Editorial Team

Our editorial team consists of the publisher, managing editor, and regular and guest writers.

Do you have an idea for a story or a regular column? We welcome and encourage submissions from new writers.

If you'd like to be published on kawarthaNOW.com, please contact us.


Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Jeannine Taylor

Jeannine Taylor

Jeannine Taylor is the publisher and editor-in-chief of kawarthaNOW.com and a contributing writer.

She’s a self-professed geek and early adopter.

She’s also a vegetarian, music lover, and arts enthusiast.

Jeannine would rather be at the cottage kayaking, boating, reading, paddle boarding, or biking with her border collie Tess.

You can follow her on Twitter @wiredwoman or @markstreetsouth .

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Managing Editor

Bruce Head

Bruce Head

Bruce Head is kawarthaNOW.com’s managing editor, lead developer, and a contributing writer.

When he isn’t editing or developing, Bruce enjoys making music, exercising Tess the border collie, and working on his elusive first novel.

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Events Editor

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson is the events editor for kawarthaNOW.com.

Angela is mom to two kids and, based in her Cobourg home office, she offers support services to a variety of creative professionals.

When she’s not working, Angela is an aspiring creative photographer and enjoys supporting her kids in developing their own artistic talents. Her new dog, so far, has no artistic talent. She’s still holding out hope.

You can find out more about Angela at www.angelacjohnson.com or follow her on Twitter at @aveolife2.


Current Writers

Paula Kehoe

Paula Kehoe

Paula Kehoe is the owner of Red Rock Communications, a boutique communications firm that specializes in copywriting, media relations, social media and event marketing for finance, healthcare, retail, technology, non-profit and lifestyle brands. She is currently serving a two-year term on the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough board of directors as External Communications Director. You can follow Paula on Twitter at @pkehoe1 or visit www.redrockcommunications.ca.

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Paul Rellinger

Paul Rellinger

Paul Rellinger a.k.a Relly is an award-winning journalist and longtime former newspaper editor still searching for the perfect lead.

When he’s not putting pen to paper, Paul is on a sincere but woefully futile quest to own every postage stamp ever issued. A rabid reader of history, Paul claims to know who killed JFK but can’t say out of fear for the safety of his oh so supportive wife Mary, his three wonderful kids and his three spirited grandchildren. Paul counts among his passions Peterborough’s rich live music scene, the Toronto Maple Leafs, slopitch and retrieving golf balls from the woods.

You can follow Paul on Twitter at @rellywrites.

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Jeanne Pengelly

Jeanne Pengelly

Jeanne Pengelly is a television and radio news journalist with a Master’s Degree in Journalism.

Even before she got her first typewriter at age 12, she had decided she would be a writer. Highlights of her career include founding the McMaster University creative writing journal, living in a remote northern community on James Bay where she edited a newspaper and trained young television journalists, and being a non-fiction nominee for the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association.

Jeanne’s many interests include creative writing, photography, music, teaching, needlecrafts, fitness, and golf. You can follow Jeanne on Twitter @JeannePengelly.

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Sam Tweedle

Sam Tweedle

Since 2013, Sam Tweedle has been writing as an arts and culture journalist for kawarthaNOW, with special attention to Peterborough’s theatrical community. However, his career as an arts writer goes back further via his website Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict where Sam has interviewed some of the entertainment world’s most notable and beloved entertainers. Sam’s pop culture writing has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, The National Post, CNN.com, Filmfax Magazine and The New Yorker. You can follow Sam on Instagram at sam_tweedle_z where he posts about his four greatest loves: cats, comic books, movies, and records. Sam no longer uses Twitter because, as far as he’s concerned, it’s no longer a thing.

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Josh Fewings

Josh Fewings

Josh Fewings is a local writer and musician who plays with Mayhemingways, Grainne and the Sons of Birches, Occam’s Blazer, and Slim Picket and the Union Cards.

He’s a regular contributor to kawarthaNOW, covering music, musicians, and upcoming concerts.

You can follow Josh on Twitter at @JFew82.

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Shannon Taylor

Shannon Taylor

With her finger on the pulse of the Peterborough arts scene, Shannon Taylor is committed to keeping you up to date on all the latest news and trends. Shannon’s interests range from audio visual installation to drawing and painting in her signature whimsical style. You may run into Shannon in the great outdoors, sketchbook in hand, or at a local art opening. Follow her on Twitter @shannonmichelet and on Instagram at @shannonmicheletaylor.

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Gordon Gibb

Gordon Gibb

Gordon Gibb wears many hats: afternoon announcer on FRESHradio 100.5, morning announcer on www.yourKawarthaOLDIES.com, and PA announcer at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

As an author, he has published in major newspapers and magazines and currently writes for LawyersandSettlements.com, a web portal based in Los Angeles. He has published three books: two on the life of Lester B. Pearson, and a book of essays. A novel is due in 2016. Gordon also operates GordonGibb.com, a freelance voiceover business.

You can follow him on Twitter at @GordoGibbo.

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kawarthaNOW

kawarthaNOW

Our generic staff writer account, covering breaking and local community news.

Follow kawarthaNOW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+.

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Photographer

Linda McIlwain

Linda McIlwain

Combining her passion for music and photography, Linda McIlwain loves to head out to the local music scene camera in hand.

Capturing the emotion and energy the artists are expressing, she strives to make the viewer feel the music through her photographs.

When not photographing her favourite bands, Linda enjoys capturing the beauty of nature and everyday life.


Weekly Guest Columnists

Stu Harrison

Stu Harrison

Stuart “Stu” Harrison writes a weekly column about business news and hosts a business segment every Monday evening on CHEX-TV’s Newswatch. Stu has extensive marketing and advertising experience and was owner of Harrison Advertising. He is currently the General Manager of the Greater Peterborough Area Chamber of Commerce.

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GreenUP

GreenUP

For more than 20 years, GreenUP has been central and eastern Ontario’s leading organization focused on issues of environmental education, sustainability, and stewardship.

GreenUP is a non-profit charity and an active community organization that offers dozens of programs and services to those living in the Peterborough & Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. GreenUP’s programs focus on facilitating positive action and provide the tools to make small changes in the home or cottage that can create a large and lasting impact on our environment.

You can follow GreenUP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Guest/Past Writers

Jane Archer

Jane Archer

Jane Archer is a local musician based in Trent Hills.

An award-winning power vocalist, Jane fronts the rocking blues band called Balls and Jane, made up of Peterborough’s finest young players famous delivering emotion-drenched, soulful shows.

Visit Balls and Jane on Facebook.

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Cheri Anderson

Cheri Anderson

Cheri Anderson is the President of the 2012-2013 Board of Directors of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough.

A long-time volunteer of WBN, Cheri will be assuming the role of Past President in 2013-14.

Cheri is a dog lover and avid outdoor enthusiast along with her husband Scott.

You can follow Cheri on Twitter at @AnderCheri.

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Brigid Ayotte

Brigid Ayotte

Brigid Ayotte is the Economic Development Co-ordinator for Cavan Monaghan Township and a member of the Millbrook BIA Marketing Committee. You can reach her at bayotte@cavanmonaghan.net.

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Mary J. Breen

Mary J. Breen

Mary J. Breen has fiction and nonfiction published in national newspapers, essay collections, travel magazines, health journals, and literary magazines, including Brick, The Christian Science Monitor, Ars Medica, Boston Literary Magazine, and The New Quarterly. She was a regular contributor to The Toast. She lives in Peterborough where, among other things, she teaches memoir writing.

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Lauren Bridle

Lauren Bridle

Lauren Bridle holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree with a specialization in broadcast production from Carleton University. She is currently completing her Master’s of Fine Arts in Documentary Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

After growing up in Canada, Lauren developed an interest in Canadian history and geography. Her work aims to display Canada’s diverse landscape while investigating the history of the land.

Lauren is currently working on her thesis film for Ryerson University; an investigation into the secrets Lovesick Lake holds beneath the water’s surface.

Visit Lauren’s website at www.laurenbridle.com.

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Alli Bunting

Alli Bunting

Alli Bunting is a current International Youth Internship Program Intern at Arise and Shine, based in Jinja, Uganda. As a white, middle-class, educated woman, her Bachelor’s in International Development and Master’s in Global Development Studies opened her eyes to the (often invisible) Western/White privilege that she experiences, and made her passionate about sharing this knowledge with others. Having spent time overseas in India, Nicaragua, South Korea, and Uganda, she has worked on environment, health, and education projects and is engaged in unlearning systemic oppression, and dismantling mainstream narratives about the developing world. In her spare time, Alli is often trailing behind her tall partner on a hike, attempting to calculate time differences, or searching for coffee. You can follow her blog at allibunting.wordpress.com, or find her on Instagram at al.leigh.7.

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Elliott Burton

Elliott Burton

Elliott Burton is a critic and columnist who is committed to creating and expanding film awareness.

He is also an accomplished mixed-media artist who graduated from PCVS’s Integrated Arts Program.

Elliott lives and plays in Peterborough.

You can follow Elliott on Twitter at @ElliottAnger.

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Donna Clarke

Donna Clarke

Donna Clarke is a keen observer of political and community life who also happens to be the wife of Peterborough Councillor and Deputy Mayor Henry Clarke.

Donna’s views are her own, and do not necessarily reflect those of her husband, kawarthaNOW.com, or our sponsors or advertisers.

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Nic Cunningham

Nic Cunningham

Nic Cunningham is a Management Consultant who specialises in business development, business expansion, and employee motivation.

Nic was born and raised in Wales and moved to Peterborough in 2005. Along with his passion for economics and business-related topics, he also enjoys playing basketball and coaching rugby.

You can follow Nic on Twitter at @niccunningham1 and @OKPeterborough.

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Ann Douglas

Ann Douglas

Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting and mental health. She is a bestselling parenting author (her most recent book is Parenting Through the Storm) and the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio. A passionate and inspiring speaker, Ann delivers keynote addresses and leads small-group workshops at health, parenting, and education conferences across the country. She lives and works in Peterborough, Ontario. Her website is anndouglas.net.

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Kait Dueck

Kait Dueck

House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at Showplace Performance Centre, Kait Dueck has had the privilege of being a part of downtown Peterborough’s artistic community since she was whisked from the wilds North of Havelock to attend PCVS’ Integrated Arts Program at the tender age of 14.

Since then, Kait has had the opportunity to perform in in a plethora of theatrical productions, become a political scientist of sorts via Carleton University, and sometimes work and play joyfully as a vocalist.

Outside of music and theatre, some of her favourite things include her superlative immediate family members, local ecology, gender studies, the spring migration (and all things feathered), and her fuzzy life partners, Dorothy Parker and Henry.

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Michael Fazackerley

Michael Fazackerley

Michael Fazackerley is a regular contributor to kawarthaNOW with the monthly “Art in the Street” column.

He is an enthusiastic promoter of Peterborough & the Kawarthas vibrant arts community and a big fan and supporter of all the music, culture, and quality of life that Peterborough and the area has to offer.

You can follow Michael on Twitter @1calledmichael.

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Elizabeth Fennell

Elizabeth Fennell

Elizabeth Fennell is a graduate of Trent and Fleming with interests in regional history, popular culture, and material curation.

She became a fan of Peterborough’s art scene while working on Artspace’s archival restoration and has been straddling the arts-heritage sectoral divide ever since.

Founder of Gallery in the Attic and The Peterborough Darkroom Project, she’s merely a member now, but you can still follow her on Facebook or on Twitter @ElizaFennell.

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Eva Fisher

Eva Fisher

Eva Fisher is a savvy marketer who understands regional tourism and the power of partnerships and buying local. Eva was previously the General Manager of Kawartha Country Wines, a premium fruit and grape winery in Buckhorn, as well as Manager at The Kawartha Store, a clothing and shoe store in Fenelon Falls specializing in Canadian-made fashion. You can contact her at eva@kawarthanow.com.

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Nicole Grady

Nicole Grady

Nicole Grady looks at balancing a busy career with family demands while staying sane in today’s hectic and fast-paced world.

You can follow Nicole on Twitter at @nicgrady.

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Matt Higgs

Matt Higgs

Matt Higgs was GreenUP’s Communications and Marketing Specialist and authored a weekly column focused on all things environmental that was published in the Peterborough Examiner and on kawarthaNOW.com.

A native of New Brunswick, Matt has called the Kawarthas and Northumberland home since 2008.

Follow GreenUP on Twitter or connect with them on Facebook.

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Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes is the Executive Director of Peterborough GreenUP. With 28 years of public service, Peter has directed a municipal Parks and Recreation department and taught in post-secondary education. Peter’s formal education is in Environmental Resource science and community development.

Peter has been active throughout the Greater Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, and northern Durham region as a volunteer with emerging community groups. He is an avid community builder who uses citizen science and community gardening as a way to promote active citizenship.

You can follow Peter on Twitter at @ptbohughes and GreenUP at @ptbogreenup.

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Bill Kimball

Bill Kimball

Bill Kimball has been involved in many aspects of the Peterborough arts community, particularly in the areas of contemporary dance, theatre and performance.

He has been instrumental in the creation of a number of live performance spaces in Peterborough, beginning in the early 1980s with City Stage (a performance space aligned with Artspace that later became the Union Theatre) and continuing to the present with various renovations to the Market Hall.

In 1994, Bill created a nationally recognized dance presenting program called Peterborough New Dance, which later expanded its mandate into other forms of performance and became Public Energy, a name which reflects his desire to integrate the work of contemporary artists into public life as much as possible.

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Carol Lawless

Carol Lawless

Carol Lawless is the fund development coordinator at the New Canadians Centre Peterborough. She is also a writer and editor with more than 30 years’ experience. Carol lives in Peterborough with her daughters Grace and Joan and their beagle, Lally. You can follow Carol on Twitter at @CarolLawless.

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Elaine McCarthy

Elaine McCarthy

Elaine McCarthy is the Co-ordinator of the PC Cooking School, located upstairs at the Great Canadian Superstore at Lansdowne Place in Peterborough.

Elaine has been cooking professionally for over 20 years and running the cooking school for five years. A mother of two girls, she has a passion for healthy eating and for teaching children about the importance of the food that we consume.

Be sure to check our column about the PC Cooking School and facility rental. You can follow Elaine on Twitter at @PlanxtyIrwin.

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Sarah Lazure

Sarah Lazure

Sarah Lazure is Artistic Producer at Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.

Though relatively new to orchestral music, Sarah has a lifelong passion for the arts. She is trained in communications design and project management, and has worked with arts, environmental and service organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Fleming College.

Visit the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra website at thepso.org and follow them on Twitter at @ThePSO and on Facebook.

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Jeff Macklin

Jeff Macklin

Jeff Macklin is a well-known designer, a leader on the local social media scene, and owner of Prevail Media — creating dynamic visuals and helping his clients to be seen and heard. In his spare time, Jeff is an old-school letterpress artisan who uses wood and lead type to create unique cards and artwork. He’s also a fan of modern pop music and an avid local arts supporter and volunteer.

You can follow Jeff on Twitter @jacksoncreek and @prevailmedia, like his Facebook pages for Jackson Creek Press and Prevail Media, visit the Jackson Creek Press and Prevail Media websites. You can also browse and buy products from the Jackson Creek Press shop on Etsy.

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Don McBride

Don McBride

Don McBride is a retired elementary school principal and part-time blues musician.

He’s an avid supporter of the live music scene in Peterborough and promotes musicians whenever he can.

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Abigayle Partington

Abigayle Partington

Abigayle Partington is a Grade 10 student at Norwood District High School. She loves animals and plans to study veterinary medicine while also finding time to travel the world.

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Kristian Partington

Kristian Partington

Kristian Partington is a freelance writer based in Norwood, Ontario, who covers a range of subjects, from music and art to health and aging in society.

He can be reached at pwritingstudios@gmail.com or visit kristianpartington.com.

You can also follow him on Twitter @kjpartington.

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Jennifer Pinarski

Jennifer Pinarski

Jennifer Pinarski is a born-and-raised Kawartha girl who gave up her big city job and lifestyle to live in rural Ontario with her husband while staying home to raise their two young children.

Her enthusiasm for active adventure is contagious and she loves to share the area’s best family-friendly attractions. When Jennifer isn’t blogging for Today’s Parent, she can be found chasing her barefoot kids though the great outdoors, tweeting and Instagramming as she goes.

You can follow her @JenPinarski on Twitter and Instagram.

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Kelsey Powell

Kelsey Powell

Kelsey Powell is a Peterborough-based writer and actor. He is the Artistic Administrator at 4th Line Theatre.

He is a cultural enthusiast who is proud to be part of the vibrant culture of Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

You can follow Kelsey on Twitter @Querl_ParaDox.

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Terry Rees

Terry Rees

Terry Rees is the Executive Director of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA), and is based in Peterborough, Ontario. FOCA has represented the interests of Ontario’s waterfronts for over 50 years, and is one of the largest landowner membership organizations in the Province.

Visit the FOCA website at foca.on.ca and follow Terry on Twitter @treesatthelake.

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Tammy Simon

Tammy Simon

Tammy Simon is a kawarthaNOW.com staff writer covering community news, food, the arts and entertainment. She is a foodie, a cat lover, and a photographer.

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Pat Trudeau

Pat Trudeau

Pat Trudeau is a local photographer, blogger and community observer.

You can find Pat on Twitter at @pattrudeau as well as at the Trudeau Photography website, 500px, and Instagram.

Pat’s views are his own. They do not necessarily reflect those of kawarthaNOW.com or our sponsors or advertisers.

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