"Sugar Shack" - evaporator in the Ellis Sugar bush, outside Newton Robinson, Ont. on Saturday March 18, 2017. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Into the Sugar Bush...

Peter and Patty Ellis welcomed 30 or so members of the Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute and Tecumseth & West Gwillimbury Historical Society to their 10th Line property, March 18, to enjoy a Canadian tradition: a visit to the sugar bush.

Lions Debbie Jeske and Roddie Saunders join the winners of the Bradford Lions' Effective Speaking contest at the Lions Den in Bradford, March 20, 2017. Winners go on to the Regionals in Bradford this Saturday. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Effective Speakers!

Technology, hockey, overcoming fear, the family camping trip – those were some of the topics covered by the young winners of the Bradford Lions Club's Effective Speaking Competition.

Fresh produce, handicrafts, dairy and meats, the Bradford Farmers' Market is an ambassador for "the Town's culture of food and food production,” says Laura Vree. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Cry for help from the Farmers' Market

The Bradford Farmers' Market has been run by its vendors for the past 5 years – relying on vendors' fees and a grant from the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury to provide a vibrant summer market in the parking area adjacent to the public Library.

The Flailing Shillelaghs (with Russ Clayton) entertained at the St. Patrick's Day Dinner and Dance at Holy Martyrs of Japan Catholic Church in Bradford, March 18. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

St. Patrick's Day fundraiser for WYD

The last time a contingent of Youth from Holy Martyrs of Japan Catholic Church attended World Youth Day, to meet the Pope and Catholic Youth from around the world, the fundraising effort was admittedly challenging, with less than a year to raise the “big sum” needed.

Elmes Steele

Welcome to Steele country

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

Traditional Quilt, from the collection of June Chambers of Bond Head, Ont. Submitted

Quilts and other comforts...

Have you ever cuddled up in a cosy blanket, or Grandma's old quilt, on a cold winter night? Just imagine the importance of these homely items in the poorly-heated, drafty homes of the 19th century.