Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


FRIDAY, Feb. 8/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

*Tonight’s swim lesson program at the Police College is cancelled  due to the weather.

 

-Sat. -Spitfires Playoff Hockey, host Simcoe, 7:30 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer (see Tues. story)/Springfield (see Wed.) Ball Registrations

 

-Mon. –Aylmer Council, 3:30

-Mon. -OV Naturalists; 7pm; Pt. Burwell School; “East Africa”

-Tue. -Pancake Supper; Aylmer Anglican Church; 5:30 pm

 

 

 

1-SCHOOLS CLOSED

 

(From TVDSB) – “Due to the inclement weather and the cancellation of school bus transportation across Thames Valley, all schools and the Education Centre will be closed for the day. All community use of schools has been cancelled at these schools as well.”

 

 

 

2-SNOWFALL WARNING 

 

(For St. Thomas – Aylmer – Eastern Elgin County issued at 5 am by Environment Canada) – “Significant snowfall of 15 to 25 cm today. A Texas low has intensified into a major winter storm as it approached Southern Ontario. An expanding area of heavy snow has moved into Southern Ontario and will spread eastward this morning. The heaviest snow will occur during the morning rush hour along the highway 401 corridor from London across the Waterloo region and the Greater Toronto area. Rapidly accumulating snow will also contribute to dangerous driving conditions. The snow will end in areas west of  Toronto area late in the afternoon.”

 

3 pm – Update - Snowfall warning still in effect for St. Thomas – Aylmer – Eastern Elgin County.  ”Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions.”

 

 

 

NEW AYLMER SPLASHPAD:

 

This is the proposed design of the Splashpad to be constructed in Balmoral Park this spring by the Aylmer Splashpad Committee (Contributed) (CLICK)

 

 

 

125TH EVENTS ON TV

 

Eastlink informs that a program on the highlights of Aylmer’s 125th Celebrations this past July will air from Tuesday February 19 to Saturday February 23 and again the following week – all showings at 10 am and 6:30 pm. Length of the program is 22 minutes and it includes footage and interviews of and about the weekend celebrations as well as interviews with current and former mayors.

 

 

 

FOUR RUNNING IN BAYHAM VOTE 

 

Four candidates will contest the vacant Deputy-Mayor’s position in Bayham in a special by-election on March 25. Nominations closed at 2 pm today. Those seeking the position are: Lynn Acre of R.1 Aylmer, Bob Lozon of Port Burwell, Rainey Weisler of Straffordville and Cliff Evanitski of R.4 Aylmer.

 

 

 

AYLMER TODAY:

 

Driving conditions were poor as the season’s second major snowfall hit today. This is a view of downtown Aylmer looking west at 9 am. (kb) (CLICK)

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

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Q- Hockey Tourney During  School Hours?

 

2- No, They have the weekend  50%  (25 votes)  

1- Yes, Fine with me  30%  (15 votes)

4-Yes, but start at 1pm  12%  (6 votes)

3-Yes, but only for teens  8%  (4 votes)

 

Total Votes: 50

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

  

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

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

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, Feb. 7/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-APAC Presents – Alex Cuba; 7:30; OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Bayham 7, Malahide Councils 7:30 pm

 

-Sat. -Spitfires Playoff Hockey, host Simcoe, 7:30 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer (see Tues. story)/Springfield (see Wed.) Ball Registrations

 

-Mon. – Aylmer Council, 3:30

 

 

OWNER OF BELMONT LOST CASH FOUND

 

BELMONT – (From Elgin OPP) – “Yesterday when friends of a 56 year old Malahide woman, who had recently lost a large sum of money, heard over the radio about a large quantity of money found in Belmont, they were hopeful. Their friend had told them about losing some money in the Belmont area last Wednesday. The friends  contacted the woman who in turn contacted the Elgin OPP and provide police with detailed information about the money.

As a result, police have been able to return the found money to the Malahide woman who was making deliveries in the Belmont area on the day the money was lost.  $900 in $100 bills was found scattered around in a 15 foot radius on Snyder Ave by a Belmont resident that day.

 

 

 

ELGIN STORM WATCH DOWNGRADED

 

(From Environment Canada, 5am today) – “A low will track northeast from Texas to Illinois today then track just south of Lake Erie on Friday. Snow associated with a trough ahead of this system will start spreading into Southern Ontario from Michigan and Lake Huron today. This low will intensify into a winter storm as it approaches Southern Ontario. The snow, heavy at times, is expected to continue well into Friday as the strong system passes just south of the Great Lakes. Travelling conditions will deteriorate and become hazardous tonight and all day Friday.

For regions near Lake Erie the storm watch has been ended. Ice pellets overnight and wet snow on Friday will reduce snow amounts. There is a risk of freezing rain as well.”

 

 

 

EEC COMPLEX HOSTS STARSKATE EVENT

 

(Contributed) – “The East Elgin Community Complex will host the 2013 STARSkate Championships and Adult Showcase on February 22 to 24. 500 skaters will compete in singles, dance and pairs with some categories a qualifying event to compete at the 2013 Skate Ontario STARSkate Championships and Skate Ontario Cup.

Of interest, fifteen year old Miracle Collins is competing in STARSkate Junior Bronze  representing the Port Stanley Skating Club. Miracle also skates with the Aylmer Skating Club. Admission is $5 per day. For the complete competition schedule, visit the Skate Canada Western Ontario website at http://www.skatingwos.on.ca/competitions/12sssch.pdf. “

 

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY

 

Among Agenda items:

-A request by East Elgin Community Assistance for a $2000 grant in view of a 17 per cent increase in users and a similar reduction in donations in the past year.

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -APAC Presents – Alex Cuba; 7:30; OTH Theatre (see ad)

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

 

-Sat. -Spitfires Playoff Hockey, host Simcoe, 7:30 pm

-Sat. -Aylmer (see Tues. story)/Springfield (see Wed.) Ball Registrations

 

 

 

CASH FOUND IN BELMONT

 

(From Elgin OPP) – A large sum of cash was located in the area of Snyder Ave, in Belmont.  The cash was found by a local resident and turned into police Thursday. Police are looking to identify the owner of the money. If you have information, contact the Elgin OPP at 519-631-2920.

 

 

 

ELGIN SNOW WATCH THURS. EVENING

 

Environment Canada has issued a snow watch for Elgin for tomorrow:  ”An Alberta clipper will combine with a Texas low to bring a significant snowfall to most of Southern Ontario. Light snow will begin from west to east Thursday with heavier snow Thursday night into Friday. Current indications are that the highest snow amounts will occur north of a line from Grand Bend to Hamilton to Kingston. General snow amounts of 10 to 15 cm are possible with this event.”

 

 

 

SIMCOE 7 AYLMER SPITFIRES 2

 

SIMCOE – Simcoe bounced back in their Niagara Western Junior C playoff series by decisioning Aylmer Spitfires 7-2 here last night. Aylmer still holds a 2-1 edge in their best of seven affair.  Simcoe outshot Aylmer 49-36 and had a 4-0 edge after two periods. Todd Laurindo and Scott Walker garnered Aylmer markers. The fourth game is set for Saturday in Aylmer.

 

 

Period 1
SimcoeZack Van Louwe (Braden Roberts, Wade Metz) 9:56
SimcoeZack Van Louwe (unassisted) 13:15
SimcoeConner Robinson (power play) (Clayton Chalmers, Brett Lewis) 19:31
Period 2
SimcoeBraden Walker (Conner Robinson, Wade Metz) 16:10
Period 3
AylmerTodd Laurindo (Trevor Stewart) 0:42
SimcoeBrad Herriott (unassisted) 7:25
SimcoeBraden Walker (Conner Robinson, Alex Gamble) 11:56
AylmerScott Walker (unassisted) 14:23
SimcoeBraden Walker (Jamie Kelly) 16:48

 

 

 

SPRINGFIELD BALL REGISTRATION SAT.

 

(Contributed) –  Springfield Brewers Children’s Fastball Registration will be this Saturday from 3:30 to 5 pm and again on March 2 from 3:30 to 5 pm at Malahide Community Place. There are divisions for players between the ages of 4-14. See www.springfieldbrewers.com or contact info@springfieldbrewers.com or 519-269-3007 for more information.

 

 

 

BELMONT FAMILY DAY EVENT

 

(Contributed) – “The annual Belmont Hub Family Day event will be held Monday, February 18 from 10:30 am until 1 pm. Activities include: ball hockey for all ages, hockey skills challenges, snow sculpting and painting, a Chili Cook-Off and a Bey-Blade tournament. Contact Sue Beattie 644-1982 for more information.”

 

 

 

EEC COMPLEX SENIORS EVENT FEB. 19

 

The next ‘Seniors Day Out’ at the EEC Complex will be held on Tuesday, February 19. The program features: Planning Cooking for 1 or 2 – learn how to plan and prepare a nutritional meal with Doreen Wilson. The event goes from 9:30am  to 12:30pm and includes a morning activity (Shuffleboard or Skating) and lunch. Cost is $10.

 

 

 

100 YEARS OLD: FIRST LIBRARY BUILDING #4

 

(This is the fourth and final article on the 100th anniversary – March 1st, 1913 – of the building of the first library in Aylmer at the corner of Centre and Sydenham Streets) (This information is from the Aylmer Express, March 2/1913. Apparently this was Aylmer’s first experience with a lending library –the previous Mechanics Institute uptown has been a reading room – so the Express detailed the new procedure) “Neat labels tell us where to find fiction, history etc. If it is your first appearance you present yourself at the desk directly in front of the stairs and the librarian gives you a card upon payment of five cents and you go into the stack room, select your book, return with it to the librarian who enters the number of the card which is inserted in an envelope fastened on the inside of the cover of every book and it is safe until you want it again.

 

Too much credit cannot be given to the Board in bringing to a successful issue this great boon to our town. Some of the Board particulary Mr Rutherford (Aylmer High School Principal) and Miss Story have worked late and early to accomplish this. The Board consists of:  EWR Hill, Dan McGregor, Storey, Rutherford, JM Farthings and J. Gillett. (Canners owners David Marshall and JJ Nairn who donated the property for the building will also donate money for landscaping for the new grounds.)

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, Feb. 5/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -APAC Presents – Alex Cuba; 7:30; OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Sat. -Spitfires Playoff Hockey, host Simcoe, 7:30 pm

 

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL YESTERDAY:

 

(Contributed by Bill Murch)

 

-Concerning the request by Golden Community Builders to rent 15 spots in the downtown parking lots for the new apartment complex: “the matter was referred to staff for study. Staff were directed to consult with the BIA since the businesses have long standing concerns over the availability of parking in the downtown. Several Council members expressed their concerns over the removal of this many ‘public’ parking spaces from municipal parking lots.”

 

-Concerning the request by Councillor John Vandermeersch to eliminate evening council sessions and reduce the number of sessions monthly, “the motion was defeated in a 5-2 vote.”

 

-Concerning new voting procedures: “Staff were directed to continue to study the possibility of including voting through the internet along with the traditional voting practices for the 2014 municipal election. Some 44 other municipalities have used internet voting which in some instances doubled voter participation.”

 

 

 

AYLMER MINOR BALL SIGN-UP SAT.

 

(Information from AMBA President Mike Holmes) – “Aylmer Minor Ball will have a special registration and information session at the East Elgin Community Complex this Saturday, from 9:00am – 2:00pm. It will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions regarding the programs being offered this year and to register for the 2013 season. We will also be collecting donations of decent quality used baseball gloves. As always participants can register at the Aylmer Vet Clinic during business hours until April 1.

Email aylmerminorball@hotmail.com for additional info. Follow us on Facebook.”

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– January 28, 2013, Station #2,  Springwater Road, Medical Assist

 

– January 31, 2013, Station #2, Woolleyville Line, Medical Assist

 

– January 31, 2013, Station #1,  Rush Creek Line, Medical Assist

 

– February 1, 2013, Station # 4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

 

– February 2, 2013, Station #4,  York Line, Alarm Malfunction

 

 

 

EESS GRAD TO BROCK BBALL IN FALL

 

(Information from Michael Henry of CROWN Basketball – crownmagonline.com) – East Elgin’s Kira Cornelissen has made a commitment to play basketball with Brock University this fall. Kira averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds last season when EESS won the 2012 TVRAA South title. Brock is having a successful 2012-2013 season and was ranked as high as 7th nationally recently. Said Kira:  “Brock has some of the best post players in the country so being able to practice with them and learn from them will only make me a better basketball player.”  She will study Kinesiology as a major.

With the current high school basketball season cancelled, Kira is playing with the Tri-County Thunder of the JUEL league.

 

 

 

AMAZING DUO FOR AMAZING RACE

 

BELMONT – (Victoria and Bailey Player of Belmont are a mother-daughter team trying out for a spot in the upcoming Amazing Race Canada television program – even though Victoria has a disability. She provided this information:)  “The application requirements are to provide a short bio about yourself and your teammate and do a 3 minute video telling about yourself. (The video can be watched at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=azauCLfjwJk )

We decided to apply for Amazing Race because we love to travel and we love adventure and competition. They are going to film it in the spring and air it in the summer. The race is across Canada.

My husband Mike and I (nee Sumner) both graduated from EESS.  I’m 46, Bailey is 22. I had a farm accident in 1985 and had my left leg partially amputated.  The accident was on a tobacco farm at Highway 45 and  Springwater Road. It was our first day on a bulk kiln and unknowingly a girl pulled a pin that was holding the rack and the rack weighing half a ton fell on my left leg, partially severing my foot. It was surgically reattached but 30 surgeries later they had to amputate in April 2012.  I actually have 2 prosthesis, one for every day and one for the water. I’m now trying to get a running leg.

My favourite sport is cycling and Bailey’s is running. I think it is going to be very tough competition out there as everyone wants to be on the show.  But I have not seen any other mother daughter applicants. We are both very active in sports. Bailey plays intramural hockey at Western and works out at the gym. We do hot yoga, bike, kayak, and snowshoeing together. I play pick up hockey, cycle at the velodrome in the cool weather and do road cycling in the warmer weather. My amputation has been a positive experience, I can do more now than I have been able to do in a lot of years.”

 

 

 

AYLMER HEALTH SESSIONS

 

The East Elgin Family Health team is sponsoring information sessions at their pre diabetes  office at 424 Talbot west, south building, lower level on February 19 and 26 at 7 pm.  Information on such medical issues as being overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diaabetes, heart disease etc. will be available.  Call 773-3634 for more information.

 

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 4/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7:pm (see Thursday for agenda)

 

-Thu. -APAC Presents – Alex Cuba; 7:30; OTH Theatre (see ad)

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Mennill, Marjorie; of Aylmer; on Friday, in her 89th year. She was predeceased by her husband Joe. Survivors include: son Dave and Judy, of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Westminster Township and was a member of St. Paul’s United Church. Visitation was yesterday at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer. The funeral service will be held today at 11:00 am. from St. Pauls United Church.

 

-Reska, Hans Alfred (John); of RR 5, Aylmer, on Thursday, in his 86th year. Survivors include: wife Erna (Winter) Reska, son John Reska (Johanna) of Aylmer etc. He was born in Germany and moved to the Aylmer area to become a tobacco farmer in 1952. Visitation was yesterday. The funeral service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday at 11:30 am.

 

-Wieler, Susana; of Aylmer, passed away on Thursday, aged 61. Survivors include: husband Jakob Weiler; children Wilhelm (Sara),  Anna (Peter) Rempel, both of the Aylmer area etc.. She was born in Mexico. The funeral was held yesterday. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer.

 

 

 

SPITFIRES LEAD PLAYOFFS 2-0

 

AYLMER – The Spitfires jumped into a 2-0 lead in their Niagara Western Junior C playoff series with Simcoe by virtue of a weekend sweep. Friday in Simcoe the Spits broke open a tight game with three unanswered goals in the third period to cruise to a 7-4 victory. Brad Payne and Todd Laurindo had two markers each for the winners. Saturday at home Eric Nemeth had a goal and two assists as Aylmer again nipped the squad that finished just ahead of them in the standings. Other marksmen Friday were Mike Crawford, Jeff Bullas and Adam Szwed, who also drew three assists. Saturday, Rhys Thornton and Scott Walker also tallied for the Spits.

Next game in the best of seven series is Tuesday in Simcoe with the fourth game slated for Saturday in Aylmer.

 

 

SATURDAY’s GAME:

 

Period 1
AylmerRhys Thornton (Mark Edmonds, Eric Nemeth) 5:30
SimcoeKennan Hall (power play) (Clayton Chalmers) 19:05
Period 2
AylmerEric Nemeth (Todd Laurindo) 4:16
AylmerScott Walker (Eric Nemeth, Rhys Thornton) 13:04
Period 3
(no scoring)

 

FRIDAY’s GAME:

 

Period 1
SimcoeKennan Hall (Joey Latam, Darrin Pye) 2:58
Period 2
SimcoeClayton Chalmers (power play) (Kennan Hall) 0:36
AylmerTodd Laurindo (Adam Szwed) 8:14
AylmerMike Crawford (Adam Szwed, Brad Payne) 9:33
AylmerBrad Payne (power play) (Mike Crawford, Keaton McIntyre) 11:07
Period 3
SimcoeConner Robinson (Zack Van Louwe, Clayton Chalmers) 2:08
AylmerJeff Bullas (power play) (Mitch Roloson, Adam Brisson) 5:28
AylmerTodd Laurindo (Adam Szwed, Brad Payne) 11:02
AylmerAdam Szwed (Brad Payne, Scott Walker) 12:31
SimcoeNathan Kohler (power play) (Clayton Chalmers, Braden Roberts) 15:09
AylmerBrad Payne (empty net) (Scott Walker) 19:55

 

 

 

B.A.D. TOURNEY WAS ALSO FRIDAY

 

In response to inquiries, the B.A.D. (Belmont Aylmer Dorchester) girls’ hockey organization did run a tournament in four divisions , ages 7 to 14, all day Friday (as well as Saturday and Sunday). Said President Tori Sheils: “The tournament has always ran on Fridays, all  tournaments that are offered throughout the season in other centres are on Fridays as well. We have never had concerns from teams concerning children missing school or parents not being able to be there.” Said Theresa Klachan, EEC Complex Manager: “Traditionally, the B.A.D. Girls Hockey Tournament runs on the Friday. Depending on scheduling requirements, AMHA has occasionally also run tournaments on a Friday.”

 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

-Aylmer Police charged a 55 year old Aylmer man with a bail violation Saturday at 11 am after he was spotted exiting the LCBO while on a prohibition from doing so due to an assault charge in December.

 

-In Elgin Court recently, a St. Catherines man was found guilty of domestic assault arising from an incident in May involving an Aylmer woman and was given a conditional discharge for nine months.

 

-Also in court recently a 17 year old Aylmer male was given a conditional discharge for six months after he was charged in October with marijuana possession.

 

 

 

FAMILY DAY SKATING AT EEC COMPLEX

 

Family Day, Monday February 18, at the EEC Complex will feature three skating sessions open to the public: Family Skate goes from 10-12; Shinny Hockey is from 12-2; and Figure Skating is from 2-4 pm. (There is a minimal cost for each.)

 

 

 

AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

A 35 year old Malahide man was charged with making a turn not in safety after his pickup truck hit a car driven by a 17 year old Springfield male Thursday about 11am at the corner of Queen and Talbot St. east. The truck was attempting to turn left on to Talbot from Queen south when it collided with the eastbound car on Talbot. The car driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

 

 

 

ANOTHER ACCIDENT

 

A 37 year old Malahide female was charged with failing to yield after her van hit a pickup truck driven by a 53 year old Aylmer male Tuesday around 11am at the intersection of John St. north and Spruce. The woman was attempting to turn on to John from Spruce  when she hit the truck which was turning left on to Spruce while southbound on John st.

 

 

 

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FRIDAY, Feb. 1st/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. -Spitfires Hockey Playoff: Host Simcoe 7:30

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

 

TILLSONBURG WEATHER ALERT:

 

“Environment Canada has issued a Snowsquall Watch for: Woodstock – Tillsonburg – Oxford County. Locally heavy flurries in the area may become more organized later this morning, forming snow squall bands. The primary hazards associated with snow squalls are very poor and fluctuating visibilities due to narrow bands of heavy snow and blowing snow, along with rapidly accumulating snow on roadways, resulting in dangerous driving conditions.”

 

 

 

OTTER VALLEY NATURALISTS FEB. 11

 

The next meeting of the Otter Valley Naturalists Club is Monday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Port Burwell Public School. The topic is: ‘On Safari in East Africa’ with Tony and Gillian Davey who will talk about Kenya, Tanzania and beyond in a photo and video presentation.

 

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“I read with interest that the new downtown apartment building now needs 15 parking spaces. I think everyone in Aylmer was wondering when the building was approved where they were going to park. It seems to me that with all the so called studies and consultants the town pays for to see if these projects will be feasible it all comes down to asking the public their opinion. Now the parking lot spaces will be taken and we will need to find more because the lot is full most of the time now. Nice building but with no parking.” (Bob Nesbitt)

 

 

 

NO KREIGER VS. UWO

 

EESS grad and second-year player Tessa Kreiger did not dress Wednesday when her University of Windsor womens’ basketball team travelled to London to play UWO. Coach Chantal Vallee emailed TANews and said Tessa has mono and would be out indefinitely. University of Windsor, ranked first in Canada, defeated UWO.

 

 

 

ELGIN OFA BANQUET SATURDAY

 

(This Saturday is the annual banquet of the Elgin branch of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. Information from Roberta Gillard Secretary-Administrator of the Elgin OFA office) “The winners of awards at our banquet are: Aylmer Express will be receiving the Elgin Federation of Ag / Elgin Business Resource Ag Business Award for their coverage and promotion of agriculture in Elgin County.  The 2012 Elgin County Kettle Creek Agricultural Conservation  Scholarship winner, Kari Huras will be formally recognized. Unfortunately, there will not be anyone inducted into the Elgin County Ag Hall of Fame this year.”

 

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q-Super Bowl Fan?

 

1.Will not watch it  51.28%  (60 votes)    

2. Will watch it all; a big fan  19.66%  (23 votes)  

4.Will watch some of it  16.24%  (19 votes)  

3. Will watch it; not a big fan  12.82%  (15 votes)  

 

Total Votes: 117

 

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

  

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

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

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, Jan. 31/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. -Spitfires Hockey Playoff: Host Simcoe 7:30

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

 

Another view of Catfish Creek  flooding yesterday – looking west from the Myrtle St. bridge.  (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

 

ALEX CUBA IN AYLMER

 

Latin singer Alex Cuba will appear at the Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre next Thursday in a special weekday performance as part of the Aylmer Performing Arts series. (Tickets are $25; available at Campbells II – see tomorrow’s ad).

(Contributed) – “Alex Cuba is on an eight country tour to promote his new album – Ruido En El Sistema / Static in the System. Although a native of Cuba, “Ruido sees Alex continuing to build his made-in-Canada musical vision: it’s a style of “world music” born out of Alex’s desire to rediscover the heart of Cuban music – by retrieving it out from under its layers of rhythmic complexity, simplifying its melodies and colouring it with shades of pop, rock, funk and soul.” Ruido climbed to #6 on the iTunes U.S. Latin chart. In November he took home his second Latin Grammy Award –for Best Tropical Song for “Toma Mi Vida. Alex won Canada’s first ever Latin Grammy award in 2010, taking home the prize for Best New Artist.”

 

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL AGENDA FOR MONDAY 

 

Among agenda items to be discussed:

-Councillor Vandermeersch is proposing that all Council sessions begin at 3:30 pm to accommodate the work schedule of one councillor and that council meets no more than twice monthly (a third meeting, if necessary)

-A.C.T. is asking Council for a grant this year of $4375 (they haven’t made a request previously) –  due to “increased town administrative costs”

-A company is proposing that the town purchase LED streetlights

 

APT. COMPLEX REQUESTS TOWN PARKING SITES

 

Golden Community Builders, which is constructing the soon to be completed Aylmer Trillium Park apartment complex at John and Sydenham Streets, is asking Council Monday for 15 spaces in the town parking lots downtown. In a letter to Council on Monday’s agenda, HG Rempel, Chair of GCB, outlines the following:

-GCB is concerned about parking for residents who do not have an indoor space, especially  seniors.

-the town currently offers assigned spaces for 24/7 in the two downtown lots for $450 each

-GCB needs 15 spaces on March 1st,  the preference is in a block as close to the complex as possible.

-GCB will be responsible for snow clearing and signage hopefully at a cost of $500 each

 

 

 

100 YRS AGO: FIRST LIBRARY BUILDING (#3)

 

(This is the third in a series of four articles on the 100th anniversary of the building of the old Library at the corner of Centre and Sydenham Streets. This article is taken from the Aylmer Express, March 2/1913) – “The Carnegie library is finished and the public are in possession. It is an imposing structure and it is safe to say we are all proud of it. Standing where it does and built of red pressed brick with white facings it commands attention from everyone who sees it. The inside is also nice. Passing up some dozen or so steps half of them inside the building you land in the library proper and you are struck by a feeling of cozyness,  comfort and probably a clash of luxury in the rooms on either side of you. The metal ceiling tinted to match the walls, the comfortable chairs, the fine lamps and the thick cork matting certainly gives one a satisfied feeling and if grateful you think that the library board has done its duty. The entire west part of this floor with the exception of a small board room is dedicated to the books and there are nearly 6000 of them.”

 

 

 

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