Published Articles

TUESDAY, Sept 5/17



THEAYLMERNEWS will publish again Sept. 25




-Wed – EEC Complex Board, 7 pm

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

-Mon -Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Sept 14 – Blood Donor Clinic, EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

-Sept 16 – Doors Open – Aylmer and Bayham (see Aug 29 report)





(Information from Principal Darlene Charrette)

1-Staff changes? – We said goodbye to Sheri Meginnis who retired in June after many years of service at Assumption. Jessica Terpstra will be taking her place. Leslie Graham will be in the new classroom. We also welcome two part-time teachers: Christina Strangio who will be working in the kindergarten classes and Mary Christopher who will be our reading intervention teacher. Welcome also to Tracy Shackelton, an educational assistant who is replacing Dawn Logan.

2-Building changes during the summer? – We are opening another classroom. This means we now have 8 classrooms in our school.

3-New programs/Enrolment? – Several of our staff were trained in Kagan Structures over the summer so we will be working on implementing these structures in the classes with a focus on pedagogical documentation in math throughout the school. Enrolment is 176, up by 20.





PT. BRUCE – (From Elgin OPP) – On August 26 around 4 pm the Elgin OPP Marine Unit was patrolling near here and spotted a personnel water craft (Seadoo) south of the main beach driving carelessly. People were swimming in the water at the time of the incident. Upon further investigation it was revealed that the operator was impaired by alcohol. A 36 year old male was charged with: Operating a vessel in a careless manner, being impaired and driving while disqualified.





(Information from Principal Charlotte Wall)

1-Staff changes? – We welcome Mrs. Shackelton and Mrs. Vance as new teachers.

2-Building changes over the summer? -We are happy to be enhancing our pick up and drop off sites with more streamlined procedures including parking available on the same side of the school along Harvey and South Streets (eliminating the need to cross the street), a new Kiss-N-Drop indent along South St. and 2 hour parking along the front of the school on John St. Parents are also actively working on developing  two walking school bus routes to and from our school each day, as well as encouraging active transportation, buddying up, and encouraging the use of the cross walk when traveling to and from school. We have windows in our gym, are creating an outdoor classroom space for kindergarten and other grades to use, and two new water fountain/bottle filling stations.

3-New programs this year/anticipated enrolment and comparison to last year? – We have approximately 380 students registered, up a bit from last year. We will continue with our bucket-filling club, coding club, cross country, track and field, choir and video announcements.





-Dyck, Daniel of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 69th year. Survivors: wife Tina(Knelsen) Dyck; two children etc.. He was born in Mexico. The funeral service was held yesterday; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Schuit, Robert ‘Bob’ of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 70th year. Survivors: spouse Dan Madigan etc.. He was born in The Netherlands.  Robert worked in nursing at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital and in later years in homecare. A Private family service will  be held at a later date; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Behie, Mildred Jean passed away Saturday at Terrace Lodge in her 91st year. Survivors: two children including Fran Whaley (Tony)  of Aylmer etc.. Predeceased by her husband Eber Hayman(1950) and her husband Clarence Behie( 2008). Mildred worked for many years at the Ontario Police College. A private family service will be held. Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.





(Information from Principal Trish Tomico)

1.New Staff: – Hasina Taylor in FDK, Sherry Black – grade 4/5, Lindsay Montieth – Grade ¾, Suzanna Obeda – Grade 7, James Henderson – Grade 7/8, Laurel Futcher – Grade 2/3, LTO, Derek Rhodes – Prep, Thomas Vivoda – Math in Grade 5, Cheryl McDowell– EA, Linda Balcom – Grade 6-8, LEARN, Laura Jones – ESL itinerant, Glenda Quinn– afternoon custodian, Julie Savard – Vice Principal.

2-Building changes over the summer -Over the summer our school has started its rebricking process. Brick has been removed from about half of the building and new brick is currently going up. The reason for this was because the old brick was in poor condition. Plus there is an addition of a Developmental classroom to our school, additional fencing going up on the East and West sides of the building to create a secured perimeter and a new AODA compliant bathroom being renovated/added to our school.






(Contributed) – The Lee Brown Marsh Management Committee and Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) has named Alysha Chilcott of EESS as its 2017 recipient of the Leighton and Betty Brown Scholarship. Her impressive resume includes a high academic average of 90%, over 550 volunteer hours, as well as having taken multiple environmental classes. She plans on attending the University of Guelph this fall where she will be studying Wildlife Biology & Conservation.” This award has been given annually for the past ten years. To qualify for the Scholarship the applicant must be a graduating high school student living within the LPRCA watershed. They must be continuing their post secondary studies in a conservation-related field based on their academic achievement and a demonstrated interest and involvement with the environment.






(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Aug 31, both stations called to a single vehicle rollover on Norfolk Bdry Rd, no injuries

-Sept 2, both station called to the beach in Burwell for a water rescue. Someone thought they’d seen a person disappear off the rocks. Upon investigating, it was discovered that said person had walked away unnoticed and no rescue was required.

-Sept 4, station 1 Port Burwell responded to wires down on Pine St. in Vienna.





(Contributed) – The Elgin County Library is pleased to announce that Ms. Dalene Van Zyl will be assuming the responsibilities of supervisor of the Aylmer Library effective September 1st. Ms. Van Zyl brings a wealth of experience to the position, having served as a library technician in the system for over 15 years where she was responsible for collection development and reference services. She previously served as a librarian, teacher and lecturer in South Africa and possesses an Honours Degree in Library Science from the University of South Africa.

The library is also pleased to announce that at the same time, Ms. Leah Ede-Pisano is assuming responsibility as supervisor for the Belmont and Springfield branches. Ms. Ede-Pisano joined the county library system in 2015 as supervisor for the Aylmer Library and previously served nine years as a librarian with the London District Catholic School Board. She holds a Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from Western University.





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