Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


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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WEDNESDAY, May 18/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-EESS Soccer SemiFinals – Girls at 2 vs Parkside; Boys at 3:45 host CECI

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

-(Thurs: AYLMER & AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE -BUSINESS AFTER 5 – 5:00P.M. TO 6:30P.M. – IMPERIAL HALL – EAST ELGIN COMMUNITY COMPLEX)

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NEW AYLMER POLICEMAN

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(Submitted) – “The new officer hired is Kevin Coudenys. He is a 5 yr officer from Brantford Police. He begins May 20th and brings the specialty training of Scenes of Crime Officer and Coach officer. He has family in Aylmer.”

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TUESDAY, May 17/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-(Thurs. – ACT Play – Self-Help, 8 pm)

-(Thurs: AYLMER & AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE -BUSINESS AFTER 5 – 5:00P.M. TO 6:30P.M. – IMPERIAL HALL – EAST ELGIN COMMUNITY COMPLEX)

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SOUTHWEST SOCCER LEAGUE

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- Aylmer FC 3 Raymond James 0

-Aylmer FC 2 Railway City 2

-Aylmer Rampage 3 Mt. Brydges 1

-West Elgin 2 Aylmer Rampage 1

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NEXT GAMES:

-Tonight, Aylmer Rampage host Mt. Brydges at Steen Park, 7

-Tonight, Aylmer FC host Glencoe at EESS – CANCELLED

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BANDSHELL PARK RENO:

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Bandshell Park is still undergoing renovations. The cement dance pad in front of the building is complete but work is still currently being done on the fountain at the south end. (kb) (Click X2)

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AYLMER AUTHOR HAS NEW BOOK

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AYLMER – Author Kelley Armstrong, based in the Aylmer area, has just released – on April 5 -  her fourth YA novel. It is Book 1 of the Darkness Rising trilogy- The Gathering . And, according to her publicist,  she  has her 12th Otherworld novel, Spell Bound, coming up for release on Aug. 2nd. The closest book signing she has is the immediate future is at the Hanover Library on May 31st.

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TOWN COUNCIL:

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Town Operations Director Rod Tapp has released information pertaining to the Town’s Engineer CJDL requesting and receiving references from Triplepoint regarding their aeration equipment that is going to be used for the Cell 1 Aeration Project at the Lagoons.

He adds: “Contrary to what the “Aylmer Express” recently printed , the Town of Aylmer’s current policy and past practice has always been to check references prior to the signing of a contract after authorization has been given by Council to proceed with the Project.”

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MONDAY, May 16/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Aylmer Council, 7 pm

-Straffordville FastBall Hosts, 8 pm

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SOME AYLMER COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS:

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1. A resident asks Council to reconsider ban on trucks stopping in front of McDonalds and to request a better clean-up of the horse tie-up area behind The Bargain Store.

2. Council will renew contracts with Antonissens for garbage and BFI for recyclables.

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TRI-COUNTY FASTBALL:

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Thursday – Harwood 13, Pt. Burwell 1

Today – Woodstock at Straffordville;  Thurs. – Ayr at Pt. Burwell

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MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS:

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– 7:58 a.m. – May 10, 2011 – Station #1,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– 12:04 p.m. – May 12, 2011 – Station #3,  Crossley-Hunter Line, Medical Assist

– 7:29 p.m. – May 13, 2011 – Station # 2,  Chalet Line, Medical Assist

– 9:52 p.m. – May 13, 2011 – Station # 1, Springfield Road, Medical Assist

– 4:59 p.m. – May 14, 2011 – Station #1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

– 6:16 p.m. – May 14, 2011 – Station # 2, Woolleyville Line, Medical Assist

– 2:49 a.m. – May 15, 2011 – Station #1,  Calton Line, Medical Assist

– 5:40 a.m. – May 15, 2011 – Station # 2, Rogers Road, Medical Assist

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OBITUARIES:

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Johann (John) Horeth,  of Straffordville, on Friday, May 13th, at the age of 79.  Survivors include: children: Rosemary Horeth (of Tillsonburg); Hildegarde (Tim) Triska (of Straffordville); and John (Karen) Horeth (of Tillsonburg).  John was a member of the German Canadian Club, Saxonia Hall Aylmer.  Visitation at Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Monday, May 16th, 2011 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church, 60 Young Street, Tillsonburg.

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Edna Lysko passed away on Thursday in her 84th year. Edna was born in Malahide Township to the late Harvey and Gladys (Harrett) Marr. Survived by her loving husband of 65 years, John Lysko. Dear sister of Colin (Donna) Marr of Eden, and sister- in-law of Marion Marr of Straffordville and Beatrice Marr of Port Burwell etc. The funeral service was held on Sunday.

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SATURDAY 2nd EDIT./ May 14/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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- Pt. Burwell Ojibwa Bluesfest, 1 pm-10 pm

- Thur-Sun: ACT Play – Self Help –8 pm – $15 – OTH Theatre

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EESS SOCCER FRIDAY:

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-GIRLS – EESS 4, WESS O

-BOYS – EESS 4, WESS O

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THE SURVEY SAYS:

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1. Parking Patrol Uptown?

2 No 42.53% (37 votes)

3 Yes but Police should do it 25.29% (22 votes)

Total Votes: 87

2.Census Return?

2. Will do it 9.68% (9 votes)

3. Not doing it 4.3% (4 votes)

Total Votes: 93

3.Penalty for MNR theft?(see Monday)

2. $1000 fine 9.09% (7 votes)

3. Some jail time 51.95% (40 votes)

4. Restitution 36.36% (28 votes)

Total Votes: 77

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ANSINGH, Loraine - Loraine Ansingh (nee Dalton) in her 98th year, passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospital in London, on Tuesday April 26, 2011. Devoted wife of the late Carl H. Ansingh (2006), dear mother of the late Jane (Charlie) Greenlaw (2005) and Carl and Valerie Ansingh.  Cremation has already taken place and a memorial celebration of her life will follow.

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REVIEW OF WEEK’s TOP STORIES:

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THEFT FROM MNR ON WEEKEND

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(From Aylmer Police)  Sometime between the hours of 7am Sunday, May 8 and 7am Monday, May 9 the Middlesex Stewardship Council had a quantity of equipment stolen from the Ministry of Natural Resources property at 615 John St. North, Aylmer.  Missing equipment is: 1) a 2009 John Deere Gator XUV 850D with a custom mounted light on the roof and a custom metal screen mounted to the roll bar frame behind the seats, 2) a Wildfire Rancher Unit – Fire pump and tank, 3) a Tuffline 52” ATV Disk and 4) a 7’ x 18’ custom built tube frame flat-bed trailer from Canada Trailers.

Middlesex Stewardship Council is a community-based organization which focuses on habitat restoration, conservation and enhancement.  The Council works with landowners to implement tree planting and tallgrass prairie projects, and the creation of wetlands.  The projects are intended to provide education and engage the community to ensure the future of our natural resources.

This equipment is vital to projects being carried out by the Council.  The Gator is essential in all projects as a mode of transportation around project sites.  It is also used during prescribed burns to transport the fire pump and tank.  The ATV Disk is used to prepare sites for prescribed burning, and the trailer is used to transport the Gator and other equipment to and from project sites.  The Council has fundraised over the past three years to purchase this equipment in order to make it available at no cost to landowners completing habitat restoration projects.

The total loss is $26,000 that is uninsured. Anyone with any knowledge of this crime is asked to contact your local police or Crime Stoppers.

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21 YEAR OLD FEMALE ASSAULTED

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MT. SALEM - (From Elgin OPP) – “Police are investigating a serious incident involving a 21 year old Malahide Township woman being assaulted by a male. The incident occurred on Wednesday between 9:30 pm and 10:00 pm.  The female was walking west along Calton Line near Mt. Salem. She was wearing headphones listening to music and did not hear an unknown male approach her from the rear. The male grabbed  her, forcing her to the ground. The male threatened the female and then attempted to drag her off the roadway to the other side of a cedar tree line. The victim struggled and screamed and was able to bite the suspect on his right thumb. The suspect fled into a nearby field in a southwesterly direction from the area of 50764 Calton Line.

The male is described as being in his early 20′s, white, approx. 5’10″-5’11″, fit, medium build, wearing dark “work style” pants and a dark shirt. His hair is described as red, afro, bushy, curly . The male spoke broken English with a Low German accent. He may have an injured right thumb. Police are continuing to investigate and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this individual.  Anyone with information  is asked to contact the Elgin County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).”

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SATURDAY, May 14/11

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Obviously motorcyclists – pictured here at the Aylmer Esso on their way to Pt. Dover yesterday – aren’t as deterred by rising gas prices.
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FRIDAY, May 13/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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(Saturday – Pt. Burwell Ojibwa Bluesfest, 1 pm-10 pm)

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MALAHIDE BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

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(Information from Treasurer Susan Wilson)

Summary:

The draft budget provides for a deficit of $294,552.00 (6.24%).

Cost increases – which the Township cannot control – $43,800.00 (.9%)

  • Less OMPF Grant – of $42,800.00 for which the Township compensated by using all the OMPF Stability Reserve of $30,000.00, resulting in a net grant decrease of $12,800.00.
  • Policing Costs – the original net increase was anticipated to be $134,000.00 for which the Township compensated by taking the risk, that a reconciliation credit of $35,000.00 will be issued and the Township also used existing Reserve Funds of $68,000.00 to reduce the net increase to $31,000.00

Estimated associated fuel increases – which Township cannot control – minimum of $65,000.00 (1.4%)

  • Fuel surcharge for waste collection – $2,000.00 net increase to date
  • Fuel purchases – $43,000.00, assuming prices stabilize immediately
  • Gravel purchases – $20,000.00
  • Single Surface Treatment – nil
  • Policing – nil

Operational Savings – $110,000.00 (-2.3%)

Loan Repayment on two new buildings – $100,000.00 (2.1%)

2010 Deficit – (an overall budget variance of 3/10ths of 1%) $55,000.00 (1.2%)

Council’s Strategic Priorities – $138,000.00 (2.9%)

  • Additional Seasonal Staff to improve Winter Control – $10,000.00
  • Direct improvements to gravel roads, surface treated roads and gravel conversion – $128,000.00

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TRI-COUNTY MENS FASTBALL :

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-Innerkip 4 Straffordville 0

-Burgessville 9 Pt. Burwell 2

-Straffordville 5, Ingersoll 4

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THURSDAY, May12/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Pt. Burwell Mens Fastball hosts Harwood, 8 pm

- Blood Donor Clinic, 2:30-4 ; 5:30-8 pm,  AT EESS

- Thur-Sun: ACT Play – Self Help –8 pm – $15 – OTH Theatre

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21 YEAR OLD FEMALE ASSAULTED

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MT. SALEM - (From Elgin OPP) – “Police are investigating a serious incident involving a 21 year old Malahide Township woman being assaulted by a male. The incident occurred on Wednesday between 9:30 pm and 10:00 pm.  The female was walking west along Calton Line near Mt. Salem. She was wearing headphones listening to music and did not hear an unknown male approach her from the rear. The male grabbed  her, forcing her to the ground. The male threatened the female and then attempted to drag her off the roadway to the other side of a cedar tree line. The victim struggled and screamed and was able to bite the suspect on his right thumb. The suspect fled into a nearby field in a southwesterly direction from the area of 50764 Calton Line.

The male is described as being in his early 20′s, white, approx. 5’10″-5’11″, fit, medium build, wearing dark “work style” pants and a dark shirt. His hair is described as red, afro, bushy, curly . The male spoke broken English with a Low German accent. He may have an injured right thumb. Police are continuing to investigate and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this individual.  Anyone with information  is asked to contact the Elgin County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).”

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EESS SOCCER WEDNESDAY:

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-GIRLS – EESS 4 GLENCOE O (4-1-0)

-BOYS – EESS 5 GLENCOE 1 (3-1-1-)

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OBITUARIES:

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Jesse David Wiebe, on May 11, in his 11th year. Beloved son of Peter and Anna (Loewen) Wiebe of Mt.Salem. Loved by his brothers Christian, Noah and Mattias.  The funeral service will be held at Lighthouse Gospel Church, Port Burwell on Saturday May 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm. Visitation one hour prior to the service.

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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 Roadside Attractions – Friday April 29 to Saturday April 30th & Friday May 6th @ 8PM plus Saturday May 7th @ 2PM.  It’s written by Artistic Director Simon Joynes and performed by members of the community. Tickets: adults $22 plus tax, students $14 plus tax .Website: www.portstanleytheatre.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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Parkside Collegiate’s Department of Performing Arts presents Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a sharp-edged comedy considered as Wilde’s most popular play. Performances are May 11, 12, 13, and 14th at 7:00 pm with general admission of $10. Purchase tickets at Parkside Collegiate Main Office Contact Phone: 519-633-0090 or Email: c.massecar@tvdsb.on.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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MALAHIDE COLLISION/CHARGES

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MALAHIDE  – (From Elgin OPP) – On Friday around 7:15 AM on Ron Mcneil Line, east of Rogers Road,  OPP  attended a two vehicle collision.  The collision involved a  SUV being driven by a 23 year old Simcoe man and a pickup being driven by a 46 year old St.Thomas, ON man.  Police investigation revealed that the pick-up truck was travelling eastbound on Ron Mcneil Line. The SUV was travelling westbound when it crossed the centre line and into the path of the pick-up truck colliding with the rear of the driver’s side.  The driver of the SUV was charged with careless driving.  All parties were wearing seatbelts and there were no serious injuries.

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WEDNESDAY, May 11/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-(Thurs: Blood Donor Clinic, 2 pm,  AT EESS)

-(Thursday etc. – ACT Play – Self Help –8 pm – $15 – OTH Theatre)

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PT. BURWELL MAN GETS 5 MONTHS

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(Information from the Elgin Crown Attorney’s Office) – ST. THOMAS – A Port Burwell man was given five months in jail in Elgin court last week for a theft and the attempted robbery of painkillers from a developmentally challenged man. Joseph Rego, 28, of Port Burwell was sentenced to three months  for the robbery which occurred  in the village in January 2011.  Rego will also spend two more months in jail consecutively for  stealing several items from a woman who let him board at her house in the fall of 2010 . Rego’s past record includes  theft, common assault and several break and enters. Rego has already served 89 days in jail so he will serve two more months. Rego will spend two years on probation upon release.

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AYLMER COUNCIL REPORT MONDAY

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Re-Mainstreet Aylmer request to re-consider a Parking Enforcement Officer for the town:

“Staff be directed to submit a Report to a future Council meeting about the costing for a contract position for Commissionaires to undertake parking enforcement; it being noted that the costing identify options such as 2-day, 3-day, 5-day, and weekend enforcement.”

Re- Public Environmental Advisory Committee :

“Council deferred making appointments to the Environmental Advisory Committee until a future meeting, after the Aylmer Waste Recycling Strategy has been received and approved by Council.”

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(Response from Jennifer Reynaert, Town Treasurer on why the levy rate has dropped from last year)“The difference from last year of almost 3% is difficult to point to any one thing however; the main difference is that we have paid off approximately $1 million in loans between 2009 and 2010 that were unscheduled.  We therefore are saving the principal and interest payments in the operating budgets.  We have seen increased grant allocations from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF).  This is a transfer received from the province on an annual basis.  These increases in the OMPF have allowed us to make the debt payments, put money in reserves for future debt payments and apply revenues to the operating budgets for some of the known pressures (i.e. large increases for fuel and hydro). There were some other things that helped as well like a dividend payment which increased our revenues by $93,600 and an estimated surplus from 2010 of $175,000.”

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MPP : “REDUCE STEGH WAITING TIMES”

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(Recent announcement from MPP Steve Peters) – ST. THOMAS “Ontario is helping to reduce the time St. Thomas-Elgin area residents spend in emergency rooms.

This year, St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is receiving $697,700 to further reduce ER wait times by implementing initiatives such as the Rapid Assessment Zone (RAZ), an emergency space where patients with less urgent needs are seen quickly and treated. More than 40 per cent of emergency visits are now routed through the RAZ where wait times have been reduced and patient feedback has been positive. A new component of this year’s provincial effort to decrease ER wait times is funding for hospital short-stay beds that will reduce the time admitted patients spend in the ER.

STEGH is also receiving $136,100 in bonus funding for treating more patients within provincial targets in the second half of the last fiscal year. STEGH has embarked on joint work between the emergency department and medical units and now has admitted patients through the ER reaching hospital beds 10 per cent faster. In addition, this funding will be used to continue improvements in storing and handling of emergency supplies and equipment that has reduced costs and increased ready access for staff and physicians.

As of March 2011, at STEGH, 95 percent of ER patients were treated within the provincial targets which are four hours for patients with minor/uncomplicated conditions and eight hours for patients with complex or serious conditions.”

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BRAUN, John – (1942-2011) of Tillsonburg, on Friday, May 6, . Survivors include: wife Doris (Montgomery) Braun etc. Cremation has taken place. A public graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. at the Aylmer Cemetery.

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