In the late 19th century, newspapers around Simcoe County published series in their papers, giving local pioneers a space to write about their experiences in the early days of settlement.Rev. Thomas Williams was probably the most prolific contributor, mostly to the Orillia Packet (before it merged with the Orillia Times). The Packet and the Barrie
One of the most interesting times of year for nature observations is early spring. Birds start to return from the south every year in March, with horned larks, red-shouldered hawks, red-winged blackbirds, common grackles, turkey vultures, killdeer, eastern bluebirds and American robins. The flooded fields in March have large flocks of ducks, geese
Industrial espionage - that staple of modern thrillers, new product development and getting a jump on the competition - is nothing new. In the 18th century, so many new developments in industry and the arts happened at such a rapid pace, and trendsetting luxury goods were in such high demand that industrial spies were almost a dime a dozen. So, it
Whether by accident or by design, Earth Day falls right smack dab between those depressing April showers and their proverbial result of uplifting May flowers. Good a time as any to reflect on our complex roles in the natural workings of this miraculous planet.If you're old enough to be reading this, then you will already be aware, at least in gener
Carpenters and the construction industry play a crucial role in the Muskoka economy.
Dear Amy: My wife and I love the beach. We walk on the beach, kayak, picnic, and in the summer we swim.
OAKLAND - My sister and I are sitting outside a trendy lunch spot in the Temescal Alley area of town with my Dad and his lady friend, Lucy.
Recent report damning Ontario's car insuarnce system means it's even more important for Canadian drivers to find the best deal.
Dear Amy: I'm a woman working for a software startup. We are all millennials. I really enjoy my job, except for this: Picture a group of (mostly male) software developers shooting Nerf guns at each other, with Nerf darts whistling past you, hitting windows, office equipment and other employees.
Rob Lowe has been cast as Colonel Sanders, the face of KFC, for a new ad campaign.
Dear Amy: I am a 67-year-old divorced, single woman.
TIPPERARY, Ireland -- Turns out, there may be something to Ireland's legendary pot of gold at the end of the rainbow -- minus the leprechauns.
This week, would readers help me answer a perplexing question? Your answer could be helpful to millions of people. I'm sure that very few in Canada and the U.S. have not witnessed a friend or loved one develop Alzheimer's disease (AD). First, some of the facts about this crippling malady.
Weight control and exercise fall under the Youth Corridor umbrella for the obvious roles they play in a healthy body. Less critical, but not unimportant from our point of view, is the esthetic issue. There is little doubt that yo-yo weight gain and loss tests the capacity of skin to stretch, and then spring back into shape.
Dear Amy: My 27-year-old daughter, "Zoey," was just laid off from her IT job out west and now she would like to pursue her long-cherished dream of becoming a comedy writer/performer on stage.
Imagine having tea in the Garden of Eden. Hard to imagine? Come out to Westmount's Sesquicenten...
Women may still be in the minority when it comes to drinking and driving, but the incidence of their being charged with DUI offences is escalating.
Dear Amy: I need some perspective.
SEATTLE — A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain’s much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear.