Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

TUESDAY, Nov. 4/14





-Tue – EESS hosts: Jr Girls BBall Playoff v Till.


-Wed. -TVDSB Grade 9s to work day

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

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30
-Sat. -APAC Presents: Jack Dekeyzer (sold out)



(Information from Bayham Fire Chief Randy White:) – “We were dispatched at 2 pm. The scene commander requested assistance from Brownsville, Malahide, and Courtland in Norfolk. Bayham fire crews stayed until 4:50 pm, almost 3 hours. The fire appears to have started near a wood stove in the basement (Have wood and oil burning appliances and chimneys inspected before each heating season). Initial damage estimates were pegged at $175,000. There were no injuries (except for the cat). Considering how the fire spread and the delay before being noticed, the crews did an outstanding job of limiting the damage. I’d say the bulk of things precious to the family were saved.”





This Monday at the Otter Valley Naturalists’ monthly meeting at 7 pm at the Vienna Community Centre – ” “The Ontario Badger” with guest speaker Josh Sayers of Ontario Badgers. Southern Ontario is home to a small population of American Badgers (Taxidea taxus subspecies “jacksoni”). These rare, native carnivores are members of the weasel family and are among the most elusive animals in the province.”





(Contributed) – (The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 13th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 14 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 15, from 1 pm – 9 pm. In the next few weeks all four homes on the tour will be featured:)


“This lovely white frame house at 53 Harvey St. was built in 1876 by the Kent family and remained in the family until the last owner, Marion Kent, passed away. The home was purchased in 2006 by Barb Kelly. The large new garage was added on in 2011 plus the front yard landscaping was redone to accommodate the addition. In  2012 the house was sold to the present owners, Paul and Laura Donelan. Paul and Laura have transformed the two-car garage into a beautiful adult retreat – their master bedroom. Throughout the home you will notice the touches of old with the new. Original beams are exposed in the living room wall and notice the unique kitchen island. The transformation of this house will amaze you.”







“Aylmer Police were called yesterday around 3 pm to Rebekah Drive after a neighbour observed several male youths acting suspiciously behind a residence. Police followed a trail back to the Bradley Creek and found seven youths – one 19, one 18 and five between 14 and 16 years old –  sitting around consuming alcohol and in possession of marijuana. The families of the youths – four from Malahide, three from Aylmer – were called to the station and Police suggested a program of diversion for all involved.”





(Information from Claudia Mior-Eckel, Executive Director of the East Elgin Family Health team:) – “Dr.  Monika Botschner will be retiring December 31st. She has provided 4 years of service to the EEFHT  We are in the process of contacting her patients to let them know about physicians accepting patients in neighbouring towns and ensuring that the transition is seamless.  There are several physicians in the London area accepting patients.


Our goal is to provide health services to all residents of Eastern Elgin County with 8 full time physicians and 2 full time Nurse Practitioners; in addition to a full staff of other health professionals, ie, social worker and dietitian practicing in our Aylmer and Straffordville locations. Our Straffordville site renovations are complete and we are hopeful we will recruit physicians for that location. It is also our intent to provide other health services in Straffordville such as social work and nutrition.”




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MONDAY, Nov. 3/14





-Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Aylmer Leaf Collection begins (all of November)


-Tue – EESS host: Jr Girls BBall Playoff v Till.

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

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30





Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer reported the following concerning Hallowe’en night in town Friday: “No incidents, nice and quiet. We also ran a RIDE ‎program with no issues.”





-FOOTBALL – SR – EESS (3-3) 10 Medway 3; JR – EESS (4-2) 15 Medway 14 (end of league schedule)





-VanWeelden, Dick of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in his 90th year. Survivors: wife Nellie (Looyen) VanWeelden; two children including Mary Ann Moore of Aylmer etc.. He was born in The Netherlands. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am.





Aylmer Spitfires won and lost in weekend SOJHL play. Saturday at home, Mt. Brydges overcame a 2-0 Aylmer first period lead to post a 4-2 victory; Will Goodhue and Ryan Stapleton tallied for the Spits. Sunday in North Middlesex, Derek Folkhard scored twice to lead the Spitfires to their third win in as many games over the home team this season. Single goals were notched by Clint Walker, Josh Houston and Josh Lockhart. Aylmer’s record is now four wins and twelve losses. This week Aylmer hosts Pt. Stanley Saturday and travels to Thamesford Sunday.



Period 1
AylmerJosh   Lockhart (Andrew   Baxter) 0:25
AylmerJosh   Houston (power play) (Andrew   Baxter) 6:41
North MiddlesexJackson Kading (Brady   Hillock) 14:41
North MiddlesexMatt   Lencz (power play) (Spencer   Kading, Nic   Kowaluk) 19:07
Period 2
AylmerClint   Walker (power play) (Josh   Houston, Kyle   DiCicco) 5:29
North MiddlesexTaylor   Moir (Ryan   Collison, Nic   Kowaluk) 7:32
AylmerDerek   Folkard (Robert   Shaw) 9:54
AylmerDerek   Folkard (Jesse   Tottle, Robert   Shaw) 17:14
Period 3
North Middlesex   – Matt   Lencz (unassisted) 0:58





– October 31, 2014, Station #2, Mutual Aid, 55520 Arthur Street, Bayham

– November 1, 2014, Station # 1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– November 2, 2014, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist





(Press Release Friday) – “The Competition Bureau announced today that it has approved the sale by Loblaw of ten Shoppers Drug Mart stores: seven will be sold to independent pharmacists operating under a McKesson banner and three will be sold to Pharmasave Drugs (Atlantic) Ltd. These transactions result from the March 2014 Consent Agreement between Loblaw and the Bureau relating to Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart. (Local stores involved include those in Aylmer and Exeter). When conducting its review of Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, the Bureau examined the level of retail competition in each and every market where both a Loblaw-owned grocery store and a Shoppers Drug Mart were present. McKesson sells and delivers directly to over 7,000 pharmacies and runs a banner program for independent pharmacists under the IDA etc. banner which includes over 2,000 locations in Canada.”





(Contributed) – The Ontario Public Library Association recently announced that three of the four winners in their “What inspires you @ Your Library” Video Contest for Teens were from East Elgin libraries. The videos with the most Likes on Facebook were from the Belmont Library (Spencer Esler, CAS Youth Intern) ​and Straffordville Library (Faith Braun, Student Youth Intern). The videos as chosen by the OPLA Council were from Huntsville Public Library and the ​Aylmer Library (CAS Youth Intern Jen Klassen). Each winner won an iPad. Each had to produce a video, one to two minutes in length, concerning the theme. You can view the videos at:





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FRIDAY, Oct. 31/14






-Fri-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)

-Fri -Ayl-Mal Fair Haunted House (see ad), 7-9 pm

-Fri -DoNut Man Concert; EECC 6:30, No costumes, Free, Hosted by EMMC Church

-Sat. – Clocks change back


*Next Week – Aylmer leaf collection begins

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm





-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (9-0, Ist place) 37 PCI 32 (end of league play)

-GIRLS BBALL – JR – EESS (6-1, Ist place) 47 College Ave 26 (end of league play)

-BOYS VBALL – SR – Glencoe 3 EESS 2 (quarter final, end of season)





The Aylmer News welcomes submissions – ie. comments, pictures of local events, writing a review of a local event, doing a report on a team or organization you belong to etc. Sent it along to our email address.





(Contributed) St.Thomas Elgin Safe Communities is sponsoring a 12 hour course to train people to assist someone with a mental health crisis. The sessions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday November 25-6 and December 2-3 from  8:30 am-12 each day at the Elgin Resource Business Centre on Edgeware Rd. in St.Thomas.  Cost is $130. To register email pam.buys@von.ca or call 519 637 6408.





(From Principal Kim Simpson at Davenport:)  – “We had an assembly this morning that featured a powerpoint presentation about bullying that was the idea of two grade eight students. They developed the presentation on their own under the supervision of a teacher. We also recognized outstanding student citizens from each class. We are having a Hallowe’en dance this afternoon and the cost of entry is a canned good. All the canned goods collected are for the food bank. Each class has also voted on the best costume and the student from each class who had the best costume won a prize.”


(From Principal Don Naylor at Summers’ Corners:) – “Some of the classes have done some activities with pumpkins–carving, baking, counting/graphing seeds. We dressed in black and orange today for colour house points.”


(From Principal Richard Auckland at Straffordville:) –  “The author of the “And Then It Happened” series of books, Michael Wade came to Straffordville today to speak to the grade 3 to 7 students about being an author and where some of his ideas come from. He then travelled to Port Buwrell to make a presentation to their students. Today we are also having a black and orange spirit day.”


Author Michael Wade was at Straffordville public school this morning. (Contributed)

Author Michael Wade was at Straffordville public school this morning. (Contributed)





NEW – “Low German Mennonites of Aylmer” . On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

“Low German Mennonites of Aylmer”. On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.




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THURSDAY, Oct. 30/14





– EESS hosts Girls BBall; Boys VBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)


-Fri. -DoNut Man Concert; EEC Complex 6:30, No costumes, Free, Hosted by EMMC Church

-Sat. – Clocks change

*Next Week – Aylmer leaf collection begins






-van Kasteren, Andre of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in his 83rd year. Survivors: wife Lotty (Peltenburg) vanKasteren; five children including Jack vanKasteren (Kathy) and Harry vanKasteren (Gail), both of Aylmer etc.. He was born in the Netherlands and moved to Malahide in 1964. He served three terms as a councillor for Malahide then moved on to Deputy Reeve and Reeve and in 1998 became the first Mayor of the township. He founded the Dairy and Heritage Museum in Port Bruce in 1994; it was sold to Gay Lea Foods in 2008. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Friday at 11 am.





-Odanski, Gary of Aylmer passed away October 23 at the age of 65. Survivors: two children; five siblings including Gerald of Port Bruce and Larry of Aylmer etc.. A family celebration will be held at a later date.





About 800 elementary students from the four Aylmer schools participated together in the final event of the October Walking Wednesdays program yesterday afternoon. The students walked from their respective schools and then joined and completed several laps around the track at EESS. Co-ordinator McGregor teacher Penny Hilliker said it marked the first time all four schools have got together for this program. All grades took part although kindergarten students did their walking at the schools. Students listened to speakers Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt and a representative from sponsor the Elgin Health Unit before departing.







(Information from Councillor Arthur Oslach) – New recyclable items in Aylmer include – plastic packaging around toys, batteries etc. (remove paper for separate recycling), coffee cups (lids go separately) and ice cream tubs. These items can now be recyled in the container blueboxes.





(Information from the municipal clerks) – In Aylmer, 1795 voted Monday, a turnout of 33%, which was down from 35% in 2010; in Malahide there was a mail in ballot return of 40% which was down from 51% in 2010; in Bayham 30% went to the polls, also down slightly from the 32% who voted in 2010.





(The Mudmen, a Canadian Celtic band, are sponsoring their own concert on Saturday November 29 at the Old Town Theater (tickets available at Campbell Book Store and at the door) Robbie Campbell of the Mudmen provides this overview:) – “We  are more Celtic and we’re shifting our show to the Theater market. We have played several theatre shows on our self promoted small town tour. We (some of us) have played the Old Town Hall Theater in Aylmer with John McDermott years ago but we have never played there as Mudmen. With the help of Ron McLean saying “Mudmen we love them”  on the CBC , performing and meeting the Queen, being on the new CBC hockey Anthem, the Johnny Reid Tour etc. there should be interest in seeing us live.


We just returned from performing at the Edmonton Oilers 30th anniversary of the 1984 Oilers Stanley Cup banquet  with Ron McLean hosting. Sarah McLaughlin, Red Rider & Mudmen/Campbell Brothers will be performing on the soon to be aired Rogers tv special. We are currently working on a new cd.  We play 100-140 shows a year. We will meet the crowd, sign cd’s , take pictures etc. We plan to introduce some of the new cd material at this concert & polish them for the studio.”






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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29/14





*Hills Pharm. Flu Shots Wed. and Thu. beginning today (Book ahead)

– Elementary Walk to school event; 2pm walk to EESS

– Flu Clinic at Vienna Comm. Centre, 3-7 pm

– EESS Drug Awareness Event, 7 pm (see Thu. story)


-Thu. – EESS hosts Girls BBall; Boys VBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)

-Sat. – Clocks change


*Aylmer Christmas parade is Nov. 22





AYLMER – Jack Couckuyt – Defeated in the Mayor’s race – “I am looking for reasons why the voters turfed this Council since we showed excellent fiscal responsibility, built infrastructure, lowered taxes and built reserves for the future. The obvious reason may be the elephant in the room that people talked about on the sidelines and really greatly misunderstood in its business case. Aylmer needs a building for everyone and a location which allows future use for the Museum and Theatre. But there were too many cliches and hot buttons that associated the library with unsustainable debt and confused a solution with the “whipping boy” (the Complex). I am proud of my record and would do it all again (with the possible exception of having a Town Hall meeting to discuss the Library rather than a formal Council meeting). The only thing I object to in the entire library debate was the use of the term “vanity building”. The building was not about me. If I have a legacy, it is with the many thousands of students who crossed my path. But perhaps this was all only about change for the sake of change. Whatever the case, this Council has laid the groundwork for tax cuts and infrastructure for the future.”


MALAHIDE – Mike Wolfe – Successful Deputy Mayor – “The results are quite outstanding and very humbling. I think the vote went as it did because this is what the people of Malahide wanted.”


BAYHAM – Paul Enns – Successful Mayor – I am happy to have seen such a clear decision by the residents of Bayham by voting both Tom and myself in to represent all of Bayham. I feel everyone has had a chance to decide on their potential representatives and in the end though there were differences in opinions a clear direction was shown. Now we must pull together and work at making Bayham an even better place.”


BAYHAM – Tom Southwick – Successful Deputy Mayor – “My reaction is of course pleased with the outcome. I had predicted a close election since contemplating a run for Deputy Mayor. I am also very heartened by Bayhams’ obvious appreciation for a positive, policy driven campaign. The positive campaign was the difference maker, residents across Bayham are really ready to become The Municipality of Bayham in more than just name and to progress cautiously, together.”





October 23, 2014, Station #2,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– October 25, 2014, Station #4 ,#3,  Belmont Road, MVC

(*Single vehicle rollover, between crossley hunter and lyons line, one person minor injuries)

– October 26, 2014, Station #2,  Glencolin Line, False Alarm

– October 26, 2014, Station #2,  Glencolin Line, Medical Assist





-Nix (Martin), Ellen of Tillsonburg and formerly of Aylmer passed away on Monday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Robert Martin(1997) and the late Robert Nix(2008). Survivors: two children including Kathryn Goble (Wayne) of Tillsonburg etc.. A service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church, Tillsonburg on Saturday at 2 pm. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Simonis, Yvette of Pt. Burwell passed away on Sunday in her 48th year. Survivors: husband Walter; two children etc. A celebration will be held on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Dorchester.





(From Elgin OPP) – AYLMER – A road side commercial motor vehicle inspection was conducted last Thursday on Progress Drive in Aylmer. Twenty five inspections were conducted with 15 charges being laid. Ten vehicles were taken out of service due to mechanical deficiencies.





-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (8-0) 39 CECI 25; JR – EESS (5-1) 40 WCI 32





RICHMOND – (From Elgin OPP) – Two Malahide male youths have been arrested and charged after attempting to break into a Medical Marihuana growing facility on Richmond Road,  north of Calton Line, in Bayham around 7 pm last night. An alert neighbour heard the sound of breaking glass and then saw the two outside of the property beside a broken window. The youths fled the scene when they realized that they had been observed. A 15 year old and a 17 year old were later identified by police and arrested.






(Contributed) – (The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 13th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 14 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 15, from 1 pm – 9 pm – In the next few weeks all four homes on the tour will be featured:) The Driver home, 275 John St. south, was designed by Karen Driver and built by Dekmar Homes. Starting in 2013 as a simple renovation, after discovering some major structural issues it was decided that a new build was the way to proceed. This home fuses two distinct styles with the front porch and portico being post and beam and the home itself being craftsman style. It was designed with an open concept comfortable feel, with hickory and granite flooring used throughout. The great room has twenty-two foot walls with a floor to ceiling fireplace and vaulted pine ceilings. The fireplace mantle is a section of the main beam from the original cabin and the front porch was also saved from the old home. The second storey hallway looks down to the great room for amazing views.  Large transom windows bring in lots of natural light and are in keeping with the craftsmen style as are the custom baseboards.



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TUESDAY, Oct. 28/14





– Sr Day Out at EEC Complex, 9:30-12:30 (see Wed. story)

– EESS hosts Girls BBall – Sr v WCI


*Hills Pharmacy informs they are offering Flu Shots on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning tomorrow. You need to book appointments.

-Wed – Elementary Walk to school event; 2pm walk to EESS

-Wed. – Flu Clinic at Vienna Comm. Centre, 3-7 pm

-Wed – EESS Drug Awareness Event, 7 pm (see Thu. story)

-Thu. – EESS hosts Girls BBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm; (see ad)





AYLMER: (Final, Unofficial)


MAYOR – Currie 1052, Couckuyt 405, Habkirk 217

DEP-MAYOR – French 804, Richer 519, Avram 264

COUNCIL (5 Elected) – Laur 1003, Andrews 986, Barbour 795, McDonald 760, Oslach 721/Wright 637, Vandermeersch 636, Lapointe 602, Murch 580


MALAHIDE: (Final, Unofficial)


Mayor – Mennill (acclaimed)

Dep-Mayor – Wolfe 1310, Jenkins 955

Council – Wales (acclaimed)/ Widner 370 Steenbergen 185/Moore 242 Vanderwyst 167/ Glinski 318 Charlton 171/ Cerna 243 Quiring 205


BAYHAM (Final, Unofficial)


MAYOR – Enns 961, James 516

DEP- MAYOR – Southwick 796 Evanitski 691

COUNCIL – Ketchabaw (acclaimed)/ Breyer 164  Ra. Weisler 157 Hughes 137, Legg 93/ Casier 359 Ri. Weisler 124




PUBLIC (2 elected) – Incumbent James Todd 5662, Chris Goodall 5643/ Doug Sands 4986, etc.

SEPARATE – (1) – Bill Hall 1423 Terry Carroll 1218





Newcomer Greg Currie won a decisive victory as Aylmer’s Mayor yesterday, doubling the total of incumbent Jack Couckuyt. Former Mayor Bob Habkirk was a distant third (see totals above). Aylmer has now had a different Mayor in five consecutive elections.

A sparse crowd of about fifteen persons – no mayoral candidates or new councillors attended – watched the results posted in the council chambers last night. The final tally came around 11 pm. The new council takes office on December 1st.

Former Councillor Mary French upended incumbent Gerry Richer in the Deputy Mayor contest with former deputy mayor Doug Avram placing third.

Newcomers Barbra Ann Laur and Sheri Andrews topped the polls for two of the five council positions. Others elected were incumbents Peter Barbour and Arthur Oslach and rookie Ted Macdonald. Voters ousted five time councillor John Vandermeersch, three time councillor Judi Wright, and incumbent Dave Lapointe.


In Malahide, six of seven council members are the same. Councillor Mike Wolfe upset incumbent Jim Jenkins for Deputy Mayor and incumbents Mark Widner, Chester Glinski and Max Moore were returned to council along with newcomer Rick Cerna. Mayor Dave Mennill and councillor Mark Wales were acclaimed.


In Bayham, four of five council faces are also the same. Incumbent Paul Enns won his Mayor’s seat back handily over Roger James and councillor Tom Southwick defeated incumbent Cliff Evanitski for the Deputy Mayor’s job. Incumbent Wayne Casier was returned to council, Ed Ketchabaw was acclaimed and Randy Breyer won election for the other council seat.





New Mayor Greg Currie – ” I think the result speaks to the citizens of Aylmer wanting to see change. The slate of new councillors indicates that a more business approach is wanted. I think it is required that the new council roll up its sleeves to work toward a growing community.”


New Deputy Mayor Mary French – “I believe that the voters are ready for change and I was very pleased with the election results.”


New Councillor Barbra Ann Laur (led the polls) – “I am truly overwhelmed by the amount of support I have received. But the real picture here is a larger show of support for change. The town has but together a new and vibrant team which I hope can bring the same energy to our problem solving and future. I know all of us look forward to the next four years.”





– The only other time Aylmer has had three women on council was in 1980-1

– This is the first time a woman (Dep-Mayor Mary French) has held this key a position on council – Kathleen Schaper was a Deputy Reeve in 1986-8 but the town had a Mayor and a Reeve as well.

– The last time Aylmer elected a Mayor with no previous council experience was Roger Verbuyst in 1983





-Knelsen, David B. of Aylmer passed away Monday in his 77th year. Survivors: wife Kathy (Harder) Knelsen; four children including Nettie Dyck (Jake) of Port Bruce, Annie Driedger (Pete) of Richmond, Jake Knelsen of Eden etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, Mount Salem on Thursday at 1 pm.




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MONDAY, Oct. 27/14





11pm ELECTION RESULTS: (Unofficial)


AYLMER: (All ten polls reporting, only advanced polls to go)

MAYOR – Currie  832, Couckuyt 327, Habkirk 187

DEP-MAYOR – French 604, Richer 432, Avram 213

COUNCIL (5) – Laur 796, Andrews 791, Barbour 620, Oslach 589, McDonald 585, Wright 517, Vandermeersch 501, Lapointe 474, Murch 462


MALAHIDE: (Unofficial, Final)

Dep-Mayor – Wolfe 1310, Jenkins 955

Council – Widner 370 Steenbergen 185; Moore 242 Vanderwyst 167; Glinski 318 Charlton 171, Cerna 243 Quiring 205


BAYHAM (Unofficial, All polls reporting)

MAYOR – Enns 961, James 516

DEP- MAYOR – Southwick 796 Evanitski 691

COUNCIL – Breyer 164 Weisler 157 etc./ Casier 359 Weisler 124





-Tue. – Sr Day Out at EEC Complex, 9:30-12:30 (see Wed. story)

-Tue. – EESS hosts Girls BBall – Sr v WCI

-Wed – Elementary Walk to school event at EESS

-Wed. – Flu Clinic at Vienna Comm. Centre, 3-7 pm

-Wed – EESS Drug Awareness Event, 7 pm (see Thu. story)

-Thu. – EESS hosts Girls BBall

-Thu-Sat. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)





AYLMER – All Aylmer residents vote at the EEC Complex. Polls are open from 10 am-8 pm. Bring identification (no cards were sent out). Results will be posted on the Town website and on this site when available after 9 pm. (Bayham and Malahide results will also be on their sites). The public is invited to attend the town/township offices after 8 pm for voting results. TVDS Board results will be posted on the City of St.Thomas site later this evening.


MALAHIDE – Voters can still return their mail-in ballots at the Township Office until 8 pm.


BAYHAM – Polling Stations – Ward 1 – Vienna Comm. Centre; Ward 2 – Straffordville Fire Hall; Ward 3 – Eden Comm. Centre





-2010 – Mayor – Jack Couckuyt defeated Bob Habkirk, Ted McDonald, and Mary French; Deputy-Mayor -Gerry Richer; Council – Judi Wright, John Vandermeersch, Peter Barbour, Dave Lapointe and Arthur Oslach.


-2006 – Mayor – Bob Habkirk (def. Rick Jakos, Doug Avram); Deputy – Ron Baldwin (acclaimed); Council – Jack Couckuyt, Judi Wright, John Vandermeersch, Gerry Richer, Mary French.


-2003 – Mayor – Paul Baldwin (def. Habkirk); Deputy – R. Baldwin (acc.); Council – Wright, Richer, Avram, Rick Murray, Spencer Dickson.


-2000 – Mayor – Habkirk (acc.); Deputy – P. Baldwin (acc.); Council – R. Baldwin, Vandermeersch, Dickson, Avram, Roger Vandierendonck.





-FOOTBALL – JR – EESS (3-2) 62 Banting 0; SR – Banting 17 EESS (2-3) 15





-Wells, Laura Marie of Straffordville  passed away on Saturday at the age of 70 years. Survivors: brother Bill Wells (Nancy), sister-in-law Teresa Wells, all of Straffordville etc.. Laura worked with the OPP for 35 years in Tillsonburg. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The Funeral will be held at the Straffordville United Church on Wednesday at 2 pm.





AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires had a win and a loss in weekend games in SOJHL play. Saturday at home Aylmer handed Lambeth only their second loss of the year – by a 3-2 count. Spitfires’ net denters were Luke Bettencourt, Ryan VanRoestel and Clint Walker. Sunday in Lucan, the first place home team thrashed the Spits by 9-3, at one time building a 7-1 lead. Ryan Stapleton had two goals for Aylmer and Josh Lockhart added the other. The Spitfires’ record is now 3 wins and 11 losses. This weekend Aylmer does not have a home game Saturday – they are in Mt. Brydges Saturday and travel to North Middlesex Sunday.



Period 1
AylmerLuke   Bettencourt (Ryan   Stapleton) 4:29
LambethEric   Rivard (Warren   Hargraves, Jay   Ritchie) 9:03
Period 2
AylmerRyan   Van Roestel (Ryan   Stapleton, Luke   Bettencourt) 1:03
LambethWarren   Hargraves (power play) (Kale   Corbeth, Ryan   Pennington) 14:08
AylmerClint   Walker (power play) (Luke   Bettencourt, Brett   Dzyngel) 15:58
Period 3
(no scoring)





(Contributed by Randy Breyer of the Bayham Family Table restaurant in Vienna who has been instrumental in helping revive the Pt. Burwell Christmas Parade which was cancelled recently when the Pt. Burwell Optimist Club disbanded:) – “We did this because we will not let these small communities lose any more and we cannot deprive the children of the area of such a simple part of their life. The first step was to confirm the availability and cost of insurance before contacting any other groups. When this was established I made several calls and within a very short time the Vienna Lion’s Club confirmed that they would do the Santa Claus and his float and would contribute to the purchase of candy. The Lionesses also confirmed that they would purchase and package the candy and that they would take care of the insurance. Then the Historical Society confirmed that they would supply and distribute hot chocolate, cider and cookies. We are looking for Floats for this parade on December 6 at 6:30 pm.


We also have an added interest in this project because last year we started an annual tradition in the Restaurant which was BAYHAM’S CHRISTMAS WISH TREE. We placed paper Christmas Balls on the Christmas Tree in the Restaurant with information. Our customers and many people from the area then came in and took 1 or more balls from the Tree. They then returned the balls and unwrapped gifts to the Restaurant. We then wrapped them and on Christmas Eve we got the addresses and delivered all these parcels with assistance from others in the area. There was a total of 76 children who had an unexpected Merry Christmas.”





Top ten local finishers in Wednesday’s TVDS Board’s elementary cross country championships held at Springbank Park – Junior Boys – Ben Weesjes, South Dorchester, 4th; Bantam Boys – Seth Vanbommel, South Dorchester, fifth.






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FRIDAY, Oct. 24/14







Thu-Sun. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)

 -Fri-Sat. -Ayl/Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host  Lucan, 7:30

-Sat. -Square, Round Dancers at EEC Complex (see Oct. 23 story)

-Sat. -Forest City Derby Girls; 2 games; Western Fair Complex (see ad)











-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS 50 Glencoe 17; JR – EESS (4-1) 44 Ingersoll 19


-FIELD HOCKEY – EESS 1 Ing. 0; PCI 3 EESS (4-2) 0 (End of season for EESS)


-WOSSAA CROSS COUNTRY – SR BOYS – Justin Attfield, 15th






-Klassen, Pedro of Vienna passed away on Thursday in his 37th year. He was born in Mexico. Survivors: eight siblings etc.. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home  on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, Mount Salem on Monday at 1 pm.






(Bayham Mayoral and Deputy Mayoral candidates were asked to respond Monday to various election issues. Candidates for Mayor are incumbent Paul Enns and Roger James. Candidates for Deputy Mayor are incumbent Cliff Evanitski and Co. Tom Southwick. Only Co. Southwick responded (see yesterday’s story).)






(The Carolinian Canada Coalition this year is recording the natural landscape of Elgin. Sara Howe of Aylmer this summer joined the Elgin Natural Heritage Inventory as an assistant. She provides the following information on the program.) –  “I have a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a post-graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. The goal of our Elgin Inventory, which began in April, is to update the Species at Risk data. When the Elgin Greenway Conservation Action Plan was created by a team of conservation partners in 2012 it was noted that there was a lack of recent records, which are important for conservation planning. This is the first time that Carolinian Canada has coordinated a county-wide inventory.



To date we have found many significant species include Red-Headed Woodpecker, American Chestnut, Butternut and Barn Swallows. We enlisted private landowners who wanted surveys conducted on their property, as well as volunteers to assist with those surveys. Our landowners span from West Lorne to Port Burwell, so we have good coverage across Elgin. We have had over 50 volunteers sign up to conduct surveys and report their sightings. We created a guide to teach volunteers how to conduct an inventory, and where to report sightings for particular species. We hope to continue the project in 2015, funding dependant.



If you would like to learn more about the inventory you can visit https://caroliniancanada.ca/elgin-natural-heritage-inventory. There are many other citizen science initiatives to track species that people can participate in across Elgin and the rest of Ontario. A list of these programs can be found in the Elgin Natural Heritage Inventory Participant Guide, which can be downloaded for free by visiting the Carolinian Canada website and registering as a volunteer.”






Bayham and Malahide have interest in the 200th anniversary celebrations of the War of 1812-1814. In late October and early November 1814 the Americans under General Duncan MacArthur returning from battles in the Niagara area headed home west following the main thoroughfare in this area – the Talbot Trail. Various homes were ransacked and possessions stolen along the way and after the war residents were allowed to claim for losses. Here are some interesting claims as recorded in the book by Glenn Stott and Carol Hall “Taken and Destroyed: War of 1812 Losses, Claims…”, 2011.



-Michael Hickey of Bayham – sails of rigging of vessel, 20 pounds wheat, nine hogs, 565 fowl, 165 cabbages, clothing for wife and children

-Jesse Carroll of Malahide – eighty bushels of oats, six bushels wheat, one portsmanteau (trunk)

-Lymon Sheraton of Bayham – a gun, three looking glasses, a knapsack, a silver plated cup, twelve towels, ten pounds potatoes, three hogs

-Thomas Nevills of Baham – one horse, six bushels corn, seventeen yards linen, shoemakers tools, stockings, tin kettle, blanket, six pillows, strawmaker tools,

-William Cascadden of Malahide – horses, grain, pork, twenty pounds peas, 28 cwt pork, weavers loom

-Joseph Defields of Bayham – hogs, cattle, furniture, cloth, blankets, wineglass, saw, cash, fence panels

-Andrew Davis of Malahide – horse, saddle, one hundred and fifty pounds sugar

-Simon Davis of Malahide- horse

-Joseph Davis of Malahide – horse, rifle, linen

-William Orrien  of Bayham – four hogs killed by Indians

-Joseph Tyrrel of Malahide – rifle, hog, portmanteau

-Symon Thurston of Malahide – gun, twelve fowl, three hogs







NEW – “Low German Mennonites of Aylmer” . On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

“Low German Mennonites of Aylmer”. On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.





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THURSDAY, Oct. 23/14





-All Week -Aylmer Bulk Garbage Pickup

-Thu-Sun. -ACT presents: ‘Looking’, 8 pm (Sun-2pm); (see ad)


-Fri-Sat. -Ayl/Mal. Fair Haunted House (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host  Lucan, 7:30

-Sat. -Square, Round Dancers at EEC Complex (see Oct. 23 story)

-Sat. -Forest City Derby Girls; 2 games; Western Fair Complex (see ad)

-Mon. -Aylmer, Malahide, Bayham Voting Day






(THE SWODSA is holding a square dance event at the EEC Complex Saturday – Information from Linda Charlton:) –  “We will hold an opening ceremony starting at 7:30 p.m. yet dancing takes place from 2 – 5 pm and 6:30 – 9:30 pm. We are a volunteer organization with 700 members in Southwestern Ontario.  SWOSDA has approximately 25 square dance callers and round dance cuers in our Association and 34 clubs. Our Association is a part of the Ontario Federation of Square and Round Dancing and also the Canadian Society of Square and Round Dancing.


We hosted our 50th Anniversary of SWOSDA in Aylmer at the EECC in 2009. Attendance peaked during the day at 400 dancers. Our SWOSDA Association also hosted the National Festival 2008 in London at the London Convention Centre. We hosted nearly 3,000 dancers at that time.”






-VanRheenen, Pieter of Victoria, BC and formerly of Aylmer passed away on October 8th. Survivors: wife Karen, two daughters; several siblings including a sister Sylvia (Andre) Hooghiem of Aylmer etc.. Pieter was born in the Netherlands; he was a graduate of EESS. He retired in 2009 as Executive Director, Physician Human Resource Management with the Ministry of Health in B.C. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Oak Bay BC.






(Information from Alison Haldenby, EESS teacher) – The local chapter of the Parent Action on Drugs is sponsoring a session on drug awareness in the EESS cafeteria next Wednesday beginning at 7 pm. The speaker is Patricia Scott Jeoffroy, a consultant for the PAD in York region. Representatives from local police services, the Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit and the Salvation Army will also be present for consultation. Alison is advisor for a mentor group of students at EESS which was founded last year and who will again train about fifteen students to go to the public school grade eight classes in the area and speak on drug and alcohol education this year.






(From Chief Andre Reymer) – A 15 year old Aylmer boy was charged with disobeying a stop sign and driving without a licence after being found on a motorcycle (dirt bike) on Farmington Ave. on October 15 at 4 pm. The boy tried to flee but was apprehended and taken home to his parents.







(Contributed) – (The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 13th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 14 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 15, from 1 pm – 9 pm – In the next few weeks all four homes on the tour will be featured:) – “This home was built in 1853 by Nathan Wood, a local merchant who purchased the twenty acre site for $75.00.  Dr. Homer McLay and his wife Kathleen purchased the home in 1935 from H.M. Hambidge. Dr. McLay then engaged architect L.G. Bridgman to design a two story addition to the back of the house to contain a kitchen and vestibule downstairs and sunroom/sitting room above. Dormer windows also were added to the back roof to provide light to a bedroom and bathroom on the third floor which leads into a large walk-in attic.


In 1949 Dr. McLay hired architect Fred Greene to design a Neo Greek Portico to replace a smaller porch on the front of the home. After Dr. McLay and his wife Kathleen passed away, their son Peter and his wife Carol lived in the home until 1989 when the home was purchased by Dr. Bruce and Jane Minielly who renovated and modernized the kitchen.  This year Ian McLay and his wife Saousan purchased 24 Pine St. E. and redecorated the inside and redesigned the gardens.”






(Sandi Loponen of the Elgin County Library provides more information on the recent Palmer Estate grant for youth technology at the Aylmer Library) – “On behalf of the Palmer Estate, Andrew Gunn approached Brian Masschaele CEO of the Elgin County Library to discuss the need for equipment and services that will provide local youth with the opportunity to learn more about current technologies and programming languages. Current technologies include 3D file design and object printing, programming skills, and knowledge of software required to produce audio and video files. These technologies will form the basis of our first makerspace, along with equipment to digitize materials in legacy formats, such as slides and VHS tapes. We want to ensure that these funds are spent on the most relevant technologies for youth.


For example, a 3D scanner and printer can be used to scan a broken part that may be preventing an appliance or tool from working. The broken area can be corrected on the digital 3D file and a replacement part can be printed. Many patrons are using this type of service in libraries to fix material goods so that they no longer need to be sent to landfill. The 3D printer we will be providing to patrons will print in durable plastic. Youth will also have an opportunity to use the makerspace hardware and software to learn more about sound and video production. We will also be acquiring self-contained circuit boards called Raspberry PI. These inexpensive units can function as a computer once a monitor and keyboard are attached. We will be providing training to youth so they will be able to learn fundamental programming skills and program the Raspberry PIs to become radios, photo booths, model boat motors etc. Several fun and interesting projects are listed online at instructables.com.”






(Bayham Mayoral and Deputy Mayoral candidates were asked to respond to the following election issues. Candidates for Mayor are incumbent Paul Enns and Roger James. Candidates for Deputy Mayor are incumbent Cliff Evanitski and Co. Tom Southwick.)


1. What are two specific priorities for you if elected?

2. Are you satisfied with the Ojibwa financing arrangements? Why?

3. Are Bayham taxes really too high. Two areas where you would reduce taxes?

4. Are you satisfied with the Richmond water financing. Why?

5. Is the DLRA not a priority at this time? Explain.



1- After honesty and integrity are Harbour Divestiture Negotiations – the foot dragging, pretend negotiations need to end and an offer needs to be brought to fruition with a yes or no vote to follow this term and Fair Water Rates for Bayham Residents -the subsidy system recently adopted must be repealed and the user pay system reinstated.

2 – To date Bayham has not been called upon by the RBC to pay on the guarantorship, so that’s a step towards yes. Of course I want to see Bayham out of the guarantorship as soon as possible so the Ojibwa Project will have to continue to work towards a successful future to achieve this.

3 – Bayham taxes, in fact, are low in comparison to most of our neighbours. I do not see tax cuts in Bayhams’ immediate future but will continue to spend wisely to ensure the lowest taxes possible.

4 – Definitely not. Councillors Casier, Ketchebaw and Evanitski have pitted one area of Bayham against the other by forcing a certain geographical area of Bayham to subsidize another areas’ water rates. It is unfair, biased and divisive, for those reasons it will be repealed!

5 – The DLRA is absolutely one of my priorities!  I repeatedly made the motion for it and could not even obtain a seconder! When it finally came to a recorded vote, Evanitski, Casier and Ketchebaw put their own personal views ahead of the health concerns of Bayham residents and voted against requesting a DLRA!





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