Dunnville Ontario is a small town on the Grand River near Lake Erie. They are commemorating local war heroes through a series of banners throughout their town. An extension of this idea might be to celebrate Westonians alive or dead who have made a contribution.
Another amazing thing about Dunnville is the clean appearance possible on a street with no overhead wiring. If Dunnville can do it, why not Weston?
Every week I wonder if there will be anything at all to write about. Every week there isâ€”and yet, for four years, I’ve kept worrying.
OnÂ May 13, 2010, four years ago today, your humble correspondent wrote the first post on WestonWeb.ca.
A few numbers, because I find them interesting:
We’ve posted exactly 1400 stories in that timeâ€”if you give me a week off between Christmas and New Years, that’s one a day, every day!
At, very roughly, 100 words an article, Roy and I have typedÂ 140,000 wordsâ€”almost two short novels’ worth.
But people don’t read novels, whileÂ we get about 5000 visitors a month. It’s hard to tell exactly what that means, since I can’t figure outÂ how many of them are unique and how many are repeat visitors, but heck, any way you cut it, it’s pretty great.
There are 2,875 comments on the site. Wow! Thank you for being a part of this.
112,365 spam comments did not make it to the site. Â Really.
The site has costÂ about $650 to run. In four years, I have made exactly $0.00 from advertising, despite my repeated attempts and fantasiesÂ of internet dozens. When I’m feeling vain (which is a often), I think that I’m doing the same kind of thing as a small town newspaper used to do.Â But, on the one hand, my god, has the internet ever changed things: I can ‘publish’ a ‘paper’ for $12 a month. And, on the other hand, my god, has the internet ever changed things: there’s no money community news.
After a long weekend of ham and chocolate, you may be in the mood for a little leg stretching.
You might try the newest of the city’s “Discovery Walks”â€”a series of strolls that showcase Toronto’s history. “The Shared Path”, the newest of 12, runs along the Humber from south of Dundas to the lake, and crosses ancient Native settlements and more modern ruins from old Toronto. If you’re feeling sprightly (or pedal powered), you can travel north from Weston to at least as far as the Humber Arboretum along the river. Stay to the right, thoughâ€”I’ll be passing you on the left.
Despite the moaning of commuters with Fridayâ€™s snowstorm, Saturday was an amazing bluebird day.
While some people grabbed their skis and slogged up the 400, we were able to enjoy the conditions in Weston.
We grabbed our snow shoes and headed down to Weston Lions and Raymore Parks. We only saw a few other people: one other on show shoes, one with cross country skis and a few with dogs. The parks were clean, quiet and beautiful.
This was our first time exploring the Humber in the winter, although we are both cycling or running through here in the summer. It was a whole new experience in our wonderful village.
Weston is still pedestrian friendly in the winter. Just please, be nice and clear your ice! Especially on Weston Road itself!
Even if you’re not a subscriber to Spacing or a frequenter of the Drake, you’ll know that there’s a new push for urbanism (and an old push against it by a certain beleaguered mayor and his ilk).
The new urbanists have their opponents licked when it comes to data and mappingâ€”they can whip together a mashup faster than Ford find a drivethruâ€”and our fair town does admirably well on one of the measures of desire: walkability. We get a 73%, or “Very Walkable” score on Walkscore.com, which indexes towns and neighbourhoods automatically.
The site says that most of your daily chores can be accomplished on foot in Westonâ€”true, if you ask meâ€”and that there is plenty of transit. The Junction beats us, but we have the chi-chi Baby Point licked. They have a lousy 70%.