes visitors on a journey to 14 studios and galleries featuring original paintings, sculptures, photography, pottery, and other hand crafted items.”

 

 

 A READER WRITES:

 

“The Aylmer Library is a bright and open facility, well managed and offering a variety of services from books and magazines to all the digital features of today’s electronic age. It certainly is a busy place with the patrons being served by pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive staff. All this masks the fact that the Aylmer Library should be more than three times larger or at least 10,000 square feet in size. This is based on studies carried out by the Elgin County Library, the work of the committees appointed by three different Aylmer Town Councils and the guidelines provided by the Administrators of Rural and Urban Public Libraries of Ontario. How they are provided should be a reflection of the wants and needs of Aylmer and area residents. This community has its own unique blend of characteristics. Take a look at the Community Picture released by the Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Unit on March 31, 2011.  It contains a comprehensive look at the relationship that Aylmer and the Township of Malahide have with the County and the rest of the province. For example:

  • Bayham (15.3%), Malahide (14.8%) and Aylmer (11.7%) had the largest proportions of people (in the County) who speak a non‐official language (language other than English or French) in the home. p. 13
  • In 2006, 40.1% of people (in the County) said that they did unpaid work caring for children and 19.7% said they did unpaid work caring for seniors. These proportions were both higher than the Ontario average (data not shown). p. 18

Planning for the future of the Aylmer Library needs to include an understanding of this Community Picture!”  (Bill Murch)

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Pete Siemens, a local artist, is shown working recently on a mural at the Mennomex store addition east of Aylmer. (Photo by Michael Krahn) (CLICK)

 

 

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MONDAY, Oct. 15/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

-Tue.-Fri. -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

-Tue. -EESS hosts Boys VBall vs AVSS

-Wed. -Flu Clinic at Malahide Place, 4-7

-Thu. -EESS hosts Girls BBall vs AVSS

-Thu.-Sun. – ACT Play, OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)

-Fri. – Baptist Church Supper/Cabaret (see ad)

 

 

SPITS END LOSING STREAK…BRIEFLY

 

Aylmer – The Aylmer Spitfires snapped their eight-game, opening season losing streak by edging Dunnville 5-4 on the road Friday night – but Saturday they dropped a 7-4 decision to Simcoe at home. Their record is now 1-9 in Niagara Western Junior C hockey play.

Friday, Todd Laurindo counted twice for Aylmer with singles going to Cody Underhill, Scott Mugford and Trevor Stewart – Stewart scored the winner with less than two minutes to play.  Saturday,  Stewart, Underhill, Kyle Dedecker and Adam Szwed were marksmen for the Spitfires as Simcoe scored two late goals to seal the win. This week the Spits have three contests – Thursday they travel to Dundas, Saturday they host New Hamburg and Sunday they are away at St. George.

 

 

THEFT IN AYLMER

 

Aylmer Police are searching for an adult woman after an elderly woman on Caverly Road reported that she had money and some items taken from her home while a lady visited her on Friday. A money jar and a wallet with “several hundred dollars” went missing after the woman, who had stopped by occasionally but whose only identify to the homeowner was the name ‘Mary’, was visiting inside the residence.

 

 

ACT PLAY ‘NOBODY’S PERFECT’ STARTS THUR.

 

(Contributed by Director Barb Warnock) – ” ‘Nobody’s Perfect’  is Aylmer Community Theatre’s opening show – starting Thursday (see ad) – for their 12th season. This British comedy was a huge success as it toured England starring its playwright, Simon Williams and his daughter. ACT is presenting the original, British version,  since the two male actors, Alan Legg as Gus Loftus and Carl Whelan as Leonard Loftus, are, in fact, English.  Sandy Loponen as Hariette Copeland and Katherine Thompson as Dee Dee Loftus could also easily be mistaken as English, their accents are so authentic.

The show opens with dull, boring statistician, Leonard, pursuing his dream of writing a book.  Unfortunately, the romantic drivel he submits to “Love Is All Around”, a feminist publishing company, does not meet the standards set by publisher, Ms Copeland.  Challenged at home by a typical teenage daughter and her father who has taken up residence with him, Leonard is determined to submit a manuscript, fit for publication. Needless to say, the ensuing chaos and comedy provide plenty of entertainment for the audience.

Tickets are available through the ACT website, www.aylmertheatre.ca or by calling (519) 773-3372.  Show dates are October 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27.  Doors open at 7:30 for evening performances and 1:30 for the Sunday matinee.  Ticket price has been kept to $15.00 per show once again this season with season’s tickets available at the door for all three ACT shows for $36.00.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS FRI.:

 

FOOTBALL – SR – STJOES 27 EESS (2-2) 7; JR – STJoes 53 EESS (1-2) 28

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Another great local fall colours view. (Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Crosby, Eleanor (Ellie), of Aylmer, on Tuesday, in her 86th year. Wife of the late Bill Crosby (1979). Ellie was an active founder of Youth Bowling at Cy’s Lanes and was an active bowler for over 50 years. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, 2 to 4 pm, at Cy’s.

 

 

BAPTIST CABARET TO AID NEW ORLEANS 

 

(This Friday, the Aylmer Baptists are having a Cabaret fundraiser (see ad) at the church to assist in their mission to New Orleans. The information is from Pastor Cam Watts) – “Aylmer Baptist folks and their friends have been to New Orleans four times since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to work in the worst hit areas of the city. It will be at least another 4 years before the rebuilding is complete. As well as working on repairing homes and churches, we “adopted” a day care centre in the Lower Ninth Ward and have been helping get it ready for use again. We are going back in the first week of November to do some more repairs to the daycare and to homes damaged by Isaac, the hurricane that hit the area last August.

This time the group is from Aylmer Baptist and Mapleton Church of Christ, Disciples. To help cover the expenses, we’ve been doing some ongoing fundraising but the big event is the Cabaret. We will have a great dinner, a silent auction and be entertained by a Cajun Jazz Band.  The dinner (Chicken and Dumplings and trimmings and pie etc.) is only $10 but we will be hoping for donations and generous bidding at the auction. Tickets are available by contacting the church office, 519-773-7293 or abcoffice@amtelecom.net. “

 

 

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FRIDAY, Oct. 12/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-‘ElginLicious’ Begins (See story Wed.)

-EESS Football teams at StJoes, Jr- 6; Sr- 8pm

 

-Sat. -Justice Book Sale at Immanuel Christian School (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Simcoe, 7:30

-Sat./Sun.  -Judy Minor Art Show (see ad)

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Next Week: – Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE STUDENT DIES 

 

(From Elgin OPP) - Elgin OPP officers were dispatched to the Straffordville Elementary Public School around 11 am Tuesday to assist Emergency Medical Services who were responding to a call of a twelve year old male in medical distress from a pre-existing medical condition.

The twelve year old, Grade 7 male was transported via land ambulance to the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have confirmed the deceased as Ryan Gibbons, of Bayham (see obituary yesterday).  A post mortem examination was conducted Wednesday at University Hospital in London and police are currently awaiting the results.

 

 

EESS SPORTS THUR.:

 

-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS 59 CECI 23; JR – EESS 48 CECI 18

-GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY – ING 4 EESS 0; PCI 4 EESS 0

-BOYS VBALL – SR – EESS (2-4) 0 CECI 3

 

 

1-COUNCIL SUPPORTS ONE LIBRARY DESIGN

 

At their regular meeting Tuesday, Aylmer Council endorsed a suggestion by the Library Building Comittee that just one design (not several)  be submitted to an Architect for a new Library Facility of approximately 10,000 square feet to be located at the north west corner of Sydenham Street West and John Street South.  

 

2-MUSEUM MEMBER COMMENTS ON PLANS

 

(From Aylmer Museum Board member Larry Jeffery) – “I am pleased that the Town is considering including the Museum as part of the Library expansion. There are such obvious benefits to the Town and to the Museum of having the latter more centrally located. However there are many hurdles that would need to be overcome, such as adequate space (for storage, archives, display area etc) and finances. The present location of the Museum has never been adequate and, as the collection has grown, couldn’t meet the needs of a progressive Town. Whether a new Museum is housed in the downstairs of the old Town Hall or as part of a new addition, either would be a considerable improvement over what we have now. The present Old Town Hall Library space would provide plenty of exhibit and office space. Some additional storage would be required, but that would be a minor problem compared to the advantages of being downtown.”

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Aylmer Police Services)

-A 16 year old Aylmer girl was charged with failing to yield last Thursday about 6:30 pm after her car, travelling north from St Andrew St., turned left onto Talbot and struck a vehicle driven by a St. Thomas woman – there was some minor damage to both cars.

-A 40 year old Aylmer man was charged with failing to stop for a stoplight on Sunday around 5 pm after his car, northbound on John St., hit a car driven by a Courtland woman who was coming west from Progress Drive and turning south onto John on a green light. There was major damage to both vehicles and two passengers in the struck car were taken to hospital for observation.

 

 

EAST ELGIN FLU CLINICS 

 

The Elgin-St.Thomas Health Unit will hold their annual Flu Vaccination clinics beginning this Wednesday at Malahide Place in Springfield. Other clinics will be at the Straffordville Community Centre on November 7 and in Aylmer at the EEC Complex on November 19. All clinics will be open from 4 to 7 pm.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

A typical fall sky in Malahide last weekend. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

JOAN HOBBS HONOURED

 ”For her commitment to accessibility for people with physical disabilities, Joan Hobbs of Aylmer was awarded the 2011 March of Dimes Rt. Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Award. The award is presented annually to an individual(s) for service to the March of Dimes.  She got involved in the March of Dimes in 1955 when Marg Sinclair, wife of Dr. Duncan Sinclair Sr., organized a group of six ladies to begin raising money locally  for the March of Dimes to fight polio. They took an evening in January every year to canvass the town. Even though she had no personal interest in the campaign – although as a child she recalls mothers keeping their children indoors in August as polio was believed more prevalent then – she helped out because “you didn’t say no to Mrs. Sinclair.”  When the other women dropped out as canvassers about 35 years ago, Mrs. Hobbs stayed involved and organized a mail donation campaign which she has continued to the present year.”

 

 

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THURSDAY, Oct. 11/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts Girls Field Hockey (PCI, Ing.)/Girls BBall vs CECI

 

-Fri. –‘ElginLicious’ Begins (See story Wed.)

-Sat. -Justice Book Sale at Immanuel Christian School (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Simcoe, 7:30

 

-Next Week: – Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

 

 

 

DOG EUTHANIZED, OWNER CHARGED

 

(From Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer) – A 30 year old Aylmer woman, the owner of the Rottweiler dog involved in a recent attack on Sydenham Street on a 6-year old boy, has been charged with an offence under the Dog Owners’ Liability Act. The three-year old dog was euthanized last week after the Elgin Health Unit ended its ten day quarantine and reported no sign of disease in the dog.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Gibbons, Ryan, of Straffordville, on Tuesday, aged 12 years. Survivors include: Parent Sandra Gibbons and boyfriend Terry White; grandparents Rose Gibbons and David Gibbons and wife Jennifer etc.. He was a student at Straffordville Public School. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday, at 11:00 am.

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS WED.:

 

GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (5-0) 62 STJOES 38; JR – EESS (5-1) 48 STJOES 10

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Another local fall colours scene. (Photo by Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

 

 

 

AYLMER BULK PICKUP NEXT WEEK

 

Aylmer will have its annual Large Item curbside collection next week, from Tuesday to Friday. Acceptable items include:  objects under 75 pounds; furniture, bbqs, carpets, appliances (if freon is removed), air conditioners, (no constriuction materials, televisions, computers etc.) See the town website for specifics.

 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

 

-Aylmer Police searched a South Street west home last Tuesday evening and two adult males and one female – a 61-year old couple and their 37-year old son – were originally arrested for production of marijuana. Ten marijuana plants were seized along with 26 grams of marijuana, several hundred marijuana seeds, items of paraphernalia and growing equipment. Only the son was later charged.

 

-A 77-year old Aylmer woman was charged with disobeying a stop sign on Thursday, Sept, 27 about 3 pm after her car, going east on South St.,  went through the stop sign at Caverly and hit a southbound vehicle. There was moderate damage to both vehicles.

 

 

 

JUSTICE BOOK SALE SAT. IN AYLMER

 

(Margaret Neufeld, 20, a lifelong resident of the Aylmer area, provides this information on the Justice Book Sale – see ad – in Aylmer Saturday at Immanuel School) – “I first learned about International Justice Mission a few years ago. In the spring I went to their E3 (Educate, Explore, Engage) event in Toronto where I joined a group of about 25 mostly young people. We listened to speakers from IJM share about God’s biblical call to justice, the work IJM does, trafficking around the world and in Canada, opportunities for involvement and brainstormed ideas of what we could do to raise awareness and funds.

I came up with the idea of a community book sale.  In mid-summer, I contacted numerous churches in the area and asked them to consider collecting used books for the event. Eight responded that they would participate in this, as well as one non-profit organization. At this time, we have over 1800 books. We will also be selling coffee and baked goods that are being prepared and donated by family and friends. Most of the event expenses are being covered by myself, but I have had friends help with providing supplies and covering the cost of the facility rental.

There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today, more than ever in history, and many of them are children. IJM is rescuing victims, placing them in aftercare, holding perpetrators accountable for their actions, and working to transform societies. The money raised from the event will go specifically to provide aftercare to rescued victims of forced labour and sex trafficking in India, where IJM has four field offices. Through this event, I hope to inspire the community to care about justice and to be active in doing something themselves.”

 

 

CANCER WALK

 

The Hoog’s Hikers Cancer Walk in Toronto in September raised over $50,000 and attracted 25 participants including Henrica Cochrane of Aylmer (second row, in sunglasses, on extreme right). (Contributed)

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts Girls BBall vs. StJoes

 

-Thu. -EESS hosts Girls Field Hockey (PCI, Ing.)/Girls BBall vs CECI

-Fri. –‘ElginLicious’ Begins (for 10 days) (see story today)

-Sat. -Justice Book Sale at Immanuel Christian School (see ad)

 

-Next Week: – Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

 

 

AYLMER PHONE EMERGENCY NOTICE 

 

(From Aylmer Police at 11:30 am today) – “Eastlink Communications, which services Aylmer’s telephone systems,  is experiencing community wide interruptions to incoming and outgoing calls. It is recommended that the public use their cellular telephones until the repairs are complete.  Emergency calls are able to be received by police and fire – however if they are made from an Aylmer land line the caller may hear a busy signal. Please use cellular phones to ensure your call goes through.

 

1:30 pm PHONE SERVICE RESTORED

 

(From Ron Mervis at Eastlink) – “Earlier today, Eastlink experienced a network-related phone service interruption, impacting Eastlink phone customers in the Aylmer area. Technical crews were dispatched immediately and worked non-stop to restore service; Eastlink phone service is now back up and running”

 

 

ELGINLICIOUS STARTS FRIDAY

 

(Contributed) – “Savour Elgin is pleased to host the first ever ElginLicious event from Friday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 21st. ElginLicious is an opportunity to take advantage of the area’s restaurants, wineries, specialty food shops and agri-tourism destinations at three great price points. Special promotions will be running at $10, $15 and $25. ElginLicious is unique to all other “licious” events in that it is not exclusive to just restaurants offering three course menus, but includes culinary experiences of all types. For more information: visit www.savourelgin.ca

Aylmer area eateries involved (offering these $15 bargains) include: Rubys Cookhouse; Heritage Line Herbs (Gourmet pizza, a drink, dessert and a blend of your choice – $21.95 value);Rush Creek Wines (Tour for 2 people with 3 food pairings and goodie bag with a wine jelly-  $20 value (Tours must be booked in advance on regular tour dates); Howes’ Family Farm Market (Pink, white, orange, flat cinderella pumpkins – 3 pumpkins and 5 squash) and Pinecroft (Choice of daily special with a soup tasting, dessert and beverage for $15.- Value $24.85).”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Allison, Boyd John; of Simcoe, on Sunday, at the age of 77 years. Survivors include: daughter Terri (Perry) Stansell of Straffordville etc. Cremation has taken place. A Private Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements through Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

EESS COMMENCEMENT

 

For the first time, EESS held its Commencement at the EEC Complex last Thursday evening. It was an attempt to accommodate a larger crowd than the school auditorium has been able to handle. Valedictorian was Emily Febrey.

Major award winners were: Governor General’s Academic Medal  – Scott Kerkvliet; Lieutenant Governor’s Community Award – Christopher Baldwin; Robert Ball Agriculture Scholarship $2500 – Scott Speers,  John Greenslade  Award $2000 – Dylan Shepherd;  Allan Smith Scholarship $1000 – Jacob Allin, Betty Want Scholarship – $1000 – Jennifer Graham; Dr D W Sinclair Award – Scott Speers; Environmental Leadership Scholarship $1000 – Stefan Cornelisen;  Eastlink Award $1000 – Luc Toth; Lena and Watkin Livingston Scholarship $1000 -Kerstine Duke and Elisha Wiebe;

Matt Pearce Memorial Scholarship $600 – Selena Braund;  Gipper Football Award $1000  – Ryan Wall; Natural Resource Gas Scholarship $1000 – Julianne Toth; Wild Turkey Federation  Award $1500 – Tyler Marr; Optimist Club Award  $1000 – Christopher Baldwin and  Michelle Dykeman; Steelway Award $1500 – Brad Van Kasteren; Legion Award $1000 – Samantha Firby, Josh Gohm, Lindsay Hull, and Christian King; and Richmond Beck Scholarships – Megen Vandermeer and Dylan Shepherd.

 

 

TRICOUNTY B FASTBALL PLAYOFFS

 

Tue. – Harwood 3 Straffordville 1 (Harwood wins best of five series, 3-1)

 

 

 MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– October 1, 2012, Station #1, Pede Road, Combine Fire

– October 12, 2012, Station #2,  Conservation Line, Burn Complaint

– October 5, 2012, Station #4 , #2, 48792 Mapleton Line, MVC

– October 6, 2012, Station #1,  Sparta Line, Medical Assist

– October 6, 2012, Station #3, Burgess Street, Burn Complaint

– October 7, 2012, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– October 8, 2012, Station #3, Springfield Road, Medical Assist 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Fall colours in the Aylmer area on the weekend. (Photo by Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

 

 

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TUESDAY, Oct. 9/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 3:30

 

-Wed. -EESS hosts Girls BBall vs. StJoes

-Thu. -EESS hosts Girls Field Hockey/Girls BBall vs CECI

-Fri. – ‘ElginLicious’ Begins (for 10 days) (see story Wednesday)

-Sat. -Justice Book Sale at Immanuel Christian School

 

 

SPITS STILL SPUTTERING

 

AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires dropped two more contests on the weekend – they were nipped 7-5 in Woodstock Friday and blitzed 6 -1 at home Saturday by undefeated Glanbrook – to leave their record at no wins and 8 losses to begin the Niagara Western Junior C hockey season.  In Friday’s game. Clint Walker scored twice for Aylmer and single markers went to Adam Szwed, Brad Payne and Will Goodhue. Saturday, Todd Laurindo counted Aylmer’s only tally. This weekend the Spits travel to Dunnville Friday and host Simcoe Saturday.

 

 

TRIPLETS DOUBLE AYLMER FAMILY!

 

(Information from Mary Anne Wentzell of Aylmer). “The triplets, all girls, were born on September 11. They are: Ainsley Elizabeth, 3 lbs. 8 oz, Brooklyn Paige, 3 lbs. 6 oz and Caylee Anne, 3 lbs. 6 oz.  They were born at 31 weeks, 2 days and are very healthy. They were in the care of the NICU nurses at LHSC for their first week and were then transferred to the Special Care Nursery at the STEGH. Proud parents are Tyler and Mary Anne Wentzell (nee Brower) of Aylmer. Siblings are big brothers Tyson Wentzell and Bryce Weber and big sister Paige Wentzell. Grandparents are Steve and Trudy Wilson, Bruce Wentzell and Ron and Marilena Brower. The odds of triplets are 1 in 8100.” (The photo below is contributed.) (CLICK for enlargement)

 

 

 

ADDITION AT McGREGOR

 

(Information from Principal Richard Auckland) – “McGregor is having a 4 room addition added to the school behind the gymnasium.  The purpose of the addition is to host the Full Day Kindergarten Program which will begin in September of 2013.  Additionally, we will lose our current storage space for the gym so we will have a new larger gym storage facility included with the addition.  These new rooms are designed specifically for the Kindergarten program.  Ground breaking will be in late October or November. (The present rooms will be used for other programming needs – French, a meeting/resource room, possible resource room for students.“)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Carter, Robert Joseph “Bob”; of Mount Salem, on Sunday, in his 60th year. Survivors include: sons Blaine Carter of London and Brian Carter(Jen) of Lyons etc.. He was born in Malahide and was a volunteer fireman with Malahide Fire Dept #1. Visitation at  Kebbels Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held on Thursday, at 11:00 am.

 

-Beard, Ron; formerly of Corinth and now of Owen Sound, on October 2, at the age of 72. Survivors include: wife Pat; brother George (Mary) of Corinth etc. Cremation has taken place. A private family funeral service will be held in Corinth. Arrangements are through Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira.

 

-Firby, Maxwell C.; of RR4, Aylmer, on Monday, in his 93rd year. Husband of the late Rose Emma Firby(2008). Survivors include: children Ralph Firby (Dale), of R.R. 4, Aylmer, Donna (Bev) Paget of R.R. 1, Brownsville, Ron (Cathy) Firby of R.R. 4, Aylmer etc.. The funeral service will be held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday, at 2:30 pm. with visitation from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

 

-Siemens, Margaretha; of Cultus,  on Saturday, aged 84 years. Wife of the late John Siemens (2009). She was born in Mexico. She is survived by 12 of her 14 children, 40 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren.Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Reinland Mennonite Church on Wednesday,  at 2:00 pm.

 

 

EESS SPORTS FRIDAY:

 

-FOOTBALL  - SR – EESS (2-1) 21 TBurg 6; JR – EESS (1-1) 22 Parkside 7

-GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY (Thur.) -Ingersoll 1 EESS 0; EESS 3 CECI 0

 

 

ONT. SENIORS’ AWARDS:

 

Harley Barons and Marj Rimnyak, both of Aylmer, were presented with Ontario Seniors Achievement Awards by Ontario's Lieutenant Governor David Onley at a ceremony at Queen's Park Friday. They were part of a group of 20 given the annual honour. Harley was cited for his work with the Corner Cupboard and the Legion and Marj for her contributions to the EECC Gardens and the Legion. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

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THURSDAY, Oct. 4/12

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*THEAYLMERNEWS BEGINS ITS 4TH YEAR TODAY (1400 HITS DAILY!)

*THEAYLMERNEWS WILL NOT PUBLISH FRIDAY OR MONDAY

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week: Aylmer curbside brush collection

-EESS Commencement, 7pm at EEC Complex

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30pm Councils

 

-Fri. -EESS Football: Jr – host PCI, 6pm – Sr host TBurg 8pm

-Fri. -Aylmer Farmers’ Market, 4-8 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Glanbrook, 7:30

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 3:30

 

 

EESS SPORTS WED.:

 

-Jr Girls BBall – EESS 48 Glencoe 11

-Sr Boys VBall – EESS (2-3) 2 PCI 1, EESS 2 StJoes 0, Glencoe 2 EESS 1

 

 

AYLMER THEATRE EYES CHANGES AT OT HALL

 

(Comments by Barb Warnock of Aylmer Community Theatre) – “Aylmer Community Theatre considers itself very fortunate to have a wonderful venue in which to perform. The Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre is one of the area’s best theatres. The technical aspects are second to none compared to other community theatre facilities thanks to the ongoing work by John Bardwell and Peter Blain. The change rooms, while sometimes somewhat cramped, depending on the size of the cast, are quite adequate under most circumstances.

The venue does, however, have a number of shortcomings. Obviously, one washroom cubicle in the women’s washroom is totally inadequate. The lobby cannot accommodate a full house at intermission so expanded space would be beneficial. The only unobstructed seats in the balcony are in the very front row because the rake, or slant, of the seating is too shallow. Back stage space is at a premium but adequate for most productions. Access to the second floor when moving in sets is extremely inconvenient and awkward as the set is humped up the exterior fire escape and manhandled through a single door.

Well-known musicians, including home-grown artists like Barbara Thorson (Johnston), and professional productions such as “Billy Bishop Goes to War” and “Wingfield Farm” have attracted audiences from great distances. And since 2001 Aylmer Community Theatre has been bringing comedies to the stage, much to the delight of our growing audience. While the Old Town Hall Theatre, having been saved from demolition in the late 1970′s, has served this community well, there are improvements that would allow this venue to continue attracting audiences for decades to come. When the funds are available, these improvements will be welcomed by ACT.”

 

 

LAMBETH 4 SPITS 3

 

AYLMER – Lambeth edged Aylmer 4-3 here last night in Niagara Western Junior C hockey – extending the Spitfires’ season-opening winless skid to six games. Aylmer marksmen were Mitch Roloson, Mike Lynch, and Mike Crawford.

 

 

 THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Cherry Street Inc., a low income housing co-op in Aylmer, is constructing this duplex (3 bedrooms each) at the corner of South and Caverly St. - to be completed by December. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL AGENDA MONDAY:

 

Among items to be discussed:

-Request from the Library Building Committee that Council proceed with just one design for an architect to prepare for a new, 10,000 square foot Library building at John/Sydenham.

-Presentation of a Good Citizen Recognition Certificate to John Thompson for his bravery (in the recent dog biting incident).

-Consideration of an expansion at McGregor in the southwest corner to accomodate more kindergarten space

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All Week: Aylmer curbside brush collection

-Aylmer Spitfires host Lambeth, 7:15pm

-EESS hosts JR Girls BBall vs. Glencoe

-OPC FunRun

 

-Thu. -EESS Commencement

-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Fri. -EESS Football: Jr – host PCI, 6pm – Sr host TBurg 8pm

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUESDAY:

 

-SR FOOTBALL – Parkside 31 EESS 14

-SR GIRLS BBALL – EESS (4-0) 52 Parkside 22

-JR GIRLS BBALL – EESS (3-1) 45 Parkside 35

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Keszler, Elizabeth;  of Calton,  on Saturday.  Wife of the late John Keszler (2009). Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church Aylmer on Friday, at 11:00 am.

 

-Jackson, Howard, of Tillsonburg, on Tuesday, at the age of 97 years. Survivors include: wife of 75 years, Violet etc. He was the founder of Red Oak Travel Park east of Aylmer. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Thursday,  from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Service at 11:00 a.m.

 

-Cservid, Carolyn (Dorren); of Tillsonburg,  on Monday, in her 78th year. Survivors include: husband John Cservid, sister-in-law Irene and John Szakal of Port Burwell etc. A cremation will take place at London Cremation Services Limited. A small service will take place for immediate family only.

 

 

TRICOUNTY B FASTBALL PLAYOFFS

 

-Harwood 5 Straffordville 4

(Harwood leads best-of-seven series by 2-1)

-Game 4 – Last night

 

 

COUNCIL RE-DIRECTS MALAHIDE QUERY

 

(From Aylmer Clerk Nancie Irving) – Re-Malahide Council’s request to Aylmer Council for a job justification review for the East Elgin Community Complex Program Coordinator position (which is currently advertised), Aylmer Council decided on Monday :  

“That a more thorough evaluation of all EECC positions be undertaken at the same time, with the view to provide a more complete evaluation rather than a piece-meal approach to the staffing needs at the EECC”

 

 

FALL PROGRAMS AT THE EEC COMPLEX

 

(Contributed) - The EEC Complex is offering a free public skating pass, valid from October 1 to March 31,  for children born in 2005 and 2006….. Seniors Day events (Tuesdays) will start on October 16…..Sunday afternoon Public Skating is back from 1 to 2:30…..Adult skating is Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 for $3….. Tiny Tots skating is also on Tuesday and Thursday for an hour right after the Adult Skate….Indoor Walking is Tuesday and Thursday from 7am to 9am for $1…..Shuffleboard is on Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and Monday from 7 to 9 for $3 (See EECC website for cancellation dates).

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

SODTURNING FOR NEW APT. COMPLEX

AYLMER – A sizeable crowd attended yesterday afternoon’s sodturning ceremony for the new Aylmer Trillium Park apartments at the southwest corner of John and Sydenham. The 5-storey complex is owned by Golden Community Builders. According to Marketing Director Abe Friesen the building is geared to those over 55, will have ground floor retail spaces and parking,  and will contain 39 units. Graceview Enterprises (VanGurps) of Belmont  is the builder and actually began backhoe work at the site today. Aylmer Trillium Park will include 39 one and two-bedroom suites from 752 to 1,358 sq.ft.gr., each with a balcony patio.  Security features will include a full sprinkler system and a resident-controlled entrance.  The five floors will be accessible by two elevators.  The building will include an indoor 20-car, parking garage   A Common Room, along with a terrace over the parking garage, will serve the residents and their families.  The projected move-in date is February.

 

 

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TUESDAY, October 2/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Sports – Girls BBall teams, SR Football all at Parkside

-All Week: Aylmer curbside brush collection

 

-Wed. -Aylmer Spitfires host Lambeth, 7:15pm

-Wed. -EESS hosts JR Girls BBall vs. Glencoe

-Wed. -OPC FunRun

-Thu. -EESS Commencement

-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Fri. -EESS Football: Jr – host PCI, 6pm – Sr host TBurg 8pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Krug, Lois Ethel,  of Aylmer,  today,  in her 86th year. She was the wife of the late James Krug (2008).  Survivors include: daughter Gloria Wilson and husband Tom of Port Burwell etc.. Lois was a former employee of Imperial Tobacco. Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held on Saturday,  at 11:00 am.

 

-Woodworth, Joanne Mary “Jo“, of R.R.2 Vienna, on Monday, in her 63rd year. Survivors include: husband Kevin Woodworth; daughter Rachel Glazer (Chay Welch) of Aylmer etc.. Cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Arrangements through Kebbels Funeral Home, Aylmer.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– September 17, Station #4,  Crossley-Hunter Line, Medical Assist

– September 19, Station #2, 1 North Street, Aylmer, Mutual Aid

– September 10, Station #2,  Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– September 21, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– September 23, Station #1,  Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– September 24, Station #1,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– September 27, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– September 30, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Field Fire

– September 3, Station #4,  Lyons Line, Medical Assist

 

 

MENNONITE TRAFFEN SUNDAY

 

The annual Mennoniten Traffen hosted by Mennonite Community Services of Aylmer drew three hundred and forty Low German speaking people to the EEC Complex on Sunday afternoon. The event is an opportunity for Low German speaking people to connect with each other as they celebrate a common heritage. (Photo by Helena Bergen) (CLICK)

 

 

UPCOMING AT AYLMER-MALAHIDE MUSEUM

 

(Contributed) – “Thoughtful Thursdays – On October 25,  at The Perc, from 10:30-11:30 is:  Black Cats and Gravestones – which is a hands-on discussion on Local Funeral Directors, Mourning Habits and Customs (including Halloween Postcards and Mourning Art).

A New Exhibit begins Tuesday, October 16.  Sports Central is a look at sports in Aylmer through the years.

And Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives’ 11th Annual Tour of Homes is November 16, 7-10 pm and November 17, 1-9 pm. It is a tour of four beautiful homes in Aylmer that have been decorated by local merchants. Tickets are $15.00 and available at the Museum 519-773-9723. The Baptist Church Turkey Dinner is on November 16 from 6 to 7pm. ($12.00). Tickets for the dinner must be purchased before November 10.

 

 

HAZARD.WASTE TURNOUT DOWN SLIGHTLY

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Director of Operations for Aylmer) – Saturday’s Hazardous Waste depot attracted contributions from 368 Aylmer and Malahide households, down from 437 last year. The decrease was largest for Aylmer as 212 residents attended (the town’s lowest turnout in 10 years) – compared to 267 in 2011.  Since 1995 when the collections began,  the best turnouts have actually been in four of the  past six years.

 

 

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MONDAY, October 1/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

-All week: Aylmer curbside brush collection

 

-Wed. -Aylmer Spitfires host Lambeth, 7:15pm

-Wed. -EESS hosts JR Girls BBall vs. Glencoe

-Wed. -OPC FunRun

-Thu. -EESS Commencement

-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Fri. -EESS Football: Jr – host PCI, 6pm – Sr host TBurg 8pm

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Abrams, Peter, of Aylmer,  on Saturday, in his 87th year. Survivors include: wife Sara (Dueck) Abrams; eight children, 30 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at The Somerfeld Mennonite Church, Mount Salem on Wednesday, at 2:00 pm.

 

-Hughson, Katherine “Kay”, of Terrace Lodge Aylmer, on Sunday, in her 93rd year. Spouse of the late Charles Wiltshire (1952) and the late Howard Hughson(1996). Survivors include: daughters Lynn Thurston, Sharyn Soper, Cindy Hughson.  She was born in Yugoslavia. Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m .

 

-Mansion, Kenneth Roy, of Springford and formerly of Aylmer, on Sunday, at the age of 85. Predeceased by his wife Marion Louise (Hawley) (2004). Visitation is on Wednesday, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.. The Funeral Service will be Thursday at 11 am at Verhoeves.

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS FRIDAY:

 

-FOOTBALL: SR – EESS 37 ST MARYS 23

-FOOTBALL: JR – TILL. 17 EESS 8

 

 

 

THEATRE WORKSHOPS IN PT BURWELL

 

(Contributed) – “A series of workshops, sponsored by Bayham’s Periscope Playhouse, on the art of improvisation will be held every Thursday, beginning Thursday, October 4th, at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Port Burwell.  Members of the Playhouse, trained at Toronto’s Second City, plus other Playhouse members, will lead these sessions. Said Marion Rogers of Periscope: “When we did this a few years ago, two new actors emerged to perform at Theatre Tillsonburg.  We’re hoping more will follow to swell our local talent bank. ”  Sessions begin at 8:00 pm, lasting until 9:30pm and are free to members of the Playhouse, $2 for the general public.  For more information, call 519-874-4286 or visit www. periscopeplayhouse.ca.”

 

 

 

SPITS STILL LOOKING FOR A WIN

 

AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires are still winless after their opening five games of the Niagara Junior C hockey season as they lost 5-2 to Norwich here Saturday. Eric Nemeth and Mitch Roloson scored for Aylmer. This week’s games are: Wednesday hosting  Lambeth; Friday in Woodstock and Saturday hosting Glanbrook.

 

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“While we acknowledge the self proclaimed bias of Aylmer News in regards to expansion of the library (which is not required), publishing information of usage growth while neglecting to identify population growth over the same period does not reflect well on the proponents of the expansion which is on the taxpapers’ backs. (Peter Stevens)

(EDITOR: This is in reference to a recent article noting that borrowing of items is up nearly threefold since the library was relocated in 1981. According to Census Canada, Aylmer’s population has only increased from about  5200 to 7500 – about 45%.)

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS OUTLOOK:

 

SR. GIRLS BASKETBALL

(Information from coach Chris Wismer) “We have  4 of 5 starters back from the TVRAA and WOSSAA finalists team last year. We lost Suann Suderman to graduation. Our key players are Liz Rollo, Katherine Barrie, Karli Milmine and Kira Cornelissen. Other important contributors will be Emily Febrey, Michaela Vansevenant and Carly McCann.”

 

 

 

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