Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


MONDAY, Dec. 2/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

-Tue. -EESS hosts: Girls Vball v PCI

-Wed. -EESS hosts: Girls Hockey v PCI

-Thu. -EESS hosts: Boys BBall v Glencoe

 

-Sat. -Springfield Christmas Parade. 1 pm

-Sat. -Pt. Burwell Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm

-Sat. -APAC Presents: Sarah Slean, 7:30 pm, OTH Theatre (see ad)

 

 

 

HOW DID YOU LIKE THE PARADE?

 

Send in your comments on Saturday’s Aylmer Christmas Parade; also what was your favourite?

 

Aylmer

The ‘green Santa’ (aka Kermit) was easily the largest entry in Saturday’s Aylmer Christmas Parade. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

The Aylmer Flames

The Aylmer Flames hockey float in Saturday’s Parade. (kb)

 

 

OBITUARIES: 

 

-Heslop, Robert John “Bob” of Aylmer passed away Sunday aged 91. Survivors: wife Helen (Boyd) Heslop and three children including Michael Heslop of Aylmer etc.. Bob was a buyer at Imperial Tobacco for 45 years. He played Senior Hockey for the Aylmer Trojans and coached Aylmer Minor Hockey. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Tuesday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11 am.

 

-Cnockaert, Paula Maria (Verbrugghe) of St. Thomas and formerly of Straffordville passed away on Saturday aged  87. Predeceased by husband Joseph M. Cnockaert (2010). Survivors include: two daughters etc.. Visitation at Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m.  The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 am at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church Tillsonburg.

 

 

 

SPITS WIN 6-3

 

Aylmer – Aylmer Spitfires scored three power play ( and one shorthanded) goals in defeating North Middlesex 6-3 in SOJHL hockey here Saturday. Cody Underhill notched two goals and two assists for the winners with Clint Walker also scoring a pair and singles going to Eric Nemeth and Mitch Roloson. The Spitfires now have ten wins and fourteen losses and hold sixth spot of nine teams. This weekend they have two home games – Saturday night vs. first place Thamesford and a rare Sunday afternoon match vs. Pt. Stanley.

 

AYLMER 6 NMSEX 3

 

Period 1
AylmerEric Nemeth (Kyle Dedecker, Cody Underhill) 0:18
AylmerMitch Roloson (power play) (Brad Payne (C), Ryan Stapleton) 5:06
North MiddlesexGreg Apps (Nolan Vlasman) 18:15
Period 2
AylmerCody Underhill (power play) (Clint Walker) 12:13
North MiddlesexTom Bedour (unassisted) 17:14
Period 3
AylmerCody Underhill (short handed) (unassisted) 7:04
North MiddlesexMike Sharpe (power play) (unassisted) 9:48
AylmerClint Walker (Cameron Mancini, Cody Benner) 10:21
AylmerClint Walker (power play) (Cameron Mancini, Cody Underhill) 13:10

 

 

 

BAYHAM AWARDS NIGHT

 

(Contributed) – Award winners at the annual Bayham Awards Night Thursday in Vienna were: Joyce Taylor of Straffordville, Marion Paterson of Pt. Burwell, Cindy Stewart of Straffordville, and Dorothea Bentley of Pt. Burwell. The Youth Award went to Brandon Codere of Eden.

Taylor is a member of the Straffordville Community Committee, Patterson and Patterson are involved with SANYA (Spray and Neuter Your Animal), Stewart is treasurer of the Straffordville Public School Parent Council Serve group and Codere was a volunteer with the Eden and Area Community Centre Board.

 

 

 

ARREST IN BAYHAM SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

Elgin OPP will hold a media conference at 3pm today at the OPP West Region Headquarters in London regarding an arrest made from a sexual assault on October 19 at a rural residence east of Vienna. In that incident an adult female was out on her porch when she was grabbed by an unknown male, forced inside her residence and then was sexually assaulted.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– November 25, 2013, Station #1, #2, Nova Scotia Line, MVC

– November 26, 2013, Station #3,  Ron McNeil Line, Alarm Malfunction

– November 27, 2013, Station #2,  Carter Road, Medical Assist

– November 27, 2013, Station #2,  Rogers Road, Medical Assist

– November 27, 2013, Station #2,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– November 28, 2013, Station #1,  Lakeview Drive, Medical Assist

– November 29, 2013, Station #4, 12436 Belmont Road, Automobile Fire

(*Single vehicle car fire, cause unknown, on scene for one hour)

– November 30, 2013, Station #2 assisted by Station # 1, Talbot Line, MVC

(*Two vehicle MVC, minor injuries, on scene for 2 hours, cause unknown)

– November 1, 2013, Station #3 ,#4, 9098 Pigram Line, Mutual Aid

(*Firefighters, water only to S-W Oxford Fire Services at a structure fire)

– December 1, 2013, Station #2,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

 

 

 

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FRIDAY, Nov. 29/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Tree Lighting Events, 6 pm, Palmer Park

-Aylmer Comm. Band,Aylmer Comm. Choir/“Sounds Of The Seasons”/OTH Theatre (With: Summers Corners School Choir)/ 7:30 pm

-Aylmer Spitfires host Thamesford, 7:45 pm

 

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. -Aylmer Christmas Parade, 2pm

-Sat. -Otter Valley Nat.; Kids’ Bird Count; Pt. Burwell School; 8:30 am

-Sun. -Aylmer Comm. Choir/Lessons & Carols/Christain Ref. Church/7pm

-Sun -Belmont Christmas Parade, 6pm

-Sun. -Springfield Park Lighting, 5pm

-Sun, -Aylmer Museum: Pat Zimmer Retirement; 1-3 pm

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Rowley, Derek of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in his 66th year. Survivors include: wife Victoria Rowley; one child etc.. Visitation at  Kebbel’s  Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the St. Thomas Pentecostal Assembly Monday at 11:00 am

 

-Griffin, Edna Ruby (Lucas) of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer  on Tuesday aged 81 years. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Monday from 10- 11 a.m. with the service there at 11 am.

 

 

 

AYLMER CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

 

Contributors to Aylmer’s downtown Christmas decorations this year are: MainStreet Aylmer -Downtown Merchants, Aylmer Area Community Foundation, Town of Aylmer, Diane Mott, Kim and Linda Black, Showcase East Elgin Realty Brokerage, Catfish Creek Conservation Authority, Erie Thames Powerlines, Koolen Electric and John Fath Jr.

 

Community Decoration Committee Members are: Diane Mott, Thom Polland, Jeff and Nicole Wiebenga, Kim and Linda Black, Jeneen Toth, Judi Wright, Kim Enns, Dave Dykeman, Dennis Boadway and Herm Schaap.

 

 

 

AYLMER GIRLS IN OUAA BBALL

 

Second ranked University of Windsor won both their games on the weekend – downing Laurentian 87-46 and Algoma 104-25 in OUAA girls’ basketball. Aylmer’s Tessa Kreiger started both games, scoring 9 pt. in the first game and 6 pt. in the second. Unranked Brock lost two of three matches in the past week – defeating York 66-34 but losing to Queens 69-65 and to UWO on Wednesday in London by 69-64. Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen scored 3, 4, and 4 pt. respectively in those games.

 

 

 

PARADE ON TV

 

The Aylmer Santa Claus parade will be broadcast live on Eastlink channel 5 tomorrow at 2pm. It will then be rebroadcast next weekend – Saturday and Sunday, each day at 5pm.

 

 

 

EAST ELGIN PLACE NAMES

 

“#13 – Springfield”

 

Originally known as Clunas in the 1850s (named after the first postmaster), the name was changed shortly afterwards to the present title due to an abundance of springs in nearby fields. Several ‘Springfields’ exist in Canada. After the Canada Southern Railway built a line through here in 1872, the village boomed and was incorporated in 1878. One hundred years ago, Springfield boasted of several hotels, the two present day churches, two doctors, two banks etc. until the railway era faded in the 1920s. Aylmer’s  Carnation factory even had a branch plant here. (Source: Sims History of Elgin)

 

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK

 

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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, Nov. 28/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-MCS Immigration Info Night, 7-9pm, OTHall Theatre

-Bayham Awards Night, 7pm, Vienna Comm. Centre

 

-Fri. -Aylmer Tree Lighting Events, 6pm, Palmer Park

-Fri. -Aylmer Comm. Band,Aylmer Comm. Choir/“Sounds Of The Seasons”/OTH Theatre (With: Summers Corners School Choir)/ 7:30 pm

-Fri. -Aylmer Spitfires host Thamesford, 7:45pm

 

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. -Aylmer Christmas Parade, 2pm

-Sun. -Aylmer Comm. Choir/Lessons & Carols/Christain Ref. Church/7pm

-Sun -Belmont Christmas Parade, 6pm

-Sun. -Springfield Park Lighting, 5pm

-Sun, -Aylmer Museum: Pat Zimmer Retirement; 1-3pm

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

 

SOME E.ELGIN BUSES CANCELLED

 

Some buses were cancelled to East Elgin schools today due to the inclement weather – Central Elgin had more shutdowns. A number of Badder buses did not run in East Elgin but most did, informed Dave Cryderman of Badder BusLines. New Sarum Public School was closed. Bus service was regular to Pt. Burwell and Straffordville schools. Immanuel Christian School reported that their buses did not run.  Cancellations were due to another snow squall expected to hit the St.Thomas area today.

 

 

 

COLLECTING FOR FIRE VICTIMS

 

DadnDaughters FishNChips on King St. reports they are collecting ‘everything’ for the family whose house burnt down on Melanie Drive early Sunday morning (see Monday story). Store hours are: 11am to 7pm.

 

 

 

LUCAN 5 SPITS 1

 

LUCAN – Aylmer Spitfires fell 5-1 to host Lucan last night in SOJHL hockey. Lucan built up a 4-0 margin before Aylmer’s lone marker was scored by Todd Laurindo. There were twelve misconduct penalties called, six to each side. The next game for the Spits is at home vs. North Middlesex Friday.

 

 

 

“CHRISTMUST LIST#1”-OPTIMIST TOY DRIVE

 

(Information on the annual Aylmer Optimist Club Christmas Toy Drive is from Dave Dohnt of the Optimist Club) – “The drop off areas are: Waydan Auto Repair Talbot St. E., Oswell Chiropractor Centre Talbot St. W., ICS Courier Service Talbot St. W, Eastlink Sydenham St., Aylmer Legion  John St., and  McTaggart, Armstrong, Dewar & Owen Talbot St. W. Items can be dropped off during business hours or we can pick them up – call: 773-8475.

Monday, December 23 is the delivery day for the toys. The needs are -toys for all age groups up to 15 years of age plus hats and mittens (no coats). We have been doing this service for some 50 years. Last year we delivered presents to over 600 kids.”

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“EESS STUDENT PROTEST”

 

Only a small group of student protesters were at the front of EESS at noon today although reports indicated a number of schools in TVDSB would have large student protests in reaction to teacher job action in their dispute with the Ontario government.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

  

-Thu. -MCS Immigration Info Night, 7-9pm, OTH Theatre

-Thu. -Bayham Awards Night, 7pm, Vienna Centre

-Fri. -Aylmer Tree Lighting Events, 6pm, Palmer Park

-Fri. -Aylmer Comm. Band,Aylmer Comm. Choir/“Sounds Of The Seasons”/OTH Theatre (With: Summers Corners School Choir)/ 7:30 pm

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. -Aylmer Christmas Parade, 2pm

-Sun. -Aylmer Comm. Choir/Lessons & Carols/Christain Ref. Church/7pm

-Sun -Belmont Christmas Parade, 6pm

-Sun. -Springfield Park Lighting, 5pm

-Sun, -Aylmer Museum: Pat Zimmer Retirement; 1-3pm

 

 

EAST ELGIN SNOW SQUALL WATCH

 

(From Environment Canada) – “Snow squalls developing today and continuing tonight. Conditions will become favourable again for snow squalls to develop in a stiff northwesterly flow of fresh cold Arctic air off of Lake Huron by this afternoon. The snow squalls may intensify into a single stronger band by this evening and this band may persist much of tonight. Snowfall amounts of 15 cm per 12 hours are quite possible in the heaviest snow squalls. The snow squalls will start to weaken and drift eastward on Thursday.”

 

 

COLLECTIONS AT AYLMER PARADE 

 

-The Kinsmen Club will be collecting food items for the Corner Cupboard.

-Talbot Trail Physio will be collecting hats, mittens and scarves on their float to give to the Aylmer Optimist Club (You can also drop off these articles at their office at the Medical Clinic).

-The Northside Towing truck will be collecting coats.

 

 

EESS SR BBBALL OUTLOOK

 

(The EESS Senior Boys’ Basketball team will open their season Tuesday at Parkside. New coach Dave Arnett provides an overview:) – “Without having a boys basketball season last year it is tough to tell how strong our senior team will be. Tryouts and practices so far have been great and we will be implementing a new offence and defence. The league will be the traditional south league and there will not be any crossover with the east until the playoffs. We will have depth at most positions as I am carrying a larger team to ensure our program will be competitive next year as well as this year.”

 

 

TEN YEARS FOR DE BRIGJ RADIO

 

The radio station operated by Mennonite Community Services in Aylmer – De Brigj 105.9 FM – recently held their tenth anniversary – they began in August, 2003. A mid-September gathering attracted around 100 people who came out for an open house and dinner and close to 700 attended a weekend concert. Longtime manager Hein Rempel has retired. The new manager is Abe Wall. The station, which caters to the local Low German Mennonite community, is on air from 7-8am weekdays and from 5-8pm weekdays and Saturdays. Their most popular show continues to be a request hour from 7-8pm on Wednesdays. On a regular basis they offer current events, local talent interviews, family and childrens’ programs, stories in english for youth, bible readings, weather and bus information etc. During December they will also be playing Christmas music from 8 to 3 pm daily.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“ADVANCED TRAFFIC LIGHT CHANGE”

 

“Aylmer Council recently approved changes for the traffic light at the main intersection: to remove the advanced green for northbound vehicles in the evenings from 7pm to 3am and on Sundays. Also, a consultant’s report advised against installing a light at Talbot St. and Caverly Rd. at this time.”

 

 

MARK WALES RE-ELECTED

 

(OFA Press Release) – Mark Wales, a Malahide Councillor and local vegetable producer, was re-elected to a third consecutive one year term as President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture yesterday during their annual general meeting and convention in Toronto. Wales defeated one other contestant for the position.  Featured speakers at the two day event were Ontario Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food Kathleen Wynne, Steve Peters of the Alliance of Ontario Food Producers and NDP leader Andrea Horwath.

 

 

 THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Aylmer residents are still digging out from last weekend’s first major snowstorm of the season – this is a view facing east on Talbot St. west. There is another snowsquall warning for tonight. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

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TUESDAY, Nov. 26/13

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*SORRY, TECH DIFFICULTIES ALL MORNING

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

  

 -Sr. Day Out, EEC Complex, 9:30am-12:30

 

-Thu. -MCS Immigration Info Night, 7-9pm, OTH Theatre

-Thu. -Bayham Awards Night, 7pm, Vienna Centre

-Fri. -Aylmer Tree Lighting Events, 6pm, Palmer Park

-Fri. -7:30 pm./Aylmer Comm. Band,Aylmer Comm. Choir/“Sounds Of The Seasons”/OTH Theatre (With: Summers Corners School Choir)

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. -Aylmer Christmas Parade, 2pm

-Sun. -7 pm/Aylmer Comm. Choir/Lessons & Carols/Christain Ref. Church  

-Sun -Belmont Christmas Parade, 6pm

-Sun. -Springfield Park Lighting, 5pm

 

 

AYLMER POLICE CAR HIT

 

A 46 year old Aylmer man was charged with making a u turn on a highway after his car struck the back side of the 2013 Aylmer Police car last Monday around 6:30 pm as the Police car was approaching to assist the OPP with an accident scene at the corner of #3 Highway and Rogers Road. There were no injuries but both vehicles had to be towed.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– November 18, 2013, Station #2, #1, Talbot Line @ Rogers Road, MVC

(*Van hit a farm tractor, minor injuries, on scene 3 hours) 

– November 19, 2013, Station #2,  #1, #3 and #4, Heritage Line, Burn Complaint

– November 21, 2013, Station #1,  Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– November 23, 2013, Station #4, #2, Lyons Line @ Imperial Road, MVC

(*Two vehicle MVC, minor injuries, on scene approx. 1.5 hours.) 

 

 

CARDMAKING FRI. AT LIBRARY

 

The Aylmer Library will again host the making of Stamp Art Cards for adults this Friday from 1 to 3 pm (register by today). The cost is $7 for three seasonal cards.

 

 

AYLMER FIRE CALLS:

 

-Thursday November 21st @12:49 hours, call to John St. S. for smoke in house. There was a mechanical issue with the oil furnace, the furnace was shut down and the house ventilated.10 firefighters responded and were on scene for 53 minutes.

-Thursday November 21st @ 18:10 hours, call to John St. N. business, an employee had burnt food in a microwave oven.19 firefighters responded and were on scene for 35 minutes.

 

 

JFK:WHERE WERE YOU-NOV. 22/1963?

 

“Ich bin ein Berliner” is a quotation from a June 26, 1963, speech by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in West Berlin. I was in West Germany at the time of the Kennedy assassination. My father was in the Royal Canadian Air Force and when he was posted to the Canadian airbase at Baden-Solingen in 1961 for four years he took the family with him. He was a member of the crews that serviced the F-104 Starfighter which were equipped at that time with nuclear bombs. (In his speech) he was underlining the support of the United States for West Germany 22 months after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall to prevent mass emigration to the West… As to the exact moment I heard the news, I just got home from the movies. That day my father had purchased his first stereo which was a very big deal for him and us. So when tuning in the United States Armed Forces broadcast the Kennedy news was one of the first stories he heard.” (Bill Murch)

 

 

SPRINGFIELD PARK LIGHTING SUN.

 

(Contributed) – “The Springfield Lioness Club  is pleased to sponsor our first “official” lighting of our Winter Wonderland in the Memorial Park in Springfield. Please join us on Sunday, December 1st at 5 pm. There will be a brief introduction and welcome before entertainment by the Springfield Junior Community Choir led by Judy Cook and Gail Killough. Hot chocolate will be supplied by Cravings Restaurant. The Springfield Lioness thank the community businesses, churches and organizations as well as the Township of Malahide for their support.”

 

 

AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

A 48 year old Aylmer man was charged with careless driving after his truck failed to stop while eastbound on Harvey St. at the corner of Fourth Ave. last Monday around 9am and he collided with a northbound car. There were no injuries but both vehicles were towed. He was also charged with failing to secure a child car seat. 

 

 

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MONDAY, Nov. 25/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham Council Budget Meeting, 6pm

 

-Tue. -Sr. Day Out, EEC Complex, 9:30am-12:30

-Thu. -MCS Immigration Info Night, 7-9pm, OTH Theatre

-Thu. -Bayham Awards Night, 7pm, Vienna Centre

-Fri. -Aylmer Tree Lighting Events, 6pm, Palmer Park

-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. -Aylmer Christmas Parade, 2pm

-Sun -Belmont Christmas Parade, 6pm

 

 

AYLMER HOUSE FIRE

 

(From the Aylmer Fire Department) – “The Aylmer Fire Department responded to a house fire on Melanie Drive Sunday morning just after midnight. On arrival the firefighters found the home fully engulfed with fire. All three occupants from the home had escaped, with one male occupant sufferering burns to his arms – he was treated and released from hospital. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Office of the Fire Marshal. Firefighters were on the scene for 4 hours. The home is a complete loss; initial estimates are $175,000 damage. There was also fire damage to the homes directly adjacent on the north and south sides of the residence.”

 

Fire destroyed this residence on Melanie Drive early Sunday morning; the fire also damaged homes on either side of this building. (Photo by Rodger Greenlaw) (CLICK)

 

 

EESS WINS ‘B’ FOOTBALL TITLE

 

London – EESS captured the TVDSB ‘B’ senior football crown by defeating London Clarke Road 38-15 at UWO Saturday afternoon.

 

 

OBITUARY:

 

-Hewbank, Harry Fennel of Aylmer passed away on Friday in his 74th year. Survivors: wife Ruth (Shackleton) Hewbank; children Karyn Honsinger, Nancy Hewbank (Dean Kebbel) and Tim Hewbank (Tracy) all of Aylmer etc.. Harry and Ruth owned Hewbank Paint and Wallpaper for many years. Harry was Past President of the Aylmer and Tillsonburg Shrine Clubs. He was Chairman of the Aylmer P.U.C.  Visitation was on Sunday. The funeral service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home today at 11 am.

 

 

SPITS SOARING 

 

The Aylmer Spitfires won their fourth game in their past five by downing third place Dorchester 3-2 Saturday here in SOJHL hockey. (Last night’s match in Mt. Brydges was postponed due to inclement weather.) Aylmer received only one of the five penalties assessed in the game. Clint Walker nailed two power play goals for the Spits while Luke Bettencourt got the winner in the third period to break a 2-2 deadlock. Aylmer’s record is now nine wins and thirteen losses. This week the Spitfires travel to Lucan Wednesday and host North Middlesex in a rare Friday night game.

 

AYLMER 3 DORCHESTER 2

Period 1
AylmerClint Walker (power play) (Brad Payne (C)) 10:48
AylmerClint Walker (power play) (Brad Payne (C)) 12:38
DorchesterBrady Verougstraete (Matt Johnson, Shayne Rhyno) 13:24
DorchesterShayne Rhyno (Brendon O Shaughnessy, Gus Ford) 19:44
Period 2
(no scoring)
Period 3
AylmerLuke Bettencourt (Ryan Stapleton, Eric Nemeth) 9:42

 

 

JUDY MINOR AWARD

 

(Contributed) – The Miniature Painters, Gravers and Sculptors Society recently honoured artist Judy Minor of Aylmer with their ‘best of show’ award for her work, “The Creamery”. The 80th annual International Fine Art In Miniatures exhibition begins in Washington DC today.

 

 

SPEEDING CONCERNS AGAIN NEAR AMISH

 

(Members of the Amish community east of Aylmer approached Malahide Councillors Mark Widner and Mike Wolfe recently with renewed concerns over road safety in their neighbourhood. Malahide a few years ago put up traffic warning signs on roads in that area. Co. Widner explains further:)

“My biggest concern is the amount of pedestrian traffic on these roads in the Amish community. I fear some day we will have a bad accident because the roads are used as a bypass from other highways. We have increased heavier loaded vehicles and larger farm equipment and in reality the roads are the only place (for the Amish) to walk from home to home and for the children to get to the numerous schools and for the Amish to move their produce from farm to market.

Councillor Wolfe and I drove these roads Thursday trying to get a solution and we felt that a lower speed limit of perhaps 70 and increased police presence might be a place to start. We also met with a member of the safety committee in the Amish community and they are welcome to having the OPP attend a meeting out there to talk about the dangers of traffic.

They are also looking at upgrading their buggy lighting and we spoke openly about adding some sort of reflectivity to their clothing to help visibility at nighttime. At our Council meeting Thursday we directed our Director of Physical Services Rob Johnson to look at the area and bring back a report with some options. We have lowered speed limits in areas such as Hacienda Road, Luton, Copenhagen and Kingsmill Corners so this is not something new and maybe it should be lower than 70 but we will wait until we gather more information.”

 

 

ONLY ONE CRASH WEATHER RELATED 

 

Aylmer Police report that only one traffic accident was weather related during the weekend snowsqualls. On Saturday around 3pm a truck driven by a 27 year old Aylmer man which was heading north on John St. near Beech St. lost control and crossed the line and struck a southbound car. There were no injuries, both vehicles had to be towed. The only charge for the driver was a $200 fine for an improperly secured child seat.

 

 

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FRIDAY, Nov. 22/2013

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

 

-Thu.-Sat. -10,000 Villages Sale, OTH Theatre (see ad)

 

-Sat. -TVDSB Sr. Football B Final – EESS v Lon. Clarke Rd.; 1pm; UWO

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Dorchester, 7:30 pm

 

 

LATE FRIDAY OBITUARY:

 

-Hewbank, Harry Fennel of Aylmer passed away on Friday in his 74th year. Survivors include: wife Ruth (Shackleton) Hewbank; children Karyn Honsinger, Nancy Hewbank (Dean Kebbel) and Tim Hewbank (Tracy) all of Aylmer etc. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral Home  Monday at 11:00 am.

 

 

THE MAYOR: AYLMER LIBRARY PROJECT

 

(TANews asked Mayor Jack Couckuyt to respond to some concerns about the proposed new library building. His responses:)

1. How will the financing work, Is there a plan to do public fundraising?

“Financing for the new library building will be done mainly by the lease payments from the County of Elgin. These will amount to about $128,000 minimum per year increased by the cost of living through a COLA clause. This financing is a major misunderstood item,  so I will go into some detail. The current lease brings in about $21,000 . This lease ends in 8 years. The new lease on a new building will bring in $128,000 minimum. If we use the provincial OMPF funding, we can reduce the taxpayer burden to zero dollars by simply using 6 percent of this continuous funding.

I also believe that the people of Aylmer will support this new building in the fund raising drive which will begin as soon as the go-ahead is given by Council to sign a building contract. We currently have an architect contract which will put out a building plan and put out an RFP to search for contractors by February.

In the past three years, we have paid off 1.97 million dollars (this is almost the total library amount) on our debt while at the same time keeping our levy increase to an average of 1.75% per year, the lowest on record (i.e. since 2000). The last Council averaged 6.45% per year levy increase. We can afford this new library building! Indeed, we have essentially paid off a library in the last three years. I do not necessarily advocate that we pay off the library this quickly, as we have other projects which we need to pursue, such as a Public Works Building and a new or used  fire truck.  What other building that we own comes with a guaranteed income of at least $128,000 a year?

2. Why not have more public representation on the Library Project Committee?

The Library Project Committee was mandated to work with the architects to “tweak” the basic conceptual design using suggestions from past public suggestions. Public participation was possible and was provided through inputs of committee members and others in the other three committees which dealt with this library building.  Many new exterior features were designed by the architects.

3. Why not hold a referendum?

Councillors are elected to make decisions for their municipality. There were many reasons outlined by Councillors as to why  there should be no referendum. Should there be a referendum on all contentious issues? On all issues above $1 million dollars? On the John Street project?  Or just on matters not dealing with infrastructure?  What exactly should the referendum question be? The last referendum held in Aylmer would have torn the Old Town Hall down. The Supreme Court of Ontario, at that time, made some very strong statements on the inappropriateness of referenda.

4. Some are concerned about declining library use. Your thoughts?

Library use is not declining.  It is changing. There is in fact a general increase in library patronage.  Take a look at the 2012 Ontario Municipal Benchmark Indicators – this report shows that overall library usage is increasing across municipalities. Library service is a core responsibility. We must be more than a P3 Town: paving, police and pipes. We are spending a great deal on infrastructure now and will continue to do so in the future.  We need to also keep up our superstructure.

Our current library is useful for a bygone age and it cannot improve without additional space.  It is the largest usage library in Elgin, yet much smaller than Port Stanley. Long ago, the County, the local library as well as the Ontario Library Association all agreed that we need more than 10,000 square feet. Should we be satisfied with half measures?  Aylmer needs better than that.  Should we be satisfied with a mediocre solution? Is it right to put the Library just anywhere that there may be space? In an empty warehouse? A former banquet hall? A former ice pad? An empty store? Part of an apartment building? A  building tucked away out of the way? No, we must be proud of our Library. It must be a statement about what kind of Town we are and what we hold valuable. A truly people place in the heart of our community.

It must be constructed as a “people place” , a place which allows for community focus.  An unofficial gathering place for people to simply enjoy and ponder and browse.  It must be downtown and visible as a symbol of the community, a symbol  of our municipal and cultural progress, a place to wonder and wander. I do not have a crystal ball on future library services or what types of needs there will be. But there will be needs. Neither do I know about future internet services or whether they will continue to be “free” or costly. I do know that this is the right thing for Aylmer now and in the foreseeable future.”

 

 

SAT. WEATHER ALERT

 

“EAST ELGIN (From Environment Canada -12:37 PM Friday)”

“Snow squalls developing Saturday morning. An Arctic cold front will sweep through Southern Ontario early Saturday morning. In the wake of this front, brisk northwesterly winds over the open water of the Great Lakes will result in the development of snow squalls southeast of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. The heaviest squalls could produce snowfall amounts of 15 to 30 cm per 12 hours. Snow squalls are expected to last through Sunday before tapering off.”

 

 

*WHERE WERE YOU ON NOV. 22, 1963?*

 

Where were you when you heard the news that President Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963 – fifty years ago today? Also, do you believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone? Respond on TANews Facebook/or/Comments.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Janzen, Annie of Aylmer passed away on Thursday in her 67th year. Survivors: husband Jacob Janzen, three children – including Nettie (Cornelius)Fehr  of Copenhagen etc.. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 1:pm. from the EMMC church at Summers Corners.

 

 

AYLMER FLU CLINIC 

 

(Information from Cathie Walker, Elgin St.Thomas Health Unit Director of Health Protection:) “There were 146 injections  administered in the clinic at East Elgin Community Centre on Tuesday and 111 injections were administered in the clinic at Bayham Community Centre on October 30. Both these numbers are lower than last year. More pharmacies in Elgin County are providing influenza vaccinations this year.”

 

 

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THURSDAY, Nov. 21/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

 

-Thu.-Sat. -10,000 Villages Sale, OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

 

-Sat. -TVDSB Sr. Football B Final – EESS v Lon. Clarke Rd.; 1pm; UWO

 

 

WHERE WERE YOU ON NOV. 22, 1963?

 

Where were you when you heard the news that President Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963 – fifty years ago tomorrow? Also, do you believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone? Respond on TANews Facebook/or/Comments.

 

 

SR DAY OUT AT EECC TUESDAY

 

(Contributed) – The next Seniors’ Day Out program at the EEC Complex is this Tuesday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (cost is $10, lunch is provided, pre-registration is required). The guest speaker is Julie Hill, intern with Hills Pharmacy, who will speak on accessibility and mobility for the home as well as medication safety. Julie is a new pharmacist graduate from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo and is currently doing her pharmacy internship at Hills Pharmacy. Julie was born and raised in Aylmer and now resides here with her husband.

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“Thank you Councillor Lapointe for at least trying to put a stop to the insanity of building a library. I can’t believe that the 5 that voted to proceed with this stupidity really believe that the majority of Aylmer residents want a new library. I think that the Mayor and maybe 1 other councillor want it and somehow have talked the other 3 into agreeing with them. Everyone i have spoken to absolutely does not want a new library so why not have a referendum or is it because the 5 know it will easily be defeated and they won’t get their way. One can only hope that someone steps forward with a good business mind to run for Mayor next year and also to replace most councillors.” (Bob Nesbitt)

 

 

NEW SPORTSFIELD LIGHTING

 

The town is currently soliciting tenders to replace the sportsfield lighting at the Optimist Park Ball diamond, 38 lights, Steen Park ball diamond, 16 lights, and the Kinsmen Tennis Court on Myrtle St., 8 lights. The plan is to have the new lighting installed for the spring sports seasons.

 

 

AYLMER GIRLS AT OUAA BBALL

 

Seventh ranked Brock lost both their games on the weekend in Ottawa – to Carleton and to University of Ottawa – and dropped to tenth in OUAA girls’ basketball rankings. Aylmer’s Kira Cornelissen scored six points in the two games. Second ranked University of Windsor won both their matches – vs. Ryerson and University of Toronto – as Aylmer’s Tessa Kreiger started both games and also had six points in total.

 

 

LOCAL CHRISTMAS PARADES 

 

-Sat. Nov. 30 – Aylmer Parade, 2pm

-Sun. Dec. 1 – Belmont Parade, 6pm

-Sat. Dec. 7 – Springfield Parade, 1pm

-Sat. Dec. 7 = Pt. Burwell Parade, 6:30 pm

-Sat. Dec 14 – Straffordville Parade, 10:30 am

 

 

AYLMER WINTER PARKING BAN

 

Aylmer Police inform that the winter overnight parking ban on all town streets and municipal parking lots started November 15 and continues until April 15. The ban takes effect between 3 am and 6 am in order to facillitate snow removal.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: 

 

“LEAFS OLDTIMERS HERE”

 

“Former Aylmer native Jack Valiquette scored four times to lead the Maple Leafs Alumni to a 12-7 conquest of the EECC AllStars Saturday in Aylmer before an appreciative crowd of 500.  The lineup consisted of: Valiquette, Bill Derlago, Greg Hotham, Mark Laforest, Gary Leeman, Dave McLlwain, Ric Nattress, Mark Osborne, Tom Fergus, Darryl Stannon, Todd Warriner and Referee Dave Hutchison. Aylmer native, Paul Valiquette, was the coach. Several Leafs alumni  also participated in the Santa Claus Parade earlier in the day.”

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham Id Theft Seminar, 7:30 pm, Straffordville C. Centre

 

-Thu.-Sat. -10,000 Villages Sale, OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Thu. -Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-Sat. -TVDSB Sr. Football B Final – EESS v Lon. Clarke Rd.; 1pm; UWO

 

 

COUNCIL: NO LIBRARY REFERENDUM

 

(By Bill Murch)

 

The Aylmer Library project was the focus of much of the Aylmer Town Council meeting Monday. At least 30 people attended this meeting and, based on the number of signs some were carrying, their support appeared split.

 

There were three delegations (Ron Baldwin, Steve Blankenship, Gary Austin) who spoke to Council about the library project. All three wanted more information particularly about the cost and how the town/taxpayers would pay for a new larger library. One of the delegations challenged Council to clearly prove why building a new library is the right decision.

 

A motion of holding a referendum was then raised; (initiated by Co. LaPointe) the motion reading: “That in consideration of the magnitude and debt-inducing cost of the proposed library building, the council of the Town of Aylmer implement and complete a binding referendum to determine the will of the people of the Town of Aylmer, who will carry the financial burden of this project and to do so prior to any further actions relating to this proposed project.” All the members of Council spoke at considerable length about the motion and about why they did or did not support building a new library. The motion was defeated with only two Councillors seeing merit in holding a referendum. The remainder of Council, while wanting to know what residents want, believed they are responsible for making the decision on this and other matters on what the community needs.

 

Council expects to receive the architectural plan and project cost of the new larger library early next year. Staff will then be directed to report to Council on how the Town would be able to pay for its construction. The Mayor stated that only when Council has all the facts including the cost of a new library and how it will be paid for will they then be able to decide whether or not to build it.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Harmon, Patrick Shaune of St.Thomas passed away as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Friday, aged 46. Survivors: wife Margaret (Dyck) and two sons; mother-in-law Margaret (late John) Dyck and sister -in-law Anne (Ralph) Brix, both of Aylmer etc.. Visitation will be at Faith Church St. Thomas on Thursday from 11am – 1 pm, where the funeral service will be held at 1 pm. Arrangements entrusted to Shawn Jackson Funeral Home  St. Thomas.

 

-Fisher, Mildred (Curtis) of Dutton passed away Monday aged 89. Wife of the late Allan Fisher (1991). Survivors: five children including Art (Mary) of Straffordville, Judy (Terry) Tisdale of Vienna etc.. Mildred was a charter member of the Straffordville Lioness Club. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.. The Funeral Service will be held there on Thursday, at 2:00 p.m.

 

 

AYLMER ROTARIANS COLLECT FOR TYPHOON

 

(Information from Aylmer Rotary Club) – The Rotary Club of Aylmer is collecting funds to support ShelterBox Canada, a registered charity which provides disaster aid in emergencies. The ShelterBox contains a 10-person tent, groundmats, cooking equipment and stove, water purification system and water containers, and a children`s activity pack. All of this is packed into a large plastic bin and delivered quickly to the emergency site; these boxes are already arriving in the Philippines.

 

Both the Rotary Club and ShelterBox Canada are eligible for the matching grants provided by the federal government.  To date, the Rotary Club has raised sufficient funds to send three ShelterBoxes. The cost of a complete ShelterBox is $1000 and donations over $20 will receive a charitable receipt. Donations may be sent to: Rotary Club of Aylmer, P.O. Box 131, N5H 2R9. For further information  call Aylmer Rotary Pres. Bob Warnock (519) 773-9276 or go to the ShelterBox website atwww.shelterboxcanada.org.

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“Another “Thank You” Councillor Lapointe. Finally a voice of reason among the steamrollers who think they know best. I know that the first thing that will be brought up is the decision (circa. 1980) to proceed with the Old Town Hall against the wishes of the citizens. That was then and is not a reason to go ahead without looking at all the different methods that can be used to provide the additional space (for the present library) if it is really required. Kudos to Lapointe.” (P.S. Stevens, Aylmer)

 

 

AYLMER IMMIGRATION INFO NIGHT

 

(Information from Alfredo Marroquin of Elgin Immigration Partnership) – “An Immigration information session is again being held this year, planned for Thursday Nov. 28 from 7 to 9 pm at the OTH theatre in Aylmer. There will be speakers on topics identified as important to the Aylmer community by Mennonite Community Services such as: immigration, citizenship tests, RESPs, auto and travel insurance etc.. It has been organized by MCS, Elgin Local Immigration Partnership and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

 

 

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TUESDAY, Nov. 19/13

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The Aylmer News will not publish today.

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