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MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES The third annual Bikes for Kids campaign, organized by brokers at Mortgage Man Dominion Lending Centres in Orillia, resulted in 26 bikes being given to local kids. Recipients are referred through Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Orillia Youth Centre. Other local also businesses contributed to the campaign. Pictured, from left, are Nicholas Trudeau, 14, and sisters Keyonia, 10, and Sophia Shortt-Bailey, 8, who were picking up their bikes, helmets and locks Friday.

New wheels

The third annual Bikes for Kids campaign, organized by brokers at Mortgage Man Dominion Lending Centres in Orillia, resulted in 26 bikes being given to local kids.

Mark Wanzel/photo Adam Framssen inspects his work after spending over an hour shoveling his sidewalk and driveway as Barrie received its first major snowstorm Friday.

Winter wonderland

Mark Wanzel/photoAdam Framssen inspects his work after spending over an hour shoveling his sidewalk and driveway as Barrie received its first major snowstorm Friday.

Lanterns light the path toward an outdoor bread oven, where events programmer Shaughna Crew prepares sugar cookies for visitors during the Simcoe County Museum’s Christmas, Past and Present. The two-day event ran Thursday and Friday. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Lanterns light the way at museum

Lanterns light the path toward an outdoor bread oven, where events programmer Shaughna Crew prepares sugar cookies for visitors during the Simcoe County Museum’s Christmas, Past and Present. The two-day event ran Thursday and Friday. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Work stopped until spring

The Old Barrie Road intersection improvement project will resume in spring 2017, at which point a portion of Harvie Settlement Road will be closed.

Carol Corriveau-Truchon.

Trustees elected

Trustees elected Carol Corriveau-Truchon as chair and Maria Hardie as vice-chair at Wednesday’s Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board meeting.

Connie Sheridan, left, administrator at Collingwood's Sunset Manor sits with resident John Bennett, who along with his wife has lived at the residence for two years after coming from Stayner. All four County of Simcoe long term care homes were awarded with a “Accredited with Exemplary Standing” following a thorough assessment of its homes and seniors' services programs by surveyors from Accreditation Canada. J.T MCVEIGH THE ENTERPRISE-BULLETIN

County's homes win awards

After his wife Marie’s stroke, John Bennett cared for her at home for several years before admitting it was more than he could handle.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Frosty the Snowman, while looking a little sad on Wednesday, could soon be starting a whole family, as local weather expert Dave Brain predicts up to 60 cm or more snowfall during the rest of the month.

Winter is coming

Georgian Bay residents could be looking at a super white Christmas with up to 60 cm of snow expected on the ground before the end of this month, according to a local weather expert.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES He Looks Kind of Rough, do you want me to stay? is Sherry Lawson's third instalment in her series of memoirs available at Manticore Books and Orillia Museum of Art and History.

Lawson unveils newest memoir

With barely a bank card on her, Sherry Lawson followed the air ambulance carrying her friend fighting for her life down to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.

PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES A vacant store in downtown Orillia. A recent retail mix analysis found a vacancy rate in the downtown area of more than 18%.

Vacancy rate at 18%

An analysis on the needs of downtown Orillia misses the mark, according to one city councillor.

ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Andrea Sullivan, left, and Amber Burrage display shopping carts containing charitable grocery bags now available for purchase at the Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre.

A night out(side)

Several Orillia hotel employees will be carefully checking the weather forecast later this month.