Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

MONDAY, Oct. 28/13





-Aylmer Library Comm.; 3pm; Council Chambers


-Tue. -Rotary Energy Speakers; OTHall Theatre; 7:30pm (see ad)

-Tue. -Sr. Day Out; EEC Complex; 9:30am-12:30 (see story Oct. 22)

-Tue. -EESS Hosts: Sr B VBall Playoff


-Wed. -Flu Clinic; 4:30-7:30 pm; at Straffordville Community Centre

-Thu.-Sat.(2pm); A.C.T. Play,1-900-DEE-LITE;8pm; OTHall Theatre; (see ad)





In Elgin court recently, a Canadian waste disposal trucking company was fined $15,000 for an incident last February in Aylmer in which two wheels on one of their trucks flew off as it travelled on Talbot St. east and struck a tree and a residence. The wheels narrowly missed two pedestrians on the sidewalk. The company was charged with improper wheel separation.





-MacLeod, Roderick David of Aylmer passed away on Friday in his 67th year. Survivors include wife Mary (Cross) MacLeod and three children etc.. He was a resident of Aylmer for the last 13 years. A private family gathering will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Ward, Joyce of Aylmer of Aylmer passed away on Friday in her 80th year. Wife of the late Ronald Ward (2012). Survivors: five children including Beverly Perry (Barry Anderson) of Straffordville, Susan Brown (Hugh) and Cathy Ward (Dave Stradeski), both of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Malahide. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 am.





LAMBETH – Aylmer Spitfires dropped their fourth straight game, a 12-1 trouncing by first place Lambeth here Sunday in SOJHL action. Aylmer scored the game’s first goal but the home team eventually scored five power play goals in the rout. Brad Payne was the only Aylmer sniper. The Spits’ record is now five wins and nine losses. This week Aylmer travels to Lucan Wednesday, hosts Thamesford Saturday and visits Lambeth again next Sunday.


Period 1
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (power play) (Eric Nemeth) 12:05
LambethWarren Hargraves (power play) (Randy Hicks) 14:52
LambethTanner Smith (power play) (Warren Hargraves, Jake Alkins) 16:08
Period 2
LambethBrandon Robbins (Mike Golinowski) 1:58
LambethMitch Thomas (power play) (Tanner Smith, Austin Blais) 8:21
LambethTanner Smith (Warren Hargraves, Randy Hicks) 9:49
LambethMike Golinowski (Warren Hargraves, Randy Hicks) 10:08
LambethJake Alkins (power play) (Warren Hargraves) 13:28
LambethJake Alkins (Warren Hargraves, Tanner Smith) 13:59
LambethNick North (Mitch Thomas) 18:40
Period 3
LambethTanner Smith (Jake Alkins, Warren Hargraves) 2:46
LambethWarren Hargraves (power play) (Jake Alkins, Tanner Smith) 6:49
LambethCody Wuytenburg (Ryan Pennington, Randy Hicks) 8:55





The annual Harvest Party for children aged 3 to 13 will take place Thursday beginning at 6 pm  at Immanuel Christian School. Organizer Susana Reimer said the event, sponsored by the Aylmer EMMC church, is in its fourteenth year. Its purpose is to provide an alternative activity for those not participating in Hallowe’en. Parents are welcome. The main entertainment is by The Rubber Chicken Company.





(Contributed) – “The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 12th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 15 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 16, from 11 am-9 pm. The cost is $15. One home featured is the Saunders Home at 64 South St. west. This former farm house was constructed by John Van Slyke circa 1874.  It has been described as a “second empire style” house with a Mansard roof.  Curved lintels top the modified Romanesque windows.  On the west side of the house, a glass tower window is a distinctive focal point. This house was on our Christmas Tour of Homes in 2007. Since that time it has changed hands and the new  owner  Stu Saunders has done extensive renovations. The plank floors have been restored, false ceilings removed, a fireplace installed in the living room and a wall removed in the kitchen.”


The Aylmer-Malahide Museum Tour of Homes on Nov. 15-16 will include this residence at 64 South St. west. (Contributed)





(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations: ) Aylmer’s annual Leaf Collection will start Friday. Residents may pile them at the curb or use bags. The town asks that anyone bagging their leaves (must be in bio-degradable bags) should store them in a dry place before putting them out to curbside. This year’s collection may be required to be extended because a lot of the trees still have the majority of leaves on them.




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EESS (white) JR G BBALL vs PCI yesterday just before halftime.

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FRIDAY, Oct. 25/13





-All week: Aylmer Bulk Waste Pickup

-Thu.-Sun.(2pm) -A.C.T. Play, ’1-900-DEE-LITE’; OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)

-Fri-Sat. -Aylmer Fair Haunted House; 7-9 pm; Curling Club (see ad)

-Sat. -St.Thomas Blood Donor Clinic, Timken Centre, 10am-5


-Mon. -Library Comm. Meeting, 3pm, Council Chambers; Public welcome





-Jr Football – South 22 EESS (2-2-1) 21

-Sr Football – South 17 EESS (1-4) 7

-Sr G BBall – EESS (8-0) 47 Parkside 5

-Jr G BBall – Parkside 36 EESS (4-2) 23





(Information from Malahide Clerk Dianna Wilson:) At a special meeting last night at Malahide Place to discuss the possibility of sharing a fire chief, Bayham and Malahide Councils decided to pursue the matter further and directed their respective staffs to  “conduct a more detailed assessment/cost analysis of a preferred option”.  The Councils decided to follow an option of the purchasing of fire services from each other.





(Kristen den Hartog of Toronto, who with her sister wrote a book, Tilling The Occupied Garden (2009), about her grandparents’ experiences in Holland in WWII, spoke about her research at the St.Thomas Library on Wednesday. Kristen’s grandparents settled in Aylmer after the war. Her book is available at the Aylmer library. She provides some background:)

“My grandparents, Cor and Gerrit den Hartog, died in the 1980s, but had resided in Aylmer since the early 1950s. They were originally supposed to go to Cochrane, Ontario, but because my father and uncle had lost limbs as young boys during the war, they needed to be closer to Toronto, where they could get new prostheses as they grew. My grandfather first worked for a dairy farmer in Aylmer and then he got a job at McConnell’s Nursery and he continued to work there until his retirement.

My grandmother had the Guide Travel Bureau (King St.) and was well known in the town. I have fond memories of visiting her there. The shop was full of KLM posters from all over the world, which I found very exotic. There were also lots of Dutch goods for sale in the shop, which the many Dutch people in the community appreciated. It was a strange shop in that it sold underwear and plane tickets and Wilhelmina peppermints too! Their children Rige, Koos (Jim), Rokus, Gerry and Niek did go to school in the Aylmer area, but moved away after high school.

There is no family left in the area, but when my sister and I were researching the book, we travelled to Aylmer to revisit our childhood memories of the place, and that trip is recounted at the end of the book. My sister and I are currently at work on another collaboration, this one about our mother’s side of the family in WW1 England.





-Pressey, Donald Clair of Aylmer passed away Thursday in his 89th year. Survivors include: wife Dorothy (Bagnall) Pressey; children Rhonda Pressey and Wayne Dunlop, Roderick (Beth)Pressey , Joel Pressey, Sheldon Pressey and Donna Summers and Darcy Pressey and Jennifer Corless etc.. He was born in Malahide and lived all of his life in the Aylmer area, was a veteran of W.W. II. and was a former employee of Carnation. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Sunday 2-4 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday,  at 1:pm.





Q-Tatoos in my family?


4.No tatoos that I’m aware of.  50%  (37 votes)

1.One of two in my close family has one.  33.78%  (25 votes)

2.Several people in my family have them.  13.51%  (10 votes)

3.Many people have tatoos in our family.  2.7%  (2 votes)


Total Votes: 74




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THURSDAY, Oct. 24/13







-All week: Aylmer Bulk Waste Pickup

–EESS Hosts Girls BBall: vs Parkside (Football at Lon. South)

-Thu.-Sun.(2pm) -A.C.T. Play, ’1-900-DEE-LITE’; OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)


-Fri-Sat. -Aylmer Fair Haunted House; 7-9 pm; Curling Club (see ad)






-Jr B VBall – EESS (1-5) 2 Parkside 1; Huron Park 2 EESS 1

-Sr B VBall – EESS (3-3)3 AVSS 0; EESS 2 Parkside 1






-Preston, Mrs. Jean (nee Burgess) of Chartwell Aylmer and formerly of St. Thomas passed away on Wednesday aged 86 years. Survivors include: three children etc.. Visitation at the Sifton Funeral Home, St.Thomas on Friday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral  service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m..






(Information on a proposed Aylmer Badminton Club is from John Elliott of Copenhagen) – “I have played badminton since high school, about 30 years, I have been an international badminton official, and I am a nationally certified badminton coach.  I have been living in Copenhagen for 3 years. I am always looking for opportunities to promote badminton in the Aylmer community, to coach badminton, and to help anyone improve their game.


Currently, there is not an official badminton club in Aylmer. One goal that I have is to develop a strong badminton club in Aylmer and to produce high level competitive badminton players. That is why I created aylmerbadminton.ca . Right now, there is a small group of people playing at the United Church on Tuesday evenings. It is a very informal setting and the level of play is beginner to intermediate. Some of us from Aylmer also play at the Timken center in St. Thomas on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. My goal is to find a facility where we could have a dedicated badminton club and where we could play regularly.


I am trying to see if there is some interest in Badminton in the Aylmer area particularly in competitive badminton. I am hoping that if there is enough interest  we may be able to obtain a facility such as the high school or one of the elementary schools on a regular basis to host a badminton club. Currently, East Elgin Secondary School has a badminton club that meets on Thursday evenings but it is open only to students and teachers at this time.”






According to local representatives, there is no basis to the concern of some parents that there is a fair movement of elementary teachers from class to class early in the school year in Elgin/TVDSB/Ontario schools.

Said Craig Smith, President of the ETFO for Thames Valley, “I don’t think there is more movement this year. School numbers are usually set in the spring based on projected enrolments. Then in the first week the Board gets the actuals from the Principals and they make changes. Actually there may be a perception of greater movement because this year it may have been done quicker or more efficiently. If there is a number of changes it is probably just an anomaly in our region.”

Said McGregor Principal Richard Auckland: “With the new hiring practices as dictated by the Province, there is some change.  A teacher may be planning to be off for personal reasons, then notifies the Board and then if hiring can take place a replacement will be put in the position after going through interviews.  If a teacher’s absence is sudden and for a period of time a short term person may be put in place until the regular hiring process can be followed, so in this case a class could get three teachers in a short time frame.  Obviously it is best to have one teacher permanently but it doesn’t always happen that way.

But I don’t see replacements above and beyond what would usually be the case – pregnancy leaves, sick leaves, etc. Staffing here is stabilized but there are always those situations where a school needs a teacher for a period of time – pregnancy, etc. .






About 40 persons turned out Tuesday evening to hear a presentation by writer Kelley Armstrong at the Springfield library/Malahide Place. Monday she held a writer’s workshop for 20 persons at the Aylmer library. (Contributed by Maria Smit) (CLICK)






(Contributed by Susan Murray of Ont. Min. of Agriculture, Food:) (Howe Family Farms of south Malahide recently won an Agri –Food Award for Innovation Excellence from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food) – “After more than 40 years of pumpkin farming, the Howe Family knows a thing or two about growing gourds. But in recent years, rising production costs motivated them to try something new: a no-till approach.

The process involves growing a rye cover crop in the fall.When the spring pumpkin-planting season arrives, a custom-made roller knocks down the rye prior to seeding. The new approach has slashed labour costs for weeding by a whopping 75 per cent, prevented soil erosion, increased soil health and reduced the need for herbicides. Growing the pumpkins on a thick bed of fallen rye also means less contact with the soil, which has translated to a 25 per cent reduction in washing labour and a cleaner, jack-o-lantern-ready product on store shelves.”





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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23/13






-All week: Aylmer Bulk Waste Pickup

-Trinity Anglican Church, Beef Supper, 5:pm

-Kristen DenHartog: ‘Occupied Garden’; St. Thomas Library; 7-8pm


-Thu. – EESS Hosts Girls BBall

-Thu.-Sun.(2pm) -A.C.T. Play, ’1-900-DEE-LITE’; OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)






(Contributed) – “The Elgin St. Thomas Public Health has received information pertaining to a home-based tattoo operation being run out of a home in Aylmer located in the complex of 50 Melanie Drive. This location has not participated in routine inspections by the Health Unit and there is no information available concerning what instruments have been used and whether or not the appropriate sterilization has occurred prior to their use.


The unit has served orders to cease any further operation of the home-based tattoo business in order to prevent the possible spread of any communicable infection from person to person. Individuals who have received any tattoos from this home-based tattoo operation are at an increased risk of contracting skin infections and other communicable infections, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV and are advised to be tested for possible infections. Individual testing can be arranged at the monthly drop in clinic held in Aylmer at 424 Talbot St., Unit 2 or contact your physician.”






-F.Hockey – Ingersoll 2 EESS 1 (end of season)

-Sr G BBall –  EESS (7-0) 47 AVSS 7






-Reid, Betty Jean Sylvia, of Port Burwell passed away on Thursday in her 77th year. Predeceased by her husband Arnold (1987). Survivors: three children- including Danny (Lynn) Reid of Straffordville etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with the service there at 1pm.


-D’Eon, Erna (Stanat) of Tillsonburg passed away on Tuesday aged 93 years. Predeceased by  brothers Arthur and Otto and sister Irma Rigole etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 p.m.






The patio section behind the former Central Hotel was demolished recently. Said Dave Thiessen, spokesman for the group that is renovating the building for a restaurant: “We are building a wheel chair ramp at the back as well as stairs for a rear entrance. Also, we buried conduit for underground electrical under the east sidewalk so that the wires can be removed from the east side of the building as well as the street lamp. We will still have an outdoor patio area.” (kb) (CLICK)






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TUESDAY, Oct. 22/13





-All week: Aylmer Bulk Waste Pickup

-EESS Hosts Girls BBall vs. AVSS

-Springfield Library hosts Author Kelley Armstrong; 6:30pm; Pre-Registration


-Wed. -EESS Hosts Boys VBall

-Wed -Trinity Anglican Church, Beef Supper, 5:pm

-Thu.-Sun.(2pm) -A.C.T. Play, ’1-900-DEE-LITE’; OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)





VIENNA – The Elgin OPP is investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Saturday around 9pm at a rural residence just east of here. An adult woman was out on her porch when she was grabbed by an unknown male, forced inside her residence and then was sexually assaulted. The woman received minor injuries. The male is described as: black, 5-10 to six feet tall, muscular, mid to late 20’s in age, and wearing a grey hoodie, dark pants and white socks. If you have information on this crime contact the OPP or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).





Aylmer library hosted a writers’ workshop last night for about 20 participants with New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, who is also a resident of East Elgin. She discussed her Women of the Otherworld and Darkest Powers series, as well as her new Cainsville series for adults, including the just released, Omens. Tonight she will give a talk at the Springfield library at 6:30. Pre-registration is required. (kb) (CLICK)





(Contributed) – The monthly Seniors’ Day Out program at the EEC Complex will be held next Tuesday from  9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.. The program includes recreational activities, a guest speaker and lunch. The speaker is Helen Dyck of Spare Moments who will be providing participants with a seasonal craft demonstration with an option to participate in making the craft. The cost is $10 ($15 if you wish to participate in the craft making) and you must pre-register.





-An 18-year old Malahide female student was charged with assault after allegedly striking and kicking a 16 year old Vienna female student outside EESS yesterday morning. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


-A 24-year old Malahide man was charged with careless driving after his vehicle, westbound on Talbot St. west, hit the rear end of another vehicle which was stopped and was attempting to turn south on to St.Andrew St., Wednesday around 9am.


-Police conducted a RIDE program last Tuesday evening on Talbot St. east, stopping 200 vehicles and issuing several headlight warnings.





Bayham and Malahide will hold a special joint council meeting this Thursday at 7 pm at Malahide Place in Springfield regarding the feasibility of establishing a common Fire Chief position.





– October 7, 2013, Station #4, Pigram Line, Medical Assist

– October 12, 2013, Station #3 , Station #2, Ron McNeil Line, MVC

– October 12, 2013, Station #4, Crossley-Hunter Line, Medical Assist

– October 14, 2013, Station #3, Station #2, 11189 Imperial Road, MVC

(*At GlenColin line, two vehicles, minor injuries, damage app. $30,000) 

– October 15, 2013, Station #3, assisted by Station #2, College Line, MVC

– October 16, 2013, Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– October 17, 2013, Station #4,  Yorke Line, Alarm Malfunction

– October 20, 2013, Station #1,  Hale Street, Medical Assist

– October 21, 2013, Station #2 , Station #1, 51953 Talbot Line, MVC

(*4:30 am, near Carter Road, single vehicle roll over, no injuries) 

– October 21, 2013, Station # 1, #2, #3 & #4, John Wise Line, Barn Fire

(*7:15 am., by Carter Road, cause tba, damage $75000, on scene 5 hours) 

– October 21, 2013, Station #1,  Dexter Line, Alarm Malfunction





The tower crane which began work in late January on the new Golden Community Builders apartment complex at John and Sydenham Streets is shown in the process of being dismantled today. There are 39 units in the building.





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MONDAY, Oct. 21/13






-Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Aylmer Library Workshop: Kelley Armstrong, 6:30; Pre-Register

-All week: Aylmer Bulk Waste Pickup


-Tue. -EESS Hosts Girls BBall vs. AVSS

-Wed. -EESS Hosts Boys VBall

-Wed -Trinity Anglican Church, Beef Supper, 5:pm

-Thu.-Sun.(2pm) -A.C.T. Play, ‘1-900-DEE-LITE’; OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)













-Schaeffer, Raymond of St.Thomas passed away on Friday aged 81. Survivors include: wife Elizabeth (Bell) Schaeffer; four children including Trudy (Steve)Wilson of Springfield etc.. No service will be held. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Hogan, Mary (Wheatley) of St.Thomas passed away on Saturday aged 90. Survivors include: nephew Al (Darlene)Parker of Aylmer etc.. Mary was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Bridge Club at the Royal Canadian Legion. The Funeral will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Tuesday at 1:00 pm. with visitation one hour prior.


-Wiley, Paul Douglas of Aylmer passed away on Friday aged 59 years. Survivors include: wife Terrie (Taylor) Wiley; five children including Nikki and Leonard Roberts and Ellie Roberts and Jason Nesbitt of the Aylmer area etc.. Paul was a member of the Aylmer Optimist Club. A service will be held at the Optimist Club on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements through Ostrander’s Funeral Home of Tillsonburg.






The Aylmer Spitfires lost both their weekend games in SOJHL results and now sport a five wins eight losses record. Friday in Dorchester the first place home team got a late empty net goal to seal a 4-2 win with Cody Underhill scoring both of Aylmer’s counters. Saturday at home, the Spits oddly took four penalties at the end of the first period and Lucan converted three power plays to start the second period to break open the game and cruise to a 7-3 victory. Andrew Baxter, Brad Payne, and Cody Benner dented the mesh for Aylmer. This week there is no home game Saturday and the Spits travel to Lambeth Sunday.



Period 1
LucanMitch Smith (Nathan Marcil, Zach Beaumont) 17:31
Period 2
LucanNathan Marcil (power play) (Nik Petrie) 0:22
LucanNathan Marcil (power play) (Andrew Purdom, Mitch Smith) 0:40
LucanAndrew Purdom (power play) (Dylan Brooks) 2:41
AylmerAndrew Baxter (power play) (Mark Edmonds, Ryan Stapleton) 3:08
LucanNathan Marcil (Zach Beaumont) 7:52
LucanTyler Richardson (Kody Tremblay) 13:35
Period 3
LucanKody Tremblay (Tyler Richardson) 1:09
AylmerCody Benner (unassisted) 1:24
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (power play) (Matthew Reese) 11:16






A 21-year old Malahide man was charged with possession of cocaine after Police searched a car he was sleeping in early Thursday morning in a John St. business parking lot.






(The new Aylmer Library Project committee met for the first time a week ago Friday. The committee consists of the same members as the previous one – Mayor Couckuyt, Co. Wright and Co. Oslach (Chair) and staff reps Dan Dale and Jenny Reyneart. Representatives from the designing Archon architectural firm – Robert Dimaio and Settimo Vilardi – were also present. Information is from the minutes of that meeting:)


Two major concerns that arose from the public meeting in June were discussed:  “Location – the current proposed location of the building is too close to the road and too close to the OTH, Mayor Couckuyt would like to discuss moving the building back (west) 16-17 feet, removing some existing parking spaces, and look at potential issues with services. The other concern was the colour of the exterior brick.”


Regarding location: “Architect Di Maio replied that his opinion is that if moved the OTH isn’t framed as well and believes the building site properly frames that heritage building. Dan Dale notes that the original home located on that property never allowed a southern exposure of the OTH until it was torn down. He reminded committee members that parking is at a premium in the downtown area and there is a need to be cautious about removing 7-8 spaces. Mayor Couckuyt notes that it appears the Committee decides the building location is fine as is and will make no recommendation to Council for changing this aspect.”


Regarding brick colour: “Councillor Wright indicates that she has received comments that there should be more yellow brick on the new building. The Chair adds that both the past and the modern is reflected with this design and further adds his opinion that more yellow brick should be added to the east side. Architect Vilardi answers that they can certainly look at materials and provide another view for the committee.”


The next meeting is October 28 at 3 pm in the Council chambers – the public is invited.






A 54 year old Malahide woman was charged with opening a car door not in safety this morning after she opened her door while entering her parked car on Warren St. and it was struck by a passing car.





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FRIDAY, Oct. 18/13









-EESS Hosts Football vs Lon. Oakridge: Jr 6pm, Sr 8pm

-Immanuel School: Family Fun Night Dinner; 5:30-7:30 pm

-Fri-Sat. -Aylmer Fair Haunted House; Curling Club; 7-9 pm (see ad)


-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Lucan, EEC Complex; 7:30pm

-Sat.-Sun. -Judy Minor Art Show; Sat. 11am-5, Sun. 12-4pm (see ad)

-Sun. -FitnessTTM Fun Runs – 7am (see Oct. 4 story)


*Next Week – Aylmer Bulk Waste Pickup

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Mon. -Library Writer’s Workshop; Kelley Armstrong; 6:30pm (pre-register)





(Contributed) – “At the  annual conference of the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations, held recently in Sarnia, two local business ventures – both involved with the Elgin Business Resource Centre – were honoured. The EBRC is one of 61 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) across Ontario. Said a press release: “It is outstanding that one CFDC would be involved in two awards.”

The ERBC won the Award of Excellence for Community Economic Development, recognizing its involvement with the Elgin Military Museum in bringing the Ojibwa submarine to Port Burwell.  “The thought of our little military museum bringing a submarine to Elgin County was quite attractive to us as a CFDC,” says Marilyn Crewe, Community Economic Development officer at the EBRC. The EBRC, assisted the Military Museum and its partners in the development of a business plan, and provided funding towards moving the submarine.

Francisco Enns of Enns Textile Packaging Solutions on Beech St. Aylmer was  honoured as “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the growth of his small business which now employs nearly 50 people. Enns Textile makes reusable automotive packaging to move parts between manufacturing and assembly plants.  Said Mr. Enns  “In the beginning we were doing furniture finishing, that’s what the shop was built to do. When I first started the business, my goal was to have a small business working at home, leading a quiet life, making a comfortable living  with one or two employees.”

When he needed money for equipment in order to expand, he contacted the ERBC for a loan for equipment. Enns Textile manufactures reusable packaging from fabric and vinyl. The materials are cut to very specific sizes by computers and then sewn on industrial machines. Mr. Enns has plans for the continued growth of Enns Textile.  He has purchased adjacent land for expanding his operations, and hopes to employ 100 people in future.”





-SR G BBALL – EESS (6-0)55 WESS 5





-Callaghan, Phyllis of Harrietsville passed away Thursday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Winston “Wink” Callaghan(1993).  Survivors include: children – Terrence (Linda) Callaghan of RR1, Belmont and Karen (Dave) Dance of RR2, Springfield;  sister-in-law Rhea Craig(Bill) of Aylmer etc.. Phyllis ran the Harriesville Post Office for many years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Harrietsville-Mossley United Church on Monday at 11:00 am.





Results of the TVDSB Regional Elementary cross-country meet held at Steen Park in Aylmer on October 8th (top five placing): Novice Boys – Seth Vanbommel South D. 1st, Reid Lester South D. 3rd,,Calven Austen McGregor 4th, Daniel Brannigan McGregor 5th; Bantam Boys – Luke Schlinderer South D.  4th; Jr Girls – Earen Klassen Davenport 5th; Sr Boys – Mac VanOs Davenport 2nd, Ben Parfitt Davenport 3rd, Darren Catt Davenport 4th; Sr Girls – Grace Gillet Davenport 5th.





Jeff Booth of St.Thomas, Director of Daily Operations for the Museum of Naval History in Pt. Burwell, was the guest speaker at the monthly Aylmer Heritage Committee meeting last night in the Council chamber, outlining the history and first summer’s operation of the Ojibwa sub. Some highlights:

1-How many have viewed the sub so far? – We have had about 25,000 go through. We are still open from 10 to 4 daily, probably just weekends after Nov. 11th and then closed from New Year’s to March break.

2-How many staff were employed? – We peaked at about 50. About seven or eight were from Aylmer and Malahide.

3-How unique is the sub and the proposed museum? – There is only one other sub available for public viewing, that being in Rimouski Quebec. When the  Museum of Naval History opens (beside the sub) it will be the only Military Cold War museum in Ontario.

4-How will tours change next summer? – We will be offering a Greater Depths tour as well as the standard inside and outside tours which will show off other parts of the interior ie bunks, controls etc.

5-Do you think the sub’s presence increased business in Pt. Burwell this summer? – Yes, several places reported their sales were up considerably.





EESS results (top fifteen placing) at the TVRAA Tri-County Cross Country championships held Wednesday at Springwater: Midget Girls – Erica Zimmer, fourteenth ; Midget Boys – Cam Stephenson, ninth; Junior Boys – Justin Attfield, second, Aaron Friesen, seventh; Senior girls – Melissa Wonch, eighth; Senior boys – Cole Symon, eleventh, Alex Warren, thirteenth. The WOSSAA cross country races are next Thursday in London.





(Information from Nicole Wiebenga of Mainstreet Aylmer:) – ” At a recent meeting of the Aylmer and Area Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet Aylmer the following awards were announced:

-AAreaCofC and Meridian Credit Union Community Spirit Award – Paul Bode of Edward Jones Investment. The award is to publicly recognize outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals that demonstrate their passion for the business community.

-AAreaCof C and BMO-Nesbitt Burns John Wiebe  Business Award of Excellence – Aylmer Tire. The award recognizes a business that is an outstanding example of business excellence and a shining beacon in the local business community.

-Town of Aylmer Senior Citizen of the Year – Carolyn MacDonald




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THURSDAY, Oct. 17/13






-EESS Hosts Sr G BBall: vs WESS

-Aylmer Heritage Speaker: Ojibwa; 7:30; Council Rm; All welcome


-Fri. -EESS Hosts Football vs Lon. Oakridge: Jr 6pm, Sr 8pm

-Fri. -Immanuel School: Family Fun Night Dinner; 5:30-7:30 pm

-Fri-Sat. -Aylmer Fair Haunted House; Curling Club; 7-9 pm (see ad)

-Sat.-Sun. -Judy Minor Art Show; Sat. 11am-5, Sun. 12-4pm (see ad)

-Sun. -FitnessTTM Fun Runs – 7am (see Oct. 4 story)


*Next Week – Aylmer Bulk Waste Pickup






-Magoon, Kenneth Wayne of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in his 67th year. Survivors include: wife Christine (Jillard) Magoon; one child and two stepchildren etc.. After 30 years of service Ken retired from Fanshawe College. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Friday where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 am.



-Fletcher James “Jim” Robert passed away Tuesday at Chateau Gardens in Aylmer in his 91st year. He was a WW II veteran. A private family service will be held. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Needham Funeral Service, London.






(From Sgt. Paul Lawrence) – A 37 year old Aylmer woman was charged with careless driving after her minivan struck the rear of another car which hit the back of a third vehicle on Sunday around 11 am on John St., north of Beech St.. The third car was going south on John and was stopped waiting to turn left into a store parking lot when hit by the chain reaction. There were no injuries but all three vehicles were towed.






(By Bill Murch)


-Aylmer Council discussed the Report from the Administrator – Resources Related to Major Outstanding Projects. Ten of the 21 projects identified were designated as priority projects such as the East Elgin Community Complex operational review, the John Street water main replacement and the proposed library. One item that Council definitely wanted to see on the priority list is a Public Works Building. An existing standing committee was instructed to start work on preparing options that Council could consider.



-Council approved By-Law 29-13 giving the go ahead to Goodwill Industries Inc. to set up a collection trailer for up to two years on the Hutchinson property at 226 Talbot St. W. A site development agreement still needs to be finalized.






Among agenda items to be discussed at Monday’s Aylmer Council meeting:


-“Final reading of a zoning amendment for two lots at the southeast corner of South St. and Queen St., owned by Kappy Holdings and previously owned by the Roman Catholic Separate School Board, as the applicant is proposing to develop both lots with each containing a single story semi-detached dwelling.”





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