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TUESDAY, Feb. 6/18





-EESS hosts: Boys BBall v WESS (Sr); Glencoe (Jr)

-Fanshawe College Adult Info Night; Aylmer Library; 6-8 pm


-Wed -Mayors Breakfast; Saxonia Hall (back room); 7:30-9 am

-Wed -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI

-Thu-Sun -A.C.T. Presents: The Dining Room (see ad)

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v WCI

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10: London Knights host Erie; 7:30 pm

-Fri, Sat (8 pm), Sun (2 pm) -Periscope Theatre: The Housekeeper (see ad)

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lambeth/Playoffs; 7:30 pm





Malahide Fire Services Chief Brent Smith presented his annual report to Council Thursday. Some statistics: MFS had 364 calls in 2017 – the most in the past 5 years, there were 336 in 2015; 67% were for medical calls – they have averaged 61% in the past five years, 63% was last year’s figure; fire incidents accounted for just 7% of the total compared to 22% last year; response time last year averaged 9.57 minutes which is better than any of the previous five years. By station, Station 1 was the primary responder for 130 calls with #2 at 101, #3 at 72 and #4 at 61. An average of 8.1 firefighters responded to each call – there are 84 firefighters with the four stations in MFS.

Commented Chief Smith today on some of the report’s trends: – “Better turnout times means arriving sooner and hopefully limiting damage or medically intervening to save a life. Less damage in fires is due to better training in tactics and more confidence on the firefighters part; (also) hopefully less time in recovery for patients due to faster interventions or removal and packaging at accident scenes so EMS is able to load and go to hospitals quicker; (also) better medical training so we can assist Paramedics with patient care. Our technical rescue teams trained hard and have standardized all their equipment again for faster deployment times once they arrive on scene. We had some very challenging calls this year and the Malahide Fire firefighters and officers rose to the challenge and pulled off some amazing feats at these calls.

Now the challenges: continuing to strive for more training and practicing the newly learned skills to perfection. Ontario is headed down the road to mandatory certification of all firefighters which will be very expensive and onerous when it comes to hiring volunteers and expecting huge amounts of their time with very little remuneration or benefits -mandatory risk assessments every 5 years by all municipal fire services and the ever increasing amount of inspections, public education and maintaining our superior tanker accreditation.”






-SR BOYS BBALL – CECI 63 EESS 46 (4-2)





(Information from Joan Cresswell) After owning Pleasant Valley Golf Club west of town for its first 57 years, the Cresswell family of Aylmer sold the club last Friday. The new owners are Brad Sparling and Steve Alb. Brad has moved to the St Thomas area lately from London and Steve is from London. The present owners Bob and Joan Cresswell will assist in the transition, Joan will continue her employment with Dr. Robert Warnock and they hope to spend more time with grandchildren and their Long Point cottage. Bob’s father Dr. William Cresswell was a founder of the course, he died in 2016. Bob has spent the last 40 years with the business. It has 150 acres and at one point previously employed up to 17 employees each season.


(Interview with Dr. Cresswell in TheAylmerNews from March, 2011 when Pleasant Valley celebrated 50 years of operation:) “Fifty years ago this week Pleasant Valley Golf Course west of Aylmer opened. Dr. Bill Cresswell, a retired veterinarian of Aylmer, was a co-founder of the club. Dr. Cresswell was the vet for O.A. Hepburn, who owned a livestock farm on the site. There was interest locally in establishing a golf course there – the closest was the St.Thomas public course – and Dr. Cresswell thought the farm looked like an ideal place. He asked for a chance to buy when Mr. Hepburn was selling. In 1959 Mr. Hepburn honoured that request and sold his 167 acres to a group of three investors – Dr Cresswell, Jack Broughton of London, and Jack Rice of Aylmer. The trio found they soon needed more financial help and so the Pleasant Valley Syndicate was formed and included the following Aylmerites: Dr. Barney Clarke, Dr. John D. Colquhoun, Harry Gunstone, Arthur Hueston, J. Kiriakopolous, Dr. Don Robinson, Frank Truman, and George VanPatter. This group later expanded to include 40-50 investors. Dave Ferguson of Aylmer was a landscaper at Imperial Tobacco and originally came to Canada from Scotland to work as a golf course designer so he was given the task of setting up Pleasant Valley. Dr. Cresswell said they tried to keep the natural layout of the farm. They also used the original farmhouse and barn for clubhouse and equipment purposes for many years. They opened in April of 1961. Dr. Cresswell bought out the Syndicate about 30 years ago. Now he is still a partial owner in a company that includes his family – his son Bob is manager.”





(From Environment Canada; at 3 pm; for East Elgin) -“Snowfall of 5 to 10 cm expected overnight into Wednesday tapering off Wednesday afternoon. The region is on the northwestern edge of a storm system that will mainly affect the American side of the border.”





Malahide Council at its regular meeting Thursday accepted a change in responsibilities for two staff positions after receiving a report by CAO Michelle Casavecchia-Somers. She noted the following rationale: “The Director of Community & Corporate Services position is to be retitled to ” Director of Development & Community Services” and the position of Director of Finance/Treasurer is to be retitled to “Director of Corporate Services/Treasurer.”

The Building Department has been extremely busy in the past couple of years, and the Township continues to receive more development applications than previously. In addition, enhancements to the parks and recreation facilities have resulted in added responsibility and time commitments. (As well) with the construction of the new South Fire Hall, there will be a further increase in the workload of the Director as he is also the Township’s Chief Building Official and Staff person responsible to oversee the construction process. Recent decisions regarding enhanced service levels in the Community Services Department (Springfield Beautification, Port Bruce Provincial Park maintenance) will also draw on the availability of the Director of Community & Corporate Services. It is (also) recommended that the responsibility for the direct supervision of the IT/GIS Staff (two positions, Information Technology and Geographical Information Systems) be transferred to the Director of Finance/Treasurer.” The Director of Development and Community Services is Eugenio DeMeo and the Director of Corporate Services/Treasurer is Suzanna Dieleman.




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