TUESDAY, Jan. 26/10



(This info was provided by Craig’s mother Judy of R.1 Aylmer after Craig’s team won the Canadian championship Sunday)

“We thought we would do well at the M&M Junior Men’s Curling Championships in Sorel-Tracy, Que.  because we performed so well against the top Ontario teams in the Provincials that were held in Teeswater.  We pretty much swept through the competition there so we knew we were in good shape for the Nationals.  We looked up the competition on the M&M JMC web-site and checked out which teams would be there from the other provinces.  The boys (Craig and Geoff Chambers) knew some of the other curlers that had been there 2 years ago when the Nationals were held in the Sault.  They thought that the field had quite a few younger curlers than them so were hoping that their previous experience might pull them through.  Two years ago Craig and Geoff were at Nationals with the Travis Fanset team from St. Thomas.

We had two new boys this year, Jake Walker from Haliburton area and Matt Mapletoft from Wallaceburg.  The boys all knew each other from previous curling years of being on the tour and decided to give it a shot.  Matt Mapletoft was originally skipping the team this year but we changed the lineup mid-season because we were not winning with that combination. Matt was skipping, Jake on vice,  Geoff on 2nd and Craig on lead.  It was a team decision that Jake take over the skip spot with Craig on vice, Geoff on 2nd and let Matt lead.  After we changed the lineup we started to win and after that it was all history.  We went on a 17 game winning streak winning the TCA’s in Toronto the week before Provs and then Provs and then on to Sorel-Tracy for Nationals.  When the boys won TCA’s (Toronto Curling Association) they won a trip to watch the Olympic curling in Vancouver. They were very excited about that and I guess the momentum just kept building and that took them through Provs brimming with confidence for the Nationals.  I believe at this point their game record is 48-4.

So they are going to be very busy going to the Olympics Feb. 13 for 4 days, then to Switzerland for the Worlds Mar. 6-14.  They are going to Flims, Switzerland.  We are going too.  My other son, Jesse, is for sure going too.  We wanted him to come to the Nationals because he came with us 2 years ago to the Sault but he couldn’t because his high school exam schedule was a conflict so he said he would come with us when we won Nationals to Switzerland because it would be held during March break…..Craig is in his 2nd year at the University of Guelph.  He is taking Agri-Business. ”

“ONTARIO MEN MAKE IT A DOUBLE FOR THE PROVINCE AT JUNIORS ‘ (This account of Sunday’s title game is from the Canadian Curling Association website)

SOREL-TRACY, January 24…Skip Jake Walker of Kitchener made it a double for Ontario Sunday at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, presented by AMJ Campbell Van Lines, defeating Manitoba (Alex Forrest of Winnipeg), 8-7 in the men’s final at Le Colisée.

Earlier, skip Rachel Homan and her Ottawa Curling Club team defeated British Columbia, 9-5, to complete the week unbeaten at 13-0.  It’s  the first time since 2003 that a province has won a Canadian junior men’s and women’s title in the same year.
It’s the first Canadian junior title for Walker, third Craig Van Ymeren, second Geoff Chambers and lead Matt Mapletoft, along with coach John Thompson.   Van Ymeren and Chambers, though, finished the runner-up in 2008 in Sault Ste. Marie, as third and second, respectively, for skip Travis Fanset, when losing to Quebec’s William Dion.

It looked like the men’s final was headed to an extra end, as Forrest attempted a takeout of an Ontario counter, with three Manitoba stones in the house, which would have left Walker a draw for one.  But Forrest flashed and all Walker had to do was draw the full eight-foot for the dramatic win.
“In the 10th end, Craig (third Van Ymeren) said it doesn’t make any difference about the first six rocks, just the skip’s deuce,” said Walker.   “I was surprised he (Forrest) missed it but I would have played the same shot.
“We were confident coming here, but this has exceeded our goals.  I’m ecstatic right now.  Haven’t even thought about Flims.  I think execution is all it was.  When we played well, we won.  And we played well when it counted.”

Walker’s team had finished the round robin in second place with a 9-3 record, one game behind 10-2 Manitoba.   Saturday night, Walker won the semi-final over Saskatchewan, 8-5 to advance to a rematch with Manitoba, after losing the round robin encounter, 5-4.The game opened with Ontario stealing one in the first but Manitoba evened the score in the second.  In the third, Walker calmly drew the four-foot while looking at four Manitoba stones.  But in the fourth, Forrest made a double for three as the ‘tobans’ went up 4-2.   However, Ontario came right back with a pair in the fifth to knot the contest at four.
Ontario climbed back in front with another steal in the sixth, when Forrest, looking at three red stones, was unable to remove them all with a takeout.   Yet, Manitoba again evened the score in the seventh when Forrest successfully drew against two Ontario stones.
Walker tried to blank the eighth but hit and stayed for one.  Forrest then came up with a pair in the ninth for a 6-5, heading to the 10th.
On the 10th end miss, Forrest said, “We were happy with how we were set up.  It was looking good till my last one when I could have drawn or could have hit.  I could see about half of it.  I thought I had it but it just ran pretty straight, although it was tight to the guard.”

Walker and his Westmount Golf & Country Club team will now represent Canada at the 2010 world junior curling championships in Flims, Switzerland, March 6-14.


Elgin County Council 9 am


Otto Stanat;   of Richmond;   on Jan. 25;   in his 85th year;   husband of Adeline;   Visitation at Ostranders Funeral Home, Tillsonburg, Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm; Funeral Thursday at Ostranders at 1 pm.

ELGIN-ST THOMAS UNITED WAY FINAL TOTALS: (Provided by East Elgin Chairperson Megan Simmonds)

Aylmer 2008 = $47,302
Aylmer 2009 = $44,236

Overall 2008 total = $844,792
Overall 2009 total = $778,547

The goal for 2008 & 2009 was $800,000.


A 33-year old Malahide man driving while disqualified was detained by an off duty Aylmer police officer who recognized him and charged while entering an Aylmer coffee shop parking lot on Friday afternoon. The man had lost his licence last February. Before the vehicle was towed a 25-year old female passenger from Malahide was asked if there was anything Police should know about in the car and she indicated there was marijuana in her purse. She claimed it was for medicinal purposes but she could not produce evidence of such so she was charged for possession of a controlled substance. The man was also charged with a breach of probation as a court order had declared there was to be no communication with the female . The vehicle, registered to another owner, was impounded for 45 days.


-“PEDESTRIAN HIT’ – A 61-year old Aylmer man broke his forearm after he was struck by a car while walking in the early morning on Caverly Road south. Avoiding the sidewalk due to slippery conditions, the man was walking south with his back to traffic when hit – the car kept going and turned left onto Fath Ave.  and no identification has been made yet.

-“ASSAULT” – A 19 year old Aylmer female was charged with assault on a 20 year old Aylmer male after a common law dispute Thursday afternoon when she punched and kicked the victim in their home on Talbot St. E.

-“ASSAULT” – A 17-year old male student at EESS was charged with assault and failing to comply with a court disposition – he was to be on good behaviour after a theft charge in Kitchener – after he began punching a 15-year old male student in the hall last Tuesday at lunch.

-“ASSAULT CONVICTION” – A 34-year old Bayham woman was given a year’s probation in court last week for an assault in November at EESS.

-“DISQUALIFIED IMPAIRED DRIVER” – A 41-year old Malahide man was fined $1000 and given a one year driving suspension for driving while disqualified in October in Aylmer – he was on an electric scooter and impaired –  after a previous ban from last February.

-“ASSAULT CONVICTION” – A 28-year old London man was given 40 days in jail on top of time served and several other penalties to be served concurrently for an assault in town in December.


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