Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Two injured in farm-related crash

September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two occupants of a car were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries following a collision with a Jeep pulling a tobacco trailer in the Jaffa area just before lunch on Thursday, Sept. 4. Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police Constable Troy Carlson said the collision occurred at 11:33 a.m. on John Wise…

User groups protest potential EECC changes

September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hockey players and skaters lined up Wednesday night, Sept. 3, to call for summer ice to be retained and the community hall kept open at East Elgin Community Complex. While they insisted the proposed elimination of summer ice next year and the possible permanent leasing of the community hall for another use would hurt their…

St. Thomas woman reported missing

September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The St. Thomas Police is asking for the assistance of the public with locating a missing 54-year-old woman. Cindy Grace Brant was last seen at her Chestnut Street address on July 28. She is described as white, five feet four inches tall, 180 pounds with a round face, straight short brown hair with bangs, green/hazel…

Breakwater work goes ahead despite price overrun

September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Central Elgin councillors on Monday, Sept. 2, approved proceeding with proposed repairs to the west breakwater in Port Stanley Harbour, despite the low tender of $1.625-million from East Elgin Concrete Forming of Tillsonburg being $637,000 over the original estimate for the project. When the work is done, the general public for the first time in many years will…

Renewed threat to Malahide school?

September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Malahide Deputy Mayor Jim Jenkins recently called on municipal politicians and the public to voice opposition to the potential closing of rural schools, and especially Springfield Public School, to the Ontario government and Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek. At a township council meeting, Deputy Mayor Jenkins said he attended a meeting of the Community Schools Alliance…

Lanterns sail away from Springfield library

August 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

Richard DeVos, left, Jason Fehr and library assistant Colleen DeVos released a floating lantern during a celebration to mark the end of the summer reading club at Springfield library, Thursday, Aug. 28. A total of 75 sailed away, released by young participants in the club. This year 138 children were registered in the summer program.

Crash closes road east of New Sarum

August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

What appeared to be a two-vehicle crash had both lanes of Talbot Line (Highway 3) closed just west of Pleasant Valley Golf and Country Club and east of New Sarum on the late afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 28. Central Elgin firefighters, Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police officers and paramedics responded to the scene, this photo…

Animal hospital gets icy for ALS

August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Most of the staff of Imperial Road Animal Hospital of Aylmer were drenched in cold water during an Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) after they were done work on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Taking the Challenge in front of their workplace by way of water dropped by the bucket of a front end…

Police investigate Belmont fires

August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police have asked for the public’s assistance in finding a suspect or suspects who might have set at least three fires in Belmont and the surrounding area over the past month. A fire that started around 2 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24 completely destroyed a Dyer Street home and was believed…

Ice bucket challenge accepted

August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ron Sidaway of Aylmer was doused in icewater by Steph Broer at the Elgin Community Living centre in Aylmer on Wednesday, Aug. 27. He raised $150 for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Society of Canada in the process. He challenged friend Peter Martens, who was at the dousing (“I accept!”), Becky Whittingham and the entire Aylmer Spitfires Junior…

Aylmer Mayor takes the ALS Challenge

August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Mayor Jack Couckuyt was soaked by three buckets of ice water in front of Town Hall at noon on Monday, Aug. 25 after he accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer. He also made an undisclosed donation to the ALS Society of Canada. Pouring the ice water over Mayor…

Fun at the dairy museum

August 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chase Coffin, 11, of St. Thomas hammed it up and pretended to be a dairy princess for a few seconds at the third annual Family Fun Day and Open House at the Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum west of Copenhagen on Saturday, Aug. 23. Admission was free and the attractions included food, a bouncy cow,…