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Marcus Cummins of Wasaga Beach shares a moment with Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau, as the two talk briefly about Justin's father during Thursday's International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. Mark Wanzel/The Barrie Examiner

'Good old days ... modern new ways'

ESSA TWP. – For many, Justin Trudeau's visit to the International Plowing Match & Rural Expo (IPM) embodied this year's slogan: 'Good old days ... modern new ways'.

Orillia's OPP detachment

No ‘real savings’ for 5 years

The OPP’s new billing model will save Orillia money, but because of inflation, there likely won’t be any change in the city’s policing budget, says chief financial officer Bob Ripley.

OPSB talks parking meters

The Orillia Police Services Board (OPSB) discussed Tuesday whether replacing white bags with red no-parking logos on them that go over parking meters during parades was financially feasible.

Lawrence Pugh lifts two 80-pound dumbbells Thursday afternoon at Mariposa Iron Company, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary Saturday. (ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES)

Company pumped for anniversary

Growing up, Lawrence Pugh had elderly family members who were physically unable to care for themselves; they were weak and fragile and barely able to move.

JIM WATSON/FILE PHOTO Ramara is seeking funding to help cover the cost of damage caused by the tornado that swept through the township earlier this month.

In need of relief

Ramara is seeking provincial funding to help those whose properties were damaged when a tornado tore through the township Sept. 5.

Tom Hunse, an Innisfil volunteer fire captain and full-time Toronto firefighter, is standing up to his union so he can keep helping out in the town. TOWN OF INNISFIL PHOTO

Firefighter on the hot seat

INNISFIL — A full-time Toronto firefighter who is also an Innisfil resident and volunteer part time firefighter is being taken to task for his services to the community of Innisfil.

Battling beavers in Ramara

Ramara is losing a battle against beavers that are building dams faster than the township can remove them, says Mayor Bill Duffy.

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OHL stars visit local school

Mikayla Carter, a Grade 5 student, asks a Barrie Colts goaltender Daniel Gibl and right-winger Nick Pastorious a question Wednesday at Orillia Christian School.

Gould, Herbert to be recognized

A world-renowned Canadian pianist and the world’s oldest yoga teacher will be the first individuals honoured by Ramara Township as the municipality holds its inaugural Wall of Fame induction ceremony.

Michele Locke

Ready for second term

As a Simcoe County District School Board trustee, Michele Locke says she does her homework before making decisions at the board table.

Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop is endorsing Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, pictured, in her bid to become leader of the Progressive Conservative party. (QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Dunlop endorses MacLeod

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative (PC) Party should name Lisa MacLeod party leader to go up against other female leaders, says Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop.

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Welcome to high school

Nicole Reynolds, 14, throws a soccer ball through a hoop during an obstacle course game Wednesday for the OD/Park Secondary School Grade 9 day in Tudhope Park.

Justin Trudeau

Trudeau visiting plowing match

ESSA TWP. - Federal Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau will be taking in the sights and sounds of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo on Thursday.