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Articles by Barb Shaw

Barb Shaw
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As a freelance writer, Barbara Shaw loves to craft compelling stories about everyday people doing not-so-everyday things. She creates content for social media campaigns, builds brands and, in her free time, shares her love of yoga and dance. You can contact her at
Wanda Bergshoeff is one of thousands of people from across Peterborough and the surrounding region brought to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) for lifesaving cardiac care every year. It's donor support that makes this advanced level of care possible at PRHC. (Photo courtesy of PRHC Foundation)

Keeping your heart here can save your life

Reinvestment in PRHC's Cardiac Cath Lab is ensuring patients like Wanda will continue to receive lifesaving care close to home when seconds count.
An example of Peterborough-area artist Christy Haldane's functional art, fusing glass and stone to create a one-of-a-kind vase. She uses the same technique to create wearable art including pendants, and custom "Memory Stones" where she creates keepsake pendants or sculptures using stone that you provide. You can order her functional and wearable art, which make unique gifts, from her website. (Photo courtesy of Christy Haldane)

Artist Christy Haldane uses glass and stone to create functional and wearable art

Along with her renowned sculptural installations, Haldane is now creating one-of-a-kind vases, pendants, and custom 'Memory Stones' for holiday shopping.
Sullivan's General Store, located at 472 Ennis Road in Ennismore, has been serving the local community since 1910 and is also a popular location with visitors stopping to fuel up with gas as well as food and gift items. (Photo courtesy of Sullivan's General Store)

Stay safe and support local at Sullivan’s General Store in Ennismore

Family-run store with everything you need has been serving locals and visitors for more than a century.
The family-owned Beachwood Resort, nestled along the shores of Lower Buckhorn Lake in Selwyn Township, has been helping guests make meaningful memories since 1926. After implementing changes to ensure the safety and comfort of guests during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Morgan family had a successful summer and is now welcoming guests to the family-oriented resort for the fall season. (Photo courtesy of Beachwood Resort)

Stay safe and support local at Beachwood Resort in Selwyn

Family-owned getaway on the shores of Lower Buckhorn Lake is a COVID-safe and family-friendly destination for fall adventures.
The Exton family, which owns the popular Canoe & Paddle pub and restaurant at 18 Bridge Street in Lakefield, have had a busy summer season on their expanded patio, which has allowed them to keep customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an added attraction to draw both locals and visitors, the patio features AstroTurf from the Skydome in 1993, which the Toronto Blue Jays played on when they won the World Series. The Extons also own and operate Stuff'd Ice Cream Bakery and Café and gift boutique Stuff in Lakefield. (Photo courtesy of Canoe & Paddle)

Stay safe and support local at the Canoe & Paddle in Lakefield

The Exton family serves pints (and ice cream) with love and a side of safety.
The Innovation Cluster's new "Women Breaking Barriers" business accelerator program is designed to support female entrepreneurs in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and social innovation sectors. The program is ready to support 20 new or early-stage businesses in the Peterborough and the Kawarthas region with female-identified founders beginning this fall. There is no cost to participate thanks to a one-year $75,000 seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. (Photo courtesy of Innovation Cluster - Peterborough and the Kawarthas)

Innovation Cluster launches new ‘Women Breaking Barriers’ program to fast track female tech entrepreneurs

Innovative virtual program will support 20 women-led STEM and social innovation startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
Michelle Gay is the owner of Garden Style Bridgenorth, a home and garden shop located in Sewlyn Township. Following her dream to own her own small business, she purchased the 20-year-old family-owned shop in 2018. Michelle has now reopened her doors and is welcoming her customers back into the store for a COVID-safe shopping experience. (Photo courtesy of Garden Style Bridgenorth)

Stay safe and support local at Garden Style Bridgenorth

Michelle Gay welcomes customers back to her unique home and garden shop for some COVID-safe retail therapy.
The largest country store in the Kawarthas, Lockside Trading Company in Young's Point is welcoming in-person shoppers back with a COVID-safe shopping experience. The store offers 7,000 square feet of cottage and country items including high-quality indoor and outdoor furniture, home decor, clothing, lighting, giftware, and more. (Photo courtesy of Lockside Trading Company)

Stay safe and support local at Lockside Trading Company

After moving online during the pandemic, the popular country store in Young's Point has now reopened for COVID-safe shopping.
Peterborough-based social media management agency XXIV Social is offering a $25 starter pack communications bundle to help pandemic-stricken small businesses quickly and easily connect with their customers online. (Photo courtesy of XXIV Social)

XXIV Social makes it easy and affordable for businesses to connect with customers online

Peterborough-based social media management agency offering a $25 starter pack communications bundle.
Julie Whiteman, owner of home décor shop River's Edge on Front, was one of the first retailers in Hastings to receive the Trent-Severn Trail Town Friendly business certification from Regional Tourism Organization 8 (RTO8). Businesses providing attractions, accommodations, retail, and food and/or beverages in one of the nine Trail Town communities can apply to RTO8 for the certification, which identifies to visitors that their business provides friendly customer service and can provide visitors with information about the Trent-Severn Trail Town program, area attractions, other businesses in the community, and more. (Photo courtesy of RTO8)

Kawarthas Northumberland businesses can now be certified as Trent-Severn Trail Town Friendly

RTO8 encourages businesses providing attractions, accommodations, retail, and food and beverages in the nine Trail Town communities to apply to promotional program,

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