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ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES - Taro Murata, left, and Paul Castellano won the 2014 Lake Simcoe Open in Orillia Saturday with a 24.1-pound haul of smallmouth bass.

Lake Simcoe Open crowns new champions

The water was choppy and the air, chilly, but with a game plan and a little luck Taro Murata and Paul Castellano cinched the top spot at this year’s Lake Simcoe Open.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES - Belinda Wilson, a zone commander with the Royal Canadian Legion, performs a song Sunday at the Brechin branch that pays tribute to the soldiers who died in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

A trip back in time

As time goes on, memories begin to fade – even those of the casualty-laden bloody battles of the first and second world wars.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES - Friends of Second World War veteran Bobby “Flash” Clayton sing “Happy Birthday” to him Sunday at the Brechin legion. The 93-year-old, a longtime staple of the Brechin legion, has been at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto since he suffered a stroke in October 2012.

Brechin legion marks veteran's 93rd birthday

Although Second World War veteran Bobby “Flash” Clayton couldn’t celebrate his 93rd birthday with his friends at the Brechin legion, they wanted to make sure he knew they were thinking of him.

QMI PHOTO An OPP cruiser.

Gun locker found in field

ESSA TWP. - Nottawasaga OPP are investigating after a gun locker filled with rifles was found in a field near County Road 90.

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It's in the genes

Wasaga Beach resident Kathy Hunt and Oro-Medonte resident Susan Finlay research their Orillia-area family trees at the library during the Genealogy Festival Saturday.

At least 29 people were killed after unseasonal blizzards and avalanches triggered by cyclone Hudhud hit Nepal. More than 100 people are still missing. QMI AGENCY PHOTO

'It was a long night'

ESSA TWP. – A very relieved father said he heard from his daughter who was feared buried in an avalanche while hiking in Nepal, Wednesday.

Big News from Grand Rock. Sunday, October 19 - 7:00 pm Written and Directed by Daniel Perlmutter Canada / 2014 / Comedy / Not Rated / 87 min. Includes a Guest Q&A with Director Daniel Perlmutter Big News from Grand Rock is the story of Leonard Crane (Ennis Esmer), the editor of a small town newspaper facing bankruptcy. In an attempt to attract advertisers and readership Leonard begins inventing stories based on old movies. The plan pays off until one of the stories attracts the attention of Lucy (Meredith MacNeill), an ambitious reporter from the big city.  Sponsored by Plumbtech Plumbing Inc.

Big News hits big screen

Big News From Grand Rock turned out to be a major event in the region when a film crew moved in and began interviewing locals.

Facebook photos of James and Diana (also goes by Diane) Davy. The Orillia couple is on trial for elder abuse. Facebook photo

Social worker tried to aid senior

A social worker and her team went through hoops to try to rescue an elderly woman from starvation and squalor, but she didn’t succeed, a court heard on Wednesday.