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Santa comes to Aylmer

Youngsters from Bradley Street Church of God rode on a float in the Aylmer Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 27. Spectators greeted the return of a proper parade with enthusiasm. More pictures will be in the Dec. 1 edition of The Aylmer Express. (AE/Rob Perry)

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Chase the Chill clothing available free to those who need it

Volunteer Ginette Richer tied donated new, gently-used and homemade hats and scarves to the railings in front of Our Lady of Sorrow Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, Nov. 27. This year’s drive brought in 880 items of warm clothing that’s now available for anyone to take free of charge from the railings. (AE/Rob Perry)

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Dickens Days Parade in Port Stanley

Children of all ages lined the streets of Port Stanley Friday night, Nov. 26, for the annual Dickens Days Parade welcoming Santa Claus and the holiday season to the village. Weather was cold but clear for the event. More pictures in the Dec. 1 edition of The Aylmer Express. (AE/Rob Perry)

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New COVID-19 cases up across Ontario

A total of 927 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed across Ontario on Friday, Nov. 26, the highest daily number since early September. Southwestern Public Health on Friday reported 24 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford, down from 34 Thursday. However, the number of ongoing cases being tracked by the…

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Port Burwell school to re-open on Dec. 2

Thames Valley District School Board announced Friday, Nov. 25, that Port Burwell Public School, closed to in-person learning since Friday, Nov. 19, after eight cases of COVID-19 were confirmed there, would re-open on Thursday, Dec. 2. That’s three days later than the original announced date of Monday, Nov. 29. No additional cases have been confirmed…

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34 new cases in Southwestern region

Southwestern Public Health on Thursday, Nov. 25, reported 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford, up from 22 the previous day. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit also rose, to 178 from 165 Wednesday. SWPH is reporting 13 area residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, three…

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Three arrested in armed robberies

Two men and one woman, all from St. Thomas, have been charged in connection with recent armed robberies in that city and in Sparta. St. Thomas Police Corporate Communications Director Tanya Calvert reported that an investigation by city detectives and Elgin Ontario Provincial Police led to the arrests. The Emergency Response Unit from London Police…

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Low-German Mennonite “focus schools” for Summers Corners, Straffordville

Thames Valley District School Board on Tuesday night, Nov. 23, approved a two-year pilot project for “Low-German Mennonite Focus Schools” to be created at Summers Corners Public School and Straffordville Public School starting in September of 2022. The proposal for the focus schools was presented by Superintendent Tracy Langelaan and System Principal Abe Wall, a…

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One more case at Aylmer Retirement Residence

Southwestern Public Health on Wednesday, Nov. 24, announced that one additional confirmed case of COVI-19 involving a staff member had been added to the outbreak at Aylmer Retirement Residence in Aylmer. Previously, eight residents and one other staff member had been confirmed as having the virus. The health unit reported 22 new confirmed cases Wednesday…

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Another Elgin death attributed to COVID-19

Southwestern Public Health reported the death attributed to COVID-19 of an Elgin man in his 60s on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The death of another Elgin man, in his 80s, had been announced on Monday. SWPH recorded 31 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Tuesday morning, up from an average…

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