About Terry Paddison

Terry is a retired educator who enjoys travelling with his wife Janet and spoiling their grandchildren. He also loves to paint landscapes and write short stories. Sipping a good scotch is occasionally nice after having a frequently bad game of golf.

"If you build it, they will come." - Field of Dreams, 1989 In 1989, Ed Membery purchased 215 acres of property from the Ross family of Cookstown.  The year before, the Membery family had sold the Harbour View Country Club and now they looking for a suitable site to build another one.  Ed's dream was to create a quality golf course that would meet the growing demand for a high-end facility in the area. The [...]

"If you are yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning." - Griff Niblack Janet and I arrived in Barrie on Sunday, September 1, 1963. We had been married the day before. It was a short honeymoon. I would start my new job on Tuesday. Our new home was on the third floor of an apartment building on Kempenfelt Drive. The apartment was now furnished with a card table, four chairs [...]

A little park with a big history Over the course of Barrie's history, what is currently known as Memorial Square appears to have had an identity crisis. Originally Memorial Square was the terminus of the nine-mile portage between Kempenfelt Bay and Willow Creek which flowed into the Nottawasaga River.  This ancient trail was first used by the Wendat, whom the French then called Huron.  In map from 1688, it was labelled as "Portage de dix [...]

I believe in miracles.  I have to. Have you ever run a marathon?  Don't despair.  Less than 0.5% of Canadians have completed this challenge.  Finishing a marathon would mean covering a distance of 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 km).  That would be like running from downtown Barrie to the otherside of Alliston. Now imagine doing that EVERY day. True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at [...]

Allandale's Ward 4 Bulldog By Terry Paddison Back in 1968 and now with two children in tow, we bought our first home in Allandale Heights.  The problem was we needed a second mortgage to finance it.  A bigger problem was that we didn't have any money to pay it off.  I needed a summer job! That  summer was the first time that we met our Ward 4 Alderman, Dorian Parker.   No, Dorian didn't lend us [...]

It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. by Terry Paddison It is said that as time passes, one’s memory of events as they actually happened becomes less clear. We become selective in what we remember. I don’t believe it! We can all recall at least one day or an event from our past that remains as vivid in our minds as if it had happened yesterday. This is my “yesterday” story. It was [...]

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