Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


FRIDAY, May 23/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Comm. Band/Choir Concert: ‘Spring Blooms’; OTH Theatre, 7:30

-EESS hosts Soccer Playoffs v. Parkside; 1pm Boys, 3 pm Girls

-Aylmer Lioness Ladies Night; At Aylmer Legion; Doors Open 6:30pm

 

-Sat. -EESS Prom (see story today)

-Sat. -Elgin-Mid.-Lon. NDP Bbq, Saxonia Hall, 11am-1pm

-Sat. -Bayham Large Item, Hazardous DropOff; Public Works Yard; 9-2pm

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

-Sun. -Tri County Fastball – Straffordville hosts Woodstock, 8pm

 

 

AYLMER: CANDIDATES NIGHT

 

A full house attended last night's Elgin Middlesex London riding election debate at the OTH theatre (kb)

A full house attended last night’s Elgin Middlesex London Riding election debate at the OTH theatre (kb)

 

Nearly 200 persons attended the Aylmer Express Ontario Election Candidates Night Thursday at the Old Town Hall Theatre. All five candidates for Elgin Middlesex London Riding – Jeff Yurek, PC,  Clare Maloney, Freedom, Serge Lavoie, Liberal, John Fisher, Green, and Kathy Cornish, NDP – were present. Key questions raised concerned health care, jobs, education and energy costs.

Linda Stevenson asked for each party’s position on Health Care – Yurek said his party would have no major cuts except for reducing the upper bureaucracy; Maloney said his party would put money into equipment and front line services; Lavoie said his party would support the current administration as long as they were a source of ‘creative thinking’; Cornish said her party would not reduce administrators but freeze wages.

Sherry Styve asked about each party’s position on jobs, especially relating to the 100,000 civil servants PC leader Tim Hudak has said he would cut : Yurek said the total would be removed by attrition and replaced by outsourcing and reducing high levels of bureaucracy with the goal being to balance the budget; Maloney said his party would eliminate the Ministry of Colleges and Trades; Lavoie said that despite the attrition plan the 100.,000 would actually be positions lost  and his party would replace manufacturing jobs lost with agrifood projects and a youth job strategy; Cornish said the 100,000 would significantly affect youth and her party would initiate a manufacturing investment tax credit.

Tracey Holmes asked for each party’s position on education: Cornish said her party would hire 1000 more EA’s and add more physical education teachers; Fisher said his party wanted one school system back; Lavoie said all day kindergarten was important and his party would have a 30 percent college tuition reduction; Maloney said his party would increate private education and have students pay for university themselves; Yurek said his party would keep full day kindergarten and stress financial literacy courses.

Jim Crane asked for each party’s position on rising energy costs: Yurek said his party would end the subsidy on wind and solar projects, they were concerned about a 40% hike in hydro costs under the Liberals and they would decrease the hydro bureaucracy, Lavoie said gas and oil rates were not provincially controllable and the Liberals had invested in energy diversity and increased costs were the price we had to pay for cleaner, more diverse, greener energy; Fisher said his party would end subsidies for nuclear energy; Cornish said the energy price rise began when former Premier Mike Harris turned Hydro info four entities and her party would end the debt retirement tax and streamline the Hydro structure.

 

 

OBITUARY:

 

FORMER MALHIDE REEVE DIES:

Neukamm, Emil of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in his 84th year. Survivors: wife Frieda (Kebbel) Neukamm; three children including Karin Barrie(Bob Rimnyak) and Fred Neukamm(Nancy) both of Aylmer. He was born in Lithania, was a tobacco,beef farmer and was a former Malahide Reeve. Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Tuesday at 11 am with visitation one hour prior.

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-Boys Rugby – Woodstock CI 10 EESS (0-3) 5

-Girls Soccer Playoffs – EESS 2 Ingersoll 1 (Finals today)

-Boys Soccer – EESS 2 Ingersoll 2 (Game One: Round Robin playoff incl. Parkside; Game two today at EESS)

 

 

EESS PROM SAT.

 

(Information from staff adviser Narda Robbins:) The annual EESS Prom is Saturday at the school – a dinner at 7pm followed by a dance.The crowning of the King and Queen is at 9:45. The theme this year is “Lost City of Atlantis”. Candidates for Queen are: Shelby Helm, Becky Kirschner, Carly McCann, Spencer Ray and Taylor Thoonen and for King: Kyle Bennett, Ben Cole, Riley Harbour, Angelo Ierullo and Reed Waldick.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER THU.:

 

-Aylmer FC (1-0)5 Glencoe 0

 

 

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THURSDAY, May 22/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Ontario Election Candidates Night; OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm

-Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts Glencoe; EESS; 7pm

-EESS hosts Boys Rugby: v. Woodstock CI, 3:30pm

 

-Fri.- EESS hosts Soccer Playoffs v. Parkside; 1pm Boys, 3 pm Girls

-Fri. -Aylmer Lioness Ladies Night; At Aylmer Legion

-Sat. -Elgin-Mid.-Lon. NDP Bbq, Saxonia Hall, 11am-1pm

-Sat. -Bayham Large Item, Hazardous DropOff; Public Works Yard; 9-2pm

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

-Sun. -Tri County Fastball – Straffordville hosts Woodstock, 8pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

KC EMERSON DIES, FORMER VIENNA REEVE

-Emerson, Kenneth Currie “KC” of Vienna passed away on Wednesday at the age of 96 years. Husband of the late Pauline Emerson (2002). Survivors: children Anna Marie Schafer (Matt) of Straffordville, Margaret Ketchabaw of Eden and father-in-law of Pat Emerson, friend Harry of Richmond etc.. He was inducted into the Elgin Federation of Agriculture’s Hall of Fame,  a former Warden of Elgin, Past President of the Elgin PC Association and served as Reeve of Vienna from 1960-1993. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. The Funeral Service will be at Ostrander’s on Saturday at 2 pm.

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL TUESDAY

 

(By Bill Murch)

Among decisions made at Aylmer Council Tuesday were the following:

-Recognized retiring Aylmer Volunteer Firefighters Randy Jacques (30 years), Mark Irvine (25 years) and Tom Miskelly (20 years)

-Approved two contracts: the roofing on the Aylmer Police Station will be replaced by A. M. Roofing Ltd. It will cost $56,642.00; the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit at the Aylmer Police Station had failed and a complete replacement unit will be installed by Pro-Tech Mechanical at a cost of $10,340.00.

-Approved the following recommendations from the Aylmer-Malahide Liaison Committee concerning the East Elgin Community Complex operational review: No changes will be made to the 2014 ice and hall rentals, No new summer ice rentals or hall rentals will be booked for 2015, A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be prepared by Aylmer and Malahide requesting the preparation of a business plan for the EECCA, and A temporary Ad Hoc Committee comprised of the Mayors and Administrative Officers of Aylmer and Malahide along with the EECC General Manager will replace the EECC Advisory Board.

-Received the May 1 resolution from Malahide concerning what information is necessary to consider the concept of moving the Aylmer Library to the EECC.  Deferred proceeding with the collection of information concerning the Aylmer Library EECC move until the business plan is complete.

 

 

OPP: DOOR TO DOOR SALES SCAMS

 

(From Elgin OPP on Door to Door Sales Scams:) –

Warning signs: The person might arrive late at night or visit you again after you have said no. The person does not show you any personal identification or give you any written quotes, contract information or receipts. They may say that they can only give you this “great deal” if you accept right now. You may be asked for either a deposit or full payment and you can only pay in cash or by credit card.

Protect yourself: If someone comes to your door, ask to see their identification. Do not agree to offers or deals right away. Carry out a web search on the business to see if there are other consumers who have commented.  Read all the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully.

 

 

SR DAY TUES. AT EEC COMPLEX

 

Next Tuesday is the monthly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex. The event goes from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Activities include shuffleboard, skating and fitness. Guest Speaker is Chris Streib from Talbot Trail PhysioTherapy. Cost is $10, a lunch is served; registration in advance is required.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

RENOVATED TILLSONBURG LIBRARY

An Open House was held Friday to unveil a $40,400 Trillium grant for the newly renovated Tillsonburg library. Renovations should be complete by July. The town library joined Oxford County library in January. A recent community survey indicated support for quiet study areas, local history resources, more programming, better collections, and a welcoming space for children in the new facility. Also included will be: collections of electronic and downloadable resources, including eBooks and eMagazines, wired lounge chairs with laptop tables, a hot beverage machine with café tables. a dedicated youth area for teens, and a microfilm scanner.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, May 21/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -Ontario Election Candidates Night; OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm

-Thu. -Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts Glencoe; EESS; 7pm

-Thu. -EESS hosts Boys Rugby: v. Woodstock CI, 3:30pm

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

-Sun. -Tri County Fastball – Straffordville hosts Woodstock 8pm

 

 

UPDATE: EESS TRICOUNTY TRACK RESULTS

 

Karli Milmine and Justin Attfield of EESS each won two events at the Tri County Track and Field Championships in Woodstock last week.

Top three finishers for EESS: (corrected from last week’s report) – Jeremy Cunningham, 3rd Open 800; Erica Zimmer, 2nd Midget 3000, Mattaya Pallett, 3rd Midget 80; Elora Neufeld, 3rd Midget 80 Hurdles; Madison Telfer, 3rd Midget Shotput; Robert Jones, 2nd Junior 100, Justin Attfield, 2nd Junior 100; Justin Attfield, 1st Junior 1500; Justin Attfield,1st Junior 3000; Brianne Brix, 2nd Midget 80 Hurdles; Brianne Brix 1st 300 Hurdles; Brianne Brix, 2nd Junior Long Jump; Robert Jones, 3rd Junior Triple Jump; Ben Wiebe, 2nd Junior Discus; Tyler Vandermeer, 3rd Senior Triple Jump; Karli Milmine 1st Senior Shot Put; and Karli Milmine, 1st Senior discuss.

Other WOSSAA qualifiers for EESS (placing in top six) were: Kaden Vansevenant, Cassidy Clark, Charlotte Rollins, Kelsie Shiels, Shaylea Stevenson, Aaron Friesen,  Aubree Untch, Alex Warren, Reid Waldick, and Riley Giesbrecht. WOSSAA track and field will be held this Thursday and Friday at UWO.

 

 

MOSSLEY CRASH TODAY

 

(From Middlesex OPP) – This morning around 10 am OPP responded to a five vehicle collision at the intersection of Elgin Road (Imperial Road) and Crampton Drive in Thames Centre (just south of Mossley). A man was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries. A woman was transported to hospital with non-life threating injuries. Police closed a section of Elgin Road between Gladstone Drive and Mossley Drive to continue their investigation until approximately 4 pm. today.

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-Both soccer games v. PCI  cancelled due to weather (lightning)

-Boys Rugby – Huron Park 32 EESS 0

 

 

EESS ENVIRO CLUB PAINTING FISH

 

The EESS Environment Club will take part in the Yellow Fish Road program along with other Canadian high school students in June. Said Stacey Suffel, staff advisor: “Students will be painting yellow fish on the catch basins in Aylmer as well as putting notices on houses in the area. We are hoping residents will realize that only rainwater should go down the catch basins, not soap from washing cars, etc. The program creates awareness of water pollution. We will be going out during lunch at the start of June and continue in the fall when school starts again.”

 

 

EAST ELGIN FASTBALL RESULTS:

 

-ST.THOMAS FASTBALL – Springfield (2-0) games last week v. Glanworth, St. Thomas and Simcoe were postponed. Next home game is Sunday.

-TRICOUNTY FASTBALL – Straffordville (0-1) and Pt. Burwell (1-0) games were postponed last week. Next home game is Sunday in Straffordville.

 

 

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TUESDAY, May 20/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7:30 pm

-EESS NIGHT SOCCER: host Parkside; Girls 7pm, Boys 8:45

 

-Thu. -Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts Glencoe; EESS; 7pm

-Thu. -EESS hosts Boys Rugby: v. Woodstock CI, 3:30pm

 

 

EESS SOCCER FRI.:

 

-Girls: EESS (4-0) 3 WESS 0

-Boys: EESS 4 (4-0) WESS 2

 

 

PT BRUCE PARAGLIDER STABLE

 

(From Elgin OPP) – PT BRUCE – A 47 year old Aylmer man, who was airlifted to a London hospital Sunday afternoon after being involved in a paragliding accident near here, was listed in stable condition this morning with non life threatening injuries. According to Elgin OPP and Malahide Fire Services reports, the experienced paraglider (parachute with seat) was flying just west of here in the cliffs in the area of Dexter Line and Harding Smith Line in Malahide around 2 pm and had made several flights. He was attempting to land when wind gusts apparently were a factor as he lost control and crashed into a cliff on the lake. He was alone at the time. Malahide Fire Services performed a steep angle rope rescue of the pilot who was then airlifted to hospital. Twenty nine Malahide firefighters responded to the call.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Sawyer, Helen (O’Brien) of Cambridge passed away on Friday in her 90th year. Wife of the late George Sawyer 1994. Survivors: seven children etc.. Helen was a longtime resident of Aylmer. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Wednesday at 10:30 am.

 

-Bruinsma, Jan of Aylmer passed away on Saturday in his 72nd year. Survivors: wife Antje “Ann” (Medema) Bruinsma and the late Coby (Bylsma); four children and four stepchildren etc.. He was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with the funeral service at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday at 10:00 am.

 

 

TWO LIGHTNING FIRES IN MALAHIDE

 

(From Malahide Fire Chief Paul Groeneveld:) – Last Tuesday night firemen from all four Malahide stations responded to a house fire on Chalet Line, east of Springfield Rd., around 10 pm;  probable cause – lightning strike, $150,000 damage, no one home at the time, firemen on scene 4 hours. On Thursday around 2:30 am at 48451 Yorke Line west of Imperial Road, again firemen from all four services attended a Barn Fire, probable cause – lightning strike, $750,000 damage, 15-20 cattle perished; firemen on scene 11 hours. Firemen returned later that day and again on Saturday as approximately 60 large round bales of straw and hay flared up once more.

 

OTHER MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS:

 

– May 13, Station #1, Wales Cr. Medical Assist

– May 14, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

 

 

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FRIDAY, May 16/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Monday

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Mon. -Victoria Day Holiday

-Tue. -Aylmer Council 7:30 pm

-Tue. -EESS Hosts NIGHT SOCCER: v. Parkside; Girls 7pm; Boys 8:45

 

 

SPRINGFIELD DRUG ARREST

 

(From Elgin OPP) – SPRINGFIELD – Elgin OPP executed a search warrant yesterday at a residence on Pressey Line in Springfield. The search warrant resulted in police seizing the following: Cannabis Marihuana Bud, Cannabis Marihuana Shake, Percocet pills, Oxycodone pills, Morphine pills, Psylocibin and two Firearms – the approximate value of the drug seizure was $2,300. Police arrested and charged Jacob Braun Friesen, 29, of Springfield with: Possession of a schedule II drug for the purposes of trafficking, two counts of Possession of a schedule I drug for the purposes of trafficking, Production of a schedule II substance (other than Marihuana), Possession of a Schedule I substance and Possession of a Schedule II substance.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER THU.:

 

-Aylmer FC v. Glencoe (postponed); Next home game: May 22

 

 

BAYHAM BREAK-IN

 

(Information from Elgin OPP) – The Elgin OPP is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspect(s) in a break and enter which occurred on Sunday between 9 am and 6:30 pm. at a residence on Coyle Road in Bayham. A Lenovo Laptop computer and an undisclosed amount of cash were taken. If you have information on this incident contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 631-2920.

 

 

PT BURWELL POLESTAR EVENT UPDATE:

 

(Further information on Wednesday’s Pt. Burwell Polestar event is from Margot Auber of the Polestar Committee:) “Hydro One would not allow the children to touch the poles, they didn’t want to encourage the kids that it was okay to do so under any circumstance. So each classroom at Pt. Burwell Public School created original artwork which was then digitally transferred to material for pole banners. In total, there were 11 original pieces of artwork transferred to produce a total of 43 pole banners. Hydro One came on Wednesday and installed one ceremonial banner. They will return to install the remaining banners by the end of this month. Unfortunately, Carmine Marcello, CEO of Hydro One, was unable to attend. However, we did have Tom Kydd, VP of Lines and Forestry, attend and speak to the kids.”

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

 

A 14 year old boy was charged with two break-ins and a 17 year old boy and a 13 year old boy, all from Aylmer, were charged with one break-in each in recent incidents. On May 7 a downtown business said their storage shed had been entered and candy taken – security video showed two boys at the shed at 3 am. On May 10 at 10:30 pm a Rebecca Drive resident scared off two boys trying to break into a neighbour’s shed and Police later discovered the boys had broken into the adjoining house and taken liquor, cigarettes and a computer.

 

-Police said a total of twenty pounds of medications were turned in during a voluntary drop off last Saturday in front of the Aylmer library.

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL THU.:

 

-Innerkip at Pt Burwell; Tavistock at Straffordville (postponed)

 

 

SPRINGWATER CAMPBROUND UPDATE:

 

(Information at 4pm yesterday from Laura Ronayne of Catfish CCA concerning this weekend’s camping at Springwater:) – “We are not full for the weekend and there are no special events planned. We do have an alcohol ban for the weekend.”

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL TUESDAY:

 

Among agenda items for Aylmer Council Tuesday is :

-a zoning change as staff received a request from Ian and Saousan McLay seeking to establish an art and jewellery studio as a “Home Occupation’ within their new residence located at 24 Pine Street East. The applicants are proposing to utilize the living room, den and the front hallway for the display of various pieces of art along with the owners’ hand crafted jewellery.

 

 

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THURSDAY, May 15/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-TriCounty Fastball – Innerkip at Pt Burwell, 8pm

-TriCounty Fastball – Tavistock at Straffordville, 8pm

 

 

PT BURWELL POLESTAR EVENT WED.

 

(Information on yesterday’s Polestar event in Pt.Burwell, where local students painted hydro poles with village promotional messages, is from Margot Aubert of the Polestars Committee:) “All went extremely well, the weather gods were kind to us giving us the perfect window of opportunity before letting loose once again with rain. The kids had an absolute blast, some even emailing me last night to say what an awesome time they had. In all, it was a truly memorable event.”

 

 

EESS AT TRICOUNTY TRACK


EESS athletes who were top five finishers from yesterday’s TRVRAA Tri-County Track and Field event held in Woodstock (the second day of the two day meet): Girls – Junior 300 m – Virgilia Berzinis, 3rd; Senior 300 m – Blaire Robertshaw, 2nd; Boys – Midget 800m – Luke ONeill, 3rd; High Jump – Dave Friesen 3rd; Junior 800 m – Cody Boudreau, 4th; 300m – Blake Berkelmans, 4th; Longjump – Jordan Lamond, 4th.
 

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WEDNESDAY, May 14/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Pt.Burwell PoleStars Event; 11:30 am -2:30 pm

 

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

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball – Innerkip at Pt Burwell, 8pm

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball – Tavistock at Straffordville, 8pm

 

 

EEES SPORTS TUES.:

 

-Girls Soccer – EESS 4 (3-0) Glencoe 0

-Boys Soccer – EESS 6 (3-0) Glencoe 2

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Connolly, Gladys Beatrice (Hatch) of Port Burwell passed away Sunday in her 81st year. Survivors: husband Roy Connolly; four children including Ken of Port Burwell etc.. Friends are invited to a graveside inurnment at the Hamilton Cemetery on Saturday, May 24 at 11:30 am.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“FROST ON MAY 13”

 

(Information from Dick Saarloos of Berryhill Farms north of Aylmer) – “We had to irrigate the strawberries for about six hours last night (the temperature was close to freezing and there was no wind) but there is very little damage. The rest of the crops as well as the berries are about a week behind normal but everything has good potential when the weather warms up. The weekend did not have freezing temperatures because the wind kept frost from forming in lower areas.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Aylmer scene west of Elm

An Aylmer scene at dusk – looking west from Elm St. rail crossing.

(Photo by Mark Alward)

 

 

ST.THOMAS FASTBALL RESULTS:

 

-Springfield 6 Glencoe 1

-Springfield (2-0) 9 Glanworth 8

-Last night – Springfield vs Glanworth

-Next home game: May 25

 

 

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TUESDAY, May 13/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts Soccer v. Glencoe; Girls 2 pm; Boys 3:45 pm

-Richmond Water Meeting, 7 pm, Richmond United Church

 

-Wed. -Pt.Burwell PoleStars Event; 11:30 am -2:30 pm

 

 

EESS SPORTS MON.

 

-Boys Rugby – Tillsonburg 15 EESS 0

-Girls Soccer – EESS (2-0) 4 AVSS 0

-Boys Soccer – EESS 5 (2-0) AVSS 1

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

-(From Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer)  Aylmer Police seized two grams of hhydromorphone, an opiod, at a Melanie Drive home recently. Police entered the home with Family and Childrens’ Services staff and spotted the substance on scales along with syringes. They determined they belonged to visitors to the home, a 48 year old Tillsonburg man and his 25 year old girlfriend, who were charged with possession of a controlled substance.

 

-A pickup truck was stolen about 10 am from the parking lot of the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church a week ago Sunday while the owner was at the church service inside. A witness sitting in another truck in the lot saw two men apparently trying to take another truck and called out to them but they fled. The first theft was discovered after the service.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Froese, Sara of Aylmer passed away Sunday. Survivors: husband Jacob etc.. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 1 pm from the EMMC Church at Summers Corners.

 

 

EESS MOCK CRASH THUR.

 

(From Aylmer Police) – EESS will be hosting a “Mock Crash” this Thursday for senior students at 9 am and 10 am. The partners include local and area fire, police and EMS. They will be responding to a simulated two vehicle collision. Student actors will be simulating injured and deceased persons while emergency service workers work on them. The collision will be as a result of Distracted Driving with the driver of one vehicle allegedly using his cell phone. They will then be debriefed in the school with a presentation and a short Q & A.

 

 

OJIBWA OPENING THIS WEEKEND

 

(Contributed) – The opening of the HMCS OJIBWA season this Saturday in Pt. Burwell features submarine races for children. The submarine races, to be held beside the submarine, are for children 10 and under and are organized courtesy of the Explorer’s Association BPSC Scouts of Straffordville as part of the Third Annual OJIBWA Fest. Participants may race as many times as they want and will be eligible for one free prize draw ticket.  Prizes have been donated by Harbour Lights.

In addition to Ojibwa tours,  a great day of fun and bargains has been planned by a local group called the Bayham SubMissions. Proceeds go to the Museum of Naval History. Starting at 9 am and running until 4 pm, there will be a wide variety of craft and vendor booths along with a huge silent auction and face painting for all.  The Museum recommends that anyone wanting submarine tours should book ahead by calling the Museum at 519-633-7641. The sub will be open for tours daily from 10 to 6 pm (last tour starting at 5) until October.

 

 

AYLMER LIONESS’ LADIES NIGHT

 

(Contributed) – The Aylmer Lioness will host a Ladies Night Friday May 23 at the Aylmer Legion (see ad).  They first held a Ladies fundraising event in the form of a wine and cheese social in 1996. In 2010, this annual event became a Springtime fundraiser and was retitled “Ladies Night Out”.  For several years, we held this affair at the Knights of Columbus Hall and more recently at the Aylmer Legion Hall. This fun-filled evening hosts guest speakers, entertainers, a silent auction and snacks. Over the years, we have averaged a $2000 profit with which we have been able to support such organizations as the Canadian Cancer Society for breast cancer research, the Aylmer Food bank and many community projects.

 

 

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MONDAY, May 12/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-OV Nat. Monthly Meeting; 7 pm; Pt. Burwell School (see Wed. story)

-EESS hosts Boys Rugby: v. Tillsonburg, 3:30pm

 

-Tue- EESS hosts Soccer v. Glencoe; Girls 2 pm; Boys 3:45 pm

 

 

AYLMER-MAL. LIASON COMM. MEETING

 

(BY BILL MURCH)

Some twenty people attended the Aylmer-Malahide Liaison Committee meeting on Friday at the OTH Theatre. The committee met following the public input received on April 24 concerning the East Elgin Community Complex Operational Review. The Administrators of Aylmer and Malahide provided a report dated May 5 that offered comment and analysis on the priorities identified by the committee on April 24. Four recommendations were made by the committee that will go to each Council to obtain their formal direction on how to proceed:

-Recc: B2 -Development of a Comprehensive Business Plan – Motion passed to recommend that Councils issue a Request for Proposal to have a consultant prepare a comprehensive business plan for the EECC. The EECC comprehensive business plan would be based on all the recommendations contained in the EECC Operational Review.

-Recc. B3 -Discontinuation of ‘Summer Ice’ – Motion passed to recommend the EECC not to accept any ‘summer ice’ contracts for 2015. Existing contracts for 2014 would be honoured.

-Recc. A-1 -Cease Operation of the Banquet Halls – Motion passed to recommend the EECC not to accept any banquet hall contracts for 2015. Existing contracts for 2014 would be honoured.

-Recc. D-1 -Governance of the EECC – Motion passed to recommend  a new interim governing body made up of the Mayors and the Chief Administrative Officers for Aylmer and Malahide along with EECC General Manager to take over the direction and management of the EECC day-to-day operations. The current EECC Advisory Committee would cease to exist.

-Revised Operation Hours – Since the EECC was already adjusting its hours of operation based on usage and staffing, no immediate action was considered necessary.

The Town of Aylmer is to continue its review of the request by the Township of Malahide for the two parties to enter into an agreement in principle to utilize all or part of the EECC banquet halls for a library. Five considerations were identified by the Township. Work is underway to provide the necessary information on estimated renovation, engineering/design, consulting/legal costs as well as the impact on existing contracts/services at the EECC.

A second request concerning a business plan quote on moving the library to the EECC was tabled as being premature based on the amount of information that was needed to meet the first request and the fact the EECC does not yet have a comprehensive business plan in place.

(Members of the Liason Committee are: Aylmer – Mayor Couckuyt, Deputy Richer, Co. Wright; Malahide – Mayor Mennill, Deputy Jenkins, Co. Glinski.)

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL SUNDAY:

 

-PT.BURWELL 10 STRAFFORDVILLE 3

 

 

MALAHIDE MOTORCYCLE COLLISION

 

(From Elgin OPP) – A 43 year old St. Thomas man suffered minor injuries yesterday after being involved in a motorcycle collision with a dog. He was travelling east on Vienna Line in the area of Carter Road in Malahide  when he struck a dog which had run onto the roadway. The dog was killed in the collision and the driver  was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

 

 

EESS SPORTS FRIDAY:

 

-Girls Soccer – EESS 3 CECI 2

-Boys Soccer – EESS 4 CECI 2

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– May 4, 2014, Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– May 5, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Burn Complaint

– May 6, 2014, Station #4,  Putnam Road, Medical Assist

– May 10, 2014, Station #1,  Sawmill Road, Medical Assist

– May 11, 2014, Station #1 ,#2, 52926 Vienna Line, MVC

– May 11, 2014, Station #2,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

 

 

AYLMERITE TO CONTEST ONT. ELECTION

 

Clare Maloney, 60, of Aylmer, a local businessman, post office employee, and a former Malahide Councillor, was announced this weekend as the local Freedom Party candidate for the upcoming Ontario election. There are now four candidates in Elgin-Middlesex-London: incumbent Jeff Yurek for the Conservatives, Serge Lavoie for the Liberals, Kathy Cornish for the NDP and Maloney.

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q-Mothers Day Plan?

 

2.Take her out to eat or cook for her  37.29%  (18 votes)

3.Buy her flowers or a plant  23.73%  (14 votes)

4.Just call or visit  20.34%  (10 votes)

1.Buy her a gift or card  18.64%  (9 votes)

 

Total Votes: 51

 

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