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<b>COLUMN:</b> Reporter mom excited — and nervous — for back to school

COLUMN: Reporter mom excited — and nervous — for back to school

'Once that bell rings, I know things are out of my hands and I have to have faith that everyone else is also doing their part to keep our schools a safe place,' says reporter
<b>COLUMN:</b> It's Ottawa's fault CEOs can't keep hands out of cookie jar

COLUMN: It's Ottawa's fault CEOs can't keep hands out of cookie jar

In retrospect, you’d be surprised if these companies didn’t take the federal handout because it was, well, free money
<b>COLUMN:</b> It's takeout time: Local restaurants need our support amid latest restrictions

COLUMN: It's takeout time: Local restaurants need our support amid latest restrictions

With indoor dining banned until at least Jan. 21, Orillia's diverse culinary scene could use a boost
<b>COLUMN:</b> Christmas holidays usher in ceremonial loosening of the belt

COLUMN: Christmas holidays usher in ceremonial loosening of the belt

'I think I set a new personal best (or worst) for the amount of food eaten this Christmas season,' laments editor
<b>PROFILE:</b> Orillia karate teacher celebrating 30 years with local dojo

PROFILE: Orillia karate teacher celebrating 30 years with local dojo

'I enjoy seeing the look on their face when they get their new belt,' says longtime Orillia karate teacher
<b>PROFILE:</b> Lifetime of service for Francis Smith had origins in one-room school in Mara

PROFILE: Lifetime of service for Francis Smith had origins in one-room school in Mara

'I wanted to make sure my kids had a better opportunity than I did,' said Smith of reason he decided to become a trustee — a role he has enjoyed for decades
<b>COLUMN:</b> Family and food fuel holiday tradition for Tre Sorelle owners

COLUMN: Family and food fuel holiday tradition for Tre Sorelle owners

Sisters who run downtown eatery provide tips for satisfying — and surviving — family during Christmas
<b>COLUMN:</b> Too many Christmas decorations? No such thing!

COLUMN: Too many Christmas decorations? No such thing!

Christmas lover says decorations are fun, but stresses, 'I want to teach my girls that the magic of Christmas is about more than what is under the tree'
<b>PROFILE:</b> Orillia woman's passion, advocacy continue after 25 years cancer free <b>(4 photos)</b>

PROFILE: Orillia woman's passion, advocacy continue after 25 years cancer free (4 photos)

Alison Stoneman, part of clinical trial in 1996, continues to draw inspiration from cancer research, Terry Fox; 'It was his incredible determination'
<b>PROFILE:</b> Local 'emerging artist' is hitting all the right notes

PROFILE: Local 'emerging artist' is hitting all the right notes

'I’m lucky to be somewhere where everyone is cheering me on... and people are happy to come see me play,' says Oro-Medonte singer Sam Johnston