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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 lnewton@kawarthalakes.ca. Dream big, dream downtown Fenelon Falls!

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Snowshoe Running Gaining Speed in Fenelon Falls

February 7, 2018

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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

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

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

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

Friday, April 27              4 pm to 8 pm

Saturday, April 28          10 am to 6 pm

Sunday, April 29            10 am to 3 pm

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

 

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

 

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

 

We look forward to seeing you in April!

 

vendor package available at www.fenelonfallscountrylivingshow.com

Welcome Home, Anna Radey

January 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Greetings from Dana, New Editor of the Town Crier

January 10, 2018

Meet your new editor, Dana Deathe

Greetings and Salutations!

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

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

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

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

 

Until next time!

Dana Deathe

Editor-in-Chief

Snowshoe Kawartha Event in Fenelon Sat. Feb. 3rd

January 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

January 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fenelon Falls’ Trade Area

Who shops in Fenelon Falls?

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

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

So why does this matter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author

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

 

Dance with the Fenelon Falls Skating Club this Winter

January 10, 2018
What is there to do for the Youth of Fenelon Falls if they don’t play hockey, figure skate, ski or snowboard? Not much. But the Fenelon Falls Skating Club wants to change that.
The Fenelon Falls Skating Club will be hosting youth Dances at the Fenelon Falls Legion once a month for children in Fenelon Falls and surrounding area in Grades 4-8.
The price of admission is $10.00
From 7-10pm
These event will take place on the last Friday of  the month with January being an exception due to a scheduling conflict and will take place on Jan 19th.
This is a chaperoned event and our local radio personality, Paul Wilson  from CKL Radio, has agreed to DJ these events to help out the Fenelon Falls Skating Club. This is a great way for our Youth to get out of the house, put their electronics away and have a good time.
These dances will also help the Fenelon Falls Skating Club cover increasing ice fees.
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Fenelon Forward Meeting – January 24th Community Consultation

January 10, 2018

Community Consultation on Fenelon Improvement Activities 2018

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So many improvements and activities proposed for Fenelon in 2018!

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

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

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

 

Other topics will include:

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

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

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

Films by the Falls – January Movie

January 10, 2018

FENELON FALLS, ON – On July 27, 1890, a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot. LOVING VINCENT tells that story. Films by the Falls and the Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit are very pleased to feature this film on Tuesday January 30th, 2018 at our monthly screening held at Fenelon Falls Secondary School.

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Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film. Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, produced by BreakThru Films and Trademark Films.

The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill- fated life, and mysterious death.

No other artist has attracted more legends than Vincent van Gogh. Variously labelled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a layabout, the real Vincent is at once revealed in his letters, and obscured by myth and time. Vincent himself said in his last letter: ‘We cannot speak other than by our paintings’. We take him at his word and let the paintings tell the real story of Vincent van Gogh.

Loving Vincent was first shot as a live action film with actors, and then hand-painted over frame- by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint. Loving Vincent stars famous faces to match the famous paintings they portray: Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jerome Flynn, Saorise Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, John Sessions, Aidan Turner, Helen McCrory, and introducing theatre actor Robert Gulaczyk in his first film role as Vincent van Gogh.

Tickets for ‘Loving Vincent” will be available at the door or in advance at Sweet Bottoms Coffee House (starting January 23rd) 19 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls at $10 per ticket. Doors open at 6:45 PM with the feature presentation beginning at 7:30 PM. Fenelon Falls Secondary School is located at 66 Lindsay St. Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

About Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit & TIFF Film Circuit:
Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit was formed in 2013 by a group of volunteers living in the Fenelon Falls area who want to share their passion for movies by bringing local residents the opportunity to experience the world through film. Films by the Falls, a KLFC film series located in Fenelon Falls, Ontario screens movies on the last Tuesday of each month from September to May (excluding December).
Founded in 1989, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Film Circuit is a successful outreach programme, bringing the best of Canadian and international films and artists to communities across the country.

Helpful Tips from Santa’s Elves!

November 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Santa Day to one and all!!
 


Amazing Photo Credit: Karen Suggitt of Baddow Road Photography

 

 

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.

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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.
(Us too!)

“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/

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