News from around St. Marys.

Towne & Country Cheese Shoppe closing

By Stewart Grant Sadly, a mainstay of downtown St. Marys is set to close in the coming weeks. Proprietor Lori Black told the Independent on Monday that the expected closing date for the Towne & Country Cheese Shoppe is Friday, September 4th. The Cheese Shoppe has operated in St. Marys for over 30 years, with…

St. Marys Station Gallery presents Rosemary Sloot

By Jennifer Thorpe The St. Marys Station Gallery is opening a third Virtual Exhibit this week featuring London artist Rosemary Sloot in “Rosemary – Memories of A Dutch Family’s Immigration To Canada.” Pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response to their series of Virtual Exhibits, Curator Cameron Porteous is enthusiastic about expanding the Gallery’s online presence…

Avon Maitland District School Board issues fact sheet for upcoming school year

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Last week, the Avon Maitland District School Board, which oversees St. Marys DCVI and Little Falls Public School, issued a guideline of facts, protocols, and recommendations, as families and students prepare for a different-looking school year beginning next month. Basic procedures laid out in the fact sheet included…

Help Mask Ontario

In March 2020 as Canada entered lockdown, it became clear frontline workers and hospitals in Perth County were desperate for supplies of PPE. The Li family of Stratford Ontario, the Australian-Canadian Budisa family, and the Gong family of Sichuan, all independently approached the Canadian Consulate General in Guangzhou to help frontline workers. The consulate brought…

Creamery Juniors add Canadian title to their laurels

Fastball team went undefeated at the 1988 national championship in Lloydminster, Alta. By Pat Payton After a bitter loss to Napanee in the 1987 finals in Ottawa, St. Marys Creamery Juniors’ goal the following summer was to win the Ontario Eliminations and represent the province at the Canadian championship tournament in Lloydminster, Alta. As the…