Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

WEDNESDAY, March 20/13





-HeritagePlace Aylmer Film; www.ibitv.org; (Comment on Facebook?)


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

-Thur. -Ontario Volunteer Awards Night; EEC Complex; 7:30pm

-Thur. -EESS Parent-Teacher Interviews; 4-7 pm

-Sat. – Earth Hour






-Peters, Johan; of Vienna, passed away on Sunday, in his 70th year. Survivors include: wife Sara (Zacharias) Peters; 9 children; 53 grandchildren  etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Tillsonburg on Friday 2:00 pm.






(Contributed) – The Official Opening of Aylmer Trillium Park, the apartment complex at the corner of John and Sydenham Streets, will be Friday at 4 pm. Following a brief opening ceremony at the entrance on Sydenham, there will be small group tours.






(Information from Tim Stafford of Hydro One) – “The outage (Monday in Aylmer around 6:30 pm for about 20 minutes) was due to ice build up on the 115,000 v. tower lines in the Aylmer area. When this took place the conductor was weighted down and the wind at 40 to 60 km’s per hr. created galloping. Two of the 115,000 v conductors came together and feeder protections at the station operated  causing the outage.”






Blyth-Brussels blanked Belmont 1-0 at home last night to take a 2-1 lead in their six point OMHA Midget finals. Blyth won the opening game 3-1 but Belmont rebounded for a 4-0 win in game two. Next game is Sunday at 6:15 in Belmont. Belmont was undefeated in ousting East Lambton in the quarter finals and St. George in the semi finals. Coaches are Chris Webb, Chris Hickey, Brian Horlick and Trainer Dave Hunter.






(Contributed) – The following is a list of Aylmer and East Elgin  recepients of Ontario Volunteer Awards to be presented at the ceremony Thursday at 7 pm at the EEC Complex: Judy Anderson, Cathy Kasza, Kathy Klassen, Mary Peters and Mary Wilson for the Aylmer-Malahide Mueum and Archives; Todd Sprague and Trevor Armstrong, for the EEC Complex;  Paul Bode, St.Thomas-Elgin Hospital; Anne Kenny, Elgin-St.Thomas Community Foundation;  Cheryl Brooks and Peter Charlton, Aylmer Community Band, Judy Mennill Aylmer Community Choir;

Gwen Owen,  Betty Pendreigh, Vera Dickhout, and Arthur Hayman for Aylmer and East Elgin Fair Board; Lois Coleman, Dave and Rosemary Goble, Marie and Harold Pake, Susan Osborn and  Loeki Andre VanRoessell for Chateau Gardens; Matt Schafer and Brian Masschaele, Bayham Museum; and Sherry Hetherington, Pt. Burwell Museum.








Janet Brolin, an author living in Pt. Burwell, was one of five finalists announced yesterday for The Bloody Words Award for Light Mystery for her book ‘Dire Threads.’ The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award, a new annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries  is for a “book that makes us smile,” which includes everything from laugh-out-loud, to gentle humour, to good old fashioned stories with little violence or gore.  Bloody Words, Canada’s oldest and largest convention of mystery readers and authors, will be awarding the Bony Blithe Award  at the Bloody Words XII Banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto on June 2. The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000 plus a colourful plaque. (She didn’t win).”






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TUESDAY, Mar. 19/13





-HeritagePlace Aylmer Film; www.ibitv.org; (Now showing)

-EEC Complex Seniors Event; 9:30am -12:30

-EEC Complex  Public Budget meeting; 7pm


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

-Thur. -Ontario Volunteer Awards Night; EEC Complex; 7:30pm

-Thur. -EESS Parent-Teacher Interviews; 4-7 pm

-Sat. – Earth Hour






THEAYLMERNEWS is interested in your reaction to the new Heritage Places film on Aylmer (www.ibitv.org). Send us your comments. Thanks.





-Marissen, Hennie; of Aylmer, passed away Sunday, in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Teunis Marissen(1999). Survivors include: son Harry (Ida) Marissen of Yarmouth Centre etc. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Thursday, at 11:00 am.


-Helmer (Polgar), Agnes Anne; of R.R.# 2, St. Thomas, passed away Monday, in her 74th year. Survivors include: son Kenneth White Jr. (Melanie) of R.R. 2, St. Thomas etc.. She was born in Straffordville and was an R.N.A. at the St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at The Community of Christ Church, St.Thomas Friday at 11:00 am.






(Contributed) – “ Our campaign for the Belmont Splashpad has hit a temporary roadblock. The Community Launch that we scheduled for this Wednesday will have to be delayed.”






(By Bill Murch) – “Last night the Aylmer Finance Committee completed deliberations on the town’s 2013 budget. They held projected expenditures to $4,952,625 which is a 1.03% increase over the amount spent in 2012. The draft budget was then referred to Council. Aylmer Council then met last night  and announced that the draft budget will be presented at a public meeting to be held in the Old Town Hall Theatre on April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.






(Contributed) – “Aylmer Minor Ball now has a website (aylmerminorball.com). The new website is courtesy of Rob Redding of Redding Designs.

Also AMBA will be hosting an MLB Pitch, Hit, Run contest again this year in April or May. Participants, ages 5-14) compete in hitting, pitching and running events with the top participants in the 7-14 age groups moving onto regional and national competition. The winners in this region have the opportunity to compete at the Rogers Center and winners at that competition will move onto the finals at this year’s MLB All star game.

Also a reminder for parents to try and get their children registered for this ball season before April 1 to avoid late fees.






“After reading the comments from DeSutter Homes and Dan Dale I am truly confused. If nobody from the town published that there was going to be an increase in funds for building permits how is Frank DeSutter going to recoup his loss. I am sure he has already signed a contract with his client for building their house at the old permit rate. Three or four thousand dollars is a lot of money and this should not be happening without at least a 30 day notice so the contractor is aware of the increase.” (Bob Nesbitt)






-A 34-year old Aylmer male was charged with assault and forcible confinement after a dispute with his 31-year old common law female partner ended with her being shoved last Tuesday around 1 pm at a Talbot St. residence. There were no injuries.


-A Talbot Street east Aylmer buisness reported on March 6 that their office had been entered overnight and an old computer removed.


-Last Wednesday around 4 am Aylmer Police stopped a vehicle on Talbot St. east for speeding and removed marijuana residue from the car – the 35-year old male driver from Aylmer was just charged with the traffice offence.






-On March 9 around noon, a 35-year old Orwell woman was charged with failing to yield after her  truck going north on Caverly Road and turning left onto Talbot St. west  was in collision with a car driven east on Talbot. There was some damage to both vehicles but no injuries.





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MONDAY, Mar. 18/13





-Aylmer Council 7pm

-HeritagePlace Aylmer Film; www.ibitv.org; NOW ON! (for one week)


-Tue. -EEC Complex Seniors Event; 9:30am -12:30; (see Frid. story)

-Tue. -EEC Complex  Public Budget meeting

-Thur. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Thur. -Ontario Volunteer Awards Night; EEC Complex; 7:30pm

-Thur. -EESS Parent-Teacher Interviews; 4-7 pm

-Sat. – Earth Hour






-Alway (Maurer), Erna; of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, in her 102nd year. Wife of Edward “Ted” Always. Visitation at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church St.Thomas one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at 3:00 pm. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.






-Tessa Kreiger, formerly of Aylmer, played eight minutes as her University of Windsor team captured the Canadian University Womens’ Basketball title yesterday in Regina by a 66-57 margin over the University of Regina. Tessa is a second year player – Windsor has now won the crown for three consecutive years.


-Stephanie DeSutter, formerly of Aylmer, scored a goal as her Mercyhurst University team upset #2 ranked Cornell 4-3 in overtime in NCAA womens’ hockey quarterfinal play Saturday. They now advance to the finals in Minneapolis this weekend – Stephanie is in her fourth year with Mercyhurst.


-Brent Laur, formerly of Aylmer, finished 31st in the Red Bull Crashed Ice skating race in Quebec City this past weekend.






(From Environment Canada at 6am) – “A low pressure system from the Southern Plains States will move northeast across Indiana today then into lower Michigan this evening and it will spread a messy mix of precipitation into Southern Ontario. Snow mixed with ice pellets along with some freezing rain will begin in Southwestern Ontario this morning. Ice pellets and some freezing rain will spread northeast through the afternoon. This evening precipitation is expected to change over to mainly rain for a few hours especially near Lake Erie.”






– March 12, 2013, Station #3,  Ron McNeil Line, Alarm Malfunction

– March 13, 2013, Station #1,  Hale Street, Medical Assist

– March 13, 2013, Station #1,  Wales Crescent, Medical Assist

– March 15, 2013, Station #4,  Avon Drive, Medical Assist

– March 15, 2013, Station #2,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist






“Do you have any information regarding the 25% increase in the cost of Building Permits in the Town of Aylmer? We received no notification from the town and today received a call that a permit is ready for pick up; the cost is nearly $11000.00. The last permit we got was late 2012 and the cost for this permit is $3000-4000 more. Frank went in to speak to Daniel Dale because he was certain it had to be an error. Dan told Frank the 25% increase has been implemented for when construction starts decrease, that there will be a fund to pay the wages of the building department. Dan also felt it justified as there hasn’t been an increase in the cost of Building permits for 7 years. However he failed to note that for the past 7 years the rate for a permit has been $1 where as for all other Municipalities the rate has been steady at .63. (Ingrid, Frank DeSutter)


Reply from Danial Dale, Director of Planning for Aylmer:

Is there a notable increase in building permits’ costs/why? – “The base permit fee has not changed since the original study done in 2005.The recent study done in 2012 by Tunnock Consultants recommended council introduce a stabilization reserve in the form of a 25% surcharge to be added to the base fee. The legislation permits council to charge a fee that is representative of the actual costs to deliver the service, but the rate cannot exceed this amount. In 2005 council of the day set rates that started them on the road to cost recovery however, those rates were never adjusted and the building department has never generated sufficient funds to offset the actual costs of the department and as such, subsidization through taxation is required.”

Is one reason for the increase to “pay for the wages of the building department” in leaner times? – “The stabilazation reserve as its name suggests is a reserve that is built up over time that will help to stabilze the amount of subsidization required in those years when building activities and thus building permit revenues are down and would be drawn upon to help offset all costs associated with the running of the department, not just wages. It is seen as an incrimental measure to avoid significant spikes in subsidy and in rates over time.”






(Contributed by Linda Axelson) – “Our son-in-law Mike Goble, who now lives in Lakefield just north of Peterborough, is a finalist in the Kraft Hockey Goes On contest. This is an opportunity for people who are very involved in their local Minor Hockey Association to win money for their association. Mike was raised in Mapleton  and attended  East Elgin Secondary School. His parents and in-laws live in Aylmer. While helping with a Minor Hockey practice in March 2012 Mike was knocked from his feet and ended up with 4 fractures in his hip. This laid him up but he continued to support his hockey association from his sick bed.

To read Mike’s story go to Kraft Hockey Goes On – Ontario – Mike’s story. The field is narrowed down to 20 finalists from Ontario. The winner will win $100,000 for their local Minor Hockey Association and the second prize is $20,000 for their Association. (You can vote to support this cause).





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FRIDAY, Mar. 15/13






-Free Eastlink Public Skating; EEC Complex – 9:am -11


-Mon: Aylmer Council, 7pm






-Moore, Olive Marie, of Fingal, passed away last Friday, in her 81st year. Survivors include: sister Mary Lou Stradeski of Aylmer etc.. The funeral was Wednesday. Arrangements through Williams Funeral Home,  St. Thomas.


-Markham, Mrs. Elsie, of Terrace Lodge Aylmer, passed away last Friday, in her 98th year. The funeral was yesterday. Arrangements through Sifton Funeral Home St.Thomas.


-MacLeod,  Betty Jean, of Terrace Lodge Aylmer, passed away Saturday, at the age of 95. There was no service. Arrangements entrusted to Shawn Jackson Funeral Home,  St. Thomas.






This aerial view of Aylmer -looking east – was taken last weekend. Sereena Friesen was the pilot. (Contributed by Abraham Friesen) (CLICK)






Brent Laur, formerly of Aylmer and now working as a personal trainer in Toronto, has joined the Red Bull Crashed Ice tour this year. In this skating event, four competitors race down a twisting and bumpy course in each time trial at speeds up to 60 kilometres an hour. In his first race, in Niagara Falls in December, he got through the first elimination round. He is hoping to break into the Top 32 in the next Crashed Ice event in Quebec City on Saturday. This week he finished 20th in trials to qualify for the second round in Quebec City.








(Information from Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Farms, Aylmer) – “There is no frost in the ground and there is no ice on the lake, so my prediction is we are going to have an early spring. However next week we are supposed to have freezing temperatures at night so that will tighten up the buds and slow things down a bit. I’m going to put my first scab control spray on tomorrow and that is about 3 weeks earlier than I have ever done before. I have taken the straw off the berries as well and I usually don’t do that until the second week of April. This trend is not only happening here but throughout most of North America.”

ONE WEEK LATER – “MONDAY NIGHT FROST DAMAGE” – Said Dick Saarloos:  “We had some damage to the apple buds but there should be enough viable buds left to give us a reasonable crop provided that we get cooperation from mother nature.”






(Contributed) – “The monthly Seniors Day Out event at the EEC Complex next Tuesday (9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.) features a morning of recreational activities, guest speaker and lunch. Our guest presenter Ken Sproul of Aylmer Garden Centre will do a presentation on gardening for small spaces. Participants will have the option to either play shuffleboard, skate or take part in a fitness class led by Stefanie Thompson of Fitness to the Max.  Stefanie will be running a low impact strength and balance training class that will focus on improving functional strength for the participants of Seniors’ Day Out. For more information or to register, contact the Complex at (519) 773‐5631 or visit: www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca ”






(Contributed) –  Opening exhibit at the Aylmer-Malahide Museum and Archives – “EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT” – Front Page Headlines from the Past including War Over, Kennedy Shot, Man on the Moon, the Spring Bank Ferry Disaster and more- March 5 – May 4, – Open:  Tuesday to Friday 9-5, closed for lunch 1-2, Saturday 11-4.”






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

Campbells, Pinecroft, Studer’s and Mary Jane’s.)





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THURSDAY, Mar. 14/13






-Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

-Free Eastlink Public Skating at EEC Complex; 11:30a.m.-1:30 (Fri- 9-11am)


-Mon. – Aylmer Council; 7 pm






-Brooks, H. Douglas; of Springfield, passed away today, in his 83rd year. Husband of the late Violet (Nelson) Brooks(2010). Survivors include: children Brenda Gibbons of Straffordville, Kevin Brooks of Belmont etc.. He was a lifelong farmer near Springfield and a well known musician. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home,  Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday at 11:00 am.


-Sawatzky, Jacob; of Aylmer, passed away Friday, in his 67th year. Survivors include: wife Helena (Enns) Sawatzky; children – Abraham Sawatzky (Elizabeth), Anna Wall (Isaias), Jacob Sawatzky (Sue), Elena Fehr (Michael) all of the Aylmer area etc. He was born in Mexico. The funeral was held Tuesday. Arrangements through  Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Vandewyngaerde; John; of Aylmer, passed away Monday, in his 68th year. Survivors include: wife Mary (Armstrong) Vandewyngaerde; children -Lynette Facey (Mike Caverly) and Jefferey Vandewyngaerde; mother Anna Vandewyngaerde; sisters Dianne Hamilton, Joanne Lockwood (Phillip Firlotte) of Aylmer etc.  He was a past president of the Vienna Lions Club and the Aylmer Shrine Club. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. where the Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 11:00 am.


-Small, (Ketchabaw) Doris; formerly of Eden, passed away Sunday, aged 80. Survivors include: son Tim Small of Eden etc.. She was a former postmaster of Eden . A service will be held today at 1 pm at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.


-Tupper, Shirley Maxine; of Burgessville, on Sunday, in her 78th year. Survivors include: brothers/sisters in-law – Wayne Tupper (Mary Lee), Melvin (Karen)Tupper, Bonnie (Marvin) MacDonald, all of Straffordville. The funeral service will be  at Norwich United Church today at 1:00 p.m






Becky Waite, Marketing CoOrdinator for the Town of Aylmer, informs that the Premiere night for the Heritage Places Films production on Aylmer has been cancelled. However the 22-minute film, by producer Chris Cooper, will be telecast on Monday, March 18 at 6 pm on the Internet – www.ibitv.org






(From the Elgin OPP) – “At approximately 4:41 a.m. yesterday, OPP responded to a suspicious persons call in Port Burwell. A complaint was received from a vigilant citizen who had observed two persons looking into parked vehicles. The investigation has led to the arrest of two males who are believed to be responsible for entering vehicles overnight. A small amount of stolen property has been recovered. One is a 19-year old and the other is a 17 year old, both of the village.






Mercyhurst College of Erie is advancing to the NCAA womens’ hockey final 8 for the ninth straight year – they play at Cornell Saturday. This past weekend they defeated Syracuse 4-1 in their Conference championship. If they lose Saturday, their season is over; if they win they move on to the NCAA Frozen Four in Minneapolis the following weekend. Aylmer’s Stephanie DeSutter is a defenceman with Mercyhurst (see Friday’s story).


Fourth year defenceman Stephanie DeSutter of Aylmer is shown taking a shot in a playoff game on the weekend for Mercyhurst University  - her team won the Conference playoffs and moves on to NCAA quarterfinals this Saturday. (Contributed) (CLICK)






– March 5, 2013, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– March 6, 2013, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– March 7, 2013, Station # 4, Yorke Line, Medical Assist

– March 7, 2013, Station #4, Imperial Road, Power Lines Down

– March 8, 2013, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– March 10, 2013, Station #1,  Vienna Road, Medical Assist






(Contributed) – “The Belmont Kids’ Park Campaign – Splash Pad and Skate Park 2013 – will be holding it’s Community Kick-Off on Wednesday, March 20th. The Kick-Off marks the Campaign’s progression into it’s last fundraising leg, allowing Belmont and area residents a chance to get involved in this community initiative. The celebration takes place at 1:30 pm, at the Belmont arena.”



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FRIDAY, Mar. 8/13



 *THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish next Mon, Tue, Wed.





-Sat. -Kids Company Present: SplashNBoots ; OTHall; 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. – Daylight Savings Time Starts


-Next Week – Schools’ March Break

(Free Skating at EEC Complex – see Mar. 4 story for times)

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 3:30pm

-Thu. –Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex






-Shackelton, William “Bill”, of Aylmer, on Wednesday, in his 84th year. Survivors include: wife Norma (Gilbert) Shackelton;  children – Bonnie Shackelton-Verbuyst, Penny (Roy) Vankemenade and Michael (Brandy) Shackelton; siblings Betty Dance, Carol (Jim) Sheils, Linda Brower and Wanda (Andy) Derewlany etc.. He was a 64 year member of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows Hope Lodge #69. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral which will be at 11:00 a.m.


-Rendulich, Frederick John; passed away at Chateau Gardens L.T.C., Aylmer on Wednesday. Visitation Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Langton.  Funeral Liturgical Service to be conducted on Saturday,  10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.


-VanDyk, Frank J.; of Talbotville, passed away Tuesday, in his 66th year. Predeceased by 5 brothers – John, Jim, Peter, Tony and Joe. Brother-in-law of Abel Huisman, John Donkers (Anne) etc.. Frank was born in the Netherlands, worked for the Thames Valley School Board as a custodian and  was a former umpire with the St. Thomas and Aylmer Umpires. There will be an open house at the family home in Talbotville on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.






Among agenda items for this Monday’s Aylmer Council:


-Councillor  Vandermeersch is presenting a motion “addressing the scheduling of meetings where conflicts may occur that preclude one or more councillors from attending a meeting.”

-Council is also notified that Grant Hardman is leaving the Environmental Committee






(Contributed) – “Stephanie DeSutter, daughter of Frank and Ingrid DeSutter of Aylmer, is playing in the US College Hockey America Conference tournament this weekend hosted by her  Erie, Pa. school, Mercyhurst University. She is hoping her team, which finished first in the conference in the regular season, can win to advance to the NCAA final 8 tourney. If so, Mercyhurst, ranked ninth in the US, will have been in the NCAA  tourney all 4 years she has played there.

Stephanie, a defenceman,  is playing with a brace to hold her shoulder from dislocating due to an injury earlier in the season – it will require surgery after the season.  Despite the injury she never missed a game. She was also named to the College Hockey America Conference All Academic team for Academic excellence. This year Stephanie has scored 7 goals after counting three goals last year and only one in her first two seasons. She is majoring in business with a concentration in Sport Management and Marketing.






Canadian musician/television star Les Stroud will be performing a concert at the Old Town Hall theatre on March 24 at 7:30pm  (Tickets are $28 at Campbells II). He is a twelve-time Gemini nominated producer and star of the hit TV series Survivorman (OLN Canada). Survivorman is the highest rated show in the history of both OLN Canada and the Science Channel US. Stroud has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was announced this week that he won a best screen writing  award at the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program for Survivorman.


Musically, Stroud has shared the stage with  Alice Cooper, Steven Stills, Tesla, Jacob Dylan, Chicago and The Roots etc. and is currently recording his fourth and fifth albums. Les’s style runs an eclectic gambit, from art-folk-roots rock to contemporary art rock.






Q- New Library Should Have?


5. More Groups/meeting areas 23.91%  (11 votes) 

2.More computers 21.74%  (10 votes)

3. Reading chairs, areas 19.57%  (9 votes)

7.Mennonite/Local History Resources 10.87%  (5 votes)

1. Study carrels 8.7%  (4 votes)

4.More DVDs, Videos 8.7%  (4 votes)

6.More work tables 7%  (3 votes)


Total Votes: 46






Lyons is unique as a place in Canada although there is a Lyons Island in Prince Edward County, Ontario. According to Sims’ History of Elgin, it was called Hale’s Corners for a while when founded in the mid-1800s after a Mr. Hale who built an inn here. The Inn apparently had a sign hanging in front with a lion painted  green.  The corners then became known as Lions Green. And then evolved into ‘ Lyons’ when the first post office opened here in 1854. A strange tale!





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THURSDAY, March 7/13






-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils


-Sat. -Kids Company Present: SplashNBoots ; OTHall; 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. – Daylight Savings Time Starts


-Next Week – Schools’ March Break

-Thu. – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex






-Giesbrecht, Helena; of Aylmer, passed away Tuesday, in her 84th year. Wife of the late Jacob Giesbrecht (2012). Survivors include: children Peter (Susana) Giesbrecht, Johan (Katharina) Giesbrecht, Sara (Abe) Braun, all of Aylmer, etc.. Also 62 grandchildren and 76 great grandchildren. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home,  on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm. from the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Aylmer.








Elgin Health Unit recently reported they were seeing an increase in the number of cases of ‘Whooping Cough’ – “Pertussis, commonly known as whopping cough, is a highly contagious, upper respiratory, bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing. A deep “whooping” sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, the disease is easily spread from person to person.  The groups most vulnerable to serious consequences of being infected are infants (less than one year of age) and pregnant women.

In Ontario, an outbreak of 22 cases of pertussis illness was seen between July and mid November 2011.  Twelve (55%) of the cases involved Elgin County residents. In mid December 2011 an increase in cases of pertussis in Elgin County was again noticed in the same distinct population.  To date (March 2012), more than 69 confirmed cases of pertussis illness have been identified. The best way to protect yourself is immunization.






(Information from Doug Lester of the OVC) – “The Otter Valley Chamber of Commerce in Bayham and Elgin County Economic Development are sponsoring a Social Media Workshop on March 23 at the Aylmer Elgin Resource Business Centre on John St north from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Participants will learn the basics of: Purchasing a Domain, Setting up a Basic Website, Facebook for Small Business, Twitter for Business, Questions & Answers. It is free for OVCC members and $20 for other guests and includes lunch.

The purpose of the OVC is to help solepreneurs and small business owners in Elgin establish and enhance a web presence. This will be a hands on learning experience.  Bring your laptop or tablet if you have one. There will be other computers available for your use. Jenn Nelson from The Social Studio will be the trainer. To register send an e-mail by March 18 to jenn@thesocialstudio.ca or dlester@eagletree.ca”





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WEDNESDAY, Mar. 6/13






-Sat. -Kids,Company Present: SplashNBoots ; OTHall; 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. – Daylight Savings Time Starts


-Next Week – Schools’ March Break






Keith Malcolm of the Elgin Stewardship Council reports that his group began feeding corn at the Aylmer Wildlife Management area (by the Ontario Police College) this week in anticipation of the arrival soon of Tundra Swans. However, with the ponds still frozen he thinks there may be a lot of coming and going as the birds still search out nearby  sources for water. The ESC will continue their feeding over the next month.

They expect some 5000 swans to pass through here shortly on their way north – and to other major feeding grounds in North Dakota and Northern Alberta. Mr. Malcolm says the Aylmer location offers the closest viewing of the swan migration of any place in North America.






Victoria and daughter Bailey Player of Belmont will not be participating in Amazing Race Canada.  Said Victoria today:  “We did hear back two days ago, we didn’t get accepted. We made it to stage 2, they said we made it quite far in the audition process. We definetly tried and had lots of support.”






The next bi-monthly Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic in Aylmer will be held next Thursday, March 14 at the EEC Complex from 2:30 to 7:30 pm. CBS is especially looking for group donors – transportation can be provided. Contact: kristen.ungar@blood.ca








“A 22-year old Malahide woman was charged last week with armed robbery of the Hills Pharmacy Clinic on Talbot St. west  last March 24.  Aylmer Police received information recently, including a tip on Crimestoppers,  on the incident and arrested her at her residence. The same woman was charged with armed robbery of a London gas station in the fall. In last March’s robbery, a woman demanded Oxycontin from staff as she brandished a knife; she then rode off on a bicycle with the stolen goods.”




“On Saturday, Festivals and Events of Ontario announced the winners of the Top 100 in Ontario in the past year and the Straffordville Watermelon Fest made the list. The Watermelon Fest also won an award for Most Innovative Partnership (the event and the Township of Bayham)”





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