DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES The delicate and exquisite painted trillium is a fairly rare find in Simcoe County. It prefers a damper and slightly more acidic soil than the much more common white and red trillium species. Look for these beauties in hemlock swamps or where the groundwater is close to the surface.

It's trillium season

The white-tailed deer had made their presence known by a series of nipped-off trillium stems – a seasonal reminder the deer are always out there, always hungry. Aside from human bouquet gatherers, trilliums usually don't have too much to worry about, other than a wandering doe.

Next meeting May 24

On May 24, Colin Wackett will speak to members of the Orillia Prostate Cancer Awareness Group on the origins and history of the Ride For Dad.

Darrin Davis

Free songwriting circle

Darrin Davis has recently been appointed to the position of readers’ adviser at the Orillia Public Library.

Gay Guthrie recently spoke at the OMAH speaker series on the Carmichael exhibit. SUBMITTED

Carmichael celebrated

Orillia-born Franklin Carmichael, one of Canada’s most famous artists, was the subject of the annual Carmichael Art History Lecture held at the Orillia Museum of Art and History recently. Guest speaker Gay Guthrie paid tribute to the life and art of the youngest of the Group of Seven artists, a man who contributed to the changing face of Canadian a

Passports on sale for home tour

CFUW Orillia is pleased to announce that passports for the Annual Homes Tour and Tea, to be held on June 4 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., are on sale.

Fatu was able to thrive after arriving in Canada as a refugee with the help of the United Way. SUBMITTED

Help goes a long way

Last year, more than 20,000 local residents accessed community-based programs and services supported by United Way Simcoe Muskoka. This is one of their stories.

Tel Aviv's Sarona Market is the place to go for local and imported gourmet nibbles, including an enormous selection of olives. ROBIN ROBINSON/TORONTO SUN

Glimpses of local culture at Israel markets

JERUSALEM -- Israel had been on my bucket list for some time, so when the Air Transat folks invited me to tour that country with a group of Canadian journalists, I didn't hesitate. Israel is a new destination for Air Transat, and seasonal direct flights from Montreal to Tel Aviv (with connections from Toronto) will begin June 18.

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews smile after their wedding at St. Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in in Englefield, England. (Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

Pippa Middleton gets married

Two likely future British kings were there, along with one of the world’s most photographed women, the often-adorable Prince Harry, a multilingual tennis legend and a brash TV reality star.

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Extramarital relationship leads to Hail Mary pass

Dear Amy: Two years ago, I was casually seeing a man, "Brian," for about a month's time. He was married, but intending to leave his wife. Things progressed quickly and we both acknowledged at the time that we were falling in love with each other. He ended up breaking things off with me to work things out with his wife (they have children together).

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Eating lunch at your desk? You're not alone

MONTREAL — Almost 40 per cent of Canadians are eating lunch at their desks — a number that reflects increasing workplace pressures as well as shifting attitudes toward meals, says the lead author of a new study gauging the country’s eating habits.

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