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Orillia Youth Centre, volunteers to deliver Easter dinner to local youth

Orillia Youth Centre, volunteers to deliver Easter dinner to local youth

'It’s tough that we have to do this program, but it’s been really great seeing the different restaurants in town step up and ... supporting youth,' says official
Local churches plan 'muted' Easter weekend services due to pandemic

Local churches plan 'muted' Easter weekend services due to pandemic

'Our people are really appreciative of the opportunity that we have, even though we have to wear a mask and be six feet apart,' says pastor of Orillia church
Orillia senior uses park entrance as a way to spread Easter cheer

Orillia senior uses park entrance as a way to spread Easter cheer

'I just like to decorate and do something small for the children because it’s been a crummy year for them,' says resident who lives near Homewood Park
Local race car driver hoping to help refuel local businesses

Local race car driver hoping to help refuel local businesses

'It’s kind of nice to be in this position to help businesses like them, who might be in need during this time,' says Orillia driver Taylor Holdaway
Local tourism operators applaud 'fantastic support' in budget

Local tourism operators applaud 'fantastic support' in budget

'Our tourism operators have had very challenging times, so this is some financial assistance to go right into their hands,' said local tourism agency official
New Fairfield Hotel opens doors, welcomes first guest (7 photos)

New Fairfield Hotel opens doors, welcomes first guest (7 photos)

'I have a really good team that has a lot of hotel experience, so I think we will still do very well for our first year,' says general manager of Fairfield By Marriott hotel
Local man makes record $15,000 donation to Orillia Youth Centre

Local man makes record $15,000 donation to Orillia Youth Centre

'I know that if we can provide the right kinds of supports to our young people, it bodes well for the community in the long run,' says Brian Adams
Local nurse steps up to lend a hand amid Thunder Bay COVID crisis

Local nurse steps up to lend a hand amid Thunder Bay COVID crisis

'It’s just what I do, I like to help, it’s just in me,' says local nurse who worked 12-hour shifts to help with a crisis among people experiencing homelessness
Local restaurants 'happy' to see capacity restrictions eased

Local restaurants 'happy' to see capacity restrictions eased

'It will be nice to feel somewhat full. We’ve waited a long time for this,' says GM of Orillia's State and Main restaurant
Local business owner urges premier to prioritize industry for vaccine

Local business owner urges premier to prioritize industry for vaccine

Owner of Wagg's Ltd. cites workers' frequent contact with various businesses; 'If we’re not vaccinated, we’re in a tough spot'