Midland Cultural Centre event manager Teresa Grattan, left, and marketing manager Shelby Mulligan stand with one of the trees that’s part of the Midland Rotary Festival of Trees. ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET

Rotary Festival of Trees

Midland Cultural Centre event manager Teresa Grattan, left, and marketing manager Shelby Mulligan stand with one of the trees that’s part of the Midla

Despite being in the process of moving, the work doesn't stop, as Laurie Thorn, director of client services at Helping Hands Orillia continues helping her clients. On Nov. 27, Helping Hands moved to its new location at Willow Court Plaza in Orillia with the help of volunteers and employees. SAMANTHA QUINN/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET

Offering a Helping Hand

Sunny November days work in favour of the team at Helping Hands Orillia while they pack up and move to their new office location.

Orillia Winter Carnival president Chad Cooke, left, and vice-president Mark Earl are pictured Tuesday, Nov. 25 during a special meeting at Orillia city hall. The Orillia Winter Carnival board voted during that meeting to uphold the suspension of the event in 2015. ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES

‘A whole new fresh start’

Taking a year off from putting on the Orillia Winter Carnival may be a good way to open it up to new ideas, says a former board chair.

A cylindrical Tower Garden that can grow fruits, vegetables and herbs both indoors and outdoors was planted Wednesday at Couchiching Heights Public School. ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES

Tower Garden

A cylindrical Tower Garden that can grow fruits, vegetables and herbs both indoors and outdoors was planted Wednesday at Couchiching Heights Public Sc

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