Tree of thanks

Orillia’s Zero Waste Task Force presents Orillia council with a tree as a commemorative gift for sponsoring Ontario’s first Zero Waste Conference.

Dave Reid, of Stirling, guides his team of horses during the opening day at the 2014 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Essa township Tuesday. Mark Wanzel/ The Barrie Examiner/ QMI

Celebrating our rural roots

ESSA TWP. – Down home on the farm never felt so good to so many people. Thousands of farm families, school children, volunteers and organizers

Matthew Spring, 21, stands outside of Barrie court, Tuesday, talking to his mother. He is now on trial for second-degree murder for stabbing a man in the neck with a broken golf club at a glow-in-the-dark mini putt in Barrie. He was 18 at the time. The victim, Bradley Hubbard, 42, died Aug. 13, 2011. Tracy McLaughlin Photo

'I think I am going to die'

Minutes after he was stabbed in the neck with a broken club at a mini-golf venue, Bradley Hubbard told witnesses, “I think I am going to die,” a jury

The damage was heavy at Couchiching Beach Park in Orillia following the Sept. 5 storm. (PACKET & TIMES FILE PHOTO)

Tree-replacement fund created

When Ray Merkley, Orillia’s director of parks, recreation and culture, learned the Sept. 5 storm downed many trees in Couchiching Beach Park...

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