Community News from St. Marys and area.

Getting to know the Ajjan Al Hadid family

By Stewart Grant “I love you, St. Marys!” Though family matriarch Warda Ajjan Al Hadid may not speak English as easily as her children and grandchildren, these four words nicely encapsulate how this Syrian family feels about their new home in the Stonetown. Fourteen months ago, thanks to the efforts of the St. Marys Refugee…

Hospital Auxiliary donation for cardiac probe

In the photo above, Dr. Jon Schiedel holds a new, state-of-the-art cardiac probe that was purchased recently for our hospital thanks to a donation from the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. This probe, which works with the hospital’s portable bedside unit also shown above, allows doctors to more easily visualize patients’ heart and lungs, thus providing…

‘Then & Now’ – 151/153 Queen Street

• This double commercial block with its handsome brick facade was erected in 1891, replacing a building that had been destroyed by fire in 1890. • Although owned by the estate of George Carter, a well-known grain merchant, a portion of this building was rented immediately to Alfred Horatio (A. H.)  Lofft, a dry goods…

How to Vote in the Conservative Leadership Race

Deadline to register is March 28th By Stewart Grant In 1920, Conservative leader and St. Marys native Arthur Meighen became Prime Minister of Canada, succeeding Sir Robert Borden’s Unionist Party government. In the nearly 100 years that have followed, our government has been formed by either the Conservative or Liberal parties. My point is, whoever…

Annual “Guns and Hoses” hockey game a win for all

This year’s event raised awareness for fight against youth homelessness By Stewart Grant For the past several years, the “Guns and Hoses” hockey game has brought police, paramedics and fire emergency services together for the common goal of raising awareness towards important community issues. This year, the Perth County OPP, St. Marys Fire Department and…