News from around St. Marys.

Thames Centre records seven-figure surplus for 2019

$1,308,356 to be transferred to reserves By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Director of Financial Services / Treasurer Kim Grogan reported to Thames Centre Council during the June 10 meeting that, following adjustments coming out of the annual audit, the total surplus for the municipality in 2019 was $1,308,356. It was recommended by staff,…

COVID-19 Updates from Huron Perth Public Health

As the province continues to ease restrictions in Stage 2, some businesses, services and public spaces in Huron and Perth are re-opening. Huron Perth Public Health asks residents to be patient and courteous as these re-openings take place. Stage 2 means that the province is allowing businesses, services and public spaces to re-open, it does…

Revised plans for 665 James Street North development supported by PAC

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Roughly four months after receiving significant constructive feedback from members of the Planning Advisory Committee and members of the public on a proposed five-storey apartment building for 665 James Street North, amended plans were presented to the Committee that addressed several of the initial concerns. The property, known…

Town opening select outdoor recreational amenities

All other indoor and outdoor municipal recreational facilities to remain closed On June 8, the provincial government announced that many regions in Ontario, including Huron-Perth, could move into Stage 2 of its COVID-19 recovery plan. This second stage expands the number and type of facilities that municipalities can re-open to the public. In response, the…

Perth South launches new Farm Gate signage program

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter During last Tuesday’s Perth South Council meeting, Administrator/Treasurer Rebecca Clothier reported that, thanks to grant funding from Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative, Perth South has purchased and is providing signage and promotional materials to local food-based farm gate businesses. The program builds on the successful ‘Discover More Flavour’…

A member’s story . . . a COVID-19 hole-in-one

St. Marys Golf and Country Club member Paul Fitzgeorge recently recorded his first-ever hole-in-one. The London resident and a member of the famous Sandbaggers group tells his story. What a fun day! I played with Patty Hearn and two public players: Chris, a medical student in his last year, and Franz, a new lawyer. These…

MacPherson has had life-long love affair with baseball

Former mayor grew up in the baseball town of Marysville, New Brunswick By Pat Payton Dick MacPherson has been a baseball fan his entire life. As a youngster growing up in the town of Marysville, just outside Fredericton, New Brunswick, MacPherson played baseball. He was a lefthanded pitcher. He was also a devout follower of…

Lincolns get seven new skaters on players’ cards

Two highly-touted 16-year-olds among the players signed early last week By Pat Payton St. Marys Lincolns’ director of hockey operations/GM Greg Smale announced the signings of seven new skaters early last week. Owen Van Steensel, Jack Piper, Eric Smith, Diego Sabino, Nathan Marques, Josh Short and Cole Schnittker will suit up for the Lincs when…