Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

TVDSB creates website on school closings debate

November 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Thames Valley District School Board has set up a special website where those interested in the debate over the potential closings of Springfield and New Sarum public schools, can ask questions and apply to appear before the board during a public hearing. That website is at The board decided in 2017 to close four…

Remembrance Day in Aylmer

November 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Middle, Chief Zvonko Horvat, left, and Acting Inspector Nick Novacich saluted after laying a memorial wreath from Aylmer Police Service at the town Cenotaph on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. Attendance was good at the annual ceremony, despite damp, snowy weather. More coverage of the Remembrance Day services in this area will be in the Nov.…

Plenty of pumpkins for fire station Halloween

November 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Malahide South Fire Station held an open house for young trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31. Showing off some of the decorated jack-0-lanterns were, from left, Probationary Firefighter Cassandra Young, Firefighter Alan Vandenwyngaert and firefighter’s daughter Alexa Loewen, 14. (AE/Rob Perry)

Power outage blamed on fallen tree

November 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Hydro One operations centre for Aylmer and Beachville reported that a fallen tree was the cause of a power blackout in the north end of Malahide and Central Elgin, and areas north of there, on Halloween night, Oct. 31. The outage started at 6:52 p.m., leaving almost 3,000 customers without electricity. Hydro One reported…

CCCA extends gale warning

November 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Catfish Creek Conservation Authority has extended a gale warning for the Lake Erie shoreline within its jurisdiction. The authority originally issued an alert for Thursday night, Oct. 31, and early Friday morning, Nov. 1. The new alert, issued Friday morning, extended that warning until noon Sunday, Nov. 3. Strong winds would continue through the weekend,…

Gale and flood warnings for shoreline

October 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Catfish Creek Conservation Authority has issued a gale warning and Long Point Region Conservation Authority a flood warning for Lake Erie shorelines within their jurisdictions. CCCA early on Thursday, Oct. 31, warned that winds were expected to increase throughout the day to 74 kilometres per hour early this evening before dropping slightly to 65 kilometres…

Two motorists critically injured in head-on crash

October 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Two male drivers are in hospital in London with life-threatening injuries after a head-on crash on Imperial Road north of Mapleton Line Tuesday, Oct. 29, at about 7:34 a.m. Malahide Fire Chief Brent Smith said a pickup truck and a sports-utility vehicle were involved. The pickup was on fire when firefighters arrived at the scene,…

Round-dancing at East Elgin Community Complex

October 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

About 180 members of the Southwestern Ontario Square Dancing Association took over Imperial Hall at East Elgin Community Complex for their 60th annual gathering on Saturday, Oct. 26. in this picture, members are “round-dancing,” a form of cued ballroom dancing using a caller. EECC previously hosted the group’s 50th and 55th gatherings. (AE/Rob Perry)

“Sound of Silence” at Coffee House

October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Teachers Trevor Hiepleh, left, and Kristen Hill played “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel during the first “Coffee House” talent showcase of the new school year at East Elgin Secondary School on Thursday, Nov. 24. Coffee Houses are a fundraiser for EESS’s Performing Arts Council, and the next will be on…

High winds send waves crashing onto Port Bruce beach

October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

High winds from the southwest sent two to three metre high waves crashing onto the end of the Port Bruce pier and adjacent beach on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 23. Catfish Creek Conservation Area had earlier in the day warned of winds of up to 55 kilometres per hour, which could potentially push lake water into…

Aylmer Police costing heading to Malahide

October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Aylmer councillors on Monday, Oct. 21, unanimously approved in principle a cost estimate prepared by town Police Chief Zvonko Horvat to extend patrols out into Malahide Township, replacing Elgin Ontario Provincial Police. The costing will now be sent to the township council for its consideration. Malahide requested a pricing from Aylmer several years ago. The…

TVDSB defers decision on rescinding closings of Springfield, New Sarum public schools

October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Thames Valley District School Board trustees, at a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, voted to defer consideration of a proposed rescinding of motions adopted by TVDSB in 2017 to close New Sarum and Springfield public schools. The meeting was attended by area elected officials, including Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, along with concerned parents from both those…