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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.

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?

This amber vase was specially cut by Robert Hughes, Jack’s twin brother, for his wife. Such one-of-a-kind pieces are highly valued by collectors. The glasses with the ruby-red bases, cut on blanks from a one-off shipment from Czechoslovakia, are likewise valued for their rarity. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Corn Flower Glass: New Life for a Canadian Icon

Mar 19, 2019

A stunning display of Corn Flower glass is turning heads in a brand new gallery at the Museum of Dufferin. Why this impressive collection has its home in Dufferin and how it got there is a remarkable story of creativity, commercial success and delightful coincidence.

The More Things Change …

Mar 19, 2019

In spring 1911, four wardens from neighbouring counties sat down for an informal chat. Their conversation here is imaginary, but the issues they discussed were the hot topics of the day – and eerily familiar.

Ken Weber's Puzzles and Riddles

A Puzzling Conclusion: Spring 2019

Mar 19, 2019

Inclusive triangles, 100-year-old riddles, which cards to turn and who canned what?

The walls of the Dufferin jail’s outdoor yard were built with an inward slant to prevent prisoners from scaling them. The slant can be seen in this exterior photo taken in 1986 after the jail was closed to be renovated to house municipal offices. De Ha Josef for the County of Dufferin.

Dufferin County’s Jail

Nov 20, 2018

With the notable exception of inmates charged with vagrancy (more on this later), the vast majority of time served at Dufferin County Jail was measured in days, weeks or a few months.

Alarm clock

A Puzzling Conclusion: Winter 2018

Nov 20, 2018

Bonnie skips the garage sales, all over the hills on a cube and looking at numbers in two different ways.

The Humber flooded Bolton in 1950. TRCA documents at least 78 damaging floods on the river between the early settlement years and Hurricane Hazel, every two to three years on average.

Hurricane Hazel’s Place in Headwaters’ History

Sep 18, 2018

When Hurricane Hazel finally blew itself out in October 1954, the damage and casualties left behind made it Ontario’s biggest weather event of the century. The flood control plans that followed were even bigger.

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.