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ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES – Kane King, 17, and his sister, Meadow King, 10, go for a spin Sunday on the Scrambler.

Youngsters in for a ride at FunFest

The 70th annual Rotary-Lions Funfest is underway at Couchiching Beach Park. The carnival began Friday and runs until Monday. The two local service clubs split the proceeds from the event, which this year are expected to reach about $10,000, to funnel back into the community.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES - Rita Polkinghorne, her son, Roger Polkinghorne, right, and nephew Mark Dennis enjoy themselves at a family reunion Saturday afternoon at Heidi's Campground in Oro-Medonte Township. Rita Polkinghorne, 92, of Waubaushene, was the youngest of Rita and Nelson Woon's 11 children. The Woon children and their descendants have been getting together annually to celebrate family since 1965. 

All in the family

Rita Polkinghorne, her son, Roger Polkinghorne, right, and nephew Mark Dennis enjoy themselves at a family reunion Saturday afternoon at Heidi's Campground in Oro-Medonte Township.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES - Lorna and Bill Hawke share a laugh Saturday afternoon during their 70th wedding anniversary celebration at Simcoe Street's seniors' apartments in Orillia. The couple were married Aug. 3, 1945 in Moncton, N.B. six weeks after meeting at a dance. 

70 years together

Lorna and Bill Hawke share a laugh Saturday afternoon during their 70th wedding anniversary celebration at Simcoe Street's seniors' apartments in Orillia. The couple were married Aug. 3, 1945 in Moncton, N.B. six weeks after meeting at a dance.

ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO POSTMEDIA Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne meets Zoe Canning, 10, during an event in Penetanguishene, Saturday, marking the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s visit to the region.

Premier pays homage to Champlain

PENETANGUISHENE - Recognizing one of the province’s most important milestones helps give all Ontarians a better understanding of their collective past.

ROBERTA BELL/POSTMEDIA NETWORK FILE PHOTO Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop, left, is pictured with PC Leader Patrick Brown.

Brown welcomes byelection talk

Ontario's premier is “doing the right thing” if she calls a byelection in Simcoe North before the legislature resumes, says official Opposition Leader Patrick Brown, who wants to run for the seat.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES Michelle Caron, of Homeniuk Rides, and her canine companion, Curley, take a break from setting up the midway concession booths for this weekend's Rotary-Lions Funfest Friday at Couchiching Beach Park. Funfest, a civic holiday tradition in Orillia, runs until Sunday.

Let the fun begin

Michelle Caron, of Homeniuk Rides, and her canine companion, Curley, take a break from setting up the midway concession booths for this weekend's Rotary-Lions Funfest Friday at Couchiching Beach Park.

Plans get OK from MTO

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has given the green light to the city's plans for road improvements to pave the way for Costco.

The dining room aboard the Keewatin. QMI Agency file photo

Funding buoys Keewatin region

The project to restore and refurbish an Edwardian-era ship and the pier it is anchored at in Tay Township has received a funding boost.