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Wheelhouse moved to final home

Several local interested residents along with some visitors to Port Burwell watched as the George Barnes Memorial Wheelhouse was moved from the bottom of Pitt Street by the flats next to Otter Creek about 100 metres (328 feet) up the hill and across the intersection at Robinson Street to its final home in front of…

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St. Thomas man killed after crash at Sparta drag strip

Bradley Schaafsma, 32, of St. Thomas was killed after the motorcycle he was riding crashed at St. Thomas Raceway Park just east of Sparta off Sparta Line on Friday evening, July 6. Ontario Provincial Police Constable Max Gomez said emergency personnel including Elgin County OPP officers, Central Elgin volunteer firefighters and local ambulance paramedics were…

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Hard times on the Mackenzie River

Chad Robertson of Belmont and his friend Jason “Travelroo” Rowland of Australia report having hundreds of dollars of dehydrated food, as well as storage bags, stolen from them as they paddled along the Mackenzie River toward Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. The two men are attempting to journey from Jasper, Alberta, to Inuvik by bicycle…

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Chad Robertson bicycling and canoeing to Inuvik

Chad Robertson, 27, of Belmont, who last year bicycled across Canada from east to west to raise awareness of mental health issues, this year has tackled another marathon trek, bicycling and canoeing from Jasper, Alberta, to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. In an interview Wednesday, June 20, by telephone, he said he and travelling companion…

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Storm destroys barns north of Aylmer

A storm with torrential rain and high winds destroyed a large barn on the east side of Hacienda Road just north of Glencolin Line on Wednesday afternoon, June 13. The storm swept through the Aylmer area shortly after 3:30 p.m. that day and lasted less than 10 minutes. Despite the storm’s short duration, at least…

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Dozens attend public meeting on temporary bridge

Sue Chase, left, Nathan Smale and Barb Teeple were among dozens of people who attended an open house held by Elgin County officials at East Elgin Community Complex’s Blue Line Room on Monday evening, June 11 to learn more about the temporary bridge project in Port Bruce. The Imperial Road bridge in Port Bruce collapsed…

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Yurek wins re-election

Incumbent Jeff Yurek, Progressive Conservative, won re-election in Elgin-Middlesex-London riding by a landslide on Thursday, June 7, and his party picked up more than enough seats to form a majority government. Minutes after polls closed at 9 p.m., thanks to new counting systems, Mr. Yurek pulled out to a comfortable lead that continued to grow.…

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Port Burwell: tick positive for Lyme Disease

Southwestern Public Health (successor to Elgin St. Thomas Public Health) announced Wednesday morning, June 6, , that a black legged deer tick collected from the Port Burwell area has tested positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. Deer ticks thrive in tall grasses, woods and bushes, the health unit advised. Previously, ticks with the…

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Walking in the heat to beat cancer

Members of the Happy Feet team took a turn on the East Elgin Secondary School track in the mid-afternoon heat on Friday, May 25 during the second annual Relay for Life held at the Aylmer school. The team members included, from left, Mackenzie Wiebe, Abby Decoutere, Emma Vandenbroek and Sky Martineau. The Relay for Life…

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Serious crash in Copenhagen

A two-vehicle crash in Copenhagen in the early evening of Wednesday, May 16 sent one of the drivers to an area hospital by air ambulance with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police Constable Adam Crewdson said emergency personnel were dispatched to the crash at the intersection of Nova Scotia Line and…

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