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ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES Moricetown Band volunteer firefighter Russell Lewis, right, and deputy fire chief Desmond McKinnon spray a fire hose Thursday at Rama First Nation's fire hall. Rama is hosting the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada's 26th National Firefighter Competition Friday and Saturday.

Rama will be hosting national event

Developing a First Nation fire service from the ground up isn't easy, but the fact that a 33-member team exists on Rama First Nation today shows that it is possible.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES - Piles of garbage waiting to be picked from Burl's Creek Event Grounds Monday are pictured from Line 7.

Concerns and complaints after Boots and Hearts

As a resident of one of the houses on Line 7 across from a Boots and Hearts campsite, Bruce Wiggins was inundated with loud noise for the past four days and bright lights for the past five nights.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown, centre, cuts a ribbon Monday to officially open his campaign office, located at Simcoe and West streets. Brown is running for the Simcoe North seat at Queen's Park in the Sept. 3 byelection. He's pictured with Conservative Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton, left, who is seeking re-election Oct. 19, and supporter and retired NHL-er Mike Gartner.

Brown opens campaign office

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown, centre, cuts a ribbon Monday to officially open his campaign office, located at Simcoe and West streets. Brown is running for the Simcoe North seat at Queen's Park in the Sept. 3 byelection. He's pictured with Conservative Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton, left, who is seeking re-election Oct. 19, and supporter and ret

A view of 2015 Boots and Hearts festival from the sky. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

OPP apprehend man on top of Boots and Hearts stage

A man who made his way on to the roof of the Boots and Hearts main stage was apprehended by OPP in front of tens of thousands of people waiting to see Florida Georgia Line play Sunday night.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES The Road Hammers, including Clayton Bellamy, pleased the crowd with a high-energy set Thursday at the Boots and Hearts country music festival at Burl's Creek.

Boots and Hearts a crowd pleaser so far

When the Road Hammers walked onto the stage opening night at Boots and Hearts, the enthusiasm from the crowd was enough to rock the veteran country superstars.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES – Kane King, 17, and his sister, Meadow King, 10, go for a spin Sunday on the Scrambler.

Carnival took place Friday through Monday

The 70th annual Rotary-Lions FunFest took place at Couchiching Beach Park on the weekend. The carnival began Friday and ran until Monday. The two local service clubs split the proceeds from the event, which this year are expected to reach about $10,000, to funnel back into the community.

ROBERTA BELL/POSTMEDIA NETWORK FILE PHOTO Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop, left, is pictured with PC Leader Patrick Brown.

Wynne to call byelection Sept. 3 for Simcoe North

Ontario's premier is “doing the right thing” if she calls a byelection in Simcoe North before the legislature resumes, says official Opposition Leader Patrick Brown, who wants to run for the seat.

REUTERS FILE PHOTO From left are New Democratic Party Leader Thomas Mulcair, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

Simcoe North federal candidates ready for battle

Candidates running locally in the Oct. 19 federal election are split over whether Sunday's kickoff to 11 weeks of campaigning was a good idea, but all of them are ready to go.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES - Rita Polkinghorne, her son, Roger Polkinghorne, right, and nephew Mark Dennis enjoy themselves at a family reunion Saturday afternoon at Heidi's Campground in Oro-Medonte Township. Rita Polkinghorne, 92, of Waubaushene, was the youngest of Rita and Nelson Woon's 11 children. The Woon children and their descendants have been getting together annually to celebrate family since 1965. 

Reunion a family tradition

Rita Polkinghorne, her son, Roger Polkinghorne, right, and nephew Mark Dennis enjoy themselves at a family reunion Saturday afternoon at Heidi's Campground in Oro-Medonte Township.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES - Lorna and Bill Hawke share a laugh Saturday afternoon during their 70th wedding anniversary celebration at Simcoe Street's seniors' apartments in Orillia. The couple were married Aug. 3, 1945 in Moncton, N.B. six weeks after meeting at a dance. 

Orillia couple celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Lorna and Bill Hawke share a laugh Saturday afternoon during their 70th wedding anniversary celebration at Simcoe Street's seniors' apartments in Orillia. The couple were married Aug. 3, 1945 in Moncton, N.B. six weeks after meeting at a dance.

The dining room aboard the Keewatin. QMI Agency file photo

Funding buoys Keewatin region

The project to restore and refurbish an Edwardian-era ship and the pier it is anchored at in Tay Township has received a funding boost.