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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.


Pandemic hasn't stopped historians from growing Barrie Historical Archive

Pandemic hasn't stopped historians from growing Barrie Historical Archive

'Every day I am in awe at the way with which some parts of our city have evolved year after year, decade after decade, while some remain relatively unchanged,' says president
Get outside and enjoy acres of Simcoe County forest within Barrie's boundaries <b>(5 photos)</b>

Get outside and enjoy acres of Simcoe County forest within Barrie's boundaries (5 photos)

Blauxham and Dyer tracts in city's south end include red and white pine, sugar maple and red oak, as well as American beech, black cherry, basswood, white pine, and hemlock
Who was Lillian? Dog walker hopes to solve mystery

Who was Lillian? Dog walker hopes to solve mystery

Marker at Sunnidale Park piqued Jeff Bergsma's interest; 'The more I think about it, I think it's for an animal. For us (humans), tombstones and markers are a way for us to say goodbye, a way for us for healing on our own'
'I do have lots of things I could tell, but I don’t talk a lot about it,' says Second World War veteran

'I do have lots of things I could tell, but I don’t talk a lot about it,' says Second World War veteran

Barrie's William Snow, 98, served with the 1st Canadian Radar Battery and still has vivid memories of those days more than 70 years ago
'The kids grew up with a 7-foot Jason Voorhees statue in the living room' <b>(8 photos)</b>

'The kids grew up with a 7-foot Jason Voorhees statue in the living room' (8 photos)

Even with the changes and challenges surrounding Halloween this year, it's still a special time of year for many people, like Brian Gallacher
Longtime volunteer continues her giving ways with knitting friends

Longtime volunteer continues her giving ways with knitting friends

'We meet in the library on Tuesday mornings, bring our knitting stuff and have a gab session'
Self-serve pumpkin patches sprouting up all over the region

Self-serve pumpkin patches sprouting up all over the region

Konrad Farm Markets currently operating 11 stands in the Barrie area; They rely on the honour system, which entrepreneur says works well
Barrie native takes her passion for teaching to Greek refugee camp <b>(4 photos)</b>

Barrie native takes her passion for teaching to Greek refugee camp (4 photos)

Mória Refugee Camp made international headlines in early September when it was devastated by fire
McCavitt, 90, holds nothing back on the court; 'We call him the Grim Reaper'

McCavitt, 90, holds nothing back on the court; 'We call him the Grim Reaper'

Eastview Thrashers tennis players range in age and profession, but elder statesman of the group is particularly known to smash the ball
Museum staff look for ways to share history and stories safely

Museum staff look for ways to share history and stories safely

Midhurst facility open now by appointment; Bookings can be made in half-hour increments between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.