Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 08:00 AM
In this year’s edition of the 2014 Progress Orillia and Area, the Orillia Packet and Times highlights some of the progress being made on various fronts in and around Orillia.
It will be a year of bright futures and redevelopment as the City sees the start of construction of the new secondary school and fire hall, the establishment of a new Arts District and plans moving forward to creating the downtown of tomorrow, not to mention the addition of approx. 150 new jobs to be created in 2014 with...
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 05:00 AM
Diane Halfpenny opened the doors to let the sun and warmth flood her new shop while she worked at getting Say Yes Bridal Gallery ready for its downtown debut. And even though the store was not yet open, people began popping in.
“I still remember the weekend of the car show, we had people coming in,” she said with a smile. “We actually sold dresses before we opened in September (of 2012).”
It was a good omen for the entrepreneur, who had done her homework before deciding to open the bridal salon.
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 12:15 PM
A 15-year-old Orillia woman is being presented a certificate of bravery for her actions that helped save a man who went through the ice on his snowmobile on March 23, 2014.
Mayor Angelo Orsi and Orillia Fire Chief Ralph Dominelli will present the certificate to Jenna Roberts at Council on Monday April 14.
In the early morning of March 23, Roberts, who lives on Couchiching Point in Orillia, was awake watching a movie when she heard a noise coming from the lake. She looked outside and saw nothing...
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:00 AM
Orillia Home Hardware Building Centre has won the Walter J. Hachborn Store of the Year Award for 2013. The award pays tribute to the top Home Hardware store, as selected from close to 1,100 stores across Canada.
The award is given to the store with the highest standards in retailing, merchandising, staff performance, and overall quality and service. Owned by John Locke and Bill Ecklund, Orillia is the second store to receive the honour twice, having also won in 2011.
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2014 12:15 PM
Orillia Packet and Times
Becoming a hub of research has been a goal of Lakehead University since it opened a campus in Orillia in 2006. That dream is about to come true.
The university senate recently approved Lakehead Orillia’s proposal for a Research Centre for Sustainable Communities.
“This is a huge accomplishment for the university,” Orillia campus dean and vice-provost Kim Fedderson said Wednesday. “The senate doesn’t approve research centres willy-nilly.”
The research centre will focus on...