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Helpful Tips from Santa’s Elves!

November 22, 2017

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how best to enjoy your Santa Day

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

 

 

ONE DAY, ONE FOCUS – ENDING POLIO

November 8, 2017

The Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world, while urging community support to end the paralyzing disease 

Event among thousands to be held by Rotary across the globe on World Polio Day – 24 Oct.

 

Fenelon Falls Ontario Canada – Rotary members in Fenelon Falls are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

 

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1 along with the Government of Canada.  Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.

 

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.

 

The Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls and its partner clubs in District #7010 are holding End Polio Now walks in their communities.  Did you see the red ponchos?

 

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Remembrance Activities in Fenelon Falls (Nov. 2017)

October 25, 2017

Soon poppies will blossom on the chests of the residents of Fenelon Falls as they honour and remember Veterans who served and are serving Canada, the true north strong and free.

The annual poppy campaign will be held October 27th and 28th. Legion members will be visible throughout the village collecting donations and distributing poppies.

The 17th annual Candlelight Tribute takes place Friday November 10. We meet at the locks at 7:00 pm and march off at 7:30pm. Our goal is to have 1,000 candles flickering in silent tribute to veterans. In this year of celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, we also marked the 100th anniversary of the Battles of Passchendale, The Somme, Beaumont Hamel and Vimy Ridge and the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. Thousands of Canadians were killed or wounded in these battles and their service and sacrifice deserves our respect, honour and remembrance.

We are determined to meet our goal in this special year and ask for your help by sponsoring candles in the name of a veteran, the unknown soldier or with a personal message of remembrance.. Candles are $6.00 each and may be obtained at the Legion, at Sobeys October 27th and 28th and November 2nd and 3rd or by contacting Arlene Colman at 705-454-1849.

Proceeds from these two events are placed in trust to be used for the care and benevolent support of Veterans and their dependents.  We assist by providing quality of life accessories such as mobility devices, dentures, eye glasses, hearing aids, etc.

The Remembrance Day Parade and Service takes place Saturday, November 11th at 11:00am at the Cenotaph.

We thank you for your past generosity and current support.

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Council directs $10,000 donation to Fenelon Falls splash pad (Nov. 2017)

October 25, 2017

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KAWARTHA LAKES – Council has directed  the voluntary $10,000 donation to the City of Kawartha Lakes from Evergreen Power Limited to the community funding component of the Fenelon Falls splash pad project.

In June 2017, Evergreen Power Limited made a deputation to Council to request a resolution of support for the proposed Small FIT Solar Project at 390 Northline Road. At the same time, the company noted a voluntary $10,000 donation to Council to use at its discretion.

The Fenelon Falls splash pad project is being constructed as a community led project. The Fenelon Falls Rotary Club is managing the project, which includes a total cost of $236,000. The City contributed $7500 to the project through tax support from the 50/50 Capital Partnership Fund. Allocating this voluntary donation will help to meet the projects’s funding requirements without possible reliance on additional tax-support funding if fundraising targets are not reached.

“This is a worthy community project that is accessible to all residents of Kawartha Lakes. I’m pleased that we can supplement the community fundraising efforts by allocating the donation from Evergreen Power Limited,” commented Mayor Letham.

 

Fenelon Falls PROBUS Club Huge Success (Nov. 2017)

October 25, 2017

 

On Monday, Oct 16th, the new Mixed PROBUS Club of Fenelon Falls held its Founding Meeting. Those wishing to register started arriving at 9:00 a.m.—a full half-hour ahead of the posted 9:30 a.m. start. They kept coming and coming. In order to allow time to process everyone, there was a delay of 15 minutes in starting the Official Meeting. Bob Pennock, President said “the response exceeds our most optimistic projections, indicating the strong need for a social club such as PROBUS.” At final count, the paid membership was 227. Pennock said “unfortunately, due to the capacity of the Seniors Hall, we have had to cut off any further membership, and have started a waiting list.” Positive results came from the initial six Social Activities already in the planning stages, and guest-speakers have been arranged for the next few meetings.

The formation of every new Club requires sponsorship of an active one. Mr. Bob Doran, from the Lindsay Men’s PROBUS Club welcomed everyone and presented the Official Charter.

Anyone wanting to register for the waiting list should contact Bob Pennock at705-887-2147.

For further information Contact Bob Pennock 705 887 2147 or Emailrobert.pennock@sympatico.ca

High School Drama at Fenelon Museum (Nov. 2017)

October 25, 2017

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Maryboro Lodge is proud to present Fenelon Falls: A Walk Through Time a play written and directed by the Fenelon Falls Secondary School senior Drama class on November 6th, Monday at 12 noon.

 

The show, Fenelon Falls: A Walk Through Time, showcases the rich and interesting history of Fenelon Falls, and the invigorating characters which once lived there. The play will incorporate the majority of the rooms in the Maryboro Lodge museum, in order to truly bring the history to life.

 

Fenelon Falls and its surrounding area have plenty of history to share, and the Fenelon Falls Secondary School’s senior Drama class will be showcasing it with this walk through performance. Guests will be escorted through the museum and will see a variety of characters and scenes specific to our local history.

 

The senior Drama class has developed the show in collaboration with the museum’s staff and local historians.  Students have been learning about our local history through regular museum visits, and research in the community. This play will appeal to all ages and everyone is welcome to attend. There is no admission fee, however a donation to the museum is appreciated.

 

The museum will be open November 6th from 12 to 2 p.m.for play and all are welcomed.

www.maryboro.ca

 

Food Bank Thanks Supporters (Nov. 2017)

October 25, 2017

Salvation Army program a success

The salvation army food bank is pleased to have received food from the gardens of The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and the Langton Public School Green Team. Also a number of Gardeners have blessed us with their excess produce.

Participants of the Food Bank have enjoyed the fresh produce throughout the summer and we appreciate the generosity and hard work put into the gardening and harvesting by many volunteers and home gardeners. Thank you.

This Thanksgiving saw the continued support of Sobey’s and their Customers as their Food Bank Bin had to be emptied a number of times leading up to Thanksgiving.  Sobey’s Food Bank Bin runs year round and this support is greatly helpful to the Fenelon Falls Food Bank.

The Fenelon Falls Red Apple Store ran a food drive this fall and took in $1600 worth of food products. The Red Apple Store in Fenelon Falls placed first in their Food Drive success among their 13 stores in their district which includes places the size if Oshawa. Well done Red Apple Fenelon Falls and to all our generous peoples support for your Food Bank. This drive has become an annual event which the Fenelon Falls Food Bank greatly appreciates.

 

In the picture we have left to right: Major Roy Randell, Clay Craig (assistant manager)Brenda Struik(associate),Nancy Croft ( assistant manager), Theresa Holden (keyholder), Denis Auger (food bank manager).

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Soroptimist International of Kawartha Lakes Offers Cash Grant (Nov. 2017)

October 25, 2017

 to Women Seeking Financial Assistance for Educational or Training Expenses

Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training were invited to apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women.

The Kawartha Lakes club will provide a $1,500 cash grant to its award recipient, who will then advance to the Soroptimist Eastern Canada Region level, where recipients could receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards. The local club may also offer a $500 second place award.
Recipients can use the Live Your Dream Award (LYDA) to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This includes tuition, books, childcare, transportation or any other education-related expense.

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award provides over $2 million in cash grants to head-of-household women in need each year. Since the program’s inception in 1972, more than $30 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. Since it was founded in 2011, S.I. Kawartha Lakes has awarded $6,750 to 8 strong women committed to overcoming adversity and living their dream. A study conducted by a research and consulting organization confirmed the efficacy and impact of this program. It improves the recipients’ quality of life; builds their confidence; strengthens their self-determination and makes them want to, in turn, help others. Helping women in this way has the demonstrated effect of leading to stronger communities, nations and the world.

The Kawartha Lakes club is part of Soroptimist International, a global women’s volunteer organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Kawartha Lakes members join over 75,000 Soroptimists in 122 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls. The club relies on donations to support its programs and raises funds in the community through special events such as the annual Snowflake Gala. For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit www.sikawarthalakes.org or www.soroptimist.org or join us at our 6th Annual Snowflake Gala!

 

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Fenelon Falls Live! Planning Workshop Brimming with Energy (Oct. 2017)

September 26, 2017

by Alan Engelstad, Chair. Fenelon Falls Live!   705-887-7169

Fenelon Live LogoTwenty-one arts enthusiasts attended the Fenelon Falls Live! planning workshop last Saturday at Fenelon Falls United Church to answer the question: What kind of live performance events are you eager to bring to the Fenelon Falls area? Participants included local performers, a young theatre arts entrepreneur, events organizer, arts promoter, seasonal and full-time residents, local councillor Doug Elmslie and Debra Soule, Arts, Culture and Heritage Coordinator at the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The format was designed to ensure participants created the agenda themselves, according to their specific interests, by offering up their ideas for consideration. Once the ideas were presented, people signed up for those that most interested them and joined those discussions. Workshops included mounting events featuring big band orchestras, marching bands, a variety show, Celtic music, an emerging artists series, songwriters workshop, Shakespeare in the Park, a buskers festival and twice-annual family festival to celebrate the the locks. Of course, many of these ideas work together and there is plenty of room for collaboration.

There were also discussions about the need for supportive arts infrastructure, such as a portable sound stage, a more dedicated year-round performance venue, and a permanent outdoor performance venue. We also discussed some practical, collaborative ways to publicize events, especially to seasonal residents, more effectively.

Participants learned how an active arts scene helps create a thriving community. For example, one participant explained how a town in Florida, competing with places that had nicer beaches, decided to become a haven for musicians. People got behind a series of proposals to enhance music education and performance 30 years ago. That town has since quadrupled in size and is a magnet for musicians of all stripes. Another participant brought an article explaining how the arts are revitalizing small towns in Minnesota, and Doug Elmslie brought featured article in this month’s Municipal World that discussed the role of the performing arts in creating a sense of belonging. From this we considered how we could help a younger generation of aspiring musicians learn such things as performance technique, sound design and recording skills from the many experienced musicians in the area, some with long and storied careers: Garage Band festival, anyone?

Our challenge, as one participant put it, is to get to a place where visitors and townspeople alike can simply assume something interesting and engaging is happening every weekend in Fenelon Falls, especially during the summer. They’ve done it elsewhere. Why not here?

Want to learn more? Contact us at fenelonlive@gmail.com

Welcome Dr. Jacob (Oct. 2017)

September 26, 2017

AN ADDITIONAL NEW FAMILY DOCTOR FOR THE CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES

KLFamilyDocRCity of Kawartha Lakes, September 14, 2017: Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is pleased to announce that Dr. Alexandra Jacob will begin practicing with the Kawartha North Family Health Team (KNFHT) in Fenelon Falls starting October 16, 2017.

Dr. Jacob received her medical degree from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1989. After practicing in Quebec for a number of years, in 2012 she began to practice in the Ottawa area.

Dr. Jacob is the proud mother of three sons currently studying at the University of Ottawa and is excited to be moving to the City of Kawartha Lakes. “I am looking forward to this next phase of my life and hope to contribute to serving the medical needs of the community. My family is looking forward to visiting and enjoying the beautiful lakes and rivers of the City” states Dr. Jacob.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Dr. Jacob and Marina Hodson, Executive Director of the KNFHT, to facilitate this recruitment to our beautiful City,” states Cindy Snider, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for KLHCI.

Sheila-Mae Young, President of KLHCI, states that, “KLHCI would like to welcome Dr. Jacob to the City of Kawartha Lakes and wishes her many years of satisfaction, both personally and professionally, within the community.”

Nancy Newton, Chair of KNFHT also expresses her pleasure in welcoming Dr. Jacob. The KNFHT is looking forward to assisting her in settling into her new practice at their Fenelon Falls office.

Anyone wishing to register as a patient with Dr. Jacob should contact the KNFHT at 705- 887-3531, registration@knfht.ca, or visit the office at 50 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls. The Kawartha North Family Health Team’s service area includes Fenelon Falls, Argyle, Bobcaygeon, Burnt River, Coboconk, Glenarm, Rosedale, Kirkfield, Norland, Uphill and surrounding areas.

The Kawartha North Family Health is a community-led team including family doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, mental health workers, a diabetes consultant, phlebotomists and administrative staff providing primary health care to its patients. The health team provides care for patients of all ages, working collaboratively to keep patients healthy through prevention, maintenance and health promotion.

KLHCI is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mandate is to recruit and retain family doctors for the City of Kawartha Lakes. KLHCI is directed through the work of a volunteer Board of Directors that is actively engaged in attracting new Board members from the community. Should you wish to support our efforts of ongoing recruitment and retention of family doctors in this manner please contact Cindy Snider, Recruitment & Retention Coordinator at 705-328-6098 or csnider@rmh.org, or visit the KLHCI website at www.kawarthalakesdoctors.org.

Phantom To Play On United Church Organ (Oct. 2017)

September 26, 2017

Award Winning Concert Organist Ian Sadler brings Phantom of the Opera to Fenelon Falls United Church on Saturday, October 21st

Where else but at Fenelon Falls United Church could you listen to Juno award winning, world renowned Concert Organist Ian Sadler while watching the original “silent movie” version of Phantom of the Opera on large screen? With the quality of the organ, the great acoustics and not a bad seat in the place, you won’t want to miss this concert on Saturday, October 21st at Fenelon Falls United Church, 123 Colborne at Queen Street in Fenelon Falls.

Ian Sadler began his musical training as a boy chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK. He won awards and scholarships while pursuing his education, including degrees in musicology and education, with organ diplomas from Trinity College of Music and The Royal College of Organists. Before moving to Canada, his final engagement in the UK was to play the organ in the movie, Chariots of Fire.

Along with 8 solo organ CDs and over 35 choral CD recordings on current release, a Juno award and numerous performances at major venues like Roy Thomson Hall, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, St. James’ Cathedral, not to mention his involvement in launching of the organs at three major concert halls in Canada, Ian is Organist of St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto.  Alongside his duties at St. James’, Ian is Conductor of The Stratford Concert Choir, and Artistic Director and Conductor of The Cathedral Singers of Ontario, a choir which he founded in 1999.

Ian’s talents includes Silent Movie Accompaniments such as Hunchback of Notre Dame, The General, The Circus, Laurel & Hardy shorts, Charlie Chaplin shorts, Buster Keaton shorts and of course Phantom of the Opera which he will perform at Fenelon Falls United. An extra large screen will be brought in to view the original silent film of Phantom of the Opera, starring Lorne Chaney, and Mary Philbin, while Ian provides supportive narration and full organ accompaniment, “in costume”.

Doors open 6:45 PM and shortly after 7:00PM Ian will provide some Scott Joplin style music to set the stage prior to the 7:30PM performance of Phantom, so you will want to arrive in time to enjoy the pre-performance as well as the feature event.

Get your tickets for $20 adults or $10 for children 12 and under, at Sweet Bottoms Coffee on Colborne Street in Fenelon Falls or by calling the church office at 705.887.3040.

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Kawartha Farmfest Returns Sept 30th (2017)

September 26, 2017

Experience the 15th annual Kawartha Farmfest event on September 30

unnamedKAWARTHA LAKES— Local residents and visitors will have an opportunity to experience farm life and celebrate the annual harvest first-hand during the 15th Annual Kawartha Farmfest on Saturday, September 30.

Farmfest is a self-guided driving tour of local farms and agricultural attractions and provides an opportunity to learn about agriculture, try local food and participate in hands-on activities. Visitors can learn more about each site on the tour by visiting www.KawarthaFarmfest.com.

“Farmfest is a unique event for families and anyone interested in local food and learning about farming,” said Kelly Maloney, Agriculture Development Officer. “Many stops on the tour will have farm fresh food for sale and interactive activities for kids.”

Participants will see where their food comes from, meet the farmers and have a chance to interact with the animals including cows, pigs, horses, chickens and more. New this year, Dairyfest at Vosbrae Farm in Manilla will allow guests to see the equipment used in modern dairy farms and have a hands-on milking experience. Learn about pasture-raised pigs and turkeys at Three Forks Farm in Bobcaygeon.

Admission stickers will be available in advance at Kawartha Dairy stores in Lindsay and Bobcaygeon, at the City’s Municipal Service Centres, selected libraries or at any of the host sites on September 30 during the event. Kawartha Farmfest will run from 10am to 4pm.

Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children under the age of 14. Participants will receive an admission sticker and program passport with a detailed map.

Visit KawarthaFarmfest.com for more information or call Kawartha Lakes Economic Development at 705-324-9411 extension 1232.

 

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

Decoration Service, Vimy Tree Planted (2017)

September 26, 2017

At the recent Decoration service, The Royal Canadian Legion Fenelon Falls Branch 238 Colour Party carry the Colours. The Salvation Army Fenelon Falls Corps Band provided the music for the hymns and the Canadian and Royal Anthems.

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The service is for those who have passed during the past year and also Veterans who have died.

2nd Vice President Arlene Colman of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 238 Fenelon Falls, led the Decoration Service.

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During a ceremony at Fenelon Falls Cemetery The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 238 dedicated a Vimy Oak tree which is a decendant of the Oaks that grew at Vimy Ridge 100 yrs ago, during the historic Canadian victory in world war one.

In the picture is 2nd vice President Arlene Coleman and Chaplain Major Roy Randell.

 

Initial Fenelon Probus Club Sold Out (Sept. 2017)

September 26, 2017

On Sept 18th over 140 enthusiastic supporters of a new Mixed Probus Club attended a meeting at St James Anglican Church. Another 40 are interested which means the numbers are pushing 180 . This dictates that we will have to change the venue for the October meeting to the Fenelon Falls Seniors Centre in order to accommodate all that wish to attend. The meeting voted overwhelmingly to seek a Charter from Probus Canada and the Founding meeting has been scheduled for Monday Oct 16th with Registration starting at 9.30 am. Pennock said “This response supports our belief that there is a need in the community for an organization like Probus.” Anyone not yet registered should contact Bob Pennock by phone 705 887 2147 or E mail robert.pennock@sympatico.ca

Splash Pad Update (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017

delayed but still on its way to Fenelon

 

Playing In Water FountainThe Fenelon Falls Rotary Club is pleased to announce that the construction of the long awaited Splash Pad will commence on September 5, 2017. As a result of the work a portion of Garnet Graham Park will be closed.

“While we had initially hoped to have the Splash Pad up and operating by July 1, 2017, the weather and permit requirements pushed this date back”, explained Jim Sackston, Rotary Club Team Leader.

Sackston went on to say, that the original design fell short of the needs of approving agencies, therefore a redesign of the waste water handling system was necessitated.

The Rotary Club wants to thank all those who have donated funds, as well City of Kawartha Lakes, Parks and Recreation staff who have worked diligently on the project.

“In order to honour our funding partners requirements it is necessary that the Splash Pad be completed in 2017, and will be fully operational for the start of the 2018 Summer season”, the Team Leader stated.

“We are very excited and anxious to have this project completed”, Leader Sackston said.

FUND RAISING efforts continue as more funds are required as a result of the redesign.

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/

PROBUS Club Set to Start in Fenelon (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017

“GET CONNECTED – STAY CONNECTED”

The community of Fenelon Falls has overwhelmingly expressed interest in forming a PROBUS club. Organizer Robert Pennock has heard from close to 100 Fenelon Falls residents that they would be interesting in attending a monthly social gathering in Fenelon under the PROBUS banner. What is PROBUS? Retirement can come too early for many people who want and are able to remain active. Probus clubs are organizations for men and women who have retired from their profession or business and want to maintain a social network with others who have similar interests. Probus clubs were first formed, as an acronym for Pro(fessional) and Bus(iness), in the early 1920’s in Saskatchewan, CANADA, and in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Come to an information meeting on September 18th: The Probus Club of Lindsay has arranged a special meeting at the St. James Anglican Church on September 18th at 10AM to discuss forming the Probus Club of Fenelon Falls. Come out with your friends and hear about this great opportunity.

Contact Robert Pennock with any questions at robert.pennock@sympatico.ca / 705-887-2147

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Maryboro Lodge Fall Events (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017
Have you been to the museum lately? There is life in all that history! This summer was an active one for the team at Maryboro Lodge. Check out their facebook feed to review some of the awesome events that were held on the lawn outside the museum, in full view of beautiful Cameron Lake. Highlights include the afternoon teas, Fenelon Live open mics, and just last weekend a visit from Laurie Scott MPP.
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FALL EVENTS AT MARYBORO LODGE
We have a Monarch Butterfly Release this Sunday September 3 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  You can purchase a “tagged” Monarch or “Painted Lady”.  The Monarchs are $25 and the Painted Ladies are $20.  The Painted Ladies will stay close to the gardens of the museum and will lay their eggs for more  butterflies next year.  The Monarchs will start their journey south with the hopes of making it to Mexico; and then return to Texas to lay their eggs. Because they are tagged, people can get updates on their journeys through email from different stations.
Pre-register at Museum or on the day of September 3rd.
Doors Open are happening in Kawartha Lakes, and the museum is part of the tour September 9th and 10th.
Harvest Happenings on Thanksgiving weekend will be at the Museum this year.  We will be making “Scarecrows” and “Pumpkins”  Lots of Apple cider and good food available
A huge thanks to the residents and visitors, our student employees and Board and Partners of Fenelon Falls for the huge success this summer at the Fenelon Museum.  We are grateful to the Town Crier for all their help in advertising and letting
people know what is at the end of “Oak Street”.  We look forward to next year and an amazing summer.
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“3 clicks and you’re in” (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017

the goal for the new City of Kawartha Lakes website

KAWARTHA LAKES- The City of Kawartha Lakes unveiled a new website [August 1st] with the goal of three clicks of a mouse you get what you are looking for.

The project began last November with a $100,000 investment form The Kawartha Lakes CFDC under the Eastern Ontario Development Program’s Community Innovation stream.

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The new website has been completely redesigned with input from a variety of users. Cheri Davidson, Manager of Communications for the City says “It challenged us to lose some of our municipal jargon, we rewrote from scratch every word on our site.”

Every division within the city was involved and staff held nine consultations with external stakeholders.

The site is also fully accessible for people who may be vision or hearing impaired.

A press release from the city says:

THE CITY IS PROUD TO PRESENT A WEBSITE THAT IS FULLY ACCESSIBLE AND COMPLIANT WITH WCAG 2.0 LEVEL AA SPECIFICATIONS, THE HIGHEST STANDARD ON THE WEB. THE WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT TEAM, ALONGSIDE VENDOR ESOLUTIONS, WORKED DILIGENTLY THROUGHOUT THE DESIGN PROCESS TO ENSURE THE NEW PLATFORM WILL BE USER FRIENDLY FOR THOSE WITH VISUAL AND OTHER DISABILITIES.

Because of this, not all documents are available on the website yet but they say staff is working diligently to get the most important documents online and accessible. Davidson says “I am proud to say that this has been one of the leading roles of this website”

The site can be translated into 100 different languages and it allows residents to subscribe to receive any news or alerts on information you are interested in. Whether is be City news, Council news and meetings, road closures, waste schedules, emergency alerts and more it’s all available. There’s even a mobile application that consolidates all City information into one place. Users can choose to subscribe to a certain page to be updated when any changes are made.

Another nice new feature allows residents and community groups to submit their own events through the calendar feature of the new site, making it even easier for the entire community to stay up-to-date about upcoming activities.

With the state of City roads lately a new feature that’s expected to be popular is the “Reports” page. Here residents can report issues with potholes or roads or a number of other issues directly to the department involved. They will then receive a tracking number if they want to follow up.

Residents who where on hand for the reveal were impressed with the changes. “From what I see I like it. The response times seem to be a lot quicker.” Norm Price  remarked. “Remember we live in a municipality that has above average age. I’d like you to remember they are slow to learn and quick to criticize.” he joked. “So be prepared for an influx on the reporting page”

The Kawartha Lakes’ tourism website has also been revamped making planning a trip to Kawartha Lakes even easier according to the city. The new website showcases the many attractions that set Kawartha Lakes apart, such as its waterways, downtowns, festivals and cultural attractions.”We are very proud of this website. It helps us have a cohesive approach to how we are doing business and tourism in the City.” Rebecca Mustard, Manager of Economic Development for the City told Kawartha 411.

Both sites have a lot of eye candy on them. Images of lakes and community events are abundant in an attempt to showcase all the Kawartha’s has to offer.

To coincide with the launch of the new websites, e-mail addresses for Kawartha Lakes staff have changed from the previous format of firstinitiallastname@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca to firstinitiallastname@kawarthalakes.ca, making it easier for residents to contact the appropriate staff member according to City officials. The older format will forward to the new, ensuring that the transition is a smooth one.

The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) advances economic development in rural eastern Ontario. Through EODP, FedDev Ontario is collaborating with Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario and Community Futures Ontario East to promote the growth of new and existing businesses in rural communities. Chairman of the Board, Paul Reeds says “This really is the beginning. They spend so much money on the roads leading into the city, this is another road-an electronic road and it needs to look good too.”

City CAO Ron Taylor says it was easy to support these projects. ” I never expected anything but a great product at the end of the day because it was built by some really great people.”

Click here to access the new city website:http://www.kawarthalakes.ca/

Click here for the new tourism website:http://www.explorekawarthalakes.com/

Reposted with permission from www.kawartha411.ca Keep tabs on www.Kawartha411.ca for all the latest local news

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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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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.

Family Fun at The Fenelon Agricultural Fair (Summer 2017)

July 25, 2017

CorrieLeePhotography.caThe Fenelon Fair is set for another year of family fun. The annual event is planned for August 11th, 12th and 13th at the Fenelon Agricultural Fairgrounds next to the Fenelon Community Centre. This long-standing community tradition has brought smiles and memories to the people of Fenelon since 1888.

Come down and see the farm animals, tractor pulls, locally grown produce sale stands, vendors and much more. Watch for more information on weekend events as the date draws near.

This year the group is excited to announce a new Midway provider and they say it is FAMILY RUN FOR FAMILY FUN. You can buy your discount passes now!!! You can purchase as many advance 1 day coupon for the midway at $20. each, instead of $25 at the midway ticket box at Fair time. Ride for hours for one low price.

You turn your coupon in to the midway ticket box for a wristband, good for Saturday 10am to 5 pm. You can do the same again on Sunday with another coupon and ride from 11am to 5 pm. Get coupons for both days and double your fun.

These coupons are available at Sobeys, Alliance Agri-Tech and Barn and Bunkie.

If you would like to be part of the famers market or if you would like a vendor booth to sell merchandise, contact fair organizers at fenelonfair@gmail.com or call (705) 887-9403.

For more information visit www.fenelonfair.ca or click on a link below….

If you are a vendor and would like to get a copy of our contract you can download it here.

Are you looking for the homecraft book? Download it here.

Our Agricultural book is now available. You can download it here.

See you at the Fair!

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Trees To Remember Vimy By (August 2017)

July 25, 2017

FENELON FALLS LEGION PRESENTS THE VILLAGE WITH TWO VIMY RIDGE DESCENDANT SAPLINGS TO MARK THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF CANADA

Everyone knows the Battle of Vimy Ridge during WWI was one of the defining moments in Canada’s history. The battle raged for three days, April 9-12, 1917. Where allied troops struggled and failed, the Canadians overcame great odds and captured the ridge. For the first time all four Canadian divisions attacked together: men from all regions of Canada were present at the battle. Brigadier-General A.E. Ross declared after the war, “in those few minutes I witnessed the birth of a nation.”  The price of victory was heavy 3,598 Canadians were killed and another 7,000 wounded. Four Canadians were awarded the Victoria Cross and the entire Canadian contingent was commended for their bravery.

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Canadian machine gunners dig themselves into shell holes on Vimy Ridge,

France, April 1917

(courtesy Library and Archives Canada/PA-1017).

Prior to the battle the area was heavily forested with mighty oaks; after the battle nearly every tree had been destroyed. A Canadian soldier, Lieutenant Leslie Miller of Scarborough salvaged a handful of acorns from a dying oak tree and sent them home to be planted on his farm where they flourished. Today ten of these trees still stand and sapling descendants have been bred from them. Over 100 saplings are destined to be planted next to the Vimy Monument in France.

A limited number were made available and the Fenelon Falls Legion was fortunate in being approved to purchase two. They come with certification of their descendancy from Original Vimy Ridge Oaks acorns.

To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Canada, the Fenelon Falls Legion is gifting the Village with two descendant saplings to be planted at the Cenotaph and the Veterans’ area of the Fenelon Falls Cemetery. Branch President, Wes Arscott, says “we hope that these saplings will thrive and be a living memorial to all Veterans who made the true north strong and free”.

For more information on the Fenelon Falls Legion, click here.

 

Kawartha Lakes is the 7th Bee City in Canada (July 2017)

July 25, 2017

Bee CanadaKAWARTHA LAKES— In keeping with Council’s commitment to protect our environment, Kawartha Lakes has just been designated as the 7th Bee City in Canada. We are the third in Ontario, joining Toronto and Stratford.

Along with the designation comes the responsibility to encourage residents to support bees and other pollinators on both public and private land and foster environmental awareness around this issue. Heading up the initiative will be City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee (CKLEAC) consisting of community leaders, city staff and local experts to coordinate efforts.  We will celebrate our efforts annually during National Pollinator Week during the third week of June.

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A current initiative underway is the Fenelon Landfill Pollinator project. This pilot project, approved by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has been led by CKLEAC and involves Kawartha Lakes Waste Management and Fleming College. A pollinator-friendly seed mix will be planted on about 1.5 acres of a decommissioned cell in the Fenelon Landfill site. Weather permitting, the work should be completed by the end of summer. Fleming students helped design a protocol to monitor the effectiveness of the planting to attract bees and butterflies and will also participate in the monitoring. If successful this project will pave the way towards rehabilitating the landfill into a new pollinator habitat.

“We are thrilled to be named the next Bee City in Canada. We hope this will help raise awareness and education in our community about how we can each play a role in strengthening the bee population and supporting all pollinators. The next step is to gather together those who are interested in becoming involved,” commented Susan Blayney, a member of CKLEAC.

The conservation of pollinators is critical to the sustainability of Kawartha Lakes’ natural areas, urban gardens and small scale farms. Certain pollinator species have been determined to be in decline due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticide use and disease or parasites.  A diverse and resilient pollinator community is a key component of a sustainable city.

Anyone interested in learning more about Bee City initiatives is encouraged to contact CLKEAC through Richard Holy, Manager of Planning, at 705-324-9411 extension 1246.

A Walk Down Movie Lane (August 2017)

July 18, 2017

Fenelon records memories of theatre

FTM-Midnight Madness-shirtsWhat a night it was during Midnight Madness!  Setting up the marquee sign in town generated a tremendous amount of excitement and crowds. Conversations were had of great moments remembered from the Fenelon Theatre days….including lots of first dates and kisses! Many of those moments were captured in writing on our ‘memory boards’.  Be sure to check our Facebook page for posted pictures of these boards.

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Many thanks to all who stopped by our successful pop-up shop and purchased merchandise and/or gave donations to help support this fundraising campaign.

For those of you who may have missed us during Midnight Madness, you can also find the t-shirts and hoodies available for purchase at Grr8 Finds Market and The Fenelon Falls Museum, Maryboro Lodge.

Our new website is currently under construction. In the meantime keep tuned to Facebook for information on another pop-up shop coming soon!

‘With your donations, we can make this happen’

– Fenelon Theatre Marquee Group

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Help the Helpers Keep Beach Poo Free (Summer 2017)

June 27, 2017

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Maybe a little exaggerated,  but picking up fifteen or so pounds of goose droppings everyday is no easy task. Volunteers have reported sore backs from bending over to scoop, and injured wrists from holding onto large bags of droppings in one hand for so long.  It is a task that members from the ‘Take Back the Beach’ crew do not give up on though. “People are coming back to the beach now” a city staffer from the parks and rec division says, and that makes the group proud, but…

“The geese are winning” Gay Fletcher, the organiser of Take Back the Beach says, “So far this season we were able to keep up with the clean up, however, recently it has become overwhelming”.  In the past the team has focused on the beach area, but with the new splash pad, the other end of the beach will need to be a priority too, adding even more work for the small group of volunteers.

But, many hands make lighter work- and less (exaggerated) injuries!

If you enjoy a poo free beach and less beach closures, here is what you can do to help…

If you are walking by and see the geese, shoo them away.

If you are at the beach and see a volunteer picking up goose droppings, offer to help.

If you plan on spending some time at the beach, bring a small shovel and a plastic bag and dispose of any droppings you see.

If you have an hour a week you could commit to helping pick up the droppings please contact Gay Fletcher  at 705-887-3516 or brianandgay@hotmail.com

An information meeting for potential volunteers will be held at the beach gazebo (near the Museum) June 29th at 7pm.

We can all do our part to ensure that we can enjoy our beautiful beach and to keep Fenelon Falls ‘The Jewel of The Kawarthas’

By Julia Taylor

Funding Announced for New Horizons Program for Seniors (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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It has been announced that seniors in Fenelon Falls will receive financial support from the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The Fenelon Falls Senior Club is receiving $25,000 which will support three “Stay Strong, Live Long” workshops to be offered throughout the year. The workshops will be planned in conjunction with the Fenelon Falls Age Friendly Committee. The first of these workshops will held Thursday, June 1 in celebration of Seniors’ month – Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Wise is the theme of this workshop.

In addition to the workshops, the funding will support the purchase of a commercial dishwasher, a digital outside sign, portable staging and electronics. These purchases will enrich the activities and programs offered by the club.

“It’s imperative to recognize the valuable contribution seniors have made to our society,” said MP Jamie Schmale. “By supporting New Horizons for Seniors Program projects, we are acting to ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their communities.”

Quick Facts

The latest call for proposals was launched on May 10, 2017, and will be open until June 23, 2017. More information available here: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding/about/index.shtml

Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.

Through the previous 2016-2017 call for proposals, the Government of Canada provided approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects.

Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 19,700 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $417 million.

Based on Statistics Canada data from the 2016 census, there are now more seniors (5.9 million) than children (5.8 million). By 2061, they project 12 million seniors to 8 million children.

Kawartha Lakes Rural Transportation Summit (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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You are invited to this important event where local residents, stakeholders, businesses and community leaders will come together to help devise a concrete, new plan to move rural transportation forward in the City of Kawartha Lakes:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fenelon Falls Community Centre (27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls)

1.00-4.30pm

Confirmed guests include:

  • Todd Bryant, Manager, Fleet and Transit, City of Kawartha Lakes;
  • Muskoka Extended Transit;
  • Paul Pentikainen, Head of Planning, Innisfil, Ontario (UBER rural program: http://ubr.to/2rAaUyx); 
  • Brad Smith, Public Transportation Coordinator, Ride Norfolk (http://bit.ly/2rzBzMV);
  • Madeline Williams and Joel Willett, Fleming College (bike share, shuttle, bus passes); and
  • Ted Wilson, Vice-President of Student First Transit.

The goal of this summit is to gather expert advice and public input to develop a final, rural transportation plan to present to Council this fall…

*** Free of charge.  Transportation and child care available.  Accessible venue. ***

Please RSVP by 12 noon on Friday, June 16th, 2017.

Bring your input…and bring your data!

Sincerely,

Tina Jackson & Mike Perry,

Co-Chairs

For more information, please email – ruraltransportationsummit@gmail.com – (or call Mike at: 705-934-2704).

This event is hosted by the Rural Transportation Working Group of the City of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton County Poverty Reduction Roundtable, the City of Kawartha Lakes Transit Advisory Board and Community Care Kawartha Lakes.

            #KawarthaRuralTransportationSummit              #ConnectingKawarthaLakes

Spring and Summer Waste and Recycling Reminders (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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Upon the return of many seasonal residents, the City would like to remind everyone that clear bags are now required for curbside waste collection and at City landfill sites. As usual, recycling should be placed in open-mouthed bins for collection at the curb. Visit the Waste and Recycling section of www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca or pick up the 2017 Recycling and Waste Collection calendar at your nearest Municipal Service Centre for more information.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Leaf and Yard Collection

On Friday, June 2 and Friday, June 16, Spring leaf and yard waste will be picked up. If your regular collection day is Tuesday or Thursday, your leaf and yard waste will be collected Friday, June 2. If your regular collection day is Monday or Wednesday, your leaf and yard waste will be collected Friday, June 16.

Round-Up Events

Manvers – May 27 Rolling Hills Public School

Coboconk – June 10 Public Works Depot

Fenelon Falls – June 24 Fenelon Falls Community Centre

Bobcaygeon – July 8 Bobcaygeon Public School

Residents are invited to drop off:

  • household hazardous waste products
  • electronics
  • small appliances
  • batteries
  • CDs/DVDs
  • bulky/hard plastics

 

All plastic items must be under 1 cubic metre with all non-plastic parts removed. No pipes, liners, pool covers, dock barrels or vinyl siding. All events run from 8am to 12pm. All materials accepted free of charge.

Drop in the Bucket Paint-Reuse Program: From May 1 to October 15, you can pick up paint to bring home, or bring your leftover paint to the Fenelon Falls or Lindsay Ops landfills as part of the Drop in the Bucket Paint-Reuse program. This program makes usable paints and stains available to residents for free and keeps them from being disposed of unnecessarily.

Summer Landfill hours

The following hours will be in place from May 1 to October 15. 

All landfills are closed for Canada Day and the Lindsay/Ops landfill site is closed on holiday Mondays (Victoria Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day and Thanksgiving).

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Time For a Tick Talk (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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Health Unit Urges People to Avoid Blacklegged Ticks That May Spread the Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease -       

It’s not a simple walk in the park when spring is prime time for Lyme disease.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says it timely for a ‘tick talk’ to remind people to watch out for blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) that can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Blacklegged ticks live in forests, tall grasses and bushes, and thrive in wet environments. Blacklegged tick populations are known to live along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario, including the Brighton area which is in the Health Unit region.

“While there are known places where blacklegged ticks live, it is possible to encounter an infected blacklegged tick almost anywhere in Ontario,” says Richard Ovcharovich, Manager of Environmental Health with the HKPR District Health Unit. “That’s why we encourage people to avoid infected blacklegged ticks to reduce their risk of Lyme disease. Know the bug, know the bite, know what to do.”

Blacklegged ticks will settle on tall grasses and bushes until they can attach to a passing person or animal. Once attached, ticks will become engorged as they feed on the host’s blood. If the blacklegged tick is infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease, it can pass the disease onto a person – especially if it has fed for more than 24 hours. If someone has been bitten by a tick, it is important to properly and completely remove the tick as soon as possible. In these situations, the Health Unit also advises people to seek immediate medical attention. While Lyme disease is a serious illness, if detected early it can be successfully treated with antibiotics.

Avoiding blacklegged ticks is the best way to keep Lyme disease at bay, says Ovcharovich. “While the risk of an infected tick spreading the bacteria that causes Lyme disease to a person is relatively low, the threat is still there and it is best not to take any chances,” he adds.

To prevent tick bites, the Health Unit recommends the following:

  • Cover up. Clothing is an important layer of protection, especially if walking along trails or through tall grass. Be sure to wear light-coloured clothing to make ticks easier to spot and remove before they bite. Wear closed footwear and socks and, when possible, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck your pants into your socks, especially if you are walking in long grass.
  • Use insect repellent or bug spray containing DEET on clothes and exposed skin (follow manufacturer’s directions).
  • Check yourself for ticks. After being outdoors, get into the habit of checking your body for ticks. Pay special attention to the groin, scalp and armpits. A mirror can be useful to check the back of your body, or ask someone else to check it.
  • Promptly and properly remove a tick from your body to prevent infection. Using finely-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. Pull it straight out, gently but firmly. Thoroughly clean the bite site with rubbing alcohol and/or soap and water. If possible, place the tick into a screw-top bottle and take it to your health care provider or Health Unit. Testing can be done for surveillance purposes to determine if the ticks in this area are the type that can transmit Lyme disease.
  • Protect your pets. Dogs, cats and other pets can carry ticks that spread Lyme disease, putting you at potential exposure. Pet owners should put tick and flea collars on pets and from time-to-time check dogs and cats for the presence of ticks. Contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pet being exposed to ticks.
  • Maintain your property, especially if near a woodland area. Keep your grass mowed short, and trim bushes and tree branches to let in sunlight
  • Visit the Health Unit website (www.hkpr.on.ca) for Lyme prevention resources, including a new Time For a Tick Talk video.