FRIDAY, March 5/10

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AYLMER TODAY:

-(Sat.; Aylmer Kinsmen present Illusionist Brian Michaels; 8 pm; at EECC; Tickets $30; Proceeds to Cystic Fibrosis.)

-(Sat.; Kids Co.  present ‘Tales From an Empty Fridge’; at Old Town Hall Theatre; 2 pm; Tickets $10 Door, $8 Advance at Campbells II.)

OBITS:

Russell Sproul;   of Aylmer;   on March 5;   in his 83rd year;  husband of Bernice;   Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm;  Funeral Monday at Kebbels at 11 am.

MALAHIDE ACCIDENTS:

-On February 22nd in  Malahide,  Elgin OPP attended an accident involving a driver who said  she was travelling east on Talbot Line when she encountered icy road conditions causing her to lose control and travel into the north Ditch. No injuries and no charges.

-On February 22nd in Bayham,  OPP police attended a  collision at Richmond Rd and James Line.  A driver lost control and travelled into the ditch striking a tree.  There were no charges,  but the female driver was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“CHRIS RIPLEY OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS”

(Chris Ripley, an EESS grad featured in an earlier story, gives his impressions on his time at the Olympics)

“My month in Whistler was incredible, which is pretty impressive considering it started with being knocked out in a four man crash and having to recover from a concussion. The best moment for me was seeing Lyndon Rush come back from their crash in two man to win a bronze medal in four man.  It didn’t get much media
attention, but being able to do this was very impressive, especially with the depth of the four-man bobsleigh field.  Watching the hockey final in Whistler village square was up there too though, the atmosphere was incredible, flags everywhere, people screaming, even some dressed up as sasquatches.  Hard to describe, then everybody signing O’Canada, unbelievable.”

“GROUP FORMED TO SUPPORT ‘TRANSITION’ IN CANADA: AYLMER NEXT?”

(Elgin NFU President Chris Dancey of Aylmer forwarded this report;  She recently organized a film night here which included discussions about starting a ‘transition’ group locally.)

“Communities concerned about climate change and peak oil will now be assisted by a newly formed group. Transition Canada will provide support, guidelines and training to facilitate this expanding initiative.…. The Transition Town initiative which was formed in the UK in order to facilitate community based action to combat these forces has spawned Transition Canada. This newly formed group, chaired by Fred Irwin of Transitions Town Peterborough, will provide some much needed guidance to towns who wish to become transition communities themselves.  The steering committee consists of volunteers from other transition groups who are dedicated to building strong local communities less dependent on fossil fuel and to create resilient environments for the future. The numbers in Canada are growing rapidly which has sparked the need for an overall support group to answer questions, provide training and act as a central hub to assist people as they form groups to initiate the process.  One of the founding principles of Transition Towns is that all living systems are dynamic which means that transition initiatives move through a series of stages as the process evolves.  Since it is a ‘bottom-up’ rather than ‘top –down’ process the idea is to draw on the wealth of skills, knowledge and expertise that is unharnessed in our own communities. The Transition Town initiative, started by Rob Hopkins in Totnes, UK, is the coming together of diverse members of our societies from local businesses, community groups and local authorities to share success, insights and best practices in order to empower people with the concepts of a resilient future.  By raising awareness of peak oil and climate change an amazing network of human endeavor has resulted in 13 communities in Canada being officially recognized by the Transition Network. The communities that are leading the way are: Salt Spring Island, BC; Barrie, ON; Vancouver, BC; Poplar Hill/Coldstream, ON; London, ON; Powell River, BC; Cocagne, NB; Ottawa, ON; Nelson, BC; Victoria, BC; Dundas, ON; Guelph, ON and Peterborough, ON.  Many more groups are forming and the momentum is building as this movement expands across the country. You can find out more about the origins of the movement at http://www.transitiontowns.org.

“BAYHAM MARRIAGE OFFICIANT OFFICIALLY CAN OFFICIATE!”

Bayham Council Thursday officially set up the position of township Marriage Officiant. Marion Rogers was appointed to the position previously. The cost for the civil ceremony is $250 ($75 for a renewal of vows).  Council chambers may be used for the event – maximum 25 persons and a one-hour and a half ceremony.

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