Community News from St. Marys and area.

St. Marys cruisers wait out Covid-19 off Bahamian shore

Over the past year-and-a-half, St. Marys natives Chris and Catherine (Laing) Cumming have lived aboard their 44-foot Manta power catamaran Two Loons as they’ve journeyed more than 12,000 km through the Bahamas and around “America’s Great Loop”. Finding themselves in the central Bahamas during the COVID-19 crisis, the Cummings have shared the following account of…

Saluting our healthcare heroes

Submitted by Peter Allan Rice: Over the past week or so, our neighborhood has been honouring our healthcare workers by coming out of our homes at 7:30 p.m. each night, at a safe physical distance, to make a lot of noise in hopes that they would hear us and know that they are appreciated. On…

Ulch Transport feeling effects of coronavirus

Company president thanks his staff for their contributions, dedication in these tough times By Pat Payton Like almost all businesses–big and small–these days, Ulch Transport is feeling the effects due to the ongoing health concerns related to COVID-19. The St. Marys business is a family owned and operated transport company, normally having about 50 tractors…

What’s open or not this Easter weekend

Under these extraordinary circumstances, we have a variance of different openings and closures this weekend. Foodland and McDonald’s Independent are closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday but will be open on Saturday. Likewise, Delmar Foods is closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday but will have extended hours on Saturday, opening at 8 am until…

St. Marys and Perth South Council expenses released

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter As per Government regulations, the Town has released expenses for the Mayor and Councillors for 2019. As compared to last year, salaries have increased by close to 4% and this is in part to compensate for the 1/3 salary tax-free portion that is no longer available. Another change…

Service club meetings held online last week

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter This past week, as we settle in to a period of self-isolation and social distancing, several St. Marys service clubs held their first-ever online meetings. Both the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs of St. Marys adapted to the current times by holding their latest meeting electronically through the Snapchat…

Town Council meets electronically for the first time

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Town of St. Marys Council Meeting was held under special circumstances on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Utilizing the flexibility recently granted by the Province of Ontario under the Municipal Act, council is allowed to meet electronically for purposes of a quorum, in consideration of the current emergency…