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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.

An 1870 Media Battle over “Fake News”

Mar 26, 2018 |

The tweets and accusations of fake news in today’s media seem almost dainty compared to the Orangeville Sun’s lambasting of its rival weekly, the Orangeville Advertiser.

plastic cubes containing battery-powered LED lights

A Puzzling Conclusion: Spring 2018

Mar 26, 2018 |

In the snow on a soccer field in Caledon East, a rather strange family and a triangle challenge at Duffy’s school.

This illustration of Mitchell’s childhood home and the setting for the novel, the Yellow Briar homestead on Mono’s 5th Line, is by Alan Daniel, reprinted from the 1970 edition of the book.

Yellow Briar

Nov 22, 2017 |

When The Yellow Briar was published in 1933 it hit all the right notes for a readership mired in the Great Depression.

Winter Puzzles

A Puzzling Conclusion: Winter 2017

Nov 22, 2017 |

Hourglass cooking, a gust of winter wind in Amaranth and a fortunate coincidence at the Jolly Morphology Club.

The safecrackers’ car abandoned in front of the Imperial Bank in Bolton.

A Community Mourns

Sep 16, 2017 |

In the winter of 1946 the people of Bolton were drawn together by an incident that began with all the ingredients of a grand farce, but ended in tragedy.

a Melancthon potato challenge

A Puzzling Conclusion: Autumn 2017

Sep 16, 2017 |

The homework assignment that grew, a Melancthon potato challenge and who can finish first?

In Silver Creek, St Cornelius Church and the schoolhouse, since converted to a residence, are all that remain of the bustling village.

Once a Village

Jun 21, 2017 |

The 19th century saw tiny villages spring up all over these hills, bearing sturdy names like Lockton and Elder, unusual names like Biggles and Shrigley, and pretty names like Camilla and Silver Creek. They faded away, but left a legacy that helped create the hills we know today.

July 1, 1867

Jun 21, 2017 |

How the birth of the Dominion was celebrated in the hills.

Pig

A Puzzling Conclusion: Summer 2017

Jun 21, 2017 |

Ice cubes and altitudes, one minute puzzle challenge and at the livestock market in Tarbox Corners.

As a young woman, the lifelong resident of Caledon served in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during World War II.

Doris Porter Goes to War

Mar 20, 2017 |

As a young woman, the lifelong resident of Caledon served in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during World War II.

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For Valour

Mar 20, 2017 |

The Victoria Cross was awarded to Canadians until 1972, when separate Canadian awards were created.

The New Blackboard at Strong’s School

A Puzzling Conclusion: Spring 2017

Mar 20, 2017 |

The new blackboard at Strong’s school, a recital in Erin and a challenge for the carpenter’s apprentice.

Shadows in the Forest

Nov 22, 2016 |

Many a table regularly offered squirrels, groundhogs and, of course, ducks and geese.

Horse and buggy

A Puzzling Conclusion: Winter 2016

Nov 22, 2016 |

Between Rosemont and Belwood, something for a stormy night and Silas Renarm raises eyebrows in Palgrave.

Charles Ernest Thomas and one of his wartime diaries.

Face to Face with World War I

Sep 16, 2016 |

Charles Ernest Thomas, private, 3rd Field Company, Canadian Engineers

Soldiers and their loved ones say goodbye at the Shelburne railway station, 1914. Photo Courtesy Dufferin County Museum And Archives P-0009.

August 1914: The First Goodbyes

Sep 16, 2016 |

As early as August 7, the word went out to militia units across the country: Enlist as many volunteers as possible.

Mule Training

A Puzzling Conclusion: Autumn 2016

Sep 16, 2016 |

Creative thinking in Stanley Park, words of diminution and who stood where in the lineup?

The Grand River – When Your Neighbour is a River

Jun 20, 2016 |

Not only does the Grand River lay out nature’s beauty, it also offers opportunities for recreation, commerce and development. Yet all this comes at a cost, for the Grand can be both friend and foe.

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