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Willard Kinzie and Mayor Lehman about to unveil the trail marker.2016-12-17T15:42:40-05:00
History of Lakeview Dairy.2017-06-27T16:22:47-05:00
Camphill Willard Kinzie Tribute.2017-05-29T16:59:32-05:00
Election At A Glance.2016-07-03T04:58:15-05:00
Colonel Sanders visits with a police officer and Willard Kinzie in front of City Hall at Collier and Mulcaster Street.2017-02-28T23:36:46-05:00
Travis Doucette interviews Barrie’s first city Mayor, Willard Kinzie (1).2016-09-15T03:52:59-05:00
Willard Kinzie (left), Les Cooke (second from right), Art Evans (right) and Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP).2017-02-09T13:41:48-05:00
BHA Chair, Travis Doucette enjoys ice cream with Barrie’s first City Mayor, Willard Kinzie at Kawartha Dairy on Anne Street.2016-09-15T21:31:28-05:00
Skates, Parades and Carnival Queens: Celebrating Winter Barrie Style2017-02-02T23:33:32-05:00
Willard Kinzie and Mayor Lehman at the trail marker unveiling.2016-12-17T15:37:19-05:00
Recipients of the Barrie Historical Archive Civic Award Jack Garner and Willard Kinzie greet each other while Dr. Travis Doucette applauds them at the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall.2016-11-17T17:16:11-05:00
Mayor Willard Kinzie prepares to drop the puck at a hockey game.2016-09-16T20:42:43-05:00

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Barrie’s changing skyline

Iconic bell tower slowly disappearing from the downtown landscape. The Toronto Street address wasn't the first location of the former Central United Church building, but it was its last. Just over 2 years ago, the sanctuary which has stood at the corner of Ross and Toronto Streets, virtually unchanged since [...]

Ted the Wonder Dog

One of the original 'dogs with jobs'! You may recall from previous blogs, mention of the Tordiff family - long time contributors to the Barrie Archive, since before it even launched. Whenever the Tordiffs drop off family memorabilia for the Archive, Bob always tells the tale (tail?) of his brother's [...]

Barrie says goodbye to two role models

They were just two. But to all, they were many. Willard Kinzie, to some, was the "Milk Man". To hiking partners, he was "Titanium Man". Officially, a mayor, a businessman. But also a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather. A fellow parishioner. A walking guide, a restaurateur, a curling skip. A storyteller [...]