Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Work starts on removing truck

March 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Elgin County announced early Friday morning, March 16, that work was commencing on the removal of a stranded dump truck from the remains of the Imperial Road bridge collapse. The truck removal was estimated to take three days, with the diesel fuel from the vehicle and the gravel and fill in the back of the…

Temporary bridge coming to Port Bruce

March 13, 2018 | 9 Comments

Elgin County councillors on Tuesday morning, March 13, ordered a temporary one-lane bridge installed to reconnect Port Bruce with Imperial Road, work that might be completed in as little as two months. The bridge would be able to carry a normal highway load, including heavy fire trucks. The bridge will go in to the east…

Egg Drop fun at EECC Day Camp

March 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Volunteer Jordan Steele, second from right (in red hoodie), dropped one of the wrapped packages containing a fragile cargo during the “Egg Drop Challenge” held as part of the science fun on Monday afternoon, March 12 during the East Elgin Community Complex March Break Day Camp. The 13 children formed four separate teams who were…

Maple syrup balancing act

March 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ryan Rougoor, 6, of Tillsonburg, middle, was watched carefully by volunteers Dustin Bergen, left, and Adam Telfer while he walked the tightrope attraction at Springwater Conservation Area during the first day of the annual Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, March 3. The Maple Syrup Festival continues throughout March on weekends and during March Break from…

Taking the frigid plunge for Childcan

March 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

A team of men in fake grass skirts was the second group to brave the chilly waters of Port Stanley’s Little Beach in the fourth annual Childcan Polar Bear Dip on Saturday, March 3. The event raised over $70,000 for the London-based childhood cancer support group and 194 dippers participated. (AE/Craig Bradford)

Human remains found near Brownsville identified

March 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Human remains found in a conservation area south of Brownsville on Saturday, Feb. 24 have been identified as Vanessa Anne Fotheringham,  a missing 24-year-old London woman who was last seen on Feb. 16, 2012 and presumed dead. In April 2016, London Police charged Antonio Valentin Resendez Cortez with second-degree murder and a warrant was issued…

Temporary bridge to Port Bruce considered

February 28, 2018 | 1 Comment

Malahide Mayor David Mennill, at a special county council meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, called on Elgin to consider installing a temporary access bridge from Imperial Road to Port Bruce south of Catfish Creek, to provide a second exit in case of emergency. With the possibility that replacing the Imperial Road Bridge that collapsed Friday, Feb.…

Integrity commissioner urges reprimand for Cr. Dan McNeil

February 23, 2018 | 5 Comments

Central Elgin Integrity Commissioner Mark McDonald is recommending Councillor Dan McNeil be reprimanded and lose 30 days of pay after swearing at David Harding of Sparta during a public open house Jan. 16 on the municipality’s proposed new sign bylaw. Mr. McDonald said Cr. McNeil both admitted to the violation of council’s code of conduct,…

Port Bruce bridge collapses

February 23, 2018 | 2 Comments

On Friday afternoon, Feb. 23, the bridge spanning Catfish Creek in Port Bruce collapsed with a truck still on it. Pictured here, Malahide township volunteer firefighters performed a successful water rescue of the truck driver, whose vehicle remained on a fallen section of the bridge at an incline with its tail end in the flowing…

Extensive flooding in Vienna, Port Burwell

February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Recent heavy rains and resulting snow and ice melt due to unseasonably warm temperatures, along with trapped ice pack in Otter Creek, caused extensive flooding in Vienna and the flats next to the creek by Port Burwell harbour on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Wednesday, Feb. 21. This photo of downtown Vienna along Plank Road across…

Flooding in Port Bruce

February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

On Tuesday, Feb. 20 at about 12:45 p.m., Nathan Smale, the owner of Corner View Café in Port Bruce, slowly drove through a flooded section of Imperial Road in the lakeside hamlet a short distance from his restaurant which is located by the pavilion and park which can be seen in the background. This view…

Flood warning issued

February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

A dragline was breaking the ice near the mouth of Catfish Creek in Port Bruce on Tuesday morning, Feb. 20 in an attempt to avoid flooding in the lakeside hamlet. The water level in the creek was near the threshold for flooding to take place and Malahide volunteer firefighters were in Port Bruce with road…