Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Valentines for Vets at the library

November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cousins Ava Hiebert, 3, left, and Kaylee Enns, 5, made valentines after the last Children’s Choice Story Time of the fall season at Aylmer Old Town Hall Library on Thursday morning, Nov. 9 as part of the Valentines for Vets Campaign. Several children participated in the craft session when they made valentines for veterans living…

EESS in football playoffs

November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

East Elgin Secondary School’s Junior football team, first in Thames Valley Regional Central’s Walzak conference regular season with a perfect 6-0 record, will take on London South Collegiate Institute, second in the Darnell conference with a 4-1 record, in a Central divisional semifinal at City Wide Sports Park in London on Thursday, Nov. 9, starting…

Remembrance Day services begin

November 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Deputy Mayor Sally Martyn, left, and Mayor David Marr, with help from an Air Cadet, laid a wreath on behalf of Central Elgin at this area’s first Remembrance Day service, held at the Last Post Branch 410, Royal Canadian Legion, in Port Stanley on Sunday morning, Nov. 5. The service was held indoors due to…

Gentle “monsters” dashing through Aylmer

October 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Left photo: Lucas Verbruggen, 10, dressed in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume, ran up and over a stack of bales during the kids obstacle dash component of the third annual Monster Dash Fun Run held at Kinsmen Park in Aylmer on Saturday morning, Oct. 28. Right photo: May Klassen, 6, dressed as a ladybug…

Welcome…to Screamfield!

October 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Willy Wonka (played by Kellen DeVos), left, invited a visitor in to see his caged Loompa (Nic Berger) during the fourth annual Screamfield haunted maze built outside (as seen here), and inside, of Malahide Community Place in Springfield on Friday night, Oct. 27. Several volunteers played all sorts of creepy crawly characters in several elaborate…

Celebrating Vienna Park improvements

October 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, left, presented Bayham Councillor Ed Ketchabaw with a plaque from the Ontario Trillium Foundation at Vienna Memorial Park on Friday morning, Oct. 27 to recognize the $10,000 grant the municipality received that helped pay for improvements in the park. The grant came from the Ontario 150 Community Capital Program that was…

Stirring the Coffee House

October 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Maryann Enns, left, and music department head Trevor Hiepleh, right, backed Zach Taylor as he played 1966 jazz standard”Footprints” during a Coffee House at East Elgin Secondary School on Thursday night, Oct. 26. Four such talent fundraisers will be held this year to benefit the school’s Performing Arts Council.

Fire damages Walnut Street apartment

October 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Late on Tuesday afternoon, October 24, an Aylmer volunteer firefighter started an industrial fan to help clear the smoke from an apartment fire on Walnut Street. Aylmer’s three fire trucks left the fire hall shortly before 5:30 p.m. that day. The apartment that had caught on fire was the west most front unit at the…

Great Big Crunch taken at Davenport PS

October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Grade 7 pupils of teacher Kate Gutmanis’s class at Davenport Public School in Aylmer bit into apples from Great Lakes Farms of Port Stanley on Thursday morning, Oct. 19 as part of The Great Big Crunch event to celebrate Breakfast for Learning Month. Locally, Eat 2 Learn, otherwise known as the Elgin School Nutrition…

A “Keyboard Fantasia”

October 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Baptist Church music director Neil Whyte, left, had Devin Hilliker turn the pages for him while he played a “Keyboard Fantasia” concert in front of more than 50 music lovers on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15. Mr. Whyte’s piano performance featured a selection of songs by composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Ferruccio Busoni, Enrique Granados, Frederic…

Training for flashovers

October 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Volunteer firefighters in full gear from all for Central Elgin halls received day-long flashover training at the Yarmouth Centre Fire Station located just east of St. Thomas on Saturday, Oct. 14. The training continued all day on Sunday as well. The firefighters were trained using a Drager flashover simulator. “Flashovers occur when high temperatures in…

Barn gets one-piece 500 foot long eavestrough

October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

On Friday morning, Oct. 13, Teichroeb Exteriors Inc. worker Henry Knelsen, front, steadied the end of a 500 foot long one-piece section of eavestrough that was about to be installed on a chicken barn at Walker Poultry Inc. just south of Richmond on Richmond Road. The property is also known as the Richmond Ranch. While…