News from around St. Marys.

St. Marys Quarry opening July 6

COVID-19 protocols will be in place to protect swimmers and staff Swimmers will soon be able to make a splash at the St. Marys Quarry. Canada’s largest outdoor freshwater swimming pool is opening on Monday, July 6, 2020 following a delayed start due to COVID-19. A number of new protocols will be in place this…

Our newspaper and printing business is expanding

125-year-old Tavistock Gazette acquired By Stewart Grant Earlier this year, I was approached by Bill and Sheri Gladding of Tavistock as to whether I would be interested in buying the Tavistock Gazette, and I’m pleased to announce that we completed this transaction effective July 1st. The Gazette, which was first published in 1895, has been…

Nicole VanMassenhoven is ‘Williams Daughter’

By Lauren Eedy There is no shortage of musical talent when it comes to St. Marys. Pre-COVID-19, the opportunity to listen to live music at local establishments, in parks, or during festivals was an almost daily if not weekly occurrence. Lately, our musicians have been offering their skills via social media and streaming platforms and…

‘Gay Cheese’ book a slice of small-town life

By Stewart Grant As the fourth-generation publisher of the St. Marys Journal-Argus, Lorne Eedy is undeniably ‘in the know’ when it comes to understanding small town life. This includes having a true appreciation for the array of characters that comprise our southwestern Ontario community, and for the retelling or reshaping of unique stories that remain…

St. Marys Public Library hires new CEO

Sarah Andrews to start in new role on July 6, 2020 The St. Marys Public Library has a new Chief Executive Officer. On Wednesday, June 17, 2020 the Library Board announced the hiring of Sarah Andrews as CEO of Library Services. Andrews’ new role with the Library will commence on Monday, July 6, 2020. Andrews…

Hazel Taylor wins DCVI’s Graduating Athlete Award

Saluki athlete played on five school teams, praised for her leadership By Pat Payton Teacher/coach Annette Wrigley describes Hazel Taylor as a “special” athlete for several reasons. “When they leave the school, you know they are going to be missed on many different levels,” Wrigley said on-line last Thursday night while announcing that Taylor is…

MVP, sportsmanship award winners for 2019-20

Last Thursday’s Virtual Awards Ceremony organized by teacher/coach Annette Wrigley By Pat Payton The following are the most valuable players and sportsmanship award winners on St. Marys DCVI school sports teams for the 2019-20 season. Some of the spring sports were not completed this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic that forced schools to close…

Thomson’s long baseball career started in Stratford

Today, he’s a bench coach with the Major League’s Philadelphia Phillies By Pat Payton Rob Thomson’s road to a long Major League baseball career went through Stratford. As a baseball player in his early 20s, playing for the Stratford Hillers organization and living in the Festival City had a big impact on Thomson. It had…