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These stories about the people and places that make us proud to call Barrie home are made possible through the support of The Peggy Hill Team as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Lifelong Barrie resident marks 100th birthday, recalls simpler time in town

Lifelong Barrie resident marks 100th birthday, recalls simpler time in town

'I like the waterfront. It reminds me of when I used to look across the bay from the Allandale Station toward Barrie when my dad, an engineer with CNR, was returning from the north,' says Leona Minnikin
Barrie Food Bank boss packing it in after decade at the helm

Barrie Food Bank boss packing it in after decade at the helm

'I never realized that being the executive director of the Barrie Food Bank would be the highlight of my entire working career and a great way to end a career,' says Peter Sundborg
History expert, eh? Test your knowledge against Simcoe County Museum staff

History expert, eh? Test your knowledge against Simcoe County Museum staff

Participants in the Fact or Fiction – Home Edition event on Feb. 25 will have to use their deductive reasoning, or be really good at poker
179-year-old Shanty Bay church serves more than just Anglicans these days <b>(6 photos)</b>

179-year-old Shanty Bay church serves more than just Anglicans these days (6 photos)

St. Thomas Anglican Church, with its steep pitched roof and lancet windows, is a provincial heritage site
Story behind the names adorning some city streets, parks <b>(5 photos)</b>

Story behind the names adorning some city streets, parks (5 photos)

Many streets and parks are named for people who made significant contributions to the city, but there are also some fun ones that give a nod to pop culture, such as The Simpsons and South Park
Towering over Queen's Park, Barrie Armoury has witnessed royal visits <b>(5 photos)</b>

Towering over Queen's Park, Barrie Armoury has witnessed royal visits (5 photos)

Opened Nov. 7, 1915 near the start of the First World War, it is one of 43 armouries built across Canada to one of five standard plans
Skaters carve out little piece of paradise on community rinks <b>(4 photos)</b>

Skaters carve out little piece of paradise on community rinks (4 photos)

'We always had a rink down in front of the Barrie train station, near what is now Memorial Square,' recalls former mayor Janice Laking
Take several steps back in time on Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail <b>(10 photos)</b>

Take several steps back in time on Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail (10 photos)

Historic trail begins at Memorial Square/Meridian Place in downtown Barrie and ends at Historic Fort Willow in Springwater Township
REWIND: The tale of the tape in Barrie

REWIND: The tale of the tape in Barrie

Local duo launches Tarantula Tapes as a way for bands to get their music out to the masses; 'It’s almost like what happened with vinyl 10 or 15 years ago is now happening with cassettes'
New book shines bright light on Collier United's spectacular stained glass

New book shines bright light on Collier United's spectacular stained glass

'Our main interest was to research those stories that the windows were telling,' says Leona Appleby