I visited Meaford this past weekend for the first time in 30 years. The last time I was there, I lived there for four months, and started my professional career at the then Meaford Express as a reporter/photographer.
While I had heard of the Express/Metroland buyout, I was delighted to see The Meaford Independent rise from the Express’s ashes in the very same building where I cut my journalistic teeth under the helm of then editorial staff Scott Woodhouse and Mike Germann.
The town has grown a lot over the years which is good and bad. The bad because some places are now gone, like the house I lived in on Boucher Street. But the harbour and marina look amazing and the rest of the town seems to have caught up to the ever expanding Collingwood.
Those four months I lived in Meaford and worked at the Express (or excuse as we jokingly called it) was a formative time in my life and I was delighted to see that Meaford still has an ‘Independent’ voice away from the corporate executroids who want to bulldoze small town news outlets.
Long live The Meaford Independent and long may the town thrive.
John B. Andrews, Toronto