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Dr. Travis Doucette shakes hands with Principal Greg Brucker after presenting him with the inaugural Barrie Historical Archive Civic Award at Mayors’ Seat at City Hall.2016-11-13T09:10:08-05:00
Willard Kinzie (left), Les Cooke (second from right), Art Evans (right) and Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP).2017-02-09T13:41:48-05:00
Skates, Parades and Carnival Queens: Celebrating Winter Barrie Style2017-02-02T23:33:32-05:00
Town Crier declares the opening of the Barrie Historical Archive with former Mayors cutting the red ribbon behind (1).2016-11-05T18:48:20-04:00
Former Mayor Willard Kinzie shares at the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall (2).2016-11-17T17:16:37-05:00
Town Crier declares the opening of the Barrie Historical Archive with former Mayors cutting the red ribbon behind (5).2016-11-05T18:48:40-04:00
Willard Kinzie and Mayor Lehman at the trail marker unveiling.2016-12-17T15:37:19-05:00
Willard Kinzie in his office at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Dunlop Street East.2016-09-06T20:01:05-04:00
Former Mayors Janice Laking and Willard Kinzie watch as Willard’s son in law watches in the Green Room before the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall (2).2016-11-17T17:23:17-05:00
Willard and Karen Kinzie visit with others at the Mayors’ Seat Reception at City Hall.2016-11-05T18:11:02-04:00
Former Mayor, Willard Kinzie and his beloved Model-T Ford automobile.2016-09-16T20:25:47-04:00
Former first city Mayor, Willard Kinzie and Mayor Jeff Lehman drive a vintage car down Lakeshore Drive after the completion of its realignment.2016-09-06T00:40:52-04:00


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