News from around St. Marys.

Op Ed: Equity or Equitable? – MPAC Assessments Highlight Farmland Challenges

By Emery Huszka, National Farmers Union-Ontario President Recently, farm families across Ontario have received MPAC notices reflecting dramatic changes in values. In some cases, assessment estimates are doubled from 2012. MPAC has captured what the National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) has been warning of for years. Investors and heavily financed, large-scale farm operations have created an…

DCVI students spooked at Haunted House

On the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 26, Drama teacher Paula Hurst-Foster’s students from Grade 9 to 12 hosted a haunted house, raising money for a local charity while giving some scares to their fellow students and staff. The students took a class on special effects makeup from instructors at Fanshawe College in preparation for the…

Dignitaries cut ribbon on reconstructed downtown

By Dan Rankin Some rain last Thursday, Oct. 20 wasn’t enough to dampen the mood of St. Marys Town Council and downtown business owners, as they took a break from celebrating under tents and umbrellas to officially cut the ribbon on the newly reconstructed downtown. In his speech before the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, Mayor Al Strathdee…

OPP investigating robbery at M&M Variety

Perth County Ontario Provincial Police officers are investigating a robbery that took place on Wednesday, October 26 in St. Marys. Shortly before 9:42 pm a male suspect entered the M & M Variety Store located on Water Street South in St. Marys. Once inside the store the male suspect threatened the clerk and then proceeded…