Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Greg Currie running for Aylmer mayor

July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Greg Currie, who as the spokesman for the Aylmer Taxpayers Advisory Committee who had been vocal about what they believe is a public spending problem in town, is running to become the next mayor. The retired Ontario Police College instructor and pre-hiring police officer testing company owner filed his nomination to run against current Mayor…

All talk, no action on EECC boards

July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Malahide councillors are still grumbling about the condition of boards in one rink at East Elgin Community Complex but, despite wanting an investigation, they’ve done nothing to start one. The protective boards in one rink are badly cracked, and the estimate for replacing them after just 10 years of use is $120,000. While councillors griped…

Funnel cloud reported near Port Bruce

July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

A seasonal resident of Port Bruce and her partner saw a funnel cloud on Lake Erie off of the lakeside hamlet on Thursday morning, July 3. Ann Graham and her partner Dave Hohnstein were fishing in their power boat at about 10:30 a.m. when they witnessed what she described as a “funnel cloud.” Environment Canada…

Mad Science at Aylmer library

July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sienna Pratt, 9, of Aylmer studied light through a “rainbow peephole” during a lesson by “Bionic Becki” Dries of London’s Mad Science at Aylmer library, Thursday, July 3. More than 20 children and adults attended the event. The library is holding special programs for youngsters every Thursday at 2 p.m. through the end of July.

Malahide man arrested for illegal tobacco

July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Malahide tobacco farmer was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Friday, June 27 and charged with various offences. The 52-year-old man was first arrested by the RCMP for the sale of unstamped raw leaf tobacco. After a search warrant was executed at his farm, he was charged with several other offences. He…

Worker dead in Hwy. 3 bypass crash

July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Brian Daniel, 55, of St. Thomas was struck and killed while directing traffic near the Burwell Road bridge on the Highway 3 bypass in northeast St. Thomas at about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2. The driver of the pickup truck that struck Mr. Daniel, a 45-year-old Malahide man, was later charged with dangerous driving…

Fireworks thrill young and old at the Complex

July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

A non-stop over 20 minute long fireworks show was seen by thousands of local residents and visitors at the end of the Canada Day celebration at East Elgin Community Complex on the eastern outskirts of Aylmer on Tuesday night, July 1. The fireworks display is sponsored each year by the Aylmer Kinsmen Club. Other attractions…

Thousands enjoy Canada Day at the Complex

July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Farmtown Canada provided pony-drawn buggy rides at the Aylmer and Malahide Canada Day celebration at East Elgin Community Complex on the late afternoon and evening of Tuesday, July 1. Other attractions included food and refreshment vendors, children’s games and activities on the Eastlink arena surface and outside, live entertainment and an over 20 minute long…

Belmont boffo for Canada Day

July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caedon Priess, 4, of Belmont concentrated as he wound his way around a bicycle safety rodeo course in the village on Canada Day. The bike rodeo was organized by the Belmont Lions Club, and held just before the community’s annual decorated bicycle parade.

Canada Day in Port Burwell

July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bayham Ward 1 Councillor Tom Southwick walked the Canada Day parade route in Port Burwell with his grandchildren Rivers, 2 (and a half), and Colt, 1 (and a half) on Tuesday, July 1. Port Burwell residents and visitors from neighbouring communities and the countryside lined the streets of Port Burwell for the annual parade. Children…

More Essay House entrants await refunds

July 1, 2014 | 3 Comments

Several entrants of the failed Essay House contest re-cently contacted the Aylmer Express either through its website or Facebook page asking for more information about the contest to win a house that closed on April 30. Most said they wanted their $100 entry fee back as soon as possible. As of Monday, June 30, on-ly…

Cardboard boat race thrills in Port Stanley

June 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kennedy Weir, left, Ryk Hindley and his siblings Laine and Helaine approached the finish line of the cardboard boat open class race during Canfest in Port Stanley on Sunday afternoon, June 20. The race was held on the water on the west side of harbour at what was once the old boat slips at the…