Life

Clifton Stewart, 8, is shown with his mother and a nurse in quarantine on a section of Stephen Leacock's Brewery Bay estate in this 1912 photo. Stewart was there while recovering from diphtheria. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE STEWART FAMILY)

The angel at Brewery Bay

When a deadly respiratory disease, known as “the strangling angel of children,” descended on Orillia in the early 1900s, fear cast a shadow over the community.

DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES This coral mushroom is known in the scientific world as Clavaria zollingeri, but we can call it amethyst coral. The wet summer weather has created great growing conditions for many species of mushrooms, resulting in several interesting discoveries on any nature walk.

Mushrooms in bloom

As we approach mid-summer, the rhythm of nature takes on a more regular beat: The frantic seasonal migrations are either over with or not yet beginning; mates have been found and young are starting to venture out on their own; blooms have been produced and seeds are quietly forming. Not a boring time of year for a naturalist, but certainly less exc

STEFANIE MOY-SHUSTER/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Examples of cutwork are shown.

Attractive patterns a cut above

Like Queen Isabella of Spain, Catherine de Medici, Elizabeth I and virtually every noblewoman of her day, Mary Queen of Scots was an accomplished needlewoman - a fortunate talent, for in the 18 years of captivity before she was beheaded in 1587, it was needlework of various kinds Mary turned to keep herself occupied during the long days.

In this Oct. 7, 2003, file photo, a section of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease is on display at the Museum of Neuroanatomy at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y. There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases.(AP Photo/David Duprey)

Can lifestyle changes really ward off Alzheimer's?

WASHINGTON — There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer’s, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around the world.

Let’s grow together

Orillia and the greater area is home to more than 100 charities and non-profit organizations, and summer is an active time for these groups. With outdoor events, students out of school and many seasonal visitors to the area, summer provides these groups with an opportunity to highlight and advance their work.

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