Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


MONDAY, May 30/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-No Aylmer Council this week

-Straffordville Mens Fastball Host, 8 pm

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-(Thurs: EESS Band Concert, 7:30 pm)

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EESS PROM RESULTS

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-King -Alex DeFauw- grade 12, from Vienna Line;
-Queen – Alison Barrie – grade 12, Aylmer

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AYLMER ROOKIE BALL

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(By Richard Broer) – “On Thursday, May 26th the Rookie A’s beat North London Blue Jays team #1 by a 5 – 1 score. Leading the way for the A’s with 2 hits each were Seth Hedges, Bryce Walcarius  & Andie Wittland.  Ryan Nancekevill, Nolan Wiebe, Landon Underhill, Dayne Walcarius, Griffin Foster, Timothy Tapsell,   Jordan Steele, Daxton Sapezinskas, Alex Tichelaar & Nathan Willcocks-Carroll had 1 hit each.

On Friday, May 27th, The Rookie A’s dominated the Dorchester Diamondbacks team #1 with an 18 -5 victory. Leading the way for the A’s with 5 hits each were Nathan Willcocks-Carroll, Ryan Nancekevill & Seth Hedges. Landon Underhill, Andie Wittland & Alex Tichelaar had 4 hits each, Timothy Tapsell had 3 hits and Jordan Steele had 2 hits.

Also great job to Seth Hedges (7-8 year old category) & Ryan Nancekivell (9 & 10 year old category) who represented Aylmer in the Hit, Run & Throw contest in St. Marys on Sunday, May 29. They moved on from the local competition held in Aylmer 2 weeks ago to the regional competition in St. Mary’s. Results of the winners from here will be announced this week with winners going on to perform at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. ”

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EESS BAND CONCERT FOR FLOOD RELIEF

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(Submitted) - “EAST ELGIN SECONDARY SCHOOL MUSIC PRESENTS: ‘The Soul Band in Concert’ – Thursday, June 2nd, - In the East Elgin Secondary School Cafe – Show Starts at 7:30 – $3 for Adults, $2 for Students, Free for 12 and under – Proceeds to Manitoba Flood Relief.

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“THE LOCAL LENS”

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This sky 'traffic' honking was a welcome break from the noise of thunderstorms last night. (photo by Deb LeBlanc) (CLICK)

 

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BRODY  MCVITTIE IS AUTHOR

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(Brody McVittie of London, son of Shelley and Drew McVittie, Aylmer (Shelley is a local artist), has recently penned several works. He explains:)

“My books, including my debut novel, ‘Lion & Lamb’ are available now, through my website, www.brodymcvittie.com, or on Amazon.com. My writing style is heavily influenced by pop culture; whether or not my rhythmic cadences are a commentary on my generation’s collective attention span is for others to decide.

Growing up in Aylmer, I spent most of my free time writing, with no real coherent plan of where it would lead me.  I’ve always been interested in storytelling. An interest that led me to study Broadcast Journalism. Somewhere along the way, I decided I had a story to tell— and, maybe more importantly—I had a way I wanted to tell it, one that championed my youthful (and growing) disdain for convention.

When I began writing my debut novel, ‘Lion & Lamb’ I envisioned the finished product available in stores by that Christmas–2001. The process (of not becoming an instant and overwhelming success) was both humbling and cathartic.  I’ve realized that I still have a whole lot to learn, and both my minor successes and failures along the way have brought me here, 2011, and finally seeing my work in print. I have my novel—as well as a collection of free-verse, ‘139 Pages Of Pining’ and a ‘how-to’ guide, ‘The Meathead Manifesto’ to offer.  My follow-up novel, ‘Writing In & Of Color’ is in the editing phase, and will be available this summer.

A quick synopsis of my novel, ‘Lion & Lamb:’  ‘Lion & Lamb’ combines gritty, urban crime writing and striking prose to create a unique and contemporary twist on a doomed romance. Framed by an eerie children’s tale, ‘Lion’ establishes Jarren Daye’s whirlwind descent from promising Journalism student at New York’s Columbia University to underground boxer hell-bent on revenge.”

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MPP : MALAHIDE WATER UPGRADE

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(From MPP Steve Peters Website) – FINGAL/PORT BRUCE – The Townships of Southwold and Malahide will get additional help in order for families to continue to have access to clean, safe, reliable water and affordable wastewater services.

To modernize and improve Southwold’s and Malahide’s aging infrastructure, the province is supporting the communities to construct a watermain to provide water line looping (Southwold) and replace critical infrastructure (Malahide).

“Upgrades to our water services are not only essential to improving the quality of life for residents of the Townships of Southwold and Malahide, but it will also create jobs and economic development to our local economy,” Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Steve Peters said.

“The Township of Malahide has been diligently working to improve our water infrastructure and this grant will help us achieve one of our critical goals,” Township of Malahide Mayor Dave Mennill said. “Completing this project will go a long way to ensuring the residents of southern Malahide Township have safe, clean and reliable drinking water.”

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TRI-COUNTY FASTBALL

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-Friday: – Innerkip 9, Pt. Burwell 1 (W 0, L 3)

-Friday: Straffordville 6 (W 1, L 3), Mt. Elgin 0

-Tonight: Straffordville hosts Burgessvile

-Friday: Pt. Burwell hosts Woodstock

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MAYOR ON ADMINISTRATOR DECISION:

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(Contributed) – Last week, Aylmer Council appointed Financial Adviser Jennifer Reynaert as the new Administrator/Deputy Clerk (replacing Heather Adams) for the Town of Aylmer for a one-year probationary period. Said Mayor Jack Couckuyt on this decision: “Jennifer Reynaert will take on all the duties which were assigned to the former CAO. The manner in which her old position, which covered Finance and Human Resources,  will be filled is open to review and  discussion at this time.”
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SATURDAY, May 28/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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- EESS Prom, Crowning at 10 pm

- Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am

- Bayham Hazard. Waste Depot, 9am-2pm

-(Sunday – St Lukes Anglican, Vienna, 150th Event

-(Sunday/Monday – Straffordville Hosts Mens Fastball)

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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Looking for mischief? (photo by Deb LeBlanc) (Click)

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THE SURVEY SAYS:

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* Main activity last Weekend?

2. Put in a garden 31.03% (18 votes)

3. Visited an attraction 6.9% (4 votes)

4. Had fireworks 3.45% (2 votes)

5. Family function 50% (29 votes)

Total Votes: 58

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* Citizens shoot town raccoons? (Bayham suggests)

l. Yes, Anyone should 28.95% (11 votes)

2. No, call MNR/Police 42.11% (16 votes)

3. Yes, only a select, trained group 28.95% (11 votes)

Total Votes: 38

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REVIEW OF THIS WEEK’s MAIN NEWS:

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OBITUARIES:

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-RICHARDSON, Ricky William – of St. Thomas passed away suddenly on Saturday May 21, 2011. Survivors include: Wife Marsha (Varney) Richardson, children  Kaitlin and her friend Nick, Stephanie and Luke, parent Barb (Brooks) Richardson of Orwell etc. Visitation at  WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME,  St.Thomas on Wednesday from 2- 4 and 7-9pm. The funeral service will be held at Knox Church, 55 Hincks St, St. Thomas on Thursday at 1:00 pm.

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-VANDENDRIESSCHE, Delores (Moe) Susan (Powers) – of Port Bruce, on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Born in 1931. Survivors include: her husband  Fred Dean of Port Bruce, daughter Diane (Ken) Lazenby (Vandendriessche),  siblings  Louiwellen (Wellie) White (Powers) of New Sarum, Don Powers of New Sarum, and Maxine Firby (Powers) of Aylmer. There will be no visitation.  A celebration of life to take place at First United Church in St. Thomas on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 3 pm.

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-Anna Vermey of Aylmer, on May 23,  in her 92nd year. Survivors include: son Robert Vermey of Aylmer etc. Anna taught school at East and West Elgin Secondary Schools. 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 May 25, 2011 at 2:00.

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David Vincent, on May 22, of Strathroy and formerly of Springfield. Survivors include: wife Carrol, children David (Michelle) of Tillsonburg and Susan Greer of Strathroy. Cremation has taken place. A memorial Service to Celebrate David’s life will be held at Denning Brothers Funeral Home,  Strathroy on Monday, May 30 at 1 pm

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-Donald Thomas, on May 21, of Aylmer and formerly Mossley in his 71st year. Survivors include: wife Carol Thomas, daughter Lorrie Kaiser and husband Bill of Mossley etc. Don was Past President of the London and St. Thomas Recreational Aircraft Association. Cremation has taken place. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the service will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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Ernie Studer, of Aylmer,  on  May 25, 2011 in his 90th year. Survivors include: Anthony (Tony) Studer and his wife Sheila of Aylmer etc. He was born in Switzerland. He purchased Glover’s Dairy in Aylmer, Ontario in 1962. Visitation will he held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Private Family Funeral Service will be held on Saturday.

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Harold Chase of Aylmer, on May 25,  in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Greta (Matthews) Chase. He worked at the LCBO for 19 years. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

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John Dyck of Aylmer in his 57th year, on May 25. Survivors include: wife Elizabeth (Fehr) Dyck and children Margaret Neusteter and husband Jake of Aylmer, Tina Wolf and husband Pete of Lyons, Helen Dyck of Aylmer and Annie Fehr and husband Dan of Lyons. . Brother-in-law of Margaret Dyck. He was born in Chihuahua Mexico. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 & 7-9pm. The funeral service will be held at Bradley Street Church of God, Aylmer on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm.

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Gustaf Joseph Vanbesien, on May 24, formerly of Langton, in his 95th year; Survivors include: son Ronald and Debra Vanbesien, Straffordville etc. A Private Family Funeral Liturgy Service will be held at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg,  on Friday, May 27th, Public visitation will be held Thursday, 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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FRIDAY, May 26/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Friday – Pt. Burwell Lakers Host Fastball, 8 pm

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-(Saturday – EESS Prom, Crowning at 10 pm)

-(Saturday – Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am)

-(Saturday – Bayham Hazard. Waste Depot, 9am-2pm)

-(Sunday – St Lukes Anglican, Vienna, 150th Event)

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EESS GIRLS SOCCER 2ND AT WOSSAA

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Yesterday afternoon at EESS = WOSSAA Finals – Regina Mundi 1, EESS 0

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AYLMER TRUCKER CHARGED

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(From today’s London Free Press) – “Roy Douglas Paquette, 58, and Dianne Ruth Paquette, 60, were killed after their eastbound pickup truck was struck by a westbound tractor-trailer Dec. 15. OPP said a set of wheels came off a tractor-trailer, one of which crossed the median, hit another tractor-trailer travelling west, which then collided with the eastbound pickup. A 37-year-old Aylmer man is now charged with wheel separation under the Highway Traffic Act.”

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EESS DINNER/PROM SATURDAY

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EESS Prom Adviser teacher BJ Marshall-Stevens said a unique addition for students going to Saturday’s Prom at the school – about 250 – is they must attend a school sponsored dinner in the cafeteria beforehand . Other details: the theme is Midnight Carnival, the dinner is at 6:30 and the Prom Court crowning is at 10 pm. Prom King nominees are: Alex DeFauw, Ryley Gartshore, Alex Hoffer, Joshua Teather, and Greg Thiessen. Prom Queen nominees are: Alison Barrie, Selena Braund, Ingrid Farnell, Carly VanHappen, and Johnie VanHappen.

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REALLY, SOME GEESE ACTUALLY DRIVE TO AYLMER!

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AYLMER – (A news report earlier this week said that many Toronto-area Canada geese have been shipped to the Wildlife Management area near Aylmer for years in order to avoid the mess created in the city by their ‘droppings’. Further information from Pud Hunter at the Aylmer office of the Ministry of Natural Resources:)

“Q. Who organizes this? – The project is permitted and lead by Canadian Wildlife Service [CWS], MNR-Aylmer District and the Elgin Stewardship Council/ CWS is the lead (as they issue the permit), MNR assists in their location and the birds go to our Wildlife Management Area.

Q. How many yearly have been coming? – CWS permits the relocation of 2000 Canada Geese each from the Lake Ontario shoreline within Mississauga and Oakville (1000 geese from each municipality).

Q. How are they ‘shipped? – The birds are shipped on a cattle truck.

Q. What do you do with them? -  The birds are released within the wetland compound of the AWMA at the end of June, they are received and monitored by the Elgin Stewardship Council. Upon completion of their moult and re-gaining flight feathers -3 to 4 weeks – the birds leave the area in July-August to return to their natal territory from around the Great Lakes.

Q. Does anyone else ship their geese here? -  The AWMA receives perhaps 100 additional birds from other areas local to Aylmer and authorized by CWS. AWMA may host 250 geese from local fields.”

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STUDER’S DAIRY MOVING SOON

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(Studer’s Dairy was delayed last summer in moving its operations to London. This updated Information is from Mike Studer) – “We don’t have any definite dates for the completion of the new facility as of yet, but I expect it will be in the next 1.5 months.  It is located on Swiftsure Crt. (nearest main intersection is Veterans Memorial and Trafalgar). The facility is owned by Studer Holdings Ltd..  It will house two businesses, Studer’s Dairy & Wholesale (currently in Aylmer) and London Quality Dairy ( currently in Dorchester).

Studer’s Dairy and Wholesale will use the facility as an ice and ice cream distribution center. The ice will be produced on site.  The order office will also be on site.  We will be looking at various alternatives for the current Studer’s facility and property in Aylmer once the operation is moved to London. There will be no changes in ownership or location of Studer’s Variety (350 John St. S., Aylmer).

London Quality Dairy will use the facility as a distribution center and order office.  LQD distributes a wide range of dairy products including but not limited to fluid milk, cheeses, eggs, and a wide range of beverage products (mostly juices).

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THURSDAY, LATE EDITION

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EESS GETS 3rd GOAL IN WOSSAA SEMI-FINAL TODAY
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THURSDAY, May 26/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Pt. Burwell Hosts Fastball, 8 pm

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-(Saturday – EESS Prom)

-(Saturday – Club 7 Paper Drive, 8:30 am)

-(Saturday – Bayham Hazard. Waste Depot, 9-2)

-(Sunday – St Lukes Anglican, Vienna, 150th Event)

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EESS WINS; IN SOCCER FINAL TODAY

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AYLMER – EESS Girls Soccer team defeated Catholic Central 3-0 this morning to advance to the WOSSAA finals at 2 pm.The WOSSAA Girls Soccer finals are being played in Aylmer today after London fields were declared unfit due to wet conditions . Scorers for East Elgin were: Tina Marceau, with 2 goals, and Becca Jefferson. EESS won WOSSAA last year.

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OBITUARIES:

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Ernie Studer, of Aylmer,  on  May 25, 2011 in his 90th year. Survivors include: Anthony (Tony) Studer and his wife Sheila of Aylmer etc. He was born in Switzerland. He purchased Glover’s Dairy in Aylmer, Ontario in 1962. Visitation will he held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Private Family Funeral Service will be held on Saturday.

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Harold Chase of Aylmer, on May 25,  in his 89th year. Beloved husband of the late Greta (Matthews) Chase. He worked at the LCBO for 19 years. Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

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John Dyck of Aylmer in his 57th year, on May 25. Survivors include: wife Elizabeth (Fehr) Dyck and children Margaret Neusteter and husband Jake of Aylmer, Tina Wolf and husband Pete of Lyons, Helen Dyck of Aylmer and Annie Fehr and husband Dan of Lyons. . Brother-in-law of Margaret Dyck. He was born in Chihuahua Mexico. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 & 7-9pm. The funeral service will be held at Bradley Street Church of God, Aylmer on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm.

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DOWNTOWN 7-2-11 CLOSED

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There is a sign posted on this variety store at Talbot/Queen announcing it is looking for a new manager.

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(Every Thursday - BY DAVE FERGUSON)

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Contact dferguson@frontrowseats.ca

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- Tim Horton’s Trout Derby Saturday April 30th to Tuesday May 31st – Rainbow Trout are stocked in the Springwater Pond @ Springwater Conservation Area each year. Anyone who catches a tagged Trout in the pond will win a cash prize! Kids Derby on May 8th & 9th. Website: www.catfishcreek.ca

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-Horton Farmers’ Market – Saturdays from May 7th to Oct 29th Opening Day, May 7th, features the annual Pancake Breakfast.Time: 8am-12pm Website:   www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca

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Port Stanley Festival Theatre Presents Mama’s Country Record Collection Wednesday May 25th to Saturday June 11th – The sparks fly and the tunes soar as a father/daughter duo sort through a collection of classic vinyl.  Time: Matinees 2pm Wed, Thurs & Sat; Evenings 8pm Tues-Sat Tickets: Preview /Matinee $25; Evenings $28; Students $14 (under 18; Tues, Wed, Thurs shows only; excluding Opening Night Galas); Season Subscription $120 -Contact Phone: 519-782-4353 Website: www.portstanleytheatre.ca

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-Canada Southern Railway Station Summer Tours & Tea – Sunday May 22nd until the end of August – This is your opportunity to view the ongoing restoration of the historic Canada Southern Railway Station. Tours are available from 10am-4pm from Sunday to Thursday. Tours are not available on Fridays or Saturdays except by advance arrangement. Tea In the Anderson Hall will be offered by reservation on Sundays June 26th, July 17th and August 28th at 2pm. The cost is $6/person and includes scones, cream, jams and jellies and choice of teas. Call the station to book your tea time.Address: 750 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, Contact Phone: 519-633-2535 .Website: www.narhf.org

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Sparta Community Wide Yard Sale Saturday May 28th The Merchants of Sparta do the advertising and the community benefits. Everyone in the village gets out their “treasures” for all the garage sale junkies. Time: 9am-2pm (approx).

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CALL ‘COONBUSTERS’ IN BAYHAM?

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(Contributed) – BAYHAM – From Bayham Council last Thursday:  “Councillor Southwick raised concerns over the recent number of calls and associated policing costs for dealing with problem raccoons in urban areas. He suggested that the Port Burwell by-law restricting firearms be repealed and that volunteer local licensed gun owners could be solicited to dispatch unhealthy raccoons at no cost. Staff was requested to look into options and report back to Council.”

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WEDNESDAY LATE EDITION

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EESS GIRLS WON TVRAA SOCCER 3-0 YESTERDAY:
(and almost made it 4-0 on this shot)

 

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WEDNESDAY, May 25/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Music in Park (at Kinsmen), 6 pm

-(Saturday – EESS Prom)

-(Saturday – Paper Drive)

-(Sunday – St Lukes Anglican, Vienna, 150th Event)

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AYLMER COUNCIL TUESDAY:

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(Contributed) – “Council appoints Jennifer Reynaert as the Administrator/Deputy Clerk for the Town of Aylmer for a one-year probationary period, effective immediately,”

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OBITUARY:

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Gustaf Joseph Vanbesien, on May 24, formerly of Langton, in his 95th year; Survivors include: son Ronald and Debra Vanbesien, Straffordville etc. A Private Family Funeral Liturgy Service will be held at the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg,  on Friday, May 27th, Public visitation will be held Thursday, 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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EESS SPORTS TUESDAY:

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BOYS RUGBY FINAL – Huron Park 36, EESS 5

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THE LOCAL LENS

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“Signs of Spring” – Not only people crave fast food. (Photo by Deb LeBlanc) (Click)
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SPRINGWATER HOSTS : “Culinary Camping”
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(Contributed by Michelle Fournier)  - “The Culinary Camping event will be “the” event for “foodies”, “locavores” and live music lovers who also love to camp. It will be held at Springwater on July 23rd.

Listen to great music.  Learn the coolest campsite cooking trends.  See the latest  ”glamping” toys … all while saving food miles at the local farmer’s market, doing some fishing … and being entertained by musicians who don’t just cook on stage – but can mix it up at our tricked-out cooking demo campsite.

There obviously have been food/music festivals but what make this one unique is the performers are going to cross over to the cooking grill and the chefs will perform musically.  The purpose is to highlight local farmers, promote a unique camping event, offer various types of entertainment and offer a charity component for the food bank. The “glamping” idea was thrown in as new trend. http://goglamping.net/location/americas/canada/. Rather than do a whole site of glamping, we are offering a lucky winner the opportunity of camping in style- a design team will be do up the site. We will also offer some pampering under the Glamping Pavilion.” (see website = www.culinarycampingevent.com)
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OPP REPORT – WHAT CAUSES CRASHES?

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(Contributed) – “In a recent wrap up of the week 16-24 May, 2011 here is what we found in Western Region.  Officers found and arrested 36 drunk drivers and located 27 others who registered in the “warn” range along with 2 folks driving while prohibited from law to do so.  In addition to this OPP charged 60 persons for failing to yield to traffic, another 43 with careless driving and 1, 383 for speeding.  We charged 16 persons with racing legislation and charged 134 other persons for not wearing their seat belts.  Additionally 249 drivers were charged during the Distracted Driving Campaign”

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TUESDAY, MAY 24/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Special Aylmer Council 5 pm (Closed Session)

-EESS hosts Finals = Girls Soccer – 12:30, Boys Rugby 3:45

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OBITUARIES:

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-RICHARDSON, Ricky William – of St. Thomas passed away suddenly on Saturday May 21, 2011. Survivors include: Wife Marsha (Varney) Richardson, children  Kaitlin and her friend Nick, Stephanie and Luke, parent Barb (Brooks) Richardson of Orwell etc. Visitation at  WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME,  St.Thomas on Wednesday from 2- 4 and 7-9pm. The funeral service will be held at Knox Church, 55 Hincks St, St. Thomas on Thursday at 1:00 pm.

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-VANDENDRIESSCHE, Delores (Moe) Susan (Powers) – of Port Bruce, on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Born in 1931. Survivors include: her husband  Fred Dean of Port Bruce, daughter Diane (Ken) Lazenby (Vandendriessche),  siblings  Louiwellen (Wellie) White (Powers) of New Sarum, Don Powers of New Sarum, and Maxine Firby (Powers) of Aylmer. There will be no visitation.  A celebration of life to take place at First United Church in St. Thomas on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 3 pm.

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-Anna Vermey of Aylmer, on May 23,  in her 92nd year. Survivors include: son Robert Vermey of Aylmer etc. Anna taught school at East and West Elgin Secondary Schools. 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 May 25, 2011 at 2:00.

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David Vincent, on May 22, of Strathroy and formerly of Springfield. Survivors include: wife Carrol, children David (Michelle) of Tillsonburg and Susan Greer of Strathroy. Cremation has taken place. A memorial Service to Celebrate David’s life will be held at Denning Brothers Funeral Home,  Strathroy on Monday, May 30 at 1 pm

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-Donald Thomas, on May 21, of Aylmer and formerly Mossley in his 71st year. Survivors include: wife Carol Thomas, daughter Lorrie Kaiser and husband Bill of Mossley etc. Don was Past President of the London and St. Thomas Recreational Aircraft Association. Cremation has taken place. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the service will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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EESS GIRLS WIN SOCCER!

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AYLMER – East Elgin girls defeated Central Elgin 3-0 today here to win the TVRAA South title. EESS scorers were Katherine Barrie, Averi Nooren, and Tina Marceau. EESS now advances to the WOSSA finals Thursday in London.

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EESS girls, pictured here with Coach Doug Lusk, captured the TVRAA South crown today in Aylmer. (kb) (CLICK X2)

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EESS SPORTS RESULTS FRIDAY:

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EESS Girls soccer team is in the South finals today hosting CECI at 12:30 after defeating Dorchester 4-0 in a semi-final here Friday. Last year the girls lost in the finals to Central Elgin but later won WOSSA.  EESS boys were upended 2-0 by Ingersoll in their semi-final Friday. Also the EESS boys Rugby team defeated Woodstock CI 32-6 Thursday and today host Woodstock Huron Park in the finals at 3:45 at EESS.  As well at 2:30 at EESS is the boys Soccer final between Ingersoll and St. Marys.

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NO CUTS YET FOR EEC COMPLEX BUDGET

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(Information from Mike Phillmore, Chairman of the EEC Complex Board) –    “No final decisions have been made yet with regard to the EECC budget.  Two
proposals were brought forward (at last week’s meeting) . One proposal was from the Township of Malahide, and the other from board member Paul Toth. The Malahide proposal “nickled and dimed” the budget and deferred many items . The Malahide proposal would have little or no effect on general day to day operations and services in 2011. Mr. Toth’s proposal was very similar to the Malahide proposal, with one major difference.  His proposal is to reduce salaries and wages by $100,000 in 2011.

The only decision made was to have a budget meeting on May 31 at 7:30pm.  Hopefully we can come out of this meeting with a decision, then schedule a public meeting, and forward our recommendations to the councils.

Let me be clear that the General Manager was asked to take both proposals and come back on May 31 with the impact both proposals would have on operations.  No decision to make those cuts proposed has been made yet, as the Aylmer Express alludes to on their web page.”

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MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

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– 4:29 a.m. – May 18, 2011 – Station # 2, Brook Line, Medical Assist

– 9:48 p.m. – May 19, 2011, Station #1, assisted by Stations #2, #3, #4,  7310 Hacienda Road, Open Air Fire

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FRIDAY: May 20/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Saturday or Monday

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-EESS SOCCER PLAYOFFS:

- Girls at 12:30 host Dorchester

- Boys at 2:15 host Ingersoll

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-(Sunday – Pt. Burwell Anglican 175th Event)

-(Tuesday – Aylmer Council)

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AYLMER COUNCIL:

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Decision Monday on letter from a resident asking if parking in front of McDonalds for transport trucks could be allowed:

“Moved by Councillor D. LaPointe and seconded by Councillor P. Barbour: That the letter dated May 6, 2011 from Mr. W. Grosvold, 44 Pine Street
West, Aylmer, expressing concerns about parking, be referred to Staff to review and to submit a report to a future Council meeting.”

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THE SURVEY SAYS:

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1. Who will win the Cup?

2. San Jose 14.06% (9 votes)

3. Tampa 12.5% (8 votes)

4. Boston 15.63% (10 votes)

Total – 63

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2.This should be Hosp. Emerg. Wait time:

1. Around an hour 79.37% (50 votes)

2. About 2 hours 17.46% (11 votes)

3. About 3 hours 1.59% (1 votes)

4. Provincial average – 4 hr. 1.59% (1 votes)

Total votes = 63

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3. Penalty-Mt. Salem Assault? (Thur. story)

2. 6 months 12.5% (7 votes)

Total Votes: 63

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REVIEW: ‘SELF HELP’  (Aylmer CT)

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(BY DAVE FERGUSON)

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“Certainly any self-help specialist would agree that laughter is the best medicine around! If it hurts you to laugh then this may not be the play to see.

Take a naked body in the study, a romantically-challenged detective in the hall, a tabloid reporter digging for dirt on the second floor, a stressed-out maid in the kitchen, a couple of actors-turned-self-help gurus running around trying to manage it all, then toss in a wise-cracking gritty agent and what do you have? The perfect way to launch yourself into spring!

This production of Self Help features a delightfully harmonious duo as the main characters. Barbara Warnock and Ron Sawyer, who play married couple Cindy and Hal Savage, are absolutely in synch and are top–notch comedic performers. They are able to pull off and present realism to their characters that have been married for many years

The majority of the play is set in their beautiful home (kudos to designer and Director Harry Edison for his set) and their luxurious lifestyle is at stake! Katherine Thompson pulls of a great performance for only her third time on stage playing the part of Bernice, the maid. A brassy Robin Rundle Drake plays Hal and Cindy’s crass agent Ruby Delvecchio, and her performance is spot on as well. Mark Smith, reminiscent of Columbo, dawns the love sick Detective persona that catches on to misplaced words rather than the actual crimes running around under his nose. Mark portrays this bumbling badge clad copper with enormous believability that would make Peter Falk proud.

Jeremy Cash an investigative journalist, portrayed by Kyle Pickersgill, seemed a tad stiff in his performance. Now this may have been the character itself as a “not so sharp” journalist, who wouldn’t be able to get to the bottom of a paper bag to save his soul. Bringing a few years on the stage to his first role as Director, Harry Edison brought Norm Foster’s Self-Help characters and storyline to life. For his first job in the chair in front of the stage he deserves and pat on the back and is encouraged to take on more plays from this position. Great job Harry!

This is a certainly a must see if you need a good tickle on the funny bone and don’t mind a bit a bawdy humour.

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OBITUARIES:

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Florence (Bennett) McCallum, of St. Thomas (formerly of R.R. #1, Belmont) in her 92nd year, on Thursday. Survivors include: children Mrs. J.H. (Helen) Knot of Belmont;  A. Archie McCallum and Mrs. M.H. (Evelyn) Robinson both of Belmont. etc. Visitation  at the BIEMAN FUNERAL HOME, 3970 Hamilton Road, Dorchester (Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.) where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m.

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GOSPEL MUSIC AT SPRINGFIELD

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(Submitted by Derrick Drover) – Local gospel musicians Derrick Drover and Chris Bray will be performing on June 4 at 7 pm at St. John’s United Church in Springfield.  “It will be a night of: “Inspiration, Music, Worship & Testimony”. Come experience a great night in the beautiful (both visually & acoustically) setting of St.John’s United Church.”

“As for me I’ve been so busy, I’ve been on the road almost every week! I just got back from Thunder Bay. I went up with a suitcase full of CD’s and didn’t come back with any! As for the IMA award,  I didn’t win the judges choice, but the “people’s choice” is still open for voting. It was an honor to even be nominated especially as the only Canadian. I’m preparing to go on tour this summer for 6 weeks straight (Eastern Canada). Check out the album “Newfoundland Guitar”.  I had it painted by local artist Bob Kristoff and made especially for this tour. (see website)”

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THURSDAY, MAY 18/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Bayham 7, Malahide  7:30 Councils

-Thurs.- Sat – ACT Play – Self-Help, 8 pm

-Pt. Burwell Lakers Host Fastball, 8 pm/ CANCELLED

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EESS SOCCER PLAYOFFS WEDNESDAY:

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GIRLS – EESS defeated Parkside 3-1

(Host Dorchester Friday at 12:30)

-BOYS – EESS defeated CECI 3-1

(Host Ingersoll Friday at 2:15)

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SPRINGWATER CAMPING

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Springwater Conservation Authority reported today that they are about 50% full for available campsites for the holiday weekend. Springwater has about 150 seasonsal sites, about 50 serviced sites and around 50 non-serviced sites.

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(Every Thursday/ by Dave Ferguson)

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Contact dferguson@frontrowseats.ca

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- Tim Horton’s Trout Derby Saturday April 30th to Tuesday May 31st – Rainbow Trout are stocked in the Springwater Pond @ Springwater Conservation Area each year. Anyone who catches a tagged Trout in the pond will win a cash prize! Kids Derby on May 8th & 9th. Website: www.catfishcreek.ca

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-Aylmer Community Theatre Presents – Self Help – Thursday May 12th to Saturday May 21st A married couple of second-rate theatre actors cast themselves as nationally renowned self-help gurus.  Tickets: Students $10; Adults $15 – Available in Aylmer at The Prime Ingredient (79 Talbot St W), Campbell’s II Book Supplies (17 Talbot St E) and Aylmer Video (20 John St S). Website: www.aylmertheatre.ca

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-Horton Farmers’ Market – Saturdays from May 7th to Oct 29th Opening Day, May 7th, features the annual Pancake Breakfast.Time: 8am-12pm Website:   www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca

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Port Stanley Festival Theatre Presents Mama’s Country Record Collection Wednesday May 25th to Saturday June 11th – The sparks fly and the tunes soar as a father/daughter duo sort through a collection of classic vinyl.  Time: Matinees 2pm Wed, Thurs & Sat; Evenings 8pm Tues-Sat Tickets: Preview /Matinee $25; Evenings $28; Students $14 (under 18; Tues, Wed, Thurs shows only; excluding Opening Night Galas); Season Subscription $120 -Contact Phone: 519-782-4353 Website: www.portstanleytheatre.ca

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-Canada Southern Railway Station Summer Tours & Tea – Sunday May 22nd until the end of August – This is your opportunity to view the ongoing restoration of the historic Canada Southern Railway Station. Tours are available from 10am-4pm from Sunday to Thursday. Tours are not available on Fridays or Saturdays except by advance arrangement. Tea In the Anderson Hall will be offered by reservation on Sundays June 26th, July 17th and August 28th at 2pm. The cost is $6/person and includes scones, cream, jams and jellies and choice of teas. Call the station to book your tea time.Address: 750 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, Contact Phone: 519-633-2535 .Website: www.narhf.org

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Port Burwell Fireworks Sunday May 22nd. Admission is free, with donations accepted via firemen’s collection. Fireworks begin at 9PM @ Sand Hill Park Contact Phone: 519-586-3891 Website: www.sandhillpark.com

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PT. BURWELL ANGLICAN IS 175 SUNDAY

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PT. BURWELL – This Sunday, Trinity Anglican Church, Port Burwell, celebrates the 175th anniversary of the first service in their church. It was built and donated – one of the oldest in southwestern Ontario – in 1836 by village founder Colonel Mahlon Burwell.

There will be a special service at 11:15  by the Bishop of Huron Right Reverend Robert Bennett.  Following the service, a marker will be unveiled in the cemetery to honour the pioneers and settlers who rest there in unmarked graves and the sod will be turned on a new outreach project, a community garden, at the parish hall. As well, any proceeds will be directed towards to the restoration of the original quatrefoil window in the steeple.

When Trinity was officially opened for worship, Mahlon Burwell was a retired land surveyor living in Port Talbot, in West Elgin. Colonel Burwell’s gift  -he laid the cornerstone – also included lands and a rectory. He did attach one important string to his gift: that the front box-pew would be for the Burwell family. The Colonel’s son, Leonidas, later an MPP, lived in the village and is interred in the cemetery surrounding the church.

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Trinity Anglican in Pt. Burwell is 175 years old and is still used. (Contributed) (Click)

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