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.

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 -

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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Former cop gets life in prison

A Gravenhurst man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of murder for beating his girlfriend to death, then ...

Kyle Hann shovels sand into a hopper to fill a bag held by Julia Bonsa, while Isaac Harrison returns to the group. Grade 7 and 8 students from Rama Central Public School walked to the nearby Township of Ramara Yard No. 3 on County Road 169 to fill about 200 sandbags to assist local residents impacted by flooding. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/THE PACKET & TIMES

'On high alert'

Grade 7 and 8 pupils of Ramara Central Public School filled about 200 bags of sand Wednesday to help local residents who are experiencing flooding.

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