OPP Const. Jason Folz, along with parents Don Adele, holds his Commissioner's Citation for Lifesaving Award he received during the OPP Central Region Awards held at the Barrie Golf and Country Club on Friday. Folz was one of dozens of officers, Ontario Public Service members and citizens who were recognized for acts of bravery, lifesaving, community service and exemplary performance of duty. In February 2014, Folz, who is also a volunteer firefighter, came across a home that was total engulfed in flames, broke out a window with his hands and pulled a woman to safety. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Brave hearts recognized

OPP Const. Jason Folz, along with parents Don Adele, holds his Commissioner's Citation for Lifesaving Award he received during the OPP Central Region

SUBMITTED PHOTO Simply being outdoors can release a child's natural exuberance for active play. A number of properties protected by the Couchiching Conservancy are open for public use, such as the Alexander Hope Smith Nature Reserve.

NDD can be easily cured

The popular media is full of stories about an obesity epidemic among children. Headlines scream the current generation of children is the first with a

DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES The nodding trillium is the rarest of four trillium species to be found in this area. Growing in secluded wet areas makes it a challenge to find them, especially since they hide their blossoms beneath the spreading leaves.

Distractions of ‘home’

The day was to be spent at home, doing “at home” stuff. There have been very few days over the past couple of months when the day timer had a blank sp

Branfy Arias of the Barrie Baycats offers up the tag on Grant Tamane of the Toronto Maple Leafs during Intercounty Baseball League action Thursday at Coates Stadium in Midhurst. The Cats lost, 6-4. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

'Cats fall to Toronto 6-4

The Toronto Maple Leafs scored four runs in the fifth inning in a come-from-behind 6-4 win over the host Baycats Thursday night at Coates Stadium.

Called the Bug Man of Canada, John Powers is at the RicoCan Georgian Mall in Barrie Friday and Saturday with his exhibit called The Incredible World of Bugs. Presented by Orkin Canada, the show features 500 specimens. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

'Bug Man' in Barrie

Called the Bug Man of Canada, John Powers is at the RicoCan Georgian Mall in Barrie Friday and Saturday

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