Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed/Thu -EESS Dance Shows, 7pm (see Mon. story)

 

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v CECI

-Fri -Elementary Schools PD Day

-Sat -Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm

-Sat -Carolinian Carnival, EEC Complex, 10am -2 pm (see Tue. story)

-Sat -APAC Presents: Danny Michel, 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre (SOLD OUT)

 

 

COLD ALERT UNTIL THU.

 

(Contributed Monday) – The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock, has issued a second COLD WEATHER ALERT for 2015 in Elgin County following Environment Canada’s forecast low temperatures reaching -19 with a wind chill of -28° C this evening. Daily temperatures are expected to fluctuate and be close to the minus 15 ° C temperature, that is used as one of the criteria for issuing a Cold Weather Alert, over the next few days until Thursday.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Wolfe, Katherine Colleen “Kathy of St. Thomas passed away on Sunday in her 50th year. Survivors: husband Dalton Wolfe, son Matthew Wolfe; father “Bob” Nunn (Linda Young) of St. Thomas and the late Bonnie Nunn etc.. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St. Thomas on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The celebration of life will be held at Parkwood Hospital, London on Saturday at 3 pm.

 

-Gustafson Vera passed away at Terrace Lodge Aylmer on Monday. Predeceased by husband Ben Gustafson. Survivors: two children etc.. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday January 20 at 11 am at Eden Baptist Church. Arrangements through Wareing Cremation Services.

 

-Weesjes Ed passed away at Terrace Lodge Aylmer on Tuesday in his 93rd year. Husband of the late Bertha (Mekking) Weesjes. Survivors: six children including: Ena and Paul Vanden Brink, Albert and Grace Weesjes, Adrian and Wendy Weesjes, all of the Aylmer area, and Betty and Herman Siemens of Belmont etc.. He was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.. A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 am at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church.

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS 62 Glencoe 35; JR – EESS 65 Glencoe 8

 

 

CAM WATTS LEAVING AYLMER BAPTISTS

 

Cam Watts, pastor of Aylmer Baptist Church, informed his congregation recently that he was resigning his position as he is moving to Toronto. Cam was born and raised in Scarborough and served churches in Kingston Township, Claremont and Toronto before coming here in 1997. He succeeded the late Rev. Bill Pugh. He noted that he is relocating as his wife Nancy has taken a position as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Maternal-Newborn Care at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

 

 

BROCK LOSES TWICE

 

The Brock University womens’ basketball team lost twice to Lakehead in a weekend visit to Thunder Bay as OUAA play resumed after the Christmas break. Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen scored 8 points – second highest on the team -as Brock was defeated 65-55 Friday. Saturday, Lakehead was victorious again by a 75-58 margin. Brock’s record is three wins, six losses.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Jan. 13/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Gr. 8 Night, 7 pm

 

-Wed/Thu -EESS Dance Shows, 7pm (see Mon. story)

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v CECI

-Fri -Elementary Schools PD Day

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm

 

 

CAROLINIAN EVENT SAT. AT EEC COMPLEX

 

(Information from Sam Regier of the EESS Environmental class:) –  “The Carolinian Carnival is a community event organized by Environmental Leadership students and hosted by Bird Studies Canada, Longpoint Waterfowl, Sciensational Snakes, OFAH, Ontario Badgers, Canadian Raptory Conservatory, and Greg Balch from the Wellington Street Sportsman Club. This is an interactive educational day designed to not only teach kids, but parents about the uniqueness of Carolinian Canada. We have invited those organizations to put on displays and bring their snakes, birds, mammals, amphibians, etc to explain how to protect species and habitat in Canada. We have hand delivered roughly 900 invitations to 11 local and surrounding elementary schools and talked to grades 4-6 from each school to promote the event. It is also open to the public.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– January 5, 2015, Station #2, Springwater Road, Medical Assist

– January 8, 2015, Station #2,  Heritage Line, Medical Assist

– January 10, 2015, Station #1,  Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Van Patter, Donald Lynwood “Lyn” of Chartwell, Aylmer passed away on Sunday in his 79th year. Survivors: three children etc.. Lyn was an OPP in the Hamilton area for a number of years. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am at the Aylmer cemetery; arrangements through the Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

A.C.T. PRESENTS MRS PARLIAMENT 

 

(Contributed by Barb Warnock:) – Aylmer Community Theatre is bringing back ‘Mrs. Parliament’. The popular play, which audiences enjoyed last season, will be back on stage January 29 through February 7 (see ad).

Synopsis: Mrs. Parliament’s husband, Chuck, forgets their 32nd anniversary. One can only imagine the repercussions of that oversight and thus follows an amazing adventure for Mrs. Parliament. Along the way she meets numerous characters who guide her on her journey. Local actors, Katherine Thompson, Evan Thompson, and Colleen Sawyer  are among those who impact her life.  Also seen on stage are Peter Leack, Gary Bodkin, Paul Blower, Judy Jacoletti, Mark Smith, Jennifer Leack, and Barbara Warnock. Director is Ron Sawyer. Newcomer James Wybrow will play four characters. Mary Morin is Stage Manager.

Playwright Norm Foster has sent his support of the show saying, “I am thrilled that Aylmer Community Theatre is producing my play Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out.” As well, ACT has partnered for this production with Rob’s-ecafe and studio for a dinner and theatre package.

 

 

COLD ALERT UNTIL THU.

 

(Contributed) – On the heels of ending 2015’s first Cold Weather Alert on January 11th, the Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock, has issued a second COLD WEATHER ALERT for 2015 in Elgin County following Environment Canada’s forecast low temperatures reaching -19 with a wind chill of -28° C this evening. Daily temperatures are expected to fluctuate and be close to the minus 15 ° C temperature, that is used as one of the criteria for issuing a Cold Weather Alert, over the next few days until Thursday.

 

 

THE AYLMER ‘MUSE’:

 

“AMISH ‘VILLAGE’ DESERVES MORE PROTECTION”

Recently there has been renewed attention at Malahide Council about vehicles speeding on Glencolin Line through the middle of the Aylmer/Malahide Amish community (see Friday report). Actually the issue was first discussed in 2009 and Malahide’s reaction was to install more signage to warn drivers of the Amish presence and to encourage reduced speeds. But in 2013 the Amish raised concerns again. Finally, just before Christmas, Malahide representatives met with the OPP and members of the Amish Safety Committee to consider solutions.

However the solutions proposed seem peripheral – increased lighting on buggies and the wearing of bright arm bands by the Amish, along with new signage and school visits. Speeding is still the issue. In 2013 Malahide Co. Mark Widner said: “I fear some day we will have a bad accident because the roads are used as a bypass from other highways…and in reality the roads are the only place (for the Amish) to walk from home to home and for the children to get to the numerous schools .”

Even though the Amish themselves, according to Co. Widner, didn’t feel the speed limit should be reduced,  the issue seems to warrant more attention. I have been out many times on Glencolin Line and would suggest there are many speeders that roar by in the midst of horse and buggy traffic, with children going to and from the Amish school there and with children walking in the summer on the side of the road.

So why are we still protecting the temptation to speed? We dictate that traffic slows down going by Summers Corners school – why not by the Amish school? We require lower limits going through Orwell, Luton, Copenhagen, Kingsmill and nearby Mapleton etc.- why not through the Amish ‘village’ where there is more potential for accidents with numerous buggies and children using that road. The Amish community deserves the same protection from speeders already accorded other rural residents – and the sooner the better. (kb)

 

 

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MONDAY, Jan. 12/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Mon -No Aylmer Council until Jan. 19

 

-Tue -EESS Gr. 8 Night, 7 pm

-Wed/Thu -EESS Dance Shows, 7pm (see story below)

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v CECI

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm

 

 

COUNCILS MEET THUR. ON EEC COMPLEX

 

(Information from Malahide Council agenda page:) Aylmer and Malahide councils will hold a special meeting on Thursday to discuss the next step in the proposed business plan for EEC Complex. The meeting will take place in the Blue Line Room at the EEC Complex at 3 pm (immediately following separate meetings of each council) and is open to the public.

 

Said Aylmer Mayor Greg Currie: “The reason for the special meeting is to have Aylmer Council meet with Malahide Council to discuss moving forward on the business plan for the Complex. During our last council meeting our council deferred making a decision on the awarding of the business plan contract until after our relatively new council could learn more of the issue. Malahide Council through Mayor Mennill asked if we could meet sooner as a joint council to look at the status of the RFP for the business plan.”

 

Background (from Malahide agenda page:) In May Aylmer Council endorsed the recommendation of the Aylmer-Malahide Liaison Committee and directed that the Administrators of Aylmer and Malahide undertake a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Business Plan for the EEC Complex. The RFP acknowledged that a full operational review of the EEC Complex had been completed previously by LeisurePlan International Inc. and called for the development of a business plan to help guide future business decisions. A government grant was recently approved for 50% funding to a maximum of $25,000 for this plan. The Administrators of both councils are recommending at this Thursday’s meeting that the contract for the development of a Business Plan be awarded to Magnus Associates at a cost of $45,250. Malahide Council defeated that proposal at their December 4 meeting but is being asked to reconsider that decision.

 

 

COLD ALERT THIS WEEK

 

(Contributed) – On the heels of ending 2015’s first Cold Weather Alert on January 11th, the Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock, has issued a second COLD WEATHER ALERT for 2015 in Elgin County following Environment Canada’s forecast low temperatures reaching -19 with a wind chill of -28° C this evening. Daily temperatures are expected to fluctuate and be close to the minus 15 ° C temperature, that is used as one of the criteria for issuing a Cold Weather Alert, over the next few days until Thursday.

 

 

SPITS GAIN FIRST SHUTOUT

 

NORTH MIDDLESEX – The Spitfires earned their first shutout of the season as they split weekend games in SOJHL play. Saturday in Aylmer, Dorchester garnered four second period goals on route to a 6-3 victory – Josh Houston, Cody Underhill and Jesse Tottle countered for Aylmer with all Spits’ goals on the power play. Sunday in North Middlesex, the Spitfires blasted the home team by 8-0 – they outshot them by 29-15 including 2-0 in the third period. Luke Bettencourt, Andrew Baxter and Jesiah Sweetland scored twice each with singles going to Houston and Underhill. Aylmer’s record is now 10-24-1. This week they host Pt. Stanley Saturday.

 

VS NORTH MIDDLESEX:

Period 1
AylmerJosh   Houston (Cody   Underhill) 0:21
AylmerJesiah   Sweetland (unassisted) 2:39
AylmerJesiah   Sweetland (Josh   Lockhart) 4:19
AylmerAndrew   Baxter (Nolan   Blum, Ryan   Stapleton) 16:55
Period 2
AylmerLuke Bettencourt (power play) (Sweetland,Trevor Stewart) 8:35
AylmerCody   Underhill (power play) (unassisted) 13:02
Period 3
AylmerAndrew   Baxter (Nolan   Blum, Ryan   Stapleton) 6:46
AylmerLuke   Bettencourt (Robert   Shaw, Jesse   Tottle) 18:05

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-MacNaughton, Sandra Ruth “Sandi” of Aylmer passed away Thursday in her 65th year. Survivors: two children including Heather MacNaughton (Frank Swing) of Aylmer etc.. Funeral service at the Kebbel Funeral Home today at 11 am.

 

-Froese, Abram of Aylmer passed away on Sunday in his 77 th year. Survivors: wife Anna (Knelsen) Froese and the late Margaretha (Knelsen) Froese(2001); thirteen children and eight step children etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at the Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Bradley Street Church of God Thursday at 11 am.

 

 

EESS DANCE SHOWS THIS WEEK

 

(Information from EESS Dance teacher Alicia Steenholdt:) – “The dance show is this Wednesday and Thursday at 7 pm (tickets are $5). We will be having an afternoon and morning show that elementary students are attending as well. The grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 dance classes will all be participating in the show. The grade 11/12 class will have more of a presence and have choreographed many of the pieces. The styles of dance showcased will be: jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, afrofusion, musical theatre, acro and aerial arts. This is our 3rd show. Each semester we have had a grade 11/12 class put on a show as it is a big part of their course. It highlights many of the styles and techniques we have explored throughout the semester and also some special talents that students work out outside of school.”

 

 

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FRIDAY. Jan. 9/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri -Channel 10 – London Knights hockey v Erie, 7:30 pm

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

-Mon. -There is no Aylmer Council until Jan. 19

 

 

AGAIN NO BUSES, SOME SCHOOL CLOSURES

 

The TVDSB and the LDCSB have announced that Elgin school buses for public and catholic schools are again cancelled today due to weather conditions – for the second time this week. Schools closed include: Assumption in Aylmer, New Sarum, South Dorchester, Summers Corners and Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer. Said Kris Badder of Badder BusLines in Aylmer: “With more snow overnight, high winds and blowing snow it made for poor visibility and large snow drifts on many of the back roads.”

 

 

AYLMER CHANNEL 5 GONE

 

Eastlink Regional Manager Ron Mervis in Aylmer said yesterday that Eastlink TV community channel 5 moved to channel 10 on Wednesday. He added: “We standardized our community TV channels across the country to channel 10. Channel 5 was removed from the lineup in Aylmer.”

 

 

BRIAN WILLSIE HOCKEY UPDATE:

 

Brian Willsie, 36, a native of Belmont, is still playing hockey this year in Europe. Last year he played in the Kontinental Hockey League and the Finnish League and finished the year in the Swedish League. Brian then agreed to a two-year deal with Örebro HK in the Swedish Hockey League. In 35 games to date with Orebro he has 5 goals and 13 pt. Brian played several seasons in the NHL with Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, and Los Angeles Kings, last playing there in the 2010-11 season.

 

 

COLD ALERT EXTENDED

 

(Contributed from the Elgin Health Unit Thursday:) – “We have extended the Cold Weather Alert first issued on Monday until Sunday. Although day time temperatures today and Friday are expected to be around -10 degrees C, the predicted lows for Friday and Saturday will be colder than -15 degrees C with wind chills reaching around -23 degrees C.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS (4-0) 47 AVSS 28; JR – EESS (2-1) v AVSS (NR)

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – PCI 3 EESS (1-4) 0; JR – PCI 3 EESS (2-3) 0

 

 

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THURSDAY, Jan. 8/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls VBall v PCI

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

-Bayham, Malahide Councils 7 pm

 

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

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Scott, Elsie May of Aylmer passed away Tuesday in her 69th year. Survivors: companion Blaine Collard; two children etc.. A service will be held at a later date; arrangements through Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-Rioux, Mary (Hoffer) passed away recently. Survivors: husband Gilbert; four  children etc.. She was born in Holland and her family came to Canada in 1952 settling in Aylmer. The funeral was Saturday in Lavigne, Ontario. Arrangements through Théorêt Bourgeois Funeral Home, Verner.

 

-Sawlor, Karen Leanne (nee Schindel)  passed away Tuesday. Survivors: husband Jeff; three children; in laws Norm and Sharon Sawlor of Aylmer etc.. Visitation will be held Friday at North Park Community Church London  from 7 to 9 pm with the service there Saturday at 10 am.

 

 

COLD ALERT EXTENDED

 

(Contributed from the Elgin Health Unit) – “We have extended the Cold Weather Alert first issued on Monday until Sunday. Although day time temperatures today and Friday are expected to be around -10 degrees C, the predicted lows for Friday and Saturday will be colder than -15 degrees C with wind chills reaching around -23 degrees C.

(Contributed/MONDAY) – The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock, has issued its first COLD WEATHER ALERT for 2015 in Elgin County following Environment Canada’s  forecast temperature of -26°C with the wind chill today. Daily temperatures are expected to be well below -12°C  until Thursday, and at times feel colder with the combination of brisk winds. This first Cold Weather Alert for 2015 will be in effect today until Thursday.

 

 

SPITS GAME CANCELLED

 

Last night’s SOJHL game in Aylmer between the Spitfires and Mt. Brydges was postponed due to the weather and is rescheduled for January 31st.

 

 

OPP, MALAHIDE, AMISH MEET ON SPEEDING

 

(Earlier in December, a meeting was held to discuss the concerns over speeding traffic on Glencolin Line in the Amish community. Information on the meeting is from an Elgin OPP press release and Malahide Councillor Mark Widner:)

(Press Release) – “The Elgin OPP and Malahide Council are currently in preliminarily discussions with regards to Public Safety and Traffic concerns in the areas of Glen Colin Line and College Line in  Malahide. Glen Colin Line and College Line have a cultural demographic consisting of mainly Amish Community Members, therefore there is an increased number of horse drawn vehicles and pedestrians primarily through school zone areas. They are working collectively with the Amish Safety Committee to establish increased Awareness, Education, Enforcement and Focused Patrol: There has been some concern over speeding, especially through school zones. However, we realize the greater percent of traffic is well within the speed limit. We don’t feel requesting a reduced speed limit through the community appropriate, Many car drivers today may not have much or any experience with horses and likely don’t realize that a horse is not a 100 percent predictable animal.”

(Mark Widner) – “There was a meeting that took place involving three members of the Amish Safety Committee, Mayor Mennill, Deputy Mayor Wolfe and myself with Inspector Brad Fishleigh and Staff Sergeant Greg Dafoe from the OPP. The committee really doesn’t want the speed limits lowered as they don’t want to affect other people’s use of the road. The Committee also mentioned they were going to increase the lighting and reflectivity on their buggies and also talked of possibly wearing reflective arm bands which other Amish areas have used. New signage was discussed and Malahide is in the process of designing signs to make people more aware of the area and “share the road”. We are going to meet again to discuss signage and school visits.”

“At 80 km things are ok but being that the roads are long smooth stretches that leads to higher speeds and what we are trying to do is educate drivers to look at their speedometers and obey the limits and as in any situation to drive accordingly. The OPP also said according to their records that the area has not yet been problematic and hopefully with increased awareness and education for drivers and community members using the roads we can keep it safe. What we want is when someone uses the area and sees a new sign that is different it will catch their attention and make them more aware.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed. -Aylmer Spitfires host Mt Brydges, 7:45 pm

 

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls VBall v PCI

-Thu -Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex, 2:30-7:30 pm

-Thu -Bayham, Malahide Councils 7 pm

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

 

 

NO BUSES, SOME SCHOOL CLOSURES

 

The TVDSB has announced that Elgin school buses for public and catholic schools are cancelled today due to weather conditions. Schools closed include: Assumption in Aylmer, New Sarum, South Dorchester, Summers Corners and Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer. Said Kris Badder of Badder BusLines in Aylmer: “The snow squall watch was upgraded to a warning early this morning. As the morning progressed visibility decreased as blowing snow increased. The upgrade from snow squall watch to snow squall warning played a large part in this morning’s decision.” Aylmer Police reported no major road issues as of noon today.

 

 

SNOW SQUALL WARNING FOR EAST ELGIN

 

(From Environment Canada today at 9am) – “Snow squalls continue in a flow of very cold arctic air over the Great Lakes. Local snowfall rates of 10 to 20 cm per 12 hours are likely in the strongest snow squalls. Gusty winds will also result in significant blowing snow. Travel on Highways 402 and the 401 will likely be very difficult if not impossible at times today. The snow squalls are expected to shift to the north this evening as winds become more westerly.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS 2 Ingersoll 1

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS (3-1-1) 4 Huron Park 1

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – EESS 3 AVSS 0; JR – EESS 3 AVSS 0

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) –

– A 32 year old Aylmer woman was charged with impaired driving on December 21 at 1:30 am – she had consumed twice the legal limit of alcohol.

 

-Police charged a 15 year old Aylmer boy with various offences at EESS on December 16 after school officials and police found two knives, including a shank made in a class workshop, and some marijuana in his possession. He had been previously charged on November 7 for having a spring loaded switchblade at EESS.

 

-A 19 year old Malahide man was charged with careless driving after his car rearended another car that was stopped while travelling west on Talbot St. at Myrtle St. on December 31 at 7 pm.

 

NEW POLICE OFFICER:

-The Chief also noted that Sgt. Michael Knight who retired last week is being replaced with Cadet Charity Duckworth of St.Thomas. She starts at the OP College today and comes on shift in April after graduation. The position of sergeant will be a matter of an internal competition later this year.

 

 

INFLUENZA AGAIN AT TERRACE LODGE

 

Terrace Lodge of Aylmer informs that they have a second influenza outbreak at the present time. According to Director Rhonda Duffy visitation is not restricted; however public health “recommends” avoid visiting until the outbreak is over. Chartwell in Aylmer reports they have had no outbreak there.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“SECOND GRAFFITI MESSAGE”

A second public graffiti message in Aylmer appeared over the holidays on the west side of the John St. bridge. It reads: “Flouride kills Stop!! Dr. Paul Connett” Connett is a 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.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Jan. 6/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v Ingersoll

 

-Wed. -Aylmer Spitfires host MtBrydges, 7:45 pm

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls VBall v PCI

-Thu -Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex, 2:30-7:30 pm

-Thu -Bayham, Malahide Councils 7 pm

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

 

 

SNOW SQUALL WATCH FOR EAST ELGIN

 

(From Environment Canada, Tuesday at 4:30 am) – There is a snow squall watch in effect for East Elgin today. “Westerly winds continue to generate snow squalls for areas east of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay this morning. A cold front will pass through southern Ontario tonight bringing even colder conditions and northwest winds. These northwest winds will cause the snow squalls to shift to areas southeast of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay starting tonight and continuing through the day on Wednesday.”

 

 

SPITS LOSE 3 OF 4

 

AYLMER – The Spitfires dropped three of four matches over the holidays in SOJHL action.  On the Friday after Christmas they stretched their winning streak to a season high three games by winning in Dorchester 6-5 despite being outshot 43-21. Spits’ goalgetters were Jesiah Sweetland, Trevor Stewart, Ryan Stapleton, Brett Dzyngel, Luke Bettencourt and Clint Walker. The next night in Aylmer they surrendered four power play goals in dropping a 7-3 decision to Mt. Brydges. Aylmer marksmen were Nolan Blum, Jesse Tottle and Robert Shaw. Friday in Exeter, again they fell victim to four power play goals and dropped a 5-1 decision – Ryan VanRoestel netted the only Aylmer goal. Saturday at home they were nipped 3-2 by Lucan as they almost overcame a 3-0 deficit heading into the final frame. Luke Bettencourt garnered both Spits’ tallies. The Spitfires’ record is now 9-23-1. They have three games this week – Wednesday they host Mt. Brydges, Saturday they host Dorchester and Sunday they travel to North Middlesex.

 

VS. DORCHESTER:

Period 1
Aylmer     – Jesiah     Sweetland (Ryan     Stapleton, Brett     Dzyngel) 1:32
DorchesterChris     Carreiro (Bryan     McCauley, Mike     Worby) 3:09
AylmerTrevor     Stewart (Luke     Bettencourt) 4:51
AylmerRyan     Stapleton (Ryan     Van Roestel, Jesiah     Sweetland) 5:00
DorchesterPatrick     Freel (Michael     Blue, Spencer     Beer) 5:29
AylmerBrett  Dzyngel (power play) ( Stapleton, Jesiah Sweetland) 12:58
DorchesterMike     Worby (Tommy     Prokes, Chris     Carreiro) 13:42
DorchesterBrendon  O Shaughnessy (Ryan  Tuffin, Liam  Gillooly) 17:55
Period 2
Aylmer    – Luke  Bettencourt (Trevor Stewart, Spencer Roloson) 2:20
Period 3
Aylmer     – Clint     Walker (Trevor     Stewart, Luke     Bettencourt) 9:07
DorchesterRyan     Tuffin (Liam     Gillooly, Will     Kilgour) 15:29

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Ross  James “Jr” of Pt. Burwell passed away Wednesday in his 76th year. Survivors: his wife Betty Reynolds; two children etc.. The funeral service was held yesterday at Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-Guenther, Anna of Aylmer and formerly of Vienna passed away Wednesday, aged 66. Survivors: husband Jacob Guenther; nine children etc.. She was born in Mexico. The funeral was held Saturday; arrangements through Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-Rempel, Elizabeth of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in her 67th year. Survivors: husband Juan Rempel; twelve children etc.. She was born in Mexico. The funeral was held yesterday; arrangements through Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-Eitel, Jeanne Edna (Roddick) passed away at Terrace Lodge Nursing Home, Aylmer on Wednesday at the age of 88 years. Wife of the late Stewart Eitel (1996). The service was held yesterday; arrangements through Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

AYLMER CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL

 

(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 11.” (All decorations need to be removed/ Trees left at the curb will not be picked up).

 

 

NEW AYLMER PHOTO BOOK

 

April Laroche of Jersey Photography in Aylmer reports that her book ‘Discover Aylmer’ is now available. The book, a collection of photos of Aylmer and area businesses and employees, costs $57. Her purpose? “To put a face to the local businesess; it’s never been done before, there’s lots of books out there on the history but never on the faces of the people in the businesses.” The book has been a year in the making. She can be contacted at: jerseyphotography.ca

 

 

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MONDAY, Jan. 5/15

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v Ingersoll

-Wed. -Aylmer Spitfires host MtBrydges, 7:45 pm

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls VBall v PCI

-Thu -Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex, 2:30-7:30 pm

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

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

 

 

COLD ALERT ISSUED

 

(Contributed) – The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock, has issued its first COLD WEATHER ALERT for 2015 in Elgin County following Environment Canada’s  forecast temperature of -26°C with the wind chill today. Daily temperatures are expected to be well below -12°C  until Thursday, and at times feel colder with the combination of brisk winds. This first Cold Weather Alert for 2015 will be in effect today until Thursday.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“SCHOOLS CLOSED TWO DAYS TO START 2014”

All Public and Catholic schools in Elgin were closed for two days and buses were cancelled for three days due to weather conditions one year ago this week after the Christmas break. As well the Elgin Health Unit issued two Cold Weather Alerts which extended for  most of the week.

 

-COLD WEATHER ALERT

“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. This second Cold Weather Alert for 2014 will be in effect until Thursday.”

 

-BUS CANCELLATION REPORT

(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.”

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

-Aylmer Police reported that they arrested, with the assistance of the Elgin OPP,  a 24 year old Aylmer man just before Christmas for his involvement in a bank robbery in Tillsonburg and a probation breach. He was one of several people involved in that offence.

 

-Police also reported that New Years Eve in Aylmer was quiet.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Giles, Edna Olive died December 21 in Burlington, Ontario, aged 92. Edna moved to Aylmer with her husband Cyril Herbert Giles after World War II and lived here for more than thirty years. Survivors: children Robert Stephen Giles (Burlington), Bryan Douglas Giles (Yvonne) (Simcoe), and Donna Elaine Giles (David Guzick) (Gainesville, Florida) etc.. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home. Internment will be private.

 

-Walters, Mable May (Burwell) passed away at Chartwell Nursing Home in Aylmer on December 20 at the age of 88. Wife of the late John Harvey Walters (1990). Survivors: two children including Doug (Ann) Walters of Port Bruce etc. The funeral was held December 23; arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Meunier, Perry passed away on December 23 at the age of 47.  Survivors: his father, siblings etc. The funeral was December 30; arrangements were with Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-VanWychen, Frances Theodora of RR6, Aylmer passed away on December 24 in her 88th year. Survivors: husband Dolf VanWychen; six children including Martin VanWychen (Cathy), Cathy Brown (Fred), David VanWychen  (Lynn) of the Aylmer area etc., She was born in the Netherlands. The funeral was December 29; arrangements were with Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-Hildebrandt, Cornelius of Aylmer passed away on December 28 in his 59th year. Survivors: wife Katharina (Bergen) Hildebrandt; nine children etc… He was born in Mexico. The funeral was Thursday; arrangements were with Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– December 9, 2014, Station #3, , #1, #2 & #4, 51090 Broadway Street, Fire

(*Kitchen fire, 8 am, near Ron McNeil Line, damage $50,000, prob cause – electrical appliance)

– December 23, 2014, Station #4 ,#3, Crossley Hunter Line, MVC

– December 27, 2014, Station #2, 9608 Carter Road, Vehicle Fire

– December 27, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– December 29, 2014, Station #2,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– December 30, 2014, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– December 30, 2014, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, Alarm Malfunction

– December 31, 2014, Station #2,  Bradley Creek Line, Medical Assist

– January 1, 2015, Station #2,  #1, #3 and #4, 9105 Rogers Road, Fire

(*Near Catt Line, improper disposal of smoking materials, $2000 damage)

– January 3, 2015, Station #4,  Mapleton Line, Medical Assist

– January 4, 2015, Station #3 assisted by Station#2, Imperial Road, MVC.

(*near College Line, single vehicle roll over, minor injuries, one person)

 

 

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LATE TUESDAY:

Christmas Care packing this morning at Immanuel school gym.



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TUESDAY, Dec. 23/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish again until Jan. 5

*MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue -Christmas Care/Optimist Toy deliveries (see Thu. story)

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

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

The grade 1-2 class of Ms at McGregor is pictured Friday as they prepared to send their canned goods in to the Aylmer Christmas Care program. (kb)

The grade 2-3 class of Mrs. Kuhn at McGregor school is pictured Friday as they prepared to hand their canned goods over to volunteers with the Aylmer Christmas Care program. (kb) (click)

 

Assumption students and Principal Fred also readying their cans for pickup Friday for the Aylmer Christmas Care drive. (kb) (click)

Some grade 5-6 students at Assumption school join Principal Fred Fowlie readying their cans for pickup Friday for the Aylmer Christmas Care drive. (kb) (click)

 

Members of the Aylmer Optimist Club load toys this morning for delivery as part of their annual toy drive program. (kb) (click)

Members of the Aylmer Optimist Club load toys this morning for delivery as part of their annual Christmas toy drive program. (kb) (click)

 

2014 'Olde' Aylmer Cruisers Toys for Kids Donation

Pictured are members of the ‘Olde’ Aylmer Cruiser club as they gave a donation to the Aylmer Optimist Club toy drive recently: Terry &Lana Dans, Mark& Donna Hone, Gerry & Linda Scott, Tony & Fran Whaley, Basil & Margie Derrough, Darin Whaley & Denise Sprague, Laureen Allen, Millie Behie and Don & Nancy Steenbergen. (contributed)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Woodworth, Ray passed away Monday at the age of 87. Survivors: wife Ruby (Cole); seven children including Karen (Stan) Jones of Aylmer and Kevin Woodworth of Vienna and friend Laurel Born Thorpe etc.. Ray and Ruby farmed for many years at RR#1 Port Burwell before retiring to Aylmer. Visitation is at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held there on Wednesday at 1:30 pm.

 

-Willows, Clifford Leroy of Belmont passed away on Saturday in his 81st year. Survivors: wife Mabel (Myerscough) Willows; four children etc.. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

December 8, 2014, Station #2, 8900 Rogers Road, Fire

– December 9, 2014, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– December 9, 2014, Station #3,  1, 2 & 4, Broadway Street, Fire

– December 9, 2014, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– December 10, 2014, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– December 13, 2014, Station #3 ,#1 and #4, 11650 Imperial Road, Fire

– December 13, 2014, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– December 15, 2014, Station #3, Pressey Line, Power Lines Down

– December 16, 2014, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– December 16, 2014, Station #2, Talbot Street, Alarm Malfunction

– December 17, 2014, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– December 18, 2014, Station #1 ,2, 3 and 4, Hacienda Road, Fire

– December 19, 2014, Station #4, Yorke Line, Medical Assist

– December 20, 2014, Station #4,  Lyons Line, Medical Assist

 

 

FREE SKATING AFTER CHRISTMAS

 

The schedule for free skating at the EEC Complex, courtesy of Tim Hortons, is: Sunday 7 pm to 8 pm; Monday 4 pm to 6 pm.; Tuesday 4 pm to 6 pm; next Wednesday 9 am to 11 am. And after New Years: Friday- 10 am to 12 pm; Saturday – 10:15 am to 12:15 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

 

 

EEC COMPLEX NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

 

(Contributed) – The East Elgin Community Complex invites you to the 11th Annual Family New Year’s Eve Party on Wednesday, December 31st from 6 pm to 9 pm. Face painting, cotton candy, crafts, carnival games, inflatables, and Val the Snake Lady are featured. Also there will be a performance by local family band Vogeljoy. Also, enjoy public skating  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.

 

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY LEVEE

 

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

 

 

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