Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


WEDNESDAY, August 29/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu.– TriCounty Fastball B Playoffs – Tillsonburg at Straffordville, 8pm

-Sat. – AylmerLegion Party; 3-8 p.m.; Double L Band; Brats and Hamburgs

-Sat. – Springwater Carnival and Fireworks

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL

 

B Playoffs:

-Straffordville 12 Tillsonburg 3 (first game)

-Harwood 9 Pt. Burwell 0 (first game)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Davis, Robert;  of Tillsonburg, on Thursday, at the age of 77 years. Survivors include: son Kevin (Kelly) of Sparta/Aylmer etc. Bob operated a successful Electrical Contracting Business “Mr. Electric.  A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

 

 

TVDSB: BACKPACKS FOR KIDS

 

Information from Chantal McLaughlin, of the Supplies for Students program operated by the TVDS Board:  “The campaign is run by volunteers in London and we work to meet the needs of families in both the Thames Valley District and London District Catholic no matter where they are located in the school board area. We ask the principals in each school to express how many backpacks they need. We prep the backpacks to be available for the principals to pick up so they can distribute them discreetly to the kids this week or on the first day of school. We don’t have a drop off spot for our specific initiative in Aylmer; however Staples in St. Thomas is working with a local community groups doing the same thing we are and supplies will get to students in your area if dropped off there.”

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER: AYLMER 3 SHEDDEN 1

 

AYLMER – Aylmer FC won the first game of their two game-total goals Southwest Soccer semi-finals last night here by a 3-1 count.  Scorers were Cody Benner with 2 and Craig Vanymeren with 1. The second game is Thursday in Shedden.

 

 

BADDER BUSSES SET FOR TUESDAY 

 

(From Dave Cryderman of Badder Busses, Aylmer) – “There have been some minor changes  in  bus routes for the 2012-2013 school year  but basically most are the same and we are ready to launch buses on September 4th.  This would be a good time to remind parents/ guardians that they must be at the transportation designated bus stop with their JK and SK students for both the morning and afternoon bus run.”

 

 

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TUESDAY, August 28/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Southwest Soccer Semis -Shedden at Aylmer; 7pm; EESS (2nd gm. Thurs.)

 

-Thu. – TriCounty Fastball B Playoffs – Tillsonburg at Straffordville, 7pm

-Sat. -AylmerLegion Party; 3-8 p.m.; Double L Band; Brats and Hamburgs

 

 

NEXT AYLMER BLOOD DONOR CLINIC

 

The next Blood Donor Clinic in Aylmer will be Thursday, Sept. 13 from 2:30-7:30 at the EEC Complex. Call 1 888 2 DONATE to book an appointment.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“EESS CAFETERIA CHANGES HANDS”

(Information from Lesley Shepherd, former Head of the EESS Cafeteria staff) - Largely as a result of a ‘healthier eating’ campaign initiated this fall by Ontario, the management of the cafeteria at EESS has changed ownership. It is now operated by Chartwells which handles most TVDSB cafeterias. The cafeteria had been operated by a teachers’ committee  since 1989 – East Elgin Food Services.

The new nutrition standards apply to all food and beverages sold in elementary and high school cafeterias etc. Greasy and high fat foods  – french fries and gravy, pizza, hamburgers and pop – will no longer be sold,  although schools may designate up to ten days during the school year where these foods and beverages  would be exempt from the nutrition standards. EESS Food Services decided they could not financially make the adjustment needed for the new guidelines. Said Leslely – “We tried to provide healthy choices but the students were not interested in purchasing those foods offered. They wanted their own choices, burgers, fries etc.” An interesting consequence of the decision is a loss of in-school revenue - the EESS Cafe committee used the profits to fund various school activities – $380,000 had been used -an  average profit of $16,000 annually.

 

 

ACTIVE ELGIN DAY ON SEPT. 29

 

Active Elgin is sponsoring various events on Saturday, Sept. 29 where one can try activites for free or discounted prices. Local participants include: Catfish Creek CA (Nature walks from 9am until 3pm, $2), Fitness to the Max (10:30 and ll am; Free 20-minute workouts), Cys Bowling (Free Bowling, 3-5 pm), East Elgin Sportsmens Club (Archery and Shooting, 10 am to 4pm, Cost $10), and the  EEC Complex (Free Shuffleboard, 1-4pm).

 

 

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MONDAY, August 27/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue. -Southwest Soccer Semis -Shedden at Aylmer; 7pm; EESS(2nd gm. Thurs.)

-Sat. -AylmerLegion Party; 3-8 p.m.; Double L Band; Brats and Hamburgs

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Hoffer, Jacobus James; of London, on Thursday, in in his 75th year.  Survivors include: son Keith (Melissa) of Aylmer; brother and brother in law to Peter and Joanne , Bert Vandyk , James Dean all of Aylmer. Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, Lucan on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Lucan, Tuesday, at 10:30 AM.

-McBeth, Marilyn Jean; of Aylmer, on Saturday, aged 80 years. Survivors include: Aunt of Howard McBeth, Wayne McBeth (Wanda), Holly McBeth-Ormerod (David) and Robert McBeth (Dawn) etc. She was born in Aylmer and lived here all her life. Cremation has taken place. A family graveside service will be held at the Aylmer Cemetery at a later date.

-Molasky, Patricia Anne, of Sparta, on Sunday, in her 77th year. Survivors include: son Ken Benson and his wife Arlene of Aylmer etc . She was a retired employee of Imperial Tobacco. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home,  St. Thomas on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Williams on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT (last 2 weeks):

 

– August 13, 2012, Station # 2, Glencolin Line, Burn Complaint

– August 14, 2012 Station #1,  Avon Drive, Medical Assist

– August 14, 2012, Station #1,  Dexter Line, Alarm Malfunction

– August 15, 2012, Station  #1, Levi Street, Alarm Malfunction

August 17, 2012, Station #1 ,#2, #3, #4, Copenhagen;  Fire

(*Detached garage, Improper fuelling of lawn tractor, damage $25,000) 

– August 18, 2012, Station #1,  Rush Creek Line, Medical Assist

– August 19, 2012, Station #1, Imperial Road, Outdoor fire

– August 19, 2012, Station #2, Dingle Line, Medical Assist

– August 20, 2012, Station #2, Rogers Road, Medical Assist

– August 22, 2012, Station #2, Wooleyville, Line, Medical Assist

– August 23, 2012, Station #3, Century Line, Medical Assist

– August 24, 2012, Station #1,  Nova Scotia Line, Perceived emergency

– August 26, 2012, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical 

 

 

 NEW AT McGREGOR THIS FALL

 

(Information from Principal Richard Auckland) -

-Departing staff – Mrs. Hoos (JK/SK), Ms. Mogk (Gr. 3) & Mrs. Christie (ESL), Mrs. Payler- Parenting & Family Literacy Centre.

-Arriving staff – Mrs. Box (Grade 1/2), Mrs Casey is moving from Grade 1 to JK/SK, Miss Stewart is coming in to the Parenting & Family Literacy Centre

-Program changes – The staff is implementing a Mustang Improvement Team which will meet to review student progress and assist those students who require it.

-This is Mr. Auckland’s fourth year as Principal; there is no vice-principal

 

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FRIDAY, August 24/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-Aylmer Farmers Market; 4-8 pm

 

-Sat. – Straffordville WatermelonFest

-Sat. – Rotary Trunk Yard Sale  (see ad)

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER: AYLMER FC ADVANCES

 

Aylmer Rampage defeated Aylmer FC by 2-1 here last night – the first time in four matches this season – but Aylmer FC still won their two game-total goals playoffs by a 6-4 margin to advance in Southwest Soccer action. Aylmer FC will likely face Shedden who also won their playoff series – FC defeated Shedden 4-0 and tied 1-1 in league hookups this year.

 

 

AUG. 20 – LOCAL BEACHES GOOD

 

(From Elgin-St.Thomas Health Unit) –UPDATE–  “As  of  Monday, August 20 no local beaches – Springwater, Pt. Bruce, and Pt. Burwell- are being posted for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination.”

 

 

TRICOUNTY SOFTBALL RESULTS THIS WEEK

 

Ayr 2 Straffordville 1

Innerkip 9 Pt. Burwell 0

Burgessville 6 Straffordville 5

*(End of league – Straffordville 8-14 (9th); Pt. Burwell 2-20 (11th))

 

 

DOORS OPEN ON SEPT. 22

 

The third annual Doors Open East Elgin will be held on September 22.  Participating local venues include: Aylmer Baptist Church, Aylmer Police Station, Shelley McVittie Art Studio, Farmtown Canada at Mapleton,  Masonic Lodge in Aylmer, the Ontario Police College, GayLea Dairy Museum, and Rush Creek Wines as well as Aylmer Heritage and Aylmer Parks walking tours.

 

 

AYLMER ASSAULT

 

(From Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer) – An assault charge was laid against a 21 year old Malahide man after he allegedly punched a 21 year old Aylmer man twice in the face on August 13th in front of a Talbot west business. Police had to chase the fleeing assailant. He was also charged with possession of marijuana and breaching probation over a previous robbery charge.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Recent evening street scene - facing north on Centre. St. - in Aylmer (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“POLICE CALLED TO FAIR”

“Aylmer Police were called to sort out a dispute during the Aylmer Fair Demolition Derby Saturday. Two male drivers from St.Thomas with an ongoing grudge got into an argument during the competition. When they were both competing during the derby one driver was considered eliminated when the second driver struck his vehicle. But the hit was considered unsportsmanlike and the offending driver was ejected and banned from future competitions. An argument ensued. The impacted driver had bruising from the impact. No charges were laid.”

 

 

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THURSDAY, Aug. 23/12

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THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today; but will publish Friday this week

 

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WEDNESDAY, August 22/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-Wed. – TriCounty Fastball – Innerkip at Pt.Burwell; 8pm  (end of league)

 

-Thu. – Southwest Soccer Playoff #2 – Aylmer FC vs. Rampage; 7 pm; EESS

-Fri. – Aylmer Farmers Market; 4-8 pm

-Sat. – Straffordville WatermelonFest

-Sat. – Rotary Trunk Yard Sale  (see ad)

 

 

MUSEUM IN THE LIBRARY?

 

(From Nancie Irving, Aylmer Clerk) – At the August 7 Aylmer Council meeting, Mayor Couckuyt distributed notices of motions for the next meeting of Council scheduled on September 4, 2012.  The motions read as follows:

(a)  “That Council offer the ground floor of the Old Town Hall, that being the area now leased by the Elgin County Library, to the Aylmer and Malahide Museum for the annual lease of $20,000 for a period of 30 years; and that such lease begin when the library moves into its new facility.”

(b)   “That Council rescind the following motion passed on January 09, 2012: “That the Town Staff obtain Request For Quotes for architect costs for a conceptual design; it being noted that all 7 concept drawings and the recommendation from the Library Facility Review Committee will be provided to the architect.”

(c)   “That Council endorse in principle the construction of a library facility on the southeast corner of the “Town Square” at the intersection of John and Sydenham streets;  That a Building Committee composed of two Councillors, the Mayor, the Director of Planning and the CAO be established; and That this Committee select an architect, with Council’s approval, to provide a conceptual drawing showing three possible configurations of  about 10,000 square feet: a one Storey; a two Storey;  a two Storey with a connection to the Old Town Hall theater.”

 

 

MALAHIDE ACCIDENT

 

(From Elgin OPP) – On August 5 around 5 pm a 17-year old Central Elgin female stopped at Hacienda Road and Talbot Line going north and as she proceeded she hit a westbound car on Talbot Line driven by a 70 year old Malahide male. There were no injuries. The girl was charged with failing to yield.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER: AYLMER FC WINS 5-2

 

Cody Benner scored 4 goals as Aylmer FC defeated Aylmer Rampage 5-2 in the first game of their two game-total goals, first round Southwest Soccer playoffs in Aylmer last night. Second game is Thursday at EESS.

 

 

MALAHIDE DAIRY MUSEUM FUN DAY

 

The GayLea Dairy Heritage Museum on Jamestown Road in Malahide is having their first Pioneer Fun Day this Saturday from 10-5 with pioneer games, demonstrations, homemade ice cream, childrens events etc. Cost is $5 with children under 12 free.

 

 

 THE LOCAL LENS

 

An appealing arrangement of petunias behind the Town Hall library. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

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TUESDAY, August 21/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-Southwest Soccer Playoffs – Aylmer FC vs. Aylmer Rampage, EESS, 7pm

-TriCounty Fastball – Woodstock at Straffordville, 8:30

 

-Wed. – Tricounty Fastball – Innerkip at Pt.Burwell; 8pm  (end of league)

-Thu. – Southwest Soccer Playoff #2 – Aylmer FC vs. Rampage; 7 pm; EESS

-Fri. – Aylmer Farmers Market; 4-8 pm

-Sat. – Straffordville WatermelonFest

-Sat. – Rotary Trunk Yard (see ad)

 

 

AYLMER VS. AYLMER IN SOUTHWEST SOCCER

 

The two Aylmer teams in the 10-team Southwest Soccer League will face each other in the first round of playoffs – beginning tonight at 7pm at EESS. Aylmer FC finished second behind West Elgin with a 12-3-3 record and Aylmer Rampage was seventh with a 7-10-1 mark. They will play a two games , total goals series with the second game Thursday. Aylmer FC won both games against the Rampage in league play – by 3-0 and 3-2. Last week Aylmer Rampage concluded their schedule with wins over Mt. Brydges 3-1 and London RayJames 2-1.

 

 

AYLMER BEES STILL BUZZING

 

A recent story from a Belmont area beekeeper noted that large numbers of local bees are again dying unexpectedly this year. Commented Chris Heimstra of Clovermead of Aylmer:  “We have seen cups of dead bees in some bee yards, in front of some hives and samples have been taken; we suspect insecticide poisoning. It has only shown up in two areas so far, but we haven’t been around to all of our hives yet this week,  so we do not know if it is happening in our other beekeeping areas. The dry summer may have an effect on insecticides not getting washed off or who knows what the reason is, but we have not really had much problem the last 5 years, in comparison to 10 years ago and the spraying of sweet corn with Furadan. Otherwise, the honey crop is good.”

 

 

AYLMER NEWSBRIEFS:

 

-Allison Barrie, 19, of Aylmer, a recent EESS graduate,  is the new Aylmer Fair Ambassador.

-Aylmer Council decided recently that washrooms at Palmer Bandshell will be open during official events there.

-A dispute exists over who the new EEC Complex rep should be. Aylmer Council recently nominated Mary French. Malahide Council nominated Jim Crane.

-Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives presents: Thoughtful Thursdays beginning Thursday Sept 6, from 10:30-11:30 am at the Perc Coffeeshop. (Free to museum members, $3 for non-members.)

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE WATERMELONFEST SAT. 

 

This Saturday is Straffordville’s award-winning Watermelon Fest.  Key events include: the Fireman’s breakfast at the Straffordville Firehall at 8am, a Parade at 10am, Opening Ceremonies at 11am, and a Movie in the Park at dusk.  Other activities include: Free watermelon slices, free rides, free entertainment, free contests, free cotton candy, free face painting, Dignitary seed spitting, watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, library book sale, silent auction, crafters, food vendors, Gator pull, Middlesex Dog Agility show, Zumba demos etc.

 

 

LOCAL BEACHES STILL GOOD

 

(From Elgin-St.Thomas Health Unit) –UPDATE–  “As  of  Monday, August 13 no local beaches -Springwater, Pt. Bruce, and Pt. Burwell- are being posted for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination.”

 

 

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MONDAY, Aug. 20/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-Tue. -TriCounty Fastball – Woodstock at Straffordville, 8:30

-Fri. – Aylmer Farmers Market

-Sat. – Straffordville WatermelonFest

-Sat. – Rotary Trunk Yard Sale

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Greer, Elizabeth ‘Betty’; of Aylmer; on Sunday; aged 61 years; Survivors include: husband Allan; sister-in-law Donna (Murray) Holden of Eden etc. Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral Mass at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg on Friday at 10 am.

-Shackelton, Kenneth, of Springfield, on Saturday, in his 90th year. Survivors include: wife Leone (Silverthorn) Shackelton; children Brian (Mary Jane) Shackelton, Springfield; Mark (Susan) Shackelton, Aylmer; brother Les Shackelton of Springfield etc.  He was a lifelong resident of Springfield. Visitation at H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Springfield Baptist Church on Tuesday, at 11:00 am.

-Friesen, Johan, of Aylmer; on Saturday, in his 60th year. Survivors include: wife Maria (Woelke) Friesen; children Susan, Jake, Sara, Anna, Peter, Margaret, Helen, Mary, Nancy, Tina, Lisa, Agatha, Eva, Johnny, Trudy and Henry. He was born in Mexico. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer 2-4 & 7-9 pm Monday. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Aylmer on Tuesday, at 2:00 pm.

-Grass, Donald Harvey, of RR6 Aylmer, on Saturday, in his 85th year. Survivors include: wife Marjorie (Bowen) Grass and the late Hazel (Ronson) Grass; children: Tracy Tribe and husband Mark of R.R.# 2, Aylmer etc. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m.

-Mickle, Anna Elizabeth; in her 93rd year; at Parkwood, London. Survivors include:  sister  Helen Chivers of Vienna; Cremation has taken place. A Service will be held at North Broadway Baptist Church in Tillsonburg, on Tuesday, at 11:00.

-Barclay, Anite (June); on August 5th, in her 83rd year. She was a former member of the Straffordvile UCW and Lioness. A memorial service was held at Straffordville United Church, on August 13th.

-Weesjes, Bertha; of Pt. Stanley and formerly of Aylmer; on Friday, August 10, in her 88th year. Survivors include: husband Ed Weesjes; children Ena and Paul Vanden Brink , Albert and Grace Weesjes, Adrian and Wendy Weesjes; all of Aylmer; Betty and Herman Siemens of Belmont, etc.  She was born in the Netherlands. The service was held on August 13. Arrangements through Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer.

-Thompson, Denniss; of Springfield, on August 10, at the age of 45 years. Survivors include: wife Lorelei (Becker); son Colin etc. The Funeral was Saturday. Arrangments were through Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Work on the repaving of King Street from Talbot to Pine began last week - it should be completed within two weeks. The entrance to the municipal parking lot has been relocated from King to Sydenham St. as a result. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS RECENTLY:

 

–August 8, 2012 – Station #4,  Avon Drive, Brush Fire

–August 9, 2012 – Station #3.  College Line, Medical Assist

–August 9,2012 – Station #1,  Levi Street, Medical Assist

–August 10, 2012 – Station #4, Pigram Line, Medical Assist

–August 11, 2012 – Station # 2,  Chalet Line, Medical Assist

– August 11, 2012, Station # 3, Tracey Street, Medical Assist

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL

 

Recent Results: (22 game schedule)

-Burgessville 6 Straffordville (8-12) 5

-Oxford 11 Pt. Burwell (2-19) 1

-Innerkip 6 Pt. Burwell 4

-Ayr 9 Pt. Burwell 4

 

 

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FRIDAY, August 10/12

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THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish until Aug. 20

 

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THURSDAY, August 9/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-Malahide Council, 7 pm

-TriCounty Fastball –  Burgessville at Straffordville, 8:30

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

 

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

-Fri-Sun – Aylmer Fair

-Fri-Sat – Periscope Theatre, Vienna

-Sat. – Aylmer Bathhouse Opening – 12:30 (Free Swim 1:30)

 

 

AYLMER FAIR STARTS TOMORROW

 

Friday: – Grounds Open 10 am; Midway at Noon;  Pet Show at Noon; Opening Ceremonies at 7pm; Chuckwagon Races on Grandstand to follow.

 

 

TUESDAY’S AYLMER COUNCIL BRIEFS:

 

-King Street will be paved over the next 2 weeks and access to the Municipal Parking lot will be diverted to Sydenham Street as a result

-Mary French be appointed as the joint member of the East Elgin Community Complex Board of Management

-Council supported the following resolution from the Library Ad Hoc Committee:  “That the Library Ad Hoc Committee recommends the expansion of the Aylmer library facility, subject to suitable funding, in conjunction with appropriate space being provided for the Aylmer Museum (subject to agreement in a leasing arrangement), and to also include modifications to the space allocated to the Aylmer Theatre.”

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL (22 game schedule):

 

Straffordville (7-11) 5 Innerkip 3

Oxford 5 Straffordville 2

Sweaburg 7 Pt. Burwell (2-16) 1

 

 

OFFICIAL BATHHOUSE OPENING SATURDAY

 

The new Bathhouse at the Aylmer Pool will have an official opening this Saturday at 12:30 (with free swimming to follow). (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“SHAWN TOMPKINS PASSES”

“Shawn Tompkins, a native of Corinth and a graduate of EESS, and a noted North American Mixed Martial Arts trainer,  died in his sleep while in Hamilton Saturday night. He was 37 and was married. His training operation was based in LasVegas but he was back in Canada for training purposes last week.”

 

 

ALL LOCAL BEACHES GOOD

 

(From Elgin-St.Thomas Health Unit) –UPDATE–  “As  of  Thursday, August 2 no local beaches -Springwater, Pt. Bruce, and Pt. Burwell-  are being posted for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination.”

 

 

MOTORCYCLE EVENT AT OPC

 

(From GLPMTS website) – The 2012 Great Lakes Police Motorcycle Training Seminar is being held currently at the Ontario Police College (Aug. 8-11) and the public is invited to view the sessions/competitions – mostly 11 am to 4 pm daily – involving police riders from across North America. Saturday has the main events.

 

 

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