Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, April 4/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

 

-Mon. – Aylmer Council,  3:30 pm

 

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Greer, Jane; of Aylmer, passed away Wednesday, in her 80th year. Wife of the late Ronald Greer(2009). Survivors include: children – Bob(Lucille), Lynn, Janice, Chris and Kevin Greer; Sister of Geurt (Janny) Buis, Nick (Sadie) Buis , Ben (Nel) Buis, Mary Provost, Jenny Driesman, Minnie Chapman, Mina (Gerry) Huizing; Sister-in-law of Nel Buis etc.. She was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church Saturday at 1:00 pm.

 

 

 

AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

A charge of following too close was laid by Aylmer Police against a 28-year old Pt Bruce man after a collision involving three vehicles at John and Clarence Streets last Monday, March 25 about 3:45 pm. A Straffordville woman going south on John had stopped her car and was waiting for children to cross Clarence as she was turning right on to Clarence. A  minivan driven by a London woman had stopped behind her. The van was then struck by a pickup truck driven by the Pt Bruce man. There was minor damage and no injuries.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE BUDGET

 

(Information from Malahide Clerk Diana Wilson) – “Malahide Council approved its 2013 Budget in the amount of $12,308,559.76 at its March 21st meeting – it provides for a total taxation revenue increase of $172,621.69 for township purposes (which includes increases in payments in lieu, supplemental taxation, and taxation write-offs); and that increase currently represents a lower tier (municipal) tax levy increase of about 2.87%.”

 

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY

 

Among agenda items for Monday’s Council are:

 

-Discussion on a proposal from Mike Hutchinson Properties for development of a two-storey commercial building on the southwest corner of Talbot and Wellington Streets.

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, April 3/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

 

 

 

BADDER BUSLINES WINS INJUNCTION

 

Superior Court Judge Mary Jo Nolan granted an injunction in favour of two local bus companies late Tuesday afternoon.

 

Ravins Buslines of Tillsonburg and Badder Buslines of Aylmer, as plaintiffs, had argued in St.Thomas court last week against an initiative by Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services to begin a request for proposals to start bidding  for local bus transporation routes for the TVDSB. In her decision the judge said: “I find it is more likely than not that irreparable harm will be caused to the plaintiffs if an injunction is not granted” and declared that  “STS shall withdraw its current RFP.”

 

She agreed that “the manner in which the current RFP is structured preordains that they (Ravins, Badder) will be unsuccessful either in obtaining routes or routes that are viable and the result is they will suffer financial ruin.” Many independent school bus operators across Ontario are battling against a consortia which already runs considerable student transportation in the province by awarding contracts to large transportation multinationals. Another court case, which is believed will determine the overall issue, is slated for the fall in eastern Ontario.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Hambleton, Dorothy; of Tillsonburg, passed away Tuesday, at the age of 74. Survivors include: sister Norma (Glen Foster) of R.R.1, Belmont etc.. Visitation at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Monday,  from 7:00-9:00 p.m. with the funeral at Verhoeves on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

 

AYLMER HOME AND GARDEN SHOW

 

The fourth annual Aylmer Home and Garden Show, sponsored by the Aylmer Fair Board, will be at the EEC Complex next weekend. The show will be held on Friday, April 12 from 3 to 9 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. Admission is $5 per person; children under 12 are free.

 

Said AFB Secretary Elaine Earhart:  “We are really excited because once again we have a full show, but there is more variety in what the community will want to see. We always have local home improvement businesses, however this year we have more in the way of gardening businesses as well. We have more door prizes to give away along with a draw for a BBQ and another for a Patio set. Many of our booths will also be having free draws so we hope people will be sure to stop at all 70 different businesses to fill out a ballot.

 

We have The Gold Refinery there to pay cash on the spot for any gold brought to the show, we have a fishing adventures booth, some service club booths, jewellery booths, essential oils, herbs and spices, free face painting and balloon give aways for the children etc. The best part is that we are in the Community Complex again, making it a familiar spot for anyone who attends.”

 

 

 

COUNCIL PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING

 

By Bill Murch

 

Aylmer Council held a Public Budget Meeting last night in the Old Town Hall theatre. Eight people attended.

 

Mayor Couckuyt and Deputy Mayor Richer stated they were pleased with the proposed 2013 budget which saw a 1.03% tax increase for the town’s portion over last year. Councillor Oslach said he was disappointed that the East Elgin Community Complex did not reduce their budget from a 2.26% increase.

 

A member of the Aylmer Taxpayers Advisory Committee spoke and said he was disappointed that there wasn’t a 15% overall decrease in taxes. His group believes the Town needs to rein in spending in order to remain viable and to be able to compete economically with surrounding communities. They would also like to see town departments put forward well structured business plans to justify major purchases such as a new ladder truck for the Fire Department.

 

Another citizen echoed the comment that formal business plans are needed to explain and justify ‘big ticket’ purchases. He said he has yet to see one that justifies the Fire Department having a ladder truck. He also questioned the need to purchase new energy efficient lights for the Town’s sports field. He said that they were only affordable if the money saved through the use of the new LED street lights was used to pay off the $840,000 loan the Town was taking out. He also encouraged the Finance Committee and Council to continue to explore ways to find savings through partnerships with the Township of Malahide and the County of Elgin. Policing, fire fighting and economic development were three areas where he thought opportunities existed.

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

“AYLMERITES CHARGED WITH ROBBERY”

 

“Two Aylmer men, aged 23 and 24 years old, have been charged with robbery and weapons possession after an incident in town last Thursday afternoon. A St Thomas man was robbed at knifepoint at a Talbot Street west residence – both suspects, who were known to the victim, were arrested in the next few days.  Some oxycontin pills were stolen during the robbery.”

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, April 2/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council Public Budget Meeting, 7pm

 

 

BELMONT LOSES NOVICE OMHA

 

BELMONT – Burford edged Belmont 3-2 here Friday before some 800 fans in the deciding game of their OMHA Novice six-point hockey finals.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Newland, Charles; of RR1, Eden, passed away Sunday, in his 90th year. Survivors include: wife Mary (Brown Pressey) Newland; three children, seven stepchildren etc.. Charlie was a farmer east of Aylmer at Springer Hill for many years. Funeral service at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday at 2 p m. with visitation one hour prior.

 

-Saarloos, Gerrie; of Aylmer, passed away Thursday, in her 84th year. Wife of the late Floor Saarloos (2006). Survivors include: children – Casper (Wilma) Saarloos, Dick (Renee) Saarloos, Graham (Janet) Saarloos, Wilfred (Joanne) Saarloos, Kelvin (Rose) Saarloos, Alec (Elaine) Saarloos; all of the Aylmer area etc.. She was born in the Netherlands and had 48 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. The funeral was held yesterday. Arrangements were through Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

-Ordinal, Amanda Lee (Mauer); of Lyons, on Sunday, in her 25th year. Partner of Bryan Ball. Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home, Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday, at 1:00 pm.

 

-Ross, Lela Mae; formerly of Springfield, passed away Thursday, in her 90th year. Wife of the late Howard S. Ross (1995). Survivors include: children – Nancy (Rowland) Hill, Dave (Tammy) Ross, Doug Ross; all of the Aylmer area. She was born in Springfield. Funeral service at Kebbels Funeral Home this Saturday at 11:00 am. with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

-Tillotson, Donald Frederick; of Vienna, on Friday, in his 75th year. Husband to Marlene Tillotson. Survivors include: son Jim (Margaret) Tillotson; sisters in law Shirley Graham of Port Burwell and Velma Tillotson of Aylmer etc.. Don was a retired Superior Propane employee. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. with the funeral service at Ostranders on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

EEC COMPLEX FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

(Information from Jim Jenkins, chairman of the EEC Complex board) – “After nine years of operations, the Town of Aylmer and the Township of Malahide have agreed that they would like to undertake a full operational review of the EECC. The proposed Organizational Review, of which a Request for Proposal has now been issued, will take a more detailed focus and will look at the financial support and service levels of the EECC. It will also include: a comparison of a minimum of four facilities of similar size i.e. twin ice pads; the staffing needs; and  the efficiencies of the facility, such as mechanical operations and revenue sources.

 

The review of the EECC that was conducted by N. G. Bellchamber & Associates in October of 2011 focused primarily on the financial impact (cost per capita) of recreation facilities and programming on area residents relative to a sample of other municipalities.  This review was not designed to look in depth at the specific operations and administration. The other focus was to review the governance structure, in particular the joint municipal agreement governing the EECC.”

 

 

 

VON NEEDS DRIVERS

 

(Contributed) – “The VON Community Support Services provides Transportation, Meals On Wheels, Volunteer Visiting, Seniors SMART Exercise Programs, Telephone Re-assurance, Dining Events and Home Help to seniors and adults with disabilities within Elgin County. VON is a not-for-profit organization working to help individuals in the community to maintain their independence living in their own home.

 

Volunteers are urgently needed to meet the needs of our community and help people remain independent.  If you would like to share your time and compassion with our transportation program or any other VON Community Support Services please call, VON at 519-637-6408 or 1-800-201-0909.”

 

 

 

AYLMER RUNNERS IN LONDON RACE

 

Kyle O’Neill, 24,  of Aylmer won the 5 km Downtown Road Race in London Saturday morning. Paul Rochus, 19, of Aylmer was fifth (he was ninth last year) and Darryl Thiessen, of Aylmer, placed 91st.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

 

– March 30, 2013, Station #2, Imperial Road, Brush Fire

– March 31, 2013, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– April 1, 2013, Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, March 18/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

 

*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Friday or Monday

 

 

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive

-Tue. -Aylmer Council Public Budget Meeting, 7pm

 

 

 

EAGLESMITH IN PT. BURWELL SAT.

 

Singer Fred Eaglesmith of Pt. Dover will be at the Pt. Burwell Legion on Saturday at 8pm as part of his Travelling Steamshow tour which has been focussing on local Legion halls. Tickets are $25 advance; $30 at the door. The Legion seats 80 persons.

(Contributed) – “During his concerts at Legions and community hall across Ontario he takes a moment to auction off pies that audience members provide. The money raised during these auctions goes to Operation Smile, a charity which provides operations to repair cleft lips, palates and other facial surgeries of children in third world and impoverished countries. As well, some of the many colourful day to day adventures and stories of life on the road with Fred and the band have been recently compiled into a newly released book, Travelogue by Bill Poss and will be available for purchase at the show.”

 

 

 

AYLMER PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING 

 

Aylmer Council will hold their Public Budget meeting as part of their regular council session on Tuesday at 7pm. The public may make submissions, comments on the proposed budget at that time.

 

 

 

100 YEARS AGO IN AYLMER

 

“1913 PHOTO BOOK PRINTED IN APRIL” 

 

One hundred years ago, in April, 1913, the Aylmer Express printed a special magazine on the town featuring many photographs  – the Industrial and Farming Number. Although there are only a few original copies left, a reproduction is available for viewing at the Aylmer library.

The magazine contained views of many homes, churches, businesses etc. in Aylmer and Malahide and was designed apparently as a promotion venture, addressing the advanages of the area for “residence, manufacturing, and farming.”

 

 

 

 

EAST ELGIN PLACE NAMES #4

 

“COPENHAGEN”

 

The first settler was a Charles Kuntze who came from Denmark (and so named the village after the famous city there) and build an inn on the corner.

 

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

 

“Historic Buildings of Aylmer”  (On sale for $15 at:

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, March 27/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. – Club 7 Paper Drive

-Tue. -Aylmer Council Public Budget Meeting

 

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“As a small business owner here in Aylmer I needed to get hold of Eastlink to report an internet problem. Well I was on hold for thirty minutes before I said this is crazy. Sure Eastlink lays off 17 people and charges us a huge amount for internet and a business phone and then we call and get put on hold. So much for our small town phone company. Last week I had two young girls come into eat and they asked me how come nobody will sign up for cable internet or phone; I said you were sent here from Kitchener (these girls were hired by Eastlink) to a town where that’s all we have is Eastlink. Well I can see this is going to be a great journey. So much for our small town phone company.”  (Rodger Greenlaw)

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

MENNOMEX EXPANSION

 

“Willy Martens, owner of the MennoMex variety store east of Aylmer at Hacienda Road, said he is building a 2500 square foot single-storey addition to the south of the building which will allow for more space for his business and a takeout restaurant for Mexican food.  He hopes to add more fabrics and food products in both buildings. The store opened in 2001. He hopes to have the construction finished by July 1st.”

 

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“I was quite surprised to hear of the 17 layoffs of employees at Eastlink. These are friends, neighbours and fellow citizens of the community in which I live. Now I realize in the big picture of things these jobs are just more numbers that are included in the mass unemployment that has surrounded us since the financial meltdown of 2009. But in the Town of Aylmer a loss of this many jobs is a travesty. Especially since the Regional Manager is an Aylmerite and his reasoning seems to be that the customer will get better service. Really! I’ve called the “help” desk in eastern Canada. Their suggestion to solve my problem was to go to the Kiosk in the Mall and a sales rep would be happy to assist me! They have no idea where Aylmer is.

 

I guess my real question is: has Town Council or our  Mayor Jack Couckuyt gone and tried to save these jobs from being lost? Wouldn’t that be a prudent step for the economy of Aylmer let alone the lives of the X-employees and their families. This Company since taking over from Aylmer-Malahide telephone (note AYLMER) has done nothing but raise your bill, focused their attention on Simcoe and now destroyed the livelihoods of the hard working local citizen. Come on Council, dig in and help persuade this company and their managers we deserve better or aren’t they worth your effort? It won’t be long till all we will have left of this proud heritage is a Kiosk on the main street.” (Gary Rabbets)

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

A view from the fifth floor of the Apartment Complex looking north (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, March 26/13

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BAYHAM DEP-MAYOR -EVANITSKI WINS

 

2013 BAYHAM BY-ELECTION UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
Time: 9:30pm
  Lynn ACRE Cliff EVANITSKI Bob LOZON Rainey C. WEISLER
ADV 1  ALL SUBD 43 78 6 10
ADV 2  ALL SUBD 42 73 8 13
101 156 15 13 17
102 31 25 8 11
103 38 33 1 8
WARD 1 TOTAL 225 73 22 36
201 16 47 2 12
202 23 51 0 10
203 46 138 1 27
WARD 2 TOTAL 85 236 3 49
301 19 35 1 3
302 28 127 0 5
303 25 110 0 10
WARD 3 TOTAL 72 272 1 18
   
TOTAL VOTES 467 732 40 126

 

 

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri. -Belmont Novice game switched to Belmont Arena, 7pm

-Sat. – Club 7 Paper Drive

 

 

 

VIENNA ACCIDENT INJURES CHILDREN

 

(From Elgin County OPP) – A van and a bicycle pulling a child carrier trailer collided around 7pm last night on Chapel St. in Vienna. A van, driven by a 21-year old Malahide woman,  was reversing from a private lane onto Chapel Street. The bicycle towing the child carrier was travelling west downhill on Chapel Street and struck the van on the driver’s side. The operator of the bicycle, a 30 year old male, was thrown off, striking the driver side front door window and breaking it while the trailer struck the driver’s side rear sliding door area.

 

The three children of the bicyclist were taken to Tillsonburg hospital then airlifted via Air Ambulance to London Health Sciences Centre for treatment but were later released having suffered only minor injuries. The father also only had minor injuries.  Police investigation has determined that none of the parties were wearing bicycle helmets and the three children were not strapped into the trailer.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Anderson, Ray; of Aylmer, passed away today, in his 90th year. Husband of the late Gladys (Greenwood) Anderson(2010). Survivors include: daughter Debbie Shackelton, daughter in law Myrna Anderson, both of Aylmer; sister Hazel Hawley etc.. Ray was born in Malahide and was a dairy and livestock farmer. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, at 1:00 pm.

 

 

 

MARY JILL BRADFORD RETIRES

 

(Mary Jill Bradford retired recently after 38 years with the Imperial Bank of Commerce. She provided this reflection:) – “Working: graduated Grade 12 May/69, hired by manager Doug Barr; all entries done by hand and a posting machine;  left in April /74  to have daughter number one, then daughter number two April/77; called back to work July/79 to help out for a while; Memories: – involved in two robberies first hand;  Changes: computers, atm  machine, convenience cards, visa cards, extended hours (thurs fri sat), toonies and loonies, new bills (20, 50, 100), recalling the pennies; Reasons  for retiring: Ready to relax, spend more time with grandsons and husband,volunteer: Will miss: the  socializing with staff and customers, they are just like your second family.”

 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

-On Thursday, a 25-year old Aylmer man was charged with theft after he fled a John Street north business around 11:30 am without paying for $150 worth of merchandise. He was apprehended by Police at his residence in north Aylmer about fifteen minutes later and the items were recovered.

 

-A 27 year old St. Thomas male was charged with two counts of breach of conditions and assault after an incident last Monday at 9 pm in  south Aylmer. A 34 year old Aylmer resident said she was pushed on to a glass table by the male after an argument – the table shattered but she was not injured. The suspect then fled but Police picked him up later that evening hitchhiking in Orwell.

 

-In Elgin court recently, a 38 year old Aylmer man was given a 24month suspended sentence for possession of marijuana relating to a September occurence.

 

 

 

SERVICE CLUB BONSPIEL

 

(Contributed by Barb Forsdike) – “On Saturday, the Aylmer Lioness Club hosted the 47th Annual Mahlon Hale Service Club Bonspiel at the Aylmer Curling Club.  Twelve teams from the Aylmer area took part.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and received a prize for their effort. There were two draws with six teams in each draw.  The Mahlon Hale trophy was won by the Optimists by a 1/2 point. The team was skipped by Mike Silverthorn with Ian Kerr, Len Stewart and Greg Minnema.  Proceeds from the bonspiel will be donated to the Splash Pad in Aylmer.

 

 

 

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MONDAY, March 25/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Mon -Bayham Dep.Mayor Bye-election

 

-Sat -Club 7 Paper Drive

 

 

 

BELMONT NOVICES IN, MIDGETS OUT

 

Belmont Novices split a pair of close games on the weekend in their OMHA finals with Burford so a fifth game is needed in their six point series. Saturday Belmont was victorious at home by 6-5 but yesterday Burford squeezed out a 3-2 verdict in Burford to notch the series at 2 wins apiece. The next match is Friday in Dorchester at 7pm (as the Belmont ice will be out).

Meanwhile, Belmont Midgets lost 6-3 to Blyth-Brussels last night in the deciding contest of their OMHA finals. Blyth-Brussels won the title with a 3-2 edge in the series.

 

 

AYLMER FILM CONTRACT UPDATE

 

(Information from Town Administrator Jennifer Reynaert concerning the Heritage Places film on Aylmer which was available on the internet last week) – “The copyright for the film, video, audio and photography and all other rights on the film, video audio and photography or copies or reproductions are the sole property of Edifice Magazine (Heritage Places, an Edifice Company) as part of the original agreement back in November 2011. They additionally had the right to protect the copyright or authorize or dispose the use of any or all rights in the agreement. Nothing has changed with this agreement. In the fall Council authorized $5000 to cover some of the production costs.”

 

 

 

SASK. COUNTRY SINGER IN AYLMER

 

(Contributed by Anita Schipper) – “Saskatchewan Country singer Blake Berglund is performing at Cy’s in Aylmer on Friday, March 29 at 9:30pm with a $10 admission . He has been nominated for 7 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards in April including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. He is taking part in Canadian Music Week events in Toronto this week as a $10,000 finalist with Astral Radio’s Radio Star Songwriting Competition and is touring in Ontario as well. For tour dates, see www.blakeberglund.com .

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Weaver, Hazel; of Aylmer, passed away Saturday, in her 95th year. Wife of the late Edgar Weaver (1988). Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 am.

 

 

 

TRILLIUM APT. OPENING FRIDAY

 

About 30 persons attended the official opening of the Trillium Apartment complex at John and Sydenham Streets Friday afternoon. Among speakers were Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt who said:  “The owners faced many challenges but they had faith in Aylmer, for example in its design, with the economy, and with the closing of the street. It certainly has a more more elegant streetscape than the Strand Theatre which stood here before. Hopefully they will fill it soon and they will build another.”   Tours were held after the brief ceremony in the 5-storey,  39-unit building which was constructed by Graceview Enterprises of Belmont.

 

 

Hein Rempel of Golden Community Builders presents ceremonial keys to the eight owners of apartments in the new Trillium Apartment Complex at their opening ceremony Friday. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

 

 MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– March 20, 2013, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Alarm Malfunction

– March 20, 2013, Station #2, Springfield Road, Alarm Malfunction

– March 20, 2013, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist

– March 20, 2013, Station #1, 3956 Imperial Road, Chimney Fire

– March 22, 2013, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

 

 

 

AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

A 25-year old Central Elgin female was charged with changing lanes not in safety as her truck struck a car Tuesday evening about 7pm when she was heading west at Talbot and pulled out around another vehicle that was stopped to turn south on to Caverly Road. There were no injuries but the offending vehicle had to be towed.

 

 

 

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FRIDAY, Mar.22/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Trillium Apartment Complex Opening 4pm/Tours 4pm-7pm

 

-Sat. –Earth Hour – 8:30-9:30pm

-Mon. -Bayham Dep-Mayor Bye-election

 

 

 

17 JOBS LOST AT AYLMER EASTLINK

 

AYLMER – Eastlink has dedicided to close its customer care call centre operations on Sydenham Street effective next Thursday with a loss of 17 jobs. Aylmer Regional Manager Ron Mervis confirmed the decision this afternoon. He said that the Aylmer office will still be open for customers to pay bills and buy/return equipment etc. but that customer calls for phone, cable, technical information etc. will be handled through Eastlink Head Office in Halifax as of late next week.

 

UPDATE:  Employees were notified this week that next Thursday is their last day. Six of the jobs are in tech support. One of the positions is in an administrative support role. All are in the main office on Sydenham. The Aylmer office will actually be expanding their hours somewhat after the change. Said Mr. Mervis: “It’s a difficult decision. The goal is to improve customer service and operational efficiencies.” He noted one benefit of the change will be more hours of service as you will now be able to call customer care until 9pm during the week and from 9 to 5 on Saturdays and tech support will be around the clock.  Eastlink still has 25 employees working out of Aylmer offices ie. office staff, service etc. Mr. Mervis said they are still determining plans for the space that is now available in the main building.

 

 

 

COMMENTS ON AYLMER FILM

 

Reaction from readers to the Heritage Place film on Aylmer which is airing this week on www.ibitv.com :

 

“Lovely, but this video didn’t show the Aylmer pool,, mentioned the ‘sales barn’ but didn’t show it, (also) the schools, the parks, the arena, yes Heritage, but I don’t think this video would attract too many people.” (Casey McGregor)

 

“We need to make people aware of the rich history of this area. We are so fortunate with the diverse culture, we also have much history in the war era. It is great to see programs like this for any small town, but especially nice (for) Aylmer.” (Mark Alward)

 

“Cool video, Aylmer looks great!” (Carolyn Comeau Zwicker)

 

“Very well done. I wish they would have interviewed more townspeople!” (Linnea Sundstrom Jensen)

 

 

 

OBITUARIES: 

 

-Reiser, Michael; of Tillsonburg, formerly of Vienna,  passed away Thursday, in his 88th year. He was a farmer in the Vienna area over 30 years. Visitation at Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Saturday,  from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday,  at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ladislaus R.C. Church, Courtland.

 

 

 

AYLMER COMMUNITY GARDEN BACK

 

A local volunteer  group will again sponsor a community garden this spring said member Bob Dekraker. They organized the venture for the first time last year using donated land just south of the Evangelical Missionary Church on Rogers Road. Four people took advantage of the plots last year and already six have signed up this season – they have room for about a dozen. Plots are available to anyone who wishes to try their hand at gardening. Seeds and equipment are provided.

 

 

 

MUSEUM EVENT AT PERC

 

There is free coffee/culture at the Perc Coffee Shop on the last Thursday morning of each month again this year sponsored by the Aylmer-Malahide Museum. This Thursday is a presentation on French Ivory at 10:30 am and 11 am.

 

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

 

“Historic Buildings of Aylmer”  (On sale for $15 at:

Campbells, Pinecroft, Studer’s and Mary Jane’s.)

 

 

 

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