Archive for April, 2010
“TWEET TO KEVIN AT MINERVA…..”
“I’m getting lots of morse codings, pony express letters and western union telegrams asking if you’re still getting free advertising until we get our invoices made up and yes you are. And so will the next few lucky clients (from the many, many, many emails we sent out ) until we have a break from all the aylmer news, sorry that’s, TheAylmerNews, thats been buzzing across our desk and get time to make up the bills. So until then….whoops gotta go, more pony express riders just arrived…..Jordie, get the shovel….we’ve got time and space for ads, just not for billing them….yet. Email us!!!”
-(Saturday: Rotary Club (bursary fundraiser) sponsoring “Broadway Singers” and Julie Rochus; Aylmer Baptist Church; 7:30 pm;
-(Saturday: ‘Help Haiti Now’ Concert at Grace United St.Thomas, featuring Don Durkee , Tom Starks; 7:30 pm; $15
HYDRO OFF MONDAY NIGHT/EARTH HOUR:
(Info provided by Scott Brooks of Erie Thames Power)
“I don’t know the cause of Monday night’s outage. It was nothing involving Erie Thames Service. Probably something on the feeder from Hydro One. However I believe it was only an intermittent interruption.
Re-Earth Day, our estimate for Erie Thames power reductions for the Earth Hour was approx 2%. Province wide was estimated at 4%.”
“APRIL SHOWERS BRING….APRIL WOWERS!!”
“MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS LAST WEEK”
1:27 a.m. – March 30, 2010 – Station # 1– 48726 John Wise Line, Medical.
2:10 p.m. – March 30, 2010 – Station #2 assisted by Station # 1 and #3– 8150 Carter Road – Grass Fire
051 – 6:02 p.m. – March 30, 2010 Station #3 – 10716 Hacienda Road – Alarm Malfunction
052 – 6:30 p.m. – March 30, 2010 – Station #4 assisted by Station #1, 2 & 3 – 47260 Wilson Line – Structure Fire
053 – 11:12 a.m. – April 2, 2010 – Station # 2 – 8030 Springwater Road – Medical
054 – 11:34 a.m. – April 2, 2010 – Station #2, assisted by Station #1 – 7654 Hacienda Road – Grass Fire
055 – 4:03 p.m. – April 2, 2010 – Station #2 – Glencolin Line – Grass Fire
056 – 6:09 p.m. – April 3, 2010 – Station #1 – 6657 Springfield Road – Grass Fire
-Aylmer Council; 7 pm
-St.T-Elgin Architectural Conservancy first Annual Meeting at YWCA, St. Mary St., St.Thomas; 7 pm
“MALAHIDE HAD 2 FIRECALLS ON ‘GOOD FRIDAY’”
(Info from Paul Groneveld, Malahide Fire Director)
-A grass fire turned into a field fire on Hacienda Road, at 11:34 am, we were an hour and a half on scene, Mt. Salem and Summers Corners firefighters responded, no dollar loss.
-Another grass fire turned into a field fire on Glencolin Line at 400 pm; Summers Corners and Springfield firefighters responded, no dollar loss,
on scene for approx. 30 min.
“AYLMER FIRE CALLS LAST WEEK:”
(Info provided by Sam Taylor, Fire Chief)
-Saturday, April 3rd, 9:44 am, possible natural gas/propane leak on Sydenham St.E., 18 firefighters responded. NRG called to check appliances/house.
-Saturday, April 3, 5:20 pm - grass fire, Elk St., 14 firefighters responded. Owner had a shop vacuum catch on fire and removed if from the house to the rear of the property where the grass caught fire.
“ESTHERVILLE ISSUE UPDATE”
(Thursday Bayham Council voted to allow a 3-year rezoning request by Alice Csinos for use of their existing building as a cucumber grading station on the disputed ‘Estherville’ cemetery property. The decision was opposed by two petitions and seven speakers at the Council meeting.)
-Councillor Mark Taylor was the only one to vote against the rezoning extension:
“I think that we need to know where, if at all, graves are. There are too many speculations, and info, that say the land was a cemetery. If we were to know where graves are, perhaps we could find a compromise. I have protested changes to maps for the last year and a half, as I don’t believe individual deeds were adjusted when highway 19 was widened. No one wants to touch the issue. The Boundaries Act would positively identify the boundaries of the cemetery. ”
-Honor Wassing is a Bayham citizen, also opposed to the vote:
“Wanda Hoshal (of the Bayham Pilgrims) has three books of records including all of the deeds, attachments etc for the lands in question. There is about 2 acres missing as the lands progress from 1815 to present. She has the complete records held by the Baptist Archives and every known map from the county and municipality as well as excerpts from the tax register going back more than a 100 years. The research has been done.
We have been lobbying for the Boundaries Act for almost a year because most of the mystery seems to have started when the MTO made changes to #19 and deeds were not changed to reflect expropriations etc. Also, the Baptist Church never sold the property. The lands were originally held in trust by officers of the church and the land was cared for by them. There is no record of any sale in the Land Registry but there are records of it having been held by the Green Lumber Company which lost it when a court awarded it to a creditor for outstanding monies. The court had no authority to do this since there was no clear title. ”
-Bayham Mayor Lynn Acre:
“Firstly, the zoning issue of the barn and the possibility of ancient burials on the rest of the property are two separate and distinct issues. Last summer Mr. Csinos was charged with non-compliance with the existing zoning of his property. Since he does not grow his own cucumbers, his seasonal business of grading cucumbers is considered “agri-industrial use”. As this new season begins, Mr. Csinos is taking steps to bring his property into compliance by applying for a rezoning. The charges against Mr.Csinos had absolutely nothing to do with the possibility of burials on the remainder of the property. The area beneath the barn was tested by an archeologist from London, and no grave sites were found there.
In regards to the Estherville Cemetery dispute there still remains lots of unanswered questions regarding whether or not there are grave sites on the remainder of the property. The land has been in the ownership of the Csinos’ for the past 30 years. Since it is private property, we cannot
force the owner to conduct further archeological studies, even though we have offered to pay for them. No written records can be found anywhere to prove the location and size of the original cemetery. We’ve had some older residents verbally give testimony of the location, but to my knowledge, there are no sworn, written testimonies to this effect. The Ontario Cemetery Board has attended the site, done their own investigation, and is satisfied that there are no grave sites on the property in question. There does not seem to be anything more that Bayham can do, which will settle the issue, except to finance further archaeological studies. The granting of a temporary 3 year rezoning, will allow Mr.Csinos to grade the cucumbers within the barn only. He is not planning to build any other buildings on the remainder of the property. He has been planting trees and keeping the front property well groomed and maintained.”
-Clara Ashford; of Aylmer; in her 96th year; on April 4; Survivors include RuthAnne (and John) Perrin, Jim (and Dianne) Ashford, and Brian (and Peggy) Ashford of the Aylmer area; Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm; Funeral Thursday at Kebbels at 1 pm.
-Doris Clark; of Tillsonburg; in her 86th year; on April 2; Former teacher at Straffordville, North Bayham, Richmond, and Port Burwell schools; Funeral arrangements through Ostranders, Tillsonburg.
AYLMER POLICE REPORT:
(Police had a busy day Wednesday as all these reports came on March 31!)
-In the afternoon Police responded to a domestic dispute on Talbot St. East and a woman was charged for a choking attack on her boyfriend – both were around 20 years of age. Both participants have been charged previously by police with assaults on each other.
-A 52-year old Aylmer man reported to Police that he had been shot by a small dart in his coat while walking his dog in Optimist Park – he said he had been shot previously before Christmas.
-Police were called to intervene in two possible fight situations involving EESS students. In the first on St.Andrew St. no altercation occurred but the Police did detain two females , one a 15 year old from Bayham, the other a 14 year old from Springfield, for possessing marijuana and marijuana use materials. No charges were laid. In the second , Police arrived at Optimist Park and told a small crowd to disperse and then charged a 16-year old male from Belmont, not an EESS student, when he did not “fail to leave when directed.”
-No further leads on the female suspect who robbed Hills westend pharmacy of oxycontin bottles two weeks ago and fled on a bicycle.
“BAYHAM COUNCIL VOTED 3-1 THURSDAY TO EXTEND ‘ESTHERVILLE’ BUILDING USE”
(See Thursday story)
Do you support Club 7 Papers Drives? = 19; No = 8; What is Club 7 = 9 (Club 7 is a teen boys group at St Pauls United Church which conducts town paper drives on the last Saturday of every other month, except the summer).
“MIDGET MUSINGS OF THE AYLMER MIDGET RED TEAM”
(Contributed by Coach Dave Ferguson)
“The Aylmer Local League Midgets or more commonly referred to as team number 2 or the red team, finished their playoff season in Mt. Brydges on Wednesday March 24th with a 2-1 win in the game taking the series in five games to receive the Lambton Middlesex League Midget Championship. This group of players, with Shooters Photography, Cy Kelly Lanes and Walker Transport as their sponsors, completed the twenty one game regular season with 15 wins, 3 loses and 3 ties coming in fourth overall. Aylmer faced both Mt. Brydges teams during the playoffs in separate and distinct 6 point series. The first series was more physical but we persevered to knock them out to advance to the final round.With the playoffs now complete the boys will end the season in two tournaments, one of which was completed on the weekend with Aylmer advancing to the finals. We lost a hard fought 2-1 battle in a game against an Oshawa team – a game we dominated but ran into a hot handed goal tender. Our coaching staff wishes all the parents and players of the team a great down time between hockey seasons and leave you with sincere thanks to all associated with our entire team for a supertastic and enjoyable season.”
“‘ ‘THE SATURDAY C(S)EREAL’…..INTERVIEW: Dave McNiece”
(Dave McNiece, Rutherford Ave., Aylmer, has lived all his life in town, being born here in 1926)
1-EARLY YEARS – His dad, Byron, who was raised elsewhere, was an Aylmer Doctor with an office on Talbot St. East, just east of Warnocks Chiropractic office. His father had been a surgeon at the end World War I at the age of 18. His mother died when he was 5 – he had an older sister -and his father remarried. He recalls his house/office burning down when he was 10 – he was skating on Hambidges ice pond at the present Goodwills Motors site when he heard the sirens and ran down the street in his skates to discover it was his home. His dad rebuilt the present white brick on the same spot. His dad died suddenly at age 40 in 1940. He then went to live with friends as he finished high school.
2-LATER YEARS – He went to the new Aylmer High school, just completed in 1938 with Principal D M Halpenny. Impressions of his five years at Aylmer High included the lift stage which transformed the gym into an auditorium and having an hour and a half for lunch. As well, during WW2 students could leave on May 1st and not return until end of October if you had a job. He worked in tobacco and at the Aylmer Canners on Myrtle St. in these long summers. He also had a job with a local gas station driving to London to get gas – he was 14 but was never stopped and when he went to get his licence at 16 the local issuer knew he had been driving already and asked him -not for a test – but only for the $1 fee. He got a job as a night watchman at the newly completed -1946- Imperial Tobacco plant and soon took on a job as a buyer, staying with this position for 45 years. He married Isabelle Cowan whose father was a minister posted to the United Church here for a few years. They had six children.
3-MEMORIES OF AYLMER – He recalls walking past the Brown House on his way to public school the morning after the 3-storey hotel burnt down in 1934, with 3 deaths, and there was nothing left standing but charred timbers. He remembers the fire that destroyed the Capitol/Strand theatre on Talbot east – he and the other children had just left the Saturday matinee and there was a fire on the screen and it burnt down – later relocating to Sydenham and John. And he recalls going on a special train from Aylmer to London to see the King and Queen visit in 1939 .
-Bayham Council, 7 pm
-Malahide Council, 8 pm
-Bob Todd, of Tillsonburg; formerly Straffordville, Vienna; on March 30; in his 84th year; Arrangements through Ostranders, Tillsonburg.
“VAN IN CRASH KILLING 11 IN KENTUCKY WAS DESTINED TO x-AYLMERITES’ WEDDING”
Louisville, Kentucky – A van, hit by a tractor-trailer that crossed a median last Friday near here with 11 of the 13 occupants killed, was on its way to Kalona Iowa to the wedding of Alvin Miller, a resident of Aylmer’s Amish community in the 1960s and 1970s. There were only two survivors of the crash -both children – which killed among others, six members of one family and the truck driver.
“BAYHAM COUNCIL TO BE ADVISED TO CONTINUE ‘ESTHERVILLE’ BUILDING USE!!”
Port Burwell – Alice Csinos, owner of the disputed property at ‘Estherville’, just north of here, is asking Bayham Council at their meeting tonight to approve a re-zoning that will allow the use of the building on the site as a cucumber grading station. The building was actually used illegally as such last summer. The application, which costs $2000, has the support of Bayham planning and administrative staff and will allow its new function, if approved by Council, for three years only. The application is being opposed by 64 local residents who have signed two petitions to Council and by the ‘Bayham Pilgrims’ who have been in an ongoing dispute with the Mrs. Csinos and husband Tony and Council over claims the property contains unmarked graves. Stated one letter to Council: “…the land contains remains of our ancestors and it is disrespectful for farm and highway traffic to drive over them…” Council meets at 7 pm.
EXCERPT FROM ARTICLE ON RICK FRUIN FROM RECENT “ONTARIO TRAFFIC MAGAZINE”
(Rick Fruin of Aylmer, a former Ontario Police College Instructor, recently passed away.)
“It was at the Ontario Police College that Rick really started to have a significant impact on policing in the Province of Ontario. He was teaching traffic to recruits as well as senior courses. He was also teaching Highway Traffic Act to outside courses including Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Natural Resources enforcement officers. By the 80’s he was the go-to person for anybody with questions about the Highway Traffic Act, including police services and MTO’s legal department. Rick’s memory for the HTA was amazing! In answer to even the most obscure questions, he would quote the appropriate sections word for word, from memory, and often include the page number in the current compilation. More importantly, he also knew the history of the legislation. He could tell you what was changed in the past 10 to 20 years and why it was changed. Rick’s understanding of the HTA went well beyond the words on the page and extended to the intent and sense they were meant to convey. Due to his unparalleled knowledge of the HTA, Rick was a member of the Ministry of Transportation’s legislation committee for many years. This committee reviewed all HTA changes before they went forward. In recognition of his contributions and his mastery of the HTA, Road User staff at the MTO arranged to give him the licence “MR. HTA” in 1989″ (Reprinted courtesy of Ontario Traffic Magazine, Spring 2010)
“MALAHIDE FIRE CALL SATURDAY”
-Saturday’s fire call about 4:30 pm for Malahide Fire Dept. was at 48958 Ron Mc Neil Line, a faulty battery was the cause, with aproximately 25 firefighters responding for about an hour, and no major damage.
“REGULAR GARBAGE, RECYCLING PICKUP IN AYLMER ON GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER MONDAY”
“‘THE AYLMER NEWS’ NOT PUBLISHING FRIDAY, BACK ON SATURDAY”
“UPDATE ON AYLMER MUSICIAN CHRIS BRAY (See Story last Saturday)”
-Whats coming up next: = The Worship DVD will be released in April. It includes the music video for “Called” as well as song inspirations, live performances, chord charts, information on Compassion Canada and more. I’m continually looking for places to lead worship as well and a full list of tour dates are available on my web site www.chrisbraymusic.com. I will also be appearing on 100 Huntley St. on June 14th.
-The Award: = I won “New Artist of the Year” at the 2009 Gospel Music Association Covenant Awards in Calgary held last October. My latest release, The Worship Album was also nominated for “Praise and Worship Album of the Year”. More information is available at www.gmacanada.ca
“MALAHIDE RECENT ACCIDENT”.
-Mar 10 5:04pm - A 2006 Suzuki motorcycle was travelling westbound on Lyons near Imperial. A dog ran out from a private residence in front of the motorcycle causing the driver to lose control of the motorcycle. The driver, a 52 year old St.Thomas man, suffered minor injuries. Dog deceased.