Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


WEDNESDAY, March 14/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Free Skating at EEC Complex – 9-11 am


-Thur. – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex,  2:30-4;  5:30-8.

-Thur. – Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-Sat. – Legion St. Patrick’s Day Supper (corned beef, cabbage) 6 p.m., $10 

 

 

1 -SEVERE BURNS CLAIM MATT PEARCE

 

Liz Pearce confirmed that her grandson Matt Pearce, 17, of Orwell died yesterday of complications from the severe burns he suffered in a recent accident. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

2- EESS OPEN FOR GRIEF COUNSELLING

 

EESS Principal Brendon White informs that the school library will be open from 1-4 pm this afternoon and 9 am to 4 pm tomorrow for any students who wish to meet to talk about the recent deaths of student Matt Pearce and former EESS/Davenport  student Nick Taylor (Belmont car accident). Grief counsellors will be in attendance.
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ELGIN TOURISM EVENT TODAY

 

(Contributed) – “Today, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism Michael Chan will visit  the Canada Southern Railway Station in St. Thomas to kick off the first ever Ontario’s Southwest Spring Launch Event. Geared to the needs of regional tourism owners and operators, this two-day conference on March 14 & 15, 2012 will provide first hand business training and put delegates “ on the track” to success. An update on tourism in Ontario and Ontario’s Southwest by Executive Director Jim Hudson will precede a key note address by Roger Brooks, CEO/President of Destination Development International. Rounding off the day will be a Networking Reception hosted by Savour Elgin. The event begins at 2 pm”    

 

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“AYLMER PLAY WINS AWARDS”  

“There Goes the Bride”, Aylmer Community Theatre’s entry in the Western Ontario Drama League Festival in London, garnered several nominations and awards, at the gala on Saturday night. The show was presented with The Best Ensemble award, in recognition of the performances of the entire cast. Alan Legg stole the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. His performance as grandfather Gerald Drimmond embodied everything that constitutes a farce. Peter Leack also received a nomination for that award for his Australian father-in-law, Charles Babcock.  Sandi Loponen was given a special adjudicator’s award for Physical Performance, cited for her delightful appearance from behind the couch. Barbara Warnock was nominated for Best Perfomance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of grandmother Daphne Drimmond.”

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TUESDAY, March 13/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Free Skating at EEC Complex – 11:30 am – 1:30

-*DON DURKEE WRITES: – “To celebrate water week,  how about asking for picts  submitted to celebrate water in our Aylmer  & Malahide area or even within 1 hr drive?”  (Any picts?)

 

-Thur. – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex,  2:30-4;  5:30-8.

-Thur. – Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Sat. – Legion Supper

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Nicholas James Taylor -  Suddenly due to a motor vehicle accident on Saturday, March 10, 2012, Nicholas James Taylor of Belmont, in his 17th year.  Son of Catherine (Findlay) Taylor and Bradley Taylor and his brothers Jacob and Shane. Visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 on Wednesday, at FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, London. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Thursday, at 2:00 pm.

 

-Janet Grace Sawatzky, of Woodstock, formerly of Brownsville,  on Monday , at the age of 73 years.  Survivors include:  sister Lee (Audrey) Ball of Straffordville etc. Visitation  at the Open Bible Baptist Church,  Aylmer,  on Saturday  from 9:00am to 11am. The memorial service will commence at 11:00am.

 

 

SPRINGWATER MAPLE SYRUP DAYS

 

(Information from Ed Pietrzak of Springwater CA) – “The sap has been running since November, above freezing days and below freezing nights. We tap around 500 trees in late February and that is what we did this year. The run has been very good. That may change this week with warmer days and nights. Production has been steady. We have three quarters of our crop in. We are open each day in March break from 10:00 am until 3 each day until March 18th. And every weekend until April 1. The sugar shanty, Pancake house and tours through the forest, Native ways, samples, wagon rides and rope course can be enjoyed. Family day is on March 24th.  with bird houses to be built, taffy making and more.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

 

- March 6, 2012, Station #1,  John Wise Line, Medical Assist

- March 11, 2012, Station #3,  Springfield Road, Alarm Malfunction

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q – Bayham Ojibwa Project?

1. It’s a great idea, full steam ahead  48.98%  (48 votes)  

2. Too risky, too much can go wrong  9.18%  (9 votes)  

3. Too risky financially  15.31%  (15 votes)  

4. Too risky, won’t be popular  26.53%  (26 votes)  

Total Votes: 98

 

Q-Opinion: local cat-dog owners?

1. Most local petowners are responsible  31.46%  (28 votes)  

2. About half of petowners are responsible  11.24%  (10 votes)  

3. Too much doggie-doo is not picked up  24.72%  (22 votes)  

4. Too many cats/dogs run loose  32.58%  (29 votes)  

Total Votes: 89

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

A busy day this past weekend at the Aylmer Wildlife Area at the OPC as the Tundra Swan migration continues. (Photo by Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

 

 

 GEOCACHING AT AYLMER LIBRARY

 

(Contributed) – “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers (called geocaches), using GPSenabled devices and then log their find and experience online. There are 1,669,302 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide, some of them right here in Aylmer! On Saturday, March 24, at the Aylmer Library we’ll try to find some caches from 11:00 to 12:00.”

 

 

AYLMER FIRE DEPT. 2011 REPORT

 

Aylmer Fire Chief Sam Taylor presented the 2011 Annual Report of the AFD at Aylmer Council yesterday. Of note was that property damage from fires – at $70,000 – was at its lowest level in ten years. The number of calls was down from 83 in 2010 to 61,  with fewer calls for carbon monoxide issues  accounting for half of that decline. Responses included:  False alarms 19; Fires 16 (including 3 unauthorized burnings) Medical Responses 9, Carbon Monoxide issues 8 and collisions 2.

 

 

NEW ELGIN IMMIGRATION PLAN

 

(Contributed) – “The St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership is unveiling their ‘Settlement Strategy’ next Wednesday, March 20 at the CASO Railway station in St.Thomas from 5 to 7:30 pm. The ST-ELIP has been working over the year to create a Strategy to help successfully integrate newcomers and immigrants into the community. Professor Anton Allahar from the Faculty of Migration and Ethnic Relations at the University of Western Ontario is the speaker. ”

 

 

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MONDAY, March 12/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Calton Hall Penny Sale, 7pm

-Aylmer Council, 3:30

 

-Thur. – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex,  2:30-4;  5:30-8

 

 

BELMONT YOUTH KILLED IN CRASH

 

BELMONT – According to Elgin OPP,  the victim in this weekend’s crash south of here was Nick Taylor, 16, of Belmont, a student at St. Joseph’s High School in St.Thomas.

According to the Elgin OPP,  there was a two vehicle  motor vehicle collision shortly after 6pm on Saturday.  The collision occurred just south of Crossley Hunter Line, on Belmont Rd. in Central Elgin. A Pontiac Sunfire with four youth between the ages of 16 and 17 was travelling southbound on Belmont Rd. when it travelled onto the west shoulder then veered abruptly across the centre line and into the path of a northbound Pontiac Firebird  and was struck broadside on the passenger side of the vehicle.

The driver of the Sunfire as well as a rear passenger were taken to St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital  with minor injuries.  A second rear passenger was uninjured in the collision.  The front passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and lone occupant of the Firebird was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. All involved parties are believed to be from Belmont.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-John  Wallace ‘Wally’ Postman,  of Aylmer, on Saturday, in his 81st year. Survivors include: wife Berdena (Van Dyk etc. He was born in Alberta. Wally served as pastor in the Christian Reformed Church.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church) on Thursday, March  at 11:00 am.

 

-Doris Marie Ketchabaw,  of Tillsonburg and formerly of Vienna, on Saturday, in her 86th year. Survivors include: son Douglas Ketchabaw (Marianne) of R.R. # 4 Aylmer etc.  She was born in Straffordville. and was Past President of Sandytown Seniors #766 and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Aylmer.  Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home,  Tillsonburg on Tuesday,  from 2-4 & 7- 9 p.m. where the Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, at 2 p.m.

 

-Phillip Devine, of London and formerly of Aylmer, on Tuesday suddenly in Mexico,  age 66 years.  Survivors include: wife Linda Mary (Kipp) Devine; twin sister Phyllis Ketchabaw (Jim) of Eden etc.. There will be no funeral service. A private family visitation will be held.

 

 

FURTHER UPDATE ON MATT PEARCE

 

(Contributed – See Friday story) – “He has a third and fourth degree burn from his chest up including his arms. He lost his right hand. He’ll be in the hospital for about 4-6 more weeks but surgeries are ongoing. After, he’ll go to Texas for therapy for another few months. We all are so grateful for all the donations so we are able to see Matt as much as possible,. He is still in critical condition. Through contact with our Aylmer Shriners the Mocha Shriners are working with Sunnybrook Hospital to get Matt the best medical care he can get which is in Galveston,Texas for burns and Houston Texas for Prosthetics.The hospitals are about an hour apart and he will have access to the best of care. (From Matt’s sister – Nicole).

 

 

TUNDRA SWANS IN AYLMER

 

The annual Tundra Swan migration has started at the Aylmer Wildlife Area at the Ontario Police College. (Photo by Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

 

 

FREE FILM TONIGHT

 

(Contributed) – “Elgin NFU (National Farmers Union) is showing a new film tonight at the Aylmer Old Town Hall, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. The title is ‘To Make A Farm’, a documentary about several young farmers from urban backgrounds who have started farming in Grey County. The film is free with a discussion after. For more info about the film check:  http://tomakeafarm.ca/

 

 

ELGIN WHOOPING COUGH CONCERN

 

(Elgin Health Unit recently reported they were seeing an increase in the number of cases of ‘Whooping Cough’. The following information was provided by Laura McLaughlin, Unit Director of Health Protection):

“Pertussis, commonly known as whopping cough, is a highly contagious, upper respiratory, bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing. A deep “whooping” sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, tiny droplets containing the bacteria move through the air, and the disease is easily spread from person to person. The infection usually lasts 6 weeks. The groups most vulnerable to serious consequences of being infected are infants (less than one year of age) and pregnant women.

In Canada immunization to protect children from pertussis illness has been available since the 1930’s. Immunity tends to wane over a period of time and consequently adults are at risk of developing the infection even though they were well immunized in childhood. In Ontario, an outbreak of 22 cases of pertussis illness was seen between July and mid November 2011.  Twelve (55%) of the cases involved Elgin County residents.

In mid December 2011 an increase in cases of pertussis in Elgin County was again noticed in the same distinct population.  To date more than 69 confirmed cases of pertussis illness have been identified. The best way to protect yourself is immunization.  All adults less than 65 years of age are encouraged to have a booster of pertussis vaccine now that it is publicly funded by the Ministry of Health.  The vaccine is available from the family doctor, nurse practitioner or at the Health Unit clinics. ”

 

 

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FRIDAY, March 9/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. – SplashNBoots Kids Program at OTH Theatre, 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. – Daylight Savings Time change

 

-Mon. – March Break week for schools

-Mon. – Calton Hall Penny Sale, 7am

-Mon. – Aylmer Council, 3:30

-Thur. – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Charles Learn,  formerly of Aylmer, on Monday, in his 83rd year; Survivors include: children  Linda (Wayne) Lewis, David (Kathy) Learn, both of Aylmer. Cremation has taken place. There is no service.
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MORE ON AYLMER’S 125TH 

 

A banner announcing Aylmer's 125th celebrations this year - the big weekend is June 28-July 1 - has also been hoisted across Talbot St. west this week. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

 LIBRARY COMMITTEE COMPLETE

 

Aylmer Council Monday made the final appointment to the Library Design AdHoc committee adding EESS student Sara Simpson. Other members include 2 councillors, 2 staff members plus citizens Keith Hunt, Barb Warnock, Don Pearson and Rhonda McNaughton.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

‘GLOBE’ HAS WALKER FARMS ROBOT STORY

 

“The Globe and Mail has a story today on  increasing technology at Walker Farms east of Aylmer. It states that Walker Farms has  2500 cattle, thus their dairy business ranks among Canada’s largest. The story notes that recently John Walker imported a $25,000 robot from Germany that allows his cows to basically feed on demand, no matter the hour. The report also notes that a couple years ago, the family installed a computerized milking parlour, which slowly rotates as the cows get on and off – the parlour holds up to 50 cows at a time, allowing 250 to 300 cows to be milked per hour.”

 

 

ELGIN TOURISM FESTIVAL GRANTS

 

 (Contributed) – “Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism will provide three separate contributions of $2000 for a total of $6,000 to support local festivals and events through the Community Festival and Event Partnership Program (CFEPP). The CFEPP offers contributions to community groups that take it upon themselves to organize festivals and events that are economic drivers for the community.

In order to be eligible to receive the CFEPP contribution an event’s sponsoring organization must be located in Elgin County or St. Thomas, must be a registered charity, non-profit organization or community organization and the event must be held in Elgin County or St. Thomas. Successful applications for 2012 will best meet the Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism Marketing Plan goals of increasing the number of people that visit the area, increasing the duration of their stay, and increasing the money that they spend while in Elgin-St. Thomas.

For more information or to obtain an application please call 519 631-1460 ex 176 or email karussell@elgin-county.on.ca. “

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THURSDAY, March 8/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. – SplashNBoots Kids Program at OTH Theatre, 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. – Daylight Savings Time change

 

-Mon. – March Break week for schools

-Mon. – Calton Hall Penny Sale, 7am

-Mon. – Aylmer Council, 3:30

-Next Thur. – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex

 

 

UPDATE: MATT PEARCE’S CONDITION

 

(Information from Liz Pearce, grandmother of Matt Pearce of Orwell who suffered burns in a recent incident) – “Matt is still in critical condition. The surgeons and nursing staff are wonderful in Sunnybrook (Toronto). Public visitation is still prohibited because of the risk of infection. Skin grafting has started with his own skin and the success has been good thus far. He still has a long road ahead of him. The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, donations and offers of help. The work the kids at East Elgin have put into fund raising and the T shirts, and their cards and posters has been overwhelming.  I know if Matt wasn’t in an induced coma he would really be humbled by all this publicity, love and support.”
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MARCH BREAK AT EEC COMPLEX

 

 Skating Sponsored by EastLink -

 Monday March 12-  9:00am to 11:00am; Tuesday March 13 -11:30am to 1:30pm; Wednesday March 14- 9:00am to 11:00am; Thursday March 15 -11:30am to 1:30pm;  Friday March 16- 9:00am to 11:00am. (Rental Skates available for $2/pair)

 

March Break Day Camp -

 Daily. 8:00am to 5:00pm.  $20/day(includes public skating). Registration due in advance.  Bring your own lunch (nut free). Games, crafts, sports, activities.    

 

 

AYLMER’S 125TH

 

Aylmer Parks Supt. Thom Polland is shown this morning installing one of a dozen banners for the downtown core announcing Aylmer's 125th Anniversary this year. (kb) (CLICK)

 

  

MARCH BREAK AT AYLMER LIBRARY

 

 Monday = 2-4 pm-  Movie Mania -Ages 6-12 . Buy some Popcorn! Win the movie! Adult Accompaniment for children under 6.

Tuesday = 2:00-3:00 pm – Picnic Fun -Ages 6-12.  Enjoy sandwiches & treats.

Thursday =2:00-3:00 pm - Slumber Party -Ages 6-10  -Snacks & juice.  Stories & games;  3:00-4:00 pm – Fun in the Sun Cyber Camp -4:00-5:00 pm Teen Mixer -Friends & Food at the “Lounge”brary.

Friday = 2:00-3:00 pm – Magic & Mystery – The Amazing Corbin.  Ages 7-14.

Saturday = 2:00-3:00 pm – Plant your own four leafclover! Enjoy rainbow Jello! Ages 6-12;  3:00-4:00 pm Superkids Cyber Camp -Ages 6-12. (All programs free)    

 

 

DAVENPORT GIRLS WIN BBALL CROWN

 

The  TVDSB Elementary Basketball Championships were held last weekend in London. Aylmer’s Davenport Girls won the AAA title by defeating Clara Brenton 36-29. New Sarum won the A Girls Bronze.

 

 

BAYHAM OJIBWA MEETING UPDATE: 

 

 (Comments by Bayham Mayor Paul Enns) – “The hall was filled to capacity with concerned people.  An overview of the project and answers to main questions were presented in a combined fashion by Ian Raven from E.M.M. and myself. This I felt helped to lower the anxiety level in the room somewhat. Then the floor was open for opinions and questions, which were voiced by both sides. I felt that the majority that spoke seemed to be in favour of the Municipality signing an agreement. I also felt that most think the project is a good idea if the financial risk was eliminated or greatly reduced.

I want to stress that the concept of the agreement is being a guarantor for the proposed loans by the E.M.M. and that they are not looking for a direct cash outlay. The risk to the Municipality for the most part is if for some reason the E.M.M. cannot meet their payment obligations, their assets would be liquated first, and then if required the Municipality would then be responsible. I again want to stress that the E.M.M. is confident in their business plan and fund raising plans. There will be a discussion on Thursday evening (tonight) to discuss more potential details as well as other avenues that might be considered in order to fulfill the D.N.D. request while mitigating the risk for the Municipality. I do not expect a vote on this issue until next week.”

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WEDNESDAY, March 7/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. – SplashNBoots Kids Program at OTH Theatre, 2pm (see ad)

 

 

STRAFFORDVILLE WATERMELONFEST WINS

 

On Saturday, Festivals and Events of Ontario announced the winners of the Top 100 in Ontario in the past year and the Straffordville Watermelon Fest made the list. The Watermelon Fest also won an award for Most Innovative Partnership (the event and the Township of Bayham)

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Progress photo on the Apartment building at the corner of John/Sydenham. (kb) (CLICK)

 

BAYHAM  OJIBWA MEETING FAVOURS SUB

 

VIENNA – The submarine proposal in Bayham is still afloat.

About 350 persons were present at the Community Hall here last night to discuss the possibility of Bayham Township acting as a guarantor for the transportation and installation  of the Ojibwa sub to Port Burwell next fall.  Said Bayham Deputy-Mayor Mark Taylor:  ”I’ve never seen quite a turnout for any issue in my nine years on Council.” According to D-M Taylor, the audience was overwhelmingly in favour of the township acting as a guarantor – “I asked for a show of hands of who was opposed to the idea and I counted only 18 of the approximate 350 there.”

The agenda allowed for the Military Museum’s Ian Raven to respond to about a dozen prepared questions and then other questions were open to the floor. D-M Taylor said the main concern was whether the township would be restricted in applying for other capital projects with this particular commitment so the next step is to work out those details. The Military Museum reps are being invited to a special Council meeting Thursday at 7 pm – the Budget meeting has been cancelled.
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APAC SERIES FOR 2012-13

 

(This is the performance schedule for next year for the Aylmer Performing Arts Committee as announced by Chairman Tom Starks):

Saturday, September 15th 2012:  Dala -  Considered an Aylmer favourite, Dala is the Juno winner of 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year.

Friday, October 12th 2012:  Shuffle Demons  – The band that captured the imagination of a generation with their antics and their amazing no holds barred playing.

Saturday, November 10th 2012: -  Alfie Zappacosta  Is a lot of things to a lot of people – rock to some, smooth to others, Alfie is an incredibly gifted talent beyond any genre tag.

Saturday, December 8th 2012:  Meaghan Smith - Raised in London Ontario, Meaghan won the 2011 Juno Award for Best New Artist and Best Pop Recording Artist at the 2011 East Coast Music Awards.

Saturday, January 19th 2013  Lily Frost  – She’s released 8 albums to date and was recently nominated for a Gemini Award as a co-writer of the score for the hit TV show “Being Erica”.

Thursday, February 7th 2013   Alex Cuba -  His trademark sweet melodies, pop/soul hooks and rock cords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. .

Saturday, April 27th 2013  Quartetto Gelato - Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnic solos, gypsy passion, multi-instrumental mastery and a accordion world champion.

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TUESDAY, March 6/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham Ojibwa Meeting, Vienna Hall, 7 pm

 

-Sat. – SplashNBoots Kids Program at OTH Theatre, 2pm (see ad)

 

 

EESS LOSES WOSSAA HOCKEY FINAL

 

LONDON – EESS was defeated 7-0 by London Mother Teresa here yesterday in the WOSSAA  AAA girls’ hockey championship. However it was the first time East Elgin had won a girls’ hockey medal as they were awarded the silver. The Eagles downed Medway 4-1 in a semifinal earlier in the day.

 

 

AYLMER DOGOWNER CHARGED

 

AYLMER – Police  charged an Aylmer dogowner with not taking precautions from attacking a person after her dog bit a 62-year old Straffordville woman on York St.  The victim was walking to her granddaughter’s home about 9 am Thursday when the loose dog came up and bit her on the calf.  The dog weighed 14 kg. – no other information on the dog was provided by Police – and was up to date on its shots.

 

 

AYLMER NOVICES OUSTED

 

PT. COLBORNE – Aylmer Novices were blanked 3-0 here on Saturday and were eliminated from their OMHA semifinals in three straight games. They were the last Aylmer team in OMHA playdowns this season.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

- February 29, 2012, Station #1,  Dexter Line, Medical Assist 

- February 29, 2012, Station #2, Talbot Line, Authorized burn complaint

- March 3, 2012, Station #2, Woolleyville Line, prefire condition

 

 

PT.BURWELL PLAY THIS SUMMER

 

(Bayham Council recently heard a request by Gillian Davey of Pt. Burwell to perform a play on the beach there this summer.  She provided the following information.) “It is called Davey’s Locker Productions, ‘Pirates of the Burwell Coast’. This is a production done in British pantomime style with all the pirate cliches you can think of.

My husband Tony and I often took our children to Christmas pantomimes by the sea in Britain. Pt. Burwell is a town on the lake ready for fun and ‘Pirates of the Burwell Coast’ should add to that fun. This production is produced, directed and written by myself with the cast and crew all having an input into writing and all aspects of the play. We have 22 people in the cast and 20 people in the crew are all volunteers.

The cost of the play is free. We will ask for donations to go towards our costs but there are no obligations. We might do such things as stone chess table sets for the beach in Burwell, entrepreneurs’ stands on beach and others. We have a lot of people willing to make Burwell into the hidden gem it always has been.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Heidt, Versa Marjorie,  formerly of Aylmer, on Monday, in her 95th year. Wife of the late Reginald Heidt.  She was born in Vienna. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Full Gospel Church on Friday,  at 11:00 am.

 

Coleman, Herbert, of Aylmer,  on Monday, in his 80th year. Survivors include:  wife Lois (Nemett) Coleman; daughter Beverly Tomlinson of Aylmer. He was a member of Malahide Masonic Lodge #140, the Aylmer and Tillsonburg Shrine Clubs, and the  Royal Canadian Legion . Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 p.m.  A Celebration of life will be held at the Aylmer Baptist Church on Friday, at 1:00 pm.

 

Jack Van Gurp,  of R.R.1, Aylmer,  on Monday, in his 86th year. Survivors in the Aylmer area include:  siblings Nellie Van Gurp, Gerrie Saarloos, Ida Janssen and husband George, Harry Van Gurp and wife Jane, Casper Van Gurp and wife Gretha, Neil Van Gurp and wife Theresa etc . He was born in  The Netherlands and was a farmer at R.R.1, Brownsville. Visitation at the Bethel United Reformed Church, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The  funeral service will be held at the Church on Thursday, at 11:00 am.

 

 

NO FARMERS MARKET FOR AYLMER …YET

 

Aylmer Council yesterday failed to approve a request by Mary Jane Lampman of Aylmer to establish a Farmers’ Market at the Palmer Bandshell Park this summer. Instead Council decided  ”that the Marketing Coordinator be directed to undertake a market analysis to determine the community’s desire for and support of a Farmers’ Market… and that the study explore all possible sites within the core and the possibility of a private partnership.”

 

 

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MONDAY, March 5/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-WOSSAA Girls Hockey – EESS vs Medway,  London Nichols Arena, 9:30am

 

-Tues. -Bayham Ojibwa Meeting, Vienna Hall, 7 pm

-Sat. – SplashNBoots Kids Program at OTH Theatre, 2pm (see ad)

 

 

EESS GIRLS HOCKEY AT WOSSA UPDATE:

-EESS defeated Medway 4-1 in their semifinal this morning and now will face either Stratford Northwestern or London Mother Teresa in the championship at London Nichols Arena at 2:30.

 

 

AYLMER  COUNCIL TODAY

 

Agenda items include:

-There will be a Public Meeting to provide an opportunity for individuals to provide input to Council about the Water and Wastewater Rates & Charges By-law at 7pm before the regular Council session. There will also be a Public Meeting following to discuss a zoning bylaw amendment to consider a ‘financial institution’ on John St. north in the Business Park.

-Discussion on a Farmers’  Market proposal at the Bandshell; the staff recommendation is to deny the request at this time.

 

 

AMBER SCOTT WINS TV SHOW EVENT

 

(Amber (Scott) Mattox, formerly of Aylmer, and her husband Lee  won last Wednesday’s  episode of the Four Weddings Canada television show on the  Slice network. Each week four brides compete to see how each would judge the others’ weddings in the categories of venue,  food,  dress and overall experience. The winner gets a trip. Amber provided the following information.)

“My parents are Daryl and Shelley Scott from Aylmer. They both went to EESS as did I. We run a family business called Studio Dance Pointe which is in St. Thomas. I also work for RBC insurance as an insurance advisor.

My wedding was October 15, 2011.  Lee is from Boston, MA. and we met performing on cruise ships. He comes from a dance background as his grandparents, parents and sister all dance professionally. Lee is both a dancer and aerial artist. We were dance partners for Royal Caribbean Cruise line, as well as aerial performers.

My friend recommended we apply for the show as she was sent a link about a casting call.  So I sent in an application on a whim and they responded right away because of the unique entertainment we had at the wedding. We had live vocalists, live violinists, and 3 choreographed performances by my students, Lee and myself. As well as the uniqueness of my venue being at the old converted train station (in St.Thomas).  I had to undergo multiple interviews so they could see if my personality was right for the show.

The show was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. It was very non invasive on the day of my wedding so I didn’t find it took away from my special day. Since I am a very competitive person I loved the challenge of competing for a honeymoon. All of the weddings were in Southwestern Ontario. I don’t really keep in touch with the other girls now.”

 

 

SPLASHNBOOTS IN AYLMER SATURDAY

 

(Contributed) – ” ‘SplashNBoots’,  nominated again for  Children’s Music Group  of the Year, will perform this Saturday at 2pm at Aylmer’s Old Town Hall Theatre as part of the Kids and Company series. (see ad, call 773-8220 for information).

The husband and wife duo, which won the Childrens Music Group Award in 2007,  has just completed a a cross-Canada theatre tour with Treehouse TV. Their music video “For the Love of Dance”  is currently featured on that program. They have five CDs and two full-length DVDs under their belts, as well as over 1,000 international festival and theatre performances and are currently writing their sixth album which will be based solely on fan feedback.  Their Facebook page: is www.facebook.com/splashnboots.

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q- Driving Tests for Over 80s?

1. Yes, drive tests yearly for over 80s  20.93%  (18 votes)

2. Yes, but just test every 2 years.  26.74%  (23 votes)

3. Yes, but start tests at 75.  27.91%  (24 votes)  

4. Leave it at written tests every 2 yr.  24.42%  (21 votes)

Total Votes: 86

Q – Taking the train in Canada?

1 – Never have  10.67%  (8 votes)

2 – Before, but not in last 10 years  42.67%  (32 votes)  

3- 1-2 times in past 10 years  26.67%  (20 votes)

4 – 3 times or more in past 10 yr.  20%  (15 votes)

Total Votes: 75

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Pt. Bruce pier this weekend (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

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FRIDAY, March 2/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sun. – EEC Complex Open House, 1-5 pm

 

 

WIND WARNING FOR EAST ELGIN

 

(From Environment Canada = St. Thomas – Aylmer – Eastern Elgin County/10:47 AM EST Friday 02 March)

“A cold front associated with a developing storm system is forecast to move across Southern Ontario tonight. Very strong southwest winds of 60 km/h with gusts to 90 km/h are likely in the wake of this front. Even stronger winds are possible in exposed areas along the shores of the Great Lakes, where sustained winds could reach 70 km/h and gusts may exceed 100 km/h.

Over Southwestern Ontario, the strong winds could be ushered in by thunderstorm activity which may develop along or just in advance of the cold front. The strong winds are forecast to persist through most of Saturday then moderate somewhat by Saturday evening.”

 

 

EESS GIRLS HOCKEY THURS.

 

WOSSAA Qualifier = EESS 4 Ingersoll 3

(WOSSAA is Monday at Nichols Arena, London.  EESS will play Medway at 9:30 am in a semifinal and Mother Teresa of London will play Stratford Northwestern in the other at the same time . The final is at 2:30 pm. The Bronze medal game is at 1:30)

 

 

OBITUARY

 

Winnington-Ingram, Gerald, of Aylmer,  on Thursday. in his 86th year. Survivors include:  wife Edna (Johnson) Winnington-Ingram;  daughter Judy Jones and husband Leonard of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Malahide Township and was a carpenter. He was a former member of East Elgin Sportsmen Club, the Aylmer Curling Club,  Pleasant Valley Golf and Country Club and the Board of St Paul’s United Church.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on March 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm.

 

THE SURVEY SAYS:
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BAYHAM  COUNCIL YESTERDAY:

 

  Agenda items discussed included: -A rejection to another request by Outback Camping of Vienna for a noise bylaw exemption.  (The Staff Report noted that noise bylaw charges by Bayham against Outback from last summer are still before the courts) -A building inspection report on the Vienna Community Hall which was received for information. The Vienna Hall committee has been given until September to pursue funding assistance for preservation plans.    

 

PT. BRUCE ICE UPDATE:

 

  (Information from Peter Dragunas of Catfish Creek Conservation Authority) – “Due to the mild winter thus far, the  ice conditions on the Catfish Creek, its tributaries and at Port Bruce Harbour are virtually nonexistent;  consequently we do not anticipate any flooding due to ice jamming nor are we anticipating having to carry out any ice induced flood mitigation measures this year.”    

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

“ONTARIO ANNOUNCES LOCAL PROJECTS”

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(Information from Steve Peters, MPP) -  The East Elgin Family Health Team is implementing a diabetes prevention program that will help residents in the Town of Aylmer, Township of Malahide and Municipality of Bayham reduce or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. The provincial government is providing $199,500 over three years to ensure the diabetes prevention program is available to Family Health Team patients 18 years of age and older who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

-The Ontario government is also providing a total of $121,000 through the Celebrate Ontario program to three local events taking place this year. This support will help these events further enhance their programs and services to attract new audiences, increase visitor spending and create jobs. One recipient is the Springwater Maple Syrup Festival – $40,000. -

 

 

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THURSDAY, March 1/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 pm Councils

 

-Sun. – EEC Complex Open House, 1-5 pm

 

 

SPITS SPUTTER

 

AYLMER – The Spitfires lost 4-2 to New Hamburg in Niagara Junior C hockey playoffs here last night and thus were eliminated in their best-of-seven series in six games.

 

Period 1
AylmerAdam Brisson (powerplay) (Todd Laurindo) 17:49
Period 2
New HamburgNick Pope (Blake Jordan, Kory Nowak) 17:08
New HamburgBrady Snyder (unassisted) 19:37
Period 3
New HamburgDamien Parent (Brock Yantzi) 3:49
New HamburgSean Kienapple (Sam Murray, Damien Parent) 10:45
AylmerScott Mugford (powerplay) (Coy Kulich, Rhys Thornton) 18:16

 

 

AYLMER’s 125th

 

Aylmer's first car dealership, 1913 , on King Street - the Central Hotel is to the right (north) - (1913 Aylmer Express Magazine) (CLICK)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Learn, Linda, of Aylmer, on Wednesday, in her 64th year.  Survivors include: sister Ruth Learn of Aylmer etc. Linda had lived in the Aylmer area all her life. The funeral service will be held at the H.A.Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Saturday  at 11:00 am. Visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

-Heide: Katharina,  of Aylmer,  on Tuesday, in her 90th year. Wife of the late John Heide.  She was born in Russia. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday, 6-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Saturday March, 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

 

-Kerr, Vera ; of Aylmer,  on Wednesday, in her 79th year.  Survivors include:  husband Gordon Kerr; daughters  Debbie of Aylmer,  Shelly (Chuck) of Aylmer, etc.  In keeping with Vera`s wishes cremation has taken place. A family service will be held at a later date.
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NEW AYLMER BED, BREAKFAST

 

 (Contributed) – “Elgin County Economic Development is pleased to announce the grand opening of Sweet Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast in Aylmer. The grand opening will be held on Saturday March 3rd from 1 pm-4 pm and will include a wine and cheese reception, the chance to win a one-night stay, and tours of the facility.  

Owner Brenda Lawson, a retired nurse from Newmarket, fell in love with the 1870 heritage home located at 236 Talbot St. East, and with the gorgeous Magnolia tree in the front yard. Fulfilling her life long dream of opening a bed and breakfast, Lawson spent six months restoring the home while maintaining its original integrity. The Sweet Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast boasts three tastefully decorated suites. For more information  call (519) 765-3038 or visit www.sweetmagnoliahouse.com.”    

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Pt. Bruce beach last weekend. A different scene than the snowy winter presented here last year at this time. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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