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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.

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.

From My Window

Sep 16, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Community

Five people share their views as told to Anthony Jenkins.

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.

Food + Drink Autumn 2019

Sep 16, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

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

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.

Dufferin Farm Tour

Sep 16, 2019 | James Matthews | Farming

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

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

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).

Weed Diaries

Sep 16, 2019 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

Cannabis is once again a topic of avid discussion – where can you get it, what’s the best cultivar, is it worth growing your own?

Keeping the Mind Free of Reptiles

Sep 16, 2019 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

Science now agrees that changing your mind actually improves brain health.

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.

The grand Victorian exterior of Sandy and Peter Reeves’ Hillsburgh farmhouse has changed little since it was built in 1876. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

At Home with Pond Side Pilates

Sep 16, 2019 | Tralee Pearce | At Home in the Hills

How a lush Hillsburgh property warms the souls of its English expat owners – and neighbours looking to get fit.

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.

We Remember

Soldiers and their loved ones say goodbye at the Shelburne railway station, 1914. Photo Courtesy Dufferin County Museum And Archives P-0009.

August 1914: The First Goodbyes

Ken Weber | Historic Hills

As early as August 7, the word went out to militia units across the country: Enlist as many volunteers as possible.

GARY BLAKELEY / SHUTTERSTOCK

For Valour

Ken Weber | Historic Hills

The Victoria Cross was awarded to Canadians until 1972, when separate Canadian awards were created.

“The Taking of Vimy Ridge, Easter Monday 1917” by Richard Jack

Remembrance of Vimy Ridge

Signe Ball | Heritage

Among Canada’s troops at Vimy was a young poet named Christopher George Cook.

Three generations: James, Thomas and David Jackson standing at the crossroads in France that Thomas helped defend as part of the Normandy assault on the morning of June 6, 1944.

My Grandfather’s War

James Jackson | Heritage

Three generations of a Caledon farming family travelled to 
Europe to retrace the steps of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion 
during WW II.

Take a Hike

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.

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.

Harvest Time

Pumpkin Pie

Best Pumpkin Pie – Without a Lie!

Cathy Bray | Recipes

Cathy Bray wowed the judges with her pumpkin pie on Food Network Canada’s Dinner Party Wars!

Caramel Apple Butter

In The Hills | Recipes

Experiment with other fruit or vegetable purées to celebrate what is available each season, such as pumpkin, pear or carrot.

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.

Squash Pecan Bread

In The Hills | Breads | Food | Recipes

It freezes beautifully, so make both and put one in the freezer for later.

Notes from the Wild

northern flicker male

Flickers

Notes from the Wild

Northern flickers are boldly and beautifully marked woodpeckers that are common throughout the Headwaters.

Cedar Waxwings

Notes from the Wild

A lovely shrub that waxwings find irresistible in late fall and early winter is a native holly called “winterberry”.

Common milkweed seeds.

Seeds on the Move

Notes from the Wild

A great many seeds tap into the mobility of birds and animals to spread themselves around.

Talking Turkey

Notes from the Wild

Turkeys – especially rival tom turkeys can be highly entertaining to watch at this time of year.