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Midland Cultural Centre event manager Teresa Grattan, left, and marketing manager Shelby Mulligan stand with one of the trees that’s part of the Midland Rotary Festival of Trees. ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET

Rotary Festival of Trees

Midland Cultural Centre event manager Teresa Grattan, left, and marketing manager Shelby Mulligan stand with one of the trees that’s part of the Midland Rotary Festival of Trees. Various local businesses have sponsored and decorated the trees. Each tree has a ballot box under it since each tree is available to be won. Six ballots can be purchased a

Despite being in the process of moving, the work doesn't stop, as Laurie Thorn, director of client services at Helping Hands Orillia continues helping her clients. On Nov. 27, Helping Hands moved to its new location at Willow Court Plaza in Orillia with the help of volunteers and employees. SAMANTHA QUINN/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET

Offering a Helping Hand

Sunny November days work in favour of the team at Helping Hands Orillia while they pack up and move to their new office location.

Orillia OPP Const. Jim Edwards and his 11-year-old daughter Addi come up for air after plunging into Lake Couchiching during the Polar Bear Dip at the 2013 Orillia Winter Carnival. QMI FILE

'I just want to see the Carnival happen'

The Orillia Winter Carnival board is upholding its decision to suspend the event, but some now former and soon-to-be former members say they plan to work with the city and downtown merchants to put February festivities together anyway.

Jian Ghomeshi leaves College Park Court with lawyer Marie Henein after being freed on bail on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

Ghomeshi freed on $100Gs bail

Disgraced CBC star Jian Ghomeshi was thrust back into the glaring media spotlight Wednesday when he was charged with sexual assault and freed on $100,000 bail.

Conservative MP Peter Goldring suggested parliamentarians wear recording devices at all times to guard against accusations of harassment. (CODIE McLACHLAN/QMI Agency file photo)

Tory MP backtracks on recorder advice

A Tory MP who waded into the sexual harassment on the Hill scandal with eyebrow-raising guidance to parliamentarians that they wear recording to devices at all times to guard against allegations has withdrawn his advice.

Church goer Pam Minner holds her daughter Mackinzy on her lap with her son Merrimon as they listen to a Thanksgiving service that discussed the communities reaction to ongoing protests in reaction to the grand jury verdict in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri November 27, 2014. A small but spirited congregation assembled at the Greater St. Mark Family Church, a gathering point for protesters and religious leaders, for a Thanksgiving service where many offered appreciation for their blessings after a tumultuous week. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Calm comes to troubled Ferguson

Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Thursday after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager.

The tarmac of LaGuardia airport is pictured through a window on the day before Thanksgiving, in New York November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Thankful just to arrive on snowy U.S. holiday

Millions of Americans were thankful just to arrive at their Thanksgiving feasts on Thursday after a snowstorm dumped up to 20 inches of snow on Eastern states, causing flight delays and power outages.

A female protester raises her hands while blocking police cars in Ferguson, Mo., on November 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

Ferguson quiet after two nights of racial unrest

Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests spread to several U.S. cities.

Police in riot gear stand guard after deploying tear gas to disperse protesters in Ferguson, Mo., on November 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

FBI agents shot at house near Ferguson

Two FBI agents were shot and wounded at a house in north St. Louis County early on Wednesday, though the incident was "not directly related" to racially charged unrest in and around nearby Ferguson, an agency spokeswoman said.

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