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ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES – Folk Music Ontario executive director Alka Sharma, left, is pictured at Lakehead University's Orillia campus Saturday during the organization's second annual retreat with Mariposa Folk Festival president Pam Carter, past president Chris Lusty (who helped organize the retreat) and vice-president Mike Hill.

Lessons from Mariposa

The Mariposa Folk Festival, in many respects, sets the bar for other events like it across the province.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES – Shawn Ruyter shows his six-year-old son, Kolton, how to hold a fish he caught during Kids' Conservation Day.

Reeling in the fun

Kolton Ruyter had never caught a fish before, but when he felt a tug on and saw the neon bobber dip under the water, he knew what to do.

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) staff take part in a Code Green mock evacuation scenario. Staff hold practice drills and participate in large scale mock disaster exercises to always be prepared. RVH Photo

Ready for any disaster

Health-care and communication technologies may have changed since the 1985 Barrie tornado, but the readiness of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) staff to a disaster has not.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Burl's Creek event grounds in Oro-Medonte Township are pictured.

Court action proceeding

A June court date is looming for the Township of Oro-Medonte, even after council repealed an improperly passed zoning bylaw.

City to host first Re-Use Fair June 6

The city’s Waste and Environmental Management Advisory Committee (WEMAC) will host Orillia’s first Re-Use Fair at the Barnfield Point Recreation Centre from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6.

OPP Const. Jason Folz, along with parents Don Adele, holds his Commissioner's Citation for Lifesaving Award he received during the OPP Central Region Awards held at the Barrie Golf and Country Club on Friday. Folz was one of dozens of officers, Ontario Public Service members and citizens who were recognized for acts of bravery, lifesaving, community service and exemplary performance of duty. In February 2014, Folz, who is also a volunteer firefighter, came across a home that was total engulfed in flames, broke out a window with his hands and pulled a woman to safety. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Brave hearts recognized

OPP Const. Jason Folz, along with parents Don Adele, holds his Commissioner's Citation for Lifesaving Award he received during the OPP Central Region Awards held at the Barrie Golf and Country Club on Friday.

Called the Bug Man of Canada, John Powers is at the RicoCan Georgian Mall in Barrie Friday and Saturday with his exhibit called The Incredible World of Bugs. Presented by Orkin Canada, the show features 500 specimens. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

'Bug Man' in Barrie

Called the Bug Man of Canada, John Powers is at the RicoCan Georgian Mall in Barrie Friday and Saturday with his exhibit called The Incredible World of Bugs. Presented by Orkin Canada, the show which features 500 specimens.

Patrick Brown. POSTMEDIA PHOTO

NDP want probe into Brown's PC leadership run

An NDP MP has requested an investigation into the more than seven months that Patrick Brown wore two hats — as a sitting federal Conservative MP and a leadership candidate for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.

Orillia police board is looking at the future of security cameras. ANDREW PHILIPS/ PACKET AND TIMES

Cams conk out again

Another downtown surveillance camera malfunction could be hampering a police investigation into a "serious crime," the local OPP boss says.