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Duckworth's Fish and Chips still floundering after lockdown

Duckworth's Fish and Chips still floundering after lockdown

'Right now, we have to take it one day at a time because everything is so uncertain,' says restaurant owner, citing impact of COVID and labour shortage
Lakehead students feeling 'confident' about new year at Orillia campus <b>(3 photos)</b>

Lakehead students feeling 'confident' about new year at Orillia campus (3 photos)

'With all the protocols and being vaccinated, I feel pretty safe,' says Lakehead University student on move-in day at the Orillia campus residence
Lighthouse receives 'amazing' grant for community meal program

Lighthouse receives 'amazing' grant for community meal program

Grant of $149,000 'helps people make it through challenging times and is ensuring that the Lighthouse is able to build a healthier more vibrant community,' says official
Orillia artist turns over new leaf to help combat mental illness

Orillia artist turns over new leaf to help combat mental illness

'The goal is to end the stigma surrounding mental health and start a conversation,' says Charles Pachter of ambitious Maple (Re)Leaf campaign
Footprints on Muskoka finds new footing in downtown Orillia

Footprints on Muskoka finds new footing in downtown Orillia

'The locals are very happy to see a new store with unique fashion and affordable prices,' says owner of Footprints on Muskoka
Orillia cannabis stores rake in $2.3 million in just three months

Orillia cannabis stores rake in $2.3 million in just three months

Orillia ranks 26th among 160 Ontario cities based on retail sales and ranks 18th per capita, according to data from the Ontario Cannabis Store
Gamblers 'excited' to be able to return to Casino Rama <b>(8 photos)</b>

Gamblers 'excited' to be able to return to Casino Rama (8 photos)

'I missed not coming here. For me, it’s an escape, it’s something to do that is fun,' says regular visitor to Casino Rama
'Great news:' Reopening of Casino Rama a windfall for local businesses

'Great news:' Reopening of Casino Rama a windfall for local businesses

After months of being 'eerily quiet,' local businesses are relieved Casino Rama is reopening; 'We are thrilled,' says GM of Days Inn
Casino Rama employees 'excited, anxious' to return to work

Casino Rama employees 'excited, anxious' to return to work

'We’ve got approximately 400 employees returning. The recall has been largely successful, and people are happy to be coming back,' says Gateway official
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