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It's never too late to feel better!

Let's see how many people this next sentence resonates with:“I'm ___ years old now, there's no way I can _______”.

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Where will the deer go?

Anyone travelling along Highway 11, Yonge Street, north of Newmarket, can't miss the signs of progress.Over the winter months, the forest on the northern side of the hill between Newmarket and Bradford has been stripped of trees, the logs piled, then taken away.Many driving this route have seen the deer wandering through the barren acres, seeming puzzled, looking for food and the familiar forest.At dusk tonight, a herd of about eight or nine filed one behind the other down the hill, through the snow, glancing over at the double row of northwest-bound headlights, cars headed for Bradford and beyond. I watched with sadness and dismay, hoping they would not try to cross, tempted by the wooded areas on the other side of the road. I don't know what is going to be built on this land. Houses? Roads? Industrial buildings?What does it matter?In all the planning, surveying, designing, there was no plan for these deer and the other creatures who called this forest home. Where will they go?

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Ron Fleming blog: In memory of Samwise

Ron Fleming blog: In memory of Samwise

The first day of my March Break was March 8, so I ushered it in by driving the roads west and north of Newmarket in search of local birds. 

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Walk amongst the Swans at Burlington Bay

On Boxing Day of 2012, my husband and I did our yearly tradition of sitting down by the docks at Sibbald Point Provincial Park and drinking coffee.

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Medicine and Chiropractic can get along

There is a long history of animosity between the Chiropractic and Medical professions.

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Lake Simcoe needs its own RTO

For some reason that I will never understand (Oh, to save money...?), when the Ontario government sliced up the tourism pie a few years back, parts of the Lake Simcoe Watershed were put into three different RTOs - Regional Tourism Organizations.

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Olympic Party on Lake Simcoe

 On Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m., an Olympic Party took place on Lake Simcoe.

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Stop the pain from "snowmageddon"

If you were out in the snowmageddon blitz the other week, and are finding yourself with low back pain, there is some good news.

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The first sounds of Spring

Did you hear birds singing today?With the sun shining most of the day, birds seemed to come out of their hiding places to start singing and looking for food.So many days this year have been cold and windy — and bereft of any wildlife. The only sound for many days was the wind howling mournfully through bare tree branches.Even the fields where I walk with the dog, there were no tracks for the longest time.Now there are tracks from the occasional rabbit, squirrel and even what appeared to be a mouse. There are tracks outside the beaver den. And there's something that appears to be a dog roaming on its own, so more likely is a coyote.In the March-April issue of Lake Simcoe Living Magazine, Ron Fleming talks about the first bird songs of Spring. Which bird "confirms that Winter is leaving and Spring is on its way?" I'm sure most of us will think of the red-breasted robin.Not so, Ron says. It's the red-winged blackbird.You can read more about the birds of Spring in the March-April issue. We're working on that issue now, and it should be available the first week of March.

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Where do Trumpeter swans spend the winter?

I learned this week that a Trumpeter swan has about 35,000 feathers and 2.5 centimetres of down. That's how Trumpeter swans get through the winter — even the severe temperatures and heavy snowfall we have had this winter.Where they spend the winter is another question, and Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration, an organization started in 1982 to restore the majestic birds to their former range, would like anyone who sees a Trumpeter swan to help with the answer.Please report the sighting by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre website — http://www.wyemarsh.com/conservation/swansightings.php, or on the Facebook group page Ontario Trumpeter Swans. Please include the date, location (GPS co-ordinates), wing tag number or leg band number.Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration was initiated by retired Ministry of Natural Resources biologist Harry Lumsden. He began a captive breeding program that has since released 584 captive-reared swans in 54 locations around Ontario. There are now an estimated 800 to 1,000 birds in the province.The Ontario Trumpeter Swan Restoration says if swans need to maintain a diet of natural wild forage. If you do feed them, provide clean, "untreated" dry corn — not bread.Anglers are asked to help in swan restoration by using lead-free tackle so swans do not ingest a lead sinker while feeding, and by retrieving any lost lures so these are not accidentally ingested by swans and other wildlife.

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"Are you going to X-ray my back?"

You have been shovelling this endless January snow for hours and your back hurts. You ask: Are you going to X-ray my back?

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Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Festival

Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Festival

There's more fun in Cannington this weekend than you can throw a snowball at, as the town hosts the 10th Annual Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Festival.In addition to the dog sled races both Saturday and Sunday, there is competitive skijoring — competitors wearing cross-country skis are pulled along by their dogs — and a full slate of fun, family-oriented activities, from Metis music and dancing to ice carving, an outdoor marketplace and horse-pulled wagon rides.On Sunday there's a pancake breakfast, beer garden with live entertainment and spaghetti dinner.Simply follow the signs when you get to Cannington, just east of Highway 12.

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Hybrid, electric, or... what do you recommend?

One of my greatest pleasures is driving around Lake Simcoe, and as publisher of Lake Simcoe Living, I get to do that quite a bit - meeting people, going to events, delivering magazines, and taking photos are just some of the activities my role requires.But increasingly I am aware that my trips around the lake come at a cost to the environment. I drive a small, energy-efficient car, but it burns gasoline. And the more I learn about the detrimental effects of capturing, transporting and burning fossil fuel, the less I enjoy my time on the road.So it's time to find a vehicle that will do less harm to the environment. At the same time, it should be easy to load and be able to carry a few hundred magazines. Do I look for a hybrid? Or an electric car? What is going to do the least harm, and still allow me to do my job? Do you have any recommendations to help in my search?

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Tell your Lake Simcoe story!

When I was growing up and spending every summer at our family cottage on Lake Simcoe, I spent a lot of time in Innisfil Park.

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Something fishy

Something fishy

Have you been to the new Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, next to the CN Tower in Toronto?

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Backache may not be the end of the world!

The sciatic nerve starts from several branches of your spinal cord, comes together to run down the back of your leg, and splits at the knee, then runs down the rest of your leg.

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Massage or chiropractic - or both?

Have you ever wondered, if you have had a massage, whether Chiropractic can still help? Or if there's any point in going to both? The answer is yes. Chiropractic and therapeutic massage can be very complementary to one another. When your joints have become dysfunctional it can be a “chicken or the egg” scenario — as your joints become dysfunctional, then your muscles go into spasm, which creates more dysfunction in the joints. As a Chiropractor, I do a fair amount of work on the soft tissues surrounding the joints, so that when I manipulate the joints they are not being held so tightly by muscles in spasm. If you have been to a massage therapist before I manipulate your joints, this allows me to get into the joints even better, as the focus of the treatment is relieving the spasm. Some conditions are purely muscular. However, if you go for a massage and the joint is still not moving the way that it should, chances are the spasm in the muscle is going to come back. In the long term, the weak muscles should be strengthened to prevent reoccurrence!

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Let's have BREAKFAST!

Forget the bed… Let’s go straight to the breakfast room at these local B&Bs

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Share your story about growing up on Lake Simcoe

When I was growing up, summers at our cottage on Lake Simcoe were special.

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Buying shoes for holiday parties!

One thing I find myself talking about often these days is footwear. It seems as though with winter here, many people are buying new boots and are sometimes developing pain as a result of it. It is so important to get a good quality shoe that is well made and fits your foot.

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