SUBMITTED PHOTO Burl's Creek event grounds in Oro-Medonte Township are pictured.

Permits granted

Oro-Medonte Township council has granted two special events permits to Burl's Creek Event Grounds (BCEG) Inc. for its 2017 festival season, one for th

Posting lifted

The posting of Moose Beach at J. B. Tudhope Memorial Park has been lifted as per the direction of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. The posting


Charges in robbery

Robbery charges have been laid after an investigation into an incident that took place in Oro-Medonte Township in April. The robbery took place at a b

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 descended on Orillia in the early 1900s, fear cast a shadow over the community.

LETTER: Thank you

Our Amazing Race event at Bonita Glen Girl Guide Camp is over and we are left with many memories of friends old and new, campfires, swimming, and cano

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 beginnin


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 need

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