Community News from St. Marys and area.

Two new residential projects move ahead

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) heard two applications for new residential developments at their last meeting. The first proposed development is located at 323 Queen Street West and will have nine units while the second is at 187 Wellington Street North (Egan Ave) and will have 52 units.…

No ServiceOntario office yet

Ever since the OntarioService office on Queen Street West in St. Marys closed in April, Mayor Al Strathdee has been in constant communication with the Ontario Government to rectify the situation. At the present time the closest offices in this area are Stratford and Lucan. MPP Randy Pettapiece said that his office has had some…

Towne & Country Cheese Shoppe closing

By Stewart Grant Sadly, a mainstay of downtown St. Marys is set to close in the coming weeks. Proprietor Lori Black told the Independent on Monday that the expected closing date for the Towne & Country Cheese Shoppe is Friday, September 4th. The Cheese Shoppe has operated in St. Marys for over 30 years, with…

Avon Maitland District School Board issues fact sheet for upcoming school year

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Last week, the Avon Maitland District School Board, which oversees St. Marys DCVI and Little Falls Public School, issued a guideline of facts, protocols, and recommendations, as families and students prepare for a different-looking school year beginning next month. Basic procedures laid out in the fact sheet included…

Help Mask Ontario

In March 2020 as Canada entered lockdown, it became clear frontline workers and hospitals in Perth County were desperate for supplies of PPE. The Li family of Stratford Ontario, the Australian-Canadian Budisa family, and the Gong family of Sichuan, all independently approached the Canadian Consulate General in Guangzhou to help frontline workers. The consulate brought…