Former Mayor Gord Crapper Will be Missed

StephenVance 540Former Meaford Mayor Gordon Crapper passed away on Saturday, August 20, just a few weeks after he reached his 90th birthday.

Gordon Crapper served this community as mayor for 12 years from 1979 to 1991 – well before I moved to Meaford. I didn't know Gord well, and if not for this newspaper, I quite possibly would never have known Gord at all, but he became quite a supportive fan of this newspaper, and, knowing that like him, I have a great interest in small town history and in old small town photos, he would pop into our office every now and then with an old photo of Meaford's past.

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Meaford Taking a Smart Approach to Vehicle Idling

StephenVance 540With their initial approval of a vehicle idling bylaw, Meaford's council has adopted a smart approach to the issue.

Rather than beating residents over the head with an all-encompassing (and difficult to enforce) bylaw that would prevent the idling of vehicles everywhere, including private driveways and fast-food drive-thrus, council has instead taken a softer approach that will see vehicle idling prohibited on municipal properties,

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Future Councils Could Have Very Different Parking Issues to Deal With

StephenVance 540Meaford's council had a lengthy and lively debate this week about whether to implement a pay for overnight parking system for the relatively few downtown apartment dwellers who own cars, but don't have a parking spot included with their apartments.

All members of council offered their opinions, and asked excellent questions, and there were some valid points raised on all sides of an issue where nobody is exactly wrong in their views.

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Meaford's Blossoming Music Scene Could Help Spur Some Economic Development

StephenVance 540Meaford has a long history in agriculture, so growing things comes as second nature to many in these parts. That growing spirit is clearly contagious as has been seen with recent efforts by members of our community to grow a local music scene and by extension establish some nightlife in this previously quiet little town.

One of the common criticisms I've heard about Meaford since moving here 11 years ago is that there's little to do once the downtown shops lock their doors at the end of the day, and there's no doubt that has been true.

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