Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


FRIDAY, Sept. 16/11

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THEAYLMERNEWS WILL NOT PUBLISH SAT.

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OBIT =  Friday September 16, 2011. Jeanette Marie Bradford of Aylmer, in her 66th year. Beloved wife of the late John D. Bradford (2008). Dear mother of Craig Bradford of Aylmer. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Aylmer on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

-(SATURDAY –Hazardous Waste-Aylmer 9am-2pm/Active Elgin Events (see times)/APAC Show 7:30/Spits Opener 7:30/ Legion Steak Supper 5:30)

-(No Aylmer Council Monday)

-(EESS Sports Next Week – Tuesday – Girls BBall at CECI; Thursday – Home Football Openers vs. PCI and Home Field Hockey and Boys VBall Away)

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OBITUARIES:

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MIKE ROKEBY OF ROKEBY ORCHARDS DIES

 -Michael Collinson Rokeby, of Aylmer on Sept. 15. Born in 1928 .  Survivors include: wife Linda;  children Cathy (Glen) Underwood, Patricia McCabe (late Ken) Michelle (Kevin) Baker, Connie (Greg) Prichard, Bert (Tiffany) Rokeby, Allan (Joanne) Rokeby, Denise Payne (Caers), Joey (Stephanie) Caers, Jonathan Lee Caers and new daughter Laila Ismail etc.. The family will receive friends at the Aylmer Legion  on Sunday 2-5 pm and on Monday 7-9 pm. A legion service will be held at 7 pm Monday. A service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, on Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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-On Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Phyllis Constance Chadwick of Metcalfe Gardens, St.Thomas. She had also lived in Aylmer for 5 years. Survivors include: husband Melville Chadwick and daughter Bonnie Stevens and husband Peter of Aylmer. Cremation has taken place. A service will be held at Metcalfe Gardens, 45 Metcalfe St., St. Thomas on Monday September 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm.

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AYLMER 125th  COMMITTEE NEEDS HELP

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The committee planning Aylmer’s 125th Anniversary for next year (July 1st weekend) is still looking for volunteers. Applications can be picked up at the Town Hall. Gerry Richer and Judi Wright are Council reps. The committee also notes it had a delay in sending out information to local clubs/organizations and  responses can still be forwarded past the noted due date.

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AYLMER LIBRARY COMMITTEE UPDATE:

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(Information from Committee member Larry Jeffery) 

     ”The mandate for the Library committee appointed by the Town, is to investigate the possible venues for a new Library.  It is recommended that a Library for a town the size of Aylmer should have 8000-10000 square feet of usable space for book shelves, computer facilities, study carrels etc. In addition, another 2000 sq ft might be necessary for mechanicals such as furnace and air conditionning.  The present Libary, although situated in an ideal location, has only about 3000 sq ft of floor space.

    Most members of the Library committee (and the general public as well) favour a downtown location for any new development. An addition to the west would eliminate at least some parking spaces, and an addition to the south would eliminate the new park on the corner of John and Sydenham.  The real advantage of either would be to allow a continued viable (and financial) use of the Old Town Hall building.

    Other possibilities exist, including certain locations owned privately. However all Elgin Libraries (except Port Stanley) are owned by the municipalities and leased by Elgin County, and use of public owned lands would simplify the process.

    The Library Committee was given a time frame of up to 18 months, but is expected to present its report to Town Council within a month or two.”

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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

“HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY REPORT:”

(Provided by Thom Polland, Aylmer Parks Manager).

“The Hazardous/Electronic waste day on Saturday went very well – Malahide had 158 vehicles,  and Town of Aylmer  had 181. The waste is sorted on-site and the removal companies co-ordinate disposal.  A couple of points for next year:  car-pooling if possible would be good to minimize the amount of vehicles and paint cans can be put in the normal garbage as long as they are air dried with the lids removed. Each year we are seeing less which is a good thing it shows the program is working. To all that took part in the Hazardous waste day, from set up crews to residents, thank you for your environmental efforts as it is for a worthwhile cause and every initiative counts.”

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AYLMER MINOR BASEBALL OVER

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(By Richard Broer)

 It was another successful year for Aylmer Minor Baseball Associations as we had 5 teams across a large age range.  We had Blastball once again to teach the youngest participants the fundamental skills of baseball.  AMBA also had 1 competitive team playing a half schedule in Southern Counties Baseball Association and London District Baseball Association respectively, in addition to 3 house league teams also in the London league.

            The Rookie Ball team played in LDBA and enjoy a lot of success again this year.  The team finished their regular season with 17 wins and 1 tie to win the league.  They also won their playoffs with a 4-0 record.  The team also entered a tournament with other Rookie Ball house league teams in the area where they won all 3 games.  We would like to congratulate the players and coaches of the team on their accomplishments, including a season with no losses.

            For the second year in a row, we had a competitive mosquito team.  Due to a lack of teams in Southern Counties the team played a half schedule between London and Southern Counties.  The team finished in the middle of the standings during their season with a 9- 13 record.  The Southern Counties playoff tournament did not go as well, however as the team went win less through the weekend tournament.  It was a different story when the team went to the Ontario Baseball Association tournament in Kingsville.  The team won two games and lost 2 games.

            In addition to the teams in younger age groups AMBA also had 2 midget teams playing in LDBA. The two teams were comprised of both players who had played with AMBA in the past and those who were new to baseball.  Neither team did extremely well in the standings, however both teams seemed to really enjoy themselves.

We would like to thank all of our coaches.   Thank you once again for your time and commitment to baseball in Aylmer. Our sponsors also allow for our program to be run.  Thank you to all of the sponsors that have helped our association. We would like to thank all the players and parents of players for being part of another great season of baseball.    We would like to encourage any person looking to become involved with Aylmer Minor Baseball (either as a director on the administrative board or a coach for next season) to please contact us at aylmerminorball@hotmail.com.

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THURSDAY, Sept. 15/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

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- Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

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-(Sept. 17 –Hazardous Waste-Aylmer/Active Elgin Events/APAC Show 7:30/Spits Opener 7:30/ Legion Supper Steak 5:30)

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ACTIVE ELGIN UPDATE:

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Changes to yesterday’s information on this Saturday’s Active Elgin events  - The Hockey Drill on ice at the EEC Complex will be from 11:00am to 12:00pm and Fitness to the Max is now offering Core Strengthening from 10:30am to 11:30am,  not Yoga.

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AYLMER SPITS START LEAGUE FRID., SAT.

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(Information from team spokesman Darren Walcarius) – The Aylmer Spitfires finished off their exhibition season with 3 wins and 1 loss. They open the regular season  this weekend – Friday night in Norwich and  in Aylmer  Saturday night at 7:30 pm., as the New Hamburg Firebirds visit.  Darren notes that the Spits will take to the ice Saturday night with a whole “New Look”.   Joining returning Aylmerites Scott Walker, Mitch Roloson and Todd Laurindo will be Scott’s brother, Clint Walker and 16 yr old Cody Underhill.  Other new faces include Trevor Stewart and Josh Houston of Belmont and Mike Lynch and Rhys Thornton of St.Thomas.  Mike Shewan is the returning head coach and GM and Mark Steele is the returning Assistant coach. Also new to the team are two major sponsors…along with Aylmer Valu-mart is Metal Roof Outlet from Courtland and Walker Farms. 

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EMM GRYNER IN AYLMER SATURDAY

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 Singer Emm Gryner will open the APAC season this Saturday at 7:30 at the Town Hall theatre. She is a native of Forest, Ontario. She has a new album – Northern Gospeland and is a 3-time Junor Award nominee.

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POST OFFICE RENO:

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(As noted yesterday, the east entrance to the Aylmer Post Office,  is now permanently closed.)

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BAYHAM COUNCIL TODAY:

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Agenda Items include: Discussion on the purchase of a new dump truck valued at $245,000

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AYLMER RAMPAGE LOSES

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West Lorne defeated Aylmer Rampage 2-1 in the deciding match of their SWOSL mens’ soccer final here last night.

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BIRD STUDIES CENTRE AT PT. ROWAN

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PortRowan, ON – (Contributed) – As birds begin their fall migration, Bird Studies Canada (BSC) begins another exciting season of its Bird Science and Environmental Education Program. The 2011-2012 season is packed full of exciting bird-focused activities connecting young “Citizen Scientists” to curriculum-based educational programs focused on birds and our environment. For a list for school programs, workshops, presentations, and upcoming events, please visit our website at birdscanada.org/longpoint/education. To inquire about the program please contact Liza Barney at 1-888-448-2473 ext. 128, lbarney@birdscanada.org or Jody Allair ext. 117, jallair@birdscanada.org.
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WEDNESDAY, Sept.14/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

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-(Thursday - Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils)

-(Sept. 17 –Hazardous Waste-Aylmer/Active Elgin Events/APAC Show/Spits Opener, Legion Supper)

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POST OFFICE RENOVATIONS

The Aylmer Post Office is getting its first major facelift since being built in the early 1970s. Said Regional Communications Officer Tom Creech of London, the lobby is being reduced, the east entrance is being closed off and the mailboxes now are on the new east wall. Renovations began in late summer and are mostly complete.There were no alternations made to the space behind the retail area. The Post Office  will be having an open house  on Friday, September 23 to officially “introduce” the new entrance.

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AYLMER RAMPAGE SOCCER SHOCK!

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WEST LORNE – Aylmer Rampage blanked West Elgin 1-0 in a Mens SWOSL league finals match here Friday to force a deciding game for the soccer championship. The third game in the finals (West Elgin won the opener 4-1) will be played tonight at 6:15 here. The loss for West Elgin was their first of the season .

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HAZARDOUS WASTE DEPOT  SATURDAY

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This Saturday from 9 am – 2pm is the annual Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Depot sponsored by the Town of Aylmer and Township of Malahide at the EEC Complex. Acceptable items include paints, auto oils and liquids, propane tanks, batteries, small appliances, computers, televisions etc.

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STRAFFORDVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL

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(Overview of the school year at SPS) – Charlotte Wall is the new Principal here. She is a native of Bayham.   She had been a VP at Straffordville earlier in her career. There are 430 students at SPS this year. Other staff changes include: Carrie Baldwin (Grade 4/5), and Aaron Phillips (part time prep teacher). There were new energy-efficient motion sensor lights installed in the school gymnasium over the summer. The school is introducing a “FIT” program for students (Focussed on important learning tasks, Interesting delivery for our students, Tailored to individual student needs).

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ACTIVE EAST ELGIN SATURDAY

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Here is a list of activities in East Elgin on Saturday as part of Active Elgin Day:

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1. Activity: Archery and Shooting – East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association -Session Times: Open 10:00 am to 4:00pm -Cost: $10.00/ person

2. Activity: Bowling – Cy Kelly’s Bowling Lanes and Lounge – Session Times: 2:00pm to 4:00pm -Cost: Free

3. Activity: Fitness; Yoga; Pilates  -Fitness to the Max  -Session Times: 9:00am to 10:00am  Pilates; 10:30am to 11:30am Beginner Yoga – Cost: FREE

4. Activity: Hockey Drills : Aylmer Minor Hockey Association -Session Times: On Ice Activities TBA -Registration 9:00am to 6:00pm -Cost: FREE

5. Activity: Nature Walks -Catfish Creek Conservation Authority -Session Times: Open 10:00am to 4:00pm -Cost $2

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PROGRAMS AT AYLMER LIBRARY

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-Every Tuesday from 10:30-11 am is Weekly Story Time (stories and activities, parental participation)

-Every Thursday morning – for ages 3-5 – at 11am  (Stories, songs, crafts etc.)

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TUESDAY, Sept. 13/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

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-(Thursday, Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils)

-(Sept. 17 –Hazardous Waste-Aylmer/Active Elgin Events/APAC Show/Spits Opener, Legion Supper)

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NEW PRINCIPAL AT IMMANUEL

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AYLMER – Immanuel Christian School on Caverly Road opened its doors last week with 80 pupils – a similar number to recent years. Nancy Robinson has completed her term as interim principal and remains as the school librarian. The new Principal is Keith Cameron. Keith has just completed a 20-year career as a military engineering officer in the Canadian Forces.  Recently, he was stationed in Belgium for two years working with senior military and diplomatic staff, and he has led troops in Bosnia and Afghanistan.  
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AYLMER POLICE REPORT

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-A 21-year old Norwich male broke his arm when he climbed a light standard at Talbot and King around 2:30 am Saturday morning, then turned upside down… and fell.
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-Aylmer Police recently assisted Elgin OPP in a search-and-destroy mission on marijuana crops growing in a variety of East Elgin fields. About 1000 plants were pulled and destroyed.
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-Last Thursday after supper, a Myrtle Street resident reported that his pickup truck had all four tires slashed – estimated damage at $1200.
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-Also last Thursday, Police conducted a RIDE program at various locations in town – out of 450 cars stopped there were 15 traffic warnings issued.
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-Last week, a resident reported a theft of  his oxycontin medication.
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-Last Wednesday , a West Lorne male was picked up in London for breach of his probation – he was wanted by Aylmer Police for a domestic assault from 2009.
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-A  41-year old Vienna male was arrested after being stopped for speeding in town and then Police realized he had a warrant for fraud in Barrie.
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-And in Court recently a 41-year old Bayam man was convicted for Impaired Driving  on July 4 in Aylmer and fined $1450 and given a one year driving suspension.
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AYLMER COUNCIL READY TO HIRE

- Last week, Aylmer Council initiated the hiring process to replace some positions left vacant by a spring shuffle of town hall employees. They are looking for a Director of Finance, a Human Resources Officer and an Economic Dev. Ass’t. .  There was a combined Director of Finance and Human Resources position previously.  During the 2011 budget process a part time position was authorized in the finance department and this part time position will now have an HR focus. An Economic Development Assistant is a position that was discussed and allowed for in the 2011 budget process. It had previously been filled as a contract position.  The person working in that contract resigned in 2010 and council decided they wanted to continue with this resource in 2011.

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MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

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– September 6, 2011, Station #1, 51249 Calton Line, Alarm Malfunction

– September 9, 2011, Station # 2, Temperance Line, Medical Assist

– September 9, 2011, Station #3 assisted by Station #2, 11189 Imperial Road, MVC

(*4 vehicles involved)

– September 10, 2011, Station #1,  Rush Creek Line, Medical Assist

– September 11, 2011, Station #3, 48321 College Line, MVC

(*Single vehicle accident)

– September 12, 2011, Station #3,  Broadway Street, Medical Assist

–September 12, 2011, Station #2 assisted by Station #3, 9728 Hacienda Road, MVC

–September 12, 2011, Station #1,  Colen Street, Medical Assist

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HIGH SCHOOL COURSE AT S. CORNERS

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(Another in a series on startups for local schools) - There are 427 students at Summers Corners School this year - a bit lower than last year.  Principal Don Naylor is starting his second year there. There are renovations currently underway getting ready for Full Day Kindergarten in September 2012. Two of the grade 1 classrooms are being converted into a kindergarten classroom which will give  space for 3 full day kindergartens. There is also  an Adult ESL class in the building. A LEARN program is being introduced – a congregated half day program for ESL students to get more intensive support of literacy and numeracy. Plus new at S.C. is an alternative high school program for high school students
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MONDAY, Sept. 12/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

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-Aylmer Council. 3:30 pm

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-(Thursday, Bayham and Malahide Councils)

-(Sept. 17 –Hazardous Waste-Aylmer/Active Elgin Events/APAC Show/Spits Opener, Legion Supper)

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MALAHIDE COLLISION SUNDAY

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(From Elgin OPP) –  “A single motor vehicle collision that occurred early Sunday morning (about 1 am) has sent a twenty-five year old Malahide Township man to hospital in critical condition. The collision occurred on College Line between Dorchester Rd. and Rogers Rd. in the Township of Malahide., Elgin County. A 2009 Ford pick-up truck was travelling westbound on College Line when it travelled off the roadway striking a tree. He was the lone occupant and was transported to London’s Victoria Hospital.”

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EESS CAFETERIA CHANGES HANDS

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(Information from Lesley Shepherd, former Head of the EESS Cafeteria staff) - Largely as a result of a ‘healthier eating’ campaign initiated this fall by Ontario, the management of the cafeteria at EESS has changed ownership. It is now operated by Chartwells which handles most TVDSB cafeterias.

 The cafeteria had been operated by a teachers’ committee  since 1989 – East Elgin Food Services. Lesley had been Manager for just over 16 years.  Recently she had a staff of 5 other ladies. None have sought employment with Chartwells.

The new nutrition standards apply to all food and beverages sold in elementary and high school cafeterias etc. Greasy and high fat foods  – french fries and gravy, pizza, hamburgers and pop, will no longer be sold,  although schools may designate up to ten days during the school year where these foods and beverages  would be exempt from the nutrition standards.

EESS Food Services decided they could not financially make the adjustment needed for the new guidelines. Said Leslely – “We tried to provide healthy choices but the students were not interested in purchasing those foods offered. They wanted their own choices, burgers, fries etc.” An interesting consequence of the decision is a loss of in-school revenue - the EESS Cafe committee used the profits to fund various school activities – $380,000 had been used -an  average profit of $16,000 annually . 

Early trends? Said Lesley “I don’t believe the students will change their eating habits as long as local restaurants provide the food they want. And there is too much local compeition for Chartwells to easily succeed.” (Observations in the first week reveal long lineups down the street at the pizza, sub and hamburger outlets.)

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16-YEAR OLD CRITICAL FROM ACCIDENT

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AYLMER – A 16-year old Straffordville male is in critical condition with head injuries at Victoria Hospital, London after being struck by a van Friday around 10 pm at the corner of Caverly Road and Anne St. The vehicle was being driven south on Caverly by an Aylmer woman . No charges have been laid as the police continue their investigation.

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AYLMER COUNCIL AGENDA:

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On Council’s agenda today: Discussion of a  purchase of land by TriCorp Ltd. on Beech St. East from the town.

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AYLMERITES  RECALL 9-11 (Facebook)

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-Candice Fisher – At school in grade 4 and I didn’t quite know what was going on untill I got older. Now I’m just devastated. RIP to all the beautiful ppl who passed that day. And thoughts and prayers go out to family.

-Kayla Ashe -Sitting in the library at East Elgin Secondary School working on a grade 12 English essay. I was shocked and confused and really didn’t know what to think.

-Heather L Anger- Working with my friend Dj on “3rds”. We were listening to the radio when the news came on of what was happening. I told him to stop running the machine and listen to what was going on. We didn’t even believe it at 1st. We thought for sure it was some sort of joke until the reports kept coming in.

-Kelly Pearson -At work – one of the delivery guys came in & said that NY had been attacked with the Trade Centre burning .. turned on the radio & listened to it the rest of the morning … went home at noon and watched the footage on TV — said OMG for one solid half hour … it’s still surreal …

-Bill Spafford -Watching the news couldnt believe it was happening – i like every one else thought the system was more secure in the united states that some thing like that would never happen.

-Arlene Carter- Watching NBC-with Matt Lauer and Katie Couric. Called my neighbour Ann and we watched the events unfold at our place. We both were in total disbelief. My husband came home from a overnight flight-we watched the TV coverage all day.

-Crystal Manners-Lockey- At school, scared that something so tragic could happen

-Larissa Foote -Grade 9 . East Elgin sitting in Art class, then they turned the tvs on to what was going on. Soo sad

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SATURDAY, Sept. 10/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

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-(Monday – Aylmer Council)

-(Sept. 17 –Hazardous Waste-Aylmer/Active Elgin/APAC Show/Spits Opener)

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“9/11 =WHERE WERE YOU?/YOUR FIRST REACTION?”

(Send a comment =theaylmernews@hotmail.com)

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UPDATE: AYLMER’s NEW INTERSECTIONS

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(It has been one year since the 4-way stops were installed at South/Rutherford and about half-a-year for the new John St. North stoplights. Police Chief Andre Reymer assesses – “The new lights and stop signs have been a fantastic addition to Aylmer’s traffic safety and flow with no reported accidents to date. South /Rutherford created an amicable opportunity for school traffic to flow north and south where previously South Street traffic dominated the roadway. As well,  it slows traffic mid street and allows for safe pedestrian movement. We laid a few tickets for disobeying the sign but they are largely locals used to driving straight through.  John/ Beech lights now allow for a functional truck route without the frustration of waiting for a gap on busy John St. The police have experienced the same benefits trying to exit south into Aylmer.

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LOCAL CROPS UPDATE: 

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(Info. from Dick Saarloos of Berryhill Farms) -  “A new patch of corn will be ready Monday, there should be fresh corn everyday until frost. We are still picking Fall raspberries and strawberries. The apples are turing nicely red due to the cool nights, just what they like. Peaches have sized up nicely due to the ample rain. Melons are large and sweet. Plums and pears are light this year (probably due to pollination issues) but what is there is nice sized and juicy. All the fruit trees have grown fantastically, which will bode well for next year’s crop.”

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FIRST ALL CANDIDATES AT BELMONT

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Belmont – The first all-candidates meeting for Elgin-Middlesex for the October 6 provincial election took place Thursday night in Belmont sponsored by the Elgin Federation of Agriculture. The candidates appearing were: Lori Baldwin-Sands, Liberal; Kathy Cornish, NDP; Paul McKeever Freedom; Eric Loewen, Green; and Peter Yurek, PC.

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THE SURVEY SAID:

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Q=”Aylmer Police Raise 9%/3Yr.”

1. Agree, quite moderate 30.59%  (26 votes)  

2. Excessive, fragile economy 47.06%  (40 votes)  

3. 3 years -too long in bad times 9.41%  (8 votes)  

4. They deserve it and more 12.94%  (11 votes)  

= Total Votes: 85

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Q-”New hydro rates/times”

1. Can’t switch to cheaper times 15.38%  (8 votes)  

2. Will try for cheaper times 42.31%  (22 votes)  

3. Definitely can make changes 25%  (13 votes)  

4. Won’t switch, bad idea 17.31%  (9 votes)  

= Total Votes: 52

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FRIDAY, Sept. 9/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

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-EXHIBITION FOOTBALL AT EESS – 6 pm Jr host Regina Mundi; 8 pm Sr host Clarke Road

-EMMC Music Night at Bandshell, 6-9 pm, Free hotdogs, drinks

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-(Sept. 17 – Hazardous Waste Depot in Aylmer/ Active Elgin/ APAC Show)

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SEPTEMBER AT AYLMER MUSEUM

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–Fall exhibit – All that Glistens is not Gold A display that Sparkles with Glass, Brass, Copper, Silver, Jewellery and Passementerie, Sept. 6 – Nov. 27

-DOORS OPEN at the AYLMER MUSEUM – SPECIAL DISPLAY – Selected Toys from the Museum’s Collection, Free Admission – Saturday, Sept. 24, 10-5

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FARMFEST AT MAPLETON SATURDAY

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(Contributed) – “The fifth annual ‘Farmfest’ will be held this Saturday at Farmtown located on Mapleton Line between Noon and 5 pm. Our website is www.farmtowncanada.com . This fundraiser is to help raise dollars because we counsel, run programs for and provide camps for deserving kids from our community at the farm.We use ag- tourism to raise funds in our log cabin shoppe called trinkets and trash..along with tours and animal and historic farm education etc.”

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OBITUARIES:

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SUTHERLAND, Shayne Leigh – 51, of Lawrencetown, NS, on Saturday, September 3, 2011. Survivors include sister in law:  Deb (Ross) Herron, Aylmer  etc . Visitation  at Atlantic Funeral Homes, 771 Main St., Dartmouth, NS.

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THURSDAY, Sept. 8/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

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

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-(Friday – EMMC Music Night at Bandshell, 6-9 pm, Free hotdogs, drinks)

-(Sept. 17 – Hazardous Waste Depot in Aylmer)

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***DAVE FERGUSON’s THURSDAY COLUMN ON ELGIN EVENTS will not be continuing as he pursues other interests. Thanks Dave for many good reads .

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SCHOOL BUSSES OK ON TUESDAY

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(Information from Dave Cryderman at Badder BusLines, Aylmer) – “Our start up went reasonably smooth on Tuesday Sept. 6th. We have some minor adjustments to make in respect to route times and we always have to educate a number of parents/guardians when there are route changes over the summer months. Routine sets in and students are quick to adapt by the end of the first week….. We are down numbers in mini-van routes but up numbers in regular bus routes. ”

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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

“PROCEED WITH DOWNTOWN PAVING!”

AYLMER – Council at last Tuesday’s session voted to award the paving of the Sydenham St. West  Parking lot to TCG Asphalt – the only tender – at a cost of $168,000 plus $15,000 in engineering fees for a total of $183,000. The Council will use monies from various reserves for the project. It is expected to be completed early this fall.

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“INSTALL 4-WAY STOPS ON SOUTH!”

AYLMER – At yesterday’s session, Council gave final approval to a 4-way stop corner at South and Rutherford. 

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CHATEAU GARDENS RENOVATIONS

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AYLMER – (Contributed) – “Last year Ontario announced that Cheateau Gardens had been selected for a Capital Renewal Program. The building expansion  includes new safety and security features, larger resident suites and staff work spaces, new lounges and common indoor and outoor activity areas, new furniture etc. Chartwell is investing appproximately 9.2 million in this project and moving from 60 to 64 beds. Construction is expected to take approximately 16 months.”

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(Work has begun on renovations at the eastern end of Chateau Gardens Seniors home on Talbot west)

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AYLMER COLLISION

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On Friday at 1:30 pm a 73-year old Springfield woman was charged with failing to obey a traffic light after her car, going north on John St. north, ran the red light at the Progress St. stoplight  and collided with a car driven by a 49-year old Aylmer woman who was turning south off Progress Drive. There was minor damage.

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

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-(Thursday – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex)

-(Friday – EMMC Music Night at Bandshell, 6-9 pm, Free hotdogs, drinks)

-(Sept. 17 – Hazardous Waste Depot in Aylmer)

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AYLMER COUNCIL TUESDAY:

 

-Council decisions yesterday: 

-The petition signed by 225 residents requesting that ATVs be categorized  the same as snowmobiles in town was referred to staff for investigation.

-The marketing report  on ad promotions done for the town in various journals was received for information.

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MENS SOCCER : WEST LORNE 4 AYLMER 1

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AYLMER – First place West Lorne downed Aylmer Rampage 4-1 in the first game of their two-game Southwestern Ontario Mens Soccer League finals last night here. The second game is Friday in West Lorne. Mike Del Bel Deluz scored for Rampage. The Rampage ousted Aylmer FC in semifinal play.

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McGREGOR SCHOOL OPENING:

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(Contributed) “Staff changes – Mrs. McMillan will be teaching in the ALC class. Mrs.Taylor will be teaching grade 3/4. Ms. Jackson is back to work in Mrs. Hodgins JK/SK class. Madame Hatch will be teaching French and several primary classes. Ms. Neil will be teaching.  Mrs. Jones is in the office and  Mrs. Secord is an educational assistant.

The biggest change for everyone this year will be the switch to a balanced day. As such, students will have a nutrition break from 10:40 until 11:20 and from 1:00 until 1:20 p.m. It is suggested that students eat half their lunch during the first break and half their lunch at the second break….. There is a school breakfast program at McGregor, starting Sept. 27″

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OBITUARIES:

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On Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Stephen “Fur” Christov of RR1, Belmont in his 62nd year. Survivors include: son Nick Christov of Aylmer, friend Linda Cahill etc.  He was born in Hungary. A service will be held at the Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm. with visitation one hour prior.

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On Saturday, September 3rd, 2011, at Woodstock, Miss Diane Kesteloot  at the age of 75. Diane was born in  Belgium and had a hairdressing shop in Vienna for many years . Survivors include: brother Julius (Mary) Kesteloot of Aylmer; Visitation on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOME,, Tillsonburg . Funeral Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg.

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TRI COUNTY MENS FASTBALL

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B Playoff Finals – Straffordville Stealth wins 3-0 over Mt. Elgin (Straffordville had defeated Pt. Burwell in semifinals)

Monday, August 22nd at 8:00pm at Straffordville – Mets 2, Stealth 10

Sunday, August 28th at 8:30pm at Met Centre, Mt. Elgin – Stealth 6, Mets 4

Monday, August 29th at 8:00pm at Straffordville – Mets 0, Stealth 10

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TUESDAY, Sept. 6/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

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-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

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-(Thursday – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex)

-(Friday – EMMC Music Night at Bandshell, 6-9 pm, Free hotdogs, drinks)

-(Sept. 17 – Hazardous Waste Depot in Aylmer)

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AYLMER BLOOD CLINIC THURSDAY

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(Contributed) “Help save a life – Donate Blood!  There are 22 appointments that need to be filled to meet the needs of hospital patients this Thursday, September 8 at the East Elgin Community Complex from 2:30 to 4:00 pm and from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.  Please call 1 888 2 DONATE to book an appointment.  New donors and walk-ins are also welcome!  www.blood.ca

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AYLMER COUNCIL TODAY:

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Agenda items include:

-Petition from 225 Aylmer residents to have ATVs subject to the same local regulations as snowmobiles

-Update on Aylmer business promotions in various magazines, journals etc.

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ACTIVE ELGIN DAY ON SEPT. 17

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(Contributed) – “Active Elgin Day, which takes place on Saturday, September 17, 2011, is a one-day opportunity to try new activities and leisure pursuits for free or at a reduced cost. Residents and visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged to try as many activities as they can. Activities include dance, Zumba, karate, hockey drills, open gym time, and much more. For a full listing of the organizations that are offering free or discounted activities for the day please visit www.activeelgin.ca or call the East Elgin Community Complex at 519-773-5631.

Active Elgin is a coalition of community organizations that is dedicated to promoting sport, recreation and leisure in our community. Active Elgin is made possible through the support of many community partners including the Central Community Health Centre, East Elgin Community Complex, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, Elgin St. Thomas Tourism Services, Ontario Early Years Centre, St. Thomas Parks and Recreation, West Elgin Community Health Centre, YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin, and funded in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.”

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MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS LAST WEEK

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– September 2, 2011, Station # 1, Hale Street, Medical Assist

– September 3, 2011, Station #2 assisted by Station #2, Talbot Line, MVC

*(One vehicle, no injuries)

– September 4, 2011, Station #1, John Wise Line, Tree Down

– September 4, 2011, Station # 1, Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– September 4, 2011, Station #2,  Springwater Road, Medical Assist

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OBITUARIES:

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On Sunday, September 4, 2011. George Edward “Ed” Goeckler of RR5, Aylmer in his 58th year. Beloved husband of Brenda (Becker) Goeckler. Ed worked on the family tobacco farm. 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 in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 11:00 am.

On Saturday, September 3, 2011. Wilhelmus Maria “Wil” Branje , of Aylmer in his 83rd year. Survivors include: wife Christina (VanAarssen) Branje etc.. He was born in the Netherlands . Wil had received an Aylmer Citizen of the Year Award recognizing his volunteer service with Special Olympics and Community Living, Aylmer. The family will receive friends at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in the funeral chapel on Wednesday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation to follow.

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On Saturday, September 3, 2011, Helena Neufeld of Aylmer in her 71st year. Survivors include: husband Neil Neufeld etc. She was born in Chihuahua Mexico. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm. from the Old Colony Mennonite Church.

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A FACEBOOK READER WRITES: 

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Q- Does Aylmer have sirens to warn of Tornadoes?

A – (From Fire Chief Sam Taylor) -”"Aylmer does not have a fixed emergency notification system for warning the general public.”

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