Orchidee Xuan Lan Bongard, 46, died after the car she was driving collided with a transport truck on Highway 400 early Thursday morning. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

'Orchidee was a determined girl'

Full of love, luck and determination, Orchidee Xuan Lan Bongard lost her life in a flash of metal when her car collided with a transport truck on High

St. John Ambulance Barrie Simcoe Muskoka — along with Simcoe County paramedics, the Springwater Township fire department and the OPP — are hosting a natural disaster response training exercise on Sunday. Herman Koeslag Photo

Planning for disaster

SPRINGWATER TWP. — There will be casualties, injuries and broken bones aplenty at the Barrie Community Sports Complex on Sunday.

Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood was the keynote speaker Thursday night at the eighth annual Barrie North Collegiate L3 Writers' Conference. IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

A celebration of writing

The written word took centre stage Thursday at the 8th annual L3 Writers' Conference at Barrie North Collegiate.

John Savage, left, president of the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival and Tim Lalonde, owner of Lalonde’s Sugar Bush are hoping good weather will bring a large crowds Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the festival. The festival is Canada’s third-largest maple syrup festival. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE-BULLETIN

Celebrating 50 sweet years

Elmvale loves maple syrup so much its annual festival to honour the year’s first crop is celebrating its 50th anniversary Saturday.