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These stories about the people and places that make us proud to call our community home are made possible through the continued support of Peggy Hill Remax Hallmark Realty as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Sweet family tradition back on tap at farmers' market (6 photos)

Sweet family tradition back on tap at farmers' market (6 photos)

Second generation of McCutcheons will be selling maple syrup Saturday; 'I hope that city council makes the success of the downtown market a priority,' says vendor
Fern Resort is all about 'creating memories' <b>(5 photos)</b>

Fern Resort is all about 'creating memories' (5 photos)

'What we try to do is get people together. COVID has actually reinforced the importance of what we do here,' says fourth-generation owner of popular resort
Orillia trail signs provide an interesting history lesson <b>(16 photos)</b>

Orillia trail signs provide an interesting history lesson (16 photos)

The 9.5-km Millennium Trail is home to many plaques, monuments and signs that help share the story of Orillia - including some tales that may surprise you
There's something unique brewing at Mark IV Brothers <b>(4 photos)</b>

There's something unique brewing at Mark IV Brothers (4 photos)

'I wanted to make it a better neighbourhood. This street is beautiful,' says James Kim of Nottawasaga Street home of his popular café
Business leader keeps Orillia dapper, supports community

Business leader keeps Orillia dapper, supports community

'If you’re going to have a business in a small town like Orillia, you need to be out and about in the community,' says Steve Orr, well known for his support of causes, groups
Artist emerges from behind the scenes to make his mark <b>(6 photos)</b>

Artist emerges from behind the scenes to make his mark (6 photos)

Paul Baxter once made shows come alive for Elton John and Lady Gaga, but a move to Orillia inspired him to express himself in bold, ambitious ways
Sharon Hancock brings style and pizazz to theatre in Orillia

Sharon Hancock brings style and pizazz to theatre in Orillia

Local woman has had a decades-long love affair with Opera House; 'It's a beautiful venue ... we need that as a community ... it's wonderful,' she says
Do you remember Orillia's CFOR? It was 'like Facebook times 100'

Do you remember Orillia's CFOR? It was 'like Facebook times 100'

CFOR, known as 'your hometown favourite,' was where people turned to and personalities like Rusty Draper and Jack Latimer were keys to the station's success
Teen Town at The Pav was the place to be in Orillia <b>(4 photos)</b>

Teen Town at The Pav was the place to be in Orillia (4 photos)

'Hearts were broken; hearts were sealed, all that teenage stuff. It was great,' recalls Orillia woman of enjoying Teen Town at The Pav
Iconic church hall was heart of Matchedash Parish <b>(4 photos)</b>

Iconic church hall was heart of Matchedash Parish (4 photos)

'The hall was where everything happened – dances, card games, get-togethers... and the square dances. The annual turkey suppers were legendary,' recalls former warden