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Featured Pieces: Willard Kinzie

Travis Doucette interviews Barrie’s first city Mayor, Willard Kinzie (3).2016-09-15T03:51:19-04:00
Former Mayor, Willard Kinzie is presented with the Spirit Catcher Award by Patrick Brown (left) and an RCMP officer.2016-09-16T20:47:01-04:00
Willard Kinzie (left), Les Cooke (second from right), Art Evans (right) and Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP).2017-02-09T13:41:48-04:00
Former Mayor Willard Kinzie shares at the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall (2).2016-11-17T17:16:37-04:00
Colonel Sanders visits with a police officer and Willard Kinzie in front of City Hall at Collier and Mulcaster Street.2017-02-28T23:36:46-04:00
Willard Kinzie and Mayor Lehman high five the Waterfront Heritage Trail marker.2016-12-17T15:39:05-04:00
Emcee Michelle Rao visits with former Mayor Willard Kinzie in the Green Room before the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall while Mayor Jeff Lehman observes (2).2016-11-17T17:06:48-04:00
The newly incorporated City of Barrie Mayor, Willard Kinzie drives an old car full of children through “Kinzie’s Run” (Five Points) on Dunlop Street during a parade.2016-09-02T01:28:43-04:00
Jack Garner addresses the crowd after receiving the Barrie Historical Archive Civic Award.2016-11-17T17:13:22-04:00
Mayor Willard Kinzie leads the way in an antique car during a Dominion Day Parade out front of Jackson Motors on Dunlop Street East.2017-05-03T16:45:25-04:00
Former Mayor Willard Kinzie signs a commemorative event poster.2016-11-17T13:12:45-04:00
Former Mayor Willard Kinzie shares at the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall (1).2016-11-17T17:10:40-04:00

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Ted the Wonder Dog

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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 [...]