St. John Ambulance Barrie Simcoe Muskoka — along with Simcoe County paramedics, the Springwater Township fire department and the OPP — are hosting a natural disaster response training exercise on Sunday. Herman Koeslag Photo

Planning for disaster

SPRINGWATER TWP. — There will be casualties, injuries and broken bones aplenty at the Barrie Community Sports Complex on Sunday.

Orchidee Xuan Lan Bongard, 46, died after the car she was driving collided with a transport truck on Highway 400 early Thursday morning. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

'Orchidee was a determined girl'

Full of love, luck and determination, Orchidee Xuan Lan Bongard lost her life in a flash of metal when her car collided with a transport truck on High

DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Garlic mustard is considered an invasive plant in local woodlots. Pulling it up in the spring is a good way to control its spread; just be sure to get the entire root system.

The invaders are coming

As the sun warms the soil and the meltwater seeps down to the root level, new growth springs forth across the land. The discovery of green leaves, and

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