Barrie North students Philip Jacome and Dalton Stewart work to construct a cedar bench during Tuesday's Ontario Technical Skills Competition qualifying event at the education centre. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Building on their skills

More than 45 Simcoe County District School Board secondary students put their skills to the test Tuesday in effort to earn a spot in the Ontario Techn

ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Buddy the golden retriever regularly helps his owner, Vince Campbell, drive those requiring assistance around Orillia. For nearly a decade, the docile canine and Campbell have been volunteering with Helping Hands, which gives a lift to those needing a ride to local appointments, shopping and social engagements.

The Buddy system

Buddy the golden retriever regularly helps his owner, Vince Campbell, drive those requiring assistance around Orillia.

DAVE DAWSON/THE PACKET & TIMES Longtime Orillia Majors player and coach Greg McMillan announced this week the team will take its second consecutive summer off from playing in the North Dufferin Baseball League. He is hopeful community volunteers and baseball lovers will step up and help revive the storied franchise.

Majors benched again

Once again this summer, the Orillia Majors' jerseys will be kept in storage and their bats will stay silent.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Pictured, from left, are (front row) Makayla Clarke, Kaitlyn Near, Anna Glass, Allison Smith, Amy Hagman, (middle row) Ellery Ingersoll-McNeely,ÊEmily Near, Emma Rose Faragher, Christie Soares, Sydney Thompson, (back row) Melissa White (coach), Jessie Buck, Emily Moore, Steve Castellani (coach) Peyton Landon, Mandy Wilson and Sarah Hagman (coach).

Fourth-place finish for Lakers

The MD Marine atom girls Orillia Lakers travelled to London for their season-ending provincial championship tournament and finished fourth. The Lakers

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