Author: Steve Pecar

Harlem Globetrotters head to Barrie Molson Centre

When the Harlem Globetrotters play the Barrie Molson Centre in April, not only will they bring their classic brand of basketball skill and magic, they will carry with them an almost 90-year tradition of performing before Canadian audiences. Formed in the south side Chicago in the 1920s– nowhere near the Harlem neighbourhood of Manhattan – the Globetrotters  barnstormed their way around the U.S. in the early years as a legitimate team, and with Illinois as their base, the Canadian border wasn’t too far off and on any west coast swing Vancouver was always a stop. Newspaper accounts reveal they...

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OPP satellite office opens in Midland

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has opened a satellite office in Midland to coincide with the new law enforcement direction the town has taken. Located at 250 Second St., the building formerly housed the town’s own police service, but closed down for renovations once the OPP took over policing duties in Midland earlier this year. The office will be used for law enforcement and investigative purposes as well as for the Marine Unit serving Georgian Bay. Part of the Southern Georgian Bay detachment, the office will house OPP staff along with the return of civilian and uniform members of...

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Barrie appoints new fire chief, clerk

The City of Barrie has announced the hiring of two top administrators. Wendy Cooke has been named city clerk, while Cory Mainprize has become fire chief. Cooke has served as deputy city clerk for the past five years with responsibility for the legislative branch that includes council secretariat functions, corporate records and information management, corporate mail and print shop services, administration of vital statistics and management of municipal elections and byelections. “Wendy has been instrumental in the successful execution of the 2014 municipal election and the 2016 byelection, led the implementation of the electronic approval tracking for council documents...

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More beer sales coming to Simcoe

Simcoe County residents will have more opportunities to buy beer at grocery stores. The provincial government has announced plans to add five more locations across the county with sales of beer and wine to begin in April. The grocery stores that will be added include: Food Basics, 9226 Highway 93 in Midland Fresh Co., 55 Mountain Rd. in Collingwood Loblaws, 11 Byrne Dr. in Barrie Walmart, 1175 Murphy Rd. in Orillia Walmart, 545 Holland St. W. These stores are among 87 new grocery stores across Ontario that will be able to sell beer and cider. They will be added...

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Downtown theatre now Five Points

Five Points Theatre is the new name for Barrie’s centre for the performing arts. After a brief name the theatre contest, Five Points received the most votes from among four other proposed names. In total, 2,400 votes were cast with Five Points earning the nod on about 600 of the ballots. The name reflects the five point intersection outside the doors of the centre in downtown Barrie. The contest came about after Pratt Homes was named the chief sponsor for the facility by paying $300,000 for the 15-year naming rights. However, rather than name the facility after itself, the...

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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