News from around St. Marys.

OPP Toy drive this Saturday at Canadian Tire

The OPP say they had “an amazing response” last Saturday with the Food Drive and they are hoping for a similar response this Saturday for the Toy Drive. Last Saturday 18 shopping carts full of food were collected filling three cruisers. “The Perth County OPP Auxiliary Unit wishes to thank the community for their generosity…

Perth South Council lays out 2017 budget schedule

By Dan Rankin Perth South Council has set the schedule for its 2017 budget deliberations, including budget consultation and public participation opportunities, with Councillors set to first take a look at the consolidated draft budget on Jan. 20, 2017. Treasurer Rebecca Clothier said the format and schedule “pretty much mirror” what has taken place in…

St. Marys Tennis Courts

On Wednesday morning at the St. Marys Tennis Courts, Andrea Hodges, the driving force behind the 2014 “Support Our Courts” reconstruction of the courts, held a ceremony to dedicate a new donor wall recognizing the many local people and groups who helped make the idea a reality. Pictured, from left, are Rena Spevack, chair of…

Health Canada plan proposes three-year phaseout of neonic imidacloprid to protect aquatic insects

According to a press release issued on Nov. 23, Health Canada has completed its re-evaluation of the neonicotinoid pesticide “imidacloprid,” and has published its draft risk assessment for public comment. Among their conclusions are that the use of imidacloprid “is not sustainable, and the levels of this pesticide that are being found in waterways and…

Restored green bridge ribbon cutting held Nov. 27

By Dan Rankin The ribbon was cut on Water Street’s renovated ‘Green bridge’ under sunny skies on Sunday, Nov. 27. The future of the 118-year-old structure was rung in with some old-fashioned symbols from its past, including a horse-drawn wagon and bagpipe music provided by Les Brunton. “St. Marys is a special place where we…