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THURSDAY, Nov. 30/17





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

-EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v Parkside


-Fri -Eastlink ch 10: London Knights v Oshawa, 7:30 pm

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

-Sat. -Springfield Christmas Parade, 1 pm

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

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

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

-Sun -Belmont Christmas Parade, 6 pm





-Learn, Annie May (Wray) of Aylmer passed away at Terrace Lodge Wednesday in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Robert “Bob” Learn. Survivors: children -Kathryn DeFauw of Vienna, Mark Learn(Dianne) of Aylmer etc.. Annie was a member of the Garden Club. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m.





(Contributed) – “The annual “Lessons & Carols” service hosted by the Aylmer Community Choir and the Ministerial Association will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church this Sunday at 7 pm. Musical participants include: a quintet from the Aylmer Area Community Band, SOUL, Straffordville EMC Men’s Accapella Group, soloists Louisa Neudorf and Lillian Wiley and the Aylmer Area Community Choir. The service celebrates the Christmas story through readings and songs. A free will offering for the Corner Cupboard will be taken.”





(Information from Coach Albert VanVlaanderen) – “Senior Boys Basketball is in a rebuilding year. Many of the Seniors from the last couple of years have graduated. Notable returnees are Kaden Vansevenant, Cooper Van Vlaanderen and Rory Buchanan. We have some talented Grade 11 students coming in to mix in with some veterans. They bring some speed and quickness that we have lacked the last couple of years. Hoping to develop the young players and to peak at the end of the season. The big thing for us is that we are now AA level instead of AAA. Other coaches are Ken Farrow and Bob Lama.”





(Information from John Kirby) – “The Pt. Burwell Santa Parade will be held this Saturday at 6 pm. The route remains unchanged, staging at the Port Burwell Legion and ending at the Lighthouse. Following the parade, there will be a Christmas Blessing and a visit with Santa Clause where he will be handing out candy bags for all the children. The Historical Society will also be providing Hot Chocolate and Cookies for all to enjoy.”





(Contributed by Nicole Gundry) – Eastlink will be retelecasting the Aylmer Christmas Parade at the following times: Saturday at 2pm; and then all of the following days/times in December -Sundays at 7 am and noon, Wednesdays at 6 pm, Thursdays at 3:30 pm and Saturdays at 2pm.





(Information on the annual Aylmer Optimist Club Christmas Toy Drive is from Dave Dohnt) – “The drop off areas are: Oswell Chiropractor Centre Talbot St. west, ICS Courier Service Talbot St. west, Dekmar John St. south, Aylmer Legion, Valu Mart, the Aylmer Express and McTaggart, Armstrong, Dewar & Owen Talbot St. west. Items can be dropped off during business hours or we can pick them up – call: 773-8475. The Delivery date is Saturday December 23. The needs are: toys for all age groups up to 15 years of age plus hats and mittens (no coats). We have been doing this service for some 50 years; last year we delivered presents to over 600 kids; this year it’s about 400; about 80% of the toys donated are new.”





Sarah Piche -We all missed having the live stock in the parade this year. My kids love horses and were upset they didn’t see any. We also found the parade very short.

Amanda Buis – I’d love to see more of the small businesses with floats, it seems more like a Shriners parade. I also agree on missing the horses and rural feel.

Patricia Claire McCabe -There were far too many fire trucks blaring and honking. Too many Shriners on the mini bikes/cars. Not nearly enough actual floats that had any effort put into their construction.

Tina Knelsen – I loved the bands, definitely need more Christmas themed floats with music. And yes I missed the horses.

Bert Rokeby – I think there needs to be an area to view the parade without all the fire trucks blowing their sirens. Sirens aren’t a part of Christmas.

Virginia Rousseau-Laemers – My children and I really enjoyed the parade. However, I’d love to see more floats and hear more Christmas music.

Brooke Smith – Disappointed with how few businesses that participated. My kids and myself were very taken back by the Santa ‘clowns’. Since when does he have clowns. But my daughter did love that Santa knew her name.

Linda Kla-wall -The clowns did a great job. But Santa has elves. Not clowns.

Crystal Manners – No horses, not enough bands and where were all of the floats? What about involving the schools in having floats having kids and parents from schools being apart of that.

Sherry Wiebe Peters – I thought the parade was great! I loved seeing the couple of floats that were more historically decorated and the people on both sides of the street were moving to the beat of the metal drum band.

Debbie LeBlanc – What ever happened to the floats that used to participate in the parade. The pipers are my favourite. Santa needs some new reindeers.

Jillian Secord -My kids loved it from start to finish and seeing the smiles on their faces is really what it’s all about.

Chris Walker-McNeil -I wonder if they would consider having a night parade? Been to a couple night parades and they were magical. And bring the horses back.

DaveLaura Martens – I think the parade was really good. (Should) parking on the sides of the street be discontinued? It would give a lot more room for people to watch and also be less of a hazard for children darting out.

June Brookes Elley – Loved the parade! All those folks volunteering…fantastic! Canned food drive…wonderful! Thank you for your time and effort, everyone who took part.




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