Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, July 24/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed. – Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts West Elgin; 7pm – EESS

-Fri – Aylmer Farmers Market; 4-8 pm – Bandshell Park

-Fri. 8pm/Sat. 2pm, 8pm  - Perisope Play: ‘SmartAss’ ; Vienna Hall; $15

-Fri. – Aylmer-Mal. Museum Garage Sale 9-12:30; Sat.  9-12

-Sat. – Elgin Feeds/Helping Paws: Pet Event; Kinsmen Pavillon; 11am -3

-Sat. – Clovermead Bee Beard 2:30/Bee Events, 12:30

-Sat./Sun. – Pt. Stanley Artists  Exhibition; At Legion; 11-5;  Free

 

 

PERISCOPE PLAY RISING IN VIENNA

 

Bayham’s Periscope Playhouse will stage their first production this weekend at the Vienna Community Centre. It is called ‘SmartAss’ and was written by Patrick Harding of Pt. Stanley.  Nearly all involved are Bayham residents. Jeff Rogers is Director and wife Marion is Producer and Stage Manager; the cast includes Bonnie Abell, Pete Matthews, Bob Smolders, Ray Talbot, Katy Wells and Tim Wells.  The play will run Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2 and 8 and again on the weekend of August 10. Tickets are $15 for adults and can be purchased at various Bayham outlets (see www.periscopeplayhouse.ca)  and at Margarets Flowers in Aylmer. (Play Synopsis: Ben Long, sarcastic journalist (ie. ‘smart ass’), spent some happy childhood holidays in a port town; now has returned to find the girl he fell in love with; can he successfully woo his lady of the pier?)

 

 

FIRST PLACE SOCCER MATCH HERE

 

First place in the Southwest Soccer League is at stake tomorrow in Aylmer when Aylmer FC faces West Elgin at 7pm at EESS.  Aylmer FC is currently in top spot in the 10-team league with a 10-1-3 mark but their loss came in their only previous game with West Elgin – a 2-1 decision in West Lorne. West Elgin is undefeated but has only played 11 games of the 18 game schedule. Aylmer FC still has tough games against the second and third place teams – Shedden and London Raymond James  - left of their 4 remaining contests. They had tied both earlier (tonight they travel to Raymond James).

 

 

AYLMER WATER LEVELS STILL GOOD

 

Bill Berry, Manager of Water Operations for Aylmer , said normal summer regulations call for watering on even days for those with even street addresses and odd days for those with odd street addresses. He said the Town can institute other measures if needed but at the present time, they aren’t required. 

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL

 

Mon. –  Ayr 10 Straffordville (6-9)5

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

“TORNADO WARNING IN AYLMER JULY 23″

 

(This was a news report Saturday evening) -  “ THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO HAS ISSUED A “RED ALERT” DUE TO A TORNADO WARNING IN  RODNEY – SHEDDEN – WESTERN ELGIN COUNTY =NEW= ST. THOMAS – AYLMER – EASTERN ELGIN COUNTY STRATHROY – KOMOKA – WESTERN MIDDLESEX COUNTY LONDON – PARKHILL – EASTERN MIDDLESEX COUNTY ONTARIO.”

 

“HUNT CONSTR. TO BUILD BATHHOUSE”

 

“Council accepts in principle the Design/Build proposal from Keith Hunt Construction Ltd. in the amount of $259,200.00 plus HST for construction of the Bathhouse.”

 

 

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MONDAY, July 23/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Ayr: 8:30

 

-Wed. – Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts West Elgin; 7pm – EESS

-Fri – Aylmer Farmers Market; 4-8 pm – Bandshell Park

-Fri. 8pm/Sat. 2pm, 8pm  - Perisope Play: ‘SmartAss’ ; Vienna Hall; $15

-Fri. – Aylmer-Mal. Museum Garage Sale 9-12:30; Sat.  9-12

-Sat. – Elgin Feeds/Helping Paws: Pet Event; Kinsmen Pavillon; 11am -3

-Sat. – Clovermead Bee Beard 2:30/Bee Events, 12:30

 

 

ANOTHER HEAT ALERT

 

The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued the sixth HEAT ALERT in 2012 for Elgin County, based on the Environment Canada forecast of humidex levels reaching 40 degrees Celcius today. The Alert will be in effect for Monday. Temperatures are expected to moderate by Tuesday when cooler air and lower levels of humidity are forecast to arrive at that time.

 

 

GOOD TURNOUT AT BLOOD DONOR CLINIC

 

(Contributed) –  ”Our previous quota in Aylmer was 96 units (96 donors). We increased our quota in May and our last clinic on July 12 collected 123 units. We also had 16 new donors. The previous clinic in May actually saw 115 units.

Approximately 1 in 2 Canadians are eligible to give blood and around 1 in 60 actually do.  To be eligible, people must be between their 17th and 71st birthday (regular donors) or between their 17th and 61st birthday (first-time donors). They must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health and feeling well.

Our next community clinic is on September 13.

 

 

AYLMER POOL BUSY

 

(Info from Nancy Campbell, Co-Ordinator at the Aylmer Pool)  - Head Guard this year is Kristi Knight; Head Junior Guards are  Katie Knight, Deanna Bak and Paul Rochus. There are 20 other staff members,  full and parttime. The swim team has 45 members under Deanna Bak. A free swim in June 30 attracted over 300. The next free swim is August 5 at 1:30 and another on August 17 at 7 pm. A new program this year is Stroke and Endurance classes for those waiting for Bronze Cross age requirements. The Public Swimming charge is only $2.50 per child – adults are $4 – and are scheduled for weekday afternoons at 1:30 and Tuesday , Friday and Sunday evenings.  Key Adult swims times are weekdays at 1230 and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5.

 

 

CLOVERMEAD BEEBEARD/BEE-LYMPICS SAT.

 

(Contributed) –  ”This Saturday is Clovermead’s 8th annual BeeBeard competition. Four teams of beekeepers compete for the title of Bee Beard Champion. Using live honeybees with real stingers, they adorn their faces with crawling bees and strut down the catwalk to perform in front of the judges and the crowd. Competition begins at 2:30.

In the spirit of the Olympic Games, just before the Bee Beard Competition, from 12:30-2:30 pm, we are hosting Pioneer Games. Come out and try your friends in Nail Pounding, Two person Cross Cut Sawing, Potato Sack Races, Seed Spitting, Potato on a Spoon race, and Human Buggy Races. 
Admission is $10 a person or for a group of 5 $45 . All admission goes to The Perc in Aylmer. The fee Includes access to all the Adventure Farm fun (9am-5:30) – there are wagon rides, bee barrel train rides, a huge jumping pillow, pedal go carts, music, and animals on the Adventure Farm.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

 

– July 18, 2012 – Station #1 assisted by Station #2, John Wise Line, MVC

– July 18, 2012 – Station #2, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– July 20, 2012 – Station #2, 465 Talbot Line, Mutual Aid

– July 20, 2012 – Station #3, assisted by Station #2, Ron McNeil Line, MVC

(*Transport truck rollover at Putnam Road and Ron MacNeil Line; One person extricated, minor injuries.)

 

 

ELGIN PRESENTS FRESHFEST

 

(Contributed) – “The local food celebration FreshFest will return to the Canada Southern Railway Station in St. Thomas on August 23 from 5 – 9 pm. In 2012 Elgin County is presenting this event that pairs local farmers and the food they grow with local chefs to create unique Elgin County dishes. Attendees will be able to sample these dishes with a glass of wine or a pint of local beer. They will also be able to enjoy live music from talented local performers Sonic Buddha and participate in pairing workshops with local food experts. The event also features a silent auction with proceeds going to the Canada Southern Railway Station.FreshFest tickets cost $35 and include 14 sampling coupons and a souvenir wine glass. Early Bird pricing of two for $60 is available until August 11. Tickets may be purchased online at www.freshfest.ca and at the following ticket outlets: Berry Hill Fruit Farm (Aylmer) etc. For more information about Fresh Fest call 519-631-1460.”

 

 

AYLMER FIRE CALLS

 

-Friday July 20 at 11 am – call to Chateau Gardens for a structure fire with smoke showing. Mutual Aid was requested from Malahide Station #2 as soon as the call came in as this is a care occupancy. The fire was electrical and was out prior to our arrival; there was smoke in the building so we assisted their staff with ventilation. We also checked the air quality with our multi-gas detector before an “all clear” was issued.

-Saturday July 21 at 9 am –  call to Canadian Tire parking lot for a van on fire.  The fire was extinguished by store employees prior to our arrival.

 

 

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FRIDAY, July 20/12

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THURSDAY, July 19/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

- TriCounty Fastball – Hickson at Pt. Burwell, 8pm

- Bayham Council, 7

 

-Fri. – Aylmer Farmers Market, 4-8 pm, Bandshell Park

-Sat. – Legion Steak BBQ; 6 pm; $12; Advance Sales only

 

 

CRASH FATALITY AT MT. SALEM

 

(From Elgin OPP) – MT. SALEM –  Jarod Hinz, 22, of St.Thomas, was killed in a two vehicle collision yesterday around 2 pm at the intersection of Springfield Road and County Road 45 (John Wise Line) in Malahide.  Hinz’s car was travelling west on County Road 45 and failed to stop for the stop sign at Springfield Road. He was struck on the driver’s side by a north bound pick-up truck whose lone occupant was a 39-year old Springfield man. He was transported to St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital with minor injuries. Mr. Hinz, the lone occupant of the car, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

 

BELMONT RUNNER IN SPAIN

 

(From OFSAA RunnerSpace) – Taylor Farquhar, daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Farquhar of Belmont, finished seventh in the finals of the 400 metres, with a time of 58.77 seconds, at the IIAF World Junior Athletics Championships in Barcelona Spain on Saturday. She was a student at London Central last year.  Last summer she  won a bronze medal in the 400-metre hurdles at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games.

 

 

LOCAL BEACHES GOOD

 

(From Elgin Health Unit) – “As of July 9, the water at the following beaches – Springwater, Pt. Bruce, Pt. Burwell (which is tested weekly for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination) –  did not post a high level.”

 

 

CATFISH WATER LEVELS STILL GOOD

 

(Information from Peter Dragunas at Catfish Creek CA) – “At present the Catfish Creek water levels are holding steady and we remain in a Level 2 Low Water Advisory.”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

CATFISH CREEK ADVISORY:

“Consistent with the Ontario Low Water Response criteria, the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA) is issuing a Level 1 Low Water Condition for the Catfish Creek watershed.  The Ontario Low Water Response indicators identify that the Catfish Creek precipitation indicators are below the required Provincial Long Range average thresholds, for the period ending June 30.  They are as follows: Eighteen-Month Precipitation Indicator is at 80 % of the eighteen-month average and at present the seasonal, short term and weekly precipitation indicators along with the discharge indicators illustrate a downward trend. A 10% voluntary reduction in water use is being advised to ensure that there remains an adequate supply for essential uses and to sustain aquatic life. “

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY:

 

Some decisions:

 

-Council gave 2 readings to the bylaws to make a zoning amendment for 353 Talbot St. west – which is a proposal to tear down the former MNR building and construct a 4-storey, 16-unit apartment building there.

-Council responded to numerous concerns about the Palmer Bandshell user fees by asking staff to review the issue.

-Mae Legg was appointed to the Aylmer Heritage Committee.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, July 18/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Blood Donor Clinic; St. Thomas Timken Centre -12:30pm-7:30

-Vogeljoy; Free Concert; 6:30; Old Town Hall Theatre

 

-Thu. – TriCounty Fastball – Hickson at Pt. Burwell, 8pm

-Thu. – Bayham Council, 7

-Fri. – Aylmer Farmers Market, 4-8 pm, Bandshell Park

-Sat. – Legion Steak BBQ; 6 pm; $12; Advance Sales only

 

 

OBITUARIES 

 

-Harder, Helena; of Straffordville; on Monday; aged 53.  Survivors include: husband John Harder; children Martha Harder, Johnny Harder (Anna), David Harder and fiance Maryann, and Lisa Harder. She was born in Tillsonburg. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer 2-4 and 7-9 pm Thursday. Funeral  at the Old Colony Mennonite Church on Friday, 2:00 pm.

 

-Burwell, Hercules Dwight;  of Tillsonburg;  on Sunday July 8, in his 75th year;  Survivors include: wife Diane (Walker) Burwell; son Kevin (Lynn) of Aylmer, etc. Cremation has taken place. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Ball Haven “The Retreat” 54141 Maple Grove Line Bayham, on Sunday, July 22 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

 

 

ELGIN HEAT ALERT CONTINUES

 

Still in effect today is the fifth heat alert of the summer  which was  issued for Elgin  by the Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh.  It began Sunday and is based on the predicted forecast by Environment Canada that humidex levels will likely climb beginning Sunday with readings reaching into the low forties. It is predicted that the heat and humidity will peak on Wednesday.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER RESULTS

 

Tues: – Aylmer FC (10-1-2; 1st) 3 Mt. Brydges 2

Tues: – Shedden 2 Aylmer Rampage (4-9-1; 7th) 1

Thur. – West Elgin (10-0-1; 2nd) 6 Aylmer Rampage 0

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

DROWNING AT PT. BURWELL 

PT.BURWELL – Elgin OPP is currently investigating the death of a twenty four year Langton man after he disappeared while swimming in front of the West Beach here. The incident occurred at approximately 7:28 pm on the 21st of July, after the 24 year old male went missing while swimming with two other male relatives. The three were swimming approximately 100 m. off shore when they began having difficulties swimming back. Two of the males managed to make it back to shore safely with the assistance of two other males. The 24 year old male however could not be located. Members of the public, police, fire and the Auxiliary Coast Guard conducted a search and at approximately 8:45 pm the body  was located by emergency personal. Attempts were made to revive the male; however he was pronounced dead at the Tillsonburg Hospital. Police have identified the victim as Herman TEICHROEB.

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL

 

Last Week’s results:

 

Innerkip 9 Straffordville (6-8) 1

Burgessville 8 Pt. Burwell (2-13) 1

Straffordville 5 Pt. Burwell 3

 

 

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TUESDAY, July 17/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Southwest Soccer: Aylmer Rampage host Shedden (7pm, EESS)

 

-Wed. – Blood Donor Clinic; St. Thomas Timken Centre 12:30pm-7:30pm

-Wed. – Vogeljoy; Free Concert; 6:30; Old Town Hall Theatre

-Thu. – Bayham Council, 7

-Fri. – Aylmer Farmers Market, 4-8 pm, Bandshell Park

-Sat. – Legion BBQ

 

 

AYLMER CHILD KILLED AT CAMP

 

(From Norfolk OPP) – PORT RYERSE - Two-year-old Charity Klassen of Aylmer died after being struck by a vehicle at Triple C Bible Camp in Port Ryerse about 10 am Saturday. (The camp is located just south of Simcoe on Lake Erie – Saturday was Family Day at the Triple C (Christ Centred Camping) facility.) Police say the child was treated at the scene by Norfolk County paramedics before being transported to Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe where she succumbed to her injuries. As a result of the investigation no charges are being pursued under the Criminal Code of Canada or the Highway Traffic Act.

OBITUARY:

Klassen, Charity Mariah;  of Aylmer;  on Saturday, aged  2 years. Survivors include: Parents Darrell and Helen (Boldt) Klassen; siblings  Seth, Devon and Jedidiah;  grandparents Tom and Mary Klassen and Nancy Boldt etc.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday from 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Open Bible Baptist Church, Hacienda Rd. Thursday,  at 1:00 pm.

 

 

KRISTEN McCORD WINS ONTARIO TITLE

 

(Contributed) – Kristen McCord of Aylmer, daughter of Tammy and Dennis McCord of Pt. Burwell, won the Miss Ontario title, a prelude to the Miss Canada Globe Pagaent, held July 6-9 in Toronto. Competitions included: walk, interview, skills to hair and make up application,  swim wear and evening gown categories. Kristen will now compete in the  Miss Canada Globe pageant in Toronto August 19-26. Kristen will hold the title of Miss Ontario for a one year reign regardless of the outcome at the Miss Canada event.

 

 

ELGIN HEAT ALERT

 

Still in effect today is the fifth heat alert of the summer  which was  issued for Elgin  by the Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh.  It began Sunday and is based on the predicted forecast by Environment Canada that humidex levels will likely climb beginning Sunday with readings reaching into the low forties. It is predicted that the heat and humidity will peak on Wednesday.

 

 

EAST ELGIN CORN SUFFERING

 

Peter Johnson, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture cereal specialist, reports that the corn crop in East Elgin is in a precarious position. He noted that the weekend rain was heavier in West Elgin and the corn crops are “awesome” there. But there was little moisture in the east end – which has been the story for three weeks. “Things were going like gangbusters until June 20 and then it has been slipping significantly”, he said.  Especially for the corn on sandy soil with poorer water retention. Some corn there – about 15% – is beyond the point of no return.  “We have had too dry a July and too many days over 32 degrees which is critical for corn. It has been drier than average this summer. And it didn’t help that we had little rain in the spring – about 40 percent of normal precipitation. The heat and the dryness have been a strong one-two punch in the Aylmer area”,  he added.”

 

 

OPC 50TH CEREMONY

 

A number of previous instructors and employees were present at the OPC 50th anniversary ceremony last Thursday in the drill hall at the College. A feature was a recruit parade inspection by Ontario Minister of Energy Chris Bentley. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

PET SHOW NEXT SATURDAY

 

(Contributed) The 5th annual Pet Show, hosted by Elgin Feeds Country Store and Helping Paws Rescue, will take place next Saturday July 28th, from 11:00-3:00 at the Kinsmen Pavilion on Chestnut Street. Activities include face painting, pet portraits, games, dog nail clipping, dog games like sack race, obstacle course and musical sit, and a BBQ  with lots of prizes. All  proceeds go to Helping Paws Rescue.

 

 

FARMERS’ MARKET HAD GOOD START

 

Organizer Mary Jane Lampman said Friday night’s first Farmer’s Market – at Bandshell Park – drew six vendors and a “very good” crowd. It will run Friday evenings all summer.

 

 

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MONDAY, July 16/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Richmond Water Meeting, 7pm; Bayham Council Room

-Aylmer Council; 3:30

 

-Wed. – Vogeljoy; 6:30; Old Town Hall Theatre

-Thu. – Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Sat. – Legion BBQ

 

 

TWO CHILDREN DROWN AT PT. BURWELL

 

(From Elgin OPP and the Toronto Star) – Port Burwell – Two siblings drowned but a third was rescued from the main beach (east) here around 4pm Friday afternoon.

David Harder 7 and his sister Lisa, 10, of Glen Meyer, were swimming with 6 other family members  when they disappeared beneath wavy waters. A 19 year old family member managed to rescue a nine year old sibling who also was in difficulty.

The Elgin County OPP Marine Unit, Bayham Fire Department, Oxford County EMS and Elgin County EMS responded to the scene. One child was found quickly. But the second child was not located for an hour after a human chain was formed. They transported both children to Victoria Hospital in London by air ambulance.

Police said they could not swim and were not wearing lifejackets.

 

 

VOGELJOY FREE CONCERT WED.

 

(Contributed) – The local childrens’ entertainment group – Vogeljoy – will present another free show: ‘The Magic Piano’ with Special Guest Abigail from Kitchener on Wednesday at 6:30 at the Old Town Hall theatre. She will be bringing you music from Lord of the Rings. The Magical Piano will be there to amaze you with fun and music.  Of course our Penny Game will continue as your child has the chance to win $50.40!  All you have to do is answer 7 questions correctly.)

 

 

ANOTHER ELGIN HEAT ALERT

 

The fifth heat alert of the summer has been issued for Elgin  by the Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh.  It began Sunday and is based on the predicted forecast by Environment Canada that humidex levels will likely climb beginning Sunday with readings reaching into the low forties. It is predicted that the heat and humidity will peak on Wednesday.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Ward, Ronald Ray;  at Chateau Gardens Aylmer (formerly of Chatham) on Thursday, in his 81st year. Survivors include: wife Joyce (Holditch) Ward; children   Beverly Perry (Barry Anderson) of Straffordville, Susan Brown (Hugh) of Aylmer,  Cathy Ward (Dave Stradeski) Aylmer etc. He was born in Bayham. Visitation was yesterday;  the funeral service will be held at Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer today at 11:00 am.

 

-Howey, Samuel Hugh; of Straffordville; on Wednesday, in his 31st year. Survivors include: parents Diana & Douglas Howey; aunt Susan (Kevin) Morrell, of Aylmer etc. The funeral was held Saturday at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL TODAY:

 

Among agenda items to consider:

-Public meeting and Discussion on rezoning of 353 Talbot St. west to allow for construction of a 4-storey, 16-unit apartment building

-Discussion on reconsideration of rental fees at Palmer Park Bandshell

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS:


– July 9, 2012 – Station #1,  Bank Street, Medical Assist
 

 – July 11, 2012 – Station #2,  Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– July 11, 2012 – Station #2, Conservation Line, Alarm Malfunction

– July 12, 2012 – Station #1, Bank Street, Medical Assist

– July 12, 2012 – Station #4 ,#1, #2 and #3, 48913 Yorke Line, Fire

(*present for 6 hours, farm workshop)

– July 13, 2012 – Station #2,  #1, VanPatter Line, Fire

(*wheat stubble, present for 2 hours)

– July 15, 2012 – Station #2,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

 

 

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FRIDAY, July 13/12

 

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THURSDAY, July 12/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex, 2:30-7:30pm (see ad)

-TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell at Straffordville, 8:30

-Ontario Police College 50th – Ceremony – 1:30 pm – Drill Hall

 

-Fri. – Farmers Market at Bandshell Park – 4-8 pm

-Sun. – Spanish Church service – 6:30 pm – Palmer Bandshell

 

 

HAY WAGON RUNS OVER CHILD IN MALAHIDE

 

(From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP are investigating after an 18-month old child was run over by a hay wagon yesterday around 11:30 am on a Glencolin Road farm in north Malahide.  A hay wagon that was being manually pushed backwards ran over the girl with one of its rear wheels.  The child was transported by ambulance to St.Thomas hospital and  later transferred to a London hospital where she remains in serious condition. (*The incident occurred on an Amish farm – the wagon was empty at the time)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

FORMER AYLMER DEP. POLICE CHIEF DIES:

-Lamoure, Wayne Clarence;  on Tuesday, in his 65th year. Survivors include: wife Theresa Marie Lamoure; sons Joel Lamoure and wife Susan, Matthew Lamoure; all of Aylmer etc. Wayne retired as Deputy Chief of the Aylmer Police after 28 years of service. He was a volunteer at Chateau Gardens and at Peacekeeper Park Lake Whittaker. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, at 1:30 pm.

 

 

GOOSE-POOP GONE THANKS TO LOCAL AREA

 

(From: ‘Inside Halton’) – “The Town of Oakville’s Parks and Open Space Department implemented its annual goose relocation program, recently –  sending 865 of the waterfowl to a conservation area in Aylmer (the Wildlife Sanctuary next to the Ontario Police College.)  The Town’s Director of Parks and Open Space Chris Mark said the action is successful in removing the bulk of the birds along Oakville’s waterfront for the summer months when residents want to use the town’s parks the most.

“Prior to the roundup, we are sweeping the parks (for goose droppings) two or three times a week, we’re hosing down pathways two or three times a week, we’re hosing down our docks in our harbours every other day just because of the amount of goose poop.”  He also said no goose has ever been hurt, as extreme care is taken to make sure the birds are safe.

Once the geese are loaded onto the trucks, they are taken to the Aylmer Wildlife Sanctuary where they stay for six to eight weeks until they have regrown their flight feathers. At that point the geese disperse. Removing the geese from Oakville’s waterfront is not cheap — it costs between $4,000-$5,000 annually.”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

SCHIPPER FARMS DAIRY OPEN HOUSE

AYLMER – “Schipper Dairy Farms, on the east side of Springer Hill,  east of Aylmer, will display their new state-of-the-art milking parlour and barn this Saturday from Noon to 3 pm in an Open House organized by the Elgin Dairy Producers. Harry and Grace Schipper and their son Darryl this past winter completed a new dairy barn with extensive computerized milking facilities and a Bedding Master system which automatically prepares cow manure for animal bedding. It is believed to be the first in Ontario to have this. The Schippers, who have been at this site since 1978, milk 200 Holstein and Jersey cows three times a day. There is no charge and there will be free chocolate milk and ice cream.”

 

 

ELGIN TOURISM CONTEST

 

(Contributed) – “Elgin – St. Thomas Tourism announces a Share Your Experience contest. The contest encourages visitors and residents to share their Elgin – St. Thomas experiences for the chance to win $1,000 in Elgin County and St. Thomas Downtown Dollars to be used at participating businesses.

Have you visited an Elgin – St. Thomas winery, beach, restaurant, artisan, or heritage site? Do you have a favourite event or spot in Elgin – St. Thomas? If you have a photo, video or want to write about a positive experience you’ve had, Elgin – St. Thomas Tourism wants you to share it. Fill out the form at www.elgintourist.com/shareyourexperience and upload your story, photo or video. The contest is open to all visitors and residents of Elgin – St. Thomas who are 16 years of age and older. The Contest runs from July 1st until Sept. 4th and Elgin – St. Thomas Tourism will use a draw to select the winner when the contest closes.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, July 11/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thur.- Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex, 2:30-7:30pm

-Thur. – TriCounty Fastball: Pt. Burwell at Straffordville, 8:30

-Fri. – Farmers Market at Bandshell Park – 4-8 pm

-Sun. – Spanish Church service – 6:30 pm – Palmer Bandshell

 

 

LYONS SUSPECT WAS INTOXICATED

 

(From Elgin OPP) – The OPP have located the suspect in Monday’s alleged attempted abduction of an 8-year old boy at the Lyons Trailer Park. They have determined that he was under the influence of alcohol; he had lost his dog and was legitimately looking for help from the boy. No criminal charges will be laid.

 

 

OPC 50th CEREMONY THURSDAY

 

(Information from Angela McGonigle, Business Adviser at the OPC) – The Ontario Police College, Aylmer, will hold a special ceremony tomorrow to celebrate 50 years of operation. The opening of the OPC was actually announced on July 12. 1962. Thursday’s  event will begin at 1:30 pm in the Drill Hall – the public is invited. Key speakers will be Chris Bentley, Ontario Minister of Energy, and Steve Tanner, Kingston, President of the Ontario Chiefs of Police. Current recruits will have a March On and will be inspected by Minister Bentley. There will be a Pipe Band and a video on the history of the OPC. A time capsule will also be unveiled, although not sealed until contributions have been finalized from the current class. A reception will follow. The OPC is also planning a fall event which will include an Open House.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Harp, Donald; of Aylmer;  on Monday, in his 84th year. He was born in Aylmer. Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, at 1:00 pm

 

-Hartoon, Dorothy;  of RR5 Aylmer; on Tuesday, in her 80th year. Survivors include: daughter Darlene Patterson of RR2, Aylmer etc. She was a member of Malahide United Church and formerly worked at Imperial Tobacco. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday  at 11:00 am.

 

-Vincent, Rose; of Tillsonburg, formerly of Vienna; on Tuesday, at the age of 87. She was born in Hungary.  Survivors include: daughter Julia (Bruce Taylor) of Straffordville etc. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at Verhoeve Funeral Home Tillsonburg from 2:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. A Memorial Service will be conducted in the Chapel, Friday at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

BERRIES GOOD; CORN SOON

 

(Crop Update from Dick Saarloos of Berryhill Farms) – “Strawberries were about 85% of the average; we are presently picking raspberries which seem to be an average crop as well. Tree fruits however are much lighter with crops that will not exceed 15% of average. Sweet corn looks good and will be available for the weekend.”

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER

 

Tues. – Aylmer FC (9-1-2; first) 4 Aylmer Rampage (4-7-1; 7th) 2

 

 

EESS REUNION NOW FOR ’60s TOO

 

(Contributed) – “Registration forms have been rolling in from all over Canada and the U.S. for the EESS ‘70s Reunion on Saturday, August 4. We are now accepting your registration if you are from the 60’s too. Cost is $50 a person; $90 per couple.

Program:

8:30am – Sign in at EESS

10:00am – Opening Ceremonies at EESS

11:00 – 4:30 – Games and Music: Bandshell

6:00pm – Social: Saxonia Hall (Dinner at 7pm; Dance to follow)

Visit us at: www.eastelginhigh.com to register on-line or at Or at http://amtelecom.net/~rmeharg/Index.html to print registration.

Drop off to:Mary Beth @ 178 South St. W., Aylmer, On N5H 1S3  or call Heather 519-773-8280 or 519-773-2200 evenings.

 

 

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