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         Wheat, corn and soybean harvests and conditions vary widely                                                                                                                                                                             FAMILY EYE CARE
                                                                                                                                                                culture. Many areas reportedly         yield increases are quite a bit
                                                                                                                                                                got no rain.
                                                                                                                                                                    “It appears there was less rain
                                                                                                                                                                the further inland you go. For us
                                                                                                                                                                                                       more dramatic then if you are
                                                                                                                                                                                                       under moisture stress prior to
                                                                                                                                                                                                       pollination as has been the case.
                                                                                                                                                                that rain is a great relief from the
                                                                                                                                                                drought. Hopefully there will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                       We would like a nice inch of rain
                                                                                                                                                                                                       for everybody,” Mr. Johnson re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Shahreena Rahman
                                                                                                                                                                follow-up rains over the next          ported.                                             OPTOMETRIST
                                                                                                                                                                few weeks. There is still a lot of        In extremely dry conditions
                                                                                                                                                                uneven corn which goes right           like we have had in the area,
                                                                                                                                                                back to conditions at planting,”       evapotranspiration of the corn
                                                                                                                                                                said Mr. Wales.                        plant is affected. Evapotranspi-
                                                                                                                                                                    These uneven, disparate re-        ration refers to the water lost
                                                                                                                                                                sults were echoed by Wendy             from the soil surface due to the
                                                                                                                                                                Flintoft of Rush Creek Wines           water the plant uses during tran-
                                                                                                                                                                who grows both fruit and cash          spiration – the evaporation of                Saturday Appointments Available
                                                                                                                                                                crops, such as corn.                   water from the plant.
                                                                                                                                                                    “We have corn that is eight           Leaf rolling is a sign that the               New patients welcome
                                                                                                                                                                feet and corn that is three feet       corn plant is stressed by lack of
                                                                                                                                                                because we had to replant be-
                                                                                                                                                                cause of the weather. We had an
                                                                                                                                                                inch-and-a-quarter of rain yes-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       moisture. As moisture declines,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the corn plant tries to protect it-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       self from excessive plant mois-
                                                                                                                                                                terday, and it was just amazing.       ture loss (transpiration) by                  261 Talbot Street West, Aylmer                               27c

                                                                                                                                                                It was the first rain in three         rolling its leaves. Rolled leaves
                                                                                                                                                                weeks at our place. And we’re          reduce the exposed surface area
                                                                                                                                                                hoping it will jump a bit and get      which slows down transpiration
                                                                                                                                                                caught up. So more rain on the         or evaporation. Plants lose
                                                                                                                                                                corn maze would be nice,” said         moisture through transpiration
                                                                                                                                                                Ms. Flintoft.                          much more quickly as tempera-
         A farmer takes advantage of weather conditions to bale straw              hot, dry weather. Other cash crops were helped somewhat by                       They were able to avoid irri-      tures rise and evaporation occurs
         on Springfield Road near Talbot Line last Thursday. It is one             the rain on Sunday but more rain is needed to ease stress on                 gating although it was becoming        more rapidly.
         of the few harvests that was actually helped by the extremely             plants and farmers.                         (AE/Darren Breckles)             a possibility for their fruit crops       The soybean crop is short in
                                                                                                                                                                had they not received the rain on      stature due to the moisture early
            The 2011 growing season           considered unfit to work but         sects such as western bean cut-        on the whole field.
                                                                                                                                                                Sunday. Generally they do not          in the season and the late plant-
         started out with cool tempera-       farmers were left with little        worm, soybean aphids and spi-              “Spider Mites are concen-
         tures and some of the wettest        choice but to get crops in before    der mites are beginning to             trated along fence rows where         have to irrigate with the sandy        ing. It is also entering the crucial   INTENDED SALE OF THE SURPLUS LAND
                                                                                                                                                                loam soil on their property.           flowering period.
         conditions in decades with a late    the next downpour. Even fields       appear. Western bean cutworm           there is moisture from snow
                                                                                                                                                                When they planted, rainfall was           This will determine how the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (EAST ELGIN MEDICAL FACILITY)
         spring and lots of melting snow      with drainage tile, which works      has been found in fields in the        melt. They move into the fields
         runoff which added to moisture       to remove excess sub-surface         Tillsonburg area. Eggs have            from the fence when they dry          still plentiful and the plants were    pods will set. An extended dry         TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to the Township’s Sale of Surplus Land
         problems.                            moisture, were unable to cope        been found in other areas.             out which they have done.”            well established and growing be-       period like we’re having may           By-law (#11-35), The Corporation of the Township of Malahide, at its
            It has been disappointing         with these extreme downpours.           “Sandy soils, such as you               An immediate transition           fore the dry, drought conditions       cause some flowers to abort, said      meeting held on June 9, 2011, declared the real property located at
         compared to last year which was      Equipment was getting stuck          have in your area, get hit first       from wet and cool to hot, dry         of the past few weeks.                 Mr. Unger.                             420-424 Talbot Street West, Aylmer, and known municipally as the East
         one of the best in recent mem-       and the soil was damaged.            and hardest by the western bean        weather and low-water advi-               The heat has fruit and berry          Wheat harvest yields are            Elgin Medical Facility surplus to the needs of The Corporation of the
         ory.                                     “Field conditions remained       cutworm,” said Mr. Johnson.            sories has again challenged           crops way ahead of schedule but        highly variable with some good         Township of Malahide.
            “It was that once-in-a-life-      poor with excessive compaction          Spider mites, though not            crops.                                quality is good if size is a bit       harvests. Mr. Johnson said it var-
                                                                                                                                                                small. Though small size means         ied from 35 bushels an acre to         PURSUANT TO By-law No. 11-35, the Township of Malahide shall give
         time growing season with record      from heavy rains, erosion of soil    common, are having a signifi-              All crops are suffering to
                                                                                                                                                                higher sugar content and more          135 bushels. The average in the        public notice of the intended sale of the Surplus Land by causing such
         yields, excellent quality and        and water ponding. Drainage          cant impact in some fields where       varying degrees in the extreme
                                                                                                                                                                concentrated flavor which is           county is probably around 75-80        notice to be published in a newspaper and be posted on the Township’s
         strong prices to boot,” said         tiles were not able to drain the     they are found in large numbers.       heat and dry weather with yields
                                                                                                                                                                ideal for winemaking.                  bushels an acre. The quality is        website at www.malahide.ca under Public Notices.
         Patrick Unger, a local farmer        fields due to the continual dump-       “It’s not that there are a lot of   differing, widely though quality
         and seed dealer.                     ing of rain. This left the ground    fields affected by spider mites.       is reportedly quite good for most         They are hoping to open their      reportedly good and test weights       ANYONE MAY SUBMIT written comments to the Municipal Clerk either
            The rain this spring fell often   hard to work resulting in a less     You could go to 99 fields, and         crops.                                corn maze by Aug. 1, but, like         are excellent.                         in support of or in opposition to the intended sale of the Surplus Land
         and in extreme downpours that        than desirable seed bed,” said       they’re there but not in enough            Yields are affected in part by    most others are finding the size          Winter wheat, corn and soy-         and the deadline for submitting such comments shall be 4:30 p.m. on
         saturated the ground, even in        Mr. Unger.                           numbers to have an impact. In          soil type, drainage tiling and        is highly variable.                    beans are the biggest cash crops       Monday, August 15, 2011.
         sandy soil which usually drains          Plants got off to a poor start   the hundredth field, it could be       other water mitigation methods            Raspberries should be ready        in the province accounting for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ADDITIONAL INFORMATION is available by contacting the undersigned
         moisture better. There was no        with wet, cool conditions allow-     covered,” said Mr. Johnson.            and conditions at the time of         in the next couple weeks as well.      hundreds of millions of dollars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              at the Township Office, 87 John Street South, Aylmer, during normal
         chance for soil to dry before the    ing soil-borne diseases to prolif-      He encouraged farmers to            planting.                                 Mr. Johnson said, “A lot of        in sales in the area each year.        office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm.
         next downpour, which gave            erate and insect infestations to     scout their fields for mites be-           Last weekend’s rain helped        corn is starting to tassle. Some       Most observers are resigned to
         farmers a small window to plant      further stress crops.                cause if they are caught in time       those who got it. About an inch       people are saying ‘we’ve had           the fact that yields will be down      DATED at the Township of Malahide on this 22nd day of July, 2011.
         crops.                                   Peter Johnson, crop specialist   the damage can be mitigated and        fell along the lakeshore, said        dry conditions at pollination be-      from last year but are still hop-                       Michelle Casavecchia, C.A.O./Clerk
            The ground was left in a con-     for Ontario Ministry of Agricul-     insecticide, if needed, can be         Mark Wales, vice president of         fore and still had very big            ing for a late season rebound if                              Township of Malahide
         dition that would normally be        ture, said that problems with in-    used in targeted areas rather than     the Ontario Federation of Agri-       yields.’                               Mother Nature co-operates.                          87 John Street South, Aylmer, ON N5H 2C3
                                                                                                                                                                    “Big yields are possible but          “Another timely rain in the                          Telephone: 519-773-5344, ext. 225

         Pt. Burwell Tub Daze kicks off Friday                                                                                                                  what the data clearly shows is
                                                                                                                                                                that if you are under moisture
                                                                                                                                                                stress, during pollination then
                                                                                                                                                                                                       next few days would greatly re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       duce the stress on the crop and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the farmers,” said Mr. Unger.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Facsimile: 519-773-5334
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Email: mcasavecchia@malahide.ca

             Tub Daze, a three-day cele-      Pennsylvania in a bathtub to         there will be kid’s crafts at 2            Saturday will open with
         bration in Port Burwell, is back     raise money for Ronald Mc-           p.m., and music by Zach Mc-            “Peameal on a Bun” at the Le-
         for the 27th year with a full        Donald House Charity in 1984.        Cabe from 3 to 6 p.m.                  gion from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
         agenda of events beginning Fri-         The trip took six hours and          Dave Bellaire will provide          Food and vendors, corn on the
         day at noon and closing with the     raised $10,000.                      music from 6 until 10 p.m. with        cob and Martial Arts Canada
         fireworks display on the East           Saturday will feature music       fireworks being set off on the         demonstrations will take place
         Beach, Sunday night.                 by Ron Nash & Friends from 1         east pier starting at dusk.            all day at the East Beach.
             The event kicks off with the     p.m. until 3 p.m. and The Amaz-         The event’s organizer, Deb              Registration for the Saturday
         opening of the beer garden on        ing Cropdusters from 7 to 10         Travis, said volunteers, wearing       beach volleyball tournament,
         the East Beach at noon Friday.       p.m. at the East Beach, with a       identification, would collect do-      which attracts from 12 to 20
         It is open from 6 p.m. until 10      $2 cover charge.                     nations for the fireworks from         teams each year, is from 11 a.m.
         p.m.Friday, and 11 a.m.-7p.m.           Port Burwell Branch 524,          spectators.                            to 12 noon. The tournament will
         Saturday and Sunday. A car           Royal Canadian Legion will              Donations collected by fire-        start at noon.
         show at the East Flats at noon       host “Meat Darts” at the branch      fighters and volunteers from the           The legion will serve beef on

         on Sunday was a new favourite        starting at 8 p.m. It is a dart      Port Burwell Recreation Soci-          a bun and salads from 4 to 6
         last year that returns.
             Tub Daze commemorates Ed
         Matthews’ crossing of Lake
         Erie from Port Burwell to Erie,

         24-year-old man
                                              tournament where a contestant
                                              can win a selection of meat
                                                 Sunday at the East Beach
                                                                                   ety and Otter Valley/Port Bur-
                                                                                   well Optimist Club were the
                                                                                   main source of funding for the
                                                                                   annual Tub Daze fireworks, she
                                                                                      Other Tub Daze events start
                                                                                   Friday with a youth dance on
                                                                                                                              Sunday, volunteer firefighters
                                                                                                                          will hold a pancake breakfast at
                                                                                                                          the village firehall on Pitt Street
                                                                                                                          at Erieus from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
                                                                                                                              “Last year we had a great
                                                                                                                          turnout with nice, hot weather
                                                                                                                                                                       NURSERY                                                                                 WEEKEND
                                                                                   the East Beach from 7 p.m. to          which it looks like we’ll be hav-
         drowns near West                                                          10 p.m.
                                                                                      Admission for youths 18 and
                                                                                                                          ing again,” said Mrs. Travis.
                                                                                                                              “It was busy each day and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  J ly
                                                                                   under costs $5, and includes a         people stayed the whole day.
         Beach, Port Burwell                                                       hot dog and soft drink. Music
                                                                                   will be provided by a disc
                                                                                                                          The fireworks are the highlight
                                                                                                                          bringing almost 10,000 people
                                                                                                                          from all over.”
            A 24-year-old Langton man         rectly to the Coast Guard Auxil-
         drowned in front of West Beach
         in Port Burwell Thursday night
         while swimming with two rela-
            Elgin Ontario Provincial Po-
         lice said Herman Teichroeb was
         swimming approximately 100
                                              iary dock and they staffed a ves-
                                              sel with a Coast Guard member
                                              using some fire department
                                              equipment and they went out
                                              and began to search in deeper
                                              waters just off the beach. The
                                              rest of the firefighter’s water
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         metres offshore with two other
         male relatives when the three
                                              rescue team and their equip-
                                              ment went out to the West
                                                                                     •   Heating
         began to have difficulties while
         trying to swim back.
            Two of the men were able to
                                              Beach. We put seven rescue
                                              swimmers in the water to do a
                                              line search, west to east, out to
                                                                                         Air Conditioning
                                                                                         Sheet Metal
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         make it to shore safely with the
         assistance of two other males
                                              about 350 feet from shore and
                                              those were the fellows that
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         but Mr. Teichroeb could not be
         located. The incident occurred
         at approximately 7:28 p.m. and
                                              found the victim in the water,”
                                              said Chief Roesch.
                                                 He said the water depth var-
                                                                                                                                                                      FROM THE GROWER
         a search was conducted by
         members of the Auxiliary Coast
         Guard, police, fire and members
         of the public.
                                              ied from knee level to chest
                                              deep, depending on the area.
                                              The victim was located in wa-
                                              ters approximately two feet
                                                                                                                                                                           & SAVE
            Bayham Fire Chief Gord            deep.
         Roesch said volunteer firefight-        “Conditions were nasty last
         ers received the emergency call      night. There was a strong un-
         at 7:40 p.m. and were dis-           dertow in that area,” said Chief                            Thank You,
         patched a minute later, arriving     Roesch.
         on the scene at 7:49 p.m. Fire-         The body was found at about                   to the many sponsors who donated prizes
         fighters from Port Burwell fire      8:45 p.m. and was brought to                                                                                                                                                                                     Saturday 8 am - 4 pm
         station responded, as well as the                                                              and to the participants of
                                              shore where attempts to revive                                                                                                                                                                                   Sunday 10 am - 3 pm
         water rescue team, which has         Mr. Teichroeb were unsuccess-                  the Aylmer Spitfires Jr. C. Hockey Club’s
         special training from the Fire       ful. He was pronounced dead at                 9th Annual Fundraiser Golf Tournament                                                                                                                             CASH OR CHEQUE ONLY
         Marshal’s Water and Ice Rescue       9:22 p.m. at the Tillsonburg
         Team. Water rescue technicians       District Memorial Hospital. A           held recently at the Pleasant Valley Golf and Country Club.
         on the team come from both
         Bayham fire stations.
                                              post mortem is being con-
                                                                                      With your support these events continue to be a Success!
                                                                                                                                                                                        Riverbend Farms - FARM 2
            “We’ve trained regularly
         with the Coast Guard Auxiliary
                                                 The drowning marks the
                                              fourth water death in the region
                                                                                                  Thanks Again,                                                                                  (1/2 mile east of County Road 40 on John Wise Line)
         in Port Burwell doing water res-     this summer and comes during                     The Aylmer Spitfires                                                                       519-765-2130                      riverbendfarms@amtelecom.net
         cue out around the rock pier and     National Drowning Prevention                                                                        27c                                                                                                                                                               27c
         that area. We sent a crew di-        Week.

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