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This week in BarrieToday+: Go back to school in style with a chance to win an iPad!

Plus, we've launched a scholarship program to support journalism students!

Enjoy your games, videos and get ready for school with a chance to win an iPad! +Members can enter daily, contest closes August 31. Be sure to answer the poll to secure an extra entry. 

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Here is another example of how the BarrieToday+ membership program is continuing to support and grow local journalism. We've launched a scholarship program to support journalism students! Students who are enrolled in a journalism program for the fall are invited to submit an essay for a chance to receive a $1,000 scholarship toward their post-secondary education. A sincere thank you to our BarrieToday+ members for helping to fund local journalism and assist us in our effort to strengthen communities!

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With the Tokyo Olympics in full swing, it's all eyes in the sporting world on Japan right now. 

Reporter Marg. Bruineman looks back on her first job as a teenager at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

Also, reporter Shawn Gibson says the time change between Barrie and Tokyo makes it hard to watch many of the events this year, but he clearly remembers the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, which put Donovan Bailey and Canada firmly on the sporting map. 

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And if you missed it, here's what happened last week:

Last week, reporter Nathan Taylor talked to Peterborough native and former Barrie bartender Michael Martyn about his new job as general manager at the historic Orillia Opera House, "a great-sounding room" that he says he has plenty of plans for in the near future. 

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