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Internet program didn't connect

The five-year program the County of Simcoe helped develop to deliver high-speed Internet to its rural residents missed the mark, says the warden.

SUBMITTED PHOTO The original bell at St. Andrew's Church in Brechin was created in 1868 and was part of the building when it opened early the following year.

Group hopes bell will toll again

With a good portion of it currently covered in scaffolding, it's difficult to appreciate how beautiful St. Andrew's Church in Brechin is. But the house of worship is as majestic as it is historic, as ornate as it is important to the Ramara Township community.

Library celebrating LEED certification

The City of Orillia and Orillia Public Library will hold an event Tuesday to celebrate the library receiving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification by the Canada Green Building Council.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES A&W on Memorial Avenue sits empty Thursday. The company's local restaurants closed Wednesday after the agreement with the franchisee was terminated.

Orillia A&W stores abruptly closed

Andy Beauchemin pulled up to A&W on Memorial Avenue Thursday afternoon. His car was the only one in the empty parking lot. He walked up to the door of the restaurant, which was dark inside, and found it was locked.

Code of conduct meeting rescheduled

City council has rescheduled a training session related to the code of conduct to April 13 to ensure the presentation and discussion are available to the community.

KATE GRIGG/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Local midwife Kelly Armstrong combines practical skill with a passion for women's health care.

Rewards of midwifery are worth it

It's the dads who get emotional, brush away tears, grin from ear to ear. The mothers react in various ways, though all of them with relief that they are no longer in labour. And midwife Kelly Armstrong believes giving birth is labour, not calamity, a job to be done. Even though it's hard to recall another task that requires quite the same degree of

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES City council discusses the recreation centre during a special meeting Wednesday.

Council sets $400K budget for rec centre designs

The city now has a list of amenities to be considered in a recreation centre, but one councillor thinks contracting an architect to work on preliminary design without knowing where it will be built is putting “the cart before the horse.”

‘A significant breakthrough’

A just-announced provincial review of inmate segregation is a long overdue breakthrough that proves Ontario’s been doing things wrong, an inmate advocate said Thursday.