World War 1 Medals Were Returned To Peterborough Woman After Amazing Discovery At Habitat For Humanity ReStore In Peterborough

Peterborough’s Catherine Allen, a resident at Princess Gardens Retirement Residence, had a surprise and surreal moment when she found out a significant collection of World War I medals that belonged to her father and grandfather that she had no idea were missing were returned to her by Habitat for Humanity ReStore staff.

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Indeed, while every donation at ReStore can lead to a new adventure, this one at their north-end location in Peterborough definitely topped them all.

Somehow Catherine’s family medals and a swagger stick—carried by a uniformed person as a symbol of authority—landed in the bottom of a donation box there, and staff worked diligently to return them to their rightful owner.

Catherine Allen pictured with Jill Bennett from Habitat Peterborough (photo by Neil Morton)

Catherine Allen pictured with Jill Bennett from Habitat Peterborough (photo by Neil Morton)

“We knew this collection was sentimental and had to be returned to the family,” says Christina Skuce, Director of Philanthropy & Communications with Habitat Peterborough.

Habitat Peterborough board member Jill Bennett took it upon herself to find the family, spending weeks in places like Ancestry.ca and elsewhere in the course of her sleuthing, investigating the origins of the medals.

Through Bennett’s research, and the help of Major W.G. Campbell, Medals Advisor with The Royal Canadian Legion, she was able to trace the medals to Major George Raymore Scott and Honourary Captain Reverend Andrew Joseph Vining.

Catherine Allen with the found medals (photo by Neil Morton)

Catherine Allen with the found medals (photo by Neil Morton)

From there, the medals were traced to Catherine Allen, a ninetysomething relative living in Peterborough at Princess Gardens. Catherine is the daughter of Major Scott and granddaughter of Reverend Vining (father-in-law of Major Scott).

The medals in the collection include a Silver Jubilee Medal (1935), Victory Medal (1914-1918) and a British War Medal (1914-1918), all awarded to Reverend Vining. The collection also includes a British Coronation Medal (1937), Canadian Efficiency Decoration (1940), Victory Medal (1914-1918), and a British War Medal (1914-1918), all awarded to Major Scott. The collection also includes a swagger stick stamped with Major Scott’s initials. (Major Scott was a doctor in Peterborough and in 1946 founded the Scott Medical Clinic on George Street.)

“This is an important piece of a family’s history and I was honoured to do my part to reunite this precious collection with its rightful owners,” says Bennett.

One thing’s for sure: This Remembrance Day has become extra special for Catherine and her family.

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It's Going To Be A Really Wet Halloween & High Winds Possible Friday

Ensure your outside Halloween decorations are secure and rain jackets ready, as a special weather statement has been issued for the area with significant rainfall possible Wednesday through Friday afternoon.

Rain is forecast to begin Wednesday afternoon and end by Friday afternoon, with 30 to 50 mm possible. Unfortunately, the heaviest rain is forecast to occur on Thursday evening as the kids head out for Halloween.

File photo by Evan Holt

File photo by Evan Holt

As well, strong northwesterly to westerly wind gusts of 70 km/h are possible Friday morning into Friday afternoon so you might want to bring in some of those Halloween decorations Thursday night.

Make sure to take extra care if you’re out driving or walking the streets on Halloween, as visibility could be reduced further in the heavy rain.

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Maintenance Is Beginning On Victoria Park, Expected To Take Several Weeks

With the encampment at Victoria Park gone, Peterborough County has announced they have begun planned maintenance in the park.

Barriers have been installed at all entrances to Victoria Park and signs posted at those locations. The park remains closed and compliance with the trespassing notice is required until the rehabilitation plan is completed and the park is re-opened.

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Clean-Up Tasks Include…

-> Completing a detailed park inspection

-> Collecting garbage and debris

-> Assessing potential safety risks (e.g. sharps)

-> Performing water fountain maintenance

-> Sweeping and cleaning of walkways

-> Top dressing and re-seeding of lawn

-> Repairing benches

-> Cleaning graffiti from park equipment

-> Disinfecting garbage receptacles and other park equipment

-> Completing a tree hazard assessment.

It is expected that this work will take several weeks to complete, and then a notice will go out about when the park will re-open.

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Trent U's New Sign Is Lit

Trent University has installed a stunning new sign located at the main entrance on the West Bank of their Symons Campus.

The gateway features an impressive stone cairn, designed to symbolize the beginning of a journey. The sign also draws inspiration (and materials) from the community that surrounds it, and is made of limestone and basalt stone quarried in the area. 

Photo courtesy Trent University

Photo courtesy Trent University

Drawing inspiration from Trent’s own picturesque landscape, the refreshed entrance sign is complementary to the campus’ iconic Ron Thom architecture and the beautiful natural surroundings. 

It looks awesome during the day but at night—wow—as the Trent letters and logo are illuminated in green in the dark, making for great photo-ops.

Photo courtesy Trent University

Photo courtesy Trent University

All materials and labour for the new sign were locally sourced: the concept was designed by Basterfield and Associates, all stone was locally mined and processed by Drain Bros, the sign itself was created by Media Works in Millbrook, and all electrical work was done by Dan Healey Electric.

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The Starbucks In Peterborough's North End Is Opening Soon

The Starbucks on Chemong Road in Peterborough’s North End is getting closer to opening as workers have installed the signage and paving will soon be starting. Its grand opening is Monday, September 23rd.

Picture by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Picture by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

The Starbucks is located right next to Shoppers Drug Mart (971 Chemong Road), and will be a big draw in the North End (there are two locations on Lansdowne Street W. in the South End).

Picture by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Picture by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Picture by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Picture by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

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A Tent City Is Emerging In Peterborough At Victoria Park

With the closure of the Warming Room until they can find a new home, a Tent City is emerging at Victoria Park where the homeless are living.

There have a been a couple tents there since May, but now about 20 tents have popped up in recent days since the Warming Room—where the homeless could stay overnight—announced its lease has expired with Murray Street Baptist Church, which could no longer house them until the Fall as they are going through renovations.

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

“City staff and community partners have been working hard to help those affected by the closure of the Warming Room,” says Mayor Therrien in a media release. “As of July 1st, there are 20 beds available to those are living rough.”

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Mayor Therrien adds that outreach works are actively reaching out to make connections between people staying in tents and available housing or shelter accommodations—a process that takes time.

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

In the meantime, with the city in a heat wave right now, there is growing concern for the health and welfare for these people living in tents.

As such, a free water station has been set up for the remainder of the week in Mayor Therrien’s parking space at City Hall parking lot near Victoria Park. There is also a portable washroom located in the park, and a supply tent where people can drop off donations.

The water station set up at City Hall parking lot (photo courtesy City of Peterborough)

The water station set up at City Hall parking lot (photo courtesy City of Peterborough)

As well, many local organizations such as PARN are stepping up to help out.

As are concerned individuals in the community, such as Laurie English, who dropped off a bunch of supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, disposable razors, juice boxes and individually wrapped crackers to the supply tent at Victoria Park on Thursday (July 4th).

”My donation doesn’t scratch the surface of the need, but when you are blessed as we are it’s the right thing to do,” English tells PTBOCanada. Indeed, every donation and kind gesture adds up to making a great impact.”

Photo courtesy Niki Allday

Photo courtesy Niki Allday

If you are donating to the supply tent, people also require baby wipes, bug spray, snacks, toiletries, garbage and recyling bags, tampons/pads, sleeping bags/tarps, T-shirts (men’s L/XL) and five people need tents.

Anyone who needs emergency shelter is asked to visit Peterborough Social Services at 178 Charlotte St. or contact Social Services by phone at 705.748.8830 between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, or at 705.927.0096 overnight, on weekends and on holidays.

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Gerti's Under New Ownership, Read The Goodbye Note From Gerti

The stalwart Hunter Street pub Gerti’s has been sold after 14 years under the ownership of proprietors/brothers Gerti and Alban Sina. Diana Horvatic Hunter, Sean Hunter and Cole McCall are taking over the pub, and keeping the name.

Alban & Gerti Sina (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

Alban & Gerti Sina (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

The iconic pub first opened in summer 2005, and was one of the originators of what would become known as the Café District along Hunter Street West as more and more pubs and restaurants opened along the strip, transforming that portion of downtown Peterborough.

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Gerti, always a big proponent of having a vibrant and healthy downtown, wrote this goodbye night to patrons on his Facebook page…

“Hello friends,

Alban Sina and I would like to take a moment to announce that after 14 amazing years we have sold Gerti’s and our last night there will be Saturday night. We would like to invite our friends, family, and custumers to stop in for a drink as we celebrate this achievement.

We are thrilled to have sold to Diana Horvatic Hunter, Sean Hunter and Cole McCall as they are excited to continue with business as usual after a few short weeks of renovations. Let’s welcome these guys with open arms, and wish them nothing but success in the years to come.

We want to to thank our customers that have supported us from the day we opened our doors, and the incredible staff that we’ve had over the years. We will forever be grateful!!

With all the love and gratitude,

Gerti, and Alban”

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Here Is The Schedule For Large Article Pick-Ups For 2019

The first large article pick-up of the year is on Monday, April 29th, according to a City of Peterborough media release.

For a fee, the City will pick up items larger than the weekly garbage allowance such as furniture and appliances. The cost for this service is $20 for the first item and $5 for any additional item. Note: Mattresses and box springs are $20 each and do not count as a first item.

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HOW TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR LARGE PICKUP

-> Arrangements can be made online at peterborough.ca/waste or in person at the City Hall Tax Office, 500 George St. N.

-> Beginning April 15th, you can also book at the Municipal Operations Centre (Public Works) at 791 Webber Ave. Booking must be complete before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th.

WHAT IS NOT ACCEPTED

-> Building materials, automobile parts, televisions and monitors are not accepted in this collection. Refrigeration items must have the Freon removed prior to collection.

The other large article collections in 2019 are as follows…
• Monday, May 27
• Monday, June 24
• Monday, July 29
• Monday, August 26
• Monday, September 30

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Peterborough's Elizabeth Cunningham Wins $116,723.90 In LOTTO 6/49

Congratulations to Elizabeth Cunningham of Peterborough, who won a $116,723.90 prize in the April 13th LOTTO 6/49 draw.

Elizabeth Cunningham

Elizabeth Cunningham

Her winning ticket was purchased at Shell on Lansdowne Street in Peterborough.

Since its launch in June 1982, Ontario LOTTO 6/49 players have won over $12.5 billion in prizes, including 1,370 jackpot wins and 273 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize draws.

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Peterborough Police Need Your Help In Locating Missing Woman Natalie Zwirner

Supplied photo by Peterborough Police

Supplied photo by Peterborough Police

UPDATED POST (April 11th): Police say Natalie has been located safe. They thank the public for their assistance!

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ORIGINAL POST

The Peterborough Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing female from the Peterborough area. Natalie Zwirner, 51, was last seen at her residence at approximately 12:30 p.m. on April 8th.

At about 1:40 pm, she was discovered to have left her residence in her motor vehicle, and has not been heard from since.

Zwirner is described as: white, 5’6″-5’9”, 120 lbs, fit build with medium length brown hair.

She is believed to be driving a silver 2012 4-door Honda Civic, with Ontario Licence plates CDPY708. The civic has a dent on the passenger side door.

Anyone with information on the location of Zwirner, or if they see her motor vehicle, is asked to call their local police service, the Peterborough Police at 705-876-1122, or call 9-1-1.

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