WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24/10

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AYLMER TODAY:

-(Thursday-Saturday; Elgin Adult Council For Education presents Job Searching, Training Programs etc. at Elgin Mall; 11 am-8 pm)

-(Thursday= Communities in Bloom meeting at Town Hall Council Chambers, 4 pm,  All Welcome. Preparing for this year’s competition)

-(Friday – Aylmer Community Band/Choir presents “Friday Night At The Movies”; at Old Town Hall Theatre; Doors Open 7 pm, Concert 8 pm; Tickets $10 at Prime Ingredient.)

EESS SPORTS PLAYOFFS TUESDAY:

SR. BOYS BASKETBALL – EESS 47, Huron Park 41 (Walker, Cornelissen, Rollo 8 pt each); qualify for WOSSA this weekend

-VOLLEYBALL – Seniors lost to WESS ; Juniors lost to St Joes (season over for both teams)

BAYHAM HARBOURFRONT COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS (From Thursday Council meeting):

-Ron Bradfield, Craig Gregson, Doug Lester, Brenda Martin , Ray Talbot.

“ELGIN COUNTY CULTURAL MAPPING PROJECT  TO BE COMPLETED BY MARCH 31st”

Elgin County’s Cultural Mapping project is underway – a board for public input has been set up in the Aylmer Library – with the deadline date being March 31.

According to the overview: “Broadly speaking, cultural mapping is a process of collecting, recording, analyzing and synthesizing information in order to describe the cultural fabric of a given community or group that, once analyzed, affirms the “uniqueness” of place.  Within the context of the County, this includes both tangible assets (such as museums, historic sites, parks, trails and ecological sites) and intangible assets (such as ethnic communities, local heroes, folklore, celebrations and events).  The information gained from this project will ultimately benefit the County’s marketing, tourism development and planning efforts.”

Added Brian Masschaele, Elgin Director of Community and Cultural Services: “The timing is appropriate in light of the development of the County’s first official plan, a process which is just starting.  We are therefore in a unique position to integrate cultural considerations into the OP from its inception as opposed to having to graft it on after the fact which is the case almost everywhere else.  It differs from pure tourism promotion due to the fact that is is also playing a role in the planning process, although tourism promotion is still a major benefit. Tourism is currently promoting existing attractions and members but this project will hopefully tell us things we don’t know and could cause us to develop new campaigns as a result.  For instance, we know Elgin has a lot of ecological assets but they have never been jointly marketed.  In order to market them, we need qualitative and quantitative information which this process will reveal.”

“A READER WRITES:”

“I notice the meeting of CIB is on your agenda this week. About 10 years ago, Judi Wright along with Marg Sinclair, were here in Kaslo, B.C.  for a visit. and Judy remarked that our village would be a perfect fit for Communities in Bloom.  Well it has taken time, but there is now,a Kaslo committee, that is now planning their second year with CIB. Slowly we are progressing, and can look to the Aylmer model as a guide. Sharing a good idea, often has amazing results. Thanks. Mary Stickel.

A READER WRITES”

“I write from Bristol, England, UK and wonder if you or your readers can help me. I am trying to trace whether there are any living descendants of Wallace Antill (1892 – 1916).  Wallace was born in Leicester, England in 1892 and he emigrated from Liverpool, England to Halifax, Canada on 24 Mar 1910. He married Arabella Alice Cleaver on 11 Sep 1912 in Elgin Co, ON.  .  Wallace enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 18 Sep 1915 but was killed at the Battle of the Somme on 18 Nov 1916They had two children born in Canada: John Cleaver Antill (b abt 1914) and Muriel Bertie Antill (b abt 1915).  Muriel married Stanley J Armstrong abt Dec 1933 and John married Lillian Mabel Graham abt Dec 1941 in Aylmer, ON.
Thanks – John Antill
cdefg@blueyonder.co.uk

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