Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

MONDAY, Sept. 16/13





-Aylmer Council, 7pm


-Tue. -EESS Field Hockey; host Ingersoll, Glencoe

-Thu. -EESS Girls BBall: host CECI

-Sat. – 9am-2pm; Hazardous Waste Depot, EEC Complex





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Springfield – Shedden defeated Springfield 7-4 here Thursday to capture their St. Thomas Fastball League semifinals by three games to one.





-Low, William James “Bill” of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in his 72nd year. Survivors include: wife Dianne (Fox) Low  etc.. The funeral service will be held today at 11 am at Williams Funeral Home, St.Thomas.


-Shura, Francis Adam of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in his 55th year. Survivors include: wife Carmen (Kennedy) Shura; children Dylan, Dakota and Adam etc.. The funeral service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Saturday at 11:00 am.


-Obar, Louis of Eden passed away on Tuesday, September 3 in his 75th year. Husband of the late Mary Obar (1985). A ceremony was held at the Red Oak Travel Park on Sunday.


-Germuska, Margaret of Tillsonburg passed away Tuesday, aged 87. Wife of the late Paul Germuska (1989). Survivors include: children – Paul Germuska (Charlene) of Belmont, Marge Chromczak (Hank) of Port Bruce etc.. The funeral was Saturday; arrangements were through Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.





AYLMER – The Exeter Hawks overcame a 5-2 deficit and then scored a late marker for a 6-5 victory to spoil the home opener Saturday of the Aylmer Spitfires in SOJHL play. Clint Walker tallied twice and had an assist for Aylmer who outshot Exeter 32-28. The Spits have three games this weekend – Friday in Pt. Stanley, Saturday they host Pt. Stanley and Sunday they travel to Thamesford.

Period 1

Exeter – Chiristopher Pfaff (Robert Campbell, Tyler Morey) 14:56

Period 2

Aylmer – Trevor Stewart (power play) (Josh Houston, Kyle Dedecker) 1:19

Aylmer – Todd Laurindo (Clint Walker, Will Goodhue) 6:47

Aylmer – Brad Payne (Cody Underhill, Matthew Reese) 7:40

Exeter – Trevor Thornton (power play) (Brodie Balcom, Kalvin Thornton) 10:47

Aylmer – Clint Walker (Mark Macpherson, Trevor Richardson) 14:45

Aylmer – Clint Walker (short handed) (unassisted) 16:49

Exeter – Chiristopher Pfaff (power play) (Cam Dykstra, Brodie Balcom) 18:08

Period 3

Exeter – Trevor Thornton (short handed) (Kalvin Thornton) 7:20

Exeter – Kalvin Thornton (Trevor Thornton, Tyler Morey) 12:23

Exeter – Jesse McIntyre (power play) (Trevor Thornton, Kalvin Thornton) 17:58





– September 10, 2013, Station # 1, Calton Line, Alarm Malfunction

– September 11, 2013, Station #1,  Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– September 11, 2013, Station #2,#1, #3 and #4, 52090 Chalet Line, Fire

(*Between Anger Road and Walker Road; achimney fire with minimal damage)

– September 11, 2013, Station #1,  Waneeta Beach Drive, Alarm Malfunction

– September 12, 2013, Station #1,  Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– September 14, 2013, Station #3,  Imperial Road, Vehicle Fire




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THURSDAY, Sept. 12/13



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Friday





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

-St.Thomas Fastball Playoffs: Shedden at Springfield, 8 pm


-Fri. -Aylmer Farmers’ Market, 2-6pm

-Sat. -East Elgin Doors Open; 10 am-5pm (see ad)

(*Museum Hosts – Free Riding Tour of Tobacco Plant, 10am-4pm)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires Home Opener; vs Exeter, 7:30

-Sun. -Harvest Dinner, German Canadian Club; 5 pm (see ad)


-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7 pm





Hilda Zimmer, 82, of the Aylmer area, passed away Tuesday, two and a half weeks after she was injured as a passenger in a SUV-transport truck accident at the corner of Highway 3 and Hacienda Road.


OBITUARY: – Zimmer, Hilda of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in her 82nd year. Survivors include: Husband Edward Zimmer; children Debbie (Luc) Dujardin, Donna (Barry) Landon, Brenda (Albert) Van Vlaanderen, all of the Aylmer area etc..  She was born in Saskatchewan. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held there Saturday at 11:00 am.





(Information from Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer:) – “The Town is contracting one of my civilian personnel to perform parking enforcement one day a week. This is a pilot for one year with monthly reports on tickets and compliance. The Town used to have a full time civilian enforcement officer and never replaced her.

The Aylmer Police have always enforced the traffic by-law as it pertained to more serious matters of impeding traffic, blocking driveways and hydrants. The 2 hour downtown-focused enforcement has not been proactively enforced. Recent requests from the BIA have resulted in this pilot project being instituted using existing personnel doing unscheduled enforcement. It still requires a little further discussion at our next PSB meeting on September 16th. The employee will have a uniform identifying them as  By-Law Enforcement personnel. The deployment date will be a surprise.”





(Information on the recent bicycle-SUV collision on Buis Line which claimed the life of an Aylmer pastor is from Troy Carlson of Elgin OPP last night:)

“To date there have not been any charges and none are anticipated.  It has been determined that the cyclist was travelling on the wrong side of the roadway (traveling west in the eastbound lane). At the time of the collision the cyclist was in an area of the road that was in a gully at the bottom of a hill. The driver of the SUV was cresting the top of the hill  and this restricted his  ability to see the cyclist in time. The driver of the SUV attempted to avoid the cyclist by moving to the other side of the road (into the westbound lane)  but due to the loose gravel surface was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and subsequently travelled back into his own lane (eastbound lane)  and collided with the cyclist. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet.  There was no indication that either party was distracted.”





(Information on the upcoming Senior Girls Basketball season for EESS is from Coach Chris Wismer:) – “We lost Kira Cornelissen, who was the league MVP, Emily Febrey and Carlyi McCann. We have Karli Milmine, Katherine Barrie, Liz Rollo, and Michaela Vansevenant returning and several juniors moving up from their TVRAA championship team. St. Joe’s is in a different division this year. We’re looking for a return TVRAA championship and a trip to WOSSAA.  Co-coaches are Nicole Grayson and Olivia Walker. (Last year EESS won the Southeast Conference title). ”





(Despite the severe storm warnings in the area last night, Tim Stafford of Hydro One reports that there were minimal issues locally:) “There were numerous momentary interruptions due to lightning. Today Hydro One staff will be moved from Aylmer/Beachville to Strathroy to assist. East Elgin had 100 customers remaining out this morning, to be on by 4pm today.”





Among agenda items for this Monday’s Council:

-discussion of a staff report on how to finance the new library




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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11/13





-Aylmer-Mal. Museum: Aylmer Canners Speaker Joe Rider 1pm


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

-Thu. – St.Thomas Fastball Playoffs: Shedden at Springfield, 8 pm

-Fri. -Aylmer Farmers’ Market, 2-6pm

-Sat. -East Elgin Doors Open; 10 am-5pm (see ad)

(*Museum Hosts – Free Riding Tour of Tobacco Plant, 10am-4pm)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires Home Opener; vs Exeter, 7:30

-Sun. -Harvest Dinner, German Canadian Club; 5 pm (see ad)





(From Elgin Health Unit) – The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a HEAT ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the predicted forecast by Environment Canada temperatures are expected to climb into the thirties resulting in humidex readings in the low forties. The alert will be in effect for the next couple of days. A change in the weather pattern is expected by Thursday.





– Zimmer, Hilda of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in her 82nd year. Survivors include: Husband Edward Zimmer; children Debbie (Luc) Dujardin, Donna (Barry) Landon, Brenda (Albert) Van Vlaanderen, all of the Aylmer area etc..  She was born in Saskatchewan. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held there Saturday at 11:00 am.





There may be several familiar faces on the Aylmer Spitfires roster but the opposing bench will have many new looks as Junior C hockey kicks off this weekend.

The Spits have switched to the Southern Ontario Junior C Hockey league this year. They will open their season Saturday hosting Exeter. Rivals in the new nine team league also include Pt. Stanley, Dorchester, Thamesford, North Middlesex, Lambeth, Mt Brydges, and Lucan.

Assessed GM Darren Walcarius: “We will have Mark Steele as Head Coach along with Greg Thompson and Darren Ostrander and we have added former Spitfire, Jeff Gillies, as our first former player that has come back to coach. The new league will be interesting. We play 40 games instead of 38 and we crossover to another league with playoffs but we don’t know which league yet. We are cautiously optimistic about it, excited to play new teams and with less travel, but we feel the pressure of being the only former Jr. C team to be joining a former Jr. D league. It should be exciting to create new rivalries.”

Added Coach Steele: “We have 14 returning players with seven Aylmer minor hockey grads (Todd Laurindo, Cody Underhill,Will Goodhue, Clint Walker, Mitch Roloson, Cody Benner, and Jeff Bullas). We hope to have a successful year but it is all new moving to a new division so we are going in with blind hope. We are looking for returning players Brad Payne, Cody Underhill and Todd Laurindo to have good years up front. And we are anchored on the back end by returning stalwart Mitch Roloson and newbies Mark Macpherson and Aidan Estabrooks. We also sport arguably the best goaltending duo in Lucas Easterbrook and Dan Black.”





-Pigram, (Corless) Evelyn of Springfield passed away Tuesday in her 99th year. Wife of the late Cyril Pigram (1985). Survivors include: son Larry (Nancy) Pigram of Springfield etc.. She was born in South Dorchester. The funeral service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Monday at 11:00 a.m. with visitation Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.


-Bartram, Jean Robertson (nee Topham) of Tillsonburg passed away Monday in her 95th year. Survivors include: son Larry (Mary) of Corinth etc.. Visitation at McBeath Dynes Funeral Home in Ingersoll  on Thursday 7-9 pm and Friday 2-3 pm. The funeral service will be held there Friday at 3pm.





Springfield – Shedden upended Springfield 4-2 here last night to take a 2-1 lead in their best three of five games St.Thomas Fastball League semi final playoff series. Fourth game is in Springfield Thursday.





“ The Library Facility Design Ad Hoc Committee, which was formed just earlier this year, has completed its mandate and will no longer meet. Its chair was Councillor Peter Barbour – it had five other members – and they only met on three occasions. At the September 4 Council meeting, a new Library Building Committee was created consisting of two Councillors (Judi Wright and Arthur Oslach)as well as the Mayor, the Director of Planning and the CAO. Their only duty to date is to select an architect to provide a conceptual drawing for a new library building.”




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TUESDAY, Sept. 19/13





-St.Thomas Fastball Playoffs: Shedden at Springfield; 8:30 pm

-*DadNDaughters Fish,Chips Closed Tues-Wed.


-Wed. -Aylmer Museum: Aylmer Canners Speaker Joe Rider 1pm

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

-Thu. – St.Thomas Fastball Playoffs: Shedden at Springfield, 8:30 pm

-Fri. -Aylmer Farmers’ Market, 2-6pm

-Sat. -East Elgin Doors Open; 10 am-5pm (see ad)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires Home Opener; vs Exeter, 7:30





(From Elgin Health Unit) – The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a HEAT ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the predicted forecast by Environment Canada temperatures are expected to climb into the thirties resulting in humidex readings in the low forties. The alert will be in effect for the next couple of days. A change in the weather pattern is expected by Thursday.





The official unveiling of new playground equipment at the back of Immanuel Christian School was held Friday (kb) (CLICK)





– September 3, 2013, Station #1,  Imperial Road, Alarm Malfunction.

– September 4, 2013, Station #2,  Rogers Road, Medical Assist

– September 6, 2013, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist





-Taylor, (Buchner) Eunice Emma of Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away today in her 96th year. Survivors include: son Gerald A. (Joan) Buchner of Aylmer etc.. Predeceased by her husbands: Herbert C. Buchner (1963) and Joseph Taylor (1989). Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am.





In the past two weeks, Aylmer Fire Dept. has responded to a false alarm, a medical condition, a CO alarm, and an unauthorized burn complaint.





(By Bill Murch)

-“Elizabeth Sebestyen, Housing Services Administrator, St. Thomas-Elgin Ontario Works, assured Council that all parts of Elgin County were receiving fair and equitable treatment with respect to affordable and assisted housing. Based on the needs of the town’s population and available federal and provincial resources, assistance is provided to 244 social housing units and there are 25 affordable housing units. The fastest growing group requiring assistance are those 65 and older.

-Other Doors Open events for Saturday:

Aylmer Police Station will be having a free BBQ

The  Old Town Hall will have special guest Sir John A MacDonald and displays by ACT, APAC, and a special tribute to Pauline Johnson

There will be guided heritage tours by Horse and Carriage (meeting in Palmer Park)

Balmoral Park will be showcasing the Healing Gardens





-A 19 year old Aylmer man was charged with being intoxicated in a public place after police received a complaint at the exhibition football game at EESS Friday evening.

-Police conducted a RIDE program Thursday evening on John St. North. stopping 600 vehicles and issuing 16 traffic warnings.

-In Elgin Court recently, a 17 year old Vienna male was given two years probation on a charge of traffickking in marijuana on Davenport Public School property.

-Also in court, a 19 year old Aylmer female was given 45 days in detention for obstruction of evidence and forgery after a February incident in which she altered legal documents.

-As well in court, a 16 year old Malahide male was given diversion after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana from an April charge.




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MONDAY, Sept. 9/13





-Aylmer Council, 3:30 


-Tue. -St.Thomas Fastball Playoffs: Shedden at Springfield; 8:30 pm

-Wed. -Aylmer Museum: Aylmer Canners Speaker Joe Rider 1pm

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

-Thu. – St.Thomas Fastball Playoffs: Shedden at Springfield, 8:30 pm 

-Fri. -Aylmer Farmers’ Market, 2-6pm

-Sat. -East Elgin Doors Open

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires Home Opener vs Exeter, 7:30





5pm – The Elgin Health Unit has just issued a Heat Alert for Tuesday and Wednesday.



(Information from Wendy Ralf, Client Services Rep at St.Thomas Provincial Court:) The four suspects in the robbery of the Talbot Variety in Mt. Salem on June 6 have recently appeared in court.

-On Tuesday, Yousif Salim, 20, of Ottawa, appeared in St.Thomas Provincial Court and had an arraignment date set for September 17 on charges of robbery, mischief, theft of gas, failing to stop for police and failing to comply with two court orders.

-On August 6, Marlena Wall, 29, of Ottawa pleaded guilty to robbery and theft of gas and will be sentenced October 8.

-Also on August 6 Ahmed Mouyet, 19, of Ottawa, was sentenced to 12 months probation in addition to time served after he pleaded guilty to theft of gas.

-On August 27 Juan Franco-Palacio, 19, of Ottawa was sentenced to eight months in jail in addition to time served and 12 months probation after he pleaded guilty to robbery and breach of probabion.

(Late in the afternoon of June 6 two persons entered the store and demanded money and then took off towards Aylmer in a van with two others. They were apprehended by Police after a short chase in a field south of town.)





According to the ISBOA (Independent School Bus Operators Association) website, Justice Mary Jo M. Nolan in Windsor on August 30, granted $190,000 in court costs to plaintiffs Neil Badder (Aylmer) and Rose Ravin (Tillsonburg) in relation to their case earlier this spring against  Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services.

Said Neil Badder of Badder BusLines in Aylmer: “We feel pleased with the decision, even though it only covers a portion of the cost.”

In Superior Court in April Judge Nolan had granted an injunction to Ravins Buslines and Badder Buslines as plaintiffs as they had argued against an initiative by Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services to begin a request for proposals to start bidding  for local bus transporation routes for the TVDS Board. In her decision then the judge said: “I find it is more likely than not that irreparable harm will be caused to the plaintiffs if an injunction is not granted” and declared that  ”STS shall withdraw its current RFP.”

Many independent school bus operators across Ontario are battling in court against a consortia which already runs considerable student transportation in the province by awarding contracts to large transportation multinationals. Another court case, which is believed will determine the overall issue, is slated for the fall in eastern Ontario.





“ALMOST 100!”

-Ward, Helen passed away at Chateau Gardens, Aylmer  today four weeks before her 100th birthday. Wife of the late Dr. Fred Ward (1988). Survivors include: daughter Linda (Peter) of Aylmer etc.. She was an elemetary school teacher for a number of years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held Friday at 11:00 am.


-O’Connor, Theodore Wilfred “Bud” O’Connor of St. Thomas  passed away Friday  in his 81st year. Survivors include brother Glen O’Connor (Gladys) of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St. Thomas on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m with the service there Wednesday at 1pm.


-Bueckert, Bernard of Aylmer passed away on Friday in his 83rd year. Survivors include: wife Helena (Sawatzky) Bueckert; children Neil Bueckert of Aylmer,  Lena Wall (Jake) of Vienna etc.. He was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the EMMC Church Tuesday at 1:00 pm.





FINGAL – Shedden squeaked by Springfield 3-1 here last night to tie their best three of five games St. Thomas Fastball League semi final series at one win each. Third and fourth games are Tuesday and Thursday in Springfield.





East Elgin will again be participating in ‘Doors Open’ , scheduled for this Saturday. Venues available for touring are: Aylmer Police Station, Elgin Innovation Centre, Farmtown Canada at Mapleton, Imperial Road Animal Hospital, Aunt Lena’s Country Kitchen north of town, M and R Orchards at North Hall, Rush Creek Wines, Wieler’s Furniture at Corinth, and the Anglican Church at Pt. Burwell. Most places are open between 10 am and 5 pm.




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FRIDAY, Sept. 6/13





-Sat. -APAC presents: Patricia O’Callaghan; 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)


-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 3:30





-McCann, Richard Leo of London, formerly of Aylmer, on Tuesday in his 70th year.  Survivors include: three children etc.. Rick was a former player for the Detroit Red Wings. Visitation and a memorial service will be held from 10:00 am to 11:30 am Saturday in the chapel at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in London.


-Cowx, Winnifred Margaret (Winnie) Hill of Terrace Lodge Aylmer on Monday  in her 93rd year. Survivors include: two children etc..Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the D.J. Robb Funeral Home followed by a service at 3 p.m


-Beaudry, Maurice Hector of St. Thomas passed away Wednesday in his 82nd year. Survivors include: wife Betty; daughter Michele (Robert) DeRyk of Aylmer etc.. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Church on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.





Aylmer Council in Tuesday’s session declined the request from David Welch to keep rabbits and doves at 4-78 Beech Street as, notes Co. John Vandemeersch, By-law 09-06 Paragraph 9 prohibits the keeping or breeding of any wild animal for commercial purposes. Mr. Welch has 30 days to comply with the bylaw.





(Back to School information at Straffordville Public School is from Charlotte Wall who is starting her third year as Principal there:)

1.Physical Changes over summer? “We now have FDK (full day kindergarten) and two new renovated classrooms. We are also under construction in the library, with new flooring and painting and shelving to come. This should be completed by Oct. 1.

2.Staff changes? – New teachers to our staff: Colleen Elliott (music); Mike d’Esterre (French), Maureen Ferguson and Kim Csikos (LSTs), Leanne Madgett (4/5). Check out our website at http://www.tvdsb.ca/Straffordville.cfm for full details. We have 430 students.

3.Program changes? –We will continue to work on becoming better writers as a school-wide goal. We are also expanding the use of the 3-part math lesson and inquiry based learning.

4. Major events for September ? – I will get duct-taped to the wall if the kids have met their summer reading challenge at the Bayham library. Open house is Sept. 12, 4:30-6:30 pm.”





(Information from Walden University and from Dr. Lynn Lysko, formerly of Aylmer:) – Last week it was announced that Dr. Lynn Lysko, who received a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), was awarded Walden University’s Frank Dilley Award for Outstanding Doctoral Study for her research, An Analysis of Governance Policies and Practices in One School District Regarding English Learners.

Dr. Lysko is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Education Services in Atwater, California. The Frank Dilley Award for Outstanding Doctoral Study is bestowed annually upon a Walden graduate whose dissertation or doctoral study is judged as meeting the highest standards of academic excellence.

(Adds Dr. Lysko:) – “I lived in the Aylmer area my whole life until I graduated from EESS in ’79.  Then I went to Wilfrid Laurier for a B.A., Western for an M.A. and U of Toronto for a B.Ed and my teaching certificate.  I worked primarily in Halton District (about 15 years) in Oakville high schools until I moved to the U.S. in 2000.  I worked for 8 years for a large urban school district as a high school principal and curriculum director.  I just became an assistant superintendent in July in a district that serves only K-8. I live with my husband, Dr. Richard Amstadter who is a dentist.

I still have lots of family living in and around Aylmer (my mother came from Empey stock and my dad’s family lives in St. Thomas).  I come back about once a year – in fact, we just had a big party with our Class of ’79 a couple of years ago when we all turned 50 (2010). I keep in touch via Social Media and personal visits.”





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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)




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THURSDAY, Sept. 6/13





-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 Councils


-Sat. -APAC presents: Patricia O’Callaghan; 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)





-Aitken, Irene of Burlington passed away on Wednesday in her 89th year. Wife of the late Wesley Martin. Survivors include: husband Jim Aitken etc.. A  service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday at 1pm.





Fingal – Springfield nipped Shedden 2-1 in the opener of their best three of five St.Thomas Fastball League semifinals here last night. The second game has been rescheduled to Sunday in Fingal with the third game in Springfield on Tuesday.






(From Elgin OPP) – On Friday, Elgin OPP identified and seized marijuana plants from four different fields in the Malahide Township area.  A total of 172 plants have been located, seized and sent for destruction.  The street value of the plants is estimated at $172 000. Elgin OPP is again reminding residents and visitors of the dangers associated with outdoor marijuana grow-ops. Typically, marijuana crops will be harvested starting as early as late August up until the beginning of October. The numerous public safety risks include the potential presence of weapons and ammunition found on grow-op sites, and the potential for booby traps, rigged by the criminals growing these plants in an attempt to defend their illegal crops from other criminals known as ‘pot pirates’. Another risk that the OPP wants to highlight is environmental. These criminal operations usually involve the unregulated use and disposal of many chemicals and other environmentally-damaging products.”





(Contributed by Penny Hilliker and Keith Lindsay) – “The East Elgin Community Complex Youth Horseshoes Club was successful at the Ontario Horseshoe Pitching Championships Sunday August 25 in Peterborough.

Kaitlyn Pond won the girls’ division for the third straight year and Justin Luyt won the boys’ title. Placing second on the girls’ side was Vanessa Riley with Stacey Pond finishing third.  Kyle Luyt came in second in the boys’ division.

Girl’s champion Kaitlyn carried a perfect 5-win, no loss record and a 45% ringer average, with 90 ringers over the tournament’s 200 tosses. Vanessa, a first-time Ontario championship participant, scored a 3-win, 2-loss record with a 37.5% average. Stacey also had a 3-win, 2-loss record with a 32% average. Justin finished with a 3-win, 2-loss record with a 34% average to defeat brother Kyle, winner of the Canadian championship this season.

The Aylmer-area Youth club is coached by Keith Lindsay.





Singer Patricia O’Callaghan who has a ‘distinctive cabaret sound’ will appear at the Old Town Hall theatre  Saturday as the opening performance in the Aylmer Performing Arts Committee’s season. A native of northern Ontario, she has a new CD – Matador – in which she sings the songs of Leonard Cohen. In the past she has had a special on Bravo television; later this year she appears at Hamilton Place.





Diny Potasse of Chateau Gardens was one of the residents who enjoyed a recent visit from Kennedy’s Kritters – snakes, scorpions, chinchillias, rabbits, and birds were among the guests. (Contributed)




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WED-DAY, Sept. 4/13





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

-Sat. -APAC presents: Patricia O’Callaghan; 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)





(From Elgin OPP) – The Elgin OPP executed a search warrant Thursday at a garage located on Ron McNeil Line in Springfield. Police seized cannabis marihuana plants from an indoor grow operation along with grow equipment. The estimated street value of the controlled substance is approximately $283,000. As a result, Police have arrested and charged a 32-year old London man with production of marihuana and production for the purposes of trafficking.





(Back to school information on Summers Corners Public School is from Principal Don Naylor who is beginning his fourth year there:)

1-Physical Changes over the summer  – “None

2-Staff Changes – New staff include Jessica Falk and Marnie Allard in our junior division and Bob Lama in our intermediate division. We have around 425 students.

3- Program Changes /Major Events in September  – We will be instituting colour houses as a way to boost school spirit and unity/ There is an Open house on Sept. 26 from 6-7:30 with a Terry Fox run.”





-Sweet, Charles Edward “Charlie” of St. Thomas passed away Tuesday in his 64th year. Survivors include: daughter Jennifer Sweet etc.. He was a previous employee of Broer’s Manufacturing in Aylmer and was a member of the East Elgin Sportsman’s Club. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm with the funeral service there on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.





(Information from Malahide Clerk Diana Wilson) – At a recent meeting of Malahide Council, the following motion was passed concerning the possibility of holding a referendum on the number of firehalls in the township: Resolved that: “No action be taken at this time with respect to the possibility of including a question on the ballot regarding the potential closure of a firehall(s) as a part of the 2014 Municipal Election.”  In favour – Mennill, Wales, Jenkins, Moore; Against -Widner, Glinski ,Wolfe.

Mayor Dave Mennill provided this comment:

1. Why oppose the referendum?  “Closing a fire hall serves no real practical purpose, in fact, it would be a detriment as it would increase the response time to certain areas, putting some Malahide citizens in a more vulnerable position, potentially causing us to lose our accreditation, which would increase fire insurance rates.  This would all be for the saving of $20.00 per capita.  We have four efficient fire halls manned by dedicated volunteers.  Why change that?”

2. Is Malahide in any way over serviced in fire department coverage compared to other area municipalities? “We are waiting for the Fire Marshall’s report on our emergency services which should be arriving this fall.”





(Information from Deb Hoshal, Aylmer Chateau Gardens Program Manager) -“We have started a new HOPE project here at Chartwell. HOPE stands for Helping Others In Purposeful Engagement. This program encourages residents to participate in projects that benefit the community and those less fortunate. We have been making milk bag mats for South Africa, helping school kids with reading and writing by being Grand Pals and now we are purchasing and packaging School supplies for local schools.

Our staff is also participating in the London Colour Fun Run on Sat. Sept 7 which raises money for Child Find. Participants run 5 km and at each 1km they are covered in paint. To promote the event we are having our own version of the Colour Run at Chateau Gardens on Friday Sept 6 at 2 pm.  The residents are going to walk/wheel around the back subdivision and at each marker they will be covered in silly string (simulating the paint used in the Run).”




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TUESDAY, Sept. 3/13





-Aylmer Council, 7pm


-Sat. -APAC presents: Patricia O’Callaghan, 7:30 pm, OTH Theatre





(Information on Back to School news at Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer is from Principal Keith Cameron who is beginning his third year there:)

1. New Programs – “Our focuses this year include: – a culture of curiosity and exploration, hopefully creating a “buzz” in the school; personalized learning programs in mathematics (Mathletics) and literacy (Accelerated Reader); multi-age learning in Friday integrated study sessions etc. Visitors are always encouraged and our “Welcome Wednesdays” promote a culture of open classrooms.

2. Physical Changes -We look forward to opening “phase 1″ of our new playground, our primary playstructure, this Friday at 6pm.

3. New Staff – For September we have an enrolment of 81 students (last year it was 90). Mrs Ina Groeneweg teaches our JK/SK class, Ms Marianne Pieters instructs gr 1/2, Mrs Sheryle Drop teaches gr 3/4 as well as music and French, Ms Tine Buma teaches gr 5/6, while Mr Evert TenBruggencate and Ms Katrina Jones instruct gr 7/8 and phys ed. We are very pleased to have Mr TenBruggencate back teaching part-time.”





West Lorne – Aylmer FC was edged 2-1 by West Elgin in playoffs here Thursday night to end their Southwest Soccer League season. Brett Coehlo netted Aylmer’s only goal. Aylmer and West Elgin tied 2-2 in the opener of their two game total goals semifinals earlier last week. West Elgin now faces Railway City in the finals.





Among agenda items for Aylmer Council today is:

-a request by David Welch of 78 Beech St. to continue raising rabbits and doves at his residence despite objections from some neighbours.





-Dowling-James Francis of Aylmer, formerly of Pt. Bruce, passed away Sunday, in his 90th year.  Survivors include: partner JoAnn (Will) Patterson etc. . Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St. Thomas on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held at Holy Angels’ Church, St. Thomas on Friday at 1:00 p.m





(From the Niagara Falls Review) – An x-Niagara Regional Police officer was fined $15,000 in court Friday for his part in a scheme that involved smuggling large quantities of cheese and chicken wings across the border.

Casey Langelaan, 49, was caught up in a large-scale smuggling operation that saw thousands of dollars worth of U.S. cheese and chicken wings smuggled across the border into Canada and sold to Ontario restaurants. He pleaded guilty in an Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines to charges of evading compliance with the Canada Customs Act and possession of imported goods. Langelaan, of Fort Erie,  sold the cheese to restaurants in Aylmer and Dorchester at a profit of over $50,000. Two other people were arrested as a result of the investigation that revealed more than $200,000 worth of cheese had been purchased in the U.S. and distributed in Canada.





Springfield will play Shedden at Fingal beginning Wednesday and Thursday this week in St. Thomas District Fasball semifinals. Game three in the best three of five games series will be in Springfield Sunday.





– August 26, 2013, Station #1, Chatham Street, Bayham, Mutual Aid

– August 26, 2013, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– August 28, 2013, Station #3,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– August 29, 2013, Station #1,  Sparta Line, Alarm Malfunction

– August 30,2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– August 31, 2013, Station #3,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– September 2, 2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist




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THURSDAY, Aug. 29/13



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-Sept. 3 – Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Sept. 12 – Blood Donor Clinic, EEC Complex, 2:30-7:30

-Sept. 14 – Doors Open East Elgin





(Information on the new school year at McGregor is from Principal Richard Auckland who is starting his fifth year there:)

1-Any notable physical changes over the summer ?

“We have added a four room Full Day Kindergarten addition. New fencing borders the JK/SK area as well as grass and trees.  We also have a new shed to accommodate outdoor play equipment.

2-Staff Changes?

Mrs. Groenendyk is on leave and Mrs. Major will be teaching Grade 1.  We welcome a new Educational Assistant, Melony Faulkner who comes to us from Locke’s.  As well, we have four new Early Childhood Educators joining our team –  Laura Porter, Suzie Krahn, Paula Van Velzer and Jennifer Adams.  Mrs. Sandham will become our new librarian.Our complete staff list can be found on our website:  www.tvdsb.ca/mcgregor.cfm

3- Major Program Changes/Upcoming Events?

FDK (full day kindergarten)is starting for many Elgin Schools this fall and ours is included. Students in JK/SK will go to school each day. Our SKs start back on Tuesday while our new JKs will begin class on Wednesday.  On September 12 we will have a Meet the Teacher Night (5:30 p.m. Terry Fox walk; 6:00 p.m. Pizza provided by our school council and 6:30 – 7:15 – Open House.)”





Aylmer – Aylmer FC tied West Elgin 2-2 here Tuesday in the opener of their two game, total goals Southwest Soccer League semifinals. Second game is tonight in West Lorne. Cody Benner and Greg Broer tallied for Aylmer. The locals had lost both their league games with the top ranked West Lorne squad who won 14 of 17 games played.





-Russell, David of Brownsville passed away on Sunday in his 50th year. Survivors include: wife Sharon Russell, daughter Brittany of Brownsville; father Carl Russell of Eden etc. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at the Aylmer Evangelical Missionary Church Friday, September 6 at 2 p.m


-Kuipers, Eleanor Darlene of London passed away Monday in her 46th year. Survivors include: sibling Jamie Kuipers (Vickie) of Aylmer etc.. The funeral service is today at Kebbel’s Funeral Home,  at 2:00 pm.


-Van Liere, Alice of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in her 75th year. Predeceased by her husband Kees Van Liere (2011). Survivors include: sons Ron (Karen) Van Liere  and Richard (Stacie) Van Liere of Aylmer etc.. She was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Friday, at 11:00 am.





Thur. -Springfield 12 Glanworth 4 (Springfield wins best two of three series, 2-0)





Aylmer Splashpad looking south. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)





-A 60 year old Aylmer man was charged on August 9 with sexual assault after allegedly groping a 34 year old Aylmer woman – they knew each other – on August 4.


-A 25 year old Aylmer woman was charged with careless driving after her southbound van ran into a car ahead of her which hit another vehicle stopped for the main intersection stoplight on John St  on August 8 at 3pm.





According to the weekly report of the Elgin Health Unit on the condition of local beaches, issued Friday August 23, only Pt. Burwell public beach, of local beaches, was Posted as having a high level of bacterial contamination.




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