News from around St. Marys.

Fifteen teams compete in Mixed Pairs tournament

Fifteen teams competed in ideal weather conditions in the McDonald’s Independent Grocer Mixed Pairs tournament last Thursday at the Parks Lawn Bowling Club. First place went to the duo of Everett Zwiers, of Lambeth, and Marilyn Lancaster, of London, with a final tally of three wins, plus 45. Second place went to the entry of…

Joy Brigade Returns to Perth County

The steampunk inspired musical show Joy Brigade, fronted by town councillor Rob Edney will be bringing their one of a kind show to Stratford and St. Marys this weekend. Saturday the 6th will see the time-travelling musicians hit the stage at The Hub in Stratford at 9:00pm. Doors open at 8:00 and there are still…

Catching up with Darcy John

By Lauren Eedy With the annual St. Marys Heritage Festival quickly approaching, Lauren Eedy of the Independent spoke with the festival’s musical headliner, Darcy John Scheuermann, about the success of his past year and his impending return home to take the stage again. Darcy John hit #1 last year on independent radio in Canada with…

Status change for Holy Name

Holy Name of Mary Church will no longer be a stand-alone parish. As of July 2, Holy Name will be transitioned into a Family of Parishes with St. Joseph’s Church and Immaculate Conception, both in Stratford. Fr. Richard Bester will be the administrator of Holy Name, while remaining the pastor of the two churches in…

2nd Annual Ladyless Lip-Sync & Beauty contest

On Friday, 21 June 2019, the Royal Canadian Legion Perth Regiment Veterans Branch 236 St Marys held a fundraiser – their 2nd Annual Ladyless Lip-Sync & Beauty contest. A dozen male acts took the stage, dressing as women and lip-syncing to their favorite tunes. The MC was Harold Switzer and he did a great job…

What would the world be missing if it never had Canada?

By Spencer Seymour Typically in Canada, we don’t like to tout all of our accolades and accomplishments very much. However, as we celebrate Canada Day, we thought it might be interesting to think about what the rest of the world might have never experienced had Canada never existed. There are the expected differences in popular…

Overholt named to national U-20 track & field team

Thorup, Fletcher reach final 24 at World U-21 beach volleyball championships By Pat Payton It was “pretty amazing news” for Brooke Overholt, her former Stratford St. Mikes coach Mark Dewan e-mailed to the Independent recently. The Warriors’ track and field Alumnus has been named to the Canadian national team for the upcoming 2019 Pan American…

Local bowlers win silver in five-pin championships

At Special Olympics Provincials in Oshawa OSHAWA – The 2019 Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) Provincial 5-pin bowling championships were held here June 6-7 and five local athletes came home with medals. SOO Stratford & Area sent Leah Akroyd-Snider, Skyler Fahey, Mike Hitchcock, of St. Marys, Tiffany Keller and Norm Schenck to the Provincials. Mike’s dad…

Vet. Purchasing Midget-Juniors boost record to 9-0

Fastball team faces strong pitching from Listowel in 8-7 home-field win By Pat Payton The Veterinary Purchasing Midget-Juniors continue to chalk up wins in Huron-Perth Fastball League action. The team had its stiffest test to date last Tuesday night at Teddy’s Field in an 8-7 victory over Listowel. The game was tied on three separate…