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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.

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?

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.

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.

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.”

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.

The Year in Music: 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Scott Bruyea | Arts

Our annual review of new recordings by local musicians.

In Every Issue

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.

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?

Field Notes for Winter 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

What to hear, do, play this winter.

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.

Goodbye 2020

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

(and good riddance)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Local Buys: Winter 2020

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

What we’re shopping for this winter in Headwaters.

Food + Drink Winter 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

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

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.

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.

“Ching-Ching-Peek-a-Boo!”

Nov 24, 2020 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

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

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.

Nature Spotting

Redpoll feeding on aster seeds. Photo by Yves Scholten.

Winter Bird Watching

Notes from the Wild

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

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.

Animal Tracks

Notes from the Wild

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

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.

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

Grand Valley’s Karla Leger teaches her piano students via video chats.

“The enthusiasm of my students remains”

Jun 25, 2020 | Karla Leger | Pandemic Journals

A piano teacher keeps her music school running on her iPad.

“It allowed all of us to escape the world for a bit”

Oct 3, 2020 | Chris Broom | Pandemic Journals

How an Orangeville soccer coach stayed connected when practice was cancelled.

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.

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.