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Town Crier Marks 100th Edition (July 2017)

July 25, 2017

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Dear readers,

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

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Edition 1 Header, The Fenelon Falls Town Crier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Family Fun at The Fenelon Agricultural Fair (Summer 2017)

July 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the Fair!

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Trees To Remember Vimy By (August 2017)

July 25, 2017

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

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

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

France, April 1917

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

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

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

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

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

 

A Walk Down Movie Lane (August 2017)

July 18, 2017

Fenelon records memories of theatre

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

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

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

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

‘With your donations, we can make this happen’

– Fenelon Theatre Marquee Group

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Help the Helpers Keep Beach Poo Free (Summer 2017)

June 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Julia Taylor

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

May 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts

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

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

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

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

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

Kawartha Lakes Rural Transportation Summit (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

1.00-4.30pm

Confirmed guests include:

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

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

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

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

Bring your input…and bring your data!

Sincerely,

Tina Jackson & Mike Perry,

Co-Chairs

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

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

            #KawarthaRuralTransportationSummit              #ConnectingKawarthaLakes

Spring and Summer Waste and Recycling Reminders (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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

Upcoming Events:

Spring Leaf and Yard Collection

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

Round-Up Events

Manvers – May 27 Rolling Hills Public School

Coboconk – June 10 Public Works Depot

Fenelon Falls – June 24 Fenelon Falls Community Centre

Bobcaygeon – July 8 Bobcaygeon Public School

Residents are invited to drop off:

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

 

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

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

Summer Landfill hours

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

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

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Time For a Tick Talk (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Safety is the Season – Garage Sale Dangers (May 2017)

May 2, 2017

- Buyers Beware, Sellers Take Care to Ensure Used Items at Garage Sales Don’t Pose a Hazard to Children -

Handle with care, whether you are organizing a garage sale or attending one to hunt for bargains.

GaragesaleUsed and out-of-date items – especially for children – can be dangerous, especially if they no longer meet current safety standards. In these situations, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit advises that unsafe items should never be sold at garage sales, but instead dismantled, destroyed or thrown out.

In particular, children’s products such as car seats, cribs, playpens, strollers, walkers, baby gates/barriers, sports equipment, bike helmets and toys should thoroughly be checked for potential hazards. If there are any doubts about the safety or durability of these items, it is best to throw them out. For children’s items like car seats, cribs and helmets, the Health Unit recommends buying ‘new,’ since these products will still be under warranty and meet current safety standards.

There is added reason to dispose of unsafe items before trying to sell them at a garage/yard sale. Anyone caught selling an item that fails to meet safety standards could be held responsible if someone is injured by it.

Quick Facts

  • The Canada Consumer Products Safety Act forbids the sale, distribution or giveaway of products – both new and used – that may pose a danger to people’s health or safety. In the case of selling unsafe items at a garage sale, a person could be held legally responsible.
  • While most childhood injuries are predictable and preventable, Parachute Canada notes that injuries remain the leading cause of death for children in Canada and a leading cause of hospitalization. 

“If you are planning a garage sale, don’t sell out on safety. Many older products may be past their best-before or expiry dates and no longer meet specific regulatory rules. In these cases, it is best to throw the items out. While it’s true one person’s trash may be someone else’s treasure, if that item is hazardous or unsafe, then it just belongs in the garbage.”

– Kelly Taylor, Family Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit

 

Additional Resources

 

Burn Ban Lifted in Kawartha Lakes (May 2017)

May 2, 2017

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KAWARTHA LAKES— City of Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue Service has lifted the complete burn ban that was in place in Kawartha Lakes during the month of April. The risk of fire is now reduced and the Fire Hazard Index rating is set at moderate. The lifting of the ban signifies a return to the normal application of provisions in Open-Air By-law 2016-110

Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst commented, “I appreciate our residents’ compliance during the burn ban. Due to this, as well as cooperative weather conditions, Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue Service saw a vast reduction in the number of grass and brush fires that we responded to during the month of April.”

CampfireResidents are reminded that the careless disposal of smoking materials is a main cause of accidental fires. Grass fires have the potential to cause extensive damage and injury, and also use emergency resources that could be required for other urgent situations.

Chief Pankhurst added, “I would like to encourage residents that do choose to burn now that the burn ban has been lifted, to be diligent in burning safely and never leave fires unattended.”

For more information about how to build a safe campfire visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-build-safe-campfire.

Climate Change (Apr. 2017)

April 17, 2017

You are invited to a community conversation…

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Many of us who are fortunate to live in this beautiful place, have children and grandchildren and probably share the concern of so many others about the  effects of climate change, and the state of the planet we will pass on to them. Warming temperatures, more extreme weather events, loss of habitat for indigenous species, melting sea ice. What can we do about climate change? It’s a daunting problem, but it is arguably the most critical issue of our times. So why not put our heads together and think about how we can act in the best interests of this blue-green planet we call home, so that we can leave a healthier world for those who will inherit it from us.

Please come to a community conversation hosted by St. James Anglican Church, here in Fenelon Falls on Thursday April 20th, at 7 pm.

Our gathering will include a speaker, a short film and time for conversation about what you know about the impact of climate change in our region, and what action we can take.

We will hear from guest speaker Guy Hanchet, who lives in Lakefield, and is a climate reality leader trained by Al Gore, a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby and the chair of the Peterborough chapter of 4RG- For our Grandchildren. He will lead our discussion.

We will screen a short film called “The Inescapable Before us” which features the voices of Canadians on the forefront of climate justice action, including Stephen Lewis, Stefan Dion, Alana Mitchell, Stephen Sharper, and Hon. Glen Murray. 

The event takes place at St. James Anglican Church, 7 Bond Street East, in Fenelon Falls. 

Ride For Sight (Apr. 2017)

April 4, 2017

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Since 1979, Ride for Sight has been the premier fundraising motorcycle event in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). Over the past 38 years, Ride for Sight has raised over $20 million through events in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Newfoundland for research seeking to understand, preserve and restore sight for all Canadians.

The foundation will be holding a fundraising event called Ride for Sight that will happen around your local neighbourhood on June 16-18, 2017. We are seeking volunteers for assistance and would love to have as many people as we can get to volunteer! It is a great opportunity for anyone to get involved within the community, meet new people, and overall help us with our mission to lead the fight against blindness.

Date: June 16 -June 18, 2017 

Location

Fenelon Falls Community Centre

27 Veterans Way, Kawartha Lakes, ON K0M 1N0

Volunteer duties include:

Setting up signs

Registering riders and collecting donations

Manning refreshment stations and cheering riders en route

Set up and clean-up crew

Interested Volunteers should contact Diem Luong at dluong@ffb.ca with the following information:

Name:

Address:

Phone:

Email:

Date and Time Availability:

Special Skills/Interests:

Or fill out the volunteer registration form straight from our website: www.rideforsight.ca!

Fenelon Chamber Spring Review (Apr. 2017)

April 4, 2017

FFDCC Logo JPEG copyYour CHAMBER of COMMERCE Quarterly Update

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

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

 

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

www.fenelonfallschamber.com

 

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City-wide burn ban begins on Saturday April 1 (Apr. 2017)

April 4, 2017

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As is usual practice at this time of year, Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service will be imposing a burn ban in effect on Saturday April 1, 2017.

As in the past, the ban will be in place for the entire month. Residents will be informed when the ban is lifted.

“We have noticed over the last couple of years that we are responding to less grass fires as residents are cooperating with the burn ban,” said Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst. “Grass fires place our residents and firefighters in unnecessary danger. The April burn ban helps reduce the risks and unnecessary costs associated with these fires.”

The ban does not necessarily apply to those with Agricultural or Special Burn Permits as special conditions already apply to these permits. However, safe and common sense practices should be followed at all times when burning.

“Although the ground may appear saturated or still have snow cover in some areas of the municipality, dry grass and debris catch fire easily and flames spread quickly. Typically by the end of April things have greened up and the risk of grass fires is dramatically reduced,” commented Chief Pankhurst.

Under section 8.03 of By-law 2016-10, those setting a fire during a burn ban can be charged under the Provincial Offences Act and will also be responsible for the costs incurred by fire control.

The City of Kawartha Lakes thanks all residents for their cooperation and assistance during this time.

Kawartha Lakes Communities Receive Canada Day Funding (Apr. 2017)

April 4, 2017

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The City of Kawartha Lakes Community Services, Parks, Recreation and Culture division will provide a total of $10,000 in Canada Day Funding to 7 communities celebrating Canada Day in the City of Kawartha Lakes. This funding is in addition to the $27,200 received from the Federal government through the Canadian Heritage Celebrate Canada Program.

The following communities will receive funding for their 2017 Canada Day celebrations:

  • Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, and Kinmount Canada Day Committees
  • Omemee Lions Club
  • Oakwood Firefighters Association
  • Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce

The funding will be applied toward the cost of various aspects of these events including fireworks, entertainment, promotions and logistics related expenses. Event details to be released closer to Canada Day.

The Canadian Heritage Celebrate Canada program encourages community members of all ages to attend Canada Day events to discover and appreciate the wealth and diversity of Canadian society.

These community events would not be possible without the generous support of the Canadian Heritage Celebrate Canada program, the City of Kawartha Lakes and the numerous community members and volunteers who donate their time to bring these events to life.

Friday Night Jam is Moving Location (Mar. 2017)

March 21, 2017

Jam NIghtFor many years now Sweet Bottoms has hosted a Friday Night Musicians Jam.  In January, with the blessings of Sweet Bottoms, the group has moved to a new venue.  The group will now gather at the hall of Saint  James Church on Bond Street.

A bigger space means more room for musicians and audience.

The jam is routinely attended by approximately 10 regular musicians with an average of 5 to 7 additional musicians each week.  Guitars. Mandolins, fiddlers, singers, upright  and electric basses and a saxophone player or two.

Every one is welcomed young and old whether you are 9 or 99.

There is a cover charge of 2 dollars whether you are a performer or audience member and coffee tea and sweets are free.

Clear bags will be required at City landfills as of March 31 (Mar. 2017)

March 21, 2017

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KAWARTHA LAKES— As the second phase of the Clear Bag Program begins, clear bags will be required at all City landfills as of March 31, 2017. This will apply to all residents, businesses and private contractors using City landfills.

“The City promised tax payers we would find cost savings and more efficient ways to provide services,” comments David Kerr, Manager of Environmental Services for the City of Kawartha Lakes. “The Clear Bag Program delivers on that promise and ensures we all do our part to protect our natural environment.”

“I would like to thank the public for their efforts making the switch to clear bags. We continue to see people recycling more and the positive response has exceeded expectations,” continues Mr. Kerr. “During the first month of the program residents recycled 20% more than the previous year.”

The Clear Bag Program has surpassed its goal of reducing the total amount of waste sent to landfills by 10%. In addition to the cost savings, clear bags also improve workplace safety for collectors and landfill attendants.

To further reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills the City will be offering rebates on backyard composters purchased at Municipal Service Centres. More details about the composting program will be released later in the spring.

Residents are reminded that the illegal dumping of waste and littering has a significant negative impact on our community and will not be tolerated. Anyone caught dumping or littering may be subject to a fine.

If you witness roadside dumping or littering please report it immediately by calling 1-888-822-2225 extension 1212 or e-mailing bylawcomplaints@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca.

Public Meeting was a Splash!! (Mar. 2017)

March 7, 2017

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Fenelon Falls Rotary Club made quite a splash with the announcement of a splash pad for Garnet Graham Park at Councillor Doug Elmslie’s community meeting on March 2nd. It is their project to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rotary and 150th anniversary of Canada. The total cost of $200,000 will require $70,000 of fundraising in addition to the Rotary, Powerlinks and in kind contributions. The Lions Club is also celebrating their 100th anniversary with a $10,000 donation. The goal is to have the pad installed by July 1st.

Other news heard by over 100 people attending the meeting:

  • Fenelon Forward reported completion of the plan for downtown revitalization. Their partners the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce and the City also support the report going to Council. There are also reports from Coboconk, Lindsay and Omemee. If approved, implementation will be lead by a new Committee of Council with local subcommittees. (See report as part of agenda document for March 7 Council meeting on CKL website.)
  • Implementation this year of the road study in Fenelon Falls will include purchase of property for sidewalks on the east side of Lindsay Street, a crosswalk, widening of the sidewalk by the locks and initial environmental analysis for future bridge or bypass options.
  • New ward boundary options for the municipal election in 2018 are being considered to implement the recent decision reducing Council from 16 to 8 members. Should there be four wards with two councillors each; or, eight wards with one councillor each? Public input is invited before the Council meeting on March 21st. (See the options on City website.)

Doug also summarized progress of the City’s core service budget review aiming to achieve financial efficiencies. Canada Day celebrations on July 1st will be extra special this year downtown as well as at Garnet Graham Park. A group is working towards restoring the former Fenelon theatre sign to be displayed permanently in our downtown.

Several audience questions were about potholes and sidewalk repair needs. People welcomed the road repairs on Colborne by Francis and near the bridge but many more places need to be fixed. Vehicles are being damaged.

Other questions concerned funding issues for the early years centre, arena fee increases, reopening the downtown public washrooms and speeding on Clifton Street.

Doug thanked everyone for attending, including Mayor Letham and Councillors Junkin and Strangway and, Carlie Arbour CKL Economic Development staff and Judy Coward, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs. He invited people to provide the City with feedback on it’s performance. There is a Customer Experience Survey now available at the top of the City website.

 

Kitchen a Gathering Place For Food and Friendship (Mar. 2017)

March 7, 2017

Kitchen Imagine a place in Fenelon Falls — let’s say a cheery and spacious, newly renovated kitchen — where people gather to cook nutritious meals to take home. Generous portions are also set aside for neighbours, or strangers, who could use a kind gesture and a tasty dinner, perhaps because of illness or loneliness. There is chopping and grating and stirring; and lovely smells start to mingle, as friends chat about their day-to-day lives and the best way to peel garlic.

It’s another Monday morning “kitchen party” at St. James Anglican Church.  And you are invited.

St. James Community Kitchen, which has been running on alternate Mondays since 2014, always welcomes new participants. No expertise is required, just an interest in stirring things up and working side-by-side with others who like to cook or eat.

“I think our favourite moment is when the casseroles are in the oven, the soup is starting to cool, and we sit down to lunch, which is usually leftovers from a previous session,” muses Diane Engelstad, coordinator. “What can be more satisfying than enjoying the fruits of your labour with friends.”

Participants pay $10 for 2 portions (or $20 for 4) of the session’s bounty, usually a hearty soup, and a casserole dish, along with lunch. All are welcome and assistance is available if cost is an obstacle.

Our next session is coming up soon, so if you are interested in joining us, please contact Diane Engelstad, at 705-886-0505, or the church at 705-887-2537. We hope to see you soon!

Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (Mar. 2017)

March 7, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 2.20.40 PMOn January 1, 2018 the City of Kawartha Lakes will become responsible for ensuring that OEYCFC mandatory core services are being delivered in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County.

The OEYCFC core services include supporting parents and caregivers in their role as their children’s first teachers, supporting the early learning and development of children 0 to 6 and assisting families in connecting with community services available to support them and their children.

We want your help to be sure that the OEYCFC will meet the needs of parents and children.  Help us shape how the core services will be provided in the City of Kawartha Lakes and the County of Haliburton by answering this one question with as little or as much detail as you want:

Why are programs and services that support children 0 to 6 and their parents important to you, your family and your community? 

Please send your response by e-mail or phone with your name and postal code to Aaron Mulcaster by March 10, 2017.

For more information on Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres from the Ministry of Education:  http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/plan.html

Locals Pray for Mosque Attack Victims (Feb. 2017)

February 7, 2017

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People gathered at St. James Anglican Church, as did many across Canada, on Monday night, January 30th.  Following prayers for the victims and their attacker at the mosque in Quebec City, Reverend Susan Spicer led the candlelight progression from the Church on Bond along Colborne St. to the bridge and back to the Church.

artsVest brings training to Arts Organizations in KL (Feb. 2017)

February 7, 2017

artsVest™ brings year-long training to arts organizations and matching funds to Kawartha Lakes’ cultural economy

 Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 2.42.01 PMKawartha Lakes, ON – January 30, 2017—Business for the Arts, Canada’s only national charitable organization that strengthens arts and culture in Canada by building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors, announced today that its artsVest program is returning to Kawartha Lakes. With funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Canada, $30,000 in matching funds will be delivered to local arts organizations. The program will also receive local municipal support from the City of Kawartha Lakes.

 

artsVest is Business for the Arts’ national flagship program that works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships. These components are thoughtfully created to build sustainable partnerships between arts and businesses and to spark sponsorship opportunities. As an added incentive, artsVest participants can apply for matching grants – for every one dollar raised in sponsorship, Business for the Arts will match it with another dollar – doubling their sponsorship opportunity.

 

“Business for the Arts is thrilled to be bringing the artsVest program back to Kawartha Lakes,” says Aida Aydinyan, Vice President of Business for the Arts. “The generous funding and support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Government of Canada and the City of Kawartha Lakes speaks volumes to the importance and power of building relationships between the sectors. We look forward to seeing the incredible impact these arts organizations and businesses will have in Kawartha Lakes over the next year.”

 

“Establishing partnerships between our cultural and business sectors is a smart strategy. It builds the local creative economy and strengthens our communities,” says Mayor Andy Letham. “We are very pleased to have the artsVest program return to Kawartha Lakes.”

 

A ‘Sponsorship 101’ afternoon workshop followed by a program launch will take place on Monday, February 27. For details on this event, more on the program and how to apply, visit https://artsvestkawarthalakes.eventbrite.ca.

 

artsVest saw a successful cycle in its pilot year in Kawartha Lakes in 2013 where 7 arts organizations created 26 business partnerships. Matching funds of over $38,000 generated over $68,000 in private sector sponsorships and resulted in an investment impact of over $107,000 to Kawartha Lakes’ cultural economy.

 

artsVest also operates in four other Ontario communities in addition to Saskatchewan, Alberta, Toronto, Nova Scotia and British Columbia. Since the national expansion of the program in 2011, a total of 2,874 partnerships have been created between arts and businesses across Canada.

 

Four Mile Lake Plan (Feb. 2017)

February 7, 2017

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JANUARY 30, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation has extended the commenting period for the second draft of the Four Mile Lake Plan until mid-July. The commenting extension is meant to ensure seasonal residents who don’t have access to the revised documents Online can review and comment when they return to the area. An open house will also be held in early June to answer questions about the revised plan.

“We appreciate all of the comments we have received to date regarding the second draft of the Four Mile Lake Plan and would like to thank everyone who took the time to review the community-driven changes reflected in the second draft,” said Dave Pridham, Manager, Conservation Lands, Education and Stewardship Services. “We have been made aware that not all residents or seasonal residents have access to review the documents Online, and it is important we receive everyone’s input. We are also happy to meet individually with anyone who wishes to discuss any aspect of the plan or the lake or watershed study.”

 

The first draft of the plan was released for public comment in August of 2016 and included open houses in Coboconk and Burnt River.

 

Draft two of the Plan has taken into consideration all of the feedback Kawartha Conservation received throughout the initial public consultation process.

 

“The purpose of Plan is to summarize the ecological state of the watershed and to provide advice for lake stakeholders on how to maintain excellent water quality, recreational enjoyment, fish and wildlife populations, and monitoring on Four Mile Lake,” said Aquatic Biologist Brett Tregunno.

 

Posted on the website at www.KawarthaConservation.com along with the second draft will be an accompanying publication to the Plan entitled the Four Mile Lake Watershed Characterization Report; this provides more detailed technical information on several aspects of the Lake.

 

Comments on both publications can be emailed directly to Brett Tregunno at btregunno@kawarthaconservation.com or mailed to 277 Kenrei Road, Lindsay, ON K9V 4R1.

 

Putting Smiles on Faces of Families Seeking Affordable Dental Care (Jan. 2017)

January 24, 2017

dentalFor more than five years, Community Care’s Low Cost Dental Clinic has been helping local individuals and families get affordable oral health care.

The dental clinic is part of the Community Care Community Health Centre. Good oral health is important to everyone’s overall health, as well as an individual’s self esteem and sense of well-being. Regular dental care may not be affordable for everyone, however, and is currently not funded by provincial government health coverage. Community Care’s dental services are available for local residents who are considered to be low income without private dental insurance, or who are receiving social assistance.

The Low Cost Dental Clinic is at 108 Angeline St. S., Lindsay. Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Contact the clinic at 705-324-7323 ext 180 to find out about eligibility for services.

We are grateful for the generous support from Green Shield Canada, through its Community Giving Program and the program’s Frontline Care Initiative. The program provides financial support to agencies that deliver frontline dental health care for the homeless, the working poor and those on social assistance. In the last five years, Green Shield Canada has contributed $40,000 towards the operating costs of Community Care’s dental clinic. The support is invaluable to the hundreds of local residents served each year by the clinic.

The Dental Clinic also receives annual funding from the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Notice of Statutory Public Meeting (Jan. 2017)

January 24, 2017

regarding proposed amendments to the Official Plans for the City of Kawartha Lakes, Lindsay and Fenelon Falls

KAWARTHA LAKES— The Planning Committee, on behalf of the Council of the City of Kawartha Lakes, will hold a statutory public meeting on Wednesday February 8, at 1pm in Council Chambers, City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive information and public input on proposed amendments to enhance existing policies and establish new policies respecting the management of the City’s heritage program, including policies related to Heritage Conservation Districts.

Information relating to the proposed amendments is available from the City of Kawartha Lakes Development Services Department – Planning Division, Lindsay Service Centre, 180 Kent Street West, Lindsay, during regular office hours; by phone or email: Richard Holy, Manager of Policy Planning,  rholy@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca 705-324-9411 extension 1246, and at the City of Kawartha Lakes website at this link:

http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/property-development-by-law/planning/official-plans-zoning-by-law

Information relating to the proposed Heritage Conservation Districts is available by contacting Debra Soule, Arts Culture and Heritage Development Officer,  dsoule@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca 705-324-9411 extension 1498, and at the City of Kawartha Lakes website: http://www.advantagekawarthalakes.ca/en/keySectors/Heritage-Conservation-District-Studies.asp

Any person may attend the Public Meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of, in opposition to, or in respect of the proposed amendments. At the public meeting presentations that would take longer than ten minutes should be presented in written form and summarized verbally.  All submissions will be considered.

Preparing for Mandatory Clear Bag Waste Collection starting January 1 (Nov. 2016)

January 23, 2017

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On January 1, 2017, clear bag waste collection becomes mandatory in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Private homes, businesses and all other organizations and institutions that receive curbside collection must use clear bags for waste.

“Clear bag waste collection has already been implemented in several municipalities across Ontario,” explains David Kerr, Manager of Environmental Services at the City of Kawartha Lakes. “It has been proven to reduce the amount of recyclables entering landfill sites and improve worker safety.”

The City provides a variety of resources to make the transition to clear bag waste collection a smooth one.

Recycling Containers/Bins and Backyard Composters

The City will continue to offer a 50% discount on recycling containers/bins (both blue and green boxes) and a $10 discount on backyard composters throughout the month of December or while supplies last. Recycling containers and backyard composters are available at all Municipal Service Centres.

2017 Recycling & Waste Collection Calendar

The 2017 Recycling & Waste Collection Calendar is now available at your nearest Municipal Service Centre or library branch, and can be downloaded from the City website. The calendar contains detailed information on City recycling and waste programs including clear bag waste collection. 

Printed Handouts

Educational booklets have been created to provide information about clear bag waste collection. They can be picked up at your nearest Municipal Service Centre or library branch or downloaded and printed from the Waste and Recycling section of the City’s website.

Online Resources

The Waste and Recycling section of the City website is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about clear bag waste collection. You can download printable educational materials, read the Clear Bag Fact Sheet and find out where clear bags are sold near you. Visit http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/solid-waste-services/clear-garbage-bags-program-1.

My Waste App

The My Waste App can be downloaded for free on your smartphone. It has a search feature that allows you to look up how to correctly dispose of specific items. It can also help you keep track of changes to your regular collection schedule.

Municipal Service Centres

Knowledgeable customer service staff are available to help. If you have questions about clear bag waste collection you can visit your nearest Municipal Service Centre or call 705-324-9411. Recycling containers, pre-paid tags and backyard composters are available for purchase at all City of Kawartha Lakes Municipal Service Centres (please call ahead to confirm availability).

For more information contact:

David Kerr
Manager of Environmental Services, City of Kawartha Lakes
705-324-9411 extension 1118
dkerr@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

Carroll Family Foundation Donates to Local Walk In Clinics (Jan. 2017)

January 10, 2017
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L to R: KNFHT Executive Director Marina Hodson, David Draper, Lisa (Carroll) Draper

The J & B Carroll Family Foundation has been donating to medical and humanitarian causes, including the Lupus Foundation, Sick Kids’ Hospital and World Vision, for over 25 years. For 2016, Kawartha North FHT was honoured and humbled to be named the recipient of a $10,000 contribution from the Foundation. The monies will be used to continue operations of the KNFHT walk-in clinics operating in Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon.

Kawartha North has been operating the clinics without any ministry funding since 2012 and hopes to have sufficient funds to increase both the hours as well as the types of services available to local residents in the near future. Lisa and David Draper chose Kawartha North to “recognize the great job they were doing and to keep their donation local”.

Thank you to the J & B Carroll Family Foundation on behalf of Kawartha North FHT as well as the over 3,000 residents accessing the clinics each year.

Kawartha Lakes Public Library new Children’s Program Brochure is now available (Jan. 2017)

January 10, 2017

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KAWARTHA LAKES— Pick up your copy of the new Kawartha Lakes Public Library Children’s Program Brochure at any library branch within Kawartha Lakes. The brochure provides a listing of activities for children taking place at area library branches. 

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library proudly provides a wide variety of educational programs for children of all ages and abilities. A sample of programs offered is highlighted below.

Weekly Storytime

There are several different Storytime sessions to choose from including Toddler Time, Mother Goose, 1,2,3 Baby’s on my Knee, and Family Storytime. “Stretch-a-Story” programs are also offered in partnership with the Ontario Early Years Centre.

Craft / Activities

Saturday morning and afterschool craft and activity programs are available at select library branches.

Read to the Dog

In partnership with the St. John Ambulance Therapy dog program, Read to the Dog is held at the Lindsay, Bethany, and Dunsford library branches.  This program offers children an opportunity to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a child-certified therapy dog. 

Family Challenge Games Night

Family Challenge Games Night is new this fall and will be held at the Lindsay branch Monday evenings at 6 pm.  Families will work together to earn points as they learn and play new games.  

Find out more by visiting or calling your local branch, a full calendar of events and more details on each program are available on the Kawartha Lakes Public Library website at www.kawarthalakeslibrary.ca.

New Model For Community Halls and Arenas (Jan. 2017)

January 6, 2017

Kawartha Lakes Council votes for creating a new model for community halls and arenas

Web - Kawartha Lakes-logo-Standard-RGB.jpegKAWARTHA LAKES—The Council meeting this week was crowded with members of the public as the agenda included decisions based on previous Council resolutions to reduce the number of ice pads and community halls.

The financial analysis and user statistics combined with extensive public response prompted Mayor Andy Letham to acknowledge that Council is at a crossroads. Council can continue to implement its previous decisions on consolidating arenas and community halls, or Council can pause and call upon community leaders and user groups to become actively engaged in developing a new model.

The Mayor’s resolutions that all community halls and arenas remain open indefinitely were supported unanimously by Council. There will be a Task Force that includes the Mayor and two Councillors, along with community members and staff to look at the Manvers Arena as a model that balances financial sustainability and local community building. This pilot model will be applied in other communities as it develops. The City will be calling upon facility users, sports associations and community leaders to work together to develop a user model that is affordable for all taxpayers.

For community halls, the City will be looking to existing volunteer boards and community groups for expressions of interest to own, operate and/or maintain facilities.

“We were taken aback by the passion and commitment of the volunteers and community members who use these facilities. I’m glad that our Core Service Review has engaged so many residents and exposed local community pride. It has also validated that the City is delivering services well in these areas and brought to light the financial burden we currently face,” commented Mayor Andy Letham. “The Core Service Review was never a simple cost cutting measure, and we now are calling upon our communities to actively develop a better model with us. We need them to step up to help us deliver the services more affordably.”

Council also voted on the future use of the Bobcaygeon Beach Park trailer park. It was decided that the City would retain the land and cease trailer park operations at the end of the 2017 season. Staff will research options to provide expanded community and tourism use of the land, such as docking and park amenities.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Council has been reviewing the bulk of the City’s core services over the last year. The reviews have been completed by staff with the intent of determining how best to deliver services while maintaining an affordable and efficient model. All Core Service Reviews can be found on the City’s website at http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/city-hall/core-service-review.