TUESDAY, MARCH 2/10

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Final Moments of the EESS Junior Basketball WOSSA Victory

AYLMER TODAY:

-(Wednesday: Elgin County presents ‘Evolution of the Harvest’ agri-seminars; New Sarum Diner; 8:30 am-3 pm;  $25.

EESS SR. BOYS BASKETBALLERS LOSE WOSSA SEMI BY ONE PT.! (BUT TAKE 3RD PLACE GAME)

Aylmer – EESS Senior Boys almost made it two school teams in the WOSSA finals here yesterday as they were edged 51-50 by Stratford Northwestern in their basketball semi-final. They bounced back to down Ingersoll 55-45 in the third-place game.

EESS GIRLS TIE ST.JOES IN HOCKEY FINALS OPENER

St.Thomas – East Elgin and St Joes played to a 3-3 deadlock in the opener of their two-game TVRAA South girls ‘ hockey finals yesterday here. The second game will be tomorrow in Aylmer. EESS goals were scored by Caitlin Duffy, Holly Scherer, and Averi Nooren.

EESS JR WOSSA BOYS B-BALL CHAMPS (see last night’s story) ACTUALLY HAVE A PREDECESSOR!

EESS  won the schools first WOSSA Junior Boys Basketball pennant yesterday – since Tri-County/Oxford-Elgin/TVRAA play began in 1953. However East Elgin did win a WOSSA title in 1950-1 – before the ‘modern era’ – in the junior division.

“CHATEAU GARDENS EXPANSION UPDATE:”

(Last week, the Ontario Government announced it would help fund an expansion at Chateau Gardens Retirement Home, Talbot West, in Aylmer. Further info was provided to AylmerNews by its owners,  Chartwell Seniors Housing)

1. How long has Chartwell owned CG? -Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT began in 2003. Chartwell purchased Chateau Gardens Aylmer August 2006. (It was built in 1983).

2.How many seniors homes does Chartwell own in southwestern Ontario? -Chartwell has 157 residences across Canada. In Southwestern Ontario we have  4 long term care homes and 8 Retirement Residences.

3. How is the province involved? -Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Deb Matthews announced that Chateau Gardens Aylmer was part of a provincial wide initiative for re-development, as part of the first round of the Ministry’s multi-year Capital Renewal Program of 35,000 long term care beds in the province.  The program is designed to allow older LTC residences in the province to build to the new design standards over the next decade.

4.How do you anticipate this will increase staffing (what is the present staffing)? -The present employees are 77 full and part time staff for care and services to our residents in the home.  With the support of expected Ministry of Health funding there could be a potential to create  up to 5 new part time positions.

5.What direction for the expansion? -We currently own land adjacent to the home and that land will be used for the expansion as well as a full renovation of the existing home. The expansion will go east.

6. What exactly will change in the building with the Ontario funding? -The residents’  overall living space will increase. Their bedroom space will increase as well as the amenity space available to them.  Our goal will be to make the living space as comfortable and inviting as possible.  In addition, there will be 2 residents to a room instead of  4 in a standard room.  Each home area will have its own dining room, physiotherapy and recreation area. We will expand from 60 to 64 beds with two 32-bed units.

7.When do you think building will begin? -We are currently in the design phase of the home and we hope to break ground in early 2011 and construction will take 18 months.

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