Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Only seven new cases in last week

July 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

During the week ending Sunday, July 25, only seven new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Elgin, Middlesex and London, Southwestern Public Health revealed in weekly “surveillance report” released on Monday, July 26. That compares to 21 new cases the week before that. To date, 78.2 percent of the population of the region 12 and…

Mortar round fished out of Catfish Creek

July 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Brandon Bastien, 10, of St. Thomas, left, and his grandfather Steve Posthumus of Aylmer, “magnet fishing” for ferrous metals in Catfish Creek at the Port Bruce pier, pulled this dummy mortar round out of the water on Sunday, July 25. While it doesn’t have an explosive warhead, it still had an undischarged rocket charge at…

Pop-up clinic in Port Burwell

July 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health is holding a “pop-up” COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the fire station in Port Burwell on Tuesday, July 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The health unit stresses that walk-in patients are welcome. Those who prefer to book an appointment can do so at  or by telephoning 1-800-922-0096, extension 9.  

Charge laid in fire pit death

July 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Ontario Provincial Police announced Friday afternoon, July 23, that a Bayham man, 55, has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and four counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm following a fire pit incident on Vienna Line that resulted in the death of a year-old infant and left four other family members with severe…

Almost $69,000 raised for Hiebert family

July 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

An online fundraiser for the Hiebert family of Vienna Line in Bayham ended Tuesday, July 20, after bringing in $68,916 to help pay for medical treatments and other costs for the survivors. Jake and Tina Hiebert and three of their five children were severely burned in a fire pit incident at their home on Monday…

Motorcyclist critically injured-update

July 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police reported a collision between two vehicles, one a motorcycle, at the intersection of Roberts Line and Quaker Road in Central Elgin has resulted in the motorcyclist being taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries on Thursday afternoon, July 22, at about 2 p.m. The other vehicle was a minivan. The occupants of…

London man drowns in Lake Erie

July 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police reported Thursday, July 22, that Ryan Leppard-Groenewegen, 49, of London died after falling out of a fishing boat between Port Burwell and Port Bruce on Wednesday, July 21. Elgin OPP Constable Troy Carlson said OPP, Malahide firefighters, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Canadian Coast Guard and Elgin St. Thomas Emergency…

ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycle destroyed by Eden fire

July 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Nine all-terrain vehicles, three snowmobiles, a 1970s Harley Davidson motorcycle, a shed and a lean-to were all destroyed by a fire at 11262 Plank Road in Eden on Tuesday, July 20. Bayham Fire and Emergency Services Chief Harry Baranik reported that firefighters were called out at about 1:40 p.m. after a passer-by reported the blaze…

Driver charged in Jake Epp death

July 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

A Mount Brydges man, 37, faces three charges, including impaired driving, in connection with a crash that killed Jake Epp, 26, of Aylmer on Colonel Talbot Road just south of Highway 401 on Thursday morning, July 15. The man, the other driver involved in the collision, is also charged with dangerous operation of a conveyance…

Update on fire pit survivors

July 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Eva Enns of Vienna, who is hosting an online “gofundme” fundraiser for the Hiebert family, five members of whom were badly burned in a fire pit incident on Vienna Line in Bayham on Monday, July 12, posted on update on how father Jake, mother Tina and their two surviving children were doing Sunday night, July…

Southwestern making changes to mass vaccination clinics

July 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health, effective Monday, July 19, has opened all three of its COVID-19 mass-immunization clinics, in St. Thomas, Tillsonburg and Woodstock, to walk-in patients. The clinics will also continue to offer pre-booked appointments for first and second doses of vaccine. As of Friday, July 23, though, Tillsonburg will move to being open only Fridays,…

Straffordville duplex heavily damaged in fire

July 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

This house in Straffordville was heavily damaged by a fire on Friday night, July 17. Bayham Fire Chief Harry Baranik said firefighters were called out at 7:30 p.m., and when they arrived found flames pouring out of the garage of the duplex. All the residents got out safely. (AE/contributed by Bayham Fire)