Franklin Carmichael

Carmichael lecture returns

We see the handsome, sardonic face and the tousled grey hair -- it's Stephen! We see the limber athlete turn as he rests his oars momentarily on the e

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times The Orillia Kings' Trent Boyd deftly stickhandles the ball past a prone Markham defender during intense Jr. B lacrosse action Friday night at Rotary Place. The Kings won their home opener 11-7, then defeated Newmarket 12-9 Sunday night.

Kings win season opener

After the opening weekend of the regular season, the Orillia Kings sport twice as many wins as they managed in their entire Ontario Lacrosse Associati

TANYA CLARK/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Invasive species can be common in your gardens — periwinkle (pictured), tiger lilies, yellow flag iris and more are quick to outgrow other native plants.

Grow me instead

In a time when our news and media are full of stories about environmental degradation, we can feel powerless in the face of such a large problem. Howe

DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES In the foreground is an eastern grey squirrel. Behind it is an eastern grey squirrel. How can two such different-looking animals be the same thing? Is one a colour phase of the other, or a morph? The answer is not easy to ascertain.

Staring out the back window

Bouncing around our backyard is a mammal that is giving me a headache. It seems everything I research about it becomes controversial, including its na

LETTER: The easy way out

I am wondering why the CEO at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital hasn't offered to take a pay cut in order to assist with the present deficit.

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