Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


FRIDAY, Jan. 6/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-TIM HORTONS FREE PUBLIC SKATING: – January 6,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. and 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m ; January 8,  1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.

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-No home Spitfires game Saturday

-Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30 (Library Meeting to follow)

-Thur. -Blood Donor Clinic, EECC (2:30 - 4:00 , 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.)

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OBITUARIES:

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Mona Rose Hill,  of Aylmer, on Thursday, in her 91st year. Wife of the late Godfrey Hill (2007). Survivors include: children Thomas and wife Cheryl,  Tracey Thompson and husband Ronald, and Timothy and wife Janice – all of Aylmer. She was a member of Trinity Anglican Church having taught Sunday School for many years.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 pm where the funeral service will be held on Monday January 9, 2012 at 11:00 am.

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Gordon Charles Murphy, on Thursday, of  Tillsonburg,  in his 65th year. Survivors include: wife Donna (Robinson) Murphy, daughter Lisa Walker and husband Scott of Calton, etc. He was a farmer in Corinth.  Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm.

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Lacasse, Hilda, of Aylmer on Monday, December 5, 2011. Survivors include: husband Jack Lacasse etc.. Hilda worked at Terrace Lodge for a number of years. Cremation has taken place. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday January 6 from 7-9 p.m. where the service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 11:00 am.

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Steven Douglas Anderson, of Straffordville on Tuesday, , at the age of 57 years. Survivors include: wife Patty Wye, son Doug Anderson (Erin Oud) of Port Burwell  etc.. Steven was a volunteer firefighter with the Bayham Fire Department. The family will receive friends and family at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME  Tillsonburg  on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m..

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COUNCIL TO BACK PRESENT LIBRARY SITE?

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Aylmer Council will hold a special session to discuss the Library Expansion plans immediately after their regular meeting on Monday afternoon at 3:30. According to the posted Council agenda, Mayor Jack Couckuyt will present  motions that:

-Endorse the Library Review Committee Report and develop a site for an expanded or new library of 10,000 square feet within the Town Hall Square (John, Sydenham, Centre, Talbot Streets block) and have these plans in place by the end of 2012

-Create a Design Advisory Committee, (with citizen involvement), to be appointed in February, to consider the design of this facility and to consider space within this Town Square for other potential users ie.  seniors, museum, theatre etc.

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Commented Bill Murch, Chairman of the Library Review Committee:

Reaction to the Staff Report on your Committee’s findings? 

“The  Library Facility Review Report, prepared by town staff, was in agreement with most of the findings and recommendations of the Library Facility Review Committee (LFRC). The one point in question concerned the location options in the Town Square. The committee recommended that the library expansion take place to the north and / or west of Old Town Hall. The Staff Report identified limitations in terms of the space available on town property. This area is constrained by the municipal parking lot and the Aylmer Video building.

The LFRC looked at seven different location options for either an expanded or new library in the Town Square. Based on information provided by the town, the committee’s recommendation was considered the best in terms of people space, green space, parking, private property and municipal services.

Why is the Town Square the ‘best fit’?

In one form or another the Aylmer Library has always been downtown. The Town Square is a good central location within walking distance for most people and schools. There is ample parking in this area as well. The parks around the Old Town Hall make this an attractive location.

The rent paid by Elgin County for the Library in the Old Town Hall is a much needed source of income for the town. The library is a very good tenant for the building and works well with the theatre upstairs. The Old Town Hall is an outstanding historic building but like all municipal buildings needs to be put to good use. The Aylmer Library is a very good use.”
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AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

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 A hit and run occurred on Talbot St. east on Monday when a car travelling east crossed the street and hit a parked vehicle. The parked vehicle sustained minor damage. Police believe the other vehicle was purple and may have damage to the right front end. If you have information, contact the Aylmer Police.

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 A 65-year old Aylmer man was sentenced to 100 days in  jail, a year’s probation and was banned from owning weapons for 5 years recently in Elgin Court, after being found guilty of attacking a friend at a Raglan Street residence on December 17. The accused grabbed his friend by the neck and forced him down when he tried to call Police after an argument.

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A.C.T. PLAY IN FEBRUARY

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(Contributed) – “Aylmer Community Theatre’s next presentation is “Bedside Manners”, directed by Barb Warnock. It will be performed from February 16 to 19 and February 23 to 25 at the Old Town Hall Theatre.Tickets are $15 for adults and are available at Aylmer Video, Campbell’s II, The Prime Ingredient, at the door or by calling 519-773-3372.”

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THURSDAY, Jan. 5/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-TIM HORTONS FREE PUBLIC SKATING: – January 5,  11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.; January 6,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. and 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m ; January 8,  1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.

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-Malahide Council, 7:30

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-Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30 (Library Meeting to follow)

-Jan. 12 – Aylmer Blood Donor Clinic

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OBITUARIES:

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On Wednesday, John Graydon Carrothers of Aylmer,  in his 86th year. Survivors include: wife Gladys (Burkholder) Carrothers, daughter Tracy Carrothers and partner Paul Martin of Aylmer,  brother  Blake Carrothers etc. He was born in Springfield and was a Past President of the Aylmer Kinsmen Club. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Interment, Aylmer Cemetery.

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On Tuesday, Dorothy Alberta (Lonsbary) Mitts,  of Tillsonburg,  aged 87 years. Survivors include: children Sandra Sage and her husband Allan of R.R. # 4 Aylmer and Donalda Mitts of Straffordville etc.. Visitation at OSTRANDER’S FUNERAL HOME, Tillsonburg on Friday, January 6, 2012 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 2 p.m.

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FOR CHILDREN AT AYLMER LIBRARY

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(Contributed) – “There are FREE Children’s Programs beginning January 17 at the Aylmer Library. Parents and children are invited to our Family Story Time on Tuesday mornings at 10:30-11.  For ages 3-5, we have stories, songs and crafts on Thursday mornings at 11-11:45.  Pre-register by phone (519) 773-2439 or email aylmerlib@elgin-county.on.ca. ”-
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AYLMER’s 125th NEWS ON FACEBOOK

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 Aylmer’s 125th Anniversary Committee, 2012 has recently established a Facebook Page to provide information about upcoming events, especially the key celebration on the July 1st weekend. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aylmers-125th-Anniversary-Celebration/272492299470687

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EEC COMPLEX PROGRAMS:

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 (Contributed by Leeanne Feeney) – “ New for 2012 is Senior’s Day Out and Family Drop-In. Senior’s Day Out is a program for seniors to come and be physically active. It runs the third Tuesday of every month and includes lunch and physical activities. Join us on January 17, February 21, March 20, and April 17, 2012 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The morning will start off with shuffleboard or adult skate and then a coffee break followed by a physical activity or guest speaker.  Some confirmed guests are VON, Findley’s Driving School, and Tri-County Squares- Square Dancing. After the activity lunch will be served. All of this for only $10.Register today!

Family Drop-In is every fourth Wednesday of the month: January 25, February 22, March 28, and April 25, 2012. Bring the family out from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and play games and sports or enjoy making a craft. Sports include dodgeball, parachute games, obstacle courses, badminton, ping pong, and basketball. Only $5/family of five and $1/each additional person.  Participants must be supervised by an adult over 18.

30+ Shinnyis a program designed for individuals 30 years and older that would like to come out and play pick-up hockey. The program runs Monday nights from 9:00pm to 10:00pm until March 26, 2012. The first three goalies are free. A maximum of 25 people will be allowed on the ice. Only $15/player.

 Ladies Shinny is designed for women who want to come out to pick-up hockey together. It runs on Wednesdays from 9:30pm to 10:30pm until March 28, 2012 and is only $15/person. First three goalies are free and a maximum of 25 people will be allowed on the ice.”

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-TIM HORTONS FREE PUBLIC SKATING: – January 4,  9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; January 5,  11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.; January 6,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. and 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m ; January 8,  1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.

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-Thursday – Malahide Council, 7:30

-Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30 (Library Meeting to follow)

-Jan. 12 – Aylmer Blood Donor Clinic

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AYLMER’s 125th

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“AYLMER IN 1887″

“Aylmer had been a village since 1872 but by 1887 its population  -2000 persons – was now sufficient to be incorporated as a town.  Just a year earlier, It had received telephone service and electricity and a new high school was built on the present site. The major industry was the Aylmer Canners at Fourth and South , but the Aylmer Iron Works (later Aylmer Pump and Scale) was being constructed on Water Street. Notable businesses included:  Rowe Organs, Bingham Dry Goods, Three Farthings Dry Goods, Hutchinson Marble works, Moses Leeson Carriages, and the new Aylmer Sun (to compete with the Express).  Aylmer even had seven hotels. The medical profession included Dr. McClay  and Dr. Sinclair. Thomas Nairn of Aylmer, co-founder of the Canners, was MPP for East Elgin. And Council -the first Mayor was Samuel Clutton  - was spending $10,000 on local improvements  ie.  sidewalks, house numbers, street signs etc.  It seemed like quite a progressive place.”

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AYLMER EARTHQUAKE A ‘MANQUAKE’?

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(From Reuters) – “A 4.0 magnitude earthquake centered in Ohio (and felt in Aylmer) on New Year’s Eve afternoon did not occur naturally and may have been caused by high-pressure liquid injection related to oil and gas exploration and production, an expert hired by the state of Ohio said on Tuesday.”

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THE LOCAL LENS:

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Aylmer's new Bathhouse on Myrtle St. is progressing. (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

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THE SURVEY SAID:

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Q – 2012 Top Canadian Event?

1. Kate and William Visit  20.31%  (13 votes)  

2. Jack Layton’s Death  31.25%  (20 votes)  

3. NDP’s Election Result  21.88%  (14 votes)  

4.Occupy Cities Movement  3.13%  (2 votes)  

5. Canada Leaving Afghanistan  9.38%  (6 votes)  

6. Vancouver Riot  6.25%  (4 votes)  

7. Return of Winnipeg Jets  6.25%  (4 votes)    

Total Votes: 63

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EREADER SESSIONS AT E. ELGIN LIBRARIES

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(Contributed) – “A free, drop-in EReaderinformation session will be held at the Aylmer Library on Monday, January 9thfrom 4 pm to 7 pm.  Another session will be held at the Belmont Library on Monday, January 16. from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. And a session will also be held on Tuesday, January 24 at the Springfield Library, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Participants are asked to bring in their eReader device (and laptop if you have one) so that staff can show you everything you need to know.)

Currently, the library offers over 20,000 titles that are shared with library users across the province. Although library eBooks are available on the internet, downloading them requires some set up work to satisfy copyright requirements known as digital rights management (DRM).  DRM is managed most often through a free software program called Adobe Digital Editions.  Users need to set up an account with Adobe, authorize their account on their device and/or computer, and authorize their device to use with their computer.  eReaders that are wireless enabled can bypass a couple of these steps.  The information sessions offered by Elgin County Library will help you learn what you need to know for your specific device.

It is also important for borrowers to keep in mind that libraries must follow publishers’ licensing limitations for eBook lending.  Similar to a book in print, each eBook can only circulate to one borrower at a time.  For popular books, borrowers can join a wait list and receive an e-mail when it is their turn to download the book.  The biggest advantage is no overdue fees.  When the book is due, the file will no longer open on the device.

Another concern is device compatibility.  The popular Amazon Kindle device is still not compatible with free library eBooks in Canada.  You can find lists of devices that are compatible with both of the library’s main service providers, OverDrive and EBSCO, by visiting the eBooks page on the Elgin County Library web site.” For further information contact: Sandi Loponen, Library Coordinator, County of Elgin – (519)868-2216 (cell)/ sloponen@elgin-county.on.ca

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TUESDAY, Jan. 3/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-TIM HORTONS FREE PUBLIC SKATING: – January 3,  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; January 4,  9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; January 5,  11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.; January 6,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m and January 8,  1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.

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-Thursday – Malahide Council

-Monday – Aylmer Council, 3:30 (Library Meeting to follow)

-Jan. 12 – Aylmer Blood Donor Clinic

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OBITUARIES:

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On Monday, Dorothy Van Velzer,  of Aylmer in her 88th year. Survivors include: children Joan Buchner and husband Gerald of R.R.# 5, Aylmer, Penny Hill and husband Gary of St.Thomas, Rick Van Velzer and wife Debbie of R.R.#1 Pt. Burwell, Kevin Van Velzer of R.R.# 4 Aylmer and Vickie Thompson of Aylmer;  a brother Earl Campbell and wife Gloria of Aylmer etc. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 pm where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 11:00 am.

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MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

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- December 20, 2011 – Station #1,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist.

– December 21, 2011 – Station #4, Yorke Line, Power Lines Down.

(Weather related)

– December 22, 2011 – Station #1, Levi Street, Medical Assist.

– December 23, 2011 – Station #3, Imperial Road, Medical Assist.

– December 23, 2011 – Station #2, VanPatter Line, Medical Assist.

– December 24, 2011 – Station #1,  Levi Street, Medical Assist.

– December 24, 2011 – Station #3,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist.

- December 25, 2011 – Station #3,  Tracey Street, Medical Assist.

– December 25, 2011, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist.

– December 27, 2011, Station #2,  Imperial Road, Medical Assist.

– December 29, 2011, Station #1, Station #2, 52841 John Wise Line, MVC.

(Single vehicle roll over, no injuries, Road conditions poor) 

– December 30, 2011, Station #3 assisted by Station #2, Hacienda Road,   MVC.

(Single vehicle, Lost control, minor vehicle damage)

– December 31, 2011, Station #2,  Talbot Line, Medical Assist.

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AYLMER IS 125 IN 2012

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Aylmer's first Mayor, "Samuel Clutton", presented current Mayor Jack Couckuyt with a banner promoting the celebration of Aylmer's 125th anniversary in 2012 at Sunday's Legion New Year's Levee. (kb) (CLICK)

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SPITS LAST WEEK:

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AYLMER 6 WOODSTOCK 1

Period 1
AylmerScott Mugford (Adam Brisson) 11:00
Period 2
AylmerCurtis Roloson (Curtis Maracle) 2:03
AylmerBen Shaw (powerplay) (Scott Mugford) 7:06
AylmerScott Mugford (Brandon Findlay) 15:04
Period 3
AylmerEric Nemeth (Mike Lynch, Brandon Findlay) 14:51
AylmerBrandon Findlay (Coy Kulich, Scott Walker) 19:40

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NORWICH 4 AYLMER 2

Period 1
(no scoring)
Period 2
AylmerCurtis Roloson (Scott Mugford, Curtis Maracle) 5:59
AylmerRhys Thornton (Todd Laurindo, Coy Kulich) 13:02
 
 

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AYLMER’S USED CHRISTMAS TREES:

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(REPRINT = Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “As per Council’s endorsement last year, the Town will continue to provide a Drop-off Depot annually 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 15/ All decorations need to be removed/ Trees left at the curb will not be picked up.)

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AYLMER’s CHRIS BRAY WINS GOSPEL AWARD

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(Contributed) -  Chris Bray of Aylmer recently won the  ”Modern Worship Album of the Year” for his latest release, “Let Hope Arise” and “Inspirational Song of the Year” for his song “Pursue Me” (written by Bray and Derrick Drover, also of Aylmer) at the Gospel Music Association’s Covenant Awards this past October in Calgary. For more information, go to –  http://chrisbraymusic.blogspot.com/2011/10/alberta-tour-covenant-awards.html
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MONDAY, January 2/12

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY

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-NO AYLMER COUNCIL THIS WEEK

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-TIM HORTONS FREE PUBLIC SKATING: –  January 2, 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m; January 3,  11:30p.m. to 1:30p.m.; January 4,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.; January 5,  11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.; January 6,  9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m and January 8,  1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.

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AYLMER CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY

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Aylmer turned 125 years old as a town yesterday. To mark the occasion – Aylmer was officially incorporated as a town on January 1st, 1887 - Aylmer’s  125th Anniversary Committee presented a banner, for public display,announcing the event to Mayor Jack Couckuyt  at the Legion’s annual New Year’s Levee yesterday afternoon. The town’s major celebration will take place on the July 1st weekend. 

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SNOW SQUALL WATCH TODAY IN OXFORD

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(From Environment Canada) – “Snow squalls have developed in areas near Southern Georgian Bay as well as off of Southern Lake Huron. Snow squalls may drift over these regions today and tonight. Local snowfall amounts of 15 cm are possible by tonight. Strong and gusty winds will likely cause very low to at times zero visibility in blowing snow in areas affected by heavy flurries and snow squalls. Dangerous winter driving conditions are expected from sudden nil visibility and accumulating snow on untreated roads. Motorists should consider altering travel plans into these regions.”

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QUAKE’S ORIGINS IN AYLMER? (Briefly!)

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(From Canadian Press) - “Some residents started their New Year’s celebrations with a rumble Saturday afternoon when a 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Ohio sent ripples across the border. The quake struck at 3:05 p.m. near Youngstown-Warren, Ohio, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Earthquakes Canada initially reported the quake hit outside Aylmer, Ont., but later pointed to their American counterparts for information.  These comments appeared on TheAylmerNews Facebook Saturday:

Susi Neustaeter – My son said his room moved.

Angela Clunas -Yep thought i was going nuts lol.

Kathy Hayhoe – Our house shook here south of Mt. Salem.

Nettie Johnson -I think I felt it too…had a weird dizzy kind of feeling.

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OBITUARIES:

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On Saturday, Vera Florence (Charlton) Jones of R.R.#6 Aylmer and formerly of Port Bruce in her 85th year. Survivors include: great-niece Kim Willsey, great-nephew Jim Hasson of Aylmer etc.. Predeceased by husband Leroy Jones. She was a lifelong resident of the Aylmer area. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Tuesday 7-9 p.m and one hour prior to the service. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 4 at 11:00 a.m

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Ungar, Michael Eric , on Tuesday , in California,  in his 33rd year. Survivors include: parents Michael and Helga (Beindressler) Ungar, sister Linda Oswell (Mark Irvine) of Aylmer, etc. Mike was a passionate skydiving instructor with over 2000 dives to his credit. Visitation will be held at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday 7-9 p.m. and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home chapel on Tuesday January 3, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

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Helps, Bill, on Tuesday, of Elmira and formerly Aylmer,  in his 85th year. Survivors include: children Ellen Helps and son-in-law Ken Harkes of Ariss and John Helps and husband Joe Rhodes of Ottawa. Bill retired in 1986 as head of the Science Department at East Elgin Secondary School. He sang in the Aylmer Community Choir, was a member of the Aylmer Optimist Club and volunteered at the Aylmer Museum and The Aylmer Corner Cupboard. The funeral service was held at the Aylmer Baptist Church on Saturday December 31, 2011.

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On Monday, December 26, 2011, Joyce Killough of Aylmer in her 79th year. Survivors include: children  Philip Killough and wife Anne of R.R.#4, Aylmer and Larry Killough and wife Judy of R.R.#1, Aylmer. She was born in Springfield. The funeral service was held on Thursday at Kebbels Funeral Home. 

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NEMETH, Elizabeth(1927 – 2011) - Tillsonburg on Monday Dec. 26, , Survivors include: son Steven Nemeth (Patricia) of Straffordville etc. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church, Courtland on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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Dujardin, Jack , on Monday, December 26, 2011. of Aylmer, in his 69th year. Survivors include:  wife Loretta (Gillen) Dujardin, brothers  Frank Dujardin and wife Hilda of Aylmer, Noel Dujardin of R.R.# 2, Aylmer , Daniel Dujardin of Vienna,  and Luc Dujardin and wife Debbie of R.R.# 5, Aylmer etc. He was born in Belgium . The funeral mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church, Aylmer on Saturday.

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SPITFIRES WIN, LOSE

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Dec. 23 – Aylmer 6 Woodstock 1;

-Dec. 30 – Norwich 4 Aylmer 2

-Next Game – Friday in New Hamburg (No home game Saturday)

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LATER FRIDAY:

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PREPARING CHRISTMAS CARE BOXES AT 9 AM TODAY AT IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
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FRIDAY, Dec. 23/11

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MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY NEW YEAR! TANews WILL RESUME JAN. 2

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-Tim Hortons Free Skating, EEC Complex: Dec. 28 6-8pm; Dec. 30 – 5-6

-New Years Eve Party at EEC Complex (see story below)

-Jan. 1st – Legion Levee, 1pm

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STOPPING FOR ‘FUEL’ FOR TOMORROW??

Apparently Santa deserved a break today.....in anticipation of a busy day tomorrow (Photo by Don Durkee) (CLICK)

 

CHRISTMAS EVE CLOSINGS:

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-Hills Uptown – 4pm

-Spicers – 6 pm

-Liquor, Beer Store – 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

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EESS SPORTS THUR.:

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-GIRLS VBALL = SR = StJoes 3 EESS 0; JR = St Joes 3 EESS 2

-BOYS BBALL = SR = EESS 58 StJoes 25; JR = StJoes 36 EESS 18

-CURLING = BOYS = EESS 9 PCI 5; GIRLS – EESS 8 PCI 1

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CHRISTMAS CARE DELIVERIES TODAY

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AYLMER – (Christmas Care boxes are being packed this morning for delivery after lunch – they expect the same number, about 350,  as last year. Information on the program, provided by Carolyn Buis Aylmer Christmas Care Co-ordinator, is reprinted from a story in 2009)

“In 1990 we moved to Immanuel Christian School and packed 209 boxes. This year we packed 353 food hampers. They were packed in just under one hour.  The setting up of the assembly line of grocerries, 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 had approximately 75 volunteers ranging in age from 7 yrs to 80 years. 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 communty members who show to do this part of the project.

The basic grocery list varies little from year to year. Joanne Mantel and I order the groceries in early December.  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.

John and Joanne Mantel have been with this project from its beginning approximately 40 years ago. My husband Ron and I have been with this project approx. 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.”

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DALE, Patrick – of St. Thomas, on Thursday, in his 80th year. Survivors include: wife Barbara (Bain) Dale etc. Pat was born in Aylmer. A public memorial service to celebrate Pat’s life will be held at WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place.

DUNN, Bruce “Skip“ – In Sarnia, on Thursday, at the age of 65. Survivors include: sister Penny (Bruce) Tolmie of Aylmer. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will take place in Union, On. A celebration of Bruce’s (Skip’s) life will be held at a later date.

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AYLMER’S USED CHRISTMAS TREES:

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(Information from Rod Tapp, Aylmer’s Director of Operations) – “As per Council’s endorsement last year, the Town will continue to provide a Drop-off Depot annually 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 15/ All decorations need to be removed/ Trees left at the curb will not be picked up.)

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NEW YEAR’S EVE AT EEC COMPLEX

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(Contributed) – “The East Elgin Community Complex invites you to the 8th annual Family New Year’s Eve Party on Saturday, December 31st, 2011 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm…face painting, cotton candy, crafts, carnival games, inflatables, and Val the Snake Lady…plus public skating in the Kinsmen Arena with rental skates available for only $2 a pair…cost is just $10 per family…New this year we have a Photo Booth, only $2 per photo session, and includes a strip of four photos! Thanks to our sponsors the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer and EastLink.” 

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THURSDAY, Dec. 22/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-EESS HOST ST JOES –  BOYS BBall = 6:30 JR/8 pm SR.

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ALBERTA ACCIDENT CLAIMS LOCAL WOMAN

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(Information from Tricia Flatley, formerly of Aylmer, of Radio Station CFFR Calgary) – “On December 18th, 2011 at approximately 8:15 p.m., members of the High Level RCMP detachment were dispatched to the scene of a serious injury, single motor vehicle collision on Highway #35, approximately 15 km south of High Level.  (High Level Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services indicated road conditions were icy at the time.) The investigation to follow determined the vehicle was traveling North on Highway 35 when it lost control and went off the road on the east side of the highway. The driver, 31 year old  Eva Peters of Pt. Burwell, (see yesterday’s Obituary)  was pronounced dead at the High Level Hospital from injuries sustained during the collision.”

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OBITUARIES:

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On Wednesday,  Rhoxinae O’Brien of Aylmer in her 75th year. Wife of the late Ed O’Brien.  She was born in Aylmer and  was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer Friday 2-4 & 7-9 pm. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:00 am.

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EESS SPORTS WED.:

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 BOYS HOCKEY – EESS 8 CECI 1

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HIGH SCHOOL CHRISTMAS 100 YR. AGO

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(This is an article that appeared in the local paper reporting on the Christmas Assembly at Aylmer High School 100 years ago – in December, 1911. You will need to CLICK on the image to read it.)

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FOOD PICKUP DAY:

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Assumption students display the food they collected for the Corner Cupboard - today is collection day at area schools. The collection tradition at Assumption is to have organizing students dress up as elves and push a shopping cart daily from class to class. (kb) (CLICK)

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CHRISTMAS EVE CLOSINGS:

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-Hills Uptown – 4pm

-Spicers – 6 pm

-Liquor, Beer Store –

–Canadian Tire-

-Tim Hortons –  3pm, Closed Dec. 25

–Valu Mart – 5pm

-Library – 1 pm

-Shoppers – 5 pm

–Studers – 8pm; Closed Dec. 25

-Campbells – 4pm

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ONTARIO COMPENSATES JOE WEBBER

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(From the Ontario Government website/Toronto Star) – “The Ontario government awarded Joe Webber $392,500 in compensation Wednesday. Webber, 31, 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 in a statement. “It is my hope that Mr. Webber and his family will now be able to move forward and put these events behind them.”

Webber was convicted in 2008 of forcible confinement and armed robbery in connection with the 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. ”

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-EESS  Boys Hockey Host CECI; (Thur. =6:30/ 8 pm -Host Boys BBall)

-EESS Coffee House, 7pm

-St.Thomas Blood Donor Clinic: 12:30-8pm at Timken Centre

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EESS SPORTS TUES.:

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-BOYS BBALL – JR = EESS 54 PCI 20; SR = EESS 57 PCI 25

-GIRLS VBALL -  SR = EESS 3 AVSS 1;  JR = EESS 3 AVSS 0

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As the result of a car accident at High Level  Alberta on Sunday, December 18, 2011, Eva Peters of RR1, Pt. Burwell. Survivors include: husband Bill Peters and daughter  Lilly; mother Anna (Siemens) Bueckert of Aylmer. Friends may call at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held from the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church, Summers Corners on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 11:00 am.

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Gibbons, Lloyd,  of Richmond , on Tuesday,  in his 83rd year. Survivors include: wife  Inis (Ward) Gibbons;  children Brenda Dunn(Ronald) of Aylmer, David Gibbons(Jennifer Young) of Straffordville, Doug Gibbons(Dyllis) of Straffordville etc.  He was born at Vienna . Visitation at the H. A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Thursday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, December 23 at 11:00 a.m.

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-STICKEL, Dr. Charles –  In Kaslo, BC, on Saturday, aged 81. He was formerly a Dentist in Tillsonburg, Survivors include:  brother-in-law Dr. Duncan Sinclair (Marg) of Aylmer. A celebration of life was held December 18 in Kaslo.

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POLICE SEEK FRAUD SUSPECT

(From Aylmer Police) – “A Female suspect entered the Scotia Bank in Aylmer on 10 November 2011 at 11am and opened up an account using fraudulent identification. A similar suspect attempted the same in Tillsonburg and St.Thomas. The AYLMER POLICE are seeking to identify her. Please contact us or Crime Stoppers with any info.  See: http://aylmerpolice.com/wanted.php for the Fraud Suspect photo.

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AYLMER GIRL WORLD KARATE CHAMP

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(Kristen McCord, 21, of Aylmer, recently competed in four events in November,  in Spain,  at the World Karate and Kickboxing Championships  winning two gold medals and two silvers. She provided the following information;)

1. Background?.-  “I attended EESS ; I attended Fanshawe College graduating with a Diploma in Developmental Services. I am currently working for Community Living Elgin as a Developmental Services Worker. My parents are Tammy and Dennis McCord of Port Burwell. I just moved to Aylmer.

2.  Martial Arts Achievements?  I began training in Martial Arts with Martial Arts Canada when I was just 6 years old.  I mpw am a Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt).  I first started because I thought it would be a fun extracurricular activity! I have been running my own classes in past years previously at Port Burwell and most recently in Fairground at the Houghton Public School. Some of my achievements with Martial Arts Canada include:   Bushido Heart of a Warrior Award (Martial Arts Canada’s most prestigious award), Adult Competitor of the Year,  1st Place Overall in Advanced Sparring, etc.;  In 2009 I was the 2nd Place NBL World Champion Women’s Continuous Sparring and  2nd Place SKIL (Sport Karate International) World Champion Women’s Point Sparring; In 2011 in WKC World Karate and Kickboxing Awards I was 1st Place Ontario Provincial Champion Women’s Point Sparring and 2nd place Canadian National Champion Women’s Point Sparring etc.

3.  Weekly Routine? – “When possible I normally train in St. Thomas with Sensei  MaryLynn Maerten Okkerse of Martial Arts Canada on Monday evenings and I also train privately for Kata with  multi world title champion Andrew Cabilan from Hamilton.  I also pick up extra training when I can on Thursday nights in Tillsonburg.  

4.Competitions?  I attempt a smaller tournament once a month or so with my students, as it builds character and a great competitive spirit. I have competed in several different Karate Circuits all over Canada and the USA, travelling to Erie, Pittsburgh, Georgia, Ottawa, etc. To make team Canada, I needed to qualify at the Provincial level Once placing at the Provincial level, I travelled to Ottawa in May in hopes of placing in the top 4 to earn a position on TEAM CANADA. In Ottawa I placed 2nd place overall in Women’s lightweight Point Fighting, 3rd overall in Traditional Kata,  and 3rd overall in Team Kata. I was so happy to make Team Canada for all 3 events!!

5. Results In Spain?   Gold Medal World Champion in Women’s Point Fighting,  Gold Medal World Champion in Women’s Continuous Fighting,  Silver Medalist in Traditional Kata, and Silver Medalist in Team Kata.

6.  What’s next? I am currently opening up a new Karate Class location in Port Stanley at the Public School beginning January 12, 2012 and looking forward to developing new martial artists young and old  With the announcement of the WKC World Championships being hosted here in Canada (Montreal) for 2012, I am already stepping up my training and planning to be a part of Team Canada again.”

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CHRISTMAS EVE CLOSINGS:

(*KNOW OF CLOSING TIMES FOR THESE STORES (OR OTHERS)?; EMAIL US)

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-Hills Uptown – 4pm

-Spicers -

-Liquor, Beer Store –

–Canadian Tire-

-Tim Hortons –  

–Valu Mart – 5pm

-Library – 1 pm

-Shoppers – 5 pm

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-Campbells – 4pm

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TUESDAY, Dec. 20/11

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

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-EESS Hosts PCI Boys BBall

-St Pauls United: Community Christmas Lunch 11:30 am/Wed. – Wiebes Community Supper, 5-7

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-EESS HOSTS SPORTS: Wed. = Boys Hockey; Thur. = Boys BBall

-Wed. – EESS Coffee House

-Wed. – St.Thomas Blood Clinic

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EESS SPORTS MON.:

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GIRLS HOCKEY – St Joes 3 EESS 1

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BELMONT THEFTS EARN ARRESTS

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(FROM ELGIN OPP) – “On December 17,  OPP arrested two adult males for thefts from vehicles in  Belmont and surrounding areas. At approximately 11pm, a uniform officer on patrol in Central Elgin, Ontario, located a suspicious male. With assistance from an alert member of the public, the 24 year old male from Central Elgin, Ontario, was apprehended and arrested. He was charged with possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, theft under $5000 from a motor vehicle X2, and trespass/prowl near a dwelling house..A second suspicious male was located in a vehicle and arrested. The 21 year old male from Thames Centre, Ontario, was charged with possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, and theft under $5000 from a motor vehicle, The accused males were released from custody and will be appearing in the St. Thomas courts to answer to the charges. These charges stem from thefts which were committed overnight on December 15-16, 2011 and December 17-18, 2011.  In each case, the vehicle was unlocked.More charges are anticipated as victims and their property are identified.

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SPRINGFIELD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

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(Contributed by Kelly Pearson) – “Here’s a pic of some of the displays in the Springfield Memorial Park . The Springfield Lioness organizes the display and has received terrific response from the Community the past four years. This year we have displays from St John’s United Church, Springfield Baptist Church, Scotty’s Pizzeria, Let’s Landscape, South Dorchester Optimist, Springfield Oddfellows & Rebekah’s and, of course, the Springfield Lioness.  As well this year, the South Dorchester Optimist donated funds to help buy lights to decorate our almost 20 ft high spruce tree. Thanks to Darren Shackelton of Let’s Landscape for putting the lights on and Scotty’s Pizzeria bought lights and have outlined all the sidewalks. 

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Chritsmas Lights in Springfield.

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ST.THOMAS BLOOD CLINICS THIS WEEK:

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(Contributed) – “Give the “Perfect Gift” This Holiday Season – Give Blood. 132 appointment spots remain open. Clinics: Timken Community Centre,  2 Third Avenue, ON Wednesday, December 21 12:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. AND Knights of Columbus 265 Wellington Street ON Saturday, December 24,  9a.m. – Noon.   CALL 1 888 2 DONATE or 1 888 236 6283 to book an appointment today.”

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CHRISTMAS EVE CLOSINGS:

(*KNOW OF CLOSING TIMES FOR THESE STORES (OR OTHERS)?; EMAIL US)

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-Post Office –

-Liquor, Beer Store –

–Canadian Tire-

-Tim Hortons –  

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-Library –

-Shoppers –

–Studers -

-Campbells – 4pm

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