Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Complex review: no summer ice, no community hall rentals

March 25, 2014 | 2 Comments

An operational review of East Elgin Community Complex is finally in, and it recommends two major changes: eliminating summer ice; and leasing the Imperial Hall to a tenant such as a library or museum, rather than continuing to rent it out for special events like banquets and wedding receptions. Click here to download the full…

Malahide gives nod to 5% tax levy increase

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Malahide councillors, sitting as finance committee, on Friday, March 21, recommended that, as a council, they adopt a proposed $11.65-million 2014 budget that would increase the township’s property tax levy by five percent. The levy collected by the township would increase by $275,000, from $6.3-million last year to $6.6-million in 2014. Financial Services Director Suzanna…

Pursuing science after school

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cadyn Hewbank, left, Jessica Wieler, Emma Nute, Fisher Ward and Ryder Stokley participated in a demonstration of magnetism led by Lee Winegardner of Mad Science at McGregor Public School in Aylmer last week. It was the start of a six-week afterschool program where pupils explore science for an hour each Wednesday.

Two vehicle crash takes out hydro pole in Aylmer

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

A two vehicle crash involved a hydro pole and street light at the intersection of Talbot Street West and Caverly Road in Aylmer on Monday at about 7:30 a.m. A silver Dodge 1500 pickup truck struck the hydro pole and sustained substantial damage to the front driver side. The second vehicle, a grey Ford Focus,…

Aylmer Shoppers Drug Mart to be sold

March 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Shoppers Drug Mart in Aylmer will be sold as a result of the Loblaw takeover of the pharmacy chain. A merger of two large retail chains was approved by the federal Competition Bureau effective March 28. As part of the Competition Bureau approval, Loblaw is required to sell 18 stores including Shoppers Drug Marts…

Tundra swans have arrived

March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The first migratory tundra swans of 2014 were seen at Aylmer Wildlife Management Area on Wednesday, March 19. The tundra swans usually arrive much earlier in March but were delayed due to the frozen water on the ponds at the wildlife management area located northeast of Aylmer off Hacienda Road. Elgin Stewardship Council volunteers who…

Measles found in St. Thomas

March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Elgin St. Thomas Public Health issued an advisory on Friday, March 21 about someone with the measles potentially transmitting the virus to other individuals. Anyone who was present at Dr. Scott Barrett’s office at 107 Edward Street in St. Thomas on Tuesday, March 18 between 2-5 p.m. were encouraged to visit the health unit at…

Meteor passes over Aylmer

March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

A basketball-sized meteor passed over the Aylmer area on the evening of Tuesday, March 18. The event was tracked by a network of cameras set up by Western University’s Physics and Astronomy Department. The image seen at left was captured by a camera installed on the roof of Aylmer’s Arthur Oslach. The meteor created a…

Catfish Creek floods areas west of Port Bruce

March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

A home on the south side of Rush Creek Line west of Port Bruce was surrounded by water on Thursday, March 20 after Catfish Creek flooded over its banks at an area commonly known as Cedar Bend. The residents had left the evening before anticipating their property would be flooded the next day. A farm…

Distracted driving fines increased

March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Getting caught using any electronic hand-held device or display screens while driving is going to cost a lot more. Beginning March 18, the distracted driving fine of $155 increased to $280 (a $225 fine plus a $50 victim fine surcharge and $5 court cost) as of that day. A distracted driving ticket does not include…

4.41 percent levy increase for Bayham

March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bayham councillors approved the 2014 budget which included a 4.41 levy increase on Tuesday, March 18. Treasurer David Aristone noted that with assessment growth over the past year adding $91,863 in taxation, the overall increase for 2014 for taxpayers was 1.5 percent. Mayor Paul Ens voted against the approval of the budget because of his…

Consolidated courthouse officially opened

March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The completion of construction on the consolidated Elgin County Courthouse in St. Thomas was celebrated with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 18. The celebration, emceed by former Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Steve Peters who was credited as the driving force behind the project, included a time capsule insertion. A steel cylinder containing several City…