Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


MONDAY, June 13/11

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DELAYED, SORRY, STILL SOME TECH ISSUES

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Mennonite Conference Networking Seminars, EEC Complex (All day)

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MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

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-June 8, 2011, Station #2,  Glencolin Line, Medical Assist 

-June 8, 2011 ,Station #1,  Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

-June 11, 2011, Station # 2, Talbot Line and Springwater Road, Vehicle Fire

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ELGIN ARTS TRAIL MEETING

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(Contibuted) -  – Elgin-St. Thomas Tourism is excited to announce the development of an Arts Trail in Elgin County and St. Thomas.

The Elgin Arts Trail will connect destinations in Elgin County and St. Thomas that exemplify the best the area has to offer in visual arts attractions. Elgin County’s Savour Elgin Culinary Trail program has experienced great success and therefore the Elgin Arts Trail will build on this momentum by using a similar model.

The public meeting will be an opportunity for those associated with the arts community, to provide input into the Elgin Arts Trail. At the meeting, a member of Savour Elgin will speak about the benefits of being involved in the program. A draft of the Elgin Arts Trail Business Plan and the program criteria will also be presented.

The Elgin Arts Trail public meeting will take place on Thursday, June 16th, 2011 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Arts Centre, 301 Talbot Street, St. Thomas.

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Aylmer A’s Rookie team
 
 

 

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On Thursday, June 9th the Rookie A’s beat London EBBA Royals 19 – 13. Leading the way for the A’s with 4 hits each were Seth Hedges & Ryan Nancekivell. Bryce Walcarius, Jordan Steele, Nolan Wiebe, Andie Wittland, Alex Tichelaar & Tinothy Tapsell had 3 hits each, with Landon Underhill & Griffin Foster getting 2 hits each and Daxton Sapezinskas & Nathan Willcocks-Carroll had 1 hit each. Come watch for free as The Rookie team plays at home Thursday, 6pm at Steen Park.
 

 

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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New tightrope wire practice pole for local squirrels? – (Scene near Springfield from a recent storm after an adjoining tree blew over.) (Sent by Kelly Pearson) (CLICK)
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SATURDAY, June 11/11

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Sorry, still some tech problems, short report today!

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OBITUARY:

-Elizabeth Martin of Aylmer in her 64th year. Beloved wife of Barry Martin. Dear mother of Kent Martin and wife Tammy of Aylmer . Born in Malahide Township, October 19, 1947. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday June 13, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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Saturday – Springfield Fun Day

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 FROM AYLMER POLICE:

“There is a new phone scam with a different twist that has surfaced. The person who calls the home claims to be a tech from Microsoft and that there has been a complaint made to Microsoft about your computer and spyware ( the person has a heavy accent). They then continue to explain that your computer is infected with spyware and many other things that are running in the background affecting the firewall and that your accounts could be stolen off of the computer. They also state that even if you take your computer to a tech they will not be able to see or fix it. They claim that only Microsoft techs can see them online. Then the claim that only they can fix it and tell you they will guide you through the steps to allow them to give them full control of your computer and they will happily fix it for you.
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NOTE *********MICROSOFT PHONES NO ONE TO ASSIST THEM OUT OF THE BLUE************ask yourself how did Microsoft get your phone number. REMEMBER THIS. IF YOUR WORRIED ABOUT ANY CALL OR SOMEONE EMAILING YOU ABOUT YOUR COMPUTER . PHONE YOUR TECH AND ASK HIM IF ITS LEGIT. HE WILL KNOW. IF HE DOES NOT KNOW HE SHOULD LOOK INTO IT FOR YOU.AND BE SURE TO LET THE POLICE KNOW. IT IS FRAUD AND FRAUD IS A CRIME.”

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JUNE  14 IS POLICE RUN

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(Contributed)  -”This year we will be starting at Saxonia Hall (BE THERE AT 10:15AM), meeting the athletes at East Elgin Secondary School WALKING through the Town together. The Law Enforcement officers will then continue their run through town and past some of our local schools. The route will be approximately 5km’s.You can choose to run with the officers or walk with the athletes!!! When the run is complete there will be a BBQ!!!  LOCATION TBA 

You can walk, run, rollerblade, bike or crawl …. Just come out in support of Special Olympics!!!!!!We have some of this year’s T-shirts and can get more if needed!!!!!!Please contact Nicole SABOL if you are interested in participating in the run or if you know someone who is.  nsabol@aylmerpolice.com

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Aylmer A’s Rookie Team (By Richard Broer) 

 

th,  Aylmer defeated North London Athletics team #4 by a 17 – 10 score. way for the A’s with 3 hits each were Seth Hedges, Jordan Steele, Ryan Nancekivell, Dayne Walcarius, Landon Underhill, Alex Tichelaar & Andie Wittland. Bryce Walcarius, Nathan Willcocks-Carroll & Daxton Sapezinskas had 2 hits and Nolan Wiebe, Griffin Foster & Timothy Tapsell had 1 hit each.On Thursday, June 2nd, The Rookie A’s beat the Dorchester Diamondbacks team #2 by a 10 -4 margin.Leading the way for the A’s with 2 hits each were Bryce Walcarius, Ryan Nancekevill, Seth Hedges & Jordan Steele. Landon Underhill, Andie Wittland, Daxton Sapezinskas, Alex Tichelaar, Dayne Walcarius, Nolan Wiebe, Timothy Tapsell, Griffin Foster & Nathan Willcocks-Carroll had 1 hit each.

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Malahide Fire Services
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-0125 – 7:27 a.m. – June 1st, 2011, Station # 1, Colin Street, Automobile Fire

0126 – 4:19 p.m. – June 1st, 2011 Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

 -0127 – 4:02 p.m. – June 3rd, 2011, Station #4, Pigram Line & Avon Drive, Automobile Fire

-0128 – 1:41 p.m. – June 4th, 2011, Station #1, 7212 Hacienda Road, Alarm Malfunction

0129 – 10:57 p.m. – June 4, 2011, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

0130 – 2:18 p.m. – June 4, 2011, Station #1 assisted by Station # 2, Dexter Line and Waneeta Beech Drive, MVC

0131 – June 6, 2011, Station #4, assisted by Station #2, Imperial Road, MVC

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FRIDAY, June 10/11

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“POSTAL STRIKE STOPS DELIVERY OF TANews!!!!!!”

(Kidding, Tech Problems all week, Will try to get news on later)

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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Saturday – Springfield Fun Day

(AD) = Saturday – Anglican Church Yard Sale, 8-12

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FROM ELGIN OPP

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–   JUNE 9 – Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged a thirty-two (32) year old Malahide, ON. man with after police received a complaint  of assault on the 8th of June, 2011 around 1:36pm.  Initial information received indicated that the male suspect may be in possession of a weapon. For public safety police had a portion of Calton Line between Hacienda Rd and Imperial Rd (Hwy 73) closed while OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) Members and OPP Tactics and Rescue (TRU) members attempted to locate the suspect. At approximately 3:46pm police located and arrested the male at a residence on Calton Line, Malahide Twp. without incident. At the time of the arrest the male suspect was not in possession of a weapon.  He is scheduled to appear in court on the 9th of June, 2011 for a Show Cause Hearing. Police are not releasing the name of the accused for reasons that it may identify the victim. 

 

 
Aylmer storeowner pleads guilty, sentenced to fine and jail time 
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St. Thomas, Ontario, June 8, 2011 … The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that Morris Kikkert, of Aylmer, Ontario, pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas on June 7, 2011, to two counts of failing to file income tax returns.  He was sentenced by Justice Michael O’Dea to a fine of $2,500 per count for a total of $5,000, and a total of 90 days incarceration, to be served intermittently. Kikkert was ordered to file the returns within six months.
Kikkert is the sole director of 1474567 Ontario Limited, carrying on business as Aylmer Furniture. Kikkert admitted that he failed to file the company’s T2 corporate income tax returns for the 2007 and 2008 tax years. The court heard that Kikkert has a history of failing to file tax returns for himself and for his company.  This is his third conviction for failing to file federal tax returns. They are still obligated to file the tax return and pay the full amount of taxes owing, plus interest, as well as any civil penalties that may be assessed by the CRA.

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BANDSHELL OPENING

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“Council will hold the Palmer Park Dedication on Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. The Aylmer Community Band & Choir will provide music, and cake will be available. Town Council encourages everyone to come out and celebrate with all who have made this project possible.

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OBITUARIES:

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Gertrude Reimer of Aylmer in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Isaac Reimer(2008). Dear step-mother of Diedrich and wife Helen of Aylmer, Jacob and wife Maria of R.R.7, Aylmer, Isaac and wife Helena of R.R.1, Aylmer, Anita Rempel and husband Johan of Mexico and John and wife Susie of Aylmer. Loving grandmother of Elsie, Albert, Evelyn, Jeffery, Christina, Conrad, Joanne, Charlie, Adolph, Hildie, Monica, Jason, Eric. Also survived by a number of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers and a sister. Born in Manitoba on September 18, 1921. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the EMMC Summers Corners on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

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Wednesday June 8, 2011. Kees John Van Liere of Aylmer, in his 79th year. Beloved husband of Alice (Gils) Van Liere for 52 years. Dear father of Matthew (Marvin) Van Liere and wife Karen of St.Thomas, Ron Van Liere and wife Karen of Aylmer and Richard Van Liere and wife Stacie of R.R.# 7, Aylmer. Loved by his grandchildren Ryan, Megan, Kyle and Cody. Brother of Jannie Wiskerke Van Liere in Holland, Corrie Meesen Van Liere in Holland, Audrie Bruinsma and husband Charley of Stirling, Maria Wiebenga of London, Addie Vidler and husband Jeff of London, and Tom Van Liere of St.Thomas, Predeceased by a brother John. Also survived by a number of Nieces and nephews. Born in Kapelle, Holland, November 3, 1932, son of the late Matthew and Adrianna (Pouwer) Van Liere. Kees was a retired employee of V.M.E. and a member of the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Saturday June 11, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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Peacefully at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital with his family by his side on Saturday June 4, 2011. Leo Van Ryswyk of Aylmer ON in his 79th year. Beloved husband of Annie (In’t Hulst) for almost 54 years. Loving father of Jacqueline of Aylmer, Wilma Hunt (Don) of Waterloo, Gary (Mary) of Aylmer, Joan Colley (Bob) of Aylmer and Mary Ann of Aylmer. Loving Grandfather of Nicole (Kyle), Devin, Jason and Natalie Hunt, Stephanie, Amanda and Peter Van Ryswyk, James (Crystal) and Steven Colley.
Brother of Annie Verhallen (Bert), Leny Vermeeren, Joe Van Ryswyk (Liz), Diane Wolters (John) and Tony Van Ryswyk (Bernie). Brother-in law to Mary Van Ryswyk, William Van Bommel, Casper Vandenbroek, Netje van Well (Hein), Jac In’t Hulst (Nellie), Jan Peeters and Dora In’t Hulst. Sadly missed by a number of nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada and Holland. Predeceased by a son Peter, parents Peter and Maria Van Ryswyk, in-laws Gerard and Koos In’t Hulst and family William Van Ryswyk, Theresa Van Bommel, Bert Van Ryswyk, Marie Vandenbroek, Peter Vermeeren, Harry, Gerard, Wim and John In’t Hulst and Mia Peeters. Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be held on Monday at 3:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Tuesday, June 7,

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SATURDAY, June 4/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Edisonfest at Vienna, 9 am-5 pm

-(Monday – Aylmer Council, 7)

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AND THIS YEAR’S STRAWBERRIES?

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(Information from Dick Saarloos of Berryhill Farms) – “The berries are coming on very slow due to the cool weather. But look out, when the weather warms up they will come on like gang busters. It looks like a bumper crop and if it gets hot, they should be sweet and plentiful. We hope to be able to pick some on Saturday of next week. There will be lots of berries for Father’s Day!”

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EEC COMPLEX BUDGET MEETING

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(Information from EECC Chairperson Mike Phillmore on this week’s Budget meeting) -

“At Tuesdays board meeting , the board voted 3-1 in favour of a budget of $502,715 .  Three board members were absent from the meeting. After a long, and stressful process and much debate, the board made a decision.  Unfortunately we were unable to meet the cap target of $450,000. The proposed budget of $502,715 will enable the complex to operate with little or no cuts to service.

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-Many items have been deferred until 2012, and the largest expense of wages and salaries has been reduced by 50,000. The original budget brought forward by complex management was $616,800. Board members have reduced this amount to the $502,715. While I am disapointed that we were not able to reach the cap,  I am pleased with the work done by board members, management, and Malahide and Aylmer staff for reducing the budget as much as possible without changes to service or the removal of ice in summer.

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The board still has much work to do in order to make sure that the complex operates in the most fiscally manner possible.  The EECC is an important part
of our community for our children, our local business, and our seniors to name just a few. Public imput is vital and my hope is that many will attend the public budget meeting and express thier views.

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THE SURVEY SAYS:
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1.Will/Kate Visit To Canada.
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Total Votes: 83
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2. Ban Smoking in Movies?
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Total Votes: 69
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REVIEW OF WEEK’s TOP STORIES:

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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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POSTAL STRIKE IN AYLMER

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(Information from a local union representative) – “There are 7 carriers  (5 Full time , 2 Part time) in Aylmer. And 6 inside positions (Mail handling – 3 part time,
3 Full time retail) . Plus 1  Service driver . There are 5 Rural routes Drivers. And one Supervisor.

The main issues are Sick leave provisions and turning sick leave requests over to a third party Insurance Comp. to be accepted.  And a loss of 7 days of sick leave (under the old contract) which can be carried from year to year as an insurance against long term absences (cancer, surgery, heart attacks etc.)

Health and Safety issues; where under the new sortation and delivery methods  a carrier will be expected to carry three bundles of different sized mail while on delivery. You will be required to carry the third bundle in your  forearm while delivering parcels, letter mail, and admail. Much more risk of injury to carriers while battling the Canadian elements.
Wages of new Employees. Corporation wants to pay new employees 22% less than current employees. Two Tier wages and benefits for them. A pay increase that matches the current level of inflation over a four year contract.

Canada Post is a Crown Corporation and has made a profit for the last 16 years. It pays a dividend to the stake holder which is the Federal Government. At no time in the last 17 years has Canada Post received any money from the taxpayers of Canada. In fact it makes them a profit in corporate taxes and a dividend.  Giving the Canadian Government $1.2 Billion in the 16 year time period.

The last strike was in 1997.

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FRIDAY, June 3/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Pt. Burwell hosts Woodstock; Mens Fastball, 8 pm

-(Sat:  Edisonfest at Vienna, 9 am-5 pm)

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EESS CITIZENSHIP AWARD:

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(Information from teacher BJ Marshall Stevens) – “Katharine Barrie is the winner this week of the EESS Grade 10 Citizenship Award. She is a very good student who works diligently and productively. She works part-time at the Belmont Golf Course and plays on the EESS soccer and hockey teams etc. She displays all characteristics necessary for this award.”
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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

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AYLMER STRAWBERRIES FOR SUPPER?

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(Information provided by Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Farms north of Aylmer)  -”We are picking right now, started Monday. This is the second time in 20 years that we have started picking this early. Berries are not too plentiful due to the frost. They are small  but taste great!”

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EESS LIBRARY COMMITTEE UPDATE:

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(Summary of this week;s meeting, contributed by member, Library Supervisor Chris Mayhew) -  “At the request of Bill Murch, committee chair, Brian Maschaele and I  gave an overview of the reference function at the library and the inherent space demands in terms of collections and service. I think the idea was to make sure the members were informed advocates if asked to justify space needs.  They are all very strongly convinced of the need for a larger library facility for Aylmer. The committee is asking the town to study how the library could be expanded to either the south or the west.”

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TRI-COUNTY MENS FASTBALL:

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This week’s results:

-Sweaburg 7, Straffordville 1

-Burgessville 6, Straffordville 1

-Next game: Straffordville (W-1, L-4)hosts Pt. Burwell Monday night, 8 pm

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MORE ON ‘RELAY FOR LIFE’ AT EESS

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(From Hilary Holmes)  Sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society – Aylmer Relay for Life – At East Elgin Secondary School – Friday June 24th to Saturday June 25th 7:00 pm to 7:00 am –

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“This year we have 29 teams, up from 23 last year. Teams participate in a non-competitive relay, walking around the track for 12 hours. The reason the relay takes place overnight is to symbolize the fact that cancer never sleeps. Each team gets a campsite to decorate however they choose. There are also activities for teams throughout the night such as a scavenger hunt and bingo. There are theme laps as well such as the high heel lap. Last year we raised over $74 000. There will be live music until midnight. Luminaries that line the track can also be purchased until 9:00 pm. They are $5.00 each. Luminaries are bought in memory of someone who lost their battle with cancer or in honour of survivors. The survivor lap will take place at 7:00 pm.

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THURSDAY, June 2nd/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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- EESS Band Concert, 7:30 pm

-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

-(Sat:  Edisonfest at Vienna)

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BADDERS NOT AFFECTED IN ELGIN – YET!

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AYLMER – Badders BusLines here have not yet had to undergo the new Ontario bus contract process that decimated a longtime Oxford transportation carrier recently.  Ravins of Tillsonburg lost 75% of its school business for next fall.

Ravins, started in 1947, lost all of its 19 bus and van routes in Oxford County after unsuccessfully bidding against much larger companies who offered much lower prices than Ravins.  Oxford County is one of a few counties where the provincial government has tested out a system that puts the school bus contracts out to tender,  pitting small bus companies  against large ones like First Student.

According to Badder spokesman Dave Cryderman, Elgin is not affected yet but the contract comes up for renewal next spring and they could face the same new guidelines. Badder runs about 50 routes in East Elgin.

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(Every Thursday - by DAVE FERGUSON)

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-Contact:  dferguson@frontrowseats.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 – Tours are available from 10am-4pm from Sunday to Thursday. Tours are not available on Fridays or Saturdays except by advance arrangement. Address: 750 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, Contact Phone: 519-633-2535 .Website: www.narhf.org

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Elgin Theatre Guild Presents The Neighbourhood Crime Watch – Thursday June 9th to Sunday Jun 12th & Thursday June 16th to Saturday June 18th. This fast-paced play has all the ingredients of classic farce: mistaken identities, physical comedy, young lovers, the reuniting of a father with his lost son and, of course, a happy ending. . Time: Thurs, Fri & Sat shows at 8pm; Sun matinee at 2pm Tickets: $15/person; $10 on first Thursday @ Princess Avenue Playhouse Contact Phone: 519-633-8530 Website: www.elgintheatreguild.ca

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Vienna Edisonfest – Saturday June 4th – Enjoy the Edison Light Bulb River Race, Ice Cream Social, Music Jam in the Park, Craft and Art Vendors and Children’s Activities. While at the festival, visit the Edison Museum, 14 Snow Street, open daily mid-May to Labour Day. Time: 9am-6pm @ Memorial Park.         Website: www.bayham.on.ca

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Aylmer Museum Exhibition: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done – Monday May 16th to Saturday August 20th - Contact Phone: 519-773-9723 Website: www.amtelecom.net/~aylmermuseum

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-Horton Farmers’ Market – Saturdays from May 7th to Oct 29th..Time: 8am-12pm. Website: www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca

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-Heritage Line Farm Market Thursday, Friday & Sat beginning June 2nd–Aug 27th Local produce available, encouraging you to buy local and support our farmers. Address: 53443 Heritage Line, RR1 Aylmer Contact Phone: 519-866-5577 .Website: www.heritagelineherbs.com

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BAYHAM COUNCIL AGENDA TODAY:

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Among items to be discussed:

-A staff report on how to reduce costs involved with nusisance animals, (the last meeting saw a suggestion that licenced gun owners could be called)which notes the following “There are a number of considerations where an individual is appointed an agent of the municipality, as the municipality is then responsible for the agent and their actions. Staff confirmed some issues that would need to addressed with the municipal solicitor….. Staff have been contacted by several additional Nuisance Animal Control companies that operate locally. It has been suggested that referral to these companies can continue to appropriately deal with nuisance animals. OPP should only be contacted when there is an immediate public safety concern.”

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POSTAL STRIKE IN AYLMER

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(Information from a local union representative) – “There are 7 carriers  (5 Full time , 2 Part time) in Aylmer. And 6 inside positions (Mail handling – 3 part time,
3 Full time retail) . Plus 1  Service driver . There are 5 Rural routes Drivers. And one Supervisor.

The main issues are Sick leave provisions and turning sick leave requests over to a third party Insurance Comp. to be accepted.  And a loss of 7 days of sick leave (under the old contract) which can be carried from year to year as an insurance against long term absences (cancer, surgery, heart attacks etc.)

Health and Safety issues; where under the new sortation and delivery methods  a carrier will be expected to carry three bundles of different sized mail while on delivery. You will be required to carry the third bundle in your  forearm while delivering parcels, letter mail, and admail. Much more risk of injury to carriers while battling the Canadian elements.
Wages of new Employees. Corporation wants to pay new employees 22% less than current employees. Two Tier wages and benefits for them. A pay increase that matches the current level of inflation over a four year contract.

Canada Post is a Crown Corporation and has made a profit for the last 16 years. It pays a dividend to the stake holder which is the Federal Government. At no time in the last 17 years has Canada Post received any money from the taxpayers of Canada. In fact it makes them a profit in corporate taxes and a dividend.  Giving the Canadian Government $1.2 Billion in the 16 year time period.

The last strike was in 1997.

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WEDNESDAY, June 1st/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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

-(Sat: Edisonfest at Vienna)

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OBITUARIES:

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Elizabeth Harder, of Aylmer, in her 83rd year. Survivors include: children John Harder and wife Rose, Pete Harder and wife Maria, Helena Thiessen and husband Henry, Margaret Wiebe and husband Edward, Martin Harder and wife Anne, Elizabeth Harder, Tina Vesprey and husband Darryl, Agatha Harder and Isaac Harder.  Born in Durango Mexico. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Saturday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 3:00 p.m

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Philip Rand Patterson, on Saturday, May 28, 2011 , age of 87 years. He was formerly of Tillsonburg . Brother-in-law to Adeline Stanat of Aylmer. The family will receive friends and family at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME ,  Tillsonburg, on Monday, June 06th, 2011 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. The memorial service will commence at 11:00 a.m. following the visitation.

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MPP: ELGIN ENERGY PROJECTS

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(From MPP Steve Peters) “This region’s clean energy economy continues to grow, creating good jobs by adding 12 clean energy projects in the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London.  Through Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff program, these new mid-size projects – including solar, biomass, biogas, water and wind – will power homes, businesses, hospitals and schools. That is enough electricity to power more than 16,000 homes or a community the size of Niagara-on-the-Lake each year. In total, these projects will help attract more than $900 million in private sector investment to Ontario.

Projects in Elgin-Middlesex-London include 11 rooftop solar PV developments ranging from 25-250 KW near or in the communities of St. Thomas, Aylmer, Springfield, Port Burwell, Vienna, Southwold Township and south London and a 500 KW groundmounted solar PV development near Rodney.”

Specific projects in the Aylmer area, according to Craig Bradford from Steve Peters’ office, include (all solar PV Rooftop setups) : a 25-kw project on Hacienda Road, a 250-kw project on Springwater Road; a 100-kw project on Lakeshore Road; a 25-kw project on Calton Line and a 30-kw project on Chalet line.

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TUESDAY, May 31/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Bayham Ojibwa Meeting, Vienna Hall, 7

-Aylmer Mens Soccer, Steen Park, 7

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

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HEAT ALERT TODAY:

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(From Elgin Health Unit) – “The Acting Medical Officer of Health has issued a HEAT ALERT for Elgin County for today.  Based on the Environment Canada forecast, the temperature is forecasted to rise to 32° Celsius combined with very high humidity to create humidex values that will make the temperature feel more like 41 degrees Celsius.”

(From Aylmer Fire Dept.) – “The health Unit has issued a heat alert for today, we are opening the EEC Complex as a cooling centre for the public during regular business hours (9-5) – in extreme heat conditions we will extend the hours accordingly.”

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RICHMOND ALSO GETTING WATER GRANT

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(As a follow up to yesterday’s story re-Malahide’s water grant, this is a Press Release from MPP Steve Peters on Friday) – “To modernize and improve Bayham’s infrastructure, the province is supporting the community to create a new water supplyand system optimization for the hamlet of Richmond. “We are very pleased to be able to find the resources to plan for a water system solution for the community of Richmond and that would not have been possible without the assistance of the province,” Municipality of Bayham Mayor Paul Ens said. “Our community depends on clean, safe drinking water and this investment helps strengthen our ability to do just that.” The Municipality of Bayham will receive $254,540 (project total $385,918) from the Ontario Small Waterworks Assistance.”

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SOUTHWEST SOCCER LEAGUE:

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-Aylmer Rampage – Record 2-1

-Aylmer FC – Defeated Glencoe 3-0 last Tuesday (Pryce 3 goals);  (Record 2-0-1); Host Shedden tonight at Steen Park at 7

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MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS:

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– 8:34 p.m. – May 20, 2011, Station #2,  Dingle Line, Unauthorized Burn Complaint

– 12:27 p.m. – May 21, 2011, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– 8:29 a.m. – May 26, 2011, Station # 2 assisted by Station # 1, Springfield Road, MVC

(2 vehicles, one did not stop, minor injuries, 10 Firefighters for 1 hour)

– 11:28 a.m. – May 30, 2011, Station #3,  Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

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THE SURVEY SAYS:

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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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