Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Santa strolls through Straffordville

December 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Santa Claus made his annual appearance in his namesake parade in Straffordville on Saturday morning, Dec. 8. He was accompanied by one of his little elf helpers and several of his reindeer. The just over half an hour long parade weaved its way through the village, starting at the marshaling area on Old Chapel Street…

Fatal crash in Jaffa

December 8, 2018 | 1 Comment

One unidentified person is dead and a man has been arrested after a crash that happened at about 3 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 near the intersection of John Wise Line and Springwater Road in Jaffa southwest of Aylmer. Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police Constable Adam Crewdson said the crash involved a single red pickup…

Man dead after vehicle found in creek

December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Gary Scrivens, 66, of Port Bruce is dead after the white vehicle he was in drove into Catfish Creek from a private lane in the lakeside village between Amasa and Hale streets off Colin Street at about 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Malahide volunteer firefighters in an inflatable boat had freed the body and…

Port Stanley greets the Santa season

December 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mike Maginn of Talbot Trail ATV Club was just one of several specially-decorated entries from club members participating in the annual Dickens Days Parade to welcome Santa Claus to Port Stanley on Friday night, Nov. 30. While many of the roads outside the village were foggy, inside the community the weather was clear for the…

Crash on Holland Avenue

November 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

A mini-van left the road and knocked down a streetlight on Holland Avenue south of Talbot Street West in Aylmer at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. As the street is the first roadway used during the ongoing detour around the construction on Talbot Street West, eastbound traffic was backed up for about 45…

A Christmas celebration by Derrick Drover

November 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Local musician Derrick Drover celebrated the release of his new album Christmas with a concert at St. Paul’s United Church in Aylmer on Friday evening, Nov. 23. Mr. Drover and his band and choir performed all 12 songs of the album in sequence in front of a packed house. Most of the songs are Mr.…

Almost full house for Sounds of the Season

November 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

There were only a few empty seats for the annual Sounds of the Season concert at Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre on Friday evening, Nov. 23. Conductor Sherry Wood (in the red dress) led the Aylmer Area Community Choir through a medley of the songs Christmas Time Is Here and Silver Bells to open the…

Hundreds brave the wet to watch Santa Claus Parade

November 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of local residents and visitors lined Talbot Street in Aylmer for the 74th annual Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 24. Santa had a helper to hold an umbrella to keep his suit dry and many attendees were doing the same as a drizzle persisted during the entire parade’s about 45 minute…

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)