Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


FRIDAY, Mar. 15/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Free Eastlink Public Skating; EEC Complex – 9:am -11

 

-Mon: Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Moore, Olive Marie, of Fingal, passed away last Friday, in her 81st year. Survivors include: sister Mary Lou Stradeski of Aylmer etc.. The funeral was Wednesday. Arrangements through Williams Funeral Home,  St. Thomas.

 

-Markham, Mrs. Elsie, of Terrace Lodge Aylmer, passed away last Friday, in her 98th year. The funeral was yesterday. Arrangements through Sifton Funeral Home St.Thomas.

 

-MacLeod,  Betty Jean, of Terrace Lodge Aylmer, passed away Saturday, at the age of 95. There was no service. Arrangements entrusted to Shawn Jackson Funeral Home,  St. Thomas.

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

This aerial view of Aylmer -looking east – was taken last weekend. Sereena Friesen was the pilot. (Contributed by Abraham Friesen) (CLICK)

 

 

 

X-AYLMERITE IN SKATING RACE

 

Brent Laur, formerly of Aylmer and now working as a personal trainer in Toronto, has joined the Red Bull Crashed Ice tour this year. In this skating event, four competitors race down a twisting and bumpy course in each time trial at speeds up to 60 kilometres an hour. In his first race, in Niagara Falls in December, he got through the first elimination round. He is hoping to break into the Top 32 in the next Crashed Ice event in Quebec City on Saturday. This week he finished 20th in trials to qualify for the second round in Quebec City.

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“EFFECT OF EARLY SPRING ON APPLES”

 

(Information from Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Farms, Aylmer) – “There is no frost in the ground and there is no ice on the lake, so my prediction is we are going to have an early spring. However next week we are supposed to have freezing temperatures at night so that will tighten up the buds and slow things down a bit. I’m going to put my first scab control spray on tomorrow and that is about 3 weeks earlier than I have ever done before. I have taken the straw off the berries as well and I usually don’t do that until the second week of April. This trend is not only happening here but throughout most of North America.”

ONE WEEK LATER – “MONDAY NIGHT FROST DAMAGE” – Said Dick Saarloos:  “We had some damage to the apple buds but there should be enough viable buds left to give us a reasonable crop provided that we get cooperation from mother nature.”

 

 

 

EEC COMPLEX SR. EVENT TUESDAY

 

(Contributed) – “The monthly Seniors Day Out event at the EEC Complex next Tuesday (9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.) features a morning of recreational activities, guest speaker and lunch. Our guest presenter Ken Sproul of Aylmer Garden Centre will do a presentation on gardening for small spaces. Participants will have the option to either play shuffleboard, skate or take part in a fitness class led by Stefanie Thompson of Fitness to the Max.  Stefanie will be running a low impact strength and balance training class that will focus on improving functional strength for the participants of Seniors’ Day Out. For more information or to register, contact the Complex at (519) 773‐5631 or visit: www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca ”

 

 

 

CURRENT MUSEUM EXHIBIT

 

(Contributed) –  Opening exhibit at the Aylmer-Malahide Museum and Archives – “EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT” – Front Page Headlines from the Past including War Over, Kennedy Shot, Man on the Moon, the Spring Bank Ferry Disaster and more- March 5 – May 4, – Open:  Tuesday to Friday 9-5, closed for lunch 1-2, Saturday 11-4.”

 

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

 

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

Campbells, Pinecroft, Studer’s and Mary Jane’s.)

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, Mar. 14/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY: 

 

Blood Donor Clinic; EEC Complex; 2:30-7:30 pm

-Free Eastlink Public Skating at EEC Complex; 11:30a.m.-1:30 (Fri- 9-11am)

 

-Mon. – Aylmer Council; 7 pm

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Brooks, H. Douglas; of Springfield, passed away today, in his 83rd year. Husband of the late Violet (Nelson) Brooks(2010). Survivors include: children Brenda Gibbons of Straffordville, Kevin Brooks of Belmont etc.. He was a lifelong farmer near Springfield and a well known musician. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home,  Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday at 11:00 am.

 

-Sawatzky, Jacob; of Aylmer, passed away Friday, in his 67th year. Survivors include: wife Helena (Enns) Sawatzky; children – Abraham Sawatzky (Elizabeth), Anna Wall (Isaias), Jacob Sawatzky (Sue), Elena Fehr (Michael) all of the Aylmer area etc. He was born in Mexico. The funeral was held Tuesday. Arrangements through  Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

 

-Vandewyngaerde; John; of Aylmer, passed away Monday, in his 68th year. Survivors include: wife Mary (Armstrong) Vandewyngaerde; children -Lynette Facey (Mike Caverly) and Jefferey Vandewyngaerde; mother Anna Vandewyngaerde; sisters Dianne Hamilton, Joanne Lockwood (Phillip Firlotte) of Aylmer etc.  He was a past president of the Vienna Lions Club and the Aylmer Shrine Club. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. where the Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 11:00 am.

 

-Small, (Ketchabaw) Doris; formerly of Eden, passed away Sunday, aged 80. Survivors include: son Tim Small of Eden etc.. She was a former postmaster of Eden . A service will be held today at 1 pm at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

-Tupper, Shirley Maxine; of Burgessville, on Sunday, in her 78th year. Survivors include: brothers/sisters in-law – Wayne Tupper (Mary Lee), Melvin (Karen)Tupper, Bonnie (Marvin) MacDonald, all of Straffordville. The funeral service will be  at Norwich United Church today at 1:00 p.m

 

 

 

NO AYLMER FILM PREMIERE BUT ON I-NET

 

Becky Waite, Marketing CoOrdinator for the Town of Aylmer, informs that the Premiere night for the Heritage Places Films production on Aylmer has been cancelled. However the 22-minute film, by producer Chris Cooper, will be telecast on Monday, March 18 at 6 pm on the Internet – www.ibitv.org

 

 

 

B. AND E. IN PT. BURWELL

 

(From the Elgin OPP) – “At approximately 4:41 a.m. yesterday, OPP responded to a suspicious persons call in Port Burwell. A complaint was received from a vigilant citizen who had observed two persons looking into parked vehicles. The investigation has led to the arrest of two males who are believed to be responsible for entering vehicles overnight. A small amount of stolen property has been recovered. One is a 19-year old and the other is a 17 year old, both of the village.

 

 

 

AYLMER’S DESUTTER ADVANCES TO NCAA

 

Mercyhurst College of Erie is advancing to the NCAA womens’ hockey final 8 for the ninth straight year – they play at Cornell Saturday. This past weekend they defeated Syracuse 4-1 in their Conference championship. If they lose Saturday, their season is over; if they win they move on to the NCAA Frozen Four in Minneapolis the following weekend. Aylmer’s Stephanie DeSutter is a defenceman with Mercyhurst (see Friday’s story).

 

Fourth year defenceman Stephanie DeSutter of Aylmer is shown taking a shot in a playoff game on the weekend for Mercyhurst University  – her team won the Conference playoffs and moves on to NCAA quarterfinals this Saturday. (Contributed) (CLICK)

 

 

 

 MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– March 5, 2013, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– March 6, 2013, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– March 7, 2013, Station # 4, Yorke Line, Medical Assist

– March 7, 2013, Station #4, Imperial Road, Power Lines Down

– March 8, 2013, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– March 10, 2013, Station #1,  Vienna Road, Medical Assist

 

 

 

BELMONT PARK KICKOFF EVENT

 

(Contributed) – “The Belmont Kids’ Park Campaign – Splash Pad and Skate Park 2013 – will be holding it’s Community Kick-Off on Wednesday, March 20th. The Kick-Off marks the Campaign’s progression into it’s last fundraising leg, allowing Belmont and area residents a chance to get involved in this community initiative. The celebration takes place at 1:30 pm, at the Belmont arena.”
 

 

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FRIDAY, Mar. 8/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. -Kids Company Present: SplashNBoots ; OTHall; 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. – Daylight Savings Time Starts

 

-Next Week – Schools’ March Break

(Free Skating at EEC Complex – see Mar. 4 story for times)

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 3:30pm

-Thu. –Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Shackelton, William “Bill”, of Aylmer, on Wednesday, in his 84th year. Survivors include: wife Norma (Gilbert) Shackelton;  children – Bonnie Shackelton-Verbuyst, Penny (Roy) Vankemenade and Michael (Brandy) Shackelton; siblings Betty Dance, Carol (Jim) Sheils, Linda Brower and Wanda (Andy) Derewlany etc.. He was a 64 year member of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows Hope Lodge #69. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral which will be at 11:00 a.m.

 

-Rendulich, Frederick John; passed away at Chateau Gardens L.T.C., Aylmer on Wednesday. Visitation Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Langton.  Funeral Liturgical Service to be conducted on Saturday,  10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

 

-VanDyk, Frank J.; of Talbotville, passed away Tuesday, in his 66th year. Predeceased by 5 brothers – John, Jim, Peter, Tony and Joe. Brother-in-law of Abel Huisman, John Donkers (Anne) etc.. Frank was born in the Netherlands, worked for the Thames Valley School Board as a custodian and  was a former umpire with the St. Thomas and Aylmer Umpires. There will be an open house at the family home in Talbotville on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.

 

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL AGENDA FOR MONDAY

 

Among agenda items for this Monday’s Aylmer Council:

 

-Councillor  Vandermeersch is presenting a motion “addressing the scheduling of meetings where conflicts may occur that preclude one or more councillors from attending a meeting.”

-Council is also notified that Grant Hardman is leaving the Environmental Committee

 

 

 

STEPHANIE DESUTTER STILL AT MERCYHURST

 

(Contributed) – “Stephanie DeSutter, daughter of Frank and Ingrid DeSutter of Aylmer, is playing in the US College Hockey America Conference tournament this weekend hosted by her  Erie, Pa. school, Mercyhurst University. She is hoping her team, which finished first in the conference in the regular season, can win to advance to the NCAA final 8 tourney. If so, Mercyhurst, ranked ninth in the US, will have been in the NCAA  tourney all 4 years she has played there.

Stephanie, a defenceman,  is playing with a brace to hold her shoulder from dislocating due to an injury earlier in the season – it will require surgery after the season.  Despite the injury she never missed a game. She was also named to the College Hockey America Conference All Academic team for Academic excellence. This year Stephanie has scored 7 goals after counting three goals last year and only one in her first two seasons. She is majoring in business with a concentration in Sport Management and Marketing.

 

 

 

LES STROUD OF SURVIVORMAN IN AYLMER

 

Canadian musician/television star Les Stroud will be performing a concert at the Old Town Hall theatre on March 24 at 7:30pm  (Tickets are $28 at Campbells II). He is a twelve-time Gemini nominated producer and star of the hit TV series Survivorman (OLN Canada). Survivorman is the highest rated show in the history of both OLN Canada and the Science Channel US. Stroud has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was announced this week that he won a best screen writing  award at the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program for Survivorman.

 

Musically, Stroud has shared the stage with  Alice Cooper, Steven Stills, Tesla, Jacob Dylan, Chicago and The Roots etc. and is currently recording his fourth and fifth albums. Les’s style runs an eclectic gambit, from art-folk-roots rock to contemporary art rock.

 

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q- New Library Should Have?

 

5. More Groups/meeting areas 23.91%  (11 votes) 

2.More computers 21.74%  (10 votes)

3. Reading chairs, areas 19.57%  (9 votes)

7.Mennonite/Local History Resources 10.87%  (5 votes)

1. Study carrels 8.7%  (4 votes)

4.More DVDs, Videos 8.7%  (4 votes)

6.More work tables 7%  (3 votes)

 

Total Votes: 46

 

 

 

EAST ELGIN PLACE NAMES #3 – LYONS

 

Lyons is unique as a place in Canada although there is a Lyons Island in Prince Edward County, Ontario. According to Sims’ History of Elgin, it was called Hale’s Corners for a while when founded in the mid-1800s after a Mr. Hale who built an inn here. The Inn apparently had a sign hanging in front with a lion painted  green.  The corners then became known as Lions Green. And then evolved into ‘ Lyons’ when the first post office opened here in 1854. A strange tale!

 

 

 

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THURSDAY, March 7/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

 

-Sat. -Kids Company Present: SplashNBoots ; OTHall; 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. – Daylight Savings Time Starts

 

-Next Week – Schools’ March Break

-Thu. – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex

 

 

 

OBITUARY:

 

-Giesbrecht, Helena; of Aylmer, passed away Tuesday, in her 84th year. Wife of the late Jacob Giesbrecht (2012). Survivors include: children Peter (Susana) Giesbrecht, Johan (Katharina) Giesbrecht, Sara (Abe) Braun, all of Aylmer, etc.. Also 62 grandchildren and 76 great grandchildren. She was born in Mexico. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home,  on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm. from the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Aylmer.

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“WHOOPING COUGH CONCERNS”

 

Elgin Health Unit recently reported they were seeing an increase in the number of cases of ‘Whooping Cough’ – “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, the disease is easily spread from person to person.  The groups most vulnerable to serious consequences of being infected are infants (less than one year of age) and pregnant women.

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 (March 2012), more than 69 confirmed cases of pertussis illness have been identified. The best way to protect yourself is immunization.

 

 

 

OVC SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP

 

(Information from Doug Lester of the OVC) – “The Otter Valley Chamber of Commerce in Bayham and Elgin County Economic Development are sponsoring a Social Media Workshop on March 23 at the Aylmer Elgin Resource Business Centre on John St north from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Participants will learn the basics of: Purchasing a Domain, Setting up a Basic Website, Facebook for Small Business, Twitter for Business, Questions & Answers. It is free for OVCC members and $20 for other guests and includes lunch.

The purpose of the OVC is to help solepreneurs and small business owners in Elgin establish and enhance a web presence. This will be a hands on learning experience.  Bring your laptop or tablet if you have one. There will be other computers available for your use. Jenn Nelson from The Social Studio will be the trainer. To register send an e-mail by March 18 to jenn@thesocialstudio.ca or dlester@eagletree.ca”

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Mar. 6/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. -Kids,Company Present: SplashNBoots ; OTHall; 2pm (see ad)

-Sat. – Daylight Savings Time Starts

 

-Next Week – Schools’ March Break

 

 

 

TUNDRA SWANS DUE SOON

 

Keith Malcolm of the Elgin Stewardship Council reports that his group began feeding corn at the Aylmer Wildlife Management area (by the Ontario Police College) this week in anticipation of the arrival soon of Tundra Swans. However, with the ponds still frozen he thinks there may be a lot of coming and going as the birds still search out nearby  sources for water. The ESC will continue their feeding over the next month.

They expect some 5000 swans to pass through here shortly on their way north – and to other major feeding grounds in North Dakota and Northern Alberta. Mr. Malcolm says the Aylmer location offers the closest viewing of the swan migration of any place in North America.

 

 

 

PLAYERS OUT OF AMAZING RACE

 

Victoria and daughter Bailey Player of Belmont will not be participating in Amazing Race Canada.  Said Victoria today:  “We did hear back two days ago, we didn’t get accepted. We made it to stage 2, they said we made it quite far in the audition process. We definetly tried and had lots of support.”

 

 

 

AYLMER BLOOD DONOR CLINIC NEXT WEEK

 

The next bi-monthly Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic in Aylmer will be held next Thursday, March 14 at the EEC Complex from 2:30 to 7:30 pm. CBS is especially looking for group donors – transportation can be provided. Contact: kristen.ungar@blood.ca

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

 

“MALAHIDE WOMAN CHARGED”

 

“A 22-year old Malahide woman was charged last week with armed robbery of the Hills Pharmacy Clinic on Talbot St. west  last March 24.  Aylmer Police received information recently, including a tip on Crimestoppers,  on the incident and arrested her at her residence. The same woman was charged with armed robbery of a London gas station in the fall. In last March’s robbery, a woman demanded Oxycontin from staff as she brandished a knife; she then rode off on a bicycle with the stolen goods.”

 

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)”

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, March 5/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Museum Re-Opens; 9 am-5 pm

-EEC Complex – Skate Canada West Ont. High Schools Competition; 8am-4pm

 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT

 

ACCIDENT – In an accident that occurred on Saturday evening, February 23, a female pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle turning at the main intersection was removed by ambulance and received staples to a wound to her head  and the 20 year old male driver, of Aylmer, was charged with Failing to Yield to a pedestrian.

 

ACCIDENT = Also last week, an American truck driver, heading west, in making a right turn onto Elm from Talbot Street knocked over the traffic signal. There was minor damage to the truck trailer but the traffic signal pole and lights need to be replaced.  The driver was charged with making an Improper Turn.

 

 

 

MARCH BREAK AT SPRINGWATER

 

(Contributed) – “The annual SPRINGWATER MAPLE  SYRUP FESTIVAL began this past weekend and will continue during March Break (and on weekends) from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily.  Highlights include: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides – March 9, 10, 23 and 24; March Break Programs – March 11-15; Children’s Festival – March 23 (Face Painting, Games, Crafts, Contests, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Taffy in the Snow etc. $5.00 /person.)

Admission to the Maple Syrup Festival Events includes: Wagon Rides, Pancake House, Native, Pioneer & Modern Syrup Making, Demos, Smokey the Bear Maple Products, Samples etc.

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“BAYHAM  OJIBWA MEETING” 

 

VIENNA -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.”

 

 

 

CENTRAL HOTEL SOLD

 

‘Sold’ signs appeared at the Central Hotel last week.  Some information on its sale is from Robin Kent of Aylmer:  “It’s a business that has purchased the building for now to hold. People from different churches in the area are working together (on this). The building itself will be used for ministry purposes. What exactly will be done in there is not yet concluded.”

 

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL LAST NIGHT

 

By Bill Murch

 

1. Library Committee Reccommendation – Council agreed that Archon Architects Inc. from Windsor will be retained to provide a conceptual plan for a new library facility and will report back in eight weeks.

 

2. Golden Community Builders Parking request –  A town bylaw notes that the town has allocated 15 parking space in the two downtown parking lots that people can rent on a ‘first come, first served’ basis (Two of these spaces are currently being rented). There are different rental terms available; one of which is as long as one year and for a 24/7 time period. It is up to the person to find an available spot. Therefore if any of the tenants of the Trillium Building want to rent a parking space in the town lots they can do so based on availability. There will be no assigned group spaces (for GCB).

 

3. Mainstreet Aylmer’s Letter Re-Downtown Parking concerns – Mainstreet Aylmer (BIA) expressed concerns over the availability of parking in the downtown. They acknowledge that part of the problem is caused by people including some of those who work in the downtown who overstay the two hour parking restriction. They would like to see changes in the enforcement of the town’s parking by-law to address this problem.  It was pointed out by Council that in addition to the cost, past experience has shown that customers who are ticketted complain. The matter was referred to staff for study.

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER AWARDS AT EEC COMPLEX

 

(Contributed) – “The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards are a way for the government to recognize volunteers for their continuous years of commitment and dedicated service to a group. Youth Volunteers (under the age of 24) are recognized for two or more years of continuous service. Adults are recognized for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 and 50 or more years of continuous service. The East Elgin Community Complex is a host site of the 2012 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards on Thursday, March 21, 2013.”

 

 

 

ELGIN CUSTOMER SERVICE CONFERENCE

 

(Contributed) –  “Elgin County Economic Development is pleased to present the next installment in the popular Elgin County Conference Series. On March 27 participate in a day long seminar and workshop focusing on customer service. Essentials of Service Excellence is an interactive workshop designed to help organizations reach the next level of customer service and create a customer-centric organization. Topics presented will include: service excellence essentials, communications excellence, the service process and first impressions. The workshop will be delivered by the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation and will be funded in partnership with the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation.

The workshop will take place Wednesday, March 27 from 9 am – 2 pm at the New Sarum Diner. The cost to attend is $30 with a student rate of $20. A continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided. For more information visit www.progressivebynature.com. Seating is limited so please pre-register by calling 519-631-1460 ext. 168 or email jberinger@elgin-county.on.ca. ”

 

 

 

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MONDAY, Mar. 4/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Bayham By-Election Candidates Night; 7pm; Straffordville C. Centre

 

-Tue. -Aylmer Museum Opens; 9am-5pm

 

 

 

AYLMERITE AGAIN GUILTY: HORSE CRUELTY 

 

(From Ontario SPCA website) – “On January 29, Abraham Loewen, 43, of Aylmer, was found guilty on four counts of animal cruelty and breach of probation. He received his sentencing last Tuesday.

 

In April 2009, Mr. Loewen pled guilty to four counts of animal neglect after an investigation of three of his farm properties was conducted regarding lack of care for four Quarter Horses. One of the horses succumbed to illness at the onset of the investigation, two were later euthanized due to pain and infection and one recovered from lack of proper nutrition. Mr. Loewen received a three-year probation period but was allowed to continue to own horses although he was prohibited from having custody or control of horses for two years.

 

In March and April 2011, an Ontario SPCA Inspector discovered two emaciated horses and one dead horse on a property owned by Mr. Loewen. He faced further charges including one count of breach of probation, two counts of breach of prohibition and three counts of failing to provide suitable and adequate care. Tuesday, Loewen was sentenced to 90 days in jail, given five years prohibition from owning or having custody or care of any farm animal and was fined $2,000.00.

 

 

 

MAINSTREET NOTE TO COUNCIL TODAY

 

(Mainstreet Aylmer is making a presentation to Aylmer Council tonight concerning parking. The following outline was provided by Nicole Wiebenga of Mainstreet) – “Currently in the downtown core, people are abusing the parking designated as 2-hour limit, both on the streets and in the two municipal lots.  With the recent request from Golden Community Builders for 15 of the Municipal parking spots, the downtown merchants are very concerned about customer access to parking.

 

Despite the continued efforts of the BIA to make abusers understand the importance of having convenient parking left available for downtown customers, they feel that enforced parking regulations are what is necessary to keep consistent abusers away from the prime spots and to keep our downtown vibrant and viable.  MainStreet Aylmer is looking to council to recognize that there is a parking problem and the need for a resolution.”

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

 

– February 26, 2013, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– February 28, 2013, Station #2,  Rogers Road, Medical Assist

 

 

 

MARCH BREAK AT THE EEC COMPLEX

 

Next week during the Schools’ March Break, the EEC Complex is offering a March Break Camp for children 6 to 12 years old with crafts, games, activities and public skating from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. for $20 per camper (Contact the Complex).

 

As well, Eastlink is sponsoring free skating next week on these dates: Monday, 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m., Tuesday, 11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m., Wednesday, 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m., Thursday, 11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. and Friday, 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.

 

 

 

MARCH BREAK AT THE AYLMER LIBRARY

 

(Contributed) – “The Aylmer Library is offering these programs next week during the Schools’ March Break week: Monday – Dotsy the Clown Magic show, balloon animals and face painting from 2-3 pm for ages 5-12; Tuesday – Green Hair and Eggs: Create your own egg person and watch their hair grow! From 2-3 pm for ages 5-12;

 

Thursday – LEGO building contest: Create a masterpiece. Judging will take place at 3 pm. The Prize is a LEGO set. From 2-3 pm for ages 5-12 and Friday -2 Hands Clay Handprints for 3 months – 5 years from 1-1:45 pm and Owl Kids “n” Clay for Grade 1 and up from 2-3:30 pm for $5 per child. All programs require pre-registration.”

 

 

TVDSB’S MIKE SEREDA RETIRING

 

(Last week it was announced that Mike Sereda of Aylmer, an Executive Superintendent with TVDSB will be retiring in August. He provided this review for TANews:)

1. Education/Work? I attended a two-room elementary school in Raliegh township, Chatham then attended high school at Chatham Kent SS.  I taught at Davenport for about 10 years and was  Principal at McGregor, Davenport, and Summers’ Corners schools. I became a Superintendent in 1999 and Executive Superintendent around 2005.

2. Why live in Aylmer? Teacher Ken Carson,  when I began teaching, kept putting ads for houses in my mailbox, so I finally gave in and moved when our kids were of school age. I  liked the small town as a place for my kids to grow up and go to school. I like being so close to the country and if the need strikes, the big city is a short bike ride away.

3. Retirement?  I will get back to running, biking and playing sax.”

 

 

 

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FRIDAY, Mar. 1/13

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. -Starks,Durkee; Songs From The Heart; St Marks,St.Thomas,7:30pm

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Mon. -Bayham By-election Canadidates Night; Straffordville Centre; 7pm

 

 

 

AYLMER FIRE DEPT.  REPORT

 

The Aylmer Fire Department responded to a van fire, probable electrical cause, on Bodkin Ave. Wednesday around 5 pm – they remained on the scene about an hour.

 

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL AGENDA

 

Among agenda items for Monday’s Council meeting:

 

-A Report from the Library Building Committee reccommending Archon Architects of Windsor be selected to present a design, at a cost of 19,500, for a new library  of 10,000 square feet at the northwest corner of John and Sydenham streets.

 

-A reccommendation from Town Staff that Golden Community Builders (downtown apartment complex) is eligible to apply for 15 downtown parking spaces  – the bylaw states only 15 can be allotted annually.

 

 

 

100 YEARS AGO TODAY,LIBRARY OPENED!

 

The interior of the old Carnegie Library – which opened its doors 100 years ago today – is quite modern for its occupants, State Farm Insurance. However there are traces of the original decor – large windows, sculpted ceilings, wood trim – from 1913. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

FREEZING RAIN FOR EAST ELGIN

 

(From Environment Canada – Feb. 29/12)) “Freezing rain is expected to develop this morning and afternoon. A Colorado low that is tracking across Southern Minnesota today will reach the Central Great Lakes this evening. Freezing rain and some snow will begin spreading into Ontario this morning. Freezing rain may be lasting up to 4 to 6 hours as the main precipitation band moves from southwest to northeast through the area.”

(AYLMER BUSES TODAY – Information from Dave Cryderman of Badder Buses) – “We made our decision to cancel buses at 5:45 am. We were advised that there was freezing rain occurring in West Elgin and freezing rain was just starting in Port Stanley. With that in mind and a freezing rain warning from Environment Canada, we decided to cancel.”

 

 

 

A BUSY AYLMER CORNER TODAY!

 

Two major openings occurred at the corner of John and Sydenham Streets today. The apartment complex was to receive its first occupants. And Sydenham Street west was re-opened for the first time in a year. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

 

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

Campbells, Pinecroft, Studer’s and Mary Jane’s.)

 

 

 

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