New school receives blessing

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto talks to youngsters during the blessing ceremony École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-de-la-Huronie in Collingwood last week, bringing a French language elementary school for families in Collingwood and Wasaga Beach.

William Beatty Jr. built an empire of shipping and logging linking Collingwood and Simcoe County with communities along Georgian Bay to the north, especially Parry Sound, which he co-founded.

Georgian Bay formed tight-knit community

Georgian Bay, despite being a far flung area, was a tightly knit neighbourhood. And Collingwood, as a solid and speedy link south from Georgian Bay through Collingwood and Simcoe County, played a prominent role in building and linking that community.

Wasaga Rotary kicks off Corvette summer lottery

The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach kicked off its 18th annual Corvette charity lottery on June 5th with the unveiling of the main prize, a gorgeous 2017 CorvetteStingray Coupe. The Club’s goal is to raise $80,000 for distribution amongst fourteen important charities in Simcoe County.

George Millward McDougall

Local farm boy went west

A man who did much to keep Canada together grew up on a farm just outside of Barrie and later honed his skills as a negotiator and religious leader in northern Simcoe County – especially in the area of Rama and Orillia.

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