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Welcome to Steele country

Elmes Yelverton Steele was not Simcoe County’s most famous Steele – that honour belongs to his son, Samuel Benfield Steele.

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How vitamin K2 helps hearts and bones

Ask people what they know about vitamin C and some will reply it's good for preventing common colds. Maybe they'd add heart attack, if they've read my column. But ask the same question about K2 and most people will give you a blank stare.

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Never depend on a big-talking friend

Dear Amy: "Don" has been my best friend since junior high school. He moved to the opposite end of the country over a decade ago, but we've stayed close for decades.

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Nutritious ideas to get you through the cold

We're in the early days of spring, and yet I suspect most of us are still dressing in layers and shivering as we wait for real warmth to arrive. It doesn't help the Weather Network's forecasting a colder than normal March.

Custom beer taps are shown in a handout photo. In the past five years, beer tap maker Chrislan Ceramics has seen its business double thanks to a boom in the Canadian craft beer industry.The Maple Ridge, B.C., manufacturer says it produces between 1,000 to 1,500 beer taps a week, up from around the 600 mark in 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Chrislan Ceramics

The art of unique beer tap designs

TORONTO — In the past five years, beer tap maker Chrislan Ceramics has seen its business double thanks to a boom in the Canadian craft beer industry.

Verucchio is a beautiful, hilltop town with a castle in the Emilia-Romagna area of northern Italy. JIM BYERS PHOTO

6 must-see European destinations this summer

With its great cities, rich museums and small, hilltop towns, Europe will always hold an allure for Canadians. But it can be expensive given our suffering loonie. It also can get mighty crowded in summer. So here are some ideas for visiting both well-known and less-visited destinations in Europe this year.

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What’s new in Germany, Vienna and Prague

The big event in Germany this year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation began in 1517 when Martin Luther, a priest and professor of theology, wrote and published his 95 theses, questioning the corrupt ways of the Catholic Church.

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Single mom worries about son's slumber party

Dear Amy: I'm a single mom to a wonderful boy who will be 10 next month. His father has very limited involvement, and only just started paying child support last year because he was ordered to do so by a judge. He comes around when he feels like it and when he has the time.

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