Barbara A. Martindale is the publisher of the Grand River Sachem. Her popular column "For What It's Worth" appears weekly. Prominently identified with many community organizations, the author is also an active member of the Media Club of Canada, Hamilton Branch. The former Member Services Director of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association is well-known nationally within Canada's print media.
Caledonia, just south of Hamilton, has a history closely tied to the heritage of the Grand River. From the Grand River Navigation Company of the 1830s to the current nine-span bridge in the centre of town, the river and the community have shared a special relationship. Intriguing entrepreneurs, town characters and prominent citizens have touched the life of Caledonia, leaving a legacy that is fascinating, sometimes amusing and richly anecdotal.