MONDAY, Feb. 22/10


Woodstock – East Elgin downed St.Joes 74-40 Saturday here to capture the TVRAA SouthEast Basketball title. EESS has won a junior boys basketball championship only once before – in 1986. Coach Albert Vanvlaanderen said EESS will host WOSSA this weekend, with his team scheduled for a 10:30 am game Friday.


-Charlie Jackson;   of Aylmer;  on Feb. 19;  in his 82nd year;  Former President of Aylmer Legion;  Charlie served with the RCAF Combat Engineers Regiment ;   Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm (Legion Service at 7 pm);  Funeral at Kebbels Thursday at 11 am.


Aylmer Council, 3:30 pm

-(Tuesday: Two documentaries sponsored by Elgin National Farmers Union at Old Town Hall Theatre; FREE; 7:30 pm “In Transition”, 8:30 “The Power of Community”)


(Chris Ripley, a 1998  EESS grad from Belmont whose parents still live in the Aylmer area,  is a member of a 4-man bobsled team that won the Canadian championship in Calgary in January – Canada’s best outside of the only two teams that could qualify for the Olympics. The team also produced a children’s booklet last year, Chris did the illustrating, entitled “Bobsleigh Jellybeans”. He provided this info to AylmerNews)

“I’m in Whistler right now with my team.  We are getting ready to begin forerunning for the Games.  Forerunners are sleds that go down just before the competition starts to make sure the track is safe and all the timingis working.

We had a very busy season trying to qualify a third sled for the games, unfortunately we came up short.  We exceeded our expectations on the America’s Cup, but with the amount of points accumulated by other nations it wasn’t possible to qualify a third sled.  Our team is happy to be forerunning and is taking in the Olympic experience first hand though. This experience will hopefully help us in future competitions.

Our season ended on a high note, with our team winning the national championship in both the two and four-man events (the two top teams were in Europe).  I slide along with Adam (our pilot), Hugh (crewman) and Bobby in the four-man event, and even though the two top teams were missing we performed great and won by a convincing margin of almost 2 seconds.

The response for the book has been overwhelming.  We are over 3000 in sales now and they are still going strong.  We are using the book as a great opportunity to promote literacy and the great messages itcontains to children.  We have been to quite a few elementary schools to do readings and the children love it, we are hoping to visit more once we return from the Olympics. The book is currently available at Abbeywood’s Emporium in St. Thomas.  For more information on the book and the story behind the book please visit

I’m currently working as a freelance artist for my company Ripley Designs. I studied painting and drawing at the University of Lethbridge and graduated in 2004.  Information about my paintings is available at mywebsite  I reside in Calgary, but my parents still live near Aylmer in St. Thomas.  I plan on continuing to train full-time this summer and hopefully will be competing in the World Cup next year.

I would say my favorite Olympic moment so far was watching Lyndon Rush come back and slide his third and fourth heats of the two-man race after
the unfortunate crash of the night before.  He could have very easily just dropped out of the race to rest up for four-man, but he showed a lot of
determination and spirit to finish the race off.”


Aylmer – (This info was provided by Chris Dancey of Aylmer, President of the Elgin branch of the National Farmers Union. The group has another  film night slated for Tuesday at the Old Town Hall theatre.)

“We can debate the time when the end of cheap oil will be a reality and we can debate the effects of climate change – but I don’t think many people believe that there won’t be change as a result of both. Communities such as Aylmer and surrounding Malahide Township can make change a positive experience that gives hope and unites people within our local area. We can guide our governments toward the change we want, rather than waiting for them to act and complaining about what they do – or don’t do.  I know it is possible, because the Transition movement that began in the United Kingdom a few years ago has spread worldwide.   During Tuesday evening, the documentaries will demonstrate the power of communities to determine the change they want. If enough local people are willing to be part of this movement, then we can work toward becoming an official Transition Town, just as more than a dozen Canadian towns and cities have already done.   A representative from Transition London will speak for about ten minutes between the movies and informal discussion and socializing will follow the movies. The response to this evening will determine if we proceed. My experience to date is that there is an amazing support system to guide us, if we decide to join the Transition movement.  To learn more about the Transition Town movement visit ”



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