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WEDNESDAY, April 10/13





-Fri-Sun -Aylmer Fair Home and Garden Show; EEC Complex





(From Environment Canada – for St. Thomas – Aylmer – East Elgin; 4 am Wed. )


“A series of low pressure systems will continue to give several rounds of rain to the region through Thursday. The rain may be heavy at times with isolated thunderstorms possible. Total rainfall amounts of 50 to 80 mm are expected before Friday. The rain may change to freezing rain Thursday in the London and Oxford areas.”




(Statement today from Catfish Creek CA) – “Adverse weather patterns are forecast for the Catfish Creek watershed and surrounding area indicating that water levels are expected to increase…Due to the amount (55 – 80 mm) of forecasted precipitation today through Friday coupled with any residual snow pack there is a potential for flooding to occur in flood prone areas adjacent to water channels in the Catfish Creek watershed…This Flood Outlook Statement will remain in effect until Monday April 15th.”





(Information from Ken Laing of the Elgin NFU) – “The Elgin branch of the National Farmers Union joined in a protest against the release of Genetically Modified Alfalfa in London in front of MP Ed Holder’s constituency office yesterday. About 100 persons, both consumers and farmers, turned up to raise awareness of the dangers of releasing yet another GM crop. Malorie Knoester presented a petition with about 300 names on it to Ed Holder’s assistant. In St.Thomas two NFU members, Cathy McGregor-Smith and Ian Edgar, presented a petition with over 500 names to Malcom Allen the federal NDP agriculture critic.”







(Information from Julie Cox, Springfield School Parents Council Chair, and Principal Scott Purvis)  – “The Thames Valley District School Board recently made a significant investment in the Springfield Public School library where three state-of-the-art computer centres were installed to support student learning and engagement. The upgrade to our computers actually opened up some additional space in our library and our supportive School Council decided to seize the opportunity to launch a fundraising campaign to provide a few additional enhancements.  School Council developed a “wish list” of items – including carpeting, additional shelving and a video screen.School. School Council then organized a “Room to Read” Community Supper at Malahide Community Place as a fund-raiser for these items”





(By Bill Murch) – “Council gave first and second reading to authorize the signing of an agreement between the Town and Mike Hutchinson Properties Inc for a development (two storey office building) at the southwest corner of Wellington Street and Talbot Street West in Aylmer.”





(Press Release) – “ The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award, an annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries, has announced this year’s finalists. Among those nominated are: Janet Bolin, ‘Threaded for Trouble’. The award will be presented in Toronto on May 29 at the Bloody Words convention, which is Canada’s oldest and largest convention of mystery readers and authors. The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000. Brolin, an author living in Pt. Burwell, was also nominated last year although she did not win.





(Contributed) – “A Missing Link Theatre Company is presenting, as a world premiere, Norm Foster’s newest comedy, ‘The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby’ at the London Convention Centre. Artistic Producer is Rick Kish, former Artistic Director of Port Stanley Festival Theatre, The play previews April 23 at 8 pm with its official opening on April 25 at 8pm and then running until May 4. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office.”




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TUESDAY, April 9/13





-Fri-Sun. -Aylmer Fair Home and Garden Show at EEC Complex






(From the Aylmer Police) – Aylmer Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Downtown Convenience Store on Talbot Street East around 9:30 last night. A lone male entered the store and immediately went behind the counter, pushing the store clerk backwards against the counter. He demanded money and took an undisclosed amount from the cash register. No weapon was observed.


The suspect’s description: male, 25-27 years, 5’6” – 5’7” tall, short dark brown hair, brown eyes, tanned complexion, no facial hair, medium build wearing a dark hoodie, camouflage bandana on face, and winter gloves. He left the store running west on Talbot Street. There are no suspects at this time.  Police are requesting assistance from the public in identifying the person(s) responsible. The public may contact the police directly or through Crime Stoppers.






(Statement today from Catfish Creek CA) – “Adverse weather patterns are forecast for the Catfish Creek watershed and surrounding area indicating that water levels are expected to increase… Due to the amount (55 – 80 mm) of forecasted precipitation today through Friday coupled with any residual snow pack there is a potential for flooding to occur in flood prone areas adjacent to water channels in the Catfish Creek watershed

Environment Canada’s precipitation forecast indicates that potentially hazardous water levels and associated increased water flow conditions will exist within the Catfish Creek watershed… This Flood Outlook Statement will remain in effect until Monday April 15th when the runoff conditions are expected to ease.”






(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “Aylmer’s annual Brush collection will be held next week. It is for brush only which must be placed at the curb. It will be picked up on the day prior to one’s regularly scheduled garbage day. It must be in bundles with no tree limbs greater than eight inches in diameter. Yard waste will be collected the following week.”






The monthly Seniors Day Out program at the EEC Complex will be held next Tuesday. Guest presenter is Ida Tigchalaar, a nurse with Palliative Care at St Josephs Health Care in London who will speak on end of life care. Participants can also take part in adult skate, play shuffleboard or be part of a fitness class led by Fitness to the Max. The event runs from 9:30 am to 12:30 and includes lunch. Cost is $10. Pre-registration is required.


As well, in the afternoon from 1230 to 3:30 will be a Service Providers Exhibition featuring information from: County of Elgin Economic Development and Tourism, Town of Aylmer, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin, East Elgin Community Complex, Serenity House, VON Middlesex– Elgin, Speak Up Information, Alzheimer Society Elgin, Hills Pharmacy, County of Elgin and Seniors’ Services, and Serenity House.




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MONDAY, April 8/13





-Aylmer Council, 3:30


-Fri-Sun – Aylmer Fair Home and Garden Show, EEC Complex






-Deven, Andrew; of Aylmer; on Friday, aged 59. Survivors include: wife Laurie (Nicholson) Deven etc.. He was born in England  and had been an employee at the Ford Motor Company, Talbotville. There will be no service. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Ross, Audrey; of Aylmer, passed away Friday, in her 73rd year. Wife of the late James Travis “J.T.” Ross (2012). Audrey was a member of the Open Bible Baptist Church, Aylmer. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 pm; where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday,  at 11:00 am.


-Bailey, Hazel Margaret; of Gladstone, passed away at Terrace Lodge, Aylmer Saturday, in her 90th year. Wife of the late Glenn Rogers (1956) and the late Clarence Bailey (2003).  Survivors include: son Maurice (Shirley) Rogers of Gladstone etc.. She was born in South Dorchester Township. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 am.






(The town will be given an architectural award from the Elgin St.Thomas Architectural Conservancy of Ontario for its remodelling of the Bandshell. The following information is from Barb Green of the local ACO)  – “This is the first year that we have given out awards – we are modelling our awards and awards ceremony on the way the London branch of ACO does things.


There has been a lot of heritage architecture lost with the most famous example being Alma College. We are trying to reward those people who do do the right thing to maintain/refurbish their buildings. We divided the awards into 5 categories – Public, Commercial, Residential, Elements, Advocacy and Education.  There are 8 awards altogether and we tried to have representatives from both east and west Elgin included.  The awards will be announced Tuesday, April 16 at our awards ceremony beginning at 7:30 at the St.Thomas Elgin Public Arts Centre.”






– April 3, 2013, Station #3,  Ron McNeil Line, Medical Assist

– April 5, 2013, Station #1, 48799 John Wise Line, Grass Fire

– April 5, 2013, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– April 7, 2013, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist

– April 8, 2013, Station #3,  Hacienda Road, Medical Assist






-A 16 year old Aylmer girl was charged with drug possession (marijuana/’mushrooms’) after her mother turned her and her drugs in last Thursday.


-Several unlocked vehicles in driveways were entered and a quantity of change taken overnight last Monday, beginning on Holland Ave and continuing down Caverly and over to Dufferin and Arthur Court.






-No charges were laid after police were called to investigate an incident where a van driven by a woman from Mexico, in trying to exit a parking spot, backed into another van on John Street just south of the main intersection around 5:30 pm last Friday. There were no damages.


-A 62-year old Aylmer woman was charged with driving not in safety last Monday morning after an accident at the corner of Talbot and Wellington Streets.





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FRIDAY, April 5/13





-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 3:30 pm






-Jongedyk, Wytske “Louise”; formerly of Aylmer, passed away Wednesday, in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Harry Jongedyk(2001). Survivors include: son Tony (Laurie) of RR1, Aylmer etc.. Visitation at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday,  2013 at 11:00 am.






(Contributed by Avril Currie) – “The Frugal Family Meals is a program to help off-set the expenses ie. rent of the Aylmer Corner Cupboard Foodbank. The program was designed to encourage families to set aside $5.00 per month to represent a frugal meal or the savings a family could accumulate by eating more frugally once a month.


The Frugal Family Meals program has been running for almost four years now and has raised over $30,000. The rationale behind the project was that if many people were to donate a little bit, then the expenses to run the foodbank would be covered and any other funds could go directly toward the purchase of food and the necessary supplies provided to families.


Unfortunately, this year has seen a growing need for food because of the current social and economic hardships families are trying to overcome, e.g., unemployment.  It has also been a year showing a dip in contributions for our program.


Interested people wanting to register their membership should email Greg Currie at gcurrie@amtelecom.net or drop off a note (and later their contributions) in one of the Frugal Family Meals collection boxes at these locations: Tim Hortons, John St. North, Campbell’s Office Pro, The Perc Coffee Shop, or Studer’s Variety Store.  An on-going total is kept of their givings and at the end of each calendar year the Corner Cupboard Foodbank issues an income tax receipt to each member.”






(Contributed) – “Mike Goble, formerly of the Aylmer area, was a finalist in the Kraft Hockey Goes On contest and recently won $20,000 for the Minor Hockey Association in the town he lives in, Lakefield Ontario. There were over 1000 nominated and over 3 million votes.”






Michael Mitchell, a Canadian childrens’ performer, who features songs on Canadian geography and heritage, will appear at McGregor Public School at an assembly on Wednesday, April 17 at 9:20 am. Mitchell, who sings ‘I’ve got Canada in my Pocket’, a song that teaches children about various Canadian coins, has written songs for Sesame Street and PBS. (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnZlAOSEmYQ)





LUTON – This village east of Imperial Road on #45 Highway was originally called Centreville because of its location in the middle of Malahide (that name actually appears on the 1864 Tremaine Map of Elgin). It was changed later in the 1860’s, presumably named after a local businessman Daniel Luton. The old school and church still exist but apparently a hotel was built here in the 1800s. (Source: Hugh Sims – History of Elgin)






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THURSDAY, April 4/13





-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils


-Mon. – Aylmer Council,  3:30 pm






-Greer, Jane; of Aylmer, passed away Wednesday, in her 80th year. Wife of the late Ronald Greer(2009). Survivors include: children – Bob(Lucille), Lynn, Janice, Chris and Kevin Greer; Sister of Geurt (Janny) Buis, Nick (Sadie) Buis , Ben (Nel) Buis, Mary Provost, Jenny Driesman, Minnie Chapman, Mina (Gerry) Huizing; Sister-in-law of Nel Buis etc.. She was born in the Netherlands. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church Saturday at 1:00 pm.






A charge of following too close was laid by Aylmer Police against a 28-year old Pt Bruce man after a collision involving three vehicles at John and Clarence Streets last Monday, March 25 about 3:45 pm. A Straffordville woman going south on John had stopped her car and was waiting for children to cross Clarence as she was turning right on to Clarence. A  minivan driven by a London woman had stopped behind her. The van was then struck by a pickup truck driven by the Pt Bruce man. There was minor damage and no injuries.






(Information from Malahide Clerk Diana Wilson) – “Malahide Council approved its 2013 Budget in the amount of $12,308,559.76 at its March 21st meeting – it provides for a total taxation revenue increase of $172,621.69 for township purposes (which includes increases in payments in lieu, supplemental taxation, and taxation write-offs); and that increase currently represents a lower tier (municipal) tax levy increase of about 2.87%.”






Among agenda items for Monday’s Council are:


-Discussion on a proposal from Mike Hutchinson Properties for development of a two-storey commercial building on the southwest corner of Talbot and Wellington Streets.





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WEDNESDAY, April 3/13





-Thu. -Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils






Superior Court Judge Mary Jo Nolan granted an injunction in favour of two local bus companies late Tuesday afternoon.


Ravins Buslines of Tillsonburg and Badder Buslines of Aylmer, as plaintiffs, had argued in St.Thomas court last week against an initiative by Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services to begin a request for proposals to start bidding  for local bus transporation routes for the TVDSB. In her decision the judge said: “I find it is more likely than not that irreparable harm will be caused to the plaintiffs if an injunction is not granted” and declared that  “STS shall withdraw its current RFP.”


She agreed that “the manner in which the current RFP is structured preordains that they (Ravins, Badder) will be unsuccessful either in obtaining routes or routes that are viable and the result is they will suffer financial ruin.” Many independent school bus operators across Ontario are battling against a consortia which already runs considerable student transportation in the province by awarding contracts to large transportation multinationals. Another court case, which is believed will determine the overall issue, is slated for the fall in eastern Ontario.






-Hambleton, Dorothy; of Tillsonburg, passed away Tuesday, at the age of 74. Survivors include: sister Norma (Glen Foster) of R.R.1, Belmont etc.. Visitation at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Monday,  from 7:00-9:00 p.m. with the funeral at Verhoeves on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.






The fourth annual Aylmer Home and Garden Show, sponsored by the Aylmer Fair Board, will be at the EEC Complex next weekend. The show will be held on Friday, April 12 from 3 to 9 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. Admission is $5 per person; children under 12 are free.


Said AFB Secretary Elaine Earhart:  “We are really excited because once again we have a full show, but there is more variety in what the community will want to see. We always have local home improvement businesses, however this year we have more in the way of gardening businesses as well. We have more door prizes to give away along with a draw for a BBQ and another for a Patio set. Many of our booths will also be having free draws so we hope people will be sure to stop at all 70 different businesses to fill out a ballot.


We have The Gold Refinery there to pay cash on the spot for any gold brought to the show, we have a fishing adventures booth, some service club booths, jewellery booths, essential oils, herbs and spices, free face painting and balloon give aways for the children etc. The best part is that we are in the Community Complex again, making it a familiar spot for anyone who attends.”






By Bill Murch


Aylmer Council held a Public Budget Meeting last night in the Old Town Hall theatre. Eight people attended.


Mayor Couckuyt and Deputy Mayor Richer stated they were pleased with the proposed 2013 budget which saw a 1.03% tax increase for the town’s portion over last year. Councillor Oslach said he was disappointed that the East Elgin Community Complex did not reduce their budget from a 2.26% increase.


A member of the Aylmer Taxpayers Advisory Committee spoke and said he was disappointed that there wasn’t a 15% overall decrease in taxes. His group believes the Town needs to rein in spending in order to remain viable and to be able to compete economically with surrounding communities. They would also like to see town departments put forward well structured business plans to justify major purchases such as a new ladder truck for the Fire Department.


Another citizen echoed the comment that formal business plans are needed to explain and justify ‘big ticket’ purchases. He said he has yet to see one that justifies the Fire Department having a ladder truck. He also questioned the need to purchase new energy efficient lights for the Town’s sports field. He said that they were only affordable if the money saved through the use of the new LED street lights was used to pay off the $840,000 loan the Town was taking out. He also encouraged the Finance Committee and Council to continue to explore ways to find savings through partnerships with the Township of Malahide and the County of Elgin. Policing, fire fighting and economic development were three areas where he thought opportunities existed.








“Two Aylmer men, aged 23 and 24 years old, have been charged with robbery and weapons possession after an incident in town last Thursday afternoon. A St Thomas man was robbed at knifepoint at a Talbot Street west residence – both suspects, who were known to the victim, were arrested in the next few days.  Some oxycontin pills were stolen during the robbery.”





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TUESDAY, April 2/13






-Aylmer Council Public Budget Meeting, 7pm





BELMONT – Burford edged Belmont 3-2 here Friday before some 800 fans in the deciding game of their OMHA Novice six-point hockey finals.






-Newland, Charles; of RR1, Eden, passed away Sunday, in his 90th year. Survivors include: wife Mary (Brown Pressey) Newland; three children, seven stepchildren etc.. Charlie was a farmer east of Aylmer at Springer Hill for many years. Funeral service at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday at 2 p m. with visitation one hour prior.


-Saarloos, Gerrie; of Aylmer, passed away Thursday, in her 84th year. Wife of the late Floor Saarloos (2006). Survivors include: children – Casper (Wilma) Saarloos, Dick (Renee) Saarloos, Graham (Janet) Saarloos, Wilfred (Joanne) Saarloos, Kelvin (Rose) Saarloos, Alec (Elaine) Saarloos; all of the Aylmer area etc.. She was born in the Netherlands and had 48 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. The funeral was held yesterday. Arrangements were through Kebbels Funeral Home.


-Ordinal, Amanda Lee (Mauer); of Lyons, on Sunday, in her 25th year. Partner of Bryan Ball. Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home, Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday, at 1:00 pm.


-Ross, Lela Mae; formerly of Springfield, passed away Thursday, in her 90th year. Wife of the late Howard S. Ross (1995). Survivors include: children – Nancy (Rowland) Hill, Dave (Tammy) Ross, Doug Ross; all of the Aylmer area. She was born in Springfield. Funeral service at Kebbels Funeral Home this Saturday at 11:00 am. with visitation one hour prior to the service.


-Tillotson, Donald Frederick; of Vienna, on Friday, in his 75th year. Husband to Marlene Tillotson. Survivors include: son Jim (Margaret) Tillotson; sisters in law Shirley Graham of Port Burwell and Velma Tillotson of Aylmer etc.. Don was a retired Superior Propane employee. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. with the funeral service at Ostranders on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.





(Information from Jim Jenkins, chairman of the EEC Complex board) – “After nine years of operations, the Town of Aylmer and the Township of Malahide have agreed that they would like to undertake a full operational review of the EECC. The proposed Organizational Review, of which a Request for Proposal has now been issued, will take a more detailed focus and will look at the financial support and service levels of the EECC. It will also include: a comparison of a minimum of four facilities of similar size i.e. twin ice pads; the staffing needs; and  the efficiencies of the facility, such as mechanical operations and revenue sources.


The review of the EECC that was conducted by N. G. Bellchamber & Associates in October of 2011 focused primarily on the financial impact (cost per capita) of recreation facilities and programming on area residents relative to a sample of other municipalities.  This review was not designed to look in depth at the specific operations and administration. The other focus was to review the governance structure, in particular the joint municipal agreement governing the EECC.”






(Contributed) – “The VON Community Support Services provides Transportation, Meals On Wheels, Volunteer Visiting, Seniors SMART Exercise Programs, Telephone Re-assurance, Dining Events and Home Help to seniors and adults with disabilities within Elgin County. VON is a not-for-profit organization working to help individuals in the community to maintain their independence living in their own home.


Volunteers are urgently needed to meet the needs of our community and help people remain independent.  If you would like to share your time and compassion with our transportation program or any other VON Community Support Services please call, VON at 519-637-6408 or 1-800-201-0909.”






Kyle O’Neill, 24,  of Aylmer won the 5 km Downtown Road Race in London Saturday morning. Paul Rochus, 19, of Aylmer was fifth (he was ninth last year) and Darryl Thiessen, of Aylmer, placed 91st.






– March 30, 2013, Station #2, Imperial Road, Brush Fire

– March 31, 2013, Station #4,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– April 1, 2013, Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist






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THURSDAY, March 18/13






*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish Friday or Monday



-Sat. -Club 7 Paper Drive

-Tue. -Aylmer Council Public Budget Meeting, 7pm






Singer Fred Eaglesmith of Pt. Dover will be at the Pt. Burwell Legion on Saturday at 8pm as part of his Travelling Steamshow tour which has been focussing on local Legion halls. Tickets are $25 advance; $30 at the door. The Legion seats 80 persons.

(Contributed) – “During his concerts at Legions and community hall across Ontario he takes a moment to auction off pies that audience members provide. The money raised during these auctions goes to Operation Smile, a charity which provides operations to repair cleft lips, palates and other facial surgeries of children in third world and impoverished countries. As well, some of the many colourful day to day adventures and stories of life on the road with Fred and the band have been recently compiled into a newly released book, Travelogue by Bill Poss and will be available for purchase at the show.”






Aylmer Council will hold their Public Budget meeting as part of their regular council session on Tuesday at 7pm. The public may make submissions, comments on the proposed budget at that time.








One hundred years ago, in April, 1913, the Aylmer Express printed a special magazine on the town featuring many photographs  – the Industrial and Farming Number. Although there are only a few original copies left, a reproduction is available for viewing at the Aylmer library.

The magazine contained views of many homes, churches, businesses etc. in Aylmer and Malahide and was designed apparently as a promotion venture, addressing the advanages of the area for “residence, manufacturing, and farming.”









The first settler was a Charles Kuntze who came from Denmark (and so named the village after the famous city there) and build an inn on the corner.






“Historic Buildings of Aylmer”  (On sale for $15 at:

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)







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