Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

FRIDAY, Sept. 6/13





-Sat. -APAC presents: Patricia O’Callaghan; 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)


-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 3:30





-McCann, Richard Leo of London, formerly of Aylmer, on Tuesday in his 70th year.  Survivors include: three children etc.. Rick was a former player for the Detroit Red Wings. Visitation and a memorial service will be held from 10:00 am to 11:30 am Saturday in the chapel at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in London.


-Cowx, Winnifred Margaret (Winnie) Hill of Terrace Lodge Aylmer on Monday  in her 93rd year. Survivors include: two children etc..Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the D.J. Robb Funeral Home followed by a service at 3 p.m


-Beaudry, Maurice Hector of St. Thomas passed away Wednesday in his 82nd year. Survivors include: wife Betty; daughter Michele (Robert) DeRyk of Aylmer etc.. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Church on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.





Aylmer Council in Tuesday’s session declined the request from David Welch to keep rabbits and doves at 4-78 Beech Street as, notes Co. John Vandemeersch, By-law 09-06 Paragraph 9 prohibits the keeping or breeding of any wild animal for commercial purposes. Mr. Welch has 30 days to comply with the bylaw.





(Back to School information at Straffordville Public School is from Charlotte Wall who is starting her third year as Principal there:)

1.Physical Changes over summer? “We now have FDK (full day kindergarten) and two new renovated classrooms. We are also under construction in the library, with new flooring and painting and shelving to come. This should be completed by Oct. 1.

2.Staff changes? – New teachers to our staff: Colleen Elliott (music); Mike d’Esterre (French), Maureen Ferguson and Kim Csikos (LSTs), Leanne Madgett (4/5). Check out our website at http://www.tvdsb.ca/Straffordville.cfm for full details. We have 430 students.

3.Program changes? –We will continue to work on becoming better writers as a school-wide goal. We are also expanding the use of the 3-part math lesson and inquiry based learning.

4. Major events for September ? – I will get duct-taped to the wall if the kids have met their summer reading challenge at the Bayham library. Open house is Sept. 12, 4:30-6:30 pm.”





(Information from Walden University and from Dr. Lynn Lysko, formerly of Aylmer:) – Last week it was announced that Dr. Lynn Lysko, who received a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), was awarded Walden University’s Frank Dilley Award for Outstanding Doctoral Study for her research, An Analysis of Governance Policies and Practices in One School District Regarding English Learners.

Dr. Lysko is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Education Services in Atwater, California. The Frank Dilley Award for Outstanding Doctoral Study is bestowed annually upon a Walden graduate whose dissertation or doctoral study is judged as meeting the highest standards of academic excellence.

(Adds Dr. Lysko:) – “I lived in the Aylmer area my whole life until I graduated from EESS in ’79.  Then I went to Wilfrid Laurier for a B.A., Western for an M.A. and U of Toronto for a B.Ed and my teaching certificate.  I worked primarily in Halton District (about 15 years) in Oakville high schools until I moved to the U.S. in 2000.  I worked for 8 years for a large urban school district as a high school principal and curriculum director.  I just became an assistant superintendent in July in a district that serves only K-8. I live with my husband, Dr. Richard Amstadter who is a dentist.

I still have lots of family living in and around Aylmer (my mother came from Empey stock and my dad’s family lives in St. Thomas).  I come back about once a year – in fact, we just had a big party with our Class of ’79 a couple of years ago when we all turned 50 (2010). I keep in touch via Social Media and personal visits.”





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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)




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THURSDAY, Sept. 6/13





-Bayham 7 pm, Malahide 7:30 Councils


-Sat. -APAC presents: Patricia O’Callaghan; 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)





-Aitken, Irene of Burlington passed away on Wednesday in her 89th year. Wife of the late Wesley Martin. Survivors include: husband Jim Aitken etc.. A  service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday at 1pm.





Fingal – Springfield nipped Shedden 2-1 in the opener of their best three of five St.Thomas Fastball League semifinals here last night. The second game has been rescheduled to Sunday in Fingal with the third game in Springfield on Tuesday.






(From Elgin OPP) – On Friday, Elgin OPP identified and seized marijuana plants from four different fields in the Malahide Township area.  A total of 172 plants have been located, seized and sent for destruction.  The street value of the plants is estimated at $172 000. Elgin OPP is again reminding residents and visitors of the dangers associated with outdoor marijuana grow-ops. Typically, marijuana crops will be harvested starting as early as late August up until the beginning of October. The numerous public safety risks include the potential presence of weapons and ammunition found on grow-op sites, and the potential for booby traps, rigged by the criminals growing these plants in an attempt to defend their illegal crops from other criminals known as ‘pot pirates’. Another risk that the OPP wants to highlight is environmental. These criminal operations usually involve the unregulated use and disposal of many chemicals and other environmentally-damaging products.”





(Contributed by Penny Hilliker and Keith Lindsay) – “The East Elgin Community Complex Youth Horseshoes Club was successful at the Ontario Horseshoe Pitching Championships Sunday August 25 in Peterborough.

Kaitlyn Pond won the girls’ division for the third straight year and Justin Luyt won the boys’ title. Placing second on the girls’ side was Vanessa Riley with Stacey Pond finishing third.  Kyle Luyt came in second in the boys’ division.

Girl’s champion Kaitlyn carried a perfect 5-win, no loss record and a 45% ringer average, with 90 ringers over the tournament’s 200 tosses. Vanessa, a first-time Ontario championship participant, scored a 3-win, 2-loss record with a 37.5% average. Stacey also had a 3-win, 2-loss record with a 32% average. Justin finished with a 3-win, 2-loss record with a 34% average to defeat brother Kyle, winner of the Canadian championship this season.

The Aylmer-area Youth club is coached by Keith Lindsay.





Singer Patricia O’Callaghan who has a ‘distinctive cabaret sound’ will appear at the Old Town Hall theatre  Saturday as the opening performance in the Aylmer Performing Arts Committee’s season. A native of northern Ontario, she has a new CD – Matador – in which she sings the songs of Leonard Cohen. In the past she has had a special on Bravo television; later this year she appears at Hamilton Place.





Diny Potasse of Chateau Gardens was one of the residents who enjoyed a recent visit from Kennedy’s Kritters – snakes, scorpions, chinchillias, rabbits, and birds were among the guests. (Contributed)




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WED-DAY, Sept. 4/13





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

-Sat. -APAC presents: Patricia O’Callaghan; 7:30 pm; OTH Theatre (see ad)





(From Elgin OPP) – The Elgin OPP executed a search warrant Thursday at a garage located on Ron McNeil Line in Springfield. Police seized cannabis marihuana plants from an indoor grow operation along with grow equipment. The estimated street value of the controlled substance is approximately $283,000. As a result, Police have arrested and charged a 32-year old London man with production of marihuana and production for the purposes of trafficking.





(Back to school information on Summers Corners Public School is from Principal Don Naylor who is beginning his fourth year there:)

1-Physical Changes over the summer  – “None

2-Staff Changes – New staff include Jessica Falk and Marnie Allard in our junior division and Bob Lama in our intermediate division. We have around 425 students.

3- Program Changes /Major Events in September  – We will be instituting colour houses as a way to boost school spirit and unity/ There is an Open house on Sept. 26 from 6-7:30 with a Terry Fox run.”





-Sweet, Charles Edward “Charlie” of St. Thomas passed away Tuesday in his 64th year. Survivors include: daughter Jennifer Sweet etc.. He was a previous employee of Broer’s Manufacturing in Aylmer and was a member of the East Elgin Sportsman’s Club. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm with the funeral service there on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.





(Information from Malahide Clerk Diana Wilson) – At a recent meeting of Malahide Council, the following motion was passed concerning the possibility of holding a referendum on the number of firehalls in the township: Resolved that: “No action be taken at this time with respect to the possibility of including a question on the ballot regarding the potential closure of a firehall(s) as a part of the 2014 Municipal Election.”  In favour – Mennill, Wales, Jenkins, Moore; Against -Widner, Glinski ,Wolfe.

Mayor Dave Mennill provided this comment:

1. Why oppose the referendum?  “Closing a fire hall serves no real practical purpose, in fact, it would be a detriment as it would increase the response time to certain areas, putting some Malahide citizens in a more vulnerable position, potentially causing us to lose our accreditation, which would increase fire insurance rates.  This would all be for the saving of $20.00 per capita.  We have four efficient fire halls manned by dedicated volunteers.  Why change that?”

2. Is Malahide in any way over serviced in fire department coverage compared to other area municipalities? “We are waiting for the Fire Marshall’s report on our emergency services which should be arriving this fall.”





(Information from Deb Hoshal, Aylmer Chateau Gardens Program Manager) -“We have started a new HOPE project here at Chartwell. HOPE stands for Helping Others In Purposeful Engagement. This program encourages residents to participate in projects that benefit the community and those less fortunate. We have been making milk bag mats for South Africa, helping school kids with reading and writing by being Grand Pals and now we are purchasing and packaging School supplies for local schools.

Our staff is also participating in the London Colour Fun Run on Sat. Sept 7 which raises money for Child Find. Participants run 5 km and at each 1km they are covered in paint. To promote the event we are having our own version of the Colour Run at Chateau Gardens on Friday Sept 6 at 2 pm.  The residents are going to walk/wheel around the back subdivision and at each marker they will be covered in silly string (simulating the paint used in the Run).”




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TUESDAY, Sept. 3/13





-Aylmer Council, 7pm


-Sat. -APAC presents: Patricia O’Callaghan, 7:30 pm, OTH Theatre





(Information on Back to School news at Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer is from Principal Keith Cameron who is beginning his third year there:)

1. New Programs – “Our focuses this year include: – a culture of curiosity and exploration, hopefully creating a “buzz” in the school; personalized learning programs in mathematics (Mathletics) and literacy (Accelerated Reader); multi-age learning in Friday integrated study sessions etc. Visitors are always encouraged and our “Welcome Wednesdays” promote a culture of open classrooms.

2. Physical Changes -We look forward to opening “phase 1″ of our new playground, our primary playstructure, this Friday at 6pm.

3. New Staff – For September we have an enrolment of 81 students (last year it was 90). Mrs Ina Groeneweg teaches our JK/SK class, Ms Marianne Pieters instructs gr 1/2, Mrs Sheryle Drop teaches gr 3/4 as well as music and French, Ms Tine Buma teaches gr 5/6, while Mr Evert TenBruggencate and Ms Katrina Jones instruct gr 7/8 and phys ed. We are very pleased to have Mr TenBruggencate back teaching part-time.”





West Lorne – Aylmer FC was edged 2-1 by West Elgin in playoffs here Thursday night to end their Southwest Soccer League season. Brett Coehlo netted Aylmer’s only goal. Aylmer and West Elgin tied 2-2 in the opener of their two game total goals semifinals earlier last week. West Elgin now faces Railway City in the finals.





Among agenda items for Aylmer Council today is:

-a request by David Welch of 78 Beech St. to continue raising rabbits and doves at his residence despite objections from some neighbours.





-Dowling-James Francis of Aylmer, formerly of Pt. Bruce, passed away Sunday, in his 90th year.  Survivors include: partner JoAnn (Will) Patterson etc. . Visitation at Williams Funeral Home St. Thomas on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held at Holy Angels’ Church, St. Thomas on Friday at 1:00 p.m





(From the Niagara Falls Review) – An x-Niagara Regional Police officer was fined $15,000 in court Friday for his part in a scheme that involved smuggling large quantities of cheese and chicken wings across the border.

Casey Langelaan, 49, was caught up in a large-scale smuggling operation that saw thousands of dollars worth of U.S. cheese and chicken wings smuggled across the border into Canada and sold to Ontario restaurants. He pleaded guilty in an Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines to charges of evading compliance with the Canada Customs Act and possession of imported goods. Langelaan, of Fort Erie,  sold the cheese to restaurants in Aylmer and Dorchester at a profit of over $50,000. Two other people were arrested as a result of the investigation that revealed more than $200,000 worth of cheese had been purchased in the U.S. and distributed in Canada.





Springfield will play Shedden at Fingal beginning Wednesday and Thursday this week in St. Thomas District Fasball semifinals. Game three in the best three of five games series will be in Springfield Sunday.





– August 26, 2013, Station #1, Chatham Street, Bayham, Mutual Aid

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

– August 28, 2013, Station #3,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– August 29, 2013, Station #1,  Sparta Line, Alarm Malfunction

– August 30,2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– August 31, 2013, Station #3,  Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– September 2, 2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist




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THURSDAY, Aug. 29/13



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-Sept. 3 – Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Sept. 12 – Blood Donor Clinic, EEC Complex, 2:30-7:30

-Sept. 14 – Doors Open East Elgin





(Information on the new school year at McGregor is from Principal Richard Auckland who is starting his fifth year there:)

1-Any notable physical changes over the summer ?

“We have added a four room Full Day Kindergarten addition. New fencing borders the JK/SK area as well as grass and trees.  We also have a new shed to accommodate outdoor play equipment.

2-Staff Changes?

Mrs. Groenendyk is on leave and Mrs. Major will be teaching Grade 1.  We welcome a new Educational Assistant, Melony Faulkner who comes to us from Locke’s.  As well, we have four new Early Childhood Educators joining our team –  Laura Porter, Suzie Krahn, Paula Van Velzer and Jennifer Adams.  Mrs. Sandham will become our new librarian.Our complete staff list can be found on our website:  www.tvdsb.ca/mcgregor.cfm

3- Major Program Changes/Upcoming Events?

FDK (full day kindergarten)is starting for many Elgin Schools this fall and ours is included. Students in JK/SK will go to school each day. Our SKs start back on Tuesday while our new JKs will begin class on Wednesday.  On September 12 we will have a Meet the Teacher Night (5:30 p.m. Terry Fox walk; 6:00 p.m. Pizza provided by our school council and 6:30 – 7:15 – Open House.)”





Aylmer – Aylmer FC tied West Elgin 2-2 here Tuesday in the opener of their two game, total goals Southwest Soccer League semifinals. Second game is tonight in West Lorne. Cody Benner and Greg Broer tallied for Aylmer. The locals had lost both their league games with the top ranked West Lorne squad who won 14 of 17 games played.





-Russell, David of Brownsville passed away on Sunday in his 50th year. Survivors include: wife Sharon Russell, daughter Brittany of Brownsville; father Carl Russell of Eden etc. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at the Aylmer Evangelical Missionary Church Friday, September 6 at 2 p.m


-Kuipers, Eleanor Darlene of London passed away Monday in her 46th year. Survivors include: sibling Jamie Kuipers (Vickie) of Aylmer etc.. The funeral service is today at Kebbel’s Funeral Home,  at 2:00 pm.


-Van Liere, Alice of Aylmer passed away Wednesday in her 75th year. Predeceased by her husband Kees Van Liere (2011). Survivors include: sons Ron (Karen) Van Liere  and Richard (Stacie) Van Liere of Aylmer etc.. She was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Friday, at 11:00 am.





Thur. -Springfield 12 Glanworth 4 (Springfield wins best two of three series, 2-0)





Aylmer Splashpad looking south. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)





-A 60 year old Aylmer man was charged on August 9 with sexual assault after allegedly groping a 34 year old Aylmer woman – they knew each other – on August 4.


-A 25 year old Aylmer woman was charged with careless driving after her southbound van ran into a car ahead of her which hit another vehicle stopped for the main intersection stoplight on John St  on August 8 at 3pm.





According to the weekly report of the Elgin Health Unit on the condition of local beaches, issued Friday August 23, only Pt. Burwell public beach, of local beaches, was Posted as having a high level of bacterial contamination.




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WED., Aug. 28/13



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TUESDAY, Aug. 27/13





-Southwest Soccer Playoff -West Elgin at Aylmer FC, 6:30, at EESS


-Sept. 3 – Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Sept. 12 – Blood Donor Clinic, EEC Complex, 2:30-7:30

-Sept. 14 – Doors Open East Elgin





(From Elgin OPP) – Alvin Korvemaker, 49, of Aylmer, pastor of the Bethel United Reformed Church just east of town, was killed on Saturday around 5pm while on his bicycle on Buis Line, just northwest of Orwell. His westbound bike was in collision with an eastbound SUV driven by a 17 year old London male.  OPP said the investigation is continuing.


OBITUARY – Korvemaker, Alvin Bradley; of Aylmer, passed away Saturday, aged 49. Survivors include: wife Alice (nee Dykstra), children Aaron, Rachel and Deanne etc.. He had served for 12 years as pastor of the Bethel United Reformed Church of Aylmer. Visitation at the church is on Wednesday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with the funeral service Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church.





-Jakob; Eva of Aylmer on Saturday in her 89th year. Survivors include: son Joseph (Susan) (Pirie) of Aylmer etc.. She was predeceased by her husband Adam (2005). Eva was born in Hungary and was employed by Aylmer Imperial Leaf Tobacco for many years. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, on Wednesday at 11:00 am.


-Potasse, John of Aylmer passed away Thursday in his 82nd year. Survivors include: wife Diny Potasse and three children etc.. He was born in the Netherlands and retired later in Aylmer. The funeral service was held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home yesterday.





(From Elgin OPP) – The 83 year old Malahide driver in Friday morning’s accident east of Aylmer has been charged with failing to yield to through traffic. A collision occurred on Highway #3 at Hacienda Road around 11 am when an SUV travelling south on Hacienda Rd had stopped at Highway #3 and then proceeded and was struck on the passenger side by a tractor trailer which was travelling east on Highway #3. The driver of the tractor trailer, a 54 year old Hamilton man, was uninjured in the collision. The driver of the SUV, a 83 year old Malahide man, suffered minor injuries while his 81 year old female passenger suffered serious injuries. She is still in critical condition.





In Southwest Soccer League playoffs Thursday, Aylmer FC defeated Southwold by 4-1 to win their two games total goals opening playoff round by 9-3 and advance to the semifinals against West Elgin. Aylmer FC goalscorers were Branden Aspden, Cody Benner, Greg Broer and Brett Cohelo. Aylmer Rampage were ousted by West Elgin as they lost 5-2 also Thursday and dropped their series by 7 to 3. Rampage scorers were Kinsey and Koning. Opening game of Aylmer FC vs. West Elgin is tonight in Aylmer with the second game Thursday in West Lorne.



– August 12, 2013, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– August 15, 2013, Station #3,  Inverness Street, Medical Assist

– August 16, 2013, Station #4,  Dorchester Road, Medical Assist


– August 17, 2013, Station #1 , #2, #3 and #4, 4998 Imperial Road, House Fire

(*At Imperial Road and Nova Scotia Line, 6:15 am, cause – electrical, $80,000 damage, no injuries, smoke alarms working, 30 Firefighters respond) 


– August 18, 2013, Station #1,  Rush Creek Line, Medical Assist

– August 21, 2013, Station #1, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– August 22, 2013, Station #1, Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– August 23, 2013, Station #2 assisted by Station # 1, Talbot Line, MVC

– August 24, 2013, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– August 25, 2013, Station #4. # 1, #2 and #3, Lyons Line, Barn Fire





(Last week it was announced that the Ministry of Natural Resources is planning to reduce staff across the province. The following information on changes at the Aylmer office is from Jolanta Kowalski of MNR:) – “MNR is moving forward with a re-organization of our field office structure, science division and some corporate areas.The reorganization will result in changes in MNR staffing levels at some locations across the province. While some offices may see a reduction, other offices will see additional staff. All three of our regional offices, all 25 district offices, 10 field offices and all our science facilities will continue to operate.


Q:What specific positions are being terminated at the Aylmer office?

A:As a result of the MNR field office reorganization, 5 positions have been surplussed in Aylmer. These are all full-time administrative and resource specialist positions.  However over the course of the next few months, as we fill new and vacant positions in Aylmer, we expect there to be a net increase of six positions.

Q:Will the same services be provided in future?

A:Current services offered at the Aylmer office will be maintained. As usual, individuals are advised to call ahead for an appointment to ensure the person they want to see is availabl

Q:How many fulltime, non-clerical positions exist in the Aylmer office?

A:There will be 23





(Information from Paul Groeneveld, Malahide Fire Chief) – On Sunday around 6 am Malahide fire services responded to a barn fire (at the farm of Teus Korevaar) just west of Imperial Road on Lyons Line. The cause was believed to be spontaneous combustion in hay storage. There was approximately $850,000 in damages. About fifty cattle died in the blaze.  Forty firemen responded to the blaze from all four Malahide departments and were on the scene for 12 hours. They were assisted by Central Elgin, Belmont and Bayham Fire Departments.


This is the farm on Lyons line where a fire Sunday destroyed 50 cattle and buildings. By enlarging you can see the smoking ruins just to the right of the barn. (kb) (CLICK)




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MONDAY, Aug. 26/13



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Alvin Korvemaker, 49, of Aylmer, pastor of the Bethel United Reformed Church just east of town, was killed on Saturday around 5pm while on his bicycle on Buis Line, just northwest of Orwell. His westbound bike was in collision with an eastbound SUV driven by a 17 year old London male.




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FRIDAY, Aug. 23/13



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 ACCIDENT: From Elgin OPP  4pm – OPP are currently investigating a serious collision which occurred around 11:06 this morning .The collision occurred on Highway #3 at Hacienda Road, just east of Aylmer.  A SUV was travelling south on Hacienda Rd and stopped at Highway #3.  The SUV then proceeded and was struck on the passenger side by a tractor trailer which was travelling east on Highway #3.The driver of the tractor trailer, a 54 year old Hamilton man, was uninjured in the collision. The driver of the SUV,  a 83 year old Aylmer man suffered minor injuries while his 81 year old female passenger suffered serious injuries.  She was airlifted to Victoria hospital.



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THURSDAY, Aug. 22/13





-Fri. -APAC presents Steven Page, 7:30 pm, OTH Theatre

-Sat. -Straffordville WatermelonFest; Parade 10 am

-Sat. -Blood Donor Clinic; St. Thomas Timken Ctr; 9am-12





Aylmer FC finished second (behind Railway City) in their four team Southwest Soccer League division with a record of 10-4-3 and face Southwold, third place claimants in the other division, in playoffs. Aylmer Rampage placed last in their division with a 5-9-3 mark and have to kick off against West Elgin, first in the other division with a 14-1-2 record. Both series are two games, total goals quarterfinals.


Tues. – Aylmer FC 5 Southwold 1 (Aylmer goals – Cody Benner Brett Coelho Greg Broer Craig Vanymeren and Jeremy Legg.) Second game is tonight in Shedden.


Tues. – West Elgin 2 Aylmer Rampage 1 (Jordan Ballantyne). Second game is tonight in West Lorne.




(From the Maples Leafs website:) – “The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that once again every Leafs’ game will be live on the radio as Sportsnet 590 The FAN and TSN Radio 1050 Toronto will divide the games. Jon Abbott, 28, will now perform the duties on mid-week radio broadcasts with the recent departure of Dan Dunleavy. Abbott will call the action on radio while Joe Bowen is doing the same on TV. The native of Aylmer (Corinth), Jon began his career as a production assistant at Leafs TV before moving on to a seven-year run of play-by-play in the Ontario Hockey League, primarily with the Ottawa 67’s. He spent the past two seasons behind the microphone of the Toronto Marlies. Abbott will also have pregame and postgame hosting duties for home games on Leafs TV and he will also report from the road for the network.





-White, Mary Ellen (Moore) of Pt. Bruce on Monday in her 89th year. Wife of the late David White (1998). Survivors include: three children etc.. She was born in Malahide Township. There will be a celebration of her life in September. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Hamm, Diedrich (Richard) of Aylmer passed away Tuesday, in his 73rd year. Survivors include: wife Elisabeth (Klassen) Hamm; children Dick (Marianne) of Springfield, Peter (Anita) of Aylmer, etc.. He was born in Mexico and was a minister of the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Thursday 7-9 pm and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at the E.M.M.C. (Summers Corners) on Saturday.


-Van Gurp, Janna “Jane” (nee Helder) of Yorke Line, Belmont passed away Wednesday,  in her 77th year.  Survivors include: husband Harry Van Gurp; children Jannette Van Gurp, James Van Gurp (Jennifer) etc.. and siblings Henry Helder(Alaine), Corrie Hooghiem (George), Toney Helder (Margaret), Minnie Hiemstra, Bernard Helder (Jayne), Annie Hulst and Joanne Vording (Ralph), all of the Aylmer area. She was born in the Netherlands and had 34 grandchildren. Visitation at Bethel United Reformed Church, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.

-Oellinger, Eric of Aylmer passed away on Wednesday in his 63rd year. Survivors include wife Maria (Rieger) Oellinger etc.. He was born in Austria, came to Canada in 1988, and relocated to Aylmer in 2010. The service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Monday at 12 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.





Pt. Burwell Lakers finished ninth in the 11-team TriCounty Fastball League this year with a mark of 5-15. They qualified for the B playoffs.





Springfield ended up in third in the seven team St.Thomas Fastball League with 13 wins and 11 losses. They are matched with Glanworth in the opening playoff round in a best two of three games series.

Tue. – Springfield 6 Glanworth 3 (Next game is tonight in Glanworth)




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