Jessica Fraser, centre, and her sister, Jasmine Fraser, right, pose with Julie Clarke, the swim team coach at Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School. Jessica won a bronze medal at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) swimming championship this week, while Jasmine competed at her fourth consecutive OFSAA championship to cap a stellar high-school swimming career. Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times

Sisters swim toward OFSAA glory

A pair of sisters from Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School made quite a splash at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA)

A barred owl checks out a bird-feeding area for voles, mice and red squirrels. These birds usually prefer the quiet confines of a dense forest but have been coming to bird feeders looking for an easy winter meal. DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

Owls out in the open

Owls are making themselves known recently, sometimes quite brazenly. Usually sitting with great calm and under excellent camouflage, owls are often ha

Into the minds of birds

I have no way of knowing what birds think of as they fly long distances during migration or whether they think at all. But a long flight provides me l

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