Authors Articles by Barb Shaw

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
A group of knitters at Needles In The Hay in downtown Peterborough, one of the sponsors of the first-ever Community Knots Stitch-a-Thon, a fundraiser for the United Way of Peterborough & District and the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre. On December 1, 2018, members of the crafting community are invited to fill 100 Lazy Boy Chairs at Bennett's Home Furnishings while working on projects to donate to local shelters. (Photo: Barb Shaw /

Community Knots Stitch-A-Thon to fill 100 Lazy Boy chairs with caring crafters

December 1 event at Bennett's Home Furnishings raising funds for United Way and Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre.
The Peterborough Regional Farmers' Market opened on Saturday, November 3rd at its new winter location in Peterborough Square in downtown Peterborough. The indoor market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from November to April and includes the same features as the summer outdoor market, including products from local primary producers (pictured is Brian Allin of Allin's Orchards), prepared food, artisan products, live music, and a children's area. (Photo: Barb Shaw /

Vendors put down roots in new indoor space for Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market

Peterborough's newest farmers' market moves indoors Saturdays at Peterborough Square for the winter months.
A huge hand-crafted poppy, created from thousands of smaller hand-crafted poppies, is on display on the front of the Hospice North Hastings store, Vintage on Hastings (67 Hastings St. N., Bancroft) until Remembrance Day. (Photo: Barb Shaw)

Bancroft is home to Canada’s largest hand-crafted poppy for Remembrance Day

Hospice volunteers sew thousands of poppies together to create symbol of peace and of community coming together to provide comfort and care.
Cannabis plants at Tweed, a medical marijuana company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Owned by Canopy Growth Corporation, the company is one of the approved wholesale suppliers for the online Ontario Cannabis Store, the only legal place you can purchase weed Ontario when it is legalized on October 17, 2018, until private retail stores arrive in April 2019. (Photo: Barb Shaw)

A pot primer: what you need to know about legal weed

Our local cannabis expert explains where to get it, where to smoke it, indica vs sativa, THC vs CBD, and more.
Judging from its success to date, the Peterborough Regional Farmers' Market's "local food you can trust" message is resonating with the community. Sixty per cent of the market's vendors are primary producers who have gone through a third party inspection process to verify they grow 100 per cent of what they sell, with the remaining 40 per cent including bakers, prepared food vendors, artists, and community groups. Pictured is primary producer The Farm on Argyle, a family-oriented urban micro farm located just 2.5 kilometres from the market, that follows organic growing practices to produce a variety of fruit and vegetables. (Photo: Jenn Austin-Driver)

Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market enjoying a harvest of success

Shoppers are flocking to Peterborough's verified local farmers' market.
A detail from "Looking Out", an original graphite study by artist Michael Dumas and the featured painting in "The Lives of Birds", the special exhibit at this year's Buckhorn Fine Art Festival from August 17 to 19, 2018. Ticket holders at opening night on Friday, August 17 will automatically be entered into a draw for this painting, valued at $1,000. (Photo courtesy of Buckhorn Fine Art Festival)

Win a Michael Dumas original at this year’s Buckhorn Fine Art Festival

Famed Canadian wildlife artist's painting will be drawn on opening night on Friday, August 17.
The 41st annual Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is a world-class art festival showcasing more than 80 Canadian visual artists, sculptors, jewelers, and photographers. The family-friendly festival, which also features activities for kids, live music, and more, runs from August 17 to 19, 2018 at Festival Park at Buckhorn Community Centre. (Photo courtesy of Buckhorn Fine Art Festival)

Acres of art under the pines at Buckhorn Fine Art Festival in August

41st annual festival at Buckhorn Community Centre features works from more than 80 artists August 17 to 19.
Inclusive Advisory is not your traditional accounting, law, and wealth management firm. Managing director Michael Konopaski (second from right) has been building a team to deliver accounting, legal, and wealth management advice in a new and different way. From the stand-out yellow exterior of the company's building in downtown Peterborough, to the whimsical and welcoming offices inside, to the team-based collaborative business model where staff closest to the clients have decision-making authority, Inclusive Advisory's approach is both comprehensive and effective for clients. (Photo courtesy of Inclusive Advisory)

Inclusive Advisory offers accounting, legal, and wealth management advice in a new and different...

Peterborough firm's innovative, multidisciplinary, and collaborative business model delivers for clients.
Residents and visitors to Bancroft, Ontario were greeted over the Victoria Day long weekend by knitted and crocheted turtles, hand-crafted by a volunteer group with Hospice North Hastings to raise awareness of local turtles and hospice. The turtles will remain on display until May 26. (Photo courtesy of Knittervention)

Victoria Day weekend ‘turtle yarn bomb’ in Bancroft a big success

But the Royal Wedding turtle is missing and another turtle has been kidnapped.
On May 17, 2018, volunteers decorated Bancroft with hand-knit and crocheted turtles as part of a "yarn bomb" campaign to raise awareness for the local turtle population. The turtles will remain on display for 10 days, including on World Turtle Day on Wednesday, May 23. Knittervention, the volunteer group that created the turtles, is encouraging residents and visitors to Bancroft to share photos of the turtles on social media. (Photo courtesy of Knittervention)

Bancroft ‘yarn bomb’ raises awareness for local turtle population

In advance of World Turtle Day, volunteers install hundreds of hand-knit and crocheted turtles to remind motorists to watch for crossing turtles.

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