10th Annual Don Young In Honour Blood Donor Clinic This Saturday

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Don and Stephanie Young along with Canadian Blood Services invite everyone to donate blood at the 10th Annual ‘Don Young In Honour Blood Donor Clinic’ at the Ennismore Curling Club on Saturday, April 26th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. They are hoping to collect 45 units, and walk-ins are more than welcome that day.

Eleven years ago, Don lost both of his legs in an industrial accident, when they were destroyed by a gravel crusher. Today, thanks in large part to blood donors, Don and Stephanie are busy living life to its fullest, taking care of their family and working hard running a business.

They have never forgotten how close he came to losing his life when the accident occurred.  Without the 30 units of blood he needed to endure his injuries, Don doubts he would have survived. He needed eight units of blood while on route to Sunnybrook Hospital in the ambulance and continued to rely on blood donors through nine surgeries over the next 30 days.

Since 2003, when Don and Stephanie sponsored their first in honour blood donor clinic, the Youngs have raised hundreds of units of blood and helped thousands of patients. Many people started donating for the first time in support of Don and his family.

“You just never know when you may need blood," says Don. "It can happen in an instant and one of the big reasons that I am still here today for my family and enjoying life is because a stranger took one hour to give blood."

To make an appointment, or for more information, call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283) or go to Blood.ca.

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Lansdowne West Is Preparing for A New Plaza

Lansdowne Street West has churned up some soil in preparation for a new plaza. At the corner of Spillsbury Drive and Lansdowne St. W., tucked just behind Discount Car and Truck Rentals, there is a new 2.5 acre commercial plaza site slated to go in. This area has been approved for businesses such as a bank, restaurant, salon or gym.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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Public Energy Holding Arts Festival At The Mount Community Centre

Public Energy has announced the final event of its 20th anniversary season. Called "Erring on the Mount",  it is a major new multidisciplinary arts festival taking place May 30th to June 1st at the Mount Community Centre (1555 Monaghan Road) that features more than 60 artists in 50 works of art and performance. There will be art installations, performance pieces, choral groups and interactive works.

Public Energy Artistic Producer Bill Kimball helping Artist Robert Edmonson install his kinetic sculpture in the Chapel. Photo: Paul Oldham

Public Energy Artistic Producer Bill Kimball helping Artist Robert Edmonson install his kinetic sculpture in the Chapel. Photo: Paul Oldham

Public Energy Artistic Producer Bill Kimball helping Artist Robert Edmonson install his kinetic sculpture in the Chapel. Photo: Paul Oldham

Public Energy Artistic Producer Bill Kimball helping Artist Robert Edmonson install his kinetic sculpture in the Chapel. Photo: Paul Oldham

Tickets go on sale May 2nd through the Market Hall box office, or by calling 705-749-1146.

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Bowskill & Fewings Cover 'Wait On Down' by Garry James White

This was filmed at The Spill by Jeremy Kelly...

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Invasive Species App Released, Workshop This Thursday

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) recently demonstrated the EDDMapS Ontario app for your phone (you can read more about the announcement over at Trail Swag).

This handy app is a great way to identify, learn more about, and report invasive species. There is an upcoming Peterborough workshop on how to use the app at the Otonabee Inn (84 Lansdowne Street East) on Thursday, April 24th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is limited for the workshops, which will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or smart phone to follow demonstrations. To register or learn more about the workshops, call Alison Kirkpatrick, OFAH Monitoring and Information Specialist/Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Liaison, at 705-748-6324 ext. 234.

The EDDMapS Ontario app is available for free for both Apple iOS and Google Android.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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The Amazing Duke's Trail Tour Fundraiser For Peterborough Humane Society Launches

Duke & Sofie

Duke & Sofie

The Summer Fundraiser campaign for Peterborough Humane Society's "Duke's Trail Tour" kicked off today (April 22nd) at Montana's Cookhouse. Duke, an 8-year-old Belgian Shepherd, and his owner Sofie Andreou (pictured at left) were there and will serve as ambassadors for the 1st Annual event, which takes place June 22nd.

Duke, a Peterborough Humane Society rescue, has overcome the abuse he suffered as a puppy with the love of his Forever Home family, and the freedom he found exploring trails around the world.

"Duke is a very special dog," says Sofie. "We adopted him from Peterborough Humane Society in 2005, and he's been by my side ever since, travelling trails from Mexico to Nova Scotia. We want to share our love of exploration and help give other dogs a chance at a Forever Home."

Duke's Trail Tour press conference picture

Duke's Trail Tour press conference picture

With a vast array of trail-systems available to Peterborough and the Kawarthas, Duke (and Sofie) thought it was high time to spread the love and get others trekking for a great cause—as PHS looks after 1,300 needy animals on an annual basis and is in desperate need of funds.

Duke's Trail Tour takes place Sunday, June 22nd from 1:30 pm to 4 pm. Walkers can register as teams or individuals at DukesTrailTour.com. It is a fun 5k/10k walk through the Rotary Trail system.

Interested in adopting a pet from the humane society? Learn more here.

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Connecting The Disconnected: The Story Of Peterborough's Redpath

Redpath, a Peterborough-based startup for those affected by mental health and addiction, is in the Finals of Bears' Lair Entrepreneurial Competition this Wednesday at Market Hall. To learn more about the backstory of how Redpath came to be, read this post below by the Redpath team...

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In 2004 a maximum security prison in Canada recorded a staggering 53 inmate stabbings in 51 days. In response to this dramatic rise in prisoner violence, they contacted Peggy Shaughnessy for a needs assessment. Peggy was a trusted consultant after her Master's Thesis work with the Emotional Health Lab at Trent University as well as her subsequent work with Corrections Canada, assessing the needs of voiceless minorities within the prisoner population.

She was in a unique position of trust with both the administration and inmates; someone who could hopefully lead the way through this crisis. In one-on-one interviews with high-risk inmates, Peggy began by recording anonymous biographical data. When her questions turned to issues of trauma in the prisoners' early lives, many could not, or would not answer.

So Peggy handed them the questionnaire and asked them to check the boxes that applied, so that no one could ever know the answers a specific prisoner had given. Most – if not all – of the inmates she interviewed had been the victims of abuse in their lives, long before they had ever committed a crime. She promised these inmates that she would process their answers and return with a program, designed to address their needs.

Driving home that night, Peggy began to see a bigger issue. Many of these inmates didn't recognize that they had been traumatized in their early lives, or didn't think it mattered. They had been suffering in silence and didn't know it. Whatever program she designed for them would have to dig deeper than any other had done before, and carefully connect past traumas with behaviours today.

The program Peggy returned with would become the first RedPath Program. A group of 13 high-risk inmates sat down together and began to share their life stories along the path laid out by the program. Through each level of the program, they gained a new perspective on their lives, saw similarities among the groups' life experiences, and realized the effect of their trauma on their current suffering. These inmates formed a tight bond throughout the program, and loose ends began to be tied up. Many of them realized a connection between the crimes they had committed and the traumas they had been victim to. The RedPath program helped these prisoners place their traumas along the path of their life story, and measured a remarkable change in their growth as a result. Many would go on to be released from the prison, and were seen as examples of successful rehabilitation.

Peggy was certain that if the program could create positive change in prisons, it could make massive changes elsewhere. That's when the RedPath program began training facilitators to go into communities all around Canada with high levels of substance abuse, violent crimes and mental health issues. Here too the RedPath approach yielded the same incredible results. By guiding groups to realize the truth of their life stories, sharing only what they were comfortable sharing, missing pieces of their lives could fall into place and help them understand their lives in the here and now.

Over the past ten years, the Redpath program has trained a thousand facilitators to offer the program in their communities. These facilitators have in turn helped countless thousands of people suffering in their lives to find a way through their struggles, by coming to a greater understanding of themselves.

But the trouble with suffering is that it almost always happens in silence. We know that 90% of addicts will never seek treatment. We know that 1 in 5 people in Canada will be seriously affected by mental health struggles in their lifetime. We know that the rate of teenaged addiction is on a dramatic rise; and we know that the stigma associated with abuse keeps survivors from leading comfortable, healthy lives. We all have a responsibility to turn this around, but the current model is not helping people get onto a path towards happiness. If anything, it is deepening the stigma, pushing people into the shadows, creating a growing mass of people suffering alone and in silence.

However, almost everyone in Canada has access to the internet, and many people who are in trouble are spending more and more time online as an escape from their pain. How could we not respond? This is why RedPath is translating its programs into an online format, and building a free social network for everyone who is suffering.

—The Redpath Team

Learn more about Redpath by following them on Twitter and Facebook, watching this YouTube video, and attending this special event they're hosting during Mental Health Week (see invite below—we're a sponsor) on Thursday, May 8th at The Venue in Peterborough called "Connecting the Disconnected".

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Peterborough Musicfest 2014 Launch Party

Join Peterborough Musicfest at Lansdowne Place Centre Court at noon on Wednesday, April 23rd for their 2014 Launch Party. Learn this year's lineup and how to win VIP tickets.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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Look At This Video Of The Otonabee River Flood Shot Near Peterborough

Just outside of Peterborough, Chris Francoeur shot this video. "We got flooded out pretty good this year. Here is one of the clips from my go pro camera." Have a watch, crazy stuff...

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Hope Paterson Made This Tribute Video For Her Fiance Aaron Murray Who Died After Head On Crash Near Peterborough

Hope & Aaron

Hope & Aaron

Aaron Murray, who had been planning to attend Trent University starting in September to study forensic science, died days after a head on collison on Highway 7 near Peterborough earlier this month. Aaron was engaged to his girlfriend Hope Paterson, the mother of their 3-week-old son, Jude. They had met in a Loyalist class in Belleville last year, and fell in love. If anything ever happened to him, it was Aaron's wish to be an Organ Donor, so his family honored his wishes and Aaron was able to donate his lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys and successfully saved four lives. Aaron lived a short but amazing life. Watch the beautiful and touching memorial video Hope made to honour Aaron's life...

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