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Merry & Bright

Nov 29, 2021 | Tralee Pearce | Food

Local food pros share a few of their favourite holiday recipes, from sugar cookies to Madeleines, to brighten the cookie tray this year.

No Strings Attached

Nov 29, 2021 | Tony Reynolds | Arts

Jane Ohland Cameron’s colourful Muppet-like puppets set loose the creative imagination of kids and adults with developmental disabilities.

The Saw-Whet

Nov 29, 2021 | Paul Leet Aird | Arts

From his new book Butterfly Beautifly Beautiful, a poem by Inglewood poet Paul Leet Aird about a remarkable encounter with a migrating owl.

The Year in Books: 2021

Nov 29, 2021 | Tracey Fockler | Arts

From mysteries to memoirs, our annual review of new books by local authors and illustrators has you covered for gifts for others – and yourself.

Local Heroes 2021

Nov 29, 2021 | In The Hills | Local Heroes

Our 14th annual salute to local people who make a difference – we’re grateful to each of them for making 2021 a whole lot brighter for so many.

The Year in Music: 2021

Nov 29, 2021 | Scott Bruyea | Arts

Our annual review of recordings by local musicians taps into a collaborative music scene that has stayed busy despite a pandemic keeping many apart.

Local Heroes

Phone Friends: TeleCheck Volunteers. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Phone Friends: TeleCheck Volunteers

Nov 29, 2021 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

We salute three longtime volunteers with TeleCheck, a free telephone check-in service for people older than 55 who are living in their own homes.

Nature Booster: Janice McClelland. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Nature Booster: Janice McClelland

Nov 29, 2021 | Alison McGill | Local Heroes

How the Erin resident transformed a passion for the outdoors into many fruitful years of volunteering for the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

Ken Hunt. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Ice Angel: Ken Hunt

Nov 29, 2021 | Nicola Ross | Local Heroes

Thanks to this community builder, the Palgrave Mill Pond is a place where the village meets in winter to skate, play shinny and connect.

Valerie (left) and Shannon McGrady. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Inspired by Matthew: Valerie and Shannon McGrady

Nov 29, 2021 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

The mother-daughter duo advocated for Orangeville’s new Bravery Park – which honours all military personnel, including their late son and brother.

Yes, She Can: Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan

Nov 29, 2021 | Nicola Ross | Local Heroes

Two pivotal players in Canada’s first Olympic gold in women’s soccer in Tokyo call Caledon East and Shelburne home.

Jim Waddington. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Stand Tall: Jim Waddington

Nov 29, 2021 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

Meet one of the driving forces behind Orangeville’s annual Celebrate Your Awesome event, a salute to pride and diversity in Dufferin County.

In Every Issue

Headwaters Farm Fresh

Headwaters Farm Fresh

Sep 14, 2017 | In The Hills | Promotions

Get to know your local farmers and put fabulously fresh food on your table.

Carmel Hili has devoted his life to advocating for the homeless. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Carmel Hili

Nov 29, 2021 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Carmel is currently involved in helping to sponsor and settle families from Iraq, Syria and Pakistan.

Elizabeth pours orange, blue and purple dye over a layer of snow covering a silk scarf. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Elizabeth Bryan

Nov 29, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

This Orangeville weaver expanded her repertoire by making an outdoor sport of dyeing silk scarves in the snow.

January Snow 12" x 18" oil on maple panel ~ by Krystle Moore

Krystle Moore

Nov 29, 2021 | Tralee Pearce | Artist in Residence

“Moody skies are one of my favourites. There’s so much going on, so much color.”

Local Buys: Winter 2021

Nov 29, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

Cozy knits, chic home upgrades and handcrafted kid presents.

Call Me!

Nov 29, 2021 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

So many old phone numbers came rushing back to me when I was doing some cleaning recently and found a tiny leather address book.

Jack and Margaret Fleetwood moved to a retirement residence when Margaret’s health concerns curbed her independence. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Is Now the Right Time for Congregate Living?

Nov 29, 2021 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Driven by the huge baby boomer demographic, which is wealthier than any age cohort before them, the retirement community industry continues to innovate.

The Path Taken

Nov 29, 2021 | Janice Quirt | At Home in the Hills

A couple’s home in Mono combines a love of hiking with a penchant for sustainability and stewardship.

Letters – Our Readers Write: Winter 2021

Nov 29, 2021 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Winter 2021 edition of In The Hills magazine.

Food + Drink Winter 2021

Nov 29, 2021 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Foodie gifts, a Caledon salumeria gem and an excuse for a cuppa cocoa.

Nicola Ross, Judy Wilson, Jen Palacios and Margaret Shier take a spin on the community ice trail in Inglewood. Photo by Fred Webster.

Ice Skating Outside

Nov 29, 2021 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Lacing up outdoors to hit the ice.

Field Notes for Winter 2021

Nov 29, 2021 | Johanna Bernhardt | Field Notes

Where to shop, craft, donate this season.

Gifts From The Heart

Nov 29, 2021 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

Amid the despair and struggle, there have been encouraging signs of the resilience of the human spirit.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Winter 2021

Nov 29, 2021 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

The prevaricating robots, follow the arrows and what to name the kids.

Like Manna from Heaven

Nov 29, 2021 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

There is a lot of waiting around with mushrooms, just like there is in the military or the theatre or government roadwork.

Free Calendars at Christmas

Nov 29, 2021 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Collecting calendars was once a seasonal ritual on main street.

Winter Wonders

Animal Tracks

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

Evening grosbeaks feeding on sunflower seeds northeast of Shelburne

Boreal Birds

Over 300 species, totalling billions of birds rely on Canada’s boreal forest as breeding grounds.

Mudpuppies

I was invited to search for mudpuppies in a Wellington County stream last December.

Redpoll feeding on aster seeds. Photo by Yves Scholten.

Winter Bird Watching

This is a special winter for bird watching in the hills.

Holiday Cookies

Spirit Tree Estate Cidery Snowball Madeleines

Nov 29, 2021 | In The Hills | Desserts

This festive update to a French classic is perfect for the holiday season.

Rasmi’s Falafel’s Maamoul Cookies

Nov 29, 2021 | In The Hills | Desserts

Fans of Rasmi’s Falafel Orangeville food truck know and love this date-filled cookie.

Heatherlea Farm Shoppe Sugar Cookies

Nov 29, 2021 | In The Hills | Desserts

Use this sugar cookie as the base for your icing artistry.

Gourmandissimo’s Jam Sandwich Cookies

Nov 29, 2021 | In The Hills | Desserts

These dainty cookies can be filled with jam, lemon curd or chocolate.

Calling All Cooks

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.

Brine Dining with Sauerkraut

Janice Quirt | Food

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

The tea biscuits at The Globe Restaurant are light and flakey with a hint of sweetness. Photo by Pete Paterson.

The Globe’s Tea Biscuits

Tralee Pearce | Breads

The tea biscuits at The Globe Restaurant are light and flakey with a hint of sweetness.

Four Corners’ classic Margherita pizza features a fresh tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil on a thin homemade crust. Photo by Pete Paterson.

How the Experts Make Pizza Dough

Tralee Pearce | Cooking with...

Light pizza dough is at the heart of Four Corners in Caledon East. It’s the base for everything from a simple Marghertia to a decadent dessert pizza.

Outdoor Adventures

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.

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

Cross-country Skiing

Nov 22, 2017 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

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

Nicola Ross, Judy Wilson, Jen Palacios and Margaret Shier take a spin on the community ice trail in Inglewood. Photo by Fred Webster.

Ice Skating Outside

Nov 29, 2021 | Nicola Ross | Good Sport

Lacing up outdoors to hit the ice.

Fat Bikes – the Action’s in the Traction

Nov 17, 2014 | Nicola Ross | Leisure

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