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Baseball Memories

Jun 16, 2011 | Ken Weber | Leisure

When baseball fever swept North America in the late nineteenth century, the good people of these hills signed on, but they embraced the game with a unique, local flair.

From Vision to Village

Jun 16, 2011 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

From Market Hill (Mono Mills) to reach what became Horning’s Mills, they built primitive pathways through forty kilometres of virgin forest, slogged around swamps and across streams, and forced their way up almost insurmountable hills.

Dr. Algie Delivers a Jolt

Mar 23, 2011 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

By the 1880s, poor sanitation had been identified as a major cause of disease and governments were taking action. Here in the hills, newly established health boards had a lot of catching up to do.

Was Christmas ever ‘Old-Fashioned’?

Nov 20, 2010 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Christmas was once a simple season of carolling and school concerts, of neighbourly greetings and family visits, of tinkling bells and sleigh rides in gently falling snow, all blessedly free of commercial pressure. Well, maybe.

When Local Government Ruled

Sep 13, 2010 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Before there were boards and commissions and tribunals and official plans, and before there were consultants and mission statements and surveys and regulations and codes, the local municipal council handled almost everything. And fast.

Prohibition pits “wet” vs “dry”

Jun 15, 2010 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

In the 1880s, prohibitionists took the fight for liquor control to the voting booths of the nation. In the hills, choosing “wet” or “dry” became such a hot button that neighbours and whole communities were pulled in different directions.

A Tale of a Jail

Mar 21, 2010 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

When it came into service in 1867, built on land donated by the Village of Brampton, Peel County jail was a grim edifice modelled on England’s notorious Newgate Prison.

Women’s Institute: For Home and Country

Nov 15, 2009 | Ken Weber

The Women’s Institute has been called the most effective women’s organization ever – with good reason. For over a century, the WI has been welcoming, educating, challenging, improving, supporting and “getting things done.”

The Bolton Kinsmen

Nov 15, 2009 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

In the early spring of 1967, the Stanley Cup playoffs…held the attention of hockey fans everywhere in these hills. Except in Bolton.

The Story of a Mill

Sep 15, 2009 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Mono’s Sheldon Creek was the site of one of Ontario’s two longest-serving waterpowered mills.

Suffer the Little Children

Jun 18, 2009 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

The settlers of these hills had fled wars and tyranny and repressive class system to seek a new life in a new world, but they were unable to escape the dreaded shadow of contagious disease, especially its grip on their children.

The Day the Avro Arrow Died

Mar 21, 2009 | Jeff Rollings

It’s been 50 years since Black Friday, the day the Avro Arrow was cancelled – and economic disaster spread like wildfire through the hills.