Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


MONDAY, Jan. 29/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed -EEC Complex Board Meeting, 7 pm

-Thu -Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Council

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

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lucan, 7:15 pm

 

 

EAST ELGIN SNOW ALERT

 

(From Environment Canada; at 10 am; For East Elgin) – Winter returns with a 15 cm snowfall today. A seemingly benign cold front and associated weak low is arriving over Southern Ontario today as winter returns to the area. The snow will become heavier this afternoon and evening before tapering off overnight.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Brower-Louer, Dina of St. Thomas passed away Wednesday in her 100th year. Predeceased by husbands Cornelius Brower in 1974 and Arnold Louer in 1992. Survivors: children -Jack Brower (Barb), Ruby Dykxhoorn (Jack), and Ron Brower (Marilena), all of the Aylmer area; Linda (Randy)Underhill of Port Burwell etc.. She was born in the Netherlands. She and husband Cornelius were farmers. A private family service was held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Reynaert, Robert Jules “Bob” of Aylmer passed away Friday in his 80th year. Survivors: wife Burnie (MacDowell) Reynaert; children – Brian (Jennifer), Lynne Smith(Ron) and Greg(Carrie) etc.. He was born in Malahide and retired as Manager of the Ontario Flue Cured Tobacco Board. He was President of AMHA, Southern Counties, and Aylmer Hornets Sr. A. He was the announcer of the Aylmer Hornets and Spitfires Jr C. games. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral mass will be held on Tuesday at 10 am from Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church.

 

-Hilliker, Lyla of Chartwell Aylmer passed away Sunday in her 93rd year. Wife of  the late “Jack” John Franklin Hilliker (2001). Survivors: children – Kathryn Kent(Lee) and Debra Ungar (Peter), both of the Aylmer area etc.. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Jan 24, Stn 1 Port Burwell, Medical assist

-Jan 24, Stn 2 Straffordville, Medical assist

-Jan 25, Stn 1 Port Burwell, Medical assist

-Jan 27, Stn 2 Straffordville, Medical assist

-Jan 28, Stn 1 Port Burwell, Medical assist

 

 

SPITS LOSE TWICE

 

The Aylmer Spitfires were edged twice in weekend Provincial Junior C hockey action – losing 4-3 to Exeter Friday and 3-1 to Pt. Stanley Saturday. The Spits now have 11 wins and 25 losses in the nine team league. They have two games left in the regular season – Friday at North Middlesex and Saturday hosting Lucan.

 

 

SUMMERS CORNERS IN FOOD PROGRAM

 

(Information from Charlotte Macdonald, Community Development Coordinator for EAT 2 LEARN – OSNP Elgin) – “The Farm to School Project across Thames Valley was spearheaded through the OSNP (Ontario Student Nutrition Program – Southwest Region) in partnership with the University of Western Ontario and Brescia College with support by TVDSB.  This initiative involved 3 rounds of food deliveries and research (student surveys and observation components, with the first beginning in March 2017, round 2 in the fall of 2017 and round 3 food deliveries beginning on March 19th. By the end of round 3, a total of 60 schools across Thames Valley will have participated in the project.

 

Summers Corners PS was an intervention site which is a school that receives food deliveries from a pre-set menu once a week for 10 weeks from up to 4 food groups (based on Canada’s Food Guide). A “local” food focus was incorporated as much as possible given the seasonality and Elgin was fortunate enough to have 2 local suppliers participate in this initiative including Great Lakes Farms (apples) and Howe Family Farms (strawberries). Each weekly menu promoted “Tasty Ontario Tuesdays” which highlighted a local (south west Ontario) produce item, the producers and relevant recipe ideas. Elgin had 11 intervention sites and 7 control sites (ie. Immanuel school and Straffordville PS) participate in the project. This program went from October until Christmas. Some students were surveyed at the beginning and then again at the end of the program to see if food choices, and opinions of healthy food had changed throughout the 10 weeks.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– January 24, 2018, College Line, Station #3 , Station #2, Medical Assist

– January 24, 2018, Pede Road, Station #1 assisted by Station #2, Rescue

– January 25, 2018, Talbot Line, Station #2, Medical Assist

– January 25, 2018, College Line, Station #3 assisted by Station #2, MVC

– January 25, 2018, Avon Drive, Station #4 assisted by Station #3, Gas Leak

– January 27, 2018, Mapleton Line, Station #4, MVC

– January 27, 2018, Nova Scotia Line, Station #1, Medical Assist

 

 

ELGIN ANNOUNCES BUSINESS GRANTS

 

(Contributed) – “Elgin County is pleased to announce that the first six Elgincentives Community Improvement Plan (CIP) grants for 2018 have been approved and of these projects, three will be rejuvenating vacant properties. In 2017, Elgin County Council decided to end the Vacancy Tax Rebate and make the $80,000 in additional tax revenue available to vacant property owners through the Elgincentives program. Upgrades to vacant properties increase the likelihood that they will become occupied. Farrow Financial in Belmont is one such recipient as they have moved into the former Scotiabank building and will be restoring the exterior, improving the entrance, installing new signage and exterior lighting, upgrading the aluminum siding, replacing a fence, and painting the exterior.”

 

 

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THURSDAY, Jan. 25/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri-Sun -Periscope Theatre: “The Housekeeper” (see ad)

-Fri -EESS Exams begin

-Fri -Eastlink Ch 10 – London Knights host: Owen Sound; 7:30 pm

 

 

WED. – MAN KILLED BY TREE IN MALAHIDE

 

COPENHAGEN – (From Elgin OPP) – Yesterday around 10 am Elgin OPP responded to a report of a tree falling on a male in a wooded area off Pede Road, south of Nova Scotia Line in Malahide, just east of here. Malahide Fire Services and EMS also responded. A 55-year old Norfolk County man was pronounced dead at the scene. Release of the deceased’s name is pending notification of next of kin. Police have learned that the deceased along with two other workers were working for a Tree Cutting Service that had been hired by a land owner to conduct work on the property. The deceased was in the process of cutting down a tree when it prematurely fell and landed on him. The Ministry of Labourer is currently on scene conducting their investigation

 

 

SPRINGFIELD PS TENTH IN CONTEST

 

Springfield Public School, which last year finished second in the Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge, sits in tenth place currently in this year’s contest.  To help out, batteries can be dropped of at the school, at the Springfield Post Office, or at No Frills in Aylmer. Contest sponsor is Raw Materials of Port Colborne.

 

 

SPITS LOSE 5-4

 

AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires held a 44-20 edge in shots but couldn’t make up a three goal deficit as they fell 5-4 to North Middlesex here last night in Provincial Junior C hockey. Andrew Snowdon led the Spits with two goals with Matt Bond and Connor Richer adding the others. There are no home games this weekend.

Period 1

Aylmer – Andrew Snowden (Luke Regier) 15:47

Period 2

North Middlesex – Taylor Helesic (unassisted) 2:11

North Middlesex – Sam Baker (power play) (Kain Hopkins) 11:13

North Middlesex – Cole Campbell (Colin Van Rooyen, Sam Baker) 14:35

Aylmer – Andrew Snowden (unassisted) 15:29

North Middlesex – Sam Baker (Colin Van Rooyen, Cameron Hanson) 17:59

Period 3

North Middlesex – Taylor Helesic (Josh Moorhouse) 1:43

Aylmer – Matt Bond (Casey Scanlan, Connor Richer) 9:49

Aylmer – Connor Richer (power play) (Ryan Van Roestel) 19:13

 

 

AYLMER RECYCLING UPDATE

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Director of Operations)

-there is a 3 bag limit on weekly residential garbage

-no plastic bags, broken glass, batteries, light bulbs, or styrofoam in recyclables

-aerosol and empty paint cans are acceptable  for recycling

-18 kg dog food bags must go with regular garbage

-backyard composters are still available through the town, cost $25

(-the Aylmer Express at an outside bin will take newspapers)

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

MALAHIDE DEPUTY MAYOR DIES

Malahide Deputy Mayor Mike Wolfe passed away yesterday afternoon. Said Co. Mark Widner: “Mike had been in hospital since mid December. He did a great job as Councillor and Deputy Mayor and Malahide is better for what he did, he touched a lot of lives”. He grew up in Bayham but lived most of his life in Malahide. Mr. Wolfe was defeated in the 2010 municipal election for a Councillor position but was appointed to fill the vacancy of Co. Mike Phillimore who resigned in 2012. He then ran successfully for Deputy Mayor in 2014.

 

 

PIZZA SLICES

 

A notice on the door indicated that Pizza Factory on Talbot St. east closed this past weekend. Becca Ward, Manager of Godfathers Pizza, indicated that her store is not closing – “We are a very busy store and are going to be around for a long time. I have been here since we opened in 1995 and we are going strong.” On New Years Eve, the Domino’s Pizza chain opened a store just east of Godfathers.

 

 

PT. BRUCE PETITION AGAINST DOG

 

At Malahide Council’s regular session last Thursday, Pt. Bruce resident and co-owner of the Bee Lin Trailer Park Nancy Verhoek presented a petition signed by 160 residents asking that the township enforce its Dangerous Dog bylaw for a dog they claim is responsible for two dogs deaths there. Council received the petition. noting at this time this issue is actually a litigation matter before the courts.

 

 

HEALTH UNIT: SMOKING WEEK MESSAGE

 

(From Elgin-St.Thomas Health Unit) – “Whether it comes from tobacco, electronic cigarettes, cannabis or a hookah pipe, smoke is smoke and you should limit your exposure to it. That’s Elgin St. Thomas Public Health’s message for this National Non-Smoking Week. Many of the same cancer-causing chemicals, carbon monoxide and heavy metals that are found in tobacco smoke are found in cannabis smoke. Hookahs are water pipes used to smoke flavoured specialty made tobacco and herbal shisha. The smoke from both tobacco shisha and herbal shisha contains carbon monoxide and other toxic chemicals that increase the potential for smoking related cancers as well as heart and lung disease. Elgin St. Thomas Public Health recommends that everyone limit their exposure to tobacco, electronic cigarettes, cannabis and hookah smoke. This is specifically important for children, pregnant women, older adults and those with pre-existing health conditions, such as asthma, lung and heart disease.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, January 23/18

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WEDNESDAY:

MAN KILLED BY TREE IN MALAHIDE

COPENHAGEN – (From Elgin OPP) – This morning around 10 am Elgin OPP responded to a report of a tree falling on a male in a wooded area off Pede Road, south of Nova Scotia Line in Malahide, just east of here. Malahide Fire Services and EMS also responded. A 55-year old Norfolk County man was pronounced dead at the scene. Release of the deceased’s name is pending notification of next of kin. Police have learned that the deceased along with two other workers were working for a Tree Cutting Service that had been hired by a land owner to conduct work on the property. The deceased was in the process of cutting down a tree when it prematurely fell and landed on him. The Ministry of Labourer is currently on scene conducting their investigation.

 

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

 

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires host: N Middlesex; 8:15 pm

-Fri-Sun -Periscope Theatre: “The Housekeeper” (see ad)

-Fri -EESS Exams begin

-Fri -Eastlink Ch 10 – London Knights host: Owen Sound; 7:30 pm

 

 

CATFISH CCA UPGRADES TO FLOOD WARNING

 

The Catfish Creek Conservation Authority has upgraded yesterday’s Watershed Statement to a Flood Warning today – “Flooding is imminent and dangerous water level conditions are occurring in low-lying areas of the Catfish Creek Watershed. Due to heavy rain, density of the snowpack and a general warming trend there is a high potential for flooding to occur in low-lying areas of the watershed. This Warning will remain in effect until noon Wednesday.”

 

 

NEW POLICE CHIEF FOR AYLMER

 

(Contributed) – Zvonko Horvat will be Aylmer’s new Chief of Police beginning next Tuesday. He has 32 years experience in Municipal and Provincial policing. He started his policing career in 1985 as a Constable with the Haldimand Norfolk Regional Police and also served in the Drug and Crime Unit. He then became a Training Instructor and took the position of Sergeant-Team Leader with the Norfolk OPP. In 2003 Mr. Horvat became Staff Sergeant–Detachment Operations Manager there. He then became the Acting Inspector–Detachment Commander with Perth County. He later joined Brant County as the Inspector Detachment Commander and in 2008 he became the Inspector Detachment Commander for the Norfolk OPP.

 

Departing Chief Andre Reymer has spent his whole 30 year career with the Aylmer Police Force, becoming Chief in 2011. He provided the following information:

1.Where raised/always interested in policing? – I was raised on a farm near Kirkton and I didn’t consider policing until Grade 11.

2.A few major changes in policing since you began? – The size of the service increased allowing 2 person shifts for back-up. The nature of the investigations have become more detailed and required more training. The upcoming legalization of pot will be a shake-up.

3.What is an area in Aylmer policing that still needs attention? – Property crimes aren’t well reported (late) and a result not solved. Also, encourage better use of personal security (locks & cameras). Our use of social media has helped communicate and get feedback.

4.Can you comment on Aylmer’s OPP costing inquiries? –  The costing process had a morale impact on staff. With recent retirements we believe advertising for new officers will increase now that the service is on stable ground. Compared to the OPP, municipal policing is very locally focussed.

5.Retirement plans? – Take it easy over the winter; look at other opportunities in the spring.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Jan 21, station 2 Straffordville, burn complaint on Talbot Ln.

-Jan 21, station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Elizabeth St.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Mitchell, Douglas Bryan of Pt. Burwell passed away Sunday in his 62nd year. Survivors: children Jerremy and Tori of Port Burwell etc.. Doug was a transport driver and worked at the Tobacco Warehouse in Delhi and for Sonnyside Flowers. A service will be held at the Arn-Lockie Funeral Home Norwich on Friday at 11 am with visitation one hour prior.

 

 

PERISCOPE PRESENTS: ‘THE HOUSEKEEPER’

 

(Contributed – Periscope Theatre in Pt. Burwell’s next presentation begins this weekend:) – “The Housekeeper is a comedy written by Jeremy Prideaux and directed by Pete Matthews. It will star Katy Wells and Rob Faust. Floundering a bit after the death of his aged and domineering mother, Manley Carstairs, a self styled literary artist, engages a housekeeper, Annie Dankworth, to look after his large Victorian home (and himself). Conveyed in a series of fast paced juxtaposed scenes, this play uncovers some unlikely events” (see ad).

 

 

EESS SPORTS MON.:

 

-BOYS BBALL – JR – Parkside 42 EESS (3-3) 32

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

(RE-EASTLINK PETITION) – “Part of the issue that continues to limit competition in the ex-Amtelecom area of service is that Eastlink is refusing to allow access to Local Number Portability. That is the process that allows a subscriber to move their existing phone number from one provider to another. Eastlink (and Amtelecom before the purchase) has continually refused to implement this process, even though they are required to do so by CRTC ruling. So the comments by the CRTC are somewhat disingenuous. There are many technical requirements before a secondary service provider can add services to a geographic area. But it is also true that the competitors will need to be convinced to provide service to that area, which they will only do if they can make money (get a bunch of people to switch). This is not truly a matter for council other than they can be used to hold Eastlink’s feet to the fire.” (Doug Lee)

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer)

-A 53 year old Malahide man was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment after being found guilty for the seventh time of driving while under supervision. He also paid $19,000 in past fines. His most recent charge was in April by Aylmer Police. The suspensions occurred in various communities.

 

-Sgt. Bill Gibson retired on December 31st after 19 years with Aylmer Police. The PSB will be advertising to hire an experienced officer and a recruit. The experienced officer is intended to fill Gibson’s vacancy and the recruit to address a pending retirement.

 

 

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MONDAY, Jan. 22/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires host: N Middlesex; 8:15 pm

-Fri-Sun -Periscope Theatre: “Housekeeper” (see ad)

-Fri -EESS Exams begin

 

 

EAST ELGIN FOG WARNING

 

(From Environment Canada; 5 am; For EastElgin) – “Near zero visibility in fog is expected. Dense fog patches have been reported in the area this morning. Visibilities are expected to improve later this morning. However, fog patches are expected to continue through today and tonight and into Tuesday morning. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations.”

 

 

NO NEW FLOODING AT PT. BRUCE

 

Peter Dragunas, Catfish CCA Water Management Technician, reported “no problems on the weekend” at Pt. Bruce with the weekend thaw. The previous weekend witnessed some flooding there due to warmer temperatures and precipitation. Mr. Dragunas added that the CCCA was still “keeping an eye on the flood situation over the next couple of days” with the milder weather continuing.

 

 

EESS SPORTS LAST WEEK:

 

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS (4-1) 51 AVSS 38; JR – EESS (3-2) 56 AVSS 37

-GIRLS VBALL – SR -EESS (3-5) 3 AVSS 0; JR – EESS (6-2) 3 AVSS 0

 

 

SENIORS DAY OUT TUESDAY

 

The monthly Seniors’ Day Out program at the EECC will be held tomorrow from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The program includes: recreational activities (your choice of Adult Skate, Shuffleboard, Pickleball or Chair Yoga Fitness Class) and guest speaker Maggie Trevitt on “Brain Fitness: What is dementia, How you can keep your brain healthy, and What programs/services are available in Elgin County.”  The cost is $10, lunch is provided and registration in advance is preferred.

 

 

SPITS WIN, LOSE

 

AYLMER – First place Lambeth blanked the Aylmer Spitfires 4-0 in Provincial Junior C hockey here Saturday. Friday the Spits dumped Mt. Brydges by 6-3 as Dallas Loiselle counted a hattrick. Other goalsscorers for the Spitfires were Brayden Smith with a pair and Andrew Snowden – Aylmer outshot Mt. Brydges by 61-43.  The Spitfires now have 11 wins and 22 losses. This week  the Spits host North Middlesex Wednesday and travel to Exeter Friday and Pt. Stanley Saturday.

FRIDAY: AYLMER 6 MT.BRYDGES 3

Period 1

Aylmer – Dallas Loiselle (Luke Regier, Sebastian Nogueira) 6:00

Aylmer – Brayden Smith (short handed) (Sebastian Nogueira) 14:29

Mt.Brydges – Daniel Stretton (Gage Langford) 16:21

Period 2

Aylmer – Dallas Loiselle (Jamie Brzozowski) 12:41

Aylmer – Andrew Snowden (Casey Scanlan) 13:36

Mt.Brydges – Ryan Hopkins (Daniel Stretton, Spencer Verdurmen) 14:30

Aylmer – Dallas Loiselle (Jamie Brzozowski) 17:16

Period 3

Mt.Brydges – Justin Cheng (Jason Poulin) 6:46

Aylmer – Brayden Smith (James Collins, Dallas Loiselle) 14:52

 

 

CATFISH CREEK CA ISSUES WARNING

 

(Information from the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority) – “This is a Water Safety, Watershed Conditions Statement that a potential exists for higher than normal seasonal flows, unsafe stream bank conditions, melting ice and or other unforeseen factors which could create dangerous conditions around waterways within the Catfish Creek watershed. The warning is in effect until Wednesday.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

 

– January 15, 2018, Imperial Road, Station #1 ,#2, #3 and #4, Fire

(*COPENHAGEN – 6pm,  cause unknown, $175,000 damage)

– January 16, 2018, Imperial Road, Station #1 Medical Assist

– January 17, 2018, Glencolin Line, Station #2, Medical Assist

– January 17, 2018, Nova Scotia Line, Station #1, Medical Assist

– January 19, 2018, Glencolin Line, Station #2, Medical Assist

– January 19, 2018, Dorchester Road, Station #4, Medical Assist

 

 

ALI VAN GORP TO GUATEMALA

 

(Ali Van Gorp, 16, daughter of Brad and Tricia Van Gorp of Aylmer is going to Guatemala for a mission trip from March 6-16. She held a fundraiser this past Saturday and is still accepting donations – see Tricia Van Gorp’s Facebook page. She provides the following information:) – “I am going through an organization called Global Shore Opportunities which is out of Pt. Burwell. The organization has been sending groups down since 2004 to help a small community called, El Tizate. I’m going on one of their short term trips called St.Mary’s Parish. The group is made up of about 15 people from all ages- most from Tillsonburg.  When i am down there i will be helping out with the school, children’s ministry, general construction and small projects that are needed- things like painting fences, home visits where I get to deliver baskets containing household things that families need, building a house, and teaching (which is what I’m most excited about). I also have the opportunity to hike a volcano and spend a day in Antigua where i will get to visit a Catholic mass and other beautiful sites, as well as learn the culture. I am really looking forward to this trip because I believe that I can really make a difference in helping people who are in need.”

 

 

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THURSDAY, Jan. 18/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

–EESS Dance Event (see Wed report); 7 pm

-EESS hosts: Girls VBall v AVSS

-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

 

-Fri -School PA Day

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10; London Knights host: Niagara

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lambeth, 7:15 pm

 

 

N.MSEX 7 AYLMER 4

 

AYLMER – The Spitfires surrendered four first period goals en route to a 7-4 loss to North Middlesex in Provincial Junior C hockey here last night. Dallas Loiselle connected twice with Ryan Vandenbroek and Ryan VanRoestel also scoring for the Spits. Next home game is Saturday against Lambeth.

Period 1

North Middlesex – Jakob Rody (Aaron Ross, Alex Vanderheyden) 7:34

North Middlesex – Aaron Ross (power play) (Jake Alkins, Taylor Helesic) 14:13

North Middlesex – Cole Campbell (pp) (Josh Moorhouse, Sam Baker) 18:19

North Middlesex – Aaron Ross (Evan Woodhead) 18:25

Period 2

Aylmer – Dallas Loiselle (pp) (Jamie Brzozowski, Sebastian Nogueira) 7:07

Aylmer – Ryan Vandenbroek (pp) (James Collins, Ryan Van Roestel) 17:40

Period 3

North Middlesex – Aaron Ross (Evan Woodhead) 2:27

North Middlesex – Jakob Rody (Aaron Ross, Evan Woodhead) 5:24

Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (pp) (Connor Richer, Tanner Rickwood) 6:36

Aylmer – Dallas Loiselle (pp) (Sebastian Nogueira, Tanner Rickwood) 12:39

North Middlesex – Cole Campbell (en) (Alex Vanderheyden, Taylor Helesic) 18:27

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Propper, Ernest of Tillsonburg passed away January 9 at the age of 62. Survivors: two children including Henry (Laura) of Aylmer etc.. A graveside service was held; arrangements with the Verhoeve Funeral Home Tillsonburg.

 

 

EESS SPORTS RESULTS

 

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – PCI 3 EESS 0; JR – PCI 3 EESS 0

-BOYS BBALL – PCI 53 EESS 40

-GIRLS HOCKEY – Ingersoll 5 EESS 0; EESS 5 Coll Ave 4

-BOYS HOCKEY – WESS 6 EESS 4

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY

 

Among decisions made by Aylmer Council Monday at its regular meeting was a zoning amendment to allow the construction of mini self storage warehouses within the existing buildings of the Aylmer Sales Arena (which will not affect the operation of the Sales Market).

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

STUNT DRIVING NEAR BELMONT

(From Elgin OPP) – BELMONT – The OPP impounded three vehicles for stunt driving on Belmont Road between Truman Line and Belmont Thursday. All three vehicles were in excess of 130km/h in a posted 80km/h zone and were stopped after passing a group of vehicles going southbound. The three drivers had their vehicles impounded for 7 days and their driver’s licences suspended for 7 days. The three drivers were an 18 year old Dutton male, a 33 year old St.Thomas male and a 43 year old St.Thomas male.

 

 

TREE CUTTING IN MALAHIDE

 

(Malahide identified a number of trees on Century Line between Putnam Road and Pigram Road that needed to be removed due to safety concerns this fall. About 50 trees were identified with an additional 25-30 trees in a state of decay. Further information from Ryan DeSutter, Malahide Roads and Construction Manager) – “Malahide contracted the removal of a number of dead and decaying trees on Century Line to Zap’s Tree & Lawn Service of Aylmer. The cutting of trees is complete with the exception of three trees that crews are awaiting better ground conditions in order to complete. The remaining logs along the roadside will be removed by the contractor. Township staff regularly inspects roadside trees, and remove or trim trees each year as needed for safety purposes. Due to the complexity and proximity of some of the trees to power lines, the Staff requested quotes from Certified Utility Arborists to complete the work.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, Jan. 16/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts Boys BBall v Parkside

 

-Wed/Thu – EESS Dance Event (see Wed report); 7 pm

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires host: N. Middlesex, 8:15 pm

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls VBall v AVSS

-Thu -Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Fri -School PA Day

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lambeth, 7:15 pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Butterwick, Thomas Walter of Tillsonburg passed away Sunday in his 75th year. Survivors: two daughters etc.. He drove delivery truck for Fernlea Flowers. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 7-9 pm. A private family funeral service will be held.

 

-Geerts, Peter of St. Thomas passed away Monday in his 96th year. Husband of the late Catherine Geerts and the late June Geerts. Dear friend of Dina Brower-Louer. Survivors: five children etc.. He was born in the Netherlands and was a farmer in the Avon area. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm with the funeral service there Saturday at 11 am.

 

 

NO LIBRARY VOTE

 

As Aylmer Council began its session last night, Co. Pete Barbour announced he was withdrawing his motion to conduct another vote to consider expanding the Aylmer Library. Co. Barbour said he was not proceeding because “it still remains a divisive issue in Council”.

 

 

AYLMER’S ROD TAPP RETIRING

 

Rod Tapp, Director of Operations for Aylmer, recently informed Council of his plans to retire at the end of March. Mr. Tapp, who has 31 years of municipal service, has spent 12 years with Aylmer and previously worked for Southwest Middlesex and Middlesex. He is a native of London. The Director of Operations is responsible for public works, water distribution, wastewater collections/treatment, solid waste and recycling and parks.

 

 

DORCHESTER RESIDENT ON AYLMER PSB

 

A resident of Dorchester has recently been appointed as the fifth member of the Aylmer Police Services Board. Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer informed that there are no residential guidelines for the PSB. Tobi Slew, a native of Straffordville, was appointed by the province. Other members include Chair Co. Sheri Andrews, Mayor Greg Currie, Andy Anderson and Bill Ungar.

 

 

PETITION AGAINST EASTLINK ‘MONOPOLY’

 

Aylmer resident Bob Nesbitt appeared at Aylmer Council last night with a petition signed by 1100 persons asking for Council’s support in bringing in another cable/phone/internet provider to the community as he believes Eastlink has a monopoly on services here and their prices were “not competitive and not in the interest of free enterprise.” Council responded by asking staff to research the issue with the CRTC.

 

Mr. Nesbitt was scheduled to appear before Malahide Council last week but decided to cancel. The following statement was provided by Malahide in relation to the concern: “The Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk indicated that, following the submission of the petition by Mr. Nesbitt, she contacted the CRTC to inquire what regulatory restrictions were in place that would restrict competition by other telecommunications companies in East Elgin. The CRTC confirmed that they have already removed all regulatory barriers that would prevent additional companies from offering services in our area. The CRTC suggested that if the petitioners want to encourage companies to come to our area, then they should contact those companies directly as the CRTC cannot force companies to offer services in any area. Mr. Nesbitt has indicated that he will follow up directly with other telecommunications companies. The Mayor indicated that the South Western Integrated Fiber Technology (SWIFT) Program has received government funding in order to expand the provision of high speed broadband throughout the Province. He hoped that this program may encourage other service providers to expand into East Elgin.”

 

 

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MONDAY, Jan. 15/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7:15 pm

 

-Tue -EESS hosts Boys BBall v Parkside

-Wed/Thu – EESS Dance Event (see Wed report); 7 pm

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires host: N. Middlesex, 8:15 pm

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls VBall v AVSS

-Thu -Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-Fri -School PA Day

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lambeth, 7:15 pm

 

 

PT. BRUCE FLOODING FRIDAY

 

(Information from Peter Dragunas, Catfish Creek Conservation Authority Water Management Technician) – “The Catfish Creek Conservation Authority has the responsibility of maintaining a flood warning network, within their administrative watershed boundaries to alert Municipal Flood Co-ordinators, media, police, Ministry of Natural Resources, and other agencies. The Conservation Authority monitors the water flows and ice transport through the creek and out to Lake Erie. The Conservation Authority also monitors the ice mitigation, removal and mechanical ice breakup (dragline) at the harbour in Port Bruce.

Due to the 3 week cold spell the ice in Catfish Creek was of a good quality i.e. strong and 8 to 10 inches thick and this coupled with the short thaw time of approximately 36 hours did not give enough time to structurally weaken the ice, and breakup was due to the snow melt and rain waters rise in creek stage which hydraulically broke up the ice and transported it down stream. The volume of water from the snow melt and precipitation was not enough to continually transport the ice through Port Bruce and out to the lake, which in turn induced ice jams in critical locations within Port Bruce. The jamming of the ice backed up the water which in turn reached bank full capacity and over flowed into the Hamlet flooding some low lying flood prone areas. Due to infrastructure and additional natural or manmade obstacles it is challenging to physically mitigate all ice jam locations and prevent flooding.

In the case of Friday the ice breaking contractor (Higgs Construction ) worked from 6 a.m. Friday morning till 12 a.m. Saturday morning (18hrs) and is back today to clear the remaining ice and debris from the harbour; this is a precautionary mitigation measure in anticipation of another thaw this weekend starting on Saturday.”

Additional information from Malahide Fire Services Chief Brent Smith: “There were no rescues, we went door to door in affected areas to advise people and notify of  a receiving area being opened and stayed to monitor conditions on vulnerable residents – We do not have the ability to force people out. We also provided lighting for equipment to work at the harbour.” 

Commented Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill:  “On Friday morning Malahide became involved when the Conservation Authority notified us of water crossing Rush Creek Line. We closed the road and gave all Port Bruce residents a flood warning. The drag line was clearing the harbour and water was flowing out to the lake. On Saturday morning the pack ice started moving down the creek and water was over the road in several locations. The fire department went door to door. The evacuation center in Mount Salem was opened although no one found it necessary to be there. By Saturday afternoon, the water had receeded although there was ice and debris on the road that had to be removed. There is another mild spell this weekend. With all the ice gone, we are hoping for no more flooding.”

 

Two cranes were still situated at the mouth of the Catfish Creek at Pt. Bruce yesterday after working all day Friday to try and clear ice near the pier to minimalize flooding risks downtown. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Matty, David Bromley passed away at Chartwell Home, Aylmer on Thursday in his 89th year. Predeceased by his wife June Dorothy Matty(2010). Survivors: two children including Karyn (Rod) Liddle of Aylmer etc.. He was born in England. There will be no service; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Potvin, Francois of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 58th year. Survivors: wife Kimberlee (Lindsay) Potvin; two sons etc. He was born in Quebec.  He operated a computer care business in Aylmer since 2002. A private family mass will be held. Arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

EESS SPORTS LAST WEEK:

 

-Boys Hockey – Glencoe 3 EESS 2

-Jr B BBall – EESS 69 AVSS 49

 

 

ANOTHER LIBRARY VOTE AT COUNCIL

 

Among agenda items at its regular meeting tonight Aylmer Council will consider a motion by Co. Pete Barbour for Council “to approve of the construction of a new library consisting of a stand alone two storey building comprising of a total of 8,000 square feet and to be located on John Street in the present “Bear Park”.”

 

 

SPITS  8 THAMESFORD 3

 

AYLMER – Aylmer Spitfires matched their highest goal output of the season by dumping Thamesford 8-3 here Saturday in Provincial Junior C hockey.  Andrew Snowden led the Spitfires with two goals with singles going to Connor Richer, Ryan Van Roestel, Sebastian Nogeueira, Dallas Loiselle, Matt Bond and Luke Regier. Aylmer now has ten wins and twenty losses in the nine team league. This week the Spits play Wednesday hosting North Middlesex, Friday in Mt. Brydges and Saturday hosting Lambeth.

 

Period 1

Aylmer – Luke Regier (Andrew Snowden) 5:25

Period 2

Aylmer – Matt Bond (Connor Darville, Dallas Loiselle) 3:21

Aylmer – Dallas Loiselle (Matt Bond, Brayden Smith) 5:40

Aylmer – Sebastian Nogueira (Dustin Dunlop, Ryan Van Roestel) 11:39

Thamesford – Garrett Hickey (Kody Tremblay) 14:52

Aylmer – Ryan Van Roestel (Sebastian Nogueira, Dustin Dunlop) 16:23

Period 3

Aylmer – Connor Richer (power play) (Curtis Hardwick, Jake Morin) 0:58

Aylmer – Andrew Snowden (Matt Bond, Luke Regier) 5:14

Thamesford – Brent Hammett (pp) (Jordan Winter, Chris Dimmers) 13:38

Aylmer – Andrew Snowden (power play) (Luke Regier) 19:05

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– January 11, 2018, Walker Road, Station #2, Medical Assist

– January 12, 2018, Imperial Road, Station #2, Medical Assist

– January 12, 2018, Imperial Road, Station #1, Power Lines Down

– January 12, 2018, Imperial Road, Station #1, Public Hazard

– January 12, 2017, Imperial Road, Station #1, Public Hazard

– January 12, 2018, Imperial Road, Station #1, Power Lines Down

– January 13, 2018, Hacienda Road, Station #1, Medical Assist

 

 

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FRIDAY: Jan 12/18

 

CATFISH CCA NOW ISSUES FLOOD WARNING

 

(From Catfish CCA) – “Effective immediately, the Catfish Conservation Authority is issuing a Flood Warning for low lying areas within the watershed. Due to heavy rain, density of the snowpack and a general warming trend there is a high potential for flooding to occur in low-lying areas of the watershed. This Warning will remain in effect until noon Saturday.

 

 

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THURSDAY, Jan. 11/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

-EESS Gr. 8 Student/Parent Night; 6 pm; Cafeteria

-EESS hosts: Girls VBall v CECI

 

-Fri -Eastlink ch 10 – London Knights v Hamilton

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Thamesford 7:15 pm

-Sat -APAC Presents: Bill Durst Trio; OTH Theatre; SOLD OUT

 

 

CATFISH CCA ISSUES WATER STATEMENT

 

(Information from Peter Dragunas of the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority) – The Catfish CCA has issued a Water Safety, Watershed Conditions Statement that a potential exists for higher than normal seasonal flows, unsafe stream bank conditions, melting ice and or other unforeseen factors (which) could create dangerous conditions around waterways within the Catfish Creek watershed. It is in effect until Saturday.

 

 

LAMBETH 11 AYLMER 2

 

AYLMER – First place Lambeth strafed the Spitfires by an 11-2 count here last night in Provincial Junior C hockey. Lambeth held an 7-0 edge halfway through the match. Ryan VanRoestel and Jake Morin snared Aylmer goals. The Spits play again at home Saturday against Thamesford.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Parrack, Douglas Ural of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer passed away December 28th at the age of 85. Husband of the late Doreen May (Clarke) Parrack. Survivors: three children including Denise Parrack (Dan Cornelissen) and Rob Parrack (Deb), both of Aylmer etc.. He worked at Jaeger Machine and also at R.J. MacDonald. Arrangements were with Williams Funeral Home, St. Thomas.

 

-Charlton, Max passed away on January 1 aged 80. Survivors: wife Charline; three daughters etc.. He was born in Springfield and obtained his Master of Education degree at Wayne State University. He served as Principal at Mary Bucke, Elmdale, Scott, Edward, and Myrtle St. schools. He was a founding member of the Dumacs band. The funeral was held Saturday; arrangements with the Williams Funeral Home, St. Thomas.

 

-Loveday, Harold (Edward) of London and formerly of Aylmer passed away on January 1 in his 84th year. Survivors: three children including Heather Bosma (Ray) of Aylmer etc.. A family service will occur at a later date; arrangements with the Brock and Visser Funeral Home Woodstock.

 

 

EESS SPORTS THIS WEEK:

 

-BOYS HOCKEY – Glencoe 4 EESS 1

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – Glencoe 3 EESS 2; JR – EESS 3 Glencoe 0

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS 48 AVSS 37

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS 4 CECI 3

 

 

EESS DANCE EVENT NEXT WEEK

 

(Information from Alicia Davey, EESS teacher) – “The 6th annual EESS Dance Show is next Wednesday and Thursday, January 17th and 18th, at 7 pm (tickets are $7 and $5 for children under 10– and can be purchased online or at the door). We will be having an afternoon and morning show that elementary students are attending as well. The grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 dance classes will all be participating in the show. The styles of dance showcased will be: jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and cultural dance. The theme of this year’s show is ‘Looking Back…. Moving Forward’.”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

TVDSB EPAR HOLDS FORUM

AYLMER – “About 200 persons attended the first public forum of the TVDSB EPAR (Elementary Pupil Accomodation Review) proposal at EESS last night. The review is in relation to a plan announced this fall to shift attendance and close and build schools affecting a dozen schools in Middlesex south of the 401 and Elgin. A key component of the change is to close three schools in Elgin – Springfield, New Sarum, and South Dorchester – and build a new one in Belmont. Kevin Bushell, TVDSB Facility Services and Capital Planning, chaired the meeting. Also present were 3 Superintendents and 6 trustees including Chris Goodall of Elgin and Chair Matthew Reid. The agenda consisted first of an hour long review of the Senior Administration Report on the issue which outlined review procedures/findings. Next was the only public presentation – by Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill. Then each of the school’s EPAR committees (formed in December) were allowed to ask questions. No questions were allowed from the public. The next step in the EPAR process is that each school EPAR committee will hold a public meeting on Monday at 7 pm. A second general public meeting will be held on February 8 at Parkside Collegiate. A third general public meeting will be held on March 8 at EESS. The TVDSB is expected to make a decision in May.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, Jan. 9/18

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v Glencoe

 

-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires host: Lambeth 8:15 pm

-Wed -EESS hosts Boys BBall v AVSS; Girls Hockey v WCI and CECI

Thu -Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

-Thu -EESS Gr. 8 Student/Parent Night; 6 pm; Cafeteria

-Thu -EESS hosts: Girls VBall v CECI

-Sat -Aylmer Spitfires host: Thamesford 7:15 pm

-Sat -APAC Presents: Bill Durst Trio; OTH Theatre; SOLD OUT

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Granger, Loyall of Pt. Burwell passed away Wednesday in his 85th year. Survivors: wife Evelyn (McKellar) Granger; four children including Carolyn Durham(Randy) of Eden, Cheryl Hare(Bob) of R4Aylmer, David Granger(Lisa) of R2 Aylmer etc.. He was born in Copenhagen and was a diesel mechanic. The funeral was held Sunday; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Seimen, John of Aylmer passed away January 2 in his 87th year. Husband of the late Maria “Mary” (Nasswetter) Seimen (2008). Survivors: two children etc.. He was born in Romania The funeral will be held today at 11 am at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Herries, Sarah of Aylmer passed away January 2 in her 65th year. Survivors: husband Bob Herries; daughter Brenda Close(Rob) of Port Burwell etc.. She was born in Manitoba, operated Snack ‘n Break Coffee Trucks, the XL Gas Bar and The Drive Zone Driving School, and was lead vocals/guitar in her own Country band in the Aylmer area. The funeral service was held Friday; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Dance, Betty June of Terrace Lodge Aylmer and formerly of R7 Aylmer passed away December 28 in her 88th year. Wife of the late Raymond Dance(2006). Survivors: children David Dance(Karen) of Lyons, Dianne Bolton of Lyons, Charles Dance(Brenda) of R7 Aylmer and Marcia Gartly(Scott) of Belmont etc.. She was born in South Dorchester and drove school bus for 30 years. The funeral was held on December 30; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Wilson, Marjorie Moore of Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away December 28 in her 80th year. Wife of the late Roger Wilson. Survivors: son Robert (Heather) of Aylmer. She lived most of her life in Aylmer and worked at the Doris Summers Nursing Home in Aylmer. The funeral was held on January 2; arrangements with HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Kinsey, Scott of Calton passed away recently, aged 50. Survivors: parents Dick and Karen (Green) Kinsey of Calton etc.. There will be no services. Arrangements with HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

-Ferguson, Mildred passed away at Terrace Lodge, Aylmer on December 24 in her 95th year. She was born in South Dorchester and was a longtime resident of Wilson Line, Springfield. The funeral service was held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on December 28.

 

-Hoshal, Marion Emmeline (Brown) passed away on December 28 aged 101 years. Predeceased by husband Harold (1994). Survivors: three children etc.. Marion was born and raised in the Port Burwell area. Among jobs she worked at were hairdressing,  grocery store clerk,  school bus driver and  school custodian for Elgin County Board of Education.  The funeral was held December 27; arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Woon, Rev. Jean Ann passed away December 29 aged 71 years. Predeceased by husband Ted (2017). Survivors: two children and three stepchildren etc.. The funeral service was held at Port Burwell Trinity Anglican Church Saturday; arrangements with Ostrander’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

 

– December 21, 2017, Station #1, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– December 22, 2017, Station #3 Stations #1, #2 and #4, Broadway Street, Fire

(*Fire contained to detached garage, resulted from hot ashes placed close to combustible materials)

– December 23, 2017, Station #1, Calton Line, Fire

– December 25, 2017, Station #4,Stations #1, #2 and #3, Wilson Line, Fire

(*Fire contained to attached garage and vehicles in the garage)

– December 25, 2017, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– December 27, 2017, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– January 1, 2018, Station #2, Stations #1, #3 and #4, Rogers Road, Fire

(*Homeowners returned home to find smoke in their residence. Fire contained to a bedroom. Resulted from a blanket catching fire from a baseboard heater. Smoke damage throughout the house however no fire damage beyond the bedroom.)

– January 1, 2018, Station #4, Wilson Line, Medical Assist

– January 1, 2018, Station #2, Oak Street, Aylmer, Mutual Aid

– January 1, 2018, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– January 2, 2018 Ron McNeil Line, Station #3, Medical Assist

– January 2, 2018 Hacienda Road, Station #2, Medical Assist

– January 4, 2018, Lyons Line, Station #4, Medical Assist

– January 6, 2018, Dexter Line, Station #1, Medical Assist

– January 8, 2018, Imperial Road, Station #2, Medical Assist

 

 

USED CHRISTMAS TREES IN AYLMER

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “The Town will continue to provide a Drop-off Depot for residents to dispose of their Christmas Trees at the Parks and Recreation Parking Lot at 8 Parkview Heights. Trees may be dropped off between December 26 and January 8. All decorations etc. need to be removed including plastic bags they may be wrapped in. Trees left at the curb will not be picked up.”

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Jan 3, both stations called to a single vehicle rollover on Richmond Rd.

-Jan 4, station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Tunnel Line.

 

 

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