Patrick Bales, The Orillia Packet & Times

Patrick Bales is a reporter with The Packet & Times. A native of Bradford, Ontario (Ontario's Salad Bowl), Patrick's interests include writing, rock and roll, hockey and history - not necessarily in order. He likes the Bruins, the Hip, jukeboxes, Instagram, oxford commas and irony.


Brooklyn Mauca, as seen on Mother's Day earlier this year. The two-year-old from Bradford recently suffered a life altering brain injury as has been hospitalized ever since. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Support needed for Bradford toddler

Complications from a seemingly routine surgery have turned the world of two Bradford parents upside and changed the life of their two-year-old girl forever.

A wreath is laid at the grave site of Pte. Alvin Webb, who fought for Canada in the First World War. Taking part in the ceremony, from left to right, are Ted Gemmell from St. James' United Church in Stroud, Maj. John Fisher and Merle Cunningham, daughter of Webb.

First World War vets honoured by Base Borden

Centennial celebrations for Canadian Forces Base Borden wrapped up last week, with tributes paid to eight local soldiers who fought in the First World War.

The annual corn roast took place Thursday at the Innisfil Famers' Market. Coun. Stan Daurio, left, and Phyl McMillan were shucking what they said was the tastiest corn around.

Corn Roast pops at Innisfil Farmers' Market

Thursday was one of the tastiest days of the season at the Innisfil Farmers’ Market, as the annual corn roast and artisans’ fair took place.

Pictured at the cheque presentation, from left to right: Enrico Mazzone, treasurer of the volunteer firefighter association, Diana and Mark Sheeler of Bradford Canadian Tire and Allan Grant, president of the volunteer firefighter association.

Bradford volunteer firefighters and Canadian Tire partner to help community

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Volunteer Firefighters’ Association held another tremendously successful fundraising car wash earlier in the summer. During this year’s wash, $1,929.05 was raised through donations, including $170 from the Canadian Grill. Bradford Canadian Tire then matched what was raised, for a grand total of $3,858.10. The firefight