Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


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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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 29/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

*ELGIN BUSES CANCELLED TODAY. SOUTH DORCHESTER, SUMMERS CORNERS, NEW SARUM SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED.

 

-Spits host playoffs, 7:15

 

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

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

 

*YESTERDAY’s PHOTO? (Taken inside McDonalds, the north wall!)

 

 

FREEZING RAIN WARNING FOR EAST ELGIN

 

(From Environment Canada – St. Thomas – Aylmer – Eastern Elgin County -4:41 AM EST Wednesday 29 February 2012)
 

“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. Ground temperatures are below freezing and will combine with cold easterly winds to set the stage for freezing rain lasting up to 4 to 6 hours as the main precipitation band moves from southwest to northeast through the area today and this evening. The freezing rain will end as temperatures climb above the zero degree mark.”

 

 

AYLMER BUSES TODAY:

 

(Information from Dave Cryderman of Badder Buses) – “We made our decision to cancel 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 bus transportation for the day.”

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-ARMSTRONG, Lillian - of Aylmer,  on Tuesday, in her 83rd year. Survivors include: husband Dr. Bruce Armstrong; son Bruce Armstrong of R.R.# 5, Aylmer etc.  Lillian lived in the Aylmer and St.Thomas area since 1991.  A family service was held at the H.A. KEBBEL FUNERAL HOME.

 

Kerr, Vera,  of Aylmer, on Wednesday, in her 79th year.

 

EESS GIRLS HOCKEY PLAYOFFS TUES.

 

StMarys 1 EESS 0

 

 

PT. BURWELL AUTHOR GETS NOMINATED

 

Janet Bolin of Port Burwell has had her first novel, ‘Dire Threads’ nominated as one of five mysteries for an Agatha award for Best First Novel published in 2011. The Agatha Awards are for books published in the U.S. and honor the “traditional mystery” books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The winners are announced on April 28 in Bethesda Maryland.

‘Dire Threads’ is published by Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin group,  and is the first in her Threadville Mystery series. “In the story, the village’s zoning commissioner picks a fight with the owner of a thread shop and her thoughtless threats lead to dire consequences when he turns up dead in her yard. She needs to find the real murderer, or face spending her life embroidering orange prison jumpsuits.” The second book in the Threadville  Mystery series, ‘Threaded For Trouble’  will hit store shelves on June 5.

(The author provided the following background for TANews) – “After many years in Toronto and a few near New York City, we moved to Bayham in 2004. When we lived in Toronto, we visited the area because my husband is interested in genealogy. Some of his ancestors, the Lights, are buried in a cemetery in Vienna. After living in cities, we enjoy the scenery and wildlife of a rural area.

Because my publisher is American, the books are set in the U.S., so the only ‘Bayhamish’  thing about them is that the town I invented is on the shore of Lake Erie. And the artist who painted the picture for the cover of Dire Threads came up with a town that resembles, slightly, Port Burwell.”

The book is available in the Aylmer library. For more information, visit http://ThreadvilleMysteries.com

 

 

AYLMER SPLASHPAD UPDATE

 

(Contributed by Stephen Douglas. The Aylmer Splashpad Committee appeared before Aylmer Council last week) – “We were before Council on Tuesday night for a couple of reasons:  1) The Town will soon be having budget deliberations – we wanted to ensure money for a splash pad was considered; and 2) to provide an update to the Town regarding the splash pad.

We requested an additional $28,500 from the Town, which, in addition to last year’s allocation, would cover the costs of projected servicing as calculated by the Town (cost of running lines such as hydro water, drainage, landscaping and installation of a vault). We listened to concerns raised by the public and our fundraising partners, which was that the projected cost of the splash pad at $313,000 was too high. So the number of features in the splash pad was reduced, but high quality features were kept. As a result of our cost reduction exercise, we managed to reduce the projected cost of the splash pad installation to $249,000, which is a $64,000 reduction from last year’s projection. We have raised $52,000 for the project thus far, of which $27,000 was raised through private donations.

We are about to proceed into Phase II of our fundraising project, which will be approaching service clubs, private donors, and applying for grants. Phase III of our fundraising will be canvassing for community partners able to provide services, equipment and material toward the splash pad project. The location of the splash pad will remain in Balmoral Park near the northeast corner of the pool. We hope to have the splash pad installed by September of this year, but are hopeful that enough money will be raised to allow for an earlier installation.

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q- Aylmer’s armed robber?

1.Penalty: 6 months jail (or less)  6.74%  (6 votes)

2. Penalty: 2 years (less a day)  25.84%  (23 votes)

3. Penalty: 5 years jail  33.71%  (30 votes)  

4. Penalty: 10 years in jail (or more)  33.71%  (30 votes)  

Total Votes: 89

 

Q = Oscars Sunday; Movies in past year?

1. Not been.  44.12%  (30 votes)  

2. One to Three times  32.35%  (22 votes)

3. Probably 4-6 times  7.35%  (5 votes)

4. More than 6 movies  16.18%  (11 votes)

Total Votes: 68

 

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TUESDAY, Feb. 28/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS girls’ playoff hockey at StMarys, Woodstock, 2pm

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-Wed: Spits host playoffs, 7:15

-Thur. – Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Sun. – EEC Complex Open House

 

 

SPITS LOSE 5-0

 

NEW HAMBURG – Aylmer Spitfires dropped a 5-0 decision here last night to fall behind 3-2 in their Niagara Junior C hockey best-of-five playoffs. The sixth game is Wednesday in Aylmer.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Klassen, David,  of Aylmer,  on Monday,  in his 72nd year. Survivors include:  wife Agatha (Giesbrecht) Klassen etc.  David was raised in Mexico and came to Canada in 1970. He had 36 grandchildren.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer 2-4 & 7-9 pm on Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at the Reinland Mennonite Church, R.R.# 4, Aylmer on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

 

Bartlett, Robert (Bob),  of  R.R.# 1 Vienna, on Monday, in his 63rd year. Survivors include: wife Wendy (Hambly) Bartlett etc. Bob lived in Bayham all his life and for 12 years was Bayham Roads Superintendent, retiring in 2008. He was a long time member of the Vienna Masonic Lodge and served as a volunteer fireman on the Straffordville Fire Department. Family and friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 7-9 pm and on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:00 am.

 

 

AYLMER ACCIDENT

 

AYLMER – A 21-year old Malahide man was charged with careless driving after his car rearended a truck driven by a 55-year old Aylmer man last Tuesday about noon. The truck was travelling east in the intersection of Talbot and Elm and was attempting to turn north when struck. There was minor damage.

 

 

REBECCA NEUFELD TO OFSAA SWIMMING

 

In last week’s WOSSAA swimming championships in London, Rebecca Neufeld  was first in the Under 14 breaststroke and was the lone EESS student to qualify for OFSAA competition. Other top three EESS placings include: Mens Relay 200 metres, 3rd – Reed Waldick, Ian Mantel, Alex Warren, and Stevie Blankenship; Men Freestyle Open 100 metre- Alex Warren, 3rd; Men Freestyle Open 200 Metre – Stevie Blankenship, 3rd; Women Over 15 Backstroke – Jessica Penz, 3rd; Women Freestyle 400 metre Relay -3rd = Nicole Gregory, Stephanie Nesbitt, Julie Toth, Danielle Sekarak; and Men 400 metre freestyle relay – 3rd = Reed Waldick, Ian Mantel, Alex Warren and Stevie Blankenship.

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

 

– February 20, 2012, Station #2,  Carter Road, Medical Assist 

– February 20, 2012, Station #2,  Springwater Road, Medical Assist

– February 23, 2012, Station #2,  Woolleyville Line, Medical Assist

– February 24, 2012, Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– February 24, 2012, Station #3,  Ron McNeil Line, Alarm Malfunction

- February 24, 2012, Station #4, Avon Drive, Medical Assist

– February 25, 2012, Station #2, Conservation Line, Medical Assist

– February 25, 2012, Station #1, Pitt Street, Mutual Aid

- February 25, 2012, Station #1,  Eden Line, Mutual Aid

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

An interesting design inside an Aylmer business - do you know where? (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

 

-Police identified last week’s variety store armed robber suspect, who used a pellet gun pistol in the offence,  as 25-year old David Dyck Neufeld of Talbot St. east, Aylmer.

-A 37-year old Aylmer woman was charged with assault after she kicked another female tenant in a John St. north apartment building on Sunday around 6 pm.

-The Aylmer LCBO reported that a man walked out of the store around 4 pm Saturday without paying for 5 bottles of vodka he had put in a backpack. The police investigation is continuing.

-A RIDE program conducted by Aylmer Police Thursday from 6 to 10 pm at various locations resulted in 250 vehicles stopped with 5 Traffic Act warnings issued and six tickets issued for licence plate infractions.

- An 18-year old student was charged with assault at EESS last Thursday after a 16-year was pushed around outside the east entrance on an earlier date.

 

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 27/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Tue. – EESS girls’ playoff hockey at StMarys, Woodstock

-Wed: Spits host playoffs, 7:15

-Sun. – EEC Complex Open House

 

 

MALAHIDE WOMAN CHARGED

 

AYLMER – A 22-year old Malahide woman,  Stephanie Stover, 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.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Janzen, Katharina, of Aylmer, on Friday,  in her 71st year. She was the wife of the late Johan Janzen.  She was born in Mexico and had 66 grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at The Old Colony Mennonite Church, Aylmer on Monday at 2 :00 pm.

Doan, Stanley T. , of London, on Saturday, in his 89th year.  Survivors include:  daughter Carolyn Macdonald of Aylmer etc. In 1965 he moved to Chatham from Aylmer and to London in 1982. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel  Funeral Home, Aylmer 2-4 and 7-9 p.m on Tuesday, March 6 where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 7 at 1:00pm.

Eveland, Ross Albert,  of Port Burwell,  on Sunday, in his 88th year. He was a maker and repairer of fishing nets for commercial fisheries. Survivors include:  Sister-in-law  Gloria Stephenson of Port Burwell. Visitation at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME, Tillsonburg, on Wednesday, from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Ostrander’s  on Thursday at 11 a.m.

 

 

EESS WINS BBALL BRONZE

 

LONDON – East Elgin’s Senior Boys Basketball team defeated Stratford Northwestern 50-29 to win WOSSAA bronze Friday in London. The Eagles had been beaten 65-52 in their semifinal by London Banting, the eventual champions.

 

 

SPITS TIE PLAYOFFS

 

AYLMER – Aylmer Spitfires defeated New Hamburg 5-1 there on Friday and 3-2 at home Saturday to tie their Niagara Junior C hockey playoff series after four games.  Next game is tonight in New Hamburg. The sixth game is slated for Wednesday in Aylmer at 7:15.  Adam Brisson had a goal and three assists on the weekend; Aylmer was actually outshot 42-21 Saturday.

FRIDAY:

Period 1
AylmerEric Nemeth (Mike Lynch, Adam Brisson) 1:23
Period 2
AylmerTodd Laurindo (unassisted) 7:27
AylmerEric Nemeth (Curtis Roloson) 10:23
New HamburgNick Pope (Jaden Goetz, Kory Nowak) 16:42
AylmerClint Walker (shorthanded) (unassisted) 19:02
Period 3
AylmerScott Mugford (powerplay) (Adam Brisson, Mike Lynch) 9:54

 

SATURDAY:

Period 1
AylmerCody Underhill (Scott Walker) 7:40
Period 2
AylmerMike Lynch (powerplay) (Adam Brisson, Todd Laurindo) 16:58
Period 3
AylmerAdam Brisson (powerplay) (Todd Laurindo) 0:43
New HamburgSam Murray (powerplay) (Sean Kienapple) 3:39
New HamburgAndrew Boer (unassisted) 10:28

 

 

A.C.T PLAY GETS  2 NOMINATIONS

 

(Information from Barb Warnock, director of the current Aylmer Community Theatre play, ‘Bedside Manners’) – “The Western Ontario Drama League holds a Festival each year in March.  Prior to the Festival, an adjudicator travels around South Western Ontario and chooses 5 plays which will compete at the Festival.  Many theatre companies choose to compete “out of Festival” which means they do not want to take their production to the Festival but compete with other shows for a number of awards.

The anouncement of nominations and awards for out of Festival this year was made on Sunday, Februrary 19. The adjudicator attended the preview performance of “Bedside Manners” and gave a very favourable review. Twenty-three shows were adjudicated this year, from November to February.  Mr. Davis nominated Peter Leack for Best Actor in a Major Role for his performance as Ferris.  “Bedside Manners” also received a nomination for Best Ensemble.”

 

 

EEC COMPLEX OPEN HOUSE ON SUNDAY

 

(Contributed) – “This Sunday, The EEC Complex is having an Open House from 1-5 pm.  Admission  is a donation to JumpStart. Come for public skating from 1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m. or bring the kids to enjoy face painting and balloon animals by Dipity The Clown, and work on a variety of arts and crafts. Families can come and try out the East Elgin Community Complex’s sport and recreation activities including shuffleboard, table tennis, badminton and basketball.

Planning a wedding?  Couples can take the opportunity to learn a few moves for their big day and have the chance to win a private ballroom dancing lesson, valued at $180.00 with Michael Murphy!  The Imperial Hall will have a decorated wedding reception display; complete with decorations by Petal’s N Pots, desserts from Let Them Eat Cake, and DJ Services by A&M Sound.  Door prizes will be awarded. For a complete Open House agenda please visit www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca or contact the East Elgin Community Complex at 519-773-5631.”

 

 

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FRIDAY, Feb. 24/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Sr Boys BBall in WOSSAA semi vs. Banting at London Banting, 1:30 pm

-Thur.-Sat: ACT Play at OTHall Theatre; 8 pm (see ad)

-Sat: Spits host New Hamburg – playoffs, 7:30

 

 

LATE NEWS:

EESS LOST THEIR WOSSAA SR BBALL SEMIFINAL THIS AFTERNOON BY 11 PT. TO LONDON BANTING AND WILL PLAY FOR BRONZE AT 6pm TONIGHT AT LONDON BANTING

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

BRUNEKREEFT, Geurt (George) - of Tillsonburg, on Wednesday, aged 76 years. He was born in The Netherlands and was a member of the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church. Visitation on Friday from 7 to 9 pm at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg . A Funeral Service to celebrate George’s life to be conducted on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. at Verhoeves.

 

Mike Haayema –  of Port Burwell,  on Wednesday,  aged  75 years. Survivors include: wife Anne;  brother  Dick (Sally) of Aylmer. There will be visitation at Port Burwell Vienna United Church on Saturday, from 11:am to 12 p.m and a service at 12 p.m.

 

 

AYLMER ACCIDENTS

 

(From Aylmer Police) – A 50-year old Pt. Bruce man was charged after his pickup truck rearended a car on Saturday around 7 pm  on John street north,  north of Progress Drive. A  car driven by an Aylmer woman, going south, had stopped for a red light and a Springfield woman was  behind her in a car. The male driver hit the Springfield woman’s car and forced it into the first car. There were minor damages. 

 

A Straffordville man, 76, was also charged after his car hit another at  Pine and Centre Streets on Tuesday, February 14 around 4 pm. He was northbound on Centre, didn’t stop at the intersection and was in collision with a pickup truck driven east on Pine by another Straffordville man. There was major damage to both vehicles.

 

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AYLMER BANTAMS OUSTED

 

  AYLMER  – Aylmer Bantams lost a squeaker to Pt. Colborne 1-0 here last night and thus were eliminated in three straight games in their best-of-five OMHA playoff series.     

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

Feb 25 – BUS CANCELLATION:

AYLMER – (Information from Dave Cryderman at Badders)  – “First we delayed 2 hours at 6 am because we were advised of snow fall in the St. Thomas and West Lorne area. At 8 am we cancelled for the day due to heavy snow and zero visibility.”  

 

OFFICER INJURED OUTSIDE BAR

AYLMER – According to Police, an Aylmer policeman was kicked in the knee during a brief melee outside a town bar around 3 am Sunday. Police were called at 2 am after a 29-year old Vienna man was cut in the face by a beer bottle by a 21-year old Aylmer male after a dispute in a pool game (no charges were laid yet, the investigation is continuing). Then, while trying to get the victim into the ambulance, several intoxicated females standing outside became agitated when one was refused permission to ride in the ambulance with him, her boyfriend. A Police officer tried to restrain the females and was then kicked and fell to the ground. The officer had to use his baton to push several people back and was assisted by two auxilliary officers.  A 34-year old London male was charged with public intoxication because of the incident.    

 

 

KINSMEN PARADE PART OF AYLMER’s 125th

 

The Aylmer Kinsmen Club are planning a parade on Saturday afternoon, June 30 as part of Aylmer’s 125th July 1st weekend celebrations. Other key events are: Thursday – Official ceremony; Friday – Supper-Dance at Saxonia Club; Saturday - Dance at EEC Complex; Sunday – Kinsmen Fireworks. The 125th committee is still looking for musicians who wish to perform at the Bandshell on the weekend – contact the Town Hall.      

 

 

UPDATE: MATT PEARCE INJURY

 

(Statement this afternoon from Marie Sanderson, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)

“Dear members of the Orwell community:
 
The Pearce family would like to express their gratitude for the tremendous support and generosity that has been shown since their son, Matthew, was injured. We’d like to take this opportunity to clarify the details around his admission to hospital.
 
Matthew was in an accident on the evening of February 18. He sustained third-degree burns to 40 per cent of his body and was transferred to Sunnybrook’s Ross Tilley Burn Centre in the early hours of February 19. As a result of his injuries and treatment he is unable to communicate and is expected to be in hospital for the next several months. We understand it will be a long process of recovery for him, but we feel fortunate to live in an area where people are so supportive and caring.
 
Visitors are not permitted at this time and we would like our privacy to be respected.  A trust fund has been established for Matthew at the Scotiabank, Aylmer Branch, Account # 05066 03307 28 (the Matt Pearce Trust Fund).  Email money transfers may be made with the Interac e-Transfer service, by sending to pearce-liz@hotmail.com.” 

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THURSDAY, Feb. 23/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thur. to Sat. – ACT play at OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)

-Big Bros./Sisters Fashion Show; EEC Complex, 7pm  (see ad)

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-Sat: Spits Host Playoff

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MALAHIDE YOUTH SUFFERS BURNS

 

MALAHIDE – (Information from Elgin OPP and Liz Pearce) – A 17-year old Malahide youth, Matt Pearce, was badly burned about 11:30 Saturday night on his grandmother’s farm. He has third degree burns to 40% of his upper torso. Police and the Ontario Fire Marshalls Office are investigating. Police said he was alone working in his families’ garage  and  was doing something with the woodstove when he was burned.  He was taken to  St Thomas Elgin General Hospital and then airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto Sunday. His grandmother Liz Pearce reports that students at East Elgin, where he is a Grade 12 student, are collecting funds for Matt and a trust fund is being set up Friday at the Scotia Bank in Aylmer to help the family defray costs. She added last night:  “His condition improves daily, but he still has a long way to go.”

 

 

EESS WINS SR BOYS BBALL CROWN

 

WOODSTOCK – East Elgin defeated Huron Park 52-47 here last night to claim the Oxford Elgin Senior Boys Basketball title. EESS overcame an early 17-10 deficit; the score was tied 24-24 at the half. Stefan Cornellissen led the Eagles with 21 points. EESS last won the pennant in 2002. East Elgin now advances to WOSSAA  AAA play tomorrow at London Banting. They will match up with host Banting at 1:30 in one semi-final; Stratford Northwestern faces Medway at 12 pm in the other contest. The winners play at 7:30 in the championship.  

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-WED. BOYS HOCKEY PLAYOFFS – St Joes 5 EESS 4

-NEXT GIRLS HOCKEY PLAYOFF – Tues. at  StMarys, Woodstock

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OBITUARY:

 

Hamm, Jacob,  in Aylmer,  on Wednesday, in his 48th year. He was born in Mexico. Survivors include: parents Abraham and Margaretha (Wall) Hamm of Aylmer; children Shanna Wall, Adam Hamm and Alex Hamm  of Aylmer; Special friend  Pam Hall; etc.  Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 1-4 p.m. The funeral service will be held there on Monday, at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

AYLMER’s 125th

 

The 3 Farthings Clothing store - owned by siblings Nellie, John and Murray - downtown on the south side of Talbot St. east was popular 100 years ago. It is the present site of Fitness to the Max and the exterior store design really hasn't changed a lot. (1913 Aylmer Magazine) (CLICK)

 

 

WEATHER WARNING FRIDAY

 

(FROM ENVIRONMENT CANADA) – “ A low pressure system over Kansas this morning is expected to track northeastward across the Lower Great Lakes tonight. Precipitation will begin over Southwestern Ontario early this evening as rain before changing to snow later this evening. Current indications suggest that snowfall amounts in the 10 to 15 cm range are likely within an 18 to 24 hour period. Regions just north of Lake Erie which will see rain initially mixed with the snow will end up with less snowfall. In addition, brief periods of freezing rain are possible just north of Lake Erie late this evening and overnight into Friday morning.”
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THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Yesterday’s photo didn’t show the whole pier at Pt. Bruce – The ice fishermen may still get some business yet apparently. (Photo by Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

 

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-EESS Sr Boys BBall in Finals at Woodstock H. Pk., 7:30

-EEC Complex – Family Drop-In Games etc. , 6-8 pm

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-Thur-Sat – ACT play at OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Thur. – Big Bros./Sisters Fashion Show at EEC Complex (see ad)

-Sat: Spits Host Playoff

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OBITUARIES

 

-Appleyard, Edna “Brownie”, of Aylmer,  on Tuesday,  aged 100 years. Wife of the late Ken Roberton(1978) and the late Doug Appleyard(1998). Survivors include: daughter Sandra (Frank) Sloan. Brownie and Ken owned Roberton’s Home Furnishings on Talbot Street East in Aylmer.  Cremation has taken place. A service will be held at the Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday,  at 11:00 am. Visitation one hour prior.

 

-Dow, Paula Ann, of Brownsville,  on Saturday.  aged  46 years. Survivors include: in-laws Bill and Muriel Dow of Springfield etc. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service at Ostranders on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

 

Tardif, Mary Ann Thersa (nee Krygsman, in London, on Monday, aged 60 years. She was born in The Netherlands. Survivors include: siblings Jane and Case Annen, Cory and Fred Hilliker and Henry Krygsman. A memorial service will be conducted at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, London, on Thursday, at 3:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior.
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Getting ready for fishing season (or is that contraption for bigger game?) - Sunday on the Port Bruce pier. (Photo by Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q – Best idea from Drummond Report?

1.Cancel Full Day K-garten plans  44.09%  (41 votes)   

2. Remove 10% hydro rebate  3.23%  (3 votes)  

3. Wealthy over 65s pay higher drug costs  26.88%  (25 votes)  

4. Increase school class sizes  4.3%  (4 votes)  

5. More slot machines outside racetracks  6.45%  (6 votes)  

6. Use doctors less; cheaper health workers  15.05%  (14 votes)  

Total Votes: 93

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AYLMER BANTAMS LOSE

 

Aylmer Bantams lost the opening games of their OMHA playoff series with Port Colborne this past weekend – they were upended 4-2 here on Saturday and then fell 5-1 away on Sunday. The next game is Thursday at 8:45 in Aylmer in the best 3 of 5 games match.

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AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY

 

Council learned that 3 of the 8 community members of the Environmental Advisory Committee have recently resigned and so decided to advertise to fill those positions. Present members are John Montgomery, Lori Cowx, Danielle Douglas, Bill Murch and Roberta Wilson.

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TUESDAY, February 21/12

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*SORRY, TECH-WRECK THIS MORNING!

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:


-Aylmer Council,  7 pm

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-Wed. – EESS Sr Boys BBall in Finals at Woodstock, 7:30

-Thur-Sat – ACT play at OTH Theatre (see ad)

-Thur. – Big Bros./Sisters Fashion Show at EEC Complex (see ad)

-Sat: Spits Host Playoff

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ARMED ROBBERY IN AYLMER FRIDAY

 

AYLMER – Police arrested a suspect Saturday night after a male used a handgun to rob the Downtown Variety at Queen and Talbot Streets about 8:45 Friday night. On Friday,  a man entered the store, pulled out a handgun and demanded cash from the 18-year old male clerk. When police arrived the lone suspect had fled on foot with several hundred dollars. However, the next night Police received a tip that a possible suspect was in the variety store parking lot and they arrested a 25-year old Aylmer male and,  after searching his residence,  located the handgun. He is charged with: robbery with a firearm, pointing a firearm, using a firearm in the commission of an offence and wearing a disguise.

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SPITS LOSE FIRST TWO GAMES

 

New Hamburg has opened up a 2-0 lead in their best of seven Niagara Jr C playoff series against the Aylmer Spitfires  after edging Aylmer 4-3 in overtime in New Hamburg Friday and then 3-2 here Saturday. Next games are this Friday in New Hamburg and Saturday in Aylmer.

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Period 1
New Hamburg - Damien Parent (unassisted) 8:14
Aylmer - Curtis Roloson (powerplay) (Curtis MaracleAdam Brisson) 19:49
Period 2
New Hamburg - Sam Murray (unassisted) 10:08
Aylmer - Todd Laurindo (Mitch RolosonRhys Thornton) 18:21
Period 3
New Hamburg - Nick Pope (powerplay) (Kory NowakBlake Jordan) 4:27
Aylmer - Rhys Thornton (powerplay) (Coy KulichTodd Laurindo) 15:23
Overtime
New Hamburg - Kory Nowak (unassisted) 9:54

 

Period 1
New Hamburg - Kory Nowak (Garrett Fisher) 2:36
New Hamburg - Kory Nowak (unassisted) 13:05
Aylmer - Eric Nemeth (Ben Shaw) 16:04
Period 2
New Hamburg - Trevor Sweetland (Jay DAguilar) 2:15
Aylmer - Todd Laurindo (Josh HoustonCoy Kulich) 6:37
Period 3
(no scoring)

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OBITUARIES:

 

LYSKO, John – of Strathroy;  on Friday;  in his 87th year. Survivors include: sisters in law: Colin (Donna) Marr of Eden, Marion Marr of Straffordville, Beatrice Marr of Port Burwell etc. The funeral was held this morning. Arrangements through the ELLIOTT-MADILL FUNERAL HOME, Mt. Brydges

 

 

AT THE EEC COMPLEX TODAY/TOMORROW:

 

Today was the monthly Seniors Day program. A session, featuring Chief Andre Reymer and a representative from Findley’s Driving School,  ran from 9:30am to 12:30pm with  lunch included for a $10 cost. Participants could also participate in a physical activity (either adult skate or shuffleboard).

Tomorrow is Family Drop In from 6-8 pm; for $5 (for a family of 5) – there are supervised crafts games, sports etc.

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MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– February 14, 2012, Station #3,  Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist 

– February 15, 2012, Station #1,  Levi Street, Medical Assist

– February 20, 2012, Station #2,  Carter Road, Medical Assist

– February 20, 2012, Station #2,  Springwater Road, Medical Assist

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AYLMER COUNCIL TODAY:

 

Agenda items include: a report by the Splashpad committee; discussion on the reduction in Environment Committee members from 8 to 5 etc.

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AYLMER MINOR BASEBALL REPORT


 (Contributed by Richard Broer) – “We at AMBA are eagerly preparing for the coming season with registration about to begin. The registration forms are available at the Aylmer Vet clinic on Hwy 3 again this year We are anticipating a season full of baseball with teams hopefully running in every age group..  The team will be playing in London and Southern Counties .  The cost will be the same for both house league and competitive teams which is $125.

We are making one small change however as Aylmer Minor Baseball will not be providing pants for the players anymore as they will have to buy their own.  The players however will be able to keep their team jerseys at the end of the season.  We will be asking that all parents buy white pants for their players and at the first team practice each player will be sized in order to get the correct shirt before we order them.  Blastball will also run again this year on Saturday mornings in Aylmer.

All of the teams need coaches and if you are interested please email us or write it on your child’s registration form . We are also looking for sponsors, thus if interested please contact us so that we can work with you in joining AMBA. If you have any questions, please contact us at aylmerminorball@hotmail.com.

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HEALTH UNIT WARNS OF SMOKING/MOVIES

 

(Contributed by Elgin Health Unit) – “As Hollywood gears up for the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday February 26,  Elgin St. Thomas Public Health is urging St. Thomas and Elgin County residents to learn more about how Hollywood is hooking teens and children into smoking.

This year, 95% of Oscar-nominated films that contain tobacco are rated for children and teen audiences (G, PG, or 14A) in Ontario. “We are concerned about the buzz the Oscars will generate and want to warn parents about the impact of children and teens viewing movies with tobacco,” said Jessica Lang, Health Promoter.  “Research has shown that the more youth see smoking in movies, the more likely they are to start smoking.”

Tobacco use causes 30% of all cancers and accounts for 13,000 deaths in Ontario each year.  Preventing youth smoking is one of the most important things that can be done to improve the health of Ontarians. Last year 88% of movies with tobacco were rated for children and teens (G, PG, 14A) in Ontario. The current rating system in Ontario does not consider smoking when assigning a rating for a movie.  By making changes to the current rating system to make movies for children and teens smoke-free, Ontario children and teens could be protected from starting a life-long tobacco addiction. The majority of Ontarians (73%) are supportive of not allowing smoking in movies rated for children and teens (G, PG, 14A) according to a survey released by the Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies in 2011.

Visit www.smokefreemovies.ca for more information on how to support smoke-free movies for children and teens in Ontario.  Details regarding the smoking status of new movie releases can be found at www.facebook.com/hookedbyhollywood.”

 

 

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FRIDAY, Feb. 17/12

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AYLMER,  EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Frid.-Sun.(2 pm)–ACT Play; 8pm; OTH Theatre - Bedside Manners (ad)

-Frid. – Noon: University Skating finals at EEC Complex

-Sat. – Legion Chicken Supper; 6pm; $10

-Sat. – Aylmer Spitfires Host New Hamburg, 7:30 (playoffs)

-Sun. – Baptist Church Seminar (see ad)

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-Mon. – Heritage Day/ Schools Holiday/(Council on Tuesday)

*THEAYLMERNEWS WILL NOT PUBLISH MONDAY

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OBITUARIES:

 

-Stafford, Joyce Dianne, of Aylmer, on Wednesday, in her 49th year. Survivors include: husband Richard Irvine; sister Christine Stafford and father Harold Stafford and mother in law Margaret Irvine; all of Aylmer. Joyce was an employee of McDonalds Restaurant in Aylmer. Cremation has taken place. Service at the Aylmer Baptist Church on Monday at 11:00 am. Visitation one hour prior to the service.

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EESS WINS SR BBALL SEMI

 

East Elgin defeated WCI 57-55 in an Oxford Elgin Senior Boys Basketball semifinal yesterday in Woodstock to advance to next Wednesday’s final against Huron Park at 7:30 at Huron Park. No updates yet are available for the EESS girls’ and boys’ hockey playoff schedules.

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OTHER  EESS PLAYOFFS THURSDAY:

-GIRLS VBALL – SR = WESS 3 EESS 0; JR = PCI 3 EESS 0

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HAPPY HERITAGE DAY – Monday, Feb. 20 

NEW AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

A new history book on Aylmer - in conjunction with Aylmer's 125th - titled 'Historic Buildings of Aylmer' will be available on March 15. The book, sponsored by the Aylmer Rotary Club and printed by the Aylmer Express, will feature pictures and information on 26 public buildings that were key to Aylmer's early growth - some still standing today.

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“Just wanted to let everyone know about a phone scam going around. I had a phone call from a person claiming to be from * Microsoft*. They proceeded to tell me that my computer was full of viruses and was messing up their server. I knew right away it was a scam as my computer has never been registered online so there was no way for these people to know I even had a computer. I hung up on them and 2 seconds later they called back again and told me this was NOT a scam. I again hung up. I found out later on as another person wasn’t so lucky and got the same phone call. What they do is, tell you your computer is full of viruses, tell you to go on your computer and allow them access into your computer to fix your viruses for you. They can then get access to ALL your passwords ( bank accounts) or they ask you to send them money via Visa, Master card etc. This lady had her entire savings wiped out of her account. Please, beware of this NEW scam going around.” – Kelly Brunsdon 

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AYLMER BANTAMS PLAYOFFS

 

(Contributed) – Upcoming Aylmer Bantams – Best of 5 – quarterfinal series: Sat, Feb 18, 2011 – GAME 1 host Pt. Colborne  - 4:30pm; Sun, Feb 19, 2011 – GAME 2 at Pt. Colborne  - 5:30pm; Thu, Feb 23, 2011 – GAME 3 host Pt. Colborne – 8:45pm; Sat, Feb 25, 2011 – GAME 4 at Pt. Colborne – 7:00pm;  Sun, Feb 26, 2011 – GAME 5 host Pt. Colborne – 6:15pm

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THE SURVEY SAID:

 

Q – Most talented Musician Dying Young?

1. Kurt Cobain  6.76%  (5 votes)  

2. Whitney Houston  12.16%  (9 votes)  

3. Amy Winehouse  5.41%  (4 votes)  

4. Buddy Holly  43.24%  (32 votes)  

5. Jim Morrison  9.46%  (7 votes)  

6. Jimi Hendrix  22.97%  (17 votes)  

Total Votes: 74
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THURSDAY, Feb. 16/12

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AYLMER,  EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thur.-Sun.(2 pm)–ACT Play; 8pm; OTH Theatre - Bedside Manners (ad)

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 – Councils

-Thur.-Frid. – University Skating finals at EEC Complex

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-Sat. – Legion Chicken Supper; 6pm; $10

-Sun. – Baptist Church Seminar (see ad)

-Aylmer Spitfires Host New Hamburg, 7:30 (playoffs)

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EESS IN BBALL SEMIS/WIN BOYS HOCKEY

 

EESS is playing WCI tonight at 6pm at Woodstock Huron Park in an OxfordElgin Senior Boys Basketball semifinal. In another semifinal at Huron Park, Huron Park hosts Central Elgin. Yesterday in Boys playoff hockey, EESS defeated CECI 5-4.

 

 

UPDATE: AYLMER’s 125th

 

Aylmer’s 125th Anniversary Committee is looking for one more member (Contact the Town Hall). New activites include: the Olde Aylmer Cruisers are doing a car show; the Aylmer Shriners are also doing a car show,  the Aylmer Fair Board is doing a Strawberry Social and the Aylmer Community Theatre is planning a presentation.

 

 

EEC COMPLEX SIGN CHANGES

 

(From Theresa Klachan at EEC Complex) – “The original premise of the EEC Complex sign was restricted by the MTO as they only permitted the posting of the time, date and temperature. Messages were considered a distraction to drivers. In 2011, the MTO confirmed that there is no issue with using the permitted EECC location sign for arena/community associated messages. The Complex hopes to post new messages by the end of the month.”

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“THE NIGHT A ‘ROCKET’ HIT AYLMER!”

NHL Hall of Famer Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard visited Aylmer 50 years ago on a Thursday night, February 16, 1961 as a featured guest at the annual Minor Hockey Banquet. Richard had just retired from the Montreal Canadiens after the previous season. He first spoke at a supper of the Aylmer Rotary Club before attending the AMHA banquet – hot dogs and chocolate milk – upstairs at the old arena and handing out autographed pictures. He then dropped the puck for an Intermediate Hockey game featuring the Aylmer Imperials and concluded his trip here by going to a social at the RCAF base (Police College). Richard was 39 when he retired – he passed away in 2000.

 

 

EEC COMPLEX FASHION SHOW THURSDAY

 

‘Sharing The Passion’, a Fashion and Hair Show and Auction, will be held next Thursday February 23 at 7 pm at the EEC Complex (see ad). It is sponsored by First Impressions Hairstyling of Aylmer with  proceeds going to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Elgin. Fashions are from Pt. Stanley Apropos. Tickets are $30 and are available at  First Impressions. A similar venture in 2010 raised nearly $5000.

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