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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Elgin technically free of COVID-19 confirmed cases but…

June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Tuesday morning, June 2, was still reporting no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any Elgin County municipalities, but like some modern sports records, that comes with an asterisk. About 20 cases of the virus have been confirmed among workers at Ontario Plants Propagation in Southwold during the last week. However, all…

Elgin’s beaches still closed

May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

All public beaches in Elgin County remain closed to the public due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions, Warden David Mennill announced on Friday, May 29. That included Port Burwell, Port Bruce, Port Glascow and Port Stanley, he stated. While the first hot weather of the year might tempt local residents to go to beaches, he said,…

Assault with a weapon charged

May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

One person has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after an incident at a home on Talbot Line east of Rogers Road in Malahide on Thursday, May 28, at 6:23 p.m. Constable Troy Carlson of Elgin Ontario Provincial Police said a Malahide man, 23, has been charged with assault with a weapon and uttering…

No confirmed COVID-19 cases in Elgin County

May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Elgin County is currently free of COVID-19 cases confirmed by medical testing, Southwestern Public Health was reporting Thursday morning, May 28. St. Thomas still has one confirmed case, and Oxford County, the other part of Southwestern Public Health’s region, eight. Southwestern noted that of the 73 confirmed cases so far this year in its area,…

Richmond bridge treacherous on two wheels

May 28, 2020 | 1 Comment

By Brett Hueston of The Aylmer Express At least six cyclists have been injured badly enough to require hospitalization after crashing on the Phillmore Bridge just south of Richmond on County Road 43 (Richmond Road) since it was resurfaced in 2016 – changed from tar-and-chip to a steel grate. And while the most recent incident occurred…

Port Stanley Festival Theatre cancels summer season

May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Port Stanley Festival Theatre announced Tuesday morning, May 26, it was cancelling its 2020 summer season. The theatre noted that it had been providing summer shows for over 40 years. “For the longest time we have clung to the possibility that we would be able to present some kind of partial programming to patrons in…

No Aylmer Fair this year

May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Aylmer and East Elgin Agricultural Society President Randy Laur announced Monday, May 25, that the annual Aylmer Fair would not be held this year. He said that complications created by the COVID-19 pandemic had made holding a fair untenable. However, he added, board members were already starting to plan for the 175th edition of the…

Sustainable stage for Springwater

May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

A new environmentally friendly stage at Springwater Conservation Area is scheduled to open within a year, thanks to a $335,000 donation from the estate of local woman Donna Vera Evans Bushell to the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA). Construction is expected to get underway in the fall. The sustainable stage, called “Evans Sisters’ Stage” can…

COVID-19: Staff outbreak at Ingersoll long-term care home

May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Seven workers at Secord Trails Care Community, a long-term care home in Ingersoll, have tested positive for COVID-19, Southwestern Public Health reported on Friday morning, May 22. A single case had been confirmed in a health-care worker on Monday, May 18. Six additional workers have since tested positive. The employees hold a variety of positions…

New COVID-19 case in Tillsonburg

May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

A second new confirmed case of COVID-19 has popped up in Oxford, this time in Tillsonburg, Southwestern Public Health reported on Thursday morning, May 21. Earlier in the week, another new case had appeared in Ingersoll, identified as a staff member at a retirement home. All residents and staff there are now being tested. The…

Drive-in services get provincial blessing

May 17, 2020 | 1 Comment

Aylmer Church of God issued a statement on Saturday, May 16, praising the Ontario government for amending COVID-19 emergency regulations to allow drive-in religious services. The church has been holding such services for several weeks, in what appeared to be a contravention of those regulations. No charges have been laid though, and the church launched…

Only two confirmed cases still ongoing in Elgin and St. Thomas

May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Friday morning, May 15, was reporting only two ongoing cases of COVID-19 in Elgin and St. Thomas. One is in Malahide Township and the other in St. Thomas. Oxford County, the other part of Southwestern’s region, was also reporting just two cases, both in Woodstock. So far during the pandemic, a…