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PowerStream broke ground Friday on the construction of its Penetanguishene Micro Grid that, when completed in 2016, will provide up to 11 hours of backup power supply for approximately 400 of the utility’s customers residing or owning a business in Penetanguishene. Breaking ground are, from left, Penetanguishene Mayor Gerry Marshall; Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth; Dr. Choi, In-Gyu, Senior Vice President, KEPCO Research Institute; Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, and PowerStream board member; Mark Henderson, EVP Asset Management and COO, PowerStream; Brian Bentz, president and CEO, PowerStream. SUBMITTED

PowerStream breaks ground in Penetanguishene

PowerStream broke ground Friday on the construction of its Penetanguishene Micro Grid that, when completed in 2016, will provide up to 11 hours of backup power supply for approximately 400 of the utility’s customers residing or owning a business in Penetanguishene.

The Ridge Runner at Blue Mountain Resort. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Worker injured at Blue Mountain Resort

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is investigating after a male employee of Blue Mountain Resort was injured Wednesday afternoon in an incident involving the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster.

ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET AND TIMES Tom Carrothers, a representative with the Family Network 4 Advocacy Committee, and CUPE Ontario official Kelly O’Sullivan want provincial byelection candidates to commit to better long-term-home care.

Tackle violence: CUPE

The state of Ontario's long-term-care system should be near the forefront of next week's Simcoe North byelection campaign.

PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES With a week to go in the Simcoe North provincial byelection, candidates are in the home stretch of their campaigning. Liberal candidate Fred Larsen, left, was joined Thursday by Scarborough Centre MPP Brad Duguid, centre, as the two visited businesses on Mississaga Street. They are pictured speaking with Mariposa Market owner Bob Willsey.

Campaign comes downtown

As the Liberals talk to more people about the proposed sell-off of Hydro One, more people will consider it to be best for the province, a Liberal cabinet minister said Thursday during a visit to Orillia.

The Royal Canadian Legion Stayner Branch 457 donated $7,500 from the poppy fund to the Wasaga Fire Department for the purchase of two defibrillators. On hand for the presentation was, from left, Wasaga Fire Chief Michael McWilliam, Celine Blakely, Laura Ewing and Mayor Brian Smith.

Planner and clerk released

WASAGA BEACH - There was one less staff member present at Tuesday night's Wasaga Beach council meeting without clerk Twyla Nicholson.

Medical marijuana (Postmedia Network file photo)

Growing a medical marijuana business

CLEARVIEW TWP. - Peter and Naomi Miller are blazing a new trail in agriculture. The entrepreneurs founded and operate Agripharm, a facility to grow medical marijuana. It was purchased by Mettrum Health Corp. in June 2014 and received a licence from Health Canada in December.

Another win for Matt Lange, showing Summer Yearling Showline Contender Opal at the Simcoe County Holstein Association show, held at the Essa Agriplex in Essa Twp., on Wednesday. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Cows and cars at Barrie Fair

ESSA TWP. - Cows and cars made a unique mix Wednesday at the Simcoe County Holstein Association's annual show at the Essa Agriplex.

Muhab Sultanaly Sultan

SIU clears cops in drowning death

Ontario’s police watchdog has cleared two Ottawa police officers of any wrongdoing in the drowning death of a man wanted in the killing of London teenager shot to death after tracking his missing cellphone.