Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

MONDAY, Sept. 22/14





Malahide Election: Candidates Debate, OTHall Theatre, 7:30 pm

-Seniors Games Meeting, St. Thomas Seniors Centre, 7pm


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

-Tue. -EESS hosts: Field Hockey (2 gm), Girls BBall: Jr- Till, Sr- WESS

-Tue.-Sat. -Ayl.-Mal. Museum: WWI Exhibit at Aylmer Legion, 10 am-6pm

-Fri. -P.D. Day/Public Skating at EEC Complex 10 am-Noon

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive (see ad)

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

-Sat.-Sun. -Artastic Elgin (see Tue. story)


-*Next Week – Aylmer Brush Collection






(Information from Tim Stafford of Hydro One:) – “The wind storm on Saturday evening created tree damage on the Aylmer Hydro One feeders. A tree downed by wind fell over a major feeder north of Aylmer affecting Springfield, Malahide customers north of Aylmer to Lyons, Terrace Lodge and east to Chalet line. Hydro one Crews worked through the night and Sunday to restore power to approximately 1200 customers.”






-Football: Sr. – EESS 29 Lon. South 7; Jr. – South 52 EESS 14






(Aylmer election candidates and Malahide Dep.-Mayor candidates have been asked to provide a brief overview as they declared their nominations. Malahide Dep-Mayor Incumbent Jim Jenkins provides this overview:) -“A milestone was achieved by our Roads Department in 2014 with the tar and chip construction of the gravel potion of Wilson Line. Now all roads in Malahide running west of Imperial Road are hard surfaced. A major concern in Malahide has been the cost of operating the East Elgin Community Complex.The operational review prepared by LeisurePlan International identified opportunities to reduce costs at the Complex and a RFP has been issued for a business plan to identify more savings. Of continuing concern are increasing OPP costs and the reduction in the township’s OMPF grant which were responsible for most of the increase of township taxes in 2014.


My priority is to provide a resourceful and efficient government that serves the immediate and long-term best interests of our township. That includes a restructured East Elgin Community Complex, working with the TVDSB to maintain the Springfield School and, at the county level, designing a Terrace Lodge Home that meets the needs and expectations of our seniors and their families. I am committed to serving our township with common sense and forward thinking.”






AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires had a win and a loss in their opening weekend in Southern Junior C Hockey League action. Friday, Thamesford scored a power play goal with less than five minutes remaining to eke out a 3-2 win in the opening game in Thamesford. Aylmer marksmen were Ryan Stapleton and Trevor Stewart. The Spits took four of seven misconduct penalties handed out in the third period.


Saturday, Jesiah Sweetland scored twice as Aylmer decisioned North Middlesex at home 5-3. Other Spitfires scorers were Ryan Van Roestel, Trevor Stewart and Cody Underhill; Aylmer held a 48-35 edge in shots. This week Aylmer hosts Dorchester Saturday and travels to Pt. Stanley Sunday.


Period 1
North MiddlesexRyan   Brown (Eric   Campbell, Nic   Kowaluk) 7:43
AylmerRyan   Van Roestel (Clint   Walker, Tyler   Marr) 9:32
North MiddlesexMack   O Keefe (Dylan   Carroll) 11:50
AylmerTrevor   Stewart (Austin   Blais, Luke   Bettencourt) 15:28
Period 2
AylmerJesiah   Sweetland (power play) (unassisted) 8:53
North MiddlesexTurner   Balasin (Eric   Campbell, Ryan   Brown) 9:16
Period 3
AylmerCody   Underhill (power play) (Brett   Dzyngel, Kyle   DiCicco) 5:41
AylmerJesiah   Sweetland (Austin   Blais, Ryan   Van Roestel) 6:56






NORTH HALL – On Saturday around 4am Elgin OPP received a report of a loud crash and possible motor vehicle collision in the area of Eden Line and Talbot Line in Bayham.  Police attended the area to find a large amount of debris and gravel on the roadway but there were no vehicles. A police investigation revealed that a driver of a local Taxi company had been traveling east of Eden Line and had failed to stop for the stop sign at Talbot Line (Hwy #3) and then crossed over Talbot Line and into the ditch area causing damage to the roadway, embankment and severe damage to the taxi mini-van (rendering it in-operable). The driver then had the vehicle removed by a tow truck and left the scene and then attended a local hospital for minor injuries. Police have charged the 60 year old Bayham male driver with failing to report a collison, failing to remain at the scene and careless driving.”






-Marshall, Karen Elizabeth of R.R.# 4 Aylmer passed away today in her 67th year. Survivors: husband Rick Marshall; three children etc.. A memorial service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday September 29 at 1 pm.






– September 16, 2014, Station #4,  #1, #2 and #3, Wilson Line, Fire

(*Chimney fire, 9 am, east of Imperial Road, poor maintenance cause, $2000 damage)

– September 19, 2014, Station #2,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– September 20, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– September 21, 2014, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– September 21, 2014, Station #4,  Putnam Road, Mutual Aid






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FRIDAY, Sept. 19/14



Fri. EESS Sports:

-Football – Sr – EESS 29 Lon. South 7; Jr – South 52 EESS 14




-EESS hosts NIGHT FOOTBALL: Vs. London South; Jr 6pm, Sr 8 pm


-Sat. – Aylmer, Malahide Hazard. Waste Disposal, EEC Complex, 9 am-2pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires Home Opener; 7:30pm host N. Middlesex

-Sat. -Aylmer Skating Club Registration, 1-3 pm, EEC Complex


-Mon. – Malahide Candidates Debate, OTHall Theatre, 7:30 pm

-Mon- Senior Games Meeting, St. Thomas Seniors Centre, 7pm





The annual Hazardous Waste Depot for Aylmer and Malahide residents will be held at the EEC Complex this Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Among acceptable items are: paints, motor oils, car batteries, bbq tanks, phones, computers, televisions, small appliances etc. Prohibited items include major appliances, tires etc.(Check the municipal websites).





(Charlie Roloson, President of the Aylmer Spitfires, provides this overview of the team with the home opener in their nine team Southern Ontario Junior C Hockey League slated for tomorrow:) – “We have 8 former and current EESS students on our team this year and 6 more from St Thomas so we are quite proud of being able to offer a very competitive team with the majority of the players being from Elgin County. We lost some key players in Brad Payne, Mitch Roloson and Todd Laurindo so we are looking for veteran players such as power forward Clint Walker and 5th year goalie Lucas Easterbrook to provide leadership this year.


Last year’s assistant coach Greg Thompson has moved to being GM this year. Greg has been able to recruit some very talented young players such as Aylmer’s Ryan Van Roestel and goalie Michael Mommersteeg who both have been playing for the AAA Elgin Middlesex Chiefs. Ryan led the Spitfires with 6 points in 4 preseason games. Cody Underhill will look to lead the offence this year as he enters his 4th year of being a Spitfire. Our defence will average over 6’1” tall and 210 lbs this year and they will be looking to throw their weight around.


Mark Steele will continue as Head Coach with Jeff Gillies back as assistant coach and Rob DeSutter added as another assistant. The Spitfires look to improve on our 6th place finish from last year.”





-Boys VBall – JR – PCI 3 EESS 0 ;SR – PCI 3 EESS 1






“Yesterday around 11:30 am the Downtown Convenience Store at 148 Talbot St. east was robbed by a lone male suspect. He did not have a weapon but demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount. He was described as a male in his 20′s , thin,  5’6″- 5′-8″, 120-140 lbs, wearing jeans and a grey fleece hoodie. It also had an insignia on the left breast. The suspect also wore white runners and red work gloves. He was masked with dark glasses and had a towel across his face. There was no indication of what direction he headed.”





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, Sept. 18/14






-EESS hosts: Boys VBall vs. Parkside

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils


-Fri. -EESS hosts NIGHT FOOTBALL: Vs. London South; Jr 6pm, Sr 8 pm

-Sat. – Aylmer, Malahide Hazard. Waste Disposal, EEC Complex, 9 am-2pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires Home Opener; 7:30pm host N. Middlesex


-Mon. – Malahide Candidates Debate, OTHall Theatre, 7:30 pm






A 19 year old Malahide man was charged with following too closely around 10 am last Thusrday after his car hit the rear of a van on John St. north near Progress Drive as the van, travelling south, slowed for the intersection; both vehicles had to be towed.






(Eight members of the Aylmer Baptist Church spent a week this summer doing a mission project at Morley in Alberta; Pastor Cam Watts provides more information:)  “The group included myself, Tim Csinos, Vera Dickhout, Karen Hilliker, Mayim Irwin-Bishop, Dave Murray, Deb Woods, and Judi Wright. We went to the Stoney Nakoda Nation just West of Cochrane Alberta to work at the United Church there. We did repairs, built a kitchen and painted for them. It is a cash-poor but gift-rich church; we were happy to work with them.


We did some clean up due to the flooding in the Bow River Valley last year. Originally we were to work on homes but the Alberta government finally tendered a contract to work on the homes so we were asked to do repairs on the Morley United Church in the heart of the Nation. We do a mission every two years. We worked alongside and got to know some of the residents. The church, like the reserve, is financially challenged. Unemployment on the reserve is 95%, so we were happy to help. We covered all of our costs, including materials.”






(EESS Girls Field Hockey coach Katie Horricks provides an overview of the upcoming season:) – “We play our first game next Tuesday at home. We have two less teams in the league this year, so only 7 teams. We have some strong returning players: Gr 12s Mikaela Moore and Rashelle Graham, Gr 11s Tori Vanderspank, Carly Van Roestel, Brittany Kirk, Emily Kukula and Karleigh Brown. We have lots of new Grade 9 and 10 players, including two rookie goalies. We played an exhibition against Parkside yesterday and won 1-0 on a goal by Vanderspank.”






The monthly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex resumes next Tuesday. The session runs from 9:30 to 12:30 pm, the cost is $10 and pre registration is required (phone the Complex 773-5631). Tuesday’s speaker is Lynn Davis from Serenity House Hospice who will talk about what they do there. A choice of shuffleboard, fitness or skating is also part of the morning’s activities.






(EESS Senior Football Coach Steve Voros provides an overview of the upcoming season:) “We are in the Tier 1 public division (there are seven teams with five from London plus Medway and EESS). We hope to go for the title this year. We have 20 key returnees including our QB Vanderspank, RBs the Klassen twins, TE Weber, FB Friesen, Linemen Catt, Heide, Dunlop, Vandeursen, Vleeming, and Springer and  WR Vandermeer. We also have a very good rookie class led by LB Nezezon and DE Zehr and OL Wiebe. Looking forward to a great season.” (The seniors play their opening game, hosting London South tomorrow night.)





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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17/14





-United Way Soup Challenge; Central Restaurant, 11am-2pm; $5


-Thu. -EESS hosts: Boys VBall vs. Parkside

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

-Fri. -EESS hosts NIGHT FOOTBALL: Vs. London South; Jr 6pm, Sr 8 pm

-Sat. – Aylmer, Malahide Hazard. Waste Disposal, EEC Complex, 9 am-2pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires Home Opener; 7:30pm host N. Middlesex


-Mon. – Malahide Candidates Debate, OTHall Theatre, 7:30 pm





-Poole, Mary of Aylmer passed away on September 3 in her 92nd year. Predeceased by husband Stanley Poole (1993). Survivors: two children etc. The service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Saturday at 11 am with visitation one hour prior.






-The Town reissued the John Street Watermain Replacement Project tender in an attempt to reduce the costs to the approved budgeted amount of $1,945,000. Although four companies bid, the final costs including construction, engineering and contingency allowance is $2,425,000 (HST md.). Under the provincial funding agreement (SRNMIF) the Town receives $1,545,000. The outstanding amount of $880,000 would be covered by money from the Town’s water reserves. Council will be asked to approve the transfer of this money.The John Street Watermain north end is to be completed in 2014 by Elgin Construction at a cost of $699,474. The south end will be done by December 31, 2015 by Bel-Air for $1,779,911.

-By-Law 40-14 was passed authorizing the signing of a Development Agreement, between Aylmer Full Gospel Church and the Town for the development of lands located at 244 Talbot Street East for an early years daycare facility.





(Incumbent Jack Couckuyt is running for Mayor of Aylmer and provides this overview:) – “I have been on Aylmer Council 8 years, 4 as Councillor and 4 as Mayor. I am currently also Chair of the Elgin St.-Thomas Public Health Board. I was in a management position (Principal and Vice-Principal) of several  large secondary schools for 17 years, 13 of which were at East Elgin Secondary School. My experience and knowledge of budgets, long-term planning, resource management and working with people have been very useful in serving as Mayor.

When you look at the record, Aylmer taxes have climbed substantially from 2000 to 2010.  In the last four years, however, they have been held  below the level of inflation. We have been fiscally responsible in sustaining services while reducing the debt to the lowest level ever. I am determined to keep Aylmer taxes benchmarked to below the rate of inflation. I have decided to run again because there is much to plan for and do for the future of Aylmer. We have been examining the finances of the Complex now for over 3 years and have done so in a careful deliberate way. Public meetings on the Complex wanted us to look at a business plan and we await the results of a “Business Plan” for the Operational Review recommendations. We also need to look at developing another Industrial Park. We only have about 12 acres left in the current one. We must look to promoting those things we do well: great services, safe community, inclusive culture, compact downtown rather than just pointing at high taxes. I have certainly been a passionate supporter of a new library. The largest library in Elgin County is in Dutton, the second largest in Port Stanley. Aylmer has more than twice the circulation of either, yet we are not even close in size. It must not be at the Complex; the proposed  new building is dead; a larger library must be tied to the existing library in some manner so as to accommodate future theatre use; the video store location is still a solid option. Take a  look at our past record. Note that we have built a new bathhouse, a splashpad, renewed infrastructure and much more. My approach is a steady stable sustainability.”





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TUESDAY, Sept. 16/14





Wed. -United Way Soup Challenge; Central Restaurant, 11am-2pm; $5

-Thu. -EESS hosts: Boys VBall vs. Parkside

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

-Fri. -EESS hosts NIGHT FOOTBALL: Vs. London South; Jr 6pm, Sr 8 pm

-Sat. – Aylmer, Malahide Hazard. Waste Disposal, EEC Complex, 9 am-2pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires Home Opener; 7:30pm host N. Middlesex





(From Elgin OPP) -The OPP are investigating a series of break ins in East Elgin overnight Saturday. One occurred at the Mennomex Store just east of Aylmer in Malahide sometime between 9:30 pm Saturday and 12:45 am Sunday. Entry was not gained, however one pane of glass was smashed in the front door.

Police believe this attempted break in to be linked to several others in Malahide and Bayham that night. A break in occurred at the Howe Family Farm Market at John Wise Line and Rogers Road in Malahide sometime between 6:30 pm Saturday and 10 am Sunday. The suspect(s) gained entry through the front door and stole the cash register which contained a small amount of cash. And another break in occurred at Cooks Pizza on Plank Road in Straffordville around 5 am Sunday. The suspect(s) gained entry through the front door and took the cash register, which unknown to the suspect(s) contained no money.

Also, the OPP is investigating a theft from a vehicle in a private driveway on West St. in Belmont around 2 am Sunday. The homeowner of a West Street residence heard noises out in front of his home and saw a white, possibly a 2013, 4 door Chrysler 200 parked in the middle of the road with the rear passenger side door open. The homeowner observed a chunky white male with blonde hair return to the vehicle. The male suspect appeared to have been carrying a black case of some sort and there were 3 or 4 males in the vehicle. The homeowner attempted to follow the suspect vehicle but lost sight of it. Later that morning, the homeowner across the street discovered that an 18 volt cordless Milwaukee drill with black case and charger and a Milwaukee flashlight totalling approximately $500 had been stolen from the bed of his pick-up truck.

If you have information on any of these incidents and wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).





(Bob Habkirk is running for Aylmer Mayor; he provides the following overview:) – “I am retired and have lived in Aylmer since 1954 and am still active as a volunteer and committee member. I was nine years a Councillor 1985 – 1994 and thirteen years as Mayor 1994 – 2003 – 2006 – 2010.

I still have much to give in a great community that deserves sensible, experienced leadership and fiscal responsibility with no preconceived notions or personal agendas. The important issues are: to take a real hard look at the reckless attempt to build a new facility to accommodate the County library versus a sensible solution of accommodating an expansion of space into another existing building; the need to get back to basics on infrastructure renewal – people want their snow plowed, toilets to flush and safe drinking water; they want this without unsustainable tax hikes every year; nor do they want to be listening to four year of arguments about a new library building that isn’t needed while so many alternatives are available.”





– September 9, 2014, Station #2 Station #1, 52880 Talbot Line, MVC

– September 10, 2014, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– September 11, 2014, Station #3 Station #2, 10555 Imperial Road, MVC

– September 12, 2014, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– September 14, 2014, Station #4,  Westbury Drive, Medical Assist

– September 14, 2014, Station #2  Station #1, Talbot Line, MVC





-Wall, Peter of Aylmer passed away Monday in his 58th year. Survivors: wife Gabriela (Hernandez) Wall; children Josh(Miranda), Joel and Raquel of Aylmer 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 EMCC Church on Thursday at 11 am.





The new Head Secretary at EESS is Barbra Sinnesael. She replaced Diane Allen on July 31st. Barbra was a longtime secretary at Straffordville Public School and then was a secretary at CECI in St.Thomas. She is a native of and resides presently in Langton.





(Contributed) – “Elgin County is pleased to announce that Artastic Elgin will return for a second installment on September 27 and 28. Join members of the Elgin Arts Trail for two days of interactive workshops, gallery events, speakers and more. Artastic Elgin will be held at participating Elgin Arts Trail member locations on Saturday September 27 from 11 am-4 pm and Sunday September 28 from 12 pm-4 pm. Participating centres in East Elgin include Minerva Art Gallery at Kingsmill and Pinecroft. Maps of the route can be picked up at each member location or downloaded from the Elgin Arts Trail website. For more information call (519) 631-1460 ext.168, e-mail lduncan@elgin-county.on.ca or visit www.elginartstrail.ca




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MONDAY, Sept. 15/14





-Aylmer Council, 7pm


-Thu. -EESS hosts: Boys VBall vs. Parkside

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

-Fri. -EESS hosts NIGHT FOOTBALL: Vs. London South; Jr 6pm, Sr 8 pm

-Sat. – Aylmer, Malahide Hazard. Waste Disposal, EEC Complex, 9 am-2pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires Home Opener; 7:30pm host N. Middlesex





Clerk Lynda Millard Friday afternoon released the final list of nominations for Bayham’s elections this fall: Mayor – Incumbent Paul Enns is now being challenged by Roger James; Deputy Mayor – Incumbent Cliff Evanitski is opposed by Co. Tom Southwick; Council Ward One – Randy Breyer, Norm Hughes, Kim Legg, and Rainey Weisler; Ward Two – Incumbent Wayne Casier is now opposed by Rick Weisler; and Ward Three – Incumbent Ed Ketchabaw is acclaimed.





An updated list today from Malahide for this fall’s election notes that incumbent Dave Mennill remains unchallenged for Mayor. There are two vying for Deputy Mayor – incumbent Jim Jenkins is opposed by Co. Mike Wolfe. Council nominations include: Ward 1 – Incumbent Mark Widner and George Steenbergen; Ward 2 – Incumbent Max Moore and Paul Vanderwyst; Ward 3 – Rick Cerna and Jake Quiring; Ward 4 – Incumbent Mark Wales is acclaimed (Birtha Guenther withdrew her nomination); and Ward 5 – Incumbent Chester Glinski and Tom Charlton. (Melissa Schneider has withdrawn her nomination).





-For Mayor – Incumbent Jack Couckuyt, Greg Currie, Bob Habkirk

-Dep. Mayor – Doug Avram, Incumbent Gerry Richer, Mary French

-Council (five to be elected) – Bill Murch, I -John Vandermeersch, I -Dave LaPointe, I-Pete Barbour, I-Arthur Oslach, Barbara Ann Laur, Ted McDonald, I-Judi Wright, Sheri Andrews.





– September 3, 2014, Station #1, 49075 Dexter Line, Alarm Malfunction

– September 4, 2013, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– September 4, 2014, Station #1 , #2, 48117 John Wise Line, MVC

On September 6 Station #1, #2, #3 and #4, to 5778 Carter Road near Nova Scotia Line around 9:30 pm for a Barn Fire; cause a lightening strike, $5000 damage, two hours on scene.

– September 7, 2014, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– September 7, 2014, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– September 8, 2014, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist





(Information on the new school year at McGregor PS in Aylmer is from new Principal Charlotte Wall:) – “Staffing – We are pleased to welcome a few new staff to the mix:  Mrs. Foster (librarian) Mrs. Falk (Grade 1/2),  Mrs. Major (SK/1) and Mrs. Wall (principal); Building – We have a beautiful new Playground, thanks to the CAST parent group; Events – This Thursday -School Open House with Community Terry Fox Run at 6:30. We have 350 students, including 125 FDK, a little higher than last year.”





It was announced by TSN Radio last week that Jon Abbott, formerly of Aylmer, who served as play-by-play man for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and Joe Bowen’s radio fill-in guy on Maple Leaf broadcasts last season, will replace Rick Ball this season as the radio play by play man for the Vancouver Canucks. Ball left Vancouver to become the new TV voice of the Calgary Flames on Rogers Sportsnet. Abbott will call the lion’s share of radio games. The 28-year-old Abbott called Ottawa 67s games from 2007-11.





(Information on the new school year at Davenport is from new Principal Kim Simpson:) – “New Staff -We would like to extend a warm welcome to Ms. Adkin who will teach Grade 5/6, Miss Buchanan who will teach grade 6, and Ms. Pocock who will teach intermediate Geography and History and will be joining Mrs. Brown for a portion of the day in the LST role. Ms. Sheehy and Ms. Dodge will be joining us as Educational Assistants until December (Mary Pettit has retired.); Events – Meet the Teacher Night is Thursday, September 25. I am also new as principal. I spent my teaching years in London schools and have been a Vice-Principal at Ryerson in London and at Elgin Court in St. Thomas. This year we have 310 students, down a little from last year.”





(Sheri Andrews is running for a position on Aylmer Council. She provides this overview:) “I have been a lifelong resident of Aylmer. I am married to Brad and have two children and two step children. I have always worked within the community and continue to do so as a Broker/Part owner of Showcase East Elgin Realty. I have volunteered with United Way, The Heart and Stroke Society, and The Canadian Cancer Society and currently am a director on the Aylmer Chamber.

I have decided to run for council because I feel that Aylmer needs a fresh approach to the key issues that our community faces daily. I feel strongly that we need to implement controlled spending while boosting the downtown core. We all have choices and I chose to live in Aylmer because it’s a great community. I want to help raise the expectations of our town and make Aylmer a better place to call home for future generations.”




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FRIDAY, Sept. 12/14





-Sat. -APAC presents: Ian Thomas; OTH theatre, 7:30 pm (see ad)


-Mon. – Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Sat. Sept. 20 – Aylmer, Malahide Hazard. Waste Disposal





-Emerson, Donal Ray of St.Thomas formerly of Vienna passed away on Wednesday at the age of 100 years. Husband of Myrtle (Forsyth) Emerson (1962)and Luella (Scott) Emerson (2001). Survivors: three children including George Emerson (Maude) of Aylmer etc.. His brother K.C. Emerson died earlier this year aged 96. Don farmed tobacco in the Vienna area for many years. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held on Monday at 11 am.





As of the 2pm deadline today, Clerk Nancie Irving informed that there was only one addition to yesterday’s list for nominations for the Aylmer election: Sheri Andrews has become the ninth person running for one of the five council seats (see yesterday’s story).





An updated list today at 9am from Malahide for this fall’s election notes that incumbent Dave Mennill remains unchallenged for the Mayor’s desk. There are two vying for Deputy Mayor – incumbent Jim Jenkins is opposed by Co. Mike Wolfe. Council nominations include: Ward 1 -Incumbent Mark Widner and George Steenbergen; Ward 2 – Incumbent Max Moore; Ward 3 – Rick Cerna and Jake Quiring; Ward 4 – Incumbent Mark Wales; and Ward 5 – Incumbent Chester Glinski and Tom Charlton. (Melissa Schneider has withdrawn her nomination from Ward 5). The nominations close at 2pm today for the October 27 election.





(Information on the new school year at Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer is from Principal Keith Cameron who is beginning his fourth year there:) “This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Immanuel Christian School; New Programs –We will continue with our multi-age learning on Friday afternoons with integrated study sessions etc.; Physical Changes –We have updated our building with new steel roofing; New Staff –We are excited to have a growing enrolment of 102 students (last year it was 81). We welcome two new part-time staff members in addition to the other 8 on staff: Ms. Caroline Heo who teaches our music programs etc. and Mrs. Emily Schuurman who teaches our senior grades French program.”





JAFFA – (From Elgin OPP) – The OPP investigated a collision involving a farm vehicle and a car on September 4th on John Wise Line just east of Springwater Road in Malahide. A Jeep pulling a tobacco trailer was traveling west on John Wise Line and was struck by a car that pulled out to pass the Jeep just as the Jeep began turning left (south) into a field. There was extensive damage to the car but the jeep and trailer suffered minor damage.The driver of the Jeep, a 26 year old man from Trinidad, was not injured in the collision. The driver of the car, a 69 year old woman from Vienna and her 15 year old female passenger from Denmark, suffered minor injuries and were transported to hospital and later released.





(Incumbent Gerry Richer is trying to retain his position as Deputy Mayor of Aylmer. He provides the following information:)  – “Resident of Aylmer for 33 years, three terms on council, Finance Chairman for this term; Priorities: One is that the industrial park lands are now nearly filled to capacity and council needs to look at options to expand and access additional lands; maintaining and controlling  budget levys and capital spending; the forthcoming business plan will ultimately decide the future of both the community complex and the library; I am very pleased with this council’s achievements whereas council submitted a record average budget levy of 1% per year and is mortgage free for the most part.There is much more to do to help Aylmer grow and prosper.”





-From Aylmer Council on Sept. 2 – “That the following actions be taken with respect to the request from David Wall, Aylmer Propane, 375 Talbot Street East, to add a burger stand to the existing business -That the Clerk be directed to send a letter to Mr. Wall, outlining the process and the manner in which to proceed.”


-Bayham announced that the Straffordville Community Centre now will be closed for repairs for an undetermined time period.


-Elgin  OPP charged a 39 year old St.Thomas woman with travelling over 40km/hr above the posted speed limit on September 4th around 9 am on Belmont Road in front of the New Sarum Public School in a community safety zone.


-The first heat alert posted by Elgin Health Unit this summer did not occur until September 5.


-Hydro One reported power interruptions for 168 customers in Aylmer during the severe thunderstorm Friday night.





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, Sept. 11/14





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


-Sat. -APAC presents: Ian Thomas; OTH theatre, 7:30 pm (see ad)


-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Sat. Sept. 20 – Aylmer, Malahide Bulk, Haz. Waste Disposal





BELMONT – (From Elgin OPP) – The OPP is  investigating a break and enter which occurred at a Lorne Street residence here sometime between 10pm Tuesday and 3:35pm yesterday. Stolen items included: a 46 inch Sony Bravia TV, Cobo E-Reader Tablet, HP Laptop Computer and a Hennessey 36 inch TV. The homeowners were not home at the time and it is believed that entry was gained via a side window which was not locked.





An updated list today of candidates for this fall’s Aylmer elections reveals that former Mayor Bob Habkirk has entered the race for Mayor. Incumbent Jack Couckuyt and Greg Currie have already declared their nominations for the position. Habkirk was defeated by Couckuyt in the Mayor’s race in the 2010 vote but has held the Mayor’s chair on four previous occasions – 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2006 (Actually this is his sixth consecutive mayor’s election as he lost to Paul Baldwin in 2003.)


Other Aylmer election contestants to date:

-For Deputy Mayor – Doug Avram, Mary French, Gerald Richer

-For Council (five to be elected) – Bill Murch, John Vandermeersch, Dave LaPointe, Peter Barbour, Arthur Oslach, Barbara Ann Laur, Ted Mcdonald and Judi Wright.


Clerk’s reminder: The closing date for nominations is tomorrow at 2 pm; voting day is October 27. Nominees must pay a fee – $200 for mayoral candidates and $100 for other positions – which is refunded if they are successful or obtain at least two percent of the vote. Other key qualifications: you must be 18, a Canadian citizen and be a resident of or own property in the municipality. Aylmer will hold Advance Voting Days on Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 22 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. The advance voting will be held at Aylmer Town Hall. Voting on election day takes place at the EEC Complex. Voters are reminded to bring their identification with them to the polling station. Individuals are encouraged to check the Town’s website at www.aylmer.ca for more details.





(Information on the new school year at Pt. Burwell Public School is from new Principal Linda Westaway:) “Staff changes: We would like to welcome Mrs. Banman a new Early Childhood Educator who will be working with Ms. Wiebe, Mrs. Hinatsu a new Educational Assistant who will be working with a variety of students, Mrs. Koivu who returns to Grade 6 and Mr. Hibbert who returns to FDK; Building changes: Since June our Home and School Association has been working with the school to construct an outdoor learning classroom for the FDK students. We have 200 students, about the same number as last year; Background info on yourself: I began my teaching career in 1986 teaching Grade 5 at Straffordville Public School, my first vice principalship was at Straffordville in 2003, I grew up on a farm between  Port Bruce and Sparta.”





-A 59 year old Malahide woman was charged after her vehicle hit another car on Talbot St. west at Elm St. last Thursday at 8:30 am; as she was leaving the Mac’s Milk store parking lot she turned right and struck the rear of the car; there was minimal damage.


-A 21 year old St Thomas man was charged with following too closely after hitting the rear of another car on Talbot St west at Raglan St. on Aug 29 around 6 pm as he was eastbound and struck a vehicle that had stopped for the pedestrian crosswalk; moderate damage to both.


-A 19 year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to yield after turning left into the path of a car while travelling west on Sydenham St. west at the corner of Centre St. on August 29 around 6 pm; moderate damage to each.


-A 45 year old Malahide man was charged with failing to yield after his car, travelling east on Chestnut St., on a Saturday at lunchtime recently, entered the intersection at John St. and struck a northbound car; minimal damage to both.





-Hollister, Frederick Ross of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in his 75th year. Survivors: wife Bonnie (Dikland) Hollister; two children including Vivian Hollister and fiancé Cory Nelhams of Aylmer etc.. Fred worked at the Ford Motor Company for many years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Friday 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 am.





(Barbara Ann Laur is running for Aylmer Council. She provides the following information:) “Born in Oshawa. Pursued education in Library Sciences through the Oshawa Public Library. Then was self employed and owned and operated stores in Port Perry. Moved to the United States in 1991 and was a 50 per cent owner and CFO of a large startup venture.  Returned to Canada in 1999 and moved to Aylmer in 2001 having married Jim Laur. We owned /operated a farm on Calton line. We now live in Aylmer and we have four children between us.

Concerns: Fiscal Responsibility – Bring practical, sound, affordable solutions to the table to make Aylmer a financially attractive community for all residents and businesses. At the very least we need to maintain our current level of taxation, and at best, find ways to bring our local taxes in line with neighbouring communities; The Library – It is apparent that our community could benefit from upgraded services. However, a new 3 million dollar plus structure is not an option that we can afford; Doctors – Efforts need to be made to find ways of presenting Aylmer to the medical community with an eye on recruiting new physicians; Overall – Aylmer is a wonderfully diverse community. We are not unique in wanting our families to have opportunities for better, richer lives.”





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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10/14





-Thurs. -Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic, at EEC Complex, 2:30-7:30 pm


-Sat. -APAC presents: Ian Thomas; OTH theatre, 7:30 pm





SUMMERS CORNERS – (From Elgin OPP) – OPP investigated an accident around 5:30 am yesterday on Highway #3 just east of Springfield road in Malahide. A 17 year old Bayham male driving a pickup truck was west bound on #3 when he fell asleep and crossed the centre line and into the path of east bound on-coming traffic. Witnesses indicated that a mini-van travelling east had to swerve out of the way to avoid a collision. The truck then left the roadway, severed off a mailbox and entered the south ditch, struck a guide wire supporting a hydro pole which snapped the pole, and came to rest buried into a bank at the edge of a driveway. Police charged the driver with careless driving.


RICHMOND – OPP also investigated a head-on collision yesterday afternoon around 4 pm on Highway #3  just west of Heritage Line in Malahide. A car operated by a 29 year old Aylmer woman was travelling west on #3 and crossed the line and struck a car driven by a 20 year old Aylmer man travelling east. The collision occurred on a straight and level section of dry roadway. The female driver had to be extricated from the vehicle by Malahide Fire Services and was transported to hospital with minor injuries and was  later released. The male driver was also transported to hospital with minor injuries and later released. Police have charged the woman with careless driving.





(Information from new Principal Richard Auckland:) – “Staff changes – We have hired a new grade 7 teacher, Jamie Kelders; a new ECE (in the FDK program) – Hayley Provost and new EAs – Sharon DeCoutere, Lianne Tryoer and Stacey DeJong. I am the new Principal. Building Maintenance -We had trees removed and a retaining wall reinstalled along the Intermediate entrance; fans were installed in the upper rooms of the older part of the school; and a new FDK class has opened this year where a SK/Grade 1 was last year. Key events – An Open House was held on September 4. Enrolment is around 400 students.”





-In Southwest Soccer playoffs, Aylmer FC was eliminated recently in their two game semi final after dropping both games to West Lorne, the second match being by a 5-0 score.

-In St. Thomas Fastball league playoffs recently, Springfield lost the third game of their best of three playoff by an 8-1 count to Shedden.





(Information from Principal Don Naylor:) -“We are carrying on with our colour house initiatives program which is designed to promote character development and a sense of community. We have a new Vice Principal, Mrs. Hutton-Walker, several new staff and quite a few new students. We are looking forward to purchasing new team jerseys thanks to the fundraising efforts of our school community. We are also offering both a junior and an intermediate class for Low German-speaking students to deepen their literacy and numeracy skills. We have 430 students, up about 20 from last year.”





-Suderman, Helena of Tillsonburg passed away Friday in her 71st year. Survivors: husband Anton Suderman; nine children etc… She was born in Mexico. The funeral was held yesterday at Reinland Mennonite Fellowship Church in Aylmer; arrangements with Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Quick, Susan Louise of St. Thomas passed away today in her 73rd year. Survivors: husband Robert Quick etc.. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am.


-Van Gorp, (Geerts) Johanne of Aylmer passed away on  August 28 in her 59th year. Survivors: three stepchildren including Brad Van Gorp (Tricia) and Jason Van Gorp ( Dana) of the Aylmer area etc.. Johanne lived in Aylmer and area most of her life. The funeral was held September 1; arrangements were with Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Kilgour, Louise of Barrie and formerly of Aylmer passed away on August 31 in her 95th year. Wife of the late Arthur Kilgour (1994). Survivors: two children etc.. She was born in Saskatchewan. The funeral service was held September 4; arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Duncan, Grace Elizabeth passed away at Chateau Gardens on September 1; she was 95. The funeral was held Friday; arrangements were with Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Wiebe, Isaac “Ike” of Terrace Lodge passed away September 1 in his 99th year. Husband of the late Betty Wiebe. He was born in Manitoba. The funeral was held September 3; arrangements with Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Roovers, Justin of Pt. Stanley and formerly of Aylmer passed away on August 30, aged 29. Survivors; mother Christine of Pt. Stanley and two siblings etc.. The funeral was held September 4; arrangements were with Kebbel’s Funeral Home.





Former Councillor Mary French has recently declared she is running for the position of Deputy Mayor in Aylmer. She was an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor in the 2010 vote. She provides the following background: “My husband Steve and I owned and operated a small trucking business for over 25 years. Until recently, I was employed as a medication care partner at a local retirement home. We have three daughters. We have lived in Aylmer for 20 years. I was a Councillor for the previous Council term. I was chair of the East Elgin Community Complex and chair of the first Doors Open East Elgin. As well, I have enjoyed volunteering in our community for a number of years. I believe that some of the important issues for this campaign are: Addressing the consultant’s recommendations for tackling the deficit of the East Elgin Community Complex, High property taxes, Fiscal responsibility, Economic development, business retention and growth, and Library expansion (needs vs wants).”




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THURSDAY, Aug. 28/14



*THEAYLMERNEWS will resume on Wed. Sept. 10




– United Way BBQ; Royal Bank Aylmer; 11-2pm


-Sept. 2 -Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Sept. 11 – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex

-Sept 13 – APAC presents: Ian Thomas; OTH theatre, 7:30 pm





(From Elgin OPP) – The Elgin OPP is investigating several fires that have apparently been set in the Belmont area over the past month. Sunday morning about 2 am Central Elgin fire services responded to a residential house fire on Dyer St. in the village.  The lone occupant of the residence was able to get out safely, however the residence was completely destroyed by the blaze. The fire appeared to have been intentionally set in the garage area of the residence. The century home had just been completely renovated.


While still on scene Fire Services received a report of a barn fire in the area of Belmont Road and Wilson Line.  The barn, which contained hay, was completely destroyed by the fire. Police also continue to investigate a small fire that appears to have been intentionally set sometime between August 4th and August 11th in the backyard porch area of a residence on Lorne St. in Belmont.





Update on candidates running for Aylmer Council in this fall’s election (deadline date for nominations is Sept. 12/ the vote is Oct. 17): The Mayor’s race is still between incumbent Jack Couckuyt and Greg Currie. Doug Avram is the only one running for Deputy Mayor. The Councillor list (five to be elected) includes incumbents Arthur Oslach, Pete Barbour, Dave LaPointe and John Vandermeersch as well as newcomer Bill Murch with other newcomers Barbara Laur and Ted McDonald adding their names in the past week.





-Monteith, Susan Marguerite (nee Patterson) of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in her 97th year. Predeceased by husband Donald J. Monteith (1997). Survivors: three sons etc.. She was a veteran of WWII serving overseas as a navy nurse. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 am.


-Underhill, Marvin of Tillsonburg (1929 – 2014) passed away on Saturday. Survivors: wife Margaret (Gunstone); five children including Teri Widner (Mark) of Malahide etc.. The funeral service was held yesterday at Ostrander’s Funeral Home in Tillsonburg.





“Historically Bayham Council has vehemently promoted and defended the “User Pay” policy where the Bayham water system is concerned. The Bayham water system has 755 connections mainly in Vienna and Pt. Burwell. “Due to the small number of users the cost/user is quite expensive” relative to the broader area. But, none the less, the “users pay” for their system without being subsidized by other Bayham residents who are not realizing a benefit. Now that the new water treatment plant in Richmond is successfully operating, we must prepare for the imminent replacement of the in ground portion of their system. “Due to the small number of users the cost/user is quite expensive” (sound familiar), in order to  prepare for replacement, maintain debt and operate the Richmond system. At the August 21st Council meeting in a recorded 3-2 vote, Bayham Council actually voted to force the 755 “users” of the Bayham water system, who do not benefit from the Richmond water system, to subsidize their neighbours’ completely separate and unrelated water system! The forced “generosity” of the Bayham system “users” is not being asked of any other Bayham residents who also do not benefit from the Richmond system. Apparently, the users who have historically paid in the often, emphatically recited “User Pay” system will now be the victims of Bayhams’ new, “SOME non users pay too” system!” Does this make ANY sense to ANYBODY, ANYWHERE in Bayham other than the 3 recorded yes voters? The residents of Richmond may require some assistance from their neighbours but to arbitrarily select a specific segment of Bayham residents such as only the “users” of the separate Bayham system to provide it is definitely not the solution.” (Tom Southwick, Bayham Councillor)





Among agenda items for Aylmer Council on Tuesday is:

-an application from David Wall of the Aylmer Propane Service at the corner of Talbot St. east and Dingle St. to construct a burger stand on his property.





Aylmer resident Ted McDonald, who lost the Mayor’s race to Jack Couckuyt in the last election, is seeking an Aylmer Council seat in this fall’s vote. Ted, who lives with his wife Sharon and son Timothy on Harvey St., is the Board Chairman for Fresh Start Maternity Supports in Springfield and is on the Board of the Aylmer Full Gospel Church and owns and operates both the Pet Valu franchise and the Aylmer Downtown Convenience store as well as managing 14 apartments in the area. His concerns: “The main reason that I am running is that the property taxes in Aylmer are about 20% higher than all of our neighbours and the current council wants to spend more money (i.e. library) that we cannot afford.  As one of eleven children sometimes our parents would have to say no and I believe that our town fathers (and mother) have that same responsibility to the tax payers.  I believe that a strong business approach to the operation of the Town of Aylmer is vital to promote growth and control taxes. I also believe that you can increase the tax base without increasing taxes i.e. new home construction and new business development. The new subdivision east of the Community Complex has 40 new homes with the taxes starting at about $4,500 per home, all new taxes in the past 8 years, and the Trillium Condominiums also represent additional new taxes for the town.”  





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

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





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