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Gail Grant

Gail Grant is a freelance writer who lives in Palgrave.

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 classroom at Humberview during a training session with the dogs. Photo by Pete Paterson.

COPE Service Dogs

Sep 16, 2016

These Students are Going to the Dogs – and Raising Their Grades. For students at Humberview Secondary School, training service dogs is a transformative experience.

Ted Webb, an avid cyclist, founded Le Tour de Terra Cotta. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Ted Webb

Sep 16, 2016

The kindness of a Canadian soldier inspired a young Ted Webb to immigrate here. An avid cyclist, he later founded Le Tour de Terra Cotta.

Friends, old and new, are a bulwark against loneliness and loss.

The Importance of Companionship

Sep 16, 2016

Friends, old and new, are a bulwark against loneliness and loss.

Marg Patterson (right) shares a laugh with fellow poker players. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Never a Dull Moment

Jun 20, 2016

Caledon’s Seniors get Social at the Centre

Kay MacDuffee, 80, of Caledon has been taking time to meditate twice a day for about 15 years. The goal is to become grounded in the moment. Photo by Pete Paterson.

The Benefits of Meditation

Mar 21, 2016

Stress relief also aids memory and it’s like pressing the reset button on your computer.

Jim Boyd, president of the Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation, co-ordinates management of a $9-million fund used to support local charitable activities. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Charitable Giving: Planning the Last Gift

Nov 25, 2015

According to a BMO Wealth Institute report, the biggest wealth transfer in history is now underway, as Canadian boomers are expected to inherit about $1 trillion by about 2030.

Aquafit classes at Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness help improve strength and balance. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Fit for Life

Sep 11, 2015

Exercise makes me happy. It energizes me and forges strong links with like-minded people to share challenges, laughter, experiences, wisdom, and even the odd great recipe.

Cleaning Out the Closets

Jun 16, 2015

As each decade has clicked into the next, one thing in my life has remained constant: lack of adequate closet space.

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.