Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Burying Sparta power lines back on table

August 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

A proposal to move three overhead power lines underground on Sparta Line just west of Quaker Road in Sparta has been revived at Central Elgin councillors. They voted Monday, Aug. 26, to apply for a provincial grant that would, if approved, cover most or all of the quarter-million dollar cost. Mayor Sally Martyn has strongly…

Matthew Peter Pinczak

July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

PINCZAK, Matthew Peter of Hamilton passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in his 31st year. Dear son of Linda (Nickerson) and the late Peter Pinchak of Aylmer. Dear nephew of Gary Nickerson (Cindy), Margaret Cole (late Paul). Also survived by a number of cousins and relatives in Poland. Born in Ontario on March 17, 1989. Predeceased by his twin…

Missing man found

June 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

St. Thomas Police report that a missing person, Brandon Buchner,  32, formerly of Aylmer, has been found safe and in good health.  

Ticks with Lyme Disease bacteria found near Springwater, Port Stanley

June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

South Western Public Health announced on Thursday, June 20, that two black-legged ticks testing positive for the bacteria that could cause the debilitating Lyme Disease in humans had shown up recently in Central Elgin. One came from Port Stanley and the other from a home near Springwater Conservation Area. The health unit stated that any…

Jeff Yurek now Environment minister

June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek is taking on his third posting as an Ontario Cabinet minister in a year. In a “shuffle” of the Cabinet by Premier Doug Ford announced on Thursday, June 20, MPP Yurek, who had previously served as Natural Resources and Forestry minister and then Transportation minister, was moved to take charge of…

Fatal collision with child cycling on Carter Road

June 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Fernando Loewen, 11, died while riding a bicycle after a collision with a car on Carter Road between Highway 3 and Glencolin Line on Monday night, June 17, at about 9:10 p.m. Constable Adam Crewdson of Elgin Ontario Provincial Police said the car, a 2008 sedan, was being driven south on Carter at the time.…

Elgin Road overpass at 401 to be rebuilt

May 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Robert Pearson Drivers who access Highway 401 via Elgin Road (Imperial Road in Elgin), should expect detours starting this May and lasting into the fall. The Elgin Road Bridge over highway 401 will be replaced this year. Demolition of the existing bridge, built in 1957, was scheduled to begin in May. Replacement of the…

County to reduce speed limit near Springwater

April 24, 2019 | 1 Comment

Elgin councillors are moving to reduce the speed limit on Springwater Road near Springwater Conservation Area. The current speed limit there is 80 kilometres per hour, but it has been as low as 60 in the past. At a county council meeting on Tuesday, April 11, members received a letter from Catfish Creek Conservation Authority…

ICS pupils raising money for water wells in Zambia

April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

A class of 23 Grade 7 and 8 pupils from Immanuel Christian School will walk a mile in someone else’s shoes on Tuesday, April 30, to raise money to help dig safe water wells in Zambia. Teacher Paul Bierman said the pupils will actually be trekking from the school to the north end of Aylmer…

Small electrical fire, retirement home evacuated

April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Aylmer Retirement Residence at 258 Talbot St. E. was temporarily evacuated Friday afternoon, after a small electrical fire in the basement. Aylmer Police Chief Zvonko Horvat said residents were moved to a shelter at nearby St. Paul’s United Church. The incident appeared to cause little actual damage, but could have posed a much greater…

A year after fire, Vienna Farms “back to normal”

March 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

A massive fire on March 20-21, 2018 destroyed the apple storage facility at Martin’s Family Fruit Farms Vienna operation. But less than a year later, “things are back to normal,” said Vienna Farms Manager Ken Martin in late February. A new building replaced the demolished one in fall of last year, and apples are shipping…

Pedestrian, 81, dies in collision with pickup

March 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

An Aylmer man, 81, died after being hit by a pickup as he was crossing Talbot Street West on foot between Caverly Road and Park Street on Saturday, March 2, at 9:53 a.m. Aylmer Police Sergeant Nick Novacich said the man was unresponsive after the collision, and resuscitation efforts by police, firefighters and paramedics  at…