Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, August 2/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

– Southwest Soccer – Aylmer FC hosts Dutton, 7, EESS

– Community in Bloom Judges in Aylmer

– Bayham Council, 7

 

-Fri-Sun. – Pt. Burwell Tub Daze

-Fri. – Aylmer Farmers Market, 4-8 pm; Bandshell Park

-Sat. – Tim Hortons Free Swim at Aylmer Pool; 1:30-4 pm

-Sat. – EESS 60s/70s Reunion

 

-Mon. – Civic Holiday

-Tue. – Aylmer Council, 3:30

-Aug. 10-12 – Aylmer Fair

 

 

NO AMBASSADORS YET FOR FAIR

 

The Aylmer Fair Board informs that they are still looking for an Ambassador to represent the Fair. No contestants have come forward as yet for the annual competition.

The 166th   edition of the 3-day Fair begins next weekend – Friday to Sunday. New attractions include:  a Hypnotist, Mini Chuckwagon and Chariot races, and a Pizza Eating Contest.  Admission prices are the same, so are the rides vouchers. Advance all day ride vouchers are on sale at the fairgrounds now until Aug 9 for $20.00, after that they will be $30.00. Campbell Amusements will be on the grounds for the weekend. Wagons rides, Dotsy the Clown, Val the Snakelady, a Cinderella Princess exhibit etc. are highlights for children. Grandstand performances are: Thursday,  Chuckwagon Races, Friday, Motor Madness events all day and Sunday, the Hypnotist and Liz Underhill Country Singer.

 

 

EESS REUNION: MUSIC SAT./CD SALES/ETC.

 

Here is the music lineup for the EESS 60s/70s Reunion Saturday at Bandshell Park : – 11 am- 5 pm:  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.”  They plan to reproduce photos and comments from anyone who has submitted material at EastElginHigh.com . Plus the website will stay active until the end of August to give everyone a chance to share mementos from the weekend. The CD will then be mailed to purchasers.

NOTES: – 214 have registered, the deadline was Monday…A bus service for attendees will run in town until 6 pm on Saturday…Tim Stephens of the Committee added: “The organizing committee thanks everyone for their support and donations to date.  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 is continuing with post-secondary schooling. Wishing everyone a safe journey back in time to your school days!”

 

 

JOHN EVERS COMMENTS ON GUN RULING

 

The recent gun controversy for the Ontario Summer Games involved two youth members of the East Elgin Sportsmens Association. Chris Baldwin, 18, of Corinth and an EESS grad,  and Sabrina Sergeant, 17,  of Norwich were informed two weeks ago they could no longer present a speech on sporting rifles at the upcoming Games in Toronto in mid-August. But after national media attention over the decision, they had their status reinstated. The invitation was originally rescinded due to concern over recent handgun murders in Toronto area. (Chris is a Junior Gold medal winner at last year’s Canada Winter Games.)

 

Commented John Evers ,  President of the East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association and Regional Director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association to TANews:  “As the father of two young shooters I was obviously outraged by the callous and thoughtless disregard to common decency and logic displayed by the City of Toronto Officials who ousted the Sporting Rifle Ambassadors from the Camp day program.  To associate in any way these two fine upstanding teens with the violence that plagues the city of Toronto went well beyond the pale.  Christopher and Sabrina should be lauded as examples of what we want today’s youth to emulate.”

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“Even with an apology from the committee and their re-instatement to the event it still does not quite sit well.  We are still left with the knowledge that no matter how hard we try, no matter how good we are,  no matter the good we do, some people will still associate sport shooters and hunters with the criminal element.  This can be directly pointed at some politicians who use as political cards in a game in which winning re-election is their only goal.  So much so that they will climb over the bodies of the victims of crime as well as award winning athletes in their bid for votes.”

 

 

FORMER EESS TEACHER GETS 5TH 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.

 

 

37 WATER ST. TO BE DEMOLISHED ?

 

The owners of the residence at 37 Water Street, Rob and Rose Anne Kuiper of Aylmer, are proposing that it be demolished and a fourplex apartment building be constructed on the site. The house has sat derelict for several years. Last week, Aylmer Council considered this request and set September 4 for a public meeting to discuss its rezoning.

 

 

PT.BURWELL BEACHES STILL POSTED

 

(From Elgin-St.Thomas Health Unit) –  UPDATE – “As  of Monday, July 30,  both Pt. Burwell Main Beach and Port Burwell Provincial Park beach,  of local beaches Springwater, Pt. Bruce, and Pt. Burwell,  have still been posted for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, August 1/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. – Southwest Soccer – Aylmer FC hosts Dutton, 7, EESS

-Thu. – Community in Bloom Judges in Aylmer

-Thu. – Bayham Council, 7

-Fri. – Aylmer Farmers Market, 4-8 pm; Bandshell Park

-Sat. – Tim Hortons Free Swim at Aylmer Pool; 1:30-4 pm

-Sat. – EESS 60s/70s Reunion

 

-Mon. – Civic Holiday

-Tue. – Aylmer Council, 3:30

-Aug. 10-12 – Aylmer Fair

 

 

 

CIB JUDGES IN AYLMER TOMORROW

 

(Information from Judi Wright of Aylmer CIB) – “The Town of Aylmer is participating in the 2012 National Edition of Communities in Bloom in the Class of Champions (small) category along with the Town of Boissevain MB, City of Dauphin MB, Town of Millet AB and the Town of Vermilion AB.  The Communities in Bloom judges, Hugh Skinner from Roblin MB and Diane Clasen from  Raleigh NC  will evaluate Aylmer tomorrow. Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification and to improving quality of life through community participation and a national challenge. The results will be announced in Edmonton on October 10th to the 13th.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-White, Allan Henry;  of London and formerly of Springfield, on Tuesday, in his 88th year. Survivors include: wife Shirley (Horton) White; son William White (Margaret) of Aylmer, etc. He was a barber in Springfield from 1960-1975 and was a past member of the Springfield Lions Club. Cremation has taken place. An internment service will be held in the Aylmer Cemetery on Thursday at 2:00 pm.

 

 

 

SOUTHWEST MENS’ SOCCER

 

Tues. Result – Aylmer Rampage (5-10-1) 3 Railway City 0

Thu. Upcoming – Aylmer FC (10-3-3) hosts Dutton

 

 

 

‘TIS SEASON FOR HERITAGE HOMELOOKERS 

 

AYLMER – The past few months have seen a mini-wave of Aylmer’s Heritage Homes hit the sales market. In the spring the Treadwell-Bodkin-Enns home, constructed in 1865  on Talbot St. east,  was sold. Currently available are the Wood-McClay-Minielly home, built in 1853,  on King Street and the Bingham-Matheson house, built in 1882 and designated as a Heritage House by the Aylmer Heritage Committee,  just across the street.

 

The McClay-Minielly house is on the left at the corner of King and Pine Streets ; the Bingham-Matheson house is on the right. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL:

 

Last week:  Harwood 10 Pt. Burwell (2-15) 7

 

 

 ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“A SECOND TORNADO WARNING FOR AYLMER”

 

“SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA AT 6:07 PM EDT SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 2011.  TORNADO WARNING FOR:  RODNEY – SHEDDEN – WESTERN ELGIN COUNTY - ST. THOMAS – AYLMER – EASTERN ELGIN COUNTY.  AT 6:00 PM EDT RADAR SHOWS A CLUSTER OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS  ABOUT 20 KM WEST OF ST THOMAS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING TORNADOES.  THESE THUNDERSTORMS ARE MOVING SOUTHEASTWARD ABOUT 60 KM/H.  SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY PRODUCING TORNADOES ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING IN THE AREA.”

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, July 31/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Southwest Soccer – Aylmer Rampage hosts Railway City, 7, EESS

 

-Thu. – Community in Bloom Judges in Aylmer

-Thu. – Bayham Council, 7

-Fri. – Aylmer Farmers Market, 4-8 pm; Bandshell Park

-Sat. – EESS 60s/70s Reunion

-Mon. – Civic Holiday

-Tue. – Aylmer Council, 3:30

-Aug. 10-12 – Aylmer Fair

 

 

PT.BURWELL BEACH POSTED

 

(From Elgin-St.Thomas Health Unit) –  ”As of July 26,  only Pt. Burwell Beach,  of local beaches Springwater, Pt. Bruce, and Pt. Burwell,  has been posted for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination (It is the first local beach to receive such a posting this summer).”

 

 

WEST NILE VIRUS 

 

(From Elgin-St.Thomas Health Unit) – “Mosquitoes obtained in two local traps have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The positive mosquito traps were located in the western area of St. Thomas and in the Ivan Steen Conservation Area in Aylmer.  Both locations are on the urban fringe where there are nearby creeks with low water flows due to recent dry weather conditions. These are the first mosquitoes to be detected with WNV this summer in the Elgin-St. Thomas area. The Health Unit … is reminding people to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” says Jim Reffle, Manager of Health Protection Programs.  “Removing standing water on your property while covering up or using repellants that contain DEET will protect you from being bitten by them.” The majority of people (80%) who become infected with West Nile Virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild flu-like symptoms; fewer than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill. For more information about West Nile Virus go to: http://www.elginhealth.on.ca/index.asp?ParentID=192&MenuID=1212

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“PALMER ESTATE MONEY TO BANDSHELL”

Aylmer Council approved an offer of a $175,000 donation from the John and Dorothy Palmer estate to assist in the building of a new bathhouse for the swimming pool – Council recently awarded this contract to Keith Hunt Construction of Aylmer.

 

 

RUSH CREEK WINS AWARD 

 

AYLMER – (Contributed) – “Elgin County winery Rush Creek Wines has been voted Lake Erie Living Magazine’s “2012 Best of Lake Erie” in the Specialty Wines category. Readers, editors and writers of the magazine were encouraged to vote for the best wineries along Lake Erie on both the Canadian and American sides and Rush Creek Wines was chosen as the winner out of hundreds of locations. Owners Kim and Wendy Flintoft opened the winery on Jamestown Line south of Aylmer in 1996.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Looking for food on a dry summer's day - for some animals the source is a little more convenient! (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

MALAHIDE BUDGET FINALLY PASSES

 

(Malahide’s 2012 budget was finally passed by Council recently. Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill offered these comments:)

 

Q1 -Were there any major cuts, changes to reduce the increase?

A1 -There were no major cuts; in fact, since the March budget, the amount of money we needed to raise to balance our budget increased. The Imperial reassessment caused a $40,000 loss and there was a decrease in OMPF funding creating a total of $735,000 to be generated.  We accomplished that by raising $245,000 through taxes, $365,000 from reserves and $125,000 from the sale of the medical building.

 

Q2 –  Are you satisfied with the numbers staff was using earlier this spring?

A2 -  The auditor verified that all the numbers were accurate.  Taxes can be presented in many forms and that is what caused the confusion.

 

Q3.- Do you see any changes in the budget process next year in lieu of what happened this year?

A3 -  It is my hope that we begin the process by having a budget session in September to avoid passing the budget at the 11th hour.

 

 

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MONDAY, July 30/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-TriCounty Fastball – Straffordville hosts Tillsonburg, 8:30

 

-Tue. -Southwest Soccer – Aylmer Rampage hosts Railway City, 7, EESS

-Thur. – Community in Bloom Judges in Aylmer

-Fri. – Aylmer Farmers Market, 4-8 pm; Bandshell Park

-Sat. – EESS 60s/70s Reunion

 

 

FIRE AT PT. BRUCE MANOR

 

(From Elgin OPP and Malahide Fire Report) – Malahide Fire Services responded to a fire at the Port Bruce Manor, on Levi St.,  about 5:30 on Tuesday evening. Careless smoking was the cause – no one was injured in the blaze. 25 residents and two staff were evacuated. It caused an estimated $25,000 in damages.

 

 

HOUSE FIRE IN SPRINGFIELD

 

(From Malahide Fire Services) – “On Wednesday, a single family house on Ashton in Springfield, occupant was conducting plumbing repairs, caught house on fire, damage to the rear portion on the main level, heat and smoke damage to the remainder of the house, smoke alarms were working, approximately 37 firefighters on scene for 3 hours and Bayham Station 1 assisted with water supply.”

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER:

 

Wed. – West Lorne 4 Aylmer FC 2

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Neville, Louise;  of Aylmer,  on Wednesday,  in her 65th year.  Survivors include: partner Charlie Greenlaw,  siblings  Anna Volekaert, Diane Venables, Robert Veldhuizen(Jackie), Nancy Bennett, Arnold Veldhuizen Jr.(Diane), Debbie Carrington and David Veldhuizen(Betty-Jo) etc. Louise was an employee at the Aylmer Valu-Mart for many years. The Funeral was Saturday at Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer.

 

-Elliott, James Spencer; formerly of Bayham, on Tuesday, at the age of 88.  Survivors include: wife Shirley (Bowering) Elliott; son Mark Elliott (Cindy) of R.R.3, Tillsonburg etc. He was born on the family farm on Greenline Road in Bayham and was a fifth generation dairy farmer there. He was a former Bayham Deputy Reeve. The funeral was on Saturday at Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Peterson, Phoebe; of Chateau Gardens, Aylmer, on Saturday,  in her 90th year. She moved from Toronto to Tillsonburg in 1981. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements through Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– July 24, 2012 – Station #2, Hacienda Road, MVC

(Two vehicles, minor injuries, one vehicle failed to stop,  at John Wise Line)

– July 24, 2012 – Station #1 ,#2, #3 and #4, 3253 Levi Street, Fire

(*Pt. Bruce Manor, see story)

– July 24, 2012 – Station #2,  Conservation Line. Medical Assist

– July 25, 2012 – Station #3 , #1, #2 and #4, 51175 Ashton Street, Fire

(*see story)

– July 25, 2012 – Station #1, Bank Street, Medical Assist

 – July 25, 2012 – Station #1, Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– July 28, 2012 – Station #3, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– July 28, 2012 – Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– July 29, 2012 – Station #2,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– July 29, 2012 – Station #3 ,#2,  College Line, MVC  

(*One vehicle roll over, no injuries)

 

 

CLOVERMEAD BEE BEARD RESULTS

 

(Contributed) – “The champion was Bernie Wiehle, (Mayor of West Elgin).  He had the judges “Favourite Beard”, and he came in with 2.2 lbs of bees.  The crowd’s favourite and the heaviest bee beard was Jonathan Collins of Aylmer with 3.8 lbs of bees, approximately 14,000-15,000 bees on his face.  And competitor Evan Thompson of Aylmer managed to do the hoola-hoop on the catwalk.  The weather was not promising in the early morning, but by afternoon it was perfect for working with the bees. Over 400 people attended. We raised $3826 for “The PERC” in Aylmer.”

 

 

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THURSDAY, FRIDAY – July 26,27

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THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Thursday or Friday.

 

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WEDNESDAY, July 25/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts West Elgin; 7pm – EESS

 

-Fri – Aylmer Farmers Market; 4-8 pm – Bandshell Park

-Fri. 8pm/Sat. 2pm, 8pm  - Perisope Play: ‘SmartAss’ ; Vienna Hall; $15

-Fri. – Aylmer-Mal. Museum Garage Sale 9-12:30; Sat.  9-12

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

-Sat. – Elgin Feeds/Helping Paws: Pet Event; Kinsmen Pavillon; 11am -3

-Sat. – Clovermead Bee Beard 2:30/Bee Events, 12:30

-Sat./Sun. – Pt. Stanley Artists  Exhibition; At Legion; 11-5;  Free

 

 

CHATEAU GARDENS ADDITION OPEN

 

Teresa Fritsch, Senior Vice President of Development for Chartwell which owns the Chateau Gardens Nursing Home in Aylmer,  informs that they moved residents into their addition two weeks ago. There is no increase in the number of beds available – there still are 60 – but there is now more space and more private accomodations in the new east wing. Also new is another dining area and communal areas. The older facility is now being renovated to allow for 4 more residents.  Total project cost was nearly $10 million. Chateau Gardens was built in 1983.

 

 

OBITUARY

 

Heffren, Lewis Arnold;  of RR6, Aylmer; on Tuesday, in his 74th year. Survivors include: son Lucas Heffren of RR6, Aylmer etc.. Lew worked at Berdan Paving.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, at 11:00 am. Arrangements through Kebbel Funeral Home,  Aylmer.

 

 

EESS REUNION UPDATE

 

(Contributed) – “The committee needs registrations by Monday, July 30th.  We have 200 coming so far. Visit us at: www.eastelginhigh.com .  Sign up on-line or drop off your registration to Mary Beth, 178 South St. W., Aylmer, 519-773-8280 or Heather, 34 Talbot St. W., Aylmer, 519-773-2200. (The 60s-70s Reunion is Saturday, August 4)”

 

 

SOUTHWEST SOCCER

 

Tues. – London RayJames 2 Aylmer FC 0

 

 

BUY LOCAL BUY FRESH INFO

 

(Contributed) – “The Buy Local Buy Fresh Map features local pick your own and farm gate locations as well as a chart highlighting when local produce is available. The Map and other wonderful resources are available on the Take the Toonie Challenge website http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/buy-local-buy-fresh/. ”

 

 

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TUESDAY, July 24/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed. – Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts West Elgin; 7pm – EESS

-Fri – Aylmer Farmers Market; 4-8 pm – Bandshell Park

-Fri. 8pm/Sat. 2pm, 8pm  - Perisope Play: ‘SmartAss’ ; Vienna Hall; $15

-Fri. – Aylmer-Mal. Museum Garage Sale 9-12:30; Sat.  9-12

-Sat. – Elgin Feeds/Helping Paws: Pet Event; Kinsmen Pavillon; 11am -3

-Sat. – Clovermead Bee Beard 2:30/Bee Events, 12:30

-Sat./Sun. – Pt. Stanley Artists  Exhibition; At Legion; 11-5;  Free

 

 

PERISCOPE PLAY RISING IN VIENNA

 

Bayham’s Periscope Playhouse will stage their first production this weekend at the Vienna Community Centre. It is called ‘SmartAss’ and was written by Patrick Harding of Pt. Stanley.  Nearly all involved are Bayham residents. Jeff Rogers is Director and wife Marion is Producer and Stage Manager; the cast includes Bonnie Abell, Pete Matthews, Bob Smolders, Ray Talbot, Katy Wells and Tim Wells.  The play will run Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2 and 8 and again on the weekend of August 10. Tickets are $15 for adults and can be purchased at various Bayham outlets (see www.periscopeplayhouse.ca)  and at Margarets Flowers in Aylmer. (Play Synopsis: Ben Long, sarcastic journalist (ie. ‘smart ass’), spent some happy childhood holidays in a port town; now has returned to find the girl he fell in love with; can he successfully woo his lady of the pier?)

 

 

FIRST PLACE SOCCER MATCH HERE

 

First place in the Southwest Soccer League is at stake tomorrow in Aylmer when Aylmer FC faces West Elgin at 7pm at EESS.  Aylmer FC is currently in top spot in the 10-team league with a 10-1-3 mark but their loss came in their only previous game with West Elgin – a 2-1 decision in West Lorne. West Elgin is undefeated but has only played 11 games of the 18 game schedule. Aylmer FC still has tough games against the second and third place teams – Shedden and London Raymond James  - left of their 4 remaining contests. They had tied both earlier (tonight they travel to Raymond James).

 

 

AYLMER WATER LEVELS STILL GOOD

 

Bill Berry, Manager of Water Operations for Aylmer , said normal summer regulations call for watering on even days for those with even street addresses and odd days for those with odd street addresses. He said the Town can institute other measures if needed but at the present time, they aren’t required. 

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL

 

Mon. –  Ayr 10 Straffordville (6-9)5

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

“TORNADO WARNING IN AYLMER JULY 23″

 

(This was a news report Saturday evening) -  “ THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO HAS ISSUED A “RED ALERT” DUE TO A TORNADO WARNING IN  RODNEY – SHEDDEN – WESTERN ELGIN COUNTY =NEW= ST. THOMAS – AYLMER – EASTERN ELGIN COUNTY STRATHROY – KOMOKA – WESTERN MIDDLESEX COUNTY LONDON – PARKHILL – EASTERN MIDDLESEX COUNTY ONTARIO.”

 

“HUNT CONSTR. TO BUILD BATHHOUSE”

 

“Council accepts in principle the Design/Build proposal from Keith Hunt Construction Ltd. in the amount of $259,200.00 plus HST for construction of the Bathhouse.”

 

 

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MONDAY, July 23/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-TriCounty Fastball: Straffordville hosts Ayr: 8:30

 

-Wed. – Southwest Soccer: Aylmer FC hosts West Elgin; 7pm – EESS

-Fri – Aylmer Farmers Market; 4-8 pm – Bandshell Park

-Fri. 8pm/Sat. 2pm, 8pm  - Perisope Play: ‘SmartAss’ ; Vienna Hall; $15

-Fri. – Aylmer-Mal. Museum Garage Sale 9-12:30; Sat.  9-12

-Sat. – Elgin Feeds/Helping Paws: Pet Event; Kinsmen Pavillon; 11am -3

-Sat. – Clovermead Bee Beard 2:30/Bee Events, 12:30

 

 

ANOTHER HEAT ALERT

 

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

 

 

GOOD TURNOUT AT BLOOD DONOR CLINIC

 

(Contributed) –  ”Our previous quota in Aylmer was 96 units (96 donors). We increased our quota in May and our last clinic on July 12 collected 123 units. We also had 16 new donors. The previous clinic in May actually saw 115 units.

Approximately 1 in 2 Canadians are eligible to give blood and around 1 in 60 actually do.  To be eligible, people must be between their 17th and 71st birthday (regular donors) or between their 17th and 61st birthday (first-time donors). They must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health and feeling well.

Our next community clinic is on September 13.

 

 

AYLMER POOL BUSY

 

(Info from Nancy Campbell, Co-Ordinator at the Aylmer Pool)  - Head Guard this year is Kristi Knight; Head Junior Guards are  Katie Knight, Deanna Bak and Paul Rochus. There are 20 other staff members,  full and parttime. The swim team has 45 members under Deanna Bak. A free swim in June 30 attracted over 300. The next free swim is August 5 at 1:30 and another on August 17 at 7 pm. A new program this year is Stroke and Endurance classes for those waiting for Bronze Cross age requirements. The Public Swimming charge is only $2.50 per child – adults are $4 – and are scheduled for weekday afternoons at 1:30 and Tuesday , Friday and Sunday evenings.  Key Adult swims times are weekdays at 1230 and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5.

 

 

CLOVERMEAD BEEBEARD/BEE-LYMPICS SAT.

 

(Contributed) –  ”This Saturday is Clovermead’s 8th annual BeeBeard competition. Four teams of beekeepers compete for the title of Bee Beard Champion. Using live honeybees with real stingers, they adorn their faces with crawling bees and strut down the catwalk to perform in front of the judges and the crowd. Competition begins at 2:30.

In the spirit of the Olympic Games, just before the Bee Beard Competition, from 12:30-2:30 pm, we are hosting Pioneer Games. Come out and try your friends in Nail Pounding, Two person Cross Cut Sawing, Potato Sack Races, Seed Spitting, Potato on a Spoon race, and Human Buggy Races. 
Admission is $10 a person or for a group of 5 $45 . All admission goes to The Perc in Aylmer. The fee Includes access to all the Adventure Farm fun (9am-5:30) – there are wagon rides, bee barrel train rides, a huge jumping pillow, pedal go carts, music, and animals on the Adventure Farm.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

 

– July 18, 2012 – Station #1 assisted by Station #2, John Wise Line, MVC

– July 18, 2012 – Station #2, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– July 20, 2012 – Station #2, 465 Talbot Line, Mutual Aid

– July 20, 2012 – Station #3, assisted by Station #2, Ron McNeil Line, MVC

(*Transport truck rollover at Putnam Road and Ron MacNeil Line; One person extricated, minor injuries.)

 

 

ELGIN PRESENTS FRESHFEST

 

(Contributed) – “The local food celebration FreshFest will return to the Canada Southern Railway Station in St. Thomas on August 23 from 5 – 9 pm. In 2012 Elgin County is presenting this event that pairs local farmers and the food they grow with local chefs to create unique Elgin County dishes. Attendees will be able to sample these dishes with a glass of wine or a pint of local beer. They will also be able to enjoy live music from talented local performers Sonic Buddha and participate in pairing workshops with local food experts. The event also features a silent auction with proceeds going to the Canada Southern Railway Station.FreshFest tickets cost $35 and include 14 sampling coupons and a souvenir wine glass. Early Bird pricing of two for $60 is available until August 11. Tickets may be purchased online at www.freshfest.ca and at the following ticket outlets: Berry Hill Fruit Farm (Aylmer) etc. For more information about Fresh Fest call 519-631-1460.”

 

 

AYLMER FIRE CALLS

 

-Friday July 20 at 11 am – call to Chateau Gardens for a structure fire with smoke showing. Mutual Aid was requested from Malahide Station #2 as soon as the call came in as this is a care occupancy. The fire was electrical and was out prior to our arrival; there was smoke in the building so we assisted their staff with ventilation. We also checked the air quality with our multi-gas detector before an “all clear” was issued.

-Saturday July 21 at 9 am –  call to Canadian Tire parking lot for a van on fire.  The fire was extinguished by store employees prior to our arrival.

 

 

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FRIDAY, July 20/12

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THURSDAY, July 19/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

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

- Bayham Council, 7

 

-Fri. – Aylmer Farmers Market, 4-8 pm, Bandshell Park

-Sat. – Legion Steak BBQ; 6 pm; $12; Advance Sales only

 

 

CRASH FATALITY AT MT. SALEM

 

(From Elgin OPP) – MT. SALEM –  Jarod Hinz, 22, of St.Thomas, 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.  Hinz’s 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. He was transported to St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital with minor injuries. Mr. Hinz, the lone occupant of the car, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

 

BELMONT RUNNER IN SPAIN

 

(From OFSAA RunnerSpace) – Taylor Farquhar, daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Farquhar of Belmont, finished seventh in the finals of the 400 metres, with a time of 58.77 seconds, at the IIAF World Junior Athletics Championships in Barcelona Spain on Saturday. She was a student at London Central last year.  Last summer she  won a bronze medal in the 400-metre hurdles at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games.

 

 

LOCAL BEACHES GOOD

 

(From Elgin Health Unit) – “As of July 9, the water at the following beaches – Springwater, Pt. Bruce, Pt. Burwell (which is tested weekly for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination) –  did not post a high level.”

 

 

CATFISH WATER LEVELS STILL GOOD

 

(Information from Peter Dragunas at Catfish Creek CA) – “At present the Catfish Creek water levels are holding steady and we remain in a Level 2 Low Water Advisory.”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

CATFISH CREEK ADVISORY:

“Consistent with the Ontario Low Water Response criteria, the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA) is issuing a Level 1 Low Water Condition for the Catfish Creek watershed.  The Ontario Low Water Response indicators identify that the Catfish Creek precipitation indicators are below the required Provincial Long Range average thresholds, for the period ending June 30.  They are as follows: Eighteen-Month Precipitation Indicator is at 80 % of the eighteen-month average and at present the seasonal, short term and weekly precipitation indicators along with the discharge indicators illustrate a downward trend. A 10% voluntary reduction in water use is being advised to ensure that there remains an adequate supply for essential uses and to sustain aquatic life. “

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY:

 

Some decisions:

 

-Council gave 2 readings to the bylaws to make a zoning amendment for 353 Talbot St. west – which is a proposal to tear down the former MNR building and construct a 4-storey, 16-unit apartment building there.

-Council responded to numerous concerns about the Palmer Bandshell user fees by asking staff to review the issue.

-Mae Legg was appointed to the Aylmer Heritage Committee.

 

 

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