The (cucumber) picking was good

CucumbersDave Jansen was hard at work picking cucumbers for farm owners Henry and Art Voth on one of their fields located on Pleasant Valley Line just west of Springwater Road southwest of Aylmer on Saturday morning, Aug. 5. The Voth family also produces bell peppers which will be harvested later in August.

Clanging the shoes

JrHorseshoesStacey Pond, 17, of the East Elgin Community Complex Horseshoe Club scored a double ringer during an inning of her first game of the Ontario Junior Singles Championship held at the Complex in Aylmer on Saturday morning, Aug. 5. A total of 18 players participated in the tournament, 16 from the Aylmer club.

Handy designs

websprlibKhanan Hernandez, left, Sammy Bartch, Reid Unger and Hollis Fehr drew out patterns that could be used for temporary “henna” tattoos during a workshop that was part of Springfield library’s Summer Reading Club meeting on Thursday morning, Aug. 3. The theme for this year’s club is “Canada 150,” and members of the St. Thomas Elgin Local Immigration Partnership helped with lessons on the value of multiculturalism.

Brewers tame Bobcats 8-4

webspru14minorgirlsCatcher Mallory Collins of Springfield Brewers Softball Association’s Under 14 Minors girls team got the throw just a second too late to tag out a Brantford Bobcats runner at home plate during a game at Malahide Community Place, Thursday night, Aug. 3. But Springfield still went on to an 8-4 victory.

Celebrating helpers at the library

webAyLibCeleb1Left photo: Lilah GoodmaAyLibCeleb2n, 5, got up close and personal with a Flemish giant rabbit during the first Community Helper Canadian Celebration held by the Aylmer Old Town Hall Library in the parkette located immediately adjacent to the building on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 3. The large rabbit, along with some ducks, a European rabbit and some other exotic animals were brought to the event by Zi VanDaalen of Zilli Zi Zoo 2 Go. Right photo: Carla Redecop, 9, made some big bubbles at another booth during the celebration. Library officials wanted to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, which along with the local community was the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Club for children, by recognizing other local organizations and businesses that improve the community’s quality of life including the Town of Aylmer, Aylmer Police, Aylmer Fire Department, Aylmer-Malahide Museum and Archives, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Centre, the Ontario Early Years Centre, the Gay Lee Dairy Heritage Museum and the Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit. After the outside celebration, the children were treated to the animated movie Chicken Run, including free popcorn and bottled water, in the theatre on the second floor above the library.

Making “monsters” at art camp

ArtCampMya Hepburn, 10, left, and Braylin Clark, 6, were focused on painting their paper mache “monsters” in the basement of the Sparta Church Museum on Thursday morning, Aug. 3 during the annual Children’s Art Camp offered there. The art camp for elementary aged children lasted all of that week in the morning. In addition to making with own monsters out of paper mache, the 19 children participating in the art camp wrote and illustrated story books about their monsters.

Aylmer takes Woodstock in pool

webswimEric Buro of host Aylmer Pool team competed in boys 8 and Under backstroke during a swim meet against Woodstock on Wednesday night, Aug. 2. Aylmer bested Woodstock, and now has a record of winning three meets and losing two against area pools so far this season. Aylmer will host its fourth and final home meet on Wednesday night, Aug. 9, starting at 6:30 p.m.

An all-Canadian cookie race

websprlibBlake Penner, 5, tried to get a Fudgee-O, made in Canada, from his forehead to his mouth without using his hands during a relay race at the Springfield library’s Summer Reading Club meeting on Thursday morning, July 27. The theme for this year’s club is “Canada 150,” and the session, focused on Canadian cuisine, was capped off with helpings of poutine.

Banging out a hit in Springfield

webspru14boysBryce Weber of host Springfield Brewers Under 14 boys softball team sent the ball flying during a game against Tavistock on Thursday night, July 27. But Tavistock would win the encounter in the end, 3-1.

Putting a foot on the ball

U5soccerTim’s Maroon U-5 player Presley Sabourin, front, got his foot on the ball before Orange players Lucas Kroondyk and Oliver Pede could beat him to it during an East Elgin Youth Soccer game played at Columbus Field south of Aylmer on Wednesday evening, July 26. The Maroon players in behind included Wyatt Laur, Erin Pinylo (in net) and Karter VanDyk. The other Orange players pictured in behind included Christy Bueckert and Ayla White. Maroon won the game 6-0 with five goals scored by Karter VanDyk and one by Charlie Wiebe.