Patrick Bales, The Orillia Packet & Times

Patrick Bales is a reporter with The Packet & Times. A native of Bradford, Ontario (Ontario's Salad Bowl), Patrick's interests include writing, rock and roll, hockey and history - not necessarily in order. He likes the Bruins, the Hip, jukeboxes, Instagram, oxford commas and irony.


Crash in Severn sends two to hospital

Two people were transported to hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries following a two-vehicle crash in Severn Township Monday afternoon.

With heavy rain falling and severe thunderstorms headed toward the Burl's Creek Event Grounds area, an evacuation plan was executed, which saw the tens of thousands of country music fans at Boots & Hearts Music Festival removed from the concert area and sent back to their campsites and vehicles. The evacutation was lifted approximately two hours later. Patrick Bales/Postmedia Network

Evacuation during Boots & Hearts as smooth as possible

Traffic was heavy Monday morning along Highway 11 southbound for the nearly 12 km stretch between Burl's Creek Event Grounds and the Highway 400 split, a sure sign Boots & Hearts Music Festival was finished for another year.

Starting about 30 minutes late thanks to a severe weather delay, Keith Urban headlined the main stage at Boots & Hearts Music Festival Friday, August 11, 2017 at Burl's Creek in Oro-Medonte. A two-hour evacuation saw the entire concert bowl emptied, only to have the more than 35,000 in attendance refill the main stage area for Urban's set. Patrick Bales/Postmedia Network

Annual country music festival underway at Burl's Creek

When the Boots and Hearts Music Festival first came to Oro-Medonte in 2015, Republic Live owner Stan Dunford quipped he wasn't sure how they could pull off a festival without a torrential downpour.

A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Laclie Street and Sundial Drive put two people in the care of paramedics Thursday afternoon. The collision, which took place at about 2 p.m., involved a silver Buick and a black Audi. Information about the cause of the crash and the extent of the injuries was not available by press time. (PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES)

Two hurt in crash

A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Laclie Street and Sundial Drive put two people in the care of paramedics Thursday afternoon.

PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES The crowd was pumped for Pup's set Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the WayHome Music and Arts Festival.

Dunford confident after WayHome

Stan Dunford wasn't blind to the fact fewer people had purchased tickets for this year's WayHome Music and Arts Festival heading into the weekend.

Study shows Orillia taxpayers paying less

Orillia ratepayers are paying less on average than many other municipalities in Ontario, particularly those in the counties of Simcoe and Dufferin and District of Muksoka.

Simcoe-North MP Bruce Stanton, left, and Severn Township Mayor Mike Burkett unveil a rug hook creation donated to the museum by board member Linda Wilson. Board members Wayne Scott, rear, and Ellen Blaubergs, right, joined Wilson for the unveiling.

Celebrating Canadiana in Coldwater

The Coldwater Canadiana Museum held its annual Heritage Day Sunday, and fittingly, red and white was the theme.