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City mum on director's absence
Orillia's director of culture and heritage has been away from his post since early April, says the city's deputy CAO/CFO, Bob Ripley. Ripley would not say why Craig Metcalf has not been at work, but said he is still employed with the city.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-26 08:02:02



Fitness in the park
Eight women were working up a sweat with walking squats and tricep dips at Couchiching Beach Park Monday. The workout was part of Cassandra Hammett's Females in Training program.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-26 08:02:02



OPP to expedite background checks
The OPP has taken measures to expedite the background-check process -- welcome news for non-profit groups that rely on volunteers. People needing a criminal background check can declare whether they have a criminal record and potentially forgo the need for fingerprints.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-26 08:02:01



Popular program expanding
Expanding the specialist high-skills major (SHSM) program across Ontario could mean more Orillia secondary school students will gain work experience and life skills before graduation.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-26 08:02:00



Teen murder suspect appears in court
A 17-year-old Alliston girl charged with murder made a brief appearance in bail court Monday. Wearing handcuffs and dressed in jail-issued blue T-shirt and jeans, the girl sat calmly in the glassed-in prisoner's box.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-26 08:01:59



A wash with a cause
TeleTech employees scrubbed, sprayed and polished cars in the company parking lot Saturday to raise money for the Sharing Place Food Bank.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-26 08:01:59



Court date set for grow-op suspect
An Innisfil man, charged with marijuana production after his Ramara Township home went up in smoke Wednesday, is scheduled to appear in Orillia court July 24. The 58-year-old man owns properties in both Ramara Township and Innisfil.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-26 08:01:58



Tractor-trailer crashes on Highway 12
The two occupants of this tractor-trailer were not injured after the vehicle flipped onto its side Monday. Orillia OPP said the truck was southbound on Highway 12 near County Road 169 when the driver lost control of the vehicle at about 4 a.m.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-26 08:01:58



Garbage tags changing as of July 1
As of July 1, only garbage with pink tags will be picked up on garbage day. Residents with leftover orange tags can exchange them for pink ones from July 3 until Aug. 31. Tags can be exchanged at the City Centre at 50 Andrew St.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-26 08:01:57





ATV driver critically injured in crash
A 53-year-old North York man is in critical condition after he was thrown from an ATV in Severn Township Saturday evening. At 10:26 p.m., Orillia OPP attended the single-vehicle collision on Daisy Lane off Upper Big Chute Road.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-26 08:01:56



Man in critical condition after being thrown from ATV
A 53-year-old North York man is in critical condition after he was thrown from an ATV in Severn Township Saturday evening. At 10:26 p.m. Orillia OPP attended the single motor vehicle collision on Daisy Lane off Upper Big Chute Road.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-25 12:01:47



New playground at park a hit among kids
Camp counsellors Ashley Cleavley, left, and Shannon Ward rock the boat for the children who attended "camp for a day" Saturday at the newly-finished Couchiching Beach Park playground.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-25 08:00:47



Teen girl facing murder rap
ALLISTON -- A teenaged girl has been charged with murdering a 24-year-old man during an incident late Saturday night. Nottawasaga OPP say a New Tecumseth man was found in distress at 11:52 p.m. on Centre Street, with obvious signs of trauma.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-25 08:00:46



Persistence reigns at rain-soaked festival
Arts for Peace took over the grounds of the Leacock Museum Sunday. This year, the fest had a focus on food and community. "Food that's shared brings harmony; things get done in a harmonious way over food," said festival co-founder, Lorna Bolden.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-25 08:00:45



Boaters enjoy spirit of Christmas in June
Carol Anne and Brent Beleski were Christmas in June virgins until Saturday. "This is our first boat and our first year (at the festival)," said Carol Anne, as she and her husband scrambled to put the finishing touches on their pontoon boat.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-25 08:00:44



Remembering Rugby School
The school has been closed for nearly 50 years, but that didn't stop Rugby School alumni from gathering there Saturday for a reunion. "School is in," hollered Doug Langman, as he drew the attention of more than 100 former students and teachers.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-25 08:00:44



Leacock chairs help downtown streets come alive
Fifty replicas of Stephen Leacock's chair, decorated by local artists, inspired by the work and life of the Orillia humorist, now adorn the main street. Streets Alive!, back for a fourth year, kicked off Saturday at Market Square.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-25 08:00:43



Officer hurt in crash
ORO-MEDONTE TOWNSHIP -- An OPP officer sustained minor injuries during a crash Sunday morning.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-25 08:00:42



Steele celebrated
Sir Samuel Steele is a founding "brother" of this nation, according to a commanding officer of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters (GSF).[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-25 08:00:41



Silly People give kids peek into circus camp
Juggling, acrobatics, yo-yo tricks and a whole lot of joking around -- that's what can be expected from the city's new circus camp. Students at Orchard Park Public School got a sneak peek into the new camp Friday, when The Silly People stopped by to give a performance.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-23 08:07:53



Steele was chosen to police the gold rush
Editor's note: This is Part 3 of a three-part series about Sir?Samuel?Steele in advance of Sir Samuel?Steele Day in Orillia Sunday. This story was originally published in 1996. In 1886, the first discovery of gold took place at Forty Mile, 40 miles north of Dawson.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-23 08:07:52



Former deckhand set to welcome back S.S. Keewatin
Growing up in small-town Ontario during the Great Depression, Ralph Hopkins could only dream of grand adventure. When he landed a job as a deckhand on the S.S. Keewatin in 1938, at the age of 17, the Midland native was ecstatic.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-23 08:07:51



'Striking' orchids abound, but don't pick them
Mention the word "orchid" and thoughts immediately turn to visions of large, exotic and colourful flowers used in floral displays and corsages. While tropical orchids capture the hearts of many a flower fancier, there are many unusual and attractive native orchids growing right here in our region.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-23 08:07:50



Knives, guns shouldn't be so taboo
"OK, Toby. Go slow. There's another one sitting just over there." I urge my grandson to use stealth when approaching potential prey. His ability to make a kill, even at age three ("and a half, grandpa"), is impressive.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-23 08:07:50



Naturalize your property for the sake of wildlife
As the warm, seasonal weather begins to roll in and the summer cottage season gets underway in Orillia and surrounding areas, cottagers have settled in for another summer of swimming, boating and, of course, cottage upkeep.[...]
Newspaper: Orillia Packet
Feed: The Orillia Packet & Times's Recent News RSS Feeds Date: 2012-06-23 08:07:49



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