Year in Review – Continued


OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Rob Scott announced the appointment of Sergeant Scott Lobb as a platoon Sergeant at the Perth County OPP.

St. Marys Golf and Country Club announced plans for a new wedding venue and golf maintenance facility.

The Baseball Hall Street Festival was held on Water Street because of the downtown reconstruction project.

11-year-old Isabelle Lariviere had 11 inches of her long blonde locks cut off to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The St. Marys Lions annual toll bridge fundraiser raised $3,000 which was donated to the revitalization of Cadzow Park.

Perth South donated $75,000 to the “Someone I know” Hospital Foundation campaign.

St. Marys Ford “Drive 4UR Community” was held with proceeds donated to the ‘Someone I Know” campaign.

Another very successful Baseball Hall of Fame Induction weekend was well attended with the weather cooperating.

Brett O’Reilly was hired as the Town’s new Communications and Events Manager.


Grant Brouwer told Council that Town staff are unsure if the Emily Street reconstruction will take place because it is taking longer than anticipated to get proper agreements in place. He added that the Glass Street extension will happen this year.

Queen Street was closed between Water and Thomas Streets for construction with traffic to the west end being rerouted across the Park Street Bridge, with “No left turn” signs at Park and Water.

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has upheld the Heritage designation imposed on the Andrews Building on Queen Street. The owners of the building, Lynn and Colleen Foley, had appealed the designation to the Supreme Court of Justice which was denied and then went back to court to appeal that decision. The latest decision ruled that the owners had one year after the designation to appeal and that they did not.

An Elgin Street East resident reported that her cat was killed by 2 large dogs on her property.

Four males and two females, all in their early twenties, were issued a Trespass to Property Act ticket when found on the roof of the former Arthur Meighen School. The young people deemed it “a nostalgic climb”.

An extreme heat alert was issued and an outdoor fire ban was in effect.

Brandon Boyd was selected as new Lincs president following the resignation of Steve Stapleton. It was also announced that Scott Thompson will be head coach with Mark Bell as assistance coach. Don Corby was named VP in charge of Business Operations, Bill Bourne becomes VP Sports Operations and Stewart Grant was named Secretary/Treasurer.

Sean Camp, owner of Lucid Musings Photography, opened “The Camper” restaurant.

Town Council voted to hire a Fire Prevention Officer on a part-time basis working 20 hours per week for $38K to assist the Fire Chief.


17 year-old Casey Downing was the recipient of a kidney from her god-mother donor Trish Edye.

The OPP are investigating incidents of graffiti that have taken place over the last couple of weeks. The incidents involved the application of large obscene symbols on welcome signs on the east and west sides of town.

After several months of work, crews paved and put the finishing touches to the construction in the downtown.

PJ Gorton’s “GoToGeeks” acquired Evolution Web Management from Stewart Grant.

Representatives from the Maple Lane Park Residence Committee presented a cheque for $700 to the “Someone I Know” Hospital Foundation campaign, as a result of their annual barbecue.

Frustrated by inertia, the Save VIA group announced they are rebranding as “All Aboard St. Marys”. To highlight the change the group planned a march from the Junction Station to the VIA Station

Due to the prolonged warm and dry conditions, the Town implemented an external watering ban effective immediately.

In a split vote of 4-3 the decision was made to close and remove Cadzow Pool.

On the last weekend for Cadzow Pool, Stephen McCotter sponsored a free swim.

The Town announced that the Water Street Bridge would undergo rehabilitation starting soon.

The St. Marys Independent learned that a new Esso station with a coffee shop and a Pizza Pizza store will be opening on Queen Street across from the golf course.


Reed Needles, Cameron Porteous and Charles Sharun have rented space at the VIA station to open their St. Marys Station Studios and Gallery to promote and develop local art and culture.

The OPP have reported a number of acts of vandalism over the past while with tires being slashed, cars scratched and an incident of a burned newspaper.

The OPP reported that there were twice as many distracted deaths than impaired so far this year in Ontario.

Employees at Heinz received the “official” letter that the plant in St. Marys would close November 30th.

St. Marys Insurance Group (SIG) presented a cheque for $15,000 to the “Someone I know” Hospital Foundation campaign.


Tammy DeGraw is announced as the new Fire Prevention Officer.

Town Council approved the tender from Euro-Ex Construction for the Glass Street extension in the amount of $452,257. It was announced that the work would begin immediately.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the reconstruction project in the downtown.

A robbery at the M&M variety is being investigated by the OPP.

At the request of Mayor Al Strathdee, Town staff will be preparing a report to ascertain alternative police services for St. Marys other than the OPP.


The owners of the demolished Arthur Meighen site have submitted an application to the Town asking for an Official Plan Amendment and a Zoning By-Law Amendment to have a five storey building which will have 84 senior’s apartments and 115 assisted living units for a total of 199 units.

Cindy Taylor announced plans for the opening of Kitchen Smidgen Bakery.

The Library proposed an expansion plan to Council which is estimated to cost $5.2 million.

Fawcett Tractor Supply Ltd. held their annual March for Warriors fundraiser which supports ill or injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families.

Hans and Jolanda Weber from Stonetown Artisan Cheese and their cheese maker Ramon Eberle, won two first place ribbons and one second place ribbon at the Royal winter Fair.

The Town held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the re-opening of the Water Street Bridge.

A Job Action Centre will open on Queen Street to support Kraft-Heinz employees who lost their jobs.

As a result of their 2016 Smile Cookie Campaign, Tim Hortons presented a cheque for $6,160 to the “Someone I Know” Hospital Foundation campaign.


The food and toy drives by the OPP was once more a great success.

The OPP arrested and charged 24 year-old Tyler Richardson from Stratford, with the attempted robbery at the M&M Variety store.

Town Council approved an expansion for Wildwood Care Centre which will add more space but not more beds.

Town Council turned down the Baseball Hall of Fame’s request for financial help.

OPP Media Relations Officer, Kees Wijnands, retired after 30 years of service.

As a result of another very successful Ford Drive 4UR Community, Kipp Edwards from St. Marys Ford presented two cheques in the amount of $3,000 each to Hope for Haiti and the Forrest School Program at Little Falls. In a separate presentation Jillian Young, Isabell Edwards and Georgia Edwards, presented a cheque for $105 for Hope for Haiti which was the proceeds from a lemonade stand the young ladies ran.

Dan Rankin, the Editor of the Independent, died as a result of a car accident. He was 29 years-old.

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