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Al Waltho may have replaced two hips and a knee, but he’s not quite ready to hang up his skates. Photo by Pete Paterson.

The Good Old Hockey Guy

Nov 24, 2020 | Anthony Jenkins | Leisure

Al Waltho may have replaced two hips and a knee, but he’s not quite ready to hang up his skates.

The Year in Music: 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Scott Bruyea | Arts

Our annual review of new recordings by local musicians.

Staff and volunteers at Family Transition Place last year, from left to right, back row: Sara Smith, Janice Snow, Janet Taylor, Lynette Pole-Langdon; third row: Travis Greenley, Ashlynne Cameron, Kendra Wassink, Joanne Jordan, Samantha McCabe, Sara Flache, Debbie Cribbis, Diane Vandenberg, Trish Grabb; second row: Femi Oke (on arm of chair), Lyn Allen, Kristy Fearon, Lisa Goodison, Norah Kennedy, Janice Glassford, Andrea Chantree, Laura Moscatiello, Debbie Lahey, Bonnie Waterfield, Donna Buchan, Stephanie Figliomeni; front row: Christina Gonzalez (seated), Kelly Bohonos, Julie Newton, Tiffany McMillan, Courtney Halkett, Cheryl Martin-Goncalves and Keely Horan. Photo by Kelly Lee.

The Need Doesn’t Stop: Family Transition Place

Nov 24, 2020 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

With everyone stuck together at home during the pandemic, conflicts escalated and this team went into high gear to help new clients.

Local Heroes 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Local Heroes

A focus on essentials: Profiles of the folks who kept us all going in 2020.

Pandemic Journals

Pandemic Journals

Jun 25, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Pandemic Journals

We thank everyone who shared a glimpse of their lives with us.

The Year in Books: 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Tracey Fockler | Arts

Our annual review of new books by local authors and illustrators.

Task force members (left to right) Alethia O’Hara-Stephenson, Soha Soliman, Geer Harvey and Althea Casamento. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Up to the Task

Nov 24, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Community

Four members of Shelburne’s Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force discuss their mission and the vision they have for Shelburne.

Lena Bruce (left), Dr Charlie Joyce and Darlene Fitzpatrick in front of the Headwaters Health Care Centre Covid-19 assessment centre. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Call of Duty: Headwaters Health Care Centre

Nov 24, 2020 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

Manager Lena Bruce, physician Charlie Joyce and nurse Darlene Fitzpatrick kept Headwaters Health Care Centre’s Covid-19 assessment centre going during the pandemic.

Candice and Rob MacPhee on their porch with sons Carter (left) and Finley. Photo by Nicole Lem.

The Front Steps Project Captures a Covid Moment

Nov 24, 2020 | Johanna Bernhardt | Arts

Nicole Lem began taking photos locally and was thrilled with the response from residents.

Some of the Orangeville Food Bank staff and volunteers, from left to right : Pam Vender, Laura Jotham, Claudette Riechart, Andrea Thomas, Heather Hayes, Jennifer Sinclair-Webb, Diana Engel, Gary Malone, Trevor Lewis, Vickie Lewis, Deanne Mount, Cathy Wilson and Steve White. Photo by Pete Paterson.

A Community Steps Up: Orangeville Food Bank

Nov 24, 2020 | Tony Reynolds | Local Heroes

When the pandemic caused a spike in need, executive director Heather Hayes and a small army of staff and volunteers worked overtime.

Highway 413: The Opposition Reloads

Nov 24, 2020 | Paul Webster | Environment

The Ford government has resurrected the controversial highway that will cut through south Caledon. Is it a done deal?

Foreground: Kurt and Donni Geiser with son and store manager Matthew. Background, from left: Massimo Policciardi, Morgan Innis, Renata Kolaric-Blas, Brenda Brook, Ron Persaud, Cassidy Sandru, Mitchell Greenham, Josh Inglis, Brenda Cordon, Linda Widdes, Cecilia Navarro, Kait Laurenza, Julie James, Maddie Belfry and Erik Rasmussen. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Keeping Food on our Tables: Grocery Workers

Nov 24, 2020 | Tony Reynolds | Local Heroes

We salute the newly minted essential workers at Foodland in Caledon East and across our region for working overtime in the aisles for us.

Belfountain Public School teacher Wendy Brooker is one of many educators and school staff who worked tirelessly to ensure students could return to school as safely as possible this September. Photo by Karen Dhaliwal.

Class Acts: Our Educators

Nov 24, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Local Heroes

“At Belfountain Public School and beyond, teachers, principals, custodians and support staff got our kids learning again in classrooms and online.”

Sara May’s Homecoming

Nov 24, 2020 | Sara May | Arts

When the musician came back to Orangeville, she was skeptical about the small town she’d grown up in. What she discovered was a creative “dream space.”

Hailey McLarty and Shyanne Wharton-Haines Ricci (left) organized the June 14 Shelburne Black Lives Matter march. Sisters Seanna (left) and Makenna Thomas (right), were behind the Orangeville march the same day and walked with little sister Emma. Photo by Pete Paterson.

The New Hope: Local Black Lives Matter Organizers

Nov 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Local Heroes

These four young women (plus one younger sister) were the moving force behind two crucial local social justice marches – one in Orangeville and one in Shelburne.

In Every Issue

Letters – Our Readers Write: Winter 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Winter 2020 edition of In The Hills magazine.

Field Notes for Winter 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

What to hear, do, play this winter.

Winter Contributors

Nov 24, 2020 | In The Hills | Contributors

Meet three longtime contributors who make this winter 2020 issue of In The Hills a keeper – Dan Needles, Rosemary Hasner and Valerie Jones.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Winter 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

Test your recall with our Christmas crafts, 7 to 4 and build your own zoo.

Tales of a Snowboarding Newbie

Nov 24, 2020 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Strapping on a board for the first time can be daunting, but as Nicola Ross finds outs, hiring a knowledgeable instructor keeps bruising at bay.

Friendship is the Secret to Longevity

Nov 24, 2020 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

As we’re well aware, the Covid pandemic has taken a toll on both our connectivity and wellbeing, placing our social lives on semi-hold – but friends matter.

On our cover: Christmas Holidays ~ by Mary Scattergood

Mary Scattergood

Nov 24, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Artist in Residence

Mary’s winter canvases are set in snowy rural hills and dotted with folks skating on ponds, making snow angels and sugaring off.

“Ching-Ching-Peek-a-Boo!”

Nov 24, 2020 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

Remembering the one and only Marie of Marie’s Driver Training.

Cristina Repanovici works on a new piece in her Criopia studio in Caledon East. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Cristina Repanovici

Nov 24, 2020 | Johanna Bernhardt | Made in the Hills

How a designer found her groove in Caledon East by offering one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and sculptural clothing creations.

Goodbye 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

(and good riddance)

No Cause for Alarm

Nov 24, 2020 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

Given the choice between a Rolex watch and a 1948 Champion root pulper that weighs 500 pounds and needs sharpening, the burglar is more likely to take the watch.

Food + Drink Winter 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Comfort foods: Ghanaian goodness, pies at your door, and fresh Indian fare.

Alexander McLachlan (1818–96) In 1890, this portrait was presented to McLachlan at a tribute dinner. In 1967, it was reportedly found in rubble behind the furnace at the Orangeville Public Library.

Alexander McLachlan: Our Forgotten Poet

Nov 24, 2020 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

A century ago Alexander McLachlan was one of the best known citizens of these hills, widely admired, respected and praised for his poetry. Today hardly anyone has heard of him. How did this happen?

In his long career in the space program, Alex Rodrigues travelled regularly to the Kennedy Space Center for work on the Canadarm. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Alex Rodrigues

Nov 24, 2020 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

This award-winning senior writes a newsletter for more than 400 of his peers.

Local Buys: Winter 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

What we’re shopping for this winter in Headwaters.

Home Game

Nov 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

A backyard rink is just one of the deft holiday moves NHL linesman Shandor Alphonso and his wife, Jacelyn, make for their young boys at home.

Nature Spotting

Evening grosbeaks feeding on sunflower seeds northeast of Shelburne

Boreal Birds

Notes from the Wild

Over 300 species, totalling billions of birds rely on Canada’s boreal forest as breeding grounds, some boreal birds are migrating through Headwaters during the winter months.

Animal Tracks

Notes from the Wild

Tracks inscribed on snow by unseen animals offer tantalizing multilayered puzzles.

Otters

Notes from the Wild

The reappearance of otters in our hills is a hopeful sign that the capacity of our rivers and landscapes to support wildlife is improving.

The Great Outdoors

On our cover: The family Cook – Jason, Bryan, Collin and Jim – at the 2019 Great Canadian Pond Spiel on Island Lake. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Curling for the Win

The centuries-old sport continues to thrive and the Great Canadian Pond Spiel is a fun-filled reminder of its origin on natural ice.

Lit trails at Monora Park add magic to a cross-country outing. Photo by Plbernier / Istockphoto.

Cross-country Skiing

Night skiing, lit trails at Monora Park add magic to a cross-country outing.

Fat Bikes – the Action’s in the Traction

For these “fatty” enthusiasts, the coming of winter no longer spells the end of the ride.

Pandemic Journals

RaDeana Montgomery

“I am now on my third sewing machine”

Jun 23, 2020 | RaDeana Montgomery | Pandemic Journals

How an amateur stitcher found purpose in making masks.

Vanessa Kreuzer and Terry Doel have had to reinvent Orangeville’s Lavender Blue Catering and Le Finis café during the pandemic.

“There was no time to wallow”

Jun 25, 2020 | Vanessa Kreuzer | Pandemic Journals

How the duo behind Orangeville’s Lavender Blue Catering are keeping Dufferin fed.

Orangeville nurse Tray Nevin came down with Covid-19 in April. Her husband and kids followed soon after. All are well now.

“I was sleeping 17 hours a day”

Jun 25, 2020 | Tray Nevin | Pandemic Journals

This Orangeville nurse contracted Covid-19 – along with her whole family.

In the Kitchen

Brine Dining with Sauerkraut

Janice Quirt | Food

Sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi and other tangy fermented foods have gone from traditional to trendy.

French Onion Soup

Tralee Pearce | Soups

French Onion Soup is served as an appetizer at lunch and dinner, or a lunch main alongside a crusty roll with cheddar-port spread.

Winter Whisky Sour

In The Hills | Drinks

’Tis the season: The retro tipple.

At Home in the Hills

The entrance to the Shortills’ cozy new home on a chilly winter night. The house was built by Orangeville’s Dalerose Homes. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

At Home with Deborah Shortill of Hannah’s

Nov 22, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

How the retail maven and her husband, Morley, nestled their new dream home into the rolling Mono landscape.

The additions of a study and entranceway to the original rear of the house and a screened porch to the south have added a lot of living space. Photo by Pam Purves.

A Last Christmas

Nov 22, 2017 | Pam Purves | At Home in the Hills

Saying farewell to a beloved home is never easy.

Miyeko and Mike Simons gather by the fireplace for family time in their newly renovated Orton home with daughter Abby and late family pet, Daisy. Mike did most of the work himself, with the help of Orangeville’s CarPony Contracting. Photo by Erin Fitzgibbon.

At Home with Noinkees Owner Miyeko Simons

Nov 20, 2018 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

Local retailer Miyeko Simons is guided by her signature pared-down style at home, especially over the holidays.