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Cathy Timbers and her husband, Blair Marks, in 2016. This year, after a devastating cancer diagnosis, Blair chose medical assistance in dying. Courtesy Cathy Timbers.

A Final Choice

Sep 16, 2019 | Jeff Rollings | Community

Crucial considerations on life’s final journey.

Ellen Cameron ~ Mascara 30" x 30" photograph

Autumn at the Alton Mill

Sep 16, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi | Arts

The setting is part of the magic as Headwaters Arts showcases the region’s top artists in their Phenom exhibit.

Legal Cannabis in Headwaters

Sep 16, 2019 | Kira Wronska Dorward | Community

A year after cannabis was legalized, local residents and businesses are still trying to sort it all out.

Dufferin Farm Tour

Sep 16, 2019 | James Matthews | Farming

Dufferin Farm Tour offers a behind-the-scenes peek at agricultural life in the county.

From My Window

Sep 16, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Community

Five people share their views as told to Anthony Jenkins.

Food + Drink Autumn 2019

Sep 16, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Al fresco feasts, cozy cafés and home-style comforts.

Sculptor John Farrugia built a tiny home on his family property in Mono. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

An Ode to the Tiny House

Sep 16, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Community

The idea of living small is undeniably alluring. Some folks in these hills are doing more than flirt with the romantic fantasy.

River World

Sep 16, 2019 | Don Scallen | Environment

The Credit, the Humber, the Grand and the Nottawasaga rivers are home to a lively community of creatures that form a complex, interdependent web of life.

5 Expert Picks for a Year-Round Garden

Sep 16, 2019 | In The Hills Studio | Sponsored Content

Hydrangeas, conifers and ornamental shrubs are key to creating a year-round garden full of texture, colour and shape.

In Every Issue

Dry stone waller Eric Landman stands on a private Caledon property where he has completed many walls and structures. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Eric Landman

Sep 16, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

The ancient craft of dry stone walling is alive and well in Headwaters thanks to this busy local artisan.

Bill Hayes, whom the kids call “Mr. Bill,” at Alton Public School with students Faith (rear), Ruby (left) and Brooke. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Bill Hayes

Sep 16, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Bill Hayes spent his early childhood on a farm property that is now the Caledon Riding and Hunt Club on the Third Line (now Creditview Road).

Orangeville’s Very Own Solomon: Magistrate Joseph Pattullo

Sep 16, 2019 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

From the mid-1870s until 1925, magistrate Joseph Pattullo had to pass sentence on a range of human foible and sin. The record suggests he usually judged the accused with fairness and sensitivity.

Avid flyfisher Susan Gesner (left) gives fishing novice Nicola Ross a casting lesson on the West Credit. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

The Lure of Fly Fishing

Sep 16, 2019 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

If you’ve never cast with a fly rod, you might expect the fly to land first. But that’s not how it happens.

The Big Sleepover

Sep 16, 2019 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

Having a friend over, the excitement and anxiety of sharing your space, was such a thrill.

The Queen’s race horse hobby has reportedly netted her about $9.4 million. Wenn Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo.

The Side Hustle

Sep 16, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

After retirement, your passion can be a new career.

Take a Hike

Constructed on the former tracks of North-Western Railway, Caledon Trailway covers 35 scenic kilometres from Terra Cotta to Highway 9. Photo by Pete Paterson.

From Rails to Trails

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Tearing up tracks for a place to go slow.

Tina Daalderop leads a recent pole-walking hike. Poles help with balance, contribute to a full-body workout and can be useful aids in tricky situations. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Nordic Pole Walking

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Walking with poles: the fashionable walking stick morphs into essential hiking gear.

Nature therapy guide Kaitlyn Powers (centre) instructs writing pals Gail Grant (left) and Nicola Ross how to be still, breathe deeply and absorb nature with all their senses – followed by tea. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Forest Bathing

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Slowing down, tuning in. With forest bathing, the slow movement takes to the woods.

The Classic Revival style of the Dufferin County Court House was designed to impress the citizenry with the authority of the judiciary. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Take a Walking Tour of Orangeville, Inglewood or Hillsburgh

Nicola Ross | Heritage

Soak up some fascinating local history and stroll the sidewalks of our towns and villages.

Harvest Time

Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

In The Hills | Salads

This healthy twist on a classic is my friend Rich Miller’s family recipe.

Farmers’ Markets: It’s Saturday Morning

Anthony Jenkins | Farming

They come rain or shine, May through October, to mingle with friends and neighbours.

Curried Carrot Soup

In The Hills | Recipes

This soup can be served hot or cold. If you’re serving it cold, you may need to thin it with a little water.

This salad is even better if prepared and tossed with dressing a few hours or even a full day before serving. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Apple and Kale Salad

Cecily Ross | Salads

This apple and kale salad is perfect for potlucks because it travels so well.

Notes from the Wild

Katydids

Notes from the Wild

Katydids are seldom seen, because they camouflage so well with greenery.

Freeliving caddisfly larva from the Credit River in Alton. Photo by Don Scallen.

Benthic Invertebrates

Notes from the Wild

The abundance of these aquatic larvae in our streams and rivers is a good thing.

giant swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail Butterflies

Notes from the Wild

Giant swallowtail caterpillars are branded as “orange dogs” in the American south because they eat the foliage of citrus crops including orange trees.

Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar, snake mimic. Photo by Don Scallen.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Notes from the Wild

I’ve written about our remarkable caterpillars before, but so many interesting ones inhabit our hills that another look is warranted.