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Postcard from Bee City

Mar 19, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Environment

What happens in Bee City stays in Bee City.

Gian and Mirian Sansalone at their Palgrave home with their son, Roberto, during his evening treadmill walk. Roberto attends Active Lives After School during the day. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Changing the Game for Adults with Autism and other Disabilities

Mar 19, 2019 | Johanna Bernhardt | Community

Active Lives After School, a day program for adults with developmental disabilities is a local success story poised to help others like them.

Sharah Mooy and her daughter Elia, 3, prep a plant-based dinner at their home in East Garafraxa. Sharah, who is studying to become a holistic nutritionist, shares vegan recipes and restaurant tips on her Instagram feed. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

This Vegan Life

Mar 19, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food

If you want to try a plant-based diet, tap into the local vegan community for recipes, favourite restaurant meals and insider shopping tips.

This amber vase was specially cut by Robert Hughes, Jack’s twin brother, for his wife. Such one-of-a-kind pieces are highly valued by collectors. The glasses with the ruby-red bases, cut on blanks from a one-off shipment from Czechoslovakia, are likewise valued for their rarity. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Corn Flower Glass: New Life for a Canadian Icon

Mar 19, 2019 | Ken Weber | Heritage

A stunning display of Corn Flower glass is turning heads in a brand new gallery at the Museum of Dufferin. Why this impressive collection has its home in Dufferin and how it got there is a remarkable story of creativity, commercial success and delightful coincidence.

An autumn market bouquet includes zinnias, coneflowers, Queen Anne’s Lace, dusty miller and a pink sunflower, along with other delights. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Life at a Flower Farm

Mar 19, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | Farming

Meet the women behind the blooms at Petals Flower Co., Purple Hill Lavender Farm, Stonewell Farm, Broadside Flowers and Caledon Hills Peony Farm.

Eduardo Lafforgue enjoys a java at The Common Good Café and General Store in Belfountain. He cites the store and the heritage building it occupies as the kind of business that could effectively target the tourist trade even as it maintains its cozy rural character. Photo by Pete Paterson.

The Next Chapter at Headwaters Tourism

Mar 19, 2019 | Liz Beatty | Community

Industry veteran Eduardo Lafforgue steps into the executive director role at Headwaters Tourism armed with a bold vision for the future.

In Every Issue

Alice McMahon has called Forks of the Credit home for most of her long and eventful life. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Alice McMahon

Mar 19, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Born just before the Great Depression, Alice spent her teen years at Forks of the Credit, where her father worked for the railway.

Champlain Slept Here

Mar 19, 2019 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

There was something totally manic about Champlain. He crossed the Atlantic some 27 times without losing a shipmate.

North Is Freedom: The Legacy of the Underground Railroad is a photographic essay from Czechoslovakian-born photographer. Photos by Yuri Dojc.

Field Notes for Spring 2019

Mar 19, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

Get gardening, outsmart the competition, clean up and spark more joy!

Local Buys

Mar 19, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | Made in the Hills

Macramé redux, Tooth Fairy help and hummingbird feeders on our radar.

After her husband’s death, Kathryn MacDuffee determined to make the best of the new phase in her life. Hiking expeditions with friends included a trip to the Grand Canyon in 2015. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Senior and Single

Mar 19, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Living alone doesn’t have to be lonely.

Letters – Our Readers Write: Spring 2019

Mar 19, 2019 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Spring 2019 edition of In The Hills magazine.

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Traditions in Headwaters

Mar 26, 2018 | Tony Reynolds | Farming

Sugaring off is a time-honoured ritual in the hills.

Visiting a sugar bush, such as this one at Island Lake Conservation Area, is one of winter’s last pleasures. Photo by James MacDonald.

Let It Snow: Try These 10 Kids’ Winter Activities

Nov 22, 2017 | Janice Quirt | Leisure

Embrace the season with snow tubing, tuning into nature or warming up indoors with a zany DIY parlour game.

Mad Maple Scones

Aug 17, 2012 | In The Hills | Recipes

Crisp on the outside with a rich, nutty interior, they make a perfect morning treat.

Outdoor Activities

Joe Wilson, writer Anthony Jenkins and Peter Glass. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Geezer Hockey

Anthony Jenkins | Leisure

We play municipal seniors’ pickup hockey for the exercise, the banter, the camaraderie and the sheer joy of the game.

Josh Sylvestre removes the hook from a northern pike before releasing it back into the chilly waters. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Ice Fishing on Island Lake

Anthony Jenkins | Leisure

Going for the big one: At the ice fishing derby on Island Lake, the lucky ones win a prize – or at least go home with supper.

Barb Campbell (left) and Nicola Ross in snowshoes. Photo by Pete Paterson

Off-trail on Snowshoes

Nicola Ross | Good Sport

We’d warmed up with a short hike down to a kettle lake covered in untrodden snow. We couldn’t resist the temptation to make tracks, so we crossed the lake enjoying the silence and the warm sunshine.

Fat Bikes – the Action’s in the Traction

Nicola Ross | Leisure

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

Soups and Salads

Steelhead trout with seared dry scallops and “Deliciousness Slaw”. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Steelhead Trout with Seared Dry Scallops 
and “Deliciousness Slaw”

Food

Try this dish, built on the “Deliciousness Slaw” which helped her ace the Chopped Canada audition.

Deb’s Raw Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

Salads

Here’s a way to indulge in raw honey.

Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

Salads

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

French Onion Soup

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.