Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

TUESDAY, Aug. 25/15



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wednesday/Thursday 




-Erie Shores Wind Public Meetings, 6-7:30 pm at both the EEC Complex and Vienna Community Centre


-Thu -Southwest Soccer Playoffs; Aylmer FC hosts Talbotville, 6:30 pm, Steen Park

-Sat – Straffordville Watermelon Fest





(Information from Malahide Fire Chief Brent Smith) – “On Wednesday August 12, around 11 pm, a fire occurred at a residence on Hacienda Road between Talbot Line and Dingle St.; the cause was accidental with the strong possibility of careless discard of smoking materials; estimated $75,000 in damages; on scene until 1 am. The family woke to smoke alarms going off. The fire was between bedrooms and an exit; if it were not for working smoke alarms this would have had a completely different outcome.”





 OASA "A" Champions - Weekend Aug 15th/16th- Ponsonby, ON   Saturday - 1st Game- vs. West Carleton Win 15 to 0 2nd Game- vs. Napanee Loss 8-4   Sunday Quarter Finals- vs. Curve Lake Win 12 to 5 Semi Finals- vs. Durham Win 4 to 1 Finals- Extra Innings vs. Napanee 6 to 5   Gold Medal Winners   Qualified for A division earlier in July    Also ORSA Champions and Gold Medal Winners in Stratford Tournament   The team would really like to thank their sponsors Cervus Equipment Peterbilt and Zap's Tree Service.   Team Members- Front Row- Branden Ostrander, Ryan Smith, Tyler DeSerranno, Seth VanBommel Middle Row- Zachary Winkworth, Fisher Ward, Dustin Farrow, Austin Cook, Gregory Killough, Holden Gibbons, Logan Cummings Back Row- Coaching Staff- Mark Steele, Thom Kennedy, Greg Ward, Doug Gibbons Absent- Tristan Healy, Myles Pratt, Coach Mark McCallum

The Springfield Atoms are OASA “A” Champions after winning a tourney on August 15th/16th in Ponsonby, Ontario. Springfield defeated Curve Lake 12 to 5 in the quarter finals, Durham 4-1 in the semifinals and Napnee 6-5 in extra innings in the finals for the title.They were also ORSA champions. Team Members are:Front Row- Branden Ostrander, Ryan Smith, Tyler DeSerranno, Seth VanBommel; Middle Row- Zachary Winkworth, Fisher Ward, Dustin Farrow, Austin Cook, Gregory Killough, Holden Gibbons, Logan Cummings
Back Row- Coaches- Mark Steele, Thom Kennedy, Greg Ward,Doug Gibbons. Absent- Tristan Healy, Myles Pratt, Coach Mark McCallum (contributed)





Theresa Klachan, General Manager of the EEC Complex since 2004, resigned recently. Said Aylmer Administrator Jenny Reynaert on plans for her replacement: “Regarding future plans, there is a joint council meeting and EECC interim board meeting scheduled on September 2.  I expect there to be discussions/direction regarding the vacancy at this meeting.”





Aylmer FC finished in second place in the seven team Southwest Soccer league, despite forfeiting two of their final five games. Aylmer lost by forfeit to Railway City and Southwold and was also beaten 2-0 by Glencoe before winning 3-1 over Mt. Brydges and 5-0 over Talbotville in the final weeks. Their record was 10 wins, 5 loses and 3 ties. They now play a two game, total goals quarter finals playoff series with Talbotville with the opening match there tonight and the second contest on Thursday in Aylmer.





(Contributed) AYLMER – U-Haul Company (Canada) Ltd. recently announced that King Storage on John St. north has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer. They will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pick-up for boxes. Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 9 am.-4:30 pm. Monday-Friday and 8 am.-noon Saturday.





(Contributed) –  The County of Elgin and the Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC) announce the launch of the Enterprise Elgin business plan competition. The competition is designed to foster business development in Elgin through new business initiatives as well as business expansions. Contestants may submit business ideas in any field, including services, manufacturing, distribution, health care, internet, consumer products, retail, technology, and other fields of commercial endeavor. Five finalists will be asked to present their business plan before a panel of judges on October 22. The judges will select one winner who will receive a prize package worth over $10,000. The package includes over $3000 in cash, graphic design and website services, free commercial banking, one-year of rent-free office space and memberships in local business organizations. The Competition is directed at for-profit businesses including start-ups as well as expansions of existing companies. To be eligible for the prize package, contestants of the business plan competition must agree to locate the company’s principal place of business in Elgin County (outside St. Thomas city limits) at the time of the award. The submissions will close on September 30. Applications are be available at Elgin Business Resource Centre locations in Aylmer (516 John St. N, Aylmer.




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MONDAY, Aug. 24/15








-McKnight, Gwendolyn Grace of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in her 98th year. She was born in Malahide and lived most of her life at Dunboyne. The funeral service was held at the Kebbel Funeral Home, Monday.


-Driedger, Katharina of Tillsonburg and Aylmer passed away August 12 in her 67th year. Arrangements with the Kebbel Funeral Home. The funeral service was held August 24.


-Reymer, Annie Johanna (Hebing) of Woodham passed away on Thursday, aged 73. Survivors: husband Gerry Reymer; three children including Andre (Christine) of Aylmer etc.. The funeral service will be held at the Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter Tuesday at 1:30 pm.


-Burgess, John “Russell” Burgess of Tillsonburg and formerly of Springfield and Brownsville passed away Thursday at the age of 92 years. Survivors: wife Edith (Leach) Burgess; five children including Margaret Ann Babcock (George) of Aylmer and Nancy Pitter of Vienna etc.., The funeral service was held today; arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.





– August 10, 2015, Station #3,  College Line, Medical Assist

– August 10, 2015, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– August 11, 2015, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– August 12, 2015, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– August 12, 2015, Station #2 #1, #3 and #4, 9275 Hacienda Road, Fire

– August 15, 2015, Station #2, Talbot Line, Burn Complaint

– August 16, 2015, Station #3,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– August 16, 2015, Station #2,  Hacienda Road, Burn Complaint





COPENHAGEN – (From Elgin OPP) –  Elgin OPP are currently investigating several break and enters to residences on Rush Creek Line just west of Imperial Rd in Malahide. The first break and enter occurred sometime overnight between 12:30 am and 5:30 am on August 16th while the homeowners were asleep in their bedroom. The suspect(s) entered the residence via an unlocked door inside the attached garage and stole a black HP laptop computer, a pair of Nike Shock shoes, and a multitude of other items. A shed on the property was also entered and camouflage hunting jackets, a competition crossbow and aluminum case for the bow were taken.


The second break and enter occurred around 3 am on August 16th and police believe it to be linked to the other break and enter. Again the suspect(s) entered the residence via an unlocked door while the homeowner was asleep and took: a cell phone, a visa card and a debit card. Several unlocked vehicles were also entered in the area that same evening. Police believe these entries to be linked to the break and enters.





The Elgin Health Unit issued the second 2015 HEAT ALERT for East Elgin for the weekend of August 14 as Environment Canada was forecasting that temperatures were expected to climb into the low thirties resulting in humidex readings reaching close to 40 for both Sunday and Monday.




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THURSDAY, Aug. 13/15







– Tricounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Pt. Burwell, 8pm (end)


-Fri -Eastlink Free Swimming, 1:30-4pm

-Fri-Sun -Fred Eaglesmith at Springwater

-Sat- Aylmer Cornfest





(Contributed) – The Malahide Firefighter’s Association will be hosting their first Annual Car, Truck & Bike Show on Saturday, August 22 at the Saxonia Hall. The show will be from 9am to 3pm, with exhibitor entry by donation and free public viewing. It is a fundraising event for equipment purchases. Said Ryan DeSutter of the MFS: “Our event is open to a wide variety of vehicles, basically any automobile that is interesting or has a special meaning to the person who wants to show it off.”





-Morse, Winnifred Ruth “Winnie” of Valleyview Home, St. Thomas and formerly of Richmond passed away Monday in her 91st year. Wife of the late “Pete” Glen Morse. Survivors: five children including Tom Morse (Tracey) and David Morse, both of Richmond etc.. Visitation on Thursday 7-9 pm and Friday 10-10:45 am at the Kebbel Funeral Home with the funeral service there Friday at 11 am.


-Klassen, Isaak of Langton passed away Saturday in his 48th year. Survivors: wife Agatha (Loeppky) Klassen; ten children etc.. He was born in Mexico. The visitation was at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home yesterday. The funeral will be held at the Reinland Mennonite Church, Aylmer on Thursday at 2 pm.


-Baker, Joyce (Forberg) of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer and formerly of St. Thomas passed away Wednesday aged 88. Beloved wife of the late Ronald Arthur Baker (1997). A service will be held at the Williams Funeral Home in St.Thomas on Saturday at 11 am with visitation one hour before.





(Contributed) – The annual Aylmer Cornfest will be held downtown on Saturday. There will be childrens’ activities in Balmoral Park (new this year is a Mickey Learning Park ) from 10 am-2 pm, wagon rides uptown, a corn bbq over the lunch hour (to support BAD girls hockey) and the Derrick Drover Band will perform from 11 am-1 pm. As well, there will also be sidewalk sales from participating merchants.





(Jean Matheson of Aylmer passed away Monday. TANews asked readers to share experiences they had with her, especially in the JOY class she founded at St.Paul’s United Church:)

-Chris Dancey – I’m happy to see the photo of her wearing a hat. She was always stylish and smiling.

-Melissa McDowell-Buro – She taught me what JOY stands for and so many lessons, many of which I have only started to realize. I will always treasure our times together whether it was squished in her car with probably 10 or more girls, in her beautiful home singing while she played the piano or while on a bus on one of our trips. You have touched so many lives.

-Trillian Golginfrachans -She really was an angel on earth. We could count how many silly pop cans wrapped in foil with a flower and card we delivered, perhaps we could estimate how many veterans heard us sing or visited with us, or count the number of families that received her care packages, tally up the number of seniors and “shut ins” we took out for dinner and a drive, but what we can’t count is the ripple effect… She inspired us to do good things, to be more kind, more patient.

-Laura Dohnt -Mrs. M. as she was known to us was the most remarkable lady in Aylmer. She never stopped – always thinking of others and her church. I would visit weekly to listen to stories. She would play the piano & sing. Her smile will never be forgotten.

-Pam Nesbitt -I too am one of the privileged girls who was a JOY girl and will cherish the memories. She has affected so many with her dedication to her faith, the giving of herself to her girls, her family and her community and lived up to her “JOY” class message and put Jesus first, Others next, and herself (Yourself) last.

Marianne Kirby -Yes! I too remember being a Joy girl! We car pooled to the hospital with our jars with fresh flowers she had donated from funerals, churches etc!

-Char Ierullo -I was a JOY girl too! Loved going to the ice cream store after we finished delivering the flowers at the hospital. Mrs M would always make sure all of us girls had money to buy a cone.

-Bernice Shebeck -I was a Joy girl in the early 90s. She embodied the word joy as she stood at the counter with her coffee at her side and the card box in front of her.

-MJ Huller Mackenzie -Such a beautiful soul. Every JOY girl has the fondest memories of our time with her .

-Kathy Devine-Ketchabaw -I was a member of the JOY class in the 60s. Went to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital every week and several times to Westminster Hospital with her and the other girls. The patients were always so happy to receive their bouquet… Jean Matheson was a wonderful lady.





Malahide and Bayham councils recently signed agreements with Capstone (Erie Shores Wind Farm) to allow for the development of more wind turbines including a transmission corridor to Aylmer. Capstone plans to apply to the Ontario regulatory board this fall for approval. Capstone held public meetings in Aylmer and Eden earlier in the summer to provide information on their plans.

(Information from Malahide clerk’s office) – At the Malahide Council meeting on August 6 council first heard from resident Hank Wortelboer regarding concerns about the project in Malahide. They then directed Mayor Dave Mennill to sign a Municipal Council Support Resolution and a Municipal Agreement for the proposed construction of the Erie Shores Wind Farm 2 project. Bayham Council did the same on August 6.

According to the Capstone website, the present Erie Shores Wind Farm is a 99 MW development constructed in 2006 in the two townships and Houghton in Norfolk between Copenhagen and Clear Creek. Over 5,260 hectares of farmland was used to erect 66 GE wind turbines. The power is transmitted via a 30 kilometre 115 kV transmission line  to Tillsonburg to feed into the Ontario electricity market. It  generates approximately 278,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy per year. It is described as one of the largest wind power facilities in Ontario.

Capstone is now proposing to develop a Erie Shores Wind Farm 2  to generate up to 70 MW of additional electricity. The Project will also include construction of ancillary infrastructure, including access roads, an electrical collector system, a transformer substation etc.. The two corridor routes: Sawmill Road/Walker Road north from the Turbine Site Study Area to headwest on Glencolin Line, then south on Imperial Road to north of Aylmer and Carter Road north from the Turbine Site Study Area to head west on GlencolinLine, then south on Imperial Road to north of Aylmer.



1- Explain the agreement – The agreement states that the township will have the final say over where the transmission line goes on the road allowance.  They  are compensating the township $25,000.00 per year for administrative time spent on the wind farm.

2-How many turbines are to be built in Malahide; how many are there presently? – Because nothing has been finalized, it is difficult to say, but the proposal is for 70 megawatts with each new tower producing 2.5 megawatts. There will be approximately 20 windmills in Malahide and 10 in Bayham.  Currently, we have 12 windmills in Malahide.

3-Your feelings on this project? – I support the project.  Malahide will receive $2.8 million over the 20 year period.

4-Have there been concerns expressed? – I have not received one complaint regarding turbines in Malahide.  On the contrary, at the open house held by Capstone, the vast majority were there to investigate the possibility of having a windmill on their property.




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John Neusteter submitted this video of the Pro Modified Demo Derby event at the Aylmer Fair Saturday.

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TUESDAY, Aug. 11/15







-Southwest Soccer; Aylmer FC hosts Glencoe; 7 pm; Steen Park


-Wed -Tricounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Woodstock, 8:30 pm

-Thu- Tricounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Pt. Burwell, 8pm (end)

-Fri -Eastlink Free Swimming, 1:30-4pm

-Fri-Sun -Fred Eaglesmith at Springwater

-Sat- Aylmer Cornfest





-Straffordville (2-17) this week plays Hickson, Pt. Burwell and Woodstock (end of schedule)

-Pt. Burwell (4-15) lost to Innerkip 16-2 Friday; this week plays Woodstock, Burgessville and Straffordville (end)





Jean Matheson who resided at the Mary Bucke Nursing Home in St.Thomas and was formerly of Aylmer passed away Monday, aged 97. She was born in Malahide, the daughter of Ernest and Elizabeth Dell and lived most of her life in her family’s heritage home at the corner of Pine and King St..  She was a 30-year member of the Aylmer Heritage Committee. Her home, which her parents purchased from a well known Aylmer merchant family the Binghams in 1935, (and until its recent sale had seen only two owners) was the first residence historically designated in town in 1983. She was a legal secretary for Doyle and Prendergast for 42 years until her retirement – in the past decade!


In 1960 ‘Mrs. M.’ founded the JOY (Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last) Class for teenage girls at St Pauls United Church. Jean and her successive classes of girls drove to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital weekly taking bouquets of flowers and cards to the many patients. They also often visited the war veterans in London at  Westminster Veterans Hospital and then Parkwood Hospital and they frequently took seniors out on bus trips. The JOY Class terminated in 2000 when Jean turned 82. She also was known to many uptown as the well dressed lady “with the fancy hats.” (See yesterday’s report for funeral details.)





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 48 year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to stop after her car, travelling east on South St., failed to stop and struck a van at the Caverly Road intersection, on July 28 at 3:30 pm; both vehicles had to be towed.





The Caverly Road construction project to replace a sewer line began yesterday – expected completion is the end of October. Once done the roadway will also include the painting of sharrows and signage to indicate shared lanes on both sides for bicycle traffic.





Anthony Petersen, Malahide Drainage Supervisor, reports that the sidewalk  in Lyons has now been finished; it is on the west side south of the corner.




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MONDAY, Aug. 10/15





-Tue -Southwest Soccer; Aylmer FC hosts Glencoe; 7 pm; Steen Park





(McTaggart, Armstrong Dewar and Owen Insurance on Talbot St west received approval from Aylmer Council Tuesday for a Community Improvement Plan grant of $2500 to restore the Aylmer History mural on their west exterior wall. The mural was completed in Millennium year (2000) by artist Rick Johnson when the building was owned by Hewbank Paints. The mural required repairs a few years ago when it was vandalized. Cathy Fallowfield of MADO Insurance provides more information:)

-What are problems with the mural currently? – Large sections of the paint are peeling off. Cement needs to be repaired.

-Who will do the work and when? – Daniel Tamborro has begun the process of removing the sections that have started to peel away from the cement. The damaged cement has been repaired. When all has been done there will be a permanent protective coating put on to preserve this mural for years to come.

-Why apply for a grant for this project? – The mural is a “pistoric”  record of Aylmer’s history. McTaggart Armstrong employees take pride in the community in which they live and the people they serve every day… and want to preserve this mural. We trust the town of Aylmer appreciates this mural and takes pride in the history written on our walls and so to help with the cost we submitted an application for funding.”





-August 9 – Vehicle fire on Plank Rd for Station 2

-August 9 – Medical call on Fulton St in Port Burwell for Station 1





-Matheson, Jean of St.Thomas and formerly of Aylmer passed away today. Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm with the service there on Saturday at 11 am.





– August 5, 2015, Station #1,  Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– August 5, 2015, Station #1, Colen Street, Medical Assist

– August 7, 2015, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– August 8, 2015, Station #4, Belmont Road, MVC

 (*10 pm, close to Lyons Line, one vehicle accident, female extricated from vehicle in ditch and transported to hospital)





(Information from Aylmer Fair Board secretary Elaine Earhart) – “The fair attendance surpassed the past  5 years, it was great! The Senior Ambassador is Erin Unger, our Junior Ambassador is Kelsey Antonissen. Everything went very well and now the volunteers need a few days of rest to get back to normal.”





-Last week: Railway City 3 Aylmer FC (8-2-3, third) 0





(Court documents provided by Paul Shipway, CAO of Bayham) – In a recent decision, Justice Kelly Gorman of the Ontario Superior court ruled against Will Arlow, a Bayham resident, who challenged the legality of last fall’s municipal vote in Bayham. Arlow contended that there was too great a vote disparity between the total number of votes cast and those totals for each candidate. In court, Bayham responded that the discrepancy in vote totals was due to fact that voters may not vote for all the candidates. Justice Gorman agreed and dismissed Arlow’s challenge and in a July decision ordered Arlow to pay costs to Bayham of $2000.




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THURSDAY, Aug. 6/15



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish FRIDAYS this summer




-Thu -Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts Railway City, 7pm, Steen Park

-Thu -Malahide Council, 7pm


-Fri -Tricounty Fastball; Pt Burwell hosts Innerkip, 8pm

-Fri-Sun -Aylmer Fair (see ad)

-Sun -Tricounty Fastball; Straffordville hosts Hickson, 8pm





(Information from Katherine Thompson, Elgin County Marketing CoOrdinator) – Recipients of this year’s Elgin International Plowing Match Legacy Agricultural Scholarships.are: Anita Rastapkevicius of West Elgin, Michael Jenkins of Malahide and Travis Caughell of Southwold. In 2011, the county created a $50,000 scholarship fund to be distributed over 10 years; the money is the legacy left from the 2010 International Plowing Match hosted by Elgin. Jenkins, of Belmont,  is studying agriculture at the University of Guelph Ridgetown College.





-Sidor, (Graves) Hazel Irene (Flagg) of Heritage Place, Aylmer passed away today in her 87th year. Wife of the late Warren Graves(1981) and the late William(Bill) Sidor(2002). Survivors: two children including Ken Graves (Brenda) of Aylmer and one stepchild etc. .She was born in Malahide. Visitation Friday 7-8:30 pm. and Saturday 10-11 am at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home with the service held there on Saturday at 11 am.


-Greenside, Norma of Chartwell Retirement Residence Aylmer passed away Wednesday aged 91. Cremation has taken place with inurnment at a later date. Funeral arrangements are with Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg.





Friday, MP Joe Preston announced that Bayham will receive up to $250,000 funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Programe for renovations to the Straffordville Community Centre. Recently, Bayham decided to close this hall as well as the Eden Community Centre.





-Innerkip 12 Straffordville (2-17) 4

-Tavistock 6 Pt Burwell (4-14) 4;Harwood 11 Pt Burwell 2;Innerkip 7 Pt Burwell 6





Among comments/decisions made last night at a joint Aylmer-Malahide Councils meeting on the EEC Complex:


1.Solar Panels at the EECC: Aylmer Co. Ted McDonald noted he understood the councils could make over $3 million ($170,000 for each of 20 years) to go towards the EECC debt with a solar project at the EECC. Jamie Kent of KBRE, a local solar consultant, who was present offered to do the application for this project for free with $700 required for the application and $4000 for security fees if Council will repay him if they get a contract and have their security fee refunded. There was some discussion on the roof capacity and durability. The next window for making an application is early October. The Councils deferred a decision until their next meeting on September 2 to allow Mr. Kent to make his proposal formal.

2.Reducing Office Hours: To save money the councils were considering reducing the office hours from 5 pm to 4:30 pm – saving $2500. The decision was not to make a change considering the amount. They also agreed to reconsider at the next meeting the recent decision to not rehire co-op students to help with programming.

3.Hall Rentals: Staff was directed to keep the ‘rolling six month ‘ schedule for bookings.

4.Tech budget:The EECC is purchasing  new software for online scheduling and developing a new web site.

5.Concession rebate: An application from concession owner Nathan Smale to recoup some losses due to the summer ice removal earned support from Aylmer council but a rejection by Malahide so the issue was deferred to the new EECC governance committee in September.

6.The artiificial turf experiment with the ice out, it was reported, did not break even.

7. Anchor tenant for EECC halls: Municipal staff indicated they needed more direction on the guidelines for finding a permanent anchor for the EECC halls. It was noted that Ontario had given their consent to proceed but there were other issues to be addressed ie. a legal opinion on the rights of firms that have their name attached to various facilities if the rental proceeds. Councils agreed to seek a legal view on this item but other concerns were also deferred to the September meeting.





(From Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit) – The water at the following beaches in East Elgin is tested weekly by Elgin St. Thomas Public Health for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination: Springwater Conservation Area, Port Bruce, Port Burwell Main Beach and Port Burwell Provincial Park. As of August 6, no beach is posted as Unsuitable for Swimming.





(Comment by Aylmer Fair Secretary Elaine Earhart) – “The Aylmer Fair Board wants to return to a 4 day fair because we always were a 5 day fair and we would like to take it back that way. We are also growing in numbers again with great ideas and spirit on the Board. We are looking at doing this for next year as it is a milestone year of 170 years of the fair. We are striving for a parade to open the fair maybe on the Thursday and possibly fireworks, however this all has to be worked out officially.”





Among decisions made by Aylmer Council meeting on Tuesday were:

-approves the grant request in the amount of $2,500 as set out in the quote from Daniel Tamboro Fine Art (for the restoration of the mural on the McTaggart, Armstrong, Dewar, and Owen Insurance building)

-general discussion, with no action to be taken at this time, (on a proposed MTO study for a Highway #3 bypass)

-that the following actions be taken with respect to the request from Deputy Mayor French about expanding the Aylmer Library footprint: that the request be referred to staff for a future report to Council.




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TUESDAY, August 4/15



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wednesday




-Aylmer Council, 4:30 pm

-Tricounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Harwood; 8pm


-Wed -Tricounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Tavistock, 8:30 pm

-Wed -Joint Aylmer-Malahide Councils EEC Complex, 7pm

-Thu -Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts Railway City, 7pm, Steen Park

-Thu -Malahide Council, 7pm

-Fri-Sun -Aylmer Fair (see ad)





-Brown, Donald Arthur of RR4, Aylmer passed away today, aged 77.  Survivors: wife Ella Mae (Rodgers) Brown; children David Brown and Darlene Johnson (Dean) of RR4, Aylmer etc.. He was born in Malahide and was a dairy farmer and a founding member of Malahide Fire Dept #2. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 6-9 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral. The funeral service will be held there on Thursday at 11 am.


-Fulton, Arlene M. (Beauregard) of Aylmer and formerly of Port Stanley passed away Thursday in her 75th year. Survivors: husband Robert Fulton; two children etc.. A Public memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas on Thursday at 3 pm with visitation from 1-3 pm.





Among agenda items for Aylmer Council at today’s meeting:

-an application to receive CIP grant money to repair the Aylmer History mural on the west wall of McTaggart, Armstrong, Dewar and Owen Insurance on Talbot west

-discussion on the implications of a proposed MTO study on a Highway #3 bypass

-requesting a staff report on leasing options for the Aylmer library





-Monday, July 27, Station 2 Straffordville called out to assist South West Oxford for a structure fire on Brownsville Rd.





-Last week – Aylmer FC (8-1-3 = 2nd) 2 MIB 2





– July 20, 2015, Station #4 , #3, 2603 Avon Drive, Electric Shock

– July 21, 2015, Station #3,  Springfield Road, MVC

– July 21, 2015, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– July 22, 2015, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– July 25, 2015, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– July 25, 2015, Station #2,  Woolleyville Line, Medical Assist

– July 26, 2015, Station #2,  Walker Road, Medical Assist

– July 26, 2015, Station #1,  Colen Street, Medical Assist

– July 26, 2015, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– July 28, 2015, Walker Road, Medical Assist

– July 29, 2015,  Colen Street, Medical Assist

– August 1, 2015,  Levi Street, Medical Assist





(Information from Elaine Earhart, Secretary of the East Elgin Agricultural Fair Board:) – “The 168th edition of the 3-day Aylmer Fair begins this weekend – Friday to Sunday. Advance all day ride vouchers are on sale at the fairgrounds before the fair for $20.00; after that they will be $30.00. Campbell Amusements will be on the grounds. Gate admission is the same. We are especially proud to announce the Junior Fair Board (JBOD) for this years fair.  They are the younger version of our Senior Board of Directors.  The grandstand shows: On Friday at 6 pm will be a Monster Truck to crush cars. The Junior/Senior Ambassador competitions have been held already and they will be crowned at the Opening ceremonies on Friday. We will then have the Car Challenge Fiasco. As well Friday has free admission for children until 6pm with childrens’ activities during the day. On Saturday is demolition derbies all day. Sunday is the pizza eating contest.


Other attractions: we will have a vehicle petting zoo for children, they can sit in a police car, tow truck, school bus, fire truck or jet engine cockpit; we will be having the band Moore Ave Underground play on Friday evening and we will have music stations around the fair, similar to buskers; Friday afternoon there will be fitness competitions in the Old Curling Club; Sunday we will have Two of a Kind singing Fun Fifties Music; there will be horse shows on both Saturday and Sunday and Holstein and Poultry Shows; plus Arts & Craft exhibits, Dotsy the Clown, Val the snake Lady etc. (see ad).


The Board is trying to put the fair back to a four day event for next year.”




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THURSDAY, July 30/15








-Tricounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Innerkip, 8:30 pm


-Fri-Sun -Pt. Burwell Bayhamfest

-Sun -Free Tim Hortons Public Swimming; 1:30-4:30 pm





Chris Heimstra of Clovermead reports that they are taking a break from the annual BeeBeard competition held usually at this time – instead a demonstration will occur in September at their honey festival.





-Borm, Simonne of Calton passed away Wednesday in her 89th year. Wife of Romain Julien Borm(2010). Survivors: four children including Jerry Borm (Nicole) of Calton, Dan Borm (Donna) and Christine Van Daele (Ken), both of Belmont; sister Marie-Louise Borm (Etienne) of Calton etc.. She was born in Belgium. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held there Saturday at 10:30 am.


-Hamminga, Anna Elizabeth of Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away Tuesday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Evert Hamminga(2014) and the late John VanHam(1965). Survivors: five children etc.. She was born in The Netherlands. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held there on Friday at 11 am.





AYLMER – (From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP have arrested and charged a 33-year-old Aylmer man after he attempted to evade police yesterday afternoon south of here. The incident began around 3:30 as the OPP were assisting the Aylmer Police Service in attempting to locate the man in regards to an incident in Aylmer. Around 5 pm police observed the male operating a vehicle southbound on Imperial Road near Conservation Line. Police attempted to pull the vehicle over, however the male failed to stop.


The male pulled in to the parking lot of Aylmer Garden Nursery and then continued into a farmer’s field almost striking a worker in the field. Police attempted to prevent the vehicle from exiting the field and in the process the fleeing suspect vehicle struck one of the police cruisers. The suspect vehicle then re-entered the field where police lost sight of it. Police contained the area and at approximately 5:30 they received a call from a near-by resident reporting that they had just observed “the man that had been running from police” run through their property. Police along with the OPP K9 Unit searched the property and located the male hiding in a barn. He was arrested without incident. Police charged him with dangerous driving, failing to comply with a Recognizance Order and Flight from Police.


NOTES: Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer said they were looking for the man because they had concerns due to texts he was sending his family. They alerted police services in the area. Elgin OPP then made contact with the subject and Aylmer Police assisted the OPP with establishing a perimeter until their search was concluded. Aylmer Police have no criminal charges on him.





Laura Ronayne of the Catfish CCA reports Springwater has no hydro sites left for the holiday weekend and there are approximately 20 unserviced sites left. There are no special events planned.





(In response to concerns expressed by a local resident, Aylmer Director of Operations Rod Tapp offers these comments on recent town tree removals) – “The Town of Aylmer is extremely committed and sensitive to tree/forestation preservation. The Town developed a “Tree Management Policy” in 2013 which it strictly adheres to.

Specific concerns:

– Two trees at the corner of Pine/John Sts. Unfortunately, both of these trees had to be removed/cut down because they were deemed a safety/health risk to the general public. Both trees in question were dead/dying due to their age and showed signs of instability and severe rot. The Town while adhering to provincial standards/legislation conducts annual inspections/assessments of all trees on municipal owned property. The Town is liable and required under strict provincial legislation to provide for a high level safety for both motorists and pedestrians when it comes to assessing and dealing with potentially hazardous issues surrounding the planting/maintenance of town trees. Under the Town’s Policy, the abutting property owner will be contacted and offered tree replacements that will be supplied and planted by town staff at a future date (fall/spring).

-Tree @ McGregor Public School. This tree’s removal was unfortunately unavoidable under the John Street Watermain Replacement Project due to the removal of the retaining wall and re-grading of the slope and also to provide for future works planned by the TVSB & school to make the school entrance there accessible.

-In regards to the John Street Watermain Replacement Project, there are a few trees in the west boulevard being removed because the roots were getting cut back significantly due to the location of the watermain trench immediately in front of the curb.

We do give careful attention to trees and required removals during the planning for every project and make provisions to replace all trees that come down as per our Tree Policy. In the case of all construction projects, the municipal road allowance needs to accommodate a lot of utility corridors along with individual services to every lot. Some property owners often decline to accept the new trees with concerns of the trees getting big and endangering their house in the future or the added maintenance of leaves and debris on their lawns and in their eavetroughs etc. The Town of Aylmer is very serious and has been extremely proactive when it comes to reforestation practices. The trees being planted in Aylmer far outnumber the removals due to construction activities and safety/health reasons.”





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TUESDAY, July 28/15



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wednesday




-Wed -TriCounty Fastball – Pt Burwell hosts Harwood, 8pm

-Thu -Tricounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Innerkip, 8:30 pm

-Fri-Sun -Pt. Burwell Bayhamfest

-Sun -Free Tim Hortons Public Swimming; 1:30-4:30 pm





(From the Aylmer Police) – Yesterday at 10:45 am Aylmer Police were dispatched to the Norfolk Co-op on Elm Street in Aylmer in regards to an Industrial Accident. Upon Police arrival Aylmer Fire and Paramedics were on scene and removed a male from a dump trailer that was located by the silos. A 55 year old Aylmer male was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The injured male was an employee and was on top of a truck that was being moved when he came into contact with a chute from a silo. He was knocked into the trailer and EMS were called. The Ministry of Labour has now attended the scene.





Yeck, Donald of Belmont passed away on Saturday in his 80th year. The Belmont Community Park and splash pad were named in his honor, he was a lifetime member of the OHA and worked as the Belmont Arena Manager. A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at the Belmont Community Center on Thursday at 11 am.





-Last week – Railway City 2 Aylmer FC (8-1-2) 1






After three days of searching, Elgin OPP confirm they have recovered the body of the missing 15-year old swimmer, Peter Hildebrandt of Malahide, in Port Burwell. OPP responded three days ago around 5:30 pm along with Bayham Fire and Elgin-St. Thomas Emergency Medical Services to a report of a missing swimmer here. A group of youths were swimming out by the pier on the main beach when they came to a deeper section of the water. One male began to struggle and went under water and the others were having difficulty as well. When the group made it to shore, it was discovered one youth had not returned. A search was conducted but was discontinued later in the night due to weather and water conditions.





(From Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit) – The water at the following beaches in East Elgin is tested weekly by Elgin St. Thomas Public Health for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination: Springwater Conservation Area, Port Bruce, Port Burwell Main Beach and Port Burwell Provincial Park. As of July 23 no beach is posted as Unsuitable for Swimming.





Aylmer Administrator Jennifer Reyneart informs that the town will not be a part again this year of the Communities in Bloom competition – the third successive year that Aylmer has not been entered.





-Pt. Burwell (4-11) 17 Norwich 14

-Oxford 10 Straffordville (2-14) 1






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