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MONDAY, Nov. 20/17





-Aylmer Council 7 pm


-Wed -Job Fair: Stubbe’s Precast, 3-6pm, Aylmer Comm. Services, 25 Centre St..

-Fri -Ayl/Area Band/Choir: “Christmas Movie Magic”; 7:30 pm; OTHall Theatre

-Sat -Pre-Parade: Free Cookies, Hot Chocolate – St Pauls United; 12-2 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Christmas Parade 2 pm/ ON EASTLINK TV LIVE





(Contributed) – The annual Tree Lighting at Palmer Park in Aylmer, sponsored by Mainstreet Aylmer and the Aylmer Community Foundation, will take place Friday at 6:30 pm. The event includes caroling provided by the Aylmer Area Community Band, free face painting, a visit from Santa Claus, hot chocolate with the Aylmer RBC and the lighting of the park. Also on Friday at 7:30 pm the Aylmer Community Band and Choir will be performing, ‘Christmas Movie Magic Concert’, in the Old Town Hall Theatre.





(Information from Nicole Pressey-Wiebenga, Administrator for Mainstreet Aylmer) – “Contributors to Aylmer’s downtown Christmas decorations this year are: MainStreet Aylmer -Downtown Merchants, Aylmer Area Community Foundation, Showcase East Elgin Realty Inc. Brokerage, ERTH Corporation, EESS Leadership Class, Joel and Betty Falkenham and the Town of Aylmer. The Community Decoration Committee consists of: Diane Mott, Linda Black, Cyndy Difazio, Kim Enns, Wanda Kapogines, Jeneen Toth, Michelle Toth, Jeff and Nicole Wiebenga and Judi Wright. The lights are in Palmer Park, Balmoral Park and the Old Town Hall Parkette. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Aylmer Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and individual Canadians.





-Manning, Pearl Grace passed away at Chartwell Aylmer on Friday in her 89th year. Wife of the late Harold Manning (2017). Survivors: children Marion Greenlund (Dennis) of Aylmer and James Manning(Sue) of Belmont etc.. Grace was a longtime resident of RR1, Belmont and a member of the Kingsmill Women’s Institute, Kettle Valley Pioneers and St. James Quilters. The funeral service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Monday at 11 am.


-Haines, David Wayne of St. Thomas passed away Wednesday in his 63rd year. Survivors: two children etc… The funeral service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home  on Monday at 1 pm.





Among agenda items to be discussed at the regular meeting of Aylmer Council tonight:

-A motion by Co. Ted McDonald on behalf of the Aylmer Canada 150th committee: “We have designed a stainless steel maple leaf which will be our time capsule to be installed in a rock/fountain display that will be installed in the north west corner of the greenspace adjacent to the Old Town Hall”

At the June 19 Council meeting this area was part of a motion suggested by Mayor Greg Currie as a proposed library expansion site although this was not approved at the time by Council.





AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires split their weekend games in Provincial Junior C hockey. Friday in Dorchester they surrendered a 2-1 lead late in the game to fall 3-2 and Saturday here they survived a late flurry by Thamesford to escape with a 7-5 win. The Spits now have six wins and 13 losses in the nine team league. Friday, Aylmer goals were registered by Ryan VanRoestel and Connor Richer. Saturday, the Spitfires got two goals each from Tyler Hinde and Dustin Dunlop with singles going to Connor Darville, James Collins and Sebastian Nogueira. In that game Aylmer held a 6-1 lead heading into the final frame but Thamesford counted four goals in two minutes to keep the game close. The only game for the Spits this week is Friday in Mt. Brydges.


Period 1

Aylmer – Tyler Hinde (power play) (Jamie Brzozowski, James Collins) 1:55

Aylmer – Tyler Hinde (Dustin Dunlop, James Collins) 6:16

Period 2

Thamesford – Cody Clerc (TJ Taylor, Jordan Winter) 0:58

Aylmer – James Collins (Curtis Hardwick, Tyler Hinde) 1:44

Aylmer – Dustin Dunlop (pp) (Ryan Vandenbroek, Jamie Brzozowski) 3:13

Aylmer – Connor Darville (pp) (Sebastian Nogueira, Luke Bettencourt) 12:29

Aylmer – Sebastian Nogueira (Luke Bettencourt, Jamie Brzozowski) 13:27

Period 3

Thamesford – Kody Tremblay (Garrett Hickey, Spencer Mills) 6:20

Thamesford – Jake Ojero (Kolbe Doxtator, Paul Lee) 7:04

Thamesford – Nolan Brown (Kolbe Doxtator, Paul Lee) 7:30

Thamesford – Cody Clerc (Brandon Scott) 8:20

Aylmer – Dustin Dunlop (empty net) (unassisted) 18:53





(Re-Council decision on Aylmer Library) – “A big thank you to Councillor Oslach for having the guts to vote against both options. This council has bullied on with their need to make their mark on history. Mr. Oslach bravely put the brakes on it. Their “survey” was the most ridiculous excuse for an effort to seek public input. A survey is a great tool, but totally misused in this instance. (Pat McCabe)





Aylmer Atom Red team and Aylmer Bantam Black team both won Silver medals in the first ever Silver Stick hockey tourney hosted by Aylmer this past weekend.





Royale Haldenby, 23, formerly of Aylmer, (daughter of Jeff Haldenby and Tracey Darley) is pursuing a career as a professional country music singer. She will be performing at the Upper Thames Brewing Co. in Woodstock on December 1st from 4-7 pm. She provides this overview: “I grew up on a farm just outside Aylmer. My mom has always said I had a love for country music even at a young age, she even says I was born wearing cowboy boots. Throughout my preteens and high school years (EESS), I was classically trained in voice with the “Royal Conservatory of the Arts”, writing music, and taking guitar lessons religiously. At age 15 I was chosen to be the lead singer in a “Hannah Montana Tribute Band” in St Thomas and toured all over southern Ontario. From then on, I was writing music for the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, recording my own material, playing shows, and dreaming of a life full of music.


When I turned 21, I dropped out of university, quit my jobs, and drove down to Nashville with the hopes of seeing my name in lights. If you asked me 5 years ago if I would be a professional songwriter, I would have laughed pretty hard. I have laughed, cried, and lived each one of my songs; they are personal to me. I perform full time at Tootsies Orchid Lounge there along with doing many other venues on a weekly basis all while writing at least once a day. This year I was asked to be on American Idol which I grew up watching always dreaming of the “Carrie Underwood” experience. Although my home is Nashville now, I will always be thankful to my hometown for shaping me into who I am. You can download my two song EP “Southern Comfort” off of iTunes/ Spotify/ Apple Music through “Royale Lynn.””





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