PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID HAWKE Summer work on a farm is always tough work. And nowadays, there is the added threat of sun damage to your skin, as well as dehydration if you don't keep a water bottle handy. In 1909, when this photo of the author's grandfather, Cliff Hawke, and great-grandfather, Tuck Hawke, was taken, summer weather was much more stable and less threatening than it is today.

Sweet memories of the farm

The term ‘’honey bucket” has a wide range of meanings, and whichever one comes to your mind first may indicate your upbringing.

Cameron Curran/Special to the Packet & Times Sometimes a quick picture is all you can get when you’re out in the field. This photo of a fisher was taken during a group outing on the Carden Alvar.

Naturalists always learning

Knowledgeable, passionate and ambitious are three champion terms that describe avid outdoor enthusiasts and naturalists.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Brant Mawdsley heads the Orillia branch of People First of Ontario, a group that provides support and advocacy for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Putting people first

Brant Mawdsley wants to help people with intellectual and physical disabilities become champions for their own rights -- as someone who knows well wh

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