Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

Tuesday, Jan. 7/14





-Wed. -EESS Hosts: Girls VBall

-Thu. -EESS Hosts: Girls Hockey

-Thu. -Can. Blood Services Donor Clinic, EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

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




All Public and Catholic schools in Elgin are closed for the second straight day today (and buses cancelled) due to weather conditions. Immanuel Christian School of Aylmer is also closed again.




(Contributed) – “The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, air temperatures are predicted to fall to -25° Celsius and persist for the next two days with extreme wind chills from minus 35 to minus 40 tonight and Tuesday morning. Exposed skin may freeze in less than 5 minutes. This second Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect until Thursday (The previous alert was for Jan. 2-4).”




(Information from Dave Cryderman at Bader BusLines in Aylmer:) – “There was lots of snow/drifting yesterday morning at 5:30 am and side roads were very slippery due to the rapid cool down from Sunday overnight rain. To-day, extreme cold was the main issue that caused busing to be cancelled.”




-Dyck, Katharina of Aylmer passed away on Sunday in her 89th year. Wife of the late David Dyck(1996). Survivors: ten children including – Johan, Jacob (Nettie) Dyck, David (Marie) Dyck, Anna (John) Klassen , Kathy (Jake) Wiebe, Maria (John) Dyck , Sara (George) Peters  and Susan (George) Friesen , all of the Aylmer area etc.. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Aylmer on Thursday at 2 pm.

-McDowell, Derek Alan of Oshawa passed away Friday, aged 32. Survivors include: father Alan (Marianne) of Oshawa, mother Kathy (David) Lennon of Georgia, two sisters, grandparents Mary McDowell and Ted Huisman both of Aylmer etc. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Tuesday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m.

-Klassen, John of Aylmer passed away December 28 in his 75th year. Survivors: wife Katharine (Froese) Klassen; five children – including Tina Thiessen of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Mexico. The funeral was January 2 with funeral arrangements with Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

-Procunier, Marion of Waterloo, formerly of R.1 Eden, passed away on December 28 in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Neal Procunier (2000). Survivors include: four children etc.. She was born in Malahide and played the piano at Richmond United Church for many years. The funeral was held December 31; arrangements with Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

-Copeland, Donald Howard of Aylmer passed away on December 30 in his 83rd year. Survivors: wife Anna (Van Gestel) Copeland; three children including Jackie (Jerry)Tromp of Mapleton etc.. A private family service will be held; arrangements with  Kebbel’s Funeral Home.




AYLMER – A newspaper report last week noted that bedbugs have been found in some Ontario public libraries recently – hiding out in books. There have been no issues reported in district libraries. Said Sandi Loponen, Elgin County Library Coordinator: “We have had no reports of bed bugs at Elgin County Library. Because we share books with other library systems in the province, we make a visual inspection of books and bins arriving at, and leaving, library headquarters. It is difficult to prevent the arrival of bed bugs at a branch if a patron’s home is infested and he/she leaves a borrowed book in a place where bed bugs can crawl in.  If we were to receive a report of bed bugs, we would take immediate steps to use treatment methods that have been successful for other Ontario libraries, including heat treatments.”




(Contributed) – “An Aylmer United Way fundraiser is scheduled for this Saturday. We’re holding our Winter Bowl at Cy’s from 6 – 9pm. We’re still looking for two-three teams of between 4-6 people per team. Cost is $20 per person and that includes shoes and two games of bowling. We’re also having prizes for bowlers.The time slot is broken into – 6-7:30 pm and from 7:30-9pm. Contact Melissa Schneider if interested – 631-3171.”




Pt. Bruce

A scene at Pt. Bruce by the pier over the holidays. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)




Aylmer Police reported a quiet New Year’s Eve last Tuesday. Police also conducted a RIDE program on Christmas Eve between 8 and 10:30 pm with 150 vehicles checked and no issues. Police also noted no suspects have as yet been identified with the Stoplight hit and run that occurred at the main intersection about 1 am on December 9.







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MONDAY, Jan. 6/13





-Tue. -EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey, Boys BBall

-Wed. -EESS Hosts: Girls VBall

-Thu. -EESS Hosts: Girls Hockey

-Thu. -Can. Blood Services Donor Clinic, EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils





All Public and Catholic schools in Elgin are closed today (and buses cancelled) due to weather conditions.





(Contributed) – “The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, air temperatures are predicted to fall to -25° Celsius and persist for the next two days with extreme wind chills from minus 35 to minus 40 tonight and Tuesday morning. Extreme caution is advised for people heading outdoors. Exposed skin may freeze in less than 5 minutes. This second Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect until Thursday (The previous alert was for Jan. 2-4).”





-Hustler, Frances Marlene (Cartwright), aged 74. Survivors include: husband Paul and three children etc.. She was a former teacher at Davenport Public School in Aylmer. She was cremated. The service will be held Sunday at 2:30 pm at Riverside United Church in London.


-Rodger, Laura “Marg” (Carl) of Simcoe passed away on Wednesday at the age of 90. Survivors include: son Dean Rodger (Barb) of R.R.2, Port Burwell; sister Myrtle Howe of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home Langton on Friday, from 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service  will be held there on Saturday at 11 a.m..


-Shortt, Terry of Tillsonburg passed away on Sunday December 29 at the age of 61. Survivors: wife Virginia, three children including Matthew Shortt and Daniel Shortt both of Straffordville etc.. The funeral service was held Saturday at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.


-Taylor, Chester “Lorne” passed away on Friday December 27 aged 85 years. Survivors: wife Jean Taylor (Baker) etc.. Lorne was a farmer in the Straffordville area for many years and was Past Master of Vienna Masonic Lodge. The funeral was held on December 31st at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg .





Nominations for the October 27 Municipal Election opened last Thursday. The only candidate to file so far in Aylmer is Mayor Jack Couckuyt, seeking re-election to that post. The only filing in Malahide to date is also the Mayor, Dave Mennill.






This graffiti message appeared over the holidays on the west side of the John St. bridge. It reads: “Flouride kills Stop!! Dr. Paul Connett” Connett is an New York College Professor of Chemistry opposed to the use of flouridation. Recently a graffiti message was also painted on the Masonic Lodge in Aylmer. Police are still looking for a suspect.  (kb) (CLICK TO ENLARGE)





MT BRYDGES – Aylmer Spitfires edged Mt. Brydges 5-4 here Sunday to finally even their record in SOJHL hockey. They now have seventeen wins and seventeen losses. The Spitfires were busy on the holidays with six games in eleven days – they won four of them. They defeated Dorchester 3-2 and blasted Mt. Brydges 10-3 for their fourth straight win. They then lost to Exeter 4-1 and Lucan 5-1 but rebounded to down North Middlesex 5-3 Saturday at home and added yesterday’s victory.

Friday in Lucan, Cody Underhill was the lone Aylmer marksman. Saturday, Aylmer outshot North Middlesex by a whopping 54-18 count as Cameron Mancini, Clint Walker, Trevor Stewart, Josh Houston, and Jesiah Sweetland hit the scoresheet. Sunday, Luke Bettencourt scored twice for Aylmer with singles going to Eric Nemeth, Ryan Stapleton and Underhill. The Spits do not play at home Saturday; their next game is Sunday at North Middlesex.



Period 1
AylmerLuke Bettencourt (Ryan Stapleton, Andrew Baxter) 2:21
AylmerEric Nemeth (extra attacker) (Jesiah Sweetland, Kyle Dedecker) 17:42
Period 2
AylmerLuke Bettencourt (power play) (Mark Macpherson, Aiden Estabrooks) 6:41
Mt.BrydgesMike Bruder (Billy Morris, Tyler Lockwood) 13:44
Mt.BrydgesRobert McTaggart (Mike Frizzell, Sean Candler) 15:19
Mt.BrydgesGrant Duffield (Trevor Smith) 17:55
Period 3
AylmerRyan Stapleton (power play) (Luke Bettencourt, Mark Macpherson) 10:08
AylmerCody Underhill (Trevor Stewart) 13:09
Mt.BrydgesSean Candler (power play) (Robert McTaggart, Connor Lovie) 16:29









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MONDAY, Dec. 23/13



*THEAYLMERNEWS will resume on Mon. Jan. 6




-Mon. -Aylmer Christmas Care Deliveries, 1pm Immanuel School

-Mon. -EECC Free Skating:10:am-12; Tues. 9:15 am-11:15

(EECC Next Week:Jan2-1130am-1;Jan3 10am-12;Jan4 5:15pm-7:15;Jan5 1pm-2:30

-Thu. -Aylmer Spitfires host Dorchester, 7:30pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Mt. Brydges, 7:30 pm





McGregor School students posed with their Christmas Care donations on Wednesday. Left to right are:

McGregor School students posed with their Christmas Care donations on Wednesday. Left to right are: Grade 4 students Johannah Walker and Jace Ivan and Grade 3 student Sienna Pratt. (kb)





-Thiessen, Sandra Alene of Aylmer passed away Friday, aged 7 months. Survivors: parents Jacob and Maria (Neustaeter) Thiessen; sisters Adeline and Karla etc.. The funeral service will be held today at 1:00 pm. from the Lighthouse Gospel Church in Port Burwell. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Miller, Jacob Jr of St. Thomas formerly of Aylmer passed away Thursday in his 70th year. Survivors: one daughter etc.. He was born in Mexico and worked for Imperial Tobacco for a number of years. The visitation was this morning; the funeral will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home today at 1 pm.


-Bourgeois, Ernestine passed away in Tillsonburg on Sunday in her 86th year. Wife of the late Patrick Bourgeois (2001). She was born in Saskatchewan and was a longtime employee of Imperial Tobacco. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Friday 2-5 p.m. Funeral service at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Saturday at 11 am.





Heavy rains on the weekend resulted in this flooding just west of the Myrtle St. bridge. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

Heavy rains on the weekend resulted in this flooding of the Catfish Creek just west of the Myrtle St. bridge. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)





-Hills Uptown – 4 pm

-Spicers – 6 pm

-Liquor, Beer Stores – 6 pm

-Tim Hortons –  3 pm

-Valu Mart – 5 pm

-Library – 1 pm

-Shoppers – 5 pm

–Studers – 7 pm

-Bank of Montreal – 3 pm

-Canadian Tire – 5 pm

-Town Hall – Noon

-McDonalds – 4pm





(Contributed) – The East Elgin Community Complex invites you to the 10th Annual Family New Year’s Eve Party on Tuesday, December 31st from 6pm to 9pm. Face painting, cotton candy, crafts, carnival games, inflatables, and Val the Snake Lady are featured. Enjoy public skating with rental skates available for only $2 a pair or have fun at the Photo Booth, only $2 per session. Cost of this event is just $10 per family. Sponsors are the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer and EastLink.





The annual Aylmer Legion New Year’s Day Levee will be held from 1-3 pm. Clam Chowder and Moose Milk will be served. A Dress Code is in effect.





Period 1
AylmerJesiah Sweetland (Cody Underhill, Mitch Roloson) 0:17
AylmerWill Goodhue (power play) (Mitch Roloson, Eric Nemeth) 2:27
AylmerJesiah Sweetland (power play) (Tyler Marr, Brad Payne (C)) 2:58
AylmerRyan Stapleton (Brett Dzyngel) 4:14
Period 2
ExeterTyler McNaughton (Cam Dykstra) 2:28
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (power play) (unassisted) 6:15
AylmerMark Macpherson (power play) (unassisted) 11:20
Period 3
ExeterChristopher Pfaff (Jesse McIntyre, Brandan Willis) 7:30
AylmerEric Nemeth (Brad Payne (C)) 12:26





“It’s time some truth about Canada Post got out. I worked for Canada Post for 38 years. Here is my take. When Deepak Chopra took over as CEO of  Canada Post in 2011 he inherited a Company that had: turned a profit for 14 years straight; paid a dividend of over two decades of nearly a billion dollars to its shareholder (the Federal Government), enjoyed nearly two decades of labour peace and cooperation with its largest postal union, and had stamp price increases geared to the rate of inflation. During his tenure the Post Office has: lost money every year, borrowed 2 billion dollars to invest in equipment in the area that is in the most decline, had its first full scale work stoppage in the form of a lock out since 1997, raised the price of a single stamp percentage wise more than ever before, and taken a 33% bonus on his already outrageous wage of over $450,000.00. Mr Chopra seems more intent on awarding huge contracts to his former employer (Pitney Bowes) than supplying a decent, viable postal service to Canadians. Like those other Harper appointments –Senators- perhaps it’s time for Mr. Chopra to go!” (Gary Rabbets)




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FRIDAY, Dec. 20/13





-Fri. -Schools closed for holidays

-Fri. -One Year Avrsy. DADNDAUGHTERS Fish and Chips

-Fri.-EECC Free Skate:10am-12; Sat.9:15am-11:15,5:15pm-6:15;Sun.1pm-2:30

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Exeter, 7:30pm


-Mon. -Aylmer Christmas Care Deliveries, Immanuel School 1pm

-Mon. -Dec. 25 Aylmer Garbage Pickup will be done today.





(Information from Margot Auber, Community Rep for the Pt. Burwell Polestar Project: (see Tuesday story)) – “The community of Pt. Burwell is thrilled to announce that yesterday afternoon, the President of Hydro One, Mr. Carmine Marcello, granted the (school) children’s wish to paint designated poles along Robinson Street in Pt. Burwell, under their guidance and advice.

In response to the children’s video request posted on YouTube last Sunday, Mr. Marcello posted his personal response on YouTube,  www.youtube.com/watch v=S6lvVUboHuE&feature=youtube_gdata_player   (In the video, Mr Marcello notes he “loved the video” and especially likes to see people “engaged to make the community better” but added normally he doesn’t grant such requests. However he suggested a deal that they would figure out “how to make this happen” in return for a “conversation on electrical safety” with the children.)

I found out when the two children featured in our video, Will and Lilly, did a dry run-through yesterday morning in preparation for a live on-air radio interview for CBC’s Ontario Morning with host Wei Chin that was to take place early this morning. In the afternoon, the producer of the show called to cancel the on-air interview because she had contacted Mr. Marcello/Hydro One for a comment and was advised that he would be granting the request and posting his personal response. We absolutely welcome this and look forward to working alongside Hydro One.”





(From Environment Canada – 5 am – For East Elgin:) – “A winter storm from Texas has caused an area of mixed precipitation to spread into Southern Ontario as expected. Over Southwestern Ontario precipitation will be mainly in the form of rain. After a break Saturday another more potent winter storm from the United States will approach Southern Ontario late Saturday. An ice storm will be possible across a large swath of Southern Ontario, with significant rainfall likely near Lake Erie. There is still uncertainty surrounding the exact position of the storm track.”





Grade 1-2 students at Immanuel Christian School pose with the canned goods they collected for Aylmer Christmas Care on Wednesday. Pictured, left to right, are:

Grade 1-2 students at Immanuel Christian School pose with the canned goods they collected for Aylmer Christmas Care on Wednesday. Pictured, left to right, are: Josiah Kroondyk, Eden Shelton, Owen Vis and Makayla Zylstra. (kb)





-Boys Hockey – EESS 5 Glencoe 3





(From Chief Andre Reymer)

-A 14 year Aylmer boy was charged with assault after he punched his mother in the face breaking her nose Saturday in their home after an argument about rules in the home.


-A 39 year old Aylmer man was charged with failing to yield after his vehicle, going east on Sydenham through the intersection at John St. south, was hit by another vehicle Saturday around 11 am. There was minor damage to each vehicle.





-Rodgers, Harold Robert of RR1, Eden passed away Tuesday in his 84th year. Survivors: partner Norma (Jukes) Horeth; three children etc.. He was born in Calton and was was a former employee of Imperial Tobacco. The visitation was yesterday; funeral at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer today at 1:00 pm.


-Macdonald, MayBella of Vienna passed away on Wednesday at the age of 70. Survivors: husband John R. MacDonald; five children including Yvon (Sue) Gallant, Aylmer etc.. Visitation today from 7-9 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Tillsonburg. Funeral Service on Saturday at 2 pm there. Arrangements through Verhoeve’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg.


-Burwell, Ida “Mae”  formerly of Springford passed away on Tuesday aged 90 years. Survivors: four children including Archie (Shirley) Burwell of Eden etc.. Visitation today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg with the funeral service there on Saturday at 11 a.m.





(From Fire Chief Sam Taylor:) “The dollar loss for the Moore Ave. fire last week was $225,000 on the structure and approximately $30,000 on contents. There was one smoke alarm ticket issued.

This has been the busiest year that we are aware of for the fire department; we have had 103 calls so far and almost 2 weeks left.”





(Information from Kyle Kruger, Administrator of Bayham, who announced to Council Wednesday that he will be resigning:)  “I will be leaving to assume the position of CAO/Clerk with the Township of Norwich. My last day in Bayham will be January 17th. I’ve been with Bayham since the fall of 1999. Prior to that I worked at the Town of Lincoln (Region of Niagara) for 9 years. My hometown is Fergus. I’m leaving with nothing but good memories of my time in Bayham, and I appreciate the opportunities and support given to be by Bayham over the years. I have nothing but praise for Council and staff, and of course wish Bayham residents all the best for the future.”





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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)




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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Thursday. 




-EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey v Glencoe


-Thu. -Wiebe Family Christmas, Aylmer Legion, 5pm

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

-Fri. -Schools closed for holidays

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Exeter, 7:30pm





-Wellwood, Iris Clara of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer passed away today in her 98th year. Wife of the late Reginald Wellwood (1996). Survivors: three children – including Michael (Mary-Anne) Wellwood and Barbara (Bob) Warnock, both of Aylmer etc.. She was born in England. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, Aylmer on Saturday at 1 pm.





Bayham Council in a special session last night was informed that Administrator Kyle Kruger has resigned.





-Sr G VBall – EESS 3 CECI 0

-Jr G VBall – EESS 3 CECI 1

-Sr B BBall – EESS 59 CECI 55

-Jr B BBall – EESS 72 CECI 21

-Girls Hockey – EESS 5 CECI 0





Some resolutions passed at Monday’s meeting of Aylmer Council:

-(From the Town Administrator:) “Aylmer’s Marketing Assistant has touched base with Mennonite Community Services and is proposing a two part municipal tour. Part one would involve a presentation at the Old Town Hall showing the structure of local government. The second part would provide a tour of Council Chambers with an introduction by the Mayor/Administrator who may like to address the group.”

-Resolution:  “That Council authorizes the Administrator to make plans to provide a Municipal Tour to Mennonite Community Services”

-(From Mainstreet Aylmer:) – “We understand from the Town of Aylmer’s Community Improvement Plan that there is to be money set aside to promote improvement, development, redevelopment and preservation in the core. Facade Improvement grants are avilable for 50% of the construction costs to a maximum grant of $5,000 per applicant. MainStreet Aylmer is asking that money is allocated in the 2014 budget for the Town’s Community Improvement Program specific to the Facade Improvement Program.”

-Resolution:  “That the communication from MainStreet Aylmer about the financial request related to the Town’s Community Improvement Program, be referred to the Finance Committee for consideration.”

-Resolution:  (Re-Lighting Tenders:) – “That Council approves the Staff recommendations outlined in the Report and accepts the RFP proposal from Harry’s Electrical Inc. to provide for the Sportsfield Lighting Upgrades for the Town’s three sportsfield facilities for the amount of $177,687.30 plus applicable taxes” (There were four tenders submitted, including Koolens’ Electric of Aylmer and Harry’s Electrical of Burgessville)





– December 9, 2013, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– December 10, 2013, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist

– December 11, 2013, Station #2, 44 Moore Avenue, Aylmer, Mutual Aid

– December 12, 2013, Station #4, Imperial Road, Automobile Fire

– December 12, 2013, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– December 14, 2013, Station #1,  John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– December 14, 2013, Station #1,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– December 15, 2013, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist





(From Environment Canada – For East Elgin – 9 am Wednesday)

“Significant winter weather is expected late this week and this weekend. Several disturbances originating in Texas are expected to move towards the Lower Great Lakes starting Friday. The first system is expected to ride up along this track on Friday and precipitation with this system is expected to spread into Southwestern Ontario Thursday evening. The precipitation could fall as snow, ice pellets, freezing rain or even periods of rain. The next storm system is expected to bring a significant and extended period of freezing rain across Southern Ontario Saturday night through Sunday.”




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TUESDAY, Dec. 17/13





-EESS Hosts: Girls VBall, Girls Hockey vs. CECI

-Immanuel Christian Christmas Concert, 1:30 pm (Wed. 7:30pm)


-Wed. -EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey v Glencoe

-Thu. -Wiebe Family Christmas, Aylmer Legion, 5pm

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

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Exeter, 7:30pm





-Beckett, J. Roy, of St. Thomas, formerly of the Aylmer area, passed away Sunday in his 87th year. Survivors: wife Muriel (nee Sercombe) Beckett; four children etc.. He formerly farmed in the Aylmer area. Visitation on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, St. Thomas. The funeral will be held at the Gospel Hall St. Thomas on Thursday at 2 pm.


James, Stanley Robert of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer and formerly of Calton, passed away today in his 93rd year. Survivors: wife Audrey (Buck) James; three children including Roger James (Cheryl) of RR6, Aylmer and brother Maurice James (Myna) of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Bayham and was a longtime farmer in the Calton area and treasurer of Calton Cemetery for over 40 years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 am.





(Aylmer Christmas Care boxes are being packed and delivered next Monday beginning at 9 am at Immanuel Christian School. Last year they served 350 families/1350 persons. They expect approximately the same numbers again this year. They could use the public’s help to deliver the filled boxes – volunteers, in pairs, should be at the school at 1 pm. Information on the history and setup of the program is provided by Carolyn Buis, Aylmer Christmas Care Co-Ordinator.)


“In 1990 we moved to Immanuel Christian School and packed around 200 boxes. Last year we did about 350. They were packed in just under one hour. The setting up of the assembly line of groceries, bagging of the apples, oranges, cookies, sweet potatoes and packing of baby food takes all the prep time before. The arrival of the fresh produces, turkeys and hams and the donated goods that have been collected by schools, business and parades etc. all needs to be co-ordinated to their designated spots. We have approximately 75 volunteers ranging in age from 7 years to 80 years old.

The wrapping of the boxes occurs on the evening before we pack. It is very impressive in the morning to see the rows of wrapped boxes. The deliveries start as soon as the packing is completed. For Straffordville, Vienna and Port Burwell the boxes and the toys from the Optimists are picked up by members of the Lions Clubs and the Legion and then are distributed or picked up at the respective places. The length of time of delivery depends on the number of community members who show up to do this part of the project.

We follow Canada’s Food Guide to provide and encourage balanced and healthy eating ie. cereal, butter, cheese, canned milk, canned fruit and veggies, fresh lettuce, carrots, apples, oranges, canned meat, fresh turkey or ham depending on family size. Special treats of a package of cookies, candies and hot chocolate, jello and dessert topping are added. The donated/collected goods are added to the boxes also. These will vary in quantity and variety from year to year, but usually consist of dry and canned pasta and sauces (lots of kraft dinner and mr. noodle), dry and canned soups, tuna, canned fruit and veggies and stove top stuffing and cranberry sauces etc. My husband Ron and I have been with this project approximately 25 years. We have many individuals and families who return each year to lend a helping hand. That is very likely why everything moves so smoothly and quickly. We stand amazed every year at the number of volunteers.”





PT. BURWELL  – (Contributed) – The children of Pt. Burwell Public School have created a community improvement project  to help renew and reenergize the village which has been hit particularly hard by economic times in recent years. The community has lost its health care providers, its only gas station, and its only hardware store as well as seen a rise in unemployment.

To proceed with their project, named The Polestars Program, they first require the approval of Hydro One to paint a small section of the lower portion of all Hydro One’s poles along Robinson Street, the main street. They plan to paint the poles with colourful handprints and to include the message: “Won’t you give us a hand?” Unfortunately, their initial request for permission was turned down.

Now they are appealing to Hydro One President and CEO Carmine Marcello. They discovered a similar program in British Columbia called the Fernwood Pole Painting Project, a community improvement initiative in Victoria, which was approved. They sent their request and information on Fernwood to Mr. Marcello yesterday.They also have produced a short video with their appeal to Mr Marcello,which is now on youtube . (http://youtube/TZYrLNsDX6U)

Their community contact is Margot Pieters. Added Mrs. Pieters: “This all started about two and a half years ago when I first moved to the community. It was obvious that it needed ‘some help’ economically. The first thing everyone does notice when they come into Pt. Burwell, along Robinson St., are the awful hydro poles, so I started thinking about about the possibility of decorating them. I approached the school with an idea and won their support and then some key members of the community. Then we discovered the Fernwood Pole Painting Program in BC. and contacted them.

If we get Hydro One’s permission, we plan to hold a street party in late April/early May  with all of the children from the Public School, as well as inviting Mr. Marcello and the entire community, and decorate the designated poles.” (For more information contact Margot at 416-628-0880.)




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MONDAY, DEC. 16/13





-Aylmer Council. 7pm


-Tue. -EESS Hosts: Girls VBall, Girls Hockey

-Tue. -Immanuel Christian Christmas Concert, 1:30 pm (Wed. 7:30pm)

-Wed. -EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey v Glencoe

-Thu. -Wiebe Family Christmas, Aylmer Legion, 5pm

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





-Kalman, Helen of Chateau Gardens Aylmer passed away Sunday in her 88th year. Survivors include: brothers Steve (Helen) Kalman and Joe Kalman, both of the Aylmer area etc.. She was born in Hungary and was a member of the Catholic Women’s League. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Wednesday at 11:00 am.





(From Elgin OPP) – Yesterday around 9 pm Elgin OPP received a report of a vehicle that had been northbound on Culloden Road between Heritage Line and Ottergate Line and which had left the roadway and collided with a hydro pole. It was reported that the vehicle left the scene and continued northbound towards Hwy #3. The hydro pole was completely snapped off at the base causing power outages to some area homes.The suspect vehicle is described as a mid-1990’s Dodge Ram 4×4, black in colour with an extended cab and a short box. The vehicle is expected to have damage to either the front or passenger side of the vehicle.


Anyone with information regarding this collision should immediately contact the OPP.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.





-Jr G VBall – EESS (2-1) 3 AVSS 0

-Sr G VBall – EESS (2-1) 3 AVSS 0

-Sr B BBall – EESS (3-0) 66 AVSS 32

-Jr BBall – EESS (3-0) 65 AVSS 5

-Girls Curling – CECI 5 EESS 3

-Boys Curling – EESS 7 CECI 7





(Contributed) – “Elgin St. Thomas Public Health is aware of an increased number of cases of stomach (gastrointestinal) illness in the community. The most common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, but can also include headache, abdominal cramps and rarely fever. Symptoms usually last 24 to 48 hours and sometimes longer depending on the cause. Although these illnesses are often referred to as “stomach flu,” they are not caused by the influenza virus or any other respiratory virus. The most common cause is Norovirus. A doctor can usually make a diagnosis based on symptoms. Treatment of the illness commonly includes drinking more fluids and getting plenty of rest. Norovirus is very infectious.”





AYLMER –  Five different players scored as Aylmer knocked off third place Lambeth 5-2 here Saturday in SOJHL hockey.  Spits’ goalsmen were Will Goodhue, Trevor Stewart, Matthew Reese, Cameron Mancini, and Brad Payne. It was Aylmer’s first win against Lambeth in four matches. The Spits’ record is now twelve wins and fifteen losses. Their only game this week is hosting Exeter Saturday.


Period 1
AylmerWill Goodhue (Clint Walker, Mark Macpherson) 12:39
AylmerTrevor Stewart (power play) (Brad Payne (C), Mitch Roloson) 16:10
AylmerMatthew Reese (Eric Nemeth) 17:57
Period 2
AylmerCameron Mancini (Mark Edmonds, Cody Underhill) 0:55
LambethMatt Schurr (Jake Alkins, Keith Arnold) 2:41
LambethTrevor Daynes (Kale Corbeth, Nick North) 17:54
Period 3
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (power play) (unassisted) 6:38





(Contributed) – “Findings released by the Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Unit’s 2013 Nutritious Food Basket (NFB) Report highlight that some families and individuals in our community cannot afford a healthy diet. The 2013 NFB survey showed the cost of feeding a family of four (two parents, two children) in Elgin and St. Thomas has increased over 3% in three years, now costing $184.95 per week or $739.80 per month. In addition to the annual NFB report, this year the health unit also adapted a video to raise awareness of how social and economic conditions impact health in our community. The video “Let’s Start a Conversation about Health…” aims to reframe the conversation about health, to highlight that health is about much more than access to medical care.


The Health Unit has been working with community partners to address food security and other barriers to health in Elgin and St. Thomas. For more information, please contact Courtney-Brooke Laurie, Registered Dietitian, or Joy Dawkins, Public Health Nurse, at 1-800-922-0096 (or 519-631-9900) or visit our website at www.elginhealth.on.ca





(Information on new ‘Internet Evolved’ services is from Lindsay Magri, Eastlink Aylmer Marketing Manager:) – “As we recognize that the way customers are using the internet is always evolving we want to ensure that our Internet product is ready to meet their needs. Internet Evolved refers to many of the additional options we offer with our Internet service to make sure we have a solution for customers. Customers can add these components as needed – WiFi Extender and Personal Cloud are brand new products offered by Eastlink. The components of Internet Evolved are all fully supported by our 24/7 Canadian technical support team.


The services: WiFi Extender – Enables customers to boost their WiFi coverage to hard to reach areas. This product is available to Eastlink WiFi customers and can be purchased through our Retail Store on Sydenham Street; Personal Cloud – provides the ability to access, backup and share photos, movies and documents instantly across multiple devices including Android and Apple smartphones, tablets and PC & Mac Computers; My Tech Guru – Provides support for all the technology in a customers home including 24/7 support for Smart TV’s, computer upgrades, social media accounts, hardware set-up and more; Internet Security Services – Computer protection for both PC and Mac on up to 5 computers to protect against viruses, spyware and other threats as well as providing parental controls.”




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THURSDAY, Dec. 12/13



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish FRIDAY




-EESS hosts: Boys BBall v AVSS


-Sat. -EESS Canned Food Drive in Aylmer, 10 am – 1pm

-Sat.-Barbara Thorson, Aylmer Baptist Church, 7:30 pm (see ad)

-Sat.-Sun. -Springfield Baptist Church, Rabbi Moshe, 7 pm (see ad)

-Sat.- Straffordville Christmas Parade, 10:30 am

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Lambeth, 7:30 pm

-Sat.-Sun. -Channel 5 – Aylmer Christmas Parade, 5pm each day

-Sun.-Church of God Community Christmas, EEC Complex, 3pm


-Mon. – Aylmer Council, 7pm






(Information from Aylmer Fire Department Chief Sam Taylor:) – The Aylmer Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the back yard at a residence on Moore Ave. yesterday around 9:30 am. (See photo yesterday). The first arriving units found the home heavily involved with fire on the first and second floors. Mutual Aid assistance was provided by Malahide Township Station # 2. Aylmer had 14 firefighters respond and Malahide supplied 12 firefighters. Firefighters were on scene until around 1:30 pm.


The house was heavily damaged by fire; no damage estimate is available yet. The possible cause of the fire is accidental – wood stove ashes placed in a container close to the rear of the house had ignited nearby construction debris causing the fire to spread to the structure. There were no injuries. There was minimal damage to the neighbouring homes. A woman who was home at the time smelled smoke, discovered the fire, called 911 and exited the home. There were no working smoke alarms in the home and charges are pending.






-Girls Hockey – EESS (3-0) 4 CECI 1

-Boys Hockey – EESS (3-1) 7 PCI 1








Yesterday, Aylmer Council held a special meeting to hear a presentation by Mr. Dan Wilson, Associate Director, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. The company was retained by the Town to prepare an asset management plan as required by the Provincial Government. The plan is intended to be used during various decision making processes, including the annual budgeting process and applications for capital grants.


The assets included in the plan are roads, bridges, facilities, land improvements, water, wastewater and storm water related features, vehicles, and equipment. They were identified in terms of current and projected replacement values and expected levels of service. An asset management strategy containing recommended course of actions was presented. Council adopted the plan and it is being referred to the 2014 Budget for discussion.






(From Elgin OPP) – Yesterday around 3pm Elgin OPP investigated a collision involving a tractor trailer and car on Belmont Road just south of Mapleton Line. At the time of the collision a Tractor Trailer was southbound on Belmont Road just south of Mapleton Line.  A car was travelling north on Belmont Road and swerved into the oncoming lane and collided with the tractor trailer. The collision caused the tractor trailer to jack knife and come to rest in the north bound ditch.


The driver of the car, an 18 year old Central Elgin man, was transported to hospital as a precaution. The driver of the tractor trailer, a 57 year old Middlesex Centre man, was uninjured in the collision. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were removed by towing companies. No charges have been laid as yet.






A Christmas concert featuring former Aylmerite and lyric soprano singer Barbara Thorson has been arranged by a local group for this Saturday at the Aylmer Baptist Church. The concert will also include a number of guests (see ad). Barbara is the daughter of Pat (and the late Ralph) Johnston of Aylmer. This is her fourth concert in Aylmer. Proceeds from the concert will go to the EESS Environmental Leadership Program and the Corner Cupboard. She is a member of the Calgary Opera Chorus.






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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)







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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11/13





-Special Aylmer Council, 10 am (Asset Management Plan)

-EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v Parkside


-Thu. -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v AVSS


-Sat. -EESS Canned Food Drive in Aylmer, 10 am – 1pm

-Sat.-Barbara Thorson, Aylmer Baptist Church, 7:30 pm (see ad)

-Sat.-Sun. -Springfield Baptist Church, Rabbi Moshe, 7 pm (see ad)

-Sat.- Straffordville Christmas Parade, 10:30 am

-Sun.-Church of God Community Christmas, EEC Complex, 3pm






-Boys Hockey – EESS (2-1) 3 West Elgin 2

-Girls Sr VBall – EESS 3 Glencoe 0

-Girls Jr VBall – EESS 3 Glencoe 0







Fire this morning damaged this home on Moore Ave. in Aylmer. (kb) (CLICK)






Devos, Michael H.J. of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer passed away on Monday at the age of 92. Predeceased by wife Madeline (Dely) Devos (2008). Also survived by one son etc.. He was formerly a farmer in the Straffordville area. Public inurnment of ashes on Thursday, December 19th, at 2 p.m. at the Straffordville cemetery. Arrangements through Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.






Dates for Free Skating, sponsored by Tim Hortons, at the EEC Complex prior to Christmas are: Friday December 20 10 am-Noon, Saturday Dec. 21 9:15 am to 11:15 and 5:15pm to 6:15, Sunday Dec. 22 1-2:30pm, Monday Dec. 23 10:am-12, and Tuesday Dec. 24 9:15 am-11:15.






(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “The Town will continue to provide a Drop-off Depot for residents to dispose of their Christmas Trees at the Parks and Recreation Parking Lot at 8 Parkview Heights. Trees may be dropped off between December 26 and January 12.” (All decorations need to be removed/ Trees left at the curb will not be picked up.)





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