Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Aylmer gets into the Christmas spirit

November 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Anneke McGee, 4, found out what was behind a gingerbread man riding Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer cutout in Old Town Hall parkette after the annual Aylmer Christmas Celebration of Lights was held at Palmer Park and Bandshell on Friday night, Nov. 24. Palmer Park was filled with local residents to see the over 16,000 coloured…

Big crowds out for Port Stanley Dicken’s Days Parade

November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Central Elgin volunteer firefighters handed out candy to some of the many spectators lining the route of the annual Dicken’s Days Parade in Port Stanley on Friday night, Nov. 24. Mild weather brought out even bigger crowds than usual.

Almost $17,000 for breast cancer care

November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The calf Walkerfarms Brody Bugs 2078 (Bugs for short) was the first animal auctioned off at Walker Dairy Sales of Summers Corners shortly after noon on Friday, Nov. 24 with all proceeds going towards St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. The money was earmarked for the London hospital’s breast care program and imaging research there. Bugs…

Chase the Chill still chasing donations

November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Aylmer’s Chase the Chill winter clothing donation and free distribution program has so far collected about 250 donations, said organizer Marscha Huber on Friday, Nov. 24. The program targeted hats, scarves and mittens, she said, but some other clothing, including coats, had been included in donations at local depots, including Durkee’s, Bank of Montreal, Royal…

Crash at Talbot and Elm Streets

November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

A two vehicle crash at the intersection of Talbot Street West and Elm Street in Aylmer that occurred at about 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20 caused some backed up traffic near East Elgin Secondary School. It appeared the front ends of a white GMC Savana cargo van and a grey Chevrolet Equinox sports utility…

Christmas Tour of Homes begins

November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

About 140 participants in the annual Christmas Tour of Homes organized by Aylmer Malahide Museum and Archives volunteers tucked into a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at Aylmer Baptist Church, Friday night, Nov. 17. Afterward, they and others toured four specially decorated area homes from 7 to 10 p.m., with the tour open again…

Fairly paid worldly goods

November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Margaret Unger browsed the handcrafted home decor items on one of the tables set up in Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre for the annual Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale on Thursday morning, Nov. 16. The sale continued on Friday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m.…

Council kills library options

November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

In just a 20-minute meeting, the years-long effort to provide the Aylmer area with a larger, new library space came to a sudden halt during the Monday evening, Nov. 13 council meeting. After receiving results of an online survey on which of two locations for a new library space local residents preferred, councillors defeated two…

Large turnout for Remembrance Day in Aylmer

November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Royal Canadian Legion, Colonel Talbot Branch 81 (Aylmer) executive member Arthur Oslach, left, was handed a wreath by Aylmer Police Sergeant Nick Novacich, right, while being escorted to the Cenotaph by Legion executive member Ian Stubbs during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Aylmer on Saturday morning, Nov. 11. Many Aylmer and area residents filled that…

Belmont remembers

November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

A big crowd turned out, despite chilly weather and snow on the ground, for an annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Belmont’s Community Park on Saturday morning, Nov. 11. Similar services were held in Aylmer, Springfield and Port Stanley.

New Sarum PS gets stacking

November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ava Fish, left, Sandra Grant and Tariq Oteng were among a whole gymnasium full of New Sarum Public School pupils participating in the annual attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest sport stacking event on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 9. The New Sarum PS pupils stacked their cups to music in various different patterned…

Elgin, Oxford health units to merge

November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Oxford County council announced Friday morning, Nov. 10, that its health unit will merge with Elgin St. Thomas Public Health. The merger was endorsed by the two county boards of health at meetings earlier this week, and is to be completed by the spring of 2018. Current offices in St. Thomas and Woodstock would be…