Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, June 12/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

 

-Southwest Soccer: Aylmer Rampage host Dutton, 7, EESS

 

 

EESS GIRLS’ SOCCER WINS BRONZE

 

Hamilton – The EESS girls’ soccer team won the bronze medal at the OFSSAA championships in Hamilton on Saturday by defeating Corpus Christi 4-1. The last OFSSAA medal for East Elgin was in 2007 when the boys’ soccer team also won a bronze. EESS had lost 2-0 to Mississauga Iona Catholic School – the eventual champion – in a semifinal.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Tovstiga, Adina, of Aylmer, on Friday, in her 80th year. Survivors include: children Siegfried and wife Edeltraud of Aylmer, Peter and wife Elfie of R.R.1, Eden etc. She was born in Poland. Visitation was yesterday at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church today at 11:00 am

 

-Miedema Grace - of St. Thomas, on Friday, in her 97th year. Survivors include: sister-in-law Betty Miedema of Aylmer etc. Visitation was Monday at A. Millard George Funeral Home in London. The funeral service will be held at Pilgrim Canadian Reformed Church of London,  today  at 10:30 am.

 

-Demarchi, Frances Margaret;  of London;  in her 81st year. She was a former teacher at EESS.  Funeral at St. Peters Cathedral, London on Wednesday, at 10am.

 

-McKinnon, Donald Vincent – of Aylmer, on Thursday,  in his 77th year.  Survivors include: wife  Marilyn (Sturgis) McKinnon; children Debbie and her husband Rick LeBlanc, Linda and her husband Rob Creed and Marianne and her husband Charles, of the Aylmer area etc.  Don taught at Holy Rosary and Assumption School in Aylmer and was a founder  of the Cherry Street Development. Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Aylmer on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.  Cremation has taken place.

 

-Webber-Osterhout, Charlotte Louise “Weezy”; on Sunday; in her 51st year. Survivors include: companion Tom Osterhout of Aylmer; son Chad Webber-Osterhout; parents Joe and Joyce Webber etc.  Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Eden Baptist Church  on Monday June 18, 2012 at 2 p.m.

 

 

AYLMER’S 125th WEEKEND HAS A PARADE

 

(Contributed by Kinsman Paul Bode) – “Preparations for the Kinsmen Parade to recognize the Town of Aylmer’s 125th Celebration – on Saturday, June 30 at 1 pm – are coming together nicely. At this point in time we have 5 marching bands including The Toronto Signals, The Preston Scout House Band and the MM Robinson Drumline. Colonel Talbot Branch 81 Royal Canadian Legion and the Knights of Columbus will be providing our Colour Party. Mayor Jack Couckuyt, Malahide Mayor David Mennill, Joe Preston MP and Jeff Yurek MPP will be present. The local Shrine Club will help entertain with their crowd pleasing vehicles. A number of local groups and organizations have expressed an interest to participate in the parade and we are aware of a number of classic and antique cars and vehicles that plan to be there too. The parade will start at the Fairgrounds and end at Caverly Road.

The organizers would love to hear from more groups who are intending to put in an entry or a float. If you have questions you can email aylmerkinsmen@hotmail.com or call Paul Bode during business hours at his office 519 773 8226.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– June 7, 2012 – Station #1,  Station #2, John Wise Line, MVC

– June 8, 2012 – Station # 4, Station #2, Yorke Line, MVC

- June 8, 2012 – Station #1,  Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– June 10, 2012 – Station #1,  College Line, Medical Assist

 

 

AYLMER MENNONITE CONFERENCE

 

Aylmer – About 225 persons attended the 15th annual Mennonite Networking Conference yesterday at the EEC Complex.  Keynote speaker was Bill Wiebe of Texas, who was born and raised in an Old Colony community in Mexico. He provided an overview on how various government agencies should approach the Old Colony and their unique perspectives on life ie. they relate strongly to their history, they ask if the church sanctions the behavior,  they resist change, they accept that in many situations, God wills it,  they favour simple education and separation of  church and government,  in family matters, fathers will decide, and they ask for patience and respect before making accomodations etc.

Workshop presenters included: Julie Berry on the Aylmer Library Low German Childrens’ programs, Abe Wall, EESS Vice Principal, Anne Wall of Child and Family Services, and Avril Saunders-Currie and Wendy Crocker on their recent visit to Mexico.

 

About 225 persons attended the Mennonite Networking Conference at the EEC Complex yesterday - Bill Wiebe outlined various attitudes of Low Colony Mennonites in the keynote address. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

EESS 70′s REUNION UPDATE:

 

(Contributed) – ” ‘That 70′s Reunion’  for former EESS students will take place on Saturday, August 4.  Events include: Music at the Bandshell, Games,  dinner and social at the  Saxonia Club etc. The cost is $50 each and $90 per couple . The committee requests registration by June 30. For more information go to –  http://amtelecom.net/~rmeharg/Index.html   or call -  519-773-8280.”

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MONDAY, June 11/12

THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today.

 

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GIRLS OFSSAA SOCCER

 

Sat: Quarter-Final – EESS 1 Sarnia Northern 0

 

SemiFinals at 10:30 – Mississauga Iona Catholic 2 vs. East Elgin  0

 

Bronze – EESS vs Corpus Christi at 1pm

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FRIDAY, June 8/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

 

- OFSSAA SOCCER – EESS Boys, Girls in Hamilton

- TriCounty Fastball – Pt. Burwell hosts Innerkip, 8pm

- Sat. – Springfield Fun Day

 

 

EESS AT OFSSAA SOCCER

 

(From Steve Voros at EESS)

 

THURSDAY RESULTS:

-GIRLS – 2nd game – EESS 3 Whitby Henry Street 0

-GIRLS – 1st game – EESS 3 Ottawa Robert Borden 0

-BOYS – 1st game – EESS 2 Thunder Bay St. Ignatius 2

-BOYS – 2nd game – StMartin 3 EESS 1

 

FRIDAY:

 

-GIRLS

- EESS 1 Sudbury Lockerby 1

-EESS 3 Belleville Centennial 0

*EESS GIRLS In QuarterFinals Sat.

 

 

-BOYS -

EESS 2 Ottawa StPatricks 1

-Whitby Father Leo Austin 4 EESS 1

 

 

 

 OBITUARIES:

 

-WINGER, Walter D. – of Delhi, on Wednesday, aged 83 yr. Survivors include:   sister-in-law: Leone Bradt, Aylmer ; brother-in-law John Roloson, Port Burwell etc. Visitation at Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Friday 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service Saturday, at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

AYLMER HORT. CLUB TO PLANT GARDENS

 

(Contributed by Stephen Douglas of the ADHS) – “The Aylmer & District Horticultural Society (ADHS) will be planting a couple of gardens in front of the Old Town Hall Library on Saturday  at 9am. These will be the first gardens that the society has ever installed on public land. The gardens stem from a discussion between Aylmer CiB and ADHS representatives and has been done in conjunction with Town of Aylmer Parks and Recreation staff who prepared the beds. The planting of these gardens helps our society achieve several of its goals, namely: encouraging the planting of gardens on public and private lands; the promotion of outdoor beautification; and the stimulation of an interest in the study of horticulture. The ADHS  is looking forward to installing another garden on Town land by the Balmoral Park Bath House later on this year.

 

 

125th SCHEDULE NOW ON AYLMER SITE

 

The schedule for Aylmer’s 125th  celebration weekend – June 28-July 1st – can now be found on the Town website: http://www.aylmer.ca/uploads/FestivalsAndEvents/125thAnniversaryPoster3.pdf .

 

 

MALAHIDE COUNCIL ROLLS BACK WAGES!

 

Malahide Council in regular session last night  voted 5-2 to roll back the pay and to freeze the wages for 18 months of township employees. They had approved a two percent raise earlier this year.

Commented Mayor Dave Mennill today:  “Unfortuately the majority of council has voted to roll back nonunion staff wages. Two councillors who last meeting voted against the motion of rolling back wages at this meeting have changed their mind and voted to roll back wages. I am deeply disturbed by this decision as our staff is dedicated and hard working and deserve better treatment.”

 

 

ROLLER SKATING SUNDAY AT EEC COMPLEX

 

Roller skating is back at the EEC Complex beginning this Sunday and continuing on Sundays through June and July (exception: July 1st) for the public from 2-4 and for adults from 7-9:30 – plus on Mondays (exception: July 2) for the public from 7-9:30.
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THURSDAY, June 7/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

 

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-Th.-Fri. – OFSSAA SOCCER – EESS Boys, Girls in Hamilton

 

-Fri. – TriCounty Fastball – Pt. Burwell hosts Innerkip, 8

-Sat. – Springfield Fun Day

 

 

OFSSAA SOCCER UPDATE:

 

“EESS GIRLS WIN BOTH GAMES TODAY”

 

(From Steve Voros at EESS)

-GIRLS – 2nd game – EESS 3 Whitby Henry Street 0

-GIRLS – 1st game – EESS 3 Ottawa Robert Borden 0

-BOYS – 1st game – EESS 2 Thunder Bay St. Ignatius 2

-BOYS – 2nd game – StMartin 3 EESS 1

*FRIDAY – Girls, Boys each have 2 more gm. in Grouping

 

 

KICKOFF PICNIC FOR AYLMER’s 125th 

 

An Olde Fashioned Church Picnic, hosted by the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church -  in the lot just behind the church – will be a key event on the first night – Thursday, June 28 –  of Aylmer’s 125th Celebration weekend. The supper will run from 5 pm-7:30 with a Polled Pork sandwich plate for $5.  Following this will be several interesting games ie. tug of war, moustache judging, nail hammering , egg on a spoon race, pie eating contest , cross cut sawing, potato sack race etc.

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY:

 

-Council supported this motion – “That the Ad Hoc Library Chair contacts the Mayor to arrange a meeting with the Warden of Elgin County to discuss the option of leasing a space of a privately owned building for library purposes.” (Editor: The County has previously stated that they will not lease a private building for library space and last year’s Library committee dismissed such a suggestion in their report)

 

-Re-resignation of Todd Sprague, Aylmer/Malahide Citizen Representative on the East Elgin Community Complex (EECC) Board of Management:

“Council receives the resignation with regret… and will place an advertisement for this vacancy”

 

-Communities in Bloom received approval from Council to declare Wednesdesdays in June-August as ‘Weedless Wednesdays’ in Aylmer, “where everyone would take 10-15 minutes to assist in the removal of weeds along fences and foundations, around trees and between cracks.”

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q – Tor. Mall Shooting Gang Related?

 

1. Canada has a major problem with gangs  50%  (20 votes)  

2. Canada has a minor problem with gangs  40%  (16 votes)

3. Gang problems exist but mostly in Toronto  2.5%  (1 votes)

4. Gang problems exist; mostly Tor., Montr.  7.5%  (3 votes)

 

Total Votes: 40
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WEDNESDAY, June 6/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

 

-Cruise Night BBQ for Tim Horton’s Camp; ICS Lot; 5pm to 8pm

 

-Thur. – Bayham, Malahide Councils

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER TUES.:

 

-Aylmer Rampage 3 (3-2-1) Mt. Brydges 2

 

 

OBITUARY:

 

Roesch, Tim, of Pt. Burwell,  on Tuesday, aged  52 years. Survivors include: parents  Ken and Pat Roesch of Port Burwell; brother Joe  Roesch of Port Burwell etc. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements through Ostranders of Tillsonburg.

 

 

125TH DANCES’ TICKETS NOW ON SALE

 

Tickets for two major events during Aylmer’s 125th Celebration weekend, June 28-July 1st, went on sale today. The Town Dance/Buffet with the Sahara Swing Band on the Saturday night at the Complex is $20 each and tickets can be purchased at Aylmer Video, Studers, Campbells II, and The Prime Ingredient. The committee needs to know their numbers by June 20. The Dinner/Dance with a DJ at the German Canadian Club on the Friday night, hosted by the Saxonia and Optimist Clubs, is $30 each and tickets can be obtained from Presidents Bill Ungar and Peter Axelson.

 

 

EESS BOYS SOCCER AT OFSSAA

 

The EESS Boys Soccer team is also at OFSSAA this week – the location, Hamilton, is the same as the EESS Girls. East Elgin is unranked – of 20 teams – in their five team round robin group.  Their schedule:  Thursday – 9 am  vs Thunder Bay St Ignatius; 1:30 vs Peel St. Martins; Friday at 9:30 vs.  Ottawa St. Patricks then 2pm vs Whitby Father Leo Austin SS. Quarterfinal play occurs late Friday with semis and finals on Saturday,

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Venus crossing the sun at 6:26 , 7:23, and 8:07 last night (Photo by Dave Helsdon) (CLICK)

 

 

ELGIN E-MARKETING CONFERENCE 

 

(Contributed) – Elgin County’s Economic Development Department will focus on online marketing in the latest installment of the Elgin County Conference Series to be held in late June. Elgin County’s E-Marketing Conference is a one-day seminar connecting small businesses to the web through websites, social media, and more. Topics presented will include: the basics of getting online, maintaining a web presence, social media, e-newsletters, online advertising and how to make a website profitable. 

E-Marketing will take place on Wednesday, June 27th at the Wharf Restaurant in Port Stanley. The total cost of the conference is $30 and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information on speakers and topics, visit www.progressivebynature.com or register by calling 519-631-1460 ext 168.
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TUESDAY, June 5/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

 

-Southeast Soccer – Aylmer Rampage hosts Mt Brydges, 7, EESS

 

-Wed.  Cruise Night BBQ for Tim Horton’s Camp; ICS Lot; 5pm to 8pm

-Thur. – Bayham, Malahide Councils

 

 

STRAWBERRY UPDATE:

 

(Information from Dick Saarloos of Berryhill Farms, Aylmer) – “We have been picking strawberries that were under row cover since May 24. By the end of the week the rest of the patch should start with some ripe berries. The overall crop looks average. It’s been a tough spring but with the recent rains and upcoming warm weather we should have a good supply of berries for the month of June. All that hard work irrigating on those cold nights have now come to bear fruit!”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– May 28, 2012 – Station #3,  Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

– May 28, 2012 – Station #1,  Vienna Line, Medical Assist

– May 30, 2012 – Station #2 assisted by Station #1, Talbot Line, MVC

 (* #3 at Temperance line, one vehicle minor damage, driver taken to hospital)

– May 31, 2012 – Station #1, Imperial Road, Burn Complaint

– May 31, 2012 – Station #3, #1, #2 & #4, 10931 Rogers Road, Fire. 

(*Open air controlled burn, railway ties, ten firefighters on scene)

- June 1, 2012 – Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

The Aylmer Community Garden, launched this spring by a local group, has had four plots occupied to date on their site just off Rogers Road. (Photo by Bill Murch) (CLICK)

 

 

NEWS ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“Online Funerals Involve x-Aylmerite”

A Toronto-based firm that bills itself as “Canada’s first Internet funeral company” is offering services in Ottawa and other Ontario cities at prices it says are considerably lower than traditional funeral homes. Headquartered in Toronto, Basic Funerals and Cremation Choices has no fancy funeral homes where grieving families can be consoled by a funeral director, view caskets or hold visitations. Clients deal with a company representative through the Internet, by telephone or in person.

Dominic Mazzone, who has a background in marketing and technology, started Basic Funerals two years ago with Eric Vandermeersch, a veteran of the funeral business from Aylmer.  “We took the whole model and put it half on the Internet and half on the ground”, said Mazzone. The average cost of a funeral in Ontario is about $10,000, according to figures from Basic Funerals and Cremation Choices. For a complete, basic cremation it charges $1,695. A burial and grave side service is $1,800, while a basic funeral with casket will run about $3,200. Mazzone said cost and convenience are two of the factors that are attracting clients to the company.
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MONDAY, June 4/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

 

- Aylmer Council 7 pm

- TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Woodstock, 8:30 pm

 

-Wed.  Cruise Night BBQ for Tim Horton’s Camp Day; 5pm to 8pm

 

 

FARMTOWN AT MAPLETON GETS JOB GRANT

 

(Farmtown Canada of Mapleton recently received a grant from the federal government for 10 student jobs. Kelly Franklin explains how this will benefit their operation:)

“This program is beneficial to us and without it, we could not provide the camps, counseling supports, empowerment programs, community outreaches and festival participation we are involved in. Specifically for us the ten jobs involve young adults, youth summer student staff who will coordinate camps, bussing, subsidy and donor drives, fundraising, programming, animal care, along with community work, and training and mentoring junior staff and other volunteers and leaders.

Our programs – Daycamps run weekly and we bus from community locations such as local churches and organizations in Aylmer, St Thomas,London and beyond.  We also work with local groups to refer children and families back into community programs in the fall. We invite them (and the public) out to the annual FARMFEST open house and community event the second Saturday in September every year.In July we are open Tuesday – Saturday 10:30am -6:30pm – admission is donation based. Our features are: Hand lead horse rides, wagon rides and walking farm tours.”

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q – New Border Shopping Limits?

 

1. It should stay at $50 for 24 hr.  11.9%  (5 votes)

2. Good idea – Now $200 for 24 hr.  38.1%  (16 votes)

3. $400 for 24 hr. is the best idea  42.86%  (18 votes)  

4. No allowances – Always pay duty.  7.14%  (3 votes)

 

Total Votes: 42

 

 

NEW LIBRARY COMMITTEE UPDATE:

 

Councillor Peter Barbour, chair of the new Library Ad-hoc Committee,  informs that they have met once,  in May,  to date and the next meeting is scheduled  for June 20th. The initial meeting reviewed the building designs previously provided and the potential of what ( if any) other than library uses  may be accommodated. (The committee has a recommendation on today’s Council agenda – see Friday’s story)

 

 

EESS CLC CLASS PLANT PROJECT

 

(Information from EESS teacher Jim Vandenbrink:)  “I am currently teaching a CLC (Community Living Class) Tech Class. This is only the second time this tech course has been offered. We  have a green house full of plants and a garden planted in the south courtyard. Most of our seeds and supplies have been donated by local farmers and the Aylmer Garden Centre. All plants, mostly vegetables, will be shared with students and staff. (Editor: Not publicly available)

 

 

MENNONITE NETWORKING CONFERENCE

 

Next Monday is the 15th annual Mennonite Networking Conference to be held at the EEC Complex from 8:15 to 4 pm. Keynote speaker is Rev. Bill Wiebe on Low German Mennonites in Latin America. Workshop presenters include: Julie Berry on the Aylmer Library Low German Childrens’ programs, Abe Wall, EESS Vice Principal, Anne Wall of Child and Family Services, and Avril Saunders-Currie and Wendy Crocker on their recent visit to Mexico.

 

 

EESS OFSAA SOCCER SCHEDULE

 

EESS Girls will play in the 20-team OFSAA Soccer tournament in Hamilton beginning Thursday. They are seeded first in their 5-team pool. On Thursday they play Robert Borden of Ottawa at 9 and Henry Street of Whitby at Noon. Friday they play Lockerby of Sudbury at 8 am and Belleville Centennial at 11 am. Quarterfinals are later Friday and the semis and finals are Saturday.

 

 

AYLMER FARMERS MARKET?

 

Mary Jane Lampman (Contact: 773-7124) reports she is still trying to organize a Farmers Market for Aylmer and is looking for Vendors and Craft Dealers to go on Fridays from 4-8 pm.

 

 

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FRIDAY, June 1st/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

 

-P.D. Day for Elementary schools

 

-Sat. – Edisonfest in Vienna

-Sat. – Matt Pearce/Splashpad Fundraising BBQ, Auction;  Goodwill Auto

-Sat. – Vogeljoy Free Concert at Town Hall Theatre, 10 am

 

-Mon. – Aylmer Council 7 pm

 

 

 

EESS WINS BOTH WOSSAA SOCCER TITLES

 

AYLMER – East Elgin Girls’ and Boys’  Soccer teams captured WOSSAA pennants here yesterday. The Girls continued their undefeated season with a 5-0 decision over London Catholic Central in the final after downing Stratford Northwestern 4-0 in the semifinal.  Becca Jefferson and Holly Scherer each scored twice and  Katherine Barrie once for  the Eagles in the championship. The Girls also won WOSSAA  2 years ago.  The Boys edged Ingersoll 2-0 in the title match after upending London Oakridge 1-0 in their semifinal. Goalscorers in the final were Cody Benner and Craig Irvine.  Both teams now advance to OFSAA (Ontario) competition next Thursday  in Hamilton.

 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE:  CAR THEFTS

 

(Information from Chief Andre Reymer) – “Thieves  broke into several unlocked vehicles during early morning hours twice last week. The first occurrence was last  Wednesday on Clarence and Dufferin Streets as several cars were opened and  items taken included tools, a cd player, a gps and change; then last Friday change was taken on Spruce Street  and tools on John Street south as other vehicles were entered.”

 

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL THURS.:

 

Burgessville 4 Pt. Burwell 2

 

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q -Penalty For 13-Year Old Who Set WalMart fire?

 

1. Repay Walmart some $ for 10 yr.  9.33%  (7 votes)

2. Work there free parttime for 10 yr.  21.33%  (16 votes)

3. 2 yr. Young Offenders Detention Home  12%  (9 votes)

4. 1 yr. Young Offenders Det. Home  8%  (6 votes)

5. A more severe penalty  49.33%  (37 votes)  

 

Total Votes: 75

 

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER STANDINGS (10 Teams)

 

1. West Elgin 5-0

2. Aylmer FC 3-0-2

6. Aylmer Rampage 2-2-1

 

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS  MONDAY:

 

-Public meeting on a Community Improvement Plan at 7 pm

-Discussion on a recommendation from the recent Library Design Ad Hoc Committee meeting – “That the Chair contacts the Mayor to arrange a meeting with the Warden of Elgin County to discuss the option of leasing a space of a privately owned building for library purposes.”

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EESS Girls in WOSSAA Soccer This Morning

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