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Man’s body found

The story of the search for a Georgian Bay Township man missing for more than two weeks has a sad ending.

Deanna Peacock, of Orillia, has to take 53 pills a day to help manage the rejection of her lung transplant and other issues related to the procedure that happened five years ago. MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES

Organ donation on the rise in area

Always on edge, eating very little and confined to the house, Deanna Peacock's only chance at surviving a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis was a lung transplant.

Art policy moves forward

The city will soon have a public art policy and committee that should help drive future projects involving brushes, palettes and sculpting materials.

Third station discussed

Improving response times and adding another fire station in the west end of the city were among recommendations included the Orillia fire protection services master plan.

Creative solutions sought

The sale of Orillia Central School inched closer to reality, following Monday’s council committee meeting.Councillors recommended the draft request for proposal (RFP) provided by staff be used to dispose of the property at 26 Coldwater Rd. E. The issue will come up for council approval at its next meeting. Three city departments worked on the RFP,

Frank Cooper, centre, can't get enough of the love of his friends and family. He is pictured with family friend, Ann Cooper, left, and niece Sara Clipsham. MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES

Birthday boy

Surrounding himself with friends and family and being the luckiest guy he's ever met is how Frank Cooper said he has lived to be 95.

The Noble family is collecting funds through Pies for Paeds, a fundraiser to buy supplies, such as arts and crafts and toys, for those using the pediatrics department at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital. Pictured, from left, Chris Raseta, co-owner Eight Hundred Degrees Pizza, Kayleigh, Jeff, Kayden and Connie, Noble and Georgia Raseta. MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES

Pizza with a pediatric purpose

For the Noble family, whose son Jacob was in and out of hospitals his entire life, the pediatrics waiting room became an unintended second home.