From my family to yours, merry Christmas and/or seasonal greetings! Have you ever wondered how much stuff can be stored in a barn? Columnist Dave Hawke shares his story of dealing with decades of accumulated treasures. DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

Musings on the giving of 'stuff'

'Tis the season for giving, and with that thought in mind we are purging some of our horded "stuff" and have been giving it away by the box load. To b

Mamie Shrum takes her shot

To mark the recent release of Hot Foot: Walter Knox’s Remarkable Life as a Professional in an Amateur World, The Packet & Times is running excerpts of

A Thayer’s gull, between an Iceland gull on the left and a herring gull in the right, is pictured at the Orillia landfill. BOB BOWLES/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

Navigating the great gull complex

Our knowledge of birds has greatly increased over the past 20 years with DNA analyses, better field guides and smaller and more advanced cameras that

During an assault on the net Joseph Blandisi of the Barrie Colts gets tied up with Victor Crus Rydberg of the Plymouth Whalers during first period OHL action Thursday at the Barrie Molson Centre. The Whalers won 4-2. Mark Wanzel Photo

Whalers harpoon Colts

The Barrie Colts were coming in on a high, facing an opponent who was down and out. But as is often the case, both teams reversed their fortunes by the end of the night.

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