Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


TUESDAY, Oct. 30/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Ojibwa Meeting, Pt. Burwell FireHall, 7pm

 

-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Thu. -EESS hosts SR Boys Vball vs PCI

-Fri. -EESS hosts SR Football vs. Tillsonburg

-Sat. -Clocks change

 

 

 

ARSON IN DOWNTOWN FLOWERBOX 

 

AYLMER – Police have charged a 17 year old Malahide male with arson after he lit a flower box attached to ‘Victorian Elegance’ on fire while walking along Talbot St. on Friday afternoon. A video surveillance camera caught the incident as two males and a female walked west on the Talbot north sidewalk about 3pm. The box contents – ignited by a lighter – erupted in flames and a passerby alerted store personnel who put the fire out. There was no damage to the building. Police were able to identify the youth with the assistance of the camera and located and charged him Sunday.

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

More fall colours - from Balmoral Park. (By Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

 

 

 

TURNING LEFT?; CHECK OUTSIDE MIRROR!

 

AYLMER – Police charged a 42-year old Aylmer woman with not turning safely after she hit a van that was passing her. She was turning left into Lawrence Crescent while heading north on Elm Street around 9:30 Tuesday night and hit a van driven by a 72 year old Bayham man. There was minor damage to both vehicles.

 

 

 

MUSEUM HOMES TOUR: HOME #2

 

 

(Information on the 4 homes on the Aylmer-Malahide Museum/Archives Tour on the weekend of Nov. 16 (see ad) is contributed:)

“The Paul and Sharon Rabbets’ house at the corner of King and Pine Streets was built in 1989 by Ron Flick, when the former Barnum Funeral Home residence, which stood on the site, was destroyed by fire. The stonework on the house was a unique feature for new home construction then. Upon entering the home, the hardwood flooring in the foyer leads you to the dining room and the galley kitchen which overlooks a beautifully landscaped backyard and deck area. The living room, just off the dining area, features a floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace with windows on either side and a large picture window. The bathroom has a Spa like atmosphere with the tile flooring, walls and Jacuzzi tub. ”

 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE BRIEFS:

 

-Police conducted a RIDE program on Talbot west and John south on Thursday from 6 to 10 pm, stopping 365 vehicles and issuing seven warnings.

 

-The OPP ROPE unit arrested a 39 year old Aylmer male last Tuesday morning for a parole violation relating to his break and enter charge.

 

-In Elgin court recently a 28 year old Aylmer man was found guilty of impaired driving and fined $1000 after being stopped on September 9. He was also fined $3000 for not having insurance.

 

-Police patrols will be double staffed and they will also be assisted by their auxilliary unit for Hallowe’en evening tomorrow.

 

Police reported “no incidents” related to yesterday’s storm.

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“EESS WINS WOSSAA FIELD HOCKEY”

 

“EESS will play in the 16-team OFSAA Girls’ Field Hockey championships in Markham next Thursday and Friday. They qualified by capturing the WOSSAA title, edging Exeter North Huron 3-2 in the final at Medway yesterday. It was their first WOSSAA crown since 1990. They defeated Medway 4-1 in the semi final with goals scored by Holly Scherer (2), Karissa Paterson and Monica Loewen. All 3 goals in the final were scored by Holly Scherer.

Team members are: Amanda Aspden, Kristen Brunsden, Lindsay Dawson, Madison Derrough, Kelsey Duffy, Rashelle Graham, Olivia Haldenby, Sydney Hickey, Hilary Laking, Monica Loewen, Natalie McTaggart, Mikaela Moore, Fiona Murray, Olivia Neukamm, Karissa Paterson, Alyssa Plaquet, Lucy Robinson , Holly Scherer, Sammy Vansevenant, Ashley Waite, Breanna Walker, Tess Ward and Cassandra Young. Coach is Angie Roth.

 

 

 

LEGION BANQUET SATURDAY

 

(Contributed) – This Saturday is the annual Aylmer Legion Veteran’s Banquet with a social at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.  Veterans are free and guests are $12 with advance tickets only. A dress code is in effect.”

 

 

 

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MONDAY, Oct. 29/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -Bayham, Malahide Councils

-Thu. -EESS hosts SR Boys Vball vs PCI

-Fri. -EESS hosts SR Football vs. Tillsonburg

 

 

1-EAST ELGIN: WIND WARNING TODAY

 

(From Environment Canada for today:) – “Severe winds of 60 gusting up to 100 km/h beginning this evening. This is a warning that potentially hazardous winds are expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions and listen for updated statements. Hurricane Sandy is forecast to track from the Atlantic ocean into the New Jersey shoreline this evening as it transitions into a strong post-tropical storm. Winds of this strength can break tree limbs and even knock over weak or shallow rooted trees. The winds will begin to ease below warning criteria on Tuesday morning.”

 

2-CATFISH CREEK FLOODING POTENTIAL

 

(Issued by CCC Authority at 11am) – “This is a Flood Outlook, Watershed Conditions Statement:  that should adverse weather patterns strengthen, water level conditions may increase.  This is an early assessment that the potential exists for flooding of low-lying areas within the watershed. Due to the implications of the aforementioned storm conditions, residents are urged to stay away from the shorelines. The public is encouraged to exercise caution near open bodies of water, and to keep children and pets away from waterways during adverse flow conditions.”

 

 

DRIVER RESISTANT, TASERED

 

AYLMER – Police had to taser a 64-year old Malahide man who became aggressive after being involved in a single car accident around 11 pm last night just north of town. A passerby alerted Police to a truck in the ditch beside the Church of God, just southeast of the corner of Glencolin Road and John St. north. When Police arrived the man was slumped over the steering wheel and when he exited the vehicle Police noted he had a strong odour of marijuana. He then refused to provide identification or to get on the ground and became quite argumentative. After he challenged the Officer to a fight, he was tasered but he had to be tasered three times when the first two were not effective. Three more Police officers arrived, including two from the Elgin OPP, and he was handcuffed and taken to the Police station. However, he continued his belligerence there – at one point grabbing a police baton – and was then shackled in the cells. A small bag of marijuana and a pellet pistol were removed from his vehicle. He was charged with possession of narcotics and with resisting arrest.

 

 

NORWICH 5 SPITS 2

 

AYLMER – Norwich downed Aylmer Spitfires 5-2 in Niagara Western Junior C hockey here Saturday. Norwich led 5-1 heading into the final period. Todd Laurindo and Cody Underhill connected for the Spits. Aylmer’s record is now 3-10-2. This week Aylmer travels to Lambeth Friday and hosts Woodstock Sunday.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

deKok, John;  of St.Thomas, passed away Thursday, in his 92nd year. Survivors include: wife Neeltje (Vriend) deKok; daughter Jennifer (Jim) Longo of  Springfield etc.. He was born in Zealand, Netherlands. A service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday October 31 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Huller, Verne;  of Aylmer,  passed away Sunday, in his 87th year. Predeceased by his wife Edith Jane Huller (2003). Survivors include:  children Linda Graves and husband Neil Crozier of Orwell, and Julie (Bob) Mossey, Janet (Ted) Sym  and Mary Jane (John) MacKenzie all of Aylmer etc.. Verne served on a merchant ship during WW ll and worked at the Carnation for 40 years.  Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 am.

 

 

EESS SPORTS FRIDAY

 

-JR FOOTBALL = EESS (3-2) 41 StJoes 0

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS:

 

– October 23, 2012, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist 

– October 25, 2012, Station #2, VanPatter Line, MVC

(*Single vehicle rollover, no injuries, vehicle left scene before our arrival)

– October 26, 2012, Station #6, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– October 27, 2012, Station #3, Station #2, Putnam Road, MVC 

(*Single vehicle, went through stop sign at Ron McNeil Line, vehicle started on fire, no injuries) 

– October 28, 2012, Station #2,  Dingle Street, Medical Assist

– October 28, 2012, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– October 28, 2012, Station #2, Glencolin Line, Medical Assist

– October 28, 2012, Station #2, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Getting ready for the Ojibwa submarine, coming in November, in Pt. Burwell (By Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“Such a  nice view of the Old Town Hall from this side (See: last week’s photo), it’s truly a shame that they will be covering this beautiful building with another building. Why wouldn’t they buy the Aylmer Video building and tear it down and build on that side. It would make much more sense then hiding this fabulous facade. Oh, but herein lies the problem, it would make sense!”  (Wayne Agar)

 

 

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LATE FRIDAY:


EESS SR GIRLS BBALL VS PCI YESTERDAY

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FRIDAY, Oct. 26/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri.-Sat. –ACT Play – ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ – OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)

-EESS hosts Jr Football vs StJoes, 2pm

-Fri-Sat. -Aylmer Fair Haunted House – Curling Club – 7-9pm -$2 -(see ad)

 

-Sat. -Legion Haunted Road Rally, 11am, (Prizes,light meal,$7, Info. 773-5249)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Norwich, 7:30

 

 

PARIS 5 SPITS 4

 

Paris – Division leading Paris needed overtime to ground the Aylmer Spitfires by 5-4 in Niagara Western Junior C hockey action here last night. Aylmer outshot Paris by 46-34 and tied the game late in the third period but Paris counted the winner at the one minute mark of the extra period. Brad Payne notched two goals and had an assist for Aylmer with Todd Laurindo and Kyle Dedecker also scoring. Aylmer hosts Norwich tomorrow.

 

 

AYLMER LEAF PICK UP STARTS EARLY

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “For normal years, leaf pickup occurs during the month of November, but because this was an abnormally dry summer, most of the leaves have fallen early prior to getting some heavy frosts. Because of this anomaly, Town PW’s have started the pick-up early and will continue it until the leaves have been picked up – which should hopefully wrap up by the second to third week in November.”

 

 

EESS SPORTS THUR.:

 

-SR BOYS VBALL – EESS (4-6) 2 WESS 0; CECI 2 EESS 0, WESS 2 EESS 1

-GIRLS BBALL – SR -EESS (9-0) 62 PCI 29; JR – EESS (9-1) 43 PCI 19

 

 

IMMANUEL V-P IN BIKE ACCIDENT

 

(Evert TenBruggencate , Vice-Principal of Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer, was in a serious accident while bicycling last month. He provides the following information:)

“On September 10th I went out after supper for a quick one hour ride to Port Stanley and back (about 32 Km). On re-entering St.Thomas I was riding northbound on Fairview Avenue when a southbound Dodge Ram pickup truck made a left-hand turn on to Southgate Parkway (opposite to St. Joe’s High school) and hit me. I saw the truck about 1 metre before impact. In the corner of my eye I saw my bike fly out from under me as I braced for impact with the road. I landed semi-prone on the road having hit my back and head (my helmet had a noticeable dent on my back). I stopped my Garmin GPS and waited for help. My left leg was bent and bleeding. I could not see the damage to it and asked a passerby if it was broken. He replied: “It’s really messed up. I can see bones sticking out.

A nurse on the scene attended to my care as I waited for the ambulance. I gave a bystander my home number and she contacted my wife. Ambulance and police arrived within 10 minutes. I was transported to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital where an orthopaedic surgeon operated on my leg. Two days later I was operated on again and my patellar tendon was reattached. My ACL was also severed but could not be repaired at this time. I also had bruising to my right leg, abrasions to my left elbow, swollen left hand and whiplash symptoms. I was released from hospital that Saturday. What was supposed to be an hour workout turned into a week from home and months of rehab.  Presently I’m on short term disability and receiving home occupational and physical therapy. In January I will receive a third surgery when the wires holding my knee cap in place will be removed.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS

 

The bridge over the Catfish Creek behind the Corner Cupboard has a scenic fall background . (By Deb Leblanc) (CLICK)

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID

 

Q-Should Health workers get Flu Shots?

 

1-Yes, all who work in health care  55.1%  (27 votes)    

2-Only those at hospitals  0%  (0 votes)

3-Only nurses, dr. at any site  2.04%  (1 votes)

4-No, it’s still their choice  42.86%  (21 votes)

 

Total Votes: 49

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

 

"Historic Buildings of Aylmer" On sale for $15 at Campbells, Pinecroft, Studer's and Mary Janes Hair Salon.

 

 

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LATE THURSDAY

VIEW OF UPTOWN FROM ROOF OF NEW APARTMENT

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THURSDAY, Oct. 25/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Ayl.-Mal. Museum at The Perc, 10:30am -11:30 – “Blackcats etc.”

-EESS hosts Girls BBall vs PCI

-Thur-Sat –ACT Play – ‘Nobodys Perfect’ – OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)

 

-Fri. –EESS hosts Jr Football vs StJoes, 2pm

-Fri-Sat. -Aylmer Fair Haunted House – Curling Club – 7-9pm -$2 -(see ad)

-Sat. -Legion Haunted Road Rally, 11am, (Prizes,light meal,$7, Info. 773-5249)

-Sat. -Aylmer Spitfires host Norwich, 7:30

 

 

EESS SR GIRLS BBALL RESULTS:

 

-Tue. – EESS (8-0) 49 WESS 11 (Karli Milmine 15 points)

 

-Weekend: London Howard Tourney:

EESS 40 Strathroy 12 Mother Teresa 61

EESS 53 (first loss of season) (MT ranked #1 in district)

EESS 42 Strathroy 19

John Paul 11 33 EESS 32

 

 

OJIBWA INFORMATION MEETING TUESDAY

 

The Elgin Military Museum is holding a meeting at the Pt. Burwell Firehall on Tuesday at 7pm to provide the public with information about the arrival of the Ojibwa submarine on November 14.

 

 

TOUR: NEW APT. COMPLEX

 

This is the ‘backside’ of the new Golden Community apartment complex at John/Sydenham St. (Photo from southwest corner). Residents will have a terrace for outside activities at the back on the roof of the first floor. Abe Friesen, Director of Marketing for Golden Community Builders, confirmed this week that one-third of the 39 units have been sold to date – they range in size from 750 to 1400 sq. feet.  (Nine of the 20 on the top two floors have been sold). The indoor parking garage on the west side of the ground floor is almost complete and has room for 20 vehicles. He still expects occupancy on March 1st. Retail space on the first floor has not been rented as yet. (kb) (CLICK)

 

Aylmer's southern skyline is still peaked by the Baptist church tower and the spire of Our Lady of Sorrows - but just barely - as this photo from the roof of the new apartment complex illustrates. (kb) (CLICK)

THE SURVEY SAYS:




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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thur. -Ayl.-Mal. Museum at The Perc, 10:30am -11:30 – “Blackcats etc.”

-Thur. -EESS hosts Girls BBall vs PCI

-Thur-Sat –ACT Play – ‘Nobodys Perfect’ – OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)

-Fri. – EESS hosts Jr Football vs StJoes, 2pm

-Fri-Sat. -Aylmer Fair Haunted House – Curling Club – 7-9pm -$2 -(see ad)

 

 

 

EESS SPORTS TUE.:

 

-GIRLS BBALL – JR – EESS (8-1) 59 WESS 11; SR – EESS vs WESS

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Gilmore, Bill: of London; on Monday. Survivors include: Wife Jill and family. He worked at the MNR Aylmer District office in the early 1980’s as the Forest Resources Supervisor and then as the District Resource Management Supervisor. There will be a celebration of his life at Memorial Funeral Home, London, on Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Crinklaw, Arthur; of Belmont, in his 94th year, on Saturday. Husband of the late Irene (Scott) Crinklaw (1996). Survivors include: son John (Tricia) of Belmont etc.. Visitation at the Bieman Funeral Home,  Dorchester Thursday 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at the Belmont United Church, on Friday, at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Coming soon to a doorstep in your neighbourhood? Hundreds of pumpkins were still waiting for owners recently in a field owned by Howe Farms south of Aylmer. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

 

COUNCIL CORRECTION

 

In yesterday’s story on the letter to Council re-Elk St. trucks, it was noted that staff would report back to Council but actually Staff will respond to the complainant.

 

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“EEC COMPLEX COSTS ‘IN LINE'”

 

(Information from Mike Phillmore, Chairman of the EEC Complex Board) – “On Tuesday evening we had a special  meeting of both Aylmer and Malahide councils to receive a report on the East Elgin Community Complex Financial review, prepared by Mr. Nigel Bellchamber. In summary the reviews’ conclusion is that costs per capita are not out of line, and in fact it could be argued that the service available to a relatively small population base in the EECC is delivered at a very reasonable cost.The municipal contributions from Malahide and Aylmer to the EECC do not appear to be unusual for the quality of facility and service available.

The facility is well run and Councils should be cautious about further cost reduction targets as they may in fact reduce revenues more than expenses saved. The report compared the EECC with 70 other recreational facilities within communities across Ontario. The average costs including amoritization across Ontario is $54.00 per capita. Aylmer’s cost per capita is $57.00 and  Malahide’s cost per capita is $54.00. While not every aspect of the EECC operations was reviewed, the review concluded that the centre was managed appropriately. ”

 

 

 

MALAHIDE EECC MEETING

 

(Malahide Council held a special meeting to discuss the EEC Complex Monday. Mayor Dave Mennill issued this statement afterwards:) – “We want to work collectively  with the Town of Aylmer on this. The consensus is that we don’t want to see cuts in services. We are looking for efficiencies in running the complex. We will be scheduling a liaison meeting with the Town of Aylmer.”

 

 

 

ELGIN AGRI-BUSINESS SEMINAR

 

(Contributed) – Elgin County’s Economic Development Department will hold another installment of the Elgin County Conference Series on Wednesday, November 21.

Growing Your Agribusiness is a one-day seminar that will give business owners the opportunity to increase their skills and access tools that will help them successfully run and grow their agribusinesses.

Topics presented will include business planning, financial management, succession planning, the SWOTC agri-tourism toolkit, Greenbelt Ontario (ontariofresh.ca), and personal stories from agribusiness owners. Dynamic presentations will be delivered by speakers ranging from Ontario ministry representatives and professional organizations to successful agribusiness owners.

The Seminar will take place at the New Sarum Diner from 9 am – 3 pm. Registration information is available at www.progressivebynature.com or by phoning 519-631-1460.

 

 

 

SAIDAT AT MCGREGOR TODAY, TONIGHT

 

Motivational speaker Saidat of London brought her anti-bullying message (and lessons in hip hop dancing) to McGregor Public School today (and tonight for parents). She is pictured with, left to right, Grade 4 students Tim Tapsell, Maddy Stokeley and Rachel Shea. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

 

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TUESDAY, Oct. 23/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thur. -Ayl.-Mal. Museum at The Perc, 10:30am -11:30 – “Blackcats etc.”

-Thur. -EESS hosts Girls BBall vs PCI

-Thur-Sat – ACT Play – ‘Nobodys Perfect’ – OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)

-Fri. – EESS hosts Jr Football vs StJoes, 2pm

 

 

 

CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS SURVEY:

 

“50 YEARS AGO LAST NIGHT, PRESIDENT KENNEDY WENT ON TV TO WARN THE USSR THEY HAD TO REMOVE THEIR MISSILES FROM CUBA “OR ELSE”. ON OUR FACEBOOK TODAY, SHARE YOUR REACTION, IF YOU WERE WATCHING, TO THAT MOMENT:

 

 

 

AYLMER ACCIDENTS:

 

-An 18 year old Malahide man was charged with careless driving on Saturday about 7:30 am after he lost control of his truck, while travelling south into Aylmer on John St. north, and went into the west ditch, then went through a wire fence and ended up in a cornfield. The truck sustained major damage and had to be towed.

 

-A 72-year old Springfield male was charged with careless driving last Tuesday about 1:30 pm when his car struck another vehicle, on Talbot Street east near Queen, which was proceeding west and had stopped to turn left into a private driveway – damage was light and there were no injuries.

 

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Myer, Nellie; of London, on Sunday,  aged 93 years. Wife of the late James A Myer; Survivors include: son Rick (and Janice) etc. The service will be held Wednesday in Brentwood, Maryland. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Aylmer.

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Book character" Geronomo Stilton" visited Assumption School students (pictured here) on Friday and then made an appearance at the Library Saturday. (Contributed)

 

 

 

 AYLMER COUNCIL MONDAY:

 

Among agenda items was a letter from Elk Street resident Gus Porter complaining about the amount of heavy truck traffic. Some excerpts – “When you travel down the street you can visually see the damage being done by the big trucks…There should be a sign at the top of Elk and Highway 3  stating that no trucks over 10 tonnes can use Elk as a bypass to #3…If these trucks keep using Elk Street…our tiles are going to burst and basements are going to be flooded.”  Council referred the matter to staff for a report.

 

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

 

-A woman had her purse stolen from an unlocked vehicle last Monday overnight on Kyle Court.

 

-In Elgin court recently, a 22 year old Aylmer male was found guilty of failing to comply with a court order after being charged with  driving under suspension in August and was fined $350 for the breach and $1125 for the driving offence.

 

-A  man reported that he had a tire slashed on his vehicle which was parked on Talbot St west near Myrtle last Thursday night.

 

-A 50 year old Malahide man was charged with impaired driving just after midnight early Sunday morning after Police stopped him on Caverly Road.

 

 

 

TOWER OF AYLMER DISAPPEARS

 

The tower crane which began work in late January on the new apartment complex at John and Sydenham Streets is shown in the process of being dismantled today. It now heads to Waterloo. The dismantling crane, at right, is valued at $3 million. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

 

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MONDAY, Oct. 22/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Special Malahide Council, 7pm

 

-Thur. -Ayl.-Mal. Museum at The Perc, 10:30am -11:30 – “Blackcats etc.”

-Thur. -EESS hosts Girls BBall vs PCI

-Thur-Sat – ACT Play – ‘Nobodys Perfect’

-Fri. – EESS hosts JR Football vs StJoes, 2pm

 

 

 

SPITS SPLIT

 

AYLMER – Aylmer Spitfires lost 3-2 in a shootout to New Hamburg here Saturday and thumped St. George 8-2 at St. George Sunday in weekend Niagara Western Junior C hockey action. Their record is now 3-9-1. Saturday, Will Goddhue and Brad Payne tallied for Aylmer who forced New Hamburg, losers of only one game this year, to the shootout.

Sunday, Cody Underhill netted a hat-trick and added two assists for the Spits, who scored 5 goals in the third period. Clint Walker added a pair with singles going to Todd Laurindo and Jordan Betzold. This week: Aylmer travels to Paris on Thursday and hosts Norwich Saturday.

 

 

 

DRIVER IN DARK ON STREET AND IDENTITY!

 

Aylmer Police laid a number of charges after a driver, who was stopped for driving with his lights off on St.Andrew St. last Tuesday about 8pm, was misleading about his identity. The 29-year old male did not have any identification on him but gave an address and provided a name. However, police could not verify his identiy with this information when they checked his registration. He then changed his address and his surname and claimed he had a drivers’ licence from Mexico. Eventually Police got the correct information and discovered he was on probation for driving without a licence. He was charged for breaching probation,  driving while disqualified and for obstructing police. His vehicle was impounded for 45 days.

 

 

 

AYL.-MAL. MUSEUM TOUR OF HOMES

 

(Contributed) – “The 11th annual Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Aylmer-Malahide Museum,  will be held on the weekend of November 16-17 and again feature four residences. One stop on the tour is the Hepburn Home at 164 South St west. It was purchased by Neil and Jean Hepburn – Neil was a fuel oil agent – in the 1950s and is presently owned by their son Wayne. It features various collections and antique furniture, an indoor pool,  and a large backyard with numerous gardens.”

 

164 South St. west (Contributed)

 

 

AYLMER POLICE SURVEY

 

Aylmer Police Services will be conducting their tri-annual  survey on their performance, priorities, etc. with forms sent out at the end of this week. The surveys will be distributed by student volunteers to 1000 households with a return deadline of December 20.

 

 

 

SPECIAL MALAHIDE CO. TONIGHT

 

Malahide Council will hold a special Council meeting tonight at 7 to discuss “recent issues regarding the governance of the EEC Complex, including the governance agreement, levels of financial support and desired service  levels (programs).

 

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

East of Pt. Burwell (By Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

 

 

EESS JR GIRLS BBALL RESULT

 

The EESS Junior Girls basketball team competed in the St Joe’s Classic in St.Thomas this past weekend. East Elgin defeated London Laurier by 29-13, Parkside by 46-24 and St. Joes by 40-17.

 

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

– October 15, 2012, Station #1 , #2, 6616 Springfield Road, MVC

(* Single vehicle accident. Occupant out of vehicle upon arrival of fire department, minor injuries)

– October 16, 2012, Station #2, Walker Road, Medical Assist

– October 17, 2012, Station #4, 1, #2 and #3, 47061 York Line, MVC/Fire 

(*Single vehicle accident, hit a hydro pole at roadside, electrical lines to house shorted and caught house on fire. Minor injuries to driver, house damage approx. $25,000 dollars. Assisted by Central Elgin Belmont Station; 25 FF on scene.)

– October 19, 2012, Station #3, Dorchester Road, Medical Assist

– October 21, 2012,  Station #1, Dexter Line, Medical Assist

 

 

 

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FRIDAY, Oct. 19/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri.-Sun. –ACT Play, ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ -OTH Theatre, 8pm (see ad)

Aylmer Baptist Church Supper 6pm/Cabaret 7:30 (see ad)

-Fri./Sat. -Aylmer Fair Haunted House; Curling Club; 7-9 pm/ $2 (see ad)

 

-Sat. – Aylmer Spitfires host New Hamburg, 7:30pm

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7:30

 

 

EESS SPORTS THUR.:

 

-FIELD HOCKEY – Ingersoll 2 EESS (2-4) 1 (End of season)

-GIRLS BBALL – SR – EESS (7-0) 57 AVSS 12; JR – EESS (7-1) 58 AVSS 2

-FOOTBALL – SR – EESS (3-2) 24 STMARYS 10;  JR – EESS (2-2) 28 PCI 21

 

 

1-LIBRARY EXPANSION: IS IT NEEDED?

 

(Brian Masschaele, Elgin Director of Community/Cultural Services responded to the following questions concerning the proposed Aylmer Library (Museum/Theatre) downtown renovation plans)

1-What are the library’s most pressing needs in terms of space?

Our ARUPLO guidelines make it clear that we require more space for almost every aspect of our service delivery based on the population served. For instance, we do not have a formal programming/public space which our guidelines indicate should be in the vicinity of 1,800 square feet to serve 12,000 residents. Similar projections can be made for children’s areas, staff work areas, computer use areas and so on. Accessibility issues are also driving the need for more space. For instance, we need to lower and widen our shelving which means that we will need more space just to house the existing collection, let alone allow it to grow to an appropriate size for the population served.”

2-But some feel library usage will decrease with increasing tech competition?

I refer you here to recent articles in publications like Municipal World that speak to the importance of the library as “community place” and not just a place for books. Clearly, there is a major transition occuring in terms of digital collections and this does have the potential to impact traditional space needs. However, for every shelf that we could eliminate as a result of e-books, it can be replaced by more space for public access computers, wireless usage, homework help and so on. We have recently completed a situational analysis of our current operations which indicates that the demand for printed and traditional formats is not going away anytime soon.  Demographic considerations of an aging population further add to this argument.  We’ll be loaning printed materials, DVDs and other a/v formats for many, many years to come. At the same time, we certainly plan to move with technology as our current roster of electronic resources attests.” 

 

 

2-APAC SUPPORTS THEATRE CHANGES

 

Aylmer Performing Arts Council sent a letter to Monday’s Aylmer Council meeting concerning the proposed library/museum/theatre expansion plans. Commented APAC Chairman Tom Starks:

1. Purpose of the letter?  -“It was an offer of support should the project become a reality.”

2. What is on APAC’s wish list for changes? – “Balcony rake/slope, more washrooms, larger lobby.”

3. Does APAC have a preference for expansion plans? – “No, we have faith in the professionals and experts to plan.”

 

 

SPITS GAIN SECOND WIN

 

DUNDAS – Aylmer Spitfires improved their record to 2 wins and 9 losses in Niagara Western Junior C Hockey action here last night with a 5-4 victory in a penalty-filled contest. Aylmer scorers were: Eric Nemeth, Adam Brisson, Trevor Stewart, Kyle DeDecker and Adam Szwed. Dundas was assessed 22 of 36 penalties including 3 game misconducts. The Spits host New Hamburg Saturday and are in St. George Sunday.

 

 

MORE ON MEDICAL CLINIC CHANGES

 

(Claudia Mior-Eckel, Executive Director of the East Elgin Family Health Team,  provides more information on Wednesday’s story on renovations at the Medical Clinic buildings on Talbot St. west) – “The goal of the East Elgin Family Health Team is to increase access to health services for the communities of Eastern Elgin County.  In order to achieve that goal we need to recruit more physicians and other healthcare providers such as Nurse Practitioners.

We need to expand and redesign our facility so that all providers can work together in one clinic. The EEFHT is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and they have generously approved funding for more physicians and a registered dietitian.  Having one larger facility will not only house more staff but allow physicians and staff to consult with each other and better coordinate the care of our patients.

The Ministry of Health has approved funding for an 8300 square foot clinic.  We have finalized a plan that allows us to remain on the current medical campus where other health services such as the lab, ultrasound, pharmacy and physiotherapy are conveniently located. We will be renovating space in the south building owned by Bunkie Holdings.  That building currently houses Talbot Trail Physiotherapy as well as other tenants.  Talbot Trail  Physiotherapy will be moving into the physicians’ (north) building. This is a complicated series of moves that will happen in stages and take approximately 8-10 months before it is complete. The first step is to temporarily relocate our existing offices for approximately 3 months while we move forward on renovation plans.”

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS: 

 

A recent Aylmer sunset. (Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

 

 

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