The locally rare skunk cabbage is our earliest-blooming wildflower, often melting the surrounding snow with its own generated heat. Related to the more common jack-in-the-pulpit, the actual flower is protected by a heavy sheath. (DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES)

Nature’s wow factor

It is interesting how easily I can be distracted by nature, especially on a gorgeous spring day right after a hard winter.

Mark Urbanski

Ramara CAO terminated

With three months left on his one-year probation, Ramara’s chief administrative officer, Mark Urbanski, has been let go.

Orillia’s Kyle Whitlow was recently named Big East offensive player of the week after netting three goals and adding four assists in two games. The former Orillia King standout is a key player for the Marquette University Golden Eagles, which play Division 1 NCAA lacrosse. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Whitlow making his mark

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Employing a blend of skill, talent, passion and hard work, Kyle Whitlow is making his mark in field lacrosse south of the border.

Georgian College students, from left, Jamie Swick, Diane Baverstock and Courtney Friedrich celebrate their last day of class for the spring semester Thursday at the Orillia Campus pub. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/Packet & Times

Georgian grads get jobs

Georgian College Orillia campus students are generally confident that their education - stressing both intellectual learning and hands-on experience -

Geoffrey Campbell, right, owner and developer of the former Paterson Pontiac property on Matchedash Street, and Dan Landry, economic development manager for the City of Orillia, stand on the property where Campbell plans to build new commercial and residential units. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/THE PACKET & TIMES

New urbanism in Orillia

“New urbanism” is the style of building a young developer wants to bring to the prime downtown Orillia property he has purchased.

Christopher Dubreuil, of Cobourg, pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing the death of Ashley Fogal. Tracy McLaughlin/Special to QMI Agency

'There was nowhere to go'

A Cobourg man who got out of drug rehab and went straight to the liquor store to buy a bottle of whiskey before killing a woman with his SUV ...

The Orillia Fire Department responded to a fire on the roof of Studabakers at 211 Mississaga St. E. Thursday afternoon when working roofers accidentally started a fire that spread to a wall of the lighthouse tower. The restaurant was evacuated and no one was injured. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/PACKET & TIMES

Roof fire at Studabakers

Customers at Studabakers Beach Side Bar and Grill had to leave the establishment Thursday afternoon when roofers working on the roof started a fire th

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