News from around St. Marys.

Minor soccer ready to kick off 2019 season

St. Marys Association always looking for volunteers By Pat Payton St. Marys and Area minor soccer is ready to kick into full swing in the next few weeks after completing their registration process earlier this week. “What’s exciting about minor soccer is that we’ve had a resurgence of volunteers and interest,” association president Chris Gwyn…

Local players win awards at Aces’ hockey banquet

Rylee Nethercott was named top defensive player on the Peewee BBs. The Stratford Aces girls hockey awards banquet was held recently. (Contributed) Eve Greig was selected top offensive player on the Bantam ‘BB’ squad. The Stratford Aces girls hockey awards banquet was held recently. (Contributed) Kiara McGregor was chosen top offensive player on the Peewee…

Local goalie Bentley on Provincial gold champion

Goalie Rachael Bentley and her London Devilette Jr. PWHL teammates won gold at the Provincials in Mississauga on the Apr. 5-7 weekend. She is a former St. Marys Rock player, coached by Marc Cameron and Kevin McDougall. Bentley played the first three games, allowing just one goal throughout. Her goaltending partner Jamie Johnson (from British…

Salukis compete well in H-P Senior badminton

Four DCVI players advancing to WOSSAA in Strathroy By Bob Ellison, DCVI coach STRATFORD – The DCVI Senior badminton team competed in the Huron-Perth championships at the Stratford Agriplex last Thursday, April 11. Taking on the best players in the conference proved to be both frustrating and rewarding at times for the 14 members of…

Lambert has great memories with Habs teams

Canadiens’ left winger won four Stanley Cups from 1976 to ‘79 By Pat Payton When the touring Montreal Canadiens Alumni team came to St. Marys recently and put on an impressive display of skill, skating and puck movement, it was easy to see why Montreal has won more Stanley Cups (24) than any other NHL…

MLB Pitch Hit and Run skills contest May 11

St. Marys Minor Ball, along with Major League Baseball, are teaming up to run the 2019 MLB Pitch Hit & Run skills contest for youngsters at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, May 11th on King Field, starting at 10 a.m. Boys and girls, aged 7-14, will be given a chance…

Welcoming Holly Juurlink to the Independent

We are pleased to welcome our new co-op student Holly Juurlink to The Independent. Juurlink is a second year Conestoga College Journalism student. She will be gaining a wide variety of experience this spring with the newspaper, attending community events, doing interviews, writing articles and taking pictures. She is eager to meet new people within…

Masons clean up in Granton

To help celebrate the upcoming Earth Day, members of the Granton MasonicLodge braved the weather to complete a spring cleanup of the ditches leading into the village of Granton on April 14, 2019. The event was part of a community involvement initiative by the Lodge. Pictured left to right, are members Larry Hern, Bob Wilhelm,…

St. Marys grant applications being accepted until May 6th

Up to $2,500 available for projects benefiting the St. Marys community The Stratford Perth Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for their St. Marys Smart & Caring Community Fund. The Community Foundation is looking for applicants that show how their program/project responds to their community’s priorities in an inclusive, collaborative and caring way. “The…