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Letter from the Editor: Spring and the CLS

April 19, 2018

I don’t know about you, but personally, I am counting on the annual Country Living Show (April 27-29) to finally bring the spring weather with it.

It has been a long, grueling winter, with snow and cold temperatures extending their stay far past their welcome this year. Fenelon Falls was not spared from the wrath of the wintry storm last weekend, bringing plunging temperatures, a dumping of snow just in case you put your shovel away, and a mix of freezing rain that coated everything in ice.

It would have been quite lovely, if it were December…

In April, not so much. But it has to turn. The Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show is coming up and we all want to celebrate the indoor and outdoor benefits to living in this naturally scenic area.

The Country Living Show is the culmination of a serious amount of hard work by volunteers who give their time and energy to make life in Fenelon worth celebrating at this annual event. I’d like to recognize and applaud this awesome group of individuals: Tim Wisener, Anna Radey, Brandy Watson, and Shannon Bain, for their tireless efforts at making this year’s CLS the very best one yet. Be sure to stop by to check things out: April 27-29, free admission, amazing vendors and artisans, and great food made available thanks to On The Locks Restaurant.

After the CLS, Spring has to come. Right?

DD

 

Fenelon Marquee Restoration Underway

April 18, 2018

GOOD NEWS !!

Our committee is very happy to announce that restoration on the Fenelon Theatre Marquee has begun.  A few weekends ago the sign travelled from it’s storage place to it’s new location, where it will reside for the next few months while our craftsmen work to retrofit, restore and reinforce the Marquee.

That’s not all, there is been more good news !!  We also received notice that the Fenelon Theatre Marquee committee will benefit from an investment announced recently by the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC).

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Jennifer Bain, Programs Officer at KLCFDC announced that the Kawartha Lakes CFDC is pleased to provide financial support for the restoration of the Fenelon Theatre Marquee sign with an investment of $8000 under the Eastern Ontario Development Program.

The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) advances economic development in rural eastern Ontario. Through EODP, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is collaborating with Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario to promote the growth of new and existing businesses in rural communities.

Stay tuned to the Town Crier and the Fenelon Theatre Marquee facebook page for updates and photos, or come out and see us at the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show, and the Barn and Bunkie Spring Sale on April 26th to 28th at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre.

Photo Credit: Fenelon Theatre Marquee Committee

Photo Credit: Fenelon Theatre Marquee Committee

Country Living Show – April 27 to 29, Fenelon Falls

April 5, 2018

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Great news! The Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show has launched its new website, and all the details for this year’s event can be found at countrylivingshow.ca. This must mean that Spring will come, right?

This year, guests attending the Country Living Show will enjoy free admission all weekend, thanks to our generous sponsors.

Come check out our trade show, which is booked up and will be filled wall to wall with incredible vendors who want to help make your country life your best life.

In addition to the many vendors at the show, the Barn and Bunkie is also returning with its smashingly successful Hello Spring Sale featuring all kinds of artisan-style goods, so be sure to check them out and to pick up some items to make us all think of springtime.

While visiting the show this year, be sure to stop by the Artist’s Studios where you can view paintings and artworks of all kinds, made by local artists. Chat with the creators and pick out a piece that speaks to you!

Special thanks to On The Locks restaurant, who is the food and beverage partner for this year’s Country Living Show. They will be onsite to offer up food and refreshments to show-goers who need to re-fuel after walking the trade show floor with its specially designed traffic-flow focus for maximum efficiency.

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Enbridge at the Country Living Show

March 22, 2018

Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show announces Title Sponsor, Enbridge.

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The Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show is excited to announce Enbridge as the new title sponsor of the 34th annual Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show from April 27th to 29th. With Enbridge’s financial support we are excited to be able to offer a bigger, better show than has ever been seen before.

Enbridge have been proudly serving Ontarian’s  for more than 160 years. They currently deliver safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to two millions homes and businesses across Ontario. They have a strong commitment to making communities better places to live.  They actively support many community partners, such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way and Forests Ontario. In total, Enbridge has participated in more than 20,000 community events since 1987. We are honoured that they are supporting the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show.

We are excited to reveal more details in the weeks to come. Our goal this year is to provide a new interactive experience with a fresh focus on our community and the arts. We’ll be showcasing some amazing local businesses that cover every facet of country living and beyond — connect with friendly local service providers, make a plan for stunning new renovations,  enjoy talented artists and artisans, and more. Like last year, the show will hosted at the Fenelon Falls Arena & Community Centre, located at 27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls, Ontario, K0M 1N0.

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For more information about becoming a sponsor for the show, please contact the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce at info@fenelonfallschamber.com or by calling (705) 887-3409.

Know Your Power – April 16th Information Event

March 22, 2018

Join the Coboconk, Norland & Area, Haliburton Highlands, Lindsay and District, and Fenelon Falls District Chambers of Commerce for an event on Monday April 16th to learn about energy cost saving programs and incentives available to Ontario businesses. The event will bring together representatives from your local distribution company, natural gas distributor and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), along with businesses and community leaders from the region, to share information about available energy saving programs and how to enroll. You will also have the opportunity to network with other local job creators who are interested in giving their businesses a competitive edge through energy efficiencies and retrofits, and hear success stories from those who have already benefited.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has partnered with the Ministry of Energy to lead an education campaign to improve awareness of energy conservation and cost saving programs available in Ontario. The Know Your Power initiative is a one-stop shop for information on energy saving programs and opportunities to improve your energy efficiency that will help businesses identify measures to help reduce electricity bills and conserve energy.

Event Details

Date: Monday April 16th, 2018
Registration and Networking: 5:45pm
Program: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Technical Workshop: 7:00pm-8:00pm (Optional)
Location: Coboconk Lions Club,
9 Grandy Road, Coboconk, ON, K0M 1K0 (map)

Register Here!

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Apply Now for Downtown Dreams Contest! Open to March 23

March 8, 2018

Downtown Dreams is a business attraction program designed to attract new or existing businesses to open, expand or move into the downtowns of Coboconk or Norland, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay and Omemee.

Registration will be open to March 23, 2018.

Register for Downtown Dreams online

As part of the registration, applicants are asked to answer the following questions:

1. Describe your business idea.

2. What transferable skills or experience do you have related to this business idea?

3. Who is your ideal client and provide basic market research?

4. What are your estimated startup costs? Do you have an investment for the business or will you be sourcing funding options? If so, how much of an investment is available or how will you achieve this?

Each business must open within the study area in each community no later than October 1, 2018. You can view the study area for each community online.

Applicants are invited to share their business idea through their registration. The Advisory Panel will choose the top 5 applicants for each community to continue in the contest. The top 5 must participate in five mandatory workshops, submit a business plan and present to an advisory panel who will choose a winner for each community.

Each winner will be presented with a prize package to facilitate the opening or expansion of their new business.

Rules & Regulations | contact: Leisha Newton at 705-324-9411 extension 1366 or lnewton@kawarthalakes.ca

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Spring is in the Air – Attention Gardeners!

March 7, 2018

Spring is in the air – the sap is running and the cardinals are singing!

Spring also means the start of the horticultural season. The year is shaping up to be fun, informative and exciting. Bookmarks highlighting the 2018 program of meetings are available at the Chamber, the Library and The Book Lady.

The first meeting of the year is on Monday, March 26. Judy Seymour will lead a step by step workshop to make a spring centrepiece. Even non-crafters will be able to produce an attractive arrangement. Please bring $5.00 for materials and wire cutters if you have them.

On April 23 Vikki Whitney from Griffin’s Greenhouses will talk about container gardening for spring and summer. Vikki is a delightful speaker and she will be putting together a planter as well.

The popular plant sale is on Saturday morning May 26 at The Salvation Army Citadel, 42 Bond St. There will be lots of top quality plants from local gardens.

The topic at the meeting on May 28 is landscape design using a natural, ecological and sustainable approach. Helen Batten is an award – winning landscape architect from Basterfield Associates in Peterborough.

As well as these monthly meetings, the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society plants and maintains many of the gardens in town. In recent years many of the gardens have been redesigned and spruced up. This year watch for lots of activity on the slope beside the canal into Sturgeon lake with the hedge saying “Fenelon Falls”. Volunteers most welcome. Please contact Laurie Jones 705-887-5300 to help.

No gardening experience required to come out and enjoy the monthly meetings. So, come along to the Seniors Club at 58 Murray Street at 7pm for an interesting and friendly evening.

Everyone is welcome and membership is only $20 for the year.

Kathy Armstrong

President, Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society

Here is a list of the meetings of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society:

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Local Market News by Brian Rump – Fenelon’s Population Growth

February 22, 2018

Brought to you by the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce 

This is the second article in our local market series.

 

FFDCC Logo JPEG copyAs we continue discussing the business market in Fenelon Falls, we will look at some of the demographic characteristics of the trade area. Last time, we discussed the total population in the trade area was about 14,500. Over the next several issues, we will dig deeper and deeper into some of the characteristics of this group, and discuss how it could influence your business, or your plans to develop a new business.

 

Throughout the market analysis study, the Fenelon Falls trade area is compared to the City of Kawartha Lakes, and also to the province of Ontario. This comparison allows us to see what is similar to other areas, and what is truly unique. The potential impact on business is that caution needs to be exercised when choosing what business models to replicate in Fenelon Falls.

 

When we look at the total population in Fenelon Falls and consider population growth, the rate of population change over 2015 to 2018 is anticipated to be 1.2% in Fenelon Falls, compared to 1.3% in City of Kawartha Lakes, and 1.4% in Ontario. Over 2018 to 2020, this is 1.1% Fenelon Falls, and 1.3% for City of Kawartha Lakes and Ontario. We can also compare this to the number of households, and their growth. Over 2015 to 2018 households will grow 5.1% in Fenelon Falls, 5.4% in City of Kawartha Lakes, and 5.3% in Ontario. Over 2018-2020 this will be 3.2% Fenelon Falls and 3.4% City of Kawartha Lakes and Ontario.

 

There are a few interesting points here. One is that the population growth is growing slower than the households. This means we are creating more houses than people. This would again support the argument that this is a retirement community. It is also interesting to note that Fenelon Falls is not growing at the same rate as City of Kawartha Lakes or Ontario.

 

So what does this mean for business?

 

If your business model is depending on population growth, then you should expect to see slower growth versus similar businesses in other parts of Ontario. We will see less people in every house, so our population density will not be growing. If you own a retail store, you will be more likely to see one or two people getting out of their vehicle than a whole family tumbling out of a minivan.

 

So now that we have discussed the characteristics of population and growth in Fenelon Falls, how does this impact your current business strategy? Will you make any enhancements? If you are planning to start a business, does this change anything? As always, please let us know what you think, so we can continue to discuss business in Fenelon Falls.

 

Fenelon’s Trade Area – Read Brian’s first article here: http://www.fenelonfalls.info/fenelon-trade-area/

About the Author

Brian Rump is a Director on the Board of Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce, and has been involved with several community groups and initiatives focusing on economic development in Fenelon Falls. Professionally, Brian has worked with several local businesses, primarily in obtaining funding through bank loans and government grants. Brian can be reached via email at brian@yougroup.ca.

 

Downtown Dreams Contest Launches March 2nd

February 22, 2018

Dreaming about opening a business downtown, or expanding your existing downtown Fenelon business? Check out this announcement from Leisha Newton with the City of Kawartha Lakes to see if the Downtown Dreams program and contest could help you make your business dreams come true.

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from Leisha Newton:

Downtown Dreams is a business and growth program designed to attract new or existing businesses to open, expand or move into the downtowns of Coboconk or Norland, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay and Omemee. Plans for the program will focus on business attraction, marketing and business training and development.

We will be launching the Downtown Dreams business attraction contest on March 2, 2018, and a website is being developed with more information over the coming weeks. The registration will open online on March 2, 2018, and we are hosting a public launch of the program in the Victoria Room at 8am on March 2, 2018. 

 

Applicants will be invited to share their business idea, participate in mandatory workshops, submit a business plan and present to an advisory panel who will choose a winner for each community. Each winner will be presented with a prize package to facilitate the opening or expansion of their new business. There will not be a cash prize included in the prize package, however there will be products & services included to assist with a business.

Training will be provided throughout the four communities, and I will visit the communities throughout the registration and mentoring process.

More details will always be posted on the project website, once it is live.

Please let me know if you need any other information.

Thank you,

Leisha Newton

Economic Development Officer – Downtown

City of Kawartha Lakes

705-324-9411 ext 1366

www.kawarthalakes.calnewton@kawarthalakes.ca

 

Kennel opens its doors in Fenelon Falls

February 7, 2018

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Dionna and Patrick Wylde love dogs.

So after hearing from many that there is a need in the district for another kennel, they decided to turn their love of the four-legged friend into a business venture.

They opened the doors to “Jurassic Bark Kennels”—located on 28 forested acres on the outskirts of Fenelon Falls—this January.

“It’s something we have thought about for quite a while,” said Dionna.

They got started on constructing the building to house their canine guests two years ago, but did plenty of research prior to that.

“We wanted to do it right,” she stressed, saying they visited a number of kennels nearby to get an idea of their facilities and how they operated.

JurassicBark_TownCrierImage2The 700 square foot building has 7 sleeping areas, each with their own individual outdoor runs accessible by a custom made doggy door that can be opened without entering the pen.

“Sometimes dogs are not friendly with anyone except their owner, or it just takes them a while to adjust,” noted Wylde.

“Sometimes they are frightened so we wanted to set it up so no one gets hurt,” she explained, adding she can simply use the pulley mechanism to raise the door while staying outside the pen.

“Jurassic Bark Kennels” also boasts a small reception area, a food prep area and a full service grooming salon.

There is a fully fenced common area at the side of the building which serves as a play area for the dogs and a multi-acre fenced paddock for longer romps. This summer they plan on constructing a doggy jungle gym complete with ramps, houses and a small pool for their guests to cool off.

“We’re really looking forward to having the play area for the dogs,” she noted.

The couple also has trails where they will take dogs for nature walks—for an added fee.

“They really like the trails,” Wylde remarked.

They already have had a few guests, and have enjoyed getting to know the few dogs that have been there to date. But they really are hoping the pens will start to fill up.

“We hadn’t been really promoting it too much yet because we wanted to make sure everything was ready and we needed approval from the City. Now that is done and we have our licence. We are very excited to open our doors,” Dionna explained.

The kennel offers daycare as well as boarding – both short term and long term. Fees for the kennel will be very comparable to others in the area. Guests are accepted by appointment only.

“Jurassic Bark Kennels” is located at 18 Fell’s Point Road, just off of Northline Road.

Heading north out of Fenelon on Hwy. 121, turn left onto Northline Road, then left again onto Fell’s Point Road. The driveway will be the first one on your right.

For more information, or to book your stay or your furry friend’s “spaw” day, call 705-887-6597 or 705-340-2925, or email info@jurassicbark.ca. You can also visit their Facebook page – “Jurassic Bark Kennels” and view photos and news.

 

2018 Country Living Show – Vendor Package Released

January 25, 2018

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What makes living in Kawartha Lakes so special? Country Living!

The Kawartha Country Living Show returns April 27-29 at the Community Centre, and the vendor package was released today – see below for links. Mark your calendars and start thinking about how to make your vendor booth stand out!

The venue for our show will continue to be the Fenelon Falls Arena & Community Centre, located at 27 Veteran’s Way in Fenelon Falls and the show times are as follows:

Friday, April 27              4 pm to 8 pm

Saturday, April 28          10 am to 6 pm

Sunday, April 29            10 am to 3 pm

With special thanks to our Sponsors, and based on the positive feedback and success of last year’s show, we are delighted to report FREE ADMISSION will be back this year! The Barn and Bunkie Spring Sale will be back in 2018, helping to make this year’s show a “can’t miss” event in the Kawartha Lakes this spring. Our attendance number in 2017 was over 2,500 – a 25% increase from the previous year; and we are working hard to continue to see this number increase.

 

Vendors are asked to remit their registration form, along with payment, by March 15th to guarantee a booth. We will do our best to accommodate booth requests, striving to make the show floor fresh and exciting for our dedicated, returning patrons. Final booth assignments will be forwarded to vendors by April 12th.

 

If you have any questions please contact Shannon Bain, Chamber Manager, at 705-887-3409 or by email at info@fenelonfallschamber.com.

 

We look forward to seeing you in April!

 

vendor package available at www.fenelonfallscountrylivingshow.com

Welcome Home, Anna Radey

January 25, 2018

Anna Radey may have grown up attending school in Toronto, but her family has had deep roots in Fenelon Falls for many generations. In fact, Anna’s recent choice to relocate to Fenelon permanently has made her the 5th generation in her family to live in Kawartha Lakes.

Anna’s Grandfather ran the original Canadian Tire in Fenelon Falls, and her dad Terry was a well-respected and longstanding businessman in the community. Raised in Lindsay, Terry started the iconic ice cream shop Slices n’ Scoops 22 years ago and Anna has been running the shop every summer season since 2007.

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Anna’s mom Sandy hails from Indianapolis and worked as a real estate agent for 25 years. While growing up in Toronto, Terry and Sandy demonstrated for Anna the importance of giving back to the community and fostering positive working relationships with the residents and businesses that surround you.

It is clear that Anna still carries those lessons today, as you can see the many ways she has already started to get involved with the community of Fenelon Falls: as the new Events Director on the board for the Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce, Anna will be helping us enjoy classic Fenelon events like Midnight Madness and may even bring an exciting new event to town this summer. Anna’s expertise in planning this year’s Country Living Show is also greatly appreciated.

Anna has embraced winter in Fenelon by taking up curling with a team of ragtag misfits who are really enjoying learning the sport and enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the curling club on Tuesday nights even more. Be sure to stop in for a slice and/or scoop this summer and say hi to Anna!

Greetings from Dana, New Editor of the Town Crier

January 10, 2018

Meet your new editor, Dana Deathe

Greetings and Salutations!

the book ladyYou may have met me in town before, and you may know that I am the new owner of The Book Lady in Fenelon. You may know that I spent my whole life cottaging here, and that I moved here from Calgary last spring. It’s safe to say that I think Fenelon Falls is a pretty special place.

You may not know, though, that my family has a long history in this area; my great-grandfather was a minister here, and he built the cottage that I grew up enjoying. On the other side of my family, my grandparents spent their summers on Sturgeon Lake where my mother grew up before she and my dad committed, perhaps equally, to each other and to the shores of Cameron Lake.

I am so excited to be a part of this community and when I arrived I immediately started looking for ways to get involved. I’m thrilled to be the Communications Director on the board of the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, and now I have the pleasure of communicating directly with you via this fantastic newsletter.

If you’d ever like to chat with me about anything (especially books, I love talking about books!) please do drop by the bookstore one day soon.

 

Until next time!

Dana Deathe

Editor-in-Chief

Snowshoe Kawartha Event in Fenelon Sat. Feb. 3rd

January 10, 2018

This year on February 3rd Snowshoe Kawartha returns to bring fun cold-weather events to the 2nd annual Winter Festival. The 5k and 10k snowshoe races open the Snowshoe Canada Ontario Cup Series for this season, and Fenelon is proud to host this event that brings in winter visitors. This year there will be a world record attempt for the most kids in a 500-metre snowshoe race, so tell all kids 15 and under to grab a pair of snowshoes and join us in making history!

In addition to the snowshoe races, the Winter Festival will again be hosting ice fishing demonstrations, a historic tour through the village, and this year will introduce two new events with Fat Tire Biking and the hot new winter sport trend, Crokicurl: a combination of crokinole and curling.

Beat the winter blues with Snowshoe Kawartha’s 2nd annual Winter Festival! To learn more about these events and to register for the snowshoe races, visit www.snowshoekawartha.com.

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Local Market News by Brian Rump – Fenelon’s Trade Area

January 10, 2018

Brought to you by the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce 

FFDCC Logo JPEG copyOver the past several years, members of the Fenelon Falls community have been involved in multiple economic development initiatives working to strengthen businesses, and the whole community as an excellent place to live. Initiatives have included the creation and development of Fenelon Forward, a Business Retention and Expansion Project, and most recently, the Downtown Revitalization program. Community members have partnered with City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development, and have benefited from provincial funding through Rural Economic Development and Federal funding through the Eastern Ontario Development Program. These initiatives have engaged dozens of volunteers, and resulted in several successful projects (The Town Crier being but one example).

As part of the Downtown Revitalization project, a Market Analysis of Fenelon Falls was conducted. The full report is available through City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development (you can find it here), and contains 55 pages of detailed information about Fenelon Falls.

This year, we would like to bring to you some of the highlights of this report, especially those that pertain to business. If you already have a business in Fenelon Falls, how can you use this information to grow? If you’d like to have a business in Fenelon Falls, how can this information help you with your business plan?

We will cover topics such as our trade area, the daytime population, income distribution, consumer habits, business mix and identified gaps. We will provide some perspective of the data, maybe challenge it, and hopefully spark some discussion about how it can be used to grow and strengthen the community. We would love you hear your feedback, get questions, or ideas for future topics of discussion (see below for contact information).

So without further ado, here is our first of the series…

 

Fenelon Falls’ Trade Area

Who shops in Fenelon Falls?

Fenelon Trade AreaAs part of the Fenelon Falls market analysis, a survey was conducted to define the trade area for the downtown retail and services businesses. A trade area is defined as the geographic area in which the majority (in this case 75%) of existing and potential customers reside. The survey results were analyzed using Geographic Information Systems.

The trade area includes Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, the entire north shore of Sturgeon Lake, all of Cameron Lake, the whole east side of Balsam Lake, over to Glenarm, and down to the north of Lindsay. This is a wide area that includes much more than Fenelon Falls. The area is 461 square kilometers, with a population of approximately 14,500

So why does this matter?

When thinking of the Village of Fenelon Falls, the population is often quoted as 1,800 permanent residents. We know this swells during the summer months, and we know that there is some impact from the surrounding area, but this analysis uses data from 75% of customers of existing businesses to show that Fenelon Falls draws customers from a wider area, with a population of about 14,500.

As you build your business plan, there are implications to structuring your business to serve 1800 residents, with a seasonal swell versus 14,500 residents with a seasonal swell.

Another implication is marketing and advertising. Do you only target the Village of Fenelon Falls? Or do you include the residents of the wider area? Bobcaygeon is clearly within the trade area, so how do you engage them?

What about Lindsay? Residents there are just outside of the trade area, but includes a larger population density that could be targeted more easily than, for example, the GTA.

What about tourism? We often tout City of Kawartha Lakes as a tourism destination, but if 75% of customers come from the Fenelon Falls Trade area, how many of the other 25% come from further afield? Does your marketing budget reflect this?

If your business was faced with a choice between increasing your sales 10% from customers within the trade area, or increasing your sales 10% from customers outside your trade area, which would you choose?

So now that we understand where 75% of Fenelon Falls customers reside, the next step will be learning more about them, and their behaviours, so we can better adapt our business plans to reflect the market. Watch for this in future editions of the Town Crier.

About the Author

Brian Rump is a Director on the Board of Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce, and has been involved with several community groups and initiatives focusing on economic development in Fenelon Falls. Professionally, Brian has worked with several local businesses, primarily in obtaining funding through bank loans and government grants. Brian can be reached via email at brian@yougroup.ca.

 

Fenelon Forward Meeting – January 24th Community Consultation

January 10, 2018

Community Consultation on Fenelon Improvement Activities 2018

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So many improvements and activities proposed for Fenelon in 2018!

Fenelon Forward is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, January 24 at 7pm at the Seniors Centre, 58 Murray Street.

Next steps for downtown revitalization will be presented by Lynne Manning and Brent Simpson. They will open discussion of several activities needing community participation. If you want to see a more vibrant downtown, please consider volunteering for this initiative.

Chris Appleton, Chair of the Fenelon group working with Trent-Severn Waterway will report on the current status of their developing relationship with Parks Canada. This working group is a collaboration between Friends of Lock 34, The Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, the Horticultural Society, Powerlinks and Fenelon Forward. They are working with Parks Canada to enhance the community’s use and enjoyment, and economic opportunities of the federal lands at the centre of our village.

 

Other topics will include:

  • Timing of natural gas coming to Fenelon Falls
  • City of Kawartha Lakes work plans for upgrades, maintenance and improvements
  • Next steps in the planning for a second crossing or a by-pass for Fenelon
  • The upcoming Snowshoe Competition
  • Secondary Plans and the up-coming OMB hearings

Fenelon Forward is where the Fenelon area community gathers to raise and discuss local issues and discover together what can be done about them, primarily through persistent attention, volunteer action and coordination with the City of Kawartha Lakes and other authorities operating in our village.

Fenelon Falls has a lot going for it in 2018. Find out more. The 24th is a time to learn and to share. We are working together to make Fenelon even better. See you there!

Helpful Tips from Santa’s Elves!

November 22, 2017

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On Saturday, November 25, 2017, Santa Day will effectively take over our village, to the delight of all! We’ve been consulting with Santa’s Elves and here are a few tips and tricks to make your visit to Fenelon Falls on Santa Day the best it can be.

Santa Day Headquarters – Video Image, 10 Colborne St.
(near the woodcarver by Stokes on Trent)
www.santaday.ca

Cartoon by Laurie Rockman, Kawartha Lakes; www.mugshotscards.com

Video Image on Colborne Street will house the main hub of Santa Day organization, along with the Lost and Found. It is great relief to know there is one spot to go to if you have any questions, need any assistance, or if you have misplaced that incredible scarf that you were positive you just had!

Parking is not an issue if you plan ahead. Take note of the signs posted about the village before you leave your car, especially the No Parking signs and times posted on the light poles on the main street. There are public parking lots behind Colborne St. north of the locks, on either side, just behind the stores on the street, accessible from Colborne and Francis Streets. There is also the old arena by the Curling Club that is available, as well as the parking lots by the beach and Garnet Graham Park.

Road closures are planned as usual. The city’s new website made it easy to find the notice…Water St. will be closed from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm for the daytime activities and Lindsay St. – Colborne St. will be closed from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm for the parade. The Parade route runs through the heart of the village. Cars will be cleared from the Lindsay/Colborne corridor starting around 4 PM and the road will not reopen until the parade and fireworks finish. If you are needing to make a quick exit after the fireworks, be sure to park on the same side of the locks as your destination.

SANTA IS COMING!!! Santa will be receiving visitors at Stewart Morrison Insurance office on Colborne St. Santa needs to get ready for the parade so be sure line up to get your photo with Santa before 3:30 pm.

Use this information as your activity guide or pick up a printed brochure at the first place you spot one! For young families, Pharmasave has a Family Friendly Station for your needs. There is also an actual Town Crier, live and in person, who will be announcing festive fun all day long. Be sure to say hi!

The Parade commences at 5:00pm SHARP! Scope out your place along the route and get ready for the dazzling lights of the Nighttime Parade. During the parade the clowns with the flashing lights will gladly accept your kind donations. Watch for the Fireworks at 6:00pm at the locks!

This incredible, popular, amazing, awesome day is TOTALLY FREE FOR ALL thanks to Santa Day volunteers and supporters, along with the business community of Fenelon Falls and the surrounding areas. Santa Day is a time to celebrate and practice the art of giving, sharing, joy and comfort. Let’s celebrate together in each and every smile passed from one person to another.

Happy Santa Day to one and all!!
 


Amazing Photo Credit: Karen Suggitt of Baddow Road Photography

 

 

Quarterly Update from the Chamber (Nov. 2017)

October 26, 2017

Fall Season in Full Swing, AGM, Why not join the Chamber?

We’ve had a busy summer and fall at the Tourism Centre & Chamber Office. Thank you to all the local residents and businesses who welcome our visitors to Fenelon Falls. We receive a lot of very positive feedback on our Jewel of the Kawarthas! It is a community effort to keep the jewel sparkling and every effort counts immensely.

A few points to consider as we all gear up for a busy Santa Day season:

– Many Thanks to Rylea, our incredible Administrative Assistant for a great job.
– The Chamber is excited to see the Downtown Revitalization plan in action. Watch for updates on our activities and those of the other committees involved in making Downtown Revitalization a reality.
FFDCC Open House 2017 - SBW- The Chamber is working with the City of Kawartha Lakes on a series of Digital Marketing Training Programs which will run Monday evenings for 5 weeks starting November 6th. Email Shannon at the office for more information (info@fenelonfallschamber.com) or if you are a Chamber member – watch your email inbox for further updates.
– We are excited to work on a Tool kit for new business in conjunction with Economic Development. Stay tuned for more…
– Special Events did a GREAT job with their events this year. Thank You to our amazing committee of volunteers!
– Santa Day planning is coming together for a terrific FREE day in Fenelon Falls. Join us on this very special day; November 25, 2017.
– Shop local – small business is big business! We had a wonderful Small Business Week (Oct 16-21). Thanks to everyone who came out and attended our Open House on October 18th.
– We continue to focus on our relationship with the Trent Severn Waterway, along with other community groups, to help focus on our community needs at the locks.

– 2018 Membership drive time! Are you ready to join the Chamber? We’d love the opportunity to help you grow your business. Contact Shannon at the office (info@fenelonfallschamber.com) or our Membership Director, Shawn Wray (shawn.wray@affinitygroup.ca) or click here for the application or click here for Reasons Why to Join the Chamber! As always, thank you to our existing membership – we look forward to renewing our relationship and seeing you at the AGM coming up in November…

All members are welcome to attend our Annual General Meeting, to be held on November 29th at That Place On Cameron.

Many thanks to all for making Fenelon Falls such a GREAT place to live, work and play!

All the best,

Brent Simpson, Chamber President

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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

how our community communicates

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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Edition 1 Header, The Fenelon Falls Town Crier

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

www.fenelonfallscountrylivingshow.com

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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.