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LAST FRIDAY AT THE BANDSHELL – Michael Krahn Band
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THURSDAY, July 14/11

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*TANews will not publish Fri/Sat this week

*HEY ADVERTISERS/ $20 mo. in summer/ 850 hits Wed.!

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex, 2:30-4; 5:30-8 pm

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-(Friday – Steak barbecue at Legion, Aylmer, 5:30 p.m.)
-(Sat. - Pet Show at Kinsmen Pavillion, 11-2 pm)

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Canadian Blood Services Asks Aylmer Residents to Rally Together to Save Lives

Aylmer –  (Contributed) – As the demand for blood increases year over year, Canadian Blood Services is calling on more residents of Aylmer to “Rally Together to Save Lives”. Rally is the blood agency’s new recruitment campaign aimed at growing the donor base to 500,000 active blood donors and to recruit 100,000 new blood donors each year across Canada by 2015.

Summer is typically a challenging time for the blood system because people focus on vacation plans and warm weather activities, while blood donation falls from top of mind. However, the need for blood is great. Local residents can come together and help save lives today at the East Elgin Community Complex, 531 Talbot Street from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

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THE LOCAL LENS:

Aylmer sunset (Photo by Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

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LOCAL SWEET CORN YET?

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(From BerryHill Farms – Last year they had sweet corn available on July 19?) – “The sweet corn is coming around, after a slow start. One field we had in before the rains, is in tassel and we’re looking at harvesting by Civic Holiday. On that day we are having a customer appreciation day. We invite customers to come and chat and enjoy some refreshments. Farmer Dick planted his last field of corn today – to be ready around Thanksgiving Day.”

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(Every Thursday - BY DAVE FERGUSON)

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-Port Stanley Festival Theatre Presents 7-10 Split – Wednesday July 6th to Saturday July 23rd – A world premiere by Michael Wilmot. Wanna-be pro bowler, Earl, has fallen on hard times. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and when the internet comes a-calling Earl can’t resist. Matinees 2pm Wed, Thurs & Sat; Evenings 8pm Tues-Sat Tickets: Preview/Matinee $25; Evenings $28; Students $14 (under 18; Tues, Wed, Thurs shows only; excluding Opening Night Galas); Season Subscription $120 Contact Phone: 519-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca 

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MUSIC & STUFF

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-Spike’s Volleyball Tournaments at Port Stanley GT’s – Saturday July 16th & Saturday August 20th. If you like beach volleyball, sign up for a Spikes Beach Volleyball tournament! An all day event, Spike’s organizes fantastic tournaments and chicken/fish grill lunch and prizes are included. Runs from 9:30am-3pm Tickets: $190/team of 4 ($15 per extra player, to cover lunch) at GT’s Beach Bar & Grill Contact Phone: 519-673-6847 www.spikes.on.ca

-Creating Fabulous Photos At Lavender Sense – Saturday July 16th, Saturday Aug 20th & Saturday September 17th. All levels of experience welcome. Bring your camera equipment and questions for the professionals. Rain or Shine. Please note, events are subject to change, please call ahead for confirmation of details and registration. Time: 2-4pm & $20/person Address: 28011 Ash Line, Wallacetown www.lavendersense.com

-Alice In Wonderland At Heritage Line Herbs – Sunday July 17th Traditional afternoon tea complete with scones, crumpets, clotted cream, tiny sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. Enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls and gardens on our special tour. Ask about children’s prices. Runs from1-3pm Tickets: $20 (reservations required)  Venue: Heritage Line Herbs www.heritagelineherbs.com

-Saturday Afternoons With The Clovermead Beekeeper – July 9th, 16th, 30th, Aug 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th – Spend 30 or so minutes or with the beekeeper and see a bee hive opened up for you personally. Admission includes access to the farm and all the fun and bee educational exhibits. Time: Tours start at 2:30pm Tickets: $8 (+tax); groups of 5 $35 (+tax). Website: www.clovermead.com

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ELGIN ARTS TRAIL DEADLINE July 22

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(Contributed) – “Be part of a route through Elgin County and St. Thomas that connects artists, artisans and galleries. Visitors will be invited to discover and explore the unique art and artists of the area by following a trail and uncovering the artistic treasures of painters, sculptors, potters, blacksmiths, glass blowers, jewellery makers, stained glass artists and photographers. “The ‘Elgin Arts Trail’ is an exciting opportunity to promote the flourishing arts community in Elgin and St. Thomas,” said Kathryn Russell Tourism Development Coordinator. “Participants will benefit from marketing and promotional initiatives including; a guide book, professional photographs, a website, participation at tradeshows and an advertising campaign.” For more information contact Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism at 1-877-GOELGIN, 1-519-631-1460 ext. 164 / http://www.elgintourist.com/Tourism/Elgin-Arts-Trail.   – (The deadline to participate in Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism’s ‘Elgin Arts Trail’ is Friday July 22nd, 2011.)

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THE SURVEY SAYS:
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WEDNESDAY, July 13/11

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*HEY,  ADVERTISERS/ $20 MO. IN SUMMER/ 800 HITS TUES.!

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

-(Thursday – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex, 2:30-4; 5:30-8 pm)
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-(Friday – Steak barbecue at  Legion, Aylmer,  5:30 p.m.) 
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-(Sat: Pet Show at Kinsmen Pavillion, 11-2 pm)

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 AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY:

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-”That the Report from the Director of Planning and Municipal Services about the rental rates for the refurbished bandshell and new community room be referred back to Staff to provide a further report to include: (a)  a proposed fee schedule for non-profit groups versus commercial groups;(b)  the requirement for a deposit and proposed amount for the deposit for the use of the facilities; etc.”

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-That the following actions be taken with respect to the Report submitted by the Director of Planning and Municipal Services about the Bathhouse Replacement RFP Results: (a)  That the Report be received; (b)  That Council accepts in principle the Design/Build proposal from Norlon Builders London Limited/Spriet Associates in the amount of $238,882.85 plus HST; and further, AND That Council table the Report from the Director of Planning and Municipal Services about the Bathhouse Replacement RFP Results, to its next meeting, at which time the Director of Planning and Municipal Services will be in attendance.”

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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

“FEW POWER ISSUES IN AYLMER IN STORMS”

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(Information provided by Erie Thames Power) “On Thursday July 15th, 2010 we received a call from the Aylmer Police that residents in Aylmer reported sparking and arcing on the wires at 68 Myrtle Street. A Erie Thames Powerlines Line Crew was dispatched to investigate, they patrolled the area. The cause of the problem was the high wind that night. Tree limbs blew touching the primary wires causing the sparking and arcing, no outages reported. This can be a common occurrence when severe  storms blow through our service territory.

Sunday July 19th, 2010 a severe thunderstorm accompanied by high wind travelled through municipalities serviced by Erie Thames. Erie Thames distribution system in the Town of Aylmer withstood the storm with no major outages reported. During the storm Erie Thames recorded a auto-reclose on the feeder supplying Aylmer causing a 3 to 4 minute disruption to Erie Thames customers in Aylmer. Erie Thames Line Crews were called to 9 South St. West where a tree blew down over the customer’s secondary service. Line Crews cleared the site enough to restore the power for our customer. The tree had to be removed the following day.

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AYLMER MENS SOCCER RESULTS:

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AYLMER FC – Defeated Mt Brydges 3-1; Lost to West Lorne 2-0/ Record 7-2-1

AYLMER RAMPAGE – Defeated St. Thomas 3-0; Tied Raymond James 0-0; Record 8-2-2

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TRI-COUNTY MENS FASTBALL

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LAST WEEK: Sweaburg 5 Pt. Burwell 0; Woodstock 11 Pt. Burwell 4;  Sweaburg 3 Straffordville 0

STD: – Straffordville 5-14; Pt. Burwell 2-12

THIS WEEK: Thursday – Pt. Burwell hosts Hickson 8 pm;Friday – Pt. Burwell hosts Mt. Elgin 8 pm

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TUESDAY, July 12/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Aylmer FC men’s soccer club hosts West Elgin @ EESS  @ 7PM.  
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-(Thursday – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex, 2:30-4; 5:30-8 pm)

-(Sat: Pet Show at Kinsmen Pavillion, 11-2 pm)

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RELATIVE OF CANNERS FOUNDER DIES

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Margaret Nairn McEwen of Toronto,  great-grandaughter of Thomas Nairn, founder of the Aylmer Canners in 1881, died last Thursday, at the age of 89. She was raised in Aylmer, and educated at Alma College, St. Thomas and the University of Toronto, where she received her B.Sc.(Nursing) in 1960. She was in Aylmer in June 1981 with her sister and mother to unveil the Canners 100th Anniversary Plaque at the corner of Fourth and South Streets.  Survivors include  her sister, Betty-Jane and husband .  Her  funeral service will be tomorrow.

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THE SURVEY SAID:

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Q.= I will swim mostly this summer:

1. In a backyard pool 35.23%  (31 votes)  

2. At a cottage 7.95%  (7 votes)  

3. In Lake Erie 18.18%  (16 votes)  

4. At the Aylmer Pool 5.68%  (5 votes)  

5. Won’t swim at all 32.95%  (29 votes)  

Total Votes: 88

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OBITUARIES:

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-On Sunday, July 10, 2011, Evelena Alice Millard of Tillsonburg,  at the age of 84 years.  Survivors include her son: Tom Millard and his wife Lois of Port Burwell etc. The family will receive friends and family at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME , on Tuesday July 12, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will commence Wednesday July 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from Ostrander’s Funeral Home.

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IMMIGRATION EVENT IN AYLMER TONIGHT

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(Contributed) – “Leaders and Members From the Newcomer Community and  Business, Faith, Education, Social Service Provider Organizations are invited to meet in Aylmer to Discuss Local Immigration Partnerships .  The St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership will be holding this first of a series of roundtables discussions bringing together community members to participate in an open dialogue focused on the local Immigration experience of Elgin through Local Immigration Partnerships. It will be held at the Legion from 6-9 pm.”

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AYLMER FIRE CALL:

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-July 6 @ 14:24 hours, respond to Talbot St. East for possible structure fire. Electrical fire contained to electric water heater.  9 firefighters responded to the incident.

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 MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS:

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TWO BARN FIRES -  On Friday on Springfield Rd – Cause was an equipment malfunction, $50,000 damage, no animals lost, 8 hours on scene, three stations responded.

And on Sunday on Lyons Line – Cause was open air burning, $75,000 damage , 4 hours on scene, two stations responded.

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- July 5, 2011 – Station # 2,  Carter Road, Medical Assist

- July 5, 2011 – Station #2,  Carter Road, Medical Assist

- July 6, 2011 – Station #3, Empey Road, Medical Assist

– July 8, 2011 – Station #2, assisted by Stations #1, #3 and #4, 50828 Talbot Line,  Barn Fire

– July 9, 2011 – Station # 4, assisted by Stations #1, #2 and #3, 50465 Lyons Line, Barn Fire

– July 10, 2011 – Station #2 assisted by Station # 1,  Talbot Line, MVC (Two vehicles collided west of Summers Corners, 3 persons sent to hospital)

– July 10, 2011 – Station # 3, 51371 Pressey Line, Wire Down/Arcing

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PET SHOW SATURDAY

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(Contributed) -  “The group ‘Helping Paws Rescue’  and Elgin Feeds/TSC are hosting their 4th annual Pet Show this Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm at the Kinsmen Pavillion in Aylmer. Bring your pets and enter them in our show. Classes include: dog that most looks like his owner, most mixed up breed (male/female), musical sit and many more. Our goal is to make people aware of the number of unwanted dogs and to promote responsible pet ownership. For more info call: Elgin Feeds Ltd.  Helping Paws will be providing a BBQ and refreshments. You can also meet some adopted rescue dogs and some awaiting their new homes. All proceeds will go to help dogs in rescue find permanent homes.”

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MONDAY, July 11/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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- Aylmer Council, 3:30

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-(Thursday – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex, 2:30-4; 5:30-8 pm)

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x-AYLMER REEVE DIES

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AYLMER – Roger Vandierendonck, former Reeve of Aylmer,  died Thursday. He was born in Belgium and after moving to Canada was a life long resident of Aylmer . He served on the Separate School Board for 5 years , Chairman for 2 years, the East Elgin High School Board for 6 years – he was their last Chairman in 1968, and  the Elgin County Board of Education for 15 years – being Chairman in 1980.  He also served 11 years on the Aylmer Town Council – 2 years as Councillor, 3 years as Deputy Reeve, and 3 years as Reeve .  (See Obit below).

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OBITUARIES:

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On Thursday, July 7, 2011. Roger Albert Vandierendonck of St. Thomas and formerly of Aylmer in his 86th year. Beloved husband of the late Loreen (Dark) Vandierendonck(2010).  Friends may call at the H. A. KEBBEL FUNERAL HOME, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers Sunday at 4 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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-Alfred Harold Baker of Aylmer in his 92nd year. Husband of Eileen (Pryce) Baker. Alfred served in WW ll in the Hong Kong Campaign. A Legion Service will be held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday, July 10 at 7 p.m. and public Visitation will follow until 9 p.m. A private family funeral service will be held on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm.

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-On Saturday, July 9, 2011. George G. Gotzmeister of R.R.5, Aylmer in his 55th year. Loving father of Amber(Chris) and papa of Taylor. Special friend of Deb Bowen. Dear son of Rose (Siebenmorgen) Gotzmeister and the late George Gotzmeister. Brother of Helen Mazurka and husband Bob of Conestogo and Dan Gotzmeister and wife Dorothy of R.R.#5, Aylmer. Cremation has taken place. A service will be held at H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 11:00 am.  Visitation on Tuesday July 19 from 7-9 p.m.

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Van OVERLOOP, Elmeta Mary - On Thursday, July 7, 2011 at Victoria Hospital, at the age of 50 years. Beloved wife of Andre Van Overloop of Dorchester. Dear mother of Kelsey, Julien and Lydia.  Daughter-in-law of Florent and Judy Van Overloop of Aylmer. Sister-in-law of Annette Bueschleb, Carl (Heidi) Van Overloop, Brent (Ramona) Meharg and Darren (Christine) Meharg.  A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 12 at 12 pm at MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 1559 Fanshawe Park Rd. E. London with visitation prior to the service from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

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AYLMER COUNCIL TODAY:

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Agenda items include:

-Discussion of Bandshell rental rates (ie. $25 an hour)

-Pool Bathhouse Replacement Tenders (Staff is reccommending Nordons of London at $238,000; Keith Hunt of Aylmer bid was at $259,000 (see Council agenda website for rationale))

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EEC COMPLEX SUMMER PROGRAMS

-(From LeeAnne Feeney, Program Co-Ordinator)

-REGULAR PROGRAMS:

Shuffleboard- Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 2:00pm to 4:00pm $3/player

Adult Skate- Tuesday and Thursday Mornings from 9:30 am to 10:30am; $3/ skater; rental skates $2/pair

Figure Skating- Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm to 5:00pm; $5/skater

Tiny Tots- Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:30am to 11:30am; rental skates $2/pair; free for preschooler and their parent/guardian

Mini Shinny- Wednesdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm; $2/ preschooler

Shinny- Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:30pm to 5:00pm; $5/player; CSA equipment recommended

Indoor walking- Tuesday and Thursday Mornings from 7:00am to 9:00am; $1/walker

Family Skate- Friday July 22 5:00pm to 6:00pm; $6/family; rental skates $2/person and Friday August 26 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. $6/family

-Youth Day Camp

Youth Day camp is July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25,26,27,28,29, August 8,9,10,11,12,15,16,17,18,and 19. Our Day camp runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day and included skating. (rental skates are available for $2/pair). Day camp costs $20/participant/day. We offer extended care from 8:30am to 9:00am and also from 4:00pm to 4:30pm. Each extended care option costs $5/session. Children will get to play games, make crafts, play outside, read library books, and skate. Registrations for camp are due two weeks in advance.

-Summer Skating Program

The summer skating programs offers Junior skating for badges up to Junior Bronze Free Skate, Senior-Competitive skating for skaters who have passed Jr. Bronze Free Skate or Bronze Skills and Dance or entering high school or an adult skater, Competitive skating for additional sessions and guest skating.

*For more information on all of our programs please visit our website at www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca and go to our program section.

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HABS SIGN BRIAN WILLSIE

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(From MONTREAL  CANADIENS SITE)- Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Thursday the signing of forward Brian Willsie to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2011-12 season.
In 2010-11, Willsie finished second in scoring with the Hershey Bears and 11th overall in the AHL with 68 points (30 goals, 38 assists) in 76 games. Willsie also appeared in one NHL game with the Capitals, collecting one assist.

Willsie, 33, played 381 career regular season games in the NHL with Colorado, Washington and Los Angeles. He has registered 109 points (52 goals, 57 assists) and 217 penalty minutes. He also suited up for 10 playoff contests with the Avalanche between 2001 and 2003.

Since his professional debut in 1998-99, the 6’01’’, 202 lbs forward appeared in 473 career regular season games in the AHL, registering 365 points (173 goals, 192 assists) and 308 penalty minutes. A native of Belmont, Ontario, Willsie was drafted in the seventh round, 146th overall by the Colorado Avalanche at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Capitals as a free agent on July 14, 2010.

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FRIDAY, July 8/11

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SATURDAY – OBIT

On Thursday, July 7, 2011. Roger Albert Vandierendonck of St. Thomas and formerly of Aylmer in his 86th year. Beloved husband of the late Loreen (Dark) Vandierendonck(2010).  Friends may call at the H. A. KEBBEL FUNERAL HOME, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers Sunday at 4 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish summer Saturdays

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-(Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30)

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HAY, GO SLEEP ON MANURE! (At Schippers)

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AYLMER – Schipper Dairy Farms, on the far side of Springer Hill east of Aylmer, will display their new state-of-the-art milking parlour and barn this Saturday from Noon to 3 pm in an Open House organized by the Elgin Dairy Producers. Harry and Grace Schipper and their son Darryl this past winter completed a new dairy barn with extensive computerized milking facilities and a Bedding Master system which automatically prepares cow manure for animal bedding. It is believed to be the first in Ontario to have this. The Schippers, who have been at this site since 1978, milk 200 Holstein and Jersey cows three times a day. This is the first time the Elgin Milk Producers have hosted such an Open House – its purpose is to educate the public on milking techniques and to show off the new system. There is no charge and there will be free chocolate milk and ice cream.

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AYLMER SPLASHPAD UPDATE

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(Information from Char Ierullo of the Splashpad Committee)
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So far we have had a BBQ and silent auction that was put on by McTaggart, Armstrong, Dewar, Owen Insurance group.  The total cost of funds raised have yet to be tallied.  Private donations are coming in now as well.  Companies have contacted our committee and are interested in fundraising for the cause.  We would like to thank everyone for their interest so far and we have also started a Facebook page so when we have updates we will be able to post information on their as well.  Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Aylmer-Splash-Pad/119068178176589 ”
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HEALTH UNIT: WATCH HUMIDEX

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(From Elgin Health Unit) – “Environment Canada is predicting a hot and humid air mass to settle over Southwestern Ontario beginning Sunday.  Temperatures are forecast to reach the low thirties and with high dew points, associated humidex values are likely to be in the range 38 to 40 in many locales.  The exception will be those areas very close to the Great lakes, where it could be 10 degrees cooler providing local relief from the heat and humidity.”

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BEACHES GOOD! 

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(From Elgin Health Unit site) – “The water at the following eight beaches in Elgin County is tested weekly for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination: 

  •  Port Glasgow ***
  •  Port Stanley – Erie Rest
  •  Port Stanley Main Beach
  •  Port Stanley Little Beach
  •  Springwater Conservation Area
  •  Port Bruce
  •  Port Burwell Main Beach
  •  Port Burwell Provincial Park.   

*** As of July 4th, 2011, Port Glasgow Beach is posted as unsuitable for swimming as a result of high levels of bacterial contamination.  All other beaches in the area are not posted”

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A stone plaque detailing the involvement of the Monteiths in the Bandshell history has recently been added to the base of the Bandshell information plaque at the corner of John/Sydenham. (Yes, there are already two Palmer family contribution plaques on the side of the Bandshell!) (kb) (click)

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THURSDAY, July 7/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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- Bayham, Malahide Councils

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-(Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30)

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ELGIN HEALTH: RESTAURANT SURVEY

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(Contributed) –  ”Elgin St. Thomas Public Health (ESTPH) is conducting an online survey to gather public input on the disclosure of restaurant public health inspections. Currently, in St.Thomas and Elgin County restaurant inspection reports are available by request only. Many of the other 36 health units across Ontario have moved to having a more accessible sort of inspection disclosure system in place, whether by posted signs (as in the City of London) or via an online database. ESTPH is taking a close look at what sort of disclosure system might work best for Elgin County, in the most cost-effective manner possible. ESTPH invites all members of the public to participate in the survey, including area residents, food service owners and operators, and people who commute to Elgin County from out of town. Please visit our home page at http://www.elginhealth.on.ca and follow the survey link.”

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THEATRE:

-Port Stanley Festival Theatre Presents 7-10 Split – Wednesday July 6th to Saturday July 23rd – A world premiere by Michael Wilmot. Wanna-be pro bowler, Earl, has fallen on hard times. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and when the internet comes a-calling Earl can’t resist. Matinees 2pm Wed, Thurs & Sat; Evenings 8pm Tues-Sat Tickets: Preview/Matinee $25; Evenings $28; Students $14 (under 18; Tues, Wed, Thurs shows only; excluding Opening Night Galas); Season Subscription $120 Contact Phone: 519-782-4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca 

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MUSIC & STUFF: 

-Saturday Afternoons With The Clovermead Beekeeper – July 9th, 16th, 30th, Aug 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th – Spend 30 or so minutes or with the beekeeper and see a bee hive opened up for you personally. Admission includes access to the farm and all the fun and bee educational exhibits. Time: Tours start at 2:30pm Tickets: $8 (+tax); groups of 5 $35 (+tax). Website: www.clovermead.com

-Fairy Tea Party At Heritage Line Herbs – Saturday July 9th Enjoy a fairy afternoon for all ages at Heritage Line Herbs. Follow the fairy trail, scavenger hunt, games, activities, crafts and herb snacks.  Time: 1:30pm Tickets: $10 (preregistration required) Website: www.heritagelineherbs.com

-Happy Trails Hoedown – Saturday July 9th & Sunday July 10th – Come out for a toe tapping good time! Local musicians will be sounding out their talent @ Sand Hill Park Website: www.sandhillpark.com

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X-AYLMERITE IN TEXAS HAS A NOVEL

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(Mark Elley, 63,  was born and raised in Aylmer as was his wife Lynda (Carrothers). He has one brother Kirk and a sister Barbara still here. He  was a an educator for 38 years and a championship aquatics coach for 39 years in both Canada and the United States in Texas. He has begun a series of John Doyle mysteries based on true stories and events that took place in the late 1960’s and the 1970’s and provides this synopsis.)

“This books follows John’s journey from a late teenager through his working years as he takes on the world of crime as an undercover investigator including drugs,
murder, the IRA and jewel thieves. I was inspired to write this book because the theme came from my own life experience. Growing up as a teenager in the 1960’s I, like many of my friends, was bombarded by a series of social missiles firing at me. The Vietnam War, racism, the Hippie movement, and of course the drug culture were all things that influenced the writing of this book. They say that if you can remember growing up in the 60’s then you are a survivor. I survived and this story explains the reasons behind my survival. Ihaven’t seen any book of its kind on the market. The names and places have been fictionalized, some of the incidents have been embellished and in some cases made up but the story that inspired this novel is true.  The book is available in the USA on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites and in Canada at Amazon.ca. ”

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MPP NOTES AYLMER SOLAR SUPPORT

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(From MPP STEVE Peters’ Office) – ST. THOMAS – “Soon, even more homes and businesses in this area will be powered by two new clean energy projects, creating good jobs for families.Through Ontario’s clean energy Feed-in Tariff Program, these new large-scale renewable energy projects will provide enough electricity to power more than 280,000 homes across the province or a community the size of Windsor each year.  The projects , located in Southwestern Ontario along the Bruce to Milton transmission line, include:

• Silvercreek Solar Park, 9 km south of Aylmer, 10 MW”

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WEDNESDAY, July 6/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-(Thursday – Bayham, Malahide Councils)

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NO FARMERS MARKET

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Wilf Saarloos, Manager of the TSC/Country Depot, informs that there will be no Farmers’ Market at his site this summer due to a lack of interest by sellers – the market was up and running by this time in previous years.

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OBITUARIES:

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On Monday, June 27, 2011 Verna Lynn Propper of Brownsville age 57 years. Survivors include: son  Jason (Nicole) Propper of Lyons etc. ;  The family received friends and family at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME  on Saturday, July 2, 2011 . At Verna’s request there will be no public funeral service. Cremation to follow.

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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Lessons at the Aylmer Pool began Monday. (kb) (Click)

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LOCAL BERRIES UPDATE

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(Information from Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Farms, north of Aylmer) – “Strawberries are coming to an end but we had an excellent crop. Other than having to compete with cheap US berries, all went well.  Raspberries are looking very good, but not as bountiful as last year.”

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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

“NEW SPRINGFIELD LIBRARY OPENS

(SPRINGFIELD)  – (Information provided by Brian Masschaele Elgin Director of Community Services)
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(The new Springfield Library is open today from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the new Malahide Community Hall. It was in the the Fire Hall building previously since 2002.)
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“There is more overall space, comfortable reading areas, a room that can be used for storytime and an area just for teens.  Elgin County Library also set aside $10,000 to devote to new and updated materials for Springfield that will continue to flow in over the rest of the year.
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The major difference is that we will have a lot more space, going from 1200 square feet in the current location to 1850 square feet plus use of an activity room for up to 50 people which means our highly successful programming efforts will only grow.  The new location will enable us to add two public access computers to the three we already have, accommodate a slightly larger collection, integrate more interactive features such as a digital display board, incorporate dedicated child and teen zones and also provide more work space for staff.  Most importantly, we will create a space that meets or exceeds accessibility requirements.I commend the Township of Malahide for the approach they have taken on this project.  They have consulted with us throughout the planning process and have incorporated our feedback into the final design.  I am particularly pleased that the branch will be part of a larger community complex as it offers us the chance to feed into a variety of cultural and community events.I am confident that the residents of Malahide will be very proud of this library!”
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THE SURVEY SAYS:
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TUESDAY, July 5/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Aylmer Mens Soccer, 7 pm, Steen Park

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(Thursday – Bayham, Malahide Councils)

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AYLMER ROOKIE BALL:  (by richard broer)

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“On Thursday, June 30th, The Rookie A’s beat the London North Red Sox 6  – 2 to put the their regular season record at 9 – 0.  Leading the way for the A’s with 3 hits was Seth Hedges. Jordan Steele, Ryan Nancekevill, Nolan Wiebe & Bryce Walcarius had 2 hits each and Alex Tichelaar,  Andie Wittland, Timothy Tapsell & Griffin Foster had 1 hit each.”

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EESS REUNION CHANGES PLANS

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The committee planning an EESS Reunion next year has changed its plans, said spokesperson Tim Stephens today. Its get-together is now just for 1970s graduates and their events will be held over the August Civic Holiday weekend and not the July 1st weekend. Activities include games, a dinner, a dance at the Saxonia etc. They have a facebook page with more information:     https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_140281939352907&ap=1

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FRIDAY NIGHT AT BANDSHELL:

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The Summers Corners AEMMC church is sponsoring a  free hotdogs and music event at the band shell this Friday night from 7-9 pm.  All are welcome.

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TRI-COUNTY MENS FASTBALL:

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-Recent Results:  – Sweaburg 5 Pt. Burwell 0; Ingersoll 11 Prt. Burwell 0, Innerkip 8 Pt. Burwell 5

-Upcoming: Friday – Straffordville at Pt. Burwell, 8 pm

-Standings: – Straffordville 5-10; Pt. Burwell 2-13

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THE SURVEY SAID:

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2. - July 1st Main Activitiy?

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1. With family 39.68%  (25 votes)  

2. Camping 6.35%  (4 votes)  

3. Just relaxing 22.22%  (14 votes)  

4. Have to work, Something else 9.52%  (6 votes)  

5. Going to fireworks 22.22%  (14 votes)  

-Total Votes: 63

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AYLMER MENS SOCCER

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-Recent Results: Aylmer Rampage 5, Glencoe 2; West Elgin 2 Rampage 0; Aylmer FC 5 Shedden 1

-Next Game – Tonight, 7 pm at Steen Park, Rampage host St.Thomas

-Standings: – West Elgin (1st), Rampage 7-2-1 (2nd) ; FC – 6-1-1 (3rd)

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MONDAY, July 4/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Aylmer Pool Lessons Begin today

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OBITUARIES:

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- On June 30, GEORGE SCOTT,of Aylmer in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Marjorie (Rutledge) Scott. Dear father of Margaret Huber and husband Bob of R.R.#2 Aylmer, George Scott and wife Ruby of R.R.# 5 Aylmer, Cathy Minjauw and husband Marlo of Aylmer.etc. George was a veteran of W.W.II, he was an Aylmer police officer from 1950-1953 and for 33 years worked for Wallace Plumbing. The funeral service will be held on Monday July 4, 2011 at 11:00 am at Kebbel Funeral Home.

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On Friday July 1, 2011. RALPH SNEDDON, of Aylmer and formerly Brantford at age 70. Beloved husband of 36 years to Patricia (Chittenden).  He worked at Aylmer Dairy and Aylmer Toolcraft. Cremation has taken place. At his request there will be no visitation or funeral service.

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At his home in Barrie on Friday July 1, 2011. QUINTEN PETERS beloved infant son of Christopher and Shondra (Dyck) Peters. Survivors include: his grandparents Henry and Mary Peters of Aylmer A funeral to celebrate Quinton’s life will be held at the Aylmer Cemetery on Monday, July 4, 2011. . H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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At her residence on Saturday, July 2, 2011. NORA HOLMES of  Paris and formerly  Aylmer in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Donald Holmes(2005). The funeral service will be held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 11:00 am. with visitation one hour prior.

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AYLMER POLICE INVOLVED:

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“Last Thursday,  the Royal Canadian Mounted Police London Rural Detachment and RCMP Hamilton Niagara Regional Detachments in partnership with officers from the Ontario Provincial Police, Aylmer Police Service, Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service and London Police Service executed three search warrants in Norfolk County following a month long investigation.As a result of this joint investigation, the search warrants were executed during an early morning raids this morning.  4 individuals have been arrested and are currently in custody.

The searches resulted in the seizure of a 40 caliber double barrelled pistol with ammunition, a replica pistol, brass knuckles, 3 separate packages of methamphetamine totalling approximately 3/4 lbs, scales, packaging, laboratory equipment, chemicals and supplies which are consistent with a large methamphetamine cooking operation.  Also seized was 2 pounds of marihuana and an outdoor grow operation with approximately 200 marihuana plants.”

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BAYHAM MAN ON TAX CHARGES

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 (Contributed) -St. Thomas, Ontario, June 30, 2011 …The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced  that David Bucknell, of Bayham Township, Ontario, was found guilty by Judge Michael O’Dea in the Ontario Court of Justice on June 27, 2011, on eight counts of failing to comply with a court order to file outstanding personal income tax returns. Sentencing is scheduled to take place on July 19, 2011.

In addition to any fines imposed by the courts, individuals are still obligated to file the tax return and pay the full amount of taxes owing, plus interest, as well as any civil penalties that may be assessed by the CRA.

On March 31, 2010, Bucknell, who is self-employed in property maintenance, pleaded guilty to failing to file his personal tax returns for 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 tax years. He was fined $8,000 and was ordered by Justice Eleanor Schnall of the Ontario Court of Justice to file his outstanding tax returns on or before August 27, 2010.

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MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS: 

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- June 28, 2011 – Station #2,  50146 Talbot Line, Authorized Burn Complaint 

- June 28, 2011 – Station # 1,  Sawmill Road, Medical Assist

– June 29, 2011 – Station # 1 assisted by Station # 2, Jamestown Line, Miscellaneous Spill 

– July 1, 2011 – Station #2 assisted by Station # 1, 50781 Talbot Line, MVC 

– July 2, 2011 – Station #2, Conservation Line, Medical Assist 

– July 2, 2011 – Station #1, Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– July 3, 2011 -  Station #3,  College Line, Medical Assist

– July 3, 2011 – Station #2, Carter Road, Medical Assist

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