Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


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TUESDAY, April 1/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

-Thu. -Citizens For Active Transpo., St.Thomas Library 6-8 pm

 

 

NO NEW TRIAL FOR X-AYLMER WOMAN 

 

A Superior Court judge in St.Thomas yesterday informed a former Aylmer woman she would not have to face a new trial for an arson charge from 2009. Wendy Rivait presently of St.Thomas lived in Aylmer in August 2009 with her husband and daughter when she was charged with arson after her Elk St. home burnt. Aylmer Police discovered the couple had just left their residence around 9:30 am that day when neighbours spotted a fire there – various sources of combustion were found scattered inside and in the garage.

 

She was found guilty in October, 2011 and sentenced to six months in jail but only served 79 days before but she applied for an appeal for a new trial. The Court of Appeal decided in her favour in December, 2012. Yesterday, the Crown Attorney’s office announced she would not have a new trial.

 

 

UPCOMING EESS PLAY 

 

(Information from EESS teacher and Play Co-Director Narda Robbins:) – EESS drama students are performing ‘Anne of Green Gables’ from May 7 – 10 at 7 pm nightly. There are about 35 in the cast. Other staff members assisting are: Co -Director Adam McBurney, Kerri Milne, Jessica VanDyk, Ceris Thomas, Marg Chipchase, Catarina Vindasius and Karen Horeth.

We chose this because we decided not to do a musical this time around. This allows more opportunities for students who feel unsure about singing in public. We thought Anne’s struggles to fit into a community and a family are ones that everyone can relate to at some point in life.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

David Helsdon of Richmond said he spotted 41 deer in a nearby field one day last week. This photo captured not quite half of them. (Dave Helsdon photo)

David Helsdon of Richmond said he spotted 41 deer in a nearby field one day last week. This photo captured not quite half of them. (Dave Helsdon photo) (CLICK)

 

 

ANOTHER MALAHIDE CANDIDATE

 

Melissa Schneider, 31, is the newest candidate for this fall’s election in Malahide. She was raised in Sparta and has lived in Malahide for the last 2 years. She is a member of the Saxonia Hall Board of Directors as Entertainment Chair and presently works for Elgin-St. Thomas United Way as the Campaign and Communications Coordinator. Previously she was an editor for the St.Thomas Weekly News.

 

She said: “I have been very interested in municipal politics. As a candidate for Ward 5, I would like to see sustainable tax increases to help create growth for both residential and agricultural areas in Malahide. I would also like to see the township continue to work towards a plan for long-term infrastructure replacement. Debt at the East Elgin Community Complex should also be tackled. I plan on knocking on many doors in Ward 5 and I look forward to meeting and speaking with each resident over the next few months.”

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS MONTH:

 

“AYLMER STORE ROBBERY”

 

Aylmer Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Downtown Convenience Store on Talbot Street East around 9:30 am on April 8. A lone male entered the store and immediately went behind the counter, pushing the store clerk backwards against the counter. He demanded money and took an undisclosed amount from the cash register. No weapon was observed. The suspect’s description: male, 25-27 years, wearing a dark hoodie, camouflage bandana on face, and winter gloves. He left the store running west on Talbot Street. (A 27 year old Aylmer male was charged for this a few days later.)

 

 

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MONDAY, Mar. 31/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

-Thu. -Citizens For Active Transpo., St.Thomas Library 6-8 pm

 

BELMONT HOCKEY DOUBLE CHAMPS

 

Belmont PeeWees defeated Mariposa 5-1 to win the OMHA C hockey championship Saturday in Little Britain. Belmont captured the series with three wins and a tie in five games. It is only the second time in the past forty years that Belmont has had two titilists in the same year – 2005 was the only other. Coaches are Jason Clark, Todd Clark, Jim Parfitt, Pete Gredig, Tom Vanos and Doug Wintermute.

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Tundra Swans have been clocking in the past week to the Aylmer Wildlife Area at the OPC (photo by Dave Helsdon)

Tundra Swans have been flocking in the past week to the Aylmer Wildlife Area at the OPC.  (photo by Dave Helsdon)

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– March 24, 2014, Station #1,  Vienna Line, Medical Assist

– March 25, 2014, Station #2,  Catt Line, Medical Assist

– March 26, 2014, Station #1,  Carter Road, Medical Assist

– March 27, 2014, Station #1,  John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– March 28, 2014, Station #3,  Broadway Street, Medical Assist

– March 30, 2014, Station #3,  Eden Line, Mutual Aid

 

CORINTH FIRE:

CORINTH – (Information from Bayham Dep. Fire Chief Chris McQuiggan:) – A fire that began yesterday at noon caused approx. $150,000 in damage to the contents of a storage shed at the woodworking business of Brian Heimstra (formerly Wieler’s Furniture) south of here yesterday. Almost forty firefighters, three trucks from Bayham Departments, 2 from Brownsville and 1 from Malahide (Springfield), fought the blaze for nearly four hours. The fire was ignited by materials that escaped from the lighting of an outdoor wood furnace. Contents lost included a truck, a tractor, some furniture, wood and vehicle body frames etc..

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“The BAD girls Midgets were in the final hockey game with Zorra with the series tied, we could only dress 8 skaters. That our 8 skaters (and goalie) were able to grind out a 1-0 win was really a minor miracle. But that’s not the best part of this story. The best part occurred just after both teams had their team pics taken on the ice following the game. I was approached by the Zorra Captain and asked if we would join their team for a group shot of both clubs. I told her that that was an awesome idea. It was such a great moment not lost on most in attendance. This is what sportsmanship looks like. It’s two teams and their staffs understanding that the game isn’t what matters but how we carry ourselves and treat those around us. What won’t be forgotten is this picture, showing two teams that played the way you’re supposed to play, acting how you’re supposed to act, and the people behind them, who taught them to behave this way.” (Chris Huctwith (BAD Midget HL Head Coach)

 

OBITUARIES 

 

-Watt, Kathleen V. of Pt. Bruce passed away on Thursday in her 82nd year. Survivors: husband Robert Watt; seven children etc.. Visitation at Brock and Visser Funeral Home, Woodstock Monday  7-9 pm. The funeral service will take place there on Tuesday at 11 am.

 

 

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FRIDAY, Mar. 28/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. -Earth Hour

 

 

EEC COMPLEX REVIEW MEETING

 

BY BILL MURCH

 

The Aylmer Malahide Liaison Committee met last night in the EEC Complex Blue Line Room to hear a presentation by John Stevenson of LeisurePlan International Inc. on the East Elgin Community Complex Operational Review. Mr Stevenson gave a frank overview of the findings and some of the 22 recommendations contained in the report. The bottom line was that there is a great deal of work that needs to be done to properly assess the purpose of the facility and the public services that the communities need.

 

The first step the committee is taking is to consult with the public and in particular the groups and organizations who use the building. The committee is looking at holding a public meeting within the next three weeks. An estimated 60 people attended the meeting. Although this meeting was not structured to receive questions from the floor, one had the impression that those present agreed with much of what was said. The committee accepted the report and the two other reports prepared by municipal staff.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Stover, Frederick Thomas of South River passed away on Sunday in his 89th year. Survivors include: sister Irene Welch (Harry) of Port Burwell etc.. The funeral is today. Arrangements through Opatovsky Funeral Home of Sundridge.

 

 

LIBRARY TENDERS SUBMITTED

 

BY BILL MURCH

 

Archon Architect Inc. on behalf of the Town of Aylmer opened the tenders for the proposed Aylmer Library building yesterday at the Town Hall. Four members of Council and town staff were present. Also attending were representatives of some of the nine companies who submitted bids. Most are London based but Belmont and Tillsonburg firms also submitted. The low base bid was $2,419,000. The high base bid was $2,840,000. The initial estimate for this building was $2,600.000 and six companies were in this range or lower. A report on the tenders will be submitted to Aylmer Town Council.

 

 

NO MORE ROOM AT THE (AYLMER) INN

 

(The only motel in Aylmer is closing. Information is from Helen Dyck of the Countryside Inn, on Talbot St. East:) – “We have owned Country Side Inn since 1995. We had bought the craft store in 1991, an existing business uptown, and named it Spare Moments Craft Supplies. We had the store in town for 4 years. We were looking to buy a property for the store instead of renting and so bought the motel, thinking we could nicely run the two businesses together.

 

The motel is a 9 unit motel. The last few years have been slower due to the economy. We are still operating 3 rooms and we will close them as the renovations progress in the spring sometime. On the other hand the store was running out of room and the potential to expand that business is a great opportunity right now. The part that is now store will become part of our residence.

 

 

MALAHIDE’S BUDGET

 

(Information from Malahide Deputy Clerk Diana Wilson:) – Malahide Council will hold a public meeting during its regular meeting on Thursday to receive input on the proposed 2014 Budget. Following that, Council will consider a recommendation from its Budget Committee to give approval to the Budget in the amount of $11,652,974.66. The proposed 2014 Budget provides for a total taxation revenue increase of $275,106.45 for township purposes and that increase currently represents a lower tier (municipal) tax levy increase of about 5%. Last year’s increase was about 2.87%.

 

Commented Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill: “The key factors for the increase in the budget are as follows: $130,000 less in transfer payments from the province which equates to over a 2% increase and an increase in policing cost which is $80,000 and over 1%. These increases are built into the budget before we even start. It is our position to move forward on road projects and not cut services, therefore we end up at a 5% increase. We find ourselves in the middle of the road when it comes to increases across the county with the high end being Southwold at 14% and Aylmer at the low end with 3/4 %. Most are in the middle at between 4% and 5%.”

 

 

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THURSDAY, March 27/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EEC Complex Report Meeting, 7pm, Blue Line Room

 

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. -Earth Hour

 

AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

(From Aylmer Police:) – A 19 year old Aylmer woman was charged with making an improper turn around 7:30 am Monday after her car, travelling north and stopped at Caverly Road and Talbot St., pulled out to turn west and struck an eastbound truck causing the truck to hit a hydro pole. There were no injuries but both vehicles had to be towed.

 

LOCAL FRUIT CROPS: WINTER’S EFFECT? 

 

(Information from Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Fruit Farms:) – “The peach and plum crops will have substantial crop reductions because of extreme cold conditions killing many fruit buds. The true picture will appear at blossom time. Apples are much more hardy, so I expect a full crop. Stawberries had good snow cover during the extreme temps, so they should be fine.”

 

AYLMERITE WINS IN MARTIAL ARTS

 

(Information from MaryLynn Okkerse:) – Martial Arts Canada students from St. Thomas and Aylmer attended the Ontario Provincial Open Martial Arts Championship in Burlington in February. Marianne Hauser of Aylmer, a brown belt, won 1st in kata and 2nd in weapons.

At a tourney in Niagara Falls, New York recently, which is a qualifying competiton for the Super Grands World Karate Games this December in Buffalo, John Martens of Straffordville and Marianne Hauser were first place winners in their kata and/or weapons divisions. After preliminary grand championship run-offs, Hauser earned a spot to compete in the SMAC Night Time Super Show and  the evening finale. Hauser was titled the 2014 SMAC International Kyu Belt Kata Grand Champion.

Martial Arts Canada competitors are coached by Sensei MaryLynn Okkerse and Sensei Mark Deleemans of St. Thomas. On May 10, the local club is hosting an inner club tournament at St. Joseph’s High School in St. Thomas with about 110 competitors from  Martial Arts Canada class locations in St. Thomas, Aylmer, Port Stanley, Straffordville, Langton and Tillsonburg.

 

AYLMER HOME, GARDEN SHOW 

 

(Information from Elaine Earhart, Aylmer Fair Board Secretary:) –  “The 5th annual Aylmer Home & Garden Show, sponsored by the Aylmer Fair Board, will be held at the EEC Complex on Friday, April 25 from 3-9 pm, Saturday April 26 from 11-9 pm and Sunday April 27 from noon to 6 pm. Admission is $5 per person, children under 12 are free.

We are once again very excited at the great turnout of vendors for this show. It is a full show with 77 different booths and a good variety of local home improvement businesses and gardening vendors. We will have free face painting and balloon animals for the children, along with free hourly draws for beautiful gifts for the adults, donated by our vendors. We will be giving free Aylmer Paint and Wallpaper bags out to the first 500 people that pay admission. Visit the non-profit booths if you would like to become involved by volunteering in your community. We have vendors to help you buy/stage a house or show you how to put your socks on with a bad back, knees or hips. Don’t forget to buy a Monster cookie, spices, scented candles, cookware or go on a fishing adventure. Something for everyone!”

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Zimmer, Anthony “Tony” of Harrietsville passed away on Wednesday in his 95th year. Husband of the late Mary (Ens) Zimmer (2012). Survivors: three children including David (Gayle) of Harrietsville; siblings – Ed and Matt Zimmer, Pauline Prendergast of the Aylmer area, etc.. He was born in Saskatchewan and was a dairy farmer at Harrietsville. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Monday at 11 am.

 

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WEDNESDAY, March 26/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -EEC Complex Report Meeting, 7pm, Blue Line Room

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. -Earth Hour

 

EECC REVIEW: HIGHLIGHTS

 

The Aylmer Malahide Liason Committee will meet Thursday at 7 pm in the Blue Line Room at the EEC Complex to review the study of EECC operations by LeisurePlan Inc.. In September Aylmer and Malahide Councils retained the services of LeisurePlan International Inc. to prepare an operational review of the EECC. Its purpose was to evaluate the administration and operations of the EECC in order to establish or develop a more efficient and effective organization.

Among suggestions in the study: allow Malahide a more meaningful role in the governance of the EECC; close both ice pads for June, July and August; eliminate the current advertised position of Physical Services Manager; terminate the use of the banquet area (incl. kitchen) so it can be leased out and be more revenue producing ie as a fitness or seniors centre, library etc..

The full report can be seen at:  https://aylmer.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=33327

 

LAST APAC: JEREMY FISHER ON APRIL 12

 

Two time Juno Award nominee Jeremy Fisher will be in Aylmer on Saturday, April 12 as the final performance in this year’s Aylmer Performing Arts series. Ottawa-based Fisher is about to release his sixth album ‘The Lemon Squeeze’. Fisher, a folk and blues musician, was nominated for New Artist of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year at the 2008 Junos.

 

BILL MURCH IS AYLMER CO. CANDIDATE

 

The only new nominee in any East Elgin municipality in March for the fall local elections is Bill Murch who has filed for an Aylmer Council position. Other earlier Aylmer nominations were Jack Couckuyt and Calvin Brydges for Mayor and Diana Brydges for councillor. There have been no new nominations in Malahide and Bayham in the past month.

 

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TUESDAY, Mar. 25/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sr. Day Out at EEC Complex, 9:30 am -12:30 (see Thu. story)

 

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. -Earth Hour

 

ANCHOR SUNK AGAIN BUT RESTORED

 

PT. BURWELL – (Information from Charles Buchanan Vice-Chair of Museums Bayham:) The Pt. Burwell Marine Museum last week got its anchor back after it ‘sank’ a second time.

An iron anchor from the shipwrecked Nimrod was donated to the Museum after it was found in 1979 off the Pt. Burwell harbour. The anchor was discovered by local divers Mike Verbrugge and Tony Lama. The Nimrod was a three masted schooner that sank in 1874 after a collision in fog with another schooner while on its way with a load of wheat from Cleveland to Buffalo. All crew members were rescued.

Last year the wooden stock of the anchor suddenly collapsed – it sat outside the Marine Museum. They hauled the anchor on a trailer to Leroy Eicher of the Aylmer Amish community and he constructed and put on a new stock. It was returned last week and reinstalled outside the museum.

 

DUTTON-DUNWICH SAYS NO WIND TURBINES

 

MALAHIDE – A news report last week noted that after surveying its residents, Dutton-Dunwich council became the 80th municipality in Ontario to pass a resolution opposing wind turbine development. In response, Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill said:Every municipality makes their own decisions and Malahide’s position is that we support wind turbines. We have not had one complaint regarding wind turbines in our municipality. Should we be approached to have additional wind turbines, at that time we may revisit it.”

 

S. CORNERS LITERACY NIGHT THURS.: 

 

(Information from Summers Corners School Literacy Committee:) – “On Thursday from 6:30 – 8 pm, Summers’ Corners will be hosting a Literacy event for our Grade 7s and 8s and their parents. We’re calling this event ‘Your Amazing Journey’ and it will explore the choices our students will make in their lives to become the people they are meant to be. It’s not so much about the career choice but the journey they will take to get there.

 

We’ll be entertained by Sara Westbrook. After, students and parents will form teams to compete in a Scavenger Hunt with prizes to be won by select teams who finish. Prizes are still coming in from community partners, but two to highlight right now are tickets to a London Lightning basketball game.”

 

LOCAL LIONS CLUBS DONATE

 

(Information from Sarah Bechard of Rodney Lions Club:) – “The local Lions clubs have chosen Camp Timken/Scouts Canada in Fingal as our Zone project this year. Lions Clubs from Rodney, Dutton, Highgate, St Thomas, Port Stanley and Belmont recently presented cheques – part of their $2000 contribution – at the Scouts’ annual Kub-Kar Rally. Bruce Campbell is President of the Belmont Lions Club.” 

 

PT. BURWELL POLESTARS EVENT 

 

(Information from Margot Auber of the Pt. Burwell Polestars campaign:) – Pt. Burwell students will he having a Polestars painting event on Wednesday May 14 in the village from 11:30 am to 2:30. There will be live music featuring EESS students, prizes and a 50/50 Draw. Also in attendance will be Carmine Marcello, President and CEO of Hydro One.

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS MONTH:

 

“PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING”

 

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 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.

 

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MONDAY, Mar. 24/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue. -Sr. Day Out at EEC Complex, 9:30 am -12:30 (see Thu. story)

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Jongedyk, Tony of Aylmer passed away on Friday in his 57th year. Survivors: wife Laurie (Harrett) Jongedyk etc.. He was born in B.C. and operated Elgin Satellite Services. Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be there held Tuesday at 1 pm.

 

-Lockey, Daisy Winnifred of Aylmer passed away on Sunday in her 82nd year. Survivors: eight children including – Elaine Rawcliffe (Garry), Karen Sinden (George), Lorie Lockey, Jeff Lockey (Kim), and Mark Lockey all of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.

 

BELMONT NOVICES ONT. CHAMPS

 

BELMONT – Belmont Novices won the OMHA championship by downing Hagersville 8-4 here Saturday. They captured the finals series 3 games to 1. Meanwhile Belmont PeeWees edged closer to an OMHA pennant by beating Mariposa 5-1 and 2-0 in weekend games in Belmont. The locals have two wins, a tie and a loss in that final. Next game is Saturday in Mariposa with a sixth game if necessary in Belmont Sunday at 5 pm.

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– March 18, 2014, Station #2  #1, 51697 Talbot Line, MVC

– March 19, 2014, Station #2,  #1, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– March 19, 2014, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– March 21, 2014, Station #4,  Whittaker Road, Medical Assist

– March 22, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Street, Medical Assist

– March 22, 2014, Station #2, Talbot Street East, Alarm Malfunction

– March 22, 2014, Station #3,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– March 23, 2014, Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– March 23, 2014, Station #1,  John Wise Line, Medical Assist

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Work has been busy recently by this drag line on breaking up the ice at Pt. Bruce (Don Durkee photo) (CLICK)

This drag line has been busy recently breaking up the ice at Pt. Bruce harbour. (Don Durkee photo) (CLICK)

 

UPDATE: BUSLINES IN COURT 

 

(This is a progress report on the court case involving the Independent School Bus Operators Association (ISBOA) and the Ontario government concerning the awarding of bus contracts. In Windsor in August a Superior Court granted $190,000 in court costs and upheld an injunction favouring plaintiffs Neil Badder of Aylmer and Rose Ravin of Tillsonburg as they argued against an initiative by Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services to begin bidding for local bus transportation routes for the TVDSB Board.)

 

According to Karen Cameron, Executive Director of ISBOA, a court case was to be heard on November 3 in Kingston to hopefully end the dispute as STEO (Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario) took the same issue to trial. But that was postponed as the Ontario government proposed pre trial mediation which was held in early December. However, even though the bus operators have won all six previous court cases on this matter, the mediation was not successful and the case will still go to court on September 15. Many independent school bus operators across Ontario are battling in court against a consortia which already runs considerable student transportation in the province by awarding contracts to large transportation multinationals.

 

MEMORIES OF AYLMER: JOHN WILSON

 

(John Wilson of Aylmer, who passed away last week, lived his whole life in town. His father John L. Wilson founded the Aylmer Steam Laundry. This interview occurred four years ago.)

1. EARLY LIFE –  He was born in 1925 – his parents John and Eva (Peckham) lived on Queen St. North.  In 1906 his father and grandmother started a laundry uptown on Talbot St. West and moved into a new building just around the corner on John St. South in 1921 – the Aylmer Steam Laundry. He remembers as a boy playing in the old ‘haunted and abandoned’ Aylmer Pump and Scale Factory across the street from his home behind the present United Church.  He recalls in the older grades having to attend classes in the Hat Factory on Myrtle St. as the new High School was being built in 1938 – and then has a recollection of bricks falling off the classroom walls as the contractors were later sued by the school board for poor workmanship.  He was a member of the Aylmer Boys Band, practicing in a Bandhouse on the site of the present Bandshell.

2. LATER LIFE: He went to work for the Laundry after High School where his two older brothers and sister also worked but he didn’t like it so moved on to other jobs. He eventually worked at Peter McClay’s Jewellers. He married Phyllis Thomson of Toronto; they met while she was a new teacher at the Aylmer High School.  They built the house he still lives in fifty years ago (on Dufferin St.). He also was a Scoutmaster in town for 33 years. Another more recent hobby was his purchase of a 1930 Ford Model A Coupe which he still drives and shows regularly.

3. MEMORIES OF AYLMER:  He remembers the Brown House Fire of 1934 as his older siblings hauled him out of bed at 4 am to view the fatal blaze. He watched from his house as smoke poured out of the Capital theatre uptown when it burnt.  He visited the Aylmer Train station often as the Aylmer Steam Laundry shipped/received their goods by train before truck freighting became affordable.

 

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Mayor Jack Couckuyt’s speech at Central restaurant opening today (see story).


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FRIDAY, Mar. 21/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

– Central Hotel Restaurant: Official Opening; 10 am

– Ont. Volunteer Night, EEC Complex, 7:30 pm

 

-Sat. -Belmont Novices OMHA finals; host Hagersville, Noon

-Sat. -Belmont PeeWees OMHA finals; host Mariposa 1 pm (Sun. 5 pm)

-Sat. -Spaghetti Supper, Tim Hortons Childrens Camp, Optimist Club

*Weekend -Tundra Swans arrived yesterday at Aylmer Wildlife Area (OPC)

 

2 -TUESDAY’S DEER HUNTERS MEETING

 

(More information on Tuesday’s meeting of the Aylmer Stakeholders at Saxonia Hall is from Dan Elliott of Aylmer of the Stakeholders group:)

“The Aylmer District Stakeholder Committee was formed at the request of the Ministry of Natural Resources District Manager back in early 2000 to discuss deer and resource management issues within Wildlife Management Units (WMU’s) 91 and 92. Early in 2000 there was a surplus of deer causing excessive crop damage, deer vehicle accidents etc. Road signs were placed at strategic locations warning motorists of deer crossing areas as a cooperative effort between ADSC, MNR, OPP and the County Roads Department to minimize deer motor vehicle accidents. In addition, MNR in consultation with ADSC increased deer harvest opportunities by issuing farmers and landowners deer kill permits, adding additional deer seasons, increasing deer harvest  limits and proposing alternate harvest methods.

Since that time deer populations have stabilized and in some areas hunters, farmers and landowners (more than 50% of farmer landowners are also deer hunters) have indicated concerns about declining deer numbers, lack of contact with MNR and limited public service received in recent years. Subsequently the ADSC has met with government representatives and are holding public meetings to share information, discuss issues and gain input from the hunter and farmer/landowner community to assist government and the community in making the right decisions for future generations.

Among items discussed Tuesday: trespass concerns, coyotes taking deer fawns, the Hats for Hides Program, and bows, shotguns, firearms and muzzleloaders restrictions etc. ”

 

CATFISH CREEK FLOOD WATCH

 

(The Catfish Creek Conservation Authority issued a Flood Watch Wednesday:) – “This Flood Watch is intended to notify….. that a daytime warming trend is developing with rain forecast today and channel water levels are expected to increase.  This is an assessment that a possibility exists for flooding of low-lying flood prone areas within the watershed (The watch is in effect until Monday).”

 

SPRINKLERS COMPLETE AT LOCAL SR. HOMES 

 

A news report this week said that many Ontario retirement homes are in the process of adding costly fire sprinkler systems as the province has ordered them to have them installed within five years. One third of Ontario nursing homes need sprinklers. At Chateau Gardens in Aylmer, spokesperson Lori Demaiter said the whole building is now equipped with a sprinkler system – the older section was done when they were added to the new addition last year. Rhonda Duffy, Elgin Director of Seniors Services, said Terrace Lodge is also completely housed with a sprinkler system.

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Kristoff, Ruth Freda of Aylmer passed away onThursday in her 86th year. Survivors: husband Fred Kristoff; three children including Karen (Dave) Palmer and Wendy (Wayne) Hiepleh of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Malahide and she and Fred designed and sold cemetery memorials for many years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday at 2 pm.

 

CENTRAL RESTAURANT OFFICIAL OPENING

 

The Central Hotel Restaurant in Aylmer held an official opening this morning with local dignitaries and a number of supporters in attendance (see video for Mayor’s speech). Manager Peter Thiessen offered these comments on the opening few weeks: “We’ve been far busier than we ever anticipated. People are especially pleased with the no use of cell phone discount. We introduced our Kids Night this Wednesday which will now have activities for children every Wednesday. Our busiest times have been Friday nights and Monday lunches. And we now have a piano for accompanying music.”

 

AYLMER SHOPPERS DRUG STORE TO BE SOLD

 

(From Loblaw website:) – Today Loblaw, Canada’s largest food retailer, announced it is being forced to sell off 27 stores and pharmacy operations as part of its takeover of the Shoppers Drug Mart chain, Canada’s largest drugstore chain. Loblaw said the merger of the two had been approved by the Competition Bureau but as part of the deal, Loblaw is required to sell 18 company stores including Shopper Drug Marts in Exeter, Aylmer, and Petrolia. The Competition Bureau said it has analyzed market conditions and determined that the merger would result in “substantial lessening of competition in 27 local markets for the retail sale of pharmacy products and/or drugstore merchandise.”

 

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