Clifton Stewart, 8, is shown with his mother and a nurse in quarantine on a section of Stephen Leacock's Brewery Bay estate in this 1912 photo. Stewart was there while recovering from diphtheria. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE STEWART FAMILY)

The angel at Brewery Bay

When a deadly respiratory disease descended on Orillia in the early 1900s, fear cast a shadow over the community.

LETTER: Thank you

Our Amazing Race event at Bonita Glen Girl Guide Camp is over and we are left with many memories of friends old and new, campfires, swimming, and cano

DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES This coral mushroom is known in the scientific world as Clavaria zollingeri, but we can call it amethyst coral. The wet summer weather has created great growing conditions for many species of mushrooms, resulting in several interesting discoveries on any nature walk.

Mushrooms in bloom

As we approach mid-summer, the rhythm of nature takes on a more regular beat: The frantic seasonal migrations are either over with or not yet beginnin

STEFANIE MOY-SHUSTER/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Examples of cutwork are shown.

Attractive patterns a cut above

Like Queen Isabella of Spain, Catherine de Medici, Elizabeth I and virtually every noblewoman of her day, Mary Queen of Scots was an accomplished need

Simcoe North MPP and provincial Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown speaks to the party faithful at the Barrie Royal Canadian Legion Thursday night. The former Barrie city councillor and former federal MP has been acclaimed as the Ontario PC candidate for the new riding of Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte. IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

Brown crowned

Simcoe North MPP and provincial Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown spoke to the party faithful at the Barrie Royal Canadian Legion Thursday

Moose Beach posted

Higher than normal bacteria levels have led to the first beach posting in Orillia this season.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Pat Morris addresses members of the Orillia Parry Automotive U19 Lady Kings team during a timeout at this week's contest against Oshawa. Morris said he feels the Lady Kings, buoyed by tournament success in Pennsylvania and a return to form in league play, are rounding into shape as they prepare to defend their provincial championship in August.

Lady Kings look ahead

In the golden glow of an undefeated season that was capped by a provincial championship, expectations were sky high for the Orillia Parry Automotive L

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