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TUESDAY, Nov. 28/17





-Aylmer Library: Saving Movie Tapes to Dvds, 2 pm and 6:30 pm

-Seniors Day Out; EEC Complex; 9:30 am (see Mon. report)


-Thu -Aylmer-Mal Museum: 40th Avrsy Event; 7-9 pm

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v Parkside

-Sat -APAC presents: Blackburn, 7:30 pm; OT Hall Theatre

-Sat. -Springfield Christmas Parade, 1 pm

-Sat. -Pt. Burwell Christmas Parade, 6 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Exeter, 7:30 pm

-Sun -Belmont Christmas Parade, 6 pm

-Sun -Lessons, Carols Service, Christian Ref. Church; 7 pm





(Information from Paul Bode of the Aylmer Kinsmen Club) – “The skies cleared just in time. Forty five minutes before the parade the number of entries looked light and the crowd seemed thin. By 2 pm. the sun tried to make an appearance, we had 5 bands, 12 fire trucks, lots of Shriners’ entries, a 25’ “Sock Monkey” balloon, the Fairground’s infield was full of floats and one jolly Santa Claus was ready to go. We were very close to having the Western University Band perform in our parade, but it was contingent on whether or not the Western Football team made it to the Vanier Cup in Hamilton (which they did). The Western Band is now booked for next year’s parade. The Kinsmen were very pleased with the turnout of floats and attractions, crowds along the parade route and especially the local merchants, businesses, services and individuals who helped subsidize the cost of Aylmer’s largest annual event. The parade was 50 minutes.”

TANEWS Facebook comments – “Less fire trucks, More horses?” –  (Paul Bode:)  – “Yes 13 fire trucks was excessive, but we have no control over how many show up. We have a very “folksy” parade and are happy with anyone who shows up with floats. We banned horses unless they had a “poop strategy.” Bands don’t like horse (droppings).”


An interesting entry in the Aylmer Christmas Parade Saturday was this group of Easter Rabbits from the Aylmer Optimist Club who apologized on their banner for celebrating the wrong season. (kb) (CLICK)




Share your comments on the Aylmer Santa Parade on TheAylmerNews Facebook – What did you think of the Parade? What was your favourite part?





-Wiebenga, William “Bill” of Aylmer passed away today in his 80th year. Survivors: wife Trudy (Mantel) Wiebenga; two children – Dawn Lenane and Jeff Wiebenga(Nicole), both of Aylmer etc.. He was born in the Netherlands and was a developer and real estate agent for many years. A few of his development accomplishments include Elgin Estates Subdivision, Maplehurst Condominiums and the Aylmer Medical Centre. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm with the funeral taking place at Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Saturday at 11 am.


-Damen, Kevin Evert of Springfield passed away in Rosthern, Saskatchewan on Saturday in his 20th year. Survivors: parents Alexander and Ingrid(Siebelink) Damen; four siblings etc… He was a graduate of East Elgin Secondary School. Funeral arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home are incomplete.


-Smith, Angela of Kingston passed away, aged 54. Survivors: husband Rick; two children; mother in law Bonnie Smith of Aylmer etc.. She and her husband were owners of the Canadian Tire in Kingston. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm where the celebration of life will be held at 2 pm on Thursday.





The Aylmer Community Living group have decorated a store window at Modular Homes (across from the Cenotaph) with the Parade Theme of ‘1867’. (Contributed) (CLICK)





(Information from Kelly Pearson) – “The Springfield Christmas Parade is Saturday at 1 pm, starting from the east end of the Village by Catherine Street and travelling along Ron McNeil Line to Omemee Street and down Broadway. We have 3 bands this year – Ingersoll Pipe Band, Mocha Temple Trumpet Band and the London Shriner’s Oriental Band. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be at the Fire Hall after the parade handing out candy. Malahide Fire Dept #3 will be selling fries and hot dogs and refreshments at the Fire Hall.”





(Information from Leigh Mauer) – “The annual Belmont Santa Claus Parade will be this Sunday at 6 pm. The parade travels north from the Belmont Farm Supply on Belmont Road to Washburn St.. Non perishables will be collected along the route by the Central Elgin Fire Department for local area food banks. The Christmas without Coal float will be collecting unwrapped gifts for children. The unwrapped gifts will benefit London Childrens’ Hospital and Rotholme Womens’ and Family Shelter. There will be free hot chocolate at Farrow Financial. Four bands – Ingersoll Pipe Band, Mocha Oriental Band,  the Tomato Soup Band and the Steel Harp Band – will be performing. For float registration please contact Peggy Cameron at 519-644-0956.”




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