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Gail Grant

Gail Grant is a freelance writer who lives in Palgrave.

A scene from the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Carmen. Photo courtesy Metropolitan Opera.

Opera 101

Sep 18, 2018

Opera singing is a taxing physical feat, requiring a strong diaphragm, great lung power and breath control, and healthy vocal cords.

Mary Rose (left) and Darla Fraser are two driving forces behind the effort to make Orangeville a welcome place for seniors. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

The WHO and Local Seniors

Sep 18, 2018

Orangeville residents and planners looking to serve an aging population are finding age-friendly inspiration in the World Health Organization.

As a child, Ingrid Sander fled the Allied bombing of Berlin, then she and her family walked 200 kilometres back home. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Ingrid Sander

Sep 18, 2018

As a child, Ingrid Sander fled the Allied bombing of Berlin, then she and her family walked 200 kilometres back home.

Waterloo’s shiny new Research Institute for Aging is a beacon of hope as older adults struggle to preserve their well-being. (Photo courtesy RIA.)

Older Could Be Better

Jun 19, 2018

The Research Institute for Aging works to improve quality of life for seniors.

Debbie Fawcett, a longtime municipal politician, championed the restoration of Horning’s Mills community hall. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Debbie Fawcett

Jun 19, 2018

Debbie Fawcett, a longtime municipal politician, championed the restoration of Horning’s Mills community hall.

Sherri Cox prepares to perform surgery on a bear cub suffering from severe frostbite. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Wildlife Rescue: Cry of the Wild

Mar 26, 2018

Sherri Cox, a corporate executive turned wildlife vet, takes her surgical skills on the road to aid animals in distress.

Ken Wynne (centre) teaches tech know-how to Mary Mansdy and Lloyd Andrade in Caledon’s Seniors Helping Seniors program. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Help for the Tech Challenged

Mar 26, 2018

Ken’s students often bring their own computers to class, only to discover hardware or software problems.

Stan Shapiro and Blue amid the memorabilia of a lifetime spent in the company of horses. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Stan Shapiro

Mar 26, 2018

More than 70 years later, Stan reflects on his history with horses.

On her first solo trip, Barbara McKenzie had the pleasure of feeding a koala at the Sydney Zoo in Australia.

Faraway Places are Still Within Reach

Nov 22, 2017

Travel helps us see things from a different perspective and lean away from old age.

In his mid-80s, Bill Carnegie still plays old-timer hockey once a week and continues to lace up for practice three times a week. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Bill Carnegie

Nov 22, 2017

“My life has been bookended by hockey in the winter and flying in the summer,” he says.

At Caledon’s bright and airy Abbeyfield House in Caledon East, residents gather for communal meals prepared by the live-in house manager. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Your Next Move

Sep 16, 2017

Graduated communities that enable you to stay in your home area as capabilities diminish have obvious advantages.

Russ Brown, 99, planted a healthy crop of tomatoes this year. The Bugs Bunny sign designating “Farmer Brown’s Tomato Patch” was made by his friend Bob Pillar. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Russ Brown

Sep 16, 2017

This past summer, with minimal assistance and working from a low chair, Russ created a flourishing tomato garden at Abbeyfield, turning over the sod, removing rocks and adding peat, fertilizer and wire cages for the plants.

Although she misses her mother terribly, Tammi Langdon is glad they took the time to talk about the things that mattered before she died. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

When a Mother Dies

Jun 21, 2017

Although she misses her mother terribly, Tammi Langdon is glad they took the time to talk about the things that mattered before she died.

Family, ponies and a wide social circle keep the sparkle in Betty Burgoyne’s smile. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Betty Burgoyne

Jun 21, 2017

Family, ponies and a wide social circle keep the sparkle in Betty Burgoyne’s smile.

Retired broadcast journalist Hap Parnaby in his third-floor train room. The tracks circle the room through an elaborate landscape he handcrafted. Photo by Pete Paterson.

A Model for Retirement

Mar 20, 2017

A hobby can keep your brain running on the rails.

Harry Anderson during a trek in Cinque Terre National Park above the town of Romaggiore, Italy.

Harry Anderson

Mar 20, 2017

To keep in shape for his treks, Harry takes twice-weekly tai chi lessons with the Headwaters School of Tai Chi.

Lorraine McNally practises on the guitar made by her music teacher Daniel LaBrash. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Dose of Music, a Spiritual Tonic

Nov 22, 2016

At 61, Lorraine McNally nabbed Grade 1 gold at the Royal Conservatory

Ken Withers. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Ken Withers

Nov 22, 2016

“Cameramen need a broad list of personal attributes including tact, stamina, competence and a certain degree of artistic talent,” says Ken.

In The Hills is an independent, locally owned print and online magazine that has earned its reputation as the best-read, best-loved magazine in Headwaters.

The magazine is delivered to more than 40,000 homes and farms throughout Caledon, Erin, Dufferin, Orangeville and Creemore – up to double the circulation of any other local publication. And it is available to visitors at local inns, restaurants, specialty retail stores and other tourist locations.