Community News from St. Marys and area.

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…

Tri County Foodgrains Group Dedicates the Crop

On Sunday,  June 10, members of the Tricounty Foodgrains Group and other interested community members gathered on Sheila Greasons’s property to dedicate this year’s crop of potatoes, onions and squash.  Seed was donated by the Hitching Post in St. Marys and planting of the vegetables has taken place. The Tricounty Foodgrains is a joint project…