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posted August 30th, 2014
More local reads and chats with the authors

The Meaford Independent editor Stephen Vance just keeps on reading local authors and talking to them about their work. This week, he profiled two more local reads.

Backroad Crafts by Kate Civiero and Becky Comber

Backroad Crafts by Kate Civiero and Becky ComberThe book won’t be officially launched until September 7, but Stephen gives you a sneak preview of this armchair guide showcasing the work and techniques of 30 Grey/Bruce craftspeople. A perfect guidebook to take with you as you ramble the beautiful backroads around Meaford and nearby areas. Here’s Stephen’s article.

The Bognor Chronicles by Ray Johnson

The Bognor Chronicles by Ray JohnsonWhen he was 44, Ray Johnson began setting down his reminiscences of growing up in Bognor, near Meaford. Thirty-one years later, he is publishing those stories, along with his photos dating back to those he took with his first boyhood camera. For a trip back to those bygone days, pick up this book. Read the interview here.

posted August 23rd, 2014
Local Meaford reads for young and old

While the long days of summer may be shortening, you can still enjoy a summer read. Stephen Vance, editor of our local online newspaper, The Meaford Independent, has been hard at work reading (and interviewing) local authors this summer. Here are a couple of the books and writer’s he’s profiled recently.

Surviving Well is the Best Revenge, by Patric Ryan

Surviving Well is the Best Revenge by Patric RyanThe Owen Sound author has penned a tale that will “transport you to 1950’s Cuba to heat things up,” writes Stephen. “If the dust-jacket blurb doesn’t hook you, a page or two of the first chapter certainly will, and once immersed, each of the 340 pages that follow will nearly turn themselves.” Stephen interviews the prolific Patric Ryan and discovers more about his tale of an expat in pre-revolutionary Cuba here.

My Strong Sturdy Scarecrows and other books, by Linda Hamill, illustrated by Karen Bannister Rosie

My Strong Sturdy Scarecrows by Linda HamillThe former English Teacher at Georgian Bay Secondary School in Meaford has turned her love for writing and for our community into a trio of children’s books (so far) dramatizing the adventures of Meaford kids. She works with Karen Bannister Rosie, an artist, landscape architect and award-winning gardener who lives in Ballinafad, Ontario. And you can find her at the Meaford Farmer’s Market every Friday. Stephen’s writeup. And here’s a story from the Scarecrow website.

More next week.

posted August 16th, 2014
Meaford scenes

Pulled a few from the archives this week.

posted August 9th, 2014
Enter your best Meaford photos

Whether you live here already or you love visiting Meaford, you’ve probably captured some views of the beauty in the area. Now’s your chance to share them, and maybe win. You still have time to enter the Views of Meaford Photo Contest. You can enter often and in five different categories:

  1. Scenery
  2. Architecture
  3. Festivals and Events
  4. Local History
  5. On Vacation in Meaford

But enter soon. Deadline’s August 31.

Apple Blossoms in Meaford

posted August 2nd, 2014
Four ways to treat yourself royally at Meaford-area spas

Some say Meaford’s relaxing enough; who needs the spa treatment? We say, you can never treat yourself too nicely. Here are four spa locations to visit in the Meaford area.

Solitudes Spa and Tanning Studio

When you walk into Solitudes Spa and Tanning Studio in the beautiful town of Meaford, you immediately sense you’ve entered a soft and soothing, very private place. Flickering candles, tranquil music, and lavender-chamomile infused freshness ebb away your tension. Solitudes’ guests relax in cozy terry robes, sipping their favourite teas.

Janine Doucette, who co-owns Solitudes with her husband Bryon, has extensive training in all spa treatments, and specializes in advanced skin care, hot stone massage, facials and body wraps. “I believe that when you cross the threshold of the spa, you leave all your cares and troubles at the door,” says Janine. “Whether you stay an hour or a full-day, you’ll leave relaxed, revitalized, and glowing.”

Meaford spas

The Falls Inn & Spa

Located in the hamlet of Walters Falls, adjacent to the namesake falls, this is a great location in which to get away and get relaxed. Spa services include massage, facials, body scrubs, manicures, gell nails, pedicures, eyelash application, couples services, waxing, bridal and bridal party services.

The Lillypad

The Lillypad has created an inviting and comfortable environment in a historic century old home in the heart of Thornbury. Its goal is to make your visit to the Lillypad a relaxing, warm and enjoyable experience, and the spa has earned a “Green Spa” rating as a result of practices employed over the last six years at Lillypad Club Intrawest.

Liz Schleifer successfully operated a Spa in Collingwood for 12 years and six years at Club Intrawest. The Lillypad has designed a tranquil space for your comfort and well-being. Soothing music, skilled therapists and delicious scents transport you to a world of peace and serenity. Experience and a commitment to using all natural, vegan products ensures a healthy and enjoyable visit in the peaceful Thornbury home.


In addition to massage and other spa services, Scandinave is famous for its Scandinavian baths and hydrotherapy. In addition to cleansing the body, they stimulate blood circulation and the release of endorphins. All of the senses are awakened; muscles are soothed; a general sensation of well-being washes over you. They include the Eucalyptus Steam Bath, Finnish Sauna, Hot Baths, Nordic Waterfall, Cold Showers, Cold Plunge Baths and, in winter, a roll in the snow!