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.

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

The Georgian Cubs under-16 girls volleyball team recently won a bronze medal at the provincial championships. In the back row from left are coach Stacy Tremain, Eleri Millsap, Chelsey Torrance, Megan Crowe, Hannah Mondolo, Jessica Grillo, Dani Troop and coach Daryl O'Brien. In the front row are Maddy Pancel, Mackenzie Cullip, Devann Karreman and Siobhan O'Brien.SUBMITTED

Cubs bring home bronze

The Georgian Cubs under-16 girls volleyball team recently won a bronze medal at the provincial championships in Waterloo.

Mike Forgrave, who was inducted into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Springwater Sports Heritage Hall of Fame in 2014, died on April 14. This painting is featured with other Barrie inductees at the Allandale Recreation Centre. SUBMITTED

'Mike never gave up hope'

Whether he was giving it his all on the track or helping others reach their own potential, Mike Forgrave had a passion for sports few athletes attain.

Florida Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad has been nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the National Hockey League's top rookie. The former Barrie Colts captain is up against Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators. GETTY IMAGES/AFP FILE PHOTO

Ekblad up for Calder Trophy

Former Barrie Colts captain Aaron Ekblad has been nominated for the National Hockey League's Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year.

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.