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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?



It Takes A Village…

April 19, 2018

Janet Klees’ inspiring stories of developing support for families with someone having an intellectual disability demonstrated the crucial importance of community participation. Jon, for example, is a young man who loves to shred paper and now has several regular paying customers giving him the means to pursue his love of travel.  Tiffany’s watercolours hang in a city hall and she is an active member of a local artists guild.

Janet Klees 

These are just two of many examples Janet gave of people whose lives are not being defined by their disabilities because communities care and created possibilities.  She has found “identifying common interests that people have and supporting how to actively share them can establish lasting rewarding experiences”.


The core means of achieving these results has been family support groups that realize together they have “immense capacity” to make things happen.


Following Janet’s presentation, it was decided to start a family support group in Fenelon Falls.


ABLE meeting: If you are a family member, friend or caregiver of someone with intellectual disabilities, you are invited to join our newly formed family/community-driven support network, ABLE (Access to Better Living Experiences), and to attend our upcoming meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 7 pm, St. James Anglican Church, 7 Bond Street E, Fenelon Falls ON. The meeting will be an opportunity to get to know each other, and discuss principles by which to ensure our family member can live life fully as a cherished citizen of our community.

Fenelon Marquee Restoration Underway

April 18, 2018


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).



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

Easter Eggstravaganza: A Sweet Execution

April 5, 2018

The Easter Eggstravaganza last weekend was a huge hit, seeing kids of all ages come out participate in the hunt.

The day began at Easter Bunny Headquarters, aka Slices n’ Scoops, where kids were treated to festive cookie decorating and a craft – making a bunny nose and whiskers mask. From there, they were each given a map of stores to visit in order to search for eggs inside, and they descended on the town in a mad frenzy for chocolate!

Back at Slices n’ Scoops, after returning their egg hunting map in for candy, kids could pet and hold real bunnies, who I’m sure enjoyed the Easter Eggstravaganza experience.

It was a great day in town and it was great to see lots of smiling faces behind those bunny whiskers. Special thanks to the Events Committee for their awesome volunteer efforts at making this event happen for the businesses and kids in town, and thanks to Anna Radey of Slices n’ Scoops for taking the lead. See you next year!



Country Living Show – April 27 to 29, Fenelon Falls

April 5, 2018


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 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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Public Speak-Off at the Legion

March 22, 2018

Written by Major Roy Randell

The Annual Royal Canadian Legion Public Speaking contest was held on Sunday, March 4th at Branch 238 in Fenelon Falls. There was much excitement as about 85 people came out to hear the young speakers. There were two schools represented in Langton Public School and Fenelon Township School in Cameron.

IMG-2055We had 8 participants and the subjects were very interesting and presented very well.

Legion President Arlene Coleman Legion and Legion Youth Education Rep. Major Roy Randell welcomed everyone to the event and mentioned the participants were all winners in getting so far.  It was great that teachers and parents encouraged the youth and attended the event.

First place in the Grades 4-6 category went to Lyla Verlint-Slykhuis of Langton Public School who spoke on Dog Behaviour. First place in the Grades 7-9 category was Aiden Marr of Fenelon Township School who spoke on How Trees Communicate. Both students go on to the Zone level competition at the Royal Canadian Legion in Coboconk on March 25th. We wish them every success!

A delicious lunch was provided for one and all as the judges deliberated and the names were being printed onto certificates. The Legion kitchen was staffed by Marlene Haines –Hampton, Val Elliot, and Pat Vader, who together provided the refreshments.

The Judges for the event were Rob Jardine, Joan Whyte Elliot, and Major Charlene Randell. The Scrutineers  were Ian Coleman and Johanna Sutton Roy. Time Keepers: Fern Bellwood and Jim Tesoriere. Room Set-up, Take down and Runner: John Mangan. Registration: Arlene Coleman.

Certificates: Jackie Walter. Special Consultants: Arlene Coleman, Jackie Walter, Paul Leduc.

Special thanks to all teachers, parents, and students. See you next year.


“Runnin’ Rhonda” named Ambassador for Canal Pursuit for Mental Health

March 22, 2018

The Canal Pursuit for Mental Health is a 750 kilometer run along the Trent Severn and Rideau Canals in Ontario to raise awareness and funds for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. This year marks the 4th annual Canal Pursuit for Mental Health run, and local resident Rhonda Ingram-Empey has been named an Ambassador for the run and its mission.


Photo from Rhonda Ingram-Empey’s Facebook

Rhonda is a force of positive energy, and this is evident in her Facebook feed which is full of encouraging words to her friends and followers. “Running is my own personal journey,” says Rhonda, “in the last 8 years running has changed my whole life: mentally, physically, and spiritually.” Rhonda hopes to encourage others to push themselves to live a healthier lifestyle and use exercise to combat mood disorders, like depression and anxiety.

Rhonda first heard of this epic run and fundraiser when she met Clay Williams, the organizer and runner “a few years ago, at different races, and he was just such a quiet and humble gentleman. I had heard of his organization, the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health, and I first followed Clay on his 750 km run 2 years ago and caught up with him when he stopped in Fenelon Falls. This year, he is splitting up the runs, and reaching out to local runners to have them plan something in their communities.”

Rhonda hopes to get lots of people, not just runners, involved in the event. The portion of the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health that runs through Fenelon Falls, led by Rhonda, will be here on Monday, August 21st. If you would like to get involved with fundraising and running for this great cause, visit the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health Facebook page here.

Bruno, Julie, and Miss Kawartha

March 22, 2018

Written by Dana Deathe

As previously published in the Town Crier, award-winning landscape designers and artists Bruno Cantieni and Julie Moore have recently moved to Fenelon Falls. They just took part in Canada Blooms 2018, a gardening and landscape exhibition in Toronto where they created a feature garden, “Midnight in Paris,” which displayed Bruno’s sculpture inspired by the area called “Miss Kawartha.” Here is a follow-up interview with Bruno and Julie.

Town Crier: How did the Canada Blooms 2018 festival go?

Julie and Bruno: Canada Blooms 2018 was beautiful and  extremely well received this year. The 1200 sq.ft.  show garden Midnight in Paris by our design firm, Modern Landscape Designers, did not go unnoticed. Partner and Lead Designer Julie Moore won the “Tony Di Giovanni Award – Judges Choice Garden of the Year 2018” in addition to the “S.G. Ulbright Award – Outstanding Medium Size Garden. These are two most prestigious award so we were all delighted.


Miss Kawartha at Canada Blooms. Photo: Julie Moore

TC: How was Midnight in Paris received by guests?

J&B: When people stepped into the garden you could tell they felt “la joie de vivre’’ while walking the French allée of the garden Midnight in Paris expressing joy and curiosity. Over the 10 days of the show we witnessed the power of our design because couples would make time to sit around the water feature while the movie soundtrack was playing in the background, and they would start kissing like you’d see in the streets of Paris in the spring! Others would romantically start dancing. Then, the magic décor in the greenhouse styled by Robbin Burrows (owner of Gilstorf & Gray in Bobcaygeon) inspired and transported all visitors to the 1920s. Another prime element of our success was using Techo-Bloc hard-scape products because of its special tones and textures which provided a warm contemporary look.

TC: What impact did your statue, Miss Kawartha, have on the feature garden space?

J&B: Miss Kawartha was extremely well-received as she was a gorgeous focal point of the garden. She attracted the attention of children and adults and she was the most photographed feature of the Midnight in Paris garden. The funny part is that  people would pose like Miss Kawartha while having their picture taken with this new bronze celebrity! She did a marvelous job promoting the Kawartha region and the Victoria County Studio Tour. The success was so grand that the artist [Bruno Cantieni] is already working on relatives of Miss Kawartha like he is creatively sculpting Miss Verulam and drawing her sister Miss Sturgeon! I am sure Mrs Fenelon Falls is not far behind.

TC: Hah! I love it, you will have a whole family. How did Miss Kawartha fare as a conversation-starter for people who are connected to the area?

J&B: Our team was delighted to see how many people from our spectacular region took the time to visit us at Canada Blooms in downtown Toronto and expressed their enthusiasm about Miss Kawartha. Kawartha Lakes people love nature and art and so do we! The magnitude of the project was impressive and Miss Kawartha was the queen!


Julie Moore at Canada Blooms. Photo: Bruno Cantieni

TC: You said previously that you chose to move to Fenelon Falls in order to live in a place where you can both focus on your creative pursuits. Has that choice been effective in letting you focus in on creative projects?

J&B: A big YES! The air is pure here and the sky is blue like no other place on the planet. The people have a sense of community that touched our hearts since the beginning last September. Nature is a very healing and powerful inspiration that stimulates creativity. We are very excited about the new landscape season coming up and we hope to create fabulous contemporary landscape designs in our region.

TC: What are some of the biggest differences between being an artist in a big city vs in a more rural, smaller town?

J&B: For us a rural environment is healthier from a nature perspective. In our small town people are more authentic and are more supportive of their artistic community. This fraternity is precious for artists because we are sensitive beings. Here we feel safe, happy and so inspired.

TC: Do you have any upcoming local projects planned? What will you guys be working on next?

J&B: This week we are recuperating from this wonderful journey and as per next week we are planning to rebuild our Midnight in Paris world class garden on our property this spring. Braeside Estate – Gardens & Sculptures will then be opened a couple times per year to the public every year. The big opening will be the weekend of Sept 29-30 and Oct. 6-7 2018 during the Victoria County Studio Tour!

TC: Fantastic! Thanks so much for talking to the Town Crier.

Author Activist to Help Launch Family Support Group

March 22, 2018

submitted by Fenelon Forward and ABLE (Access to Better Living Experiences)

Parents of children with intellectual or other significant disabilities need to provide an exceptional level of ongoing support not only during childhood but also throughout adulthood. Will he or she be able to live safely and happily anywhere but in your home? And what will support look like as you age yourself?

Janet Klees is an internationally known author and speaker who has worked with families in Durham Region for 30 years. She believes there are creative solutions for families, when housing is seen as a community issue, and when busy families share ideas and experiences about their family member’s unique needs, interests and aspirations.

At the invitation of Fenelon Forward and a new local initiative called ABLE, Ms Klees will share her insights in Fenelon Falls, at St. James Anglican Church, April 4, 7 p.m., giving participants an opportunity to consider new possibilities with the support of others in similar situations.

“Some people might think that if we’re bringing families together, the most reasonable thing that would come out of that would be 5 or 6 families joining together and building something where everyone would live together,” says Ms Klees. “But that doesn’t necessarily meet the needs of either the people looking for housing or the community.”

In nearby Durham, families come together on a regular basis to share their experiences and find solutions among themselves or from what might be happening elsewhere. “What are we hearing about innovative or good ways that people are securing housing every day? What are some ideas that people have around the patterns of support where their sons and daughters would live well? And what do we know is happening on the social housing front in the broader community?” Such discussions have put several families well on the road to solutions tailored to their family’s needs and resources.

Anyone supporting family members or friends with disabilities is encouraged to come and hear Janet Klees, and join this important discussion. For more information, call 705-887-9755.

“Building vibrant and diverse communities,” adds Ms Klees, “can only happen when the folks that we’re supporting become a part of the community because of their gifts and what they have to contribute, not because of their disability.”

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Downtown Dreams Contest – Extended until April 6, 2018

March 22, 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 has been extended to April 6, 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


Enbridge at the Country Living Show

March 22, 2018

Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show announces Title Sponsor, Enbridge.

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 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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Little Free Library opens in Fenelon

March 22, 2018

Written by Helen Robinson

The first Little Free Library in Fenelon Falls is now officially open for business!

IMG_6971The Fenelon Falls Little Free Library was constructed as part of a Rotary District 7010 project to promote reading to all members of our community. Professional photographer Karen Suggitt of Baddow Road Photography and her pictures are featured on the walls of the Little Free Library.

Little Free Libraries is a non-profit organization originally established in Wisconsin in 2009.  This past year, District 7010 Rotary International (of which Fenelon Falls is a member) focused their attention on Little Free Libraries in our District.  They were inspired by community gift-sharing networks, “TAKE A BOOK, LEAVE A BOOK” collections in coffee shops and public spaces.

Access to the library is available when the Community Centre is open.  The Community Centre seemed an appropriate site for placement as there are a variety of groups that use the community Centre for a range of activities. We hope that the Little Free Library will have books for all reading tastes.

Your Little Free Library can be found in the Lobby of The Fenelon Falls Community Centre (adjacent to the door leading to the Rotary Room).

Award-Winning Landscape Designers Move to Fenelon Falls

March 8, 2018

Written by Dana Deathe


A sneak peek of Midnight in Paris, featuring Miss Kawartha – Photo by Rpbin Burrows.

In 2016, landscape designers Bruno Cantieni and Julie Moore won the Canada Blooms award for “Outstanding Use of Innovative Elements in a Garden.” In 2017 Bruno and Julie relocated, choosing to settle permanently in Fenelon Falls “in order to enjoy a more nurturing, peaceful and creative environment in support of our artistic goals.”

Bruno and Julie are returning to Canada Blooms this year to present a new feature garden called “Midnight in Paris,” which promises to showcase their Kawartha-influenced creativity: the garden features a striking sculpture that Bruno has created, named “Miss Kawartha.”

Julie and Bruno are the partners behind the landscape design firm Modern Landscape Designers and you can read more about their feature garden as well as their other works here on Julie’s website. Julie says that Midnight in Paris is inspired by “the movie Midnight in Paris which evokes a life of romantic imagination coupled with an appreciation for landscape artistry.” The feature garden will also incorporate an “innovative greenhouse styling” and custom stonework.

As for Miss Kawartha, Bruno says that he was influenced by sculptor Auguste Rodin, whose most famous piece of work is The Thinker. The sculpture, carved from an expanded polystyrene foam block, is a showpiece in the Midnight in Paris feature garden.

Gardening enthusiasts who are making the trip to Canada Blooms this year are encouraged to stop by and see Julie and Bruno, and of course Miss Kawartha. Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with the award-winning landscape design duo in a future edition of the Town Crier.



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


Christine Buchanan: Local Hero

March 7, 2018

Written by Geoff Coleman

The Canadian Red Cross recognizes November as CPR awareness month, and on November 6, Fenelon Falls resident, Christine Buchanan took that designation to heart. Or, more specifically, to John Morrow’s heart.

At his home, and experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath, the 79-year old Morrow phoned his wife Linda, asking her to leave work and drive him to the hospital. By the time she made the 5-minute ride to their house, he had suffered a heart attack and collapsed at the end of their driveway. Like most of us, Linda and others present were not trained in emergency first aid. A neighbour on the scene had started chest compressions with the help of 911 operator, but Morrow was not responding.

By all accounts, John was dead when Christine Buchanan drove past the scene seconds later. Having had training in CPR, and seeing the severity of the situation, she parked on the shoulder and took over the resuscitation efforts.
“He was not breathing, I couldn’t find a pulse, and his skin was purple,” recalls Buchanan. However, after a few minutes of chest compressions, he drew a breath. He was not able to keep breathing but encouraged by that one breath, Ms. Buchanan continued administering CPR and minutes later he was taking shallow and laboured breaths.


John Morrow and Christine Buchanan

At that time the ambulance pulled up, and paramedics applied a defibrillator while Buchanan continued the chest compressions. In moments Morrow had vital signs and was breathing on his own when he was loaded into the ambulance.

John’s wife, Linda likes to call Ms. Buchanan his guardian angel, and without her efforts, the situation would have been very different. At the very least, even if paramedics had revived him when they arrived, there would certainly have been damage to Morrow’s brain.

Ms. Buchanan first received training through her employer about ten years ago and was recertified in each of the ensuing seven years. She followed that up on her own dime three years ago with CPR/AED and First Aid courses. Prior to this event, she had never put her training to work, but she credits the comprehensive nature of the courses she took for allowing her to act decisively and effectively.

“CPR training teaches you to react, so that’s what I did. I saw a small group of people at the end of the driveway as I approached the scene and that just looked odd. Then I saw someone’s feet…not standing. So that really caught my eye”, explained Ms. Buchanan with a wry laugh. “When I saw his skin tone I knew that something was really wrong. I asked if they needed my help, and the years of training just came to the surface.”

Events like this underscore the value of CPR training specifically and first aid training in general. If, like Linda Morrow, this incident inspires you to take a CPR course, there are a number running in this area.

Red Cross is advertising a CPR/AED (automated external defibrillation) course on April 7 and April 26, and St. John’s Ambulance offers CPR-A with AED on March 24, April 10 and 14, and May 5 and 15. CPR-A teaches CPR techniques to be used on adult casualties and is suited to workplaces/household that don’t include children. All courses are held in Lindsay. For more information visit the St. John’s Ambulance site for Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes.

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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The Kawartha Small Business Podcast

March 7, 2018

Press Release from Brian Rump


There’s a new podcast in town! Brought to you by financial powerhouse You Group, Inc. and Greg Evans Professional Corporation, The Kawartha Small Business Podcast is for listeners who are curious about all things business and want to know what issues affect rural entrepreneurs in our own backyard.

Hosted by You Group’s President and Principal Consultant, Brian Rump, the Podcast series takes an interview approach, telling the stories of local businesses, and reading the pulse of small business in Canada. Check out new audio content from The Bobcaygeon Brewing Company, Dana The Book Lady, and CrossFit Lindsay!

We’re looking for feedback! 

Is there a topic you’d like to hear on the podcast?
Is there a business you’d like to hear about?
Would you like to be on the Podcast?

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts or wherever fine podcasts are found.

Facebook and Twitter: @kawarthabizpod
Listen to the latest episode featuring Mike Perry on YouTube.

2018 Spring Plant A Row Grow A Row Program

March 5, 2018

Plant A Row Grow A Row brochures will be available at all City of Kawartha Lakes Libraries.
For more information please contact Kawartha Lakes Food Source at 705 324-0707.

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Restoration Has Begun on Historic Fenelon Marquee

February 22, 2018

We are so very happy to announce that restoration has begun on the sign. So, we are officially “Under Re-Construction”! Thank you to George Lawrence and Brian Patterson for managing this stage of our project. We will bring you updates as the guys start tunnamed (1)o make progress.

The Fenelon Theatre Marquee Group has been working hard to raise funds. Soliciting donations and applying for grants so that we can restore the Marquee and are just about at the halfway mark to our goal. If you haven’t donated yet but want to, click here to print out the donation form and mail it, along with your cheque to the Maryboro Lodge (Fenelon Theatre Marquee), P.O. Box 179, 50 Oak Street, Fenelon Falls, ON K0M 1N0. Every little bit helps us bring back the lights!!

The committee popped up at the Barn & Bunkie sale last December. It was a blast networking, raising funds and collecting donations, and remembering good times at the Fenelon Theatre. We have raised over $5000 in past few months – thanks to Grr8 Finds Market, Randy Meredith, Norm Howard, Pineridge Landscaping, The Rotary Club, and a very special Memorial to John Livingstone.

If you feel like you missed out, please stop into Grr8 Finds Market on Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls to pick up your limited edition t-shirts, sweaters, and other swag.

Stay tuned for announcements about our next pop-up shops (hint : watch for us at the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show, at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre on Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2018.

-The Fenelon Theatre Marquee Group

Calling all Quilters

February 22, 2018
Stained Glass Quilt by the Wee Little Quilt Shoppe. Take a class with them to make this quilt design.

Stained Glass Quilt by the Wee Little Quilt Shoppe. Take a class with them to make this quilt design.

Quilting and sewing enthusiasts are probably already aware that the Lil’ Wee Quilt Shoppe has moved from their previous location on Francis Street to the corner of Colborne Street, in the iconic spot that was Stokes on Trent. Owner Vivienne Samis has been in business with the quilt shop for two years, and she is excited to take advantage of the high visibility offered by the new Colborne Street location, just north of the falls.

The Lil’ Wee Quilt Shoppe offers a full range of quilting and sewing supplies, including: flannel, batiks, 100% cotton, notions, and specialty rulers. They also offer sewing machine repairs, so don’t give up on that project when your machine starts acting up; just bring it on in to the Lil’ Wee Quilt Shoppe.

In addition to the sewing and quilting supplies for sale, they also offer “both computerized and custom” long arm quilting services, as well as a DIY rental of the long arm machine in-house for the “more adventurous quilter.” The staff at the Lil’ Wee Quilt Shoppe can help make the quilt you’ve been dreaming of making your bed with.

For new quilters, they also offer classes to help you build your quilting skills. They are currently offering a class on making a “Stained Glass” quilt on March 10th this year, and have their full class schedule available on their website at and on their Facebook page.

Start planning your next quilting project, or pick up the quilt you’ve been neglecting to finish and let the folks at the Lil’ Wee Quilt Shoppe help you in their new location!


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:

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


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.

Downtown Dreaming on a Winter's day

Downtown Dreaming on a Winter’s day

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


Dreaming of a Downtown Business?

February 8, 2018

If you or someone you know has an entrepreneurial spirit, you may want to enter the Downtown Dreams contest that the City of Kawartha Lakes is running this spring. The contest is a result of funding committed to the City of Kawartha Lakes from the Rural Economic Development (RED) program and administered by OMAFRA, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.

The purpose of this funding, and the Downtown Dreams contest, is to encourage growth and boost economic development in the four Downtown Revitalization communities of Fenelon Falls, Coboconk/Norland, Lindsay, and Omemee. Our local businesses help to drive tourism to our area, and are a huge part of what makes Fenelon Falls such a memorable place to visit.

The contest details will be announced soon. If you have an idea for a new business you’ve been dreaming about launching in Fenelon’s downtown, or you have an existing business you are ready to expand, contact Leisha Newman, Economic Development Officer -Downtown, 705-324-9411 ext. 1366 or by email Dream big, dream downtown Fenelon Falls!


Snowshoe Running Gaining Speed in Fenelon Falls

February 7, 2018


Snowshoe Kawartha’s Winter Festival this year was a huge success, with a world record set for most kids participating in a snowshoe race and significant growth over last year’s event, which is great news for Fenelon; in fact, at the last Fenelon Forward meeting Wayne Jolly, the chair for Snowshoe Kawartha, announced that the Winter Festival will be hosting the provincial championships for snowshoe running in 2019.

With our close proximity to a frozen-solid Cameron Lake and all of the snow we have been getting this winter, snowshoe running is quickly becoming a hot new fitness trend for winter in our area. If you are a seasonal runner, consider snowshoe running as a winter alternative, and if you are more of a casual snowshoer then upping your intensity could burn calories faster than walking at the same pace.

Snowshoeing is also a super-effective exercise. According to this article, snowshoeing “provides a cardio workout while also building strength, agility, balance and endurance,” and you also get the benefits of being outdoors enjoying nature. What a great way to chase the winter blues away!

The Winter Festival on February 3rd brought snowshoe racers of all ages from near and far, with participants running either 5k or 10k routes on beginning on Cameron Lake, winding up to the quarry and back. The kids who set the world record ran a 500m route on the lake to set the record and help put Fenelon on the map for snowshoe racing.

In addition to snowshoe racing, the Winter Festival offered other winter activities like ice fishing, fat tire biking, and crokicurl (a combination of curling and crokinole on the ice!) as well as a historic tour through the village hosted by Bev Jeeves of the Maryboro Lodge. Check out these great photos of the event to see people embracing winter and all it has to offer, and come out for next year’s snowshoe races and Winter Festival.


2018 Country Living Show – Vendor Package Released

January 25, 2018

2018 KLCLS - Final Logo


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


We look forward to seeing you in April!


vendor package available at

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.


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


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

Snowshoe Kawartha - Poster 2018