News from around St. Marys.

“Koats for Kids” at Stonetown Diner

Young kids coats needed The St. Marys Lions Club “Koats for Kids” is once more in full swing with coats still available. However, Marlene Forman, who cleans all the coats free of charge at Cascades Cleaners, said that there is a need for coats for younger children. The location for the pick-up of coats is…

U16 St. Marys Snipers win Mitchell Tournament

Congratulations to the U16 St. Marys Snipers who upset the heavily favoured Mitchell Stingers with a 5-4 overtime victory in the 34th Annual Mitchell Ringette Tournament this past weekend. After losing to Mitchell in the tournament opener by a 5-1 score, the U16 girls desperately wanted a re-match against their arch rivals. After two convincing…

One Fish, Two Fish

Photo caption: Janet Sinclair, one of 115 Queen St. E.’s new owners, stands at one end of the building’s expansive – and recently gutted – second storey. The first floor of the historic downtown building is currently housing Stonetown Art’s annual Christmas show. By Andrea Macko, “Special to the Journal Argus” With the opening of Stonetown…

The Festive Season continues in St. Marys

Lots of fun for the family After a fantastic start to the Festive Season, the Town of St. Marys will continue to celebrate with a variety of December activities for the whole family. The St. Marys Museum Annual Christmas Open House will take place Sunday, December 3. This free event will feature music, festive treats,…

Christmas Parade 2017

It was another fantastic Santa Claus Parade in St. Marys, with great credit to the Kinsmen for all their hard work in organizing. Families who safely lined the vehicle-free streets enjoyed the various floats which passed by over the course of the 45-minute parade. 

Christmas Celebration 2017

Sun Rayz was one of the many downtown shops busy last Saturday for the Annual Christmas Celebration evening. In the background you can see the “Wheel of Savings” which will remain in play for this Sunday’s Old Time Christmas event. Cindy Taylor and Scott McLauchlan from Kitchen Smidgen enjoy a coffee from Snapping Turtle Coffee…

Town hires new Events Co-ordinator

The following press release was issued by Town CAO Brent Kittmer: ”I am happy to announce that Andrea Macko has accepted the position of Events Co-ordinator for the Town of St. Marys.. Andrea may be a familiar face to some of you, whether through her reporting at the Journal Argus, her volunteer work with the…

The farm property tax conundrum

By Larry Davis, Director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture Last year many Ontario farmers and landowners were shocked by the 2016 Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assessments that saw farmland values increase by an average 65% over a four-year period. Ontario farmers had already dealt with similar increases in the previous round of MPAC assessments in…