Driver was impaired: OPP

An Orillia woman is facing impaired-driving charges after police say she crashed a vehicle into a highway off-ramp guardrail.

Off to the fair on a stolen tractor

A man who police say competed in the Oro World’s Fair tractor pull on a stolen tractor is facing charges after police found him with the tractor – which had run out of gas – on the side of County Road 27 in Innisfil.

The damage was heavy at Couchiching Beach Park in Orillia following the Sept. 5 storm. (PACKET & TIMES FILE PHOTO)

Tree-replacement fund created

When Ray Merkley, Orillia’s director of parks, recreation and culture, learned the Sept. 5 storm downed many trees in Couchiching Beach Park, he was curious how a particular tree fared.

Former Huronia Regional Centre residents Patricia Seth, left, Lorelei Giles, centre, and Marie Slark look at a plaque unveiled by the provincial government Monday morning. (ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES)

‘A need for healing’

Taking in the raised inscription of the plaque on the grounds of the Huronia Regional Centre (HRC), Lorelei Giles said she can forgive the provincial government for the pain she endured as a child there, but she won’t forget it.


Noganosh sworn in as chief

Newly elected Rama First Nation Chief Rodney Noganosh, pictured with Myrna Watson, a Rama elder, is sworn in Monday afternoon during a ceremony at the Rama MASK.

Lyle Buttineau

A legacy of kindness

After mowing an elderly woman’s lawn, Lyle Buttineau hopped on his bike and paid a brief visit to a friend.

Bicycle rally Wednesday

Cyclists, get ready for the seventh annual Orillia Bicycle Rally departing Wednesday from the Orillia City Centre.

Russell Simpson polishes up his 1941 Massey Harris 101 Super on Monday in preparation for the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo 2014 (IPM), which runs from Tuesday Sept. 16 to Saturday, Sept. 20 near Ivy, southwest of Barrie in Essa Township. IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER/QMI AGENCY

Plowing ahead

ESSA TWP. — After two years of planning, an Essa Township farm and some of the surrounding fields southwest of Barrie have been transformed into a city expected to attract 100,000 visitors over the next five days.

Jeff Bourret and Deanna Bergeron of Orillia hold their cheque for $50 million after picking up their Lotto Max jackpot in Toronto on Monday, September 15, 2014. Dave Abel/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency

Ice cream purchase leads to $50M

TORONTO (CNW )- A promise to replace an ice-cream treat for her fiancé led Deanna Bergeron of Orillia to a local store where she also bought, what turned out to be the winning $50 million LOTTO MAX ticket for the Sept. 5 draw. Now she and her fiancé, Jeff Bourret are Ontario's newest multi-millionaires.

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