Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, May 15/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

-TriCounty Fastball – Innerkip at Pt Burwell, 8pm

-TriCounty Fastball – Tavistock at Straffordville, 8pm

 

 

PT BURWELL POLESTAR EVENT WED.

 

(Information on yesterday’s Polestar event in Pt.Burwell, where local students painted hydro poles with village promotional messages, is from Margot Aubert of the Polestars Committee:) “All went extremely well, the weather gods were kind to us giving us the perfect window of opportunity before letting loose once again with rain. The kids had an absolute blast, some even emailing me last night to say what an awesome time they had. In all, it was a truly memorable event.”

 

 

EESS AT TRICOUNTY TRACK


EESS athletes who were top five finishers from yesterday’s TRVRAA Tri-County Track and Field event held in Woodstock (the second day of the two day meet): Girls – Junior 300 m – Virgilia Berzinis, 3rd; Senior 300 m – Blaire Robertshaw, 2nd; Boys – Midget 800m – Luke ONeill, 3rd; High Jump – Dave Friesen 3rd; Junior 800 m – Cody Boudreau, 4th; 300m – Blake Berkelmans, 4th; Longjump – Jordan Lamond, 4th.
 

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WEDNESDAY, May 14/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Pt.Burwell PoleStars Event; 11:30 am -2:30 pm

 

-Thu. -Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

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

-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball – Tavistock at Straffordville, 8pm

 

 

EEES SPORTS TUES.:

 

-Girls Soccer – EESS 4 (3-0) Glencoe 0

-Boys Soccer – EESS 6 (3-0) Glencoe 2

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Connolly, Gladys Beatrice (Hatch) of Port Burwell passed away Sunday in her 81st year. Survivors: husband Roy Connolly; four children including Ken of Port Burwell etc.. Friends are invited to a graveside inurnment at the Hamilton Cemetery on Saturday, May 24 at 11:30 am.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“FROST ON MAY 13”

 

(Information from Dick Saarloos of Berryhill Farms north of Aylmer) – “We had to irrigate the strawberries for about six hours last night (the temperature was close to freezing and there was no wind) but there is very little damage. The rest of the crops as well as the berries are about a week behind normal but everything has good potential when the weather warms up. The weekend did not have freezing temperatures because the wind kept frost from forming in lower areas.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Aylmer scene west of Elm

An Aylmer scene at dusk – looking west from Elm St. rail crossing.

(Photo by Mark Alward)

 

 

ST.THOMAS FASTBALL RESULTS:

 

-Springfield 6 Glencoe 1

-Springfield (2-0) 9 Glanworth 8

-Last night – Springfield vs Glanworth

-Next home game: May 25

 

 

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TUESDAY, May 13/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS hosts Soccer v. Glencoe; Girls 2 pm; Boys 3:45 pm

-Richmond Water Meeting, 7 pm, Richmond United Church

 

-Wed. -Pt.Burwell PoleStars Event; 11:30 am -2:30 pm

 

 

EESS SPORTS MON.

 

-Boys Rugby – Tillsonburg 15 EESS 0

-Girls Soccer – EESS (2-0) 4 AVSS 0

-Boys Soccer – EESS 5 (2-0) AVSS 1

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

-(From Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer)  Aylmer Police seized two grams of hhydromorphone, an opiod, at a Melanie Drive home recently. Police entered the home with Family and Childrens’ Services staff and spotted the substance on scales along with syringes. They determined they belonged to visitors to the home, a 48 year old Tillsonburg man and his 25 year old girlfriend, who were charged with possession of a controlled substance.

 

-A pickup truck was stolen about 10 am from the parking lot of the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church a week ago Sunday while the owner was at the church service inside. A witness sitting in another truck in the lot saw two men apparently trying to take another truck and called out to them but they fled. The first theft was discovered after the service.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Froese, Sara of Aylmer passed away Sunday. Survivors: husband Jacob etc.. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 1 pm from the EMMC Church at Summers Corners.

 

 

EESS MOCK CRASH THUR.

 

(From Aylmer Police) – EESS will be hosting a “Mock Crash” this Thursday for senior students at 9 am and 10 am. The partners include local and area fire, police and EMS. They will be responding to a simulated two vehicle collision. Student actors will be simulating injured and deceased persons while emergency service workers work on them. The collision will be as a result of Distracted Driving with the driver of one vehicle allegedly using his cell phone. They will then be debriefed in the school with a presentation and a short Q & A.

 

 

OJIBWA OPENING THIS WEEKEND

 

(Contributed) – The opening of the HMCS OJIBWA season this Saturday in Pt. Burwell features submarine races for children. The submarine races, to be held beside the submarine, are for children 10 and under and are organized courtesy of the Explorer’s Association BPSC Scouts of Straffordville as part of the Third Annual OJIBWA Fest. Participants may race as many times as they want and will be eligible for one free prize draw ticket.  Prizes have been donated by Harbour Lights.

In addition to Ojibwa tours,  a great day of fun and bargains has been planned by a local group called the Bayham SubMissions. Proceeds go to the Museum of Naval History. Starting at 9 am and running until 4 pm, there will be a wide variety of craft and vendor booths along with a huge silent auction and face painting for all.  The Museum recommends that anyone wanting submarine tours should book ahead by calling the Museum at 519-633-7641. The sub will be open for tours daily from 10 to 6 pm (last tour starting at 5) until October.

 

 

AYLMER LIONESS’ LADIES NIGHT

 

(Contributed) – The Aylmer Lioness will host a Ladies Night Friday May 23 at the Aylmer Legion (see ad).  They first held a Ladies fundraising event in the form of a wine and cheese social in 1996. In 2010, this annual event became a Springtime fundraiser and was retitled “Ladies Night Out”.  For several years, we held this affair at the Knights of Columbus Hall and more recently at the Aylmer Legion Hall. This fun-filled evening hosts guest speakers, entertainers, a silent auction and snacks. Over the years, we have averaged a $2000 profit with which we have been able to support such organizations as the Canadian Cancer Society for breast cancer research, the Aylmer Food bank and many community projects.

 

 

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MONDAY, May 12/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-OV Nat. Monthly Meeting; 7 pm; Pt. Burwell School (see Wed. story)

-EESS hosts Boys Rugby: v. Tillsonburg, 3:30pm

 

-Tue- EESS hosts Soccer v. Glencoe; Girls 2 pm; Boys 3:45 pm

 

 

AYLMER-MAL. LIASON COMM. MEETING

 

(BY BILL MURCH)

Some twenty people attended the Aylmer-Malahide Liaison Committee meeting on Friday at the OTH Theatre. The committee met following the public input received on April 24 concerning the East Elgin Community Complex Operational Review. The Administrators of Aylmer and Malahide provided a report dated May 5 that offered comment and analysis on the priorities identified by the committee on April 24. Four recommendations were made by the committee that will go to each Council to obtain their formal direction on how to proceed:

-Recc: B2 -Development of a Comprehensive Business Plan – Motion passed to recommend that Councils issue a Request for Proposal to have a consultant prepare a comprehensive business plan for the EECC. The EECC comprehensive business plan would be based on all the recommendations contained in the EECC Operational Review.

-Recc. B3 -Discontinuation of ‘Summer Ice’ – Motion passed to recommend the EECC not to accept any ‘summer ice’ contracts for 2015. Existing contracts for 2014 would be honoured.

-Recc. A-1 -Cease Operation of the Banquet Halls – Motion passed to recommend the EECC not to accept any banquet hall contracts for 2015. Existing contracts for 2014 would be honoured.

-Recc. D-1 -Governance of the EECC – Motion passed to recommend  a new interim governing body made up of the Mayors and the Chief Administrative Officers for Aylmer and Malahide along with EECC General Manager to take over the direction and management of the EECC day-to-day operations. The current EECC Advisory Committee would cease to exist.

-Revised Operation Hours – Since the EECC was already adjusting its hours of operation based on usage and staffing, no immediate action was considered necessary.

The Town of Aylmer is to continue its review of the request by the Township of Malahide for the two parties to enter into an agreement in principle to utilize all or part of the EECC banquet halls for a library. Five considerations were identified by the Township. Work is underway to provide the necessary information on estimated renovation, engineering/design, consulting/legal costs as well as the impact on existing contracts/services at the EECC.

A second request concerning a business plan quote on moving the library to the EECC was tabled as being premature based on the amount of information that was needed to meet the first request and the fact the EECC does not yet have a comprehensive business plan in place.

(Members of the Liason Committee are: Aylmer – Mayor Couckuyt, Deputy Richer, Co. Wright; Malahide – Mayor Mennill, Deputy Jenkins, Co. Glinski.)

 

 

TRICOUNTY FASTBALL SUNDAY:

 

-PT.BURWELL 10 STRAFFORDVILLE 3

 

 

MALAHIDE MOTORCYCLE COLLISION

 

(From Elgin OPP) – A 43 year old St. Thomas man suffered minor injuries yesterday after being involved in a motorcycle collision with a dog. He was travelling east on Vienna Line in the area of Carter Road in Malahide  when he struck a dog which had run onto the roadway. The dog was killed in the collision and the driver  was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

 

 

EESS SPORTS FRIDAY:

 

-Girls Soccer – EESS 3 CECI 2

-Boys Soccer – EESS 4 CECI 2

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– May 4, 2014, Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– May 5, 2014, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Burn Complaint

– May 6, 2014, Station #4,  Putnam Road, Medical Assist

– May 10, 2014, Station #1,  Sawmill Road, Medical Assist

– May 11, 2014, Station #1 ,#2, 52926 Vienna Line, MVC

– May 11, 2014, Station #2,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

 

 

AYLMERITE TO CONTEST ONT. ELECTION

 

Clare Maloney, 60, of Aylmer, a local businessman, post office employee, and a former Malahide Councillor, was announced this weekend as the local Freedom Party candidate for the upcoming Ontario election. There are now four candidates in Elgin-Middlesex-London: incumbent Jeff Yurek for the Conservatives, Serge Lavoie for the Liberals, Kathy Cornish for the NDP and Maloney.

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q-Mothers Day Plan?

 

2.Take her out to eat or cook for her  37.29%  (18 votes)

3.Buy her flowers or a plant  23.73%  (14 votes)

4.Just call or visit  20.34%  (10 votes)

1.Buy her a gift or card  18.64%  (9 votes)

 

Total Votes: 51

 

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FRIDAY, May 9 2014

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri-Sat. -EESS Play; Anne of Green Gables, 7 pm

-Fri-Sat. – Channel 5 – EEC Complex Review Meeting; 8pm

-EESS Hosts Soccer: Girls 2pm, Boys 3:45; vs. CECI

-EEC Complex Liason Committee, 2pm, OTHall Theatre

 

-Sat. -Aylmer Police Drug DropOff; At Library; 10 am-2pm

-Sun. -TriCounty Fastball: Pt.Burwell at Straffordville, 8pm

 

-Mon. – Otter Valley Nat.; 7 pm; Pt Burwell school (see Wed. story)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Willsie, Andrew of Belmont passed away on Wednesday in his 91st year. Survivors: wife Doris (Buchanan); four children etc. Andy served in the navy during World War II and was a farmer in the area. Visitation at McFarlane and Roberts Funeral Home Lambeth on Monday from 2 -4 and 7 -9 pm, with the funeral being held there on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

 

-Hetherington, Leo Bert of Brownsville passed away on Wednesday at the age of 87. Survivors: two children including Leanne (Chris Burwell) of R.R.1, Eden etc.. Visitation on Friday from 2 to 4 pm. and 7 to 9 pm. at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg. The funeral to be conducted there on Saturday at 11 am.

 

 

EAST ELGIN PLACE NAMES:

 

#14 MAPLETON

Mapleton on Highway #74 in South Dorchester twp. was apparently named due to the abundance of maple trees in the vicinity. In the 1800s it had a hotel and a cheese factory. The brick church to the east was built in 1904. (Source: Sims History of Elgin)

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK

 

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

Campbells Stationery and Pinecroft)

 

 

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THURSDAY, May 8 2014

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu.-Sat. -EESS Play; Anne of Green Gables, 7 pm

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

-Thu-Sat. – Channel 5 – EEC Complex Review Meeting; 8pm

 

-Fri. -EESS Hosts Soccer: Girls 2pm, Boys 3:45; vs. CECI

-Fri. -EEC Complex Liason Committee, 2pm, OTHall Theatre

-Sat. -Aylmer Police Drug DropOff; At Library; 10 am-2pm

-Sun. -TriCounty Fastball: Pt.Burwell at Straffordville, 8pm

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Adams, Ralph Stanley of Terrace Lodge Aylmer and formerly of St. Thomas passed away Wednesday in his 87th year. A service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, St.Thomas Saturday at 11 am.

 

-Honsinger, Benjamin F. passed away on Thursday. Survivors: wife Lydia (Lea) (Smitheringale); two daughters etc.. He was a former Police Chief in Petrolia and was a life member of the Aylmer Shrine Club. A private interment will take place at a later date. Arrangements through Kebbels Funeral Home.

 

 

AYLMER FC SOCCER

 

Aylmer FC will again enter a team in the seven team Southwestern Ontario Soccer League. The team list includes: Brandon Aspden, Ian Barrie, Cody Benner, Greg Broer, Eric Buchanan,  Jamie Buchanan, Calvin Buchner, Brent Coehlo, Kyle Defazio, Andrew Ferguson, Ryan Cooreman, Ryan Herries, Adam Hill, Josh Honsinger, Tony Ireullo, Trevor Stewart, Curtis Roloson, Craig VanYmeren, Corey Vanhappen, Cale Vanhappen, and James Weverink. Their first game this week was postponed due to poor field conditions. Next game is Thursday May 15 in Talbotville.

 

 

AYLMER MALAHIDE LIASON COMM: FRIDAY

 

Among agenda considerations at tomorrow afternoons meeting of the Aylmer Malahide Liason committee regarding the EEC Complex Review:

-a recent motion by Malahide Council requesting that the Committee consult with LeisurePlan International Inc. to obtain a quote to complete a business plan for the EECC in regards to having a library as an optional user

-A suggestion by Aylmer and Malahide Administrators which strongly recommends that a comprehensive business plan be in place before action is taken regarding the secondary recommendations in the Final Report, noting that it may be premature to lookat suggestions made in the report for day to day operational changes without understanding how the facility will be governed and where the focus should be in service delivery.

-A sugestion by the Aylmer and Malahide Administrators who have considered the implications of canceling ‘summer ice’ immediately and do not support moving forward to discontinue ‘summer ice’ for this year (2014).

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, May 7 2014

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed.-Sat. -EESS Play; Anne of Green Gables, 7 pm

 

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

-Thu-Sat. – Channel 5 – EEC Complex Review Meeting; 8pm

-Fri. -EESS Hosts Soccer: Girls 2pm, Boys 3:45; vs. CECI

-Fri. -EEC Complex Liason Committee, 2pm, OTHall Theatre

-Sat. -Aylmer Police Drug DropOff; At Library; 10 am-2pm

 

 

EEC COMPLEX VS. STRATHROY SPORTSPLEX

 

(Information on the Strathroy Sportsplex is from Leslie Pommer, Customer Service Co-Ordinator, Strathroy Caradoc Parks and Recreation:)

1.Facilities – The Gemini Sportsplex was built in 2000 and is a twin- pad ice facility, both NHL size, that also offers amenities for meetings, conferences, and special events. The Wescast Room can seat 125 and there is a Kitchenette.

2. Summer Ice Use – This year we took the ice out of both pads at Gemini for dry pad events and maintenance. We will put one pad in starting May 20 for the rest of the summer. The second pad goes back in Gemini for August 11th which is later this year because we lost a big rental to Komoka.

3.Banquet Hall – We don’t really have a banquet hall it’s way too small. It’s normally just used for meetings or birthday parties. We have a gym and lots of groups or families book it for $37 per hour to play volleyball, indoor soccer, indoor baseball etc.

4. Staffing – The arenas are staffed with unionized operators. In the summer we block book so don’t open on Sundays. If I have a rental for 9-1 pm then the next ice sold is 1-2 pm etc. Staff also does sportsfields and parks.

5- Financing – The Gemini is now paid for – it was 5.5 million. The Gemini was totally funded by the taxpayers.

 

 

OTTER VALLEY NATURALISTS MONDAY

 

The Otter Valley Naturalists will hold their monthly meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. at Port Burwell Public School. Speaker is Mike Burrell, Program Coordinator with Bird Studies Canada, who will provide some background on the IBA program in Canada. One of the recent accomplishments of the IBA program is the development of an excellent website (www.ibacanada.org) which allows people to explore maps and data summaries and much more about Canada’s Important Bird Areas.The IBA program is an international initiative to identify, monitor and conserve the world’s most important sites for birds.

 

 

AYLMER FIESTA MEXICANA SAT.

 

(Contributed) – This Saturday Amigos Canada will be presenting their first annual Fiesta Mexicana featuring entertainment from the Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City – the Mariachi Alegria Mexicana band and Cecy Torres. The event runs from 4 pm – 10 pm. with dinner at 5 pm, an authentic Mexican buffet made by “Mennomex” of Aylmer. Advance Tickets: $40.00  Call (519) 773-2002. Tickets at the Door: $55.00. The Fiesta is also being held in Leamington and London.

 

 

NEW AYLMER AUCTIONEER

 

Jacob Wagler of Eden, a native of the Aylmer Amish community, has a new auctioneering business in the area. He said he always enjoyed going to auctions with his father as a child and used to practice at home in the bathtub on Saturday nights. Last year he attended the Canadian Auctioneering College in Barrie and in February won the Novice Auctioneering Award at an Ontario Auction Association event in Mitchell. He has held one auction to date and has another planned for the Aylmer Curling Club.

 

 

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TUESDAY, May 6/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Wed.-Sat. -EESS Play; Anne of Green Gables, 7 pm

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

-Fri. -EESS Hosts Soccer: Girls 2pm, Boys 3:45; vs. CECI

-Sat. -Aylmer Police Drug DropOff; At Library; 10 am-2pm

 

 

EEC COMPLEX VS. LEAMINGTON COMPLEX

 

(Amanda Smith, Manager of Recreation and Culture of the Leamington Kinsmen Recreational Complex provides the following information:)

1.Facilities? – The Leamington Complex has a Fitness & Aquatics Centre, a 25m pool,  weightrooms, indoor track, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and auditorium. In 2000, the twin pad arenas were added – one NHL size and one Olympic size. The Complex also has a private physiotherapy clinic and a youth resource centre. We offer a diverse amount of instructional programs, fitness/aquafitness/indoor cycling programs, facility rentals, special events, etc.

2.Summer IcePad? – We only keep one pad open for ice rentals between May and August.

3.Banquet Hall Use? We do not have a banquet hall; however, the auditorium does accommodate 150 people. There is no kitchen facility.

4.Staffing? 1 manager of culture & recreation services, 1 recreation coordinator, 1 recreation program supervisor, 1 marketing & event supervisor, 1 facilities coordinator, 6 FT facility attendants 2 FT receptionists, 3 Community Services Clerks (who complete clerical duties for the Comm Service Dept., which includes Recreation), and 60-75 parttime staff, depends on the season and grant funding.

5.Financing? -The funding model includes user fees, net revenue (taxes), sponsorship & advertising, rentals and leases and other non-traditional sources (ie: donations, community partnerships, vending,  revenue-sharing models etc).

 

 

WOMAN CHARGED

 

(From Aylmer Police) – A 46 year old St Thomas area woman was recently charged with stealing over $1000 from a charity fundraiser for a former EESS student last year. The fundraiser was a spaghetti dinner in October that was organized by the EESS Leadership program and other students. The woman volunteered to coordinate the event but allegedly kept the cash collected.

 

 

AYLMER POLICE ANNUAL REPORT

 

The annual report of the Aylmer Police was presented by Chief Andre Reymer to Council yesterday. The following is a summary of weapons use in 2013: Weapons Reports -(12) Reports were for destruction of animals and (3) were submitted for suspect arrests; Pistols were deployed for (8) of these occasions for animal destruction; the C8 rifle was deployed (3) times for animal destruction and the shotgun once; Firearms were pointed on (3) occasions to effect the arrest of (4) Armed Robbery suspects after a brief Police Chase that ended in Aylmer. All (4) suspects were arrested by (3) Aylmer Officers; Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) was used in the arrest of one Robbery suspect. The CEW was armed, and pointed at the individual resulting in compliance; and OC, or more commonly referred to as Pepper Spray, was not required or deployed during 2013.

 

 

AYLMER HOSTS ELECTRIC CHARGING SITE

 

Aylmer Council recently passed a motion that the Town provides for an Electric Vehicle charging station in partnership with Erie Thames (and Sun Country), to be located in one of two municipal parking lots at an approximate cost of $2,000.

 

 

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