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 April 29th, 2015
Hike and help our local hospice

With spring seriously here, it’s time to get out and hike the local trails and byways. Here’s a hike that will do more than help your heart; the funds you raise will support the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce.

The hospice, in Owen Sound, provides compassionate, dignified, patient-centered care to people with a progressive life-limiting illness, allowing them to live well while dying. “A few short years ago residential hospice care was not an option,” says Executive Director Scott Lovell. “This Hike sends a powerful message about how important this service is to our region.”

In Ontario, residential hospices are funded by the provincial government for only a portion of their operation – making their contribution specific to the costs associated with the salaries for nursing and personal support work at the bedside. This means all other aspects of the hospice’s operation, such as medical equipment, patient meals and other comforts, are supported by the community.

Get your pledge forms at the website above, and plan on heading out this Sunday, May 3. The Meaford hike registration begins at 1 p.m. at the St. Vincent Roman Catholic Church, at the corner of Cook and Collingwood streets. For more information, visit the site or call Wes Sparling at 519-538-3196.


posted May 3rd, 2014
Learn how to build a scarecrow

It’s not too early to be thinking about autumn and scarecrows, at least not in Meaford.

The annual Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival crew starts gearing up before the snow has melted, and they’re calling for volunteers. Coming very soon are a series of Scarecrow Building Workshops at the Harbour Pavilion. There’s more art to it than you might think. Learn how to stuff, clothe and give character to your favorite scarecrow.

And check out this video on volunteering to get an idea of what goes into the Festival, and how you can get involved.

To sign up, visit the festival’s volunteer page.


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
Ashyrah
Believe Meditation Products
Many Hands

Tourism

Presented for a commitment to local tourism through a welcoming attitude, awareness
and promotion of local attractions by a business.

ABBBE.com
Scarecrow Invasion
McGinty’s
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
Kettles
Rice’s Home Hardware
Captain’s Corner

Agribusiness

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 October 25th, 2013
Fifteen fantastic volunteer opportunities for retirees in Meaford

With some extra time on your hands in retirement, you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite activities and hobbies. But if you’re looking for more, volunteering for one of the many community clubs and organizations is a great way to give to the community, discover or enjoy new skills and passions, and meet new friends.

(Contact info for most of these opportunities [and others] are located here. For those not listed on that page, we’ve added links.)

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Help out behind the scenes at the Meaford International Film Festival. Volunteer for the Meaford Hall and Culture Foundation and this is just one of the cultural activities you’ll have a chance to play a part in.

Help develop trails, activities and more for the sections of Bruce Trail winding through our area, with the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club.

Uncover and help others discover local history at the Meaford Museum.

Design costumes, build sets, or take to the stage with Meaford Community Theatre.

Coach a hockey team or a soccer team or a softball team. (Or start your own club.)

Help bring a wild and wonderful audio and visual experience to the hills of Scotch Mountain at the Electric Eclectics Festival.

Cook up a storm for a community meal and gathering with the monthly Soupor Meal.

Host your own television program on Rogers Cable.

Identify, record and help preserve historical architecture in Meaford with Heritage Meaford, the local branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.

Get your hands dirty and grow a beautiful garden by getting involved with Adopt-a-garden/Communities in Bloom.

Gardening

Help maintain, restore and preserve an historical village church with the Friends of Leith Church.

Enjoy a walk in the park (and get busy promoting and supporting it) with the Friends of Memorial Park.

Help ensure the health of one of our local treasures (and the natural source of Meaford’s founding) with the Bighead River Heritage Association.

Support those in need in the local community with Golden Town Outreach.

Set up fences, supervise events, or man a booth at the Meaford St. Vincent Agricultural Society’s Fall Fair.

If you’re looking for more of a retirement career, stay tuned. We’ll have 10 great post-retirement jobs in Meaford soon.


posted April 27th, 2013
Meaford seniors club to publish book

Meaford’s 55+ Friendship Club will be publishing a book about the club’s beginnings, and creating a new logo to help them with their promotion and fundraising, thanks to a $4,700 grant from the federal New Horizons for Seniors program.

The 55+ Friendship Club is a popular Meaford social group, which devotes volunteer time to the community and raises funds for the Alzheimer’s Association, tags for cancer research, and cares for various town gardens by planting and watering.

The club, which began in 1995, is open to men and women, retired or not, who are 55 years old and older, and boasts a mix of newcomers to the Meaford area as well as those who have lived here all their lives.

Gardening

Meetings provide a chance to talk to others with similar interests; hear speakers on topics of current or special interest; play games; enjoy craft days with member displays; participate in “show and tell days”; and gather for parties celebrating Hallowe’en, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Christmas.

The final meeting of the year, before the summer break, usually involves a special outing, such as a picnic, a luncheon trip, or a pot-luck dinner.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the club, head to the Meaford-St. Vincent Community Centre on a Tuesday at 2 p.m., or call Leo Girard, at 519.538.3035 to learn more.


posted November 9th, 2012
Retirement volunteers active in Meaford

Retirement opens up a host of opportunities to expand your activities – and a lot of retirees plunge quickly into volunteering for local groups, causes and charities. If that sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. Your opportunities to volunteer during your Meaford retirement are many and varied.

Last week, we took part in Meaford’s Volunteer Fair, held at Meaford Hall as part of the Focus on Seniors event going on there over the next few months. Twenty groups took part, showcasing what they do and how you could help.

Meaford Volunteer Fair

These included Heritage Meaford, the Meaford Grannies, Alzheimer Society of Grey Bruce, the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club, Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce, the Rotary Club of Meaford, and Ted Brown the producer of Women and War (on tonight at Meaford Hall) and a director of local community theatre – which is always on the lookout for volunteer actors, production people, directors and costume makers.

That’s just the tip of the volunteer iceberg in Meaford. Prominent boards and groups include Friends of the Meaford Library, the Meaford Museum board, Adopt-a-garden/Communities in Bloom, the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society, the Bighead River Heritage Association, and service groups beyond the Rotary, including the Lions, the Kinsmen/Kinettes and the Optimist Club.

More here.

Then there’s the opportunity to coach or otherwise help out local athletics, including hockey, soccer, softball and more.

One of Meaford’s community groups is experiencing great support at the moment with Kraft’s Food For Families. Golden Town Outreach, the Meaford food bank, is currently first in donations in Ontario on the site, which will donate additional funds to the winner. Every time you visit and select Golden Town Outreach, the group receives a donation of 50 cents.

If you still need volunteer ideas, check out these top 10 volunteer activities for retirees.


posted July 28th, 2011
Business club for retirees at Meaford Haven

“I used to meet a few retired men for morning coffee – mostly ex-commuters (to London) with professional or business backgrounds and with a wealth of experience behind them,” wrote Rotarian Fred Carnhill in “A Simple Idea”. “Conversation was always brisk and entertaining. One was an architect, responsible for many public buildings over the country, another an ex-borough treasurer, an ex-railway official, an headmaster, an ex-journalist, an ex-newspaper editor and an ex-secretary to a Prime Minister. This gave me an idea: really a very simple one.”

That night in 1965 he phoned 33 retired friends about joining a club of retired business and professional people.

At the same time, another English Rotarian, Harold Blanchard, established the Caterham PROBUS club – the name, which combined “professional” and “business”, suggested by one of the members. “He assured us that probus was a Latin word from which ‘probity’ was derived,” wrote Blanchard.

Before long the two clubs combined, and today hundreds of thousands of retirees are members of thousands of Probus clubs worldwide.

As probus.org states, “Retirement can come too early for many people who want and are able to remain active.” We agree.

One of the ideas we’d like to hear input on during our virtual focus group exercises is this:

What would you think of having a kind of employment agency for residents, operating out of the Clubhouse, that would match up skills with local needs, so you could keep active and involved with your community and earn a little money now and then?

Perhaps the Business Club of Meaford Haven would offer services to the community at low rates, and both raise money for the club and pay a small amount to the “volunteer”. And the club could offer services to non-profits at no charge.

We’re wondering if ideas along this line appeal to you, and whether it would be an opportunity to do the work for which you’d like to be remembered.

To get involved with the virtual focus groups, sign up.


posted April 26th, 2011
Meaford’s friends of Memorial Park gets park and beach ready for summer

Heading west along southern Georgian Bay, after the sandy expanse of Wasaga Beach (the largest freshwater beach in the world), the opportunities to throw down a beach towel grow a little more scarce. Then you reach Meaford. Tucked away in a corner of town, you’ll find a true jewel: a narrow drive dips into a leafy forest, past the Memorial Park campground, and then to the hidden sandy stretch of Memorial Park Beach.

Despite its beauty, with vistas of the headland of Cape Rich and the shore curving around Nottasawaga Bay, white sails dipping among the waves, and the rustle of leaves in the lake breeze, you’ll notice a surprising detail. There’s space to lay out your towel. Unlike the more popular party beaches elsewhere, this relatively undiscovered beach is uncrowded and quiet. It’s also tidy, clean and friendly.

Residents recognize the Meaford-owned park as a true asset to the community, and over the years many grassroots groups have helped keep it that way – from the Kin Canada members who helped develop the campground to the Friends of Memorial Park. That group, along with the Meaford Independent, Meaford’s online newspaper, sponsored last weekend’s Earth Day Park Clean-Up. A group of volunteers pitched in to get things ready for the coming summer days, wrapping up their hard work with local organic apple cider donated by Willow Naturals, a new Meaford business.

(Last week marked another significant date in the history of environmentalism. The day before Earth Day was the birthday of John Muir, the famous father of environmentalism in North America. And believe it or not, Meaford held a special place in Muir’s heart. Stay tuned for more soon, and learn how to find the place Muir called a “retired and romantic hollow”. It’s closer than you think.)