Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Sunday school gives back with Operation Christmas Child

November 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mandy Penner, 8, left, and Nisa Bontrager, 9, were among about 100 children who paired up to put together shoe boxes full of small gifts for less fortunate children in developing countries around the world during Operation Christmas Child at Bradley Street Church of God in Aylmer on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30. Operation Christmas Child…

Santa arrives in Port Stanley

November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sparta Scouts waved to spectators along the route of the annual Port Stanley Santa Claus Parade, organized by the village’s Lions and Lioness clubs, Friday night, Nov. 28. Weather was cold but clear until near the end of the parade, when snow began to fall.

Bayham man killed in Simcoe crash

November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A 63-year-old unnamed Bayham man was killed after the pickup truck he was driving rear-ended another vehicle in Simcoe on Thursday morning, Nov. 27. Norfolk County Ontario Provincial Police Constable Ed Sanchuk said the crash occurred at about 11:35 a.m. on Norfolk Street North in Simcoe. He said the Bayham man was driving northbound when…

Two charged in Bayham drug bust

November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two Bayham men were arrested and charged with several illegal drug-related offences following searches at three properties on Tuesday, Nov. 25. A 38-year-old man from Bayham was charged with six counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purposes of trafficking and fail to comply with a recognizance. He was arrested without incident…

Henry V staged at EESS

November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Review by Rob Perry of The Aylmer Express East Elgin Secondary School’s drama department has taken a brave turn, staging a production of Shakespeare’s Henry V last week. Usual high school fare tends towards musicals and comedies, where youthful voices don’t seem out of place, while dramas are limited to one-act plays. But drama teacher,…

Ens seeks warden’s chair

November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bayham Mayor Paul Ens has announced he’ll run to be the Elgin County warden for 2015. He made his intentions known during the final session of the last county council on Tuesday, Nov. 25. County council will hold a special meeting the night of Tuesday, Dec. 9, to elect a warden.    

Market Square is a road allowance

November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Port Burwell’s Market Square is, as it turns out, an oversized municipal road allowance, but that didn’t stop Elgin County councillors on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from unanimously approving a Bayham official plan amendment to change the zoning on the village’ former fire hall in one corner of the square to residential. That could eventually allow it…

Trees down, car, house crushed

November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

A severe windstorm sweeping through East Elgin on Monday afternoon, Nov. 24, sent trees and limbs onto a car and the front of a house on South Street West, crushing both The driver of the car was taken to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital by ambulance. No one was seemingly hurt nearby in the house on…

Strong winds hit Aylmer area

November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

A tree limb broke off and was resting on top of hydro wires across from Goodwill’s Used Cars on the eastern boundary of Aylmer on the early afternoon of Monday, Nov. 24. At about the same time, Hydro One reported a power outage affecting 1,351 electricity customers in Malahide and Bayham. Power was to be…

Rain fails to dampen Aylmer Santa Parade

November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of spectators still turned out despite wet weather to watch the Aylmer Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade, Saturday, Nov. 22. Here the Ingersoll Pipe Band was the first of three bands in the procession, which took about half an hour to pass any particular point along the parade route.

Flood “outlook” for weekend

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Catfish Creek Conservation Authority on Friday afternoon, Nov. 21, issued a “flood outlook” for its watershed. Weather conditions, including thawing snow and rain, could lead to creek water rising, CCCA advised. Flooding could take place in low-lying areas. The public is being urged to keep children and pets away from waterways.

Amish community safety study nixed

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Malahide councillors decided Thursday, Nov. 20, that $9,650 is too much to pay to have a traffic safety engineer examine ways to improve road safety in the local Amish community. Instead, they’re calling for a joint committee to meet and discuss the subject instead, with representatives from council, township officials, the Amish community and Ontario Provincial…