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Stepan Company is moving portions of the sulphonation production at its Ramara Township plant in Longford Mills to the United States. Twenty North American employees will lose their jobs as a result of the move. ()SARA CARSON/The PACKET & TIMES)

Stepan cuts to cost 20 jobs

Production cuts at Stepan Company’s sulphonation production plant in Ramara Township will result in the loss of 20 jobs, according to an annual report by the company.

Traffic stop yields drugs

Local police and the provincial Ministry of Finance teamed up to arrest a man regarding the sale of contraband cigarettes, but say they found much more on the suspect.


Pokin’ around the park

Kids for Turtles Environmental Education volunteer Griffen Horsley, left, holds a Midland painted turtle named Van Gogh while Ronan, 4, and Erin Goto, of Etobicoke, marvel at it.

House of Commons

Nuttall named Tory candidate

Alex Nuttall will be the Conservative candidate for the new federal riding of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte in the next federal election.

Cancer survivor Dale Bernard, left, of Orillia, participates in the 2011 Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers in Toronto with longtime friends Isabelle Lloyd and Carol Cronin. Bernard is celebrating five years cancer-free by participating in the September event for her fifth time. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Cause for celebration

Although Dale Bernard has tackled her own cancer, the 61-year-old Orillia woman knows the battle is not over.

Crews with Homeniuk Rides Inc. work on setting up midway rides in Orillia's Couchiching Beach Park Wednesday morning. The 69th annual Rotary-Lions FunFest takes place this weekend. (SARA CARSON/THE PACKET & TIMES)

Fun times for a good cause

Excitement is in the air at Couchiching Beach Park as crews set up the midway for the 69th annual Rotary-Lions FunFest this weekend.

Sun City Swim has new focus

Hosting Orillia’s long-running Sun City Swim will hopefully garner community support and sustainable funding for the Children’s Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka (CAC), says Jennifer Jackson, a child and family advocate with the CAC.

Artist Charles Pachter, second from right, pictured in his Moose Factory of Orillia studio, has a vision of turning the former Huronia Regional Centre into an art centre that would attract art lovers from across the world and make Orillia a cultural powerhouse. (GISELE WINTON SARVIS/THE PACKET & TIMES)

Artful vision

Orillia is wholly attractive to renowned Canadian artist Charles Pachter. He has fond childhood memories of the area, he is currently working to support the arts in Orillia and he has a grand vision of making Orillia an international cultural powerhouse.

Lakehead University award winner Olivia Manovich, second from left, celebrates her accomplishments at the June convocation with her sister, Simone, and parents, Linda and Brian. Submitted photo

From Orillia to Abu Dhabi

Author and naturalist William Longgood once said dreams and dedication are a powerful combination. No one knows that better than Orillia hometown girl Olivia Manovich.

Barrie residents James and Lynn Magner are celebrating after discovering they won $2 million playing INSTANT $200 MILLION$ EXTRAORDINAIRE

Barrie residents win $2M

Barrie residents Jamesand Lynn Magner are celebrating after discovering they won $2 million playing INSTANT $200 MILLION$ EXTRAORDINAIRE (Game #1742).

Jill Tettmann, CEO of the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network. GISELE WINTON SARVIS - QMI FILE PHOTO

Funding plan expected in fall for child care

A funding model to sustain Orillia’s and Barrie’s Children’s Complex Care Navigation Program should be complete by the end of September, Jill Tettmann, CEO of the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), said Tuesday.

Councillors eager for investigation results

Orillia’s Sharing Place food bank is facing “lean times,” spending $10,000 to $12,000 a month of its donation budget just to have food available, says executive director Christine Hager.