Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Okay for light industrial park in Belmont

July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Central Elgin councillors on Monday, July 21, gave the nod to rezoning for a light industrial park on vacant land at 143 Borden Ave. in Belmont. That’s on the south side, behind a former Borden plant that’s been converted to other industrial and commercial uses. Height of the buildings in it is to be restricted…

Lightning strikes damage two Aylmer homes

July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two lightning strikes during an overnight thunderstorm damaged a pair of Aylmer homes in the early morning hours of July 23. Aylmer Fire Chief Sam Taylor said 16 volunteer firefighters responded to the first lightning strike at 4:30 a.m. to a home on John Street South. Electrical wires were downed and minimal damage was caused…

OHRC comments on racial profiling case

July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has delivered a submission to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director in their review of Ontario Provincial Police practices for obtaining voluntary DNA samples. The review stems from a Justicia for Migrant Workers complaint that was filed with the OIPRD relating to the OPP investigation into a violent…

One sent to hospital in Lyons crash

July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

A woman who was the passenger in a dark grey Chevrolet Impala was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Imperial Road and Lyons Line north of Aylmer on Tuesday afternoon, July 22. The two occupants of the white Chrysler 200 were…

How much for renovations?

July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Malahide Mayor David Mennill and Deputy Mayor Jim Jenkins insisted Thursday, July 17, that spending $11.75-million for a new Elgin County administration centre, including museum, archives and provincial offences court, is better than replacing Terrace Lodge, where residents are two to a bedroom and four to a washroom. Mayor Mennill told fellow township councillors that renovating the…

Building robot arms at Belmont Library

July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

William Ropchan, 8, left, Cecelia Lunn, 5, Tim Flikkema, 8, and Mason Lunn, 8, attached a switch to the robot arm they were constructing during a Mad Science workshop at the Belmont Library on Tuesday, July 22. Twenty-five children aged 5 to 12 participated in the workshop that was offered in the library’s lower level.

Stolen truck takes out hydro pole

July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

A reported stolen pickup truck struck a hydro pole south of Aylmer early Sunday morning, July 20 which resulted in a power outage for many residents in the area. Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police Constable Troy Carlson said a grey 2004 Ford pickup truck was travelling south on Imperial Road at Sparta Line at 2:57…

Mustang the prize of a Shriner Hospital draw

July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tillsonburg Shrine Club Past President Don Mulholland was selling tickets outside No Frills north of Aylmer on Monday afternoon, July 21 for the organization’s annual pork barbecue that doubled as a draw for a 2014 Ford Mustang valued at about $32,000. Tickets for the barbecue and draw, that will be held at the Tillsonburg Community…

Straffordville hall closed due to faulty ceiling

July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Straffordville Community Centre was closed on Friday morning, July 18 after Bayham officials found out from an engineering firm that the interior ceiling was no longer safe for occupancy. The recently renamed community centre would remain closed while the interior ceiling is replaced. It is anticipated that work will be completed by Nov. 1 when…

Fundraising walk comes through Aylmer

July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

London’s Bob Facca, back right, walked through Aylmer with a group of volunteers including Malahide resident John Wilson (walking next to Mr. Facca), Old Navy employees and some of his nieces on Monday morning, July 21 as part of his 4,000 kilometer trek across Quebec and Ontario to raise money for Jesse’s Journey. Mr. Facca’s…

A Rotten day for motorcyclists

July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Despite foul weather, about 200 motorcyclists, including this one doing a “burnout,” still came out Saturday, July 19, for the ninth annual Rotten Road Ride organized by Dave Green Custom Cycles of Malahide. The daylong ride is expected to raise $5,000 to $6,000 for Aylmer Optimist Club.

Teddy Bear Picnic in Straffordville

July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Emmet Tribe, 3, of Straffordville hammered away at paper building blocks during a Teddy Bear Picnic at the Bayham Community Centre, Wednesday, July 16. The event was organized for area families by a group of agencies and organizations that serve children.