Playing pickleball for pups

PickleballRon Hutchings of St. Thomas, left, returned the ball over the net while his partner Dave Loucks of Port Bruce looked on during one of the many matches played at East Elgin Community Complex in Aylmer on Saturday, July 22 as part of the Pickleball for Pups tournament. Fifty pickleball players from throughout southwestern Ontario came to Aylmer to play in the tournament which raised money for the St. Thomas Dog Owners Association. Event organizer Lyn Levandoski, the president of the Dog Owners Association and a pickleball instructor, said most of the proceeds would be used to help maintain off leash dog parks in St. Thomas and Elgin County.

Feeling the beat at the library

AyLibdrumsAleah Berdan, 5, front left, Alexis Scott, 8, and her sister Emi, 6, tried their “hands” at playing the djembe drum from Africa during an interactive activity at Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre on Thursday afternoon, July 20. Babarinde “Baba” Williams from Drums et al of Durham brought enough drums for almost 50 youngsters, and the young at heart, to learn the basics of how to play. Mr. Williams also shared some of the over 1,000 year history of drumming in Africa while telling the “Story of the Turtle.” The activity was one of several in the Summer Reading Club series hosted by the Aylmer Library and sponsored by the Aylmer Optimist Club. Next up is Craig the Science Guy who will bring his Canada 150 show to the Old Town Hall Theatre on Thursday, July 27 starting at 3 p.m. sharp.

Aylmer Pirates shoot down Ingersoll 18-8

webayrookiesShane Neusteter of host Aylmer Minor Ball’s Pirates Rookie Rep team rounded third on his way home during a game against Ingersoll in Steen Park on Wednesday night, July 19. Aylmer won handily, 18-8.

It was an Animal Kingdom at the Complex

EECCcampAli Giesbrecht, 11, left, and Emilie Buys, 10, peeked behind lion masks that were made as part of the Animal Kingdom week-long theme of the East Elgin Community Complex Summer Day Camp on Thursday, July 20. The day camp was held throughout the month with different themes each week. Activities included skating, crafts and games. The last two weeks of the day camp for children ages 6-12 had full registration.

Being actively musical at Bethel United

BethelVBSClara Krahn, 7, congratulated herself for staying in play during an outdoor “Musical Ice Chunks” game on Wednesday morning, July 19, part of the fun at Bethel United Reformed Church’s annual Vacation Bible School held all that week. This year’s theme was Operation Arctic and Clara was a member of the Narwhals team.

Teddy bears and sunglasses in Straffordville

TeddyBearEmily Berg, 4, of Aylmer dropped off her stuffed animal before checking out a water activity at the fourth annual free Teddy Bear Picnic at the park next to Straffordville Community Centre on Wednesday morning, July 19. Emily’s sister Sophia, 2 (not shown), was learning to play a toy xylophone at another nearby station. The Teddy Bear Picnic, organized by a committee made up of 12 community agencies, featured a variety of activities for families with young children.

Tillsonburg wind blade plant closing

SiemensThe Siemens wind blade manufacturing plant in Tillsonburg will close by early 2018 with all 340 workers eventually losing their jobs.

As of Tuesday morning, July 18, 206 workers were immediately let go with severance packages.

They found out about the closure during a meeting held the same morning at the Tillsonburg Community Centre.

The rest of the employees at the plant will be laid off in phases throughout 2017.

The plant began commercial operation in 2011 and since then has produced more than 2,500 wind turbine blades for projects in Ontario, Quebec, the United States, the United Kingdom and Sweden.

Rotten Ride in Sparta this year

webrottenrideHundreds of motorcycles waited to be judged in a “show and shine” that was part of the 12th annual Rotten Road Ride organized by DG Custom Cycles of Malahide, this year for the first time held at the St. Thomas Raceway Park in Sparta, Saturday, July 15. The event involved 375 participants, this year including drag racing on Friday night, overnight camping, the traditional ride on Saturday and the judged competition. The last was usually held separately by DG in Springfield each summer, but for 2017 the two events were combined.

Saluting the Northern Lights at Springfield libary

websprlibobstacleGavin Fentie, 6, waved a replica standing in for Canada’s Northern Lights during a patriotic-themed obstacle course at Malahide Community Place on Thursday, July 13. He was one of the children participating in a weekly meeting of the Springfield library’s Summer Reading Club.

Aylmer takes on Dorchester in pool

webswimPaisley Vachon of host Aylmer Pool’s team swam the girls 8 and under butterfly race during a meet against Dorchester on Wednesday night, July 12. Threatening weather cleared in time for the competition.