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The Ayr News ~ Published by the Schmidt family since 1913 ~ North Dumfries • Blandford-Blenheim • Brant • East Zorra-Tavistock • Wilmot

Vol. 121 — No. 16


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Swan Street closure postponed a week

by Irene Schmidt-Adeney letter indicating the day and Due to the ice storm in Wa- time of the interruption. terloo Region this weekend, The region will provide regand forecasted weather for this ular updates as the construcweek, the closure Swan Street tion progresses over the next in Ayr has been changed from 18 months. April 16 to April 23. The $7.6-million project Swan Street traffic will was approved by the region Happy 60th Birthday detour around construction in 2015 andMark! includes the rebetween Stanley Street and construction of Love from your family and friends downtown on Burnside Drive. A new water- Northumberland Street south main is being installed along of the CPR tracks, Stanley Swan Street from Stanley Street, and Swan Street. Street to Burnside Drive. Changes to downtown Ayr Swan Street will not be include a three-way stop at the closed to pedestrian traffic. intersection of Northumber“The contractor is to ensure land Street and Stanley Street. safe passage of all pedestrians There will be a pedestrian and students,” according to a plaza built between the cenopress release from the region. taph and the sidewalk on the The road closure will not af- north side Stanley Street. fect school buses, which will be The existing westbound right allowed to pass. A spokesper- turn lane located there will be son from the school board said closed. if this changes, families will be A new sidewalk will be contacted by the school. built on the west side of the Some residents will be af- Swan Street to Hilltop Drive. fected by an interruption in Two pedestrian islands will be water service. These residents added to the roadway on Swan will be contacted with a notice Street.

SUPPORT FOR RESIDENTS OF HUMBOLDT, SASKATCHEWAN – Across Canada, hockey sticks at local homes are forming memorials to the Humboldt, Saskatchewan Jr. hockey team and support staff who died following a bus crash while travelling to a playoff game on Friday, April 6th. Shown above is Jordan Charron of Ayr with 15 hockey sticks representing the lives of those lost in the tragedy. After this photo was taken, a 16th person died of her injuries from the crash.

Where is spring? Schools closed and township sets up emergency command centre for ice storm

The Waterloo Region District School Board said April 16 is the latest in the spring they can recall closing schools for a snow day, but would have to check its history records to be sure. On Monday, schools were closed in Waterloo Region and Brant County, and there were no school buses running in Oxford County following a weekend of ice storms that began on Friday afternoon and continued into Monday. North Dumfries Township set up an emergency operations centre at the North Dumfries Community Complex (NDCC) over the weekend in response to almost three days of freezing rain. The centre was not manned, according to Fire Chief Robert Shantz, and personnel would

have been called in if there was a need. Luckily, despite the severe weather event, there was no need. Shantz said there were several calls to Hwy. 401 on Friday just after lunch, just as the ice pellets started to fall. Firefighters were put on notice for the potential of multiple calls, but there was no need for staff to remain at the fire station. The NDCC is the primary emergency centre for the township. It is equipped with an emergency generator and about 300 people can be accommodated in the building, in the case of an evacuation. The Ayr Fire Hall, which also has a generator, is the secondary location.

INSIDE the NEWS... SPENCER ELMES CELEBRATES HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY – Friends and family braved icy weather on Sunday afternoon to wish Spencer Elmes a happy 100th birthday. Spencer turned 100 on Thursday, April 12th. He was born at the farmhouse on Drumbo Road where his son Keith, daughter-in-law Susan and their family now farms.

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