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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Bikers rumble through Aylmer for the 13th

July 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Motorcycle enthusiasts Jean-Paul (JP) Roy, left, and his brother-in-law KC Clarke stopped in downtown Aylmer for breakfast on Friday, July 13 on their way to Port Dover. Mr. Roy’s wife and Mr. Clarke’s twin sister Kirsten was just out of the camera’s view. The three Londoners, along with thousands of other bikers, rode through Aylmer…

Low water condition issued by CCCA

July 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catfish Creek Conservation Authority issued a “Level 1 Low Water Condition” for the watershed on Tuesday morning, July 10. In a media release, CCCA Water Management Technician Peter Dragunas asked area residents to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 percent “to ensure that there remains an adequate supply for essential uses and to sustain…

Healing Hearts and Minds in Kinsmen Park

July 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Joanne Crockett of London’s Meadowlily Farm and her buddy Eddie the Chihuahua, 12, were hanging out in their bee-related fun garb at their booth and also bee-themed camper van at the second annual Healing Hearts and Minds mental health festival held in Kinsmen Park in Aylmer on Saturday, July 7. Meadowlily Farm, which produces all-natural…

St. Thomas man killed after crash at Sparta drag strip

July 7, 2018 | 1 Comment

Bradley Schaafsma, 32, of St. Thomas was killed after the motorcycle he was riding crashed at St. Thomas Raceway Park just east of Sparta off Sparta Line on Friday evening, July 6. Ontario Provincial Police Constable Max Gomez said emergency personnel including Elgin County OPP officers, Central Elgin volunteer firefighters and local ambulance paramedics were…

Hard times on the Mackenzie River

July 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Chad Robertson of Belmont and his friend Jason “Travelroo” Rowland of Australia report having hundreds of dollars of dehydrated food, as well as storage bags, stolen from them as they paddled along the Mackenzie River toward Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. The two men are attempting to journey from Jasper, Alberta, to Inuvik by bicycle…

Canada Day in Port Burwell

July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Imriel Bentley, 2 (and a half), and his parents of Brampton were visiting his Omi (grandma) in Port Burwell on Sunday morning just in time to watch a parade that kicked off Canada Day festivities in the lakeside village on Sunday morning, July 1. Hundreds of people braved the heat and humidity to enjoy the…

Bacteria warning at Springwater

June 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health has posted a high bacteria count warning at Springwater Conservation area southwest of Aylmer and are advising visitors and seasonal campers not to swim in the pond there. Routine samples of water at public beaches were taken on Monday, June 25 and Southwestern Public Health issued a media release about the results…

Hueston trial adjourned until Aug. 15

June 27, 2018 | 5 Comments

The trial of Aylmer Express publisher John Hueston and his son and editor Brett Hueston was adjourned until Wednesday, Aug. 15 after the defence received new disclosure information from the Crown attorney’s office on Wednesday, June 27, the morning of when the trial was originally supposed to be held. Additional new disclosure information was to…

Chad Robertson bicycling and canoeing to Inuvik

June 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Chad Robertson, 27, of Belmont, who last year bicycled across Canada from east to west to raise awareness of mental health issues, this year has tackled another marathon trek, bicycling and canoeing from Jasper, Alberta, to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. In an interview Wednesday, June 20, by telephone, he said he and travelling companion…

OPP looking for man last seen in Aylmer

June 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Officers with the Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police are currently trying to find a man who was reported missing as of Sunday, June 24, 2018 at about noon. Constable Adam Crewdson said police are “actively searching” for a man, last seen in Aylmer, who is in his early 20s described as white, having a full…

Bidding to better our world

June 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Auctioneer Cal Yutzi of Yutzi Auctions, right, took bids for an axe, just one of the multitude of donated used and new items up for sale during the 18th annual Aylmer Mennonite Community Services (MCS) Charity Auction and Food Fest held at the Aylmer Curling Club on Saturday morning, June 23. The event raises money…

Eating Together at Valumart

June 22, 2018 | 1 Comment

Aylmer Valumart co-owner Martin Miller manned the barbecue during the grocery store’s first Eat Together free hotdog lunch on Friday, June 22. Strawberries and various salads were also on the menu. He said the umbrella company’s promotion celebrated food and how eating together can connect people and a community. Mr. Miller thought the promotion will…