Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, Oct. 11/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Aylmer Council, 3:30 pm

-EESS Hosts Girls Field Hockey – 2 games

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-(EESS Sports = Wed. Host St Joes Girls BBall; Thurs. – Host CECI Girls BBall; Friday – Football at Glendale)

-(Thurs-Sat: – ACT Play – Leading Ladies – OTH Theatre)

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FATAL CRASH SOUTH OF AYLMER

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(From Elgin OPP) – The OPP is  investigating a single motor vehicle collision which took the life of a twenty-four year old male passenger on Sunday at approximately 8:30 pm.  The collision occurred on Imperial Rd. near Conservation Line in Malahide Township,  close to the Queen of Peace cemetery.

A car was traveling north on Imperial Rd. and was in the process of passing another north bound vehicle when it caught the gravel shoulder of the oncoming lane (southbound lane),  losing control and rolling several times. The passenger, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle, a 24 year old Leamington, ON., man  was wearing his seatbelt and had to be extricated from the vehicle by Emergency Services.

Both parties were transported to St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital and later transferred to London Health Sciences Centre. The passenger, who has been identified as Johan, Thiessen, PENNER, age 24 of Leamington, ON was pronounced dead at 11:48pm as a result of his injuries.  The driver of the vehicle remains in hospital in critical condition.

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OBITUARIES:

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On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Roy Sinden of London and formerly of Aylmer in his 91st year. Survivors include: son George Sinden and wife Karen of Aylmer, sisters  Berneice Sinden and Frances McEown, of Aylmer  etc. He was a Past Master of Malahide Masonic Lodge #140.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home,  on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Masonic Service will be on Friday at 6:45 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm.

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On Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Richard “Dick” Sanders of Avon in his 74th year. Cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date. Arrangements through Kebbel Funeral Home.

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-EASTBURY, Louise Marie (Brault) (Ray) – of St. Thomas, on Saturday, October 8, 2011.. Survivors include:  husband George Owen Eastbury , daughter Julie (Dave) Roszell of Aylmer etc. The family will receive friends at WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME,  St Thomas on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 7-9 p.m., and Friday, October 14, 2011 from 12- 1:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service to celebrate Louise’s life at 1:00 p.m.

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-SIMPSON, William (Ivan)  of St. Thomas, on Sunday, October 9th, 2011,  in his 92nd year. Husband of Hazel (Garnham) Simpson. Ivan was born in South Dorchester Township. Resting at WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME,  St. Thomas where visitation will be held Friday. 2-4 & 7-9pm. Funeral service on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

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SPITS LOSE BOTH GAMES

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AYLMER – Aylmer Spitfires (1-6) were downed 7-3 by Woodstock Saturday here. Friday they were edged 2-1 in Norwich. Aylmer goals Saturday were scored by:  Thornton (Laurindo), Kulich (Thornton, Laurindo) and Stewart (Mugford). Aylmer was outshot 41-32. This week they host Norwich on Saturday.

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AYLMER COUNCIL TODAY:

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Agenda items include:

-Discussion of confidentiality agreements to be signed by Council/Committee members

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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Fall colours on display at Pt. Bruce harbour. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS:

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 – October 6, 2011, Station #2, 54221 Talbot Line, Mutual Aid – Fire

– October 6, 2011, Station #2, 50595 Talbot Line, Burn Complaint

– October 8, 2011, Station #2, Vanpatter Line, Medical Assist

– October 9, 2011, Station #2, assisted by Station # 1, 8310 Imperial Road, MVC

– October 10, 2011, Station # 4, Putnam Road, Medical Assist

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CHILDRENS’ PROGRAM AT LYONS

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(Contributed) – LYONS – “The Ontario Early Years Centre Outreach Playgroup is starting this Thursday October 13, at the South Dorchester Community Hall in Lyons , from 9:30 to 11:30 am and will continue every Thursday morning.  It is for Parents/Caregivers and their children – ages birth to 6 years of age.  Toys, crafts, friendship, play dough, songs, stories etc. is being offered. This is a free playgroup, no registration is required.  For more information call: 519-631-9496.  This new program is being funded by the South Dorchester Optimists.”

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SATURDAY, Oct. 8/11

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FATAL SINGLE MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION

(Elgin County) –   Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a single motor vehicle collision which took the life of a twenty four (24) year old male passenger on Sunday the 9th of October, 2011 at approximately 8:30pm. The collision occurred on Imperial Rd. near Conservation Line in Malahide Township.

At the time of the collision a 1998 Pontiac Sun fire was traveling north on Imperial Rd. and was in the process of passing another north bound vehicle.  In the process the Pontiac drove onto the gravel shoulder of the oncoming lane (southbound lane) losing control and rolling several times. The 24 year old male passenger, who was not his seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle, a 24 year old Leamington, ON., man  was wearing his seatbelt and had to be extricated from the vehicle by Emergency Services.

Both parties were transported to St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital and later transferred to London Health Sciences Centre.

The passenger, who has been identified as Johan, Thiessen, PENNER, age 24 of Leamington, ON was pronounced dead at 11:48pm as a result of his injuries.  The driver of the vehicle remains in hospital in critical condition.

With the assistance of OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators police continue to investigate the cause of the collision.

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THEAYLMERNEWS WILL NOT PUBLISH MONDAY

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-A.C.T. Play – Leading Ladies – OTH Theatre, 8 pm, $10

-Spits host New Hamburg, 7:30

-EESS Girls BBall Alumni Game

-Legion Supper =Cabbage rolls and chicken, 5:30 p.m.,$10 per person

-(WEEKEND – The Church of God north of Aylmer is having their annual fall services at the EECC - Friday @ 7 PM, Saturday @ 10 AM & 6 PM, Sunday at 10 AM. All are welcome.)

-(Tuesday – Aylmer Council, 3:30)

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EESS SPORTS FRIDAY:

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FOOTBALL – JR = EESS 30 StJoes 21; SR = EESS 41 STJoes 3

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SPITS FRIDAY

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Norwich 2 Aylmer 1 (Walker from Kulich)

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THE SURVEY SAID:

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Q- New Aylmer Uptown Apts.

1. Looks great!  40%  (42 votes)    

2. Dislike, too big for that site  36.19%  (38 votes)  

3. Good, but 3 storeys better  13.33%  (14 votes)  

4. Dislike, design is wrong  10.48%  (11 votes)  

Total Votes: 105

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Q- Missing Aylmer McDonalds?

1. Stop daily for something  9.47%  (9 votes)    

2. Usually once, twice a week  15.79%  (15 votes)  

3. A few times a month  15.79%  (15 votes)  

4. About once a month  16.84%  (16 votes)  

5. Rarely or never there  42.11%  (40 votes)  

Total Votes: 95

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Friday, Oct. 7/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Thurs-Sun. = ACT Play: Leading Ladies. 8 pm, OTH Theatre

–EESS Home Night Football vs. St.Joes = JR at 6, SR at 8

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-(Sat = Spits host New Hamburg/ EESS Girls BBall Alumni Game/ Legion Supper =Cabbage rolls and chicken, 5:30 p.m.,$10 per person)

-(WEEKEND – The Church of God north of Aylmer is having their annual fall services at the EECC - Friday @ 7 PM, Saturday @ 10 AM & 6 PM, Sunday at 10 AM. All are welcome - guests will be in town from affiliated congregations in Manitoba, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, California, Mexico, and Germany.)

-(Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30)

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ELGIN-MIDD. ONT. ELECTION RESULTS:

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-(All 226 polls reporting = 41,376 Total Votes)

-(Yurek has 47%, Baldwin-Sands 26%, Cornish 22% etc. )

Yurek, Jeff  PC 19816
Baldwin-Sands, Lori Liberal 11109
Cornish, Kathy NDP 9192
Loewen, Eric Green 978
McKeever, Paul FP 281

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2007 – Steve Peters Liberal 49%; Bill Fehr Con., 30%;  Brad James NDP 11%; Devin Kelly Green 8 %; Ray Monteith Freedom.

2003 – Steve Peters Liberal 57%; Bruce Smith Con. 30%; Bryan Bakker NDP 9%; John Fisher Green 2%; Ray Monteith Freedom.

1999 - Steve Peters Liberal 46%; Bruce Smith Con. 44%;  Dave LaPointe NDP 8%; John Fisher Green; Ray Monteith Freedom, Cory Janzen Ind.

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(-1995 – Peter North, Ind.; 1990 – Peter North, NDP; 1987 – Marietta Roberts, Lib.; 1985 – Ron McNeil, PC)

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EESS COMMENCEMENT LAST NIGHT

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Major award winners at the EESS Commencement held last night: Valedictorian – Scott Speers, Governor General’s Academic Medal – Christina Braun, Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award – Aaron Anckaert,  Ball Agricultural Scholarship $2500 – Emily Donkers,  Iola Miller Scholarships $2500 - Jennifer Bate, Laura Twinem, Carolina Peters, Olivia Wilson; Richmond Beck Award $600 – Meghan Campbell, Richmond Beck Award $1200 – Laura Twinem.

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EESS SPORTS THURS. :

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JR GIRLS BBALL – EESS vs. GLENCOE = N.R.

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THE LOCAL LENS

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Another picturesque scene on the Catfish Creek in town. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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LIBRARY HAS E-BOOKS SESSION

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(Contributed) – “Visit the Aylmer Library on Monday, October 17th anytime between 4:00—7:00pm. Please bring your laptops, devices and attachments and we will show you how to download eBooksfor free!”

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OBITUARY:

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 ZAMECNIK, Mary Rose (Kersten) – Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, of Tillsonburg,  in her 77th year. Survivors include: Daughter  Lydia Van Asseldonk (Jim) of Straffordville, etc. Resting at the VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOME , Tillsonburg, for visitation on Sunday, October 9, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg, Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

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THURSDAY, Oct. 6/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-VOTE – 9am-9pm (Results on Election Ontario website)

-Aylmer Brush Collection (Oct 18 – Bulk)

-EESS- JR. Girls BBall Host Glencoe 

-Thurs-Sun. = ACT Play: Leading Ladies. 8 pm, OTH Theatre

-EESS Commencement

-Bayham  7 pm/ Malahide 7:30 Councils

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-(Friday – EESS Home Night Football vs. St.Joes)

-(Sat = Spits host New Hamburg/ EESS Girls BBall Alumni Game/ Legion Supper)

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EESS SPORTS WED-DAY:

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-GIRLS F. HOCKEY = EESS 1 Ingersoll O; EESS 3 St. Joes O

-BOYS VBALL = JR = PCI 3 EESS 1; SR = EESS 3 PCI O

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AYLMER SENDING WAR PLAQUE TO BELGIUM

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Council on Monday made this resolution:

 ”That the Town of Aylmer send a plaque to the Mayor of the Town of Westkerke in Belgium. The plaque will read:

To the People, Council, and Mayor of Oudenburg and Westkerke. Thank you for honouring and preserving the memory of a Canadian airman from the Aylmer Area – John Caverly Wilson who died on Nov. 09, 1941 while on an air mission over your communities. Presented on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of his death by the People, Council, and Mayor of the Town of Aylmer ON  Canada. November 2011.”

Sonia Oslach will be representing the Aylmer Legion at a ceremony in that town in late October to present the plaque.

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OTHER COUNCIL NEWS:

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Council Monday also passed this resolution: – “That the letter and petition dated September 15, 2011 received from  residents on Farmington Avenue, expressing concerns about zoning at 16 and 37 Farmington Avenue, be received and be referred to Staff to review the concerns and submit a Report to a future Council meeting.”

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BAYHAM COUNCIL TODAY:

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Some items to be discussed:

-Discussion of awarding a contract for new Pt. Burwell Fire Hall

-Discussion on purchase of an Asphalt Roller

-Discussion on Pt. Burwell East Pier project etc.

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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A picturesque scene along Catfish Creek in town. (Photo by Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

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“COUNCIL CANDIDATES NIGHT”

AYLMER – Here are some highlights from last night’s replies to questions from candidates for Mayor – Jack Couckuyt, Mary French, Incumbent Bob Habkirk and Ted McDonald and candidates for Deputy-Mayor Incumbent Ron Baldwin and Gerry Richer.-

1.“Vision for Aylmer?”

Couckuyt -  Library expansion, museum uptown, new medical building, more police on the beat, bike trails

French – More economic development, tourism, the next “Little Austin, Texas”, more cultural events

Habkirk – Everyone should know their roles, pay down the debt ($3.3 million),  improvements if you’re willing to pay for it

McDonald – You can’t take off the plate unless there’s something on it,  Aylmer needs to be ‘open for business’

Baldwin – Economic development, initiate annexation talks as we’re just about out of land, fiscal responsibility

Richer – Business growth, expand industrial park, yes to library growth

2. “Style of leadership?/Is there ‘room for discussion’ on Aylmer Council?”

Habkirk – It’s a democracy, the majority rules, and once an issue is passed it’s up to the Head of Council to see it through; you can’t bring an issue up again

Couckuyt – What does it take to bring an issue back, two-thirds majority, but we have to talk about it first, to see if there are legitimate reasons, the closure question was called four times, we didn’t work in an entirely democratic fashion

Richer – The Mayor should be more of a facilitator, to negotiate compromises, it upsets me that we heard ‘no’ too often, it’s upsetting if we can’t have opportunities for debate, we need a different management style

Habkirk – I know some of you are running a slate, to try and get me out, there were lots of opportunities

Baldwin – Yes there was lots of room for discussion, I lose patience when something comes back the third or fourth time

McDonald – It’s the Mayors job to give everyone their voice; we’ve had a dysfunctional council

French – I’ve been in the middle a lot on this council, if there is new information an issue should be brought back

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THE SURVEY SAYS:
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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

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-This week – Aylmer Brush Collection (Oct 18 – Bulk)

-OPC Tornado Fun Run, 6pm

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-(EESS Sports This Week =  Thurs - Home Girls BBall; Friday – Home Night Football)

-(Thurs-Sun. = ACT Play: Leading Ladies. 8 pm, OTH Theatre)

-(Thurs - Election/ EESS Commencement)

-(Sat = Spits host New Hamburg)

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MARCH OF DIMES HONOURS JOAN HOBBS

AYLMER – Joan Hobbs  ‘marches’  for several local causes as a busy volunteer -  the March of Dimes is just one of them.  As noted below she received a longtime service award from them recently.

Although she grew up in St.Thomas she has lived in Aylmer since 1951. And in the same house on Davis Street for most of that time with her husband Bob, since deceased, as they raised 3 children.

She got involved in the March of Dimes in 1955 when Marg Sinclair, wife of Dr. Duncan Sinclair Sr., organized a group of six ladies to begin raising money locally  for the March of Dimes to fight polio. They took an evening in January every year to canvass the town. Even though she had no personal interest in the campaign – although as a child she recalls mothers keeping their children indoors in August as polio was believed more prevalent then – she helped out because “you didn’t say no to Mrs. Sinclair.”  When the other women dropped out as canvassers about 35 years ago, Mrs. Hobbs stayed involved on her own and organized a mail donation campaign which she has continued to the present year.

She also was the recepient in September of an award from the StThomas-Elgin Hospital for her 50 years volunteer work there. And she has been very active in the Anglican Church and with Corner Cupboard in town.

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(Contributed) -  “At its annual General Meeting, September 23rd,  the March of Dimes honoured several individuals and corporations who are endeavouring to enhance the lives of people living with physical disabilities. 

For her commitment to accessibility for people with physical disabilities, Joan Hobbs of AYLMER was awarded the 2011 March of Dimes Rt. Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Award. The award is presented annually to an individual(s) for service to March of Dimes in the areas of fundraising, service or policy.

March of Dimes has its origins in a fundraising campaign that began 60 years ago, where women, known as “Marching Mothers’ went door-to-door to raise funds into research into a polio vaccine. With their support, the vaccine was declared safe in 1955, and March of Dimes switched its mandate to supporting polio’s survivors with disabilities, eventually expanding to serve anybody with a disability.

Joan Hobbs has been involved with the Door-to-Door Campaign in Aylmer for an astonishing 55 years! She started with a group of women in the community, who all canvassed their neighbours on behalf of March of Dimes. At a point about 20 – 25 years ago, as community interest started to wane and as each of the ladies passed on, the job of knocking on doors became too much for Joan to handle so she converted the door-to-door campaign to a mailing campaign.  Each year, she personally stuffs and labels 3,000+ appeal letters and envelopes!  As donations come in, she personally hand-delivers receipts to donors.  She has raised more than $3,000 every year for the last three years.

According to Jim Strachan, who oversees the Community Campaign, it’s a fair guess to say that over the last 55 years, she’s been involved in helping to raise over $150,000 for March of Dimes.”

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NEW BATHHOUSE PROGRESSING

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(Information from Keith Hunt Construction) – “We have started demolition of the bath house and hope to have the old building down by early next week. The construction of the new bath house will begin next week. The new building is approximately 1,000 square feet smaller than the existing building. The new building will not have a heating system or a kitchen facility. It is designed for summer use only. The new building should have the balance of the work completed in the spring of 2012.”

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The Pool Bathhouse on Myrtle St. should be torn down by next week and a new one should be ready for next summer's swim season. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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EESS SPORTS TUESDAY:

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-GIRLS BBALL – JR = EESS (4-0) 32 Parkside 25; SR  =(4-O) 51, Parkside 32

-BOYS VBALL – JR = EESS (3-2) 3 AVSS 2; SR. = EESS (4-1) 3 AVSS O

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THE SURVEY SAID:

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Q- Main Election issue is?

1. Leadership  15.85%  (13 votes)  

2. Health care  9.76%  (8 votes)    

3. Economy  36.59%  (30 votes)  

4. Taxes  32.93%  (27 votes)  

5. Education  1.22%  (1 votes)  

6. Green Energy  3.66%  (3 votes)    

Total Votes: 82

Q- I plan to vote for:

1.Liberal  22.89%  (19 votes)    

2.PC  42.17%  (35 votes)  

3.NDP  20.48%  (17 votes)  

4.Green  7.23%  (6 votes)    

5.Freedom  1.2%  (1 votes)  

6.Not voting  6.02%  (5 votes)  

Total Votes: 83

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A.C.T.  PLAY IS ‘ LEADING LADIES’

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(Contributed) – “Leading Ladies” is an American farce, taking place in York, PA in 1958.  The wonderful setting and costumes set the scene for an evening of laughs.  Directed by Harry Edison and Stage Managed by Mary Morin, the show features the comedic talents of local actors, Evan Thompson and Ron Sawyer.  Returning to the Old Town Hall Theatre are Alan Legg, Sandi Loponen and Liz Marra along with newcomers, Greg Mizon, Alex Pickersgill and Ashley Grech.

This is the first play in ACT’s eleventh season.  In Februrary “Bedside Manners” hits the boards,  with the final show of the season, “Sex Please, We’re Sixty”, in May.  

The preview performace for “Leading Ladies” is on Thursday, October 6 @ 8:00 with shows on Friday, Saturday and matinee at 2:00 Sunday.  The following week,  performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday @ 8:00.  Tickets are generally available at the door but to ensure a seat it is advised to purchase in advance at Aylmer Video, Campbell’s or the Prime Ingredient.

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TUESDAY, Oct. 4/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

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-EESS Host Boys VBall

-This week – Aylmer Brush Collection (Oct 18 – Bulk)

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-(EESS Sports This Week =  Thurs; Home Girls BBall; Friday – Home Night Football)

-(Wed = OPC Tornado Fun Run, 6pm)

-(Thurs-Sun. = ACT Play: Leading Ladies)

-(Thurs - Election/ EESS Commencement)

-(Sat = Spits host New Hamburg)

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PT. BURWELL  INTRUDER

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(From Elgin OPP) – “Police are currently investigating a break and enter that occurred  in Port Burwell last night around 11:15pm.  At that time an unknown male entered an unlocked mobile home in the Pitt St. area.  A female resident, who was home at the time, confronted the male intruder who indicated that he was cold and hungry and then asked for food. The female resident told him to leave and then struck the suspect with a broom when he refused. The male left the residence walking northbound. Nothing was taken from the residence.The suspect is described as: Male, white, late 30’s to early 40′s, 5’6″, 160-170 lbs, long dark shoulder length hair, beard of medium length, wearing “ratty” blue jeans with holes, and a “ratty” jean jacket.” 

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BELMONT FISHERMAN FINED

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(From the MNR) -  “A Belmont man has been fined $2,200 after pleading guilty to two fisheries violations on Lake Erie.

He pleaded guilty to possessing 10 walleye over his limit of six and was fined $2,000. He also pleaded guilty to fishing with four lines and was fined $200 for the two lines over the limit. Sixteen walleye and two rainbow trout were seized and forfeited to the Crown. The fishing rods, two planer boards and a cooler were also seized and will be returned when the fines have been paid. 

St. Thomas court last week heard that on August 26, 2011, conservation officers were conducting a patrol in the Elgin County waters of Lake Erie, 14 kilometres offshore, when they came across the man fishing. The conservation officers then conducted an inspection of the boat. Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to catch and keep an over limit of fish.  Possession includes storing fish at home in freezers or other locations, as well as transporting them, holding them in live wells or eating them as part of a day’s meal.”

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NEW ELGIN ARTS TRAIL

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(Contributed)  – “The new Elgin Arts Trail that was launched Thursday  invites visitors to discover the unique artistic treasures in Elgin-St. Thomas. The trail was kicked-off by Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism at the Public Art Centre. 

The trail is a route through Elgin and St. Thomas that invites visitors to discover the exemplary visual arts attractions of the area. The program is supported by a comprehensive guide book, detailed website and signage.Visitors to the launch toured a miniature replica of the trail that included displays from all 12 Elgin Arts Trail members. The trail guide book is available at Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism and at all participating trail locations. For more information, please visit: www.elginartstrail.ca.”

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ANOTHER AYLMER JEWELLERY ROBBERY

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AYLMER – For the second time in a month Police are investigating a jewellery heist from a residence.  Sometime during the day Sunday while the homeowners were gone, someone entered the back entrance of a Sydenham St. residence and removed jewellery fom a bedroom, with an  estimated value of $15,000.

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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Overheard on an Aylmer leaf - "OK, back off, you're starting to bug me....." (Photo by Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

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HUNTER NEAR ANNE ST. WEST CHARGED

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AYLMER – Police charged a 64-year old St.Thomas male with hunting with a shotgun without a gun licence after neighbours complained that a gun was being fired in a corn field adjacent to Heritage Place Retirement Home (next to Anne St. west.) on Thursday around 6 pm. The man had a hunting licence but not a licence for the gun. A deceased Canada goose was found nearby.

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PT. STANLEY, PT. BRUCE BIKE EVENT

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(Contributed) – Centrepiece Marketing and Shoreline Getaways are organizing a  “Bike Tour,  Perch Dinner and Concert”  on October 15th  in Port Stanley. Registration – 3pm at  The Buccaneer.  Bike to Port Bruce or ½ way point.  Return to The Buccaneer for a Perch Dinner.  Concert featuring Anne Lindsay at 8pm at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre. Tour and Dinner tickets – $15. Tour, Dinner and Concert $35.  Anne Lindsay is the violinist for Blue Rodeo and is featured on the new Jim Cuddy Album. 

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ACCIDENT AT JOHN, SYDENHAM

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AYLMER – A 16 year old Belmont female was charged with careless driving after her car hit another vehicle at John and Sydenham around 11:30 Saturday morning. The female was heading east on Sydenham from a stop at John and collided with a car driven by a 18-year old male from Vienna,  who was travelling south on John. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. There were no injuries.

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IN COURT:

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A 34 year old Aylmer male was recently in Elgin Court facing nine charges including sexual assault, assault, forced confinement and breach of probabtion involving his girlfriend, aged 27. He was found guilty on two counts of assault and one of uttering death threats and one of breach of probation and received 5 months in custody on top of the 2 months already served.

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MONDAY, Oct. 3/11

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THEAYLMERNEWS CELEBRATES TWO YEARS OF PUBLICATION TODAY. LAST WEEK WE  AVERAGED 1400 HITS DAILY.  -Thanks! (And yes we could still use more advertisers…)

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

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-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

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-This week – Aylmer Brush Collection (Oct 18 – Bulk)

-EESS Sports This Week = Tues: Home Boys VBall;  Thurs; Home Girls BBall; Friday – Home Night Football

-(Wed = OPC Tornado Fun Run)

-(Thurs-Sun. = ACT Play)

-(Thurs - Election/ EESS Commencement)

-(Sat = Spits host New Hamburg)

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MORE ON AYLMER TRILLIUM PARK APT.

(Contributed) – The Life Lease feature of Aylmer Trillium Park means that residents will have the benefits, without the headaches, of home ownership. Aylmer Trillium Park will include 39 spaciously-elegant one and two-bedroom suites from 752 to 1,358 sq.ft.gr., each with a balcony patio.  Security features will include a full sprinkler system and a resident-controlled entrance.  The five floors will be accessible by two elevators.  The building will include an indoor 20-car, parking garage   A Common Room, along with a terrace over the parking garage, will serve the residents and their families.  The projected move-in date is December of 2012.

This drawing represents the structure that will be built at the corner of John and Sydenham in the next year - the sodturning ceremony was Thursday. (Contributed)

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A READER WRITES:  

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“Today, September 30, my father received a letter from Tim Hudak, asking him if he was working harder than he was eight years ago, even four years ago. He asked if Dad was spending more time with his family, and if his cost of living has gone up or down. If you are wondering why I am bringing this to your attention, it is because my father has been dead for eight years – in fact, today would have been his 86th birthday.  

Needless to say, this letter was upsetting to myself, and my 95 year old mother. I called the campaign office of the London West PC candidate, Ali Chahbar, to express my displeasure and inquire about as to where they got my father’s name and address. No explanation was offered. I also called the Elections Ontario office and found out that my father’s name is not on the voters list – in fact I was told that there is no male by the name of Charles Dykeman or even a C. Dykeman that is a registered voter in the province.

My father was never a member or supporter of the PC party. His name is not on the voters list. Where did Tim Hudak get his name and address? How many other people have received similar letters, addressed to family members long deceased? Is this the type of leadership he is going to provide? (David Dykeman, Aylmer)

 

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SEXUAL ASSAULT AT JOHN ST. HOME

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AYLMER – Police charged a 29 year old male, formerly of Belleville, with assault and sexual assault following an incident at a John St. south home last Monday afternoon. Apparently the man was being allowed to stay with a couple. All three were having drinks at the residence on Monday when the husband left for work. The boarder then made advances on the wife before passing out in an intoxicated state. The woman, who suffered some bruising, left the home and called Police from a neighbour’s place. Police found the man still passed out when they arrived and arrested him. They added a charge of mischief later that evening when the male damaged a light inside the jail cell.

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MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

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September 27, 2011, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– September 28, 2011, Station #2, Harvey Street, Mutual Aid – Medical

– September 30, 2011, Station # 1 assisted by Station #2, John Wise Line, MVC

(*two vehicles, injuries, 4 fire trucks, 12 FF.)

– October 1, 2011, Station #2 assisted by Station # 1, Springfield Road, MVC

– October 3, 2011, Station # 3,  Ron McNeil Line, Medical

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SPITS LOSE 3-2

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Aylmer – The Spits were nipped 3-2 by Caledonia Saturday here. The Spits are now 1-2.  Aylmer scorers were: Harbour from Thornton and Maracle from Roloson and Lynch. In games this week, Aylmer travels to Norwich Friday and Saturday hosts New Hamburg.

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AYLMER COUNCIL TODAY

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Some items on today’s Agenda:

-Discussion on sending a plaque to a Belgium town for taking care of the grave of an Aylmer soldier killed in WW2

-Update on Council’s actions on suggestions made at the March Town Hall meeting.

-Discussion on a petition from Farmington Ave. residents objecting to a new multi-use dwelling

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MENNONITE TREFFEN HERE

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(From Abe Harms of the MCS) – “Last Sunday (Sept. 25) the annual Low German Mennoniten Treffen, with key-note speaker Kennert Giesbrecht, took place.  Kennert is the editor of Die Mennonitische Post http://www.mennonitischepost.com/ .  He showed pictures and gave a report of his trip to Paraguay. Two years ago, he and his co-editor, drove from Manitoba to Paraguay in a jeep.  In this 19,000 km trip they visited about 35 Mennonite Colonies in the various countries en route.  It was a fascinating story and report of this events filled trip. About 320 people attended the event at the EECC .”

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Kayla Malskaitis at Aylmer Gospel Church, 7pm

-Library Speaker: Bonnie Burnard - 7:30

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-(Sat. – Eden School Reunion 1-5/ Spits Host Caledonia 7:30/ Sunday – OFA Farm Tour)

-(Mon. – Aylmer Council, 7 pm)

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TRILLIUM APT. SODTURNING CEREMONY

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AYLMER – A sizeable crowd attended yesterday afternoon’s sodturning ceremony for the new Aylmer Trillium Park apartments at the southwest corner of John and Sydenham. The 5-storey complex is owned by Golden Community Builders. According to Marketing Director Abe Friesen the building is geared to those over 55, will have ground floor retail spaces and parking,  and will contain 39 units. The ceremony yesterday was brief and included addresses by Heinrich Rempel, Chairman of the GCB Board, Judi Wright, from Aylmer Council, and Bernie Loeppky, representing a Manitoba Consulting firm. Graceview Enterprises (VanGurps) of Belmont  is the builder and actually began backhoe work at the site today.

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A large group - reprsenting directors, investors, builders, and consultants - participated in the sodturning ceremony for Aylmer Trillium Park apartments yesterday.

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LIBRARY SPEAKER TONIGHT

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 Bonnie Burnard, Giller prize winning author for ‘A Good House’ will discuss her latest work, ‘Suddenly’ at the Aylmer library tonight at 7:30. Tickets are still available.  The Giller prize is Canada’s top honour for English fiction.

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EESS SPORTS THURSDAY:

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JR. FOOTBALL – EESS 41, St. Marys 0

GIRLS F. HOCKEY – EESS 3 CECI 0; EESS 3 Ingersoll 1

GIRLS BBALL – JR = EESS 38 WESS 6;  -SR = N.A.

BOYS VBALL – JR = St Joes 3 EESS 2; SR = EESS 3 StJoes 1

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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: 

“NICOLE SABOL NEWEST POLICE OFFICER”

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(Nicole Sabol, a native of St.Thomas, is a recent addition to the Aylmer Police, filling a void as Chief Bil Segui will retire at the end of the year.) - She successfully competed against approximately 150 applicants for employment with Aylmer Police this past summer.  She was hired as a Cadet with Aylmer Police in August. She currently resides in Elgin with family.  Her previous experience includes over 2 years employment as a Special Constable with the University of Western Ontario.  She is currently attending the OPC in the Recruit program; she is scheduled to graduate in December and work regular uniform duties in the new year.

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TEEN STILL CRITICAL

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Aylmer Police report that the 16-year old Bayham youth who was riding a skateboard across Caverly when hit by a car 3 weeks ago is still in critical condition in hospital.

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OBITUARY

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Juhasz, Juliana -1919 – 2011 – in Oshawa. Mother of Susan Jobse (Rande Shaw). She resided for some time  in Aylmer . Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, on Saturday 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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Franz Fehr, on Sept. 28. Survivors include: wife Eliza Fehr etc. Visitation today 2-4 and 7-9 at Kebbels Funeral Home. Funeral tomorrow at Kebbels at 1 pm.

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THE CANDIDATES SPEAK:

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(THEAYLMERNEWS is printing responses to questions submitted to the five candidates in the October 6 Ontario election) 

*Today = Jeff Yurek, PC

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1-What is the major issue in this election provincially?

 If we must limit our focus to one issue it would be jobs.  It is important government becomes a partner with small business as small business, including agri-business, is the backbone of job creation.  A Small Business Bill of Rights will be introduced which will give five specific rights to small business that will guarantee fair, helpful and equal treatment from the Ontario government. Reduce job killing regulatory red tape by 30% per year thereby encouraging businesses to expand and hire.  Reduce business tax rates by 10% making Ontario competitive and attractive for new employers to settle and hire Ontario workers.  The apprentice system will be fixed with a journeyman to apprentice ratio of 1:1 putting more skilled workers on the job.  Agriculture and rural economies will championed with a risk management program designed for long term sustainability; and we will introduce a buy Ontario food policy for all provincial institutions and schools and  increase  market access for all Ontario farmers.

2.Your reaction to the Liberal plan to provide employers with money for hiring new immigrants?

The Liberals have effectively developed an affirmative action program for which they keep changing their explanation. It is still an affirmative action subsidy for some people and not for others. Dalton McGuinty’s affirmative action subsidy is an affront to our Canadian values for two reasons: First, because we believe in equality.  Whether you have lived in Canada for one year, or six, or twenty, or whether you were born here, you deserve equal treatment by the government and an equal shot at a job – based on your qualifications, not based on the government playing special favourites. Second, because we expect our Premier to be working every day to help all Ontario workers to get jobs.

3. How can we improve health care?

 A PC government lead by Tim Hudak will improve health care by means of:  more doctors will be brought to the communities that need them.  Investments in front line health care will increase annually to more than $6 billion more than current.  A rigorous system of patient satisfaction and health outcome measures will be introduced to ensure front line primary healthcare improves and truly meets the needs of patients.  Wait time guarantees for emergency room visits will be introduced.  Health care for Ontario seniors will be improved with the addition of 40,000 long term care beds.  Investments in home care and more control to families is a priority.  Fraud and waste in healthcare will be eliminated along with ballooning costs of healthcare administration.

4. Is Ontario heading in the right direction with promotions of wind and solar energy projects? 

No. The current system was not designed to take energy produced outside the current generation plants and feed it back.  The grid is designed to produce and send out.  Without proper examination the current government put the cart before the horse.  Wind and solar energy can be a part of an overall strategy but cannot be relied upon as a primary source.  Both are too costly with current technology and not yet fully reliable. 

5.What are a few issues affecting Elgin-Middlesex? 

 Jobs, taxation, healthcare, government waste and mismanagement, the cost of hydo and the impact of the HST on hard working Ontario families.

6.Any changes needed in education?/Do you support the Liberal plan for full day kindergarten?

With a PC government lead by Tim Hudak, students come first!  Funding formulas will meet the unique needs of every single community and support special education for families that rely on it!  Full-day kindergarten for all schools will be implemented.  Under the Liberal plan not all schools have full-day daycare.   Teachers will be freed to teach with the support and discretion to do what they know is right for their own classrooms.  Bullies will be prohibited; no child should have to go to school in fear.  Technology will be expanded in the classroom to make our students better able to compete in the 21st century; yet the basics will not be forgotten.  Post secondary education will not be ignored, as 60,000 additional spaces will be created.      

7.What more should the province be doing to protect the environment?

A PC government places importance on environment and conservation.  A PC Government lead by Tim Hudak is committed to: Protecting land, lakes and rivers; Provincial parks will be improved with a new investment of $10 million; Increased funding for land acquisition for expansion of the Bruce Trail; Support conservation of wildlife and fish populations;  100% of hunting and fishing licence revenue will be dedicated to conservation There will never be a long gun registry.

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THURSDAY, Sept. 29/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Sodturning for new Trillium Apt. - 3 pm

-EESS Hosts Girls BBall

-Bayham Council in Corinth 7pm (Discussion on Corinth Community Hall)

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-(Fri. –Kayla Malskaitis at Aylmer Gospel Church, 7pm/ Library Special Speaker)

-(Sat. – Eden School Reunion/ Spits Host Caledonia; Sunday – OFA Farm Tour)

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OBITUARY: MT. SALEM ACCIDENT VICTIM

CHITTENDEN; Craig - On Tuesday, at the age of 24. Beloved husband of Stacy Smith-Chittenden of Aylmer, expecting his first child in a few weeks. Loving son of Roger and Candy Chittenden of Brantford, and son-in-law of Dave and Kathy Smith of Aylmer. Brother of Darrell, Graham, and John Chittenden. Brother-in-law of Jackie and Ryan Pichette etc.  He was a  graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton with his Honours in Bachelor of Science Degree. Craig worked as a lab technician at IGPC Ethanol in Aylmer. Family and friends will be received at McCLEISTER FUNERAL HOME, Brantford on Sunday October 2nd from 1:00 – 3:00 & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Memorial Service to celebrate Craig’s life will be held from Hope Christian Reformed Church, 64 Buchanan Cres., Brantford, on Monday at 11:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place.

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CRASH CHARGES UPGRADED

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(From Elgin OPP) -  The OPP have upgraded the charges against Peter Friesen, the 23 year old Malahide Twp. man charged in connection with the crash in Mt. Salem Sunday.  The collision claimed the life of a 24 year old Malahide man. Police have upgraded one of the charges from Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm to Impaired Driving Causing Death as well as laying an additional two criminal charges. These charges are; Criminal Negligence Causing Death and Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm. Friesenhas been remanded into custody awaiting a show cause hearing to be held tomorrow.

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LOCAL LENS: PT. BRUCE

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A sunset last weekend at Pt. Bruce (Photo by Don Durkee) (Click)

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STUDERS’ ICE GONE FROM AYLMER

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(Studers’ Ice of Aylmer has officially closed its doors this week and  relocated to London.  Studers’ also owns London Quality Dairy and both businesses will now work out of a new building in London. The variety store in Aylmer will remain.  Mark Studer provides this information about their new operations) -  “As of today London Quality Dairy has moved from Dorchester to our new facility at 34 Swiftsure Crt. London (close to Veterans Memorial Parkway and Trafalgar St.). LQD is a wholesale distributor of both dairy and non-dairy products.  Our customers range from large grocery stores, to restaurants, and convenience stores. We also serve many public schools and institutions. We carry a wide variety of brands including Steen’s Dairy (Guelph), Sealtest/Natrel Dairy(St. Laurent, Que.), and Gay Lea (Guelph) etc.” 

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THE CANDIDATES SPEAK:

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(THEAYLMERNEWS is printing responses to questions submitted to the five candidates in the October 6 Ontario election) 

*Today = Kathy Cornish, NDP

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1. What is the major issue in this election provincially?

The single issue that resonates with voters across the province is that of affordability. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of living and people are feeling pinched. Much of this pinching has come from government, either through their actions or inaction.

2.Your reaction to the Liberal plan to provide employers with money for hiring new immigrants?

I believe it is a cheap political trick to shore up votes in the GTA. If this was the right thing to do, why didn’t they do it a long time ago?

3.How can we improve health care?

A lot of resources are spent on health care. One of the biggest hurdles is that much of the new money going in does not get to front line services. New Democrats propose redirecting money from administrative and management salaries to patient services. Step one is to cap CEO salaries, then dismantle the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINS). We can end ambulance fees. We can give seniors the support they need to live in their own homes which will take some of the pressure off hospitals.

4.Is Ontario heading in the right direction with promotions of wind and solar energy projects?

Yes, alternative energy will be an important part of the mix in the future. Coupled with better conservation methods such as government help to homeowners to go green with energy upgrades to their homes, we can secure our energy future. We will not proceed with plans to build new nuclear plants and will conduct a comprehensive environmental assessment that looks at safety and cost before we proceed with any electricity plan.

5.What are a few issues affecting Elgin-Middlesex?

The most important issue that differentiates Elgin-Middlesex-London from other constituencies is the lack of jobs. We now have the highest unemployment rate in the province. The affordability issue that has come to the forefront across the province is also relevant and magnified here. The future of agriculture must also be considered to be a specific issue that is only apparent in a few rural ridings in a world overwhelmed by urban issues. I also believe the people of Elgin-Middlesex-London deserve a government that lives within its means in uncertain economic times.

6.Any changes needed in education?/Do you support the Liberal plan for full day kindergarten?

33,000 elementary students are stuck on waiting lists for special education services. Schools across the province are losing qualified music teachers and librarians. Student activity fees have increased by 75% since 2001 and parents are expected to fundraise more and more to pay for essential school programs and supplies. We must ensure that schools are adequately funded so students can get the services they need. At the post secondary level, undergraduate tuition fees are 40% higher than the Canadian average while class sizes grow every year. We must put students first by ensuring high-quality affordable post secondary education.

7.What more should the province be doing to protect the environment?

Environmental issues work hand in hand with energy issues. (See question #4 above). Add to that, the automobile is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases in Ontario; we need to be working with urban centres to improve public transit. Finally, we must take better care of the lakes that surround us and the time has come to get tough with big polluters of our precious water system.

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-(Thurs: Sodturning for new Trillium Apt. 3 pm)

-(Thurs: – EESS Hosts Girls BBall)

-(Fri. –Kayla Malskaitis at Aylmer Gospel Church)

-(Sat. – Eden School Reunion/ Spits Host; Sunday – OFA Farm Tour)

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DEATH IN CALTON ACCIDENT

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MT. SALEM - Elgin OPP have confirmed that Craig Chittenden, 24, of Malahide died yesterday as a result of injuries suffered in the Sunday morning collision at the main intersection in this village. His truck was struck at 6 am while he was travelling north - apparently heading to work in Aylmer – by a truck containing three young men that was travelling west. The westbound truck failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection. A 22 year old Malahide man, who was a passenger in the westbound vehicle, remains in hospital in serious condition. The other two passengers were treated and released. The driver of the westbound truck had been charged Sunday with Impaired Driving causing bodily harm.

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EESS SPORTS TUESDAY:

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-GIRLS BASKETBALL – JR. = EESS 48 AVSS 8;  SR. = EESS 57 AVSS 8

-BOYS VOLLEYBALL – SR = EESS 3-1 over Glencoe; 3-0 over WESS

-BOYS VOLLEYBALL – JR = EESS 3-0 over WESS; Lost 3-1 to Glencoe

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OBITUARIES:

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At Aylmer on Monday, September 26, 2011 in his 88th year, Walter Cook. Survivors include: son Dennis (Diane) Cook of Tillsonburg etc.. The family will receive friends and family at Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg, on Friday, September 30, 2011 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service for Walter will be held in Ostrander’s Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

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CORNER CUPBOARD USE STEADY

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The demand at Aylmer’s Corner Cupboard has remained about the same in the past year, said Volunteer Betty Falkenham this week. As various fall food drives are about to begin, records show that about 900 ’families ‘visited the CC in the six months between February and July of this year – compared to 950 at the same time last year.  A ‘family’ is usually allowed one visit monthly.

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“WreakDONALDS IN AYLMER!”

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McDonalds announced it's closing for 2 weeks (Drive Through still open for now) for renovations. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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THE CANDIDATES SPEAK:

(THEAYLMERNEWS is printing responses to questions submitted to the five candidates in the October 6 Ontario election)

*Today = Lori Baldwin-Sands, Liberal

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1. What is the major issue in this election provincially?

 Jobs.  Ontario Liberals recognize the value and unique nature of the regional economies across Ontario.   This includes Southwestern Ontario, where Ontario Liberals will create a Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Fund modelled after our other successful regional economic development funds, which have created and retained over 27,000 jobs across the province.  The fund will help create and retain jobs in Elgin-Middlesex-London.

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2. Your reaction to the Liberal plan to provide employers with money for hiring new immigrants?

 The No Skills Left Behind Training Credit is designed to help highly educated new Citizens, up to 1,200 annually, get the Canadian work experience they need to become certified in their professions such as: engineers, accountants and architects.  An employer who hires an internationally trained, new Canadian Citizen can apply for a grant up to $10,000....The program builds on Ontario Liberal government successful implementation of the Second Career Program that has re-trained 47,000 Ontarians, and our students summer job program that has benefited 100,000 youth.

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3. How can we improve health care?

 Ontario Liberals have opened 18 hospitals and hired over 11,500 nurses - there are now 2,900 more doctors practicing medicine and 1.3 million more people now have a family doctor.  We have also taken surgical wait times from the longest to shortest in Canada.   Liberals will ensure our hospitals continue to reduce waits for the 2.5 million Ontarians who rely on our Emergency Rooms each year.  We will continue to reverse the PC cuts and hospital closures by investing in new hospitals and renovating existing facilities.  We remain committed to hiring more new and full-time nurses, and training more doctors and health professionals. Over the next decade, our population of seniors will grow by 43%.  Ontario Liberals will build on our successful Aging at Home strategy to reform the health care system to provide Ontarians, and especially our seniors, with the tools they need to receive care in the dignity of their own homes.  This includes reintroducing House Calls, providing Health Care Coordinators to help seniors hospitalized within the previous 12 months navigate the healthcare system and improve access to Personal Support Workers. 

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4.Is Ontario heading in the right direction with promotions of wind and solar energy projects? 

I believe we need to attract the right kinds of companies in sectors that will thrive in the new, global economy.  That’s why Ontario Liberals introduced and are committed to the Green Energy Act.  Our commitment to clean energy is why companies are investing in new jobs.  This includes Samsung’s wind and solar manufacturing facilities in Tillsonburg and London.  Unlike the NDP and PCs, who would kill these jobs and tear up existing contracts, Ontario Liberals are the only party committed to delivering 50,000 clean energy jobs for Ontario families, including those in -Elgin-Middlesex-London.

5.What are a few issues affecting Elgin-Middlesex?

 I believe local access to high quality healthcare services is essential.  Ontario Liberals are the only party that has committed in its platform and in writing to expand and refurbish St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.  Ontario Liberals are the only party with a mental health strategy in its platform.  One in five of our citizens have struggled with mental illness.  Ontario Liberals investment in mental health will start with a focus on kids, touching the lives of some 50,000 young Ontarians.  Next we’ll focus on prevention, early identification and services for adults. We will also create a Local Food Act that will increase support for farmers’ markets and provide all elementary school children with a healthy snack program to ensure an optimal learning environment.  And we’ll get our kids moving by doubling our Children’s Activity Tax Credit.

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6.Any changes needed in education?/Do you support the Liberal plan for full day kindergarten?

 The foundation of our economic plan is the same today as it has always been: education.  If we want to out-work and out-complete the rest of the world tomorrow, we’ve got to out-educate them today. Along with the world’s leading experts, Ontario Liberals believe that full-day kindergarten in the best first step to take. We also promise to continue building our public education system, which has been independently ranked the best in the English-speaking world and among the top 5 jurisdictions globally.   We will build on our success in literacy and numeracy by introducing a new science strategy, support summer learning camps for struggling students and double the time spent in Bachelor of Education programs, with an emphasis on more practical, hands-on experience before entering the classroom. 

We will support low and middle-class Ontario families with a 30% across-the-board tuition reduction for students.  That means – every year – the families of five out of six students will save $1,600 per student in university and $730 per student in college.

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7.What more should the province be doing to protect the environment?

 Ontario Liberals will defend Ontario’s precious water resources for future generations with the Great Lakes Protection Act and launch a fund that will reduce water pollution and make our beaches cleaner.  This will improve water quality and boost tourism along the Lake Erie shore.

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