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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.

A cylindrical Tower Garden that can grow fruits, vegetables and herbs both indoors and outdoors was planted Wednesday at Couchiching Heights Public School. ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES

Tower Garden

A cylindrical Tower Garden that can grow fruits, vegetables and herbs both indoors and outdoors was planted Wednesday at Couchiching Heights Public School. Pictured helping out is Lauren Young, 8, of Notre Dame Catholic School, which will be getting a Tower Garden of its own next month. There are already three other Orillia elementary schools with