Month: February 2018

Barrie Navy League Cadets move to new location

By Rick McGinnis Barrie’s Navy League Cadet Corps moved into a new home last month after spending years in the armoury building, sharing space with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets with whom they are too often mistaken. It’s a welcome move for the fifty-three members of #24 Chambly. They no longer have to share a gym while practicing semaphore or learning how to tack a sailboat into the wind. “It was starting to get a little bit crowded for us,” said Sonya Anderson, the corps communications officer. “We needed a space of our own.” The group’s move into the...

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It’s a Garden Party on Snow

Spring fever is right around the corner and that means it’s time for the 10th annual Ladies Day at Snow Valley in Barrie. The theme for this year’s event, which will be held March 2, is “Garden Party on Snow” and will feature special guest speaker Frank “Frankie Flowers” Ferragine. The award winning horticulturalist and Toronto television personality is known for his ability to combine practical gardening advice with humour. He also enjoys sharing his passion for everything outdoors. “There’s a fresh theme every year, so this garden theme was because we thought it’d be fun to have a...

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Driving to net has paid off for Colts’ Willms

Jason Willms has no interest in heading to the bakery any time soon. The only driving the second-year Barrie Colts forward is doing these days is to the front of the net and the only thing heating up is his scoring. Willms has already doubled his point totals from his rookie year and there’s still a month left in the OHL season. “I think it’s no secret I’m not the most flashiest player,” said the 19-year-old centre, who has 22 goals and 26 assists in 54 games this season, after recording 13 goals and 24 points as a rookie....

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A calming influence in a time of emergency

A graduate of both the primary care and advanced care paramedic programs at Georgian College himself, Garrett Hookey admits he has a vested interest in the graduates the school produces. The advanced care Simcoe County paramedic knows the difference well trained paramedics can make when they arrive to help in time of an emergency. “The reality is that, at the end of the day, these new students are going to be the ones picking up my parents,” said Hookey, who graduated from the Georgian primary program in 2012, before returning to the Barrie campus and graduating from the advanced...

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Vanilla trumps chocolate

By Rochelle Burns, PhD, social historian Chapman’s ice cream: of ice cream and courage. The story began in 1973. David and Penny Chapman bought a small creamery in Markdale, a village just south of Georgian Bay. The Chapman family business began with four employees, two trucks, a small space and a big dream of making ice cream that had a personal touch.  Part of that was to move to a small town instead of a big city centre. Over the years, the Chapman brand created an endless stream of innovative flavours, including  Canadian Vanilla, Eh!, vanilla ice cream that...

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Calendar of Events

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

    November 4, 2017 - April 28, 2018
  2. Photos with the Easter Bunny

    March 23 - March 25
  3. The Jim Cuddy Band

    March 29
  4. MacLaren Art Centre

    April 1
  5. Barrie Film Festival

    April 4 - April 5