Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

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.…

Martyn over Marr in Central Elgin

October 22, 2018 | 1 Comment

Sally Martyn will be the next mayor of Central Elgin. Deputy Mayor Martyn, with 2,046 votes, bested incumbent Mayor David Marr iwth 1,752 and rookie mayoral challenger Casey Siebenmorgen with a respectable 489 in municipal voting Monday, Oct. 22. Tom Marks, a council veteran, with 1,546 votes squeaked by current Councillor Steve Carr with 1,541…

Mary French is Aylmer’s new mayor

October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mary French is Aylmer’s new mayor after she defeated Ann Laur in the Monday, Oct. 22 municipal election. Mayor-elect French, who is the current deputy mayor, won the race with 911 votes compared to current Councillor Laur’s 545 votes. Current Cr. Sheri Andrews was elected as Aylmer’s new deputy mayor by winning the race over…

Express journalists acquitted

October 22, 2018 | 3 Comments

Publisher John Hueston and editor Brett Hueston of The Aylmer Express were acquitted in the Ontario Courts of Justice in St. Thomas on Monday morning, Oct. 22, of obstructing Ontario Provincial Police during the recovery of a vehicle with a body inside from the waters of Lake Erie at the south end of Springfield Road…

Springfield PS evacuated, everyone safe

October 17, 2018 | 1 Comment

All of the pupils and staff at Springfield Public School were safely evacuated to the nearby Malahide Community Place after more than half of the school filled with smoke from a fire that broke out in the rooftop heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC) on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 17. This photo was taken at…