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In its third annual Candlelight Memorial Walk, Huron Hospice invites families and friends to remember loved ones who have passed by donating to light a memorial candle that will line the Taylor Trail by Varna’s Community Centre. “This event is both celebratory and soulful,” said Roger Mather, who is chairing the...

By Kathleen Smith On Saturday, February 24 individuals and teams united in walking together to raise funds for those experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger took part in the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY).  As of February 28, the CNOY in Goderich raised $126,737 with 290 walkers and 49 teams, and 14...

By Spencer SeymourIf the St. Marys Lincolns’ two games last weekend are an indication of what is to come in the post-season, there will be no shortage of drama in the upcoming GOJHL playoffs.Last Friday saw the Lincolns host the LaSalle Vipers in what turned out to be one of...

By St. Marys Independent staffWhile the United Way Perth-Huron and the St. Marys community committee are still shy of their $56,000 goal for this year’s Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser, organizers are nonetheless proud of this year’s event. In total, 163 walkers helped raise this year’s total of $53,000 –...

By Amanda Modaragamage Public Health workers in Huron-Perth, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1331, had a conciliation meeting last week after almost three years of contract talks without a deal. Before the meeting, a CUPE Local 131 representative told the Stratford Times “the possibility of labour disruption...

By Amanda ModaragamageAt the regular Perth County Council meeting Feb. 15, Perth County council approved the 2024 capital and operating budgets with a 12.31 per-cent increase to the levy, totalling $22,198,354.  This is an increase of $2,432,781 over last year’s budget.   The programs and projects approved for this year's budget are...

By Spencer SeymourSt. Marys resident Olive Aarts is heading to Thunder Bay this weekend as part of a provincial AAA team competing in the Ontario Winter Games (OWG).Aarts recently spoke to the Independent about her participation in the OWG and described her anticipation for the upcoming provincial tournament running Feb....

By Amanda Modaragamage Stratford’s finance and labour relations committee has finalized a 2024 draft budget for the city that will be presented for final approval at the next council meeting with a 7.73 per-cent increase to the tax rate.  The tax rate is based on a 9.93 per-cent increase to the tax...

By Amanda Modaragamage The Ontario government is investing $100 million to improve training and retention of staff in long-term-care homes across the province. On Jan. 31, Perth-Wellington MPP Matthew Rae joined Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care Stan Cho at Spruce Lodge Active Living Centre in Stratford to announce that the province’s intention...