Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Bubbles for lungs at Straffordville PS

June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hayley McFarland, a Grade 8 pupil, blew bubbles as she participated in “Laps for Lungs” at Straffordville Public School in on Friday, June 13. She and schoolmates were raising money in honour of classmate Ryan Gibbons, 12, who died two years ago after an asthma attack at the school.

Major crash at Hwy. 3 and Culloden Road

June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

At least two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash at Highway 3 and Culloden Road in Bayham, the morning of Monday, June 16. A medical evacuation helicopter was called to the scene. Further details from Elgin Ontario Provincial Police were not immediately available.

Torch Run travels through Aylmer

June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics wound its way through Aylmer on Monday morning, June 16, seen here on Queen Street approaching South St. West. The Torch Run began at East Elgin Secondary School and headed east down Talbot St. to Queen St. and then west along South St. with a…

Fun for everyone in Springfield

June 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Brooklyn Wentzell, 21 months, emerged from the Mickey Mouse Park bouncy castle on Saturday, June 14, one of the many attractions for children and their parents and grandparents at Malahide Community Place during Springfield Family Fun Day. Brooklyn, a triplet sister from Aylmer, was helped out of the Mickey Park by her neighbour Kaisha Weil,…

Bikers ride through Aylmer for Friday the 13th

June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of motorcycles rode east through Aylmer along Talbot Street on their way to Port Dover for the Friday the 13th celebration on Friday, June 13. Downtown restaurants and other businesses benefited from the influx of tourists that day and the day before as many bikers and their passengers stopped in Aylmer on their way…

Yurek wins re-election, but LIberals get majority

June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Incumbent Progressive Conservative MPP Jeff Yurek, left, backed by his daughter Maggie and wife Jenn, thanked supporters as he gave his victory speech following the June 12 provincial election in Elgin-Middlesex-London riding. He won in a landslide with almost half of all the votes cast. He promised his first task on returning to the Ontario…

Torch Run sweeps through Police College

June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ontario Police College Director Bruce Herridge, right, led well over 300 cadets, senior students and staff during the 27th annual Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run at the College on Tuesday, June 10. Meeting Director Herridge for high fives along the start of the run were Special Olympians Rachel Dancy, left, Tanya Leeming and Bill Chisholm.…

Terrace Lodge to be renovated but…

June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Elgin councillors on Tuesday , June 10, gave the nod to $4-million of planned renovations to Terrace Lodge to be completed next year—but residents will still be two to each bedroom, and four for each bathroom. Councillors had previously been considering a complete replacement of Terrace Lodge, which sits in Malahide at the east end…

Migrant worker pleads guilty to sex attack

June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a St. Thomas courtroom on Monday, June 9, a migrant worker from Trinidad pled guilty to three charges stemming from a sexual assault in Bayham last October. The 36-year-old man was sentenced to seven years in prison in what the Elgin Ontario Provincial Police originally called a “violent” attack on a woman in her…

Seven charged in drug raid

June 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Seven suspects were arrested and charged with numerous illegal drug-related offenses after the Ontario Provincial Police executed a search warrant at a Springwater Road residence on Thursday, June 5. Police seized an estimated $12,775 worth of cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, oxycodone pills and fentanyl patches. Police also seized drug paraphernalia, a police scanner, computer…

Shrine parade takes over downtown Aylmer

June 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

A clown with the Waterloo County Shrine Club Oriental Band pretended to take a photo of a newspaper photographer in downtown Aylmer during an hour-long parade on Saturday afternoon, June 7. About 400 Shriners from 30 clubs and units from throughout southern Ontario converged on Aylmer on June 6-7 for the Mocha Shrine Spring Ceremonial conference.

Spaghetti fun at Edison Fest

June 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Matthew Wolf, 12, of Vienna participated in the spaghetti eating contest in his home village during Edison Fest on Saturday, June 7. He came in fourth. The annual event included several vendors selling a variety of goods, live music, a magic show, several children’s activities, horse drawn wagon rides and free draws for bicycles and…