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FRIDAY, Dec. 21/12

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 *THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish again until Jan. 2

(Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!)

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Last day of school before holidays.

-Special EECC Family Skate – 5:00 to 6:00pm. $6 family.

 

 

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Q-Main CHRISTMAS EVE Activity?
 

Total Votes: 100

 

 

SCHOOLS COLLECT TOYS, CANS

 

McGregor Public School also participated in food/toy collections for the Aylmer Christmas Care program. Pictured are JK/SK students, left to right, Cedar Wilson Munro, Jayda Klassen and Mylee Small. Mrs. Casey’s JK/SK class also raised $100 through a penny drive/money tree. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

NEW YEAR’S DAY LEVEE

 

(Contributed) – The annual Aylmer Legion New Year’s Day Levee will be held from 1-3 pm. Clam Chowder and Moose Milk will be served. A Dress Code is in effect.

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVE CLOSING TIMES:

 

-Hills Uptown – 4pm

-Spicers – 5 pm

-Liquor, Beer Stores – 6pm

-Tim Hortons –  3pm,  Closed Dec. 25

-Valu Mart – 5 pm

-Library – 1 pm

-Shoppers – 6 pm

–Studers – 8pm;  Closed Dec. 25

-Royal Bank, 5pm

-Canadian Tire, 5pm

-Town Hall – Noon

-No Frills Gas – ?

 

 

BAYHAM BY-ELECTION CONFIRMED

 

(Information from Bayham Clerk Lynda Millard) – “Nomination forms for the office of Deputy Mayor in the Municipal By-Election to be held Monday, March 25, 2013, are now being accepted at the municipal office during regular business hours until 2:00 p.m. on Nomination Day, Friday, February 8, 2013.”

 

 

NEW FISH, CHIPS IN AYLMER

 

(Dad N Daughters Fish and Chips on King Street opened yesterday. Owner Rodger Greenlaw provided this information) – “I employ my daughter Allison and 4 others. We offer 3 kinds of fish: Haddock, Cod, and Halibut. We have Chicken strips, pogos for the kids. We also have Onion Chips, Battered Mushrooms, and Battered Veggies. All meals come with coleslaw and tartar sauce. I picked this location because of the parking lot across the street and I love the downtown. I got into this because my parents used to go out every Friday night for Fish and Chips; they would go as far as Niagara Falls NY or Buffalo (from St.Catharines) so I thought a great tribute to my parents would be to open this. The name Dad N Daughters is because it’s a family affair – I have two other daughters Rebecca and Lauren who will be helping when they can. The hours are Sunday to Wednesday, 11 am to 8 pm and Thursday to Saturday, 11 am till 8 pm. Phone 765-3473.”

 

 

CHRISTMAS CARE DELIVERIES TODAY

 

About 75 volunteers packed food boxes for 350 persons as part of Aylmer Christmas Care this morning in the Immanuel Christian school gym – the total is about the same as last year. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

(Aylmer Council this past Monday examined several issues raised by town staff in response to in a letter earlier this fall by Aylmer Community Theatre about Town Hall theatre usage costs)

“Several issues were addressed at Monday’s Town Council meeting which impact Aylmer Community Theatre as well as other groups using town facilities.

The first was the cost of technicians at the Old Town Hall Theatre. The work they do is incomparable in community theatre and their donations back to the theatre have maintained the calibre of tech for which Aylmer is known. Town staff have recommended that they should become town employees. Not only is this counter to the technicians’ wishes but it also means that the cost of technicians, which had risen to $25.00 per hour ($14.75 of which is an administration fee), will continue to be prohibitive for many groups.

A SOCAN licence has been provided in the past for the building. This licence allows anyone to legally play music, live or recorded, in the facility. Other town facilities must be covered so it would only make sense that the arts and entertainment venue is also covered. Town staff  recommended not to provide a SOCAN licence

The final issue was the requirement of all renters of any town facility to have $2 million liability insurance. The town’s insurance provider recommended to town staff  that, indeed, groups such as ACT must have this insurance but that other groups might not need it. This is the only decision that made any real sense though its impact on ACT is significant.  It means that groups hoping to rent the Bandshell meeting room would not necessarily require that insurance. This opens up the possibility for small groups who do not have coverage to use the facility. Since the passing of By-law 64-12 the use of the Bandshell meeting room has dropped significantly with only about 4 non-town related groups using the facility. Town staff will check with the town’s insurance provider if they have further questions regarding groups who want to use/rent town property. This decision will cost ACT $1000.00 for 45 days of coverage.

Application will be made to the Town of Aylmer for a grant to help with some of these increased expenses but it is not only about the money. It is about the spirit of community that is lacking in the town office. Whether obtaining lottery licenses or making decisions on behalf of town council, little thought is given to the people of Aylmer and how their lives will be impacted.”  (Barb Warnock)

 

 

NEW AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

 

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

Campbells, Pinecroft, Studer’s and Mary Jane’s.

 

 

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THURSDAY, Dec. 20/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-TVDSB Elementary teachers Walkout; public schools closed

 

-Fri. -Last day of school before holidays.

-Fri. -Special EECC Family Skate – 5:00 to 6:00pm. $6 family.

 

 

9AM-ENVIRO CANADA WEATHER NOTE:

 

“A winter storm will bring rain and snow to Southern Ontario (Elgin) beginning Thursday and continuing into Friday.”

 

 

PROTEST AT McGREGOR

 

Elementary teachers from several local schools joined together this morning at McGregor Public School for the one day protest throughout the TVDSB district. Schools are closed today. (9am-kb) (CLICK)

 

 

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

 

A 47-year old London man who drove through a stop sign last Wednesday about 8 pm at Pine and John Streets (with a police officer nearby) had his van impounded for 45 days after it was also discovered he was a disqualified driver.

 

 

SCHOOLS COLLECT FOOD, TOYS

 

Immanuel Christian School students  display their  food/toys yesterday which were collected for the Christmas Care program.  Pictured are: (left to right)  Samantha Vannoord, Grace Vording, Holly Cameron, Jordyn Vandendool, Kaylynn Mantel, Haley Broer, and Micah Schurman with secretary Marie Smit and Principal Keith Cameron. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

Students at Davenport also were busy collecting food/toy items for Christmas Care. Pictured yesterday, left to right, were Grade 8 students – Caleb Wall, Sarah Huctwith, Sami Smith, Stephanie Dyck, Nadia Maric, Kiara Doyle and Donovan Wiebe (front) Colten Dygos and Josh Anderson. (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -TVDSB Elementary teachers Walkout; schools closed

-Fri. -Last day of school before holidays.

-Fri. -Special EECC Family Skate – 5:00 to 6:00pm. $6 family.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-MacMain, Jean E., of Tillsonburg, on Tuesday, aged 89 years. Survivors include: daughter Pamela (Leo) Bujold of Eden etc. Visitation at Avondale United Church, Tillsonburg on Saturday, from 11 a.m. until service time at the church at 1 p.m. Arrangements through Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVE CLOSING TIMES:

 

(*Last year’s times; still being confirmed)

 

-Hills Uptown – 4pm

-Spicers – 6 pm

-Liquor, Beer Stores – 6pm

-Tim Hortons –  3pm,  Closed Dec. 25

-Valu Mart – 5pm

-Library – 1 pm

-Shoppers – 5 pm

–Studers – 8pm;  Closed Dec. 25

-Campbells – 4 pm

-Canadian Tire, 5pm

-Town Hall – ?

-No Frills Gas – ?

 

 

COUNCIL FREEZES HIRINGS

 

(From Aylmer Council Monday) – Moved by Councillor Barbour and seconded by Deputy Mayor Richer: That the Town of Aylmer freezes the approval of any new full time staff positions until further notice. The motion is carried (In favour: Barbour, Couckuyt, Oslach, Richer, Wright). Previously, Councillor Vandermeersch moved, seconded by Councillor LaPointe, that the motion be tabled until Council could discuss it further but the motion was defeated.

 

 

AYLMER CRUISERS C-MAS DONATION

 

(Contributed) – “Our local ‘Olde’ Aylmer Cruisers were busy fund raising during the 2012 Cruise Season. They shared the funds they raised among a few local groups including this large donation to the Aylmer Optimist toy drive. Cruise Members include: Tony & Fran Whaley, Millie Behie, Terry & Lana Dans, Gerald & Linda Scott, Mark & Donna Hone, Peter & Jackie Lavoie, Laureen Allen, Larry & Kathy Davey, Don & Nancy Steenbergen, Rick & Sharon Wilson, Larry & Sharon Brown, Basil & Margie Derrough, and Roy & Gloria Schnekenberger. .Absent from photo were: Charlene Horst, Rick & Suzanne McGregor & Brian & Cindy Slaught.”

 

Aylmer Cruisers and their annual toy donation to the Optimist Toy Drive. (contributed( (CLICK)

 

 

FREE HOLIDAY SKATING AT EECC

 

-Sunday, December 23 1:00pm to 2:30pm; Monday, December 24 9:00am to 11:00am; Friday, December 28 5:00pm to 6:00pm; Sunday, December 30 1:00pm to 2:30pm; and Monday, December 31 9:00am to 11:00am

-Wednesday, January 2 9:00am to 11:00am & 1:30pm to 3:00pm; Thursday, January 3 11:30am to 1:30pm; Friday, January 4 9:00am to 11:00am & 1:30pm to 3:30pm; and Sunday, January 6 1:00pm to 2:30pm

(Sponsored by Tim Hortons)

 

 

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TUESDAY, Dec. 18/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Thu. -TVDSB Elementary teachers Walkout; schools closed

-Fri. -Last day of school before holidays.

 

 

CHRISTMAS CARE DELIVERIES FRIDAY

 

-(Christmas Care boxes are being packed and delivered Friday for needy East Elgin families. Information on the program is provided by Carolyn Buis Aylmer Christmas Care Co-ordinator.)

“In 1990 we moved to Immanuel Christian School and packed 209 boxes. Last year we packed around 350 food hampers. They were packed in just under one hour.  The setting up of the assembly line of groceries, bagging of the apples, oranges, cookies, sweet potatoes and packing of baby food takes all the prep time before. The arrival of the fresh produces, turkeys and hams and the donated goods that have been collected by schools, business and parades etc. all needs  to be co-ordinated to their designated spots.

We have approximately 75 volunteers ranging in age from 7 years to 80 years old. The wrapping of the boxes occurs on the evening before we pack. It is very impressive in the morning to see the rows of wrapped boxes.The deliveries start as soon as the packing is completed. For Straffordville, Vienna and Port Burwell the boxes and the toys from the Optimists are picked up by members of the Lions Clubs and the Legion and then are distributed or picked up at the respective places. The length of time of delivery depends on the number of community members who show up to do this part of the project.

We follow Canada’s Food Guide to provide and encourage balanced and healthy eating ie.  Cereal, butter, cheese, canned milk, canned fruit and veggies, fresh lettuce, carrots, apples, oranges, canned meat, fresh turkey or ham depending on family size. Special treats of a package of cookies, candies and hot chocolate, jello and dessert topping are added. The donated/collected goods are added to the boxes also. These will vary in quantity and variety from year to year, but usually consist of  dry and canned pasta and sauces (lots of kraft dinner and mr. noodle), dry and canned soups, tuna, canned fruit and veggies and stove top stuffing and cranberry sauces etc.

My husband Ron and I have been with this project approximately 25 years. We have many individuals and families who return each year to lend a helping hand. That is very likely why everything moves so smoothly and quickly.  We stand amazed every year at the number of volunteers.”

 

 

CRAM THE CRUISER

 

Aylmer Police and Elgin Feeds sponsored another successful Cram the Cruiser project this past weekend at the Elgin Feeds store with donations going to Corner Cupboard and the Optimist Toy Drive. (Contributed) (CLICK)

 

 

AYLMER TAXI USE SURVEY

 

Aylmer Police report they are doing a firsttime survey on taxi use to help the Town of Aylmer determine the proportion of accessible taxicabs needed. The survey is intended to assist the Town Aylmer in compliance with the Integrated Accessibility Regulation  under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The survey’s deadline is December 31. It will be available for public access on the town and the Police website tomorrow. http://www.aylmerpolice.com/newsandevents.

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK:

 

“ONTARIO COMPENSATES JOE WEBBER”

 

“The Ontario government awarded Joe Webber $392,500 in compensation Wednesday. Webber, 31, of Malahide, had been wrongly convicted of armed robbery in connection with a 2006 home invasion near Corinth. “I’d like to offer my sincere apologies to Mr. Webber for the miscarriage of justice that occurred,” Attorney General John Gerretsen said. Webber was convicted in 2008 of forcible confinement and armed robbery in connection with a home invasion, in which four people — a couple, their 15-year-old son and a friend — were tied up and held at gunpoint for more than an hour by two masked intruders. The Ontario Court of Appeal set aside Webber’s convictions and acquitted him in February 2010 after another man, Justin Parry, came forward and confessed. An accomplice, Mansa Fraser, had already been convicted in connection with the crime. Webber had been sentenced to 7½ years in prison. ”

 

 

AYLMER CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL

 

(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “The Town will continue to provide a Drop-off Depot for residents to dispose of their Christmas Trees at the Parks and Recreation Parking Lot at 8 Parkview Heights.” (Trees may be dropped off between December 26 and January 11/ All decorations need to be removed/ Trees left at the curb will not be picked up.)

 

 

AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

 

On sale at Pinecroft for $5

 

 

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MONDAY, Dec. 17/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

-Fri. -Last day of school before holidays.

 

 

SPITS SPLIT

 

AYLMER – The Spitfires subdued Simcoe 5-2 here Saturday night in Niagara Western Junior C hockey. Friday they were flattened 10-1 by first place New Hamburg. Todd Laurindo scored for Aylmer Friday. The Spits were outshot 37-12. On Saturday,  Mike Lynch notched two for Aylmer with Will Goodhue, Clint Walker and Trevor Stewart adding single markers. Their record is now 9-17-4 – tied for fourth with Simcoe in the 6-team division. This week they host Woodstock on Saturday. The summary vs.  Simcoe:

 

Period 1
AylmerTrevor Stewart (Mark Edmonds) 2:01
AylmerClint Walker (power play) (Todd Laurindo) 4:16
AylmerMike Lynch (Will Goodhue, Matthew Reese) 6:55
SimcoeZack Van Louwe (power play) (Clayton Chalmers, Conner Robinson) 19:16
Period 2
SimcoeClayton Chalmers (Braden Roberts, Brett Lewis) 11:38
Period 3
AylmerMike Lynch (Clint Walker) 0:30
AylmerWill Goodhue (Jared Baribeau) 2:01

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Millard, William (Bill); of Tillsonburg, passed away on Saturday, at the age of 87 years. Survivors include: son Tom (Lois) Millard of Port Burwell etc. Visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Wednesday, from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service at Ostranders is on Thursday, at 11 a.m.

 

 

AYLMER COUNCIL TODAY:

 

Among agenda items to be discussed are:

-Councillor Peter Barbour is asking for freezes for any new fulltime staff until further notice

-Staff reply to requests by Aylmer Community Theatre on rental adjustments

 

 

EESS ASPIRE PROGRAM EXPANDING

 

(Information on the second year of the ASPIRE program – providing instruction to students in non-traditional settings -which is based at Summers Corners Public School is provided by EESS Vice Principal Abe Wall:)

1. How is the program progressing in its second year –  “A.S.P.I.R.E. currently has approximately 230 full time students enrolled in the program. It is an EESS program so they are EESS students. While the ‘hub’ is Summers Corners Public School, teachers meet with students at Summers Corners, EESS, libraries, coffee shops, work places or in their homes. Teachers communicate with students in person and through digital media.

2. Has enrolment increased? Enrolment has changed because of the dedication and commitment of staff and administration. The team of committed people is focussed on delivering educational programming to students for whom, due to a variety of reasons, a more traditional day school model at main campus is not a viable option.

3. Who is the target audience? – There has been a definitive effort made to reach out to the Mennonite community. Many of the students from this portion of the population have historically participated in secondary education at a diproportionately lower rate. And because of a focus on meeting students where they are, each student’s program may look different.”

 

 

OJIBWA ON TV TONIGHT

 

(Press Release from Project Ojibwa site) – “The Discovery Channel program Daily Planet on Monday, December 17 at 7:00 pm will feature the move and offload of Ojibwa in Pt. Burwell.”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE CALLS:

 

– December 11, 2012, Station #4, Wilson Line, Medical Assist

– December 12, 2012, Station #2,  Station #1, Talbot Line, MVC

(*At Carter Road, 2 vehicles, no injuries)

– December 12, 2012, Stations #4,  #1, #2 & #3, 13570 Imperial Road, fire

(*Natural gas leak from an appliance, no injuries, no fire) 

– December 15, 2012, Station #4, Yorke Line, Medical Assist

– December 16, 2012, Station #2,  Carter Road, Medical Assist

– December 16, 2012, Station #1,  Colen Street, Medical Assist

– December 16, 2012, Station #2, Dingle Street, Medical Assist

 

 

EEC COMPLEX NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

 

“The East Elgin Community Complex invites you to the 9th annual Family New Year’s Eve Party on Monday, December 31st,  from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Face painting, cotton candy, crafts, carnival games, inflatables, and Val the Snake Lady are featured. Enjoy public skating with rental skates available for only $2 a pair or have fun at the Photo Booth, only $2 per photo session. Cost of this event is just $10 per family. Sponsors are: the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer and EastLink. As well the Complex needs volunteers for this event ie. supervise inflatables, help with children’s crafts or assist with admissions and skate rentals etc.”

 

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FRIDAY, Dec. 14/12

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AYLMER,  EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Richmond Church Christmas Program, Derrick Drover; 7pm

 

Fri/Sat. -Cram the Cruiser at Elgin Feeds

Sat./Sun. -Springfield Baptist/Best Christmas Pageant/7pm (see ad)

Sat. -EESS Canned Food Drive in Aylmer, 10 am- 1pm

-Sat. -Spitfires host Simcoe, 7:30

-Sat. -Legion Pork Dinner; 6:00-7:30 pm; $10.00

-Sun. -Church of God Community Christmas Program; EEC Complex; 3pm

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 7pm

 

 

BAYHAM TO VOTE ON VACANCY

 

(Information from Bayham Clerk Lynda Millard) – In a special meeting last night, Bayham Council decided to hold a by-election in the spring to fill the council seat left vacant due to the resignation earlier this fall of Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor. The vote for this solution was 3-1 with Mayor Paul Ens and Councillors Wayne Casier and Tom Southwick in favour.

 

 

SPITS 3 PARIS 2

 

PARIS – Despite being outshot 46-27, Aylmer Spitfires squeaked by Paris 3-2 here last night in Niagara Western Junior C hockey play. The Spits are now 8-16-4. Clint Walker netted two goals for Aylmer. The Spits travel to New Hamburg tonight and host Simcoe tomorrow.

 

Period 1
ParisMitch Atkins (Matthew Small) 9:37
AylmerClint Walker (Lucas Easterbrook) 11:52
Period 2
AylmerClint Walker (power play) (Todd Laurindo, Mike Crawford) 9:51
Period 3
AylmerJosh Houston (Cody Underhill) 11:26
ParisMitch Atkins (power play) (Matthew Small, Jay Doherty) 17:10

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

Magdic, Jagica ‘Jackie’; of St. Thomas, passed away on Thursday, in her 73rd year. Survivors include: daughter Mary (Gary) Van Ryswyk of Aylmer etc.. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home, St.Thomas, Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The service will be held at St. Leopold Mandic Croatian RC Church, London at 10:00 a.m.

 

 

EESS COLLECTING CANS TOMORROW

 

East Elgin Secondary School’s GAABAA clubs will be going door to door in Aylmer Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm to collect canned goods for the Corner Cupboard.

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Another decorative Aylmer home on Caverly Road (kb) (CLICK)

 

 

NEW PLAYGROUND FOR IMMANUEL

 

(Information from Immanuel Christian School Principal Keith Cameron) – “Our school needs a new playground as the current equipment no longer meets the safety code. It was installed in the early 1990s. The current school playground has been, and would continue to be, well used by the local residents as an area playground.

The proposed playground equipment would cover the 2 to 12 year old age bracket. We hope to install a new playstructure, new swingset, and a pyramidal climber or other “signature” piece of play equipment for the 8-12 year range. Expected replacement cost is around $50,000. We have already received several donations from private individuals and from the Aylmer Area Community Foundation. Immanuel Christian School Society is a registered charity. We will hold our annual Spring Fundraising Drive next year and expect to allocate a major portion towards playground replacement.”

 

 

THE SURVEY SAID:

Q-Top 2012 Canadian Event?

 

Total Votes: 70

 

 

NEW AYLMER HISTORY BOOK:

 

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

Campbells, Pinecroft, Studer’s and Mary Jane’s.

 

 

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