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Fenelon Marquee Location Chosen (Oct. 2017)

September 26, 2017

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The City has approved a location for the Marquee to be raised…. It will be located at the corners of Oak St. and May St./Water St. in Fenelon Falls, on the same property as the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce. The Marquee will be replacing the old fountain. Fundraising continues to generate money for the restoration and clean up of the sign itself, as well as for the building of the structure where we will mount the sign on location.

We were at the Kawartha Arts Festival with our smiling faces and our merchandise to sell. Our merchandise sold quite well and the donations overwhelmed us. We still have t-shirts, ¼ zip neck sweatshirts, coffee mugs.

We had great responses from all those who stopped by. It was so nice to listen to people tell us their memories of the theatre.

We are working in conjunction with Maryboro Lodge (the Fenelon Falls Museum) and Films by the Falls to help keep the community informed. Watch for future updates.

We have a donation sheet that you can download and print off on our Facebook page, by clicking here, or you can contact one of our committee members and they will get one to you. Donations are accepted at Maryboro Lodge – The Fenelon Museum, GRR8 Finds Market and Stokes on Trent, Fenelon Falls.

With Your Support We Can Make This Happen

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Thanks, the Marquee Committee,

Deb Churchill

Judi Adamson

Lynn Arscott

Colleen Jenkinson

Glenn Walker

Joe Willems

Ken Haggert

Doug Elmslie

 

 

Planning in Full Swing for Santa (Oct. 2017)

September 26, 2017

Fenelon Falls Santa Day – Mark the last Saturday in November on your calendars.

Santa Day Magnet Final 2017To paraphrase the Neil Diamond song “Wrap up the babies & grab the old ladies and everyone come” to Fenelon Falls November 25th for Santa Day.

Come & see which of your favourite attractions are still here & which ones are new. What is your favourite?  Is it the Petting Zoo, Wagon Rides, Face Painting, Decorating a Gingerbread Cookie, Pony Rides, a Magician, Letters to Santa, visiting the Reindeer, or visiting Santa & getting your picture taken with him. Oh what have we missed?

Don’t forget all the treats given out throughout the day by our local merchants.

What better way to end such a great day than with an amazing Parade starting at 5pm. & Fireworks following Santa!

All this for the low, low, price of No Charge thanks to our generous merchants, corporate, and private supporters!

Help us spread the word. Tell all your relatives, friends, neighbours, and anybody else to come to Fenelon Falls on Saturday November 25 from 11- 6:30 for a day of fun, family, food, and more.

Donations for Santa Day are always welcome. See below for more information.

See you there.

2017 Donation Request for Website

Santa Day 2017 Donation Form

Santa Day 2017 Donation Options

Kawartha Arts Festival (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017

another artsy Labour Day weekend for Fenelon Falls

The Kawartha Arts Festival was first held in 1989 and started off as a small collection of artists gathering together to give something back to the local arts community. It has since grown into one of the largest art festivals in Southern Ontario and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

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The Kawartha Art Festival is a non-profit organization run by dedicated volunteers. It is kept going by the generous donations given each year by the show’s patrons, and we would like to thank each and every one of you to keep the Art Festival growing more unique each year.

  • September 2 & September 3, 2017
  • Sat 10-5 Sun 10-4
  • Free admission
  • Free shuttle bus service from downtown Fenelon to the Fairgrounds.
  • Door prizes with donation at the door
  • Special Canada 150 Marquee for textile artists to show off their unique fabric art.
  • Artist demonstrations
  • ‘Young At Art’ display
  • Refreshments
  • Wheelchair accessible

For all the details visit http://www.kawarthaartsfestival.com/

Speak With Confidence – Local Workshop Series (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017
Would you like be more comfortable speaking in groups?
Do you want to dump your fear of public speaking?
public-speaker-free-clipart-1Local business owner and Fenelon Falls Chamber member, Tony Nelson, is offering a course this Fall to help those interested in speaking in public with more confidence. The freedom that comes from acquiring this skill can be life changing. Tony has been conducting courses and training workshops for over 4 decades and has spoken to business, educational and community groups in Canada and the United States.  Most recently, he was a guest speaker at The Royal Canadian Military Institute, The Canadian Aviation Historical Society Annual Convention and at The University of Notre Dame. His passion is helping people learn how to be comfortable and effective in one to one conversations and in front of groups small and large.  Last October, Tony marked 45 years as a member of Toastmasters International.

Speak With Confidence – Effective Public Speaking

Duration: Mondays for 4 weeks – Sep 11th, 18th, 25th and Oct 2nd

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Location: Bridgwood Manor B&B – 1277 County Road 121, 4.2 km north of the 4 corners

Topics will include: controlling nervousness, planning and organizing your thoughts, using visual aids, researching your material, connecting with your audience, using notes effectively, getting your point across and others

The atmosphere will be friendly and encouraging and everyone will progress at their own pace.

Cost: Chamber Members $90 – non-Chamber Members $100

Course Leader: Tony Nelson B.A., B.Ed., DTM

Contact Tony with any questions or to reserve your spot at BnB@BridgwoodManor.ca or 705 – 887 – 4936.

New Economic Development Strategy (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017

will support growth in Kawartha Lakes

ecdevstratKAWARTHA LAKES— The City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development division has delivered a new Economic Development Strategy that focuses on creating a vibrant and growing economy. Council identified the creation of an Economic Development Strategy as one of the top 10 priority projects in the Corporate Strategic Plan for 2016-2019.

“The strategy has been developed with input from local business owners, business groups, Chambers of Commerce and government partners,” explains Denise Williams, Manager of Economic Development. “We have a City-wide focus and are working towards several specific goals including welcoming new businesses and retaining and expanding existing businesses with a goal to create jobs.”

The strategy outlines steps that will be taken to develop growth in the agriculture and food, culture, tourism, specialized manufacturing and engineering products and related services business sectors. Council will receive regular progress updates as the strategy is rolled out.

The strategy is available online at https://www.kawarthalakes.ca/en/business-growth/reports-and-studies.aspx or by contacting the Economic Development division at 705-324-9411 extension 1232 oreconomicdevelopment@kawarthalakes.ca.

Town Crier Marks 100th Edition (July 2017)

July 25, 2017

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Dear readers,

Well! We’ve been on quite the journey together, haven’t we? Some 221 of us received the very first edition of the Fenelon Falls Town Crier when it was published on May 14, 2013. Today’s issue marks the 100th newsletter that has gone out via email to residents and fans of our Jewel of the Kawarthas. What started out as a project led by the City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development Department has found a home at the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce where it is currently produced and operated.

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To understand the origins of the Town Crier, we have to go back to the beginning of the Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) project that commenced in 2011 and was led by the City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development Department. From that initiative, 5 committees were formed to lead BR+E projects; Infrastructure, Social Infrastructure, Leadership Team, Downtown Revitalization and Promotional Strategy/Marketing. The Promotional Strategy/Marketing Committee was chaired by Craig Bachman, and undertook several initiatives. There was the design of the new Fenelon Falls logo, co-ordination for the new village entry signs, and the establishing of the www.FenelonFalls.info website, and its partner e-newsletter, the Fenelon Falls Town Crier.

Town_Crier_Newsletter_IconInstrumental in the creation of the newsletter and website were Fenelon’s own Corrie Hynes and Janet Dalton. Both key members of the initial Committee, they took the initiative to get the web based projects going. Corrie has acted as Managing Editor and general media guru from the start. It is not an understatement to say that Corrie has been the foundation on which the Town Crier and www.FenelonFalls.info were built. Her media background and passion for community focused communication have been the driving force behind the scenes. Her guidance has been instrumental in the strategy and grassroots success of the popular Facebook page, website and newsletter. Although Janet passed away all too soon in the spring of 2014, part of her lasting legacy is her work on the website and mailchimp programming, which are still in use today. “I think the success of the Town Crier is an amazing testament to [Janet and Corrie’s] commitment,” says Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce Director Brian Rump, “and the number of volunteer hours required to build this project to 100 issues is mind-blowing.”

Take a walk down memory lane and view the 1st published edition of the Town Crier here: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=96e2c04ec7f8cdb50494afa8c&id=51869fae59

Corrie recently handed over the reins of the Town Crier to the Chamber of Commerce office staff. Shannon Bain, the Chamber Manager, has worked under Corrie since March 2014. “I’d say I can’t put into words how much I’ve learnt from Corrie but she’s taught me to express myself too well! Working with Corrie has given me such an amazing education on how to navigate the communication waters, how to highlight the best of what our Village offers and how to not freak out if the website goes down. I will miss working with her every edition, but know that her training and hard work to get us to edition 100 will continue to serve us into the future. She is one of the best and can’t be thanked enough!” Continues Brian Rump, “[The website and newsletter] would not have happened without her, and Economic Development initiatives such as this can never be successful without a volunteer like her.”

The Town Crier newsletter has become its own going concern, and has created awareness and engagement of all things Fenelon Falls to residents and visitors. Although some parts of the Town Crier were produced under contract, the bulk of the work to maintain the websites and populate the newsletter to date was done mainly by volunteers. As local coverage disappears across the country, it’s becoming more and more important to support stories and events that truly hit close to home. “The FenelonFalls.info website and Town Crier newsletter are a vital source of communication in Fenelon Falls and the Chamber is very proud to operate such an incredible source of information for anyone interested in our community” says Brent Simpson, Chamber President.

On behalf of the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce and a grateful readership, thank you, Corrie, for all your hard work. We wish you the best and will forever remain grateful for the benefits you’ve brought to the Chamber and the residents of Fenelon Falls.

Town Crier turns 100And on behalf of the directors and staff of the Chamber, thank you, dear readers, volunteers, poster makers, article writers, committee members, past and present sponsors and anyone else who has ever uttered the words “have you heard of the Fenelon Falls Town Crier?”: High Fives to all involved! Join us in celebrating the 100th edition of the Town Crier. This issue was sent out to almost 1200 recipients. If you haven’t yet signed up, why not take a moment now (see link below) and help keep Fenelon Falls communicating!

 

Fenelon Falls Town Crier sign-up: http://fenelonfalls.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=96e2c04ec7f8cdb50494afa8c&id=ece658203a

And of course we must say a special thank you to our Sponsors, whose generosity contributes directly to the ongoing success of www.fenelonfalls.info and the Fenelon Falls Town Crier.

 

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We’ll be back next month for Edition #101 – well on our way to number 200!

 

Do you have a contribution to make to the Town Crier or fenelonfalls.info? Email us at newsletter@fenelonfalls.info. We’d love to hear from you.

President’s Message – Summer Wishes from the Fenelon Chamber (July 2017)

June 27, 2017

YOUR CHAMBER of COMMERCE quarterly update

FFDCC Logo JPEG copyI would like to take this opportunity to THANK all those Chamber Members and friends of the Chamber who have volunteered their time and skills to make Fenelon Falls THE JEWEL OF THE KAWARTHA’s. I am most impressed with our volunteer base in Fenelon Falls with the Chamber of Commerce and other community groups. It is many hands that make things happen.

Here is a short list of what the Chamber has accomplished in the 2nd quarter of 2017

  • One of our main tasks is the implementation of the actions that have been reviewed and approved by the City Council for “DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION”. There are many people that are required to ensure that all tasks are managed and implemented. For a complete list of tasks that need to happen and other interesting information about Fenelon Falls visit http://www.advantagekawarthalakes.ca/en/keySectors/fenelon-falls-downtown-revitalization.asp or drop into our Chamber Office by the locks.
  • The 2017 Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show was the most successful ever based on attendance and in conversations with the vendors and customers at the show. A HUGE thanks to Monica Jardine and her team in making this happen. We had an increase in attendance by 25%. Thanks to all our sponsors, supporters, vendors and customers.
  • CANADA DAY is almost here and there have been a lot of preparations by the Canada Day Committee to make this happen. The entire day is filled with activities topped off by a huge fireworks display at Garnet Graham Park celebrating Canada’s 150. Thank you Doug Elmslie and your team.
  • Your Special Events Committee has been very active again this year and we would like to thank all those who have sponsored this committee making Fenelon Falls the place to shop. Please remember that Midnight Madness is happening on July 8th so come out and support your local merchants.
  • We have a new addition to our Chamber office this summer. Please drop in and say hi to Rylea Rea who has joined our team to help out. She focused on running our Tourism Office and is very excited to help inform visitors from near and far of the wonderful ways our village shines. Do you have a special place in Fenelon that we shouldn’t keep secret? Why not drop us a note or give us a call. Email Rylea at info@fenelonfallschamber.com or reach her by phone at 705-887-3409.
  • Our downtown beautification committee has been working very hard and we would like to thank the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and our local businesses for the flowers on the light poles, bridge and hanging from the stores. They look FANTASTIC!
  • The Chamber has made a generous donation to the Rotary Club in support of the splash pad. We are looking forward to seeing it up and running by midsummer. Good Luck!

On behalf of the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce I would like to wish you all a GREAT SUMMER. Please take a moment to drop in and see us.

Your Chamber of Commerce

 

Brent Simpson

President

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Log Chateau Celebrates 50 Years in Business (July 2017)

June 27, 2017

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On Saturday June 10th, the grounds at Log Chateau Park were filled with festive activities.  The Lowell Family is celebrating  50 years in business. Campers, neighbours and friends gathered to mark the occasion.

The participants gathered around the central picnic shelter where a band was set up to entertain the crowds. The children were thrilled to play on the bouncy castle, giant slide, and a dress up photo booth. Hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and drinks were supplied for everyone. Even Paw Patrol characters were on hand to share in the fun.

A special visit by the Kawartha Lakes Fire Department, with trucks and equipment for the kids to explore, was a great hit. The local firefighters were pleased to attend the celebration in honour of the long standing commitment by the Lowell family to the local volunteer fire department.

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The afternoon events concluded with cake for everyone. Attendees enjoyed themselves on the sunny afternoon and the fun continued into the evening with a central campfire and hay dance.

On behalf of the community of Fenelon Falls, congratulations to the Lowell Family on this amazing achievement – 50 years and going strong!

 

97, 98, 99… The Town Crier Turns 100 (July 2017)

June 26, 2017

Town Crier turns 100

 

 

4 years of community connection

The next edition of the Town Crier will be published on July 26th and believe it or not, it will be the hundredth one! What started as a city funded initiative has evolved into a Chamber run and sponsor supported project which continues to connect us with each other and what is happening in and around our village. In preparation for a look back over 4 years of the Town Crier being delivered via email to residents and lovers of Fenelon Falls, we are asking you, our dear subscribers, to let us know what you like and love about our little newsletter-that-could. If you can spare a moment, please email us at newsletter@fenelonfalls.info – we’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading. Happy July, Fenelon Falls!

– The Town Crier Team

 

Fenelon Chamber Spring Review (Apr. 2017)

April 4, 2017

FFDCC Logo JPEG copyYour CHAMBER of COMMERCE Quarterly Update

by Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce President, Brent Simpson
I just cannot believe how quickly the time seems to fly by. We are already in April and Easter is just around the corner. Your Chamber of Commerce has had a very productive and busy first quarter. Here are some of our highlights:

  • One of our main tasks is the implementation of the actions that have been reviewed and approved by City Council for “DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION”. There are many hands that are required to ensure that all tasks are managed and implemented.
  • The Chamber of Commerce has given its support to the Splash Pad which your Rotary group is heading up.
  • We continue to grow our membership over the years and have just completed a new members package, that highlights the benefits of being a Chamber Member. If you are currently not a member we would encourage you to take a look at this package and talk to one of our directors.
  • One of our biggest events is the “KAWARTHA LAKES COUNTRY LIVING SHOW” which is being hosted at the Arena April 28, 29 & 30th. This year admission is FREE so please come out and take advantage.
  • Our Special Events committee has been hard at work and I’m sure you have seen the signs up inviting you to come to our EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA on April 15th from 10 am to 1 pm… Hope to see you in town!

 

We have also had time to start a revamp of our office space in order to prepare for our busy TOURISM season. Drop in and see the new changes this May!

www.fenelonfallschamber.com

 

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Calling All Vendors! Calling All Sponsors! (Mar. 2017)

March 7, 2017

Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show – April 28 – 30th, 2017

Can you believe we’re into the month of March already? Either can we, but Spring will soon be happening, folks. And so will this year’s Country Living Show in Fenelon Falls! The clock is tick tick ticking down the time to April 28th, 2017 – the first day of our 3 day show.

Calling All Vendors! Don’t hesitate, April 28th is just around the corner. We are still accepting applications. We are especially looking for vendors in the health and fitness; cottage toys, hot tubs, pools, and gardening categories. Be sure to get your paperwork into the Chamber office soon – booth assignments are coming out shortly.

Our committee is busy this week planning more details that will delight and inspire our guests this year. Don’t forget admission is FREE!, courtesy of our generous community – watch for an announcement on this coming soon. Some community space is available. Contact the Chamber office to inquire at info@fenelonfallschamber.com.

So no excuses, plan on coming to the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show in Fenelon Falls on the last weekend in April. We promise it will be worth your while!

Are you a business not able to join us at the show? Why not consider becoming a free admission sponsor for 2017? Have you business name announced over the three day event, Facebook and Instagram posts, your logo at the entrance of the arena, and more! View the Request for Sponsorship document here: Opportunity to Support the 2017 Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show, Fenelon Falls

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce Announcement (Mar. 2017)

March 7, 2017

Government Announces New Energy Strategy: Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan
FFDCC Logo JPEG copyThe Government of Ontario responded to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) call to support the growth of the provincial economy through the reduction of electricity rates. The Fair Hydro Plan will seek to mitigate the rising cost of electricity in Ontario. Expected to take affect in summer 2017, the Plan will provide an approximate savings of 17% (25% when including the previously announced 8% HST rebate) to consumer’s hydro bills. Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan will also link future rate increases to the rate of inflation over the next four years and provide further rate relief to the province’s most vulnerable citizens.

Key Details of the Announcement

1. Refinancing the Global Adjustment (GA)
The proposed plan will refinance the costs associated with the Global Adjustment (GA), providing immediate relief to consumers by “smoothing out” the payment of energy contracts over a longer time period. The Ontario government predicts that this refinancing will achieve an average of 17% savings for the individual ratepayer (25% when including the previously announced 8% HST rebate). The government intends to introduce legislation that would, if passed enable the Independent Electricity Operator (IESO) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to refinance the GA over a longer period of time, ultimately lowering the current cost paid by consumers. Under current forecasts, the immediate reduction in the GA would be approximately $2.5 billion per year on average over the first 10 years, with annual interest costs not exceeding $1.4 billion.

2. Helping Vulnerable Consumers
The Fair Hydro Plan includes initiatives to help Ontario’s most vulnerable consumers. The province plans to pass legislation to enable these new measures. Together these new initiatives will cost the government up to $2.5 billion over the next three years to be funded through provincial revenue. These initiatives include:

Broadening Rural or Remote Electricity Rate Protection (RRRP)
Currently, the RRRP provides a rate subsidy to rural/remote customers who are faced with higher distribution costs compared to urban areas. The new program will increase the number of qualifying customers from approximately 350,000 customers to 800,000 customers.

Enhancing the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)
The proposed OESP enhancement would see monthly credits increased by 50%, expanded to cover more low-income Ontarians and increase uptake to as close 100%.

First Nations On-Reserve Delivery Credit
The on-reserve credit will remove the monthly service charge for customers saving approximately 21,500 on-reserve First Nations a monthly amount of $85.

Establishing a New Affordability Fund
The proposed affordability fund will provide Local Distribution Companies (LDC’s) an additional tool to help customers in need. The province will work with Hydro One, in consultation with other LDC’s to establish a Trust to serve as the administrator of the Affordability Fund.

3. Enhancing Competitiveness for Small Manufacturers and Industrials
Due to our ongoing advocacy work, the OCC is pleased to see that the Fair Hydro plan will expand the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) extending eligibility to small manufactures and industrials with an average peak demand of over 500 kilowatts.

Our Position

The OCC has repeatedly heard from Ontario’s business community that energy rates are unsustainable. In fact, 51% of businesses ranked energy concerns among their top three policy priorities.

Once implemented, Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan will bring immediate relief to the business community by “smoothing” the GA rate over a longer time period and tying rate increases to inflation over the next four years. While this will alleviate challenges associated with the cost of electricity in the near-term, the Ontario Chamber Network advocates for further amendments to the province’s energy strategy in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our energy system.

Later this year, the OCC will release a report that will provide recommendations to further enhance the long-term sustainability of the energy sector.

What’s Next?
As part of the Fair Hydro Plan, the OCC will partner with the Ministry of Energy to deliver a targeted outreach campaign to help business better understand and participate in provincial programs such as the ICI.

In spring 2017, the government is expected to release its Long-term Energy Plan. The OCC will continue to advocate for the reduction of input costs on businesses and looks forward to working with the government to deliver on its energy priorities. In addition, we encourage the government to continue to find ways to update provincial legislation in a way that supports Ontario’s economic growth.

Fenelon’s Country Living Show 2017 (Feb. 2017)

February 7, 2017

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We at the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce are excited about this year’s Country Living Show which will be held Friday, April 28th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 30th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The venue for our show will continue to be the Fenelon Falls Arena & Community Centre, located at 27 Veteran’s Way in Fenelon Falls.

This coming show promises to be a huge success as we celebrate our 33rd season. Several of us are new committee members and we are hoping our enthusiasm, excitement and some small changes will make this year’s show fresh and innovative.

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As a new initiative we are running on a trial basis this year, we are pleased to announce that we’ll be offering FREE ADMISSION to all patrons! This is big news, so please help us spread the word! Last year, the Barn and Bunkie Spring Sale was hosted for the first time in conjunction with The Country Living Show with much success. The Barn and Bunkie will be back in 2017, ready to create a positive atmosphere for a variety of home enthusiasts. We can’t wait.

Visit www.fenelonfallscountrylivingshow.com for Vendor Information. Stayed tuned to the Town Crier for more information as we count down the weeks to show time!

If you have any questions please email info@fenelonfallschamber.com

See you at the show!



Kawartha Lakes Public Library celebrates Ontario Public Library Week (Oct. 2016)

October 18, 2016
Kawartha Lakes Public Library celebrates Ontario Public Library Week from October 15 to 23, 2016.

First introduced in 1985, Ontario Public Library Week has become the annual focus for promoting and recognizing public library service in the province. Kawartha Lakes Public Library invites everyone to join us for a week filled with interesting events and special programs.

oplw_social-media-sharableJoin us for our second  annual Human Library event – Courage, Compassion, Knowledge: a survival guide to conflict – on Saturday October 22 from 11am to 2pm at the Lindsay Library. A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community that they might not come across in their daily lives. Such events promote tolerance, celebrate differences and encourage understanding.

In celebration of Small Business Week, and in cooperation with Kawartha Lakes Small Business Enterprise Centre and The Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, learn how to “Put Your Business on the Map” by creating a Google business account.  Drop by between 2pm and 4:30pm at the Fenelon Falls branch on Wednesday October 19 or the Lindsay branch on Thursday October 20.

Once again, in partnership with Kawartha Lakes Food Source and the Bobcaygeon Food Bank, the Library will feature “Food for Fines.” Patrons may reduce their library overdue fines with donations of non-perishable food items during Ontario Public Library Week at any Library branch. Patrons can also take advantage of the library card amnesty that also allows for free replacement of a lost or damaged library card.

For a complete listing of all Ontario Public Library Week events, please visit the library website at www.kawarthalakeslibrary.ca, contact your local library, or call Library Administration at 705 324-9411 ext. 1291.

Put Your Business On The Map (Sept. 2016)

September 20, 2016

google your business with the Chamber

 The Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with the Fenelon library to celebrate two very important parts of our community. Libraries and Small Businesses! Ontario Library Week, which encourages residents to visit the library whether online or in person, and BDC Small Business Week, an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for almost 40 years.

During Small Business Week each year, more than 10,000 business people come together at hundreds of events across Canada to celebrate entrepreneurship, learn and network with other entrepreneurs.  Great things happen when entrepreneurs get together. The Fenelon Chamber is excited to host an event at the library for local entrepreneurs and business owners that need help with online fundamentals, like locating your business on google maps and taking control of your google profile.

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Google Business is all about connecting you to your customers. Give them the right info at the right time, whether that be driving directions to your business in Maps, hours of operations in Search or a phone number they can click to call you on mobile phones. Of course, Google is only the tip of the internet iceberg, but it’s a great place to start.

Bring your laptops and devices to the Library and enjoy their free wifi. While there, be sure to register for a library card or make sure the one in your wallet is still current if you haven’t used it in a while. The Library is a huge, free resource that is right in town and accessible online. Not just for books anymore, the library offers books on CD if your job takes you out on the road, and Gale Courses you can take at home online, and much more.

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Midnight Madness Returns (Jun. 2016)

June 20, 2016

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Fenelon Falls – Events Committee is happy to host the annual Midnight Madness, Saturday July 2nd, 2016 from 7pm – Midnight.

The Fenelon Falls Events Committee is proud to celebrate our annual Midnight Madness in Fenelon Falls. Grab your friends and families and head on into the “Jewel of the Kawarthas” for a great evening of local shopping and entertainment!

Fenelon Falls will be featuring the local band “Trade School”. They will be located on Water Street next to Slice’s N’ Scoops! Head on by to enjoy the talent and dance a little jig. Check out all of our local shops for great shopping while enjoying music by our Live DJ. Enjoy tasty snacks and it does not stop there… Are you bringing your children? Check out Summer our local Balloon Artist for a special Balloon creation.

The Fenelon Falls Events Committee, a division of the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, is a volunteer committee combined of 8 local business owners and residents of Fenelon Falls. With the sponsorship of over 70 local businesses this committee provides a festive community atmosphere all year round while also helping to promote Fenelon Falls as a tourist destination. The 7 events hosted by the committee could not be possible without the generous participation and sponsorship of local businesses.

For the latest news and information, follow Fenelon Falls Events on facebook

Sobeys Wins Accessibility Awareness Award (Jun. 2016)

June 6, 2016

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Accessibility Awareness Recognition Awards were presented to members of the community by the Accessibility Advisory Committee of the City of Kawartha Lakes. 

Sobeys in Fenelon Falls was one of the businesses to receive the award this year.

Mark Knoester has always been very aware that customers come in all different shapes, sizes and needs. When the store was built in 2002 it already had a flat entrance level at the outside doors & the inside entrance doors. The aisles are always kept clear and wide enough for people to pass easily. A motorized cart is available for anyone who is unable to walk the store. Staff participation in accessible Customer Service training is mandatory. They are available to assist anyone who cannot reach products or lift heavy items. A carry out service is also available for anyone who cannot lift their groceries into their car.

Sobeys Fenelon Falls provides wonderful support to the community and community residents. One example is the partnership established with Community Care and the coordination of their Community Care volunteer drivers who provide rides to local residents requiring transportation to Sobeys to complete their weekly grocery shop.

The criteria for qualification included that nominees must be residents or work in the City of Kawartha Lakes, the nominee must be involved with accessibility issues, promote “Accessibility for All” within the municipality and demonstrate outstanding contribution within the last year.

Plan to Celebrate Canada Day in Fenelon Falls (Jun. 2016)

June 6, 2016

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Everyone is invited to come down to the Garnet Graham Park in beautiful Fenelon Falls to celebrate Canada Day on July 1, 2016. Festivities are happening all day long.

Music in the park, vendors, snacks, games, swimming, fun for everyone is planned. The day will conclude with an amazing fireworks display over the water.  Come and join your friends, family, neighbours at this popular community event.

KATVA Ride for Dad (Jun. 2016) VIDEO

June 6, 2016

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This past weekend over 250 ATV enthusiasts gathered at Log Chateau Park just north of Fenelon Falls for the Kawartha ATV Association Ride for Dad Poker Run. The event was a huge success with a record number of riders and guests coming out to support the fundraiser for prostate cancer research.

The day began at Log Chateau Park with rider safety meetings and route instructions. Riders could choose from 2 routes – a 60km short route and a 110km long route. The routes guide riders though a variety of terrain in the KATVA 5 Points Trail System. Each route lead back to the Burnt River Community Centre where a hot meal of BBQ Roast Beef and Turkey was served. Prizes were awarded for Top Poker Hands as well as Top Pledge Earners. Prizes were generously donated by sponsors throughout Kawartha Lakes.

This was the first time that Side X Side machines were allowed on the trails. KATVA gained special permission from City of Kawartha Lakes Council to allow the Side X Side machines on a portion of the Victoria Rail Trail and on the Road-ways along the routes just for this event. This special permission was a direct factor in the increased success of this years event as many Side X Side riders came to participate and support the fundraiser.

The day was a huge success raising over $16,000 for the charity. The event proved to be a great draw for tourism to our area. Over half of the participants came from areas across Ontario including Niagara Falls, Ottawa, North Bay, Sudbury, and various locations around the GTA to enjoy the weekend in beautiful Fenelon Falls.

Hats of to KATVA for organizing this successful event for ATV enthusiasts and for their extraordinary volunteer efforts towards increasing tourism in Fenelon Falls. Many local businesses benefitted from your efforts over the weekend.  Thank you.

Article by Corrie Lee
Watch the video – Videography by Jason McNeice (Northern Lights Security)

 

Chamber Report Identifies 6 Barriers to Growth (Apr. 2016)

April 21, 2016

Too Few Entrepreneurs Able to Scale Up Their Business

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April 21, 2016, the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, in partnership
with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), released the report,
Breaking Barriers: Ontario’s Scale Up Challenge, which identifies the major roadblocks preventing Ontario businesses from expanding and presents recommendations to best support business owners in taking their
ventures to the next stage of growth.
According to the report, based on interviews with nearly two dozen business owners, sector associations, and other organizations, as well as a survey of over 350 Ontario business owners, too few entrepreneurs are continuing to build their business, or
“scale up”, in the province. The report adds to a recent chorus of voices calling for
governments, the business community, and other actors to build on the province’s entrepreneurial spirit by creating the conditions to enable our most promising firms to scale.
To position Ontario for long-term success, the report proposes recommendations to address six specific barriers preventing businesses from growing, which includes a lack of access to talent with scale up experience, gaps in the right kinds of financing, and lower incentives to growth offered through public programs.
Chief among the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce’s recommendations are for governments to improve businesses’ access to talent in the short-term by creating a scale-up visa to quicken access to essential international managerial talent.
According to an OCC survey, 63 percent of businesses that are looking to grow face a talent shortage. The chamber also encourages governments to gain a better understanding of where current gaps exist in the Canadian financing landscape.
Other recommendations of the report include:
●Realign public programs and incentives to focus supports on high-growth firms
●Encourage greater international trade activity by linking more business support programs to trade
●Improve access to public and private anchor customers by leveraging procurement to strategically invest in growing businesses
● Enable accurate measurement and monitoring of the scale up challenge by ensuring collaboration between Statistics Canada and industry groups to collect and publicize relevant data
The OCC’s survey also revealed that the cost of doing business remains a top issue for Ontario employers as 69 percent of business owners looking to grow identified this as a barrier. Through its advocacy efforts on other key policy issues, the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the OCC, continues to highlight the cost of doing business as a major challenge facing Ontario’s business community.

Curling Club Host a Night of Celebration (Feb. 2016)

February 15, 2016

Laurie Scott MPP & Rolf Martens President FFCCOn Saturday January 30, 2016 members of the Fenelon Falls Curling Club gathered to celebrate their volunteers and the completion of renovations done, thanks to an $8,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2014. MPP Laurie Scott was there to meet with Club members and congratulate the Club on its commitment to the sport and promoting a fun and welcoming space to curl or host an event in.

“The Fenelon Falls Curling Club is a vital component of the community. I am pleased to see that the Ontario Trillium Foundation has awarded them a grant to strengthen and renew sports and recreation infrastructure.” – Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

Funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant were used to upgrade the Club’s kitchen facilities with the addition of a commercial dishwasher and sink. This is going to make a great difference for any events held at the Club and will also increase energy efficiencies.

The Ontario Curling Tankard Banner was presented that night. This is a Provincial Competition, where men teams play against one another and the winner goes on to represent Ontario in the Tim Horton’s Briar Canadian championship. The Ontario Provincial Men’s Tankard 2015 was won by a team representing the Fenelon Falls Curling Club. This was the first time for this team to be in the Briar and although they did not win they did very well. During the nationwide telecast of the Briar, Fenelon Falls Curling Club’s name was mentioned numerous times, great publicity for our club and our village and the City of Kawarthas. Ontario Curling presents the Banner to the host club every year and this is the year for Fenelon Falls.

Fenelon Falls Curling Club is operated by volunteers. Our local sponsors and grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation enable us to provide curling to our community. Our facilities are also used for bridge clubs, various town meetings and social gatherings. We thank the OTF for their support; we couldn’t have done it without you.

The Fenelon Falls Curling Club is a non-profit sports club which was founded in 1892 and promotes physical activities through the regular curling leagues for people of all ages. The Club currently has nine leagues in operation, including one for children and youth who are interested in trying out this classic winter sport. For more information, please contact the Club, or visit the website at: www.ffcc.ca 

A leading grant making foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca

Adamson Receives Lifetime Membership (Nov. 2015)

November 23, 2015

 

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The Fenelon Falls District Chamber of Commerce presented Judi Adamson with a Lifetime Award for her volunteer service with the organization at the annual general meeting held on the 17th of November, 2015.

This award is given to a select few individuals who have shown their dedication and support to the Chamber and to the community at a level that goes above and beyond expectations.

Judy has dedicated over 30 years to the local Chamber of Commerce and has championed projects like the Country Living Show, Santa Day, Special Events and the Visitor’s Tourist Booth, just to name a few. Judi has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber and in that role has contributed to many successful projects and events held in our community over the past 30 years.thanks

Judi’s volunteer involvement in our community reaches far beyond the Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, she has helped with so many groups and fundraisers that it would be impossible to list them all. Her community work has made a difference in the lives of many residents in Fenelon and the benefits will continue to resonate in our community for years to come.

On behalf of Fenelon Falls, we congratulate Judi on receiving this award.  Thank you Judi for all that you have done to make Fenelon Falls a better place to live.

 

Santa Day 2015 Lineup Announced!! (Nov. 2015)

November 20, 2015

There is something for everyone at Santa Day

Nov 28 ReindeerWe are less than three weeks away from the most anticipated event of the year – Santa Day in Fenelon Falls.  Hundreds of volunteers, organizers, business owners and community supporters come together to bring a day of fun and fantastic activities, rides, treats and goodies for one and all to enjoy. Thousands of people from near and far will gather in Fenelon Falls on November 28 for face painting, bunny petting, pony rides and cookie decorating to name a only few of the events taking place in the downtown core.  The 2015 event schedule is now available to view on www.santaday.ca; you can grab breakfast starting at 8 am with most other activities kicking off at 11 am. Check out the full list online – it’s an impressive roster of ways to celebrate the season. There is so much to do… and it’s all for FREE!

Are you interested in volunteering?  The Santa Day event is about bringing people together to celebrate one of the most magical times of the year and many volunteers are required. They need outgoing and dynamic individuals to work the daytime events and at night to wear the character costumes or carry signs or assist with the parade logistics. If you think you would like to be part of the Elf Team – call 705-454-1951 or fill out the online form. Have you heard about the Most Spirited Parade Volunteer? This year the volunteer with the most spirit on display during the nighttime parade will be awarded $100.

There are lots of ways to get involved in addition to being a volunteer or enthusiastic patron on Santa Day; www.santaday.ca has all the entry forms for those wishing to enter a float for the parade or a gingerbread house for the competition.

All of the sponsors are featured on the site – be sure to thank these local businesses and individuals for providing the funds to have this special day offered free of charge in our community.

Click on over and visit the new Santa Day Website. Start planning your Santa Day today!! www.santaday.ca

Fetch Welcomes Experienced Groomer (Oct 2015)

October 24, 2015

janiceFetch Pet Supply is pleased to announce that a new dog groomer will be starting at the Fenelon Falls location just in time for the holidays.  The Fetch Family is excited to have found an experienced and talented professional groomer that can deliver the level of quality they want for their business.

Beginning December 2nd, 2015, Janice Foulkes will be bathing, trimming and fluffing the canines of Fenelon Falls.  Janice brings over 20 years of experience to the Fenelon location.  Former owner and lead groomer at Pooches Dog Grooming in Unionville, Ontario,  Janice has acquired a broad knowledge of techniques and styles for all breeds of dogs.  Having recently moved to the Fenelon area, she is anxious to begin sharing her knowledge and expertise with new clients.

Janice believes in continually upgrading her skill set and is routinely taking courses, webinars and seminars to stay current on the best grooming and pet care practises that are available.  Janice maintains an active membership in ODGA (Ontario Dog Groomers Association) and the NAPCG (National Association of Professional Creative Groomers).  She uses top of the line equipment that allows for the most comfortable, safe and relaxed atmosphere for her 4-legged clients.  She also uses an all natural line of shampoos, rinses and care solutions that ensures that your pet receives the most healthy products available on the market.

dogJanice invited me, along with my dogs, to meet her and see first hand how her service measures up.  It was immediately apparent that she has a special gift with dogs.  My typically nervous and timid dachshunds were comfortable and at ease with her at once.  She had both of them rolling over for belly rubs and giving her kisses – even during the nail clipping!  I have to say…THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED!!!!  I was impressed from start to finish.  Professional, friendly, knowledgeable and the dogs loved her.  She even goes the extra mile with a perfect little silk tie to polish off the look. The service was comparable to a high priced posh pet boutique in the city! I left with two pleasantly pampered pooches!

Fetch is now booking appointments for December 2nd forward.  Get your pooch booked in early to avoid disappointment. Call 705-887-5467 .

Visit Fetch Pet Supply online here.

You can follow Fetch on Facebook here.

 

Recycle, Refinish, Re-Purpose With Style (Oct. 2015)

October 11, 2015

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We hear so much today about recycling and refinishing furniture. It is a great idea to repurpose old furniture and decor. The positive environmental effects are without question. It saves trees, reduces landfill waste, reduces factory pollutants and best of all it saves money. The question is… how do I make it look good?

There is more to it than slapping a fresh coat of paint on an item and hoping that it will bring it back to life. Choosing colours, type of paint, how to distress, do you sand it first, do you use multiple colours, what about metallics ? The questions and options are endless leaving many people doubting their abilities and shying away from giving it a try.

Don’t let this intimidate you. There are resources to assist you. Look no further, the Barn and Bunkie can help you.  Brandy Watson is the local dealer for Fusion Paint and Decor Supplies. Brandy has a booth at Grr8 Finds Market and hosts workshops on “How To ReFinish with Style”.

The next workshops are scheduled for October 21st and 28th from 7pm-9pm. You can can contact Brandy at brandy@ghart.ca or 705-738-7369 to book. November dates are also available. This workshop will teach you the techniques you need, an understanding of colour trends and the supplies you will need. Reserve your spot today.

image3With all the supplies available locally and someone to show you the tricks, your project is a step closer towards successful completion. Consider this your official warning – this hobby is addicting.

Stop in at Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon Falls to view the Barn and Bunkie’s projects or to find the perfect item to begin your own journey of creativity.

For inspiration and finished items, follow the Barn and Bunkie on Facebook here. 

 

Kawartha ATV Will Be Offering Safe Rider Programs (Oct 2015)

October 11, 2015

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Learning to ride an ATV safely is no different than learning to drive a car safely. Drivers Education is the best way to ensure that new riders will be properly prepared for the sport.

Over the summer Kawartha All Terrain Vehicle Association (KATVA) trained five local instructors to be able to deliver the Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI)  Hands On ATV Safe Rider Course.

The instructor training was held at Log Chateau Park, just north of Fenelon Falls, where an empty field was available to set up obstacle courses for the first students to learn new skills. The week-long intensive InstruKAT Training Poster 12x24 B_Layout 1ctor Training prepared the individuals to be able to deliver a full ATV Safe Rider Course as designed by the CASI. This course is intended to prepare new riders for safe and educated participation in the sport.

Most ATV-related fatalities in Canada are the result of warned-against behaviors, such as youth riding on adult-sized ATVs. Take some time out and learn about the proper operation of your machine, find out about helmets and other protective gear, and learn ways to dramatically reduce risk for you, your family and friends.

The course is designed to offer students a hands on approach to increasing their safety knowledge and practise their riding skills in a controlled and supervised environment. It is the most current ATV training available and highly supported and endorsed by ATV Councils and manufacturers.

It includes education in proper safety gear, safe ATV operation practises and basic riding skills. Students will practise numerous skills including safe braking, acceleration techniques, driving over obstacles, how to handle uneven or off camber surfaces, hand signals and proper shared trail etiquette.

It is recommended that all youth riders and any new adult riders strongly consider participating in this program.  KATVA will be offering the CASI ATV Rider Course in the spring of 2016.

Watch the KATVA website for details.  

 

Fenelon Falls Rotary Club Hosts District Governor

October 11, 2015

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The Rotarians of Fenelon Falls were treated to a special guest at their meeting last week. The District Governor, Lisa Dutrisac of Sudbury, Ontario came to the Fenelon Falls Community Centre to bring a message from District Level. The Rotary Club theme for 2016 has been announced. “Be A Gift to the World” – is the message that Lisa brought to the local group of volunteers.

She discussed some of the programs that Rotary International has delivered and the unbelievable successes that they have brought to the world. The Polio Plus program which has immunized over 2 billion people has eradicated Polio in many countries around the world. Rotary has seen great strides with their World Literacy Campaigns. The well known Easter Seals program has changed lives of children in Canada and abroad.

The local club was thrilled to have Lisa come to visit and share news from the District level. A beautiful meal was enjoyed by everyone at the event, catered by SweetBottom’s.

The local Rotary Club has made significant contributions to our community as well. Have you or your children played ball at the Rotary Baseball Park in Fenelon? Rotary built that! Have you enjoyed our new community centre? They made significant donations to that project. Have you taken a walk along the locks and appreciated the landscaping and granite structure?  Rotary paid for that. Have you spent a day at the Garnet Graham Park and have your children or grandchildren played in the playground there? Thank a Rotarian because… they did that too. This is just a few of the projects Rotary contributed to!

In addition to infrastructure projects, Rotary gives to programs such as Community Care, local children’s sports and music programs, education programs, health and wellness initiatives and continually contributes to the general wellbeing of our community.   The Fenelon Falls Rotary Club and the work they have done in our community has touched each and every one of us in some form or another.  They are  “A Gift to Our World”

Would you like to get involved? Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Over a meal or coffee, you will; discuss your community’s needs and discover creative ways to meet them, expand your leadership and professional skills, catch up with good friends and meet new ones.  It’s also a great way to get involved in your community.

Contact the Rotary Club through email here or call Wayne at 705-887-6638 for more information.

Harvest Happenings is Back (2015)

September 28, 2015

HHWeb2015Sept16Fenelon Falls Events Committee will present Harvest Happenings, which takes place downtown Fenelon Falls on Saturday, October 10th 2015 between 9am and noon.

Fenelon Falls Events Committee is proud to bring Harvest Happenings to Fenelon Falls for another fantastic year. Harvest Happenings is a great event to start off the fall season.

“This year we are excited to introduce our first ever Wandering Scarecrow Search” says the Events Committee. At headquarters, which is located at Slices ’N’ Scoops on Water St., children will receive a checklist and then will be sent off in search of our three (3) named wandering scarecrows.

There will be balloon twisters, creative face painting and a harvest tarts and treats table.   Make sure you enjoy famous horse drawn wagon rides!   Pumpkin painting is returning this year! Drop into headquarters and let your little ones get creative.

Visit Bert’s Appliances and help support the Fenelon Falls Secondary School Spirit of Christmas fund by enjoying fresh pancakes. Keep your eyes open for the Scarecrow displays, brought to you by our local businesses, and drop in for deals, draws and shopping.

The Fenelon Falls Events Committee, a division of the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, is a volunteer committee of local business owners and residents of Fenelon Falls. With the sponsorship of over 70 local businesses this committee provides a festive community atmosphere all year round while also helping to promote Fenelon Falls as a tourist destination. The 7 events hosted by the committee could not be possible without the generous participation and sponsorship of local businesses.

For more information on Harvest Happenings or future events, please email fenelonfallsevents@gmail.com

Follow the Fenelon Falls Event Committee on Facebook here for all the latest news.

Why Your Kids Should Curl (Sept 2015)

September 14, 2015

End of 2009/2010 Curling Season

If you’re interested, but not quite sure yet – let me convince you even further. Here are the top nine reasons why you should sign your children up for this great sport:

9. Curling builds important life skills including sportsmanship, fair play, teamwork, and social interactions – things all young people need.

8. It’s an affordable sport. Let’s be honest – most sports can cost you a ton of money. Fortunately, curling offers families an affordable alternative.  A full season of curling (October to April) at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club only costs $64.00 per youth!

7. Curling clubs are welcoming spaces. Ask any young person who curls and they will tell you that the curling club feels like their second home.

6. Curling is also an accessible and inclusive sport. People with physical, mental, visual, and auditory disabilities all curl (and curl well!) There are also provincial events, such as Special Olympics curling. So, no matter your kids’ ability level and needs, curling can accommodate.

5. Curling is a very strategic and cerebral sport (described by many as chess-on-ice.) If you’re looking for a different kind of sport, then curling is your answer.

4. Curling is an extremely social sport. Coaches and instructors teach young curlers to compliment their opponents when they make a nice shot and to stay after the game and socialize. Many of my closest and dearest friends are curlers whom I’ve met over the years.

3. If your kids are competitive, they have plenty of opportunities to enter competitions (bonspiels) to represent their club, province, and even country! An Olympic gold medal has a nice ring to it, right?

2. If competition isn’t for your kids, then don’t sweat it. Curling clubs consist of weekly social leagues where your kids can play with and against great people, have a blast, and foster some outstanding friendships.

1. You can curl for your entire life, no problem! There aren’t many sports where you can register your child at five years of age and they’re still curling when they hit the ripe old age of 100. Curling is truly a life-long sport.

Hopefully I’ve been able to convince you (even a little) to register your children in curling. If so, please take my final advice: just do it! Head down to your local curling club now. Curlers love to introduce new people to the sport. I guarantee that once you enter the door, some eager volunteers will slap some tape on the bottom of your kids’ running shoes and have them out on the ice before you know it.

Looking forward to seeing you and your kids in the curling club soon.

Youth Curling is held on Tuesdays at 6:15 PM at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club.

Convenor Heather LeCraw 705 887-4503    Bev Vivian 705 454-3541

Check out the Fenelon Curling Club online here.

Show Us Your Grr8 Finds is Back

September 14, 2015

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It is back! The wildly popular ‘Show Us Your Grr8 Finds Contest‘ is back for round two. Grr8 Finds Market in Fenelon Falls has decided to hold another contest where you can win gift certificates for posting a picture of the treasures that you purchased at Grr8 Finds Market. It can be a piece you have up-cycled, painted, re-created or just a fabulous piece found at Grr8 Finds Market.

From Oct 1st to 31st, 2015 you can show us your Grr8 Finds on the ‘Show Us Your Grr8 Finds Contest Page’ (click here). To qualify, the items have to be purchased from Grr8 Finds or painted with Fusion Paint from Grr8 Finds. Just take a picture of your Grr8 Find and post it on the “Show Us Your Grr8Find” facebook group page.

A total of 3 prizes are up for grabs by the qualifying participants. A random draw will be held for 2 gift certificates for $50 each and a Prize Basket of Fusion Products including free admission to a Fusion Workshop in November, hosted by Brandy Watson of the Barn and Bunkie.

Enter as many pieces as you like to increase your chances of winning. Let your creativity flow! Stop by the store for more details. Have fun!

Show Us Your Grr8Finds Contest