TUESDAY, Dec. 8/09

“AYLMER POLICE STATE, THIS MORNING -” No further leads on Hills Pharmacy Attempted Robbery Suspect from Yesterday”


H1N1 Flu Clinic at East Elgin Community Arena, 1-7 pm

-EESS Boys’ Hockey – host CECI at 3:15 pm


East Elgin’s winter sports season has begun.  This sports season includes; the Jr. and Sr. boys basketball teams, the Jr. and Sr. girl’s volleyball teams, girls and boys varsity hockey teams, the curling and swim teams as well as the all new wrestling team.  This season is sure to be an exciting one and our Sr. boy’s basketball team kicked it off nicely as they took on the strong Arthur Voaden team from St. Thomas.  In a very close game, with the Eagles trailing by one point, Steve Barton stepped in and took the win for East Elgin.  The final score of the game was 42-41.  This week the boys will continue in regular season play.  All other teams will begin regular season games this week.  Best of luck Eagles!


Elgin County OPP continues to encourage the motoring public to take care when driving at night and watch for deer as we’ve seen an increase in collisions over the last three months.  Driving the speed limit, using your high beams and watching for movement along the shoulders and ditches can help in preventing a collision.  Signs have been posted on county roads throughout Elgin County in key locations where deer commonly cross, so please stay alert.


A RIDE program was held Friday night in town; on Talbot and John Streets; 300 vehicles were stopped; one driver was charged for possession of a controlled substance, 5 were given headlight warnings, and 20 passengers/minors were ‘warned’ about liquor consumption.


(Info contributed by SDO member Ron Ellsworth. The essay topic is:  “The Internet – Today’s Evolution or Tomorrow’s Menace”;  Length 4-500 wd;  Deadline – Feb. 12/10)

The Essay contest is an international competition – Canada and USA. Each club can submit one essay to a District competition. Our district is South Western Ontario covering the area from Highway 73 west to Dorchester to Lambeth to Sarnia to Windsor.  Our club is offering prizes of $100, $75,  $50 and $25. The district prize is $650.  Two years ago 12 of 67 clubs submitted essays to the District.  One winning essay from the District goes to the International competition (30 districts).  Winners receive prizes of $6000, $3750 and $2250. Topics are chosen by an Optimist International committee.   Last year’s topic was excellent “The Power of Youth”. Last year the South Dorchester Optimist Club winner was Kyle Difazio from Aylmer.  He wrote on the Outdoor Environmental Leadership program offered at East Elgin Secondary School and the impact on the students and community, now and into the future.

"Aylmer received its first dusting of snow of the season Monday - enough to breathe life into this small 'snowman' in Kinsmen Park."


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