Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Straffordville PS shows talent

May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Straffordville Public School pupil Beth Prouse sang God Made Girls by country music artist RaeLyn during a talent show at her school on Friday morning, May 15. Other performances included break dancing, recorder solos, a piano solo and singing by a choir.

Orienteering 101

May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Grade 9 students from East Elgin Secondary School received a crash course in orienteering by Catfish Creek Conservation Authority Conservation Areas Supervisor Ed Pietrzak at Springwater on Thursday afternoon, May 14. Almost 160 Grade 9 geography students participated in the field trip to Springwater Conservation Area and engaged in four educational and fun stations: orienteering,…

Spring concert at EESS

May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Kassie Knelsen, left, and Alex Fricke played trumpet in the brass section of East Elgin Secondary School’s band during an annual spring concert, Tuesday, May 12. The EESS Guitar Ensemble also performed.

Racing Against Drugs at Belmont Arena

May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police Constable Troy Carlson spoke to St. Thomas area Grade 5 pupils at the OPP’s “pit stop” that helped them learn resistance skills like changing the subject and walking away to avoid further contact with street drugs and those peddling them during the Racing Against Drugs event at Belmont Arena on Tuesday,…

Dancers open, close at EESS Talent Show

May 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Shaye Tremblay, left, Karly Borm and Alyssa Plaquette were among 14 dancers who spent months rehearsing for the opening and closing numbers of East Elgin Secondary School’s annual Talent Show, put on for the public Thursday, May 7, and Friday, May 8.

Davenport pupils try yoga

May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Davenport Public School pupils Darren Neusteter, left, Hannah Brunelle and Rachel Shea participated in a yoga class in the gymnasium at lunch-time on Thursday, May 7, one of the several activities held at the school to celebrate Education Week. The class was led by teacher Bonnie Brown (not pictured). The yoga class was held…

Low German culture celebrated

May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mennonite Central Committee Chatham office settlement outreach worker Henry Friesen led a workshop on Low German “Culture and Ways” during the 18th annual MCC Networking Conference held at Bradley Street Church of God in Aylmer on Thursday, May 7. About 220 attended the several hour long conference that featured several guest speakers and panelists. This…

MOMA packs McGregor gym

May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Summerlyn Gee, 5, left, and her mother Ashley took a closer look at the pyramid brother and son Angus, 9, made as part of his Grade 3/4 class’s display at the McGregor Public School MOMA (Museum of McGregor Art) exhibit in the school’s gymnasium on Wednesday evening, May 6. The exhibit was staged as part…

Public can have say on Complex budget May 27

May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The draft 2015 budget for East Elgin Community Complex will be the subject of a public meeting at the facility on Wednesday, May 27 starting at 7 p.m. The meeting will likely be in Imperial Room C on the ground floor but that detail had to be confirmed by Complex staff following the Tuesday, May…

Discovery of body now a murder case in St. Thomas

May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Christmas Day discovery of a dead man in a Talbot Street apartment in St. Thomas has now turned into a murder investigation. A St. Thomas Police spokesman said the death of Danny DiGiandomenico, 36, has now been “classified as a homicide.” Previously, the investigation determined DiGiandomenico died as a result of sharp force trauma…

Aylmer chooses facilitator for Complex governance

May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Aylmer councillors at their Monday, May 4 meeting chose a facilitator to help them and their Malahide counterparts devise a new governance agreement for East Elgin Community Complex. A first joint meeting between the two councils and the facilitator, Jennifer Kirkham of Mischievous Cat Productions of London, has been tentatively set for Tuesday, May 26…

CMHA takes over Palmer Park

May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Canadian Mental Health Association Elgin Branch members and staff held a barbecue in Palmer Park in Aylmer at lunch-time on Tuesday, May 5 to kick-off Mental Health Week that ran from May 4-10. The event included live entertainment under the bandshell along with the hot dogs, sausages and burgers the CMHA members and staff were…