Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


FRIDAY, Jan. 13/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Friday – Spits host Paris,  7:45 pm;   Sat – Spits host  Woodstock , 7:30 pm

-Sat.: APAC presents Don Ross (and Scott Brunelle) at OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm

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-Monday – Aylmer Council, 7 pm

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OPP LOCATE MISSING MAN

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Elgin OPP advise that they have located Christopher Paul EVANS age 28 of St. Thomas Ontario. He was arrested without incident yesterday and is in police custody. He was reported missing from the St.Thomas Psychiatric Hospital earlier this week.

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EESS SPORTS THUR.:

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BOYS BBALL = JR = EESS 31 AVSS 24; SR = EESS 61 AVSS 27

GIRLS VBALL – SR = EESS 3 AVSS 0; JR = EESS 3 AVSS 1

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Shipp, Betty Irene (Howey), Aylmer, on Thursday, in her 84th year. Survivors include: husband Robert E. Shipp; daughter Linda Parry (Ron) of Aylmer etc.  She was born in Malahide Township, drove school bus for twenty years, and was a charter member of the Springfield Lionness Club. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Saturday January 14, 2012 at 11:00 am.

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AYLMER’s SCOTT BRUNELLE AT OT HALL SAT.

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(Scott Brunelle, son of Paul and Susan Brunelle of the Aylmer area, will be performing several songs as the opening act for Don Ross at the APAC concert tomorrow night at the OTH theatre. He provides the following informationJ

“ I started playing guitar at 14; performed many times at EESS coffee houses and talent shows; now gigging regularly in London/Port Stanley and attending UWO for Popular Music Studies; recorded a CD in my bedroom in 2011 called “year of change” and a 4 song EP at the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART) called “circle of pine” – both will be available on Saturday.

I am in the midst of recording my first professional full length album in London, which is being engineered by fellow EESS graduate Greg Enns; the songs on Saturday will be original finger style guitar and folk music;  Don inspired my switch from electric guitar to acoustic finger style guitar in 2010 when I started listening to his music heavily;  I’m not in a band presently, I do solo shows;  I have learned much about music from my dad, my uncles Mike and Phil Brunelle and my cousins Michael Brunelle and Christopher Van De Maele,”
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CAN YOUR GROUP HELP IN AYLMER’s 125th?

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 The program  for Aylmer’s 125th Anniversary weekend – June 28-July 1st – is gradually coming together. Several clubs and churches have sponsored meals for the weekend. Elgin County will host horse-drawn wagon tours. The Shriners are organizing a car show. The Kinsmen are planning a Parade on Saturday afternoon. And Canada Day events will occupy Sunday, the traditional  Kinsmen fireworks slated for the evening. Organizers are still looking for other groups/individuals to participate with entertainments, events, as volunteers etc. Phone the Town Hall. You can check the program to date on Facebook. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aylmers-125th-Anniversary-Celebration/272492299470687

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-EESS  = Girls VBall  Host AVSS

-Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex (2:30 - 4:00 , 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.)

-Bayham Council, 7 pm

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STOLEN TRUCK HITS HOUSE IN MALAHIDE

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LUTON – The Elgin OPP is investigating a single motor vehicle collision which occurred on Tuesday at approximately 11:48pm after a 2004 Ford F150 pick-up truck collided with a residence on Hacienda Rd in the area of John Wise Line, Malahide Township. 

Police arrived at the residence on Hacienda Road and found the front portion of the house to be completely destroyed. All occupants of the residence were outside and uninjured. The truck was on the front yard of the property directly to the south of the residence. The Pick-up had sustained heavy front end damage, as well as damage to the passenger side.  Located in the vehicle were several open and unopened bottles of beer.  The driver and any other occupants of the vehicle had fled the scene.

It appeared that the vehicle was southbound and had failed to stop for the posted stop sign continuing south colliding with the residence. The area was canvassed for possible occupants of the vehicle, however they were unable to locate anyone .The registered owners later reported the vehicle was stolen. 

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EESS SPORTS WED.:

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-BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 3 WESS 2

-BOYS BBALL – JR = CECI 43 EESS 37; SR = EESS 73 CECI 46

-CURLING – BOYS – St Joes 9 EESS 5; GIRLS – St Joes 1 EESS 0

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OPP LOOKING FOR MAN

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(Contributed) – St.Thomas – “Elgin OPP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Christopher, Paul, EVANS, age 28 of St.Thomas, ON. This individual failed to return to the Forensic Ward of the Regional Mental Health Care , St.Thomas, after being out on privileges on January 10, 2012.  He is described as a white male, 175cm tall (5’9″) , medium build weighing 95.5 Kg (210LBS). He has hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white coat with dark pinstripes.”

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HOCKEY UPDATE:  BRIAN WILLSIE

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Belmont’s Brian Willsie, 33,  signed on with Montreal Canadians this year. He is playing with their affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL and has not played in the NHL yet this season. With the Bulldogs he has 5 goals and is second in team points.
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THE LOCAL LENS

 

Erie Thames Power has been installing new hydro poles on the north side of Sydenham St. recently (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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TVRAA STANDINGS:

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 -BOYS BBALL – SR = EESS 8-0 (first);  JR  – EESS 3-3

-HOCKEY – GIRLS = EESS 4-2 ; BOYS  – EESS 2-3-2

-GIRLS VBALL – JR = EESS 3-3; SR – 3-3

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-EESS SPORTS = Boys BBall Host CECI; Boys Hockey Host WESS

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-EESS SPORTS THIS WEEK:  Thur. Host Girls VBall -AVSS

-Thur. -Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex (2:30 - 4:00 , 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.)

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500 PIGS PERISH IN MALAHIDE FIRE

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LYONS - (From Elgin OPP) - ”Approximately five hundred pigs were lost in yesterday’s barn fire on Wilson line, in Malahide.  The fire was reported just after 12pm. All four Malahide fire departments and the Belmont Fire Service battled the blaze until the late afternoon. Investigation has determined that the fire is not suspicious in nature and was caused by electrical issues. Damages are estimated at over $750 000.”

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OBITUARIES:

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On Monday, in Tillsonburg, Lillian Vesta (Baker) Haycock, at the age of 85. Survivors include:  sister-in-law Gloria Kesteloot of Straffordville.  Visitation on Thursday 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOME ,  Tillsonburg. There is no funeral service.

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EESS SPORTS TUESDAY:

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BOYS BBALL = SR = EESS 65 WESS 4

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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East of the Pt. Bruce pier (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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Q- New Year’s Eve?

1. Stayed home, Stayed up  37.65%  (32 votes)  

2. Hosted a party  4.71%  (4 votes)  

3. Went to a house party  17.65%  (15 votes)  

4. Went out ie. supper or show etc  14.12%  (12 votes)  

5. Went to bed, missed it  25.88%  (22 votes)  

Total Votes: 85

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Q- Why Canada lost to Russia?

1.We outplayed them but few breaks  3.08%  (2 votes)  

2. Russia was the better team  44.62%  (29 votes)  

3. Too many silly penalties  26.15%  (17 votes)  

4. Poor goaltending  10.77%  (7 votes)  

5. Great Russian goaltending  15.38%  (10 votes)  

Total Votes: 65

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AYLMER POLICE REPORT

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-A 64-year old Malahide male was charged with failing to yield after backing his pickup truck out of a King Street parking lot on Friday at 4pm and striking  a southbound van driven by a 59-year old Springfield male. Damage was moderate.

-Police conducted a RIDE program on Friday evening at various town locations, stopping 300 vehicles, issuing 4 warnings and giving one 30-day licence suspension for impairment.

-In Elgin Court recently, a 19-year old Aylmer male was given a 2-year suspended sentence and a 5-year weapons ban for violating his bail by being on EESS property on October 24 and for an assault in September.
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TUESDAY, Jan. 10/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-EESS SPORTS: Boys BBall Host WESS

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-EESS SPORTS THIS WEEK:  Wed. Host Boys BBall; Boys Hockey; Thur. Host Girls VBall

-Thur. -Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex (2:30 - 4:00 , 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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NEWS = 2 pm BARN FIRE

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(From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP and Malahide Fire Services are currently on the scene at a large barn fire on Wilson Line just east of Whittaker Rd. in Malahide Township.  Police were notified at approximately 12: pm.  Wilson Line between Imperial Rd. and Whittaker Rd. is currently closed.

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AYLMER LIBRARY EXPANSION ‘IN CORE’

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AYLMER – Council yesterday in a special session voted 4-2 to keep the Library expansion within a ‘core block’ – bordered by John, Sydenham, Centre and Talbot Streets. Councillors John Vandermeersch and Dave LaPointe, arguing the town should take advantage of an offer to relocate the library on the ground floor of the new apartment complex at John/Sydenham – were the opposing votes. In a surprise move, Council held a closed session at the beginning of the debate to discuss ‘property acquisition/disposition” matters but nothing further was disclosed.  Council later agreed to set up a Design Advisory Committee and pursue architectural options for this expansion and for a possible ‘cultural centre’.

The first resolution by Mayor Jack Couckuyt was to keep the library expansion in the core. Co. Vandermeersch said that boundary was too restrictive . Co. Lapointe said he felt the Library Review Committee (LRC) should have presented more options and the issue was about service which would be ‘free’ if they utilized the apartment complex beyond the core. Mayor Couckuyt said that the offer wouldn’t be free as Aylmer still would have 12% of the $96,000 County library lease to pay at that site. 

The next resolution was to consider what type of expansion. (The present library has approx. 3100 square feet and the County has indicated a need for approx. 10,000 sq ft.) It was noted that the LRC reccommended going west or north of the building as the best options. A Town Staff report which suggested that the LRC  should have left other options in their report was then reviewed. Discussion followed on how many options to suggest for an architectural study. Co. Wright spoke for the maintenance of green space; Co. Oslach favoured keeping as much parking space as possible. Co. Vandermeersch noted that the resolution included possible plans for a museum, expanded theatre use,  arts room and seniors room and said the project is really a “cultural centre”  and he didn’t want to expand further into the landlord business. Co. LaPointe said the town would be competing against itself as the EEC Complex offered some of those services. The Mayor acknowledged that the plans could evolve into a “cultural centre”,  but argued ”now is the time to do this”.

 Council eventually endorsed the resolution to have the County contribute to an architectural study, to set up a Design Advisory Committee, and to ask an architect to investigate several building options for all these services within the core.

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Council decided yesterday to keep the library expansion project (with the west end shown here as a possible site) within the downtown 'core'. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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BAYHAM BOY INJURED BY PELLETS

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(From Elgin OPP) - Elgin OPP have charged a 32 Year old Tillsonburg man with Careless Use of a Firearm as a result of a hunting incident which occured on the 31st of December in Bayham. The incident took place at 11:45 am in the area of  Mitchell Road and Jackson Line.  A 35 year old Straffordville man along with his 6 year old son and the 32 Year old Tillsonburg man were rabbit hunting  when the 6 year old boy was unintentionally struck by pellets from a 12 gauge shot gun. The 6 year old was tranpsorted to Victora Hospital in London with non life threatening injuries.  He was later released.

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OBITUARIES:

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Campbell, Gladys , of Aylmer,  on Monday, in her 84th year. Survivors include: children  Barb Sprague and husband Doug of Aylmer and Dick Campbell of R.R.1, Aylmer. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 11:00 am. 

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Roger Kerkhove, 77 , of Tillsonburg, on Tuesday; He formerly farmed in the Aylmer area. Visitation Saturday 9 to 11 am at Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg. The funeral service is at ll am on Saturday.

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EESS SPORTS MONDAY:

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GIRLS HOCKEY = St Joes 2 EESS 0

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MONDAY, January 9/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Aylmer Council, 3:30 (Library Session to follow)

-Otter V. Naturalists;Port Burwell School; 7:00; ”Secret (Sex) Lives of Insects” 

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-EESS SPORTS THIS WEEK: Tues – Host Boys BBall; Wed. Host Boys BBall and Boys Hockey; Thur. Host Girls VBall

-Thur. -Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex (2:30 - 4:00 , 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.)

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AYLMER WOMAN’S BODY AT FORT ERIE

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FORT ERIE – Aylmer Police confirmed today that the body of a woman found in the Niagara River on New Years’s Eve morning was that of the 65-year old Aylmer woman who went missing December 6 at Pt. Bruce. According to news sources, the body was found by fishermen in the morning just north of the Peace Bridge. The body was identified through jewellery and dental records. The woman’s car was found abandoned by the Pt. Bruce pier. No foul play is suspected. 

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HOBGOOD, Clara Elizabeth (Mabee);  in her 102nd year, at Simcoe. Survivors include: son Bernie (Lesley) Hobgood) of Aylmer etc. She is also survived by a great-great granddaughter. The funeral will be held at VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOME, Langton at 2 pm Tuesday with visitation Tuesday,  1:00-2:00 p.m.

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DOUGLAS, William C. (Bill) – Of St. Thomas,  on Tuesday, in his 87th year. Survivors include: daughter Karen Dench of Copenhagen,  brother  Bert Douglas of Aylmer, etc. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Bill’s life at a reception to be held on  January 21st from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 265 Wellington St., St. Thomas.

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AYLMER SEXUAL ASSAULT 

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A 19-year old Aylmer male was charged with three counts of sexual assault following a party at an Aylmer residence on Friday night. The female victims were aged  17 , 18 and 20 years old.  The incidents happened at the home of one of the victims.  

SPITS FRIDAY: AYLMER 5 NEW HAMBURG 1

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New Hamburg – Aylmer Spitfires handed division leading New Hamburg just their fifth loss here on Friday by a 5 – 1 count.  Three of the Aylmer goals were unassisted.  Aylmer’s record is now 10-14-6. They have two home games this week – Friday hosting Paris at 7:45 and Saturday hosting Woodstock – and only six games left in total.

Period 1
AylmerEric Nemeth (unassisted) 7:54
AylmerCurtis Maracle (unassisted) 11:37
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Period 3
AylmerTrevor Stewart (unassisted) 2:20
AylmerScott Mugford (Todd Laurindo, Coy Kulich) 9:13
AylmerTodd Laurindo (Coy Kulich) 16:19

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MALAHIDE MAN JAILED

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Edward Jack Robinson, 65, of Malahide was the man sentenced to 100 days in  jail, a year’s probation and  banned from owning weapons for 5 years recently in Elgin Court, after being found guilty of attacking a friend at a Raglan Street residence on December 17 and for violating his probation. 

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AYLMER COUNCIL TODAY:

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-Public Discussion on an application from Graveview Builders of Belmont to develop a subdivision for 12 lots and a lot for a potential apartment building at the west end of Anne Street (west of Cavely, south side) 

(Special session on Library expansion to follow the regular meeting)

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BAYHAM MAILBOXES SMASHED

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Elgin OPP  are investigating a rash of smashed mailboxes that were vandalized this past weekend. The mailboxes were on Bogus Rd, and Mill Rd. in Bayham township. Persons with information about these incidents can contact the OPP.

 

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FRIDAY, Jan. 6/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-TIM HORTONS FREE PUBLIC SKATING: – January 6,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. and 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m ; January 8,  1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.

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-No home Spitfires game Saturday

-Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30 (Library Meeting to follow)

-Thur. -Blood Donor Clinic, EECC (2:30 - 4:00 , 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.)

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Mona Rose Hill,  of Aylmer, on Thursday, in her 91st year. Wife of the late Godfrey Hill (2007). Survivors include: children Thomas and wife Cheryl,  Tracey Thompson and husband Ronald, and Timothy and wife Janice – all of Aylmer. She was a member of Trinity Anglican Church having taught Sunday School for many years.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday January 9, 2012 at 11:00 am.

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Gordon Charles Murphy, on Thursday, of  Tillsonburg,  in his 65th year. Survivors include: wife Donna (Robinson) Murphy, daughter Lisa Walker and husband Scott of Calton, etc. He was a farmer in Corinth.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm.

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Lacasse, Hilda, of Aylmer on Monday, December 5, 2011. Survivors include: husband Jack Lacasse etc.. Hilda worked at Terrace Lodge for a number of years. Cremation has taken place. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday January 6 from 7-9 p.m. where the service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 11:00 am.

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Steven Douglas Anderson, of Straffordville on Tuesday, , at the age of 57 years. Survivors include: wife Patty Wye, son Doug Anderson (Erin Oud) of Port Burwell  etc.. Steven was a volunteer firefighter with the Bayham Fire Department. The family will receive friends and family at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME  Tillsonburg  on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m..

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COUNCIL TO BACK PRESENT LIBRARY SITE?

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Aylmer Council will hold a special session to discuss the Library Expansion plans immediately after their regular meeting on Monday afternoon at 3:30. According to the posted Council agenda, Mayor Jack Couckuyt will present  motions that:

-Endorse the Library Review Committee Report and develop a site for an expanded or new library of 10,000 square feet within the Town Hall Square (John, Sydenham, Centre, Talbot Streets block) and have these plans in place by the end of 2012

-Create a Design Advisory Committee, (with citizen involvement), to be appointed in February, to consider the design of this facility and to consider space within this Town Square for other potential users ie.  seniors, museum, theatre etc.

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Commented Bill Murch, Chairman of the Library Review Committee:

Reaction to the Staff Report on your Committee’s findings? 

“The  Library Facility Review Report, prepared by town staff, was in agreement with most of the findings and recommendations of the Library Facility Review Committee (LFRC). The one point in question concerned the location options in the Town Square. The committee recommended that the library expansion take place to the north and / or west of Old Town Hall. The Staff Report identified limitations in terms of the space available on town property. This area is constrained by the municipal parking lot and the Aylmer Video building.

The LFRC looked at seven different location options for either an expanded or new library in the Town Square. Based on information provided by the town, the committee’s recommendation was considered the best in terms of people space, green space, parking, private property and municipal services.

Why is the Town Square the ‘best fit’?

In one form or another the Aylmer Library has always been downtown. The Town Square is a good central location within walking distance for most people and schools. There is ample parking in this area as well. The parks around the Old Town Hall make this an attractive location.

The rent paid by Elgin County for the Library in the Old Town Hall is a much needed source of income for the town. The library is a very good tenant for the building and works well with the theatre upstairs. The Old Town Hall is an outstanding historic building but like all municipal buildings needs to be put to good use. The Aylmer Library is a very good use.”
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 A hit and run occurred on Talbot St. east on Monday when a car travelling east crossed the street and hit a parked vehicle. The parked vehicle sustained minor damage. Police believe the other vehicle was purple and may have damage to the right front end. If you have information, contact the Aylmer Police.

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 A 65-year old Aylmer man was sentenced to 100 days in  jail, a year’s probation and was banned from owning weapons for 5 years recently in Elgin Court, after being found guilty of attacking a friend at a Raglan Street residence on December 17. The accused grabbed his friend by the neck and forced him down when he tried to call Police after an argument.

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(Contributed) – “Aylmer Community Theatre’s next presentation is “Bedside Manners”, directed by Barb Warnock. It will be performed from February 16 to 19 and February 23 to 25 at the Old Town Hall Theatre.Tickets are $15 for adults and are available at Aylmer Video, Campbell’s II, The Prime Ingredient, at the door or by calling 519-773-3372.”

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THURSDAY, Jan. 5/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-TIM HORTONS FREE PUBLIC SKATING: – January 5,  11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.; January 6,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. and 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m ; January 8,  1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.

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-Malahide Council, 7:30

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-Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30 (Library Meeting to follow)

-Jan. 12 – Aylmer Blood Donor Clinic

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On Wednesday, John Graydon Carrothers of Aylmer,  in his 86th year. Survivors include: wife Gladys (Burkholder) Carrothers, daughter Tracy Carrothers and partner Paul Martin of Aylmer,  brother  Blake Carrothers etc. He was born in Springfield and was a Past President of the Aylmer Kinsmen Club. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery.

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On Tuesday, Dorothy Alberta (Lonsbary) Mitts,  of Tillsonburg,  aged 87 years. Survivors include: children Sandra Sage and her husband Allan of R.R. # 4 Aylmer and Donalda Mitts of Straffordville etc.. Visitation at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME, Tillsonburg on Friday, January 6, 2012 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 2 p.m.

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FOR CHILDREN AT AYLMER LIBRARY

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(Contributed) – “There are FREE Children’s Programs beginning January 17 at the Aylmer Library. Parents and children are invited to our Family Story Time on Tuesday mornings at 10:30-11.  For ages 3-5, we have stories, songs and crafts on Thursday mornings at 11-11:45.  Pre-register by phone (519) 773-2439 or email aylmerlib@elgin-county.on.ca. ”-
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AYLMER’s 125th NEWS ON FACEBOOK

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 Aylmer’s 125th Anniversary Committee, 2012 has recently established a Facebook Page to provide information about upcoming events, especially the key celebration on the July 1st weekend. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aylmers-125th-Anniversary-Celebration/272492299470687

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 (Contributed by Leeanne Feeney) – “ New for 2012 is Senior’s Day Out and Family Drop-In. Senior’s Day Out is a program for seniors to come and be physically active. It runs the third Tuesday of every month and includes lunch and physical activities. Join us on January 17, February 21, March 20, and April 17, 2012 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The morning will start off with shuffleboard or adult skate and then a coffee break followed by a physical activity or guest speaker.  Some confirmed guests are VON, Findley’s Driving School, and Tri-County Squares- Square Dancing. After the activity lunch will be served. All of this for only $10.Register today!

Family Drop-In is every fourth Wednesday of the month: January 25, February 22, March 28, and April 25, 2012. Bring the family out from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and play games and sports or enjoy making a craft. Sports include dodgeball, parachute games, obstacle courses, badminton, ping pong, and basketball. Only $5/family of five and $1/each additional person.  Participants must be supervised by an adult over 18.

30+ Shinnyis a program designed for individuals 30 years and older that would like to come out and play pick-up hockey. The program runs Monday nights from 9:00pm to 10:00pm until March 26, 2012. The first three goalies are free. A maximum of 25 people will be allowed on the ice. Only $15/player.

 Ladies Shinny is designed for women who want to come out to pick-up hockey together. It runs on Wednesdays from 9:30pm to 10:30pm until March 28, 2012 and is only $15/person. First three goalies are free and a maximum of 25 people will be allowed on the ice.”

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-TIM HORTONS FREE PUBLIC SKATING: – January 4,  9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; January 5,  11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.; January 6,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. and 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m ; January 8,  1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.

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-Thursday – Malahide Council, 7:30

-Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30 (Library Meeting to follow)

-Jan. 12 – Aylmer Blood Donor Clinic

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AYLMER’s 125th

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“AYLMER IN 1887″

“Aylmer had been a village since 1872 but by 1887 its population  -2000 persons – was now sufficient to be incorporated as a town.  Just a year earlier, It had received telephone service and electricity and a new high school was built on the present site. The major industry was the Aylmer Canners at Fourth and South , but the Aylmer Iron Works (later Aylmer Pump and Scale) was being constructed on Water Street. Notable businesses included:  Rowe Organs, Bingham Dry Goods, Three Farthings Dry Goods, Hutchinson Marble works, Moses Leeson Carriages, and the new Aylmer Sun (to compete with the Express).  Aylmer even had seven hotels. The medical profession included Dr. McClay  and Dr. Sinclair. Thomas Nairn of Aylmer, co-founder of the Canners, was MPP for East Elgin. And Council -the first Mayor was Samuel Clutton  - was spending $10,000 on local improvements  ie.  sidewalks, house numbers, street signs etc.  It seemed like quite a progressive place.”

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AYLMER EARTHQUAKE A ‘MANQUAKE’?

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(From Reuters) – “A 4.0 magnitude earthquake centered in Ohio (and felt in Aylmer) on New Year’s Eve afternoon did not occur naturally and may have been caused by high-pressure liquid injection related to oil and gas exploration and production, an expert hired by the state of Ohio said on Tuesday.”

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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Aylmer's new Bathhouse on Myrtle St. is progressing. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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THE SURVEY SAID:

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Q – 2012 Top Canadian Event?

1. Kate and William Visit  20.31%  (13 votes)  

2. Jack Layton’s Death  31.25%  (20 votes)  

3. NDP’s Election Result  21.88%  (14 votes)  

4.Occupy Cities Movement  3.13%  (2 votes)  

5. Canada Leaving Afghanistan  9.38%  (6 votes)  

6. Vancouver Riot  6.25%  (4 votes)  

7. Return of Winnipeg Jets  6.25%  (4 votes)    

Total Votes: 63

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EREADER SESSIONS AT E. ELGIN LIBRARIES

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(Contributed) – “A free, drop-in EReaderinformation session will be held at the Aylmer Library on Monday, January 9thfrom 4 pm to 7 pm.  Another session will be held at the Belmont Library on Monday, January 16. from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. And a session will also be held on Tuesday, January 24 at the Springfield Library, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Participants are asked to bring in their eReader device (and laptop if you have one) so that staff can show you everything you need to know.)

Currently, the library offers over 20,000 titles that are shared with library users across the province. Although library eBooks are available on the internet, downloading them requires some set up work to satisfy copyright requirements known as digital rights management (DRM).  DRM is managed most often through a free software program called Adobe Digital Editions.  Users need to set up an account with Adobe, authorize their account on their device and/or computer, and authorize their device to use with their computer.  eReaders that are wireless enabled can bypass a couple of these steps.  The information sessions offered by Elgin County Library will help you learn what you need to know for your specific device.

It is also important for borrowers to keep in mind that libraries must follow publishers’ licensing limitations for eBook lending.  Similar to a book in print, each eBook can only circulate to one borrower at a time.  For popular books, borrowers can join a wait list and receive an e-mail when it is their turn to download the book.  The biggest advantage is no overdue fees.  When the book is due, the file will no longer open on the device.

Another concern is device compatibility.  The popular Amazon Kindle device is still not compatible with free library eBooks in Canada.  You can find lists of devices that are compatible with both of the library’s main service providers, OverDrive and EBSCO, by visiting the eBooks page on the Elgin County Library web site.” For further information contact: Sandi Loponen, Library Coordinator, County of Elgin – (519)868-2216 (cell)/ sloponen@elgin-county.on.ca

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TUESDAY, Jan. 3/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-TIM HORTONS FREE PUBLIC SKATING: – January 3,  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; January 4,  9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; January 5,  11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.; January 6,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m and January 8,  1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.

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-Thursday – Malahide Council

-Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30 (Library Meeting to follow)

-Jan. 12 – Aylmer Blood Donor Clinic

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OBITUARIES:

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On Monday, Dorothy Van Velzer,  of Aylmer in her 88th year. Survivors include: children Joan Buchner and husband Gerald of R.R.# 5, Aylmer, Penny Hill and husband Gary of St.Thomas, Rick Van Velzer and wife Debbie of R.R.#1 Pt. Burwell, Kevin Van Velzer of R.R.# 4 Aylmer and Vickie Thompson of Aylmer;  a brother Earl Campbell and wife Gloria of Aylmer etc. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 11:00 am.

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MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

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- December 20, 2011 – Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist.

– December 21, 2011 – Station #4, Yorke Line, Power Lines Down.

(Weather related)

– December 22, 2011 – Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist.

– December 23, 2011 – Station #3, Imperial Road, Medical Assist.

– December 23, 2011 – Station #2, VanPatter Line, Medical Assist.

– December 24, 2011 – Station #1,  Levi Street, Medical Assist.

– December 24, 2011 – Station #3,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist.

- December 25, 2011 – Station #3,  Tracey Street, Medical Assist.

– December 25, 2011, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist.

– December 27, 2011, Station #2,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist.

– December 29, 2011, Station #1, Station #2, 52841 John Wise Line, MVC.

(Single vehicle roll over, no injuries, Road conditions poor) 

– December 30, 2011, Station #3 assisted by Station #2, Hacienda Road,   MVC.

(Single vehicle, Lost control, minor vehicle damage)

– December 31, 2011, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist.

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AYLMER IS 125 IN 2012

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Aylmer's first Mayor, "Samuel Clutton", presented current Mayor Jack Couckuyt with a banner promoting the celebration of Aylmer's 125th anniversary in 2012 at Sunday's Legion New Year's Levee. (kb) (CLICK)

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SPITS LAST WEEK:

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AYLMER 6 WOODSTOCK 1

Period 1
AylmerScott Mugford (Adam Brisson) 11:00
Period 2
AylmerCurtis Roloson (Curtis Maracle) 2:03
AylmerBen Shaw (powerplay) (Scott Mugford) 7:06
AylmerScott Mugford (Brandon Findlay) 15:04
Period 3
AylmerEric Nemeth (Mike Lynch, Brandon Findlay) 14:51
AylmerBrandon Findlay (Coy Kulich, Scott Walker) 19:40

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NORWICH 4 AYLMER 2

Period 1
(no scoring)
Period 2
AylmerCurtis Roloson (Scott Mugford, Curtis Maracle) 5:59
AylmerRhys Thornton (Todd Laurindo, Coy Kulich) 13:02
 
 

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AYLMER’S USED CHRISTMAS TREES:

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(REPRINT = Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “As per Council’s endorsement last year, the Town will continue to provide a Drop-off Depot annually for residents to dispose of their Christmas Trees at the Parks and Recreation Parking Lot at 8 Parkview Heights.” (Trees may be dropped off between December 26 and January 15/ All decorations need to be removed/ Trees left at the curb will not be picked up.)

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AYLMER’s CHRIS BRAY WINS GOSPEL AWARD

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(Contributed) -  Chris Bray of Aylmer recently won the  ”Modern Worship Album of the Year” for his latest release, “Let Hope Arise” and “Inspirational Song of the Year” for his song “Pursue Me” (written by Bray and Derrick Drover, also of Aylmer) at the Gospel Music Association’s Covenant Awards this past October in Calgary. For more information, go to –  http://chrisbraymusic.blogspot.com/2011/10/alberta-tour-covenant-awards.html
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MONDAY, January 2/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

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-NO AYLMER COUNCIL THIS WEEK

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-TIM HORTONS FREE PUBLIC SKATING: –  January 2, 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m; January 3,  11:30p.m. to 1:30p.m.; January 4,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.; January 5,  11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.; January 6,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m and January 8,  1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.

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AYLMER CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY

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Aylmer turned 125 years old as a town yesterday. To mark the occasion – Aylmer was officially incorporated as a town on January 1st, 1887 - Aylmer’s  125th Anniversary Committee presented a banner, for public display,announcing the event to Mayor Jack Couckuyt  at the Legion’s annual New Year’s Levee yesterday afternoon. The town’s major celebration will take place on the July 1st weekend. 

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SNOW SQUALL WATCH TODAY IN OXFORD

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(From Environment Canada) – “Snow squalls have developed in areas near Southern Georgian Bay as well as off of Southern Lake Huron. Snow squalls may drift over these regions today and tonight. Local snowfall amounts of 15 cm are possible by tonight. Strong and gusty winds will likely cause very low to at times zero visibility in blowing snow in areas affected by heavy flurries and snow squalls. Dangerous winter driving conditions are expected from sudden nil visibility and accumulating snow on untreated roads. Motorists should consider altering travel plans into these regions.”

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QUAKE’S ORIGINS IN AYLMER? (Briefly!)

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(From Canadian Press) - “Some residents started their New Year’s celebrations with a rumble Saturday afternoon when a 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Ohio sent ripples across the border. The quake struck at 3:05 p.m. near Youngstown-Warren, Ohio, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Earthquakes Canada initially reported the quake hit outside Aylmer, Ont., but later pointed to their American counterparts for information.  These comments appeared on TheAylmerNews Facebook Saturday:

Susi Neustaeter – My son said his room moved.

Angela Clunas -Yep thought i was going nuts lol.

Kathy Hayhoe – Our house shook here south of Mt. Salem.

Nettie Johnson -I think I felt it too…had a weird dizzy kind of feeling.

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OBITUARIES:

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On Saturday, Vera Florence (Charlton) Jones of R.R.#6 Aylmer and formerly of Port Bruce in her 85th year. Survivors include: great-niece Kim Willsey, great-nephew Jim Hasson of Aylmer etc.. Predeceased by husband Leroy Jones. She was a lifelong resident of the Aylmer area. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 7-9 p.m and one hour prior to the service. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 4 at 11:00 a.m

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Ungar, Michael Eric , on Tuesday , in California,  in his 33rd year. Survivors include: parents Michael and Helga (Beindressler) Ungar, sister Linda Oswell (Mark Irvine) of Aylmer, etc. Mike was a passionate skydiving instructor with over 2000 dives to his credit. Visitation will be held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 7-9 p.m. and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home chapel on Tuesday January 3, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

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Helps, Bill, on Tuesday, of Elmira and formerly Aylmer,  in his 85th year. Survivors include: children Ellen Helps and son-in-law Ken Harkes of Ariss and John Helps and husband Joe Rhodes of Ottawa. Bill retired in 1986 as head of the Science Department at East Elgin Secondary School. He sang in the Aylmer Community Choir, was a member of the Aylmer Optimist Club and volunteered at the Aylmer Museum and The Aylmer Corner Cupboard. The funeral service was held at the Aylmer Baptist Church on Saturday December 31, 2011.

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On Monday, December 26, 2011, Joyce Killough of Aylmer in her 79th year. Survivors include: children  Philip Killough and wife Anne of R.R.#4, Aylmer and Larry Killough and wife Judy of R.R.#1, Aylmer. She was born in Springfield. The funeral service was held on Thursday at Kebbels Funeral Home. 

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NEMETH, Elizabeth(1927 – 2011) - Tillsonburg on Monday Dec. 26, , Survivors include: son Steven Nemeth (Patricia) of Straffordville etc. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church, Courtland on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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Dujardin, Jack , on Monday, December 26, 2011. of Aylmer, in his 69th year. Survivors include:  wife Loretta (Gillen) Dujardin, brothers  Frank Dujardin and wife Hilda of Aylmer, Noel Dujardin of R.R.# 2, Aylmer , Daniel Dujardin of Vienna,  and Luc Dujardin and wife Debbie of R.R.# 5, Aylmer etc. He was born in Belgium . The funeral mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church, Aylmer on Saturday.

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SPITFIRES WIN, LOSE

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Dec. 23 – Aylmer 6 Woodstock 1;

-Dec. 30 – Norwich 4 Aylmer 2

-Next Game – Friday in New Hamburg (No home game Saturday)

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