Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

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…

“Yarn bomb” explodes in Port Stanley

June 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The front of the Port Stanley Library was turned into a colourful “yarn bomb” on Saturday morning, June 7. Members of the Itty Bitty Knitty Committee who meet at the library made small triangular flags that were hung up outside the library to celebrate International Yarn Bombing Day. Later on, a group of children put…

Malahide leery of food trucks

June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Something about food trucks and trailers seems to instil dread in the hearts of municipal councillors in Ontario. While such operations are increasingly popular in places such as British Columbia and California, Toronto has traditionally been standoffish about allowing them, and London just scrapped a proposed bylaw that would have allowed them to operate. And…

Good turnout at EESS Coffee House

June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Meagan Hodgettes performed Not About Angels by English singer-song writer Birdy during the latest Coffee House event at East Elgin Secondary School on Wednesday night, June 4. Coffee House provides EESS students with an opportunity to perform in front of an appreciative audience. The June 4 Coffee House included singing, various musical performances, dancing, comedy,…

First open jam of season at bandshell

June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Marlene Smith was one of several musicians who participated in the first open music jam of the season at Palmer Park bandshell in Aylmer on Wednesday night, June 4. The East Elgin Music Society holds music at the bandshell every Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. until the fall. The sessions are free but those attending are…

Shriners coming to Aylmer

June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of Shriners and their spouses will be in Aylmer this weekend for Mocha Temple’s annual Spring Ceremonial. Aylmer Shrine Club Past President Jeff Smith said this would be the first time his group, formed in 1995 and boasting over 100 members under current President Terry Ronald, had hosted the event. Highlights would include an…

Body found on beach in Port Stanley

June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The body of a 65-year-old London man was discovered just west of Little Beach in Port Stanley on Tuesday morning, June 3. The man was identified as Antonio Romao by Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police shortly after 9:30 p.m. that evening. Elgin OPP Constable Troy Carlson said a local resident out for a walk discovered the body lying…

Fallen tree causes power outage

June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

A fallen tree somewhere along Plank Road (Highway 19) south of Tillsonburg and north of Straffordville caused an almost four hour long power outage in east Elgin on Tuesday, June 3. A Hydro One media release stated the electricity interruption began at 10:10 a.m. and that power to all customers was restored by 2 p.m.…

Walking the dog

June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Gerrit, left, and Leon Thoonen and their dog Marlie embarked on a fundraising walk for the Farley Foundation starting from Imperial Road Animal Hospital in Aylmer, Saturday, May 31. The event was part of a customer appreciation day at the veterinary clinic. The foundation helps pay for pet operations for owners who rely on their…

Search ended for Alaskan hiker with Aylmer ties

June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

The search for Sharon Buis, 48, formerly of Aylmer, was called off by Alaska State Troopers on Thursday, May 29. The Anchorage Daily News, along with other media sources in the state, stated Ms. Buis was reported missing the night of Saturday, May 24. She was supposed to meet a friend that morning for a…

Serious crash north of Aylmer

June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

A 2o-year-old Southgate Township man was airlifted to hospital after a two-vehicle crash north of Aylmer on Sunday night, June 1. The occupants in the other  vehicle were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police Constable Troy Carlson said the crash occurred at 9:46 p.m. at the intersection of Imperial Road and Ron McNeil Line. A Ford…