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Students play behind the new building for 13 A Innisfil Huronia Public School. 2016-09-05T15:47:58+00:00
A Bell truck parks in front of Barrie Central Collegiate on Bradford Street to promote a recent partnership. 2016-09-05T16:20:54+00:00
Students present class projects at 13A Innisfil Huronia Public School (6). 2016-09-05T16:22:48+00:00
Students help file books in the Warnica Public School on Warnica Road. 2016-09-05T15:47:54+00:00
Students pose with a nativity scene at a summer Vacation Bible School held at 13A Innisfil Huronia Public School. 2016-09-05T16:22:36+00:00
Students work at their desks in a makeshift classroom in the Warnica Public School gym while it’s under construction. 2016-09-05T16:28:57+00:00
Students congregate in a Science lab at Barrie Central Collegiate. 2016-09-05T16:20:57+00:00
Students receive awards at an assembly at Warnica Public School on Warnica Road. 2016-09-05T15:52:45+00:00
Students work on a paper mache craft in class at Codrington Public School. 2017-02-08T13:43:53+00:00
A librarian files a library card at Warnica Public School on Warnica Road. 2016-09-05T15:47:55+00:00
The West Ward School, later known as Prince of Wales School, on Bradford Street. 2016-05-01T15:22:05+00:00
Students working hard on an assignment at Codrington Public School. 2017-02-08T13:53:42+00:00


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Notable Women of Barrie

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The Crock & Block Says “Goodnight”

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By | February 25th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , |

A Stroll Through Barrie Courtesy of Rayner McCullough

Steadily, Rayner McCullough walks me along Elizabeth Street. Hines grocery, then next to the that, a meat market. Next, an empty lot next to Central United Church on the east side of Toronto Street, where he played in the mission band. Just seconds later, we make our way to old [...]

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