ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES The OPP’s Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS) unit at general headquarters has donated $1,000 worth of toys to the Orillia Salvation Army. ViCLAS analytical assistant Angie Thurlow, centre, organized pizza days and bake sales to raise the money to buy the toys, which Salvation Army family services co-ordinator Peter Thomas, left, picked up Wednesday morning. Also pictured is Acting OPP Staff Sgt. Kelly Grubb.

Special delivery for Sally Ann

The OPP’s Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS) unit at general headquarters has donated $1,000 worth of toys to the Orillia Salvation Army.

Laureen Harper to visit region

Laureen Harper will likely visit Orillia and Midland during her stop in the riding early next year, according to Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton.

Becca anticipates her big gift

EDITOR’S NOTE: Local author John Forrest continues his annual Christmas series for The Packet & Times. This year’s story is Becca’s Star.

Knox gets post-race surprise

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...

Bustling about town

The tail end of last week was busy. Wednesday night, Michael Jones launched his new book, The Soul of Place, at St. Paul’s Centre.

DAVE DAWSON/THE PACKET & TIMES The Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School girls’ curling team won the Gore Mutual Schoolgirl zone championship recently in Parry Sound. This week, they were back practising at the Barnfield Point Recreation Centre. Pictured, skip Sarah Marchildon prepares to make a shot from the hack while, from left, teammates Savannah Power, Danielle Farrell and Kim Taylor look on. Sierra McDonald was absent.

PF curlers are in the zone

Down by four late, things did not look good for the Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School girls’ curling team in the championship of the...

Marie 'Tonie' Farrell is pictured here leaving the Orillia courthouse. A judge dropped charges against her of assaulting a police officer. Tracy McLaughlin photo

Woman attacked by officer: Judge

ORILLIA — A 48-year-old grandmother who was acting as a "Good Samaritan" was karate-kicked, sucker-punched, beaten and left with "catastrophic injurie

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