Calling all cat-lovers

Two-year-old Phoebe Gallagher pets a kitten at the Comfie Cat Shelter’s adoption day at the Orillia Square Mall Saturday morning. There are more than

SUBMITTED PHOTO Charles Pachter is pictured on the grounds of the former Huronia Regional Centre. Pachter is putting the wheels in motion to turn the property into an international arts and cultural centre.

HRC plan taking shape

Artist Charles Pachter has some heavyweight support for his vision to turn Orillia’s former Huronia Regional Centre (HRC) property into an...

Members of the Innisdale Invaders practise in preparation for their first game of the season next week against Collingwood Collegiate. Some local high schools are seeing declining participating in their sports programs — Nantyr Shores has dropped its football program, for example — while other sports are seeing spikes in some instances. Patrick Fogarty Catholic High School in Orillia is fielding a junior football team for the first time in its 29-year history. The Invaders will host the CCI Fighting Owls on Thursday at Innisdale Secondary School. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Participation dwindling

Dwindling student numbers are leading to changes in Simcoe County high school sports, with some activities being curtailed or cancelled altogether.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES Jeff Holec, a former mayor of Georgina, is running for Orillia council in Ward 2 in the Oct. 27 municipal election.

Build trust, watch spending: Holec

Elected officials have to remember they aren’t spending the city’s money; they’re spending the public’s money, says one Orillia council candidate.

SARA CARSON/THE PACKET & TIMES Douglas Winterburn is running in Ward 1 in the Oct. 27 municipal election.

Get it built: Winterburn

Orillia needs to check a recreation facility off of its to-do list right away, says a Ward 1 council candidate.

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