The Three Loonies Hit The Street This Morning

From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. this morning (December 14th), The Three Loonies (Bob McGillen, Peter Blodgett and Rob Bennett) will hit the street in support of Kawartha Food Share, which will help make a difference for thousands this Christmas in our community. You'll find them at the corner of King and George Streets at The Wolf and Kruz FM so please stop by, give a loonie or two and make a difference!

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]

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61 Awesome Things About Peterborough In 2012

There was so much awesome about this city this year. In no particular order really, here's 61 of them (we had to cut if off somewhere)...

1. Peterborough Lakers winning the Mann Cup. Best in Canada baby!

2. Red Pashminas, which empower women locally and globally.

3. Trent's LipDub video, a great showcase for the university.

4. Doug Tilley's comedy, whether it's his "singing" or tweeting or... what's next Tilley?

5. Bandwagon episodes. Now in its 2nd season, which launched with Sloan.

6. Wild Rock celebrating 20 years in the downtown. And making the decision to stay in the downtown when they could have moved.

7. PMZ, Peterborough's TMZ celebrating local "celebrities".

8. I'd Rather Be In Peterborough tees. Community spirit.

9. Spanky's annual ping pong tourney for Movember. Spanky's offering a place to play ping pong in town.

"Call Me Maybe" 10. The city rallying behind a teenager's right to play basketball on his own driveway.

11. Philanthropy month in Peterborough showcasing all the people doing good in the community. #bethechangeptbo

12. The new downtown nightclub ARIA, which rivals Toronto's finest.

13. St. Peter's high school students dressing as superheroes during Head of the Trent regatta.

14. Peterborough Cycling Summit. Bike this city. Let's make it as bike friendly as possible.

15. Elton John concert, the one where he actually played Peterborough—not his cancelled one.

GPA EDC's Dan Taylor at Creative Cocktail16. The Peterborough Calendar Girls naked truth campaign raising awareness about the affordable housing shortage here.

17. Breakfast Television broadcasting live from Peterborough. Great coup for our city.

18. Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher at Gerti's. (We don't believe they had the polo sandwich, but it's excellent.)

19. Carly Rae Jepsen at Musicfest. Peterborough singing "Call Me Maybe".

20. Final photo of PCVS students and staff together. This city will never forget the impact this school had, and its legacy.

21. A canoe portage in downtown Peterborough.

22. The Taste of Downtown. So much great food down there. And great folk.

23. The Dragon Boat festival.

24. The Hootenanny on Hunter. It's a hoot.Mike Watt

25. The Gilmour Street Garage Sale. Epic as always.

26. Hunter Street, one of the best streets anywhere for food, drink, shops, live music, theatre, festivals, hot dogs, great vibe.

Rick Mercer at PCVS27. Maryam's Monsef's story about how a city and school saved her life.

28. Peterborough dog pictures.

29. Rick Mercer's Rant on PCVS.

30. Rick Mercer's visit to PCVS, in video and pictures.

31. Noah Leslie—aka @pennyboynoah, who raises money for the Salvation Army Toy Drive each year.

32. Pete Dalliday's unbelievable shot. Believe it.

33. Someone canoeing on a Peterborough street. Canoe Peterborough.

34. Koski.

35. The PeterTweeter awards. Twitter's where it's at. Amazing Twitter community in town. (Follow us here.)

36. Mike Watt's how-to plaid video. Hilarious.

37. Creative Cocktails—here's the one from Market Hall.

St. Peter's superheroes38. Jonny Trash DJing at Spanky's. Best DJ around.

39. The Peterborough web series Grimwell.

40. Petes Insider, giving us the inside goods on the Petes organization.

41. The excellent Canadian Canoe Museum. We're lucky to have it. And let's move it downtown by the waterfront.

42. Electric City Live, which covers the local music scene in Peterborough. Great name, great site.

43. The Art School of Peterborough. Creativity. Imagination.

44. Mike Judson, who went homeless on the streets of Peterborough for 48 hours to raise awareness about the problem here.

Silver Bean45. Peterborough Police for serving and protecting this community, and embracing social media by joining Twitter this year.

46. Rachel Seaman and Ashley Brzozowicz, who competed in the Olympics this summer (Ashley won a silver in her sport, rowing). The tees

47. Downtown Peterborough. Embrace it. Vital. Make it sustainable. Build a city from its core.

48. Silver Bean Café, beauty spot on the river.

49. Our friends at The Wolf and Kruz FM, huge supporters of Peterborough and us. And the always smiling Carol Edwards there, who lets us in through the out door.

50. Three Loonies, for Kawartha Food Share.

51. The return of the Wire Awards. Special night at Market Hall putting spotlight on amazing music scene in Peterborough—one of the best anywhere in Canada.

52. Gallery in the truck. A moving gallery. Great concept. Love it.

53. PtboFinds and PtboProps.

54. Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre.

55. The DBIA's new website by BrandHealth. Excellent.

56. Lois Tuffin, the news diva of Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Never shy about expressing her opinion.

57. Fleming's Student Volunteering Club, students with a sense of community pride.

58. Funny hashtags. E.g. 6,000 people went without power for a couple hours, and #ptboblackout began trending on Twitter in Peterborough. Sample tweet: "I wonder how many babies will be conceived during this blackout #ptboblackout" 

59. John Leacy's mural art around town. Gabby's wall, Spanky's wall and more.

60. Natas Cafe, the epicentre for Peterborough's amazing people.

61. All our readers and followers on Twitter and Facebook. You rock.

Here's to a great 2013!


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Fundraising Record: PRHC Raises More Than $91,000 For United Way

Peterborough United Way campaign received amazing support once again this year from staff, physicians and volunteers with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. This year, PRHC smashed their fundraising campaign goal of $80,000, raising more than $91,000—an all-time record for the Health Centre. "This is a campaign of people generously giving back to the community they belong to," says Ken Tremblay, PRHC President & CEO in a release. "Our staff and physicians at PRHC are known for their strong annual support of the local United Way, which helps to fund important programs and services for the residents of our community. This was a groundbreaking, absolutely phenomenal year for our campaign, thanks to the commitment and generosity of our team here."

Photo courtesy PRHC


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2nd Annual Peterborough And The Kawartha Cycling Summit This Thursday At Market Hall

This Thursday (September 20th) at Market Hall, the Peterborough Bicycle Advisory Committee (P-BAC) will be hosting the second annual Peterborough and the Kawartha Cycling Summit, an event that brings together cycling enthusiasts, City and County officials, and representatives from community organizations in order to support the development and prioritization of cycling strategies in our region.

"This is an opportunity for community engagement," says P-BAC Chair, Donald Fraser in a media release.

"People often wonder how they can get involved in planning bike lanes, trails, community education programs, bike tourism programs... They often wonder where they can speak up on cycling issues. This conference represents the perfect opportunity," Fraser says.

Planners see the event as a major step in creating a bike-friendly community: one that will focus on an increase in tourism, improved road safety, reduced road repair cost, and increased quality of life for all Peterborough residents.

The keynote speaker for the event will be internationally renowned cycling advocate, Eleanor McMahon, founder of Share the Road. Also speaking are Councillor Len Vass, County Deputy Reeve Barry Rand, City of Peterborough Transportation Demand Management Planner Susan Sauvé, and Director of Public Works Chris Bradley.

The Summit will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m Thursday. To reserve your spot, visit or call Susan Sauvé at 705-742-7777 ext. 1485.

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2nd Annual Purple Onion Festival September 23rd At Millennium Park

The 2nd Annual Purple Onion Festival, celebrating local food and culture, will be held on September 23th at Millennium Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by Transition Town Peterborough, it features local restaurants, farmers and businesses.


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Here Are The Final 10 Contestants For Search 4 A Star 2012

The final ten contestants were announced Sunday night during the Search 4 a Star reveal show at The Venue in downtown Peterborough. After each weekly show during June, fans could vote for their favourite act by texting in who they thought the best act was. In an unexpected twist, three individuals qualified for tenth place in a complete tie. The following people will compete at the Grand Finale at Little Lake MusicFest on August 22nd for over $5,000 in cash and prizes...

  • James
  • Kendall Sullivan
  • Josh Middleton
  • Lindsay Sinclair
  • Valerie Andrew
  • Erin Lonergan
  • The Maveryck
  • Kayla Coburn
  • Matty Hiltz
  • Kristin Godfrey
  • Brittany Hall
  • Dallas Mann

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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PtboPics: National Canoe Day Festivities In Millennium Park

As part of National Canoe Day celebrations, Peterborough kicked off the event today in Millennium Park next to the Silver Bean Cafe.


Canoe manufacturers, antique boats and canoes, and paddling trips in an authentic Voyageur Canoe from the Canadian Canoe Museum were all part of the festivities.

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Here's The Top 10 Intersections For Collisions In Peterborough

Peterborough Community Police's Traffic Managment Unit has released stats so far this year for the Top 10 intersections for collisions (and what the Top 10 were last year).

"The one intersection of note," according to the police release, "is that Monaghan and Lansdowne is no longer in the Top 10 for this year. It actually did not make the Top 20. It has been #1 or #2 for the past 5 years."


Here's the breakdown...

2012 So Far

1 Clonsilla and the Parkway
2 Clonsilla and Sherbrooke
3 Parkway and Lansdowne
4 Rubidge and King
5 Fairbairn and Parkhill
6 Parkhill and George
7 Lock and Lansdowne
8 Sherbrooke Rubidge
9 Ashburnham and Lansdowne
10 Clonsilla and Goodfellow
2011 Year End Stats

1 Sherbrooke and Clonsilla
2 Monaghan and Lansdowne
3 Monaghan and Parkhill
4 Clonsilla and Goodfellow
5 Parkway and Lansdowne
6 Clonsilla and Parkway
7 Bellevue and Chemong
8 Wolsely and Chemong
9 Parkhill and Fairbairn
10 Sherbrooke and Monaghan
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Here's Great Raw Video Of Ice Floe Races In Peterborough Yesterday


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PtboPics: Dignitaries At Snofest Opening Ceremonies

Here are some photos from Snofest Opening Ceremonies at Lansdowne Place on Sunday.


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