News from around St. Marys.

Kevin Hyatt retires

After an exemplary career as Cemetery Caretaker, Kevin Hyatt has retired after 31 years on the job. With a presentation from Mayor Al Strathdee at Council on Tuesday, and tributes from Brent Kittmer and Jed Brown, all agreed that St. Marys Cemetery has always been known as one of the best kept anywhere. Replacing Kevin…

Cannabis question

On October 17th, the federal government lifted criminal prohibitions on cannabis subject to certain limits. Under federal legislation, provinces are responsible for establishing wholesale and retail distribution systems. The first legal cannabis retail storefronts will open on April 1, 2019, and will be licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Although the…

SMMHA teams defeat visiting London Bandits

Hodkinson nets four for Firefighters By Pat Payton Two St. Marys minor hockey teams defeated visiting London Bandits teams in Shamrock-Alliance action Wednesday night at the PRC. The results, however, don’t count in the SHL standings. Led by the dangerous Hodkinson line, the Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees doubled their London counterparts 6-3. Captain Ryan Hodkinson powered…

Lincolns Lose Lead and Game, 4-2, to Komoka

Lincs now sit three points out of a playoff spot By Pat Payton KOMOKA – It’s been a tough month for St. Marys Lincolns. The Lincs lost their fourth straight game here Saturday night, 4-2 to the home-town Kings, and are now 1-6-1 in November. Hitting the midway mark of the regular schedule this past…

The Closing of the Oshawa GM Plant

By Phil West As a youngster, I was born in and grew up in Oshawa, Ontario. A proud community as it should be … with the start of GM as we know it today. Robert Sam McLaughlin teamed up with Buick and later on Chevrolet to make vehicles for North America in the early 1900’s.…