THURSDAY, March 18/10

March 18, 2010



Malahide Council, 8 pm

-(No Bayham Council)

-(Sat: APAC presents ‘Dirty Hammond Organ Band’ featuring Tom Sparks and x-Aylmerite Brian McHugh (soul, pop, jazz);    7:30 pm;    Old Town Hall theatre.)

-(Sat: Elgin  Canvass and Quill Open House at Trillium House, 563 Talbot St.Thomas; 1-4 pm)


(Elgin-St Thomas Health Unit recently released 2009 stats on Store compliance with tobacco sales laws especially on sales to minors which showed that Elgin retailers had their best rate – 90% – in several years.  According to Kathy Daniel, Unit Tobacco Compliance and Education Officer, retailers are obligated to request age proof for those who appear to be under 25. Aylmer’s compliance rate at 86% was actually up but still below the county average. Stores were given the choice of being charged or undergoing more staff training. The following Aylmer stores were charged last year:  Esso,  and Tracys NoFrills Gas Bar (the second straight year for Esso).  The Health Unit provided the following additional info to AylmerNews.)

1.  All places that sell tobacco (except those with a liquor licence) are checked twice a year by test shoppers.  We also do regular inspections for display ban and signage compliance.
2.  In 2008, convictions and fines of $365. were registered against personnel at Aylmer Gas & Convenience, Aylmer ESSO, and Family Mart  -there were others in previous years.
3.  I can’t say for sure why rates are up.  In theory, the display ban should increase compliance but I have not seen any studies that prove it.  The Health Unit is not doing anything differently.


(Info provided by Dave Ferguson of Aylmer, member of Canvass and Quill)

“Canvass and Quill Studios is dedicated to the development of artists, photographers and writers within St. Thomas and Elgin County. Over a focused evolution path,  Canvas and Quill Studios will offer comprehensive programs for everyone regardless of skill level and/or age by providing the proper resources, equipment and knowledgeable instructors. This group will create the necessary infrastructure and a plan instrumental to promote and market your talents and enhance personal growth amongst our membership. The natural progression of our programs will aid in job creation and business opportunities. Ultimately, satellite studios offering the same level of support and service will appear throughout the district. In a nutshell we are offering seminars, classes and workshops on painting, photography and writing. One of our main goals is to increase cultural awareness and diversity of the Arts in Elgin County.”


1 Trevan Ball
2 Mitchell Bakker
3 Nick Knechtel
4 Shane Kocsis
5 Matthew Bartlett
6 Jared Derrough
7 Duncan Matthews
8 Dylan Brower
9 Mario Verhaeghe
10 Tyler Nancekivell
11 Cole Sonier
12 Dalton Dowson

COACHES – Harry Bakker, Jim Brower, Jim Cochrane, Andy Verhaege


TUESDAY, March 16/10

March 16, 2010




Katharina Letkeman;   of Aylmer;   in her 89th year;   on March 14;   Survivors include Helena and Neil Rempel, Anna and Abe Rempel, and Neil and Annie Letkeman of the Aylmer area;  Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm;   Funeral Thursday at EMMC church at 2 pm.

OMHA ATOM FINALS: Saturdays Game – Aylmer 4 Mitchell 4

(Info provided by Coach Harry Bakker)

1st Period = No Scoring

-2nd Period – Mitchell goal at 10:19; Mitchell goal at 8:23; Aylmer goal at 0:13 Trevon Ball assisted by Mitchell Bakker and Nick Knecthel

-3rd Period = Aylmer goal at 12:28 Trevon Ball assisted by Mitchell Bakker and Nick Knecthel; Aylmer goal at 11:14 Nick Knecthel assited by Mitchell Bakker;
Mitchell goal at 8:34; Aylmer goal at 8:26 [8 sec. after the faceoff] by Trevon Ball assisted by  Mitchell Bakker; Mitchell goal at 1:13 with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker

-OT = Game tied 4-4 going into overtime; 10 min. Overtime period saw frantic action at both ends with goal mouth  scrambles. Mitchell Bakker hit the crossbar with 4 min left in OT. Aylmer put one in the Mitchell net with 2 mins left in OT, but the ref  called it a high stick .  Game ended 4-4 tie.


-Several Aylmer officers attended the OPP officer’s funeral in Wingham Friday.

-A stolen car was recoved by the Aylmer lagoons, west of town, Friday morning. The car had minor damage, was taken from a Victoria St. south  residence, and was still running when discovered.

-Police were called to the arena Sunday evening during the Midget hockey game as some fans  were becoming ‘unruly’; no charges were laid.

-A validation tag was stolen off a town vehicle in a downtown parking lot last Monday just before lunch.

-A 15-year old was stopped from shooting ducks in Catfish Creek with a slingshot last week.


(This info provided by Dale Cummings, Community Living Program Supervisor, concerning what goes on at their new building on John St North, Aylmer)

“Our East Elgin Day Program supports up to 18 people daily from 9:00AM – 3:00PM.  Activities include a Ladies Group on Mondays teaching self esteem, daily living skills and cooking.  There is also a weekly Mens group that offers daily living skills, cooking and leisure activities.  Participants are also involved in crafts, volunteering at local busineses, the Library, Museum and Tourist bureau at Town Hall.  We also have a Chocolate making venture where participants mould chocolate to sticks for Holidays, Weddings or any special occasion. ”

MONDAY, March 15/10

March 15, 2010



Aylmer Council 7pm


Mark Corey;   of R1 Belmont;   on March 13;   in his 37th year;   husband of Tina;  son of Randy and Colleen of R1 Belmont;   Visitation at Kebbels Funeral Home Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9;  Funeral Wednesday at Kebbels at 11 am.

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

-Sunday = Canada 7 China 1 (Canada wins bronze.  Switzerland won Gold)


-Aylmer Midgets lost 2-1 in overtime in Kincardine Saturday and 5-3 in Aylmer last night so are behind 2-0 in the best-of-five OMHA finals.  Next games are Saturday in Kincardine and Sunday in Aylmer.


– The Aylmer Atoms dropped a 6-5 decision in overtime to Mitchell yesterday here and thus are winless in the first three games of their best-of-five OMHA finals. Aylmer lost the opener 4-2 Thursday and then tied 2-2 in Mitchell Saturday in the opening matches. Next games are Saturday in Mitchell and Monday in Aylmer, if necessary.

SUNDAY IN AYLMER – There was no scoring in the first half of the game; then ten goals in the second half!.  Trevan Ball (from Dylan Brower) put Aylmer ahead halfway through period two on a power play and then Mitchell Bakker (from Brower) with six minutes left moved Aylmer ahead 2-0. Mitchell countered with a goal a minute later and then Bakker scored again with two minutes left (from Ball and Mario Verhaege) to give Aylmer a 3-1 edge after 2 frames.

In the third period, Mitchell scored twice in the first minute, the second marker on a power play to tie 3-3.  A minute later Bakker completed his hat-trick (from Duncan Matthews) to give Aylmer the edge again. Hower  Mitchell scored twice in the middle of the period for their first lead. Aylmer scored with 5 minutes to go to notch things at 5-5 and thats how regulation time ended. Mitchell had a penalty  at the beginning of overtime and Aylmer took a penalty three minutes later but neither side connected. Then Mitchell took another penalty with less than 2 minutes to go. But the visitors  scored a shorthanded goal for the winner with one minute remaining.


-Skating=  Mon- 10am-12; Tue – 11:30-1:30; Wed- 9 am-11 am; Thur- 11:30-1 pm ; Friday 10 am-12.

-Youth Program – daily – 10 am to 3 pm – for 16 to 18 years; $5

SATURDAY, March 13/10

March 13, 2010



(Sunday: Atoms in OMHA finals, host Mitchell at 1:45 pm; Midgets in OMHA finals, host Kincardine at 6:45 pm)


Wendy Stafford;   of StThomas;   in her 51st year;   on March 12;   daughter of Ron Daykins of Aylmer;   Visitation at Williams Funeral Home StThomas Sunday 7-9 pm; Funeral at Williams Monday at 1 pm.



(Summary provided by Coach Harry Bakker)
IST PERIOD-Mitchell scored their 1st goal on a power play at 3:59 of the 1st period.-Aylmer responded immediately with their 1st goal at 3:19 by Matthew
Bartlett assisted by Dylan Brower of the 1st period.-Aylmer had many good scoring chances, but couldn’t put the puck in the net- Score 1-1 after 1st period

2ND PERIOD- No scoring, play was back and forth with both teams getting chances – Aylmer got 3 penalties late in the period, spent a lot of energy trying to kill these off- Score still 1-1 after 2nd period

3RD PERIOD-Mitchell scored their 2nd goal of the game at 13:40 on the power play-They scored again on a weak clearing attempt along the boards in Aylmer’s end at 12:12- Score now 3-1 for Mitchell-Aylmer responded with goal at 9:03 by Trevon Ball assisted by Mitchell Bakker- Mitchell 4th goal scored at 4:15, deflected shot from the blueline that  snuck through the Aylmer goalies legs.

Final Score 4-2

Aylmer got outshot for the game, but spent too much time in the penalty box when the score was still 1-1. Aylmer had more good scoring chances than Mitchell but kept missing the net. Saturday’s Game 2 in Mitchell at 3:50pm, Game 3 back in Aylmer on Sunday at 1:45pm

(Info supplied by Coach Mark Steele)

“We have 7 returning players from last years team that lost in the finals,  3 of the 7 won it 2 years ago and this will be their 3 straight year in the finals. Our roster consists of a total of 20 players with 19 dressing every game; the 20th is our injured goalie that was in a car accident. As it stands now we use 4 AP (affiliated players) 2 from Bantam Rep and 2 from Midget Local League. We were finalists in the regional silver stick held in Petrolia but received an invite to the International and ended up winning .”

Sked: (Best 3 of 5 games)

-Sat at Kincardine;   Game 2 in Aylmer Sunday at 6:45;   Game 3 next Friday in Kincardine;   Game 4 if necessary next Sunday in Aylmer at 8:15;  Game 5 the following Thursday in Kincardine.


(Info provided by Whitney Shaver, a Grade 10 EESS student,  daughter of Bruce and Debra of Pt. Burwell, who participated in the recent OFSAA  Wrestling competition.  Girls’ Wrestling was revived at East Elgin this year.)

“This would be my first year wrestling. I have only trained for about 3 months before OFFSAA athough I do martial arts with a club call Martial Arts Canada. I trained very hard with three coaches that coached the East Elgin wrestling team also.  After finishing WOSSA I decided to join the club at Central Elgin in St.Thomas.
At OFSAA I finished in 5th. The first day of OFSAA I had 3 matches and I won in the first match with a pin for all 3. The next day in semi finals I had to face a girl that is on the junior Olympics team. She was a very good wrestler and for my first year I was proud to say that she was the girl I lost to, also my coaches are very proud of me because I have not been pinned all season. The next match I wrestled very well although there was a controversy and I lost that match by points due to not having clear video to prove the points were given the wrong way. I do believe I was a stronger wrestler then her. Due to my 2 losses that put me in a fight for 5th or 6th,  I won that match in the second round with a pin. She was up points in the first round and was a very good technical wrestler, although I have very high endurance and with her having the points edge in the first match that made me want the 2nd match so much more and  I flipped her over and pinned her by bridging onto my back to hold her down. I believe I could have done better at OFSAA but I can say it was a amazing experience for my first year. At WOSSA I lost my first round then won  14 matches after that including the first girl I wrestled that beat me the first time -I beat her the second with a pin. Because I lost my first match the best I could get was 3rd so I wrestled for 3rd and won that match. I challenged the girl who got 2nd,  she was a very strong wrestler and she won the first match by points, I won the second match by points so we went into a 3rd and with my endurance and being able to stay strong for all 3 rounds she was just so tired she gave it her best shot and I finished with pinning her in the 3rd round. I plan to continue wrestling and training even more and having a lot more experience on the mat for next year will be amazing, I plan to go back to OFSAA and do even better but like I said before, for my first year my family, coaches, and teachers and students at East Elgin are all very proud of me.”


March 12, 2010



(Aylmer News has issued  a number of inquiries in the past month attempting to find out the penalty for the two men who admitted to the armed home invasion in northwest Bayham  in November 2006.  Joseph Webber, who was jailed for 7 years initially for the offence, was acquitted by the Ontario Court of Appeal in January, after he had served less than two years,  when two others admitted to the crime in June, 2008)

Brantford – A Brant County Criminal Court official reported this week that there was no record that either of the two men who admitted to the armed Bayham home invasion in 2006 received any penalty for this incident.  AylmerNews in the past six weeks was told by Elgin OPP, St.Thomas Criminal Court, the Elgin Crown Attorney, and OPP Western headquarters that they had no information on the court cases of Justin Parry of Norwich and Mansa Fraser of Hamilton who committed the break-in, the hold-up of the family with a gun , and the theft of money.

Eventually it was suggested that Brant County Court may have information on the case. Apparently the Bayham crime became part of a package of charges levied against Parry, who was already serving time for several robberies,  in an August 2008 court appearance. Parry then received an additional 22 years for 25 home invasions committed over a six-year period,  many in Brant County- but the Bayham offence was not listed. Fraser also was not penalized at this time for what happened in  Bayham . The Brant Crown Attorneys office has offered no response to this matter when contacted several times in the past week.


(Schools March Break begins Monday)


WORLD JR MENS CURLING (Craig VanYmeren in Switzerland):

-Thursday – Canada 4 Russia 3;  Scotland 4 Canada 2 (End of schedule: Canada W6 L3)

-Today = Canada vs. Norway for fourth playoff spot (Canada defeated Norway earlier)


Mitchell 4 Aylmer 2 (Game 2 in Mitchell Saturday; game 3 in Aylmer Sunday)



Aylmer at Kincardine Saturday; Aylmer hosts game two Sunday at 6:45

THURSDAY, March 11/10

March 11, 2010



-Blood Donor Clinic at East Elgin Community Centre; 2:30-4 and 5-8 pm

-Meagre Meals at Anglican Church, 11:30-1:30 pm

-OMHA Atom Finals; Aylmer hosts Mitchell 6:45 pm

-Western Ontario High School Skating Competition, at EECC, 8am-5pm


Gladys Anderson;  R.1 Springfield;   on March 10;   in her 86th year;   wife of Ray;   Visitation at Kebbel Funeral Home Thursday 7-9 and Friday 2-4 and 7-9;   Funeral at Kebbels Saturday at 2 pm.

WORLD JR MENS CURLING: (Craig VanYmeren in Switzerland)

Wednesday – Switzerland 9 Canada 7 ( Canada: W5 L2; tied for second)


St. Mikes 5 Aylmer 4;  3rd place game = EESS 9 Listowell 2.

WEDNESDAY, Mar. 10/10

March 10, 2010



(“Physicians For A SmokeFree Canada” recently issued a statment criticizing last year’s federal tobacco farmers’ buyout plan, saying there are reports that farmers are abusing it. The first article is from The National Post of Feb. 24 about that statement. The second article is a letter to The National Post on March 1 from the Minister of Agriculture in response. The third article is an email received from Mr. Collishaw of the Physicians group in response to an AylmerNews inquiry. )

“(Reprinted from The NP Feb. 24)” When the federal government offered $286-million in buyouts to Ontario’s tobacco growers last year, the vast majority took the payments, designed to usher them out of a fast-shrinking industry. Given an average of $275,000 each, they were supposed to plant another crop, or maybe even try a different line of work entirely, federal ministers said at the time. The Tobacco Transition Program has not worked out that way. In the first season since the government issued those payments, just as much tobacco has been harvested as the year before, and as many as 100 of the farmers who took the buyout still seem involved in producing tobacco. In fact, federal officials have indicated buyout recipients can legally rent their land and machinery — or even hire themselves out as employees to holders of new tobaccogrowing licences. In many cases, sources say, the buyout recipients are farming the same land as always after relatives or acquaintances — some of them with full-time jobs in other places — obtained a licence to grow.

“The real problem here is the government has designed a program with loopholes bigenough to drive trucks through,” said Neil Collishaw, research director with Physicians for a Smoke-free Canada. “The rules … allow people to continue to be involved in tobacco growing, even though they collected a quarter-million dollars of taxpayers’ money to do something else.” One resident of the southwestern Ontario tobacco belt where most of the province’s tobacco is grown said he knows of two farmers who took the buyout last year, had adult children obtain a growing licence and continued to produce tobacco. The man asked not to be named because of local sensitivities around the issue. He said he is aware of another two farmers who sat out last year after taking buyouts, but plan to get back into it this coming season, with sons or daughters obtaining the licences as what some locals are calling “fake farmers.” “It’s just not right to the ordinary person who pays taxes, to see these guys double dipping,” said the tobacco-belt resident. “The government didn’t handle it right. It was a colossal waste of money. They just handed it out like free money, and these guys are laughing all the way to the bank.”

But Fred Neukamm, chairman of the Ontario Fluecured Tobacco Marketing Board, argued the program was not a failure, stating that the majority of those who took the transition payments to avoid “suffocating” under a mountain of debt are now completely free of tobacco farming. But with demand from manufacturers increasing, even more tobacco may be harvested this coming season than last year’s 22 million pounds, and much of it on farms owned by buyout recipients, he said.”

(Response to NP article by Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Foot, in NP March 1.) “This article raises some questions about the Tobacco Transition Program. Readers should know that the previous tobacco quota system put producers in a desperate situation as their quota had become virtually worthless. The Tobacco Transition Program ended the quota system and gave producers the opportunity to exit the industry without facing the very real prospect of losing everything. Those who participated in the program cannot receive a licence to produce tobacco. In 2008 there were 446 tobacco producers — in 2009 Ontario has issued tobacco licences to only 118 producers through the Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers’ Marketing Board.

For many producers, tobacco production is the only job they are trained to do and the program does allow them to work for, or rent their land, to a qualified licencee. However, they cannot profit from tobacco sales and any wages or rent they receive must be at fair market value as though they were engaged in any other type of agriculture.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will begin auditing producers in April, to ensure that tobacco licences have not been granted to producers who participated in the program or their spouses and dependent children. Further audits will ensure that program requirements are being met. If the audit process shows that any program recipient violated the terms and conditions of the Tobacco Transition Program, they will be required to repay all of the funding from the program with interest.”

(Reply from Mr. Collishaw to AylmerNews about this response) “Thank you for your query about tobacco agriculture.  According to Agriculture Canada, it is perfectly alright for tobacco farmers who took the buyout to continue in tobacco farming.  All they have to do is produce some paperwork that proves they are no longer a tobacco farmer-entrepreneur, but an employee.  Under these circumstances, people who took the buyout can continue as full-time tobacco farmers on their own land with own equipment.”


Aylmer water testing, 8 pm until 8 am Thursday (restrict water use!)

-EESS Coffee House

-(Thursday: Blood Donor Clinic at EECC)

WORLD JR MENS CURLING (Craig VanYmeren in Switzerland):

Tuesday – Canada 6 Sweden 5;   Canada 11 Denmark 6 (W 5, L 1 = tied for first)


Game #1 March 11 at 6:45pm in Aylmer (Thursday)
Game #2 March 13 at 3:50pm in Mitchell
Game #3 March 14 at 1:45pm in Aylmer (Sunday)
Game #4 March 20 at 3:50pm in Mitchell [if necesary]
Game #5 March 22 at 6:45pm in Aylmer  [if necessary]
Game #6 March 28 at 12:00pm in Mitchell [if necessary]

Best 3 out of 5 or 6  [six point series]


(Tom McCallum, Elgin CLC Executive Director reports that the group has been using their new building – the former Atlantic Fish/Chips on John St North – for a few weeks now. The north part is the site of the Early Learning Centre. Supervisor Bev Fellows tells what is going on there)

“There are two sides to the new building.  As for the Ontario Early Years Centre,  we are a drop in centre for families and caregivers with children from 0-6yrs.  We offer a variety of resources and activities to help support parents so that all children can reach their fullest potential.  All programs offered at OEYC are free.  We are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-12:30 for drop in and Tuesdays from 8:30-12:30 for Baby Time.  We have several partnerships with other agencies that will use the space in the afternoons for their own programs. ”


-On 26 Feb, 7:32am OPP responded to a single Motor Vehicle Collision on Imperial Road south of College Line, Township of Malahide, Elgin County. POLICE attended the location and observed a lone motor vehicle located in the West ditch facing North East on the driver side. POLICE attended the complainants address and spoke with the male driver. The driver advised that while on his way to work his motor vehicle left the roadway and flipped onto its side. Driver advised that he was going 20 – 30 km/hr as he just turned onto Imperial Road from College Line. Driver advised that he encountered  an ice patch and the vehicle spun around entering the ditch backwards. Nno damage done to property just motor vehicle. No charges and no injuries.


(Rhonda Walcarius, formerly of Aylmer, now a research MR technologist in Toronto, provided this info on her experience as a volunteer at the Olympics.)

“I volunteered as an MR technologist at the Polyclinic in  the athlete’s village in Whistler.  I worked 13 consecutive 8-hour  shifts.  Most of the scans I performed were musculoskeletal.  I scanned  athletes, delegates (trainers, coaches, etc.) and the VANOC workforce. I went to see the final of the mens normal hill ski jumping and the womens 7.5km biathlon.  Both were amazing.  You  get a totally different perspective of these events then what you see on television.  I also was given the opportunity to be at the dress  rehearsal show for the opening of the Olympics.  We got to see  everything except the torch coming into the stadium, the athletes and  who would be carrying the olympic flag.  The Vancouver olympic committee did an amazing job organizing all of the events and getting all of the venues ready.  I  learned just how truly dedicated the athletes are in preparing and  performing at the Olympics.  I saw how the people of Whistler and  Vancouver rose to the occasion and welcomed everyone into their cities.  I felt the rush of Canadian pride that was so prevalent at these games.  Whistler is one of the most beautiful places I have seen.”