Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, July 29/13

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*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Wed.*

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Southwest Soccer – Southwold at Aylmer Rampage, 7 pm, EESS

-St.Thomas Fastball -Alvinston at Springfield, 8:30pm

 

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball – Oxford at Pt. Burwell, 8pm

-Mon. -Tim Horton’s Free Swim at Aylmer Pool, 1:30-4 pm

 

 

CENTRAL HOTEL TO BE A RESTAURANT

 

The Central Hotel, which has been a hotel since its construction in 1883, will become ‘The Central’, a family restaurant opening this fall, according to information released yesterday by its Board of Directors.

The hotel, a Heritage building, was sold earlier this year to an anonymous donor who will retain ownership until The Central Charity group is ready to take over, outlined Albert Loewen, Minister of the Mt. Salem EMC church and Chair of the board of The Central. The Central has a five person Board of Directors.

The restaurant will be housed on the main floor and the upper two levels will be renovated into modern apartments and office space, hopefully ready next year. Loewen noted that the plan is for the apartment rentals and restaurant revenues, along with donations, to sustain The Central’s daily operations.

“The restaurant will be unique,” said Loewen.  “Aylmer will likely welcome a first for Canadian restaurants. The Central is being planned and designed as an innovative charity dedicated to helping local families meaningfully reconnect – while they enjoy savoury local fare. The Central will be family-driven instead of profit-driven. The Central’s mission will be to reconnect families by having them share meals together without distractions. We will try to promote healthy family habits. Distractions can come in  a variety of forms but the obvious one for our culture is bringing  cell phones to the table and having the family members engaged in  conversations with others instead of those that are present around the table.”

He added: “The Central will experiment with a number of family first strategies.  One idea under consideration is offering discounts to families who don’t use their wireless devices at the table.”

Loewen pointed out that the Central also plans to provide space and resources during the off-hours for other non-profit Christian organizations that support family-focused initiatives in the region, like outreach programs for single-mothers and young people – “It will be a dynamic meeting place for the community. The Central demonstrates our commitment to downtown Aylmer and the entire region.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Hertner, Joanne Gertrude; of Aylmer, passed away on Monday, in her 74th year. Survivors include: husband Gerald Hertner, four children; stepchild Jim (Grace) Hertner of Aylmer etc.. She was born in the Netherlands and was a member of the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church. 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.

 

 

MT. SALEM CRASH CHARGE

 

MT. SALEM – Elgin OPP have charged the 51 year old Aylmer female driver of the car involved in the accident here two weeks ago with failing to stop for a stop sign. The two vehicle collision occurred on July 18 south of here at Springfield Road and Vienna Line. A vehicle being driven by a 32 year old Port Burwell woman along with her four children was travelling south on Springfield Road approaching Vienna Line and was struck by the Aylmer woman’s car travelling east on Vienna Line which had failed to stop for the stop sign at Springfield Road.

 

 

AYLMER SPLASHPAD IN TWO WEEKS?

 

(Update from Char Vitoierullo, Chair of the Aylmer  Splashpad Committee) – “I  am hoping for the opening around August 16th. I would like to have it open for the Aylmer Cornfest weekend. We are waiting for the sod to be laid and once the sod is laid and the benches are put in we need one week off the sod so it settles before the pad is open.”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

X-EESS TEACHER GETS OLYMPIC MEDAL

Canada’s women’s eight rowing team won an Olympic silver medal today finishing just a half a boat length behind the U.S. Included in their crew is coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie of London, a former EESS teacher. She won her fifth Olympic medal in rowing – she was first named as cox for the Canadian eight in 1980.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT UPDATE

 

-July 17, 2013, Station #1, Station #2, 52999 John Wise Line, Tractor Fire

(*Large farm tractor, fully engulfed, aprox. $400,000 damage, cause unknown)

 

 

 THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Scene from a summer night. (Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

 

 

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MONDAY, July 29/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue. -Southwest Soccer – Southwold at Aylmer Rampage, 7 pm, EESS

-Tue. -St.Thomas Fastball -Alvinston at Springfield, 8:30pm

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball – Oxford at Pt. Burwell, 8pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Greer James (Jim); of London, on Monday July 22, in his 60th year. Survivors include: brother Ross (Tatiana) of Aylmer etc.. A service will be held at the Chapel of Hope, Regional Mental Health Care-London, on Tuesday at 2:pm.

 

-Barons, Kathleen (Kae) Mary Barons, of Belmont, on Monday July 22, aged 92 years. Wife of the late William (Bill) Odell Barons (1975). She worked as Clerk-Treasurer of  Belmont for 20 years. A private family service will be held.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

-A 46 year old Malahide woman was charged with impaired driving after being stopped by police for a taillight infraction on John St north on Sunday, July 21 at 10 pm.

 

-Aylmer Police are investigating an altercation between an 18 year old male and a 19 year old male, friends who had been drinking, at a Melanie Drive residence on Thursday evening, July 11.The 19 year old was knocked unconscious and taken to hospital. Charges are pending.

 

 

WET SPRING AFFECTS EAST ELGIN CROPS

 

(Information on East Elgin crops is from Peter Johnson, Provincial Cereal Specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture:)

 

“2013 is making up for 2012. Dry weather was the story all through 2012, while excess moisture has been the feature of 2013 across East Elgin. Hay supplies have gone from desperately short to available in abundance. Many producers harvested as much hay in the first cutting alone as they did in all of the 2012 season in 4 cuts. The second cut of 2013 was virtually as much as the first cut. While good quality haylage has been possible if you managed perfect timing, dry hay has been nearly impossible to harvest without rain.  So lots of volume, but pretty poor feed quality, with more than the odd field being ruined so badly it was blown back on the field.

 

Wheat yields in East Elgin have been below average for many growers, in contrast to much of the rest of the province where yields have been very good. We attribute this to a wet spring, which did not allow growers to apply early nitrogen. Not all growers are affected in this way: there are some excellent yields where less rain or more timely rains fell. East Elgin is fortunate to have mostly good quality wheat, although some Fusarium is present.

 

Corn, soybean and edible bean crops range from “awesome” to “awful”.  Poorly drained soils, or fields where growers pushed planting too early with wet soil conditions, are not pretty. Well drained fields, planted in good conditions, look outstanding. These crops are not in the bin yet, and a lot can happen between now and harvest, so you cannot pencil in a yield quite yet. But “extremely variable” would be a good way to describe these crops.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Rough water at Pt. Bruce on the weekend. (Don Durkee) (Click)

 

 

 BEACHES STILL GOOD

 

The Elgin Health Unit in its weekly report Friday noted that no local beaches are Posted as having high levels of bacterial contamination.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“EESS REUNION WAS HOLIDAY WEEKEND”

 

“Here is the music lineup for the EESS 60s/70s Reunion Saturday at Bandshell Park: Amazing Cropdusters, Scott Brunelle,  Snuffy Jenkins (all local musicians) and Lucky Louise of London.The EESS 60s/70s Committee also informs that they plan to make a CD of this weekend’s activities available – “a keepsake of your reunion website which will include mostly pictures submitted by participants.”… About 214 have registered…A bus service for attendees will run in town until 6 pm on Saturday…Monies left over will be going towards setting up a 70′s reunion scholarship at EESS for a graduating student with a mark in the 70′s and who is continuing with post-secondary schooling.”

 

 

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FRIDAY, July 26/13

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THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today

 

OBITUARY:

Masschaele (Black), Valerie C. of Grand Bend and formerly of Port Burwell passed away on Thursday, in her 56th year. Wife of Lawrence “Herm” Black. Daughter of Madeleine Masschaele of Aylmer and the late Leon Masschaele(1978). Sister of Charles Masschaele of Aylmer etc. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-5 pm. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Monday at 11:00 am.

 

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THURSDAY, July 25/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

 

-Fri. -Aylmer Farmers Market, 2-6 pm, Palmer Bandshell

-Fri. -TriCounty Fastball – Sweaburg at Pt.Burwell, 8pm

-Sat. –Helping Paws Pet Show, Kinsmen Pavillion, 11-3pm

-Sun. -St.Thomas Fastball – Glanworth at Springfield, 3pm

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER TUE.:

 

-Aylmer FC (8-4-1) 9 Mt.Brydges 0

 

-Last Week:

-Aylmer FC 5 Southwold 1

-West Elgin 3 Aylmer Rampage (3-6-2) 0

-Aylmer Rampage 4 Glencoe 3

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

A summer scene on the weekend by the Catfish Creek in Aylmer near Kinsmen Park. (Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL:

 

(Last Week) – Pt.Burwell (3-8) 8 Hickson 7

 

 

OTTER VALLEY TRAIL COMMITTEE

 

(Information from Bayham Council Agenda and Bayham Clerk Lynda Millard) – Bayham Council recently established an Otter Valley Trail Committee. The committee members are: Gord Bennett, Jessica Christine Cavers, Dylan Dykeman, David Ross, Joe Stephenson and Ray Talbot. Its purpose is to help develop a trail on the rail lands between Port Burwell and Tunnel Line near Vienna.

 

 

ST.THOMAS DISTRICT FASTBALL TUE.:

 

-Glencoe 3 Springfield (8-10) 1

-(2nd Game) Glencoe 4 Springfield 2

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

ANOTHER HEAT ALERT

On July 23, the Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, issued the sixth HEAT ALERT in 2012 for Elgin County, based on the Environment Canada forecast of humidex levels reaching 40 degrees Celcius. The Alert was in effect for the Monday. Temperatures were expected to moderate by Tuesday when cooler air and lower levels of humidity are forecast to arrive at that time.

 

 

AYLMER POOL PUBLIC SWIMMING

 

-Daily Admission: Child – $2.50 Adult – $4.00 Family – $8.00

-Public Swims: (Children under 7 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or guardian who is at least 12 years of age) Monday – Friday 1:30 – 4: p.m.; Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays 7: p.m. – 8:30; Saturday, Sunday 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

-Adult Swims: Monday – Friday – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30; Monday – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30; Wednesday – 4  – 5 p.m.; Thursday – 7 – 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday – 12: p.m. – 1:30;  Saturday 7-8 pm;  Sunday – 4:30 p.m. – 5:50.

-Family Swims:  Monday – 5: – 6: p.m.; Thursday – 7: – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Sunday – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., 6: – 7:00 p.m.

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK

 

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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)

 

 

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WED., July 24/13

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THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today.

 

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TUESDAY, July 23/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Southwest Soccer – Mt. Brydges at Aylmer FC, 7, EESS

 

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball – Woodstock at Pt.Burwell, 8pm

-Sat. – Helping Paws Pet Show, Kinsmen Pavillion, 11-3pm

 

 

OBITUARIES

 

-Anckaert, Albert Leopold C.; of Aylmer, passed away Monday, in his 98th year. Husband of the late Mary (Fieremans) Anckaert (2008). Survivors include: children Gertrude Anckaert, Chris Anckaert (Debra), Rita Ferguson (Roger), Loretta Thompson, Ben Anckaert (Bonnie) etc. He was born in Belgium, was a retired farmer in the Aylmer area and was a member of the Aylmer Legion. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer at 2-4 & 7-9 pm Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Thursday at 11:00 am.

 

 

EESS TECH CAMP

 

The recent Tech Camp at EESS attracted 18 participants. The event was free with funding from OYAP -Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program – along with local donations from Aylmer Paints and The Wood Connection. (Photo by Jim Vandenbrink) (CLICK)

 

 

LOCAL BEACHES GOOD

 

As of Friday, the Elgin Health Unit reported that no beaches are Posted as having high levels of bacterial contamination.

 

 

PT.BRUCE PARK IMPROVEMENTS

 

(At Malahide Council Thursday, a Pt. Bruce Master Plan was presented along with a proposal to pursue a Trillium grant for its implementation. Information on the Plan is from Chris Cox, Malahide Community Services Co-ordinator:)

“This plan is a Master Landscape Improvement Plan for the Pier/Wannacott Park/Playground. This plan right now is in its infancy as I have applied for a couple of grants to get a professional plan done up along with grant money to work on a phase one. The township is working on this as well as the Ratepayers Association of Port Bruce.

The reason we are looking at this right now is that we have made great strides in the last year with receiving funding for the North part of the Township and since we are still working through those projects we wanted to start the same process for the South part of the Township.”

According to the report, specific improvements include more trees for Wonnacott Park, the repainting of the pavillion in a neutral colour, more playground equipment and stone seatwalls to replace the concrete barriers by the pier.

 

 

 THE LOCAL LENS:

 

A pleasant summer setting at Palmer Bandshell Park. (Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“MT.SALEM FATALITY”

 

MT. SALEM – A 22 year old  St.Thomas man was killed in a two vehicle collision yesterday around 2 pm at the intersection of Springfield Road and County Road 45 (John Wise Line) in Malahide. His car was travelling west on County Road 45 and failed to stop for the stop sign at Springfield Road. He was struck on the driver’s side by a north bound pick-up truck whose lone occupant was a 39-year old Springfield man. The lone occupant of the car was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

 

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MONDAY, July 22/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-A.C.T. Play, “Embarassment of Willy Last”, Free, 8pm, Palmer Bandshell

 

-Tue. -Southwest Soccer – Mt. Brydges at Aylmer FC, 7, EESS

-Sat. – Helping Paws Pet Show, Kinsmen Pavillion, 11-3pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Dygos, Stanley; of Aylmer, passed away Saturday, aged 75. Survivors include: son Ken Dygos (Julie) of Aylmer; wife Theodora (Lamers) Dygos etc.. Stan lived in the Aylmer area most of his life. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Monday 7-9 pm. The funeral service  will be held there on Tuesday at 11:00 am.

 

-Ward, Mr. John; of Delhi, passed away Tuesday, aged 74. Survivors include: daughter Cheryl Ward (Frank) of Eden etc.. The funeral service was held Saturday at the Murphy Funeral Home in Delhi.

 

 

NO AYLMER C.I.B. THIS SUMMER

 

Aylmer will not participate in the annual Communities In Bloom competition this summer. Spokesperson Councillor Judi Wright said the town is “taking a break” for a year.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Some relaxing activities in Pt. Bruce yesterday. (Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

AYLMER PAVING THIS SUMMER

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer Director of Operations) – “Aylmer Council recently approved over $150,000 of road resurfacing work for this summer, awarding  the contract to Dufferin Construction of London which was the low bidder of two received. The paving, which began last week and will continue until mid-August, includes: Linden Street from Water to Warren, Sydenham from Elgin to Queen, Bradley from John St. east, South from Fourth to Dufferin, and the Spruce St. turning circle east.

 

 

PET SHOW SATURDAY

 

The sixth annual Pet Show hosted by Helping Paws Rescue and Elgin Feeds of Aylmer will be held this Saturday at the Kinsmen Pavillion (across from the Pool) from 11 am to 3 pm. Activities include face painting, a midway, pet portraits, dog competitions with prizes, nail clippings for pets, a bbq etc. All proceeds will go to Helping Paws Rescue as they assist in finding homes for dogs.

 

 

A.C.T. PLAY TONIGHT AT BANDSHELL

 

(Information from Director Sandi L0ponen) – “The Aylmer Community Theatre is doing a special performance, a play entitled: ‘The Triumphant Embarrassment Of Willy Last’ tonight only at the Palmer Bandshell at 8 pm. Play Synopsis: What will a young man endure for a chance to impress a girl? The irrepressible Willy Last takes the audience on a crazy ride through an embarrassing day of meeting his girl friend Amy’s family for the first time.

The play will later be performed for Minifest which is a special summer festival that is hosted by rotating members of the Western Ontario Drama League (WODL). It is an excellent opportunity for those interested in theatre to try something they’ve never done before. I am a first-time director, Katherine Thompson is a first-time stage manager, and for three of our actors, it is their first time ever performing in front of an audience. The cast includes: Shawn Cormier, Sabrina Verkest, Rob Verkest,  Tina Berry, Nick Ormerod, and Colleen Sawyer.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– July 15, 2013, Station #3, Station #2, Springfield Road, MVC

– July 15, 2013, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– July 15, 2013, Station #3, Hacienda Road, Alarm Malfunction

– July 17, 2013, Station #1, Station #2, John Wise Line, Tractor Fire

– July 17, 2013, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– July 18, 2013, Station #1, Station #2, Vienna Line, MVC

– July 19, 2013, Station #3, Pressey Line, Outdoor Fire

– July 20, 2013, Station #2, Rogers Road, Alarm System Malfunction

– July 20, 2013, Station #1, Station #2, 51144 Calton Line, MVC

 

 

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FRIDAY, July 19/13

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THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri. – Aylmer Museum Yard Sale, 9 to 5 (Sat. 9-1)

-Sat-Sun. -Rush Creek Wines’ Christmas in July (see ad)

 

 

ELGIN HEAT ALERT CONTINUED

 

(Monday) -“The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a HEAT ALERT for Elgin. Based on the predicted forecast by Environment Canada, temperatures are expected to climb into the thirties resulting in humidex readings in the low forties. These values are expected to continue for the next several days.”

 

 

MT.SALEM CRASH

 

Elgin OPP are investigating a serious two vehicle motor vehicle collision which occurred around 4:13 pm yesterday south of Mt. Salem at Springfield Road and Vienna Line. A vehicle being driven by a 32 year old Port Burwell woman along with her four children was travelling south on Springfield Road approaching Vienna Line.  A car being operated by a 51 year old Aylmer woman and accompanied by a  43 year old Tillsonburg woman was travelling east on Vienna Line.  The latter vehicle failed to stop for the stop sign at Springfield Road and was struck on the driver’s side. The Aylmer driver had to be extricated from the vehicle by Malahide Fire Services and then both the driver and passenger were transported to hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. The other driver and her four children were uninjured in the collision.

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THURSDAY, July 18/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

 

-Fri. – Aylmer Museum Yard Sale, 9 to 5 (Sat. 9-1)

-Sat-Sun. -Rush Creek Wines’ Christmas in July (see ad)

 

ELGIN HEAT ALERT CONTINUED

 

(Monday) -“The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a HEAT ALERT for Elgin. Based on the predicted forecast by Environment Canada, temperatures are expected to climb into the thirties resulting in humidex readings in the low forties. These values are expected to continue for the next several days.”

 

 

ST.THOMAS MENS FASTBALL TUE.:

 

Morpeth 2 at Springfield 10 (8-8)

Last Week:

-Springfield 8 Glencoe 4

-Springfield 14 Glanworth 8

-Alvinston 4 Springfield 0

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Unich, Dusan “Daniel”; of Terrace Lodge Aylmer, passed away Tuesday, in his 94th year. Survivors include: wife Betty Unich etc. The funeral service will be held Friday at 11 am at the Williams Funeral Home, St.Thomas.

 

-Rankin, Richard Lee; of Tillsonburg, passed away Monday, aged 45 yr. Survivors include: sister-in-law Brenda Gibbons of Straffordville etc. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Thursday, from 7: p.m. to 9: p.m. A private service will be held later.

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER TUE.: 

 

-Southwold at Aylmer FC (6-4-1) – NR

-West Elgin forfeit over Aylmer Rampage (2-6-2)

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“AYLMER CHILD KILLED”

 

PORT RYERSE – Two-year-old Charity Klassen of Aylmer died after being struck by a vehicle at Triple C Bible Camp in Port Ryerse about 10 am Saturday. The camp is located just south of Simcoe on Lake Erie. Saturday was Family Day at the Triple C (Christ Centred Camping) facility. Police say the child was treated at the scene by Norfolk County paramedics before being transported to Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe where she succumbed to her injuries. As a result of the investigation no charges are being pursued..

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL LAST WEEK:

 

-Tillsonburg 10 Pt Burwell (2-8) 7

-Burgessville 11 Pt. Burwell 1

 

 

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WED., July 17/13

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THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today.

 

HYDRO OUTAGE IN AYLMER

 

(Information on yesterday’s hydro outage in Aylmer is from Tim Stafford of HydroOne.) – “The cause was a feeder fault on a St. Thomas feeder from Edgeware Station. Heat and loading were the key issues. It was out approximately one hour. The Edgeware distribution station feeds half of Aylmer.”

 

ELGIN HEAT ALERT

 

(CONTINUED) – “The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a HEAT ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the predicted forecast by Environment Canada, temperatures are expected to climb into the thirties resulting in humidex readings in the low forties. These values are expected to continue for the next several days.”

 

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