Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

VQA for Quai du Vin

April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Quai du Vin Estate Winery of Sparta has received VQA appellation and, as a result, will be able to sell its products at nine farm markets this summer under a new provincial program. The province, in an effort to boost sales of Ontario wines, will for the first time permit wineries to sell at those…

Davenport pupils to receive literary awards

April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two Davenport Public School Grade 7 pupils will receive Lawson Literary Awards at a ceremony in London in June. Grace Gillet of Belmont and Aylmer’s Emma Kebbel were among 21 Grade 7 and 8 pupils named to receive the honour from throughout the Thames Valley District School Board system. Ms. Gillet wrote about why Canadians…

Max Moore seeks re-election

April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Malahide Councillor Max Moore is running to retain his Ward 2 position in the Oct. 27 municipal election. The Springfield resident was first elected in 1997 and has been acclaimed to council in each election since. Cr. Moore said there are a number of projects in his ward he would like to see completed including…

Complex now focus of new Aylmer library

April 8, 2014 | 5 Comments

In a surprise change of direction at their April 7 meeting, Aylmer councillors changed their minds on where a new library should be located. A four to three vote was approved on a motion to partner with Malahide to enter into an agreement with Elgin County to utilize meeting space at East Elgin Community Complex…

Malahide seeks delay on Aylmer library tender award

April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Malahide councillors Thursday, April 3, voted unanimously to ask their Aylmer counterparts to delay awarding a tender for construction of a new downtown library until the possibility of putting it in East Elgin Community Complex could be explored. Councillor Mark Widner introduced a surprise motion to that affect at the end of the Malahide meeting.…

Bayham hires new administrator

April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bayham council has hired Paul Shipway to replace former Administrator Kyle Kruger. The final details of hiring Mr. Shipway, currently the deputy clerk of Uxbridge, were decided upon after a closed door session of the April 3 council meeting. Mr. Shipway’s first day with Bayham will be May 6. Mr. Kruger left Bayham for a…

Complex public meeting set for April 24

April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The public participation meeting when local residents can have their say on the operational review of East Elgin Community Complex and the consultant’s recommendations has been set for Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in Imperial Room C at the Complex. Recommendations by LeisurePlan International of Toronto included no summer…

Wine sales at farm markets good or bad idea?

April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Elgin St. Thomas Public Health officials worry that allowing the sale of locally-produced wines at farm markets could mean increased alcohol consumption. But health board members, particularly St. Thomas Alderman Mark Cosens, want to open up new markets to small wineries that have effectively been blocked out of Liquor Control Board of Ontario stores. He…

Five more OPP officers on Sunshine list

April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The $100,000 annual salary “Sunshine” club of Ontario public sector workers increased by about 11 percent in 2013 over the year before. The 2013 increase was about the same as the one from 2012. Locally, five more Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police officers made over $100,000 in 2013 than the year before. There are now…

Wolfe running for deputy mayor

April 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

Malahide Councillor Mike Wolfe will run for deputy mayor in the October municipal election. He told the Express his primary focus was “keeping costs under control,” both at East Elgin Community Complex and throughout the township’s own departments. Incumbent Deputy Mayor Jim Jenkins has already filed his nomination papers, seeking re-election.

Express best Farm Edition in Canada

April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Farm Edition of The Aylmer Express has won the best agricultural section award for newspapers under 10,000 circulation in the Canadian Community Newspapers Association’s Better Newspapers competition for 2013. In other awards, an Aug. 27 story by reporter Craig Bradford about how an essay contest to win a house in Malahide was falling short…

Library tenders opened

March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tenders for the construction of the new and expanded Aylmer library were opened on Thursday, March 27 and the bids came in close to the staff estimate of $2.6-million. The lowest bid of $2.419-million was submitted by Graceview Enterprises of Belmont, the company that constructed the Aylmer Trillium Park condominium building on the southwest corner…