DAVE DAWSON/THE PACKET & TIMES Mya Erskine, 11, is shown with some of the trophies and medals she has won in her three years competing with the Mariposa Wrestling Club. The talented athlete recently won her second consecutive Canada East Wrestling Festival title and was named that event’s most outstanding wrestler — a remarkable feat for someone who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in September.

Winning the battle

Mya Erskine is a fighter. Just ask anyone who has had the daunting task of facing her across a wrestling mat.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS Until about a hundred years ago, advertising for patent medicines was unregulated; the miraculous claims did not have to be proven or verified. The violet wand promised to cure any number of ills by applying a mild electric current.

Quack medicine

Reading this article is guaranteed to cure hiccups, epilepsy, nausea, tinnitus and plantar warts. Go ahead; try it. You will feel better.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Cameron Ranch, now a part of Ontario Parks' Carden Alvar Provincial Park, has been characterized as “Ontario’s Serengeti” because of its extensive grasslands.

The world is your mall

The heaviness of the humid May air encircled me as I stepped out of the air-conditioned comfort of the truck and onto the dusty gravel. Stretching my

DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES This family of short-tailed weasels, also called ermine, was photographed doing the four-yard dash across the local Rail Trail. When youngsters are first exploring the world beyond their home den, some get lost. Don't worry, as most will get reunited in short order, with a lesson learned to stick closer to Mom.

Mind the meddling

"Mommy! Mommy! Look what I found! Can we keep it?" As a parent, you know these words can be the opening line for a conversation that includes such cla

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