Community News from St. Marys and area.

Ask The Vets: Pets & Mental Health

By Dr. Kim Anderka & Dr. Christina Douthwaite QUESTION: My daughter struggles with depression and we are considering getting a dog to have as a support animal.  What are the benefits of having a pet in the house and what should we be looking for? ANSWER: Congratulations on your choice.  Pets have many beneficial qualities…

Middlesex OPP Lock it or Lose it

After the snow on Friday the weather on Saturday was 16 degrees and sunny. If you were driving around Thorndale on Saturday afternoon you likely came across the OPP Ride program. The OPP were in town to educate residents of the Lock it or Lose it Crime Prevention Program. The tips to help prevent auto…

Rotary Youth Exchange student enjoying time in Croatia

By Angelica Pearce It’s been 218 days since I’ve left for my Rotary Youth Exchange in Croatia. In that time, I have travelled to the countries of Slovenia, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. I have also visited many places within Croatia, switched host families, met relatives who I thought I would never meet,…

Ben’s Story

Some people can be in your life for years and you don’t ever really get to know them, yet some people can be there for only a short chapter and you feel like you have known them forever.  Benjamin Dressler fell into the second category and entered our lives via my oldest son Dustin, at…

Not Fake News by: Christian Brandt

The “living wage” is calculated based on what it takes for 2 people with 2 children under the age of 10 to enjoy a debt-free standard of living and be considered full contributors to  society. This data is compiled by various groups such as the United Way in order to understand people’s needs in their…

Thorndale Social Gaming Night

On Saturday April 1st you would have been a fool to miss the Lions’ Annual Social Gaming Night. Only 600 tickets were sold and with your ticket comes the chance to win. Every 25th ticket drawn wins $25, culminating with the last ticket winning $1,000. This year’s winner, Leanne Teston, donated $500 back to the…

Someone I Know donations

As a result of a sales pledge campaign for each car sold and contributions from staff members, AllRoads presented the “Someone I Know “ campaign with a cheque of $2,200. Phil West and the staff of AllRoads were on hand as they made the presentation to Krista Linklater, Pat Craigmile and John McIntosh. Chris West…

Perth South approves severance of Surplus Farm House lots

Council Meeting Recap By Stewart Grant Perth County Planner Mark Swallow presented 4 applications to Council on April 4th, each of which involved requests to create new lots for residential purposes by severing agricultural parcels with surplus farm houses. These were the first such proposals brought before council since the Perth County Official Plan for…