Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


MONDAY, July 11/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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- Aylmer Council, 3:30

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-(Thursday – Blood Donor Clinic at EEC Complex, 2:30-4; 5:30-8 pm)

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x-AYLMER REEVE DIES

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AYLMER – Roger Vandierendonck, former Reeve of Aylmer,  died Thursday. He was born in Belgium and after moving to Canada was a life long resident of Aylmer . He served on the Separate School Board for 5 years , Chairman for 2 years, the East Elgin High School Board for 6 years – he was their last Chairman in 1968, and  the Elgin County Board of Education for 15 years – being Chairman in 1980.  He also served 11 years on the Aylmer Town Council – 2 years as Councillor, 3 years as Deputy Reeve, and 3 years as Reeve .  (See Obit below).

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OBITUARIES:

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On Thursday, July 7, 2011. Roger Albert Vandierendonck of St. Thomas and formerly of Aylmer in his 86th year. Beloved husband of the late Loreen (Dark) Vandierendonck(2010).  Friends may call at the H. A. KEBBEL FUNERAL HOME, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers Sunday at 4 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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-Alfred Harold Baker of Aylmer in his 92nd year. Husband of Eileen (Pryce) Baker. Alfred served in WW ll in the Hong Kong Campaign. A Legion Service will be held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday, July 10 at 7 p.m. and public Visitation will follow until 9 p.m. A private family funeral service will be held on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm.

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-On Saturday, July 9, 2011. George G. Gotzmeister of R.R.5, Aylmer in his 55th year. Loving father of Amber(Chris) and papa of Taylor. Special friend of Deb Bowen. Dear son of Rose (Siebenmorgen) Gotzmeister and the late George Gotzmeister. Brother of Helen Mazurka and husband Bob of Conestogo and Dan Gotzmeister and wife Dorothy of R.R.#5, Aylmer. Cremation has taken place. A service will be held at H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home on Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 11:00 am.  Visitation on Tuesday July 19 from 7-9 p.m.

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Van OVERLOOP, Elmeta Mary - On Thursday, July 7, 2011 at Victoria Hospital, at the age of 50 years. Beloved wife of Andre Van Overloop of Dorchester. Dear mother of Kelsey, Julien and Lydia.  Daughter-in-law of Florent and Judy Van Overloop of Aylmer. Sister-in-law of Annette Bueschleb, Carl (Heidi) Van Overloop, Brent (Ramona) Meharg and Darren (Christine) Meharg.  A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 12 at 12 pm at MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 1559 Fanshawe Park Rd. E. London with visitation prior to the service from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

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AYLMER COUNCIL TODAY:

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Agenda items include:

-Discussion of Bandshell rental rates (ie. $25 an hour)

-Pool Bathhouse Replacement Tenders (Staff is reccommending Nordons of London at $238,000; Keith Hunt of Aylmer bid was at $259,000 (see Council agenda website for rationale))

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EEC COMPLEX SUMMER PROGRAMS

-(From LeeAnne Feeney, Program Co-Ordinator)

-REGULAR PROGRAMS:

Shuffleboard- Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 2:00pm to 4:00pm $3/player

Adult Skate- Tuesday and Thursday Mornings from 9:30 am to 10:30am; $3/ skater; rental skates $2/pair

Figure Skating- Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm to 5:00pm; $5/skater

Tiny Tots- Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:30am to 11:30am; rental skates $2/pair; free for preschooler and their parent/guardian

Mini Shinny- Wednesdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm; $2/ preschooler

Shinny- Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:30pm to 5:00pm; $5/player; CSA equipment recommended

Indoor walking- Tuesday and Thursday Mornings from 7:00am to 9:00am; $1/walker

Family Skate- Friday July 22 5:00pm to 6:00pm; $6/family; rental skates $2/person and Friday August 26 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. $6/family

-Youth Day Camp

Youth Day camp is July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25,26,27,28,29, August 8,9,10,11,12,15,16,17,18,and 19. Our Day camp runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day and included skating. (rental skates are available for $2/pair). Day camp costs $20/participant/day. We offer extended care from 8:30am to 9:00am and also from 4:00pm to 4:30pm. Each extended care option costs $5/session. Children will get to play games, make crafts, play outside, read library books, and skate. Registrations for camp are due two weeks in advance.

-Summer Skating Program

The summer skating programs offers Junior skating for badges up to Junior Bronze Free Skate, Senior-Competitive skating for skaters who have passed Jr. Bronze Free Skate or Bronze Skills and Dance or entering high school or an adult skater, Competitive skating for additional sessions and guest skating.

*For more information on all of our programs please visit our website at www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca and go to our program section.

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HABS SIGN BRIAN WILLSIE

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(From MONTREAL  CANADIENS SITE)- Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Thursday the signing of forward Brian Willsie to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2011-12 season.
In 2010-11, Willsie finished second in scoring with the Hershey Bears and 11th overall in the AHL with 68 points (30 goals, 38 assists) in 76 games. Willsie also appeared in one NHL game with the Capitals, collecting one assist.

Willsie, 33, played 381 career regular season games in the NHL with Colorado, Washington and Los Angeles. He has registered 109 points (52 goals, 57 assists) and 217 penalty minutes. He also suited up for 10 playoff contests with the Avalanche between 2001 and 2003.

Since his professional debut in 1998-99, the 6’01’’, 202 lbs forward appeared in 473 career regular season games in the AHL, registering 365 points (173 goals, 192 assists) and 308 penalty minutes. A native of Belmont, Ontario, Willsie was drafted in the seventh round, 146th overall by the Colorado Avalanche at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Capitals as a free agent on July 14, 2010.

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FRIDAY, July 8/11

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SATURDAY – OBIT

On Thursday, July 7, 2011. Roger Albert Vandierendonck of St. Thomas and formerly of Aylmer in his 86th year. Beloved husband of the late Loreen (Dark) Vandierendonck(2010).  Friends may call at the H. A. KEBBEL FUNERAL HOME, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Prayers Sunday at 4 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish summer Saturdays

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-(Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30)

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HAY, GO SLEEP ON MANURE! (At Schippers)

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AYLMER – Schipper Dairy Farms, on the far side of Springer Hill east of Aylmer, will display their new state-of-the-art milking parlour and barn this Saturday from Noon to 3 pm in an Open House organized by the Elgin Dairy Producers. Harry and Grace Schipper and their son Darryl this past winter completed a new dairy barn with extensive computerized milking facilities and a Bedding Master system which automatically prepares cow manure for animal bedding. It is believed to be the first in Ontario to have this. The Schippers, who have been at this site since 1978, milk 200 Holstein and Jersey cows three times a day. This is the first time the Elgin Milk Producers have hosted such an Open House – its purpose is to educate the public on milking techniques and to show off the new system. There is no charge and there will be free chocolate milk and ice cream.

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AYLMER SPLASHPAD UPDATE

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(Information from Char Ierullo of the Splashpad Committee)
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- “We have placed donation jars in businesses downtown and placed brochures for information.  We have just started with fundraising for the project and we are pleased with the tremendous amount of interest from the community.  We have set up an email account that we monitor daily.  We would love to hear from anyone who is interested in helping our committee by raising funds through their business, organization or club or even from individuals that would like to see the Splash Pad constructed in Aylmer.  This project will cost approximately $312,000.00.  With grants, large and small donations etc.  we will be able to provide the residents of Aylmer and the surrounding area with a fabulous Splash Pad.  On the donation form there is a picture of what the Splash pad will look like.  People can donate to this project by contacting us at aylmersplashpad@gmail.com or by sending a donation to the Rotary Club of Aylmer Box 131 Aylmer Ont, N5H 2R9.  Tax receipts will be issued for gifts over $20. 
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So far we have had a BBQ and silent auction that was put on by McTaggart, Armstrong, Dewar, Owen Insurance group.  The total cost of funds raised have yet to be tallied.  Private donations are coming in now as well.  Companies have contacted our committee and are interested in fundraising for the cause.  We would like to thank everyone for their interest so far and we have also started a Facebook page so when we have updates we will be able to post information on their as well.  Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Aylmer-Splash-Pad/119068178176589 ”
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HEALTH UNIT: WATCH HUMIDEX

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(From Elgin Health Unit) – “Environment Canada is predicting a hot and humid air mass to settle over Southwestern Ontario beginning Sunday.  Temperatures are forecast to reach the low thirties and with high dew points, associated humidex values are likely to be in the range 38 to 40 in many locales.  The exception will be those areas very close to the Great lakes, where it could be 10 degrees cooler providing local relief from the heat and humidity.”

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BEACHES GOOD! 

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(From Elgin Health Unit site) – “The water at the following eight beaches in Elgin County is tested weekly for the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination: 

  •  Port Glasgow ***
  •  Port Stanley – Erie Rest
  •  Port Stanley Main Beach
  •  Port Stanley Little Beach
  •  Springwater Conservation Area
  •  Port Bruce
  •  Port Burwell Main Beach
  •  Port Burwell Provincial Park.   

*** As of July 4th, 2011, Port Glasgow Beach is posted as unsuitable for swimming as a result of high levels of bacterial contamination.  All other beaches in the area are not posted”

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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A stone plaque detailing the involvement of the Monteiths in the Bandshell history has recently been added to the base of the Bandshell information plaque at the corner of John/Sydenham. (Yes, there are already two Palmer family contribution plaques on the side of the Bandshell!) (kb) (click)

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THURSDAY, July 7/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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- Bayham, Malahide Councils

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-(Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30)

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ELGIN HEALTH: RESTAURANT SURVEY

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(Contributed) –  ”Elgin St. Thomas Public Health (ESTPH) is conducting an online survey to gather public input on the disclosure of restaurant public health inspections. Currently, in St.Thomas and Elgin County restaurant inspection reports are available by request only. Many of the other 36 health units across Ontario have moved to having a more accessible sort of inspection disclosure system in place, whether by posted signs (as in the City of London) or via an online database. ESTPH is taking a close look at what sort of disclosure system might work best for Elgin County, in the most cost-effective manner possible. ESTPH invites all members of the public to participate in the survey, including area residents, food service owners and operators, and people who commute to Elgin County from out of town. Please visit our home page at http://www.elginhealth.on.ca and follow the survey link.”

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(Every Thursday - by Dave Ferguson)

 

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THEATRE:

-Port Stanley Festival Theatre Presents 7-10 Split – Wednesday July 6th to Saturday July 23rd – A world premiere by Michael Wilmot. Wanna-be pro bowler, Earl, has fallen on hard times. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and when the internet comes a-calling Earl can’t resist. 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 www.portstanleytheatre.ca 

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MUSIC & STUFF: 

-Saturday Afternoons With The Clovermead Beekeeper – July 9th, 16th, 30th, Aug 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th – Spend 30 or so minutes or with the beekeeper and see a bee hive opened up for you personally. Admission includes access to the farm and all the fun and bee educational exhibits. Time: Tours start at 2:30pm Tickets: $8 (+tax); groups of 5 $35 (+tax). Website: www.clovermead.com

-Fairy Tea Party At Heritage Line Herbs – Saturday July 9th Enjoy a fairy afternoon for all ages at Heritage Line Herbs. Follow the fairy trail, scavenger hunt, games, activities, crafts and herb snacks.  Time: 1:30pm Tickets: $10 (preregistration required) Website: www.heritagelineherbs.com

-Happy Trails Hoedown – Saturday July 9th & Sunday July 10th – Come out for a toe tapping good time! Local musicians will be sounding out their talent @ Sand Hill Park Website: www.sandhillpark.com

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X-AYLMERITE IN TEXAS HAS A NOVEL

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(Mark Elley, 63,  was born and raised in Aylmer as was his wife Lynda (Carrothers). He has one brother Kirk and a sister Barbara still here. He  was a an educator for 38 years and a championship aquatics coach for 39 years in both Canada and the United States in Texas. He has begun a series of John Doyle mysteries based on true stories and events that took place in the late 1960’s and the 1970’s and provides this synopsis.)

“This books follows John’s journey from a late teenager through his working years as he takes on the world of crime as an undercover investigator including drugs,
murder, the IRA and jewel thieves. I was inspired to write this book because the theme came from my own life experience. Growing up as a teenager in the 1960’s I, like many of my friends, was bombarded by a series of social missiles firing at me. The Vietnam War, racism, the Hippie movement, and of course the drug culture were all things that influenced the writing of this book. They say that if you can remember growing up in the 60’s then you are a survivor. I survived and this story explains the reasons behind my survival. Ihaven’t seen any book of its kind on the market. The names and places have been fictionalized, some of the incidents have been embellished and in some cases made up but the story that inspired this novel is true.  The book is available in the USA on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites and in Canada at Amazon.ca. ”

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MPP NOTES AYLMER SOLAR SUPPORT

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(From MPP STEVE Peters’ Office) – ST. THOMAS – “Soon, even more homes and businesses in this area will be powered by two new clean energy projects, creating good jobs for families.Through Ontario’s clean energy Feed-in Tariff Program, these new large-scale renewable energy projects will provide enough electricity to power more than 280,000 homes across the province or a community the size of Windsor each year.  The projects , located in Southwestern Ontario along the Bruce to Milton transmission line, include:

• Silvercreek Solar Park, 9 km south of Aylmer, 10 MW”

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WEDNESDAY, July 6/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-(Thursday – Bayham, Malahide Councils)

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NO FARMERS MARKET

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Wilf Saarloos, Manager of the TSC/Country Depot, informs that there will be no Farmers’ Market at his site this summer due to a lack of interest by sellers – the market was up and running by this time in previous years.

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OBITUARIES:

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On Monday, June 27, 2011 Verna Lynn Propper of Brownsville age 57 years. Survivors include: son  Jason (Nicole) Propper of Lyons etc. ;  The family received friends and family at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME  on Saturday, July 2, 2011 . At Verna’s request there will be no public funeral service. Cremation to follow.

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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Lessons at the Aylmer Pool began Monday. (kb) (Click)

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LOCAL BERRIES UPDATE

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(Information from Dick Saarloos of BerryHill Farms, north of Aylmer) – “Strawberries are coming to an end but we had an excellent crop. Other than having to compete with cheap US berries, all went well.  Raspberries are looking very good, but not as bountiful as last year.”

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ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

“NEW SPRINGFIELD LIBRARY OPENS

(SPRINGFIELD)  – (Information provided by Brian Masschaele Elgin Director of Community Services)
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(The new Springfield Library is open today from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the new Malahide Community Hall. It was in the the Fire Hall building previously since 2002.)
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“There is more overall space, comfortable reading areas, a room that can be used for storytime and an area just for teens.  Elgin County Library also set aside $10,000 to devote to new and updated materials for Springfield that will continue to flow in over the rest of the year.
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The major difference is that we will have a lot more space, going from 1200 square feet in the current location to 1850 square feet plus use of an activity room for up to 50 people which means our highly successful programming efforts will only grow.  The new location will enable us to add two public access computers to the three we already have, accommodate a slightly larger collection, integrate more interactive features such as a digital display board, incorporate dedicated child and teen zones and also provide more work space for staff.  Most importantly, we will create a space that meets or exceeds accessibility requirements.I commend the Township of Malahide for the approach they have taken on this project.  They have consulted with us throughout the planning process and have incorporated our feedback into the final design.  I am particularly pleased that the branch will be part of a larger community complex as it offers us the chance to feed into a variety of cultural and community events.I am confident that the residents of Malahide will be very proud of this library!”
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TUESDAY, July 5/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Aylmer Mens Soccer, 7 pm, Steen Park

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(Thursday – Bayham, Malahide Councils)

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AYLMER ROOKIE BALL:  (by richard broer)

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“On Thursday, June 30th, The Rookie A’s beat the London North Red Sox 6  – 2 to put the their regular season record at 9 – 0.  Leading the way for the A’s with 3 hits was Seth Hedges. Jordan Steele, Ryan Nancekevill, Nolan Wiebe & Bryce Walcarius had 2 hits each and Alex Tichelaar,  Andie Wittland, Timothy Tapsell & Griffin Foster had 1 hit each.”

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EESS REUNION CHANGES PLANS

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The committee planning an EESS Reunion next year has changed its plans, said spokesperson Tim Stephens today. Its get-together is now just for 1970s graduates and their events will be held over the August Civic Holiday weekend and not the July 1st weekend. Activities include games, a dinner, a dance at the Saxonia etc. They have a facebook page with more information:     https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_140281939352907&ap=1

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FRIDAY NIGHT AT BANDSHELL:

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The Summers Corners AEMMC church is sponsoring a  free hotdogs and music event at the band shell this Friday night from 7-9 pm.  All are welcome.

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TRI-COUNTY MENS FASTBALL:

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-Recent Results:  – Sweaburg 5 Pt. Burwell 0; Ingersoll 11 Prt. Burwell 0, Innerkip 8 Pt. Burwell 5

-Upcoming: Friday – Straffordville at Pt. Burwell, 8 pm

-Standings: – Straffordville 5-10; Pt. Burwell 2-13

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THE SURVEY SAID:

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2. - July 1st Main Activitiy?

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1. With family 39.68%  (25 votes)  

2. Camping 6.35%  (4 votes)  

3. Just relaxing 22.22%  (14 votes)  

4. Have to work, Something else 9.52%  (6 votes)  

5. Going to fireworks 22.22%  (14 votes)  

-Total Votes: 63

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AYLMER MENS SOCCER

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-Recent Results: Aylmer Rampage 5, Glencoe 2; West Elgin 2 Rampage 0; Aylmer FC 5 Shedden 1

-Next Game – Tonight, 7 pm at Steen Park, Rampage host St.Thomas

-Standings: – West Elgin (1st), Rampage 7-2-1 (2nd) ; FC – 6-1-1 (3rd)

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MONDAY, July 4/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Aylmer Pool Lessons Begin today

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OBITUARIES:

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- On June 30, GEORGE SCOTT,of Aylmer in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Marjorie (Rutledge) Scott. Dear father of Margaret Huber and husband Bob of R.R.#2 Aylmer, George Scott and wife Ruby of R.R.# 5 Aylmer, Cathy Minjauw and husband Marlo of Aylmer.etc. George was a veteran of W.W.II, he was an Aylmer police officer from 1950-1953 and for 33 years worked for Wallace Plumbing. The funeral service will be held on Monday July 4, 2011 at 11:00 am at Kebbel Funeral Home.

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On Friday July 1, 2011. RALPH SNEDDON, of Aylmer and formerly Brantford at age 70. Beloved husband of 36 years to Patricia (Chittenden).  He worked at Aylmer Dairy and Aylmer Toolcraft. Cremation has taken place. At his request there will be no visitation or funeral service.

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At his home in Barrie on Friday July 1, 2011. QUINTEN PETERS beloved infant son of Christopher and Shondra (Dyck) Peters. Survivors include: his grandparents Henry and Mary Peters of Aylmer A funeral to celebrate Quinton’s life will be held at the Aylmer Cemetery on Monday, July 4, 2011. . H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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At her residence on Saturday, July 2, 2011. NORA HOLMES of  Paris and formerly  Aylmer in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Donald Holmes(2005). The funeral service will be held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 11:00 am. with visitation one hour prior.

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AYLMER POLICE INVOLVED:

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“Last Thursday,  the Royal Canadian Mounted Police London Rural Detachment and RCMP Hamilton Niagara Regional Detachments in partnership with officers from the Ontario Provincial Police, Aylmer Police Service, Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service and London Police Service executed three search warrants in Norfolk County following a month long investigation.As a result of this joint investigation, the search warrants were executed during an early morning raids this morning.  4 individuals have been arrested and are currently in custody.

The searches resulted in the seizure of a 40 caliber double barrelled pistol with ammunition, a replica pistol, brass knuckles, 3 separate packages of methamphetamine totalling approximately 3/4 lbs, scales, packaging, laboratory equipment, chemicals and supplies which are consistent with a large methamphetamine cooking operation.  Also seized was 2 pounds of marihuana and an outdoor grow operation with approximately 200 marihuana plants.”

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BAYHAM MAN ON TAX CHARGES

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 (Contributed) -St. Thomas, Ontario, June 30, 2011 …The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced  that David Bucknell, of Bayham Township, Ontario, was found guilty by Judge Michael O’Dea in the Ontario Court of Justice on June 27, 2011, on eight counts of failing to comply with a court order to file outstanding personal income tax returns. Sentencing is scheduled to take place on July 19, 2011.

In addition to any fines imposed by the courts, individuals 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.

On March 31, 2010, Bucknell, who is self-employed in property maintenance, pleaded guilty to failing to file his personal tax returns for 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 tax years. He was fined $8,000 and was ordered by Justice Eleanor Schnall of the Ontario Court of Justice to file his outstanding tax returns on or before August 27, 2010.

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MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS: 

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- June 28, 2011 – Station #2,  50146 Talbot Line, Authorized Burn Complaint 

- June 28, 2011 – Station # 1,  Sawmill Road, Medical Assist

– June 29, 2011 – Station # 1 assisted by Station # 2, Jamestown Line, Miscellaneous Spill 

– July 1, 2011 – Station #2 assisted by Station # 1, 50781 Talbot Line, MVC 

– July 2, 2011 – Station #2, Conservation Line, Medical Assist 

– July 2, 2011 – Station #1, Dexter Line, Medical Assist

– July 3, 2011 -  Station #3,  College Line, Medical Assist

– July 3, 2011 – Station #2, Carter Road, Medical Assist

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THURSDAY, June 30/11

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*TANews will not publish Canada Day

*TANews will not publish summer Saturdays

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Pt. Burwell hosts Ingersoll, Fastball 7 pm

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- (Friday – EEC Complex events/Fireworks)

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JULY IST AT EEC COMPLEX (Repeat) 

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-(Contributed) – “On Friday, July 1, 2011 (rain date: Saturday, July 2, 2011),  bring the family to celebrate Canada Day from 5:00pm-9:00pm at the East Elgin Community Complex in Aylmer.  There is something for everyone; ranging from inflatables, carnival games, cotton candy, mini golf, buggy rides, photo booth, crafts and activities.   Relax and enjoy a hamburger hot off the grill while taking in the live entertainment sponsored by McTaggart, Armstrong, Dewar & Owen Insurance Brokers –  Studio Arts Rock School Experience:  Join Brian May to have a rockin’ Canada Day!  Kids will have an opportunity to explore instruments (drums, guitars, keyboard, and singing), play in bands, and perform songs.  Remember to bring your skates for FREE public skating from 5:00pm-6:30pm.  Don’t worry if you don’t have skates, rentals are available for just $2 per pair, hockey and figure skates are available in a variety of sizes.  At  7:00pm join local dignitaries for the official Canada Day Celebration and cake cutting ceremony.  Stay for an incredible fireworks display starting at dusk and sponsored by the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer, donations will be collected at the entrance.”

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(EVERY THURSDAY – By Dave Ferguson)

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Canada Day Celebrations

-Aylmer – East Elgin Community Complex 5PM – 9PM

-Port Burwell with a parade at 11AM

-Port Stanley – Canfest July 1st- 3rd

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THEATRE

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-Port Stanley Festival Theatre Presents Boeing Boeing – Wednesday June 15th to Saturday July 2nd – “If one girl is good, then two would be better, and three would be … extraordinary!”  Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for best revival by Marc Camoletti. 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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MUSIC & STUFF

-Jazz Barbecue @Telegraph House in Port Stanley – July 1st from 5PM – 8PM Music provided by Don Durkee and Tom Starks. Come down for fabulous food & live jazz $20 advance $25 at the door  www.telegraphhouse.com  

-Pinecroft Music Series: Valdy & Graham Wordrop – Saturday July 2nd Renowned folk singer Valdy will be giving a concert at Pinecroft on Saturday, July 2, 2011. He is touring with New Zealand guitarist and guitar-maker Graham Wardrop. The Jammin’ in the Cabin gang will also be playing at the show.  Rain or shine. Don’t forget your lawn chair! Time: 1-5pm with tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door @ 8048 Rogers Road S, Aylmer Website: www.pinecroft.ca

-Annual Port Burwell Fun Fair – Friday July 1st The 15th Annual Fun Fair features crafts, children’s games, grab bags, bake sale, BBQ and more. Time:10am-3pm. Venue:  St. Paul’s Port Burwell/Vienna United Church 41 Erieus Street, Port Burwell

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AYLMER POOL OPENS TODAY

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(Contributed by Nancy Campbell) – Full public swim starts today. Free Public swim on Canada Day.  Public swim times – Afternoons  1:30 – 4:00 everyday.  Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday evenings  7 – 8:30. Swimmers may pay daily or we do have punch cards or seasonal passes available. 

Lessons – Start on July 4 and run in two weeks sessions every day.   9:30  – 1:00;Evening classes start   on July 5 Tuesday and Thursdays  5:00 -  6:45  

Staff this year.  – Sr. Head Guard -Kristi Knight/Jr. Head Guards  -Deanna Bak, Katie Knight, Sam Smith. – Instructors/Lifeguards  -Meaghan Bebelaar, Carleigh Bebelaar, Paul Rochus, Julie Toth, Jude Hoover, Levi Hoover, Alytta Teuber.  Assistant Instructors  -Rachel McMahon, Stevie Blankenship, Alexa Johnson, Riley Harbour, Megan Ormerod, John Robbins, James Smith.

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OBITUARIES:

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(From the Free Press, just posted) – DELANEY (King), Patricia Anne - on  January 18, 2011. Survivors include: son Michael Carroll (Pam) of Aylmer. Pat was born in Toronto and raised in Aylmer. Cremation has taken place.

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-Stanley “Stan“ Albert Porchak of Brownsville, on June 28, at the age of 78 years. Survivors include: son Brad Porchak of Vienna.  Friends and relatives will be received at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME, Tillsonburg on Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service for Stan will be held in Ostrander’s Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 11 a.m.

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THE SURVEY SAID:

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Of 50 voters, 26 said that Davenport should allow the McAnulty girl to graduate but 22 thought only Grade 8 attenders should/ 3 said a certificate with an asterisk.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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- (Friday – EEC Complex events/Fireworks)

- (Friday – July 1st -Aylmer Legion Events)

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JULY IST AT PT. STANLEY:

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(Contributed) – “At Telegraph House B&B..Port Stanley – 5/8pm  – July 1st – Jazz Barbecue -.$20 advance $25 at door  – Tom Starks,Organ/Don Durkee Tenor sax.”

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OBITUARIES:

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VILLEMAIRE, Thérèse (née Séguin) -  June 25, 2011,  at the age of 74 years. Survivors include: daughter Susan Baronas (John) of Straffordville etc. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 222 Lasalle Blvd. E. (at Notre-Dame), Sudbury, Thursday June 30, 2011 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel.

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‘WRITE YOUR LIFE’ AT LIBRARY

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(Contributed) – “Mariilyn Benner will guide patrons on how to write the story of their lives using the book : ‘How to Write the Story of Your Life by Frank P Thomas’.   This book shows writers how to mine the depths of their experience using the 5 R’s: research, remembering, ‘riting, reading and reproduction. These 8 sessions begin Thursday, July 7th at 7-9 p.m. at the Aylmer library”

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ONE YEAR AGO:

“DID YOU FEEL IT?!!!”

(The mini quake in Ontario was on June 23/10)

(A quick poll in THEAYLMERNEWS revealed that  55 readers didn’t but 43 did feel yesterday’s minor quake in Central Canada. Here are some  comments:)

“-Karen Mayo: I was in Espanola and felt it

-Melissa Segeren-Dawson: Just north of Springfield, it felt like a sway wave motion

-Melissa Lampman: The bench I was sitting on started to shake

-Cheryl Mann: Port Bruce, sure did

-Jodi McLean Brindley: Couldn’t figure out why my monitor was shaking and my coffee too

-Christine Peters: Talk about motion sickness. lol.

-Kelly Pearson: My chair and the stock on the walls started to sway.”

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WAGLER BOOK ON AYLMER AMISH

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(Ira Wagler, 50,  of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania,  left the Aylmer Amish at age 17 in the late 1970s.  He has a blog, he works for a building company and next week he has a book coming out through Tyndale Publishers – “Growing Up Amish”. He provided some insight for TANews.) 

1.  Some examples of relatives still in Aylmer/ Last time you were here?

“Everyone with the surname Wagler or Stoll, among a few others, is related to me. From first cousin to whatever distance. I was last in Aylmer for one day in early February, 2009, for my uncle Abner Wagler’s funeral. ”

2. -Why did you leave at age 17?

“Guess you have to read the book. A combination of a lot of factors. Restlessness, discontent, chafing at the rigid Amish rules and structure. And the youthful yearning for adventure, I suppose. ”
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3. Any contact with the Aylmer community now? 

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“Very little, except for my older sister  who lives there, surrounded by her family.”
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“Short answer: Because I write. I would have written everything in that book, sooner or later, and posted it on my blog at www.irawagler.com anyway. But the stars seemed to align, as far as timing. And so it all came down as it did. I’m still in a half-stunned, grateful awe that a respected international publisher like Tyndale picked it up. It’s always been my lifelong dream, to write a book.”
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“I have ten siblings, five brothers and five sisters. I am not estranged from any, thankfully. We are all glad to see each other when we get together. I can’t be grateful and thankful enough for that.”
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“When I lived there in my childhood, back in the late 60s, early 70s, there was only one district. Aylmer has grown some since, and they now have two districts, maybe three. People come and people go. That happens a lot in smaller communities like Aylmer, and doesn’t particularly reflect badly on the area.”

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TUESDAY, June 28/11

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AYLMER/EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Aylmer Rampage Mens Soccer, 7 pm Steen

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-(Friday – July 1st – EEC Complex events/Fireworks)

-(Friday – July 1st -Aylmer Legion Events)

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DAVENPORT GRAD ISSUE UPDATE:

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AYLMER – Today is the Davenport School Grade 8 graduation. Tonight is the parent-organized Grade 8 graduation dance at the Knights of Columbus hall. But Arden McAnulty’will not be at either - instead her parents Martin and Carie McAnulty of Aylmer  are hosting a party for her at the EEC Complex. The McAnultys,  whose daughter was denied participation in the Grade 8 graduation events, said last night they had been working all year on her involvement . They said  they were even assured by the TVDSB Director that she could graduate but that depended on the Principal’s consent. She had attended Davenport a Gr. 5-8 school for 3 years until going to a special needs school last year. The Parents group organizing the dance tonight did not respond yet to our request for a comment.

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OBITUARY:

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Edna Agnes Carrothers, London and formerly of Aylmer in her 88th year, on June 26. Survivors include: husband  Blake Carrothers and sister in-law to Graydon Carrothers and wife Gladys, Aylmer etc. Edna worked at  the Ministry of Natural Resources for 25 years. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 7-8 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 11:00 am. Cremation will follow.

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AYLMER RAMPAGE MENS SOCCER

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(From Kevin Verbruggen) – “We have had a busy season with all the weather and stuff.  The Aylmer Rampage Men’s Soccer team is having a wonderful season so far.  We are currently second in the standings in the South –Western Ontario Soccer League (SWOSL).  We have a  record of 6 -1-1.  Our only loss coming from the first place team in the league.  They are the defending two time league champs.  We face them tonight at Steen park in Aylmer at 7 and hope to hand them their first loss of the season.  We have played in Aylmer now for three season. ”

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NO SIGN, NO TICKET…YET?

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The west municipal parking lot, by the Bandshell, has no sign yet, similar to the east lot,indicating parking time restrictions. (kb) (click).

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AYLMER – About 30 vehicles were issued $10 parking tickets for parking too long in the west municipal parking lot last Thursday. However there is no time limit sign at the lot similar to one that is posted in the main east lot. And the offenders said no tickets had been issued previously in the nine months since it was redone – and no warning was given. Police Chief Andre Reymer said: “The parking lot is bylawed and has been so for decades. Signage is everywhere else on the street and other lots. Additional signs will be posted but the law still applies. Not getting a ticket before doesn’t grant any rights.”  Said Dan Dale , Aylmer’s Director of Municipal Services,  who did tell one offender yesterday her ticket would not be processed:  “ The Town will review tickets with the individuals at their request. Also the Director of Operations is making arrangements to have new 2 hr. parking signs installed. “

 

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TRICOUNTY FASTBALL:

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-RESULTS:

-Pt. Burwell 6, Burgessville 5

-Straffordville 5, Mt Elgin 1

-Hickson 8, Straffordville 6

-STD: – Straffordville 5-10; Pt. Burwell 2-10

UPCOMING – Pt. Burwell hosts Ingersoll Thursday

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LAST WEEKS SURVEYS:

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1.Ont. ban TanBeds for teens?

1. Yes, no one under 18 52.88%  (55 votes)  

  2. No, ok with parental consent 9.62%  (10 votes)  

  3. Yes, no one under 21 31.73%  (33 votes)  

  4. No, not a major problem 5.77%  (6 votes)  

    Total Votes: 104

2.Bayham Cuts Breakfast funding

 1. Schools should offer breakfast programs. 47.22%  (34 votes)  

  2. No way, feed your own children 34.72%  (25 votes)  

  3. Breakfast, but only 3 times a week 4.17%  (3 votes)  

  4.Breakfast, but children pay a reduced amount 13.89%  (10 votes)  

    Total Votes: 72

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MONDAY – LATER EDITION

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“MENNONITE CS AUCTION SATURDAY AT CURLING CLUB”
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