A Look Back at 2017 By Mark Wanzel of The Barrie Examiner

WWII veteran Dr. Jim McPhee, now age 92, was shot down over Germany during a bombing run of an oil plant. Dacades later his incredible story comes full circle after being reunited with a piece of his parachute, which was turned into a handkerchief.

A women watches from a second floor window as Barrie Police investigate the scene of a stabbing at 26 North Street which sent two people to hospital. Police have a suspect in custody who will be charged with assault with a weapon.

Preparing for a big swing, Neven Cenanovic age 6 plays a round of tennis while participating in a Spart Camp. Hosted by the Simcoe Tennis in Midhurts. Spart Camp is a full day sports and arts camp that features film making, photography, crafts and fitness.

While receiving a blood transfusion at the Royal Victoria Regional Healthcare Centre, Bill Dinsmore age 87 enjoys some light reading after meeting with members of the Canadian Forces 431 air demonstration squadron who were at the local hospital visiting it's cancer centre.

Making his way under the autumn canopy of Sunnidale Park, Ethan Loucks of Eastview Secondary School carries a strong lead while participating in the Senior boys 6km run. 600 athletes representing 32 schools took part in the event which marked number five in the Georgian Bay Race Series.

Clare Wilson of the Bear Creek Kodiaks has her hair pulled by a member of the Eastview Wild Cats, during girls high school rugby at Eastview Secondary School. The Kodiaks would take the win 53-3.

A dog and his owner get reacquainted during a stop in traffic along Bayfield Street.

Silhouetted in front of a partially obscured sun, Colleges Matt Love and Shawn Symmonds of Rescom Coatings take turns pressure washing the water tower located at the corner of Bayfield and Livingstone St as the structure is prepared for painting and re branding.

Hailey Kohler age 13 chalks up before training on the uneven bars. Hailey who trains out of the Infinity Gymnastics Centre will be heading to the Lady Luck International in Las Vegas next week.

In an effort to escape the warm summer heat, Brothers Ben and Tavish Brittian join their friend Carter Barrie as the trio take turns jumping off the government dock in Tollendale. The trio were happy to report the water was perfect.

A frustrated Heather MacEwan age 65, who has been living alone for days, outside the former Barrie Central Collegiate says she has no place to go that can accommodate her. Our story with Heather was part a bigger issue regarding helping Barrie's homeless find lodging.

Ant Atkinson of the Harlem Globetrotters receives a kiss from audience member Laurie Whitty as payment for a wrist band during a show at the Barrie Molson Centre. The Globetrotters who are currently on their 2017 tour are a exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theatre, and comedy.

last spring Brian Baker took it upon himself to take care of a dozen or so abandoned ducklings, turns out after taking them under his wing the birds haven't forgotten his kind gesture and continue to visit with him. Wearing large combat boots and dressed like a biker, Brian seems right at home with his feathered friends as they wonder the waterfront at Heritage park.

While widow cleaning at the Waterview Condo, Paul Arsenault of Xtremely Clean stops in to visit a 4th floor resident who routinely offers him treats. The two have been routinely meeting this way biannually for several years.

Ross Thirnbeck of Peterborough rolls on the throttle during a practice session at RJ Motosport in Midhurst. The 16 year old dare devil will compete during the CMRC Nationals taking place at the local track.

Now dealing with limited time, Dave Holmes age 53 is trying to find a new home for his two cats May, right, and Ava. A heavy smoker for most of his life Dave was diagnosed with Emphysema over ten years ago.

After a brief shower L-R: Chris Patrie of Robertson Amusements chats with Sponsorship and Entertainment Coordinator Tom Aikins as the two prepare for the 47th annual Kempenfest which will take place this weekend at the Barrie waterfront.

In an effort to help Syrian refugees, local magician Owen Wong will perform his magic show at the Grace United Church.

Barbara Jacklin holds a portrait of her daughter Holly, age 15, who died by suicide in 2015. Jacklin was one of many who took part in this years annual Suicide Awareness Walk.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with hundreds of supporters, offering selfies and hand shakes, during a visit to the East Bayfield Community Centre, Thursday. Trudeau was in Barrie celebrating the success of his Child Benefit program which rolled out a year ago.

After a great rookie year at York University, Kaitlin Brooks who competes in shot put, will look to improve her game. The Barrie native placed 8th at nationals last year. Reflected in her shades, Kaitlin stretches before practices while at St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School.

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