Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Fire trucks, taxes and standing up to staff

October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Over 120 residents attended the first-ever Aylmer Express all-candidates meeting Monday night for the municipal election in Central Elgin. They grilled candidates on questions including rising taxes, costly fire trucks, the narrowing of Centennial Avenue and, if elected, would councillors “stand up” to staff in making decisions.

McCaigs donate $1-million to area hospitals

October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Announced within St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital’s Atrium on Tuesday morning, Bob McCaig and his wife Janet Taylor-McCaig donated a total of $1-million to hospitals serving Elgin County and St. Thomas residents. Residing just west of St. Thomas, the couple shared a jovial moment at the podium after something Mr. McCaig said during his remarks.…

Oversize load stops traffic in Aylmer

October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

An oversized load made its way through Aylmer westbound along Talbot Street on Monday morning, Oct. 6 starting just after 8 a.m. Along with an Ontario Provincial Police escort in front and behind, several utility trucks with workers were with the convoy to make sure the tall portable building on the flatbed truck didn’t interfere…

Goodwill’s Used Cars celebrates 40th anniversary

October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Goodwill’s Used Cars located on Talbot Street East in Aylmer celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 4 with an open house that included a charity barbecue, free cotton candy and popcorn, a family photo booth and a Farmtown Canada petting zoo with wagon rides. Children could also enjoy two bouncy castles and a super slide. Those a…

Scarecrows take over Sparta

October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sparta’s first ever Scarecrow Festival attracted visitors from throughout the region to the village on Saturday, Oct. 4. The day-long festival included a scarecrow contest, some of the entries seen here which were mostly made by Sparta Public School pupils, several harvest-themed vendors, arts and crafts vendors, live music, pumpkins, pies and more. Event organizers…

Balmoral rock garden gets face lift

October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

About 15 members of the Aylmer and District Horticultural Society volunteered their time and effort to rejuvenate the rock garden within Balmoral Park in Aylmer on Saturday, Oct. 4. The plants were donated by Riverbend Farms which recently closed and by society members who spent all morning and part of the afternoon digging and planting…

ICS pupils, staff and volunteers Ride for Refuge

October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kelly DeJong, left, Adma Bergsma, Dean Rollins, Dylan Vandersleen, Luke Schuurman, Dyllon Bergen, Jake Bergen and Sue Dykxhoorn were about to embark on a 30-kilometre bicycle trek from Immanuel Christian School along rural roads southwest of Aylmer for the Ride for Refuge on Saturday morning, Oct. 4. Over 20 cyclists of varying experience participated in…

Malahide OPP cost to go up $81,000

October 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Malahide’s cost for Ontario Provincial Police patrols will increase to $973,000 next year, up from $892,000 this year. Mayor David Mennill reported at a township council meeting Thursday, Oct. 2, that Malahide representatives had attended a billing briefing by OPP in St. Thomas that morning. The OPP was changing how it billed municipalities in an…

OPP searching for break-in suspect

October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police has asked for the public’s assistance in finding a suspect believed to be involved in a break-in to a Mount Salem home on Wednesday evening, Oct. 1. Police responded to a report of a break-in in progress at a Calton Line residence just east of Mount Salem at 9:16…

Summers Corners runs for cancer research

October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Summers Corners Public School pupils participated in the annual Terry Fox Run and Walk on Tuesday, Sept. 30. The runners and walkers included, from left, Landon Underhill, Izabel Thiessen, Lisa Miller, Robert Miller, Leedell Springer, Ambria Heynen, Alexa Loewen, Mickayla Firby and Ryder Jensen. The children and school staff hoped to raise $800 or more…

Aylmer candidates spar over growth

October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Those running for mayor and deputy mayor in Aylmer in the Oct. 27 municipal election were sharply divided at the Aylmer Express-sponsored all-candidates meeting on Monday night, Sept. 29 when it came to whether they thought the town was “open for business.” Most candidates, especially those not currently on council, agreed more had to be…

Walking a Mile in Her Shoes

September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Andy Anderson, left, mayoral candidate Greg Currie, Police Chief Andre Reymer and Mayor Jack Couckuyt of “Team Aylmer” raised $3,560 for Violence Against Women Services Elgin County as they participated in the fifth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” in St. Thomas’s Pinafore Park, Sunday, Sept. 28. This year, 63 men donned high heels in…