Community News from St. Marys and area.

Melodies at the Museum Summer Concert series

The very popular Melodies at the Museum is back for another season starting the first Wednesday and continueing every Wednesday in August. This year should be extra special because the performers will be using the new arts stage at Cadzow. Admission is by donation only. If there is inclement weather the event will be held…

Homecoming 2020

The time to get “the thinking caps on” is here because the new Homecoming 2020 committee are looking for ideas. As most people know, Homecoming in St. Marys is held every ten years. Since the last one was 2010, the next one will be 2020. There has been a small committee formed to get the…

Oxford District W.I. Garden Party blossomed

Oxford District Women’s Institute made two presentations of funds raised from their May 6th event “Garden Party for a Cause”. A total of $6,000 was raised for the Children’s Hospital of Southwestern Ontario and was divided between two organizations within. Penny Harman, Philanthropy Associate from the Children’s Health Foundation, was presented a cheque for $3,000…

Stratford Avon Shrine Club donation

The Stratford Avon Shrine Club recently made a donation to the St. Marys Fire Department. They donated a water gel burn kit to be used on fire victims in an emergency situation to give them some instant relief. The 3 Shriners pictured in the front, from left, are Ron McKnight, Doug Richardson and Bill Porter.…

Bring Your Own Picnic- Heritage Festival Event

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the St.Marys Downtown Merchants are again staging a Bring Your Own Picnic (B.Y.O.P.), a community building meal time and a popular feature of the Stonetown Heritage Festival. Picnickers are invited to gather in downtown St. Marys on Saturday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m. to enjoy this…

New Thorndale Fire Station opens

By Nancy Abra On Thursday, June 21st the new Thorndale Fire Station officially opened with speeches, ribbon cutting and facility tours. Stewart Findlater, Municipality of Thames Centre CAO, welcomed guests and dignitaries. He said this facility is long overdue and will serve the community of Thorndale well now and for the future. He added that…

Wheeling towards September 15th Ride for Epilepsy

Family event includes dirt bike instruction for kids 6-12 By Stewart Grant Those watching this year’s Canada Day Parade will notice a team of motorcycles supporting the “Ride for Epilepsy”, a family-oriented fundraising event planned for this September 15th in St. Marys. The chairman of the Ride for Epilepsy is Phil Coghlin, a member of…

Independent columnist publishes third book

New publication seeks to inspire and encourage faiths of all kinds By Chet Greason Local columnist, writer, minister, and poet Ione Grover has published her third book. Entitled No Matter What Happens: Discovering Your Own Authentic, Resilient Faith, the text is actually a collection of thirty notable articles from Grover’s column Street Level Faith, which…

Pat Payton honoured with OMHA Media Award – Part 2

By Stewart Grant In last week’s Independent, I shared excerpts from my recent conversation with long-time St. Marys sports reporter Pat Payton. Pat was recently recognized by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association as their 2018 George H. Carver Media Award winner. This week is part 2 of my conversation with Pat Payton… Memorable Experiences… “Being…