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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.


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
Olympics rekindle fond feelings for Orillia's Walter Henry <b>(6 photos)</b>

Olympics rekindle fond feelings for Orillia's Walter Henry (6 photos)

'I’ve had a great life through boxing,' says legendary local boxer who trained for the Olympics in the kitchen of his family's Scott Street home
Old Brewery Bay rooted in era when Orillia was 'the hardest drinking village in Ontario'

Old Brewery Bay rooted in era when Orillia was 'the hardest drinking village in Ontario'

Local artist went to painstaking lengths to restore 'The Old Brewery' homestead that has interesting ties to Stephen Leacock and the arts community of that era
Big Chute a big deal for boaters, visitors from far and wide <b>(6 photos)</b>

Big Chute a big deal for boaters, visitors from far and wide (6 photos)

Marine railway is the only one of its kind in North America and is one of the most popular locks along the world-renowned Trent-Severn Waterway