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SUNDAY SEVEN: BarrieToday's top stories of the past week

Death of Rick 'The Mayor,' residential development in Craighurst and local events linked to RCAF centennial among top headlines
Rick Chenery, 75, reads a copy of a BarrieToday story about his plight at an encampment near Victoria and Anne streets in Barrie on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. Known as 'The Mayor' among the local homeless community, Chenery was found dead on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Editor's note: The following were some of BarrieToday's most widely read stories from the past week.

'Very sad': Homeless community mourns loss of Rick, 'The Mayor'

'He said he was all right, he said he was fine, but I know, in his eyes … I think it was just his time, you know. He’s been through hell and back,' says friend. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY

'Proud history': RCAF centennial ready for takeoff in Barrie, Borden

'Borden is actually the birthplace of the RCAF, so it’s extremely significant considering the close ties between Barrie and Borden,' says city resident and local veteran Bill Sergeant. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY

'Big change' coming to Craighurst with expanding housing project

Located on Horseshoe Valley Road, Craighurst Crossing development will include more than 500 homes. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY

REMEMBER THIS: Downtown 'hole in the ground' has history

Most recently known as the 'pink building,' structure served as music hall, hotel and more before being demolished last month. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY

'Good feeling': Retiree helps feed residents at Barrie mission

'There are ideas out there (to address homelessness), things that are being done. I would like to think that this is not hopeless,' says Salvation Army Bayside Mission Centre volunteer. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY

$643K in stolen vehicles recovered after 'massive' investigation

Barrie police say six people have been charged with several offences; antique Dodge Challenger among vehicles seized. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY

THEN AND NOW: Home saw many changes but still has great view

Previous owners of Dunlop Street East home included blacksmith, postmaster and politician. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY