St. Marys Independent Archives


Category Archives: March 4th

Perth South passes budget, tax levy up 3.26%

“Wheelie bin” garbage and recycling collection approved

By Dan Rankin

At their March 1 meeting in St. Pauls, Perth South Council approved their 2016 budget. The approved fourth draft includes a 3.26 percent increase to the tax levy over 2015 equal to $93,000.

The third draft of the budget presented Feb. 18 had projected an increase to the levy of $96,603, equivalent to a 3.36 percent increase over 2015. Some of the changes that took place in the interim, according to Treasurer Rebecca Clothier, were a slight increase in revenue and a decrease in council remuneration.

There was still one more big ticket item to decide on for 2016 however; the planned switch to automated “wheelie bin” garbage and recycling collection, which brought out quite a few vocal opponents at the public meeting last month.Continue Reading

Green Arc unhappy with treatment

The following was submitted by Green Arc CEO Mike DiCenzo: Dear residents, It was back in November of 2013, when Green Arc Tire first announced that it planned to become an environmental leader and important member of the St. Marys community by opening a tire remanufacturing facility and creating 340 new jobs. The company hadContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Online fundraising pages spring up for injured Granton truck driver

Near Ottawa on Feb. 24, Granton trucker Randy McCurdy was involved in a serious collision. According to one of a pair of online fundraising pages that has sprung up in order to raise money for McCurdy’s recovery and support his wife and three children, “another truck hit him head on,” breaking his back and ribs.Continue Reading

Family loses everything in Mitchell Road house fire

By Stewart Grant Multiple local fire departments responded quickly to a house fire on Road 163 (also known as the Mitchell Road) near Line 12 on blizzardy Tuesday evening, but ultimately the home was consumed by the flames. Many from our area will remember the property as the home of Grant Haven Farms, owned byContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Daycare to relocate to Holy Name

Bridge Grant and other Town news Town staff were given the go-ahead at Council on Tuesday to proceed with negotiations with the Huron-Perth Catholic School Board to relocate the Daycare Centre to Holy Name of Mary School. Staff were also to report back to Council on options for selling 121 Ontario Street, which is theContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Breakdancer Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli brings inspiring message to St. Marys schools Feb. 26

Luca “Lazylegz” Pautelli shows off his dance skills last Friday during an assembly hosted by the DCVI Inclusion Team (Rankin Photos) By Dan Rankin The DCVI Inclusion Team, which has been active since November last year, hosted an assembly last Friday that began with an inspiring message about inclusivity and closed with a dance-off. TheirContinue ReadingContinue Reading

How young people can affect elections

It has often been said that every vote counts in elections. This has sometimes been lost on young voters but it appears that the trend of young people not voting seems to have changed in recent years. Back in 2008, Barack Obama used social media like no one had before and it paid off bigContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Perth South supports 2016 River Rock Fest

By Dan Rankin At their Mar. 1 meeting, Perth South Council agreed to donate $700 towards the Perth South-based River Rock Music, Arts and Food Festival for the second consecutive year. In 2015, the municipality gave a grant of $700 to organizer Sean Camp to go towards having a water truck on site during theContinue ReadingContinue Reading

St. Marys teens represent St. John Ambulance’s “Team Canada”

Not every teen gets to represent Canada and travel halfway across the country to compete in an international competition, however that’s exactly what Tyler Scheuerman, 14, and Daniel Kennedy, 13, youth members of St. John Ambulance St. Marys got to do. They were on the country’s contingent who took part recently at the St. JohnContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Hensall, Brockton, Listowel and Norwich farms experience February barn fires

2016′s series of winter barn fires continued through to the end of February, claiming the lives of nine more horses, 70 cattle and over 1,000 hogs. The first and most deadly in the February barn fires occurred in the morning of Friday, Feb. 19 near Hensall. A fire at a barn on Fansville Line betweenContinue ReadingContinue Reading