Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, May 30/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EEC Complex: Sr. Day Out; 9:30 am

 

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

-Thu -EESS Athletic Banquet

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts: Hickson 8 pm

-Fri/Sat/Sun. -EdisonFest

 

 

SENIORS DAY OUT TUES. AT EEC COMPLEX

 

(Contributed) – The monthly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex will be held today from 9:30 am to 12:30. The program includes: recreational activities (choice of adult skate, shuffleboard, pickleball or a fitness class) and guest speaker Magie Trevitt from the Alzheimers Society. The cost is $10, lunch is provided and registration in advance is required.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Reimer, Elena “Helen” (Rempel) of Aylmer passed away Sunday in her 71st year. Survivors: husband Diedrich Reimer; four children including Evelyn Fehr(Jake) of Springfield etc.. She was born in Mexico and came to Canada in 1979 and was a cook at Chateau Gardens for a number of years. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church on Wednesday at 1 pm.

 

-Austin, Beatrice Mildred of Aylmer and formerly Kincardine passed away at Aylmer Retirement Residence Sunday in her 94th year. Predeceased by her husband Norman Harvey Austin (1980) and companion Haydn Purdie (2016). Survivors: two children etc.. Beatrice served in the R.C.A.F. during W.W. II. The funeral service will be held at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday at 2 pm with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

AYLMER REVIEW SAYS TAX RATES GOOD

“In December Aylmer engaged StrategyCorp Inc., at a cost of $43,000, to conduct a service delivery review. Comparisons were also made with selected peer municipalities – Ingersoll, Tillsonburg, Goderich, Hanover, Saugeen Shores and Ganonoque. Police Services were excluded from the review. They submitted their report to Aylmer Council Monday. Some key findings/suggestions: Property tax revenues are average on a per-household basis compared to peers; Property tax rates have been declining since 2008 and are only slightly above average compared to peers; Aylmer’s Current Value Assessment is below average compared to peers and neighbours; The Town appears to be in a sound long-term financial position; Roads, Parks and Recreation costs are well below average; The town should hire a part time Economic Development Officer; The town should improve fire service training and hire a part time fire position to assist the Chief; Continue leaf collection and sidewalk ploughing services.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– May 23, 2017, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– May 25, 2017, Station #2, Chalet Line, Medical Assist

– May 26, 2017, Station #4 assisted by Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, MVC.

 

 

EESS REPORT

 

BY ALEXIS FEHR

“Relay for Life was on Friday and everyone who attended had an amazing time. In the 12 hour event, for example, there was a dunk tank and a kangaroo cuddling station. On Tuesday the 16th PAC held a meeting. On the 19th was purple and gold day and hat day; to wear a hat students had to donate at least $2, which gets sent off to Compassion. On Wednesday the school held a blood donor clinic and this Wednesday is coffee house. Xanadu is coming on June 7th & 8th with both performances starting at 7pm; tickets are on sale now online for $10 per person. The grads are having a free brunch on June 20th at 11 am. Time to start getting ready for graduation season and summer.”

 

 

VIENNA EDISONFEST THIS WEEKEND

 

(Contributed) –This weekend the annual EdisonFest will be held at Vienna Memorial Park – this year will be a three day event. Friday activities will begin at 7 pm with a bbq and musical entertainment. Saturday and Sunday will feature: lots of music, craft vendors, a silent auction, petting zoo, wagon rides, childrens’ games, a cross cut saw and nail driving challenge, old fashioned games, spaghetti eating contest, special Canada 150th events etc.. For more information go to: www.bayham.on.ca . The purpose of the family funfest is to recognize Vienna’s Canadian connection to Thomas Edison, the famous inventor.

 

 

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THURSDAY, May 25/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-ALL WEEK: Aylmer Splashpad now open

-TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Innerkip; 8 pm

 

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Harwood; 8:30 pm

-Fri. -EESS Relay For Life (see Mon. report)

-Fri -Library: Local Author Helen Klassen; 2-3 pm

-Sat -Last Club 7 Paper Drive; 8:30 am

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL RESULTS THIS WEEK:

 

-Hickson 5 Straffordville (0-5) 4

-Pt. Burwell (3-2) 7  Innerkip 0

 

 

MALAHIDE COUNCIL

 

Among decisions made by Malahide Council at their regular meeting last Thursday (information from Deputy Clerk Diana Wilson):

-That the correspondence received from Louise Hussey of Calton Line requesting a review of speed limits and hidden driveways on Calton Line, be received and that Staff be requested to contact the Elgin OPP to request increased enforcement on Calton Line, west of Imperial Road and that Staff review the Calton Line area and install ‘hidden driveway’ signs if the circumstances warranted.

-That the report on “Springfield Beautification and Revitalization” (as prepared by Fanshawe College students) be received and that Staff be authorized to solicit comments/feedback from the public during the summer months regarding potential projects; and that following the comment/feedback period, an informal Review Committee be established to review the public comments and submit any recommendations regarding implementation to the Council for consideration during the 2018 Budget deliberations.

-Received from the Town of Aylmer a request that Malahide contribute $500 towards the cost of a new Canadian flag and plaque for the East Elgin Community Complex, to be erected in memory of former Deputy Mayor Mike Wolfe and that such request be approved.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – A 51 year old Aylmer man was charged with several offences Sunday after he was caught by Aylmer Police driving an ATV on Forest Street with an adult female passenger – he was charged with refusing to provide a breath sample, driving an ATV without a helmet and driving an ATV on streets without a licence plate.

 

 

EAST ELGIN ELEMENTARY TRACK RESULTS

 

Winners of the various track and field events at the annual East Elgin Elementary meet held Tuesday at EESS were:

1500 m. – Intermediate Girls – Shelby Laidlaw, Summers’ Corners; Boys – Reid Lester, South Dorchester; Junior Girls – Olivia Thompson, Davenport; Boys – Jordan McCandless, Summers’ Corners; Open Girls – Hallee Knelsen, Summers’ Corners; Boys – Russell Gubesch, New Sarum ; Senior Girls – Mikaela Moyer, Davenport ; Boys – Andrew Gubesch, New Sarum

400 m. – Bantam Girls – Avery Clark, Sparta; Boys -Tyler Van Gorp, South Dorchester; Intermediate Girls – Allie Weesjes, South Dorchester; Boys – Steven Miller, Summers’ Corners; Junior Girls – Ainsley Preszcator, Port Burwell; Boys – Jordan Mc Candless, Summers’ Corners; Open Girls – Earen Klassen, Davenport ; Boys – Cody Beggs, Davenport; Senior Girls -Ally Pettit, New Sarum; Boys – Mason Basson, Sparta

800 m. – Bantam Girls -Lexie Bertelson, South Dorchester; Boys – Fowler Little, South Dorchester ; Intermediate Girls – Shelby Laidlaw, Summers’ Corners; Boys – James Porter, Davenport; Junior – Kaia Knelsen, South Dorchester; Boys – Kaden De Boer, South Dorchester; Open Girls – Hallee Knelsen, Summers’ Corners; Boys – Johnny Reimer, Summers’ Corners; Senior Girls – Mikaela Moyer, Davenport; Boys – Clarke Shackleton, New Sarum

High Jump – Bantam Girls – Chloe Fowler, New Sarum ; Boys – Jaydon Ball, McGregor; Intermediate Girls -Lisa Braun, Davenport; Boys – Jack Dykxhoorn, Summers’ Corners; Junior Girls – Cadence Neusteter, Davenport; Boys – Chase Smith, Davenport; Open Girls – Sara Zacharias, Straffordville; Boys – Gavin Parker, Davenport; Senior Girls – Kaylie Goodhue, New Sarum; Boys – Mason Basson, Sparta

(to be continued)

 

 

EEC COMPLEX PAINT, SKATE SUNDAY

 

(Contributed) – The EEC Complex is hosting a ‘paint and skate’ Sunday. This event is inspired by other paint and skates that have happened across Canada, and it is a chance to create art on the ice using paint before one of the ice pads is taken out for the summer. The EECC will be providing paint and paintbrushes and families can come and paint the ice. Skating will be happening from 2-3 pm and then from 3-3:30 the ice can be painted. The price is $6 per family.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, May 24/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-ALL WEEK: Aylmer Splashpad now open

 

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Innerkip; 8 pm

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Harwood; 8:30 pm

-Fri. -EESS Relay For Life (see Mon. report)

-Fri -Library: Local Author Helen Klassen; 2-3 pm

-Sat -Final Club 7 Paper Drive; 8:30 am

 

 

TVDSB BOARD MEETING LAST NIGHT

 

(From TVDSB Board Website) At their regular meeting last night, the TVDSB decided:

– unanimously to build a new school in Belmont

-by a 7-6 vote to close Springfield PS

-by a 7-5 vote to close New Sarum PS

-unanimously to close South Dorchester PS

(The schools are scheduled to close in June, 2020 and the new school in Belmont will open in September, 2020)

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(From Chief Randy White)

-May 20 -Both stations for a grass fire on Toll Gate Rd.

 

 

OBITUARIES: 

 

-Leighfield, Annette (Marshall) passed away Saturday in her 77th year. Survivors: husband Bob Leighfield; five children etc.. Annette was an active member of the Eastern Star Areme #15 Vienna. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Friday from 11 am to 2 pm with the service following.

 

-James, Cheryl Ann of Calton passed away on Sunday in her 61st year. Survivors: husband Roger Wayne James; two children including Lorne (Sarah) etc.. Cheryl was actively involved in the community -Calton Hall, Calton Cemetery, Neighbourhood Watch, etc., was a 4-H leader for many years and Cheryl and Roger had a business selling model trains and hobby supplies. A funeral service will take place on Friday at 11 am at St. Paul’s United Church Aylmer.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– May 16, 2017, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– May 16, 2017, Station #3 assisted by Station #4, Dorchester Road, MVC

– May 17, 2017, Station #4, Avon Drive, Medical Assist

– May 17, 2017, Station #2, Rogers Road, Medical Assist

– May 17, 2017, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– May 20, 2017, Station #4, Avon Drive, Medical Assist

– May 21, 2017, Station #1, Springwater Road, Medical Assist

– May 22, 2017, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– May 22, 2017, Station #4 assisted by Station #3, Wilson Line, MVC

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

BEST WEDDING CAKES IN WORLD HERE?

(Martha Zacharias of Grandmas’s Oven in Aylmer provides information on awards her business recently won) – “I am a member of the Wedding Industry Experts and within this group, each year awards are given out (by voting from our customers/ family/friends). My bakery this year won the following: Most Popular Cake Designer -1st in Ontario, 1st in Canada, 1st Worldwide; Most Popular Cakes -1st in Ontario, 1st in Canada, 5th Worldwide; Most Popular Sweet Tables – 1st in Ontario, 1st in Canada, 2nd Worldwide. I am not originally from this area but have lived here for the past 22 years. I opened Grandma’s Oven in August 2008 with my mom. I have been doing wedding cakes since February 2008. This year we’ll be doing over 180 weddings all over Southwestern Ontario. I do custom cakes – designing them the way the couples envision. The farthest one of my wedding cakes has travelled is to a Chateau in Quebec. My bakery placed very well on this Wedding Industry Expert website, but I know that I’m not really the best in Canada/worldwide. I follow many different amazing cake artists and I still have very much to learn. I have an amazing staff and great customers.”

 

 

AWARD TO PT.BURWELL LIGHTHOUSE

 

The St. Thomas-Elgin branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario recently announced its 2017 award winners for architectural preservation in the county; the Pt. Burwell Lighthouse was the only recepient in East Elgin.

 

 

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TUESDAY, May 23/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-ALL WEEK: Aylmer Splashpad now open

-TVDSB School Board, 7 pm (PARC decision)

 

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Innerkip; 8 pm

-Fri -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Harwood; 8:30 pm

-Fri. -EESS Relay For Life (see Mon. report)

-Fri -Library: Local Author Helen Klassen; 2-3 pm

-Sat -Last Club 7 Paper Drive; 8:30 am

 

 

BAYHAM HYDRO OUTAGE

 

A power interruption lasting about five hours affected south Bayham Sunday night. Hydro One spokesperson Paul Falk said the cause was a lightning strike at around 11 pm. About 2800 customers were involved.

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL RESULTS

 

-Oxford C. 9 Straffordville 4; Innerkip 7 Straffordville (0-4) 3

-Woodstock 7 Pt.Burwell 0; Hardwood 7 Pt. Burwell (2-2) 0

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Knight, “Betty”Veronica Elizabeth of Aylmer passed away at Chartwell Home, Aylmer on Friday in her 89th year. Wife of the late “Bud” Herbert Knight (2016). Survivors: three children including Michael Knight (Cindy) and Marianne Lovell, both of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 7-9 pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Thursday at 10 am.

 

-Penner, Martin of Aylmer Retirement Residence passed away Saturday in his 77th year. Survivors: wife Katharina (Martens) Penner and the late Elisabeth (Rempel) Penner(2005); seven children etc.. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the EMMC Summers Corners on Thursday at 1 pm.

 

-Provoost, Mary J. (Buis) of Heritage Place, Aylmer passed away Sunday in her 91st year. Wife of the late Peter Provoost(1998). Survivors: six children etc.. She was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday at 11 am.

 

 

EESS RELAY FOR LIFE FRIDAY

 

(Information from Leah Moore of EESS) – “The EESS Relay for Life will be held this Friday on the field behind the school. Everything is being run by our Student Planning Committee. There will be lots of food, activities, games and prices. All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society for cancer research. Our school goal is to raise $20,000. The event is open to all EESS students as well as members of the community. Contact information: Megan Mattingley 519-773-3174 ext. 67399 or email: m.mattingley@tvdsb.on.ca). We are planning to open the relay with any cancer survivors if they want to contact us. EESS is hosting relay for life to bring the community together to support one cause, the Canadian Cancer Society. It is also a project for 10 students from the events and or leadership class who are taking part in running the event. There will be a survivor lap at 11:15 am for friends and family who have beat cancer or who are living with it. There will be a dunk tank that starts at 11:30 and will continue throughout the whole day. Also we will be having live music; Connor Moranda will be performing at 4:30 until 5:30. And the talent show dancers will be performing at 7:30-8.

 

 

EESS AT WOSSAA TRACK

 

Top eight placings by EESS athletes at the annual WOSSAA track and field championships in London last Thursday, Friday. Top performance was by Olivia Robinson who earned a first in Junior Girls High Jump:

MIDGET – 800 m – Nathan Baughman, eighth; Hurdles – Adam Dekraker, fifth; Triple Jump – Dekraker, fifth and Rick Damen, sixth; JUNIOR – 100 m – Kayla Pallett, fourth; 200 metres – Pallett, fourth; 200 m – Darren Catt, eighth; 400 m – Catt, fifth; 3000 m – Nathaniel Abell, fifth; 80 m – Cailyn Evely, sixth; 300 m – Evely, seventh; 100 m hurdles – Oakley Potter, sixth; Javelin – Potter sixth;  Girls Relay, second; Boys relay, sixth; SENIOR – 300 m – Amy Ropchan, eighth; 100 m hurdles  – Hannah Bosma, eighth; shotput – Kendra Cornelissen, fourth; Discus – Cornelissen, fifth; Open Steeplechase – Abell, sixth.

 

*The only WOSSAA record still held by an EESS athlete is in senior girls triple jump by Kim Dyxhoorn in 1992.

 

 

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THURSDAY, May 18/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu/Sat -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

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

-TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Harwood, 8 pm

 

-Fri -Talbot Anvrsy. Dinner; St. Thomas Arts Centre; 7 pm; Tickets 226-9271913

 

 

EESS GIRLS SOCCER WED.:

 

-PLAYOFF – PCI 4 EESS 0

 

 

50 YR – CANADA’S CENTENNIAL AND AYLMER 

 

1967 EVENTS

-January – Triplet calves were born on the farm of Les Brown east of Aylmer. Vet Dr. William Cresswell said it was the third time in his twenty years of practice that he had witnessed triplet calves. Artificial insemination was used.

-May -Dave Keon of the Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs is the speaker for Aylmer’s Minor Hockey Banquet

-May – EESS plans a trip for four busloads of students to Expo in Montreal

 

 

SPRINGWATER THIS WEEKEND

 

(Information from Laura Ronayne of the Catfish CCA) – “We have approximately 20 unserviced specific sites available and three 15 amp serviced sites; there are no 30 amp sites left at all. We always have tons of overflow sites available. There is an alcohol ban on this weekend. There are no programs happening. In total, we have approximately 45 unserviced sites and 150 hydro sites.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Work is progressing on the future site of a Dollerama store located just across from the Tim Hortons on John St. north (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Ungar, Michael T. of Aylmer passed away today in his 91st year. Husband of the late Theresia (Berghammer) Ungar. Survivors: three children including John Ungar (Jane) of Aylmer etc.. Michael was born in Romania and came to Canada in 1953; he was a member of the German Canadian Club. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held Monday at 11 am.

 

-Larmer, Elva May of Chartwell Aylmer passed away Sunday in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Isaac Marshall Larmer (2009). Survivors: son Ken Larmer (Diane) of Springfield etc. Elva was born and raised in Peterborough. The funeral service was held today in Peterborough; arrangements through the Comstock-Kaye Funeral Home.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, May 17/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu/Sat -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

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

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Harwood, 8 pm

-Fri -Talbot Anvrsy Dinner; St. Thomas Arts Centre; 7 pm; Tickets 226-9271913

 

 

70 YEARS: LAST PAPER PICKUP FOR CLUB 7 

 

(Keith Hunt, Leader of the Club 7 youth group at Aylmer’s St. Paul’s United Church which has organized bimonthly paper drives for decades, reports that both the group and paper drives will discontinue after the next pickup, a week from Saturday. Club 7 began in 1946 as an offshoot of a similar church group in London that was formed by seven young men returning from World War 2. Keith provides the following overview:) –  “Because of our declining membership we have decided to stop the paper recycling. We will continue to sponsor our foster child in Haiti until he graduates. But Club 7 will cease regular activities. Over 70 years at St. Paul’s is a pretty good run. We are collecting on average 5 or 6 tons of paper per paper drive recently. This is half of what we collected a few years ago and a third of what an average drive was 15 or 20 years ago.

 

I have led the Club since 1990. Joe Mennill and I shared duties until Joe’s passing in 2001. Our membership has been in a slow decline for the past few years which reflects church attendance. We were a club open to any high school aged boy. By assisting at church, being involved in our community, sponsoring children in poverty, participating in fund raising activities and enjoying canoeing and camping adventures we built character in several generations of young men. I have formed many great friendships not only with the members of Club 7 but with the parents who helped out in so many ways.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Ireland, Kathleen Gertrude (Hynes) of Port Burwell passed away May 10 at the age of 87.  Survivors: husband Robert Ireland; eight children etc.. She was once the Librarian at the Port Burwell Public Library. Arrangements with the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Annan, Marie of Port Stanley passed away May 11 in her 88th year. Wife of the late Donald Annan (1990). Survivors: one daughter etc..  She was born in England. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 23, one hour prior to the service at the Aylmer Cemetery at 1 pm.

 

-Deen, James of Aylmer passed away Tuesday in his 88th year. Husband of the late Afra Deen (2009). Survivors: five children etc.. He was born in the Netherlands and worked at Clark Equipment for a number of years. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Thursday 6-9 pm. The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Friday at 10 am.

 

 

RESCIND LIBRARY MOTIONS

 

At their regular meeting Monday, Aylmer Council rescinded five motions relating to recent decisions regarding library expansion location plans. Initially they confirmed the decision of he EECC Board to not situate the library there. They then rescinded these motions: to relocate the library to the EECC, to establish a committee to review designs of putting the library at the EECC, terms of reference of the committee, a response to Malahide Council relating to Malahide concerns about relocation, and the readvertising for a public member on the committee.

 

Council also heard a report from their Integrity Commissioner John Maddox who dismissed a complaint with respect to the Council meeting of March 13.  A partial review of his report: “The complaint alleged that Council received a proposed motion that was not on the agenda (re-library relocation to EECC) and likely the subject of a closed meeting at which only some Councillors were included. The standard definition for a meeting will usually focus on whether a “quorum” was present and whether the discussions advanced the “Council business”. I have reviewed this complaint with senior staff and have also chatted with several members of Council. It does appear that on more than one occasion several members had occasion to discuss this matter and were also aware of the resolution that was presented in advance of the meeting. There is no evidence to suggest that their discussions took place with a quorum of Council.”

 

 

MISSION TRIP TO MEXICO – PT. TWO

 

BY ALEXIS FEHR

“On Day four the team visited a church and two Canadian youth shared their testimonies; an English game was played and the same game played in Spanish. After the service the team was fed spicy enchiladas. Many selfies were taken with the Canadians because not a lot of ‘white people’ come to that part of Mexico. On Day six the team had to get up at 4:30 am to be at the local church for 5 am to start the day of fasting and prayer before Easter Sunday. It went for an hour, then we had at least an hour of rest. After that hour the team went back to the church for another 4 hours of prayer. Day seven was Easter Sunday, so the team woke up at 4:30 am once again for the sunrise service that the local church has. At this church their tradition is all the older ladies dress in all white and walk around holding flowers and spraying perfume to honour the women who first found Jesus risen. Later at 6:15 pm everyone gathered at the church again for another service which lasted until 10 pm. On Day eight, the team woke up at 7:30 am and we all went back to work for the last time. When we got back after working we had to say goodbye to the friends we made there. On Day nine the team boarded the first plane to Mexico City, then landed and waited for another hour and then boarded a second plane to Toronto, which was a 5 hr. 20 min. flight. We were back in Aylmer by 1:30 am.

 

 

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TUESDAY, May 16/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu/Sat -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

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

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Harwood, 8 pm

 

 

EESS SOCCER PLAYOFFS MON.:

 

-GIRLS – EESS 4 Huron Pk 1

-BOYS – Ingersoll 3 EESS 2

-UPCOMING – Wed – GIRLS:  EESS at PCI

 

 

MISSION TRIP TO MEXICO

 

By ALEXIS FEHR

(Part One of Two Reports) – “On April 10th, 10 people from the Aylmer Evangelical Mennonite Missions Church (AEMMC) had the opportunity to fly to Hueyapan de Ocampo, Veracruz, Mexico for a missions trip. Of that team there was one person from grade 10, four people from grade 11, one person from grade 12, and four leaders, two of whom were translators. Day one was a long day as the team woke up at 4:30 am to be able to leave for Toronto airport and a five hour plane ride to Mexico City, which then led to an hour flight to Veracruz. At the Veracruz airport there was a van waiting to pick up the team. The van ran into some engine troubles when it had to stop at a gas station so the team spent five hours there. Day 1 ended with a three hour drive to Hueyapan de Ocampo and getting to the destination at around 4 am. Day two was getting accommodated to the weather. Then some of the team went down to the river to swim and it downpoured for at least 2 hours and the roads had huge puddles; water was everywhere, even in the houses. Then we went out to visit the youth group of Naxcastle, games were played and stories shared. That night when the team reached home supper was eaten, it was midnight CDT (Central Daylight Time). Day three was the first work day of the week. Everyone woke up at 6:30 am to leave for el rancho. Lots was done on this day, many trees were planted, and about 600 cinder blocks were moved by hand; also there was some digging of a pit that the owners of that land will use as a sewage tank. At a church gathering that night we did a skit (translated to Spanish for the crowd). When the service had finished the team was fed all types of sweet bread and pan dulce.”

 

 

EESS AT TVRAA TRACK, FIELD

 

Top five placings by EESS athletes at the TVRAA track and field championships in London last week (WOSSAA competition is this Thursday, Friday at UWO in London):

BOYS – MIDGET – Triple Jump – Adam Dekraker, third; JUNIOR – 3000 m – Nathaniel Abell, fourth; 2000 steeplechase – Abell, fourth; 1500 m – Abell, fifth; 400 m -Darren Catt, third; 200 m – Catt, fourth; GIRLS – JUNIOR – High Jump – Olivia Robinson, fourth; 200 m – Kayla Pallett, fourth; SENIOR – Shot Put – Kendra Cornelissen, second.

 

 

TRICOUNTY TRACK CANCELLED AFTER 60 YR.

 

The annual Tri County (Elgin, Oxford, Norfolk) track and field championships, first organized in 1958, were cancelled this year. EESS track Coach Jon Loney said that there weren’t enough helpers to run the competiton with both Tri County and TVRAA meets being held so close together.

Tri County track records still held by EESS athletes: Sean McKay holds three records – Junior 3000 in 1987, Senior 3000 in 1989 and Senior 800 in 1990. Jason Laur has two records – Midget Triple Jump in 1987 and Senior Triple Jump in 1990. Jeff Watson holds the oldest mark – 1981 in Midget Shotput. Other recordholders: 1984 – Karen Perry, Junior Javelin; 1987 – Jennifer Graham, Midget 1500; 1987 – Shelley Buchanan, Midget 100; 1989 – Lydia Froese and Marcia Vanderheyden, Senior 100; and 1993 – Kim Dyxhoorn, Senior Triple Jump.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

X-AYLMERITE SENTENCED IN SCHOOL FRAUD

(From London 980 News) – David Ferguson, 56, formerly of Aylmer, was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday in the Ontario Court of Justice for fraud over $5000 and breach of trust. Ferguson, while working as a voice telecommunications specialist for the Thames Valley District School Board, had overpurchased telecommunications equipment and sold it privately. TVDSB officials had first contacted London Police in August 2014. Police say numerous transactions had taken place between January 2007 and August 2014 with items valued between $50 and $600. An agreed upon statement of facts stated that the net loss to the school board is around $1 million, but is likely more than $2 million. Ferguson has paid $375,000 back in restitution. Ferguson will also be on probation for three years and must perform 100 hours of community service. A civil suit by TVDSB against Ferguson is still making its way through the court.

 

 

AYLMER’S CANADA 150TH PARADE

 

These inflatables proved popular in Aylmer’s Canada 150th Parade Saturday. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

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MONDAY, May 15/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Ont. PCs: Pierre Lemieux; 7 pm; Springfield (Comm. Place)

-EESS hosts: Boys Soccer v Ingersoll; Playoff

 

-Thu/Sat -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

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

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt Burwell hosts Harwood, 8 pm

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-BOYS BASEBALL – CECI 11 EESS 10; COLL AVE. 9 EESS 0

-BOYS SOCCER – EESS 5 CECI 2

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL  SUN.:

 

-Pt Burwell (2-0) 7 Norwich 0

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Fehr, Carol of St. Thomas passed away Saturday in her 73rd year. Wife of the late Richard Fehr(2005). Survivors: five children etc.. She was born in Manitoba. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Full Gospel Church on Thursday at 1 pm.

 

-Bristol, Jerald Lewis of R. R. #1 Eden passed away Wednesday in his 81st year. Survivors: wife Marilyn (Higgs) Bristol; three children including Donna Baker of Port Bruce etc.. He was born in Corinth, lived his life in Bayham and retired from Imperial Tobacco. A graveside service will be held at Plains Cemetery on Monday at 2 pm; arrangements with the HA Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Tue. – Station 2 Straffordville responded to an accident at Chesterman’s on Plank Rd and Bayham Dr.. A rider flipped a quad and was assessed and sent to hospital as a precaution. 

 

 

AYLMER’S ‘CANADA 150TH’ PARADE 

 

Aylmer’s Canada 150th parade was held Saturday. A fair crowd of spectators were treated to several bands, local floats, a couple fire trucks, and two large inflatables etc.. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

ELGIN FESTIVALS GRANT

 

(Contributed) – “Elgin County Economic Development is supporting five local events through the 2017 Festival and Event Partnership Program. Successful recipients of this grant funding included Bayham Beachfest.  Program criteria included, but was not limited to. attracting visitors to the County; retaining local spending and enhancing the quality of place by organizing festivals and events within the community. This is the eighth year that the County of Elgin has encouraged festivals and events by providing contributions to community organizations. For more information on all festivals and events in Elgin this summer visit: www.elgintourist.com.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– May 5, 2017, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– May 5, 2017, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– May 5, 2017, Station #3, College Line, Medical Assist

– May 9, 2017, Station #3, College Line, Gas Leak

– May 10, 2017, Station #1, Vienne Line, Medical Assist

– May 11, 2017, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

 

  

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THURSDAY, May 11/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Boys Soccer v CECI

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

-TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Norwich, 8 pm

-Thu/Sun -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

 

-Fri -‘Human Trafficking Elgin; St. Joe’s High School; 7 pm; Free; PreRegister

-Fri -Library Speaker: Gail Barker: Living With Ease; 10:30 am; Preregister

-Sat -Aylmer Canada 150th Parade; 11 am; Start at Fairgrounds

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordvile hosts Oxford C., 8 pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Dopp, Paul Leonard of Chatham and formerly of Aylmer passed away Monday aged 66. Survivors: two daughters; seven siblings etc.. He attended EESS, was a member of the Ontario Juvenile B championship team and later served with the OPP and the Chatham Sheriff’s office. A private memorial service and luncheon for family and friends will be held at 11 am on Saturday at the Rosedale Village Clubhouse, Brampton.

 

-Archer, Chuck of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 76th year. Husband of the late Carol (Schmeltz) Archer(2009). Survivors: children Clint Archer(Darcy) of Springfield, Jodi Archer(Bill Thiessen) of Aylmer etc.. He was born in South Dorchester. Visitation at the HA Kebbel Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 am.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – An 18 year old St.Thomas woman was charged with failing to yield after her car, stopped on King St. at Talbot East, pulled out to go west and struck another car going east on Talbot, last Thursday at 10 pm; both cars had to be towed.

 

 

EESS SPORTS WED.:

 

-BOYS BASEBALL – WESS 5 EESS 3

-GIRLS SOCCER – CECI 4 EESS 0

 

 

EAST ELGIN CROP UPDATE

 

(Information from Peter Johnson, agronomist with RealAgricultural and formerly Cereal Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture) “East Elgin farmers on sandy soil are one place in the province who are making respectable headway with planting corn but those on clay soil are not making much progress yet. It has been a very wet spring – April had probably one third more moisture than normal. It’s been exactly what we don’t want. Farmers would like to have their corn planted by May tenth but not many have put a wheel in the field yet. With dry conditions they could catch up quickly though. Soybeans are planted a little later so they may be ok. We’ve also had below average heat this spring. On the other hand, fall wheat has been way ahead of schedule due to the warm February we had.”

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL

 

-Sun -Pt. Burwell 6 Straffordville 3

-Wed -Innerkip 4 Straffordville 0

 

 

50 YEARS AGO – 1967

About 40 EESS students spent Saturday morning April 19, 1967 painting historical murals on the boards surrounding the burnt out(1965 fire) northwest corner of the main intersection as part of a Centennial project sponsored by the History Club. (Argus)

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, May 10/17

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls Soccer v CECI

 

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys Soccer v CECI

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

-Thu -TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell hosts Norwich, 8 pm

-Thu/Sun -ACT Play: ‘Savannah Sipping Society’; 8 pm (see ad)

-Fri -Library Speaker: Gail Barker: Living With Ease; 10:30 am; Preregister

-Sat -Aylmer Canada 150th Parade; 11 am; Start at Fairgrounds

-Sun -TriCounty Fastball: Straffordvile hosts Oxford C., 8 pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Van Acker, Yvonne Georgette of Tillsonburg, formerly of Straffordville, passed away on Sunday aged 93. Predeceased by husband Henry (2002). Survivors: one son etc.. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg, on Thursday at 10 am.

 

 

EESS SOCCER TUE.:

 

-GIRLS: EESS 4 AVSS 0

 

 

BAYHAM FIRE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Wellington St.

-Both stations responded to a vehicle fire on Plank Rd near Light Line. No injuries.

 

 

PORT BRUCE IMPROVEMENTS

 

(Jerry Lee, Chairman of the Port Bruce Ratepayers Association, sent a note to Malahide Council Thursday on upcoming plans/questions by the group. Malahide Clerk Diana Wilson sent these replies from Eugenio Dimeo, Malahide Director of Community and Corporate Services:)

1-Up grades to pavilion/pier from Canada 150 grant? – The work relating to the Canada 150 Grant project would be completed by the end of this year.

2-Desire to set up a tire refilling station? -The Staff would work with the PBRA regarding the installation of an air filling station at the pavilion.

3. Desire to install a one head sprinkler in playground by pavilion? – The Staff would review the location of the one head sprinkler/splash pad and would ensure that it was installed in a spot that it would fit best.

5.  Apply for pier improvement grants? – The Municipal Staff were always investigating grant opportunities that would allow for repairs to be completed to the pier.

6. Setting up of a handicap parking zone by pavilion? – The handicap parking zone will be re-established.

8. Continue Beach Cleanup? – If the Council wished to be the lead agency to coordinate the annual beach clean-up and installation of the mobility mats, the Municipal Staff would undertake the necessary actions. The beach clean-up for this year is scheduled to be undertaken on May 31, 2017.

 

 

ZACH ANNEN PICKED BY CFL

 

(Zach Annen, grandson of Case and Jane Annen of Aylmer, finished his fourth year last fall as a starting center with the Carleton Ravens university football team in Ottawa. Sunday he was picked in the fifth round, 39th overall, by the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL draft. Zach is profiled as six foot four, 285 pounds. His reaction:

“I was very surprised when I was drafted; it wasn’t long ago that I was hoping to just play university football (he graduated from Parkside) so to get a chance to now play professional football is surreal. The fact that it was the Montreal Alouettes, a team with a rich history and an awesome fan base, just makes this experience that much better. My agent and I had discussed when I would most likely get drafted and the 5th round was certainly a possibility but we were thinking that it would be later. Coming into university I had always wanted to play in the CFL but it didn’t seem like a very achievable goal while playing on the defensive line. When I switched over to offensive line after my second season and excelled there, it seemed more and more likely that I could eventually play in the CFL  I still have one more year of study for my aerospace engineering degree so I will be going back in September and playing for the Carleton Ravens. After I am finished my degree in April I will look to sign back on with the Alouettes and pursue what the CFL has to offer.”

 

 

LOCAL FROST CONCERNS 

 

(Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Farms north of Aylmer provided this information on how he dealt with the frost threat in the past several days:) –  “We irrigated from 9 pm until 8 am on both Sunday and Monday nights, it’s pretty soggy out there now. The flowers were saved, but with all the water we had to put on, the roots might be compromised from standing water. Time will tell.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Work has begun on installing new sewer lines on Cedar St. in north Aylmer (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

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