Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Elgin seeks to preserve rail lines

December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Elgin County councillors want to ensure no more railway lines are ripped out of the ground here. They recently discussed that threat, given that Trillium Railway, a short line serving East Elgin as well as Tillsonburg and Delhi, went up for sale Dec. 20. If no buyer can be found, in six months the company’s…

Ambulance base in Vienna?

December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Elgin County councillors on Dec. 12 approved a recommendation from Medavie, the new contractor for ambulance services here starting Dec. 29, to keep a “first-response vehicle” full-time in Bayham, even if it’s only used from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. That would save about an hour a day of travel from and to the…

North versus neighbours, but in a friendly way

December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Former MPP Peter North wants to sever three building lots from a property northeast of the intersection of Independent and St. George streets in the Lyndhurst subdivision of Central Elgin. While two neighbours appeared before Central Elgin council last week to oppose a proposed official plan amendment and rezoning to allow that, the dispute didn’t…

Fire guts house on Moore Ave.

December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Firefighters tried to control a fire that consumed most of the inside of a home at 44 Moore Avenue in Aylmer the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 11. A large hole was cut into the north side of the house and firefighters were inside trying to extinguish the smouldering remnants of the fire despite the heavy…

David Marr new Elgin warden

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fellow county councillors unanimously appointed Central Elgin Deputy Mayor David Marr as Elgin warden, Tuesday night, Dec. 10. He said top priorities for 2014 included: a proposed new provincial offences court and museum building; shortening ambulance response times in Bayham; planned renovations to Terrace Lodge long-term care home in Malahide; and saving Dexter Line west…