So Long Winter, Hello Pothole Season

StephenVance 540If you haven't hit one already in these early days of Spring, give it time, you likely will. With the winter snow all but gone, sunny skies have found their way into our daily lives, but so have those frustrating potholes.

In my 30-plus years of driving experience I've found that there are good potholes and bad potholes. The good ones you can see from a kilometre away and you're given plenty of time and space to weave around them. The bad ones on the other hand either sneak up on you, or jump out at you when you least expect it, often in the darker hours when you feel a jolt on your steering wheel along with a banging sound in your vehicle's front end.

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If Mother Nature Builds it, They Will Come – What We Can Learn From a Pile of Ice

StephenVance 540For nearly a decade I've heard many discussions and debates focused on how to turn Meaford into a year-round tourist destination. Most of those discussions end in frustration, but as we've seen proven by Mother Nature over the past week, if you build it, they will come.

While Meaford has become a popular summer and autumn destination for Ontario day-trippers, and even for some travelling from further afield, the winter months have proven more challenging for attracting tourists.

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Meaford Has Much to Celebrate on International Women's Day

StephenVance 540Thursday, March 8 is International Women's Day, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women and to also raise awareness of the challenges that still remain in achieving true gender equality. As is highlighted in an article in this week's paper, in Meaford there's much to celebrate.

A little over a month ago I saw a post on social media that struck me as interesting.

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New Community Cleanup Initiative a Fantastic Idea

StephenVance 540Trash – it's been in the news a lot lately. Overflowing garbage cans in our parks, plastic pop bottles washing up on our shores, fast food packaging littering our trails. Trash is everywhere, and while we can shrug our shoulders and blame others, as was pointed out by the organizers of a new community cleanup event during their presentation to council on Monday, littering is just part of the problem.

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