Karl Lawson—aka "Kawartha Karl"—felt a thud on Sunday night (January 21st) driving home to Peterborough from Lakefield. Turns it was an owl which obviously had its bell rung hitting Karl's car.
Crash The Owl
Rather than keep going, Karl stopped his vehicle immediately and did this as he recounted on his Facebook page (accompanied by the photo above):
"This a my new friend 'Crash the Owl' who flew into my drivers door late last night on my way home from Lakefield. I pulled over and went back to take him off the middle of the road only to find him unconscious but still breathing with a mouse still in his talons.
So I decided to put him in my trunk and then contacted Kawartha Veterinary Emergency Clinic (24hrs!) and they told me to bring him to there office. When the young lady came out to the car I told her that he may have died in the 20 minutes it took to get there. To my delight when I popped the trunk he was sitting up!
I checked today and Crash was dropped at a sanctuary somewhere near Whitby he is injured but they said he was moving both wings today so they are pretty confident in his recovery..so I will let you know if I hear anymore on his fate. Did I mention that I love owls."
Remember the old Hi Tops Chinese restaurant that was a fixture in downtown Peterborough? You couldn't miss the iconic sign when you were driving down George Street and at night, it was even more of a focal point with its neon lights.
Indeed, the sign was one of the landmarks in the downtown core since the '60s...
The Old Hi Tops restaurant
When the sign came down in 2013 after it was announced Hi Tops was closing after about 100 years in business, everyone wondered what would become of it. Surely this rich part of Peterborough's history wouldn't end up in landfill.
Well the sign was saved by artist Bill Kimball after the Hi Tops owner agreed to give it to him, and a portion of the sign (it comes in two parts) found a home right across the street at The Spill coffee bar for many years...
The sign hanging at The Spill
When The Spill owner Dave Tobey closed the establishment last fall, people were wondering again, What would now become of the Hi Tops sign? Would it be saved again?
Indeed it would, thanks to another downtown business owner: "When I heard The Spill was closing, I reached out to Dave Tobey about the sign and he put me in touch with Bill Kimball the caretaker of the sign," Hot Belly Mama's owner Travis Smith tells PTBOCanada. "I said I would be happy to display it at The Belly as it would definitely fit in with my atmosphere there. He agreed."
Now the entire sign hangs proudly at The Belly...
The sign at Hot Belly Mama's
"I feel like the sign is a piece that needs to be on display as a big part of Peterborough's history," Smith tells PTBOCanada, adding that this whole process of getting the sign and installing it came together over the past couple months with Kimball and an amazing group of people in town.
Kudos to Smith for showcasing this important piece of Peterborough history in his restaurant. Go check it out next time you're in!
In many respects, Peterborough is in a renaissance right now—with all of the amenities of a modern city and then some. As the city continues to evolve, it is attracting more young families to live here, tourists to visit here, and retaining more talent coming out of Trent University and Fleming College. In no particular order, here are signs Peterborough is going all downright cosmopolitan and chic...
1. VentureNorth building—the hub where entrepreneurs start-up, grow and thrive.
Housing the Innovation Cluster, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism Visitor Centre, JA-PLM and more, this integral building in the heart of the city symbolizes change, progress and momentum in Peterborough.
2. New modern Peterborough Public Library
After a 18 month renovation, this library has been transformed into a beautiful, bright modern library. "The roles of libraries have changed over the years and this new space is designed to meet the changing needs of our community,” says Peterborough Public Library CEO Jennifer Jones.
The downtown has never been more diverse and electic with its wide range of restaurants, pubs, cafes, bars and retail shops—not to mention the thriving theatre and entertainment scene (think Gordon Best Theatre, Showplace, Market Hall, The Theatre on King, Peterborough Theatre Guild, etc.) and festivals (Pulse, Hootenanny on Hunter Street, Peterborough Folk Festival, Peterborough Musicfest).
The City of Peterborough Public Art Program announced Thursday (January 18th) that Toronto-based architect Patrick Li will create the artwork for the new square adjacent to Peterborough Public Library.
The project at the corner of Aylmer and Simcoe streets was developed in concert with the Library’s Main Branch renovation and expansion, and is sponsored by LLF Lawyers. The construction of the square adjacent to the library will create a vibrant place for people to gather in the heart of downtown Peterborough.
Rendering courtesy City of Peterborough
The call for proposals to create an artwork for the square received 20 submissions from artists and designers across the province.
In his presentation to the selection committee, Patrick Li highlighted the symbolic nature of the sculpture—Your Story—and his desire to create an artwork that feels alive:
“This Sculpture is made by the undulated fin like columns to be reminiscent of a book cover that is twisting in the wind," he said. "This way, there is movement to make the sculpture feel alive. Each person who walks inside will have a chance to experience this fluidity and discover their own journey.”
Rendering courtesy City of Peterborough
The Selection Committee found it a stunning, well-conceived and relevant work that will inspire the community and mirror the architecture of the renovated library. They were impressed by Li’s passion and expressed confidence in his ability to problem solve and work through project details.
The expected completion of the square and the artwork is Autumn 2018.
The library closed the doors to its temporary location at Peterborough Square on December 30th.
“We can’t wait to reopen our doors and show the community how much this space has transformed,” says Jennifer Jones, CEO of the Peterborough Public Library. “The building has served this community well for the past 30 years but the roles of libraries have changed over the years and this new space is designed to meet the changing needs of our community.”
The Library is excited to be moving back to a modernized building that offers additional community space for programs and meetings, a redesigned Children’s Area, a new Teen Area, enhanced technology and more space to sit and read, or work.
The Library also has a month full of events planned for all ages and interests in February. Information about these events will be available at the grand opening event and will be posted on the website soon.
The City of Peterborough’s parking division and the Downtown Business Improvement Area have partnered since 2003 on this free parking initiative, with money put in the meter going to charity each year.
"Once again our community has shown its tremendous generosity," says Mayor Daryl Bennett. "By putting money in the parking machines downtown in December, we are helping to feed people in our community through the efforts of Kawartha Food Share. Thank you to all of the people and downtown businesses that supported this initiative."
“We could not be more excited to be the recipients of the holiday parking funds again this year!” adds Ashlee Aitken, General Manager of Kawartha Food Share, which assists more than 8,100 men, women and children every month through 36 member agencies.
“This donation comes at a perfect time as we begin to restock our shelves after the very busy holidays and continue to ensure that everyone in Peterborough City and County has safe and reliable access to emergency food."
Photo courtesy DBIA
“We’ve had a very successful holiday shopping season downtown and we’re grateful that we can give back to those who are facing some challenges here in our community,” says DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel. “Kawartha Food Share provides an important service to many people and we’re happy to see the donation from our downtown shoppers go to such a good cause.”
So far, $119,878.41 has been raised over the years for charity from people putting money in the meters during free parking holiday season.
The Radius Project was born out of a simple question: “So which famous people would I know from your hometown?” The hometown in question was Peterborough and the answer was endless.
The Radius Project looks at the wealth of musicians that came from the radius around town and went on to national and international acclaim. A short list of people that grew up or relocated to the area are Serena Ryder, Royal Wood, Three Days Grace, Thousand Foot Krutch, The Silver Hearts, Ronnie Hawkins, The Leahys, producers Greg and Rob Wells and many more.
Three days grace
Tickets are $17 and are available now at Market Hall! Don't miss this.