Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

MONDAY, Dec. 23/13



*THEAYLMERNEWS will resume on Mon. Jan. 6




-Mon. -Aylmer Christmas Care Deliveries, 1pm Immanuel School

-Mon. -EECC Free Skating:10:am-12; Tues. 9:15 am-11:15

(EECC Next Week:Jan2-1130am-1;Jan3 10am-12;Jan4 5:15pm-7:15;Jan5 1pm-2:30

-Thu. -Aylmer Spitfires host Dorchester, 7:30pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Mt. Brydges, 7:30 pm





McGregor School students posed with their Christmas Care donations on Wednesday. Left to right are:

McGregor School students posed with their Christmas Care donations on Wednesday. Left to right are: Grade 4 students Johannah Walker and Jace Ivan and Grade 3 student Sienna Pratt. (kb)





-Thiessen, Sandra Alene of Aylmer passed away Friday, aged 7 months. Survivors: parents Jacob and Maria (Neustaeter) Thiessen; sisters Adeline and Karla etc.. The funeral service will be held today at 1:00 pm. from the Lighthouse Gospel Church in Port Burwell. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Miller, Jacob Jr of St. Thomas formerly of Aylmer passed away Thursday in his 70th year. Survivors: one daughter etc.. He was born in Mexico and worked for Imperial Tobacco for a number of years. The visitation was this morning; the funeral will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home today at 1 pm.


-Bourgeois, Ernestine passed away in Tillsonburg on Sunday in her 86th year. Wife of the late Patrick Bourgeois (2001). She was born in Saskatchewan and was a longtime employee of Imperial Tobacco. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Friday 2-5 p.m. Funeral service at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Saturday at 11 am.





Heavy rains on the weekend resulted in this flooding just west of the Myrtle St. bridge. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

Heavy rains on the weekend resulted in this flooding of the Catfish Creek just west of the Myrtle St. bridge. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)





-Hills Uptown – 4 pm

-Spicers – 6 pm

-Liquor, Beer Stores – 6 pm

-Tim Hortons –  3 pm

-Valu Mart – 5 pm

-Library – 1 pm

-Shoppers – 5 pm

–Studers – 7 pm

-Bank of Montreal – 3 pm

-Canadian Tire – 5 pm

-Town Hall – Noon

-McDonalds – 4pm





(Contributed) – The East Elgin Community Complex invites you to the 10th Annual Family New Year’s Eve Party on Tuesday, December 31st from 6pm to 9pm. Face painting, cotton candy, crafts, carnival games, inflatables, and Val the Snake Lady are featured. Enjoy public skating with rental skates available for only $2 a pair or have fun at the Photo Booth, only $2 per session. Cost of this event is just $10 per family. Sponsors are the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer and EastLink.





The annual Aylmer Legion New Year’s Day Levee will be held from 1-3 pm. Clam Chowder and Moose Milk will be served. A Dress Code is in effect.





Period 1
AylmerJesiah Sweetland (Cody Underhill, Mitch Roloson) 0:17
AylmerWill Goodhue (power play) (Mitch Roloson, Eric Nemeth) 2:27
AylmerJesiah Sweetland (power play) (Tyler Marr, Brad Payne (C)) 2:58
AylmerRyan Stapleton (Brett Dzyngel) 4:14
Period 2
ExeterTyler McNaughton (Cam Dykstra) 2:28
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (power play) (unassisted) 6:15
AylmerMark Macpherson (power play) (unassisted) 11:20
Period 3
ExeterChristopher Pfaff (Jesse McIntyre, Brandan Willis) 7:30
AylmerEric Nemeth (Brad Payne (C)) 12:26





“It’s time some truth about Canada Post got out. I worked for Canada Post for 38 years. Here is my take. When Deepak Chopra took over as CEO of  Canada Post in 2011 he inherited a Company that had: turned a profit for 14 years straight; paid a dividend of over two decades of nearly a billion dollars to its shareholder (the Federal Government), enjoyed nearly two decades of labour peace and cooperation with its largest postal union, and had stamp price increases geared to the rate of inflation. During his tenure the Post Office has: lost money every year, borrowed 2 billion dollars to invest in equipment in the area that is in the most decline, had its first full scale work stoppage in the form of a lock out since 1997, raised the price of a single stamp percentage wise more than ever before, and taken a 33% bonus on his already outrageous wage of over $450,000.00. Mr Chopra seems more intent on awarding huge contracts to his former employer (Pitney Bowes) than supplying a decent, viable postal service to Canadians. Like those other Harper appointments –Senators- perhaps it’s time for Mr. Chopra to go!” (Gary Rabbets)




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FRIDAY, Dec. 20/13





-Fri. -Schools closed for holidays

-Fri. -One Year Avrsy. DADNDAUGHTERS Fish and Chips

-Fri.-EECC Free Skate:10am-12; Sat.9:15am-11:15,5:15pm-6:15;Sun.1pm-2:30

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Exeter, 7:30pm


-Mon. -Aylmer Christmas Care Deliveries, Immanuel School 1pm

-Mon. -Dec. 25 Aylmer Garbage Pickup will be done today.





(Information from Margot Auber, Community Rep for the Pt. Burwell Polestar Project: (see Tuesday story)) – “The community of Pt. Burwell is thrilled to announce that yesterday afternoon, the President of Hydro One, Mr. Carmine Marcello, granted the (school) children’s wish to paint designated poles along Robinson Street in Pt. Burwell, under their guidance and advice.

In response to the children’s video request posted on YouTube last Sunday, Mr. Marcello posted his personal response on YouTube,  www.youtube.com/watch v=S6lvVUboHuE&feature=youtube_gdata_player   (In the video, Mr Marcello notes he “loved the video” and especially likes to see people “engaged to make the community better” but added normally he doesn’t grant such requests. However he suggested a deal that they would figure out “how to make this happen” in return for a “conversation on electrical safety” with the children.)

I found out when the two children featured in our video, Will and Lilly, did a dry run-through yesterday morning in preparation for a live on-air radio interview for CBC’s Ontario Morning with host Wei Chin that was to take place early this morning. In the afternoon, the producer of the show called to cancel the on-air interview because she had contacted Mr. Marcello/Hydro One for a comment and was advised that he would be granting the request and posting his personal response. We absolutely welcome this and look forward to working alongside Hydro One.”





(From Environment Canada – 5 am – For East Elgin:) – “A winter storm from Texas has caused an area of mixed precipitation to spread into Southern Ontario as expected. Over Southwestern Ontario precipitation will be mainly in the form of rain. After a break Saturday another more potent winter storm from the United States will approach Southern Ontario late Saturday. An ice storm will be possible across a large swath of Southern Ontario, with significant rainfall likely near Lake Erie. There is still uncertainty surrounding the exact position of the storm track.”





Grade 1-2 students at Immanuel Christian School pose with the canned goods they collected for Aylmer Christmas Care on Wednesday. Pictured, left to right, are:

Grade 1-2 students at Immanuel Christian School pose with the canned goods they collected for Aylmer Christmas Care on Wednesday. Pictured, left to right, are: Josiah Kroondyk, Eden Shelton, Owen Vis and Makayla Zylstra. (kb)





-Boys Hockey – EESS 5 Glencoe 3





(From Chief Andre Reymer)

-A 14 year Aylmer boy was charged with assault after he punched his mother in the face breaking her nose Saturday in their home after an argument about rules in the home.


-A 39 year old Aylmer man was charged with failing to yield after his vehicle, going east on Sydenham through the intersection at John St. south, was hit by another vehicle Saturday around 11 am. There was minor damage to each vehicle.





-Rodgers, Harold Robert of RR1, Eden passed away Tuesday in his 84th year. Survivors: partner Norma (Jukes) Horeth; three children etc.. He was born in Calton and was was a former employee of Imperial Tobacco. The visitation was yesterday; funeral at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer today at 1:00 pm.


-Macdonald, MayBella of Vienna passed away on Wednesday at the age of 70. Survivors: husband John R. MacDonald; five children including Yvon (Sue) Gallant, Aylmer etc.. Visitation today from 7-9 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Tillsonburg. Funeral Service on Saturday at 2 pm there. Arrangements through Verhoeve’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg.


-Burwell, Ida “Mae”  formerly of Springford passed away on Tuesday aged 90 years. Survivors: four children including Archie (Shirley) Burwell of Eden etc.. Visitation today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg with the funeral service there on Saturday at 11 a.m.





(From Fire Chief Sam Taylor:) “The dollar loss for the Moore Ave. fire last week was $225,000 on the structure and approximately $30,000 on contents. There was one smoke alarm ticket issued.

This has been the busiest year that we are aware of for the fire department; we have had 103 calls so far and almost 2 weeks left.”





(Information from Kyle Kruger, Administrator of Bayham, who announced to Council Wednesday that he will be resigning:)  “I will be leaving to assume the position of CAO/Clerk with the Township of Norwich. My last day in Bayham will be January 17th. I’ve been with Bayham since the fall of 1999. Prior to that I worked at the Town of Lincoln (Region of Niagara) for 9 years. My hometown is Fergus. I’m leaving with nothing but good memories of my time in Bayham, and I appreciate the opportunities and support given to be by Bayham over the years. I have nothing but praise for Council and staff, and of course wish Bayham residents all the best for the future.”





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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)




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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Thursday. 




-EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey v Glencoe


-Thu. -Wiebe Family Christmas, Aylmer Legion, 5pm

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

-Fri. -Schools closed for holidays

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Exeter, 7:30pm





-Wellwood, Iris Clara of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer passed away today in her 98th year. Wife of the late Reginald Wellwood (1996). Survivors: three children – including Michael (Mary-Anne) Wellwood and Barbara (Bob) Warnock, both of Aylmer etc.. She was born in England. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, Aylmer on Saturday at 1 pm.





Bayham Council in a special session last night was informed that Administrator Kyle Kruger has resigned.





-Sr G VBall – EESS 3 CECI 0

-Jr G VBall – EESS 3 CECI 1

-Sr B BBall – EESS 59 CECI 55

-Jr B BBall – EESS 72 CECI 21

-Girls Hockey – EESS 5 CECI 0





Some resolutions passed at Monday’s meeting of Aylmer Council:

-(From the Town Administrator:) “Aylmer’s Marketing Assistant has touched base with Mennonite Community Services and is proposing a two part municipal tour. Part one would involve a presentation at the Old Town Hall showing the structure of local government. The second part would provide a tour of Council Chambers with an introduction by the Mayor/Administrator who may like to address the group.”

-Resolution:  “That Council authorizes the Administrator to make plans to provide a Municipal Tour to Mennonite Community Services”

-(From Mainstreet Aylmer:) – “We understand from the Town of Aylmer’s Community Improvement Plan that there is to be money set aside to promote improvement, development, redevelopment and preservation in the core. Facade Improvement grants are avilable for 50% of the construction costs to a maximum grant of $5,000 per applicant. MainStreet Aylmer is asking that money is allocated in the 2014 budget for the Town’s Community Improvement Program specific to the Facade Improvement Program.”

-Resolution:  “That the communication from MainStreet Aylmer about the financial request related to the Town’s Community Improvement Program, be referred to the Finance Committee for consideration.”

-Resolution:  (Re-Lighting Tenders:) – “That Council approves the Staff recommendations outlined in the Report and accepts the RFP proposal from Harry’s Electrical Inc. to provide for the Sportsfield Lighting Upgrades for the Town’s three sportsfield facilities for the amount of $177,687.30 plus applicable taxes” (There were four tenders submitted, including Koolens’ Electric of Aylmer and Harry’s Electrical of Burgessville)





– December 9, 2013, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– December 10, 2013, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist

– December 11, 2013, Station #2, 44 Moore Avenue, Aylmer, Mutual Aid

– December 12, 2013, Station #4, Imperial Road, Automobile Fire

– December 12, 2013, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– December 14, 2013, Station #1,  John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– December 14, 2013, Station #1,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– December 15, 2013, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist





(From Environment Canada – For East Elgin – 9 am Wednesday)

“Significant winter weather is expected late this week and this weekend. Several disturbances originating in Texas are expected to move towards the Lower Great Lakes starting Friday. The first system is expected to ride up along this track on Friday and precipitation with this system is expected to spread into Southwestern Ontario Thursday evening. The precipitation could fall as snow, ice pellets, freezing rain or even periods of rain. The next storm system is expected to bring a significant and extended period of freezing rain across Southern Ontario Saturday night through Sunday.”




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TUESDAY, Dec. 17/13





-EESS Hosts: Girls VBall, Girls Hockey vs. CECI

-Immanuel Christian Christmas Concert, 1:30 pm (Wed. 7:30pm)


-Wed. -EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey v Glencoe

-Thu. -Wiebe Family Christmas, Aylmer Legion, 5pm

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

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Exeter, 7:30pm





-Beckett, J. Roy, of St. Thomas, formerly of the Aylmer area, passed away Sunday in his 87th year. Survivors: wife Muriel (nee Sercombe) Beckett; four children etc.. He formerly farmed in the Aylmer area. Visitation on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, St. Thomas. The funeral will be held at the Gospel Hall St. Thomas on Thursday at 2 pm.


James, Stanley Robert of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer and formerly of Calton, passed away today in his 93rd year. Survivors: wife Audrey (Buck) James; three children including Roger James (Cheryl) of RR6, Aylmer and brother Maurice James (Myna) of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Bayham and was a longtime farmer in the Calton area and treasurer of Calton Cemetery for over 40 years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 am.





(Aylmer Christmas Care boxes are being packed and delivered next Monday beginning at 9 am at Immanuel Christian School. Last year they served 350 families/1350 persons. They expect approximately the same numbers again this year. They could use the public’s help to deliver the filled boxes – volunteers, in pairs, should be at the school at 1 pm. Information on the history and setup of the program is provided by Carolyn Buis, Aylmer Christmas Care Co-Ordinator.)


“In 1990 we moved to Immanuel Christian School and packed around 200 boxes. Last year we did about 350. They were packed in just under one hour. The setting up of the assembly line of groceries, bagging of the apples, oranges, cookies, sweet potatoes and packing of baby food takes all the prep time before. The arrival of the fresh produces, turkeys and hams and the donated goods that have been collected by schools, business and parades etc. all needs to be co-ordinated to their designated spots. We have approximately 75 volunteers ranging in age from 7 years to 80 years old.

The wrapping of the boxes occurs on the evening before we pack. It is very impressive in the morning to see the rows of wrapped boxes. The deliveries start as soon as the packing is completed. For Straffordville, Vienna and Port Burwell the boxes and the toys from the Optimists are picked up by members of the Lions Clubs and the Legion and then are distributed or picked up at the respective places. The length of time of delivery depends on the number of community members who show up to do this part of the project.

We follow Canada’s Food Guide to provide and encourage balanced and healthy eating ie. cereal, butter, cheese, canned milk, canned fruit and veggies, fresh lettuce, carrots, apples, oranges, canned meat, fresh turkey or ham depending on family size. Special treats of a package of cookies, candies and hot chocolate, jello and dessert topping are added. The donated/collected goods are added to the boxes also. These will vary in quantity and variety from year to year, but usually consist of dry and canned pasta and sauces (lots of kraft dinner and mr. noodle), dry and canned soups, tuna, canned fruit and veggies and stove top stuffing and cranberry sauces etc. My husband Ron and I have been with this project approximately 25 years. We have many individuals and families who return each year to lend a helping hand. That is very likely why everything moves so smoothly and quickly. We stand amazed every year at the number of volunteers.”





PT. BURWELL  – (Contributed) – The children of Pt. Burwell Public School have created a community improvement project  to help renew and reenergize the village which has been hit particularly hard by economic times in recent years. The community has lost its health care providers, its only gas station, and its only hardware store as well as seen a rise in unemployment.

To proceed with their project, named The Polestars Program, they first require the approval of Hydro One to paint a small section of the lower portion of all Hydro One’s poles along Robinson Street, the main street. They plan to paint the poles with colourful handprints and to include the message: “Won’t you give us a hand?” Unfortunately, their initial request for permission was turned down.

Now they are appealing to Hydro One President and CEO Carmine Marcello. They discovered a similar program in British Columbia called the Fernwood Pole Painting Project, a community improvement initiative in Victoria, which was approved. They sent their request and information on Fernwood to Mr. Marcello yesterday.They also have produced a short video with their appeal to Mr Marcello,which is now on youtube . (http://youtube/TZYrLNsDX6U)

Their community contact is Margot Pieters. Added Mrs. Pieters: “This all started about two and a half years ago when I first moved to the community. It was obvious that it needed ‘some help’ economically. The first thing everyone does notice when they come into Pt. Burwell, along Robinson St., are the awful hydro poles, so I started thinking about about the possibility of decorating them. I approached the school with an idea and won their support and then some key members of the community. Then we discovered the Fernwood Pole Painting Program in BC. and contacted them.

If we get Hydro One’s permission, we plan to hold a street party in late April/early May  with all of the children from the Public School, as well as inviting Mr. Marcello and the entire community, and decorate the designated poles.” (For more information contact Margot at 416-628-0880.)




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MONDAY, DEC. 16/13





-Aylmer Council. 7pm


-Tue. -EESS Hosts: Girls VBall, Girls Hockey

-Tue. -Immanuel Christian Christmas Concert, 1:30 pm (Wed. 7:30pm)

-Wed. -EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey v Glencoe

-Thu. -Wiebe Family Christmas, Aylmer Legion, 5pm

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





-Kalman, Helen of Chateau Gardens Aylmer passed away Sunday in her 88th year. Survivors include: brothers Steve (Helen) Kalman and Joe Kalman, both of the Aylmer area etc.. She was born in Hungary and was a member of the Catholic Women’s League. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Wednesday at 11:00 am.





(From Elgin OPP) – Yesterday around 9 pm Elgin OPP received a report of a vehicle that had been northbound on Culloden Road between Heritage Line and Ottergate Line and which had left the roadway and collided with a hydro pole. It was reported that the vehicle left the scene and continued northbound towards Hwy #3. The hydro pole was completely snapped off at the base causing power outages to some area homes.The suspect vehicle is described as a mid-1990’s Dodge Ram 4×4, black in colour with an extended cab and a short box. The vehicle is expected to have damage to either the front or passenger side of the vehicle.


Anyone with information regarding this collision should immediately contact the OPP.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.





-Jr G VBall – EESS (2-1) 3 AVSS 0

-Sr G VBall – EESS (2-1) 3 AVSS 0

-Sr B BBall – EESS (3-0) 66 AVSS 32

-Jr BBall – EESS (3-0) 65 AVSS 5

-Girls Curling – CECI 5 EESS 3

-Boys Curling – EESS 7 CECI 7





(Contributed) – “Elgin St. Thomas Public Health is aware of an increased number of cases of stomach (gastrointestinal) illness in the community. The most common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, but can also include headache, abdominal cramps and rarely fever. Symptoms usually last 24 to 48 hours and sometimes longer depending on the cause. Although these illnesses are often referred to as “stomach flu,” they are not caused by the influenza virus or any other respiratory virus. The most common cause is Norovirus. A doctor can usually make a diagnosis based on symptoms. Treatment of the illness commonly includes drinking more fluids and getting plenty of rest. Norovirus is very infectious.”





AYLMER –  Five different players scored as Aylmer knocked off third place Lambeth 5-2 here Saturday in SOJHL hockey.  Spits’ goalsmen were Will Goodhue, Trevor Stewart, Matthew Reese, Cameron Mancini, and Brad Payne. It was Aylmer’s first win against Lambeth in four matches. The Spits’ record is now twelve wins and fifteen losses. Their only game this week is hosting Exeter Saturday.


Period 1
AylmerWill Goodhue (Clint Walker, Mark Macpherson) 12:39
AylmerTrevor Stewart (power play) (Brad Payne (C), Mitch Roloson) 16:10
AylmerMatthew Reese (Eric Nemeth) 17:57
Period 2
AylmerCameron Mancini (Mark Edmonds, Cody Underhill) 0:55
LambethMatt Schurr (Jake Alkins, Keith Arnold) 2:41
LambethTrevor Daynes (Kale Corbeth, Nick North) 17:54
Period 3
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (power play) (unassisted) 6:38





(Contributed) – “Findings released by the Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Unit’s 2013 Nutritious Food Basket (NFB) Report highlight that some families and individuals in our community cannot afford a healthy diet. The 2013 NFB survey showed the cost of feeding a family of four (two parents, two children) in Elgin and St. Thomas has increased over 3% in three years, now costing $184.95 per week or $739.80 per month. In addition to the annual NFB report, this year the health unit also adapted a video to raise awareness of how social and economic conditions impact health in our community. The video “Let’s Start a Conversation about Health…” aims to reframe the conversation about health, to highlight that health is about much more than access to medical care.


The Health Unit has been working with community partners to address food security and other barriers to health in Elgin and St. Thomas. For more information, please contact Courtney-Brooke Laurie, Registered Dietitian, or Joy Dawkins, Public Health Nurse, at 1-800-922-0096 (or 519-631-9900) or visit our website at www.elginhealth.on.ca





(Information on new ‘Internet Evolved’ services is from Lindsay Magri, Eastlink Aylmer Marketing Manager:) – “As we recognize that the way customers are using the internet is always evolving we want to ensure that our Internet product is ready to meet their needs. Internet Evolved refers to many of the additional options we offer with our Internet service to make sure we have a solution for customers. Customers can add these components as needed – WiFi Extender and Personal Cloud are brand new products offered by Eastlink. The components of Internet Evolved are all fully supported by our 24/7 Canadian technical support team.


The services: WiFi Extender – Enables customers to boost their WiFi coverage to hard to reach areas. This product is available to Eastlink WiFi customers and can be purchased through our Retail Store on Sydenham Street; Personal Cloud – provides the ability to access, backup and share photos, movies and documents instantly across multiple devices including Android and Apple smartphones, tablets and PC & Mac Computers; My Tech Guru – Provides support for all the technology in a customers home including 24/7 support for Smart TV’s, computer upgrades, social media accounts, hardware set-up and more; Internet Security Services – Computer protection for both PC and Mac on up to 5 computers to protect against viruses, spyware and other threats as well as providing parental controls.”




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THURSDAY, Dec. 12/13



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish FRIDAY




-EESS hosts: Boys BBall v AVSS


-Sat. -EESS Canned Food Drive in Aylmer, 10 am – 1pm

-Sat.-Barbara Thorson, Aylmer Baptist Church, 7:30 pm (see ad)

-Sat.-Sun. -Springfield Baptist Church, Rabbi Moshe, 7 pm (see ad)

-Sat.- Straffordville Christmas Parade, 10:30 am

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Lambeth, 7:30 pm

-Sat.-Sun. -Channel 5 – Aylmer Christmas Parade, 5pm each day

-Sun.-Church of God Community Christmas, EEC Complex, 3pm


-Mon. – Aylmer Council, 7pm






(Information from Aylmer Fire Department Chief Sam Taylor:) – The Aylmer Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the back yard at a residence on Moore Ave. yesterday around 9:30 am. (See photo yesterday). The first arriving units found the home heavily involved with fire on the first and second floors. Mutual Aid assistance was provided by Malahide Township Station # 2. Aylmer had 14 firefighters respond and Malahide supplied 12 firefighters. Firefighters were on scene until around 1:30 pm.


The house was heavily damaged by fire; no damage estimate is available yet. The possible cause of the fire is accidental – wood stove ashes placed in a container close to the rear of the house had ignited nearby construction debris causing the fire to spread to the structure. There were no injuries. There was minimal damage to the neighbouring homes. A woman who was home at the time smelled smoke, discovered the fire, called 911 and exited the home. There were no working smoke alarms in the home and charges are pending.






-Girls Hockey – EESS (3-0) 4 CECI 1

-Boys Hockey – EESS (3-1) 7 PCI 1








Yesterday, Aylmer Council held a special meeting to hear a presentation by Mr. Dan Wilson, Associate Director, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. The company was retained by the Town to prepare an asset management plan as required by the Provincial Government. The plan is intended to be used during various decision making processes, including the annual budgeting process and applications for capital grants.


The assets included in the plan are roads, bridges, facilities, land improvements, water, wastewater and storm water related features, vehicles, and equipment. They were identified in terms of current and projected replacement values and expected levels of service. An asset management strategy containing recommended course of actions was presented. Council adopted the plan and it is being referred to the 2014 Budget for discussion.






(From Elgin OPP) – Yesterday around 3pm Elgin OPP investigated a collision involving a tractor trailer and car on Belmont Road just south of Mapleton Line. At the time of the collision a Tractor Trailer was southbound on Belmont Road just south of Mapleton Line.  A car was travelling north on Belmont Road and swerved into the oncoming lane and collided with the tractor trailer. The collision caused the tractor trailer to jack knife and come to rest in the north bound ditch.


The driver of the car, an 18 year old Central Elgin man, was transported to hospital as a precaution. The driver of the tractor trailer, a 57 year old Middlesex Centre man, was uninjured in the collision. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were removed by towing companies. No charges have been laid as yet.






A Christmas concert featuring former Aylmerite and lyric soprano singer Barbara Thorson has been arranged by a local group for this Saturday at the Aylmer Baptist Church. The concert will also include a number of guests (see ad). Barbara is the daughter of Pat (and the late Ralph) Johnston of Aylmer. This is her fourth concert in Aylmer. Proceeds from the concert will go to the EESS Environmental Leadership Program and the Corner Cupboard. She is a member of the Calgary Opera Chorus.






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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)







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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11/13





-Special Aylmer Council, 10 am (Asset Management Plan)

-EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v Parkside


-Thu. -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v AVSS


-Sat. -EESS Canned Food Drive in Aylmer, 10 am – 1pm

-Sat.-Barbara Thorson, Aylmer Baptist Church, 7:30 pm (see ad)

-Sat.-Sun. -Springfield Baptist Church, Rabbi Moshe, 7 pm (see ad)

-Sat.- Straffordville Christmas Parade, 10:30 am

-Sun.-Church of God Community Christmas, EEC Complex, 3pm






-Boys Hockey – EESS (2-1) 3 West Elgin 2

-Girls Sr VBall – EESS 3 Glencoe 0

-Girls Jr VBall – EESS 3 Glencoe 0







Fire this morning damaged this home on Moore Ave. in Aylmer. (kb) (CLICK)






Devos, Michael H.J. of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer passed away on Monday at the age of 92. Predeceased by wife Madeline (Dely) Devos (2008). Also survived by one son etc.. He was formerly a farmer in the Straffordville area. Public inurnment of ashes on Thursday, December 19th, at 2 p.m. at the Straffordville cemetery. Arrangements through Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.






Dates for Free Skating, sponsored by Tim Hortons, at the EEC Complex prior to Christmas are: Friday December 20 10 am-Noon, Saturday Dec. 21 9:15 am to 11:15 and 5:15pm to 6:15, Sunday Dec. 22 1-2:30pm, Monday Dec. 23 10:am-12, and Tuesday Dec. 24 9:15 am-11:15.






(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “The Town will continue to provide a Drop-off Depot for residents to dispose of their Christmas Trees at the Parks and Recreation Parking Lot at 8 Parkview Heights. Trees may be dropped off between December 26 and January 12.” (All decorations need to be removed/ Trees left at the curb will not be picked up.)





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TUESDAY, Dec. 10/13





-Aylmer Community Services Open House, Noon – 6pm

-EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey v WESS


-Wed. -Special Aylmer Council, 10 am (Asset Management Plan)

-Wed. -EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v Parkside

-Thu. -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v AVSS


-Sat.-Barbara Thorson, Aylmer Baptist Church, 7:30 pm (see ad)

-Sat.-Sun. -Springfield Baptist Church, Rabbi Moshe, 7 pm (see ad)

-Sat.- Straffordville Christmas Parade, 10:30 am

-Sun.-Church of God Community Christmas, EEC Complex, 3pm






An anti-Masonic message was spray painted in dark letters on the Masonic Lodge building at the corner of St. George and South Streets on Sunday evening. The message said: “Masons Devil Worship Eph 5:11”. Further information is from Bil Segui of the Aylmer Malahide Masonic Lodge.


“It is believed that the offence took place sometime after 4:30 on Sunday afternoon and before 11:00 pm when it began to snow. We have had graffiti on the building in the past, but this is the first time, to my knowledge, that a slur against the Masonic Lodge has been used in such a hateful way. A temporary covering has been put on the graffiti and it will be entirely blocked out once the weather warms up a bit. This offence has been reported to the Aylmer Police and they are investigating.”



Graffiti was spraypainted on the Masonic Lodge building on South St. west on Sunday evening. (kb) (CLICK)






Eastlink informs that Channel  5’s rebroadcast of the Aylmer Christmas Parade this past weekend experienced technical difficulties and so will again be televised this weekend – Saturday and Sunday, each day at 5pm.






Greg Currie is still organizing donations to help finance the cost of the rent of the building that houses the Aylmer Corner Cupboard (behind Aylmer Flooring on John St. north).  Said Greg: “We have had a total of 150 contributors of which about 70 are currently active. The total for four and a half years is over $34,000. The donation boxes are located at: Campbell’s Office Supplies, Tim Horton’s North and Studer’s Variety.”






(Information from Chris Huctwith of the Belmont Kids Park Campaign) – “The splash pad and skate park in Belmont will be up and running in the spring, with an official ribbon cutting in June. The Campaign’s Co-Chairs are Sue Beattie and Dione Hildenbrand.  A donation to the Belmont Kids’ Park Campaign can still be made. The Kids’ Park brochures, containing all donation information, are still available at retailers around Belmont. For any further questions go to: belmontparkcampaign@yahoo.ca. Updates will be available at www.belmonthub.ca.”






Peters, Heinrich of Aylmer passed away on Monday in his 61st year. Survivors: wife Sara (Wiebe) Peters, five children including: Jake (Nancy) Peters of Straffordville, and Henry Peters and Sara (Henry) Loewen, both of Aylmer. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 1 pm from the EMMC Church at Summers Corners.








(From Aylmer Council) – “Moved by Councillor Barbour and seconded by Deputy Mayor Richer: ‘That the Town of Aylmer freezes the approval of any new full time staff positions until further notice.’ The motion is carried (in favour: Barbour, Couckuyt, Oslach, Richer, Wright). Previously, Councillor Vandermeersch moved, seconded by Councillor LaPointe, that the motion be tabled until Council could discuss it further but the motion was defeated.”






-A 15 year old Malahide male was charged with possession of marijuana at EESS last Tuesday afternoon.


-In Elgin court recently a 34-year old Aylmer woman was given a ninety day jail sentence and ordered to pay full restitution for fraud involving rent cheques valued at $6000 in May.





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MONDAY, Dec. 9/13





-No Aylmer Council today

-Bayham Council Budget Meeting, 7pm


-Tue. -Aylmer Community Services Open House, Noon – 6pm

-Tue. -EESS Hosts: Boys Hockey v WESS


-Sat.-Barbara Thorson, Aylmer Baptist Church, 7:30 pm (see ad)

-Sat.-Sun. -Springfield Baptist Church, Rabbi Moshe, 7 pm (see ad)

-Sat.- Straffordville Christmas Parade, 10:30 am

-Sun.-Church of God Community Christmas, EEC Complex, 3pm



-Apologies: Last week’s photo of the Tree Lighting ceremony in Springfield was taken by Kelly Pearson and not by Don Durkee.






Aylmer Police informed at 11 am that the stoplights at the main intersection were out and were being repaired. The stoplight on the northwest corner was knocked over by what Police believe was a commercial vehicle at 1:30 am today. The vehicle failed to stop. Road conditions were considered slippery at the time.






Ker, Robert James “Bob” of Aylmer passed away Friday in his 61st year. Survivors: wife Cathy (Jukes) Ker; three children, mother Mary (the late Don)Mossey, father Archie Ker(Anne), both of Aylmer etc.. Bob worked at the Aylmer Valumart and IGA for 45 years and was a longstanding member of the Aylmer Optimist Club. The visitation was yesterday. The funeral service will be held today at Kebbel’s Funeral Home at 11:00 am.


Matthews, Kenneth of Aylmer and formerly of Pt. Burwell passed away Saturday, in his 74th year. Survivors: wife Marie (Shelly) Matthews; children -John Matthews, Jim Matthews(Nancy), Jeremy(Rebecca) Matthews all of Aylmer and Jeff (Barb) Matthews of St.Thomas, daughter in law Jackie Matthews of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Bayham and was an Ontario Land Surveyor for 42 years and a village councilor for many years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am.






AYLMER – The Spitfires snapped a 3-3 tie by scoring three unanswered goals in the third period to upend second place Thamesford 6-3 here Saturday in SOJHL hockey.  Eric Nemeth led Aylmer with two goals and singles were earned by Josh Houston, Tyler Marr, Cody Underhill and Will Goodhue. Sunday at home the Spits dropped a 7-3 decision to Pt. Stanley. Aylmer marksmen were Houston, Brad Payne and Luke Bettencourt. Pt. Stanley led 4-2 after the second period. The Spits have now won eleven and lost fifteen games. This Saturday they host Lambeth.


Sat. vs Thamesford:


Period 1
ThamesfordAlex Lumani (power play) (Jake McColl, Dakota Hill) 11:38
AylmerEric Nemeth (Ryan Stapleton, Kyle Dedecker) 16:02
AylmerJosh Houston (unassisted) 17:27
ThamesfordKyle Walker (Adam Levine, Mitch Davies) 18:19
Period 2
AylmerTyler Marr (power play) (Trevor Stewart) 9:00
ThamesfordAvery Antone (short handed) (unassisted) 9:35
Period 3
AylmerEric Nemeth (Andrew Baxter) 4:47
AylmerCody Underhill (Brad Payne (C), Cameron Mancini) 7:56
AylmerWill Goodhue (Clint Walker, Trevor Stewart) 18:02






(Information from Springfield Baptist Pastor John Twinem:) – “Each year during the Christmas season, Springfield Baptist Church has the pleasure of providing a free dramatic and musical performance. This year’s story, “Bethlehem and Beyond: Journey to Faith”, follows Rabbi Moshe Ben Abram through his encounters with Jesus, first in the stable, then through His ministry and finally, in His death and resurrection.


A large cast and a wide array of musical and dramatic ability from people of all ages will present this original story this Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. We will be collecting non-perishable donations for the Corner Cupboard Food Bank as a voluntary “admission”. And as has been tradition for some 20 years, we would also like send each family home with a hand-crafted ornament/memento of the performance.” (see ad).






John Wiebe of Springfield, whose family sponsored a free Christmas dinner for the community for three years but postponed it last year, said he is again putting on a meal this year. It will be held at the Aylmer Legion on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 5 pm. The Wiebe family had been serving their dinner at a local school gymnasium in previous years. But last year they were informed by school officials that they now had to have insurance for such an event. Mr. Wiebe decided that they didn’t want to pay the insurance – estimated at $200 – so they cancelled.


The Legion is providing their facilities free of charge. The Wiebes – who finance the dinner themselves instead of giving gifts to each other – served 160 meals two years ago and also received $900 from supporters (any donations will go to Canadian Blood Services this year).






Aylmer Police note that the Cram the Cruiser event, held this past weekend in conjunction with Elgin Feeds, had the same success at last year. Approximately $1000 in food and cash donations went to the Corner Cupboard and the same amount of toys as last year went to the Optimist Club. A local church group dropped off a large toy donation after raising money at Sunday school for this event. The Police kept a cruiser at the Elgin Feeds Corner for Friday and Saturday in order for people to make donations.






Police conducted two RIDE programs last week. On Thursday evening for about an hour on Talbot St. west, 150 vehicles were stopped and only two traffic warnings were issued. On Friday evening for about four hours, 600 vehicles were stopped at several locations in town and four traffic warnings were given.






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FRIDAY, Dec. 6/13





-Fri-Sat. -Cram the Cruiser, Elgin Feeds corner

-Sat. -Springfield Christmas Parade. 1 pm

-Sat. -Pt. Burwell Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm

-Sat. –APAC Presents: Sarah Slean, 7:30 pm, OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Thamesford, 7:30pm

-Sat-Sun. –GayLea Dairy Museum Christmas Open House (see ad)

-Sat.Sun – Aylmer Parade on ch. 5/5 pm each day

-Sun. – Aylmer Spitfires host Pt. Stanley, 3:45 pm


-Mon. –No Aylmer Council






-Sr B BBall – EESS (2-0) 63 Glencoe 8

-Jr B BBall – EESS (2-0) 55 Glencoe 14

-Boys Hockey -EESS (1-1) 3 CECI 1








From Aylmer Council on December 3/12:  “Councillor Peter Barbour inquires about the progress being made on the Trillium project as most of the equipment has now been moved off Sydenham Street and asks when Sydenham Street will be re-opened. Mr. Dale, Director of Planning and Municipal Services, advises that there is no definitive time frame as yet and he will advise Council further about this.”






(Information on the opening of the EESS Boys’ Hockey season is from Coach Chris Wismer:) – “We will have an eight game regular season as St Joe’s is not in the league this year. We’ve lost our leading scorer Ryan Cooreman. Key returnees are Derek Folkard, Ryan Van Roestel, Garret Hickey, Luke Vanserspank, Riley Harbour, and Dustin Dunlop. Jarrett Farquhar will anchor the goal.”






Aylmer Community Services on Centre St. is holding an Open House with refreshments on Tuesday from Noon to 6pm. Information will be available on their services:  Job Seeker Services, Employer Services, Summer Jobs Service, Employment Counselling, Youth Employment Fund, Youth Engagement Program, Service  Canada Outreach, YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin, and Resume Assistance.






(Information on the beginning of the EESS Girls’ Hockey season is from Coach Katie Horricks:) -“There are several strong returning players including seniors Katharine Barrie, Karli Milmine, Victoria Grunsell, and Danielle Vansevenant. There are also some very strong rookies in Grade 10 (given that there was no season last year) including Carly Van Roestel and Brittany Kirk.  Based on the first two games I’d say we should fair quite well in our league play. The other coach is Robin Jennings-Berden.”






Winter scene at Pt. Bruce. (Don Durkee)

Winter scene at Pt. Bruce. (Don Durkee) (CLICK)






Canadian singer Sarah Slean will be performing this Saturday at the OTHall Theatre (see ad) as part of the Aylmer Performing Arts series. Slean, a Toronto native, has produced eight albums including this year’s ‘Land and Sea’. She has been nominated for three Junos in her fifteen year career.






Second ranked University of Windsor downed Lakehead twice last weekend in OUAA Womens’ basketball, winning 74-35 and 104-55. Aylmer’s Tessa Kreiger started both games and connected for four and seven points respectively. Brock defeated Waterloo 59-35 last weekend with Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen playing 21 minutes and netting six points.






(Contributed) – “Music fans from across North America will once again congregate in Port Dover for three days of entertainment and camaraderie at The Annual Fred Eaglesmith Winter Weekend happening at The Lighthouse Festival Theatre on December 20, 21 and 22. Fred will be releasing  his 20th official recording, Tambourine, which was recorded at Eaglesmith’s studio in Vittoria Ontario. The Friday Dec 20th and Saturday Dec 21st shows will start at 8pm and the Sunday Dec 22nd will be a 2pm matinee show. Tickets are available now at boxoffice@lighthousetheatre.com or by phone 519-583-2221.”






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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)





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