Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, Dec. 23/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish again until Jan. 5

*MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue -Christmas Care/Optimist Toy deliveries (see Thu. story)

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

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

The grade 1-2 class of Ms at McGregor is pictured Friday as they prepared to send their canned goods in to the Aylmer Christmas Care program. (kb)

The grade 2-3 class of Mrs. Kuhn at McGregor school is pictured Friday as they prepared to hand their canned goods over to volunteers with the Aylmer Christmas Care program. (kb) (click)

 

Assumption students and Principal Fred also readying their cans for pickup Friday for the Aylmer Christmas Care drive. (kb) (click)

Some grade 5-6 students at Assumption school join Principal Fred Fowlie readying their cans for pickup Friday for the Aylmer Christmas Care drive. (kb) (click)

 

Members of the Aylmer Optimist Club load toys this morning for delivery as part of their annual toy drive program. (kb) (click)

Members of the Aylmer Optimist Club load toys this morning for delivery as part of their annual Christmas toy drive program. (kb) (click)

 

2014 'Olde' Aylmer Cruisers Toys for Kids Donation

Pictured are members of the ‘Olde’ Aylmer Cruiser club as they gave a donation to the Aylmer Optimist Club toy drive recently: Terry &Lana Dans, Mark& Donna Hone, Gerry & Linda Scott, Tony & Fran Whaley, Basil & Margie Derrough, Darin Whaley & Denise Sprague, Laureen Allen, Millie Behie and Don & Nancy Steenbergen. (contributed)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Woodworth, Ray passed away Monday at the age of 87. Survivors: wife Ruby (Cole); seven children including Karen (Stan) Jones of Aylmer and Kevin Woodworth of Vienna and friend Laurel Born Thorpe etc.. Ray and Ruby farmed for many years at RR#1 Port Burwell before retiring to Aylmer. Visitation is at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held there on Wednesday at 1:30 pm.

 

-Willows, Clifford Leroy of Belmont passed away on Saturday in his 81st year. Survivors: wife Mabel (Myerscough) Willows; four children etc.. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

December 8, 2014, Station #2, 8900 Rogers Road, Fire

– December 9, 2014, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– December 9, 2014, Station #3,  1, 2 & 4, Broadway Street, Fire

– December 9, 2014, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– December 10, 2014, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– December 13, 2014, Station #3 ,#1 and #4, 11650 Imperial Road, Fire

– December 13, 2014, Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– December 15, 2014, Station #3, Pressey Line, Power Lines Down

– December 16, 2014, Station #1, John Wise Line, Medical Assist

– December 16, 2014, Station #2, Talbot Street, Alarm Malfunction

– December 17, 2014, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– December 18, 2014, Station #1 ,2, 3 and 4, Hacienda Road, Fire

– December 19, 2014, Station #4, Yorke Line, Medical Assist

– December 20, 2014, Station #4,  Lyons Line, Medical Assist

 

 

FREE SKATING AFTER CHRISTMAS

 

The schedule for free skating at the EEC Complex, courtesy of Tim Hortons, is: Sunday 7 pm to 8 pm; Monday 4 pm to 6 pm.; Tuesday 4 pm to 6 pm; next Wednesday 9 am to 11 am. And after New Years: Friday- 10 am to 12 pm; Saturday – 10:15 am to 12:15 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

 

 

EEC COMPLEX NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

 

(Contributed) – The East Elgin Community Complex invites you to the 11th Annual Family New Year’s Eve Party on Wednesday, December 31st from 6 pm to 9 pm. Face painting, cotton candy, crafts, carnival games, inflatables, and Val the Snake Lady are featured. Also there will be a performance by local family band Vogeljoy. Also, enjoy public skating  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.

 

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY LEVEE

 

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

 

 

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MONDAY, Dec. 22/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue -Christmas Care/Optimist Toy deliveries (see Thu. story)

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

 

 

AYLMER CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL

 

(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 11.” (All decorations need to be removed/ Trees left at the curb will not be picked up).

 

 

BAYHAM HYDRO OUTAGE

 

(Information from Tim Stafford of Hydro One) – Many customers in southwest Oxford including 300 Bayham residents were affected by the loss of hydro after a single vehicle fatality which took out a hydro pole near Norwich Saturday morning. Most customers were out for 4 to 6 hours.

 

 

PT.BURWELL UNITED CHURCH FOR SALE

 

(Information from Bev Hickey of Pt. Burwell) – The Pt. Burwell United Church, at the corner of Erieus and Robinson Streets, was built in 1910. In the last few years due to deaths and people moving other places,  church attendance has decreased until it is not feasible to keep the church open any longer. The church will be closing this Sunday and the remaining congregation will be going to Straffordville United Church. The Straffordville Church has been renamed the Bayham United Church and services changed from 9:30 am to 10 am.

 

The future of the Port Burwell United church is unknown at the this time as it is in the process of being sold. (Vienna United Church was closed in 2000 and the congregation amalgamated with Port Burwell United Church). The present minister is Rev. Cordell Parsons who has served for the past two and one half years for both churches and will continue to serve Straffordville church in the future.

 

 

FUNDING FOR EEC COMPLEX PLAN

 

(Thursday Press Rrelease from the Ontario government:) – “The Town of Aylmer and Township of Malahide will receive up to $25,000 to create a business plan for the East Elgin Community Complex, a jointly owned facility. The business plan will help guide decisions on how to sustain this community hub and reduce municipal subsidies.”

SPITFIRES WIN TWO IN A ROW

Aylmer Spitfires won two of three games played in SOJHL hockey last week – they now have a two game winning streak for only the second time this season. The Spits lost their ninth straight Wednesday in Lucan by a 4-1 count – Jesse Tottle scored the lone Aylmer goal. Saturday they rebounded to top Thamesford 5-2 at home and Sunday in Pt. Stanley they earned a 4-3 shootout victory. Saturday Aylmer recorded three third period goals to overcome a 3-2 deficit – Tottle led the locals with two goals and singles went to Jesiah Sweetland, Tyler Marr and Noland Blum.

Sunday Aylmer connected for the tying goal with less than two minutes left in the game and, after a scoreless overtime, outgunned Pt. Stanley 2-0 in the shootout for the win. Scoring for the Spitfires were Sweetland, Blum and Robert Shaw. The Spits now are 8-20-01. This week they actually have a game on boxing day afternoon in Dorchester and Saturday they host Mt. Brydges.

SUN. AYLMER 4 PT STANLEY 3 (SO)
Period 1
(no scoring)
Period 2
Port Stanley   – Christian   Athanasiou (power play) (Tanner   Turley, Ryan   Vandenbroek) 0:26
Port StanleyRyan   McDonnell (Connor   Tamborro, Tyler   Beaulieu) 2:38
AylmerJesiah   Sweetland (Ryan   Van Roestel) 4:22

AylmerNolan   Blum (Derek   Folkard, Jesse   Tottle) 10:03
Port StanleyZachary   Zinga (Tanner   Turley, Alex   Weaver) 18:06

Period 3
AylmerRobert   Shaw (Kyle   DiCicco, Josh   Lockhart) 18:16
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FRIDAY, Dec. 19/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri -End of classes for elementary students

-Fri -Channel 5 – London Knights v Guelph; 7pm

 

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

 

 

SCHOOL FOOD, TOY PICKUPS TODAY

 

Grade 1-2 students at Immanuel Christian School surround their mitten tree with items to be donated today to the Aylmer Optimist Club toy drive (kb)

Some grade 1-2 students from Ms. Pieters’ class at Immanuel Christian School surround their mitten/hat tree this morning with items to be donated to the Aylmer Optimist Club toy drive. Today was collection day for the food/toy drives at local schools.  (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

EESS SPORTS THIS WEEK:

 

TUESDAY:

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – CECI 3 EESS 1; JR – CECI 3 EESS 0

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS 44 CECI 33; JR – EESS 41 CECI 39

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 5 CECI 2

WEDNESDAY:

-GIRLS HOCKEY: EESS (1-1-1) 3 Dorchester 3; EESS 3 Tillsonburg 2

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS (5-0) 3 PCI 0

THURSDAY:

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS (3-0) 53 PCI 34; JR – PCI 35 EESS (2-1) 25

 

 

NEW SMOKING BAN IN AYLMER

 

Aylmer Council Monday decided to adhere to the new provincial prohibitions on smoking near playgrounds, outdoor sports facilities etc., to take effect in January, rather than the recommendations from their Environmental Advisory Committee – the committee had suggested a ban of nine metres, the province requires a twenty metre restriction.

 

 

FREE SKATING BEFORE CHRISTMAS

 

Dates for Free Skating, sponsored by Tim Hortons, at the EEC Complex prior to Christmas are: Sunday 1 to 2:30 pm; Monday -10 am to 12 pm and Tuesday -11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

 

 

ELGIN CHRYSLER NEW CAR SALES HERE

 

(Contributed) – Elgin Chrysler of St.Thomas has recently entered into an arrangement with Arrow Tire of Aylmer, owned by Mark Wilson, to act as a satellite location selling new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram vehicles. Said a spokesperson for Elgin Chrysler: “This gives the people of Aylmer access to new vehicles without leaving town for the first time since the closing of Dempsey Chrysler.” The official start date is January.

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Learn, Nellie Ann of Aylmer passed away on Monday in her 94th year. Wfe of the late Fred Learn (1981). Survivors: daughter Kathie Fortey (Don); sister Betty Falkenham (Joel), both of Aylmer etc.. The visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home was yesterday; the funeral service will be held there today at 1 pm.

 

-DeCorte, Catherine of Terrace Lodge Aylmer and formerly of St. Thomas passed away Tuesday in her 89th year. Wife of the late William DeCorte (2003). Survivors: five children including  Ria Kitts (Dean) of Union etc.. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas was yesterday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Church  St.Thomas on Friday at 10 am.

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

NEW – “Low German Mennonites of Aylmer” . On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

“Low German Mennonites of Aylmer”. On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Dec. 16/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wednesday, Thursday. 

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls VBall; Boys Hockey v CECI

 

-Wed-EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v PCI

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

-Fri -End of classes for elementary students

-Fri -Channel 5 – London Knights v Guelph

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

 

 

CHRISTMAS CARE DELIVERIES TUESDAY

 

(Aylmer Christmas Care boxes are being packed and delivered next Tuesday beginning at 9 am at Immanuel Christian School. Last year they served 366 families/1434 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. 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. We have many individuals and families who return each year to lend a helping hand. We stand amazed every year at the number of volunteers.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-McNames, “Bill” William James FCGA of Aylmer passed away on Sunday in his 74th year. Survivors: wife Marilyn (Hawley) McNames; children Sheri (Jeff) Smith and Lori McNames Tremblay etc.. Bill worked with Den Harder McNames and Button Accountants and was a member of the Aylmer Shrine Club and the Aylmer Area Community Foundation. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church on Saturday at 2 pm with visitation from 12–1:45 pm.

 

-Oppel, Alfons Friedrich of Aylmer passed away on Monday in his 77th year. Survivors: wife Martha (Krebs) Oppel; three children including Alfred Oppel (Elizabeth) of Springfield, Monika Vandervalk (Tim) of Lyons etc.. He was born in Germany. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Tuesday 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church Wednesday at 1 pm.

 

 

THEFT CHARGES FOR PT. BURWELL PAIR

 

(From Elgin OPP) – A 20 year old man and a 42 year old woman both from Pt. Burwell, as well a 26 year old St. Thomas man, have been arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and possession of illegal drugs after police executed two search warrants on residences in Port Burwell and St. Thomas on Friday. On Wednesday police received a report of the theft of two motorcycles (dirt bikes) from a shed at a residence on Culloden Road in Bayham. A residence was then searched in Port Burwell and one dirt bike and a quantity of marijuana was found and they arrested two parties at the residence without incident. Later after a search at a St. Thomas residence police found the other motorcycle and the 26 year old male there was also arrested and charged with the same offences.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

PAINTED POLES FOR PT. BURWELL?

PT. BURWELL  – (Contributed) – The children of Pt. Burwell Public School have created a community improvement project to help renew and reenergize the village. 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?”  They discovered a similar program in British Columbia called the Fernwood Pole Painting Project, a community improvement initiative in Victoria. They also have produced a short video, which is now on youtube (http://youtube/TZYrLNsDX6U) . Their community contact is Margot Pieters. Added Mrs. Pieters: “The first thing everyone does notice when they come into Pt. Burwell, along Robinson St., are the awful hydro poles, I approached the school with an idea and won their support. 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 and decorate the designated poles.”

 

 

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MONDAY, Dec. 15/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

-Tue -EESS hosts: Girls VBall; Boys Hockey v CECI

-Wed-EESS hosts: Boys Hockey v PCI

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v PCI

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

-Fri -EESS PD day/End of classes for elementary students

-Fri -Channel 5 – London Knights v Guelph

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

 

 

EESS SPORTS LAST WEEK:

 

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – WESS 3 EESS 1; JR – WESS 3 EESS 2

-GIRLS HOCKEY – PCI 2 EESS 0

-GIRLS VBALL – SR – Glencoe 3 EESS 2; JR – EESS 3 Glencoe 2

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS 63 Glencoe 19; JR – EESS 46 Glencoe 8

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 7 (2-0) WESS 0

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL AGENDA TONIGHT:

 

Among items to be considered by Aylmer Council at their first regular session tonight are:

-discussion on a recommendation by the Environmental Advisory Committee to ban smoking within nine metres of playgrounds and sports facilities in town (provincial legislation beginning in the new year requires a 20 metre distance)

-discussion on a recommendation by the Aylmer Heritage Committee to investigate ownership of the abandoned Anglican cemetery at Queen St and Water St. with a plan to improve the condition of the gravestones on the property.

-discussion on a proposal from Canadian Tire to initiate a site plan for expansion of their store by 2500 square feet.

 

 

TWO MORE LOSSES FOR SPITS

 

The Aylmer Spitfires lost both their SOJHL hockey contests on the weekend – they have now dropped seven games in a row. Saturday in Aylmer, Exeter counted two third period goals to tie the game and scored in overtime for a 3-2 victory. Luke Bettencourt and Clint Walker tallied for the locals. Sunday in Mt. Brydges the Spits stormed back from a 4-0 deficit but fell short to the home team by a 5-3 score. Aylmer goalgetters were Jesse Tottle, Jesiah Sweetland and Trevor Stewart. The Spitfires’ record is now six wins and eighteen losses. This week they travel to Lucan Wednesday, host Thamesford Saturday and are in Pt. Stanley Sunday.

 

SUNDAY AT MT BRYDGES:

Period 1
Mt.Brydges   – Carson   Kennes (power play) (James   Newland, Tyler Lockwood) 5:05
Mt.BrydgesCameron   Jowett (Brody   Smith, Alex   Cox) 14:08
Period 2
Mt.Brydges   – Cameron   Jowett (Sam   Dawson, Brody   Smith) 13:17
Mt.BrydgesAlex   Cox (Cameron   Jowett, Blayne   Rusland) 17:52
Period 3
AylmerJesiah   Sweetland (unassisted) 1:43
AylmerTrevor   Stewart (Josh   Lockhart, Spencer   Roloson) 5:34
AylmerJesse   Tottle (power play) (Derek   Folkard, Robert   Shaw) 6:53
Mt.BrydgesLucas   Wilson (Cameron   Jowett) 16:19

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

(From Police Chief Andre Reymer) -A man entered the office area of the new IDA drug store on Sunday Nov. 30 about 12:45 pm during store hours and opened a safe and took a significant amount of money. He was caught on video looking directly into a camera (see Dec. 4 photo).

 

-A 38 year old Aylmer woman was charged with impaired driving on Friday Dec. 5 around 11:30 pm as police spotted her driving erractically on Talbot St. east and followed her, stopping her on Hacienda Road south.

 

 

EESS SPORTS PREVIEW: SR BOYS BBALL

 

(Information from coach Albert Vanvlaanderen) – “This years team is a mix of older seniors and some Juniors moving up from last year’s Junior teams.  Key returnees are Kyle Bennett, Tanner Kyle and Devin Catt. The team should hopefully do well in TVRA Southeast this year. The League consists of CECI, PCI, AVSS, GDCI and us. The Southeast Championship is scheduled to be hosted by the top South (Elgin) team.

 

 

CHRIST-MUST LIST 4 -FOOD HAMPERS

 

If you know of someone who needs a Christmas food hamper they must register at the Corner Cupboard (behind Aylmer Flooring) or at Mennonite Community Services. The final date for registration is tomorrow by 4pm. Donations to help with the Christmas Care delivery program can be made at Eastlink, Meridian Bank, Valu Mart, Campbells or Hills Pharmacy.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10/14

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Thursday/Friday

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Girls Hockey

 

-Thu -EESS hosts: Boys BBall, Boys Hockey

-Fri-Sat -Cram the Cruiser, Elgin Feeds (see Mon. story)

-Sat -Straffordville Santa Parade, 10:30 am

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

 

 

AYLMER TO HAVE COMM. MAILBOXES IN 2015

 

(Information from Daria Hill, a spokesman for Canada Post) – “This morning we informed employees at our Aylmer depot that 2114 addresses in Aylmer will be converting from door-to-door delivery to community mailboxes in the second half of 2015, as part of the Five-point Action Plan announced last December. The postal codes affected will be N5H. (Edit: An accompanying map indicated this will affect most of the town; there are four large neighbourhoods that use the mailboxes already.) Within the next couple of days, each affected household will receive an information package with a mail-in survey. The package will tell them how they can express their priorities and preferences about their new delivery method. Note that no regular full-time or part-time employee will lose their job as a result of the initiative. We will reduce our workforce largely through attrition as people leave the company.”

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Hines, Judith of Aylmer passed away on Monday in her 55th year. Survivors: husband Donald Hines; children Tracy Goris (Patrick) of Lyons and Tara Lawrance (Jarrod) of Belmont etc..  She worked at Prestran Industries. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday 10 am – 11 am where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 am.

 

 

BUIS FAMILY HOSTS JUNEAU THANK-YOU 

 

(Information from an article by Emily Miller in the Juneau Empire online edition)  – The Aylmer family of Sharon Buis, a 48-year-old Juneau resident who went missing while hiking in Juneau’s rugged backcountry on May 24, recently hosted a “meet and greet” at the Goldbelt Hotel here to personally thank those who searched for their family member. Alaska State Troopers coordinated a search – made up of about 50 members at times – that was called off when no new leads surfaced over a four-day span. Sharon’s brother Jim and wife Brenda Buis of Aylmer travelled to Juneau during the search. They returned on November 24 with their 83-year-old mother, Nellie, and another sister-in-law, Judy for the reception. Nellie Buis had been to Juneau once before, six years ago, to visit her youngest daughter. Sharon Buis is the youngest of seven children who grew up on the family farm in Aylmer. She worked as a physical therapist at Juneau Physical Therapy since 2005.  Her disappearance is still treated as a missing persons case.

 

Added Judy Buis yesterday: “Nellie wanted to meet Sharon’s friends in Juneau and to personally thank those who have searched for her daughter since her disappearance. A celebration of Sharon’s life was held on November 24th at our hotel in Juneau. It was heart-warming for all of us to hear about Sharon from her friends, colleagues and clients in Juneau. “A dear friend and an energetic co-worker. A great card player. An adventurous outdoorswoman.”  were some of the common phrases we heard that night. Nellie was also able to express our family’s gratitude to the State Troopers and the search and rescue people who attended the reception.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 7 Glencoe 0

-GIRLS VBALL – EESS v WESS – no report

 

 

BAYHAM’S ENS IS NEW WARDEN

 

(Contributed) – Bayham Mayor Paul Ens was acclaimed Elgin Warden at a Elgin County Council session held yesterday. Ens was unopposed in his bid for the one-year position.  Ens was first elected to Bayham Council in 2003 and served a three-year term. He was elected as Mayor of Bayhaml in 2010. Ens identified options for redevelopment of Terrace Lodge, the Dexter Line realignment project and addressing space and security needs for the Provincial Offences Court, the Museum and the Archives as priorities for 2015.

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

NEW – “Low German Mennonites of Aylmer” . On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

“Low German Mennonites of Aylmer”. On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Dec. 9/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts: Boys VBall, Boys Hockey

 

-Wed -EESS hosts Girls Hockey

-Thu -EESS hosts Boys BBall, Boys Hockey

-Sat -Straffordville Santa Parade, 10:30 am

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

 

 

PT. BURWELL ACCIDENT

 

(From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP responded to a report of a single motor vehicle collision on Vienna Line, east of Sawmill Road in Malahide, Sunday at noon. A car going east on Vienna Line  hit the right gravel shoulder, went into the ditch, hit an embankment over a culvert and went airborne crashing onto the front lawn of a nearby home after rolling several times. The lone female driver, a 25 year old Port Burwell, woman, had to be extracted from the vehicle by Malahide Fire Services and she was then airlifted to London hospital. She was later released from hospital.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Springfield Park held their annual tree decoration and lighting ceremony on the weekend (Photo by Kelly Pearson)

Springfield Park held their annual decoration and lighting ceremony on the weekend (Photo by Kelly Pearson)

 

 

NO WIEBE CHRISTMAS DINNER

 

Tina Wiebe of Springfield, whose family sponsored a free Christmas dinner for the community for several years, said they are not putting on a meal this year – she said “it just got too busy”. The Wiebes held their dinner for three years at a local school and then cancelled it two years ago due to insurance requirements. Last year it was resumed at the Aylmer Legion and they fed about 100. The Wiebes financed the dinner and did the cooking themselves instead of giving gifts to each other.

 

 

CAMPAIGN VS. TEENS’ SMOKES BUYERS

 

(Information from Laura Dougherty of the Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit) – The Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit is currently sponsoring a campaign to encourage those who are buying cigarettes for 12-19 year-olds, to just say “No.” Almost ten percent of Elgin teens admit to being a smoker and most of them say they get their cigarettes from a ‘social source,’ be it their parents, an older sibling, a relative or a friend. The Central East Tobacco Control Area Network, which includes health units from Grey Bruce to Windsor, have thus initiated ‘The Bad Ways to Be Nice’ campaign in response. The number of underage smokers has decreased in recent years, but the campaign promoters  would like to see even fewer teens taking up the habit.

 

The campaign is ongoing at www.Badwaystobenice.com. Said Dougherty: “In Ontario, tobacco is related to 12, 000 deaths per year, costing the health care system over 1 billion dollars per year. Even with the best intentions, giving a cigarette to a teen is a bad way to be nice.”

 

 

UNITED WAY SOLICITATIONS

 

(Contributed) – Elgin-St. Thomas United Way is inviting local agencies to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for funding in 2015. To be eligible, agencies must be a registered charity, or be partnered with a registered charity and offer a program within Elgin County. EOI guidelines can be obtained from the United Way office – Suite 103, 10 Mondamin St., St. Thomas or found online at www.stthomasunitedway.ca .Questions should be directed to Campaign and Communications Coordinator Melissa Schneider at 519-631-3171 or by email at mschneider@stthomasunitedway.ca

 

 

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MONDAY, Dec. 8/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-OV Naturalists, 7 pm, Vienna Comm. Centre (see Thu. story)

 

-Tue -EESS hosts: Boys VBall, Boys Hockey

-Wed -EESS hosts Girls Hockey

-Thu -EESS hosts Boys BBall, Boys Hockey

-Sat -Straffordville Santa Parade, 10:30 am

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

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE PARADE SAT.

 

(Information from Donna Neville) – “The Straffordville Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday at 10:30 am. The route has changed this year as the Straffordville Community Center is closed so we are now ending up at the Firehall where we can host Santa Claus and have hot chocolate. We are leaving the front entrance of  the school travelling along Plank road north to Third St.. There are no bands.”

 

 

SPITS TAKE LICKS

 

The Spitfires crashed in their matches this weekend in SOJHL hockey. Friday in Lambeth the first place home team built up a 4-0 edge after the opening period and cruised to a 7-2 victory. Kyle DeCicco and Andrew Baxter tallied for Aylmer. Saturday at home the Spits outshot Pt. Stanley 56-30 including 24-7 in the final period but fell 6-5. Aylmer marksmen were Trevor Stewart with two and Jesse Tottle, Brett Dyzengel and Luke Bettencourt with one each. Their record is now six wins and eighteen losses. This week the Spits host Exeter Saturday and travel to Mt. Brydges Sunday.

 

VS. PT. STANLEY SAT.

Period 1
AylmerTrevor   Stewart (Josh   Houston) 1:41
AylmerJesse   Tottle (Nolan   Blum, Ryan   Stapleton) 3:44
Port StanleyAlex   Weaver (Christian   Athanasiou, Zachary   Zinga) 4:11
Port StanleyRyan   McDonnell (power play) (Connor   Tamborro, Tyler   Beaulieu) 9:37
AylmerLuke   Bettencourt (Spencer   Roloson, Josh   Houston) 12:01
Port StanleyRyan   McDonnell (power play) (Derek   Finlay, Alex   Weaver) 15:56
Period 2
AylmerTrevor   Stewart (power play) (Josh   Houston, Jesiah   Sweetland) 3:37
Port StanleyJosh   Reda (Alex   Weaver, Zachary   Zinga) 6:07
Port StanleyZachary   Zinga (Tanner   Turley) 9:57
AylmerBrett   Dzyngel (Austin   Blais, Trevor   Stewart) 17:44
Period 3
Port Stanley   – Zachary   Zinga (Tyler   Beaulieu) 6:26

 

 

CHRIST-MUST LIST 3 -CRAM THE CRUISER

 

The Aylmer Police and Elgin Feeds will again sponsor  ‘Cram The Cruiser’ at the Elgin Feeds store on John St. north this weekend – Friday 9-6 pm and Saturday 9-3 pm. The Police will leave a cruiser at the corner on the Elgin Feeds parking lot for people to donate toys for the Aylmer Optimist Club and food for the Aylmer Corner Cupboard.

 

 

BAYHAM MAYOR’S ADDRESS

 

(This is a partial text of the address by Mayor Paul Ens at the inaugural meeting of Bayham Council Thursday:) – “Councillors, we have an interesting term in front of us, full of challenges and opportunities. .. We must continue planning for both our current needs and those in the future. We need to work together, think, and do what is best for the municipality as a whole… Despite the continued loss of grants and increasing of uncontrollable costs such as the OPP billing and facility requirements, these will make budgeting a challenge… I know by working together we will have a very positive effect for our municipality. I am confident that this council, like the many councils that preceeded it, will rise to the challenge.”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“GRAFFITI ON MASONIC BUILDING”

 

“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 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.” (UPDATE – Aylmer Police report no leads on this case in the past year.)

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– December 2, 2014, Station #1 , #2, Imperial Road, MVC

(*Near Bank St., 5:30 pm, single vehicle, no injuries)

– December 2, 2014, Station #2 , #3, 50017 Talbot Line, MVC

(*one vehicle, 10 occupants, no injuries)

– December 5, 2014, Station #1 Levi Street, Medical Assist

– December 7, 2014, Station #1 , #2, 51799 Vienna Line, MVC

(*near Sawmill Rd., noon, one vehicle, one occupant, serious injuires, air lifted to hospital)

 

 

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FRIDAY, Dec. 5/14

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AYLMER EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

–APAC presents Kim Stockwood, 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)

 

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm

-Sat – Springfield Christmas Parade, 1 pm

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

-Sun – Belmont Christmas Parade, 6 pm

-Sat/Sun – Aylmer Parade Repeat on channel 5, 6pm

-Sun -Lessons, Carols Service; Chr. Reform. Church, 7 pm

 

-Mon -OV Naturalists, 7 pm Vienna Comm. Centre (see Thu. story)

 

 

EESS SPORTS THU.:

 

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 7 CECI 2

 

 

1-PRIORITIES: AYLMER’S NEW MAYOR

 

(Aylmer’s new Mayor Greg Currie offered these comments on future plans:)

1-Three immediate Priorities? – ” 1) Getting a full orientation on how the town governance works and who the various staff are and their roles 2) Thorough review of all the elements of town budgeting – where the costs are incurred and what are the various revenue sources and 3) Reviewing the Town’s long term plans for sustaining infrastructure.”

2-Any change in Council’s approach to government? – “I wish for the council to perform as a team, a solid advocate for the Town’s well being. This means open and honest discussion, respect for differing opinions and fact based decisions for the betterment of Aylmer.”

3-How do you hope to promote Citizen’s involvement? – “I see citizen’s involvement on two levels. One, if a citizen is interested in serving on any committees and two, if citizens are interested to come out to council meetings and talk to myself or any councillor during informal time before or after the meeting. Overall I want citizens to believe that they can approach the council with ideas, suggestions or constructive criticisms of the town’s governance.”

 

 

2-REFLECTIONS: AYLMER’S PAST MAYOR

 

(Former Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt offered these comments on his term:)

1-What are you most proud of ? – “I am most proud of the fact that this Council had an incredible unmatched fiscal record. We paid off the 3.2 million debt, kept taxes below the inflation rate, supported the splashpad, built a new bathhouse, and secured millions in support of infrastructure during very difficult economic times.”

2-What should be a priority for the new council? – “I hope that the new Council has patience and does not rush into making snap decisions which have short term benefit. I hope they will look at the long-term picture. Being on Council is not easy. I wish them great  success.”

3-Future interests? – “I can now return to model ship building, more gardening, revamping my HO models, taking university courses, volunteering and writing. I will perhaps take another look at public service in four years if I feel I can contribute something again.”

 

 

3-MALAHIDE MAYOR’S INAUGUAL ADDRESS

 

(The following is a partial text of the address given by Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill at the inaugural Council meeting Monday:) – “We are entering a new era of fiscal demand. We have two levels of government – Federal and Provincial – that wish to balance their books (and) the easiest way is to reduce transfer payments to the municipal levels. There was a time when 58% of our revenue came from the Provincial and the Federal treasuries.  Now it is 19% and falling.

 

We must look for efficiencies in the next four years to lessen the tax burden on our rate payers.  The first one … is the EECC.  We have already found 120 thousand dollars in savings and hopefully much more when we have a business plan in place. We have been told by staff that there are savings to be made if we consolidate our work departments under one roof and we have a salt shed where salt and sand can be mixed well ahead of time… Hopefully this will be accomplished before this term is completed. We have taken an aggressive position in the last four years upgrading our roads and equipment. Now is not the time to back away; it has been demonstrated that a hard surface road is cheaper to maintain than a gravel and I hope we continue to make conversions from gravel to tar and chip…. Lastly, nothing can be accomplished unless council and staff work together and I am prepared to do so for all the ratepayers of Malahide.”

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Laur, Keith of Tillsonburg passed away on Sunday aged 81. Predeceased by wife Diana (2004). Survivors: one child etc.. Keith was born in Malahide. There will be no service; arrangements through Verhove’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

NEW AYLMER BOOK:

 

NEW – “Low German Mennonites of Aylmer” . On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

“Low German Mennonites of Aylmer”. On sale for $8 at Pinecroft, Campbells, Mennomex etc.

 

 

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THURSDAY, Dec. 4/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu -Bayham Inaugural Council 7pm, Malahide 7:30 pm

 

-Fri – APAC presents Kim Stockwood, 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Sat – Spits host: Pt. Stanley, 7:30 pm

-Sat – Springfield Christmas Parade, 1 pm

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

-Sat/Sun – Aylmer Parade Repeat on channel 5, 6pm

-Sun – Belmont Christmas Parade, 6 pm

-Sun -Lessons, Carols Service; Chr. Reform. Church, 7 pm

 

-Mon -OV Naturalists, 7pm Vienna Comm. Centre (see Thu. story)

 

 

AYLMER IMPAIRMENT

 

(From Police Chief Andre Reymer) – A man was charged with impaired driving after allegedly driving over the lawn of a Dufferin Street home early Saturday morning. A passing motorist reported the incident to police about 1 am. Police located the vehicle, a pickup truck, parked on Lawrence Crescent with a 37 year old Malahide man and a male passenger inside. Police seized open beer and liquor bottles from inside the truck. The act of driving on the lawn was not a separate charge but used as evidence for the impairment charges.

 

 

MALAHIDE INAUGURAL WAS MONDAY 

 

Malahide Council has a busy week – they held their inaugural session on Monday, last night was an orientation session for new councillors and tonight is a regular council meeting.

 

 

WANTED BY AYLMER POLICE

 

Aylmer Police have released this photo of someone they are looking for after the IDA store uptown was robbed Sunday evening. (Aylmer Police)

Aylmer Police are looking for this man in connection with a theft at the Aylmer IDA store Sunday at noon. (Aylmer Police)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Kennedy, Velma formerly of Calton passed away in Petrolia on Wednesday in her 86th year. Predeceased by her husband Tony (1997). Survivors: two daughters; sister Hazel Sidor of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Malahide and was a member of Calton Women’s Institute. The Funeral Service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Saturday at 1 pm with visitation from 11:30 am -1 pm.

 

 

BBALL – BROCK  WINS, LOSES

 

Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen scored 12 points as Brock University defeated UWO 80-72 in London Saturday in OUAA womens’ basketball. Cornelissen didn’t start but played 23 minutes, third highest on the team. Friday, Brock was downed 85-54 in Windsor by Canada’s top ranked team. Cornelissen hooped 9 points. Brock’s record is three wins, four losses.

 

 

OV NATURALISTS MEETING MONDAY

 

The Otter Valley Naturalists will hold their monthly meeting on Monday at 7 pm at the Vienna Community Centre with Jenna Siu of UWO speaking on “Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on Swallowtail Butterflies”. From their website: “In southern Ontario some of the most threatened habitats occur in the Carolinian Zone, where major portions of prairies, savannahs and forests have been destroyed. These changes to the natural landscape have caused habitat loss and fragmentation.”

 

 

EESS WINTER SPORTS PREVIEWS

 

BOYS HOCKEY – Coach Chris Wismer: “We have 15 returning players from last year’s team. Hoping to repeat our TVRAA southeast title.  Already qualified for AAA/AAAA Wossaa in London in March.”

 

GIRLS HOCKEY – Coach Katie Horricks – “Carly Van Roestel, Brittany Kirk and Victoria Grunsell are strong returning players; very young team with lots of grade 9s and 10s and lots of girls have yet to be on the ice so far with injuries and concussions. New players include Goalie Leah Moore who will be a strong addition. Combining with the East League so no idea what competition will be like.”

 

 

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