Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Firefighters battle major downtown blaze in Aylmer

March 20, 2023 | 1 Comment

Firefighters from Aylmer, Malahide, Central Elgin and St. Thomas fought a stubborn fire involving at least two to three buildings on the south side of Talbot Street between John and King streets on Monday night, March 20. Residents of the buildings were safely evacuated and temporary housing found for them. Look for more details and…

Employee, 18, dies in workplace incident-updated

March 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

Aylmer Police Chief Zvonko Horvat reported on Wednesday, March 15, that a worker, 18, at Elgin Feeds on John Street North had died as the result of an industrial accident that occurred at 10:45 a.m. The male employee was working in the area of a grain elevator when he lost his footing and fell into…

St. Thomas chosen for VW battery plant

March 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Ontario government announced on Monday, March 13, that its subsidiary PowerCo would build an electric-vehicle battery plant in St. Thomas. That’s been rumored since the announcement that the province was adopting legislation to annex 800 acres of land from Central Elgin into northeast St. Thomas for industrial use. Look for more information in the…

Touring the forest at Springwater syrup festival

March 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

A wagonload of participants in the annual Maple Syrup Festival got a guided tour from “Ranger Em” Febrey of the forest at Springwater Conservation Area in beautiful, sunny weather on Saturday, March  11. The festival was reportedly busy, with tours of the sugar shanty where maple syrup is made, snowshoeing and a pancake house. The…

Whooping cough warning from health unit

March 8, 2023 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health, in a statement issued Wednesday, March 8, urged parents to ensure their children were vaccinated against pertussis, and to watch for symptoms and seek medical attention if needed, given a recent “dramatic rise” in cases in Elgin, St. Thomas and Elgin. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ninh Tran said, “Our region has…

ELP founder saluted by CCCA

March 8, 2023 | 1 Comment

Teacher Duncan Sinclair, who founded the Environmental Leadership Program at East Elgin Secondary School in 2000, received the 2023 Conservation Award from Catfish Creek Conservation Authority at its annual general meeting at East Elgin Community Complex on Monday, Feb. 27. Mr. Sinclair, in turn, lauded CCCA for its cooperation with and support of ELP since…

Tundra swans migrating northward

March 2, 2023 | 0 Comments

Tundra swans have returned in flocks to a protected rest stop at the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area, northeast of town by the Ontario Police College, as they migrate to their Arctic nesting grounds. This picture was taken on Thursday, March 2, after 5 p.m., as dusk approached. (AE/Rob Perry)

Herbert Hildebrandt sentenced to probation, community service

February 23, 2023 | 5 Comments

Herbert Hildebrandt of Malahide was sentenced Thursday afternoon, Feb. 23, by Justice Mark Poland to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service for the December 2020 assault of Malahide resident Jack Dykxhoorn. Mr. Hildebrandt was also fined $1,000 plus a victim surcharge of $300. Mr. Hildebrandt, 37 at the time of the…

Celebrating 150 years of railway history

February 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

Aylmer-Malahide Museum and Archives representatives Dan Reid, left, Betty Segui, Sarah Bentley dressed in period garb, Aylmer Councillor Arthur Oslach, railway enthusiast David Harding, Elgin County Warden and Bayham Mayor Ed Ketchabaw, museum volunteer Ron Sawyer and Malahide Cr. Sarah Leitch listened as Elgin County Town Crier Dave Phillips read a proclamation about the event…

Big turnout for public skate

February 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

Well over 200 local residents took part in a free public skate sponsored by the South Dorchester Optimist Club at East Elgin Community Complex on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19. Turnout for similar events in recent months has also been heavy, the Complex reports. (AE/Rob Perry)

TVDSB annexing Belmont school site

February 8, 2023 | 0 Comments

Thames Valley District School Board voted Tuesday, Jan. 31, to proceed with annexing 6.7 acres of vacant land in the Craigholme Estates subdivision in Belmont in order to build a new elementary school there. The owner will be paid the “fair market value” for the property, as determined by a land appraiser. Facilities Services and…

Lighthouse to be collared

February 8, 2023 | 0 Comments

A collar and guy wires will be installed around Port Burwell lighthouse to keep it from collapsing. Last year Bayham council was going to re-clad the lighthouse due to issues with leaking. Outcry from the community that the heritage value of the lighthouse would be compromised with the new siding material resulted in the start…