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TUESDAY, April 23/13





-All Week – Aylmer Yard Waste Pickup (Day Before Garb. Day – Bagged)

-Screens Off –Road Hockey, 6:30; Assumption School


-Wed. -Screens Off – Aylmer Library 6:30-8 (Books, Music, Make Believe)

-Sat. – APAC, Quartetto Gelato, OTH Theatre, 7:30pm





(Information from Barb Warnock of A.C.T.) – “The next play of the Aylmer Community Theatre is the comedy “Honeymoon For Three” which begins with Preview Night on Thursday, May 9 (see Ad). A synopsis of the play:  “The night before the wedding was meant to be a romantic evening.  That is, until Madeline’s father arrives.  Then her mother.  Then her ex-husband. Fiance Donald is determined that nothing is going to ruin the night and makes every effort to keep the entire group entertained and happy. Madeline simply wants to survive the evening.
The show is directed by Harry Edison who, when actor Greg Mate broke his arm three weeks prior to opening, has also taken on the role of Milner, the ex-husband. Judy Jacoletti is the long-suffering bride, Madeline.  Gary Bodkin and Barbara Warnock play her divorced parents and Carl Whelan, is the dependable fiance. The show runs the weekends of May 9-12 and May 16-18; Cost is $15 for adults and tickets can be obtained at Campbells II, Prime Ingredient and Aylmer Video, or at the door or by phoning 765-3039.”



(Information from President Mike Holmes) – “We are still looking for a few players to fill out this years programs: BlastBall -2009/2010 Birth Years – 4 spots left;T-Ball – 2006/2007/2008 Birth Years – 5 spots left; Rookie Ball – 2004/2005/2006 Birth Years – 7 spots left.

Also, Aylmer Minor Ball is hosting a FREE MLB Pitch, Hit, Run Competition on May 11 at Steen Park. Registration (by May 4) is at Goodwills Used Cars or download from our website. It is for boys and girls ages 5-14. Winners in the 7-14 age groups have a chance to advance to a Regional Competition at the Rogers Center.Visit aylmerminorball.com for more information or Email aylmerminorball@hotmail.com.


EESS will begin their long awaited sports season next week with home games in soccer and rugby. The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will host West Elgin on Monday and the boys and girls rugby teams will host Woodstock CI on Thursday.


(Information from Pastor Albert Lowen of Mt. Salem Evangelical Mennonite Church) – “On May 3-4 we are hosting (at the EMC Church) our first Youth Leadership Training Conference. The conference is aimed at providing quality training for youth workers and parents in Aylmer and the surrounding area. The training is primarily focused on youth workers and parents but the Friday night session will also be open to all youth.

Features of the weekend include: Friday – The College Transition Seminar addresses challenges students face transitioning from high school to college. Saturday  morning– Identity Matters – Teenagers and young adults face many challenges to finding their identity in Christ.  Saturday afternoon – Teaching Youth Biblical Sexuality – The speaker specializes in men’s issues including helping men break free from pornography and other sexual addictions; sexual abuse; etc. The cost – $10 for one session or $20 for all three. (see ad for more information)


According to Sims’ History of Elgin, Jaffa (south of Springwater at the intersection with John Wise Road) either was named after a village in Israel in biblical times or a small town in New York state (not existing today?). In earlier times a school (which was later rebuilt to the east and became the Outdoor Education Centre) and two churches were situated here. It had a post office beginning in 1876.

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MONDAY, April 22/13





-Earth Day, Aylmer Tree Planting, Optimist Park, 10:30 am

-All Week – Aylmer Yard Waste Pickup (Day Before Garb. Day – Bagged)

-Screens Off -Horseshoes, 6pm; Rear of  EEC Complex


-Tue. -Screens Off – Road Hockey, 6:30; Assumption School

-Sat. – APAC, Quartetto Gelato, OTH Theatre, 7:30pm






(Information from Chris Huctwith)  – “The Belmont Kids Park Campaign had an awesome start Friday at our Community Kickoff. Many thanks go to our speakers, including MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London Jeff Yurek, Municipality of Central Elgin Mayor Bill Walters, and Ontario Trillium Foundation Representative Brian George. The Municipality has donated $70,000 and the Ontario Trillium Foundation has helped out with $111,900.


Additional thanks go to speakers Rob McFarlan (Ward 5 Councillor, Central Elgin), Doug Crockett (Westminister Mutual – $20,000), Carrie Lewis (Belmont HUB – $10,000), Laura Morris (Next to Mom Daycare – $10,000), and Janet Elliot (of Open Space Solutions).  The Belmont Lions also also have a donation of $10,000.


Sandra Price described her involvement in the Skate Park on behalf of her late son, Matt Price. The golf tournament held in Matt’s honour has raised $11,000 for the park to date with future tournaments planned. Dani Bartlett also spoke of the skate park, on behalf of Ben Rowlands, the Skate Park Representative. Co-Chairs, Dione Hildenbrand and Sue Beattie finished by unveiling the Fund Raising Chart showing  the campaign has attained $270,000 of the $300,000 needed.”






Earth Day today in Aylmer was celebrated by the planting of a Native Sycamore tree in Optimist Park this morning. Participating were, from left, Bill Murch, Environmental Committee, Mayor Jack Couckuyt, Councillor and Earth Committee Chair Arthur Oslach, and John Montgomery, Environmental Committe. (kb) (CLICK)






-Judd, Beatrice May; of Aylmer, passed away on Thursday, in her 99th year. Predeceased by her husband George Judd. She owned and operated the Rainbow Coffee Shop on Talbot Street West and was a member of the Aylmer Missionary Church. A Funeral service will be held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Tuesday, at 1:30 pm. with visitation one hour prior.






Aylmer library will host ‘Story time for Babies’ on Friday mornings beginning May 3 and going until May 31 from 11:00 to 11:30 am. It will include stories, songs and games for babies 0 -24 months.






April 15, 2013, Station #2, Caverly Road, Medical Assist 

– April 15, 2013, Station #1, Pede Road, CO Monitor failure

– April 17, 2013, Station 3 assisted by Station #2, College Line, MVC

(*By the Police College, no damage, no injuries)

 – April 19, 2013, Station #2,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

 – April 19, 2013, Station #3,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist






Last spring we posted a photo of the west side of the new Aylmer, Malahide sign in the East Municipal Parking Lot. This is a view of the east side which highlights attractions in Aylmer. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)








(Two former local school Principals – Avril Currie and Wendy Crocker –  recently toured various communities in Mexico for 10 days as part of their ongoing education programs and provided the following information to TANews.)


1. Why pursue this area of studies/Why go to Mexico? We wanted to go beyond a general understanding of a cultural group in East Elgin’s public schools that present beliefs, routines and other ways of living to our western view. Our trip to Chihuahua offered a progression into the lives of the LGM students in our schools – from tours of churches, schools, and industry to the intimacy of family kitchens and dining tables etc.

2. Some impressions of  Mennonite life there?

Not surprising: Focus on faith-based living and family values People were dressed similarly to the way in which we see them in Aylmer; Resiliency of the Low German speaking Mennonite people in adapting to their new environment having come from the prairies eg. all farming equipment needed to be retooled to address the soil in Chihuahua etc. Surprising: An emphasis on education and the development of schools – especially in the Old Colony over the last five years with a change in the Bishopric;  Multilanguages : We interacted with many Mennonites (young and old) who were fluent in speaking Spanish, Low German, High German and English.”





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FRIDAY, April 19/13





-Aylmer Brush Collection (Set out before Garbage Day)

-Schools PD Day (Public Skating: 10am-12)

-Belmont Kids Park Ceremony; Noon; Belmont Arena

CANCELLED: Fri/Sat.- Relay For Life BBQs (ReSked For May 3-4)


-Next week: Aylmer Yard Waste pickup (In Paper Bags, Day Before Garbage Day)






(Information from Thom Polland, Parks and Facilities Manager) – On Monday, Earth day, the Town of Aylmer will be planting a Sycamore tree in Optimist Park north of the Pavilion at 10:30 a.m.






-Kirby, Steven Edwin; of Straffordville, passed away Thursday, aged 57. Survivors include: siblings Charles (Marianne) Kirby of Aylmer, Russell Kirby and Christopher (Sherry) Kirby, both of Straffordville etc.. Arrangements through Shawn Jackson Funeral Home, St.Thomas. Friends are invited to the Aylmer Legion,Tuesday, from 1:00 to 4:00pm.


-Jackson, Grace Mildred; of Dutton and formerly of Harrietsville, passed away Thursday, in her 94th year. Wife of the late Robert Jackson (1972). Survivors include:  son Jim Jackson (Judy) of Harrietsville etc.. She was a member of the United Church and Charity Rebekah Lodge, both in Harrietsville. Visitation at Kebbel’s  Funeral Home, Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held there Monday at 11 am.






East Elgin defeated Ingersoll 2-0 in the final of the EESS preseason boys’ soccer tourney yesterday at Columbus Park. Aylmer was victorious by 3-1 over Parkside, 4-0 over London Central and  2-0 over Medway in preliminary games.






(Recently Elgin County library representatives including Director of Community/Cultural Services Brian Masschaele sat down with the Archon Architects designing the proposed new library building at John and Sydenham and the five member Library Committee to look at potential designs. Mr. Masschaele provides some views on that meeting: (A public meeting on this project will be held June 3.))


1. Reaction to the architect’s presentation?

“I was impressed with the amount of research the firm had completed prior to the meeting.  I did not expect them to ask for the level of detail on how interior spaces would be used but fortunately, we have been preparing for this process for several months so we were able to provide immediate answers. They are certainly not wasting anytime which is good.”


2. Pros, cons of a two-storey building?

“We do operate branches on two floors already, Straffordville for example, but usage of the basement floor there is for program purposes only. This is the first time we have been involved in a project that involves a second floor that will be completely accessible to the public.  Benefits of a second floor include the ability to create zones for “quieter” functions such as local history, reference and study areas.  Challenges of a second floor pertain largely to staffing and security:  At times, we will not be able to staff the second floor so we will need to install security cameras or have it designed so that there are still clear sitelines from the first floor.”


3. Importance of local history/reference area, language labs, private adult space in the new library?

“Private study areas will be very important and we have put a priority on that in the conceptual design process.  We are also centralizing our regional local history resources into Aylmer as we no longer have the capacity to have a large collection in each branch, especially given that we need equipment like a microfilm reader / printer which are getting harder to obtain.  It’s important that space for this be incorporated in the new building.  Interpretive space for the community is also very important.  We’ve had great success with artist exhibitions and a mural wall in Springfield and we can’t wait to bring this to a larger level in Aylmer.”






(Contributed) – Edison Fest, scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at Vienna Memorial Park, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., is seeking craft vendors (forms at www.bayham.on.ca), students (mandatory volunteer school hours), donations and sponsors.  Contact Lynda at 519-866-5521 or lmillard@bayham.on.ca .






(Contributed) – “The Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives is preparing a new Vision Statement at the request of the Ontario Ministry of Culture.  A vision statement is about tomorrow, where the museum & archives wants to be in the future. A small group of interested community members have put together two possible Vision Statements.

1-“The Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives vision is to engage cultures within the community by inspiring their imagination and stimulating their interest and appreciation of history.”

2-“The Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives vision is to stimulate an interest/appreciation of history that inspires the imagination, stimulates thought and engages the cultures within the community.”

The Museum would like feedback on which you prefer. Please e-mail your comments or suggestions to Bill Murch at MurchCommunications@gmail.com by April 24, 2013.






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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)





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THURSDAY, April 21/13





-All Week -Aylmer Brush Collection (Set out before Garbage Day)

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils


-Fri -Schools PD Day (Public Skating: 10am-12)

-Fri- Belmont Kids Park Ceremony; Noon; Belmont Arena

-Fri/Sat.- Relay For Life BBQs; 10-1pm; (Fri- outside Slice of Life)


-Next week: Aylmer Yard Waste pickup






(Information from Coach Christy Halasz) – “We had an excellent day yesterday in our home (exhibition) tournament winning the whole thing. We beat Glencoe, Oakridge, and Glendale in pool play, then we beat Strathroy in the finals.


We have some really good prospects with our grade nines, and are happy to have some of our key players back, like Becca Jefferson, Katherine Barrie, Elizabeth Rollo and Kira Cornelissen. But we have lost a lot of key players like Averi Nooren, Holly Scherer, Selina Braund, and Maddy Derrough. Other coaches are EA Deb Dempsey and Kaylie Buck, a former player.”






(Aylmer children are again being encouraged to participate next week in Pause To Play/Turn Off The Screens week sponsored by the Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit. Noted the Health Unit: “The rates of screen use in children and youth are alarmingly high.” Aylmer Co-ordinator Penny Hilliker, a McGregor teacher, provides the following information:)


“The events are a bit scaled back compared to last year as some schools were unable to host events this year and we’ve decided not to produce tickets to keep the process simple. Students just need to bring their log sheet to events for free admission, with the exception of “Dodgeball Mania” – tickets for this are available at schools, the Complex and Library. There is free admission at events for children that have log sheets.”


Events: Sunday – Skating : 100 – 2:30 pm at East Elgin Community Complex; Monday – Horseshoes  with EECC Youth Horseshoes Club (weather permitting) 6:00 pm to dusk at rear of East Elgin Community Complex; Tuesday – Road Hockey. Bring a stick. (weather permitting) 6:30 – 8:00 pm  at Assumption School; Wednesday – Open a Book, Fun with music and Make Believe, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Aylmer Library; Thursday – Dodgeball Mania -Gr. 1 – 3 from 6:00 – 6:45 and Gr. 4 – 8 from 6:45 – 7:45 at Immanuel Christian School. Also – Thursday -Bowling (2 free games & shoes) First-come, first-served. 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Cy’s Lanes.






The Aylmer Police are seeking to identify a male and female last seen at the Mac’s Convenience Store on April 6th 2013 between 4:45-500pm. They are persons of interest in a theft. The public is asked to phone the Police or Crimestoppers if you have information.









(Contributed) – “Vogeljoy, a children’s entertainment group consisting of Terry and Kim Neudorf and family  formerly of Aylmer (and currently in Santiago, Chile) is in the Great Kids CBC Viewer Voted Song Search (http://www.cbc.ca/parents/songsearch). They are one of the 40 nominated bands and musicians and they are singing and performing their original song “A Friend Like You”. You can vote for them at this site – once daily until May 8. Winners get to shoot a music video for their song.


As well in a separate contest, anyone can enter for a chance to win a trip to Toronto and be VIP guests at Kids’ CBC Days July 16–18.  As well Terry and VogelJoy are nominated in the Scene Magazine London Music Awards http://scenemagazine.com/portals/0/phpQ/fillsurvey.php?sid=15  Terry’s category is under #6 and vogelJoy is under category #10.”






(Contributed – The next Aylmer Performing Arts event is next Saturday, April 27 at the Old Town Hall Theatre (see ad).) – “Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery and a World Accordion Champion – this is Quartetto Gelato.  Their performance repertoire  includes classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs etc.


Most recently, QG won the honor of Best Classical Ensemble at Canada’s 2010 INDIE awards. QG is regularly heard on the CBC. Their Concert in Wine Country DVD is seen regularly on PBS. Their eight CDs have sold over 150,000 units to date and they have been featured on the Hollywood soundtrack “Only You.”






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WEDNESDAY, April 17/13






-All Week -Aylmer Brush Collection (Set out before Garbage Day)


-Thu- Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-Fri -Schools PD Day






(From Elgin OPP) – “A 60 year old Bayham man was taken to Tillsonburg Hospital and then transferred to the London Health Sciences Centre after being seriously injured in an industrial accident yesterday around 11:30 am. The incident occurred at Willow Hawk Farm Inc. on Carson Line (Eden) in Bayham. The employee was working inside a grain silo when he came in contact with a grain auger. He is currently listed in serious but stable condition.”






(Contributed) – “Elgin St. Thomas Public Health would like you to drop-in at an information session. The community is welcome to bring questions and learn more about Elgin County’s new headquarters for public health services. Three sessions will take place across the County in May this year. One will be on Thursday May 16 (7-9 pm) at the Aylmer Legion.


Public Health provides some of these services: Clinical services ranging from dental services to sexual health, Home visits for parents by public health nurses and parent resource workers, Inspections and consultations by public health inspectors, Skill building and education sessions, Partnerships to promote and support healthy communities etc.”






Fifteen persons attended an information session on End of Days care by Speaker Ida Tigchalaar, a nurse with Palliative Care at St Joseph’s Health Care of London, as part of the monthly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex Tuesday.








“Kristen McCord of Aylmer, who won medals in the World Karate Championships in Spain last year, has been chosen as one of 60 finalists in the Miss Canada Globe Pagaent. Kristen was informed of her selection earlier this month. She will go to Toronto in August for the competition. The winner will advance to the Miss International event in Albania in the fall.  Kristen qualified as a result of several phone interviews and online applications – she has done some modelling part-time. Contestants must be at least 20 years of age.”






Children’s entertainer Michael Mitchell, who features songs on Canadian geograpy and history,  performed in the gym at McGregor Public School this morning. (kb) (CLICK)





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TUESDAY, April 16/13





-All week -Aylmer Brush Pickup (Set out the day before garbage day)

-Tue. -EEC Complex Seniors Event 9:30am -12:30






(From Elgin OPP) – “A 60 year old Bayham man was transported to the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital and then transferred to the London Health Sciences Centre after being seriously injured in an industrial accident late this morning. The incident occurred around 11:40am at the Willow Hawk Farm Inc. business located on Carson Line in Bayham Township.  The 60 year old male employee was working inside a grain silo when he came in contact  with a grain auger and was seriously injured.  He is currently listed in serious but stable condition.”






-Cummings, Mrs. Helen (nee Goodhue); of St. Thomas, passed away Saturday, in her 91st year. Survivors include: brother Charles Goodhue (Jean) of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Sifton Funeral Home, St.Thomas on Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. where the funeral will be held on Thursday, at 11:00 a.m.






(By Bill Murch)


-Aylmer Town Council in session last night gave third reading and approved By-law 12-13 to authorize the signing of a Development Agreement between Mike Hutchinson Properties Inc. and the Town for the development of the lands (a two storey office building) on the southwest corner of Wellington and Talbot Streets.


-The Mayor reported he intends to have an information meeting on the Aylmer Library architectural design concept on June 3rd as part of the normal Council meeting. The council meeting will be held in the Old Town Hall.


-The Aylmer Library Building Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, April 25th at 1:00 p.m. in the Town Hall council chambers. The public is welcome.






Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer reports that sometimes the presence of police officers in coffee shops can have a very positive result. Last Thursday about 8am while police were on a regular break at the Tim Hortons west, a Bayham woman rushed in and announced her van was on fire in the parking lot. The officers responded with their fire extinguisher and put the engine fire out.






Museum volunteer Bozena Boadway shows pictures from the 1913 Illustrated Aylmer magazine to an interested passerby in the Aylmer-Malahide Museum booth at last weekend’s Aylmer Fair Home and Garden show at the EEC Complex. (kb) (CLICK)






-On Friday Police charged a 25-year old Aylmer man with a breach of his recognizance as he was late for the third time on a requirement to report weekly to Police – a condition of a theft charge.


-A 16 year old Malahide girl was also charged recently with a breach of her recognizance as she was spotted by Police visiting a residence that was restricted to her as a condition of a February drug possession charge.


-Robbery update: Further information on last week’s robbery of the Downtown Convenience store on Talbot East on April 8 by a 27-year old man – the clerk was shoved against a counter as the male entered; the suspect had actually been spotted in the store earlier that day; the clerk recognized the intruder uptown the next day and demanded his cellphone back which had been taken in the robbery but the suspect denied its theft; the theft involved cash of under $1000 but no money has been recovered since the man’s arrest last Wednesday.


-In Elgin court recently a 24-year old St.Thomas woman who stole cheques from her grandfather in Aylmer and violated her recognizance was given a sentence of 30 days in custody. She had a previous similar offence.


-Also in Elgin court, a 27 year old St.Thomas man was given 67 days in custody plus 23 days already served pre-court for two assaults on his common law partner in Aylmer in February and again in March and for breach of his recognizance. He also received 18 months probation and a ten year weapons ban. He had a previous similar offence.






(Information from Coach Chris Underhill) – “We are playing only 3 other teams this year:  Huron Park, WCI, and Glendale. We hope to build on last year’s team as most of the grade 9’s (nine) are returning. Devin Catt, and Cole Symon should be leaders of the team this year. There are many players who are only in their second year, so we hope they can build off of the essential skills they learned last season. We only have 1 player who has played more than one previous season – Braydon Racz.


We once again have a very young team consisting of 17 rookies on a roster of 32. We do have a grade 9 student, Oscar Bergvist who is from the UK and has 10 years experience. Other coaches are Scott Smith and local volunteer Keith Pressey (a former student and rugby player).”





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MONDAY, April 15/13





-Aylmer Council 7pm

-All week -Aylmer Brush Pickup


-Tue. -EEC Complex Seniors Event 9:30am -12:30






Aylmer Police reported this unusual incident from Thursday afternoon. A John St. south resident was startled when a woman walked into her house without knocking, seemingly confused and speaking in a foreign language (Polish), and then left. She phoned Police with a description of both the intruder and her vehicle which headed south. Police stopped the car east of Copenhagen.


But even after assistance from the Polish Embassy in communicating with the 62-year old woman the best Police could ascertain was that she and her 56- year old male companion were ‘lost’ and were trying to ‘buy a vehicle’. However, lacking proper insurance on their vehicle, which  was actually borrowed legally from a friend, they had to pay $500 for a tow charge back to their residence in Toronto. There were no charges.






-Swance, Murray Conrad; formerly of Eden, on Thursday, in his 87th year. He was predeceased by his first wife Doris (2003). Survived by his wife Illeane (DeBuck) Swance etc.. Murray was a lifelong dairy farmer in Bayham and served as President of the Elgin County Holstein Association. Visitation at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg on Tuesday 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.; the service will be held at Verhoeve’s Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m.


-Hobden, Dennis; formerly of St. Thomas; on Thursday, aged 54. Survivors include: sister Wendy (Kim) Flintoft of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home  St Thomas on Wednesday, an hour before the service at 1:00 p.m.


-Nedozytko, Alice; formerly of Aylmer, passed away Sunday, in her 94th year. Wife of the late Thomas Nedozytko(1995). Alice and her husband operated a restaurant and gas bar at North Hall for a number of years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 am.


-Legg, Verna J. (Miekle); of Aylmer formerly of Belmont, on Friday, in her 89th year. Wife of the late Donald Legg (2011). Survivors include: children D.J. (Terry)Meadows of Belmont, Jim (Maureen) of Aylmer, Joanne (Robert) Barker of Belmont etc. Visitation at Bieman’s Funeral Home Dorchester Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the Memorial Service will be conducted on Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m.






Aylmer Police charged a 43-year old Bayham man with possession of crystal meth – believed to be the first charge of this kind in town – after a routine traffic stop on Friday about 8:30 am.  The man was spotted by Police driving on Talbot St. and was pulled over on Caverly Road. He was charged with driving while under licence suspension.


Upon investigation the Police found a small quantity of used crystal meth on a broken piece of glass in his pocket as well as  some crystal meth tablets and oxycocet pills. He was also charged with two counts of drug possession. He had been convicted previously of the same driving offence and of drug possession.


Aylmer Police seized, from left, crystal meth tablets, burnt crystal meth on glass, and several oxycocet pills from a Bayham man in town last Friday. (Aylmer Police) (CLICK)





(Contributed) – “The Belmont Kids’ Splash Pad and Skate Park Campaign moves into its final fundraising leg on Friday at noon, as we celebrate the Campaign’s Community Kick Off at the Belmont Arena. Local dignitaries will be on hand as well as many local contributors to the project. Information about how Belmont and area residents can now get involved in the project will be explained. With Friday being a P.D. Day, kids are encouraged to come join the Kick Off; a light lunch will be served.”





– April 10, 2013, Station #1, Hale Street, Medical Assist

– April 10, 2013, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist




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FRIDAY, April 12/13





Fri-Sun.-Home, Garden Show;EEC Complex (Fri:3-9;Sat:11-9;Sun: 12-6)

-Sat.-Banquet/Fundraiser-Triple C Bible Camp,Simcoe;12:30;$15 -1-8777554864


-Next week: Aylmer Brush collection

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm






(Information from Relay For Life Chairpersons, Andy and Wendy Beck) – “Our next event is the Kick off BBQs next Friday April 19th in front of Slice of Aylmer on Talbot west from 10:00 am until 1 pm. and then two BBQs on Saturday April 20th at No Frills and The Beer Store – same times.”






(Statement Monday from Catfish Creek CA) – “…Due to the amount (55 – 80 mm) of forecasted precipitation today through Friday coupled with any residual snow pack there is a potential for flooding to occur in flood prone areas adjacent to water channels in the Catfish Creek watershed…This (upgraded) Flood Watch will remain in effect (now) until Saturday, April 13th.”






(Contributed) – “Elgin County Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to once again offer the Community Festival and Event Partnership Program (CFEPP) to groups that celebrate the area’s unique culture by holding local festivals and special events. The CFEPP now includes two categories of contribution: Category 1: Events or festivals under 5,000 attendees who qualify to receive one of two contributions of $1,000 and Category 2: Events or festivals over 5,000 attendees who qualify to receive one contribution of $2,000.


In order to be eligible to receive a CFEPP contribution an event’s sponsoring organization must be located in Elgin County, must be a registered charity, non-profit organization or community organization and the event must be held within Elgin County. Qualifying applications will be accepted until May 10. For more information please call 519 631-1460 ext. 176 or e-mail karussell@elgin-county.on.ca .”






Tyrone Burke, a contributing editor with Canadian Geographic magazine, has written an article this month for ROAM magazine about the tundra swans at the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area (OPC). It can be viewed online. ROAM features articles on leisure, travel destinations.






-Elvidge, Norma; formerly of Aylmer, passed away today, in her 83rd year. Survivors include: brother-in-law Alvin Barr etc.. She was born in Aylmer and was a member of  the Aylmer Royal Canadian Legion. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Sunday 2-4 p.m. and Monday one hour prior to the service. The funeral service will be held there Monday,  at 11:00 am.








Dunboyne was located south of Aylmer in Malahide at the intersection of Imperial Road and the fourth concession (just south of John Wise line). There is a Dunboyne in Ireland but apparently this hamlet was named after a village close to Thomas Talbot’s Malahide Castle birthplace in England. There is still a church east of the corner and at one time two churches stood here beside each other. It had a post office in 1881 and later had a gas station on the southwest corner. (Source: Sims: History of Elgin County)






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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)





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THURSDAY, April 11/13





-Fri-Sun. -Home, Garden Show; EEC Complex (Frid: 3-9; Sat: 11-9; Sun: 12-6)


-Sat. -Spring Banquet/Fundraiser- Triple C Bible Camp, Simcoe; 12:30 ; Tickets -$15 -1 877 755 4864.


-Next week: Aylmer Brush collection

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm






(From Aylmer Police) – Last night around 8 p.m. Aylmer Police with the assistance of  Elgin OPP executed an Arrest Warrant at an Aylmer residence. A 27 year old Aylmer male was arrested without incident for the Robbery of the Downtown Convenience Store Monday night.  He was held in custody pending a Bail Hearing.






(Environment Canada Forecast for St. Thomas, Aylmer, East Elgin; 5am Today)


“Several rounds of significant rain and thunderstorms have been affecting the region over the past few days. Another low currently over Illinois will approach the Lower Great Lakes today. Rain and the odd thunderstorm will continue to fall through tonight. Several locations within the rainfall warning have received in excess of 40 mm of rain. An additional 30 to 40 mm are expected by Friday morning.




(Statement today from Catfish Creek CA) – “…Due to the amount (55 – 80 mm) of forecasted precipitation today through Friday coupled with any residual snow pack there is a potential for flooding to occur in flood prone areas adjacent to water channels in the Catfish Creek watershed…This (upgraded) Flood Watch will remain in effect (now) until Saturday, April 13th.”






(Information from Andrew Morrison, Media Relations, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services) – “The Ontario Police College has cancelled the May class for Basic Constable Training (BCT) for new recruits. Only 100 recruits were available for the May intake. The college has 150 instructors for the BCT program so, as a result of the imbalanced ratio, those recruits will be part of the September intake. The course calendar at the college remains full through the summer as the postponed BCT course allows for more senior officer training to take place.


Permanent positions at OPC are not affected by the cancellation of the summer intake. The teaching staff, for the most part, is composed of seconded officers from police detachments across Ontario. BCT is a 60-day residential program offered three times per year at OPC. There are intakes in January, May and September. The cancellation of the May intake at OPC is a rare occurrence, and the college will be using the opportunity to introduce a new Learning Management System that will be available for the September intake.


We understand police services across Ontario are hiring fewer recruits at this time and the BCT numbers are dependent upon police service hiring. Recruitment levels vary from year to year. Here are some recent examples:  910 recruits attended OPC in 2010/11;  544 recruits attended OPC in 2011/12; 632 recruits attended OPC in 2012/13. On an annual basis, OPC trains between 8500 to 10000 students – both on and off site.”






-McQuiggan, Bud; of Tillsonburg; on Saturday, aged 52 years. Survivors include: sister Shelly Riddell and husband Doug Bates of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Thursday, from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. with the funeral service there Friday, at 1:00 p.m.


-Wackley, Esther; of  Aylmer, passed away Tuesday, in her 81st year. Survivors include: husband Jack Wackley etc.. She was born in Malahide and was a longtime member of Mapleton Church of Christ Disciples. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home,  Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where the funeral service will be held Saturday, at 11:00 am.


-Hopf, Gladys (McDonald); of Belmont; on Monday, in her 69th year. Survivors include: husband Robert Hopf etc..Visitation at John  T Donohue Funeral Home, London on Thursday from 7-9 pm,  where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 12 noon.






(St.Thomas Police Media Release) – “A 36 year old Aylmer woman was charged yesterday with trafficking, after a suspicious smelling package was discovered in a London Purolator warehouse. The package was linked back to St. Thomas and the female was identified and arrested. A total of 265 grams of marihuana was seized with a street value of $2650.00.”






Q-Doing Income Taxes?


1. Done in March  50.57%  (44 votes)

2. Do in April sometime  40.23%  (35 votes)

3. Around May 1st deadline  6.9%  (6 votes)

4. Probably after deadline  2.3%  (2 votes)


Total Votes: 87





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