Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15/12

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AYLMER,  EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-BLOOD DONOR CLINIC AT TIMKEN CENTRE, ST.THOMAS – 12:30-8 pm

-Thur.-Sun. – ACT Play; 8pm ; OTH Theatre - Bedside Manners (see ad)

-Thur. – Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Thur.-Frid. – University Skating finals at EEC Complex

-Sat. – Legion Chicken Supper; 6pm; $10

-Sun. – Baptist Church Seminar (see ad)

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-Mon. – Heritage Day/ Schools Holiday/ Council on Tuesday

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EESS SPORTS PLAYOFFS TUESDAY:

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-GIRLS VBALL – JR = EESS 3 Glencoe 0; SR = EESS 3 PCI 1

-BOYS BBALL – SR = EESS 56 PCI 28; JR = CECI 34 EESS 24

-GIRLS HOCKEY – EESS 3 PCI 2

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UPCOMING:

-SR Boys BBall advance to Thursday semifinal at WCI

-Both Girls VBall advance to Thursday play – Sr  at WESS; Jr  at PCI

-No Boys Hockey scheduled as yet; No Girls Hockey Schedule update

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OBITUARIES:

 

-Bogart, Leo Rodney,  of Springfield,  on Tuesday, in his 89th year. Survivors include:  wife Pamela ; children Mark Bogart and wife Linda of Springfield, Paul Bogart and wife Julie of Aylmer etc. Leo was a farmer and member of  the Springfield Lions Club . Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11 am.

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-BARTON – CAMPBELL , Donovan - of Port Burwell, on Monday,  at 4 years of age. Survivors include: parents Westley Barton and Candice Campbell and sibling Hailey Marie Campbell-Barton; grandparents  Mark (Anita) Campbell of Port Burwell;  etc. Visitation at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME,  Tillsonburg on Thursday from 7-9 p.m . Funeral service will be held at Ostrander’s on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11 a.m.

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-HAINES, Jeanie - on Thursday, at Terrace Lodge in Aylmer, in her 91st year.  In 1969, she moved to Aylmer and bought the general store which she named Haines’ Handy House and later moved to Tillsonburg.  Survivors include: daughter Barbara Ouellette (Corky) of Eden, etc. Cremation will take place with a private family gathering at a later date.

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AYLMER’S 125TH

 

A photo of the Aylmer Tourist Park (later Aylmer Motel) - (present ICS Courier site on Talbot west) - circa. 1940s. (Bob Bird Postcards) (CLICK)

 

FINALLY, SPITS START PLAYOFFS!

 

Norwich defeated Paris last night to win their Niagara Jr C playoff match so now New Hamburg and Norwich can advance to the next round. Aylmer Spitfires, who had a first round bye, will face division champs New Hamburg in a best-of-seven series. It starts on Friday in New Hamburg with game two Saturday in Aylmer at 7:30. The rest of the schedule: Friday the 24th  at New Hamburg;  Saturday the 25th  in Aylmer; and (if nececessary) Monday the 27th  at New Hamburg;  Wednesday the 29th  in Aylmer at 7:15 and Friday  March 2nd  at New Hamburg.

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V-DAY SURVEY = Q-Your Valentine’s Day?

 

1. Send someone a card  4.88%  (2 votes)  

2. Having a special dinner  14.63%  (6 votes)    

3. Buying someone candy or gift  7.32%  (3 votes)  

4.Will wish someone -Happy Val. Day  24.39%  (10 votes)  

5. Will do 2 or more of the above  48.78%  (20 votes)  

Total Votes: 41

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AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

A 19-year old Straffordville man was charged with failing to yield after his car hit another car driven by a 31-year old Aylmer woman while he was proceeding south through the intersection of Queen and South streets last Friday around 2 pm.  There were no injuries but Police reported a fair amount of damage to both vehicles.
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TUESDAY, Feb. 14/12

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AYLMER,  EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS SPORTS = Tues. – Host Jr. G VBall (vs. Glencoe); Sr. B BBall (vs. PCI); Girls Hockey (vs PCI) - Playoffs

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-WED: BLOOD DONOR CLINIC AT TIMKEN CENTRE, ST.THOMAS – 12:30-8 pm

-Thur.-Sun. – ACT Play; 8pm ; OTH Theatre - Bedside Manners (see ad)

-Thur. – Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Thur.-Frid. – University Skating finals at EEC Complex

-Sat. – Legion Chicken Supper; 6pm; $10

-Sun. – Baptist Church Seminar (see ad)

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-Mon. – Heritage Day/ Schools Holiday

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X-AYLMERITE RAY ETHELSTON IN FATALITY

 

(Information from The MidNorth Monitor) – Raymond Ethelston of Elliot Lake, a native of Aylmer and a graduate of EESS, was killed in a snowmobile accident late Saturday night near Thessalon.

Ray was visiting with friends at a camp on Little Pickerel Lake, about 40 kilometres north of Thessalon. He left, alone, for his own property between 9:30 and 10 p.m., Ontario Provincial Police said. When he didn’t arrive, friends went out looking for him and came upon the accident scene. The snowmachine apparently hit a boulder, which threw the victim off.

Ethelston was publisher of The Elliot Lake Standard for more than 20 years and for the Mid-North Monitor for the last eight.  

OBITUARY – Ethelston, Ray,  of Elliot Lake,  on Saturday,  at the age of 60. Survivors include:  wife Edith Ethelston (nee McAulay); sister Susan Sekarak (Paul) of Aylmer etc . He was pre-deceased by his parents Carl and Miriam Ethelston (nee Stephens) formerly of Aylmer. Visitation at the Elliot Lake Funeral Chapel & Cremation Centre on Thursday February 16 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Friday February 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm from Holy Trinity United Church.  

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GLANWORTH ACCIDENT HAS LOCAL TIE

 

OBITUARY – BOGART, Rayne Annaliesse – of St. Thomas, passed away on Saturday, February 11th, 2012, as the result of a motor vehicle accident in her second year. Dearly loved daughter of Amanda Sararas and Arthur Bogart. Other survivors include:  grandparents  Murray and Judy Bogart of Straffordville. Resting at WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

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EESS STUDENT GETS U.S. SCHOLARSHIP

 

(Holly Scherer, a Grade 12 student at EESS and a four year veteran of the school field hockey team, recently accepted a scholarship in Field Hockey to Missiouri State. She provides the following information:)

“ I’ve lived in Belmont for 10 years now. My parents are Leslie and Mark Scherer….. I also play ice hockey and soccer.  I’ve played soccer since I was 3 and ice hockey since I was 8. Mrs Roth  (EESS Field Hockey coach) convinced me in grade 9 that field hockey was a mixture of hockey and soccer and that I would love it and excel.  I wasn’t sure at first but now I am so glad she did. …. Canadian schools that expressed interest were University of Toronto, Guelph, Western, York, and University of Waterloo. I knew I wanted to go to the States though. There were other schools in the States but I didn’t even take them into consideration really. Missouri State was the first school to talk to me and express a real interest in me and when I visited the school I fell in love with the campus, people, and coaches, and teammates…..I plan to study and major in business at MSU. It’s a big step because it’s 17 hours away but I’m looking forward to it a lot.”

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AYLMER BANTAMS ADVANCE

 

(Contributed) - The Aylmer Bantam rep team defeated Paris Sunday by a score of 5 to 2. They won their best of 5 series 3 games to 2 and now advance to the 3rd round of the Ontario playdowns against Port Colborne. They have won 2 rounds of the playoffs. Coaches are Mark Steele, Ryan DeSutter, and Rob DeSutter. 

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FREE FAMILY DAY AT ART CENTRE

 

(Contributed) – There will be a free Open House at the St Thomas Public Art Centre next Monday, Feb. 20 from 11 am to 2 pm. They will feature art activities, games etc. and children aged from JK to Grade 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

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TIRES FALL OFF, ONE HITS HOUSE

 

AYLMER -  Two tires suddenly became disengaged from a 2002 BFI garbage truck from London near the corner of Talbot East and Elgin Streets last Monday around 3:30 pm. No one was injured but there were pedestrians in the vicinity. Both tires rolled south across Talbot from the westbound truck – one tire bounced up and knocked a branch off a tree and the other caused some structural damage to a house.  Police are investigating.
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MONDAY, Feb. 13/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 3:30

-Pt. Burwell Naturalists: “Bird Photography” – 7pm at School

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-EESS SPORTS = Tues. – Host Jr. G VBall (vs. Glencoe); Sr. B BBall (vs. PCI)and Girls Hockey (vs PCI) - Playoffs

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-Thur.-Sun. – ACT Play; 8pm ; OTH Theatre - Bedside Manners (see ad)

-Thur. – Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Thur.-Frid. –  University Skating finals at EEC Complex

-Sat. Legion Chicken Supper; 6pm; $10

-Sun. – Baptist Church Seminar (see ad)

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-Mon. – Heritage Day/ Schools Holiday

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LATE NEWS:

X-AYLMERITE RAY ETHELSTON KILLED IN ACCIDENT

Ray Ethelston, 60, who was born in Aylmer and attended EESS, died Saturday night in a snowmobile accident near Thessalon, Ontario. Ray was publisher of the Elliot Lake Standard. His sister Susan Sekarak is from Aylmer. More details tomorrow.

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OBITUARIES:

 

-Hiemstra, Helen, formerly of Aylmer, on Friday, in her 93rd year. Survivors include: daughter Thea Broer and husband Ed of Aylmer etc..  She was born in the Netherlands. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 6-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

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EESS SPORTS FRIDAY

 

JR. Boys BBall – EESS 40 Glencoe 21 (playoff)

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BELMONT HUB FUN DAY NEXT MONDAY

 

(Contributed) – The 3rd Annual  Winterfest sponsored by the  Belmont Hub will be held on  Family Day Monday February 20th  from 10:30 – 1:00  in the Belmont Union Street Park and at the HUB. Events include : Parent and Kid Ball Hockey Scrimmage for All Ages;  Xcelerate Ball Hockey Skills; Chili Cook-off Contest; Plus – *Winter Games*Kids Bingo*Hot Chocolate Bar*Hot Dog BBQ etc. Any questions please contact Sue at 644-1982.

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COUNCIL AGENDA TODAY:

 

Among Agenda items:

-Council will discuss the appointment of the following to the Library Design Ad Hoc committee – Councillors Peter Barbour and John Vandermeersch; Keith Hunt, Don Pearson, Barb Warnock, and Rhonda McNaughton (one more citizen rep to be named) plus two staff members.

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MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

-February 7, 2012, Station #3, Ron McNeil Line, MVC

(two vehicles, no injuries, minor damage, intersection of Ron McNeil/Imperial Road)

– February 8, 2012, Station #2,  Springfield Road, Alarm Malfunction

– February 9, 2012, Station #2 assisted by Station #1, Springfield Road, MVC 

(two vehicles, no injuries, minor damage, corner of Springfield Road/Talbot Line)  

– February 9, 2012, Station #1, 50320 John Wise Line, brush fire

– February 10, 2012, Station #1 assisted by Station #2, Imperial Road, MVC  

(single vehicle, no injuries, major vehicle damage)

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EESS SPORTS FINAL STANDINGS:

 

-BOYS BBALL = SR = EESS – 12-0 (1st); JR = EESS 6-4 (3rd)

-GIRLS VBALL = SR = 5-7 (5th); JR = 6-6 (4th)

-HOCKEY = GIRLS – 6-2 (2nd); BOYS = 4-3-3 (3rd)

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THE SURVEY SAID:

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Q- Queen’s 60 Years. What next?

1. Let her continue; Victoria’s record is 64  59.55%  (53 votes)  

2. She should retire; Charles deserves some time  6.74%  (6 votes)  

3. She should retire; But let William reign  13.48%  (12 votes)  

4. Abolish the monarchy at this point.  20.22%  (18 votes)  

Total Votes: 89

 

Q. New Retirement Rules for Canada?

1. Keep full pensions at 65  53.26%  (49 votes)  

2. Tough economy; Full pensions at 60  23.91%  (22 votes)  

3. People live longer; no full pensions until 67  20.65%  (19 votes)  

4. People live longer; no full pensions until 70  2.17%  (2 votes)  

Total Votes: 92
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FRIDAY, February 10/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-EESS Boys BBall - Jr. host Glencoe

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EESS SPORTS THURSDAY:

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-Boys BBall = SR = EESS 50 StJoes 37; JR -  StJoes 37 EESS 24

-Girls VBall = SR – PCI 3 EESS 2; JR – PCI 3 EESS 1

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OBITUARIES:

 

SHELLY, Brian of Pt. Burwell, on Thursday,  age 66 years. Survivors include: wife Pauline Shelly (nee: Vyse); daughter Cheryl (Ed) Bradt of Aylmer etc.; siblings  Edward “Ted” (Carol) Shelly of Port Burwell; Marie (Ken) Matthews of Aylmer; John (Linda) Shelly of Aylmer; Fred (Polly) Shelly of Port Burwell etc. Brian was a lifelong resident of Port Burwell. Visitation at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME , Tillsonburg  on Wednesday February 15, 2012 from 11a.m. until 1 p.m. A Memorial service for Brian will be held in Ostrander’s Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 1 p.m. Cremation has taken place.

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LEBLANC, Joseph , Wednesday , of Brownsville, in his 72nd year. Survivors include: daughter Heather (Fons) Vandenbroek of Aylmer. Friends will be received at the BROCK AND VISSER FUNERAL HOME  Woodstock  on Friday February 10th 2012 from 7-9 pm. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held in the Brock and Visser Reception Lounge on Saturday February 11th 2012 from 11 am – 1pm
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WEATHER WARNING:

 

 (Environment Canada – 6 am) – “A sharp Arctic cold front will cross Southern Ontario late today and this evening. Some flurries or light snow will develop in some areas today but the real wintery weather will arrive this evening. The front is expected to reach the traditional snow belts this afternoon and a line from Windsor through Toronto to Ottawa this evening. It will be accompanied by brisk northerly winds and some snow. Temperatures will fall fairly quickly after the front’s passage, resulting in potentially icy conditions on untreated roads.”  

  

 

ELGIN COLD WEATHER ALERT SATURDAY

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(Contributed) - ”The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a COLD WEATHER ALERT for Elgin County.  Based on the Environment Canada forecast, air temperatures are predicted to be at -9° Celsius on Saturday with cold wind chills approaching -20 to -25° Celsius.  Environmental Canada predicts that the temperatures will rebound slightly on Sunday and then return to normal temperatures by the beginning of next week. 
 

 

 A READER WRITES:

 

  “Studying municipalities’ tax rates across Ontario we just cannot find a higher tax rate.  Here is how we compare with our neighbours for total taxes paid on a house valued at  $250,000 .

    Municipality                                 Tax Rate                               Total Taxes  

Dorchester                                              1.08                                  $2700  

St. Mary’s                                                 1.42                                   $3550  

Stratford                                                   1.44                                   $3600  

St. Thomas                                               1.50                                   $3750  

 Ingersoll                                                  1.51                                   $3775  

 Malahide                                                 1.54                                   $3850  

 Tillsonburg                                            1.56                                   $3900   

Aylmer                                                   1.71                                  $4275  

 Since 2001 municipal spending in Aylmer has risen over 85% while the town experienced a 2% population decline.  Annualized inflation in the same time period was only 23%.  Ontario cities have the highest tax rates in the country and, by comparison, Western town and cities have tax rates one half of Aylmer’s.  Furthermore, a 2010 Canadian Federation of Independent Business study concluded that the main deterrents to population and business and residential growth were high property tax rates as well as over-regulation.  Aylmer has both of these along with the highest telephone and utility rates.  Our neighbour and competitor, Thames Centre (Dorchester) has commercial, industrial and residential tax rates 36% lower than Aylmer along with a location which is proximal to the 401 thereby cutting transportation costs significantly and this creates a competitive advantage.    The net result is that all of these communities are growing at between 3% and 10% while Aylmer’s  population  is in a state of decline. 

( Bob Warnock, Greg Currie, Don Shepherd ( Aylmer Taxpayers Advisory Committee)  

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THURSDAY, Feb. 9/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS SPORTS – Girls VBall Host PCI; Boys BBall at StJoes (last game)

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AYLMER’s 125th

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This home was at Talbot/Wellington (present McDonalds site) and was built by Thomas Nairn, who, with his Maple Hurst neighbour David Marshall across the street, was a founder of the Aylmer Canners. (Bob Bird Postcards) (CLICK)

 

EESS SPORTS RESULTS:

 

-GIRLS VBALL – JR – EESS 3 St Joes 2; SR – StJoes 3 EESS 0

-BOYS BBALL – SR – EESS 65 PCI 48; JR - EESS 43 PCI 29

-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 3 CECI 3;  EESS 3 StJoes 2

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‘BEDSIDE MANNERS’ AT OT HALL NEXT WEEK

 

(Contributed) – “Bedside Manners” opens on Thursday, February 16 (See Ad for details) .  Two couples meet in a remote English lodge for a weekend tryst.  Faced with a less than competent host, mayhem ensues.

 Aylmer Community Theatre’s second show of its eleventh season is in keeping with the troupe’s goal to provide the audience with a high quality comedic production. A challenging set has kept the cast on its toes throughout the rehearsal process and, along with sound and lights, will take the audience into the heart of the British countryside where surprises await. 

 Veteran actors returning to the ACT stage include Peter Leack, Harry and Andrea Edison and Greg Mizon along with newcomer, Jayme Cannon. Tickets are available at Aylmer Video, Campbell’s II and The Prime Ingredient or by calling (519) 773-3372.

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MINOR FIRE ON MELANIE DRIVE

 

AYLMER – Aylmer firemen responded Sunday morning at 1:30 am to a house on Melanie Drive as a couch had caught fire. Both persons in the house escaped although one had third degree burns to his hands in trying to put out the fire. There was some smoke damage.
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NIAGARA JR C PLAYOFFS: (Spits Waiting!)

 

New Hamburg defeated Woodstock in 4 straight games. Norwich and Paris have only played 2 games and have split victories.

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OBITUARIES:

 

  -Vyn, Peter, of Aylmer, on Wednesday, in his 93rd year. Survivors include:  children Wilma Driezen and husband Ralph of Springfield, Margaret Kriense Lokker and husband John of Culloden and Ralph Vyn and wife Tina of R.R.#1, Belmont.  He was born in the Netherlands. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at The Aylmer Christian Reformed Church, Aylmer on Saturday February 11, 2012 at 11:00 am.

 

-Adlington, Mary Jane, of Tillsonburg,  on Wednesday, in her 79th year. Survivors include: husband Robert Bruce Adlington; daughter Lorrie Kalmikov and husband Harold of Aylmer . She was a former resident of Straffordville and was a member of the Tillsonburg Food Bank  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m

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AYLMER POLICE NOTES:

 

  -A 33 year old Malahide female was charged with impaired driving on Talbot St. west early Monday morning, January 30

 -More unlocked vehicles were broken into in the overnight hours last week, this time on Kyle Court – a pair of shoes and some change was taken – and on Forest Street - a GPS was stolen

-In Elgin Court recently a 22-year old Aylmer man was found guilty of possession of marijuana for the purpose of traffickking and given 90 days in jail, to be served intermittently and a 10 year weapons ban

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8/12

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THEAYLMERNEWS WILL NOT PUBLISH TODAY!

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TUESDAY, Feb. 7/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Hosts: Girls VBall vs. StJoes

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-EESS Home Sports =Wed. – Boys Hockey; Thur. - Girls VBall

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LIBRARY COMMITTEE NEEDS 5 CITIZEN REPS

 

Aylmer Council at  Monday’s session established  a new Library Design Ad Hoc Committee to consist of 2 Councillors, 2 Staff members and 5 citizen representatives – to be in place by February 13 -  with a mandate to consider the architectural design of the Library renovation and possible locations for other cultural attractions ie. museum etc.  in the downtown core. Mayor Jack Couckuyt told Councillors he wanted  submissions of names for the 5 citizen reps by this Wednesday.

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AYLMER COUNCIL HIRINGS

 

Aylmer Council at Monday’s session approved the hiring of the following persons: Tina Giesbrecht as Permanent Part-Time Parks Maintenance person; Joe McMillan as Tax Collector/Deputy Treasurer, Marian Long as Part-Time Human Resources Assistant,  and Rebekah Waite as Part-Time Marketing Co-ordinator/Economic Development Assistant.

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THE LOCAL LENS:

 

The difference of a year - this photo of the Pt. Bruce pier was taken one year ago. (By Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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MORE ON AYLMER LIBRARY AWARD

 

(Contributed) – “There are two types of Ontario Public Library Service Awards given by the Ontario Library Association – The Minister’s Award for Innovation and the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence – and Elgin County Library has now won both in the past eight years.

Elgin County Library’s Innovation award last week at the OLA conference was for a program at the Aylmer Library.  Check it in Check it out is a radio broadcast pilot project in partnership with Mennonite Community Services that bridges the cultural, linguistic and economic barriers of Elgin County to bring the library, its resources, programs, and services, to the Low German Mennonite Immigrant population of East Elgin.

In 2005 Elgin County won the Mowat Award which was also an Aylmer Library program (Open the Doors to Learning). It was for a project involving Summers’ Corners  Public School. Many of the students attending Summers’ Corners School are deemed students “at risk” (disengaged with learning for a variety of reasons-social and economic factors, learning disabilities, ESL, poor attendance etc. ). The school received a Learning Opportunities Grant that funded six bus trips to and from the Aylmer Library for students in grades 4-8. This grant facilitated a collaboration that enabled approximately 300 students to tour the library in April 2005 and receive in-depth, hands-on experiences of current library practices from library staff.”  

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AND ELGIN COUNTY WINS ANOTHER AWARD

 

(Contributed) - ”The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) on February 2nd, presented Elgin County with two awards in recognition of its Economic Development Strategy and Action plan for 2011-2014, and its Elgin Arts Trail website promoting visual arts attractions throughout the County. 

Elgin County’s Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan for 2011-2014, developed in conjunction with marketing firms Millier Dickenson Blais and Yfactor, is a four-year strategy that builds on the County’s identified economic strengths and provides a new direction in the context of the creative rural economy. Developing talent and innovation is the basis for this strategy that focuses on creative people and knowledge as economic generators.

Recognizing the potential of arts as a driver of tourism, Elgin County with partners the Elgin Business Resource Centre and the St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre developed and launched an Arts Trail to connect artists, artisans, and art galleries throughout the County and the city of St. Thomas.. The site also incorporates the interactive Tourism Ytool which makes it easy for website visitors to find out about events, restaurants or hotels etc.” 

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THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q- Super Bowl Fan?

1-Will not watch it  49.09%  (54 votes)  

2-I’m a fan, Will watch it all  21.82%  (24 votes)  

3-Not a real fan, but will watch it  10%  (11 votes)  

4-Will watch some of it  19.09%  (21 votes)  

Total Votes: 110

 

Q – Priority of Aylmer’s Enviro Group?

1. Recycling, then more trails  19.05%  (12 votes)   

2.Recycling, then more tree planting  36.51%  (23 votes)  

3. Recycling, then more green space  4.76%  (3 votes)    

4.Recycling, then more plants etc  6.35%  (4 votes)  

5.Recycling, then a cleaner town  33.33%  (21 votes)  

Total Votes: 63

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MONDAY, Feb. 6/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-EESS Home Sports = Tue. – Girls VBall; Wed. – Boys Hockey; Thur. - Girls VBall

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CAR HITS PEDESTRIANS UPTOWN

 

AYLMER – A 39-year old Aylmer woman was charged with careless driving after her car struck two pedestrians at the downtown intersection last Tuesday around 3:30 pm. The woman was stopped on John St. north and turning west onto Talbot when she hit a 53-year old male and a 53-year old female as they were in the north crosswalk heading east on Talbot St. Both were taken to hospital with minor injuries. 

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OBITUARIES:

 

-Enns, Margaretha,  of Aylmer , on Thursday, in her 94th year. Survivors include:  children Helen Enns, Katharina Enns, Rubin Enns and wife Ann, John Enns and wife Margaret , Edward Enns and wife Margaret and daughter in law Helena Enns etc.  She was born in Saskatchewan. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Bradley Street Church of God on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm.

 

-Haley, Doris, of Tillsonburg, in her 79th year , on Friday. Survivors include: sisters Margaret Fleming of Straffordville; Shirley (Scot) Carroll of Richmond etc. Visitation was on Sunday. Funeral Services will be held in Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg,  on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11 a.m.

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Photo update on the construction of the new Aylmer Bathhouse. (By Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

- February 1, 2012, Station # 1,  Levi Street, Medical Assist 

- February 2, 2012, Station # 1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

- February 3, 2012, Station 1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– February 5, 2012, Station # 1,  Rush Creek Line, Medical Assist

– February 5, 2012, Station #3,  Broadway Street, Medical Assist

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AYLMER COUNCIL TODAY:

 

Agenda items include:

-Discussion of a new Library Design Ad Hoc Committee

-Information Report on Aylmer being declared as a Tourism Region for possible Sunday openings

-Discussion on appointment of Mayor Jack Couckuyt and citizen Penny Tolmie to the EEC Complex Board

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AYLMER ASSAULT CHARGE

 

AYLMER – A 23-year old Aylmer male was charged by Police Tuesday with criminal harassment, break and enter and trespass after his 22-year old former girlfriend complained of his actions at her residence in the previous week.

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MALAHIDE BUYS 2 RESCUE TRUCKS

 

Malahide Council at Thursday’s meeting authorized the purchase this year of two rescue vehicles, for Station 1 and Station 4, at a cost of around $433,000.

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FRIDAY, Feb. 3/12

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AYLMER,  EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-SAT: ’SHADOW ON THE HOUSEHOLD’; OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad)

-MON: – Aylmer Council, 7 pm

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AYLMER LIBRARY PROGRAM WINS!

 

 

The Elgin County Library won the Ontario Library Award for Innovation at the annual OLA Conference last night in Toronto. They were nominated for their  ’Check It In! Check it Out! Radio program’  which was launched in 2010-11 in partnershp with Mennonite Community Services and the Mennonite Radio Station through the Aylmer Library.  There were six libraries nominated.

 

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OBITUARIES:

 

-Waite, “Jack” John Norman , Aylmer. on Wednesday,  in his 79th year. Survivors include:  Wife Reta (Adams) Waite, children John Waite(Adele), Doug Waite(Deb), Murray Waite(Laura), Fred Waite(Christel), Adam Waite(Janice), Suzy Zimmer(Greg) etc. . Jack owned and operated East End Collision in Aylmer . Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm.

 

-Alton, Louise,  London, on Wednesday, in her 83rd year. Wife of the late Fred Alton (2002). Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 & 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:00 am.-
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EESS ‘ 70s REUNION TAKING SHAPE

 

   (Contributed by Mary Beth Miners) – “A group of former EESS students is holding a ‘That 70’s Reunion’ this summer. It  is slated for August 4 & 5.  Their program consists of:  an Opening Ceremony at EESS at 10:00 a.m. Saturday;  tours of the High School,  Games in the Kinsmen Park,  ie.  Beach volleyball, ring toss, bocci ball,  Music in the Bandshell  11:00 – 4:30 with Local Bands and a Dinner-Dance at the Saxonia Hall.             

Anyone who attended East Elgin during the 70’s is welcome to attend. Those who attended in the late 60’s or early 80’s will not be turned away. A website will be set up for participants to register on-line, see updates on the reunion, pictures, etc.  Any money made will be used to create a Scholarship at East Elgin for a student who has an average in the 70’s and wants to go to College or University.

 We can be found on Facebook at ‘That 70’s Reunion’.  As of this date there are 322 participants showing interest in coming. The cost is $50.00 per person and $90.00 per couple.  This includes all events for the day and the Dinner/Dance at the Saxonia Hall on Saturday night.” --    AYLM

  

 

AYLMER’s 125th NEEDS MUSICIANS

 

 Aylmer’s 125th Anniversary committee is still looking for local musicians/groups  to perform at the Bandshell during the July 1st weekend celebrations. Contact Dave Dykeman or baronsk@amtelecom.net or the Town Hall.

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THURSDAY, Feb. 2/12

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AYLMER,  EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Bayham 7pm , Malahide 7:30 –  Councils

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-SAT:  APAC: ’SHADOW ON THE HOUSEHOLD’; OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad)

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OBITUARIES:

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-Ronald Hornsby; of Aylmer; on Wednesday; in his 71st year.  Survivors include: wife Sharon (Ellsworth) Hornsby;  Brother-in-law Ron Ellsworth (Sharlet) and Sister-in-law Carol Stockford (Jim) of the Aylmer area etc.. Ron was the executive vice president of Canada Catering Ltd. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

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ELGIN AGRICULTURE HONOURS BOB BALL

 

(Contributed by Elgin F. of A.) – “The farm and agribusiness community of Elgin will gather on February 4,  at St. Anne’s Centre, St. Thomas,  to celebrate the successes of 2011 and congratulate the inductee to the Elgin Agricultural Hall of Fame.  The Elgin County / Kettle Creek Agricultural Conservation Scholarship and Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC) / Elgin Federation of Agriculture(EFA) Ag-Business Award will be given out.  

 The inductee into the Elgin Agricultural Hall of Fame will be Robert (Bob) W. Ball (1929 – 2008).  Bob was born in Detroit, but raised until age 6 in the Staffordville area by his aunt.  Upon graduating high school in Florida, he moved back to Straffordville to his uncle’s farm.  He was self taught through extensive attendance at meetings and conferences, reading books and research publications. He also conducted on-farm trials that tested fertility, plant varieties, pest control and management practices.  He managed several farms, including feedlot beef, and cow/calf operations.

Robert began marketing fertilizer in the 1950’s and worked with the Delhi Research Station and Dr. Ray Lockman, helping tobacco growers increase yields.  In the early 70’s he purchased a blender and introduced bulk fertilizer blending to the region.  He also mentored dealers across Ontario and Quebec on how to set up and operate blenders as it became a way of the industry.  Bob also introduced custom application and anhydrous ammonia.  He was a strong proponent of soil testing to determine crop needs.  He introduced aerial infra-red photography to pin-point and help diagnose crop problems and ammonia injection of corn silage.

The EFA/ERBC Ag-Business award will be presented to Shackelton Auctions and the Elgin County / Kettle Creek Agricultural Conservation Scholarship will be awarded to Sam Barendregt Brown.”

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AYLMER TO HAVE NEW LIBRARY COMMITTEE

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Aylmer Council at this Monday’s session will discuss the establishment of a new Library Design Ad Hoc Committee to consist of 2 Councillors, 2 Staff members and 5 citizen representatives – to be in place by February 13 -  with a mandate to consider the architectural design of the Library renovation and possible locations for other cultural attractions ie. museum etc.   in the downtown core. 

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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

EESS ENVIRO CLASS WINS RAMSAR AWARD

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“The Ramsar Convention (The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl habitat) is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of wetlands.  

As part of the preparations for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Convention, the Ramsar Americas team called for proposals in late 2010 to recognize and disseminate the experiences of schools and Ramsar Site managers in the conservation and wise use of wetlands.  Schools Promoting the Wise Use of Wetlands  – First place: Tantramar Regional High School, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada – Second place: East Elgin Secondary School, West Aylmer, Ontario, Canada

In second place the evaluation committee selected the experience submitted by Duncan Sinclair from East Elgin Secondary School, located in Aylmer, Ontario, Canada. Through its Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) and its partnership with the Jaffa Environmental Education Centre (EEC), the school has involved students in programmes which provide outdoor education such as Marsh Quest and the Carolinian Forest Festival. Marsh Quest is an annual programme run in partnership with the Jaffa Outdoor Education Centre and the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority. The program started four years ago and is held at the Yarmouth Natural Heritage Area Herb Kebbel Wetland, a Ducks Unlimited wetland restoration project located southwest of Aylmer.”

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