A portrait of Hugh Clapperton, who spent much of his time during the War of 1812 tromping through the bush of Simcoe County, especially between Barrie and Wasaga Beach.

Frigid on the frontier

Hugh Clapperton spent his first night in what would become Barrie camped either on or not far from a street that would one day bear his name.

Submitted The Orillia Secondary School junior girls basketball team defeated St. Peters Catholic School (Barrie) 52-27 Thursday to earn their second straight Georgian Bay title. In the back row, from left: Coach Mike Tutty, Taylor Smith, Taylor Coon, Laura De los Rios, Brianna Taylor, Sammy Stockdale, Lilja Toland and Coach Dylan Young. Front Row: Lauryn Buchan, Emma Thomson, Isabela Fleguel, Hennessy Langner and Mya Erskine. Not pictured: Kate Stacey.

Nighthawks take GBSSA title

The Orillia Secondary School junior girls' basketball team overcame a sluggish start, found their mojo in the second half and capped an undefeated sea

David Hawke/Special to the Packet & Times This golden-crowned kinglet has perched low enough to actually see the name-sake patch atop its head. Normally quite secretive and busy looking for insects found high up in conifer trees, these small birds might be overlooked on a wintery walk.

Red or yellow kings plentiful

November and March are months that share many similar traits, most notably they are the in-between times that divide one season from another.

Drug charges laid

Two city residents face a slew of drug charges following a morning raid at an Orillia home Wednesday.


Driver charged

An Oro-Medonte man faces impaired-driving charges after stopping at a RIDE check early Thursday morning.

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