Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Crash on Holland Avenue

November 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

A mini-van left the road and knocked down a streetlight on Holland Avenue south of Talbot Street West in Aylmer at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. As the street is the first roadway used during the ongoing detour around the construction on Talbot Street West, eastbound traffic was backed up for about 45…

A Christmas celebration by Derrick Drover

November 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Local musician Derrick Drover celebrated the release of his new album Christmas with a concert at St. Paul’s United Church in Aylmer on Friday evening, Nov. 23. Mr. Drover and his band and choir performed all 12 songs of the album in sequence in front of a packed house. Most of the songs are Mr.…

Almost full house for Sounds of the Season

November 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

There were only a few empty seats for the annual Sounds of the Season concert at Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre on Friday evening, Nov. 23. Conductor Sherry Wood (in the red dress) led the Aylmer Area Community Choir through a medley of the songs Christmas Time Is Here and Silver Bells to open the…

Hundreds brave the wet to watch Santa Claus Parade

November 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of local residents and visitors lined Talbot Street in Aylmer for the 74th annual Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 24. Santa had a helper to hold an umbrella to keep his suit dry and many attendees were doing the same as a drizzle persisted during the entire parade’s about 45 minute…

Looking a lot like Christmas

November 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The annual Christmas Lighting of the Parks kicked off the holiday season in downtown Aylmer on Friday evening, Nov. 23 at Palmer Park and the adjacent Old Town Hall parkette (seen here). The event is sponsored by MainStreet Aylmer and the Aylmer Area Community Foundation (AACF) and included caroling accompanied by the Aylmer Area Community…

Man dead after apartment fire

November 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

An unidentified 79-year-old man died two days after he suffered “significant burns to his body” during a fire at a first-floor apartment at the building located at 49 Chestnut Street West in Aylmer on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 15. Aylmer Police Chief Zvonko Horvat issued a media release about the death and fire on Monday morning,…

Hundreds attend Aylmer Remembrance Day

November 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Retired Ontario Police College Protocol Officer John Hutton, right, was accompanied by a Royal Canadian Air Cadet with the 741 Elgin Squadron before laying a wreath on behalf of the OPC Association during the Remembrance Day ceremony in Aylmer on Sunday morning, Nov.11. As almost always, hundreds of local residents along with several local dignitaries…

Springfield remembers

November 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Karen Vecchio laid one of several wreaths during the Remembrance Day ceremony in Springfield on Sunday morning, Nov. 11. More than 50 local dignitaries and local residents attended the ceremony which this year commemorated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the First Great War. (AE/Craig Bradford)

CE recount–same result as election day

November 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Central Elgin announced late Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1, that a recount ordered for the top two finishers in the race for deputy mayor in the Oct. 22 municipal election had resulted in no change. The recount confirmed that winner Tom Marks had received 1,546 votes and Steve Carr 1,541. Central Elgin councillors had on Monday…

Weisler, Donnell elected in Bayham

October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Rainey Weisler was elected as deputy mayor and Valerie Donnell as Ward 1 councillor in the Bayham municipal election Monday, Oct. 22. Ms. Weisler with 551 votes bested fellow deputy mayor candidates Cindy Stewart with 393 and Roger James with 142. In Ward 1, Ms. Donnell garnered 214 votes to 196 for Norm Hughes. Current…

Ruddock, Smith leading in TVDSB race, Hall in LDCSB

October 22, 2018 | 1 Comment

Late Monday night, Oct. 22, with Bayham and West Elgin not yet reporting, political newcomers Meagan Ruddock and Bruce Smith appeared well on the way to unseating incumbents Chris Goodall and James Todd as the St. Thomas-Elgin trustees on Thames Valley District School Board. Ms. Ruddock led with 8,906 votes, followed by Mr. Smith with…

Giguere, Lewis upset Malahide incumbents

October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Most of Malahide council will look the same when sworn into office for a new term in December, with two exceptions. In the municipal election Monday, Oct. 22, newcomer Dominique Giguere with 1,219 votes swept into the deputy mayor’s office, with incumbent Jim Jenkins getting 498 votes and Paul Faulds, a former deputy mayor, 348.…