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

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…

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Pedestrian, 81, dies in collision with pickup

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…

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Graduating into jobs – EESS alumni discuss apprenticeships

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.…

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Dancers take the stage at EESS

East Elgin Secondary School Grade 11/12 dancer Allison Brooks was twirled in the air by Alyssa Braun while Hannah Beggs swiveled at right during a recital in front of a packed auditorium for area elementary school pupils on Thursday morning, Jan. 17. EESS’s dance classes performed public shows of the same several pieces at EESS…

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Christmas Care providing joy over the holidays

Tegan Ceccanese, left, and her Bantam BB BAD (Belmont-Aylmer-Dorchester) Girls Hockey teammate Faith Farquhar manned the carrot station where another volunteer, Mary Jansen, proceeded through the assembly line during the packing for the annual East Elgin Christmas Care food hamper program at Aylmer Immanuel Christian School on Saturday morning, Dec. 22. Christmas Care coordinator Caroline…

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Serious crash in Summers Corners

A man was airlifted to hospital and is in critical condition after a three vehicle collision at the intersection of Talbot Line (Highway 3) and Springfield Road in Summers Corners. The crash happened at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police Constable Adam Crewdson said a white vehicle was travelling north…

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Santa strolls through Straffordville

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…

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Man dead after vehicle found in creek

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…

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Hundreds brave the wet to watch Santa Claus Parade

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…

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Looking a lot like Christmas

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…

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