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Furry Friends’ PetSmart Adoptathon Nov. 8th to 10th

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Furry Friends’ PetSmart Adoptathon aims to get rescued kittens & cats “Home Before the Holidays.”

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Elusive yapping drives me barking mad

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By David Hawke -- The barking started at 7:30pm, loud, sharp and annoying. And it continued, non-stop for a good 30 minutes. Now, I have a saying about dogs, and that is, "The dog is probably a nice enough animal, it's the dog owner that's the problem". Yes, there are some nasty tempered dogs out there, but most of the time it seems the dog is 'misbehaving' as a result of poor training, no training, or some level of neglect from the owner.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Cuties Riley & Noel!

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These two cuties are a bonded pair that need to find a home together. They’re as sweet as can be and are so excited to meet you!

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Ruffed grouse get ready for winter

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By David Hawke -- It's just after a rain, and I'm walking along an old logging road, my boots absolutely silent as they press against the wet layers of fallen leaves. Tall poplars line each side of the roadway, their butter-yellow leaves spread thickly on the ground before me. Brambles hang over the trail's edge and clutch at my clothing as I pass by. Occasionally a raspberry thorn catches my attention and then, with exaggerated annoyance, I stop, back up, and disengage it from my sleeve or pant leg.

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Hop to it -- adopt gentle Kuro

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Kuro Is a two-year-old neutered male bunny who enjoys gentle petting. He prefers not to be held in your lap.

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Stunning colours this year - even on the forest floor

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By David Hawke -- Whether your daily walk takes you around the yard, around the block or through the woods, there is a good chance that you will have noticed a mushroom or two growing by the wayside. Depending on your character, you may have looked upon said mushroom and thought: 1. Eww, something rotting is going on here; 2. Hmm, wonder if I can eat it... or maybe it's poisonous; or 3. Wow, look at the form and colour, what a beauty!

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Paddy is one lovable cat!

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Paddy is uniquely handsome, with quirky looks and a warm personality, all wrapped up into one lovable cat!

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UPDATE -- All adopted! Sweet kittens ready to join your family

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Sweet kittens Luci-Furr, Amendial and Mazikeen were named after characters in the hit Netflex show Lucifer.

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Beware of the unseen daggers!

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By David Hawke -- "Beware the dagger moths! Beware the tussock moths!" is the cry that is going across the land this fall, and for good reason.

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Our wildlife depend heavily on forest 'mast'

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By David Hawke -- When a recent caller requested a column about mast production, I assumed she had me mixed up with someone else. What did I know about building sailing ships? But as the conversation went on, it became obvious that she was indeed on the right tack, as “mast” is a word to describe the fruiting bodies of trees -- acorns, beechnuts and such.

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UPDATE: ADOPTED! Cute bunny still looking for his family

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Introducing Chewy!

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More than one kind of mantis in the meadows

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By David Hawke -- Just when you think you know everything, along comes something new.

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Tracking the ebb and flow of life

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By David Hawke -- Once upon a time in my personal timeline, Sept. 25 held a special meaning: it was the carved-in-stone official first day of the fall hunting season. Ducks, geese, grouse, rabbits... you name it and I and my buddies were probably licensed and loaded for it. But that was then and this is now.

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Mouse is very curious and loves his treats!

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This handsome fellow is Mouse!

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Emma: A diamond in the rough

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Emma is a feral born rescue who is 9 years old.

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Treasure your early autumn walks

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By David Hawke -- As summer winds down and autumn slowly makes its presence known, a walk out of doors can be a rewarding time. Gone is the oppressive humidity, gone are the biting insects, and instead of green, green, green surrounding you, there are now splashes of colour highlighting the scenery.

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Update: ADOPTED! Peggy has energy and love

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Hi, I'm Peggy. I’m about a year old and I’m ready to find my 'furever' family.

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She's a beautiful loving puppy she's so happy and. Well behaved I'm looking forward to training her and she is scared of my kitty ... Read More
Friday, 13 September 2019 02:16
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Letter to the Town of Innisfil

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By Diane Sykes, Guest Blogger -- I am extremely concerned about the health of Lake Simcoe and the relationship to the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit's 6 beach advisory postings this year.

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Guest — Greg Macneil
Thank you for writing this..unfortunately I think its already to far gone. The visions have been outlined and the pockets have be ... Read More
Monday, 09 September 2019 09:15
Guest — Sue
I agree 100%
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Guest — Gabriella
As a long time resident of 30 years, I agree with the opinion piece. Unfortunately, the town of Innisfil sold out long ago to the ... Read More
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 08:11
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Plan a beautiful, low-maintenance garden

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        By Anna Van Maris, Parklane Landscapes -- As you clean up your yard this fall, and plan your garden projects for next year, think about the ways your property can start to contribute to the health of the Lake Simcoe environment - while being easier to maintain! Here are some suggestions:

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What to do with all those tomatoes!

By Anna Van Maris, Parklane Landscapes

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