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MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Dan Bazinet, of Orillia, takes on seasonal work and tries to use his off time to improve on his music.

Precarious employment causing stress

Precarious employment can lead to an unhealthy, unhappy and poor home, according to an Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) survey.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Country musician Jason McCoy poses for a photo Tuesday, March 21, 2017, with students at Notre Dame Catholic School in Orillia.

McCoy's message motivates students

Ethan Shepperd thought it was pretty cool when Jason McCoy performed the song Mudd at Notre Dame Catholic School Tuesday morning.

Walking for water

Organizers of an upcoming event hope to teach residents the importance of respecting and protecting water.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia (BBBS) staff gathered Wednesday at Boston Pizza with representatives from local businesses that pledged their support to the agency's annual Bowl for Kids Sake. Pictured, from left, are Laura Uttley, financial adviser with HollisWealth, Carissa Sparrow, BBBS staff, Jenn Maxwell, of the Couchiching Family Health Team, Jacob Lawlor, owner of Suds-U-Brew, Brent Kemp, owner of Experience Nissan, and Stephanie Worthington, BBBS board member.

Big Brothers pins down support

Hearing a girl declare she’s happiest during the hour she spends with her mentor is one of the reasons Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) does what it does.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES A group of 23 Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School students will visit Vimy Ridge in April to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War battle. Among those attending are, from left, Noah Castilla, Emily Gofton, Julia Reid, Emily Sajnovic and A.J. Schell.

Students getting ready to head to Vimy

During a recent walking tour of First World War-era buildings in Orillia, Noah Castilla got a sense of Canada’s participation in the war.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES The “Makers of Orillia” are being recognized at an exhibition that opened on the weekend at the Orillia Museum of Art and History. Items from industries that once prospered in the area are on display at the museum until July 23. Vanessa Diver, of Hamilton, is shown checking out an Otaco Roll Master.

'Makers of Orillia' exhibit at OMAH until July 23

The “Makers of Orillia” are being recognized at an exhibition that opened on the weekend at the Orillia Museum of Art and History. Items from industries that once prospered in the area are on display at the museum until July 23.

ANDREW PHILIPS/THE PACKET & TIMES School crossing guard Diane Wilson wants drivers to be extra careful during school times and stop when she and her colleagues are on duty. She is pictured here at the Monsignor Lee Catholic School crossing at the end of the day.

OPP warns drivers the penalty for ignoring crossings is a $365 fine

Diane Wilson waits for a pause in traffic before holding up her stop sign and cautiously walking onto the road before signalling for pedestrians to cross. But a few days ago, a car rushed past her outside Monsignor Lee Catholic School, without even taking notice of her sign.