TUESDAY, MARCH 9/10

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AYLMER TODAY:

Elgin County Council 9am

-Elgin Architectural Group;  Sparta United Church;  7:30 pm

OBITS:

Max Stewart;   of Straffordville;   on March 8;  aged 83 years;   former Mayor of Bayham Twp.;   Visitation at Ostranders in Tillsonburg Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm;    Funeral at Ostranders Thursday at 1 pm.

-Richard Fruin;   of Aylmer;   on March 7;   in his 82nd year;   Instructor at the OPC for 26 years;   Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm;   A private family funeral will be held.

-Matthew  Kurcz;   of Aylmer;   in his 76th year;   on March 7;   husband of Theresa;   Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home Tuesday 7-9 pm and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm;   Funeral at Our Lady of Sorrows Thursday at 11 am.

“MAX STEWART HAD TWO TERMS AS BAYHAM MAYOR (see OBITS)”

-1974 – elected as Township of Bayham  Councillor; served two years as Deputy-Reeve and then as Reeve until 1988
-1998 – 2003 served as Mayor – Municipality of Bayham
-2004 February – Municipality hosted a well-attended Recognition Night in his honour

“WORLD JR. MENS CURLING (Craig VanYmeren in Switzerland)”

Monday – Canada 9 Norway 5 (tied for first, W3, L1)

AYLMER POLICE REPORT:

A 66-year old Aylmer man was convicted of assault in St.Thomas court last week.  The 29-year old female victim from Listowel reported to police in April about an incident from February in town. Sentenced to a conditional discharge with 2 years probation was Ken Earhart.

-A 27-year old Aylmer female was charged with break and enter and theft after a neighbour spotted a light on in a nearby garage on Caverly Road  just after midnight yesterday. The female was removing a bed frame from the garage without permission.

-A 23-year old Aylmer female was charged with shoplifting from an east end town store last Wednesday evening. Employees saw the accused put a number of small food items in her bag and then leave the store. She was detained by an employee who followed her out and questioned her about the items.

-A RIDE program on Saturday afternoon on Talbot St. West, sponsored by MADD,  saw 1200 drivers stopped in four hours and only one Highway Traffic Act charge.

” AYLMER’S CLOVERMEAD WINS ONTARIO MARKETING AWARD”
(Info supplied by Chris Hiemstra of Clovermead Apiaries,  Aylmer)

“We received Ontario’s 2010 Farm Marketer of the Year Award.   It is an annual award, given by the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association, to a farm which is demonstrating outstanding marketing success.  This is measured in terms of value added products, growth in customers and income, unique market ambiance, innovative displays, creative advertising, involvement within farm related organizations, and willingness to share ideas within the industry.  The prize is two all inclusive spots on the 2010 OFFMA bus tour, industry recognition, and the potential to showcase our farm.  We feel very blessed to receive the award because it is an honour to know that our peers are watching and cheering us on. Our success has come from loyal customers in our community.  Some of our customers can remember buying honey here, from my parents, when I was 5 years old, that is community support.  In 2010 we will be celebrating 35 years of our family’s beekeeping business here at our farm.

Regarding marketing strategy, we have been trying to sell the majority of our honey from our store so that we can be a sustainable family farm business.  Over the past six years we have been adding educational experiences where people can learn more about the amazing world of honey bees and have fun on the farm visiting farm animals and enjoying family activities.  It has been a marketing strategy we have used to compete with China and low commodity prices.”

“AYLMER ATOMS IN OMHA FINALS THIS WEEKEND”

(Info provided by Atom Coach Harry Bakker)

“-There are 10 second year atoms on the team ; 5 were on the atom rep team last year . Our record this year 15-2-5 in Southern Counties league play and 12-6 in 5 tournaments this year, being ‘A’ champions in both the West Lorne and Tavistock tourneys, B champions in the Tillsonburg tourney, and semi-finalists in the Silver Stick tournament.
-We are 12-1 in OMHA playoffs so far this year, with series wins against Pt. Dover,  Paris, Pt. Colborne, and Gananoque.
We now meet Mitchell in the OMHA Finals, best 3 out of 5 [six point series]. The schedule is yet to be determined,  but Aylmer has home ice advantage and we will be starting this weekend in Aylmer.”

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