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Robert J. “Flash” Clayton leads a Remembrance Day parade in Brechin. Clayton’s friend, Howard Raper, has created a book about Clayton’s life, titled Hoping in Hell. He is selling it to share Clayton’s story about serving during the Second World War and to raise money for the Brechin/Mara branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Hoping in hell

When the Second World War was declared in 1939, Robert J. “Flash” Clayton enlisted in the Canadian Forces hoping to fight the Nazis, who were marching across Europe and threatening Great Britain.


ALS ice-bucket challenge accepted

Residents of Victoria House Retirement Home in Orillia participated in the ALS ice-bucket challenge by pouring ice water over the heads of general manager Blake Schryer and his daughter, Erica Schryer.

Nan Bayne, the widow of former Orillia CAO Bruce Bayne, is pictured in the newly unveiled Bruce Bayne Boardroom at city hall Monday afternoon. (ROBERTA BELL/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES)

A room for Mr. Bayne

Late Orillia councillor Don Jenkins had a special request in his will: to honour the legacy of his friend, longtime former city administrator Bruce Bayne.

Patricia Seth, 56, recalled painful memories while touring the Huronia Regional Centre Monday morning. Seth, a plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit against the Province of Ontario, has been going on every public tour. (SARA CARSON/THE PACKET & TIMES)

Tour opens old wounds

Walking through the rooms and buildings of the Huronia Regional Centre (HRC) on a guided tour upset Patricia Seth.

City launches customer service survey

Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in a brief survey to evaluate the level of customer service offered by the City of Orillia. The survey is available until Aug. 31.

Mark Barkey’s piece, titled ‘Keeping Vigil’ won the $10,000 top prize in this year's Streets Alive! outdoor art exhibit. Streets Alive Productions photo

Barkey named Streets Alive! winner

A Streets Alive planter with “quiet sophistication” has earned its creator the $10,000 top prize in this year’s public outdoor art display, called Art Grows Here.

First Nations gather for annual powwow

Powwows are held as a celebration of life. For Stitch Manitowabi, attending the Chippewas of Rama First Nation competition powwow on the weekend was about honouring a lost friend.

Patient rooms in the new maximum security hospital will be 120 sq. ft., (whereas they were 70 sq. ft. in the old Oakridge building) and will all have a view of Georgian Bay.

Patient escape raises alarm

A psychiatric patient's escape attempt from Penetanguishene’s maximum-security forensic hospital on the weekend has some staff members concerned about safety.

Brenda Brett sings a song by Robert Service during the sixth annual Pleasant Sunday Afternoon at the Leacock Museum.

A pleasant Sunday afternoon

Orillians and visitors gathered at the Leacock Museum for the 6th annual Pleasant Sunday Afternoon August 24. The music and art project includes live orchestra music, poetry readings, whistling and singing. Attendees arrive in period clothing and enjoy the afternoon listening, sipping tea and eating fancy sandwiches.

Artists shine at Starry Night

Orillia and area artists had their moment in the spotlight at the 10th annual Orillia Starry Night Gallery and Studio Tour in the city's downtown core Saturday evening.