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This week in BarrieToday+: Last chance to put your feet up with Summer Staycation!

Plus, do you know an aspiring journalist? Village Media has launched a scholarship program to support journalism students

Put your feet up and relax and enjoy food and fun from your own backyard with a chance to win a summer staycation valued at $400! +Members can enter daily, and don't forget to answer the poll for an extra entry. Contest closes July 31st.

Happening this week for BarrieToday+ members:

Turn up the heat and enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Firehouse Subs. Don't forget to answer the poll and visit their website to gain extra entries. Contest closes August 4.

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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Do you have something to say? Ever dreamed of being a writer? We know everyone has a point of view and we want to know yours. Whether it's a story, an opinion piece, or a letter to the editor, we want to hear from you. If you have ever dreamed of being published this is your chance to do just that for millions to read across the Village Media Network.  Check your +member dashboard to read past selections or to submit yours today.

This week, reporter Nathan Taylor talks 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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And if you missed it, here's what happened last week:

Last week, reporter Bob Bruton took a look at the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Legacy Space at Barrie’s Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), a safe place to pause and reflect on Indigenous history and reconciliation. Gord Downie is gone, but his message must remain with Canadians. 

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