Instagram Worthy Alleys & Urban Spaces Of Peterborough Perfect For Photo Shoots

Peterborough has awesome alleys and cool urban spaces downtown that make perfect backdrops for photo shoots for Instagram. Here are just a few great options that Rob “Electric City” James captured on a recent trek around town…

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Chambers & Hunter St. W.

Location: Chambers & Hunter St. W.

Location: Chambers Street at Hunter

Location: Chambers Street at Hunter

Location: Charlotte & George Street

Location: Charlotte & George Street

Location: Hunter & Aylmer Street

Location: Hunter & Aylmer Street

Location: Hunter & Aylmer Street (reverse angle)

Location: Hunter & Aylmer Street (reverse angle)

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Water & Hunter Street

Location: Hunter Street facing Simcoe Bus Terminal

Location: Hunter Street facing Simcoe Bus Terminal

Location: Near the corner of George & Hunter Street

Location: Near the corner of George & Hunter Street

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Look At These Absolutely Stunning Pictures Of Light Pillars Over Peterborough Last Night

[UPDATE: CBC's Strombo picks up our story.]

[UPDATE No. 2: Globe and Mail picks up our story.]

[UPDATE No. 3: Huffington Post picks up our story.]

[UPDATE No. 4: Smithsonian.com picks up our story.]

[UPDATE No. 5: CTV News picks up our story.]

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Those weren't alien lights you saw last night (February 25th). They are called light pillars, which happen during cold temps like we experienced last night into early this morning. The visual phenomenon is created by the reflection of light from ice crystals in the atmosphere. Local photographer Jay Callaghan is a night owl, and took these beautiful pics below around 1:45 a.m. in the Parkhill Rd West area looking towards Chemong. "Once the clouds rolled in the pillars disappeared, so I was at the right place at the right time," Jay tells us. You sure were.

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Submit Your Peterborough Hero Story

Peterborough is full of unsung heroes who help make a difference in the lives of others through gestures big or small.

We want to showcase them on this here website.

Tell us who the hero is in your life, the person making a great impact on your life—whether it's your partner, a family member, pet, friend, acquaintance, colleague or perfect stranger.

Email us with subject line "PTBO Hero" at tips@ptbocanada.com with the story of your "hero". Submissions should be (ideally) no more than 300 words in length.

Please attach photo(s) of your hero as well, and include your full name. Okay, rock n' roll.

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Survivorman's Les Stroud Is Playing At The Montreal House Friday Night

Survivorman himself, Les Stroud, is visiting Peterborough to play at the Montreal House this Friday night (March 22nd) to perform. Stroud recently won Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program at the Canadian Screen Awards, and is currently on tour. He is hoping to start filming new episodes of Survivorman soon. If you're new to his music, have a peek at his concert in Bancroft and listen to his music on the Les Stroud App for iOS.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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Watch CBC's The National Segment On Stompin' Tom Memorial Service In Peterborough

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This Beauty Before & After Pic Sums Up Winter Wonderland Peterborough

[via @JustEmmaTaylor]

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All The Deets On The 30th Annual Easter Seals Telethon This Sunday

The 30th annual Easter Seal Telethon takes place this weekend and will be broadcast live from Lansdowne Place Mall and CHEX TV studio’s this Sunday, March 3rd, on CHEX TV and TV Cogeco from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The annual Telethon provides an opportunity to get to know some Easter Seals families from the community and hear their stories, including local Easter Seals Ambassador, 8-year-old Aidan Cameron from Cobourg.

In addition, the Telethon will celebrate the year’s fundraising successes, recognize generous supporters, and raise essential funds that help children with physical disabilities and their families who need assistance.

“When you have a child with a physical disability, everyday can be a challenge,” said Coralie Jacobs, Senior Development Officer, Easter Seals Ontario. “The Telethon gives us a glimpse into the lives of Easter Seals families and how donations from our supporters make such a big difference in the quality of life for their child.”

Donations can be called into the show live throughout the broadcast to 705-874-2121 or 855-239-3972, or can be made online at Eastersealstelethon.org. Also follow along on Twitter @eastersealsptbo and the hashtag #telethon2013 on Twitter.

[EasterSealsTelethon.org]

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Here's A Picture Of Peterborough Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Tweeted From Space

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield is currently orbiting Earth aboard ISS as Flight Engineer on Expedition 34.

Here is a picture he tweeted from space of Peterborough and the Trent Severn waterway on Monday (February 25th).

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[via @Cmdr_Hadfield]

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Case Study: What Happened When Springfield Opened A Casino

In the 1993 episode of The Simpsons, "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)", Principal Skinner pitches the idea of opening a casino during a town hall meeting discussing ways to revitalize the economy. And townsfolk seem to dig it. Mr. Burns, owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, really likes the idea and the boost it should give to the economy and how it will make him richer.

So Mr. Burns decides to build it on the waterfront and name it "Mr. Burns' Casino" and be the owner, while Smithers is his casino manager. Homer leaves his job at the power plant and takes a job with Mr. Burns at the casino as a blackjack dealer when it opens.

While Marge waits for Homer's shift to end at the casino one day, she finds a quarter on the floor and uses it to play a slot machine. She wins. And she almost immediately gets addicted to gambling, while neglecting everyone around her—including Lisa who has an important school assignment.

Bart is too young to gamble at Mr. Burns' Casino—he tries, but gets kicked out—so he starts his own casino for his friends and all their friends to play in his treehouse.

When Homer realizes Marge has developed a serious addiction to gambling—she's there at the casino 24/7—he looks for her in a panic in the casino. His outburst is caught on the casino's security camera, and when Mr Burns sees this, he demotes Homer back to his old job at the power plant. 

After Homer confronts Marge about her addiction, she realizes that she has a problem. She returns home and remembers what she had with her family. And Homer settles back into his job at the power plant. Mr. Burns, meanwhile, became a recluse, a germaphobe, once the casino opened and decides to return to the plant.

The casino is later demolished by an explosion. This was because of a mix-up behind the demolition crew in regards to setting it (it was supposed to be set for implosion).

[Simpsons Wiki; Wikipedia]

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Here's Video Of How Peterborough Took Part In One Billion Rising

Peterborough participated in the One Billion Rising yesterday (February 14th), which saw rallies being held in 203 countries around the globe.. Here's to "girl power", here's to uniting to stop the violence against women. More from CBC in this report. Watch the video from the Peterborough rally...

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