Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin

FRIDAY, June 28/13







–Aylmer Farmers Market, 2-6 pm


-Sat. – MCS Auction at Aylmer Curling Club, 9am

-Weekend – Great Lakes International Air Show, St.Thomas

-Mon. – Canada Day Events at EEC Complex; Fireworks





(From Elgin OPP) –  STRAFFORDVILLE – A 19 year old Straffordville man was transported to hospital in serious condition after being involved in a motor vehicle incident Wednesday night here. It happened around 9:30 pm on the Plank Road at the entrance to the Straffordville Public School.

According to Police, a car being driven by a 17 year old Bayham Townhip youth had been travelling south on Plank Road with a passenger. Seated on the trunk of the car was the victim along with a 20 year old Bayham man. The vehicle travelled approximately 50 metres at a speed of about 40km/h and then turned into the school entrance causing one of the males to lose his grip and fall to the pavement, suffering injuries.





-Hooymayers, Catherine; of Aylmer, on Wednesday, in her 82nd year. Survivors include: husband Bill and three children; siblings  Rita (Albert) Jansen and Andre (Loeki) VanRoessel (Loeki), both of Aylmer etc.. She was born in the Netherlands and had lived in Aylmer since 1988. Visitation was Thursday; the funeral will be held today at 11 am at  Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Buchanan, William Roy Douglas; of Elk River and formerly of Belmont, on June 5; aged 63. Survivors include: mother Eleanor of Belmont, brother Paul (Karen) of Belmont etc.. A service was held last Saturday. Arrangements through Bieman Funeral Home, Dorchester.





(Contributed) – “Elgin County Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to announce that the Community Festival and Event Partnership Program (CFEPP) grant recipients for 2013 are Belmont Summer Fun Day, West Lorne’s Cactus, Cattle and Cowboys and Port Stanley Harbourfest and Tall Ships. This is the fourth year that Elgin County Economic Development and Tourism has offered this funding to local events. The CFEPP is designed to support the growth and development of local festivals and events that enhance Elgin’s quality of place.”





-A 22 year old Bayham man was charged with committing an indecent act after exposing himself to a pedestrian while driving a car on Sydehham St. east Saturday about 3 pm.


-A 64 year old Aylmer man was given a three-day license suspension after he failed to pass a roadside screening device test around 8:30 am Tuesday.  Aylmer Police stopped a vehicle for speeding and the driver, who was taking his 10-year-old grandson to school, smelled of alcohol which he admitted to consuming the night before.





(Information from EESS Athletic Dept.) – At the recent Athletic Awards Banquet, Athletes of the Year were: – Senior – Girls – Kira Cornelissen and Katherine  Barrie; Boys – Paul Rochus and – Junior – Girls – Chelsea Zavitz and Boys – Luke Vanderspank.





(Camping update from Springwater Conservation Area from Laura Ronayne) – (Friday, 2pm) -“We are getting pretty full! We only have 1 30 amp. site and approximately 8 specific unserviced sites left.”





Aylmer FC (6-2-1) 1 MtBrydges 0

Aylmer FC 3 Glencoe 0

Aylmer Rampage (2-3-2) 3 Glencoe 0

PPD – Aylmer Rampage vs. Southwold




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WEDNESDAY, June 26/13







-Thu. – Last day of school

-Fri, – Aylmer Farmers Market, 2-6 pm

-Sat. – MCS Auction at Aylmer Curling Club, 9am

-Weekend – Great Lakes International Air Show, St.Thomas

-Mon. – Canada Day Events at EEC Complex; Fireworks





– June 17, 2013, Station #1 , Stations #2, #3 and #4, 7072 Sawmill Road, Fire

(*House fire, one room, extinguished before arrival, $10,000 est. damage)

– June 19, 2013, Station #4  Wilson Line, Medical Assist

– June 19, 2013, Station #4, Crossley-Hunter Line, Medical Assist

– June 20, 2013, Station #4,  Station #2, 12998 Dorchester Road, MVC

(*single vehicle rollover, minor injuries)

– June 21, 2013, Station #3, 52411 Ron McNeil Line, Vehicle Fire

(*Hay wagon fire, started by cigarette, $5000 damage)

– June 23, 2013, Station #1, Station #3, Beach Street, Water Rescue

(*Teens capsized canoe, no life jackets, rescued by passing boat) 





-Dennis, Clara; of Tillsonburg formerly of Straffordville; on June 12, aged 80 years. Wife of the late Harold G. Dennis (1976). Survivors include: daughter Diana Howey (Doug) of Straffordville etc.. The funeral was on June 15. Arrangements through Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.


-Rabb, Donovan Wayne, of Tillsonburg, on Saturday, in his 83rd year. Survivors include: son Brett of Straffordville etc.. A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements through Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.





(Information from Kelly Franklin of Farmtown Canada of Mapleton) – “Farmtown Canada’s Funny Farm Ministries announces that Jase Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty fame will be on hand for the charity’s major fundraiser on October 12 at Budweiser Gardens in London. Funny Farm Ministries is a family-based Christian charity that works supporting marginalized school-aged children and youth across Elgin County. We were the first to sign Duck Dynasty to an Ontario destination. Jase will give Canadian audiences a family-friendly event about faith, family, and ducks.

This event will benefit both Farmtown Canada’s family counseling, youth support programs, and Funny Farm Kids Camps. (Duck Dynasty is a reality-based television series on A&E and the network’s most-watched. The show is based on the Robertson family in the Louisiana bayou, who makes products for duck hunters). Tickets for the event go on sale at 10 am on Friday and can be purchased at the Budweiser Gardens website (www.budweisergardens.com) or by calling 1-866-455-2849.”





PORT BURWELL  – The Snowbirds, in St.Thomas this weekend as part of the Great Lakes International Air Show, will perform a special flypast of HMCS Ojibwa here on Thursday around 4:30 pm. Weather cooperating, the Snowbirds will follow a path from north to south. Tours of the Ojibwa begin this weekend with an official opening slated for Saturday, July 6.





(Information from Calvin Brydges who is selling his house at Summers Corners through an essay contest. See story in March 21 edition of TANews) – “To date we have received just over 1000 essays. The contest has had no changes and is progressing but a little slower than what we originally thought. With two months to go,  we are only one third of the way to our goal.”





(Contributed) – “The “Where is Sandi ?” Walk is a walk by Sandi Pyper through Elgin to benefit Pearce Williams United Church Christian Centre in Fingal by raising funds for their Called to Grow Campaign. Sandi began her walk last Friday – the walk will cover 326 kms across Elgin County over approximately 22 days this summer. Along the way Sandi will be visiting local farms, perhaps popping her tent and sleeping overnight on a new acquaintance’s lawn, hiking along the Trans Canada Trail, Elgin hiking Trail and through local conservation areas, Elgin’s points of interest and more.

She will be easy to spot in her Pearce Williams t-shirt and camp hat. Local stops include: Clovermead on July 1st, Port Burwell by July 5-6, and Aylmer St Paul’s United Church  on July 7th.  More information, including pilgrimage route and how to make a donation, can be found on the Pearce Williams webpage: pearcewilliams.com




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TUESDAY, June 25/13





-Southwest Soccer – Glencoe at Aylmer FC, 7pm, EESS


-Sat. – MCS Auction at Aylmer Curling Club

-This Weekend – Great Lakes International Air Show, St.Thomas

-Mon. – Canada Day Events at EEC Complex; Fireworks





(Contributed) – “The Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has ended the HEAT ALERT issued for June 21-26 for Elgin County. This is based on Environment Canada’s prediction of more cloud cover and showers that will keep the humidex values below the 40 threshold.





-Nigh, Muriel; of R.R.1, Springfield; passed away Saturday, in her 89th year. Wife of the late Harold Nigh (2003). Survivors include: son Ronald Nigh of Springfield etc.. Cremation has taken place. A service will be held at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Wednesday, at 1:00 pm. with visitation one hour prior.


-Van Loy, Edna May; of Vienna; passed away June 18, in her 72nd year. Survivors include: husband Leo Van Loy; son Victor (Margaret)Van Loy of Eden etc.. The funeral was Friday. Arrangements were through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.


-Truman, Irene May (Youcke); of Brantford and formerly of Aylmer, on June 17; aged 85. She was predeceased by her husband Gord Truman (1993). A small family service will take place at a later date. Arrangements through McCleister Funeral Home, Brantford.


-Bueckert, David; of Aylmer; passed away June 13, aged 68. Husband of the late Justina (Hiebert) Bueckert (2007). Survivors include: son Bernhard “Ben” Bueckert of Aylmer etc.. He was born in Mexico and worked at Imperial Leaf Tobacco. The funeral service was held on June 17; arrangements were with Kebbel’s Funeral Home.





(Contributed) – “Monday, July 1, (rain date: Tuesday, July 2) is the date for Canada Day events from 5:p.m. to dusk at the East Elgin Community Complex. Activities include: Dotsy’s inflatables, carnival games, cotton candy, mini golf, buggy rides provided by Farmtown Canada Funny Farm, crafts etc.. Have your photo taken in the photo booth sponsored by HWC Insurance. Children can enter our colouring contest for a chance to win a bike (submissions due June 28)! Live entertainment is sponsored by McTaggart, Armstrong, Dewar & Owen Insurance Brokers. Bring your skates for FREE public skating from 5:00p.m.-6:30p.m. Rentals are available for just $2 per pair.

At 7:p.m. join local dignitaries for the official Canada Day Celebration and cake cutting ceremony. Stay for an incredible fireworks display starting at dusk sponsored by the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer, with donations collected at the entrance.”





“Lines are important to everyone. They are important to people who like to count things like accountants and mathematicians. The future of Aylmer Library has important lines as well. Different statistics have been collected that show a larger library is needed. Some of these refer to a ‘catchment area’ of some 13,000 people served by the Aylmer Library. Since we all know what the population of Aylmer is, this catchment area must include the Township of Malahide and beyond. Two points, the first is that the library in Aylmer is a branch of the Elgin County Library system. This means that a portion of the taxes paid in both Aylmer and Malahide  goes to the County of Elgin. The County pays for the provision of library services – books, e-books, DVD’s, staff salaries, rental of space, etc. – whether the library is in Aylmer, Springfield or Port Stanley. The County boundary is one line while the catchment areas for the 10 branch libraries are another  set of lines.

The second is that we should regard library users and their families and friends as a good thing. When they come downtown to use the library I am sure they shop as well. There is a good chance that a new, bigger library will attract more people and they will stay in down town longer. I would like to conclude by saying that we all have to be careful how we use lines (and numbers). In the discussions about the future of the Aylmer Library, the lines I disagree with are the ones used to say that your opinion or your need doesn’t count because you are not on my side of the line. Even if you disagree with the person’s stand on the library listen to what is being said, ask questions, ask even more questions and then make up your own mind.” (Bill Murch)





(Contributed by Chris Huctwith) – “The Belmont Kids’ Park has received some very exciting news, recently. Our date for project construction was moved up to July, with the park hopefully ready for use in early August.  More work will be done in the fall and we will prepare for a Grand Opening next spring. Also, Belmont just celebrated it’s Kids’ Summer Fun Day, hosted by the HUB, and during the day our kids had a chance to design graffiti for our skate park. Donations can be still dropped off at Farrow Financial, in Belmont, or mailed to The Hub, P.O. Box 309, Belmont, Ontario, N0L 1B0.”




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MONDAY, June 24/13





-Sat. – MCS Auction at Aylmer Curling Club

-Next Weekend – Great Lakes International Air Show, St.Thomas





(Report of Aylmer Council meeting last Monday by Bill Murch)


-Items: Police Chief Andre Reymer presented the Annual Police Report; there was a Report from the Director of Operations concerning how well the town’s Solid Waste Management Program is doing; Council passed a By-Law to authorize and regulate the planting, care, maintenance, protection and removal of trees on municipal owned right of ways, parks and concerning the new library.

-And: Council endorsed in principle the location (‘Bear Park’) and concept of the library building as presented by Archon Architects at the June 3rd Council meeting and staff is directed to report to Council, on (a) the cost of engaging Archon Architects to provide complete building plans, and (b) several options of financing the proposed building.





Elgin County’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued the first HEAT ALERT in 2013. It is in effect from last Saturday until this Wednesday. This is based on the Environment Canada advisory that is forecasting that temperatures are expected to climb into the low and mid thirties combined with a humidex advisory that is likely to last early into mid week.





(Contributed) – The annual Mennonite Community Services’ Charity Auction will be held this Saturday beginning at 9am at the Aylmer Curling Club. Breakfast will be served from 7 am (lunch will also be available). A Family Fun Run is new this year, starting at 7:15 am. Auction items include a refurbished car donated by the shop program at EESS and a helicopter ride. The MCS Auction raises around $40,000 every year for local and global programming through MCS and MCC. The committee is still accepting donations of items and is also looking for volunteers to help out at the event. For more information, go to www.mcson.org.





-Annen, Dr. Albert; of London; on June 14; aged 62 years. Survivors include: wife Marguerite, brother Case (Jane) Annen etc. Albert was raised in Aylmer and was a graduate of EESS. For 34 years, he was a family physician. The funeral was held last Tuesday. Arrangements through Westview Funeral Chapel, London.


-Barber, George William, of London; on June 16; in his 90th year. He was predeceased by his wife Olga in 2007. Survivors include: five children etc.. From 1963 to 1983 he was an instructor at the Ontario Police College, Aylmer and was a long-time member of Malahide Lodge No. 140. A private family service was held Saturday. Arrangements were through Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel in London.


-Palmer, Kevin Lee; of St. Thomas, on Friday, in his 50th year. Survivors include: brother Mark of Aylmer etc.. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, St.Thomas. Visitation is on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.


-Bari, Christine Ann; of R.R. 4 Aylmer; passed away Thursday, aged 58. Survivors include: husband Louis Bari Jr., two children etc.. She was an Early Childhood Educator with the Y.M.C.A. in Aylmer etc. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place today at 10:00 a.m. at St. George’s Greek Catholic Church, Courtland. Arrangements through Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.


-Moore, “Betty” Bessie Fern; of Aylmer and formerly of Brownsville, passed away Sunday, in her 90th year. Wife of the late Lorne Moore (1992). Survivors include: daughter Linda Peters(Butch) of Aylmer; brother-in-law Max (Irma Jean) Moore etc.. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, Thursday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Friday, at 1:00 pm.


-Charlton, John Herbert; formerly of R.R. 2 Springfield, passed away on Friday, in his 91st year. Husband of the late Margaret (Hide) Charlton (2009). Survivors include: two children etc. He was retired from Chrysler, Windsor. Visitation Tuesday 2-3 pm at Williams Funeral Home, St. Thomas where the funeral service will be held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.





MT. SALEM – Elgin OPP responded to an altercation at a home on Sawmill Road in Malahide just before midnight last Monday. The investigation revealed that a 50-year-old male had attended the residence and physically assaulted an occupant at the house.  He also caused property damage and started a small fire that was quickly extinguished.  Upon police arrival the male party refused to comply with officers attempting to arrest him and as a result he was injured. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Due to injuries he sustained during the incident, the OPP contacted Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit for further investigation.




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THURSDAY, June 13/13



*THEAYLMERNEWS will not publish again until Mon. June 25




-TriCounty Fastball – Innerkip at Pt. Burwell, 8:30


-Fri-Sun. – Oxford Renaissance Festival in Woodstock

-Sat. -Springfield Fun Day (Breakfast 8am)

-Sat. -St.Thomas Fastball – Springfield hosts St.Thomas, 7:30


-Mon. – Aylmer Council, 7pm

-Tue. – Southwest Soccer – Aylmer FC vs Aylmer Rampage, 7pm, EESS

-Tue. -St.Thomas Fastball – Shedden at Springfield, 8:30

-Thu. – EESS Exams

-Fri-Sat. – Relay For Life, EESS





-Shedden 4 Springfield (2-5) 0

-(Last week) Shedden 7 Springfield 0





-Buchner, George Francis; of R.R. #2 Springfield; passed away Wednesday, in his 84th year. Husband of the late Sandra (Law) Buchner (2005). Survivors include: daughter Wendy (Mike) Abell  of Springfield,  sister Aletha Bradt etc.. George was a dairy farmer. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral will be held at the Springfield Baptist Church on Monday, at 11:00 am.





-A 15 year old Malahide male was charged with assault on a 22-year old Malahide man at the Optimist Park Skatepark Saturday. The man was allegedly repeatedly punched in the face by the boy who believed the man had damaged his camera.





“As a person who has spent many, many hours in the library I would love to see some updates but not necessarily to the tune of 2+million dollars. The library is small and not designed for curling up and reading. It used to be a retreat for me but now with the number of laptops at the tables and kids on computers, there is really no great place to sit and read. I know I can take the books home and read there but, as a person who has multiple jobs, when I get home there are fifty million other things waiting for me. I would love to see a more relaxed area for those who need a retreat for a few hours.”  (Sherry Wiebe)





(Information from John Evers of East Elgin Sportsman’s Association) – About 100 women will take part in this weekend’s  National Wild Turkey Federations: Women in the Outdoors weekend at the East Elgin Sportsman’s Association property east of Aylmer.  It is a conference for women to try various outdoor activities.  Others events in the past have focused on kayaking, fly fishing, ATV Riding, outdoor cooking, canoeing, etc..  Women come from all over the province to attend. Courses offered this year include: crossbow, 3D archery, handguns, trapshooting, high power rifle, falconry, fishing, canoeing and compass orienteering.




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WEDNESDAY, June 12/13





-Thu. -TriCounty Fastball – Innerkip at Pt. Burwell 8:30

-Fri-Sun. – Oxford Renaissance Festival in Woodstock

-Sat. -Springfield Fun Day (Breakfast 8am)

-Sat. -St.Thomas Fastball – Springfield hosts St.Thomas, 7:30





-Railway City 4 Aylmer Rampage (1-2-2) 1

-Aylmer FC (3-2-1) 1 MIB 0





The annual Canadian Cancer Society’s  Relay For Life in Aylmer will take place Friday-Saturday, June 21-22 at EESS. Co-ordinators Andy and Wendy Beck said the Opening Ceremonies will be at 6:30 pm Friday with the Survivor Lap at 7 and the Luminary Ceremony at 10. Performers are Traci Kennedy, Royal  Haldenby and Scott Brunelle. There will also be activities for children, featuring Dotsy the Clown.





-Springfield (2-3) vs. Shedden





(Contributed) – McTaggart, Armstrong,  Dewar and Owen Insurance on Talbot St. west in Aylmer is holding a bbq and silent auction with proceeds going to the Corner Cupboard. The silent auction is from Monday, June 17th to Friday, June 21st at 2:00pm. We have several items to bid on that have been generously donated by local businesses. The BBQ will be on June 21st from 11 am to 2:00 pm.





Workmen were busy paving the west end of the new addition at McGregor School this morning. (kb) (CLICK)





-Oxford Centre  9 Pt. Burwell (1-5) 1





(Contributed) – “Aylmer Community Theatre has confirmed their playbill for 2013-14. The shows are all comedies but with a certain depth that will touch the heart as well as the funny bone. Season tickets will be available soon at Aylmer Video and Campbell’s II.

First up is “1-900-DELITE” by one of last season’s favourite playwrights, Uwe Meyer. A study in the ever-changing relationships between mothers and sons, teachers and students, and next-door neighbours, this show is full of surprises. The show runs from October 24 – November 2, 2013.

The February show, “The Man With the Plastic Sandwich” by Roger Karshner, was originally performed in 1981. Encounters in the park with three engaging and provocative characters help Walter, who was fired from his job of 20 years, on the journey on which he has embarked. This show will be entered in the Western Ontario Drama League Festival as an in-festival production and runs from February 13 – 22, 2014.

The final show of the season is Norm Foster’s newest release to amateur theatre companies,  “Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out”, and ACT is proud to be the first company to acquire the rights.  Mrs. Parliament finds herself at a cross-road when her husband of 32 years forgets their anniversary. The show runs from May 29 – June 7, 2014.”




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TUESDAY, June 11/13





-Southwest Soccer – Aylmer Rampage hosts RailwayCity, 7pm EESS

-St.Thomas Fastball – Springfield hosts Shedden, 8:30


-Sat. -Springfield Fun Day





About 275 persons attended the annual Low German Mennonite Networking Conference at the EEC Complex yesterday. Keynote speaker, at right, was Dr. Leeno Karumanchery, President and CEO of Diversity Solutions Inc. Other activities included tours of local churches and schools etc. (kb) (CLICK) 





(Contributed) – “Elgin County Tourism is pleased to announce that copies of the 2013 combined Savour Elgin Culinary Guide and Elgin Arts Trail Discovery Guide are now available. The Savour Elgin Culinary Trail takes residents and visitors on a journey to some of the area’s best restaurants, farmers’ markets and wineries while the Elgin Arts Trail does the same for art galleries, studios and artisan craft locations. For a copy of the Savour Elgin Culinary Trail/Elgin Arts Trail Discovery Guide please call (519) 631-1460 ext. 164, email tourism@elgin-county.on.ca or visit Elgin County Tourism at 450 Sunset Dr. St. Thomas.





Bayham Township is looking for volunteers  interested in participating on a “Trail Committee” for development of the walking trail between Lake Erie and Tunnel Line. Members of the Committee will be responsible for pursuing trail initiatives including development of a Master Plan, subsequent venue development and operations. No experience is necessary, all ages are welcome. Application forms are available at the municipal office or online at www.bayham.on.ca . Applications should be submitted by noon Monday.







“The EESS girls’ soccer team won the bronze medal at the OFSSAA championships in Hamilton on Saturday by defeating Corpus Christi  4-1. The last OFSSAA medal for East Elgin was in 2007 when the boys’ soccer team also won a bronze. EESS  lost 2-0 to Mississauga Iona Catholic School – the eventual champion – in a semifinal. Earlier results:  EESS 3 Whitby Henry Street 0, EESS 3 Ottawa Robert Borden 0, EESS 1 Sudbury Lockerby 1, and EESS 3 Belleville Centennial 0. East Elgin only surrendered 4 goals while scoring 14 in their six games.”




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MONDAY, June 10/13





-Mennonite Networking Conference, EEC Complex; 9-4pm

–No Aylmer Council until June 17





-Hildebrandt, Elisabeth; of Aylmer, passed away on Friday, at the age 56 years. Survivors include: husband Cornelius Hilderbrandt etc.. She was born in Mexico Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Old Colony Mennonite Church, Tuesday, at 2:00 pm.


-Matthews, Mary; of Terrace Lodge, Aylmer, passed away on Friday, in her 98th year. Wife of the late Hugh Matthews (1990). Survivors include: daughter Lynda Pressey of St.Thomas etc.. Mary was a member of the Calton Womens’ Institute. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home was yesterday with the funeral service Monday, at 11:00 am.


-Badder, Allan; of Wabash, passed away, on Thursday, at the age of 90. Survivors include: son Neil (Kathy) of Aylmer etc. He owned Badder Bus Service in Wabash for over 60 years. The funeral service will be held from the Community of Christ Church, Wabash on Monday,  at 1:30pm.


-Armstrong, William “Bill” Edward; of R.R. # 4 Aylmer, passed away Saturday; aged 78.  Survivors include: wife Elaine (nee Graves) etc.. Cremation has taken place. A service will take place at a later date.


-Cain, Robert Henry “Bob”; of Simcoe, on Sunday, in his 92nd year. Survivors include: son Bob (Lynda) of Straffordville etc.. Visitation at Smith Funeral Home, Simcoe on Friday, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m.







(At last Monday’s library meeting citizen John Forsdike presented results of a survey he did which indicated a limited use of the library. Aylmer Librarian Supervisor Chris Mayhew responds:)

“It is a well-established fact that the Aylmer Library is by far the busiest branch of the Elgin County Library and serves the largest percentage of the county’s population. Statistics, however, are just one way to measure or understand the value that public libraries add to their communities. Having said that I will note that the Aylmer Library staff is currently engaged in tracking usage of a typical day on an hourly basis. We are looking at the total number of people in the library, number of people using the Public Access computers, number of people using the wireless connection, number of people engaged in programming or tutoring activities, etc.

It is too bad that Mr. Forsdike did not approach Aylmer Library staff with his intent to track usage of the library during the month of May. We would have been happy to help him attain the statistics he was seeking using more systematic and comprehensive methods that would have resulted in a more accurate portrait of library use. Library use varies considerably from season to season, month to month and hour to hour depending on multiple factors ranging from weather to programming activities, to when kids get out of school.


(Reprint of an article in TANews a year ago – from Chris Mayhew) – “The number of items circulating at the Aylmer library has almost tripled since its relocation to the Old Town Hall in 1981. In 2011 the Aylmer Old Town Hall Library provided service for 3878 registered library users – 37% of the total number of Elgin County Library registered borrowers.

These patrons came from Aylmer (54%), Malahide (25%), Bayham (5%) as well as other adjacent municipalities. In 2011 Aylmer Library also had 122,85 people using their Public Access Computers. In 2011 the Library circulated 81,347 items – books, DVDs, magazines, Cds, literacy materials and other formats (30% of the total circulation for Elgin County Library). Comparison of Items circulated: 1983=30,000; 1986= 50,000; 2003= 73,000; 2011=82,000.”





– June 3, 2013, Station #3, Superior Street, Medical Assist

– June 3, 2013, Station #4, Imperial Road, Medical Assist

– June 7, 2013, Station #1, Vienna Line, Burn Complaint

– June 10, 2013, Station #1, Hale Street, Medical Assist





This group chose Bear Park, south of the library, as a setting to celebrate National Public Knitting Week last week. Pictured, left to right, are Margaret Dennis, Amanda Lapadat, Louise Strickland, Carol Player and Catherine VanWychen. (BB) (CLICK)


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FRIDAY, June 7/13





-Fi. -Elementary Schools PD Day


-Mon. -Mennonite Networking Conference, EEE Complex

-Mon. – No Aylmer Council until June 17





(From Elgin OPP) – Four persons, including three teens and an older female, from Ottawa have been arrested and charged with various offences after the Talbot Variety Store in Mt. Salem was robbed yesterday afternoon.


Elgin OPP received the call around  4:30 pm. The store clerk reported that two people had entered the  store and demanded money. One of the suspects indicated they had a firearm, however no weapons were observed. An undisclosed amount of cash was turned over to the suspects who then fled the scene in a white Ford Econoline van.


Police located the suspect vehicle travelling north on Imperial Road south of Aylmer and attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to stop. (Aylmer Police reported the van was chased into town and it went east on Pine St. and south on Victoria St. and then past Elk St. into a corn field off Victoria.) The four suspects then exited the vehicle and fled on foot.


With the assistance of the Aylmer Police, an 18 year old male, two 19 year old males and a 28 year old female were quickly taken into custody without incident. (Aylmer Police reported that one of the males actually made it back to Talbot St. east before being tracked down.) The four are scheduled to appear in St.Thomas Criminal Court today for a Bail Hearing.





Work began on the new Splashpad in Balmoral Park this week. It is expected to be ready later in August. (kb) (CLICK)







(There was no mention at Monday’s New Library meeting of how suggested improvements for the Old Town Hall theatre would be addressed. Barb Warnock of Aylmer Community Theatre makes this comment) – “A.C.T.  has no official position regarding the new library building. It would be unfortunate if some of the improvements to the Old Town Hall Theatre, as previously discussed with the town, were to go by the wayside. There is a dramatic need for improved washroom facilities and the rake on the balcony leaves much to be desired. Increased lobby space would greatly improve the audience experience. Initially, ACT was asked to provide a list of improvements that could be incorporated into the new library development. Apparently, that is no longer an option. Hopefully, the will to maintain and even improve the Old Town Hall Theatre exists.”





Malahide Council last night deferred a decision on choosing a consultant for the EEC Complex Review until the next Council meeting in two weeks in order “to seek clarification on the proposals.” The EECC Board was deadlocked recently in their selection of a consultant and asked Aylmer and Malahide Councils to make the final choice. Last week Aylmer Council chose the Toronto bidder, Leisure Plan International, over the Aylmer firm, Asymmetric Consulting.





(Reaction to last Saturday’s Touch A Truck event at Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer is contributed by organizer Dean Mantel) – “It was a great day, the rain held off and over 150 children enjoyed all the big trucks and equipment that were on show. We had rail vehicles, the  Malahide Township road grader, farm equipment and of course the big rigs. A big thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time and vehicles for this fun event. I believe a Touch A Truck “2” may be in the works for next  year.”


Liam Murray, 1, of Aylmer was one of 150 persons that enjoyed the Touch A Truck event Saturday at Immanuel Christian School (Contributed) (CLICK)





(Information from Dick Saarloos of Berryhill Farms) – “We are going to have strawberries at our stand on Monday weather permitting. The cool weather has really slowed the ripening process. We should have a good amount for father’s day.”





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

Campbells, Pinecroft, and Mary Jane’s.)




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THURSDAY, June 6/13





-Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils


-Fri. -Elementary Schools PD Day





-Brown, Don, of London, on June 1st. Don was a retired EESS shop teacher. There is no service. Arrangements through Kebbel’s Funeral Home.





-Aylmer Rampage (1-1-2) 1 MIB 0







Farmtown Canada of Mapleton recently received a grant from the federal government for 10 student jobs. Said spokesperson Kelly Franklin: “This grant is beneficial to us and without it, we could not provide the camps, counselling supports, empowerment programs, community outreaches and festival participation we are involved in. Specifically for us the ten jobs involve young adults as youth summer student staff who will coordinate camps, bussing, subsidy and donor drives, fundraising, programming, animal care, community work, and training and mentoring junior staff and other volunteers and leaders. Our Daycamps run weekly and we bus from community locations such as local churches and organizations in Aylmer, St Thomas, London and beyond. Our features are: Hand lead horse rides, wagon rides and walking farm tours etc. ”





Aylmer Police Services held a bbq for the Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Ontario Special Olympics at No Frills on Saturday and raised just under $1000. Pictured are (from left): Kory Kuipers, George Grbich, Brittany Russell, Emily Schultz, Cst. Nicole Sabol, and Cst. Dean Grbich. (contributed) (CLICK)





(Information from Kelly Pearson) – The annual Springfield Fun Day will be held on Saturday, June 15 at Malahide Community Place. Activities include: In the morning – South Dorchester Optimists Breakfast from 8 to 11 am, Bike Decorating, Teddy Bear Party, Dotsy the Clown, Childrens Games, Inflatable games and – in the afternoon – music, Tae Kwon Do demonstration, Watermelon Eating Contest, baseball games and a Pork BBQ.







(Reprint from October/12 of  responses from Brian Masschaele, Elgin Director of Community/Cultural Services:)

1-What are the library’s most pressing needs in terms of space?

“Our ARUPLO guidelines make it clear that we require more space for almost every aspect of our service delivery based on the population served. For instance, we do not have a formal programming/public space which our guidelines indicate should be in the vicinity of 1,800 square feet to serve 12,000 residents. Similar projections can be made for children’s areas, staff work areas, computer use areas and so on… We also need to lower and widen our shelving which means that we will need more space just to house the existing collection, let alone allow it to grow to an appropriate size for the population served.”

2-Some feel library usage will decrease with increasing tech competition?

“I refer you here to recent articles in publications like Municipal World that speak to the importance of the library as “community place” and not just a place for books. Clearly, there is a major transition occuring in terms of digital collections and this does have the potential to impact traditional space needs. However, for every shelf that we could eliminate as a result of e-books, it can be replaced by more space for public access computers, wireless usage, homework help and so on…The demand for printed and traditional formats is not going away anytime soon… We’ll be loaning printed materials, DVDs and other a/v formats for many, many years to come. At the same time, we certainly plan to move with technology as our current roster of electronic resources attests.”





Last Monday’s Library Meeting will by broadcast on Eastlink channel 5 on Sunday June 9th at 7 p.m., Monday June 10th at 9 p.m., and Tuesday June 11th at 1 p.m.




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