Community News from St. Marys and area.

BMO shutting down Thorndale branch

By Nancy Abra Last Wednesday evening, January 15th, the Bank of Montreal held a public meeting at Thorndale Community Centre regarding the closing of the BMO branch in Thorndale. Debbie Czaniecki, BMO Regional Vice-President for Kitchener-Waterloo-Stratford, along with 15 local and regional BMO staff were in attendance.  Czaniecki said the meeting was to help Thorndale…

Water Street North Development Denied

Mayor Al Strathdee returns to Council By Paul Dreossi, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter At the first St. Marys Town Council meeting of the new year, Mayor Al Strathdee returned after his medical leave. He thanked everyone for their kindness, including Councillors and town staff for their efforts. He especially thanked Deputy Mayor Marg Luna for…

Welcoming Paul Dreossi to the Independent

Joining the St. Marys Independent team in the newly created position of “journalist of civic matters” is local resident Paul Dreossi. Paul has been teaching as a part-time professor at Fanshawe College for the last 18 years, as well as working as a carpenter, architectural designer and consultant. He lives in a historical home with…

Nominations for the 2020 Business Excellence Awards are now Open

The Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce BEA Awards offer businesses the chance to shine and is an opportunity for businesses to promote advancement of responsible business leadership within the community. The organizing committee is seeking public input for the nominations. Any business or entrepreneur whom you feel has exemplified leadership, customer service, determination and…