Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6/13



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Thursday




-EESS: Gr. 9s To Work Day


-Thu. -EESS hosts Football Playoff -Jr v Laurier, 12; Sr v Strathroy, 2

-Fri. -EESS hosts Sr G BBall SemiFinal vs Ingersoll, 4:30pm





(By Bill Murch)

Among agenda items discussed at Aylmer Council on Monday were:

-Council accepted the bid from CRU Solutions to carry out the LED Upgrade of the Town’s Streetlight Network for the amount of $531,291.92 plus applicable taxes. The upgrade will see the replacement of approximately 718 existing streetlight fixtures including municipal parking lots and parks. Some 35 will require new poles and arms. Once the conversion is completed by mid to late May 2014 the energy savings will result in a carbon reduction of 18 tonnes per year. From the money saved by using LED street lights the Town will be able to pay off the loan taken out for this project in 10 years.


-The rental fee for the Old Town Hall will be waived for the Aylmer Area Community Band and Aylmer Area Community Choir’s performance on November 29th. The event will also be covered by the Town’s liability insurance. (Town staff were asked to look at options available to the Town should other community groups submit similar requests.)





-October 23, 2013, Station #1, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– October 28, 2013, Station #1, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– October 29, 2013, Station #3,  Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

– October 30, 2013, Station #1, Granger Road, Burn Complaint

– November 2, 2013, Station #2 and #3, 11338 Ridge Road, Mutual Aid





-SR G BBALL PLAYOFF – EESS 44 WESS 6 (Fri. Ing. at EESS, 4:30, SemiFinal)

-JR G BBALL – EESS 59 CECI 12 (Fri: EESS at Dorchester, 6pm SemiFinal)





-Picknell, Richard James of Otterville passed away on Sunday aged 60. Survivors include: sister Ferne Taggart (Bill) of Aylmer etc. Visitation at the Arn Lockie Funeral Home, Norwich on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A service will be held on Friday  at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church Otterville.




Permalink » | No Comments

TUESDAY, Nov. 5/13





-EESS hosts G BBall- Jr vs CECI; Playoff: Sr (8-0) vs WESS


-Wed. -EESS: Gr. 9s To Work Day

-Thu. -EESS hosts Football Playoff -Jr v Laurier, 12; Sr v Strathroy, 2





-Wallace, David Brian of Pt. Bruce passed away on Saturday aged 68. Survivors include: wife Marilyn Elizabeth Wallace (Daer); two children etc.. A private family internment will take place at a later date. Arrangements with First Call Cremation Services.





-A 28 year old Shedden woman was charged with careless driving after her truck rear ended a van on Saturday about 4 pm as both were going south on John St. near the corner of Progress Drive. Both vehicles had to be towed.


-A 83 year old Sparta woman was charged with an unsafe lane change after her car struck the side of another car while making a lane change and proceeding north on John St. south near the main intersection on Thursday at noon. There were minor damages.


-Also on Thursday around 1 pm a 78 year old Aylmer man was charged with failing to yield after his van struck another car while turning from a private lot into the westbound lane on Progress Drive. There were minor damages.





Zach Annen, grandson of Case Annen of Aylmer, was a member of the Carleton Ravens football team this past season. Carleton fielded a football team for the first time in 15 years and finished with a record of no wins and eight losses. Said Coach Steve Sumarah of Zach: “ Zach had a great year for us. Coming into camp he was coming off knee surgery and battled through that and became a starter.  At the end of the year he hurt his shoulder and we shut him down so he could get healthy and have a good off season in training. He was our most consistent defensive lineman.”





(Information from Straffordville librarian Eileen De Jager) – “The YWCA St. Thomas is doing community outreach programs during November – they would like to have discussions with women in the community regarding the challenges they face. These challenges may include financial difficulties, lack of transport, education, child support etc. We hope to establish some sort of a community network.

The event at the Straffordville Library will take place on Monday, November 18th, from 10am-12pm. It will take the form of a round table discussion with Kellie Coelho (YWCA St. Thomas). A continental breakfast will be available, as well as childcare. Transport can also be arranged if there is a need. Interested parties can register at Straffordville Library at 519-866-3584. Some topics to be covered: How are women’s experiences different from men’s? What are the real costs of living?  Can we afford them? Find out what help is available.”






“Police were called at 11 pm Saturday to deal with an unruly crowd of 26 males at the main corner. They had been sighted walking up Talbot St. east and knocking over pumpkins and throwing objects on the street. They identified themselves as members of a fraternity from the University of Western Ontario in London. Police discovered the group had arrived earlier in the evening – taking taxis from London – at an east end Aylmer motel and planned to spend the night but were ejected for breaking beer bottles on the parking lot. They then headed uptown and in the trek were refused entry by two bars and a downtown restaurant. Some vehicles in a car lot on Talbot east received minor damage and some signs on Talbot were broken as well.

Aylmer Police encountered the group uptown and solicited assistance from the Elgin OPP  as the original incidents happened in Malahide. Five youths – all 18 years of age – were charged with public intoxication and underage drinking. They were ordered to clean up some of their mess on the street. When Police discovered there were no Aylmer connections with any of the group they were informed they would face vagrancy charges if they didn’t leave. Several London taxis were then called – at their expense – and they left.





(Brody McVittie of London, formerly of Aylmer, is an author, relationships adviser and fitness coach, and was featured with an article in the Free Press on Monday:) –  He has a new book -‘The Meathead Manifesto’ – a collection of exercise, relationship advice and nutrition articles. Said Brody to TANews: “It was created as a direct response to some of the more mundane fitness guides available.” Previously he authored two novels, ‘Lion & Lamb’ and ‘Writing In & Of Color’ as well as a free-verse collection, ‘139 Pages of Pining’. The novels are available through his website, www.brodymcvittie.com, as well as on amazon.com. ‘The Meathead Manifesto’ will be sold at The Athletic Club in London as well. Regarding future plans he said: “I’m gearing up to outline a third novel; currently, my focus seems more on the marketing/promotion end of things–something completely foreign to me.”





Permalink » | No Comments

MONDAY, Nov. 4/13





-Aylmer Council, 7pm


-Tue. -EESS hosts G BBall- Jr vs CECI; Playoff: Sr (8-0) vs WESS

-Thu. -EESS hosts Football Playoff -Jr v Laurier, 12; Sr v Strathroy, 2





-Jr Football – Medway 8 EESS 7 (2-3-1)

-Sr Football – EESS (2-4) 21 Medway 10





Both the Aylmer Police and Aylmer Fire Deparments reported a quiet Hallowe’en in Aylmer last Thursday night.





-Harrison: Mary Lela (Cheesman) of London and formerly Aylmer passed away Friday in her 95th year. Wife of the late Dr. George E. Harrison. Survivors include: four children etc.. She was born and raised in Aylmer. A service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday at 1:00 pm. with visitation one hour prior.


-Findley, Ret. Gunner William G. of Courtland passed away on Saturday, aged 88. Survivors include: wife Ellen (Deming) Findley; friend Dianne Hodges etc.. He was a WWII veteran. He founded Findley’s Drivers Education and taught driver education in Aylmer etc. Visitation  on  Tuesday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg with the funeral service there on Wednesday at 11 am.





In Elgin court recently, a 27 year old man, formerly of Aylmer, was given a 90 day jail sentence (credit for 40 days already served) plus 12 months probation after he was found guilty of uttering threats by texting to two relatives in Aylmer, an 18 year old male and a 40 year old female, in late July.





The Aylmer Spitfires’ losing skid hit seven games on the weekend in SOJHL hockey. Saturday they were edged 4-3 at home as Thamesford scored a late goal. APM Derek Folkhard counted twice for Aylmer with Will Goodhue scoring once. Sunday in Lambeth they were nipped 4-2 – a better showing than the 12-1 loss to Lambeth a week earlier. Brad Payne and Luke Bettencourt were marksmen for the Spitfires. Aylmer’s record is now 5 wins and 12 losses. This week they host Dorchester Saturday and visit North Middlesex Sunday.



Period 1
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (power play) (unassisted) 18:29
Period 2
LambethJosh Bumpus (Austin Blais, Nick North) 1:25
AylmerLuke Bettencourt (unassisted) 11:44
LambethNick North (unassisted) 14:51
Period 3
LambethBrandon Robbins (power play) (Josh Bumpus, Austin Blais) 1:20
LambethBrett Cook (Ryan Pennington, Cody Wuytenburg) 5:54





Aylmer Police were called yesterday around 3pm to Rebekah Drive after a neighbour observed several male youths acting suspiciously behind a residence.  Police followed a trail back to the Bradley Creek and found seven youths – one 19, one 18 and five between 14 and 16 years old –  sitting around consuming alcohol and in possession of marijuana. The families of the youths – four from Malahide, three from Aylmer – were called to the station and Police suggested a program of diversion for all involved.





Canada’s top ranked womens’ basketball team, the University of Windsor, was shocked by Carleton in their season opener in Ottawa Friday by a 62-58 score – it was their first loss after 38 straight regular season wins over several seasons. Aylmer’s Tessa Kreiger started for Windsor but didn’t score. Saturday Windsor rebounded to trounce Ottawa and Kreiger again started and scored seven points. Brock won both their games on the weekend and Aylmer’s Kira Cornellissen counted four points in their win over Ryerson and two points in the win against U of Toronto.




Permalink » | No Comments

FRIDAY, Nov. 1/13





-Thu.-Sat.(2pm); A.C.T. Play,1-900-DEE-LITE;8pm; OTHall Theatre; (see ad)


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

-Sat. – Clocks go back one hour


-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm





-Riddell, Richard Allano formerly of Aylmer passed away on Sunday. Survivors include: wife Carole and two sons etc.. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday at the Carriage House, Elmhurst Inn, Ingersoll, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


-Ball (Robertson) Margaret Jean formerly of Eden passed away on Sunday in her 98th year. Predeceased by her husband Cecil Max Ball (2006). Survivors include: three children etc..  She was a school teacher and Principal in the Eden area. There will be no visitation or service.





-Sr B VBall – CECI 3 EESS 0 (End of season)





(“The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 12th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 15 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 16, from 11 am-9 pm. The cost is $15.) (Contributed) – “Another home featured is the Robertson home at King and Pine St. Using materials from the Springwater area this cobblestone bungalow was built in 1914-6 by Charles and Aleta White.  Charles was a son of the original White family. The home is now owned by Gordon and Deb Robertson.  It boasts oak and pine beams and panelling, a granite floor in the foyer (laid by Peter McLay), and two fireplaces – one of field stone and one decorated with artifacts from the paleolithic age found near Springwater. It also has a large front porch and a full basement.”


One of four homes on the Aylmer-Malahide Museum Tour on Nov. 15-16 is this residence at Pine and King St.





(Contributed) – “Dr. Samantha Nutt – Founder and Executive Director of War Child North America -is the guest speaker for the 9th annual community breakfast on Thursday November 7th for Violence Against Women Services Elgin County. The breakfast begins at 7am at the St. Thomas Senior’s Centre. Tickets are $15 and includes a full hot breakfast. Call Pam Dyck at 519.633.0155 or email info@vawsec.on.ca to reserve your ticket. Dr. Nutt has for over 15 years been at the front lines of many of the world’s major crises, in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Darfur. In addition to overseeing War Child Canada, Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She was awarded the “Order of Ontario” in 2010 and appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011.





Splash N Boots, Canadian Childrens’ Group of the Year last year, will again be appearing for the Aylmer Kids and Company on Sunday November 17 at 2 pm at the Old Town Hall theatre. Tickets are $10 and are available at Campbells II.





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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)






Permalink » | No Comments

THURSDAY, October 31/13





-Thu.-Sat.(2pm); A.C.T. Play,1-900-DEE-LITE;8pm; OTHall Theatre; (see ad)


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

-Sat. – Clocks go back one hour





(2012) Aylmer Police reported a “quiet night”, with the damp weather a factor.

(2011) Aylmer Police reported that overall the night was fairly tame. A couple calls were received regarding egg purchases. The only incident was a disturbance at McDonald’s. Some teenage girls were causing a disruption inside the business, were asked to leave by staff, and then police were contacted.  An egg was dropped inside and a window was hit with an egg. A quantity of eggs were seized and destroyed by police. Warnings were issued to two Aylmer girls, ages 14, and 15, as well as a 14 yr. old girl from Bayham.





-Jr G BBAll – EESS (5-2) 51 Glencoe 18





(Contributed) –  Aylmer area author Kelley Armstrong has been nominated for an Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading award for ‘Loki’s Wolves: The Blackwell Pages’ which she co-authored with Melissa Marr. The Forest of Reading consists of eight programs for ages six and up, and is Canada’s largest recreational reading program of its kind. Next May readers vote for their favourite nominated title in several age categories. There are ten books nominated in Armstrong’s category -the Red Maple Fiction Award – which is for students aged 12 to 13. Previously Armstrong won a library award for ‘The Gathering’ last year and for ‘The Summoning’ in 2011.





LUCAN – Aylmer Spitfires lost their fifth in a row in SOJHL hockey as they were edged 5-3 by Lucan here last night. The teams were deadlocked 3-3 after two periods – Lucan connected for three power play goals in the match. Trevor Stewart had two goals and Jason Creces had one goal for the Spits who host Thamesford in their next game Saturday.


Period 1
LucanJake Morin (Ryan Martin) 1:36
Period 2
AylmerTrevor Stewart (Tyler Marr (APM)) 0:09
AylmerTrevor Stewart (power play) (Cody Underhill, Ryan Stapleton) 0:17
LucanZach Beaumont (power play) (Andrew Purdom, Nathan Marcil) 3:05
LucanNathan Marcil (Andrew Purdom, Zach Beaumont) 18:46
AylmerJason Creces (Will Goodhue) 19:13
Period 3
LucanZach Beaumont (power play) (Dylan Brooks, Nathan Marcil) 8:14
LucanNik Petrie (power play) (unassisted) 11:27





Among agenda items for this Monday’s Council meeting:

“Council will hold a public meeting on Monday at 7:00 p.m. (Council meeting) to consider a proposed amendment to a zoning by-law regarding a proposed development at 22 Wellington Street. The lands are currently vacant. The applicant George Sinden is proposing the construction of semi detached dwellings and an accessory storage building. The lands are currently zoned to permit a range of commercial uses but not for the proposed semi detached dwellings.”




(Information on today’s activities at Summers Corners Public School is from Principal Don Naylor:) – “Orange and Black day is emphasized here.No costumes or masks.Some classes are carving pumpkins for art or doing pumpkin activities e.g. FDK class is cleaning out a pumpkin and counting pumpkin seeds and doing measurements of it.There will be Hallowe’en themed stories no doubt in the classes. Teachers will provide alternate activities for those children who do not wish to participate in Hallowe’en type events or activities.We try to foster an inclusive environment so that all can feel comfortable here.We do celebrate Hallowe’en but try to be sensitive to those who do not wish to participate in activities related to it.”  





Permalink » | No Comments

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30/13





-Wed. -Flu Clinic; 4:30-7:30 pm; at Straffordville Community Centre


-Thu.-Sat.(2pm); A.C.T. Play,1-900-DEE-LITE;8pm; OTHall Theatre; (see ad)

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

CORRECTION: Aylmer’s Leaf Collection – will start at some point in Nov.





-Jr B VBall Playoff – Parkside 3 EESS 0 (end of season)

-Sr B VBall Playoff – EESS 3 AVSS 0 (Thu. – EESS at CECI)





-Pratt, Gladys formerly of Brownsville passed away on Sunday aged 90 years. Survivors include: She was a  sister-in-law of Audrey and Bob Putnam, of Lyons. The service will be at Avondale United Church, Tillsonburg, at 1 o’clock Saturday, with visiting one hour prior.





The Rotary Club of Aylmer sponsored a free presentation entitled “Sustainable Energies and the Future of Our Community” at the  Old Town Hall Theatre last night – about twenty persons attended. Guest speakers were Mr. Jim Grey, CEO IGPC Ethanol Inc. and Mr. Jamie Kent, President KBRE Energies Ltd., experts in the areas of ethanol, solar and wind energies. Among various topics, Mr. Kent also addressed some of the concerns of wind turbines such as the noise of wind vibrations, their effect on wildlife and their appearance. The Rotary Club has plans for other speakers’ events in the new year.


About twenty persons attended an Energy Speakers forum (Jamie Kent, left,  of KBRE is addressing the crowd) at the Old Town Theatre last night, sponsored by the Aylmer Rotary Club. The emergency shelter tent was set up as an example of the needs of  Syrian relief – a project supported by Rotary. (kb) (CLICK)





The top two Ontario university womens’ basketball teams each boast a graduate of EESS as league play begins this weekend. The University of Windsor, Canadian champions for three successive years and ranked first to open the season, will visit Carleton Friday in their first game Friday with Aylmerite Tessa Kreiger starting her third year on the roster. On January 22 they will play in London against UWO. Brock University, with rookie Kira Cornelissen of Aylmer, is ranked seventh in Canada. They will host Ryerson in their opener Friday. On November 27, they will visit UWO. (Update on Kira from her mother, Dita) “She has played in 9 of the team’s 10 pre- season games.  Brock’s record is 8-2 in the pre-season. Their 2 losses were to University of Alberta (currently ranked 2nd) by 1 and to Fraser Valley University by 2 (ranked 4th). Kira’s best outing was in the team’s win against Bishop’s University where she played 20 minutes, scored 7 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.”







Permalink » | No Comments

TUESDAY, Oct. 29/13






-Rotary Energy Speakers; OTHall Theatre; 7:30pm (see ad)

-Sr. Day Out; EEC Complex; 9:30am-12:30 (see story Oct. 22)

-EESS Hosts: Sr B VBall Playoff


-Wed. -Flu Clinic; 4:30-7:30 pm; at Straffordville Community Centre

-Thu.-Sat.(2pm); A.C.T. Play,1-900-DEE-LITE;8pm; OTHall Theatre; (see ad)

CORRECTION: Aylmer’s Leaf Collection – will start at some point in Nov.








The Aylmer Library Project Committee met Monday to review exterior design options prepared by Archon Architects Inc.of Windsor. Four members of the public attended.


The committee had instructed that changes be made from what Council had heard at the public meeting in June and comments received from the public since then. (Consensus had been reached at the October 11th committee meeting to endorse the proposed size and location of the new library.)


Architects Robert DiMaio and Settimo Vilardi said that the portions of the exterior that were to have a stone facing would now be covered by yellow brick complementing the brick work in the Aylmer Old Town Hall. The windows on the west and north sides would also be narrower with an arched relief at the top. There were other refinements such as more exterior lighting for the space between the two buildings This would make the area more people friendly and improve security.


According to the architects, the drawings provided showed that the proposed library building would have a contemporary look but not detract from the surrounding buildings, the overall look of the street and the park area to the west.


The Committee did not schedule another meeting.






A 53 year old Aylmer man was charged with uttering threats to harm an animal after he threatened to kill the dog of a 15-year old Aylmer male. The youth’s dog had bitten the man’s dog in an altercation earlier in the summer but the incident was resolved between the two parties. On Saturday morning as the two met by chance while walking their dogs in Steen Park the man continued the dispute and uttered the threat.








(From Environment Canada) -“Severe winds of 60 gusting up to 100 km/h will occur this evening. This is a warning that potentially hazardous winds are expected in these regions. Hurricane Sandy is forecast to track from the Atlantic ocean into the New Jersey shoreline this evening as it transitions into a strong post-tropical storm. Winds of this strength can break tree limbs and even knock over weak or shallow rooted trees.”  (Issued by Catfish CC Authority)  – “This is a Flood Outlook, Watershed Conditions Statement:  Should adverse weather patterns strengthen, water level conditions may increase.  This is an early assessment that the potential exists for flooding of low-lying areas within the watershed. ”






-An Aylmer mother called Police last Tuesday to report she suspected her 17 year old son of possessing marijuana. Police investigated and found a small quantity of marijuana in his room and the male admitted to selling marijuana. He was charged with trafficking.


-A small ATV was found in a wooded area off John St. north on Thursday with the engine removed. The owner is as yet unidentified.


-Police conducted a RIDE program last Tuesday evening on John St. stopping 300 vehicles in four hours and issuing only a few vehicle warnings.


-In Elgin court recently, a 38 year old Malahide male was given four months in custody in addition to 45 days of pre-trial time served plus 18 months of probation for a break and enter and theft of gas from his parents’ residence in a July incident.


-Also, in Elgin court recently, a 49 year old Aylmer woman whose dog went over her fence and bit another dog in September was given 12 months probation.


-As well in Elgin court recently, a 22-year old Mississauga man was fined a total of $6335 plus given a 90 day licence suspension and probation for 12 months for various vehicle infractions – no driver’s permit, plates, or insurance plus careless driving – in a September incident in which he was stopped by Police while speeding on Talbot St. east.








Permalink » | No Comments

MONDAY, Oct. 28/13





-Aylmer Library Comm.; 3pm; Council Chambers


-Tue. -Rotary Energy Speakers; OTHall Theatre; 7:30pm (see ad)

-Tue. -Sr. Day Out; EEC Complex; 9:30am-12:30 (see story Oct. 22)

-Tue. -EESS Hosts: Sr B VBall Playoff


-Wed. -Flu Clinic; 4:30-7:30 pm; at Straffordville Community Centre

-Thu.-Sat.(2pm); A.C.T. Play,1-900-DEE-LITE;8pm; OTHall Theatre; (see ad)





In Elgin court recently, a Canadian waste disposal trucking company was fined $15,000 for an incident last February in Aylmer in which two wheels on one of their trucks flew off as it travelled on Talbot St. east and struck a tree and a residence. The wheels narrowly missed two pedestrians on the sidewalk. The company was charged with improper wheel separation.





-MacLeod, Roderick David of Aylmer passed away on Friday in his 67th year. Survivors include wife Mary (Cross) MacLeod and three children etc.. He was a resident of Aylmer for the last 13 years. A private family gathering will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Ward, Joyce of Aylmer of Aylmer passed away on Friday in her 80th year. Wife of the late Ronald Ward (2012). Survivors: five children including Beverly Perry (Barry Anderson) of Straffordville, Susan Brown (Hugh) and Cathy Ward (Dave Stradeski), both of Aylmer etc.. She was born in Malahide. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 am.





LAMBETH – Aylmer Spitfires dropped their fourth straight game, a 12-1 trouncing by first place Lambeth here Sunday in SOJHL action. Aylmer scored the game’s first goal but the home team eventually scored five power play goals in the rout. Brad Payne was the only Aylmer sniper. The Spits’ record is now five wins and nine losses. This week Aylmer travels to Lucan Wednesday, hosts Thamesford Saturday and visits Lambeth again next Sunday.


Period 1
AylmerBrad Payne (C) (power play) (Eric Nemeth) 12:05
LambethWarren Hargraves (power play) (Randy Hicks) 14:52
LambethTanner Smith (power play) (Warren Hargraves, Jake Alkins) 16:08
Period 2
LambethBrandon Robbins (Mike Golinowski) 1:58
LambethMitch Thomas (power play) (Tanner Smith, Austin Blais) 8:21
LambethTanner Smith (Warren Hargraves, Randy Hicks) 9:49
LambethMike Golinowski (Warren Hargraves, Randy Hicks) 10:08
LambethJake Alkins (power play) (Warren Hargraves) 13:28
LambethJake Alkins (Warren Hargraves, Tanner Smith) 13:59
LambethNick North (Mitch Thomas) 18:40
Period 3
LambethTanner Smith (Jake Alkins, Warren Hargraves) 2:46
LambethWarren Hargraves (power play) (Jake Alkins, Tanner Smith) 6:49
LambethCody Wuytenburg (Ryan Pennington, Randy Hicks) 8:55





The annual Harvest Party for children aged 3 to 13 will take place Thursday beginning at 6 pm  at Immanuel Christian School. Organizer Susana Reimer said the event, sponsored by the Aylmer EMMC church, is in its fourteenth year. Its purpose is to provide an alternative activity for those not participating in Hallowe’en. Parents are welcome. The main entertainment is by The Rubber Chicken Company.





(Contributed) – “The Aylmer-Malahide Museum’s 12th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, November 15 from 7-10 pm and Saturday, November 16, from 11 am-9 pm. The cost is $15. One home featured is the Saunders Home at 64 South St. west. This former farm house was constructed by John Van Slyke circa 1874.  It has been described as a “second empire style” house with a Mansard roof.  Curved lintels top the modified Romanesque windows.  On the west side of the house, a glass tower window is a distinctive focal point. This house was on our Christmas Tour of Homes in 2007. Since that time it has changed hands and the new  owner  Stu Saunders has done extensive renovations. The plank floors have been restored, false ceilings removed, a fireplace installed in the living room and a wall removed in the kitchen.”


The Aylmer-Malahide Museum Tour of Homes on Nov. 15-16 will include this residence at 64 South St. west. (Contributed)





(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations: ) Aylmer’s annual Leaf Collection will start Friday. Residents may pile them at the curb or use bags. The town asks that anyone bagging their leaves (must be in bio-degradable bags) should store them in a dry place before putting them out to curbside. This year’s collection may be required to be extended because a lot of the trees still have the majority of leaves on them.




Permalink » | No Comments


EESS (white) JR G BBALL vs PCI yesterday just before halftime.

Permalink » | No Comments

FRIDAY, Oct. 25/13





-All week: Aylmer Bulk Waste Pickup

-Thu.-Sun.(2pm) -A.C.T. Play, ’1-900-DEE-LITE’; OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)

-Fri-Sat. -Aylmer Fair Haunted House; 7-9 pm; Curling Club (see ad)

-Sat. -St.Thomas Blood Donor Clinic, Timken Centre, 10am-5


-Mon. -Library Comm. Meeting, 3pm, Council Chambers; Public welcome





-Jr Football – South 22 EESS (2-2-1) 21

-Sr Football – South 17 EESS (1-4) 7

-Sr G BBall – EESS (8-0) 47 Parkside 5

-Jr G BBall – Parkside 36 EESS (4-2) 23





(Information from Malahide Clerk Dianna Wilson:) At a special meeting last night at Malahide Place to discuss the possibility of sharing a fire chief, Bayham and Malahide Councils decided to pursue the matter further and directed their respective staffs to  “conduct a more detailed assessment/cost analysis of a preferred option”.  The Councils decided to follow an option of the purchasing of fire services from each other.





(Kristen den Hartog of Toronto, who with her sister wrote a book, Tilling The Occupied Garden (2009), about her grandparents’ experiences in Holland in WWII, spoke about her research at the St.Thomas Library on Wednesday. Kristen’s grandparents settled in Aylmer after the war. Her book is available at the Aylmer library. She provides some background:)

“My grandparents, Cor and Gerrit den Hartog, died in the 1980s, but had resided in Aylmer since the early 1950s. They were originally supposed to go to Cochrane, Ontario, but because my father and uncle had lost limbs as young boys during the war, they needed to be closer to Toronto, where they could get new prostheses as they grew. My grandfather first worked for a dairy farmer in Aylmer and then he got a job at McConnell’s Nursery and he continued to work there until his retirement.

My grandmother had the Guide Travel Bureau (King St.) and was well known in the town. I have fond memories of visiting her there. The shop was full of KLM posters from all over the world, which I found very exotic. There were also lots of Dutch goods for sale in the shop, which the many Dutch people in the community appreciated. It was a strange shop in that it sold underwear and plane tickets and Wilhelmina peppermints too! Their children Rige, Koos (Jim), Rokus, Gerry and Niek did go to school in the Aylmer area, but moved away after high school.

There is no family left in the area, but when my sister and I were researching the book, we travelled to Aylmer to revisit our childhood memories of the place, and that trip is recounted at the end of the book. My sister and I are currently at work on another collaboration, this one about our mother’s side of the family in WW1 England.





-Pressey, Donald Clair of Aylmer passed away Thursday in his 89th year. Survivors include: wife Dorothy (Bagnall) Pressey; children Rhonda Pressey and Wayne Dunlop, Roderick (Beth)Pressey , Joel Pressey, Sheldon Pressey and Donna Summers and Darcy Pressey and Jennifer Corless etc.. He was born in Malahide and lived all of his life in the Aylmer area, was a veteran of W.W. II. and was a former employee of Carnation. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Sunday 2-4 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday,  at 1:pm.





Q-Tatoos in my family?


4.No tatoos that I’m aware of.  50%  (37 votes)

1.One of two in my close family has one.  33.78%  (25 votes)

2.Several people in my family have them.  13.51%  (10 votes)

3.Many people have tatoos in our family.  2.7%  (2 votes)


Total Votes: 74




Permalink » | No Comments

Older Entries   Newer Entries