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Rockcliffe Farm owner Alix Bezak in front of her on-farm shop with her chocolate lab, Goose. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Rockcliffe Farm’s Free-Range Thinking

Jun 20, 2019 | James Matthews | Farming

Alix and George Bezak raise black Angus cattle, chickens and more at their Mono property, winning over natural-meat converts one farm tour at a time.

How About Those Raptors (the Birds)?

Jun 20, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Environment

Look up! Where eagles, hawks and vultures soar.

Theatre Orangeville Dreams Big

Jun 20, 2019 | Johanna Bernhardt | Arts

Professional actors, amateurs, young people and people with developmental disabilities come together on an outdoor stage for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Keeping the General Store Alive in Headwaters

Jun 20, 2019 | Kira Wronska Dorward | Community

Local shop owners lean on lattes and eggs Benedict, artisanal gifts and festive community events – even Airbnb suites – as they serve their communities.

Inspired by young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, Orangeville student Olivia Rowan urged on fellow protesters at a recent local climate strike. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Climate Change and the Young

Jun 20, 2019 | Nicola Ross | Environment

“We the young have started to move.” Youth here and around the world raise a battle cry for action on climate change.

Field Notes for Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

Artistic pursuits, outdoor yoga, farming fun and a kiddie hike!

Headwaters Health Care Centre CEO Stacey Daub has been working on patient service transitions for a decade: “Imagine if you could eliminate those transitions, if it truly was all within one system.” Photo by Pete Paterson.

Headwaters Health Care Centre Faces the Future

Jun 20, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi | Community

In the face of the province’s restructuring of health care, our Headwaters hospital is poised to emerge as the kind of community hub Ontario needs.

Kilby Brunner Deforest with Beaverwood’s Halo. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Day at the Caledon Equestrian Park

Jun 20, 2019 | Anthony Jenkins | Leisure

The intense bond between animal and human fuels two dedicated young equestrians at the top of their game at this exciting show jumping event.

Arnella Levy and her husband, Nigel Spencer, at Nella’s Jerk. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Food + Drink Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Nella’s Jerk has debuted to rave reviews, juicy strawberries and a new stop on the local wine tour.

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Arnella Levy and her husband, Nigel Spencer, at Nella’s Jerk. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Food + Drink Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Nella’s Jerk has debuted to rave reviews, juicy strawberries and a new stop on the local wine tour.

No Easy Way to the Promised Land

Jun 20, 2019 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Getting to Upper Canada took determination – and good luck.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

Barney to the rescue, making do with matches and is $400 fair?

Retirement Advice for the Self-employed Landowner

Jun 20, 2019 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

Age 65 came and went without a gold watch or a cake, or any of those earnest speeches assuring me how much I would be missed.

Summer Picks

Jun 20, 2019 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

What we’re shopping for this summer in Headwaters.

Opinion

Let Them Drink Beer

Jun 20, 2019 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

Do real adults prefer beer over health care?

Take a Hike

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.

Belfountain / Forks Park Loop Hike. Click to see larger map.

Caledon Hikes

Nicola Ross | Leisure

Nicola Ross shows readers how to navigate local Caledon trails, including the Bruce Trail and the Trans Canada Trail, without having to backtrack or arrange to leave a car at a hike’s endpoint.

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.

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.

Garden Planning

Perennial Garden Renovation

Katie Dawson | The Flower Farm

Make some spaces for some new plants, and give away extra plants.

Spring garden clean up

Spring Garden Clean Up

Katie Dawson | The Flower Farm

No time like the present to start working in the garden! Use these tips to clean up and get ready for new plants.

Matches Made in Heaven

Tralee Pearce | Leisure

How Lorraine Roberts conjures up dreamy landscapes using colour, shape – and an appetite for surprise.

Volunteers (from left) Misha Dubbeld, Liz Knowles, Ann Davidson, Lynn Sinclair-Smith and Rebecca Muyal sort through donations for the annual spring plant sale – as Bruce McMoose looks on. The fundraiser brought in more than $3,ooo this year. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Healing Gardens

Michele Green | Leisure

A group of extraordinary gardeners have created a natural balm for Headwaters patients.

Notes from the Wild

Amazing Beavers

Notes from the Wild

This serendipitous meeting with a near-sighted beaver was my favorite type of wildlife encounter!

Freeliving caddisfly larva from the Credit River in Alton. Photo by Don Scallen.

Benthic Invertebrates

Notes from the Wild

The abundance of these aquatic larvae in our streams and rivers is a good thing.

Male and female rose-breasted grosbeak. Photo by Fiona Reid.

Spring Songbirds

Notes from the Wild

May and June herald the arrival of a trio of supremely beautiful tropical migrants: indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles and rose-breasted grosbeaks.

Piebald spotted salamander 2010. Photo by Charlotte Cox.

The Return of the Salamanders

Notes from the Wild

This year I managed to take video of the underwater breeding of spotted salamanders.