Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

WEDNESDAY, April 4/12





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





Aylmer Police were notified that a 42-year old man. wanted for 5 gas thefts from the same Aylmer gas station in recent weeks, was arrested in Jarvis by Norfolk OPP on Saturday.





Catfish Creek CA workers were busy planting trees along the Catfish west of Myrtle Street yesterday. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)





Aylmer Police were notified of a phone scam last week as a local woman received a call from a ‘Comwave’ company offering  better long distance phone rates – but she needed to provide credit card information for the deal . Police contacted the number given but received an automated message and no callback.






(Contributed by Greg Currie) –  “The Aylmer Taxpayers Advisory Committee was started by concerned citizens who have been perusing the paper and noticing that municipal issues happening in Aylmer are happening to other centres both large and small. Our major message is to stop the spending as it is getting out of control. Also we are encouraging the stewards of our municipalities to ask critical questions and be prepared to constructively criticize the answers. We have currently met with the Mayor and D/Mayor on seperate occasions. We are situated in a mess of enormous spending with little regard for spending with frugality.  We need a town council who will ask the critical question and expect some civil and productive options not just further and further spending. A prime example is the article in the last Express about the ‘need’ for a new fire truck and a crew cab type of vehicle without any forethought of options that might suit the purpose without the gigantic expense.”





“The Internationally Trained Worker Loan Program” , with Speaker Sanjiv Inamdar, an Employment Counsellor, is being presented by the St Thomas Elgin Local Immigration Project next Thursday,  April 12 from Noon- 1pm at 16 Mary St. in St. Thomas. Phone 631-9800 for details.



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TUESDAY, April 3/12





-Thur. – Bayham, Malahide Councils





RONSON, John Aylmer “Jack”. of Aylmer, formerly of Belmont, on Monday, in his 92nd year.  Survivors include: wife Marjorie (Bertelsen) Ronson; daughter Pam (Ed) Pietrzak,  R.R. 1 Sparta etc.  An informal celebration of Jack’s life will be held at WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, St.,  St. Thomas on Friday,  at 1:00 p.m. Visitation on Friday from 12:00 to 1 p.m. Cremation has taken place.


HUNSPERGER, Douglas Gordon,  formerly of Aylmer, on Sunday, in his 59th year. Survivors include: wife Marion of Kitchener. Doug was predeceased by his wife Janet (Broer), son Keith and daughter Rachel (1991). Doug was a retired Waterloo Regional Police officer. Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or funeral service.





(Contributed) – “On Saturday, March 31, a group of electrical professionals from the Ontario Electrical League provided their labour and materials to update the lighting and wiring of the Perc Cafe.  Each year the Ontario Electrical League undertakes a project to give back to the community.

Career Opportunities for Elgin Youth is an initiative of the Aylmer Ministerial Association started in 2009. An outreach of that group, “The Perc” was designed to assist young adults (ages 15 to 30) in transitioning to the workforce and/or returning to school. We currently have three young adults working at the Perc performing a wide variety of duties.   Each program runs for 25 weeks and participants usually work 30 hours per week.  There are 21 workshop days throughout the program geared to employability and life skills.  Participants acquire First Aid and CPR certification, WHMIS certification and Safe Food Handling Certification.

Aylmer youth interested in this program or if you would like more information, contact Aylmer Employment Services, 25 Centre St. Aylmer.  Drop in or call (519) 765-2082.  The next intake will be in May.  The Perc will be looking to provide placements for up to 5 youth from June to November 2012.





March 28, 2012, Station #2, 555 Talbot Line, Alarm Malfunction

-March 28, 2012, Station #2, Talbot Line, Medical Assist

-March 28, 2012, Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

-March 29, 2012, Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist





(Contributed) – “The Guelph Gryphon women’s hockey team is pleased to announce that Averi  Nooren of Aylmer  (an EESS graduating student) will be joining the team for the 2012-13 season.

Averi is a 5-foot-4 forward who played for the London Devilettes Junior Team, as well as East Elgin Secondary School these past two seasons. As a member of the Devilettes, she tallied 19 goals and 20 assists over 57 games in two seasons before breaking her collarbone halfway through her second season. As a member of her high school hockey team, Averi was named as  Team MVP for the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 seasons. She also plays high school basketball and soccer and plans on studying Food Nutrition as well as Child, Youth and Family Studies.

The coaching and recruiting staff have been watching Averi for several years and are excited that she has chosen Guelph to complete her post-secondary education,” said head coach Rachel Flanagan. “She is a quick, two-way player who, despite being small, is not afraid to go into corners or to the net.” ”





Willy Martens, owner of the MennoMex variety store east of Aylmer, said he is building a 2500 square foot single-storey addition to the south of the building which will allow for more space for his business and a takeout restaurant for Mexican food.  He hopes to add more fabrics and food products in both buildings. The store opened in 2001. He hopes to have the construction finished by July 1st.


Excavation has started on the addition to the MennoMex store at #3 Highway and Hacienda Road. (kb) (CLICK)





Q- Worst plan in Ontario Budget?

 15.45%  (17 votes)  

2. Halt local hospital expansions  29.09%  (32 votes)  

3. Freeze public sector wages  6.36%  (7 votes)  

4. Build more LCBOs  17.27%  (19 votes)  

5. Charge Year 5 HighSchool students  31.82%  (35 votes)  

Total Votes: 110




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MONDAY, April 2/12





-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Bayham Budget Meeting, 7 pm





-Jones, May Doreen,  formerly of Aylmer,  on Friday, in her 93rd year. May worked at Imperial Tobacco for many years. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel  Funeral Home, Aylmer on Monday 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, at 11:00 am


White, Sally,  (nee Jones) of Chateau Gardens, Aylmer,  on Sunday, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late Tommy White of St. Thomas. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held.





Among agenda items are:

-A presentation by Doug Tarry Homes to build a 44-lot subdivision to the west of Tarry Parkway (south of Fath, east of Caverly Road).





(From Elgin OPP) – Elgin OPP have arrested  a recruit after an investigation into an incident at the Ontario Police College, which occurred around 1 am Saturday.  Charges for the 25-year old male , from Mississauga,  include:  sexual assault, forcible confinement and criminal harassment.





The Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives is presenting ‘Memorable Mondays’ on the second Monday of each month – presently  “Writing Desk to Typewriter”. There are presentations, demonstrations and refreshments on  Monday, April 9  from 2-3 pm.  Museum members are free, non-members $5.





Aylmer Police report that a white van was spray painted with slogans while parked behind a building on John St. south over the weekend.





(Information from Jenny Reynaert, Town Administrator) “We are doing the Farmer’s Market Survey to gather marketing information as directed by Council.  The survey is attached to our web site, the newsletter, facebook, twitter etc.  We are also sending hard copies out in the Elgin County Market and the next local utility billing.”





Q- Doing Income Taxes?

1. Usually do them early – March  35.48%  (22 votes)   

2. Usually about now  32.26%  (20 votes)

3. Around the deadline, May 1st  25.81%  (16 votes)

4. Usually after the deadline  6.45%  (4 votes)

Total Votes: 62




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FRIDAY, March 30/12





-Sat. – Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. – Legion steak Bbq, 6 p.m., $12 each; Advance  sales only.

-Sat. – Active Elgin Day (see Monday’s  story)

-Sat. – Earth Hour

-Monday – Aylmer Council





(Contributed) – “Rosebud School of the Arts, in Rosebud Alberta, will feature student Amy Burks, a native of Springfield, as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, running April 13-28,  at the Rosebud Studio Stage.  Amy is in the third year of the Mentorship Programme at RSA.

(Amy provided this background) – “I grew up in Lyons on the family farm.  I attended EESS.  I always enjoyed being a part of church and school productions.  I was truly taken by acting when I decided on a whim to try out for the school play MacBeth.  I knew from there on in it was something I was made for. I received a large portion of my theatre experience from East Elgin. I participated in the productions: MacBeth (Witch), Seussical the Musical (Cindy Lou Who) and Wizard of Oz (Dorothy).  I was able to be a part of Wizard of Oz again when I was a ‘child wrangler’ for the Grand Theatre in London. I went on to study for two years in London, England at a institution called East 15 Acting School, where I graduated with a FDA in Community Theatre.

I’m currently following the theatre trail in my third year at Rosebud School of the Arts, (Rosebud,AB).  I’ve had the privilege to be a part of some great productions, my latest being more musical,the opening act for the Good Lovelies in Rosebud. Upcoming shows are The Crucible opening April 13, where I play Elizabeth Proctor and Anne of Green Gables in May, where I will play Mrs. Blewett and Lucilla. Upon graduating next year I will have the joy of joining the ranks of countless young actors at many an audition! I am extremely excited to be where I am and to be able to follow a career I love. ”





Published in conjunction with Aylmer's 125th celebrations this year, this book outlines the major historic buildings in the town's early growth. Sponsored by the Aylmer Rotary Club, it sells for $15 and is available at Campbells, Pinecroft, Aylmer Express, Clovermead, Studers, Kelly's, Downtown Convenience etc.





(Saturday night is the annual recognition of ‘Earth Hour’.  Director of Operations for Aylmer, Rod Tapp provides the following information:)  “The Town has not officially entered into any specific competition for Earth Hour this year, as we have done in past years, but we encourage all residents to participate in “Earth Hour’ by reducing and/or eliminating the use of energy (electricity) consumption for 1 hour, 8:30-9:30 pm this Saturday evening.”







(Contributed) – “Janet Brolin, an author living in Pt. Burwell, was one of five finalists announced yesterday for The Bloody Words Award for Light Mystery for her book ‘Dire Threads.’ The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award, a new annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries  is for a “book that makes us smile,” which includes everything from laugh-out-loud, to gentle humour, to good old fashioned stories with little violence or gore.  Bloody Words, Canada’s oldest and largest convention of mystery readers and authors, will be awarding the Bony Blithe Award  at the Bloody Words XII Banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto on June 2. The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000 plus a colourful plaque.”




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THURSDAY, March 29/12





-Sat. – Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. – Legion steak Bbq, 6 p.m., $12 each; Advance  sales only.

-Sat. – Active Elgin Day (see Monday’s  story)

-Sat. – Earth Hour

-Monday – Aylmer Council





(From the Aylmer Police) –  Last Thursday about 3:30, a 17-year old Aylmer girl was charged with failing to yield the right of way at John and South Streets. Two vehicles had stopped on opposite sides of the intersection and both then proceeded at the same time. But in turning left,  she struck the other car driven by an Aylmer man  who was going straight through and had the right of way. There was minor damage.

A 71 year old Aylmer woman was charged with failing to turn to avoid a collision after sideswiping a parked vehicle on Elk on Friday at noon. Also, damage was minimal.

And an Aylmer woman, 77, driving a pickup, rear ended a van driven by another Aylmer woman at the intersection of Talbot and John Streets about 11:30 Sunday morning and was charged with following too close. Again, there was minor damage.





This was Aylmer's train station for a period around 1900. It was situated on the west side of the tracks on John St. north. Another station existed on the former tracks north of town -by Rokeby Orchards- for a competing rail company at the time. (Contributed) (CLICK)







Baldwin, William Llewellyn, formerly of Eden, on Tuesday, aged 87 years. Survivors include:  son Donald (Cindy) Baldwin of Eden-Aylmer etc. Bill farmed his entire life in Eden. Visitation  at the VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOME, Tillsonburg will be on Friday, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, at 10:30 a.m.  







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WEDNESDAY, March 28/12





-EECC Family Drop In – 6:00pm to 8:00pm; $5/family of five; Games etc.


-Sat. – Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. – Legion steak Bbq, 6 p.m., $12 each; Advance  sales only.

-Sat. – Active Elgin Day (see Monday’s  story)





(Information from Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Fruit Farms) – “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.”





Gray, Rev. Douglas Eric, on Monday, at Palmerston, in his 79th year. Survivors include: wife Ruby (Srigley); son Stephen (Sherry) of Aylmer etc. Visitation at the Heritage Funeral Home, Palmerston on Friday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Service  on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Palmerston Evangelical Missionary Church.


Shackleton, Cindy Lynn,  of R.R. 4 Aylmer,  on Tuesday, in her 47th  year. Survivors include: husband Terry Shackleton;  children Devin and Stevie; mother Lenna Gray (Walker), step-father Fred Gray, step-mother Sheila Vance,  in-laws Ron and Carol Shackleton etc. Visitation at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on Saturday, at 11 a.m.


Young, Ronald George,  of Calgary (formerly of Aylmer), on Friday January 13,  in his 77th year. Survivors include:  wife Marie of Aylmer; children: Deb (Brian) Acorn of Aylmer; Dale of Aylmer; Dean (friend Christina) of Aylmer, Marvin of Aylmer etc. Cremation has taken place. There will be a public graveside service at the Langton Baptist Cemetery on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.





The Aylmer Museum celebrated the opening of its 35th year of operation Saturday. Pictured, from left, are: Museum Volunteers Pauline Roberts, Carol McClay, Museum Director Pat Zimmer, and Jacquie Jeffery. The Museum has also changed its name to Aylmer-Malahide Museum and Archives. (Photo by Dave Helsdon) (CLICK)






“The Hydro One site is reporting a power outage in the St.Thomas region – east of Aylmer, north to Belmont and west of Dutton. 4374 customers affected.”

(Information from Dave Cryderman of Badder BusLines) – “Roads were very slippery at 5:30 this morning with the heavy wet snow. Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning wo we decided county wide to keep buses off roads today.

“The main stoplights were out for 90 minutes yesterday after lunch.”




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TUESDAY, March 27/12





-Wed. – EECC Family Drop In – 6:00pm to 8:00pm; $5/family of five; Games etc.

-Sat. – Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

-Sat. – Legion steak Bbq, 6 p.m., $12 each; Advance  sales only.

-Sat. – Active Elgin Day (see Monday’s  story)





Frederick, Jocelyn Violet – of St. Thomas, on Saturday, at the age of 65. Jocelyn was born in the Barbados and was a former Pastor at the Zion Tabernacle Church, London. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Full Gospel Church, Aylmer on Wednesday APRIL 4, at 11:00 a.m.. Visitation at WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME,  St. Thomas on Tuesday. APRIL 3,  from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.


Taylor, Norman Ralph, of Belmont, on Monday, at the age of 78. Survivors include: wife Bette Marlene (Buchanan) Taylor;  son James Taylor of R.R. 1, Belmont;  siblings  Betty Stover and husband Howard of Kingsmill and Norma Potter and husband Peter of Belmont etc. Ralph worked and lived his entire life on The Lone Maple Farm at R.R.# 1 Belmont. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A service will be held at Belmont United Church on Friday, at 11:00am. Cremation has taken place.


Gibbons, Edith, of Aylmer, on Tuesday, in her 86th year. Survivors include: children Lynda Dunn and husband Ken, Barbara Hulst, Diane Attfield and husband Fred, Gary Gibbons and wife Dianna and Stephen Gibbons of the Aylmer area etc. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Funeral will be held on Thursday  at 11:00 am.





(From Staff Sgt. Hank Zehr of the St.Thomas Police) – “Two St.Thomas men, aged 19 and 20, and a 19-year old Aylmer man were arrested recently by the St.Thomas Police and charged with several home invasion robberies in the St.Thomas area – including one in Aylmer in December. They have each been charged with robbery with a firearm and with wearing a disguise with intent.





(Contributed) – “Elgin County’s Economic Development Department is sponsoring ‘The Power of Solar’  tomorrow at the New Sarum Diner as part of the Elgin County Conference Series. The event runs from 9 am to 3 pm. Cost is $30.

The Power of Solar is a one-day seminar that will give home, business, and farm owners the opportunity to learn more about harnessing the power of the sun through solar panels. Topics presented will include: grid connection, the Feed in Tariff program (FIT), success tips for your solar project, and solar for your business, home, and farm. Dynamic presentations will be delivered by speakers ranging from successful solar operators to industry professionals.

Registration information, agenda and speaker biographies are available at www.progressivebynature.com or by phoning 519-631-1460 x 168.”





(From Aylmer Police) – Wendy Rivait, 42, of Aylmer was sentenced recently to six months in jail and a year’s probation after her October court conviction for arson at an Elk Street home in 2009.





Q- Penalty for Sat. London ‘rioters’? 

1. Expelled if at Fanshawe, $1000 fine  8.11%  (9 votes)

2. Either expelled or a fine  2.7%  (3 votes)

3. Jail time  2.7%  (3 votes)

4. Expelled, Fine, Community payback  60.36%  (67 votes)

5. Jail, Some form of Community payback  26.13%  (29 votes)

Total Votes: 111

Q- Main message from Tori Stafford case?

1. Make sure children are picked up from school  2.99%  (2 votes)

2. Emphasize to children – avoid strangers  14.93%  (10 votes)

3. Society should recognize problem youth sooner  11.94%  (8 votes)

4. Video surveillance is helpful, more needed  8.96%  (6 votes)

5. Bring back capital punishment  61.19%  (41 votes)

Total Votes: 67




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MONDAY, March 26/12





-Wed. – EECC Family Drop In – 6:00pm to 8:00pm; $5/family of five; Games etc.

-Sat. – Club 7 Paper Drive

-Sat. – Legion steak Bbq, 6 p.m., $12 each; Advance  sales only.

-Sat. – Active Elgin Day (see story)





Underhill, Ronald Douglas,  of St. Thomas,  on Saturday,  in his 70th year. Survivors include:  daughter Catherine Balogh (Mark) of Port Burwell etc . Service on Thursday at WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, St.,  St. Thomas at 11:00 a.m. Visitation on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Cremation has taken place.


Eppel, Joseph Martin Sr.,  formerly of Courtland, on Saturday, at the age of 86 years. Survivors include: children Carolyn Murray (Dan) of Straffordville, Patricia Eppel (Jerry Neville) of Straffordville etc. Visitation at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME,  Tillsonburg, on Monday, from 2-4 p.m.  and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tillsonburg on Tuesday, at 12 noon.





– March 19, 2012, Station #3,  Pressey Line, Medical Assist

– March 19, 2012, Station #1, Richmond Road, Medical Assist

– March 19, 2012, Station #1,  Nova Scotia Line, Burn Complaint

– March 20, 2012, Station # 1, 50451 Calton Line, Lightening strike

(*lightning hit a telephone junction box at the roadside and travelled to the nearby home. Minor damage)

– March 21, 2012, Station #1,  Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– March 23, 2012, Station #3,  Carter Road, Medical Assist

– March 25, 2012, Station #2,  Heritage Line, Medical Assist

– March 25, 2012, Station #3, Springer Hill Road, Medical Assist





The following are Bayham residents who were recepients of Ontario Volunteer Awards at Friday’s ceremony at the EEC Complex: Ron Allenson, Bonnie Bradfield, Ken Smith, Chuck Buchanan, Bev Hickey, for Municipality of Bayham; Darlene Bentley,  Marsha Campbell,  Pearl Kennedy, Jim Tait, Kim Tait, Julie Mackinnon, for the Eden Community Centre; Ray Maddox, Ron Bradfield for the  Bayham Museum;  Ken Emerson, Donai Emerson for Order of the Eastern Star;  Catherine Prong, Fred Shelley, Polly Shelley, Nancy Vince, Gwynn Williams, and Marion Hoshal for Trinity Church in Pt. Burwell.




“We recently moved out of the area and often check your website for local news in the area. Imagine my disgust that there is a poll regarding the tragic kidnapping, rape, torture and murder of Tori Stafford disguised as a scare tactic for the community. There is NO lesson in Tori’s rape and murder. NONE! It was a tragic, senseless, crime. By suggesting that all children should be picked up after school is also implying that Tori’s family is responsible for her death. By suggesting that no one talk to strangers is suggesting that strangers will hurt you. Society should recognize problem youth earlier? What about making those problem youth accountable for their actions? How about tackling drugs and proverty as we all know it’s a cycle that will be repeated with the next generation. The issue isn’t about recognizing problem youth – ask anyone in a small town, we all KNOW who the trouble kids are and whose parents have no idea where their child is and nor do they care. How about tackling learning issues in school at a younger age in order to keep youth from lashing out at the frustration of not being able to learn so easily like we expect them too? Video surveillance?.Surveillance costs money, it arguably cuts into our privacy rights. I sincerely hope you remove the thoughtless poll from your website immediately There is a lot you can educate your readers on instead of posting a poll that so inflames the public by implying misconceptions about crime.”

Sincerely – Sabrina Scrimegour, Lucan

EDITOR: “I think many are shocked and saddened by the event and wonder, how could it happen, I think the poll allows people an emotional (not scare-driven) and rational (not misconceiving) outlet to share in answering that question. I would hope one of these ideas (or another) does provide a lesson or message so we can try to avoid a similar tragedy.”





(Contributed) – “Active Elgin Day, which takes place on Saturday, March 31,2012, is a one-day opportunity to try new activities and leisure pursuits for free or at a reduced cost.  For a full listing of the organizations that are offering free or discounted activities for the day please visit www.activeelgin.ca or call the East Elgin Community Complex at 519-773-5631 Listed below are Active Elgin events in East Elgin:

1. Bowling at Cys from 2-4 pm; Free

2. Dance at Tammys Dance Studio at Immanuel School : 10 to 10:45 Intro to Ballet, jazz for ages 5-12; 11 to 11:45 am  Mom and Me Zumba ; 12-12:45 pm – CoEd Zumba for ages 19 and up and 1-145pm Teen Zumba ages 13-18;  All free

3.Fitness and Health at The Hub Centre, Belmont from 9am to 4 pm. ie,  TOPS, Ballroom Dance, Yoga, Fit Bootcamp; all Free

4.Shooting, Archery at East Elgin Sportsmens Association,  $10 ammo.; 9-6


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FRIDAY, March 23/12


THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today.



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THURSDAY, March 22/12





-EESS Parent-Teacher Interviews, 4-7 pm


-Frid. – Ontario Volunteer Awards at EEC Complex, 7:30

-Sunday – Eric Atkinson on “Group of 7” ; 2-4pm – Free;  St.Thomas Art Centre





The following is a list of Aylmerites who will receive Ontario Volunteer Awards at tomorrow’s ceremony at the EECComplex – announced today by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration:  Ron and Yvonne Allen, and Trudy Geling – Victorian Order of Nurses; Linda Baldwin , Carol Copeland, Troy Spicer, Joanne Orton, and  Evelyn Luscher – Aylmer Community Choir; Suzanne Stead,  Kevin Morell, Margo Bode, Mary VanRoestel, Judy Mennill and  Pauline Krygsman – Aylmer Performing Arts;  Paul Bode, Andy Lamers, Dick Campbell,  Harold Phillips, Bruce Farnell and Al Bradford, Kinsmen Club;  Cathy Brooks, CCCA;  Cheryl Brooks, Gene Corless, Bonnie Rochus and Joanne Orton – Aylmer Community Band; Milan Lemaiche, Jack Couckuyt, Mary Csikos, and Peter Martens EECC;  Joan Hobbs –  Hospital Auxillary; Helen Tribe –  Order of Eastern Star; Donna Smith – Master Gardener;  Betty Segui, Rose Laemers, Ella Killough –  Aylmer Museum; and Corbie King – Bayham Museum.





Harms, Barry Joel  – of RR 1,  Aylmer, on Wednesday, in his 43rd year. Survivors include:  wife Rebekka (Enns) Harms and children Megan, Bryan and Aaron; parents  John and Mary (Schultz) Harms;  siblings Ashley Harms and Nancy Dueck(Terry); in-laws  John and Margaret Enns etc. Barry owned and operated Harms Excavating. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday 7-9 p.m. Funeral service at  Faith Community Church, St. Thomas on Saturday,  at 1:00 pm.





Published in conjunction with Aylmer's 125th celebrations this year, this book outlines the major historic buildings in the town's early growth. Sponsored by the Aylmer Rotary Club, it sells for $15 and is available at Campbells, Pinecroft, Aylmer Express, Clovermead, Studers etc.





(Information from Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Farms, Aylmer) – “There is no frost in the ground, 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; Europe however is having our winter and our normal spring.”







(Information from Joe Richards, Executive Director of P-W since 2005) – “Pearce Williams Christian Centre at Fingal has recently embarked on a major fundraising campaign to obtain four and a half million dollars over the next three years. The money will be used to invest in existing buildings, improve the infrastructure and add new buildings. Specifically, the money is earmarked for a new pool, a 50-person retreat facility and renovated cabins.

The fundraising is going to be achieved through townhall meetings, mailings, phone calls, personal visits etc.  A smaller portion will come from corporate, foundation and other organizations with the largest portion coming from individuals.P-W has recently received two grants to initiate  World Camp, Farm Camp,  and Environmental Camp programs – $15000 from the Westminster College Foundation and $73000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

PWCC started operating in 1960. The camp attracts about 500 campers a summer – about 20% are from East Elgin– and another 1200 attend various yearly programs. Local members on the fundraising committee are Tricia VanGorp and Deb Graham. The last major fundraising project at P-W was for the Director’s house in the mid-1990s. As well, washrooms were added in recent years  in the dining hall and longhouse.”





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