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Medical calls go up and up

February 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The number of medical calls answered by Malahide volunteer firefighters continues to increase each year. In his 2013 year-end report to township councillors Thursday, Feb. 6, Fire Chief Paul Groeneveld said 64 percent of all alarms answered by firefighters last year were medical-related. The only reason he could imagine for the increase was the ageing local…

Family Central restaurant opens

February 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Family Central restaurant opened its doors for business on Monday, Feb. 3, in the refurbished former Central Hotel in downtown Aylmer. Renovations were so extensive it’s nearly impossible to recall the dimly lit bar that occupied the main floor for so many years. The restaurant, and the 1883 historic hotel building, are owned by a…

Cruelty to animals charged

February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

A St. Thomas woman, 19, has been charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly leaving a dog and two young cats without food or water for up to three weeks in a downtown apartment. St. Thomas Police reported police entered the apartment Monday, Feb. 3, after neighbours raised concerns about the welfare of the animals. The…

No set date for Complex study completion

February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

An operational review of East Elgin Community Complex that started in mid-September and was expected to be done by Christmas still hasn’t arrived, and no one here knows when it will. Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt said the process has turned out to be “certainly longer than I would have hoped for.” The consultant chosen for…

Aylmer snubs library at Complex idea

February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a four to three recorded vote, Aylmer councillors at their Feb. 3 meeting approved receiving and filing a request from Malahide council to consider looking into locating a new library at East Elgin Community Complex. Receiving and filing correspondence amounts to a municipal council not taking any action on the matter. Mayor Jack Couckuyt, Deputy Mayor…

Missing teen found

January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

St. Thomas Police thanked the public after a missing St. Thomas teenager was located on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Bailey Kellestine left her residence in St. Thomas on Jan. 25 and police had asked for the public’s assistance in finding her. Police wanted to find Ms. Kellestine as soon as possible in order to ensure she…

Elgin greenlights start of Dexter Line shift

January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Elgin councillors at a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 28, started the ball rolling for an eventual shift of Dexter Line west of Port Bruce to the north to escape Lake Erie erosion. They’ve authorized the start of land acquisition and engineering, which is expected to cost $500,000 out of the $4.5-million projected cost of the move.…

Central Elgin okays 3.75% tax levy hike

January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Central Elgin councillors on Monday night, Jan. 27, unanimously approved a 2014 budget that will increase the municipal tax levy from just under $11-million last year to $11.4-million, a 3.75-percent increase. About the only changes made during the course of Monday’s budget session were to shuffle some reserve fund money around, to give $15,000 to a…

Higher sewer, water rates in Malahide

January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Malahide councillors, at their first 2014 budget meeting Monday, Jan. 27, approved increases of five percent annually for sewer rates and seven percent for water rates this year and next. An average residential water bill will increase from $680 a year to $730. An average sewer bill for Springfield residents, who have the only municipal…

Residents forced to leave Brookside Manor

January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fourteen residents of Brookside Manor Retirement Home in Aylmer were forced last Wednesday, Jan. 22 to find new homes by the end of the day on Friday. Staff from South West Community Care Access Centre were at the Talbot Street East home on Thursday and Friday, helping residents and their family members ensure appropriate care…

St. Thomas teen missing

January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

St. Thomas Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Bailey Kellestine, 13. Ms. Kellestine left her residence on Jan. 25. She has lived in St. Thomas for her entire life and is familiar with the city. Police are asking for help in locating Ms. Kellestine in order to ensure she has shelter from…

Arrest in knifepoint robbery

January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Police picked up a Malahide man, 21, just four hours after a masked knifepoint robbery at Downtown Convenience Monday, Jan. 27, at 9:30 a.m., and an hour later charged him with robbery. Police Chief Andre Reymer said this was the fourth robbery in as many years at the store. Three had resuled in charges laid by…