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Port options on the table

City politicians are looking at the big picture at the Port of Orillia when it comes to their options in the aftermath of the fire that ravaged the building there.

A Christmas gift surprise

Over the past year, the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area (CFOA) has granted more than $100,000 to local charities.

Harmonizing for the Haven

Lake Country Harmony, a non-profit ladies barbershop chorus based in Orillia, presented its annual Christmas Sing-Along recently at the Orillia Christian Reformed Church under the direction of Melodie Guy and assistant director Charlann Lamb.

OPP are investigating a sudden death in Collingwood. A deceased male was found at a Hickory Street property Dec. 21. PAUL BRIAN/THE ENTERPRISE-BULLETIN

Sudden death in Collingwood

Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating a sudden death at a Hickory Street residence in Collingwood.

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Man pulled from lake

A man who fell through the ice Monday afternoon on Lake Couchiching near Tudhope Park is in “good condition,” Orillia OPP Const. Jim Edwards said.

TWITTER PHOTO Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka tweeted this photo of a man wearing a fake Salvation Army uniform who they suspect took two kettles from two Alliston businesses on the weekend.

Kettles Grinched

ALLISTON – Dressed in a replica Salvation Army uniform, including a peak cap, a man removed Christmas kettles from two businesses here and replaced them with empty ones on the weekend.

Pictured is OPP Const. Jeff MacEachern, left, with Metro assistant manager Jackey Gadsby and manager Jim Welch. SUBMITTED

OPP, Metro join forces to help food bank

Orillia OPP collected more than 450 kilograms of non-perishables at Metro Saturday afternoon, where they helped the Front Street grocery store out with a Christmas food drive for the Sharing Place.

Officer Charles Kondek, 45, is shown in this handout photo provided by the Penellas County Sheriff's Office in Tampa, Florida December 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Pinellas County Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters)

Florida police officer shot dead

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida police officer was killed in a shooting early on Sunday, and a suspect was in custody, according to a sheriff's office and local media reports.

Nathan Francisty, 28, of Orillia, pictured here while working on a sailboat in the Pacific Ocean. Francisty died while swimming off the south coast of Saint Thomas last Saturday when he was struck by a rogue wave. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

'It's just a terrible tragedy'

Search crews are scrambling to retrieve the body of a local man who died while swimming in a treacherous area off the coast of the small Caribbean Island of Saint Thomas, last week.

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