Christmas Tour of Homes begins

webhomestourAbout 140 participants in the annual Christmas Tour of Homes organized by Aylmer Malahide Museum and Archives volunteers tucked into a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at Aylmer Baptist Church, Friday night, Nov. 17. Afterward, they and others toured four specially decorated area homes from 7 to 10 p.m., with the tour open again Saturday from 1 to 9 pm.

First Silver Stick tourney ever at EECC

webamhapeeweeredGoalie Cole Huber of the Aylmer Minor Hockey Peewee Red team blocked a Thornton Tigers’ shot during a Silver Stick Regional Qualifier tournament at East Elgin Community Complex on Friday, November 17. The four-day tournament, which started Thursday night, is the first ever Silver Stick held here, and involves 32 teams in four age divisions. Finals will be Sunday afternoon. The Peewees won this game 5-3.

PCI takes EESS to school in football final

webjrfootballAdam DeKraker of host East Elgin Secondary School tumbled after a leaping catch of a pass during the Thames Valley Central Junior football final against Parkside Collegiate Institute on Tuesday, Nov. 16. EESS had enjoyed a perfect record all season, but PCI, which suffered its only regular season loss to East Elgin, got revenge with a 23-6 win to take the title. Parkside scored in the opening two minutes of the game, and led 14-0 at the half, just after halting what had been a promising EESS scoring drive. East Elgin couldn’t score until the fourth quarter, and even then failed on the conversion attempt to put only six points on the board.

Fairly paid worldly goods

FestivalSaleMargaret Unger browsed the handcrafted home decor items on one of the tables set up in Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre for the annual Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale on Thursday morning, Nov. 16. The sale continued on Friday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale, sponsored by Mennonite Community Services of Southern Ontario, included a collection of various coffees produced by farmers from various African and South American countries along with spices, chocolate, home decor and accessories made by artisans from around the world. Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to Canadian markets through long-term fair trading relationships. A non-profit program of Mennonite Central Committee, Ten Thousand Villages buys products from close to 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries.

Junior football final at EESS Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

East Elgin Secondary School will host the Thames Valley Central Junior football championship this Thursday starting at 11:30 a.m., as the Eagles take on Parkside Collegiate Institute.

The game had originally been slated for City Wide Sports Park in London, but EESS and PCI coaches agreed to have the final at East Elgin instead.

East Elgin finished one game better than PCI in the regular season, with a record of six wins and no losses. Parkside was defeated only once in the regular season, by EESS.

This will be the first time in Central division history that two Elgin teams have competed in the final.

Council kills library options

In just a 20-minute meeting, the years-long effort to provide the Aylmer area with a larger, new library space came to a sudden halt during the Monday evening, Nov. 13 council meeting.

After receiving results of an online survey on which of two locations for a new library space local residents preferred, councillors defeated two resolutions on each of the proposed locations in split 4-3 recorded votes.

Councillors Sheri Andrews and Pete Barbour, along with Deputy Mayor Mary French, voted in favour of constructing an addition to the current Old Town Hall Library on John Street South in the green space immediately south of the heritage building. All three voted against building a new, stand-alone library at the former public works site on Myrtle Street.

Mayor Greg Currie, along with councillors Ted McDonald and Ann Laur, voted for the Myrtle Street library option and against the John Street addition.

Cr. Arthur Oslach voted against both new library space options.

Spitfires on a roll

SpitfiresPort Stanley Sailors forward Kyle Hopper, left, battled for the puck against Aylmer Spitfires defenceman Ryan Vandenbroek during a Provincial Junior Hockey League Jr. C game at East Elgin Community Complex on Saturday night, Nov. 11. The host Spitfires held on for a 4-3 win with Port Stanley making it close by scoring the last two goals of the game in the third period. In Lucan against the Irish on Friday night, Nov. 10, the Spitfires won 4-1. Aylmer remains in second last spot in the West Yeck Division with a five wins and 11 losses record and 10 points while Port Stanley sits in fifth place in the nine team circuit with nine wins, seven losses and one overtime loss good for 19 points. The Spitfires visited the North Middlesex Stars in Parkhill on Sunday, Nov. 12, a 2:30 puck drop. The Sailors hosted the Mount Brydges Bulldogs the same afternoon and game time.

Large turnout for Remembrance Day in Aylmer

AyRemDayRoyal Canadian Legion, Colonel Talbot Branch 81 (Aylmer) executive member Arthur Oslach, left, was handed a wreath by Aylmer Police Sergeant Nick Novacich, right, while being escorted to the Cenotaph by Legion executive member Ian Stubbs during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Aylmer on Saturday morning, Nov. 11. Many Aylmer and area residents filled that portion of Talbot Street in front of the Cenotaph for the ceremony to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, during past armed conflicts around the world for the freedoms and privileges our Canadian society enjoys today.

Belmont remembers

webbelremA big crowd turned out, despite chilly weather and snow on the ground, for an annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Belmont’s Community Park on Saturday morning, Nov. 11. Similar services were held in Aylmer, Springfield and Port Stanley.

New Sarum PS gets stacking

NSPSstackingAva Fish, left, Sandra Grant and Tariq Oteng were among a whole gymnasium full of New Sarum Public School pupils participating in the annual attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest sport stacking event on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 9. The New Sarum PS pupils stacked their cups to music in various different patterned pyramids throughout the just over half hour session. Last year, 622,809 stackers participated to break the previous year’s STACK UP! record of 618,394. The 2017 event targeted a new world record of 625,000 stackers in more than 40,000 schools and youth organizations in countries such as Canada, the United States, Hungary, Germany, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Columbia and Taiwan. New Sarum PS teacher and event organizer Lynn Van Roestel said it would take a few days before the final 2017 stacking tally is known.