Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin



The Ojibwa enters Pt. Burwell harbour this morning

(Photo by Larry Jeffery) (CLICK)




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TUESDAY, Nov. 20/12






-Thu -Bayham Awards Night, 7pm; Straffordville Comm. Centre

-Thu -Cultivating Malahide Event; Malahide Place; 7-9 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Santa Parade. 2pm

-Sat -Maple Leafs Alumi Hockey Game; EEC Complex; 7:30pm

-Sat -Club 7 Paper Drive (see ad)






The TVDSB announced at 6 am that East Elgin and Oxford-Tillsonburg buses would be delayed two hours due to the fog; at 8 am the bus site noted that only St.Thomas buses were now cancelled.  Reported Dave Cryderman of Badder Bus Lines in Aylmer:  ”It was very foggy in most of Elgin County at 5:30 this morning. We delayed two hours so buses in the Aylmer zone  will run this morning two hours later than normal. Please note that the bus cancellation only pertains to the St. Thomas zone.”






November 13, 2012, Station #3, Broadway Street, Medical Assist

– November 14, 2012, Station #1,  Rush Creek Line, Medical Assist

- November 14, 2012, Station #3, Carter Road, Burn Complaint

– November 18, 2012, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist






-(Last night) – Just before six pm this evening, the tugs Lac Manitoba and Seahound began to tow Ojibwa to Port Burwell.

-(Last night) – Ojibwa is definitely scheduled to be off Port Burwell by 8:00am Tuesday. She is not anticipated to be more than a mile out in the Lake once she rounds Long Point so there will be lots of time to see her come along the Lake before she actually ties up at the pier to wait for the off-load process.


Later this week the Ojibwa sub will be manouevered onto the landing area (in the background) on the east side of the Otter Creek just south of the bridge (Photo is looking south from the bridge) . (kb) (CLICK)






-Last Tuesday at 9:30 pm a vehicle heading north through the main intersection had to swerve to avoid a vehicle heading south on John St. and turning east onto Talbot but the northbound 31-year London male driver still grazed the Bank of Montreal building. A 39-year old Aylmer man was charged with making an improper turn. Damage was minor and there were no injuries.

-Also last Tuesday at 12:30 pm a 47 year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to yield after her vehicle went through a stop sign at Spruce and Parkview Streets. Her vehicle which was going south hit an eastbound vehicle driven by a 74-year old Aylmer woman. Both vehicles were towed from the scene; there were no injuries.

-On Nov. 6 at 8:45 am at Talbot and Rutherford,  a 31-year old Malahide man was charged with careless driving after he rear ended a truck driven by a St.Thomas woman who, heading eastbound on Talbot, had stopped for a vehicle ahead of her. The man’s vehicle had to be towed – there were no injuries.

-On Wednesday at 1:30 pm on John Street north a 36-year old Malahide man was charged with careless driving after the truck he was driving  rear ended a van driven by a 28-year old Vienna woman while both were southbound. The Vienna woman’s car then hit a vehicle driven by a 68 year old Aylmer woman who had stopped to turn left into the Canadian tire store. The older woman was transported to hospital with minor injuries. Two vehicles had to be towed from the scene.






(Contributed) – “Stevie Blankenship of Aylmer participated in the Age Group World Triathlon Championships held in Auckland, New Zealand recently. Arriving six days prior to the race gave him a little time to adjust to the climate which was cold and windy most days. At 6:55 am on October 22 Stevie and 99 other males in age groups 16-19 yr. and 20-23 yr. started the race with a chilly, crowded 750 mt swim.  After transitioning from the water to his bike Stevie had a fantastic 20 km ride and finished the race with his best ever time in a 5km run in triathlon. He finished in 1 hr and 12 minutes and placed 42nd overall in his age group.

What an experience to race amongst the world’s best age groupers on the other side of the world at age 17. Now it’s back to a routine with school, work, etc..  After a two week rest from training Stevie is back to early morning swims at the Y, running and biking as he is getting prepared for the 2013 triathlon season.”






(Contributed) – “Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism is pleased to announce the release of the Elgin County Heritage Guide. Its purpose is to promote heritage tourism and attract visitors and residents to experience historic places in Elgin County and St. Thomas. This comprehensive guide includes: museum listings, heritage walking tours, maps, events, heritage buildings and attractions, historical plaques and information on barn quilt tours in the area. A digital copy of the guide will also be available for download on www.elgintourist.com/heritage.For a copy, call (519) 631-1460 ext. 164, email tourism@elgin-county.on.ca or visit Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism at 450 Sunset Dr. St. Thomas.”






(From the Malahide Township website) – “Drawing from feedback provided by area residents, local businesses, volunteer organizations, and the County of Elgin, Cultivating Malahide is establishing  a vision and an action plan to guide the day-to-day practices and decision making of the Township into the future. A launch event will be held on Thursday between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM at the Malahide Community Place to kick-off the Cultivating Malahide process.  Residents can fill out a short survey (Download or Online) or submit written briefs to share their opinions and priorities with the Township. The survey is available online and at Municipal Office and the Springfield Library. In the spring,  the public will again have an opportunity to share their input at a Public Open House.  The final Cultivating Malahide Plan will be completed and ready for implementation by the end of May, 2013. ”






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View of Pt. Burwell Harbour yesterday – the Ojibwa will arrive here tomorrow. The scan begins on the east beach showing the sand dune created by dredging;  then the excavators in the lake; then the backhoe working along the channel and up the channel north towards the bridge and landing site.

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MONDAY, Nov. 19/12





-Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Flu Clinic, EEC Complex, 4 -7pm


-Thu -Bayham Awards Night, 7pm; Straffordville Comm. Centre

-Thu -Cultivating Malahide Event; Malahide Place; 7-9 pm

-Sat -Aylmer Santa Parade. 2pm

-Sat -Maple Leafs Alumi Hockey Game; EEC Complex; 7:30pm

-Sat -Club 7 Paper Drive (see ad)





AYLMER – The Spitfires scored three unanswered goals in the third period to decision Chippewa 5-2 in Niagara Western Junior C hockey here Saturday. Aylmer’s record is now 5-12-4. Adam Szwed and Will Goodhue notched a pair each for the winners with Cody Underhill adding a single marker. The Spits have two away games this week – in Woodstock Tuesday and in New Hamburg Friday (No home game Saturday).


Period 1
AylmerWill Goodhue (Matthew Reese) 5:30
Period 2
ChippawaDack Petersen (Dylan Lazarus) 12:24
ChippawaDylan Lazarus (Daniel Heidebrect) 15:22
AylmerAdam Szwed (shorthanded) (Brad Payne, Scott Walker) 19:40
Period 3
AylmerTodd Laurindo (powerplay) (Cody Underhill, Mitch Roloson) 0:51
AylmerAdam Szwed (Jared Baribeau) 2:37
AylmerWill Goodhue (Matthew Reese, Jared Baribeau) 12:01





-Soper (White), Doreen; of Tillsonburg; passed away on Saturday, in her 96th year. Wife of the late Clifford Soper (1997) and the late Hugh White (1964). Survivors include: son Albert White (Rosemary) Eden etc..  She was born in Ireland and was a volunteer with the Aylmer and District Museum. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, at 11:00 am.


-Pearson, Christopher Ellis;  of Springfield, on Sunday, in his 90th year. Husband of the late Mary (Bagnall) Pearson (2005); Survivors include: children Rosemary (George) Kennedy, Janice ( Doug) McCallum, and Kelly Pearson; brother Ron – all of the Springfield area etc. He farmed in the Springfield area since 1945. He was a former  member of the Springfield School Board, Malahide Councill and the Springfield Lions Club. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m. where the funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel  Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.





Hein Rempel of Aylmer took this picture of the Ojibwa sub on its way through the Welland Canal yesterday. The sub left Hamilton yesterday and is slated to arrive in Pt. Burwell tomorrow at 8 am. (Contributed) (CLICK)





(Friday’s edition carried Part One of the story of Susie Theiss, 84, of Aylmer, who was forced to spend several years  in a labour camp in Communist Ukraine after World War II. Today is a continuation of her ordeal.)

“Two years after being sent by the Russians from Romania to a labour camp in Communist Ukraine after World War II, Susis was given an opportunity to change camps. She actually thought they were getting released – but was only being sent to a new one in East Germany. But here  she was allowed to do housework and board with a family and she now could correspond with her parents, finding out that her brother had been killed in a railway accident during the war.

After several months here, however, her friends began talking of escaping. One day,  several of them managed to board a train with others which was heading into West Germany. But troops stopped the train for inspection and took them off and sent them back – telling them  they would be shot if they tried escaping again.

Now she found a new job in a hospital cafeteria but hoped to escape again. She was told by her parents she now had an uncle who was living in Canada who would take her in if she could get there. She planned another escape believing “if they shoot us, they shoot us.”  A friend knew someone who had a home near the border and she took off and went there one day. She just needed to walk down a path and up a hill into the woods into West Germany – there was no fencing. So when the two guards on the path began their walk around she just ran up the path and into the woods and was now free in West Germany.

Here she stayed with cousins and in the spring of 1949 she flew to Canada and took a train to London to her uncle Alex Weber who had a tobacco farm near Copenhagen.  She didn’t know English but eventually got a job working as a domestic for an Aylmer family. By coincidence she met her husband John while at a picnic in Simcoe – they were both Romanian and had actually met in the Immigration office while both were heading to Canada – John got a job in the Simcoe area. Within 3 weeks he had proposed and they married and settled here – they had two daughters, including Karen (Benner) of Aylmer.

And she finally got to see her parents and her sister on a trip back to Romania in 1967 – 22 years since she was taken from them. Unfortunately both her parents died within the following year. Her sister is still there.”


Susie Theiss has lived most of her adult life in the same house on St. Andrew St., Aylmer since she and husband John built it in 1953. (kb) (CLICK)




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FRIDAY, Nov. 16/12






-Ten Thousand Villages Sale; OTH Theatre; (see ad for times)

-PA Day

-Fri/Sat. -Museum Tour of Homes (see ad)


-Sat. -Sisters in the Cabin Sale: 9:30-5;  (see ad)

-Sat./Sun. -Heritage Line Herbs Open House (see ad)

-Sat. – Spits host Chippewa 7:30 pm


-Mon. -Aylmer Flu Clinic; EEC Complex; 4-7 pm

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7:pm






Tillsonburg- East Elgin garnered the TVRAA SouthEast Junior Football trophy yesterday here by trouncing Glendale 48-21 in the championship. The Juniors won the title previously in 2009 and 2008. However, in the WOSSAA girls’ basketball finals in London, EESS seniors were beaten 52-32 and the juniors lost 45-13, both to London St.Thomas Aquinas.






The foundation for a duplex has been completed on the property north of the LCBO on Wellington St. that has sat vacant for many years. (kb) (CLICK)






Paris – Aylmer Spitfires were edged 5-4 here last night in Niagara Western Junior C hockey. The Spits outshot Paris 52-37 but couldn’t overcome a 4-1 first period deficit in their first contest after this week’s coaching change. Aylmer goalscorers were: Adam Szwed with a pair, Matthew Reese, and Clint Walker. The Spits host Chippewa tomorrow. (The Spits were 4-11-4 heading into last night’s game; last year they were 6-9-4 at this point)



Period 1
AylmerMatthew Reese (Jared Baribeau, Will Goodhue) 1:31
ParisBrandan Verasamy (Jordan Kerr, Ian Fowler) 2:48
ParisJeff Howlett (Mitch Atkins, Joel Hoekstra) 5:02
ParisJeff Howlett (Graham Kitching, Mitch Atkins) 7:51
ParisBrandan Verasamy (Ian Fowler, Jordan Kerr) 18:34
Period 2
AylmerAdam Szwed (Mike Crawford, Brad Payne) 3:58
AylmerAdam Szwed (Brad Payne, Mike Crawford) 6:07
ParisKyle Bezruki (Adam Gray) 6:59
Period 3
AylmerClint Walker (Todd Laurindo, Mitch Roloson) 19:49






At Archie Coulter Conservation Area west of Springwater (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)






Susie Theiss of St. Andrew Street Aylmer  had a life as a teen in World War II that few would envy.

Susie, was born in 1928, the oldest of 3 children in a farm family in Romania. When war broke out and Germany overtook Romania in 1939 her father and brother were taken to join the army and she left school in Grade 7 to help her mother on the farm. Fortunately, life in her village during the war was not too uncomfortable.

However when Russia pushed Germany back from this area beginning in January 1944 there was little rejoicing as now they were forced to live under Communism. One day,  in the middle of the night, Russian troops came and forced the young people from their village to leave and do a 14 km. march to a train that took them to a labour camp. With just the clothes on their back and few provisions they were sent to the Ukraine. They were supposed to stay there for 5 years.

Fortunately her stay only lasted 2 years. But conditions were poor. Meals consisted mostly of soup, no meat, with no lunch. They were always hungry. Accomodations were basic, they got to shower twice a year, and they worked daily at clearing rail lines and at a coal mine and lumber yard – usually getting there by walking . Armed guards patrolled the camps – if you tried to escape you would be shot. There was no contact with her family – she was allowed to send a letter once but she saw it later  used as a cigarette wrapper so she knew it didn’t go anyplace. There was also sickness – she had smallpox and at one time weighed just 80 pounds. (To be continued Monday)






(From the Aylmer Police) – “Aylmer Police arrested a 73 year old  Aylmer man on November 5 who was wanted by the RCMP in Manitoba.  He was wanted for a sexual assault that occured in 2004 while the man was living in Manitoba.  The man was  convicted for a similar offence while living in Aylmer in 2011. He was put on the National Sex Offender Registry. He was flown back to Manitoba by RCMP officials to face charges. On November 13th he was released on a recognizance to return to court Dec 3rd.  He has returned to Aylmer and his conditions are being monitored by the Aylmer Police.”


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THURSDAY, Nov. 15/12






-Ten Thousand Villages Sale; OTH Theatre; (see ad for times)

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 – Councils

-Jr Football Final – EESS at Till. Glendale, 1pm

–EESS Girls WOSSAA BBall; at London Mother Teresa; vs. STA;  Sr-3:30; Jr-5


-Fri. -PA Day

-Fri/Sat. -Museum Tour of Homes (see ad)

-Sat. -Sisters in the Cabin Sale: 9:30-5;  (see ad)

-Sat./Sun. -Heritage Line Herbs Open House (see ad)






(Statement by Darren Walcarius, V-P of the Aylmer Spitfires:) – “The Aylmer Spitfires Executive decided to make a coaching change on Tuesday. The Spitfires’ Executive felt that a change in leadership and direction was required to improve upon our recent success and to prepare us for hopefully a long post season. Coach Mike Shewan was relieved of his duties as head coach and given the option to remain as GM.  Mark Steele, a former Assistant Coach, will take over as Head Coach. Coach Steele has added Greg Thompson as an assistant.  Coach Thompson has an extensive hockey playing career in Aylmer as well as being a former Assistant Coach with our Spitfires.”  The Spitfires are 4-11-4 after a 0-8 start in the Niagara Western Junior C hockey League.






-Murray, Helen; on Tuesday, of R.R.#2 Belmont, in her 83rd year. Survivors include: children Charlie (Bonnie) of Gladstone, Glen (Morag) of Belmont, Doug (Tammie) of R.R.#2, Belmont. Visitation at the Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be conducted on Friday, at 11:00 a.m



-Mogk, Helen Aletha “Lee“;  of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, in her 87th year. Survivors include: daughter Terri Mogk (Al Youngash) of St. Thomas etc. She was a member of the Aylmer Baptist Church. A service to celebrate Lee’s life will be held at Williams Funeral Home, St. Thomas on Tuesday,  at 11:00 a.m. Visitation on Monday 7-9 p.m. Cremation has taken place.






A backhoe was demolishing the old house at the south west corner of Pine and Wellington yesterday as the owner plans a new home there by spring (backyard view) . (kb) (CLICK)




(Contributed) – “The EEC Complex is offering a Speed Skating program which focuses on development of ‘basic skating skills’ with a speed skating context.  It is an 11 week program running Thursdays from 5:00-5:50pm and starting January 2013.  Cost is  $110 per participant and is for those 6 years of age and up.  A free Speed Skating Try it Out session will take place December 6,  from 5:00 to 6:00pm. Registration forms are available at the Complex and on the website www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca.”






Organizers of the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale at the Old Town Hall theatre report sales have been steady since opening day on Tuesday, The sale, which offers fair-trade items produced by artisans in developing countries, will continue until Saturday at 2pm. (Contributed)






(Information on the proposed new aerial fire truck for Aylmer Fire Department is from Chief Sam Taylor. Council Monday decided to defer the decision on purchasing a new truck at $850,000to back to the finance committee) -

1. Age of present trucks? – “The present trucks were built in 1976 (aerial), 1993, 1997, and 2002.

2. Reason for Replacement? – The present aerial truck is limited in height to 55’; an increase in reachable height will  better service the town but the main reason for replacement is that the existing truck is 34 years old.

3. How effective will the next truck be? – The new aerial truck would not be able to reach the top of all of the grain elevators in town, but it would reach all other buildings.”








“The EEC Complex Board defeated a motion presented by Malahide Councillor Jim Jenkins to dissolve the Board – by a 4-3 vote – at their meeting last night.  Commented Board member Todd Sprague:  “The proposal to have the Aylmer-Malahide Municipal Liason committee oversee the operation does not provide anything more than what is in place now. So there is not a viable option in place at this point which is the reason I believe it was defeated. Having said that, the respective councils can still vote to dissolve the board at their next meetings.”





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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14/12






-Ten Thousand Villages Sale; OTH Theatre; (see ad for times)


-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Thu. -Jr Football Final -EESS at Till. Glendale, 1pm

-Thu. – EESS Girls WOSSAA BBall at London ST.T Aquinas, Jr-3; Sr-5

-Fri. -PA Day

-Fri/Sat. -Museum Tour of Homes (see ad)

-Sat. -Sisters in the Cabin Sale: 9:30-5;  (see ad)

-Sat./Sun. -Heritage Line Open House (see ad)






AYLMER – EESS captured both TVRAA SouthEast Conference senior and junior girls’ basketball championships here last night before a large crowd.

In the junior final, East Elgin trailed Woodstock Huron Park for most of the contest – even by a 12-point margin in the first half – before taking control in the final minutes to post a 40-38 victory. EESS was behind 27-24 at halftime. Leading scorers for the Eagles were Alison DeCoutere with 15 points and Kendra Horlick and Katie Parker with 7 each. It was the third title for EESS in the past 4 years – earning laurels in 2011 and 2009. Team members are: Allie DeCoutere,  Brianna Dempsey, Abbey Taylor,  Lindsay Nooren,  Chelsea Allen,  Katie Parker,  Amanda Milmine,  Jane Walker,  Shelby Kampers,  Grace Tiersma, Chelsea Zavitz,  Kendra Horlick, and coaches Sean Beilhartz and Lisa VanLeeuwen.

In the senior tilt, East Elgin led throughout (after the first basket) – including a 16-point margin after three quarters – to subdue Huron Park by a 46-33 count. Aylmer had a 24-12 edge at halftime but Woodstock was never closer than 8 points in the second half. Top pointgetters for EESS were Kira Cornelissen with 17 and Elizabeth Rollo and Kathleen Barrie with 11 each. EESS last earned the senior pennant in 2008. Team members are: Liz Rollo, Carly MCann, Katharine Barrie, Danielle Vansevenant, Michaela Vansevenant, Emily Febrey, Kira Cornelissen, Karli Milmine,  Jenn Wiebe, Victoria Grunsell and Coaches Marie Fitzgerald, Meg Mattingley, and Chris Wismer.

Both squads advance to the WOSSAA AAA championships on Thursday at Mother Teresa High School in London – it is just a one game final this year. Both teams will face London St.Thomas Aquinas – the seniors will play at 3:30pm and the juniors at 5 pm.



The EESS Junior Girls Basketball team won the league pennant for the 3rd time in 4 years by defeating Huron Park yesterday 40-38. (kb) (CLICK)


The EESS Senior girls' basketballers also won their league honours yesterday by defeating Huron Park 46-33 - they were previous champs in 2008. (kb) (CLICK)






-Dykxhoorn, Louis; of Aylmer;  in his 78th year, on Tuesday.  Survivors include:  wife Tina (DeVries) Dykxhoorn; children Diane (Harley) Zylstra,  Melinda (Fred) Peters, both  of Aylmer  etc.. Lou was a Texaco dealer and operated “Dykxhoorn Fuels” and later worked for Dowler-Karn.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Friday,  at 11:00 am.






The Ojibwa submarine, under repair in Hamilton but originally scheduled to arrive in Pt. Burwell today,  has faced a weather delay from last week’s storm.  Said Elgin Military Museum spokesperson Melissa Raven yesterday:  “We are looking for her to depart Hamilton later this week for an offload towards the middle of next week. Her schedule is still dependent on getting good weather conditions to cross the lake to Port Burwell. Watch our web site, www.projectojibwa.ca for updates.”






– November 9, 2012, Station #4, #3, 49316 Crossley Hunter; Truck Fire

(*cause unknown, no injuries, owner able to extinguish , 3:22 p.m.)

– November 10, 2012, Station #4,  #2, Putnam Road, MVC

(*2 vehicle mvc, one vehicle towing a trailer, no injuries, cause unknown,  2 p.m.)

– November 11, 2012, Station #1, Catt Line, Power Lines Down

(*Tree limbs contacted hydro lines, Springwater Rd., 2:17 a.m.)

– November 11, 2012, Station # 1,  Vienna Line, Medical Assist

– November 11, 2012, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist





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TUESDAY, Nov. 13/12





-Ten Thousand Villages Sale begins; OTH Theatre; (see ad for times)

-EESS hosts Girls BBall Finals; Jr 6pm; Sr 8 (both vs Huron Park)


-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Thu. -Jr Football Final -EESS at Till. Glendale, 1pm

-Fri. -PA Day

-Fri/Sat. -Museum Tour of Homes (see ad)






(Contributed by Kinsman Paul Bode) – “The Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade will be held on November 24 at 2:00 p.m. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland. There are four bands booked, including the MM Robinson Drumline from Burlington who were at the 125th Celebrations in July.  Santa will be at Palmer Park following the parade to hand out oranges and candy canes and to hear kids’ wish lists and for photo ops for parents.

(Even though the St.Thomas parade this Saturday is banning candy), Aylmer’s will not. We do insist that candy is handed out and not thrown in the crowds. (And even though the St.Thomas parade is asking all animals to be diapered), Aylmer’s isn’t.  We do allow animals in our parade and we trust that the handlers are responsible for their ‘conduct’.

The Kinsmen have had numerous requests to consider an evening parade but it is highly unlikely.  Bands prefer to play during the day and it is easier to book them. It makes for a late evening for kids and it would be absolute chaos to try to stage a parade in the dark.

This year we have made arrangements for the Toronto Maple Leaf Alumni to participate prior to the big game later that evening. The parade is also being broadcast by Eastlink.  And Kinsmen will once again be collecting for Corner Cupboard. The Parade Chairman is Andy Beck. ”






(Aylmer Council recently agreed to spend $5000 to help finance the production costs for Heritage Places Television of Brantford as they plan to profile the town in an upcoming series. More from Chris Cooper, a Producer of Heritage Places:)

“I have been quite a fan of Aylmer for years, it is such a lovely well preserved town and have always found the people friendly and welcoming.  We also own a magazine Called Edifice Old Home (www.oldhome.ca) and at one time all of the Heritage home owners all had subscribed – one of the first to do so in a decade of publication.

We were contacted by Becky Waite from the Town of Aylmer and she was very instrumental in making this all happen. We have 28 communities on our short list for three episodes which will focus around a communities’ architectural beauty. With the exuberance shown by Becky and the Town our choice for one of the three was made quite clear!

We will be featuring the beautiful heritage architecture in the town – to engage the viewer to come and explore the town as an architourist – we will also tell a short history and will interview many of the residents to find out why they love their town – and what makes Aylmer the best place to live, work and explore!

We will be setting a schedule to come out for the main shoot over the next few weeks and the episode will air during the 2013 schedule which will start on www.ibitv.org on January 15th, 2013. Each episode is 30 min long and can be viewed for one week in full HD – this episode will be broadcast 4 times during the 2013/14 schedule.  Air dates and times will be updated on the official website at www.heritageplaces.ca or on our social media page at https://www.facebook.com/HeritagePlaces.”








(The Aylmer-Malahide Museum tour of 4 local homes is this weekend (see ad))

(Contributed) – “John Palmer grew up in this home (at the corner of Victoria and Water Streets) with his widowed mother, two aunts (the Cavens) and later his wife Dorothy. The Dorothy Palmer Estate has been in the news  in the last two years due to its local philanthrophy. The home was recently purchased by Pastor Dirk Miedema and his wife Grace of the Christian Reformed Church.

This home was built circa 1912 and started out as one house with the address of 75 Water Street. An addition at the back bears the address of 26 Victoria Street. There was a coach house originally, that has been modified as a garage to fit the architecture of the current home.

The windows facing Water Street are replacements, the windows facing the garage and Victoria Street on the main level are original to the house. There are two bevelled glass windows – one on the staircase and one facing the main porch. A porch covers the width of the front of the house. The majority of the woodwork is stained dark, although in some areas portions of the woodwork have been painted.”


The Palmer House, with 2 addresses, is the final home featured in this series on the homes on the upcoming Museum tour. (Contributed)






(Brenda (Caverly) Smith of Pinecroft, located south of Aylmer, has recently published –“The History of Pinecroft: “The Cabin in the Pines, A Potter’s Dream Come True “. She provides the following information:)

“From the time I was young watching my aunt and uncle make pots or sitting on the dock by the pond fishing with my grandfather, I sensed that I would always be drawn to the quiet beauty and stunning vistas of the towering pines.

I came back to Pinecroft in 1971 to see if I would be interested in carrying on the family business of pottery. I stayed and today Pinecroft is considered the longest continually operating pottery studio in Canada. As a celebration of Pinecroft’s 60th anniversary in 2008, I began to write a history,  but found I was buried in archival material and discovered it would take more time than I anticipated. Now, 4 years later the book is ready.

The book is an inside look at one of Elgin County’s most unique destinations and how it came to be. It details the vision and passion of Arthur Caverly to create a sanctuary that would preserve and protect the trees, the wildflowers, the waterfowl and the birds. It is also the story of Selma Caverly and Jimmie Clennell, who were pioneers in making a living from the clay of the earth as potters.

The book covers some of the history of the area from the late 1880’s to the present with a number of interesting photographs including the Springwater School house and mill. There are several historical newspaper clippings advertising Sugaring Off parties, watermelon fests and social events held at “The Cabin in the Pines”. Also included are pages from business ledgers and journals relating to the history of Aylmer.

It was published by The Aylmer Express and is available at Pinecroft, Campbell’s Book Store in Aylmer, The Pottery Supply House in Oakville  or Online at www.pinecroft.ca  and on our facebook page.”





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Aylmer Remembrance Day service yesterday:



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