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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.


Dwyer transforms into the million-dollar man

Dwyer transforms into the million-dollar man

For almost four decades, Will Dwyer has pounded the pavement in support of Terry Fox Foundation cancer research; he recently reached the million-dollar mark
'The best fire is the one that never happens'

'The best fire is the one that never happens'

Fire prevention officer Jeff Holmyard has recently retired after 29 years with Barrie Fire and Emergency Service
City police breaking ground with approach to spreading the word

City police breaking ground with approach to spreading the word

'We have two different people with different skill sets and knowledge and abilities that are a perfect blend here,' police chief says of department's civilian communications duo
Former NHLer turned tactical officer gets back behind the bench

Former NHLer turned tactical officer gets back behind the bench

'My job as a coach is to win, but it’s also to develop these kids so they can make the next steps, whatever those steps are and however far they can go,' says former NHLer and Barrie native who will coach the new Collingwood Colts Junior 'A' team
A visit to the farm can plant the seed for a greener future

A visit to the farm can plant the seed for a greener future

'It's amazing to watch (children and adults) learn about the animals and about growing things and harvesting things,' says farmer in this week's Rooted feature
Former mayor Janice Laking's legacy lingers, from railroads to long-distance friendships

Former mayor Janice Laking's legacy lingers, from railroads to long-distance friendships

'Councils are like a school classroom. You don’t choose your students; you try to get the best from each and every one of them'
'Big John' more than a music man

'Big John' more than a music man

Well-known figure talks about the music business, his time as an urban planner, democracy, nature and even quotes Shakespeare
If variety is the spice of life, this is one spicy garden

If variety is the spice of life, this is one spicy garden

Communities in Bloom national judges touring Barrie this week, and Janis Hamilton is more than happy to share her hard work
Decades later, toasters still being mailed to old GE plant for repairs <b>(6 photos)</b>

Decades later, toasters still being mailed to old GE plant for repairs (6 photos)

Former GE building on Bradford Street, now known as the Barrie by the Bay Commercial Centre, home to several community organziations
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