Community News from St. Marys and area.

Brightest Night celebration

The St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Brightest Night celebration on Friday night indeed lived up to its name, with more than 200 people gathering on the Grand Trunk Trail and trestle bridge in picture-perfect weather. The first-ever event was to celebrate the foundation’s capital campaign reaching $4 million of its $5 million goal, and to…

What’s open, or not, on Canada Day.

With Friday being July 1st, some businesses will be closed for the holiday. The banks, the LCBO, the Beer Store, Town Hall offices and the Post Office will be closed. Foodland, the Independent Grocer and Canadian Tire will all be open. Also open will be the Sunset Diner, Rianna’s and Four Happy. Garbage and recycling…

Celebrate Canada Day in Cadzow Park

July 1 is approaching and so is the community’s annual Canada Day Celebration! Come celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday on Friday, July 1 in Cadzow Park with a day full of fun, food, swimming, and friends! All the popular features of a community celebration will be in the park – food, musical entertainment and a range…

70 years at St. James Lodge

Members of St. James Lodge #73 recently presented Brother Richard Baynes with his 70th year pin. Baynes joined the Lodge in 1946 shortly after World War II. Pictured (from left, back row) are: R. W. Bro. Pirie Mitchell, Master of St. James, Lyle Muir Jerry Goodhue, Jay McCauley. Middle row: Baynes’ daughters Linda Muir, Carol…

Maple Lane Park Barbecue

Pictured at the Maple Lane Park Residents’ barbecue held on June 18, from left, are Maple Lane Park Residence Committee chairperson Normand Bélanger, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece, Maple Lane Park Residence Committee treasurer John Shank and Perth-Wellington MP John Nater. For this year’s event, the group limited their sponsors for the event in order to…

Make a splash this summer at the St. Marys quarry

Water trampoline and paddleboarding program among new offerings at the popular swimming spot Those visiting the St. Marys quarry this summer might notice something new in the water. Starting in July, an inflatable water trampoline will be among the attractions offered at the popular swimming hole. The 25-foot trampoline will be available for use during…

We’ll miss you, Dr. VanDam!

For the last seven years, Dr. Darren VanDam, who lives in London and has a practice in Ilderton, has been taking six shifts per month at St. Marys Memorial Hospital, generally working Thursday through Sunday every other weekend in the Emergency Department. Due to increasing teaching commitments at the UWO medical school where Dr. VanDam…

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Victoria Bridge to be closed

The downtown re-construction is progressing on schedule Director of Public Works, Jed Kelly told Council on Tuesday. He said that the hard surface restoration should be done by July 7. The next phase will be from Water Street to Thomas Street which will include the Victoria Street Bridge. Kelly said that a decision has been…

Drive 4UR Community

A very successful ‘Drive 4UR Community” was held last Saturday sponsored by St. Marys Ford. Kipp Edwards told the Independent that the fundraiser had achieved their goal and as a result the St. Marys Hospital Foundation will receive the maximum amount as set out by Ford Canada. Pictured at the event were (from left) Councillor…