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Major athletic award winners for 2019-20 season

Junior and Senior athletes at DCVI honoured during Virtual Awards Ceremony By Pat Payton A total of 21 Major Athletic Award winners were announced on the night of June 18 as St. Marys DCVI held a Virtual Awards Ceremony to honour its athletes and coaches. The following are the awards (sportsmanship and most valuable players)…

Youth Council hosting “Safe at Home” Showcase

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The St. Marys Youth Council is hosting a Virtual Showcase and are inviting all those in the St. Marys and Perth South area to participate. There are three categories, all with fantastic prizes: For #QuarantineTalent, young people up to age 18 (either individual or siblings) are encouraged to…

Jennies Restaurant closes

By Stewart Grant As I prepared to meet Jen Bradley this past weekend to discuss the closing of her beloved restaurant, I carried with me a copy of the newspaper article that Dan Rankin had wrote nearly five years earlier when “Jennies” opened for the first time (see copy below). I showed it to Jen,…

St. Marys Quarry opening July 6

COVID-19 protocols will be in place to protect swimmers and staff Swimmers will soon be able to make a splash at the St. Marys Quarry. Canada’s largest outdoor freshwater swimming pool is opening on Monday, July 6, 2020 following a delayed start due to COVID-19. A number of new protocols will be in place this…

Our newspaper and printing business is expanding

125-year-old Tavistock Gazette acquired By Stewart Grant Earlier this year, I was approached by Bill and Sheri Gladding of Tavistock as to whether I would be interested in buying the Tavistock Gazette, and I’m pleased to announce that we completed this transaction effective July 1st. The Gazette, which was first published in 1895, has been…

Uncertain future for St. Marys Central Cab

Business for Sale; Owner retiring August 1st By Stewart Grant Those used to calling 519-284-4994 to get around town may soon need to find alternate arrangements. Unless a new owner is found, St. Marys Central Cab service will likely be shutting down when owner Tom Wall retires on August 1st. “I’m eighty years old,” said…

Celebrate Canada Day in St. Marys!

Wednesday, July 1 is Canada Day and despite social distancing, our town will still celebrate! The festivities have already started, as entries to the Virtually Delicious baking contest are on Facebook, ready for your votes. Artists of all ages can participate in the traditional colouring contest, found on page 19 of this paper. Drawn by…