Residents Rightfully Frustrated Over Bakeshop Bridge Delays

StephenVance 540It was supposed to have been completed before the big Scarecrow Invasion and Apple Harvest Craft Show weekend, but after delays and setbacks this week work crews are still working on the rehabilitation of structure 030, more commonly known as Bakeshop Bridge, and they likely won't wrap up until the end of this month. As you might expect, Meaford motorists are not amused, nor should they be.

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You Can't Beat Mother Nature

StephenVance 540When the rain and wind started early last Friday afternoon my first thought was 'here we go again, it's going to be another chilly and damp Scarecrow Invasion'. While I wasn't looking forward to standing out in the cold and rain to take photos of the parade as I'd done several times before, it wouldn't be the Scarecrow Invasion if the elements didn't come into play in some way, so I was prepared for what was to come – then the walnuts from the tree next door started banging off my kitchen windows.

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If The Community is Willing to Spend the Extra Money, How Can Council Say No?

StephenVance 540When you write and publish for public consumption opinions on local issues, you do so knowing that you'll never have the agreement of all, and from time to time you will annoy many. So I write the following knowing that my view on the library location issue is contrary to the apparent will of the residents of Meaford and that's not a necessarily a bad thing, because I'm a firm believer in the concept of majority rule, and if the community wants a new library located in the former Foodland building, then I support that, even if I don't agree. We should take some time to consider some realities however.

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The Challenge of Growing Economic Development Opportunities in a Small Town

StephenVance 540Like any small town, it's always interesting to discover how people ended up here. In the dozen years I've lived in Meaford, “what brought you to Meaford?” or, “how did you end up here?” have been common questions posed to me when meeting people for the first time, and I tend to ask similar questions myself. One answer to such questions that I can't say I've heard is “I came here for a job”.

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