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ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES A warmer fall has led to more time for area residents to enjoy the fall colours.

A winter to welcome?

After what amounted to a less-than-spectacular summer, fall has, thus far, been a pleasant surprise.

PACKET & TIMES FILE PHOTO Mayor-elect Steve Clarke, right, is pictured with Ward 1 councillor-elect Ted Emond.

Ready for the job

Orillia’s mayor-elect won’t be taking over for at least another month, but he’s eager to get down to business.

Tractor-trailer crash closes part of highway

A tractor-trailer that crashed into the Highway 11 guardrail just south of Coldwater Road Wednesday morning is towed from the scene. The accident — in which only the driver suffered minor injuries — closed the highway’s south lanes between Coldwater Road and Old Barrie Road for about 45 minutes. Officials from the Ministry of Transportation were on

QMI PHOTO An OPP cruiser.

Sexual assault

ORILLIA – OPP are looking for the public's help in connection with a sexual assault investigation.

Ward 3 Coun. Paul Spears, pictured with the campaign brochure he distributed, was defeated by two newcomers in his bid to retain his seat in Monday's municipal election. ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES

‘Out with the bathwater’

Ward 3 incumbent Paul Spears was disappointed to learn he wouldn’t be returning to Orillia city council as the municipal election results came in.

Col. Chris Hadfield (Photo courtesy Chris Hadfield Twitter feed)

Hadfield lands in Barrie Nov. 25

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will be in Barrie on Nov. 25, to support the Rotary Club of Barrie. The dinner at Liberty North will give Barrie residents the opportunity to get up close and personal with a true Canadian hero. The dinner will also feature a silent and live auction.