Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

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…

Graduating into jobs – EESS alumni discuss apprenticeships

February 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Former East Elgin Secondary School students who graduated straight into skilled jobs, thanks to EESS’s co-operative education department and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, returned to their alma mater on Friday morning, Feb. 8, to urge current co-op students to consider following the same path. EESS at the moment has 11 students enrolled in OYAP.…

Feb. 6 – Newspaper & mail deliveries delayed

February 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Freezing rain Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, has resulted in Canada Post cancelling all local deliveries, including this week’s Aylmer Express. Canada Post expects to resume deliveries tomorrow, weather permitting. In addition, icy rains are slowing delivery of the newspaper to local stores.

Dementia presentation at the Complex

January 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas Public Education Coordinator Maggie Scanlon, back left, was the guest speaker at East Elgin Community Complex’s monthly Seniors’ Day Out activity on Tuesday morning, Jan. 22. Ms. Scanlon’s presentation educated those present about dementia, keeping people living with dementia safe and what programs and services are available in Elgin County.…

Sledding in the freezing snow

January 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Drew Thoonen, 10, snowboarded down a hill at Steen Park in Aylmer in the early afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 20. Drew and his brother Gerritt, 8, and two friends took turns sliding down the hill either upright snowboarding style or prone tobogganing style in the minus 14 degree Celsius but sunny weather. (AE/Craig Bradford)

A Suburban Standoff at Periscope Playhouse

January 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nancy (played by Colleen Marlin), left, is trying to pull something heavy down the stairs while Ty (Jason Parkins) casually holds a gun while telling her he won’t steal her family’s war medals in a scene from Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse’s latest show Suburban Standoff. This photo was taken during a rehearsal on Friday, Jan.…