Lansdowne Place Train Running Again Until March 31st

First introduced when it ran last summer and was a popular attraction with kids, the trackless train is running again at Lansdowne Place until March 31st.

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The mall is always looking for new activities families can enjoy together, and bringing this back in the winter months was a great idea. 

The train is available to all ages—it's $3 per ride, and only $2 on Thursdays—and runs on the following days:

Wednesday: 11AM - 7PM

Thursday: 11AM - 7PM

Friday: 11AM - 7PM

Saturday: 10AM - 6PM

Sunday: 11AM - 5PM

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For the month of February, the train will run on the upper level of the mall and for the month of March, it will run on the lower level.

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Rosie & Me: Meet An Adorable Peterborough Newfoundland Pup Who Is Also A Terror

After the death of his 12-year-old Newfoundland “Cookie” in April 2017, Chris "J-Boy" Williams thought he'd wait a few years until he retired before he stepped back into Newf ownership. Chris was fooling himself. Six weeks later, he was on the road from Peterborough, Ontario to Ft. Wayne, Indiana to pick up Rosie.

"Newfoundlands are the best family breed of dog in the world—I’ve always had one and I can’t imagine my life without one," Chris tells PTBOCanada. "They’re not a dog for everyone with the constant shedding, drooling and daily brushing but in return they’re true gentle giants and amazing with anyone who walks through the front door."

Rosie and J-Boy Williams

Rosie and J-Boy Williams

They may be gentle giants, but they can also be headstrong and mischievous.

"Newfs require training from a young age, which Rosie has had," Chris tells PTBOCanada. "She’s currently 11 months old, weighing in at about 110 lbs., and she’ll probably fill out to about 135–140 lbs. The problem is Rosie tends to forget what she has learned in puppy school and Rosie does what Rosie wants."

Rosie is on her hind legs a lot

Rosie is on her hind legs a lot

Standing at about 5’ 6” on her hind legs, Rosie has access to anything she can get—"think 'baby proofing' a house but add counter tops, tables and now even higher locations," Chris tells PTBOCanada. "Due to her size, I often forget she’s still a puppy and anything she gets at is entirely my fault for not putting it out of reach."

Rosie surfing the internet

Rosie surfing the internet

Chris started a list over the past few months of things that Rosie has claimed...

-> 2 brand new crib mattresses (still in the box)
-> 2 pairs of prescription eye glasses
-> 1 pair of sunglasses
-> 5 remotes
-> 1 Blundstone boot
-> 4 toques
-> 2 pairs of gloves
-> 1 family portrait
-> 3 USB sticks
-> 7 boxes of spaghetti
-> 2 Apple mice
-> 1 Amazon Firestick
-> 1 Shop Vac
-> 1 pair of his favourite hockey gloves
-> 1 hockey stick
-> 1 XL dog crate (bent the metal door at 3 months old, hence no crate training)
-> countless cups of coffee, rolls of paper towels, magazines, newspapers, mail and so much more!

Rose getting into trouble with innocent Ellie, their 11-month-old poodle, looking on—Ellie gets into no trouble.

Rose getting into trouble with innocent Ellie, their 11-month-old poodle, looking on—Ellie gets into no trouble.

Here's some of the damage Rosie has caused...

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"She’ll eventually grow out of it, hopefully sooner rather than later and despite the long list of destruction, I love her dearly," Chris tells PTBOCanada.

When asked if he'd ever get another Newf puppy, Chris just smirks.

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YWCA Crossroads Shelter Opened In 1983: Marks 35th Anniversary In Peterborough

The YWCA's Crossroads Shelter—a 25 bed state-of-the-art, secure facility providing physical safety, support, and well-being services to hundreds of women and children annually—marked its 35th anniversary in Peterborough on Wednesday (February 14th) with a love letter from its Executive Director Lynn Zimmer about the community support over the years. Read it below...

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“We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved together these past 35 years and so grateful to our community partners who help us protect women and children and make it possible for them to overcome the barriers they encounter when seeking safety and well-being. 

There’s no denying that a great deal has changed since 1983, but the issue that drove us to open our first shelter 35 years ago—violence against women—continues to exist and change shape.

Community support makes it possible for us to provide expert support to women facing mental health and addiction issues, women escaping human trafficking and sex trade exploitation, and refugee families as well.

We’re taking today to thank our dedicated staff, our generous community and our steadfast partners for helping women and children safely escape violence and successfully rebuild their lives.

We love you for making this possible, Peterborough!”

—Lynn Zimmer, YWCA

[Related: Wendy's Story: Watch This Powerful Video From YWCA Peterborough On Survivor Of Abuse]

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Icon Gordon Lightfoot To Play Memorial Centre November 23rd

Iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who recently donated the yellow canoe featured in his song "Canary Yellow Canoe" to the Canoe Museum in town, returns to Peterborough for a performance at the Peterborough Memorial Centre on Friday, November 23rd at 8 p.m.
 
Beloved by music fans around the world, Lightfoot holds international recognition as a singer and songwriter. In 1971, he earned his first Top Ten hit when "If You Could Read My Mind" became an international sensation.

Photo courtesy The Canoe Museum

Photo courtesy The Canoe Museum

Lightfoot has won 15 JUNO Awards and has been nominated for five Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. In May 2003, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 16th at 10 a.m. They range from $45.50 to $99.50, plus applicable taxes and service fees. Tickets are available at the box office at the PMC, by phone 705.743.3561 and online at memorialcentre.ca.

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Help Peterborough's Mark Steel Get A New Prosthetic Leg

On October 4th 2017, Peterborough's Mark Steel was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma, the same type of bone cancer that Terry Fox (his hero) had.

Due to the size, aggression and location of the tumour, Mark, 21, had his right leg amputated and now requires a prosthetic leg. Even though he's getting some help from the government to pay for it, there's still a long way to go to cover that cost.

Mark Steel

Mark Steel

So Mark has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for a new leg. His older sister, Jamie, tweeted about it here...

Mark used to love running in Terry Fox runs as a kid, and now hopes to run across Peterborough some day—and perhaps further—with a new leg and do his part to raise awareness for cancer research.

Watch his heartfelt plea below in a video he posted to YouTube, and please give what you can here... 

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A Local Company Wants To Build A Water Park On Little Lake

Peterborough couple Jason and Niki Pulchinski have a dream: to construct a water park on Little Lake in this city they love.

Their Peterborough-based company At The Lake Distributing Inc.—which sells water toys and docks, and has installed water parks across the country—wants to construct a quarter million dollar inflatable water park on Little Lake.

Here is a 3D rendering ATL Distributing provided to PTBOCanada of a possible location on Little Lake...

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Little Lake rendering

The Pulchinski's company has a proven track record: They have installed water parks (see pics below) at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario; Camp Qwanoes in Crofton, British Columbia; Clevelands House Resort in Minett, Ontario; Sunshine House Boats in Cranbrook, British Columbia and an upcoming one at Railyard Wake Park in Mount Albert, Ontario this summer.

Deerhurst Resort Splash Zone

Deerhurst Resort Splash Zone

Camp Qwanoes Park

Camp Qwanoes Park

Clevelands House Resort

Clevelands House Resort

These parks really add a wow factor to any place that installs one, and this is what ATL Distributing wants to bring to Peterborough—thinking it could be great for locals but also an awesome tourist attraction being near the Trent Severn Waterway and Lift Lock for boaters coming through from all parts.

It could help put Peterborough on the map even more.

Rendering of Rail Yard Aquapark

Rendering of Rail Yard Aquapark

ATL want to pay the city to put up this water park (they are open to different locations but suggested one near Del Crary Park and the Art Gallery of Peterborough—see rendering at top of post), and incur all the costs associated with running it (insurance, security, and everything else involved in the running of this park).

It would be run by ATL and it would create at least six well paid jobs, the company tells PTBOCanada. Safety is top of mind: There would be lifeguards, and lifejackets would be required wear. They also would partner with local businesses, kids camps and kids charities to get people downtown.

Water park 3D rendering courtesy ATL Distributing

Water park 3D rendering courtesy ATL Distributing

"Bringing a water park to Peterborough is really for the attraction of people to our beautiful downtown and Del Crary Park by Little Lake," ATL says.
 
Jason has reached out to the City of Peterborough and is hoping to get a meeting to present an elaborate proposal to them of how their company can work with the muncipality on the project. Without their blessing, the water park will not happen.

In the meantime, Jason and Niki will continue to dream big, believing this project could create a huge splash here. They hope to someday see kids and adults from Peterborough and beyond creating family memories at this water park on Little Lake in the Kawarthas.

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Just A Snow Couple On A Bench Overlooking The Otonabee River

Some artist(s) created a beautiful snow couple in Newhall Park. The composition is extremely detailed and was captured by Peterborough City Councillor Lesley Parnell, who tweeted out this image..

We reached out to Parnell, who sent us these other pictures she captured as well of The Snow Couple...

Photo courtesy Lesley Parnell (PTBOCanada)

Photo courtesy Lesley Parnell (PTBOCanada)

Photo courtesy Lesley Parnell (PTBOCanada)

Photo courtesy Lesley Parnell (PTBOCanada)

Photo courtesy Lesley Parnell (PTBOCanada)

Photo courtesy Lesley Parnell (PTBOCanada)

Hopefully the couple won't melt before Valentine's Day. ;)

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New Little Lake Cemetery Web Mapping Application Identifies Monuments From Mid-1800s To 2000

The City of Peterborough Geomatics/Mapping Division, the Heritage Preservation Office and Little Lake Cemetery Co. announced on Tuesday (February 6th) the re-launch of an Interactive Web Mapping Genealogy tool highlighting the history of Little Lake Cemetery.

Created in conjunction with students from Fleming College’s Geographic Information Systems program, monuments and markers from the mid-1800’s to 2000 have been identified, photographed and mapped for the public interest.

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Users can search the grave marker inventory by surname and/or death date. The search results include records containing family names, the oldest date on the monument and an image of the marker. At any point, the user can freely search the map and click on any grave marker to view corresponding information.

It is recognized that this is not a complete record of interments at the cemetery, but is limited in scope to the task assigned to the students at time of the project. It is the hope of the City of Peterborough and Little Lake Cemetery that future projects will be able to expand and enhance this valuable history tool, building towards a more encompassing historical record of the residents interred and the commemorative artifacts that reside at the cemetery.  

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Little Lake Cemetery, established in 1850, is a not-for-profit public trust owned by all who have purchased plots at the cemetery. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors and a professional staff. 

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Olympic Hopeful Grace VandenBroek Chooses Trent University Over Other Schools

Peterborough Grade 12 student Grace VandenBroek had Stanford, Harvard, Princeton and many other top-tier American and Canadian universities actively pursuing her after an impressive showing at the world junior rowing championships this past summer. 

But the young rower has chosen her postsecondary home, and it's right here in her hometown: Trent University. As one of Canada’s top young rowers, VandenBroek was inspired by and drawn to the opportunity to remain in the city, and to continue training with Carol Love—Rowing Canada’s NextGen Hub lead coach and one of the best rowing coaches in the country.

Photo courtesy Trent University

Photo courtesy Trent University

“I really like the idea of having Carol as my coach as I continue to develop and hone my rowing skills and experience,” says the 17-year-old, who has been training with her since Grade 9. “With the one-on-one coaching, Trent’s varsity program really focuses on the whole athlete. I like Trent’s size, the close proximity to home, and Trent offers a nice balance of rowing and academics. I love the feeling of the campus.”
 
“Trent will give Grace the rich environment a small and outstanding university experience can offer,” says Coach Love. “The supports and balance of home, the community and the University will enable her to excel in the goals she has set for herself.”
 

Photo courtesy Trent University

Photo courtesy Trent University

She's only rowed for about three years, but VandenBroek has had amazing success with the sport to date: Last summer, in her first international competition, she took home a bronze medal in the women's double at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. VandenBroek was also named Rowing Canada Aviron 2017 Junior Athlete of the Year.
 
Future Olympians like VandenBroek will benefit from the magnificent Otonabee River rowing setting and state-of-the-art training facilities at the Trent Athletics Centre.

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The Spades Reunited For This Awesome Jam Session

Peterborough rockers The Spades last played together in public August 10th, 2013 at their goodbye Hootenanny on Hunter Street show in front of thousands of adoring fans.

The Spades, August 13th, 2013 (Photo by Michael Hurcomb)

The Spades, August 13th, 2013 (Photo by Michael Hurcomb)

Late last summer, they reunited for a special jam session that was captured by the Peterborough music show Bandwagon.

"I don't know if there's more to to come from the band," Bandwagon's Ryan Lalonde tells PTBOCanada. "But if there's one thing I've learned from them, it's to never count them out. They've been incredibly missed on the local scene."

The Spades in Bandwagon

The Spades in Bandwagon

After watching this set below they performed on Episode 1/Season 7 of Bandwagon—one song from each of their official album releases—even more of their fans will hope the band reunites for good...

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