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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.


Local woman helps people 'find the truth' about their roots

Local woman helps people 'find the truth' about their roots

'I think it’s important we understand the injustices done to these children,' says Lori Oschefski who founded national organization to help British home children connect with their past
Orillia's Christmas tree has deep local roots <b>(4 photos)</b>

Orillia's Christmas tree has deep local roots (4 photos)

Popular tree at Orillia Opera House was planted after area man pleaded with city council; 'He was a bit ahead of his time,' says daughter of Fred Noakes
Climate crisis reshapes local pottery business <b>(7 photos)</b>

Climate crisis reshapes local pottery business (7 photos)

'Art reflects the time the artist is living in. The trends, fashion, technology — it’s all reflected in the art and makes what we do authentic,' said local potter Heather Kerslake
'Work of art': Vintage Tudhope car still a winner <b>(4 photos)</b>

'Work of art': Vintage Tudhope car still a winner (4 photos)

1912 Tudhope recently won first in class at premiere competition; 'Everything we did on the car, we tried to do exactly as it was coming from the factory,' says volunteer
'Country home' feeling makes fall fair a hit <b>(16 photos)</b>

'Country home' feeling makes fall fair a hit (16 photos)

'It’s a place for the community to come together, to mingle and socialize,' says organizer of Severn Bridge Fall Fair, a fall staple for almost 150 years
Group helps Indigenous women feel safe, learn of their culture

Group helps Indigenous women feel safe, learn of their culture

People who come to Orillia Native Women’s Group 'are often looking for who they are, looking for connections and looking for a sense of belonging'
Oldest Orillia company a monumental success <b>(10 photos)</b>

Oldest Orillia company a monumental success (10 photos)

Built on a foundation of family values and personal service, Sanderson Monument continues to thrive, with a sixth generation in the wings
Volunteers' passion fuels Coldwater museum <b>(12 photos)</b>

Volunteers' passion fuels Coldwater museum (12 photos)

'When people visit, they can imagine and experience life as it once was in rural Ontario,' says board member of group that keeps history alive in Coldwater
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