TUESDAY, DEC. 29/ 09

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“CHRISTMAS DAY MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION”

(Lyons) – Elgin County OPP was called to the scene of a two vehicle head on collision which occurred on Christmas Day around 10:34am on Imperial Rd. and Crossley Hunter Line, Malahide Township.  A 1998 Chevrolet Astro van was traveling south bound on Imperial Rd. while a 2002 Chevrolet Envoy was traveling north bound when both vehicles lost control and collided head on.  The 26 year old driver of the Envoy and a 26 year old female passenger, both of Aylmer, ON were transported to St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital.  The 26 year male driver was later released from hospital while the female passenger of the Envoy was transferred to and remains in critical condition in London’s Victoria Hospital. The driver and three passengers in the 2002 Chevrolet Astro van were also transported to St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital.  The driver of the Chevrolet Astro van, a 58 year old Niagara on the Lake man and a 56 year old St.Catherine’s man were treated and released while two female passengers were transferred to Victoria Hospital.  A 53 year old female resident of St.Catherines is listed in good condition but remains in hospital while a 56 year old female from Niagara on the Lake is listed critical condition. At the time of the collision roadways were listed as icy due to freezing rain.  The investigation is continuing.

OBITS:

-White, Austin ‘Aussie’; of Aylmer; in his 88th year;  on Dec. 27;  husband of Marilyn;  Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home, Wed. 2-4 and 7-9;  Funeral on Thursday, 11 am mass at Our Lady of Sorrows.

-Van Loy, Kimberly (nee Mitchell);  of Dorchester;  in her 47th year;  on Dec. 27;  wife of Peter;  daughter of Bill and Nancy Mitchell of Straffordville;  Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm; Funeral Thursday at Kebbels at 2 pm.

AYLMER CHRISTMAS CARE PACKED 350 BOXES LAST WEDNESDAY:”


(Info on the Christmas Care program was supplied by Carolyn Buis, Aylmer Christmas Care Co-ordinator in response to an AylmerNews inquiry)


“In 1990 we moved to Immanuel Christian School and packed 209 boxes. This year we packed 353 food hampers. They were packed in just under one hour.  The setting up of the assembly line of grocerries, bagging of the apples, oranges, cookies, sweet potatoes and packing of baby food takes all the prep time before. The arrival of the fresh produces, turkeys and hams and the donated goods that have been collected by schools, business and parades etc needs all to be co-ordinated to their designated spots. We had approximately 75 volunteers ranging in age from 7 yrs to 80years. The wrapping of the boxes occurs on the evening before we pack. It is very impressive in the morning to see the rows of wrapped boxes.The deliveries start as soon as the packing is completed. For Straffordville, Vienna and Port Burwell the boxes and the toys from the Optimists are picked up by members of the Lions Clubs and the Legion and then are distributed or picked up at the respective places. The length of time of delivery depends on the number of communty members who show to do this part of the project. The basic grocery list varies little from year to year. Joanne Mantel and I order the groceries in early December.  We follow Canada’s Food Guide to provide and encourage balanced and healthy eating.  Cereal, butter, cheese, canned milk, canned fruit and veggies, fresh lettuce, carrots, apples, oranges, canned meat, fresh turkey or ham depending on family size. Special treats of a package of cookies, candies and hot chocolate, jello and dessert topping are added.  The donated/collected goods are added to the boxes also. These will vary in quantity and variety from year to year, but usually consist of  dry and canned pasta and sauces (lots of kraft dinner and mr. noodle), dry and canned soups, tuna, canned fruit and veggies and stove to stuffing and cranberry sauces etc. John and Joanne Mantel have been with this project from its beginning approximately 40 years ago. My husband Ron and I have been with this project approx. 25 years. We have many individuals and families who return each year to lend a helping hand. That is very likely why everything moves so smoothly and quickly.  We stand amazed every year at the number of volunteers.”

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