Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Essay House contest called off

May 1, 2014 | 20 Comments

The couple who put up their Malahide home and property as the prize in an essay writing contest announced via Facebook on Thursday, May 1 that the second round had ended without a winner. “It is with regret that we inform everyone that our Essay/Story contest did not meet the required number of entries to…

Essay House status unclear

April 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

The essay-writing contest to win a Malahide house was to close on Wednesday, April 30 but the homeowners have provided little information on the contest’s status. Reached by telephone on Tuesday morning, Calvin Brydges was asked if the contest had concluded. “I have no comment for you people, thank you very much,” Mr. Brydges responded…

Former Brookside operators fined

April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The former owner of Brookside Manor Retirement Home in Aylmer – now closed and for sale – and a company involved with the facility last fall were fined a total of $50,000 after they were found guilty of Ontario Fire Code violations in provincial offences court at the Elgin County administration building south of St.…

Immunization complacency?

April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

From 2011 through 2013, East Elgin was the epicentre of a pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak that spread to other parts of the province. Over the two years, Health Protection Director Cathie Walker said at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Monday, April 28, over 120 cases were confirmed. She told those attending a kickoff ceremony for National…

Crash damages two vehicles near No Frills

April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A crash near No Frills in north Aylmer that happened at about 2 p.m. on Monday, April 28 resulted in significant damage but no injuries were reported. The crash involved a black Mazda 5 mini-van that appeared to have been struck in the rear by a grey Dodge Charger. The mini-van was also damaged on…

Crowds turning out for Home and Garden Show

April 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Danielle Anderson of Silverthorn Landscaping stands in front of a display of decorative rocks at the 2014 Aylmer and East Elgin Home and Garden Show at East Elgin Community Complex, Saturday, April 26. The show, organized by Aylmer Fair Board, opened the previous night, and continues Saturday through 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6…

Residents have their say on Complex review

April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Several local residents including representatives of the main user groups of the facility had their say about the operational review of East Elgin Community Complex during a public participation meeting held there on Thursday, April 24. The large meeting room was packed to capacity for the over hour and a half long meeting hosted by…

0.64 percent levy hike approved for Aylmer

April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Aylmer councillors approved a 0.64 percent levy increase for 2014 after a public meeting was held within East Elgin Community Complex’s Imperial Hall on Tuesday, April 22. Most of the comments made by local residents attending the meeting were about moving the town’s library from the downtown to hall space at the Complex. Another public…

Unlocked cars equal thefts

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Police Sergeant William  Gibson reported Monday, April 21, that several parked vehicles in the south end of Aylmer were broken into over the weekend, all of which had been left unlocked. Youths were believed to have been “looking for quick money,” stealing loose change and, in one case, $300 in a church donation box…

60-year Optimists saluted

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Don Robinson and Bill Cresswell were lauded by Aylmer Optimist Club and zone and international officials Tuesday, April 15, for their 60 years of “Optimism.” Each has over six decades of membership in the Aylmer club. “I think it is a wonderful organization,” Mr. Cresswell said.  

Charged with stealing from charity

April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

A St. Thomas area woman, 46, has been charged by Aylmer Police with stealing over $1,000 from a charity fundraiser for a former East Elgin Secondary School student who had a double-lung transplant last year. The benefit for alumnus Josh Clark was organized in part by the Leadership program at EESS, and students from it…

Bayham man charged with counsel to commit murder

April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A 40-year-old Bayham man was arrested on Tuesday, April 15 and charged with counsel to commit murder. Norfolk County Ontario Provincial Police Constable Ed Sanchuk said the investigation by officers including a detective inspector with the Criminal Investigation Branch began on April 2 after police received a complaint. The man appeared in a Simcoe court…