News Local

Anne Collins, publicity for the Orillia Curling Club, right, and her assistant, Mary Hutton, attended the City of Orillia's 2014 Fall/Winter Leisure Fair at Orillia Square mall Saturday to drum up more membership.

Wanted: new members

Local residents looking to try out a new sport or activity have many opportunities as autumn approaches.

Festival funding forms online

Festivals and events seeking funding from the City of Orillia for 2015 can now access application forms online for the new Festival and Event Partnership Program.


College faculty reach tentative deal

Faculty at Ontario's 24 colleges, including Georgian College, reached a tentative agreement with the College Employer Council just four days before the first day of school.

Severn Township firefighters take part in the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) ice-bucket challenge outside their Burnside Line fire station Saturday afternoon.

ALS challenge douses Severn fire

Severn Township firefighters are doused with 5,000 gallons of water in support of Fire Chief Eric Dowell and the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) ice-bucket challenge.

Hewitts Sweet Corn employees Jake Steeves, right, and Tim Langman use hoes to cut down cornstalks, making a path for the Warminster company's corn maze. The maze officially opens Sept. 13. (SARA CARSON/THE PACKET & TIMES)

How sweet it is

When the sun begins to rise each morning, local students enter the Hewitts Sweet Corn fields in Warminster to start their work day.

Lynn Whelan looks out over the logjam on the Black River along her property line. Ramara Mayor Bill Duffy said he believes the logjam is making spring flooding in the north end of the township by slowing the flow of the water down, but the MNR disagrees. (ROBERTA BELL/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES)

Logjam likely not responsible for flooding

Lynn Whelan is not convinced clearing the logjam in the Black River behind her house will do much to alleviate spring flooding in the north end of Ramara Township — and a provincial ministry agrees.

Election website highlights trustees

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association, along with L'Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario and L'Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques, created a new website that profiles school board trustee candidates...