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THURSDAY, Nov. 23/17



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-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





(Information from Kinsmen Member Paul Bode:) ”The 73rd edition of the Aylmer Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade will take place this Saturday at 2 pm. The theme is: “1867”. There are at least four bands booked including the MM Robinson Drum Corps from Burlington and the Golden Harps, the steel drum band. Once again, the Kinsmen have arranged for a 25 foot balloon character for the parade. Santa will be at Palmer Park following the parade to hand out oranges and candy canes, to hear wish lists and to provide photo ops. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods that will be collected by Kin Klowns for the Corner Cupboard. As well, Eastlink will be broadcasting the parade live.”





(Excerpts from a report presented recently by Liz McConnell, Corner Cupboard Manager, to the annual meeting of the East Elgin Community Assistance Program) – “The Corner Cupboard is on target to serve around the same number of clients in 2017 as in 2016. Although this number is down from previous years, there continues to be a need for serving around 1200 people yearly, with just under half that number being children. This represents about 400 families in total. Donations of cash and food are always welcome and should be made payable to East Elgin Community Assistance Program We do encourage people to check their donated items for expiry dates.   Although we are seeing a decline in families using the Corner Cupboard there is definitely still a need and we are fortunate to live in a very supportive community.. My thanks to the Aylmer Express and the community for a wonderful Thanksgiving food drive”





(Marscha Huber organizes the collection of winter clothing for all ages just before Christmas, she provides this information: ) – “In January 2015, I was on FaceBook and a newspaper article popped up about the Chase the Chill mission. I thought someone should do that in our area. So I went to the Aylmer Town Office to see if we could set up beside the library, specifically the trees, but it required too many forms. Then the Priest at our church (Our Lady of Sorrows) thought it was a great idea and said I was welcome to use the church railings. This is the 4th collection of hats, scarves and mittens for the Aylmer area. Although the original mission I read about only collected scarves, thanks to donations from Kim and Kevin Cross owners of Durkee’s Ltd, we were able to rig things up on the railings to include other items and for all ages. Our donations have increased year after year. The clothing is also not lasting as long on the railings now that people know what they are there for. Last year, we had so many items that we could not put it all on the railings at one time. This years collections are at most financial institutions and a few other places: BMO, RB, CIBC, Meridian CU, Kindred CU, the Aylmer Library, Durkee’s Ltd and Our Lady of Sorrows. Items will be collected until 4 pm on Friday December 1st. We will have them up on the railings of the church on December 2 at 11 am. The generous staff of Our Lady of Sorrows has helped me create the posters each year and the Aylmer Express has printed up and donated our tags each year. This is definitely a group effort!”





This is a section of the south bank of the Catfish Creek just east of the John St. bridge which was cleaned up this fall in a combined effort by the EESS Environmental class, the Catfish CCA and the Aylmer BIA. (kb) (CLICK)



-Meharg, Bob of Aylmer passed away. Survivors: wife Kate Meharg; one son etc.. Bob had several jobs in the Aylmer area including as a reporter for The Aylmer Express and St. Thomas Times Journal. A family graveside service has been held. There will be a celebration of Bob’s life at the Aylmer Legion, Saturday, December 2, from 1-3 p.m. Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Nesbitt, William David “Bill” of Lyons passed away Wednesday in his 83rd year. Survivors: wife Joyce (Chalk) Nesbitt; two children etc.. Born in Malahide, he was a longtime farmer in Springfield.  He was a member of the Oddfellow Lodge #404, Springfield for over 60 years and was President of Yarmouth Mutual Insurance Company. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm with the funeral service being held there on Saturday at 11 am.


-Vance, James William “Jim” of Pt. Burwell passed away Monday in his 76th year. Survivors: wife Sharon (Rupert) Vance; children – Karen Huber(Ken) of RR4, Aylmer, Tammy Lama(Andy) of Eden and Colleen Vance(Rod) of Pt. Burwell. Jim was a tobacco farmer. The funeral service was held today at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.


-Giesbrecht, Jacob “Jake” of Aylmer passed away Tuesday in his 72nd year. Survivors: wife Julia (Willand) Card; six children etc.. He was born in Mexico and was a welder at GM for 30 years. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 am.


-Terpstra, Louisa passed away today in her 80th year. Survivors: husband Harry Terpstra; five children including Harry Terpstra of Aylmer, Angela D’Alessandro(Alex) of Aylmer etc..  She was born in the Netherlands. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Monday at 10 am.




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