News from around St. Marys.

SMMHA announces Major Award winners for 19-20

By Pat Payton St. Marys Minor Hockey Association recently announced eight of its 10 Major Award winners for the 2019-20 season. “Although we are not able to present these awards in person right now, we hope to host a recognition event when we can safely return to the arena,” SMMHA president Kristene McCurdy told the…

Perth South recycling collection moved to Thursdays starting in June

“Recycling right” even more important amidst COVID-19 By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Ken Bettles, Perth South Director of Public Works, noted that Bluewater Recycling Association (“BRA”) has provided their new collection schedule, and that starting in June, Perth South collections will be moved to Thursdays. The first Thursday collection for Downie area will…

PRC Online Programs a hit with community members

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The COVID-19 pandemic has kept Town of St. Marys lifeguards, child care staff, Guest Services attendants, Library staff, and Canteen staff out of work…nearly 100 employees in total, according to the report filed with Town Council this week by Director of Community Services Stephanie Ische. Despite the smaller…

Wow! 1,000 issues

By Frank Doyle Even I am impressed! If anyone had told you twenty years ago that in the year 2020 the St. Marys Independent would be the lone local newspaper, you would have had few believers. So how did we get here? Here is some background and facts to help explain this achievement. Growing up…

Ava Bettger continues Rotary Exchange in Bolivia

At this time, I am more than seven months through my Rotary exchange, having departed from Toronto airport at 8:00 a.m. on August 14. After connecting through Panama, I arrived at Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia at 10:30 p.m. that night, greeted by my first host family, who welcomed me with a…

Lincs looking for new assistant coach for 2020-21

MVP Kyle Curtin headed for Jr. ‘A’ League in Alberta? By Pat Payton St. Marys Lincolns are advertising for a new assistant coach. Cole Stewart recently informed the Lincs that he is leaving the team after one season with the GOJHL club. Stewart, a former Mitchell Jr. ‘C’ Hawks’ coach, was in charge of the…