IT TAKES A VILLAGE, AND AN ORILLIA RESTAURANT, TO RAISE A SAFE CHILD

John Epstein (second from right), owner of East Side Mario’s in Orillia, along with office manager Rose Hurtubise (far left), presented representatives of the Kiwanis Children’s Safety Village with a cheque for more than $1,500 in proceeds from a recent fundraising event. The interactive village travels to area schools, where children learn how to live…

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SAFETY VILLAGE SCORES SUPPORT FROM ORILLIA WALMART

Adam Robitaille, manager of Orillia’s Walmart store, donates a cheque for $1,000 to the Kiwanis Children’s Safety Village. On the receiving end are retired OPP constable Gerry Dwyer and Kiwanis Club of Orillia president Stephanie Worthington. The funds will go to support the interactive village, which travels to area schools where children learn how to live and…

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CAMPBELL RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE AND THE OSCAR FOR OUTSTANDING SUPPORT OF KIDS’ SAFETY IN THE COMMUNITY

An unsuspecting Paul Campbell was caught off guard at Orillia Public Library when former colleagues and students honoured him with an award at a surprise gathering. “I thought I was coming to help move around furniture,” joked Campbell, who retired as principal of the Monsignor Lee School in summer this year, in his thank you…

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NEW SAFETY PROGRAM FOR ORILLIA YOUTH

On the surface, it looks like any other pen…but it’s a whole lot more than that. Yank down on the slender metallic tag protruding from its underside and the simple writing tool reveals a colourful paper scroll imprinted with contact information for agencies serving youth in crisis. “It’s easy access,” said Gerry Dwyer, a retired…

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SAFETY VILLAGE IN ORILLIA FEATURES RECHARGED

Five years without a serious breakdown could be considered good for an average car, never mind a miniature, battery-operated one that’s had thousands of tiny drivers hopping in and out of it. And to ensure those tiny drivers stay safe while they’re cruising the Kiwanis Children’s Safety Village, Mike Davenport, of Davenport Subaru, donated $2,000…

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SAFETY VILLAGE NEEDS SUPPORT: OFFICIALS

1A miniature mobile village has proven to be a valuable tool to educate local elementary school students about safety, but officials behind the venture say funds and donations are needed to enhance the project. The Kiwanis Children’s Safety Village, launched in 2009 in Orillia, is an interactive experience whereby children can obtain hands-on training to…

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FAMILY MAKES DONATION TO CHILDREN’S SAFETY VILLAGE

Ron, Carolyn, and Cara Harris donated $12,000 to the Kiwanis Children’s Safety Village, an interactive education program on wheels, Friday. The donation, which will be provided over three years, will pay for a new rubber mat. The old one is worn after seeing the feet of about 15,000 children since its 2009 launch. Orillia OPP…

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