Here Is Santa On A Jet Ski On The Otonabee River Because Why Not

Catherine Brown spotted Santa on a jet ski Saturday evening (May 28th) cruising the Otonabee River in Peterborough. This is not a common occurence.

Photo by Catherine Brown

Photo by Catherine Brown

"I was with my parents and grandparents," Catherine tells PTBOCanada of seeing Santa on a jet ski. "We were all surprised to see Santa and my mom's reaction was, 'You never know what you'll see on the river!' My grandma's reaction was, 'We should tell him we've been good!'"

Photo by Catherine Brown

Photo by Catherine Brown

It is off season for Santa so we guess this sorta makes sense—plus Peterborough and the Kawarthas is a great tourist destination. No word where Rudolph is (probably in the woods somewhere)...

Here is another picture below of Santa with a couple other jet skiers...

Photo by Catherine Brown

Photo by Catherine Brown

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Take A Tour Of Neil Young's Childhood Home In Omemee

Neil Young spent his formative years in Omemee, Ontario near Peterborough.

Below is Young in a Grade 1 class photo at Omemee Public School in 1951-52 (Neil is standing in the back row, third from the left)...

Neil's old childhood home at 33 King Street West is now for sale, described in the sales listing as a "stately home situated on 1.75 acres located in the quaint Village of Omemee."

Take a tour of this century home—it's listed at $299,900—where the rock icon once lived in this video from the listing agent...

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Five Sure Signs Of Spring In Peterborough

From the stage at Del Crary park getting set up for summer concerts to the outdoor Farmers Markets, Peterborough comes alive in beautiful and vibrant ways in the Spring...

Below are five signs (in no particular order) that it is Spring in Peterborough. Let us know what your favourite signs are!

Watch our Facebook video version which is getting so many views...

You can also watch our YouTube version below...

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Kawarthas From The Sky Is Beautiful

Patrick J. Stephen, the awesome photographer/videographer who created this video about Peterborough, has produced a short trailer video called "Kawarthas From the Sky" that is beautiful.

Patrick tells PTBOCanada how the video came together showing the amazing Kawartha landscape views, farmland, rolling hills and sunsets:

"A little while ago, I approached the Millbrook Businesses Improvement to work on a promotional film. It is really going to be fun showcasing my hometown. I've been photographing these same landscapes for years and wanted to get a different perspective and add motion to really give the landscapes energy. I've been planning this shot in my mind for months to open with a car driving down into the valley as the sun rises. I got in touch with the talented drone pilot Steve Mayhew from Yo Steve Productions to help out. The conditions were perfect. Originally it was just going to be that one shot, but as we got flying around with the drone, we came away with some pretty cool views. We don't often see landscapes from this height and time of day. After seeing what we were getting, I just had to create something with it."

We hope to see extended version of the video at some point down the road.

Watch the trailer video below...

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Here Is The Message From Tragically Hip About Gord Downie's Terminal Brain Cancer

Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip are such a Canadian institution—such a huge part of the fabric of this country and Canadian pop culture with quitessential songs such as "Bobcaygeon". They are music icons.

The band reported devastating news on their website that frontman Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer. Below is their message to fans...

"Hello friends.

We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn’t so.

A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we’ve been standing by him.

So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…

We’ve decided to do another one.

This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.

What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans.

So, we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.

We hope you can come out and join us this summer – details and dates will be coming this week.

And we sincerely thank all of you, for your continued love and support,

Paul, GordD, Johnny, Rob, GordS"

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Our thoughts and prayers to Gord Downie and his family...

Tell us on our Facebook page what Gord Downie and The Hip mean to you...

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The Community Is Rallying Around Sarah McNeilly

Sarah McNeilly is an amazing performance artist who is a huge part of the local, inclusive Peterborough arts scene—including recent productions at The Theatre on King, Mysterious Entity, Showplace Players and more.

Photo of Sarah by Andy Carroll

Photo of Sarah by Andy Carroll

Shortly after her 31st birthday, Sarah was diagnosed with cancer. And now, the community Sarah has given so much to and so loves is giving back to her as a GoFundMe campaign has been launched for her as she begins her battle against it.

Photo of Sarah by Andy Carroll

Photo of Sarah by Andy Carroll

"Sarah is one of the most popular and loved artists in this town," fellow performing artist Ray Henderson tells PTBOCanada. "She has her hands in so many different projects and mediums. A singer, actor, Improv artist, just to name a few. Her fire and passion is tireless and relentless."

"The smile you see in all her pics is genuine because she is just so full of life," adds Henderson. "Her partner, Spencer Allen, is just as loved as he is such a valuable piece to the artistic puzzle of this community. You won't find another couple whose outlook, work ethic and creativity provides such a rich environment in our community. Sarah herself is such an incredible and beautiful soul."

Sarah is going to have to take a lot of time off work to fight this cancer, and her and Spencer need the community's help for all of the expensive treatments, prescriptions, travel and time off work that will be required.

Spencer and Sarah

Spencer and Sarah

Give what you can to the GoFundMe campaign here, and spread the word on your social media channels. (Already, more than $7,000 [**UPDATE: more than $14,000 has now been raised***] of the $10,000 campaign goal has been reached in a short period of time.)

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Peterborough Hound Named Odie Not Overly Excited About Fox Being In Backyard

Gwyneth Jones witnessed a real life fox and hound in her backyard Thursday morning (May 19th) on River Road just north of Peterborough—except her hound, Odie, just didn't seem nearly as interested as the fox.

The view from Jones' back patio of the interaction...

"At first I was worried the fox would attack—I think it's a mama and there may be some kits in the woods," Jones tells PTBOCanada. "It's too big to be a baby, but was definitely curious and maybe even wanting to play."

The fox certainly looked like it wanted to do something gauging from this picture Jones took...

Odie ignores fox

Odie ignores fox

So why would 10-year-old Odie ignore the fox? Jones isn't sure.

"I was stunned at my dog's reaction, or lack thereof," Jones tells PTBOCanada. "It's almost like he didn't acknowledge this was an animal. He would have freaked if a dog was on our property, and he chases squirrels and rabbits. It was very odd."

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