MONDAY, Jan. 11/10

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“LIVINGSTONES MAGAZINE BUILDING FOUNDATION OF READERS IN AYLMER AREA”

(Helen Bergen, of Sparta,  is the editor of a new quarterly local church magazine and provided this information to AylmerNews)

” A few years ago, I began editing a mini-magazine for my church (I attend Faith Church in St. Thomas). I enjoyed it a lot and saw the value in people sharing their stories of how their lives had been impacted by personal faith in Christ. Sometime later, after quite a bit of prayer, thought and discussion, a team of people came together who were enthusiastic about publishing a magazine that would bring a sense of connection to the local Christian community in Elgin County as well as be an encouragement to individuals in their Christian faith.  LivingStones published its first issue in March of 2007. LivingStones is printed at Impressions in St. Thomas. Our distribution is at 1500; LivingStones is distributed for free in Elgin County through churches, public libraries and also some places of business (a full listing can be found at www.livingstonesmagazine..wordpress.com). Subscriptions are available for $8 for people who prefer to have the magazine sent directly to their mailboxes. I am the managing editor; Stephanie Nickel is the copy editor and also contributes articles. We have several regular columnists who write on different aspects of Christian living (one columnist writes to men, another to parents of teens, we also have a church history enthusiast writing on local church history, etc.). Our features are stories of what God is doing/has done in the lives of believers as well as discussions on faith topics (prayer, responding to difficult life circumstances, meaning of Christmas, etc). We started out charging $2/copy, but found it much easier to manage when offered for free (financed by advertising); this also encouraged greater readership; other changes: our team of columnists/contributers has grown, we had a professional layout designer come on board last issue bringing much-needed aesthetic improvement (!!), and we are working towards increasing connections in Elgin’s Christian community through our online presence.
Future changes: We are in the beginning stages of laying plans to develop local editions of  LivingStones Magazine in other areas – hoping 2010 will see a second edition being published.
My background: I have been married to Menno for 21 yrs; have five children aged 9 to 19.  Currently, besides being a mom and an editor, I work part-time as a support worker in a group home for individuals with special needs at Christian Horizons. Before that, I was a stay-at-home mom for a lot of years. I took the opportunity while at home to take some writing courses, Bible College courses, etc. – no official degrees, though I’m a firm believer that life experience should get you a degree in something! Hopefully LivingStones is positively impacting the lives of our readers and the people they influence.”

OBITS:

-Betty Taylor,   of R.I Belmont;   on Jan. 8;   in her 85th year;   Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home Monday 2-4 and 7-9 pm;   Funeral Tuesday at 11 am at Belmont United Church;   Cremation has taken place.

-Ancel Sinden;   of Tillsonburg;   on Jan.8;   in his 94th year;   husband of Nina;   Uncle of Tom Sinden of Aylmer; Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home on Monday from 7-9 pm and on Tuesday 12-1 pm; Funeral from Ostranders on Tuesday at 1 pm.

“AYLMER TODAY”

Aylmer Council 3:30 pm

-(Thursday) – Blood Donor Clinic at East Elgin Comm. Centre

“AYLMER, MALAHIDE, BAYHAM  HAVE BYLAWS BANNING EXOTIC PETS”

(Sunday, the owner of a cougar in Southwold township was mauled to death by the animal. The owner had won a court case in 2006 to have Southwold’s exotic pet bylaw overturned.)

Aylmer – All local municipalities – Aylmer, Malahide, and Bayham – have bylaws that prohibit the keeping of ‘exotic pets’.  Malahide and Bayham have similar specific bylaws enacted in 1999 to restrict cougars, tigers, bobcats, venemous snakes, etc. Aylmer has a section within its animal control bylaw, passed in 2006,  to ban cougars, wolves, snakes etc. Malahide Clerk Diana Wilson said she doesn’t believe the Malahide bylaw has been tested in court.

“AYLMER POLICE REPORT”

A 17-year old St.Thomas female was found guilty of 6 counts of mischief and one count of failing to appear  in St.Thomas court last week for incidents in Aylmer last March. The girl was given 20 months probation and ordered to pay partial restitution for damage to Assumption School and windows in Talbot St. E apartments. A co-accused, a 17-year old Aylmer female, had been convicted last summer for the same crimes and given a year in jail plus probation.

-A 62-year old Aylmer man was found guilty of uttering/using  forged documents and use of a stolen credit card in crimes in Aylmer in late October and was given a sentence of probation for a year.

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