News from around St. Marys.

Ten teams compete in ‘Rusty Spring’ tourney

Ten teams beat the weekend’s heat for a great day of tennis in the St. Marys Social Tennis Club’s annual ‘Rusty Spring’ mixed doubles tournament on Saturday, June 30. A number of new teams and players joined in the fun; alas, the coveted trophy was won by a familiar team: Hithesh Podanolana and Ankit Tiwari,…

Ernie Hardeman named Ontario Agriculture Minister

By RealAgriculture News Team (www.realagriculture.com) Oxford County MPP Ernie Hardeman has been tapped to lead the agriculture portfolio under Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s new cabinet, unveiled June 29, as Ford took power. Hardeman has held the post previously, serving as minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs from 1999 to 2001 under then-premier Mike Harris.…

Lincolns have 13 players signed to date

Team dressing room being refurbished this summer By Pat Payton A general manager once said that the process of building a team is simply adding one player at a time. With still over six weeks before the team’s main training camp, St. Marys Lincolns have signed 13 players for the upcoming Greater Ontario Junior Hockey…

Lincs hire another new assistant coach

Caledonia Corvairs take one-year leave of absence By Pat Payton St. Marys Lincolns recently announced that they have hired another new assistant coach. He’s Jim Blais, a London resident and experienced coach who has worked in the Jr. ‘C’ ranks with Port Stanley and with London Lakers, a team in the outlaw Greater Metro Jr.…

Rugby trio from St. Marys

These three St. Marys lads play for the U-13 Junior boys rugby team called the London St. Georges Dragons RFC. On June 23, they played a tournament in Hamilton against squads from Hamilton, Waterloo and Brantford. In three tournaments to date, Dragons have a 5-3 winning record. From left: Alex Slade, Chase Carter and Ethan…

St. Marys man runs 80-km. race in Switzerland

Travis Mann student at Nipissing University in North Bay By Pat Payton A St. Marys man had quite the running experience in Switzerland recently. Travis Mann competed in a 80-kilometre race in the mountains of Switzerland on the June 9-10 weekend. The 22-year-old runner was the only Canadian in the event, called the ‘Swiss Canyon…

2017-18 DCVI MVP, sportsmanship award winners

The following are the most valuable players and sportsmanship award winners on all DCVI school sports teams for the 2017-18 season. The annual DCVI athletic awards social was held June 13 at the collegiate. Golf – Mitch Watt, MVP. Tennis – Livia Passarelli and Connor Aarts, MVP; Kyle Gardner, sportsmanship. Field hockey – Melanie Martin,…

Bring Your Own Picnic- Heritage Festival Event

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the St.Marys Downtown Merchants are again staging a Bring Your Own Picnic (B.Y.O.P.), a community building meal time and a popular feature of the Stonetown Heritage Festival. Picnickers are invited to gather in downtown St. Marys on Saturday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m. to enjoy this…

Old Guys reclaim Ryder Cup, but it was close

Young Guys had been back-to-back winners in 2016 and 2017 By Pat Payton It appears that the 2018 Ryder Cup competition at St. Marys Golf and Country Club came down to Saturday afternoon’s Modified Alternate shots. The Old Guys won the format six points to two to extend their lead to five points over the…

New Thorndale Fire Station opens

By Nancy Abra On Thursday, June 21st the new Thorndale Fire Station officially opened with speeches, ribbon cutting and facility tours. Stewart Findlater, Municipality of Thames Centre CAO, welcomed guests and dignitaries. He said this facility is long overdue and will serve the community of Thorndale well now and for the future. He added that…