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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Child found safe, but nine puppies perish in fire

December 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

A young child was finally found safe at a neighbour’s house after Bayham firefighters conducted a search of a garage and workshop on fire at 55304 Light Line on Friday, Dec. 3, at about 7:45 a.m. Fire Chief Harry Baranik said firefighters on arrival could see smoke rising from the roof at the rear of…

Car chase ends in crash

December 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

A police pursuit of a vehicle that started near Lake Whittaker Conservation Area on Avon Road, between Elgin and Middlesex counties, ended in a crash on Friday, Dec. 3. Constable Norm Kelso of Elgin Ontario Provincial Police said officers were sent to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle at about 11:40 a.m. The vehicle…

Elgin woman is Southwestern’s 100th COVID-related death

December 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Friday, Dec. 3, announced that an Elgin woman in her 70s had become the 100th death related to COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford since the pandemic began in March of 2020. The health unit also reported 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Friday, the same as the previous day.…

Booster doses for those 50 and older

December 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Ontario government announced Thursday afternoon, Dec. 2, that everyone aged 50 and older would become eligible for a third, booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday, Dec. 13. At least six months must have passed between a recipient’s second dose and the new booster, and appointments at mass vaccination clinics would be booked…

St. Thomas and area COVID-19 cases keep rising

December 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health announced Thursday, Dec. 2, that an Elgin woman in her 50s had died as a result of COVID-19. She’s the 99th death in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford since the pandemic began in Ontario. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed ongoing cases of COVID-19 in St. Thomas and area continued to climb, reaching…

New Southwestern cases dip to 13 Dec. 1

December 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health reported 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Wednesday, Dec. 1, down from 27 the previous day. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit also dropped, to 170 Wednesday from 204 on Tuesday. However, the positivity rate, the percentage of COVID-19 tests…

Southwestern reports 27 new cases

November 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 27 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Over the weekend, 69 new cases had been recorded or an average of 23 a day. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit dropped slightly, to 204 Tuesday from 211…

Vaccination rate lowest in Bayham

November 30, 2021 | 1 Comment

Despite Aylmer having the highest or among the highest number of confirmed ongoing COVID-19 cases each day, vaccination rates are actually higher in town than in Malahide or Bayham. Information just released by the health unit, indicated that among eight Elgin and Oxford municipalities targeted for new public health restrictions, such as limiting indoor dining…

New public health restrictions for Aylmer, Malahide and Bayham

November 29, 2021 | 4 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Monday afternoon, Nov. 29, issued new public health restrictions that will come into place on Thursday, Dec. 2, but only for certain communities including Aylmer, Bayham and Malahide, but not Central Elgin or St. Thomas. The measures were in response to the rising cases of COVID-19, the health unit stated, and…

Ongoing Southwestern COVID-19 cases reach 211

November 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 69 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 from the weekend in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford on Monday morning, Nov. 29, or an average of 23 a day. The number of ongoing cases being tracked by the health unit rose to 211 Monday from 181 last Friday. SWPH also recorded Monday…

Santa comes to Aylmer

November 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

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)

Chase the Chill clothing available free to those who need it

November 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

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)