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Vienna Farms apple facility $3-million fire loss

A Bayham volunteer firefighter sprays water on the smouldering ruins of the Vienna Farms apple storage facility on the east side of Plank Road between Vienna and Port Burwell on Wednesday morning, March 21. Bayham Fire Chief Randy White said about 45 firefighters from his two stations, two stations in Malahide and a Norfolk station…

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Town library addition pegged at $1.6-million

Any decision on adding new library space in Aylmer will now have to wait until May. After some discussion during their Monday, March 19 meeting, Aylmer councillors deferred further discussion on putting an addition onto the current Old Town Hall Library until after they finish the 2018 town budget. The library addition will come up…

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Ministry orders temporary halt to truck salvage

A worker on Monday morning, March 19, swung a pickax to loosen gravel in the back of a dump truck that fell along with the Imperial Road Bridge in Port Bruce on Friday, Feb. 23. Emptying the truck of its load took the rest of Monday to complete, with the truck expected to be lifted…

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Work starts on removing truck

Elgin County announced early Friday morning, March 16, that work was commencing on the removal of a stranded dump truck from the remains of the Imperial Road bridge collapse. The truck removal was estimated to take three days, with the diesel fuel from the vehicle and the gravel and fill in the back of the…

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Temporary bridge coming to Port Bruce

Elgin County councillors on Tuesday morning, March 13, ordered a temporary one-lane bridge installed to reconnect Port Bruce with Imperial Road, work that might be completed in as little as two months. The bridge would be able to carry a normal highway load, including heavy fire trucks. The bridge will go in to the east…

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Egg Drop fun at EECC Day Camp

Volunteer Jordan Steele, second from right (in red hoodie), dropped one of the wrapped packages containing a fragile cargo during the “Egg Drop Challenge” held as part of the science fun on Monday afternoon, March 12 during the East Elgin Community Complex March Break Day Camp. The 13 children formed four separate teams who were…

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Maple syrup balancing act

Ryan Rougoor, 6, of Tillsonburg, middle, was watched carefully by volunteers Dustin Bergen, left, and Adam Telfer while he walked the tightrope attraction at Springwater Conservation Area during the first day of the annual Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, March 3. The Maple Syrup Festival continues throughout March on weekends and during March Break from…

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Taking the frigid plunge for Childcan

A team of men in fake grass skirts was the second group to brave the chilly waters of Port Stanley’s Little Beach in the fourth annual Childcan Polar Bear Dip on Saturday, March 3. The event raised over $70,000 for the London-based childhood cancer support group and 194 dippers participated. (AE/Craig Bradford)

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Human remains found near Brownsville identified

Human remains found in a conservation area south of Brownsville on Saturday, Feb. 24 have been identified as Vanessa Anne Fotheringham,  a missing 24-year-old London woman who was last seen on Feb. 16, 2012 and presumed dead. In April 2016, London Police charged Antonio Valentin Resendez Cortez with second-degree murder and a warrant was issued…

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Temporary bridge to Port Bruce considered

Malahide Mayor David Mennill, at a special county council meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, called on Elgin to consider installing a temporary access bridge from Imperial Road to Port Bruce south of Catfish Creek, to provide a second exit in case of emergency. With the possibility that replacing the Imperial Road Bridge that collapsed Friday, Feb.…

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