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Skate Park hit by graffiti vandals

The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was informed that mischief had taken place sometime on Saturday night June 20, 2015, at the St.Marys Skate Park on James St. South.
The vandal(s) placed graffiti all over the skate park. The majority of the graffiti was applied using spray paint and a stencil while some was done free hand. This is not the first time the area has been senselessly damaged by graffiti.
Graffiti is any writing, symbols or drawing applied to any surface without the property owner’s consent. Most acts of graffiti make reference to hip-hop culture, but graffiti can also be used by gangs and other extremists.Continue Reading

Grants for downtown beautification – New ‘Village Craft & Candle” undergoing renovations

As part of the Town’s plan to help beautify the buildings in the downtown core, they started a grant program to help store owners in façade improvements. This program, called the “Town’s Façade Improvement Grant Program”, allows store owners to recoup 30% of the eligible cost to a maximum of $3,000. Coupled with this grant is a second grant which came into effect when the downtown was designated as Heritage. Under this program, store owners can recoup 50% of the lowest estimate or 50% of the actual cost to a municipal contribution of $2,500 for painting or $7,500 for work to improve the architectural elements. An example of these grants in action is the new “Village Craft & Candle” store at 158-160 Queen Street. When Sue Griffiths purchased the building she decided to renovate the building. Not only will the building be “beautified” by painting but the exterior of the building will be transformed back to as close as the original design of the building looked as possible. Both of these projects were approved under the two grants. The grants have to be approved before the work starts to be eligible. Griffiths told the Independent that the new store is open for business and that the exterior work should be completed by the middle of next week. If anyone needs any information on either of these grant programs, they should contact Grant Brouwer at the Town for all the details.

What’s open, or not, on Canada Day

With Canada Day July 1 holiday being this coming Wednesday, there are some businesses that will be closed. The banks, the Post Office, the LCBO and the Beer Store will be closed, as will all government offices, including the Town Hall. The grocery stores will be open as will Canadian Tire. Foodland, who are usually open 24 hours a day will close Tuesday night at 10 pm and will open from 8 am to 6 pm on Canada Day, reopening Thursday morning at 7 am. The Sunset Diner will be open from 7 am to 2 pm while Rianna’s will be open from 7 am to 7 pm for Wing Night. The Canada Day Parade will start at 11 am followed by Canada Day festivities at the St. Marys Cadzow Park.

Public comes out in support of farmhouse severances in almost 3 to 1 margin – By Dan Rankin

“Does agriculture overrule heritage?”
That was a question Andrea Leyva posed to Perth County council during the special meeting to receive public comment on the issue of surplus farmhouse severances Tuesday at the Sebringville Community Centre. Leyva, who lives in a home that’s been in the Bauer family since the 1860s, was a part of the majority of speakers Tuesday who had come to encourage county council to reverse their longstanding position on farmhouse severances.
“My grandfather took pride in the fact that Perth County had good soil to grow rich crops, but also in the fact that the home and land he had was passed down to him by his father,” she said, holding up a framed black-and-white photo of her grandfather’s grandfather and some other ancestors posed in front of the house where she and her family currently lives. “But the policy that’s in place now makes it next to impossible for a family member, like myself, to buy a farm with home and land at fair market value these days. Perth County heritage is slowly being destroyed, literally brick by brick.”Continue Reading

Little Falls Nature Rangers ‘spruce up’ schoolyard – By Dan Rankin

Little Falls Public School is looking a little more green since last Friday, when a group of students and staff, along with Klomp’s Landscaping, planted 14 new trees around the schoolyard. The 15 Grade 3 students responsible for planting the trees call themselves “Nature Rangers,” and are graduates of the Little Falls “Forest School” program, now in its second year. Earlier in the year, they held a fundraiser plant sale that helped pay for the trees from Klomp’s Landscaping, who on Friday provided the stakes, soil, tools, and other necessities needed for the planting.Continue Reading

Grade 8 Award winners DCVI Elementary

Lions Club Academic Proficiency: Simon Duncan, Anisha Karkera

Valedictorian: Josh Treadway

Top Female Athlete: Lauren Cameron

Top Male Athlete: Liam DeNeve

OPP Citizen Award: Josh Atchison, Lauren Cameron

Most Improved Student: Holly Emm

Ontario Principal Council Award: Samantha Truax, Simon DuncanContinue Reading

School’s out for summer at Little Falls – By Dan Rankin

Yesterday morning on the last day of school, Little Falls Public School held an assembly to recognize some of the school’s hardworking students and faculty. Some students read a poem for retiring longtime Little Falls custodian and “Food Fairy” Donna Dickson, who had worked a combined 31 years at North Ward, Arthur Meighen and Little Falls schools. A number of students were presented plaques and medals as recipients of the “Principal’s Award of Student Leadership,” and student lunchroom, Kindergarten and milk helpers were thanked. A student presentation was also made for Grade 6 teacher Bobbi-Sue Scott, spelling out the letters in “M-R-S. S-C-O-T-T.”Continue Reading