WED., Dec. 23/09

THE AMISH OF AYLMER ONTARIO:  “New!, $5!, Written by Kirk Barons.  Available at: Campbells, Springfield Variety, Heritage Line Herbs, Mt. Salem Variety, Aylmer Library, Mary Janes Hair Styling and others.”

“LOTS OF ‘BIRDIES’ SHOULD BE SEEN ON NEW AYLMER DISC GOLF COURSE!”

Aylmer – (The Disc Golf Course which winds along Catfish Creek in town was recently completed. There is a tourney scheduled for Boxing Day. Parks Manager Thom Polland provided this overview in response to an AylmerNews inquiry)

“The Disc golf course has been on the books since 2005. Dan Smith of St.Thomas and I drew up plans then and filed them. In the fall of 2009, Dan and I walked Steen Park several times and modified the course to fit into the natural surroundings, we also were careful not to interfere with the soccer, baseball facilities and pedestrian traffic. The course plays Steen North and South (it starts and finishes in the northeast corner) and follows the path of the creek and the walking trail. Dan Smith has designed courses in Canada and the U.S. We were very fortunate to have his expertise and councils approval for the design and construction.

The Boxing Day tourney starts @ 10:00 a.m. Admission is a canned good that will be donated to the local corner cupboard.

The course was started in November and  finished in early December, the work  was done by the operations department and some outside contractors. To play a round takes approximately an hour and a half depending on the skill level. It is an all ages sport and great exercise, there is minimal cost to purchase a disc. Aylmer’s is an 18-hole Par 54 as each hole is a par 3. ”

“AYLMER TODAY:”

Tim Hortons Free Skating:  9-11 am

-Christmas Care Grocery Delivery

“OLYMPIC TORCH RUN UPDATE:”  (see picts on yesterday’s post)

-Of the 6 runners in Aylmer yesterday, Doug Lee and Rick Plaquet were from the Aylmer area, 1 was from St.Thomas and apparently the rest were from Toronto and Sarnia.

-Jasmine Buckingham who sang ‘ O Canada’ is an EESS music teacher

-The torch was ‘driven’ to Aylmer yesterday, they only do torch runs within municipalities

-Councillor Judi Wright who helped organize yesterday’s event  thought Aylmer kept the Run ‘on time’ and was very pleased with the turnout.

-Cameron Charlton, son of Tom and Linda Charlton of Springfield, who lives in Paris, Ontario is carrying the torch tonight in LaSalle, south of Windsor.

OPTIMIST TOY DRIVE UPDATE:

Toy Drive chairman Dr. Don Robinson reports that this year’s effort was a “great success” . The Aylmer Optimists will be delivering their toys today.

H1N1 Elgin Health Unit Update: (Laura McLachlin, Director Health Protection)

“I am sure that, like me, many of you appreciate that Wave 2 of the H1N1 pandemic now appears to be behind us.  Whether we see a Wave 3 sometime in 2010 remains to be seen. Like other areas in Canada, the peak of H1N1 influenza illness in Elgin County was seen in late October.  At the peak we saw high rates of absenteeism at schools, high demand on the Emergency Department and hospital admissions, large numbers of people going to their health care practitioner with symptoms of influenza illness, and extensive requests for information about H1N1 influenza.  Throughout November the number of cases of H1N1 illness steadily declined and over the last few weeks our surveillance indicates that rate of influenza illness in our community is now consistent with the influenza rate we would expect to see at this time of year. We cannot predict with any certainty if seasonal strains of influenza will surface now that the circulation of H1N1 stain has declined. Community based immunization clinics were held in St.Thomas, Aylmer and Rodney over an eight week period.  Clinic attendance ranged from a high of 1057 people to a low of 156 people, with an average of 570 attending each clinic. The need to schedule additional influenza immunization clinics will be assessed in the New Year.

Number of Community Based Clinics Held 39
Number of people who came to clinics 19,461
Number of people that received H1N1 vaccine 17,897
Number of people that received seasonal flu vaccine 2,951
Amount of H1N1 vaccine distributed to other providers (e.g. physicians, hospital, long term care, etc.) 9,000
Estimated number of people receiving H1N1 vaccine Over 26,000

AYLMER TODAY PHOTOS:

The new Springfield Community Centre is taking shape (behind the present Lions Hall).

Volunteers were sorting out Christmas Care boxes at Immanuel Christian School this morning in preparation for this afternoon's deliveries.

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