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Senior Of The Week

Our senior of the week this week is Jessica MacDonald who is celebrating her 67th birthday today July 25th. Born in London, Jessica has two sons and two grandchildren. Happy Birthday Jessica!
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Couple heeds a higher calling

Selling everything to fund trip
Rev. Janet Jolly-Lockyer, from “Heaven’s Gateway Ministries” and her husband Alec are heading back to East Africa to continue their work of caring for the needy, especially the children. The Lockyers have spent nine years there previously and will head back at the beginning of August. To help with their ministry they are in the process of selling all their possessions to fund their mission. They are holding a yard sale this Saturday at 196 Wellington Street South starting at 8 pm and “everything must go”.
Rev. Lockyer said that they will be heading to Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar for their humanitarian and ministry work where the need is the greatest. “It is vey difficult to comprehend how the young children survive in the conditions that they have to live with. From hunger, disease and a lacking of housing, the need is very great”. They help people with various ailments and help them find housing and food. For the very serious cases they can help them see a doctor and they usually pay the doctor’s fees if they can not afford them. From helping one child at a time, the Lockyers say that they are amazed of how many people they have helped and the great success stories they have seen. Some of the children they have helped have gone on to higher education, including university.
Rev. Janet and Alec say that they are very appreciative of all the help that they have received and they have a “heart felt thanks” to all who have helped in the past. “We truly appreciate all the donations, no matter how small”, Rev. Lockyer said. They will be accepting donations at the yard sale on Saturday but if you would like to donate and unable to attend on Saturday you can mail donations to Heaven’s Gateway Ministries, C/O J. Swiderski, PO Box 922, St. Marys N4X 1B6.

Heritage Designation for building stays

Information session planned for water rate hike
In a recorded vote on Tuesday night, Town Council has decided that the Heritage Designation for the interior of the Andrews Building will remain. Lynn Foley had requested that the Town remove the designation saying that the designation was a detriment to selling the building. At the time of the original designation in 2008, there were no objections and there were subsequent grants granted to the owner of the building. In the recorded vote, only Coun. Don Van Galen voted against the motion, saying that he would rather see the designation removed than the store empty.
The Town will be holding a public information session on Thursday August 21, at the MOC, to answer questions about the proposed water rate hikes. The Town’s proposal has it that water rates would increase by 3% for the years 2015, 2016, and 2017 but decrease to 2% thereafter. On the waste water side the rates would increase by 5% each year until 2023 and then decrease to 2% thereafter. Coun. Don Van Galen said that he is against such a proposal stating that this Council should not set rates for future councils. The public meeting on August 21st will run from 6 – 7.30 pm.

Parting is such sweet sorrow — unless you’re welcoming something new!

Resurfacing work on the town’s tennis courts is due to begin on Monday, Aug. 11, and the St. Marys Social Tennis Club would like to invite everyone to help say a fond farewell to the old courts by dancing up a storm in the summer night.
The party takes place on Friday, Aug. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. with a family dance on the courts. A professional DJ will host the occasion, and the new lights will ensure the fun can continue long after the sun sets. Everyone is encouraged to wear their “Wimbledon Whites” to be eligible for prizes.
The family dance will end at 9 p.m., but the fun does not. The Lind Sportsplex will play host to a licensed pub night in the curling lounge.
Admission to both events is free, although donations to the Support Our Courts! resurfacing fundraising initiative would be greatly appreciated.
The work on the tennis courts — which includes a new surface and new fencing — is estimated to take five weeks. The St. Marys Social Tennis Club’s annual fall singles’ tournament — on the new courts — is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27.
Teen Tennis Nights
Youth age 12 and up are invited to come out next Thursday, July 31 for teen tennis nights at the courts (across from the quarry). All skill levels are welcome; members of the St. Marys Social Tennis Club and DCVI’s badminton and tennis teams will be on hand to provide instruction and guidance. The evening starts at 7 p.m.
No pre-registration is required and it’s free to participate; just bring a racquet and a few balls if you have them! For more information, contact the tennis club at stmaryssocialtennisclub@gmail.com or Andrea Macko at 519-280-1240.

One business moving, one closed

The downtown landscape is changing slightly with one business moving and another closed. Chris and Kelly Collison, owners of the Benjamin Moore – Partners Paint and Paper franchise on Queen Street have purchased the former Diane’s Diner building on Queen Street East and will be moving their business into that building. The likely opening for the new location will be early September.
Meanwhile, The Black Angus Restaurant has closed this week. Trevor Exner has put the building up for auction which will take place on August 25th at 1 pm. The minimum bid is $235K plus a 5% buyer’s premium which will be added to the final bid price. The building will be auctioned by Shackleton Auction Sales and does not include the restaurant contents. If the building does not sell, Exner said that he will use the restaurant section as a private function facility. If the building does sell he is open for negotiations on the restaurant fixtures.