The Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture and the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce have announced the Stockdale family, of 2525 Asphodel 4th Line Asphodel-Norwood, as the 2017 Farm Family of the Year.
David and Cathy Stockdale have been farming for 26 years, and Embrdale Farm is home to 145 head of cattle and of this 65 make up the milking herd. They have a very impressive herd classification they have worked hard to achieve and maintain: 10 Excellent, 49 Very Good, and 16 Good Plus.
This past April, they were thrilled to have won their second Master Breeder Shield. This recognition illustrates the progress they have made with their breeding and management programs and serves as proof that they are on the right track.
The Stockdales own 310 acres and rent an additional 180 acres for crops. They use a TMR mix that includes haylage, corn silage and high moisture corn with additional proteins added. The corn silage and high moisture corn are grown on 100 acres, while another 100 acres are devoted to oats, used for greenfeed or straw, and all are underseeded. They also raised 250 acres of hay for the herd.
They have raised four children: Steven (Kelsey), Cameron (Emily), Brett (Erin) and Rebecca make up the fourth generation living and working on the family farm. The fifth generation has started with Kaylee (Brett & Erin).
The Stockdales are all active in 4-H, either as members or leaders after graduating 4-H. 4-H has brought many opportunities for the family and they have made sure to take advantage of them: 4-H Youth Ambassador, winning the East Gen Challenge top overall member in 2014 & 2015, trips to Belgium, Madison. They give back to 4-H by sitting on the Board of Directors and being the editor for the newsletter.
The award to the family will be presented at the Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture Annual Banquet, to be held on Friday, November 24th, at the Peterborough Curling Club, 2195 Lansdowne St., Peterborough.
We're excited to be launching a new show PTBOCanada.com to run on our Facebook page, with video snippets also running on our Instagram and Twitter channels.
The show will be produced and edited by our Video Director/Co-host Cody May, and taped on location at StudioPTBO, our boutique agency spinoff on Sheridan Street in downtown Peterborough.
PTBOCanada.com Co-Founder Neil Morton with Co-Host Cody May in Episode 1
"To be able to create a show like this is only possible in this powerful era of social media—it is something that excites me greatly," says Cody May, who will Co-Host with other members of the team, including PTBOCanada Co-Founder Neil Morton.
"Everyone has a story and we're stoked to share them on our show," May adds. "We will be taking you behind the scenes of our brand while also spotlighting unique people in the community."
Cody May in the studio where the show is taped
PTBOCanada.com, which is slated to run bi-weekly at the beginning on Facebook before picking up frequency down the road, will feature entrepreneurs, artists, innovators, musicians, designers, dreamers, community builders, athletes, business owners and more.
If you're interested in being a guest on the show or becoming a sponsor, contact Cody May here.
Watch Episode One below with PTBOCanada.com Co-Founder Neil Morton and Cody May...
In 2000, a group of Peterborough musical friends established a Christmas concert that was unlike any other—more influenced by Celtic and roots music, and one where people would hear something other than the usual Christmas carols and standards we hear every year.
"I was also inspired by Tom Jackson’s annual The Huron Carole concerts that raise money for local food banks," says one of its founders John Hoffman. "So we decided to launch the concert and donate the money to a local charity. Then I discovered that a small group was trying to establish a facility for homeless youth and that seemed like the perfect beneficiary for us."
Now, nearly two decades later, In From The Cold has had a huge impact—raising more than $100,000 for YES Shelter for Youth and Families, and also helped to raise awareness about the needs of homeless youth in our community.
After 18 years, Hoffman says that what has really kept this much-loved, anticipated event going over the years is two things: the music and what he calls the "In From the Cold feeling".
"The concert is a great creative exercise for us musicians," he tells PTBOCanada. "We enjoy digging up beautiful Christmas songs that are seldom sung but deserve to be heard. We love arranging them and performing them in our signature Celtic style. And then, the feeling you get when you walk out on the stage to perform is just magical. It’s like a huge family gathering—a really supportive, responsive audience. Lots and lots of people come to see the show each year, so it’s kind of like a family reunion."
-> Carried Away (Susan Newman, Rob Fortin and John Hoffman, with guests Michael Ketemer and Tanah Haney) -> The Convivio Chorus (choir) -> Enriqué “Roy” Claveer (Curtis Driedger) -> Michael Ketemer: does a fingerstyle guitar solo each year
SOME NEAT SONGS DURING THIS YEAR'S CONCERT
-> Susan Newman has set the Robert Frost poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", to music and arranged it for choir. -> "Noel est Arrivé": a very old, rollicking song from Provence -> "Christ Child’s Lullaby", from the Outer Hebrides -> "Wintergrace", an Appalachian song: "It is so catchy and lovely, it’s hard to believe that hardly anyone sings it anymore," says Hoffman. -> "Sweet Bells", a lovely and lively carol from Yorkshire -> "A Cradle In Bethlehem", which was a hit for Nat King Cole in 1960
Hoffman says there will also be versions of some Christmas standards, including "Silent Night", "Good King Wenceslas" and the "Gloucester Wassail".
The 18th annual In From The Cold concert takes place on December 8th and 9th this year at Market Hall. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and children), and available at Moondance or at the Market Hall online box office.
Local filmmaker Rodney Fuentes has made a short documentary about the concert. Watch it below...
Comedic writer/director/actress Tamara Bick recently relocated to Peterborough along with her husband/co-comedic partner in crime, Drew Antzis, and two children, Jaffe and Bailey, after spending a decade in Toronto and then more than a decade in Los Angeles where they developed a diverse résumé working with the Who's Who of Hollywood.
Tamara (born and raised in Peterborough, where she attended Adam Scott) and Drew (born in Queen's, New York but raised in Tucson, Arizona) worked in the entertainment scene there—primarily specializing under the BICK/ANTZIS handle as writers and directors for both branded and original comedy for the web. They've worked with the likes of HBO, Comedy Central and Second City.
They co-wrote a bunch of celebrity comedy shorts for Funny or Die, working with comedic actors such as Jim Parsons and Sean Hayes, and actress Natalie Portman. And Drew did this hilarious video, "The Landlord", with Will Ferrell that was a viral hit on Funny or Die. They also did a MoveOn.org PSA with Jon Hamm and Olivia Wilde. The list goes on and on.
Dynamic Duo: Drew and Tamara (Photo by Miranda Hume)
The couple also acted a bit in Hollywood—in commercials and some guest starring roles. Tamara guest starred on Seinfeld, and worked with Kelsey Grammer from Frasier. They also did a bunch of Improv there, including Second City and Improv Olympic (Drew is a special guest in an upcoming Citiots Improv show at the Gordon Best Theatre).
So what made the couple leave LA, where, as Tamara says, "most people we met were super talented and super awesome." Her answer is both simple and complicated, and at times conflicted, all at once:
"Hollywood is great parties, meeting lots of famous people, working in television—it's really, really fun," she tells PTBOCanada. "The weather is the best, just gorgeous every day. California is a wonderful place. Living in Los Angeles, our family loved heading out to the beach every Sunday to surf and play in the sand. So we miss the beach and we miss our friends.
But LA is so huge—it's over 500 square miles, it's massive. It's about 4 million people living in that city... that's a lot of smell. But it's very diverse and exciting. At first, you're in awe of everything around you: the huge studios—Warner Brothers and Paramount—from the famous palm tree lined streets, Rodeo Drive and Sunset Blvd, and famous bars, the Chateau Marmont or the Brown Derby, to the clubs The Comedy Store or the Improv. It's the big league.
But then you do a set on the Improv stage and it's just another tiny stage in front of another brick wall except Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Poehler are in the audience that night and you suck. But after awhile, you realize all these famous people are just regular people who happen to be really talented, well dressed, beautiful and rich. Other than that, they're super ordinary people. And if you're willing to be in your car three to four hours day and pay 25 grand a year for pre-school, then it's the best city to live in!"
The couple is collaborating on Settle This Thing show (Photo by Miranda Hume)
But they weren't. And so, they now find themselves happily in Peterborough, where as Tamara says, there is "free health care, no guns, less traffic." They live in the north end near Trent University—"it's so beautiful up here, especially in the fall," says Bick.
And the couple continue to create as much as they ever have. They're just been selected for the Montreal Fringe Festival and have applied to many others including Toronto, New York, Chicago and Winnipeg.
Photo by Miranda Hume
They're workshopping a show in Peterborough called Settle This Thing that actually had its origins on YouTube way back in 2012. Their premise was simple: to have the internet provide a solution to an ongoing argument they couldn’t resolve on their own.
Tamara and Drew each laid out their argument and told viewers to vote for who they agreed with and that they would live with the results of the vote. After a week, the married couple tallied the votes and had a winner. Argument solved! "It’s crowdsourcing to solve our fights," says Antzis, "and it worked!"
Photo by miranda hume
The couple have decided to take their web show to the stage and do it live. They’ve written five different Settle This Thing shows and are performing them live at The Theatre On King (TTOK) in Peterborough every last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. from November 2017 to May 2018. They are excited to test the shows in front of Peterborough crowds.
Each show tackles a different topic (Marriage, Sex, In-Laws, Money and Parenting) and includes at least two videos that the audience gets to vote on. The content and videos always rotate so you can could see the show multiple times and never see the same show twice.
Don't miss this dynamic duo, who have chosen Peterborough as their testing grounds for this material that could eventually scale to theatres across Canada and beyond—perhaps taking them right back to LA (only as special guests this time).
The Township of Douro-Dummer is notifying the public that Mayor J. Murray Jones will be taking a leave while he recovers from recent surgery.
"I am on the mend and will be back holding the gavel at the Council table soon," Mayor Jones says. "I want to thank my wife, Anne, my family as well as all my friends and neighbours for their support."
The date of Mayor Jones’ return to his duties is not known at this time, but it is hopeful that it will be early in 2018.
While Mayor Jones recovers, Deputy Mayor Moher will assume any necessary tasks in the absence of the Mayor. “Council will ensure that the Township of Douro-Dummer continues to operate in our usual manner,” says Mayor Jones.
We wish Mayor Jones all the best with his recovery.
Brody Brown is an 8-year-old goalie for the Peterborough Petes Novice AAA with a heart of gold.
See, Brody wanted to help out the Electric City Maroon & White, a special needs hockey team in town. On Saturday (November 11th) during an Electric City practice at Norwood Arena near Peterborough, he came and mentored 11-year-old goalie Jacob Craft who is learning the position.
This is Brody (at left) helping Jacob...
Coach Chris J-Boy Williams says Brody is a wonderful kind, young man that is already making a difference by working with special needs players.
"Brody's mom originally reached out to me a couple of months ago to let me know he has asked anyone coming to his birthday that in lieu of presents, to give cash which he wanted to donate to our team," Coach Williams tells PTBOCanada. "He came out to one of our practices recently and donated $200 which was an extremely kind thing to do. We have a brand new Junior goalie, Jacob, and I asked him if he would like to come out on the ice and work with Jacob which he did today. Super nice little guy that just wants to help out."
Brody (at left) giving advice to Jacob about goaltending
Brody tells PTBOCanada of his gesture: “I love playing hockey and want to help others play too."
Here is Brody pictured with Coach Williams, delivering the donation to the team...
Brody's gesture of time and money had an impact that Coach Williams, Jacob and the rest of the team won't forget.
"This is so much more than hockey," Coach Williams tells PTBOCanada. "Children and adults with special needs are often left feeling isolated with few friends and having Brody on the ice, welcoming Jacob to the Electric City family, is important to my players."
Brody, Jacob and Coach Williams
Coach Williams adds: "Special needs kids want to be able to show the world that they are hockey players and that they have dreams and goals just like everyone else. It was important for Brody not only to mentor Jacob but to learn about him as a person off the ice—what school he goes to, his favourite movies and the music he listens too. As parents, we need to teach our children acceptance and from acts of kindness we see amazing results."
Brody demonstrated a huge example of that on Saturday, and that impact he had may well have forged a bond to last a lifetime.
The Peterborough Petes—in partnership with Coach Canada, Northern Original Design and East Side Mario’s (Lansdowne)—are excited to officially unveil their newly designed team bus on Friday, November 10th.
What: Official Unveiling of the Petes bus sponsored by East Side Mario’s (Lansdowne) and PTBO Northern Originals When: Friday, November 10th – 12:30pm Where: Flavour Fashion – 383 George Street North, Peterborough
Fans and media will hear from representatives of the Peterborough Petes, Northern Original Design and East Side Mario’s (Lansdowne).
East Side Mario’s (Lansdowne), the official sponsor of the team bus, will be providing coupons for all fans in attendance, and will also provide delicious finger foods.
As well, all Petes gear at Flavour Fashion will be discounted for fans in attendance at Friday’s unveiling.