Author: Perry Lefko

Collingwood woman raises money for My Friend’s House selling golf balls

By Perry Lefko Marylou Gollert has come to be known as the Golf Ball Lady in Collingwood. For the past seven years, the retired principal has been selling used golf balls that she repurposes to raise money for children’s needs at My Friend’s House, a non-profit agency offering support for abused women and children living in the Georgian Triangle of Ontario. Gollert has collected about $20,000 through her endeavor, which continues to grow yearly. In 2017, she collected $5,000, the most since she began doing this. Gollert, who worked as the Principal at Grenoble Public School in Brampton, originally...

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Collingwood resident has interesting golf ball collection

Bobby Charlton loves golf, in particular, playing and collecting balls. The 68-year-old retired resident of Collingwood, Ontario, Canada has been playing recreationally for 30 years. He plays about 75 times a year at various courses in North America, has an eight handicap and usually hits the ball straight. Bobby’s brand ball of choice is a Titleist Velocity because his clubhead speed at impact isn’t as strong as people considerably younger, and thus he needs something with a softer cover to “pop off the end of the club.” Golfers with club head speed greater than 100 miles per hour prefer...

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Barrie among cities OK’d to sell marijuana at LCBO

By Perry Lefko Barrie is among the 14 cities the Government of Ontario has identified that will have stand-alone cannabis stores by July, 2018. The Ministry of Finance and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario announced on November 3 where recreational marijuana will be sold. The news was the latest announcement as part of the federal government’s plan in April, 2016 to legalize the sale of cannabis by July, 2017. The provinces were assigned the task of forming their own distribution system. In addition to Barrie, the cities include: Brampton, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie,...

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Biography portrays how Orillia shaped Gordon Lightfoot’s life

Gordon Lightfoot is one of Canada’s best-known singer/songwriters but what’s fascinating about the man behind the music is how Orillia shaped his life. It is portrayed in a biography written by music journalist Nicholas Jennings, whom Lightfoot gave permission and contributed to the new book about his life, Lightfoot (Penguin Random House Canada Ltd). Born in Orillia on Nov. 17, 1938, Lightfoot became interested in music at a young age through his mother, Jessica, and her three sisters who loved nothing more than to sing and harmonize at family gatherings. They bribed Lightfoot with a nickel to sing, and...

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Canadian Blood Services encourages donations before and after Thanksgiving

By Perry Lefko Canadian Blood Services is reaching out to Canadians to donate blood as part of the Thanksgiving weekend. Lilet Raffinan, territory manager for Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville and Etobicoke, said there is an annual need in Canada for 800,000 units of blood. The slogan is “it’s in you to give.” “Every day is an ongoing need,” Raffinan said. “One in two Canadians is eligible to give blood, but only one in 60 does. Every 60 seconds someone somewhere in Canada needs blood. It is a constant reminder for Canadians to come and donate blood. “We’re encouraging all...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Barrie Farmers’ Market (Collier and Mulcaster streets)

    November 4, 2017 - April 28, 2018
  2. Barrie Winterfest

    February 3 - March 4
  3. Centre for the Performing Arts

    February 15 - February 24
  4. Georgian Theatre

    February 22
  5. Dufflebag Theatre

    March 3