SATURDAY, Feb. 6/10

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AYLMER TODAY:

-Spits Playoff Hockey, host New Hamburg, 7:30 pm

-ACT Presents ‘Dearly Departed’  ;  8 pm;  $15;  at Old Town Hall Theatre (and Sunday at 2 pm)

SPITS WIN PLAYOFF OPENER FRIDAY:

New Hamburg –  Aylmer Spitfires defeated New Hamburg 3-1 here last night in the opener of their playoff series.  There was no scoring in the third period and Aylmer was outshot 37-26. Next game is tonight in Aylmer.

Aylmer Scoring –  Hunter (Roloson, Haines), North (Roloson, Maracle), Bean (Vandepoele, Brisson).

OBITS:

Cornelius Vander Pluym;   of St.Thomas, formerly of Aylmer;   on Feb. 5;   in his 83rd year;   husband of Adrianna;  Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm;  Funeral at Our Lady of Sorrows Monday at 11 am.

THE SATURDAY (S)CEREAL – “AYLMER 50 YEARS AGO”:

“STRAND THEATRE ROBBED!” –  In January, 1960 the Strand Theatre at the corner of John and Sydehnam was robbed on a Tuesday night by a lone gunman. The casher in the ticket booth said a man in disguise pointed a gun at her and said: “This is a robbery, hand the money over.” She gave him $57.50. She said: “I had the notion to fall off my chair and pretend that I fainted but when I saw the gun I thought I had better hand over the money.”  The man wore a helmet and goggles and spoke in a low voice and ran off to his car parked around the corner.

“CANNERS ANNOUNCES CLOSING” – In January, 1960, the Canadian Canners factory at the corner of Myrtle and Chestnut,  which had began as the Aylmer Canning Factory some 80 years earlier, announced it was closing its processing division and was just going to be used for storage and listed for sale. Only 15 fulltime employees, although some who had been there 40 years, were left at the plant. However the previous fall about 150 employees, mostly women, had been busy with the canning of beans and pimentoes.

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