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Save-A-Life CPR training June 1

To mark Paramedic Services Week, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the City of Orillia parks, recreation and culture department, is hosting a free Save-A-Life cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training course June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Barnfield Point Recreation Centre.

The Dumbells were the first large-scale entertainment troupe to perform right at the frontlines of any war. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

‘Orillia Days’ in First World War France

Within weeks of Orillia’s soldiers shipping off to England with the Simcoe Foresters in mid-1916, controversy arose. The local shopkeepers, upon finding out the Canadians were paid twice what their British boys were paid, promptly doubled the prices for everything they sold the Canadians: coffee, chocolate, newspapers, souvenirs — everything.

Through its Casino Rama Cares program, Casino Rama recently presented a cheque for $5,000 to the Huronia Motorcycle Ride for Dad, which will roar into the area May 24. Jenna Hunter, left, the casino’s director of public relations, and Natasha Ilic, public relations co-ordinator, far right, present the cheque to Ride for Dad officials, from left, Bill Hobson, Colin Wackett and Luc Bouillon. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Casino supports Ride for Dad

The Huronia Motorcycle Ride for Dad will rumble through Orillia May 24. The event is one of the most successful of its kind in the country — welcome news for men far and wide.

Denise Grimley, who has lived on the south shore of Lake St. John for 25 years, says the water that has come from the lake has spread out about 60 feet. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/THE PACKET & TIMES

Water spills its banks

Schools of fish, frogs and waterfowl are crossing Sheba Drive while some residents have to travel through thigh-deep water in hip waders to get to their front doors.

Former Orillia Opera House general manager Krista Storey was named manager of arts and culture for the Town of Gravenhurst Wednesday. Storey left her Orillia position Feb. 21 and will assume her new role in Gravenhurst May 5. SARA ROSS/PACKET & TIMES FILE PHOTO

Storey writes new chapter in Gravenhurst

A little more than two months after exiting, stage left, her job as general manager of the Orillia Opera House, Krista Storey is returning to municipal and theatre life, but this time with the Town of Gravenhurst.

Local businessman Steve Clarke greeted supporters at Orillia City Hall as he arrived to file his nomination papers Wednesday morning. MICHAEL MCCLYMONT - THE PACKET & TIMES

Clarke running for mayor of Orillia

Local businessman Steve Clarke is running for mayor of the City of Orillia. Clarke filed his nomination papers Wednesday morning at city hall. He is the first mayoral candidate in this fall's municipal election.

Crash victim ID'd

ORO-MEDONTE TWP. — Provincial police have identified the driver killed Sunday in a crash south of Orillia.

Pat Hehn

Hehn retiring

During her first day at Humber College, Patricia Hehn was asked what she would want written on her tombstone.

Imperial Oil is remediating its property at 130 Colborne St. E. in Orillia. The company plans to sell the property once the remediation work is complete and the site is confirmed clean. SARA ROSS/The Packet & Times

Waterfront site could go on the market

A small parcel of land adjacent to Orillia’s Centennial Park could help spark private-sector development at the waterfront, says Ian Sugden, the city’s director of development services.

Finalists named for OBWA awards

The Orillia Business Women’s Association’s signature event, the Nelle Carter Woman of the Year and Lisa Brooking Young Woman of the Year gala, will take place May 14 at the Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre, 400 Memorial Ave.

Youth retreat builds new skills and community

The belief everyone can contribute to his or her community is a cornerstone for many groups. This belief is made real by the work of many community organizations in our area, but Simcoe Community Services (SCS) is unique and fills an important need.

The winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour will be announced at a luncheon Thursday.

And the winner is ...

The winner of the 2014 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour will be announced Thursday at the Best Western Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre during a luncheon that will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ramara Fire and Rescue Services used its marine unit to pull an elderly man from the Black River in the City of Kawartha Lakes early Saturday afternoon. The man's wife was retrieved from the river by onlookers. Both were taken to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

Two pulled from Black River

An elderly couple has been taken to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital after being pulled out of the freezing waters of the Black River early Saturday afternoon.