Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


THURSDAY, March 17/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-THEAYLMERNEWS WILL PUBLISH IN THE AFTERNOON FRIDAY.

–Schools’ Break (see Saturday’s edition for Complex/Library activities)

-Malahide Council, 7:30 pm

-(Friday – VogelJoy, free,  at Aylmer Library, 2 pm)
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THE SURVEY SAYS:

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WEDNESDAY, March 16/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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–Schools’ Break (see Saturday’s edition for Complex/Library activities)

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STEELWAY AWARD

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(Contributed) – “On March 16, Aylmer’s Steelway Building Systems will receive a 2011 Passport to Prosperity Employer Champion Award in recognition of its outstanding commitment to providing meaningful experiential learning programs for high school students in the community. It will be at the St. Thomas and Area District Chamber of Commerce’s “Business After 5” event, sponsored by Elgin Business Resource Centre,  from 5-7 pm at the Columbus Club.

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AYLMER PLAY IN LONDON MONDAY

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(Information from Barb Warnock of ACT) – “Aylmer Community Theatre took their latest show, “There Goes the Bride” to the Western Ontario Drama League Festival at the Palace Theatre in London Monday night. Arriving at the theatre at 6:30 am, the crew began the job of recreating the entire set on the Palace stage.  By 3:00 in the afternoon the cast was rehearsing and at 8:00 that night an audience of over 200 patrons were watching the show. Festival Adjudicator, John Lazarus, provided a brief public adjudication following the show. Lazarus was very positive in his remarks, finding the pace of the show exceptionally good and complimenting the cast and crew on the work they had done.
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The audience included an incredible number of patrons from Aylmer, many who had already seen the show during its regular run and many who, because of inclement weather had been unable to attend in Aylmer.  At curtain call a spontaneous standing ovation delighted the cast and crew. Award announcements will be made at the gala in London on Saturday night with the winning show moving on to the Ontario finals in Richmond Hill in May.”
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AYLMER ADMINISTRATOR RETIRING

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(Information from Heather Adams on her resignation Monday as Aylmer’ Administrator)  – “Yes, I am retiring. I was born and raised on a farm in Kent County.  I’ve held various positions with both the Province of Ontario and various Ontario municipalities in my 30+ years of work – in  Northwestern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario and Toronto areas. My enchantment with this vibrant and attractive community of Aylmer began when I came here to attend a municipal meeting and fell in love with the area. When I subsequently saw the ad for an Administrator for the Town in 2004, I applied and was fortunate to be the successful candidate and to move to the area in March of 2005. It really has been a privilege to work in this community, to market its many advantages in my economic development and promotion role and particularly to work with our talented and dedicated Town staff.”

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TUESDAY, March 15/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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–Schools’ Break (see Saturday’s edition for Complex/Library activities)

-Springfield Baptist Childrens’ Event – “The High Seas Expedition continues at Springfield Baptist Church today -10am to noon for JK to Grade 6.  Contact Marcie Tenk.

-Aylmer Waste Management Plan Presentation, 7:pm – Town Hall Chambers

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TOWN ADMINISTRATOR TO RETIRE

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Aylmer – Council was informed yesterday by Town Administrator Heather Adams, who has been here six years,  that she will retire on May 23.

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OBITUARIES:

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-Margaret Anne Cattrysse, of Aylmer, on March 13, in her 74th year. Survivors include: sons Christopher Cattrysse and his wife Evangeline and Dan and his wife Christine,  both of the Aylmer area. Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Aylmer on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 10:00 am.

-Marnie Lukash,  on March 13,  of Aylmer, in her 77th year. Survivors include: Daughters Lori Power and husband Stephen of London and Linda Weir and husband Don of London. Cremation has taken place.  Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Friday March 18.

-James Melvin McCallum, 78, of Aylmer, died on Saturday, March 12. He was born in South Dorchester township. Survivors include:  his wife Margaret Leona Simpson and son Jim of London.  The visitation at  Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer was yesterday. The funeral will be held at Kebbels on Tuesday, March 15 at 1 p.m.

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DOG PARK CLOSED

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John Forsdike, Chairperson of The Aylmer Dog Park Association informs that the  Dog Park at the Fair Grounds had to be closed. He said:  “In early March the Insurance company that deals with the Fair Board has stated that the Liability Insurance for the Dog Park alone is $2500.00.  The Association has only been able to raise $400.00 for its construction. ”

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MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS

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-12:03 p.m. – March 10, 2011 – Station #2, 50576 Talbot Line, Alarm System Malfunction

– 6:55 a.m. – March 11, 2011 – Station # 3, 51726 Ron McNeil Line, Alarm System Malfunction

– 9:18 p.m. – March 11, 2011 – Station #1, 53104 Vienna Line, Power Lines Arcing

– 12:36 p.m. – March 13, 2011 – Station # 2,  Caverly Road, Medical Assist

– 2:53 a.m. – March 14, 2011 – Station # 4, 48221 Crossley-Hunter Line, Power Lines Arcing.

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BELMONT MIDGETS DOWN 2-0

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BANCROFT – Belmont Midgets were defeated 4-2 Saturday and 4-3 Sunday here in the opening games of their best 3-of-5 OMHA hockey finals. Next game is Saturday in Belmont at 4 pm;  a fourth game if necessary is in Belmont Sunday at 5. Said Coach Ken McCann:  “Game #1 ended up 4-2 after they scored in an empty net.  Game was tied at 2 until we took a penalty with about 3 minutes left and got scored on. Game #2 we went down 2-0 early. We were down 3-1 at the end of the second only to come back and tie it up at 3-3 with 2:30 left. They scored the winner in the last minute to win 4-3.”

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A READER WRITES:

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“Dear Ratepayers of the Township of Malahide and the Town of Aylmer: I am concerned as a taxpayer and contributor to the East Elgin Community Complex (EECC). The Board of Management of the EECC is in budget discussions at this time. They are doing due diligence with the budget as is their job. They have a responsibility to the citizens of both the town and township to protect our investment in this facility. I do not want to see it “run down” in their term because of poor maintenance. Whether you agree with the original idea of the structure and purpose is not a consideration at this time. It is built and operating so it needs to be maintained structurally and kept open to serve our customers and community.

It is the job of the Board of Management to maintain this facility the same as the roads department and fire department maintain their roads, equipment and structural buildings. We will not be able to get another structure of this calibre for probably another fifty years. This is a 9.6 million dollar facility in terms of 2004 funds. It is the responsibility of the elected councillors serving as  members of the Board of Management to protect the investment in their mandate. This building is an emergency shelter for the Town of Aylmer and a secondary shelter for the Township of Malahide as well as a cooling centre for our communities. Any public official can “slash and burn” a budget. It is their duty to manage costs and attract new business to the Complex. It is not an easy job but this is the job.

Sincerely, Paul Faulds (Former Chair of the EECC/R.R. # 2 Springfield, ON)

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ELGIN HEALTH UNIT ON FLOURIDE

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(In response to a TANews inquiry, Pat Laimbeer, Dental Hygienist with the Elgin Health Unit, provided this information on the pros and cons of flouridation of Aylmer’s water

“The Association of Local Public Health Agencies strongly and publicly state its support for the practice of community water fluoridation as a proven, safe, cost effective, and equitable public health intervention that significantly contributes to improving the overall health of the population,” (Fluoride resolution passed by alpha). Elgin St. Thomas Public Health is dedicated to building a healthy community by promoting and supporting the health of the people who live, work and play in Elgin County through the delivery of effective public health programs and services. In the case of water fluoridation, the positives or pros far out weight the cons in this matter.

Con - It is very costly to fluoridate the community water supply.

Pro - It is estimated that every $1 invested in water fluoridation saves an estimated $38 in necessary dental treatment.

Con - Dental Fluorosis, which is a condition caused by a child receiving too much fluoride during the development of the teeth.

Pro - The dental department at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health has been keeping fluorosis statistics and our findings indicate that the children in Elgin County have less than 1% mild fluorosis.  This is equivalent with the findings from the Oral Health Statistics 2007-2009 that states, “So few children have moderate or mild fluorosis that, even combined, the prevalence is too low to permit reporting.  This finding provides validation that dental fluorosis remains an issue of low concern in this country.”

Con -There are health risks associated with water fluoridation.

Pro - Ontario Dental Association Community Water Fluoridation stated that, “in 2007 Health Canada commissioned a panel of independent experts to review the health effects of exposure to fluoride in drinking water.  The panel concluded that water fluoridation in the correct amount (0.5 – 0.8 ppm)is both safe and effective.”

Con - Voters should have freedom of choice.

Pro - The Canadian Dental Association/Health Canada stated, “Adding fluoride to water is the best way to provide fluoride protection to a large number of people at a low cost.  The big advantage of water fluoridation is that it benefits all residents in a community, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, education, or employment or dental insurance status.  It promotes equality amongst all segments of the population, particularly the underprivileged and the hardest to reach whom other preventive measures may be inaccessible.”

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MONDAY, March 14/11

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THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish today.

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SATURDAY, March 12/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Daylight Savings Change

-(Next Week – Schools’ Break)

-(Tuesday:  Springfield Baptist Childrens’ Event – “The High Seas Expedition continues at Springfield Baptist Church  Tuesday, March 15th  10am to noon  for JK to Grade 6.  Contact Marcie Tenk.)

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THE SURVEY SAYS –

“40% SAY CLOSE ARENA FOR A WHILE!”

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1. From 90 respondents concerning having flouride in Aylmer’s water – 50% agree with its use but 30% believe there’s health hazards.

2. Of 125 surveyed concerning arena costs, 31% felt the arena should close for 4 months and 10% felt it should close 2 months to save money (60% said look for more revenue or cost savings).

3. Of 108 replies concerning a penalty for a first time marijuana user, there was a variety – 30% felt a warning was sufficient, about 30% felt a charge-probation was in order and 20% felt something more serious was needed.

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MARCH BREAK AT LIBRARY:

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Monday – Board games, 2-3 pm, Ages 8-12

Tuesday -Activities – 2-3 pm,  Ages 8-12

Thursday – Activities,  2-3 pm, Ages 8-12

Friday – VogelJoy Concert, 2-3 pm, All ages

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STANLEY CUP TO AYLMER

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AYLMER - Scotiabank’s ‘Celebration of Hockey Tour’ will bring the Stanley Cup to Aylmer  on March 26th. The Stanley Cup will be accompanied by historical hockey artifacts showcasing the evolution of the game. It will be on display from 10 am to 2 pm at Scotiabank Branch, 42 Talbot Street East. All are welcome to attend.

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REVIEW OF WEEK’s TOP STORIES:

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EECC DEFICIT: “IT’s A COMPLEX ISSUE”

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AYLMER -  (Recently Paul Toth of the EEC Complex Board claimed his analysis of figures indicated that the Complex had two-thirds of its operating  deficit – close to $400,000 – occurring in the period mid-April to mid-September and the Board should address that issue immediately ie. close both ice pads for the summer. Thus, a special budget meeting was held Tuesday night at the Complex. At one point, Board member Peter Barbour said:  It’s a complex issue(!))

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Meeting highlights:

-Theresa Klachan, EECC Manager, presented a budget showing summer operating costs

-Chairman Mike Phillimore asked about the the report’s accounting procedures which he felt didn’t address the summer specifically. Aylmer Administrator Heather Adams responded that  municipal accounting policies were different so it was hard to get at actual summer losses.

-Board member Scott Lewis: “We need more ideas on fundraising… We can’t close the arena, it doesn’t work. It’s a service you provide to the community, not a business… Diligence is not closing the facility.”

-Aylmer Councillor Arthur Oslach : “Closing it for two months may make sense”

-Board member Todd Sprague:  “Keeping the second pad in actually may be an opportunity to increase revenues.”

-Board member Paul Toth : “What can we do to get the annual operating deficit down to a reasonable level, down to say $250,000?…. If there is no ice, repairs, maintenace, the deficit should go down. ..If 53% of the main cost is salary and we shut down the ice for the summer do we still need nine fulltime staff?”

Despite the apparent urgency of the meeting, no decisions were made.  A further special meeting is scheduled for March 23rd.
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Chairman Phillimore, responded to a further TANews inquiry:
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1.Your view on closing the facility? – “I actually do not favour closing at all. I believe the ultimate goal is to increase revenues and reduce the operating costs as much as possible. However, if in fact Mr. Toth’s report is accurate, then I must consider the best interests of the taxpayers, families, and the elderly who are on fixed incomes and whose taxes, hydro, etc, continue to rise at a higher pace than their incomes.
2. Where could savings be made? -  “Staffing levels at non peak times,  rental rates,  levels of management,  are just a few areas we could look at for cost savings.  We need to set our budget closer to the actual costs of operating. Obviously a major challenge in the very near future will be the enormous increases in hydro rates.  It will be tough to increase revenue with the direct competition that will occur from other facilities.  We could look into new programs and increased advertising revenues.”
3. Is it a concern that you can’t identify specific summer costs? – ” Yes, I believe it is a concern with the board that we are unable to pinpoint any losses throughout the year due to the municipal accounting system.”
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MARCH BREAK AT EEC COMPLEX

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Monday, March 14, 2011

EastLink Free March Break Public Skating              10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

Youth Day Camp Program                                            9:00a.m.- 4:pm                       Theme: Pirates

Cost: $20.00 (registration required in advance)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

EastLink Free March Break Public Skating              11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.

Youth Day Camp Program                                            9:00a.m.4pm                       Theme: Under the Sea

Cost: $20.00 (registration required in advance)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

EastLink Free March Break Public Skating              9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.

Youth Day Camp Program                                            9:00a.m.-4:pm                       Theme: Memories

Cost: $20.00 (registration required in advance)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

EastLink Free March Break Public Skating              11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.

Youth Day Camp Program                                            9:00a.m.-4p.m.                       Theme: St. Patrick’s Day

Cost: $20.00 (registration required in advance)

Friday, March 18, 2011

EastLink Free March Break Public Skating              10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

Youth Day Camp Program                                            9:00a.m.-4:pm                       Theme: Monsters

Cost: $20.00 (registration required in advance

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FRIDAY, March 11/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Buses Cancelled today

-(Sat:  Daylight Saving Change)

-(Next Week – Schools’ Break)

-(Tuesday:  Springfield Baptist Childrens Event )

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AYLMER WASTE MEETING TUESDAY

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Aylmer – A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15 to present a draft for a new Aylmer Waste Recyling Plan – at 7 pm in the Council chambers.

Noted Rod Tapp, Aylmer Director of Operations: – “Comments or suggestions will be received until 4:30pm, Friday, March 25, 2011. The WRS will be posted on the Town’s website and copies will also be available at the front counter. Once finalized, it is anticipated that the Waste/Recycling Strategy with covering report will be on an upcoming Council Meeting in April.”

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BELMONT MIDGETS IN FINALS

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BELMONT -  Belmont Midgets travel to Bancroft this weekend for the opening games of their OMHA finals.  They play in Bancroft Saturday and Sunday and return to Belmont next Saturday and Sunday for more games in their best 3-of-5 series. In the preliminary rounds they defeated Glencoe 3 games to 0 , then Ilderton 3 games to 1. In the quarter final round they defeated Lucan 3 games to 2. In the semifinal round they defeated Wainfleet 3 games to 0. The Head Coach is Ken McCann.

(NOTE: No Aylmer teams are in OMHA finals this season.)

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THURSDAY, March 10/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Bayham Council, 7pm

-Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex

-(Sat:  Clocks Advance)

-(Next Week – Schools Break)

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EECC DEFICIT: “IT’s A COMPLEX ISSUE”

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AYLMER -  (Recently Paul Toth of the EEC Complex Board claimed his analysis of figures indicated that the Complex had two-thirds of its operating  deficit – close to $400,000 – occurring in the period mid-April to mid-September and the Board should address that issue immediately ie. close both ice pads for the summer. Thus, a special budget meeting was held Tuesday night at the Complex. At one point, Board member Peter Barbour said:  It’s a complex issue(!))

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Meeting highlights:

-Theresa Klachan, EECC Manager, presented a budget showing  operating costs

-Chairman Mike Phillimore asked about the the report’s accounting procedures which he felt didn’t address the summer specifically. Aylmer Administrator Heather Adams responded that  municipal accounting policies were different so it was hard to get at actual summer losses.

-Board member Scott Lewis: “We need more ideas on fundraising… We can’t close the arena, it doesn’t work. It’s a service you provide to the community, not a business… Diligence is not closing the facility.”

-Aylmer Councillor Arthur Oslach : “Closing it for two months may make sense”

-Board member Todd Sprague:  “Keeping the second pad in actually may be an opportunity to increase revenues.”

-Board member Paul Toth : “What can we do to get the annual operating deficit down to a reasonable level, down to say $250,000?…. If there is no ice, repairs, maintenace, the deficit should go down. ..If 53% of the main cost is salary and we shut down the ice for the summer do we still need nine fulltime staff?”

Despite the apparent urgency of the meeting, no decisions were made.  A further special meeting is scheduled for March 23rd.
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Chairman Phillimore, responded to a further TANews inquiry:

1.Your view on closing the facility? – “I actually do not favour closing at all. I believe the ultimate goal is to increase revenues and reduce the operating costs as much as possible. However, if in fact Mr. Toth’s report is accurate, then I must consider the best interests of the taxpayers, families, and the elderly who are on fixed incomes and whose taxes, hydro, etc, continue to rise at a higher pace than their incomes.
2. Where could savings be made? -  “Staffing levels at non peak times,  rental rates,  levels of management,  are just a few areas we could look at for cost savings.  We need to set our budget closer to the actual costs of operating. Obviously a major challenge in the very near future will be the enormous increases in hydro rates.  It will be tough to increase revenue with the direct competition that will occur from other facilities.  We could look into new programs and increased advertising revenues.”
3. Is it a concern that you can’t identify specific summer costs? – ” Yes, I believe it is a concern with the board that we are unable to pinpoint any losses throughout the year due to the municipal accounting system.”
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THE LOCAL LENS:

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A pile of ice removed from the harbour at Pt. Bruce that helped ease flooding concerns there. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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EESS WOSSAA GIRLS HOCKEY:

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Aylmer – EESS lost 7-6 to Stratford St. Mikes in their bronze medal WOSSAA game yesterday afternoon.
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WEDNESDAY, March 9/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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- EESS Coffeehouse, 7 pm

- EESS hosts WOSSAA Girls Hockey – 8:45 EESS vs. Mother Theresa

-(Thurs – Blood Clinic at EEC Complex)

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TUESDAY PANCAKES?

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50 responded to yesterday’s survey and half said they had them.

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REDUCING ARENA COSTS?

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A report on the discussion last night at the EEC Complex meeting concerning the possibility of closing the arena for some of the summer will appear in tomorrow’s TANews.

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EESS LOSES AT WOSSAA

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AYLMER – EESS was decisioned 6-2 by London Mother Theresa in WOSSAA girls hockey playoffs here this morning and thus have to settle for the third place game in Tillsonburg this afternoon.  EESS fell behind 5-0, including three power play goals, by the game’s midpoint and could only counter with markers by Briand and Stevenson.

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FLOURIDE IN AYLMER’s WATER?

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(This is the response provided by Andrew J. Henry, P.Eng. Division Manager, Regional Water Supply Lake Huron & Elgin Area Water Supply Systems to an inquiry about the flouridation of Aylmer’s water – in light of London’s current debate about the continuation of using flouride)

“The Elgin Area Water Supply System was initially constructed, owned and operated by the Ontario Water Resources Commission (a Provincial Crown agency and forerunner to the Ministry of the Environment) in about 1967, and initially supplied the City of St. Thomas and the Ford Assembly Plant near Talbotville. In 1964, prior to the completion of the construction of the water treatment plant and transmission pipeline, the City of St. Thomas undertook a plebiscite in accordance with the Fluoridation Act. As a result of the 1964 plebiscite, fluoride has been added to the municipal drinking water from the Elgin Area water treatment plant since construction. All municipalities and communities that have subsequently joined the Elgin Area Water System have received fluoridated water.

Fluoride added to the drinking water meets the stringent guidelines and requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and its Regulations, and currently averages about 0.6mg/L (0.6 parts per million) of fluoride. The current guideline objectives for the addition of fluoride in drinking water is between 0.5mg/L to 0.8mg/L with a Maximum Allowable Concentration of 1.5mg/L. It should also be noted that some municipal drinking water systems (primarily from groundwater sources) have naturally occurring levels of fluoride, many of which are in excess of the current guidelines for fluoride addition and the Maximum Allowable Concentration.”

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MOSSLEY HERITAGE GETS ONTARIO GRANT

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MOSSLEY – (Ontario announced last week a grant of $12,800 to the Mossley Post Heritage and Citizenship Society to assist in the organization of their artifacts.  President Alison Warwick provided this information about the group) -

“Our group was formed in 1987 and we are well supported by our local community. We meet at the former general store and post office in Mossley every third Monday of the month. We have a large number of artifacts that have been donated by residents of Thames Centre that we would like to ensure that they are stored properly and are shared back to the community.

We plan to catalogue the items, describe them, take pictures of them and upload them to our website so that anyone with an interest can access them. There is more information regarding our group with some background information and a list of some upcoming events on our website www.mossleyheritagesociety.com. The artifacts we have, are quite a wide range – anything from items that were used in the general store throughout the years, such as  handmade baby clothes in excellent condition,the original massive postmasters wicket with the original pigeon holes for residents mail, and lots of other interesting things.The majority of these items have been donated by local residents We are not a museum yet but once all of these things are catalogued we will be able to share these artifacts and information about them online as they will be featured on our website. We hope to able to use the building in the future but at this time considerations such as the added insurance etc. will have to be addressed.

The building can be opened anytime if someone wishes to visit by appointment, we have hosted womens institute meetings and other groups, and the store is also used by the Thames Centre Municipal Heritage group for their meetings.  A March luncheon is a fun way for our group to fundraise by opening the store and serving a lunch, this allows local residents and visitors to see the store in a relaxed fun atmosphere. Our hours will be 11:30 to 2:30 for that event on March 26th 2011.

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TUESDAY, March 8/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

-EEC Complex regular meeting, 7:30 pm

- Tuesday, March 8, 2011 is the 7th Annual Skate Canada Western Ontario High School Invitational at the EEC Complex- 8:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. An estimated 30 high school teams from southwestern Ontario will be competing.

-Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day

-(Wed – EESS Coffeehouse, 7 pm)

-(Wed – EESS hosts WOSSAA Girls Hockey)

-(Thurs – Blood Clinic at EEC Complex)

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MONDAY, March 7/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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- Aylmer Council, 7pm

-(Tues – Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day)

-(Wed – EESS hosts WOSSAA Girls Hockey)

-(Thurs – Blood Clinic at EEC Complex)

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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Looking at Catfish Creek flooding Saturday from the Myrtle St. Bridge (view is west to Kinsmen Pavillion) - (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT

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– 8:53 a.m. – February 28, 2011 – Station #2, Hacienda Road, Medical Assist

– 3:40 p.m. – March 3, 2011 – Station # 1, Nova Scotia Line, Medical Assist

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AYLMER COUNCIL TODAY:

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SOME AGENDA ITEMS: – Council will consider a request from the Aylmer Museum for a $10,000 grant again this year.

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PT. BRUCE  ICE UPDATE:

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(From Catfish Creek C.A.)  “The creek is ice free throughout the entire system with some ice sheets hung-up on the banks due to high waters experienced this past weekend -  the bulk of the ice was forced out of Port Bruce by elevated water conditions on Saturday March 5th at 16:30.”

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ADDITIONAL CHARGES IN BAR FIGHT

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AYLMER - Information from an inside surveillance video allowed Aylmer Police to lay charges in a February 27 incident inside an Aylmer bar. A 21-year old Aylmer male was charged with aggravated assault after a 29-year old Vienna male was hit in the face with a beer bottle – requiring 20 stitches – after a pool game argument around 3 am.  Police also additionally charged a 28-year old Malahide female -as well as a London male -  with being intoxicated in a public place after a second incident, this time outside the bar as the beer bottle victim was being transported to an ambulance. A police officer was kicked at that time.

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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A view Sunday of the flooding of the area south of Steen Park (taken from the top of the toboggan hill) (CLICK)

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