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Ken Weber

Caledon writer Ken Weber’s best-selling Five Minute Mysteries series is published in 22 languages. Ken is also the Historic Hills columnist and puzzle meister for this magazine and has a loyal following here in the hills.

The Ford Model T Coupe was popular among country doctors for, among other reasons, an enclosed cabin that would protect them from the elements when making house calls.

The Auto Takes Hold

Jun 22, 2021

In less than two decades automobiles grew from curiosity to commonplace in these hills.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Summer 2021

Jun 22, 2021

Marking time at the Jolly Morphology Club, a math journey with options and nouns from the outer edge.

Huge crowds filled every community on Orangemen’s Day. In Caledon East, c.1900, the Ontario Hotel had to install extra balcony supports for this group photo. Photo courtesy Doris Porter.

The Orange and the Green: A Legacy of Distrust

Mar 31, 2021

Animus between Protestants and Catholics brewed among early settlers in Headwaters.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Spring 2021

Mar 31, 2021

From the office window, riddling in Redickville and the prevaricating paddlers.

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

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?

A Puzzling Conclusion: Winter 2020

Nov 24, 2020

Test your recall with our Christmas crafts, 7 to 4 and build your own zoo.

Settlers in the 19th century came here to farm, and to do that they had to clear the trees. Photo by iStock 1038960850.

The Trees Had to Go!

Sep 18, 2020

Settlers in the 19th century came here to farm, and to do that they had to clear the trees. Their success with that was thorough and dramatic. So was the impact on the landscape.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Autumn 2020

Sep 18, 2020

Anagram a selection of four-letter words, know your colours and fill the empty triangle.

Rising to the Occasion

Jun 25, 2020

Facing a crisis was part of daily life for the settlers of these hills and they had no outside help to see them through. What they depended on instead was inner strength, creativity, resources at hand and good neighbours.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Summer 2020

Jun 25, 2020

Describe how the engine can switch the cars, time yourself and the Jolly Morphology Club gets sentimental.

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Getting into Grade 9

Mar 24, 2020

For 75 years Ontario students had to pass demanding provincial exams to get into high school. Preparation was rigorous and it was widely believed rural teachers weren’t up to the job.

Puzzles

A Puzzling Conclusion: Spring 2020

Mar 24, 2020

Overheard at Glen Eagle, deadlock at the Alton Fair Board and more squares than you think.

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

On Stage Tonight!

Nov 22, 2019

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.

A game for two players.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Winter 2019

Nov 22, 2019

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

Orangeville’s Very Own Solomon: Magistrate Joseph Pattullo

Sep 16, 2019

From the mid-1870s until 1925, magistrate Joseph Pattullo had to pass sentence on a range of human foible and sin. The record suggests he usually judged the accused with fairness and sensitivity.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Autumn 2019

Sep 16, 2019

Try the alphabet challenge, Adelaide’s near miss and Abe’s terrible toothache.

No Easy Way to the Promised Land

Jun 20, 2019

Getting to Upper Canada took determination – and good luck.

A Puzzling Conclusion: Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019

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

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