There's a surprising lot of interesting stuff going on around here, and this space is devoted to discovering and sharing it. We'll post regular updates on merchants, activities and events. Look in often and soon you'll see why Meaford calls itself "The other Big Apple".

posted March 29th, 2014
Author of Georgian Bay gothic at Koffee House Reads in Meaford

In Perdita, the debut novel by Hilary Scharper, a mysterious woman claims to have grown up as the daughter of the lighthouse keeper at Cape Prius, on the Bruce Peninsula, more than 100 years ago. A contemporary writer seeks to uncover her true past, which means reading the diaries she claims are hers – rich accounts the Globe and Mail says contribute to “a finely wrought historical novel”.

Perdita by Hilary ScharperCape Prius is a less-than-thinly-disguised Cabot Head (see the map on the frontispiece), near Tobermory, where one of the finest examples of Bruce heritage lighthouses welcomes visitors. As part of Cabot Head’s heritage maintenance program, volunteers book stays as Assistant Lighthouse Keepers; a chance to experience days and nights in a genuine Georgian Bay lighthouse in return for a modest fee and a few light duties. For years, the program has helped attract volunteers and raise funds for the lighthouse. And now it has contributed to Canadian literature.

For years, Scharper has spent time as Assistant Lighthouse Keeper at Cabot Head, and the experience helped inspire Perdita.

She’ll be in Meaford to discuss the novel and how she approaches her work, during the Meaford Public Library’s Koffee House Reads. Meet the author on Thursday, April 17 at 2 p.m. in the Terrace Room at Meaford Hall. Tickets are $10, and include refreshments. Pick up yours at the Library, call 519.538.1060, ext. 1123, or email

posted March 22nd, 2014
Meaford celebrates its business and volunteer successes

Every year, the Meaford Chamber of Commerce celebrates accomplishments and efforts of the local business community with a series of Community Awards. The winners will be announced presented with their awards next Saturday at the annual Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Dinner & Presentation.

Nominations come from the general public, and a committee including representatives of the public and the Chamber of Commerce selects the winners. Meaford’s Rotary Club also presents its “Citizen of the Year Award” at the event.

And the nominees are…

Most Improved Business

Presented to an existing business that has significantly expanded its operation or an improvement of the premises making the community more attractive

The Meaford Independent
Believe Meditation Products
Many Hands


Presented for a commitment to local tourism through a welcoming attitude, awareness
and promotion of local attractions by a business.
Scarecrow Invasion
Meaford Golf and Country Club
Stuff To Read
Almond’s Farm Market
Christine’s Kitchen
Doug and Brenda Dawson
Golden Town Cruisers

Customer Service

Presented for consistent commitment to customer service by a business.

Eggcitement Bistro
McGinty’s Café
E & R Bulk Barn
Simply Unique Flowers and Gifts
Christine’s Kitchen
Knights’ of Meaford
The Shoe Tree
Purrsonally Yours
Bill’s ValuMart
Leeky Canoe
Rice’s Home Hardware
Captain’s Corner


Presented for investment in sustainable agriculture and success in developing
innovative products, processes and marketing channels.

Sunrise Organics
We Farm Grey Bruce

Special Merit

Presented for exceptional effort within our community by a volunteer organization or
service club.

The Coyote Club
Moe Ghani
Meaford Hospital Auxiliary
Meaford Legion Branch 32

Peter Francis Memorial Award

Presented for consistent, exemplary leadership and contribution to community
development by a volunteer.

David Glass
John Kerr
Rod MacAlpine
Lindy Iversen
Steve Nichols

Business Owner of the Year

Presented for an outstanding contribution to the Municipality of Meaford by a
business owner.

Tyler and Scott Knight, Knights’ Home Hardware
Bill MacDonald, Bill’s ValuMart

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre. Dinner by Christine Collins will feature Red Wine Braised Brisket of Beef with Caramelized Pearl Onions, Roasted Garlic and Fennel Mashed Potatoes, and Glazed Parsnips and Carrots with Fresh Thyme. Dinner will be prepared by Christine Collins. Get your tickets at the Chamber Office in person or over the phone 519.538.1640

posted March 12th, 2014
Ontario baby boomers looking to downsize to enjoy retirement

By downsizing their homes, 50+ retirees in Ontario are looking to reduce year-round maintenance, lowering their cost of living, opening up opportunities to travel, and otherwise help finance their retirement.

That’s the word from a new market research survey conducted by Angus Reid, which found that 60 percent of those surveyed (Ontario homeowners 50 years old and up) plan to sell their existing homes and buy or rent smaller homes sometime during the next five years. The survey also suggests that most of these folks (53 percent) don’t want to live in a highrise apartment or condo block.

Right-sized bungalowAnd nearly 80 percent see this as their last big move – so they’re looking for a community that will continue to serve their needs for years to come. This suggests that a lot of Ontario people preparing for retirement are searching for a place that will offer an active lifestyle in a true neighourhood setting, with the opportunity to age in place and maintain their independence well into the future.

The online survey, which was commissioned by a Toronto retirement community developer, polled 508 randomly selected folks in the 50+ cohort who currently own their homes (88 percent of them own detached homes.)

The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 4.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to age, gender and region. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

posted March 7th, 2014
It’s not too late for a great skate

While some warmer weather has the maple sap flowing, there’s still time to get your ice time in at the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre.

For only $2, you can enjoy an hour or two of skating with friends and family. Adult skate days are held Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a few spins around the ice with musical accompaniment.

Bring the kids along for free public skating on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Or get the gang together for Adult Shinny Hockey. $50 gets you 50 minutes of ice time, available Saturdays from 10:05 to 10:55 a.m. through March 22. Non-contact, self-regulated fun (with helmets mandatory).