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Local gym 'ecstatic' to work out issues, find new downtown facility

Local gym 'ecstatic' to work out issues, find new downtown facility

After 'extremely difficult' time, owner of Phoenix Health & Fitness has found 'a much better spot and a much better location' and is happy to be open again
New Coldwater restaurant thriving despite pandemic

New Coldwater restaurant thriving despite pandemic

'We didn’t know what to expect last year when the pandemic happened, but we are just so thankful that we made it through,' says eatery owner
Local restaurants eager to welcome back patrons Friday

Local restaurants eager to welcome back patrons Friday

'This last year has been very stressful because we were just hanging off the edge of a cliff. It’s the worst nightmare I’ve had in my entire life,' says local restaurant owner
Orillia's Legion is 'very excited' to reopen its doors Friday

Orillia's Legion is 'very excited' to reopen its doors Friday

'We are very excited. We need to open back up and to get back to normal,' says local Legion president
Orillia resident among five new COVID cases in region Wednesday

Orillia resident among five new COVID cases in region Wednesday

The Orillia 'community acquired' case involves a person between 18 and 34 years of age, says health unit in its daily report
Mini Arts Tour aims to help local artists recover from pandemic

Mini Arts Tour aims to help local artists recover from pandemic

'I’m very excited to be able to share my art with the community again,' says Oro-Medonte painter and participant in July 17 event in Orillia
Orillia mom says COVID-19 scare, quarantine were 'terrifying'

Orillia mom says COVID-19 scare, quarantine were 'terrifying'

'I tried to play it cool for my two kids, but I kind of lost my marbles a little bit, I was really scared,' says Orillia mother who was forced into quarantine after OSMH stay
'It's really nice being back with other kids,' says happy camper

'It's really nice being back with other kids,' says happy camper

Families ecstatic to see summer camps operating again; 'It was so joyful to have campers come in on Monday morning,' official says of emotional return
Comfie Cat Shelter in dire need of foster parents, adoptions

Comfie Cat Shelter in dire need of foster parents, adoptions

Official says impact of pandemic and other factors are at play; 'Everyone I’ve called has been having a hard time,' says shelter founder
City Cutz owner faced with up to $30,000 in 'ridiculous' fines

City Cutz owner faced with up to $30,000 in 'ridiculous' fines

'What more do they want from me? They took away my livelihood for eight months,' says owner of local hair salon who defied orders and opened for three days