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Ready or Not, Winter Storms Are on the Way

Nov 22, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Environment

Howling blizzards, ice storms, power outages. Emergency services are on high alert, but when disaster strikes, the first line of defence is you.

Brine Dining with Sauerkraut

Nov 22, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food

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

Dino Florindi of Terra Cotta Inn, Heidi Baufeldt of Mrs. Mitchell’s and Theresa Sauren of Mono Cliffs Inn sample wine with Windrush Estate Winery winemaker Jonathan Boyle. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Windrush Estate Winery Lights up Local Palates

Nov 22, 2019 | In The Hills Studio | Sponsored Content

Restaurateurs and chefs across Headwaters boost our region’s newest winery with mouthwatering menu matches.

The Year in Books: 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Tracey Fockler | Arts

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

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

Nov 22, 2019 | Nicola Ross | Leisure

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

Friday Monkey House

The Year in Music: 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Scott Bruyea | Arts

Our annual review of new recordings by local musicians.

One of over 600 billion possible bridge hands.

‘The King of All Games’: Bridge

Nov 22, 2019 | Gail Grant | Leisure

From kitchen tables to international tournaments, in the pantheon of table games, bridge still rules.

Local Heroes 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | In The Hills | Local Heroes

People are at the heart of every story in our hills, and we can be proud of having some of the very finest among us.

The Poker Club

Nov 22, 2019 | Gail Grant | Community

These men have been dealing each other in for 40 years and never missed a game.

Local Heroes

The Monday Night at the Movies committee (l–r): Sharon O’Donovan, Janet VanderPloeg, Robina Lord-Stafford, Andrea Stewart, Brenda Stephen, Pam Church. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Monday Night at the Movies

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

Six women carry on a 20-year history of bringing exceptional, independent film to Orangeville.

Sam Young, the owner and golf professional at Shelburne Golf & Country Club, helps young golfers achieve their dreams. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Golf Guru: Sam Young

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

Twenty-six of this Shelburne golfing legend’s students have gone on to university golf scholarships across North America.

Andrew and Juli-Anne James are the arts boosters behind the Streams Community Hub for kids in Shelburne. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Art with Heart: Andrew and Juli-Anne James

Nov 22, 2019 | Tony Reynolds | Local Heroes

The founders of Streams Community Hub in Shelburne believe every child deserves a chance to tap into their creative side.

Ellen Downey (here with RCMP retiree Walsh) is the force behind the Youthdale Riding Program in Hockley Valley. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Horse Power: Ellen Downey

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

At her Youthdale Riding Program in Hockley Valley, kids learn a lot more than how to ride.

Jennifer Payne (left) and Marci Lipman dream big for Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Local Food Champions: Marci Lipman and Jennifer Payne

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

This duo brings Dufferin’s farmers together with foodies, chefs, students and families.

Activist Nancy Urekar has hoisted a sign and marched along Broadway in Orangeville every Friday at noon since January. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Cause for Commotion: Nancy Urekar

Nov 22, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi | Local Heroes

Local climate change activist pounds the Orangeville pavement weekly to get her message out.

Mary Balinov makes music with heart at Tisho’s Music Academy in Bolton. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Moved by Music: Mary Balinov

Nov 22, 2019 | Tony Reynolds | Local Heroes

This business owner helps people with disabilities express themselves through music at Tisho’s Music Academy in Bolton.

Sharon Morden and Raccoon (since adopted) of Feral Cat Rescue in Melancthon. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Catwoman to the Rescue: Sharon Morden

Nov 22, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi | Local Heroes

The founder of Feral Cat Rescue in Melancthon gives feral felines a new lease on life.

In Every Issue

Florist Jessica Giovanatto holds one of the rustic, handmade Christmas wreaths she makes in her year-round workshop – the closed-in porch at the Caledon farm where she grew up. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Meet the Maker: Jessica Giovanatto

Nov 22, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi | Made in the Hills

A local florist leans into the holiday season with artful wreaths of foraged greenery.

Food + Drink Winter 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Winter’s savoury side: mobile sushi, chic tipples and go-to gourmet gifts.

For octogenarian Johnny Berger, aging only means heli-skiing with a slower group. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Johnny Berger

Nov 22, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

For octogenarian Johnny Berger, aging only means heli-skiing with a slower group.

A game for two players.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Winter 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Ken Weber | Departments

Holly needs help, Miss Lang has a hit and a game for two players.

Bob Pillar (left), shown here with John Jelaca, Tony Oliver and Randy Freitag, organizes regular senior men’s golf days. Photo by Enzo Villa.

Male Friendship

Nov 22, 2019 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Are men as good at long-term friendships as women?

Not So Fast

Nov 22, 2019 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

Will we ever return to a time when mending, reusing or not buying in the first place is the norm?

Field Notes for Winter 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

What to see, do, try this winter.

Hope Springs Eternal

Nov 22, 2019 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

As the dark days of winter close in, we take the opportunity to celebrate a few of those ‘ordinary’ people who shine brightly in our own community.

Photo courtesy Museum of Dufferin P-1145. Click to view larger image.

On Stage Tonight!

Nov 22, 2019 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Live entertainment flourished in these hills a century and more ago. Before new technologies like the cinema changed everything, the stages of our local town halls were filled with performances that appealed to every taste.

Winter Activities

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.

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.

Neil O’Donnell checks in with a young skier. Photo by James MacDonald.

A Day on the Slopes at Hockley Valley

James MacDonald | Leisure

Photographer James MacDonald visited Hockley Valley Resort, shadowing the patrollers who keep skiers safe.

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

Janice Quirt | Leisure

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

Wintry Comfort Food

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Tralee Pearce | Main Dishes

Braised beef short ribs, horseradish mayonnaise and (optional) veal demi-glace.

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.

Chicken Masala

Chicken Marsala

In The Hills | Recipes

Renae trusted Fabrizio so completely that she let him set the menu for the wedding. “‘I don’t care what you serve,’ I said. ‘This is my budget. Go for it.’”

Crème Brûlée

Cecily Ross | Recipes

“It’s one of my favourite desserts,” Patrick says, “and it’s one of our most popular desserts.”

Notes from the Wild

Trees can host multiple burls and still lead long, robust lives. Photo by Don Scallen.

Burls and Trees on Stilts

Notes from the Wild

The reasons burls grow on trees are still not fully understood, but infection by viruses, fungus and bacteria are likely causes.

I’d love science to explore the possibility that two of our local tree species, beech and hemlock, might also be co-operating through fungal networks.

Tree Co-operation

Notes from the Wild

The research into the co-operative nature of trees is in its infancy.

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”.

Beech leaves in fall

Beech Trees

Notes from the Wild

Beech trees are being destroyed at heartbreaking speed by an introduced pathogen called beech bark disease.