Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, October 2/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Sports – Girls BBall teams, SR Football all at Parkside

-All Week: Aylmer curbside brush collection

 

-Wed. -Aylmer Spitfires host Lambeth, 7:15pm

-Wed. -EESS hosts JR Girls BBall vs. Glencoe

-Wed. -OPC FunRun

-Thu. -EESS Commencement

-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Fri. -EESS Football: Jr – host PCI, 6pm – Sr host TBurg 8pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Krug, Lois Ethel,  of Aylmer,  today,  in her 86th year. She was the wife of the late James Krug (2008).  Survivors include: daughter Gloria Wilson and husband Tom of Port Burwell etc.. Lois was a former employee of Imperial Tobacco. Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held on Saturday,  at 11:00 am.

 

-Woodworth, Joanne Mary “Jo“, of R.R.2 Vienna, on Monday, in her 63rd year. Survivors include: husband Kevin Woodworth; daughter Rachel Glazer (Chay Welch) of Aylmer etc.. Cremation has taken place and there will be no service. Arrangements through Kebbels Funeral Home, Aylmer.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– September 17, Station #4,  Crossley-Hunter Line, Medical Assist

– September 19, Station #2, 1 North Street, Aylmer, Mutual Aid

– September 10, Station #2,  Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– September 21, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– September 23, Station #1,  Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– September 24, Station #1,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– September 27, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– September 30, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Field Fire

– September 3, Station #4,  Lyons Line, Medical Assist

 

 

MENNONITE TRAFFEN SUNDAY

 

The annual Mennoniten Traffen hosted by Mennonite Community Services of Aylmer drew three hundred and forty Low German speaking people to the EEC Complex on Sunday afternoon. The event is an opportunity for Low German speaking people to connect with each other as they celebrate a common heritage. (Photo by Helena Bergen) (CLICK)

 

 

UPCOMING AT AYLMER-MALAHIDE MUSEUM

 

(Contributed) – “Thoughtful Thursdays – On October 25,  at The Perc, from 10:30-11:30 is:  Black Cats and Gravestones – which is a hands-on discussion on Local Funeral Directors, Mourning Habits and Customs (including Halloween Postcards and Mourning Art).

A New Exhibit begins Tuesday, October 16.  Sports Central is a look at sports in Aylmer through the years.

And Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives’ 11th Annual Tour of Homes is November 16, 7-10 pm and November 17, 1-9 pm. It is a tour of four beautiful homes in Aylmer that have been decorated by local merchants. Tickets are $15.00 and available at the Museum 519-773-9723. The Baptist Church Turkey Dinner is on November 16 from 6 to 7pm. ($12.00). Tickets for the dinner must be purchased before November 10.

 

 

HAZARD.WASTE TURNOUT DOWN SLIGHTLY

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Director of Operations for Aylmer) – Saturday’s Hazardous Waste depot attracted contributions from 368 Aylmer and Malahide households, down from 437 last year. The decrease was largest for Aylmer as 212 residents attended (the town’s lowest turnout in 10 years) – compared to 267 in 2011.  Since 1995 when the collections began,  the best turnouts have actually been in four of the  past six years.

 

 

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MONDAY, October 1/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

-All week: Aylmer curbside brush collection

 

-Wed. -Aylmer Spitfires host Lambeth, 7:15pm

-Wed. -EESS hosts JR Girls BBall vs. Glencoe

-Wed. -OPC FunRun

-Thu. -EESS Commencement

-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Fri. -EESS Football: Jr – host PCI, 6pm – Sr host TBurg 8pm

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Abrams, Peter, of Aylmer,  on Saturday, in his 87th year. Survivors include: wife Sara (Dueck) Abrams; eight children, 30 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at The Somerfeld Mennonite Church, Mount Salem on Wednesday, at 2:00 pm.

 

-Hughson, Katherine “Kay”, of Terrace Lodge Aylmer, on Sunday, in her 93rd year. Spouse of the late Charles Wiltshire (1952) and the late Howard Hughson(1996). Survivors include: daughters Lynn Thurston, Sharyn Soper, Cindy Hughson.  She was born in Yugoslavia. Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m .

 

-Mansion, Kenneth Roy, of Springford and formerly of Aylmer, on Sunday, at the age of 85. Predeceased by his wife Marion Louise (Hawley) (2004). Visitation is on Wednesday, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.. The Funeral Service will be Thursday at 11 am at Verhoeves.

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS FRIDAY:

 

-FOOTBALL: SR – EESS 37 ST MARYS 23

-FOOTBALL: JR – TILL. 17 EESS 8

 

 

 

THEATRE WORKSHOPS IN PT BURWELL

 

(Contributed) – “A series of workshops, sponsored by Bayham’s Periscope Playhouse, on the art of improvisation will be held every Thursday, beginning Thursday, October 4th, at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Port Burwell.  Members of the Playhouse, trained at Toronto’s Second City, plus other Playhouse members, will lead these sessions. Said Marion Rogers of Periscope: “When we did this a few years ago, two new actors emerged to perform at Theatre Tillsonburg.  We’re hoping more will follow to swell our local talent bank. ”  Sessions begin at 8:00 pm, lasting until 9:30pm and are free to members of the Playhouse, $2 for the general public.  For more information, call 519-874-4286 or visit www. periscopeplayhouse.ca.”

 

 

 

SPITS STILL LOOKING FOR A WIN

 

AYLMER – The Aylmer Spitfires are still winless after their opening five games of the Niagara Junior C hockey season as they lost 5-2 to Norwich here Saturday. Eric Nemeth and Mitch Roloson scored for Aylmer. This week’s games are: Wednesday hosting  Lambeth; Friday in Woodstock and Saturday hosting Glanbrook.

 

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“While we acknowledge the self proclaimed bias of Aylmer News in regards to expansion of the library (which is not required), publishing information of usage growth while neglecting to identify population growth over the same period does not reflect well on the proponents of the expansion which is on the taxpapers’ backs. (Peter Stevens)

(EDITOR: This is in reference to a recent article noting that borrowing of items is up nearly threefold since the library was relocated in 1981. According to Census Canada, Aylmer’s population has only increased from about  5200 to 7500 – about 45%.)

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS OUTLOOK:

 

SR. GIRLS BASKETBALL

(Information from coach Chris Wismer) “We have  4 of 5 starters back from the TVRAA and WOSSAA finalists team last year. We lost Suann Suderman to graduation. Our key players are Liz Rollo, Katherine Barrie, Karli Milmine and Kira Cornelissen. Other important contributors will be Emily Febrey, Michaela Vansevenant and Carly McCann.”

 

 

 

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FRIDAY, Sept. 28/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Football: Sr. Host Wood. StMarys 1pm; Jr. Host TBurg 3pm

-Aylmer Farmers Market, 4-8

 

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Norwich, 7:30

-Sat. –Aylmer/Malahide Hazardous Waste Depot 9am-2 pm; at EEC Complex

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive  8:30 am (see ad)

-Sat. –Active Elgin Day (see Tues. story)

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Next Week: Aylmer curbside brush collection

 

 

 OBITUARY:

 

- Oliver, Leslie, of Simcoe, formerly of Aylmer, on Thursday, in his 97th year. The funeral will be at H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday, October 5, at 1:00 pm. with visitation one hour prior.

 

 

EESS SPORTS THUR.

 

GIRLS BBALL= JR – EESS 67 WESS 5; SR – EESS 54 WESS 8

 

 

MENNONITE TRAFFEN HERE SUNDAY

 

AYLMER –  The annual Mennonite Traffen, a get-together of local Low German groups sponsored by Aylmer Mennonite Services, will be held Sunday at the EEC Complex. Guest speaker is John Janzen of Mennonite Central Committee Canada who will share information on recent visits to Mennonite colonies in Mexico and South America.

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL B FINALS

 

Thursday – Harwood 6 Straffordville 3 (best of seven series tied 1-1)

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY

 

Among agenda items to be discussed:

-Malahide Council request that Aylmer Council provide justification for the re-hiring of a Program CoOrdinator for the EEC Complex

-Request by Mike Hutchinson Properties to purchase .9 acres from the town just south of the No Frills store.

 

 

TEAM ONT. SLEDGE IN AYLMER SAT.-SUN.

 

(Contributed) – “The East Elgin Community Complex has been the proud host venue of many sledge hockey games, including: Team Canada vs. Team USA and Team Ontario vs. Russian Nationals! We are pleased to welcome back Team Ontario Sledge and they play exhibition games this weekend – Saturday and Sunday mornings 9:15a.m. to 12:15p.m. and Saturday evening 5:15p.m. to 8:15p.m.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS

 

Progress photo of Tarry Park development south of Fath Ave. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

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THURSDAY, Sept. 27/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Girls BBall: host WESS

 

-Fri. -EESS Football: Sr. Host Wood. StMarys 1pm; Jr. Host TBurg  3pm

-Fri. -Aylmer Farmers Market

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Norwich, 7:30

-Sat. –Aylmer/Malahide Hazardous Waste Depot 9am-2 pm; at EEC Complex

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive  8:30 am (see ad)

-Sat. – Active Elgin Day (see Tues. story)

-Next Week: Aylmer curbside brush collection

 

 

LIBRARY USE NEARLY TRIPLED SINCE MOVE

 

The number of items circulating at the Aylmer library has almost tripled (see second paragraph) since its relocation to the Old Town Hall in 1981.

(Information from Chris Mayhew at the Aylmer Library) – “In 2011 the Aylmer Old Town Hall Library provided service for 3878 registered library users – 37% of the total number of Elgin County Library registered borrowers. These patrons came from Aylmer (54%), Malahide (25%), Bayham (5%) as well as other adjacent municipalities. In 2011 Aylmer Library also had 122,85 people using their Public Access Computers. 125 children, teens, and adult library programs were enjoyed by 2420 people of all ages.

In 2011 the Library circulated 81,347 items – books, DVDs, magazines, Cds, literacy materials and other formats (30% of the total circulation for Elgin County Library). Comparison of Items circulated: 1983=30,000; 1986= 50,000; 2003= 73,000; 2011=82,000.

 

 

EESS SPORTS OUTLOOK:

 

GIRLS’ FIELD HOCKEY

(From Coach Angie Roth) – “There are 25 girls on the team.  Key players lost from last year are: Holly Scherer, Monica Loewen, Sammy Vansevenant, Ashley Waite, Kelsey Duffy and Mady Derrough. Breanna Walker and Lucy Robinson, both in grade 12, are back but are injured. Veteran returnees are: Lindsay Dawson, Kristen Brunsden, Karissa Paterson, Hilary Laking (goalie), Tess Ward, Cassandra Young and Olivia Neukamm.The team has a lot of rookies combined with veterans, an excellent match for a rebuilding year. We have a strong group of grade nines this year, many of whom play either ice hockey or soccer. It will be a great season for both growth and performance.”

JR. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

(Information from Coach Sean Beilhartz) – “We return 7 players (including Shelby Kampers, Ally DeCoutere, Chelsea Allen and captain Chelsea Zavitz). The Grade 9s have had a strong influence on this year’s team. Players who have contributed early are Kendra Horlick and Amanda Milmine. We have only been together for 2 weeks and are behind the other teams at this point but we are looking to defend our Southeast Championship and hope to be there in the end.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

The North Pole Restaurant at the corner of Talbot/Myrtle is now closed and for sale. (kb) CLICK)

 

 

JOEL LAMOURE GAINS UNESCO LEAD

 

(Contributed/Press Release from Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University, London) – “Joel Lamoure, of Aylmer, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Western and a critical care pharmacist, has been named the Chief/Lead for the Canadian Network investigating bioethics in the medical curriculum on behalf of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics.

The networks, established in 29 countries, have been tasked with determining the status of medical education deliverables in bioethics across the country including quality, placement, sustainability and robustness within the medical curriculum. Lamoure also serves as a scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute and a surveyor with Accreditation Canada. He was licensed as a pharmacist in 1991 and completed his Doctorate in Divinity in 2011.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -EESS Girls BBall host WESS

-Fri. -EESS Football: Sr. Host Wood. StMarys 1pm; Jr. Host TBurg  3pm

-Sat. –Aylmer/Malahide Hazardous Waste Depot 9am-2 pm; at EEC Complex

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive  8:30 am (see ad)

-Sat. – Active Elgin Day (see Tues. story)

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUES.

 

-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS 53 AVSS 11; JR – EESS 62 AVSS 2

-BOYS VBALL – SR – GLENCOE 3 EESS 0 (no EESS Jr. this year)

-(LAST WEEK) – FIELD HOCKEY – EESS 2 CECI 0

 

 

AYLMER ASSAULT

 

A 50 year old London man was charged with two counts of assault after he accosted his nephew and a passerby uptown on Talbot St. east last Thursday about 7pm. The man approached his 26-year old nephew on the street and grabbed him but the nephew fled on a bicycle. The uncle chased him and caught him and pushed him again and also a 20-year old  female who tried to intervene. There were no serious injuries.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

A fall sunset looking west on the tracks on Elm Street (By Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

FRED BODWORTH DIES

 

(From the Toronto Star) – Fred Bodsworth, a noted Canadian author who was born in  Port Burwell,  died in Toronto on September 15,  aged 93.  His first book, at age 37,  was ‘Last of the Curlews’ in 1955.  More than 3 million copies of this have been sold and the novel, about a male Eskimo curlew bird that spends months seeking a mate while facing extinction, was made into an animated film in 1972. His last novel was in 1967.

Bodsworth was honoured in 2003 with the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen Award for lifetime achievement. In 2005 the Pt. Burwell library was named after him. He was predeceased by his wife and is survived by three children. There will be a hike in his memory at Bracebridge Kerr Park on October 7.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“STUDERS ICE MOVES TO LONDON”

Studers’ Ice of Aylmer has officially closed its doors this week and  relocated to London.  Studers’ also owns London Quality Dairy and both businesses will now work out of a new building in London. The variety store in Aylmer will remain. LQD is at 34 Swiftsure Crt. London (close to Veterans Memorial Parkway and Trafalgar St.). LQD is a wholesale distributor of both dairy and non-dairy products.  Customers range from large grocery stores, to restaurants and convenience stores and they also serve many public schools and institutions. They carry a wide variety of brands including Steen’s Dairy, Sealtest/Natrel Dairy and Gay Lea.”  

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Update photo of the new 5-storey Trillium Apartment complex being constructed at John/Sydenham Streets. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

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TUESDAY, Sept. 25/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -EESS Girls BBall host WESS

-Fri. -EESS Football: Sr. Host Wood. StMarys 1pm; Jr. Host TBurg  3pm

-Sat. –Aylmer/Malahide Hazardous Waste Depot 9am-2 pm; at EEC Complex

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive  8:30 am (see ad)

-Sat. – Active Elgin Day

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Bowen, Karl; of Aylmer; today; in his 74th year. Survivors include: brother Wray Bowen and wife Carole of Aylmer etc.. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday,  at 11:00 am.

-Benner, Reta Mae; of Straffordville, on Monday, in her 79th year. Survivors include: husband Frank Benner etc.. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 7 – 9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, at 11:00 am. Cremation will follow.

-Post, Abel, at Terrace Lodge, Aylmer, on Monday, in his 95th year. Survivors include: daughter Ida Martin and partner John Agar. The funeral will be at the Williams Funeral Home, St.Thomas, Thursday at 1pm.

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL B PLAYOFFS

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-Mon. – Straffordville 6 Harwood 5 (Straffordville leads best of seven, 1-0)

-Next game – Thursday in Hickson

 

 

AYLMER ASSAULT 

 

AYLMER – A 16 year old Aylmer male was charged with assault last Wednesday after Police received information that he grabbed and shoved an 18-year old female at her Talbot west residence the previous weekend. The accused apparently became agitated over the particulars of a marijuana purchase at the female’s home. No serious injuries were sustained.

 

 

FALL PROGRAMS AT AYLMER LIBRARY

 

-Family Story time is Tuesdays 11 – 11:30 am; Preschool Story time is Thursdays 11 – 11:30 am

-New Adult Book Club starts Friday Oct. 5th – 10:30 – 11:30. We are reading “The Thirteenth Tale”

-Thanksgiving Dinner Tablescapes – Party planning ideas!  Tuesday, Oct. 2nd  1:30-4 pm. ($5.00 please register)

-Mother/Daughter Book Club – 1st meeting Tuesday, October 16;   Reading “Anne of Green Gables”

-Geronimo Stilton visits the Aylmer Library on October 20th.

 

 

AYLMER FIRE DEPT. REPORT:

 

Sept 14 @11:38 hours, South St. E.  – alarm sounding, low battery in detector

Sept 15 @ 16:35 hours, 211 John St. N. person trapped in elevator

Sept 19 @ 6:51 hours, North St., Carbon Monoxide Response, no CO detected

Sept 21 @ 16:20 hours, Sydenham St. E., medical response- delay of EMS

Sept 23 @ 14:04 hours, John St. n. Carbon Monoxide Response, no CO detected

 

 

ACTIVE ELGIN IS SATURDAY

 

The annual Active Elgin event -where one can try various activities for free or at discounted prices – is this Saturday. Local participants include: Catfish Creek CA (Nature walks at Springwater from 9am until 3pm, $2), Fitness to the Max (10:30 and 11 am – Free 20-minute workouts), Cy’s Bowling (Free Bowling, 3-5 pm), East Elgin Sportsmen’s Club (Archery and Shooting, 10 am to 4pm, Cost $10), and the EEC Complex (Free Shuffleboard, 1-4pm).

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

End of summer - Sept. 21st - at Pt. Bruce (By Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

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MONDAY, Sept. 24/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-TriCounty Fastball Playoffs – Harwood at Straffordville, 8

 

-Thu. -EESS Girls BBall host WESS

-Fri. -EESS Football: Sr. Host Wood. StMarys 1pm; Jr. Host TBurg at 3pm

-Sat. –Aylmer/Malahide Hazardous Waste Depot 9am-2 pm; at EEC Complex

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive  8:30 am(see ad)

-Sat. – Active Elgin Day

 

 

BOY,6, ATTACKED BY DOG

 

AYLMER – A 6-year old boy suffered multiple bite wounds when he was attacked by a rottweiler dog near the corner of Victoria and Sydenham streets around 4pm Friday.

The boy, who attends school in Tillsonburg but was staying at his mother’s place here on the PA day,  was bicycling with a friend across the street when the three year old dog jumped a four and a half foot backyard fence at a residence and started down the driveway. The dog’s owner grabbed the dog briefly but he broke loose and went after the boy as he played, with adult supervision. A male neighbor quickly responded and pulled the dog off the boy. The boy suffered injuries to his face, arms and legs and was taken by ambulance to St. Thomas and London hospitals for stitches but was later released. (His mother reported he is making a “great recovery”.)

The dog had no history of biting but is on a 10-day, in house quarantine issued by the St.Thomas-Elgin Public Health Unit for medical purposes. Aylmer Police are still investigating as to whether charges will be laid.

 

 

SPITS STILL WINLESS

 

AYLMER –  Aylmer Spitfires are still looking for their first win after four games of the Niagara Junior C hockey season. At home Saturday they were edged 5-3 by Paris and Friday they were defeated at Norwich by 6-3. Their next match is Saturday hosting Norwich. Friday Aylmer goals were scored by: Brad Payne, Trevor Stewart and Rhys Thornton. Saturday Aylmer goals were counted by Payne, Todd Laurindo and Scott Mugford.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Van Gurp, Theresa; of Aylmer, on Friday; in her 67th year. Survivors include: husband Neil; siblings Henry Weverink and wife Louise, Len Weverink and wife Jane, Victor Weverink and wife Ena, all of Aylmer etc. She was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at Bethel United Reformed Church on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Church on Tuesday, at 11:00 am.

 

 

AYLMER WOMAN BILKED OF $4000

 

A 29-year old Aylmer woman reported to Police Friday that she had been a victim of fraud – having sent $4000 to a “South African soldier in Afghanistan” who asked her to send money so  he could “get back home.”  She forwarded the money through Western Union – after several communications -and then heard nothing.

 

 

DOORS OPEN LAST SATURDAY:

 

The meeting room of the Malahide Masonic Lodge (built in 1955) at the corner of South and St. George Streets was a feature of the Doors Open event in East Elgin on Saturday. Pictured, left to right, are hosts John Smith, Don Fick, and George Sinden. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

AYLMER MAN, 66, GUILTY OF SEXUAL ACTS

 

AYLMER – In Elgin court recently, a 66-year old Pt. Bruce man pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual interference involving his three grand-daughters. The incidents happened in Aylmer in 2008 and 2009 and Police were informed in May, 2011. The girls were 12, 10 and 8 at the time.  The man was given 31 days in jail (time served before the trial), two years probabtion, a ban on communication with the grandchildren, a ban on being in Aylmer’s playgrounds, parks etc. and identification in Canada’s Sex Registry. All involved have since moved out of town.

 

 

HAZARDOUS WASTE DEPOT SATURDAY

 

The annual Hazardous Waste Depot for Aylmer and Malahide residents will be held at the EEC Complex this Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Among acceptable items are: paints, motor oils, car batteries, phones, computers, televisions etc. Prohibited items include major appliances, tires etc. (Check the municipal websites.)

 

 

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FRIDAY, Sept. 21/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Farmers Market, Palmer Park, 4-8 pm

-TVDSB Elementary Schools PA Day

-(Rescheduled: EESS Home Football is next Friday)

-Sat. – Aylmer Spitfires host Paris, 7:30 pm

-Sat. – Doors Open East Elgin

 

-Sat. –Sept. 29–Hazardous Waste Depot/Club 7 Paper Drive/Active Elgin Day

 

 

THE AYLMER MUSE:

 

Some thoughts on the Aylmer Library/Museum/Theatre expansion plans (And I have a bias here):

1. We need more accommodation for all three – now. Yes, the economy is still somewhat unstable but this a project that will be completed and financed over several years (and some private monies/grants will help).  Growth is needed – our library has 4000 square feet, other towns this size have/require 10,000 square feet. It has been too crowded for  years already. Nearly all Elgin libraries have expanded since Aylmer’s was relocated in the Old Town Hall in 1981 – Aylmer families deserve the same.

2. Aylmer library use –despite technological trends – has been/will be steadily growing. Despite e-reader/internet competition I think we have a rural and Low German Mennonite population that will continue to use hard copy materials.

3. Use a Public building. I would prefer not to have private interests/agendas controlling a public necessity.

4. Keep the library in the present building – use what is was re-designed for to keep costs reasonable – and expand. I like the idea of a walkway to a separate addition at the back (west) – two storeys and a basement- using part of the parking lot. A walkway would be minimal interference with its Heritage appeal . And I would prefer to preserve as much green and open space in this ‘core’ as possible. So for financial and environmental reasons, I don’t like a new large structure on the corner as suggested by the Mayor.

5. I don’t think the Museum would fit in the present library. The Museum has 3200 square feet where it is; they need 5000 and the library is only 4200 (they would need another building as well?).  I do think they need to be downtown – the Old Steam Laundry building seems a good choice if available. If not, there are other central residences available that might suffice.

6. I don’t think we need more space for seniors but a third necessity is that the upstairs Theatre needs expansion for dressing rooms and a lobby area. Perhaps another walkway(s) could join to the Steam Laundry building to accommodate both requirements.

7. One more thing. Credit the Mayor for his initiatives here,  but Council has now formed a fourth library committee on this matter and this one (which will make the most decisions) has no representation from the public which I think needs addressing. (KB)

 

 

EESS SPORTS THUR.

 

-GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY – PCI 2 EESS 0;  EESS vs CECI (no report)

-BOYS VOLLEYBALL – EESS host WESS (no report)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Noels, Phyllis; of Straffordville, on Sunday, aged 93. She was born in Bayham. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, Clifford and Marlene Noels of Straffordville etc. ; A memorial service will be held in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Tillsonburg on Saturday, at 11 a.m.

 

 

FOURTH LIBRARY COMMITTEE NOW SET UP!

 

(From Council minutes) – The Library Facility Design Ad Hoc Committee, which was formed just earlier this year, has completed its mandate and will no longer meet. Its chair was Councillor Peter Barbour – it had five other members – and they only met on three occasions. At the September 4 Council meeting, a new Library Building Committee was created consisting of two Councillors (Judi Wright and Arthur Oslach were these appointments at the September 10 Council meeting) as well as the Mayor, the Director of Planning and the CAO. Their only duty to date is to select an architect to provide a conceptual drawing for a new library building. They will hold their first meeting next Thursday at 3:30.

 

 

KELLY’S DELI HAS NEW OWNER, LOCATION

 

The former Kelly’s Deli on Talbot west will re-open next week under new ownership – and with a slight change in location. The new owner is Trina Miedema of Aylmer and she is moving the store just next door to the east (former Rozelle’s outlet). She will keep the same services – deli, lunches, Dutch import products – with plans for some catering and expand her hours somewhat – now 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday. The new store will be called “Slice of Aylmer: Deli and Imports”.

 

 

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THURSDAY, Sept. 20/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

- Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

- EESS Hosts Boys Volleyball vs. WESS

-McGregor Parent-Teacher Night (Cancelled)

 

-Fri. – Farmers Market, Palmer Park, 4-8 pm

-Fri – TVDSB Elementary Schools PA Day

-Fri. – EESS Football – Jr. Host T-Burg 6pm; Sr. Host Wood. StMarys, 8 pm

-Sat. – Doors Open East Elgin

-Sat. – Sept. 29 – Hazardous Waste Depot/ Club 7 Paper Drive

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Cain, Donna (Lamb); in Sacramento,  California, on Sept. 2; in her 88th year. She was born in Springfield. Survivors include: brother Ernest Lamb of Springfield etc.  (From the Sacramento Bee)

-Weger, Darren Wayne, of Tillsonburg, on Sept. 9, aged 39 years; Survivors include: parents Wayne and Sandra Weger of Pt Bruce etc.. A service was held on Sept 15 at Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg

-Lauzon, Donna, of Aylmer, on Sept. 6; in her 59th year. Survivors include: son Sam and mother Audrey Churchill, both of Aylmer. Cremation has taken place.

 

 

NEW RESTAURANT AT WEST END

 

Brian Cluett of Corinth has recently opened up the West End Diner in the former Munns Groceteria store (just west of Godfathers Pizza) on Talbot west. He said he features fresh style home cooking  ie. wings, chicken, hamburgers etc. His decor is a 1940s style. The restaurant hours are: Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 7 pm; Friday and Saturday until 8 pm and Sunday 4-8 pm.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

“POST OFFICE RENOVATIONS”

 

“The Aylmer Post Office is getting its first major facelift since being built in the early 1970s. Regional Communications Officer Tom Creech of London, said that the lobby is being reduced, the east entrance is being closed off and the mailboxes now are on the new east wall. Renovations began in late summer and are mostly complete.There were no alternations made to the space behind the retail area. The Post Office  will be having an open house  on Friday, September 23 to officially “introduce” the new entrance.”

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

(See yesterday’s Letters) – “No one is suggesting that Mr. Vandermeersch should not talk to his wife or seek her guidance. I and most people would do the same in his place. However, it can be and is being perceived, rightly or wrongly, by the public that there may be an attempt to subvert the processes of council by having a direct relative trying to influence council on a matter that he, as Councillor of the Town of Aylmer and a representative of its citizens, already has a voice on. Perhaps this should be taken into consideration before he dismisses the concerns of his constituents out of hand.”  (Doug Lee)

 

 

DAIRY BURY UPTOWN?

 

(From Aylmer Police) – On Sept 6 bones were discovered during excavation at a King Street business. A local veterinarian confirmed they belonged to a cow!

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“I noticed the Eastlink ad on your website and thought you might want to point out that Business bundles are available through Eastlink to many communities at $82/ month  but not Aylmer!  Rather our rates for phone/ internet are at least twice that;  Repeated complaints fall on deaf ears as business people in Aylmer are hamstrung by the high rates locally; Nothing changes despite our repeated questioning.” (Bob Warnock)

 

EASTLINK RESPONSE:

“We appreciate the feedback as we continuously review our service offerings.” (Ron Mervis, Eastlink Regional Manager)

 

 

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

-Thu. – EESS Hosts Boys Volleyball vs. WESS

-Fri. – EESS Football – Sr. Host Woodstock StMarys, 8 pm

(*No Jr. game scheduled as yet)

-Sat: – Doors Open East Elgin

-Sat. – Sept. 29 – Hazardous Waste Depot/ Club 7 Paper Drive

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUES.

 

JR GIRLS BBALL – CECI 34 EESS 33

SR GIRLS BBALL – EESS 57 CECI 25 (Season Opener)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Chalk, Agnes Marie; of Guelph and formerly Aylmer,  on Friday, in her 92nd year. Survivors include: sister  Ruth Hazel Newland etc Agnes was an elementary school teacher in the Aylmer area for many years.  Cremation has taken place; a family memorial service will be held later. Arrangements through Kebbel Funeral Home.

-Arseneault, Shelly Annette,  of St.Thomas on Septmber 8, in her 56th year. Survivors include: mother Audrey and Bob Habkirk of Aylmer, sister  Jobbie Peloquin and husband Scott of Aylmer etc.. The Funeral was  at  Kebbels Funeral Home on September 11.

-Underhill, Joanne;  of Sarnia,  on September 7, in her 51st year. Survivors include: parents Marvin and Margaret (Gunstone) Underhill of Port Burwell, sister Teri Widner and husband Mark of Aylmer etc..  Arrangments were through Kebbels Funeral Home,  a private family funeral service was held.

-Ross, James Travis “J.T.“;  of St.Thomas, on Sept. 5;  in his 79th year.  Funeral arrangements were through Kebbels Funeral Home; the service was on September 8.

-Loewen, John T.;  of Aylmer,  on September 4, aged 51 years.  Survivors include: wife  Susan (Bartsch) Loewen; children  John Loewen and wife Crystal, Nancy Boverhof and husband Brendan and Ben Loewen all of Aylmers etc.  The funeral service was held on  September 07. Arrangments were through Kebbel Funeral Home.

 

 

A READER WRITES: (Reprint from Aug. 31) 

 

“Is the petitioner (re-Petition at Aylmer Council recently concerning Library expansion) Councillor Vandermeersch’s wife? Is the Councillor going to say he had no knowledge of this petition, I hope he didn’t sign it. I know politicians are always saying they don’t discuss any topics with their partners.”  (Dave Ward, Aylmer)

 

A READER RESPONDS

 

“In answer to Mr. Ward’s question, not only did I know about it (the petition) and sign it, I encouraged Irene and everyone else involved in this petition to garner as much support as they could. I am unsure why this would upset Mr.Ward unless it is his position that I gave up my rights as a citizen (and a husband) when I became a councillor. That would be an interesting twist of the political crank but not one I would subscribe to.

Believe it or not, I do indeed value Irene’s input and have said so many times. She has often shown more common sense than I and, therefore, is a valuable resource for me. I will continue to seek her guidance and will openly discuss all matters before council with her except those forbidden me by confidentiality. I trust no one thinks this petition or any other petition should be kept secret from anyone, councillors included. Maybe I’ll ask Irene for her opinion. (Councillor John Vandermeersch)

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer)

-On Sept. 6 around 1:30 pm  a 26 year old Springfield woman was charged with careless driving after her westbound vehicle was in collision with another vehicle which bumped into two others on Talbot St. between Elm and St Andrew. There was minor damage to all but the offending vehicle which had to be towed. There were no injuries.

-London Police recently arrested a 22 year old Denfield man in connection with a sexual assault on a 15 year old girl at a Myrtle Street residence in Aylmer in November.

-A 28-year old Aylmer motorcyclist was charged with impaired driving on Sept 9 around 9pm. He was also charged with driving without a drivers licence,  insurance and  headlights.

 

 

DOORS OPEN EAST ELGIN ON SATURDAY

 

(Revised list) – The third annual Doors Open East Elgin will be held this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. There is no admission cost. Venues open for touring include: AYLMER – Aylmer Baptist Church, Aylmer Police Station, Steelway in Aylmer, Aylmer Parks Walking Tour; MALAHIDE – Shelley McVittie Art Studio, Ontario Police College, GayLea Dairy Museum, South Dorchester Hall, From the Meadow, Farmtown Canada, Rush Creek Wines; BAYHAM – Heritage Herbs, St. Lukes Anglican Church in Vienna, the Masonic Temple in Vienna, Pt Burwell Marine Museum, Pt. Burwell Library, Pt. Burwell Wind Centre, and Vienna Edison Museum. Check the East Elgin municipal websites for more information.

 

 

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