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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Essay House owners running for council

January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The owners of the Malahide home that is the prize of an essay writing contest are running in this fall’s municipal election in Aylmer. Calvin Brydges and his wife Diana both filed nomination papers on Thursday, Sept. 9 with the Clerk’s office in Aylmer and are seeking council positions in the Oct. 27 election. Mr.…

Malahide favours Complex library

January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Malahide councillors will ask their Aylmer counterparts if the town would like to park a planned expanded library in the community hall at East Elgin Community Complex. Councillor Mark Widner broached the idea at a township meeting Thursday, Jan. 9, where he and his colleagues also learned that delivery of an operational review of the…

STEGH treats 20 flu cases

January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and Elgin St. Thomas Public Health are appealing to local residents to do their bit to stem the spread of influenza in the community, which has been blamed for one death. In a release late Thursday afternoon, Jan. 9, hospital President Paul Collins and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Franklin…

Two vehicle crash in Orwell

January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

A two vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Talbot Line (Highway 3) and Springwater Road in Orwell shortly before 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 slowed traffic in the area for about a half hour. The crash involved a white Buick Century and a farm transport truck. One of the occupants of the…

Cold closes some schools for third day

January 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some public schools in the area will be closed today, Wednesday, Jan. 8, due to the continuing cold weather and snow-packed road conditions. While all Catholic schools were open, eight public schools in Elgin County were closed including New Sarum, Port Stanley, South Dorchester, Sparta and Summers Corners. Bus service to most schools was cancelled.…

Port Burwell firefighters vote to join union

January 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bayham volunteer firefighters from the Port Burwell station have moved to join Teamsters Local Union 879 after a recent vote. The Aylmer Express obtained a copy of the application for certification filed with the Ontario Labour Relations Board after Bayham firefighters from both the Port Burwell and Straffordville stations held a certification vote on Dec.…

Aylmer, Malahide mayors running again

January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

The mayors of Aylmer and Malahide plan to run again in the Oct. 27, 2014 municipal election. Malahide Mayor David Mennill submitted his nomination form on the first day he could do so, Thursday, Jan. 2. Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt filed his nomination with the Clerk’s office on Friday, Jan. 3. No other candidates had…

Schools closed due to winter storm

January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pupils and students across the region had their Christmas holiday extended on Monday, Jan. 6 due to the winter storm overnight. Officials with both the Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board cancelled all buses and closed all schools on the first day pupils and students were expected back in classes…

Health Unit budget okayed without debate

January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Elgin St. Thomas Public Health board members at their December meeting unanimously approved without discussion a budget calling for a three-percent increase for 2014. That brings total planned spending to $6.375-million, up by $185,726, with the province paying $4,781,667 of that cost. That leaves $940,395 to be covered by Elgin County and $653,494 by the…

Vienna couple have first baby of 2014

January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Julie and Chad Underhill of Vienna welcomed their new son Camden Chad into the world at 6:55 a.m. on New Year’s Day at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, the first baby to be born there in 2014. The couple, who have two other young children, were attending a wedding at a London hotel where Mr.…

One hurt in New Year’s Eve crash

January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

A two vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Myrtle and Spruce streets in Aylmer at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 injured a female driver of one of the cars. A black Ford Fusion crashed into the home on the northwest corner of the intersection. The roads were snow covered at the…

Tagger targeting town?

December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

A vandal with an ideological bent might have started a graffiti campaign in Aylmer. Earlier in December, someone spray-painted a message, quoting a biblical verse, on the Masonic Hall on South Street West. And over Christmas, the target was the John Street North bridge, and the message was “Fluoride kills, stop it, Dr. Paul Connett.”…