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Mortar round fished out of Catfish Creek

Brandon Bastien, 10, of St. Thomas, left, and his grandfather Steve Posthumus of Aylmer, “magnet fishing” for ferrous metals in Catfish Creek at the Port Bruce pier, pulled this dummy mortar round out of the water on Sunday, July 25. While it doesn’t have an explosive warhead, it still had an undischarged rocket charge at…

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Motorcyclist critically injured-update

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police reported a collision between two vehicles, one a motorcycle, at the intersection of Roberts Line and Quaker Road in Central Elgin has resulted in the motorcyclist being taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries on Thursday afternoon, July 22, at about 2 p.m. The other vehicle was a minivan. The occupants of…

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ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycle destroyed by Eden fire

Nine all-terrain vehicles, three snowmobiles, a 1970s Harley Davidson motorcycle, a shed and a lean-to were all destroyed by a fire at 11262 Plank Road in Eden on Tuesday, July 20. Bayham Fire and Emergency Services Chief Harry Baranik reported that firefighters were called out at about 1:40 p.m. after a passer-by reported the blaze…

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Straffordville duplex heavily damaged in fire

This house in Straffordville was heavily damaged by a fire on Friday night, July 17. Bayham Fire Chief Harry Baranik said firefighters were called out at 7:30 p.m., and when they arrived found flames pouring out of the garage of the duplex. All the residents got out safely. (AE/contributed by Bayham Fire)

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Infant Layla Hiebert dies

Layla Hiebert, 1 year old, has died as a result of the injuries she sustained during an incident involving a fire pit at her family’s Vienna Line home in Bayham. Eva Enns, who has organized an online fundraising campaign to support the Hiebert family, posted on Thursday, July 15, “I’m am in tears today to bring…

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Three children, two adults badly hurt in fire pit incident-update

Three children sustained life-threatening injuries and two adults serious injuries in an incident involving an outdoor fire pit at a house at 54701Vienna Line in Bayham on Monday, July 12, at about 6:50 p.m., Elgin Ontario Provincial Police reported. Constable Troy Carlson said Elgin OPP, the OPP’s forensic identification unit and the Ontario Fire Marshal…

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Periscope Playhouse outdoor stage opens season

Mudmen was the first musical group to appear on the new outdoor stage at Periscope Playhouse in Port  Burwell on Friday night, July 9. The event was sold out, with about 80 spectators attending. Full capacity could be as high as 120 but Karen Bechard, one of the organizers, said they wanted to err on…

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Klassen family loses everything in house fire

The Klassen family, father Cornelius, mother Helena and their children still living at home, Jake, Felipe, Jose, Samuel and Priscilla, the youngest and just turning 16, lost everything they owned when their Malahide home was destroyed by fire on Monday, June 21. While insured against fire, the family is scattered among several homes of friends…

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Fire destroys Jackson Line house

A fire destroyed a home at 57148 Jackson Line in Bayham on Tuesday night, June 15, at about 9:15 p.m. Both occupants got out safely. Bayham Fire Chief Harry Baranik said both fire stations in the municipality rushed to the scene, with 25 firefighters turning out. Malahide Fire Service sent a tanker truck and 10…

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Snowbirds fly over St. Thomas

The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds made two passes over St. Thomas on Tuesday morning, June 15, just before 11 a.m. Efforts had been made to involve them in an aerial salute to essential workers on Saturday, June 12, since they were performing in Windsor and Detroit at the time, but the timing couldn’t be…

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