A stand of balsam fir trees stands tall beside a wetland in northern Simcoe County. The snow-covered lower branches provide shelter for small mammals while the dense upper foliage is a welcome hiding place for small birds during the harsh winter. GAYLE CARLYLE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

More than a festive tree

"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation f

Is this the alpha male of the local chickadee flock? It's hard to tell just by looking at one, so watch the behaviours of the other chickadees around it. If it's bullied by others, it's not the "top dog." DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

Songs and signs of spring

So, here we are, the last week of February. About time. The past number of weeks have been much more like January in Siberia than is usually found in

County promoting Official Plan

Simcoe County residents will soon get a chance to learn more about the lengthy process surrounding the adoption of the county’s Official Plan.

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