Battle plan formed for Battle of Longwoods bi-centennial

by Marie Williams-Gagnon, Transcript & Free Press, Hayter-Walden Publications

Brainstorming is underway and a battle plan is being drawn up to host a large celebration to mark the Battle of Longwoods bi-centennial in 2014.

Over 20 people, including members of the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society (UTMRS), attended a meeting at the Wardsville Masonic Hall on Monday evening, May 13.

The bi-centennial event is to be held on the weekend of March 7 to 9, 2014 with re-enactors beginning to arrive on Friday, March 7. Billets will host guests and a social event will be held at Crocodile Productions, the old Memorial Hall that evening. A breakfast will be hosted the next day as well. Continue reading


In Memory of Lawrence M. Merin

July 5, 1951 – November 7, 2012
Lawrence Mitchell Merin, a beloved family man and gifted photographer whose work improved the lives of others, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, at home. He was 61.
Larry was the founder and director of the Vanderbilt Ophthalmic Imaging Center at Vanderbilt University and an assistant professor of ophthalmology. Through the center’s program, Larry and his staff took their cameras to every county in Tennessee, screening indigent and uninsured patients for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that leads to blindness. It was the first fully mobile service of its kind.A Detroit native, Larry developed an early interest in photography, and studied mass communications and photography at Wayne State University, where he earned a baccalaureate with honors. Larry’s career as an ophthalmic photographer and instructor included positions at Sinai Hospital of Detroit, Riverside Community Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.While in Riverside, Larry met and married the love of his life, the former Becky Vazquez. The couple celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary Sept. 4.
Upon joining Vanderbilt in Nashville in 2000, Larry obtained the support and funding to start the Vanderbilt Ophthalmic Imaging Center. A leading expert in his field, he contributed to textbooks and professional journals, and taught courses in the United States as well as in Poland, England, Scotland, Italy, Japan and Singapore. He was a registered biological photographer, a fellow and former president of the Ophthalmic Photographers Society and a fellow of the Institute of Medical Illustrators in London. Other affiliations included the American Academy of Ophthalmology. During his career, he earned numerous certifications and awards. Larry’s photography extended beyond the medical field, and he had several exhibits through the years, including one of Vietnam War protest photos taken when he marched as a protester in Washington. For the bicentennial of his mother’s hometown of Wardsville, Canada, Larry took portraits of every resident for a time capsule that will be opened in 2110.
A loving father, husband and brother, Larry was devoted to his family. He served on the advisory board of the Choral Arts Link/MET Singers Honor Choir of Metro Nashville Public Schools, and he provided leadership as a committee member for Boy Scout Troop 3 in East Nashville, where his son, David, is an Eagle Scout. He also was a community steering committee member of the Tennessee State University Prostate Cancer Screening Barriers Study; an associate member of Grupo Comunitario Hispano de Tennessee; and an associate member of the Nashville Latino Health Council. He was an avid reader, car enthusiast and model railroader, and he enjoyed chasing steam locomotives. Larry had a lively sense of humor and a passion for social justice, and he was a proud survivor of breast cancer.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Anne Gayle and Earl Merin. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Ruth Merin, daughter, Sydney Rachel Merin, and son, David Alexander Merin, all of Nashville; sister, Elaine Merin Perri of Chicago; mother-in-law and father-in-law Esther and John Cervantes of Riverside, Calif.; three sisters-in-law, Julie (Doug) King, Riverside, Calif., Anna (Mike) Lemos, Venture, Calif., and Debra Vazquez, San Diego, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.



Musicians Invade Wardsville!!

Dave Wilson of Dave’s Cafe hosted his first Jamboree and Dance of 2011 at the “Old Wardsville Community Hall”   this past Saturday.

Over 120 people invaded the town for the show which Dave considered “A huge success”  Asked if he would be doing it again Wilson just smiled and said “I can’t wait until next year”.

At least 10 acts performed including Roger and Linda Drown, Jessica Johnson, Barnier Family and Friends, Drew McMillan, Jim Kovach, Bill Graham, Rita Fleming, Nicole Morley, Full Circle, Wayne and Wendy Lockyer and Friends, Rolin’ On and Owen Sound’s J. William Donovan.

Kid in the Hall

Crossroads Bistro Closes Doors

Randy James of Weelington st. North is out and about after undergoing surgery recently.

Barb Lewis from Utah and Jane and Don McIntyre from Southfield, Michigan were in the area last week doing genealogical research on family members who had lived in and around Wardsville in years past.  They also did a tour of the barn quilt blocks and learned about George and Margaret Ward, Wardsville’s founders.

Lois Ashton, Art and Louise Long took a day last week to view the fall colours and see the progress of the harvest.  They ended up in Corunna where they visited with Marie Patterson.

MaryLou Vanniekerk, Church St., had daughters Karen and Kristie as well as their families home for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Less than a year after opening for business, the Crossroads Bistro closed its doors to customers on October 13.

The fashion show sponsored by the United Church this past Saturday  wasn’t as well attended as had been hoped but was enjoyed by those who did come out.

The United Church anniversary service on Sunday was well attended with Pastor Richard Golden bringing the message and The Five Gusy providing the music.

Heidi Carter spent a couple of days in hospital early last week but was able to be home by Wednesday to celebrate her 15th birthday in the family circle.

Plans for next year’s Kin Days were discussed at a meeting of the Your Wardsville Community Association held in the meeting hall on Tuesday evening.

by Louise Long and Ken Willis


Crocodile Productions enters commercial competition for Cheetah Power Surge

A NEW look for Cheetah Power Surge

Please look at the 30 second spot and leave a comment, post to your facebook, and tell your friends.  Let’s help Crocodile win.

Crocodile Production owners Barb Urbach and Gary Van Osch have been burning  the midnight oil to edit 14 hours of videotaping to make the Cheetah Power Surge 30-second clip.

All you Moms and Dads out there should realize that Energy Drinks are not what they promote. They are full of caffeine and other herbal inserts that jack up the caffeine content. The Canadian Food and Drug regulates the amount of caffeine that can be in these drinks….but it is at the recommended dose for ADULTS. Not that little 50 pound 10-year-old  that companies target.

That’s the difference with Cheetah….no caffeine.

NO Bull

Antique lovers flock to Beattie Haven

by Louise Long and Ken Willis

Transcript & Free Press

A former resident of the area, Alena Richer, now of Belle River, stopped in town last Thursday to have a visit with members of the Willis family. Alena had lived between Wardsville and Newbury back in the ‘50s and ‘60s on a tobacco farm operated by her father.

Work on the underside of the Wardsville bridge was completed this past Friday afternoon. Further work is scheduled in the coming weeks for the rest of the structure.

Ken Long from St. Marys, visited with his parents, Art and Louise Long, on Saturday. While in the area, he made a tour of the Wardsville Museum and visited family and friends in Bothwell and Clachan.

Many local residents took advantage of the Beattie Haven sponsored antique appraisal event on Saturday afternoon. An appraiser from Gardner Auctions in London was almost overwhelmed by the number of items brought into the large tent that had been erected near the parking lot. Due to the large number of attendees, the event which was scheduled to run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. continued until almost 5:00 p.m.

Joe and Myrtle Babcock of Wellington St. North celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in Corunna this past Sunday with a gathering of family and friends.

The Oakland Cemetery Decoration Day held on Sunday afternoon was attended by many from Wardsville.

Jim and Eileen Hanna of the Wardsville Senior Apartments celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on September 12.


Brad Stott and Chris McKay pose beside The Dresden Plate at Glencoe Fair.

Summer reading program a hit

by Louise Long and Ken Willis

The summer reading program at the local library was a decided success as many of the local children and youth took part over July and August.  Prizes were awarded to those who  completed the required reading assignments.

Work on the Wardsville bridge has been moving ahead as scheduled.

Mary Simpson, on behalf of the Your Wardsville community association, attended a recent SWM council meeting, seeking their support in extending the barn quilt trail project to neihbouring communities.

Volunteers have just recently completed installing the 30 barn quilt blocks around Wardsville and nearby community.

With the blocks in place, Bev Welch led a group from Wildwood Park, Morpeth, on a tour around the community to view each block, explaining what each represented.  Bev used walkie talkies to communicate with people in the several cars involved in the tour.

September 9, 2010.  Printed in the Glencoe Transcript & Free Press