SUBMITTED PHOTO Casino Rama employee workforce (CREW) members are looking forward to collecting toys, gifts and food to help area families experience the magic of Christmas. From left, CREW members Judy Eastcott, Andrea Carnes and Cindy Switzer are shown with Natasha Ilic, the casino’s public relations specialist, with some of the toys recently donated to help launch the campaign, which runs until Dec. 13.

Betting on holiday spirit

Sadly, Christmas morning is not magical for some kids. Christmas dinner, for them, may not feature turkey with all the trimmings. But, thankfully, the

SUBMITTED PHOTO Warminster Elementary School student Calvin Kudar, who served as a legislative page at Queen's Park, is pictured with his uncle, Brendan Calder, left, and Simcoe North MPP Patrick Brown.

Local student turns a new page

Calvin Kudar, a Grade 8 student at Warminster Elementary School, recently returned from a session serving as a legislative page at the Legislative Ass

A day of giving for local YMCA

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka has joined #GivingTuesdayCA, an initiative that will harness the collective power of charities, families, businesses and in

DAVE DAWSON/THE PACKET & TIMES Patrick Fogarty’s Emily MacNeil returned from a thumb injury to help her team win a GBSSA championship last week. She and her teammates have medal aspirations as they travel to Kingsville to compete in the OFSAA AA senior girls’ basketball championship against 17 other top AA teams.

Shooting for gold

Two impressive local high-school basketball teams will mine for gold in southwestern Ontario this week.

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