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Rooted articles share stories about the people and places that make Barrie and area a community residents are proud to call home.

This section is made possible by our Community Leaders Program.


The police beat goes on in downtown Barrie

The police beat goes on in downtown Barrie

'They’re our friends. They stop in to see us to make sure everything is OK,' says downtown merchant of police patrolling the area
Barrie Skatepark has emerged from the dark, hoping to shine again

Barrie Skatepark has emerged from the dark, hoping to shine again

Stigma 'stained skateboarding in this town,' citizen says of dark time; He believes with 'a little understanding and maybe some good lighting,' it could return to glory days
Blue Brigade members bring their 'heart and soul' to RVH every day

Blue Brigade members bring their 'heart and soul' to RVH every day

Longtime volunteers at Barrie hospital say love giving back to their community and making a difference
Sunnidale Park went from golf swings to swing sets <b>(4 photos)</b>

Sunnidale Park went from golf swings to swing sets (4 photos)

'A sacred place in Barrie,' Sunnidale Park was once eyed for possible residential development, but vision for park prevailed
A man of the city, for the city

A man of the city, for the city

Businessman Jamie Massie has left his mark on many aspects of Barrie
Oro-Medonte’s Drury family rooted in both local, provincial history

Oro-Medonte’s Drury family rooted in both local, provincial history

'I go into the bush and I’m walking by trees my ancestors walked by. There’s a great connection there'
Woman whose brother died in tornado recalls terror in the sky <b>(16 photos)</b>

Woman whose brother died in tornado recalls terror in the sky (16 photos)

'He was riding his bike home. Mom always said to come home if it was raining,' says sister of Jonathon Poechman
Downtown street names salute to British naval officers <b>(6 photos)</b>

Downtown street names salute to British naval officers (6 photos)

While some of the names are fairly straightforward in detecting their origins, others have an air of mystery
Allandale: A community of living history <b>(5 photos)</b>

Allandale: A community of living history (5 photos)

Allandale Neighbourhood Association strives to keep history of Barrie community alive