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Dave Dawson

Dave Dawson

Dave Dawson was born and raised in Orillia and returned to his hometown to become sports editor of The Packet & Times in 1991. He chose to stay in Orillia, to raise his family here and to serve the community as a reporter, editor and freelance writer ever since. He is thrilled to be the community editor of OrilliaMatters.com and looks forward to continuing the tradition of bringing the stories that matter to Orillians to their fingertips every day. Dave is also very involved in the community; he coached various sports when his kids were younger and, today, is a valued board member of Sport Orillia, a member of the Building Hope campaign for the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter and is also part of the committee selected to choose this year's Citizen of the Year.

Recent Work by Dave

Council OKs $80,000 to replace wonky doors at Rotary Place

Council OKs $80,000 to replace wonky doors at Rotary Place

One door came crashing down in April, creating near-miss; Flawed design has led to lost revenue and thousands of dollars in repairs
Proposed new hotel room tax gets preliminary stamp of approval

Proposed new hotel room tax gets preliminary stamp of approval

City would partner with Ontario's Lake Country on new municipal accommodation tax; 'This will help us in promoting Orillia to ... the rest of the world'
<b>ONTARIO:</b> Trainer suspended by OLA in wake of attack on referee

ONTARIO: Trainer suspended by OLA in wake of attack on referee

Referee in chief was 'found in the hallway (at Rotary Place) bloodied and with facial trauma' following incident; Provincial body expresses 'unified condemnation' of attack
<b>(UPDATE)</b> Trainer suspended by OLA in wake of attack on referee

(UPDATE) Trainer suspended by OLA in wake of attack on referee

Referee in chief was 'found in the hallway (at Rotary Place) bloodied and with facial trauma' following incident; Provincial body expresses 'unified condemnation' of attack
Innisfil trainer suspended by OLA in wake of attack on referee

Innisfil trainer suspended by OLA in wake of attack on referee

Referee in chief was 'found in the hallway (at Rotary Place) bloodied and with facial trauma' following incident; Provincial body expresses 'unified condemnation' of attack
<b>(UPDATE)</b> Trainer suspended by OLA in wake of attack on referee

(UPDATE) Trainer suspended by OLA in wake of attack on referee

Referee in chief was 'found in the hallway (at Rotary Place) bloodied and with facial trauma' following incident; Provincial body expresses 'unified condemnation' of attack
Orillia Public Library hoping to restore interlibrary loans

Orillia Public Library hoping to restore interlibrary loans

Service was halted in wake of provincial budget; Local library is looking for ways to offset cost of new delivery service in hopes of restoring popular program
Minor fire at Mount Slaven sparks concerns about building

Minor fire at Mount Slaven sparks concerns about building

Former school has been unoccupied for more than a decade; OPP probing 'deliberately-set' fire
<b>UPDATE:</b> Driver charged following Sunday's Coldwater Street crash

UPDATE: Driver charged following Sunday's Coldwater Street crash

Adrianus Vanderbos charged with careless driving in wake of two-vehicle collision
Ramara man faces charges in 2018 death of Lucas Dunlop

Ramara man faces charges in 2018 death of Lucas Dunlop

Glenn White, driver of vehicle that struck the victim, faces two charges following lengthy investigation