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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Gerti, always a big proponent of having a vibrant and healthy downtown, wrote this goodbye night to patrons on his Facebook page…
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”
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.
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
Congratulations to Elizabeth Cunningham of Peterborough, who won a $116,723.90 prize in the April 13th LOTTO 6/49 draw.
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.
UPDATED POST (April 11th): Police say Natalie has been located safe. They thank the public for their assistance!
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.
UPDATE: Happy April Fool’s Day!!
After adding LED lights to the iconic Market Hall clock back in January of 2018, further upgrades were completed over the weekend to convert all four faces to digital.
If you look up on your drive to work in downtown Peterborough, you might not notice that the entire face of the clock is a screen… but you will be sure to do a double take when an emoji is smiling down at you.
Here’s a quote from a press release…
“We had so much positive feedback from our themed coloured lights that this year we wanted to take it one step further!”
The digital faces also replace the old clockwork machinery that frequently broke down, according to a press release…
“While the new screens were pricey to install, they are rated to work all the way to -40. That's something that we come to expect from our Canadian winters. We think they will pay for themselves vs. the costly repairs of the previous machinery.”
Since it is digital, various emoji can be shown to create a playful vibe downtown while still showing the current time.
—by Evan Holt
Peterborough has a new Mayor. Diane Therrien defeated incumbent Daryl Bennett, with 19,254 votes—68.98 percent of the vote. Bennett finished with 8,659 votes, or 31.02 percent.*
She also posted to Instagram to thank voters…
*Unofficial results for the City of Peterborough 2018 Municipal Election as released by John Kennedy, Returning Officer on October 22, 2018.