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Randy Knapp, top right, owner of MVP Sports Cards, calls it a day and joins the games table with Josh Gregg, top left, Cote Duffy, bottom left and Michael McLean. MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES

MVP owner retiring after 25 years

Randy Knapp's store has given customers more than a place to find hidden sports treasures. For some, it was a safe haven.

Stevie Joffe connected with the audience during a performance. MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES.

Music takes roots in Orillia

The 3rd annual Roots North Music Festival kicked off Friday night with performances at St. Paul's Centre, Brewery Bay Food Co. the Brownstone and Geneva Event Centre. A variety of artists, including local artists Cassie Dasilva, Beth McKean with Paul Court and the Darrin Davis Band, are scheduled to perform all day Saturday.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Coun. Ralph Cipolla and Orillia resident Ken Hammond talk about possible names for the new rec centre and its various sections.

Eight participants discussed possible names for the new rec centre

Wet weather put a damper on city staff's attempts at warming residents to the idea of naming the recreation centre.Only eight participants showed up at the open house held Thursday evening between 6 and 8 p.m. at city hall. Out of those, two residents had come prepared to put forth their ideas on what the new facility should be named."I'm here with

A group of Regent Park Public School students, grade 6 to 8, practice for their appearance at this year's Kiwanis Music Festival starting on April 18. MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES

Kiwanis Music Festival starts April 18

Performing at the Kiwanis Music Festival is about more than just receiving a gold standing, according to one student at Regent Park Public School.

Mike Schreiner, leader Green Party of Ontario, visited Orillia this Saturday. He is pictured here downtown with Alec Adams, an Orillia resident and CEO of Simcoe North Federal Green Party Association. MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES

Schreiner talks hydro and agriculture

Rising hydro costs, water protection and loss of farmlands across Simcoe County were matters of concern brought forth to an Ontario party leader.

Veterans of the Second World War, from left, Harold Rowden, Jim Barnett and Bud Weeks, laid the wreath at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial cenotaph. MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES.

Honouring Vimy Ridge

More than two dozen people gathered Sunday at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital cenotaph to honour the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. Three veterans from the Second World War, joined by those who served in other wars, laid the wreath and had a moment of silence to remember the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers.

Art lovers slowed down to take in more art at the Orillia Museum of Art and History's Slow Art Day event. Selected artists Saturday were present at hand to discuss the process behind their art pieces and invited comments from those attending. Pictured are, from left, siblings Kalla-Leo and Seamus McGee, of Barrie and Sydney Leigh, of Toronto, who took a closer look at the textile-art piece 'Cancer: A Caregiver's Journey' by Heather Smeding. MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES.

Idling through art

Art lovers slowed down to take in more art at the Orillia Museum of Art and History's Slow Art Day event. Selected artists Saturday were present at hand to discuss the process behind their art pieces and invited comments from those attending. Pictured are, from left, siblings Kalla-Leo and Seamus McGee, of Barrie and Sydney Leigh, of Toronto.