Map marking the Ontario range of the gray jay (with the three isolated populations of study marked in red). Illustration courtesy the Ontario Bird Breeding Atlas

January thaw is upon us

Lake Couchiching usually freezes over during most winters by mid-December and Lake Simcoe by the end of the month. Last year was a late exception with

Submitted Owen Kaczanowski led his successful league-champion Orillia Royals peewee rep team in stolen bases, batting average and innings pitched last summer. The talented 13-year-old, shown playing rep basketball with the Orillia Lakers, is one of three nominees for the 2016 Orillia Athlete of the Year award.

One sport not enough

Editor’s note: Three accomplished athletes have been nominated as Orillia’s top athlete for 2016. The Packet & Times is profiling the nominees. Today,

A project honouring Canadians soldiers, who died in wars since Confederation, will plant 117,000 trees along the Highway of Heroes. Pictured is Scott Bryk, executive director of the project called Highway of Heroes Living Tribute, at Veteran's Memorial Park in Orillia. MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES

Vet support takes root

Just as people lined up to welcome back Canadians soldiers, 117,000 trees will now line the Highway of Heroes to pay tribute to those that did not mak

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