Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


FRIDAY, March 9/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. – SplashNBoots Kids Program at OTH Theatre, 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. – Daylight Savings Time change

 

-Mon. – March Break week for schools

-Mon. – Calton Hall Penny Sale, 7am

-Mon. – Aylmer Council, 3:30

-Thur. – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Charles Learn,  formerly of Aylmer, on Monday, in his 83rd year; Survivors include: children  Linda (Wayne) Lewis, David (Kathy) Learn, both of Aylmer. Cremation has taken place. There is no service.
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MORE ON AYLMER’S 125TH 

 

A banner announcing Aylmer's 125th celebrations this year - the big weekend is June 28-July 1 - has also been hoisted across Talbot St. west this week. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

 LIBRARY COMMITTEE COMPLETE

 

Aylmer Council Monday made the final appointment to the Library Design AdHoc committee adding EESS student Sara Simpson. Other members include 2 councillors, 2 staff members plus citizens Keith Hunt, Barb Warnock, Don Pearson and Rhonda McNaughton.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

‘GLOBE’ HAS WALKER FARMS ROBOT STORY

 

“The Globe and Mail has a story today on  increasing technology at Walker Farms east of Aylmer. It states that Walker Farms has  2500 cattle, thus their dairy business ranks among Canada’s largest. The story notes that recently John Walker imported a $25,000 robot from Germany that allows his cows to basically feed on demand, no matter the hour. The report also notes that a couple years ago, the family installed a computerized milking parlour, which slowly rotates as the cows get on and off – the parlour holds up to 50 cows at a time, allowing 250 to 300 cows to be milked per hour.”

 

 

ELGIN TOURISM FESTIVAL GRANTS

 

 (Contributed) – “Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism will provide three separate contributions of $2000 for a total of $6,000 to support local festivals and events through the Community Festival and Event Partnership Program (CFEPP). The CFEPP offers contributions to community groups that take it upon themselves to organize festivals and events that are economic drivers for the community.

In order to be eligible to receive the CFEPP contribution an event’s sponsoring organization must be located in Elgin County or St. Thomas, must be a registered charity, non-profit organization or community organization and the event must be held in Elgin County or St. Thomas. Successful applications for 2012 will best meet the Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism Marketing Plan goals of increasing the number of people that visit the area, increasing the duration of their stay, and increasing the money that they spend while in Elgin-St. Thomas.

For more information or to obtain an application please call 519 631-1460 ex 176 or email karussell@elgin-county.on.ca. “

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THURSDAY, March 8/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. – SplashNBoots Kids Program at OTH Theatre, 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. – Daylight Savings Time change

 

-Mon. – March Break week for schools

-Mon. – Calton Hall Penny Sale, 7am

-Mon. – Aylmer Council, 3:30

-Next Thur. – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex

 

 

UPDATE: MATT PEARCE’S CONDITION

 

(Information from Liz Pearce, grandmother of Matt Pearce of Orwell who suffered burns in a recent incident) – “Matt is still in critical condition. The surgeons and nursing staff are wonderful in Sunnybrook (Toronto). Public visitation is still prohibited because of the risk of infection. Skin grafting has started with his own skin and the success has been good thus far. He still has a long road ahead of him. The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, donations and offers of help. The work the kids at East Elgin have put into fund raising and the T shirts, and their cards and posters has been overwhelming.  I know if Matt wasn’t in an induced coma he would really be humbled by all this publicity, love and support.”
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MARCH BREAK AT EEC COMPLEX

 

 Skating Sponsored by EastLink -

 Monday March 12-  9:00am to 11:00am; Tuesday March 13 -11:30am to 1:30pm; Wednesday March 14- 9:00am to 11:00am; Thursday March 15 -11:30am to 1:30pm;  Friday March 16- 9:00am to 11:00am. (Rental Skates available for $2/pair)

 

March Break Day Camp -

 Daily. 8:00am to 5:00pm.  $20/day(includes public skating). Registration due in advance.  Bring your own lunch (nut free). Games, crafts, sports, activities.    

 

 

AYLMER’S 125TH

 

Aylmer Parks Supt. Thom Polland is shown this morning installing one of a dozen banners for the downtown core announcing Aylmer's 125th Anniversary this year. (kb) (CLICK)

 

  

MARCH BREAK AT AYLMER LIBRARY

 

 Monday = 2-4 pm-  Movie Mania -Ages 6-12 . Buy some Popcorn! Win the movie! Adult Accompaniment for children under 6.

Tuesday = 2:00-3:00 pm – Picnic Fun -Ages 6-12.  Enjoy sandwiches & treats.

Thursday =2:00-3:00 pm - Slumber Party -Ages 6-10  -Snacks & juice.  Stories & games;  3:00-4:00 pm – Fun in the Sun Cyber Camp -4:00-5:00 pm Teen Mixer -Friends & Food at the “Lounge”brary.

Friday = 2:00-3:00 pm – Magic & Mystery – The Amazing Corbin.  Ages 7-14.

Saturday = 2:00-3:00 pm – Plant your own four leafclover! Enjoy rainbow Jello! Ages 6-12;  3:00-4:00 pm Superkids Cyber Camp -Ages 6-12. (All programs free)    

 

 

DAVENPORT GIRLS WIN BBALL CROWN

 

The  TVDSB Elementary Basketball Championships were held last weekend in London. Aylmer’s Davenport Girls won the AAA title by defeating Clara Brenton 36-29. New Sarum won the A Girls Bronze.

 

 

BAYHAM OJIBWA MEETING UPDATE: 

 

 (Comments by Bayham Mayor Paul Enns) – “The hall was filled to capacity with concerned people.  An overview of the project and answers to main questions were presented in a combined fashion by Ian Raven from E.M.M. and myself. This I felt helped to lower the anxiety level in the room somewhat. Then the floor was open for opinions and questions, which were voiced by both sides. I felt that the majority that spoke seemed to be in favour of the Municipality signing an agreement. I also felt that most think the project is a good idea if the financial risk was eliminated or greatly reduced.

I want to stress that the concept of the agreement is being a guarantor for the proposed loans by the E.M.M. and that they are not looking for a direct cash outlay. The risk to the Municipality for the most part is if for some reason the E.M.M. cannot meet their payment obligations, their assets would be liquated first, and then if required the Municipality would then be responsible. I again want to stress that the E.M.M. is confident in their business plan and fund raising plans. There will be a discussion on Thursday evening (tonight) to discuss more potential details as well as other avenues that might be considered in order to fulfill the D.N.D. request while mitigating the risk for the Municipality. I do not expect a vote on this issue until next week.”

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WEDNESDAY, March 7/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. – SplashNBoots Kids Program at OTH Theatre, 2pm (see ad)

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE WATERMELONFEST WINS

 

On Saturday, Festivals and Events of Ontario announced the winners of the Top 100 in Ontario in the past year and the Straffordville Watermelon Fest made the list. The Watermelon Fest also won an award for Most Innovative Partnership (the event and the Township of Bayham)

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Progress photo on the Apartment building at the corner of John/Sydenham. (kb) (CLICK)

 

BAYHAM  OJIBWA MEETING FAVOURS SUB

 

VIENNA – The submarine proposal in Bayham is still afloat.

About 350 persons were present at the Community Hall here last night to discuss the possibility of Bayham Township acting as a guarantor for the transportation and installation  of the Ojibwa sub to Port Burwell next fall.  Said Bayham Deputy-Mayor Mark Taylor:  ”I’ve never seen quite a turnout for any issue in my nine years on Council.” According to D-M Taylor, the audience was overwhelmingly in favour of the township acting as a guarantor – “I asked for a show of hands of who was opposed to the idea and I counted only 18 of the approximate 350 there.”

The agenda allowed for the Military Museum’s Ian Raven to respond to about a dozen prepared questions and then other questions were open to the floor. D-M Taylor said the main concern was whether the township would be restricted in applying for other capital projects with this particular commitment so the next step is to work out those details. The Military Museum reps are being invited to a special Council meeting Thursday at 7 pm – the Budget meeting has been cancelled.
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APAC SERIES FOR 2012-13

 

(This is the performance schedule for next year for the Aylmer Performing Arts Committee as announced by Chairman Tom Starks):

Saturday, September 15th 2012:  Dala -  Considered an Aylmer favourite, Dala is the Juno winner of 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year.

Friday, October 12th 2012:  Shuffle Demons  – The band that captured the imagination of a generation with their antics and their amazing no holds barred playing.

Saturday, November 10th 2012: -  Alfie Zappacosta  Is a lot of things to a lot of people – rock to some, smooth to others, Alfie is an incredibly gifted talent beyond any genre tag.

Saturday, December 8th 2012:  Meaghan Smith - Raised in London Ontario, Meaghan won the 2011 Juno Award for Best New Artist and Best Pop Recording Artist at the 2011 East Coast Music Awards.

Saturday, January 19th 2013  Lily Frost  – She’s released 8 albums to date and was recently nominated for a Gemini Award as a co-writer of the score for the hit TV show “Being Erica”.

Thursday, February 7th 2013   Alex Cuba -  His trademark sweet melodies, pop/soul hooks and rock cords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. .

Saturday, April 27th 2013  Quartetto Gelato - Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnic solos, gypsy passion, multi-instrumental mastery and a accordion world champion.

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TUESDAY, March 6/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham Ojibwa Meeting, Vienna Hall, 7 pm

 

-Sat. – SplashNBoots Kids Program at OTH Theatre, 2pm (see ad)

 

 

EESS LOSES WOSSAA HOCKEY FINAL

 

LONDON – EESS was defeated 7-0 by London Mother Teresa here yesterday in the WOSSAA  AAA girls’ hockey championship. However it was the first time East Elgin had won a girls’ hockey medal as they were awarded the silver. The Eagles downed Medway 4-1 in a semifinal earlier in the day.

 

 

AYLMER DOGOWNER CHARGED

 

AYLMER – Police  charged an Aylmer dogowner with not taking precautions from attacking a person after her dog bit a 62-year old Straffordville woman on York St.  The victim was walking to her granddaughter’s home about 9 am Thursday when the loose dog came up and bit her on the calf.  The dog weighed 14 kg. – no other information on the dog was provided by Police – and was up to date on its shots.

 

 

AYLMER NOVICES OUSTED

 

PT. COLBORNE – Aylmer Novices were blanked 3-0 here on Saturday and were eliminated from their OMHA semifinals in three straight games. They were the last Aylmer team in OMHA playdowns this season.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

- February 29, 2012, Station #1,  Dexter Line, Medical Assist 

- February 29, 2012, Station #2, Talbot Line, Authorized burn complaint

- March 3, 2012, Station #2, Woolleyville Line, prefire condition

 

 

PT.BURWELL PLAY THIS SUMMER

 

(Bayham Council recently heard a request by Gillian Davey of Pt. Burwell to perform a play on the beach there this summer.  She provided the following information.) “It is called Davey’s Locker Productions, ‘Pirates of the Burwell Coast’. This is a production done in British pantomime style with all the pirate cliches you can think of.

My husband Tony and I often took our children to Christmas pantomimes by the sea in Britain. Pt. Burwell is a town on the lake ready for fun and ‘Pirates of the Burwell Coast’ should add to that fun. This production is produced, directed and written by myself with the cast and crew all having an input into writing and all aspects of the play. We have 22 people in the cast and 20 people in the crew are all volunteers.

The cost of the play is free. We will ask for donations to go towards our costs but there are no obligations. We might do such things as stone chess table sets for the beach in Burwell, entrepreneurs’ stands on beach and others. We have a lot of people willing to make Burwell into the hidden gem it always has been.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Heidt, Versa Marjorie,  formerly of Aylmer, on Monday, in her 95th year. Wife of the late Reginald Heidt.  She was born in Vienna. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Full Gospel Church on Friday,  at 11:00 am.

 

Coleman, Herbert, of Aylmer,  on Monday, in his 80th year. Survivors include:  wife Lois (Nemett) Coleman; daughter Beverly Tomlinson of Aylmer. He was a member of Malahide Masonic Lodge #140, the Aylmer and Tillsonburg Shrine Clubs, and the  Royal Canadian Legion . Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 p.m.  A Celebration of life will be held at the Aylmer Baptist Church on Friday, at 1:00 pm.

 

Jack Van Gurp,  of R.R.1, Aylmer,  on Monday, in his 86th year. Survivors in the Aylmer area include:  siblings Nellie Van Gurp, Gerrie Saarloos, Ida Janssen and husband George, Harry Van Gurp and wife Jane, Casper Van Gurp and wife Gretha, Neil Van Gurp and wife Theresa etc . He was born in  The Netherlands and was a farmer at R.R.1, Brownsville. Visitation at the Bethel United Reformed Church, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The  funeral service will be held at the Church on Thursday, at 11:00 am.

 

 

NO FARMERS MARKET FOR AYLMER …YET

 

Aylmer Council yesterday failed to approve a request by Mary Jane Lampman of Aylmer to establish a Farmers’ Market at the Palmer Bandshell Park this summer. Instead Council decided  ”that the Marketing Coordinator be directed to undertake a market analysis to determine the community’s desire for and support of a Farmers’ Market… and that the study explore all possible sites within the core and the possibility of a private partnership.”

 

 

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MONDAY, March 5/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-WOSSAA Girls Hockey – EESS vs Medway,  London Nichols Arena, 9:30am

 

-Tues. -Bayham Ojibwa Meeting, Vienna Hall, 7 pm

-Sat. – SplashNBoots Kids Program at OTH Theatre, 2pm (see ad)

 

 

EESS GIRLS HOCKEY AT WOSSA UPDATE:

-EESS defeated Medway 4-1 in their semifinal this morning and now will face either Stratford Northwestern or London Mother Teresa in the championship at London Nichols Arena at 2:30.

 

 

AYLMER  COUNCIL TODAY

 

Agenda items include:

-There will be a Public Meeting to provide an opportunity for individuals to provide input to Council about the Water and Wastewater Rates & Charges By-law at 7pm before the regular Council session. There will also be a Public Meeting following to discuss a zoning bylaw amendment to consider a ‘financial institution’ on John St. north in the Business Park.

-Discussion on a Farmers’  Market proposal at the Bandshell; the staff recommendation is to deny the request at this time.

 

 

AMBER SCOTT WINS TV SHOW EVENT

 

(Amber (Scott) Mattox, formerly of Aylmer, and her husband Lee  won last Wednesday’s  episode of the Four Weddings Canada television show on the  Slice network. Each week four brides compete to see how each would judge the others’ weddings in the categories of venue,  food,  dress and overall experience. The winner gets a trip. Amber provided the following information.)

“My parents are Daryl and Shelley Scott from Aylmer. They both went to EESS as did I. We run a family business called Studio Dance Pointe which is in St. Thomas. I also work for RBC insurance as an insurance advisor.

My wedding was October 15, 2011.  Lee is from Boston, MA. and we met performing on cruise ships. He comes from a dance background as his grandparents, parents and sister all dance professionally. Lee is both a dancer and aerial artist. We were dance partners for Royal Caribbean Cruise line, as well as aerial performers.

My friend recommended we apply for the show as she was sent a link about a casting call.  So I sent in an application on a whim and they responded right away because of the unique entertainment we had at the wedding. We had live vocalists, live violinists, and 3 choreographed performances by my students, Lee and myself. As well as the uniqueness of my venue being at the old converted train station (in St.Thomas).  I had to undergo multiple interviews so they could see if my personality was right for the show.

The show was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. It was very non invasive on the day of my wedding so I didn’t find it took away from my special day. Since I am a very competitive person I loved the challenge of competing for a honeymoon. All of the weddings were in Southwestern Ontario. I don’t really keep in touch with the other girls now.”

 

 

SPLASHNBOOTS IN AYLMER SATURDAY

 

(Contributed) – ” ‘SplashNBoots’,  nominated again for  Children’s Music Group  of the Year, will perform this Saturday at 2pm at Aylmer’s Old Town Hall Theatre as part of the Kids and Company series. (see ad, call 773-8220 for information).

The husband and wife duo, which won the Childrens Music Group Award in 2007,  has just completed a a cross-Canada theatre tour with Treehouse TV. Their music video “For the Love of Dance”  is currently featured on that program. They have five CDs and two full-length DVDs under their belts, as well as over 1,000 international festival and theatre performances and are currently writing their sixth album which will be based solely on fan feedback.  Their Facebook page: is www.facebook.com/splashnboots.

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q- Driving Tests for Over 80s?

1. Yes, drive tests yearly for over 80s  20.93%  (18 votes)

2. Yes, but just test every 2 years.  26.74%  (23 votes)

3. Yes, but start tests at 75.  27.91%  (24 votes)  

4. Leave it at written tests every 2 yr.  24.42%  (21 votes)

Total Votes: 86

Q – Taking the train in Canada?

1 – Never have  10.67%  (8 votes)

2 – Before, but not in last 10 years  42.67%  (32 votes)  

3- 1-2 times in past 10 years  26.67%  (20 votes)

4 – 3 times or more in past 10 yr.  20%  (15 votes)

Total Votes: 75

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Pt. Bruce pier this weekend (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

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FRIDAY, March 2/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sun. – EEC Complex Open House, 1-5 pm

 

 

WIND WARNING FOR EAST ELGIN

 

(From Environment Canada = St. Thomas – Aylmer – Eastern Elgin County/10:47 AM EST Friday 02 March)

“A cold front associated with a developing storm system is forecast to move across Southern Ontario tonight. Very strong southwest winds of 60 km/h with gusts to 90 km/h are likely in the wake of this front. Even stronger winds are possible in exposed areas along the shores of the Great Lakes, where sustained winds could reach 70 km/h and gusts may exceed 100 km/h.

Over Southwestern Ontario, the strong winds could be ushered in by thunderstorm activity which may develop along or just in advance of the cold front. The strong winds are forecast to persist through most of Saturday then moderate somewhat by Saturday evening.”

 

 

EESS GIRLS HOCKEY THURS.

 

WOSSAA Qualifier = EESS 4 Ingersoll 3

(WOSSAA is Monday at Nichols Arena, London.  EESS will play Medway at 9:30 am in a semifinal and Mother Teresa of London will play Stratford Northwestern in the other at the same time . The final is at 2:30 pm. The Bronze medal game is at 1:30)

 

 

OBITUARY

 

Winnington-Ingram, Gerald, of Aylmer,  on Thursday. in his 86th year. Survivors include:  wife Edna (Johnson) Winnington-Ingram;  daughter Judy Jones and husband Leonard of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Malahide Township and was a carpenter. He was a former member of East Elgin Sportsmen Club, the Aylmer Curling Club,  Pleasant Valley Golf and Country Club and the Board of St Paul’s United Church.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on March 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm.

 

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BAYHAM  COUNCIL YESTERDAY:

 

  Agenda items discussed included: -A rejection to another request by Outback Camping of Vienna for a noise bylaw exemption.  (The Staff Report noted that noise bylaw charges by Bayham against Outback from last summer are still before the courts) -A building inspection report on the Vienna Community Hall which was received for information. The Vienna Hall committee has been given until September to pursue funding assistance for preservation plans.    

 

PT. BRUCE ICE UPDATE:

 

  (Information from Peter Dragunas of Catfish Creek Conservation Authority) – “Due to the mild winter thus far, the  ice conditions on the Catfish Creek, its tributaries and at Port Bruce Harbour are virtually nonexistent;  consequently we do not anticipate any flooding due to ice jamming nor are we anticipating having to carry out any ice induced flood mitigation measures this year.”    

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

“ONTARIO ANNOUNCES LOCAL PROJECTS”

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(Information from Steve Peters, MPP) -  The East Elgin Family Health Team is implementing a diabetes prevention program that will help residents in the Town of Aylmer, Township of Malahide and Municipality of Bayham reduce or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. The provincial government is providing $199,500 over three years to ensure the diabetes prevention program is available to Family Health Team patients 18 years of age and older who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

-The Ontario government is also providing a total of $121,000 through the Celebrate Ontario program to three local events taking place this year. This support will help these events further enhance their programs and services to attract new audiences, increase visitor spending and create jobs. One recipient is the Springwater Maple Syrup Festival – $40,000. -

 

 

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THURSDAY, March 1/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

 

-Sun. – EEC Complex Open House, 1-5 pm

 

 

SPITS SPUTTER

 

AYLMER – The Spitfires lost 4-2 to New Hamburg in Niagara Junior C hockey playoffs here last night and thus were eliminated in their best-of-seven series in six games.

 

Period 1
AylmerAdam Brisson (powerplay) (Todd Laurindo) 17:49
Period 2
New HamburgNick Pope (Blake Jordan, Kory Nowak) 17:08
New HamburgBrady Snyder (unassisted) 19:37
Period 3
New HamburgDamien Parent (Brock Yantzi) 3:49
New HamburgSean Kienapple (Sam Murray, Damien Parent) 10:45
AylmerScott Mugford (powerplay) (Coy Kulich, Rhys Thornton) 18:16

 

 

AYLMER’s 125th

 

Aylmer's first car dealership, 1913 , on King Street - the Central Hotel is to the right (north) - (1913 Aylmer Express Magazine) (CLICK)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Learn, Linda, of Aylmer, on Wednesday, in her 64th year.  Survivors include: sister Ruth Learn of Aylmer etc. Linda had lived in the Aylmer area all her life. The funeral service will be held at the H.A.Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Saturday  at 11:00 am. Visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

-Heide: Katharina,  of Aylmer,  on Tuesday, in her 90th year. Wife of the late John Heide.  She was born in Russia. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday, 6-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Saturday March, 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

 

-Kerr, Vera ; of Aylmer,  on Wednesday, in her 79th year.  Survivors include:  husband Gordon Kerr; daughters  Debbie of Aylmer,  Shelly (Chuck) of Aylmer, etc.  In keeping with Vera`s wishes cremation has taken place. A family service will be held at a later date.
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NEW AYLMER BED, BREAKFAST

 

 (Contributed) – “Elgin County Economic Development is pleased to announce the grand opening of Sweet Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast in Aylmer. The grand opening will be held on Saturday March 3rd from 1 pm-4 pm and will include a wine and cheese reception, the chance to win a one-night stay, and tours of the facility.  

Owner Brenda Lawson, a retired nurse from Newmarket, fell in love with the 1870 heritage home located at 236 Talbot St. East, and with the gorgeous Magnolia tree in the front yard. Fulfilling her life long dream of opening a bed and breakfast, Lawson spent six months restoring the home while maintaining its original integrity. The Sweet Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast boasts three tastefully decorated suites. For more information  call (519) 765-3038 or visit www.sweetmagnoliahouse.com.”    

 

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Pt. Bruce beach last weekend. A different scene than the snowy winter presented here last year at this time. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 29/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

*ELGIN BUSES CANCELLED TODAY. SOUTH DORCHESTER, SUMMERS CORNERS, NEW SARUM SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED.

 

-Spits host playoffs, 7:15

 

-Thur. – Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-Sun. – EEC Complex Open House, 1-5 pm

 

*YESTERDAY’s PHOTO? (Taken inside McDonalds, the north wall!)

 

 

FREEZING RAIN WARNING FOR EAST ELGIN

 

(From Environment Canada – St. Thomas – Aylmer – Eastern Elgin County -4:41 AM EST Wednesday 29 February 2012)
 

“Freezing rain is expected to develop this morning and afternoon. A Colorado low that is tracking across Southern Minnesota today will reach the Central Great Lakes this evening. Freezing rain and some snow will begin spreading into Ontario this morning. Ground temperatures are below freezing and will combine with cold easterly winds to set the stage for freezing rain lasting up to 4 to 6 hours as the main precipitation band moves from southwest to northeast through the area today and this evening. The freezing rain will end as temperatures climb above the zero degree mark.”

 

 

AYLMER BUSES TODAY:

 

(Information from Dave Cryderman of Badder Buses) – “We made our decision to cancel at 5:45 am. We were advised that there was freezing rain occurring in West Elgin and freezing rain was just starting in Port Stanley. With that in mind and a freezing rain warning from Environment Canada, we decided to cancel bus transportation for the day.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-ARMSTRONG, Lillian - of Aylmer,  on Tuesday, in her 83rd year. Survivors include: husband Dr. Bruce Armstrong; son Bruce Armstrong of R.R.# 5, Aylmer etc.  Lillian lived in the Aylmer and St.Thomas area since 1991.  A family service was held at the H.A. KEBBEL FUNERAL HOME.

 

Kerr, Vera,  of Aylmer, on Wednesday, in her 79th year.

 

EESS GIRLS HOCKEY PLAYOFFS TUES.

 

StMarys 1 EESS 0

 

 

PT. BURWELL AUTHOR GETS NOMINATED

 

Janet Bolin of Port Burwell has had her first novel, ‘Dire Threads’ nominated as one of five mysteries for an Agatha award for Best First Novel published in 2011. The Agatha Awards are for books published in the U.S. and honor the “traditional mystery” books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The winners are announced on April 28 in Bethesda Maryland.

‘Dire Threads’ is published by Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin group,  and is the first in her Threadville Mystery series. “In the story, the village’s zoning commissioner picks a fight with the owner of a thread shop and her thoughtless threats lead to dire consequences when he turns up dead in her yard. She needs to find the real murderer, or face spending her life embroidering orange prison jumpsuits.” The second book in the Threadville  Mystery series, ‘Threaded For Trouble’  will hit store shelves on June 5.

(The author provided the following background for TANews) – “After many years in Toronto and a few near New York City, we moved to Bayham in 2004. When we lived in Toronto, we visited the area because my husband is interested in genealogy. Some of his ancestors, the Lights, are buried in a cemetery in Vienna. After living in cities, we enjoy the scenery and wildlife of a rural area.

Because my publisher is American, the books are set in the U.S., so the only ‘Bayhamish’  thing about them is that the town I invented is on the shore of Lake Erie. And the artist who painted the picture for the cover of Dire Threads came up with a town that resembles, slightly, Port Burwell.”

The book is available in the Aylmer library. For more information, visit http://ThreadvilleMysteries.com

 

 

AYLMER SPLASHPAD UPDATE

 

(Contributed by Stephen Douglas. The Aylmer Splashpad Committee appeared before Aylmer Council last week) – “We were before Council on Tuesday night for a couple of reasons:  1) The Town will soon be having budget deliberations – we wanted to ensure money for a splash pad was considered; and 2) to provide an update to the Town regarding the splash pad.

We requested an additional $28,500 from the Town, which, in addition to last year’s allocation, would cover the costs of projected servicing as calculated by the Town (cost of running lines such as hydro water, drainage, landscaping and installation of a vault). We listened to concerns raised by the public and our fundraising partners, which was that the projected cost of the splash pad at $313,000 was too high. So the number of features in the splash pad was reduced, but high quality features were kept. As a result of our cost reduction exercise, we managed to reduce the projected cost of the splash pad installation to $249,000, which is a $64,000 reduction from last year’s projection. We have raised $52,000 for the project thus far, of which $27,000 was raised through private donations.

We are about to proceed into Phase II of our fundraising project, which will be approaching service clubs, private donors, and applying for grants. Phase III of our fundraising will be canvassing for community partners able to provide services, equipment and material toward the splash pad project. The location of the splash pad will remain in Balmoral Park near the northeast corner of the pool. We hope to have the splash pad installed by September of this year, but are hopeful that enough money will be raised to allow for an earlier installation.

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q- Aylmer’s armed robber?

1.Penalty: 6 months jail (or less)  6.74%  (6 votes)

2. Penalty: 2 years (less a day)  25.84%  (23 votes)

3. Penalty: 5 years jail  33.71%  (30 votes)  

4. Penalty: 10 years in jail (or more)  33.71%  (30 votes)  

Total Votes: 89

 

Q = Oscars Sunday; Movies in past year?

1. Not been.  44.12%  (30 votes)  

2. One to Three times  32.35%  (22 votes)

3. Probably 4-6 times  7.35%  (5 votes)

4. More than 6 movies  16.18%  (11 votes)

Total Votes: 68

 

THE SURVEY SAYS:
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TUESDAY, Feb. 28/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS girls’ playoff hockey at StMarys, Woodstock, 2pm

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-Wed: Spits host playoffs, 7:15

-Thur. – Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Sun. – EEC Complex Open House

 

 

SPITS LOSE 5-0

 

NEW HAMBURG – Aylmer Spitfires dropped a 5-0 decision here last night to fall behind 3-2 in their Niagara Junior C hockey best-of-five playoffs. The sixth game is Wednesday in Aylmer.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Klassen, David,  of Aylmer,  on Monday,  in his 72nd year. Survivors include:  wife Agatha (Giesbrecht) Klassen etc.  David was raised in Mexico and came to Canada in 1970. He had 36 grandchildren.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer 2-4 & 7-9 pm on Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at the Reinland Mennonite Church, R.R.# 4, Aylmer on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

 

Bartlett, Robert (Bob),  of  R.R.# 1 Vienna, on Monday, in his 63rd year. Survivors include: wife Wendy (Hambly) Bartlett etc. Bob lived in Bayham all his life and for 12 years was Bayham Roads Superintendent, retiring in 2008. He was a long time member of the Vienna Masonic Lodge and served as a volunteer fireman on the Straffordville Fire Department. Family and friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 7-9 pm and on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:00 am.

 

 

AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

AYLMER – A 21-year old Malahide man was charged with careless driving after his car rearended a truck driven by a 55-year old Aylmer man last Tuesday about noon. The truck was travelling east in the intersection of Talbot and Elm and was attempting to turn north when struck. There was minor damage.

 

 

REBECCA NEUFELD TO OFSAA SWIMMING

 

In last week’s WOSSAA swimming championships in London, Rebecca Neufeld  was first in the Under 14 breaststroke and was the lone EESS student to qualify for OFSAA competition. Other top three EESS placings include: Mens Relay 200 metres, 3rd – Reed Waldick, Ian Mantel, Alex Warren, and Stevie Blankenship; Men Freestyle Open 100 metre- Alex Warren, 3rd; Men Freestyle Open 200 Metre – Stevie Blankenship, 3rd; Women Over 15 Backstroke – Jessica Penz, 3rd; Women Freestyle 400 metre Relay -3rd = Nicole Gregory, Stephanie Nesbitt, Julie Toth, Danielle Sekarak; and Men 400 metre freestyle relay – 3rd = Reed Waldick, Ian Mantel, Alex Warren and Stevie Blankenship.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

 

– February 20, 2012, Station #2,  Carter Road, Medical Assist 

– February 20, 2012, Station #2,  Springwater Road, Medical Assist

– February 23, 2012, Station #2,  Woolleyville Line, Medical Assist

– February 24, 2012, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– February 24, 2012, Station #3,  Ron McNeil Line, Alarm Malfunction

- February 24, 2012, Station #4, Avon Drive, Medical Assist

– February 25, 2012, Station #2, Conservation Line, Medical Assist

– February 25, 2012, Station #1, Pitt Street, Mutual Aid

- February 25, 2012, Station #1,  Eden Line, Mutual Aid

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

An interesting design inside an Aylmer business - do you know where? (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

 

-Police identified last week’s variety store armed robber suspect, who used a pellet gun pistol in the offence,  as 25-year old David Dyck Neufeld of Talbot St. east, Aylmer.

-A 37-year old Aylmer woman was charged with assault after she kicked another female tenant in a John St. north apartment building on Sunday around 6 pm.

-The Aylmer LCBO reported that a man walked out of the store around 4 pm Saturday without paying for 5 bottles of vodka he had put in a backpack. The police investigation is continuing.

-A RIDE program conducted by Aylmer Police Thursday from 6 to 10 pm at various locations resulted in 250 vehicles stopped with 5 Traffic Act warnings issued and six tickets issued for licence plate infractions.

- An 18-year old student was charged with assault at EESS last Thursday after a 16-year was pushed around outside the east entrance on an earlier date.

 

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 27/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue. – EESS girls’ playoff hockey at StMarys, Woodstock

-Wed: Spits host playoffs, 7:15

-Sun. – EEC Complex Open House

 

 

MALAHIDE WOMAN CHARGED

 

AYLMER – A 22-year old Malahide woman,  Stephanie Stover, was charged last week with armed robbery of the Hills Pharmacy Clinic on Talbot St. west  last March 24.  Aylmer Police received information recently, including a tip on Crimestoppers,  on the incident and arrested her at her residence. The same woman was charged with armed robbery of a London gas station in the fall. In last March’s robbery, a woman demanded Oxycontin from staff as she brandished a knife; she then rode off on a bicycle with the stolen goods.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Janzen, Katharina, of Aylmer, on Friday,  in her 71st year. She was the wife of the late Johan Janzen.  She was born in Mexico and had 66 grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at The Old Colony Mennonite Church, Aylmer on Monday at 2 :00 pm.

Doan, Stanley T. , of London, on Saturday, in his 89th year.  Survivors include:  daughter Carolyn Macdonald of Aylmer etc. In 1965 he moved to Chatham from Aylmer and to London in 1982. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel  Funeral Home, Aylmer 2-4 and 7-9 p.m on Tuesday, March 6 where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 7 at 1:00pm.

Eveland, Ross Albert,  of Port Burwell,  on Sunday, in his 88th year. He was a maker and repairer of fishing nets for commercial fisheries. Survivors include:  Sister-in-law  Gloria Stephenson of Port Burwell. Visitation at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME, Tillsonburg, on Wednesday, from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Ostrander’s  on Thursday at 11 a.m.

 

 

EESS WINS BBALL BRONZE

 

LONDON – East Elgin’s Senior Boys Basketball team defeated Stratford Northwestern 50-29 to win WOSSAA bronze Friday in London. The Eagles had been beaten 65-52 in their semifinal by London Banting, the eventual champions.

 

 

SPITS TIE PLAYOFFS

 

AYLMER – Aylmer Spitfires defeated New Hamburg 5-1 there on Friday and 3-2 at home Saturday to tie their Niagara Junior C hockey playoff series after four games.  Next game is tonight in New Hamburg. The sixth game is slated for Wednesday in Aylmer at 7:15.  Adam Brisson had a goal and three assists on the weekend; Aylmer was actually outshot 42-21 Saturday.

FRIDAY:

Period 1
AylmerEric Nemeth (Mike Lynch, Adam Brisson) 1:23
Period 2
AylmerTodd Laurindo (unassisted) 7:27
AylmerEric Nemeth (Curtis Roloson) 10:23
New HamburgNick Pope (Jaden Goetz, Kory Nowak) 16:42
AylmerClint Walker (shorthanded) (unassisted) 19:02
Period 3
AylmerScott Mugford (powerplay) (Adam Brisson, Mike Lynch) 9:54

 

SATURDAY:

Period 1
AylmerCody Underhill (Scott Walker) 7:40
Period 2
AylmerMike Lynch (powerplay) (Adam Brisson, Todd Laurindo) 16:58
Period 3
AylmerAdam Brisson (powerplay) (Todd Laurindo) 0:43
New HamburgSam Murray (powerplay) (Sean Kienapple) 3:39
New HamburgAndrew Boer (unassisted) 10:28

 

 

A.C.T PLAY GETS  2 NOMINATIONS

 

(Information from Barb Warnock, director of the current Aylmer Community Theatre play, ‘Bedside Manners’) – “The Western Ontario Drama League holds a Festival each year in March.  Prior to the Festival, an adjudicator travels around South Western Ontario and chooses 5 plays which will compete at the Festival.  Many theatre companies choose to compete “out of Festival” which means they do not want to take their production to the Festival but compete with other shows for a number of awards.

The anouncement of nominations and awards for out of Festival this year was made on Sunday, Februrary 19. The adjudicator attended the preview performance of “Bedside Manners” and gave a very favourable review. Twenty-three shows were adjudicated this year, from November to February.  Mr. Davis nominated Peter Leack for Best Actor in a Major Role for his performance as Ferris.  “Bedside Manners” also received a nomination for Best Ensemble.”

 

 

EEC COMPLEX OPEN HOUSE ON SUNDAY

 

(Contributed) – “This Sunday, The EEC Complex is having an Open House from 1-5 pm.  Admission  is a donation to JumpStart. Come for public skating from 1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m. or bring the kids to enjoy face painting and balloon animals by Dipity The Clown, and work on a variety of arts and crafts. Families can come and try out the East Elgin Community Complex’s sport and recreation activities including shuffleboard, table tennis, badminton and basketball.

Planning a wedding?  Couples can take the opportunity to learn a few moves for their big day and have the chance to win a private ballroom dancing lesson, valued at $180.00 with Michael Murphy!  The Imperial Hall will have a decorated wedding reception display; complete with decorations by Petal’s N Pots, desserts from Let Them Eat Cake, and DJ Services by A&M Sound.  Door prizes will be awarded. For a complete Open House agenda please visit www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca or contact the East Elgin Community Complex at 519-773-5631.”

 

 

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